Friday, May 7, 2010

Thinking of You

My grandmother loved all of the cards I made on National Scrapbooking Day (well weekend for me) and asked if I would make her some "Thinking of You" cards. She requeseted 5 cards, not flowery or too girly and no black. The image is a little dark but the colors are brown, gold, green, orange, yellow and ivory.


DCWV Rustic Stack
Ivory cardstock
Brown ink
thinking of you stamp (from Michaels...not sure of brand)
Gold embossing powder
Lyrical Letters cricut cartridge
various adhesives
Brown Ribbon
Corner rounder punch (my new favorite!!)

I haven't embossed a stamped image in quite a while so I was excited to do that again. I also inked a lot of edges. The paisley print paper was a 12x12 sheet with the edges already distressed so I had to ink the edges of the pieces when I cut it to size for the card to make it look better since one or two sides were already done. I don't have any fancy tools for blending but a cotton ball and piece of scrap paper to dab on worked wonders.

If my printer had been working I would have printed the saying inside the card that she requested but the inside is blank so she will have to write it in. Hopefully, I will get a new printer soon so I can complete my cards :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

MPS--NSD Challenge #10-"May Day" challenge #10

Make a project using flowers or something springy!!

I liked this paper from the get go and thought the flowers would also make good embellishments so I sat here and cut a few out by hand. Wow...time consuming. Instead of popping up the phrase I decided to put the flowers on top of themselves (did that make sense, oh well).

This is it for me. I am not going to try any more challenges before the deadline. I have grand plans for challenge 12--Critter-licious. My husband and I went to Animal Kingdom a few weeks back and I have all kinds of animal pages to scrap but I think it is time for bed.

MPS--NSD Challenger #7-"Hey Dad" Challenge 7

Make something for Dad or a guy in your life. It doesn't have to be for Father's Day but try to make it masculine.

I didn't think I would get anymore challenges done. I started preparing this one as soon as I got home from work, then got frustrated after an hour. Stopped to eat dinner and post challenges 1 to 6. Then, all of a sudden, I got a burst of determination and made this one work. I think it turned out good. I will probably use this for my dad's Father's Day card.

MPS--NSD Challenge #6-"Kids Craft, Too" Challenge #6

Have a child help you with a craft project. If a real child isn't available use a paper kid (Child themed cartridge)

My sister asked if I would watch my 3 year old niece overnight Saturday (part of the reason I only got through challenge 6) and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for her to make mommy a mothers day card. I had some white test flowers from my mothers day cards that I let her color with color pencils and crayons. She saw me doing my stamping so of course she wanted to do the stamps herself--at three I didn't dare let go or she would have had ink everywhere. The finished product isn't glamorous but it is the vision of a three year old. :) As soon as her mommy walked in my door on Sunday she wanted to give mommy her special card.

Like I said above I only got through challenge 6 by Sunday evening and now with computer glitches I will be lucky if I can get them all linked to Robyn's page in time. Thank you for the wonderful challenges and opportunities to win. I had a blast and so did my niece!!

Update--I had a burst of determination. I am going to try and do more of the challenges. One at a time then post. Wow I got Challenge 7 done quick (well I spent about an hour contemplating it earlier then gave up.)

MPS--NSD Challenge #5-"Teacher Appreciation Days"

Mypinkstamper Challenger #5
Create something for Teacher Appreciation week -or- someone you appreciate.

My husband found two 3 day old baby kittens at work 3 weeks ago and a friend of ours works for the local SPCA so we asked her if she could care for them until they were old enough to come home and join the two we already have. She said yes. Last week she called to let me know that one of them didn't make it. I wanted to make her a card to tell her that we appreciate everything she is doing and that maybe the little guy was just too sick from the beginning to survive.

The paper is from a Cloud9 Cat kit that I found at my local Big Lots. I also purchased a Dog one but we don't have any dogs at this time. I tried something new for me on this one as well...inking the edge of the "Thanks..." tag; I think it really gave it a finished look. I will be inking a lot more from here forward.

MPS--NSD Challenge #4 -"I like you the least"

Mypinkstamper challenge #4
Make a project using your least favorite or least used cartridge.

I am posting two photos--one is a little dark and the other has a glare. No good middle ground :)

I even used what I thought was my least favorite color and orange....but I think it turned out really neat. I used my Tear Drop font cartridge. I can't tell you the last time I dusted that one off (yep, no gypsy yet so still using cartridges). Paper again is DCWV. I didn't like how the saying cut out and you had to put all of the little pieces back in to make the letters work so I used the "negative" image and cut the shadow instead. I used a white gel pen to replicate the butterfly trail that is typically cut with this image.

MPS--NSD Challenge #3-"Think Outside the Box" Challenge 3
Do something on your scrapbook page, card or other item that you wouldn't normally do. Add something fun or crazy!!

I did two new things on this card:

1st--after watching a video on Robyn's site earlier in the week I saw her emboss a piece of paper with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder then run a white ink pad over top to essentially make white polka dots. I recently purchased a new stamp from Peachy Keen and knew that on dark blue paper white dots would look like stars and tie in with the stamp perfectly.

2nd--I have never used a cotton ball as part of a finished project before so I added one to the bottom of the stamped image to represent a cloud. Added some stickles for bling and I have a perfect card for a co-worker of mine who just found out she is going to be a grandma for the first time.

MPS--NSD Challenge #2-"Getting Scrappy" Challenge #2
Make a project incorporating your scraps.

I had some left over flower pieces from my first three cards and a large left over piece from a birthday card I made a few weeks back. I have a new Happy Birthday card in the stash...those always come in handy.

MPS--NSD Challenge #1-"Mother Dear, I Love You So"

Robyn at ran a 12 hour challenge on Saturday, May 1 in honor of National Scrapbooking Day. She did one challenge per hour for 12 hours. I was only able to complete the first one and number 6 on Saturday due to other obligations.

Challenge 1: make a scrapbook layout, card or other item with your mother or someone dear to you in mind.

I was already planning on making my three Mother's Day cards this weekend so this challenge was perfect.

Inside (all three are the same):

Mother, Mother-in-law and Grandmother are done!! I used DCWV Prints for the Year Ultimate Stack, My new Forever Young Cricut Cartridge and my new Corner Rounder punch, Stickles, random brads and Offray Pink Ribbon. How did I live without that punch for so long?? LOL Thanks for looking.