Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top Ten Cards of 2011

Hi there! It has been a wonderful year! I want to take a moment to wish all of you, sweet friends and readers, a wonderful 2012! May your lives be filled with blessings, love, and joy! 

I want to thank you so much for coming along on my paper-crafting journey with me! I love making cards, and your comments always mean so much to me! 

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Cards of 2011...in no particular order! 











Happy New Year! 

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

TSG Challenge - Many Thanks

Hi there!! Today I am sharing a card that I made for this week's There She Goes Challenge #136 - to make a thank you card.

I wanted my card to be a little Christmasy, but honestly, I am so tired of red and green cards, so I used another new paper pad from my happy mail package from earlier this week - My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas! I followed a MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge from a few weeks back.

I stitched around my background papers and added a silver brad to each corner. I used a sentiment from Sentimental Thank You by There She Goes Clear Stamps and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black. Then I cut it out with Oval Nestabilities and layered it on the Hawaiian Shores cardstock that was cut out with the Polka Dot Greetings Dienamic by MFT Stamps and embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder. I must have a thing for polka dots, ya think? :) I popped it up with some Jody Boosters.

I felt like my sentiment needed something to make it "pop," so I added some Flamingo Liquid Pearls around the edge of the oval...LOVE that look! Last, I used my MFT Loopy Bloom Dienamics to create a puffy flower with some of the best felt I have ever used. Let me tell you about the felt! Corinna recommended this felt, and I was very unhappy with the cheapo felt I was using. My dies wouldn't cut through it cleanly. It was awful. So, I ordered some felt from this Etsy shop - Benzie Bazaar. IN LOVE WITH THIS FELT! It is sooo smooth and the dies cut perfectly through it. Also, the shipping was fast, and it was packaged so cute that it made me feel so special when I opened it! Check her shop out! I will be using felt a lot more on my cards now that I have nice felt to use!

That is it for me today! Thanks for stopping by! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas
Stamps: Sentimental Thank you (There She Goes Clear Stamps) 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Flamingo Liquid Pearls, felt from Benzie Bazaar, silver brads, Jody Boosters
Tools: Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, Classic Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine, Loopy Bloom Dienamics (MFT Stamps), Polka Dot Greetings Dienamics (MFT Stamps)




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{Meljen's Designs} Challenge #90

Hi there! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I certainly did! I get incredibly blessed every year, not just by material presents, but my time with my family as well...and you can't forget all the good food, either. Ha! :) 

Now comes the part of putting away all the Christmas decorations and preparing for a new year.  I have mostly everything put away except for the tree...saving the biggest for last, I suppose! 

Enough of my chatter...I do have a card to share with you today! This card is for this week's new challenge at Meljen's Designs. The challenge is to use blue in your card. There is not a new image release this week, but don't worry, they'll be back next week! :)

Oh, and I got in some happy mail this week from Simon Says Stamp. I highly recommend them because I ordered this December 22, and it came in December 27 - and there was a holiday in there! Fun new paper for me to play with! See that Echo Park Winter Park collection? That's what I used for the "blue" on my card today!


My card sketch is Mojo Monday #221. I colored my image with Copic markers and accented it with some Liquid Applique, Dazzling Diamonds, and White Opal Liquid Pearls. 

The border was cut with the Simply Scallops Border Dienamics by MFT, and I added some Liquid Pearls to that as well, just to make it pop. I added a ribbon and a snowflake brad, and it's kinda hard to see, but I also added some super pretty and sparkly White Metallic String from Ribbon Carousel. I felt like my card needed "something," so I channeled Jessie and added a silver brad to each corner. 



Hop on over to the Meljen's Designs blog and check out all the amazing inspiration from the design team! 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Winter Park
Stamps: Caroling Snowmen by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: White Opal Liquid Pearls; Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up); white ribbon (Papertrey Ink); white metallic string (RibbonCarousel.com); silver brads (Hobby Lobby)
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities; Simply Scallops Border Dienamics (MFT Stamps)



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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thank You Card

Hi there! I just wanted to pop in today and share with y'all a super quick and simple thank you card that I made.

I honestly wish I could tell you what brand of patterned paper this is, because I love it, and if I knew what it was, I would buy a truckload of it. However, I received a few sheets of this paper in a RAK I won once, and it's almost all gone, and I don't know the name of it. I'm really thinking it's My Mind's Eye because it has the same texture (kinda grainy) as some other MME paper that I have. If anybody out there knows, please leave me a comment and tell me! :)

Updated to add: I found it!!! It is the My Mind's Eye So Sophie Graceful collection!! Lovely!

Anyway...I stamped my sentiment directly onto this beautiful paper! The stamp I used was from the Signature Greetings set by Papertrey Ink. I embossed my sentiment panel with the Polka Dots embossing folder. I did some stitching and adhered my sentiment panel with Jody Boosters. 

I finished it off with a cream ribbon, some twine, and a pretty purple rose. Hindsight tells me that this card needs some pearls. Oh well...it has already been sent out! 



That's it for me today! Now time to tackle taking down the Christmas decor...

