Thursday, July 31, 2008

Happy to Sew a Birthday Card

I made this card the other night, but I figured I would let Blogger post it for me while I'm out of town.

I stamped the large image from the Fresh Cuts set on the large Pumpkin Pie flower. I don't know if I like just makes the flower look dirty. I also stamped that same stamp on the scallop circle and the chipboard button. Since the chipboard has glossy paper, I stamped it with gold Brilliance ink. I love Brilliance inks.

The only adhesive I used on this card is holding the flower layers together. The brown textured paper and the ribbons are sewn onto the cardstock. I had the sewing machine out since I was hemming some new shirts, so I figured I should use the machine on a card. My old sewing machine is on its last leg, plus it only does a straight stitch. I could use a new one!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: River Rock, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie Die-cut Blooms, brown textured paper (I don't know who makes it)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock, Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Other: Large Button Chipboard (Target $ bin), American Crafts stripped ribbon, celery ribbon (Michael's)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Holographic Happy Birthday

As a kid, I loved holograms. As an adult, I still love holograms. When I saw this gift card at Target, I had to get one for my niece Alyssa. She's turning 10 soon. Since I had to make this card quick, I decided to use the gift card as the focal point of the card. Super fast!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Real Red
Other: BasicGrey ribbon, Making Memories brad, foam tape, corner rounder

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy 18th Birthday

I'm in a rush to pack, but I need to create 3 cards before we leave. Three nieces are celebrating birthdays in the next few weeks. We fly out bright and early tomorrow morning.

This card is for Analisa who turns 18 on Aug 6th. I like gift cards...receiving and giving. I don't know how to shop for girls anymore, so this gift is a no-brainer. I wanted to design a card around the gift card.

This card started with some BasicGrey paper that is part of a
Matchbook Kit. I rubbed the raw chipboard with Rose Red ink.

The matchbook flap is attached to the pink cardstock with eyelets. The paper on the inside of the flap is yummy. I got it from my local scrapbook store. It it almost like cloth. I can't remember who makes it.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Happy Birthday (A Muse Artstamps)
Paper: Parchment Pink (Only the Best), DSP (BasicGrey- Oh, Baby! Girl Matchbook Kit), brown stone textured paper (don't know who makes it)
Ink: Rose Red, Basic Black, StazOn Jet Black
Other: BasicGrey ribbon, Making Memories staples, Chipboard (Heidi Swapp), Clear Square Sticker (A candy from Theresa), flower (blog candy from Jenn), rhinestone (Me & My Big Ideas), corner rounder, eyelets (unknown source), glue dots
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wordle - My Word Cloud

This is something fun to try out. Go to Wordle and enter your blog's URL. These are the results (a word cloud) for my blog. I'm surprised Rose is the most prominent word.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Day - Updated Previous Card

I went to bed last bothered by the amount of Sage Shadow on my previous card for Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge. Yes, I'm a little obsessed!

Today, I got a piece of white cardstock and stamped it with the same stamp from Fresh Cuts and then I embossed it with white embossing powder. I rubbed Rose Romance (I don't have Regal Rose) on the embossed image and wiped away the excess ink. I slipped the new layer into my old card, and Voila! I like the card much better now and I didn't have to take anything apart.

The Sage Shadow is still there, but it's just a small border. Sorry for posting twice. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Day

Edited to Add: I updated this card this morning. Here's the new version.
I loved the vintage dress that inspired this week's color challenge from Kristina.

The colors we had to use are:

Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow, Whisper White (I used Rose Romance since I don't have Regal Rose)

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Fresh Cuts, For a Friend
Paper: Whisper White, Sage Shadow, SU designer paper
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red, Versamark
Other: SU Love & Happiness Rub-On, 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder, polka dot ribbon, chipboard (Imaginisce), foam tape, clear embossing powder, rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), Tombo glue

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #25

I rotated Taylor's sketch on it's side. Two nieces will be celebrating birthdays in a few weeks, so this card is for one of them.

I paper pieced the clothing. I paper pierced the circles and main layer. I also liked the look of distressing the circles. I noticed
Dawn McVey does this. I love the look. I used a Sakura Glaze Gelly Roll pen on the sunglasses to give them a shiny look.
Card Ingredients
Stamps: Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Spring Silhouette DSP
Ink: Memories Black
Other: 1/2" & 3/4" circle punches, paper piercers, dimensionals, rhinestone stickers (Michaels), Sakura Glaze Gelly Roll, Crayola Brown pencil

Thursday, July 17, 2008

You Are a Superstar

For the second week in a row, I'm rub-on-challenged. I should've done a little research. I thought I could rub-on a sentiment on twill tape. I almost worked. Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #16 this week has the following colors:
Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
Card Ingredients
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Spring Silhouette DSP
Ink: Soft Sky
Punches: Scallop, 1 1/4", 1", corner rounder
Other: 1 1/2" Twill Tape & star chipboard (thanks, Peggy!), American Crafts Rub-on & Colorbok Bubble Sticker (thanks, Ericka!), American Crafts Moss ric rac, foam tape, Zots, orange ribbon (thanks, Taylor!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Transformer Birthday Party Invitations

We are flying to New Mexico in 2 weeks. Kalino will turn 5 while we are visiting my family in Taos. Just recently, he decided he wanted a Transformers-themed party. Originally, he wanted a Star Wars, LEGO, Kid K'Nex, and Transformers party. Colin Cowie, how would you put all those themes together for one bash? Yikes! Lucky for me, he narrowed his choice down to's more like I coerced him into choosing just one theme. I could've bought some invitations at Party City or Toys R Us, but I wanted them to be custom.

