Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Plate Party

Tonight I am holding a "Make-A-Plate" party at my friend's house. I bring all my stamps and inks and guests choose a design and stamp up a piece of specialty paper. Afterwards, I send off all the stamped papers to a company called Makit, Inc. Makit processes the papers into melamine plates (and bowls and trays). It's a really fun craft night and the projects that are completed really turn out cute. Most everyone makes personalized plates (and bowls and trays) for their kids. This is probably my 5th Make-A-Plate party, and there's always a big turnout.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stamp and the Country!

Well, as I've said before, I'm a city girl now. I grew up on a farm though, and my Dad and my brother are still farmers. So, from time to time, you'll be seeing farm-themed cards here! This one is for my Dad's birthday. It's pretty simple, but I think he will like it. I really like the barn image with the silos. There were silos on our farm when I grew up. Also, the buttons I used all came from a stash that I inherited from Mom when Dad gave me all of her old sewing supplies. I have a big box of used buttons from her sewing projects. She used to save buttons from worn out shirts and use them again. She was very frugal. Heck, these buttons might have been from a shirt that my Dad wore at one time!

Stamps: Down on the Farm (CTMH), My Farm (CTMH).
Paper: Sarsaparilla (CTMH), Twilight textured cardstock (CTMH), Barn Red cardstock (CTMH).
Embellishments: Twill ribbon (CTMH), brown grosgrain (Michael's), assorted buttons.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My First Bella Card!

Well, this isn't really my first Stamping Bella card, but it is my first blog post of a Bella card! My dear friend Misty Leach sent me this stamped image of "BabyFellaBella". I colored it with my CTMH markers and cropped it down to fit the card sketch that I picked out. The card sketch is by Amy Rysavy of Prairie Paper and Ink. I love Amy's artwork. She inspires me all the time. I think what I love best about her cards is that the designs are simple yet beautiful.

Supplies: Blush textured cardstock (CTMH), Baby Pink textured cardstock (CTMH), Nana's Nursery patterned paper (DCWV), BabyFellaBella stamp (Stamping Bella), Hodgepodge alphabet (CTMH), Key Lime Sassy Strands (CTMH), flowers and buttons.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Once upon a time...

My Uncle Gary recently scanned in all the photos from his and Aunt Jane's wedding, which was in 1974! Since I was the flower girl at the very tender age of 20 months, I was anxious to see the photos. My brother was the ring bearer, and he was not quite 3 years old. I think we were cute, but the story is that I was a terror that day... almost didn't walk down the aisle. My mom was the matron of honor, so she had to walk down the aisle before me, and somehow Grandpa got me to walk down the aisle by myself without crying. He must have bribed me!

I'm amazed at how young my mom looks... but she was young... only 23 at the time. I think she is so beautiful in these pictures. It was so nice of my uncle to share these with me.

I was trying to see if there was any resemblance between me at that age and my daughter when she was the same age. Hmmm... maybe a little. I think I had more hair at that age. :)

While I'm writing this, I'm thinking that my mom would have loved this picture of Vanessa in her Dorothy costume... since I am from Kansas after all. My mom would have been a fantastic grandmother. :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

I designed this card at the request of my friend who hosted my last card workshop. She wanted birthday cards for a man. Seems she has the same problem as I do... when I'm just making cards, I usually make "girly" cards, and never think to make man cards!

I cut out the hands on the large clock with my Micro-Tip scissors and attached them with a brad to the clock (I *love* those scissors!). The smaller clock is attached with a 3-D foam adhesive square, to give the card some dimension. The inside says "You're getting better." :)

Supplies: (all CTMH), Outdoor Denim cardstock, Desert Sand cardstock, Colonial White cardstock, Majestic Blue paper packet, Pewter brads, Twill ribbon, Chocolate ink, outdoor denim ink, 3-D foam squares.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

An "Originals" Card

This card was made using a template from CTMH's new Originals book. I just *love* this book. It's my "go-to" for card designs now. There are lots and lots of templates, and it shows you different ways to use the same template for a variety of cards. The book has LOTS of pictures, which are so helpful in inspiring ideas. I feel like I can pull out my book, grab a paper packet and a stamp set, ink, and my card comes together in a very short time.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Baby Cards

So many friends of mine have had babies recently, so at my last card workshop, we made some baby cards. The design is very simple. It was a little tricky getting the background stamp to match up just right, but with a couple of tries, everyone got it.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Birthday Invitation

I'm posting this even though I created it a long time ago. It was for my daughter's 2nd birthday party. We had a tropical theme. I used the CTMH stamp set "Tropical Christmas" for the flamingo, and just masked out the little Santa hat on his head. It's a VERY bright card, but I kind of like it! I used up lots of retired B&T for this, too.

Supplies: Tropical Christmas stamp set, It's a Party stamp set, Key Lime B&T (retired), Ocean cardstock, Watermelon B&T (retired), Archival Black stamp pad, Ocean stamp pad, Watermelon stamp pad, Orange Stamp pad, ribbon (from Michael's).

