Monday, May 31, 2010

Simple Fathers Day Card

Two Fathers + Two Ideas = Two Cards!

I'm really getting into printing "stamps" a.k.a. digi-stamps. Thanks to work, I'm VERY comfortable using Publisher. The digi-stamps allow me to create a unique stamp for each card. The only thing it is missing right now is the character that actual stamping has. You know, the slightly uneven coloring and the different texture of the ink.

Another little thing I am proud of is the bow. It doesn't look like much, but I found a way to make the simple bow easily and neatly.

Thanks for checking out my creation! If you missed my other Father's day card, check it out here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fathers Day Challenge


The Challenge: Create a Father's Day craft.

The Challenger: My Pink Stamper


I'm really happy with how this card turned out. While I was piecing this card together I was a little worried that it wouldn't come out like I had pictured.


I came across another card that had the typewriter alphabet on the side and I thought it was a really unique way to add a pattern to a card. To add the typewriter text to the card, I setup the layout in Publisher and printed it directly on the cardstock!


The sailboat image was also printed onto cardstock. I then sewed some blue thread on the paper to take the place of water. The sailboat is pop-dotted onto a piece of blue paper that sits on a piece of red paper. I used those same papers for the tiny circles (.32 inch) I cut using SCAL.


I have another Father's Day card coming, so come back next week to check it out!

Monday, May 17, 2010

PPA42 A Color Challenge

The Challenge: Create a project using the colors Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Real Red.

The Challenger: Pals Paper Arts



I incorporated quite a few new things into this card.
1) ICE CREAM CONES: I've been wanting to use them for a while! I added a little stamping around the edges to give it a little more dimension. The ice cream paper has a marbled print to it, which was perfect.

2) BANNER: Another fad in paper crafting that I have been wanting to try. I found a great video explanation on Practical Scrappers that helped simplify it. Beth also showed a quick way to create a cute bow. I don't have the tool that she used. So I made something similar!

3) PRINTING ON CUTOUTS: This is something I've been trying to master for, well, since I've been doing paper crafts. (which really is only a year). Another blogger, Lori on Fantabulous Cricut had a great tutorial. Basically you print the text on a white piece of paper, adhere your cut out over the text to ensure perfect alignment and print the text again. GENIUS! I did do one thing different from Lori. The first time I printed the text I also printed my cut out shape so that I had a guide on exactly where to put the cut out!

While this isn't the prettiest card that I have created I am extremely happy with how it turned out. I'm also really happy with how my new elements worked out. I expect that I'll be using a few of them in the future!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stamp Camp

A sorority sister of mine hosted a stamp camp tonight.  It was my first crafting event and I am not much of a stamper.  I had three goals going into this thing: learn more about stamping, learn a new technique and buy some more supplies!

We made five cards in two hours.  Which has got to be a record for me.  The quicker pace resulted in less perfection (especially with lining up the papers).  Overall, I really like the cards we made.


I learned one new thing for each of these cards.  On the pink card I heat embossed for the first time...and a second time because I burnt it the first time!  The embossing doesn't come out on the picture.  But I'm excited I got to try it.  On the Congratulations card I used a tool called a Crop-a-Dile.  It makes eyelet setting so easy!  The heat embosser and Crop-a-Dile are now on my must get list!

I love the colors on this card and aren't those little stamps so cute?  The new stamping technique that I used here was inking the stamp with an ink marker instead of an ink pad.  I liked coloring the stamp so much I bought a set of ink markers!  I'm not crazy about the way my fifth turned out so I'm not going to post a picture of it.  I didn't do a good job of centering the circle cuts...it made me really appreciate my Cricut.  Thank you to my wonderful host.  It was nice meeting everyone.




Monday, May 3, 2010

Pink Stamper NSD - Twelve

The Challenger: Robyn, from My Pink Stamper


The Challenge: Make a scrapbook page, card, or other project using an animal or critter. Simple and fun!!
 
Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for the final challenge.
 
I have to admit, it was tough to get through all twelve items in three days.  But what can cheer you up after a long weekend of scrapbooking? A cute lady bug!!! How fun. It took a little effort to create the cut file in SCAL 2. But it was worth it.

