Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Be Inspired #50

This week's Cuttlebug Birthday Challenge was to make a centerpiece that worked for your theme for the Cuttlebug Birthday celebration. I chose New Beginnings for my theme since our Girl Scout service unit is starting a new year and also beginning this year with our new Council, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. So my other projects had butterflies and flowers so I centered on those two elements for my centerpiece.

I made a trophy card with the same themed paper that I used in some of the other projects. The base is stamped with a flower pattern from A Year of Flowers by Melanie Muenchinger. I love the saying stamped at the bottom of my trophy card, "All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today." New Beginnings!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Christmas Blitz

Happy Monday! I got some crafting in yesterday. I thought maybe I was going through withdrawal. LOL! The last few weeks have been so busy.
My first card works for two challenges. First up is the Kaboodles challenge. This was a recipe challenge. You needed to use 1 solid card stock (my red card stock); 2 patterned papers; 3 embellishments (Santa ribbon, buttons, and self-adhesive gems); and use a digital image (this cute little bear is from Dustin Pike).

The other challenge was a sketch challenge at Inspirational Card Sketches #35. What a great sketch this was. I thought it was a real challenge too!
So this made my fifth Christmas card for this month's Christmas Cards All Year 'Round. The challenge was a simple one. Make 5 Christmas cards during the month and anything was game. No restrictions. So besides the above challenge card, here's what I came up with.

Another Dustin Pike image was used on this card. Love that Martha Stewart edge punch!

This card uses a recycled Christmas card and star stamps from a Gina K set.

This one uses a Stampin' Up! set called Cardinal Christmas. I also used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on the background card stock and added some star brads as embellishments.

And last but not least is a little deer friend from Squigglefly. Aren't digital stamps wonderful!
I'm hoping to get some more crafting time tonight so I better move on. Thanks for stopping by. Please go to this post to enter my blog candy. I'd love to see you win the goodies! Have a wonderful week.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Challenge #5 for Stampin' Sisters

Happy fall ya'll! I just love this time of year. Although today was warmer and more humid than it's been in a long time. We had to turn our ceiling fans back on today to stay cool! At least it wasn't the air conditioning! Hehehe.
My projects today are for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge #5. I got a little carried away with this challenge.
Today's scripture was chosen by Kathy Winter: Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." Kathy's challenge is to make a card/project using the colors of fall.I made three cards for this challenge. I love fall ya'll!

This card I did for the challenge and I intend to use it as a swap card. This is a flap card held closed with velcro. I used the Colluzzle to cut the ovals and my new Bow Easy to tie the bow.

This is a thank you card in fall colors. I love the background paper. The stamped image is from Stampin' Up! And I added a row of rhinestones to each edge.

And finally this card looks much better in real life. The entire center is also crimped in a different direction but it doesn't show up in the picture. I'll try to take a photo of it tomorrow and replace the scan. This is an anniversary card for my sister. I used Lee Conrey's technique for crimping the background and decorated with punched Stampin' S
eaves in fall colors. I love the way this one turned out.

Check out the Stampin' S
isters in Christ challenge. Everyone needs fall cards to send and you could win a wonderful fall stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hopefully I'll be back soon with more goodies to show you. Please go check out my blog candy and win some goodies to celebrate my birthday!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mini Album Challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge Blog

Woo Hoo, it's still party time at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. This week it's challenge #49 and we are to continue with our theme (mine was new beginnings, you know butterflies and flowers) and make a mini album to capture all the pictures and memorabilia from our party! So here's the mini album I came up with this week! I used a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers to make a coaster mini album.

I used my butterfly background paper. Gave it a pretty pink flower with a button center and stamped "wish" on the front. I know my Girl Scout leaders are wishing for a great new year! And I've added three rhinestones in the corner. I guess you're wondering where the Cuttlebug comes in here. Well, it's in my pages of the album.

This page a did with my scalloped rectangualr nestabilities.

The red one is difficult to tell in the picture but is from my square nestabilities. And the yellow is one of my new embossing folders. (I just got 11 new folders for my birthday last week and I can't remember their names. Ugh!)

The orange page on the right is embossed with stars and the yellow is another square nestability. I'm not sure what the other doodad is called but it's a Spellbinders die cut also.

And here another very faint new embossing folder (it's very pretty in real life) and a heart nestability. Another fabulous door prize for one of the leaders at our service unit meeting.

Don't forget to go here to sign up to win my birthday blog candy. Thanks for stopping by today. I'm headed to my craft area now to try and get something else done tonight. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Better Late than Never Cuttlebug Challenge #48

I have been so busy the last few weeks and I hate not getting time to make cards and paper crafts, but what's a girl to do. Last night I finally got the Cuttlebug challenge #48 from last week finished, but it was past my bedtime so I didn't get to add it to my blog. Tonight I was elbow deep in tomatoes after work. Ugh! But I love having them in winter when they're expensive in the store. Sorry, I digress once again!
Back to Cuttlebug Challenge #48. Our challenge last week was to take our theme (mine was New Beginnings!) and make a gift bag and card. I took a little latitude on this one and made a box instead. Since my theme was new beginnings, I'm using butterflies and flowers to kind of signify that theme.

I love this butterfly background paper and those butterflies really stand out against the black card stock. Both the black and the butterfly paper were embossed with my cuttlebug. I made the box with my Scor-Pal (love it!) and then created the card to match.

