August 25, 2011

My Thoughts Exactly Grill-tastic Design Team Thursday

Happy Thursday! It's another grill-tastic design team Thursday at My Thoughts grill-tastic, I really like that for some reason :) Today I have a fun little invitation and party set for an end of the summer BBQ, yup that's why today is grill-tastic (still laughing about that one). I won't babble too long because I have a TON of pictures today...
Not your typical invitation huh? I thought it was fun. The ants and sentiment are from the Grinllin 'N' Chillin set.
Can you tell which set the inside sentiment is from?
It's from three different sets! Sweet Thoughts, Grillin 'N' Chillin, and Under the Sea! Now can you tell what the card base is made out of? I will tell you it's not white cardstock :)
It's acetate paper!
I used my new Echo Park Happy Days paper for the front and I thought it looked so cool from both sides so I used acetate paper for the base. So with every great BBQ there are always some cold drinks, but which one is mine?!? They all look the same, or do they...?
Not with these cute little tags!

Those were all the manly tags, you know guys they can't be holding even remotely girly ;-) All the sentiments were from the Grillin 'N' Chillin set. Now on to the really girly and sparkly tags, what girl doesn't love bling?!?

Aren't those cute? All those sentiments are from the Sweet Thoughts set. So one last time here are all the tags in one picture, of course they are all tied with a different color of Trendy Twine.
As a side note these little tags could also be tied around the stems of wine glasses if that is your preferred beverage container.

Whew, that was a lot of pictures. Good work if you made it all the way through them. I hope you have enjoyed my project today, now go out and enjoy the last bits of summer (that is if you live in the Midwest where winter is just on the horizon). Oh wait, first go check out Jennifer's projects, great minds think a like :)

Happy crafting,

August 23, 2011

Happy Everything!

Hello and happy Tuesday, well almost Wednesday now! I finally finished a card for the CASE Study this week. I say finally because the first three attempts ended up in the trash, yes they were beyond saving! One attempt was actually three combined attempts to save the image but all failed miserable. Anyway one to bigger and cuter things!

This week for CASE Study you had to pick any card you wanted from Chupa's blog, she's the owner. Oh man it was so hard to pick one card to CASE but finally I just clicked on the CASE label, closed my eyes and pointed at the screen...I opened to this beautiful card:
I just love the bold colors and simplicity of the large stamp! Isn't this a great card, I'm almost scared to show you mine...ok here goes.
My sentiment is a little crooked, but other than that I'm pretty happy with the card. I took the pink in Chupa's card for the background and then kept the rest of the colors to blacks and whites. The cone flower stamp and the sentiment stamps are all from Stampin Up. See those little black diamond crystals? They are Swarovski! My mom bought them for me this past weekend and I just couldn't wait to use them. They are hotfix so I used my i-Rock tool on them and they 'melted' like a dream. It's hard to see in the picture but they are so sparkly it's crazy!
I popped the pink background up off the black mat with foam squares and attached it all to a white base. The twine is also new, thanks mom, and from the Twinery!

I hope you have a fantastic week, whether you are sending little ones off to school, starting school yourself, or it's just a normal week for you.

Happy crafting,

August 22, 2011

Bling Templates!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. We had a fun weekend visiting my parents. I had a reunion for the Solar Vehicle Project I worked on during my undergraduate days. It was a lot of fun to see the new car and here about all the fun they had racing it this past year. Of course my mom and I got in to some crafty shopping. Stay tuned for pictures of projects made from all my loot! Today marks the start of my semester and the start of my teaching career so be prepared for de-stressing crafting these next three months :-D

Today is another MTC/SVG Monday over at The Scrapoholic. This week Jill has created so awesome bling templates for you. I used the smallest circle template to create my cards.

Each of the cards is 3"x3" and features stamps from Stampin' Up.
Here I embossed the background paper with my Cuttlebug, the folder was inked before I put the paper in giving the cool spots inside the embossed circles.
I used an edge folder here to emboss the edge of the background and then inked over the image. Of course there is some Trendy Twine on there. I added one purple rhinestone to the ring o' bling just for fun.

Be sure to stop by The Scrapoholic and pick up your files and check out the rest of the design team's creations. Make sure you come back Thursday to see some more of Jill's templates on My Thoughts Exactly Design Team Thursday.

