Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Note For You

So, I've been talking all last week about these finds I had at the Scrapbook Expo. Well, here are some more! These little stars were in a pack of felt shapes I found for $1. I am seriously so glad Steph and I found these! They have been so much fun to poke through and match up in different ways! :)

Since I was playing along with the Embellish color challenge call (the call ended Sunday night but since I post-date my blog here it is a few days later!), I found myself poking through all my supplies to see what I could find. I was looking for other ways to create a card that was different from what I'd already made, but still within the challenge requirements.

I was happy with this cute little card because it was so simple. I've been trying to decide what my "Style" is...clean and graphic, vintage, shabby chic.....? Well, I think I am just simple. I love simple accents and clean lines. So, I still don't know what that makes me, but I like it. ;) Anyway, just another "simple" little card. (It's 4 1/4 x 4 1/4)

CS: Very Vanilla, Kraft
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Simple Sentiments
Misc: real red button, twine, real red and chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, felt stars (American Crafts), Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Little Birdie

So I never thought to use burlap on my cards (or fabric for that matter) until very recently. I picked up some burlap and fabric quarters to play around with this last weekend. Here is a little something I came up with using burlap and the color challenge combo I was playing with last week.
(Incidentally, it also fits with THIS color challenge as well! Too fun right?! My "blue-ish" color is a little darker than aqua, but I think it fits close enough.) ;)

I love the almost rustic/outdoorsy feel this card has with the bird, berry leaf, and burlap. I seriously love this burlap touch and can't wait to try out more stuff with it! I'm thinking it will be gorgeous with some Fall type cards, and on scrapbook pages at the corn maze. Oh also, notice the little bird from the Always set? I posted awhile back about being swayed on this set just for the heart alone, but like I said before, that little bird has grown on me!

Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Kraft
Ink: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Always
Misc: Scallop border punch, burlap, twine, Sassafras brown button, real red and chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Scrapbook Page!

Wow, it has been ages since I've made a scrapbook page! This Friday night I'm getting together with a couple friends to scrapbook so I had it on my mind tonight. I've got to start packing up all my stuff and getting it all together!

The kids had gone to bed and I was itching to try out a new color challenge I found tonight. So, out came a scrapbook page!

The colors were based on this challenge found at SPcolorcombos :

The red and green reminded me of some die cut flowers I had from SU that I've been hoarding. I pulled out a few things in these colors, and put together this page. I used my 5 petal flower punch for the centers of the flowers and the smaller ones. I love how simple this is, and that its not an overly "Christmas-y" page.

Oh also, this is page number 99 for the year! I have totally fallen short of my ginormous goal (365 pages for the year), but I'm ok with that. I'm just so happy I have gotten so much done this year! ;) Really, I could look at it that I've done a page a week and have passed that number, hehe!

CS: SU Decorative paper, Real Red, Old Olive
Misc: Flower die cuts, old olive grosgrain, so saffron grosgrain, 5 petal flower punch, Thickers letters, dmc floss, MS border punch

Happy Birthday Kelly!

My awesome friend Kelly celebrated the big 3-oh (or 20-10 as we are calling it so technically she's still in her 20s!) on Friday. My Mom keeps reminding me I am almost 30, so its nice having a friend hit that age before me, haha! (2 more years though...*sadface* haha!) I'll actually be the last in my group of friends to hit 30 so I can rub that in a little, but then again, I keep hearing 30 is the new 20! ;)

Anyway, Kelly loved her birthday card and now that she has it I can share it with you! I kept it pretty simple and loved the colors I used here (and may have to repeat this layout but with boy colors!) . So fun and bright! :)

Regal Rose, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant
Stamp: Eat Cake
Misc: Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, scallop border punch, Sassafras button

Saturday, September 26, 2009

SNR Double Feature!!

Hey everyone!
I wanted to share a little bit of fun news with you today! I recently found Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, an online publication. I love that I can be a bit "eco-friendly" by not having a paper magazine sent to me. Plus, inspiration is just a keystroke away and I'm immersed in great ideas and new techniques to try! From scrapbook pages, cards, sketches and techniques, this little magazine (or e-zine!) is packed full of fun stuff.

