Thursday, April 30, 2009

You're my inspiration

I wanted to make this card really pop with color and life!

This is a new set of floral stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs' Garden Inspirations collection! Isn't it pretty!

I curved one of the tree stems for a little fun and added some dainty butterflies.....two of them I folded in half for more dimension!

Best part was having fun coloring in the floral petals, love it!


Have a great day everyone!


Materials used:

Papers and stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs.

Pearl Gems.




Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Summer Sweetness!

Have you seen all the new goodies over at Lizzie Anne Designs? They have their new Spring Release stamps and I have already started playing with some of them...yay!


These stamps are from the brand new Sweets & Treats collection...mmmm...yummy! I know I will be using these stamps alot! I wanted to make the icecream scoops to appear as if they were sitting directly on top of each other, so I masked the images.

Love the digital background papers that coordinate with the stamps too!!!


Fun, fun!


Enjoy!


Materials used:

Stamps and Digital Papers: Sweets & Treats by Lizzie Anne Designs.

White Pom Poms.

Yellow lace ribbon by Making Memories.

Assorted gems.



From the garden....

Does your mom love flowers, gardening, plants and seeds? This would be a fun little box to make for her and stuff inside all of her favorite little gardening remedies:

I made a simple and sturdy square box and handle - shredded some dark green paper to mimick fun grass, added a stamped paper flower...tied a ribbon across the center, added some stamped leaves, and added a few alpha letters to spell out 'mom'. And that's it! You are complete with a handy little 'tool box' to add in some fresh seed bags, some mini clay pots, maybe even a soft hand glove as well!

Here is a closeup of the handmade flower:

Enjoy, it should be a beautiful day today with lots of sunshine! I've got some cards to make and gifts to send out too, can't get any better than that! ;)

Have a good one!

Materials:

Papers: HA and Papertrey Ink.

Ribbons: Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Gem by K & Company.




Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pastels

A real quickie and fun card I made:

I love making my own paper flowers out of stamps or just plain papers and then arranging them and hooking on to a floral wire.....I've made a similar card to this a while back - this one, however, is much more simplified.

Sorry so short but I'm off to do some paper work and also fill out a form for Chris to go to summer school in July! Yippee....got to keep these little ones busy, you know? ;)

Enjoy the card!


Materials used:


Papers and ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Floral Wire from Michael's.

1/16" hole punch.



Monday, April 27, 2009

Caardvarks Tree #3

I started out this card with a total spring feeling in the air and then with some twists and turns - it became a winter themed card! ;)

So in the middle of Spring, here we are.....what do you make of this....I just decided to leave as is...liked how it turned out.....I left off a personal sentiment and will leave that to the imagination of the beholder!

For the background, I used a patterned paper to reflect a light falling of snow and some whispers of white on the edge of the green paper seemed to fit in well.

I made some simple snow hills out of plain white cardstock. For the tree, it is a wooden chipboard that I stamped directly onto it a Four leaf grid stamp. It was kind of neat because the stamp was big enough to cover the entire tree....wonderfully simple and convenient. ;)

To add some softness to the overall look of the card, I embellished with some pink - a birdie on a leaf vine, a brad, and a smaller bird walking in the snow.


Enjoy and hope your Monday got off to a great start!!


Materials used:

Papers: Just Chillin by MM.

Stamps, gems: Hero Arts.

Brad: Chatterbox's Artsylicious collection.

One wooden tree chipboard.

Bird diecuts: K & Company.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

6

Lol.....last year - around this same time the title of my post was '5'. Can you guess what I'm referring to? Chance and I are counting down the days to our 6th wedding anniversary! Yay, fun, fun! We are all giddy about it....it is just a few weeks away but so much fun to think about and all the memories that it beholds......

Here's a layout I did with some very soft distressing....one of our favorite wedding photos with just the two of us.

Here's a close-up of the slightly distressed florals:

Some more details at the bottom where I've written the journaling:

And the best little detail about the journaling was I used this fun notebook paper punch that I just love, love! I just adore this punch, it's great and so versatile - I'm going to be using it on some of Chris' school projects too! It just looks so real....


Materials:
Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Inks: light brown, pink, and tangerine.

Florals by Prima.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Accessories: Scallop scissors and EK Success notebook paper punch.



Dream a little dream....

