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Monday, May 28, 2012

Tool Time

It is indeed a marvelous Memorial Day Monday! It is also time for a new challenge at My Grafico. Our new challenge involves honoring dad for Father's DayThis week our theme centers around tools. If you know of someone who is handy, this is a perfect set that you will use time and time again. Here are the images we were given to use.

Luckily I had a design in mind:
This could be a tag for a gift but I am using it as a card. I just glued the edges of the tag together to insert the sentiment:
Just flip the wrench and pull down!
Here is a close up of the sentiment: Happy Father's Day...Dad
Here is another close up of the top of the tag card.
I could have used more of the tool but decided not to distract from the To Do list.
I love the screw brads on the corners and the cork DP. What do you think?
Our Design Team has created some awesome projects. Just click HERE to view them:)
Materials used:
Card: Recollections from Michael's
Ribbon& DP: Michael's
Brads: From a craft show I attended
Sentiment: Computer Generated

This too was a simple card due to the awesome digi stamps from My Grafico. I could have added so much more to this card but I wanted to show you just how simple a thoughtful card can be. The most difficult part is thinking about the design!
I hope that I have inspired you to create a project for Father's Day. When you are ready to enter your paper craft just click HERE.
Thank you for visiting this blog:) Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow. If you are a follower, you won't miss a coming, exciting, fantastic post!! Stay Tuned...

I am entering this card into the following challenges:.
Wednesday Challenges:
lil red wagon: Father's Day Card
pennys challenges: Anything Goes
simon says stamps challenge: Father's Day/special man
Thursday Challenges:
charisma cardz: No flowers allowed
moving along with the times: Celebration-Father's Day
Monday Challenges
make it monday: Anything Goes

For the Man/boy in your Life

We want to thank all of you who participated in the recent Lexi's Creation Challenge: Black and White and one other color. What awesome entries we had.
Our current challenge, for the next two weeks, is for the man/boy in your life. Here is my card:

I chose to design a Father's Day card for the man in my life.
The card design is a Stair Step Card, you can easily find a template with instructions on Splitcoast Stampers. It is one of the easiest cards to make and I have to admit that I do use this design often. I have not colored too many images lately and really enjoyed coloring this darling image from: Lexi's Design Studio. I think that the green grass DP brings it all together. The golfer image was cut from a Spellbinder's die then I used a little artistic leeway and cut it down to fit the card design. It was backed with the green CS and the edges were distressed. The edges of the grass DP were also distressed.

Materials Used:
DP: Michael's
Image: Lexi's Creations
Golf ball on the tee and golf shoes: free clip art
"Happy Father's Day" sentiment: computer generated
"You're The Best" image: Fiskar stamp
Distressing Ink: Tim Holtz
Coloring: Copic Markers

Our Design Team has some awesome project posted on our challenge blog. Just click HERE to view them.
Thank you for visiting this blog. I hope that I have inspired you to create a card for a man/boy in your life. Perhaps you will enjoy making a Stair Step Card too.When you have completed your project just click HERE to enter our current challenge.  Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog. You won't want to miss a wonderful, exciting, awesome post that will soon be coming!!! Stay tuned...

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
cards for men: card for a man/boy
crafty cardmakers : Distress it
Thursday Challenges:
aud sentiments challenge blog :Must include a sentiment
.charisma cardz: No flowers allowed
sassy studio designs: Hats off to you, must include a hat in the design
Friday Challenges:
cas-ual fridays: CAS masculine cards using designer paper
crafty catz weekly challenge: Card for a man
fairytale-challenge blog: Card for a man/boy
Sunday Challenge:
here come the boys blog challenge: Anything Goes
Monday Challenge:
make it monday:Anything Goes
simon says stamp and show: One for the boys

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pink Poodles in Paris

If you have not entered your paper craft at My Grafico is not too late.The theme for Challenge #128 is BLAST OFF! This does not mean that your project need to be a space theme. Think creatively!!!!

