Rockabilly Chick

Hello!

I made this card forever ago and just now got around to take a picture of it. I will get better about that one of these days. Its bad enough I took the picture now, at 10:30 at night, so the quality stinks. Baby steps folks…

The image is Cheeky Rockabilly by The Greeting Farm. She is part of the Cheeky Cherry Collection and I just love her. Doesn’t she just scream Sassy? I colored her with my copics and added a few stickles to her dress and shoes. Sassy girls need to sparkle after all 🙂 The paper is Rockabilly Speciality from Stampin’ Up. Sadly this was retired some time ago. I really like this paper and it matches the stamp really well!

This was my first attempt at using a sketch. Deconstructing Jen has the best sketches ever and they are posted to FB. I used this one again on my card for Mother’s Day. This is sketch 45, which you can find here.

I backed the patterned paper with black and then used a layer of real red, also by Stampin’  Up. I do not have a rolled rose die, I NEED to get me one of those, so I made this one on my own. I sprayed it with my smooch spray to give it some shine and added it to the card. I didn’t really have a sentiment to go with it so its plain, for now.

I would have rather used a scallop circle behind the image but the stamp is pretty big and the only other shape I had that was slightly bigger was the pinking circle. Not a huge fan but it didn’t show much so I was ok with it.

Isn’t she cute!

I decorated the inside of the card as well and I could have sworn I snapped a pic but now I can’t find it! Oy! It was basically just a sheet of patterned paper and another circle to write in. I do have two more cards made, and photographed and ready to post but I need to get them in the mail so once they deliver I can post them. I have plans to make some super simple, cards just to get some posts up more often but we will see.

Have a great day!

 

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Birthday Robot!

 I really need to work on updating this more often. The sad thing is that I totally have cards all made up and ready to go. I just need to snap a picture of them. We don’t get a lot of sun at my house since its mostly in the woods and the lighting inside isn’t the best. Anywho…my sweet nephew turned six in May. I can’t believe he is six years old and just about finished with Kindergarten. Time really does go by so fast. It’s pretty insane.

I was on the hunt for a digi image for another card (I did make that one too! Just need to snap a pic) and  I happened to stumble on this cute Robot from Tiddly Inks. I LOVE the images she has there! So much so, that I may have gotten a little out of hand buying some! I don’t have a whole lot of images for little boy cards and this robot seemed to fit the bill. He even has some super cute birthday balloons. Perfect!

I didn’t shrink it down enough though so the image was slightly bigger than I had planned. Of course I didn’t realize that until after I had it all colored. I was still able to fit him in the nestie, but I had to use the largest one and wasn’t able to mat it as originally planned. The card base is basic gray from SU! and all the patterned paper is from SU! as well. This particular pack was retired but I’m pretty sure it was a circus pattern. I can’t remember the name off hand. I liked the colors in it though and figured it worked well with the image.

I colored him up with my copics and added some crystal effects to the balloons so they were more balloon-like. I also popped the image up on pop dots. I really like the way it came out and will definitely use this image again. It was a super simple, fast card to put together and I didn’t really do too much to it since it was going to a six year old who probably doesn’t care about the card so much 🙂

Mothers Day!!

Helllllooo!!! I have been really bad at craft blogging and the sad thing is I have a good 3 cards all ready to go, just need to photograph them. I do most of my stamping at night so the pics never come out good and I don’t remember to do it in the morning before work.  I will get better at that!

I spent this years Mother’s Day with my mom! I know, I know that seems obvious right? Well my mom lives in Florida and I never get to see her for Mother’s Day. We are usually with my in-laws. This year it worked out that we were able to zip down to Florida for a long weekend and it was awesome! We did a bunch of nothing and had the best time. We shopped, ate, hung out and laughed until we couldn’t breathe. Good times! The trip was planned about a month ago but I didn’t have my brilliant idea to create a ‘project life’ wedding album for my mom until just about 2 weeks before we left. I had to go through 3000 pictures my wedding photographer took, pick the best ones and order prints. I ordered paper, embellies and project life pages and was all set to go.

The pictures arrived from Kodak first and then the pages came. The paper…well that didn’t go quite as smooth. It took over a week from the time I ordered until I had it in my hands. I won’t blast that company here but lets just say I was NOT thrilled. I went ahead and ordered a back-up paper pack from www.iheartpapers.com and got it in 2 days. It helps she is located in NJ as am I, however, she always ships the same day you order so I knew I would have something to work with.

