Monday, October 17, 2011

Boo to You Too!

What a wonderful Autumn afternoon.  I have really enjoyed my day.  It is hard to believe that we are half way through October.  At this rate, in no time at all it will be a new year.  

Here is another Halloween card I would like to share with you.  This little mummy is another Hambo Stamps digital image.  I received this image for free by participating in last weeks challenge.

This weeks challenge at the Hambo Hoedown is a color challenge.  It is difficult to tell from this picture, however I have used orange, green, purple and black to meet the challenge.  The purple just didn't want to photograph.  

The mummy was printed on a light grey card stock and then colored in with chalks.  The Boo paper is from my stash and unfortunately didn't have a manufacture  listed on it.  Purple, green and orange card stock were used to mount the images on.  The sentiment was then mounted using dimensional foam tape.  Two eyelets were used to thread the black ribbon through for a bow.  I then hung a scary bat sticker from Frances Meyer on the bow.  The inside of the card is decorated using the same papers and stickers with the addition of some spiders from the Recollections All Seasons Papers Pad.  

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you for all of your wonderful comments.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just you and me babe...

Good day.  I started out with a lot of plans for cards this last week. However, I was only able to accomplish a few of them.  I would like to share the two cards for babies that I completed this week.

Both cards used a digi stamp from Meljen's Designs.  If you are not familiar with her designs, be sure to hop on over and check out her site. She has some really cute stamps, great design ideas and some wonderful challenges too.

This first card will be presented at Meljen's Designs for  challenge #80 -Use a ribbon.  And Tuesday Throwdown's challenge #70 -To "Think Pink" this week.

I used water color pencils for the Mother Cat and kittens.  The sentiment was designed in Microsoft Word. While I am not sure on the makers of the papers or ribbon, the good news is that I used up a bit more of my 'left over' paper stash.

I used the same papers to decorate the inside of the card.  The buttons were found in the $1 bins at my local Target store.  They were all ready to go with thread and adhesive.


This second image, Giraffe's Necktie, is also colored using water color pencils.  I like the look of the water colors, and I just haven't gotten the hang of markers.  You would think that the markers would be easier to use, but alas, not for me.  


I used Martha Stewart card stock to create a gate fold card.  It ended up an A9 size (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") since I didn't size the giraffe correctly. Luckily I just happened to have an envelope to fit, as I had purchased a box of pastel envelopes awhile back at my local Target store.

The giraffe was mounted on a smaller piece of card stock, 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" and then adhered to the right side of the gate fold.  When the card is closed, it makes for a nice frame around the giraffe.  The designer baby print paper is GCD Studios, Chic BeBe, foof-a-la.  The white ribbon is from my stash.  The rocking horse ribbon is Decorative Trim from my local Hobby Lobby.  The sentiment was again printed using Microsoft Word.

I hope you were able to find a bit of inspiration today and have enjoyed my cards.  

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit. Your comments are wonderful and I enjoy reading all of them.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Three's a Charm...

Good afternoon.  I wish I could say that it is a lovely Fall day here today.  Unfortunately it is a dreary Monday filled with rain and cloudy skies.  I haven't seen much of the sun today at all.  On the bright side, our lawn needed it and is looking such a lovely green. Yes, even in October.

It has been a busy weekend and a busy day.  So I am going to share three cards that I have put together over the weekend and the challenges they go with.

The first is a lovely Autumn colored card.  I just love the browns and oranges.  The lovely poem is a digi by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff and the sentiment inside was designed and printed using Micro Soft word.  (It looks so much better than my handwriting!)  The sentiments were printed on kraft card stock.  The printed paper is from the Recollections All Seasons Pad, and the brown card stock is from my stash. The brown organza ribbon is by Ribbon Boutique. 


I am presenting this card for both the Sew Many Cards Challenge # 70 which asks us to use burnt orange, yellow and brown.  It is hard to see with the photograph, but there is some yellow in the print and the vellum is yellow.  Also, Stamping for the Weekend Challenge #18 is asking for the colors of Autumn and a digi or stamp to be used.


