Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Christmas Cards Aren't Started, but...

So, I've received and completed my first Christmas card order. My bossy boss, Jeanie (*hi Jeanie, if you are reading this!), loved a birthday card that I made a co-worker. She asked me to make her some Christmas cards and then suggested that she liked that card so much, perhaps I could make the Christmas cards like that. So, I put on my thinking cap, pulled out a pretty paper pack that I had been saving for just the right occasion and got to work. Therefore, her Christmas cards are done, but mine aren't even started.

I used the same design for the card base and changed the focal point. There are 3 designs and I made 4 cards of each, which really helps me utilize paper more efficiently and is quicker.







Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tooled Leather


Well, that's what Sissy (my sister Anna) says this looks like. And I agree. It really does look like tooled leather, doesn't it? Actually, it's just good ol' cardstock. I took an inkpad (Moonlight - Brilliance) that is opaque and whiteish and shiney. I rubbed it one side of the texture folder (the side that you would fold down on the top of the paper) and ran it through the trusty BigShot. And this beautiful Island Indigo cardstock turned into this embossed leather looking background. Didn't it turn out nice? I also love the shape of the punch out/message in the middle. Yes, folks, I made up this card all by myself. AND I stand proud. Didn't it turn out pretty? This is a card that you could put any sentiment on.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Flocking Monkeys!

How cute and fun is this card?! Wouldn't it make your birthday if you got it? This card was made by Anna (my sister) for our card sale. This is one of the ones that sold too! :) She used the Sock Monkey set from Stampin' Up! and then put a birthday hat on each of the monkeys. She used flock on the monkeys and the hats, so if you touch them they feel fuzzy like velvet. These little flocked monkeys are so cute and even cuter in person! Check out the three little bows, didn't that add the right touch and balance the card?



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Two Versions of the Same Card

These are 2 of the cards that I made for the now infamous sale. I really love this stamp set and it is one of the first stamp sets that I ever bought. I used the same technique, swapped a color, and moved around the greeting to make these a little different. I've found that making more than one card of the same general design and stamp set is much quicker. For the sale I made several of the same card of many, but would change up the greeting or image.



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Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello!

Hello! It's been awhile, but this should be the first in a session of many, many blog posts of new cards. This was a card that I made for a sale that Anna (my sister) and I did -- more on that below this card. This is a favorite for many reasons, can you guess? Purple - check! Circles - check! Fun Hello stamp - check! Texture - check! Bling - check! :D Isn't is fun?!




So, more about this card sale. Well, Anna's work was having a fund raiser and to raise money they sold spaces to have a flea market/yard sale at one of their building's parking lots in Kernersville. It was a great location, at an intersection of a busy main road. We thought we'd do well. We had dreams, aspirations, expectations. So, how did they pan out?

Well, we decided to make 200 cards to sale and we actually made 129. (I'd say being at over 60% of goal, that's pretty good!) Less supply equals higher demand anyways, right?! Anna had an awesome tent to shelter us from the sun, but it ended up sheltering us from the rain. It did not, however, keep away the wind that kept blowing everything around. (Thank goodness Anna found these nifty plastic boxes to organize, store and display our cards in.) It was also cold. Very strange, because the days before were hot September days as usual. About 10 cars and one moped came by the sale. Some of the people got out of their cars and walked by. Some of them stayed in their cars and drove by slow and creepy like. They could do this because all the vendors were set up on the edges of the parking lot and the center was wide open. There was even a guy on a moped. Zoom, zoom! All in all, the turn out was low because of weather and a competing festival downtown. We sold 3 cards to the girl set up in the booth next to us. Some other cards to Stephanie, Anna's friend, that had a booth beside her. I bartered 4 cards for a little bag from a girl at the Thirtyone booth and 4 cards to another girl for a bag she had at her yard sale booth. We may have left with less money than we brought, because Anna bought a few things from other vendors. That's the kind of day it was, we vendors supported each other. :)

Here's a picture of our booth and my awesome sister, Anna. We had the cards sorted by type in the boxes and they had dividers indicating the type (birthday, holiday, etc). Then we had the 2 window shutters. We put some string on them and hung up a few cards for display. Isn't that fun?! Those were the things that the wind kept catching. We'll add feet to those next time.



