Friday, January 31, 2014

Card Bowl 2014 - Challenge #1

There is a fun 3-day challenge on the Stars & Stamps blog for the weekend. The first challenge is to make a masculine card reflecting which team we support for the Superbowl. Now, I will confess, I'm not a sports fan at all. But I still went with the Seahawk colors because my 11-year old son is a Seahawk's fan and I reside in Washington state. (By the way, the short strip is actually navy blue, not black.)

paper - scraps and Becky Higgins Project Life card - Honey edition
stamps - Avery Elle
star and circle die cuts - Spellbinders
ribbon - May Arts
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Versafine ink

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OWH MWT - Cards 4 Kids

The OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge this week is to make Cards 4 Kids. I saw this cute balloon animal stamp at the Avery Elle booth at CHA and just had to buy it. I think it works perfectly for a kids birthday card.

paper - My Mind's Eye - Cut & Paste "Charm"
stamps - Avery Elle
circle die cut - Spellbinders
star punch - Fiskars
Versafine ink

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

OWH sketch #209 card challenge

And once again it's Sunday. Really, where do the days go? Well, at least there's a new sketch to play with today on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog.

paper - My Mind's Eye - Cut & Paste "Charm"
stamps - Lawn Fawn
sun die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
arrow die cut - Lil Inker Designs
brads - Recollections
Versafine ink

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

OWH - MWT - pastel color challenge

I had some time today to make 2 cards; both for Operation Write Home challenges. The first one is for the Midweek Throwdown pastel color challenge.

sketch - by PageMaps
paper - Becky Higgins - Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Project Life cards
stamp - Lawn Fawn
stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
circle and scallop die cuts - Spellbinders
Memento ink

My second card is for the January ODBD stripe card challenge. I went with more masculine colors on this card.

paper - My Mind's Eye - Cut & Paste "Charm"
stamp - Hero Arts
embossing folder - Sizzix
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
brads - Recollections
Versafine ink

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Custom Project Life Organizer

I'm a big Project Life fan. I have been doing a picture-a-day album since 2009 and in 2013 switched from traditional scrapbooking to Project Life pocket page scrapbooking. I'm still recording our stories, but I'm no longer "behind" in scrapbooking. The switch has also given me more time to make cards for Operation Write Home. 
Over the past several years, my Project Life kits seem to be growing faster than I have been using them. So storage had become an issue. I tried a few different ideas, but nothing really worked for me. I wanted something where all my cards could be stored together, but it didn't seem to exist yet. So, I drew up a simple sketch of what I wanted and showed it to my father, asking if he could build it for me. After a couple of months, here is my finished Project Life organizer.

And here are the pictures for those who prefer to see those instead.

I had my father include a shelf on the bottom to store my big boxes of page protectors, some extra school mini kits, the Just Add Color kits, and a few smaller size page protectors.

The cards are stored upright so they are easy to flip through to find the perfect one. The dividers are removable so I can change the configuration if I want.

I wanted the drawers to be able to pull out completely. I currently have 16 core kits, 6 mini kits, and lots of theme kits in the top 2 drawers.

I also wanted room to grow. The third drawer is empty as I wait for the new Strawberry and Azure core kits to be released. The organizer is also on wheels and fits perfectly underneath my craft table so that it can be tucked out of the way when not in use. I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you, Dad!

After Becky Hiiggins posted a picture of me sharing a picture of the almost completed organizer on her Facebook page, I know many people have inquired if my father would be making more. I'm sorry, but he's not taking orders. Woodworking is a hobby of his, and he was so kind to make this unit for me. It definitely took awhile to complete.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Cards in Envy - Through the Window!

Hello, and welcome to the 2nd card challenge over at Cards in Envy. The challenge is to make a window card. Since there hasn't been a whole lot of sun here in Washington lately, I decided to add a cheery sun to my card. The sun is on the inside of the card and peeks through the window on the front of the card.

paper - Echo Park - For the Records 2
stamp - My Favorite Things
cloud die cuts - My Favorite Things
sun die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
stitched rectangle/circle die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
Versafine ink

I hope you can come play with us over at Cards in Envy. Just remember to make an A2 size card (4.25" x 5.5") and it can't be thicker than 1/4". Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

OWH sketch #208 card challenge

sketch -
paper - My Mind's Eye - Cut & Paste "Charm"
stamp - Paper Smooches
border die cut - My Favorite Things
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
banner die cut - Reverse Confetti
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Little Trip to CHA

I haven't been making very many cards lately since I've been super busy. After Christmas was my daughter's 4th birthday and of course, the party. Then I was making lots of card kits for Operation Write Home to use in their booth at CHA. And this year, I got to attend my first CHA! It was so fun! I worked a few shifts in the OWH booth, got to walk around and check out all the other booths, did a few Make and Takes. But the highlight of the trip for me was getting to meet Becky Higgins. I have been a huge fan for a long time. She was so kind and took time out of her busy day to talk with me.

I showed Becky a picture of a custom cabinet my father made for me to house all my Project Life cards. I had given him a rough sketch of what I wanted, and he built this beautiful cabinet. It's not quite finished, but almost. Becky and her husband, David, were both impressed. Then Becky asked if she could take a picture of me holding the photo to post on her Facebook page. How cool is that? Now tons of people want my father to make a cabinet for them, as well. But, they'll have to find someone else, since he's not interested in making anymore. I can't wait until it's done.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cards in Envy - Snow Buddy Like You!

Hello and welcome to the first Cards in Envy challenge of 2014. The theme is to create a card with a snowman on it. And I'm sure lots of you have plenty of white stuff on the ground in your yards to make your own snowman.

paper - Carta Bella - Winter Fun
stamps - Hero Arts
Pearl pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink
markers - Zig and Copic

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I would love for you to play along with us over at Cards in Envy. Just remember, your card needs to be A2 size and no thicker than 1/4".

Sunday, January 5, 2014

OWH sketch #206 card challenge

I wasn't sure if I was going to have any crafty time today. But finally after dinner, I managed to squeeze in a little time. I've been trying to use some of my 12 x12 papers lately and making multiples of my cards. I used this week's OWH sketch to make 16 cards. (I only have one assembled and will get the rest put together tomorrow when the kids are back at school.)

paper - Becky Higgins Project Life - Clementine
stamp - Paper Smooches
stitched  circle die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
brads - from stash
Versafine ink

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 13 cards of 2013

The first Midweek Throwdown challenge of 2014 is to make a card using one of the top 13 MWT's of 2013. My card actually would work for #1 Cards 4 Kids, and #4 Sentiment Free.

paper - Becky Higgins Sweet Baby Kit
stamp - by Kathy L. Post
heart die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

Now it's time to do a little year in review and pick my favorite 13 cards from 2013. 

I'll start with my very first card posted on my blog; which I started in January of 2013. And, of course, it had to be pink.

I can't believe 2013 is already over. It really flew by for me. But I can't wait to see what 2014 brings. Happy New Year everyone!