How I love me some owls.

I made this little card for my friend Theresa who slaved over a hot stove and grill all weekend long on our scrap retreat while she was 8+ months pregnant (I swear she volunteered!).
The paper is Basic Grey's Mellow from the 6x6 paper pad. I then faux stitched the hand cut pieces by simply drawing hatch marks with a fine tipped marker as I can't even sew a button on! (the eye buttons are attached with glue dots. lol) Its hard to tell in this photo but he has two little feet on the bottom of the card that helps him stand open.
I apologize for the bad lighting- I took it as we were rushing to get home. This card is also part of the Atlanta Peas In Stitches challenge. Check out some of the wonderfully talented ladies that I am honored to have as friends.

Hi my name is Mara and I'm a Ribbon-Holic

Because a girl can never have too much ribbon! And the scary thing is there are still many times I am in the middle of a project and I STILL can't seem to find just the perfect ribbon! At first I had them on those adorable doll clothes pins-which I painted white (cause I am all match-ey match-ey like that). I quickly realized that the pins took up WAY too much valuable jar space. Then I tried just dumping the ribbons in the jar all loose and flowing- but that just became a tangled mess. Then someone on 2peas suggested this method which works PERFECTLY! I spooled each ribbon around my hand and then secured them with a tiny rubber pony tail holder. If I had a whole spool of ribbon- I simply slid it off the spool and removed the hard cardboard core.
I completely lucked into these jars at a dollar store and bought every one they had. They fit perfectly in this little alcove I have in my cabinet. I managed to score 13 of them and would love 3 more as I can't stuff another piece of pink ribbon into the jar I have. So far I only have needed 2 jars for my green and blue ribbon. Everything else fits into 1 jar (well pink and orange are overflowing at the moment. lol)
So there you have it- my fantabulous, totally over the top ribbon hoard.

Father's Day Card - 3

Heres a fun card for all of those super star dads!
Card stock is Bazzill, Patterned paper is Making memories. The stamp is from Autumn Leaves. I punched the small stars using the Fiskars squeeze punch then freehanded the larger background star. It is hard to tell in the photograph but the sentiment was chalked using Pebbles pearlescent chalks so it really has a very nice but subtle shimmer to it. The sentiment was stamped using Stampin Up's not quite navy ink and I sponged the edges of the stars in the same ink.

Father's Day Card - 2

Ill be posting some additional cards I am making for father's day over the next few days. I still haven't decided which one to give my wonderful FIL. The rest I sell at a local office.

The first is another basic tree card (I love tree images for masculine cards).

The stamp image and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink. The paper is some old Chatterbox I have a ton of that I just recently have gone back to as it is perfect for making cards! The tree was stamped using Tombow markers and then I went back and added just a touch of a darker shade of green to some of the leaves for some depth.

This is a super basic card that looks like it was harder than it actually is- my favorite type! Papertrey ink makes the tree super user friendly as the trunk and the leaf part art 2 separate stamps!

Father's Day Card - 1

I managed to get some father's day cards/masculine birthday cards done at our retreat. It is so much harder for me to do guy cards- no bling, no bows etc...
Plus I super miss my dad this time of year so it's always bittersweet to sit and make father's day cards for everyone but my own dad.

I did two versions of this card- The first is specifically for father's day and is stamped inside with the following sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Father Knows Best set : "The love of a father is one of nature's greatest Masterpieces."

The tree is from Stampin Up's Lovely as a Tree set which is widely rumored to be retiring in the next catalog. It is stamped Pallet Ink Burnt Umber then colored in with Prismacolor pencils and blending with Gamsol.

The background paper is Bazzill craft card stock which I wet the crumpled and sponged with additional Burnt Umber Ink.

I distressed each layer with the and then added plain twill.

As you can see I totally forgot to stamp the Happy Father's Day sentiment in the empty bottom right hand corner of the card before I took the picture.

The second card is almost identical except I left the inside blank and made the central image a little larger and centered it on the card.

I think I make a couple more of these as they are a nice generic masculine card.

Ode to Markie's Mom

I have fallen in LOVE with a card artist by the name of Faith Hofrichter on split coast stampers. Her work is simply amazing. Check out her Gallery here.

This weekend after much procrastinating I attempted two cards that were directly inspired/lifted from her gallery.

The first is a birthday card for my brother.

The owl and branch stamp as well as the sentiment are designed by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms. Cardstock is Stampin Up. I'm still trying to get the hang of blending and shading with my Copic's but I just need more practice. I think I was just afraid of them (which is silly considering the small horde of them I own.)

My second attempt is a little cat card I made for my friend Sheila to thank her for putting up with all the crap we give her. We pick on her a ton out of love, and she takes it all in stride (well usually. lol)

Cat stamp from Stampin Up. Sentiment stamp from The Cats Pajamas. Flourish stamp is from Autumn Leaves. Cardstock is Bazzill and I colored in the black swirls with the Copic Spica glitter pens. The bling is from Michael's dollar bin.

It's hard to tell but the cat is actually 3 layers. I cut out his body and head seperatley and then layered them onto the card for a 3D effect. I am usually too lazy to do this but I LOVE the way it looks.

I was very happy how both of them came out and am looking forward to trying my hand at a few more projects Faith has inspired.

Scrap Retreat

I just got back from the most wonderful weekend I have had in a LONG time! The Atlanta peas rented a beautiful scrapbooking cabin in Ellijay, GA and we spent 3 blissful days scraping and stamping our hearts out (with the occasional hot tub break of course!) The cabin is perfect for scrapbookers- Plenty of work space, lots of tools to use and great lighting. Plus the cabin itself is beautifully appointed and in a wonderfully secluded location. We really did feel like we were away from it all. Everyone got a TON of work done-some of which will be posted on the Atlanta Peas blog shortly.
I myself got a bunch of father's day cards ready plus some cute little cards to give to friends. I'll post those separately.

We also took turns posing for photos as I never seem to be able to have someone take a picture of me I like. This time armed with SLR's we got relatively dolled up (we were on vacation in the woods after all) we had a mini photo shoot set against the gorgeous green woods surrounding the cabin.

Here is one of my favorites of me.

It was all over WAY too quickly and we are already plotting a return visit perhaps in November for my birthday :) Now I just need to manage not to fall asleep at my desk at work and it will be all good!

My new space!

I am so excited to finally get my blog up and running! I just needed a space to talk about my projects, keep family and friends updated and slowly start growing my Stampin Up business.

So here we go!