Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monday Mojo Sketch #132

I guess it's Wednesday Mojo sketch for me! Here is the sketch for this week, we had the choice of round or square, one of these days I will try a round card.

Here is my Easter version for the sketch. As you can see I really like pastel rhinestone stickers :)

And here is a close up of my peeping little chick.

Peep Chick Card
(All Supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace, Barely Banana, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: Sweetheart, Notations
Stamps: A Good Egg
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink Satin
Glitter: Dazzling Diamonds
Stickers: Pastel Rhinestones (Martha Stewart Crafts)

What's Blue, Red and Sand?

I know I missed the challenge deadline for The Play Date Cafe, but I finished the project anyways. I don't know why, but I had a really tough time with this colour scheme. The only items I had in these colours was cardstock, ribbon and glitter, so I made something very simple. This is the colour scheme for last week's challenge.

Here is my very simple, no fussy, flag book card.

And here is what the inside of it looks like. I wrote 9 friendship quotes/sayings on the flags.

Friend Flag Book

(All supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Sahara Sand
Ribbon: Purely Pomegranate
Chipboard: Maya Road
Glitter: Tourmaline (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Punch: Scallop (Marvy Uchida)
Ink: Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue
Other: Pop up dots, Stampin' write marker

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge - Spring n' Stitchin'

Well I never got to that second post yesterday because I didn't finish the card last night. Here is my card for The Shabby Tea Room challenge for week #2, spring themed with some stitching. I went with another easter card because I know I'm going to be needing some in a week!

For this card I embroidered some easter eggs in 3 spring floss colors which was the inspiration to go with this particular soft colour scheme. I've used this particular layout quite a bit and normally I would use 2 different types of patterned paper for the upper and lower background, but I didn't have one single sheet with the colours to match my cardstock, so I gave the cardstock texture using my Big Shot instead. The basket is just hand cut and popped up with some mint floss sticking up for easter grass.

Here is a close up of the easter basket. The edge of the circle is hand stitched and the flowers were made using a combo of flower punches and pearls.

Thanks for stopping by, and check back tomorrow for my Play Date Cafe challenge project:)

Easter Basket Card
(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Blush, Blossom, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Stamps: A Good Egg
Punches: Boho Blossoms, 5 petal flower
Pearls: Pretties Kit (cream)
Texture Plates: Harelquin, Flourish, Damask (Big Shot)
Other: Embroidery floss (anchor), Ivory thread, Lace, Pop Dots

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Trigger Tuesday Challenge - Easter Dress

Okay, so I'm a little behind in my challenges, so there might be a "few" posts today :) For this week's Trigger Tuesday Challenge over at Moxie Fab World is a picture of this dress:

The idea is to make a project based on the dress, and here is my easter dress inspired card.
I made a weave with thin strips of cardstock for the bottom and covered the top with celery ribbon and lace. The sentiment is handwritten with a stampin' write marker and all the little flowers along the bottom are from the Boho Blossoms punch with a matching rhinestone stuck in the middle.

Here is a close up of the butterfly which is a stamped image that I cut out, inked the edges and decorated with rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by and check back later for another post :)

Happy Spring Card

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Lavendar Lace, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Lavendar Lace, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery (SU)
Ribbon: Certainly Celery grosgrain (SU)
Punch: Boho Blossoms (SU)
Stickers: Rhinestones (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Stamps: Butterfly Accent (SU)
Other: Lace (Wal-Mart), Spritzer Tool, Stampin' Write Markers (SU), Green thread

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I'm so excited!! After my string of bad luck this week, this tidbit of good news had me jumping up and down. I made the Fab 4 over at The Play Date Cafe for last week's challenge and I won some goodies over at Paper Hugs & Stamped Kisses for the colour challenges last week. I look forward to trying out the new challenges this week. :)

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the wonderful comments on my projects :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It always happens in threes!

Well, I have no new cards to post yet because I've had a string of bad luck (of course in threes) that has taken me away from regular night hours of card making. Hopefully with a good night of sleep tonight everything will be back to normal tomorrow and I'll have some new stuff to post. In the meantime here is a card I made awhile ago based on my favourite!

Birthday Latte Card

Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Close to my Heart
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ribbon: Real Red grosgrain (Stampin' Up!)
Embossing Powder: Detail Black (PSX)
Other: Stickles, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, coffee grinds and beans, Red and black bugle beads, pop up dots

Thanks for stopping by and if you check back on Friday, I should have some new stuff up :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mojo Monday Sketcch #131 - in purple!

