Friday, September 30, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #22 - Loopy or Tabbed?

I loved everyone's creations for the monochromatic challenge last week! This week your challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays involves ribbon!

We want to see your Clean and Simple projects that use ribbon in an innovative way with either loops or tabs, sorry no bows!
Our sponsor this week is Ribbon Carousel and they supplied the Girl Fridays with some of their yummy ribbon!

I will admit that I didn't read the instructions for the challenge properly when I made my project and had a big, fat bow on it. I nixed the bow and tweaked the project a bit and came up with a loop. After I had finished I was thinking I should have made the card in the shape of a witch's neck and made the focal part as her necklace. Here's my Hallowe'en themed card:

The Girl Fridays can't wait to see what you come up with for ribbon ideas! Stop by the break room, have a peek at the design team samples and then play along with us this week :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tha Play Date Cafe Challenge #101

*If you're looking for the Market Street Stamps September Release, please scroll down*

 Well we hit a milestone last week with challenge number 100 over at the Play Date Cafe and now we're moving right along to #101! The color story this week has me thinking of antiques with its wonderful rich palette of colors using wine, smudge, leather and parchment. Check out the color story:

Our sponsor this week is Paper & Such, so be sure to stop by the Cafe to see what you can win!

One of the colors this week is leather and even though I didn't have the exact shade shown in the color story, I used an actual piece of leather on my project this week. Here is what I came up with:

  I had the design of this card all mapped out in my head and then I got stuck on the sentiment. My sentiment is a referral to the main stamp image being the music, hence my favorite sound. To make the main panel, I first brayered distress ink in the color antique linen onto a piece of white cardstock going from the top and bottom so the middle was left lighter. Then I stamped the music background with the same color over top. I inked the edges with the same color and ripped the bottom portion of the panel to give it that distressed look. The flower was die cut from a piece of leather and topped off with a vintage brad center.

The design team has some beautiful projects to share, so be sure to pop over to have a quick peek in the Cafe and we would love to have you play along with us as well!

Favorite Sound Card
Cardstock: (Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Basic Gray) Stmapin' Up!
Specialty Paper: Leather
Stamps: (Vintage Music, Simple Joys) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Antique Linen) Tim Holtz Distress Ink; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Brad: (Vintage Collection) Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Market Street Stamps September Release

Have you seen the FABULOUS stamp reveals so far over at Market Street Stamps??!! Tonight is the last night of stamp reveals before they all go on sale tomorrow night at 7pm central. Market Street Stamps is showcasing "Comfort Foods" tonight and what a sweet and fun set this is! I made a card that has a double use.

The card holds a recipe in the pocket and notice that sweet little pumpkin pie piece? It's a magnet so you can attach your recipe to your fridge or just use the magnet as is. There I go with my fridge ideas again lol.

I stamped the pie piece on chipboard and cut it out as the base and then paper pieced over top of it. A small piece of magnetic tape was stuck to the back. The brown circle on the card hides another piece of magnetic tape so the pie piece stays in place until you pull it off, neat eh?

Be sure to stop over to the Market Street Stamps blog to see what the other designers have made and remember all the stamp sets you've seen this week go on SALE  tomorrow (Sept.29th) at 7pm central time AND for ONE WHOLE WEEK after that, new sets are 15% off individually or 25% off if you buy that month's bundle (all sets in the release).
Pie Recipe Card
Cardstock: (Pumpkin Pie, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Comfort Foods) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Ribbon: (Pumpkin Pie) Stampin' Up!
Other: chipboard, magnetic tape, foam mounts, computer font

Friday, September 23, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #21 - Mostly Monochromatic

Another week has flown by and here were are again for another CAS-ual Fridays challenge! For this week you'll have to dig out your monochromatic colors for your Clean and Simple projects.

The challenge is to use three monochromatic shades of your choice of color PLUS Chocolate Brown!

Our sponsor this week is Stampotique Originals and they supplied the Girl Fridays with some product to play with.

