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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Masculine Tree

Over at the Simon Says blog they're having a Masculine card challenge. We all know just how difficult masculine cards can be to create (adding flowers, bows, and using colorful and femine paper is so much easier!) ...

...but I'm getting better at these masculine cards. It's a learning curve...

Today's card features another stamp from the "Thoughts and Prayers" stamp set by Stampin' Up. I absolutely love trees on masculine cards -- there's something about trees...

Sometimes the cards turn out to be monochromatic...when you truly didn't intend to create one! But shades of brown are so fun to work with...and calming... (I LOVE BROWNS!)

Here's a look at the full card:

The border punch is one of my favorite by Martha Stewart. The ribbon is from Simon Says store (I think)...and of course some pearls. :) You gotta love bling...of any kind! :)

So anyways, I'm off to get some other projects finished. Thanks for stopping by my blog...and have a great day! :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Color Stamping Technique

I love trying new things. Not just when it comes to scrapping, but in general. Show me an idea...and if it's something I'm interested in, I'll no doubt try it myself...if I have the supplies. :)

I saw this stamping technique done by Gina K. on her video tutorials...and I absolutely loved it! But I just didn't have any stamps that would work for it. Today I borrowed this lovely Stampin' Up set (I absolutely love their stamps!) and finally tried it myself.

The technique is very simple.

Get a rubber stamp that requires no black lines to define it....

some Copic markers (or a similar type marker),

and some paper to apply it to. Then you color directing onto the rubber stamp with the Copic markers. Yes, I said the STAMP, not the stamped image. Color the stamp till it is completely covered with ink...

 and apply to the paper. You should get a perfect colored image...with no black lines. :)

Pretty cool! :)

So here's a look at my card:

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good and crafty day! :)

 Ladybug crafts -- say it with flowers

tuesday throwdown -- fav embellishment ( ribbon)
RRR -- Use Ribbon
scribble and scrap crafts -- anything goes
Jan link challenge -- anything goes
nbus - never been used schtuff -- anything goes (ribbon is brand new)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Almost All White Wedding

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I made this card for a friend's wedding...and I love how it turned out. Yes, it's Pinterest inspired (love love love Pinterest!) ...and happens to be one of the tougher (for me) themes...using mostly white papers.

I borrowed the embossing folder from a friend, but unfortunately I don't know the name of the folder. The Daisy punch is a Fiskars punch...and the sentiment is from a Stampin Up set.

Something old, something new, something borrowed...but nothing blue! :p LOL

Some challenges for my card:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

God Bless You

Hi guys. I've been working on some cards the past week...and finally found a few moments to post one for you. :)

I have a new (for me) Cuttlebug folder that I've been wanting to use...but haven't had much success with using it on a card. It's a border folder...and it kind of requires a focal image in the center. This is what I came up with...

I used a stamping set from Stampin Up that I absolutely LOVE!!! I stamped the image...and then cut it out...and added some dimensional foam behind the cross to lift it a bit.

I also added some vallum which I stamped with the sentiment.

LOVE how it turned out...and I'll be sure to use this sketch a lot in the future! :)

Some Challenges for my card:

4 Crafty Chicks:Anything Goes
Fairytale Stamper: Something New (embossing folder)
Daring Cardmakers: Sentimental

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wedding Card

Hi guys. Wedding season is in full swing again. That means lots of wedding cards to create for family members and friends alike are on the list of people getting married. :) What a joyous time!

So here's the wedding card I created today. I wanted to keep it CAS style for a challenge I found at "The Card Concept". They have a wedding theme challenge on right now. I chose the Clean and Layered option.

and since Simon Says Stamps has a "Make it Sparkle" challenge...I decided to bling it up with "diamons".

Thanks for stopping by. And please leave a comment. I love to hear feedback on my projects. :)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mini Album

Hi guys. Today I want to show you a project I've been working on the last two days. I found this great tutorial for a mini album on Pinterest. I've tried making a mini album in the past (love the whole idea of it cause it's like a mini scrapbook...with a twist...cause you have to actually open flaps and stuff)...and they're so cool! ...but they never turned out quite like I imagined. This project was by far the easiest mini album I've tried so far...and I absolutely love the final result. :)

I used a Stampin' Up paper pack that I've had in my stash for awhile now. It was perfect...and I love all the different papers. The ribbons are also from my stash (some are Stampin' Up, some are just from the local Dollar Store). And of course I had to use some border punches. I think these ones are called "Arch Lattice" by Martha Stewart and "Daisy" by Fiskars.

So here's a look through the mini album. I'll more than likely add more embellishments once I add my photos...but I think you'll get the general feel of the album.

This is the front. It's still missing the title and the photo...

The first fold opens upward:

There are two pockets along the side that holds the two photo mats. The mats themselves are double there will be a total of four different photos.

On to the second "page"...
         this tag and photo mat are stuck no removing...

but then you flip up the right find two more photo mats.

Moving on to page 3...
     This is the most "hand's on" page. It has three different pockets that hold either tags or photo mats.

First off...there's a big photo mat in a pocket on top of the left page. This mat is there will be two big photos.

Then there's obviously the two tags in the front of the left page. The tags have space for a photo in the back...which I'll probably end up turning around. So my photos will be shown...with journaling on the back. But I figured with no photos to display yet...I'd show the "journaling" side of the tags.

Finally, there's a two-sided photo mat in a pocket on the right page as well. Space for two different photos.

And when you close the book...this is the back view.

Have I inspired you to try one of these for yourself? Here's the link to a great tutorial. It's not complicated at all...and it's made from a basic 12x12 sheet of paper (cardstock or printed -- though I'd suggest you go with a two-sided thicker paper 'cause then you have the background papers already there...and just have to add the tags and the embellishments.) But that's all up to you. :) Enjoy! :)


Sunday, June 15, 2014

To my Husband

Hi guys. It's Father's Day today and I thought I'd share a card I made for the occasion. This one isn't actually for MY father, but for my husband...but he's a it totally counts. :)

I decided to try a bit of a new style. I've always loved stamping...but for some occasions I just don't have the right stamps. And so I decided to use my printer and print out a sentiment instead...

I had some beautiful sparkly (or shiny) grey cardstock that I used for my background. It keeps it from being boring. I also added a strip of black paper on the left which I embossed with one of the border folders from the Cuttlebug "Just My Type" folder set. It adds a bit of texture to the card, which I always love.

So here's my card. Masculine cards are always the most difficult ones for me to make...but I'm loving how this one turned out. :)

Thanks for dropping by. Have a great and Godly day! :)