Friday, September 12, 2014

Finishing Touches

Earlier this week I shared some simple Thank You note cards I made for our son to fill out for his birthday gifts and today I whipped up a sweet little belly band and cut some confetti for each of the note cards!
To refresh your memory here are the thank you note cards:
Very very very simple and plain....a little boring!

But not anymore!

The flat fold card is 3.5" X 5" and I cut the belly band in Pacific Point at 2.5" X 8.5". I die cut a star in the center of each one (just eyed it, no fancy measuring here!) and then scored 2.5" in from both ends to perfectly wrap it around the card. I secured the overlap with some designer washi tape from Stampin' Up!'s clearance rack.
Just adding the belly band added so much to the simple cards!
But then....I had the idea to cut some confetti with my fringe scissors (love them!) and it took the simple card from, ummm simple, to WOW! I stuck the card with belly band and confetti in a cello baggie and stuck the whole thing into Stampin' Up!'s clear envelope. The cello baggie keeps the confetti off the shipping info (which will be written on the green (retired Stampin' Up! color) card stock) so Mr. Postman doesn't have a hard time seeing where to deliver it. 
Side note about the clear envelopes:
The post office can charge you more for them if they want. I have never been charge more even when taking them into the post office myself instead of dropping them off in the mail box. But just know, they can. I'm sure it depends on your post office. :)
(also don't forget to put your postage stamp on the outside of the clear envelope, NOT on the card stock. They need to be able to cancel the postage stamp :) haha

Happy Friday and Happy Stamping!

 I lOVE sharing what I make with you! If you would like to use any of my pictures on your own blog, please directly link back to me and give Christina Thurlow credit!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving CCC12

It's time for another Creative Challenge Club and this week was a color challenge with a bonus to make it holiday related. I chose Thanksgiving for my Holiday to help kick out the cards I need to send to grandparents and long-distance close friends who we don't see very often.
It's a nice way to let someone know you are grateful for them and thinking about them even though you can't always see one another!

Here is what I came up with:
Isn't it just the sweetest!?!
I just love those mini envelopes with the Old Olive hearts! 
Kaitlyn is on the Artisan Design Team for Stampin' Up! and comes with with the most amazing paper crafting projects using Stampin' Up! products. 
As explained on her blog the envelopes are made by cutting DSP to 1-78" square and then using the simply scored board fitted with the diagonal plate, score at 1", turn, score at 3/4", turn, 1", turn, and once again score at 3/4". Simple, huh?
I added some hugs and kisses peaking out of one of the envelopes. 
Do you do OXOX or XOXO? 
My husband thinks I'm weird for doing OXOX. :)
Ever wish embossing powder came in EVERY SINGLE COLOR of Stampin' Up!'s colors?
You can fake it by inking up your stamp in Versa Mark (don't stamp yet!), then inking up in your color of choice and stamping on your paper. Add clear or iridescent ice embossing powder and then heat set.
Now you have a perfectly embossed image in any color you want!
I also picked that tip up from the blog listed above!
And I know you know by now that I like to add a little love to the inside of my cards.
And it almost always involves embossing.
I embossed the & sign using the same technique as explained above. 
Stamped on Marina Mist card stock I got a totally different look than I got on Whisper White card stock.

If you make something using this week's challenge, don't forget to link up by Sunday for a chance to win $10 in Stampin' Up! product. :)

Here's What I used:
Marina Mist CS
Old Olive CS
Soft Suede CS
"Vintage" DSP
PL Remember This Photopolymer Stamp Set
Tags 4 You Clear Mount (with coordinating punch)
Something to Say Clear Mount Stamp Set (for the heart)
Linen Thread
Embossing Folder (Vintage, I believe)
Iridecent Ice embossing powder

Happy Stamping!

 I lOVE sharing what I make with you! If you would like to use any of my pictures on your own blog, please directly link back to me and give Christina Thurlow credit!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Note Of Thanks

Our oldest son turned 7 at the end of August!
He had a great birthday and received so many legos and even a little spending money, in which he bought more legos! ha!

As I was doing some final organizing of my craft room (my scrap drawers are finished and in place!) I came across a stack of Crumb Cake card stock in sizes too large for my scrap drawers for too small for my full size card stock storage unit.
At first I was unsure what to do with them and then an idea hit me to make some simple 3.5" X 5" Thank You note cards for our son to write his own Thank You Notes.

I stamped the "A Note Of Thanks" stamp in Pacific Point at the top of the card and our little man's initials on the bottom right corner, also in Pacific Point. 
(He likes bright blue so I knew this color would make him happy!)
He already filled out his first Thank You Note to Auntie Syrup and Uncle Pancake (yup, there is a story behind the names but for some other time! haha)
I love seeing my children's sweet handwriting on paper!

Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving for CCC11

We've been off school this week on vacation and having a wonderful time taking day trips to the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory, an Exotic Zoo in Johnson City, Texas, eating out, doing a little yard clean-up and best of all just relaxing together as a family!

The Creative Challenge Club this week is a color challenge and wow did it leave me stumped!
For several days I had mixed emotions about what I came up with but I think it's growing on me the longer it sits on my desk. ha!

I'll jump right in and share what I came up with:
 (Sorry for the slightly blurry picture and shadow!)

I started off with a card base in Crushed Curry and layered on some DSP featuring Island Indigo and Whisper White. I embossed the "vintage" tree in white on water color paper and then did a water color wash of Island Indigo (bottom), Crushed Curry (middle), and Pumpkin (top). Using my sewing machine I did a little machine stitching three times around the edge of the water color paper, scuffed the edge with my finger nail to roughen it up a bit and curled the top right edge over on itself. The sentiment is cropped with the banner framelits and clipped on with a mini paper clip with a knot of Island Indigo ribbon tied to it. 

Here's the Banner for this week's challenge:
If you create a card using the color challenge don't forget to link up for a chance to win free Stampin' Up! product. See their website for details!

Happing Stamping!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Craft Room Update!

It's been a long time since I've updated you on the progress of cleaning up and organizing my craft room. Some HUGE changes have taken place!!!
If you have been following along for a while or scrolled through some old post you have probably noticed my desk has changed!
I loved using our old dining room table and the boxy hutch my husband build for me were great but wasn't totally working out.
 It happens!
I started addressing my needs, planning storage for the old hutch, thinking about painting the table to lighten things up and in the end my husband suggested starting fresh with a NEW craft table/hutch.
Such a great guy!
So in mid-May we headed over to IKEA to look at options and brought home the cutest desk ever. 
A few weeks later for my birthday my family surprised me with a hutch that I had been drooling over.
I'm not ready to share a full shot of my new desk/hutch since I'm finishing up a few custom storage pieces for it but here is a reminder of the before.
I promise I'm close to showing a full shot of what things look like now!

Tease of the after:
Remember this picture from Thursday? It shows a pretty good tease of what the hutch looks like. What makes me oh so happy is my new "command center" in the center of the hutch that holds my ink pads, markers, paper and so much more. I feel like a pilot with all of my gadgets up front and center. It's such a relaxing and inspiring way to create!
Ok, I promise more to come on that!
I'm finishing up some custom scrap paper drawers, embossing powder storage, big shot station (it's gonna be good! I just ordered the pulls for it today!!!!)
Once the pulls are here and I can finish up the scrap drawers I will share what I've done so far. The big shot station will take a little bit longer to get finished but it will also be worth the wait!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A BIG Happy Birthday

On Tuesday I shared our God daughter's birthday card and today I am sharing a card for her big brother! I did my best to keep this clean and simple but in the end couldn't resist layering in stamps and color and doing some embossing on the inside of the card. 
I'm not so sure it would qualify as "clean and simple" any more but for my usual style it is!
I think it will bring a smile to a little boy's face!!

As a bonus picture for you today, here are all of the September birthday and 1 just because cards that I have sitting out on my desk, ready to be signed, stamped and delivered!
Tip: Set a reminder on your phone mid-month to get cards and gifts ready for the following month. 
And hopefully never be late again (unless you have a really cute "late" birthday stamp that you wanna use! ha!)
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Driving By Birthday Card and CCC10

It's been 10 weeks with the Creative Challenge Club and I haven't missed one yet!
This week's sketch was nice and simple and I did my best to keep it that way!
Here is what I came up with:
I am in love with that old truck stamp. The set is long gone and honestly I think the greetings are a bit cheesy for my taste but I love that truck so the  set is here to stay!

This card is for our God daughter's second birthday so what is "cheesy" to me I'm sure will make a little girl smile!
I stamped the truck, added the lady as a driver (me? ha!) and stamped some unexpected puppy dogs in the back. 
The faux stitching is done with a silver gel pen.

 And as always, don't forget to give the inside of your cards a little love!
I punched 2 banners with the banner punch and embossed the "happy birthday" in white to make sure it popped off the rich razzleberry card stock.

Wanna play along with this week's sketch?

If you make a card using this sketch by Sunday, be sure to link it up for a chance to win a $10 shopping spree at Stampin' Up!
Details can be found here:

Happy Stamping!

 I lOVE sharing what I make with you! If you would like to use any of my pictures on your own blog, please directly link back to me and give Christina Thurlow credit!