Hello February 2014

Hello Hi Hi Card
Hello everyone! How has your 2014 been treating you? It’s been a whirlwind for me: two business trips already and another one coming up. Whew! Anyway, I thought I’d take a little time to share some cards with you. For these cards, I used the “With Love and Thanks” stamp set from Inspiration Ave.

A side note: I worked with Amy, the smarty pants behind Inspiration Ave, at Stampin’ Up! Amy is one of the most creative people I know and one of the great designers from my Stampin’ Up! years that inspired me to start making cards and scrapbooking in the first place. I was thrilled when she started coming out with her own stamps! How elegant and fun is that font? BTW, she doesn’t know I’m posting this and I bought the stamp set with my own money. Ta da! Disclaimered! (Which is totally a word….)

For the above card, I stamped the “Hi” stamp over and over in Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green ink, then die cut the piece using Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die (available Feb 20, 2014). I love this die way, way too much! So, once it was cut, I stamped Hello on the top portion of the die cut in Tempting Turquoise ink. Adhered the bottom “Hi” piece flush with the bottom of a top-folding White card, then inset the top portion of the die cut into the bottom and popped it up with some dimensional adhesive. The result? That crisp double line around the bottom edge of the speech bubble and lots of dimension!

And now, more cards! Some of these you may have seen before, if you follow me on Instagram.

Thoughtful You Card

This color combo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry, is one of my favorites! A few die cut heart windows (Hearts-Lawn Cuts) finishes off this clean-and-simple design. Pretty happy with how this one turned out!

Hooray Card

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to combine stamp sets for birthday cards. Pairing the “Hooray” from “With Love and Thanks” with a Papertrey Ink candle made this simple card come together super quick! And the Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry color combo makes this card look fresh and modern. Another one I’m pretty happy with! Don’t you just love it when you have a good crafting night? (I credit the stamp set!)

Say Hello Card

This is my favorite card of the bunch. Clean, simple, and the color combo makes me so happy! It doesn’t stand up, so it was kind of hard to photograph. Ha! Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo go together beautifully, and create such a feminine vibe on a card. Love!

And now to show something on this card that doesn’t photograph super well:

Say Hello Card Marcro


Look closely… yup, there’s a tiny, pressed heart! I used a technique I learned from Online Card Classes’ Stenciled class to use the positive die cut left over from my “Thoughtful You = Thankful Me” card and my die-cutting machine to basically letterpress the heart into this card. This technique is so much fun. Once you start, it’s kinda hard to stop…. Hee!

That’s it from me today. I’m off to watch Seattle kick some Bronco butt! I got my Master’s from the University of Washington, so I’m a Seahawks fan. Have a great Super Bowl Sunday everyone!


After-Christmas Cards

Another Christmas has come and gone, and it was a wonderful one! I surprised Chris with a turntable this year and last night he spun some Radiohead while I made a set of cards. For these little beauties, I challenged myself to pull color combos from Stampin’ Up!’s Color Coach. I love this handy little color guide. I just picked the color I really wanted to use, flipped the card over and picked one of the color combos from the back. Here, I chose colors from BasicGrey’s Curio line and Pink Paislee’s Sweetness line for my main colors, then tied in coordinating cardstock, ink, and ribbon. The first card features the Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie color combination (with a little Kraft ribbon thrown in).

Once the cards were finished, I shot them in the new portable lightbox Chris gave me! In the future, I’ll put some paper down, so you don’t see the lines of the box, but this worked for a first try, right?

This card ended up having a rather cool, masculine flair to it! The color combo here is Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Old Olive.

Here, we have a card that could work for St. Patrick’s Day; I love the way BasicGrey’s green (a stand-in for Stampin’ Up!’s Wild Wasabi) pops against the Early Espresso. A hint of Marina Mist finishes this guy off.

Okay, on this one I totally cheated with my colors. Instead of Pink Pirouette (from the card), I used Blushing Bride, which is a deeper pink. It was also what I had in front of me. Sheer, shocking laziness, I know. {grins} Either way, this ultra-girlie card makes me happy!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday too!

Curio Sweetness Card Set Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: BasicGrey and Pink Paislee; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!; Ribbon: Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!; Punches: Fiskars Americas and Stampin' Up!; Die: Stampin' Up!; Die-cutting machine: Sizzix; Adhesive: American Crafts.

The Sky’s the Limit

I’m so excited for the weekend–I’m taking Monday and Tuesday off, so I’ll get to enjoy a four-day weekend. Hooray! I have lots of projects that I want to get to: creating a chalkboard for our kitchen, making another batch of chicken noodle soup to pop in the freezer for those nights when I just can’t cook, and making more marinara from the last of our CSA tomatoes. (Both from my mom’s recipes. Yum!) Lots to do! Plus, it’s Chris’s birthday this weekend. He’s taking time off too, so we’re going to spend some time together just hanging out and maybe exploring the canyons a little bit before it starts to snow.

