Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Days

Check out this cutie.... He's part of a set by The Greeting Farm called "Happy Days". I just love this image! Little C's carries TONS of images by The Greeting Farm and they're all on sale right now! Plus they'll have all of the images that are being released tomorrow! Be sure to check back here tomorrow for samples of those.

I colored this little guy with my Copics, cut him out and layered him on top of patterns by Scenic Route. I used Jen's SFYTT from a couple of weeks ago for the layout. I finished it off with some polka dot ribbon and an epoxy star shaped button.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today.
Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hambo Challenge Time

Can you believe that March is over?!
With the end of the month comes a new challenge from the Hambo team. Here's what I came up with for the April challenge. This is "Wee Henry" and he's playing doctor today! Can you guess what the challenge is for this month?
A color challenge?
A sketch challenge?
A recipe challenge?
You'll have to hop on over to the challenge blog and find out! Don't forget that you've got ALL month to make as many entries as you want!

Monday, March 29, 2010

2 challenges and 1 white rabbit

Happy Monday to you. Hope you all had a super weekend. My kids have just started their Spring Break, and we're all looking forward to abandoning the daily routine for the next week. I'm sooooo looking forward to sleeping in every single day! I'm also looking forward to getting some scrapbooking done and getting my daughters birthday party invitations made.
But for now, I have this card to share with you. I combined two challenges with this one. The layout was inspired by this sketch and the theme was inspired by the latest challenge posted on the "Oh Alice!" blog. We had to incorporate text as an element on our card.

I decided to use my SU "French Script" background stamp for the text requirement and an image by Leavenworth Jackson for the main panel. My friend has quite the collection of LJ stamps and she let me borrow a handful of "Alice in Wonderland" inspired images. I've had them for several weeks now and this is the first time I've had a chance to use them!

I've got SO many fun projects to share with you this week. (thank goodness I got them all finished before the kids were out of school!) Tomorrow is the beginning of a new challenge month at the Hambo blog. And then on the 1st I'll be sharing loads of samples for the new Pink Cat Studio digital release AND the new releases from The Greeting Farm! I'm also thinking of doing a little give-away to my followers, so stay tuned for that as well.

We're off to swim lessons and the book store. Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you tomorrow.

Friday, March 26, 2010

2 quick steps to make a 6 year old girl SQUEAL with delight...

Step 1 - Tell her to come upstairs to your workshop.

Step 2 - Show her this card.

Thank goodness I photographed this card before I showed it to my daughter, because it has since disappeared from my workshop!

Today is challenge day over at the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog. This week the challenge is to:
Use any kind of embossing - heat or dry

I decided to use them both.
On the white background layer, I clear embossed some snowflakes with my heat tool.

On the circle layer, I dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. The Hello Kitty image was cut out with "Hello Kitty Greetings" Cricut cartridge. I hope you're inspired to play along with us this week! Be sure to hop on over to the CSAYL blog to check out what the rest of the design team gals have come up with.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Next week will be a busy, but fun one. I have lots of fun samples to share with you for new releases from Pink Cat Studio and The Greeting Farm!
Until then...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Here it is!

First things first.
Thank you all for your sweet comments about the gift box card that I posted here. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who e-mailed me asking for a tutorial. Sometimes I wonder if anyone's out there in "cyber space", so your comments and kind words really meant alot to me. For that, thanks.

I worked on this tutorial yesterday afternoon, and decided to make a new sample in brighter colors, so it would be easier to see. (The original was done with black cardstock) Lots of photos and steps with this tutorial, but I figured the more info, the better. Explaining things isn't really a strength of mine, so please hang in there with me! goes.

Start with a 10" x 6" piece of cardstock.
Score on the 10" side at 3 5/8" AND 8".
If you have a scor-pal, there's an triangle mark at 3 5/8".

Flip your cardstock as shown below.
Make a score mark at 1 1/2" and stop when you get to the 3 5/8" score mark that you made in the previous step. Cut along the 1 1/2" score mark and remove that section.

