Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome to my Birthday Blog hop! This is the start of the hop that includes 12 wonderful blogs on the hop (there are 2 that are only able to participate on Sunday - so make sure to come back if you are hoping on Saturday!). I hope you enjoy hopping along and enjoy all the projects that everyone has come up with!

The theme for today's hop is Birthday! I will be celebrating my 27th birthday on August 3rd and can't think of a better way to celebrate it with all of you! Everyone on the hop has made any project that makes them think "Birthday".

For my project, I have created some party decorations! I made a "Happy Birthday" banner, invitations and topped it all off with some matching cupcake toppers and a card! I hope you enjoy!

Items used for the banner:
  • Birthday Bash cricut cartridge 
  • Blast off Imagine cartridge
  • Scalloped 2 inch circle punch
  • 3D Foam adhesive squares 
  • Twine
  • Stickers from my stash
  • Striped paper from DCWV Stack 7
I started by cutting out the banner triangles using both the Birthday Bash cartridge and the blast off cartridge to make them the orange background color. These were cut at 3.5 inches.

After cutting out all the banner triangles, I tied them together using 4.5 inch pieces of twine. Once all the banner pieces were attached together, I punched the scalloped circles and attached the letters (stickers) and then attached the scalloped circles to the banner with 3D foam squares.

Next up was the invitations:

Items used for Invitaion:
  • Birthday Bash cricut cartridge
  • Blast Off Imagine cartridge
  • Memonto Ink
  • Bo Bunny stamp set
  • Twine
I started by cutting the triangles that matched the banner at 5 inches using the same cartridges as before. Once they were cut out, I lined up my stamps to fit the scalloped sides of the invitation and stamped them using Memonto ink. I then added the twine bow to give the invitation a little pop of color.

Then came the cupcake toppers:

 Items used for cupcake topper:
  • Scalloped 2 inch punch
  • Memonto ink
  • Happy Birthday stamp from PBD "Birthday Birthday" set
  • toothpick
  • adhesive
  • DCWV striped paper from Stack 7 
  • Left over paper from triangles 
I used left over striped paper and triangle paper to punch scalloped circles. Once they were punched out, I added the "Happy Birthday" sentiment. I then used some adhesive to attach a toothpick to the back of the punch.

Last is the card:

Items used for card:
  • Birthday Bash cartridge 
  • Scalloped 5 inch card base
  • scalloped circle cut at 4.5 inches
  • Scalloped 2 inch punch
  • Extra banner triangle
  • Sentiment stamps (both from PBD)
  • 3D foam squares
  • ATG adhesive
  • Brads
For the card, I started by using a scalloped card base that I had in my stash. I then cut a scalloped circle at 4.5 inches from the Birthday Bash cartridge and attached it to the front of the card base using my ATG gun.  Next came attaching the banner triangle and scalloped punch with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment. The banner was attached using 2 brads through the striped paper (now that I am typing this out, I did this before attaching the scalloped circle to the card base.) I then used a 3D square to attache the 2 inch scalloped punch to the triangle. Before adding this, I stamped it with the sentiment using Memonto ink and inked the edges.

Once the front of the card was all done, I added the sentiment to the inside of the card!

Thank you all so much for checking out my project, and have a blast on the hop!!!

Blog Candy Time!!
I am so excited about the blog candy that is available today! Pink by Design is sponsoring the hop and had donated a $15 gift card! 

There are 3 ways to be eligible for this prize.
  1. Become a follower and leave a comment (if you are already a follower, just leave me a comment!)
  2. Like my facebook page, and come back here and leave a second comment telling me that you have done this. 
  3. Like Pink by Design on facebook, and let them know I sent you!
I hope you have enjoyed what I created today. The next stop on the hop is Meighen. Below is a list of all the blogs in the hop if you get lost along the way. 

