July 11, 2009

I AM MOVING!

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!

I have my new website up and running officially today! So this will be my last post here on Blogger...I would love it if you would all check it out and dont forget to bookmark me to visit again!

Also, there will be some GRAND OPENING BLOG CANDY so check it out to win!

http://amylizschultz.com

July 07, 2009

Scrap or Dare 10

Hey ladies! Sorry I have been running late on these Dare's lately... This week marks our 10th Dare!!! Thanks for those of you who play each week... which really is Iona and Emma haha

This week my Dare is a bit different! Just take a look at this adorable little back pack on the right... and use ONLY 2 of the colors* and a handmade flower on your project! I was challenged to create a flower of my own this last week and it was so much fun to think up something fun! I hope you will play along and enjoy these fun and bright colors... the combos are endless! *You may include a base color, such as white, black or cream.

COLOR OPTIONS:
Red
Green
Blue
Bright Pink
Light PInk
Orange
Yellow
Cream


To participate simply create a project using these colors and post it on your blog or a public forum. Then return to my blog to link your project through Mr. Linky! It is super easy!! If you have any problems with Mr.Linky, feel free to leave a link to your project as a comment :) I hope you all have fun creating!

July 04, 2009

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter -- e.e. cummings

This adorable card is not only my very first circle card but it is my very first card created as a Pile It On DESIGN TEAM MEMBER! Yes, you heard me correctly, I am part of a Design Team and this week marks the first week out of a 6 month commitment. I can not even begin to express how excited I am to have been chosen as part of their team (their very first team, to be exact!) and I can not wait to see what these next 6 months bring through it all. To check out the rest of the new team and what they have created this week, check it out right here!


For those of you who are new to the Pile It On challenge, let me fill you in on all of the fun! Each week, Dalis or Vicky (owners) will challenge us crafty ladies to create a project in a specific way or using a specific embellishment or technique, etc. There is just one more very important part to this challenge... you MUST "pile it on!" On top of this challenge you will have to use at least one more challenge from another challenge site. This makes creating fun and exciting... seriously, it really makes me think outside of the box and I love it! Everyone is welcome to play along and then post their work to share with the rest of us -- lots of inspiration!

Here are the challenges that I used for this week's card:

Pile It On -- Use at least 3 Embellishments (Ribbon, Button and Rhinestones)

Paper Play -- Use a Hand-crafted Flower

Paper Blooms -- Create a card in a Special Shape


HOW TO create the Paper Flower:

1. Cut out several circles (this can be done with punches or by hand)
2. Use your micro-tip scissors to cut small slits all around the circles (about 1/4" apart)
3. Trim a tiny slice off of each slit -- this will help the "petals" stand out
4. Design the circles to your liking (here, I swipped the edges with ink)
5. Adhere the layers on top of one another and use your fingertips to curl up the petals
6. Choose an embellishment of your liking for the center and adhere (I used a button and Rhinestone)

7. Place on your project and admire the beauty of the work of your own hands :)

June 30, 2009

Scrap or Dare #9

This gorgeous photo comes from a great blog I just happened upon called, Smart Bride Blog. It has tons of inspiration for beautiful weddings. I just fell in love with the colors and cant wait to play tomorrow morning! Have fun!

COLORS:

Buttercup (Yellow)
Black
White Daisy or Colonial White
Bamboo (Cream) ***Optional***




**My colors refer to the Close To My Heart colors. Feel free to use whichever colors you have on hand!**

To participate simply create a project using these colors and post it on your blog or a public forum. Then return to my blog to link your project through Mr. Linky! It is super easy!! If you have any problems with Mr.Linky, feel free to leave a link to your project as a comment :) I hope you all have fun creating!


June 29, 2009

Welcome, Baby


I REALLY wanted to make sure that I found some time to sit down and create today. Unfortunately, I was only left with 30 min. to do so... so here is what I created! I dont remember the last time I created a baby card so I was kind of feeling the whole baby boy thing today. Who knows will receive the card, I am young so I am sure that one day someone is bound to have a baby boy :)

Challenges that I used to create this card were:

Pile It On -- 4 or more Buttons

Stamp Simply -- Grassy Green & Sky Blue with Peircing Technique

Stamp Something -- Use at least 3 Embellishments (all the same or different)

CPS -- Sketch

RECIPE:

Stamps: CTMH- Tiny Typewriter Alpha
Chocolate Small Alpha
Decorative Dainties

Colors:
Heavenly Blue
Green Meadow
Black and White

HAPPY MONDAY, ALL!

