Friday, May 27, 2011

Dad's Day card for VLV challenge

For the Viva la Verve! May week 5 sketch challenge:
I used a sentiment from Verve's Dad's Day set to make this card for my son to give his father.
The rear panel with the "Know This" text is a stamp by Teresa Collins, which I silhouette cut around.  The front panel was stamped from the Lovely Labels set by Gina K Designs and cut with a Nestability.  The oval shape with the sentiment is also from Verve's Dad's Day set, and is popped on top of the GKD label.
Papers are MME Lime Twist.
I used the Easy Rosette Cutups dies by The Cat's Pajamas to make the medallion, and topped with a button and baker's twine.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

All Things Grow Bella Trees

I made this for the Mojo Monday Sketch 191 challenge:
The tree stamps are from the Unity Bella Trees set, masked/layered and paper-pieced; and the sentiment is from Verve's Bloom & Grow set. The papers, which I thought went so perfectly with the tree stamps, are from the new MME Lime Twist line. I used the sentiment flag die from Lil' Inker Designs twice, and accordion-folded them. The sentiment is cut with a circle Nestability, and then a Lacey Circle Nestability. 3mm and 4mm flat-backed pearls finish it off.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Neverending Song for VLV challenge

For the Viva la Verve! May week 4 sketch challenge
I used Verve's One Person set for the image and sentiment.  I stamped part of the sentiment on the front, cut with a banner die from Taylored Expressions.  The rest of the sentiment is inside.  In entirety, it reads "You're a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness and love.  I sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune."  
Papers are MME Stella and Rose.  I cut the scalloped oval around the image with the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge. Butterflies punched with a Martha Stewart punch.  2, 3, and 4mm flat-backed pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thanks medallion card for VLV challenge

For the Viva la Verve! May week 3 sketch challenge:
I had a lot of fun trying something different with this one.  I cut the little eyelet-looking yellow strips with a border cut in the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge and adhered them side by side on black cardstock to make a patterned panel.  Then I cut three strips slightly larger using the same pattern to make the medallion.  The yellow paper is Fancy Pants Beach Bum, the others are MME Stella and Rose.  I wrapped some black cording around the top and bottom of the smaller panel.  
The "thanks" stamp is from Verve's Circular Sayings set, stamped and die cut with the Charmed Oval dies, and flat-backed pearls in 3 and 4 mm added.  The smaller panel is popped, and the height of the medallion is probably close to 3/8", so this is definitely a thick one at highest point.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

'Yaking the Hillsborough River

'Yaking is my hubby's term for kayaking, a favorite pastime for my family.  This is my son enjoying a ride and checking out a shell he found last year.  Our hope is that he loves it enough to continue, and we'll get him his own kayak one day -- or give him one of ours and get a new one ;).  For such a wild and wooly kid, he does quite well.  As long as we don't go TOO long, he seems to get calm.  He loves to look for wildlife.  And isn't he adorable in the hat? 
Papers are Echo Park (yellow) and October Afternoon.  I cut the sea plant shapes with the Cricut Storybook cartridge, and formed little fish out of buttons, brads and hand-cut paper tails.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Where Flowers Bloom... for Mojo Monday

For the Mojo Monday 190 sketch challenge:

I used a sentiment from Verve's Hope Blooms set and the flowers from the Chicks Rule set. The frame with the bird was cut with Cricut's Elegant Edges cartridge. Papers are MME Stella and Rose and the turquoise and light pink shimmer cardstock from Prima, ribbon by American Crafts, and flat-backed pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Trying Out the Saxophone (Layout)

While visiting our friends last year, one of the spectacularly amazing sons, who is graduating high school this year, showed my then-five-year-old son his saxophone. Of course Gabe had to try it out. He actually was able to make a bit of noise, which I understand is pretty difficult. Maybe a future musician?? If he follows in the footsteps of these boys, I'm ok with that. 
This is a sketch I created for a challenge during a crop at my house to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. 
Papers are MME Alphabet Soup (the musical note background), and scraps of different cardstock. I cut the musical staff and the little tag with the note with my Cricut. Machine-stitched and added some ricrac. That's it. Thanks for looking.

Miss You Like Crazy for VLV Challenge

For the Viva la Verve! May week 2 challenge
Maureen's sketch was fabulous this week.  I think for the first time, I barely strayed from it.  I used a sentiment from Verve's Hope Blooms set (you have to check out the cool flowers and other sentiments in this set!) on the Sweet Scallop Tag die and the butterfly from Chicks Rule (and coorindating die).  They are backed with a blossom die by Spellbinders.  Papers are MME Stella and Rose.  Ribbon from Stampin' UP, and a rhinestone flourish and bakers twine.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Because of You Mother's Day Card

I scraplifted a card by Nancy McKinney in the recent Papercrafts magazine for a card for my mom. 
The sentiment is from Verve Stamps' Just for You set. The flowers were stamped using their new Hope Blooms set. I stamped all three sizes, cut them out with the coordinating dies, snipped along the lines between the petals and "rumpled" them...turning the petals under and rolling the end of a pen into the centers to make them cup. Then I nested them into each other and added the pearl brads. The plaid paper is by Pink Paisley. The other papers are MME Stella and Rose. The top scallop is cut with a die by My Favorite Things; the small bottom scallop by Fiskars. I paper pierced around the edges of the green paper, and added some kraft-colored cording and punched butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch. 
The inside uses Verve's Happy Phrases set and just says "Happy Mother's Day." 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

One Last Teacher Appreciation Day Card for MOJO 189

For the Mojo Monday Sketch 189 challenge:
One last teacher appreciation card.  This is the digital image, Yale, from Mo Manning.  He looks so much like my son (I imagine many women can say that depending on how you color him...LOL). 
Anyway, the sentiment is from GinaK Designs' Back to School set, on the Charming Oval die by Verve Stamps.
October Afternoon papers, baker's twine, and some flat-backed pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Day Thanks

It's Teacher Appreciation Week....thank a teacher!
This is for my son's ESE teacher.  Although he's been mainstreamed and is no longer in her class, she worked with him for 1.5 years, and I believe he is doing as well as he is in large part because of her.  I know how hard it is to deal with one child like my son; I don't know how she does it with anywhere from 4-10 kids everyday.  Truly God's calling.

Using GinaK Designs "Back to School" set, and Crate Paper School Spirit papers (and a tiny bit of October Afternoon--the blue check).
The inside has the additional sentiment from the set "Thanks for being such a great teacher!"