Monday, January 31, 2011

Hip to be Square

Two more cards from my birthday card marathon. I had not been crafting in a while because of all the Christmas busy-ness, so it felt sooooo good to sit down and make a bunch of cards!
These cards are also based on a card made by Kristina Werner. The designer paper is punched using the 1 5/8 square punch and then popped up on the card. The top card uses Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday paper and the bottom card is Stampin' Up!'s Play Date paper. The strip of card stock was inspired by a scrap on my desk I happened to notice while making the cards.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Game On: It's Your Birthday

Here is another guy card I made this month.  My husband's cousin played baseball in high school and college, so I thought I would make him a baseball/sports theme card.  Stamps are all retired stamps from Stampin' Up!  and the names escape me at the moment.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

You're two!

A cousin's daughter turns two this month so this is the card I made for her.  The card came about because of a scrap I had on my desk.  I had the piece of Rose Red card stock and I just added it to the Basic Grey card base.  Stamps are Seeing Spots (retired) and Birthday Bakery (hostess) from Stampin' Up!

By the way I realized yesterday that I have not shared with you the two newest members of our family. 

They are Beemer and Foster (named for football coaches at Virginia Tech).  We adopted them from the Humane Society just before Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 Calendar

I thought I would give you a break from the birthday cards and share some of the pages from the calendars I made. Last Christmas I started making calendars as gifts for all the grandparents and I decided that it's a gift that I'll give them each year.

My dad told me a funny story about his calendar. He keeps his at work and he never has to remember to turn it over to the new month because the ladies who work for him are so excited to see the next month that they always have it turned on the first day of the month. I got such a kick out of that!

I swear to you that this picture is not staged, I walked into the living room one day and my daughter was sitting on the couch pretending to read my book. You can tell what my other hobby is besides crafting!

All of these pages were created with My Digital Studio.  I hope you enjoy them!  I'll share the rest with you soon!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine's Art

I've been checking out a lot of crafty blogs lately and I really want to start making more holiday decorations.  I found a bunch of cute Halloween crafts, but I ran out of time before Halloween, so on to other holidays!  I got the chance to spend a few hours crafting this weekend which I really needed since we had snow this week and my daughter only went to school one day last week!

I have had this idea in my head for a while.  It came to me one night when I couldn't get to sleep.  I had thought about making it with felt originally, but then I decided to try paper because I didn't really like the selection of felt at the craft store and I already had all the supplies I ended up using (other than the frames).

And can I say there was not much of a selection of white frames.  I thought that was a little crazy.  I love the larger frame, but I didn't have much of a choice for a 5 x 7 frame.  I may have to keep my eye out for a new 5 x 7 frame. 

My original thought was to put "Love" at the bottom of the larger piece, but once I had positioned all of the hearts, I realized I didn't have any room for the letters.  I liked the way all the hearts looked and didn't want to reposition to make room for the letters, so I decided to make a second piece.

Now I want to create pieces for all the holidays and change them out!

Materials for these projects are:
Various scrapbook papers from Stampin' Up! (almost all are retired); Big Shot; Hearts and Brackets die; Go Go Boots Sizzlet Alpha; Loops and Rick-Rack sizzlet; Heart punch from Stampin' Up!; Basic Grey card stock.  Frames are from the craft store.


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sketchy Thursday

Here is another page based on a Sketchy Thursdays sketch.  I created this one night while watching TV. That's why I love digital scrapbooking!

This is one of my favorite photos from last year.  We were playing in our neighbor's yard and I snapped this pictures! They look posed, but they're not. (And our neighbor's gorgeous yard made for a great backdrop!)

The papers and elements are a combination of Stampin' Up! and the most recent release from the Daily Digi.  I don't think I've ever mentioned the Daily Digi before, but it's a great place to get digital elements!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Guy Card

I had to make some male birthday cards this month and that is something I have to force myself to do. Most of my cards turn out pretty girly. This is one of my guy cards this month. Ironically, it uses more of Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday paper.

The "Message for You" piece is from the elements sheet from the Girl Friday line. I stamped "Happy" and "Birthday" from the Happy Everything set from Stampin' Up! The buttons are from a huge set of buttons I got at one of the big craft stores a loooong time ago. They have been sitting in my craft room for years and I have finally started using them as I have been trying to challenge myself to use what I have instead of buying new. I have been trying to use what I have for a few months, but now I am really motivated now because I am trying to save my money for a Nook! I decided I wanted a Nook more than I wanted new craft supplies.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Birthday Card

We have bunches of family and friend birthdays this month, so I have lots of birthday cards to show you this month.

This card was one based on one of Kristina Werner's A Year in Cards class at Two Peas. The stamp set I used for the sentiment was one I found when I was cleaning/organizing in my craft room. It's from Stampin' Up! and I think it was a hostess set or other free set because it was with hostess and sale a bration sets I had set aside, but when I pulled it out I really liked it and decided to start using it. A fun reward for cleaning the craft room!

Materials for this card:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
DSP: Subtles Patterns Pack (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Sweet Pea Felt, Scallop Trim Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch (Stampin' Up!)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas Card

I know you're thinking "Doesn't she know it's January 10th?" I do, I promise, but I thought I would share our family Christmas card with you.

This year I designed my own photo card in My Digital Studio, had them printed as a 5 x 7 photo, stuffed them in an envelope and mailed them. Couldn't have been easier! I've already got ideas floating around in my head for next year's card.