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Friday, April 29, 2011

Celebrating!

Hi All!
I have passed my final test of my college career!!! So, in celebration, I created two cards after class today. The first is using Sketch 112 from CardPatterns blog.
I changed it up just a little bit from the sketch...
My second card is for my boyfriend and is somewhat of a thank you card- without using the sentiment "thank you". The sticker I used is from K & Company and says "The STRONG and not so silent type"- which describes him to a T!
I really distressed the edges of the Kraft cardstock and added a small grid pattern to the card front. I think the grid looks a bit like burlap.. but maybe it's just me!!

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Supplies:
Celebrate
    Paper: white card stock at 5.5" x 4"; Prima- The Breathe Paper Collection; old tag from an a forgotten kit
   Stamps: My Little Shoebox- Cute as a Button; Papertrey Ink- Take 3: Summer
   Ink: Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado; Colorbox- black
   Other: JudiKins- Diamond Glaze (on buttons); scrap of ribbon; old brad; K & Co- To Go Monogram Transfers

The Strong and Not so Silent type
   Paper: cream card at 4" x 5.5"; The Paper Company- Kraft, old tag
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics; Studio G- background stamp
   Ink: VersaMark; Colorbox- black; VersaMagic- wheat
   Other: K & Co.- Studio K Sentiments Grand Adhesions; black string; scissors to distress edge

~Anna

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Belated Happy Easter to You!

Hi All!
I meant to post this last Easter card on Sunday... then on Monday... so tonight works :) I had my Spanish final tonight, so I got to go home early- as soon as it was done. I'm getting so close to graduating!!! I'm finally getting excited now!

I didn't want to post this card before Easter since I didn't want the recipient to see it :) I love the bright colors in it! Greens and yellows and oranges!
I had a scrap of orange that I used along the bottom of the card that coordinated fairly well with the stickers. I picked up the sticker sheet by Making Memories on major clearance at Michael's a few weeks ago- about 33 cents!!! The decorative strip along the bottom, the flowers, and the "Easter" letters are all from the sheet. I added a few butterfly stamps to fill out the decor.

My other card was used as an Easter card, but was not very Easter specific. I am L-O-V-I-N-G the heat embossed background right now! It creates such a subtle interest! The elements are all from Papertrey Ink- the Mat Stack 2 collection specifically.

Thanks for checking these out! I am going to have keep away from my craft station until after Friday morning to ensure that I study for my LAST test... not fun! But, definitely a good idea... See you then!

Supplies:
Happy Easter Card
   Paper: white cardstock at 5.5" x 4"; The Paper Company- Mandarin
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Tag Its #2
   Ink: Studio G- orange; Colorbox- Silk Green
   Other: white gel pen; Making Memories- 12x12 Spring stickers sheet; Judikins- Diamond Glaze; corner rounder; dimensional adhesive, scrap of green ribbon from "The Stash"

Celebrate today and always
   Paper: white card stock at 5.5" x 4"; brown scrap of card stock; white scrap; The Paper Company- Mandarin
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2; Hero Arts- Sew Artsy; Hero Arts- Circle Pattern
   Ink: Studio G- orange, brown; Versamark
   Other: Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2 dye cut, eyelet lace dye cut; a la Mode clear embossing powder

Anna

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Good Friday!

Happy Good Friday All!
I have a couple of Easter cards today :) The first card could really be used in a plethora of situations, not just Easter. I used a sketch from The Card Patterns site.


I would say that my next couple cards are definitely Easter cards, but looking at them now, I think they could be used for any Christian occasion. After I made the first one, I just LOVED it so much I had to made a second one!
 I wish I had a "rejoice" sentiment, but I thought that "celebrate" works well too! I really distressed the edges of the card and the blue paper. I think next year I will be making this card for everyone because I really love it!!!


Here's another digital scrapbook page with some old pictures of my brother and me. Again, I used the elements that I downloaded from Shabby Princess designs.

Thanks so much for checkin' out my projects! I have such a great time creating them and love to share them!

