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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Butterfly cards

These are cards created from a previous class. We glittered and decorated butterfly chipboards and cards.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A day with friends!

Yesterday I spent time scrapping with some friends I hadn't seen for months! So I went shopping for some stamps that I could cut apart and gift. Found these Hero Art Cling Friendship stamps and made these little omiyage candy bar holder holder with stamp. Thank you for opening your home and hosting, Cheryl! I had a wonderful time!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Birthday Boy - layout

American Crafts Celebrations and Party line; AMM Birthday Boy Bubble Gums; Candle PP my own; Sizzix Vixen and Journal fonts; Jounaling font: LD Demure; SU Birthday Present stamp

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Graduation!

This is a graduation card I made for a special graduate. The idea came from Got Rubber, Will Stamp here.

Graduation cap stamp by APT. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Masculine, Father's Day and Gift Card class

They are all finally up and ready for viewing at A Place in Time!! Sorry for the delay! I got sick and we had many family functions. Class is this Thursday, May 26 from 6:30p to 8:30p. Cost is $20 at A Place in Time. We are using paper by Basic Grey.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Card Share - final two

These are the final two cards that I made using my samples from the CTMH Animal Crackers line.  Would you believe that I made all eight cards using six different patterns of 6x6" papers?  I included card bases and some coordinating cardstock.  I thought that was a great number of cards from so little paper.  And when I think of how many different sets of paper samples I have, I'll be making cards forever!

I decided I needed to make some real baby cards with this line.  I have one pregnant friend that will be having a shower in a few months and it's always good to have a few cards on hand.   I love the jungle animal themed paper the best so I didn't do much to the card - just added a really old CTMH sentiment and some twill ribbon.  On the second card, used same sentiment and my trusty old Martha Steward border punch and bling.

Enjoy!  I hope to have more cards completed with my next line of CTMH papers in the next week or so.   

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Card Share - two more

Two more from the CTMH Animal Crackers line (hope you aren't getting tired of them).  As you can tell, I'm still using my Cuttlebug embossing templates. 
On the first card, the blue square is embossed with birthday sayings from Cuttlebug. The sentiment is CTMH.  The stars border is some felt in my stash, along with a prima flower and misc. button.

On the second, I utilized a felt scalloped border and flower.  I used scraps from the CTMH papers.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tea swap - Open Call

The above card was sent to me by Colleen, my May Tea Swap Partner. The optional theme was "Tea for Two" Isn't it adorable!!! She also send a thank you card for something I sent her.

Wanna join in on the fun and meet someone new??

Open call for June Tea Swap!!

Requirements: 2 tea bags in a handmade card mailed to your partner by June 5.

Optional Theme: Masculine Cards or brown, blue and black!

Card can be blank OR you can write a note in it. Your choice!

If you are interested, email me no later than May 24

Send me an email SUBJECT: TEA SWAP with
1) your name
2) mailing address
3) email address
4) likes/dislikes/allergies (re tea type)
5) Loose tea okay? Y/N
6) blog (if any)
7) If you are willing to swap outside of the US or US ONLY

Past tea swappers don't have to send me the info above UNLESS your information has changed.

I will send a group email with the partner list by May 27. Teas must be mailed out by June 5.

Drop me a line today if you are interested!

Responsible swappers only, PLEASE!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Card Share - More Animal Crackers

This set of CTMH papers is quite versatile.  Bright and cheery, it was designed for kids cards and layouts.  I think it works well for general birthday and thank you cards also.
First card is color blocked with scraps from the CTMH Animal Crackers line.  I added an embossed square and stamped sentiment (CTMH).  The chipboard flower is from the Forest Friends set at Michaels.  

For the second card, I used a Martha Stewart border punch, bling and an Cuttlebug embossing folder (red square).  Sentiment is CTMH, using SU punch.