I received "Daniel's Hearts" and "Thinking of You" to play with. With my image being hearts, my monochromatic color choice was a no or red. I had more shades of pink with my inks so I went that route. Here is what I came up with:

I started off by brayering my three shades of pink ink onto a piece of cardstock. After that dried, I stamped the hearts and sentiment in chocolate brown and sponged the pink panel with brown ink. I tied some chocolate brown ribbon around the panel and then mounted it to a chocolate brown card base.

The Girl Fridays would love you to play along with us this week, so be sure to pop on over to the break room, have a peek and play along!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge #100

Wow is this ever exciting! The 100th challenge for the Play Date Cafe! Our color story coordinator Jaclyn Miller has a gorgeous fall palette for you this week, check it out:

Our sponsor this week is Lawn Fawn and they were very kind in letting us pick a stamp set to play with to give you some inspiration!

For my card I used the "Bake me a Cake" set, but in a different way. I couldn't picture an orange, yellow or green cake so I went with a graphic design instead and made a background using the smaller images from the set.

I started with a kraft card base and then repeated a pattern using the squiggles and swirl dot and star with the PDCC colors. For the sentiment section I glued cardstock strips of the three colors and then cut it using a label die. The sentiment was stamped in black and then I used the smaller squiggles for brackets. Once I glued this on the card base, I punched a hole through the end of the label and card base and tied a piece of hemp twine around the section. Finishing touch was a little sponge inking around the edges with some green.

The PDCC designers have some great examples for you and we would love to have you play along with us this week in this milestone challenge!

Happy Birthday Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Bake me a cake) Lawn Fawn
Ink: (More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke) Stampin' Up!; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Label Die: Papertrey Ink
Fiber: (Hemp Twine) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at the Cafe!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Market Fresh Sketch Challenge

It's that time of month again, time for the latest sketch challenge over at the Market Street Stamps blog today!
Check out the sketch for this month:

I was in a Christmas mood, so I decided to make a card using the stamp set Joyful Snowman. Here is what I came up with:

 We would love to have you play along this month, so be sure to stop by the Market Street Stamps blog to check out what the designers have for inspiration for you and then play along!
Thanks for stopping in and having a peek!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Vertical Sketch Challenge with Moxie Fab World

There were four sketch challenges in celebration of  the new magazine Card Ideas for Paper Crafters by Paper Crafts over at Moxie Fab World. I would have loved to have played all four of them, but I had to pick one because that's all I had time for :) I went with the vertical sketch challenge because this is one of the sketches I had an idea for when the call for this magazine was out, but I never got around to it. Here is what the sketch looks like:

The first thing that popped in my head when I saw this sketch several months ago was icicles! I wasn't sure how I was going to put that idea onto paper until I looked at the products I won from a recent Paper Crafts Color Inspiration challenge. Here is what I created:

 As soon as I saw the sentiment "Baby it's cold outside", the song automatically popped into my head! I went with a CAS card with minimal layers. I first stamped the Vintage Music background stamp by Market Street Stamps on the card base and then stamped random snowflakes in the same color on a white piece and adhered that to the card base. The icicles were the fun part! To make them, I took a piece of acetate and drew an icicle design using crystal effects. Then I covered the design with two colors of minty green glitter and let it dry. Then I just cut out the icicle shape and stuck it over the top edge of the snowflake section using glue dots. Final touches were a stamped sentiment and some inking on the card edges. Here is a close up of the sparkly icicles:

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the fab entries over at Moxie Fab World, there are a ton of great ideas!

Baby it's Cold
Cardstock: (Aqua Mist) Papertrey Ink; (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Vintage Music) Market Street Stamps; (Wonderland) Dear Lizzy + American Crafts; (Branch Out) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento; (Sage Shadow) Stampin' Up!
Glitter: (Aquamarine) Martha Stewart Crafts; (Mint) Stampendous
Other: acetate, crystal effects, glue dots

Friday, September 16, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #20 - Mini Cards

Well I loved looking at everyone's fall masterpieces last week and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the next CAS-ual Fridays challenge!

We want to see your amazing clean and simple creations in MINIATURE size! Anything 4x4 or smaller!