This card actually comes right out of my 'fantasy' world!!! You know when sometimes you are just sitting there and visualizing a design in your head....and it may not be a traditional design in any way, but just something that is amusing to you! Well, this was what I imagined up:

So much fun! For my little scenery - I definitely wanted a 'bird' of some sort - I wanted her to be sitting on a leafy vine surrounded with flowers and near a tree - hence the woodgrain stamp. I wanted her to be in the presence of nature and beauty and look as if she is in a dreamy world of her own, pensive, yet thoughtful!

I love working with birds! So quaint!


Enjoy your Sunday, can't believe the weekend is almost over, it's been busy here and I have some catching up to do and a ton of laundry to do - skipped it yesterday...lol! ;)


Materials used:


Papers: Just chillin collection by Making Memories.

Stamps: Woodgrain.

K & Company sentiment tag and pearls.

Prima Floral Vine.

Prima Felt.

Plain Bird chipboard.

White and pink stitched ribbon.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

It just never stops...

...lol...ok, I mentioned that I was finished with my last distressed card for the week, but somehow I managed to make one more today!

I used some very soft shadows of orange, light green, and pink to create the watercolor effect of the background florals.

I gathered up some prima leaves and florals to assemble on the left bottom of the card.

I stamped a simple and lovely sentiment.

Wanted this look to be very clean and simple with no fuss!


Enjoy and hope you have a great day!


Materials used:

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Prima florals and leaves.

K & Company big gems.


Friday, April 24, 2009

Cutie Pies for your Friday!

Ok, not real pies, I meant 'cute' cards but for some reason saying cutie pie is more fun! ;) Here are some really quick and mini cards I whipped up:

I love making small cards and they have just as much function and impact as larger cards! In fact, the smaller the card, the 'cuter' for me...lol!

These cards are about 3/4 of a standard 5" x 5" card - love to chop them into this size - so much fun! I love making scraplings and long cards too!

Here is another one with a color combo of turquoise and red:


Enjoy, I'm pressed for time right now and need to get going - thanks for dropping by!


Materials used:


Stamps and ribbon: Papertrey Ink. Hero Arts.

Flowers: Prima.

Felt flower: HA.

Yellow gems.

K & company blue pearl accent.

Yellow Twine.




Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Mother's Day sentiment....

Here are a few more cards I managed to make some time for today....I just couldn't wait to play with this new Mother's Day set from Papertrey Ink.....there are some wonderful sentiments in this set...so perfect for letting your mom know just how you feel about her!

I'm going to make several variations from this set, just too much fun!

Below is another distressing card, I'm still amazed at the amount of time that it takes to distress and watercolor.....I think I'm done with distressing for this week and I'll go back to my 'regularly scheduled program' of crafting cards now....lol....meaning free for all and using simpler methods and techniques for stamping..........resisting and heat embossing take a lot of time too! But the results are soooo beautiful and wonderful to look at!

Just short and sweet for this post....I'll be back later with some more PI playtime! ;)


Materials used for both cards:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink and Hero Arts.

Papers and ribbons: Papertrey Ink.

Twine.

Vintage flower by HA.

White and pink florals by Prima.

Pearl gems.




Distressed Layout

Goodmorning folks...literally.....oh my, I think by the time some of you see this, I will be asleep again....Chris woke up at 12:30 a.m. this morning from a nightmare and now him and I are totally awake and it's 2:20 a.m.....I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get him to school now, we'll see.

In the meantime, here is a layout I wanted to share with you that I finished up yesterday:

It's the first layout I've ever done that utilizes some distressing. Very fun! Except for the back sheet of paper that is melon colored, all other papers used were white cardstock - I created my own patterned paper for each colored layer that you see....super fun to make....took some time though since I normally don't make my own pp too often.

Enjoy ~ yawning ~ oh boy! Wish me luck today will ya? ;)



Materials used:


Papers: Melon Berry by PI. White cardstock.
Stamps: Hero Arts.

Martha Stewart scalloped punch.

Buttons: Making Memories.

Twine.

White blossoms.




Wednesday, April 22, 2009

LAD Sketch #75

This weeks sketch at Lizzie Anne is super fun....I'm totally amazed and proud of myself for sticking to the actual sketch and not deviating away from it....yay!!!

The extra fun twist on this sketch is to make your own patterned paper out of the stamps you choose.

So I went about using all white paper (except for the tiny strip of polka dotted paper)....other than that - I took white cardstock, sponged with azure blue, light aqua, and orange; distressed all the edges; and then stamped on my floral stamps.

