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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Another Monday and a new challenge at My Grafico Crafts: Mother's Day. Make a card and/or paper craft project to celebrate Mother's Day. Here is my DT project:
When I received this precious verse, I knew that I had to include some material on this card. This is my first time using burlap as an embellishment. As the clerk was cutting it, she pulled out long threads which, of course, I asked for and hence used in creating the flower along with ribbon and a vintage button. The same ribbon was used to weave through the vintage lace. A butterfly was cut from DP then liquid glass was added to make it shiny and sturdier. The stitch frame was enhanced with a yellow gelly roll pen.The edges of both the sentiment and polka dot DP were distressed with green stamp pad ink.

Here is the inside of the Mother's Day card. The cupcake has some paper piecing on the heart as well as the base. The "frosting" appears shiny with the help of liquid glass. The flower on the bottom right is cut from DT. I added a square to the base of this card so that a note could be written. A punch added the scallops and burlap string was woven through then tied in a bow. You might notice that the edges of the polka dot paper were also punched with a scallop die. The edges of the square and the Mother's Day sentiment were distressed with green ink also.

This picture shows how simple it is to make a pop up card! This DP package has some beautiful florals and coordinates. I just love it!!

DP: K and Company
Burlap: JoAnn Fabrics
Ribbon: Michael's

I know there are many details on this card but I had so much fun being creative!! Isn't that what challenges are for? Thank you for stopping to visit today. I hope that I have inspired you to create something special for a loving lady in your life. Perhaps you will find that burlap adds an interesting dimension to your paper crafts. Maybe you will want to make a pop up card? Splitcoast Stampers has a wonderful tutorial for a much more difficult pop up card but it will give you some inspiration. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts and/or follow this blog. When you have completed your project, just click HERE to enter it. Best wishes for a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next week.

I am sharing this card with:
the house that stamps built: card for a woman you love
inky impressions challenges: Anything goes
little darlings challenges: Flowers
scrap alicioususa: Flower Power
simon says stamps challenge: Anything Goes
delightful sketches: Paper piecing (inside the card)
emergency crafters challenge: Bright and Bold

Ballerina Trio

Today I am posting my first challenge for Lexi's Creations as a Design Team Member!!! I am very excited to be working with such a remarkable team. Their images are just precious. I had forgotten how much I missed coloring!! (Must be the kid in me!) The challenge for the next two weeks is Lace and Ribbons This challenge will run until May 14, 2012. Our sponsor for this challenge is: Crop Stop.


 Lace and Ribbons are my  favorite two embellishments so I was thrilled!  This image is called: Ballerina Trio from: Fairy Dust Crafts.
 This card is called a " Fancy Cut Pocket Card." I cut two green cardstock shapes using a Spellbinders die. On the front cardstock, two ribbons were attached and taped on the back. Then the two green CS were glued  together, on the edges only. ( I found that a tape runner was not quite strong enough so I used the heavy red tape, from Michael's.) Be sure to leave an opening for a sentiment on one end;) A smaller shape encompassed the three darling ballerinas.(Notice that the foot, on the far left ballerina extends beyond the cut shape of the die:) I colored the girls using copic markers, enhanced the ruffles,dotted their tunics and colored their ballet slippers with a glitter gelly roll pen. Next, I distressed the edges using green stamp pad ink. I found some pieces of vintage lace, gathered them with needle and thread and sewed them onto the white CS. The Dance quote was printed from the computer, cut and glued onto ribbon, then adhered  to the green CS with a pink brad. 

The second sentiment was computer generated, also cut with a Spellbinders die. A hand punch was used to punch a hole on the end of the sentiment and a ribbon was attached. 
This seems like a lot of work, but I love the results. It is the embellishments that add the perfect finish. What do you think? 

Thank for stopping to visit. I hope you enjoyed my original (I think) designed card. I hope that I have inspired you to "think outside the box" and create you own special card.  Gather you lace and ribbons and create your masterpiece. When you are finished just click HERE to enter your project at Lexi's Creations.  Please feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing your thoughts, and/or follow this blog. Have a wonderful week and don't forget to find some time to do something special that makes you happy.

