Thursday, August 27, 2009

Welcome, Little One

Last Friday, one of Jake's co-workers welcomed his first baby into the world. Now that we know his wife delivered a beautiful little baby girl, we found an outfit, and I put this card together for the happy family. Once he's back at work Jake can give him our gift and congratulations!

For this very girly card I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the background, scallop scissors for the pink mat, and the Modern Label punch for the rub-on sentiment.

Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Ink: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink
Stamp: Bundle of Joy
Misc: Chit-Chat rub on sentiment, So Saffron grograin ribbon, scallop scissors, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Modern Label punch, white brads

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


A little back story behind this thank you card...

Last Saturday we went to the Monster Jam Rally and had a blast! My son Brady (who is 6) is a HUGE fan of anything that has to do with trucks or cars, so its no surprise he LOVES Monster Trucks and Nascar, haha! We went to a rally last summer that the kids totally enjoyed, so we were estatic to find out they were going to be in the Rio Tinto Stadium. Jake's company has a suite at the stadium, so he asked one of the owners if we might be able to get discount tickets. Phil, who thinks the world of Jake and all his mad IT skills, told him he would do better than that, and gave him 4 tickets to the SUITE!! We had water and drinks and popcorn and Jake even had a few Coronas! ;) It was so much fun and the kids thought we were SO COOL to be in a Suite! We sat on the balcony for the most part, but during the mini half-time we retreated to the nice air conditioned room to cool off after being in the 100+ degree heat. We had super comfy padded chairs, too! To top it off, Brady's favorite truck Grave Digger won the Freestyle competition!

Me and the kids (Oh Brady! He is on the "make a face" when the camera goes off stint!) ;)

Jake asked if I would make Phil a thank you card for our tickets, and of course he knew I would say yes. I wanted it to be a more masculine card, not too fussy and girly, but not just a blah boy card. I like how this turned out, and it was pretty simple to put together.

CS: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, (for watercoloring- Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Old Olive)
Stamp: All Natural (large leaf at the bottom), A Little Bit of Happiness
Misc: Chocolate Chip grograin ribbon, Corner Rounder, Scallop Border Punch, Neutrals button, linen thread

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Blast From the Past...

Yesterday I showed you the card I had made for the baby shower at work. Today, I'll show you the card I made that we used for everyone to sign who had donated money for the "Stroller Fund" as we called it. With twins on the way, my co-worked was in need of a double stroller to tote those little boys around in. I work for an amazing company and have wonderful co-workers, so it was no surprise that we were able to get her a super-duper double stroller! Everyone in the office knows I'm a card maker (as I've got several people into our little stamping group!), so on Thursday I was asked to make a card to pass around.

Recall yesterday that I said I had procrastinated making my own card? Well....I reverted to my stash, and pulled out a card I made 2 YEARS AGO!! See, I had made a bunch to use for a swap group that ended up falling through. So I had 12 of these little baby cards that just sat in my stash. Our stamp group last month decided to do a baby swap (at my urging haha) so I was able to use them up, and only had a few left over. So being resourceful, I dug this one out and called it good. Its still fun for me to look back and see how my style has changed a little, but some things remain the same. :) (Like how much I love adding brown to my cards!)

For the ribbon detail at the bottom, I used the Double Rectangle punch, and punched across the bottom. Then I threaded the ribbon in and out and secured behind the blue cardstock base.

CS: Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa
Stamp: Bundle of Joy, Sweet Stars Jumbo wheel
Misc: Circle punches, Double rectangle punch, Word Window punch, brown satin ribbon, blue eyelets

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sweet One

Last Friday we had a baby shower for one of my co-workers. She is having twin boys so it was double the fun as we saw cute little matching outfits, one after the other! We even had a few of our male co-workers join us, which they all said that would probably be their last shower! Too many "Cutes!" and "Awwws!" apparently!

I had been a big procrastinator all last week, so this card was made in under 10 minutes Thursday night. Its a smaller sized card as well so the small scallop didn't look lost at the top. The card was about 4 1/2 by 4 1/4 (if I remember correctly). I used my scallop border punch to do the two pattered papers, stamped the "sweet one", and then used the scallop circle punch to line it up and punch it out. Added the ribbon and button treatment and it was a snap to make. One of the best parts....these were all scraps I had tucked away! I love being able to dig through my stash and make fun little cards for any occasion in just a few minutes.

Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Prints Patterns I and II
Ink: Bashful Blue
Stamp: So Many Scallops
Misc: Certainly Celery twill ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Soft Subtles button, DMC white floss

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Sharon!

Today is my cute friend Sharon's birthday! Happy Birthday! :)

Her favorite colors are Tempting Torquoise and Cameo Coral, so of course her card had to be in those colors! I added a little Saffron in there and came up with this. (The brads are torquoise, but for some reason look really blue!) As you can see, I'm still loving the Upsy Daisy set, and my new Modern Label punch for all my sentiments! This time though I added in some brads at the end for fun. The background is embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.