The sentiment, I kind of meshed it into the left hand, bottom quadrant of the card and used the same ink color.

I also wanted to make the surf boards appear as two instead of just one by simply stamping the image twice, cutting out one image and adhering on top of the other.....

Enjoy my little dancing hula girl! Have a great day.....I have another big project I'm working on now too....stay tuned!



Materials used:

Cardstock: White. Polka dotted pp from Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Garden Isle by Lizzie Anne Designs.




Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Caardvark's #2

Here is another fun card I made for two different challenges:


I used a tiny leaf stamp from a Thanksgiving stamp set to create the tree top....a simple scattering and shaping of the leaves until it rounded out to the look that I wanted. I thought bright cyan would be a nice touch for the tree color. I hand drew the tree trunk this time and colored in with dark brown.

The nest egg stamp is from a special collection my husband gave me for Christmas, it is not from any of the current vendors that I have - I'll have to look at the name on the box - he bought it from an on-line French stamping company....it's a very pretty bird set! The emulated long grass tails were also made from this set.

Here is a close-up of the butterfly - I love taking a fine tip pen and simply dabbing little circles until I make a dainty trail...just fun!

Enjoy! Hubby has been enjoying his vacation and has been helping me take care of Chris...playing lots of football with the little guy....so that mommy gets a break and gets to craft!! Thank you hubby~


Have a good one!


Papers: Papertrey Ink - Ocean Tides.

Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.

I rarely distress......

.....stress in general...yes.....distress in the crafty world.....not so much....but it is always a fun challenge and I love working with new techniques and new ideas!!

Here is a card I came up with using the distress technique....I wanted to find a very old photo for this project and thought this photo would work nicely:

My two main colors were tangerine and timber brown mixed and distressed for that golden, 'scroll' like look.

Here is a closeup of the distressed edges:

So enjoyed making this, I will have to try a different version with different stamps and colors!

Hubby is on vacation this week so we are going to head out for breakfast shortly!!! Awww....the very simple pleasures in life....we rarely ever do that and he rarely has vacations, so it will be nice! Will pick up a little something for Chris on the way home too.......

Speaking of which, the little guy got to wear shorts to school this morning....still so unbearably hot....I think it will be 8 degrees cooler today but still very hot nonetheless!!!! Whoa!! It should cool down much more later this week!




Enjoy!


Materials Used:

Background paper: Making Memories and Basic Grey.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

White lace flowers by Prima.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Day in the Park - Caardvark's Challenge

Hi all! Hope your weekend was fab! What did you do? Anything fun? Or did you just stay home and relax? Nothing better than a lazy weekend at home with family and enjoying!

Here is a card in which I finally got to take out my elephant stamp set that I've had for awhile but haven't used yet! I'm trying to get to all my stamps that have been slowly collecting some dust while sitting in my closet. ;)

This card will also be for the Caardvark's Challenge for this month. The theme is trees! How fun is that?

I don't get to work with trees all too often but for this particular card, I made a little one of my own utilizing a Making Memories embellie die-cut and I stamped on a wavy leaf pattern on top. I, then, hand cut the tree bark and adhered....fun!

Enjoy and have a great day!


Materials used:

Stamps, gems: Hero Arts.

Paper: Papertrey Ink.

Button: Making Memories.

Circle die-cut: Making Memories.

Twine.



Sunday, April 19, 2009

Card #2

Hi all! I am back again on this 'lazy' Sunday morning...late Sunday morning actually - slept in way too late today! Here is another card I made for a blogging buddy who lives in Germany:

I'll be sending this card along with the one in the previous post out to her.

I've got lots of catching up to do today with my emails, oh my - it's amazing how much emails you get when you miss just one day.....we took off all day yesterday to enjoy the beautiful sunshine...oh it was so nice! Went to the park and spent lots of time bicycling and breathing in the fresh air......monster amounts of icecream eating at Dairy Queen - yum, yum.....can't beat that......some mall hopping and toy shoppin' - hey that rhymes! It was just a really simple and pleasant day, I like that.....


Materials used:

Stamps and crystal gems: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.

Prima large floral.




Saturday, April 18, 2009

Far....far.....away....

It is so beautiful today, what am I doing inside and on the computer? ;) No really, I will be quick and won't be spending too much time on the laptop until later maybe.....here is a card I made for a blogging buddy who lives very far away and I will most likely never meet her:


But she is sweet and I told her I would make her a little something....her favorite color is lavender!! Hope she likes it!

