Thursday, January 09, 2020

C.A.R.S. January 2020 Swap - Mad For Plaid or Stripes


And so it begins a new year full of new cards and projects.  For our first C.A.R.S.(Chicago Area Rubber Stampers) card swap we were challenged with Mad for Plaid or Stripes. 

I chose plaid and some new(to me) blue chalk ink pads I found at the Paper Source late last year.  Since this line of in pads are going away I was happy to get 2 shades of blue that worked really well together.   I stamped my plaid using a retired plaid stamp set from Stampin Up called Perfect Plaids and alternated the 2 shades of blue.  The die is from Spellbinders called Rosemal which I layered white on top of silver mirror card.  Felicitations is an old Just Johanna(Odd Bird Planet) stamp which was done in the darker blue and layered again on silver mirror card.  To finish it off I added a few sequins that were iridescent.  It turned out okay.  I somehow envisioned it crisper in my head but it's never the same as how I see it prior to creating it.

Excited for our meeting it's always fun to see what everyone creates.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look today hope your New Year is off to a good start!

Friday, January 03, 2020

Chicago Area Rubber Stampers(C.A.R.S.) Swap Themes 2020

Yay it's a New Year that means New Swap Themes for the Chicago Area Rubber Stampers or C.A.R.S.  Each year in October the group votes from a huge list of ideas that were compiled from all of the members.  We then create 18 to trade at our monthly meeting

I always get so excited and energized when I get the new list.  My mind starts swimming with ideas for each month.  

Here is the list:

January - Mad for Plaid or Stripes
February - Season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
March - Punches/Dies
April - Feathers/Flowers/Felt
May - Holiday Cards (Holiday of your choice)
June - Shaped/Interactive Cards
July - Watercolor Card
August - Get Well/ Thinking Of You
September - Anything But a Card
October - Funny/Irreverent/Goofy 
November - A Different Fold
December - Holiday Party 1 Large Handmade Gift for Exchange

So far I have ideas for January, February, March, June, July and November.  That's not too bad half of them are already formulated in my head only of course.  I have however begun to pull supplies for all of those months so I can work on them at my leisure.

Maybe something on this list will spark an idea for you.  

Thank you for stopping by Happy New Year.



Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Little House Shelf Sitters - Etsy

These adorable little house shelf sitters are up in the Etsy Store Here.
They are all handmade by yours truly.
They look adorable on a tiered tray or shelf mixed with other lovely items.
Pick out your favorite today.  If you would like a word or phrase you don't see here don't hesitate to ask I would be happy to customize something for you.
These would also make adorable little gifts.
Don't forget all of the holidays!
Thank you so for stopping by to take a look.
Hope you're having a Wonderful Day.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Sad Baby - Scrappy Saturday


Another layout complete.  I'm a  bad mom I took pictures of my baby crying.  But we went through a phase where this is all we did.   Nothing seemed to work all I could do was take pictures.  She is still the sweetest even while crying.
Thank you for checking out my page.  Hope your day is Fabulous!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Harry Potter - Copic Coloring

I love to color!  It's one of the most relaxing things to do for me.  This and stitching.  I just love seeing the colors of these types of projects being filled in and the completed image come to life.  There is something so relaxing and fulfilling about it that I crave it. 
Lately I have been working on these Bugaboo Digital Harry Potter images for a project.
Choosing the colors for each of the characters was fun as well.
I did a little research online and tried best to capture the colors for hair, skin and clothes as well as familiars.
These images are going to be part of my next months swap cards.  Which of course have way to many pieces as usual but I don't seem to be happy unless I add a ton of tedious steps so I'm just going to go with it and work on them a little each week.  Nothing like embracing your inner weakness and take on the creative process.  Tedious is my sweet spot.  I really hope it pays off with some super cute cards, fingers crossed.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Graduation Cards - Etsy Shop

