Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's been an Etsy day

I've been working on some things to put in my etsy store today. It's been slow going then this evening I ended up with a migraine so I wasn't able to get as much done as I wanted. But anyway, I did get some things listed and one of my cards, I no sooner got it listed and it was sold! How bout that, I was pretty excited. It was a fairly easy card to make and I had more supplies to make another one, so I listed it again, after all no one even got to see it on etsy lol.

So here's the card that sold right away. I used a new cuttlebug embossing folder. It turned out pretty cute and I am now becoming addicted to my cuttlebug.

I hope to be back tomorrow with some more creations for my etsy store.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thusday's Sketch

It's thursday, time for a card from Tamara's sketch. This will be my last card for her card sketch but check back on tuesday (or is it wednesday) and I'll have a card designed for her new weekly recipe challenge. One of us design team members picks three things that have to be used on a card/layout and we create a card/layout sample each week. To me it's more of a challenge than the sketches but it'll be fun.

Ok, on to this weeks card. I did a bit of a hybrid card this week. I used a piece of card board for my card. It was fun to work with and I definately see more of it being used in the future.

Here's my creation.
And here's the sketch
Tamara would love it if you played along and created a cad from the sketch and posted a link to it in her comments on her blog. Also, check out what the others did with the sketch at

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More sketch sites

I've found some more card sketch sites that I like. Some of the cards these people make are just amazing! It's inspiring to peak at them every now and then. I may even get a chance every once in a while to play along.

Check 'em out.

I also have these listed under Sketch sites that I love.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another challenge card

We have card challenges every month at and this month's challenge was to make a card using dry embossing, ribbon and a decorated envelope. I immediately knew I'd use my cuttlebug, I used the swiss dots pattern for this one. The pp is Nana's Kids, the butterfly was cut from a cricut (home accents cartridge I believe), I got a bunch of butterflies from Jackie, she just rak'd them to me and I am loving playing with them. I used DCWV scalloped cardstock too on this and the little template with the sentiment on it is a pack of Martha Stewart stickers I got at walmart! I love them and will probably have to pick up some more :)

Here's my card and envelope

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Taylor's Sketch

I've always been meaning to do Taylor's sketch and tonight I got a chance. It didn't turn out quite how I pictured it but it's done. I did like the sketch and will have to keep it to use in the future.

Here's the card

And here's Taylor's sketch

Check out Taylor's blog to see what she has done with it.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday card sketch

It's card sketch time! Next week will be my last card for Tamara's card sketch, my time is up with the design team and I've had a lot of fun making the cards and learning some new things. However, even though Im done with the card sketch design team, Tamara is starting a new weekly card challenge the beginning of September and she has asked me to be on the design team for that! So I will still be posting weekly cards for Tamara's sketches. Check out her blog if you get a chance, she has things going on all the time over there.

Ok, onto this week's card. I had fun with this one because I got to play with some fun girly colors and I got to use one of the butterflies that I received from one of my fellow design team gals, Jackie. Thank you again Jackie, the butterflies are just beautiful, I love them! I also did some stitching on this one, my sewing machine wasn't too badly buried and I haven't sewn on a card in awhile so I decided to do some stitching this week (a technique I love doing).

Here's the card
Be sure to go over to to see what the other design team members did with this week's sketch.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Some classes

Summer is winding down which means classes at the local scrapbook store start up. I got the rest of the year's classes scheduled and can't wait to do them. The plan is for me to teach 2 classes a month. I'm also doing open scrap nights there the 2nd friday of each month. So that means more scrapping supplies for me :) I don't usually have a problem using up my credit :)
Here's pics of two of the classes I will be doing. The first one will be in October 3rd. It's a fold out album that you make with 6 pieces of paper, Ive done these in a smaller version too, they're fun to make and something quick and inexpensive for a little gift album. Here's the cover...well I thought I'd be able to show the cover, for some reason it won't download.

And here's 4 of the pages that we will finish in the class.

And the other class that I have the sample done for is a calendar class which will be November 17th. In this class we will do the months of Jan, Feb, Mar & Apr. We wanted to keep the cost of the within reason and the class time short so that's why only 4 months are being done, but it gives a great start for a calendar and the lss has all the supplies to finish the other months. For this class it's all BoBunny products that make a 9x9 calendar, a perfect gift for grandma/grandpa, mom/dad, friend or whoever. The thing I like about this class is pretty much all that's involved is the paper and some stickers oh and pop dots to give it some dimension.

Here's the sample pages.

If you're interested in taking these classes, let me know, I'd be happy to give you the information to get signed up at the local scrapbook store. And I'll be sharing more samples for my other upcoming classes as I get them done.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cuttlebug Cards

I got some of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders and was playing around with them the last couple days. I love these because I can whip up simple yet elegant cards and they don't really cost that much to do. It seems like when I do my Christmas cards I'm probably investing 10x's more than if I were to go out and buy premium Hallmark cards lol.