We haven't been to New Mexico in almost a year, so I wanted the invitation to have a picture of Kalino. In the photo, he's wearing a Transformers t-shirt and playing with 2 of his many Transformers. The first line says "Transform and roll out! It's Kalino's 5th Birthday Party."

I downloaded a free Transformers font (actually, I downloaded a few versions first to compare them). There are many sites that have a version of this font. It's a little hard to read... a small "a" can look too much like an "o", but I had to use this font.

The Autobot logos were actually symbols that came with the free font. I just enlarged them. I used the SU printer-compliant codes to print the logos in Going Gray on white cardstock. The text on the vellum was printed in Brilliant Blue, but it doesn't look the color since I printed on colored vellum.

The sleeve of the invitation is a 4.25" x 11" piece folded in half. The insert is 3.75" x 5".

Invitation Ingredients
Stamps: By Design (this little retired set has come in very handy)
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Going Gray white, yellow vellum (The Paper Palette)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Making Memories snaps & blue staples, Crop-A-Dile, corner rounder, Creative Memories photo splits, wallet-sized photos, foam tape, 1", 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" circle punches

Sunday, July 13, 2008


This card was simple, but I had a few Stickles accidents. Ugh! I had to re-piece the hippo and the scallop. I should been working on birthday party invitations for my son, but I had to participate in Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #24.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Bashful Blue, Parchment Olde Gold (CA Paper Goods), designer paper (a gift from my good friend, Ericka)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Velvet ribbon (BasicGrey), rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), Stickles, Sakura white gel pen, 1 3/8" and scallop punch, foam tape, paper piercer

Friday, July 11, 2008

Nice Award

Naomi from Bertie Bird is Best gave me this nice award. Gracias, Naomi! I'm familiar with Naomi's work because she's done Kristina's color challenges. Last week, she was included in the Top 10.
Here are the rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
I recently got a separate award from Jen Tapler. There is so much incredible talent out there that I have a hard time picking just 7 talented people, so I'm not going to choose anyone right now...sorry, for breaking the rules.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #15

I should be asleep by now, but I've got 2 painful toes. Hopefully, it just because of flip flops. I thought I'd work on Kristina's challenge while I ice my foot. The colors this week are:

Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White

I'm glad to see Really Rust in the mix. I never use that color! This is the first time I've had all the inks and all the cardstock colors! This is like the 3rd version of this card. I couldn't make up my mind, plus a ruined a rub-on.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: By Design, Noteworthy
Paper: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, designer paper (Chatter Box)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, ColorBox Frost White
Other: Chocolate Chip Poly Twill, 3/4" button, 3/4" circle punch, Stampendous Detail White embossing powder, corner rounder, Sakura white gel pen, white flowers, white floss thread, piercing template, foam tape

Monday, July 7, 2008

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #23

This card started with the ribbon. I've got some yummy BasicGrey ribbon I was itching to use. The sketch I used is for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #23.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday, SU
Paper: Ruby Red, Cool Caribbean, white glossy, silver (American Crafts)
Ink: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Cool Caribbean
Other: BasicGrey Color Me Silly ribbon, rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), paper piercer, piercing template, foam tape, 1/2" and 3/4" circle punch, Sakura white gel pen

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #14

Oh, wow! I love this color challenge, because I love black and white! Kristina asked us to create a "high-contrast, bold creation". Well, I hope I've done that.

Our colors this week are:

(July 3rd - ETA: I changed Going Gray to Basic Gray) Basic Black, Basic Gray, Ruby Red, River Rock, and Whisper White

I literally put the Thickers on the cardstock first and worked backwards from there. I finally bought Thickers a few weeks ago. I didn't add ribbon because I wanted to keep the card masculine.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday (I cut the tiny cupcake out)
Paper: Basic Black, River Rock, Ruby Red, pattern designer paper (American Crafts) has a gray/silver reverse side
Ink: Memories black, River Rock
Other: American Crafts Thickers (Poolside - vinyl), rhinestone (Me & My Big Ideas), foam tape


This is the Thank You card I made for Jenn. It came together pretty quickly. There was no stamping involved. I found these cool shiny Making Memories sticker letters on sale at Michael's last week and I was itching to use them.

Card Ingredients
Paper: So Saffron, designer paper (gift from Ericka)
Other: Stickles, Making Memories Summer Fun puffy stickers, Making Memories slit punch, ribbon scrap, corner rounder

Blog Candy from Jenn

Earlier this week, I got a nice surprise in the mail from Jenn (Kiyomi Krafts). Kalino was thrilled that he got a gift too (bubble machine). The card she sent is gorgeous. I love the way she gives punched flowers 3 dimensions. Mahalo, Jenn!