Thursday, March 10, 2011

Three Miscellaneous Cards

Yes, I make cards even when there isn't a challenge or a sketch to follow. :) Well, technically, there were a few sketches but I just didn't get these cards made in time :/

First there is a birthday card I made for my cousin to give out.
Second, here are two baby cards I made,

I love the playful simplicity of this one. :)

This one seems like its missing something, but I don't know what else to put on it. I'm not sure if I like it or not. :/

Please leave your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated! Thanks for looking!

Your past-due poster,
Bethany

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #37

Here is my card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #37

As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to try this pyramid card. I don't think it's too shabby for my first time. :) The yellow flower is handmade very simply. Just fold a ribbon in half, stitch it together, and pull the ends together to scrunch it. Easy-peasy.

Please post your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Your ribbon ruche-er,
Bethany

Together

I made this card for the Vive La Verve Challenge Week #2.

First here's the sketch:
And here's my card:
This is one of my favorite cards ever! Very happy with it! Notice the embossed polka-dotted background? That, my friends, is the work of my new Cuttlebug! I've wanted one of these babies for a long time and thanks to a 50% off coupon and Michaels, I've got one.The flower stamp is from Inkadinkado and the sentiment is from LYB Vita Bella. The scalloped edges need work. LOTS of work! But I'm still learning how to use my puncher. Hopefully the irregularity doesn't take too much away from the rest of the card. :)

I would also like to enter this card in the Wild Orchid Challenge "Anything Goes".

Please post your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated! Thanks for looking!

Your crazed Cuttlebugger,
Bethany

"Easter" Card

Well, as promised, here is the first of many posts this morning. This is a card I made for the Vive La Verve March Challenge on the Splitcoaststampers forum.

First off, here's the sketch:
 

And here's my card:
The ribbon flower is handmade and I got the idea off of this blog. Thanks Jenni! The stamps are all new Inkadinkado stamps. The scalloped edge is curtesy of my new punch! :) So excited to use it more.

I am also entering this card in the Shabby Tea Room Week #52 Challenge (I know it's not an Irish card but it has a bit of green) as well as the Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge #10.

Please post your thoughts or advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated! Thanks for looking!

Your punchy puncher,
Bethany

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Cards Coming Soon!!

I am very annoyed with myself for not posting regularly like I should. I do have some new cards to share; I just need to remember to take them off my camera and put them on the computer. I have recently invested in a Cuttlebug and a scalloped edge puncher. The Cuttlebug is a dream come true, but the paper puncher not so much :/ I think I just need to get the hang of it. I'll try to post again tomorrow with at least some of my newest stuff. Thanks for sticking around!

Your procrastinating poster,
Bethany

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Get Sketchy Challenge #75

I was on a scrapping high last night so I got a good head start on this sketch! :)  Here is my entry for Get Sketchy Challenge #75


Not exactly the card I had in mind, but I suppose it turned out okay. I should have made the card itself smaller, but of course, I didn't think of that until I had everything on it! Really like the colors though! I'll probably use them again! :)
Please post your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated! Thanks for looking!

Your purple-lovin' paper-er,
Bethany

Viva La Verve! Week 4

Lol! Okay, I was on a reeeeeeaaaalllly big roll last night!! I was making cards for three hours straight! :)

Here's my entry for Vive La Verve! Week 4

This is definitely not one of my favorite cards :/ I handstitched the seam with needle and thread. I would NOT recommend this method! lol Very time consuming and a pain in the neck! I traced over the stitched with gold glitter glue.

Please leave your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Your tired threader,
Bethany

Viva La Verve! Week 3

Check out Verve Challenges on Splitcoaststampers forum!

Here's my card for Week 3 (I skipped week 2 shhhhh!)

The flower is called a folded fan flower and is really easy to make. The background flowers were stamped on plain gray cardstock. You might not be able to see from the photo but one flower in each row is stamped silver instead of black. I made the little envelope out of a square of yellow cardstock. This one was probably folded five or six times before I was happy with it. :)

Please post your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Your Spring-anticipating stamper,
Bethany

Viva La Verve! Week 1

I recently joined Splitcoaststampers  forum and there are sooooo many challenges on there!! This month I'm joining in with the Verve Stamps challenge, Viva La Verve! Really fun sketches. :)

Here's my card for Week 1 sketch:

I'm really liking the color combination of black, white, and a bright color. The two stamps are from Technique Tuesday. (another challenger on Splitcoaststampers, which I totally didn't even know! lol) The large stamp was stamped in black and colored in with a yellow colored pencil, and the two little flowers were stamped by coloring the stamp with a marker. They didn't really turn out how I wanted them to but I just have to keep working on it. :)

Please leave your thoughts and advice in the comments below. They're always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Your bold and bright blogger,
Bethany

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CardPatterns Sketch #102

I was on a roll this week!! Five cards in two days!! Ahhhhhh, so this is what it feels like to achieve something. Lol. Here is my entry for CardPatterns Sketch #102:

Kinda plain, but I like the simplicity. I think it makes the color pop a little more, and I needed some popping color to remind me that SPRING is just around the corner!

The green patterned paper is suede paper that I picked up at a scrapbook convention. The background paper is just a plain piece of tan cardstock on which I stamped the love words in gold. The ribbon is from Rusty Pickle's Princess Bride set, and I can't remember where the flower is from. :) I'll try to remember to look it up and update my post.

Please post your comments and advice below. They are both appreciated. Thanks for viewing!

