Monday, January 26, 2015

Ten Birthday Candles for my Niece!!

My oldest niece turns 10 tomorrow!!  Given that I have teenage boys, it is so fun to buy girly presents and make cards with pink.  This year is a little different since my niece has crossed over into caring about clothes and other "grown-up" girl stuff - so all of my cute little girl stamps won't work anymore.  I decided lots of candles and lots of happy's would be appropriate.  It's definitely not a card that I would make for my teenage boys!

Ten Birthday Candles

All pink seemed a bit too much so I was excited when I saw the current colors at the color throwdown.

My brother and his family live only about a half an hour away so I get many chances to visit.  In the next few weeks, I'm sure we'll have a big birthday party (with pink decorations).  My other niece turns 7 mid-February so we often celebrate with one big party.  It's always interesting to visit.  One time, my 15-year old (13 at the time) came down the stairs with a pink tutu over his shorts and he was wearing a crown and a fairly abashed look on his face.  Apparently he had agreed to being a play with the girls not knowing it meant an embarrassing costume.  For Christmas, the girls' big gift was a karaoke machine.  That was a very loud visit!  But I've also gotten to see Irish Dance recitals, piano recitals, pee-wee soccer games and I even stood in as grandma at grandparent's day (sadly, I'm of an age that I could have been grandma)  - it's so much fun to have them nearby!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine Grumplings for Teenage Boys

Making valentines for teenage sons is almost impossible.  They'd be happy with a single stamped heart on a card.  Who am I kidding?  They just want the box of chocolates.  But back in December (before I'd even been asked to be on the design team), Taylored Expressions was doing their release for Valentine's Day and I got totally excited over the Valentine Grumplings.  Doesn't this sentiment just scream "teenage boy"!??

Drive Me Nuts

You drive me nuts!  They do drive me nuts!  It's perfect!!

Check out his face.  Usually I see that face staring at back at me - totally annoyed.

Drive Me Nuts Close-Up

I have two teenage sons - 15 and 19.  I got this card done and realized that I had gotten a little carried away. I wanted to use the heart die and then I got the bright idea to make it a hole - like in a tree - do you see it?? Then I decided I wanted to use the woodgrain paper and the patterned paper.  I'm personally thrilled with it, but I think my sons will think it's too much.  So this card will go to youngest son and I did a more CAS card using a different critter and a different grumpling for my oldest son.

Love You Bearly

I love him "bear-ly" - on many days, that's even more perfect!!  This guy has an even grumpier face. 

Love You Bearly Close

I used the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I loved the idea of this grumpy bear on a big hill.

I'm thinking I'm going to use these same stamps every single Valentine's Day.  Do you think they'll notice?


Thursday, January 22, 2015

HB2U Balloons

I have just learned that wordpress decided I was spam!!
Of course, they didn't tell me so I've been happily leaving comments,
and if you are a wordpress blog, they sit in your spam folder for awhile
and then disappear.  All is fixed for me now - so if you don't think
you've heard from me in awhile - I've been trying!

I made a birthday card for design team friend and I had to mail it to Canada.  I mailed it ten days ago so I am hoping it is safe to show today!

I like making cards for other cardmakers.  Within my own crafting limits, I try to honor their style. This particular card is for the wonderful Marisa Ritzen from Rosemary Reflections.  (Her birthday was yesterday - I forgot to post!)  Marisa is the queen at using patterned paper.  She uses a variety of patterns and multiple layers, but it never looks over-the-top.  Her work is absolutely lovely.

I am not great at patterned paper - but I thought that I could surely add some as strips and as balloons!!  I picked a paper pad that had more muted colors (Marisa seems to lean toward muted and natural) and I added one bold black and white pattern (she's good at that too!)

HB2U Balloon FB

Happy Birthday Marisa!!


I couldn't find the 6x6 paper pad that I used at any of my favorite online stores - it's We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard.  I did find and link some 12x12s that could do the job.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Soft Scarf Reminder

This is my second post today.
Freshly Made Sketches is just a post away!

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the ;Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Soft Scarf.  One random winner will receive SIX clear stamp sets from our sponsor, Hero Arts, so it is most definitely worth your time to play along!!!

I was inspired by the colors in this scarf.  The design team received two free stamp sets from Hero Arts and one of mine was Yay! which I requested because I have two teenage boys to whom I often need to say "Yay".  I also used the set Notebook Essentials for the checkbox.

HIp Hip Hooray

My deep dark secret on this card is that the actual card doesn't have any pink!!!  I do use Photoshop Elements to aid my photography skills.  Generally, I just use Levels and Brightness (and maybe Lighten Shadows and Sharpen) to brighten up my card.  But while I was making this card, I knew that I couldn't use pink for my boys - so I made it red - and then changed the color in Photoshop. Sorry for the deception!  (On my original card for this challenge, I did actually use pink so I plucked the pink from that card and used it on this card.)


The real life card used Neon Red for the checkmark and the star.  The photo-shopped card that you are seeing used Ultra Pink!