After you remove the section from the previous step, position your cardstock as shown below.
Take a straight edge and make a like from the 8 1/2" mark to the edge of the cardstock. Cut away the section marked with an X - don't throw it away!
This is what your cardstock should look like now.
Take the part that you removed in the previous step and use it as a guide to make the same cut on the left side. I've used orange cardstock, to make it easier to see.
This is what you should have now.
Still with me??

Okay.....position your cardstock as shown in the photo below. Now use a pencil and make a mark on the score line at 1 1/2" in from the right edge. (You can barely see it in the photo, but I've marked near it with an arrow.)
Now measure 1 1/4" UP from the score line and make a mark.
Then measure 1 1/4" DOWN from the score line and make another mark.
(I've marked them with arrows)
Connect the dots to make a triangle and remove the part marked with an X.
Here's what you'll have.
Fold up the bottom flap as shown below.
There will be a small part that hangs over the edge of the middle layer. I've marked it with an arrow. Cut away that part.
Here's what you should have.
See how the edge is flush now?

Fold over the top flap and VOILA!
Now you're ready to decorate and embellish your little heart out. I covered mine with patterned paper, but this would also look great with some dry or heat embossing.
This is what my finished card looks like...
And here's a fun little tip....
I attached the gift tag to the card front with a small piece of Velcro. That way it stays in place and holds the card closed.

Gosh....I know that was a lot of steps, but I hope it was helpful! If you use my tutorial to make one of your own, be sure to leave a link on this post so I can check it out!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Halloween?

Valentine's Day is over.
St Patty's just passed.
Easter is around the corner.
I'm on a Christmas design team, so those cards are getting done.

Ummm......Happy Halloween??I've been dying to play with this image from Hambo. He truly has a face only a mother could love. Although he's perfect for Halloween, I think he can be used for a variety of other occasions
I used some BasicGrey patterns from their Halloween collection and paper pieced his belly. To finish it off, I added some stitched ribbon and buttons that my friend made for me out of fimo clay.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Don't forget that tomorrow is the "One & Done" digital auction on the Hambo blog, PLUS they'll be introducing a new digital image at a special introductory price.

I'll be back tomorrow with a tutorial for the gift box shaped card that's been so popular.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Did I go a little overboard? Perhaps.

While goofing off in my workshop over the weekend, I came across a new challenge from the "Oh Alice!" blog. This week, the challenge is to use butterflies. Here's what I came up with... Yeah, yeah...maybe I went a little crazy with the butterfly die cuts, but I just couldn't help myself! These little beauties were cut with the new Sizzix embossing die cut in the SU mini catalog. I used Melon Mambo, Mellow Moss and Pumpkin Pie cardstocks to cut out my little winged friends.
Quick post for me today - lots to do.
Hope you're all having a great week!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Surprise! It's Pink Cat Digi Release Day!

Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner?!
I can't believe how fast this year is flying by!
Melissa wanted to make sure that all you crafty stampers out there had some cute images to play with before Easter comes. So...instead of waiting until Thursday to do the release, she decided to do it today!
Here you go...

First up is Lily painting an Easter egg...I decided to use this image to make a Hershey bar slider. After all, what's Easter without chocolate?To make the slider base, I just scored a 6 x 6 1/2" piece of cardstock at 1/2" and 3 1/4". Then just fold, adhere and punch a hole through both layers for your ribbon. (I used a horizontal slit punch)Next up is Lily with her chick friends....Ack! I just love how this one came out.
Such a cute cute image!And here are the chicks delivering their freshly decorated eggs...Really hard to see in the pic, but the eggs are super sparkly...I swear.Boys need Easter cards too...I used these ADORABLE bouncin' bunnies to make a masculine Easter card.I think this bunny with balloons image is my favorite this week...And finally, here's Lily with an Easter treat... Isn't Melissa amazing?! She totally knocks it out of the park every week!
Go check out what the rest of the design team came up with and then hop on over to the digi store to get yours!

PS - I've had several requests to do a tutorial on the gift box card that I posted here. I promise to do that this week. Thanks for your sweet comments and e-mails about it.