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye So Sophie Graceful
Stamps: Signature Greetings by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (PTI); flower (Wild Orchid Crafts); twine (RibbonCarousel.com), Kraft thread; Jody boosters
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities; sewing machine
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #4

Hi everyone! I want to take a moment to with all of you a very Merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with peace and love and lots of family time! I am getting ready for church this morning and then we'll have our family Christmas later on this afternoon. 

Today, there is a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges! Challenge #4 is a sketch challenge, and you can see the sketch over at the CCC blog

I created this card using some paper from the Echo Park Season's Greetings collection, and I did some stitching around the edges of the patterned paper. The image is a digi stamp, and  it is from Paper Makeup Stamps

I cut out the sentiment with Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered it on a scalloped circle. I popped that up with Jody Boosters. I accented the circle with my Viva Cream Paper Pen and added some Red Striped Cotton Twill Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel. I finished it off with a green button.  

Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see all the inspiration from the design team and to see the sketch as well!

Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful day! Much love!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft (PTI)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Season's Greetings
Stamps: The Spirit of Christmas (Paper Makeup Stamps)
Embellishments: Viva Cream Paper Pen, ribbon (RibbonCarousel.com), button, twine, Jody Boosters, cream thread
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities 




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Monday, December 19, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} Cozy Winter Owl

Hi there! I have another quick Christmas card to share with you today. I have already sent out all of my Christmas cards for the year, so I think this will be my first card for next year's Christmas cards! That's ambitious, huh? :) If you want to make Christmas cards all year round, too, so that you don't have to make them all right before Christmas, you should check out Christmas Card Challenges!

I used Meljen's Designs Cozy Winter Owl to make this card. I've had this image for a long time and always wanted to use it, and I finally got a chance! I think he's such a cutie...or maybe it's a she owl. LOL! I colored my image with Copic markers and accented it with some glitter and Liquid Applique for a snowy effect.


The layout is Split Coast Stampers Card Sketch #363. The patterned papers are from the Echo Park Season's Greetings collection, and I did some stitching around all the edges.  I stamped the "Merry Christmas" sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black directly on my patterned paper. That stamp is from the Holly Jolly stamp set by There She Goes Clear Stamps. I finished my card off with a few red pearls in the upper right corner. I really wanted to add a ribbon and played around with adding one, but then I decided I liked the way it looked without one. I'm trying to teach myself that it's okay to not put a bow on a card. :)

I have a few more gifts to wrap and some Christmas treats to make to take to work, and then I'll be all finished and ready for Christmas. It actually feels like Christmas today because it was a little colder! I love that! 

Thanks for stopping by!! :) 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Season's Greetings
Stamps: Cozy Winter Owl (Meljen's Designs); sentiment from Holly Jolly (There She Goes Clear Stamps)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: white thread; red pearls (Kaisercraft), Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up); Liquid Applique; Jody Boosters
Tools: sewing machine; Classic Rectangle Nestabilities
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #3

Hi there! Are you ready for Christmas yet? I think I almost am! I spent Friday night and half the day Saturday shopping! I finally finished all of my shopping, and I have all but a few gifts wrapped. Now I just need to make some Christmas sweet treats to hand out at work, and I'll be all done! We are winding things down at school this week, and I'm looking forward to my vacation! 

One thing I am glad that I didn't have to spend time doing was making a bunch of Christmas cards! Thank goodness for Christmas Card Challenges! That brings me to this week's challenge! The challenge is to use non-traditional colors on your card...basically anything except red/green/blue/silver. I LOVE the papers in the Holly Jolly Christmas line by Echo Park, so I reached for that when I made my card. 

This little Pure Innocence girl is a cutie-pa-tootie! She is caroling away! Fa la la la la!!! The paper I chose to go with her matches just perfectly! I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black and paper-pieced her dress. I used Copics to color the rest of her and added a little Liquid Applique to make her boots furry! 

I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa and accented it with some Tiny Twinkles. I finished my card off with a chocolate bow tied with a button and some twine!


Thanks sooo much for stopping by my blog today! Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team! Have a GREAT day!! :)


Supplies:

Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, Stampers Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas
Stamps: Pure Innocence Christmas Caroler
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers
Embellishments: ribbon (PTI), Tiny Twinkles, button, twine, Liquid Applique
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities





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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Meljen's Designs Challenge #88

Hi there! There's a new release at Meljen's Designs today! Check out these CUTE digis!


I used Cozy Winter Wolf Pup for my card today, but I can't wait to use that sweet little raccoon! Today's challenge is to use green on your card

Here's the card I created with Cozy Winter Wolf Pup!



I colored him with Copic markers and accented my image panel with some glitter and Twinkles. The patterned paper is from the Echo Park Holly Jolly collection. I punched out the border with the Taylored Expressions Scalloped Eyelet Border die. I added some twill ribbon and then adhered my sentiment with foam tape. 

