Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  First off, I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy schedules the last couple of weeks.  Your votes meant alot to me.  Unfortunately, I wasn't selected to move on as the top 15.  But that is okay.  During this voting process, I was able to appreciate and learn alot.  I was amazed by all the fabulous talent and couldn't believe I was included with them.  So for those ladies moving on, Good Luck!!!!!!

In the meantime, here was my next card.  We had to use either Flags or Banners and the word "happy" somewhere on our card.


I know, I know.......  It's way to early to start thinking about Valentine's Day.  But heck, we were already thinking of Christmas in June.  So anyhow, here is how I made it.  I first got inspiration from viewing the gallery over at Split Coast Stampers.  I took a piece of gray cardstock (10x5x5) and scored it at (1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6, and 8.25).  This was the card base.  I cut several hearts including scalloped hearts using Doodlecharms and George and Basic Shapes ( 1, 2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3 1/4,  and 3 3/4).  I used Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More to cut a tag (3/4 x 5 1/2).  Then I used Tie the Knot to cut  the lips at 1 1/4.  Stamps I used were "I Love You", "Happy Valentine's Day", and "XOXO".  Finally added some gingham ribbon (red & black), brads, red and white gel pens, and rhinestones.  Sure love the way it came out.  

So again I want to thank you all for voting for me.  However, don't stop voting because one of those ladies could still use your vote.  Here is the link over at Practical Scrappers. Good Luck Ladies!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Since yesterday I was feeling a little blue.  I decided I needed to change things up today.  So instead of making a standard card, I made a picture frame.  The sad thing now is I have no grandkids to fill it with.  So I think we are going to send it off to the In-Laws or better yet just keep it and put our furry friends in it.  Anyhow, this is what it looks like:


This is the view from the front.




These two pictures are of the side view.

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First off, I used the cricut cartridge Happy Hauntings.  I cut the 3D frame at 5 1/2" and adhered only the sides and bottom together.  Leaving the top open so I can slide a picture in it.  I used Kiwi Fine Weave "Magic Mesh", stamped Happy Halloween on white cardstock and inked it up with black ink, and added yellow rhinestones.  I cut orange cardstock 1 1/2" x 10" scored lines every 1/4", glued ends together, attached two black circles to each side.  On front I attached a white button with a yellow rhinestone.  Finally I added a bat die cut with rhinestones and inked around the orange with black.
 
As a final reminder, please don't forget to vote for me over at Practical Scrappers today and tomorrow.   If you didn't already know, you can vote everyday (hint, hint).  If you have already voted today, "Thank You".   If you haven't yet done it, please take a few minutes and do so.  It means a lot to me.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.......

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hope everyone had a great day off yesterday for "Columbus Day".  For my Canadian friends "Happy Thanksgiving". 

Today's post is very simple.  Our weather here has been very dreary.  Our mountains have received snow which is good for the ski resorts.  But, I simply haven't been in much of a mood to scrap today.  So, hopefully I'll get out of this funk before to long.  Anyhow, here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago.



Finally, all this week I will be reminding you to please vote for me over at Practical Scrappers.   If you didn't already know, you can vote everyday (hint, hint).  If you have already voted today, "Thank You".   If you haven't yet done it, please take a few minutes and do so.  It means a lot to me.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.......

 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Card Contest Finalists Round Two

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  I sure did, especially when I received an email for Practical Scrappers stating, "Congrats!  You are a round two finalist!  We've got another stunning round of cards!  We will be going down to 15 cardmakers this week which means five will be eliminated.  The voting process and timeline is exactly the same this week and is outlined on Practical Scrappers".  

So as promised, here is the card that I entered for round two.  The topic for the second round was Fall (anything fall including Halloween) and you need to use twine (any type...bakers, etc).



Recipe

Burnt Orange cardstock (5 1/2 x 4 1/4)

 Green cardstock (5 1/4 x 4)

Patterned cardstock (5 x 3 3/4)

Green cardstock (4 1/8 x 1)

Gold cardstock ( 3 3/4 x 5/8)

 TPC Studio Stamp "Happy Thanksgiving" - Dew Drop "Lady Bug"

Leaf Rhinestone - $1.00 @ Micheals

Fall Leaves by Ashland - $.99 @ Micheals

Twine - Red, Green, Gold

Florist Wire - Gold & Red

Foam Tape

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

 

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So, in order to advance into the next round, I again will need your help.  I would love it if you could vote for me again by leaving a comment in the comment section by going to this link at Practical Scrappers.  You have until 11:59 pm (Central Time) on October 13, 2011, to vote.  I entered my "Happy Thanksgiving" under the name of "Shawn Box".  As I have always stated at the end of every post, "Your comments are greatly appreciated". 

They have already asked us to complete our card for round three.  Unfortunately, I won't be sharing it with you until I'm notified on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at which time it will be posted regardless. 

