Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Finally get to spill the beans!

Okay, so I'm DELIRIOUSLY excited that I can now tell you I'm a Girl Friday for the new challenge blog CAS-ual Fridays! I still can't believe I'm on a design team! We've got an awesome design team and superb coordinators (thank you Julie & Michele for this opportunity!)

The style is CAS, the challenges are going to be awesome and the prizes, oh the prizes! Not to mention the chance to be on our blog roll list as a V.I.P! Seriously, how fun is that eh? Be sure to drop by on May 6th for our first challenge, it's going to be a blast!

Here's a little card to leave you with ;)

Our design team so far consists of:

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you on May 6th!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PDCC78 with Julie Ranae

Did you see the colors for this week over at the Play Date Cafe? Love them! Check out the photo :)


Not only were the colors inspiring but so were the design team projects. I was really inspired by Jax's card with those horizontal lines of color and went with a spin off from hers and from a sketch in the Go-to-Sketches magazine from Paper Crafts.

 It's a card, but it can hold a gift card in the little pocket. This card was a snap! Scraps of cardstock with some texture, a little stitching, a fabric button and some yummy baker's twine. I wanted a "for you" sentiment, but nope, the only "for you" sentiment I own is a very itty bitty one. *Sigh* another stamp for my wish list :)

Gift Card Holder
Cardstock: (Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Naturals White) Stampin' Up!; (Phoenix Swiss Dot) Bazzill Basics
Ink: (Basic Black, Real Red) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Holiday Button Bits) Papertrey Ink
Embossing: (Checkered & Harlequin texture plates) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Pretty in Pink corduroy) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Maraschino, Baker's Twine) The Twinery 
Stickers: (Rhinestones) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Circle) Creative Memories
Other: foam mounts, white thread

Thanks for stopping and have a great day!

Monday, April 25, 2011

PTI April Blog Hop

 It's that time again! Time for another Papertrey Ink blog hop and this time the challenge is to make something dedicated to the boys and men in our lives. Having recently purchased some of the card templates from Papertrey Ink, I couldn't resist making a "Congrats on getting your license card". Here is what I came up with:

I must say this is one of the funner cards I've done in awhile, mainly because I got to doodle on it :) At first I was stumped trying to figure out what to do with the windows and then the idea of a little dude driving came to mind. I used a black marker to draw him and write the "beep, beep" words and then I used another marker to give his cheeks just a tad of color. For the antenna I twisted some black craft wire together and then used two die cut banners with the wire sandwiched in between using a foam mount. Finishing touches was some outlining and a button for a headlight :)

Congrats You Did It Card
Cardstock: (Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Signature Sentiments, Banner Builder) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Blush Blossom) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Custom Mix Vintage) Papertrey Ink
Template:(Car, Boys to Men) Papertrey Ink
Die Cut: (Banner) Papertrey Ink
Punch: (Circle) Creative Memories
Other: craft wire, foam mounts, thread, black marker

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the blog hop!

CAS with Splitcoast Stampers

It's another week and projects have been piling up all across my counter top. I haven't been able to share too many of them because most of them are for magazine calls. However, for this week I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the Spring 2011 team over at Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge this week is "rule of threes", and I will admit this one had me a little stumped. I know there are a couple of different views on the rule of threes, one of which involves embellishments being evenly spaced in a triangular formation to move the eye around a scrapbook page. There's also another version which is grouping in threes, whether it be pictures or design elements, so I went with the grouping of threes.

A simple Easter card that used a small card base and some regular white tags from a stationary store, stamped with some easter eggs of course. I used baker's twine to top of each tag before adhering to the card base. I had originally wanted a sentiment that went across all three tags, but it would of covered up too much of the images so I left the sentiment to the last tag.

Another simple Easter card I made this weekend was this one:

I went with a "minimal" stamping card because this ended up being my card to give out this year, so I wanted to make it as simple as possible for easy duplication. The cross was made by running crumb cake cardstock through a distressed impression plate in the Big Shot and then brayering a dark ink over top to give it a wood grain look. The hill was just ripped and then stamped with a dotted background in the same color. The sentiment was printed from the computer and stuck on with foam mounts.

