Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fall Leaves

Happy weekend everyone!  I'm always so happy when the weekend arrives and I know I'll be able to spend some quality time with  my hubby and children.  This new job of his definitely sucks up most of his time during the week so it's nice to have him all to myself for a couple of days in a row!  Tonight Gary Sinice and his band will be here on post performing a free concert for us at the Parade Field and I can't wait!  It should be a wonderful time and it looks like the weather will be gorgeous for it!


The card I'm sharing today uses a new set from the SU mini catalog called Gently Falling.  I used a sketch from MFT Forum. Here is a picture of the sketch I followed...

I used soft suede CS for the card base. My SU Woodgrain BG stamp was inked up with early espresso craft ink and stamped into some soft suede CS. That was clear embossed then sponged and lightly distressed. I matted that with some early espresso and added that to the card.


A strip of soft suede was then sponged, distressed and matted with early espresso. I added a double row of paper piercings along the left edges and added that to the card using dimensional adhesive.

Next I cut a strip of really rust CS and embossed that with one of my cuttlebug embossing folders. That was sponged, distressed and matted with early espresso.


For the first time ever, I used some fabric from SU. It was intimidating to me at first...which is why I took so long to purchase it but now that I have I love it! All I had to do was cut off the portion I wanted, pull a few threads along the sides, then I spritzed a little water on it and crumbled it up in my hand. That helped achieve the frayed look. I added it to the strip of really rust just like I would have if I had used ribbon. I also added a sentiment, which is from my set called Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Lastly I stamped my leaf outlines on a strip of naturals ivory CS. I sponged it, matted it and added that to the card using dimensional adhesive. I then stamped some more leaf images on scrap naturals ivory CS. Each outline was stamped with early espresso craft ink and clear embossed. The leaves inside were inked up with multiple crayon colors, spritzed with water and then stamped inside the outlines. While it was wet I added some clear embossing powder and heat set them. Each one of those were then cut out and added to the card using dimensional adhesive.


The inside was finished off by adding some natural ivory CS that is sponged all the way around. I added a stamped sentiment from my SU set called Falling Leaves a leaf image.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend!

{SMILES}





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Card & Post it Note set....and some recognition :)

Good morning everyone.  Today I'm sharing a set I made quite a while ago using some retired DSP with some new in colors from SU.


I loved how the Island Indigo popped against the green in the DSP so knew I had to use that as the colors of my flower. I added some tempting turquoise to make it coordinate with the fabric button brad I added to the center of the flower.


Each layer of the flower was spritzed with some shimmer mist for a subtle shimmer, then crumbled up before layering it all together. Some of the layers are together with dimensional adhesive, others just regular adhesive, and ultimate the top pieces are together with the button brad.


The card base uses sahara sand CS.  I wanted to keep the base a muted neutral colors as to not take away from the darker indigo island and the pop of the kiwi kiss green in the DSP.

The BG paper on this card is matted with the indigo island, then some coordinating ribbon was added to the top.  I adhered that whole panel to the card using dimensional adhesive.


The greeting is from an SU set called Afterthoughts.  That was inked up with not quite navy craft ink and clear embossed.

Lastly I added some sahara sand swirls I cut out with my sizzix die and the flower with a pop dot.


The inside was finished off by adding some very vanilla CS, matted with indigo island.  It was left blank, ready for a handwritten note.

The post it note holder was created by cutting out the base of it with my sizzix die. I covered the front with the same DSP I used for the card and also added an identical flower to the front.
 
The flap closure has a small round piece of Velcro adhered to it to keep it closed.

Ribbon was added along the top to act as a cute carrying handle.


I also have to share with you that my sailboat card that I posted here was selected as one of Tiffany's picks this weeks on her blog called My Crafty World. Each week she picks cards using SU products that inspire her or catch her eye and she thought enough of my card to include it her in weekly picks.

I was so excited when she notified me.....It is wonderful to know that someone likes your work! You should hop on over there and check out the other creations on her Crafty Picks....as well as Tiffany's work. She's a very talented lady! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

{SMILES}





Saturday, August 20, 2011

...Creep on Over....

I finally played with some of my new Halloween stamps I purchased from SU's mini catalog.  Halloween is not really one of my favorite holidays but I for some reason LOVE to make Halloween cards!  The images are also so cute...and they always make my kids smile!  My son just adores the holiday...he lists it as a close 2nd to Christmas as being his favorite holiday!  Him and his sister are always nagging me to decorate the outside front of our house spooky each year but I just can't seem to plunk down the money needed to achieve the look their aiming for!  I try to appease them with the inexpensive spider webs and plastic spiders...as well as some tomb stones I picked up at the dollar store.  They're not really too pleased with the outcome but I always tell them when they get their own house they can decorate it any way they like for the holiday! LOL


Anyways....the card I'm sharing today uses this weeks sketch from the Pals Paper Arts Here is a photo of the sketch I followed....


