CPS sketch #182

I have not played along with a sketch challenge in a while, so today I check out the sketch over at CPS.
Clean, simple & perfect.
I can do this.
CPS sketch #182

This week was beyond crazy!
My kids were/are sick.
A friend was having labor pains, so I took her to the hospital, but she was just a little dehydrated & tired.
Taxi mom, bringing kids to and from school & sports.
Allergies...fun times.
Trying to find a sectional that fits my living room...harder than it seems.
So glad a new week is starting.

So using a sketch makes it extremely easy to start a card, the hard part has been done for you.  For this card, I decided to use the School Basics set from Mint Motif.  The lined paper stamp, coordinated really well with the sheet of school paper from the Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Mini Deck.  The heart pattern paper is also from the same paper pack.  The black strip of paper is actually this cool paper called chalkstalk tile card stock, it is really cool.  It was something new shown at the summer CHA show.  The only place I know of selling it right now is i{heart}papers.  To finish off my card, I added some bakers twine from Jillibean Soup.

Materials Used:
tan card stock
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Mini Deck
Chalkstalk tile card stock
Mint Motif School Basics stamp set
Jillibean Soup twine
foam tape
white pigment ink

Mini book made from Grand Nestabilities

Late in the late afternoon yesterday, I went to check my mail and to my surprise there were two sets of the new large format dies from Spellbinders, sitting in my mailbox.  Let me rephrase, I had two packages of the Grand Nestabilities, which were the Grand Ovals and the Grand Scalloped Ovals.  I may have done a little jiggity jig dance when I held them in my hands.  I know that sounds crazy, but you, the paper crafter reading this has done that same giddy dance after receiving awesome product in the mail, it is like Christmas.  Sometimes I think I may be half crazy for getting excited over paper & ribbon, but at least I am in the crazy boat with a bunch of fun people right!  Anyhow, so after I opened the package, I was in instant agony because I knew I couldn't play right away :( super sad right?  After a major thunderstorm, parents cross country meeting at the high school, errands, dinner, homework, showers & finally putting the kids to bed.  By the time I sat down to play, it was 11pm last night!  I had so much fun, and I cannot wait to create more fabulous projects with these.
Okay, let's get down to business here.  The reason why I was so excited over these dies, is because of their size.  There is nothing else on the market right now like them, basically they are pretty special.  Head on over to the Spellbinders site for more info on the Grand Calibur machine & the Grand Nestabilities.  
The scalloped kraft paper that is cut/embossed was created by using the largest die (die #6), then cutting it in half for my front/back of my little book.  The size of the die is 8 1/4" x 6 1/4", this is major people!  The possibilities of the Grand Nestabilities are endless.  To create the nested oval shapes, I used the Grand Oval dies, specifically dies #4, #5, & #6, which are the three largest in the set.  A lot of you have emailed me asking how I get a nice, deep, embossed edge.  The simple answer is, I use a great card stock, preferably on the thicker side.  For this project, the card stock used is from GinaK designs, she has two weights, and I used the heavy weight.  All of the pattern paper, chipboard, alpha stickers, etc...are from Cosmo Cricket.
I had so much fun making this little book, it really has inspired me to make more.  I think that is why mini books are so attractive to make, you get a completed project in minimal time.  If you have made a mini book, I would love to see it!  Just link it in the comments.

Materials Used:
Spellbinders LF-110 Grand Ovals Grand Nestabilities
Spellbinders LF-111 Grand Scallped Ovals Grand Nestabilities
Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One
Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Mini Deck
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Ready Set chipboard
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas (in natural and teal)
GinaK card stock (kraft, ivory, teal)
Cosmo Cricket Chipboard Alphas

Thinking of You, pubbed card

Have you picked up the Sept/Oct issue of Paper Crafts?
If you love fall & all things Halloween, this is the issue for you.
There are some AMAZING projects within these pages.
Here is one of my cards that is in this issue.
Except in the issue, there is no ribbon, I just forgot to take a picture without the ribbon before I sent it off.

