Sunday, April 25, 2010

Punched Flower Topiary

For today's post I have something that is a non-card project. I saw this cute idea for a paper topiary and decided to try one out. I used a little clay pot I had kicking around for the base and covered the top edge with some satin ribbon. The wooden dowel is held in place by a small styrofoam ball in the pot and the green circle overlaying the top of the pot.

Here is a close up of the flower portion...

I used the five petal punch from Stampin' Up! for the base of the flowers. The middle flower pieces are Prima flowers and the small center flowers is the Boho Blossoms punch from Stampin' Up! The flowers are all adhered to the styrofoam ball with flat head stick pins and a Swarovski cream pearl in the center. All paper and ribbon is from Stampin' Up! as well.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trigger Tuesday Challenge +Moxie Fab Trend

Today's card is for the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World which is based on these funky napkins.

I also gave Kim Kesti's trend watch technique a try using masking tape. It was a tad messy at first, but things turned out okay. To read all about this new trend check out Go-to-Gal Kim Kesti's Moxie Talk article over at Moxie Fab World.

Here is my card and the best part was it didn't take very long to make :)

I colored strips of masking tape with my Stampin' Up! markers and stuck them on a glossy sheet of white cardstock. Then I took the circles that make up the snowmen in my Cold Play stamp set and stamped the circles randomly with Staz-On ink. I added a little bling with rhinestones stickers and cut out a section of the white with my circle cutter to have the white rub-on show through from the black.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April Gallery Challlenge at PC and Mojo Monday Sketch #135

I've missed out on the last couple of Mojo Monday's, but not this week! The sketch for Mojo Monday sketch #135 looks like this...

I did a little bit of tweaking because what I had in mind didn't quite jive with the sketch. I just couldn't seem to incorporate that one piece going along the bottom :)

I also entered this card in the April Gallery Challenge at PaperCrafts, which is you have to use some kind of bling or glitter. The rainbow, clouds and sun rays are hand drawn and the sentiment is handwritten. The patterned paper and ribbon are samples I won in a challenge that Go-to-Gal Kim Hughes hosted (thank you Kim!) so I'm not sure what the company is. The rhinestone stickers are by Me & My Big Ideas and the rainbow was coloured in with chalk.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Moxie Fab Get Sketchy Challenge

I've been eying this sketch for the last week or so intending to make a card with it and I finally came across a cute stamp that I wanted to use with it. This is the sketch by Kim Kesti from the latest book, Go-To-Sketches that we had to use for the challenge...

And here is what I came up with...

The stamp is a snag 'em stamp by Imaginisce that I thought was so cute. Paper is by K&Company and Stampin' Up! and the rhinestone stickers are by Me & My Big Ideas. The rhinestones didn't show up very well in the pic. The sentiment is just hand written with a black felt tip pen.

Here is a close-up of my little love bug car...

The tires have little silver brads in the center and the puff of smoke with the hearts is drawn on with a black pen.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Mother's Day Duo

This is a class that I'm teaching a group of ladies at our church in 2 weeks. The "Tea Time" is a little tea bag holder with a poem on the inside and matching card :)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! except for the rhinestone stickers and the pearl stickers.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC25

Well I've finally got the art room under control so I can squeeze in some challenges this weekend. The challenge this week over at the Play Date Cafe is to use black and white with a "pop" of colour, which is orange! Here is the inspiration photo...

I finally got my hands on the Medallion stamp form Stampin' Up! and thought it would be perfect for this challenge with a little orange in the center. Here is what I came up with...

I embossed the medallion with black embossing powder and popped it up off the white background. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the white background is embossed with a damask texture. The word is a rub-on by Stampin' Up! as well.

And here is a close-up of the center...

The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and I added some dazzling diamond glitter to it to add a little sparkle. The orange rhinestone stickers are from Me & My Big Ideas.

Thanks for stopping by and I may just squeeze in another post later tonight :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cards made at the retreat

So I went away for 3 days and came back with a total of 7 new cards. Needless to say I think I'm more productive when I'm by myself. It seemed every time you'd just get on a roll, it'd be time to eat again and were talking gourmet, sit-your-tummy-I- can't-move-food. Don't get me wrong it was delicious, but you felt like taking a 2 hour nap after each meal. Anways, here is what I made, well 3 of them.

I liked my funky apple tree made with bubble wrap so much that I made two more cards with the same idea.

Now I have a orange tree and a pear tree and I think there will be a plum tree soon.

Here is a close up of the pear and orange. I cut them out by hand and each fruit is no bigger than the tip of my pinky finger. I lost many leaves before I got one glued on :)

I had my Card Creations Start to Finish magazine by PaperCrafts with me and really liked the verse Kalyn Kepner (pg. 14) put on her card and thought it suited by little tree cards just fine. No printer around so I hand wrote the verses.

While digging through my mother-in-law's stash of art goodies I came across a bunch of acrylic shapes. I asked her if I could have some and she said she had no idea what to do with them, so help myself. That was how this third card came about because I had to show her what she could do with them.

I glued cardstock to the backside of the acrylic stars and stamped the front of the big one with a stamp using Staz-On. The rhinestones are stickers by Martha Stewart.

Close up of the big star. All the stars are popped up with pop dots and I used a black pen to make an outline of dots around each star.

And of course I had to finish the inside of the card too. This star is just a cardstock star over ribbon with a rhinestone sticker. Again no printer, handwritten verse.

