Friday, October 28, 2011

Murphy's Law and Friends with Flair!

I keep thinking that it's going to calm down around here...yeah, right. As I was trying to be useful and get some housework done, I kept getting ideas for cards. Unfotunately, if I don't try them out right away, I forget what the idea was in the first place. This was the one that I didn't forget!

Papertrey Ink  and Paper Studio cardstock
Paperstudio brads
Zing embossing powder
Unity/ Itty bitty stamps
memento ink

The background was from the itty bitty found here and the sentiment here. I like how this card turned out, but what makes me smile about this picture is that my enormous pile of homework was the only way to prop up the card so I could get a picture that showed the background at all.

And this is my little guy who kept popping his head in front of my camera and saying, "Cheese!" I couldn't resist that grimy little face!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chick Challenge #4

My local fabric store was having a sale on buttons and I found some doozies. It's a good thing they were on sale!

The fabulous mailman brought my {ippity} order yesterday and I liked how the leopard print banner stamp and my cool button went together. And then I noticed the new Chick Challege was posted. So here goes nothing...

Going for simple and elegant....

Papertrey Ink cardstock, die, and twine
Memento ink
Prima flowers
{ippity} stamps
JHB button
Wausau paper

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yay for simple!

I'm really glad for this week's Make it Monday for two reasons: 1-  I finally know how to use my impression plates (directions, shmirections) and 2- these cards were really easy to make in assembly line fashion.

Papertrey Ink die, impression plate, white ink, sentiment, twine
Memento black ink
Paper Studio pre-made card
Hobby Lobby button

This was my first ever try at using a brayer and I love how it makes the tree look. With the impression plates, it's like decorating without getting stuck with pine needles!

Here's to starting a simple and joyous holiday season!

Monday, October 17, 2011

6th time's the charm?

I figure that if I keep joining challenges, I might actually have enough Christmas cards to send out this year!

This week's Make it Monday was to make a frame using dies and I chose the most inefficient way of making my card.

I blame the embossing powder that seems to stick everywhere but where I want it. It took me seriously 6 tries before I figured out to emboss first, then do the rest.

I like how it turned out, though. The snowflake die is my favorite die of all time, I think.

Papertrey Ink cardstock, snowflake die, stamps, white ink, twine
Spellbinders circle die
Versamark ink
Zing embossing powder

Thank you, PTI, for inspiring me to get my Christmas cards done this year!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friends With Flair!

Happy Friday, finally!

My daughter's school is in the middle of a fundraiser for new playground equipment, and guess who offered to be treasurer last spring?

Really, I'm not sure what I was thinking. I'm working on my Master's in library science- not a lot of numbers there. In my free time, I've been making cards. Besides measuring, not a lot of numbers there, either.

We spent the last four afternoons verifying totals and getting the deposit ready. My brain might explode now. But really, I'm lucky that we live in such an excellent and GENEROUS school district. I will be thankful that we are nearly done!

I started out to make a pink and sparkly card for a pink, sparkly friend who is starting a new job and this came out instead. I like how it turned out, I just have to head back to the craft table to make that pink, sparkly card!

Papertrey Ink cardstock
My Mind's Eye dp
{ippity} by Unity stamps
Martha Stewart edge punch
Prima flowers
shell buttons from stash

TGIF everyone! We are headed to the pumpkin patch, yay!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tuesday Trigger

It's Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger! I had to do the challenge this week because I think all of the clothes I bought for this fall are either that teal-y blue-green or dark grey. It's a sign, I tell you!
I also like the swirly design on this dress. I just got this Prima paper from in the mail yesterday and it kind of reminded me of the swirls. I just wish my photography was better :)

I bought these stamps in one of Unity's fabulous sales a while ago and I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to ink them up. Fortunately, I had a few minutes yesterday and this was a super easy card since the paper is so great. Also, it was a sanity saver, getting to be creative instead of counting fundraiser money!

Papertrey Ink cardstock and ink
Prima dp
Memento ink

Have a great day, it's almost Friday!

Friday, October 7, 2011

What brain wave?

I'm having a few days where I'm pretty sure that I'm the only one on my brain wave. That, or else my hands and brain are having a huge disconnect. I'm just glad that this doesn't seem to be applying to my school work as I have an assignment due on Monday.

With World Card Making Day, there have been some great challenges on SCS. I read the challenges, I look at all the great examples, and then what turns up on my craft table is something completely different.

Here is my first disconnect. It's for the Chick Challenges with {ippity} and here is the sketch:

And here is what landed on my table:

And here is my second. The challenge was to be inspired by this photo:

And this is what happened:
Not even close, although I think I'll enter it in the Halloween challenge instead.

Good thing there aren't Card Police.

My Mind's Eye paper
Papertrey Ink dies
Memento and Stampin' Up ink

Have a good one!