Materials: CS, ribbons, brad, and stamp pad ink were purchased at Michael's

I am sharing this card with:
always crafting: Anything Goes 
karens doodles challenge blog: For the Kids
lollipop crafts: Anything Goes
make it monday: Anything Goes
tammy scrap incorne: Anything Goes
catered crop: Letter B=ballerina
sentimental sundays: Cards for kids
stampin sisters in christ: The color green
crafty creations challenges: A card for little girls
fab n funky challenges: No Designer Paper

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Love.Trees.Birds. Happy Anniversary

At My Grafico,this week we are showcasing a very lovable set of images called Love, Trees & Birds, created by Baby Star Designs. This set too has so many possibilities. I chose to design an anniversary card.

This is the front cover on my tri fold card. I wanted to keep it simple to show that a thoughtful card can be done quickly and easily. 
Lift up the front flap and this is what you will see.

Now fold down the front flap and this is the inside. 
The tri fold card was made from black card stock. All the images were printed on white card stock. I added the red ribbon and the computer generated sentiment along with the button brad.  All the materials used can be found at Michael's Craft Store. 

I must admit that it took me awhile to decide on an idea. The rest is so simple. (I hope that my husband will enjoy this

Now that I have inspired you to create a CAS (Clean and Simple) card, what are you waiting for?

You can enter your creations for the current challenge FUN AND GAMES until Friday, April 27th at midnight HERE.  Plenty of time to play along.  One winner will receive this set: Viva Las Vegas by JW Illustrations.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog. I hope that you will leave a comment 'cause I do enjoy reading each one. Please feel free to follow so that you won't miss the next post:) Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next Wednesday:)

I am sharing this card with:
creative card crew: Ribbon
shopping our stash: Something that begins with B: Black, birds
love to create challenge: Anything Goes
make it monday : Anything Goes
crafting when we can challenges: Use two images on your project
gingerloft challenge: black and white with a touch of red
one stitch at a time challenge: Anything Goes
trimmies craft challenge: Anniversary
shellys images blog: Anything Goes
2 sisters challenge: Use a digital image
jeanette-so artful challenges: Anniversary

Monday, April 16, 2012

Engagement Congrats

It is Monday and time again for our next My Grafico Crafts  Challenge.
The theme for Challenge #125 is Fun & Games!

You can enter your projects for this challenge until Friday, April 27th at midnight.  Plenty of time to play along!  One winner will receive this set: Viva Las Vegas by JW Illustrations. 

This set has so many possibilities. I chose to make a card for a very special couple.
I can't be there to give them a hug but I can send a hand crafted card :)

Can you see the bling on the girl's left hand?

Here is the inside of this card.

Once I had the idea in mind, this was such an easy card to make. I used a Spellbinder's die to cut out the card shape in red and a smaller die to cut out the white CS. Silver glitter paper was used beneath the white CS and the edges were distressed with silver ink.Martha Stewart red glitter was used on the girl's dress and hair clip to give her just a little "sparkle." The sentiment on the cover as well as the inside were computer generated. The ribbon for the bow and the feathers were from Michael's.

We can't wait to see your awesome Fun & Games projects.  Remember only link the post containing your project, don't link to your entire blog.  Don't forget to link back to MyGrafico HERE. I hope I have inspired you so send some cheer to a special person. A handmade card is always appreciated :-) I love reading your comments so please take a moment and let me know what you think. Please feel free to follow this blog, if you like what you see!!!
Happy Crafting!

