Friday, May 31, 2013

Scrappy Trouble

Goooood morning peeps... or should I say afternoon! My oh my, can I find scrappy trouble or what? I made two  cards and the first one turned out like I planned. It's made for Wednesday's MWT over at OWH's blog, Stars & Stamps, here. The theme was transportation. I used OWH Sketch 174 found here.

I'm very happy with how it turned out! [Love it when a plan comes together... lol] The papers I used on both cards, 6x6 double sided papers, are from Simon Says Stamps May 2013 Card Kit of the Month.

The second... oh my! Now, I'm the first to admit I have trouble taking scraps and turning them into a great card. So I challenged myself to make a second card using only the scraps from the five 6x6 papers from card 1. 

I ended up with some pretty odd sizes of paper left over from card 1. Soooo.... I went "sketch hunting" through OWH sketches. I figured Sketch 147, here, would work... almost. But.... ta daaaa... I made a pretty good card! [Oh phooey, she says throwing modesty to the wind] I think it turned out great!!

Papers & card stock - SSS May 2013 Card Kit of the Month
Card 1 - Bicycle die cut from Paper Crazy. flower trinket from Serenade Trinkets by Bo Bunny
Card 2Dies Cuttlebug 2x2 sliders die by Provo Carft, ribbon, my stash

Well peeps, as my Great Uncle used to say... "stick a fork in me and call me done". Thank you so much for stopping by... hope you enjoyed your visit!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop

Good Morning Peeps! Are you ready for the biggest and best Blog Hop ever??? Then you're in the right place... almost. This weekend OWH is having their ginormous Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop! There are over 100 OWH Corporate Partners [companies] and Individual Bloggers [like myself]. If clicking on the badge above doesn't take you to the hop then click here.

The theme is Thank You cards, using one of our OWH sketches. You can find all the sketches by clicking here. Our Heroes always need Thank You cards to write home in. What is really needed now are Any Hero cards. It's hard to believe some heroes get very little mail, so Any Hero mail lets them know someone cares about them.

 I made my card using Sketch #81, and there is a friendly note from me to cheer up a Any Hero.

I used a die to cut the star and backed the opening with DSP. Yep, it's the same as my photo background. You can see the original OWH Sketch Challenge for this card by clicking here.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit! Now go, scoot, get to hopping!

Dies - Stars by Sizzixs, Top Note by SU
Stamp  - from the Mar 2013 card kit by Simon Says Stamps
Embossing folder - A2 stars by Cuttlebug
Scrap DSP - "Glory" collection by Authentique
Cardstock - by Bazzill

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Variety is the Spice of LIfe!

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Good morning peeps! For this month's BootCamp lesson Paula is teaching us how adding variation to your design can add interest.

I chose a CAS design and used flowers in different styles, color, and size for my variety.

I love how this turned out, but only Paula can decide if it fits the BootCamp lesson. My inspiration comes from a recent His & Hers Online Card Class where Jennifer McGuire had a lesson on Masked Borders. I'm gravitating to CAS style cards right now and this technique really struck my fancy. I will definitely make more of these.

Stamps - flowers, leaves, & sentiment - SSS Card Kit of the Month for March 2013
Ink - Ranger Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.

Well peeps, it's time for me to go. Thank You for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Roses For Mom!

Good morning peeps, and Happy Mother's Day to all my family and friends!

I heard from my son a little while ago and we had a nice chat. He lives 6 hrs away so I won't get to see him today... but that's O.K. because he was just up last week. This afternoon my daughter is taking me out to my favorite restaurant to eat. Yay!

My card is made by using supplies from the May 2013 SSS Card Kit of the Month. You just can't beat this deal, and, it's mailed to your door every month! This is what came in my kit:

I stamped the roses and leaves in Frost White by Color Box, and heat embossed. I used my Ranger Distress Markers as water colors to get the softer color. [I used: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and a water brush] I CASEd one of the sample photos that came in the kit because I just love the look. Jennifer McGuire designed the sample card. The link to Jennifer's blog, Jennifer McGuire Ink, is here.

