Sunday, January 29, 2012

You're a Sweetie

Hi.  It has been a crazy, crazy, crazy week for all of us.  No details to share but it's amazing how everything can change so quickly.  I thought I'd finish this card that I had started to distract me but IT is always there, lingering in my mind. 

I had actually colored TGF's Reeta for another challenge but didn't get a chance to finish the card until today so now I'll be entering it in TGF's Friday Spyday #17.  This was my 3rd try at coloring her up.  I just didn't like how her face and hair kept turning out.  I think I prefer coloring on PTI's white cardstock instead of the X-press It paper.  The only thing is that PTI cardstock is much thicker to cut out sometimes.

Just a closer shot.  I finally got my latest PTI order.  Geez, it only took like 2 weeks!  I don't know why I bother but I really wanted that heart border die that I used on this card.  Well, you can only see just a bit of the hearts.

My youngest wanted to craft with me tonight.  He made a beautiful card.  He asked me for thicker paper to make this card and the glittery flowers were my daughter's.  I gave him some of the heart border scrap and he begged for rhinestones.  I swear I will have to buy him his own supplies.  He now thinks my stickles are better than his glitter glue and wants pretty flowers like Primas!  He actually had a special aunty in mind to give this too so I told him I'd mail it to her on her birthday.  I don't even know how he remembers but he mentioned her by name.

Well, life goes on, especially when you have kids.  That's the great thing about having kids.  I know tomorrow will be a busy day.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Let's Hang

Hi!  It's been a pretty productive day so far.  Actually did some cleaning which I really don't like to do but I felt a little guilty ever since I read an article saying homemakers probably would get about $90,000 annually if they got paid.  And that is the low end estimate.  So I thought, geez, I don't think I do that much.  I do spend a lot of time just vegging out too when the kids are at school.  But today, I cleaned and swept and got all dusty.  Yucks!  Then afterwards, I got to finish my card.  Yay!

So I'm playing along with TGF's Friday Spy-Day #16 and Anyone for Anya's Bling it On

Yesterday, I got some new Copics from iCopic.  It was my first time ordering from them and I'm so happy with how fast my order came.  I ordered on Friday and it arrived on Monday!  So last night I wanted to try out some of my new colors so I stamped TGF's Abbey and colored her bright and fun.  I think I could still use some more Copics!  Hehe.

I added some stickles to her hair, bow, belt buckle, and shoes.  Then added rhinestones randomly around the card and on her bow. 

That's it for now.  Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What do you see?

Hi!  I decided to make another little project for TGF's SCS Chit Chat Night.  You can view the challenge details HERE.  My inspiration is another children's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.  It was one of my favorites to use for speech therapy.  The kids loved it and it was so easy to take the same concepts and expand on it so parents could help their kids too.  I remember I had a whole bunch of these animals printed out and laminated for the kids to play with.  Now, my youngest really loves this book too.  He likes the whole series of them.

So I decided to make a little board book.  It's been a while since I made a little book like this.  I tried to keep it relatively simple.

This is the cover.  I used TGF's Oh Boy Ian since I knew my son would want it after I was done making it.  The cover measures 3x3 inches.  The title was made with rub on letters.

My brown bear is from TGF's Oh Baby set.  I printed all the pages out.  The images are all just stamped onto the page and colored with Copics.

I changed some of the animals but the colors are the same.  This little piggy is from McSplendid Farm.

The duck is from Build a Onesie (girl) clear stamp set.

I like this blue horse the best!  Also from McSplendid Farm.

Not loving the froggy's coloring too much.  Some how my greens got a bit mixed up.  He is from Down By the Pond.

The purple cat is from Ginger Bell stamp set.

The white hen is also from McSplendid Farm.

Do cows have horns?  Is this a bull?  Oh well.  I'm calling it a cow and I was running out of ink in my grays so had to use my black pencil to kind of fill in the rest.  S/he is also from McSplendid Farm.

The goldfish is from Down By the Pond.

My last page is of Teacher Anya. 

I also rounded the corners of the book.  I used tape to attach my pages instead of glue like I've done before.  My kids loved it and of course my youngest claimed it as his.  And I like how cute it turned out especially since it's small for a child to hold.

Thanks for reading! 

Happy Birthday

Hello.  Here's another birthday card from me.  Seems like I only make stuff at the last minute when I really need it somewhat urgently for an upcoming occasion.  Then I have to browse for sketches and color challenges.  So this week I'm using the colors from the Play Date Cafe Challenge #115.  And the Deconstructed Sketch No. 35.

And here's my card...  The 30's have gone by so fast, now everyone is starting to turn 40.
This is the boy stamp that Eva got me from Sister Stamps, so cute with the bowl cut.  He was quite large, so I made the card a little larger at 5.5 by 6.5 inches.  Now I realize I didn't check if I had an envelope to fit the card, oops.  Most of the cardstock is Papertrey Ink, Bazzill for the gray numbers, the patterned paper from Wild Rose Studio, Milton and Co., maybe a little flowery for a boy (uh, middle aged man) card.

I actually tried to sew on my card this time.  I even had some gray thread so I used that as well.  At first I thought the tension was too tight, even on auto, but after I loosened it, the stitches got too loose (hence the bumpy looking stitches on some areas).  Then the first stitched line that I thought was too tight, actually loosened up and ended up looking the best.  Next I have to work on sewing straight.

