Funky Fun Coffee

I got this really cool designer paper the other day, you can see the edges of it in the card, so that how the idea got started.  The Fantasy Floral Garden stamp set is my favorite set from Flourishes and it has a few flowers in the set that would look really good with this paper.  Flourishes has a distinct classic style, but this paper gave me an idea to make it current and fresh.  
I started by stamping the Coffee cup {coffee with friends} and then added a flower from Fantasy Floral Garden, so the image tied in with the paper.  I colored in the cup and flower with Copic markers & doodled in the saucer with a black micron pen.  I added some felt rick-rak ribbon and Basic Grey buttons to finish it off.  The designer paper is by Tinkeringink.  The button are much brighter in real life, they look faded in the card.

Card for Em and a challenge

So today or yesterday? Is Emily's birthday, she is the owner/founder of Stamping Bella, so in honor of her birthday I made her a card {shannon is having a birthday card challenge over on the Bella forum on SCS}.  Isn't she too cute!  All of the paper is this cool textured paper by Bazzil.  I colored her in with Copics and put stickles over her apron and a few blingy things on the scallops.  The sentiment is from Verve.
Today's limited supply challenge on SCS is to only use a brad as your only emellishment, I also paired this challenge with the challenge from Sharon {notimetostamp} to make a 10 minute card.  I used the stamps from Flourishes LLC Peony set and the sentiment is from the Siberian Iris set.  Again I used the cool textured paper.  I colored in the bee's and the flowers with Copics.  The brad is from Basic Grey.

I am off to a hail and farewell with my hubby, gotta run >"<

Inchies Flourished style

So yesterdays sketch challenge 182 was a card with squares, I changed mine a little and made it into a rectangle with my mega-nestabilities.  I used the Coffee with Friends stamp set by Flourishes
I cut the white card stock in 1 inch squares, and stamped the coffee cups on them, rotating the stamp so they look random.  I then took out some Basic Grey Boxer paper {that Chris sent me} and stamped the same coffee cup on the paper.  I cut out the coffee cups, stamped them with a flourish on them {from Siberian Iris}, layed the cut out coffee cups on the white squares, trimmed the edges off the ones that needed to be trimmed and then put Diamond Glaze over the tops of them.  So now that they are dried the coffee cups look like they are made out of ceramic/porcelain.  So basically I paper pieced the coffee cups and then put Diamond Glaze over them >"<
I used Chocolate Chip card stock for the base, Ruby Red and Stamper Select white
Rectangle Megabilities
Basic Grey Boxer designer paper
Adrirondack ink
Momento ink
Diamond Glaze

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop >"<

This month is to make something using acetate, I chose to use vinyl because it is much thicker and its glossy on both sides.  When making a card with acetate/vinyl I always cut two of everything, why? because you do not want your tape marks to show.  So no matter what way you look at the card, it looks polished.  I tried to upload more pictures to show how I made the card step by step, but I am having blogger problems, so I will have to write a lot instead of show you.
Here you can see a side profile of the card.  I did a gate-fold card.  I have to be really creative when using vinyl because everything kind of need to be hidden.  So on the inside I have a circle and then layered on top of the lavender moon circle, I got some aqua mist paper, scored it and then laid a smaller circle nestabilitie a little over the score line, so I have a little circle card.  Inside this little circle card is where I will put my hand written note/message.
Here in this view you can see what I am talking about a little better, see how the aqua mist circle card is peaking up a little.
This is why you cut two of everything, when you turn it over no tape marks >"<  Oh and to get the ribbon tied on the front like that.  I used my Big-Bite and punched two hole in the front and ran the ribbon through them to make a bow.  I didn't want to attach the bow with a glue dot, because the glue dot would show through.

Here is the finished project.  Isn't it pretty >"<
It would of been a waste not to use a whole sheet of vinyl, so I made this cute little scalloped card, using the same techniques above.
The little flowers that are in the center of the gate-fold card are from my PTI Anniversary Set.  The sentiment is from Mixed Messages and the stamps used on the scalloped circle card are from Out on a Limb.  