Supplies:

Celebrate Today and Always
   Paper: white cardstock folded at 5.5" x 4"; Prima- The Breathe Paper Collection; scrap of brown and white
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2, Postcards
   Ink: VersaMark; Studio G- brown, orange; Colorbox- Merlot
   Other: white embossing powder; Papertrey Ink- Postcards dye cut

Celebrate
   Paper: cream cardstock 5.5" x 4"; Prima- The Breathe Paper Collection
   Stamps:Inkadinkado- flourishes; Hero Arts: Merriest Wishes; Papertrey Ink- Take Three: Summer; Studio G Holiday- Series 33
   Ink: Ranger Distress Ink- Vintage Photo; Colorbox- gold brocade; Studio G- yellow, brown; Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado
   Other: black thread

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Springy-Time Cards

Hi All!
I have another couple of cards to share today! First, I have a "Happy Easter" card that I used another heat-embossed background on- like yesterday's card.
I scored the white cardstock into a grid-type pattern and filled each box with a stamp. I don't think that you can see the glitter in this picture, but each stamp has some white glitter on it. I stamped the sentiment on top of the heat-embossed background, so it's a little ... un-solid. Since it's stamped in silver, I think it looks alright not being solid, but you live and learn and I may not do that style again.

The second card has a coordinating envelope that I stamped a similar design on with the same ink. I accidentally stamped the "for you" portion a little crooked, so I added the rhinestone to cover that up :) When I mess up an area, I try to come up with a creative way to disguise the mistake and salvage the card. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so the little mistakes annoy me.... but I'm working on making imperfectly perfect cards through the process. :)


Here's two more digital layouts that I made with the free downloads from Shabby Princess Design website. I can't wait to print these out and see if they're as nice printed as on the computer!

Thanks for checkin' these out!!

Supplies:
Happy Easter Card  
   Paper: white cardstock at 4" x 5.5"; Stemma - mauve and maroon from Victorian set
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Tag It's #2; Inkadinkado- Alphabet Somerset; Hero Arts- Circle Pattern; Penny Black- Salutations
   Ink: VersaMagic- Pink Petunia, Aquatic Splash, & Aegean Blue; VersaMark; Colorbox- silver
   Other: Buttons Galore & more- Plantation; Martha Stewart Scoring Board; Ranger Stickles- Frosted Lace; a la mode clear embossing powder; Michaels Celebrate It- Holiday Ribbon Bow-tique

For You, Today & Always, Wishing You the Best
   Paper: ColorBOK card and envelope set; white cardstock scrap, Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Delightful Doilies, Modern Basics, Mat Stack 2 (for you, today and always), Tag It's #2 (wishing you the best)
   Ink: Papertrey Ink- Ripe Avocado
   Other: rhinestone; Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2 dye cut

Anna

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hooray!

Hi All!
Today I have a "Hooray" card that could be used in many occasions- birthdays, congratulations... maybe something else... I picked up some clear embossing powder today so I could do the background technique that I used.
The clear embossing that I heat-set just brings out a nice darker shade than the background that can make a really nice coordination. I like to wrap the string around the ribbon to make a layered look too. Overall, it's a simpler card that I really enjoyed making!

Also, I made another digital scrapbook page on the photoshop program (9 more days of my trial..).

As with yesterday, I used the downloads from Shabby Princess Designs. I love this set with all the teals and greens. And, I love, love, love the flourished brads in it!

Thanks for checkin' in!!

Supplies:
   Paper: Papertrey Ink- Plum Pudding; white cardstock from my scraps
   Stamps: Martha Steward- Clear Holiday Flourish Stamps; Studio G iCling- IC0117; Hero Arts- Designer Alphabet
   Ink: VersaMark; VersaMagic- Pretty Petunia
   Other: a la Mode- clear embossing powder; Prima embellishment piece; black thread; American Crafts- Ferris Wheel (ribbon)

Anna

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

VersaMark and Butterflies

Hi All,
Today I have a few projects to share with you. I made two cards and a digital scrapbook page. The first card is a congrats card using the same set of papers as I used in the Easter card last week.
I added a popped up butterfly on the plainest of the pieces. There are glittered areas on three of the papers and the butterfly. I used the scraps from the eyelet lace dye cut that I used on one of the Doily cards.

The "Thanks" card is fairly simple. I used my scoring board to emboss three "frames" around the center image. Then I stamped the design with VersaMark so that it is darker than the paper. I also added a couple pieces from a Prima set.


I've been working on digital scrapbooking for almost a month now on Photoshop. The photo is of my nephew and me last year. I found everything I used in this layout in free downloads at the Shabby Princess designs site. They have a great selection of downloads available!

Thanks for checkin' in!