Enjoy - will have more to come.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Card Share - Animal Crackers

Until recently, I was a CTMH consultant.  I have a number of the little booklets of CTMH paper samples that were used for showings.  Since I'm not showing anymore, I decided to use the papers to make some cards.   So, today and over the next few days I will be showing cards made with the CTMH line called "Animal Crackers".

Following are two quick cards.  On the first card, the green spot is actually embossed cardstock bearing birthday greetings (didn't show up well).   The flower is prima and the felt lady bug was in my stash.   On the second card, I incorporated a Martha Steward border punch and SU sentiment.

More cards to follow this week.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

"Omiyage" gifts

Someone asked me what is "Omiyage". I mention the word a couple of times in previous posts.

Well, the word and custom originates from Japan: The Art of Gift Giving. In Japan, there are a number of social obligations one of which is omiyage or roughly translated as "souvenir". Whenever you go on a trip, you are expected to return bearing gifts. They don't have to be expensive gifts. Since space is limited in Japan, these gifts are usually items that can be quickly consumed (i.e. candy, little cakes, sweets, etc). The actual gift does not matter for it is the "thought that counts."

I believe the gift of gifting came from Japan to the Hawaii plantation camps and, like many of the original customs, have hybrid into its own unique Hawaiian interpretation. If you are invited to someone's house for a meal, you bring an omiyage. If you go on a trip, you return bearing omiyage to office staff or loved ones. If you haven't seen someone for a long time, you come bringing omiyage. Little gifts to show you thought of them, you remembered them, or just because!

This is my little omiyage gift to a co-worker because she did something very nice and thoughtful. It is a cardholder filled with about 10 of my handmade cards and envelopes.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Another from my trip to St. Louis. This was where we stopped for lunch while sightseeing in downtown. It was a fun little diner. Sorry that the collage element is not so clear. The black velvet flower is so dark, I could not get more detail no matter what in photoshop.
Enjoy! Karen

Thursday, May 5, 2011

LO Share - St. Louis

Photos from my GF trip to St. Louis. Used a photo collage to capture some of the fun things in St. Louis. I especially loved the lime green taxi cabs (since that's one of my fav colors). I believe the papers are from Jenny Bowlin.
Still got another layout to come. Enjoy! Karen

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

LO share - Cheetah Woman

So, I went to this two-day crop in April. I always like to have lots of fun at these events and this particular event had a pajama fashion show on Friday evening. Now, usually I like to get layouts accomplished and I don't do a lot of the games, etc. at these events, but with prodding from my tablemates and the lure of prizes, I decided to participate. Big problem was, I didn't have my PJs with me! So I borrowed one mates cheetah blankie and went as Cheetah Woman (ala Cheetah Girls) and acted silly. The second part was to do a layout (they provided the photos from the fashion show). This is my entry.
More layouts to come. Enjoy! Karen.

Monday, May 2, 2011

LO share - Initiation

Another sorority layout from my dd. I'm really happy she decided to share photos from her first year! This is from right before her sorority initiation. The actual ceremony is super secret. I'm really glad we went dress shopping one weekend and found a store with really cute street-length dresses at really reasonable prices. I think I bought her four or five, one of them being a black one. Dogged that bullet so she didn't have to run out and get a dress for this event. :) Sorry for the glare on the photo.
More layouts to come. Enjoy! Karen

Sunday, May 1, 2011

LO Share - Rush/Bid Day

Quickie layout using photos from my dd's first days at college when she was going through sorority rush and bid. Loved that they had hot pink shirts on so I could use some of my stash of pink papers and flowers. Revisited an old technique -- paper tearing. How long has it been since you've done that?

I've been getting some layouts done so more layouts to come this week. Enjoy!


LO Share - River Bluffs Band

Another from my girl's trip to St. Louis. Some of my friends are very serene and will take a very nice photo. Then there are some of us that have to play in the water attractions. This is Rivers Bluffs Band (near City Garden in downtown). Continuing to use Basic Grey papers and stickers.