June 28, 2009

What We Did Today...


This collage represents the day we had today... sunshiney fun, filled with lots of love! We spent the day with my family to celebrate our many June birthdays, which included our two nephews, Tyson (7) and Seth (2). The reason you only see Garrett and I with our nephews (the lil blondie is Owen (4) in this collage is because that is basically what we did all day -- have fun with them! For Ty's gift we got him a Nerf dart tag game, which was a hit with all of the boys. For little Sethie, we got him a bubble blowing Lawn Mower!!! He spent quite a bit of time "mowing" my dad's front yard :) These boys are obviously a precious gift from the Lord and my brother and sister-in-law's # 4 is on his/her way!


Next, is the cake... yes, the awesome Lego Star Wars cake that I was up until 3am last night creating (mostly because I was too lazy to do it earlier that day!). Garrett built the lego thing (haha, dont know what to call it!) and helped instruct me on how to keep the cake "cool" versus "little boy-ish." I do appreciate it though, because Tyson just stared at it for awhile and told his cousin and brothers how "cool" it was. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, he immediately replied with "Chocolate!!" so I made him a yellow cake with strawberry filling and lots of chocolate frosting -- he later let me know that it was very good :) yay, Aunt Amy! hehe

... and yay for a fun weekend with family! It was a hot one and I am very thankful for the sunshine... Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did and have a blessed week!

June 25, 2009

In Loving Memory...

I heard the news while I was at work today and it just broke my heart. I just pray that the media and others will give respect to Michael's family and children during these hard times. The world made him the way he was and deep down I believe he was a loving person who just wanted to show love to others the way he desired to be loved.

I will forever remember all of the excitement that he brought into my childhood and will dance the night away in remembrance of him and his amazing talent...

June 23, 2009

Fresh Fruit For Sale!


I am just lovin' the Pile It On Challenge (doing multiple challenges in one project!) It really does actually challenge me to get out there and do something I would not have ever thought of! Here is the list of challenges I completed with this Recipe Card:

Pile it On -- Purple

My own Scrap or Dare #8 -- Color Combo

Card Patterns -- Sketch

Stamp Simply -- Summer Recipe Card

Cardvaarks --Window Card

2 Red Bananas -- Summer Inspiration

SUMMER INSPIRATION: Other than papercrafting, my next favorite thing to do is bake and try new recipes. Summertime brings along a ton of fresh opportunities to find and try new recipes using fresh and delicious fruits! Point Loma Sangria is so refreshing, delicious and just perfect for a nice chill during the Summertime heat. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you ever try it out. I posted this recipe awhile back so you can find the recipe and a photo HERE.




Now as for the Recipe for this Card:

STAMPS:

Papertrey Ink -- Fruitful
CTMH -- Playful Flourishes; Journal Jots; Spot On Background

Embellishments: CTMH Clear Sparkles, Meadow Green Bigger Brad and Sweet Leaf Ribbon

For the window over the title, I recycled a clear sheet that I got my new Papertrey Ink stamps on and I used foam squares to pop up the center of the card so that the window would be seen clearly. It was important to me to use my own handwriting for the recipe and title because I love looking back at my recipes from my mom or grandma and seeing their very own handwriting. It gives it that authentic and loving touch! This recipe card turned out so cute, I may just have to duplicate it to send out to some special friends :)

Scrap or Dare #8

We have been having absolutely beautiful weather here in Southern California so while my hubby and I browsed the garden center at Lowe's I couldn't resist snapping a couple photos! So, I also couldn't very well resist using one of those photos as this week's Scrap or Dare color inspiration. So I hope you will join us... But first to announce the WINNER from this year's Masculine Series color challenges... Drumroll please!

EMMA come on down!

Emma just recently has joined in on the Scrap or Dare color combos and she does a fab job on her cards... be sure to check out her blog when you have a chance :) Thanks for playing, Emma! And please email me at Ames33@gmail.com with your home address for your special prize!

