Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Birthday

Here's one more of the birthday cards that I made the other day. This one, obviously, is for a female. :)

The pink background is embossed with the Happy Birthday embossing folder and the Cuttlebug. The Cricut and Design Studio were used to cut the scalloped circles. Cutting a bunch of those at one time saves sooooo much time when I want to throw some together. All pastels were used on this as well as a small piece of mulberry paper.

Some confetti is embossed around the cupcake layer, and the cupcake was colored with Copics. A piece of organdy ribbon was used to finish it off.

Stamps - Little Layers (SU)
Paper - All SU except white (GP), white mulberry
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Cuttlebug, organdy ribbon (SU)

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts! :) Have a great night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Guy Birthday

Guy birthdays always seem to be the hard ones for me. I needed a bunch to make for birthdays this year, so I decided on a fairly simple and non-specific design. I usually make cards individually, but this worked well this time.

The card was made using the frog from one of the Stamp of the Month sets at Clear Dollar Stamps. The "Hoppy Birthday" came from Pond Pals.... another Clear Dollar set. The grass background is a Cuttlebug folder that really worked well with this card.

I used the big oval SU punch and SU gingham ribbon for the accent. Copics were used to color that adorable frog! :)

I used the big oval SU punch and SU gingham ribbon for the accent. Copics were used to color that adorable frog! :)

Stamps - Clear Dollar Stamps (Stamp of the Month, Pond Pals)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - SU except the white (GP)
Accessories - ATG, pop dots, SU oval punch and slot punch, SU gingham ribbon, Copics, Cuttlebug and embossing folder

Let me know what you think! Have a great night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!! :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009


There are about 12 birthdays in our deacon families within the next few months. So, I decided to whip out as many as possible during the last few days. This is the first 'girl' card that I got done, and I decided to follow the same layout and general idea for all of the others.

The back layer is embossed with a folder that came as a combo pack. It works great for the edges of a celebration card. Used on the edges of the sentiment layer, it works well, too. Small, adhesive-backed crystals add the bling n the card. Scalloped circles were cut using the Cricut and Design Studio.

The cupcake layer is adhered with 3D glue dots so that it sticks out just a tad. Copics were used to color the cupcake on GP white paper.

The birthday sentiment looks really festive with the embossed confetti on it. I think it adds a lot to the layer. Again, the candle is colored with Copics.

Paper - white GP, all other is SU
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps - Little Layers (retired SU), sentiment hostess set from SU (can't remember name! Sorry!!)
Accessories - Cuttlebug, Cricut, Design Studio, Mini Monograms cart, crystals, 3D glue dots, Copics

Have an awesome evening and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy *Heart* Day!

In celebration of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share this precious heart box! Jen C created the .cut file for it. I cut that little bugger and had a great time putting it together. Love it. I know that almost anyone could do a much better, more creative job than me, but I liked the way it came out.

I used all SU paper except for the white. It was GP. The base is Basic Black. DSP was used for the plain hearts in the middle of the white scalloped hearts. White organdy ribbon was used for the 'handle,' which was put on *before* the overlying hearts were adhered.

Small Primas were used to embellish the little box. The little self-adhesive pearls were found for $1/sheet at Michael's. Totally perfect for the little flowers and the hearts.

I'd love to hear what you think. This was a fun little project, and I will do it again, I'm sure! :)

Have an awesome Valentine's Day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Cricut Project

I scan, skim, read, or glance at several blogs, and last week, this blog post peaked my interest. The little treasure chest is absolutely adorable, and I had to make it. I really didn't want to have to do all of the cutting, though (if you've followed my blog long at all, you know how much I hate to cut things out! Blech!). It was time to put my Cricut Design Studio to work for me. I used the blog post tutorial to create the .cut file for this cute little box.

Here's what I came up with. What do you think?? It's made with the same dimensions as the one in the referenced post, except that it was cut on the Cricut. I didn't have any Velcro - that I could find - so I used a ribbon to tie the lid down. I also added a hole on each side of the box so that I could tie a handle over the top.

This picture shows the side a little better. The base color is SU bright pink. The rollover top is GP white with a scalloped border of purple.

I have no idea where I got the ribbon. It's a strange texture, but worked well on this little box. I used the SU 1/16 punch to punch tiny holes in the scallops.

Oh ... and the box is filled with chocolate, of course.

