Saturday, July 31, 2010

AMC18 - A*Muse holidays in July

I know, I know, Christmas is a long way off, but I wanted to play along with the A*Muse Challenge of Holidays in July and since i had just gotten some A*muse goodies with a christmas theme, I grabbed those goodies, dusted off some older christmas stuff and got busy.

We have a really nice day in New England.  This morning it is actually chilly with the windows open which is such a refreshing change.  The sun is out and we should have sunshine all day.  My hubby is taking me into Boston today to buy some Pandora Charms for my bracelet and we'll go to dinner at PF Changs.  I'm also excited to go to the Boston Common and ride on the swan boats.

But on to my cards today......The first one is using the brand new snowflake that A*Muse introduced this month.  Isn't it sweet?  I stamped it in versamark and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.  Then after I cut it out, I added one of my prize pack clear stickers.  Aren't they cute??!!  Then I added the glittering ribbon (with a bow) and put it on some basic grey paper and layered it on an embossed PTI blue card stock.  The embossing is SU's new wallpaper pattern and I think it goes nicely with the snowflake.  Lastly I used the new Heaven and Nature sing sentiment from A*Muse and used my nestie to cut it into the nice shape.

The next card is more basic.  This was the second A*muse stamp I bought when I took my Copic class.  I colored our christmas girl with copics and then mat layered her on some green and black with the corners cut and then on top of some old retired SU DSP.

The last card uses my new reindeer stamp and some nice trees.  The sentiment is from a SU hostess set and there are some nestie cut outs for the circles and scallops.

So which is your favorite?

Friday, July 30, 2010

BC162 - Black and White and ???

Hello card making bloggers!  I hope you all had a fantastic week and have some fun plans for the weekend. Our family is settling into relaxation mode as we wind down the balance of the summer.  Somehow when August rolls around it just seems natural to let a few things go by the wayside, like dusting, mopping and cleaning!  We still keep up with the bathrooms, vacuuming and laundry - but when it's hot and sunny who wants to be inside - so we let things go a little bit.    I have to still have to make cards and enjoy the warm weather don't I???  Do you let anything go in the summer?  Tell me about it in comments if you can!

So this weeks bloggers challenge was to make a card using black and white and one other color.  I made a card on Wednesday and today started my post for you about it, but as I was posting it, I realized there were several things I wanted to change about it.  So, I went down to the craft room, pulled the card apart and re-did it.  Have you ever done that?  It's actually quite satisfying.  I liked the key and the ribbon, but I thought the yellow was too bright and the word image too cutsy for the card.  So, back to the drawing board to use So Saffron instead of Daffodil delight, bird in a cage instead of the dream word image and a few more embellishments to dress it up - such as ticket corner punch, pearls, french script and So Saffron DSP cut in circle scallop for the under layer.

I like the new one so much better.  And I have a sweet person to send a birthday card next week and this is just the ticket!

Thanks for looking.  Can't wait to see how everyone else did black and white.  Click on the bloggers challenge logo to see what the other ladies did or try and make your own card for the challenge.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wonderful U

I was asked by a friend of mine from church to make 15 thank you cards for a team of people who worked on the church website.  She asked if I could make 'web' themed thank you cards.  Hmmmm, not an easy task, but I said sure.  As I talked to her, it became clear that she wanted something special with lots of extras on it.  So, rather than try to incorporate a computer image, I choose to work with the web color scheme and make a special card suitable for man or woman.  So what do you think?  This baby has a ton of texture!  The photo may not make it clear but the cherry cobbler red in the lower part of the background is embossed with polka dots.  The u is raised up  and the cream cardstock is using the natural paper with flecks of browns mixed in.  And of course the sahara sand mat is distressed around the edges.    I really like how this came out.

The colors were an attempt to match the reds and brown/greens that they used on the new website.  Check out the website to see the comparison.

I think to finish these off, I'll print out the top header of the website and attach it to the inside bottom of the card.  Now that I have my one sample card finished, I'll send it to my friend for final approval and then get busy making 14 more!

Stamp set:  wonderful words (su), argyle (pti)
Paper:  cherry cobbler, natural white, very vanilla,
Accessories:  twine, u (made from cricuit machine), distressing tool

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My A*Muse goodies {smile}

A few weeks ago, during Amuse A Palooza, they were posting prizes on their blog every day.  Anyone who left a comment was entered into the drawing to win a goodie pack.   Since I'm a blog addict, I was on their site every day looking at all the fabulous cards the design team made every day, so, naturally I left a comment every day.  Well, lucky me - I won one of the goodie bags!  I was so excited to see the facebook post on Friday saying that Linda (who posted at 3:00am on Friday June 16th) was a winner!  I tracked back to my post and sure enough, I was that Linda!