New Rubber Stamps >"<

So yesterday I got a box of new Unity Stamps, so I played a lot today!  The first two cards, I took inspiration from today's color challenge, it was Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal and Whisper white.  I would have never put these colors together, but they turned out nice.
For this one I used the textile embossing folder on the whisper white cs.  The wild wasabi paper, I cut with a circle nestability along with all of the other circles.  All of the stamps are from Unity Stamp Co.  Oh on the bottom, I took out my dusty small creative memories circle punch and punched out a bunch of circles, and then ran them along the bottom of the white paper to create a scalloped border.  

For this card, same colors again.  All of my stuff was out so why not make another card.    The frogs are from Pond Life {Papertrey Ink} and the rest of the images are from Unity Stamp Co.  

SnowChristy on SCS does a sketch every week, so I played along and came up with this.  We went to the San Diego's Zoo Wild Animal Park in Escondido.  It was such a hot the day we went but we survived and had fun.  I believe the paper is from Pink Paisley.  Again all stamps are from Unity Stamp Co.

I just was having too much fun with these so I made this fun card.  These chickens are too cute! I paired them with the A-muse paper I just picked up, added some grosgrain ribbon and some glitter and I was done.  Oh and I added some bling on their eyes.


Yesterday's featured stamper on SCS was "lostinthe60s!" Dianne.  She has a great gallery, and this is the card that I chose to re-do here.  I kept the integrity of the sketch the same but changed a few things.  Its a very simple card, but I love it.  The sentiment is from PTI and the image is from the cute Salt Box Studios stamp set I just picked up.  The designer paper is from the Honey Pie line from Cosmo Cricket and the ribon is SU, oh and the cuttlebug embossing folder is the textile folder.  I colored in the image with Copic markers.
Well this is a quick post today, I have lots to do.  Stay hydrated and cool for all of you folks who have warm weather today.

New Stamps >"< & a tag

I went to the cutest Stamp Boutique yesterday, its called Paper Tales, here in San Diego.  If you are in the area go check out the store, you will love it.  So I picked up the baskets stamp set from Salt Box Studios.  Right now I am soooo multi-tasking right now, you would be impressed lol.  I have company coming over in a few minutes, so I am finishing up with the food.  For lunch we are have a cold pasta salad, turkey, cheese & avacado sandwiches on Focaccia bread, humus & pita chips, broccoli salad and grapes.  I am so hungry I am salivating looking at the food. 
Anyhow, here are the two cards that I made with my new stamps, are they not the cutest baskets ever!!  There is a whole set of them with different themes, too cute.  The card stock in PTI stampers select white and then I used A-Muse polka-dotted designer paper & May Arts ribbon.  I stamped the image, colored them in with Copic markers, cut them out using Nestabilities, then put Diamond Glaze over the image, they are too cute.  For the sentiments I used my anniversary set from PTI.
I hope everyone stays cool and has a wonderful Sunday!

So last week I got tagged by Carol.  I have to answer these questions and then tag some one else.  Anyhow, off with the questions.
Ten Years Ago: I was getting ready to move.  Jess was about to go into the military, so I was trying to get everything in order.  I had know idea where we would move, I was just excited to start a new adventure.  
Five things in today's "to do" list:
1.  Stay cool
2. Get the kids through their work quick like
3. Go to the pool.
4. Visit with company
5. Figure out what we are going to eat for dinner???
Snacks I enjoy:  Chocolate, hummus with pita chips, grapes, sun chips, cheddar cheese with salami and sweet pickles, guacamole, salsa with blue corn tortilla chips, monster mix
Things I would do if I were a millionairre:  Buy a home in downtown Charleston, SC.  My husband will stay in the Navy forever, so the money would only make our life easier.  I would set up trusts for the kids, pay off bills, buy a Porche Cayenne SUV.  I wouldn't change much of my life.
Places I have lived:  Ukiah, CA{born}  Santa Rosa, CA  Lakeport, CA  Atascadero, CA  Charleston, SC{twice}  Saratoga Springs, NY  Groton, CT  Milton, FL  San Diego, CA

