Saturday, September 27, 2008

Robot & Princess Gift Card Holders

Thanks Kristina for the great instructions and template for these gift card holders! Like Kristina, I started my gift card holders with kraft paper. I love kraft paper. This project is also for the Verve "Gettin' Krafty" challenge (VVPP06). Kristina's instructions didn't call for Velcro closures, but I added them.

I made these gift card holders, because we were invited to a birthday party today at my friend
Rebecca's house. Her son and daughter were celebrating their 7th and 5th birthdays. My sweet hubby started getting a sore throat the other day. I started getting a sore throat last night. I didn't sleep well, either. Kalino had been looking forward to the party because it was a pirate/costume party. He had his pirate costume ready. He was an upset little "Jack Sparrow" when I told him we weren't going to the party, because we didn't want to spread our virus around. Rebecca was going to have crafts for the kids and she was serving Hawaiian food. Rebecca and her husband are like my Sweetie and I...we love Hawaii!

Robot Gift Card Ingredients
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy (SU)
Paper: Kraft, Mr. Roboto DSP (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: 3/4" circle punch, foam tape, Making Memories brads, Velcro, Tombo glue
Princess Gift Card Ingredients
Stamps: A Little Love (SU-retired), Clear Stamps Greetings (Heidi Grace)
Paper: Kraft, white, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip DSP, Pretty in Pink DSP (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: scallop edge punch, Stickles, dimensionals, rhinestone (Michael's), colored pencil, Making Memories brads, Velcro, Chocolate Chip Polytwill ribbon, pink ribbon (Michael's), Making Memoires eyelet, Tombo glue

Week 8 Voting Open for Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge

Happy Saturday, everyone! The voting is now open for week 8 of the Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge on Theresa's blog. Today and tomorrow (until 7 PM CST on Sunday*) you can vote for my entry on her blog by adding a comment to the following blog entry.

I would also like to encourage all of you to enter the competition next week. Theresa has great blog candy each week, plus there is a larger prize at the end of the 12 weeks. It's fun!

Thanks, Anthonette

* Thanks to Kristina Werner for pointing out this time conversion website. For readers outside of Theresa's timezone in the USA, select September 28, 2008 and 7:00 PM. Select USA - Minnesota - St. Paul (Theresa's timezone) for the first location. Then, put in your location/time zone and press Convert time.

Friday, September 26, 2008

World Alzheimer's Day

I made these cards for 3 special women: my friend Cris and her sister, Tere' and Jen Tapler's mom, Susan. All 3 women have a loved one with Alzheimer's. Cris and Tere's 72-year old mom, Natalia was diagnosed about 2 years ago. Tere' lives with her parents and is one of the primary caregivers for Natalia. Cris travels over 100 miles most weekends to help and spend time with her mother. Jen Tapler's dad is only 57 years old. Her mom Susan is his primary caregiver. They retired early in Maui. This disease is terrible. In talking with Cris and reading Jen's blog, it's easy to see the toll this disease takes on the families. I had never thought to send cards to a caregiver. This was a pleasure to do.

Thank you Carolyn King for organizing this event! Her grandmother passed away from Alzheimer's. Today would've been her grandmother's birthday. She organized this event for World Alzheimer's Day which was on September 21st. She is a stamp designer for Gina K. She is donating 100% of her proceeds from this set to the Alzheimer's Association.

(Edited to Add: This card's layout was inspired by p. 141 of the Fall-Winter 2008 Stampin' Up catalog.)

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, All Holidays
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip DSP, Spring Silhouettes DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Other: Chocolate Chip Polytwill ribbon, dimensionals, scallop edge punch, clear embossing powder, Making Memories metal swirl

Handbag Challenge - Week #8

Just when I think these challenges can't get anymore challenging....they do! Theresa must be having a blast choosing the handbags. This week, the handbag is Lucky Brand Jeans Diamond Patch Tulip Satchel. The bag is a mixture of velvet, corduroy, canvas, and floral fabrics. It was these textures that were my main inspiration for this project.

A few weeks ago, Kristina gave us a curved template. I used the larger template to help me cut the sides of my card with a curve. I've had sheets of suede paper for years. This was a good opportunity to use these yummy papers. I stamped with the Priceless set on the suede paper with my Blanco Opaque White Dye Ink pad. This was also a good way to used small scraps of designer papers. My paper punch made it easy. The time-consuming part was hand-gathering the polytwill ribbon onto redline tape. You can't see in the photo, but about .5 inches from the top of the card I scored the entire length of the card to get a fold beneath the gathering.

