Thursday, March 31, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 108...

Hello!!! I managed to squeeze in a few minutes last night to whip up Seth's birthday card. I was perusing the blog world for some sketch inspiration and ran across this week's sketch from Card Patterns. I liked it, a lot, and decided to use it for his card. Here's the sketch...

I liked the circles and clean lines in this sketch and stuck pretty close to it with my card.

The patterned paper, cardstock stickers and twine are from Jillibean Soup (Soup Staples and Spotted Owl Soup). Instead of a circle at the top I cut out the largest of the Scrap-Mart Exclusive Ovalsquare Label and trimmed it to fit. Then I ran some crinkled ribbon, added my embellishments. The numbers are adhered with foam dots to give added dimension. To finish the card off I hung the tag around the bows using the bakers twine then stuck the star sticker and two gems in the lower right corner.

I loved how it turned out and I just know Seth will too! I'm enjoying trying to incorporate challenges into my crafting projects. I mean, I'm crafting anyway so I might as well try to have some fun too, right?! Thanks for stoppin' by! I'm off to work on Seth's coupon book...gotta get it done so I can give it to him tonight. :)


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award...

Hello and Happy Hump Day to you all! I was busy craftin' the day away today, with a sick baby at home, and didn't get around to a post today. Then, my friend Shar, aka Scrapendipity, told me she had a blogger award for me. So, I thought that'd be a great filler post for today. And, I get to tell you all seven random facts about myself that you may not already know. So here goes...

1. I am a native Texan. I was born and raised in the San Antonio area. Now, I'm an Okie Transplant.

2. Mexican food is by far my favorite cuisine. Chinese a close second.

3. While I go by Katie now in my adulthood, all of my childhood I was called Kathy by family and friends. Long story but it changed when I moved to Oklahoma.

4. Like my buddy Shar, I am terrified of snakes. And I mean heart stopping, can't breathe, about to croack terrified. Yet, I live in the country. Hmmmm.

5. I swore I'd NEVER own a minivan. Anyone wanna guess what I drive now??? LOL!

6. My middle name is Jo.

7. I am the only one of the six of us who doesn't like or understand sugar in rice. I'm a southern girl, from SOUTH TEXAS, rice, like grits, need butter and salt. End of story.

Well there you have it. Seven random facts about me, that you probably could've lived without. :) Now, the rules also state that I have to pass this along to 15 other bloggers. I don't think I know 15 bloggers so I'll pass it to the Scrap-Mart design team and a few other friends. Fair enough??

Eva Dobilas
Jenn Lynn
Laurel Seabrook
Karen Walker
Mindy Miller
Kay Squires
Rae Barthel

Tomorrow I'll be working on Seth's birthday card and coupon book for his party tomorrow night. Then I'm back to work on a BIG project I can't share yet. But, I'm hoping to be able to share Seth's card tomorrow and the coupon book Friday. And, if all goes well I'll have ALL DAY Saturday to myself to play with paper. Life is good! 'Til then...


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

JustRite Challenge meets Shabby Tea Room...

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Scrap-Mart is needing some samples for our trade show booth and had asked for cards using the new JustRite Cling stamps. Since I was going to create with JustRite anyway I thought I'd make a second entry for this week's JustRite act of kindness. I was about 2/3 of the way through with my card when my dear friend, Eva, suggested I enter it into the Shabby Tea Room challenge as well. I hopped over to their blog to check it out and sure enough, my card fit the challenge. And as if that wasn't enough, JustRite just happens to be their sponsor this week as well. Score! hehehe So, here's my card...

I started my card with some of the My Mind's Eye Hazel 6x6 papers, which I scored from Scrap Ace a week or so ago. ;) This time I decided to use my new Friendship Blooms set. After some inking and layering I decided to use the border stamp and add another layer. I stamped the frame, cut it and the center circle out, stamped the sentiment on the center circle, then mounted the pieces onto a larger frame cut from patterned paper. For added dimension I used foam dots to adhere the stamped frame. The flowers were so fun to create. I stamped them using the Rock 'n Roll technique then cut them out and distressed and wrinkled them up. There's two layers per flower and foam dots in between. A bit of crinkled ribbon was added between the flowers for a leafy effect and they were topped off with pearls. All ink is from SU!...Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink. I used the coordinating Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and the Blossom Three dies to cut my pieces. I really enjoyed creating this card and hopefully you'll get to see it again on a display board in our booth. ;)


Monday, March 28, 2011

Sweetly Smitten....

I just can't get enough of the new Sweetly Smitten by Sassafras Lass! I am sooo lovin' this line! Here's a layout I made over the weekend with some of the new goodies...

As soon as I saw the Lifestyle Crafts Lace Scallop die I knew I had to have it! This die is HUGE and is perfect for use on layouts! All my patterned papers and sticker elements are from the new Sweetly Smitten collection pack from Sassafras Lass. To create the flowers, I cut multiple pieces of the Cookie Cutter Bloom shapes and the Cookie Cutter Spray shapes and inked and layered them then topped them off with some gems and tucked some Cookie Cutter Leaves under the petals. For my page title, I combined letters/numbers cut using the new Blue Sky Cookie Cutter font and the alpha stickers from Sass in the collection pack. To finish off the layout, I added a few Scrap-Mart exclusive Clouds to the top of my journal sticker.