I am supposed to tag someone so I am going to tag "YOU" if you are reading this consider yourself tagged, I would love to get to know more about all of you >"<

Chip Board Album

How many of you still have your Cosmo Cricket kit you bought on tv earlier this year, that you still have not done anything with?  I have used some of the pieces here and there, but the meat of the kit has been sitting patiently, waiting to be love.  So last night I decided I wanted to make an album for my husband to take with him the next time he deploys.  I am pretty sure it is going to happen in the next year.  I want most of the little things like this done, before we know, so I am not in freak out mode trying to get everything done.  With that said, go get your chip-board and lets make an album!

Here is what the album looks like naked >"< its screaming alter me, love me lol.
Since this is Cosmo Cricket chip-board, my entire album is going to be everything Cosmo Cricket paper that I have been hoarding.  So go get your Cosmo Cricket paper out, if you don't have any CC, use your favorite paper.  I used the red really sticky double-sided tape, this stuff holds.  If you don't have this, modge podge or even regular adhesive will work.
Get the tape and put it along the edges of the chip-board, once the tape is in place lay your paper over it.

I used a razor blade to trim off the paper, but scissors will work too.  This is what the chipboard now looks like with the paper on it.  Repeat these steps until all of the chipboard is covered in paper.  Your album in now ready for pictures and embellishments.

Here is a picture of Jacob, this was a special day because you could dress up as any profession and wear it to school.  Our neighbor was a Marine, and Jacob borrowed his uniform, and wore it to school.  I used some chip board to write 6 Yrs Old, and some stickers to decorate the page.
Like I said earlier I am mixing and matching different lines of Cosmo Cricket to suit my needs for this project.  Do what works for you, it shouldn't be forced.  I took inspiration from pictures.  This was a really happy day for us.  Kendall had just graduated from 5th grade and Jacob had just graduated from Kindergarten.  Kendall recieved so many awards that day, it really made me proud.  She even got a letter and pin from the President for her achievments.  We decided to take a drive to Orange Beach.  It was a beautiful May day and we just walked on the beach and enjoyed each other.  It was the perfect day.
Here is a picture of Jess and the kids on Easter of this year again at the beach.  We are beach people there is just something so relaxing about going to the beach.
I am not going to show the last page because I have written a personal note to my husband, and I want him to be the first person to see it.
Here is the final project.  I added ribbon in different ways.  If you have a Big-Bite you can punch a whole through the chip board and run your ribbon through it and knot it, for a fun effect.  This was really fun to make, so don't be scared get out your supplies and make something.  If you use your chipboard let me know so I can check it out.

Its way hot today, I hope everyone is staying cool!

Simple Cards

I have a lot of mail to send out today, a few birthdays and I stamped of some images that I am sending to a few friends.  The first card is from yesterdays sketch challenge on SCS, I am really liking that sketch, I will have to file it away.  The bella was too long to fit on the white cardstock, so I stamped it on the cardstock and then stamped her again, colored her in, cut her out and then layered her over the ribbon.  The sentiment is from PTI, and to finish the card off I put three little pearls in a row.  The second card is going all the way to London, Nicola is always giving stuff away on her blog for doing her sketches.  I love her style.  So I am sending her a little something in the mail.  This card is a really simple design, I used my DIY monogramer I believe this is the Curlz set.  Instead of putting initials, I wrote "hi".  I used my nestabilities circle set to layer the circles, the textured cardstock is Bazzil, the white it PTI and the dp is from Cosmo Cricket.
I have a busy day today...our friends that used to live down the street in Florida, are now moving to San Diego, and they will be here today or tomorrow.  Then we have family from N. CA flying in Sunday.  I went to Costco last night and spent $330 on food!  Is anyone else noticing their food bill going up?  
Have a great Thursday!