Well, that about does it for me today. Thanks you so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

His & Hers Cards

Howdy peeps! The weather has been so beautiful here in NE Ohio, except for today. :(  It's been rainy, cold, and damp. BUT... this is Ohio so I'll just hang around a day and the weather will change.

I haven't been around much lately. Not because I don't want to, but I just haven't had the energy. I battle on and off with depression and it has been acting up. A lot of it is situational, meaning certain things going on will make it worse. Right now it's issues with my mom, who is 90, and in the nursing home. She's had slight dementia for awhile but right now it's starting to get a little worse. Mom know exactly what she want to say but can't say the words. She knows what is going on with her and gets, understandably, upset. So sad!

Hoping to get on a brighter note: My doctor increased my med dosage and I'm starting to have some desire and energy again. I'd like to share with you 8 cards I just made. I made them for this week's Midweek Throwdown [MWT] on OWH's blog Stars & Stamps. The challenge is to make two cards, one for Him & and one for Her, using the same layout. You can find this challenge here.

The layout is one Kristina Werner used in the Online Card Class I took recently. Ironically enough the class was titles "His & Hers". The classes are fantastic and a great source for learning and inspiration. I used to following 6x6 paper pads: Set 1, Indie Chic Nutmeg by My Minds Eye; Set 2, Renew collection by Authentique; Set 3, Hope collection by Authentique; Set 4, Hers, Carefree collection  and His,Original collection, both by Authentique.

The background paper is cut at 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and I used two border punches for the sides. Hers is by Fiskars and His is by EK Success. The white strip is 2" x 4 1/4" with rounded corners on one end. For my ribbon I used a 1 1/2" circle punch and a 2" scalloped circle punch, both by Fiskars. The banners on the ribbon are cut at 3/4" with one end cut to make the V. The sentiment is from Very Special clear stamp set in the Jan 2013 SSS card kit of the month.

Well, that's about it for me. Thank you all for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mojo No Go

Happy Sunday peeps! I've been taking the Online Card Class called His & Hers this past week. Just so ya know... I'm reluctantly posting my cards for 3 lessons. My mojo, like Elvis, has left the building! One great thing about paying for these online classes is that I always learn a lot, the teachers are fantastic, great sample cards and videos, and unlimited access to the student galleries.

Of course all this great stuff doesn't help when you're mojo won't cooperate. Ha! So without further ado I'll get to my cards I made.

Day 1 - Thinking of You - Kristina Werner, teacher - using circle elements
His: I'm really loving this one. The mustache print and stripes are from a double sided paper by Fancy Pants Designs called Mustache Fever. Perfect for guys.

Hers: I really like this one too. I just had trouble with my lighting so it looks kind of washed out here. The doily stamp is from a SU set called Delicate Doilies.

Day 2 - Happy Birthday - Christina Kowalczyk teacher - using vellum
Hers: This one isn't too bad. My strips of vellum are 1/2" wide and I colored them with Copics. [Y15, YG03, BG01, R22] I attached the strips, at angles, to the back of the white piece. Believe it or not, the sentiment is actually straight. I think the angles of the vellum make it look wonky.

His: This has to be my favorite of the two, which is good considering I have trouble with masculine cards. I used Copics to color my vellum [ BG01, BG05, YG03]. The squares are 1 1/2", the HAPPY is sticker letters.

Day 3 - Sympathy - Kristina Werner teacher 
His: I love this one too. I love Washi tape so I used two designs on this card. The music design is by Theresa Collins, don't have a clue about the woodgrain. I found it at a LSS. I stamped the sentiment with Brushed Corduroy distress ink and used a distress marker [same color] for the dash line. These are by Ranger.

Hers:  Yeah.... no! The Hers version was an epic fail. 

Well there you go peeps. My mojo may not be where it's supposed to be but I had fun trying to get it back. Now it's time for me to get a cuppa coffee, prop my feet up, and put the heatin pad on my tired, aching back.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!