Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Courtney (One Day at a Time) came up with this clever idea for a monthly challenge - if you've never been to Courtney's blog, you've gotta check it out.....I just love her videos sharing all of her crafty finds. My blog pal, Kelley (My Front Porch), is one of the challenge hostesses along with some other uber-creative gals - wait to you see Kelley's take on the challenge. This month's challenge is to create a card or scrapbook page using something gathered from your mail - see I told you it was clever!! You have until October 9th to complete your card and link it up on Courtney's blog for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink - this seals the deal for your participation, right?!
Thought I'd share this with you - not much card making going on tonight :( The good news is that there was a simple fix to the furnace issue - the valve release gas to the pilot light was shut off by one of the guys who came to give me an estimate (who knows!!). The company that's installing the new furnace stopped (at no charge, wahooo!!) and got it nice & toasty!! good thing - it's supposed to drop in the low 40s tonight!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
For now, I'm off to finish some reading for school tomorrow. Hopefully I won't fall asleep mid-chapter like the past few nights. I thought I'd quickly share the card I made for the recent Embellish Magazine submission call.
Here's the challenge:
Stamps -Snowfall Additions & Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Ink - Versamark, Fresh Snow (PTI), Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
Paper - Kraft, Soft Sky, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Rustic Cream Twine (PTI), Buttons, white Gelly Roll pen, Snowflake Punch
Here's the set we're giving away on the MyGrafico Challenge Blog. Just participate in the sketch challenge by Sunday night at 10pm PST - remember to leave a direct link to your card on the MyGrafico Challenge Blog and include the tag/keyword "MG18" and "MyGrafico".
Here's the sketch and the card I made following it. My card is a gift certificate holder - just perfect to slide certificate for a round of golf for my dad.
Stamps - Boy Sports Stamps (MyGrafico)
Ink - Copics
Paper - white, Night of Navy, dp - DCWV Fun in the Sun matstack
Accessories - white brads, Nestabilities circle die
Monday, September 28, 2009
Complete 100 cards/projects before purchasing new paper: 82 cards/projects down - 18 to go!!!
Hope you're having a warm day....it's really cooling down here! I'm purchasing a new furnace - mine's ancient! It'll be about two-three weeks before they'll be installing it. I made the down payment this morning and came home to turn mine on to take the chill out of the house....guess what doesn't want to turn on! UGH!! I guess I'll be baking over the next few days :)
Stamp - Bethany Elegant WordArt
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Paper - Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Basic Black, vellum (Stampin Up); Urban Prairie/Bountiful (Basic Grey)
Accessories - sewing machine, Cricut (Georges & Basic Shapes cartridge), Crystal Stickers Pearls (Mark Richards), pop dots
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here's my take on Lisa's idea:
Inside front cover - I made the envelope to hold receipts.....now will I stick them in there?????:
Back inside cover - this is perfect for those weekly Michael's and JoAnn's coupons!!:
One of the tabs I added using half of a circle punch. My tabs included gifts, shopping, and cards:
I actually made two yesterday - even though the first one took me forever...I can't talk, listen, think, and craft at the same time! This one is going to my mom. She likes more traditional Christmas colors, so I know that I'll gently hear how the colors aren't really Christmasy - she'd prefer Real Red and Glorious Green rather than the Riding Hood Red and Olive Green that I used. Mine is black, cream, and Riding Hood Red using the damask stocking. I'll post a photo of it later :) For now, I need to finish reading The Lightning Thief - my students are beginning Greek Mythology Mania this week and I'd like to use this novel with them. It's a super cute book - think Harry Potter meets Greek Mythology....and the movie comes out in February (I think) in case you're like me and have to read the book before seeing the movie.
Stamps - Stocking Prints and Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Ink - Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Paper - Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, dp - Jolly & Bright Mini Dots (Heidi Grace Designs for Fiskars)
Accessories - rub on letters (Creative Keepsakes), red grosgrain ribbon (Offray), button, black embroidery floss, dimensionals, mini composition book, pen
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I also believe in karma. Do something nice and something nice will happen to you. Be a stinker and expect some stink in return.
so......my mom stopped the other night for a visit. She wanted to try out my new nail polishes (OPI's Birthday Babe & Private Jet). Being the sweet daughter I am, I relentlessly teased her about her feet and how 'weird-looking' they were. Less than 12 hours later, I dropped my full aluminum water bottle on my toe as I was leaving for school. OWWWW!!! Guess who probably broke her toe?! So now I'm sporting some lovely tape around my bruised & swollen toe.....serves me right :(
I thought it would be appropriate to make a fall card. I just love this dp from the DCWV Doodlin' Around stack. Just paired it with some simple stickers from American Crafts.