This was a quick little card! I had a lot of fun coloring this sweet image, too! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure you hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team using the newly released digis! :)

Have a great day!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Holly Jolly
Stamps: Cozy Winter Wolf Pup by Meljen's Designs, Holly Jolly by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up), Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions) twill ribbon (Walmart), Jody Boosters, clear Glaze pen
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scalloped Eyelet Border Die (Taylored Expressions), Classic Oval Nestabilities


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ippity Wednesday



Hi everyone! I apologize for being so late in the day posting my Ippity card! I stayed up waaayyy too late last night watching The Help. I still didn't finish it. I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer, so I just decided to do my post today.

Anyway, I used Gingham Christmas Greetings to make this fun and simple Christmas card! As it gets closer to Christmas, I am all about some simple Christmas cards! I finally had some photo Christmas cards made last night just because I know I won't have enough of handmade cards to send around. Oh well. There's always next year, right? :)

This is such a fun little stamp set to use. I stamped the tree in Memento Rose Bud and cut it out. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa and accented it with some Tiny Twinkles. I embossed the white background with the Snowflakes embossing folder and did some zig-zag stitching with my Janome Sew Mini. The cute patterned paper is from the Echo Park Holly Jolly collection

I hope you've had a chance to head over to the I Heart Ippity blog and see all the inspiration from the fabulous design team!! Go leave 'em some love! :)

Okay, that's it! Gotta go finish cooking supper! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Raspberry Fizz, Stampers Select White, Kraft
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Holly Jolly
Stamps: Gingham Christmas Greetings by Ippity
Ink: Memento Rose Bud, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Tiny Twinkles, sewing machine, kraft-colored thread, Snowflakes embossing folder, Cuttlebug


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Hi there!! Today is my hubby's birthday, so here is the card I made for him! I decided to keep it simple and go with lots of bright colors. I just love the colors in the Fly a Kite collection by My Mind's Eye.



This sketch is an older MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge sketch. I used the It's Your Birthday a la carte stamp by Taylored Expressions, and this is the perfect stamp to have on hand for birthday cards...especially masculine birthday cards! I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers. I used a clear Spica glitter pen over all of the image elements and then went over that with a Clear Glaze Pen to give it some shininess...even though you can't tell it in the photo!

I stitched around all of the edges and finished it off with some twine, a button, and a couple of sparkly brads. It's okay to put sparkle on a masculine card, right? :) 


Supplies:
Cardstock: Orange Zest, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper:  Lime Twist Fly a Kite (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: It's Y our Birthday (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: orange twine, white twine, clear Spica glitter pen, clear glaze pen, white thread, orange glittery brads (Karen Foster), button, foam tape
Tools: sewing machine



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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #1

Hi there! It's time for Christmas Card Challenge #1! If you aren't familiar with what Christmas Card Challenges is, we start in December making one Christmas card a week so that by next December we have 52 cards ready to go! I think we all know that December is one of the busiest months of the year, so I love this concept of getting my cards finished throughout the year! The weekly challenges are for inspiration, and the only real rule is that you make a Christmas/holiday card. 

We are also debuting our newest design team members this week, so be sure you hop over to their blogs and give them some love! 

This week's challenge is a one-layer card. Now, if you've been to my blog before, you know that I tend to be a lots-of-layers kind of girl, so even though it's less work, it was a tiny bit of a challenge for me. Here's what I came up with!



So do you think this is a one-layer card? I hope so! I actually made two different ones and then tried to decide which one had the least layers. Haha!! I actually really liked how this card turned out, and I also love that it's completely flat for mailing, so I may crank out some more of these for those few extra Christmas cards I need!

I love this beautiful nativity silhouette image. It's from the Star of Wonder set by Papertrey Ink. I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Circle Nestabilities. I added a strip of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas collection and did a bit of stitching. The border was cut with the Open Bracket Dienamics by MFT. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and rounded the corners. So easy!

Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team. We'd love to have you play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by! :) 


Supplies:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas
Stamps: Star of Wonder (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine, cream thread, MFT Open Bracket Border Dienamics




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Thursday, December 1, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} Inspiration

Hi everyone! I have some exciting news today! I am now back on the Design Team for Meljen's Designs! I took a break after school started because I was so overwhelmed with everything, but now I seem to be doing better with time management, and I'm so happy to be back on this team!

There's a new challenge today over at the Meljen's Designs blog. The challenge is "Inspired by a Christmas Song." Be sure you check that out....oh yeah, and don't forget about the new digis being released today! You'll love 'em!

Today I have a card to share with you using an older digi called Cheery Lights Mailbox. I think this is the cutest little image. It was super easy to color, too! I cut out my image with Classic Oval Nestabilities and added lots of sparkle and snow (Liquid Applique) to the image. I used a Clear Glaze pen on the lights. To make my image pop out, I used White Opal Liquid Pearls around the border of my image.

I think the lights patterned paper from Echo Park went perfectly with this image. I finished my card off with some brads, a ribbon, and a simple Christmas sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Holly Jolly by Echo Park
Stamps: Cheery Lights Mailbox by Meljen's Designs, Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: White Opal Liquid Pearls, Liquid Applique, Martha Stewart glitter, white brads, red ribbon, Clear Glaze pen, foam tape
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities




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