OK, finally that's it for me, took me so long to type this up between taking a break for the Ladybug game and getting the kids ready for bed.  Bye!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Knuffle Bunny

Hi!  The Greeting Farm had their Customer Challenge & Chit Chat Night "A Night at the Bookstore" and introduced a few challenges.  I have to say chatting was too fast for me and I couldn't really keep up.  It was still early here, and I had to pick up the kids from school and activities and make dinner and eat and so I guess the timing didn't really work out with our schedule. You can check out the challenge details on the SCS forum HERE.  I made this card for Favorite Child's Book category.  It is based on the Mo Willems book Knuffle Bunny.  It's one of my kids' favorites and it's such a cute story.  We actually love reading Mo Willems' books especially his Elephant and Piggie series.  Those books are hilarious!  This challenge also made me realize that I haven't read many books recently except kids' books.  I used to love reading but just haven't given it much time lately.  Anyway, here is my card.

If you've read the story, you know Knuffle Bunny gets left behind in the washer at a local laundromat.  So that's what I made.  A washing machine and a TGF version of Knuffle Bunny.  I used one of the bunnies from TGF's Lucky Bunnies (rubber version).

So I stamped the bunny and wiped off his face and drew in features similar to Knuffle Bunny.  I also added some clothes from TGF's Wardrobe set and flower soft for soap for this shaker card.  The word bubble die cut is from MFT.

I think that is it.  Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fairy Dust is a Must

Hi, Hi, Hi!  I'm a little excited to share this project.  Sometimes when I get an idea and it seems so great in my head, I get all excited that I have to drop everything and push aside whatever I'm working on.  Do you get like that too or is it just me?  Anyway, after making that easel card HERE that was all flopping around and couldn't fold flat, I wanted to try again.  I had linked to the original tutorial HERE.  My project is a bit longer but I think it needs that extra length so that it stands nicely and still can fold flat.

This is how it looks folded flat.  It's long at 7 inches.

I tied a ribbon onto the front to help keep it closed and keep the front panel from flapping out too much.  I used TGF's clear stamp sets, Bantastic and Fairy Princess.

This is the bottom portion which helps the top to stand.  I stamped one of the banners (the one with the heart) in light pink as the background and stamped the sentiments from Fairy Princess over it. 

This is how it looks opened.  It's kind of busy and there's a lot going on.

Front view.

Side view of the easel and steps.  I made graduated steps so you could see the middle panel a bit more too.  But it is all one long piece of cardstock.  There is also some space to write a message when you flip the top over too.

I made the sun with one of the banners and a circle die too.  I added some rounded banners on pink twine in the back.  I wanted it to seem as if the fairies were putting together the banners in the background.  I added a tiny pink bow that I bought from a store here.  I wonder if someone sits there all day making these bows!  They are so cute but I don't think I could ever make a bow that tiny.

Pink Fairy.  I added stickles on her wings and dress.  There's actually a lot of stickles everywhere on this project!

Blue Fairy is holding one of the banners.  If you look closely you can see that she is mounted onto clear cardstock because I wanted her to look as if she was flying.

Orange Fairy.  She is also holding a banner and mounted on clear cardstock.  I borrowed some yellow glitter glue from my youngest.  He loves his glitter glue when he crafts too.  I had to buy him some after he kept asking to use my stickles!

I did a short little how to in case you wanted to try one too. 

I used 2 pieces of cardstock both 5.5 x 12 inches.

Score one piece at 2.5 and 5 inches.

Then fold it like above.  This is your base.

Score the second piece at 5, 7, 9 and 10.5 inches.  

Fold it like the photo above.  This is the top portion.  You may want to lay it over your base and see where it naturally wants to rest and stand.  I had about 2 inches of the base showing on the bottom and that's where I added my bottom sentiments.  Then just decorate and assemble like a regular easel card.  Hope it works out okay!

I used thin American Crafts cardstock too (in blue) and the pink cardstock is PTI.  The grass die is from MFT and the butterflies from an MS punch.

Sorry, kind of wordy today.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hi!  I had some time to make a card for Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge and for Wee Memories final challenge.

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is to create a project inspired by the photo above.

Wee Memories is having their last challenge!  So I had to play along too and it's a fun sketch.

My card uses the Paper Smooches frog from A Little Lovin.  I reverse stamped the frog on the left, the girly one with the hot pink lips following the tutorial from HERE.  The lips and the crown on the boy frog is also from A Little Lovin.  The heart in the bubble is from Paper Smooches Smoocheroos. 

My hubby was a little shocked to see the lips on the girly frog but thought it was funny after all.  I added some glossy accents to her lips, the dots on the frogs' backs, the crown and the heart too.  I also used PTI's woodgrain impression plate on the kraft cardstock.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Birthday card

So here's a birthday card I made for Farm Fresh Challenge Friday Spyday #15.
I used Fancy Anya, (thanks, Eva, I think you gave me this a long time ago...finally getting around to using it...).  The patterned heart/flower paper is from Doodlebug that I got from a local scrapbook store.  The rest is Paper Trey Ink.  Die cut and stamped the tickets, again from Papertrey Ink.  Embossed it with white embossing got a little messy.  I had inked the edges of the white cardstock with spun sugar distress ink, but I guess it's hard to see in the photo.  The heart is a My Favorite Things die with a Sizzlit #5.

Short post.  Gotta go clean the house now.  Bye!