Stamps - none
Ink - Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Paper - Chocolate Chip, kraft, Orange (from scrap); dp - DCWV Doodlin' Around stack
Accessories - Nestabilities scallop & label one dies, crimper, button, twine, brown Extra Fine point Sharpie
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I just love this image! Babs is perfect for little spa gift sets. I dazzled her up a bit with some glitter and glossy accents. I hope you can see some of it in this close-up.
Monday, September 21, 2009
What's a not-so-good day for you?
- Having a sinus headache...ugh - allergies!!
- Having my tv that stopped working last week, returned to working after I bought a new one, fail to work again now that I returned the new tv to Best Buy (Murphy's Law!!)
- Seeing my neighbor in spandex (<-sorry I know this isn't so nice, but I can't take it anymore....I want a law banning it unless it's an undergarment!) Actually I didn't have that bad of a day. I try to laugh these little things off because I know I'm so blessed. Yet we all have 'those' kind of days which led me to my 2nd card for the Moxie Fab Household challenge.
I just love these appliances!!! And how 'bout this color combo - wahoo - I'm lovin' it!! I thought this would be a perfect card for someone who needs a little cheering up. I, however, might send it to my mother who has an infatuation with vacuums - she has more than any one person should....darn infomercials!!
Stamps: Vintage Appliances (MyGrafico), Houndstooth background (Hero Arts)
Ink: StazOn black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain); Copics (B05, 100, C-3)
Paper: Kraft, Tangerine Tango, white
Accessories: black embroidery floss, dimensionals, sentiment computer generated (Pea Jenny Script)
This week's MyGrafico Challenge is all about RETIREMENT!! Can you believe that I've never made a retirement card? I started to last year, but May's my busiest month so I just grabbed some at the store. Now I have one in my stash!
This week we're giving away this fun flamingo set.
MyGrafico Challenge blog by Sunday at 10pm PST. When you post your card to online galleries, please use the tag/keyword 'MG17'
Here's my take on the challenge:
Hope you have a great Monday and can't wait to see what you come up with for this week's challenge!
Stamps -Funky Summer Flamingos (MyGrafico)
Ink -Zig Brushables markers
Paper -white, American Crafts Teen Collection - Pop Quiz & Drill Team
Accessories -pastels, grosgrain ribbon, photo corners punch (Stampin Up), dimensionals, sentiments computer generated - Dream Orphans font
Sunday, September 20, 2009
With the percolater image, I used the Cheer Up set from My Cute Stamps to add a fun face and the steam cloud. I love how I can add a variety of expressions to other stamps with this set. I made another coffee pot that looks a bit sleepy.
And how perfect b/c the challenge over at MoxieFabWorld is to create a card with a household item as the focal point! I think I have a couple more up my sleeve before tomorrow night's deadline!
Stamps - Vintage Appliances (MyGrafico); Cheer Up (My Cute Stamps)
Ink - Night of Navy, Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics (B23 & B32)
Paper - white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), Night of Navy (Stampin Up); dp - Bright Tints Yellow Gingham (Paper Pizazz), Alex's Random Dots (The Paper Studio), Alex's Plaid (The Paper Studio)
Accessories - Nestabilities Large Circle & Pinking Circle dies, green grosgrain ribbon (Ofray), pinking shears, Post It Note font, blue button (Foof-a-la), red embroidery floss, black fine tip marker, pop dots
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I love that lots of things make up a good day for me:
- sleeping in (not today)
- waking up to a clean house (strike two)
- no time restrictions (ugh!!)
BUT.....here's what made today a GREAT day for me:
- I made a bunch of people feel good or happy. From handing my coworker the card (from yesterday's post), to complementing another on her chic green (Spring Moss) outfit, to chatting (and mostly listening) to one of my seniors about college planning. I love my job and I really hope you feel the same way about yours :)
- I came home to find a package in the mail from my super duper UBER sweet pal Kelley. Kelley sent me some love (in PTI dp form). What a combo in that girl - pure talent and pure kindness!!
