Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Simply Scrapbooks Open House

(Sorry, I cannot figure out how to rotate this picture)

Simply Scrapbooks in Kettering, Ohio is having their annual Christmas open house this Saturday from 1-5pm. Stop by for Christmas paper crafting ideas, make n takes, and of course a ton of your favorite card kits!

I have been SUPER busy making cards and will have 14 different ones to choose from. First come, first serve. I made approx 18-20 of each one and am not sure that I will be able to find time to remake very many of them.

The picture above is only a preview. I will dedicate a blog posting for each one to include the Copic colors I used.

Hope to see you on Saturday! I'm hoping to have a make in take prepared too.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fight Like a Girl!

With all of the hustle and bustle that goes on in our lives this time of year...the presents to buy, the clothes to find, the cookies to bake, the trees to trim, the cards to address...take a moment to pause and remember those who are less fortunate that we might be.

A cancer patient has one wish this Christmas: to find a cure so that they can spend many more Christmases with their families.

Do you know someone fighting? Send them a card and let them know that you are behind them and they are not forgotten.

I made this pink card as a reminder to Fight like a girl!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just finish watching the parade? waiting for the turkey to be done? feeling so stuffed you cant move? It doesnt matter, I'm just thankful that you took a moment to stop by today.

Stella, my favorite bugaboo character, has something to say about every holiday! Thanksgiving is no different and perhaps you can relate to her wisecrack about the "turkey".

Enjoy the rest of your day and rest up...tomorrow is Black Friday! I'll be heading out the door tonight around 10 and braving the rabid shoppers for the door busters.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

You make my world happy

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, it's time to count our blessing and be thankful for all that we have in our lives. This Pure Innocence stamp created a card that can be sent to that special person in your life that you need to say thank you to...not for any gift, not for any deed, just that special someone who is always there for you.

I just can't seem to create with these adorable little girls without paper piecing their outfit in some way. I grabbed the polka dot paper and pulled it into her shirt. For her pants, I used another technique with the Copic markers that I demonstrated in my fall card class at Simply: First you color the pants in a jean color. Next, I used the colorless blender refill and dropped a few drops onto a scrap of terry cloth. I blotted the jeans and it picked up the texture. The terry cloth is good for adding texture to furry animals too.

My go to guru and fellow stamp addict, Dolly, showed me another texture that is fantastic. She uses the coloreless blender refill but puts the drops on a scrap of denim. It is FANTASTIC when adding a denim look to your stamps. Try different fabric scraps to see what different textures you can come up with!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Merry Kiss my....

It's never too early to start making Christmas cards....but geeze Louise, it is still too early for radio stations to play 24 hours of Christmas music!!
We send out about 75 cards every year so I'd have to start, oh...Dec 26th if I wanted to get that many done. We always do picture cards, sorry. But if your list is shorter, you might be looking for some ideas.

Bugaboo stamps, who we loooove for Gus and Stella, has an array of our favorite characters to wish our loved ones a happy holiday. Gus must be a distant cousin of scrooge with the one I chose to use. His little tushy was adorable, so I could hardly resist. I printed the image twice for the card so I could cut out the tush and pop dot it for extra effect.

You know you love this card...now who are you going to make it for?

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 14, 2011

I demand a recount!

Wow...Mid Novemeber already??? Where has 2011 gone? Before you know it we'll be ringing in another new year. Have you thought about any new resolutions? I made 2 last year and uggh, didnt quite live up to either of them. One of them was to make birthday cards for all of those I send them to. You would think that would be easy...not so much. Maybe next year, along with the looming diet...

So here is a head start. I pulled out another Stella image from Bugaboo with one of her snappy sayings to get the job done. Patterned paper is ala Doodlebug. Their paper has such fun colors. Perfect for a birthday card.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Get well Soon

Well, today is my first day in the actual ER. Wish me luck!

I'll use that for my inspiration for the card posted today. This little girl has a teddy with a few boo-boos but it looks like he is going to be okay. The stamp is a Pure Innocence stamp and I am just loving these lately. Guaranteed that you will see a few more cards in this line in the coming days. One of my favorite things to do is to paper piece the clothing on the stamps. It really ties the stamp into what ever background paper you chose for your card.

If you have never paper pieced, it's really easy. Just restamp the image on a patterned paper and cut it out with detail scissors. It's that easy.

I have a new card class using Whippersnapper stamps this month. In it, we paper piece on 3 of the stamped images. Stay tuned, I'll post class pictures soon.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Angry birds part 2

AS if the last blog post with 6 cards wasn't enough, I couldnt help myself and had to create one more. I saw an example of a card kind of like this online but had to take my own twist.

I used the Cricut Winnie the Pooh font cartridge letter "y" in the wood grain to make the slingshot. I wrapped ribbon around it to complete it. I used a circle punch for the bird and piggie and hand cut the details. Actually the head feathers and tail feathers are mini flower punches. The grass is a Martha Stewart border punch.

I'm guessing this is my last angry bird card for a while. It's back to stamping in the next post.

(snort, snort)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Don't be angry...

Hi everyone...I'm sorry that it has been forever since my last posting. It has been one crazy month. I hurt my back and was on some wicked pain meds that had me completely out of it for about a week and a half. I think I injured it closing up my pool somehow.
Of course this would happen at the same time my boss decided to leave for another company...leaving me to search for another position. After many resumes and applications, I was lucky enough to be offered 2 positions. One with the company that my boss went to and the other at our Children's hospital as an ER registrar. I decided to choose the later and leave the woes of the mortgage business behind...so here's to my new adventure...
I took a week off in between jobs and spent that week crafting like a fool. I have tons of new cards to post so my blog should be back on the every other day schedule for a while so be sure to check back often.

Soo, onto the cards...

Last month, I did a paper piecing class with Phineas and Ferb. I also made a card with Perry the Platypus from the Disney channel. The card was a hit but also had a few shoppers wanting an angry bird card. So ladies, by popular demand, I went a little nuts and created not one, not two, but an entire set.

I went with the most popular birds and created cards around them...the angry red bird, the yellow triangular bird, the black bomb bird, and a blue card that represents the 3 bluebirds that split in the game.

Finally, the card set would not be complete without the piggies being represented. I looked at the images in the game and came up with a card for the piggie with the helmet and also the piggie king.
All of the cards were made with nothing but basic supplies: hole punches, oval spell binders, inks, pop dots, and scissors.
I'm still trying to decide if I am going to make this into a card class or just a kit. But rest assured, you will be seeing them at Simply Scrapbooks soon!