Tuesday, July 28, 2009

SpongeBob Bday Card

I made this card for someone special, she is a like a little sister who I watched grow up. And one of her favorite TV shows was SpongeBob Square Pants. I have fun memories of her hurrying up to the TV to catch the show or putting on Nick for her or her with those bright SpongeBob pajamas bottoms she wore out. She turned 19 this month - a shock to me for sure - and she is still a SpongeBob lover at heart.

This was a fun card to make; really impress with the details that the cartridge provides to each of the die cuts. I used a Hero Arts Happiness Messages set for the sentiment and the inside.

This is what the inside of the card looks like, I thought the sentiment was totally appropriate:

Really like how that wooden sign looks and a perfect spot to put in a sentiment. She flipped when she saw this card; and that was fun to watch!


Sponge Bob - cut at 4 1/4'' using Cricut Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Squarepants Cartridge
sea weed - cut at 3 3/4'' using Cricut Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Squarepants Cartridge
jellyfish - cut at 1 1/2'' using Cricut Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Squarepants Cartridge
wood sign- cut at 4'' using Cricut Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Squarepants Cartridge
"Sponge Lover" - cut at 4'' using Cricut Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Squarepants Cartridge
"Hip, Hip, Hooray!" - Hero Arts
Happiness Messages
"happy birthday"- Hero Arts
Happiness Messages
DCWV The Sorbet Stack, DCWV Texture paper
Momento Rich Cocoa

Thursday, July 23, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES67

For this week's TCP Challenge, the very talented Leigh from Sunflower Studio is our host - filling in for Toni who is having "Fun in the Sun" on her vacation! Leigh brings us an inspirational challenge based on these graphic fabric prints bought to make beach bags. That stripe pattern one caught my attention immediately and I went with that!

Thanks to Tracy Falco wonderful enabling, I was able to use the newly released Cat's Pajamas Fun in the Sun set. I really wanted to ink one of the images on this set, so I chose Poochie with his surf board.

I needed a sketch, and I found the inspiration in this week Simon Says Stamp Challenge, where the sketch created by Dawny from Pink Piggy reminded me of the TCP inspiration picture.

This sketch caught my attention also because I saw plenty of room to use a lot of fun summer pattern papers; specially those I have been hanging onto for a while now!

Here is my take for both of these challenges:

I really like sand-like pattern paper; it is hard to see on the picture but it has dimensional water drops on it, looks pretty cool! I stress the ribbon a little bit (maybe too much) and added red lines with my copics (first time I have done this, and will need to practice). Poochie looks rather dashing in his Hawaiian inspired shirt :)

This was a fun card to make, had a great time layering! This will be a thank you card to someone for making it possible for me and the hubby to have some fun in the sun this weekend!

Poochie w/surfboard - The Cat's Pajamas
Fun in the Sun N-9670
"FUN in the SUN" - The Cat's Pajamas
Fun in the Sun N-9670
DCWV Summer Stack, DCWV Texture paper
M's ribbon
Versafine Black Onyx ink

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Heartfelt Wishes / ESS Sketch #44

My very good friend's birthday was Monday, and I had to make her a special card even if it will reach her a bit late :)...

As it turned out, I was able to turn to this week's ESS Sketch #44 where Tracy Clemente is back (WELCOME BACK, TRACY!!! You were missed!) - and with a FUN sketch that highlights an image while providing a space to use a border punch!
Well, that is my interpretation anyway - and where I can use a border punch, I usually do! Justifies the purchase and any future purchases of border punches!