This cute little guy is for the Hambo Stamps Hoe Down Challenge for week #36 using their Flower Monster digi.  He is printed on water color paper and colored using water color pencils.  I had a hard time figuring out something to use with my first initial, and finally came up with the "TIED" ribbon.  I know it is a stretch...but I just went brain dead.  The papers and ribbon are from my scrap stash, so I am not sure who they are by.  However, I do enjoy it when I can use up those bits of paper I just can't bring myself to throw out.  


This last card turned out so cute.  I just love the pinks, purples and blues.  This is being presented for the challenge at Touched by a Butterfly and their Link Up for Pink challenge.  From October 1st to 14th they are helping to step up the reminders about breast cancer and celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a cause close to my heart.  Not only did I have a scare which was luckily just a cyst, but I lost my dear friend Pat to her battle with breast cancer.  Make sure to get your yearly check-up and Mammogram.  It is always best to have lumps checked by your doctor rather than to just hope they will go away.

I am also presenting this for  Card Positioning Systems sketch #239.  If you love sketches, and who doesn't, be sure to stop on by and check out their site.  They have wonderful challenges and some wonderful design idea books.  

Thank you again for stopping by and all of your wonderful comments.
Please have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Beware There's Something Strange Brewing



Good morning.  Thank you for stopping by.  Hopefully, when the sun comes out, it will be another beautiful day.  There probably won't be too many more before the cold sets in.  Luckily we do not get much snow in Georgia.  But when we do it shuts the whole state down.  Still can't believe it after growing up in the North West.  We would drive in anything.  And if necessary slide in anything.

Halloween has always been a fun time of year for me.  I have been working on some Halloween cards for the kids.  I still have a few to go.  I think that they will enjoy getting a little something extra.  Especially now that some are closing in on their teens, others are well into their teens and adulthood.  The younger ones will still have a few years to enjoy dressing up and going out to Trick or Treat.  However,  I imagine that the older ones would enjoy it too, if they could still get away with it.

I kept these cards clean and simple by using a basic card base and a Halloween paper from the Recollections All Season Paper Pad.  I cut the page apart and mounted the separate elements on black card stock.  Included inside are some additional decorations  and a space for a little note.

These cards will be included in the following Halloween challenges.  Be sure to stop on by and take a look.  I have enjoyed visiting the blogs myself.  There are a lot of great products and ideas from some very talented people.

The Pink Elephant        TPE119 with a theme of "Trick or Treat"
Lollipop Crafts             Challenge #51 with a theme of Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown     #69 with a theme of Halloween
Meljen's Designs           Challenge # 79 with a theme of Halloween

I see a common thread here---must be getting close to Halloween!  And Christmas is close on it's tail.  Boy has this year flown by.

Thanks again for stopping by and all of the wonderful comments.  You are all so nice.  I hope you will come back to visit soon and that you have enjoyed my designs. 

Have a wonderful day! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Christmas Card Challenges Using Birdhouse Digi

Front of Card

This cute bird house digi is from Doodle Pantry.  Their theme for digital challenge #17 is to use a Doodle Pantry Image.  This card is also being used for the weekly challenge, a Christmas theme, at  OWH Stars & Stamps blog.  And for Challenge #17 - Too early for Christmas? over at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge blog.  There are some really cute images and some great ideas at these sites.  So be sure to stop on by and check them out.  They also have lots of fun challenges. When I find that ever elusive job, these are definitely some of the first places I plan to go shopping at.

The image is printed on water color paper.  Cardinals remind me of Christmas, so I colored the birds red using my Pebbles chalks.  Then finished the Christmas/Winter theme with red and green chalks for the bird houses. 

I used Microsoft PowerPoint to print the sentiment onto white card stock.  Sometimes I can have a hard time coming up with sentiments.  I find most of my quotes in my Webster's New Explorer Dictionary of Quotations.  However I found this list of quotes for Christmas on the Begin Crafting blog.  She has a lot of cute ideas, so you ought to drop on by.  

