Celebrating Mom

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My mother has always been an instigator of my curiosity and artistic passions. From painting and beyond... I remember a time she took me to pick out fabric to turn into a handbag. I begged and pleaded for weeks after the trip to start sewing and learn more. I wanted to add buttons, make handles, and learn different stitches. Then it was pillows and clothes... I needed to do and know more. 

When I came across the Sew die from QuicKutz, I couldn't help but think of all those moments. Being the modest lady that my mother is, she wouldn't admit to playing a large role in such. But I created this card and honor her anyway. 

And you just can't share a memory without sharing a photo, right?!

That was taken long before we busted out the sewing machine, but I just love it! 

Cardstock: Paper Cut
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket-Anna, We R Memory Keepers-Phraseology
Stamp: Northwoods Stamps
Inks: Adirondack-Espresso, Colorbox-Black
QuicKutz 4x4 Die-Sew
Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch

Sketch It Saturday -- Recycle!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful Saturday. I'm back from Copic training and ready to share with you this week's sketch from Unscripted Sketches.

In addition to using the above sketch, we're celebrating Earth day by adding at least one recycled item to our cards! Here's my creation:

The 'flags' were made from the piece of paper containing the company's name and barcode on a 12x12 decorative paper. I just love when companies add patterns, allowing them to be used as borders, flags, and more!

Both the twine and the paper for the button were rescued from my wastebasket!

I loved working with this sketch, as well as the challenge to use recycled elements. Are you ready to create your own? We'd love to see your take on this week's sketch. Head over to Unscripted Sketches and link up!

Cardstock: A Muse Studio
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: A Muse Studio

Simple Thank You's

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Friday! I've got quite the busy weekend planned... I'm currently off to Milwaukee for Intermediate Copic Training with the talented Debbie Olson. I can't wait to gather together with other Copic lovers and take our images to the next level! 

Before leaving, I needed to quickly make bundles of thank you cards to show appreciation for birthday gifts and other special acts of kindness I've received lately. I gathered together my Essential Sentiments and Vintage Labels stamp sets from A Muse Studio and got to work making these:

A Muse Studio makes dies that coordinate perfectly with the Vintage Label stamps, and boy do I wish I had purchased them! Instead, I spent lots of time (while watching Breakfast at Tiffany's) cutting out these labels by HAND! I know what my next purchase will be!

I stuck with a 4.25 inch square card, making it fast and easy to cut out the 4 x 4 inch layering swatches. A little glue and some twine... here is the result:

And, of course, about 40 more in various colors and styles, using the same materials:

I finished just in time to see the vulnerable, crazy Holly and the struggling writer, Paul, fall madly in love. The scene at Tiffany's of the two trying to find something under $10 is my favorite. Do you enjoy any classic movies?

Have a wonderful Friday friends... Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for Sketch It Saturdays with Unscripted Sketches. I made something quite special this week! 

Cardstock: A Muse Studio (Shimmer Couture Solid, Sugar)
Patterned Paper: A Muse Studio (Shimmer Couture Damask)
Stamps: A Muse Studio (Vintage Labels, Essential Sentiments)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Baker's Twine: A Muse Studio (Onyx/White)

So Sweet

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Clean & Simple Stamping posted a sketch last month, and I immediately created a card using it as inspiration. Unfortunately, I never got around to posting the photos on my blog or entering in the challenge! I found the creation in my stash while looking to send some snail mail. Here's the card I created:

I was so excited to finally use my Chevron Ribbon from A Muse Studio on this card. How fun is it?! Scor-Tape made it super easy to create the ruffles.

Thanks for stopping by today and dealing with my messed-up, jumbled-up, crazy brain. 

Cardstock: A Muse Studio - Ocean, Sugar, ColorMates - Med Coffee Brown
Stamps: Stamps Of Life - Candy2Share


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

PJM is back in town for a whole month, which means this girl is a bit distracted. 

But just a bit... He's in town doing pre-production work and fundraising for his film, The Rover. Go ahead and click the link to read about his film and to even donate a dollar or two or seven hundred if you feel led. I'm so proud of all the work he's done thus far and can't wait to see the finished product. I'm also quite proud of how easily he carries boxes up stairs and takes out my trash. ha! I'm such a girl... 

An Elegant Thank You

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Monday! 