Blog List!
Samantha (Me) 
Jenny (Sunday Only)
Michelle (Sunday Only)

Friday, July 29, 2011

July Scrappy Jak Card of the month club

Scrappy Jak is a facebook page put together by Melissa! She has a card of the month club that goes for 6 months at a time. I was fortunate enough to get a place in the club starting in July. How it works is she sends out the same supplies to everyone in the club and it is up to us how we use them to make a card. We are allowed to add other embellishments to the card, stamps, etc. In this months kit, there was 2 card bases and supplies, and this is what I came up with. :)

The only extra parts that I added were the stamp sentiments, the white square on the first card that has the sentiment stamped on it, and the white circle punch behind the star on the second card. I also used 3D foam squares to attach the stars on the first card, and the star on the second card.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hey Cowboy!

This weeks Chemo Angle card was just so fun to make! I was trying to come up with a fun card for this week, and am really happy with how it turned out! I got my inspiration when I was cleaning up my messy craft area and was putting some paper stacks away. I started flipping through some patterned paper and when I came across the western themed paper the ideas just started popping up in my head of what I could make! I hope you enjoy!

Items used:

  • DCWV patterned paper from All About Boys Stack used for card base
  • Paper doll dress up cricut cartridge
  • Tan, brown, red, black, blue and light yellow cardstock (from stash)
  • Twine
  • 2 inch square punch
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
  • Peachy Keen 3/4 inch Wide Eyes Kids Face stamp set
  • Pink By Design Sentiment from "Spring has Sprung" set 
  • Memento Ink
  • ATG adhesive
  • 3D foam square adhesive
  • White gel pen
Like I said before, my inspiration came from the DCWV cardstock that I used for the card base. The base is a 12 x 6 piece of paper scored at the 6 inch mark to make it a 6 x 6 folded card. I cut out the "cowboy" and all layers at 5 inches and attached them all with my ATG gun. I added some accents to the clothing layers and hat by using my white gel pen to trace the detail cuts on each layer. I added some twine as a "rope" for my cowboy! I also stamped the face onto the cowboy using a 3/4 inch face stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps Wide eye kids face stamp set and memento ink. I used the 3D foam squares to attach the cowboy to the cardbase. I then used my square punch and some blue cardstock to make a tag to hand write "Hey Cowboy!" before attaching it, I inked the edges with my distressing ink, and attached it with a 3D foam square as well.

On the inside of the card, it is stamped with a sentiment stamp from the Spring has Sprung stamp set by Pink by Design!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Card

Yesterday, I shared with you the card for one of my nieces who celebrated her birthday this month. For the other one, I made this card! She turned 2 on the 11th!

Items used:

  • 3 different shades of pink cardstock
  • white cardstock
  • 3D foam squares
  • ATG adhesive 
  • adhesive gemstones 
  • Happy Birthday sentiment stamp
  • Storybook Cricut cartridge 
  • stickles
  • Ink
  • scalloped 2 inch circle punch 
I started by cutting out the butterfly's. I cut 2 in the darkest pink at 6 inches. For the second layer, I cut the butterfly at 5 3/4 inches, I attached this later to the front of the card with ATG adhesive. I cut the smallest butterfly at 4.5 inches. I attached this butterfly with 3D foam square adhesive. I added stickles to the antenna's to give them some sparkle. I then cut a scalloped punch from the white cardstock and stamped it with the Happy Birthday sentiment from PBD and inked the edges. I also added the adhesive gemstones to the front of the card for some added bling.

To make a back flap for the card, I took the second large butterfly and trimmed off the top wings just blow the antenna's and secured it to the front flap with ATG adhesive.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ballerina Birthday Card

This month, 2 of my nieces celebrated birthday's! One turned 4 and the other 2. For the 4 year old I made this card!
 (This picture was taken before I added the stickles)

Items used:
  • Card base 
  • pink paper cut to fit front of card base
  • Cream, dark pink, light pink, and brown card stock
  • Paper Doll Dress up cricut cartridge
  • stickles
  • Balloon and sentiment stamp
  • Sentiment stamp from PBD 
  • Peachy Keen face stamp
  • Memonto Ink
  • Adhesive
  • 3D foam square adhesive
  • markers
  • white gel pen
I started by cutting out the doll base in the cream colored card stock at 5 inches, I then cut all the respective layers also at 5 inches. I also cut the pink background paper to fit the front of the card base and attached it using my ATG gun.

