Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 5: Shaped Cards

Woohoo-FRIDAY!
Thanks for coming back for the last day of the Great Stamp Swap of 2010! The share for the last day was my idea, because I want to start using some of the wonderful shapes availible on my Silohuette. I have downloaded a few card kits, but I wanted to try and make my own card. This little girl is my first attempt, admittedly not perfect, but a good try none the less. Check it out:
{My card}
I welded a bracket frame to a rectangle and got this shape. The friends background is a free digi kit Hero Arts offered at at Two Peas here. I opened it in MS Word (using the tips I talked about here) and printed it out on my printer. Then I die cut it into a smaller bracket shape on my SIL. Love how that looked. I inked it a little with Distress Ink to make it pop, added a couple of flowers (layered) and, of course, a little bling. The inside says "thank you for your fiendship", another HA stamp. (note to self: do not use white core cardstock, even if you love the color, because you will see the core. hmpff.)
{Nicky's card}

Check out how she made this little cutie on her blog.
I'm off to the Lakehouse for a girl's scrapbook weekend. So excited! What's on your agenda this weekend?
Later, Michelle
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 4:Three Flowers

Um, hello? Is it really 10:oo? Where have I been all day! My apologies for being so late with this post. Busy busy today!!

Without further ado, today's stamp:

So, pretty. I bought this stamp over a year ago and it has been all different colors. However, I have NEVER thought to use it the way Nicky did, genius! Wait till you see what she did!

{My card}

I think I am still mourning the end of summer. Couldn't resist the urge to color the flower pretty pretty colors. The inspiration for the design came from this weeks 2Sketches4U Challenge. Sentiment is also from HA. (tip: I only own one Copic purple marker. To get the light shade,m I used the tip to tip technique. Basically, I touched the tip of the purple marker to the colorless blender and then colored with THAT marker. Gave me a nice, lighter shade.)

{Nicky's card}


Love love love the paper layers here! And those colors are so pretty together! She talks alot more about how she put it together on her blog. Go over there and show her some love.

Tomorrow, actually a few hours from now-day 5! The last day of our stamp swap, you don't want to miss it!

Later,

Michelle


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 2: Boo to You!

Happy Hump Day! Are you ready for something spooky? I am seriously getting into the Halloween spirit. Have you been on MarthaStewart.com? Soooo many great ideas! Love that she loves my favorite holiday.

{Day 2: Owl-oween)
My card:

(other supplies: background paper-papercrave.com, frame-K&Co, brads)
This guy was a lot of fun to put together! If it didn't take so long, this would totally be a card I would make for my friends this year. The background is a digital paper I got from Paper Crave. I have been waiting to use it forever.The rest is just stamping and coloring and inking. I was trying to make the owls look like they are from the painting American Gothic. Can you tell ;)

Nicky's card:
I am in love with that cute ghosty! Don't forget to go over to Nicky's blog and check out her post
for today!!
Later,
Michelle







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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hola! Happy Hump Day!

I am sooo ready for the weekend, I have a nice crafty weekend planned. But enough about me, on to the next card!


{Day 3:Owl Christmas}



Can you tell I am OWL crazy? For those of you who don't know, I run a kids group called OWL, and when I see something crafty with an owl on it, I can't resist!

I have to add, this card was fun to make, but I have an aversion to starting any Christmas projects this early. Call me traditional-I don't think I should start working on Christmas until after Halloween....lol

Now that I had so much fun making this card..hmmmm...maybe I can change my position ; )

Take a looksie:


{My card}:
I think those Owls are so adorable!! This is a lager sized card, so I will have to be extra careful to pick the right recipient. How did I put it together? I took some inspiration from last week's 2Sketches4U challenge, and just simple after that: stamped, colored, and cardstock layers. The white background piece is a scrap of Basic Grey's basic paper that I had left over.

{Nicky's card}

So adorable! Her gift bags are making my cards look plain jane! lol I love that we used totally different pieces of the stamp set, thus creating two totally different projects.


Head over to Nicky's blog so you can see how she put his together.
Later,
M.






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Great Stamp Swap 2010

Happy Monday!

I had a fantastic weekend celebrating year one of two funny little boys...more on that later. This week is a good one on the old bloggy blog. The Hero Arts Flickr Group put out a call for crafters to pair up and create some cards using the same stamps. Sounded like a fun way to get a few new card ideas (and maybe a few new readers? hello there!), so I signed right up.

My partner in crime is Nicky Hsu. Jump over to her blog each day this week and leave her some love. Her cards are VERY creative!!

{Day One: Adorable Baby Girl}
My card:


I kept this card light and simple. I stamped the background in a pale pink, then stamp a mix of the icons on a piece of kraft paper and filled them in with colored pencils. Love that look. Managed to use one of the pastel mini safety pins (one of a million) I have left over from a project last year.

Nicky's card:

Cute, right? I love the look of the white ink on kraft paper!
* A note about this stamp: I got this as a gift, but lately, I have known many more baby boys than girls. I have found I can use this for boys as well, it's got a lot of images on it. I really want to figure out how to stamp the mobile that says 'it's a girl', and mask off the girl. Any ideas?
Come back tommorow for a set of cards that are very fashionable. And maybe a few baby pics ;)
Later,
Michelle

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Big Plans For The Weekend

Hey there bloggy friends!


So, fall has snuck up on me. At first, I was reluctant and shed a few tears for the days of swimming, weekend trips, Big Brother, etc. The first weekend of sub-90 degree weather cured me of all that. For those of you in other states-the end of the summer can be a little, ahem, fresh (read:hot,humid,ugh). Being able to wear PANTS, and wear my hair down without sweating all day made me very happy! Plus-I have BIG plans for the upcoming weekend.
Here's a list:


1.Guess who's turning ONE on Saturday?!?

Carson & Connor

Sigh. I miss them so much!! This weekend the Bazeley clan is going up to Toledo (or Maumee or wherever they live ; ) ) to help C squared celebrate the big 0-1. I have sub goals for the weekend:

a) hug them-alot. Without scaring them or making them cry. That's a hard balance. lol


b) playing on the floor. I hear there's been lots of crawling, getting into things, chasing the dog. I need to be a part of it. Here's hoping this old aunt can still play on the floor.


c) video them with my new camera. I have not done a lot of video, but I want to capture a few clips of these monkeys. And I love my new camera. More on that later.


d) conspire on ways to get one of them in my overnight bag to bring them home with me. (they're small, they would fit right in my overnight bag, right?)


2. Once all that is over, I need to do a few things here on the home front. Namely, reorganize my scrap space. I have a pretty good system, but it is getting a little unruly.




This may or may not be the way it looks right now. Ahem.


3. Redo my manicure with my favorite new polish for fall. Sally Hansen's Commander in Chic. I have worn it all week and have gotten so many compliments on it! I was inspired to track it down by this picture



4. Prepare for a big week right here on the bloggy blog! I am participating in a Hero Arts Blog Swap with my new Flickr friend Nicky. 5 Whole days of new cards, make sure to come back!


5. Buy almond butter, pumpkin bread, and apple cider. I tried almond butter for the first time last weekend, delicioso. And on pumpkin bread (one of my favorite fall treats)....where have you been my whole life


6. Lastly, I am hoping that #2 will allow me to get to all my snazzy Halloween decorations!! See, I realized as I was mourning the loss of summer 2010-it only means I am that much closer to Halloween 2010!! woohoo!!


So, there's my list. What are you up to the weekend?


Later,
M.





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