Saturday, July 19, 2008

Inchie, ATC, Moo....WHAT?

Pamela, from FireCracker Designs has a challenge posted on her blog. The challenge is as follows: Create one inchie, one ATC, and one MOO card using the SAME FireCracker Designs Stamp set. You can use what ever FCD set you want, but all three pieces have to be created with the same set.

At this point some of you might be wondering what exactly an inchie, ATC or Moo is (I was wondering too)...Here are the definitions directly from Pamela's blog:

What is an inchie? Simply put, it’s a one inch square piece of art work…talk about tiny!! Just don’t go blind if you are trying this one for the first time!! We’ve also noticed, that all 1″ square punches are NOT all 1″! Punches have the bad habit of being measured at the diagonal (like your TV screens) and we artists, well, we like to measure our pieces straight across and up the sides…so double check your punch before you go crazy with these….if all else fails, stamp your image, and then use your paper trimmer to cut it up in 1 inch squares, pick the best one, and embellish it…lol

What is an ATC? Artist Trading Card has only one rule…they MUST measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches! Thought to have originated in Switzerland in 1997; they are about the size of the sports trading cards, and can be easily stored in the 9 pocket plastic sleeves designed to hold sports cards.

What is a MOO card? MOO is actually a British based printing company that offers mini calling cards. They are about the size of half of a standard business card. (got a ruler? measure: 1 1/8 inch x 2 ¾ inch). Artists have snagged up this idea to create their own mini pieces of artwork, and I LOVE the idea of using the back sides to include my blog information. What a fun way to hand out my web links!

I decided to take her up on the challenge. Until today I had never made and inchie or a moo (I have made an ATC WAY WAY back in the day).

I used the FireCracker set: Happy Hour for mine. I can say after making them, that I probably will NEVER make anything this tiny again. I had a REALLY hard time working on such a small area...It was fun trying though. Let me know what you think.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, July 18, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS KISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My dear friend Kisa was the grand prize winner in the Lizzie Anne Designs anniversary card sketch contest. Check out her AWESOME grand prize winning card HERE


Hope everyone had a great week. We have been crazy busy this week and I haven't had much stamping time. I'm hoping to find some crafty time this afternoon!

Since I don't have any cards to show I thought I would share some pictures I took yesterday when we took the kids to the county fair. They had a total blast. We went through all of the 4-H barns and had fun checking out all of the farm animals. The kids were excited that they got to pet a cow, chicken, rabbit and they got to hold a baby chick.
After the barns we hit the carnival. They loved this. It was $1 ride day (compared to the normal $3-4 per ride) so we let them ride pretty much everything they wanted to (thanks to a carnival fund from grandma Debbie). The only bad part was, it was HOT! and when I say HOT I mean REALLY HOT! Overall, though, we had an awesome family day!

I hope to have a card or something crafty to share later today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Weird, weird, weird...

Weird. This morning I tried and tried to get the picture of my graduation card to upload into my post. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. So I thought I would try again later today. So I took the kids to VBS, had breakfast with my mom, picked the kids back up and came home and checked my email. I saw a comment from Kisa that said "I like this one"...thinking she was just being totally sarcastic about my post with no picture I went to my blog and there it was...the picture I tried and tried to post this the post. I have no idea how it got there since it didn't seem to be working for me. Anyway....I finally jumped on the JustRite Monogram bandwagon. I bought the tiny letters and customized this graduation card. I actually had to make 3 grad. cards yesterday and thankfully the names were all short (jeff, tim and joe). I think these turned out pretty good. Now Tom can quite harping on me about getting these made (they are for his nephews/cousins). Now to get them in the mail.
Hope you all have a great day. It is a hot one here today so we will be hanging out inside where the temp is always a pleasant 74. Thanks for stopping by.

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For the life of me, I can't get blogger to do anything this morning. I will try again later.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Tuesday

Hope everyone has a great day. We have a busy day today again...VBS, a playdate, a trip to the zoo...probably no stamping, but you just never know. Here is a card I made last week. To be honest it is a lot prettier in real life (IMO). The butterflies are stamped on and cut out of transparencies and the the backs are covered in glitter - they are popped up using dimensionals. All stamps are from DRS Designs, glitter is Art Institute and CS is SU.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Monday madness

I'm posting my Monday post early because we have a crazy morning cut out for us tomorrow, and I'm not sure if I will have any blogging time what so ever. The kids both have vacation bible school starting at 9:00 tomorrow morning. I know that doesn't sound too crazy except for the fact that Beckett doesn't typically get out bed until then. It is going to be a real challenge getting us out the door on time.

Because I haven't figured out how to schedule a post, I'm posting my card that I was going to share tomorrow. I just got some of these adorable Riley Moose images from someone in the wishRAK group on SCS. I think they are just so stinkin cute. I colored Riley with colored pencils and OMS. I love the color combo of Ballet Blue and So Saffron. I thought it worked well for this card. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado. CS, DP and the blue gingham ribbon is from SU. The solid blue ribbon is American Crafts.

I also wanted to share a couple cards that Annabelle made yesterday. She made them all by herself (except I had to help cut and tie the ribbon for her). I love how one opens to the left! The stamp she used is from Hero Arts.

Inside view:

I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week. Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas in July

I keep seeing Christmas cards popping up on people's blogs lately so I decided to start playing around with my new DRS designs Christmas stamp. From the first time I saw this stamp I knew that I wanted it, but I wasn't sure what I would do with it. For this card I decided to paper piece the Christmas bulbs and then create a sentiment with some rub-ons that I had laying around. The words "peace on EARTH" are all made with individual rub-on letters. To add a little more zing I added some glitter, double ribbon and some corner gems. I went with a simple layout again due to the size of the main image. Stamp is from DRS Designs, CS and ribbon comes from SU, rub-on letters are CK, the background DP is Basic Grey, the dp on the bulbs is from DCWV and from that handy SAMS club pack and the corner gems are once again from Target (sorry don't know the brand).
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!