Monday, April 19, 2010

Stella ROCKS!

I'm constantly getting requests to make funny birthday cards and I've always struggled with it--BUT NOT ANYMORE!! My search is over! I just couldn't find stamped images that were witty,age-appropriate,and relatively inexpensive.THEN....I discovered digi stamps and a whole new world opened up....One of my favorite digi stamp sites so far is Bugaboo Stamps. This character 'Stella' is just perfect! Jodie over at Bugaboo has such mad skills as a designer and there's even a FREEBIE digi stamp every Friday(this Stella one that I used was a freebie!!)

I had SO much fun coloring her in with my new Copics! One of the things I love the most about these Stella images are the little phrases that come with the stamp. Too, too funny and it totally eliminates having to come up with something witty yourself--the hard part is done for you!

I was also asked to make a matching bucket tote to go along with this card so this is what I came up with. I love making these little bags! They're so fast and easy to create and perfect to give just a little something special.

These are the Copics I used on the image. I'm self-taught so cut me a little slack.please? The nearest store offering Copic classes is an hour away and doesn't seem to teach more than one class a month so maybe someday in the future I'll get there.

I'm absolutely loving sketches right now. I think they're just a great jumping off point to get the mojo flowing and I know on this card, it really made me think outside the box. I LOVE the long skinny card! This sketch is on p.33 of the new 'Go To Sketches' PaperCrafts mag. If you don't have this one and you're into making cards, you've gotta check it out! One of the best publications I've seen in a long time.

TONS of ideas running through my head now so I'm off to the stores to pick up a few 'necessary' (not so much) crafty items. Here's hoping you have a happy productive week!

Supplies used~QK damask dies,Santa's Workshop,Lemonade,Spellbinders tags,labels,AC ribbon,Bugaboo digi stamp,K&Co paper,DCWV cs,Copics,SU tag punch,MS border punch, SU stamp,StudioG stamp.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A few projects to share...

So we're back from our little mini-vacation to Charleston and I remembered I forgot to post these before I left! I put a couple little packages together for my MIL and SIL and took a crazy chance that the chocolates I stuck inside weren't gonna turn into soup during shipment. Since procrastinating has been my thing lately, I waited until a lovely 90 degree day to mail them off.These were supposed to be a Valentine's surprise in the mail for them--it turned into an Easter surprise(they made it ok amazingly).

The little notepad holders were so fun to make! I'm always thinking up new ways to use those QK Santa's Workshop mini-album dies, so if you have any cool ideas and you'd like to share them with me--please leave me a comment here:) The gift bag instructions can be found on the SCS website here

I've got some fresh new pics to hopefully inspire some layouts and a whole lotta time at the end of the week to lock myself in the scraproom. We'll see what happens...

Supplies used: Quickutz Santa's Workshop dies,SU ribbon,Quickutz Chick-a-dee alpha,Prima flowers,KI sheer daisy,Spellbinders Nesties,Quickutz love birds die,Martha Stewart punch,Michaels ribbon,SU tab punch,My Mind's Eye paper.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sent off my first batch of OWH cards!

Here's just a few of them I sent off yesterday. It was a small first shipment, but I really wanted to send a few Mother's Day cards and the deadline was yesterday(nothing like waiting until the last minute,right?). I didn't make them "mother's day" specific in case they don't arrive on time.

I've been busy this week with lots of card-making and a few projects for Easter gifts that I mailed just in time(do you see a pattern here?) But--it's been a VERY productive week and I even squeezed in some scrappy shopping:)

I have a few more things to share this weekend and then it's off to Charleston for a romantic getaway next week with my hubby--and a gorgeous picture-taking opportunity that will hopefully inspire me to actually scrap a layout. You know you're a total addict when you have the punches,QK alphas, and paper picked out for a particular vacation.It's ok--you can laugh. I know most of you reading this have done it too:)

Supplies used:BG Lemonade and Kioshi, EK Success punches, SU ribbon and stamps,DCWV cs,Cornish Heritage Farms stamps,QK flourish