Monday, February 28, 2011

PDCC70 with Ruby 2 Shoes

It's been a challenging creative week this week, mainly because I've been sharing my art room with water. It's flooded 3 times this past week, so I've become accustomed to standing in water while I craft :) This week over at the Play Date Cafe is a really fun and vibrant colour combo and an awesome inspirational photo to match. Here is what it looks like:

I've been on a CAS kick all week, probably due to the fact that I can only handle the water for so long (lol). Here is what I came up with:

I started with a white base and stamped a couple of clouds in the center. The hot air balloon die cut image as well as the stamp image are from Papertrey Ink.. I colored the hot air balloon stamp with Only Orange, Gable Green and Tempting Turquoise. After I stamped the outline image over top, I went back and shaded in darker areas with my markers. Finishing touch was the sentiment with a splash of the same orange color

Fly Away Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Up, Up & Away) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Die: (Hot Air Balloon) Papertrey Ink
Other: (foam mounts) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stamp It! Cards Leftovers

I can't show you any of my current projects I'm working on because they're all for magazine calls, but now that the Stamp It! Cards: Volume 8 call has come and gone I can share with you the four of my seven cards that didn't make it :)

This one was my exclusive Stampin' Up! card where everything is Stampin' Up! I tend to have a wee bit of a problem buying Stampin' Up! products and then forgetting to use them (ooppss!)

This is the second Stampin' Up! card (with Papertrey Ink sentiment) I made while using the colour combo from the Play Date Cafe Challenge #66 (black and white with a splash of lilac).

This third Stampin' Up! card (with a Papertrey Ink sentiment)  was one of my favorites with regards to technique. White embossed image on a darker background. I absolutely love heat embossing :)

Finally, my itty bitty by Unity stamped card which was done using a emboss resist technique. I now have a head start on my Christmas card one (lol). And as for the other three cards, you'll be able to see those in July :)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a stamp-tacular day!'s not too late to submit to the Paper Crafts Go-to-Sketches for cardmakers call, deadline is Monday. Check out all the deets here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Make it Monday Challenge with Papertrey Ink

The Papertrey Ink blog has started something new this past couple of weeks and it's called Make it Mondays! Basically it is a video tutorial done by one of the design teams featuring a technique and the challenge is to make something using this technique. This week is all about the vellum sentiment strip. Here is what Nicole Heady sample looks like, you can view the video tutorial by clicking here.

I haven't used vellum in ages so I had to do a LOT of digging to find a piece. For my project I basically followed Nicole's design layout of the card and here is what my end result was:

For my vellum strip I stuck both long edges in a circle embossing folder to give it some texture which in turn matches the embossing detail on the blue scalloped circle.

Little Sweet Pea Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Marina Mist) Stampin' Up!
Vellum: (White) Michaels
Stamps: (pea pod, Baby Button Bits) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Old Olive, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery) Stampin' Up!; (Jet Black) Staz On
Buttons: (Certainly Celery) Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder: (Circles) Cuttlebug
Punch: (Large Scallop Circle) Marvy Uchida; (Circle cutter, corner rounder) Creative Memories
Tools: (sponge, paper piercer) Stampin' Up!; (faux stitching tool) Making Memories
Other: White thread

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great creative day!

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Comfy Cozy

Now that I'm finally caught up on some challenges, I had a little extra creative time to play along with some more challenges :) I've been watching week after week as the Tuesday Triggers over at the Moxie Fab World have rolled by, always saying I'd do that one and end up missing the deadline. I couldn't pass up the trigger this week, take a peek at this FaBuLous trigger photo.

