I AM alive!

June 3, 2008 - 4:04pm

I know a couple people have inquired about my whereabouts. I am still alive. :) I haven't made many cards recently, but I have a couple to show you either later today or tomorrow. I just haven't felt like doing much of anything computer-related once I get home from work, therefore, CraftsOnAWhim suffers. :) So I will try to get a few pictures up of some of the things I have done recently. Have a good day!

Andi

  

Funky Flowers

June 4, 2008 - 8:19am

Here's a little card I made with a new stamp I got from Stamping Bella. It's such a fun stamp and could be used for some many occasions. I don't even feel obligated to color everything the correct colors and it still looks cute. I just wanted to focus on the image for this card, so I didn't do anything too fancy. Enjoy!

Bella Card

Andi

  

Brown Placemat Purse

June 5, 2008 - 6:00am

This is my most recent placemat purse. I am not sure that I have posted any of these on here, but I have made a ton of them in various colors both for myself and for friends and family as gifts. They are a great size and really durable. Since I have recently broadened my horizons and started to wear brown, I HAD to have a brown purse, too. So I whipped this up one day. The pattern material in the front is a pocket. There is one on the other side as well. The cream ribbons are to tie the bag shut. The purse is also lined with the same material as the pocket. I would be more than happy to show more of these that I have made if people are interested, so let me know. Have a great day! Enjoy!

Brown Purse

Andi

  

I Am A Bad Blogger....

June 6, 2008 - 6:00am

At least for some of you. I have to admit that I have not even contacted someone about being a Featured Crafter for this week. I know I said I was going to do it the first Friday of the month, but I didn't get to it. So I am sorry. I will get back into it. I will have some one for July for sure. I may also have to consider changing the name of "Featured Crafter Friday" if I am not going to do it every Friday. So that is still to be determined. But I wanted to send my apologies to those of you who may have been eagerly waiting. Have a good day.

Andi

  

Ahhh...Flowers

June 6, 2008 - 7:00am

I love Spring. I love seeing all the flowers that are blooming and I get so exited when mine bloom for the year! I love how colorful they make the yard!

These flowers are no exception. I wanted to make a card with this Stamping Bella image using bright, Spring colors. I think I succeeded. I used this paper that a friend had when I was at her house a couple weeks ago and it was perfect for this image. After coloring the flowers, I added glitter to each of them. I think it's so cute. I do see that I will have to stamp the image straighter or possibly cut straighter! But I still think it's cute. And I am happy to have a couple more cards to use for a variety of occasions. Enjoy!

Flower Card

Andi

  

Another Gorgeous Gift

June 7, 2008 - 6:00am

This is an adorable card from Colleen. Isn't she great!? I sent her a couple of these images along with the Funky Flowers image that I posted the other day. She sent back this gorgeous card and a bunch of images that I don't have. She's so very sweet! Thanks Colleen!

RAK Card

Andi

  

A Little Rant

June 8, 2008 - 6:00am

If I might...I would like to post a little rant. Being that it is my site, I am going to even if you protest a little. :) With the upcoming PaperTrey Ink monthly release coming up, it comes with a bit of a disappointment on my part.

I have been hoping for one of their sets called Out On A Limb set. (Note that this link may not work after their Re-Design). This Re-Design is what I am bummed about. They are splitting the set into two sets. Now I am on a craft budget and don't have the means to buy sets as often as I might like. So I try to buy in stages. I was going to order this set along with one for a friend for her birthday. Well, that is how I found out it wasn't available to buy right now. I was bummed. Ok, I thought. They are just doing minor changes. Nope! They are splitting the set. So now you can't get the set for $24, you have to buy two sets for $24 to get virtually the same thing. Yes, they added a couple new stamps and a few new sentiments, but now I can't get them. I guess I wish I was more on the ball and bought them before. (Maybe there is someone out there who is buying both and wants to sell me theirs for cheap!) But I don't want/need it badly enough to spend $48 on it, but I really wanted it for $24.

Since I do own my own business, I understand that this is better for them. If it were me, I would probably do it, too. I am just bummed from my perspective because I won't get it now. I am sure you are thinking...just get one this month and one next month. Yes, I have thought of that. But really, I probably won't. I'll just find something else to get that is similar to it and hold a grudge. I just wish the $24 for one set was still an option. (Maybe they have over-stock I could buy from them...hmm.)

So, if you read all the way down to here, i commend your strength! And thank you for letting me get that out. I just wanted to be selfish for a minute! :)

Andi

  

Hmm..Choices...

