Thursday, September 27, 2012

Card Kits/Slam dunk cards...

I am getting ready for a craft show in November, so I am organizing, sorting, packaging, pricing and yes even tossing some stashed piles and boxes.  I used to do 4 annual craft shows each year and then I just flat out ran out of steam for all of the required steps... I am destashing BIG TIME with all of the projects I've held onto for what reasons I have no clue...

First up I am doing my little dance called "slam dunk"...picking up this paper, grabbing that embellishment, stamping this sentiment and slam dunking a card together.  With this process it is absolutely amazing how many cards you can put together in a sort of assembly line process.  I had two little boy die cuts, cut long ago from my Sizzix dies.  I don't have the clothing die anymore because I sold 95% of my Sizzix die system.... so I drew some shirts and shorts for the two little guys, dressed them up with a cute button to boot and plopped them on papers and call these done done done.  In the same photo below, such an easy set of 4 cards by using some squares of pretty pattern papers, adding a MS punch flower on a Nestie embossed shape.  The sentiment is rubber stamped. 

 I had a package of 10 Mr & Mrs. cuts from one of the Cricut Sweethearts cartridge ... and I decided I could make some pretty note cards.  I had a pack of wonderful black and white cardstock so I used each of the patterns for the 10 cards.  I like the striking effect of the die cut on the black Nestie mounted on the larger Nestie in red.

This is one of the Wedding cards from a kit of 9.  I taught this class 4 times and eventually ended up with the 9 left over kits.  Each of the cards have a wee bit of different embellishments on the front in the way of ribbons or flowers.  

 This is the inside of the Congratulations card with the bride and groom featured as pop ups.  The bride and groom were created from Sizzie dies, the dress has been embossed and the little jacket and veil are cut on vellum.  Her dress and veil are embellished with a pretty little ribbon, I've added a white embossed heart from a punch and a rubber stamp "Love blooms here".  It's fun to open this card and have the little bride and groom pop up in view.

Another card class with a different color theme.  The bride and groom are applied to the inside of the base card while the sentiment is the pop up.  JOY is also a Sizzix cut.
 This is the front of the card.  The little silver packages with the gold ribbon are Sizzlits die cuts.  The hearts are Sizzix as well.  All sentiments have been rubber stamped.
Thanks for taking a peek at my slam dunk cards and the assembled kits.  Have a great day, my dear friends.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Little Boy Blue

Our sweet and talented design team sister Suzanne is our hostess at BBTB2 this week. 
She asked the design team to use a theme of little boy blue to celebrate the birth of a grandson after 3 granddaughters.  We celebrate that with her.

My card looks ornate but was so simple to design.  The base card has been embossed with the bahy theme embossing folder, I've added some EK Success decorative edge punches.  Once the base card was ready, then I added a small baby blue Onesie cut from New Arrival, and a blue ribbon.  The little outfit is featured in a beautiful frame from Elegant Edges cartridge (wow, everyone should have this cartridge, it's fabby).  I added a little diaper pin, some blue pearls.  All done... fit for a sweet little baby boy.

Please join us in the challenge.  Follow our rules and remember our challenge is now just for a week, not two so get your craft on.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Things That Fly in Nature

Happy Monday one and all.  Our BBTB2 hostess this week is our talented friend Sandi who has asked us to design with All Things that fly in Nature... that means dragonflies, bees, butterflies, ...yep, even a sweet little ladybug.  

I decided upon a butterfly.  I am having lunch with a dear friend in a few weeks and I wanted to make a little extra something for her birthday.  I decided I could make a Post It Note Easel Card that features a beautiful butterfly ... she can set this on her desk at work and find glee each time she takes a small blue post it note.  

I created a rather sturdy Easel Card so all of the different panels are enforced with an extra strip of cardstock, and then of course each layer is topped off with the pretty pattern paper cardstock. 
The small white strip at the top is a MS edge punch that has a beautiful butterfly cut.  The little blue flowers are punched from a MS punch, and little flower jewels are added for the bling...The base butterfly is cut from Indie Art...and is the reason I actually bought this particular cartridge.  I had added some punch butterflies to the top of the Cricut b-fly so that I have a rather ornate design.  A little flower jewel has been added as well. 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blue Birds

 I am so proud of me.  I tend to keep cards I make that I really like.  They sit in a tray and I look at them now and then to admire.  I have several groups who come to my house to buy my cards which are in the "slam dunk" trays.  I would never never never let them walk out with one of my "best" cards.  My friend Pat and I scoured the internet to find the folder out of Marianne's Designables series for the folder called "Romantic".  We quickly found the folder had been discontinued, and by luck Pat found a small shop in another state who happened to have two of these folders left.  Woot woot.... I paid 
$25 for this folder and ya know what?.... I didn't care.  I wanted it that bad.  My first design was the little Elephant challenge a few weeks back.  Here are 5 more designs using that wonderful embossing folder that also is a die cut in just the right places.  I added a pink insert behind the white embossed card front so it could peek through the open areas.  I cut some flowers from Walk In My Garden, and I believe the cute little blue bird is from Create a Critter...  Why am I proud?...because I have given each of these cards to friends.  They aren't sitting in a tray not to be shared.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

We honor...

Welcome visitors ... it's Monday and you know what that means... our talented design team scurried to create our hostess Brenda's challenge to recognize 911 and to honor our service men and women. I know you will find wonderful inspiration visiting BBTB2 and the design team's creations. 

My card was designed from Independence cartridge except for the additional yellow letterings from Blackletter.  I added a rubber stamp that says "thanks".  We love and cherish our Red White and Blue, we are so blessed for our freedom, and we honor those who serve their country and countrymen and women.  In summary my card simply says "Thanks for our freedom".

Once again I used some of those Stampendous "dots in red which you will find dotted on the word RED.  A little bit of white dots, some doodling and it's a done card.  Hope you like it.

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Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful week.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Shape It Up

Our talented BBTB2 hostess this week is Stephanie who asked us to design with a shaped card.  I went instantly to Wild Card and one of my fave cuts on that cartridge is the doily card.  I cut the shape out with one of my wild pattern cardstock papers.  It is double-sided paper so the inside is decorative as well.  I added a clear stamp about Friendship and then I added the blingy stuff.  My round embossed scalloped mount is from a Nestie, and on that I added some punch MS flowers, with some cute little flower blue jewels.  The green leaves are a MS punch as well, and then I punched out a sweet little butterfly to sit upon the flowery scene. 
Hope you join us on our challenge this week...just follow our simple rules and again, please note the change in challenge duration.  Our challenge now runs  one week, not two so hurry over and link up your cute shaped card.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Foxy Girl

Now and then I send a pair of glitsy little socks to a cherished friend.....  The other day while I was sorting cards from design team challenges and published cards, I ran across my Foxy Girl card.  This was published in Ready Set Create magazine.   I loved this little card with the darling girly fox prancing across the page.  The next day I found a pair of socks with a cute little fox knitted at the top.... and instantly I knew what I was going to do with both.  This is a perfect combo for a little giftie for my friend.