I'm heading out of town this weekend so I decided to post my BEING... card on Thursday instead of Friday. I'd like to make it a regular Friday thing from here on out so we'll see how that goes. I got a couple of really nice comments on last week's card and the concept. One of my favorites was from Therese Savage. Here's what she said...
"This is really cool. Its kinda like playing telephone but in a good way :) Different spins and creativeness. And Leigh you are someone who inspires me as well."
I love the her "telephone game" analogy! You know...it's where you whisper something in someone's ear and they whisper to the next person and so on and you see if what you said at the beginning comes out the same at the end of your line of participants. I admit that I loved that game as a kid...guaranteed to end up in lots of giggles!
So, as you go along, the original idea - in this instance the inspiration card - will probably morph into something else. It would be so cool to see what could really be done and compare the end project if more than just me were participating. You wanna play along? Any ideas on how we could make it work? If you have some thoughts on it, just leave me a comment and we'll see what we can come up with.
ANYWAY...this week, I decided on...
I love Jodi's creations each week. She always WOWs me with her clean, graphic style. AND, she's a girl that doesn't mind spouting off about her love for EDWARD from TWILIGHT. (Aaah, I love him too!) I chose to use Jodi's TICKET TO MY HEART CARD. Now, I decided that I don't have to try and use EXACTLY the same stamps or supplies so my card has already changed the look of the original. I did use a couple of the same things - a MFT PI image, Astronaut Girl, the mini Film Strip Die-Namics die, and the layout that was the MFTWSC34 sketch challenge. I also used a few PTI dies and a stamp set to stamp the ticket. You can click on some of the thumbnails below to be taken to more info on my supplies. (I'm guessing that PTI will not allow you to copy their images to the InLinkz Link Manager because I couldn't get any of them to work...oh well.)
It's been a little bit since I've had a chance to make something with one of my PURE INNOCENCE gals from MY FAVORITE THINGS. Fortunately for me, KIM at MFT, sent me one of their newest images, SUNFLOWER GIRL. Oh, how I love her! This is the Sunflower Studio, after all!! Well, it could have been the fact that when I saw Kim in January I screamed "You have to make a Pure Innocence gal with a sunflower!" I think I mighta scared her...ha!
I teamed her up with a gaggle of beautiful new papers in the Blissful Collection by Authentique. I am in love with this paper. I used this week's WEDNESDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE #33 for my layout. THE CAT'S PAJAMASSUNFLOWER ROSETTE CUTUPS die worked perfectly for the circle part of the sketch. The branch with leaves is a Sizzix die, the rhinestones from Colorbok, and satin ribbon from PTI complete the look.
Here's a quick coupla 4th of July cards that I mailed out to family. I found this pelican stamp and sentiment from Inkadinkado in the $1 section at JoAnn's. (They're in the same pack too. Funny that that sentiment was with the pelican though, huh?!) We see lots of pelicans both in FL at the in-laws and at the beach we go to in summer so I just had to have it. But what's the pelican have to do with the 4th? I think it just goes back to the fact that we go to the beach for this week each year and, you know, pelicans...beach...fireworks...etc. Sounds good to me...let's go with that!
I used various patterned paper from October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket on these. I also used a few different dies: the large label and the circle from Spellbinders, the stars from PTI (These are solid dies but I used a tiny piece of tape to put the small one in the center of the larger one and cut them at the same time. Voila! An open star plus another star for decorating!), and the word bubble from MFT. I added baker's twine and a little rhinestone to finish it off - wanting to keep these fairly low profile so that I could pop 'em in the mail without the major search for envies to fit. Worked!
My friend, Dawn, has a big birthday comin' up next week but since it's a holiday week, and most people are out of town, we had a little pre-birthday gathering for her last night. This is the card that I made up for her using the BIRTHDAY PRINCESS set from MY FAVORITE THINGS. I also followed along with this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge for MFT (MFTWSC26). I used patterned paper from the MME - Fine & Dandy Tickled Pink paper pad along with the MFT Rolled Rose die, TCP Mango Seam Binding ribbon, and some Dew Drops. It's all colored up with Copics, of course.
Tomorrow is my Godchild's birthday and in my usual always-late-birthday-gift-giver form I just sat down to make her card today. I am notoriously horrible at birthdays. I can remember my immediate family - at least the dates - but that's about it. I think it runs in my side of the family because we all do it. We like to say it makes the celebration last longer when you get your gift weeks after your birthday. Anybody out there with me? No? Oh well, I try...