CS: Cameo Coral, Tempting Torquoise, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink: Cameo Coral
Stamp: Upsy Daisy
Misc: So Saffron ribbon, Modern Label punch, Bold Brights brads, Swiss Dots CB folder

Friday, August 14, 2009

Good Company

I have the coolest friends a girl could have. No seriously, I really do! :D I've been so lucky to find friends who love the same things I do, and friends that I can depend and rely on for just about anything! I certainly hope they'd say the same thing about me, hehe!

This Sunday will mark my 8th wedding anniversary! The hubs and I are going to a Green Day concert (WOOO!) on the 16th (our actual ani and they are here on that day) to celebrate. We'll do dinner before and because I'm such a nice wife, Jake will probably play 9 holes of golf in the morning. (He has gone golfing every weekend for about 6-8 weeks, don't want to ruin the streak, haha!)

So here is how the post is about friends awesome friend Steph is going to watch the kids for us that night! :) We've been trading off babysitting with each other (I owe you one now Steph!) and its always so fun for all of us! We love having her little girl over, she is such a sweetie and is so cute! I forget how funny they are at 2, makes us miss little kids, hehe! She loves having our kids over too so its a great system for us!

Here's a little card I'll be giving to Steph this Sunday. (I'm pretty sure she won't see this before then!)

CS: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Decorative paper: My Minds Eye
Misc: Tag (My Mind's Eye), Playground Designer button, ribbon (Bo Bunny), decorative scissors, DMC floss

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cards For Heroes

I've heard a little bit about this program, but never really knew what you were supposed to do. I finally found out this week, and I'm super excited to start sending cards out for this! Basically, you ship cards to one of the shippers listed on the website ( and they then send a box of cards to the troops. The troops can then pick out whatever cards they want or need for birthdays or a simple "Thinking of You" card to send back home to friends, family and loved ones. What a great idea right?!
There are a couple specifics you'll want to pay attention to when making cards. One big rule is no glitter that flakes off. Glitter can get on their uniforms, and if they go out at night...well that glitter can make them a huge target in night vision goggles! There area few more helpful hints on the website if you decide you'd like to be part of this cool program!
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to sorting through all my cards and getting a box ready to go!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Sunshine

At the Spring Scrapbook Expo in March (yay the Fall one is just around the corner!) I got a pack of tags from My Minds Eye. I hadn't even touched them until this weekend, how sad is that? I found the cutest little tag in the bundle, and paired it with some funky print paper. This is another really quick and simple card just right for summer!

CS: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive Prints Pack II DSP
Misc: Scallop border, 5 petal flower punch, Playground designer button, Tag, DMC floss, grograin ribbon

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quick and Easy

I love quick and easy cards. Let's face it, sometimes that's all I have time for! This card will go together in minutes I promise you! Its all done in 5 easy peasy steps!

1. Start by cutting the card base, and the mustard mounting square.

2. Using a border punch, punch the edge of the center square. Wrap linen thread around square and mount to card base.

3. Punch out 3 flowers from the plum cardstock and 1 flower from green cardstock. Crumple all.

4. Add corduroy brads and layer flowers and leaves (by cutting off "petals" of green flower) on card base.

5. Stamp sentimet.

TADA! You are done! Sooo easy right?! This card is even easier because its a smaller card so doesn't take much to fill it up!

CS: Close to Cocoa, Pale Plum, Old Olive, More Mustard
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Stamp: Upsy Daisy
5 petal flower punch, corduroy brads, linen thread, Border punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad! :) Today is my Dad's birthday so I wanted to share his card! My Dad is a super amazing man and I have been so thankful to call him Padre. (Family nickname from us kids but I don't remember why we started that! Mom is called Madre every now and then too!)

My Dad is a handy man in every sense of the word. There isn't anything he can't fix or build with his own two hands. He has an impressive set of tools and shelves in his garage, and even has one of those pegboard things layed out with which tools go where. (Now you know where I get my OCD and crazy tendencies from!) He's a general contractor which perfectly fits with his passion for building and tools and all that "guy" stuff. :)

So of course I HAD to use this Tool set and the sentiment "He who has the most tools wins" for his birthday card. Of course right! I wanted to use each of the tools in the set (only the saw wasn't used) to create a little bundle of tools to go with the saying. I didn't want them to be too plain though, so I pulled out my Prints Pack DSP from Stampin' Up! and got to it! For the strips in the background I didn't want it to look all the same, so I rotated the green sheet before cutting so the white stripes were going in a different direction. This gave it a totally different look! Then by inking up only the sentiment I was able to stamp that below all the tools in the center.

CS: Going Gray, Whisper White, Prints Pack I and II
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: Totally Tool
Misc: Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Super Bright...get your shades!

Do you ever feel like making something totally different than what you normally do? I love bright colors, but I don't think I've EVER combined them like this!

