Remember when you were a kid and went to summer camp? I didn't do it often (three times only as a matter of fact), but those three weeks are some of the more vivid memories from my childhood. That and riding my bike into a parked trailer, don't ask. I usually went everywhere with my sister, so two years of church camp were with my sister by my side, but one year I went to Girl Scout camp all on my own. We crafted, we hiked, we sang songs by the campfire. We slept in raised platform "tents" which to me was very much like living in the wild, especially considering we used portable pottys- yech! Not really "roughing it" by any stretch of the imagination, but for me it was a stretch to my sensibilities and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Well, this summer, Brandy and I decided to go to camp together. Well, o.k. it's not really camp, but somehow my mind associates the feeling with those long summer days at camp. Since neither of us could afford to take the time off for a proper camp in the woods, we signed up for an online Summer Card Class offered by Paper Crafts Connections Go-To-Gals. Each week we receive a color challenge to create a card with a specified color combination. During the following few days, ideas and techniques are shared to inspire our creativity. This means that we will be attempting to create and post cards made for the challenges. Today, I'm sharing my creation for this week's challenge.
Let Sweet Moments Fill Your Day Card by Andie
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Close to My Heart, Hero Arts
Ink: Close to My Heart Buttercup and Cranberry, Brilliance Dew Drop Pearlescent Sky Blue
Rhinestones: Studio 18
Baker's Twine: Boxer Scrapbook Productions
Just for You Card by Andie
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
Stamps: Close to My Heart
Ink: Close to My Heart Cranberry
Rhinestones: Studio 18
Ribbon: Boxer Scrapbook Productions
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Earlier this year I was surprised and pleased to find my name on the Paper Crafts Connections blog as having won a random drawing to receive a prize package. You can see the prize package in this previous post. It took me a while, but I finally finished some cards from the supplies provided. I tried to vary the uses just to play around and see what I could do.
|The first pair of cards|
The You Always Lift My Spirits card combined a coordinating teal cardstock card with a paper from the American Crafts City Park paper line. This checkered print was one of my favorite, so I quickly pulled it out first to create a card.
The Thank You card was made using the Thickers cardstock letters. The original color of the Thickers was too bright and created too much contrast for the paper I selected. So I covered them with
My final creation was very simple. I wanted to play with craft paper and color. I used the same balloon stamp and a green Glaze pen. The stitching and the dots on the stamped image are also the green Glaze pen.
The 3-D effect of the Glaze pen is better demonstrated in this close up. A couple of the button brads in the American Crafts coordinating set provides a focal point on a piece of ribbon adhered to the green cardstock frame. I can't say that I am overly pleased with the result- not my best outing. However, I thought that I would share it just as an example of how I'm not always successful in my execution, but inspired by the attempt. I definately won't use that green Glaze pen in the same way again. Live and learn. Maybe I'll give this card to our St. Bernard, Abby. See, the sound of the hot air balloons firing to lift and stear the balloon carries a great distance. We regularly have hot air balloons drift over our house as a popular landing space is a couple miles South of where we live. Abby is very vocal- barking and hopping and generally alarming us- when the "danger from the skies" float over our house firing and stearing toward their descent. One thing is for sure, I am thankful that I will never die unknowingly from a hot air balloon attack. Thanking Abby might be a very good use for this card!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Here's another name banner Katie made for a friend. The letters were cut out with the Cricut cart Quarter Note (Font1) at 6 inches. All four letters are the captial letter version. The flowers are cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet in various sizes.
The card was made from scraps of yellow and green cardstock inked with brown chalk ink to tie in the papers used to make the flowers. Since a 12 year old is doing the decorating, the flowers were very simple- no inking, very little bending, etc. However, it still made a lovely finish and I think Jade enjoyed her gift.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
It has taken me a bit, but I wanted to post pictures of The Button Farm's Mini-Book. This mini-book is from a class we took at the CK Scrapbook Convention in Mesa, AZ in April. We talked about the convention (if you've never been to one- I highly recommend it) in a recent post. This cute book was a really fun class, moves fast and gave some good ideas how to use paper crafting collections by folks such as Basic Grey. Here's a sample of what the finished product looks like.
Ribbon and sticker boarders were combined to create the decorative effect on this page. Setting these boarders next to the scalloped edge of the acryllic page is especially charming. The overlays are adhered over patterened paper to create a create place for journalling.
I hadn't yet finished the 1 inch loose leaf rings that hold the book together, but tying off bits of fibers and ribbon will finish the look. The paper and embellishments are all Basic Grey's Marjolaine line. If you are looking for a quick gift to make that provides a lovely style, please check out the Button Farm and their projects.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I am much delayed in posting my Mother's Day cards. I don't know how other bloggers do it. The debate- post before you give or after?- is not a one I feel I've conquered. Those that might receive my efforts are not extremely likely to view the blog, but they might. So, I've always sort of resolved to wait to post until after I've given the card or gift. This delay causes me to get distracted and suddenly weeks have passed. Still, sharing is sharing inspiration is inspiration nonetheless, so here goes.
The flowers are from a gift pack given to me. They've been sprayed with Glimmer Mist to give them the shiny finish and the apparent texture you see on the large pink flower. The sentiment on the outside was stamped with a Martha Stewart stamp using yellow ink stamped under a red ink. The frame was cut using the Cricut, though for the life of me I can't remember which cart. The stems come from a pack of 3 ft. long decorative reeds that I purchased for my office. Some of the smaller pieces broke off during the assembly of the display and I saved them for cards. I think this is a perfect use, don't you?
Hopefully, this card can inspire you. Both Brandy and I rarely recreate a project exactly from a recipe. This is one reason you don't see highly detailed recipes on our blog. We would rather encourage your own creativity. Find what you like about a design and try to recreate it. Give yourself a lot of forgiveness for not getting it perfect- I have to. Be amazed that your design might even result in something you like more than the original. I think I can say that I accomplished this in my replication of that original design.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
My daughter, Katie, is a pitcher on a recreation fast pitch softball team. My husband, Dan, has been coaching her for the past couple of seasons. It is a beautiful thing to watch dad and daughter together. They truly enjoy the time together in a way that is visibly joyful. The other fun part of the whole experience is getting to interact with ten other lovely young ladies who are also on the team. Twelve-year-olds are entertaining! Since I help by keeping score in the dugout each game, it is my pleasure to participate in generating thank you gifts to the girls.