Monday, February 24, 2014

For Our Little Prayer Partner

When second graders are preparing for their First Holy Communion in my church, parishioners choose to be prayer partners during their journey.  Our family chose a little guy who was in day care with Max.  I made him this card.

I went a little craft-cray-cray and even stamped the envelope!  Yeah me!

I was inspired at first by my buddy, Karen's, card, which used repetitive stamping to give a patterned paper feel.  She linked to the person who inspired her card.  This stamper's personalized notebooks reminded me that, HEY!  I can make my own patterns!  Duh!

One little note of sadness: as I was cleaning the design that I stamped in Rich Razzleberry, I ripped part of it off.  Sigh.  Hoping I can fix it somehow, but I am not hopeful.

Card size: 5.5 x 4.25"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry textured, Neenah Solar white
Inks: Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Everyday Blessings

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shut the Front Door

Yes, I bought the entire Studio Calico Home Sweet Home stamp set JUST for this stamp.

This card has some stories.  First, the story of the Movers and Shapers.

A few years ago (yes, years), I bought some Stampin' Up! Movers and Shapers dies.  One of them was the shape of an ornament stamp that I had and was cutting by hand every time I used it.  I thought I could just stick them through my Cuttlebug.  Looked simple enough.

I did not realize that there was a Sizzix XL die into which the little dies were designed to go.  Clearly the dies were not a priority.  Then I got a Big Kick, and I thought I should probably figure these out.  And figure I did.  Here's a brief video to show how they "roll" (pun intended).

So, I ordered the larger die off of eBay, as it has been retired from SU!.  It came today, and I was so excited to use it!  And then...I realized I needed XL plates to run it through.  Totally being Punk'd!  Off to Michaels I went, spending the rest of my Christmas gift card and using my 40% off coupon.  I now had everything I needed.  Woot!

I saw a fellow teacher at Michaels who notes that my purse matched the outfit I was wearing.  TOTALLY coincidental, but inspiration for my color choice.  Rick Razzleberry it is!  I cut the card, stamped the sentiment, and thought putting the house inside was pretty funny, in a clean and simple sorta way.

I used my new Stampin' Up! washi tape to give the front a little pop.  I really like this card a lot!

Hugs and Kisses

Man, people are getting so sick lately!  So many of my friends' kids have gotten knock-down, drag-out, Advil-resistant, viral sick.  For one little four year old, I decided to make her a card, because she spiked a 104 temp last night.  She was a good buddy to Max this summer, so I made the card from "Max and His Mom."

Wish I could say it was my idea to use a bandage on a get well card, but I did see some here and there on galleries.  It was my first use of American Crafts glitter tape (what a great idea!).  I used my Stampin' Up! Basic Gray cardstock and embossing folder.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink (Limitless Labels).  I used some Nestabilities dies, some google eyes, and some SU! Dimensionals to raise things up a bit.  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You Make Me Happy...

...when skies are gray.

So, the whole time I am making this card, that's what I am singing.  That line.  Over and over.  My crafting cadence.
The details I adore about this card were hard to photograph as I looked at the card in its entirety, so I tried to photograph snippets.  Here is the whole card (or the best I could do at 11:30 PM).

This card is a combination of multiple materials.The embossing on the base is Cuttlebug's Dots embossing folder.  The chalkboard style paper is Chevron/Chalkboard from We R Memory Keepers.  The stamps come from Stampin' Up! Studio Calico, and Unity Stamps.  The washi is from We R Memory Keepers.  I used Stampin' Up! Craft White ink, Stampin' Up!'s chalk pen, and Stampin' Up! Summer Sun ink.  I popped up the cloud and the word "HAPPY" and the chalkboard base with Stampin' Up! Dimensionals.  I love this phrase that I got with my newly-earned "See Ya Later" set from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I just got it today, and it needed to see some ink.  I was hoping to use my Bitty Banners framelets in my Big Kick, but I must warn that this particular stamp was a tough one from which to pop that word.  The "y" in the word "you" was very close to the word "HAPPY," so I needed to cut the banner by hand to get it thin enough to stand alone.  Coloring this stamp also did not work well.  The markers just would not give a good image.

I LOVE how this turned out.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pullin' for You

This is a card for a co-worker.  I used an old My Favorite Things set (I'm Pullin' for You), as well as my Stampin' Up woodgrain embossing folder.  I used my Copics to color the bunny and Adirondack ink to stamp on Neenah Solar white.  The background is SU! paper (can't recall the color).

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hip-Hip Hooray!

Well, this card took way longer than it needed to take.  I was "Distracted Crafter" this evening.  I needed to focus myself on the fact that I wanted to do these briefly.  I was going back in to "perfectionistic masterpiece" mode, which rarely gives me a good card.  This is extremely simple, and I like it a lot.

Size: 5.5 x 4.25"
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #4
Ink: Stampin' Up! Craft White
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White; Stampin' Up Basic Gray
Patterned paper: From my stash...maybe SU!?  Not sure....
Accessories: SU! Hexagon Punch

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Card Mojo

I have neglected my first love---cardmaking---for too long.  Scrapbooking has definitely been my main objective for about the last year or so.  I realized looking at some stamp sets that I had many a set that had not seen ink---ever or in a long time.  So, I thought I would try making a card a day, no matter how simple.

Some pals and I started a Pinterest board for our creations.  The fabulous Ann Cox posted this challenge for us.
I rolled a 5.  Here's my submission to the challenge.

Size: 5.5 x 4.25
Paper: Stampin' Up! Yo Yo Yellow and Neenah Solar White
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Smile and Stampin' Up! Yippee-Skippee!
Ink: Stampin' Up! Yo Yo Yellow and Basic Gray
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Dots
Ribbon: Ribbon Trends Organdy Ribbon
Also used: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals for embossed base and sentiment