There are so many things about this photo that inspired me. Number one, the colour palette, yummy! Number two, the stripes. Number three, the worn and aged look of that mantel type shelf and last but not least what appears to be some embroidery on the pillows. My card turned out to be an all day project (mainly because of the hand stitched components) but I loved every minute of it :)

I started by selecting my colour palette from the photo and came up with; Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Whisper White from Stampin' Up! I wanted to ink up one of my new stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, so I chose the damask design from the set "Bliss". I've been trying to use up my retired patterned paper, so I rummaged through my stash and found some papers from the "Parisian Breeze" collection that went with my colour palette. I wanted to give all my pieces a worn/soft aged look, which was done by sanding everything, inking with Crumb Cake and then sanding again. The large panel on the card base was created by stamping off the image once and then stamping on the cardstock to get a lighter image. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig for placement. I stamped the focal image with Riding Hood Red onto Very Vanilla cardstock, sanded the whole thing and then applied Crumb Cake ink with a sponge. This panel was mounted on Whisper White that was distressed and inked along the edges. Using a cream colored thread, I zigzag stitched the edge of the focal image, plus the large panel onto the card base. Here is a close up of the focal image.

For the accessories I used large striped ribbon with the colors Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla tied in a simple bow. A button was sewed onto the knot and then I placed pearl stickers around the edge of the button and the center. The final touch was two corsage pins pinned through the bow with crystal and Swarovski pearl beads.

Comfy & Cozy Card (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: (grid, polka dot, floral, Parisian Breeze (retired))
Ribbon: Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla, striped (retired)
Stamps: Damask image from Bliss)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red
Button: Very Vanilla, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Stickers: Pearls
Tools: (sponge, stamp-a-ma-jig) Stampin' Up!; (distresser)  Making Memories
Other: cream thread, corsage pins, crystal beads, Swarovski pearls

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 18, 2011

PDCC69 - Combined Grind Challenge with CASE Study

Well put your dancin' shoes on because it's a whole new twist over at the Play Date Cafe this week. Not only is there a colour combo but there's also a CASE study challenge to go along with it. I'll admit, I'm guilty of not ever playing a CASE study challenge, not sure why, but I haven't. Well I guess it was time to try something new :) Here is what the inspirational photo looks like:

From what I can gather, we're supposed to use the colour challenge as per normal, but the twist is to copy something from the card or draw inspiration from it. I've seen a lot of flowers so far and I thought I'd jump on the flower wagon too, but every time I looked at the flower on the card I thought of a tree...go figure lol. So, using the colour scheme and using the design layout from the card (sort of), and flipped on its side, here is what I came up with.

I used my new "Valentine Defined" set from Stampin' Up! (the tree) and then added elements from there. I almost stitched on this project, but I cheated and drew the stitch lines instead :) The brackets and "U" are chipboard pieces and the corners have stamped flourishes. I'm regretting the bottom right hand corner flourish because I can't help but see a sad face every time I look at it (the two hearts the eyes, swirl in the middle the nose and the swirl underneath the frown lol). It's hard to see in the picture, but the card base is textured with a Harlequin pattern (I always call it diamond or argyle) using the Big Shot machine.

Love U Card
Cardstock: (Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: (Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Prints Pack) Stampin' Up!
Chipboard: Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (tree, Valentine Defined) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Stickers: Making Memories
Rub-Ons: (hearts, Love Impressions) Stampin' Up!
Button: (heart) Fabricville
Ribbon: (black/white stripe, Jersey Pack) Stampin' Up!
Stick pin: (white heart) Matchbox goodies from Fiona Schultz
Die Cut: (Top Note) Stampin' Up!
Texture Plate: (Harlequin) Stampin' Up!
Other: (foam mounts) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

PDCC68 with Julie Ranae

So once in a while life gets in the way (much needed sleep in this case) and you miss the deadline to your favorite online challenge. But fear not you can post the project anyways because that's what blogging is all about...sharing. The colour challenge this last week over at the Play Date Cafe was a mixture of soft colours and yummy shabby chicness. Take a gander at this beautiful inspirational photo.

I've always admired this genre of card style because it's one that I don't normally work with because frankly I find it too challenging lol. Late on Tuesday evening, after celebrating my Dad's birthday, I finally came up with an idea and went with it. I decided that the project needed some stitching (don't know why I do this to myself because I don't own a sewing machine). So I settled in on the couch and started to hand stitch my project. Well the stitching took longer than I thought and the next thing I knew it was 20 minutes prior to the deadline. I was too sleepy to continue, so I grudgingly went to bed with my project unfinished (gasp!). Today I finished the project and figured I'd share it anyways :)

I made a tea bag holder that hosts a short poem on the inside. I had made one similar last year for a Mother's Day post, but it had different elements and more colors. The front is embellished with flowers made from satin ribbon, organza ribbon, ruffled ribbon, lace, pearls and stick pins made with pearls.