I used my Sakura Gelly Roll white pen to do some faux stitching. What a difference that makes!

I threaded the polytwill ribbon through my button. I used several Zots to make sure it was secured. The sentiment is up on dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Priceless, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, suede paper in 7 different colors (Only the Best Los Gatos), various designer paper scraps
Ink: ColorBox Frost White, Blanco (Stampa Rosa), So Saffron
Other: Chocolate Chip Polytwill ribbon, Sakura Gelly Roll, Making Memories button, corner rounder, 15/16" square punch, white embossing powder, Kristina's template, redline tape & redline dimensionals (Jody Morrow's sticky sale), Zots

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Week 7 Voting Open for Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge

The voting is now open on week 7 of the Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge on Theresa's blog.

Today and tomorrow (until 7 PM CST on Monday) you can vote for my entry (or the competition) on her blog by adding a comment to the following
blog entry.

Thanks to Kristina Werner for pointing out this time conversion website. For readers outside of Theresa's timezone, select September 22, 2008 and 7:00 PM. Select USA - Minnesota - St. Paul (Theresa's timezone) for the first location. Then, put in your location/time zone and press "Convert time."

I would also like to encourage all of you to enter the competition next week. It's fun!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Box in a Bag

When I saw the inspiration photo for Theresa's Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge #7, I knew I wouldn't be creating a card. This Betsy Johnson "Flower Power" Tote is colorful and fun.
In my blog surfing, I'd seen many examples of a "box in a bag". I loved the tutorial by Diana Gibbs. Her photos and instructions were great. I had never made one before, so this was a fun first attempt.

I made the box base out of Basic Black cardstock. I then cut 20 1/8" strips of Basic Black cardstock and glued them on white (the black strips go all around the bag). I used flowers from Die-cut Blooms as my template for cutting others flowers in Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, and So Saffron cardstock. I used the dotted center from the large stamp in Eastern Blooms on the larger flowers. I covered chipboard in light copper foil paper.

It was a lot of cutting, Tombo Glue, and dimensionals, but it was fun. Thanks for looking!

Bag Ingredients
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, tiny leaf from Live Like You Mean It
Paper: Die-cut Blooms, copper (Only the Best Los Gatos), Monarch (Making Memories), white, Basic Black, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate,
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Groovy Guava, Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Other: corner rounder, chipboard tag, Tombo glue, dimensionals, red-line adhesive, flower punch, Making Memories rhinestone brad, ribbons(blog candy from Theresa & Michael's)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Hi everyone! I started this card for Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #23 with the persistent desire to use this thick pumpkin pie ribbon. I decided to use it like cardstock. The colors for this week's challenge are:

Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Old Olive, (and I choose white as my last color)

I got this basic layout idea from the SU Spring Summer '08 catalog (p. 19). I also used the 1/4" Bravo Burgundy ribbon like cardstock too. I stitched it and gathered it. On the upper background of the circle I used one of the stamps from Pocket Silhouettes with VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. On the bottom part of the circle, I stamped the Gracias stamp from Felicidades Siempre a few times (also with VersaMark ink...and again embossed with clear embossing powder).

I stitched around the circle with my sewing machine and used dimensionals to mount it on a large Chocolate Chip circle.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Felicidades Siempre, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, white, white textured cardstock (for the card base)
Ink: Old Olive, Baroque Burgundy (I don't have Bravo Burgundy), VersaMark
Other: Flower Fusion, Making Memories rhinestone brad, SU District Pumpkin Pie ribbon (Thanks Theresa for the blog candy!), Bravo Burgundy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder, foam tape, dimensionals

Monday, September 15, 2008

Para Ti

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I love the crayon resist technique. I just had to use it for Beate's Weekend Sketch #57. The crayon resist challenge was for the CCEE Stampers Blog.

I used an old (about 10 years old!) Kaleidacolor rainbow ink pad for this card. I'm surprised it still worked. I stamped the Priceless stamps with Memories black ink on glossy paper a while back. I used a white Crayola crayon and highlighted different areas. Using a brayer, I rolled ink onto the image. I love the effect. I used the same rainbow pad to ink up Para Ti.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Priceless, Tarjetas con Bordes Festoneados
Paper: textured Tangerin Tango, glossy white, Basic Black
Ink: Kaleidacolor Desert Heat, Memories Black
Other: scallop square punch, 1 9/16" square punch, foam tape, corner rounder, ribbon (Michael's), mini rhinestones (Michael's), Crayola white crayon, paper piercer

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Bird-Day to You!

