Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gobble gobble!

Happy 'early' Thanksgiving!  Time to prep my stomach for some good eats.  haha.  I'm planning on making these whoopie pies as my contribution to the holidy table.  Don't they look scrumdiddlyumptious?  If you're not sure what to make for Thanksgiving, I suggest visiting The Brown-Eyed Baker blog.  Lots of delicious recipes.  Okay... 'nuff about food.  My stomach's starting to rumble. 

I made the pillow boxes for my coworker who's hosting Thanksgiving at her house for her family.  The pillow boxes were cut out using the Pillow Box Sizzix Bigz Die from Stampin' Up! on Kraft cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Falling Leaves stamp set and stamped in Chocolate Chip.  I love the leaves stamps in that set.  I must make sure to use those in a future card soon. :)  The pumpkin came from the Been Boo'd stamp set from Papertrey Ink and I stamped that on Whisper White Cardstock.  I sponged Pumpkin Pie Ink on the outer part of the circle to create a kind of vintage-y feel to it.  Then I matted the circle with Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Finally, I used satin ribbon in Pumpkin Pie to wrap around the box and hold the goodies inside.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Tryptophan, I'm ready for ya!

Supplies Used
Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip &Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!); Pumpkin & Fennel (Martha Stewart Craft Ink)
Ribbon: Pumpkin Pie Satin Ribbon
Other:  Pillow Box Sizzix Bigz Die for Big Shot

Monday, November 1, 2010

Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #26

Well, hello hello...  This week's challenge for Stampin' Celebration involved a lot of fun vibrant colors.  I happened to have a birthday card that I thought would fit the theme.  The base of the case was cut from Whisper White cardstock and I used my Cricut Machine and the Create A Critter cartridge to cut out a bunch of balloons in different colors.  Then I cut out the word "HAPPY" from my Don Juan cartridge and adhered those to some of the balloons.  Inside, I stamped "birthday" from Stampin' Up's Happy Everything stamp set in the same vibrant colors from the front of the card.  Anyhoo... Happy Monday.  :)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple cardstock
Stamp:  Happy Everything (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Glorious Green, Only Orange, Brilliant Blue (Stampin' Up)
Cricut cartridges:  Create A Critter, Don Juan

Friday, October 29, 2010

I see you...

Well... i tried my best.  I think the ears make it look more like a Navi from Avatar.  But there was some tough competition.  Once I can get the pictures of the winners, I'll post them here.  There's always next year.  I painted it with blue acrylic paint from Michaels and then the spots were painted with white paint.  For the eyes, I tried using a yellow highlighter, but it kept getting all over my hands.  Initially I wanted to use black pipecleaners but there were all out at Michaels.  Luckily I had an epiphany and decided to try black yarn for the hair.  Hmm... what should I do next year?  I've got 365 days to come up with a winner.  :)  Happy Halloween my lovelies!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trendy Trees

Hello again!  Two posts in a month... this must be a record for me :)  I made this card a few months ago.  I found it on my memory card when I went to post my Halloween card.  I stamped the Trendy Trees stamps on white cardstock and then matted it on top of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  In order to make sure the trees were lined up, I used the handy dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin' Up.  I love that tool.  It helps me make sure that everything is lined up and positioned where they're supposed to be.  It helped me line up the letters on this card.  The base of the card was cut from Kraft cardstock.  For one of the trees, I stamped the image with Martha Stewart's gluepad and Feldspar glitter.  You can see a little better here:

Welp... that's all for now. :)  Happy Sunday!  Watching Amazing Race.  I love that show.  I'd like to be a contestant, but you have to have a niche to be on that show.  And I don't have one... Yet... :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Trendy Trees - Stampin' Up
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Kraft - Stampin' Up
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Others:  Martha Stewart Gluepad & Feldspar Glitter, Stamp-a-ma-jig - Stampin' Up

Saturday, October 23, 2010


All Hallows Eve is upon us and to celebrate this spooktacular holiday, I made this card using the Been Boo'd stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  They're so festive.  For the stamp pads, I used a combination of Martha Stewart's pigment inks as well as Stampin' Up ink pads.  Normally, I don't like using Stampin Up! pads with acrylic stamps, but PTI stamp sets seem to hold the ink well.  At least it does for the darker colors.  The images were stamped on white cardstock.  A strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock was adhered on top of the white cardstock.  For the glitter, I used Martha Stewart's glue pad and glitter in Fire Opal to stamp the sentiment onto the purple cardstock.  The base of the card was cut from Basic Grey cardstock.  I added pop up dimensionals on the back of the white cardstock to attach to the card base.  Inside the card, I stamped the "You've Been Boo'd!" sentiment and a couple of the ghosts peeking from the sides.  Silly ghosts.

Our annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest is next week and this time they've opened it to the corporate office In the past, it was just within our department).  Oh... it's on... it's on like Donkey Kong!  I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.  This is my blank canvas...