I didn’t want to make the album too project life-like. I didn’t want to add a lot of scrapbook type stuff, mostly pictures and add in a few things here and there. As usual, I over-thought most of it and ended up re-doing a few sections. All in all, I really like how easy it came together and will probably do this for all my photos from now on.

I used all 12×12 pages and didn’t order the actual Project Life ones. I got We R Memory Keepers. They are sturdy and are in a sense the same thing. I ordered those from Amazon and Scrapbook.com. The album is just a brown linen 3-ring book I got at Joanns.

I had a hard time with this layout page and am still not thrilled with it

I was supposed to heat emboss white flowers on this but ran out of time :/

I love this page! I found a copy of the program to throw in there too

No embellies, just paper but I really like how it looks. This is all 4×4 squares

My Mom and Pop Russ. They had such a good time, we even played their wedding song. They had just celebrated an anniversary

As you can see, most sections were either photos or a piece of patterned paper. ALL the paper is Basic Grey’s Konnichiwa Collection. I loved the bright colors in it. I didn’t want to do all black and white. The paper had red and brown, which were my wedding colors, and some blue, pink, orange and green as well. Plus, as everyone knows I have a slight obsession with Japanese stuff.

To keep with the theme, I made a card out of the same paper pack. Because of the size of this particular image, the card is a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square. I had to use my largest circle nestie so she would fit. That meant I had to use the crown circle behind it. (Not my favorite nestie)

I stamped Geisha Anya from The Greeting Farm on my white PTI paper and colored her with my copics. I used a sketch from deconstructingjen.com, it’s one of my favorites. I’ve used it a few times already. I made the rolled flowers myself. I took a 3×3 square, drew a spiral on it and cut it out. After I rolled it into a flower, I threw small pearls in the center. I did decorate the inside as well but I forgot to take pictures until AFTER I gave it to her so this is the only one I have! I don’t have any Mother’s Day stamps but I printed a sentiment off the computer. Sadly, I forgot to put it on the card so it is plain.

I have another card I made with this sketch as well, I hope to get that posted this week as well so check back soon 🙂

Have a Good Luck

We usually get our lottery tickets from a local store and the guy always says “Have a good luck” when he gives us the tickets. He is so nice and he always makes me giggle. It doesn’t take much to humor me people. If you’ve ever met my husband you would know this. LOL

I found out a co-worker was leaving the company and moving on to bigger and better things for her. I knew I wanted to make her a card but had the hardest time picking a stamp to use. Since you all know how obsessed I am with all things Japanese I figured that was a good place to start. It seemed to fit too because whenever I am in the Japan store in Epcot (Disney for those that do not know…and if you didn’t know I am very sad about that!) there are always things that have saying and things for good luck. Ok, ok…so it is a stretch but I felt I needed to justify using a Japanese stamp, again.

I had one picked out from Recollections that I got at Michael’s on sale but when I stamped it…I just wasn’t really feeling the way it looked. So I took inventory again. I decided on Japanese Tilda from Magnolia. I just love her! I stamped her on PTI white cardstock and colored her with my prismacolor pencils and OMS. I added some papers from the Stampin’ Up- Cottage Wall DS paper pack and added Rich Razzleberry taffeta ribbon. This ribbon is fabulous! I love it. I stamped the sentiment using SU’s so happy for you set. I wanted to keep it super simple so I decided on a white card base, also PTI white. Its super heavy and works well for a card base. I threw some DS paper on the inside too. I just started decorating the inside of the cards so that’s a work in progress. I pulled out some prima flowers and added those too. I didn’t have any decent brads or anything for the center of the flowers so I used stickles.

Have a Good Luck 🙂

Inside

I used my prismacolor pencils and OMS to color her. I used PC935, PC1096, PC939, PC1078, PC912, PC934, PC928, PC956, PC917, PC927 and PC1060.

Sweet Tilda

I THINK I am getting better adding the fancy papers. I have been patterned paper challenged for-eva! I made another card today but its almost midnight and too dark to snap a picture of it so I’ll have to get it over the next few days.

Tomorrow’s Friday! Yeah buddy!

 

It’s a Sprinkle

Last weekend I went to a Sprinkle. It’s just like a baby shower, only not as big because it is for a second baby. I knew I wanted to make the card and of course I didn’t start it until the night before. One of these days I am going to do something in advance. 🙂

I really don’t have a lot of baby type stamps so I busted out this image from The Greeting Farm. I colored her with my copics and then cut her out with my circle nestability.