I used the new Swirly Frame stamp that I got in the mail yesterday and some new Papertrey Ink supplies that I hadn't had a chance to play with! I'm so behind on using some of my stuff that has just been sitting in the closet!


Enjoy and hope it's sunny where you are too!!


Materials:


Stamps, gems: Hero Arts and Papertrey Ink.

Papers and ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Inks: Moss green, light lavender, tangerine, and black.


Friday, April 17, 2009

It's a special time of the year....

Hey friends, I'm back today - I think this will be my last post for today and then I'm going to go and spend some quality time with Chris! So I was working on my May blog banner for a few days now and I really wanted to come up with a special MOM theme.

Not because I am one, but more so because ever since I became a mom, I APPRECIATE my own mother even more than ever! I'll never have enough words to tell her how much she means to me or will I ever understand how she had the tremendous ability to care for 4 of her own children....wow, she is an amazing lady!

So this was the fun idea I came up with - I call it 'Breakfast in Bed' - a special theme for me and it goes out to every one out there who is a mother!!! How so that I wish for you your very own 'breakfast in bed' once that special day comes in a few weeks....

Here's some close-ups - just fun stuff - another card I made using the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp from Lizzie Anne Designs.....could never tire of using this stamp...it is my FAV!

Some yummy strawberry and whipped cream on pancakes:

A very simple napkin ring holder I made:

And a photo of my own mom near a whole row of beautiful flowers! Doesn't she look so happy? She is in her element!!


Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Materials used for card and napkin ring only:

Papers: We R Memory Keepers. Basic Grey.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs.

Flowers: Prima and Making Memories.




LAD Sketch #74

Hi all! I'm back with this weeks sketch at Lizzie Anne Designs! Yoohoooo, it's going to be a beautiful Friday!


I slightly tweaked the sketch, nothing new - why do I do that? I'm a silly person! I left off a ribbon that is supposed to be at the top of the vertical white strip! The extra twist in creating this card was to be inspired by music/a song that we hear......the first song I heard on the radio yesterday was sung by a mother/daughter duo and the song was 'country' - now I could have pulled out my cute little 'cowboy' stamp - but I thought - ok, mother/daughter...mother it is!!! So I made a Mother's Day card!! ;)

Enjoy, enjoy.....I will be back later on this morning with a fun and yummy surprise!!! I hope you'll check back to find out what it is........I'm dedicating this to my mom and every MOM out there!!!! It think I will label this project one of my favorites so far! It's special....


Stay tuned!


Materials used:


Stamps: Simply Singles Wonderful Mother by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: We R Memory Keepers. Embossed White Cardstock.

Flowers and vines: Prima and Making Memories.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Birthday 'Blues'

Lol....I am teasing you with the title! Here's a birthday card I made for my niece - I don't work with blue and white too often but I LOVE the fuse of these two colors together:

The color combo of this card matches the gift that I also made for her so I hope she will like it! I still need to put some finishing touches on the gift then I'll be done!

And I thought you might like this close-up of some glitter and shine:

Can you see that? What will Prima come up with next!!! Gosh, love their stuff, each new product line is sooo amazing!


Enjoy, got lots to try and accomplish today. ;)


Materials used:

Papers and ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Flowers: Prima and Hero Arts.

Button: Making Memories.

Stamps: Hero Arts.




Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scrabble anyone?

I made this fun loving layout for an 'alphabet/make-your-own messages' challenge:

This was definitely not my usual method of scrap booking but still, it was a lot of fun to create this and it took so long too....lol....I had to make sure all the letters and tiles were matched up and perfectly aligned on the paper.

I also had to do a sketch of what words I wanted to use before I started stamping them and where to place them on the layout.....great challenge! Love it when something challenges me beyond my comfort zone!

Here is a closeup look of the stamped letters:

I love this much younger photo of Chris - that unforgettable smile I truly adore!

I'm off to make a few more cards, enjoy your day!! Ooh, it is COOOLLLDDD today! What happened...the wind is blowing really hard outside and I'm freezing in here! Need to turn up the heater!


Materials used:


Papers: Papertrey Ink and We R Memory Keepers. Bazzill Basics.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

EK Success Scallop edge punch.




Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Reflections of Mom.....

It's that time....it's getting near and I'm always having a good ol' time thinking of and making up Mother's Day projects! I thought this was a fun project that I finished up late today:

I love making banners for many occasions - this one I decided it would be neat to insert little envelopes into the banner with messages inside - simple sentiments that reflect thoughts of mom!