And a BIG THANKS to all who joined in on the Masculine Series challenge for the last three weeks... it was awesome to see all of your creations! I hope you all had a very blessed Father's Day with your Father's and Hubbys :)


Now for THIS WEEK'S COLORS:

Petal (Purple)
Blush (Light-ish Pink)
Clover Meadow (Bright Green)
White Daisy
Sweet Leaf (Light Green) ** optional**


**My colors refer to the Close To My Heart colors. Feel free to use whichever colors you have on hand!**

To participate simply create a project using these colors and post it on your blog or a public forum. Then return to my blog to link your project through Mr. Linky! It is super easy!! There have been problems with Mr.Linky lately so just in case it is not showing up, feel free to leave a link to your project as a comment :) I hope you all have fun creating and my project will be up VERY soon (going to play tonight)!

June 22, 2009

Hey there, Sunshine


This weekend was absolutely beautiful (and busy)! Friday we had Father's Day dinner with my Dad, Saturday was Garrett's good friend's wedding and Sunday we spent the day with G's Dad. Sunday we got to join the family in some fun boysenberry pickin.' Here are a few photos to let you see just how beautiful the day was! We will start with my cutie hubby...




June 21, 2009

Goals n Things

Now that I have been out of work for almost two months, I realize that I am starting to make more goals and really enjoying getting through them. So far, I have read one book... which is an accomplishment considering I rarely ever finish a book and I did so in just two weeks! But tomorrow starts a new goal -- working out and eating well.

My whole life I have never been the healthiest person and my weight has always been up and down. Unfortunately, I have not been blessed with the greatest metabolism or the desire to be active regularly.... but this all has to change. Last year I lost 20 lbs and since then, I have gained a little over 10 lbs of it back! I hate it because I know how good it felt to lose the weight and just have the energy to do more things. Tomorrow I am going to start up on journaling my meals and snacks and will be working my best at having a regular workout 1 hour per day, 5 days out of the week. I know that this will help keep me motivated to eat healthy too.

Here are a couple of other things I look forward to completing while "unemployed:"

-- Read my Bible each day
-- Pray more
-- Read My Sister's Keeper
-- Throw things away!
-- Organize my Scrap stuff
-- Catch up with my Albums
-- Work on items for an Etsy shop
-- Go to bed at a regular time!


Some of you may have similar goals and I hope that you guys all will be able to achieve them (in a timely matter haha). I am going to blog on my achievements as they come along, I hope you dont mind! Sometimes I just need a little accountability to keep moving forward and I am really looking forward to finding my successful in as many of these goals as possible while out of work. God willing I wont be out of work for too long, but either way, I hope that this time will get me into some better habits :)

June 19, 2009

Pack a Picnic -- Dainty


Now, as excited as I am about this adorable project and how it turned out, I am super bummed to see that I totally missed the deadline for the challenge that I made it for over at Caardvarks. I suppose I should just be thankful for the push to actually sit down and do it though :)

These last couple weeks have really thrown me off... helping with my nephews while my sis in law was sick, many birthdays, weddings, graduations... It is no wonder I am thrown off on this challenge! This project will become a fun class that I will be offering sometime this Summer, so check back for the date on that!

I used the *brand new* Papertrey Ink Timeless Template by Lauren Meader called Pack A Picnic. I knew that I needed to have it as soon as I saw it, SO FUN! The Recipe is below:

PAPERS: CTMH-- Key To My Heart
COLORS: Tulip, Juniper, Sorbet and Colonial White
STAMPS: CTMH-- Playful Flourishes, Chocolate Alpha Small
EMBELLISHMENTS: Clear Sparkle Rhinestone Minis and CTMH Bigger Brads in Juniper.
TOOLS: Martha Stewart Butterfly and Scallop Lace; Stampin' Up Scalloped Circle and 1 1/4" Circle

I decided to use the word "Dainty" because the 4x4 cards inside are so simple, cute and dainty and if I ever need a cute gift bag for a little/baby girl I have something fun to use! It ended up being quite cheap and easy to make, just 3 pieces of cardstock and one piece of patterned paper (for the basket). Hope you all like it!



June 18, 2009

Happily Ever After...

This weekend, my husbands close friend from high school years is getting married! I think it will be special to be there since he was the Best Man in our wedding and I know he was always a great friend to Garrett. Today I had a very limited time to create, so decided to go for simple and sweet for the wedding card. I had a lot of inspiration for this card CPS for the Sketch and from Dawn McVey's color challenge and that is really what made it a quick card! Thanks, Dawn! (too bad, I created it too late to turn in for the challenge :(

I am also happy to say that I was in her Spotlight last week and I was so excited that someone as creative and awesome as Dawn was recognizing my card! Hope you guys like this week's card, using: Garden Green, Black and Colonial White.

