Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cheer for Birthdays in December

Hello, everyone! It's Anything Goes week over at SP and Company. Here is my take on another birthday card using the Gill Roberts Cheerleader stamp. I changed it up this time by using the Certified Awesome stamp and die tools for the sentiment.

My neighbor is a Cheer Mom for her teenage daughter's cheerleading group, Fame. I've been making cheerleading birthday cards for her for a while but it's nice to change it up a bit so you don't get bored with the same design all the time. It's also the first card I've made using the Certified Awesome stamp set. This is such a great set! I don't know why it's taken me so long to use it!

This is a topper card so the image hangs over the top fold of the card by 1-inch. I framed the cheerleader image with silver striped foiled cardstock and added some white gel pen stitch marks. The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Real Red inks and then die cut with the Certified Awesome die tools.

Of course, I colored the image with Copics:

Skin: E-00/11
Hair: E-53/55/57
Outfit: R-24/27/29; C-3/5
Pom-Poms: R-22/24

Don't be afraid to try new card designs with the same image. You can see my other cheerleading birthday cards here and here.  Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Cheerleader by Gill Roberts; Certified Awesome
Dies: Certified Awesome (SP); Label Stacklets 3 (TE)
Paper: Cryogen White (Curious Metallics); Basic Black (SU); Silver Striped Foil
Other: White Gel Pen; Dimensionals (SU)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

XOXO for Be Mine Week

Today I have a card to share with you for Be Mine theme week over at SP and Company. I used the XOXO sentiment from the Mini Card Creations II stamp set and the arrow from the Stitched Journaling Shape and Arrows die tool set.

The target (inspired by this pin) is made from several coordinating Spellbinders circles dies and a few are popped up with dimensionals. The heart and arrow were die cut from Cryogen White cardstock that was layered with a sheet of Scor-Tape and then glitterized with regal red micro fine glitter. You have to try this technique - it's super easy! I also added a few Christmas Red Stickles to each corner of the card to compliment the real red polka dot designer series paper.

Here's another close-up:

I hope you have an opportunity to join us this week.  Be sure to link up your projects on the SP Blog and check out the other Design Team projects for inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: SP Mini Card Creations II
Dies: SP Stitched Journaling Shape and Arrows; Spellbinders Standard Circles SM & LG; Sizzix Movers and Shapers Hearts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Cryogen White; SU Real Red; SU Real Red DSP (Brights Collection)
Other: SU Dimensionals; Scor-Tape; Glitter Ritz Regal Red Micro Fine Glitter; Xmas Red Stickles

Sunday, December 15, 2013

No Bones About It

Today, I have a new DT project to share for SP and Company's Love & Family Week using a December new release stamp set -- Puppy Surprise Valentine -- from the Tina Wenke Collection.  We have a Lab/Hound/Shepard mix who we rescued from the animal shelter when he was 6-months-old. Toby's been part of our family for over 9 years now.  He was our "kid" before we had kids and despite his obsession with anything paper -- tissues, paper towels, and even a few greeting cards here and there -- overall he's been a very good dog, with very few health issues.

For this card, I heat embossed the woodgrain background stamp with white embossing powder on basic black card stock.  The image is secured to real red card stock which is attached to the card base with dimensionals.  A few bright candy dots and white gel pen stitch marks frame out the main image and sentiment.  Here's another close-up:

I have to admit it's been tough for me to think about Valentine's Day with Christmas right around the corner.  These last few weeks have been especially hard on our family because Toby hasn't been feeling well. After two chest x-rays and multiple medications, we learned a week ago that he has Dilated Cardiomyopathy, or DCM, which is a form of heart disease in large breed dogs. Unfortunately, there isn't a cure and we're not sure how much more time we have with him.  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that he makes it through the holidays.

During times like these, we have to appreciate each and every day.  I am so thankful for my family and friends who are helping us get through this difficult time.

