Saturday, August 29, 2009

Moxie Fab World Challenge: Stamping Style

This is the end of my Moxielicious week-- if your are just jumping in you can check out all five style challenges at Moxie Fab World. You'll get a ton of clean, graphic, shabby, vintage, cute, classy and stampy ideas for starting your holiday cards.

I love this card because the red gingham pp reminds me of the curtains hanging in the kitchen of my parents 100+ year old farm house. I hope the stamping reflects the "homey" country feeling of the holidays that I get when stepping into my mom's kitchen around Christmas time every year.

I used stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry & my new favorite Holiday sentiment from Picture Show to create this holiday wreath, I forgot how much fun it is to use peg stamps to make one of a kind stamped images, so fun & fab if you ask me:)

Here's a few photos to help illustrate how a few tiny stamps joined forces to make the wreath on my card.  Happy holiday stamping!

Products: patterned paper (K&Co.), kraft (Fancy Pants Designs), cardstock (Archivers & BoBunny Dot), ink (Palette/Burnt Umber, Versa Color/ evergreen & bamboo, ColorBox/dark moss & deep red, Technique Tuesday/red), ribbon (Michael's Basics), buttons (Denami Designs), other (hemp twine), stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry & Picture Show), glitter (Sickles)

Moxie Fab World Challenge: A Classy & Elegant Style

Here's my shot at Classy & Elegant for the Moxie Fab World I was working on this challenge I kept thinking Anabelle O'Malley...Anabelle O'Malley (I just love her designs & her blog is actually the first paper craft blog that I started following;) Anyway...have a great weekend & thanks for stopping in!

Products: patterned paper (Basic Grey/Lemonade), cardstock (BoBunny), gems (K&Co.), pearls (Basic Grey), snowflakes (Hero Arts), trim (May Arts), stamps (Technique Tuesday/Casablanca & Picture Show/sentiment), other (Glimmer Mist/snow angel), punch (EK Success), paper piercer (Bazzill)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Moxie Fab World Challenge: A Cute and Fun Style

If all goes well tonight I will finish off my Moxie Challenges for the week. Participating in these challenges (click here to join in or just catch up on the fun) was totally unplanned for me, but SO MUCH FUN and a great surprise for this week's crafting! Boy is it is fun to try out other styles that don't come so naturally (and funny to see where my personal style keeps trying to sneak in).

Here is my attempt at cute and fun... 

Now I'm on to classy & elegant:)
Products: patterned paper (Doodlebug), scallop punch (EK Success), ribbon (Anna Griffin/Darcie Collection), clear stamps (American Crafts/Shortbread)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Moxie Fab World Challenge: Vintage Shabby Chic Style

So here's my take on Moxie Fab World's Holiday Style Challenge- Vintage Shabby Chic. I'm digging this one a bit more than clean and graphic because I can layer!!! Yeah!!!

That's all I have to share today. I wish you well!
Products: patterned paper (Fiskars, Doodlebug Designs, Fancy Pants Designs) stamp (Picture Show), lace (Webster's Pages), ribbon (May Arts), bingo card (Jenni Bowlin), button (Autumn Leaves), ink (Colorbox); metal heart (ColorBok).

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Moxie Fab World Challenge: Clean and Graphic Holiday Style

Clean and graphic... white space, clean lines, not too many colors... not too many layers (that one is tough for me;)... simple treatment of text. Sound interesting? Pop over to Moxie Fab World to check out how others interpret clean and graphic on holiday cards and treats. Here is what I have to share... obviously, I couldn't stop at just one.

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Products: rubber stamps (picture show), markers (Crayola/green & Sakura/red), cardstock (Archivers/white); patterned paper (American Crafts/travel collection & SEI/Bridgeport collection); ribbon (Michael's Crafts/red & Bazzill Basics/black), ink (Versa Color/black)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

For Destiny...

This one is for my girl D. I love & miss you babe!

Products vellum quotes: Darcey Collection from Anna Griffin; patterned paper: Petals and Golden Damask from Andrea Victoria Collection by My Minds Eye; Panache from Provence Collection by GCD Studios; Emily from Wonderful Collection by My Little Shoebox; cardstock: deep red from Archivers; ribbon: grosgrain ribbon from May Arts; burlap string from May Arts; chipboard tag from Periphery collection from Basic Grey; metal heart: Color Hearts Sweet from ColorBox.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Wisdom- Value It Because You Love it

Hi all! Just a few more days and I should be back to my usual crafting schedule... Orientation is Sunday & I almost have everything ready for it, so If all goes well... you may get more than just cards next week:)
Anyway, I ran into a little wisdom I thought I'd share. I love to put (what I call) "wisdom" on my scrapbook pages, especially the ones I create for the girls.  The wisdom is usually not my own, but great quotes... parts of books... lines from movies-- all messages I find true or wise that I want to pass on. Often times, I find it in their story books or favorite movies.

Today's Wednesday Wisdom is brought to you by the movie Bridge to Terabithia (2007): 

Leslie says (speaking about the Bible), "You have to believe it and you hate it. I don't have to believe it and I think it is beautiful."

