Sunday, November 27, 2011

November Simply Paper Design Challenge Cards

Hello!  I have our November Simply Paper Design Challenge cards.  Here was our sketch and color challenge:

Here we have Michelle's card.  I love the little additions she chose to place on this card.  It adds that little extra something.  The angled frame piece behind the sentiment is brilliant!  I'll be copying that ;)  The textured background stamp gives the card a nice depth and fills in the blank space nicely!  Great job, Michelle - love it!  Please visit Michelle's blog here.

Here is my card.  This was a fun layout, but I had to completely change my plans as the stamp that I thought I'd used just didn't work with this sketch. It was too big. But, I'm happy with the end product.  I originally thought I'd do a Thanksgiving/Fall card, but after having to change the main image, I decided to do a male birthday card.  I think the colors work nicely.  I have a hard time not using ribbon on any card and I know that it isn't too masculine, so I added some metal hodgepodge to help keep it more masculine.  I colored in the stamp image with my markers to get the different colors on the image.  It was a fun sketch and I think I'll use it again!

Debbie is working on her card, so I'll post when she's ready.

Have a very happy day and thanks for looking!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday Cards

I received so many amazing handmade cards for my birthday last weekend.  Thank you so much to all of you.  I love them all!

This first card is a really special card I received from my friend Regina Alber (Germany).  It is a 3D card and there is a mini birthday cake and candles inside!  She also sent this cute bag and it held some fantastic chocolates and fun crafting embellishments.  I don't know how she did it and I know it must have taken a lot of time.  I love it!

Ich habe so viele tolle handgemachte karten für meinen Geburtstag letztes Wochenende. Vielen Dank an euch alle. Ich liebe sie alle! Die erste Karte ist eine wirklich besondere karte erhielt ich von meinem Freund Regina Alber (Deutschland). Es ist ein 3D-Karte und es gibt einen mini kuchen und kerzen drin! Sie sandte auch diese süße Tasche und fand einige fantastische schokolade und spass basteln ausschmückungen. Ich weiß nicht, wie sie es gemacht, und ich weiß, es muß eine Menge Zeit. Ich liebe es!

 Isn't it amazing inside?  Look at this mini cake!  You put the candles inside the little holes and they stand up.  Fantastic!  Thanks, Regina!!!!

Ist es nicht erstaunlich? Schauen Sie sich dieses mini cake! Sie die Kerzen im inneren der kleine Löcher und sie stehen zu bleiben. Fantastisch! Vielen Dank, Regina! ! !!

This next card is from Debbie Williams.  I absolutely love her brilliance in this card.  She made the bunny and cats look like mine!  That first one is Emmie, my tortie girl - she's the one in the picture on this blog header!  The bunny is our long haired, black and white mini lop - Fluffles.  And last, but not least, is our gray tabby - Kimba. 

These colors are so me and I love polka dots.  The buttons are even poka dotted!  I just think this card is so much fun and I love it!

This next card is from my friend Michelle.  I just love everything about this card.  Look at all of the layers and textures.  I love swirly patters and could stare at this all day :)  I love that she ran the layers through an embossing folder after layering it up.  I have got to try that - doesn't it look cool?  Love it!  The button flowers are just so adorable and the ribbon just "ties" it all together so creatively.  I just love it!

The next two cards are from my sister and mother.  I love them both too!  Debbie's card is so beautiful and feminine.  Mom's is so playful.  I love that pig and just got this set, so can't wait to make something with it.  Pink is my favorite color and they know how much I love ribbon!  They both know me well :) 

Thank you all for the wishes and I have a couple more cards to post! 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November Simply Paper Design Challenge!

Here is the November Simply Paper Design Challenge.  Please join us if you can!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

First of the Christmas Cards

I have been thinking about Christmas cards and made one for one of the challenges, then realized that I couldn't use it since my card didn't use the right colors!  But, I do like how this one turned out and it might be one of the Christmas card designs I make this year.  I loved this little reindeer stamp from the minute I saw it!  I had the idea of using it on a tag and making the card look like a present.  I used one of the chipboard tags and inked it up with my ink pad.  I think I'll use a punched tag if I make a lot of these.  The chipboard piece took a lot of ink and time to dry and didn't really give the tag as much depth as I would have liked.  But, I have to say that I love this new embossing folder - the stripes give the paper such a rich look.  I can't even tell you how in love I am with this new quilted ribbon!  I just wish it came in more colors.  I think I should have embossed the reindeer image though.  Well, next time, right?  LOL

Thanks for looking!