Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Manchester United Soccer Jersey - customized!

My son is a huge ManU fan and his 12th birthday is on Friday (he's an April Fool's baby!) so I made this card for him.  Hopefully he will like it! 

I've made a couple similar cards for his friends' birthdays; FC Barcelona card and Brasil card

This card was created in SCAL2 and customized with our surname and his actual jersey number on the back of the jersey.  The ManuU crest was hand drawn.  The red cardstock is PTI Pure Poppy. 

Here are some pics ~

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Toodles,  Jude

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dragonfly Male birthday card

Wow, I'm on a roll with posting!  I think this is the most I have posted in one month!  LOL 

I made this birthday card for my BIL, who is celebrating his birthday at the end of this month.  It's a super simple card.  I'm just "ok" with the end result, but then again, I rarely get over the top with making masculine cards anyway.  Making girly things are SO MUCH MORE FUN!  Don't you think so?

IMO, this card looks much better in person than in the picture ~

Goodies used:
  • All card stock used is PTI; card base - Rustic White, matting - Enchanted Evening (used pop dots for dimension)
  • Background Woodgrain stamp is PTI; Dragonfly stamp is miscellaneous from my stash; and sentiment is from PTI Button Bits
  • Ribbon is PTI Enchanted Evening
  • The dragonfly and sentiment were stamped with Distessed Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint and Marigold)
  • Distressed inks around edges with Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Toodles,  Jude

Monday, March 21, 2011

Get Well Card for a Boy - Throwback Thursday's Challenge with Emma

Happy Monday! ... well, hope it's a happy Monday for you.  So far so good here.  My son went back to school today. He was off sick again for part of last week.  It appears he had a relapse with the flu.  There are a ton of kids off sick at his school.  He was feeling better by the weekend, but I made him stay home and take it easy all weekend.  It was a good thing too as he had lots of homework to catch up on!

One of my son's soccer friends (Austin) had emergency surgery on the weekend.  They thought he had the flu, but ended up with a bowel blockage due to scar tissue from a previous surgery when he was little.  Thank the good Lord that he is doing well and they caught it before things got worse.

This is the card I made for Austin:

Goodies used:
  • The AUSTIN font is from Cricut Old West cart (shadow feature) and was welded to a 4"x6" box using my Gypsy.  The card stock is PTI Dark Chocolate.
  • I layered the name again (regular font from Old West) in the stars patterned paper and welded "get" "well" "soon" (Cricut Calligraphy Collection shadow feature used) to the name.  I used foam tape to adhere this layer to the brown layer.  The stars paper is from DCWV The Guy Stack.
  • Then I created a separate layer in blue, for the "get" "well" "soon" again. This paper was scraps from my stash
  • I added a piece of dark red patterned paper (DCWV The Guy Stack) behind the brown name and taped it to the inside of the card.
  • The inside is coordinated with the stars patterned paper and PTI kraft card stock.
  • I inked the edges with Distressed Ink Tea dye, added metal stars and some cool gold circle clip (not sure the proper name of this embellishment, but I think it's cool!).  Oh, I added faux stitching along the edge of the card too.
I'm happy with the results and hope Austin likes his card.  We're going to visit him tonight in the hospital.  Apparently he will be in the hospital for the entire week and then no school the following week.  Poor boy.  He's a great kid and we're looking forward to seeing him.

If you haven't already left a comment, please feel free to leave me some love and then leave your blog address so I can stop by and give you some love too!

Toodles,  Jude 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hawaii Word Book {work in progress} Page 13 and 14

Happy Spring!  It's raining here today, which I'm loving because the rain is washing away the snow and cleaning things up from winter.  Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons.  Spring is special because I love when all things start to come to life - trees, plants, flowers and the birds are singing! I {heart} flower gardens!   The Fall is beautiful because of the colors.  We live in an area where a lot of trees change color.  Eventually the trees lose their leaves, but it can be breath-taking when all the leaves are changing colors from oranges, reds and yellows. 

I'm moving along with my Hawaii Word Book and have completed pages 13 and 14 (and started working on pages 15 and 16 too!).  After I took the pictures (below), I added my doodling around the outside of each page (consistent with previous pages).  The background paper and embellishments used on both pages (green & white felt loops and various shaped brads) came from the collection "Summer Fun Summertime" from Queen & Co.  I purchased several different kits from Generations Crafting.  They have great prices on kits and clearances items (papers too) if you're looking for deals!

Page 13 below ~ for journaling I used a Stampabilities stamp that has loops to coordinate
with the felt loops! (I cut the journal paper in half and used the other half on page 14)

Page 14 below

Pages 13 and 14 together

Thanks for stopping by to visit.   Hope you have an amazing day and a great week!

Toodles,  Jude

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hawaii Word Book {work in progress} Page 11 and 12

I'm finally getting around to working on my Hawaii Word Book again.  I am having SO much fun with this project.  I was in a little slump with crafting, other than the odd card here and there and then I ordered some new paper kits from Generations Crafting and now I can't stop!  (I actually used some of the paper in pages 13 & 14 so you'll see them soon when they're completed.)

If you're not familiar with the blog/website, Creations with Christina, you have got to see the mini album she is working on.  It's for her son and it's SO adorable!  Christina is very creative and I "borrowed" some of her ideas and incorporated them in to the next two pages. 