Supplies:

Congratulations Card
    Paper: cream card 5.5" x 4"; DCWV Inc. - Garden Party; Papertrey Ink- berry sorbet
    Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Take Three: Summer
    Ink: Studio G- brown
    Other: bronze gel pen; remnants from Papertrey Ink dye cut- Eyelet Lace

Thanks Card
   Paper: The Paper Company- Kraft folded into 4.24" x 5.5"
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics
   Ink: Versamark; Colorbox- Merlot
   Other: Martha Stewart- Scoring Board; Prima- Say it in Pearls

Anna

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hot Air Balloons

Hi All,
Today I made a card for the My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I picked up a hot air balloon stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bin at Michael's and have been loving it, but unsure how to use it. So- today I figured it out!

I love the pack of paper that I used for this card and the overall pretty feeling it has. It has an overall spring feel in my opinion. I added a very subtle white polka dot pattern in white on the cream cardstock that added another little touch. Overall, I just love it!

Thanks for checkin it out!

Supplies:
   Paper: Cream cardstock card at 5" x 6.5", Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden Collection
   Stamps: brandless hot air balloon; Penny Black - Salutations (butterfly); Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2, Take Three: Summer; Studio G (Polka dots)
   Ink- VersaMagic- Aegean Blue, Aspen Mist, Spanish Olive; Colorbox- Pheasant Gold; Studio G- white chalk
   Other- Polymark- White Pearl fabric paint, dimensional adhesive, rhinestone 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Set of Doily Cards

Hi All,
This project is inspired by Moxie Fab World: 350 Cards & Gifts Set. Their challenge was to create a set of cards that will be given away- so someone in my family will be getting a little gift soon :)



I used the Delightful Doilies stamp set in all of them to create a cohesive look. All of the sentiments are heat embossed to make them jump out a bit and two of them have popped up sentiments. I made a large envelope with the same stamps and ink that can hold all four and envelopes.


Thanks so much for checking these out and I hope your weekend is relaxing :)

Supplies:

Congratulations Friend
   Paper: white 5.5"x 4" card, Stemma - mauve from Victorian set
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies, Take Three: Summer (Congratulations), & Mat Stack 2 (friend); Hero Arts - Sew Artsy
   Ink: VersaMagic- Malted Mauve; Versamark
   Other: string, white embossing powder

It's Your Birthday
   Paper: white 5.5" x 4" card; Stemma - teal from Victorian set
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies; Penny Black - Salutations; Hero Arts - Sew Artsy
   Ink: VersaMagic - Oasis Green; Colorbox - black; Versamark
   Other: black brads, black marker, black embossing powder

Thanks for Making My Day
   Paper: white 5.5" x 4" card, Papertrey Ink - Berry Sorbet
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies; Hero Arts - Sew Artsy; Inkadinkado - Round Frames
   Ink: Papertrey Ink - Ripe Avocado, Berry Sorbet; Versamark
   Other: Papertrey Ink - eyelet lace die cut; black embossing powder; dimensional adhesive, Judi Kins - Diamond Glaze

Thank You
   Paper: white 5.5" x 4" card, scrap of old cardstock
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies; Penny Black - Salutations; Hero Arts - Sew Artsy
   Ink: Colorbox - Gold Brocade, Burnt Copper; Versamark
   Other: Maroon embossing powder, three brads from my collection of brads, dimensional adhesive

Envelope
   Paper: computer paper folded into a 6" x 6" envelope
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies, Mat Stack 2; Hero Arts - Sew Artsy
   Ink: Colorbox - Gold Brocade;  Papertrey Ink - Ripe Avocado, Berry Sorbet, Scarlet Jewel

 Anna

Friday, April 15, 2011

Flowered Congrats

Hi All,
Today I have a congratulations card made from Cosmo Cricket's "Sew Much More" collection.
Unfortunately, I really need to learn more about photography because this card looks way better in person than in the pictures. It's on the TO-DO list for after graduation :)
For the background of the card, I cut out the little sample-front-page that shows mini-versions of the 12x12 sheets. I centered the design about a half an inch from the edge of cream colored cardstock that is cut at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". On a scrap of that paper, I stamped the design from Hero Arts- Sew Artsy in scarlet. I cut it out with scissors and wrote out congrats in pencil then in blue gel pen. The flowers were cut out of one of the 12x12 sheets that has a TON of flowers on it. The two blue-red flowers have a piece of dimensional adhesive between the red and the blue and the orange flower is popped up as well. I put a dab of glitter glue in the centers and on the petals of the big flower. Finally, I added dashed lines around the border and called it a day :)

Thanks for checkin in!