June 16, 2009

Happy Birthday DAD(S)!!!

Today is my Father in Law's birthday and next Monday will be my Dad's birthday. So needless to say I am definitely in need of masculine cards this month! I didnt have much time to work on them so they are simple! But I love these colors together for our these special guys!

I used the Scrap or Dare colors for this week. Star paper is from Stardust and I was able to use my Slice to cut out the frame in the center. Hope that you like them and have a wonderful rest of the week!


June 15, 2009

Scrap or Dare #7

SCRAP OR DARE: MASCULINE SERIES

This week's Scrap or Dare #7 is the final week of this month's Masculine color challenges. I am hoping that these challenges helped you get all of your cards or projects done in time for Father's Day! A prize will be given to one lucky winner that will be randomly chosen at the end of the three week series. You will receive an entry for each time you post a project (up to three entries -- one a week). *Please post by Father's Day, Sunday June 21st.






















I found this photo on furniturestoreblog.com and thought it would be a nice way to finish off the masculine series. I have been SO busy this week and last so I will have to create and post my creation with these colors (hopefully) soon. Hope you will play along!

COLORS:
Olive Green
Buttercup
Cocoa
Bamboo


**My colors refer to the Close To My Heart colors. Feel free to use whichever colors you have on hand!**

To participate simply create a project using these colors and post it on your blog or a public forum. Then return to my blog to link your project through Mr. Linky! It is super easy!! There have been problems with Mr.Linky lately so just in case it is not showing up, feel free to leave a link to your project as a comment :) I hope you all have fun creating!


June 14, 2009

Thank You!

Awesome stuff! I just love blog awards... because not only do you get to feel some love, you get to show some love! Today I was surprised to receive 4 lovely blog awards -- one each from Karen, Leslie, Iona, Christina and Laurel! So thank you all for letting me know that you love my blog.

I am currently working on moving to Wordpress so get ready for that! But hopefully that will only make my blog much more lovely :)

The rules for this award are:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

3) Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


Here are my choices:

(I could only really do 8 right now -- all newly discovered and wonderful artists, for sure!)

Jaime
Leigh Ann
Rachel
Emma
Paula
Patricia
Jessica Lynn
Bec

Just want you ladies to know that you caught my eye and I love all of the creativity and inspiration I find from your blogs :) Keep up all of the wonderful work!

June 13, 2009

AWKWARD!

...For those of you who know me, you might know that I am a "People Watcher," an observer really. I love being at Disneyland, the zoo or beach and just watch how other people live, act, grow, discover, etc. And well, this website that my hubby found certainly fits in with my addiction to people watching.

I promise you, I am NOT a stalker... and definitely not a weirdo who has nothing better to do. People are just interesting creatures and God created us all so uniquely different from one another. So, if you sometimes feel the same way, check out this website. If not... that is ok too; sometimes we all just need a good laugh :)

http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

P.S. PLEASE dont be offended by this website -- it is all for fun and it is mostly interesting to see how times have changed over the years and how people really find joy or love :)

June 11, 2009

I can't believe my nephew is going to be 7!

I must admit that I rarely ever make my cards for my nephews, but I saw an opportunity to make this card special and decided to go for it. There is also a new challenge going on, called Pile It On. It is actually quite inspiring -- basically, you are given a challenge and you must use that challenge along with at least one other challenge that comes up. There are MANY scrapbooking and card-making challenges out there and even if you dont feel like attempting the Pile It On challenge, I encourage you to at least check it out. They also have a link list of all challenges offered by the day that each challenge is released, so that can be helpful as well.

Here is a list of the different challenges that I completed with this single card :)

1. Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration #54 -- Teal, Baby Blue, Green, Orange and White
2. Limelight Papercrafts Sketch and Product Challenge #23 -- Rhinestones
3. 2 Red Bananas -- Use 3 Different Patterned Papers
4. Three Clovers Designs -- Technique: Paper Piecing
5. Stamptacular Sunday -- Make it for a Boy!
6. Daring Cardmakers -- Use something with "Weather"
7. And of course, Pile It Up -- Non-Stamped Sentiment

STAMPS USED:
CTMH-- True Happiness D1365
Fun Times B1309

Accessories: Copic Markers to color Frog, Rhinestones and Foam Squares.


