Wednesday, June 27, 2012

gettin fishy with it

today is another card that i made, and it's for my very first challenge with retro sketches! i don't know how i missed their challenge blog so far, but i have! lol!

anyway, love the sketch! i had so much fun with it!

i used lawn fawn's 'critters in the sea' for the paper pieced, little goldfish, so cute! and of course harold's abc's for the sentiment. the fishes are also popped up, can't have a project of mine go by without dimension now can we?

i am loving combining the cutesy images of stamps with the 'real'/textured background paper. it makes the images really pop, and i love it! not to mention, i think these colors are so fun together! 

so i used some washi tape from danielle's stash on this card - her washi tape collection was my inspiration the whole 12 hour crop! ha ha! i kept it right near my table so i could look at it and get inspired! :)

the edge of the color block on my card is cut from the amy tangerine sketchbook collection. one of the papers has a bunch of 'borders' so i cut one out for my edge! 

anyway, love this card! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

gettin splashy

today, i'm sharing the good luck card i made for the challenge going on over at lawnscaping! it's all about a color splash! and i really love that kind of look! 

this is another card i made at the 12 hour crop this past weekend with danielle! so fun!
so here's my good luck card! :)

i bought that tan embossing powder while we were at the store cropping! it was AWESOME to crop at such a nice store, because if you needed something (or even THOUGHT you needed something!) you could just walk into the product section and put it on your tab! at the end of the night, we all checked out, and it was dangerous fun! lol! ha ha! i can't  wait to share what else i made!

but i digress.

the flamingo (from gnome sweet gnome) is popped up and popped OUT in color! lol! the bow tie is white heat embossed for a little bit of a snazzy feel. and of course, the sentiment was made with harold's abc's.
and i just thought that the pattern of the background paper was perfect because it sort of looked like the rays of the sun! i couldn't resist that with a hot pink flamingo floating around on my crafty space! :)

so that's it! clean and simple, and poppy! :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

peanut butter and jelly bacon

the colors at the paper smooches sparks challenge is by far one of my favorite things of all times - peanut butter and jelly!!! lol!! love it! in fact, i had it for breakfast! :) so how could i not play along? lol!

i had this idea for a card for a long time, and i was finally able to execute it! :) 
ha ha ha!

i heat embossed the sentiment and popped up the monster and the bacon for fun! it's been a while since i used the monster image, and i don't know why, but he' still one of my favorite images! lol!! i thought his face was perfect for the sentiment! :) 

well, that's it! more share soon! my bff danielle and i got crafty at a 12 hour crop yesterday and we were super productive!! and we had a blast, and i can't wait to do it again soon! :)
happy sunday and enjoy! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

happy everything

this may be one of my all time favorite color combinations! yellow and grey and pinks!! awesome! love it! way to go embellish magazine team! :)

so all i had to do was make a card with awesome colors, and then make it happy! check!! :)

i definitely had fun making this card! 
i got to ink up a new lawn fawn set that i have had since the release, but not used yet!

the images are from lawn fawn's 'sunny skies' stamp set! they're all paper pieced goodies! i couldn't resist piecing together houndstooth and polka dots! lol!

one of the clouds and the kite are popped up, i can't resist a call for some dimension!
the sentiment is from paper smooches' stamp set, 'simply said' - which was heat embossed!

i hope you enjoy it, and i hope it made you smile - that was the point, after all! :)

Monday, June 18, 2012


so this is a card i made for the market street stamps june 'paint the town' challenege! it's the first time i've ever played along, but i know it won't be my last. LOVE their stamps! :) couple that with the amazing color combo...yeah, i'm hooked! 

one of my favorite stamp sets is this 'gone campin' set! i don't know why! i'm not even a camper! but for some reason, i'm all over it! ha! and that mosquito image...cracks me up!! so i'm using it again on this card!

the mosquito and campfire images are paper pieced and popped up. 
the wings on the little guy are glossi-fied and i even added a hint of sparkle on his cheek! 

i splashed the card with  mr. huey's clay spray and used the same sort of shade for the sentiment, which again...i can't get enough of!! lol! it just makes me laugh!

add some twine in a bow, and this clean and simple card is complete! :)
i really liked how it turned out, and i can't wait to send it and make a certain someone laugh, on their bad day! :)


Thursday, June 14, 2012

hitchin a ride

so i came up with the idea for this card this morning when i was playing on the floor with the little menn (the littlest mann has a toy alligator). and all day, i was like, must-make-card, must-make-card. ha ha!! so i squeezed in some crafty time between naps, work, and oh, just naps and work. but it felt like there was a lot more squeezing happening! lol! 

so this card is for the awesome designer drafts sketch challenge at paper smooches sparks, and i had fun every step of the way! :)

here's the sketch:

and here's my card:

the alligator is perhaps, one of the cutest things i've seen! ha ha! he's paper pieced! the clouds and the bird is fussy cut, which was then outlined for a fun factor!

the they were all popped up onto a square of the same patterned paper! i think that's so neat! lol! 
the grass is popped up too (lots of dimension on this card!!), and the sentiment is heat embossed.

i was like, who hasn't ever asked for a ride from a friend, right? or carpooled together with a friend on a road trip? ha ha!

well that's it! hope tonight is filled with crafty-time for everyone!