Materials Used:
Ivory Card stock
Basic Grey Bloomer
Technique Tuesday stamps
foam tape
Spellbinders S5-006 Curved Rectangles Nestabilities
Spellbinders I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities
Memento ink

My week in pictures

What a week it has been in the Yoast home!  It has been a wild ride of emotions for sure.  To start the week off on Monday, my children started the 9th & 4th grades.  Nothing screams "You are getting old Latisha!" more than your child entering High School.  So that was fun.  I so clearly remember being in High School and starting the 9th grade, so it is very weird when you realize your child has grown up overnight.  How does that happen? 
Both of them are sad that summer is over, but so happy school has started.  They get to have their social lives back.  Here are a few snap shots I took of them on the first day of school.  They seem so happy to get their pictures taken ha!  They have been in school a while now, and should know the yearly ritual of Mom taking a bajillion-squillion pictures, basically a lot!

The next few pictures are not the best quality, they were taken with my iphone when it was starting to storm out side, and we were inside a not well lit ready room.  However, with that said thinking about this day and the pictures really could just make me cry.  Most of you know, my husband is in the Navy.  What I have not talked too much about this year, is that he is working up to a deployment.  Work ups, are probably one of the hardest aspects of a deployment.  Basically this year, he has been gone a lot.  We are talking gone 4-6 weeks then home for a week, just constant in and out, revolving door of Daddy/husband.  It is hard on all of us.  
With that said, he has been gone for a few weeks now.  When he is out on the ship our only communication is by email, and recently he bought a phone card, but it is so expensive to call home ($3 to connect & 45 cents a minute!), so phone calls really do not happen.  I am unsure what to write next, (OPSEC basically security) but he came home for a brief 90 minutes.  Two helos came, 5 pilots and some aircrew, but what I can say is that around 10 children were extremely happy to see their Daddies!  My heart was full and ready to burst seeing all those happy faces.  
We brought him take out from Chipotle and a coffee from Starbucks.  Then a few bags of goodies to bring back with him.  I had bought a few dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme, and Dunkin Donuts for him to bring back and share.  I was told they went fast!
It was nice to see my husband, I didn't realize how much I had missed him until he gave me a hug.  It was all I needed and will last me these last few weeks until he is home.
Here is a super cute picture, if you look closely at my son, you can tell how happy he is!  Pure bliss I tell ya!

Here is my daughter acting goofy while I took a picture of them (right)
On the left is my son, and our friends daughter.  They were holding onto the fence, that separated us from the flight line, watching their Dad's take off.  You can't tell because their backs are facing us in the picture, but when my son turned around, tears were streaming down his face.  So very heartbreaking.
But Daddy will be home soon, and our family will be whole again.

Cards For Kids Blog Hop

Today, I am participating in the Lawn Fawn {heart's} Cards for Kids blog hop.
For more information on Cards for kids, click here.
Jennifer McGuire is doing a great thing for terminally ill children and their families!
Even if you are not a participant today, please consider sending a few cards.
Just remember to keep your cards a little more simple, not heavily embellished, it is more cost effective for shipping.
If you just came from Shemaine's blog you are in the right spot.
Your next stop is Dee Dee's blog.

I wanted my cards to be fun, bright & cheery.
To me nothing says that more than using the Pixie-liscious line from Cosmo Cricket & Lawn Fawn stamps.  I used Bannerific & Sophie's Sentiments, to create the banners.  Each card is 4 inches square, with a 1 1/2 x 4 inch strip of pattern paper adhered to the front.  I then stamped the image/sentiment onto ivory card stock, fussy cut the banners out & adhered them to the card with foam tape.  To finish off the cards I used cute Chipboard Elements from the Pixie-licious line.
If you have 12 x12 paper and scraps lying around you can make a ton of these cards in a short amount of time.  You can make four, 4 x 4 inch square cards from one sheet of 12 x12 paper, and we all have scraps lying around.  If you do not own stamps, create a sentiment on your computer, print it out, then adhere to your card.
It doesn't matter what your level of card making is, these kids would love to get a card from you!!

