Hello Card - Gray CAS Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays: Gray Challenge

Hello Card - Gray CAS Challenge


Hi everyone!

Just a quick card today to play along with CAS-ual Fridays “Shades of Gray” challenge. The challenge? Create a card with at least 2 shades of gray. Easy enough with Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka papers! Looking at this photo, I wish I’d shot at a slightly different angle; we’re looking a tad crooked here! Eeek!

Anyway, I love no stamp cards for Clean & Simple looks, don’t you? Here, we have two dies and three types of paper (in addition to White cardstock). The two purple shades are from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush collection, which may be my favorite collection since BasicGrey’s Lauderdale. As my CK friends can attest: I love me some Lauderdale. Ha! I’m all about the wacky color combinations!

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

National Scrapbooking Day Layouts

Hope everyone had a great National Scrapbooking Day! Thanks to the fab people at Big Picture Classes, I know I sure did. Taking part in their challenges, hosting my very first live chat, and visiting with scrapbookers from all over the world was a wonderful experience. Later that night, I even had a chance to pop into one of the chats that Studio Calico was hosting. Those girls are “cray-cray”! Love them!

Anyway, I completed three layouts during the day, and thought I’d share them with you all here.

I made this layout for Lisa Day’s sketch challenge and, yes, I totally combined challenges and worked in some banners for Suzy and a bit of very, very simple doodling for Mou.

Loving My Small but Awesome Family recipe: Patterned paper: Kaisercraft and Sassafras; Stickers: Crate Paper and Sassafras; Buttons: Crate Paper; Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints; Ribbon: My Mind's Eye; Netting: Webster's Pages; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Tombow; Other: Cardstock.

The next layout is one that I did for Cindy’s woodgrain challenge. I’ve been wanting to scrapbook this for a long time, but I took the photos on my phone in a very dark room…. So, yeah, the pictures suck. Who cares, right?

A Night at Studio D recipe: Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Lily Bee Design, Sassafras, and Studio Calico; Stickers: American Crafts, Crate Paper, Sassafras, and Studio Calico; Ribbon: My Mind's Eye; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Tombow.

And finally, I made this last layout for the “Think Outside the Box” challenge, which involved extending your layout’s lines past the edge of the page. Love this! I used bright wavy lines to visually extend the ocean in my photo (matted on fabric and tissue paper from the challenge that I hosted). The photo is of my friend Christine during one of our many Florida business trips.

Florida in January recipe: Patterned paper: BasicGrey and Sassafras; Flashcard: Pink Paislee; Stickers: Cosmo Cricket and Sassafras; Buttons: Crate Paper; Tissue paper: Studio Calico; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Tombow; Other: Fabric.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there with kids!

Creative Crop for National Scrapbooking Day!

Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes Magazine are teaming up to bring you a fun-filled Creative Crop for National Scrapbook Day! The online event will kick-off on Saturday, May 7th at 9am PST (that’s 10 am MST, Utah time). You can look forward to 12 jam-packed hours offering creative challenges every hour, live chats with industry professionals, amazing giveaways, and constant inspiration and interaction!

The best part? It’s all free!

I hope that you’ll join me for the Creative Crop! I’ll be issuing one of the challenges during the day, and I can’t wait to chat with you in the classroom!

But I’m not alone in representing CK in this creative endeavor! The following uber-talented CK gals will also be hosting challenges:
Megan Hoeppner
Deena Wuest
Cindy Tobey
Mou Saha

Hope to see you there!

Welcome 2010

Another year has come and gone — and 2009 was filled with so much excitement that 2010 is seriously going to have to step up to the plate. Okay, not all of the excitement was happy (2009 saw plenty of tears), but even the changes that felt horrible at the time turned out for the very best. So, let’s take a quick look back at my life in 2009 as we (ever so gently) kick the decade to the curb.

  • one blog started
  • one bamboo floor laid
  • two ALA conventions under my belt: Denver and Chicago
  • one major-league baseball game attended
  • 900 tweets
  • one garden designed and planted
  • eight games (pc not console) beaten by Chris
  • one wretched day of layoffs
  • four dear friends laid-off
  • two friends, Rob and Cyn, sold their house
  • three cards accepted for publication
  • one sweet little baby born to my friend Sarah
  • two deaths: my uncle Richie and my friend Suzanne
  • one awesome, amazing job found and taken
  • one super 1990 Audi 100 up and running
  • a handful of darling new friends made
  • countless cards created
  • a gazillion little things to be thankful for

This has been a whirlwind of a year! It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that I was in Chicago, tweeting to you all from Wrigley field as the rain poured down. And it really was only a few weeks ago that Rob and I were planning Chris’ big Christmas surprise — his beloved old Audi up and running. Seeing his face when he saw his car in our carport on Christmas morning was the best Christmas present ever! (Aside from the new Barnes & Noble Nook my sweetiez gave me! I can’t wait until it gets here!)

