Thursday, August 22, 2013

Feeling Blue?

I have a family member recovering from illness so thought I'd send him this card with The Greeting Farm's Cheeky Nurse. MarkerPop is doing a Blue Challenge so thought I'd play along.

Copics Used:
Hair: E15, E17, E19
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 (cheeks)
Shoes and stethoscope: C5
Nurse's uniform: BG000, BG13, BG49 [C1 for stockings]

Other Material Ingredients:
brads from my stash
yellow hearts from small Recollections heart punch (from Michael's)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Tropical Paisley
Sentiment stamp "Get Well Soon" from my wood-block stash
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink Pad

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

MarkerPop Challenge #29 - The Blues

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Labeling Distress Ink Pads

I have a quick SHOW AND TELL for you today on how I label my Distress Ink stamp pads. This ink is so great but I find that the pads work best when the stamp pad is stored upside down. This keeps all the inky goodness at the top of the pad. Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads are also super easy to stack; however, this leaves the small problem of not being able to tell what colors are in each stack. The sides of the Distress Ink pads are black. This is how I solved the issue:

Step 1: Using my Stampin' Up Word Window Punch, I punched out the word windows from an Avery label sheet (so the back side is already sticky). What worked best for me was pulling the label off the sheet first and then placing it in my punch. Trying to get the label backing off of the already-punched word window was not possible or extremely frustrating in the best situation.

Step 2: Place sticky word window on index finger (or any finger of choice depending on mood).  ;)

Step 3: Rub color onto the word window (note: you will get inky but that's part of the fun right?!).

Step 4: Place word window on the side of the Distress Ink pad (see how perfectly it fits!)

Step 5: Enjoy your crafty wonderfulness!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Manly Birthday Card Ingredients

Here's a quick card for you today.


The Greeting Farm's CC James
Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous "Stuff to Say" Stamp Set
"Boys Only" Doodlebug 6x6 Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Distresser & Sander
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copic Markers: 
Hair: BG13, BG49, C1, C3, C5
Skin: E000, E00
Jacket: C1
Pants: B28 or B29 (sorry, don't remember)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Baby Time

Today I want to show you a card I recently made for my sister (who is, as you've probably guessed) getting ready to have a baby! This is her first one and I'm just so excited for her!

Card Top Ingredients:
Saturated Canary Rubber Stamp Image of Ice Cream & Pickles
Stampin' Up Punches - Word Window & Modern Label
Doodlebug Stars & Stripes 6x6 Pad
Copic Markers (sorry, didn't record them this time)
Red Stickles (for the cherry)
Blue & Red cardstock, twine, and buttons all from my stash

Card Inner Ingredients:
The Greeting Farm's baby boy stamp (retired)
Broken China Distress Ink Pad

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Oozak Challenge #18 - Anything Goes with Texture

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Dry & Wet Embossing with The Greeting Farm

Hi all, just a quick card to show you today. I had to make something fairly quickly for an anniversary card. With two kiddos under three I feel like I am forced to do many things quickly. :)

Using an embossing folder from my stash (sorry, forgot the brand), I quickly dry embossed some basic black cardstock. Next, I inked up three fun stamps from The Greeting Farm's Creeper Crew Volume 1 Collection. I used Sasha and Tyler. I love Tyler and I thought he was totally perfect for this Anniversary Card as the hubby in question is quite the guitarist! Sasha is always in style so she was great to use for the Better Half. :)

I wet embossed the stamps using Zing Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and Top Boss Tinted Embossing Stamp Pad.

The inside was created quickly using two CTMH stamp sets  (Butterfly from CTMH "It's Your Day" Set and Celebration No. from CTMH D1421 "Cherish the Moment").

Well, that's it for now. Next week I hope to show you some of the crafty projects I've been working on for my (+ kiddos) craft room. Stay Tuned!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

The Greeting Farm's Garden Variety Tuesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Little Taste of Just Wrong

Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the cuter side of Halloween - little ghosts and goblins saying "trick or treat" at my door, funny/scary Halloween stories, dressing up in fun costumes, witchy home decor, etc. So, when 7 Kids College Fund issued a "Just Wrong" challenge, I knew I had to join. I'm not too into the gory side of Halloween but I thought this card wasn't too too bad.  I'm thinking of giving it to my husband on Halloween - what do you think?  ;)

I used The Greeting Farm Stamps - Cafe Ian and Creeper Crew Jill stamp from the now retired Vol. 1 Collection of Creepers. I replaced Cafe Ian's coffee mug with a still-beating heart. I free-hand drew the heart using my copic pen and colored with copic markers. 

Paper from DCWV "The Green Stack" recycled paper pack 
Inks: Memento Black Tuxedo, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Barn Door & Crushed Olive

Ian's hair: G03, G05, and G07
Ian's suit: shades of C1 through C9 - Ian's shoes: 100 (black)

Heart: R29, R24, and B24

The zombie skin was colored using YG06 and C1 for shadows. 
Zombie Eyes - R29 

Jill's hair: BG72, BG75, and BG78
Jill's dress & bow: W1, W3, and W5

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gifts - Revisited

Hi all, sorry I've been slow in posting a new update - we've had a crazy fun month with our two-week vacation to DisneyWorld/Clearwater Florida/Chicago. The one major take-away from this vacation is that flying with two small children is no bueno. We will drive next time for sure. I just got my new baby (see below) so we are ready for some road-trippin'   :)

In an earlier post, I talked about making super quick cards for teacher appreciation gifts (see post HERE). Well, here is the finished product:

I used the teachers' favorite colors to make each card and tried to personalize the contents of each mason jar with the types of things they liked such as their favorite chocolates/candy. These were fun and came out to about $10/gift (if you exclude any gift cards I put in some of the jars for the lead teachers).

The stamp at the top of the bee is from a retired Stampin' Up Set and the thank you is just a wooden stamp from my stash. I cut the circles for the top of the mason jars using the Sizzix Circle Framelits.