Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eagle Scout Cards

Our Scout troop is very active and has a lot of boys to make Eagle, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts. For a Scout to make Eagle is a HUGE deal, because of the level of work, commitment, and leadership involved. Two Scouts who are brothers had their Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday. The older one has been Eagle for a while, but I guess they waited till the younger made Eagle so they could have their Courts of Honor together. In any event, I frequently find myself making cards for Eagle Scouts. Here are the two I made for last Sunday.

The first one is made using ODBD stamps (God Bless America and In God We Trust). I absolutely adore this flag image and use it every chance I get. I stamped it in Palette Burnt Umber on Confetti White CS and colored it with my SU markers (Pacific Point and Real Red). Satmped the eagle the same way, colored his beak with Daffodil Delight and his eye black, and added Crystal Effects to his eye. Card base is confetti white with Pacific Point mat. On the inside I stamped congratulations and computer generated a portion of Isaiah 40:31--"they will soar on wings as eagles". I love that Scripture, and it seemed appropriate.
Brad thought the second card ought to be different, so I used the brayered sky technique that I learned in Michelle Zindorf's workshop that I took in March. If you ever get a chance to take a workshop from her--DO IT! Worth every penny! Ink colors are Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, and Early Espresso. Stamp set is SU's Plant Hope, which we received as part of Michelle's workshop. Eagle is cut at 4" wide from the Wildlife Cricut Lite cart. Card base is confetti white with Old Olive mat. I also used a white gel pen. Both cards are 5.25" square.
I didn't get to go to the Court of Honor, because Ems didn't want to go. Matt had a reading to do, so he and Brad went. The Order of the Arrow performed, and the boys' mom had made shadow boxes of their old uniforms. I'd have liked to see those.

My nephew is in the process of completing his service project for Eagle, so I guess I will be making one for his Court of Honor soon. Thanks for stopping by today--hope you have a good one!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Anniversary Card for my Husband

I got some new SU goodies from their Summer Mini catalog last Thursday, and I got a chance to play this weekend. In fact I made a bunch of cards--grad cards, Eagle Scout cards, and birthday invitations. I had a GREAT weekend LOL!
I love all things nautical and the summer mini has plenty of nautical stuff in it. The stamp set is The Open Sea and I used the matching paper. I cased the focal image from this card and used one of my favorite sketches, Mojo Monday 164, seen here. Colors are Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler. Inside I stamped the sentiment "you mean the world 2 me" from Word Play. I love how this card turned out, and Brad loved it too. Thanks for looking! Have a great day.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Birthday Invites

So Emily wants a sleepover for her birthday party. Great idea, right? Certainly cheaper than some of the other things she's come up with over the years. But six squealing, shrieking little girls, plus squealing, shrieking Emily? The HORROR! So we're actually having TWO birthday sleepovers, 3 guests each time. I asked Brad and he agreed that that was probably the way to go.

She wanted me to make her invitations (fine by me! Do I ever turn down an opportunity to play in the craft room?) and told me what she wanted and even drew me a pic. I think this kid is going places, card making-wise. It was perfect!

I cut the balloon from Create-a-Critter in Gable Green and white. Title is cut from ZooBalloo in Pumpkin Pie and PTI's Raspberry Fizz (thank goodness I am almost out of it! Then I can get on with my life!). I ran the green part through my Big Shot with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.
Here is the inside. Fearful of being one of those dreaded "flat circle" card types (see hilarious post by my friend Sara HERE), I scored the top of the white balloon and used Sticky Strip to attach the front. Then Emily stamped the words and wrote out the info, and we attached curling ribbon to the "nub" of the balloon.
Pretty cute, I think! She has planned the entire schedule for the party. Now all I have to do is buy the stuff LOL!

Well, thanks for stopping by today. Hope you've enjoyed this project--happy crafting!

Monday, May 9, 2011

MPS NSD challenge # 5

This challenge was to either make a 3D item or use a 3D item on your project. I chose to use my Everyday Pop Up Cards cart for the very first time! And in fact I don't think I got the pop up portion quite right, but it's pretty cute anyway. For the front of the card I used the Celebrate with a Flourish Lite cart. I ran my More Mustard layer through my Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. I sponged white craft ink around the edges and sprinkled on white/iridescent ice EP and heat embossed. You'll see why in a sec.
And here it is--a mug of beer for Dad! The layers are cut from vellum CS to look like frosty glass. I added Liquid Applique and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the foam. Looks pretty cool IRL. But I think the mug is supposed to be rounder--I just couldn't get it quite right. More practice! Still, I'm pleased with how it turned out. Other CS colors are Night of Navy and Cajun Craze, always good man colors.
Thanks for stopping by!

MPS NSD Challenge # 11

This was a color challenge--to use pink, green, and black on a project. All CS and DP are SU. Butterfly kisses is cut from Straight from the Nest. I glittered the pink butterflies with Doodlebug sugar glitter. Large butterflies are SU dies. The pink one is cut from DP with an Embosslit and I sanded the raised area. Black rhinestones are from Mikes.
Thanks for looking!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #12--Kid LO

My Pink Stamper had an NSD challenge series on Sat. I just found out about it today--I missed it because I was at work, but I have until midnight tonight, and each entry is a chance to win a Cricut Imagine! Wish me luck.
I am embarrassed to say I have had this LO sitting around incomplete for a VERY long time! Just how long I decline to say LOL!
CS and DP are SU. Colors are Ballet Blue and Glorious Green (ret.), Real Red, and Daffodil Delight. Playtime is from the Baby Steps cart, and Have a Ball is from Birthday Bash. These photos were taken at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington, NC, Sept 1, 2003. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Day!

My hat is really off to teachers. What an amazing thing it must be to give someone the ability to read, and the love of learning! I didn't appreciate it (enough) when I was in school, but as a parent, I realize the enormity of this gift.
I made three of these for Ems' teachers. On the inside I stamped Thanks a Million from SU's Word Play. Card Base is Riding Hood Red textured, inside layer is Pink Pirouette textured. Cartridges used are Gypsy Wanderings, Wild Card, and Wrap It Up. Card measures about 5.25" square. Glitter is Doodlebug, button is old U. I made this card using She's a Sassy Lady's tutorial, HERE. I will also be entering it into her challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today! What did you do to thank a teacher?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Dog Birthday!

I love this happy little dog kicking up his heels! He is from the Birthday Bash cartridge. That cart. is chock full of great images--I use it a lot. The DP is some I've had for a VERY long time, from Junkitz (are they even still in business?!?) But I love it, and it seemed made for this little doggie. The card measures 5.25" square. The dog is cut at 4". Except for the pink, turquoise, and black CS, everything else on this card is retired LOL! I'm trying to use up some of my ridiculously large stash.
I popped him up on foam tape. Scallop square is from Gypsy Wanderings cart. What's your fave Cricut cart? Mine changes from day to day, but this one is always near the top. Have a great day!