Thursday, February 25, 2010

Now that's using your noggin!

Sorry for my lack of posts recently.  Mom's been in and out of the hospital with an infection, so I've been running a little crazy these past few weeks.  Needless to say, my crafting mojo was at an all time low.  Now that everything is finally getting back to normal (or at least as normal as it can get with my, I'm feeling crafty again!

To transition myself back into creative mode, I thought that for this month's class we would concentrate on getting back-to-basics.  Fancy scrapbooks and pop-up cards are great, but what happens when you need just a plain old birthday or thank you card...and you need it pronto?!?  Just sit there staring at that blank paper until something comes to you?  Not any more!  In this class we will be using two basic card ideas (Gathered from a great blog called  Props to those girlies!  They have great ideas that are easy to build on.) and turning each of them into three different cards.  We'll be making a total of 6 cards, all from two samples.  How is this even possible you ask?  By looking at each basic card idea and using a little creativity, we'll create three cards that all look different and unique, but at the same time require little effort and time.  Quick and dirty and you still come off looking like a pro!  What more could you ask for?

*For each class in the future I will be offering a kit and an actual class that takes place in Kailua, HI.  The class fee is usually $20 (Depending on the projects.  Please add $5 for shipping if you do not live on island or are not able to pick up your kit in person.) and includes the pre-cut pieces and supplies for the project.  Since I was so busy this month, I wasn't able to post this in time for my online readers.  The information only went out to my email subscribers.  Sorry for the delay, but don't worry!  There are classes every month.  Hooray!  The projects always vary, so be on the look out for info on next month's class...sneak peek: It'll be perfect for holding all your Easter treats!*

Here's a picture of the first Mojo Monday art and pictures of the cards that I created based on that design: 


I love the colors in this card.  Chocolate chip, Kiwi Kiss (RIP Kiwi Kiss...I wish that SU would bring you back.  I only have one pack left...sigh...I'll have to find a new favorite green.), Very Vanilla, and Teal...I love you all. :)  At first I wasn't really crazy about this stamp set, but now I totally love it!  The little baby birds are soooo cute.  

More birds...I know...I guess I was in a bird  This is what I thought the card would look like in the other orientation.  I used the new SU bird punch.  So easy and quick!  I used a dimensional under the wing to give Mr. Birdie a little more depth.  I also used the new scallop trim corner and edge punches on the green paper (Thanks Gretchen again for your great tips!).  I was going for more of a vintage look for this card and I think that the scallop trim border added a lot to that look.

Oh the Love Bandit!  He really did steal my heart.  I took one look at this little raccoon and thought "He will be mine, oh yes, he will be mine."  You can't really see it in this picture, but the bottom of the card is punched with the eyelet border punch.  This card is my favorite...of course!  Not only is it pink (Melon Mambo to be exact), but I used one of those super cute Sweet Pea felt stitched flowers.  I am so in love with those right now!

Here's the second Mojo Monday picture and pictures of the cards based off this design:
Thanks for Owl you do...cute, cute, and super cute!  (Going on a tangent...I love cartoon owls, but I think that real owls look totally creepy.  Am I right?  They have those weird beady eyes and the head that can turn around super far...maybe that's just me though.)

This card was made using the Good Neighbor Stamp set and the coordinating Good Neighbor Paper Pack.  I just love when everything matches together so easily.  I used some bling to bring some shine to the card.  Perfect card to greet a new neighbor with, accompanied by some yummy cookies of course!  (I think that I might be the only person in the world that still does  Or you could just use it as a thank you or a general occasion card.  I bought the clear stamp set version of this stamp set and I'm sure glad that I did.  I think that the clear stamps makes it easier to see where you are stamping each image in relation to the other.  Not nearly as much guess work as before...though I still do heart my wooden block stamps.

I used the SU Finial Press embossing folder for the Old Olive back ground of this card.  Before I stuck it down I rubbed my gold stamp pad over the raised parts to give it a little shine and richness.  This card steered the most away from the original design.  After awhile there is only so much that one can do with three vertical lines for a background, so I opted for one on the background (the crushed Chocolate Chip cardstock) and one a little closer to the foreground (the stain ribbon on the Rich Razzleberry cardstock).  It's a rich and regal card for a birthday Queen or King. :) 

Hope that you enjoyed my cards and that I see you all at next month's class!  Happy almost Friday!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Funny Hubby comment of the week...

Getting ready to go out with friends on a Thursday night...

Me:  "Hey, hun, how do I look?  Is this outfit okay?"

Him:  "Yeah it looks good.  You look really you're going to break a leg."

I don't know whether that's a complement or dig, but it sure did make me laugh.  At least thin was in there  Hope you all are enjoying your Monday!  Look out for a post on the next class soon. :)