Baby Girl

I made this card for Liesl to send to a friend who is expecting a little girl soon.

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I followed one of my favorite Mojo Monday sketches to make this card. I used two old Stampin’ Up! sets for this card…on was even a sale-a-bration set! This DP is Echo Park (I believe) that I picked up at Archivers on sale.

Look for this card on Etsy soon, I will also post a boy version as well!

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8 Is Great!

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I want to wish my boyfriend Jordan a very happy 8 year anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been able to put up with each other for this long! Kidding, we have so much fun together and he truly is my best friend. I created this card for him today.

I was dying to use my new MME Chalk paper pack so he gets a little pink on his card. I also used a Mojo Monday sketch for this card. I haven’t played along in months, but I’m thinking I’ll have to get back into Monday sketches soon.

I’m not sure what we have planned for this evening. He tends to surprise me (which I hate), but I might have a few tricks up my sleeves too! Thanks for checking things out today, tomorrow I share an adorable card I made for our God Son!

Happy 3rd Birthday

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Today is our God Son’s 3rd Birthday! He is really into cars and trucks and trains right now so I thought this Lala Land Crafts Luka with Truck would be the perfect image for his birthday card.

I used a Mojo Monday Sketch from February as my starting off point and changed a few things based on how my image and panels fit together. I keep using MME Lime Twist paper for all of the cards I make for boys…it’s great patterned paper…but I need new boy theme papers.

Two Of A Kind

I learned Friday night that trying to create a post from my tablet was not an easy task. So this post is a little later than I had planned, but at least I’ve been successful in its creation. I was working with the MojoMonday Sketch 275 while trying to catch up on all my favorite sketches when I was inspired by two different stamp sets.

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For the first card I used Verve To The Moon. I know for Mojo sketches Verve stamps are not required, but sometimes they are the best inspiration to use the stamps and I always look through my Verve stamps first when working with a Mojo sketch. My collection is limited, but I truly love and use my Verve stamps regularly.

For this card I used Stampin’ Up Ridinghood Red, Old Olive, and So Saffron CS with My Minds Eye Summer Splash DP. I used a left over piece of Denim Ribbon from a card I made earlier to create the horizontal line on the card.

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For my next card I switched the orientation of the sketch and omitted one part. I used Papertrey Inks Boy Basics: Truckin It stamp set and die set for this card. I have had this set in my collection for a while, but hadn’t used it until now. I love how this card turned out with this set. I’ll be on the hunt for more sketches that will suit this set.

I used all the same supplies, except I added SU Brilliant Blue (R) CS. Inside both cards I added a strip of the MME Summer Splash DP.

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Thank you for visiting today. I’m almost caught up with all the sketches and challenges I’ve missed..but I seem to be finding some great inspiration out there so I might be adding some new sketches to my rotation.

Happy Birthday Cake

I created this card using the Mojo Monday Sketch #266 from this past Monday. I’ve been itching to stamp and get back to my sketch challenges…and this one couldn’t have turned out better! Today is a new friend of mines birthday. We are going wine tasting this weekend so I will give her the card then. It was great to have freedom of creativity on this card since I didn’t have to worry about mailing it.

I used some of my favorite MME-Lime Twist DP to compliment the fun Verve Stamps-Birthday Bash cake stamp. I love using my MFT Fishtail Flags STAX to make banners and sentiment strips.

Twin Flower Girls

I was commissioned by a skating friend to make two flower girl cards for her to ask twins to be her flower girls in her wedding. I created these light and girly cards that are similar, but not the same as requested. The most challenging part was using the same image and same colors to create two different cards without making one “better” than the other. So I used the same layout and just switched sides for each element.

She also asked me to make a ring bearer card as well. I used my favorite Mojo Monday sketch from August 2011 again! Her colors were champagne and white. so I used some gold accents to make it a little more dimensional.

 

I’m back…

Thank you for visiting me today and I apologize for the “radio” silence for most of October. I just got a little overwhelmed with all of my commitments during the last two and a half weeks.  Between my full time job and part-time plus schooling I have been wiped out at the end of the week.  Not to mention the Tigers post season action keeping me up to the wee hours of the night!

As many of you have read I do most of my stamping and crafting on Wednesdays while I am off work. The past two Wednesdays I have been watch my 2 year old God Son during the day. And the Wednesday before that I spent 6 hours changing my hair color! Everything that has taken me away from my stamping and crafting in the last two weeks has been completely worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing, but I miss my creative outlet!

Today I have to share with you the Christmas cards I made for my skating friends last year. A little background: I have been a nationally and internationally competitive figure skater for 9 years as a member of a synchronized skating team, before that I was a singles skater where I mostly completed at local competitions and built my skills at testing sessions. During the 2002-2003 competitive season I skated with the Ann Arbor Hockettes. The Hockettes were founded by Dr. Richard Porter and were the first synchronized skating team (back then they called it precision). I also skated with several of my team mates as an adult in 2008. From 2003-2007 and again from 2010-2012 I skated with the Western Michigan University Synchronized Skating Teams as a collegiate and adult skater. With both teams I won various medals and awards, but my favorite part was being a member of a team and building lasting friendships.