Supplies:
   Cardstock: Cosmo Cricket - Sew Much More
   Stamps: Hero Arts - Sew Artsy
   Ink: Colorbox - Evening Romance
   Others: Ranger Stickles, blue gel pen

Anna

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two is Better than One!

Today I have two cards to share with you. The first is an Easter card that I used Sketch 110 for inspiration for.

I used a Cricut die cut that I stretched out on the computer program to make into the size of a full card (it's 4.25" x 5") . The original shape is from the Wild Cards cartridge. I have the smallest Cricut cutter, but when I use the computer program I can manipulate images to the shapes and sizes that I want!

The papers are from the Garden Party collection and are printed on one side, so making a card out of it works well! There are a couple of pages of borders that I cut apart and used on the top of the card. What I love best about this paper selection is that they come pre-glittered!! AWESOME! On the bottom border strip (pink and brown) I used the Fiskars Apron Lace punch to create the edge. The butterflies I cut out of a different page. I folded the wings up on both sides and glued the body down to give it some dimension. I cut out a second smaller one with the intention of layering it on the one on the front, but decided against it. Waste not, want not - so I put the smaller one inside.


Finally, I stamped the "Happy Easter' with Scarlett Jewel ink on the bottom. The "easter" I spelled out with Inkadinkado- Somerset Alphabet and I used the "happy" from the Papertrey Ink- Wreath for All Seasons set. To add the finishing touch, I went around the edge of the front with a Sharpie maroon marker.


My second card is much, much simpler. It is on brown cardstock with a slight texture.

I stamped three images from Papertrey Ink's Delightful Doilies and the sentiment from Take Three: Summer in Versamark. Then I used white embossing powder and heat-set the image. I didn't like the consistency on some of the areas of the doily, so I touched it up with Ranger's white embossing pen and repeat. An overall easy card!

Thanks for checkin them out and I hope you enjoyed!!

Supplies:
Happy Easter card:
   Cardstock: DCWV Inc. - Garden Party
   Stamps: Inkadinkado - Somerset Alphabet, Papertrey Ink - Wreath for all Seasons
   Ink: Papertrey Ink - Scarlett Jewel
   Other: Sharpie marker, Fiskars Apron Lace punch

Many Thanks card:
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies, Take Three: Summer
   Ink: Versamark
   Other: white embossing powder, Ranger's white embossing pen

Anna

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Card

The first card for my blog is a feminine birthday card. It was meant for the mail, so it does not have a lot of dimension. I used a flower stamp from Studio G (Happy Spring, series 30) to make the pattern in the center.
To get the flower evenly spaced, I used my Tim Holtz ruler to mark the page with pencil first. Then I stamped the green portion of the flowers with Versa Magic chalk ink in Tea Leaves. I used Versa Magic in Purple Hydrangea and Pretty Petunia when I stamped the petal portion. I alternated the Pretty Petunia and Tea Leaves along the bottom and top of the card with the stitching stamp from Hero Arts- Sew Artsy set. The "happy birthday" sentiment from Penny Black's Salutations set happened to fit nicely between the stitching! I used the darker purple for that portion.

Then I rounded the corners of the two outer edges of the card and the inner portion, inked the edges with Tea Leaves, and centered it on the card. I made sure the ink was dry and erased my pencil lines that showed around the flowers. I thought that it needed something in the very center to finish it off, so I added a button with purple thread through the center. And Tah-Dah!

Thanks for checkin' in and I hope you can find some inspiration from the card!

Supplies:
   Stamps: Hero Arts - Sew Artsy, Penny Black - Salutations, and Studio G - series 30
   Ink: Versa Magic Chalk Ink in Tea Leaves, Pretty Petunia, and Purple Hydrangea
   Accessories: Buttons Galore & More - Plantation set

Anna

Monday, April 11, 2011

Welcome to MY Blog!!

Welcome to my first blog post ever! I am creating this blog as an outlet for my crafty needs. I have been so involved with college for the last 5 years (and will graduate in 3 weeks!!) that my creative side has been stifled! While my computer skills definitely can be improved, I think I can handle a blog and eventually make it fantastic!

The plan: 
  • create projects and share them with you
  • share my inspirations
  • occasionally provide a book review (I do LOVE to read- except textbooks)
  • recipe reviews as I try out new ones
  • and anything else that is on my hear
Thanks for your interest and look for my first project tomorrow!

Anna