I used my ATG to attach all the layers together, and then used stickles along the detail cuts to give some definition to the dress, shoes, and hair ribbon. I also stamped the face of the doll with one of my face stamps from Peachy Keen stamps! I used my white gel pen to fill in the eyes on the face.

I attached the ballerina doll to the card using 3D foam squares. Once the Ballerina was attached, I added the sentiment stamp (from PBD) under her, as well as the balloon stamp. On the inside of the card, I added a sentiment stamp and the balloon stamp and then colored them in with my markers.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hey Cupcake!

My card last week for my card angel patient was such a fun card to make. I have been in the mood for some cupcakes, so before making some to eat I figured I would put one on a card!

 (Sorry for the weird crop on the second picture...I had already written in the card when I took the picture, and edited it out.)

Items used:
  • DCWV card base in black
  • White cardstock to stamp cupcake stamps on
  • Markers
  • 3D foam squares
  • ribbon 
  • stamps
  • memonto ink
  • gel pen 
I started by stamping the cupcake stamps on my white cardstock. I wanted just an outline of the top part because I wanted to add the face. To do this, I just inked the edges of one of the cupcake tops from my "Cupcake" stamp set from PBD. After stamping the edges on the paper, I added the face stamp from a Peachy Keen Stamp set.  Once the cupcake stamps were done, I hand cut along the lines to cut them out. I then colored them in with my markers. I added some blush chalk to the face to give it a little color.

Before attaching the cupcake to the front of the card, I attached the ribbon around the card base. I then used the 3D foam squares to attach both the top and bottom of the cupcake. I then added the sentiments to the outside as well as the inside of the card.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Football card

The second card that I have made for my Chemo Angel patient is a football card. One of the things I was told about him is that he LOVES football.

Items used:
  • DCWV card base
  • ribbon
  • brown card stock
  • PBD stamps (sentiments and football)
  • 3D foam squares 
  • ATG adhesive
  • Memento ink 
 I started by stamping the footballs onto the brown cardstock and hand cutting them out. After stamping and cutting enough footballs out, I pulled out some ribbon to add to the card, and attached that with my ATG gun, I used the 3D foam squares to attached the footballs to the front of the card. I then added the sentiments to the front and inside of the card using memento black ink.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Party Hat Birthday Card

Today is one of my best friends birthday! Happy Birthday Megan! I wanted to make a fun card for her, and knew right away that I would be using my DCWV celebrations stack. I started looking at some idea books, and some blogs and came across a card that gave me a base idea, and from there this is what I created!

Items used: 
  • DCWV Celebrations stack
  • DCWV color card stock in red (from Textured card stock darks)
  • PBD stamps 
  • ribbon
  • Adhesive (ATG and 3D foam squares)
  • Ink 
  • Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge 
I started by cutting a card base from the patterned paper from the Celebrations stack, as well as the
Happy Birthday" sentiment.

I then cut the Party Hat from the Doodlecharm cartridge with the background being cut at 4 inches and the top layer slightly smaller (sorry I can't remember the exact size). I then cut the tassel out of the same paper that the sentiment came from.

After cutting all the pieces and assembling the party hat, I inked the edges of the sentiment strip and attached it with my ATG gun. I then ran the ribbon around the card and attached the party hat to the card with my ATG. I attached the 2 layers of the party hat with the 3D foam squares to give it some added depth.

When it came to finding a sentiment stamp for the inside of the card, I had a hard time picking just one, so I used 2 of them! I used one of the "Happy Birthday" sentiments from my Birthday Birthday set from PBD and a sentiment from the "Take the Cake" set! I also added a little birthday present stamp to the front of the card that came from the "Take the Cake" set as well.

