Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ombre Inspired Birthday Card

(inspired by this one by Julie Ebersole)

I like the masculine feel to this card.

I cut the sentiment out of White Daisy cardstock using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge, then sponged Pear and Lagoon ink over top, blending where the two colours met in the middle.  I then pressed the inked pieces into my Versamark ink pad, sprinkled clear embossing powder over top and heat set it.

I used black ink and Distressed Backgrounds stamp on the bottom of the card.

The stars were punched, and then I used my metallic silver marker to draw the stitch lines on them, and used 3D foam tape to pop them up.

The only other notable is the green dots.  I used clear sparkles and inked them with Pear pigment ink, which I covered in clear embossing powder and heat set.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  White Daisy, Black CS
Inks:  Lagoon, Pear, Black, Versamark, Pear pigment
Embellishments:  Clear Sparkles, Blue Sparkles
Punches:  Large and Med. Stars (SU), Small (other)
Other:  Silver Metallic marker, Clear embossing powder, Sponge, 3D foam tape, Cricut Artbooking cartridge

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mini Golf

While we were in Yuma, AZ, for spring break, we had planned on taking Cole to the waterpark.

We waited to go on a day that Lee's dad was busy which happened to be a Monday, only to find out when we got to the waterpark that it was open only during the weekends until summer.  

So we went mini golfing instead!

They actually had two mini golf courses at the same place as the waterpark, so we played both courses.

This one shows pics of the old town Yuma themed course.

I paired up retired papers from both Surf's Up and Dakota paper packs.

I chose to use Dakota for the old west feel the papers, which worked perfectly with the golf course theme.

And I thought Surf's Up worked perfectly for the hot sunny desert of Arizona.

Inspiration for my layout came from this one by Wendy Coffman.
And thanks to her, my layout came together rather quickly.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Dakota - retired, Surf's Up - retired;  Colonial White, Barn Red, Lagoon CS
Stamps:  Frame Kit Stamp Set, Hip Pics Stamp Set - retired
Ink:  Chocolate Pigment
Embellishments:  Surf's Up My Stickease - retired, Surf's Up Complements - retired, Picture My Life Surf's Up (used for journal card), Jute ribbon, Cork Alphabet - retired, Cork Midtown Shapes
Other:  Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, Scallop Border Punch, Micro-tip Scissors, Clear Embossing Powder - retired

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Robot Birthday

Here's a fun card, perfect for a little boy on his birthday.

This card looks like it is kind of an odd size, with the base measuring 5 1/2" x 2 1/2", but with the sentiment banner, its finished size is actually a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card.  ;)

The stamp set I used is called Robot Family full of lots of cute images.

And if you notice, I used the "mom" robot image, but by covering her skirt with the sentiment banner, it now looks more masculine.

I just really wanted to have that birthday cake on there!  lol

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  White Daisy, Lagoon, Buttercup CS
Stamp:  Robot Family
Inks:  Black, Whisper, Versamark
Markers:  Lagoon, Buttercup, Whisper, Slate, Cotton Candy
Embellishment:  Aqua Dot
Other:  Gear Punch (SU), Clear Detail Embossing powder, 3D foam tape, Micro-tip scissors

Friday, April 4, 2014

Convention Layout with Ariana Papers

When I saw Rebecca Brown's layout she shared back in February, I thought it was so pretty and I had to make one too.

I believe she made hers in a 6x6 size.  I adjusted mine to 8x8, then adhered it onto a 12x12 sheet of Kraft cardstock, and added some journaling.

The photo is of me on the first day of Convention in Disney World last June.
It was the first time I attended Convention, even though I've been a Consultant since 2005.

Lee, the kids and I were headed for breakfast before the excitement began and he snapped this picture.

I know you can't tell by looking at the photo, but I was so nervous!  (That shy thing always rears its head.)

At the time, Corporate was my Upline, so I didn't belong to a group.
(Recently changes have been incorporated to move me to a new Upline... an actual person.  Hehe.)

Thankfully, fellow US Consultant Brenda Rose saved me a seat so I wasn't completely alone.
(It's amazing how alone a person can feel in a room full of people!  lol)
Thanks again, Brenda!  :)

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Ariana; Colonial White, Black, Blush, Kraft CS
Stamp:  Love This
Inks:  Cashmere, Ruby
Markers:  Blush
Embellishments:  White Embroidery Floss, Sparkle Flourish
Other:  3D foam tape, Journal Pen, Scissors, Needle, Ruler

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stamped Birthday Card

Yesterday I stole about a half hour out of my day to get my fingers inky before running errands.

I always enjoy stamping my own patterned paper(s).

The main image and sentiment is from a new set called Belated Birthday.

For the cake, I first inked the stamp in Whisper, then rolled the outer edges in Sky ink.