Any ideas?  This is what I've done in the past.  Decisions, decisions... I'll keep you posted.  Ciao for now :)

Supplies Used
Stamps:  Been Boo'd - Papertrey Ink
Stampin' Up! Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke - Stampin' Up!; StazOn Jet Black; Ebony, Pumpkin, Fennel - Martha Stewart Pigment Ink
Other: Martha Stewart Gluepad & Fire Opal glitter

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baby card

Greetings!  I wanted to highlight one of the cards I made previously for the card set.  This baby card may be used for birthdays, newborns, or a baby invitation.  The base of the card was cut from Certainly Celery cardstock.  For the front of the card, I cut an oval on white cardstock and outlined it with yellow cardstock.  I created a little diamond pattern texture on the white cardstock using one of the Texturz Plates from Stampin' Up.  The hearts were cut out in different sizes and colors.  The sentiment came from the Curvy Verses Stampin' Up set and glued to peek through the oval cutout.  Hope you likey!

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Stamps:  Curvy Verses from Stampin' Up
Ink:  StazOn black
Other:  Texturz Plates from Stampin' Up

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy For You

Today's supposed to be "clean my apartment" day... but obviously I'm not doing that if I'm writing this post.  Ha.  So much for that.  I washed my dishes, though.  Well, my dishwasher did.  I guess that doesn't count.  Let's just say I'm taking a little break. :)  Before I get back to my chores, I wanted to post this card I made for someone who's just finished up the school year and ready for the summer.  I used a dark blue cardstock as the base.  Then, using the Circle Circus stamp set from Stampin' Up!, I created a background on white cardstock.  The "happy for you" sentiment came from the Happy Everything set from Stampin' Up! as well.  I usually use this for birthdays, so I was happy when I got to use it for a different occasion.  I stamped the "happy for you" sentiment on the card first and then the different circles.  Unfortunately, after stamping everything, I found that the sentiment wasn't popping out as much as I wanted it to.  Therefore, I used the Martha Stewart glitter in hematite to make it stand out a little.  My camera isn't high-tech, but I tried to catch as much of the glimmer as I could in the picture.  Anyhoo... enjoy you're day.  Gotta get back to my chores.  Happy Saturday!

Supplies used:
Cardstock:  dark blue, white
Stamps:  Happy Everything, Circle Circus from Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, So Saffron, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up!
Embellishments:  Martha Stewart Glitter in hematite

Thursday, June 10, 2010

KWerner Readers' Choice Color Inspiration No. 3

Here's my card for KWerner's next color challenge.  I saw this technique in a card making book and always wanted to apply use it.  Who knew hole punches could turn into something cute?  I'm giving this card to my seester-in-law for her birthday.  The sentiment comes from Stampin' Up's Curvy Verses set.  The vase kind of looked plain to me so I stamped the tail end of the butterfly stamp below to add a little accent to the vase.  I also pierced curvy lines along the bottom of the card.  Enjoy!

Supplies used:
Cardstock: dark purple, chocolate chip, cream, olive, celery green
Stamps: butterfly stamp, Stampin Up's Curvy Verses
Tools:  corner punch, hole punch, Cricut, Lasting Impressions Flourish Borders Embossing Plate

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Embellish Color Challenge

I've had my eye on a few stamp sets from Stampin Up! and finally got the courage (and funds) to buy them.  They arrived just in time for a color challenge by Embellish Magazine.  The coral color made me a little nervous since I've never used it before, but thought I'd give it a try anyway.  I folded a piece of coral cardstock into a 5"x4" card and used a corner punch to round out the corners.  Then, using my Cricut machine, I cut out a scalloped oval on white cardstock and stamped the "kindness" sentiment from the Define Your Life stamp set in Chocolate Chip ink.  To get it to fit just inside the cutout, I used my handy dandy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

I stamped a few of the trees from the Trendy Trees Stamp Set in Cameo Coral and Chocolate Chip ink onto white cardstock and cut them out using a square punch.  I then cut out a slightly larger square on the yellow cardstock to make a little border for my trees.  The bottom of the card seemed a little bare with just the scallop cutout so I ran a thin dark brown ribbon through it to add a little more color. 

Enjoy and have a great rest of your weekend! :)
Supplies used:

Stamps:  Trendy Trees & Define Your Life from Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, White, Yellow
Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral
Embellishments: brown ribbon
Tools: Cricut, corner punch, square punches, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Thursday, May 27, 2010

just because...

