Drive by Greeting:

chautona-card65Yeah… the title leaves something to be desired. It’s better than the original, though. I went for “Drive By Birthing…” Ahem. I don’t think so.
I saw this plaid and HAD to use this truck with it. I don’t know why. Who knows what this crazy brain of mine is thinking half the time?

This is one of the cards for my readers, but I still only made two due to lack of enough plaid for more.. The other one I tried to make a “woman of color.” I chose a bad brown, but she still looks pretty good. I need to work on my darker toned coloring skills.

I do have a problem with the sentiment. It’s not very clear and I stamped it nice and crisp. I think they tried to fit too much on one little stamp.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Loads of Love”
Paper: SU Gray, Scraps
Paper Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5″)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: Twine, SU tab punch
Techniques: Colored pencils

WynneWORD Birthday

chautona-card66I’ve been DYING to use this stamp ever since I found out they made it. This map is actually one of the maps in my children’s series, “The Annals of Wynnewood.” The illustrator, Craig Worrell, allowed eMagine stamps to recreate it in rubber! I AM IN HEAVEN! I love the sentiment, “Find Joy in the Journey.” I thought it worked for a birthday sentiment too.

I just hope Craig doesn’t mind that I utterly destroyed the image after I stamped it. I stamped, roughed up the edges, crumpled it in a ball, and then sponged the heck out of it. It looks nice and dead–er antique. Just how I wanted it.

Stamps: eMagine “Wynnewood”
Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow and SU Naturals
Paper Size: A7 (5×7)
Ink: Unity Pallette Black, SU Suede, Crumb, Mustard, Cocoa, and Sand
Accessories: Twine, Brads, Sponges
Techniques: Destruction of perfectly fine paper.

Have a Sunny Birthday!

chautona-card61Well, I don’t love it. But I do like it. I love the idea, but I tried too hard to keep it too simple. I should have stamped the sentiment on a tag hanging from the knot. I used SU Watercolor crayons to color the leaves a bit etc. I love how thatl ooks. So, it’s not exactly what I wanted, but it is nice and I do like it. At least I didn’t succeed in making it as “ugly as possible.” Sometimes failure is a good thing, no?

Stamps: SU Sunfower
Paper: SU Kraft
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5)
Ink: SU Mustard and Pallette Burnt Umber
Accessories:SU Seam binding and homemade “flower-not-so-soft.”
Techniques:Trying to make it as ugly as possible

Just the Write Birthday…

chautona-card60Oh, my this was a fun card. I LOVED making it. It’s simple, sure, but it’s so ME. The colors, the typewriter–everything. It’s one of many I’m making in my quest to send as many of my readers birthday cards this year as I can! WOOHOO! I made six of these beauties and I’m going to try it in more “dead” colors too. WOOT!



Stamps: River City Rubberworks typewriter
Paper: PTI White, SU Pool, Gina K Black
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25) Ink: Versafine
Accessories: SU Dots embossing folder and baker’s twine from Target dollar spot
Techniques: Printing (I printed the sentiment)


chautona-SC313Well, I did NOT want to do this sketch. I kept fighting to find a way to make it less blah, and decided to embrace it. Embrace the simplicity… and add some omph with stitching.

I really wanted the stitching to be a bit wavy–as if done super fast or by someone not accustomed to sewing. I did okay. My favorite “deviation” from the straight and narrow is hidden by the flower panel.

Still, I like it. this stamp is so cool. It just makes me happy.

Stamps: SU Blooming with Kindness
Paper: SU Kraft, PTI white, MME dp and Fancy pants dp
Ink: Amuse coral and Unity umber
Accessories: Twine and sewing macine
Techniques: none
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2… because I had to drag out the sewing machine.

SC251- Party in Color

chautona-SC251Well, somehow I managed to skip this challenge. So, here I am with it AGES past. But now I am almost done with cards 251-300. WOOT.

I did the marker thing on this one and for some reason, it didn’t do as well as usual. Not sure what happened.

Oh, well.

Stamps: SU Birthday set and SU Party This Way…
Paper: Paper scraps… somewhere.
Ink: Memento black and SU markers
Accessories: None really
Techniques: slapping it together
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1-easy

Last Two Birthday Cards

For my friend.  Woot.  I love doing things like this project.  It was fun and I got them done in about 3 months.  That’s pretty much perfect.  Onto graduation cards next.  I’ve got three graduates this year and my kids all have friends they’ll need ’em for.

chautona-card25I bought this stamp a year or two ago. I cut out all the stuff I wanted for it, and pulled down the stamp and saw it was too big. I turned that card into something else.

This poor stamp stood on the shelf, nose in the corner, just pouting since then. But, alas, I decided it was time to pull it out. So, one 5×7 card later, and it’s pretty darn cute. 🙂

This is second to last for my friend. I’m so excited!

Stamps: Some pocket stamp of obscure origin
Paper: SU Scraps and I think olive
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Spellbinders banners and mini tags from pick your plum,,, almost forgot the brads. EEEK. VAPORS!
Techniques: Gettin’ ‘er done.
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1-easy

chautona-card26I bought this stamp to make a card for someone dear to us, but since we’ve had a loss in that family this year, I decided not to use it for that.

This is another card for my friend, but since I don’t know who she’ll give it to and if her family is “into” that kind of joking, I gave her a nice sentiment about wishing a wonderful year and whatnot.

This is an utter copy…

Stamps: PTI birthday basics, and VLV sentiment
Paper: SU pear and river rock? Scraps
Ink: Unity pallette burnt umber
Accessories: SU library clip and sizzlets tag thingie
Techniques: Finishing a long project. 😉
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1… if you’e talking card. 3 if you mean project… hee heee