5.21.2015

Throwback Thursday // Best Card Ever

A throwback to one of the best cards I've ever made, circa June 2013.

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You may think, "what? This is definitely NOT one of the best cards I've seen!"
But yet, it is.
You know why?
Because it is chocolate milk scented.

You read that right.

So, the backstory:
My sister kept bugging me to watch a movie with her one night while I was in the midst of making this card. I agreed, but on the condition she make me a cup of chocolate milk, to which she readily complied.
Chocolate milk made, she set the cup down on the desk where my laptop was sitting (you know where this is going).
I, unsuspecting, turned around to look at my laptop, scattering the contents of the cup all over the laptop, desk, and this card.
After a brief panic concerning the laptop (which surprisingly wasn't much for the worse), I checked on the card and sadly tossed it next to my trashbin upon seeing how it was soaked.

Next morning, I look down, and the card dried up perfectly, while retaining a nice chocolate smell.
So yes, this card is the best ever. ;)


This card was inspired by THIS pin.


Edited to add: my PC went downhill FAST after this incident, so much so that after having an HP Envy for three years, I now have to buy a Mac. So, I wouldn't recommend the spilling-chocolate-on-the-laptop part of this technique. Just stick with the paper. ;)

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Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Storyteller"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Typewriter"
Ink: Tim Holtz
Other: Glossy Accents, chocolate milk

Tools: heart punch

5.12.2015

Dry Embossed Smooshing // Avery Elle

Six days away from the blog, and I feel like I've fallen off blogland earth.

Not cardmaking world though, as I've been celebrating the beginning of summer break by making a few cards.
Today's card is for the AEI{heart}U challenge (spring) and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (sentimental)


I finally got the hang of the oh-so popular smooching technique, and used it to make a burst of spring colors to set the stage for the fawn. Spring is like that - bursts out of nowhere! I am SO happy to see green trees again!
But, I digress.
I wanted to do a little something extra with the smooching though, so I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to partially emboss the front. This triangle embossing folder by Cuttlebug is a great embossing folder staple - trust me, I only have two!


I topped off the card with a ever-so-slightly colored fawn from Storybook, die cut washi butterfly, an embossed sentiment from the Ellie stamp set, and a strip of washi.


That's all for me today - thank for stopping in and God bless!

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Supplies not shown:
Cardstock: Canson (white), Papertrey Ink (kraft), Bazzill (black)
Other: washi tape (Target), purple ink (Papertrey Ink), pink ink (Studio Calico), embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

5.06.2015

Happy Thoughts // Crate Paper

Think happy thoughts.
Think happy thoughts.

This what I have to keep telling myself this afternoon. I found out one of my teachers gave me an unfair low grade, and while I'm going to talk about it with him soon, it's very frustrating after the load of work I put into the class.

So here's a happy card to tide me over until I talk with him.


This is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (sentimental) and the Monday challenge (coral)


This card was basically me cramming as much of the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Styleboard line onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 canvas as I could.


That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!

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Supplies not shown:
Cardstock: Canson
Other: sequins and metallic dots (Darice)

4.30.2015

Throwback Thursday // Crate Paper

Quickly stopping in with an old post featuring a decorated wooden piece from Michaels. My thoughts below, from around June 2013;

I've decorated a couple wooden shapes so far, some even being published, but this cutie is by far my favorite. I don't think she's for everyone though, because while my mom and one of my sisters loved her, my younger sister thought she was "creepy". Oh well, you can't please everyone. ;)


Despite her dislike of the owl, my sister recommended I add some white feathers for a little bit of down.


Completed this little one while watching the entire North and South miniseries as part of a 'girls night' - has anyone else seen this series? I really enjoyed it, though I'll admit, sometimes the main female character got on my nerves. ;)

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Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Story Teller"
Other: gems and wooden shape (Michaels)

4.29.2015

Shaker card // Lawn Fawn

Things were getting a little too girly around here again, so here I am with no-frills card to shake things up! (sorry, that was awful ;))
This card is for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes) and for the SSS Monday challenge (anything goes) as well.


This is one of the first shaker cards I've ever done - if I could change anything, I'd do something about those clouds hidden behind the vellum pocket, but for a simple little baby card, I left it as is.

I finished my last class of the semester today, and I am officially a senior! Wohoo! If you know of any cardmaking/papercrafting/craft companies that have some kind of summer internship, let me know, because I'm looking high and low for a cool place to put my design skills to work!

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

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Supplies not shown
Cardstock: Canson
Other: vellum

4.27.2015

Doubled Vellum // Papertrey Ink

Hello there!
I'm here with a card for Simon Says Stamp clean and simple challenge, as well as this weeks Papertrey Ink Make It Monday using vellum to soften challenge.


Vellum is such a pretty thing to add to a card! Depending on the weight/thickness of your vellum, you can get slightly different looks.
I added it on this card because I couldn't figure out where else to place my sentiment (I'm not one for planning ahead). However, because my vellum was of a thinner weight, I had to use two layers of vellum so that the sentiment was able to pop out enough.
If I wanted a softer look, and didn't have to worry about my sentiment standing out enough, I would've used one layer.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!

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Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Life is Sweet" and "Wet Paint I"
Ink: Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, Papertrey Ink
Other: vellum, gold embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things "Framed Greetings" die

4.25.2015

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop challenge

Hello everyon! Before my day starts to get really crazy, I just wanted to stop in with a card for this month's Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge.


I love navy and pink together, so this challenge was super fun for me...


I was inspired by a card I saw a couple weeks back - I can't remember where right now, but if I do, I'll link to it.
UPDATE: I found the card - HERE it is.
The card had a couple buildings, and the tops of some of those buildings cut, so it's pretty obvious where my inspiration came from. ;)


I'm considering doing another version of this card, with different colors and more watercolorey.


I didn't use the second step stamp on all of the buidlings from City Scene, just to give it a retro vibe.

That's it for me today - thanks so much for stopping in and enjoy the hop!

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Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "City Scene", Simon Says Stamp "Sending and Wishing"
Ink: Tim Holz, Studio Calico

Tools: Cuttlebug, Simon Says Stamp "Wishing" die

4.23.2015

Papertrey Ink // Throwback Thursday

Taking a quick study break for a Throwback Thursday post - this post is circa June 2013.
My thoughts from then:

The bottom border is from the watercolor cardstock pad, that I just trimmed down.



You don't even know how "hip" I felt after making this card.
But for reals.

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Cardstock: Strathamore, Core-dinations
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Mehndi Medallions" and "For the Graduate" 
Ink: Papetrey Ink, Stazon
Other: gems (Joann Fabrics)