Sunday, July 29, 2012

Autumn Around the Bend

This week's sketch challenge over at OWH is perfect for a lot of my scraps! To start my obsession with this sketch, I stole Jeanne's color scheme and went with a leaf motif.

I wasn't too keen on the matting job I did with the leaf at first, but it's growing on me. All the paper is from DCWV's Green Stack, and the embossed strip is the wood grain for Darice.Thanks for an awesome sketch. Julie!

I also want to share another tutorial tryout I did this week. Paper piecing is pretty popular from the blogs I've seen. I've tried it in the past, but have always gotten very frustrated with fussy cutting and gave up. Well, this week, when I started digging into my Christmas supply stash, I came across a stamp that I thought would work.

And Voila! It did! The heart is pieced too, but it might be hard to tell. I used a textured paper for it. For the card front paper and the sentiment, I worked off the hooks on the ornaments. I really like the swirly whirlies. I think I'll make multiples of this with the rest of my red swirly paper stash.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pick Me Up

This week's MidWeek Throwdown challenge over at OWH calls for encouragement-themed cards. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to use a few miscellaneous stamped sentiments I've let pile up from past swaps and came up with this:

I'm starting to trust myself these days and didn't rely on a sketch to get me started. I just laid the pieces out and eyed where each piece would go. The flowers are also from a swap... why are things that come from other people so much more exciting than the stuff I already have? Maybe it's the supply and demand philosophy, who knows, haha. Anyway, the embossed card front is the bird on the vines folder from Cuttlebug, and the DP is from DCWV's Latte stack. I trimmed the edges of the flowers and used Mod Podge to keep them flat against the DP. No one wants a swirly cut flower! I have a handful of these flowers and they match the color scheme of what's left of that stack. So excited because it's been sitting on the back burner waiting for me to use it all up.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hand-Stitching: Harder Than it Looks

Today's Tuesday Tutorial over at OWH gives us tips on stitching elements to cards. I don't have anything in the way of guide tools like a stiching template or a self-healing mat, but I gave it a go anyway.

Yikes! Before piercing, I dotted the paper where the holes would go, then I used a safety pin to pierce the paper, and finally, I used some floss from our misc craft bin and went to work. Needless to say, this is not the desired effect, although I might keep it for personal use. I might send it to my Superstar of the Sewing Machine mom as a gag card lol. I'm glad tried it; even though stitching is not for me (at least anytime in the near future), at least now I know it for sure, haha!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Flowers and Leaves and Embossing Folders, oh My!

This week's card sketch over at OWH (#130!) was perfect for the last few flowers in my stash.

I didn't add a sentiment because I didn't want to take any attention away from the flowers. I used Modge Podge Mod Podge to get the petals under the cream strip to stay put. Funny, I've always thought it was "Modge" but just the other day my DS said "HEY, Mom! It's MoooooD Podge. You've been reading it wrong." Wow, my world crafty world was thrown upside down in that second. My favorite specialty gluey stuff doesn't rhyme, sob sob. Sniff. Okay, I'm over it now, lol.

Here are more Autumn cards. A.C. Moore brought in a new line of dry embossing folders this last week and put them on sale for $1.99. I'm super-excited to now own a wood grain folder! Whoo Hoo! Also, I can't get enough of that leaf stamp; I bought another leaf stamp set on Friday. Think I'll play with it today. Enjoy!

  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sketch Challenges!

Happy Sunday everyone! I've got a slew of cards to share so let's get to it. I'll go in chronological order , dating back to the July 4th MidWeek Throwdown (Anniversary cards) after sharing today's Sketch Challenge card, Sketch #129.

"And I will love you soooo, for always"

 Below is my MWT from about two weeks ago...
July 4th Anniversary MWT

As you can tell, I am still in love with the DCWV Black Currant stack. This was made from scraps inspired by the scrappy backgrounds tutorial on the OWH website. I think this is one of the most common ways I use scraps (except for those pinwheels).

Next up is Sketch #128...

The die-cut leaves are from Cricut's Potpourri Basket cart and I made the vertical strips with the Autumn leaf stamp I got last week. This was my first shot at making "patterned" paper with stamps and I'm pleased, although I'm not sure the style of the stamp is all that in tune with that of the die-cuts. Still, I'm pleased with it overall.

Last week's MWT called for cold weather cards to get us started on the busy season. I used Sketch #57.

I used some pretty paper from DCWV's Winter Magic mat stack. The papers are much thinner than I usually buy but the pack was only a few bucks and had a ton of variety in different shades of blue. So pretty! I originally intended for those purple squares to be a dark blue to match either the DP or the snowflake (Cricut's Potpourri Basket cart again) but it didn't match well at all. The snowflake brad is from the Christmas in June swap we had on FB's Scrap to Treasure group last month. (We're doing one for Autumn/Thanksgiving right now. If you're not a member but want to participate, leave a comment and I'll invite you to the group.) I made three of the next card with the dark blue squares I had left over from these snowflake cards.

