Monday, June 30, 2008

Recycling Again!

I have been addicted to card swapping for quite a while now but not quite to the extent that I am presently! LOL I am currently participating in over 20 swaps!! I am leading 2 card swaps and 3 image swaps! I cannot stop the madness!! The worst part is that I was going to stop swapping for a while, catch up, and then join as I make them. When one's finished, join a new one.... not quite what happened. Especially when I saw a swap with "recycle" in the title!
The aim of this swap was to use scraps. Each card could be different and there weren't many rules. I loved it! LOL. So I was going through my scraps and came across this patterned paper I got a while ago from a paper swap on I really love this paper for some reason. It seems to speak to me, so to speak. It looks like the kind of paper that goes with nothing yet I created one of my favorite scrapbook pages with it. Now I created one of my favorite cards with it!
I used my square punch and punched the interesting parts of the pattern out with it. Then I matted it with a pretty blue (all the blue's are a little different- scraps). Then I matted it once more with some pretty blue patterned paper. The first 4 are blue stripes and the rest are a little different. (The one pictured is a blue argyle). Then I cut a strip of light blue paper to 1 1/2x 4 1/4 and attached it. Added a folded piece of off-white ribbon scrap and attached it all to my cream colored cardstock (4x 5 1/4) over off-black cardstock (4 1/4x 5 1/2) Viola!! I finished it and I think it looks awesome!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fishy Card

Wow!! Over a week and no posts! I'm bad!! Well, I completed a challenge on to make my own patterned paper and then to create a card from it. I used the fish stamp from Studio G June stamps. I used primary SU ink pads and created a fun summer card (or 7)

The paper:

The card:

Saturday, June 21, 2008 Crop

Okay, it was crop time again on Jessthenurse ( hosted this month. There were 15 "Grease" themed challenges. I made cards for all 15 challenges with time to spare! I had so much fun that I was whizzing through them! I am posting a few of my favorites:
Beauty School Dropout:

It's Raining on Prom Night:

Make Rizzo Proud:

Monday, June 16, 2008

Check Book Cover Tutorial

I made these checkbook covers for a swap that I am in and I noticed that there are no tutorials. So here's the one I made:

Supplies Needed:
1- 6 3\4 x 61/4 inch piece of coordinating cardstock
2- 3 x 6 inch pieces of patterned paper
scrap of white cardstock to stamp image onto
stamps and ink of your choice
adhesive (I used Duck Brand Double Stick Tape)
paper trimmer
vinyl checkbook covers (I bought mine for 80 cents at )

Step 1:
Cut your patterned paper and cardstock to specified sizes

Step 2:
Glue the 6 x 3 inch pieces of paper to the 6 1/4 x 6 3/4 inch piece

Step 3:
Stamp out the images that you would like to put on your checkbook cover. Cut the images out.

Step 4: Attach the images and add any embellishments now

Step 5: Put entire piece in vinyl cover and fold in half. Viola!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

100% Recycled

Well, not really. I was trying to go for 100% but I ended up about 90%. I made a card and envelope set out of the brown paper that comes with every Stampin' Up! order. I really like it! After I made one card, I decided that it would be easier to manipulate if I doubled it. SO, I got out the spray adhesive and doubled the rest. I will be playing with all thst soon too! Here's what my card looked like:

Monday, June 9, 2008

Gate Fold Card

Well, today I decided to complete challenge #32 on weekly scrapbooking challenge. It was the gate fold card. Here are the directions:

I did the first one following the directions:
I used a stamped image I got in an image swap and the "It's A Boy" sentiment from the retired Stampin' Up! set, Cuddles & Tickles. The paper I recieved as RAK from a MommySavers friend. I used Stampin' Up! basic black ink.

The second one I made is "invitation" size. The same as a quarter fold card:
This one is "cosmobella" ( and the paper is some scrap I've had for quite a while. The sentiment is from a Studio G acrylic stamp set. I do not like the way they pick up ink. The ink color is Stampin' Up! chocolate chip!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Shawn's a Stamper!!

Today I signed Shawn up for a tweens and teens card swap on and he asked if he could start on them today. I told him that he could so we went in my room and chose the stamps and made the cards. The last thing he said was "Mommy, next time we buy something, can I have stamps?" YAY! A new convert!! Here's his first card: