Friday, February 22, 2013

Baby's Buggy Got Buttons

 Baby and Buttons......two of my favorite things.  I saw a challenge this week at the Paper Plays CAS challenge blog, and it said to use Buttons and Bows on a baby card, and all I had to hear was 'buttons', and I was ready to go.  I have so many buttons, and I have crafted with buttons for so many years, I could sew buttons all day, every day, and could still never use the buttons I have.  I look for every opportunity that I can to use buttons. 
I have depleted my supply of baby cards, and am gearing up for the spring craft sales, so baby cards were on my mind.  I like to make something that isn't just baby pastels once in a while, and I used the colors for the Colour Q Challenge #177 for my inspiration, using Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Always Artichoke, and Crumb Cake for these cards.  The fun layout at Retro Sketches #51 had just what I needed to get me inspired.  I liked how the sketch suggested that the image run off the side of the page.  That was a little out of my comfort zone, to chop off part of an image, but I thought it made the cards a little more contemporary or edgy.  Really!  At least for me :)
I decided to make a second card, and used Pool Party for the card base, and stamped more teddy bears on it.  The challenge at the Little Red Wagon #173 was for TOTALLY TEDDIES this week, and that's where I came up with the idea of a buggy full of teddy bears.  I don't know which card I like best.  Both were fun to make, and both are cards I would make again. 
Inside I stamped a few more teddy bears, and the second card got the cute shower card greeting from  the Baby Bundles stamp set, but the red card got a greeting from the new Stacks of Wishes hostess stamp set from the new SU spring catalog. 
Enough blog postings for today.  Got to get ready for tomorrow's card stamp class. 

                            Mary Alice

Pinwheels for spring

 I'm thinking spring today, and snow is reported for tomorrow.  I can't wait for March to come, because then it's that much closer to spring.  I just had to get my little Pinwheel sizzlet die out along with the Cloudy Days EF, when I saw that Less is More Challenge 107 was looking for "up in the air" this week.  This is the closest I will get to up in the air when the wind is blowing like a blizzard here in Minnesota.  Maybe with enough pinwheels, we could blow this snow away. 
I thought it would make a nice birthday card for March, when we start imagining spring coming.  The Late Night Stampers Challenge #211 is looking for birthday cards this week.  I got the color inspiration from The Fab Friday color challenge 12 to use Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, and Wild Wasabi,  and the layout came from the Stampin Celebrations new February mid-monthspiration sketch challenge.  All wrapped up in one little spring card. 
And, while I was busy making this post, my little Olivia was busy getting into trouble.  She was unpacking the diaper bag, pulling out all the diaper liners, then she took her little doll and laid it on the diaper like a bed.  When I turned around and said "what are YOU doing?", she pointed back at me with "Duh!", and a look like "what are You doing?  Aren't you supposed to be watching ME?"  She is so much fun to play with these days, now that she actually spends time playing with toys instead of just dumping them out and moving on to the next thing she can dump.  Got to love those babies :)

Mary Alice

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You can still join us for Card Club Class on Saturday. It's not too late :)



10:00– 12:00

Cost $8

101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, MN

We will have 4 beautiful cards, with matching envelopes for you to make. These are two of the actual cards we will make, and the other two are available on Debby's blog here. All four with be general purpose cards suitable for many occasions, and all spring related. All cards are prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. We will be there to instruct you from the basics to special techniques. We will provide all supplies for this class.

RSVP by February 20 by leaving a comment here, by email, or give me a call.

