Sunday, May 22, 2011

Another Graduation Card

Tis the graduation season!  I made this card for my sweetie's cousin who is graduating from high school this week.  I wanted to tie her school colors in to the card, which are blue, green and silver.  I also recently ordered a couple sets of Peachy Keen stamps and have been dying to use them.  Unfortunately I had a busy week this week and have not had time to scrap.  Finally today, I made it downstairs and not only got this card created but finally got to use my new stamps! 
Patterned cardstock from DCWV
Solid cardstock from Recollections
Graduate, cap, gown and diploma from Everyday Paper Dolls cut at 3 1/2 inches
Ribbon from my stash
Sentiment from Happiest Moments set by My Pink Stamper
Peachy Keen Everyday Characters face
White Sakura gel pen
i-Rock jewels

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stair Step Baby Shower Card

I have seen a number of stair step cards recently and think they look so neat!  Well, my step-niece is expecting a baby boy and the baby shower is this weekend.  So I figured this was as good a time as any to try and make a stair step card.  It's a lot of blue and I'm second-guessing some of the paper choices, but overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I really like how easy it is to incorporate a number of images onto the card.  I have how many Cricut cartridges with how many images on them??  I may as well try to cut out as many images as I can and get my money's worth, right?!?

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Patterned cardstock from DCWV
Baby letters with scallop borders from New Arrival cut at 1 1/2 inches
Rattles from New Arrival cut at 2 inches
Bottle from New Arrival cut at 3 inches
Expectant mother from New Arrival cut at 3 1/2 inches
Stickles and twine

Sunday, May 15, 2011

CTO Challenge #13

The challenge this week over at Celebrate the Occasion is a wedding theme and you must use ribbon.  I love when challenges fit a project I need to do anyway!  Next weekend, some friends of ours are renewing their vows, so I needed to make a card for them.  I think the image of this couple from the Sweethearts cartridge is so cute and we think it fits the couple well.  My sweetie also requested the 'love' image for the card, so I put that on the inside.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Cardstock from Bazzill, DCWV and Recollections
Couple from Sweethearts cut at 4 inches
Love from Tie the Knot cut at 3 inches
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder
Scallop Crop-A-Dile corner chomper
Ribbon from my stash
i-Rock gems and Stickles

Friday, May 13, 2011

New House

A little over a year ago, my parents decided they wanted to move to Arizona.  They were in no hurry, so they put their house here on the market while they somewhat casually looked for a house in AZ.  Well, this past winter was a pretty bad one here in the midwest - cold, snowy, even a blizzard.  I think the winter weather was finally too much for them, because back in early February my parents decided to go ahead and move.  They didn't have a house to move to yet, but off they went!  Finally last week, they closed on their new house.  They have been very busy making this house their new home.  While my sweetie and I miss having them close by, we must admit that we are very excited to have a warmer climate to escape to during the cold and snowy midwest winters!  This is a card I made for them to celebrate closing on their new house.  I love my Gypsy and the ability to make shaped cards with it and decided it was only fitting for the card to be in the shape of Arizona!!
Card base is Arizona welded on my Gypsy at 9.3 inches from 50 States
House from Create a Critter cut at 2 inches
Tim Holtz Burlap embossing folder (then inked over with black stamp pad)
Sentiment from Inkadinkado
Flower brads from The Paper Studio
Stickles and pop dots

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

50 States!

As some of you may already know, I am a runner.  I started running regularly after college as a way to stay in shape and keep my weight in check.  I ran two half marathons and after finishing the second I felt like I could keep running, so I decided to train for a full marathon.  Little did I know that would lead to goals of qualifying for the Boston Marathon and also running a marathon in all 50 states.  I have run 11 marathons in 10 different states, so I have a ways to go!  I want to make a scrapbook of all my marathons.  Below is the title page I created for this book.  I plan to add a jewel on the map, marking the city where I run the marathon.  This is a 12x12 page, and in case anyone else is wanting to make a map of all 50 states for any reason, I'll save you A LOT of time and tell you - cut the states out with real dial size off at 2 3/4 inches.  I spent quite a bit of time playing on my Gypsy to get that figured out!!  I glued all the states down on a piece of black cardstock then freehand cut around the map to create the shadow.
Cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
States cut out from 50 States at 2 3/4 inches
QuicKutz die cut font (borrowed from a friend so I don't know the name!)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

