Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You're only young once...

Hey yall. Today I have a cute little card I made with a stamp set from Inkadinkado that I just had to have months ago but didn't open until this past weekend. I'm really gonna try to stop buying all this stuff I have to have until I sell off some of what I got and start using what I have. Anyway, back to the card, I love this little granny riding the horsie! The sentiment says "You're only young once. You can be immature for a lifetime." I think it's a great card to keep in my collection for those birthdays that just sneak up on you.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I've made! If you want to participate in PJ's Fun week 2, go ahead and get your entries in. I'd like to have everything in and posted to my blog by Friday evening. Remember, it doesn't have to be a card, just anything you made with stars, or stripes, or red, white, & blue, or patriotism.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red, White, & Black

Happy Tuesday everybody! I have to mention the day in the beginning of this post so that when I get through, I can remember what day I want this to show up. I managed to get a lot of cards done this weekend, so I'm trying to get some blog posts scheduled throughout the week in case I get a little too busy. Today's cards were done at completely different times and for completely different reasons, but they both have red, white, and black. The first card is made using the cross from the Cricut Wedding cartridge and some cardstock that's black with a red core. I stress the fact that it's NOT red with a black core. Last year I found some cardstock I just had to have, but I didn't use the first piece until this past Saturday. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and embossed the red wanting to sand through to the black, but all the sanding did no good, so I inked it. I then embossed on the black side and it sanded through to the red just fine. I can't wait to try another color (although knowing me it will be another year).

Next up is a motorcycle birthday card. I got the motorcycle image in a swap on Splitcoast Stampers, so I have no information about it. I used a large Happy Birthday stamp to cover the red background. The black paper has the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug embossing folder on it. I don't have that folder, but was in an embossed paper swap.

Some days I like my projects better than others, but I've learned if I just keep going, I'll get my creativity back. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like an outhouse...

Hey yall. Weird title, huh? I just now made my daddy's Father's Day card and I actually made him an outhouse. Don't worry, I'll explain. My daddy likes outhouses. I can remember as a kid going to auctions with my parents. At one auction, daddy bid on and won a toilet paper holder shaped like an outhouse, complete with a moon cut out in the door. It's still in his bathroom. The other day we were talking about the camp he wants to build one day on his new lake lot. The one detail that stuck out to me was the bathroom door--it's gonna be made of wood strips and will feature a half moon cut out. I was playing around on Denise's Scrapbooking Room the other day and found an SVG file of the outhouse below. I made it into a card instead of just an outhouse. I didn't know how to fill in the star next to the moon, so I just glued that piece back on there.

I think he'll like it. I'm glad I waited to make his Father's Day card. I think this one will be more memorable than any other card I had running through my mind. Have a great Monday!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Card Sketches With Zack's Nana #10

Good evening yall. When I uploaded my Saturday Cinema card, I checked out another one of the entries for the State Fair challenge. I was particularly intrigued because her entry was not a card, but a slice of cake. Not just any cake either, it was shaped like a slice of watermelon! I was so impressed that I asked her to join my challenge. She said she had challenges on her blog too, and that we should try each other's challenges. Here's Card Sketches With Zack's Nana #10.
This was definitely not an easy sketch for me, but I did my best and here's what I came up with. I probably should have used some patterned paper to liven it up, but I wanted something simple.
Be sure to hop over to her blog and check out what she did with the challenge this week! While you're over there be sure to look at her gorgeous watermelon cake too.

Cineman Saturday #85 - State Fair

Happy Sunday! This weekend I played along with the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. Week #85 was the old movie State Fair, which I have never seen. This challenge also required using pennants in your design, which I thought would be too difficult.
I decided to use more of my new files from MyScrapChick. I converted the jar card into individual jars. The state fair reminds me of all the little competitions. I remember as a kid seeing all the different entries--in addition to livestock, there were all kinds of homemade items, from clothes to canned goods. Here's what popped in my head when I saw the theme.

I made the row of hanging pennants with SCAL2. It wasn't exactly hard, but it was a little time consuming, especially since it didn't end up as uniform as I had hoped. I have no idea what I will use this card for, but I enjoyed making it. Be sure to check out Cinema Saturday and play along!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fishing & Gardening

No, I have not been fishing or gardening, but the images on my cards have been! First up I have an image that I think is from Stampin' Bella. I colored her with colored pencils, but didn't blend with OMS because I wanted a different look. I love these colors and the simple layout.
Next up is another digi image from Dustin Pike. You can find his blog on the right sidebar of my blog. I colored this image, then couldn't decide how to make a card with it. I finally went to SplitCoastStampers to play along with the Clean & Simple Challenge this week (#72) and found this layout, which I thought was perfect. Because the image is so large, I started with a larger card base.

