Thursday, May 22, 2008

PIF cards again

You think I like this layout?
It just happened this way. All PIF images were used. I have another sympathy card to send--the lighthouse card will take care of that. The other two are going to be used for graduation cards or something. I'm not really sure these fit grad cards, but I'll use them for something.
The lighthouse card uses SU! A light unto my Path. The paper is from a pack of CM paper that I found while going through stuff for our yard sale next weekend. It needed something and the photo corner was just the touch.
The other two cards are House Mouse images. Much easier to color than I had thought and was afraid of. I'm still not sure I like the mice, but it's a cute card.

MOPS end of the year stuff

Here is my first "real" commissioned piece! I hope that these fish work with her theme.

I used a white 8 1/2x11 frame, so the back piece is a full sheet of Ballet Blue. I rolled it using the See You Around jumbo wheel in Balley Blue to get a bubble effect.
I used my CM wave cutter to do the top wave and ran the bottom wave through my C'bug using Tiny Bubbles folder for the bottom wave. These are Brilliant Blue.
Stamped the Silly Sealife (retired) images, watercolored and cut them out. In my head the turtle was using the waterspout from the whale as a fountain.
Stamped Tyler is Wild Wasabi, layered on WWasabi and Brilliant Blue CS. These were popped up using dimensionals (like I wished I had done on Anna Marie's).
Carrie said she liked it---I hope that was the truth!

I made up some cute tiny treat boxes for the ladies at my table. Did I remember to bring them?

Used mostly non-su! paper, my favorite scallop punch for the patties and non-SU! flower brads that I've had forever!

The card if for my secret sister reveal. I figured she knew it was me cause I made her cards throughout the year. Used my new Time Well Spent hostess set that SU! sent to all demos back in December. Used a scrap of retired Paisley DSP, non-SU! flower brads and watercolor crayons! I'm totally loving those crayons now! I've used those more lately than my ink pads!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

To color or Not?

Mitch had softball Wednesday night, so I headed upstairs once the kids were in bed. My mission: Mother's Day cards.

The kids and I are heading up to Toledo to visit the in-laws. The plan is to gather for dinner to celebrate our friendships and being women---so it's for everyone, not just moms. So I needed cards that could fit anyone.

I choose to make "Thanks for being my friend" type cards.

Using all PIF images, I made 18 cards! That's right.....18!

Now, I still have to color the images, but the hard part of designing the card and layout is finished.

Now my question: Does this card need to be colored? Leave a comment and let me know.
Thanks for looking!

Christmas cards for Cards for Heroes

I took Kim and Alison's challenge and sent Mindy 69 Christmas cards today. 19 Christmas cards, along with many all-occasion cards, were already promised, so I made up 50 more for their challenges.
I kept it pretty simple, with minimal layers. I had a package of 50 pre-scored invitations that you can run through the computer. The original plan was to make party invitations with these, but we never did. Following my current mantra of "USE WHAT YOU HAVE", these became the base for my cards. Envelopes were even included!

Sidekick Sayings (2007 hostess, retired. Real Red, Bashful Blue, WW, Dashing designer paper (retired). Black Ink, markers. D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder.

Big on Christmas. Red or Blue CS, White. Black ink, watercolor pencils. D'Vine Embossing folder.

Gotta love Frosty. He's been around forever, but he makes great cards!
Frosty (retired). Bashful Blue, Real Red, WW CS. Black ink. D'Vine Swirls Embossing folder.

This one is one of my favorites and I didn't stamp it! Yep. That's right. Another PIF image. I received 6, so I made up all 6. I really like how this turned out. Since I'm out of this image, I'll be watching for this image again!

This amazing image is from Scenescapes. It's called The Old Mill.
I used my pastel chalks to add some color to this image then stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. Added a double mat, ticket punched the corners, added some eyelets and this card is finished.
Subtle but very striking!
I used non-SU paper and retired eyelets. Follow that mantra! (I's not SU! but it worked so well with this image!)

Mindy has pledged to have 1200 cards by the end of September. Those on the PIF thread are doing what we can to help.
I'll be hosting a card making party in June to help out with this awesome organization. As always, you are invited to make cards for any occasion. Drop them off at my house and I'll mail them to Mindy. If making the cards isn't your thing, then sponsor a mailing. Any amount is welcomed!

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Card Challenge for you

Cards for Heroes is an organization that collects cards and sends them to our military personnel overseas. Some cards are sent to the service people themselves and some are sent blank, so that the service men and women can have something special to send back to their families! I think that this is a great cause!

I'm so thankful knowing there is an oganized group doing this. When Mitch left for Iraq I did a similar thing on a small, local level. I had many people make cards and give them to me to send over to Mitch while he was in Iraq.

My friend Mindy, who I met on the SCS PIF thread, is one of the volunteer mailers. Her goal is to collect 1200 Christmas cards! I'd like to help.

Here's the Challenge: SEND AS MANY CARDS, TO MY FRIEND MINDY YOUNG, AS YOU CAN. SEND THESE CARDS SO THEY ARRIVE IN MINDY'S HANDS ON OR BEFORE MAY16th, 2008. I WILL HAVE A RANDOM DRAW FOR THE BLOG CANDY ON MAY 17th. These can be card fronts that you make into cards or brand new cards you make or some of your old cards you keep in your stash. I do ask, that you only send cards that you would be proud to receive! Mindy's address can be found HERE.

Now, to make this even better, there are two ladies from the PIF thread offering blog candy if you send in the cards. Kim's deadline is May 12th and Alison's deadline is May 16th.

Check out Alison's blog NewStampinAddict for an awesome offering of blog candy. A set of Nestabilities!

Then mosey over to Kim's blog Impress Yourself She is also offering awesome blog candy----cardstock, stamps and Bella images!

If you send in cards for this challenge, make sure that you mark on or include a note inside the box/bag/envelope that the cards are for this challenge and put my name (Falconstamper) on the box/envelope/bag so Mindy knows you learned of this challenge through me. But don't forget to include which blog candy you're sending your cards in for also!

If you send in sets of 10 cards, your name will be entered into one of these blog candy challenges. Just make sure to write my name and which challenge your entering somewhere along with your cards.

Questions? Just ask! I'm off to get my box of cards ready. I made 30 over the weekend and went through my cardfronts and will make those into full cards to send in this week. If you get your cards to me by Friday morning (May 9th), I'll mail them for you!

Friday, May 2, 2008

My table --- as is!

It's blurry, but you get the idea.
The challenge on the PIF thread was to show your stamping area---as is!
So here you go.