Happy Easter Card
Cardstock: (Blushing Bride) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Easter Eggs) Close to My Heart; (A good egg) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Honeydew, Baker's Twine) The Twinery
Other: faux stitching tool, foam mounts

He is Risen Card
Cardstock: (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Itty Bitty Backgrounds) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Embossing: (Distressed texture plate) Stampin' Up!
Other: font, brayer, foam mounts
Thanks for stopping by and hope you had a beautiful Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Well I couldn't pass up a holiday to make a card...yes I actually made a card for Earth Day! I dug into my outta control scrap pile and found some Doodlebug Designs paper and cute cuts from the mother nature collection. Taking a page out of Jessica Witty's book, a 10 minute card it was...err maybe more like five :)

This card was sooo simple. I attached the cut out earth to a sheet of paper and ran it through my printer to get the sentiment on. A strip of trees paper was added to the bottom with some baker's twine wrapped around and a wooden button leaf tied on. The final touch was running my stitching tool around the edge of the card base.

Happy Earth Day Card
Cardstock: (Naturals White) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Designs
Cut out: (Earth, Mother Nature) Doodlebug Designs
Fiber: (Cappuccino Baker's Twine) The Twinery
 Button: (Wooden Leaf) H.A. Kidd and Company
Other: foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

GS #83 and Hero Arts April Challenge

Busted!! I combined two challenges again and did something very unusual for my card crafting style...I used PATTERNED paper! Whoo-hoo! (If you don't already know, I have a very hard time straying from just the cardstock). This week's sketch over at Get Sketchy looks like this:

I'm also entering my card in the masculine projects challenge over at the Hero Arts blog. Here is what I came up with:

Instead of stamping on this card I let the patterned paper be center stage and just added a simple sentiment with a button and of course some yummy baker's twine to top it off.

Happy Father's Day Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: (Fly a Kite & Thrift Shop Collections) October Afternoon, other paper unknown source
Button: (Custom Vintage Mix) Papertrey Ink
Fiber: (Cappuccino Baker's Twine) Twinery 
Stamp: (Father's Day Message) Hero Arts
Ink: (Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!

PDCC77 with Ruby 2 Shoes

Nice and airy and earthy colors this week over at the Play Date Cafe. Great inspirational photo, loving all that white, check it out!

Decided to switch it up this week and make something other than a card. I figured it was probably time to start working on my items I'll be selling in the summer through our Artisans of the Heart group, August is fast approaching! One of the little items I'll be selling this year are fridge magnets with some post-it notes for those quick "to do lists" or anything else that needs to be scribbled down in a hurry :) I'm also entering this in the home decor challenge over at Moxie Fab World.

I kept the project simple and used by Ippity stamps again (loving "The Simple Things" stamp set). My base is a chipboard coaster covered in Crumb Cake cardstock. I sanded the edges and applied some ink to the edges in the same color as the cardstock. Then using the "Dots for Sure" stamp by Ippity, I stamped it in Crumb Cake along the bottom half. Using white ink the flower was stamped and then embossed with white powder. A stamped sentiment, baker's twine and a button finish off the design. Final touch was half a stack of mint colored post-it notes. Two strips of heavy duty magnet tape are on the back so it has good sticking power, nothing worse than a magnet that falls off your fridge! :)

Coaster Fridge Magnet
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (The Simple Things, Dots for Sure) Ippity by Unity
Ink: (Basic Black, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Cappuccino, Baker's Twine) Twinery
Button: (Holiday Vintage Mix) Papertrey Ink
Stickers: (Pearls) Stampin' Up!
Embossing Powder: (Winter White) Stampin' Up!
Other: magnet tape, tacky tape, post-it notes, chipboard coaster

Thanks for having a peek!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Porch Play

Now who wouldn't love all the bold colors in this inspirational photograph?

All those bright colors against the white...STUNNING! I couldn't resist, so I just had to play along with the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger this week. I was inspired by the color scheme and went with a CAS grid card using the sketch from pg.124 in the Paper Crafts Go-to-Sketches magazine.

I felt the bright colors deserved a funky tree to go along with them and a simple sentiment to top it off.

Friend Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Crushed Curry) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (burberry tree) Unity Stamp Company; (framed) Papertrey Ink
Dye Ink: (Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Buttons: Papertrey Ink
Other: (square punch) Creative Memories, red thread

Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

PDCC76 with Sarah Anderson

I've done it again...I've combined two challenges. The Play Date Cafe challenge this week uses a bright color palette of bright green, bright blue and sky blue. Check out the awesome inspirational photo:

Also, over at Moxie Fab World there is a card sets challenge so I decided to combine the two! Seeing how I got a nice little package from a friend in the mail yesterday with my very own first sets (yes I said sets) of Ippity by Unity stamps I decided to give one of the sets a whirl for my project. This project is CAS and to my amazement, the cards ended up being one layer! Stamps and ink all the way and nothing more. Here is what the little box looks like that hosts my four cards and envelopes.

