April 29, 2012

{rs#9} Hello Friend

Happy Hello, my Friends!   It seems I'm doing well to get one card a week posted.  Today's creation was totally inspired by the retro sketches challenge.  I would never have thought of this layout without the sketch and all the wonderful inspiration on the retro sketches blog. If you haven't already done so, you'll want to check it out!

I rarely use white as my card base and I almost never create a card without a piece or two of designer paper. But, here you have it... my version of a "clean and simple" (CAS) card!  The stamp set with the swirls is "Priceless" by Stampin' Up!   "Hello. Friend" is a Studio G stamp I picked up at Michaels for $1.   I can never resist!

The delightful little crocheted flowers were made by my Nebraska neighbor and creative blog friend, Debbie Fisher at The Paper Garden.  I stitched them right to my card front with a black  button and baker's twine.

It's a cool and cloudy day here today. . . just perfect for hanging out in my craft room!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend and finding time to do what makes you happiest.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Quote for Today ~

April 22, 2012

{SSSC157} Happy Earth Day! Let's Recycle!

Today is Earth Day and in honor of it I have created an "up-cycled" card.   Earlier this week, I was flattening out an empty tissue box to toss into our recycle bin, when I had a light go off in my head.  "Hey!  These flowers are too cool to throw away!  What if I cut them out and use them on a card?!"   Sooo...that's what I did...and here you have it...my recycled tissue box card!  : )  

Are you wondering why I have the main piece tilted?  And are you thinking it should be straight?  LOL   I know.  I have the same problem!  It is a real *challenge* for me to so this, but I had to TRY because it is this week's SWEET SUNDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE!   Karen just loves to throw these tilted panels at us every now and then, darn her anyway!

If you haven't already, please check out all the Sweet Sunday Stamper's cool creations and you'll be inspired to join in the FUN!  My flower card was inspired by one of my favorite stampers...Lynn Put at The Queen's Scene.  She used sunflowers on her card and it is so beautiful!

Other than the tissue box flowers, I've also "recycled" scraps of red and orange cardstock and kiwi kiss twill ribbon.  The card is a 5-1/4" square of kiwi kiss and layered on top is a piece of designer paper from K & Company ~Citronella. 

And the inside...

Do you recycle?  We are much better at it than we ever use to be, but mainly because we have a local waste handling company that is hauling it away now.   We recycle almost all plastics, glass and paper and our bin in the garage fills up fast.  I work for a steel manufacturing company and once a year we host a "Recycle Scrap Day" for the community.  It's held the first Saturday of May and I am always so excited to see all the JUNK that people bring in from all over the area.  The last few years we've had an FFA group bring in 3 livestock trailers FULL of stuff they collected.  The majority is old appliances, computer equipment, televisions, etc.  They get paid for aluminum cans too. 

Thanks so much for stopping by... Happy Earth Day!
Quote for Today ~ (found on Pinterest)

April 14, 2012

{SSSC156} You're My Type of Friend

You all left me such wonderful comments about my last card, I made another one with the same stamp set and designer paper!  Don't you just ♥ this sketch by one of my favorite stamper/bloggers Lynn Put!?  Lynn's blog is The Queen's Scene and if you aren't a subscriber, you should be!  I love every single card she creates!  And now, she's designing sketches too. . . check it out here and join the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!

the inside . . .

 Thanks so much for dropping in and do come back again soon!

Quote for Today ~

April 08, 2012

{CQC#131 RS#6} Hello and Happy Easter!

Hello Peeps! 
Wishing you all a very blessed Easter!

I'm playing along with the Colour Q Challenge again and recently discovered Arielle Gordon's Retro Sketches Challenge to go right along with it!  

My card base is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" with So Saffron as the base.  On top of that I've layered a piece of  Basic Grey designer paper with the perfect challenge colors.  It's from this 6 x 6 paper pad and could be one of my all time favorites. . .

The old style typewriter stamp is a cling set by Hero Arts, appropriately titled "My Type".  I used Versafine black onyx ink on Stampin' Up naturals white cardstock and then cut around the image.  It's popped up on dimensionals on top of the blushing bride flag.  And, of course, I can't seem to create a card anymore with adding a button and baker's twine to finish it off!

 and, as always, the inside too . . .