So that’s the end of 2009. What’s in store for 2010? Who knows, but I’m loving the ride so far. I spent last night playing games and hanging out with some of my favorite people in the world. And today has been totally relaxing — just making cards and blogging to the ever-so-peaceful sounds of Batman: Arkham Asylum. I’ve chosen my one little word for the year: clean. By this I mean really detoxing in every aspect of my life — not just simplifying, but rethinking the way I approach the world. Eating clean. Exercising. Keeping a clean house and workspace. Looking at things and interacting with people with a clean slate and an open mind. I want to be a positive, refreshing force in people’s lives, and clean can help me be that.

Speaking of clean — here’s a quick clean-and-simple card to start things off: my contribution to the latest Embellish challenge! I wanted to use American Crafts’ Letterbox line and go as simple as possible with the design, while still fitting in the challenge requirements. I’m loving that new line! It’s so elegant and sophisticated — a perfect look for the new year.

I hope you all are healthy, happy, and safe today!

recipe: stamps: baby girl (hot off the press); cardstock: white (bazzill); patterned paper: letterbox (american crafts); chipboard: loads of letters (stampin' up!); ink: riding hood red (stampin' up!); ribbon: true black satin (papertrey ink); punches: scallop square (stampin' up!)

the kitchen sink: something to get excited about

All week, I’ve been kind of in a funk. Tired. Okay, exhausted. And every time I pulled out my crafty goodies, I had to sadly put them away because I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m definitely having one of those weeks! I managed to get my mom and my sister’s Christmas cards finished, but I’d already come up with the designs for those, so mass producing them wasn’t exactly a stretch. Thank goodness — I’m not sure I could have handled a creative challenge!

“Why not take a creative risk and see if it works out?” — Wil Wheaton

Today, I was determined to make something, but I probably still would have given up. And then I saw this post over on Wil Wheaton’s blog. (Yes, I {heart} Wil.)

The result? This card for the Everything But the Kitchen Sink sketch challenge. I didn’t stray too far from my standard “look” even though I used the sketch as my starting point (yup, there’s a focal point, an offset ribbon, and a button). Overall, I’m very happy with the way the colors and patterns work together with the sketch to create kind of a bright, homey, fall greeting. Love it!

recipe: stamps: Autumn Blessings (SU) + Autumn 2009 Tags (PTI); cardstock: bermuda bay textured (SU) + watercolor paper (SU); patterned paper: Nook & Pantry (BasicGrey); Ink: Chocolate Chip + Old Olive + Pumpkin Pie + Really Rust + Ruby Red + So Saffron (all SU); fibers: Summer Sunrise topnotch twill (PTI); buttons: dark chocolate (PTI); tools: Coluzzle Cutting System (provocraft) + Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

owl-ways in style

I adore owls! (I mean, who doesn’t, right?) The latest challenge from Embellish magazine had me itching to create. Coral, chocolate, and green feel so very in to me right now. I really appreciate how on top of the trends Embellish is. Incorporating this type of thing into papercrafting is so much fun!

So, about those bad puns. I didn’t use the greeting that came with this stamp set “love owl-ways” — but only because it wouldn’t fit in the space I left. {grins, highly amused} My little watercolored owl is just going to have to stand “owl alone”.

Sorry. Can’t help myself.

Shocker: I actually made a card without any sort of foam pop-up action, and I love it! It feels very “giveable.” Do you struggle with adding too much dimension to your cards too? It’s so hard not to. I always feel sad when my cards don’t fit in their envelopes well.

recipe: stamps: love owl-ways (SU) + vintage picnic sentiments (pti); cardstock: reed (bazzil) + watercolor paper (su); patterned paper: farm fresh (october afternoon) + nutmeg (cosmo cricket); ink: chocolate chip + groovy guava + kiwi kiss + jet black stazon (all su); buttons: melon berry (pti); tools: blender pens (su) + crop-a-dile corner chomper (we r memory keepers) + scallop edge punch (su)

weekend crafty goodness

I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend! Mine has definitely gone by way too quickly! We’ve been quietly celebrating Chris’ birthday, working on the house, and trying to keep on top of everything. The good news is that the patio (flower beds/containers) is now ready for winter. Hooray! I have just a couple of containers left to dry brush to get the last few specks of dirt out and I have to drain the hose and put it away. I feel really good about having things all set before it snows.

In the meantime, I’ve been making cards like crazy for a few challenges this weekend. First up is Embellish Magazine‘s Embellish the Cure with Bling challenge, at the top of this post. Don’t you just love those colors? Wow! Fuschia and light pink are such a happy, girlie combination. I always associate fuschia with tween girls while light pink is my go-to for little girls. Is that strange?

enjoy notecard recipe: stamps: everyday button bits (pti) + vintage picnic sentiments (pti); cardstock: whisper white (su); patterned paper: candy lane (su) + rockabilly (su); ink: basic gray (su) + melon mambo (su); accessories: button bouquet (su) + raspberry fizz buttons (pti) + rhinestones (kaiser); tools: corner chomper (we r memory keepers) + 1-1/4" Circle punch (su)

Dawn’s eighteenth Raspberry Suite challenge was next on the list. Aren’t these colors stunning together? The combination had me missing Stampin’ Up!’s In Colors from a couple of years ago — Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. Of course, I had to use those colors on this challenge! The layout for this card is pretty much my standard, but I like the nice clean look for these colors.

