Monday, March 28, 2011

Fun with By Lori Designs

Hey y'all! I hope you had a great weekend. I had a wedding shower on Saturday, and that was so much fun! We had some yummy food, and there were lots of funny stories told. It was a great time with some wonderful women. I'll be sure and post some pictures later this week. I even have another shower on Friday night!

I was able to get some crafty time in on Sunday after church, and I made these two cards for a customer. A friend at work and her husband are going to Maui (awesome, right?), and her in-laws and her mother will be keeping her son and dog while they are away. She asked me about doing some thank you cards for them with family images. I knew right away where to go for those images. I had her pick out the images she wanted in the By Lori Designs shop, and then I followed Mercy Kerin's video tutorial for merging these digis together in Photoshop. It was surprisingly easy! I think I'll definitely be merging more images together in the future.

This first card features the grandparents, the sweet little boy, and the dog. These papers are one of the newest releases by My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose Gertie. I colored the images with Copic markers, and I used Liquid Pearls around the outer edge. This is a technique I saw last week on the There She Goes blog. Mine didn't come out very good because the thickness of the dots is not very even, but I still like this technique. The border was punched with the EK Success Deco Scallop border punch, and I added some brads and a Papertrey Ink bow. The tag was stamped with a sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink and cut out with Tag Trio Nestabilities.

This next card features the grandmother - a sassy one, isn't she? I colored the images with Copic markers and added some Tiny Twinkles to the grandma for her necklace. I cut out the image panel with Oval Nestabilities and layered it on a Scallop Nestie brown panel. The pink background is Bazzill Dotted Swiss Ballet. A side note about that - I bought a bunch of it thinking I was going to make my own wedding invitations and thank you notes. Ha. That thought didn't last very long when I realized how many I would have to do. I bought some pre-made ones, but now I have oodles of this paper. The patterned paper is from the Echo Park Life is Good collection. I just *love* Echo Park! I rounded all of the corners with the We R Memory Keepers corner chomper and added a Papertrey Ink ribbon and three brads.

Well, that's it for me today. A special thank you to Mercy Kerin for putting together that video tutorial that helped me out so much with these cards. Have a great day! :)

"Grandparents" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Gertie
Stamps: By Lori Designs - Sugar Stick Grandparents, Sugar Stick Dog, Puddle Jumper Gavin
Ink: Copic markers, Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), brads (The Paper Studio), Liquid Pearls 
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities, EK Success Deco Scallop border punch

"Grandmother" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Mud Pie, Bazille Dotted Swiss Ballet, Georgia Pacific white
Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Life is Good
Stamps: By Lori Designs - Sugar Stick Tammy, Sugar Stick Dog, Puddle Jumper Gavin
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), brads (The Paper Studio), Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} New Challenge & Digis

Hi there! It's Thursday, so that means there's a new challenge as well as a new digi release at Meljen's Designs. Melissa's images get cuter every time..I promise they do! This time she has some fabulous girly images...head on over and check them out!

This week's challenge is to "get creative with your punches." I don't really have any traditional punches, but I do have lots of border punches and Nestabilities, so I went that route. For my "creative" part, I added some Twinkles to the circles. I've seen other crafters do this before, and I think it added just the right about of bling to this girly card!

This layout is from this week's Sweet Stop Sketch #100. I used the Makeup Brush digi and colored it with Copic markers. I added some Sticles to the swirls and some more Twinkles. The border punch was punched with the Scalloped Eyelet Border Die by Taylored Expressions. I added some Papertrey Ink ribbon to finish it off.

I just love these new girly cute. Speaking of makeup, what is your favorite? I *love* Bare Minerals. I use their foundation, eyeshadows, blush, lip glosses...pretty much everything! I absolutely love the lip glosses. I have three in my purse right now and a dozen more in my makeup stash. The only thing I don't use by them is eyeliner and mascara. For me, the drug store stuff works pretty well. Here lately I've gotten lazy and haven't been wearing makeup a lot, but when I do, I'm definitely a Bare Minerals girl!

