I love weekends when I can just sit down and create, not for a purpose, but just for whatever. So last night I took advantage (and stayed up late) to make a few non-purpose cards, just to create. The cards above are fun, I used my new Basic Grey "Blush" papers from the local scrapbook store. I cut out the shapes to paste to my red petal cards that I've got tons of leftovers from Stampin' Up. On the red sides I stamped some Flourishes stamps by Autumn Leaves in brown ink. I distressed the edges using my distressing tool. Oh happy day stamp is by Wordsworth. The pink rhinestone just polished off the rough edges and made it fun for me.
I also had fun creating this card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge (WSC63) and just decided to do a masculine card. This card, as I was making it, reminded me of shoe polish and military. Don't ask why, except inking the edges and the color, I guess. My Friend is a cardstock sticker from Daisy D's and I squashed a bottle cap and stuck it on. I used brads that look like screws. I love these. I enjoy doing masculine cards every so often. We had quite a weekend, Friday night we took our older daughter to see the play "The Jungle Book" which was SO much fun, yesterday we went to another birthday party, and today our church had a fall festival. Nate and I are exhausted.
Don't forget about my blog candy, if you haven't commented to that post yet, be sure to do so before Thursday! Have a great week!
I did LOTS of Christmas cards and am giving away blog candy next week. But first, let me share a card I did for the Splitcoaststampers Limited supplies challenge called "'Leaf' it to me, baby!" which was a challenge to do a card using leaf images. Part 2 of the challenge is to do a pink card in honor of breast cancer awareness month. So here is my card: I used a variety of scrap papers and ribbons. Additionally I used some thin fibrous pink paper and my Sizzix leaf die cut. I sponged some cocoa ink around the edges to age it a little. I also distressed the rectangle and circle edges and sponged a little brown on the circle, too. I thought this could be an encouraging card for a friend. So I was checking out Taylor's blog and found a great challenge this week so I decided to integrate it into some Christmas cards. The picture above is specifically for her sketch. I also did several variations just for variety. These Christmas cards are quite contemporary. I stopped by the local scrapbook store and found these cool papers, by Luxe and BoBunny that coordinate well. I also used natural white cardstock, Stampin' Up's Build-A-Brad, some ribbons and buttons and hemp twine. I really enjoyed making these cards. I made 6 in all, and only used [less than] 2 sheets of the designer papers. I switched up some of the sketch to do the other 4 cards- check them out: So what do you think about these cards? Too contemporary for Christmas? Well, some people on my Christmas list are more contemporary than others. I personally LOVE them. I thought these papers were the coolest for Christmas. So I decided I would give some away as blog candy!
One of each sheet, plus 2 sheets of natural white cardstock, 6 build-a-brads, and ribbons. Use them as you please! Just leave a comment on this blog entry and you're eligible to win. On Thursday, October 30th, I'll use the random number generator online to pick a winner! This is a special thanks to my blog readers!
Ok, so the calendars I did over the weekend, and I'm just getting around to sharing. But last night I was so excited to knock out 5, yes 5, Christmas cards- and still went to bed around 10! I used scraps from last year's designer series papers for 4 of them, so I feel good about less $ spending, too! When I was planning my original calendar project (see previous post), I bought the mini clips from Stampin' Up. Well, they should have been called "teeny tiny" clips because there was no way I was going to fit 12 sheets of cardstock (one for each month) in a clip. So this random thought of putting them to use came to me last night. And they almost make my punched circles look like little ornaments. Below, I used Christ is Born again, this time for the center of the flower I added some adhesive-backed jewels. The letters were stamped in Versamark, then red, for shadowing, and then I used my Sakura Glaze pen to accent the swooping of the script. The background of the green card is stamped in Celery using the Paisley background, also a Stampin' Up stamp. This card is much nicer in person. I just couldn't get a good pic of it. The scalloped red cardstock came from an old SU card kit. I have a bunch of them. Here are the 2 calendars I did last weekend, one for my ECU fans out there! Go Pirates! These are a little different than the other calendars. This time I did a sturdy "pocket" and stamped images at the tops of the pages. I have a bunch of pirate stamps that I have used for making other pirate memorabilia in the past, such as marble coasters and such. Oh, and by the way, all of my calendars are magnetic so far! These 2 have a strip of magnet tape on the back. The others that I shared have a magnet on the back of the clip. Here is the other, more grunge looking. I used old scrap cardstock that I LOVE. I stamped the year on a leftover piece (the back side of the paisley print) and clipped it on with one of those teeny tiny clips I mentioned earlier. Each month has a different inspirational message. I'm nearing 4000 visits to my blog, so in the excitement of the milestone, I'll be having some blog candy soon. Keep your peepers peeled for details!
