Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hello Sunshine

And now for some summer fun. This week's Delightful Challenges challenge is the dog days of summer (summer or summer heat) and what says summer more than flip flops? The sketch is Our Daily Bread Designs #70 and was perfect for this little stamp to really shine. I also took on the Paper Variety tic-tac-toe challenge. The line I used was stitching (faux, hand or machine), make a card, and use pink. The flip flop stamp is a $1 stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps (just got it) and the sentiment is from Verve's "Celebrating You". I used one of the medium doilies from Floral Doily Motifs by spellbinders to create a sun around the sentiment.

Happy Anniversary to: Me!

Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary. Boy does the time fly by! I saw this sketch by the Pixie Cottage (sketch and/or embossing) and loved it since they had hearts for the brads and I thought that was perfect for an anniversary card. But, alas the only heart brads I had were pink and just did not fit with a masculine card. I went all Verve-y on this one: the little bear and the sentiment inside are from "To the Moon" and "love" is from "Text Objects". The "Happy Anniversary" on the inside is from PTI's "Damask Designs" one of my all-time favorite stamp sets!

Hi, all! If you read my last post, you may think you are seeing the same card again, but it's different I promis. : ) I did use most of the same elements though, 'cause I thought they looked good together and gave kind of an edgy, hip vibe. This card is for my brother-in-law who lives in New York City (and thus is edgy and hip), and who also turned thirty today. Seems to be kind of a big milestone around here, so I wanted to make something really celebrating it. The sketch is from Skipping Stones Designs; I really loved the idea of bracketed numbers. The numbers were die cut using PTI's by the numbers dies and the brackets are from spellbinders' floral doily motifs which I just bought Thursday. I think I'm going to love it! The sentiment is also from PTI "Big Birthday Wishes" and the little flourishes inside the card are from their "Mat Stack 2" set.

Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm baaaaack

Hi, all. I have been missing for a while as summer seems to be an extremely busy time around here. But I was in need of a birthday card for my brother for this weekend, so I HAD to get some stuff out and play. This is my first successful attempt at an easel card and hey, I think I might like it. The challenge from Delightful Challenges this week was to use fancy folds; I think it qualifies. The sketch is from the Skipping Stones Designs challenge. Verve is running their Diva Dare for the next week or so and the dare is to use paper you have been hoarding and sentiments only (no images) to allow that paper to shine through. Now, I haven't been hoarding this paper, but I have had it for years and never used it. When I pulled it out, I realized it was perfect for the graphic look I had in mind for this card. Did you notice the picture at the top of the post? Well, it is the inspiration for the Paper Variety challenge this week. I picked up on the black and white with a pop of that lime green that shows up in one of the puzzle pieces under the book.

The numbers dies and the fabulous sentiment (Big Birhday Wishes)are both from PTI. I used two of the classic circles large dies from Spellbinders to create the frame behind the numbers.