Happy Crafting,

August 18, 2011

My Thoughts Exactly Design Team Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope your week is going by fast, I know mine is. That may be because I start teaching on Tuesday and have yet to plan a thing...anyway enough about my week. Today is another My Thoughts Exactly Design Team Thursday, who doesn't love DT Thursday? Today I will be showcasing the Sweet Thoughts set in two projects, well it's really one super cute gift set ;-)
Wouldn't that put a smile on your face if you were feeling a little down? I know it would make me smile!
This cute little milk carton box is designed my Jessica Bashaw and is available at SVG Place in the Kitchen Boxes SVG Collection. Jessica also has a very similar box in her Fun Favors SVG Collection available at her SVG Attic store. While you are checking out SVG Attic be sure to check out the awesome SVG sets Jessica designed just for the My Thoughts Exactly stamps! The milk carton is obviously wrapped in the ever yummy Trendy Twine; Strawberry Cupcake Pink, Light Pink, and Chocolate Truffle Brown.
Speaking of chocolate, everything is better with chocolate, right? Well that's what the cute little milk carton says, and guess what...IT'S FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE CANDY!
This cute little 3"x3" card was the perfect little carrier for a little pick 'em up message. Just as the sentiment says, just a note to cherry you up. I cut the cherries out using the Lettering Delights Food Cut It Simple Shapes set. Instead of using the round cherries that were part of the image, I cut them off once it was all cut out and replaced them with little red buttons tied with Strawberry Cupcake Pink Trendy Twine.
I just love how this came out, I hope it inspires you in some way today! Have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to stop by My Thoughts Exactly to check out the other DT projects.

Happy crafting,

August 17, 2011

An ugly card...

Ok so I made a card for CASE study this past week and I choose this amazing card from Jennifer Rzasa of Our Change of Art to CASE
So Jennifer's card is so cute, right? Mine started out as a cute idea playing on the layout of Jennifer's card and this awesome tri-fold card by Lenae of SugarGem
Needless to say it came out really ugly!!! So ugly and so not CAS that I couldn't bring myself to even link it to the challenge! After several evil glares at it (of course I just left it laying on the table in plain view), it started to kinda grow on me. So it's not totally ugly but I'm not it's number one fan. I'll you decide for yourself though...
I started with the intentions of making an I love you and thanks for being you card for my wonderful boyfriend, something I don't tell him enough. So, I thought the die cut phrase was appropriate for our everyday life. All the designer paper and die cuts for this card came form the K&Company Brenda Walton Scrap Pad to go (I've had this thing forever!). The bakers twine is from Trendy Twine.
Then I started stamping the sentiments on the inside...

Everyone deserves to have a happy day everyday of the week. And on the inside it says I love you...
or not...
Who grabs the wrong phrase while stamping?!? This chick now it's an anniversary card. Well I guess I'm prepared, 7 months in advance. If you know anything about the My Thoughts Exactly stamps (the sentiment stamps I used here) you know they are mix and match so you really have to look for the phrases you want. In this case both the I love you and happy anniversary are each one stamp, but not really close to one another on the sheet of's just been one of those weeks! The little heart grass stamp is from the Stampin' Up! Valentine Defined set.
Maybe by March I won't hate it so much. Hope you're having a good week so far.

Happy crafting,

August 14, 2011

AIRPLANES and a card :)

Hello, I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend. I know I did, we went to the Fargo Airsho! I spent a good hour going through my pictures and videos this morning, all 1102 of them! Here are a few of my favorites:

It was a gorgeous day as you can see from the pictures and if you can't tell I LOVE airplanes! The Blue Angels are simply amazing to watch, I could watch them all day long.

Ok, on to what you really came here to see, some crafting! Last week you may have noticed I finally joined in on the Our Creative Corner Challenge, well this week I'm adding a few new challenge blogs to my list of inspiration. Our Creative Corner posed the challenge of using fruit in your creation, while CAS-Fridays and Clean & Simple Stamping teamed up for a sketch challenge. Here is the OCC inspiration photo:
And here is the CAS-Fridays and Clean & Simple Stamping sketch:
In case you haven't figured it out I'm combining all three challenges in one card! So without further ado here it is:
The balloons came from the Stampin' Up! Sock Monkey set. The strings on the balloons are of course Trendy Twine in yummy Strawberry Cupcake Pink. The papers are Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink cardstock for the base and October Afternoon's Cherry Hill: Tea Towel (the cherries are one side and the dictionary text is the other).
The cute little sentiment is from the Sweet Thoughts set over at My Thoughts Exactly and I used Dew Drop Brilliance Galaxy Gold to ink all the stamps.

I hope you have been inspired by my card today and be sure to stop by all the challenges to check them out. If you have the courage enter one, you never what may come of it if you don't try!

Happy crafting,