Friday, May 31, 2013

Graduation Autograph Frame

Today is my daughter's BIG DAY and I want to show you the autograph frame that I decorated for her graduation table.  It was a pretty simple project and I really like the way it turned out.  It will really be special when it is filled with autographs.  Most importantly, my daughter likes it.  Another bonus is that it is a perfect match to the autograph book that I posted last week.  You can see that post by clicking here.


I used the following supplies:
Prima - Leeza Gibbons "Wishes and Dreams" paper
Coredinations Teal paper
Cricut and the Cricut Craft Room
Stampendous Graduation Cap stamp
Archival - Coffee ink
Ofray teal ribbon
Autograph frame from JoAnn's
Xyron 2.5" sticker maker
Scotch quick dry adhesive

Now for the video:
Like I said, this was a very quick project and I plan to have it on her graduation table.

I plan to link this to the following challenges:
Decorate to Celebrate - Graduation
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes challenge
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes challenge

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Feminine Graduation Cards

Recently I saw a great tutorial by one of my 3 Girl JAM design team sisters on making lace and ribbon flowers.  While watching Scrappin' Abby's tutorial (found here), I finally realized what I needed to do to create flowers.  I decided to try her technique and the first flower I made is one that you will see on today's card.



I used these items -
3 Girl JAM - Spring flowers bundle: Iris found here
Striped purple paper and other purple papers - scrap stash
Seedless Preserves Distress ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Lace
Spellbinders - Large Scalloped Octagons
Stampendous - Graduation Cap stamp
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
2" paper punch
Xyron 2.5 sticker maker
Buttons
Digital image from Rosebud's Craft Store


Now these cards have quite a bit of dimension to them so if I was going to mail them, I would need to provide extra protection (and therefore postage) to keep them safe.  I don't plan on mailing them however, so we should be OK.

Did you know that the current 3 Girl JAM challenge is an Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge?  I plan on linking my project up here.  I also plan to link to the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesday's - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Diva's - Anything Goes with Ribbon or Twine


Monday, May 27, 2013

Graduation Cards for the Men in Your Life

Good morning everyone.  I believe that I mentioned that the next little while was going to be pretty post heavy.  I wasn't kidding.  There has been a lot to post lately.  I've needed to spend lots of time in the craft area to get these projects done.  There are more to come so hang in there.  The card that I'm showing you today is for the men in your life.  Though it was designed to be a graduation card, you could easily use it as a card of encouragement for someone by simply modifying the inside.


I made two variations of this card today by simply changing the paper.  I needed 3 cards and each piece of paper made 2, so I decided to make an extra just in case I forgot someone.  Here's what I used to get started:
3 Girl JAM - Cream crinkle ribbon from the Coffee bundle
DCWV - Safari Chic 12X12 paper pad (2 sheets)
Bazill - Green 12X12 paper and a piece of 12X12 brown paper from my stash
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream card stock (1 piece)
Cricut - CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge (page 58)
Memento - Tuxedo Black ink
Digital image from Rosebud's Craft Store
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages stamp set


I have a video tutorial where I discuss how I designed this card in the Cricut Craft Room.  You will also see the finished inside of the card on the video.

I am linking these cards to the current 3 Girl JAM challenge - "Anything Goes with Ribbon".  Have you linked a project yet?

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

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop

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Welcome to my little contribution to the Operation Write Home Blog Hop.  I am so happy that you stopped by today.  This is the first time that I've participated in an OWH Blog Hop, but I have hopped to other blogs during these hops before.  I can't wait to see all the inspiration out there.

Today, I have chosen the Bonus Sketch #12 to use with this hop.  It is a sketch that my daughter chose to have me make her thank you notes for graduation before I even knew the hop details.  What perfect timing!  Be sure to scroll down to the previous post for a full tutorial and to see my daughter's thank you note.  Same technique and sketch, but a totally different card.