Cute back-pack tutorial

So I found this back-pack in the dollar spot at Target, and since Kendall has a pen-pal {"hi Emily"} I thought this would be a fun craft for us to do & send to her.  I only found one of these in the dollar spot, so go to Target and find one before they are gone.
Get out your favorite stamps, and Pigment ink.  I used Palette because it is an all purpose craft ink, and its waterproof, so the ink will not wash out.  
I repeated stamping the flower until I was happy with the look of it, the ink I used is Berry Sorbet by Palette sold through Papertrey Ink.
I wanted to personalize the bag, using her name.  I start by stamping in the center of the bag, so everything is space and centered just right.  I don't use a ruler, I just eye-ball it.  I stamped her name in black stazon ink.  Again you want to use a permanent ink.
After I inked the flowers and her name, I wanted to wow it up a litttle, so I used Palette L'Amore Red ink, to randomly stamp the flowers again in the red and give it a little dimension.
To make her name a focal piece, I used a flourish, inked it up with black stazon, and stamped it under her name.

Something seemed to be missing so I stamped the flower and flourish to create a border at the bottom, to finish it off.
Here you go, a $1 draw string back-pack personalized and ready to be mailed out to Emily.  I think these would be perfect for any kid, or even as party favors, there are so many things you can do with these bags, and it was a fun an easy project to do with my daughter.

Another layout and Father's Day card

Here is a layout I did a few weeks ago, and the card I made for Father's Day to send to my dad.  I love turning my photos into black and white pictures.  I can use pretty paper and embellishments, but the photo still remains the focal piece.  Last year I bought the entire Dutch Girl line {by Cosmo Cricket}.  Do you see the words "There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it"  it actually was part of the paper but I cut it up to run along the photo as a border, but don't you just love that saying!  The flowers of course are from Prima, and the gross grain ribbon running along the side is SU.
I am trying really hard to raise amazing children, so the sentiment "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail." was absolutely perfect {sentiment is from Unity Stamps}.  I want my children to dream big and to leave a trail.
On to the card before I get too mushy here.  This image is also from Unity Stamp Co.  This is a true one layered card!  Just the cardstock and that is it.  I stamped the tree, and then colored it in with Copic markers, I did a lot of blending, I normally wouldn't spend this much time on a card unless its for someone special, like my Dad.  
I paper pierced the two edges, and faux stitched it.  I still didn't think the card looked right, so I took my score-pal and made two score lines to border the stitching and the image.  Waalaa perfection >"<
Do you want to hear something sweet?  My Dad keeps every card that I send him, even the envelope, how cute is that!!

Forget me not...

For about a week I avoided making this card.  One of my best friends, Mellisa, lost her dad Dave this past week.  Dave and his wife Cheryl were living angels to my family some years back.  I have Crohn's Disease and my husband is in the Navy, so when I am sick and have to be put in the hospital, this isn't a good combination.  I am in the hospital usually for 4 weeks, and my husband can't take that much time off of work, its just not allowed and unheard of in the military.  One time he was out to sea and I was going to die unless I was admitted, I had an abcess in my intestines the size of a grapefruit, which is very dangerous.  Mellisa said for me not to worry about it, that she would take care of the kids and she would send a red cross message to the sub.  Mellisa had a full time job, but she called her parents into action to help.  Jess got home in a few days, but when the sub came back he had to go to back to work.  Dave and Cheryl, drove an hour to my house to take my daughter to school and to keep Jacob during the day, {he was 1 at the time} while Jess was at work, and then they would drive an hour back home.  They did this for the month I was in the hospital.  I was living in Connecticut at the time and my entire family lives in CA, so no one could come out to help {well my dad did, but how do you ask someone to stay for over a month? When they need to work too?}  Dave was a retired Navy chief and new my family needed help, and because I was his daughter's friend I was now a part of his family.  The wonderful thing the military gives you is this huge family of people who will do anything for you, no questions asked.  Its really hard to put into words, it just the best second family ever. 
So I finally sat down and made this for Cheryl, Dave wasn't a fancy guy so this needed to be simple but pretty.  I think I accomplished that.  I now need to write her a note, but what do you say to someone who just lost the love of their life?  I guess just that I will never ever in my life forget him and the generosity of time he took to help me and my family.