Here's a closer look at the card! I decided to go with the box to fill it with candy to give to a Girl Scout leader as a door prize at one of our meetings. Just something special to let them know they are appreciated!
Well, tomorrow is Friday. Yippee! Unfortunately I have another busy weekend so not much crafting getting done again. I am still going to do my birthday blog candy so stay tuned. I just have to get the goodies together and snap a picture. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Card Patterns Sketch 32

Happy Monday everyone! Work owed me three and a half hours since I worked on Labor Day and I decided to take the afternoon off. I wasn't able to craft all weekend and I was really bummed about it. So after doing the laundry, the dishes, and a few other things that I needed to catch up on, I was able to get one card in this afternoon. I don't think I've every tried the Card Patterns challenge before but I really liked this sketch.

Isn't this a great sketch? So my card is a little different from my normal style. I'm usually pretty clean and simple and this card is rather busy, in my opinion.

But don't you just love that mouse? He is the cutest! I got the image from a friend I visited in May (Hi Valerie!) And she stamped a bunch of images for me while I was visiting. The cupcakes are from a Sweet and Sassy stamp set. I think the name is Chocoholic. I pop dotted the cupcakes on three different colors of cardstock. The background paper is actually embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder but it's difficult to see in the scan. I added the ribbon to break it up a little bit. The sentiment is from Elegant Flowers from Gina K Designs.

Tonight was my only meeting this week so I hope to get back to crafting in the evenings. I so missed it this past weekend. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a terrific week ahead. Thanks for dropping by! Play along with the Card Patterns challenge. It's great fun!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Quickie Wedding?

Oh no, not that kind of wedding. I needed a quick wedding card for a wedding my daughter is going to this weekend. She asked me to make a card for her to give the happy couple. No shot guns at this wedding, at least I hope not! So here's what I came up with.

I apologize for the scan. It isn't the best. The bride stamp is a Micheal's $1 set and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up. I used my Cuttlebug to cut the opening in the card from with Spellbinder's rectangular scallops and then cut the next size up in pink to frame the opening. I added the flowers on the frame corners and the self-adhesive gems in the center. A real quickie! LOL!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am out of town tomorrow night and most of Saturday to get to know the staff of our new Girl Scout Council, Central Indiana. And when I come home Saturday evening my in-laws will be here for a visit so I may not have a lot of time for cards this weekend. Boo-hoo! But I'll get back to it next week I promise. Have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe and...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Big News!

Hi everyone! Unfortunately I have nothing new to show you crafty, but I do have some wonderful news. At least I think it's wonderful! I was chosen to be a guest designer in October for Christmas Cards All Year 'Round. I already have my first assignment and my mind is all awhirl! I can't wait to get started! I've so wanted to do something like this. Thank you to all the Design Team at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round. I will do my best to make October special!
Hope everyone is having a great week. Next week is my birthday and I hope to have some blog candy to celebrate. Stay tuned!

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Two New Cards

For those of you in the U.S., Happy Labor Day! I had to labor on Labor Day. Because our university started a week ago I had to go to work today to do first week reporting. I worked about half the day today and I'll get to take comp time some other time. So they owe me three and a half hours.
My first card uses the Inspirational Card Sketch Challenge. It's fairly simple. I used the bird house template earlier but there were three different sizes on the same template, so this is a smaller version of the one I used before. I backed it with designer paper and hand sewed around the edges. The sewing was a requirement for a techniques challenge over at Stamp TV. Now as you can see I am no expert at sewing. One of these days I'll work a little harder at it. Funny, I love to cross stitch but I can't sew at all. LOL!

My second card is also for more than one challenge. The first challenge is for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. The challenge this week was to create an invitation using a theme (the theme will be used all during their birthday month for other projects). So the card I created was to invite Girl Scout leaders to begin a new year. My theme: New Beginnings!

To create the card I used this week's sketch challenge at Stamp TV. The image is from A Year of Flowers by Melanie Muenchinger. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the border and glued both pieces to the card. I used the Cuttlebug with the argyle embossing folder. The circular pieces were cut with my Colluzzle. I added the ribbon with a charm attached. Which leads me to the third challenge that this card works for.
The Kaboodle Doodle Blog challenge this week is to use a charm on your card. I found this sunflower charm before I started creating the card and actually built the card around the charm. I don't have many charms laying around here so I had to use what I had. But thanks Kaboodle design team for the fun challenge. I have never before used a charm in my card designing. Now I've done something new!
Whew! Five challenges in one night. I didn't get much chance to craft over the weekend but it's nice to get back at my desk again. Hope you like my cards. I hope this week is not as busy as last week was but I know my weekend coming up is jammed packed again. Hopefully I'll have something to share with you. Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon. I'm always excited to hear your comments! Have a great week!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cuttlebug Desk Set

This set took me a little longer than I expected. The Cuttlebug Challenge for the last week was to make a desk set to celebrate back to school. So I made a little note book to keep my notes to myself and then I found instructions for making this box.

The background paper is embossed with the argyle embossing folder. I added a few images colored with a mixture of Bic markers and colored pencils.

I love the "I like your style" sentiment and I paired it with the images of the dresses. The box will be used to store cards that I make and I'm getting ready to send out. I'll add my dividers for the months so I can store my cards by month.

Here's another shot of the set. On this picture you can see some of the Shapeabilities I added to the top and back of the box. My newest Nesties to play with. I got them at Hobby Lobby on clearance! Yeah!

And the last shot shows the side of the box. I was surprised how large it actually was. I used Velcro for the closure. If I was giving this as a gift I think I would have added a handle too.

Well, it's been a long day and I need to hit the sack. I hope your week is going well so far. Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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