I used the following supplies:
Operation Write Home Bonus Sketch #12
K and Company - Ancestry.com paper
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
OWH / Hero Art stamp
Stampendous - Happy Messages stamp set

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.  Have a great day!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thank You Notes - Tutorial for OWH's Memorial Day Bloghop

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Tomorrow (or today, depending on where you are located), there is a fun blog hop going on over at Operation Write Home.  I am really excited to be part of this fun hop and can't wait to hop along and see all the other inspiration.  The theme is "Thank You" and the challenge is to use an OWH sketch.  Did I say challenge?  OWH sketches actually simplify card making and are a great springboard for enhancing creativity.  I love them and use them often.

This tutorial is actually for the hop.  However, there's a bit of a catch.  The tutorial is for one card and the card that I'm posting for the hop is going to be a bit different.  Same techniques - different results.  So be sure to check out both.


For today's card I used the following supplies:
Prima Leeza Gibbons "Wishes and Dreams" 12X12 cardstock
Bazzill "Nougat" and cream cardstock
Archival "Coffee" ink
"Thank You" stamp from Stampendous "Happy Messages"
Jeremiah 29:11 digital image from Rosebud's Craft Store
Cricut - Elegant Edges page 41

I have created a video tutorial for you which is posted below.  Unless you are up late tonight, the alternate card is directly above this one.  If you're up late, the alternate card should be showing up at about 3AM Eastern time.  Be sure to hop along and see the other great thank you cards in the hop.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Graduation Autograph Book

Hello.  Welcome to a new challenge at 3 Girl JAM.  This challenge is an Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge.  I love anything goes challenges so that I can link whatever project that I'm currently working on.  Be sure to play along with your projects for a chance to win some 3 Girl JAM ribbon.  I have provided a link in the right hand column so you can link up right from there or from the bottom of this post.


Now for my project.  My daughter is graduating from high school next week.  She will be having a graduation ceremony with 2 other homeshooled students.  One of the things we will be doing is decorating a table in the colors of her choice.  One of the decorations we will have is a photo frame that people can autograph.  However, we realized that the frame won't provide much room for people to make comments so we decided to also have an autograph book on the table.  With the extra pages, she will be able to add photographs or journal some of her own memories of this special night.  In the back, there is room for her to keep track of the gifts she receives as well as the thank you notes she sends.

I ended up using a lot of products on this.  I will not even attempt to name them all as many of them I don't even know the names or where I purchased them.  There was a whole lot of stash diving for this project.  Some notable mentions are:
3 Girl JAM - several colors which you can purchase here
Bind-it-all with Cinch binding wire
Project Life black slick writer
Paper - Prima, Bazill, Hot Off the Press, DCWV, The Paper Studio, and unknown others in my stash
Rub-ons - different companies in my stash
My Mind's Eye - Enamel Dots from The Sweetest Thing
Stickers - different companies in my stash
Tim Holtz - tiny attacher,  muse token, swivel clasp, metal tag
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stampendous "Happy Messages" stamp set

If you are interested in the video, I go through the book page by page and show you the paper, rub-ons, ribbon and goodies in the book.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wedding Card Time

Today I have a special card to share with you.  One of my dearest friends has a daughter who is getting married.  Many years ago, I was a teacher's aid in a Christian school.  My friend was a co-worker and her 3 year old daughter was part of our kindergarten class.  Now this precious 3 year old is all grown up, graduated from college, and getting married.  Yep, I'm getting OLD.

While designing the card, I realized that I have very limited stamps for wedding cards.  When this happens, its time to get creative with the stamps you have, right?  As you can see, you could also use this card for other occasions since it isn't "sentiment exclusive".  I have discovered that the "Dress White" from the new Navy bundle at 3 Girl JAM is the perfect color choice for a white wedding card.  You can find yours here.


The main paper I chose is from the beautiful "Couture" 6X6 pad from SEI.  I also used paper from Paper Trey Ink. Embellishments are from SEI and Want2Scrap, feathers from Petaloo, and the corner embellishments were recycled.  The sentiment was stamped using the "Fall-O-Ween" stamp set from K. Andrew Designs - I said I was getting creative.  I have posted a video tutorial for you which also shows the inside of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping at 3 Girl JAM.  Remember to take a bit of time to enjoy the little things today.

Haul

Today, I have a special haul to share with you.  As mentioned during the video, some of the things that I will be showing were bought particularly for special projects.  The next days will likely be pretty "post" heavy as I have several projects and a couple of post commitments due. Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Birthday Cake Card

I have a fun and busy card to show you today so hold onto your hats.