The Bashful Blue works to balance the card out, and tone it down a little. Tempting Torquoise would have given this a totally different look, right?! Its in that same bright color family, but wasn't the look I was going for. By adding just a little blue in a softer shade, it makes everything work together without being too much. I also crinkled the flowers up to give them a distressed look. It's a super simple card without too many elements which I like.

Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Whisper White, Gable Green
Ink: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Bashful Blue
Stamp: Upsy Daisy (sentiment), Eastern Blooms
Misc: Striped Bashful Blue ribbon, Designer Button Sherbet, Corner rounder (for scallop border) white brad, DMC floss

Friday, August 7, 2009

3x3 Note Card Box

I made these last weekend and have been holding onto posting them! I used this little gift set of note cards and box after an online friend mentioned she'd like to give cards as gift sets to friends.

Here is the tutorial from Split Coast Stampers...3x3Note Card Box
I made my cards a little bigger than the 3x3 (they're 3 1/2 x 3 1/2) so I just added a few inches onto the box and top (omitting the top decorative patterned paper layer of the box) to accomodate the larger cards. To keep everything similiar I used the same colors and same elements on all 4 cards. By varying just a few details I came out with 4 different cards, but you can see they are all part of the same set!

Whole set with box

All 4 cards together

Box top and Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

To keep everything consistent, I used all the same colors and basic layout on each card. By rotating the Curly Label Punch I was able to change it up a little bit and center the taller stamps more evenly. For all the sentiments I used the rub-ons from the Chit Chat set from Stampin' Up! and chose all "Thank You" ones. These went together really quickly because everything stayed the same except for a few variations.

Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Old Olive, Regal Rose
Ink: Regal Rose, Old Olive
Stamp: Pocket Silhouettes
Misc: Scallop Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, Chit Chat Rub-ons, DMC Floss, Bo-Bunny ribbon, Chocolate Chip grograin ribbon

Thursday, August 6, 2009

True Confession Time...

True Confession Time...(don't you love those!!) I find I'm always saying this little phrase to everyone when I'm about to admit something I'm a little embarrassed about!

So my "True Confession Time" today....I totally didn't think the Always set was that great when it first came out. SHOCKING I KNOW!! It was that dang bird. I just didn't like it, but I was totally in love with that heart at first sight. I thought and pondered and wishy-washed over it for almost a year or so. A YEAR. A WHOLE YEAR! Honestly, I really can be that crazy sometimes. ;) (But my dear friends and fam love me so that's all that matters, right?!) Well I finally got it this March and I couldn't be happier. I love the little elements in that set, and alright, alright, I even like that bird dragged it out of me.

So when I picked up some ribbon at Heartland Paper a few weekends ago I knew it HAD to go with this set. And as my husband knows...when I'm right, boy am I right! I'm seriously lovin on this simple little card! The colors, the stamps, the...yeah. It just worked and clicked for me. I love that moment in crafting when it just goes together. You know?! This card could be a lovey dovey card, a wedding card, or even an anniversary card. Its a basic "Always" sentiment, but is all about LOVE, baby! And, anytime I can use multiple stamps out of the same set I get giddy, hehe!

CS: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Always
Misc: Bo Bunny Lace Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Circle Punch, designer buttons, linen thread

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cracked Glass...but Friends Make Us Strong

Happy Wednesday! I don't do the Cracked Glass technique often enough so I thought I'd use it on this little card. Its sort of an irony thing...cracked glass with the sentiment "Friends Make Us Strong"...yep I'm a little crazy like that sometimes, hehe!

Background is stamped with a flower, and then the center vanilla rectangle is stamped, watercolored, and then embossed with the ultra thick embossing powder to create the cracked glass look. The sentiment is a rub-on from the Chit Chat set from Stampin' Up and cut out with the new Modern Label punch. These colors make me think of bout you?! Unfortunately the cracked glass look doesn't show up as well here, but if you click the image for a larger picture you can see the detail! ;) I sponged the cracks over with a darker ink as usual, but I'm not sure if I need to repeat the process for a better result this time. Weird how things work fine one time, but not the next!

CS: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Simply Said
Misc: designer buttons, DMC floss, Saffron ribbon, Scallop Border punch, Modern Label punch, Chit Chat rub-on, Ultra Thick Embossing powder

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Tomorrow is my amazing, gorgeous, loving, wonderful Mom's birthday! Happy Birthday Momma, I love ya! :) (And no I'm not sucking up, my Mom is my best friend! Aside from my hubs that is!)

Here is the card I made for her this year with the Upsy Daisy set. Love these little flowers so much! Added a little heat embossing to the sentiment to make it stand out more.

It totally counts that its in the mail a day before your birthday right, Mom?! Granted it will take at least 5 days to get there...sending mail across the country is a pain! Anyway, hope you like it!

CS: Lavendar Lace, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Prints Pack II DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Versamark
Stamp: Upsy Daisy
Misc: Button, Saffro ribbon, DMC floss, white brads, ticket corner punch, white embossing powder