Blooming Birthday Wishes

Our Creative Corner
I had the time to play around a little bit with my Blooming with Kindness stamp set, and decided to make a birthday card for the Late Night Stamper's Challenge.  I just love the sentiments with this stamp set, especially this one with "Warmest Wishes on your birthday".  It't just a little bit different from anything else I own. I added a couple little accents from Collage Curios. 
I started to assemble my card, and stepped away for a couple hours.  When I came back, I just kind of put it together in a way that I liked, and then remembered I was going to cut the left side with a different scallop, to more resemble the sketch I was following for the layout challenge at Our Creative Corner.  Not what I was expecting to do, but close enough.  I guess that is how inspiration kind of takes it's own path, and each of us interpret things differently.   Maybe I will have to try this layout again, but for now, it's just one of those days.  
Have a great hump day!  I'm already anxious for the weekend.
Mary Alice 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Oh, Baby Blankie

When I saw this blanket for the inspiration on Inspired by....#62, I just knew I had to make a card.  I loved the colors, and thought that it would make a great contemporary looking baby blanket for a little boy.  I decided to make a quilted looking card, with a baby theme.  I used my Ciao, Baby stamp set, and one from the Pretty Petites, along with the Petite Curly Label Punch to cut my quilt squares.  I had to dig into my retired stash of paper to come up with the gray and yellow papers that I used, but I have been saving them for just such a project.
I made a second card, shown below,  with a slightly different twist, a little softer look. 
I also used the layout from the Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge, but flipped it on it's side.  It was such a cute layout, and really was fun to play with.  I like working with the squares. 
Funny thing is that for our SU demonstrator meeting last month, I made my swap card using a card made up of squares.  The card that I selected to make at our card club class this week is made up of squares, too.  Finally, for our swap next month the theme is "My style is.......".  When I heard that, what came immediately to my mind is "I like putsy projects, with lots of little embellishments, usually made with small pieces."  Hmmm??  I wonder what I will come up with for my swap card.  Stay tuned to find out.

Mary Alice

Monday, February 18, 2013

Blooming with Kindness and Love

second card
 I was itching to get my fingers inky today, and there was a stamp set I was just itching to try, Blooming with Kindness.  I have only had a chance to use it once before, and I have had it for quite some time.   I had seen a beautiful card that inspired me to use two colors for the blossom, stamped on top of each other.  I played around a little bit with a variety of colors from some color challenges, and this was by far my favorite.  The Color Throwdown #229 called for Blushing Bride (I used Pretty In Pink), Chocolate Chip, White, and Old Olive.  I stamped the pink, and then the chocolate, after I stamped it off once to soften the color.  On the second card, I stamped the chocolate off twice to soften it more.  Liked the first one better.  I cut the blossom in a circle, and then cut another smaller circle to mask the edges, then I sponged the edges with Old Olive.  On the first card I deepened the green color, and on the second card I tried it softer, but further into the flower.  Liked the effect on the first card better.    I stamped a pink blossom inside the card, too.  I added a little ribbon, and a stamped sentiment to the card, but left the inside open for a hand written message. 
The card layout came from Freshly Made Sketches #73 , (OOps, missed the deadline.)which showed a square card layout, and that was the perfect excuse to use my new scalloped square die.  No more trying to cut corners with my scalloped edge, and trying to get them to meet.  I can't wait to use this stamp set again.  I have so many inspiration ideas that I have seen, and want to try with Blooming with Kindness. 
Let's keep that Valentine Love blooming with some random acts of kindness this week.  Do something unexpected for someone today. 
Mary Alice

Curly Pretty Petites on Sycamore Street

I wanted to share another card I made over the weekend, and I used a few of my favorite new products from the SaleABration promotion.  I have a favorite new toy, the Petite Curly Label punch.  It coordinates with the Pretty Petites Stamp set, which I used for this card.  I just love stamping and punching these little labels, and spreading the sweet little joyous messages all ove my cards.  The colorful polka dot print that backs them up is from the Sycamore Street DSP, which I am wild about.  This paper just screams "spring" to me.  I love the Island Indigo card, and popping all these layers together, and topping it off with a Tangerine Tango bow from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack.  Love it!  Free buttons and bows!!  If you want to get your hands on these freebies, just let me know.  They are your with a qualifying purchase. 
On the outside I used a greeting from Sweet Essentials,  and
I also added a birthday greeting inside the card from the Curly Cute set.
This wonderful layout came from Sketch Frenzy Friday SFF020813 (so appropriate for my Friday night stamping).  I will also share my creation with the wonderful friends at Late Night Stampers #210 and also SU-O Challenge #64, 'cause they are looking fo great ideas from SAB products. 
Did you get a chance to stamp this weekend?  I enjoyed a lazy weekend, and got some fun stuff made.  Come back again soon and check it out. 
Mary Alice