June 9, 2008 - 9:49pm

Since I am not going to get the PaperTrey Ink set I talked about yesterday, I want to find something else to replace it with. Since my best friend, Katie is an SU demo, I thought I would help her out and get something from her! So the two sets I am thinking about are "Artfully Asian" and "Embrace Life". (*Note* You can browse the galleries for these two by clicking the title above the image.)

I thought you could give me some input as to which one of these I should choose. They both have branches which I could use for something more masculine if I wanted to (although "Artfully Asian" seems to have some suspicious looking leaves in the set). But they both seem very versatile. I have been looking at the galleries for both sets on SplitCoast Stampers and still haven't made my choice. So if you have strong feelings either way, let me know! :)

Andi

  

Three Vases

June 10, 2008 - 9:58am

This is a card I made a long time ago. I was looking through photos and saw that I hadn't posted this one. I used a really simple layout and focused on the images. This vase was from a clear stamp set I have and I stamped it three times and colored it with different colors. I added a little Crystal Effects to the vase and glitter to the flowers. Enjoy!

Flower Card

Flower Card

I have four different cards to show you for Father's Day. They are mostly the same, but I thought it might be fun to do a countdown to it with the four different cards. So I will start that on Thursday and show a different card each day. I am going to be making a few more cards tonight, so I will hopefully get some pictures taken to show you! :)

Andi

  

Another Tree Option

June 10, 2008 - 7:20pm

Here is another option for a tree set to get. This one is from Inkadinkado and can be purchased through Target.com. Let me know what you think about this one!

Stamps

*NOTE* I did order this set. I thought it did exactly what I wanted "Out on a Limb" by PaperTrey Ink to do and maybe even more! I loved all the options and the versatility of this set. I will be sure to show you some creations with it as soon as I get it!

Andi

  

My Black Purse

June 11, 2008 - 12:50pm

This is the purse I use almost everyday. It's much bigger than I need for everyday use, but I love it. I was so excited when I found black placemats. It's something you don't see everyday. Now I wish I would have bought more of them to make more purses...I might still have one set stashed away somewhere. I should really make a pink one! :) Enjoy!

Purse

Andi

  

Father's Day Cards (Day 1)

June 12, 2008 - 6:00am

Here is the first of the Father's Day cards I made. The layout isn't very crazy, but I think simple is better when it comes to guy cards. They don't care as much about the details as they do the thought. So I tried to keep that in mind. All of the cards used the set "Father Knows Best from PaperTrey Ink. I don't have this set, but Katie does and I was at her house for some stamping fun and made these! I stamped a sentiment from the set inside, but I can't remember what it says off the top of my head. So I will check before I seal them up and post it with tomorrow's card. (I am writing this a day ahead of time so I am not THAT behind in sending them off...just a little behind!) Enjoy!

Father's Day Card

Father's Day Cards

Andi

  

Father's Day Cards (Day 2)

June 13, 2008 - 6:00am

Happy Friday the 13th! :) I'm not a superstitious person, so this is just any other Friday for me. May your day be uneventful if you are superstitious!

Here is another set of the cards. I found out what I put on the inside..."any man can be a father, it takes someone special to be a dad. Happy Father's Day!" And the sentiment was from the same set as the tree. Also, notice that the bottom of the card is embossed. Each set of cards uses a different embossing folder. I know it's a little hard to see in the picture, so I wanted to point it out. Enjoy!

Father's Day Card

Father's Day Cards

Andi

  

Father's Day Cards (Day 3)

June 14, 2008 - 6:00am

Here's another. I really like this tree and the way the leaves look. I decided to just use the leaf outline for this one and color some of the leaves in with glitter. I think it looks really pretty. I can't decide if I like this set of cards or the ones I am showing you tomorrow best! Enjoy!

Father's Day Card

Father's Day Cards

Andi

  

Happy Father's Day!

June 15, 2008 - 6:00am

This is the last of the Father's Day cards. I am sure you are getting tired of seeing the same card over and over...but oh well! I love the colors in this one and I love all the squares. I love abstract things in general. Then add in some funky colors and I am in love! I did make a couple new things not too long ago that I have pictures of to show you next. Have a great Father's Day!

Father's Day Card

Father's Day Cards

Andi

  

A Gift For A Friend

June 17, 2008 - 12:29pm

This is a little goodie bag I put together for Katie. She's such a great friend, I had to be sure I gave her something worthy! She has been reading more these days, so I made her some more bookmarks (bellas of course), some earrings she requested (which are similar to the ones I made myself in THIS post), a purple pen (which I will show closer pictures of tomorrow), and I made the bag as well. She loved it and I was happy to give her some fun things! Enjoy!

