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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mom and Dad's anniversary party with SEI's Field Notes

yeah.  long time.  old story many times told.

last month (excuse the lower case, apparently i'm in that kind of mood) i had a surprise anniversary party for my parents.  their 50th will be Dec. 23, 2016 but 1. NO way NO how i'm trying to hold a party like that around Christmas and 2. mom's dementia is progressing quickly and in two years, i'm not sure she'd enjoy seeing friends and family anywhere near as much.  so.

i LOVE LOVE LOVE sei's "field notes" line and have accumulated more of it than i care to admit. some of it i picked up for 25sheets/$5 so who can blame a girl?!

There were the invites and the jars I already posted about:
  


Then there were the favor boxes with butterfly attracting wildflower seeds in them:

And the banner (unfortunately the colors were lost in this photo.)

There's also an album I made for them that has pictures of them as children, wedding photos, and photos from the party.  It also has a notes to them from the most of the invitees and pictures of those folks, most with mom and/or dad in the photos with them.  When I sent the invites, I also sent cards for them to write the notes on and a request for photos of them, preferably with mom and/or dad in it also.  It makes for a great after-party remembrance.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WCMD- Simple krafty snowman

And this was my final (albeit a few days later) WCMD card.  The challenge was to color- definitely something I do a lot of.




Challenges:
Studio Calico WCMD #4: Coloring

The Kraft Journal #193: No patterned paper
The Paper Girls #65: Solid cardstock

WCMD- Starry night Christmas

The challenge was a simple "Christmas card" theme.  I love this stamp (and I'd love to tell you who made it but I haven't a clue) but have struggled to use it a bit.  I decided that it might be kind of neat to make the sky recede a bit more by cutting it out and popping the scene up.  The only thing I'd do different is to add a bit of sparkle to the snow hills. Though it's a bit hard to see in these photos, the paper has a slight silver sparkle to it.  Again, no idea who made it since I picked it up from a discount paper dealer at CKC the other year- NOTHING was labeled.  :)




Challenges:
Studio Calico WCMD #10: Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges #45: Layer it Up

WCMD- Simple twinkly Halloween card

The colors on this are a bit odd for Halloween but I wanted to color it all using my Twinkling H2Os so I had a limited palette. It may not be overly colorful but it certainly sparkles.  LOL!


Challenges:
Studio Calico #8: Watercolor

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WCMD- Fall colored lanterns

This is it before I call it a night.  These may not be overly bright lanterns but I like the more muted quality and think it will be great for a masculine card.

Ingredients:
Paper: SU cardstock, Studio Calico print papers (Here + There)
Ink: Black Momento
Stamps: Lawn Fawn's Lunar Lights

Challenges:
SC WCMD #7


Saturday, October 4, 2014

WCMD- Heart is Here card

I have a friend who just dealt with having a melanoma removed and is still waiting for pathology reports to come back.  I thought sending her a card would be a good idea, needless to say.


Ingredients:
Inks: Black Momento, TH distress pad (Spiced Marmalade) & daubers (Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, ... Concord?)

Stamps: Unity's HERE for You
Paper: SU's Whisper White & Glossy White
Misc: Stampendous' clear & glittery gold EPs

Challenges:
Studio Calico WCMD #9: Touch of gold (the heart is covered with a glittery gold EP)

Unity: Monthly challenge:

WCMD- Scrap Kit Hello

This one is definitely a bit out of my norm.  Challenge #6 over at Studio Calico is to use some of an SC kit on a card.  Honestly, I have one SC kit that I won back in 2012 and while I did make a 2pg spread from it, I really haven't found much else to do with it as the style of the kit just isn't what I usually work with.  It has a lot of butterflies, frames, wood and such.  However, I've been wanting to use it and worked well for this challenge, particularly with the Moxie Fab sketch challenge.



Ingredients: 
All from the April 2012 SC scrapbooking kit with the exception of the Mr. Huey's used on the tag

Challenges:
SC WCMD #6: Use a scrap kit for a card

Moxie Fab

WCMD- Elephant birthday

Studio Calico's WCMD Challenge #3 was to use one of their digital files on a card.  I have a Silhouette.  I don't use it much.  I need to.  Badly.  I thought this might be a good kick in the tush to get me working with it again so I used the number strip that I found on SC's "sct_summer_2013_cutting_files." I believe it was a freebie they had up last year.


 

Paper: SU's Whisper White & Ballet Blue cardstock
Ink: SU's Ballet Blue
Cut File: Studio Calico
Stamps: The Craft Meow's Birthday Pun Solid, SU's Favorite Teddy Bear
Misc: Twine- The Twinery or Whisker Graphics

Challenges: SC WCMD #3: Use an SC digital file

Anniversary Invitations

Well, the invites went out.  A few days late but they went out.  Excuse the Fur-Lump in the 2nd photo.  You know how it goes.  No cat to be seen.  Put something on the floor, try to take a photo, a cat you can't remove from the scene no matter how hard you try.  In the end, you just let them in the photo.