Although financially it wasn't lucrative, Anna and I learned a lot. We enjoyed having our cards on display and received many kind compliments. We liked our booth set up. We had fun with each other through the process. It was a ton of work to meet the deadline to make a certain number of cards. Maybe it was a little too much pressure (for those of us that don't like pressure at all!). All-in-all, I think we would do it again. (Maybe, because we already have over 100 cards to put towards our next goal. haha)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Time Machine - Giant Snapping Turtles

This is another card that was in Nana's pile that she had saved. This was made last year/pre-blog. I made it for Senior (Clarence's dad) for his birthday last year or was it Father's Day?! Hmm, I didn't open it back up to see. I did "snap" this shot of it, though.

This card was inspired by a true life event. *The names and likenesses described in this story are true.
We were visiting The Seniors (Clarence's mom and dad) and we were sitting in the living room at their house. They live in Washington, NC, and their house sits nestled in trees on 3 sides. But these aren't any trees, these are swamp trees. Yep! They have swamps around them. It's all lush and thick and full of critters (and snakes). Yep, snakes! But this is not a snake story. Luckily, I've never seen a snake there, but I've heard lots of stories that they are plentiful. This is a turtle story. So, as we were in the living room we were talking about trees and bushes, and Nana or Grandaddy said one of their favorite trees was out the back window. (I can't remember which kind. Sorry.) So, I looked out the window and BEHOLD! there was the biggest snapping turtle I have ever seen in my life or in a book. Right There! It looked like a yard ornament and it startled me. With excitement I was telling everyone to look at it. At first they thought I was joking, but I wasn't. It was HUGE! Like 6 year olds we grabbed sticks and poles to protect ourselves and went out side to get a look at this prehistoric creature. I bet it was 100 years old. He was all wrinkley and mean looking with his hooked nose and talons. The guy really needed a pedicure. His claws were huge. I would say his shell was 2 feet long and I am not kidding. He was HUGE!


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bliss for My Sis!

My sister has done such a great job reaching one of her goals.  I wanted to tell her how proud I was of her.  So, I made this complicated looking card.  Isn't is something?!  It's not as bad as it looks and if you make a few at the same time, it's not so confusing.  :)  Even, Trey, my very honest opinion giving nephew, gave it a thumbs up and was quite impressed.  I was impressed with it, too!


Here's a link to the great tutorial that walked me through my card:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/trishuttercard/.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Us

Can you believe that I've been married for 1 year??? I can't! Wow-wee! It's been a quick year with Clarence and we have a million more to go. :) I love you Poopsie Whoopsie!

This is the card that I made him. Making it a 'lovey' card and making it masculine was a trick. I think this turned out swell with the distressed textured background. This is his favorite stamp set that I use for cards, so I thought it only appropriate to make him a card with it. I switched out the leaves for hearts that I covered in glitter and glossy accents. So SHINY! :)


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Fwood for Father's Day

I've finally used my fwood on a card! Here it is. Isn't it pretty?! This card was made for Clarence's dad for Father's Day. See, he has blue eyes like C's dad. :)


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Onesie for Baby

This was another special request card. Instructions were "a baby card, but I don't know if it's a boy or girl". I think I delivered on this one too. And how fun it was! :)

I know I'm going to be making more of these! This is another idea cased from the internet. There are a bunch of versions and this is mine. They were easy to come together once you figure out the right dimensions.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sassy Shoe

This was a special request card from a lady at my new job. I took my cards into work to show them off and 2 people liked them so much that they bought 15 between them! Can you believe it?! It totally gave me a little boost of creative self esteem. :) Thank you friends!

I found this shoe template online, printed it and altered it for what I needed. Shoes and diamonds were the request. I thought this really delivered. (The diamonds are in the upper right of the card, hard to take a picture of, but they are sparkly!)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Flower Friend

This was the 2nd "Make and Take" that we made at the event I spoke about yesterday. I really liked the simple, but flowing design of this card. It was fun to make. This one used a new punch too, but this punch is unlike others, because it punches 3 different layers. Basically a 3 in one punch, you just slide a little button and you get the white layer, blue, and then green. Pretty neat, huh?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Simple Thank You

I was recently invited out by one of my stamping friends to another stamping event. At the event, we got to make 2 cards and take them home with us. This was one of the cards that I made. They are predesigned and precut, we just stamp, punch, glue and admire. They are called "Make and Takes". I love them, because they are quick (the biggest amount of my crafting time is spent trying to design and figure out my card) and you get to keep them. Another outcome of this event is that now I need the punch and stamp set. I must have it! Isn't it pretty?