Inks/Powders: Versamark Ink; Snow White Embossing Powder
Cardstock: SU Real Red and Basic Black, Cryogen White

B-21/24/26; 24/37/39

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wild for Wetlands

Today I have a quick birthday card to share with you featuring the Wetlands stamp set by Stampin' Up. I got the idea for this card from Pinterest. On my card, I had to overlap the images because I cut the squares too large - each at 1-1/2 inches - for an A2 size card.

The images are stamped in Baked Brown Sugar and the sentiment is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink on Cryogen White cardstock. The square with the beach grass is popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Can't Thank You Enough

Today I have a really cute thank you card to share with you guys that I can finally post.  I've been holding off because I wanted to make sure the recipient in Canada received it first.

I saw this pin where someone did something very similar using SU's Chalk Talk stamp set and matching framelits. Since my card was for a family friend in Canada, I didn't ink up the heart on the "I Can't Thank You Enough" stamp and replaced it with a red maple leaf.  Isn't it adorable?

Here are a few close-ups:

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Cryogen White, SU Brights DSP (Pacific Point)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thanks for Always Being There

This past month being on the SP and Company Design Team has gone by so quickly! I've really enjoyed sharing some inspiration with you. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my projects. Here is my latest creation for New Release Week using the new Be Mine Couple stamp from the Tina Wenke Collection:

I asked my husband what stamp I should highlight this week.  He saw this stamp which immediately reminded him of our two kids.  It was a no brainer to create a card that showcases the bond between siblings.  My six-year old daughter is always giving her little brother a great big hug - whether he likes it or not.  At almost two years old, he looks up to her and of course follows her every lead!

They are colored with Copics in colors that coordinate with paper from the Carta Bella Devoted 6x6 paper pad.  I got this pad from the Clearance section in the SP&Co Store so it may no longer be in stock. I used SU Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the 5-1/4 inch square card base, accented with white gel pen stitch marks.  The sentiment is from the Friends Forever stamp set in the Gill Roberts Collection is also stamped in SU Cherry Cobbler ink. Here's another look:

If you have a sibling, what do you appreciate most about that person? I have a little sister myself, and I can't thank her enough for always being there for me. She's the best Sis ever!

Make sure to checkout the other projects created by the Design Team for New Release Week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Skin: E-000/00/02/11 + R-20 (Boy)
Hair: E-50/53 (Girl) + E-55/57 (Boy)
Clothes/Shoes: R-24/27/29 + R-89 (Girl) + R-22 (Boy); B-0000/91/93/95/97; C-00/1/3/5/7
Flowers: R-00/81/83; YG-00/03
Cat: E-50/53
Shadow: B-0000

Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler; White Gel Pen
Paper: Cryogen White; Carta Bella - Devoted 6x6 Pad; SU Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 8, Standard Circles-Small and Scalloped Circles-Small; TE Banner Stacklets 1

Inspiration: The Deconstructed Sketch #43

Friday, December 6, 2013

Elf Crossing Ahead

Since it's Easy Christmas Week over at SP&Co, I have another card to share with you that demonstrates a new technique using artist's chalk. I've had this small Sizzix embossing folder in my stash for a while. I embossed the elf onto a small piece of Cryogen White cardstock and then applied chalk to it with a Q-tip. It's secured to the front with dimensionals.

For the background, I alternated various lengths of green and red washi tape and added white gel pen stitch lines along the red perimeter. The "North Pole" sentiment is from the SP&Co Penguin Skating stamp set - Tina Wenke Collection which also coordinates with the Stitched Journaling Shape and Arrows Die Tools. The sentiment is stamped in SU Real Red to coordinate with the cardstock layers.

Here's another close-up:

I hope you have an opportunity to play along with us this week! Make sure to link up your creations to the SP Blog. Thanks for stopping by!