Thanks for stopping by, art room is almost back in order so hopefully tomorrow night I'll actually be able to make something :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Back from the retreat

Well I've been back from the scrapbooking/card making retreat for 2 days now and just got all my stuff unpacked from my car. It's going to take me another night just to put my art room back in some working order. probably won't be until late tomorrow evening until I get the cards posted that I made over the weekend, few as they are. Gourmet food, friends and relaxing doesn't always equal great productivity.

Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow night for some new cards :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday

Yesterday I posted a tree card I used bubble wrap on and I was trying to remember why I picked the colour scheme that I did and then I remembered it was from Moxie Fab's Trigger Tuesday card by Heidi Van Laar. Here is what her card looks like:

I really like the turquoise colored ribbon with the kraft and that was my jumping point with my card along with Maren's sketch. I didn't use ribbon, instead I used those colours for my papers. I apologize for posting the same card 2 days in a row!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Inspiration in the oddest places

I'm quite excited about today's card, mostly because it's something different for me and I found a unique material to use on my card from the most unexpected place. I've been following all the Go-to-Sketches promotions this week with PaperCrafts and have been eying a sketch by Maren Benedict ever since it popped up on the PC Connection Blog on March 22nd. I've seen it a couple of times since then and I've really wanted to make a card using that sketch, but didn't know what I wanted to put on it...until today.

Okay, I'll admit...I'm a sucker for trees. At work today, an order was being put out and I came across these new padded envelopes we are going to be selling. I picked one up to take a peek at it and immediately noticed that the bubble wrap lining the envelope was green! Well my idea hit to make my tree top out of this green bubble wrap and I think the girls at work thought I lost my marbles because I came running up to the cash and said "Look! It's green! I can make a tree out of it for a card!" lol After that I spied the flap of a cardboard box and ripped it off with the idea that it would look perfect behind my bubble wrap tree :)

So.......this is what Maren's sketch looks like :

And this is my funky bubble wrap tree card :

The parentheses are chipboard pieces covered in Real Red cardstock, stamped with white circles and embossed with white powder. I hand cut the tree top and trunk and the sentiment is a rub-on.

Here is a close-up of the tree. Originally I had wanted just the green bubble wrap by itself for the tree top, but trying to pull it off the envelope ended up ruining the bubble wrap so I left it intact.

Bubble Wrap Tree Card

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Real Red, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Chipboard: Parentheses (Maya Road)
Stamps: A Good Egg (dots) (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay
Embossing Powder: Winter White (SU)
Button: Red (Doodlebug Designs)
Rub-On: Cheery Chat (SU)
Punch: Ticket Corner (SU)
Other: Big Shot texture plate, cardboard, bubble wrap, pop up dots

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping! :)

P.S...I won't be posting for a few day because I'm headed off to a 3 day scrapbooking/card making retreat, but I'll have lots to post when I get back!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blue, Blue and White!

Well I didn't think I was going to get a chance to play along with the Play Date Cafe challenge #23 this week...we celebrated 3 birthdays in the family + Easter this weekend. It was non-stop partying from Friday to Monday! Anyways I did manage to grab a few minutes this evening to make a card for this challenge, which is based on the inspirational photo below.

I'll admit I've used light blue and cream/white together, but I would have never have thought of throwing a darker blue into the mix. I went back to my stamping roots with this one because I hadn't been stamping lately and I missed it! :)

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

Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue, White
Embossing Powder: Winter White
Ribbon: Bashful Blue Grosgrain, White Organdy
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Define Your Life, Flourishes (Autumn Leaves)
Glitter: Crystal Fine (Martha Stewart)
Stickers: Rhinestones (Martha Stewart)
Punch: Scallop Border

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping! :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Scrappy Easter

So after last night, I couldn't stay away from my scrap pile. This is another card I made that I decided to link to The Shabby Tea Room for Week #3 challenge...again. I knew I should have been in bed sleeping, but I wanted to make another Easter card out of my scrap pile. The end result is what I call a "zone out" card, where you're so tired that you randomly just start sticking things wherever and when you're finally done you snap out of it and wonder what on earth did you do?? This card looked so foreign to me that I still haven't even decided if I like it or not, it's not my style to have a mixture of stuff on my card and I even grabbed the stapler at one point which is something that I have never done! Not to sure if I'll give it to anyone, perhaps I'll just file it away in my "experiment cards" box.

I think I originally wanted to just do another paper pieced chick and then everything else just... happened.

Easter Scraps Card

Cardstock, Designer Paper, Ribbon, Stamps, Ink, Brads, Scallop Punch - Stampin' Up!
Rhinestones - Martha Stewart Crafts
Flowers - Prima

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

All my chicks in a row!

This week over at The Shabby Tea Room , the challenge is to use scraps to make your project. Well...from all my projects in the last 2 weeks there has been a pile of "stuff" growing to the left of me on my work desk. Mostly scraps of paper and a few odds & ends embellishments. I forced myself to use items only from that pile. Of course I had to use a stamp and I'm working on Easter cards, so I lucked in when my Easter stamps I had been using were near the scrap pile :)

Here are my simple, paper pieced chickies and the greatest thing about these little guys is that it only took me 20 min. to whip seven of them up.

The inside of the cards say "you crack me up".

L'il Chick Cards
(All supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Barely Banana
Designer Paper: not sure of all the names
Stamps: A Good Egg
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Only Orange
Stickers: Pastel Rhinestones (Martha Stewart Crafts)

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping! :)
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