Another cool thing I like about this card is the repetition of polka-dots in the cherry leaves, the paper, and the ribbon. I think it gives the card a little something extra and keeps it from being too boring. Plus, the wide curves on the corners are so pretty!

cherry card recipe: stamps: everyday button bits (pti); cardstock: kraft (su) + very vanilla (su); patterned paper: little sprout (crate); ink: purely pomegranate (su) + wild wasabi (su); ribbon: shabby chic brown polka-dot (american crafts); accessories: raspberry fizz buttons (pti); tools: corner chomper (we r memory keepers)

Lastly, we have my non-entry for this week’s 2 Sketches 4 You challenge: a merry Christmas card using unconventional colors! I love the aubergine in the patterned paper and the combination of Pink Pirouette with Cranberry Crisp and Old Olive. Wow! I’m going to have to use this one again. And, of course, I didn’t get this one finished in time to play: that’s why it’s a “non-entry.” Why is it that I can never quite meet the deadline for this challenge? {laughs and shakes head}

happy holidays card recipe: stamps: stocking prints (pti); cardstock: whisper white (su) + pink pirouette textured (su); patterned paper: eskimo kisses (basicgrey); ink: cranberry crisp (su) + old olive (su); fibers: old olive poly-twill (su); accessories: chipboard (su); tools: scallop edge punch

Is the fall just rushing by you too? I can’t believe we’re at the end of October! This week brings us Chris’ birthday (tomorrow), my niece Cali’s birthday (she’ll be nine on Halloween), and Halloween itself. It’s a busy, busy week for us!

a little shimmer

This crazy card is based on the last 2 Sketches 4 You challenge (Kazan’s Sketch #37), but I didn’t get it done in time for the actual challenge. I turned the sketch on its side and used an oval rather than a circle for the center “framed” portion of the sketch. I’m pretty happy with it and have been brainstorming appropriate occasions for giving it to someone.

My little sister, Tine, just recently bought her first home with her husband, Matt. She’d appreciate the purple shimmer! And, since she doesn’t follow crafting at all, I feel sneaky yet okay about putting this up here on my blog before giving it to her. Ha! While Tine doesn’t follow crafting, she’s an amazing baker of cakes. She said she’s going to put up a baking blog and I can’t wait to share that with you all once she gets going. Mmmm.

recipe: all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted. stamps: sweet season; cardstock: very vanilla; patterned paper: cottage wall; chipboard: lovebirds (sei); ink: baja breeze; fibers: ocean tides topnotch twill (pti); tools: scallop edge punch

the wcmd party continues


What did I tell ya? World Card Making Day is totally turning into World Card Making Week for me! There are so many good color challenges that have been posted; I want to play them all! So, here we are on day 3 of my little wcmd crafty party with my entries for the official SPCC color challenges for WCMD — that’s right, the one I posted on WCMD was the normal weekly challenge, not the special holiday version {grins}.

I did something kind of special with this challenge, just for giggles. I made myself use either Hello Again and/or Forest Friends on each entry plus incorporate rhinestones. It was so much fun!

combo #1 card recipe: all products stampin' up! unless otherwise noted. stamps: forest friends + hello again; cardstock: whisper white; paper: cottage wall + flock together + june bug (basicgrey); ink: night of navy + orchid opulence; accessories: rhinestones (kaiser); tools: scallop edge punch + 1-3/4" circle punch + small corner rounder punch

There is a woodgrain background stamped tone-on-tone on the textured Pale Plum cardstock — it looks great and it’s too bad that it doesn’t show up in the lighting I had available to shoot in. Head-on, it’s gorgeous!

color combo #2 card recipe: all products stampin' up! unless otherwise noted. stamps: hello again + woodgrain; cardstock: pale plum textured + whisper white; paper: bermuda bay patterns + thoroughly modern; ink: chocolate chip + pale plum; fibers: chocolate chip striped grosgrain; accessories: rhinestones (kaiser); tools: small corner rounder punch + scallop edge punch + wide oval punch + sizzix big shot + lots of tags sizzlits

color combo #3 card recipe: all products stampin' up! unless otherwise noted. stamps: forest friends + stocking prints (pti); cardstock: kraft + very vanilla; paper: the write stuff; ink: real red: fibers: real red double-stitched grosgrain; accessories: rhinestones (kaiser); tools: small corner rounder punch + scallop edge punch

Once again, there is a woodgrain pattern stamped on the textured card, and you can’t really see it in the photo.

color combo #4 card recipe: all products stampin' up! unless otherwise noted. stamps: forest friends + hello again + woodgrain; cardstock: crushed curry textured + very vanilla; paper: the boyfriend (cosmo cricket); ink: crushed curry + really rust; fibers: sweet shop ribbon originals; accessories: rhinestones (kaiser); tools: small corner rounder punch + scallop edge punch