Amuse is fabulous about shipping.  I sent them my address on Friday and yesterday I got a package from them all the way from Seattle.  How great is that?  And look at all the goodies I got!!!

I have to admit that when I first saw the prize pack on the blog, I thought 'hmmm, that isn't a stamp set I would have purchased' but now that I see all the goodies included - I'm thrilled.  I can always use another clear block and the Amuse ones look nice and sturdy with a nice ergonomic side.  The red cards are super cute and the stamps 'deck the halls' and 'tis the season' look promising.  I also think the clear stickers will be fun.  And ribbon and pearls are always a great addition to my inventory.  So, now i just have to get motivated to start on some Christmas cards.  I signed up for an Amuse christmas card swap and the deadline is August.  I have time, but hopefully some evenings this week I can start creating with these goodies while the red sox play in the background. 

Sorry there are no cards on today's post!  Check back later this week.  I have a fun textured card that I'm almost done with that will be posted soon!

Friday, July 23, 2010

BC161 - Recycle!

Hello everyone.  Did you have a good week?  Mine was busy.  Normally I only work 4 days, but this week I worked 5.  There were some people in from out of town, so I went in on my day off to join one of the meetings and do a presentation for my dept.    I had hoped to be able to take Friday off - but alas, due to several schedule conflicts, I will go in early on Friday for an important meeting on my project with the technical expert and the tech team from India will dial in.  The early morning was the only time everyone could join because of their time difference.  BUT - I will leave early Friday!

So, about my card!  This was fun.  Our challenge was to use something recycled.   So, where did I go for inspiration?  My craft room garbage can of course.  I found a bag from Colorful Creations and I thought, I can totally use this fun, brown waxy bag in my outdoorsy themed card!  So when I cut it down, I realized there was a shift in vertical on the zigzag edge so I decided to make that ground/mountain and put the trees behind.

I colored the Amuse tree image with my copics and layered this on my Amuse wood paper and the card base is always artichoke.  I found my wild about you sentiment and felt that was a good fit for this card and then roughed everything up - added a twine ribbon layer and glued it all together and VOILA - my bloggers challenge card with recycled materials.  I now really want to get some fun amuse sentiments from the great outdoors like their 'life is good' sentiment or their 'take a hike' or some other fun one like that.  Maybe when my mom comes to visit in August she'll want to go to Providence Mall and we can poke into Bella Art and I can find a few treasures!  They usually have a great selection of Amuse sentiments (plus lots of other goodies too!)

Well, I hope you all have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a quick comment for me if you can.  I love to hear from those who visit!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cards for Soldiers

We had such a nice time making cards for soldiers this afternoon.  Most were novice card makers but at least 1/2 the group had done scrapbooking so they 'had the skills' if you know what I mean.  If only this heatwave would end!  We don't have central air and my room air conditioner was really struggling with the heat of the day.   It was still 80 degrees in my main room with the ac going full strength.  you'll notice a nice 'glow' on our faces for the photo.  Women don't sweat right - we glisten!  Well, we were all glistening!

In this photo - top row - Jan, Deb, Kim, me.  Bottom row - Robin & Edna.  We have 25 cards to send off to the troops, plus I have several that I made this past month that I'll add also.  Next month it will be time to make Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.  My how the summer is flying by!

Our group made 4 cards each.  I'm only showing you two here because the others are old designs - meaning things I've displayed in the past.

So, this first card is bright and colorful using the new SU Aviary set and some old and new colors.  The blue is tempting turquoise, the yellow is the new daffodil delight and the orange is the new incolor Peach Parfait.

This second card is a french theme using the country morning set from SU.  for this one, I used colored pencils to get a more rustic color.  We did this one on natural white.  the colors are the new SU Pear Pizzazz, SU always artichoke and the french script is done in saffron ink on top of saffron.  Don't you love the new SU incolor poly twill ribbon?  It went really well with this card with it's white edging.  By the way, the image was stamped with momento gray for a more subtle edge - more like a hand drawn pencil sketch.  The black was a little too harsh.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the last few hours of our weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

BC 160 Kimono Kids on Poppy

Good morning and thanks for stopping by.  Today's post is for a sketch challenge with my bloggers challenge group.  I've already seen several fabulous cards made by my team mates and this sketch offers a lot of versatility.  I just got a stampin up box on Tuesday with some great goodies, and I chose kimono girls as my image for this sketch.  After I stamped, colored it with copics and cut it out, I realized I'd have to turn the sketch on it's side to get it to work, but hey - that's allowed!! 