I'm happy you hopped by today!
Quote for Today ~

April 07, 2012

Happy 21st Birthday Card!

This card was so much FUN to create...especially for my dear friend Lu's daughter's upcoming 21st birthday!   I know it's a little on the WILD side, but I think it's appropriate for such a special birthday, don't you?  :)

The base is 5-1/4" square of basic black cardstock, layered with the wild "zebra" print by gcd studios.  (Cosette Collection Item #048-Stars & Swirls)  The numbers 21 were cut out using my Cricut Cherry Limeade cartridge.   I blinged them up a bit with some silver brads and popped them up with dimensionals.  

The cool banner was stamped on the various colored cardstock using Versafine black onyx ink and my new itty bitty stamp set by UNITY Stamp Co.  {see my Ippity Chick... Shuggy! if you need any stamps!}  I used a 1/16" circle punch in the corners and tied it all together with black and white baker's twine.  {If you could use any of this great twine, I still have plenty in my Etsy Shop!}

 The inside....finished like the front!  :)

Thanks so much for all the comments on my last post!  You know I ♥ hearing from all of you and that warm fuzzy feeling it gives me.  *wink*   There were 2 dear readers interested in the April Scrapbook, Etc magazine so I put their names in a basket and the name I drew out is . . .

{drum roll, please...}
Love your card! I would love a chance to win this magazine. I am needing some major inspiration for scrapbooking as I need to get all caught up on my youngest scrapbook as he will be a senior next year!
4/1/12 6:08 PM

I hope to be back tomorrow with an EASTER card for the CQC Challenge.  Love the colors again this week!   Have a great day everyone and thank you for stopping by!  ♥

Quote for Today ~  {from my Pinterest Words to Live By Board}

April 01, 2012

{CQC #130 & SSSC155} Happy Everything! April Scrapbook Etc Blog Candy

Happy Everything Peeps!  It's April Fools Day, Palm Sunday and SPRING is in the air!  We have had unbelievable weather here in Nebraska lately and I'm enjoying every minute of it!  : )

Once again, I've combined my two favorite challenges to come up with this creation.  The colors are from this week's Colour Q Challenge by Arielle Gordon.  Aren't they *perfect* springtime Easter colors?  I think so!

And you've gotta ♥ this Sweet Sunday Sketch by Karen Giron!  The little ribbon tabs make it extra special and oh so *sweet*!  May I let you in on a little secret wish of mine?  I am *really* hoping Karen will ask me to be a guest Sweet Sunday Stamper someday.  ; )  For now, I just keep stampin'! 

Now, that I'm looking at the photo, it is a little dark.  In real life, it is a very bright, happy card!  The card base is a 5-1/4" square of Tempting Turquoise.  I've cut out the h a p p y letters with the Cricut Lite "Cherry Limeade" cartridge.   They are glued onto a piece of white paisley embossed cardstock by Doodlebug Design.  This piece is stitched onto the yellow Daffodil Delight.

 Happy Happy! :)  The ribbon and buttons add some flair!


 Here is the inside finished to coordinate with the front with a button flower and ribbon tab.  The stamp Be Happy Every Day is by Hero Arts.    If you have any questions or comments, let me have it! I ♥ hearing from all of you!

OH!  I almost forgot the blog candy!   I have a brand NEW April 2012 issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. to give away.. .

I've been doing a little scrapbooking lately and recently subcribed to this magazine for inspiration.   I had already purchased the April issue locally when I received it in the mail.  Silly me.    If this is something you would like, please let me know in the comments.  If there is more than one of you interested, I'll do a random draw on Wed night and get it mailed out to you later this week.   Just be sure I have a way to contact you for your address, ok?    It really is a *great* magazine!  

Thanks so much for blogging by today!  Now, I need to link up my post to the challenge blogs and then get outside and enjoy this beautiful day!   I noticed a few minutes ago that our apple tree is starting to bloom!   This is way earlier than normal so I just hope we don't get another freeze.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Quote for Today is one of my
Pinterest pins . . .