I had a tough time deciding whether or not to put that frog on there but I really did want it to be more little boy-ish. Just clouds wasnt going to cut it for my cutie nephew.

June 10, 2009

Swings are for Swinging

Today I took our nephews, Owen and Seth to visit their Uncle Garrett for his lunch break. This is probably the third or fourth time that we have done this since we have been married, so it is always just a fun treat for the boys and my cute hubby. We usually drive out and pick up some Happy Meals at McDonald's then head to the park near Garrett's office. It is the perfect park for little ones and no one is usually there. Today was Seth's first time joining us, as it used to be Tyson and Owen when they were the younger ones (but now Ty is in 1st grade!).

The boys are so stinkin fun to be with and we love it. More than anything though I just love watching Garrett with them. He is a natural at just having fun and the boys LOVE him. They just ask for him the whole trip there -- priceless. On the way home I decided to stop and get some Golden Spoon since Ty would be home from school and I didnt want him to feel left out. It was, as usual, delicious. Seth surprised me and couldnt wait to ask for "gummie bears" on top of his chocolate ice cream... it was an exciting thing for him, you could tell. You have to watch the slideshow below of the few photos we took... even if it is just to see Seth's ice cream face at the end! Enjoy!


June 09, 2009

Scrap or Dare #6

SCRAP OR DARE: MASCULINE SERIES

This week's Scrap or Dare #6 is week 2 of this month's Masculine color challenges. I am hoping that this will help you get all of your cards or projects done in time for Father's Day! A prize will be given to one lucky winner that will be randomly chosen at the end of the three week series. You will receive an entry for each time you post a project (up to three entries -- one a week). *Please post by Father's Day, Sunday June 21st.

COLORS:

Barn Red
Outdoor Denim
Grey Flannel
Black


**My colors refer to the Close To My Heart colors. Feel free to use whichever colors you have on hand!**

I found this shirt at Urban Outfitters and I thought it fit perfectly for this challenge. This is also a shirt I may consider getting for my hubby, totally fits his cute style.

To participate simply create a project using these colors and post it on your blog or a public forum. Then return to my blog to link your project through Mr. Linky! It is super easy!! There have been problems with Mr.Linky lately so just in case it is not showing up, feel free to leave a link to your project as a comment :) I hope you all have fun creating!



I used this challenge to create a card for my cousin's high school graduation. He is a pretty creative guy so I think he will enjoy receiving this card. I think the font I used and the staples really made it more masculine and young!

Stamps Used:
Legendary Moments D1227
Delightful Alpha D1221
Argyle Backgrounds D1325

Embellishments: Black Brads, black Staples and gray Ribbon

Technique: Used the Paper Piercer all around the Barn Red cardstock and also used the brads to create a 2nd circle up in the corner for added dimension.


Thanks for checking it out and I hope you will play along!

June 08, 2009

Fun with PURPLE!




















Woo hoo! LOVE LOVE LOVE Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge this week! We were asked to use Black, White and a splash of color. Since I rarely use purple, I decided that my splash of color (ok, so black and white turned out to more of a "splash" than the purple!) would be CTMH-- Petal. I combined this color challenge with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch and I think they worked well together. Thanks ladies for helping inspire my beautiful card!

I used a bunch of different stamp sets to get the 1 1/4 x 1 1/4" squares for the background. All were such fun patterns!

Stamps Used:

Aspiration C1340
Argyle Backgrounds D1325
Boutique Borders D1332
Playful Flourishes D1212

Embellishments: Misc. Flower, black Brad, Ribbon and Foam Squares

June 07, 2009

Yummy!

Today was a yummy day! We had some friends from Canada come to visit and I decided to treat 'em to a good meal while they were over. Think Teriyaki Grilled Salmon, Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and to top it all off some delicious chocolate covered Strawberries... yum! Since it is such an amazing recipe, thought I would share it!

TERIYAKI GRILLED SALMON

-- Take your boneless, skinless Salmon Fillet(s) and rinse off in cool water

-- Pat dry with paper towels and rub on grated Ginger (I usually just have the sushi Ginger on hand so I just chop it up with my Pampered Chef Chopper!); doing this will help calm the fishy flavor a bit.