This past week I feel like I've neglected my craft room, my half-finished projects, and this blog quite a bit. Life seemed to hit me all at once -- Easter shenanigans, a dinner party, and the arrival of PJM. I've taken a step into my craft room several times, along with a glance at my laundry pile, only to feel overwhelmed. Arg. Need some motivation and some time ASAP. As a little thanks for following along in this journey, I present today's card inspiration.

I love using Versamark Watermark and background stamps to create soft details. For this card, I used Vintage Wallpaper from Market Street Stamps. MSS background stamps are large enough to fill the entire front of an A-2 card, not just a small layer, which makes for great card making possibilities.

Thanks again for stopping by today. More crafty goodness coming soon, I promise.

Cardstock: Paper Cut
Stamps: Market Street Stamps, Penny Black
Inks: Adirondack (Espresso), VersaColor (Lapislazuli), VersaMark Watermark

My Unscripted Debut

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I'm happy to announce today is my first Sketch It Saturday as an Unscripted Designer. I created the above clean and simple card using this week's sketch. Head over to Unscripted Sketches to see all the lovely inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, as well as join in the fun!

Flip the sketch, rotate it... create a card, a scrapbook page, or anything your imagination comes up with! There is no right or wrong way, as long as you are using the Unscripted Sketch as the inspiration and basis of your creation. Don't forget to link up... I can't wait to see what you create.

Cardstock: Paper Cut (Fossil, White)
Stamps: Market Street Stamps (Night Owls)
Inks: Copic Markers, Memento (Tuxedo Black), Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Twine: We R Memory Keepers (Baker's Twine Tertiary)

Canvas Flower Tutorial & Card Goodness

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hello friends. Today I have some card making goodness to share with you, inspired by Laurie Schmidlin and her card showcased on the CASE Study Challenge Blog. Here's a look at her beautiful card: 

For this week's challenge, I wanted to recreate the floral embellishment, incorporate type, and keep the same color scheme. After gathering my supplies, I created two card variations. Here's the first beauty:

I had too much fun creating this card, especially the canvas flower. I wanted to make at least ten more to add to the card... but I actually practiced a little embellishment self control! 

To make your own card, you'll need a few supplies. Here's what I used:

Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, Real Teal OP), Paper Cut (White, Vellum)
Stamps: Northwoods (Whimsy Just A Note), Unity Stamp Co (Note to Self), We  R Memory Keepers (A Little Note)
Inks: Distress Ink (Old Paper, Walnut Stain), Distress Stain (Scattered Straw), StazOn (Jet Black)
Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool & Blending Foam
Claudine Hellmuth Sticky-Back Canvas
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi (Newsprint)
Edge Punch: EK Success (Binding Edge)


I began by stamping the 'A Little Note' stamp onto vellum. This is a smaller stamp, but for only $1.25, it's a major deal! I stamped the script multiple times onto the vellum and added it using vellum tape. My favorite is the MyStik Vellum Adhesive. It's a permanent bond, and I've never encountered a vellum it didn't hind behind. I simply place a small amount in each of the four corners, adhere the vellum to my cardstock, and then rub the vellum down. As you secure the vellum, all traces of the tape magically disappear! 

I took the typewriter inspiration and ran pretty far with it... using the EK Success Binding Edge Punch to create a notebook style cardstock piece. I then went a little crazy with some Distress Inks.

To distress your paper, tap the tool (with foam) on the Distress Ink Pad of your choice. Starting off the cardstock piece, work in small circles moving toward the center of your paper. Add just a little around the edges, or change the color of your entire piece! 

You could add some specks to your cardstock with black paint and a paintbrush. However, I took my StazOn pad and simply stamped it right onto the cardstock. Lift up, and you should have random ink blots. Don't press down too hard, or you will end up with lines, such as the few shown on the example above.

Here's a look at the assembly and beginnings of the card: 

Now let's add that canvas flower! The Sticky Back Canvas is just a little too thick to work with punches, and unfortunately I didn't have a circle die handy. I improvised and used a circular container. Feel free to use anything you might have available, or download this great template from Tim Holtz. 

Adding Distress Stain and script to the canvas BEFORE cutting the spiral shown in the template is a must! It will save you time, frustration, and canvas. Truuuust me...

As you can see I didn't worry too much about lining up the script background stamp. Once you cut the canvas and assemble the flower, you won't notice the awkward images. In fact, I think it adds to the grunginess of the flower!