Paper - SU pink and purple, GP white
- Memento Tuxedo Black

- SU (forgot set name!)

- ribbon, Copics, 1/16 punch (SU), ATG, ScorPal, Cricut, Design Studio

I'd love to hear what you think! I'm excited that I was able to make this box come to reality with my Cricut software. Sure made life easier! :)

Have an awesome night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

Friday, February 06, 2009


Another dear friend of our family died this week. She was like an aunt to me and will be dearly missed by my family.

For her daughter and son-in-law, I made this card. The flowers were colored on the stamp with Copics and stamped on GP white paper that was covered with blender before stamping. Cameo Coral was used for the background layer after being embossed with the Cuttlebug. An olive layer was added behind the white layers and green and yellow Primas were used as embellishments. Cameo Coral was used to stamp the sentiment. Little crystal stickers were used for the insides of the flowers. A strip of white grosgrain ribbon was put down the middle of the card, under the other layers.

Inks - Copics, SU Cameo Coral
Paper - Georgia Pacific White, SU
Embellishments - Primas, bling (not sure where it came from), SU white grosgrain ribbon
Accessories - ATG, Cuttlebug, Copics

Have an awesome day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. :)

In memory of Hilda Matthews ... Aunt Hilda, you will be missed.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Blog Header

Please notice my new blog header! I made it this afternoon (on a very melancholy day) using some elements found on Summer Driggs' blog and on Andrea Dickinson's blog. Thanks so much for putting these out for others to use ladies!!!

Let me know what you think. :)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

February Challenge

Our Group 2 February Challenge came this week, so I got on it as soon as I could. What a fun one, too! We had to create a card using *all* of the elements sent to us this month. We were allowed to change the items or add to them, but NO STAMPING was allowed at all.

The 'Just Because' was embossed, and the paper it was on was cut down a bit. White craft ink (SU) was rubbed on top to highlight the embossing and to make it look a little like paint. The same was done to the butterfly, but it was cut completely out, and a little bling was added to the wings. It was also adhered using pop dots. Behind the 'just because' layer is a layer of basic gray (SU) and 3 brown Prima flowers embellish the bottom corner. The larger pink layer was embossed with the Cuttlebug, and a few little crystals were added here and there.

The ribbon included with the challenge was used at the junction of the embossed layer and the designer paper. Three more brown Primas were added on the ribbon. Other little crystals make the middles of the Primas and adorn the patterned paper.

This was a tough challenge, but I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)

Have an awesome night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Simple Sympathy

For some time, I've known that I was going to need a sympathy card for a friend. Her husband of 14 years had pancreatic cancer and went to Glory this past Sunday morning. He will be so very missed by so many.

The card needed to be peaceful and simple, in my opinion. Pulling out my SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, I got to work. The paper used is all SU except the white. The white is GP 110 lb. The sympathy set (Close As A Memory) from SU worked so well for this card and with the crayons. The crayon color was applied directly to the stamp after misting it with water. Then, the stamp was misted lightly again, and the image was stamped on the paper. Around the flowers, the light blue was colored and the Aquapainter used to give the water-colored background look. The top left and bottom right corners were pierced to give just a little more detail and interest on the card.

The piercing was done using the SU tool kit and piercing mats. A white, grosgrain ribbon was added as the last touch.

I know that, for Tweetie - and all of us - Reed will always be as close as a memory, and we will rejoice when we see him again in Glory.

Have a wonderful Tuesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!


Sunday, February 01, 2009

Tried and True

Another watercolor crayon card for today. This on is a birthday card for a young lady. The idea was to make it sophisticated to make her feel grown up and to acknowledge that she's growing up.

The background was stamped directly on the card base. Basic brown was used on the Canvas background stamp from SU, and the flowers were stamped over that. After misting the stamp, crayons were used to put color on the stamp. It was randomly stamped around the card base several times with several levels of intensity. The green leaves in the set were also used very lightly in the same way all over the background.

The focal image was stamped in the same way with the watercolor crayons. Ink was applied to the edges to give a bit of definition there.

The ribbon started as white organdy (SU), but with the help of a Copic marker, it became a very intense - and matching - shade of yellow. I love, love, love the way it turned out. I think it accents the middle of the flower perfectly. There is a layer of brown SU cardstock under the white layer of the focal image.

I'd love to hear what you think. For now, have a great Sunday evening and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.