Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Finished Invitation

I thought I would give you a picture of the completely finished invitation. Thanks to my friend, Karen, who sent me a youtube video of how to make tassels. It worked great! Now I have to go into production mode and get these finished. I cut lots of paper last night but I still have the tassels to make. That may take some time. And then I'll just have to assemble. Thanks for stopping by today.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Second Graduation Option

So my son, Dan, was home this past weekend and I wanted to give him at least two options for his graduation announcement. I saw a similar card on a yahoo group somewhere so I tried adapting it for an invitation.

This isn't quite finished yet because I want to make little tassels to hang from the mortar board at the top of the insert part of the announcement. Here's what it looks like when you pull out the announcement.

An earlier post showed the first announcement I made but Dan picked this one. So I'm heading into production mode to make the announcement. I hope they turn out good!
The envelope part is made from 12 x 5 1/2 card stock, scored at 4 and 8 inches. I measured the red 1/4 inch smaller than the rectangle and cut diagonally. I printed the Rose-Hulman logo on my computer and backed it with black cardstock. The announcement base is red cardstock with a white layer. The rose is stamped and colored on the white layer with an overlay of printed vellum. My DH made the pattern for the mortar board. Now to find my floss to make tassels.

Thanks for stopping by today. please let me know what you think and which invitation you like better.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

For All You Do, This Bugs for You

This is a card filled with surprises. When I found a tutorial for an unusual card on Craftiblog, I thought it was so cool because I just love the surprise factor of this card.

I used the Gettin' Buggy With It stamp set from Gina K. It has lots of cute little bugs. The background paper is DSP from Stampin' Up!, probably a retired set but I'm not sure. So here's the surprise!

When you open the card you get this layered maze look that I think just looks so cool. And it's so easy to do. It reminds me of a jungle gym on a playground. Can't you just see kids climbing up and down. Ohhh! Monkeys! I need a monkey set. (That's for another day!) Here's a picture from the top so you can see how it's folded.

Do you remember the Budweiser commercial? For all you do, this Bud's for you? One of the sentiments from this set reminds me of the commercial. But it's really cute when you pair it up with all the little cute bugs in the set. I'm so pleased with how this card turned out.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I have all my kids home for dinner tonight. That's a rare occasion and I intend to take advantage of it.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Graduation Invitation Opinions Please

My oldest son will be graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on May 30th. I am attempting to design his graduation announcements. I made a possible invitation with vellum. I cased it from Meda's blog. This is the very first time I've used vellum so any tips or tricks with vellum would be greatly appreciated. What other brads could I use besides the stars. Any suggestions? I know it's difficult to not see the glue through vellum.

Do you have any other ideas for inviation to share. I would be very appreciative. I need to get these done soon. Please leave comments for any improvements and suggestions.
Thanks for stopping by. I have a job interview on Wednesday so I'll have my mind on that until it's over. Take care.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Ape for You

I didn't get much crafting done over the weekend. Instead I visited my son at his college. He played his baritone sax in a jazz concert and it was great fun to see and hear him play again. He played in the band in high school but we hadn't been able to get to any of his concerts at college. They are usually on weeknights and a four hour drive one way makes it difficult to get there after work. So this concert was on Sunday; we finally got to hear him play again yesterday. Miserable day to drive, rainy and dark, but wonderful to hear his music and see him having a good time.
So the card I made last week for a sketch challenge I think on Stamp TV. The scan is not very straight and my camera has disappeared. Sorry about the slant of the scan. I love the little monkey though. I think he's from Just So Hippy from Gina K. I added the flowers and drew the stems so he was holding a little something in his hand. The background papers are from Gina K Floral Frenzy pack.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

With Love

Just a quick share tonight. This was for a color challenge on Stamp TV. The colors were yellow and orange and red was optional. I found it really difficult to use just yellow and orange. Challenges are supposed to make you think, right? Well, this one did! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Friday. Fortunately the weekend is near!!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sweet Baby Girl

This is a quick card. My daughter used my last baby girl card so I made this card for a sketch challenge at Stamp TV.
Not much actual stamping. The scallop circle on the bottom left is stamped from Stampin' Up!'s So Many Scallops. The background paper is from Target's $1 Spot. I added a little felt flower. Hope you like it. I'll be back with a couple other projects I have cooking. Thanks for stopping by...