The stamp set includes lanterns also and I couldn't resist inking these up and adding them to the inside.  Aren't they cute in these great bright colors?  Too bad summer sun is retired.  It goes great with the new poppy color!

Stamp set: Kimono Kids
Paper:  Poppy, pti white, summer sun, poppy dsp
Accessories:  Poppy ribbon, silver clip

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kayaker Masculine Birthday card

Do you ever get a stamp set that you think will be easy to use and then find it hard?  That's what happened with this one.   My DH and I were up in NH for a one night get away and I found a cute little stamping store in Warner.  Of course we had to stop in and they had some great things.  I asked about outdoor sets - like hiking and kayaking because I have a request for some cards this fall with that theme and they pointed me to this stamp and another that has a hiker.  The hiker was actually very easy to incorporate into a card because I can add a lot of color to him and he is a 'normal' size.  This kayaker - not so easy.  First, he is an odd size, second he is hard to color and third - he is a little 'dull.'  So, I had to work at this one.  Eventually I got this card which I'm reasonably happy with, but it wasn't easy.

This card uses one of my favorite layouts.  this has become my 'go to' layout when nothing else seems to be working.  I love the Argyle set from pti because I can very easily get a big punch of color and interest in any color combination I'm working with.  I don't have a big inventory of designer paper, so this becomes my stand by for different color options.  I also grabbed some Amuse blue paper and some cool new teeny tiny buttons to add to the new Early Espresso ribbon.  And that's how this card came together.  Thanks for looking!  Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 9, 2010

BC 159 Inspiration Challenge

This week for the bloggers challenge we had a photo inspiration to guide us.  This is my first photo inspiration card and I loved it.  It was a challenge though, mostly because this photo has so many beautiful colors, textures and patterns it was hard to choose what to include on my card.

I decided to focus on the blue stripes, the yellow tropical flowers, the pink roses and the dark brown accent.   I used a great layout that I had printed out and chose to make a square card.   This was so fun and I can't wait to see what the other ladies did.

I hope you all have a great Friday and have some fun things ahead this weekend.  We are going to my stepfather's 60th birthday party.  Tune in tomorrow to see the Kayak card I made for him!

Stamp Set: Stampin Up Best Blossoms
Papers:  Summer Sun, Baja Breeze DSP, Espresso, whisper White
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Summer Sun
Accessories:  small scallop lace punch, daffodil ribbon

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nathaniel's birthday card

One of the things I love about card making is having the ability to make a custom card for the special people in my life.  I love considering their interests and hobbies when a special occasion comes up and creating a card just for them based on who they are.  Sometimes I get frustrated because I don't have the exact images or supplies to really make something just for them, but generally I am able to get close.

My nephew Nathaniel (called n-man by family) is turning 12 later this month.  He is a real outdoor kind of guy.  If I really wanted to make this a true N-man card, it may have included a bow and arrow and a camouflage hat, but this is close enough since he also loves to hike.  This will go out next week with a gift card to Target, hopefully getting to him just before they head to Maine for their family vacation.

Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Card Recipe:
Image:  Rubber Soul stamp, Amuse sentiment, canvas background stamp (retired from SU)
Card Stock:  River Rock, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories:  Chocolate Chip polytwill ribbon, Copic markers

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Marina Mist Birthday

Good morning stampers.  We had a nice extra long weekend this week. My husband and I both took off Friday and Monday was the holiday.  It was very relaxing and today I'm trying to muster some energy to go off to work.  We are having a heat wave in New England (again) so I'm thankful I have an indoor job with A/C, but right now, I'm enjoying sitting in my chair with my coffee.  After I post this card, I'll start my summer bible study - Old Testament Challenge.   The old testament is fascinating with it's stories of God's power and love in the midst of really messed up people.  Can't wait.

So about my card.  Do you ever start out with one plan and wind up with something completely different?  I started this card with an idea to use my new kayaker and a layout I had seen on a website.  So I started with the layout and got the grommets on the edge, the colors in play and the background papers in.  But then when I went to add the kayaker, the image just wasn't working.   It was too small and boring.  So I decided to make the focal point the message and I like the way this turned out.  Tune in later this week to see how I did use my kayaker with a different layout!  ( - :

The colors are river rock, marina mist and natural white - these colors go so well together.  I'm loving marina mist.  It's my favorite blue these days.  The stamps sets are argyle from pti and a retired birthday set from stampin up.  I used a polka dot embossing folder and some textured thread from pti on my grommets. 