Finally, thank you for following me and for you knew followers "Thank you" for joining.  God bless!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Heart Challenge

Happy Wednesday All!!!!  Can you believe it we are already half way through the week.  Elizabeth Mae is having a challenge this week "Heart".  This weeks challenge is a easy one and is sure to get your mojo going.  Use a heart on your project, any colors, or theme you'd like.  Link it up for your chance to win some free digi's.  I know..... it's early to start thinking about Valentine's Day.  But why not.......  So with no further ado, here is my card.



Recipe for "I Love You" card:

Card - 5 ½ x 4 1/4
Mat (solid) - 5 1/4 x 4
Mat (print) - 5 x 3 3/4

Cartridge (Paper Lace):

Base/shadow - I Love You @ 4"
Image - I Love You @ 4"
Font/shift/celebrate @ 1, 3/4 & 1/2


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Finally, all this week I will be reminding you to please vote for me over at Practical Scrappers.   If you have already done so, "Thank You".   If you haven't yet done it, please take a few minutes and do so.  It means a lot to me.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.......



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today I decided to try two different blog challenges.  But before I introduce you to them, I would like to share my card with you.  Here it is.........



I made this card as a standard A2 card.  Cut two (2 x 2 5/8) squares from patterned paper.  Used cricut cartridge George and Basic Shapes to cut the circles at 2 3/4 (green) and 2 1/2 (gold).  Added green twine, Rhinestones, stamped the word "fall" using Dew Drop - Lady Bug, and finished it up using glossy accents to a fall leaf from Ashland.


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So now onto these two fabulous challenges: 

First, over at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom, there is a wonderful challenge going on with GREAT candy for the winner!   Here is a sketch by Julia Stainton:

Julia Sketch


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The second challenge that I chose to enter my card into is over at The Shabby Tea Room.  It is another  fun week of inspiration and creativity here in the Tea Room!  This week Melissa is their fabby shabby host and she has chosen the theme of 'A Shabby Autumn' along with this beautiful photo for inspiration ...





... and Melissa asks that you create a card or project inspired by the photo with an autumn or fall theme!  Easy peesy, right??!!??

Note: Because we are sponsored weekly by wonderful businesses who have graciously donated products and in the interest of fairness to all participants, any entries that do not follow our simple challenge rules will remain in the gallery but will not be eligible for the weekly prizes. Thanks for your understanding and participation!


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Finally, as a friendly reminder, if you haven't already done so.  Please don't forget to vote for me over at Practical Scrappers.   As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful Tuesday.......

Monday, October 3, 2011

Criss Cross Card

Today I decided to share with you my criss cross card.  It was very simple to make.  First I'll show what my card looks like, then I'll finish it up with the recipe on how to make it.  So here we go......




This picture is the finished card.  On the back I added a piece of black cardstock (5 1/2 x 2 1/2) scored at 1 3/8.  Attach the 1 3/8 to the back of card and you have added a stand.  How easy is that?  Now, for some more picture....



Here is just the card without the insert.  I used black cardstock (4 1/4 x 11) scored at 5 1/2.  I then took one of the folds and made a diagonal cut from one corner to the other.  Save the other piece cause you will need it.  I used two different patterned papers from DCWV "Lemon Flower".  Cut them to first measure at 4 x 5 1/4 and then cut them in half to make two triangles.  Attach the pattern paper to each black triangle.  Line up the detached black triangle to the side of the card that doesn't already have the triangle attached.  Adhere it to the attached triangle down at the bottom only.  When you have that completed then add ribbon and then attach the side to the card.  You should have an opening where the two triangles met.  For the flower I used a natural colored flower from Recollections and colored it with Bic Markers "Stone Grey".  I attached a big yellow brad and finished the flower with glossy accents. 



For the insert, I decided to do something very simple.  Sorry the insert turned when I scanned it into the computer.  I cut a 4 x 3 3/4 yellow cardstock.  Rounded the corners.  Added a piece of ribbon as the pull tab and adhered it with a flower brad.  Now its ready for my sentiment.  I might still add some more things to it (i.e. flower stamps, rhinestones).  But I won't do that until I get ready to send out.






Finally, the finished card with insert.  If you have any questions regarding how to make a criss cross card and don't quite understand how I made it.  Please feel free to visit "Youtube".  All I did was a search under "Criss Cross Cards" and several videos come up.  Good Luck!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Card Contest Finalist Round One at Practical Scrappers

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Of course our weatherman was wrong with our forecast over the week.  We had nothing but great weather.  Today however, has been a different story.  We've been mostly cloudy all day with thunderstorms.  No big deal!!!!  Just more time to scrap and less yard work.

Any how, I received some very exciting news via email over the weekend.  I was chosen as one of the top 40 finalists at Practical Scrappers!  In order to advance into the next round, I need your help.  I would love it if you could vote for me by leaving a comment in the comment section by going to this link at Practical Scrappers.  You have until 11:59 pm (Central Time) on October 6, 2011, to vote.  I entered my "Explosion Box" under the name of "Shawn Box".  As I have always stated at the end of every post, "Your comments are greatly appreciated". 

They have already asked us to complete our card for round two. Unfortunately, I can't share it with you until I'm notified on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at which time it will be posted regardless. 

Finally, thank you for following me and for you knew followers "Thank you" for joining.  God bless!!!