As for supplies, I can't get enough of the new EASY ROSETTE and GRASS CUTUPS die from THE CAT'S PAJAMAS and incorporated them here. I used my favorite cloud paper from October Afternoon. The pink polka-dot is OA too. The green is Cosmo Cricket and the text background paper is from SU! I tried to make my bottom layers a little "scrappy" and added a piece of Heidi Swapp decorative tape that's been hiding in my drawer. A button, some brads and delish twine from The Twinery finish it off. Oh, and I finished the inside as well. The MFT gals are the queens of this stuff so I just took their lead and followed along. I don't usually finish my card insides but I do think it looks really nice...who knows, could become a habit. The inside sentiment is from A Muse.
I needed a birthday card this week and guess what? The worms fit the bill! Now, the question is, "Will the birthday girl like the wormy card?!" What's not to like about smiley worms with birthday hats, right?
These funny guys are from the BIRTHDAY BUDDIES set from PAPER SMOOCHES. I love a good pun or play on words...hee hee. I used various papers from October Afternoon except for the green polka-dot which is from the Lush line by MME. The grass and clouds were cut using DIE-NAMICS dies from MFT. I made the little bow using the BOW EASY tool which I'm sure gets easier with practice. It does make a nice little bow though.
So, "somebody" I know is a HUGE Packers fan. Hmmm...who could that "somebody" be? Anyway, I had to mail a package with a little somethin' to the Packers fan so I just had to include a card. And even though we're Redskins fans here in our house (let's not go any further on that topic!) I couldn't resist making a card for my dear friend since she's so excited about it all.
The little football boy is from one of my favorite little PURE INNOCENCE sets, MVP from MY FAVORITE THINGS. Awesome since you can make any team, right? I added a little #12 because that's the number of Aaron Rodgers, their quarterback. Someone mentioned Twinkling H2Os this past weekend and that prompted me to dig those sparkly paints out and paint his uniform. I colored his face and arms and the footballs with Copic Markers.
Here's what I've been working on for the last couple of days....My DH was having a lunch for his employees today and giving them a nice bottle of wine and a Visa gift card (one of those that are packaged in a sleeve of their own so it's bigger, ya know, but still not all that purty). Of course, he'd be perfectly happy to just hand it to them but I thought they needed to be spiffed up a tad. So, I created a fairly quick gift card sleeve and then tied that to the bottle of wine with a big jingle bell and a paper ornament made with the PTI Vintage Ornament die.
Just quickly with some instructions for those who might be interested...click on the individual photos to see them larger.
The sleeve is 1/2 a sheet of cardstock (4-1/4" by 11"). Score at 3" and 8.5".
I then used the FRAMED GREETINGS DIE-NAMICS die from MY FAVORITE THINGS to cut a window in the sleeve so that the card would show through. To do this, I measured and created the patterned paper/cardstock layer for the front. I eyeballed it to line up the die with where the words "gift card" would be on the GC and then cut this layer using my Big Shot Express.
Then, I put this layered piece with the window on top of the center section of the sleeve (do not adhere yet) and ran the die/cardstock through the Big Shot again to cut the window in the right place. Now you can adhere it all together. I used foam tape to pop it up a little.
I used a small piece of double stick tape at the top of the GC to hold it in the sleeve and then folded the top and bottom of the sleeve to the back.
To hold it closed I used one of the die cuts that were made from cutting the window in the sleeve. I stamped it with the frame and thank you greeting from that same FRAMED GREETINGS set and added a tiny tree stamp from PTI.
Punch a hole in the top of the sleeve so that you can add ribbon or twine and you're done.
Why soooo blue? Well, the theme for this week's MY FAVORITE THINGS Wednesday Stamp Club challenge is "Back To School Blues." Um, guess I took that literally?! This idea started out in my brain as something along the lines of those plates where the images are monochromatic...blueware? Really not sure what they're called but let's just go with it, k?
AMY and SONY have been creating these fun monochromatic cards lately and I've been truly inspired by those. (Remember my Groovy Girl card?) And since the description to the DT for the challenge said "create a project featuring something related to going back to school AND use something blue", my little girl is "blue" about going back to school.
The images here are in the BOOK IN HAND Pure Innocence set. I really dug deep into my paper stash for these patterned papers from Basic Grey in the Vagabond collection...real oldies! I also used the new Notebook Edge Die-namics die from MFT, Kraft taffeta ribbon and photo corner punch from SU!, TCP Linen thread, a Tim Holtz mini paperclip, and a button from PTI. Just in case you were wondering, I used the following Copic markers to color the image: B91, B93, B95, B97, and B99.
What'dya think you'll make for this one? Make sure that you use keyword MFTWSC09082010 if you're uploading to SCS. Need inspiration? Check out what the other WSC gals have created this week...