Sunday, February 17, 2013

On the road to LOVE

I just have one more Valentine to share with you.  This one missed the deadline for a challenge, but I thought I'd find another one that it would work for.  The Little Red Wagon Challenge #172 was to use the word LOVE, and so I did.  I had the big rickrack from another project I was doing, and I just could not throw it away.  It was just meant to be part of a Valentine, and I wanted to keep it simple, and just stamp the word LOVE above the rickrack.  Of course, I couldn't just let it stay CAS, so I added some roses with pearl centers.  With the pearls just laying there on the table screaming "more", I decided to add some pearl accents to the rickrack.  Ok, it was done, and darn cute if I say so.  But, when I brought the photo up on my blog I thought, "It looks like the Love is on a bumpy red road.  Just like "love" usually is!"  Well, I think I will hang on to this card for an anniversary, down the line.  Somewhere down that bumpy highway. 
Enjoy the ride, and stop back again!

Mary Alice

Pinwheels on Sycamore Street

This is one of the cards I made for our upcoming Card Club Class.  We were looking for some ideas that were kind of seasonal, and yet we are not ready for Easter cards.  I decided that we should do somethings that were springlike and playful.  The new Pinwheel Sizzlet die was the first thing I thought of and the wonderful new paper Sycamore Street DSP from SaleABration promotion were just what I needed for this card.  I love the playful bright colors, and the Tangerine Tango really sets off the print in the paper.  The pinwheel is really cute with the reverse stripe peeking through. I used the Cloudy Day EF for the background. Outside I used a greeting from Friendly Phrases.  Inside I used a salutaion from a new set Stacks of Wishes, which is available only to hostesses in the SU Spring catalog.  If you like the card, come join us on Saturday and make one for yourself. 
My inspriation came from a couple challenges to use SaleABration products at SU-Only Challenge #64 and LateNight Stamper's Challenge 210.  I could not resist sharing my creation with all of you in detail. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Whole Lotta Love for SAB

I know, another post today?? I have more to share.  I had a great time last evening with my friend and partner in all things fun, Debby.  We went to Archivers for an evening of stamping and scrapbooking, like we used to do all the time.  Since we have become Stampin' Up! demonstrators we hold our own workshops all the time, gather with fun friends to stamp and make cards, and find lots of inspiration form our community of fellow demos and bloggers, etc.  But, the atmosphere at Archivers on a Crop Night is always fun and enjoyable.  We used to go do this all the time, and really had fun, so we thought we'd give it a try.  It was just nice to sit in the room full of women laughing and chatting and getting creative.  We did a bunch of creating ourselves, and were inspired by things all around us.  We chatted with the ladies around us, and even snapped a couple photos of the work they were doing.  I came away with a wonderful shower invitation from one lady, and learned about making collage photos on Picasa from another.  It was a very enjoyable evening.  It was nice to be just sitting at the table creating and not instructing.  I got a chance to make several cards, and Debby and I talked about upcoming class ideas, and I came home pumped. 
This is one of the cards I made last night, and I wanted to share it with a couple of challenges today, because I always take my challenges for inspiration.  At our open house I made little Smartie cards for each guest, and because more people showed up than we expected, I made up a couple more right there at the table.  I asked the gals to choose the stamp they wanted me to use from the Patterned Occasions stamp set from the Saleabration promotion.  You can get this cute set free with a qualifying purchase.  If you like it, I can tell you more how you can get it.  The cute little cup was a favorite of many, so I love making cards with this, too.  Of course, since I was away from home stamping, I did not have exactly what I wanted, and had to make due with what I brought.  I had decided on some cute little quilt printed paper from the Tea for Two DSP to coordinate with the cups, then realized I did not have the ink I wanted, so I had to change my vision for the colors to what I did have on hand.  When I finished gluing on the little blocks in Island Indigo and Calypso Coral, I proceeded to add the paper to the middle of the card.  As I flipped the quilt printed paper over to add adhesive, I commented to Debby that the polka dots on the back side were the same color and dot as the cups.  Wasn't that a coincidence?  Then, what did I do by mistake?  Flipped the paper over and added the adhesive to the quilt print!! NOOOO!!  Oh, well, I guess the decision was made and meant to be.  Polka dots on the card was meant to be.  I added the buttons to give a little interest, and am delighted with how it turned out.  I'll make another card with the quilt print another day.  Debby had her wonderful stamp set Feel Goods that I used for the inside greeting.  
I love the products from Stampin' Up"s SaleABration promotion, especially the playful Patterned Occasions that I used.  Red Hot Stampers Challenge #75 had the great layout idea that I used, and Latenight Stampers Challenge 210 and SU-Only Challenge 64 both are looking for SaleABration products used on cards this week. 