One of my favorite details in the layout was the piercing above the top layer that follows around the curve of the image. I used one of those spiky wheel things that comes in sewing kits to get the dots an even distance apart, then went back with a straight pin to make the holes. I got a little crooked in the curve, but I still like the final product.

PJ's Fun Week 2 - Patriotism

Good morning friends! This week on PJ's Fun our theme is Patriotism. Here our themes are not very strict though, so by patriotism you can make something patriotic or just something with stripes, or stars, or red, white, & blue, or anything else that comes to mind. I made a patriotic card with stripes, stars, & red, white, & blue. I found this image I received in a swap last year and thought now was the perfect time to use it. I colored him with Copics, used my Nestabilities to cut him and his mounting paper out, put Martha Stewart glitter on his fireworks, and used an old Creative Memories mini punch to cut out the stars. Mr. Pig is raised up to give the card some depth.
Friday evening the boys played with some watercolor paints and Joey was quite excited about joining in on this week's challenge. First he painted a flag. When it dried he added some star stickers. Next he painted the United States of America in red, white, & blue. I was pretty impressed with his USA since he did it from memory, not from a picture. He added one small light blue star to the middle of the white part.

I hope you get to play along this week! I've got a couple more ideas of projects to make. I'll be sharing all of your projects throughout the week as I receive them. The deadline to get them in is Friday evening. The new week of fun will start each Saturday morning (hopefully). Have a great Saturday!

Friday, June 25, 2010

House Mouse & Friends Challenge #72 - Something NEW

Good evening! This week I decided to play along with the House Mouse & Friends Challenge. Week #72 is "Something NEW" which can mean a new baby, new house, new shoes, you name it! I went for the obvious--new baby. The main reason I chose this image is because I've got several images already colored, just looking for a home in some sort of project.

Nothing fancy at all, just a simple little card to say welcome to a new little baby. No specific baby at this point, I'm just trying to build back my stash of cards so I'll be ready for whatever event I need a card for. There are several pregnant women at my church and work, so I probably need to get several more new baby cards ready. Be sure to go check out the other NEW cards on the House Mouse Challenge blog. While you're at it go ahead and make a House Mouse project and attach a link on the challenge blog--you could win a prize!

PJ's Fun Week 1 - Last of the Butterflies

Hey yall! I've got the last of the submissions for Butterfly week. The first pictures I want to show you are of my Mom's quilt. It's called Butterfly Party.

No, she technically did not make this whole thing this week, but it still counts. Here's a picture of one of the quilt blocks so you can see the detail.

Next up I have another creation by Aunt Pat. She used metallic vinyl and made a butterfly to put on her van. It's the same butterfly she used on her card.

She said it's hard to get a picture of how pretty it is in real life. I'm sure the sun and the flash from the camera make the sparkles shine through more than the real colors.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing all of our butterfly creations this week. I'm really excited that we had such different projects to show you. I'm still throwing around a couple of ideas for this next week's theme. It could be a color, a technique, an item to include, a holiday, anything. Hopefully I have it decided on by tomorrow morning so I can make my project and get it online for yall. Have a great afternoon!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

More Butterflies

Hey yall. I've got more butterflies for you tonight! The first picture I have for you is Aunt Pat's submission for PJ's Fun this week. Isn't it beautiful!

She cut this butterfly with her Cricut and SCAL. It looks like it has a yellow background piece. I'll have to get a copy of this file! I love how detailed the butterfly is. I also love that she used my favorite color purple and her favorite color yellow.
Next I've got a finished picture of the box I posted this morning. As I said earlier, Blogger was taking so long to upload my pictures last night that I started decorating the box. The colors are really fall looking, but I am please with how this turned out. I've got a couple more ideas of things to cut out of the center.
The week is winding down so if you have a butterfly project you want me to feature here, just let me know! Have a great evening and I'll see you here tomorrow.

Butterfly Box

Howdy friends. I went to Hobby Lobby Tuesday evening and bought a 12 x 24 mat and a package of 12 x 24 paper so I could make a bigger box. After the kiddos went to bed Wednesday night I tried out some of my new skills I acquired Tuesday night from watching the SCAL2 tutorial videos on the Craft Edge website. Here's what I came up with.

