Friday, July 25

Gift Bags

I want to share with you today a cute and simple gift bag and card I made using 12x12 sheets of patterned paper. For the bag I used a single sheet of 12x12 paper. I gave it some added height by adding a border at the top using coordinating card stock and scalloped scissors. I also covered both sides of the bag.

I made a matching card using another sheet of the patterned paper. I used the same card stock as on the bag. For the sentiment I cut out a single "dot", stamped my sentiment inside and layered it twice. I also added a twinkle sticker to the i to give it a little added something. It was simple to make but everyone was impressed.
Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, July 24

Hiking at Cathedral Rock

Last Sunday we went on our monthly hike with our Cub Scout pack. It was nice and cool at Mt. Charleston, a welcome change from the heat of the valley. I turned up having some great pictures I thought I would share with you. I hope you enjoy them.

The picture to the left was taken about half way up the mountain looking to Cathedral Rock. I can't believe we made it all the way to the top of that.

The second picture was taking at a natural spring we came across near the final leg up to the top.

Next is the view looking to the west towards Mary Jane Falls (another great hike) from the top.

Lastly is looking south at Mt. Charleston and the surrounding mountains.

Wednesday, July 23

What a month

Things have been kinda stressful here at home so I haven't been inspired to be creative lately. Peter is missing his brothers, Jake is having a tough time being gone and Dylan is trying to hold everything together. Add in another round of lawyers and that is my life right now. So I am going to try to post some cards you haven't seen before in hopes of getting back in the groove of things and over the hump.

For this card: Paper is Rose Red, Regal Rose and Whisper White by Stampin' Up!. Ink is Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark. Ribbon by Stampin' Up!. Copics, Spica Glitter Pen, Creative Candy from A Muse. Marvy punch and SU punches. Main image popped up on dimensionals.

Hope you enjoy.

Friday, July 18

Bug me anytime

Just a quick card to share. I feel bad that the poor blog has been neglected lately. Patrick and I are still sharing the computer which just doesn't leave me much time. I now realize I do most of my blog reading and creating in the mornings and don't have access to a computer then. We finally sent his computer off to Utah to be fixed and hopefully will have it back in about two weeks. I am counting down the days till it's all mine again.

This card was for a Food and Drink themed swap by Jennie. I stamped the watermelon on Whisper White cardstock and colored with my copics. The rind is actually created by one green copic marker. I kept layering the color on certain parts to give it a deeper color. I love that they can do that which tearing the paper. I doodled the ground to give it something extra. And you can't be a "lady" bug with some sparkle so I used my spica glitter pen on the bugs lashes, antennae, and spots as well as the watermelon seeds. It's shimmers in real life.

For this card: Ladybug Picnic, Green Galore, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock, DP paper all from Stampin' Up!, Ribbon from A Muse, Copic markers

Thursday, July 17

Kid's Challenge

I just love that the challenge over on the A-muse-a-poolza blog this week is to make a card with you kids. My boys were so excited when I told them about it because they love to make cards and are always asking me if they can. I let them pick the stamps they wanted to use and let them loose with the colored pencils. I really like what they came up with.

This first one was designed by my oldest who is 8.

This next card was designed by my 6 year old. He loves the scouting stamps I picked up last month and is so excited to be starting Cub Scouts this year. I think it's cute that he paired them with the Eiffel Tower and had to draw in a mountain for the hiker.
This last one is by my youngest son who is 2. He wanted to be just like his brothers but can't quite grasp the concept of how the colored pencils work yet.

Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, July 8

Tomorrow's the day

The boys come home again tomorrow. Yea!!! This week has been kinda boring so far. I haven't had a chance to sit down and do anything crafty even though I have cards that need to get out. Once the boys are back in the state I think my concentration level will get back to normal.

Hopefully I'll have something new for you soon. In the meantime have you checked out Amuseapalooza. I have been having so much fun.

For this card: Image by A Muse, paper by Stampin' Up!, Copics (of course), random ribbon from Michaels.

Sunday, July 6

A belated Birthday

Well this week was a bounty of celebrations. Monday was my good friend, Jennie's birthday and then to cap it off on Friday we all got together for the fourth of July parade our community puts on. It was so much fun.

I thought I would share with you today the birthday "card" I made for Jennie. For those of you that know her, you are well aware of her love of coffee and all things A Muse. But what some of you may not know is that she is also giddy about music. She love to find new songs and shares her love with her friends and family. So I knew right away that I wanted to give her an itunes gift card this year. What better way to wrap it than in a CD case.

I did a lot of paper piecing on this project. I first stamped the girl on some scrap paper, then stamped the banner, her dress and the star on patterned paper and cut them all out. I layered them all on different patterned paper and tore the green paper to look like ground.

On the inside I used the same green as a band to highlight my greeting. I taped the gift card where the CD would normally go. To get the patterned paper behind the inset all you need to do is pop the insert out starting at the outside edges very gently. You can then place you paper behind it or remove it all together.
This is just a quick pick of the outside of the case. After quite a bit of thought I ended up leaving the back unadorned to keep it crisp and simple. I had so much fun making this and Jennie really enjoyed opening it. She is truly my inspiration.

For this project: Celebration Kids clear stamp set from A Muse, Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!, Spica glitter pen, Stickles, Marvy Punch.

Till next time,

Tuesday, July 1

Surf's Up!

Well time keeps passing by and here we are again. I love these surfboards from the Do the Hula set from Stampin' Up!To give them some dimension I stamped the pink and purple ones on my white strip and trimmed it down on both sides. Then I stamped the turquoise surfboard on scrap paper and cut it out. Once that was done I popped it up on dimensionals. Add some layers and brads and you have a fun summer card.

I made this card for the swap that my friend, Jennie, hosts each month. I love to see all the wonderful design that the ladies come up with. I have been busy coming up with some new cards this week, so be on the look out in the next few days.

For this card: Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip, Lovely Lilac cardstock; Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac ink, Dimensionals, Vintage brads all from Stampin' Up!.

Till next time,