Friday, September 30, 2011

Happily Ever After

I haven't made a wedding card for quite a while; no weddings recently.  But a couple of days ago, a friend asked me to make one for a family wedding this weekend, and then I remembered how much I love making these kinds of cards.  
I'm entering this into Lily Pad cards month long bling challenge!

  
Inside Sentiment:
In storybooks, marriage is a Happy Ending,
In real life, it's a Happy Beginning.

The wedding glitter die cut tag is from Making Memories.  Sentiment sticker is from SRM, We've Got Your Sticker.  Ribbon is from Offray, embossing template is Vintage Wall Paper from Stampin Up, I used the negative side.  The rhinestone on the ribbon is self adhesive and just beautiful, but I don't have a manufacturer for it, sorry.

Hope you're having a wonderful Friday.
Ivanka

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's Tuesday...

Lately, I'm all mixed up with my days.  My work schedule has recently changed and I keep having to remind myself what day it is.  Funny how a small change in routine can mess you up like that!

My first card is based on the challenge at CAS-ual Friday blogspot to use monochromatic color scheme with 3 different shades of the same color and brown.  It's also based on the sketch challenge this month at Lily Pad Cards.


The tag is from K & Co, embossing folder is from Stampin' UP!/Sizzix, stamp is from Papertrey Ink.

The next card for the color challenge at The Play Date Cafe (PDCC 100), the Kraft Journal blog to use witches, ghosts or goblins with Kraft paper.  It's also for the Create: blog to use 3 different edge border punches.

Patterned paper is form Stampin UP!,  My Mind's Eye, and Echo Park.  Stickers are from SRM.  Border punches are from Stampin' UP!, EK Success and Fiskars.  The image...well I wish I knew where it came from.  It was loose in my Halloween pack of supplies.  If I find the source, I'll add it here.

Thanks so much for dropping by today...oh and I wanted to share that CardMaker Magazine has just introduced a new blog.  Check it out CardMaker Blog.

Ivanka

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fall!

The days have been lovely, the nights cool. It's the first day of Fall, my favorite time of year.  I love the cooler weather, the beautiful colors of the leaves turning and that wonderful feeling of coming home to a warm, cozy house.  The only bad thing about fall is that winter is not too far behind.

My card today is for the Authentique September color challenge.  It's based on the sketch from Clean and Simple stamping blog.


I used the Blissful line from Authetique, the 6 x6 paper bundle.  It's so perfect for cardmaking.  The birthday definition stamp is old from Hero Arts, the hearts are from Stampin' Up, trimmed and pop dotted.  I used Fiskars Threading water punch for the border and the Martha Steward score board for the score lines.

Happy Fall, Y'all!
Ivanka

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy 50th

50 year old; one owner; needs parts; make offer.
Over the hill and on a roll...

yep...just a few of the jokes we were tossing around last evening as we helped our friend Keith celebrate "THE BIG ONE".  Milestone birthdays are hard...therefore we throw a party...to lessen the blow!


This was the card I made for Keith.  It's based on the sketch at Cardabilities.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
Ivanka

Patterned paper:  Authentique, Blissful
Sticker Numbers:   SRM
Run ons:  7gypsies
Ribbon:  Offray
shipping label, stained with walnut ink

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thank you card and mini

I found a new LSS last week and was so excited to find the Authentique line of papers there.  I hadn't heard about this company before, but the minute I saw those papers, I fell in love.  The paper I used today is from the Blissful collection.


My first card is based on  Card Patterns sketch #132 and the challenge at The CASE Study challenge blog.  The gorgeous sticker is from SRM, die cuts are from Nestabillities, and the ribbon is from Making Memories.


This little cutie measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2 " and is for the mini card challenge at CAS-ual Fridays blog.  The flower is from Prima, stem die cut is from Sizzix (SU) and the sticker letters are from Making Memories.

Thanks so much for dropping by today.
Ivanka

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hello Friend

Small confession time...I have a HUGE pack of My Mind's Eye 'Wild Asparagus' line of paper.  I mean it's ginormous, the whole line.  Yes, it's older, but I love all the papers in there.  I pull them out often.

Yet that doesn't stop me from buying more MME papers.....


This is my latest purchase Lost & Found (Portobello Road).  Love it...but I am getting a tad smarter and am mainly buying the 6x6 paper packs.  So much more convenient and cost effective for cardmaking.

This is based on the sketch challenge (27) on the MME blog.  It's a great way to crack into a new pad of paper.

Thanks so much for coming by.
Ivanka

Decorative label punch:  SU
Sticker sentiment:  SRM
Ribbon:  Michaels
Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug
Edge Die Cut:  Tim Holtz

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thanks So Much Card

And so another week begins.  Just like that the weekend has flown by.  It's beautiful outside, a very nice day to have Monday off.
Today's card is based on the sketch at Clear and Simple Stamping, although no stamps were harmed in the making of this card!   It's also based on the color challenge at The Play Date Cafe and this weeks challenge at CAS-ual Fridays, to make a fall paper pieced card.


I made two die cuts of the branch, then cut them and adhered behind the flower.

It is also Oldie Molide Monday for Barb and I.  It's a day where we dig up older but still lovely supplies, and give them new life.  It turns out that everything on my card is fairly new.  The oldest thing I used is the flower brad.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Script cardstock:  Jillybean Soup
Patterned paper:  Pink Paislee
Sticker: SRM
Flower:  Prima
Flower brad:  Imaginisce
Branch die cut:  Sizzix/Stampin UP!  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Penny Black Christmas Card

I'll just start by saying that I am not much of a stamper.
But I do a darned good job of collecting all kinds of stamps and accessories!

That's one of the reasons I love to find stamping challenges, it gets me going.

This week on the Penny Black blog, they've been showing simple stamping ideas.  Right up my alley.

So I dug out Penny Black's In a Pear Tree set.  I colored it with Twinkling H2O's and added some gems.  Sticker is from SRM and the lights are from Jolee's.  Pretty darned easy. And a Christmas card done for the year!

Thanks for coming by today.
Ivanka

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Studio is Open (finally!)

So, it's been quite a summer. 
We drove to NYC...
 Yes, those are my stellar photography skills!!

Loved Times Square...wish we could have stayed longer to see some of the shows.

Cruised the Eastern Caribbean.  This is St Thomas.

Then had a lovely family boating vacation on the Trent Severn Waterway.  With two teenagers, we know that those will be fewer and fewer in the years to come.

Pepper got to come too!

So those are some of the reasons that my studio looked like this most of the summer.


But now, I'm back at it and loving it!
I love summer holidays, but I really love being back in a routine.
This card is made for Moxie Fab World vertical sketch challenge in Card Ideas for Paper Crafters Week
Nothing like a good sketch challenge to get the cobwebs out of the studio!!
Patterned Paper:  Teresa Collins, Mr. & Mrs.,
Ribbon:  Offray
Sticker:  SRM
Wand:  The Party Store

I  hope you've had a wonderful summer.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
Ivanka