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Time Machine - Mother's Day

This beautiful card (if I say so myself) was in Nana's stack of cards that she saved. They were made pre-blog, so I wanted to share them. This card is simple in technique and products, but very sophiticated and very eye catching. I stamped the flowers in multiple colors and then took the middle rose and traced over it with a glue pen, added glitter and WAA LAA  (because spelling it "viola" confuses me!)!

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Time Machine - Happy Birthday, Human

This was in the stack of cards that Nana has saved. This has to be one of my all time favorite stamps and sentiments. Haha, it's so silly! This was last year's birthday card for Senior, Clarence's dad.

Wouldn't you like for a nice robot to come to your birthday party? I would!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Time Machine - Christmas 2009

I hopped in my time machine last weekend and was able to retrieve this Christmas card. Okay, actually, Clarence's mom keeps all the cards I have given her, so I sorted through her stash.  I brought home the ones that I made before I created my blog, so I could photograph and share them with you.

This was the Christmas card that I made and sent out in 2009. When I saw the "Fluffles" stamp (that's the name of the mischievous cat), I knew I had to have it. The cards were a ton of fun to make and were a creation and design that was solely mine. I'm a little proud of them; enough to say this is one of my all time favorite cards that I've made.


Friday, May 20, 2011

I Love Fwood

I met a great Stampin' Up demonstrator at a craft fair in Chesapeake in March.  Since then, she invited me to be part of her group's meetings.  How cool is that?  So, I've met fellow stamp addicts, such as myself, and there's a group for us!  It's not a 12 step or anything, unless you count how many steps it takes to finish a card. :)  There are no interventions or crying stories of how stamping has wrecked relationships.  Only smiling, laughing, loud talking (not me, if you can believe it), learning and stamping.

This past Monday a lady at met at the group invited me to a separate function with Stampin' Up ladies.  It was a fun meeting and I was glad to have been invited.  One of the things I learned was how to make faux wood backgrounds. I like to call it "Fwood". :)  I've gotten so addicted to this technique, because it's fun and messy.  (I've already tried 6 different color combos since Monday!)

Here are the fwood backgrounds that I have created and will someday go on a card.




Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giant Egg in a Wheelbarrow

Isn't this one of the cutest stamps ever?!  I loved it and knew I had to use it when I saw it.  He's so happy and cute.  I'd like to think that Peter is putting out all the eggs for the kids to find on Easter morning.  He's found that putting these giant eggs in a wheelbarrow is much easier than carrying each one to their destination.

I sent these cards out to a few lucky folks to say "Happy Easter". I'd like to think that it brightened their day.  It certainly brightened mine to make them!



I put this little bunny peep looking guy on the inside of the cards.  -- Watch out, because he might be making an encore presentation on next year's cards.  :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Card for a Girl That Wishes for a Tail

I made this card for my niece, Sophia. She LOVES mermaids so much that she too wishes she had a tail. Her little wish is so sweet that I wish she had one too. My mom wrote about Sophia's wish on her blog and the way she eloquently words everything, you feel like you were right there with them witnessing the pureness of being a child.  Click this to read my mom's story.



Side view of card.  I made it like this so she could set it up on her dresser and look at it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Merci!

I made this card for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. (How do you say that without using some many words?) I used the technique of coloring the stamp with the markers, then spritzing water on the stamp. I love the way this one turned out!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Is Your Life a Circus?

I got this paper with my sister in mind, but as I made her card, I realized that it would work for a card for my big brother. His life is a little like a circus right now and I thought he could appreciate this strange paper and the funny clown that I cut out and stuck at the bottom.




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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Clowning Around!

Okay, so this is the some of the strangest and weirdest paper I've ever come across. When I spotted it at the scrapbooking store, I knew that I had to get it and make something for my sister, Anna. She likes weird circus and fair things. This paper screamed "ANNA"! I didn't know what the occasion would be to send the card. I was thinking of a "Hi" card, but then I was recently at her house for unplanned extended period of time. ("Please don't throw me in the brier patch!" comes to mind.) So, now it's a "Thank you" card. Isn't it fun?