getting knotty and vinyl coffee

Todays Limited Supplies challenge WSC172, is about using knots on your cards.  Hello so me, so easy peasy.  Since all of my Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie paper is still out, I just kind of made a card similar to the one I made yesterday.  I used Aqua Mist paper and ribbon, because it matches the CC paper perfectly.  The stamp set is from PTI's Pond Life.
The next card I used Flourishes new line of stamps called Stamp Simply and this set is called Coffee with Friends.  I love it...I am a coffee lover, so I am happy to have this set.  I used vinyl for the card base.  It is thicker than acetate so it stands up very nicely.  I paper pieced the coffee cups using BasicGrey's Infuse line of 6x6 paper.  The ribbon is from May Arts.  I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Honey Pie feel better

I was at a scrapbook store yesterday or the day before...any how, I picked up this Honey Pie dp by Cosmo Cricket...isn't it yummy.  I am telling you ladies, this is just so fresh and fun, I love it, oh and its double sided, double score.  Anyhow, I have not inked up these stamps in a while, they looked sad and dusty, so I gave them some love today and inked those babies up >"<  Green Thumb from PTI is one of my favorite stamp sets ever, you can never go wrong with that set.  This is a simple sketch that I always go to when I need to make a quick clean card.  I used my circle nestabilities to make the layered circles {loving those nesties!} popped up with a dimensional gave it the look I was going for.  This spring moss gross grain ribbon from PTI matches the paper perfectly so I made a simple knot, folded it over the paper and used some really strong red adhesive to hold it in place.  Such a pretty card and it only took 5 minutes.  When you use things you love, its easy to make something nice.  Have a great day!

Layout and a circle card

I made this card yesterday for the skech challenge on SCS.  I changed the sketch from a traditional card into a circle card, but kept the main sketch elements.  I cut and scored it like normal, but then I got a big circle nestabilitie put it a little over the score line and then ran it through my cb to cut it.  Because I was using a thick card stock it embossed it too at the same time I cut it.  The dp is from the Honey Pie line from Cosmo Cricket.  I doodled along the edges just because lol.  The little bird is a snag-em that Chris sent me, that I colored in with Copics.  I didn't have a sentiment to stamp that I liked, so I just wrote "so tweet".
The layout is for todays Ways To Use it challenge WT170, and you needed to use a photo in a card, layout etc.  So I did a layout.  I used a sketch {from snowchris on scs} so it made it faster for me to do.  The dp is from the Lily Kate line from Basic Grey.  The stamps are from Flourishes, Fantasy Floral Garden and Flourished Elements, and again I used the cute little birdie stamp.  The scalloped black ribbon is from May Arts.  
Everyday SCS has a new challenge, I like doing them because it gives me a starting point for the day.  
Off topic, but please keep your thoughts with the families that lost their boys in the tornados yesterday.  My son is a cub scout and has gone of several camping trips, and I cannot imagine what those parents are going through.  So terribly sad.

I scrapped!

