Monday, August 29, 2011

DCWV August Stack-a-holic Sketch

This is the August DCWV Stack-a-holic sketch challenge! Great sketch and so fun & easy when you have a big stack that all goes together! All of the papers I used are from the DCWV Linen Closet stack & matching cardstock stack. Love that! I just pulled out all the papers I thought I might use from each stack, than went to work! A few added elements from some light colored stamping, circle punches, branch punch, a few buttons, die cutting my title (from the same stack paper) and wala! I'm just gonna finish it up with some hand written journaling on the stamped journal lines and it's goin in the book!

Thanks for stopping!
Hugs- Kelly

Sunday, August 28, 2011

PageMaps Basic Grey & Flourishes Challenge

Hello! I just saw this challenge on the PageMaps blog the other day using a sketch for a card. Well, when I saw Basic Grey on it, of course, I had to jump in!
I stretched out the sketch a bit to make room for my larger main image panel, but besides that it's pretty much by the sketch. I used all Basic Grey products from the Pyrus line.

I first took two labels (the one with the birds & the layer behind) and stamped the sentiment (also from the Pyrus line stamp set) into the birds "bubble", than layered that onto the brown shaped label.
Across the top is some beautiful doily tape (great stuff!). Basically, all the papers are just cut with my trimmer and put on in the pattern of the sketch. I also added those great stitched flower embellishments & 3 brads along the bottom left to balance it out.
Thanks for stopping!
Hugs- Kelly

*All products used Basic Grey (Pyrus)
patterned papers 12x12
Paper tapes
Pyrus stamps
Flower embellishments

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Make It Monday #29 & Lawnscaping #16

For this card I used the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge for this week of freestyle copic coloring as well as the Lawnscaping one-layer challenge.

I used Heart Prints and several colors of pink/red across the heart.
Hugs- Kelly

Lawnscaping Challenge #2

Here's my 2nd card for the Lawnscaping one layer challenge:

I love using kraft cardstock in general, but I think with one layer cards it's especially great because it adds a kind of weight and depth.
Hugs- Kelly

Lawnscaping Challenge #16

Hello! I just found the Lawn Fawn Landscaping Challenge blog today and decided to play along! Here is the first of 3 cards I did for their single layer challenge.
Not a great picture :) but I had to hold it closed so you could get the effect of seeing the other ghosts through the vellum card.
I love their stamps, but don't have any yet :( I'm sure after seeing everyone's adorable projects for their challenges i'll be getting some very soon!
Hugs- Kelly

CAS-ual Fridays #16

This weeks CAS-ual Fridays challenge was embossing- any kind. I decided to use the cute candy Cuttlebug embossing folder (from the Mini Monsters companion set) on some Coredinations paper and sand it lightly for the background. Than I stamped Frankie there and colored with pencils and gamisol, cut and pop-dotted on above a cut banner with my sentiment.

I just love Halloween so when I got this new stamp set from Paper Smooches today I couldn't resist using it!

Thanks for stopping!

Hugs- Kelly

Monday, August 22, 2011

SSD #89

As soon as I saw this sketch from Skipping Stones Design this week I thought of a Polaroid picture. I decided to use these fun stamps from the Tropical Birthday stamp set to look kind of like a "wish you were here" vacation photo! The inside has the "may your coconuts never hang lower than your grass skirt" sentiment!
First I die cut the "polaroid" frame which is a quickutz die, to use as a frame for my scene.
I tore strips from Core'dinates cardstocks (2 tan, 2 aqua) to use as the sand & water. For the water, I ran them through my Cuttlebug with 2 different embossing folders.
I stamped & colored the tree & hula girl with gamisol, cut out and attached. The last touch was adding gems for her coconut bikini top!

Thanks for stopping!
Hugs- Kelly

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Beachy Photo Albums

Hello! Wanted to share a project I made for 2 of my nieces as a little gift for their end of the summer pool party. I wanted to decorate some small photo albums so they could each put in photos of their favorite summer memories. I found the 2 4x6 albums at Michael's for $3.99 ea.
I used my Cricut E2 to cut the crab, sand castle, beach umbrella and shells. For the sand, I simply tore two shades of Core'dinates cardstocks and layered. Since they are little girls after all, I had to add some stickles to everything for a little bling!

Since the photo albums are fabric covered, I used craft glue to attach everything to the fronts.
I took a cue from this months Cricut Circle challenge to "create a scene".
Thanks for stopping!
Hugs- Kelly

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August Sparks!

Hello! This month's Sparks challenge at Paper Smooches is an inspirational photo challenge of a beautiful handmade headband with different fabrics laying on a bark background. Beautiful! Lots of inspiration from this! This is my first project taking inspiration from it in using fabric on my card. I used a die cut border from felt, using floss to sew on red buttons in each of the circles before adhering to my acetate card.
I colored the images with pencils/gamisol, cut and adhered with pop dots.
The half circle with the sentiment is adhered on the inside.

I die cut another border out of red paper and adhered to the inside of card so I could use that to write my greeting/signature. When the card is folded tight, you can only see the felt border and the red is hidden behind it.
This is also going for the Fabulous Felt Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!
Thanks for stopping!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Autism Speaks Walk

Hello! I just wanted to quick share some info here. For those who don't know, we have a 6 year old son, Lucas, with Autism. He is the light of my life :) He is the reason I choose to work with kids with special needs. He is beautiful, loving & hilarious. He is our youngest child.

Autism is a tricky thing. A lot of people don't understand it, most don't know how truly different it can be from child to child. There are many degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD from very mild to extremely severe.

Lucas and I will be participating in the Walk for Autism Speaks at the Mall of America at the end of September. We would appreciate donations of any amount, which you can make online right HERE or by clicking the Autism Speaks Walk pic to the right/top, both will take you directly to our donation page where your tax-deductible donation will go straight to Autism Speaks!

If you are unable to donate, please visit Autism Speaks anyway and just learn something new so you can better understand people with ASD. There is tons of information for anyone on their site as well as info on how their donations are used.

Thanks so much!

Christmas in July- I mean August :)

Hello! I just received a new die w/face stamps from Peachy Keen- the adorable Cottage Cutz penguins die with 2 Peachy Keen faces, sooo cute!
I wanted to make an entry for both the Peachy Keen Tuesday sketch as well as the CottageBLOG Christmas theme challenge, so I combined them both along with The Paper Variety challenge to use more than 4 circles. Whew! :)

The Peachy Keen challenge was the sketch I used as well as the color combo, now looking at it I mabey should have turned the penguins a bit because you can't see the green circles that are behind both their heads, but oh well! :) I stamped the plaid background paper on top using the 3 challenge colors as well and used a Cuttlebug folder to emboss the bottom blue paper. I just hand cut the small white border at the bottom for snow.
The small blue circles are stamped in white with a small snowflake from PTI- the sentiment is from the same set.
The CottageBLOG challenge was a Christmas card, so I couldn't wait to use my new penguins to fit right in with the theme! I used the same challenge colors for their feet/bowtie/buttons/mittens to go with the paper I made.
The Paper Variety challenge to use more than 4 circles just fit right in here because the PK sketch already had a row of circles!

Thanks for stoppin!
Hugs- Kelly

Sunday, August 7, 2011

MojoMonday #202 Scrapbook Page!

Hello! I was inspired after seeing a scrapbook school page by Heather Nichoels this week and after looking at the MojoMonday sketch- it was a sign! :) I had to use it to get one of my kids class picture pages done. I used my daughter's from 2nd grade.I used my Cricut for the penant cuts and all the stamps are from PTI.
Thanks for lookin'!

Hugs- Kelly

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Paper Smooches July Sparks Challenge! Take 2!

Please CLICK HERE for my Skateboard challenge card, thanks!

Ok, so I didn't get to do ALL the sketches (Paper Smooches) like I would have liked. Had to help my daughter make her teacher a card for the last day of summer school tomarrow, which kept me busy for some time (but sooo worth it!), than while finishing my 3rd challenge card, my husband had the nerve to want to do what??? Go to bed! :) The nerve! :)

My studio is at one side of our loft-like bedroom, so I can't have my lights on while he goes to sleep. Bummer.

Well, I did finish one more card that I'm just in love with using another of the sketches.

That gnome is one of my favorite images from Kim! Sooo stinkin cute! I just had to give him some plaid pants and matching hat! And of course his little birdie friend needed one, too. My oldest son has his hair long in the front, so he's constantly moving it out of his eyes, so I thought it would be funny if the birdie had a low-rise hat, too! :)

Well, thanks for stopping! I had so much fun playing along with Paper Smooches July challenge and now that I know where it is, I can guarantee from now on I'll get started on them a lot sooner!

Hugs- Kelly

Paper Smooches July Sparks Challenge!

Hello! I just happened to stumble upon the Paper Smooches blog the other day and I can't believe I hadn't found it already! I've been a HUGE fan of Kim's stamps for a long time and have most of them from CHF and love them! I'm so excited that now I've got all new goodies from her to oogle and buy one by one! :)

Anyhow- they have a great Sparks Challenge going on that ends tonight! There are 10 different sketches along with a bunch of color combos-you can use either or both and do as many as you want. I'm trying to do as many as I can before time's up! Six hours and counting :)

Here are my first two based on some of the sketches. Since I don't have any of Kim's new stamps (YET!), all stamps used are from Kim's collection at CHF.

I made this card for my daughter for her first riding class in 2 weeks! LOVE it! The horse, sentiment, hat and boot are all from the same stamp set.

My oldest son is a big skateboarder, so this will definately be a note in his backpack when school starts! :) I made the background by repeatedly stamping the skateboard in red and blue, than stamped the "hey dude" sentiment- also from that set.

Hopefully i'll be able to add on more for this challenge tonight!
Hugs- Kelly