Birthday Gift

Andi

  

Purple Pen

June 18, 2008 - 6:00am

This is the pen I gave to my friend. I had this purple piece of wood sitting around and it screamed "Katie" when I saw it. So I made this pen for her. I think it turned out really nice. She has informed me that she's going to use it as her new "purse pen" and is confident she'll get many compliments! I am hoping to make a couple more wood things soon for some other gifts. So maybe you'll get to see some more soon! Enjoy!

Wooden Pen

Wooden Pen

Andi

  

Muchas Gracias!

June 20, 2008 - 12:51pm

I got a few clear stamps from a $1 bin at JoAnn's and they were just hilarious. They were by Inkadinkado and HERE is a link with some of the stamps on it. You will crack up.

So, I have made a few recently that I gave to my mom for a late Mother's Day gift. So for the next few days I'll show them to you! At least I have some cards to show you (although I warn that they are fairly basic because I was limited on time).

This is probably my least favorite of the cards I made, so I thought I would get it out of the way and show you this one first. I think the image is cute, but I just wasn't real happy with it. I should have stopped after stamping the sentiment once...I think the three look silly on here. But my mom thought it was cute. I also stamped a little cactus that came in the set on the inside of the card. (I think the cactus was my favorite part!) Enjoy! There will be another one tomorrow!

Dog Card

Card Inside

Andi

  

Cookie!

June 21, 2008 - 6:00am

I think this image is so cute! I love the paper in the background. I think this card turned out pretty well! The sentiment says: "Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life." I just love the little bear (I think that's what he is) in this image. I also like the look of the brown baubles to tie it together. In hindsight, if I had more time, I would have made him fuzzy with some Fun Flock. Maybe next time! Enjoy!

Cookie Card

Andi

  

Surfing Grandma!

June 22, 2008 - 6:00am

HAHA! How funny is this image? It really cracks me up! I could see my grandma doing something like this. I don't think she would have actually gone surfing, but she would have posed with one and said something like this! The sentiment inside says: "You're only a kid once, but you can be young for a lifetime!" I think we should all live by this mantra! Enjoy!

Grandma Card

Card Inside

Andi

  

Awe...Bunny

June 23, 2008 - 6:00am

This is such a sweet little image and sentiment. The sentiment says: "Today I caught myself smiling. Then I realized...I was thinking of you." I think this could be used for so many occasions. Who wouldn't want to get this little bunny!? If you say you wouldn't...I know you are only fooling yourself! The pattern paper really sparkles and I added a bunch of glitter to the bunny's shirt and the corners of the scallop square. Enjoy!

Bunny Card

Andi

  

The Wise Owl

June 24, 2008 - 6:00am

I like this card. I think I like it mostly for the saying. This sentiment says: "A wise man once said...Follow your dreams, except for the one where you're at work in your underwear." How funny! I laughed when I read it and so did my mom. This was in the set of cards that I gave her. I think this one got the most laughs! I also like how the two colors of baubles look on the card. They go well with the adorable dot paper and add a little "oompf" to the card! :) Enjoy!

Owl Card

Card Inside

Andi

  

Here Fishy Fishy

June 25, 2008 - 6:00am

This little fish card is so fun. I really love the pastel colors in this one. The sentiment says: "Just dropping you a line..." and the "g" is a hook. So I tried to make it look like someone was fishing for this cute little guy! I also stamped the bubbles from the set in a few places, added glitter to them and a few clear baubles for dimension. There is some glitter on the fish's body, too. Enjoy!

Fish Card

Andi

  

And Finally....

June 26, 2008 - 6:00am

After all of those cards I have been showing you, I thought I should show you what the whole set looks like that I gave to my mom. I also made the little bag for it. (My, how I love making those little things! They are great holders for a set of cards for someone! I like to put about 6 in there.) So there you have it! Enjoy!

Mother's Day Card Set

Andi

  

Grad Hats

June 27, 2008 - 8:21am

This was a card I made for my cousin who just graduated. I got the idea from a couple cards I saw online. I added glitter to the hats and to the word "future". I also used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder in the background. I think it turned out really cute. I think I might even make another one for our neighbor who has his grad part this weekend...but I will probably eliminate the ribbon for him and not add glitter! :)

Grad Card

Andi

  

Fun Cosmo Bella

June 29, 2008 - 8:23am

This is the birthday card that I made for my brother's girlfriend. She loves green and it was her 21st! So I had to do something related to drinking. I gave Bella a green shirt and brown hair to look just like Katie. Then I made the cocktail pink like the girls from Sex and the City would drink! :) (And amusingly...Katie ordered a cosmo!) There's also glitter on the white flowers to add a little more "bling"! Enjoy!

Bella Card

Andi