Monday, July 14, 2014

Thank You, Sweet Friend - HSS190

Pin It Now! It's time for a fun sketch over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I tried my best this time to stick strictly to the sketch, and not to use the Big Shot.  Looking over my latest cards, I realize that I use it for everything.  Which isn't bad at all, but I wanted to keep things a little simpler.  -ish!
I have a wonderful, wonderful friend and her husband that I have met through our love of card making, and today I made a thank you for her husband.  My boys call him Mr. Joe, and I can't begin to tell you how much they adore him.  He's so kind, and always willing to entertain them when us ladies are hid away making cards. 
I've stamped the soda pop onto a piece of white and layered the banners over the base.  "Sweet Friend" is part of a longer sentiment, so I used a marker to stamp the words I needed.  A wrap with baker's twine, punched heart, clothespin, and finally a few scattered sequins.  
Head on over to HSS to see what everyone's up to!



SUPPLIES:
STAMPS:  Cycle Celebration
INK:  Real Red, Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER:  Brights DSP Pack, Moonlight Paper Pack, Real Red, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  In Color Sequin Assortment, mini clothespin, Island Indigo Baker's Twine

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Postage Due Thank You Note - CCMCSU14-03

Pin It Now! Hey crafty friend!  I'm dropping by with a thank you note I made with the latest sketch from Create With Connie & Mary.  Super cute sketch!
I hope they're having fun with their first LIVE event!  Wish I were there!!!
This was honestly the easiest card I've made in a while!  I'm getting ready to head to my hometown to see my mom & dad for a few days, but I got the itch to make ONE more card, since I'll be without craft supplies!   Just a little criss cross with the papers and then trimmed them to fit, a tag that I made a pile of for customers, a black ribbon to anchor it, and some sequins.  Ta-da!  
I cannot do anything without sequins lately.  Just sayin'. 
I love Postage Due for it's vintage collage look!  And the "thank you" is new from Something to Say.

Thanks for swinging by!

SUPPLIES:
STAMPS:  Postage Due, Something to Say
INK:  Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER: Typeset Specialty DSP, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, In Color Sequin Assortment, Strawberry Slush Thick Twine, Natural Chevron 5/8" ribbon
OTHER:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Christmas In July - Heart of Christmas

Pin It Now! The challenge at Merry Mondays this week is to make a green and white card, and this one turned out so different from the way I had it pictured.  Does this happen to you?  I was going to go the CAS route with a white base and maybe some washi tape.  Haha!

I decided to go more green and less white, with a combo of Old Olive & Confetti White, which is a much creamier white. 
I used a similar layout for my anniversary card last week, and I like the way it looks. The point in the front allows the patterned paper to show whether opened or shut. 
I embossed the cardfront with Lacy Brocade, and created a Hardwood panel with Old Olive ink and some sponging. Atop that, the sentiment Heart of Christmas is heat embossed white on Olive with a little more sponging.  A little banner of burlap and three tiny bells strung on linen thread fancy it up some.  Finally, rhinestones anchor the sentiment panel - I colored them with my Blendabilities. 

Inside...
Go check out all the beautiful cards at Merry Monday!  BTW, I LOVE this inspiration photo.  Just gorgeous!
SUPPLIES:
STAMPS:  Heart of Christmas, Merry Messages
INK:  Old Olive, White embossing
PAPER:  Old Olive CS, Candlelight Christmas patterned paper, Confetti White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Linen Thread, mini bells
OTHER / TOOLS:  Labels Framelits, Dotted Scallop Punch, 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Anniversary Card - From My Heart [ SUO100 ]

Pin It Now! Today is my 14th wedding anniversary!  Like the card suggests, I have enjoyed the passing of time with my dear husband.  He is my rock, and was placed in my life at just the right moment, 16 years ago, and we were married on the same day 2 years later.

Here's the card I made for him at 11:00 last night while he was still out working.
I found a card on pg. 130 of the SU catalog that I loved the layout of, so I used the basic sketch of it to create my card.  I tried to go very MANLY, but as you can see, I just had to add a few sequins to make it stand out!  I left the little fringes from the sequin trim to rough up the look a little.  

The point at the card front is made by marking the center with a ruler and then each side at 1-1/4", then using the trimmer to cut away the excess.  The chevron embossing is spritzed with Early Espresso and the Spritz Tool, and "enjoying" is gold embossed on Mossy Meadow.  The bottom strip is from the new Vintage Typeset DSP.   I'll be using that on so many things! 

