Saturday, July 27, 2013

Coral Cards

Until recently, I did not use the color coral in my paper crafting. After finding some inspiration online, I am liking coral more and more. First, I found this card online by Jessica Taylor and really like coral and yellow together. I used Stampin' Up!'s Calypso Coral and So Saffron to make this card:

The current 10 Minute Craft Dash color combination uses coral, so I made this card in just a little over nine minutes:

Here are the supplies I laid out to use, but I swapped the bling for my ticket corner punch to add a little extra detail:

And I made another birthday card. I am stocked up on birthday cards now!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Around Here - July 2013

Summer is flying by around here. I do enjoy summer in the South Bay. We get warmer temperature and less fog than San Francisco. We had a heat wave earlier in summer, but now we are enjoying weather in the mid 70's to mid 80's. It rarely rains here in the summer.

Alex put his sunglasses on the other day and said, "I'm a rock star."

I decided to go for a "summer haircut" and had a couple of inches cut off yesterday. I am happy with the result and to have found a good salon within walking distance.

Thank you for reading my blog. I expect to continue with one or two posts a week. We will busy throughout the fall around here.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Birthday cards

Since I had my craft supplies out last weekend, I made some birthday cards:

Supplies Used:
My Mine's Eye 6x6 paper pad - Michaels
Baker's Twine
Stampin' Up! Spice Cake Buttons
Stampin Up! Embossing Folder
Stampin' Up! Smokey Slate Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Pool Party Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Lawn Fawn So Much To Say Stamp Set

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July Homework

I made two cards with my July homework sketch for stamp club.
Here is the sketch:

First, I did not modify much from the sketch and made a card using some of my recent purchases:

Then I flipped the sketch and came up with this card:

I really liked the color combination in the second card, so I will have more cards to share using those supplies.

Most of the supplies are from Stampin' Up!, but I also used a paper pack from Michael's (by My Mind's Eye) and a Papertrey Ink stamp.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Trying Something New... A Video

I have learned a lot from watching crafting videos online, but I have never made one. I thought I would start off with an easy "haul" video showing some new products that I ordered from Stampin' Up! through my monthly stamp club.

Here is a card that we made at stamp club with the new "in colors" (Pistachio Pudding & Crisp Cantaloupe):

The stamped image is from the Simply Sketched set that I showed in the video. I also really like the 3/8" ruffle stretch trim used in this card. Some of us tried the different images from the set and it was fun to see the various results. (Thank you Pam for allowing me to share this card.)

I have been doing some reorganizing, so I may share a video of my craft space in the future. Once I learn more about iMovie, I want to add in a title page and do some editing.

Friday, July 5, 2013

June Celebrations

The month of June flew by since John and I were both busy at work. We had fun on the weekends and Alex was invited to 5 birthday parties last month. The kid has quite the social calendar, and he is already planning what he wants for his 5th birthday party next spring. One of the parties was at a martial arts center, and I was impressed with the staff.

I love Alex running towards the piƱata in this picture at one of the birthday parties.

We had a quiet father's day. Alex made John a treasure box at school and I made him a card. I enjoyed mixing some of my old and new supplies.

My birthday was also in June. I woke up to see a new craft cart from Ikea waiting for me in the kitchen. I was surprised that John managed to hide my gift for over a week since there are not many hiding places in our current house.

Towards the end of the month, it was time for Alex's summer haircut. He wanted it "spiky" and I knew that it would make him look older.

I am happy to start July with a long holiday weekend! Last night we walked to a park to see the local fireworks.