CTO Challenge #12 Graduation

This week over at Celebrate the Occasion the theme is graduation.  I didn't think I had anything I needed to create along these lines until my mom reminded me that my cousin is graduating from college this spring with a degree in biochemistry.  I'm very excited for her as she continues on her path to pharmacy school!  Here is the card that I made for her to help celebrate her accomplishment.  You can't see it very well in this picture, but I used a glitter pen to make lines on the tassel to represent the threads.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Solid cardstock from DCWV and Bazzill
Patterned cardstock from my stash
Graduation cap from Wrap it Up cut at 2 inches
Ribbon from American Crafts
Sakura pens
Jewel and pop dots

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  I've enjoyed a lot of time crafting recently - including about 11 hours yesterday in honor of National Scrapbook Day!  I know many of you did too and I'm excited to check out your recent posts to see all the new creations!

My first post today is a card I made for my Grandma for Mother's Day.  I've been wanting to use a paper rosette on a card and thought this would be a good time to try it out.  I cut a 1 1/2 x 12 inch strip of paper, border punched one side, then scored the paper every 1/4 inch, zigzag folded it, formed the circle and used hot glue to attach the stamped circle on top to hold everything in place.

Solid Cardstock from Bazzill
Patterned Cardstock from Little Yellow Bicycle
Fiskars Apron Lace border punch
Ribbon from American Crafts
Silver American Crafts Zing embossing powder
Sakura Glaze pens
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Happiest Moments set

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Birthday Cupcake

Good evening!  Tonight's post is a quick and easy birthday card I put together for a co-worker.  Another co-worker knows I scrap and asked if I would make a card.  He requested a 5x5 card so there would be a little more room for a number of people to sign the card.  Neither of us know the birthday girl real well so I couldn't make a card geared towards her likes or hobbies, but I figured 'What girl doesn't like cupcakes??'  I fell back on the trusty cupcake image on Doodlecharms and whipped up this card.  Quick and simple, but still a 'sweet' birthday card!
Solid cardstock from Recollections
Patterned cardstock from Deja Views stack
Card base is 5x5, layers at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 and 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
Cupcake from Doodlecharms cut at 4 inches
Tim Holtz Swirls embossing folder
Cloud Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Happy Birthday rub-on from Pebbles Inc
Stickles and pop dots

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Birthday Mouse

I'm trying to get ahead on my birthday cards for family.  I saw the Wacky Wednesday challenge over at More Than Favors this week was a color challenge - make a project using red, orange, blue and green.  I thought surely I can find a way to incorporate these colors into a birthday card!  I love the Birthday Bash cart and quickly found the mouse in the present image and thought it would be perfect.  Here's my creation - thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Cardstock from DCWV, Bazzill and Recollections
Mouse cut from Birthday Bash at 3 inches
Ribbon from Pebbles
Sentiment from TPC Studio 'Greetings' set
White American Crafts Zing embossing powder
Stickles and i-rock gem

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bee-lated Birthday

Over at Scrappy Moms Stamps, the Terrific Tuesday challenge this week is to use the Paisley cartridge.  This is a cartridge that I haven't used a lot, even though it has so many great images.  I also recently got My Pink Stamper's 'Even More Punny-licious' stamp set and have been anxious to use it.  Flipping through the Paisley handbook, I saw the bee image and knew exactly what to create - making use of the cart and also my new stamps!  Below is my creation - thanks for stopping by to check it out!!
Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Patterned cardstock from DCWV
Bee from Paisley cut at 3 inches
Ribbon from American Crafts
Flower brad from The Paper Studio
Martha Stewart Scallop 3-Dot border punch
Sentiment from 'Even More Punny-licious' by My Pink Stamper
Stickles, i-rock gem and pop dots

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day is next Sunday already!!  I feel like we just got past Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day and here it is already the first of May!  Celebrate the Occasion and Fantabulous Cricut are both hosting challenges in honor of Mother's Day.  Below is the card I made for my mom which I am entering in both challenges.  It's a standard A2 sized card, but I scored it at 2 1/8 inches and 5 7/8 inches so that it would fold and meet in the middle.  Then I added a 3x3 square which I decorated with flowers and my sentiment.  I got the idea to cut the flowers out twice and layer them to give some extra dimension to them from Saundra over at Luv Scrapping Together.  Thanks for stopping by to check it out!

Cardstock from DCWV and Recollections
Daisies cut from Walk in My Garden at 1 1/2 inches
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper's 'Happiest Moments' set
i-rock jewels