So what's the fun news you ask?! Double-header, double issue FREE weekend at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, that's what!! From Saturday, September 26 until Sunday, September 27, they're celebrating the Grand Opening of the brand new website. The Special Double Issue -- largest issue of the year -- debuts on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. EST and from the moment of debut until 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, you'll have complete access to the magazine.
With over 400 layouts (scrapbooking and digital), cards, stamping and altered art projects, product reviews, manufacturer spotlights and more, you'll be amazed at the incredible inspiration, fabulous tips, tricks and techniques, amazing tutorials and exciting eye candy.
So watch for this tonight! Be sure to register for the site (free as well!) so you can check out the magazine!

Friday, September 25, 2009

One More

Here is another card I'm submitting for the Embellish call. I love the idea of doing a color combo and I can't wait to see all the different cards that get picked! That's one of the best things about blog surfing for me...seeing how crafters can interpret ideas differently!

Again, no Kraft cardstock so my twine is my tie in on that. I used a fun little technique on this card that was seriously so entertaining to me. And in true fashion for me, I have a little back story on it. (I do back stories for my hubs and friends all the time and I think it drives them all crazy. I take 5 minutes just to set a story up, haha!)

Ok, so for those that know me, I am not a domestic person AT ALL. My husband actually does ALL the cooking. Yep, I am that lucky. (I was VERY lucky to find a guy that not only loved to cook, but turned out to be a darn good one!) I loathe cleaning (but then again who doesn't?), I can't cook (I've been know to burn rice), and I couldn't sew to save my life. However, the one thing I did sew was curtains for Brady's nursery...6 years ago, haha! Those curtains were so simple because I used a trick my Grandma taught me. She's an accomplished seamstress and told me about pulling the treads, or gathering, to make a ruffle. I can't remember exactly when she imparted this gem of knowledge to me, but it came back today as I was working with my ribbon. Thanks Gram! Its possible I've seen this in my blog surfing as well, hehe! ;) But the light bulb was lit and I went with it!

Anyway, long story short, to get the ribbon look on here, I took the top string of the double stitched ribbon and gently pulled while pushing the ribbon to the middle to create the ruffle. See, long story short, but that's my limited knowledge of how to do this and why it was so entertaining to me! ;)

So once I had the ribbon I was like, hmm, now what? Luckily it all came together after that and I'm happy with how it turned out! Gwynie said it looked like a little skirt!

Chocolate Chip
Misc: real red polka dot grosgrain, chocolate chip double stitched grosgrain, twine, button, felt flowers, Bazzil stitching template

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A New Challenge!

I recently stumbled across a new challenge based magazine publication, Embellish! There is a set challenge and then you submit to have it considered for publishing. This will be for the December issue and when it comes out, it will be only $3! I'm thinking I'll have to subscribe to that to see all of the amazing cards and projects that will be featured in there (even if I'm not - hehe)! :)
Just a little note - I made this card last Saturday, but saved it until now! I usually do that so I can have a full week of blog posts! I make a few cards over the weekend, schedule all my blog posts on Sunday night, and then sit back and let it do its thing. Honestly, one of the best things I could have done for myself because after working a full day, doing stuff with the kids, and whatever else goes on, its nice knowing this is one thing I can cross off my list. ;)
Ok anyways, onto the card!

I struggled with this a little because I didn't have any Kraft cardstock. Since the twine (the required embellishment) is kraft colored, I figured that would work for that portion, and do the whole "two birds with one stone" sort of thing. I hope that's ok and I'm crossing my fingers that it is! ;) I think it should be anyways!

