Sunday, December 11, 2011

Card Caravan Challenge #8

Once again, dusting out the cobwebs that have overtaken my blog.  It hasn't been for lack of creating, just lack of time to create unless it's for an assignment - which today's card is. 

The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan has issued their 8th challenge - Melissa chose the theme "two".  You could interpret this to be a card for a second birthday, two buttons, two ribbons, two layers, or even two cards. 

I actually had a burst of mojo this round of challenges.  I took the "two" theme "to" an extreme - I used:
The inside of the card reads "Thanks so much".  Here is the paper pack I used to create my card:

So, we'd LOVE to have you play along with us this week!   Make sure you add your project/card to inlinkz at the end of the post so we can leave you some love!!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Card Caravan challenge #2

It's time for The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan's 2nd challenge.

Here’s how the Card Caravan challenges will work – Every other Sunday, members of The Card Caravan will host a challenge on The Hybrid Chick blog. Our challenges will be fairly simple like “use ribbon”, “use glitter” or “use the color blue”. We just want you to get creative with us!

Our 2nd challenge that starts today 9/18 and runs through 9/30 is to use one or more buttons on a card or project.

I'm think my mojo is still packed away in one of the many boxes in my basement from our recent move so I went the easy route..... I used the bus element from Melissa Wilson and Mari Koegelenberg's call called Back to School - The Elements to create my card.

I created my shaped card simply by resizing the bus element to fit on a 5.5" x 4.25" card base. After printing and cutting out the bus, I adhered very close to the fold of my card base and cut around the bus.

Now, I can hear you asking, "where is her button for the challenge???"

I took a creative liberty and used my Sizzix button die to die cut two buttons to use for wheels. After tying some lemonade twine that I bought from The Twinery in the holes of the die cut buttons, I adhered them in place using 3D foam squares.

I added some Studio G glitter glue to the red lights on the bus for a little sparkle.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge #16 - use buttons
Bloggers Challenge Button Challenge

Hope to see you playing along with our challenges!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Birthday gift bag

Hi there! Quick post today showing off my latest creation using Nikki Epperson's About to Snap digital kit and some of my Paper Smooches stamps.

Here it is.....

I used the Sugar Rush stamp set and the Sentiment Sampler on my project. It also uses Lauren Meader's Carry Clutch template. Here's a close up of the front panel...

The candle and cupcake are all paper pieced since I don't own any markers. Here's the hanging tag...

My daughter has already laid claim to the gift bag for a friend's birthday party later this month.

That's it for me today - I need to get to work on my project for my Hybrid Chick blog post tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Anyone for some toast?

What's a hybrid gal to do when she's out of ink and she wants to create??? Get out some non-digital papers and some new stamps and get creative! I'm still so very new to this whole stamping thing but I'm having a great time learning a new way to get creative!!!

April was my first month as a Paper Smooches club member. In my first package was a stamp set called Boob Tubes. Talk about Ca-yute!!!

After seeing some cards made by the PS club members and the design team, I started to see a new use for one of the TV stamp sets. Here's what I came up with:

I used the TV on the bottom left to create the toaster. I added two narrow rectangular pieces of black cardstock for the toaster slots.

I used bits and pieces from the set to create the toast. The toast was created using the screen part of the TV on the bottom right. The eyes were created using what I think is a knob in the top right of the set and the retro antennae in the middle of the set (see arrows below)

I used a sketch from the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge but didn't get the card done in time for that week.

Additional supplies: cardstock, patterned paper, silver brad and corner rounder punch from Stampin' Up!, brown gems from Joann Fabrics, twine recycled from Paper Smooches packaging, Scallop circle and circle Nestibilities.

I've been working on a little something with the PS May release - the first idea I had didn't quite work out so I had to go back to the drawing board. I'm such a thinker when I create - I can't just stamp, cut, and adhere. Nooooo, not me - I need to sketch out my ideas on all sorts of little pieces of paper.