Time for another KWerner design color challenge!  This time it was a Reader's Choice challenge using the following colors:
I just bought the Create A Critter Cricut cartridge so I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to use the cartridge to make a thank you card for my friend.  For the sky background, I sponged light blue ink over cloud templates I cut - similar to the technique I saw here.  Using the Cricut Design Studio, grass pieces were welded together onto a rectangular shape.  Add a bee, some flowers and a loopy sentiment and  voiolay!  You've got an aesthetically pleasing card that people will go nuts over (just kidding).  Did I mention that The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie? :)
Anyhoo... happy friday and have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - white, purple, yellow, black, light blue
Patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket "Earth Love"
Ink - Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue and Brillian Blue
Stamp - Loopy Letters by Image Tree
Create A Critter cartridge - Cricut

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Wonderful thing, this Groupon.  Ever heard of it?  Basically, each day they email you their special of the day, and usually it's a really great deal.  If enough people sign up for it, then the deal is "on" and you'll be able to sign up for the deal at that price.  They offer deals on restaurants, spas, gyms, venues, etc. and it's all specific to your city.   Recently, they offered $50 for $125 worth of spa services at Se Spa and $30 for $65 worth of mexican cuisine at Candelas (if you're in the San Diego area).  The catch is if they don't get enough people to sign up for the deal, then the deal is "off."  Try it in your city and see what deals are offered.  I highly recommend it if you're someone always looking for a bargain.  Happy Monday!  I'll try to have a card posted here soon. 

Friday, March 5, 2010

Someone's turning ONE!

Hmmm.... it's been a while, no?  So much for my New Year's Resolution.  haha...  Well, I'm trying to get back on track.  Recently, my brother and sister-in-law asked me to make my nephew's invitation for his 1st birthday/baptism.  My nephew, Evan, is turning one this month.  This is the little guy here:

Don't let his innocent looks deceive you.  Okay, let them.  :)  Sometimes I wish I lived closer to them so that he knows who I am... *sigh* 

Anyhoo... the party is going to be a Mickey Mouse theme so naturally I had to use Mickey Mouse patterned paper.  I decided to make a wheel card (Viewmaster card) where you got to turn the wheel to find out different information (when, what, etc).  The rest of the information was provided on the back of the card.  I learned to make the wheel card here.  Lovely site.  Lots and lots of tutorials.  Here's the card I made:

I used the Don Juan Cartridge from Cricut to cut out the letters.  The base of the card is a 10 x 5 piece of red cardstock folded in half.  I used my Design Studio and George and Basic Shapes cartridge for the Cricut to create the two windows on the red cardstock.  I also used it to "weld" circles together to make the Mickey silhouette on the patterned paper.  I think the really tricky part was getting the text to show up in the windows.  I ended up using Powerpoint and creating text boxes to line everything up.  Lots of glue was used to put this card together.  To attach the wheel to the card, I used this handy eyelet setter.  Kind of looks like a weapon.  I like it because it allowed me to reach far into the center of the card.

Supplies used:

Mickey Mouse patterned paper
cardstock - red, black, yellow, white
Cricut - Don Juan Cartridge, George and Basic Shapes Cartridge
adhesive - Zots, Zips, Tombow Mono Adhesive
Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Happy Friday!  Here's my card for this week.  I decided to work with a colored piece of cardstock I haven't used yet and found this "Really Rust" color from Stampin' Up.  The Earth Love pattern paper by Cosmo Cricket coordinates well with this color and I think the birds are cute.  For some reason this card reminds of the "Partridge Family" show.  I used a corner punch on the corner of a retangular piece of cardstock and stamped the sentiment the same color as the cardstock.  I hope you wonderful weekend!  I think we all need it. 

Supplies used:

Scallop Punch
Cardstock in "Really Rust" - Stampin' Up
Earth Love pattern paper - Cosmo Cricket
White cardstock
Sweet Serendipity stamp set - Stampin' Up

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My first color challenge

Hello, all!  Here's my attempt at Kristina Werner's Color Challenge

My friend's birthday is coming up so why not use the Color Challenge for the card, right?  I used the big swirly stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Baroque Motif set.  The butterflies were cut out from Hero Art's Pattern Butterflies set and placed onto the card using dimensionals to make them pop out.  Enjoy!

Supplies used:
White Cardstock
Stampin' Up - Baroque Motif stamp set
Hero Arts - Pattern Butterflies stamp set
Stampin' Up colors - Bashful Blue, Real Red, Cameo Coral, More Mustard, So Saffron

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Wow, it's been a while...  Just wanted to wish everyone a blessed new year!  I'm glad to put 2009 behind me and look forward to the surprises ahead.  One of my new year's resolutions is to post on this site at least once a week.  And working out... But I think that's on everyone's list after the holidays, right?  haha...  Hopefully, I'll stick to both plans.  For Christmas, I created my "tree" card below using satin ribbon and the ruffling technique I used on this card.  Then I applied rhinestones on my "tree" as my ornaments.  On the brown cardstock, I used the snowflakes and the sentiment from the Holiday Cheer clear stamp set by Hero Arts.  I hope I can stick to my resolutions and that you stick with yours.  :)

Supplies used:

white cardstock
brown cardstock
green satin ribbon
Hero Arts - Holiday Cheer stamp set
Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip stamp pad