Here's some of the cards I made. This first one is the holly folder. I struggled with this one, I ended up embossing the holly on a plain green cardstock then I used my brayer to ink the raised part of the embossing with a metallic copper, I inked the edges of the red cardstock and tag. On the tag I stamped "Merry Christmas" and a couple holly images (it's hard to see) then I just added the red & gold ribbon. It looks better in person, actually all of them do.

I used the snowflake dots (I think that's the name of this one) folder for this one. I used a shimmery white paper to emboss the image, you really can't tell in the pic. Each of the snowflakes have a dab of glitter glue in the center of them for a little extra "bling". Then I just scored the area for the "Seasons Greetings". I also added some red glitter glue for the berries.

For this one I also used the snowflake dots on the shimmery cardstock. The square was embossed with the swiss dots template and the snowflake is one of the cuttlebug templates too. I added some glitter glue to the snowflake and a jewel for additional "bling".

And this is the last one. This one is my favorite. I actually went back to the store to buy this folder. I think this one is called the lace tree. I embossed this one on a light blue shimmery cardstock then used my brayer to ink the embossing with a metallic silver and then I added some jewels to the snowflake at the bottom of the tree. This one is so much prettier in person. I haven't completed this one yet, when I mount it on the card I might add a piece of sheer ribbon like the first card or I might just leave it as is, simple & elegant. DH always tells me I get carried away with all that "stuff" and they get too busy lol.

Thanks for looking. I've got a bunch of other cards started that I hope to maybe work on tonight, so I might have more to share later :) I also need to get going on more christmas cards because at the 1st of the year I decided I would make 4 cards a month so I could have all my christmas cards completed by the end of October! Needless to say, this batch of cards is my "April" batch lol. Of course if I just whip out 3 more of each card I can be all caught up :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday Card Sketch

As promised I have a card to share with you for Tamara's sketch. When I saw the sketch I knew right away that I wanted to use my new inkadinkado stamp that I just got after seeing Tammy's card from last week using a stamp from the same line. I actually picked up 6, yes 6 of the inkadinkado bird stamps after seeing her card LOL. They're pretty cute and Im thinking I could even use them for some christmas cards with the right colors. Im fairly new to stamping and Im not really good at this whole coloring thing yet especially with what few markers I have (I sure wish I had some Copics) and Im not sure if I like color pencil or not and the water color thing just doesn't seem to be working quite right for me. I guess I just need more practice.

Anyway, on to the card and sketch. Here's my card

And here's Tamara's sketch

Check out what the other gals did with the sketch by going to

And if you're interested in being on Tamara's card design team she's looking for new people to be on it, you can read about it here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

In the Spotlight

Im honored to be featured on Tamara's blog today in her weekly Design Team Spotlight. Head on over to Tamara's blog to check it out. I chose two cards that I've made since I've been on her card design team for her to feature. You can check it all out over on her blog

Check back tomorrow and I'll have my card up for Thursday's card sketch. I have 3 birthday's this week so I might have those cards to share too.

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Card Sketch & A Birthday

Good Thursday everybody! This week sure has flown by and since it's Thursday it's time to show you my card for Tamara's card sketch this week.

This week's card was one I made for my dad for his birthday which was friday. The family got together on Sunday to celebrate with him and we had a great time playing on the river and just being together, oh yeah and our trip to Belt's Ice Cream, Dad's birthday wouldn't be complete without Belt's :) I actually got to spend Friday evening & Saturday evening last weekend with my dad too. Friday us kids went for fish fry with mom & dad. Then Saturday was the annual car cruise and I got to ride along with dad in his '98 Vette & then out for supper at Culvers. The car cruise is always a good time and they had a phenomenal turn out this year.

On to the card. My card is a bit of a twist from the original sketch & I knew immediately what I was going to do when I saw the sketch. I found an old pic of dad and one of his cars and used that for the front of the card. I had some fun doing this one trying to come up with a photo. The card ended up being a 5x7 card since I used a 4x6 photo.

And here is the sketch

Monday, August 4, 2008

A little more progress

OK, so I've made a little more progress on my scrap room this weekend, plus I've made my color decision that I was having such a tough time with. I don't have any pics to share today but I will as soon as I take some. I finished priming the room and got the ceiling painted. I was hoping to stop and pick up my paint this evening on my way home and get started on that. And the color choice will be......a light pink. I decided that since this room will be my "girly" get away Im going to go shabby chic with it. I have a few things left from my store that I can use to decorate and I also picked up a couple storage pieces this weekend. One item is a printer's tray that I'm going to hang and put all my rubber stamps on. I should paint it but Im just not liking the idea of painting all those little dividers, we'll see. The other thing I got was 2 drawers from an old sewing machine cabinet, they're a little ornate and would look great painted white then distressed. I saw a little crystal chandelier the other day that I really want and it's on sale "as is" because it's missing some crystals. I didn't buy it yet because Im not ready for it, hopefully it'll still be there when I am ready for it. I can't wait to get the room painted, another step closer to moving my stuff down there.