I made these cards for the WMU Alumni team last year. Each skater received a personalized card matching their hair color as closely as possible. I used my favorite Mojo Monday sketch from August 2011 for these cards and plan to use this sketch over and over and over again! I LOVE IT!

I’m pretty sure this was also the time I discovered my love for My Minds Eye papers! I loved this collection of Christmas papers so much that I’ve had a hard time finding papers that I like just as well. I have picked up both of the current MME Christmas themed papers and had some creative success with both, but not like this pack! I believe that my 6×6 paper pack has about 3 full sheets left and I ordered nearly every pattern in 12×12 3 or 4 times over! This is also the first card I used bakers twine on. I ordered the maraschino red twine directly from thetwinery.com. I have sooooo much red twine!

Although I don’t have nearly as many cards to send out this year as I did last year, I am still looking forward to creating and sharing them. I haven’t been terribly inspired by many of the holiday stamps that I have seen so far this year. I may have to dig deep into my stash to create projects that I’m proud to give away. I have 5 Wednesdays until the deadline I have given myself to have all of my Christmas cards finished and ready to be mailed out. That’s a little scary! I better get to work!

Sweetest Thing

I made this beauty for the Mojo Monday challenge #261. I used some sweet MME DP called Sweetest Thing-Tangerine. I stamped my Cute-a-tude PI on white CS and diecut the circle using nesties. I also paper pieced her dress to tie all the colors together. When I was finished with the sketch I thought it needed something to make it a bit more special so I added the Zva Creative crystal swirls.

I find that I put sentiments on the front of many of my cards, but this on looked cluttered when I tried. I’ll have to be extra careful to put a thoughtful message inside. I think this will be the card I send to one of my college roommates for her birthday that is coming up very soon!

My Very First Digi

I’ve been wanting to share this card I made for my God Son for his birthday this year. I used my favorite CC Designs Digi Image….Ballon Trevor! Believe it or not this is actually the first card I made with this image and it’s one of the first digi images I bought. Prior to this I was strictly an ink to rubber/clear polymer to paper girl, but after taking Suzanne Dean’s CMC Copic workshop for beginners and using digi images there I became more brave with my image medium.

I was inspired to make this card after searching “birthday” or “birthday bash” in the SCS gallery and viewing this card by Dawn Easton (treasureoiler). At the time I found this card I didn’t really do any of the challenges on SCS or other popular sites on a regular basis like I try to do now. Come to find out this was a Mojo Monday sketch in August of 2011. I really liked the composition of the card and I was definately drawn to the colors and the DP that was used. This would have been the first card I shared on my blog, but I wanted to give proper credit to my inspiration not just credit to the sketch so I had to do a little more research. I really do love this sketch and I’ve used it over and over again with different images which I think is a tell tail sign of a perfect sketch! Hopefully you will see more variations of this card as you follow along…I really really like it!

I never intented to “follow” any one stamper or group of stampers. Obviously we all tend to like the same or similar styles as our own or styles we aspire to recreate. I kept finding that I would randomly enjoy cards made by the same people when I would browse the daily “new additions” to the SCS gallery. TreasureOiler happened to be one fo them. I find she has crisp clean well “organized” creations which is something I aspire to have in my creations. I also love many of the same companies she loves!

On another note…I have a tendancy to use a stamp to death (as you can see)! I have so many great stamps and supplies so one of my challenges to myself is to make cards and creations with all of the great products I have in my collection. Now I just need to find a way to plan or organize this challenge to myself!

Thanks So Much

I find that I need thank you cards at the most inopportune times to run down to the “craft cave” and whip up a card. So I’m trying to build up my stash of pretty and useful thank you cards. I liked this sketch for a thank you card because there wasn’t a need for a focal image. Sometimes I have time to make a specific thank you card where I can really tailor the card to the recipient with a thoughtful image, but when I can’t I don’t want to “make” an image fit an occasion or recipient. This type of card is prefect for the “ready made” stash!

I used some of my favorite MME papers (Miss Caroline-Dilly Dally and Dolled Up and On the Bright Side-One) with my new favorite Mini Rolled Rose Die-namics Die from MFT. I’ve been trying the no matte look which I really loved on last weeks MOJO Monday card sketch.

Supplies:

Verve Stamps Grateful Elegance, MME-Miss Caroline Dill Dally and Dolled up & On the Bright Side One, SU So Saffron CS and Ribbon & Regal Rose CS, MFT-Flower & Leaf Trio Die-namics, Mini Rolled Rose Die-namics, & puff cloud felt, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, and Nesties.