CS: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Taken with Teal, Real Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Misc: Modern label punch, buttons, twine, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, red felt flowers, cornice border punch

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gatefold Card

I've only made one other Gatefold card before, so I've been wanting to make another. This was super quick to put together, and had little steps to it. I love the colors most of all on this, and they were totally inspired by the felt stars! Another $1 find at the Scrapbook Expo! :)

Since the large star had dots on it, I wanted to use my Swiss Dots folder (again haha!) on the center panel to make it pop a little. I tried adding a sentiment on there, but I liked the simple look of just some stars on the front. When I need a card for any reason, I can always stamp a sentiment on the inside! Its always a good idea to have a few "blank" cards in case the need arises. You never know when you might need just a fun and cheery card to brighten someone's day!

CS: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Love It
Misc: Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, Sassafras buttons, felt star shapes, Scor-Pal (for gatefold), Swiss Dots CB folder

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Give Thanks

Another Fall card today! I'm not sure what it is, but I have Fall on the brain. I keep thinking its going to get chilly in a hurry here! We've clicked the heater on in the mornings, and I've even worn some long sleeve shirts to work, too! It's still pretty warm in the day, but I know that will change soon!

I wanted to use my Lovely as a Tree set, and another felt leaf to make a fall card. I stamped my own background for this, and cut a tag out on my Cricut for a little sentiment. A really quick card to put together that was super fun!

CS: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Stamp: Lovely As a Tree, Tiny Talk
Misc: scallop border punch, George cartridge, button, twine, olive grosgrain, felt leaf

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall Leaves

I can't believe its almost the end of September! I was in the mood to make some fall cards so that's what I have to share today.

I picked up these felt leaves at the Scrapbook Expo and was itching to put them on a card. I had this great idea in my head for how I wanted it to come out, but somehow it fell a little short of what I had in mind. Oh well, maybe I will go back and rework this one later!

A little about the card though. I arranged my leaves how I wanted them and then took some twine and stitched it all together. Also, I layered a little leaf and acorn on top of a button. Just another little way to add detail to your buttons!

Chocolate Chip
Decorative Paper: Die Cuts With A View
Misc: buttons, twine, felt leaves and acorn, olive grosgrain, scallop border punch

Friday, September 18, 2009

Halloween Swap

For our card group this month we are swapping Halloween treats! I had a ton of ideas that I wanted to do, but finally decided on this one and went with it.

Inside is a bag of popcorn and some confetti paper. The kids and Jake walked around the neighborhood with me to collect the sticks! ;)

I also wanted to show how easy it was to take the tag on the bag and turn it into a focal point on a card.

I started out by cutting the tag on my Cricut at 4 1/2" (George Cartridge) and then stamping the halloween text stamp on the top half. I ran the celery strip through the Cuttlebug and then scalloped the black piece. I added the orange grosgrain and button, and then stuck that piece onto the tag. I stamped and cut the witch hat, added ribbon and the brad. Then stamped the pumpkin and punched out, then added those on the tag. Ribbon was the final touch for the tag.

For the bag, I cut it in strips, and on the front only I cut it all the way down to the bottom. Then added my popcorn bag, stick, and confetti paper, and tied it all off with ribbon and attached the tag.

For the card, I ran more celery through the Cuttlebug, added some ribbon and brads to the lavendar cardstock, and then layered it all on the black card base.

Lavendar Lace, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: Eat, Drink & Be Scary
Misc: scallop border punch, brads, black and orange grosgrain ribbon, curly label punch, silver cord, Cuttlebug folder, Cricut

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What to do with decorative stick pins??

Last Friday my friend Steph and I went to the Scrapbook Expo. We found some great deals, and one of them I loved was decorative pins by Fancy Pants for $1. So of course I had to buy 4 packs of them...all different colors and shapes. Each pack has about 20-30 pins in it, so realistically I was getting 120 pins for $4. I kept thinking, "Kandi, do you really need all of these different colors/shapes?" to which I replied back (uh ya I do talk to myself like this, its ok I promise) "UH YA of course I need all of these, there are so many things I could do with them!!" ( I also got the only pack of crochet flowers I saw that matched one set of pins!)