I didn't have template, so I made my own using my scor-pal. The top flap was punched with a scallop punch from Martha Stewart Crafts and the label punch is from Stampin' Up! I stamped the flower in soft sky and then punched out the label shape, adhered it to wild wasabi cardstock, cut it out and stamped the sentiment in black. I attached the top half of the label with tacky tape to the top flap and added some velcro to the bottom half so it would close. The bottom half of the box is randomly stamped with a spattered stamp in the color pacific point. A punched butterfly was the final touch. The box open looks like this:

For the cards I used naturals white cardstock and stamped one card with the flower in pacific point and another with soft sky. The third card has the leaf stamped in wild wasabi and on the fourth card I used the flower with all three colors. The sentiments are all the same on the cards.

I must say after using these stamps I think I'm in love with Ippity Stamps now lol and I can't wait to try out my other 3 sets :)

Simple Things Card Set
Cardstock: (Naturals White, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (The Simple Things) Ippity by Unity; (Background Basics, Just Believe) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi) Stampin' Up!; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Punches: (Scallop, Butterfly) Martha Stewart Crafts; (Label) Stampin' Up!
Other: scor-pal, velcro, tacky tape

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge #51 - Tangled Up

This week's challenge over at Wee Memories is all about the twine! You can use any kind of twine that suits your fancy :) Having just acquired some lovely Baker's Twine form the Twinery I just couldn't resist this challenge.

As soon as I looked at my new stamp set from Stampin' Up! (Sew Suite) I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my twine, so here's what I came up with:

I went with a CAS card this week and again, no sentiments in my stamp collection to go with my idea (my wish list of stamps this past few weeks has grown considerably). I used my trusty printer for the sentiment and would have printed it directly onto the card front except I already had my rulers glued on so it wouldn't feed through my printer properly :( I opted to just print on a separate sheet of cardstock and cut each word out in blocks. For the spools, I stamped the image on crumb cake cardstock, cut them out  and then wrapped the baker's twine around the spool. My original idea was to put sewing needles in each spool and then thread the twine through, but baker's twine is just too big for the needle eye so I used pins with a loop at the end instead.

Sew Sweet Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, So Saffron, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Sew Suite) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento; (Orchid Opulence, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Caribbean, Lilac, Pink Sorbet Baker's Twine) Twinery
Other: loop pins, computer font, foam mounts, glue dots

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PDCC75 with Julie Ranae

Time for another Play Date Cafe Challenge already! It seems like it was just Tuesday yesterday! This week over at the Play Date Cafe they've got a inspirational photo of one of my favorite board games...monopoly!

My card started off one way because I had the idea in my head, however when the idea translated to actual paper, well it just looked bleh! So I dug out my card sketches and used a sketch from the past Go-to-Sketches call from Paper Crafts and here is what I ended up with:

I think taking the photo of the card was actually harder then making it! All those scallop edges are turned upward and the flower is popped up, plus the sentiment, so my poor camera had a hard time keeping everything uniformly in focus, hence the reason why I have three different photos. I used a scallop punch from Martha Stewart Crafts and cut border strips of 1" in width and covered the entire card front. For the sentiment block I just cut a strip of Melon Mambo cardstock, cut the end like a banner, stamped the sentiment and then added silver dots around the edge with a gel pen. For the flower I used two different Stampin' Up! punches and punched the flowers using silver metal. I pierced a hole through the center of each one, put a brad through and then added a rhinestone sticker to the center. Here is a close up of the flower.

So Sweet of You Card
Cardstock: (Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up!
Stamp: (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Sticker: (Rhinestone) Bo Bunny
Punches: (5 petal flower, boho blossoms) Stampin' Up!; (scallop with 2 dots) Martha Stewart Crafts
Other: metal sheet, gel pen, foam mounts

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #3

I'm a CAS kinda gal and I love it when I find a way to make things even simpler. I love cardstock, I hoard cardstock, I have TOO much cardstock and the scrap pile is growing out of control. One of my new years resolutions was to whittle down this pile to something a little more manageable and tonight I just discovered another way to do just that. I had to really convince myself that I did not need to go out a buy the Bazzill cardstock equivalents for this challenge, that I could find a close enough match in my scrap pile.Here is what I came up with:

Those strips of cardstock are straight from my scrap pile and all I did to jazz them up a bit was run each strip through a different embossing folder using my Big Shot. Of course I was looking for a not-so-formal sentiment to go along with my geometric patterns, but alas there were none to be had in my stamp collection (bummer). So now that I finally got some colored ink for my printer, I made things even simpler and printed my own sentiment. You can find the card sketch I used for this card on page 109 of the Paper Crafts Go-to-Sketches magazine.