Today's card is very simple...and there is absolutely no hand stitching on this anywhere! lol Stitching adds a very nice touch, but fingers get really sore after hours on end, so I don't anticipate and stitching anytime soon. Although now that I think of it, the new challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room has stitching as part of the challenge...I better get those fingers toughened up :) Anyways, I'm getting off topic. I used this card for 2 challenges, the first one for Mojo Monday #131 of course, but also for Kim Hughes purple challenge over at Paper Hugs & Stamped Kisses .

Here is the sketch...

And here is my card...

I LOVE the colour purple and everything on this card is purple except for the tree trunks. I can picture purple trees, just not purple tree trunks. I created the background paper by using one of the tree stamps from the Trendy Trees stamp set and stamped it with Elegant Eggplant ink all over the purple cardstock. The trees on the right and left have purple brads and I used purple rhinestones on the middle tree.

Here is a close up of the middle tree. I drew the tree trunks, cut them out and popped them up with pieces of pop dots.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Spring!

Purple Tree Card

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (purple monochromatic pack, just can't remember the name of it), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Trendy Trees, One of a Kind (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Ribbon: Eggplant Grosgrain (Stampin' Up!)
Brads: Monochromatic purples (not sure if these were Bazzill or not)
Stickers: Purple rhinestones (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval (Stampin' Up!)
Other: Pop up dots

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Racey Lacey -Diggin' on Doilies and Lace Challenge

The "Diggin' on Doilies and Lace" challenge was one that I was going to skip, because I didn't own any lace or doilies or stamps with any of these images on them. I fell in LOVE with the Heidi Lace Shoes by Georgina Goodman and that's where my inspiration came from. I made an hour trek to the nearest store just to buy lace for this project. I knew I wanted black lace over a white card and then my thought process went "out of the box" and I ended up creating something from the first image that popped into my head...lingerie! :)

Here is my card in all it's lacey glory lol. I really liked the contrast between the black and white, but I needed a "wow" colour to mix it up. Originally I was going to make a wedding dress, but I don't think it would have shown up as good. Then I thought about a red dress, but I kept coming back to my lingerie idea. I didn't have a stamp that said "ooh-la-la" and ended up having to hand write it. That was a scary process, mess it up and you basically have to start from scratch.

Here is a close-up of my lingerie mannequin. I drew a dress form on white and then ran it through my swirls embossing folder for some texture. The edges are sponged with Basic Gray Ink. I drew the bra and panties, inked the edges with red, dyed some lace red and added it as ruffles to both pieces. The dress form stand is made with red and silver wire and the necklace was made with silver seed beads and a Swarovski crystal. There are also Swarovski white pearls stitched on the black lace.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Ooh-La-La Card

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray
Other: Swarovski white pearls & crystal, Silver seed beads, black thread, black lace, white lace (dyed), rhinestones, silver & red wire, black pen

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC21

Sometimes I wonder why I make things so complicated. I decided to take part in the Play Date Cafe's challenge this week which is to use the 3 colours shown in the picture below.

The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the colour scheme was Spring/Easter and then the second idea was a quilt. After cutting out all my little squares and placing them on the card front, I figured it needed some stitching...this was my bad idea. I thought ALL of the little squares needed to be stitched to make it look somewhat like a real quilt. So...about a day later, 100's of hand stitches and some hand cramps, I finally finished that "quilt". :)

All the squares are 1"x1" and I ran the edges through my distresser tool to make the edges fray. I zigzag stitched each square with yellow thread and then sponged some chocolate chip ink around the edges of the squares (it's hard to see in the pics). The lace is sewn on, as well as the saying and the Swarovski cream pearls.

Here is the close up of my flower. I loved making the little rose on my project for The Shabby Tea Room so much that I tried it again for this project. This time I used cardstock instead of patterned paper. I think I like using the cardstock better because the flower tends to hold it's shape more. However, the cardstock is thicker. But if you crumple your strip up before you make the flower, the cardstock is more pliable. I sponged some ink the same colour as the paper for depth and added some glitter for a finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my creation:)

Happy Easter Card
(All supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery
Designer Paper: Berry Bliss (pretty in pink), Notations (barely banana)
Stamps: Well Scripted
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip
Glitter: Dazzling Diamonds
Other: Yellow thread, Cream lace, Swarovski cream pearls

Friday, March 19, 2010

Paper Hugs Yellow Challenge

Kim Hughes posted another great colour challenge yesterday for the colour yellow! I'll admit, yellow is not my favourite colour, actually it might be the only colour I don't particularly care for, so this challenge was hard for me. After going through my paper, I discovered a whole pile of yellow that has never been touched (yikes!) Yellow embellishments were far and few between as well. However I was able to rustle up some yellow stuff and I even dyed some white lace yellow to go with my project. No card again, decided to make a little Easter basket instead :)

Here's the full project, it's hard to see, but there are cream colored pearls on the sides for the handle.