I made the same box as before, only this time I made it WAY bigger and I cut out a butterfly from the front panel. It's the perfect size to put A2 cards & envelopes in.

I should probably mention that the box no longer looks like this though. Blogger was taking too long to upload my pictures so I found some matching ribbon and adhered it around the top edge of the box top. I want to decorate it a little more, I'm just not sure what I want to do yet. This was my first time to use the larger mat and larger paper. Either the mat is less sticky or the paper doesn't stick as well. Whatever the case, it was a pleasant surprise. Usually the first several things I cut on a new mat are warped by the time I get them off the mat because it's too sticky.

Here are a few pictures of my boys from Tuesday evening. Jason and I had a quiet dinner. Joey was reading a book.

Anthony fell asleep about 4:30pm, which is kinda late for a nap. He had trouble waking up, so on his way to the dinner table, he laid down on the floor and went back to sleep. He was not very happy that I took pictures of him.

I've gotta play with my new box a little more. I hope some of you crafters are working on butterfly projects! I'd like to review all the projects Thursday evening so I can start the next week of PJ's Fun on Friday.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Scrap Chick Jar Card

Here I am, back with another shaped card! This one has a lot of potential. I just made a plain jar, but you could make it look like it was filled with all kinds of things.

I added a little blue chalk on the left and bottom to give it depth. Again, this was kind of done in the example picture, so they really have taken the time to give you everything you need to use the files. The example showed a jar with the fabric on it and one without it. They both looked great, but I like the fabric skirt around the top. I hope you enjoyed looking at all my new SCAL/Cricut projects. I'll be back soon to round up all the PJ's Fun Week 1 entries and the winner!

My Scrap Chick Rubber Duckie Card

This is a quick post, but I wanted to share another card I bought in the Shaped Cards 2 collection from I love cute little rubber ducks and this one is just adorable!
I mounted his wing on pop dots to give it a little depth. I drew on an eye and put some pink chalk for blush. Each file comes with an instruction sheet that shows an example, so I just made the eye and blush look like the picture. I could definitely see making lots of these for baby showers, either for the invitations, a card to go with a present, or even as a set of thank you notes for the mom-to-be. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More SCAL Templates

Good morning! Monday evening I had a blast playing with more SCAL templates from I made a box and 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs). They are so simple that it took me no time to do all 7 projects! I spent the most time picking out which paper to use, which is so typical of me. By the way, they've got a sale going right now, so head on over! Today I'm gonna show you the box and one of the cards.
The box is from the 30 more boxes collection. I made the wide box with scalloped lid, but there are 29 other boxes included, plus cards, plus window frames! Now that I think about it, I guess I could have put a window frame in my box...I'll have to try that next time. The box was super easy to make since all the cuts were done with the Cricut. The largest I could make the box with a 12 x 12 mat is 3.75in wide by 4.25in tall by 1.5in deep (approximately). I want to go by a 12x24 mat so I can make a box big enough to put cards in.

The next svg file I tried is from the Shaped Cards 2 collection. I made a cup of coffee. It's joined at the bottom, so I had to hold it so you could see the closed version. My teacup kept wanting to spill open. I'm thinking about putting a little tea bag in there with the string and tag sticking out--wouldn't that be cute!

I hope you like what you've seen today. Be sure to take advantage of the sale, not that the prices are that high normally. I just can't seem to pass up 60% off, especially when the minimum to buy is only $5. I would have had enough even if the minimum was $25, but I might not have considered shopping the sale without the low minimum. Enough babbling, I'll be back tomorrow with another shaped card!

Monday, June 21, 2010

SCAL Butterfly -

Hey yall. Another butterfly card! I have really missed making cards these last several months and have been enjoying my craft desk the last few days. This card was made using a $1 download from - a 3-D layered butterfly.
Isn't it beautiful! To make it easier I used double sided paper. After I cut it I looked at it with each side being on the front to see which I liked better. Here are a couple of pictures of the depth this butterfly has.
This card was so easy to make, but I love how beautiful it is. My Scrap Chick is having a sale for the next few days--spend at least $5 and get 60% off! I also bought the tool set, some 3-D cards, and a set of awesome boxes. You can sign up for their newsletter and get FREE weekly files, so even if you don't order anything now, go sign up for the free newsletter. I would say tell 'em I sent you, but they have no idea who I am since this was my first purchase. Let me know if you make something cool from one of their files!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another Butterfly Card

Good afternoon! I seem to be addicted to butterflies now that Aunt Pat has suggested them as our first theme. I have some of Dustin Pike's digi images that I bought back in April and this one with Toby and Buster catching butterflies just seemed perfect! Then I remembered the little butterfly brads I just had to have several months ago.

