Saturday, June 30, 2012

Feelin' Froggy!

Hey!  Two posts in one day??  Yes, I needed a card for a birthday party tomorrow, and needed a little inspiration, so I hopped over to Frosted Designs to check out their latest card sketch challenge.  I wanted to use this cute sentiment from "Pink by Design," and thought the sketch would work great for my idea.  You can find Frosted Design's Challenge #24 here.

I used Cricut's Animal Kingdom cartridge, Bazzill cardstock, Stampin' Up! ink, American Crafts brads, and Ranger's Glossy Accents.  The patterned paper was scraps from my stash.  The pocket paper made me think of little boys with surprises in their pockets!

Hope you like this card; I think the birthday boy will!

Partying Cupcake Card

Here's a card I made for my Dear Daughter's 11th birthday!  I can't believe she's getting that old.  Seems like just yesterday she was learning to tie her shoes . . . ride a bike . . . now she's growing up fast!  Putting away her dolls . . .  painting her nails . . . trying to wear my shoes (they just almost fit!), but she still likes cutesy things like cupcakes!

Supplies: "Life's a Party" Cricut cartridge (banner), "Cupcake" Cricut cartridge (cupcake), PK-491 Everyday Character Faces stamp, black ink, glitter, punches- Stampin' Up!, brads and twine- We R Memory Keepers, Bazzill cardstock, pink patterned paper- My Little Shoebox, and orange dot/popsicle kisses patterned paper- Bella Blvd.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Peachy Keen Challenge 24: Color Challenge
Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #145: Use banners or flags

Hope you all like this card; DD loved it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Paper Sack Mini Album

Just wanted to share this mini album, made from paper sacks.  I made it for our church's Vacation Bible School director as a thank you for her hard work last week.  We averaged around 100 kids each day!

The front cover: I cut the airplane and swirly thing from Cricut's "Heritage" cartridge and the ticket from Cricut's Creative Memories "Traveler" cartridge.

Here are the inside pages.  Can you believe I made this entire album with scraps?  Oh, wait!  I did need two 12" x 12" pages of cardstock for the backgrounds.

More cuts from "Heritage" and "Traveler" cartridges, and some stickers from Paper Studio.  And next, the back cover.

This sort of album is really inexpensive, yet I've seen them at local crafts shows for around $15-$20!  I just took 3 medium-sized paper sacks (bought a pack at Sam's Club), folded them in the middle, punched a couple holes with my Crop-a-Dile Big Bite, and tied ribbon through the holes.  I then cut twelve 6" x 6" pages and decorated them, then glued them in.  I also kept the sack tops open, so the receiver can put memorabilia inside to keep.  You could also make some extra 6" x 6" pages and put in there.

Simple and inexpensive, but cute!  That's what makes this one of my favorite crafty gifts to make and give!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Card From the Heart

Here's my latest card, made for the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 23: Anything Goes.  I love doing challenges; I have an incentive, and I get a little project done at the same time!  You can find their latest challenge here.

Of course, I used my Peachy Keen stamps to give my heart a little personality!  I used the PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium, Ranger's Glossy Accents, Bazzill cardstock, Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper, Cricut George & Basic Shapes (for the heart and shadows), Cricut Country Life ("From the Heart" phrase), Michael's ribbon, Melissa Frances pearls, Stampin' Up! black ink, Studio G blue chalk ink, and a Creative Memories pen (faux stitches).

Hope you like my card, and if you want to participate in the Peachy Keen Challenge, you still have time!  This challenge is open until midnight tomorrow.  Here's the link again: PKS Challenge 23.

Monday, June 25, 2012

More Swap Stuff to Share

I told you that I did 11 pages with my swaps from "It's a Scrapbooking Swap Thing,"  IASST, so here are a few more layouts.

These Thanksgiving pages were done with another "naked" swap--we embellished the pieces after we got them back.  So here's a close-up of the tag and photo corner.  I used a couple of stamps from Stampin' Up! to decorate them.

Now, some Christmas pages . . .

And a zoo page I completed yesterday with pictures from May, 2012; I was really jumping around!  I had printed this collage and didn't want it getting wrinkled up, so I thought it was safer on a scrabook page than getting moved around on the bar.

Those pages came together so fast!  Then I had time to do a few cards for IASST, too.  They do lots of different swaps, and I'm usually one of the first to sign up for card swaps.

This one was done with a stamp from Close to My Heart, paper and ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and cardstock from Bazzill.

These two were made with Stampin' Up! stamps and ink, Bazzill cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, twine from We R Memory Keepers, button from my stash, and patterned paper from a pad that I now don't know the manufacturer because I tore it from the package a long time ago. 

Now I've got to get these cards and a few other things in the mail to my hostesses.  I'll share even more later as I get the opportunity!  Have a great day!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quickie Layouts with Swap Items

I had some awesome scrapportunities last weekend!  Went to a friend's house (and even took my 3 kids!) to scrapbook, and I got 11 pages done!  Well, some were part of a two page spread, but who's counting, really?!  I'm a member of an awesome swapping site, "It's a Scrapbooking Swap Thing,"(IASST) and I took a lot of pictures and completed swaps with me, and it all fell together as perfect as it can get (I mentioned that I took all 3 of my kids, right?)  We all got to play and had a great time, thanks to all the fine ladies in IASST; if you're interesting in checking them out, you can find them here.


