Friday, August 28, 2009

Time for a change

I just love how that pic of Mad Eye Moody came out! He's so sneaky. :)

Mad Eye is a veiled chameleon. They can move each eye independently hence the name Mad Eye Moody. If you still don't get it, you've got to read Harry Potter!

Now for a gift card holder. If you open it up, the gift card sticks out from a fold in the center. I should have taken a pic of the inside or done a tutorial. :( Sorry!
Some friends of ours got married last Saturday. They are a great couple and I'm so happy for them. The 'happily ever after' just seemed to fit them perfectly. The stamp came from Green Grass stamps and they are one of my favorite companies. They have some very nice, original art that is fun and easy to work with. Not much has been happening on their site lately and I'm not sure if they are out of business or not. They were going to come out with some new images in March but it never happened. I'm pretty bummed. :( I think they still have some older stamps available (for 50% off) on their site. Get em' while you can! :)

The paper is from Stella Ruby from Basic Grey. I added some TAC flowers that I just had to have but haven't used too much. I like them so much that I keep "saving" them but I've got to get over that. :)

Enjoy and have a good weekend! I've to my TCP challenge card to upload tomorrow and then something special that I made from Jason. :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Shopping birthday

One of my old students recently had a birthday. She loves shopping so I made her this card. :) Hope she likes it.

The paper is Basic Grey and the stamps are from Kim Hughes. This is a CTMH sketch. There are new card books available from CTMH. They are amazing. If you need some inspiration every now and then, I would highly recommend them.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

What a fun cupcake! I love it's swirly frosting. Both the cupcake and sentiment are from The DoodleFactory. If you have never seen their stamps, you really should check them out at They are wonderfully wacky.
I don't often play along with Taylored Expressions challenges (no reason, I just get busy) but this one caught my eye. I needed an adult birthday card and this sketch seemed perfect. You can't really tell from the pic but the bottom of the cupcake has a little glitter on the stripes and the outline of the cupcake was traced in Crystal Lacquer.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cookies for Santa

I saw this sketch from Hero Arts quite a while ago. It was sweet and simple. I like sketches that allow the main image to really stand out without a lot of other stuff cluttering it up. I also liked the idea of a little tag sticking out of the side for the sentiment. :)
The image and the sentiment are from acrylic sets from The Cat's Pajamas. It's hard to see but the right hand side of the brown and blue spotted paper is punched using a tiny scallop punch that is new from EK Success. It is one of the new punches that lock to be super flat. Love it!
The paper is Basic Grey. Hope you're not getting tired of that paper. I really want to use it up to make room for Eskimo Kisses and Indian Summer that were released at CHA.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sweetie Pie

This is my favorite stamp from My Cute Stamps' Sweet Kawaii set. Isn't it sweet looking? It's such a cute little slice of pie. When I first saw this, I immediately thought of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving. I have a couple of relatives that I wish I could see on Thanksgiving but it just doesn't work out. So I think I'll make a few of these and send them out.
The paper is Basic Grey's Stella. I haven't used this in a long time but it is one of my favorites. Most of the paper has a pattern (like a dress pattern) print on it. It's just a neat little detail that I really like.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

How can you not love lizards?

Mad Eye Moody comes to the door of his cage when he wants out. This mood doesn't strike him very often so when he wants out, I try to make the most of it. I brought him outside for some sun and put him in a little pear tree we have so he could catch some rays.

He kept turning to hide his body but kept an eye on me the whole time. He is so cute. :)

Snowman Christmas card

Another one of my Christmas cards for what was supposed to be my weekly card making project. I like doing Christmas cards in untraditional colors. This DP came from Basic Grey's Porceline. The snowman and saying are from a Christmas Kim Hughes set. The heart on his chest is paper pieced and then I put on a little Crystal Effects for some shine.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dropping you a line

My finally visiting teaching card. :) My bigger fishes are on pop dots. I colored their fins or bodies with my copics. I stamped them on JuneBug patterned paper.

The smaller fish are DTP and colored with my copics. I added 2 scalloped boarders for fun. There's a little liquid glass on the bobber. :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Not much stampin'

I love the new JuneBug paper but it is a little busy for my taste. I was looking at this paper and wondering how I could make it work. So I used my Crystal Effects to highlight swirls and petals on the flowers. There are only a couple of places where you can see it but quite a lot of the card has this decoration.

