Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tag for CHA

I'm headed off to CHA in Chicago on Friday and the girls on the PTI forum decided to make tags to hang off our bags so we can know when we meet one of our fellow forum friends. Here's my tag.

One of the "requirements" was that we include our avatar pictures since that's how we could best recognize people. Hee hee. On this tag I used Kraft as my base with a scalloped edge. I then layered it with Dotty Biscott, another tag (French bookprint from way old Foofala stuff), another layer of Aqua Mist stamped with Library Ledger and Cupcake Collection. I added a little bit of glitter to the word, "cupcake". Can you see it? Maybe not. The "hole" is a small flower from Beautiful Blooms and a flower brad from my stash. All tied on with a Sweet Blush twill ribbon.

I'm so excited to meet everyone! See you soon. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

41 years...

My parents celebrated 41 years of marriage this summer. They have five children - two girls and three boys - and five grandchildren - two girls and three boys. There's a fun little factoid that I only recognized just last summer. Doh! Where have I been? It's been that way for years! Here they are last summer with my son, Ben.

I live about 4 hours from where I grew up so every summer I ship my kids over to my mom and dad's. It's a great arrangement for everybody. Matt and I get some time alone, the kids get to spend time with their grandparents and cousins and my folks get to spend quantity and quality time with their grandkids. There just isn't much quality or quantity time to be had when we're there for short periods over a holiday.

Here's the card I made for their anniversary this year. I just bought this embossing folder at Hobby Lobby and love it. It's so fun!

The large heart was made using the Sizzix die from SU!. The tag was from a Cuttlebug die. Ribbon is from my neverending stash. Sentiment is from Mixed Messages. Inks are Creamy Brown (Clearsnap Colorbox) and VanDyke Brown (Nick Bantok). The white cardstock is PTI's Stamper's Select.

I traced around the edge of the tag with my Spica glitter pen. It added some subtle bling but I just couldn't get it to photograph well.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A "Go-to Sketch"

Morning, everybody. The other night, to get my mojo in gear, I flipped open my Go-to Sketches magazine and landed on page 133. It looked as good as any so I went with it. It's the one that has eight circles on the left-hand side of the card with a sentiment off to the bottom right. As you can see, I took a lot of liberty with this sketch. But I totally love how this card came out. Since I still have some of that paper left I may just make several more to keep on hand.

I used Rustic White for my card base and some Scenic Route and Creative Imaginations patterned paper. The circles and label were cut using nestabilities; my circle punches were just a little too puny. PTI Big and Bold provided the perfect sentiment stamped in Pure Poppy. A bit of ribbon and a wood button and the card was all done. Quick (at least for me) and easy.

I'm using another sketch today to make a card for my nephew's bday. It looks good in my head but we'll see how it actually turns out. Stay tuned... :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Gettin' punchy

This latest card I CASE'd from Annie. You can see her lovely card here. I loved the layout of all the elements on the card along with the fantastic color combo. I still like Annie's card best but I liked challenging myself to use some of my punches that have been languishing in the back of my drawer.

I love that little girl punch. I also have a little boy one. I've had those for eons and McGill is the mfr. I have no idea if they're still available but I can't bear to part with mine, even though I use them so rarely.

I used Polka Dot Basics 2 as the background image for the punches, the "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from Enjoy the Ride, and then the flourishes from Fancy Flourishes. The ribbon is from a Love, Elsie line that I picked up ages ago. I'm thinking this would be a good card for my DD10 to give to a friend - it's "young" and colorful, just what little girls like, right? :)

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Enjoy the Ride, Birthday Boy

Here's a card I made for our godson, who just turned 9. Most of the card was made using Enjoy the Ride. I didn't like feeling like the card was just hanging out there - it needed to be grounded. BB:Retro to the rescue. It made the perfect lines for the car to sit upon.

I had a rubber stamp set with just the right size numbers and since he's turning 9 I thought that should be the number on the car. The green stripes make it look a bit like Herbie the Love Bug, don't you think? A couple silver brads for the headlights and the car was done.

For the "flag" I used my square hand punch to punch a few holes in the end. I'm hoping that the white background peaking through will make it look like a winner's flag. That might be a stretch but it's all I could come up with. My first thought was using a stamp with that design but, alas, I had none.

Hope you like it!