Thanks for looking - leave a comment if you can!  Enjoy

Monday, July 5, 2010

Amusapolooza AP10ROCKSTAR

I love Amuse products and I love a chance to win.  On the Amuse website they challenged us to have Rock Star go out and about so I brought Rock Star to the beach.  By uploading this to my blog (and linking in to the Amuse site) I get an extra chance to win.  Can you tell where rock star is?  I'll give you a clue - it's in MA on the bay side - a famous beach many new englanders have visited.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bloggers Challenge Patriotic

Hello bloggers.  Are you all ready for the long weekend?   Here in New England we have PERFECT weather.  The thing about New England weather is that it isn't often nice, but when it's nice, it's really nice.    We are blessed with mid-70's temperatures during the day, mid 60's at night and beautiful sunshine all day long.  My husband and I have some fun plans that include lots of outdoor activities so I'm thrilled that the weather is nice.

So on to my card......  I was reminiscing about some childhood images in creating this card.  My sister and I both collected Madame Alexander dolls and one of us had the Betsy Ross doll.  When I was searching for images for my patriotic card I was inspired to make this My Favorite Things Easter Girl into a patriotic girl, reminiscent of my collected doll. 

This image also reminds me of my favorite childhood author - Joan Walsch Anglund.  My favorite book was a small illustrated book 'A friend is someone who likes you.'  Joan always illustrated children with only eyes and mouth.

And lastly, I was inspired by another favorite book of mine as a child - 'Ann Likes Red' by Dorothy Seymore.  In this classic (but simple story) Ann's mother takes her shopping for a new outfit.  Everything Ann picks out is red - red dress, red sox...  I couldn't help but think of her while I was coloring in my girl with red everything!

So, that is how this little patriot card was inspired. 

So, do you want to know how I made the card?  I started with some pti white paper inked up with momento black for my Easter Blessing Image from my favorite things.  I colored her in with copics and replaced the easter eggs in her basket with cut out stars.  I cut out 4 identical cloud squares and layered those on top of a mat layer of SU rose red and then put it all on top of an Amuse card of red gingham.  Using the computer I printed out a few lines of text in Americana font  (home of the free because of the brave) and cut them out and put them on the side.

Thanks so much for looking.  I hope you all have a safe and joyful holiday.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sweet Pea Birthday Card

My older sisters birthday is next Tuesday and she is a big gardener and lover of the outdoors.  I wanted to make a special card for her that reflected her love of nature and flowers so I turned to my papertrey ink image 'sweet pea.'  I remember seeing Debbie Olson's beautiful cards with this image on the PTI sneak peaks so I dug back through my old blogs and found her posting from April.  I borrowed heavily from her card and the results are stunning (I think - YILM- to quote Jan Tink - fellow blogger and storyteller extraordinare!)  To give Debbie credit, I've included her images here so you can see how much I've copied from her!!

So here is how I made this one.  I started with a card base from Hero Arts.  They make pre-folded clear card bases that are really solid.  They come in 8 packs with envelopes.  Super easy (but not cheap!)  I stamped the sweet pea image on pti white with momento black and then colored in the image with peaches and olive greens.    I used my nestabilities and my cricut cuttlebug to cut out the image in the beautiful shape.  Then I took old olive and stamped french script background stamp (also in old olive) on it.  I then used the next size up nestie with the cuttlebug to make the mat frame.  For the blue base, I used aqua mist and stamped with SU priceless (also stamped in aqua mist) to give the curlie q's on the background paper. 

I colored my own ribbon using white silk ribbon and colored it with the peachy copic marker.  This worked very well because the color acted like starch and gave the ribbon a little more stiffness.  Then I sewed with white thread the ribbon together to get the overlapping layers and the yellow button.  The ribbon is just neatly wrapped around the green mat layer.  The happy birthday was an after thought, but this comes from teeny tiny images and is just tucked (with a layer of adhesive) under the green mat layer.

With a clear card, you must have an inside layer, so I stamped that too and added the sentiment from sweet pea 'fill this day with joy.'  Voila - a stunning birthday card for a very special lady.

As promised, here are the images from Debbie.  Aren't her designs just fabulous.  She is one of my favorite designers.  Love her stuff!  Check out her blog

Thanks for looking!  Enjoy!