I grabbed:
Scrap of yellow paper from the Tim Holtz Coredinations Distress Pack
Basic Grey "Life of the Party" 6X6 paper pad and epoxy stickers
Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" distress ink
CTMH stamps (from one of the Cricut bundles)

Today's video is pretty short, so I hope you can take a few minutes to watch it

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



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop

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I am so excited to be announcing a Blog Hop that I plan to participate in next week.  It looks like there will be some great prizes and I'm sure the projects will be fabulous.  Mark your calendars and come and hop along.  If you have a blog and would like to participate, sign up by clicking on the image above.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Piles of Circles Cards

Hello everyone.  I trust you are having a great day.  Today I have chosen a card that was inspired by another card.  Once again, I saw the original in a tutorial from Operation Write Home.  As soon as I saw this card, I loved the design and knew it would be a perfect use of scraps.  I made my design after looking at the picture once, so it obviously isn't an exact copycat.  I hadn't even looked at the original post so I don't know the sizes she used.  If you would like to check out the original post, please click here.

If you watch the video, I focused on making the following card:


At the end of the video I added a bonus card.  This is one of my favorite recent cards.

I used the following supplies to make these 2 cards:
Thank You - Scraps from My Mind's Eye - "Fine and Dandy"
Martha Stewart - 1" circle punch
Hero Arts - "All Occasion Messages" stamp set
White embossing powder
Versamark Ink
Washi tape from Target
Coredinations "Krafty" cardstock
White Gelly Roll pen
Happy Birthday Card

Happy Birthday - Scraps from My Mind's Eye - "So Sophie"
Martha Stewart 1" circle punch
Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry ink
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream caardstock
3 Girl JAM - Witch's Brew
CTMH - stamp set from Artiste or Art Philosophy set

I hope you enjoy the video which you can get by clicking here.

I will be linking up to the Boot Camp at OWH which you can see here.

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grid Birthday Cards

Hello friends.  I trust you are having a good day.  After a bit of down time, I actually have a crafty post for you today.  Look for more to come.  I have counted the cards that I need to make to get caught up and I need 12 more birthday cards to catch me up to June 1st.  I also have 3 wedding cards and an unknown number of graduation cards and thank you notes to make.


I used a sketch from Operation Write Home which can be found here.  I also used the following supplies:
Hero Arts - Blessings to You stamp set
My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy Paper pack
Basic Grey Bloomers - Wander collection
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Coordinations "Krafty" cardstock
Stampendous - Happy Messages stamp set

If you are interested in the measurements and a quick tutorial, check out the video.

Click here to view the video.  For some reason, I am having difficulty linking my video to this post.

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saying Goodbye

Even as a child, I wasn't very good at saying goodbye.  When family from far away came to visit, the goodbyes were always tearful.  It was the same when we went to Grandma's house about 3 hours away.  I hated goodbyes and I still do.  To this day, it's not uncommon to send a loved down the road through blurry eyes.  It's just who I am.

That was some good guacamole!
On Friday, I said the hardest goodbye I have faced in my 40 years on earth.  I said goodbye to my mother-in-law.  I guess I should first explain that Friday was her memorial service.  I had actually told her goodbye for the last time more than a week before.

I know it was a temporary goodbye, because I will see her again in Heaven someday.  It was none the less extremely painful, far more than I expected.  I am used to saying goodbye to loved ones as I have done so many times before.  I just wasn't ready to let her go.

However, there are a few things that I know with 100% certainty:

1.  No matter how much I miss her, I wouldn't wish her back to this world with its pain and loneliness - both which she had experienced in increasing amounts in the last 14 months.
2.  I will see her again.
3.  She was an amazing, Godly woman and a shining example to me and countless others.
4.  She is resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father.
5.  I have fabulous family and friends who love me and pray for me.
6.  God is still good - ALL the time!

And so, though I am saying goodbye for now, I live in a place of peace and knowledge that we will meet again.  Jesus promised in John 14:2-3 that He is preparing a wonderful place for us.  My heart will still ache and I will still miss her, but I will continue on treasuring the times that we shared together.