Sunday, June 28, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Anyone who knows my wonderful husband knows that this is the perfect Father's Day card for him! These are the elements that surround him each day...with the exception of the smile on his face and the heart sign in his hand.
I was going through my retired and much neglected stamp sets. You know, the ones we just can't get rid of because they hold some sort of deeper meaning to us. Well, this Little Trucks set is one of them. This was one of the first sets I purchased from Stampin' Up! many years ago. My boys were both small and they were thrilled that mama got a set with "beepbeeps", a "concreek" truck, and a dump truck! That's what daddy does! As the boys got older and it was no longer a "beepbeep" but an excavator, I used the set less and less. Well, daddy still does all this and I thought Father's Day was the perfect time to ink the set up again.
Once again, I used the layout from this week's CAS challenge. It's such a quick and easy layout to use. And, as I said in a previous post, the possiblities are endless! The card base is Sahara Sand. I left the lined images stamped only in Close to Cocoa and not colored in. I inked the little man up in Jet Black StazOn and colored him in with markers. By coloring him, it allows him to be the focal point along with the sentiment also stamped in Jet Black. The sentiment is from a new catalog set called Teeny Tiny Wishes. (I can't wait to show you the new catalog!) I paper pierced two lines under the sentiment and distressed the edges of both layers (Whisper White & Basic Black) using my distressing tool on the cutter kit. I, also, added a bit of ink distressing to the Whisper White layer - just to make it look a little dirty. That's how daddy comes home most everyday!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I hope the couple receiving this card will be blessed with a lifetime of love and happiness. Just like I have been!
Thanks for stopping in. I hope you've been inspired to try that something that you've been wanting to try. It may not turn out just as you had planned but it might just look fabulous anyhow!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I don't normally make odd sized cards but, like I said, it had to be fast. I folded a 6" x 6" pc. of Whisper White in half. The finished size of 3" x 6" is perfect for holding money or a personal check.
Quick note: When I stamped my sentiment onto the textured specialty DSP, it left small white spots in the stamped image. Because of the texture, the stamp didn't get a good flush contact with the paper. To eliminate those white spots, I used the small detail tip of the Ruby Red marker to color in the spots.
Thanks for stopping by today. Come back soon! Remember, the sky's the limit to your creativity!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This set is for Adam's teachers. He has two (kindergarten also has a para educator). Adam had only one request, that I do the set in purple because that is Mrs. Anderson's favorite color. Since they both work together with one common cause...our children...I've combined their gift. Of course, they each get their own chocolates. Sharing chocolate is difficult for anyone to do!
I really wanted to get a bunch of ABC stickers from the Teacher's Store but I went out there and the store isn't there anymore. Hmm...not fair! So, I checked Wal-mart, Target and Office Max and didn't find what I was looking for. And, now, I've run out of time. So, I ended up making a boxed set of Thank You cards, which I know they will both use. This set was quite easy to make. Actually, there are two different sets of four. You can see the first set in this post HERE. The second set (shown on top) uses the retired Friendship Blooms and the retired Warmest Regards set. A quick scallop edge and some retired Flowers For You Designer Series paper. The box itself was created by following this box tutorial on SCS. The lid is made using a sheet of Medium Clear Window Sheets. I've, again, used Love & Happiness Rub-ons on the box lid. The rub-ons just tie the entire gift set together.
The votive holder, also, is decorated with the rub-ons. The grosgrain ribbon is recycled from a baby shower I recently attended. I love that kind of find! I've simply used a Designer Filigree brad with a clear rhinestone brad center to hold the ribbon together. Gorgeous treatment!
As for the card, I used the layout from last week's Sketch Challenge #232. The sentiment is a rub-on from Love & Happiness. I've finally used some of the flower eyelets that SU! carried long ago. Flowers For You DSP and, of course, paper piercing along the edges of the base layer and the sentiment layer. This was a fun layout to use!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! It's the last day of school for my boys. We intend to have a fun filled summer. Keeping in mind that they come first, I still hope to get lots of stamping done. I find that they are a great source of inspiration to me. So is the time we spend outdoors. God has a way of inspiring me...his work is all around me!