Monday, June 11, 2012

missin you

i was totally thrown off guard with the latest color inspiration from the play date cafe! i was like, psh, no WAY i'm going to come up with something with those colors!! ...and then i made two cards!! :) turns out, i'm sort of a fan of that color combination! :)

the cards i made are a set, same stamps, and slight differences. i used the 'across the miles' stamp set from the sweet stamp shop (LOVE that image. i can't say that enough. LOVE!). and i created the sentiment from lawn fawn's 'quinn's abc's'. 

here's the first card:

the image is popped up for dimension, and the heart was glossi-fied.
i cut out the state of Colorado, because that's where the recipient (to be!) of this card lives, and it's 'missing'. he he he.

on the second card, nothing is popped up - what? i know! totally not me. the heart is also glossy. yep, just a bunch of fussy cut stamp images. :) i like it though! :)

like i said - i really had fun making these cards, and stepping out of (what i thought was!) my comfort zone! 


Friday, June 8, 2012

just keep swimming

fun fact - this is my 200th post!!

i saw the latest challenge at the alley way stamps, and i fell in love with the inspiration photo! i think i may play more than once! alas - i don't own any taws stamps yet, but they have free digi's available, so i used a few of those!! how cool!!

as soon as i saw the clusters of pleated circles, i knew what i wanted to do! i have been wanted to make a pleated flower forever, but just hadn't done it! so this was my chance - and my first time making them! of course, they're super easy!

here's my card:

i paper-pieced the little fishy guy, but i also added some extra fun to him by outlining it with an orange marker. i really like how that looks! i can see more of that in my future!

i the staggered, pleated flowers are meant to represent the bubbles. and of course, what's a sea-scape without sand/seaweed? :) 

inside the card, it says, 'just keep swimming' - another digi freebie from the fabulous alley way stamps!

i think i'm loving this card, and i totally can't wait to use pleated flowers on my next layout!! 

so that's it! SO happy that it's friday!!! i'm going to try to get crafty more this weekend and play again - i LOVE the colors and cluster in that photo! i honestly can't stop looking at it! lol

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

my hubby's birthday

today is my hubby's birthday! yahoo! and, slacker that i am, i just made his card today - while he was at work! :) oops! 
in my defense, i tried to make it last night, but i lost my PS 'party posse' stamp set and i'm SO bummed!! :(  i tore everything apart, and it's gone. *sniff*

anyway, i created this card instead for him, and i even got creative on the inside! the card was created with the latest trend watch challenge at paper smooches sparks - LOVE the patterns on the photo!

so of course i went with patterned paper to tie it all in! i used the 'boob tubes' and 'eco friendly' stamp sets for this card! :)

the tv is paper pieced, and the little tornado is fussy cut into the tv! i LOVE that little guy, which is ironic because if anyone knows me, they know i turn into a curled up ball of mush during bad weather! lol!

i used some black enamel goo to pop up the buttons on the tv, and i used a ton of glossy accents for the tv screen! he he! i think that's my favorite part! :)

inside the card - it's all one layer, but i do like the extra touch of love it adds!

i shaded with yellow around the swirls and just added a little punched heart to the bottom corner - see? little added love! :)

so that's it!

Monday, June 4, 2012

wish you were here

the weekend is over...sigh, and it's time to start another week - bring it on!
tonight i'm here with a card i made for two challenges! the latest challenge at lawnscaping is all about patterned paper! YES!! :) i am a patterned paper-aholic and i loooooove paper piecing, so i'm in! :)

also, the challenge going on at young crafters unite is all about flowers, which i think is totally 'season' appropriate, and i had a blast creating my card with flowers!

so here it is:

i used three stamp sets from lawn fawn - harold's abc's (perhaps the most used stamp set in the history of the world - for me! ha ha!), 'love n breakfast' and 'on the mend'. everything is paper-pieced and it's all patterned paper- except the white base for the card. honestly i really had so much fun with this card!

the flowers and vases are popped up for some dimension-y fun!

so that's it! i hope you have a really wonderful week! 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

always friends

the latest challenge at a blog named hero is awesome! i love color challenges!! and this one is even more fun since it's their logo! 

who doesn't love those colors together, right?

so here's my take:

i used the 'life of the party' stamp set for the main images, and the jungle-y set 'cl155' for the sentiment (which is heat embossed). i started off this card with a birthday theme in mind...but you know how things happen! :) most of my good friends are all over the country, so anytime i get a chance to give a nod to being close to friends, who aren't close in proximity, i'm going to do it! :)

my favorite part of the card is the candy i used as a bow tie and bow! i think adding bows/bow ties to images is on my new favorite things to do! it's a good thing i don't have a hero arts mustache set, that's all i'm saying!! :)

so, i added glitter to jazz up the card - sometimes i have a hard time telling myself when to stop with the glitter...the original plan was to just glitter their freckle-y cheeks...oops.

anyway, that's that! time to convince my hubby to set up my expedit from ikea...SO EXCITED! we'll see if he sets it up, if so, i'll post some before (scary!!) and after pictures!
enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

stayin' cool

i have been wanting and wanting to use this penguin image from the 'my peeps' set from paper smooches for-EVER! and now that i just recently won it, i was super geeked to ink it up!

couple that with the fact that it's SO hot here...i'm talking temperature hot and humid hot all at once...and vwa-la! you have the card i made for this latest paper smooches sparks challenge!

of course the picture is awesome! i mean, a teal piano...yes please!

so the little penguin was stamped and paper-pieced actually. i cut out his belly and eyes that i stamped in black and then colored and glittered his nose. i couldn't resist! 

i love using buttons, and i haven't in a while, so i thought the challenge picture was a perfect reason! they're my interpretation of snowflakes! also, i used the 'alphadot' set for the custom sentiment.

so that's it! hope this card sent you a little cool-th. yes. cool-th, i made it up! :)