I used rich razzleberry for the card base. Some DSP from the pack called Pocket full of Posies was sponged, distressed and matted with basic black CS. I added that as the BG. Next I cut a strip of old olive CS and embossed that with my spider web embossing folder. That was sponged and matted with basic black CS. I added some "splatter" by using my SU stampin' write marker and color spritzer tool. Some lace and velvet ribbon was added and I adhered that strip to the card using dimensional adhesive.


Next I cut out some squares using my nestabilities then stamped my spider images on them, which is from my SU set called Halloween Hang-Ups, which is in the mini catalog. I used black craft ink and embossed each one. I then distressed the square, spritzed them with my marker, and matted them with a black square, using dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is from my new SU set called Howl-o-ween Creeps.


After I adhered those each to the card i stamped more spider images on scrap white CS, embossed them and then cut them out. Those were each adhered over the original images to give them dimension.

Lastly some black crystals were added along the bottom of the sentiment.

The inside was finished off by adding some naturals white CS and DSP. Lace ribbon was also added. The greeting is from an older set called House of Haunts. I punched that out, matted it with basic black and added that with dimensional adhesive.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

{SMILES}


Friday, August 19, 2011

Fall Tree

Good moring...Friday is finally here and I have a great weekend to look forward to with my family.  Jeff was supposed to have today off, but unfortunatly they scheduled a meeting this morning and "mandatory" golf for leaderaship afterwards.  He doesn't even play golf so that should be interesting!  Actually, from what I understand...most attending don't play golf!  You have to "love" those "mandatory fun days"  (Nahhhhh...there was no sacrasm in my voice)   LOL


Anyways...as I mentioned yesterday I made 5 fall cards and here is the last one I made.  I used the sketch from I Heart 2 Stamp....and I think I'm actually on time to link it up to her blog! Shocker, right?! {wink} Here is a picture of the sketch I followed.....


I started with a card base of naturals ivory CS. I then added some Spice Cake DSP from the SU mini catalog. That was sponged with some chocolate chip classic ink.

Next I embossed a strip of daffodil delight CS and sponged that too. That was matted with chocolate chip and added to the card using dimensional adhesive.


A strip of pool party was matted with chocolate chip, sponged and also added with dimensional adhesive.

I inked up my tree image, called Leaves of a Tree, with chocolate chip craft ink and clear embossed it. That was sponged and matted with chocolate chip CS. I adhered that with dimensional adhesive.


Lastly I used a sentiment from the SU set called Falling Leaves. That was inked up with chocolate chip and stamped onto some twill. I added some brown brads to the ends.


The inside was finished off by added some DSP and a stamped senetiment from my SU set called Gifts of the Earth.  I also added some small circles I punched out of the leaves from the tree in more mustard and old olive.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

{SMILES}

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gently Falling Leaf Card Set

Fall definitely is not in the air yet here in Ft Campbell....at least outside....but it was definitely in my craft room yesterday!  I was able to sit down and play with some new goodies I got from SU and I was on a roll!  In all I made 5 cards yesterday...all fall themed.


The idea for this set of cards is not one of my own....I cased a card I saw from Crafty Girl using this same set. Of course I changed it up a bit and added my own personal touches. This was one of those cases when you see what someone did with a stamp set and I just couldn't get how fabulous the design was out of my head....I just had to case it so I could "move" on when I looked at this set and think of new ideas!

As you can see I decided to make a set of these cards...2 horizontal in design and 2 vertical.  This would be a great thank you set to have or a nice way to send along Thanksgiving wishes.  I used the coordinating DSP called Spice cake with, as I mentioned before, the 2 step stamp set called Gently Falling.

The card base of each card uses early espresso CS. I stamped the outline leaf images on the base using early espresso craft ink then clear embossed them. I also stamped a greeting the same way.

Next I matted some DSP with pool party CS. Each layer was sponged and I used a decorative edged punch along the top. I added some quilted satin ribbon along the top seam and adhered that to the card using dimensional adhesive.


My large circle punch was used to punch out a circle of naturals vanilla CS. That was sponged and paper piercings were added all the way around. I adhered that to the card using dimensional adhesive.


Lastly I stamped my leaf images using early espresso, more mustard, really rust and old olive craft ink. Each one was clear embossed then cut out by hand. I adhered those to the punched circle using dimensional adhesive.


The insides were finished off by simply adding some naturals ivory CS with some leaf images stamp with classic ink.

Thank you so much for stopping by today....and your interested in owning these cards they will be on my ETSY


{SMILES}

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Masculine Sailboat Birthday Card

A quick post this morning as I'm getting the kids ready for school.....

Yesterday I actually completed quite a bit of work at my desk, which was so refreshing.  I finished some orders and actually had time to make a card up for my ETSY. Maybe today I'll have a chance to get in their again today. I just got some great Halloween images I'd love to ink up!

For this card I used SU's stamp called Sail Away. I started with early espresso CS for the card base then used some DSP from my pack called Well Worn for the BG. That was sponged, distressed and matted with some crumb cake CS.

Next I cut a strip of crumb cake and crinkled that up into a ball. That was smoothed out again and sponged with early espresso, then matted. I added that to the card using dimensional adhesive.