I made this card in a rush yesterday for a friend's daughter turning 2. We were invited to her party. I hate rushing. I wish I could be like Julie Ebersole, she whips out amazing 5-Minute-Quickies (5MQs as she calls them...she's so funny).

Overall, I'm not happy with this card. The ribbon is too skinny. There is too much white-space...maybe I should've stamped more birds. I used the nice curved
template Kristina gave us on her blog. I still had origami paper on my desk from Friday's project, so that is the designer paper you see. I love the paper. I combined the bird from Pun Fun and the sentiment from all older SU set. I choose it because it's curvy.

In a tribute to talented Jenn (
KiyomiKrafts), I stamped the envelope too! You can see part of in at the bottom of the picture. In a lot of her YouTube videos, I'm always amazed at how much detail she puts inside the card and on the envelope. I never do that.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Pun Fun, Love Ya Bunches
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, white, origami paper
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Sakura white gel pen, Stickles, foam tape, ribbon, Kristina's

Friday, September 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

When I saw the inspiration handbag (Fossil Madeline Satchel) for Theresa's Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge #6, I immediately thought about sewing on paper. My Mom's birthday is next week, so this was a perfect time to make a card for her. She taught me to sew when I was about 10 years old.

This challenge is also a good excuse to pull out some very neglected supplies. I've had several packs of origami paper for years. I've also had this brown paper that looks like leather for a long time. I even have the matching brown envelopes.

I mounted several pieces of origami and brown paper on white cardstock. The seams of the paper were right next to each other. With my exacto blade, I cut 1/2" strips of paper at an angle. I lightly mounted the 1/2" strips to cream colored cardstock. I sewed each strip of paper onto the cream cardstock. I cut 4 pieces of 1/2" thick strips of the brown cardstock. I sewed them onto the base of the card. The circle buckles were made with the 2 sizes of circle punches. I attached very thin strips of brown cardstock to the circles to make a buckle. On some of the brown cardstock I rubbed VersaMark and used clear embossing powder to give it the look of a darker leather.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Silver foil (Only the Best Los Gatos), cream paper, leather-type paper (CA Paper Goods), origami paper (Hanko Designs)
Ink: VersaMark, Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Other: Clear embossing powder, sewing machine/thread, dimensionals, 3/4" & 1" circle punches

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Cris!

One of my dearest friends, Cris, has a birthday on September 11th. Her birthday dinner was abruptly cancelled 7 years ago during that terrible day in our country's history. Tomorrow, she is having a birthday dinner again. We won't be able to make it because of a previous commitment at Kalino's school. I hope she has a great party and a great day.

This card was created for Kristina's
Color Inspiration Challenge #22 . The colors this week are:

This is one of the rare weeks that I have all the cardstock colors. I don't have all the inks though. I was inspired by the collage in the Stampin' Up catalog on p. 161.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Eastern Blooms & All Holidays (SU), Asian Flair (Verve)
Paper: Soft Sky, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Regal Rose, white, & white textured paper
Ink: ColorBox Frost White, VersaMark, Soft Sky, Rose Red
Punches: Scallop square, 1 1/4" circle, 1 1/16" circle, Martha Stewart butterfly
Edited to Add: Forgot to list the SU scallop border punch...duh!
Other: foam tape, dimensionals, SU button, Felt Fusion flower, Making Memories rhinestone brad, silver beads (Michael's), rhinestone sticker (Michael's), white cording, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, corner rounder

Monday, September 8, 2008

Making a Halloween Card

Kalino's teacher asked all the parents to practice at home with using glues and scissors. He needs to be able to use Elmer's glue and glue sticks. He's never used liquid glue.

He's always loved using my paper punches, so he punched a bunch of bats and some white scalloped squares. While I was getting more supplies in my studio, he opened the Elmer's glue without me knowing. I came back to his desk to find bats drowned in glue. You could barely see any black cardstock! This is why we are practicing. He repunched more bats and more white squares. I showed him how to use Elmer's glue to glue the bats to the white squares. We let that dry and then he used a glue stick to glue the white squares to the card.
He didn't want the Happy Halloween stamp. He decided he wanted a stamp that says Boo! I don't have a stamp that says that. I'm seriously lacking in Halloween stamps. I never buy any because I usually don't have time to make any cards. I have individual letters that I mounted on an acrylic block. Here's his final card.