- And finally (I'll spare you with any more bullets....for now...tee hee), I signed up for the Stampin Around Philly event being held in November. My SCS get together gal, Erin, got the ball rollin' and I'm so excited that a bunch of us are registered and excited for November to get here!! Anybody else going? I'd love to know!!
Alright Stephanie....get to the card!!
Paper Crafts is holding a challenge for September - create a Clean and Graphic card. I knew I wanted to use some of my American Crafts Teen collection dp, and this is what I came up with:
Love it paired with the sentiment from PTI's Everyday Button Bits. It's such a simple card, but I think it's really cute!I hope you've had a great day and that it carries into the weekend :)
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: StazOn black
Paper: white, American Crafts Teen Collection - Detention
Accessories - black felt tip marker
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Here's my take:
I just love how pretty this image is from the set! And it's perfect for so many things including the reason I made it. The computer lab aide, who 'lives' next door to me (at the school), just lost her cat to a terrible accident. I wanted to give her a little note to brighten her day and let her know I'm thinking of her. I'm such an animal lover and still miss my chubby pooch Lucy, so my heart really goes out to her. I'm off to give my little furball Coco a little extra love - even if she fought with me all night for rights to the craft table.
Stamps - Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Paper - white, Basic Grey's Urban Prairie - Petticoat
Ink - New LeafAccessories - buttons, ribbon (Offray), pastels, embroidery floss, dimensionals, Nestabilities
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I've been on cloud nine and creating away - and high on my agenda was inkin' up my Rubber Romance stamps! Let me just say that I have an awesome Halloween treat in the works! For tonight, I thought I share this scallop circle card I made using the RR Cutie Pie Owl. I colored a bunch of these cuties last night to go along with this American Crafts paper. I just love the whimisical look :)
I think this card would cheer up anyone! So I think I'll stick it in my desk drawer at school for that moment when you know someone needs a smile :)
Stamps - Rubber Romance Cutie Pie Owl and Hi sentiment
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics
Paper - American Crafts Teen Collection - Sadie Hawkins; Melon Mambo, white, black
Accessories - lime grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities dies, dimensionals
Monday, September 14, 2009
I went three different directions with this card. I knew that I wanted to use this fun paper from the American Crafts Teen collection (Honor Roll). Plus I wanted a long card - good for my long winded notes :) I tried two different images, but it just wasn't working for me. No biggie - now I have some colored images all ready to go for another time! I added the chipboard stickers and a little chipboard button and VOILA...a quick & simple card!
I'm off to finalize my PTI order - boy oh boy....whatta release they have goin' on!!! Hope you're enjoying the final fling of summer - we have about 1 week left!! I'll be back tomorrow with some Rubber Romance goodness :)
Stamps - none
Ink - none
Paper - Honor Roll - Teen collection by American crafts, white
Accessories - black grosgrain ribbon, embossed curves punch, chipboard stickers (Paper Studio), chipboard embellishment (Colorbok)
Enough of that! On to a new challenge for the MyGrafico Challenge Blog- and what a fun one we have in store for you!! It's a 1 - 2 - 3 challenge: 1 digital image, 2 designer papers, 3 embellishments. This week the design team is featuring the MyGrafico Autumn Elements sets:
And here's what I came up:
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Here's the photo of the card I made for the last (ever) swap I signed up for - a monkey card swap:
Stamps - Changito the Monkey (Perfectly Clear Set - Stampendous)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics (E33, E35, R27, G99)
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Real Red, white, dp - DCWV Animal Crackers matstack
Accessories - ribbon (Michaels), olive brads, dimensionals
Hope you're all doing well & I can't wait til the weekend so I have some time and energy to visit all my fav blogs...I miss you!!
P.S. - Did you see who the featured DT at the Rubber Romance blog was today?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I quickly emailed Ellia, who turns out to be super sweet not to mention UBER talented. She graciously accepted my apology and was totally understanding. I can only imagine how it would feel to go to numerous sites to have people using your creations without crediting you or even worse as their own. By the end of the day, she even provided me with the new, improved header with the copyrighted image :) I changed the look up a bit to celebrate!
