Monday, September 1, 2014

A Pair of Country Wedding Cards


I was recently asked to make 2 wedding cards for 2 sisters attending the same wedding. They gave me a piece of beautiful lace, a piece of burlap and some leopard-print crepe paper, along with the bridalshower invitation which included a Mason jar, plank floor panel, a banner, and sunflowers. They told me the bride and her bridesmaids were wearing purple dresses and everyone was wearing cowboy boots! YeeHaw!

With a lot of great suggestions and borrowed stamps from my friend Mary Anne, I was able to put this together. I downloaded a handled mason jar image from Glenda's World in a purple color, printed it and fussy-cut it, popping it up on foam tape. I used some tiny tags from SU! that were gold heat-embossed for their initials and the Mr & Mrs tag hanging from the top of the jar. The flowers were from my stash, and I used a SB die for the green stems and leaves. The tiny gold-embossed heart on the jar was done with a Lil Inker die and the "L" is a sticker. The plank floor was a piece of random dsp from my stash. The boots were from a GinaK stamp set and they were fussy cut and popped up on foam tape too. I managed to get a piece of that lace and leopard print on the jar as well as the flower centers, and added a couple tiny purple hearts & initial stickers to the tiny tags to finish the card. Whew!


Here's the card I made for the other sister - racking my brain to make something different while using the same elements! This one includes the banner with tiny sunflowers, on top of a piece of that pretty lace. I used the leopard print on the scallop behind the square panel which was done with a retired SU! stamp that says "love." Their last name starts with "L", so that was a real win-win find! I did the hearts with a SU! punch in vanilla, adding some purple pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty as well as a purple shirt with a gold embossed bow tie. The sister giving this card was astounded, because the bride's dress has little pearls running down the back of her dress, so this was yet another win-win! They both asked for cowboy boots on their cards, so thanks to Mary Anne for loaning me another cowboy boot stamp........this is the inside..


They're all gold embossed and the sentiment is from SU!

This may have been the biggest challenge I've had all year as far as making a custom card goes, but both sisters are happy with the results! Thanks again Mary Anne for all your help and loaning me the perfect stamps!

Wishing everyone a very happy Labor Day today! I hope you all enjoy the extra day off to relax and have fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Harvest


Here's my entry for the Mod Squad challenge - a fruitful harvest. I looked in my stash and realized I have no fruit images, so I went with the fall harvest theme and used a Cocoa mouse pumpkin image. The border was done with an EK punch and some espresso card stock, and I used 3 different Bo Bunny dsp's from the apple cider collection. I used a few of the punched elements on the main panel and tied it all up with some yellow gingham ribbon.

Fall is my favorite time of the year, but I'm having a hard time saying good-bye to the beautiful summer we've had this year! The weather has been perfect and we've really enjoyed being outdoors more than ever these past few months!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you're doing!

Carol

Friday, August 29, 2014

Winning Supplies!


Here's my card for the Unity FWF. I used a Unity sentiment stamp from a prize package I won from Gaylynn here that just arrived late yesterday. As soon as I found this "Santa! I know him!" sentiment stamp, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it! The Santa legs sticking out of the chimney were done with a Darice ef that I won here from my blogging buddy Benzi! I embossed the image on white cardstock, fussy cut it, and then colored the bricks with water color pencils and a wet paint brush. I used Copics to color Santa's legs and boots, and added some liquid applique for "snow." The paper is Winter Wishes from Echo Park, and I added a snowflake brad just for fun.

Thanks Brenda and Gaylynn for the stamping goodies used to make this card!!

That's it for me today, but thanks for stopping by, and for those who celebrate Labor Day, I wish you a wonderful extended holiday weekend! I can't believe the official summer season is drawing to a close already! It seems like it just began yesterday!

Carol

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Smile!


Here's a happy card that's heading to cards for hospitalized kids. This is an Inky Antics image that I colored with Copics. I made a mosaic horizontal border with lots of little scraps from an autumn paper pad and some gold embossing powder. The kraft panel was done with a SB M-bossabilites "So Trendy" folder, while the sentiment was done with a SU! stamp and matching punch. I added some big gold brads, and a piece of paw-print ribbon for the finishing touches. The card base came from a paper pad I bought on QVC when they first began selling craft supplies eons ago! The cover is long gone, so I don't know who made it.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges...

Shopping our Stash #166 - A, B, C's - Animal, Brads, Circle

Tuesday Morning Sketch #264 - I took some liberties with the main image panel by staggering the layers

Tuesday Throwdown #210 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Use Stamping on your project

Snippets Playground #139 - Must Use Snippets

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you the best possible day you can have!