Have a good week everyone!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Martha Stewart
Paper: Basic Black, white, glossy paper (brayer with orange ink)
Ink: Basic Black, Memories orange
Other: Elmer's glue & glue stick, Martha stewart bat punch, SU scalloped square punch

Sunday, September 7, 2008


I love Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #56. I hadn't used my new stamp from SU. I love it in Spanish. Oops, I just realized I didn't taper off the edges of the ribbon. Oh well. Thanks for looking! Have a great week.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Tarjetas con Bordes Festoneados
Paper: textured Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, white, unknown DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, VersaMark
Other: Clear embossing powder, Sakura white Gelly Roll, foam tape, dimensionals, ribbon (Taylored Expressions)

Friday, September 5, 2008

I Want to Hold Your Handbag

Can you imagine the Beatles song with this title instead?

I didn't plan to make this particular card for for Theresa's Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge #5, but since I had silver foil paper, a perfect sized piece of chipboard and some textured cream colored paper, I had to use the architecture of the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Easy Way Satchel as my inspiration for this card. Almost every Tuesday evening, I take my son to storytime at the library. I was sitting next to a woman who had a Dolce and "Cabbana" purse. Even though it was a knock-off, it had this silver riveted tag on it. I used a slit punch repeatedly to get the look of a zipper opening. I used my silver gel pen to draw in the zipper. I have a buckle punch (I've never used it) that I used on silver foil paper to get the silver brackets. I cut out the middle part of the buckle for the look I wanted.

I also used the colors in the bag: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Red. I didn't use white, since I focused on the front of the handbag, and not the side.

After I finished the card, I couldn't figure out what sentiment to add to it. I reached for my Verve Feeling Groovy set and the idea came to me. I modified a Verve stamp by adding some individually stamped letters after "hand" to create "handbag". People, I may be pulling out this trick again for future competitions.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Feeling Groovy (Verve)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pink Pirouette, silver foil (Only the Best Los Gatos), cream textured cardstock (from Peru)

Ink: Rose Red
Other: Making Memories mini silver brads, corner rounder, SU slit punch, EK Success buckle punch, silver gel pen, dimensionals, chipboard

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thanks for the Blog Candy!

Thanks, Theresa, for the previous blog candy of yummy ribbons and the paper I received today! So great. Love it.

Theresa Forseth has a blog
Addicted to Stamps & Scraps. She's having a 12-week Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge. This is already week 5 of that competition. It's not too late to participate.

Vive con Propósito

I was already getting Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive colors ready when Mr. Brown appeared at my door with my first order from the latest catalog. Yeah, I've got the new colors and some new stamps...and some new punches! This week, Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #21 has these colors:

I don't have Regal Rose, but in my excitement of new supplies, I accidentally used Pink Pirouette instead of Rose Romance. I love the new sets in Spanish! Love them!!! I wish I could have the English versions too...but, I have Anthonette money, not Oprah money!

Card Ingredients

Stamps: Vive con Propósito

Paper: white glossy Kromekote, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss

Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Pacific Point

Other: Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, dimensionals, scallop edge punch, Fiskars slit punch, Making Memories button brads (the 5th Avenue collection)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dos Tarjetas de Feliz Cumpleanos (Two Birthday Cards)

I made two birthday cards. The first card for my mother-in-law was already in the mail box when I realized I hadn't photographed it yet. I had to run outside and get it back into the house. Her birthday is at the end of the week. I used Provo Craft designer paper on the front of the card. I cut out four flowers from leftover paper and mounted them on dimensionals. I added Stickles to the middle of the four flowers for some bling. The scalloped layer is white textured paper that I brayered with Rose Red ink. I don't have my SU scallop border punch yet, so this was made using a Slot Punch by Making Memories.
This second Feliz Cumpleanos card is for my friend, Rosa Elena. Her birthday is tomorrow. I used the same designer paper to make a slightly different card.

Card Ingredients (for both)
Stamps: Felicidades Siempre (SU)
Paper: white textured cardstock for the card base and scalloped edge, designer paper (Provo Craft), dot-textured paper (can remember where I got that)
Ink: ColorBox Black
Other: Stickles, Making Memories rhinestone brad, rhinestones (Michael's), black embossing powder, both ribbons (Target $ Spot), dimensionals (Jody's Sticky Sale)