In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete list & order of the blog hop.

Waltzingmouse August Waltz

I am playing along with the Waltzingmouse August waltz.  The theme was to make a shabby chic/vintage style card.  When I think of that style, distressing, creams, pinks, reds, and muted green/blueish colors come to mind.  I used some Melissa Frances paper that I recently picked up, which is always so shabby chic!  Paired it with some ivory card stock, lace, polka dotted satin ribbon and my lovely Waltzingmouse stamps.  I inked the edges of the card stock to give it an aged look.  I cut/embossed the Spellbinders S4-301 Labels Sixteen Nestabilities, then stamped the images onto it.  Make sure to visit the Waltzingmouse forum to see the list of participants!

Materials Used:
Waltzingmouse Stamps
Spellbinders Labels Sixteen Nestabilities
Ivory Card stock
PTI ribbon
pink button
Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen pattern paper
corner rounder
palette ink

Using up those scraps with the Grand Calibur!

Hello there!
I am always trying to find new ways to utilize my scrap card stock and pattern paper to the fullest.  If you are like me, you cut a sheet of card stock in half, then sometimes that other half really never gets used, or it goes into the large & in charge scrap basket that you forget you have.  Sound familiar?  Yep, I feel a little wasteful, but I hope to change that!  Today, I have a quick tutorial on how I used a 4 1/4" x 11 inch sheet of card stock, to die cut all five sizes of the Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen using the Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine.  
Let's get started!
Take out your Grand Calibur
Now remember this machine can take paper 8 1/2 in by 11 inches.
Is light weight, only 7 pounds.
Is extremely easy to use.  Your sandwiches go through it smooth like buttah!
Place the dies of your choice, onto the base plate.  I chose the Spellbinders Labels Fourteen set.

Place your 4 1/4 inch x 11 inch sheet of card stock over the dies.
{Sorry about the mistake in the photo the 8 1/2 inch measurement should say 11 inches.}

Then place your cutting plate over the dies & card stock.
This is your sandwich to cut.

Place into the machine, and roll through.

Remove the cutting plate.

I like to remove the excess card stock, but feel free to leave it.

To emboss, lay the tan embossing mat down over the dies & card stock.

Now add the pink embossing plate.
This is your sandwich to emboss.
Run through the machine.

Isn't that fabulous!  I cut an embossed the entire set so fast!!
I now have ready to use die cuts!

Mint Motif August Reveal: School Basics

Today the School Basics set from Mint Motif will be available to purchase, from i{heart}papers of course!
I am sharing another card that I made with this set.  I was inspired by a memory I had of doodling on my school paper in Jr. High.  Being a teenager in the 80's, I never would have thought all of those trends would ever be back.  But they are, and in a big way.  Silly bands are just a reinvention of the colored plastic bracelets we wore.  The long tunics and stretchy pants.  Anyhow, I digress, back to the card hee!
I have a 6x6 pad of the Basic Grey Basics pattern paper, so I took a piece out, and punched along the top, to create notebook paper.  I stamped the solid image apple, and the handwriting lines in red ink.  Then I created the sentiment and stamped it inside the lines.  I wanted to have it kind of look like, that I was writing the sentiment with a pencil.  I stamped the pencil & colored it in with copic markers, then I took a grey multi liner pen, and doodled from the pencil tip to the first letter of the sentiment.  I also doodled above and around the apple.  To finish off the card, I wrapped some twine around the panel, tied a pretty bow, and adhered the panel to the card base using foam tape.
For more inspiration and eye candy using this set, take a visit to the rest of the designers!

poor Char's stamps decided to take a vacay between here and Canada, so fingers crossed she gets her stamps soon!

