Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Penguin Birthday

I have been in a crafty mood! My house may not be as clean as I like, but I have been getting some stuff made! For instance, tonight I managed to make a card for two challenges.

This is the first time I am participating at CAS-ual Fridays.  This is a weekly challenge blog dedicated to Clean And Simple (CAS) designs.  I love the idea and a CAS card comes together so quickly!  This week's challenge is in honor Penguin Awareness Day (Jan. 20).  The challenge was to design a clean and simple card using only black and white - no other colors tolerated!

The second challenge I am entering is for Young Crafters Unite! 
Here's the sketch:

Using the Young Crafters Unite sketch and only black and white, I came up with this birthday card:

Supplies: White and black cardstock, present stickers (Glitz Designs), star pin (Maya Road), "wishing you..." stamp (SU), foam squares

As always, TFL and keep creating!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Project Life 2012

Have you heard of Project Life?  After reading so much about it from other scrapbook bloggers, I decided to try it this year.  I asked for it for Christmas, but the hubby was too scared to buy the wrong colors or something.  He played the safe route and just gave me an Amazon gift card to get exactly what I wanted.  Before I went to sleep on Christmas I HAD to place my Project Life order.  I HAD to have it for January 1.  I couldn't start the year behind!

I have actually been pretty good at doing my weekly pages, but obviously not on blogging them!  It doesn't help that the weather has been yucky so I've been struggling to get good pictures.

But finally, here is the cover and week 1:

Cover Page
I used some extra supplies on the cover page to personalize the album.  I included individual shots of each person and a family picture.  On the red card in the upper right, using Tiny Type alphabet stickers, I also spelled out our names.  Since we are starting the year with the three of us, I don't think I will change the cover, but I left myself options in case I change my mind.  There is room to add the new baby's name to the red card and I can replace the green card with an individual shot of the baby.
 Above is the left side of week 1 and below is the right.  On these pages, mainly stuck to the Project Life Core Kit.  I used a brown pen as well as a white.  I really liked the white on the photos and on the darker cardstock.  The only other extra was the "Good Times" rub-on.  I'm already planning an edit to the left page.  I missed a picture on my phone I really wanted to include.  My plan is to combine the week cards into one.  I will then add a foldout card with the picture on the outside and story inside.
Week 1

Supplies: Project Life Turquoise Edition (Becky Higgins), white pen, brown pen (CM), white Thickers (American Crafts), brown alphas (Pink Paislee), blue/white alphas (Cosmo Cricut)
I am loving Project Life so far! Besides being creative, it is also helping me develop better habits.  Habits I've been trying to cultivate for a while.  I'm downloading pictures from my camera once a week.  Using my photo printer once a week to print out the pics I'm going to use (as opposed to sending huge batches off to be printed somewhere).  Writing down the little things during the week so I'll be sure to capture them.  Most importantly, I am getting it done!  I'm still playing catch up with PILES of projects in my scrapbook room, but capturing 2012 is not one of them.  What do you think?  Are you ready to try Project Life??

TFL and keep creating!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Driving My Heart Crazy

That's what this guy does...

He is into transportation right now. Anything that moves, he loves.  On the day of this picture, he wanted to wear his rocket pajamas all day.  We compromised on his rocket shirt.  Thank goodness he got one for Christmas!

So when I saw the color challenge at Lily Pad Cards and the Hero Arts Monthly Challenge for February and the Hero Arts Product Challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket, the Valentine's card I was planning for him just had to be made immediately.

The color challenge was the following:

The Hero Arts challenges require using one of their stamps in a project.  The monthly challenge also has to have a theme of love.  Since I purchased the car background stamp specifically with my little love in mind, I was halfway there.

Here is the Valentine's card I created:

Supplies: Navy, light blue, grey, black, red cardstock, Smitty's ABCs stamps (Lawn Fawn), Cars stamp (Hero Arts), heart and car punches (CM), Going Grey ink (SU), Boys Will Be Boys cartridge (Cricut Provocraft), Glossy accents, foam squares

It's a simple card, but it will make my 2-yr old very happy!  That's what matters to me!

TFL and keep creating!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

More Christmas Cards

Still trying to catch up on posting the Christmas cards I created for some local craft shows. 

The first is one of my favorites.  Brown is my go-to color, kinda weird, huh?  But I love it, although if asked I always say my favorite color is blue.  Blue and brown together - I'm in heaven!!  Back to the card, I used Kraft cardstock giving the card country Christmas feel to it.  I was inspired from a card on Pinterest.   When I have more time, I'll add the inspiration pic here. 

Supplies:  Kraft cardstock and rhinestone (Recollections), Chocolate chip cardstock (SU), pattern paper (MME), Snowflake die (Sizzix), Happy Holidays and Wishing you stamps (Bella Blvd), Polka dot background stamp and Punch chalk ink (Hero Arts)

The second card was inspired from a Paper Crafts magazine (again!  Can you tell who has a subscription?)  I'm not a big fan of my handwritten greeting on the front, but people didn't seem to mind.

Supplies:  White cardstock (Recollections), Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ink (SU), wavy cutter and green pen (CM), tissue tape (Tim Holtz), pattern paper (MME), bird stamp (Jane's Designs), inside stamps (PTI)

TFL and keep creating!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Some Christmas Cards

I have been totally enjoying my Christmas and New Year's break - relaxing and spending lots of quality time with Timothy. I am cherishing these moments before the new one gets here. As a family we have lots of plans this year, but I will save that for another post. In the meantime, I thought I would share a couple of cards.

The first card is a "Thank You" card for some close friends who housed us during a vacation to Seattle. The card is an accordion fold to hold two gift cards. 
Supplies: Blue cardstock, pattern paper (Cosmo Cricket), cloud, plane, and banner dies (Papertrey Ink), plane stamp (PTI), Townscape die (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix), wavy border trimmer (Creative Memories), brown pen (CM), Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Coral ink (Stampin' Up)

The second card is a Christmas card I sold at some local craft shows.  I was inspired by a card in an issue of Paper Crafts.

Supplies: Cream cardstock, red glitter paper, green glitter paper (Recollections), black ribbon (Michael's), pattern paper (Hobby Lobby), mistletoe die (Sizzix), Season's Greetings stamp (SU), Spirit of Christmas stamp (PTI), holly stamp (Bella Blvd), black embossing powder (SU), black archival ink (Ranger), Garden green and Cherry Cobbler markers (SU)
As always, TFL and keep creating!