Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sketch Inspired Birthday Cards

Good morning.  I hope you are having an amazing day.  I can't tell you how good it felt to get in the craft room.  I haven't had any crafting time in 2 weeks.  I didn't even have much time to spend, but it was oh-so-wonderful!  Unfortunately, since I didn't have much time and I have so many cards to make, I needed a plan and it needed to be quick and easy.  Ever have those days?  This is the perfect time to grab a sketch.  My sketch came from Operation Write Home, but you can find free sketches all over the internet.  With sketch in hand, a couple of pads of paper, and some scrumptious 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon, I was ready to go.

You can click on the sketch to find out about this great organization and to see the challenge that's going on.  I plan to enter these cards!

Here's what I used:
Cherry Lipstick crinkle ribbon
Echo Park's  "This & That - Graceful" and "This & That - Charming" 6X6 collections
TPC Studio - Happy Birthday Stamp
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Paper Trey Ink - "Vintage Cream" cardstock for the base
Fiskars - Scalloped Sentiment border punch

Did I mention that I have a LOT of cards to make?  March is a busy birthday month for our family and there are going to be quite a few belated cards in that mix.  I decided to make a masculine version of this same card using Goblin Green ribbon and some mustache bling from The Paper Studio.  The same stamp set was used, though it is in a different font.

Don't forget that there is a "Green with Ribbon" challenge going on over on the challenge blog.  My second card definitely fits this challenge, so I think that I will just link up.  Better hurry though, because this challenge ends soon.  Be sure to click here to enter.

Interested in a video?  Click below for the full instructions on creating this card.

I also recently posted a video on a paper haul that I haven't had time to link here.  I found some great 6X6 paper pads that you might be interested in.

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" challenge.  You can find more information by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Thank You Notes

Good morning everyone.  I'm so happy to be with you today.  I have been really tied up lately and because of all that has been going on, I need to get some thank you notes sent.  That's where Ice Blue, Merlot, and Sunflower crinkle ribbon comes in.

I also used:
White cardstock from Georgia Pacific
Fancy Pants "My Family" paper scraps
Wild Honey and Black Soot Distress Ink
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages
K. Andrew Designs - Scripture Sayings

Now I can get those thank you notes sent out to some great people.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Catching Up

I just wanted to give you an update on life and the reasons I haven't been posting.  The following was posted on my husband's Facebook wall a couple of days ago:

"The past week for our family has been a little crazy. One week ago Cheri was taking Heath to rugby practice when they were involved in an accident. We took Heath to the ER for neck pain. Everything checked out OK. The next morning, Cheri was having some neck pain so we went in and had her checked out. Thankfully, everything checked out OK. The next day, we took mom in to the ER with an abnormal heart rhythm. With a little help from electricity, they got her heart back into a normal rhythm. We took Thursday off from the hospital, but were back in on Friday and discovered that mom had had a stroke. As I look back over the week, I thought I'd list some things we have learned.

1. God is good.
2. The jeep was a great safety choice.
3. Sometimes it is fun to visit my wife's workplace.
4. My son's rugby career didn't suffer an abrupt end. In fact, he has his first match this weekend.
5. I can now put more faces with names at the hospital.
6. Did I mention that God is good.
7. I don't think even Benjamin Franklin could have imagined some of the ways we would use electricity.
8. Sometimes it is nice not to visit my wife's workplace.
9. My wife has some pretty amazing coworkers.
10. God is truly and deeply good all the time."

Yes, the last 10 days have been crazy.  I really can't say when I will have time to make it to the craft room again.  Hopefully it won't be too much longer, but I would guess it will be a bit.  Thanks for bearing with me.  I fully agree with my husband Daniel that God is good all the time and it has been so evident in our lives over these days.  Have a great day.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Froggy Birthday with 3 Girl JAM and TAWS

Welcome to the 3GJ/TAWS Cross Promotion Double Challenge Blog Hop!

The goal of this cross promo/double challenge is to introduce you all to 2 awesome companies, gather inspiration from both DT’s and have the opportunity to enter 2 fun challenges!

Here is a bit about TAWS for those of you not familiar~
The Alley Way Stamps is owned and operated and all super adorable designs drawn by Alison can check out her shop here~ The Alley Way Stamps 

Here is a bit about 3 Girl JAM for those who are unfamiliar ~
3 Girl JAM is owned and operated by the talented Julie K Bling and her 2 daughters. They make the most beautiful hand dyed crinkle ribbon.... you can check out her shop here~ 3 Girl JAM

3 Girl JAM
Every 2 weeks TAWS have a new challenge based on a fun photo called "Be Inspired" and 3GJ has their own challenge using 3GJ Crinkle Ribbon
So for this challenge the DT's are using the inspiration photo, The Alley Way Stamps and ribbon

YOUR challenge will be to come up with a project using THIS photo, a stamp and ribbon.
Remember the photo is for inspiration ONLY....
~~~be creative, use your imagination and show us what this photo inspired you to create~~~
Need some inspiration?
We hope you will hop through the line-up and see all the gorgeous projects the DT’s have created.

Then at TAWS blog and the 3GJ challenge blog you will find out more about their individual challenges and have the opportunity to link up to not just one challenge but both challenges for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

Onto the hop...
You should be coming from.......................Avery

 I decided to make a card to fit into a business sized envelope.  The frog is from Create a Critter and was filled in with the Imagine More cartridge in the Cricut Craft Room.  I grabbed some googly eyes and an action wobble for a little extra fun.

Of course there had to be some 3 Girl JAM and TAWS yumminess in there so I used Sunflower, Goblin Green, and Red from Red, White, and Blue pack from 3 Girl JAM.  TAWS' Background Basics was perfect for this fun card.  You can click on the name of each color/ stamp set to see all about getting some for yourself.  Unfortunately, the red is not currently available.  I cut the ribbon in half (along the width of the ribbon).  Now you need to be very careful here as the potential for the ribbon to unravel is great.  If you would like your project to have longevity, you probably want to avoid this.  I am sending this card to a little boy, so I would imagine that the card won't last long.

Other items used -
White Georgia Pacific card stock cut to 9X8 and scored at 4" - card base; also a 3.5"X3.5" square
Inks - New England Ivy, Goldrush (CTMH); Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans Distress Inks; Archival "Jet black" ink
Red plaid paper (from my scrap stash) - piece at 8.75" X 3.75 " and a piece at 8" X 1.5"
Blue paper (from my scrap stash)  - piece cut at 8.25" X 3.25";  piece cut at 8" X 1.5";  3.75" X 3.75" piece
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages
EK SUccess "Swiss Cheese" border punch

Your next stop is..................... Arielle~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We have broken both DT’s into 2 groups…one group sharing projects today and then the second group sharing projects on Friday March 8th.
Just for hopping though our mini hop both weeks, commenting on all the DT's projects
(this is part one of our Friday March 8th the remaining DT girls will have what TAWS calls Be Re~Inspired with even more inspiration)
entering BOTH challenges
~which will be easy to do.....if you don't own any TAWS they share a bunch of freebies HERE (add blog link)
Your name will be entered to win a
TAWS stamp set and a Bundle of 3GJ

But that is not all!
Each challenge will also be giving away a
TAWS stamp sets and a Bundle of 3GJ Crinkle Ribbon

SO there are LOTS of ways to be entered to win some awesome prizes!!!

Thanks for hopping with TAWS and 3GJ.
We look forward to seeing all your projects!