-- Place on a piece of foil (large enough to fold ) and sprinkle with Brown Sugar and Kikkoman/Yoshida's Teriyaki Glaze on both sides.

-- Fold the foil over and roll the edges of the foil up to help keep the glaze and juices from finding their way out.

-- Grill on the BBQ or Foreman Grill until done and enjoy! (I use my Foreman Grill because it is so quick! About 2 minutes per 1/2" of the fillet-- so usually about 4 minutes)



BAKED ASPARAGUS WITH BALSAMIC BUTTER SAUCE

Wash Asparagus and lay flat on a cookie sheet (best for the sheet to have edges to catch juices). Spray with PAM or Butter and Sprinkle with Sea Salt or Garlic Salt. Bake in the oven on 400 for 12 minutes.

SAUCE:

2 Tbs. Butter
1 Tbs. Soy Sauce
1 Tsp. Balsamic Vinegar

Melt Butter in small sauce pot, add Soy Sauce and Balsamic Vinegar and bring to a simmer. Drizzle over the top of the Asparagus and/or fish and/or broccoli :)

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On another EXCITING NOTE! I have created my own Scrap or Dare badge for anyone to place on their blog if they like. So far there haven't been a huge group of players but I am hopeful that this badge will help get the word out... so please feel free to place this badge on your blog freely!

Just copy and paste this code into an HTML gadget on your blog. If for some reason the link doesnt work for you, feel free to simply right click on the photo of the badge and save it to add to your blog -- just remember to link that photo back to my website please!






Hope you all will play along this week!

June 06, 2009

You Make My Heart Flutter...

I definitely had a very successful search for new Sketches and Challenges this week. Ran across the Sweet Stop that has a new card sketch every Saturday! This was a really sweet sketch and I had a lot of fun making it my own. I combined it with Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge, where we were asked to use Chocolate, Kraft, Cream and a Bright Pink. Of course, I used my own CTMH colors and think it worked well.

Now all I have to do is make an envelope to fit it :) The finished size is 7 x 3.5"

Papers: CTMH-- That's Amore and Stampin' Up Bella Rose

Colors: Tulip, Chocolate, Bamboo and Colonial White

Stamp: Stampin' Up Great Friend

Embellishments: CTMH-- Colonial White Embroidery Floss, Clear Sparkles and Brads

Technique: Hand-Stiching and Foam Squares for the 3rd square




I was able to use my Slice to make the final square to add just a little elegance to the card. I have to say that I absolutley LOVE my Slice. Living in a one bedroom apartment doesnt really allow for larger tools (like the Cricut) so when the Slice came out, I absolutely had to have it! It fits perfectly in my small space :)

June 05, 2009

Mojo Monday! The Road Less Traveled


I FINALLY got around to creating this week's Mojo Monday Card! You will probably be seeing a few more Stampin' Up papers in use here since I (for the first time, EVER) recently purchased a bunch of their sets -- and yes, I am still a hardcore CTMHer!

Papers: Stampin' Up -- Good Morning Sunshine

Stamp: CTMH -- Vintage Postcard D1207

Embellishments: CTMH Embroidery Floss and black brads




I have seen quite a few stampers create cute stamps for their cards like this, using the Provo Craft teeny tiny scallop scissors, and have always wanted to try it out! As soon as I decided to use the pear paper, I knew that I needed to do the stamp with it and love the result! The "stamp" is up on foam squares for added dimension. Not quite sure what event I will use this card for, but I like having cute cards that are left blank for any occasion around.

Hope you likey! Happy Friday!

June 04, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You Ultimate Card Showdown: CARD #1

This month, 2 Sketches 4 You is having their 1st Annual Ultimate Card Showdown and I decided that I want to at least try out! There are already almost 200 entries so far and the few that I checked out are beautiful! After looking at a couple of the entries, I decided I probably should stop looking at what other's did and get going on my own. So here it is, my beauty :)

Papers: Stampin' Up Bella Rose

Stamp: Scarlet Lime

Embellishments: Misc. Fibers, Making Memories Green Flower, Brown Button, Adirondack Lights Snow Cap Dabber and CTMH Clear Sparkles.


