Friday, December 17, 2010

lawn fawn critters

i am just BARELY getting this card in on time for the lawn fawn challenge (that ends in less than hour - eek!).
it's been so busy!! work, sick little one, christmas, packing, ack! just like everyone else, but i don't think i am making enough time to crraft - scratch that, i know i'm not making enough time! lol! my blog has been a bit of a ghost town - insert cricket sounds here! :)
so anyway, here's my card:

i used the critters in the 'burbs stamp set - which is super fun and happy, and surprisingly versitle! i had so many ideas, and then i caught the little one's cold and i became scrap-lazy! :) i finally settled on this idea! the cats and the bird are popped up for dimension. and the petals for the flower are dry embossed with polka dots - my favorite folder! i used the little dotted semi circle to make it look like the cats were talking, fun!

i definately think this card could put a little smile on someone's face!

Friday, December 10, 2010

holly and jolly

i have another two-fer card tonight! i made it today while my little one was napping - it was a race to see who would finish first...but i won! :) and here it is:

(inside it says: Christmas!)

i made it for the challenges over at cupcake inspirations and wee memories! below is the inspiration cupcake from cupcake inspirations:

this week's challenge for wee memories was holiday music inspiration! which of course, i chose the song that goes: ...have a holly jolly christmas, it's the best time of the year...needless to say, it's been stuck in my head ever since i finished the card! :)

almost all of the stamps are lawn fawn, with the exception of the polariod stamp, which love too, and that's from wilson designs. i popped up the animals for dimension, and i tried to use a different technique for each animal! the polar bear is dry embossed, the penguin in paper pieced (like the holly, which is also glittered), and seal is paper-pieced with textured paper - plus i just love that it looks like he's balancing the holly on his nose like a ball! :)

i also watermarked some snowflakes behind each animal so it would a little bit more like a real snapshot! :)
have a great weekend!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

a simple congrats

it's wedensday! and i actually have another card to share! i've been in a slump lately, i can't get motivated to craft - i don't know if it's because of all of the stress that comes with the end of the year or what...any suggesstions to get out of it?? :)
anyway, here is my card:

i created it for two challenges:

Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Congratulations Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and also for the latest color challenge at off the wall craftiness! :) see the color inspiration below:

i decided to use my circle punch and make some offset scallops for the bottom of the card. and then i paper pieced the fab flower stamp (from lawn fawn) and used a found button i had lying around for the center!

it's totally simple, but it could work for a wedding i think?
anyway, enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

like, totally 80's dude

i decided to make this card for the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week All Occasion Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. this friendship card is so fun! i totally channelled my inner barbie girl/side ponytail/tight rolled jeans for this challenge! i'm not sure why i decided to go all 80's on this card, but i think it fits! lol

i used fun neon colors for the 80's look. and i masked a square-ish shape with some teal ink, i was going for a graffiti-type look. my favorite part of this card is pink splattered paint! i took some paint from of my little one's paint kits (shh, he's two, he won't mind), and splattered it onto the card with an old toothbrush! fun!

happy monday, material girls!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

a fun layout!

i have another layout to share! yay! my goal is to create some layouts of pictures i would normally put in a frame and hang up. and instead i am going to hang the layouts around my office for inspiration and love! :)

this layout i made of my bff's and i! i used the layout from pencil lines (a super fun layout challenge blog!):

i also wanted to use this layout for the wee memories challenge this week - which is 'bowtiful ribbons!' how fun!

so here it is. my second layout:

these are my favorite colors! teal, lime green and a punch of color! ka-pow! :) the journaling is popped for dimension and to balance out the felt flowers. the title is some old thickers that i had left over from a different scrapbook i made. i decided to fold over the ribbon under the patterend paper because i thought there needed to be some more going on, and it would be a fun addition to the page!

are you sick of the my felt flowers yet?? lol! sorry! i had to add them on here, the circles on the sketch screamed for them! and this time, i decided to add little green buttons as the 'leaves' of the flowers - yay!

well there it is! thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 29, 2010

oh snap!

this little card is one of my favorites! and i think it goes perfectly with the challenge over at moxie fab for trigger tuesday: it's snowing gingerbread! here's the inspiration picture:

and here's my card:

i found a digital gingerbread man stamp adn then cut off the leg to make it jagged (like it snapped off!), added some google-y eyes (because they make everything better!) and the sentiment, of course! i used some tiny hero arts individual stamps and also some lawn fawn (bows & holly) for the 'christmas' part

i think the color combination really works and the patterned paper sort of looks like falling snow - but shh, it's only white polka dots! :) i added some buttons - because what's a gingerbread man without buttons? :) and then popped up both the sentiments and the gingerbread man for some added dimension.