But first, I thought I’d share this happy little card that I made a few nights ago. I love the festive, carnival vibe that the Sassafras cards and My Mind’s Eye papers bring to the Practicing Creativity stamp set. I added a little gauze (a folded flower from K&Company’s Handmade line), and a brad from Stampin’ Up! for a subtle bit of texture. Love how this turned out!

Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Die cuts: Sassafras; Stamp: Practicing Creativity Designs; Fabric: K&Company; Brad, ink, and punch: Stampin' Up!

Birthday Cards for the Sistahs

Hi all! As promised here’s a quick peek at the birthday cards I made for my sisters last weekend. These are no doubt among my favorite cards ever. I love the colors — perfect for springtime. And how fun is that umbrella with the rhinestone “rain” coming down the side? (See below.) I’d love to know what you all think of them.

jen card recipe: cardstock: bazzill basics paper; patterned paper: october afternoon; letter: jillibean soup; stickers: sassafras (banners and zigzag) and jenni bowlin studio (spot); tape: pink paislee; rhinestone: my mind's eye.

tine card recipe: cardstock: bazzill basics paper; die cut, patterned paper, and rhinestone strip: my mind's eye; letter stickers: american crafts; border sticker: sassafras; marker: alvin & company.

Continuing Adventures

Hi, everyone! Just popping in for a few minutes to share a quick layout with you that I made during Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook class. Wow — talk about two weeks of inspiration! As soon as I figure out what to do with a little Flickr problem I’ve run into (I can’t add more photos unless I upgrade to a paid account), I’ll post a gallery with all the pages I’ve made so far using the handouts from the class. If she does a second one, I highly recommend you take it.

I created this particular layout off a sketch that the fabulous Jenn Olson contributed to the class. Having the Studio Calico gals contribute layouts and sketch variations added so much to the class — it’s amazing how each designer was able to add her own flair to the basic design to create something incredible and tell her own story. That’s the beauty of sketches!

In other news, we’re getting ready for CK Scrap & Play in Provo — whoo hoo! — and the National Scrapbooking Day festivities on the CK Blog. Be sure to stop by April 26-May 1. There’s going to be lots of exciting things going on.

Okay, enough shameless promotion {grins}. On to the remodel news! Our dishwasher was supposed to get here yesterday. Not so much. It’s not going to be here until next week. In the meantime, we looked at some fabulous tile today for the kitchen backsplash.

My sisters’ birthdays are this weekend, so we headed over to Tine’s tonight for some cake. Mmmm. Cake. I made some cards that I’m in love with, and after my sisters get a chance to see them (hee!), I’ll post them here for you guys. With all the scrapbooking I’ve been doing, it’s easy to forget how much I love making cards. Working in a 12×12 format is a challenge that I’ve really enjoyed exploring. I have a serious lack of photos, so I’ve been working with one-photo layouts primarily, trying to stretch the photos that I have to create lots of layouts.

Hope you’re having a fab, sunny weekend. It actually feels like spring here! {knocks on wood}

recipe: all papers and embellishments from Studio Calico's April kit and add-on: Joyland and Skycoaster. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, Sassafras, and Studio Calico; Letters: BasicGrey and Jillibean Soup; Butterflies: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Frames: K&Company; Tape: Pink Paislee; Pen: Alvin.

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!

go flying cupcakes {card}

My friend AJ is the manager and goalie for a hockey team called the Flying Cupcakes. It’s true! You can find the Flying Cupcakes on Facebook, but I linked you right to their schedule so you know I’m not kidding about this. {grins}

In honor of AJ’s birthday, I made him this flying cupcake card. That “eat cake” sentiment was perfect! It could be a taunt from one of the cupcakes to a player on another team. Or it could be an invitation to enjoy a tasty cupcake. Gotta be on those cupcakes’ good side!

This card is a combination of stamping, digital art, and watercoloring. Good times! I CASEd the layout from Kristina Werner’s Finally Friday card this week. The structure was perfect for my Flying Cupcakes Card.

Off to pick up some things for the barbecue — yum!

vintage flowers a la dawn mcvey

Yesterday was Chris’ mom’s birthday, and we all went out for a big Italian meal last night at Michelangelo’s Ristorante on Highland Drive. Whoo hoo! My spaghetti vongole was amazing. And now I really ought to be heading to the gym instead of posting pictures of her birthday card. {self-deprecating chuckle}

Inspired by all of Leslie’s gorgeous roses in her front yard, I made this pretty birthday card, using Dawn’s simple technique for distressed flowers. It was raining too hard to get pictures of the roses, unfortunately. It’s been raining for the past week and it’s supposed to keep raining this week too. Now, I don’t mean our usual hour-long light rain. I’m talking full-fledged mid-western deluge here! Complete with thunder, lightning, and the occasional burst of hail. The sun is out right now, but one has to wonder for how long.

Not only should I be at the gym, I should be outside weeding and attempting to salvage the garden. Between the grasshoppers and the rain, it’s been a constant battle. And I was so hopeful when I planted it. For the most part, it still looks — sort of — okay.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!