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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Something fun

It's been a while since I've posted anything. Work has me tied down with very little time for posting and creating. I came across a YouTube video showing how to make a cardstock mini album. It is super easy, takes very little supplies, and oh so fun to make. I've made about seven already.

I made a few as gifts for three of my co-workers. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I changed them up a bit from the video, but the base idea stayed the same.

Here is the video.

This was the first one I made. It was for another teacher in my department. She just had her first two grandchildren within months of each other.

I'm crazy about paper flowers and glitter.

This is the first page. It's 6x6.

As you open each page there's more and more. It's similar to a gate style card.

I added pockets for tags. I wanted more space for pictures.

It just keeps going.

The center is the final page. It's a tri fold.

Front of tri fold.

Back of tri fold.

The very back. I thought a nice picture would look really cute here.

I hope you've enjoyed this. If you have questions just ask.

Happy stampin' and scrappin'!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thankful Florets

A quick little post. I made this card a week ago but never got around to posting it. It has been a crazy start to this school year and I'm finding less and less time to do the things I love, let alone have time for my family.

I'm still making thank you cards for the para-educators in my department. I'm wanting to make sure each one is carefully and specially made. They are very special friends.

Inkspirations Challenges #83 is a cute sketch that gave me a bit of trouble. So many fun layers that it took me forever to decide what papers I wanted to use. I was quite stumped. Check out the sketch.

Don'tcha just love all the different layers? Here is my take on it.

I chose to ruffle ribbon instead of using a strip of cardstock. I chose to use only one patterned paper because of the multiple layering. It's simple but I love it.

Again, another handmade flower. And of course, I had to add glitter.

Card recipe: all items by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock- marina mist, chocolate chip, whisper white, certainly celery
Pattern paper- Greenhouse Gala
Stamps- Fabulous Florets
Scallop border punch, large and small round scallop punch
Ink- basic black, marina mist, old olive
Dazzling diamond glitter

Thank you for visiting!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sunny Florets

Finally had some time to relax and catch up with some of my most favorite friends, the girls from West Coast Croppers, my local scrapbooking group.

I didn't work on any albums, but I did make some well over due cards. I needed some 'thank you' cards for the para-professionals that work in my dept. They have been super supportive with the new changes and leader transition. I'm blessed to have a great group of girls to assist me. They truly are the ones that keep our dept. going.

This first card is also for Stampin' Royalty's challenge #85. This week was a sketch challenge. Another fun sketch.

Don'tcha just love it. Here is my take on it.

The stamp set is Fabulous Florets by Stampin' Up! Such a great set. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. It was one of those purchases that you just buy just because nothing else is calling out to you. Glad I bought it.

One of the flowers is layered with a second cut out image. I curled the flower petals just a bit to add some dimension. The leaves were cut out, curled and then glued down. The pumpkin pie paper ribbon strip was distressed in order to break down the fibers and pull the layers apart. This gave the strip a velvety texture.

I'm totally digging this stamp set and this card. When you get a chance, head on over to Stampin' Royalty and check out all the wonderful creations. You will have plenty of eye candy to make you drool.

Card recipe: All supplies from Stampin' Up!
Pattern paper-greenhouse gala, retired
Cardstock- pumpkin pie, old olive, chocolate chip, marina mist, whisper white
Stamps- Fabulous Florets, Friendly Phrases
Crystal lacquer, chalk, embossing template, brad, oval, and scallop punch

Thanks for looking. Happy Saturday!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Finally...Greenhouse Thank You~ Mojo Monday 203

Finally, something done, uploaded, and blogged. And just minutes before the deadline...nothing like waiting until the last minute. Mojo Monday always has amazing sketches ready to get you going for the start of each week. If you need inspiration head on over there and be inspired.

Mojo 203 sketch

Fun, fun, fun sketch, as always. This time I did not reach inside my scrap bins, but instead decided to use something from my Stampin' Up! retired bins.

I'm using Greenhouse Gala from Stampin' Up!. Love this paper. Again I chose to use a handmade flower. I really can't seem to get enough of them. And making them is so fun and therapeutic in a way. I added some tendrils of chocolate chip and wispy leaves of certainly celery. The dimension is just yummy.