And here is a close up of the main focal image. I tried to keep it as yellow as possible but I had to give my flower a stem and I couldn't resist adding some chocolate chip to the project. Now that I've finished this colour challenge, I notice Kim Hughes has another one posted for today with my absolute favourite colour...PURPLE! Be sure to check it out on her blog.

Happy Easter Basket
(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Barely Banana, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: Le Jardin (the inside of the bag is lined with a yellow leaf/vine paper)
Stamps: Terrific Tulips, Well Scripted, Branch Out, Bird on a Branch
Ink: Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Summer Sun, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip
Pearls: Pretties Kit (Cream)
Glitter: Dazzling Diamonds
Other: Favor Bag Die for Big Shot, Yellow Thread, Lace, Pop Up Dots

Coffee Wall

It's Friday and anything but a card day. In keeping with the coffee related theme, I thought I'd share with you what I did with my kitchen wall.

Here is the first half of the wall. Over the years I've been collecting coffee prints, not knowing exactly what I'd do with them. I was in a Micheal's store one day and stumbled across coloured vinyl sheets for the cricut machines. That's when my idea hit! I'd make a coffee wall with coffee related words and quotes. I think the hardest part of this entire project was sticking those individual letters on the wall in straight lines!

And here is the other half of my wall. The one in the bottom right hand corner was a project I did myself. I found four coffee prints I really liked on the computer, printed them off and arranged them in one of those floating frames. Then I cut out "I (heart) Coffee" with the chocolate coloured vinyl and placed it on the bottom.

Close up of one of the quotes.

Here is my favourite phrase on the whole wall, but I lot of people don't get it. My daughter read it when I first put it up and while I was giggling she was asking, what does that mean. I guess the DOS programs on computers before Windows was well before her time lol.

And this, *sigh* is my favourite thing to make in my coffee kitchen, but I can only make it around the Christmas season when one of the ingredients is available...Eggnog Cappuccino! This was my first attempt at making a design in the froth, I'm thinking stencils would work a whole lot better.

Thanks for stopping by and I've found some more challenges to play, so I'll be back later with another posting :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shabby Tea Room Challenge

Yesterday I stumbled across The Shabby Tea Room that posted their first challenge based on this picture.

The challenge is to create a project with the colours pink, cream, red, green and brown. When I first read the challenge I thought, that colour scheme is way out there for me and I've never dabbled into the vintage style before. After staring at the picture for a bit, I figured why not? Perhaps forcing myself to step out of my "style" zone will be a good thing. So I went methodically through everything in my art room and plunked everything I had in those colours on my work desk. I discovered I had papers I didn't even know I had!

I really didn't want to make a card, but wasn't to sure what else to make. I dug through my goodie basket, which is basically little gifts my Stampin' Up! demonstrators have given me and inspiration struck. One of the gifts was a little folded sachet to hold a tea bag, and I figured you couldn't get much better than that, with a blog that's named the Shabby Tea Room! So 3 or 4 hours later my little Victorian-ish Red Rose tea bag holder was born. And the part that amazed me the most, is me being a die hard stamper, I never used one stamp image on the entire project! :)

This is what the front of it looks like. I found this project so much fun and I learned quite a bit as well. In the wee hours of the morning I figured out how to make a rose out of paper and how to make a ruffle out of organdy ribbon. I think I will be buying a quilling tool the next time I attempt to make more paper flowers.

Here is a close up of the rose. I used two-sided designer paper so it has varying shades of the red colour in it. I inked the edges of the petals with red ink and then applied a smidgen of glue to make the glitter stick. I sewed the ruffle into a circle and stitched the flower into the center and then added the leaves after. About an hour into all the stitching I decided I'm definitely going to be asking for a sewing machine for my birthday! I also found that the groove in my trimmer came in handy for making the lines in the leaves.

This is what the back looks like. The button is a half pearl form Stampin' Up! glued on with a piece of velcro on the underside to keep the flap closed. I've noticed that my camera didn't really like the colour of this project as the main paper looks more white than cream, but it is definitely cream. The embossed pattern is the Damask texture plate for the Big Shot and I sponged Chocolate Chip ink over the pattern and along the edges to give it a somewhat aged look.

