Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Special

Hey Everyone!

I don't usually post on Sunday but I was working on a few cards and thought I would share them with you.

The first is a graduation card that I needed. I have a friend who's son graduated from high school and she had a party for him last night. I made this card and found out it fits the Creative Belli blog challenge. It was a simple card and came together in about 20 minutes. Here is my creation.




















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Stamps: Cap & Sentiment (Inkadinkado) Paper: Glorious Green, Summer Sun, white Ink: Glorious Green Accessories: Glorious Green & Summer Sun markers, Glorious Green & Summer Sun brads (Pink Hedgehog), dimensionals


The second card I made was for 2 challenges. I used the sketch from Card Positioning Systems. I combined it with the challenge from the Simon Says blog which was to use animals. When I saw this challenge I thought this would make a good card for the Cards for Heroes. They are always looking for kids cards and I thought this would be a cute one. I really like the way this one turned out. Here is the sketch and my creation.































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Stamps: Wild About You Paper: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, ivory, Good Morning Sunshine DS Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron Accessories: Creamy Caramel marker, Creative Memories cutting system, button (Pink Hedgehog), raffia, sponge dauber, Zots, dimensionals
Hope you liked my cards today. I am off to my craft room to finish watching the race and make some more cards for you to see. Have a "Sun"sational Sunday!
Robbie

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Where did yesterday go?

I am sorry I did not get this posted yesterday. I felt I needed to get my grass cut before the storms hit. Got it done and glad I did as we had a lot of rain this evening.

Today's post will be really long as I have a lot to share with you. I needed a gift for a special lady who is beginning a new adventure in her life. She is closing her cross stitch store to go back into the business world. I thought a nice set of cards would be good for her. She loves roosters so I designed my sketch set around that theme. Here are the cards I made for her.

For this set of card I used the Rock-n-Roll technique.



















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Stamps: Definitely Decorative Rooster (retired) Paper: Ruby Red, White, Delicate Dots (SAB) Ink: Only Orange, Ruby Red, So Saffron, Palette Noir Black Accessories: ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Embossed Zig Zag punch (Martha Stewart), sticky tape, dimensionals

























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Stamps: Definitely Decorative Rooster (retired) Paper: Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, white, Delicate Dots (SAB) Ink: Creamy Carmel, Only Orange, Ruby Red, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Ruby Red & So Saffron brads (Pink Hedgehog), ric rak (online share from a few years ago), Crop-a-dile, sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals

























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Stamps: Definitely Decorative Rooster (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, So Saffron, white, gingham download Ink: Only Orange, Real Red, So Saffron Accessories: Basic Black - Real Red - So Saffron brads, ribbon (both Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals




















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Stamps: Definitely Decorative Rooster (retired) Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, ivory, gingham download Ink: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Only Orange, Real Red, Ranger Distress Ink Tea Dye Accessories: Close to Cocoa - So Saffron brads, ribbon (both Pink Hedgehog), Crop-a-dile, sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals

























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Stamps: Rustic Rooster (hostess) Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, So Saffron, white, gingham download Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Close to Cocoa - Garden Green - Real Red markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), scallop circle punch, 5/8" circle punch (EK Success), Embossed Zig Zag punch (Martha Stewart), Sakura clear gelly roll pen, sticky tape, dimensionals



















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Stamps: Rustic Rooster (hostess) Paper: Buckaroo Blue, Chocolate Chip, ivory, Buckaroo Blue DS, Bella Rose DS Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown Accessories: Close to Cocoa - Garden Green - Real Red markers, chalks, Chocolate Chip - Very Vanilla brads, ribbon (both Pink Hedgehog), sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals


























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Stamps: Rustic Rooster (hostess) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, ivory, gingham download Ink: Chocolate Chip, Staz-on Timber Brown Accessories: Close to Cocoa - Garden Green - Real Red markers, chalks, scallop border punch, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals







inside of card


Stamps: Rustic Rooster (hostess) Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, white, gingham download Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Close to Cocoa - Garden Green - Real Red markers, Real Red - So Saffron brads (Pink Hedgehog), scallop border - scallop circle - ticket corner punches, 5/8" circle punch (EK Success), sponge dauber, dimensionals
I hope you enjoyed my cards. I need to make a container for them and when I get that done I will share it with you. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!
Robbie

Thursday, May 28, 2009

2 Cards to share with you today!

Happy Thursday Everyone! Only 1 more day and the weekend, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have 2 cards for you today. The first card is for a citrus challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog. Cath does a great job of following current trends and sharing them with you. She is also very generous with give-aways all the time. Her challenge was to use the picture below to create a project. I chose to do a card. Here is the inspiration and my card.





