Well, that's it for me - thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 28, 2011

3.27.11 Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge

Happy Monday!!

Quick post today sharing the card I created for Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #110.

recipe for card:
stamps - digital sentiment by Arty Pants Digital Stamps (, whale and ocean template (
paper - Pixel Gypsy By the Sea digital papers (

accessories - Epson Matte Presentation paper, sewing machine, thread, scissors, scallop oval (spellbinders), ric rac, tombow adhesive runner, foam 3D squares

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hybrid Pot O' Gold

Happy Friday to you! Nice to see you again!

Today I am going to show you how to make your own Hybrid pot of gold. Wouldn't this be cute waiting on the table when your kids get up St. Patrick's Day morning?

You could fill it with gold coins, Hershey nuggets, Rolo's candy or anything else that your heart desires!

I was inspired to make this pot o' gold after seeing Amy Stoffel's new kit at ScrapMatters called Lucky Charm:

Aren't the colors so vibrant?

Next I went on a hunt through the SM store for a template. I knew it needed to be something that I could put gold coins in but it also needed to be a template that I could turn into my pot so I looked for a template with a rounded bottom panel.

And here's what I used - Krisi's Kreations' Egg Baskets template:

What? You don't see how I turned the egg shape into a pot for my gold?

After printing the basket template out onto paper using my printer's draft option (so as not to hog up my ink), I traced the egg basket template onto black cardstock.

After cutting out all the black cardstock, I cut the egg shape side panels down into a pot shape.

Then I measured across the top of my pot and went back to my Photoshop and resized the rainbow elements to "fit" as handles - when I cut the rainbows out, I left a tab of plain paper under each end of the rainbow so that I could attach it to the inside of the pot using double sided tape.

To form my shamrock, I printed out a 4 x 4 inch square of the green paper from the kit and punched out 3 small hearts. Join all the hearts together using a glue dot, cut a small strip of green paper for the stem and add a button to the center.

I used my scallop circle Nestibilities to cut out the felt - the flair is printed from the kit and attached using 3D foam squares. I used a teeny punch to add the holes to the felt piece. This is attached to the pot using 3D foam squares also.

Last thing I did was use some silver ink around the edges and on the top rim of the pot - this gave it a little more definition.

And that's how the egg basket template ended up as a pot o' gold!

That's it for me today! See you again soon with some cards and other projects!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hybrid tea bag holder

Hi there! Long time no see! Popping in to post a project I created over the last few days for a challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room. The challenge was to create a project with the theme "Buttons and bows" using these as inspiration:

And Jady Day Studio at ScrapMatters (collab kit with KimB's Designs) just released THE most perfect kit for what I had in mind...

And here is what I came up with for The Shabby Tea Room challenge:

I used a tutorial by Sophia Landry to create the holder. The tea bag and sentiment stamps really gave me trouble today - it just wouldn't give me a nice crisp stamped image. *sigh*

If you look really close at the tea bag, you can see that I re-stamped the tea bag stamp onto a piece of vellum and cut it out. After attaching it to my focal piece, I used a finger dauber to ink some black ink onto the vellum to look like tea in the bag. I really like how it looks in person!!!

The rolled rose on the top of my tea bag holder:

I just LOVE how pretty this looks in the off white color with the sage green leaves and pink pearl in the center!!!

Additional supplies used: rolled rose die and layered label die from My Favorite Things, felt, adhesive flat pearls, stamp set by Fiskars, ribbon, button, green twine, pink cardstock from Stampin' Up!, double sided adhesive tape, tape runner, Tombow mono adhesive liquid glue.

All in all, I am happy with how the project turned out (minus the bad stamp job!!) but I'm still new at this whole stamping thing - had a few suggestions to not press as hard on the stamp since it is a soft clear stamp, lightly sand the stamp, use versa mark ink. I'll take any other suggestions any one has that can help me!

That's it for me - thanks for stopping by!