Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mother's Day...It's Right Around The Corner!

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a joyous Easter.

For us cardmakers, Mother's Day is fast on our heels and we've got to get inspired. After the Explosion Box Card I made Mom for her birthday, I've really got my work cut out for me. How am I going to top that? You'll see the answer to that question in a week or so;) But to get us started, here are some Mother's Day cards I made...

This was a card project that was part of a Mother's Day Brunch at church. All the pieces were precut and all you needed was a little glue and it was finished. I used the CTMH Veranda paper pack. It's hard to see in the picture, but there is a matching butterfly design stippled on the front of the card. I cut a butterfly out of vinyl and stuck it to the paper and using a stipple brush and an ink pad, I inked all around (and on top of) the vinyl mask. When I had enough ink, I just gently pulled the vinyl up. You can reuse the vinyl cutout several times and can store it for later projects by re-applying it to its backing sheet.

The Butterfly diecut is from Quickutz. The "with love" is an embossing folder from Cuttlebug and the paper has been sanded. There is a magnet closure under this tab. The magnets are from Basic Grey. The border punch was Stampin' Up. The "To Mom" tag I printed on my computer. The font is "Fling" and can be downloaded free at

These two Mom card I made for a friend at church. Believe it or not, the paper I used was really old stuff. It's either MAMBI or BoBunny that I bought several years ago when a local scrapbook store was closing. I bought A LOT of this paper. It's really pretty and works great for a shabby chic card. I used MTC/Make The Cut and my Expression. The shapes are from Penny Duncan Creations and they are FREE! {You can go to her site and download the shapes in multiple formats. Just click on her blog badge on the righthand side.} The smaller shape in the center is one of the artisan shapes from the Silhouette store. For the card on the left, I used crocheted lace and grosgrain ribbon at the top. On the right, I used a Martha Stewart punch and organza ribbon. Both cards were embellished with pearls and small prima roses.

This is my attempt at making an easel card. It only looks hard:) I made for a lady to give her daughter for Mother's Day. The daughter has three children. The "3" theme is repeated with pearls and the butterflies on the card. I used the CTMH Miracle paper pack. I embellished with stitching, pearls, and a Recollections flower from Michaels. (Can you say Clearance?)

FYI, the class activity list for CKC Nashville is now available. Just go to and click the events tag. After you choose CKC, you will see Nashville in the list on the right. Registration begins May 4th!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Cards For My Peeps!

Welcome to the Studio. It's time for me to get those Easter cards and projects wrapped up. I'm quite the procrastinator, but as long as I have a deadline, I'm good. (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.) I just love the Stampin' Up 5th Avenue Florals set. I find it to be very versatile, and the lily is perfect for some more elegant Easter cards. I was getting tired of the same old pastels too, so I used a tone on tone floral yellow paper from the DCWV Mediterrean stack and CTMH Sorbet and White cardstock. I also used two Martha Stewart border punches I recently purchased. I just love the double loops (shown on right). That's my new favorite. I also used some coral organza to give the cards a bit of softness.

I started with just a 5x5 square card and added the white and sorbet circles on top. I wanted a 5x7 card but was looking for a little bit of a sassy twist. Why make a plain, old rectangle card all the time; right?

For my sentiment, I used a clearance stamp that I found at Hobby Lobby a few months ago. To keep it soft, I stamped it in Versamark and used CTMH Cranberry Embossing Powder. For the flowers, I just stamped them in black on CTMH White cardstock and cut them out. Using a marker, CTMH Sunflower, I colored the yellow stamens and used a Sorbet marker on the very tips. I used chalks (remember those?) and mixed a coral and pink together and tinted the flower centers. The middle flower is attached with foam tape to give it a little dimension.

On to the next one...

I saw a sketch that I really liked from Verve Stamps, their Viva La Verve March Week 2 sketch. You can find some really fantastic sketches and inspiration on the Verve blog. The patterned paper was from an American Crafts pack I found at TJ Maxx for $5.99. Yes, TJ Maxx has scrap supplies now. The other supplies were CTMH cardstock in Garden Green and White, white grosgrain ribbon, olive green pearls, a doily, a calla lily spray from the bridal department at Hobby Lobby. They are made of resin of some type. I visit the bridal area of my favorite craft stores for flowers, pearls, tulle, etc. that are sometimes cheaper than in the scrapbooking department. Keep an open mind when you're shopping. Scrapbooking supplies, especially embellishments, are everywhere. My husband hates to go to Lowe's and Home Depot with me;)

For the sentiment, I used my clearance Easter stamp with CTMH Sorbet ink and matted it on Sorbet cardstock. The tag is from Silhouette, artisan shapes. I just squished it a little to fit my stamp.

Cards For Little Peeps...

I enjoy making mini cards and they are great for younger (and smaller) hands. These are 3x3. I used some cardstock scraps and some Easter paper from a friend's purge pile. The stamp was a $1 bargain bin stamp from Michaels. I stamped the chick on white cardstock and then stamped it again on yellow. I cut the yellow chick out (except for the tail and head feathers) to give it a bit of dimension. I used markers to color the feathers and added a pink bow to the little girl chick's hair. The inside is another $1 stamp and I just used coordinating ink to stamp and edge the cardstock.

I hope you found some inspiration and enjoyed your time here. Hope to see you again soon. Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Girly-Girl Chic Cards

Hi Everyone! I can't speak for you ladies, but I truly enjoyed our card class & crop on the 2nd. Thanks so much to all of you who attended. It's really a positive and inspiring group of scrappers. I look forward to seeing you guys again next month, as well as some new faces too! I've been playing catch-up this week on some Easter projects and cards. I've also been working on a birthday card for my Dad which I'll need in early May. I've also been putting much thought into next month's card class and what kind of scrappy, sassy awesomeness I can share with the attendees and my blog followers. I'm definitely going to be putting some effort into masculine cards for Father's Day. I always find them to be a real challenge. It's not like flowers and sparkles work on a card for Dear Ol' Dad. But they certainly work on these super cute girly-girl cards I wanted to share with you.

If the shoe fits...

This card was made by my mom, Joan. She's been on a bold & bright kick lately. I think she's been trying to chase away the gloom of winter;) She used flocked zebra paper and black grosgrain ribbon for texture. For sparkle, she used various colors of Stickles. The shoes are available for download at the Silhouette site. The "Hey Girlfriend" tag is from Lettering Delights and is part of the Delilah Tags collection.

I made this card and "handbag" set for a friend. The little purse is perfect for some devilishly good chocolate or a giftcard to a fave shop. The purse is from the Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes & More and the little monogram is from the Jasmine cartridge. {Yes, even though I'm boycotting PC, I still find myself using my old cartridges.} The paper for this project is the Anna Griffin Peyton collection. I wish they would keep making this one forever. I don't think I'll ever tire of it. This card was made using the Peyton collection as well. I added a lot of bling, including a special CTMH giveaway from sometime last year. It was a set of three bling shapes, a bracket, a square, and a circle. I have to admit that as much as I liked them, I was a bit intimidated by them. I finally got my nerve up to use them and I adore the outcome. So here's a challenge for you, dear readers... Go through your stash and find one product that you like/love but are intimidated by. That even includes "the pretty paper." I challenge you to dance beyond your comfort zone and try something new. We'll have a "show and tell" session at our crop on May 7th. Until later, Scrap Sassy!