Page 11 includes a mini album within this album.  I love all the ribbon used on this page.

Below is a close-up picture of the mini album which holds several
pictures and journaling.  I love this idea!

Page 12 below (I added some doodling on this page after I took the photo)

Ribbon layer was created by adding tape to the back of the ribbon
and them randomly folding the ribbon so it's layered.

Pages 11 and 12 together ~

In case you're wondering, the partial letter "O" that appears on page 12 on the right side will be covered with paper once I complete the Word Book.  I thought it would be easier to cover them all at once and then coordinate the colors. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at

Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Toodles,   Jude

American Flag card - US Citizenship

Hey there!  I made this card last month when my Brazilian girlfriend became a U.S. Citizen.  It's a pretty simple card, but I wanted to ensure it resembled something very American, and what's more American than the U.S. flag!??!? lol

Goodies used:
  • Cardbase is PTI Pure Black and red layers are PTI Pure Poppy. Square on flag is PTI Enchanted Evening.
  • The U.S. flag is from the Cricut cartridge "My World".  I modified it a bit using my Gypsy and shortened the flag pole.
  • The stars and "Way to Go!" are cut from George & Basic Shapes; stars cut on remnants from some off-white glitter paper.
  • I Inked around the edges and added doodling around the flag.  
As I said, pretty simple!  Thanks for stopping by.

Toodles,  Jude

Another Butterfly card - non-Cricut

It seems that I was on a roll making butterfly cards as I made three in total!  Could this be a sign of Spring?  Oh how I hope so!  The third card I forgot to take a picture of before mailing it out, but it's very similar to this card, only I used a lighter blue card base (PTI Spring Rain) and I colored the butterfly in lighter shades of blue.

Here are a few pics to share with you ~

Goodies used: 
~ Cardbase is PTI Enchanted Evening ~ PTI Rustic White used for inside of card and outside layer, plus inked using Distressed Antique Linen and Tea-Dye ~ Front layer stamped with Distressed Broken China (?) and stitched to cardbase ~ Same butterfly same as previous post (embossed) and colored with Copics, then sprayed with Glimmer Mist (Pearl) ~ Sentiment from stash (embossed) ~ Miscellaneous bling added.

I'm working on my Hawaii Word Book today (and last night) and have a few more pages to post shortly so stay tuned!
Hope you're having an awesome weekend so far!

Toodles,  Jude

Monday, March 14, 2011

Butterfly card, non-Cricut {OH MY !}

Hey there!  Hope all is well and that you had a glorious weekend.  Not much happening on my end.  My son (and hubby) are finally feeling well after getting over the flu.  It wasn't too nasty, but enough to drag on for almost a week for my poor soon.  ... and then he gets hit with a cold!  It's a good thing kids are resilient and bounce back.  I DO NOT like Flu Season though! I had cabin-fever! :)

Anyhoo, on to my project to share with you today.  I didn't use my Cricut, which always surprises me because when making cards or any other project, I almost always use my trusty Cricut and/or Gypsy.  A piece of useless information - I actually started out card making with using the Cricut - not stamping! :)

Goodies I used were:
  • Card base ~ PTI cardstock Enchanted Evening
  • Outer layer ~ PTI cardstock Rustic White
  • Hero Arts stamp Old Letter Writing with Distressed Ink Broken China
  • Inked edges with Distressed Inks, Antique Linen and Tea Dye and then stitched around edges
  • Hero Arts stamp Traditional Butterfly with ColorBox Black ink on PTI Rustic White and then embossed using clear powder (a la mode, I think), then colored butterfly with Copics and then added Distressed stickles (once ink was dry), Broken China. (butterfly was cut out and then glued in center and then its wings bent up to give it dimension) 
  • Misc stamp "my sympathy" from stash that was stamped on scrap piece cut of Rustic White (inked and clear embossed) and then added pearls to butterfly and sentiment piece.
  • Foam tape was used to pop-up the Outer layer cardstock and also for the sentiment piece.
Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Hope you have an awesome day and week!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hawaii Word Book {work in progress} Page 9 and 10

Okay, so what happened in my life since January 30th, which was my last post?  It's called life.  I can't believe it's taking me so long to post.  So sorry it's taken me this long.  I've worked on a couple more pages of my Hawaii Book and am happy to share them.  I've also made some cards, but just haven't posted them yet either. 

So, on to sharing my completed pages ...

Below is page 9

page 10 below ...

showing pages 9 and 10 together ...

The above pages were pretty simple.  I combined store bought embellishments and added some words "Strike @ Pose" using my Cricut.  Plus, I stapled some ribbon on two of the corners.  Oh, I also used my sewing machine and stitched the pictures on to the red matting.  You can click on the image to get a closer peek.

Hope all is well with everyone.  Is anyone ready for Spring as much as me?  It's snowing again in Wisconsin today and although I love the snow, I'm SO ready for it to be gone, gone, gone!

If you've taken the time to stop by for a visit, I thank you SO much!  Please leave me a comment and give me your blog/web address and I can come by and visit you too!  I seem to visit other peoples blogs more than I post on my own blog!

Toodles,  Jude