Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bee Happy

Hi!  I just recently received my first Paper Smooches stamp order and so I thought I'd play along with their July Sparks Challenge.  There are a lot of sketches and/or color combinations to pick from and the stamps are so super cute! 

The funny thing is that even though I got some of their clear stamps, I love the free digi bee.  He is so adorable so I made a card using him even though my printer is really bad.  So bad that I actually went out and bought a new one but it still prints not that great.  I don't know what it is but I can still see these tiny little dots over any kind of image that I'm trying to print.  Frustrating to say the least. 

The thing about digis though is that you can manipulate the image and make really fun cards!  I love this little card.  I made the girl bee just a bit smaller and I thought if I should erase the boy bee's eye lashes but decided to just draw in longer lashes on the girl.  I printed them twice and cut one set out to pop them up.  The bee happy sentiment is also a free digi.  The heart is from the A Little Lovin set and the XO from Chubby Chums set.  The only thing is that I wished the bees were placed just a bit higher up on the card but still love how cute they are.  Maybe one day this bee will be a clear stamp??

Oh, and I used the Designer Draft sketch in the middle and the white, sunshine, baby pink, grey Cool Shades color combo.

Well, it's finally here, all 3 of my kiddies start school tomorrow!  It's just a short day for my youngest who is starting preschool.  I get to stay with him tomorrow but after that he's on his own.  Hope he does okay.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Friday, July 29, 2011

The sky's the limit

Hi!  Another little card today.  This one is for TGF's Mystery Monday.  I liked the layout of the card and the hot air balloon floating away.  So I thought I'd use one of the little bunnies from TGF's Lucky Bunnies.  I actually bought a few of the older sets when I came across them online at A Walk Down Memory Lane.  I was on a mission to find some of the older sets and checked the retailers listed on TGF's shop.

I went with the bunny holding the balloon.  The bunny is added on with dimensionals and paper pieced too along with the balloon.  I added the sentiment (after I cut it in half) from Fly Away. 

I glued on some twine for the balloon's string and tied a bow too.

A pretty straightforward and simple card. 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

You make me smile!

Hi!  I've been procrastinating a bit on some challenges lately.  I finally got around to finishing a card for TGF's Farm Fresh Friday Piece it Together.  It's all about paper piecing which I love to do since I don't think Copic coloring is my strong point.  Sometimes it's just easier to cut and paste.

I decided to make a side step card (tutorial from SCS HERE) to feature the animals from TGF's Down By the Pond.  I love to paper piece animals!  I made grass from tissue paper but realized after I glued the flowers on that you can't see much of the grass anymore!  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Hello Friend. 

I love this turtle and bunny!  Both are paper pieced so lots of layering especially on the turtle including the flower cap, his shell and his eyelid.  The carrot is paper pieced too. 

I used vellum to paper piece the goldfish and added some stickles.  The froggy in the background also is paper pieced.

The kids will be heading back to school next week!  I can't believe I'll have all 3 in school now.  Wonder what I should do with my free time?  Hehe.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

TGF Heart Journal--Week 1

Hi!  My daughter and I spent Saturday afternoon creating our pages for the first week of TGF's Heart Journaling.  The assignment for week 1 is to use the concept of wings.  It was suggested that we try something out of our comfort zone.  So I got out my hubby's art box (yeah, he has an art box!).  He was actually an art minor in college but the supplies in his box haven't been used in years!!  He had a box of pastels so I used those.  My daughter went with watercolors. 

My daughter's page.  She stamped over the watercolors with PTI's Butterfly Dreams and Beautiful Blooms 2.  She also used some permanent markers to draw here and there.  I really like the brightness of her background.  I think sometimes she is shy to express herself creatively so she still needs reassurance to just go with it even if it isn't perfect.  Her goal of perfection--maybe something I passed onto her??  What was that line--embrace imperfection? Sometimes I need to try that too.

Here is my layout.  I used pastels for the background which is probably the first time I used them since like elementary school or something.  I don't know--I kind of felt like I was in art class.  And it was messy!  I am not a messy crafter.  I don't distress a lot or add glitter or emboss everywhere cause it's messy!  And I don't like to get ink on my fingers and I know that sounds strange since I like to stamp.  I wanted it to look a bit darker around the edges and some brightness in the center.  I didn't stamp anything.  I used heart shaped doilies to create my butterflies.  I used permanent markers too.  I dedicated it to my daughter and wrote a little thing for her.  She read it and went "huh?"  That's okay, maybe when she's older she'll get it.  The only thing that gets me is my black butterflies look like moths!  The moths are attacking my butterfly doilies!  I guess it's okay--embrace imperfection.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Perfect Pear

Hi!  My hubby's aunty has a crafty store called Cute Stuff and indeed, she has a lot of cute stuff in it!  She has started doing monthly challenges too and I finally got a chance to participate this month.  The challenge for July was to make a tag and anything goes as long as it was a tag.  I knew I wanted to keep it fairly simple and use my Lawn Fawn Silly Valentine set.

I used one of PTI's tags and the congrats to is from their All About You set.  The pear couple is paper pieced as well as the red heart (velvet paper).  Tied on a matchy ribbon (from Xmas time) and some twine and then I was done. 

My tag was inspired by this card I had made for a cousin who got married.  The hearts in the background are from Lawn Fawn's Teeny Tiny Backdrops.  And I have to give some credit to my hubby who suggested I place a doily behind the mat (from PTI).  I liked it so I kept it.

My youngest had seen that I made a card and tag set and so he was inspired to make a set too!  I stamped some of the same images for him.

So this is what he created.  He colored, cut and glued them on and was happy he made a wedding card too with a tag!  He always wants to craft when I craft and so I give him lots of my scraps and the images that didn't stamp too well.  Then he wants his work photographed too!  Future blogger.

I will also be entering this set into Wee Memories Challenge #62 -- Clean and Simple

Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heart Journaling with TGF

Hi!  I signed up for TGF's heart journaling class.  We were to get a journal and decorate the cover too.  So while we were shopping at Target one day, I found this really inexpensive marker/paint pad for kids.  It was pretty large so I ended up cutting the pages in half and making 2 journals, one for me and the other for my daughter who wants to play along as well.  Our journal covers were on TGF's blog today and my daughter was excited about that!

My daughter's Hello Kitty art journal which I bound with my Cinch.  She used tear-shaped ink pads to make the hearts after she saw that I had made flowers with them too.

My journal featuring TGF's Blush Bonnie.  I chose these colors after I saw the papers from Echo Park's Be Mine set. 

I used the ink pad to make flowers, reminds me of plumerias.  I also used TGF's Splotchy and the hearts, and PTI's Butterfly Dreams.  I made this journal first and I liked the colors a lot so that inspired me to make my ATCs

A close up of Bonnie.  I rubbed some shimmery chalk over some areas too.

Spritz some glitter on there too.

I also wanted to share my youngest one's art work.  He loves to craft so much.  This is his house.  I was impressed with his polka dot door and his triangle roof.  He also made a card and tag set which I'll share later. 

Our first assignment for the art journal is to use the concept of wings.  Not quite sure what I'll be doing yet.  Although pretty much anything goes when it comes to art journaling. 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blush Bonnie ATCs

Hi!  It feels like it has been a little while since I last posted.  But I've been busy making stuff.  I recently signed up for Pineapple Cove's ATC swap.  It sounded fun and since I've never really made any ATCs before, I thought I'd give it a go.  The theme for this month is butterflies.

I made 3 identical ones using TGF's Blush Bonnie.  The Blush girls are smaller than the usual TGF stamps so she fit nicely on this card (2.5 x 3.5).  I really love how these came out! 

I used TGF's Splotchy in smokey grey ink for the background.  I also stamped dandelions from PTI's Botanical Silhouettes in the back.  Then used Stampin' Up's butterflies from the Sprinkles set.  And to think I was gonna sell my Stampin' Up sets but you really don't know when a stamp will come in handy.  The sentiment (on vellum) is also from PTI (Butterfly Dreams).  I actually cut the stamp so I could have the sentiment in one line.  Added some stickles, bling and then gave it a quick spritz for some shiny-ness. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to drop these off this weekend.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My First Some Odd Girl Stamp!

Hi!  I really couldn't resist any longer and got my first Some Odd Girl clear stamp.  I really had to to stop myself from buying them all and tell myself to buy in moderation.  Hahaha.  My order came so nicely packed in a white bag wrapped with twine and there was a piece of cardboard in it to keep it from getting all smashed.  Well, I really loved how it came and the twine and the cardboard were too pretty to throw away so I decided to make another book!  But this time for me.  And the current challenge at Some Odd Girl is to Lift an Odd Girl.  So I looked through all the DT's sites for some inspiration and it was hard to choose!  In the end I had to go with Robin Mck's card.

I'll show the back first.  I used the cardboard piece for the back of my book for stability. 

This is the cover.  The stamp is called Smell the Flowers Tia.  I wrapped the blue twine around the front over the lace.  I love that blue color!  Clouds are from PTI.

Closer pic.  Tia's dress, shoes, arm, hair clip, and flowers are all paper pieced.  I really like paper piecing sometimes but I think I'm gonna need to buy some smaller scissors.

Thanks for reading and hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wild Sprout Miko

Hi!  Hmmm, couldn't think of a title for this post especially since the card I made has no sentiment.  I made a card for this week's TGF's Mystery Monday using Miko from the Roll Call set.  She's only the 3rd one I inked up so far from that set.  Hopefully I'll get to everyone.