happy monday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

a little slice of fun

a card! a card! i finally made another card! ha ha! you know, i just had to take a quick break from cards for a while. but i'm back! and this latest card fits with two challenges! :) yay!

the first challenge is ead designs with a fun and inspiring color challenge:

yeah, it's pretty rad. i know!
the second challenge (one of my favorites!) is for wee memories, 'a touch of pink' - another great challenge!

and with those challenges combined, i have created this little slice of fun!

i used four different kinds of ribbon as the background! i love how bright, and festive and fun it is - despite being a christmas card! i used a punch to create the snowflakes and i wanted it to seem like the little reindeer was frollicking through snow! which, oh yeah, the reindeer stamp and sentiment were created using lawn fawn stamps!

i paper pieced and popped up the reindeer and the sentiment for some dimensional fun! oh, and i tried to make the snowflakes curl and look random...but i'm not sure how well that turned out! lol!


i got sketchy

the gals at get sketchy changed things up a bit this week and challenged people to create a card that was inspired by something around our house. well i live in an apartment, and while i work in my office/scrap room, i stare out 2 windows at the other apartment complexes. so that's what inspired this card!

i have been eyeing that hero arts stamp (the buildings one!) for ever! and i decided to just buy it! i had this card in my mind for a while, and i used it as an excuse to get it! lol! the popped up house is heat embossed with red (bright, deep red - which i love!). i added the green ribbon to add to the christmas-y feel.

the sentiment i created from lawn fawn's harold's abc's - and it stained them red (darn stayz-on red stamp pad! lol!) but danielle at girlracer scrap told me not to be sad, it was just love on the stamps. lol! touche!

i added a small nestabilities die cut and two unmatching buttons for a touch of something...i don't know what, but i really liked the red up there too.

anyway, have a FANTASTIC and wonderful thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

some inspiration for my craft room

i love the colors this week at the play date cafe! have you seen them? first of all, green and teal - check check!! and then add in red. please. you had me at green and teal. :) so i decided since i love these colors so much to make two different wall art pieces to hang in my very barren craft/office! woah, i'm getting ahead of myself, here is the color inspiration:

and here are my wall hanging's:

they're sort of a combination of a piece of art, and a scrapbook page! lol! i saw these pieces of wood on sale at michael's and i thought...i can do something with vwa-la!
first off, here is the first one i made:

it's of me and my little mann - and he's wearing his hand knitted gnome hat - which was just too cute! sidenote: i've called him my little garden gnome since the day he was born. i used a stamp from wilson's designs for the polaroid and then lawn fawn's harold's abc's for the sentiment. i just love the colors!

and here's the second one:

it's of me and my husband. aww. again, how can you go wrong with the colors? you can't. but i digress. i made the felt hearts and sewed on some brown buttons (another color that goes absolutely fab with the others if you ask me!). the red foam letter stickers were from the dollar section at target last year during valentines day! they weren't quite vibrant red enough for me, so i used some glossy accents on them to make them have a little shine. :)

so, there they are. my inspiration pieces for my room! i am definately going to make some more. but i'm not sure if i want to continue using those colors, or switch up. because believe me, i could use those colors until they're gone! lol!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

a departure from the ordinary

ok. so i'm usually a card person. i mean, i love all kinds of crafts, crocheting, quilting, scrapbooking, kitting and cardmaking - i'll give anything a try! but in my entire scrapping-span i've only ever created scrapbooks for people. i love doing it! it gives me a goal and i just love looking at the finished project with them! :) but alas, i have none for myself. so i always wondered, if i were to start scrapping, where do i begin? i have my entire college days, marriage, moves, my son's life, more moves...! i mean it's overwhelming to pick a time to start scrapping for me, just for fun! :)

but i decided to just pick a time, and do it! so here it is! my first layout for me! i picked these pictures because it's been 2 years since one my bff's had (without going into too many medical details) a riduclously risky and radical surgery to remove her ridiculously rare and scary cancer - she survived! and has been cancer free for 2 years, so in honor of that, i decided to make my first page for her! :)

the sketch i used is from a new layout challenge i found (or danielle from girlracer scrap - i can't remember who found it!!) called pencil lines! and here it is:

here's my layout:

now be nice! i like it, but it's a little crazy, i think the b&w paper might be too much, but i couldn't stop using it! :) ha ha!

i made some more of my felt flowers and for the title 'team angela' i found some purple netting (you know, the kind that would hold marbles...or candy...or something like that) and put it around some white cardstock. i think it's awesome!! ha! there's also a 3rd picture of my husband, son and i wearing the 'team angela' t-shirts hidden as a tag with ribbon poking up. on the back of that is more journalling. i had to add the yellow ribbon because that's the color for childhood cancer - and that happened to be the kind of cancer she defeated (despite the fact that she was diagnosed at the age of 26!). i told angie that i made her a page, and that i made it in purples (her favorite color, and - fun fact alert - my least favorite color to craft with), but her yellow cancer ribbon totally clashed with my vision. we laughed about it, what else can you do? i just told her, cancer sucks and ruins everything. ha!

anyway, there it is! and tomorrow i'll be back to posting more cards! don't worry! :)
hope you guys had a great weekend!