Speaking of which, He has blessed me and my family so deeply...it is unmeasurable! This was a great school year for all of us. The boys have grown so much in so many ways. A big thanks to all the teachers. God knew what he was doing when he paired us with you. And He has blessed you all with a special gift. You've touched our lives and have changed us for a lifetime!! May God continue to bless you and your lives!
I'll be playing catch up all week. So check back soon. I have lots to post.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Jess is turning ten this week! I can't believe how quickly time has passed. He wants to have a few friends over for a 'sleep over'. (I made the mistake of calling it a 'slumber party' and was quickly corrected!) I was informed that he is "too old for theme parties now". Hmm...I'm all about the theme deal. From invites, to party favors, games...the cake! What's a mother to do? You know me...I'll slip it in there somehow! This is what I came up with. A sleeping bag invite! It's a simple pocket card done in retired True Thyme card stock. I sponged on some VersaMark to give it a distressed sleeping bag look. The edges are distressed and the front is rolled down and pulled back to make the bag look opened. The gingham DSP is K&Company's Forest Gingham Print that I found at the local scrapbook store. The awesome big brad is BoBunny iCandy (also found at the local store). They just seemed to fit with the masculine feel of the invites. 'Please Come' sentiment is from the long retired Fancy Flexible Phrases (it's a favorite of mine). The invite insert has the info. printed on copy paper and adhered to Whisper White card stock. The pillow is the 'pull tab'. It is simply a rectangle of retired River Rock card stock. I crumpled it to give it a more slept on look. The stitching is done with a white gel pen on a strip of card stock with the edge distressed and then adhered to the pillow. You can click on the picture to make it larger.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Do you love it? I do. And Jess really liked it. I'm sure Mrs. S. will too.
I love the idea of giving usable gifts. Teachers get so many knick knacky sort of things and, while it's not that they don't love it or appreciate it, they just run out of room to display all these gifts. The boys and I decided to give dry erase markers (an item that teachers themselves would generally purchase for use and is used all throughout the year). We picked out these cute glass jars (under a buck at the local Wal-Mart). It can be used as a vase or candle holder (I found it in the candle section). I decorated the jar using the retired Love & Happiness rub-ons. Wrapped a length of Old Olive grosgrain ribbon around the neck and created a cheater kind of bow. It's actually a loop of ribbon with the big 5/8" Very Vanilla brad pinching the center together. The 'tails' are simply adhered with a pop up glue dot. Yes...I really cheated on this one! And check out the rub-on flower on the brad. Pretty cool, huh? Of course, the tag uses the same rub-ons too! So does the card. As a matter of fact, there is no stamping on this card at all! A very simple card. Pink Pirouette base, a strip of eyelet border punched Whisper White with a strip of Bella Rose DSP. The sentiment was rubbed onto a square of Whisper White and layered onto Old Olive (same color as the rub-ons). I used additional rub-on images and placed them so that they would run off the layers. A really neat effect. Don't forget a rub-on on the envelope too! It's the extra added touch!
You can see how I did the little box of chocolates in this post. Again, by wrapping the individual chocolates, you give it an added special touch! It doesn't take long, or much, to make someone feel truly special!
I can't wait to hear how Mrs. S. liked her gift set! I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Your comments are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've been inspired to use some of those rub-ons you've been hoarding. I'm guilty too! Have a great day!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Yes, it seems like awhile since I've been able to just sit and stamp and get a card completed in that one sitting. Of course, this card was created for this week's SCS CAS Challenge. Click HERE to see the challenge/rules. CAS stands for Clean & Simple and that is what this card is...simple!
Monday, June 1, 2009
This one, I mass produced for a sideline swap. I used the rock-n-roll technique on the solid flower. Then stamped the outline flower repeatedly (stamping off) to create a soft background. I placed a mini glue dot in the flower center and covered it with glitter. An easy card to do.
Thanks for stopping by today. Sorry I didn't post sooner. I was having computer issues. By the time the boys got home from school, I had all but given up. Anyway, I think the kinks are worked out now (keeping fingers crossed).
Let me know what you think about the Last Chance list. Agree...disagree? Just can't wait for the new catty now?