Friday, June 29, 2012

One loaded post!

I have been a very busy bee this week! I wanted to finish all my cards for the June Card Challenge that I host on I also wanted to submit projects to Scrapbook News & Review so I mixed and matched the challenges up!!

All of the following cards are for SNR's July Call.

The first card up is for the June Card Challenge for Photo Inspiration. This is the photo we needed to get inspiration from this month. I took it on Main St. at Disneyland last month.

One punch, a bunch of pattern paper, a cute cupcake embellishment and a button and ta da! =]

I used American Crafts Remarks, Sweet Tooth. I added Glossy Accents to the cupcake stand and the vanilla frosting. I added Copper Stickles to the chocolate frosting too.

 This card is for the June Card Challenge for the Lift Category.

I used Pebbles Inc. felt layered embellishments but had to cut the last layer off cause they're super thick!! For the sentiment, I used October Afternoon's Mini Market Alphabet stickers.

I can't believe my niece is going to be a year old in a week and a half! It went by so very quickly!

She's such a ham!! Look at her little arm.. that was all her, lol.

Last night I had the idea to see if the Cricut would cut duct tape... to my surprise, it DOES!

I used the Accent Essentials Cartridge for these super cute embellishments.

 This is the card I made her for her 1st Birthday. It's for the June Card Challenge for Bonus, which was to use duct tape on your card.

I used the circle above to make a pattern on the background of the card.

I used instructions by Beate Johns on Splitcoaststmper's for this Easel Card, which you can find, HERE.

I kind of mixed and matched. There's instructions for a circle card and a square one, but I of course had to be different and mix them! I really like how it came out!

The card all collapses into itself too!

I used October Afternoon's Mini Marketplace Alphabet stickers for the sentiment and stuck a Sunrise Thicker in there too! I coated it with Frosted Lace Stickles. That cute giraffe is from Alphabet soup from My Mind's Eye.

This is the "inside"!

Last but not least is this encouraging/uplifting card. I used the sketch for SNR's sketch call this month. It's also for the June Card Challenge for Technique which is Pleated Paper, which you can find, HERE.

I did the technique on the yellow polka dot paper which I just noticed you can barely see!

Again, I used Pebbles Inc.'s felted layered embellishments and had to cut the bottom layer off. 

I absolutely love this sentiment.. to me, it's hilarious! I hope you find it funny too!

"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you ham, don't make lemonade." Isn't that a fun sentiment for an encouragement card? It would sure make me smile!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary!

I made this card for the girl that cuts my hair, Andrea. I trade her a hair cut for cards.. works out nicely for both of us!! I used to get my hair cut then pay her and she'd pay me more than half of what I gave her for cards she wanted, lol... it's just easier this way!!

This is for her and her husband's 20th Anniversary. If you've been reading my blog long, you know I don't make boy cards well. It's not that I even make super girly cards or anything, but it's easier to make a girl card for me!!

Anyway! I used the fabulous sketch on Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #161.

 For the sentiment, I did 1/2 on the computer and for the other half I used Dear Lizzy Foam Thickers.

I topped it off with a Basic Grey bloomer from their line, Jovial. Who knew a Christmas flower would look good on an Anniversary card!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The future Mrs. Virzi

I made this card for a friend's friend. That's right. =]

I like how this card turned out but every single part of it gave me a headache! Every single step.. it was so frustrating!! Thankfully, I got it done and liked the end result!!

I completely forgot to take a picture of the card before I dropped it off, so thankfully my friend took it for me and it came out beautifully!! 

You can't see it too well, but I used pink wire and curled it to make little flourishes. I used Queen & Co. 1/2 pearls on the ends of each one.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Casey and Lexi!

I wanted to say hello to all my new followers.. great to have you here!!

I made these two cards for the girl that cuts my hair. Her twins turned 13 today! 

For Casey's card, it was all about the Dodgers!

I made him a pop up card, which are fun to make and even more fun to give. I find a tutorial on it years ago by a lady named Dawn that works for Stampin' Up!. I love her videos.. make sure to check this one out! 

For his name, I used Technique Tuesday's Santa Cruz lowercase alphabet.


Believe it or not, it does fit in an envelope! It pretty much collapses into itself.

For Lexi's card I used Sunday Sketch and Stamp's Sketch #111.

This is also for the June Card Challenge on for Color.

Is this not the cutest thing you ever did see? I think so too!

I found this little gem on Scrap Happy Paper Crafter's blog. She has a TON of super cute FREE digital stamps on her blog.

This was the first on I've ever used.. check HERE for this iPod!

At first, I printed the white iPod and tried to color it with watercolor colored pencils. It worked so well that I printed the pink one instead. =] Infact, I tried 2 different ones and it just wasn't going well!

I printed the white iPod and cute out the screen and the buttons and put foam pop dots under them so they would look lifted.