Enjoy the weekend, and stop back again soon to see what else I created last night. 

Mary Alice

CARD CLASS IS NEXT SATURDAY. Hope you can come :)


10:00– 12:00
Cost $8
101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, MN
We will have 4 beautiful cards, with matching envelopes for you to make.  These are two of the actual cards we will make, and the other two are available on Debby's blog here. All four with be general purpose cards suitable for many occasions, and all spring related.  All cards are prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble.  We will be there to instruct you from the basics to special techniques.  We will provide all supplies for this class. 

RSVP by February 20 by leaving a comment here, by email, or give me a call. 

Valentine for Vikings Fan

I want to share one morethat I made, that was a little out of the ordinary, because of the colors I used.  My daughter and her husband are both big Minnesota Vikings fans, so I chose to use purple and gold for the valentine I made for them.  I kind of whipped this one up at the last minute before we went and met them for dinner. 
I watch their baby 4 days a week, and we (meaning my husband) go up and pick up the baby at my daughters work every morning.  They live about an hours drive from our home, and work about 20 miles north of us.  We pick up baby saving them about an extra 45 minutes in the morning they would have to add on if they brought her to our house for drop off every day.  Did I say that this is also at 6:00am four days a week?  My daughter does drive down after work to pick up the baby, which means a 1 1/2 hour drive each night home from work.  Once in a while we drive up to the town near her work and have dinner at a Chinese buffet, which they love.  I am so glad that I was able to retire from my job (just before I turned 60), so that I could do day care for her.  I don't miss working, and spending the days home with my retired husband, but the best part is having Olivia around every day.  I wish I could take care of all of my grandkids, but really one is about all I can handle right now.  It's hard to believe I did day care for 20 years when my kid were growing up, and many days I had 12 children to care for.  Now, one is plenty!
I used a couple of challenges for my inspiration like the sketch layout from Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #29, which is a new challenge for me.  Little Red Wagon Challenge #172 suggested I use the word LOVE, and I had just the ticket for that :)
Sentimental Sundays #141 and The Pink Elephant Challenge #186 both said "Love is in the Air", and isn't that true??  I used Rich Razzleberry for the base of my card, and Sycamore Street paper from the new from SaleABration.  The sentiments both inside and out are from Vintage Verses also from SAB.  The hearts are from Hearts A Flutter stamps. Over at Late Night Stampers Challenge #210 they are looking for cards made with SaleABration products, and Still AddINKtive Challenge is looking for that stamp set from SAB.  Lot's of inspiration for one little card. 
Hope you like my Valentine, and had a sweet day yourself. 

Mary Alice