The sentiment is from the Just Believe set by Stsmpin' Up! I used marina mist to stamp it on the tag. I stamped a second and third generation of the sentiment just below the original stamped image. It's difficult to see in the picture. I dusted the flower with some dazzling diamond glitter. You know me, always has to glitter something. The blue pattern paper was embossed with the polka dot embossing folder and then lightly inked with marina mist.

The tag punch was punched from whisper white and layered on a tag punched from chocolate chip. I inked the white in marina mist. I added a thin strip of Greenhouse Gala and then adorned with some baby blue rhinestones.

Card recipe:
All items, except rhinestones and ribbon are from Stampin' Up!
Cardstock- certainly celery, chocolate chip, whisper white, and marina mist
Pattern paper- Greenhou Gala
Ink- chocolate chip, marina mist, old olive, and certainly celery
Punches- scallop flower, scallop border, and tag
Stamp set- Just Believe
Dazzling diamond glitter, polka dot embossing folder

Thank you for looking. Hop on over to Mojo Monday and check out the amazing projects.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

So forgetful these days...

Going back to work after having the summer off has been a bit of a challenge. I can't seem to remember what I need to get done. My mind is still on vacation. I think I may need to start keeping a calendar handy.

One thing I keep forgetting to do is post my cards or projects on time for the various challenges that are out in the blogging world.

Mojo Monday sketch challenge 202 was one of my favorite sketches of the week. I used the sketch to make a card for a co-worker. I failed to take pics of the card. Later in the week wanted to use up the scraps so I made another card using the sketch, only I changed it up a tad. This is the Mojo Monday sketch.

Isn't it awesome? My second attempt at this sketch incorporated all the same papers.

Only this time I rotated the sketch and made a much larger flower. I used two different size scallop punches. I distressed the pieces by folding them back and forth. This allowed the paper to separate so I can pull them apart. One side is velvety. I alternated the velvety side and normal side to layer the pieces. I used the smaller scallop punch for the center of the flower. It made it look more fuller. I topped it off with a rhinestone. The leaves are ribbon.

Instead of three ribbon strips I chose to use three rows of small rhinestones.

The inside of the card is edged with strips of the same paper. Doing this helps me use up my scraps. You'll notice that this card is using all the same papers as the card in my previous post. Again, both of these cards were made with scraps.

Card recipe:
Patterned paper by My Mind's Eye
Cardstock by Stampin' Up!
Stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink by Stampin' Up!
Scallop, scallop border, and tag punch by Stampin' Up!
Rhinestones, ribbon

Thanks for looking. If you need some inspiration or feel the you lost your mojo, head on over to Mojo Monday.

Happy stampin' and scrappin'!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sympathy Challenged

I love card making and trying to have a wide assortments of cards on hand. I even bought a really nice spinning card rack from a gift shop that was closing. This rack holds up to 175 cards...hahaha, and I must say, it's filled.

Yesterday, one of the teachers got word that her father passed away. One of the gals in my department said she would go out and purchase a card. Instead, I offered to bring one from home, from my card rack. After all, I have 175+ right at my fingertips.

I searched and was certain I had a 'sympathy' card, but to no avail did I find one. With very little time available I needed to get one made. I had no time to design something or be overly creative so I searched many of the blogs I peruse and came across a wonderful sketch. It was perfect and I didn't have to spend time coming up with a design because some wonderful person already did it for me.

Isn't this a wonderful sketch design? I found it at Inkspiations Challenge.

This is what I came up with.

These scraps were left over from a previous 'get well' card that I made for another co-worker. The photo does not do the card or colors justice. The inside of the card looks like this...

I had so much fun making this card and it was so quick to get done thanks to Inkspiration Challenge Blogs.

Card recipe:
Cardstock -SU!, melon mambo, certainly celery, whisper white
Patterned paper- My Mind's Eye
Scallop punch- SU!
Stamp set - SU!, Thoughts &Prayers
Accessories- rhinestones, ribbon, Cuttlebug, embossing folder

I just love how this card turned out. Today my dept. signed the card and gave it to the math teacher. She loved and was very appreciative. The greatest joy about making cards is being able to share them with people and making them smile.

Thanks for looking, and as always, Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'


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