I tied off the bottom with Baked Brown Sugar thick twine.  

And here we are, saying I Do, on a breezy July day on the Miles River. *sigh*
July 2, 2000
I'm joining SUO challenges in their 100th, and I chose #22 - Anniversary, of course! 
SUPPLIES: 
STAMPS:  From My Heart, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK:  Early Espresso, Gold Embossing
PAPER:  Vintage Typeset DSP, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  gold sequin trim, Thick baker's twine in Baked Brown Sugar, Chevron Embossing folder 
TOOLS:  Spritz Tool, Heat Embossing Gun




Monday, June 30, 2014

Butterfly & Blooms Birthday Card

Pin It Now! Hey crafty friend!  Today I'm sharing the birthday card I'll be making for my church ladies' July birthdays.
The fresh new patterned paper pack, All Abloom, is full of pretty patterns.  I layered two of them for the card base, and punched 4 different patterns with the butterfly punch and layered them, securing with a linen thread wrap.  

The vintage newsprint is awesome! It's Typeset Specialty DSP, and I used it for the "Happy Birthday" strip as well. 

I scrunched and bunched a knot full of Pink Pirouette seam binding ribbon for a bit of a shabby look because none of the fancy bows I made seemed to complement the card. 
The burlap ribbon did a nice job of warming up an otherwise sherbet-y card.  I like the way the butterfly stack turned out!
Inside:
I'm playing with these two fun card challenges.   Click on the pictures to visit them and join in the fun!

Who doesn't love choices in a challenge??  I picked a diagonal tic-tac-toe of BIRTHDAY, PATTERNED PAPER, & ANY SHADE OF PINK. Fun!
And this sketch is going into my permanent go-to file.  I flipped it upside down.  
Have a blessed and creative day! ~ Erika

SUPPLIES:
STAMPS:  From My Heart
INK:  Mossy Meadow
PAPER:  All Abloom DSP, Typeset Specialty DSP, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Pink Pirouette seam binding ribbon, In Color Sequin Assortment, Linen Thread, Burlap ribbon 1-1/4"

OH HAPPY DAY! Adoption Congratulations

Pin It Now! For the first time in a good, long while, a color challenge hasn't been a stress to me!  Here's a card I made for a friend's recent adoption finalization. They are a super sweet family and I am SO happy for them!

The colors from our latest challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Super juicy and summery, right?

I created a large shaker window and used Fringe Scissors to make this great confetti!  I was able to snip up little squares of all the challenge colors, plus Silver Glimmer Paper!  The little one is 2-1/2, and he's going to love it.  He'll probably rip it up to get to the confetti, but that's okay :D
Here's an inside look at the making of the shaker.  I cut several Shaker Frames into quarters and ran them around the outer edge of my shaker area.  Then, make the confetti by criss crossing  the fringe scissors to make squares. Placed a square of Window Sheet over it (acutally I attached it to the opening of the Lost Lagoon layer for the card front with Sticky Strip).  Added a double layer of Dimensionals, since the Shaker Frames are 2 Dimensionals high. 
Inside, I made him a little name tag.  (His first name was left off til after the photos were taken)
And there you go!  Won't you stop by Hand Stamped Sentiments and play along this week?  I'd love to see how you use these fabulous colors!
SUPPLIES:
STAMPS:  Starburst Sayings, Hip Notes
INK: Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
PAPER:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Window Sheet
EMBELLISHMENTS:  InColor Sequin Assortment, 3/8" Stitched Stain Ribbon in Hello Honey, Essentials Wooden Elements, Shaker Frames, 
TOOLS:  Fringe Scissors, Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Diagonal Stripes embossing folder
OTHER: Dymo label maker





Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hip Notes Thank You

Pin It Now! Just dropping by with a quick thank you note, using Retro Sketches current sketch.  I kept it super clean and simple, as I was trying to do a card and run out the door to deliver it in 10 minutes!
It's embellished with a few tiny circle punches from the Owl Builder punch (eyes) and some star sequins from the In Color Sequin assortment.  
As you can see, I flipped the sketch to suit my need!  

Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ Erika

SUPPLIES:  All from Stampin Up unless otherwise noted.
STAMPS:  Hip Notes
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER:  Island Indigo CS, All Abloom DSP, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer
EMBELLISHMENTS:  1/4" Stitched grosgrain in Basic Black, In Color Sequin Assortment