Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Butterfly Birthday

Happy Spring Break...Sophie and I are enjoying a week of play dates with friends, good food and getting ready for Easter. The creative bug has bit me and I've been crafting up a storm. Hopefully I'll get everything photographed and posted soon. 

I am super excited to share this card. I made it for Virginia's View Challenge #2. This challenge is all about stencils. I will admit that I own one stencil...yup, just one. I used it on a card that I might share. LOL. That should tell you what I think about that card.

Now this card on the other hand, I love. I use the negative from a die cut of a butterfly. I then stamped it with a wood grain strip stamp from MME Miss Caroline set in Early Espresso ink from Stampin' Up.

The plaid cardstock is also from MME Miss Caroline. I used Tea Stain Distress Ink and inked all around the edges of the card. I also inked the edges of the sentiment (from Stampin' Up). Honestly I wanted to add so much more to this card, but the more I tried and arranged other embellishments on it, it just didn't work.

Here is a action shot...I used washi tape to adhere the "stencil" to my cardstock. So easy to do and so easy to remove. 

I really had fun with this card...I'm definitely still learning and have a lot to learn! I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winged Things. Thanks for stopping by...hoping you're having a great week.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Year in Cards

Hello friends (waves frantically!!). Oh my it has almost been a month since I last posted...tell me where did the time go? We have been enjoying our warm weather and sunny days, lounging around, spring cleaning, playing with new toys and visiting friends.

I've been crafting here and there but not steadily. Though I did put together and donated a box of cards for a charity gala. With the help of a friend, who is so clever and arranging and displaying, we put together a Year of Cards by Sophie n Me.

I made a card for each month of the year and then included some extras for birthdays, a thank you, thinking of you and hello friend. Here are a few closeups of some of the cards in no particular order...

August - Since there is no holiday in August (except for Sophie's birthday hee hee) I choose a ice cream cone to celebrate the summer heat.

 July - For the 4th of course!

November - This is my go to stamp for November since Thanksgiving reminds me of family and friends and the tree reminds me that we are all together, even if we are apart.

October - Halloween of course...love this pretty and elegant skull paper!

 Hello Friend - No specific month, just a sweet card to send to someone.

 Happy Birthday - again no specific month, just a fun card for a birthday.

January - I made a different card for Christmas that was red and green, but since January is still winter (every where except CA, right?!) I decide this cute snowman could grace this months card.

September - no holiday that was easy to craft for since there is Labor day and the first day of school for many kids. So I went with a fall theme for a family. One of my favorite cards!

I used a lot of brands - PTI, Echo Park, DCWV, Hero Arts...if you have any questions please let me know and I hope I can tell you.

I am so proud of this little box! I have no idea what it sold for at the silent auction but I hope it sold for lots since it was for charity.

That's all for today...hope you enjoyed my long picture post. I'll be back with some more cards soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Enjoy Every Day

Hello and happy Friday! It's almost the weekend and we have plans to spend it at the beach. Nothing like getting a warm beach day in the middle of March right?! We certainly are lucky.

I've been super busy doing this and that but I finally made time to play in Virginia's watercolor challenge. This is her first challenge and I'm so happy she started it. I love her work, it's always fun to stop by her blog. She even posts eye candy a la Ryan Gosling every now and then.

This first challenge is watercolor. I used 110 lb cardstock from JoAnn's, it seems to really hold up well. I smooshed Squeezed Lemonaide and Peacock Feather Distressed Inks onto my acrylic block and then picked up the colors with a water pen and just swept if over my paper.

The butterfly is from Cricut. I used the negative to cut another butterfly from a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cup cozie-great way to upcycle and cheaper than buying corrugated paper. I have coffee and tea drinking friends save them for me.

I wrapped Caribbean twine (from the Twinery) around the middle of the butterfly and only adhered it in the middle as well. So the wings "flutter". The sentiment is from DCWV Vintage Collector and is stamped in Peacock Feathers as well. A few gold sequins from JoAnn's and tada! 

Check out Virginia's View Challenge blog for more on the challenge, techniques and some really awesome entries. Have an amazing weekend!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Shabby Chic Easter

Happy Friday! We've been super busy here, how about you? I've been trying to get ahead on holidays so today I have an Easter card to share with you.

I used Crate Papers Little Bo Peep collection...love the patterns. This pretty bunny is from Cricut's Give a Hoot cartridge. I added glitter glue to the white scroll-flourishy area. The tag is also cut from a Cricut cartridge.

I faux stitched around the tag and the lattice punch is Martha (love it!). A little May Arts jute twine and button from my statsh, oh and "Happy Easter" sentiment from Avery Elle All Occasion Tags. 

Thankfully Easter is in April this year and I don't have to share my birthday with it. Love when that works out. I'm linking this up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Tag It and Inspired by Stamping Card and Tag Challenge.

Hope you have an awesome weekend! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Best Day of the Year

Happy Saturday! We've finally got rain, whoo hoo! Its been fun, my little Sophie's been stomping around in her rain boots, happily looking for puddles. We love the rain!

Today I've got another card made from the Studio Calico kit I got last year. There is so much fun going on in this little card. I'm calling it my "Social Media" birthday card. 

I received an add-on kit (Earl Grey I believe) which included some journaling cards. I just cut them down to squares and used my corner punch to round off where I cut.

Everything on this card was from the kit. I added a bit of glitter glue to those little stars for some sparkle. 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PTI February Blog Hop Challenge

This is my second post for today. Scroll down or here for my first post. I'm still playing in PTI's Sweet Spring Blog Hop Challenge. Inspiration:

My sweet Spring card...the papers are from Echo Parks Hello Summer collection. I cut the oval and scallop from my Cricut.

I love this little polka dot bunny! It's so super cute. It's from PTI Polka Dot Parade #1. I used my distress inks - love the vibrant colors - and some Stampin' Up inks 

I stamped the flowers on the bottom and drew in the leaves with a Stampin' Up marker. The ribbon and bow were an after thought, actually the bow was to cover up a smudge my finger made, didn't realize I had ink on it. Oops, LOL,

Thanks for stopping by again! 

PTI February Blog Hop Challenge: Sweet Spring

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Its time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop...Sweet Spring. I'm sure many of you are ready for spring. We are ready for rain and we might actually get some this weekend.  Look how sweet this inspiration is...

I used Echo Parks Hello Summer Collection. The sun is from PTI's Heart 2 Heart #6, I just took the smiley face off before I stamped it.

The sentiment is from the new Building Blocks Stamp set. Love this set! So many things you can do with it!

Thanks for stopping by! I've got one more coming up really soon.