Saturday, April 21, 2012

December Daily -- Days 7, 8, 9 & 10

I am back with more pages from my December Daily. Day 7 was all about shopping in my pj's online! I took a picture of my screen when I was on I used a kraft tag that I dressed up with some stamping (chevron pattern) ribbon and brad as the mat for my journaling card. I added other brads to the center of the flower and the postcard to form a visual triangle. Here it is:
On the Simple Stories postcard, I also stamped the tree and added the word stickers.
Day 8 tells the story of our Christmas lights and how the lights kept going out. I used a big picture of the house fully decorated and a smaller picture with most of the lights out. (Poor Sal!)
For this page, I typed the journaling on my computer. Here's the layout:
Day 9 completes the two0page spread in my album. For this page, I used smaller pictures of some of my favorite house decorations in our neighborhood. I added some glitter stars to the patterned paper for more texture and created a journaling strip on my computer like the one I did for Day 8. Here's the layout:
Finally, Day 10 tells the story of our Christmas wreath and how Sal and Melissa always go together to pick it out. The journaling is layered on a kraft tag much like the one I created for Day 7. I love the metal "numbers" for this page. The one from Tim Holtz metal numbers was the same size as the wreath from his metal charms set. Talk about scrapping karma! And, I didn't even fudge this. We really got the wreath on December 10th this year! Here's the page:
Ten down, fifteen to go! I will be back later this week to, hopefully, finish posting my December Daily!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

So, remember how I said I had very little time to make Easter cards this year? Well my clean and simple design from last week's post was perfect for the adults on my list but I have two grandnephews who are 2.5 and 3. For their cards, I pulled an 8x8 pad of Cosmo Cricket out from my stash. The nice thing about this pad is that it includes several elements sheets with springtime themes. Once I cut out the tags I wanted to use, the cards practically made themselves!

Here's the first card:
I started by cutting out the Peter Cottontail piece. I stamped the two butterflies, doodled their trails and added Glossy Accents to the bunny to make him look as chocolaty as possible! While the bunny was drying, I layered the various patterned papers. I used my Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors on two strips of green paper to make it look like grass. I rounded a few corners to soften the edges, adhered the papers, and added some faux stitching. I used my paper piercer to poke a tiny hole in the fold of my card, threaded the twine through and tied a bow. Here's a closer look at the details:
For the next card, I used a tag that had a cute little chick on it. Here's the card:
To make the chick pop, I smeared a thin layer of Glossy Accents and then sprinkled on the glitter. I cut the words for the sentiment from another tag, distressed the edges with ink and added them to the tag with foam adhesive. The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory. Here's a close-up of the details.
Now that I am done sharing my Easter cards, it will be back to Christmas here on the blog. I finally finished my December Daily (Woo hoo!) and I am ready to finish sharing it.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (kraft);
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Honey Pie);
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door; Vintage Photo); White Signo Gel Pen; Stampin' Up!Marker (Chocolate Brown);
Stamp: Technique Tuesday (Growing Wild);
Tools: Fiskars Border Punch (Scallop Sentiment); Stampin' Up! (Spiral); EK Success Corner Rounder;
Misc.: Twine (My Mind's Eye -- Lime Twist); Ribbon (Cosmo Cricket -- Honey Pie); Glossy Accents.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Playing Favorites!

When it comes to Hero Arts stamps, it's hard for me to pick a favorite! So, when the new blog called A Blog Named Hero challenged crafters to make a project using their favorite Hero Arts products, picking the stamps was, for me, the hardest part of this challenge. Since I needed a birthday card for a Sweet 16, this is what I came up with:

To make this card, I created my own patterned paper using my favorite cupcake stamp a little black ink. I layered that on top of some teal cardstock to make it pop. I used score tape to affix two rows of that perfectly matched ribbon to a one-inch strip of cardstock and trimmed with the teal scalloped cardstock. Next, I used Nestabilities to cut the two circles. I used my newest and most favorite Hero Arts background stamp plus Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to give the black circle a little more detail. (Did I tell you how much I LOVE the new Zig Zag stamp?) I adhered the circles to the card with foam adhesive and finished it off with Thickers. Here's a closer look:
I am really happy with the fresh, graphic feel of this card for a teenager.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White); Stampin' UP! (Bermuda Bay);
Inks: Tsukinedo Memento (Tuxedo Black); Versa Mark;
Stamps: Hero Arts (Zig Zag; Cupcakes);
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities (Circle Large; Classic Scallop); Fiskars border punch (Scallop Sentiment);
Embellishment: American Crafts (ribbon; Thickers).

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad!

Can you believe that Easter is here and I am still working on my December Daily. Yep! I have two days to go plus a layout with all of the Christmas cards we received. But, since it is Easter, I am going to take a little break from posting my December Daily. So today I have an Easter card to share with you.

My Pinterest board is filled with inspiration for Clean and Simple card designs yet, when I sit down to make a card, I do anything but. Well, it's amazing how Clean and Simple one can get when it is two days before Easter and the mailman will be by in 20 minutes! Here's my card:

I told you it was clean and simple! To create it, I stamped the fabulous sentiment in black ink. Then, I used markers to color my flower stamp, starting with the lightest color and working my way to the darkest. Once I was done coloring, I huffed on the stamp and Voila! Clean and simple! I did add a few gems to the center of one of my flowers. I just couldn't help myself!

I wish you all a wonderful Easter or Passover!

There's a fun new blog you may want to check out called Kristin Wilson Handmade. Kristin is offering great blog candy for her followers!

Paper: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream);
Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black); Stampin' Up! Markers (So Saffron; Regal Rose; Bordering Blue; Always Artichoke );
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (This Is the Day by Ali Edwards; Growing Wild);
Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones