I wanted to make a last-minute entry for Retro Sketches #70 but my computer decided to not cooperate when it came time to blog so I had to resort to our laptop. Unfortunately I don’t know how to crop photos using the preloaded program. And since time is running out to get my card uploaded, I decided to just go with the photo as is. ETA: Finally got my photo fixed.
I kept picturing a shaker card when I saw this week’s sketch so I went with it. The cupcake is from Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment and streamers are from PTI. Whew, I’m so glad blogging is not usually this hard or I would never post anything!
Why, hello there. Are you having a supersonic summer like I am? Thought I would pop in to share something I made for my hubby before July arrives. This is for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge #106: element that goes off the edge of the card front. I decided to revisit the concept of Starburst circles that I used for this card. I don’t think I was as successful with this design but my hubby still loved it. The plane is from Hero Arts Past Times and the sentiment from Year Round Sentiments.
We have had an eventful June. Elisia finished school on the 5th and I was able to help out at the end-of-year field day. Here she is happily making bubbles:
Two days later we left for S. Padre and enjoyed 5 days at the Schlitterbahn beach resort. We went with my brother and his family and the 4 kiddos had a blast at the indoor & outdoor water parks and the beautiful beach. We found some pirates one night:
During this time the Spurs were playing in the NBA finals and I was completely sucked in. I was sad that they didn’t win the championship but life goes on. I drowned my sorrows in some fun books, the Sweethaven series by Courtney Walsh. And this past Saturday, we welcomed a baby into our family:
Sofia Marie, a 7 week old miniature Schnauzer. Not sure who is more in love with this sweetheart, my daughter or my hubby. I knew puppies were a lot of work but getting up during the night is too much like our early days with Elisia. Just gotta remember, this too shall pass.
Do you have people in your lives who still love to read real books? Well they just might enjoy receiving one of these magnetic bookmarks. I made a set for my younger nephews & nieces to encourage them to continue reading this summer. I was inspired by the color story from the Play Date Cafe Challenge #183: navy, school bus & grass. The center one shows you what the backside looks like; perfect spot for a little message to the recipient.
And then I created another one for Elisia’s teacher but this time I added it to a card. To personalize it, I added her first initial to the flower center with a sticker. I’m entering this into the Gift Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I took photographs of the process in case you are interested in making some. Please note that you can click on any of these photos to make them larger.
You will need thin cardboard cut to 1.25″ wide by 7″ long and scored halfway. You will also need a strip of patterned paper to cover the cardboard; make it 7.25″ long and trim off the excess after gluing to make sure it’s long enough. Die cut shapes, 2 sets if you want to cover front & back or 1 set for just the front. And a pair of Basic Grey Small Magnetic Snaps.
Fold the cardboard in half and then glue the magnets to the front & back of the bookmark (2 sets shown). To align it easily, glue one magnet down, put a dot of adhesive on the other one and then hold the folded bookmark over it. The magnetic force will pull it right up and into place. I have tried making these bookmarks different ways over the years and I have found that when you glue them to the inside, the magnets will eventually pull towards each other & away from your cardboard. And be sure to use super strong adhesive, such as Glossy Accents.
Then glue the patterned paper to the outside; do this with the bookmark folded in half so there will be no gaps around the middle and work with one side at a time to get everything smooth. Round the bottom corners if you like and then glue on your die cuts. Voila!
We’ve been getting a lot of rain these past few days so lots of crafting time for me & Elisia. Hope to get one more project done today since we are heading to Austin tomorrow. Happy Sunday!
With the weather outside heating up, how about some Christmas projects to cool you off? I know those of you who live up north are saying “no thanks!” to that. I’m entering both projects into the Gift Packaging Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. The first is a gift bag made from contact paper that I found at the dollar store. I followed the instructions from here and it was very easy to put together. I have enough paper to make at least 3 more and all for just a buck. The stamps and die are from PTI’s Peaceful Pinecones set.
And next is a cute little treat bag holder. The reindeer’s face was created using a circle die and different sizes of oval dies. The antlers were just free-handed and again very easy to do. I did stamp the red cardstock with Hero Arts Magical Background but it’s not showing up in my photo.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend!
I made graduations cards for two siblings; the first one is for the sweet girl who is graduating high school. I used CAS-ual Fridays challenge 100: Tic Tac Toe (square card, bling & text) for my design but I missed the posting deadline – BOO! Anyway, it’s a shaker card filled with gold sequins. There is one stray red sequin mixed in, pointed out to me by my sharp-eyed daughter.
This 2nd card is for the equally sweet brother who is graduating college. Elisia asked me why I used arrows on his card. I said I just liked the way they looked. After a few minutes she told me she had figured out why the arrows were there – because he was going on to dental school. What a smartie! Then she told me I needed to add arrows to the other card too. She sure doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind!
I’m going to enter both of these into ABNH Challenge #24: Clean Up Your Act.
My daughter inspired this card; actually I should say she contributed to this card. She was playing around with my watercolors and she created that beautiful panel. I asked her if she wanted to make a card with it and she told me no but she was generous enough to let her mama have it. Her artwork makes me think of a landscape, the yellow at the top for the sun, blues for the sky and then the greens for the grass. I heat embossed Hero Arts Tall Circle Flowers and a sentiment from PTI’s Daily Designs Sentiments. Now I’m thinking that the heat embossing is too much contrast; what do you think?
I’m going to enter
my card our collaboration into the Moxie Fab World Wonder of Watercolor challenge. And I must say thank you to Elisia for sharing her artwork with me!
I have my mother’s day & father’s day cards completed, thanks to the His & Hers class. Jennifer made a card with partial die-cutting for day 4 and I basically CASEd her design. The first one uses the circles from PTI’s Sketched Shapes Die and the sentiment is from the Handy Hardware set. All papers are from My Mind’s Eye On the Bright Side 6×6 pad.
For my mother-in-law’s card, I used papers from Fancy Pants Park Bench 6×6 pad and dies from Hero Arts Antique Flowers and Butterflies. The sentiment is from the WPlus9 Special Lady set. I used Smooch Spritz on both cards but instead of flicking it, I touched the tubing to the card. You can get different sized blobs depending on the amount of liquid on the tip. A whole lot easier to control than spritzing or flicking!
And here’s our little princess, from 7 days old to 7 years old. Where did the time go?! Elisia is holding the party favor that we gave her guests, a rice krispy treat star wand and bracelet with a blingy crown charm.
And I wanted to show you the beautiful cake that her long-time babysitter and family friend ordered for her party. Happy birthday to my sweet girl!
This is my last card for the 75 Creative Card Challenges Week and this one took the longest to figure out. The cameras were cut with my Cricut and I cut the top layer twice, once with black patterned paper & the other with silver cardstock. I pieced it back together with tape on the back to hold everything together. I cut the view finder off of the silver camera and then glued it to a black cardstock panel, which is slightly wider than the aperture. I then trimmed around the top to match the view finder and used foam adhesive between the 2 cameras to create a pocket for the panel to slide in & out. And all this work was for the Make a Card with a Window Challenge. And where is my window? Pull up the view finder and you get this:
For the card base, I used two strips of washi tape and I staggered the stripes to give it more interest. About half of the time, my cards do not turn out the way I envision. Happily, I can say this one did.
Hope you have a great Super Bowl Sunday! I’m looking forward to seeing the commercials and maybe a little football.