I am sharing this card with:
Monday challenges:
cupcake craft challenges: In the deep end--feathers, glitter
incy wincy designs: Digi's only
love to create challenge: Friends
make it monday: Anything Goes
cute daisy may: Anything goes
Wednesday Challenges:
digi stamps 4 joy: Glitter and Bling
my mums craft shop challenges: Celebrations
scrapbook sisters: Anything Goes
Thursday Challenge:
do you stack up: Glitter, Bling
Friday Challenge:
fat pages with attitude: Anything Goes, Faces
joyful stamper: Anything Goes

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Here's the Scoop

I hope all of you had a delightful Easter/Passover.  Our weather was beautifully sunny albeit a little chilly. After our mild winter and very early spring, we seem to forget that this is only early April! Our feature this week will have you looking forward to warmer summer temperatures – Sweet and Yummy Ice Cream Clip Art by Riefka Designs. This set includes 8 graphic elements of Sweet and Yummy Ice Cream. Perfect for your craft project, scrap booking, invitation, web design, paper product, design card and everything else. This set is normally only $1, but April 11-13th this set will be 50% off! To view the marvelous paper crafts that our design team created, using these images, just click HERE.

I chose to design a pocket card:

Here is the inside of the pocket card. This is where you would write your note.
Using the designer images from MyGrafico, makes this a super easy project. I love the fact that the images are precolored! The card design can be found on the Splitcoast Stampers site. After folding the pocket card, I lined the inside of the pocket. The cone was fussy cut and layered on CS then on matching DP. The "scoops" were also fussy cut and popped up for dimension. The jelly roll glitter pen was used for highlighting. On the front you can see the punched DP that I wove yellow ribbon through.

Materials used:
Images: My Grafico
Papers: Michael's
Punch: ek
Ribbon and jewels: from my treasure of unused supplies!

Our current challenge is Easter or Spring. Enter for a chance to win this Easter Stamp Set by Blackleaf Studios. Entries will be accepted until March 30th, midnight.
 You don't have to use My Grafico images for our challenges but we would love it if you did:) When your paper craft project is complete, just click HERE to post your project.
I hope that you have enjoyed your visit today. Perhaps I have inspired you to try making a pocket card. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.

I am sharing this card with:
365cards: An Everyday Card
make it monday: Anything Goes
paper pretties blog: Lots of Layers
one stitch at a time challenge: Use a digi
pan pastel uk: Sweet Treats
robyns fetish challenge blog: Anything Goes
the pixie cottage: Sweet Treats

Monday, April 2, 2012

Poppies (Button and Bows)

Can you believe it is already April? I can hardly believe how fast time flies! Speaking of which, it is already time for a new challenge at  My Grafico Crafts! Our theme for this challenge is buttons and bows. Enter for a chance to win this Pen & Ink Poppies Set by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. Entries will be accepted until April 13th, midnight. Our design team came up with some wonderful ideas this week. Take a look HERE.
I wanted to make a "Spring Fold Card." This image was just perfect...very elegant. What do you think?

Close up picture:

DP, Ribbon, Button Brad: Michael"s
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Image: My Grafico
Colored with chalks
Spring Fold Card Template: Splitcoast Stampers

The current challenge is: Button and Bows. We would love for you to enter our challenge. When you have completed your paper craft project, you can just click HERE to enter. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog. I love to read your comments and truly appreciate your followings.

I am sharing this project with:
 Wednesday Challenge:
simon says stamps challenge : Anything Goes
Thursday Challenges:
crafty purple frog challenges: Anything Goes
digidoodle: Friendship
crafty ribbons challenge: Black and White with one other color
Friday Challenges:
chocolat ecoffee cards: Fancy Folds
crafty catz weekly challenge: Use a digi image
ditzy-crafty mess challenge blog: Anything Goes
Monday Challenges:
kaboodle doodles: Anything but a rectangle
make it monday: Anything Goes
stamp with fun: No Easter Card
tammy scrapin corner: Anything Goes
crazy challenge: Spring
the pink elephant challenge: CAS
Saunday challenges:
catered crop: Add a brad (button brad attaches the sentiment)
one stitch at a time challenge: new (new image!)
stampin sisters in christ: Cards with "motion"
that craft place blog:  Spring..SPRING card!