July 31, 2009

happy birthday two you!

You'd think with an entire afternoon of paper crafting, I'd have more than one card to share. I managed to complete one card and have several others started. Who knows if I'll ever finish them!

For 365 Cards Day 150 - An "Eye" for an "I" the challenge is to use a homophone on your card. I made a computer-generated sentiment for this birthday card appropriate for a two year old. Hopefully it makes sense to more people than just me.

Even though I already have tons of paper, I bought this fun paper today at Hobby Lobby. It was just too cute for a birthday card. The ribbon (or maybe it's yarn?) I got from a swap several months ago. Kind of simple, but bright and fun for a little one. Thanks for looking!

July 28, 2009

365 Cards Day 149

For 365 Cards Day 149 - Try a Technique: Sponging, the challenge is to make a card using sponging. Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for work, so I made this:

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss some silver cardstock then used a sponge to ink it with black and white ink (I don't think the white ink really did much, though). I also inked the edges of the black cardstock with some silver ink. I've always done my inking with a cotton ball, and a sponge works much, much better. It give smooth, more even coverage and no little pieces of cotton stuck all over my card! Thanks for looking!

July 24, 2009

2S4Y Kazan's Sketch 31 & 365 Cards

Kazan's Sketch 31 at 2 Sketches 4 You:

My card:

I found this patterned paper when I was sorting through my craft supplies. I love it and didn't know I had anymore. I couldn't find a good spot for a sentiment, so I just left it blank. I'll probably add something inside later. The card is also for 365 Cards Day 141 - You Raise Me Up. I added dimension to the card by using layering, and I used foam squares to pop up the square. Thanks for looking!

July 23, 2009

you rock

The sketch for 365 Cards Day 141 - Super Sketchy Sunday:
And my card:

I really liked this sketch because it was a great way to use up some scraps. I knew there was a reason I save every little strip of paper! Thanks for looking!

July 22, 2009

Card Patterns/Use It!/365 Cards

I haven't been very productive making cards lately. I missed out on the Card Patterns challenge last week, but this week's sketch was too good to pass up:

The sketch worked well with Use It! challenge no. 19: use monochromatic scraps (I always have trouble with monochromatic but managed to use some pink scraps--my scraps are monochromatic but my card isn't!), add a tag or label (I made a tag), use at lease one of your favorite stamps (I really like the swirl stamp on the corners of the tag), add a layered flower (I used three layers of torn paper).

The card also works for last week's 365 Cards Day 138 - She Said, and I Quote. . . I've had this quote stamp forever but never used it. I'm not sure why, because it's kind of nice! Thanks for looking!

July 18, 2009

365 Cards Day 136 & 2S4Y Laura's Sketch 30

It was a busy week, so I only made one card. I combined challenges for 365 Cards Day 136 (make a card with black, white, and red) and Laura's Sketch 30 at 2 Sketches 4 You. The only red and white patterned paper I had was from an American Crafts Christmas pack, but I don't think it looks too Christmas-like (which is good since I made yet another birthday card).

Thanks for looking!

July 12, 2009

Caardvarks ShortCuts Sketch Challenge

I haven't been very good about participating in the Caardvarks challenges lately. The current challenge is a sketch challenge sponsored by ShortCuts, so I had to join in. Here's my card--
Thanks for looking!

Cardstock: Making Memories
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Scrappy Cat Superstar letters
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown, Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink
Die Cut/Punch: Sizzix star die cut, star punch
Other: twill tape, twine, fabric

July 11, 2009

365 Cards Day 129 - You Have Me in Stitches

I was pretty excited when I saw the 365 Cards Day 129 challenge was to make a card with stitching/sewing. I love using my sewing machine to embellish my cards. Then I read further to find the exact challenge was to "Stitch an image on your card. Not just around the outside of the card, but an actual image." I think my stitching might be considered a background or pattern instead of an actual image, but I love the way it turned out.

I used my sewing machine and five different colors of thread to stitch several lines and make a plaid pattern. It took a long time! If I ever do it again, I'll stitch on fabric instead of paper. The paper got so many holes in it that some of the stitching turned out a little crooked. I kept the sentiment pretty simple so I didn't cover up too much of the stitching. Thanks for looking!

