Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I have seen on here several times people mentioning color, sketch, layout challenges. Being a novice in cards and the crafting area, can someone tell me what these are? And, how do I find them?

I'd love to find ways to improve my card crafting and take me outside my "box" (besides looking at all your awesome creations), so if you know of places I can get the "motivation" please let me know.


Monday, December 29, 2008

PageMaps Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!!! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! It was a quiet but pleasant Christmas here in Texas!!!

I made this card for the current PageMaps sketch challenge. I stamped onto patterned paper and onto a transparency and then layered the two to create my butterfly with the illusion of flight. Thanks for looking!!!




Friday, December 26, 2008

Season's Greetings

Hello everyone, this is my first post here, hope you like it. A very simple card to make using glue to make patterns / swirls on the paper (here I used black), then adding glitter and stickers.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Boy Birthday card

I have a hard time with boy birthday cards. I would love to hear/see what you think about this type of card.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Misc Stuff

Here are a couple cards I've made as of late, a gift card holder, a bow that I used from scraps from cards that I just had to share and a necklace (I know it doesn't belong here but I so wanted to share) I made this weekend!!!






Thanks for looking and happy holidays to you all!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas card time!

Nativity card: gold sponged, purple crystal brad, three bronze eyelets.

Christmas Tree card: this is actually a birthday hat stamp and I added stumps. Plus one has a star eyelet for its topper.

Happy Holidays card: scalloped, punched, dimentional-ed (pop up), ribbons and green crystal brad.

Snowflake card: Silver sponged, blue crystal brad, ribbon.

Lone tree card: gold eyelets, ribbon, green crystal brad.

Snoflake bookmark card: Lucky recievers of this card will get to keep the happy holidays bookmark! its tucked in a pocket made by silver eyelets. This one is also silver sponged, sorry the scans didnt turn out so well.

We decided to put inside a Family update in a short poem and a photo. Below:

In Seattle’s misty shade
Violet her grand entrance made
On an early springtide day,
Now she crawls in merry play.

When Ginny sat with potty under
Her parents cheered in awestruck wonder
Talking day into the night,
Pink and princess her delight.

While rocky rills ‘neath foot were spurned
In the lab with lasers turned
Cells. His test were passed as planned;
Bens degree grows nigh at hand.

And Bri was crafting all about,
Sewing, baking, stamping out
Cards for you with Christmas joy;
Started by a baby boy.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Not a card....but cute

I made these notebooks for a group of girls that I teach at church.  I thought they turned out really cute and wanted to share them.  I could not get the first one to rotate right, so you get it sideways.  These are just composition notebooks that I covered in paper.  I also covered the back side in one of the plain colors from the front.  The girls loved them.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Anniversary Card

My little sister and her husband are celebrating their first anniversary this month. I used the faux flower petals they threw at their wedding to make the flower. The center of the flower is pewter heart brads and silver gauze ribbon.

Their colors were navy blue and silver. I used navy blue cardstock. I didn't have any silver paper (nor could I find any, so if you know where to get silver papers let me know), so I had to make my own. I used medium vellum and a silver paint pen to make silver lined paper. I stamped the saying using silver pigment ink and cut out a tag. The tag is attached to the center of the flower using silver gauze ribbon.

Christmas Cards

As part of my year long campaign to make all of my own cards, I made my own Christmas cards this year.

I had two basic themes: Snowman and Reindeer. All of the cards were made using a variety of cardstocks and the decorative papers were from the DCWV Ultimate Christmas stack from 2007. They have a lot of hand made accents and embellishments, since I wasn't able to get the supplies I wanted out here.

The Reindeer card:
The face was an oval cut from DCWV paper. The nose is a red print paper punched out using a 1" circle punch. I used my eyelet punch to make "button" holes. I used ivory crochet thread for the button. The eyes are just white cardstock punched with a normal hole punch and colored in. The antlers are free hand and cut out of beige paper. The mouth is made from black crochet thread, and the head is accented with a red/blue ribbon. I stamped greetings, and placed them on hand cut tags, which were punched and tied to the antlers with crochet thread (and taped in place on the card). The reindeer head is on a dimensional (made from cardboard).

The Snowman card:
The snowman was hand drawn (I made a template for myself so I wouldn't have to keep drawing it over and over again), as were the hat (made from black cardstock) and "arms" (made from brown decorative papers). I used satin ribbon for the hat accent and scarf. The scarf is held in place by a pewter star brad. The buttons on the snowman are black glass beads, and the body is accented with white glitter. The nose is just a piece of orange cardstock. The rest of the features are drawn on. I stamped greetings, and placed them on hand cut tags, which were punched and secured to the card using a pewter eyelet. The snowman body is on a dimensional (made from cardboard).

Holidays For Heroes

This year I made a few cards for Holidays for Heroes, a program by the Red Cross to deliver mail to American service members.

Birthday cards...

I've been busy with cards this month. Here is the spate of birthday cards that were made for friends and family.