Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Welcome baby!

     I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the cards I need to make, lol! We've had 2 birthdays  in the last 2 weeks and 1 more next week before I start on Mothers' Day cards now that the Easter cards are done, whew. However I have been remiss because one nephew and niece have both had babies in the last few months and I still haven't made a card let alone bought a gift! ( I am hanging my head in shame). I am glad they both had boys so I didn't have to think so hard to come up with these.
     First of all I had intended to use this as a color challenge for simply scrapping group but one of the colors was rose/pink so that would not have been appropriate. When doing something for the baby boys I usually do the typical blues and yellows but decided on a peachy color, kraft and blues instead.
     Once again I fall back on my scraps. Believe it or not the background paper was left over from a mini album I did a while ago and I had just enough for the 2 cards! Also, I get so upset with myself that I have small pieces of card stock hanging around that I cut out these baby monograms for boys and girls along time ago and put them in my embellishment box. I'm sure glad I did! I know they were cut from the Mini Monograms and I think it was 1". Next I took a scrap of peach color card stock and ran that through the cuttle bug with the tags die.
     The cute bunny is from Nursery Tails on the Imagine @ 2". I kept all the layers combined and printed the image however I really wanted a shadow on this. This particular image did not have a shadow so I used the background layer and chose a background print that would set it all off by cutting it @ 2.25". Its not quite perfect but I was satisfied enough to apply it to the card with pop dots. I even added a beautiful gradient gem to the flower center as well as the 4 corners of the card. Finished it off with some ribbon and a cute stamped sentiment.
     Now all I have to do is buy the gifts to go with the cards and I'm all set. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment and say hi!

Just Rite Stamps Challenge

     So I noticed this challenge by Just Rite stamps and thought: "this is perfect".This challenge used buttercup yellow, soft apricot ( my personal favorite) spring green and violet-blue. I needed to make a birthday card for my mom's birthday tomorrow so I started rummaging through my papers. This was perfect since mom"s favorite color is blue.
     I started with some blue card stock and then found this striped paper with all the necessary colors. I was also lucky enough to find a solid apricot card stock which needed some dressing up. This is when I really love my cuttle bug. I chose the cherry blossoms embossing folder and did a light inking with a colorbox green ink.
     Next I pulled out my Spellbinders scalloped circle die and grabbed another scrap piece of paper. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from Just Rite Stamps. I was going to cut the inner circle from the smaller scallop but decided to use a plain round circle so it would look more like a flower.  
     It's amazing what you find hiding on your craft table. I found this beautiful flower, scraps of the ribbon and even the pearls. I guess it was just waiting for the right project! Thanks for stopping by!

Anna Griffin Kit

     Since today was a rainy day (that's right RAIN not SNOW, lol)  I had every intention of cleaning my craft room but never got past the door. I had just put the box of Anna Griffin "stuff" I had won from the Provo craft/HSN contest just as you walked in the door and there it sat for a month now. This seemed as good a time as any to dive into the goodies.
     Can I just say, wow!! Ok there are card bases, card stock overlays, embellishments, ribbons, tags, insert pages and, yes, even pop dots. I needed plenty of room to spread them all out and had fun mixing and matching all the choices. The kit actually makes 30 cards!
     These are the first ones that I put together. Of course I added my own touches, ribbons, some bing, stickles and even some glossy accents to the holly berries. These cards have a victorian look to them and are giving me more ideas how to use my cricut Imagine. Hope you enjoy this peek. I'm off to assemble some more!!!