Thankful

Good morning. I have a new card for today –

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I loved making this card. It was so fun to design. I started with the background sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #109:

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and incorporated the leaf and color inspiration from Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger Enthralled With Fall challenge:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

Here’s a closer look at the leaves of the card:

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The awesome font I used was Pea Mily Mix.  I used the Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to lay out the text and cut the exact sized shape that I needed. In fact, I used the Cameo this time to cut all of the background squares and rectangles. It was so easy to lay out the design in my Silhouette Studio software and size the shapes exactly how I needed them. I scored one line down the center of each leaf using a bone folder to create the effect of veins. I gently bent the sides to give some depth. I topped the card off with an upcycled button and some jute twine bows.

Unfortunately, I am a bit late at getting this post up, so I’m only going to be entering the Freshly Made Sketch challenge this week.

After today, I’ll be featuring projects for friends and family for Christmas! I look forward to sharing those here as I get them done!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Kraft, Black, and Cream. Recollections Carstock in Burgundy from Spice Market collection. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Mosaic Memories.
Cutting tools – Silhouette Cameo.
Shapes – leaf, maple leaf.
Font – Pea Mily Mix.
Bone folder. Jute twine. Upcycled button.

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Happy Halloween!

This is it folks – Halloween week! I’ll be dressing up my little punkin’ in his Transformers costume and taking him to various and sundry trick-or-treating events this weekend – it should be one for the memory books…Anyway, on to today’s card:

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I wanted to do something graphic and repeating for this week’s challenge. I created the top layer of the card with my Silhouette Cameo – I designed some repeating circle patterns and added a basic sentiment using The Skinny font. I lined the circles with various colors of paper in the desired color scheme. I layered everything over a basic black card base. That’s it – easy peasy on the assembly. The most challenging aspects of this card were the design and the color layout behind the circles.

I’ll be entering this week’s ColourQ Challenge #212 –

Have a spooky Halloween!!!

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Black, White, Light Violet. Dollar bin scrapbook paper from Target.
Cutting tools – Silhouette Cameo, Fiskars paper trimmer, Scissors.
Font – The Skinny.
Adhesive – Scotch Removable Double Sided Tape. Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.

Card size: 5″ x 6.5″

I’ve Got My Eye On You (or, My Tribute To Mike Wazowski)

This week I am getting into the Halloween spirit by doing – what else? – making a card, of course! I was inspired by the comical, little, one-eyed monster, Mike Wazowski, from the movie Monsters, Inc.  My son is a fan of the original movie, and, upon his squeezing of one the latest Mike toys during a recent shopping trip to Target, I heard the phrase, “I’ve got my eye on you,” sound out in that classic Billy Crystal voice. Cue me – laughing out loud – in the toy isle. And so, a thought was born, and I decided to make a card using this sentiment.

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I found the cute monster shape at the online Silhouette store – little did I know it involved so many pieces! I simplified him a bit in order to match the desired color scheme, and I used a white gel pen to draw on his shoelaces.  I used the speech bubble from the heart in speech bubble shape for the sentiment, designed the text, and resized the shape using Silhouette Studio software and the Cameo’s print and cut feature.

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I think this would make a great Halloween card for a kiddo – I will be giving it to my little boy, along with his treat bucket, come this October 31!

I am entering this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #108 and Dynamic Duos #75 contests.

Freshly Made Sketches #108

Dynamic Duos #75

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cardstock in light gray, dark gray, white, and black. Basic patterns 12×12″ paper pad from Michael’s. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections.  Dollar bin scrapbook paper from Target.
Ink – Uniball Signo Pigment Ink Pen in White.
Cutting Tools – Silhouette Cameo, Fiskars paper trimmer, X-acto knife.
Shapes – Cute monster, heart in speech bubble.
Fonts – Lobster Two, Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold.
Adhesive – Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator, Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.

Going Native II

This week’s card is a more modern take on some Native imagery:

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I began by using the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo: I printed the sentiment using the font NeoRetroDraw and cut a 4.5×5 inch rectangle.  I used the Silhouette Triangle Flags shape set to represent crisscrossing arrows containing an Apache Tears (arrows) pattern. I lined the back of the top flag with some coordinating patterned paper, and made some hole punched dots out of the same paper.  I added some Glossy Accents on top of the dots to add some shine.  I finished the card off by mounting the rectangle on top of a slightly larger piece of card stock using foam squares and rounding the top right corners.

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I am entering this card into the Moxie Fab World: Tuesday Trigger and the ColourQ Challenge #210 contests.

Image Credit via Moxie Fab World

Image Credit via ColourQ

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in White, Light Turquoise, Dark Turquoise. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Mosaic Memories.
Cutting Tools – Fiskars Twist-and-Flip 2-in-1 Corner Punch. Hole punches.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Triangle Flags.
Adhesive – Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares. Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator.
Glossy Accents medium.

Going Native

Before my family and I moved to Massachusetts (from Texas) after only having ever lived in the South, someone offered this advice to me: “Just go native!” I love the sentiment, and I think I’ve taken it to heart. We’ve been here just over one year now, and, I’m glad to say New England feels more and more like “home” every day!

Here is my card for the week:

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I began with last week’s Freshly Made Sketch:

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I have been DYING to work with feathers. And it made since to incorporate them into a Native American theme, especially since I was going for a masculine look to the card. I actually made the arrow-patterned background stamp myself using a small sheet of craft foam and a ball point pen! Huzzah!

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I love this sketch, but I did not get my card made in time to enter the contest, as it was due Monday, and I began working *ahem* Sunday evening. At about 8:00 PM. But that’s o.k., because my father-in-law is going to be getting a totally awesome birthday card this week! (Happy 60th, Pop!)

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in White, Brown, Light Turquoise, Dark Turquoise. Recollections Vellum.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Homemade arrow-patterned craft foam stamp.
Ink – Color Box in Frost White and Mudslide.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Feathers Set.
Upcycled button, Jute twine, Fiskars paper trimmer, Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner, Zips Ultra Thin Permanent Clear Adhesive Lines, Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares, Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.

Hello, My Friend

I am entering this card into this week’s Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge:

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I have to say this card involved a LOT of paper cutting! Here is the trigger, or inspirational image:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

I started the design with some copper colored card that I trimmed into 1.25-inch strips to represent the tines of the comb. Next I knew I had to get that big, beautiful, green, flower cabochon in the design using a Silhouette shape from my library.  I experimented with using a larger cluster of flowers, but boiled it down to three including the two neutral colored flowers, along with some copper colored leaf accents.

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For the sentiment, I stamped white ink onto a strip of vellum and put a smaller strip of coordinating cream card stock behind. I finished the card off with three craft pearls glued to the center of the green flower.

Supplied used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in White, Cream. Recollections Vellum Paper. DCWV Solid Mat Stack, 4.5″x6.5″ in Latte.
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner. Zips Ultra Thin Permanent Clear Adhesive Lines. Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator.
Ink – Color Box in Frost White.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Spring Flower Shapes, Flower, Rose Branch (leaves).
Fiskars paper trimmer.
Martha Stewart Crafts Bone Folder.
Decorative Craft Pearls.

Card size: 5″x5.5″