SP&Co: Penguin Skating - Tina Wenke Stamp Set; Stitched Journaling Shape and Arrows Die Tools
Paper: SU Real Red; Cryogen White
Ink: SU Real Red
Other: Washi Tape, White Gel Pen, Chalk

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Message from Holly - Our Elf on the Shelf

We adopted a very important elf last year and now that we have the Christmas tree up and the house decorated for the holidays, our elf, Holly, decided to pay us a visit this week. My six-year-old daughter truly believes in Holly -- and when she asked me last tonight to make a card to put in her lunch box for school, I came up with this brilliant idea!

Kaitlyn had just finished her first day back at school after being off for an entire week for Thanksgiving. She was extremely hyper -- and we had to remind her several times that Holly was observing her behavior. I know she was just excited about seeing her friends again.

This is the card I put together for her to open during afternoon snack at school.

It's also the very first time I've designed something using these very cool treat cups from Stampin' Up.  I die cut the ornament on my Cricut using the Create-A-Critter 2 cartridge. 

When I chose to use "elf poop" as the sentiment, I thought... why don't I make the inside message come from Holly.  I used alpha stamps from SP&Co so she couldn't decipher my handwriting. I also wanted to keep the message simple so she could read it herself at snack time. 

It was a gentle reminder from Holly to "Be Good" this year. She's such a sweet little girl most of the time but last tonight was pure craziness. What do you think of this card? Do you have an elf in your family? What silly but brilliant ideas have you used with your elf on the shelf?  Please leave comments below.  I look forward to hearing from you!

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas.  I hope your hearts are filled with joy and love this holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Stamps of Life: Postmarks2Stamp
Ink & Paper: SU Real Red, Memento Cottage Ivy
Other: SU Sweet Treat Cups, Cricut Create A Critter 2 (ornament size: 4-1/2 inches), White Gel Pen, Satin Ribbon

Sunday, December 1, 2013

So Easy to Send Holiday Cheer

Hello, friends and followers of Haystack Cards! Today I have a holiday card to share with you that goes along with Easy Christmas Week over at SP&Co. This card is simple and sweet... and perfect for mass producing.

I used an SP In Color button in hula skirt green for the center of my die cut snowflake and attached a tiny white satin bow with glue dots. The white layer is popped up with dimensionals against the red card stock base. The "Sending Holiday Cheer" sentiment stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy is part of the Forest Friends Winter Post stamp set in the Gill Roberts Collection -- one of my favorite stamp sets by far!

When I was making this card for my design team project, I decided to whip up a few more to donate for a silent auction this Friday that benefits the Graduate Student Association at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, where I work.

Here are a few more photos:

And finally, the finished product... all wrapped up with a tag and all, ready for donation:

Make sure you pop on over to the SP&Co Blog to see more inspiration from my teamies on the SP design team and to link up your creations for this week's theme. Thanks for stopping by!

SP&Co Stamps: Forest Friends Winter Post - Gill Roberts
Ink: Memento Cottage Ivy, Real Red (SU)
Paper: Cryogen White (Curious Metallics), Real Red (SU), Foiled Silver Stripes (Recollections)
Dies: SU Festive Flurry Framelits (Cards), TE Make a Snowflake, Frame It Up 1, Label Stacklets 3 (Tag)
Embellishments: Cards: SP In Color! Hula Skirt Button, White Satin Ribbon -- Tag: HoHoHo Ribbon, Red Ultra Fine Glitter, Red Rhinestone, White Eyelet, Cherry Cobbler Twine (SU)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Party Time for Cheerleaders

This week, I have another cheerleading birthday card to share with you all. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to design these birthday cards for my neighbor who is a Cheer Mom for her teenage daughter's team. It's been a lot of fun trying to find new ways to use the same stamp set.

I was inspired by this pin that provided a tutorial on how to make tent topper cards. The combined height of the card base and image frame equals 5-1/2 inches, or an A2 size card.

The SP&Co Cheerleader stamp from the Gill Roberts Collection is stamped on Cryogen White in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I die cut both the image and the silver striped mat with Label Stacklets 3 from Taylored Expressions and secured them to the black cardstock base with dimensionals. I also added a strip of red and white polka dot ribbon behind the image and white gel pen stitch marks.