I used PTI white and the pattern paper is Berry Blossoms from Stampin’ Up. The card base is Crumb Cake, also from SU. I added some sheer white ribbon and found a few old eyelets that I had  from SU. They were discontinued a few years ago but the green in the flower matched the paper pretty close so I decided to add them. To finish it off, I added some lavender stickles to her headband, flower and dress.

Closer look

I also decided to add something to the inside of the card. I’ve seen this done online before but each time I attempt it…well lets just say it never ends well.

The picture is a little dark, sorry about that. I took a piece of the pattern paper and attached it to early espresso, also SU, and then took a sheet of the pattern paper that looked like a notebook page and attached that to the inside. I stamped sweet in the top left and baby girl in the bottom right. Not too bad for my first attempt! I have yet another card to share in the next few days too! This is some sort of record I tell ya!

Baby Shower!

A few weeks ago, I went to a baby shower for my friend Caryn. She lives out of state but grew up in NJ so it is nice to get a chance to see her. I knew I wanted to make her a card but I really don’t have a lot of baby stamps. I attempted one with a digi image and wasn’t crazy about it. So….at 2 in the morning I decided to start ALL over again.

I pulled out my Circus Circus set from Our Craft Lounge and colored the hippo and elephant with my prismacolor pencils. I added some stickles to the hippo to give it a little something. I cut it out with my circle nestability and while it was still in the die, I traced the inside with a sharpie. I’ve seen this done online and really think it adds a nice effect.

For Baby!

I cut strips of paper from SU Nursery Nest paper pack and I added some solids using Marina Mist and Pear Pizazz. Then I took some twine in Island Indigo, also from SU, and tied that in a bow. I used Crumb Cake as the base of the card as well.

The morning of the shower, as I was looking at the card I felt like it needed something else…so I added another small circle using the same stamp set- I stamped “sweet baby” and added that.

Now it's done!

I think that small little circle made a big difference on the card and I’m glad I added it.

Two posts in a row! Shocked aren’t you? Well I have yet another one all ready to go for tomorrow so keep an eye out!

The card that almost wasn’t…..

Ok so its March and I am just posting my Christmas Card. I am really bad about taking pictures and uploading them but today I had a few other cards to photograph so I grabbed this one too.

 

I had seen a few cards made with the Reindeer Lights stamp from C.C. Designs and had to have it. I also loved the sentiment that went with it, Sparkly Wishes. Of course just that wasn’t enough I needed to get the Christmas Bulb border die. I decided this was what I wanted to do well before Thanksgiving. However, because I have horrible luck…by the time I went to order the stamps they were sold out everywhere! I stalked every website and was finally able to get them. Of course then the die was out of stock! Here’s where it got dicey. I placed an order for it and after 2 weeks it still hadn’t come, so I ordered it from another website and got the 2nd one before the first one :/ It was a nightmare!

I almost didn’t add the die to the card because by the time I got the die it was probably 2 weeks before Christmas and the string of lights took forever to do but I think the card needed it and I’m glad I took the time to do it.

I stamped the reindeer in memento tuxedo black ink on PTI white cardstock. I colored him in with my prismacolor pencils. (I have to look up the colors I used) I used Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas paper pad for the one strip of patterned paper. I used just about the entire pad of paper so I had different designer paper on different cards. Same layout and style. The base of the card is Crumb Cake by SU as are all the other papers.(Sorry I didn’t look those colors up either..I will and I’ll update this later)

Merry Christmas!

Once I had the reindeer colored, I cut him out with the scallop square nestability and popped him up on pop dots. I stamped the Sparkly Wishes and just cut that out and matted it on a red sheet of paper. For the string of lights, I ran the die through my big shot with black paper first. then again in each of the colors. Then I cut the bulb part off the string and glued them to the black string. Once THAT was done…I added stickles. I only had frosted lace so that’s what I used. I also had cherry cobble twine from SU that I tied around the card. I wanted to decorate the inside as well but after all that I had been through with this card I skipped it.

Isn't he cute?

I only made 50 of these cards. I probably needed a few more but halfway through assembly I ran out of adhesive. I didn’t have time to order it and when I went to the store to get it THEY WERE SOLD OUT! I had to use my Tombo Mono Multi to finish the cards. I was so done. Overall, I really liked the way they came out and I’m glad I didn’t throw them out when I wanted to 🙂

I have two more cards to share! All done, photos taken and uploaded so hopefully I will get those posts up in the next day or so!