A strip of not quite navy was then matted with early espresso, and sponged as well. I added a piece of twill to the center then added that to the card using dimensional adhesive.

The sail boat image was inked up with some early espresso craft ink and stamped onto some naturals ivory CS. I clear embossed that then sponged and distressed it. That was matted with some early espresso. I added a copper colored brad to the corner....(totally inspired by Ann from The Stampin' Schach) That was adhered to the card using dimensional adhesive.


Lastly I stamped my greeting, also using early espresso craft ink. That was punched out with my oval punch and added to the card with dimensional adhesive.


The inside was finished off by adding some natural ivory CS and DSP along the bottom. I stamped my sentiment, then added that to the insides with dimensional adhesive.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

{SMILES}

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vintage twist on my Doily card

Good morning all...it's been a while since I've been on here! It's been super busy here at the house...we had visitors for a week and then my husband and I had a 3 day weekend to enjoy together.  We had so much fun too. 

We drove to Nashville on Saturday to attend a conservations/hunting exposition and while we were there we entered our names into a drawing to win tickets for a dinner/concert that night at the Opry Mills Hotel to see Jeff Foxworthy and Craig Morgan.  (The contest was being sponsored by Support US Armed Forces.)   Well as luck would have it....WE WON! We were half way home when we received the phone call and were so super excited! We hurried home to change (they requested Jeff to be in his uniform) and drove back to Nashville for the dinner/concert. It ended up being so much more than we ever imagined!

One other military couple was selected as well and both soldiers were honored on stage with a standing ovation then the national anthem was played and a tethered bald eagle was brought out near the flag. It was truly humbling and such a proud moment for me to see my husband up on the that stage getting recognition! A delicious dinner followed as well as the concert. We had such a fun time. It was definitely a remember-able night!

Sunday ended up being just a nice lazy day at the house.  We did some yard work, got my son a haircut, picked up some supplies from Walmart.  My husband also did his first self-done oil change on his motorcycle, which I think went well...although he was a little grouching during the process!  LOL

Monday the kids went to school and my husband and I had the day all to ourselves!  We took a nice country side motorcycle drive down to Lynchburg TN where we toured the Jack Daniels Distillery.  What a gorgeous historic place and so interesting too!  I loved learning the history of the drink.

Now it's back to work for my hubby and I have some orders to fill...so back to work for me too.  (although I have so much fun doing my work I think it should be illegal to call it work)!  LOL

Well, now onto my card. You might remember the card I made here using the new BG stamp from SU called Hello Doily. I liked how it turned out so much using this sketch that I thought I'd try it with some different colors. It took on a totally new life with these colors and completely changed the look.


I used chocolate chip CS for the base of this card then added some Calypso Coral DSP for the BG. that was matted with some very vanilla.

Next a strip of Island Indigo was added with dimensional adhesive. I added some crochet ribbon then adhered that all to the card.


My Doily image was stamped using versamark ink and Calypso Coral as well as Island Indigo. I punched out the centers of two of the image and adhered them together using dimensional adhesive. A large sparkly brown brad was added to the center.

Lastly I stamped my greeting, which is from my SU set called Teeny Tiny wishes. That was adhered to the card using dimensional adhesive.


The inside was finished off by adding some very vanilla CS with a stamped greeting. I also added some DSP along the bottom.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

{SMILES}

Friday, August 5, 2011

Vintage looking Tricycle

I have a super quick post for today....lots of things on my agenda!  School started yesterday and we finally got our back to school list and ...Yah...it's tax free weekend here in TN so on top of the gym and cleaning for my in-laws coming tonight I'm going out and finishing that up.  Oh...and we also have a mandatory barbecue to go to tonight at my husbands LT Col's house.  Can you tell I seem a little frazzled?


Anywho....I made this card using a sketch from Got Sketch I didn't follow all the instructions....the middle circle was supposed to be a window and I omitted that in my card. I just loved the sketch and instantly thought of this tricycle stamp from my SU set called Pedaling Past for the card.

Here is a photo of the sketch I followed....

I used soft suede for the card base then added some retired DSP to the background.  That was sponged and distressed then matted with some  calypso coral CS.

Next I cut out my circles using my nestabilities.  Each one was sponged and distressed.  My tricycle image was inked up with versmark, then calypso coral classic and clear embossed.  I added each circle to the card using dimensional adhesive.


A strip of soft sued was added that has some crochet ribbon and calypso coral ribbon along the center.  I also added a row of golden pearls along the top of that.   That was all adhered to the card using dimensional adhesive.


Lastly I stamped my greeting using soft suede craft ink.  That was clear embossed and punched out with my oval punch.   I sponged and distressed each layer of that as well.


The inside was finished off by adding some very vanilla CS and a stamped greeting from my SU set called Whimsical Words.  That was also framed with a stamp from the set called Four Frames.  I matted it with soft suede and added some calypso coral ribbon as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   Enjoy your weekend.

{SMILES}