January 21, 2010

Anything is Possible ~ Cinema Saturday #62

Good morning everyone!  Ready for your day?  I'm actually writing this late at night and I've only had 4 hours of sleep last night so please forgive me for any errors.  I'll check again tomorrow.

This weeks cinema saturday challenge is based on the movie: A Night at the Museum and the added challenge of using a miniature.  I'm not a huge fan but I sat down and watched the first part until I got the idea I wanted to run with.  My favourite character is Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and during his first meeting with Ben Stiller's character he says "Nothing is impossible.  Anything can be done."  I tried the find out where that quote originated from but all I could find were philosophical debates about whether NOTHING really is impossible. (If it's the absent of something than it would be wouldn't it?) I know you're going think about that once your done reading aren't you?

So while my card is very simplistic (and I'm kind of disappointed because I forgot to add the stitching around the front sentiment before I added the spaceship) I really think this will be a very encouraging card to give to one of my kids when they are struggling.

Anyhow, the quote that inspired me got me to thinking about how President Roosevelt's (1901-1909) positivity and those like him allowed so much technical advancement to occur within the last 100 years.  Here's a brief historical run down:

1903 - Wright brothers invent the airplane
1913 - First talking movie
1921 - First am radio broadcast
1961 - First man in Space (Yuri Gagarin)
1962 - Phillips invents the compact casset
1963 - First man to walk on the moon (Neil Armstrong)

All the elements in my card are meant to reflect those accomplishments including the miniature of the space ship.  Thanks so much for letting me talk your ear off.  I hope you have a super fabulous day.

January 20, 2010

Coffee Anyone?

What would happen if I didn't have my morning coffee in the morning?  I'd probably be pretty cranky....but I'm sure I would survive....there's always tea!  LOL.  Something about a nice warm beverage is just comforting in the morning.  I use to get up a little bit before the kids so I could enjoy a cup in peace but then they just started getting up at the same time so I thought it best to get that extra half hour of sleep.

Anyhow, I saw this Card Pattern sketch and thought it would make a lovely coupon card for a friends birthday.  And then my Verve order arrived in the mail and I set to work.  Here's what I came up with.  I know it's really neutral without any colour but it was meant to remind us of rich dark coffee.  The pocket is hand stitched on the the card so that I didn't have to worry about glue attaching to the coupons.  It also allowed me to make the coupons a bit bigger.  The sponging is done in close to cocoa and while not the best sponge job it works.

Hope you're enjoying a nice relaxing cup  as you read this.  Have a fabulous day!

Paper: Kraft, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate chip
Ink: Versa Mark, Chocoalte chip and Close to Cocoa
Accessories:  Bling, Tab punch, linen thread, scallop boarder punch, printer.

January 19, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle Baby Girl

Good day my crafty pals!  How are you all this fine Tuesday?  I'm relaxing after my trip to the dentist.  The freezing is just now starting to come out.  Why is it that the dentist and assistant always talk to you while your mouth is frozen and full of garbage?  It's not like they can really understand what your saying if you tried to reply. On the plus side of my day I have only one kiddie at home until 3 this afternoon.

On with the show.  Here's my take on The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #39.  My friend is finally having the baby girl she's been dreaming of in May and I decided to make her something special...hopefully nice enough to be a keepsake?

I used my new Scallop Trim boarder punch again and the hand stitching as well.  I don't know if you can see the glitter in the paper from the SU! Sending Love dsp but it is there.    I finished it off with a lovely pink organza bow and viola!  Don't you just love that Plain Jane sentiment?

That little girl is going to be one spoiled cookie and I can't wait to hold her!  Unfortunately she'll be living 12 hours away so I won't get to see much of her.  All my friends are having more babies and it kind of makes me sad that I don't have anymore around the house.  When I get to sleep through the night though I kind of rethink that thought :)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Kraft, Sending Love dsp, background paper is from my scrap box.
Accessories: Scallop Trim boarder punch, pink ribbon, pink cotton floss, circle scissors, Very vanilla brads, pink watercolour pencil.
Ink: Close to cocoa.

January 18, 2010

Valentine Greetings ~ Sketch Girl #10

Sketch Girl is back from it's holiday hiatus and I managed to find the time and inspiration to play along.  It gave me a chance to use some more of my new Stampin' Up! goodies like the Sale-a-bration Scallop trim boarder punch and the matching corner punch (from the current mini).  You're probably going to see it a lot in my future projects.  It's very similar to the apron punch (which is impossible to find around here) only a little fancier.

I used the heart punch and ran the hearts through my cuttlebug using the Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder.  The red heart is popped up with a dimensional.  The sentiment is framed with the boarder and corner punch which I have to admit was tricky and finicky.  After my third try it was finally presentable.  Lastly on the bottom scallop trim I added pink stitching to the top for a little something extra.  It was all hand done for a more precise and polished look.  I found the hand stitching very therapeutic as well so I'll doing more of this technique in the future.

Thanks so much for looking.  Hope you're having a happy crafty week.

Paper:  Sending Love dsp, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Real Red
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop trim boarder and corner punches, heart punch, Perfect Polka Dots Impressions folder, pink cotton floss, dimensionals
Stamp: Grateful Greetings

January 17, 2010

Girls Rock

Get ready for another post with lots of pictures. Not very good ones but pictures nonetheless  I decided to make a box full of girls cards to with the boy box that I made for my friends birthday.

This was my chance to use up more of my Twitterpatted collection.  The SU! colours that worked really well with this paper were Riding Hood Red or Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, and Close to Cocoa.

If you have any questions about the stamps used please feel free to email me.

You Make Me Smile
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Tempting Turquoise craft ink
Accessories:  Sewing machine, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches.  Clear embossing powder, circle scissors.

For this card I wish my sentiment was better positioned.

Button Bouquets
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Ridding Hood Red
Ink: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava

Apple Trees

This is one of my favourites.  The layout isn't wonderful but I like the red french knots in the button wholes to create apple trees. Otherwise this card is pretty straight forward.

Happy Birthday Chickadee

Another one of Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketches.   The circle was given a faux layer by inking the edges with Ruby Red.  The rhinestone bird was part of the twitterpated collection I just added a larger rhinestone to the eye.  Looking back I should have added stitching to the background panel.

Paper: Ridinghood Red, Groovy Guava
Ink: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie
Thanks for taking a peak at my latest project.  Sweet Sunday everyone.