On a personal note, we got our furniture in for the house! The inside is almost completely finished. The only thing it needs is for the curtain rods to be hung. When the finishing touches are done, I will be sharing pictures of the completed house. I even have my own craft room now! We are so excited, and are counting down the days until the wedding...less than a month! I have my first bridal shower this weekend, and I'm really looking forward to that. It should be a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Little Love Duck

Hey y'all! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I sure did enjoy my week off, but as I sit here and type this, I'm waiting on someone to come get my keys out of my locked car. Yup. I've never done it before, and I don't have a spare key. I'm just always really careful. However, this morning I had a flat tire, and while trying to air up my tire, my keys got locked in the car...along with my purse, phone, and even my wedding dress! I'm so thankful I was able to find someone to come out today and help.

So...while I wait for someone to get here and unlock my car, I thought I'd make good use of my time and post a card. This card is made with Little Love Duck by Meljen's Designs. I decided to make it into a baby card because I always need baby cards on well as birthday and sympathy cards, but I never seem to have those either.

I followed this month's Sketch for You to Try. Goofy me cut the panels wrong though. The middle strip was supposed to be longer than the other two, but I made it shorter. Oh well!

I colored my image with Copic markers and cut it out with Nestabilities. I stitched around all of my edges ad added some Tiny Twinkles and a ribbon to finish my card off. Oh, and notice my new Meljen's Designs watermark? Melissa was so sweet to design those for the DT members. Thank you, Melissa! I just love it!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day! :)

Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Ducks in a Row by October Afternoon
Stamps: Little Love Duck by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink) Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

Friday, March 11, 2011

Getting Krafty

Hi there! I just love using Kraft paper and since this week's There She Goes challenge was to use Kraft paper, I decided to take advantage of that and make another Kraft card this week. This card is also for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - to use stamped flowers on your card. One more...this is also for the Krafty Thursday challenge at Jeanie Witmer's blog.

Now that I've told you about all of those challenges, I will tell you that this card is a bit different for me. I wanted to try some of that shabby ribbon that is so trendy right now, but the shabby look is just hard for me to achieve. I got this ribbon from Patsy at Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy. She just has the best customer service and lots of colors to choose from. I got the neutral set because I wasn't sure how much I would like it or if I would actually even use! Do you have things you buy and never use? Now that I have used it, I love it! It really is beautiful ribbon. I might have to channel my shabby side more often!

The stamp set I used is Garden of Friends by There She Goes. This is one of my favorites because like every good Southern girl should, I just *love* hydrangeas. I can't wait until next month when I am in my own home and I can plant some! I actually colored this image at first, and then I decided I didn't like how it looked with the papers I chose, so I decided to stamp it again and leave it plain. That's not something I do very often ( never!), but with this particular card, I really like the look of no coloring!

I added lots of stitching, some pearls, and a button with twine to finish this card up.

That's about it for me today. I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Cardstock: Kraft, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye So Sophie Clever
Stamps: Garden of Friends by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: pearls (Michael's stores), button, twine (Papertrey Ink), ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy)
Tools: EK Success Deco Scallop border punch, Classic Square Nestabilities, sewing machine

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Perfect Pair

Hey y'all! I have another card to share with you today. I've been on a roll with making cards since we've been out of school all week for Mardi Gras vacation...just a little bonus for living so close to New Orleans!

The challenge over at the There She Goes blog this week is to make a card using Kraft paper. That's easy for me because I'm always using Kraft. Whenever I am making a card and I don't have cardstock that goes with it, I reach for Kraft. Oh, and I'm also entering this into the Krafty Thursday challenge over at Jeanie Witmer's blog!

Call me corny, but I love cards with witty sentiments, so I especially love the Loads of Fun set by There She Goes! My friend Karen and her husband are celebrating their one-year anniversary soon, so I wanted to make them a card. I knew this washer-dryer image would be perfect! I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with Nestabilities. Notice these fun, new papers? I just have to have everything that Echo Park releases, and these are from the new For the Record line.