Materials Used:
Mint Motif School Basics stamp set
Basic Grey pattern paper
Memento ink; Tuxedo Black
Palette Ink; L'Amore Red
Copic markers
notebook punch
May Arts Twine
foam tape

Lawn Fawn August Sneak Day 3: Heebie Jeebies

I am sneaking a set called Heebie Jeebies from Lawn Fawn.
This is a mini stamp set, but so perfect for your Halloween projects.
I don't send out many Halloween cards, but I do like to make party favors, cute tags, and decorate things for when we "boo" our neighbors.  I take that back, I do make treats for my children's classrooms for their Halloween parties.  
Kelly is going to be giving this stamp set away, so head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog.  All three of August's sets will be available on the 12th.  I have a feeling these sets are going to be a big hit.  Lawn Fawn really hit the nail on the head with the banner set, especially since banners are so trendy right now.
For more Heebie Jeebie goodness, visit the rest of the design team:

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Heebie Jeebies stamp set
Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen
Cosmo Cricket Matilda mini deck
corner rounder
foam tape
black satin ribbon
Copic markers
Memento ink
Bo Bunny card stock

Lawn Fawn August Sneak Day two

Day two of the Lawn Fawn August Sneak Peaks.
Again today, I am showing you a card using Bannerific & Sophie's Sentiments stamp sets.
I have this super cute We R Memory Keepers pattern paper, that was begging to be used.
It is super cute with all of the helicopters, planes and clouds.
So I decided to make a more masculine card, that would be perfect for the favorite man/boy in your life.
I paper pieced the banner onto the "b" side of the paper, and popped it up using foam tape, and rounded the corners to soften it up a bit.  The birds were colored in with copic markers, and popped up with foam tape on the edges of the banner.  It is really hard for me to make a card without using ribbon, so I added twine instead.
Go visit the Lawn Fawn Blog, for a chance to win these sets.
For more inspiration head on over to the rest of the designers blogs:

Lawn Fawn August Sneak: Bannerific & Sophie's Sentiments

Today I get to show a sneak peak for Lawn Fawn.
In this card I used two stamps sets called Bannerific and Sophie's Sentiments.
Banners are all the rage right now, and Bannerific will not disappoint you!
For my card, I used some new Cosmo Cricket paper and chipboard called Togetherness.  I just thought the banners would look so cute in this paper.  I stamped the banner onto white paper, paper pieced it with alternating Togetherness pattern paper and then cut it out.  To give the card some dimension, I popped the banner up with foam tape.  I just love these mini clothesline clips from Hero Arts, so I clipped them onto the card, and tied some twine around them.  The chipboard birds are also from the Togetherness line from Cosmo Cricket.  The sentiments at the bottom are from the Sophie's Sentiments set also being released this month from Lawn Fawn.  These sentiments can fit perfectly into most of the banners from Bannerific, perfect right?
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, Kelly is going to have a give away!

For more inspiration visit the rest of the Design Team

Materials Used:
Bo Bunny dotted card stock
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness 6x6 pad
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness chipboard elements
Lawn Fawn Bannerific stamp set
Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments stamp set
Hero Arts mini clothes pins
May Arts twine

Mint Motif August Sneak!

Today I get to show a sneak of the newest release from Mint Motif called School Basics.
(Mint Motif stamps are sold exclusively through iheartpapers)
This is such a wonderful set, and will fill a void in my stamp supply.
My children start school next week, so I made this envelope and card to give to my son's future teacher.  I don't know if he has a male or female teacher, so this set had to be pretty simple, just in case his teacher is a dude.  I have these great manilla envelopes, and I knew I wanted to incorporate the envelope in my project somehow.  So I started to decorate and finish the envelope before I started on the card.  I stamped the elementary style lined paper stamp, a few times in Memento ink, then stamped the sentiment.  Each of the words is by itself, so you can be really creative with the sentiment you can create.  The apple stamp was colored in using Copic Markers (R14, R24, R29, YG13 & YG17).  To get the watermark look on the envelope, I stamped the images in Versa Mark.
Make sure you visit each of the designers sneaks and leave a comment, one lucky person will win this stamp set.
Also Kimberly will be showing sneaks every day this week!!