So, in order to prove myself right ( myself I might add), I had to break these out the other night and put them on a card. Now of course I'm stuck and need to think of other ways to use them, haha! :) BUT I have so MANY colors and shapes (see I'm still selling myself on the benefits of buying all of em even though they were dirt cheap!) that I'll be using them for months, years maybe. ;) Anyway, the soft colors and the little crochet flower spoke "baby" to me, and even though I don't know anyone that is having a girl right now, I'm sure I'll find some use for this down the road!

CS: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette DSP
Ink: Certainly Celery
Stamp: Bundle of Joy
Misc: Fancy Pants stick pins and crochet flower, SU design button, dmc floss, certainly celery grosgrain ribbon, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, Martha Stewart border punch

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

World Card Making Day

No cards to share today (hopefully tomorrow!), but I did want to mention World Card Making Day! If you are a cardmaker you should be pretty familiar with this day. If not, have you been under a rock?! Just kidding! ;) World Card Making Day was created by Paper Crafts for all of us cardmakers to celebrate our awesome hobby! (Scrapbooking day is in May in case you were wondering!)

Last year, my friends Mel and Steph came over and we ate some good food, had a ton of laughs, and made 10 cards each! It was a super fun day and I hope to repeat more of that this year! :)

Check out the Blog Tour list. If you'll be doing something fun on your blog on October 3rd for WCMD, leave a link to your blog on the site so others can find you!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chalkboard Technique

The Chalkboard Technique is one I recently tried. It is really simple, but adds a little pop to your card!

Ink a solid image stamp with white pigment ink and stamp on dark cardstock. Using a q-tip or sponge daubers, color in the stamped image with chalks. Continue to add colors to the stamped image until all ink is covered in chalk. I read that you will want to use a Swiffer wipe to carefully remove the excess chalk around your image, but I used a regular paper towel. Probably should have used the Swiffer as I noticed some smudges after I took the picture! The chalk seems to stick to the ink pretty well, but you can use an acrylic spray to seal the chalk.

This was a little Thank You set my kids gave their teachers at the end of school last year. We did carmel apples, and the kids wrote sweet messages on the inside of their cards. (I had to save posting this because I knew this would be our September challenge, hehe!)

CS: Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Picnic DSP
Ink: White craft ink, Real Red
Stamp: Tart & Tangy, Warmest Regards
Misc: Pastel chalks, crimper, Cricut for tag, scallop border punch, Real Red grograin ribbon, misc black ribbon

Monday, September 14, 2009

Poppin' Pastels

I haven't done too much with chalk before, but the Poppin' Pastels technique gives such a soft touch to any card. On this card, the center flower image was stamped in Versamark ink, and then chalk rubbed over it. The ink picks up the chalk, and makes it easy to instantly color different pieces on this flower. You could also mix colors, like fall leaves for example. Just another way to get more mileage out of your stamps!

CS: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Prints Pack DSP
Ink: Versamark, Bashful Blue
Stamp: True Friend, Lots of Thoughts
Misc: Scallop border punch, scallop circle punch, ticket corner punch, white brads, Bashful Blue striped grograin ribbon, pastel chalks

Friday, September 11, 2009

Get Well - Masculine

My co-worker (and awesome stampin' friend) Barb and I were talking at work the day before about our Get Well cards for our upcoming swap. She totally inspired me for this card! We were talking about how Get Well cards we always think of flowers, and gear them more towards feminine designs. She mentioned doing a more masculine card and it got me to thinking!

So Wednesday night I sat down, and with no real clear direction, I just started pulling stuff out. This card came together in minutes and was SO SUPER FUN! It was like the crafty mojo was just flowin! What started it off was that little spark of what I'd do for a masculine get well, and I immediately thought of the Loads of Love stamp set with the fun sentiment. "Thought you could use a little pickup!" From there I just grabbed things that made me think masculine, (of course the brown haha!) and within 20 minutes this was all done.

First I stamped the truck, doggies, and driver on patterned paper and cut it out. That was later mounted to the cocoa rectangle, and then rounded the corners. I added the ribbon and the border to the top to create even more balance on the top half. To round it out, the sentiment was stamped twice on the different cardstock colors and cut out. That left the opposite end a little empty so some corduroy brads finished it off. (Plus to be honest...I'd smudged some lip gloss in the bottom corner so a little accident turned into a happy discovery hehe!)

