Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pretty Patterns # 11

We have another great sketch for you this week.  Here's my take on it:

With Father's Day just around the corner I decided to use one of the new digi stamps that was released last week at My Time Made Easy.  I really like this Papa Bear and daughter image called #1 Dad - the daughter sure is proud of her Daddy!  I also made a #1 Dad ribbon to go on the image.  For the ribbon I used the digi set  called, For Dad - 16 images.

The designer paper was also from My Time Made Easy called Romance,

I wanted to make the image look like a framed photo so I hope I accomplished it.  I like that the bow really gives the card dimension as does the popped up image (in frame) and poppsed up #1 Dad ribbon.

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you will go by and visit the rest of the Pretty Pattern's team blogs and see what they've made for you.
Have a great day!

Other challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Teddy Bears

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Kindness You Share...

"The Kindness You Share is a Blessing".  Isn't it true that the kindness that others show us blesses our lives?  We are also blessed when we show kindness to others.  I know that when I've been having a hard time and someone shows me kindness whether it be a meal brought in, prayers offered on mine and my family's behalf or even just a smile... it really lightens my mood.  So many people were so very kind to us when my daughter was so sick and after she passed away.  I am forever thankful to those people who showed us such kindness.  So...  when I saw this Justrite set, Kindness, I knew that I HAD to have it. I will be using this set a lot!

I stamped the frame in light blue and cut it out with Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment, "The Kindness you share is a blessing" is stamped onto a doily that I made out of SU Kraft paper.

As you can see the frame is propped up with pop dots to give it dimension and opens in the center to show the sentiment.  I love how the frame was made to fit perfectly with the Spellbinders.  I almost forgot to mention that I colored the pearls on the frame with my copic marker to match the ribbon.  They are the same pearls that are all around the doily.

I LOVE butterflies so I added one in the right-hand corner.  I added some shiny bling to add motion to the butterfly which I had glued in the center and formed the wings to add dimension.

I added a bow made from hand-dyed seam binding.  One of these days I'm going to try dying my own but for now I have some on hand that I purchased online and at my local scrapbook store.

For this card I used sketch #116 from Cardpatterns:

I also am entering the following challenges:

Really Reasonable Ribbon: anything goes and use ribbon

JustRite Friday Challenge 055: Color:  Light-Medium Blue & Ivory, Kraft or Tan

StampTV Free for all Friday: "Let's be Krafty =  use Kraft" doily is made of Kraft paper

CES ChallengesEmbellish it! = pearls all around the doily, copic colored pearls around sentiment, hand-made butterfly with bling and a big bow

Truly Scrumptious: anything goes & DT call!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

WMS 2nd Birthday - Tea Party!

Waltzingmouse Stamps turns 2 and in celebration they are having a tea party!  We are to make a tea bag, tea pot or pastry themed projects - anything that you would find at a tea party!  Claire provided a FREE tea bag template which I printed and put together for this fun contest!

I used several Waltzingmouse stamps.  The flower is the smaller of two in Roses in Bloom.  I also used Very Vintage Labels No 5.  For the background I used Musical Backgrounds.  Enjoy the rest of the photos!  Lots of details in this project.

I even stamped the back of the tea bag.  I punched a hole in the top and tied it together with string so that I can later open it and fill it with goodies.  (I'm not a tea drinker so I don't keep it on hand... but I know quite a few ladies who would love a few chocolates in a fun container!)

oooooh, shiny!  I used a glitter pen in the center of the flower.  I also used copics to color and shade the rose which was stamped onto designer paper.  I stamped it again and layered the rose.

Hand-dyed seambinding tied in a bow with a light pink pears half attached.  It's the same color as the pearl flourishes around the rose.

I used chocolate chip ink for the decorative stamp on the top and the bottom of the tea bag.

I'm also entering this project in Papertake Weekly:  Bloom and Grow
and the Shabby Tea Room:  monochromatic

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Super Dad - My Hero!

I'm so excited about My Time Made Easy's latest digital stamp release.  I'm in love with the new bear images.  The papa bear doing things with his cubs just melts my heart.  I chose to use Super Dad for my card today.  My husband has sure been a SUPER DAD to our children and he's definitely my HERO

I popped up the frame on pop-dots to give it some dimension.  I also used a strip of the floral pattern from Cheerful Chirps digi paper.  I love that I can print up what I want - when I want.  I'm really enjoying using the digi products!

Here is MTME's Pretty Pattern sketch... I just turned it onto it's side and used is that way.

Don't forget to stop by the rest of the design team's blogs and see what they've prepared for you today.  The list is on the right side column.  I also hope you will join us in this fun sketch challenge!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Taylored Expressions May Blog Hop

This month we were challenged to make a masculine card. I was a little concerned on how I was going to do it because most of the stamps I have are so girly.  I went through my TE stamps and decided that the sentiment "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you've imagined" by Thoreau was a great sentiment to use.  It's from TE's New Beginnings.  ( I LOVE that set and really wanted to use the butterflies and roses images but no - they're not "manly" so I'll save them for another card... tee-hee!) 

