Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Birthday Sundaes - Challenge #28

Hello again!

The second challenge I participated in today was from Birthday Sundaes. I love this site because it's always about birthday cards - and who isn't almost always in need of a birthday card???

This week's challenge was to create a birthday card and incorporate buttons.  You can find all the details here: Birthday Sundaes - Challenge 28

All card stock and printed paper are from SEI (Birdie Brunch collection). The ribbon and buttons are from my general embellishment stash. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.

 I enjoyed making this one because it got me out of my comfort zone with patterned paper. I have a hard time mixing patterns!

Take Care!

Kim G

Play Date Cafe Challenge #100


So I was able to get two more challenges done today....between naps and such!  :D

This challenge is from Play Date Cafe

We're still playing with the fall colors, but I wanted to keep it bright because I am still in denial that summer is gone.  I do love fall, but winter is not my favorite season by any stretch.

So, fall colors it is - with a bit of sunshine!!

Yes, it's simple, but besides trying to follow the challenge, I wanted to make a cute card to send to someone extremely dear to me who is recovering from a recent surgery.

The card stock is a mix of Bazzill and Stampin Up. The sun and smile were cut from Create A Critter, and the face of the sun is a stamp from PKS.  I am not normally a fan of orange, but I fell in love with the Stickles color Paprika!!  Unfortunately, the picture does not do it justice.  It's a very deep, shiny, rich color. I used it to add color to three clear buttons.  Simple, but fun!


Kim G

Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Challenge

I don't usually make cards for Halloween despite the fact that I really enjoy the holiday. ...if you can call it a holiday?  I like the crisp feeling in the air leading up to it, the colors, the sound of the leaves crunching....and let's not forget the candy!  :)

The next challenge today was to make a Halloween card.  I had fun with this one!

Recipe-  Stampin Up! Eggplant card stock, white basic card stock, ribbon from SEI, lots of pop dots! remnant of spider webbing from Walmart, and Midnight Stickles.  The house and all accents were cut from Enjoy the Seasons Imagine cartridge.

I am entering this card in two challenges:

Paper Playtime - Challenge #56 Halloween Projects

Hiding in My Craft Room - Challenge #13 Halloween Card

Kim G

Fall Colors Challenge


I love having days off from work with no obligations. My house is clean, laundry is done and I got to spend the day watching "guilty pleasure" TV and working in my craft room. I was able to finish two cards. Funny how fast the day goes when you're doing what you love! Hopefully tomorrow I'll get more done - but the rule of the day is.... Do whatever you want, whenever you want, for Wednesday you go back to work.  ha ha...

So the first challenge is from Whimsical Wednesdays  - Create a card or project inspired by fall colors. Must include a hand made embellishment.

I knew immediately what my hand made embellishment would be. Over the weekend, I took a trip out to Archivers and found these glue disks for making rolled ribbon flowers. I couldn't wait to try one. It just so happened that the only wide ribbon I had on hand was brown, so it worked for the fall colors challenge.

Now that I've tried it, I can't wait to do it again!  It was super easy!

Recipe: scrap Bazzill card stock, printed orange on the Imagine. Leaves/acorn/branch cut from Enjoy the Seasons Imagine cartridge. Yellow grogain ribbon and brown satin ribbon from Offray, bling from Want to Scrap. Sentiment from "Thanks" collection by Fiskars. The glue disk for the ribbon flower is Glubers from Cosmo Cricket.

Kim G

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Guest Designer!

I know I need to get better at posting more often. Time just gets away from me so quickly these days!

The Scrapbook Expo this year was a lot of fun (as always!), and I came home with TONS of bling, lots of clear stamp sets (for $2.00 each!), and lots more.

Introducing my Guest Designer (and baby sister) - Kristi Wonders!  What I always enjoy most at the Expo are the crops. Each year Kristi participates in the layout contests, and every year she wins or comes in second. This year, she did both!  For the contests, participants are given a set of materials and either 30 or 60 minutes to complete a layout or card. Nothing can be added outside of the products you're given, and you cannot use anything other than scissors and adhesive. So, no die cuts, no Stickles.....only that which you are given.

For the contest she won, she had 2 piece of plain card stock, two full sheets of pattern paper, and one "scrap" of double sided pattern paper; three "crown" brads, and a piece of ribbon (maybe a yard in length?).  Here is her product pile......

And here is the finished product 30 minutes later....

It's a bit hard to see in the picture, but the flower is two pieces of card stock crumpled, wadded up, and then shaped.  That was the element that put her in first place.  Great job!

Here is the project from the night before where she took second place.  The rules for this one were a bit different. She was given the ribbon and the "candy" brads and had 30 minutes to come up with a layout.

Great job Kristi, and congratulations for 1st place third year running!!

 Now back to my projects already in progress.........

Take Care!
Kim G