This is a neat and festive look that you can make for your mom too.....stamp, type, or handwrite a word or two and hide inside mini envelopes...whatever you choose - it will be a special surprise for your mom to have to open up the envies and find out your hidden messages!

Here are some closeups - my mom, she's definitely a 'mentor':

And a provider! She's taken care of me as a child and into adulthood.......and now as an adult, she still cares for me from a distance in her own special way...


Enjoy!

Materials used:
Papers: K & Company.

Ribbons: Papertrey Ink.

Buttons: Making Memories.

Scallop punch.

Scallop scissors.

Twine.

Martha Stewart Mini Envelopes.

Stamps: Hero Arts.




Mini Sherbet?

Does this remind you of some icecream?

Kind of the look I was going for....a tropical flavored sherbet icecream...YUM! I love pairing hints of light green, yellow, orange, and raspberry together! Or maybe spumoni???? Oh my, another favorite flavor of mine...

I guess this sunshine that we are having is making me think of all good things spring and summer time! We will be having really good weather here in my part of town, I am so thankful for that!

Here is a close-up shot:


Have a great day everyone!



Materials:

Papers: K & Company and Papertrey Ink.

Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.




Monday, April 13, 2009

How about some happy for your Monday?

Here are some more fun cards I whipped up over the weekend:

Nothing like simple and easy for spring time, hah? Loved using these carefree rub-ons - so great!

Here is the second card:

So have your little ones returned to school too? Or are they just starting their Spring Break? Oh goodness, this morning was a tough one for my guy....he really didn't want to take his bath and get dressed.....just wanted to turn on the desktop and watch a movie....

Poor thing had tears in his eyes all the way downstairs when I was putting his coat on and shoes. Well, we made it out the door and even had some extra minutes to spare before the bus came.....

It will all be back to normal soon, he just needs to adjust a little.....



Hope the cards put a little 'Ooh La La' in your day!!


Materials used:

Papers: Embossed white. K & Company.

Flowers: K & Company and Prima.

Rub-ons: K & Company.

EK Success Notebook edge punch.



Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Many blessings to you and yours if you are celebrating Easter this season! Here is another card for you (it's not an Easter Bunny card) but enjoy anyhow! Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day today!

So anyway, from my post yesterday, I had mentioned that I had such a wonderful day on Sat. that I decided to make a card in light of that.....so this card is aptly named 'Simply Divine' - a great sentiment from K & Company...just love it!

Here's hoping all of my friends and family can truly enjoy a simply divine day of their own as well! Hugs!


Materials used:


Papers: We R Memory Keepers and white cardstock.


Rub-ons, brads, and flowers: K & Company.


Flowers and leaves: Prima.


Miscellaneous ribbon.






Saturday, April 11, 2009

Perfect solitude....

Hi all! It's late Saturday eve and wanted to share a card I was able to make today.....

My hubby babysitted for me today so that I could have a secret getaway to craft....oh my, it was a blast! I got to seclude myself in the most serene and quietest of all places....made four cards in four hours and was having so much fun that I actually forgot to eat lunch....oops....lol...oh well, who needs food when you have paper and ribbon, right? ;)

Thanks DH for a perfect day... it was 'simply divine'.....that is the title of the next card I will show you...tomorrow though!



Happy Easter everyone, enjoy!!


Materials used:


Papers, flowers, die-cuts, and rubons: K & Company.


Large orange flower and leaves by Prima.


EK Success edge punch.


Marvy heart punch.




Friday, April 10, 2009

LAD Weekly Sketch #73

Oh my, I didn't think I was going to get in my weekly sketch this week since it's been kinda crazy around our house! Crazy but fun I have to admit!


I am amused at this card because I wanted to put something in the little princess' hands so bad...so I took a Making Memories stick pin and wanted that to resemble a sceptor.....just something fun, do you think it looks too long? lol....I would have cut it a little shorter if I could....impossible to cut without the right tool...but overall, I liked it and kept it as is. ;)

Hope you enjoy and have a beautiful weekend coming up....I might try to get in one more Easter card/project for you on Sunday!


Cheers!


Materials Used:


Stamps: Once Upon a Time by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: SEI Lovebirds.

Papertrey ribbon.

Making Memories Love Notes Pin.

Making Memories flowers.

Pearl gems.