I used the dandelions and daisies from the stamp set Discover Your Wings for the background.  Even though they are flowers, I think that stamped on the chocolate background and embossed in white allows for enough masculinity for it to be given to any self-respecting man.  Am I right?  ;)

This card could be a great for graduation!  My son, Brandon, will be graduating from High School NEXT WEEK!  I don't know how this happened... it seems like just yesterday he was throwing his things off his high chair and wanting us to pick them up for him so he could throw them again.  haha!  That's one of the many fun memories we tease him about. 

I had a terrible time photographing this card - I'm not sure why.  The photos just don't do it justice.   I photographed it with a white background and the designer paper behind it but I'm still not happy with how the photos turned out.  It's just been one of those days I guess.  

I hope you've enjoyed your visit here and will continue visiting the rest of the blog hop participants. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Time Made Easy ~ May 15 release

I'm so excited about My Time Made Easy's release.  Isn't this the sweeties image?  I LOVE butterflies and Amber sure is out to catch some! I used the new digi image Chase Your Dreams.

I used the color scheme from Pretty Palette #8.  I'm a little late to actually enter that challenge but I loved the color scheme so I went with it.  The Pretty Palette #9 is up and just as great!   
The paper is also from MTME -  Wistful Wonder and Serenity.

This is the first ribbon rose I've made this way.  I saw the pleated ribbon at the scrapbooking store recently and just had to have it.  It's a little poofy but I'll get the hang of it.

I used Martha Stewart punches for the butterflies and of course I used Spellbinders to accentuate the image.  Other challenges: SCS sketch challenge and Papertake Weekly - use punches.
 Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to go see the full release.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

With Sympathy

Today I'm sharing a set of Sympathy card that I made using MTME's Pretty Pattern's sketch.  This week's sketch is one of those that I'll probably use again and again.... it's also easy to produce in mass quantities (that is if you consider 4 a mass quantity - lol).  Sympathy cards are not something that we like to think of wanting to have to us but we do need them.  I wish I could say that I made these cards to put away for when I need one but unfortunately I'm going to use all four today.  My sister's husband's mother passed away and today is her funeral.  Even though she was not my family member or in-law, she made me feel I was.  Her name is Maria but was known as Manoni to everyone.  Manoni was warm and friendly to me and my family ever since my sister married to her youngest son almost 18 years ago.  We would see each other on many occasions such as family birthday parties.  Manoni and my daughter, Jessica, were friends too.  Jessica would always tell me how beautiful Uncle Chuy's mom was after these get-togethers and tell me what Spanish words she had used in order to communicate with her.  Manoni loved Jessica and would often ask my sister how Jessica was doing   Manoni lived a full life, she was almost 88 years old when she passed away.  She will be missed.  I hope she gives Jessica a big hug for me now that they are together again.  At least now neither of them are in pain and are no longer sick.

These cards are for Manoni's children (and families) who have been so good to my family (and who even came to Jessica's funeral 7 months ago).  Of course one of those families are my brother-in-law & sister.

Here's the set of four: 

I used My Time Made Easy's Sentimental Occasions.  Here is version one:

A thought just ocured to me:  A side view of a person is called a profile... so is the following photo a profile of the card?  I like to do this shot on all my cards... a fun way to see the different layers.

Here is version two.

Another "profile" view.  Let me tell you a little secret... the flower made of bling wasn't in my original design - or even in the first set of pictures.  I accidentally got a little smudge of black in on it so I had to hide it somehow.  Sometimes being a Klutz pays off!  lol

Here is the inside of the card.  The "Faith - Hope - Courage - Strength" is from MTME Bold Botanicals

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you will join us in this week's sketch.  Don't forget to see what the rest of the Pretty Pattern Sketch team has to share for you today.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Missing My Honey

I’m so excited about My Time Made Easy’s latest release!  The hardest part of making my card this week’s card was choosing which stamps to use!  I chose the beehive image from Bee Loved digital stamp set.  I also used Bee Mine and Buzzy Blooms digi papers.  Aren't they gorgeous?

Close-up of the beehive.  What's really great about the digital images is that I was able to resize the bees so they were the right size for the hive.  They were originally much larger.  I was also able to place them around the hive anywhere I wanted.  

I colored the image in copics and made the clouds with blue ink, sponge and template I made by punching out a scalloped circle using a Stampin' Up punch.

This set has some great sentiments - isn't this the perfect one for the beehive image?  I love my nestabilities... a fun way to add some fun to a sentiment.

I really like how this week's sketch has a long narrow area for a tag.  This one was so much fun to make!  Hope you like it too.  
The bee on the tag is still a smaller version of the original size of the digital one.  Such a cute bee - and there are several to choose from!  

Add a little ribbon, heart button, heart charm and leaf dies and viola' - a fun card!

This is the great sketch we are using this week.  I hope you will play along!

Thank you for stopping by.  Your comments are truly appreciated.