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Long Lost Post

It's been a whirlwind month. I've been busy traveling for my brother's wedding, holding card workshops and dealing with Hurricane Ike. We've got our power back now, so all is well at my house, but there are still many without power, and worse. I'm very thankful that power is all we lost after the storm.

I will be posting LOTS of pictures of my workshop cards soon... but in the meantime, please enjoy these photos that I took in Kansas. I'm very much a city girl now, but my brother's wedding was very country. Since he is a farmer, the wedding had a John Deere theme. It was really cute. The flowers for the wedding were sunflowers and wheat from his OWN fields! He even drove his tractor to the ceremony, which was outdoors. I managed to get a few good shots in the sunflower patch, too. That was fun (but itchy).

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Everything

The final card for my card workshop... using up some old "Let's Get Together" paper. This one required a lot of cutting, but it was worth it!

Supplies: Cranberry, Garden Green, Buttercup, Breeze and Colonial White cardstock. Let's Get Together paper packet, Silver brads, "With Love" stamp set (June 2008 Stamp of the Month). Cranberry, Breeze, and Garden Green stamp pads.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Another Workshop Card

I really like the Boom-Di-Ada papers by CTMH. This card was made with the "Creative Basics" packet, which is a packet of multiple sheets of 2 paper designs. I originally got it for some wedding shower invitations, but the paper is also perfect for a card workshop. The little circle was cut with the Coluzzle circle template. The ric-rac ribbon is great because it doesn't need to be tied into a knot or bow like most other ribbons, which makes it a little easier to work with. I used the new Originals card making/layout book for this card's design.

Supplies: Hollyhock, Buttercup, White Daisy, and Sweet Leaf cardstock, Boom-Di-Ada Creative Basics paper, gold brads, Coluzzle circle template, August Stamp-Of-The-Month "Today's Date". Hollyhock ric-rac ribbon. All supplies CTMH.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Little Thanks...

I've been working hard today preparing for my card workshop tomorrow. I haven't had a workshop in a while, so I'm excited to do it again. So... here's one of the cards we're making tomorrow night. I really like the way it turned out... which is not always the case when I'm making cards!

Supplies: Colonial White cardstock, Silhouette Creative Basics paper packet, white hemp, "Solos-t" stamp set, October 2008 Stamp of the Month "Annotations" (you're getting a sneak peak - HA!), Black and Bamboo stamp pads. All supplies are CTMH.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Fun Stuff!

This week I received 2 shipments from CTMH... one was a package of accessories that I received for keeping my website subscription for a year and the other was an order of regular supplies. The accessories are fabulous! I got all kinds of ribbon, fibers and embellishments.

The second shipment was supplies... included was the NEW Originals for card-making. It has gorgeous pictures and great card layouts. I can't wait to use it!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Man Cards

I probably send out more girly birthday cards than I do man cards, but I always seem to find myself thinking... "I need a man card for _____'s birthday!". I never have one in my stash, so I always have to make it up, and it's usually the day before their birthday (LOL--I never seem to be ontime!). Anyway, here are a few Man Cards I have made this year. Enjoy!

Supplies: Everything used here is CTMH, except for a star punch used in the top photo.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Baby Shower Favors

I made these earlier this year for Beth's baby shower. I bought small (2x2x2 inch) clear boxes to hold candy, covered them with stamped images and tied up a ribbon around them. Beth and the guests loved them!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I feel compelled...

Well, now that my dear friend Misty has linked my blog to hers... I feel compelled to post SOMETHING. So here's a card I made recently, for my husband's grandmother's birthday (she's 90!!!).

Supplies: Kiwi, Ocean and White Daisy cardstock (CTMH). Bling and ribbon from Michael's. Stamp sets: June Stamp of the Month "With Love" (CTMH), For Every Occasion (CTMH). Punch: ticket corner punch (SU).

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wedding Shower a Success

The shower invitations from my last post were put to good use today! We had the shower and it was great. Everything turned out so nice. I even helped my aunts with the flower arrangements. I made a flower arrangement with a John Deere tractor in the middle. It turned out sooo cute. I don't have *that* picture (shucks), but here is one that my aunts made that night. The shower (and the wedding) have a John Deere and farming theme.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wedding Shower Invitations

Greetings! Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my first post. My most recent project was wedding shower invitations for my brother's fiance. They are simple but nice. The idea was to create an invitation using the colors for the wedding. Originally, the colors were to be green and yellow... to mimic the colors of a John Deere tractor! But my soon-to-be-sister-in-law toned them down (and added some pink) for a more subtle look (good choice)!

Stamps: Post Marked (CTMH)
Paper: Creative Basics Boom-Di-Ada Collection (CTMH), Buttercup cardstock (CTMH), Sweet Leaf cardstock (CTMH), Colonial White cardstock (CTMH)
Other: circle punches, scalloped circle punch.