I aimed to make a softer, more feminine card.  Less bright colors.  Miko's dress and hair accessories are paper pieced with some copic marker coloring on her dress and bows.

Added some flowers and pearls on her dress.  Used some ribbon and stick pins too.  Hopefully no one gets poked.

I'll also be entering this into Paper Sundaes Challenge #77--paper piecing.  My second entry!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka

Hi!  Made a little something for TGF's Farm Fresh Friday--Xmas in July challenge.  Well, actually it's not that little.  I used a whole 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock for the base.  Again while I was wandering through blogland, I saw variations on the easel card.  There is the regular easel, then the twisted and a double and even a triple easel card.  So of course I had to try it and I went for the triple one.  I found a tutorial HERE.  I really thought it was the best layout for how I wanted to present my Xmas in July in Hawaii project. 

Now I don't really know yet how I'm even going to mail this to anyone.  Haha.  But I thought it came out pretty cute.

I did some mixing to come up with this Hawaii-ish Anya.  She is a mix of Dress Me Anya and Fleur Anya.  I bought Wardrobe 1 & 2 during the last Farmers Market and found the perfect Aloha clothes for her.

Here's Ian in his matching Aloha clothes!  I used to laugh at the tourists who wore matching clothes when I was a kid but it's kind of cute!  Even the locals do it now!  He is a mix of Oh Boy Ian and Dress Me Ian with the clothes from the wardrobe collection.  And his Santa hat is borrowed from Cheeky Xmas with some added flower soft.

My die cut letters.  The Xmas tree stamps are also from A Cheeky Xmas stamp set.  I thought about creating the shadows behind the letters like Cheryl did HERE but um, too many letters.  And the flowers above Mele are from Lorraine!  She sent me a whole bunch of goodies.  Thank you so much!  Oh, and did you notice the DP there?  It looks like sand with shells and footprints!  So cute and I thought it would be perfect for this layout.

My palm tree.  I must get a palm tree die!  Making the branches are kind of hassles.  I cut them from felt.  The trunk is stamped and wrapped with twine and embellished with green rhinestones (but they look blue here).  I thought about making a Hawaiian Xmas tree but just couldn't get it to look right.  And I have a regular Xmas tree die (from PTI) but thought I'd match the palm trees in the DP behind Anya and Ian too.  During Xmas I always notice this single palm tree that's all decorated with lights when we drive along the freeway.  I always wonder who does that?

Thanks for reading!

I got my Chibi!

Hi!  This morning I woke up to find my Chibi in my email.  Yay!!  I {heart} it so much especially my cute hair.  heehee. 

I had seen a couple of these around blogland and found Kristy's site and her Some Odd Girl stamps which are soooo cute.  I'm waiting for my first stamp to come in the mail.  Then I saw that Lorraine had one too and then I knew I wanted one.  So if you'd like to get Chibi'd (hint hint, Cheryl!), contact Kristy!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 11, 2011


I finally made a card!  And again, because I need one for an upcoming birthday.  So I utilized the sketch #7 from the Greeting Farm's Which One Wednesday Challenge.

Although my "7" is supposed to stand for "7 years old."  I couldn't decide on how to fit a "happy birthday" sentiment on there so I think I will just add it to the inside.  And this is the new Ryan stamp, (thanks, Eva, notice how many things she has given me?!).  I'm not completely happy with the way I colored his hair, but this was my 2nd attempt and I was getting tired.  The patterned paper is Old School from Pink Paislee, I got the 6x6 paper pack on sale from somewhere...I've ordered so many things online over the last few months, I forget where I've bought things from.  I double die cut the number 7 and did the shadow layering thing that I learned from Nichol Magouirk's blog and all her cool titles.

Well, have a good rest of the week!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

April 2012

Hi!  So I'm a little behind in making my 2012 calendar scrapbook using the Pure Innocence year of flowers stamps.  I thought I'd better get on it again before it's too late.  Again, I used the weekly sketch from My Favorite Things.  They are already on sketch 27!  I haven't been too good at keeping up with them.

Just the left side follows the sketch.  The right page has my computer generated calendar.  The space above it is reserved for a photo and some journaling.

The stamp is Pure Innocence Crazy for Daisies.  I paper pieced her dress and then had to add her arm as well over her dress.  I always think of daisies as white but when I did a search for them on line, there were so many different varieties and colors so I made the daisies pink of course.

Close up photo.  I used PTI's picket fence die and the daisy on the right is from MFT.  I like how this daisy die cuts and embosses so you can see details on the leaves and the little yellow center.  Too cute!

I'll be entering this in:
My Favorite Things weekly sketch 27
All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes Challenge #77--Paper Piecing

Thanks for reading and have a great week!