The sentiment from the SP&Co Stitchery Doo Banners set is stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with snow white embossing powder to make it pop! Here's another close-up of the cheerleader:

Thanks for stopping by!

Skin: E-00/11
Hair: E-25/29/31/50
Outfit: R-24/27/29 + R-22 (Pom Poms); C-3/5/7

Ink & Powders: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; White Gel Pen; Snow White Embossing Powder
Cardstock: Black; Foil Silver Stripes (Recollections)
Embellishments: Ribbon

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tooth Fairy Treasure Box

We've got big news to share today! Finally! If you've ever seen the movie Rise of the Guardians, you'll appreciate this little gift box that I created in anticipation of my daughter losing her very first tooth. It's only been loose for about two weeks and today was the day!  It finally came out!

When I saw these cute metal hinged tins at Taylored Expressions, I thought they would make really cool gift boxes. The deal got even sweeter when I found them online at Specialty Bottle for about half the price.

The gift card frame, banner stacklets 1, and label stacklets 3 dies from Taylored Expressions made this box super simple to put together and the All Around Everything / Accessories stamp sets from My Creative Time were perfect for this occasion.

When you open it up, here's a view of the inside:

I added a Dreamy Days Circular Sentiment from Lili of the Valley stamped in SU Rich Razzleberry. They coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders Standard Circles-Small and Scalloped Circles-Small. An SP In Color! flamingo pink button and white baker's twine finish off the inside top cover. The foil silver stripes paper and two clear rhinestones accent the spot to place the very special tooth.

This was the first gift box I've made with these metal tins.  They are the perfect size for gift cards, small gift tags, etc.  With Christmas right around the corner, I can't wait to see what other projects I design with them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Joyous Reindeer with Buttons

I'm really excited to share my card with you this week for New Techniques Week over at SP&Co. I can't remember exactly where I saw this tutorial but thought it was the coolest idea ever! I mean, why didn't I think of that!?!? Better yet... it's so simple to do once you can get your hands on some clear buttons. That was the most challenging part for me!  So, let's get started…

Instead of coloring the ornaments hanging from this little guy's antlers with Copics, I created my own custom buttons to coordinate with the Echo Park Tis the Season banners. All you do is glue a clear button to any pattern/print designer cardstock and then cut the button out using your craft knife or a pair of scissors. I used mini glue dots. When you're done, the cardstock pattern will be visible through the clear button. It's so simple... yet creates an entirely unique look to your design!

I thought this Funny Reindeer stamp from the Tina Wenke Collection was a perfect example to use for this technique because the ornaments were just the right size.

As for other design elements, I used a hexagon punch to trim the banners at a perfect angle. The sentiment on the front is from SP's Oh Christmas Tree set. Doesn't this reindeer looks joyous? The stripes embossing folder adds some texture while white gel pen stitch marks frame out the card.

For a change, I also added some stripes and stitching to the inside too. The card is cut at 5 ½-inches square so there's still plenty of room to write a greeting inside.

I wish someone would make a card like this for me!! Let me know what you think in the comment section below. And don't forget to enter to win the giveaway from this week's Sunday Scoop!

Thanks for stopping by!!

SP Stamps: Funny Reindeer - Tina Wenke; Oh Christmas Tree
Paper: Echo Park Tis the Season; SU Cherry Cobbler; Cryogen White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Clear Buttons; SU Stripes Embossing Folder; White Gel Pen

E - 25/27/29 (body) 53/55 (spots)
R - 24/27/29 (nose) + 89 (collar)
C - 00/1/3 (jingle bells) 3/5 (antlers) 3/5/7 (hooves)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Winter Hues and Icy Blues

Hi there! Here is some chilly inspiration for Winter Hues week, over at SP and Company. It's definitely appropriate for the weather we are having here in Virginia. Just a few days ago we were having snow flurries and had to break out the winter hats and mittens.

For my card this week, I used Polar Bear Present from the Gill Roberts Collection. I fell in love with this little guy the minute I saw him and thought he would be perfect for this week's theme.

I tried a masking technique with post-it notes for the sponged background using Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans distress inks. I also added a sparkly silver layer of foiled card stock which has beautiful vertical stripes running through it.

For additional interest and dimension, I used part of a cotton ball for his hat and added three clear rhinestones to the bottom right corner. Here's a close-up:

So, what's your favorite winter animal? Let me know my commenting below. Come play along with us and link up your projects for Winter Hues week here.

As appropriate, this is also my entry for the Color Me Creative Challenge #81 - Wintry, Frosty & Cold Theme.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm wherever you might be!!

SP&Co Stamp: Polar Bear Present - Gill Roberts
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans
Paper: Cryogen White, Silver Stripes Recollections Signature Foil Paper
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones, Cotton Ball

BG-0000/10/11 (Hat, Scarf, Snow)
B-93/95/97/99 (Gift, Bow)
W-00/1/3 (Bear)
V-000/12/15/17 (Hat, Scarf, Gift)
White Paint Pen

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fall Greetings

Today I am sharing my very first DIY deco mesh wreath. To my surprise, it was pretty easy to put together. I picked up these supplies -- burgundy and multicolor deco mesh ribbon, and assorted feathers -- from Hobby Lobby in mid-October when they had their Fall products on sale.

With the leftover orange ribbon, I made a bow and secured it towards the bottom next to the feathers. My goal was to make this wreath prior to Thanksgiving and I'm happy to report, it's been on my front door since 10 November with a few weeks to spare!! Here's another view:

Happy Fall to all my family and friends of Haystack Cards!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to View!

This week, I have a birthday card to share that features The Stamps of Life tv2stamp set from November's monthly kit club. As a Die Hard Club Member, I also received the coordinating dies!  I made this card for my daughter's friend who is turning nine this week.

The question is… what present do you get for a nine-year-old? In the long run, I decided movie tickets for her and a friend would go over well. I needed a clever way to wrap up two tickets to the cinema and found this awesome video tutorial on Pinterest using Stampin' Up's new Envelope Punch Board. I love how you can use this tool for more than just envelopes. It's basically a tutorial for a gift card holder, however, the tickets were a ½-inch longer than your standard gift card. Fortunately, I was able to modify the measurements to meet my needs -- see below for details.

I stamped the mini TVs and the "It's Show Time" starburst in Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight inks to coordinate with the Stampin' Up card stock. I thought these colors played nicely with the patterned card stock from my stash. I added the HB2U sentiment using letters and icons from SP's Tiny Build a Banner stamp set. The mini TV sets are secured with dimensionals and appear to be attached to the tricolor twine.  I also notched out the sides of the Melon Mambo card stock using the Word Window Punch which helps to keep the twine in place. White gel pen stitch marks frame out the card.


The tv2stamp set includes several sentiments so I added "Happy Birthday to View" stamped in Tempting Turquoise to the card's interior.

Since it's also Anything Goes Week over at SP and Company, I'm going to enter this card into the weekly link-up. I know I didn't focus on SP products with this card, but I did incorporate a stamp set! It's too cute to pass up!

Stamps: tv2stamp (Stamps of Life); Tiny Build a Banner (SP&Co)
Inks: SU-Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: SU-Coordinating Cardstock, and Rich Razzleberry; Me & My Big Ideas Sunny Days; Cryogen White
Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers Twine in Lollipop, Limeade, and Blue Lagoon
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Word Window Punch, tv2stamp dies, and a white gel pen

Modified Template for Movie Tickets Pocket:
Dimensions: 10-inches x 2½-inches piece of patterned card stock
Score at 2¾-inches and 7¼-inches

The actual movie ticket measured 2-inches x 4-inches and sides in perfectly!  Thanks for stopping by!