Happy Birthday to my Hubby! SU!

Hello Everybody!

My hubby’s birthday was on Sunday the 12th and I made this card for him! As you saw at Christmas time, he has a lovely mustache…so I really couldn’t pass up on using my friend’s mustache embossing folder! Especially when I needed a pattern paper for this sketch challenge! It’s not a Stampin’ Up one, it’s from Darice, just too dang cute to pass up, though!

Here is the sketch for the challenge that I started with to make this card. It comes from a new challenge blog that I discovered…well, new to me, anyway, called Catch The Bug Challenge Blog.

I chose Dapper Denim as my card base, used the line stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Dapper Denim ink for the back ground since my “patterned” paper was not overpowering. I used Whisper White to emboss the mustaches on and then used my Black dauber to color the mustaches. Tempting Turquoise is my base for both Whisper White pieces. Instead of ribbon, I chose the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and wrapped it around the mustache cardstock instead of the whole card. I also tore the edges versus using a scalloped edge. It seemed more masculine to me. Don’t you agree?

I punched the balloons in Cherry Cobbler and Tempting Turquoise and added the little white marks to help make the balloons look 3D. That was my friend’s idea and she was right! What a huge difference it made! I will have to remember that in the future!!

I edged the white cardstock with my Cherry Cobbler dauber and then hand drew the border in! I really like that border method! I have started using it more! It just finished off that piece perfectly, I think! I also hand drew the strings from the balloons. I need to work on that skill to make them more swirly or curly, I think. Although, it kinda looks like the wind is blowing the balloons to the left, so then the strings would not be so curled. The lines in the background kinda make me think of wind. Hmm…

The sentiment is from another Paper Pumpkin kit called Everything. It was a special, extra stamp set last year in the anniversary box. I find I use stamps from that little set quite often.

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That’s about it for this card. He liked it and it suits him, so that is all that matters, right?!

Enjoy your day! Happy stampin’!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card is entered into:

 

 

Materials used for this card:

Stampin' Trimmer
Price: $30.00
Balloon Bouquet Punch
Price: $18.00
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Happy Birthday! SU! style

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I finally had a chance to play with my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies! WooHoo!! I saw this card on Pinterest from Closet Stampin’ with Jayme Ziemer. I can’t seem to find the picture of the card because it was from way back in May of last year. Found it on the challenge site, just not on hers. I saw the card through a challenge group she participates in called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday  and thought it was a perfect jump-start for me to get a feel for this thinlet set! I have been pinning all kinds of cute cards for this set and really hadn’t jumped in yet. This was my first attempt.

I did end up altering colors a little bit and used a different sentiment as well. I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE those framelits for sentiments!!! As I look back at these cards…I am being critical here…I see that lighter colors on the pink background paper were not the best way to go! I was attempting to conserve paper and sometimes that makes me do too many of one color/size and not enough of the other. I just really dislike wasting paper! I really need to challenge myself to use up all my dang scraps that I refuse to throw away! Haha!

Back to the cards…the sentiment was from a Paper Pumpkin box and was part of the free Everything anniversary set last March. That’s a great one I should play with more, too!

Overall, I have some very nice Birthday Cards to send out and am happy for the inspiration to use that Swirly Scribbles set!

So, what do you think? Be honest! I can take it! I already was critical myself, so you can make suggestions as well!

Happy stampin’ and crafting! Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Blessings, June

PS. I will be checking out the challenges on Try Stampin’ On Tuesday! They look fun! Stayed tuned to see what they inspire!

Materials used for these cards can be purchased  HERE or

SU! 18th Birthday!

Hello, Folks!

I trust all is well for you! I have been subbing quite a bit and was also sick for a week. My hubby was kind enough to share his head cold with me, after he had it for a week. Ugh! Not fun!

Now I am back and ready to do some more blogging!

Here is a card I made for my God Daughter in Berlin. She just turned 18 and I wanted a special card for her. For the main card I used one of my Paper Pumpkin cards that had a banner to go with it. I know she loves to hang things on her walls and knew she would love the banner. It says ‘Happy” and I know she is quite happy in her life right now!

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For the inside, I did a pop up card. This was my first attempt and I think it is something I need to work on more often! I used a diagram that I found on Pinterest to make it. Not the best, will need more practice on it, but overall, I think it turned out pretty nice. At least I got the 18 to jump out at her when she opens the card.