Monday, November 15, 2010

your igloo or mine?

i made today's card for the challenge over at caardvarks! the challenge this time was to create a holiday card with a die cut! how fun! i thought this would be a super easy challenge, but it ended up being a tad difficult for me! i didn't want to go too cutesy...but oops - i did! darnit! ha ha! oh well!

the polar bear is cut from the cricut lite - live simply cartridge. how cute is he? and the igloo (lawn fawn - critters in the snow) was stamped onto white felt! :) i tore the bottom, white cardstock and popped it up for some dimension. and then i used (more) lawn fawn stamps for teh sentiment (harold's abc's & cozy christmas).

this is a totally playful card (perhaps a little too playful and silly for this challenge)! but try as i could to create a 'fancy' card, i just couldn't do it this time! oh well! i had fun making it, and that's what counts! hopefully it will put a little smile on your face too!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

i like you & some news

yay for friday! :) i bet you guys are as ready for the weekend as i am! :) i'm always ready!
i made today's card for the latest challenge at 2 sketches 4 you:

what a great sketch! it lets you be pretty flexible i think!
here's my take:

i wanted to use my new stamps from lawn fawn - critters in the snow (they're so cute!), i just had to figure out what to do with them! :) then i saw that ribbon (that i bought from the dollar section at target!!) and it hit me - make a winter themed card in summer-y colors! :) this card is a total juxtaposition: i mean, snowflakes in summer colors? lol! but i love it! it is very citrus-y and fun! and that's how i came up with the sentiment (i used harold's abc's from lawn fawn again)! it's just fun!

i paper pieced the penguins and then used some white felt for their bellies - so soft!
on a side note: i was chosen by kim at off the wall craftiness to be a guest designer for her blog!! oh my gosh - it's so exciting!!! i can't wait, and i wanted to share the awesome news! *squeal*

have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

wee memories birthday bash

today's card is for the challenge at wee memories! it's a birthday celebration over there because the blog is one year old! :) how exciting!

i used the the 'everything's owl right' stamp set from wilson's designs for the polaroid and sentiment (by the way, i love the polaroid stamp - so fun!). the animal stamps are paper pieced and are hero arts - super fab! they are just adhered straight onto the card. i popped up the balloons and the polaroids for some dimension (of course)!

i made this card while skype-scrapping with danielle at girlracer scrap. and i had everything but the balloons on it. i was like, 'see? it needs something.' and she suggested the balloons! duh! what was i thinking? what's a birthday card without balloons!? :)

i like how bright and happy it is - perfect for a birthday bash! :)


Monday, November 8, 2010

off the wall christmas-ness

today's card was made for the color challenge at off the wall craftiness! here's the inspriation and color swatch:

i decided not to go the thanksgiving route - despite the fact that these are classic thanksgiving and fall colors! i know, what's wrong with me? :)

instead, i made another christmas card!

it's totally easy, and could easily be made over and over (with different patterend paper to shake things up of course!) for multiple christmas cards! that was my logic behind this! the outline for the sentiment was part of a stamp (it said, 'i'm so sorry', but i really just liked the outline for this card! so i didn't use the sentiment it came with!) and the sentiment is a different stamp, but it fits perfectly! i don't know who the stamp is by though, i borrowed it from danielle at girlracer scrap! for some added dimension, i used some foam squares to pop it up.

anyway, it's easy peasy! and fun! i think with the patterned paper i used and the way the sentiment is lined up, it gives this simple and clean card a bit of whimsy. :)


simply modern

i have to start off by saying what a fantastic weekend i had! i hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well! danielle from girlracer scrap came up to visit for the weekend, and i had so much fun!! she's the best! we went to an awesome carnival on saturday and then did a 12 hour crop on sunday!! yikes!

anyway, on to the card - i made this for the challenge at everything but the kitchen sink. i have to say, i. love.these.colors. ha!!! they're my favorite, for sure! :) check out this inspiration:

yeah, enough said, i know. :)
here's my card:

i made those felt flowers by cutting out 3 different sized circles and then i sewed a button on. the stamp is from hero arts and i really love it!

this card us super modern and minimalistic, but i still like it! maybe it's the colors!