Carol

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Home Soon


Here's my take on the OWH sketch challenge #237. I used a fun House Mouse image, and colored those big shoes with fluorescent Copics. I also colored the blue and peach panels with the same Copics to color coordinate everything. I embossed the background with a SB M-bossabilites kickin' rubber ef, and used a Hero Arts sentiment on the bottom. The circle sentiment was made with a set of $1 stick stamps and matted with chocolate chip cardstock. I added a piece of ribbon from my stash, and stamped a pair of big shoe footprints on the inside in keeping with the "big shoes to fill" theme.

Have a great Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

K is for Kraft


I needed to make a masculine birthday card for September, and I pulled out my SB Sprockets dies and got to work. The kraft panel was cut with a top note die, and embossed with a mini tiny circles stencil, then lightly sponged with antique linen ink. The cogs were cut with black, red, pacific point, and gold-embossed cardstock and adhered with assorted sized & colors of brads and glue. The red cog has a gold candi dot affixed to the center. The sentiment was done with Quickutz alpha dies.

I'm entering this into the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers SOSS#15 challenge - K is for kraft.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day!

Carol

Monday, August 25, 2014

August Rudolph Day


Happy Monday folks! It's the 25th of the month and that means it's time for the August Rudolph Day challenge. The requirement is to make 2 Christmas cards and share them in one post. For my cards I used SU! card stocks in gumball green, red, and crumb cake, and added a strip of SU! dsp for a horizontal border. The image is Hero Arts wired star, and was embossed with gold and cut with SB squares. The sentiment is also from SU! and was embossed with gold. For this version I added 2 gold brads to the top....


And for this version, I added 2 diamond-shaped brads to the bottom.


Here they are side-by side.

That's 2 more to add to the stash and I'm happy about that because now that summer is rapidly drawing to a close, Christmas is just around the corner! Yep, it happens every year the same way :)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great week ahead!

Carol

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Unity "Pick your Poison" Be Inspired Challenge


I've been making Halloween cards lately and wanted to enter Unity's monthly "Be Inspired" challenge since I recently won this great unity bat image stamp! The challenge gives many options for playing along as you'll see below. I chose the sketch, flipping it on it's side, and also used the Halloween inspirational photo and color scheme. The bat was heat embossed using clear detail ep and colored with Fluorescent Copics. I love that little hexagon detail on his wing :) I added some papers from my stash, some mini brads, polka dot ribbon and a spider done with a MS punch. I didn't have any Halloween sentiment stamps, so I used some stickers from my scrapbooking stash. The word "boo" has a couple googlie eyes, and all the way over to the right is the word "eek!" The stickers are silver and didn't show up very well in the photo. I have plenty of alpha stickers left, but unfortunately all the black "E's" are gone! lol


Thanks for checking in today and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Carol

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More Altered Books



Here's another set of altered composition books I made for my youngest granddaughter. This wee one is in pre-school, but I made her a set of her own matching books just like the ones I posted here for her bigger sister. I used another Sarah Kay image and this time added her name to a little banner using SU! hearts-a-flutter framelits with SB labels 18 and some acrylic alphabet blocks by Doodlebug Designs. I added some punched flowers, flourishes and tiny gemstones. The image was matted with SB labels 25 dies, and the checkered border is a sticker I've had since my scrapbooking days. The paper is another great score from Tuesday Morning that my friend Mary Anne shared with me.


This is the matching mini composition book. I used the same dsp as above, and flipped a piece to the solid side for the "binding" and embossed it with a SU! square lattice ef. I added a strip of ribbon, 2 IO die cut "buttons" and a little twine bow and called this one done!

I hope the girls like them and they feel special knowing they have one-of-a-kind fun school books for scribbling and/or fun!

I'm sharing these over on the Snippets Playground #139 as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - "back to school."

That's it for me today, but here's wishing you a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Carol

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday FWF


It's time for another Unity Friday Friends with Flair challenge, and this week I've pulled out my Halloween supplies and have started making cards for that occasion. I used an image panel from Unity, heat embossed with black and colored with a yellow fluorescent Copic marker, adding purple color around the outside edge. All the papers were scraps, while the drippy border was done with a MS goo punch, and the purple ribbon with bats I've had forever. I had 2 tiny black die cut negatives on my desk, so I glued them to the image panel to look like brads.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Friday!

Carol