Monday, June 27, 2011

Black and White card

Hello blogland!  Today I have a black and white card to share with you that was super easy to make.  I love border stamps; you can do so much with them.  I decided to use this stamp instead of a piece of lace and used some Versa Mark and white embossing powder to make it then fussy cut it out (which didn't take long at all).
The white cardstock was embossed with a Sizzix embossing houndstooth folder, and I used a scrap piece of ribbon right on top of the stamped image to give it a little dimension.  The sentiment and lace border stamp are both from Stampers Best, and if you haven't checked them out you need to skeedaddle right over there.  There are lots of brand new stamps to choose from too.  I got a few new stamps from them last week and plan on playing with them all week.

I've already stamped each of these images and I'm working on a bunch of projects that I'll share later this week.  And if you notice, there are two snowman stamps in this pile - it's time to start working on Christmas cards!  I try to do about 3 or 4 a week starting in July so by December I've got a nice stash all ready to go.
So head on over to Stampers Best and if you sign up for a FREE Premium Membership and it's your first order, use my discount code of mbs10off and get 10% off your first order.  When you're done there, stop by the Stampers Best blog HERE and see my little black and white card :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cricut Imagine - it works!

Hello blogland!  This is just a quick follow up to Friday's post about my brandy spankin' new Cricut Imagine.  I received a replacement cartridge from Provo Craft, did the initial update and it works beautifully!  Here's a quick little project I made yesterday using the Imagine More Cards cartridge.

I cut it out without using all the layers, but did layer the two little yellow flowers on top of the red and white ones, just because they were so darned cute and wanted to use them.  I need to figure out how to resize items before they're cut, and next I'll hook it up to my Gypsy and really get at it.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend - I am :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cricut Imagine, here I come!

Hello blogland!  Last week I took the plunge and got myself a brandy spankin' new Cricut Imagine.  My delight, however, was short lived when I discovered I had a bum Imagine More cartridge and couldn't do the initial update.  But Provo Craft came to the rescue and sent me a new one.  So tomorrow I'll be crossing my fingers that all goes well and I can start playing with the newest addition to my craft room!

I'm sad because Simply Scrapping Crafts is closing and I won't have a weekly challenge for a while until I find a new challenge site to play at.  But I will have some brand new cards made with my new Stampers Best stamps next week.  If you haven't checked out Stampers Best,  please skedaddle over there and take a look at their brand new slew of stamps. 

As I leave you, take a peek at this card made with my favorite House Mouse stamp.  Life's short, eat dessert first!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

One Creative Momma's Blogoversary Blog Hop

Hello blogland!  If you've come here from Lucianna at Dilsaverdesigns  for the One Creative Momma's One year Blogoversary blog hop (that's a mouthful), welcome - you're in the right place!  I'm helping Yvonne celebrate her one year blogoversary with yet another birthday card.  Since I've been on a roll making birthday cards for June, I was happy to share another for the blog hop.

This little birthday card was really fun to make.  I cut out the red doily from a piece of Jillibean Soup cardstock and added two Special Moments embellies and a sticker from SRM.  Easy peasy!  A little dimension, a little color and a big birthday wish! Check out some other of my June birthday cards below.

EDITED:  Here's the original birthday card I made for this blog hop - it got lost in the transfer from my old laptop to new laptop, so I just re-took a quick picture to share with you!

I've been seeing these lacey layers on lots of cards lately and like the effect.  I happened to find a piece of patterned cardstock from DCWV that matched the layers and just kept going; next was the Maggie stamp that I fussy cut and popped up for a little dimension and another birthday card was done :)

Now on to your next stop on the hop Paula at Alluringinkspression.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Another birthday card for June

Hello blogland!  The June birthdays continue and I have another one to share with you.  This card is one of the fastest and simplest cards I've ever made.