It doesn't show well in the photo, but I used Glossy Accents all over the pink so it would just shiny, just like an iPod. When I tried to do the same over the screen and buttons, it would bleed and become blurry.

I used a clicky label maker for the sentiment. Does anyone know what that's really called? lol. I have it labeled as "clicky label maker" in the drawer it goes in...

See? =]

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


 I made this Thank You card for my Mom to give to a friend.

I lifted Lisa Andrew's "Thanks" Card on You can see her card HERE.

I used Basic Grey's Plumeria, one of my favorite lines!

For the sentiment I used American Crafts Root Beer Float Vinyl Thickers. I finished the card off with a Basic Grey Bloomer from their Hello Luscious line. I also added a few staples with my Mini Attacher from Tim Holtz.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dad's Day!

I hope all the Dad's in your life had a wonderful Father's Day! Not only was this weekend Father's Day, but it was my Birthday on Friday.. that post with photos will come soon!

This is what I made for my Dad for Father's Day. I saw it in a Scrapbooking Magazine at Target. I printed outlines of Montana, Idaho, California and Ohio and stitched hearts in the cities he loves.

I found this super cute frame at Aaron Brothers and it was 50% off!! I created my own mat also.

Here are a few Father's Day Cards that I made for a friend to give to the Dad's in her life.

This was for ColourQ #141 but I didn't post it in time!!

I found this freebie frame on Pinterest, along with the frame on the card below this one. You can find them, HERE.

I used Clean & Simple #194 for this card. She told me her Uncle Keith loved the Dodgers.

I love the detail on the bat and the stitching on the hat!!

She mentioned that her Step-Dad was a Marine and something with a tie maybe, so I made a camo tie! It looks like fabric, but it is paper. I stuffed it with Kleenex!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Trendy Twine Storage + small tutorial

Last March I Guest Designed for the Trendy Twine Blog and received a ton of Trendy Twine for my own personal stash!

I needed a way to store them so I used wine corks. Thanks to my Dad's love for Wine, we had a bunch I could use! 

        How to do it... Part 1
  • Collect as many corks as you need
  • Tape one end of the twine to the cork
  • Wrap around like a mad man

How to do it... Part 2

I like to post what color I use when I use it, so this is very helpful for me!
  • Trace the bottom of each cork (they're all different sizes)
  • Cut out the circles
  • Write the name of the Twine on each circle
  • Use a Glue Dot to adhere it to the bottom of the cork

How to do it... Part 3
  • Get as many sewing pins as you have corks
  • Use wire cutters to cut the pins in half
  • Secure the loose end with the pin and you're done!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Birthday Wishes Mom

I made this card for a friend to give to her Mom for her Birthday.

I lifted CaliChris' "Birthday Wishes" on, you can see her card, HERE.

I created a background using a border stamp by changing the color from light purple, light yellowish and dark purple. I then colored in the little circles created by the stamp with water color colored pencils.

I used Dear Lizzy Foam Thickers called Fantastic. I added some random stitching also to the top note. Behind the sentiment, I added 2 little fake flower pieces that I was saving for an occasion like this!

I finished off the sentiment with October Afternoon's Mini Market Stickers.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

Yesterday was my Dad's Birthday and I lifted the great Kristina Werner's Friday Focus - Birthday Card #4.

The best part about this card, besides it being a quick card to make was that I used all scraps on it!

A little Fancy Pants, a little DCWV, a little October Afternoon, a little Crate and a little American Crafts!

I used Blue Berry Trendy Twine to "tie" it all together.

I wanted to share one of the first cards I made, which was my Dad's Birthday card in 2007. We had started calling him Boot Boy after he out of no where bought a pair of cowboy boots, lol. See the brown around the tags? I used Copper and Brown Sharpies to color them...I knew nothing about Distress Ink back then!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Teacher Gifts!

 I made these pencils containers after seeing my friend Paulina make them a couple months ago. I used a formula container and two Gerber snack containers and 147 pencils!

On the inside are cups, filled up with the teacher's favorite candy.

I made the formula container (the middle one) for my niece's Pre-School Teacher, Miss Kristen. I have to say, this teacher is AMAZING. Her and her aids, Miss Kim and Miss Trish made all the children year books and they all got copies of a 23 minute video that they showed at their Pre-School Graduation. 

Not only that but at the Graduation, she went through each student, and said a little speech about each one.. it was so personalized, it was just lovely!!

I lifted these Teacher Gift Tags that were made by Sarah Andreotti from a photo I saw on Flickr.

I absolutely love how they turned out!

I used pages from an old dictionary I've cut pages out of for other crafty projects. I used scrap papers for the leaves and stems. I inked around all the apple layers and used October Afternoon's Mini Market Alphabet for their names.

This is the card I made for my niece. She changes her favorite color practically everyday, but most days it's purple, so I made a purple cap! 

I used some Grape Fizz Trendy Twine for the tassle!

 Here's the Graduate and I at Fridays making funny faces!!