Monday, July 12, 2010

Jen's Sketch Challenge 05-22-10

Getting caught up on the blog tonight! Sitting here watching The Bachelorette (absolutely a total waste of time, but alas, still watching)....with my laptop on a TV try and mutli-tasking.

This is actually a Father's Day card that I made at the beginning of June for my Dad (D1) and used Jen's sketch from 06-08-10.

I was incredibly sad to hear that the card accidentally got tossed with the box the gift came in because 1) I worked really hard designing the right card for dad and 2) he was initially so disappointed that I didn't include a card with his gift. We talked and he knows I did include a card and I promised him I will make another one.

Fortunately, he never has to question my love, no matter what comes in a box! This was our 2nd Father's day apart since we moved to CO, so it was difficult, but we talked on the phone and we got to spend a glorious week together at the beginning of May.

I love you Daddy!

So, onto the card....I used the Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman collection and how much do I love this gorgeous paper? I also used the typewriter stamps from EK Success, which are perfect for this old-fashioned card. LOVE it! I will be using those a lot more with some other Graphic 45 collections. They are so artful and make me want to watch old Marilyn Monroe movies and walk the boardwalk.

Patterned Paper - Graphic 45
Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - EK Success
Letter Stickers - American Crafts
Paint - Ranger Industries (Sponge Dauber, Perfect Pearls)
Ribbon - Papertrey Ink
Hardware - Tim Holtz
Ink - Stampin' Up!, Ranger Industries
Distress Tool - Tonic
Border Punch - Stampin' Up!

Jen's Sketch Challenge 06-19-10

Once again with the kidlets getting bigger - our wonderful nephew Jason just turned 3. He's the size of a 5 year old and has the energy of 3 kids and is incredibly smart. We think it's cute - Mommy and Daddy probably don't find it cute all the time ;). As his Aunt and Uncle, we're entitled to find things cute that might not be so cute 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But, he's a loving big brother and never afraid to give hugs and kisses and has a huge smile that lights up the room.

I made this card using one of Jen's sketches several weeks back. I'm just a little late in getting the card uploaded.

I was very happy with the way the card turned out, with the exception of the goof-up on the liquid pearls. This was my first time using liquid pearls and discovered applying them properly takes a bit of practice. The little goof-up aside, I love the color combination and being that Jason loves giraffes, I think the giraffe stamp I chose is perfect for this card.

We love you big boy!

Patterned Paper - DCWV
Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Image (Unit), Sentiment (Stampin' Up!)
Buttons - Unknown
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Liquid Pearls - Ranger Industries

It's Your Birthday Chris!

Somehow, our adorable nephew Christopher up and got a year old! The nerve of him. I can't tell you how many lectures I have given to my one precious niece and 4 amazing nephews and they don't listen. Not a one of them! All of them continue to grow up and lose their teeth and start saying words correctly and get too big to hold (although I still make Chrissi who is turning 11 sit on my lap.) I know it's part of life and it's healthy for them to grow, but we spend entirely too much time apart and every time they have a birthday or I see a picture with another tooth missing, I am reminded of everything I missed out on and I get sad. I want to be there for every moment! I want to hear every word, witness every milestone, and share every memory.

I know that's impossible, so I will have to settle for mobile photos and FB updates and shipping packages in the mail and the occassional, precious visits no matter how few and far between. Thank God for the webcam!

Our "newest" nephew Christopher is turning one. It's hard to believe that little guy is on his way to walking and talking and is growing more and more adorable every day.

I made this card using the BG Oliver collection (a new fav) to ship to him with his birthday gift. We'd love to be able to give it to him in person, but we'll have to settle for delivery by our friend the Post Man and hear giggles on the phone.

We love ou Chris and think you get more adorable ever day!

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey (Oliver Collection)
Image Stamps (Plane, Banner) - Unity
Sentiment Stamp - American Crafts
Ink - Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red)
Buttons - Basic Grey

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jen's Sketch Challenge 07-10-10

Time for another amazing sketch challenge by the talented Jen Del Muro. I just recently started using Copic markers and this was my first card using an element that I colored with my new markers. I took a class a little over a month ago at my local scrap store and have been practicing coloring and trying to build up my collection and finally decided to use one of the images on a card. I made this card for my sweet little Punkin (my niece Chrissi) for her 11th birthday. Chrissi has beautiful strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes but since I don't have markers in the correct colors to make strawberry blonde hair, this little punk girl is a brunette with green eyes to match her stylish outfit.

I must admit, I'm proud of the way the image turned out. I know that when I look back on this image in a year or two, I will see many, many flaws as my skills develop, but I think she turned out pretty cute, considering how little experience I have.

I also used the new Oliver collection from Basic Grey (love it) and was happy to be able to make a feminine card with the collection, even though it was designed for little boys.

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey (Oliver Collection)
Digi Stamp - The Greeting Farm
Flowers - Prima Marketing (e-line) - didn't have any red glimmer mist, so I sponged Riding Hood Red ink from SU! on them and then spritzed with Pearl glimmer mist from Tattered Angels
Brads - Basic Grey
Sentiment Stamp - American Crafts
Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Copic Markers - E0000, E02, E25, E33, E09, B39, G28, C3, Colorless Blender Pen

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jen's Sketch Challenge 04-17-10

I had a lot of fun doing this challenge by Jen Del Muro. I always have fun making cards for little ones an dI used this sketch to make a card for my nephew Samuel for his 7th birthday. He's such a wonderful little boy and I can't believe he's already 7 years old! He is extremely caring and sensitive and he loves baseball and laughter and having his family around him. It's hard to be away from him, but he's in my thoughts and in my heart at all times.

I love you Sam the man!

Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - DCWV
Rub-On - DCWV
Stamps - Stampin' Up!, Unity
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Distress Ink - Stampendous

Mother's Day Mini Album - Mom

I made this mini album and coordinating card for my mom using Bo Bunny's Jazmine collection. I absolutely love this collection and it is so HER! Truth be told, after finishing this album and card, I am not going to be ready to use it again for a while, but I am going to hang onto all of the leftover papers and elements for future use because I know I will want to break it out again.

This was my very first mini album and I had so much fun making it that I made one for my step mom and one for my mother-in-law. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and most of all seeing the smiles on their faces. That is the beautiful thing about papercrafting....we get to bring smiles to people's faces doing what we love!

Jen's Sketch Challenge 04-10-10

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the long pause between posts. I have been spending a lot of time creating and enjoying family time and spending less time updating my blog. Sometimes the pressure of having to post everything takes away the joy of the actual moment. First of all, I made 3 mini albums for Mother's Day (I will post the others here soon) and making lots of cards in between. Additionally, my Dad & Val were here for a fantastic one week visit where we were on the go constantly, but had a wonderful time and then Nicole was here for a month so we spent lots of family time.

At last, things have slowed down a bit and I feel like I can get caught up on everything else that got neglected.

So, to start off, here's a card from Jen's April 10 SKFYTT. I made this card back in April, just didn't get around to posting it until now.

I made this card for my sister-in-law for her birthday. She is absolutely amazing (love you Lisa!) and was fortunate enough to be able to give it to a mutual friend to be hand delivered. Not quite the same as delivering it myself, but I'll take what I can get ;).

Cardstock - Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink
Stamps - Unity, Verve Stamps
Ink - Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Ribbon - Papertrey Ink
Button - Papertrey Ink
Scrapper's Floss - Karen Foster


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