Here comes the end of another school year.  May...the second busiest time of the year.  I know with the snow coming every weekend still it doesn't seem like it's that time.  It's creeping up on us...
With only one child in school with events throughout April and May I've had some time to create some cards and gift card holders for my shop which is exciting as usually I'm just hanging out at the school and doing the taxi thing.
These cards are beautifully layered with a congratulatory embossed background with the year and the hats layered with foam tape on top of it. 
I tried to cover the most common school colors in our area or at least one of them but I can do these in any color or combination of colors.
Are you ready for Graduation Season?
The inside has a die cut Congratulations and plenty of room to write your message to the Graduate.
Thank you for taking a look today hope your enjoying the week!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

C.A.R.S. May 2019 Swap - Masculine

It's that time again.  The second Thursday of each month the Chicago Area Rubber Stampers meet and swap.  This month's theme was Masculine Cards.   I got a chance to use my new Buffalo Check background stamp from Stampin Up.  I did pull out an old retired Stampin Up set for the bear image.  The background behind the bear is stenciled and the fishy and greeting are from the Silhouette.  Looking back I probably shouldn't have tied a bow in Jute for a masculine card but I wasn't thinking of that.   So there you go another 18 cards down in the books.  I did take the month of April off as it was right before the craft fair and we were still prepping.
This month's meeting was bittersweet.  An original member of over 20 years is moving away so everyone was given the chance to say goodbye and we had a little celebration for her at the end of the meeting.
Thank you for stopping by to take a look hope your having a wonderful day!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mother's Day Cards - Etsy Shop


I've been creating some Mother's Day cards for my Etsy Shop this week.  I love how these turned out.  I used a 6x6 pad and some dies with shimmer and mirror cardstocks.
These can be found in My Etsy Shop Here.

This is set one
This is set two.
I love these soft blue and yellow colors.
Thank you for  stopping by hope you're having a great day!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Teacher Gift Card Holders - Etsy Shop


We've been working hard to add some new items to the Etsy shop this month here we have some hugely popular Teacher Gift Card Holders.   I love how bright and happy they are. 
We've used October Afternoon, Lawn Fawn and Stampin Up papers so far. 
How cute is that chalkboard back and the little dimensional apple embellishment!
Off to make some more in different shades of Red and Green.  You're going to love the little green apples, ADORABLE.

Thank you for stopping in.  Be sure to check out the Etsy Shop for more new items coming through April and May.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Spring Craft Fair - Fremd

We had a great Spring Craft Fair at Fremd this past weekend.  Our booth was Awesome and the customers were amazing.  Thank you to everyone that stopped by to see us.  We appreciate your support so much and couldn't do it without you cheering us on!  

We will be attending a few shows in the Fall be sure to check our schedule posted here for details, dates and times.

Thank you so much for dropping in to see what we're up to.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Imperfect Produce - YUM

This month we are trying something new in our house.  Imperfect Produce.  It will be nice to supplement our menus during the Winter months  before the garden takes hold.  We got our first box today.  Very exciting.  I see a big salad for dinner coming up!
"The Situation" continues so we're finding ways to make it seem like it's Spring.  I appreciate you stopping in today, HUGS!

Floral/Mother's Day Gift Card Holders - Etsy Shop

Getting things ready in the Etsy shop for Mom.  These Gorgeous gift card holders are the perfect addition to any gift for Mother's Day or even your Best Friends Birthday! 

This pattern reminds me of Lilly Pulitzer fabrics.  I feel like I should be in Miami which is perfect given our current Winter situation.  We will now call it "The Situation" until it is over. Teeeeheeeeheee.  (only funny to myself)
Hope your getting some lovely creative time!  Thank you for stopping in today.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Picture Holders - Craft Fair

Good morning!  I'm in the process of turning these adorable little guys into picture holders for Mom, Grandma a loved one.  I'm so excited to explore some new craft mediums with this project! 
This time out we are taking a whirl at glass, chalk paint and wire words with the new WRMK wire jig!  YAY  I will post some pictures of the completed project if the craft fair prep doesn't take over my world.

Thank you for taking a look have a happy day!