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Stamps: Eastern Blooms, A Beautiful Thing, Perfect Plaids (both retired) Paper: Garden Green, River Rock, Summer Sun, white Ink: Garden Green, River Rock, Summer Sun Accessories: Garden Green - Summer Sun markers, Garden Green - River Rock - Summer Sun brads (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon (had for a very longggggg time), sticky tape, dimensionals


My second card was made for the Splitcoast Color Challenge for this week. You were to use Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and So Saffron. A current craze on blogs right now is to do the Watercolor Roses - some people are calling it the color splash technique. I decided to give it a try but to use a different flower from the Fifth Avenue Floral set. The technique calls for reinkers. I had them in 2 of the colors but did not have one for Pumpkin Pie. I decided to try it using the ink you get in the lid when you squeeze the ink pad (what you do when you need to watercolor with an aqua painter). To get it to work I had to play with it a little but I think the result is pretty good. Here is a link to Patty's Stamping Spot where you can find a video tutorial for the technique here. Here is my creation.

























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Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, So Many Sayings (retired) Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, white, Delicate Dots DS (SAB) Ink: Palette Noir Black, Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Bashful Blue - So Saffron reinkers, Golden Star Sakura gelly roll pen, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), aqua painter, sticky tape, Zots, dimensionals
I hope you have enjoyed my cards today. Check back tomorrow to see my sketch set. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Robbie

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Living Up to my Goal!

If you remember in my post on Monday I said I would continue to make cards to send to our troops. I had wanted to make some holiday ones starting now so when the time came I would have a stash to send out. Today's cards support my efforts.

I used the Splitcoast Stampers Clean and Simple forum which posted a sketch challenge on May 4. I used the sketch to create a Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas card that I will add to my collection to send out. Here are the cards.

Please note many of the stamp sets and papers I used are retired. I am trying to use up my stash of paper and this project is good for that.



















Halloween Card

























Stamps: Batty for You, All Holidays, Pictograms Paper: white, Halloween Night DS, paint chip Ink: Palette Noir Black, Vintage Violet (retired In Color), Gable Green Accessories: 1" circle punch, sponge dauber


Thanksgiving Card


























Stamps: Happy Blessings, All Year Cheer III, Mini Sampler (TAC) Paper: white, Bella Rose DS, 6 x 6 Patterns Pack, paint chip Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie Accessories: 1 " circle punch, sponge dauber


Christmas Card


Stamps: Heard from the Heart, Bitty Bolds, hostess stamps, Mini Sampler (TAC) Paper: white, Holly (JoAnn's), paint chips Ink: Handsome Hunter, Real Red Accessories: Real Red marker, 1" circle punch, sponge dauber
Hope you liked these simple cards. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nice Spring Card

Well how is everyone doing today? I hope you all had a great Memorial Day and had some fun over the weekend!

I have to admit that today's card had a rocky start but I like how it turned out. Stampin B's Design Team blog had a "Follow The List" challenge. This type of challenge lists certain items you need to use on your card. I had to include Border Punch, Circle, Leaf/leaves/branch, and 2 or more Brads. It has been a while since I did one of these challenges so I decided to give it a try. I used the colors from the Creative Belli Blog Challenge - Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral - Certainly Celery.