I wanted to make a birthday card that will appeal to my friend's girlie side and I know that would make her smile; so I came across this Hero Arts Four Dolls set that screamed CUTE and I went with it. This set has NEVER seen ink but I have admired others' amazing creations (waving hello, Tinla and Anthonette!) and decided it was time! :)

This is my take on this week challenge:

I really like the soft colors of this DCWV Far East Stack pattern paper, so I pulled the colors from it and tried to keep it simple. I paper pieced the doll's cute outfit with matching paper from the same stack; and used a matching burgundy ink to match the flower on her outfit to the base pattern paper - that flower on her outfit did match the base paper so perfectly! I used my Cricut to cut the flower blooms and my Cuttlebug emboss the background with a floral look. I added the pearls on the flower blooms and on the doll to continue the soft look; and to give it a girlie touch that I'm sure she will love. I really like the images on this set, it speaks to the girlie side of me as well! :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Japanese doll - Hero Arts
Four Dolls set
"heartfet wishes" - Hero Arts
Heart to Heart set
DCWV Far East Stack, DCWV texture paper
flowers - cut at 1 5/8'' using Cricut Storybook Cartridge
sentiment tag - cut using Cricut George Cartridge and Design Studio
Cuttlebug Floral Screen embossing folder
Martha Stewart edge punch
Hero Arts pearls
Momento Rhubarb Stalk ink
Versafine Onyx Black

Sunday, July 19, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES67 / Christmas in July!

This week TCP Tuesday Challenge is hosted by Carole, who has a sketch for us to play with. Lots of FUN circles on this sketch!

I was trying to figure out what TCP image to use, when I came across this wreath with cute robins on it from the Elegant Christmas set. The circular shape of the image just called for me to use it; so I thought it was just perfect for a Christmas in July card! After all, it can never be too soon to get started!

I really like the elegant look of this set. I ended up using mostly scraps leftover from last year's Christmas cards. I used some H20 pearlescent watercolor around the wreath to match the shimmer on the pearlescent gold paper and glitter on the green strip of paper. The additional circles were a perfect spot to add the snowflakes and the sentiment:). I also added some red stickles on the wreath and just had fun with this card!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

wreath with robins - The Cat's Pajamas
Elegant Christmas W-8546
"Joy" - The Cat's Pajamas Elegant Christmas W-8546
DCWV Taj Mahal Stack, DCWV Christmas Stack 2008 Canson Effects Papercraft
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Paper Shapers Fancy photo corner
Ranger Stickles Xmas Red
Versafine Olympia Green ink
H20 Sea Breeze

J's gold brads

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sympathy Card

This sympathy card came together pretty quickly; I used vellum and a Cuttlebug folder. Really like the soft look the vellum gives this card. I then colored the bird and grass on the back of the emboss image to make it less muted and to give it more dimension.

I used my Cricut to create a matching envelope. The sentiment is from a perfectly clear Stampendous stamp set. Times like this is always so hard to find the right words, I am hoping the card conveys them for me.

Thanks for stopping by!

"You're in my Prayers" - Stampendous
Encouraging Word
Envelope - cut with Cricut Plantin Schoolbook
DCWV pattern paper, DCWV texture paper
Cuttlebug Bird Call embossing folder
Momento Bamboo ink

Saturday, July 11, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES66

For this week's TCP Tuesday Challenge, Susan is challenging us to use our Happy Camper set. I was pretty thrilled to get a chance to play with this set since I find the images FUN and adorable! :)

Here is my take on this week challenge:

As a starting point, I needed a sketch. So this time I used Paper Popsicles Card Challenge sketch which I found on my craft buddy Jen's blog, {Brain Things....}. She is a trainer for Paper Popsicles and I enjoy to read the tutorials she creates for them. I saw this sketch and it caught my eye; so I thought it would be FUN to play! :)

There is something about this squirrel that I find so cute, and even though I am a bit unhappy with my coloring -new Copic user :)...- I really had fun making this card and stamping all those nuts! This card is more of a note card and meant to write back to a friend, catching her up on how NUTTY things are lately :) The sentiment NUTTY is spelled out using TCP Nightie clear font stamp set - a bold font that is pretty simple to space out nicely and makes a FUN statement. I combined this with Kraft paper and TCP matching embellies (ribbon and button).

I added the leaves and used a Cuttlebug border to emboss the top of the card, for some added dimension. I used a Martha Stewart border punch to repeat the zig-zag.

