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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fabulous Fifteen

I have such a hard time coming up with ideas for teenagers.  Maybe it's just been too long since I was one.  Anyway, I found this disco cutie image on the web awhile ago and loved the colors and the energy and thought it might work for this card.  The fabulous sentiment was a Michael's $1 bin find and I inked and clear embossed the chipboard 15.  I thought all the circles in the pp definitely called for a disco ball treatment so a little bling and done.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Great Grandma and Grandpa Kunz

This precious photo of my great grandma and grandpa was taken on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.   Annie and her little sister Mary immigrated to the United States from their beloved Switzerland when they were both young girls, working menial jobs at very low wages until they earned enough money to send for the rest of their family.   She married William Kunz who had also immigrated from Switzerland with his family and between them had ten children, their oldest being my grandfather.  They were beloved parents and grandparents.  Annie was known for her natural long dark hair which she would allow her grandchildren to braid for her and her wonderful cooking.  She died before I was born, but I have a photo of a 3 year old me sitting on Grandpa William J's lap when he was very old.  I'm very proud of my Swiss heritage and the sacrifices my ancestors made to make a new home in a new country.

The beautiful digital paper and embellishments come from the Art Nouveau collection found here at  Circus BoardI absolutely love it.  I'm entering this layout in the following challenges:

City Crafter Vintage Challenge - vintage inspired
Simon Says 3 types of embellishments (ribbon, butterfly, pearl blossom) , 2 patterned paper

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This 'n That

Those acrylic sheets were still sitting on my scrap table  from my last card project and I thought I'd make some of these cute little treat boxes using one of my daughter's new Halloween penant sets.  The purple Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland pattern paper was such a perfect match and in about 15 minutes look what was born.  Don't you love that little ghoulie guy with the bat wings (click for larger image)?   Susie McCormick offers a great tutorial for these little acrylic treat boxes at Splitcoast Stampers here.  There's an entire gallery there in many themes (Valentines, Christmas, etc.)  One even holds two golf balls with a "Fore You" tag.  Anyway, check it out and also check out Allison's Etsy offerings at Circus Board.

I've entered this in a couple of challenges:
2 Sisters Halloween Challenge.  There are some awesome goodies there so check it out!
Fairy Fun Fridays.  Tickets and Tags Challenge
Stamp Something Halloween Somethings Challenge.

After putting together some vintage graphic image sets for her Etsy shop, Allison then decided to try her hand at designing paper and her very first set is pretty amazing (I'm trying to be objective here, friends, but it really is).  I did a simple quick little layout using her "Child's Garden Set" which features lovely subtle turquoise and peachy tans and the result is a very soft sweet little page featuring my dear granddaughter Lily in her new gardening hat and gloves.   She's even included an embellishment set all inspired by this very old children's book illustration (click on image to really see the details but pardon my funky stitching).  The files print crisply and color true and just to share, she's sequestered away in her room working on a few more sets as I post this.  Goooo Allison!!!

If you have time to take a look at some of her creations, we would so appreciate any feedback and to hear what you think or if you have any suggestions.   Have a wonderful weekend, my friends and thanks for visiting.

P.S.  She also designed my blog header and has promised to redo my blog wallpaper.  Yayyy!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Very Jello Birthday

Fun little acrylic card for a special October birthday girl. I won a bunch of Sheetload Shortcuts acrylic products awhile ago (they've since gone out of business) and I always forget to use them, which is what happens when you have so much stuff you forget what you've got. Don't laugh, I'll bet you know EXACTLY what I mean. Anyway, I absolutely LOVE this cute vintage Jello ad image and built my card around it.
Paper is Bazil CS and MME Alphabet Soup Girl. A little cuttlebug embossing on the background paper, some birthday ribbon, MS edge punching, some turquoise Thickers and Kaisercraft pearls with an SRM sentiment sticker inside and it all went together easily. Sorry about the glare--it's hard to get a good photo of acrylic cards. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Be Still My Heart

Stepping outside my comfort level here but this image inspired me to try to create a collage-y altered-y tag using one of Allison's Fairy Tale Graphic images. I just dug out my old walnut ink spritzer, threw some odds and ends from my stash together and stitched a little of this pretty new American Craft rose ribbon onto a piece of lace. I kind of like it.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Christmas Greetings

Happy World Card Making Day!

I'm having a lot of fun with my daughter Allison's graphic files. She's so talented in Photoshop and just opened an Etsy shop called Circus Board Graphics offering some of her collection of great images. Here's a quick little Christmas card using one of her images which I'm entering in some current challenges. She's got some great Halloween, Christmas, World Travel and Fairy Tale files up so far. Take a look at her goodies here.

Bah Humbug's challenge was Christmas Across the Miles
City Crafter's Challenge was flowers and frills
Tuesday Throwdown was using punches
Daring Cardmakers was to create a Christmas card.
Charisma Cardz Challenge was to create a Christmas card.
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 80 Christmas in September