I went to a scrapbook store yesterday and found this yummy paper made by Making Memories.  Isn't it delicious!  I had to have it, a layout came to me right there and then...don't you love it when that happens. The sentiment is a single stamp from Unity Stamps...if you like to stamp on your layouts, these stamps are for you because they are huge!  Anyhow, I distressed it a ton, and turned it into a tag, by adding twine to it.  The felt ribbon is from the Cosmo Cricket set I got from QVC a while back.  I think the buttons might be from MM too...but not sure.  I didn't have any flourishes that flowed with this page, so I doodled some myself with a black micron pen, added dots and then colored it in with a Copic marker.
This picture was taken in Pensacola Beach, FL.  It was a such a fun day, my inlaws were visiting for my husbands winging & we just hung out on the beach and had an impromptu photo shoot.  I love being a Mom, is just so bittersweet watching your kids grow up...anyone else feel that way?  I hope you all are having a great day!

Color Challenge

The color challenge this week on SCS was to use Real Red, So Saffron & Regal Rose.  At first I thought this would be easy peasy, but what was in my brain and what came out, got lost in translation.  After tweaking it a bit, this is what I ended up with.  I went with the rule of 3's.  The yellow ribbon on the top corner is not SU {shhh} its PTI's grosgrain ribbon.  I had put the Red and Regal Rose ribbon on before I noticed I didn't have any SU So Saffron ribbon, it matches pretty well, so I'm not worried about it.  The butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart, and that's a good thing >"<.
The images are from Spring Ephemerals set from Flourishes and the "hello" sentiment is from Fantasy Floral Garden.  I think I might re-make this card but change it up a little.  Like making it longer and using different colors lol.  I hope everyone has a good Wednesday and stays cool.

Fun card and featured stamper

Yesterday's Featured Stamper on SCS was YLM{cindy}, I changed everything on the card but recreated it by using the same sketch.  I have yet to use my Summer Sunrise paper, ribbon & ink, so they got some love.  The background stamp is Damask from Flourishes, I stamped it in white stazon ink.  I don't have a huge block for it, so I ink the stamp up really good, lay my paper on top, put a scratch piece of paper over it, and then use a brayer and my fingers to get the ink on the paper.  It works really good.  
I bought a Martha Stewart border punch & I have been wanting to use it.  I love the effects it gives, but it will not punch through heavy cardstock, it barely wanted to go through the black Basic Grey designer paper.  I wasn't sure about the black paper at first, but I love it now, it really makes the card pop.  The sentiment and the frog images are from Papertrey inks, Pond Life set.  There was too much yellow/orange going on, so I stamped another frog in Garden Green, cut it out and layered it over one of the frogs with dimensionals to add some color.

On a side note, two of my cards got picked for card of the week on and I am one of the featured stampers this week along with Joan for Flourishes.  Sharon Johnson, picks the winners each week {she is on my sidebar} and she liked my card from yesterday's post.  She is a stamping godess!  Maybe if she sends me a lock of her hair I will have awesome mojo all the time LOL.

I am a little red, we went to Wild Animal Park today {extension to San Diego Zoo} and it was about 15 degrees warmer than it was here in San Diego.  So I am off to put some hawaiian tropic cool aloe ice with litocain on my shoulders...its the bomb ladies!

Dream Bedroom IC131

Every saturday on SCS there is an inspiration challenge.  Here is one of the pictures to take inspiration this week.  I love the closet panels in the background, so thats where I started with the card.  I made a clear card yesterday, I had a 1/2 sheet still out, so I went clear.  The picture has hints of pink and green, so I added in green May Arts ribbon and pink Basic Grey paper for accents in the card.
I used vinyl not acetate, its thicker but if you stamp directly on it you need to be careful because its slippery lol.  The images are from Sping Ephemerals and Fantasy Floral Garden from Flourishes.

Happy Mail

Look what I got in the mail today from Chris!!  I love snail mail packages from her.  She went to the CKU convention in New Hampshire last month, and she got me a few things >"<  Stamps, paper and primas, I love them!  She also made me a beautiful anniversary card, and sent my children gummie "lobstahs", a duct tape wallet for Jess and Jacob and a little notebook for Kendall to alter.  Jacob thinks his duct taped Yankees wallet is "so cool", who knew lol

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