It has been pretty Nutty lately; not too much time for crafting and I am really having withdrawals:) - making this card was very relaxing! :)

Have a great weekend!

squirrel - The Cat's Pajamas
Happy Camper S-9667
nuts - The Cat's Pajamas
Happy Camper S-9667
"NUTTY" - The Cat's Pajamas
Nightie S-8636
ribbon and button - The Cat's Pajamas
Paper Company Kraft Paper
DCWV Texture paper
Cuttlebug border embossing folder
Martha Stewart border punch
JudiKins Color Duster
Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
Prima leaves

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July Month Scrapbook Calendar Page

Happy 4th of July!!!! :) In light of that, this is the scrapbook page for the month of July created for my 2009 S.E.I. Calendar.

Inspiration for this page came quickly after taking a look at this week's challenge at Bitten by the Bug (BBTB), where Regina challenged us to use the freedom cut from the Graphically Speaking cartridge. The BBTB design team did a GREAT job with their various projects using this cut. I combined this cut with a cut from my new Stand and Salute cartridge that I also bought after seeing BBTB highlight it; it has a bunch of cuts that I could see myself using! :) I used a white gel pen to dress up the freedom cut and added a border of gems for fun.

Enjoyed myself so much making this page, thinking about all that I am grateful for.

Have a great relaxing weekend!

SEI 12x12 Calendar 2009
"freedom" - cut at 3 5/8'' using Cricut Graphically Speaking
shooting star - cut at 1 1/4'' using Stand and Salute
star border - cut at 1 1/4'' using Stand and Salute
Darice gems
Sakura white gel pen

Thursday, July 2, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES65 / ESS Sketch #43

For this week TCP Tuesday Challenge, Jen, from i{heart}2stamp, is back with a Color Challenge! She chose some really nice colors; bright and FUN :) --- use to be that these would be outside my comfort zone, but they have grown on me :)...

I knew I wanted to use this week's ESS Sketch #43, where Tracy Clemente did a nice job at keeping it simple and wide open to many FUN ideas. My first thought when I saw this sketch was how an edge punch was a must!

I made this card with my friend in mind, she just finished her first year of med school; and I been thinking of her lately. I wanted to drop her a line and rope her in for a summer time visit --- before life gets CRAZY again for her!:)

Here is what I came up with for these two challenges:

I chose to use It's A Western Thing set; where Sprinkle, in her FABULOUS cowgirl outfit, is swirling a rope. I thought the sentiment was just perfect and I used some AMUSE tiny star rhinestones on the sentiment for FUN :)! To tone down the white paper, I used a light yellow stamp pad with a color duster; my first time using this and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. And after seeing so many creative blog posts using Copics, I finally took the plunge and bought my first set, which I eagerly used here and had a blast with them! Thanks Tracy Falco for enableling :) ; especially for encouraging me to buy those TCP stamps! I find myself finding use for them! :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Catch ‘Em Kitty - The Cat's Pajamas
It's A Western Thing S-7510
"HOWDY - The Cat's Pajamas
It's A Western Thing S-7510
Fiskars Apron edge punch
AMUSE star rhinestones
Momento Black Tuxedo
JudiKins Color Duster
Marvy Uchida yellow ink
DCWV Pattern Paper, DCWV Texture Paper

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Swanky Stamper of the Month for July!

My day started off with all smiles when I found out I was chosen to be this month Swanky Stamper of the Month of July!!! As it is apparent :) , I really do enjoy participating in the weekly TCP Tuesday Challenges and using my adorable The Cat's Pajamas stamps!

This card became a Father's Day card for my Father-in-law who we will see this Christmas and who has promise to feed us some smores when we go up to his cabin. These images from Alma's newly released TCP summer set, Happy Camper was so much FUN to use and so perfect for his card! He is a no nonsense type of guy- yet he called to let us know how much he liked it! :)

Thank to Alma, owner of The Cat's Pajamas, I am now going to shop with a very generous gift of $25 that comes with this very swanky award! Now that makes me smile :)

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