I didn't follow the directions that came with the template from Tim Holtz that create a beautiful rose. Instead, I opted for a more thrown-together, uneven flower. To create, remove the backing of the canvas entirely. Pull the tail inward, folding it onto itself and securing it as the center of the flower and your starting point.

Continue wrapping and folding the canvas behind each new layer. It only took me a few seconds, and I played around with each layer until I had a eye-pleasing outcome. 

I used a hot glue gun to secure it to the front of the card and add a Candi embellishment. Note: More script! For the first card I cut out leaves from some cardstock scraps; however, chose to leave them off of the second sample. I created the canvas flower the exact same way, and yet it came out just a little different! So many possibilities!

Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and card variations. Head over to the CASE Study Challenge Blog to see what other card makers made using Laurie's inspirations. And don't forget to try out making your own canvas flowers. Happy stamping!

Happy Monday, Let's Make Some Cards

Monday, April 9, 2012

Why hello there. I hope you had a wonderful Easter Holiday. 

It's another Monday morning, which means three new card ideas. If you're in the area and looking for some stress relief, stop by Creations Galore to create these fun Make N Takes. The three cards are available from Monday, April 9th - Saturday, April 14th during our business hours. 

SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Patterned Paper: We R Memory 
Keepers (DamaskDefined). Stamps: A Muse. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.

SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee. Stamps: Northwoods, 

SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny (BookmarkStripe). 
Stamps: Northwoods. Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa.

Read On For Good News...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hello bloggers! I've got some exciting news for you today. I'm now an Unscripted Designer. Unscripted Sketches announced their new design team today, and we'll be jumping in next week, offering inspiration for Sketch It Saturdays. I've gotten a chance to chat with the other designers, and I'm so excited to work with some talented ladies. There will be lots of card making goodness coming soon! Until then, head over to US to play along with this week's sketch:

Today US is also celebrating three years in blog land. There's prizes to win and lots of ways to enter! Hope to see you playing along with us!

A little taste of Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's been a while since I've shared an illustration in a post. So I sifted through my sketchbook and found one that was dear to my heart. But first, a little story... 

How I Met Your Mother is a favorite TV show of PJM and I. In the series, a wonderful tradition was started with arguably the cutest TV couple in history. The tradition? 

Marshall picks up Lily wearing a chauffeur hat and a handmade sign,

Lily brings Marshall a six pack of beer from wherever she traveled,

and they live happily ever after.

On my way to visit PJM in New York, I thought up a cutsie little plan. TSA doesn't allow more than 3oz. of liquid on the plane, and alcohol is completely out of the question. I had to improvise. While in the Milwaukee airport I sketched out the six pack instead. A nice picture of Wisconsin's best:

We're still creating that happily ever after.

Zig Zaggin' Backgrounds

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Laura Bassen has been March's muse over at the CASE Study Challenge blog. I was excited to play along with this week's challenge. You can take a look at the card inspiration here. Instead of adding layers of negative die cuts to my card, I stacked some satin ribbon. 

It's about time I've added some zig zags to this blog! The background is created with a stamp from the Chevrons set by A Muse Studio

You have until Midnight tonight to play along with this week's CASE Study. What will you create?

All A Muse Studio
Cardstock: Onyx, Sugar
Stamps: Chevrons, Vintage Labels, Essential Sentiments
Inks: Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black
Satin Ribbons: Bubblegum Pink, Cherry

For the love of We R & Chai Lattes...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Anthologie, the new collection from We R Memory Keepers arrived to Creations Galore and drew me in with its nostalgic and eclectic style. For today's edition of Layout Tuesday, I created this page using the collection. Head over to the Creations Galore blog to view more of the layout. 

I should probably insert a sweet picture of my roommate and I... maybe my mom... or that adorable boyfriend of mine... But if I can be honest with you fine folks, all I'm loving today is this:

Can I get a hooray for some baked macaroni and a chai tea latte?!
What would you like to dedicate a LO to today?

Cards, Cards, Cards

Monday, April 2, 2012

Every week I design three Make N Takes for Creations Galore, my "day job" and paper crafting store in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I invite you to browse this week's cards... 

CARD SUPPLIES Cardstock: A Muse Studio, Paper Cut. Stamps: A Muse Studio, Unity Stamp Co. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. Edge Punch: EK Success.

CARD SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny. 
Stamp: Unity Stamp Co. Inks: Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, VersaFine. 

CARD SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers. 
Stamps: Northwoods. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black. Ribbon: A Muse Studio.
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