Pink Stamper NSD - Eleven

The Challenger: Amy, a designer at My Pink Stamper


The Challenge: Make a project using 1 or all of the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue)

Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #11.

These are some of the remaining photos from my wedding that needed to be scrapped. I like the various colors, prints and textures of the paper. I'll be journaling in the purple box.

Pink Stamper NSD - Ten

The Challenger: Jo, a designer at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Make a project using flowers or something Springy!!
Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #10.


This is my least favorite card.  My creativity isn't flowing as well after so many projects.  But it's part of the challenge...so I'm posting it. 

Pink Stamper NSD - Nine

The Challenger: Emma, a designer at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Make a shaped card, shaped scrapbook page, or shaped project! Easy enough!!

Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #9.

The watermelon is a standard image in SCAL 2.  I altered it a bit so that it would fold into a card. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pink Stamper NSD - Eight

The Challenger: Karlee, a friend of My Pink Stamper

The Challenge: Make something using monochromatic (which means only 1 color with a neutral color) and add a flower!
Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #8.


I got a little lazy with this challenge.  But I can't be blamed: 8 projects in 2 days is a new record!  I chose paper that was monochromatic and added little fake flowers at the top.  The white section will contain the title and the attendants names for journaling.

Pink Stamper NSD - Seven

The Challenger: Karlee, a friend of My Pink Stamper

The Challenge: Make something for a "Dad" or guy in your life. It does not have to be for Father's Day but try to make it masculine

Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #7.


I haven't decided what I'm going to do with this card.  It could be for fathers day (maybe adding a dad on the deck) or for a boys birthday card.  Both would require a sentiment to be added.  The other thought I had was making this a small card by cutting it above the blue line.

Pink Stamper NSD - Six

The Challenger: Tracy, a designer at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Make something WITH a child or for a child.

Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #6.


I don't have kids to make a craft with.  So I had to make something for a child!  I have a few friends whose children will be celebrating their first birthday this year.  So I made a simple card for a one year old.  Based on the colors I picked it will be for a girl.  I do plan on adding a sentiment towards the bottom if I can find the right stamp.

Pink Stamper NSD - Five

The Challenger: Karla, a designer at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Create something for Teacher Appreciation Week OR for someone you appreciate.


Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #5.

Recently my husband and I booked a cruise.  While we have 200+ days before we leave, I want to make a money card to give the person who cleans our room during the week.  I'm glad I tried this out.  I realized a few errors I made, so I'll be perfecting this one soon.

P.S. I love the orange flower paper from Papertrey Ink.

Pink Stamper NSD - Four

The Challenger: Pam, a designer at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Make a project using your least favorite or least used cartridge.
Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #4.

I have three cartridges, two came with my Cricut.  The third one, Home Decor, has some really cool things.  But I have a hard time incorporating them into my projects.  Mostly because a lot of them have intricate details that don't cut well in small sizes.  On this page I added the black flourishes off of that cartridge.

Pink Stamper NSD - Three

The Challenger: Rowena, designer at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Think Outside the Box. Do something on your scrapbook page, card, or other item that you wouldn't normally do. Add something fun or crazy!!
Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for challenge #3.

For my crazy page, I cut out words from a magazine.  Remember all of the arts and crafts we used to do as kids?  It was a total flashback.  The page ended up a little more busy than I prefer.  However, I think that was part of the challenge...to move outside our comfort zone!

Pink Stamper NSD - Two

The Challenger: Julie, a designer on My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Make a project incorporating your scraps! Super simple. Everyone has scraps, right?

Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event. Every hour a new challenge was posted. Here is what I came up with for the second one!

This card was made for a friend who received her masters degree yesterday!  I made this using all scraps.  The graduation picture was printed on plain white paper.  My favorite part of this card is that it can hold a gift card, cash or check on the inside.  Sorry I didn't get good pictures of that.

Pink Stamper NSD - One

The Challenger: Robyn at My Pink Stamper
The Challenge: Make a scrapbook layout, card or other item with your mother or someone dear to you in mind.

Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper celebrated with a 12 hour event.  Every hour a new challenge was posted.  Here is what I came up with for the first one!

For this card, I was inspired by the start of Tulip Time in Holland.