Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Got Scraps???

Hello friends. Here is a card I made with scraps. I just read the Papercrafts Connection Blog post about scraps and another Go-To-Gal challenge with Cosmo Cricket. Yeah click on that and take a looksie. Well I combined BOTH in this card. All of the Gals are AMAZING! So I got some lovely eye candy on all of their blogs. Check it out here, you will not be disappointed. I am really really a spaz about combining patterns but this was pretty darn easy. This card was one that I was so happy with I almost didn't want to drop it in the mail.

My paper organizing is still a work in progress since my crafty area is in my bedroom. In that was I am very limited. So I try to keep everything as organized as possible. I VERY recently realized I have 2 different drawers for scraps. One that I had started a year ago, then I redid my space and started a second. Well Whoohoo because there were plenty of scraps to work with. The best advice I have is look at Betsy Veldman's blog, she has some great ideas. I cut my scraps down to 6x6 or 3x3, separate them by patterned or solid and go from there.

The base is Kraft Recollections, green and beige is American Crafts, the pokie paper is Paper Pizazz and the hounds tooth is DCWV retro stack, the ledger and yellow rose paper is Colorbok Flea Market Collection. The doilies are Martha Stewart and Wilton, the sentiment stamp is TPC and that very sweet bow with pearls is Jolee's, always gotta add a little Jolee's it seems. Last, but not least, the super-duper cute sticker is Cosmo Cricket "Ever After" collection. Unfortunately it has been discontinued. Super thumbs down. But I kinda went crazy hoarding it when I found out and have bought a buncha packs of it.
Thanks again for looking and until next time Amigas.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Simple Fence Card and My Bob Barker Moment

Hello Friends, hope everyone's weekend was great. Ours was very busy and crazy like usual. Saturday we went up to an Animal Rescue ranch that my daughters have been volunteering at for about a year now and took care of some VERY, very cute doggies! I had different plans, a Mommy day off with my Aunts, but we had a car conflict so my plans got cancelled. :-(

That's okay because even though it was hotter than Africa (as my little girl says) it was so nice to do something together as a family to help others. This whole thing started with the Twins doing the community service requirement that California Schools have to graduate. That was 1 year ago now we are hooked on Doggies. We have made some good friends and the person that runs it BettyAnne is such a kind soul. She is fiercely protective of the dogs and they could not have a better advocate. She is tireless in her efforts despite some physical issues she has. We love that Woman!

We have fostered many pups, about 12 now. Most with social problems, skinny and just neglected. It's how we got our very old Weenies, Yoda and Okie. They are pretty much unadoptable because Okie had a battle with breast cancer, which was removed but we are thinking it's come back. Her and Yoda's owner passed away. The 2 of them have been together for 8 years. I couldn't bear someone just taking Yoda cuz he's healthier and leaving Okie to die alone in a kennel. They are besties and SUCH good, well behaved, sweet pups. See what I mean? Arrrg pulls at your heart strings. So the germaphobe crazy Lady that NEVER thought I would have inside dogs is now in Weenie Dog bliss :-)

 It makes my heart hurt when I see how people can neglect and hurt such innocent, helpless creatures that give us love, protection and companionship. The rescue needs so much help and I have to keep it in perspective that all we can do is our best to help.

When I'm around BettyAnne I am often reminded of the quote by Mahatma Ghandi "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." In my book, Dogs are members of our society not inanimate objects. So anyway this is my Bob Barker moment for the week. Just wanted to share some rambling thoughts.

On to the craftiness! I have wanted to make this card for a long time and it's the reason I purchased the Tim Holtz embossing folder. The stickers are all Jolee's and the cardstock is American Crafts. I just love those poppies and decided to keep the other colors subdued to let the bright red pop. I just inked up the woodgrain and kept it simple.

Hope you like it, and as always Thank You very much for visiting my little blog.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Friends with Flair Fun-gi

Today I have a SUPER fun card. I have wanted this stamp FOREVER. As soon as I saw it I thought of my very clever Uncle Rafael and knew he would just get it. So when Unity had a warehouse sale that was the first thing I went for. So insert A LOT of gushing for Unity here. Just love thier stamps! So today for the first time I joined the Friends with Flair (eeek). See all of the awesome creations HERE.

The stamp is called "Fun-gi" and is an Itty Bitty from Unity, I used some real wood sheets that I found at Michael's. I've been hoarding these because they don't sell it anymore :-(.  The card stock is American Crafts, patterned paper is DCWV Summer stack, that stack is really nice for paper piecing. I actually completely forgot I had it, then after spending way too much time contemplating the Mushroom tops I found it at the bottom of my stash and EUREKA! It all came together. I used some Distressing ink to give it that dirt feel with some Tim Holtz Tea Dye and Antique Linen. The stamp is double lined, don't know if that shows with the paper piecing. So cute!
 Hope you like it, thank you so much for looking. Don't forget that Unity offers a PRIZE to one random commenter on the participating blogs, that would be here. Pretty Awesome right? Until next time Amigas.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Some Manly Men Cards

Hello Friends, Manly cards for you today. I believe that a I'm not alone in the fact that it is SUPER challenging for me to make man cards. It is so fun and easy to fluff up and girlie up cards. The more the better right? Well with Man cards there is the whole "Men hate fluffy things" situation. To me a card without ribbon is an abomination. Well maybe not that dramatic but I actually had fun challenging myself to keep it simple and still be Super Cool like I am. Kidding, Hee hee. Hope you enjoy them. The cards with the squares are actually thin patches that I found thinking they were really cute but not sure how to use them. I just knew I had to have them. Well Viola, a cool Man card. Hope you enjoy them. Until Next time Amigas.

Recipe: Stamp: Inkadinkado, Sentiment: TPC, Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned Paper: DCWV, Border Stickers: K&Company, Sparkle black embossing powder. 

Cardstock: American Crafts and Recollections, Patterned Paper: DCWV, Patches: Dritz, Studs: Recollections

Cardstock: American Crafts and Recollections, Patterned Paper: DCWV Cut and Paste Stack, Border Stickers: K&Company, Patches: Dritz

Cardstock: Recollections, Patterned Paper: Niki Sivilis, Sentiment Stamp: TPC, White embossing powder: Doodlebug, Twine: Home Depot

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chutes and Ladders Fun

Hello, my friends. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a busy weekend as usual. I'm sure typical for every family with a bunch of kids. Running around takin' care of business with the Hubs and my pretty Chickies.
 We got a chance to go to a flea market this Saturday morning and OMG I found the PRETTIEST vintage lace, seam binding and goodies. I was so excited I really wanted to hug the seller. Yeah, no poker face for me, LOL! The Jazz the Spaz in me totally came out. My Hubby would've strangled me if I would've said out loud what I was thinking. Something along the lines of "HOLY CRAP! That's all you are charging! Do you know how much you could get for this stuff!"  But I calmly chose my stuff and I have to say it made my day :-) Some creations using those to come.

Here is a very easy card that I really enjoyed making. No stamping on this one, just bright happy cheery goodness. Yea that is a little tiny playing board all of the pieces are real playing pieces, not flimsiness. The spinner actually spins then I put  a foam dot behind it without thinking and stopped it. Arg, it's a learning process right? Note to self: DO NOT make cool moving pieces not be cool moving pieces! 
Funny story is that I found this stuff at Michael's in the clearance bin, all the way at the bottom for $1.00! It was the only one and I was thrilled. I thought it was clearly in the wrong place. When I went to check out the cashier fell in love and offered me $5.00 bucks for it. Said she didn't remember ever seeing that sticker. Her generous offer was kindly declined. I love me some Jolee's. Funny, huh!
Hope you enjoy it. Until next time amigas :-)

Card Recipe: Kraft, Red, White Cardstock: Recollections, Striped Cardstock: DCWV Celebration Stack, Border Stickers: TPC, Party Sticker: ATD, Chutes and Ladder Stickers: Jolee's, red seam binding: vintage, lotsa foam dots and Tombow glue

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cricut Goodness

Hello my Friends. Hope everyone is enjoying thier summer. Mine is good, very quiet and restful. With 75% humidity and 90 degrees here in Cali, it's WAY to hot for anything. We are sooo not used to that, not fun.   

This is a card that I made with the Fabulous  Betsy Veldman's inspiration. This is CASED from a card she made for Mother's Day a few years ago, I believe. Mine pales in comparison to hers but I like the softness of it. I made it using my Cricut and let me tell you, this one was VERY time consuming. I also noticed I already sent this out and it's missing a gem on one corner. I fixed it and forgot to take a new pic. Arrg :-(  Makes the perfectionist in me CRAZY. The glitter paper is Colorbloc, the middle sticker is Flea Market from Colorbloc. This is really pretty line I really have enjoyed working with it. I pretty much bought the whole collection at Joann's. Like love at first sight. The sentiment is TPC and those wonderful butterflies are Martha Stewart. Like I said. NOT a perfect card but soft and pretty just the same. Hope you like it, until next time Amigas.