Archive | April, 2012

Card Monday

30 Apr

My card today was inspired by the My Mind’s Eye sketch challenge for April.  I am also entering this card in the “Anything Goes” challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Here was the card sketch:

And my take:

Supplies: Patterned Paper, Gems, and Twine: My Mind’s Eye; Butterflies: Studio Calico; Card Base: Studio18

I flipped the sketch on its side and used a silver-embossed thank you card (10 for $1 at Michaels) as the card base.  The patterned paper butterflies were created with my Studio Calico butterfly mask-I just traced around the masks and cut them out.  After adhering the wood veneer butterfly in between, I added dimensional adhesive underneath to pop the whole piece up off the card.

This was a fun card to pull together, and I love how jazzed up this plain thank you card ended up!  🙂

Masking Card

17 Apr

I was so inspired by Abby’s video at The Paper Variety (see yesterday’s post for my first card), that I decided to make another card using masking:

Supplies: Stamps: Paper Smooches; Banner: My Mind’s Eye; Wood Veneer Asterisks and Mist (Pony): Studio Calico; Distress Inks: Tim Holtz (Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick)

To create this card, I masked off the card with washi tape, and alternated my Distress Ink colors for the background.  I also inked my veneer with mist.

This would work with any colors you have-I am thinking my next one will be a rainbow-how fun would that be?  🙂

Card Monday

16 Apr

The Paper Variety challenge this time around was to make a project based off of a Paper Variety tutorial or design team project.  I chose this video by Abby.  I encourage you to watch the video-she makes a super cute card and this is such a cool technique!  Basically, she masked off the outer edges of her project, and created a scene in the middle.

Here is my take:

Supplies: Stamps: Paper Smooches; Distress Inks: Tim Holtz (Broken China, Peeled Paint); Mists: Studio Calico (Piglet, Bonny Blue, Estate Green); Ink Pad: Stazon

I actually used washi tape to mask off my border-worked a double bonus-easy to apply, and the overlapping ends stuck my project to my work surface while I inked the middle.  Just make sure to use low-tack washi tape.  The first time I tried it, I ripped the card taking the tape off.

The background was created with Distress Inks, and all of the stamped images were painted with mists.

So, there you have it-my take on the challenge!  I am also submitting this card to the Create blog challenge this week to make a spring card.

Tune in tomorrow when I will show you another card I made inspired by this video-thanks Abby!  🙂

Warm Thoughts Card

14 Apr

I am playing along with the Paper Smooches challenge this week:

For this challenge, I was inspired by the colors (I used a lot of blue and orange), and the distressing (on the letters) led me to use some distressed wood paper and twine.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Studio Calico; Stamps: Paper Smooches (Hot Concoctions, Sentiment Sampler); Journaling Card: Becky Higgins; Twine: My Mind’s Eye; Ink: Stazon; Glossy Accents: Ranger

And there you have it-a fun little card.  🙂

Pinterest Thursday-A School Post

12 Apr

As I am homeschooling-we start officially this fall, but have been doing a lot of Preschool/Kindergarten stuff over the last year-I LOVE that I can find so many fabulous school ideas on Pinterest!

Last year, The Girlio and I completed a Hooked on Phonics Preschool program given to us by a neighbor.  After we finished, she wasn’t as interested in school any more.  I wasn’t sure why the sudden drop in interest, but I was finally able to figure out from her that she got very used to charting her progress by putting a sticker on a square every time she completed a lesson, and she wanted to “do that again.”

So, I was able to find a similar style of chart on Pinterest, and as soon as I did-she became super excited about school again!  Ah, it’s the little things!

Anyway, here is the chart we are using:

pin found here

I found others as well, so we might use a different one next, or I might even make my own.  I like that there are twenty-five circles too-and every time she completes a double-sided worksheet, or a school activity, she gets to put a sticker on one of the circles.  She LOVES it (can you say goal-orientated?  Wonder where she gets THAT from?????)!

The other thing I printed out this week from Pinterest:

pin found here

This is such a great activity because we practice writing numbers, math problems, and it’s a game (you roll dice, and then fill in the circles.)  They have pages with just five, all the way up to 24 to a page, so it is perfect for beginners or older kids, and you could totally change the plus to minus, multiplication, division-fun stuff!

Anyway, there is my Pinterest Thursday Post with a school twist!  🙂

And, I suppose I should mention, I just went over 5,000 pins this week too.  Checking in with 5,004 pins tonight.  🙂