I finished off the card, by stamping the back with part of my watermark stamp.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Keep on Truckin'

Last month, I signed up for a wonderful program called Chemo Angels. It is a agency that matches up Chemo patients with someone who is willing to be an angel to them during their treatment. There are multiple ways to sign up to be an angel, and I choose to be a card angel. :) Once the company receives the application, they place you with a patient that is waiting for an Angel. They warned me this could take a few weeks, but actually it only took about a week! I have now been a card angel for about 2 weeks.

The patient that I was matched with is a little boy, and this is the first card that I made to send him!

Items used:

  • Cloud cardstock cut to standard card base size 
  • Imagine Blast Off cartridge for truck 
  • PBD stamps 
  • Action wobble 
I started by using some left over cloud printed cardstock from a previous project to make the card base. I then cut out the truck from the Blast Off cartridge at 5 inches. I used the action wobble to attach it to the card base, and added the sentiment stamp to the front, as well as the sentiment to the inside of the card. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New look!

As you can tell, I have a new look to my blog! I am so excited that it is done and I can share it with you all! I have worked with Becca at Jumping Jax Designs in the past (she designed my family blog, as well as my Christmas Cards!) and she is WONDERFUL to work with! You can't beat her prices, for the custom work that you get. She is more than willing to change anything that you don't like until she gets it perfect for you. :)

So please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the new look, and if you want take a copy of my new button to display on your blog.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Buzzin' by with a birthday hi!

This past week was my babysitters sons birthday, so I needed something for a boy turning 7. When I make cards for people, I usually start with a theme that goes with something they like or that make me thing of them. Since I havn't known Landon for that long, I just wanted something boyish. I got my inspiration for this card from the stamp sentiment "Buzzin' by with a birthday hi!" from the "Oh Boy" stamp set by Pink by Design.

Items used:

  • DCWV textured card base in blue 
  • PBD stamp sentiments 
  • Yellow and black card stock
  • "Just Because" Cards cricut cartridge
  • Striped ribbon from American Crafts Elements 
  • Adhesive
  • Black and White gel pens 
  • Action Wobble 
  • Corner punch
I started by cutting the bee out at 4 inches. I only cut the Shadow layer and layer 2 for this bee from the cartridge. After attaching the black stripes, I added eyes with my white gel pen and black dots on the wings and body with my black get pen.

I punched the corners of the card, and then added the ribbon to the bottom portion of the card. I then attached the Bee to the card with a action wobble and stamped the sentiment to the front of the card. I then stamped the inside of the card with a birthday sentiment from the "Birthday Birthday" set from PBD.

On the back of the card, I stamped it with my new custom made stamp! I am really loving having this stamp to use. If you are in the market for a custom stamp, I would recommend checking out The Rubber Press on Etsy! Ann was really easy to work with and her turn around time was amazing! I order my stamp on a Monday and had the stamp by Saturday - and that included it coming from Canada!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Just a little pick me up

I have a friend that is starting her Chemo tomorrow for Breast Cancer. I have been thinking of all different ways to make the perfect card for her, and finally sat down and made it tonight!

Items used:
  • Card base cut to 5.5 x 5.5
  • Black card stock cut to 5 x 5 and edges punched with corner punch
  • Pink card stock cut to 4 x 4 and edges punched with corner punch
  • Pink card stock to cut our SVG cuts
  • SVG file for bra cut-outs and PBD stamps that match to make bra markings
  • Sentiment stamps
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive (ATG, and 3D foam squares) 
  • Stickles in silver, clear and yellow 
I started by cutting out the bra's from a PBD SVG file. I love how the files go along with the stamps that they release! I then stamped the bras to add the lines.

Before attaching the black card stock  to the card base, I attached the ribbon to it and hid the edges between the card stock and card base. I then stamped the sentiment and attached the bras to the front of the card.

I then cut and punched the pink card stock for the inside of the card and stamped it. I then used my ATG adhesive to attach it to the inside.

To give the card front a little sparkle, I added stickles to the bras!
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