Inside of Card

The red card stock and the holly print papers are from a kit by Fiskars & Cloud9 Designs.  The 5" x 6.5" card base is by the Paper Studio.  I found them and the ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  It is hard to tell from the photo, but the bird house and sentiment are mounted on the same pearly paper as the ribbon.  The paper is from my stash so I do not know who made it.  I really like the shinny red ribbon against the color and texture of this paper. 

I used the same papers on the inside of the card, just to "dress" it up a bit.  The circular stickers are from the same Fiskars kit.  It is hard to see, but they are plastic with clear color and add some dimension to the page.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  
I hope you have enjoyed my designs.  
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Won't you be my Mummy?

Good evening and thanks for stopping by to take a look.  I hope that you have had a wonderful day.  It has been a beautiful autumn day here.

I used a 5 1/2" x 6" card base.  The red paper is called code red by MOD.  The Halloween paper is from the All Seasons Paper pad by Recollections. The yellow and purple papers and ribbon are from my stash.  The candy corns are Freances Meyer Bubblets.  I colored this adorable mummy digi, by Hambo Stamps with water color pencils.  

The layout is based on original #7 Sketch for challenge SSS128 by The Sweet Stop.  Red, yellow and purple papers are for the challenge at Sweet n Sassy stamps SNSDC22.  And the Halloween theme is for the challenge at gelatins self sticking clear stamps.  

I have had fun with these challenges. If you enjoy challenges or just want to get started,  be sure to check out their sites.  There are lots of good ideas and products to be found there.

Thanks again for visiting and have a wonderful evening.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dragon Fly Thinking of You Card

Just a quick post to share a card for the Hambo Hoedown weekly challenge.  This week we are asked to choose a card from the Hambo galleries and CASE it.   

My card uses the free image from last weeks challenge.  **DragonFly**  If you participate by the Monday deadline, and follow the simple guidelines, you will receive the free image for this week.  How cool is that?  So be sure to stop by and check them out.

I printed the image twice on a piece of white card stock. I used the second image to cut wings from a floral card stock and then glued them to the image on the white card stock.  This gave the image a very nice dimension.  I colored the body with a greg water color pencil and then used Glistening Snow Writer to give it some dimension and some sparkle.  The image is double matted.  My paper is from the Premium Stacks Far East Stack and the card base is kraft card stock cut to an A2 card size.  A organza bow finishes the card.

Following is the image I CASEd by MacKenzie Bruckler and it can be found in the Hambo Gallery.  Here you will find all kinds of great ideas using their images.  What I liked about this design is the simplicity and the matted image.  And of course, the ribbon.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit.  
Have a wonderful evening!

What a Beautiful Day to be Thankful For....

What a beautiful fall day.  I hope you all have an opportunity to enjoy a bit of sunshine today.

I participated in the OWH World Card Making Day blog hop on Saturday.  Thank you all for the wonderful comments. You can still go to their post and visit any of the sites you might of missed.  I am still trying to make it to all of the blogs that participated.  I must say, what an amazing assortment of cards.  Everyone did such a wonderful job.

My "Thankful" card was made using papers from the Recollections All Seasons Paper Pad.  I took the Fall collage page and cut it apart to use for sentiments.  I mounted these 2 sections together on a piece of brown card stock and tied it up with an organza bow.  I really like how the colors work together.  I just love the oranges and greens.

This card will be submitted for gel-a-tins challenge sponsoring OWH.  It is a Fall themed challenge using this sketch.  Also sponsoring OHW is Sew Many Cards.  This challenge has an any thing goes theme.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look.  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy my card on your way through OWH World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop. Clicking the banner above will help to guide you on your way to your next stop.

My Christmas card uses:
Patterned paper by Creative Imaginations and Debbie Mumm
Card stock from my stash
Sentiment by me & my BIG ideas
Classic Chalks by Pebbles Inc.
Gold Offray Ribbon & Organza ribbon by The Ribbon Boutique

Thanks once again for stopping by.  
Have a wonderful day and enjoy your Autumn Weekend.  
The weather should be simply gorgeous here.