This is what the back side looks like. Used a pearl as a fake fastener and then there is velcro underneath to keep it closed.

The inside holds a tea bag and a short little poem about tea time.

Tea Bag Holder (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper:  Sending Love
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Fibers: Lace trim, Organza ribbon, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, ruffled ribbon from Beachfront
Stickers: pearls
Other: pink thread, stick pin, pearl beads, velcro, damask texture plate

Thanks for stopping by and happy belated Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PDCC67 with Ruby 2 Shoes

Over at the Play Date Cafe this week the colour combo was very close to the colour combo that had me stumped for a good four days the last time. You might remember challenge number 55 which was a very similar  with the extra colour of pale blue for a total of 5 colours. Here is what the inspirational photo looks like for this week:

I don't work a lot with dark colours like this, and I knew I had exhausted all my creative juice in the card making department with challenge #55. Coming up with a new idea for a card with these colors was not working for me, so I turned to my other hobby and left the paper behind :) It's been soooooo long since I've made any jewelery, that all my supplies had literally collected dust! As I started sifting through my beads and crystals I discovered that my collection of Swarovski crystals had all these colors and they looked pretty nice together (mind you I couldn't find a blue as dark as I wanted so I had to go with sapphire). Here is what I came up with:

I made a Swarovski crystal bracelet with matching earrings. There are exactly 70 Swarovski crystals on the bracelet and 18 on the earrings, all hand wire wrapped with sterling silver wire (my hand is feeling the effects of this lol) The colors are Light Rose, Ruby, Siam and Sapphire. I ran out of sterling silver toggle clasps so I ended up making one from scratch. I will probably replace it once I get some more because the wire for the clasp is just silver plated and it doesn't quite match. Here are some other pictures and close ups....the pictures don't do it justice, the crystals reflect the light a lot prettier in real life :)

What it looks like on my wrist, I think I might wear it to work tomorrow :)

Close up of the toggle clasp.

Close up of the Swarovski crystals.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Walking on crafty cloud nine!

In the middle of a raging blizzard yesterday I received an email that was a bright, sunny spot in an otherwise dreary day. I was invited to be a guest designer on my absolute FAVORITE online challenge, The Play Date Cafe.
There are awesome colour challenges every week, beautiful inspiration from the designers and a community of players that are top notch. If you haven't played along with them yet I encourage you do so, it ROCKS! I am tickled pink to be playing the "other" side with this group of talented ladies on March 10th, so be sure to come on over and play along :)

Hope you have a great crafting day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

PDCC66 with Sarah Anderson

Well, I have discovered this week that a messed up work week can wreak havoc on your precious crafting time! Usually I'm off on Tuesdays (which is the day I work on my challenges), but I ended up on a seven day stretch and found just enough time to squeeze in a card this evening after work for the Play Date Cafe challenge. This week's challenge was a colour splash using the colour purple! This is what the inspirational photo looks like:

I decided to pull out some of my Stampin' Up! stamps I haven't used in a while and in this case it was a set that I've had for months, but never inked yet (this appears to be a running trend for me...stockpiling, but never using lol). Here is what I came up with in my crunched crafty time:

 This card was very simple to make. I stamped a chair from the "Have A Seat" stamp set from Stampin' Up! in basic black, five times across the paper. On a separate piece, I stamped the chair in versamark and then embossed it in lilac powder. The lilac chair was cut out and popped up off the second last chair in the row. I mounted the chair images on black and then mounted that piece on another white piece done in a checkered texture. I stamped the sentiment on the textured piece and then wrapped the two opposite corners with black satin ribbon, adding a bow to the top right corner. The final step was adhering the whole card front to a black card base...easy peasy :)

One of a Kind Card (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamps: Have a Seat, One of a Kind
Ink: Basic Black,Versamark
Ribbon: Basic Black Satin
Embossing Powder: (Lilac) Whispers
Texture Plate: Checkered
Other: Pop dots, tacky tape

Thanks for looking and happy snow day!
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