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Courtney's Tuesday Challenge

I'm a little behind in my challenges. I put this one off because I really had to think about it. Courtney's (CBCC) challenge was to use pop tabs on your card. (She actually said Coke tabs but I would get drummed out of my house if we had Coke. This is definitely a Pepsi family. LOL!)

Here's what I came up with.

The image is from a retired Stampin' Up! set stamped by a friend and I colored it while we were on vacation in March. The ribbon is from Target's $1 Spot. The punched edge is from a Martha Stewart punch. As you can see I used the piece that was punched off too. It was a quick and easy card. And don't you just love to recycle items! Have a wonderful Monday. Thanks for stopping by.

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Happy Easter ... or is it Christmas?

Why am I thinking Christmas when it's Easter? The color challenge at Stamp TV this week was pink, green, and white. So as I looked through my stamps for inspiration and out popped a poinsettia stamp that I have, and I thought "perfect!"

So I created my first Christmas card of the year. LOL! I usually don;t decorate the inside of my cards too much but lately I've been doing it more often. So here's the inside of this card.


  • Stamps: A Year of Flowers from Gina K
  • Ribbon is from the Floral Frenzy Embellishments from Gina K
  • Sentiments: A Cardinal Christmas from Stampin' Up!
  • Technique: Masking

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter. I thank the Lord for all of you and the wonderful things He does for us. Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Oh, Hummingbird....

"Hummingbird, don't fly away, fly away." Can't you hear Seals & Crofts singing that song? That's what this card reminded me of.

The hummingbird is a free digital stamp from I was very impressed with their digi stamps. I found them last weekend when they had a design team blog hop.
Card Recipe:

  • black, pink, and green cardstock
  • hummingbird digital stamp from
  • sentiment from Say it with Flowers from Gina K
  • Colored with colored pencils
  • edges were sponged with Certainly Celery ink

Thanks for stopping today. I'm looking forward to the weekend and hope that I find some time to stamp. Have a wonderful Friday!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dropping by for a Hoppy Easter

You may be aware that I have two boys away at college. And of course, like anyone, they like to get mail. Neither one will probably be home for Easter so I sent them a little Easter package. These are the cards I made for them.

The image is a digital stamp. I don't have too much experience with them but it appeals to me that you can print the images as many times as you need and change the size to suit the card.

The cute little bunnies that I used on these two cards were free digi images from Mel Stampz. Aren't they cute? I just fell in love with them. There is a little girl bunny with parachute also but I didn't use her. Check out her blog and you can get them for free too.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are having a great week!

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Double Duty Project

I tried doing two challenges at once and really liked how it turned out.

For Created by Courtney's Tuesday Challenge you had to alter a box. Courtney used a small cigar box I think but I used an Altoids box. I thought this would make a lovely gift card holder for someones upcoming birthday.

I did say it was double duty, didn't I? There was 4 challenges issued at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps to go along with their release party last night! I had great fun with Korin and all the sweet 'n sassy ladies that showed up! One of their challenges is to use the colors orange, green and blue. I think I managed to do that one, too!

Here's the recipe:

  • Background paper: The Paper Studio
  • So Many Scallops Stamp Set, Stampin' Up! and the scallop circle punch
  • Ribbon from the $1 Spot at Target

Thanks for stopping by today. We have beautiful sunshine for a change but tomorrow's forecast is storms. Maybe I'll get more crafting time! Hope your weekend is great!

Happy inking,


Friday, April 3, 2009

SNS Sketch Challenge

Sweet 'n Sassy has a new release tonight and along with the release they have 4 challenges. One of the challenges is a sketch challenge and here's the card I made for the sketch challenge.

Not a lot of stamping on this card except the leaves in the background are from A Year in Flowers from Gina K, stamped with versamark ink and the saying. I have no idea where the saying is from because I won the stamp as blog candy and the stamps weren't mounted and only came in a little baggie. So sorry I haven't a clue on this one. But I do very much like the sentiment. The ribbon is from Michael's $1 bin. And the flowers are Bitty Blossoms and Sateen Flowers. I colored the sateen flowers with Bic permanent markers. There's a few other challenges I hope to work on this weekend. I've already started another one that requires you have a bird on the card. My bird is stamped and colored I just have to get the rest of the card together.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Yeah! It's Friday.

Happy inking,


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