Hey There Card
Cardstock: (Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!; (Lily White) Bazzill Basics
Embossing Folders: (dots, geometric squares, geometric circles, swirls) Sizzix
Fonts: boys on mopeds, brock script
Other: (foam mounts) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Combined Challenges- ColourQ and Get Sketchy

Okay, so this is something very rare for me...combining challenges that is. I was all set to do the ColourQ challenge but wasn't up to designing my own layout so I used the Get Sketchy #81 one. So, the inspirational photo over at ColourQ looks like this:

Absolutely delicious! It took me a while to find some Early Espresso cardstock (I never seem to have enough of this colour) but I found enough to make my card. The sketch over at Get Sketchy this week looks like this:

I omitted that small circle because I just couldn't get it to work with my design (I'm going to pretend that my sentiment represents that mini circle lol)
Here is what I came up with:

I've been attempting to breathe life back into my old Stampin' Up! stamps, this particular one is from 2003! For the scalloped sides I used a Martha Stewart punch and inked the edges with Early Espresso ink. The main panel has the image stamped repeatedly in Early Espresso and the edges are inked as well. I ran the circle through the dots embossing folder for some texture, except only two rows of dots ended up showing! For the main image I stamped it using Early Espresso and then added Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery to the flowers with my markers. One of the vases is popped up using foam dots.

Thinking of You Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Simply Sweet, Silhouette Sentiments) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette) Stampin' Up!
Embossing: (Dots) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Scallop with two dots) Martha Stewart Crafts
Other: foam mounts, sponge

Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Farm Fresh

Well the Tuesday Triggers over at Moxie Fab World this past month have been really inspiring and when I saw this Farm Fresh one, I just had to play along.

When I first saw the photograph, a stamp image that I purchased recently immediately came to mind. The "Kitchen Silhouettes" by Hero Arts reminded me of crockery that you might see in a farm kitchen :) I ended up making two cards because I liked the stamp so much the first time around. For both cards I was inspired by the color scheme and the clothesline. If I had any mini wooden clothespins, I would have incorporated them too lol. Here is card number one.

Ironically, I needed a card for a grocery/kitchen wedding shower and figured this would do nicely. I kept the design clean because I wanted the focus to be on the stamped image. For the second card, I came across a package of canvas artist trading cards and decided to try out the stamp image on one.

I liked how the color became muted when stamped on the canvas. I kept the design of this card simple too and made the stamped canvas piece my focal point with the sentiment stamped right over the background image. Finishing touch was some twine and a button :)

 For You Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Dusty Durango) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Kitchen Silhouettes) Hero Arts; (Happy Moments) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Blue Bayou) Stampin' Up!; (Antique Linen) Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Punches: (Large Oval, Small Oval) Stampin' Up!
Other: twine, eyelets, foam mounts

Happy Hellos Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Dusty Durango) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Kitchen Silhouettes) Hero Arts; (Lots of Thoughts) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Blue Bayou) Stampin' Up!; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other Paper: (Canvas ATC) Inkssentials by Ranger
Button: (Holiday Vintage Mix) Papertrey Ink
Other: twine, foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty weekend!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge #49

I finally had a chance to play in the Saturday Challenge over at Wee Memories this week (albeit last minute lol) and the challenge is anything goes. So I decided to try out a new technique I saw a couple of weeks over at the Hero Arts Blog using the layered stamped background technique. You can see a tutorial for it here. This card took me most of the day, but it was a fun process.

I didn't realize until after I finished the card that I actually used a Hero Arts definition stamp. This particular stamp was one of the very first stamps that made it into my stamp collection. Usually I go into detail about how I made the card, but there were waaay too many steps and I don't want to bore you to death lol, but I'll leave the card recipe as usual :)

Life is Art Card
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: (Art, Life & Beauty) Hero Arts; (Weave) Magenta; (Just Believe) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Broken China,Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain) Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Versamark
Embossing Powder: (Winter White) Stampin' Up!
Other: button, thread, computer font

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
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