Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Esther!

Hi everyone! I'm always posting these at the very last minute! This card is for Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #47. The colors this week were: chocolate chip, tangerine tango, so saffron, whisper white

I made this card for my sister, Esther, who celebrated her birthday yesterday. These colors were hard! I struggled with them. I used Charmaine's Weekend Sketch Challenge #74 to help me along.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: So Many Scallops
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Haiku DSP, Georgia Peach DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Tools: Oval punch, 1/2" circle punch, & scallop edge punch (SU!), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), corner rounder (Fiskars), Oval Coluzzle
Other: rhinestones (Michael's), Tangerine Tango grosgrain ribbon, corduroy button, linen thread, oval rub on (American Crafts), foam tape

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Hi everyone! Just a quick post before I go to school. I'm helping at our school's library this morning. I still have to get dressed and be out of the house in the next 30 minutes.

My parents celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Monday. I made a card for them last week for Kristina's color inspiration challenge, but I hated the card. I didn't post it.

This new card is late, but I wanted it mailed out today! I used the colors from Dawn McVey's first color challenge.
I'll post details later today. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Herb!

Hope you are all are having a great weekend. I'm running out of time for Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #45. My brother, Herb, celebrates his birthday next week. These colors were a great masculine combination. Kristina's colors this week were:
basic black, basic gray, and whisper white

Thanks for looking!
Card Ingredients
Stamps: Four Square (SU!)
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Urban Oasis & Prestwisk DSP (SU!), Black & White Basics Sneak Peek Pieces (PTI)
Ink: Memories Black
Tools: Square Scallop Punch (SU!), corner rounder (Fiskars)
Other: foam tape, chipboard button (Colorbok), polka dot ribbon (Target Dollar Spot), black & white ribbon (Michael's), silver beads (Michael's)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Joyful Birthday, Yolanda

Hi everyone! I made this birthday card for my sister-in-law, Yolanda. I used the Fall-to-Layout #32 from Clean & Simple. I love their sketches. Sadly, this is the first time I've used one of their sketches; it won't be the last time.

Since my sister-in-law has been collecting "java jackets" for me to use in my crafting, I thought it would be appropriate to use them on her card. I die cut a Starbucks and a Peet's Coffee & Tea java jacket. Let's see if she notices...hehe!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Small Sayings (SU!-retired)
Paper: blue textured card base (CA Paper Goods), designer paper (BasicGrey Euphoria), Whisper White (SU!), white corrugated flower (Peet's Coffee & Tea), brown corrugated flower (Starbucks)
Ink: Memories Black
Tools: Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, Corner Rounder (Fiskars), Big Shot, Flower Layers #3 (Sizzix/SU!)
Other: Prima flower, Linen thread (SU!), button (Making Memories)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Feliz Cumpleanos, Abuelo!

I was awakened this morning by an earthquake! A small 3.5 magnitude one, but the epicenter is where I live, so it felt like a larger quake. After 20 years of living in California, I'm still amazed how our buildings can withstand this type of movement. My two Sweeties slept through it all.

March is the busiest birthday month in our families. You would think I could be better prepared...nope! My father-in-law's birthday was yesterday (my in-laws drove up from Southern California on Friday). I don't know about you, but I like to design a card with a particular person in mind. I can't reach into my stack and give them something I created last year. My husband gave me the idea for this hybrid Happy Birthday Grandpa card. My father-in-law loves fĂștbol (soccer) and I got this great picture of him at my son's soccer game last Fall. You may have noticed the bird on his head. That's Minnie. She goes everywhere my in-laws go.

I created this card super quick. I use Google's Picasa to manage my photos. I added the text to the photo using my favorite font, CK Becky before printing out the photo on Kodak paper. I love Kraft cardstock, so it was easy to put it all together. Have a good one!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: none
Paper (all SU!): Kraft, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: none
Tools: Scallop Border Punch (SU!), Crop-A-Dile, corner rounder
Other: large metal soccer brad (Making Memories), linen thread (Blackbird Studios), foam tape

Friday, March 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Saharra

Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #44 had the perfect colors to create a card for my niece, Saharra, who turned 3 yesterday. The colors this week are:
chocolate chip, close to cocoa, pink pirouette, whisper white

I used this card made by Anna Wright as the inspiration for my card. I love how she had the owl hovering above the tree stump.

Have a good weekend. Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients

Stamps: Birthday Whimsy (SU!), Whoo Loves You (Hero Arts)
Paper: White (JudiKins), Pink Pirouette (textured and regular), Chocolate Chip, Candy Lane DSP (SU!)

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Encore Bark Pigment Ink (Tsukineko)

Tools: Big Shot, Dots Texture pad (SU!), Threading Water border punch (Fiskars), Take it Easy Alphabet (Sizzix)

Other: Heidi Swapp chipboard, white gel pen (Sakura), Souffle pen (Sakura), clear embossing powder, linen thread (SU!), foam tape, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Felt Fusion flower, mini brad (Making Memories)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just Because I Care

I didn't have time to watch the movie this week (Bride & Prejudice) for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, but I wanted to make a card anyway. I love the whole Bollywood meets Jane Austen theme.
I watched the YouTube clips for the movie. Aishwarya Rai is gorgeous. Her eyes are amazing. I saw her recently on Martha Stewart. She was promoting the new Pink Panther movie. I remember seeing her a few years ago on Oprah.

Brooke & Sankari had a requirement to use bling on the card...that was my inspiration. I bought the handmade paper I used on this card at Costco over a year ago. This is the first time using the paper. I just noticed that the paper was made in! It has cotton and silk fibers.

Thanks for looking. Have a good day!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Best Yet (SU!)
Paper: white card base (JudiKins), Handmade paper (MemoryStor)
Ink: VersaMark
Tools: scallop edge punch
Other: gold embossing powder, rhinestones (Michael's), fabric brad (K&Company), ribbon (Costco), foam tape