I distressed the edges, because, well, it’s just a thing I like to do to feel like it is finished. I do it especially when I am dealing with white or light colors. To me, it frames it in and finishes the card or scrapbook page off. I then added more of the washi tape from the front to tie it all in.

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This was just a quickie to share her card with you. Time for bed!

Enjoy your Friday tomorrow! WooHoo! TGIF!!

Blessings, June

Card sketch turned scrap page

Hello All!

I trust you all are having a lovely January! I am enjoying mine! I’ve been getting a lot done at home, doing some subbing, crafting, and blogging. I can’t complain, that is for sure!

Here is another challenge that I completed, yes, before end of deadline and never entered. I’m ok with it!

This one is from Sketch Saturday, another of my favorites! I used to do more of their cards before I started blogging. Now I use them for scrapbook pages when it works. This one worked!! A very simple page for a simple and all telling picture! The hemp ribbon is left over from a Paper Pumpkin kit. There are always left overs from the kits and I love to use them on my cards and scrapbook pages! (Psst…they are running a special on Paper Pumpkin right now for Sale-A-Bration, check it out here!)

There you have it! Another page done and posted! Off to more creations!

Enjoy your day!

Blessings, June

Fall Paper Pumpkin

Good Afternoon!

These are from the August and September Paper Pumpkin boxes that I get each month from Stampin’ Up!

I really do enjoy getting them! Sometimes I do what the instructions say and other times I do my own thing! For these cards, I followed the instructions because I really liked how they looked, was prepping for a Craft Fair, and nothing else was coming to mind!

For the Halloween Tube, which was in the September box, I also followed the instructions because they were just too stinking cute not to!! I gave these to the teachers at my son’s school. I forgot to take a picture of all of them together, and luckily had this one that my son really wanted for himself, because we have a black cat. I used orange Tic Tacs in them. On the Paper Pumpkin Facebook site, I saw that people also used Skittles or M&Ms to fill them.

I also have the October box and have made 2 cards, 1 as a Birthday card for my cousin and the other as this Thank You card. Now I want to climb out of the box and see what I can come up with!

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I have read on that fb PP site that it costs a fortune to send these cards as the shaker cards they are meant to be…so, I am thinking of turning them into something else, or make them for local people, whom I don’t have to mail too. I’ll share those when I am done. I plan to work on them this weekend! Sorry, long distance friends! You’ll get other nice cards from me that use a regular postage stamp!

Enjoy the rest of your fall day!

Blessings, June

PS. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how you can get your hands on these fabulous items! If you become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order past sets! Cool, right?!

Paper Pumpkin Fun!

Oops! I just scrolled through my posts and discovered that I never told you about the special going on for Paper Pumpkin…my monthly Joy Box! I have posted about some of the cards and things I have made from Paper Pumpkin…I have more to share! That is part of what I have been doing…catching up on my Paper Pumpkin kits! Here are a few from the past year…not all, but some!

I usually make at least one card/project their way and then I do whatever comes to mind. I have been known to make all the cards their way when I really like it and nothing else comes to mind. Then there are those, like the Christmas ones from last November, that I just went crazy and used the stamps so many different ways and used every scrap of paper from the kits to keep making cards! So fun!

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So click on this BOGO picture and it will take you to the website for ordering to get your Joy Box each month…Pay for the first month and get the next one FREE! Who doesn’t love free?? After that you can cancel at any time with no penalties…although I think you will just want to keep getting them! September’s was a fun Halloween treat holder. I will post those pictures soon. Using them for my son’s class…gotta get another set of them! When you are a Paper Pumpkin customer, you can order more of the sets you like best! Nice perk! Join me in getting a monthly Joy Box! Click below!

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4th Sunday Card Class

Hello, Hello!

Wow, it has been awhile! I have been wrapped up in sorting through boxes and boxes of storage items repacking keep stuff and pricing and cleaning up yard sale stuff. I will be glad after next weekend when we are done with the yard sale and I can get back to my crafting!

I wanted to show you the fun Paper Pumpkin cards and projects we are doing next Sunday for my 4th Sunday Card class! I truly love getting my Paper Pumpkin each month and want to share with you the joy of new ideas and creative fun!

So, I did them as a slide show…

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The class will be at my house…space is limited…sign up early! Would love to meet new people and make new crafting friends!! Comment below and I will get you my address. Since I live in Colorado Springs…this would only be for the local folks!

Enjoy your weekend!! *June