Sticking with my goal of using each OWH Sketch at least once this year, I also checked off a few older sketches this week.

Sketch #31  LOVE this stamp!
Sketch #66 Gotta use those summer scraps before time runs out
This uses a stamp and a butterfly from fellow OWH'ers, Raeanna (I think) and Fabiola, respectively. Love swapping supplies! I think I'll send one of these to my BFF. We don't get to hang out as much as we used to.

I have an itch to make more so I'm outta here. Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Paper Punching Owls

This morning's OWH's Tuesday Tutorial shows us how to make lil owls with just a circle punch and a hole puncher. I got right on it and they are so fun to make! They are now on my list of favorite animals for cards. I don't have any punny owl sentiments, so I went with a standby...

How cute are these? I can't wait to play with eye expressions. So fun! Thanks for a great tutorial, Nancy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Here Comes Autumn

I'm creating this post from my phone to see if it's as easy as doing so online. So far no problems... I picked up an autumn leaf stamp by Inkadinkado this weekend and used it to make my first card for Autumn. I fussy cut the leaf after coloring it with colored pencils. I gotta say, I don't think I'll ever get good at fussy cutting. It's the sad, honest truth but I have a lot to offer in other ways so I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

I flipped Sketch #86 horizontally and used all my favorite fall colors. Okay, so .... Blogger isn't giving me the option of uploading a photo from my phone so... I'll update this when the kiddies are done playing their games.

Here ya go! 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blues and Monkeys

Even though I generally make cards on a weekly basis, I don't always participate in the challenges over at OWH (haven't started the challenges on other sites yet either although many I've seen are pretty cool). So to try to get a bit more on track, I started catching up on recent challenges. Below is this month's ODBD challenge card: Cool colors such as blue, green, and purple.

ODBD's July Challenge
This is a horizontal version of Sketch #84. I like the way these turned out - they'd be good for a guy to send to a guy. I wanted to have a tie on the side of the ribbon there, but the ribbon was too wide and the space too narrow; it wasn't staying tied so I scrapped it.

I also monkeyed around and fulfilled a MWT from two weeks ago. This is Sketch #70, and the monkey is from the Life's a Party Cricut cart. DD and I can never get enough of him - he's toooo cute! I added some googley eyes for the first time on this set that I had in a stash of misc embellies. I don't have many more; what department of the craft store would I find them in?

Recent OWH MidWeek Throwdown
This weekend I found a set of love quotes from authors and artists and had to have them. I was feeling especially romantic at the time because I had just fallen in love with my man all over again the day before. I think I'll do some anniversary cards for last week's MWT, letting the stamps themselves be the focal point. I love love! Thanks for visiting and hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Coloring Troubles and a Pick Me Up

Wow, it's been a week and a half since my last post! Most of that time I had a cold that put me under. Thursday I started recovering, but had a terrible headache all day and max'd out on the limit of Tylenol in one day for the first time in my life. But now I'm better and ready to get crafty!

A fellow blogger shared her adventures in coloring with markers and did such a cute job that I figured I'd try my hand at it with OWH's mascot Ciara this morning. No such luck...

These are LePlume II ("1122") double ended markers that were in the loot from my grandma when she handed down her supplies to us grandkids. I don't know if it's the brand or my hand or maybe their age (3+ yo, but they're plenty wet), but the end product is no bueno! I used one brown for Ciara's body, and a slightly darker brown only for the little bags under her eyes. The camo uses three different shades of green, and then there's the pink for her gum and tongue. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to try them out. I'm sorry Ciara, lol!!!!

To make myself feel better, I ran to my current OWH box in progress and looked over the cards I made last weekend before I got sick. Here are a few that I felt really good about...

Heat embossing is getting better... not so much "dust"

My first "scene"!
The birdy card above uses Sketch #.... actually, I have no idea. Sorry, I can't figure it out from my chart and printed sketches! Anywho, I had cut some fences for a swap and saved a few for myself a while back. I finally used them for a few of these cards, using some cute birdy patterned paper (DCWV's Green Stack) that I thought would go well with them. I also realized that I had some blue sky/cloudy paper from my scrap pack stash and voila! I'm tickled by the final product because it's very much out of my comfort zone and it actually worked out well, haha. As a side note, I made this little crop of cards while watching Everybody's Fine, a movie with Robert DeNiro as a dad who surprise-visits his grownup kids all over the country. It was pretty good... a thought-provoking piece on parent/child relationships.

Now I feel a lot better about the coloring incident, haha. Still, I would like to be able to color better so tips and tricks are more than appreciated. I guess for now I'll stick with Magic Colored Pencils. Happy Weekend and thanks for visiting!