Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge Week 16 Fluffles Wuv

This card was made using two different Stampendous stamp sets that I won by playing along in the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge. Thank you so much Stampendous! I absolutely love (or should I say 'wuv') Fluffles. The chipboard 'u' was embossed in Stampendous Blush Pink powder which gave it a great smooth surface. This made it easy to then stamp the paw prints.

Supplies: Stamps: Stampendous Fluffles Wuv SSC683, Stampendous Love Journal SSC657; Embossing Powder: Stampendous Blush Pink from Pastel Party Embossing Kit PEK07; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Jet Black, VersaMark Watermark; Ribbon: May Arts; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Paper Doll Collection Emma, Cloud9Design Baby Girl Dots; Chipboard: BasicGrey Chipboard Block Alphas

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge Week 15 Peace Everywhere

I can't pass up an occasion to get started on Christmas cards so I decided to make another for this week's challenge. The goal was to make a holiday card using Stampendous Class A' Peel stickers. And now for a confession: Holiday Class A' Peel stickers are usually the first card making supply that I run out of during the holidays. I'm usually scrambling all over town to find more, so when I saw this challenge, I panicked. I knew I had very few leftover from last year. It's been a crazy week with no time to shop, so I decided to make due.

I stamped the dove on both pieces of patterned paper. I also stamped the olive branch on the green paper. Now for the fun part, before attaching the white dove, I used leaves from the Stampendous Class A' Peel Pop Flowers Value Pack & pieced together the olive branch. The chain border is from the same pack. Oh, and the dove's eye is actually the center of a flower.

Here is a rundown of the products used: Stampendous Peace Everywhere stamp set SSC1019 & Stampendous Class A' Peel Pop Flowers Value Pack

Please visit my FLickr Photostream to check out another 'paper pieced' Class A' Peel holiday card using the Stampendous Doodle Joy stamp and Class A' Peel Jumbo Circles in gold & red.

Thanks for visiting & Good Night!

Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge Week 15 Snowflake Ornaments

This week's Stampendous Challenge was titled Christmas in July. Participants were asked to make a holiday card using Stampendous Class A' Peel stickers.

My take is a matchbook card made with a transparency. I stamped & embossed the tag, trimmed it & then added it to the cardfront. The Stampendous Class A' Peel stickers were used on both the front & inside. The Snowflake Ornaments were embellished by cutting the snowflakes from the Class A' Peel Super Snowflake Chains. These snowflakes were then added to the top of each ornament, followed by bling.

If you are interested in looking at the inside of the card, please visit my Flickr Photostream.

Here's a rundown of the products used: Stampendous Swirl Tag M203, Stampendous Winter Trees SSC1013; Stampendous Snowflake Ornaments Mirror Silver AC1021MRS, Stampendous Super Snowflake Chain AC679HSS

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Operation Write Home

In my first post, I alluded to the real purpose of this blog. Sure, I need a place to post my cards for various challenges but I really hope My Noteworthy Cards becomes more. My hope is that this blog can be used to promote various 'card-giving' charities.

Everyone enjoys receiving mail. This past spring, my son had a school assignment where he asked every relative to send a postcard from where they lived. Because we don't have a lot of relatives, I asked a friend, who was going on vacation by car, if she would contribute. Soon, we were receiving cards not only from my friend (& from every state she drove through) but from her relatives and friends. My son and I could not wait for the mail to come. Each postcard put a huge smile on his face even when he didn't have a clue who sent it. And that is the premise of this blog. My hope is to spread joy by encouraging as many people as possible to make cards which are then sent to someone who could really use a smile.

If you know of a way to reach out to others through card making, please comment/email me. I will spread the word.

So here is the first worthy cause: Operation Write Home whose mission is to "support our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." Please follow the link to learn more about this incredible charity. Their website also has guidelines and tips for anyone who wants to contribute. Here is a rundown of some of their rules: No glitter or anything sparkly that could rub off on the soldiers' hands or clothes, 4.25" x 5.5" is the best and most practical size & Operation Write Home only accepts handmade cards. If you live in Central Ohio, please comment/email me and I will find a way to send the cards for you & save you the postage.

Now for my card: It's only fitting that my first "give-it-away" card uses the Stampendous Cling Music Score CRR103 (I'm a piano teacher & my blog's called My Noteworthy Cards). I also used the Stampendous Poppy Bottles SSC1092 & Vase Set SCC1093. Other supplies used include Memory Box paper, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers & Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Thanks for visiting & making someone smile.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge Week 14

This week's Stampendous challenge is a window card. There needs to be an opening on the front of the card so that you can see inside. For my version of this sketch, I used one of my all time favorite Stampendous stamps - Cling Snow Globe CRV074. It's perfect for this challenge and is complimented by two other Stampendous stamps - for the sentiment, Snow Stop SSC492 & Mittens SSC491. One of my newest favorite things is the iridescent glitter in the Stampendous 80's Flashback set. It is super fine and gives great sparkle. I used it to highlight areas of my mittens & snow globe. I also sprinkled some on my 'snowball' sentiment after I coated it with Glossy Accents.

Other supplies used to make this card: Nestabilities circle dies, Memento Blue Danube ink, Derwent colored pencils, Gamsol & paper from The Paper Company and TPC Studio

Please note, anyone can join in the fun. Just visit the Stampendous blog and start creating.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge

Thank you Stampendous for selecting my card as one of the winners in last week's Saturday Sketch Challenge.

Products used for this card:
Stampendous Hugs For All SSC1052 & Love Robotz SSC682; Stampendous Glitzy Glitter GK02 80's Flashback; Copic Markers: YR09, YR21,G24 & BG72; Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day 1 Something New

OK, I admit it. I have a serious hoarding problem when it comes to card making and scrapbooking supplies. There’s always silkier ribbon or shinier bling and who can resist the myriad of patterned paper?
My weakness – new stamps, wood mount, acrylic, cling, it just doesn’t matter. My heart starts to pound and I just want to touch them. My brain spins and then the creative process begins.

OK, I admit I have another problem in this area. Once I create a card, I don’t want to give it away. It’s not the fear that the person I give it to won’t like it or worse that they’ll throw it away (well, maybe a little) but the fact that each card is special, different, like my own child. How could I bear to part with it?

Somehow I suspect I am not alone.

I named my blog my noteworthy cards for several reasons. Yes, I am a musician, a piano teacher to be exact and I get so much happiness and inspiration from music (I’m listening to Jacqueline du Pre playing the Elgar cello concerto as I write this). More importantly, I realize there is so much more value in making someone else smile. Giving someone a card that you create with a handwritten note inside says that you care, that person is special to you, you’re thinking of them. My cards are worthy of a handwritten note and so I am sure are yours.

This blog was created in hopes that lives will be touched through the gift of handmade cards and music.
Thank you for visiting.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Canson, Patterned Paper: Memory Box Frond Collection, Stamps: Memory Box Create Art; Flower Bundle, Ribbon: May Arts Silk Green, Ink: Memento Grape Jelly, Bamboo Leaves, Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Ink Old Paper, Bundled Sage

Thanks to Scrapbook Art in Lewis Center, Ohio for carrying the great Memory Box product line!