I love how this turned out. Some days my coloring skills look like those of a 5 year old, but this one seems better than usual. Have you made anything with butterflies yet??? I've got more stuff in mind, so stay tuned!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! The boys and I made a card for Jason last night with some SVG files I bought from My Scrap Chick. I let Joey pick which of the 4 tools he wanted and he chose the hammer and the screwdriver.
Jason's getting the new iPhone for Father's Day, but it may be a little while until he gets it since we didn't preorder it. Here are a few pictures of Jason with the boys.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More Butterflies for PJ's Fun Week 1

Good morning! I've got a few more butterfly creations to share with you today. The first is another card I made using the same Penny Black stamp from yesterday, but stamped in purple. I also colored this with Prismacolor pencils instead of my Copic markers.
I don't like this one as much as the first one, but that's ok. The next butterfly creation I have for you is one made by my cousin Ashley. She doesn't make cards, but she does love to craft. She made butterfly hairbows.

Aren't they just the cutest! I'll have to have a ladybug week later so I can feature her adorable ladybug bow. I'm so excited to have such a unique weekly challenge that any crafter can play along with. I can't wait to see what else yall make!

Friday, June 18, 2010

PJ's Fun - Week 1

Hey yall! How do you like today's blog post title? I just made it up. Aunt Pat (P) & me (J) are starting a new weekly challenge and I decided to make it extra official by giving it a catchy name. Lately Aunt Pat has bought me some awesome pajamas (or you could call them PJ's!) so I thought the title was perfect. This week's crafty challenge is to make something with butterflies. Here's what I made.
I love this Penny Black image of a cat playing with some butterflies. Sadly, I've had the set for at least a year and this was the first time I even opened the package. Here are the rules of playing along--make something with butterflies! That's it--it doesn't even have to be a card. It can be a card, scrapbook page, quilt square, wall hanging, painting, whatever you want, just include a butterfly. Leave a comment that includes a link to your creation or you can email a picture to me. My email is jenniferDOTroubiqueATyahooDOTcom if you choose to play that way. I will feature all submissions on my blog and the winner (mine & Aunt Pat's choice) will get a little prize. I'm not sure what it will be since I just made that part up, but it will be something fun and exciting! I can't wait to see what you make! By the way, I'll have Aunt Pat's featured item up in a few days. Have a great evening.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We Are the Champions!!! (Not Really)

Good evening strangers! Sorry, I've just been busy. I'll make up for my long absence with some pictures of my adorable little tball player. The title is "We Are the Champions!!! (Not Really) because the boys were so excited about getting their trophies that they didn't care about getting knocked out of the bracket. We made it to the top 4 in the winner's bracket of 15 teams, so I'm thrilled with how great they did.

We played last Saturday at 12 noon and Sunday at 1:45pm. We lost out Monday at the 5:45pm game. As you can see from all the sweat in the picture below, it was HOT!

Anthony paid such good attention during huddle time. His face was so red from the heat. If you didn't get to make it to one of his games, you missed a real treat. The game Uncle John went to Anthony tried running to 3rd base instead of 1st, but he still made it.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! My next post will actually feature a card I made! Aunt Pat and I are going to start doing weekly card challenges. She chose a butterfly to be the theme this week. If she doesn't decide to get her own blog (and even if she does) I'm going to feature my card and her card each week. Feel free to play along all you crafty people! By the way, Uncle John, you're my favorite too :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Beach Family Pictures

Hey yall. I played on with a few of our beach pictures this evening and wanted to share them with you. Have a great evening!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Baby Onsie

Hey yall. Just wanted to share a few pictures of my most recent craft. A few weeks ago I personalized a baby onsie for my friend Jodie's baby shower gift. She will be having a sweet little girl named Ella in the next few weeks.

I just love how cute this is! It was so easy too. I just cut the iron on vinyl with my Cricut and SCAL, then ironed it on.

I'm thinking I need to pick up more onsies to make for more gifts in the future. There are several ladies at church who are expecting right now and I think these little onsies would be a wonderful one of a kind gift.