One winner will receive this cute space digital kit from Kelly Medina Studios

The design team came up with some creative ideas to share with you.  This kit has so many possibilities and we all had a great time playing with it! last week, I posted a card that I had made using this digital kit.( You can see it in a former post.) Well, I had another amazing idea, so I chose to use it again in designing a card for my grandson's 13th birthday. Yes, he really is 13 and he says that he indeed feels older now!!!

This a a slanted easel card.
Here is the side view.
Materials Used:

Image: My Grafico Crafts
Bright circular cardstock: Office Max
Coloring: space ship-copic markers; 
blast off-Gelly Roll Pens; 
dots on the bright green and stars on the sentiment- Gelly Roll Glitter Pen
Happy Birthday stamp:CTMH
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Black Cardstock and gold dots: Michael's 

 This was really an easy card to create. He was intrigued by the card design!!! That's a lot from a teenage boy LOL.

This week, the digital set was equally charming. I had so much fun with this set too.
Here is the Stair Step Card that I designed using this set:
Isn't this just the cutest? I could have added more bling but I wanted to show how easy it is to make a card by just using the elements in the kit. The directions for this Stair Step Card can be found on Splitcoast Stampers.  I chose to add a pink and black awning to the shop, added a name to the "tea room," placed the poodle in the window and added 'Let's Make a Date' to the pink tag. 

Materials used:
Images: My Grafico Crafts
Cardstock, yarn, DP, rhinestones, flower: Michael's
Punch: Martha Stewart
Sentiments: Computer Generated

Here is a side view of this card.

I am sure that you have been thinking of someone and missing them!! How about getting together soon. I hope that I have inspired you to create a Stair Step Card, they are super easy. Perhaps you will want to make a card to show someone that you care about them? If   I have inspired you, please let me know. I would love to visit your blog. 
Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit. I hope that you will consider leaving a message and /or following this blog. Have a wonderful week. Enjoy the lovely spring weather.
When you are ready to post your card to the My Grafico Blog, just click HERE.

I am sharing this card with:
make it monday: Anything Goes
paper playtime: Friendship cards
crazy challenge: 3D project
vo stamps: Thinking of you
cute daisy may: Shape it!
paper craft bliss: Black and one other color-pink
sassy studio designs: Use three of something: rhinestones

Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's Time to Celebrate

I find it challenging to craft a "manly" card. No fancy ribbon, lace, bling.... For this card, my inspiration was the DP and the stamps.
The main image and sentiment is a dollar stamp from Michael's. I stamped on pale yellow with black ink then distressed the edges. I love the DP behind the watch, it is difficult to see but it has gears on it :) The other two DP were from my collection. The Jan. stamp is a CTMH stamp that I just received and the ribbon is also from Michael's
Here is a photo of the inside. Not sure why the left edge appears curved? Must be the camera angle.

I really need to make more "manly " cards to have on hand...soon.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Precious Friends

We want to thank all of you who joined us in our last challenge at Lexi's Creations: Ribbon and Lace. We had so many marvelous entries. If you are curious about the lucky winner, just click HERE.
Now we are ready for another challenge: Black, White and one other color. This may be easy for some of you and for some 'colorful' bloggers this just might be a challenge. Remember just one other color in addition to black and white. I chose to use the daisy digital stamp and the supplemental color is silver.
This shows the front of my card. I use several different sizes of this Spellbinders die. then distressed the flower layer. All of the layers were placed in increasing size and placed on black distressed cardstock. The cardstock was also distressed with silver ink. I added texture to the daisy using flocking powder on the leaves and stickles to the center of the flower. 
Here is the inside of my card with this precious sentiment. It was also cut from the same Spellbinders die and edged with a silver paint pen. This black cardstock was also distressed with silver before adding the sentiment.  Notice that stickles was added to the butterfly.

Materials Used:
Image and Sentiment: Lexi's Creations
Cardstock and DP: Michael's
Silver ink, ribbon and paint pen:Michael's

Thank you for visiting this blog.I hope that you enjoyed looking at my papercrafts and that I have inspired you to think "outside the box." It is amazing what just a little distressing can do for a simple project. Have a wonderful week and please take a few minutes each day to do something you enjoy. When you have completed your black and white paper project, just click HERE to enter the current challenge.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
make it monday: Anything Goes
addicted-to-stamps-challenge: Black, White and ?(silver)
pile it on challenge: Clean and Simple
the squirrel and the fox: One for the Girls
2 sisters challenge blog: Make it Girlie
creations by gill m: Stripes and Spots
do it with digis challenge: Clean and Simple

Happy Birthday Earthling

We want to thank you for the many wonderful entries in the Mother's Day Challenge #127 at My Grafico Crafts.  You can click Here to view the darling winner.