I can't explain why I love this quote... I think its because I have seen so many people forced to believe in something (be it the Bible, a marriage, or what not because it is "the right thing" to do) that their belief becomes routine and jaded... lacking in love and beauty. I keep this quote in my heart as a reminder that as I teach my children, I need to guide them to find the wonder and beauty in ALL things and in life.

And that leads to another line from the movie that makes me go hmmm... this one comes from Teddy Roosevelt via Leslie's dad: 

"You know, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. That's Teddy Roosevelt that said that, not me."

Find the love in your life, work hard at it & have a great Wednesday!
Products: patterned paper (American Crafts, BoBunny), lace (Prima), scrap ribbon, crown (Melissa Francis), glitter (Doodlebug); font (CKBecky)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Late Summer Days...

Sorry card is out for publication (will return May 2010)

Hi! I hope the end of summer is as good and memorable for you as it always is for me... with those hot muggy mornings full of sun and sweltering heat... the rumbling of mid-day thunder storms followed by steamy, wet, sunny-again afternoons. And the thing I love most... the blast of cool air hitting my face and skin after being outside on these late summer days.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products: patterned paper (Basic Grey), glitter (Doodlebug), baubles (Mark Richards).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Christmas in J... oh is it August already?

... in sticking with the theme for the Cards for Heros blog hop this weekend, I thought I'd share a few more holiday cards.  I hope you enjoy!

Visions of Sugarplums

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Products: Visions card... patterned paper & lace cardstock (SEI), pearls (Prima), candy embellishments (Martha Stewart Crafts) Joy card... patterned paper (Webster's Pages, lily bee) ribbon (Webster's Pages), pearls (Kaiser)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Holiday Card Inspiration: Cards for Heroes Mini Bloghop

Welcome Cards for Heroes Fans and wonderful blog followers! This is my post for Cards for Heroes Happy Holidays for Heroes Mini Bloghop which takes place on Saturday, August 15th. So if you are hitting this post before the 15th, please stop back then once we are all linked up for a holiday bloghop that is sure to please!

You won't want to miss it because it will be a great way to pick up some holiday card making ideas while getting to know more about Cards for Heroes, an organization with the mission to support our nation's armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. 

Well, here is a glimpse of the holiday cards, I'm preparing to send to CFH. Because I am making so many cards, I usually use the KISS theory for making my holiday cards. 

Tip: to alter the white foam letter stickers that I used on my first card, I simply stamped them with a small circle stamp in a random pattern.

Inside of JOY cards read: "You are my joy... happy holidays!"

Tip: Here, I distressed the edge of the foam letters to match the distressing on the edge of the card.

Tip: to making your own postage stamp like paper... just take a hole punch and punch half circles around your paper. For speed... don't sweat perfection, just punch:)

If you love to make holiday cards there is still plenty of time to help out, CFH is in need of holidays cards to send our armed forces through November 1. Click here are some tips for making cards to send. 

I hope you can join me in helping out CFH. I appreciate all of the sacrifices that our nation's armed forces make every day for my children and our country & it is a honor to make some holiday cards for these men and women to send home to their loved ones.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Raspberry Suite's Color Challenge 14... Story Time

A bit of vintage... a bit of summer playfulness... this one reminds me of my sweet four year old... dragging out every stuffed animal and doll in the house... reading to them at "her" story time... always the same story about how rainbows are made...  this one is for Raspberry Suite's challenge 14.

Have a great week:)

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Break from Life...

Here is my little break from life for the day... I made this card for The Bag Lady Challenge over at Movie Fab World.

My inspiration was the  Flower Power Bag from Sundance. I just love the look of those crocheted flowers... they remind me of something that I'd find at Grandma's house:) I hope you all are doing well! Thanks for stopping by.

Products: Patterned paper (American Crafts & Basic Grey), chipboard (Basic Grey), orange flower (SISTV Night Owl Kit), white flower (Fancy Pants Designs), brown ribbon (American Crafts), rub on (Piggy Tales).

Friday, August 07, 2009

CPS 127

Thank goodness its Friday! Here is my take on CPS's Sketch 127.

This one is in honor of my baby's new red sparkly shoes that her Daddy bought her at "the Target store" last week. I used Roots and Wings stamp set by Renaissance by Design that I picked up with the gift certificate that I won from the random draw from CPS a few weeks ago-- fun stuff! PP from Basic Grey and red glitter paper from Marcella by K (found this in the scrapbook aisle at Target).
Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, August 03, 2009

A few pages to share...

Hello everyone! I'm sorry that I don't have a card and page post to share with you today, but my dad just finished a successful knee replacement surgery, so we have been spending time with him... soon he will be chasing after the girl... hopefully joining them on their Halloween haunt around the neighborhood this year:)

Anyway, I made these pages a while back and thought they'd be appropriate for my first August post.
The Lake

Quick journaling:

They Say Opposites Attract

A (rare for me) two pager inspired by Becky's August Sketch from CK Magazine.
Journaling reads:

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer and are well on your way to capturing all of those wonderful warm memories...

Products used:  The Lake patterned paper (GCD Studios), ribbon (Michael's $1 rack), flowers (Prima), journaling tag (7 Gypsies) Opposites patterned paper (Basic Grey & KI Memories), glitter (Stickles)