Friday, December 30, 2011

So long 2011, welcome 2012!!!

So who is looking forward to 2012? I am!  I cannot wait to see what the New Year has in store for me! One good thing will be participating in one more term at Cardabilities!  You must come back and see the new ladies that will be joining us!

So here is the last sketch reveal from Cardabilities in 2011:

Here is my take:

October Afternoon Papers
Recollection Kraft Cardstock 
Spellbinders - Lacey Circles, Circles, and Pendants
Fiskars Border Punch
Lily Bee design Alpha Stickers
Ribbon and Button from stash

I have not made many shaped cards before, so this is a challenge for me. I started with a folded cardstock and placed the diecut on the edge of the fold. Diecuts were also used for the circle and the pendant.  I cut patterned paper into strips and punched the borders with the scallop edge.  And adhered on top of each other to form the ruffles. Using a large glue dot, I used a ribbon to form the flower and placing the button in center. 

I have a list of things I am going to (hoping to) be changing for the new year!  Organzing many things in my life.  People talk about spring cleaning...I alsways have New Years cleaning. I like to start of fresh!  Along with my house, I hope to change some things here on my blog. Problem is I'm not computer savvy enough to do it quickly, so it may take awhile to do so...but I WILL have it done by 2013 :)

Happy New Year everyone! Party like it's 2012, just do it safely!

Also entered into the following challenges:
Inky Impressions - Use something new (first time to make circle-shaped card)
Simply Create Too - Shape it Up

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Favorite Times & Seasons...

I just finished a project using Echo's Park Times and Seasons and was happy to see that I had plenty of scraps to make a card!  I needed a sketch for some inspiration and loved the one at Mojo Monday

Here is this week's sketch:

Here is my take:

Echo Park Times & Seasons Collection
Bazzill Bitter Chocolate Cardstock
Pop Dots

Lately I have been addicted to popdots and giving my projects some dimension.  I love the look of a card that "POPS"! I also love the pleats that you see all over the place. However, I don't feel as if I have mastered them yet. But, hoping the saying "Practice makes perfect." will take hold soon!

I will probably be spending the next few days baking. The kids and I have not been good about staying away from the baked goods, so I need to make sure there are some fresh ones for Santa.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!  See you next week!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cardabilities Newest Reveal - Sketch 45

Thanks for stopping by today! Cardabilities has revealed another awesome sketch for you guys today!  I am having a blast with Karan's sketches! I am so glad that she is allowing me back for a second term!  More wonderful sketches to come, that's for sure!

Here is today's sketch:
Here is my take: 

October Afternoon- Farmhouse Papers
Paper Studio-cardstock
Spellbinder - Pendants
Michael's Ribbon
Studio G Ditto Cling Stamp
Recollection Brad
Paper Studio Buttons
Memento Ink

Are you guys ready for the new year? I am! I have already start making a list of the changes/improvements I would like to work on! (Hoping that motivation will last stick around for a while!) So one of the improvements I am looking towards is to improve this blog. I have been trying to figure out the "right" way to take pictures with my camera. It is challenging, but I am having fun trying!  Wish me luck!
Other Challenges:
The Paper Variety -  Anything Goes
Ladybug Challenge - BINGO (ribbon, flowers, diecut)

This card is also entered into the
 Shop Pumpkin Spice Design Team call.
Challenge "What makes you SMILE?" - I love to use buttons and popdots, so I "smile" when I can do both in a project!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Woot Woot another term with cardabilities!

I am proud to annouce that I have been chosen for a second term at Cardabilities!  Here is the list of ladies starting in January!

Cardabilities Team: Jan 1-March 31, 2012
Anna Iwanowska – Poland – returning
Amy Prior-Austrailia
Stephanie Lee-USA-returning
Jessica Pascarella-USA-returning
Sylvia Blum-Germany-returning
Please come by to check out the newest sketch reveals on the 15th and 30th of every month!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Busy, busy...

I think that this will be my last holiday card!  After all the cards that went out in the mail and the cards for co-workers, bus drivers, teachers, etc I believe that I am done for this year. I think I will get back to regular cards... but I will admit that I had some fun with this one. I have been seeing these ornament balls on several projects and finally got around to it :)

Cosmo Cricket - Mitten Weather
Paper Studio Textured Cardstock
Spellbinders -
Recollection "NOEL" Clear Stamp
Martha Stewart Fine Glitter
Brown Ink

This card has been entered into the following challenges:
So what do you have planned for this weekend!  We are getting our tree on Saturday, my oldest son has hi first basketball ever and on Sunday we are attempting to make Anis Puff Cookies (big tradition in my husband's family). On top of that I have to finish the Christmas projects!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eeek the holidays are coming...

I have been absent from the blogging world for the past week!  I haven't even had time to look around and "steal" some inspiration!  Are any of you finding that the holidays are coming too quickly?  I have been cranking out some crafts for teacher and co-workers gifts. I have seen this for the last few years and finally decided to do it.  I made tile coasters for gifts.  Here is one set using some Amy Butler paper.
I am also trying to figure out how to take better pictures with the camera I have.  (Better camera is on my Wish List!)

I was somewhat surprise on how easy these were to make. Tile, paper, mod podge and clear spray paint. Last touch cork backing and DONE!

Well, I need to get back to the craft room!  Got some deadlines coming up!

Have a great day!