The damask images are from an old, retired set called Decorative Dainties. 
I inked the stamp first in Whisper ink, then rolled the edges in Pacifica, and stamped it onto Sky cardstock.

I wanted to use a Pacifica ribbon, and I found an old roll of Indian Corn Blue grosgrain ribbon in my ribbon drawer, so I cut off a length and then sponged Pacifica ink onto it.  Worked perfectly.

And then I found that I had some Pacifica ribbon from an old mini medley's collection when I was grabbing a Pacifica button to use.  Of course!  Oh, well... so now I see I need to take all my ribbon out of my mini medley's and put them into my ribbon drawer.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  White Daisy, Sky, Whisper CS
Stamps:  Belated Birthday, Decorative Dainties - retired
Inks:  Whisper, Pacifica, Sky
Markers:  Pacifica, Sky
Embellishments:  Pacifica button, Slate Baker's Twine, Indian Corn Blue grosgrain - retired (and inked)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Break in Photos

You may (or may not) have noticed that I took a break from my blog.

And that's because we took off to the southern US for Spring Break to visit with the in-laws.

Our first day there, we slept in and didn't do a whole lot other than take in the local "tent city" where you can shop from local people.

Then in the evening we went to a cousins' place for a potluck birthday/farewell dinner.
This time of year, all the "snowbirds" are packing up and heading back up north for the summer.

Cole took this photo of us after supper on one of our walks in the foothills area.

The next day we went with Lee's dad to the Castle Dome Silver Mines Museum.

This is the Castle Dome, which the mines are named after.

On our drive back from the museum, we stopped in at the Yuma Proving Grounds.

There are a lot of tanks (and other stuff) on display.

We had our IDs checked and were allowed to go into the Base and had lunch at their bowling alley. 

Later that evening we went to another farewell party.  This one was hosted by the Gardner's from Fort St. John, the same city we live just outside of.  They do a big BBQ, drinks, and karaoke for probably around 100 or so people each year.  (We went last year, too.)  I didn't take my camera with me tho, so no pics to share.

The next day we drove into California and then across the border into Mexico for a little shopping and lunch.

Cole drinking a virgin strawberry daiquiri.

On the weekend, we mostly just did some shopping at the local malls/stores.

On Monday, the in-laws had to drive some friends to the Palm Springs airport, which is about a 3 hr drive each way, so we took Cole to the Water Park.

Sad to say it is only open on the weekend so we missed it.  (It won't open during the weekdays for a while - I think when school is out for summer.)

But there was also Mini Golf and Go Carts there, so it wasn't a complete loss.  ;)

After the mini golf and go carts, we drove to the old downtown area.  

Cole posed for this picture outside of Lute's Casino Restaurant.

On our last day, I helped out by doing some spring cleaning at the in-laws.

Lee helped his dad with moving patio furniture and other stuff that needs to be packed up and stored away.

They were getting ready to head north, too.

After cleaning, we took Cole to a nearby outdoor swimming pool and soaked up the last of the hot sun before catching an early flight home the next day.

It's been such a long, cold and snowy winter, but it's always good to be back home.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Ivy Lane... Happy Mother's Day Card

I was asked by one of Lee's co-workers to create some cards for her.

One of the cards she needed was a Mother's Day card.

So I made this one using CTMHs new Ivy Lane papers.

The flower is from Happy Autumn, and the sentiment from an older retired set called Say It In Style.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Ivy Lane; Colonial White CS
Stamps:  Happy Autumn, Say It In Style - retired
Inks:  Hollyhock, Blush, Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy, Black
Embellishments:  Pearl Opaques - retired
Dies:  Banners Framelits (SU)
Other:  Micro-tip scissors, 3D foam tape

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Laughing Lola One Sheet Wonder Set

Isn't this a great set?

And to think it is made with just one sheet of patterned paper!

Note:  I received the One Sheet Wonder instructions from Angie Kennedy Juda for joining her newsletter mailing list, but I don't have permission to share it with you.  (Her site is temporarily down, and she is working to get it fixed.)

So if you are looking for the instructions, I would suggest that you join her newsletter mailing list to see if you can get access to it that way.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Laughing Lola; Colonial White, Laughing Lola Gold, Laughing Lola Purple, Lagoon CS
Stamps:  Love This, It's Your Day - retired, Newlyweds
Inks:  Black, Versamark
Markers:  Whisper, Black
Embellishments:  Clear and Bitty Sparkles, Black Baker's Twine, Black Stitched Grosgrain - retired, Black Tulle - retired
Punches:  1 1/8", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2" circles (EK), Scallop circle (SU), Heart To Heart (SU)
Other:  Kraft knife, Stylus, 3D foam tape, Micro-tip scissors, Modern Alphabet Upper Die Collection (PTI), Banners Thinlets dies (SU)


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