Ok, I am trying to do more challenges to help me break out of my card making rut. I have found all kinds of challenges online- color challenges, sketch challenges, challenges for using certain products, there are all kinds. I feel like I do the same thing over and over again when I make cards. So, here is a sketch I found on the sketches by tamara blog (http://sketchesbytamara.blogspot.com/). Here is my version of the sketch. I used Close to My Heart paper and a clear stamp that I had laying around. I have no idea where it came from, sorry. The present is colored with copics and I have to say the bow doesn't look so bright in real life. It is more like a periwinkle than bright blue. The sentiment is from the just rite birhtday set.
Here is another bella card- Ipodabella. I finally got an ipod. I think I must be the last person on earth to have one. At least it felt that way. So here is my ipod card.
The paper is from Anna Griffin and it is awesome. It is the same pack I ued on Ainsleigh's mini mailbox. It is full of cool pink and black florals and animal prints. The bella image is colored in with copics, accented with glitter pens, and flowersoft for the trim on her jacket. The new hot pink color is perfect for that. Then I topped it off with a flower and more of the cool gems I found when cleaning up the other day.
I love doing swaps- layouts, cards, ATC's you name it. My swap group decided to change things up a bit last month and let our kids make some pages for each other. They were each assigned a partner and they made 2 double page layouts for their partner from the list of interests the kids provided. Ainsleigh's partner was a 6 year old boy. This was hard. I have never made a boy page. In fact, I have never looked for boy scrapbooking items at all. Her partner wanted a Christmas layout and one for Guitar Hero. This is what she came up with.
She used the cricut cartridges Joys of the Season, Christmas Cheer, and Cursive 101. This is her Guitar Hero layout. We scanned the lid to a Guitar Hero tin that my mom bought for some reason and cut that out. We found some rock and roll stickers and made a little boy to look like Ozzy. She had a lot of fun and it was an experience for us both. I think she did an excellent job and Ozzy liked his pages, so the experiment was a success! When she gets her pages back, I will post those pictures also.
She also made a cheerleading page for another seven year old. She used Hello Kitty to make this one.
Here is another bella card. This one is called Parisbella.
I cuttlebugged the background and sanded it. Paris is colored in with copics, cut out with an oval nestabilitie, and then embossed. The embossed outline is highlighted with some shimmer chalk. I've had the gems on the side laying around since Ainsleigh turned two and had a princess party. They are perfect for cardmaking. I love all things pink and fluffy, so a little maribou on the top seemed like the perfect touch.
I have finally gotten around to posting the picture of the mailbox Ainsleigh made for Valentine's Day. This was the project we worked on at our girl scout meeting. The girls had a lot of fun creating them. Here is the close up of her mailbox. We used doilies, paper, foam stickers, ribbon, you name it- they used it. They are a bunch of future crafters for sure!
I don't know why I waited so long to order some bella stamps. They are so cute and I can't stop playing with them. Here is a card I made last night. This stamp is called flowahbella. I colored her with copics and used flower soft on the flowers in the flower pot. I am finally getting the hang of the flower soft. This color is called summer and it has a great mixture of pinks and greens. I used the curved rectangle nestabilities to cut out the stamped image. The background is embossed with the bloom dots cuttlebug folder, sanded and then some skittles added. I also accented little parts of her dress and the flower pot with the copic spica glitter pens. Well, this picture is bigger than I thought it would be and there is no way I can fill up all this space, so that's about all I can say about this card. Look for more Bella cards to be posted soon.
I found out yesterday that my entries for the Design Team challenge for www.stampingscrapping.com made it past round one! This means Cindy will be sending us supplies that we need to use for our next project. I can't wait to see what they are. Being on a Design Team would be so much fun and Cindy is great. I have more mailbox pictures to post when I get home. I think I will post Ainsleigh's. She made a really cute one and filled it with Valentines to send to family members.
This is one that I am giving Ainsleigh for Valentine's Day.
The stamp is a new one I got from Stamping Bella called Hydrangea Bittybloom. Isn't it cute? I colored her with copics and then used Flower Soft on her dress. This is really the first time I've tried the flower soft and it is perfect for this stamp. The paper is from a new pack from Anna Griffin I found at Hobby Lobby it is full of pink and black leopard, zebra, florals and crocodile prints. I glued some maribou around where the lid attaches. Everything looks cuter with fur (as long as it is fake fur). The pink and black flowers are petaloo. You can also see the cute pink floral paper that was in the same pack ast he zebra stripe. Here is a close up of the pink zebra paper. It's so girly and cute. I hope Ainsleigh lilkes it and doesn't follow my blog and see it before Valentine's Day.
I love making these little mailboxes from Target. You can fill them with chocolate or other goodies and they are the perfect teacher or coach's gifts. This is one I made for a design team challenge. I used core'dinations cardstock on this one. I embossed it with the cuttlebug divine swirls folder and then sanded it to let the core show through. The flowers on the little flag are petaloo and the heart in the middle I found in the Valentine section of Hobby Lobby. I cut the Love from Home Accents and then stamped the words on it with a Close to My Heart stamp. The little "chocolate" heart in the middle also came from the Valentine section of Hobby Lobby. This is the end of the mailbox. I used the chocolate box core'dinations paper and embossed it with the heart block folder then sanded it to show the pink core. I cut circles with the nestabilities for the sentiment. The Eat Lots of Chocolate comes from the Just Rite Christmas set it works for Valentine's Day also! After I stamped it, I embossed it with swiss dots. Just a note, when you use only the center of the just rite stamps, I found it works best with markers instead of an ink pad. This is the other side of the mailbox- more delicious chocolate hearts. These are actually wooden and they stick to the mailbox great with a coupl of glue dots. I have a ton of these, so I should have more up soon!
I have one daughter that is very active in gymnastics and 2 crazy dogs. I enjoy all types of paper crafting, but mainly planner decorating and card making. I love desingning weekly spreads and themes. It helps me stay organized and satisfies my creative side.