I stamped 'dropping you a line' on the red dot paper and added some scallops on the end. This is another card for my visiting teachers. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Gnome friend

I am a BAD visiting teacher. I used to be better but when we moved to WA, things just got rougher. I decided to make my visiting teachers some cards and send them in the mail. Hopefully the good mail will make up for at least some of the missed visits. :P

All these cards use Junebug paper from Basic Grey and stamps from Kim Hughes line at Cornish Heritage Farms. :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

TCPTUES71- a sketch challenge

This week's challenge came from Carole and was a fairly simple sketch. I love that part of the challenge was to round the corners of the card and the parts within it. I have bought several corner rounders but don't use them super often. They were one of those things that EVERYONE was using so I HAD to have one. ;) But I am grateful for the chance to get them out and dust them off.
Here's my card-

The little caldron is from last year's Halloween set but the sentiment is an older stamp (maybe retired?) from The Cat's Pajamas.

The paper and ribbon are from Close To My Heart. I colored the fire with my copics and embossed the caldron.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Getting a jump on Christmas

My friend Sparkle told me about and idea she had back in January. Every week she has made 2 Christmas cards so that by December she has all her cards done. And she doesn't get bored with making the same thing over and over. I thought this was a GREAT idea and decided to try it.

Guess how many cards I've made? Maybe 5. :P

But I have renewed my commitment to get this done and get caught up. :)

Leigh O'Brien made a card identical to this (I just change the paper) last year and I loved it. I put it in my file of things to copy and here's my version.

I used Basic Grey's Wisteria. This isn't my favorite paper packet but I want to challenge myself. I think it works well for a Christmas card.

I shaded the gingerbread man (stamp and sentiment from the DoodleFactory) with a copic and made his frosting face and buttons white with a gel pen. He's popped up on pop dots for dimension (I love those things. I think I use them on every project.) Super simple but I love how it turned out.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Cute Stamps- a half dozen

How stinkin' cute is this donut? I love the little grin and eyelashes. :)
This is from My Cute Stamps and the set is called Sweet Kawaii. It is only $7.99 and has 7 images. The other images are a slice of pie (my favorite image in the whole set), the donut, a popsicle, a piece of candy, a soft serve cone, cherries and the sentiment 'You're Sweet'. And this is an acrylic set, which I prefer.

I stamped the donut six times on a standard A2 card and colored them with my copics. But wanted to jazz it up a bit. So I stamped the donut two more times on some scrap card stock, colored them and ran them through my Xyron upside down so the sticky was covering my image. Then I added some clear microbeads. However, they picked up a bit of the color from my stamp pad ink and turned a few of the beads rainbow colored. Totally unintentionally but a nice touch. :) I love it when that happens.

I wanted this to look like a box of donuts so I made a simple frame with some Blush textured card stock and added some transparent film. That is mounted to the card stock with pop dots for dimension.

Very easy but also very fun.

Friday, August 07, 2009

For Ruby

My friend Nona has adopted a BEAUTIFUL baby girl named Ruby. She is such a cutie and the story of her adoption is truly an inspiration. They have amazing faith and the Lord has blessed them because of it. I can't wait to meet Ruby. :)

paper- Wisteria (Basic Grey)
stamps- Baby Love, A Welcome Hug and an alphabet by Kim Hughes (can't find the name) (all stamps are by Kim Hughes from Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ribbon- Close to My Heart (Desert Sand)
3D Crystal Lacquer
I colored her with my Copics.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Happy Birthday Greeting Farm

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the Greeting Farm. I LOVE their stamps. They are so fun and whimsical. They are fun to paper piece and color, which makes them easy to use IMO. I signed up a long time ago to make a card for the anniversary blog hop so here it is-

There is a darling dress up Anya in the Dress Me stamp set. You get tons of super cute outfits in the Wardrobe 1# set (she has other clothes but I am partial to this one). I used the new Lemonade paper from Basic Grey and colored her with my Copics.

Don't forget to check out the other blogs in the hop! It should be fun and full of inspiration! And don't forget to pick up your own Anya or Ian stamps and play along with their fun challenges. There is a FREE birthday Ian digi stamp on the Club Anya blog today. Try it out and let me know if you make something. :)