CS: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Brocade Blue, Very Vanilla, DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Loads of Love and Loads of Love Acc.
Misc: Corduroy buttons, linen thread, twill tape, chocolate chip grograin ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch, corner rounds

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thank You

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to chit chat? Well, for my friends that know (and pretend) to love me, they know I'm a chit-chatter. Maybe rambler is more the word to describe it. Yep, definitely a rambler am I. I've been trying to not chit-chat (or ramble as the case may be) on the blog-o so much, but its kinda hard! ;) Because there are a bazillion things I could think of to say, but probably not anything really card or craft related. And that was the whole reason I have this blog separate from our Family Blog. I wanted one just for our fam stuff, and one just for crafts. (Don't get me started on my third blog that is for all those crazy haphazard thoughts that just come out of nowhere that I have to document.)

But today, I felt like chit-chatting a little. Maybe because I don't have a lot to say about this card, haha! So here's my little somethin' somethin'... Sometimes (ok a lot lately) I find that I'm over thinking my cards. I love perusing blogs and Split Coast and gaze adoringly at gorgeous creations and think the stampy stamper made it look so simple and effortless and why can't I do that?! So, here is a super simple, easy peasy card. I'm liking those more and more lately for obvious reasons. I love that with just a few things a card instantly comes together. It doesn't have to be this breathtaking masterpiece, but just a fun, funky, cheery, quirky, or thoughtful little thing. Because no matter what, the person you give it to will love it...because you thought of them and made it. Now, how awesome is that?!

About the card can totally see all of my obsessive compulsive things coming out right now. Obviously the brown for one. I keep seeing myself reaching for brown lately...stop it self! The saffron ribbon...seriously its almost gone I've been using it so much lately! And that scallop border punch is never out of a fingertips reach! All Stampin' Up goodies on here too!

CS: Lavendar Lace, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Prints Pack II DSP
Ink: So Saffron
Stamp: Cute and Curly
Misc: Curly Label Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Chocolate Chip Corduroy brads, So Saffron grograin ribbon, Flower Fusion felt flowers, Saffron (Regals pack) brad

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Get Well Soon

Our stamp group does a swap each month, and in a little while we are doing Get Well cards. It seems like I always have the hardest time with these and Sympathy cards. I'm trying to get a jump start and come up with a few examples before I settle on the one for the group. This card is my first go, and was pretty quick to put together. I like these types of cards to be soft without too much on them. I think the subtle colors work well, and with the few little gemstones to accent it finishes the card off.

So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Celery DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Stamp: Sincere Salutations, Happily Ever After (flower)
Misc: Oval cutter (CM), Scallop scissors, gemstones, So Saffron grograin ribbon, aqua blender

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bugs & Kisses!

I have a little bitty card to share today! I love small cards because they are just so fun to work with. Sometimes its a challenge to fill up a regular sized card with small stamps, so I like to scale it down just a bit. This card is 4 1/4 x 3 7/8. It was in my scrap pile and was the perfect size!

On this card, I also wanted to use a couple of the bugs from this set, so what better way to showcase a few cutes ones than to stack them up together?! Three different punches were used on this card, too. The modern label and curly label punches are grouped together for the sentiment, and of course my all time fave, the Scallop border punch.

Lavendar Lace, Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, Prints Pack DSP
Ink: Lavendar Lace, Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron
Stamp: Bugs & Kisses
Misc: Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Scallop border punch, So Saffron grograin ribbon

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wild About You!

I bought this stamp set from my friend Sharon when it was retiring back in July. I finally pulled it out this last weekend, and came up with this little card for my kiddo. I forget how much they love getting their own little cards!

CS: Night of Navy, Green Galore, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Gable Green, Night of Navy, Real Red
Stamp: Wild About You
Misc: Thickers letters, SU buttons, Scallop border punch, corner punch, Swiss dots embossing folder, Bashful Blue striped grograin ribbon, DMC floss