Your sick-of-winter sketcher,
Bethany

Get Sketchy Challenge #74

Here is my entry for Get Sketchy Challenge # 74:

Still in the lovey-dovey mood here! :) The red and white are just cardstock, the patterned paper is from my miscellaneous pile (I think I bought it at a scrapbooking convention), and the ribbon is from Rusty Pickle's Princess Bride pack. The hearts were punched with a mini puncher. The word Amore was stamped onto the ribbon with red ink. I love this look!! The ribbing of the ribbon give the image a little texture. Very vintage looking!

Please post your comments and advice below. They are both appreciated! Thanks for viewing!

Your vintage valentine,
Bethany

Valentines

So awhile back, I was surfing through some blogs, when I came across some little cards on a woman's blog. They were more like bookmarkers with dimensions of 2x5 (maybe?) just big enough for a simple design and one or two embellishes. (I really wish I could remember the site, cause I would totally give her a shoutout) I fell in love with the idea and designed some Valentine's Day themed ones. Here are my little cards:
The one on the left is slightly bigger than the other two, at 3x5 instead of 2x5.

The paper is just plain white and red cardstock. I punched out the hearts with a mini puncher that I've had for eons. The letters were stamped on with white ink. I could not get those letters to ink and stamp equally for anything!! One letter was too light, another was too bright, one didn't stamp fully, another smooshed itself out! I really need to work on my stamping! lol
I love this one! The pink paper on the bottom is cardstock and the patterned paper's design is black felt. I don't remember the stack I got it from, but I've had it for a long time. The love word is a felt rubon (again from who knows where).

I'm very happy with how this turned out! To make the silhouette, I placed a mask on the card and rubbed a cotton ball inked in black all over the mask and card. Peel away the mask, add a few gems, and voila! The love word was stamped onto pink paper and then cut out with an Exacto pen.

Please leave any comments or advice below. It's always appreciated! Thanks for viewing!

Your felty followee,
Bethany




Friday, January 28, 2011

Get Sketchy Challenge #71

Here is my card for Get Sketchy's Challenge #71. I LOVE THIS CARD!!! I'm soooooo happy with it!!



The papers are all from a stack called Romance. I've had it since I started scrapbooking and rarely used it; but as soon as I saw that sketch, I thought of this paper. The heart is a rub-on I transferred to cardstock and stuck on a piece of pop-out foam. The letters were stamped with the Inkadinkado Elizabeth Burnett (I believe).

Definitely my favorite card of mine! Thanks for viewing! Please leave your thoughts and advice in the comments.

Your pleased poster,
Bethany

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Waltzingmouse Challenge Entry

Here is my entry for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #31.

All the paper is from Me & My Big Ideas Renee stack. Even the star is cut out from one of the papers. The stamp is from a collection called Vita Bella.

Thanks for viewing! Please post your thoughts and advice in the comments!

Your starry-eyed sparkler,
Bethany

Monday, January 17, 2011

"Enjoy" Card

I am very proud of this card; it's one of my favorites to date. Tada!!
I'm especially happy with the way the crystal arc turned out since I was placing them free-hand without a pattern. It's so hard to make a curve, I know. (roll eyes)  :) The paper is from DCWV The Saffron Stack and the flowers are Prima Mulberry flowers.

This is my entry for the Get Sketchy Card Challenge #70.

Please leave a comment with your thoughts on the card. Thanks!

Your crafty challenger,
Bethany

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Card Patterns Challenge Sketch 97

Why is it I never start making my cards until 9:00 at night?! Lol! Well I was up 'til eleven finishing this one.


This is my entry for the Sketch 97 challenge over on Card Patterns. The paper is all from M&MBI Modern Milan (I just looooove that paper!), the gems are by Colorbok, the letter sticker are American Craft Thickers, and the stamp is LYB Vita Bella stamped with Martha Stewart gold ink.

You may notice that my stamp is a little blurry. Ok, ok, VERY blurry! lol Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the middle of large images like this to stamp for me! I press and press but only the edges transfer to the paper. Any hints or suggestions to what I could do to get better stamped images? They would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by! See ya soon! (I hope)

Your sloppy stamper,
Bethany

Friday, January 7, 2011

Get Your Sketch On

There's a new blog in town! Get Your Sketch On is a sister site of Get Sketchy, but instead of card sketches, they offer scrapbook pages. They're running a contest now where you can enter to win a $100 gift certificate!!! How cool would that be! There are several ways to enter, so visit the site to read all the details! And, maybe you could mention that Bethany referred you? ;)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Challenge

I'm so excited today because I've just entered my first challenge! (Yay!) My card is for the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge over at The Daily Dare which was presented by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I'm not expecting to win anything, but I can't wait to read the feedback that I will hopefully get. Fingers crossed!

Here's the card:
The challenge was to use snowflakes. I had these colorful beauties in my possession for a long time but could never think of a Christmas card design for them, so I decided to give the card a different twist. I paired the snowflakes with the striped paper from Me & My Big Ideas Modern Milan. It reminds me of candy, like a roll of Life Savors. :) The shiny foil paper is from Me & My Big Ideas Black and White cardstock, and the letter stickers are Thickers from American Crafts.

I'm not sure what I think about the foil cardstock. My first idea was to use a solid black background, but I don't have a single sheet of just plain black. Disgraceful, I know. Lol. I liked the foil at first; but now that I'm looking at the card, I just don't know. What do you think, a good mix or way too much?

Speaking of cardstock, I really need to invest in some thicker kind. My card is somewhat warped from the glue I used and the thinness of the paper. Any particular brands you like? Leave it in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your shiny, stripey snowflaker,
Bethany