Saturday, April 25, 2009

Another Version of the All Boy Idea

Well, now that I was talking in the last post about composition and design, don't look at this one too closely, because I'm pretty sure it's not composed as well as it could be. But it was fun to make anyway. :-) I used the Loads of Love from Stampin' Up! which is one of my favorite sets. This is for the Cards for Heroes April call for cards for kids. Card for Heroes collects blank greeting cards and sends them to armed service units so that they can write home to their families and friends. I stamped and colored about 12 of these, so they'll be fun to put together! Happy Saturday, everybody!

DD's "Best Card Ever!"

Happy Saturday! We've been busy once again! My 10 year old was inspired by a cute card on the Simon Says Stamp Blog, and made this card. She is particularly proud of it because she says that it's the first time that she's really paid attention to composition and design. We had a nice discussion about what makes for good composition of a card. We even evaluated a magazine advertisement and found that the graphic artist had used the same design principles (rule of three, eye movement to key elements) in the advertisment.
Even though I think it's just fun to create and don't usually pay attention too much to all the "rules," if you want to make something look great on a page, you usually can by applying those principles. There are tons of tutorials out there.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My 10 Year Old's Simon Says Stamp Challenge Card!

Here is my daughter's entry for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge--to use something recycled. She says about this card. . ."this was harder than the last challenge because I didn't know exactly what to do with my recycled piece, but it was fun making it anyway." Hey, if it's fun, then there's the only reason you need, right? She used a piece of the packaging from some highlighters she had gotten earlier in the week. Way to go, kiddo! :-)

My Card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

Good morning! This is my card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge! This was a really fun challenge--to use something recycled in a card.
I always use scraps, etc. so that's no huge challenge, but the real recycled thing is inside the card--and it's too cute! It is a piece of reflective foil that was part of the packaging from something I bought, like pantyhose or something. I cut it out with my Cricut and it makes a mirror on the inside of the card to go with the sentiment (Whoo's my girl. . .you are!) Fun!
I used my Owl stamps and my Flourish stamps from Simon Says Stamp for the front.
I planned to send this to Cards for Heroes too, for the girlies! :-)

More Cards for Heroes!

We've been making more cards for the They are a group who makes cards for armed service people to send back to their families. This month, they are asking for Father's Day cards and cards for children--such as I miss you or I love you cards for people in the service to send back to their kids. That kind of struck a note with me, and so I've been thinking about a few I could make. The top card is my card for little boys. The inside sentiment says "And you're all mine! I love you!" The bottom card is one that my 2 year old made with my pastels. I'm thinking it might be a nice Father's Day card, perhaps.
If you're looking for a service project that you and your kids can be involved in, I would encourage you to check out Cards for Heroes. They are a nice bunch of ladies and are very welcoming and inclusive. They also hold challenges and are planning a blog hop soon. If you do decide to make some for them, read over their directions. One thing is they ask you not to use glitter on your cards, as if it falls on uniforms it will show up in night glasses. Yeesh! A scary thought, so no glitter!!
Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy stampin'!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

My Entry for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

This is my entry for the new Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. Their first challenge was to make something with yellow and green. It was fun to try using those colors together, and they are everywhere on this card! I sponged on Whispers Vanilla and Whispers Sage. Then I stamped the images with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. I used the Doodle Flowers set from Inkadinkado. Then, I played around with the Walk in My Garden cartridge on my Cricut machine and made the vase and bottom layer of the flower. This challenge really helped me try some new techniques, thanks Simon Says Stamp! Looking forward to the next challenge!

Cards for New Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

This is my 10 year old daughter's entry for the yellow and green card challenge! She was so excited about the Simon Say Stamp Challenge Blog that she had hers finished the first day, way, way before I even started mine! Cute!

She used a Penny Black stamp from the Garden Friends set and she used Stickles in Verdigris and my Faber watercolor pencils.

She's looking foward to more challenges!