These pages were done with a "Naked Swap."  The pieces didn't have to be embellished.  We left it up to the scrapper to fancy up. (Hey, have you heard this line:  Scrapbookers don't lie--they embellish!)

So, here's a close-up of the tag. I put the ribbon, flower and brad, and the yummy stickers.

Two cooking themed kits that the pieces were embellished.  Wow!  They went fast on the scrapbooking.  All  I had to do was add pictures and journaling.

Now, some Halloween pages.  I love the way this photo mat was embellished!  That's another good thing about swapping--you get ideas that you might not have thought about.

More Halloween fun!  Kindergarten class party, and both my big kids placed in the school's carnival costume contest!

Now, on to the trick-or-treating!  Gotta get CANDY!!!

Well, that seems like a lot for one post, so I'll close for now and finish up later!  Also, some of these are the two-page spreads I mentioned, but I was having trouble putting the pictures side by side.  I'm not too tech-savvy, lol!

Anyway, I hope you all check out that swap site, IASST, if you're looking for another way to feed your scrapbooking addiction, LOL!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flying High Frame

Today I want to share a little frame I made for the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #21: 3D Objects: You've Been Framed!  You can find this challenge here.

I was inspired by my church's theme for Vacation Bible School (a little summer time week-long day camp), which is an aviation/great destinations theme.  My kids always have a great time participating in the fun activities--Bible Study, Crafts, Recreation, Music, etc.

Anyway, here's my frame:


I love using my Peachy Keen Stamps--they give my images such cute personalities!  Here's another picture; I was afraid that one was too dark.

This picture might be better, because you can really see the dimension of the airplanes and clouds in the opposite corners.

Supplies:  frame-Hobby Lobby, patterned paper-Kaiser Craft, cardstock-Bazzill, airplane cuts-Cricut "B is for Boy" cartridge, "flying High" cut-Cricut "3 Birds on Parade" cartridge, black ink-Stampin' Up!, face stamps-Peachy Keen Stamps, floss-We R Memory Keepers, button-spare from my stash, and foam tape-Scotch.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now I'm off to work on my other Vacation Bible School crafts!

Friday, June 8, 2012

July 4th Card

Maybe I'm becoming less of a procrastinator, but sometimes lately I get around and do a project early.  Here's another patriotic card I made.  This time I put "Happy July 4th" on it.  So I'll be ready to give this card to my BFF for Independence Day.

I used the card sketch from Frosted Designs Card Sketch Challenge #20.  You can find the sketch and challenge here.

I paper-pieced the bow on the jar and popped it up with foam tape, but it didn't turn out well in the pictures.  It was kind of tricky to color the blue background and not color in the stars, so I colored the whole field blue and then went back and dotted in the stars with my white gel pen.  Oh well, sometimes that happens when I try something new; some things work and some don't! Lol!

Supplies: Stamps-Papertrey Ink "Friendship Jar Summer Fillers" set, ink-Stampin' Up!, Water color crayons-Stampin' Up!, white pen and clear glitter pen-Sakura, cardstock-Bazzill, patterned paper-Paper Studio, twine-Stampin' Up!, flower-Recollections, and brad-Paper Studio.

Hope you enjoyed this card, and now I guess I'd better work on a Father's Day card for my hubby.  Considering that it will come before July 4th! Lol!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Americana Card

I've got a quick card to show off today.  I made it especially to enter in Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge to use punches on your project.  You can find this challenge here .   I love this bird punch from Stampin' Up!, and I've seen some really cute cards made from it lately.  I wanted to use it, but I also wanted it to be different from what I've seen.  So I pulled it out of the cabinet and paired it with this Authentique patterned paper.  The music notes on it made me think of the little birdies singing a patriotic song!

I didn't put a sentiment on it, because I couldn't really decide what to do with it just yet.  Flag Day?  Fourth of July?  Veteran's Day?  When I decide the occasion, though, I'll be able to add a sentiment later.  I thought I would let the card speak for itself today!  LOL!

Supplies:  cardstock-Bazzill, patterned paper-Authentique, ink-Prima, trim-BoBunny, punches-bird on branch and 2 1/2" circle-Stampin' Up!, and 1 1/2" circle punch-Creative Memories.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Lovin' Card

It's definitely summer here in Southern Oklahoma.  The kids are out of school, the temperature is on the rise, and we swing by the snow-cone stand every chance we get!  Also, our standard choice of shoes (when we put any on) is flip-flops!  So that's all the inspiration I needed for this card:

I recently made some embellished die cuts for a swap, and I was thinking the whole time, "I would love to 'Peachify' these!"  So I took the opportunity to use my Peachy Keen Stamps Critter Faces for their latest challenge. You can find it here: Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #20--Just Cards.

I want everyone to be able to see those little flip-flop faces.  They are happy to be outta the closet and out in the summer sunshine! Here's their close-up.

Here's a list of my supplies:  cardstock-Bazzill, patterned paper-Imaginesce, Cricut Traveler Cartridge (Creative Memories), face stamps-Peachy Keen Stamps Critter Faces Set A Medium, sentiment stamp-Pink by Design "Simply Everything" set, dot background-Stampin' Up! "Dot, Dot, Dot" stamp, white chalk ink-Clear Snap, brown and orange ink-Stampin' Up!, word window punch-Stampin' Up!, border punch-EK Success, flowers-Recollections, brads-Paper Studio, baker's twine-We R Memory Keepers.

Thanks for stopping by, now we are off to run some errands, and then . . . a trip to the snow-cone stand, of course!