I chose to emboss the background with the Polka Dots embossing folder so that it wouldn't be so "plain." The black border was punched with the EK Success Deco Scallop punch. To finish it off, I added three black brads, a black ribbon, and some Diamond Glaze to the door of the washing machine for a little shine.

I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch #98 for the layout of the card, and it's definitely a great sketch to use. I'm sure I'll be coming back to this one!

I just love the way this card turned out, and I hope Karen and her husband love it, too! Thanks sooo much for stopping by today! I'm going to go enjoy my last few days of vacation.

Cardstock: black, kraft (Papertrey Ink), white (Neenah) 
Patterned Paper: Echo Park For the Record
Stamps: Loads of Fun by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: black brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Diamond Glaze 
Tools: Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, EK Success Deco Scallop border punch

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wishing You Luck!

Hi there! Meljen's Designs has a great new release today and a fun new challenge. This week's challenge is to use green in your card. You can find out about the challenge details and see the new digis over at the Meljen's Designs blog.

My card today uses the new Leprechaun Gold digi. I colored it with Copic markers and added lots of sparkle with Stickles and Twinkles. The background is embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder, and the white panel is embossed with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. I stitched around the edges of the card. Note to self: get some green thread! I really wanted to use green, but I didn't have any. The green border was punched with the Scalloped Eyelet Border Die by Taylored Expressions. I stamped the sentiment, which is from A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions and finished it off with some more Twinkles and a green bow. 

I normally don't share the inside of my cards, but I wanted to show you how I used this cute Meljen's Designs freebie. The sentiment was perfect for my card. I added some more Twinkles to the inside as well. Don't you think those gold Twinkles look like gold coins? :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Be sure to hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the new digis and check out the challenge details. Have a great day!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Leprechaun Gold and Irish Blessing by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Tiny Twinkles, Yellow Stickles, ribbon
Tools: Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, sewing machine, Classic Square Nestabilities

Rain or Shine {and some news}

Hey y'all! As I prepare to move out in the next month or so, I've been cleaning out and organizing my stamping stash. As I was doing so today, I found some bits and pieces of a card that I had started ages ago and never finished. I had stamped and paper-pieced this little umbrella girl and had the image panel all ready to go. It just needed to be adhered to a card base. I decided that she was too cute to trash, so I went ahead and fixed a card up for her.

Has anyone else ever done that? I think it was because as I was making the card before, it just wasn't coming together the way I wanted, but I'm happy with it now!

This little cutie is from the March 2010 Unity Kit of the Month. Her dress was paper pieced with patterns from the October Afternoon Report Card and Thrift Shop lines.

I punched the border with the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice punch. The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions "A Year of Sweet Sentiments" set. I stitched around the edges and added a bow at the top. I even added a little lace and a pearl to finish the umbrella off.

Now, for the news part!  I applied for the Cardabilities design team and was accepted!! In honor of my new design team spot, I used Cardabilities Sketch #25 for this card.

On a personal note, I'd just like to say that I'm so excited that there are only 40 more days until my wedding!! Not like I'm counting or!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: Choice Buttercream, Bazill Kraft
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon - Report Card and Thrift Shop
Stamps: umbrella girl (Unity Stamp Company), sentiment (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Canteloupe
Embellishments: pearl, lace, ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Love Birds!

Hi there! Tomorrow is a special day. My parents are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mama and Daddy! I love you both very much!

This is the card I made for them using the Love Birds set by There She Goes. After coloring my image with Copic markers, I cut it out with Nestabilities.

I used my February Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients again. I just *love* these My Mind's Eye papers. This red velvety paper is so elegant! I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls folder. The border was punched with the EK Success Deco Scallop punch. I added some pearls and some flowers that I made with the Rolled Rose Dies by My Favorite Things to finish this card up. I was so happy to get my hands on those flower dies. They were out of stock for awhile, but I finally got them!

I also used Sweet Stop Sketch 97 for my layout. I loved this sketch!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lush collection
Stamps: Love Birds by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: pearls
Tools: rolled rose die (My Favorite Things), Deco Scallop border punch (EK Success), Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder