Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dad rules the roost!

I am so excited! I went to Michael's today for a few supplies and came across the gcd studios provence paper collection. I picked up a few single pieces at a local scrapbooking store recently and was so excited to find the whole collection today! When I came home I found the gcd studios blog and was excited to see that they have a Father's Day card challenge right now. I still needed to make a card for my own dad, so I got to work. I thought the rooster paper in the collection was so funny and came up with this card:

I had a lot of fun with this simple card and I think my dad will get a kick out of it!


First ever Dawn McVey challenge!

I just finished my FIRST EVER Dawn McVey challenge. I've enjoyed all of her color challenges and the awesome creations her other readers come up with. Today I wanted to create a birthday card for a friend of mine. These colors were so elegant together so I wanted to create a more elegant card. The sentiment is heat embossed with black embossing powder. I give Dawn all of the credit for that black embossing powder because I first saw it being used on cards on her blog!

Here is Dawn's challenge photo:

And here's the card I came up with:


Sunday, June 14, 2009

The value of vintage

I've been really enjoying using pages of old books to create repurposed paper crafts. I was especially inspired to the Moxie Fab World's Value of Vintage challenge. I helped co-host a couples' baby shower last night for some good friends of ours. The couple is named Becky and Brandon and they are doing a bee theme in the baby's room. I found the perfect sentiment from a Mother Goose book (published in 1941!!) and designed a shower card for the two Bs and their "bb."

Here are a few of the girls:
(from left to right; Miranda and baby Sophia, Becky, Ellese and moi!)

I wanted to use the nursery rhyme as the focal point of the card and found it a bit challenging to incorporate other design aspects because the sentiment was so large! I heat embossed the "B" with black embossing powder and used some sticky strip and black glitter to create the stripe across the yellow polka-dotted paper. All in all, the theme went together really well with some AWESOME designer burpies and diaper clutch from my super-talented friend, Jenna, and some sweet-smelling baby bath products from Burt's Bees.


Bright and bubbly birthday

We attended another 5th birthday party yesterday and I once again used Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge to come up with a fun, boyish card. Here's my card:

I almost forgot the white for the card and the number 5 added just the right pop. Hope you like it!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

School's out for summer...

I'm so sad! My super-grown-up daughter has her last day of preschool tomorrow! We LOOOVVEEE her preschool teachers and wish that they could be her teachers until high school! I made some LARGE cards for them so that all of the moms could sign them in appreciation of everything they've done for our kids. These cards are made with a full sheet of cardstock, folded in half. I used vintage illustrations from a Mother Goose book that was published in 1941! (I am a total book hoarder, so I felt REALLY guilty about defacing this book. It is marked up on a lot of the pages and appears to have some water damage on the bottom of most of the pages, so I wasn't feeling too guilty!)
Kristina's color challenge completely inspired the cards I made because of the bold, primary colors. Seemed so appropriate for teacher cards!

Here are the cards I made:

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Hope you enjoy these cards and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Woohoo and Fathers' Day, too!

I'm so excited! Last week, my 5th birthday monkey card was one of Kristina Werner's top 10 picks! You can see all of the other top picks here.
Now onto this week's challenge:

For this week's challenge I decided to do a fathers' day card. I was totally inspired not only by the colors of the photo, but also the image of the car. I went for a vintage-California-personalized-license-plate-look for this card. (Can you tell I'm addicted to Thickers?!) I stamped the wood-look background with an All Night Media stamp from Michael's and then, GET THIS, I whipped out my dusty paper CRIMPER and crimped that super-cool pearl aqua paper! I really like the texture it created to give the paper a metallic corrugated siding look.

I will be trying to get a card done for another challenge tomorrow...Twilight-inspired! Stop by again and stay tuned!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

A little fifth birthday monkey madness...

I don't know what it is, but I've caught the creativity bug lately! We have a fifth birthday party to attend on Friday and Kristina had another new color inspiration challenge, so this card emerged from the crafting madness!
Thanks so much, Kristina, for the inspiration and Amy for the inspiration photo!

Stay tuned for a baby shower invitation featuring a bee theme.
Watch out craft room...HERE I COME!