As I was sitting at my table thinking about what to do, the Priceless set was sitting there and the flower just jumped out at me. I stamped the flower in the 3 colors from the challenge and began to cut them out. I had pulled out some Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery to use on my card but a thought hit me. I wondered what the flower would look like with a circle of patterned paper behind it. I tried a circle larger than the flower but did not like the look so I went with a smaller one. After putting my flowers together with a brad in the middle, punched and attached the leaf to them. That left only one more requirement to incorporate - a border punch. I grabbed my eyelet border punch and using the 3 colors I punched a strip for the bottom. I then needed to put the card together. Here is my creation.





















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Stamps: Priceless, Mini Mates (retired) Paper: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, white, 6 x 6 Prints Pack) DS, Ginger Blossom DS, Certainly Celery DS Ink: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery Accessories: Eyelet border - 1" circle - Round Tab - Fern (Martha Stewart) punches, Apricot Appeal - Cameo Coral - Certainly Celery brads (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon (JoAnn's), sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals
Let me know what you think of this one. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, May 25, 2009

Better Late Than Never

Well I finally got into my craft room today. Sorry the post is late but I was busy cutting grass, weeding, and taking my sister to the flower shop. When I got home I headed into my room and started creating.

I used the sketch from the Eat Sleep Stamp blog and got my colors from the Color Throwdown blog. I had fun with the sketch and I love the fact that I got to use Elegant Eggplant. I love this color but often struggle with just the right color combination. I like this one and will have to use it again. Here is the sketch and my creation.







































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Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, One of a Kind Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Old Olive, white Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Old Olive Accessories: Sizzlits Little Leaves die, slit - Word Window - 5/8" circle (EK Success) - Arch Lattice punches (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed this card! Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday evening!
Robbie

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A New Venture

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday. The weather was warm yesterday for the Air Show but with the clouds today it may be a little bit more cooler.

I wanted to share an organization I ran across this weekend while I was blog hopping. On one of the blogs I visited they mentioned a Cards for Heroes organization that ships bank handmade cards to our troops overseas. The troops can then use these cards to send a note home. Often our guys are in places that do not have stores they can go to and get a card when they need one. I thought this was a wonderful idea and I realized I had a lot of handmade cards sent to me over the years that I could re purpose. I contacted the organization and was told I could cut the card fronts off and attach to blank white cardstock folded for a regular invitation size card. So I started working on Saturday. I was able to get 3 boxes of cards redone.

There are some stipulations with the cards. There cannot be any glitter (didn't know this but the glitter can stick to their clothing and thus make them visible in night vision). After sifting through my stash and taking out the cards with glitter on them her is what I will be sending out on Tuesday.


120 cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so excited to be able to send these cards off to someone who can use them. I have a lot of swaps from conventions I have attended as well as swaps I have participated in and I just realized I have a lot of ATC's from swaps that I can make into cards so I will work on them slowly and get them out for our troops.
If you would like to help out this great organization, click on the blinkie on my sidebar and it will take you to the organization. Don't feel you have to send them a large amount of cards, they will take 1 or 2 donations. You also do not have to send envelopes and no plastic sleeves (trash the troops have to get rid of). I used mailing labels to make a label for the back of my card to help expedite the processing. I have also bundled my cards by category to help out.
I plan on taking some time each month to work on holiday cards (they have them listed on their website) so that when the call comes out I have a bunch to send them. I will post pictures so you can see what I will be sending. These will be cards that are easy to mass produce so that I can do a large number. I may even solicit some volunteers! :)
I hope you will consider supporting this organization with a few creations of your own. Have a Super Sunday afternoon! I am off to make a card to post tomorrow.
Robbie

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gift Set Sketch Set

Sorry for the late post but I had to wait for the right lighting this morning.

Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek for a gift set I was working on. Today I am sharing with you the completed set. I used the same color scheme on all the cards. I also used a monogram on all of them since this is for a special person. All of the cards fit the Color Challenge on Splitcoast Clean and Simple forum. They also fit the monogram challenge on The Pink Elephant blog. So here are my creations.




















