Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Butterflies & Bicycles

 These top two cards are some much loved Unity stamps, which is fairly obvious if you know Unity! I made these this summer when my little sister was here for a visit. The supplies I used here are OLD! My Mind's Eye Bohemia old. How do I still have this stuff around?
 The heart and the sentiment here are new to me 7 Gypsies. I bought them on sale, and there are just a bunch of fun little die cuts all in this colorway. Funny thing about that grosgrain ribbon: I got it in a ribbon share with Texas Jody Lynn about 10 or so years ago. Can it really have been that long ago?
 Playing with Gina K Designs stuff here. This butterfly is from Eclectic Summer. I used the Polished Stone technique to make the background. The technique is much more fun if you use Ranger's metallic fixatives instead of pigment ink. It dries much quicker and is much more metallic in finish.

This is a CASE of an STV card Gina did with the Enjoy the Sunshine kit. I do love playing with my STV kits!


Don't you love this sentiment? I think it's so sweet and versatile. This pretty bunch of flowers and sentiment are from GKD Enjoy the Sunshine. I use this bunch of flowers quite a bit. It looks good on any color card, and is fantastic to emboss.


I hope you are all enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! I am, but it would be perfect if our oldest was here. He'll be here at Christmas, though, so I have that to look forward to. I hope you are surrounded by your loved ones!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday Day 328

 Another fab sketch from Wendi over at 365 Cards! I hope you are enjoying November, we sure are here in Colorado. We had snow all day Friday, a day of for frolicking in it yesterday, and today it has been snowing all morning. I love the snow. I figure if it's going to be cold, it may as well be beautiful as well.
 I think this is the last card I was able to make with the lovely goodies Pam sent me. I really enjoyed working with them-thanks so much Pam! I added a little Cosmo Cricket tag to the glassine bag because, well, bags need filling in order to reach their ultimate destiny, don't you think? This card got a little busy. It really shows when you are looking at a picture on a computer screen.
It's okay, though. I've never been one to insist that every card I make be a masterpiece. I don't mind a little chaos every now and then. It is part of the process. Besides, I do this for fun. Getting stressed when a card isn't perfect is just silly to me.
CHEERS to you! Here's hoping you always enjoy your process, even when the final results are a little messy! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

365 Cards Day 321 Super Sketchy Sunday

 Wendi's sketch this week was a fun one to play with! I hope you can join us at 365 Cards! I have my cards made through the first, and Wendi's sketches just keep getting better, so you have lots to look forward to! For some odd reason, I never make cards during the work week. However, Wendi has sketches for December posted, and something tells me it would be wise to do a little card making this week so that everything is in order for the holidays.
 I continued to use the wonderful packet of goodies Pam sent me here on this card, I just couldn't resist a little scrappy fun. I think this may have been the quickest card I have ever made. I think it took less than 20 minutes from the time I walked into my stamp to start the card, and the time I walked out to photograph the card! I wish they all came together so easily!
Lots of fun stuff here:

                                              Echo Park sticker (one of the few things I added)
Cardstock Bazzill Bling
8x8 Patterned Paper Sheet Glitz
6x6 Patterned Paper Sheet My Mind's Eye
Floss American Crafts
Die Cuts Fancy Pants
Tape My Mind's Eye
Wood Veneer Circles Studio Calico
 vellum bags from Fancy Pants
And here's my card from last week that somehow didn't get posted:

I used all the same supplies, except I added a WPlus9 die cut sailboat, and an A Muse Studio Buttercup felt die cut flower and matching button. The sailboat is cut from a|s card stock.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 307 365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday

If you are looking for the Rock Your Style post, please scroll down.
 I had a much easier time with this week's sketch, primarily because I could choose a stamp that worked well with it. Last week, I was showing off DRS Designs' cool haunted house stamp, which did not fit the sketch at all, but was way too awesome to pass up.
 Last night when I was checking the 365 site to make sure my card was up and ready to go, I noticed what a horrible photograph it was. These three are not as bad as the one on the 365 blog, but they still aren't very good. You'll just have to bear with me. I'm in that awkward stage where I have to juggle a variety of eyeball paraphernalia in order to see at any given time. I think I need a flow chart or something. "If photographing cards, then wear contacts with readers on top, or take out contacts for photography and put on eyeglasses to make it back up the basement stairs without falling to your death." Something like that.
 You can click on the pictures to see them better. Of course you will also be able to see how badly out of focus they are better, too;)
I used Gina K Designs Holiday Cheer for the wreath, the ribbon is also from GKD. The epoxy sticker is OLD. I think I've had it for six years at least. I can't remember where I got it. The gorgeous red glitter is from A Muse Studio, which reminds me-they officially kicked me out this month for lack of sales. I still love their glitter, every color is fabulous. The containers are generously sized, too.

I hope you can play along with us this week at 365Cards!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Day 306 Rock Your Style 365 Cards My Favorite Things Blog Hop

If you came here from Audrey, you are on the right track!
 Pam, who runs 365 Cards, sent the design team members a fun pack of goodies she specially selected for each of us. Isn't that incredibly thoughtful? Today, we all made a card using our packets, so you get to see what Pam selected for us.
Some of my favorite things to do on cards are to add buttons, glitter, stitching, and pastels with a pop of color. I think I covered those here! I hope you can hop along and see what the other 365 girls have done, I think you'll be glad you did!

  • Comment at all DTs' blogs in order to win a prize package that resembles the one I received.  
  • Comment on the 365cards blog that you have finished the entire hop. 
  • Scraplift your favorite designer's card and link up on 365.
  • Winner will be drawn at random. Good luck!
  • Your next stop is Janice, and you will love her gorgeous banner card!
CARLA (You are here!)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday Day 300

 Well, in terms of following a sketch, I think we can all agree this one is not such an obvious interpretation. I wanted to work with this fab DRS stamp, and I just couldn't make it fit the sketch. All the elements are there, but the proportions are way off. That's okay though! The measuring police have not come to my house, and things still seem to be right with the world!
 Truthfully, I was not familiar with DRS Designs before this week, there are just too many companies out there to know them all. However, when I went to their site to check them out, I was so impressed! They have a large line of gorgeous stamps in a wide variety of styles.
There really is something there for every stamper, and I think if you go have a look, you'll be glad you did!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday Day 293

 Super fun sketch today for Super Sketchy Sunday! You can check out all the deets and see the other designer's fabulous card over at the 365 Cards blog.
 I used my Gina K. Designs Grateful Heart Stamp TV kit. I think it is on sale right now, which makes it a screamin' deal, because it's a bargain at full price!
Isn't that little owl the cutest? I love this little stamp set. The Grateful Heart kit comes with four small stamp sets that can be used alone or mixed with the other three. The new STV kit comes out on Thursday. I'll definitely be adding it to my cart!

This week we're going to tackle very stampy challenges - both digi and rubber, in honor of our sponsor this week
 

 
One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate to shop in their store.  And we'll feature stamps from this fabulous company on our cards all week long. Make sure you join us this week for an opportunity to win!