Materials Used:
School Basics stamp set from Mint Motif
Tuxedo Black ink from Memento
Copic Markers
Spellbinders S4-116 Standard Circles Small Nestabilities
Versa Mark ink
Manilla envelope
American Crafts white card stock

2S4U sketch #58

Do you ever just get into a creative funk, and nothing you make quite looks right?
I was in one of those.  It could be that I am missing my husband, or that the 100+ heat we are having is draining me.  However, I decided to play along with this weeks sketch #58 by the lovely Kazan over at 2sketches4you.  Using a sketch can really get your mojo going, I highly suggest using them.  Plus over at 2s4u, they normally have a wonderful sponsor with great prizes.  Go check it out!
I never ever, ever, have enough birthday cards.  So, if I have the chance I will always make extra to have in my stash.  I used some newer things on this card, the July release from Mint Motif called Cake Shoppe, some Togetherness pattern paper from Cosmo Cricket & the Spellbinders Labels 14, and those cute clothes pins from Hero Arts.  Using new things always helps my creativity.  After I stamped the image, I colored it in using Copic markers (R14, R24, R29, &35, Y38 & YR04).  To give the card a little more dimension, I popped the label up with some foam tape.

Materials Used:
Mint Motif Cake Shoppe sold exclusively through iheartpapers
Copic Markers
Memento ink
Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen
Gingham ribbon
Cosmo Cricket 6x6 Togetherness paper
Ginak pure luxury card stock
Hero Arts mini clothes pins

Quick & easy using Little Yellow Bicycle

Last week a box arrived from Paper Crafts, and inside of the box was my prize package from being in the top 20 Gallery Idol contest.  Little Yellow Bicycle was extremely generous, so I thought I would play a little bit.  Every thing used was pre-made, all I did was adhere it to my card.  Most of the items are primarily for scrap bookers, but if you look beyond the product, it is fabulous for card making as well.  
I think I am going to use this card to send to my husband, and insert pictures of my children from the first day of school.  I know it has some pink on it, but I think the grey and yellow are pretty masculine.  More importantly it is the thought that matters, and my husband isn't going to care lol, he will just be happy to get mail.
I can see myself remaking the circle with other product I have.  I can cut/emboss a circle using my Spellbinder die templates, create a fun circular image inside the circle using Just Right stamps, a fun sentiment from a stamp, and cutting strips of pattern paper then ripping the ends so it looks like ripped tape.  It is really surprising how much you can make with your own stash of items, but it is fun to make a really simple card with fun items pre-made for you.

Tags made out of scraps

The days and weeks leading up to CHA (Craft & Hobby Association), I was really busy working on projects for different booths.  What this left me was a huge mess, and a ton of scraps.  If it is a nice card stock or a pattern paper, I try to find a use for it.  I had a small scrap of kraft paper left, and if you love kraft card stock like I do, there is no way you are getting rid of it.  Looking at the scrap paper, I could tell it was just big enough to make a few tags, but too small to make a card, so I went with the tags.

The paper was 4 1/4 x 8 inches, so all I needed to do was trim the tags to a length that I liked.  I went with 2 1/4 in width by 4 1/4 long.  Now this next part was just pure luck.  As I was trying to figure out what stamps to use (because I new I would use the MME So Sophie pattern paper), I grabbed my Cake Shoppe Too stamps from Mint Motif (sold through iheartpapers).  I took a look at the bottom layer of the largest cakes and they all fit perfectly.  I love it when things happen like that.
My children start school in 2 weeks, so I will put these tags in a basket, with other cards, gift cards and such.  My children are known to tell me with zero notice that they need a birthday card, present whatever, so it is nice to have things done and prepared for when it happens.
Materials Used:
Kraft card stock
May Arts ribbon
MME So Sophie pattern paper
hole punch

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