Now for the reallly IMPORTANT stuff - Ellia's company, greenbeanbaby art, is AWESOME. She creates all kinds of hand cut art - so much cuter and original than any Jolee's Boutique embellishment. You can check out her stuff on Etsy and be sure to check out her blog. AND THERE'S ONE OTHER THING......she's awaiting the release of her very own stamps through Stamping Bella!!! There was a quick preview of the stamps on this blog post - check it out and you'll definitely understand why I'm super excited.
So......I still feel terribly that I haven't given greenbeanbaby art the credit for all the time I've used her fab image in my header, and I'm very thankful for her understanding and generousity. I hope that you (the best readers in the universe) will check out Ellia's blog & etsy shoppe and stalk Stamping Bella for the release of her stamps.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I was happy to finish up the last set of tags for my swap. This one is for a kids' birthday, and I used a new stamp I picked up from Clear Dollar Stamps when I needed more tape for my ATG gun.
Paper Hoarder Challenge - 63 cards/projects down, 37 to go
I know some new stuff has come out for fall, so I'm working diligently to meet my challenge :) Participating in these swaps really helped along with the recent call for submissions to PaperCrafts mag.
Stamps - Hippo (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics (C-1, C-3, BG10, RV42)
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Safari (DCWV), white, green (stash)
Accessories - Nestabilities circle & pinking circle dies, Pea Swimmy Script font, brown satin ribbon (Offray)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Okay...so here are the challenge deets:
1. Create a card/LO/project with the Back To School theme
2. Post it on your blog or online gallery (please use keyword/tag "MG15")
3. Leave a comment on the MyGrafico Challenge Blog with a direct link to your card by Sunday night at 10pm PST.
And you could win this adorable set:
Here's a close-up of the notecard:
Saturday, September 5, 2009
There's so much in this kit - I noticed more and more as I scrolled down. Enjoy!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
I made this card (and birthday bucks) for another student's birthday. You can see the original set here. He loves hamburgers and uses an image as his avatar on our classroom blogs, so I knew he'd get a kick out of it.
I thought the kids would like it if they each got their own unique card. This is probably best for me too b/c I'm terrible with the assembly line technique!! I had two birthdays to celebrate this week and decided to make two new cards and save the superhero in case I get in a pinch timewise. I have all of my students sign the card for the birthday boy/girl, and it's fun to see how excited they've gotten to see their classmate's card and predict what will be on their's. I've even got some requests - the elephant was fine, but I draw the line at a World of Warcraft card - like I know what a moonkin is anyway :)
Hope you have lots planned for the long weekend. I'll be cleaning, working on school stuff, and (you guessed it) stamping!!
Stamps - Fun Food (Stampendous)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark; Copics (100, R27, G05, E21, E29, E33, Y17, YR04)
Paper - Real Red, white, dp (Cricut)
Accessories - red embroidery floss, binding edge border punch, cardstock stickers (The Paper Studio), grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Stamps - Paige Has A Present (Rubber Romance)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), StazOn black (for ribbon stamping); Copics (Y00, YR00, YR20, E21, E51, RV04, RV10, RV29, 100)
Paper - Melon Mambo, white
Accessories - B&W dotted ribon (Michaels), white growgrain ribbon, black glitter glue
I used one of my favorite Halloween images from my collection - Witches' Shoes (Stampendous). I've always loved this stamp, and finally bought it last year. It's so much fun! Especially for a shoe lover like me. In fact, I've been choosing my shoes then my outfit for school in the morning to try to wear more of my shoes rather than my favorites :) - I told my students that I was trying to wear a different pair everyday; and they reacted, "You have 180 pairs of shoes?" I don't know what's more alarming - they are so aware of how many days of school we have or they think 180 pairs of shoes is too many :)
Even though this image is one of my fav's, it was tricky to use on the tag. I wanted to make a vertical tag, but the image was too large. After a bit of playing around, I'm happy with how it turned out. I popped up the main image and added a typed sentiment (font: Digs My Hart) to the bottom of the tag.
Stamps - Witches' Shoes (Stampendous)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics - 100, Y17, Y02, YG06, YR04, V09
Paper - Eggplant Envy, white, orange, black, dp (from stash)
Accessories - black grosgrain ribbon (Offray), white cording, Digs My Hart font, dimensionals
To win this, create a card featuring something sweet using the colors PINK, RED, & GREEN. Leave a comment on the MyGrafico Challenge blog with a direct link to your card by 10pm (PST) tonight. One randomly chosen participant will get this terrific set!
Can't wait to see everyone's creations!!