And finally the inside of the tea bag holder. A little poem on the top flap and the tea bag within a small ziploc bag in the bottom half. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tea Time Tea Holder
(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Celery, Pretty in Pink
Designer Paper: Sweetheart, Prints Pack (Real Red)
Half Pearls: Pretties Kit (Cream)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ribbon: Organdy (Ivory), Grosgrain (Certainly Celery)
Glitter: Dazzling Diamonds
Punch: Scallop Trim Border
Other: Swarovski Cream Pearls, Computer Font (Brock Script), Pink Thread, Damask Texture Plate for Big Shot, Terrifically Tacky Tape, Velcro

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rainbow Pattern

I checked out the PaperCrafts Connection today and was tickled green by Kim Hughes' rainbow pattern and decided to create something with it. First I played around with filling the lines of the rainbow in with buttons, but soon realized I didn't have the right size or enough of one colour. I ended up using patterned paper and paper piecing the rainbow together. I made the four leaf clovers green and added some glitter to them, cut them out and popped them up for something extra. I was still stuck on my button idea and tried a button border around the kraft cardstock edge, but that looked waaayyy to busy! So I went simple and blanket stitched the edge with some green floss I had kicking around. The finishing touch was the "Happy St. Patrick's Day" stamp that was just small enough to fit in one the of the corners, phew!

If you want to play along with Kim's challenges, hop on over to her blog. She's having daily challenges all week, I can't wait to see what her next challenge is.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Card

Cardstock: Kraft, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!)
Designer Paper: Prints Pack, Cast-a-Spell (Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Go Green (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Garden Green
Glitter: Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!)
Other: Rainbow Pattern (Kim Hughes), Green Floss (DMC), Pop Up Dots

On another note, I've come to realize that updating a blog everyday with a different challenge is a full-time job in itself, and I already have one of those so there is not much time leftover. This is the first week I've participated in challenges such as those on Moxie Fab, Mojo Monday and others and I really like them. I figure I don't need to be making up new challenges when there are always TONS to participate in. Anyways my blog routine is going to change a little. Mondays will always be Mojo Monday, Tuesdays will be Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World and I will leave Fridays the same as Anything BUT a card, but I'm going to leave Wednesday and Thursday just in case I find some more challenges to play:) I'll still have a stamp of the week, but it will only pertain to Mojo Monday's sketch and Friday's anything but a card. Thanks for stopping by and I apologize for the changes after only a week of doing this.

P.S...If you know of any other challenges, please let me know, I'd love to play them!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I'm going to deviate from Wenesday's posting and share a St. Patrick's Day card with you instead. This is a card that a friend asked me to make for her mom for her 60th birthday, which just happens to be today. Stop back later and I'll probably have some more cards posted with an Irish theme:)

60th Birthday Card

(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Linen Prints
Ink: Old Olive
Ribbon: Old Olive Grosgrain
Stickers: Glittery (Making Memories)
Punch: Heart
Other: Hotfix Swarovski Crystals, Big Shot Texture Plate (Small Circles), Pop Dots

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Trigger Tuesday Challenge

I have another post for today because I stumbled across Moxie Fab World and decided to play along with their challenge. The idea is to make a card based on the chair image above. After much deliberation and a lot of trial cards, this is what I came up with.

A Friend Card

(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, Rose Red, Ivory
Stamps: Cheep Talk, Big Blooms
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky
Buttons: Corduroy (Kraft, Baja Breeze, Summer Sun)
Punch: Bird on a Branch
Other: Big Shot Texture Plate (Flourish)

Colour Combo Challenge

Today's colour combo is a meld of earthy brown with pinks and a splash of teal. The actual Stampin' Up! colours are Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose. There's also some Whisper White in there too, I didn't seem to have any designer paper that didn't have the white in it.

For my card, I used Monday's Mojo sketch and altered it a bit and used the stamp of the week.

Congratulatte Card
(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Designer Paper: The name of this pack eludes me but it is Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Espressoly for You
Ink: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Punch: Ticket Corner, Scallop Border
Other: Glitter Brads (Creative Imaginations)

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, and be sure to check back tomorrow for Wednesday's Tips & Techniques.

I would love to see your take on the colour combo challenge this week!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mojo Monday Sketch #130

For this week's Monday sketch I went with Mojo Madness. I've never used one of their sketches before and found this fun and a little challenging. Here is my take on this week's sketch using the stamp of the week.

Coffee Cup Card
(All supplies Stampin' Up!)

Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Close to Cocoa Prints
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, White
Stamps: Espressoly For You
Ribbon: Close to Cocoa grosgrain
Punch: Scallop border
Other: Hotfix Swarovski crystals, pop dots

Finished card size: 5" x 5.5"

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, and be sure to check back tomorrow for Tuesday's colour combo :)
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