Card 2 (first card was posted yesterday - scroll down)

























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Stamps: Speckle background (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Sizzzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop border punch, Olivia Cuttlebug alphabet, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals


Card 3


























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Stamps: Perfect Plaids (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Palette Noir Black, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Sizzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, Harmony Cuttlebug alphabet, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog and Ribbons and Bows Oh My), scalloped oval punch, sticky tape, dimensionals


Card 4




















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Stamps: Sweet Stems, Stitched background (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Sizzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, 1 1/4' and 1 3/8" circle punches, Tempting Turquoise marker, Harmony Cuttlebug alphabet, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog and Ribbons and Bows Oh My), sticky tape, dimensionals


3 x 3 gift cards


Stamps: Dots & Daisies background, French Script background, Fresh Fillers (all retired), Itty Bitty Backgrounds Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Harmony and Olivia Cuttlebug alphabets, punches - 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle, large and scalloped ovals, designer label, photo corner, eyelet border, and large and small tag, Floral Borders Cuttlebug dies, ribbons (Pink Hedgehog and Ribbons and Bows Oh My), sticky tape, Crystal Effects, dimensionals
So which card is your favorite? I am planning on making a purse to put all the cards in. When I get it done I will share it with you. I hope you have enjoyed this sketch set. Thanks for looking and enjoy the Holiday weekend!
Robbie

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A sneak peek at the sketch set

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I would give you a sneak peek at my sketch set for this weekend and here it is. I am making a gift set for a friend and this is one of the cards in the set.

It actually fits into 2 challenges and I did not plan it that way. The first challenge I ran across was from a new blog that lists all the challenges they can find that are for the day. I was checking out some of the blogs and ran across The Pink Elephant blog. Their challenge for this week was to us monograms/letters on your card. Since I wanted to do some monogram cards for the gift set, this fit perfectly. The next challenge the card fits is for a color challenge from Splitcoast Clean & Simple. You were to use black, white, and 1 Bold Bright. I chose to use Tempting Turquoise. So here is my creation.


Stamps: Petite Print background (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: scalloped circle and scalloped border punches, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Cuttlebug Harmony alphabet set, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Cuttlebug, Xyron, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed the peek at what is coming this weekend. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Robbie

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Towne Village Cards for May

I spent yesterday morning at the retirement village making cards with the ladies. I had 3 cards but 2 of them were to be used for Father's Day. These have to be simple cards as many of the ladies do not have the strength in their hands to do a lot of punching. I may have cased cards I saw in the gallery at Splitcoast but I made them over 2 weeks ago so I don't remember. They are simple designs so they can be made fairly quickly. Here are the cards and the details.




















Stamps: Sweet Little Sentiments (hostess), Sketched Bird (Hero Arts) Paper: Pacific Point, white, Good Morning Sunshine DS Ink: Pacific Point Accessories: oval and scalloped border punches, ribbon (Michael's), sticky tape, dimensionals





















Stamps: Wanted Paper: Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, ivory, Blue Bayou Patterns DS, Berry Bliss DS Ink: Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip Accessories: small star punch, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip brads (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon (Ribbons and Bows Oh My), crop-a-dile, dimensionals


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Great Outdoors (wheel) Paper: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, ivory Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Accessories: raffia, chocolate button (Pink Hedgehog), Zots
I am working on some cards for my sketch set for Friday. This is a different kind of set as it is going to be a gift for someone. I will give you a sneak peek tomorrow. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eat Sleep Stamp Time Well Spent

I fell in love with the Tea Party DS paper the minute I saw cards made with it. It is usually paired with the Sweet Stems stamp set. When I got the pack of paper and opened it up there was a sheet of paper that when I looked at it it reminded me of the retired stamp set Time Well Spent. When I pulled out the set it was almost the exact same flower. I decided to pair the 2 for my card today.

Tracy at Eat Sleep Stamp had a sketch challenge last week. It was a cute sketch so I decided to use the Tea Party paper and Time Well Spent stamp set to create my card. Here is the sketch and my creation.






































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Stamp: Time Well Spent (retired) Paper: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, white, Tea Party DS Ink: Almost Amethyst, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Almost Amethyst - Certainly Celery - Pretty in Pink - So Saffron markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you enjoyed this card and it has inspired you to look at your paper and use sets that go with it even if the set has retired. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie