Monday, March 23, 2009

Flutter-by Butterflies

Hi everyone! I truly hope everyone has had a blessed day! We have spring moving through here and the temps and weather are quite nice (for now).

Kat and I did another card challenge the other day...this time we used up some supplies from a previous stamp camp.

My card is pretty balanced I think ~ I really try to follow some rules while card making. Sometimes I really think I need to become more loose like the kids are when they stamp with me, they really don't care if it comes out perfectly balanced or not as long as they are happy with the end results they are happy! That must be one of the reasons God created kids ~ to keep parents from becoming too serious ;)

Kat's card is typical Kat...she loves the grungy look of ink to paper and to tilt the panels on her cards every which direction. I really love how creative and free she is when gets to creating with me.

I hope everyone has a great evening!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Rose is A Rose...

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone has been having a great time...I know I have. My new job is really fun ~ there is a ton of stuff to memorize and learn, but the customers and my fellow employees have been really patient with me.

I have some more cards to share with you ~ I haven't gotten to stamp as much as I would like lately, but I'm sure as soon as I have my job down a little more I will be able to take time in the evening to play in my room some more.

The cards I am going to share today are from a challenge I did with Kat ~ she got to pick the stamp set and I picked the papers. She really likes to challenge me in a literal way when we do these challenge cards...

This is what I came up with. As usual I made a pretty symmetrical card with everything matted properly...I even got a little anal lining my scallop borders up so the same amount of pink was showing on each strip of the Bella Rose paper and the scallops were actually across from each other...the fact that I stay so symmetrical really makes Kat laugh.

As you can see Kat really likes to have her cards asymmetrical, which usually turn out beautifully as well. If fact I plan on CASE-ing this card in the near future. She used her pink scalloped pieces inside the card to accent the personal message she added and of course had to add a little bling to the front of the card to make it stand out a little more ;)

I hope everyone is taking a little time to play with the wonderful stamp sets you own and trying to challenge yourself to see how many different cards you can make from one set.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thank You

Hi again ~ I have another card to share with everyone for the 5 way challenge...and this card completes a second stamp set!! Woo Hoo!!

For this card I used the Urban Garden DSP and the coordinating colors. I really wanted to grunge up the papers just a little and I thought that the direct to paper technique would be perfect.

I truly love this stamp set and can't wait to complete a few more challenge cards done so I can keep playing with this set... ;)

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Papers: Urban Garden, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray

Friday, March 13, 2009

Great News!!

I just wanted to pop on real quick and let everyone know that I have a new job as of Monday!! Unfortunately that means my time at Michael's has come to an end, but I so loved it while I was there!! I want to send a big thank you to everyone who said a prayer for me - who would have thought that in such a short period of time I would have gone from upset about not getting the full time spot I wanted so bad to being so excited to be starting a new chapter in my life?? I have to say God is good!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!


Hi there! I have the final card for my 5 ways to use it challenge for the set Zoofari...

I think this card turned out just too cute!! The colors come from the DS paper that I used - Urban Garden. After I put this card together my DD pointed out that it would have been ultra cute to have this zebra surrounded by some normal zebras - so I may have to create another card to try her idea out.... :)

I really do like this saying from the set Hope Happens. I plan on using this set for a lot of my cards!! For some reason I have been really into multiple mats lately and most of my cards are turning out very symmetrical...I may have to start following my DD's lead and start putting things off kilter...

I hope everyone has a great day ~ Happy Stamping!!

Zoofari, Hope Happens
StazOn Black, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Urban Garden DSP
Pop Dots

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I finally have cards to share - again!!

Hello to everyone!! I know it has been quite awhile since I posted last - I have to say the past few months have been stressful and busy - the stressful part comes from work, a coveted full time spot became available and several people applied for it including me. It got down to me and another gal and earlier this week I found out that the other gal got the spot. I'm happy for her but a little frustrated at the same time. We were in limbo for about three months waiting to see who was going to get the spot and I thought I had a really good shot at it. I now believe God has other plans for me...I have started putting my resume out to several places and have had a promising interview - say a prayer if you would that I'm asked back next week for the second interview...I will keep everyone posted...

I have also (finally) gotten back into making cards!!! I decided I needed to be doing something for myself and I truly enjoy paper crafting. My kids have also been in the card making mood so we have been having lots of fun every evening. Our goal has been to create challenges for each other, one of them gets to pick the stamp set and the other the colors we use and we all create a card - some are goofy and some are more serious but all are original and bring us together doing some fun stuff and that is all that really counts I think. I will say some of the cards my DD has made really blow me away - she has done a couple that I plan on CASING!!!! I have also managed to complete some of my 5 way challenge cards!!

This is the card I made for this challenge with my kids - my DD picked the stamp set and my DS picked the colors. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up my birds and a punched out scallop circle punch to create the clouds.

Here is the card my DD created - she loves to put her papers on an angle and to distress her layers by running them over the stamp pad. She opted to not color her image for this card.

Here is the card my DS created - he got quite creative with his card I think...the tiger face in the bottom is actually a butterfly punch that he colored...after I took the picture he decided to color in his rhino...

I hope everyone has enjoyed a glimpse of our card making challenges - some of the challenge cards have only been done with DD and me or DS and me - as anyone who has kids knows they don't always want to do the same things at the same time...