Friday, April 30, 2010

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop Time! My favorite part of blog hop time is getting to between 60 and 70 different ideas! I take time each month to hop around to check out all the art and it never fails to amaze me and to inspire me! I scrap lift many ideas and turn them around to make them my own, thank hoppers for your great ideas!

Now onto this months details. If you are here from Sheila's blog you're on the right track! If not just keep hopping around in the big loop to check out all the art. Should you get lost or want to see a list of all the participants check out Helen's blog.

This month features Cherished Memories which has a great collection of check boxes to signify holidays, occasions, thanks, celebrations and more! I chose to make three very different cards. Each of the card patterns is from our Wishes How To book that I LOVE! The circle card features Animal Cookies creative basics, the 6x6 square card uses paper and embellishments from the Miracle kit now on sale to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month and the standard card features the new Zippidee paper pack (love it!).

Thanks for looking at my art. Now hop over to Brae's Blog to see what great things she's put together this month! Happy hopping!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Birthday

I took the past several days off from the 365 challenge because it got busy around my house. We celebrated a birthday this week so I was getting ready for that. We had a small family party on Saturday. My mom always made us cut-out cakes for our birthday and I've carried on the tradition with my son. I thought they were just fun and different. Each year he and I look through my books together to pick out the "perfect cake". This year I found a new cake in Family Fun magazine I knew would be perfect for him so I made it a surprise year. He didn't see the cake until it was time to blow out the candles.

Here's my take on the Motorcross cake that was featured in the magazine. If you don't get it check them out online they have tons and tons of ideas for everything kid related (birthdays, bordum busters, crafts, homemade games and more).

I'm hoping to jump back into the card challenge this week sometime. It's another busy week as I prepare for a kid party and a mother/daughter event. My mothers and daughters will each make a photo flip album, paper purse with an accordian picture album, a paper bag mini album and a bookmark and card. It will be a fun event!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another White Space Challenge

Today is another white space challenge. This on has the card divided into 4 triangles. Here's my take on the white space.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day 44 - White Space

The second white space challenge for the week. Here's today's white space sketch. I decided to emboss the white space and add a fun space cadet in the corner. I'm going to use this as a lunch box note for tomorrows lunch.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Day 43 - White Space

This week will be devoted to White Space Challenges at 365 cards. This is going to be a challenging week because I find it difficult to leave white space. Sometimes I can pull it off comfortably and others it just feels wrong. Today's sketch focuses on an oval. It seemed like a lot of white but in the end I went simple and am pleased with it. I need a thank you card for a male I thought this would fit the bill. Simple and yet says what I need it to say. Come back tomorrow to see what I can do with more white space!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Day 41 and Day 42

Day 41 - DIY Glittered Blossoms

Make your own glittered blossom by adding glitter to the outside edge of the blossom. You can make your own or you can use a premade one. I decided to make one by using a paisly punch to make a flower. I put glitter on the edges to make it sparkle.

Day 42 - Super Sketchy Sunday

For the sketch challenge I made a flower by punching out 4 scallop circles and crinkling them up one at a time. These are tons of fun to make are so versatile. I'm so glad I'm playing the card challenge. It's really keeping the creativity going!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Day 40 - Friday Five

The Challenge at 365 Cards is to add 5 of any one thing to your card. Could be five different colors, buttons, patterned papers, stamps, etc. I decided to go with five buttons. I even stitched (by hand) on this card! I do like the bright colors and the touch the buttons added. It's hard to see but I stippled the cardstock behind the stars in varying degrees of red, blue and yellow.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Totally Transferred

Today's challenge is to decorate a card using ONLY rub-ons. I must admit that although I've been making cards for over 10 years and have been scrapbooking for 6 I've only used rub-ons a few times in the last 2 years! I do love them but forget I have them and how versatile they are. I used patterned paper and rub-on...hopefully the patterned paper still fits within the challenge guidelines.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Acrostic Poem

Ok this has been by far the greatest challenge for me. Poetry is my least favorite subject so having to write an acrostic one and include in on a card was really difficult for me. In case you were like me and didn't even know what and acrostic poem was...

A poem where the each letter of a word is the beginning line for a poem. I went with a birthday theme for an upcoming birthday for Ryan.

R un around and celebrate
Y our birthday is finally here!
A nnounce it to the world
N ow give yourself a cheer!

It won't win any awards but I'm sure it will make the special little man in my life smile, which is an award in my book.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day 37 - Terrific Taggies

What inspires you about the all popular Taggie blankets that so many young ones have? That's today 365 Challenge. Taggies didn't become popular until my little one was too old for them but I know they are super popular among many moms and babies now! They are so fuzzy and fun! I was inspired by the babyness (if that's a word) and the tags of ribbon on them so here's my take on a card.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Day 36 - I Quilt!

I Quilt! challenge was a fun challenge for me because I really do quilt! I've seen this quilt block before but never used it in a quilt for it was fun to combine my hobbies!

I decided to go with a birthday card that will be sending out tomorrow! I used the Topstitch paper which has soft pink and blue with chocolate. I put a small tag in the corner and topped it off with a suede flower. I hope the recipient loves it!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 35 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Happy Easter Everyone! We had a fun morning of finding the Easter Bucket (no baskets in this house) and pigging out on candy. Guess I'll need to do some extra exercise this week!

Today's challenge is another sketch challenge. These are probably my favorite challenges because I can create from a pattern which if fun and fast. I always start by picking out the stamp set I want to use and then pick the paper. I know this is backward from what some people do but it works for me. I made this card to send with my son whose going on a trip with his cousins and grandparents for break this week. The kids get notes from home each day so I'm making cards to put the notes in.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Day 33 and Day 34 Card Challenges

Day 33 - Whip Stitch It! The challenge is to whip stitch 3 sides of your card. I decided to go with a clear card and whip stitch the outside. I love clear cards because they are different and fun. The whip stitching really helps define the edge of the card and I'm very happy with how this turned out!

Day 34 - Color Scheme Design a card using this color scheme:

I used a piece of patterned paper that had the orange and yellow stars with green in the corner and pulled in the red around the window frame and ribbon. Put it all on white card base and it's all in there. Fun challenge! It had been awhile since I've done a card with a window in it so I thought this would be a fun thing to add to the challenge.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Recipe Card

Today's 365 card challenge is to make a recipe card. Last was a card recipe where you created a card from a given list of ingredients but today's challenge it to make a card for a recipe to be written on. For a rather simple card I used 3 different stamp sets! The lines are from a background set that I love. The apple is from a set featuring things from the month of september and the enjoy is from a fall leaves set. I plan to take the card and put my mom's great Apple Crisp recipe on it. Sounds so yummy right now!

Blog Candy Winners

Ok I know I'm a bit late on getting the winners for the blog candy from the Father's Day card on Sunday but better late than never, right? The winner is ♥♥♥Jan ♥♥♥ ! Drop me an email and I'll send your blog candy out right away.

The end of March was yesterday so that means another blog candy winner for followers. That winner is Rebecca. Again, drop me an email and I'll send your blog candy out right away!

Stop by later to see what I come up with for today's 365 card challenge. I haven't even looked to see what the challenge is but I will very soon.
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