Sunday, March 28, 2010

Last Photo Card

Just another rainy, dreary day in Georgia.  When will the sun shine and the temp read 75-80?  Spring break is only a week away and it's completely shocking that the temps are still in the 50s mid day.  Well, the only good thing is my husband took our oldest to baseball practice which left me at home with the youngest. TJ is a quiet kid and happy to play alone or watch a movie. Batman series seems to be the hot movies now. SHHH - I hear the Easter bunny is bringing a few more Batman movies - but I want tell!!

While TJ was playing quietly I was able to finally finish the last of my photo cards. I needed to make twelve unique cards for the family.  Ok maybe they didn't have to be unique but that's how I craft. I prefer creating only one maybe two of something rather than multiples.  I suppose I will never have a craft show. Who cares - it's my enjoyment.

This latest card is a simple free standing pop-up card. The template is from SplitcoastStampers which is a must website for card makers.  All I did was change the size in order for the photo to fit. I then ran the base through my Cuttlebug and embossed using stylized flowers folder, a little ribbon, a tag, stamp a quick sentiment, and voila! Hope you like it - and if so checkout the directions...

Hope everyone enjoys the week and I hope to post a new project very soon!

Monday, March 22, 2010


It was another rainy day in Georgia.  Reports are calling for for more rain and cold tomorrow - in the low 50s. I moved out of NJ to get away from the cold.  I can't wait for the warm weather.

Attached is another card I made tonight that will be going out to my brother in Chicago.  I copied it from the latest issue of PaperCraft which is quickly becoming my favorite idea book. See page 84 - designer Crystal Birr.  I'm waiting for the day that all these fabulous designers spark my personal creativity and grant me the gift of design. Until then - imitation will remain the sincerest form of flattery!

This card was made with Cuttlebug's Spots & Dots embossing folder, Stylized Dragonfly stamp from Rubber Stampede, and assorted cardstock.

I'm hoping this week will provide me with more free time to create some new cards.

Enjoy the week... until next time!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Good evening y'all!

The first thing you'll learn about me is I'm a night owl.  Don't get me wrong I wake up early but that's only because I have to get the boys ready for school.  If I had my druthers I would sleep until 10 or 11am and then slowly get the day going.  I usually go to bed rather late which means I average about 4-5 hrs of sleep per night.  But the night time is when I feel the most creative.  The kids, the dog, and my DH (dear husband for those not familiar with the acronyms) are all fast asleep.  The hours after 9pm are all mine and I cherish them.

Today I finished another card and this one is "lifted" off of Dawn Griffith's website. Dawn is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and has some wonderful card making videos on her website.  Check it out!!

I used vellum for the glass and dabbed it with mustard archival ink. The paper is DCWV "Sweets" and I used "Spots & Dots" folder in my Cuttlebug to emboss the green background.

Have a great day!

Monday Monday

Work has been really busy so I haven't posted in awhile. Also, I've been playing around with the blog template.  Thanks to the kevinandamanda website for teaching me how to make my own background. I'm not sure it shows right on all computers though. I think the problem may be monitor resolution. I just bought a new computer with a fab 23" HD monitor.  The recommended resolution for me is 1920 x 1080.  However, when I view the blog on my kids' computers the posts look off.  I apologize if it looks bad on your monitor too.  If anyone knows how to correct this I'd love to hear about it.  I'll continue to play and hopefully fix it.

Ok - so for more cards.  I made more cards that hold 4x6 photos.  Spoiler alert to family - you're all getting a card in the mail with the attached photo.  I wanted it to be a surprise but oh well!!  The tree was made using my Cricut Expression and the Serenade cart. 

Hopefully  you're inspired to create your own cards and will give me a link so I can be inspired by your work. 

Til next time....

Monday, March 1, 2010

My First Blog

This is my very first blog and I'm learning on the fly how this whole "blogger" thing works. I enjoy reading other crafting blogs and thought why not me?? I've been crafting since I was a young girl living in NJ. My mom passed the craft gene on to me and I can't thank her enough.

The name of my blog comes from my first name - Hope. If anyone is inspired by my projects that would be a thrill. I consider myself to be a "jack of all trades and a master of none" when it comes to crafts. I crochet, knit, decorative paint, cross stitch, polymer clay, scrapbook, and recently card making. Perhaps you'll see a little of everything but who knows!

Below is a card I made over the weekend. I didn't take a picture of the inside but it holds a photo. I used my Cricut Expression "Serenade" cartridge for the trees and the pattern paper is from BoBunny.  This is not my own design - I "lifted" it from the latest issue of PaperCrafts.  Thank you to Heidi Sonboul who designed such a beautiful card for us to enjoy.