Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lightning Bugs, Captured!

I promise this will be the last mason jar for awhile (although I have made others from this second mason jar stamp set . . .)!  Summer may be over and the lightning bugs/ fireflies gone with it, but I managed to capture a few on paper! 

Happy World Card-Making Day!

Supplies:  Recollections mason jar and fireflies, Recollections sentiment, Stampin' Up yoyo yellow and basic black cardstock and ink, Heidi Swapp gold color shine (on bugs), Spellbinders Nestablities Classic Ovals, Glossy Accents, Recollections light blue distressed paper, Copic light blue marker & miscellaneous ribbon.

Mason Jar with Paper Flowers

I've had these paper flowers in my stash for a year or two, and rarely think to include them on a project but somehow decided they might work OK on this mason jar card, another favorite of the series I've created this summer.  I water-colored the mason jar to create a subtle watery effect and used Copics on the lid.

Supplies:  Inkadinkadoo mason jar, MME Moments patterned paper, Prima flowers, satin ribbon, miscellaneous brads, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic cool gray C1, C3 & C5 markers.

Ship in a Bottle

It's often a struggle for me to come up with appropriate masculine cards, so I challenged myself to use the mason jar stamp for just that purpose.  I considered putting a "message in the bottle," but the bottle a/k/a mason jar seemed better-suited for the ship alone with message underneath!  I thought the nautical navy & white baker's twine was a good substitute for ribbon.  

Supplies:  Inkadinkadoo mason jar, Just For Fun map background, PSX ship stamp, sentiment from Stampin' Up, SU whisper white, night of navy, creamy caramel cardstock and ink, baker's twine.

Double Daisies

I love this daisy, so I decided to make a vase out of my mason jar to give the flower a new home.   Which one do you like better?

Supplies:  Inkadinkadoo mason jar, Penny Black flower stamp, miscellaneous ribbon, Stampin' Up whisper white, old olive, cajun craze & pumpkin pie cardstock and ink, Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers and Oriental Weave embossing folders, Glossy Accents (on left card), Copic light blue marker and colorless blender (on right) for watery effect.

Lemonade in a Mason Jar

Happy World Card-Making Day!

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted anything!  Where did the spring and summer go?  Well, I planned to post this in June or July, but with highs still in the mid 80's here,  I don't feel bad about my faux homemade lemonade in a jar (even if it is a little out of season)!  My family and I love freshly squeezed lemonade and my friend Paula recently served us some in mason jars (her jars  had handles) which seemed to make it taste even sweeter (or it could be she uses more sugar)! 

I decided to start a series of mason jar cards this summer, but will only post a few of my favorites to get back in the swing of card-making/blogging.  I'll have to be careful about mailing this one when/if I decide to send it away, but I was definitely happy with the way it turned out!

Supplies:  Vellum, tiny white brads, baker's twine, plastic straw, square punch (for an easy slit of the tag), Inkadinkadoo mason jar, sentiment from Fiskars Latte Love, Studio G Hampton Art patterned paper, Stampin' Up brilliant blue, whisper white

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Madness!

Happy March!  

I'm not a huge sports fan (I'd rather be crafting!) but I simply had to make this basketball-inspired card in honor of the Kansas Jayhawks!  I also happened to be working on a set of crimson and blue note cards for a fellow KU fan, so my supplies were handy!  I hope Suzy enjoys the cards her Mom asked me to make for her birthday!  Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU!

Supplies:  KU Bookstore Jayhawk, Stampin' Up Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Daffodil delight inks and cardstock, Paper Studio medium polka dots, Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey (& regular) circle dies. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I love this PTI stamp set, so I decided to use it to make this year's valentines.  I don't like to mass produce the same design multiple times, so I made variations on a theme and this is one of my favorites.

Supplies:  Paper Trey Ink Stitched with Love, Stampin' Up Happiest Birthday Wishes and Teeny Tiny Wishes, There She Goes Penguin Love stamp sets, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler & Soft Suede cardstock and inks,  ribbon and baker's twine, Adorning Accents edgelits, Paper Studio Doodle Hearts embossing folder, paper piercer, dimentsionals & circle dies, silver embossing powder and Versamark.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Time for cake?

I got out of my comfort zone, used some less traditional colors and added some paint splatter to these otherwise traditional clocks for a friend's birthday.  Too bad she lives in Kansas, so I won't be able to share any cake with her. 

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Hands of Time, Stampin Up Afterthoughts and Gorgeous Grunge, Whisper Whtie, Rose Red and Peach Parfait card stock and inks, grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities circle dies.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Going in Circles

Sometimes I feel like I'm going in circles, especially when it comes to keeping the house clean.  It seems like the other "residents" here are out to make my life difficult, continually adding to my workload!  Yesterday afternoon I found (fresh) peanut butter on the stairs as well as on the wall leading up the stairs,  -What?????  The kids and I were at work and school during the day, so there's only one likely culprit who simply doesn't seem to recall how it could have happened . . .

I saw an idea for a card similar to this in PaperCrafts' Stamp It Techniques Volume 2.  It required me to pull out my Stamp-a-majig in order to line all those circles up, but I think it was worth the trouble for this crisp, clean look.

Supplies:  SU Soft Suede and Sage Shadow ink & cardstock, Spellbinders circle dies, Studio G alphabet set, Quickutz Geometric Circles embossing folder.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chilling Out!

We got a little less than 2 inches of snow (plus some ice) here in Georgia this week and the kids have had no school for three days in a row!   Meanwhile, we've been "chilling out!"

I've gotten a number of cards done, finishing a collection to send to my friend Erin for her birthday next week.  I based this one loosely on an altered book project my daughter did last semester in Art class.  She had some extra pages torn out she let me use to create this unique look.  Since the text actually mentions penguins, choosing the stamp was easy!

Supplies used:  Stampendous Skating Penguin, There She Goes Penguin Love sentiment, die cut & embossed banner (manufacturer ?), SU very vanilla, real red, and basic black card stock, Paper Studio A2 Snowflakes embossing folder, Versamark, embossing powder and glitter.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Warm Birthday Wishes

I had this card scheduled to publish on my Mom's birthday,  a couple weeks ago, but it didn't appear . . .

I made this card last week when it was in the teens here in Georgia -Brrrr!  We're not used to that kind of winter weather!  This quilt-like birthday card seemed appropriate for my Mom who lives in Missouri and is quite accustomed to cold January birthday temperatures!  Happy Birthday, Mom!

I used my Papertrey Ink Stitched With Love and Quilters Sampler stamp sets along with Stampin' Up Think Happy Thoughts, More Mustard, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy and Creamy Caramel cardstock, generic ribbon and Versamark with clear embossing powder.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Back to School!

Last week when my kids went back to school, I took on the Midweek OWH throwdown to create a chalkboard style card.  Like waking kids up early again after a weeks of sleeping in, this also proved to be difficult!   

My first challenge was in selecting appropriate stamps for this particular style, then the actual stamping of the (near invisible) Versamark on black cardstock made it tricky to combine images well,  adding white embossing powder (even when I had remembered to use my embossing buddy) led to unwanted little white specks,  and finally lining up the stamps with white craft ink to make the chalky shadow took a few tries, too!  Whew!  Thankfully, chalkboards are messy, so I let go of perfection and embraced this fun, trendy theme!  

I used Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday and Stampin' Up Morning Post Alphabet stamp sets.  found some random paper that looks like whitewashed wood, which I embossed with my Paper Studio wood grain folder,  cut it into strips and made my own frame, then mounted it all on DieCuts with a view silver script designer paper.