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

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

Tag, You’re It!

chautona-card58The first one I did, I had that ribbon going across too. Didn’t thrill my soul. So I flipped it down, and bam. I likie. My daughter preferred across.  Who knew?  Basically, I wanted to use that awesome ribbon, and liked the idea of it with that PTI paper… the rest just kept coming until I got it “right.”




Stamps:SU Happiest Birthday Wishes (I think)
Paper: PTI Smoky Shadow, October Afternoon scrap
Paper Size:A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink:Unity Pallette Accessories: Well, the kitchen sink was full, so… Ribbon from Etsy, SU Chevron ribbon, Tag from PYP, leftover butterflies Sizzlets Beautiful Wings, I think, Hardware from SU… I hope thta’s it–no, the edge punch from SU too
Techniques:fudging it

Whoooose Birthday?

chautona-card55 chautona-card56So, in my quest to use up things I already have, I saw this card on Pinterest:

I instantly thought, “I think someone sent me some of those in a swap (the background border thing). So, I decided to make it. Now honestly, I was SURE I was going to do it differently. I didn’t think I liked this and that and the other thing… until I did it. And found the original maker is a wise ol’ owl and I’m just a bird brain.

All cutified and ready to send out. I thought I was going to like the browns and blues better… but I don’t. I like the bright one the best. Shocker.

Stamps: PTI Birthday
Paper: PTI White base and scraps
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: MS border things
Techniques: Punch art

SC332- For as Long…

chautona-SC332My niece got married in May.  I’d “heard” something about colors being blues and purples, so I went with blue.  Turns out, they were more bright and cheerful blues rather than mine, but hey.  She’s not complaining.  She’s a neat kid that way.  And I like the card regardless.  It’s not the “same old, same old” that I like to do.  I tend to be a white and ivory combo kind of gal.

Stamps: SU set… has a baby onesie, a pair of bells, these guys, and a row of bears. I think they’re trying to suggest marriage leads to something–or vice versa
Paper: SU Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Shimmer white, and some cool MME pattern.
Paper Size: 4.25×4.25
Ink: SU Not Quite Navy and Versamark
Accessories: Ribbon, SU scalloped lace punch, and scoreboard
Techniques: Heat Embossing, scoring

SC309- Welcome Kari and Lewis

chautona-SC309aThis card is for my publicist. I saw the sketch and it screamed for this card to make it. Those squares and rectangles reminded me of blankets and well… you know how that goes. Hee hee.

I decided I wanted a vintage look–something kind of sepiaish. I think it worked.

I did this sketch out of order because 308 needs my Tardis stamp and I couldn’t find it. Lorna went in, looked, and said, “It’s right here.”

Because everyone would put their Tardis stamp in the same case as a coffee drinking Bella. *eyes roll*

As usual, I did two of these, but I made one boy and one girl. 😀

Stamps: SU Baby… maybe “Baby Dear” or something like that and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: PTI Cream, SU Baja, and MME and Crate PAper DP
Ink: SU Soft Suede
Accessories: Sizzlets tag, colored pencil, oms, twine
Techniques: Colored pencils with OMS
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1- super duper easy. A child could do it laying down–asleep.

chautona-SC309bThis card made me think of something “Willow” would make. So, I did it. I can just see her sketching her baby girl to make a card for a gal at church. It’s such a simplistic sketch of a stamp that I don’t think it’d be beyond her abilities.

I really like the sepia look. I need to remember to do that more often. And, I think this is only the second time I’ve used that label. Bad me. LOL. This one goes in the giveaway since the boy version is being used.

Stamps: SU Baby… maybe “Baby Dear” or something like that and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: PTI Cream and Green and Memory Box “Gossamer” DP.
Ink: SU Sahara sand and Kraft
Accessories: Martha stewart ribbon, Sizzlets label, and OMS etc
Techniques: Colored Pencils and OMS
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1- super easy… could do it with my eyes closed… okay not but I’ve already used the child and the laying down thing.

For the Graduate

chautona-card28bI did this in two color ways–one for the local high school (even though it should have silver) and one for my daughter’s university.

I was going to make the tassels because you can’t buy them in our town, but I got lazy and just ordered ’em from Amazon. These mini tassels are perfect.

This card I completely copied from

There. I LOVE this card. It’s just simple, elegant, and gorgeous. I can’t wait to do it in red and white. It’s gonna be awesome!

But for now, this is what we’ve got, and I love it. 😀

Stamps: SU Graduate
Paper: SU Midnight, Gold, and Hunter
Ink: Unity Pallette
Accessories: Tassel, brads
Techniques: None
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1- super duper easy