I swiped the edges all around the card with the Snow Cap Dabber just to add some texture to the card. This will be my three year anniversary card for my DH and I know he will love it :) I truly am the luckiest girl in the world -- my hubby not only takes care of me, but also supports my art to the fullest degree. Even though my hobby drains his wallet, he still looks forward to what I am making with all of my new goodies and sometimes even helps me figure out what the card or layout may need to spiff it up. I love him for his creativity and love...

Thank you all for checking out my entry and I hope you found it enjoyable and inspiring :) If you are in the mood to send in an entry for this Challenge, you will need to do so by this Saturday, June 6th (by midnight mountain time)... to get there, just click HERE

All of a Sudden Card Crazy!

What in the world...


Since I started scrapbooking three years ago, I never really got into the whole card-making thing; Mostly just when I needed a card. But now that I am becoming more and more addicted to the Scrapbooking and Card Challenges (thanks to Kelly Jo, who introduced me to them!), I find myself making more cards than ever!

Well, tonight I was searching for yet more Challenges that I could take part in... there are plenty of Color Challenges to go around and I really need some more Sketch challenges to help keep up with all of these cards... and I came across this blog called Caardvarks (you know like Aardvarks but with cards?) and I immediately fell in love! I am SO bummed that I didnt find it a day sooner since I missed the last challenge that ended at midnight! Anyhow, you have to check it out, lots of inspiration and the Designers there are amazing!

Also thought I would share a list of the Challenges I have been taking part in (or plan to). Feel free to share any others that you guys love and can't get enough of!


Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge

Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge

Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration

Amy R's Friday Sketch

2 Sketches 4 You

Mojo Monday

Caardvarks


So, that is pretty much it on my end... I better be careful not to get too carried away and fall in love with a million challenges. Right now I am unemployed, but as soon as I find a job, I KNOW that I wont be doing nearly as much scrapping as I do right now :( I will miss it for sure!

June 02, 2009

Celebrate Card

I might just have to call this card one of my favorites! I combined Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge and Amy R's Sketch to create it. Honestly, I was very challenged by this color combo at first. I hated it (no offense, Kelly Jo!!).

One thing about Sketches is that I really have to be able to envision what I'm going to do with it before I even start... otherwise I end up with a lot of wasted paper! So I tend to just stare at the sketch for a couple minutes and envision which stamp set would go best with the style and placement of the Sketch. Now, with color challenges I usually end up having to make my own background or patterned paper for the project. That is where CTMH's Background stamps come in very handy (i.e. Argyle Backgrounds D1325, Brilliant Backgrounds D1251, Intrinsic Backgrounds D1335, or Spot On Backgrounds D1280 -- used here).

RECIPE:

COLORS: Cranberry, Honey, Black & White

STAMPS:

Spot On Backgrounds D1280
Butterfly Wings D1341
Say It In Style D1283

Embellishments: Misc. Flower, White Ribbon and Brads -- the Butterfly is up on Foam Squares

June 01, 2009

Scrap or Dare #5!

SCRAP OR DARE: MASCULINE SERIES

This week's Scrap or Dare #5 marks the first of the next three week's Masculine color challenges. I am hoping that this will help you get all of your cards or projects done in time for Father's Day! A prize will be given to one lucky winner that will be randomly chosen at the end of the three week series. You will receive an entry for each time you post a project (up to three entries -- one a week). *Please post by Father's Day, Sunday June 21st.

COLORS:

Heavenly Blue
Autumn Terracotta
Desert Sand
Cocoa
Colonial White
or White Daisy


**My colors refer to the Close To My Heart colors. Feel free to use whichever colors you have on hand!**

To participate simply create a project using these colors and post it on your blog or a public forum. Then return to my blog to link your project through Mr. Linky! It is super easy!! There have been problems with Mr.Linky lately so just in case it is not showing up, feel free to leave a link to your project as a comment :) I hope you all have fun creating!

MY SCRAP OR DARE #5 CARDS:




Stamps Used: CTMH
Intrinsic Backgrounds (D1335)
Thank You (D1361)

Embellishments: CTMH Hemp, CTMH Embroidery Floss in Colonial White, Misc. Eyelets and flowers.


I really wanted my cards to be as simple and masculine as I could get them! And I really love how they turned out. Unfortunately, my camera didn't really pick up the Heavenly Blue on the cards -- used on the exclamation mark and the base for the 4x4 cards. I really do like this combo but rarely ever use it :) Cant wait to see what you all come up with!!

 

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