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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Birthday Boy

I have a nephew who is turning 4yrs old next week. He won't care two bits about the card but it certainly gave me a great excuse to get a bit crafty this afternoon.
 The WMS Half Pint Heroes set is so  perfect for making boy cards. I love it! The papers from DCWV Fun in the Sun Summer Mat Stack provided the color palette....
... and the WMS Sketch Challenge for the week provided the inspiration for the layout.

I colored the stamped images with a handful of Copics ((R46, Y19, B00, E00, RV95, T1).
And here's a peek at the inside...
I used WMS Say It Loud on the inside. It looks good enough to be a card all by itself I think.
Now, I need to go find some fun little gift to go with it. HA!

Hope you all have a terrific weekend! Thank you for visiting.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Sweet Treat For You

Happy Monday! Put together a quick little treat for a friend today.

Took my color inspiration from the PTI Blog Hop Challenge. Then grabbed my From the Kitchen Cricut cartridge since the treat was something I made in my kitchen. (I know, it's a stretch.)

I was limited to 8 1/2x11 cardstock for the box so the box is small ... just 2x3x2 not including the hanging hook. I needed to add the hanging hook because I new I would be leaving it on her door. Overall, I think it turned out cute! And the homemade caramels are yummy too. :)
Hope your Monday is turning out better than you expected. Thanks for visiting.

Cricut Expression, DesignStudio software, From My Kitchen cartridge (ProvoCraft)
Cardstock: White (GeorgiaPacific), Harvest Gold and Kraft (PTI)
Decorative Paper: Sweet Stack (DCWV)
Stamp: Sweet Love (PTI)
Ink: New Leaf (PTI)
Marker: Napoli Yellow (Copic)
Other: Ecru lace ribbon, green baker's twine

Friday, June 22, 2012

For the Happy Couple

Happy Friday to you all! I have another wedding card today. We (hubby and I) seem to have a wedding almost every weekend these days. As I was finishing up the card I'm sharing with you today hubby brought the mail in. And wouldn't you know it.... Another wedding announcement! So, I will be sharing yet another card next week too.
I think this one is my favorite so far (of my recent cards, that is). 
Once again, I went to the couple's registry info for color inspiration: Light blue, taupe and cream. The DCWV: Luxury Stack paper was the jumping off point. Everything else was selected to compliment it.
And yes, it's another gift-disguised-as-a-card. This wedding happens to be local but that's only because the bride's parents live near us. The couple live about 450 miles from here. So to help make it easy for them to relocate their gifts, we kept ours small in size.
I wanted to add a touch of shimmer so spraying it with a mist wouldn't work. Instead, I added in specific areas of the PTI: Damask Designs stamped image using a Sakura: Stardust gel pen. I drew the gel on and then smudged it with my finger to spread it around. To get the muted color of the stamped image I first stamped it with SU:Crumb Cake and then went right over the top with the same stamped image using PTI: Fresh Snow.

A few finishing details... I little punched detail from a Martha border punch, a fluffy ribbon tied around the middle and the sentiment, from PTI: Sweet Love, was placed on a layered, hand-cut tag which was tied near the bow with some jute.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you're enjoying your summer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fun with Noodles

Last week my son and I worked on another fun project.
We found the idea in FamilyFun Magazine's May2012 edition: using some basic supplies turn pool noodles into some fun outdoor toys. We found ours at the dollar store for $1 each.

The magazine recommended using the cardboard tube from inside paper towels but I didn't have any. So instead I cut down an old cracker box.
I think the hardest thing about the project was getting the chipboard curled around into a small tube, but even that wasn't too difficult. Then you insert the rolled up tube half-way into one end of a pool noodle.
Next, bring the other end of the pool noodle around and push it onto the other end of the chipboard tube.
To keep it secure, add a strip of duct tape.
Now you're ready to play!
One of the fun ideas the magazine gave was to tape several noodle hoops together with a couple straight ones to create a target. It's not very tall but it worked well for my son who is 4 feet tall.
And since the noodles were created to be in water and duct tape isn't effected by water, it's no big deal when the sprinklers come on. In fact, it adds to the fun!
Hope you're having a great day! Thanks for visiting.

Monday, June 11, 2012


I have another wedding card today. I've had these stamps for a while but not had the chance to ink them up.  I used a MojoMonday sketch for inspiration.
 And I included a slot for a gift card.

I love all the different textures and details..

Hope you're having a terrific day. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Stamp: Say It Loud(WaltzingMouse); Moroccan Casbah (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Kraft (Recollections); Red (DCWV); White (Georgia Pacific)
Ink: Black (Versafine), Cranberry (Colorbox); Crumb Cake (StampinUp!); Snow (PaperTreyInk)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Wilderness Wedding

I've been working on some more wedding cards. ('Tis the season!) A young man we know is getting married in a few weeks at The Gazebo in Green Mountain Lakes, Colorado.

They made such a point about where they were getting married, including a picture of the gazebo in their announcement that I figured the place might hold special meaning to them, beyond their upcoming nuptials. So, I created a card for them including it also.

A pocket is located inside to hold a gift card. He's a bit of a DIYer so I'm sure it will come in handy.

I had to take a bit of artistic license with the placement of the trees.  There aren't any on the little island in the middle of the lake where the gazebo is located, but without the trees you may not understand that the gazebo is found at a beautiful lake-park surrounded by the rocky mountains of Colorado.
I added a touch of shimmer just to give the feel of it being a bit more "special."

We won't be able to travel to Colorado to witness their wedding day but we hope they have years of joy and blessings together.
Thanks for visiting! Have a great day.

Cardstock: white (Georgia Pacific), Kraft cardstock (Recollections)
Patterned paper (scrap)
Colored using chalks (Stampin Up!)
Shimmer added with Stardust Gel Pen (Sakura)