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bumble Bee is a VERY Fun Word to Say

I made this card to send to my big brother, Mauro. I think it works for a 'guy' card, because the colors. But I decided to make him a different card. One that would sum up what's going on for him right now. (Check out the next 2 posts to see the new card that I made for him.) So, this card will be held for someone else.

On a complete side note, these colors are the colors of a bumble bee. Which coincidentally is a VERY fun word to say.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nana's Mother's Day Card

This card is for Mother's Day for Nana, Clarence's mom. I call her Nana, because that is what Little Anna calls her and it suits her. As 99% of my cards are made for a specific person this one was no different. Nana's style is "Shabby Chic". She's really drawn to those things with character. Which is probably why she loves her son, Clarence, so much, because he is quite a character. ;) When I told him that I was going to make his mom's card in a shabby chic style, he begged me not too. He said she needs something new, other than shabby chic. I like that style too, so I didn't heed his wishes. But perhaps we could call it Vintage Cottage. ;) Wouldn't that kind of be the same?! haha

The picture doesn't show the details so well.  I aged the Vanilla card stock and the Certainly Celery (light green) card stock with Distress Ink.  I stamped the light green card stock, then I crumbled it up in my hand a bunch of times to make it wrinkly and aged looking.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Senior's Birthday

Clarence's dad is having a birthday! I like to call him Senior, since he is THE Clarence Sr.  (It's not often that I go the other way and call my Clarence-"Junior"!)  Rumor has that it that he'll be 39!  How young! I whipped up this card for him. It's always hard to make a "masculine" card or at least one that you can give a guy and not make him feel like it's so girly.

This one was fun to make, because it involved circles.   I LOVE circles.  (And honestly, everything I pick out has circles and it's completely predictable.)  White circles on a white back ground makes it pretty easy to balance.

Watch out...there could be more circle layer cards to come. :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I've had this card idea flying around in my head forever.  Technically, since January when I got a bird punch and this stamp set. I just knew I had to make a special card for my Mommy. It was all my design and idea, which I am very proud of. Many of my cards are CASE'd (copy and share everything) or inspired by other cards I have seen.  I always add my own spin on it, but for this card, I made up everything with my very own brain - the one that my Mom made me.  So, how appropriate for Mother's Day!?!

Happy Mother's Day!!!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dad's Birthday

This card was made for my dad. His birthday is today. Happy 39th Birthday, Dad! 

Again, it's always so difficult to make a card that is masculine.  And I'm not in to the typical truck, motorcycle or hammer stamps.  So, I think this stamp set (circles, again) works perfect.  A unisex stamp set, if you will.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thank You Carla!

This thank you card is for my friend Carla. She sent us a beautiful "W" that is polka dotted black and white and hangs inside your house or on your front door. I have ours on the front door. It is beautiful!

This card is a CASE (copy and share everything) from Andrea Walford's website. I just loved the card itself and this paper is AWESOME! I love the colors: pumpkin pie, rose red, and very vanilla. They even sounds pretty! I will be sad when I run out of this paper, but I'm sure I'll find something else (with circles) that I will love just as much.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Why Haven't I Posted In So Long?

Well...I've kind of been buried in un-organization. This is my craft room in our new house in Chesapeake. It's a great space with built in shelves, natural light and beautiful french doors AND a big MESS. So, I haven't been inspired to make anything, because I haven't been inspired to clean my room. So, this week, I had finally had enough! I was tired of walking by the room (which is unavoidable since it is at the bottom of the stairs) and seeing it in such a mess. I would have just shut the doors, but I couldn't because the floor was too messy to pull them to. So, here are the before pictures of my craft room.





I took some time this week to get the room organized. I'm so glad I did, because the weather this weekend is supposed to be cold and rainy. Now I'll have a clean organized place to do my crafts. (Although when I'm crafting about 10 minutes into it, it will probably look like the before pictures again.) Here are the after pictures.









Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Big Brother's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mauro!!!

Today is my big brother's birthday and he is looking younger than ever! I mean, really, you should see him. He looks really young! I made this card for him Friday night and stuck in the mail on Saturday. It should arrive just in time. I hope he likes it!

I borrowed the design from this blog. I knew I wanted to use the "Wish Big" stamp (from my new stash), so I had to search for an idea of how to use it. I really liked the way it was used here, so I switched up the papers, etc. and a beautiful card was born. (If I do say so myself.)



I put this on the inside for some extra Birthday wishes.