I followed this sketch from April's Mini Maps from Page Maps...

I simply created my layout in a larger format.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 051...

Hello and Happy Hump Day to you all! I cannot believe it's already Wednesday! Where has my week gone?? Anyway, I am here today to share a card I made for the current JustRite Friday Challenge...An Act of Kindness. The challenge is simple really, just create something for someone as an act of kindness. Could be a thank you, thinking of you or whatever. Here's mine...

I decided to use the Treat Bag from the Lifestyle Crafts Valentine Release to create a pocket card. After cutting it from white American Crafts cardstock, I inked the edges and began adding my layers. The kraft cardstock was embossed with the Quickutz Dots embossing folder and inked up. Next, I added some crinkled ribbon and one of the *NEW* Sassafras Lass Foldies die cuts. These are super fun and super easy to use! Next I stamped a border from the JustRite 2 3/8" Birthday Wishes set then I cut it out with my Spellbinders Lacey Circles and inked the edges. Next I stamped the rectangle from JustRite's Fancy Frames Cling Stamp set. Using the coordinating Spellbinders Labels Fourteen I cut out the center and adhered it to my Lacey Circle. Then, using some American Crafts foam tabs I adhered the frame over the circle. I like the simple dimension that step added. A few flowers on my ribbon and I was done.

Since it's a pocket card, I needed to fill the inside too so I grabbed a sheet of pretty patterned paper from the new Sweetly Smitten Sassafras line and cut a tag for inside. I grabbed my new Spellbinders Creative Page Tabs designed by Donna Salazar and added one to the top corner so the insert would be easy to pull out. Here's a pic of them side by side...

I love how easy it is to mix and match the Original Ribbed and new Cling Stamps. Believe it or not, I have at least one more project I want to make for this challenge. :) Okay, off to finish my to do list so I can create all day tomorrow!! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stoppin' by!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spellbinders Bunny Hop

Good morning everyone! I am headed out the door and off to Scrap-Mart today for some more shipping! ;) Fun stuff! But, I wanted to share this with you before I took off. Did you know that Spellbinders is hosting a blog hop?? Yep, they sure are. And if you know anything about their blog hops you know they are amazing, inspirational and usually full of some awesome prizes! Head on over to the Spellbinders Blog and check it out.

I'll be back tomorrow with my project for this week's JustRite Challenge. See you then!


Monday, March 21, 2011


Hi there cyber friends! I'm sorry it has been so long since I've posted. As you know, I was out of town two weekends in a row and that was a bit tougher on me that I thought it would be. Then, I had to go to Scrap-Mart on official Button Farm Club business. ;) And, let us not forget my children were on Spring Break this week! Whew, I'm exhausted. LOL! But, I am back and I have a card to share with you today!

Some of you may have seen it already but if you missed the Heartfelt Week posts on the Scrap-Mart blog, it will be new for you. :) Heartfelt Creations generously sent the SMDT a LOAD of new stamps and dies to play with and I couldn't wait to ink 'em up and color. Here's the first card I made with my new HC toys...

I started by creating my card base and background layer with the Spellbinders Grand Labels One die. I used images from the new Egg-Citing Day pre-cut set and colored them with my Copics (E00, E11, E35, E55, E57, Y11, Y13, G21, G24, G28, B000, B02, B21, B24, RV11, RV14, RV21, C5, Colorless Blender). To add more detail, I shaded in the grass and sky with chalks. I cut the image out with Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities then cut the Heartfelt Decorative Oval Window shape and layered it over my image. I wrapped some crinkled ribbons around the card front and added a few flowers. The sentiment is from the Wrought Iron Cross pre-cut set and after stamping it I cut it using the Scrap-Mart Exclusive Labels One die and airbrushed it with my Copics.

That raspberry and yellow is quickly becoming my new favorite color combo! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I WILL be back tomorrow to share another card I created.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

A note of encouragement...

Hi everyone! I have a friend who is working on changing her eating and becoming more physically active...Dr.s orders! It is something she HAS to do for health. She is working really hard and this person means a lot to our family. I thought I would make her a card to give her a little encouragement and let her know how special we think she is! Here's a peek...

You can get the details on the products used and see the finished inside on the Scrap-Mart blog today. I'm on my way to Indianapolis, IN for the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Show. If you're in the area or are attending the show be sure to stop by the Scrap-Mart booth and say hi!

Before I go I'd like to give a shout out to my little man, Cody! Today is Cody's 6th birthday! Happy Birthday Baby! I love you!

Okay, I'll be back next week! Have a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Heartfelt News...

Hey everyone! I am so excited to tell you that the Scrap-Mart blog will be hosting Heartfelt Creations Week ALL week next week! Starting on Sunday, March 6th we will be posting projects using the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies AND 16 designers from HC will also be joining us! It's like a week long mini blog hop! Woohoo!

I am headed off to Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday for an Heirloom Stamp Show. But, I'll return just in time for the blog hop! I have a few projects I NEED to get done before I go AND some regular "work" for The Button Farm Club too but I'll pop in when I can. Hope to see you next week!