The theme for the current Challenge #128 at My Grafico Crafts is:

One winner will receive this cute space digital kit from Kelly Medina Studios

The design team came up with some  very creative ideas to share with you.  This kit has so many possibilities and we all had a great time playing with it! Take a peek HERE and let yourself be "inspired". 

This is such a "fun" digital kit. I made a birthday card for this post but have several other projects planned. So, stop back later in the week :)

This card photographs a little dark. In natural light it is quite sparkly. I copied the alien and the planet on green and yellow card stock respectively, then fancy cut them. The stars are from CTMH, stamped on blue with gold ink then cut out. The sentiment is also a CTMH stamp.
This is the inside of the card, which makes it so unique. The sentiment is computer generated and the star is CTMH.

Materials Used:
Cardstock:  Royal Blue and Shimmery Blue-Michael's
Glitter: Michael's
Micro beads: Recollections-Michael's
Gold Ink: Michael's
Images: My Grafico
Sentiment: CTMH
Sentiment "Earthling"-Computer Generated

Thank you for stopping to visit this blog. I hope that I have inspired you to create something "Out of this world!" I would love it if you would leave a comment and tell me what you think. I do read each one:) Please feel free to follow this blog. You won't want to miss any of my posts!!!Have a wonderful week and please take some time to enjoy the wonderful spring weather and stop and smell the flowers:)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Wednesday Challenges:
divas by design challenge: One for the Boys
the paper shelter: Anything Goes
whimsy inspires: Add dimension
Thursday Challenges:
pixie dust studio pixie challenge: One for the boys
do it with digis challenge: Clean and Simple
Friday Challenges"
clearly i stamp: What comes up must come down!
crafty catz weekly challenge: Happy Birthday
forever night challenges: Anything Goes, how dark can you go?
the poodles parlour: Anything Goes

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hugs and kisses

Challenge #127 Mother's Days

The current challenge at My Grafico Crafts (#127) is Mother's DayThis challenge runs until May 11th. You still have plenty of time to craft a spectacular Mom's Day project and post it on our blog HERE
The design team has some beautiful Mother's day cards to share with you. Just click HERE to be inspired:)

My next project (card) was inspired by this jar image. I had to ponder what to put into the jar that was a bit unusual. Mind you, I had some other unique ideas: bugs, chocolate, soap, buttons but they just didn't inspire me. I had been thinking about a friend who's husband is deployed and how difficult it is for her and their two sons. I called and asked her if I could make a Father's Day card for the boys to send to their Dad. She was delighted. Here is my card:

The jar holds "hugs and kisses"! I found military DP and an Army tag. The ribbon of course is Yellow...waiting for his return.

This is the inside of the card:

Coincidentally, the distressed ink just happened to look Army Green! I left plenty of space for each of them to write a short note.

Once I had the idea, this was an easy card. I could not find individual camouflage DP so I purchases a kit. The kit included the Army tag, the gold button, Military DP, and several military related words.
The sentiments were computer generated. Although you may not see it in the picture, the jar has a clear plastic overlay to make it shiny. I adhered it with the yellow ribbon.

All my supplies were purchased at our local Michael's.
The image is from My Grafico Crafts.

I hope your have enjoyed visiting this blog. Are you inspired to create a Mother's Day and/or Father's Day card? If you have the time, please enter the current challenge. I would love it if you left me a comment and/or followed this blog. Here's hoping that you have a wonderful week and please take a little time to do something that you love to do. 
###Also, please pray for all our service men and women helping to protect us from harrm.

I am sharing tnis card with:
creative craft challenges: Anything Goes
craftycardmakers: For the Boys
make it monday: Anything Goes