 

Paper: SEI's Field Notes, SU's Very Vanilla & white vellum. 
Stamp: SU's Sincere Saluations
Extras: SU die, Gold EP, Butterflies cut from a sheet of FN paper



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Butterfly Jars

I'm going to be having a surprise (I hope) anniversary party for my parents in Nov.  I'm using SEI's Field Notes line for the save the dates, invites, album and decorations.  I've been pretty gaga about the line since I first saw it and the rich colors are perfect for this type of occasion.  I saw the mason jar mobiles that Cosmo Cricket makes and thought they'd work well with butterflies so I'm making butterfly jars for the tables.  I'm still working out the details but right now, this is where they stand.



As you can see (though not lit very well), I'm going to put a small electric tea light in the bottom of each.  I imagine the room will be a smidge dim- fancy schmancy kind of restaurant and all- so the lights will show up a bit better.  I'm hoping to find some yellowish lights rather than the LED blue that's in this one.  I was planning to put the candles in votive holders to dress them up a bit but they just took up too much real estate so I may make small paper wrappers for them out of more of the Field Notes paper.

Challenges:
LESSology: Butterflies. The mason jar has been with me for YEARS and probably contained pickles or something else I canned once upon a time.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mononchromatic Christmas

I have an anniversary party that I need to put together, make save-the-date magnets and invites for, etc. for this fall.  In other words, I have a lot to do and it's going to tangle with Christmas card making so I really need to get moving on my Christmas cards. Here's my start- simple and not overly adorned (ok, not really adorned at all) but sometimes, that's ok.

Challenges:
The Paper Players: Monochromatic clean & simple
 
The Corrosive Challenge: Christmas in July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Layers
Winter Wonderland Challenge: Blue Christmas

Friday, May 23, 2014

First shaker card

This didn't turn out quite as fabulously as I'd hoped but since I really couldn't picture the complete end result in my mind, I'm not particularly disappointed. It still needs something but I'm not sure what and again, for a first try, I'm generally happy with it and what I learned in the process.


Ingredients:
Stamp: Unity
Sticker: SRM
Paper: CS & Vellum: Stampin' Up, Print: SEI
Sequins: Darice
Ink: Stampin' Up

Challenges:
SRM: Birthday
Unity: Friends with Flair
Shopping Our Stash: Birthday (I've had the vellum for YEARS and the SEI paper I've only cracked into once in the 2+ years I've had it.)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Maggie birthday card

This one was a bit tough for me to start.  I usually (read 99.99% of the time) make standard 4.25x5.5" cards.  Maggie is a skoash shy of 5.75" tall.  I thought about cropping here.  Eh.  I thought of not using here.  Duh.  I bought her, I need to use her.  Duh.  So gee, being the genius I am, I came up with the thought of making the card bigger.  Wow.  Genius.  Duh.  LOL!  Luckily I have an envelope for a 5x7 card so it'll actually work.


Ingredients:
Stamps: Unity (Maggie Girl)
Papers: Stampin' Up (Cardstock), Basic Grey (Printed paper)
Ink: Momento (Black), Tim Holtz (Brown), Copics

Challenges:
Unity: Friends with Flair

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Baby Card

A woman who I take TaeKwanDo with is expecting her 2nd munchkin in the very near future.  We're having a small get-together for her on Friday so this is the card I made for her.



Ingredients: 
Paper: Stampin' Up
Stamps: Unity (Boat), Stampin' Up (Banner)
Colors: Black Momento, Watercolor Pencils, Brilliant Blue Stampin' Up (edges)

Challenges:
SEI: Colors

Unity: Friends with Flair (I'm entering this on the 16th because I TOTALLY missed it last week!)

Mother's Day cards



I usually try to make 2 completely different cards for my mother and MIL.  This wasn't one of those years.  While I did make one image a bit darker than the other and the background paper a bit of a deeper pink on one, that was it, those were the differences this year.

Ingredients:
Stamp: LaBlanche

Papers: Stampin' Up
Coloring: Copics
Embossing folder: Stampin' Up

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: Spring Flowers

Paper Players: Mother
SEI: Color Combo
 Just Us Girls: Sketch

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Simple Sympathy card

Unfortunately we need a sympathy card so I used the great "...may hope sustain you" set from Unity for it.

Ingredients:
Papers/Ink: Stampin' Up (colored with SU inks from the lids with a blender pen)
Stamps: Unity
Misc: Clear rhinestone colored with black Copic

Challenges:
SEI: Color Challenge
Unity: Friends with Flair