July 10, 2009

2S4Y Kazan's Sketch 30 & 365 Cards Day 131

I combined two challenges to make a card based on Kazan's Sketch 30 at 2S4Y:

I also used this adorable ad from 365 Cards Day 131 - Ad Inspired:

I used the colors and patterns from the ad to make this fun, whimsical card:

I really like how it turned out. Thanks for looking!

July 9, 2009

365 Cards Days 128 & 130

I'm trying to make cards for all the 365 Cards challenges this week, but I'm already behind! I've got two to share for now. For 365 Cards Day 130 - That Tickles Me, the challenge is to make a humorous card. My sense of humor is usually a little on the mean/sarcastic side, so while I personally find my card funny, others may not see the humor.

I had this card idea for awhile and used part of an Old Navy bag I had been saving forever. I used my computer to print a sentiment inside:

For 365 Cards Day 129 - Card Recipe: 1 5x5 card, 1 Rub-on image (I only have rub-on sentiments so I used a "Happy Birthday" rub-on), 2 buttons, 1 Piece of patterned paper, 1 Piece of ribbon - NO BOW, 1 Sentiment inside the card (I used my computer to print a little message).

I made this card for my friend. We have the same birthday, so I always try to make a special "birthday buddy" card. I think she'll find the message inside funny (You're special! I don't share my birthday with just anybody.)

Thanks for looking!

July 4, 2009

365 Cards & Use It!

Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! It is unseasonably cool and misty for July in Omaha--not the best weather for outdoor festivities. We began our morning at the "parade" in Grandma's neighborhood with all the kids riding their bikes down the street. (I can't believe my 2 & 1/2 year old is riding a big boy bike!) I didn't get any pictures of my son on the fire truck this year because it had to leave right after the parade for an emergency call. Since I had the day off from work, I decided to spend nap time making a few cards and not feel guilty about "wasting" the afternoon. :)

For 365 Cards Day 126 - Show Your True Colors, I made this red, white and blue card:
It took me much longer than it should have, but sometimes I have a hard time making a nice, simple card! It's just textured navy cardstock and white linen cardstock that I embossed the bottom with the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder. The sentiment is computer generated, and the ribbon is a 10 cent bargain I bought at Michael's last year after the 4th of July.

I also made a card for my niece's birthday that combined 365 Cards Day 124 - Do-it-Yourself: Computer Generated and Use It! challenge no. 17.

For the Use It! challenge:
1. Use your newest papers. (DCWV Animal Crackers)
2. There has to be a name on the card. (I made a computer-generated sentiment with my niece's name.)
3. Use at least one button. (I didn't even realize this was part of the challenge until I sat down to type my post. Fortunately, I used a button!)
4. Use your sewing machine, if you have, or try to stitch, a tiny piece, by hand. (I love my sewing machine, and I do a lot of sewing on my cards.)

Thanks for looking!

July 3, 2009

Caardvarks Window Card

I haven't participated in a Caardvarks challenge in awhile. I managed to make a window card for the current challenge:

I used my favorite Cuttlebug heart die to cut out the window to show the computer-generated sentiment inside. The patterned papers are Martha Stewart, and I added some machine stitching. It's kind of plain, but I'm not sure what else it needs--and I'm almost out of time! Thanks for looking!

July 2, 2009

365 Cards Day 122 & Card Positioning System 122

I have one more card to share that combined 365 Cards Day 122 and CPS Sketch 122. I'm not completely happy with how it turned out, but I've made so few cards this week I'm going to show it anyway. :) The sketch:

And my card:

Since most of my stuff is in storage (the basement project will be getting underway soon!), I used the only wrapping paper I had. It's some cute birthday wrap I saved from my son's first birthday. Because it's used, it is a little wrinkled. I think I'll send this card to my brother. It's probably a little childish for an almost 31 year old, but it's the most masculine card in my stash right now! Thanks for looking!

2S4Y Laura's Sketch 29 & Use It! Challenge no. 16

I had a chance to make a card today for Laura's Sketch 29 at 2 Sketches 4 You:

My card:

I combined this with Use It! Challenge no. 16:
1. Use something inspired by nature--the leaf patterned paper
2. Use polka dots--patterned paper and ribbon
3. Use your favorite embellishment--stitching, ribbon, and a button
4. Mail your creation to someone special--I made a birthday card, so I'll be sure to send it to someone soon!

Thanks for looking!