I used scrap pieces of DCWV cardstock cut with a Stampin' Up square punch, a bit of Martha Stewart bakers twine, and a small Unity stamp and viola - all done!  I've got two more birthday cards ready for this month and I'm done for a few weeks.  Whew!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a Blogoversary blog hop with Yvonne at One Creative Momma.  Guess what our theme is - birthdays!  Love it :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Check out the new Stampers Best Blog

Hello blogland and happy Friday!  I don't know how the weather has been by you today, but it's just crazy in NJ today.  The three "h's" - hazy, hot and humid means one thing: thunderstorms and boy have we had some doozies today!  I'm typing fast because the sky is getting black again and I think round three is on it's way.

If you've ready any of my little posts you know I'm in love with Stampers Best stamps - just love 'em.  Well they're got a brand new blog and they've featured one of my cards - squeel!

These stamps are from the Summer Tile set found HERE.  I colored each one with a different Copic color family and popped it up on the embossed white background, added a little strip of yellow ribbon and a clear sticker from SRM stickers.  Easy peasy!

Please go check out their blog HERE and their great store HERE.  And to make things a little sweeter, get 10% off your first order when you sign up for a FREE Premium Membership by using my discount code found in the left sidebar (msb10off).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thank you so much

Hello blogland!  Birthday month continues and I had a lovely one.  Birthdays require thank you cards and I'd like to share one I made this week:
This card was so simple to make - I started with the flower.  I took 7 plain daisy petals from I Am Roses and sprayed them with Red Hot Poker Orange Starburst Stain from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  After they were dried, I folded 6 of the petals into quarters and hot glued them to the base petal and topped it off with a pearl button in the center. 
This card was for last week's Clean and Simple challenge over at Simply Scrapping Crafts.  Be sure to stop by and check out a new CAS challenge tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June is birthday month

Hello blogland!  We're only 8 days into June and already I've needed 5 birthday cards.  I love June.  I hate June.  Don't get me wrong - June is the best month of the year because my birthday is in June too (tomorrow in fact).  But everything seems to happen in June: birthdays galore, several anniversaries, Father's Day, graduations.  That's a whole lot of cake and a whole lot of cards.  Here's a few I'd like to share with you:

For this card I used two stamps from Stampers Best - the plaid background is one of my new favorites.

This card was also made using two stamps from Stampers Best - I layered the flowers for a dimensional look.  Go check out Stampers Best - the best red rubber stamps I've ever used!  And to celebrate my birthday, get 10% off your first order by using my discount code in the left sidebar.

For this little card I used a Unity stamp and a small Stampin' Up stamp.

And for this last set I used another favorite from {The Stamps of Life}

Now I've got to get busy on a few Father's Day cards and a graduation card for my daughter.....after my birthday!

Friday, June 3, 2011

What a week!

Hello blogland!  Whew - what a week it's been!  Summer has come early to NJ and I've spent a lot of time outside this week.  I've been planting the rest of my flowers and getting some vegetabled in the ground too; all the patio furniture is out and cleaned and ready; I even got the garage cleaned out!  And now it's time for some me time in my craft room.  Check out this black/white card I made for this week's CAS Challenge at Simply Scrapping Crafts:

I just love clean and simple cards, and this was such a fun card to make, and it took me 5 minutes.  I've had a stack of American Crafts Pearl cardstock for the longest time and decided to pull out a piece of the white.  I punched out two 1.5" scallop circles from the white pearl cardstock and one black 2" scallop circle from black cardstock.  To make the flower, I folded the white scallop circles in half then cut a small slit between the scallops, not quite going all the way to the fold; this makes the little petals.  I just glued the 2 white flower halves onto the black scallop circle and added a fancy brad to the center.  Viola - instant flower.  To make the white background, I cut a piece of the white pearl cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot with a Sizzix embossing folder then added a piece of sheer white ribbon and a sticker from SRM.  I topped it off with a scrap piece of black/white check ribbon and this little card was done!  Go check out all the great stickers at SRM - this little "hello" has a clear background so it just blends right in.