I made 3 of these Christmas Cards, using the textured cardstock. I stamped the flower in vanilla and sprayed Pearl Ex hair spray for the background. I used gold cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in gold. I polished it off with some vanilla ribbon, and voila! 3 more cards done! (But lots more to go...)
I have completed 8 calendars for Christmas already! I love this idea from Stampin' Up's catalog, just have some kinks to work out before I make more. I did mine a bit differently, I formatted mine to fit 4 on a sheet of cardstock (quarter sheet size), so that I could save 1 piece of paper per person,which in large quantities can save me quite a bit of money. I really do love the long skinny version, but price is a factor this day and age. I used 2 different sets of Stampin' Up designer series paper- Urban Garden and Green Tea, and combined my favorites from the two to make my calendars.
January February and March are shown here. January was as simple as cutting my paper and sticking it on. February I used Serene Sunflower with Old Olive ink and got a 2 tone monochromatic look by stamping off some of the ink to get lighter shades some of the time. I cut out flowers from the designer series paper for March. In person those flowers are incredibly dimensional!
For April, again cut and paste, this time simple stripes. May I used my new set Inspired by Nature and the new In Color 'Baja Breeze'. Another cut and paste for June, and half the year is done.
July was just a random thought- I think I should re-think. I used random cardstock stickers that I had from old simply scrappin and other kits, just pulled out things that matched in color. So all of the July pages for each of the 8 calendars are unique. For August I pulled out Best Blossom which I unsuccessfully tried to sell. Must've been meant to be.
October and December, cut and paste, November was stamped using Autumn Leaf Prints and Going Gray ink. I have to tell you, this appears to be a quick project, but it was quite time consuming. I think if/when I do more it will take less time, but I probably put a good 10 hours into this project. I will do it again, but make some changes for next time.
My team is taking out our team lead out for breakfast tomorrow (a day early). I made a card for my team to give to our team lead, as well as a card for our manager (see below), who has 3 teams under him. They are both 1/2 sheets of cardstock (a full sheet scored and folded in half) so they are big enough for everyone to sign. That will give you perspective on how big they really are.
I really love how the the first one came out. The pic just doesn't do justice, I guess my lighting was off. I really loved the colors in it the most, the silver and basic gray, along with the aqua and a splash of glitter!
Stamps: Inspired by Nature (Stampin' Up!) Paper: Aqua, silver Sizzix paper (it comes scrunched like it's seen in pic), natural white, and Stampin' Up's Urban Garden. Accessories: Sticky Cuts Letters, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and ribbons, all from Stampin' Up!
The next one is really more masculine for our manager, who is a man obviously. We work in IT, so we all support computers. I know Computer Quips wasn't a very popular set, but I really loved it. I guess it takes a computer nerd to like the set. Stamps: Computer Quips by Stampin' Up! Paper: Buckaroo Blue, watercolor paper, and scrap from Urban Garden designer series paper (the same stems from the flowers in the scrap from the card above!) all from Stampin' Up! Technique: Watercoloring
I love fall, and I loved Taylor's Cupcake Challenge (TECC36) this week. I took the opportunity to enjoy my favorite season and my favorite color family (Earth Elements). Amanda, if you see this, I thought of you with this sentiment. I'm praying about your job situation. Stamps: Autumn Leaf Prints, Refuge and Strength, Houndstooth (background) Paper: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Natural Ink: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Summer Sun, Pumpkin, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel Technique: Distress, Aging, Spritzing
Tomorrow I'm baking cookies with my older daughter and we're all going to a birthday party. I'm planning to show you our gift to the birthday girl, as I'm getting a teensy bit creative with this one. Have a great weekend!
I want to quickly share before I go to bed. These are almost all products from Stampin' Up! Some of them are retired. I love the With Gratitude set from this autumn card. I think slide mounts are so fun on cards and can really highlight an image well. The Build a Brad kit is so fun and so easy (see tag on Christmas card below). Ok, off to bed. I began working on some calendar gifts for Christmas, I will share soon.