Our sponsor this week is Annabelle Stamps! Be sure to stop on over at CAS-ual Fridays to check out the prize package! 

 For this week, I was in the mood for music, felt and a different language, so here is what I came up with for my mini 4 x 4 cards:

I had so much fun playing with felt the other week I had to give it another go with some dies! There is a slew of great inspirational ideas from the Girl Fridays this week and we would love to have you play along with us!

Merci Mini Cards
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Vintage Music) Market Street Stamps; (Think Big Favorites #3) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Crumb Cake, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Felt: (Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink 
Die: (Flower Fusion) Papertrey Ink
Buttons: (White & Cream, Ocean Tides Vintage Mix) Papertrey Ink
Punch: (Bird) Stampin' Up!
Other: distressing tool, sponge, thread

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in the break room!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge #99 - A little fairy told me you make life Sparkle!

It's Thursday! Which means another challenge over at the Play Date Cafe starts today. Check out the lovely colors for the story board this week featuring lavender, soft yellow and white.

Our sponsor this week is Paper Makeup Stamps. They provided the design team with some lovely images to get you inspired.

Stacy Rodriguez joins our design crew this week and she's cooked up a fab layout to share. Welcome Stacy! Be sure to stop by the Play Date Cafe to see what the rest of the design team was created and we'd love for you to play along with us this week :)

For my card this week I got to play with a sweet fairy image and corresponding sentiment. I have been collecting copic markers for awhile, but don't really know how to use them properly yet. I gave coloring a try with this image and the next time a copic class rolls around I definitely want to take part! I didn't have quite the shade of purple I was looking for either...more violet than lavender, guess my next copic color I'll be getting is lavender!

 I actually did some paper piecing with this image (it was a tad time consuming). I first stamped the fairy a few times on white and colored each image using copic markers. Then I stamped the fairy on my card base and colored in the image on that piece. I picked which parts I liked of the fairy best (based on coloring) and cut out sections and popped them up off the card base stamped image. Her dress, head and shoes are the sections that are popped up. For her wings I stamped the image on vellum, cut them out and glued them onto the main image. Some stickles were added to her sparkler and wings. I stamped the sentiment in black and then went back over the word sparkle with a purple copic marker. For a finishing touch I gave the fairy some movement with some black movement lines and a trail.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at the Cafe!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall Fun for Fridges

Today I'm sharing a project with you that I like to make a lot...I will admit I'm a little obsessed with projects I can stick to my fridge :) So here's my fall themed, magnetic post-it-note holder made with a chipboard coaster.

These are sooo easy to make and you can make any theme you can think of! I first covered the chipboard coaster with kraft cardstock and then stamped Cane background 3/4 of the way up, leaving just enough space at the top to stamp a sentiment. The most time consuming part was the paper pieced flowers. I stamped the flowers from the Autumn Wishes set once on orange cardstock and once on red cardstock and again on brown cardstock. The flowers were cut out and assembled and then I took coordinating marker colors and went back over the flowers to add some depth to the images. The stems were stamped on green cardstock, cut out and shaded with a marker as well. To line the pieces up properly, I stamped the image on my coaster and then glued the pieces over top, popping up the front flower with a foam dot. The edges of the coaster were sanded and inked and the top post-it-note of the stack was inked as well. Using tacky tape, I adhered the post-it-note stack to the coaster. I stamped the sentiment in the blank space using a red color and added a twine bow to the stems with a glue dot. For a finishing touch , I added dots with a marker to extend the design into the sentiment space and on the post-it-note. Add four pieces of magnetic tape to the back and you're all set!

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed the project!

Autumn Greetings Magnetic Post-it-Holder
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Early Espressp) SU!
Stamps: (Autumn Greetings, Cane) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake) SU!
Fiber: (Hemp Twine) SU!
Other: chipboard coaster, foam dots, post-it-notes

Friday, September 9, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #19 - Falling to Pieces

It's the most wonderful time of the year, well almost...fall is just around the corner! I don't know about you, but I love fall! All the bright colors of the turning leaves, pumpkins, corn...anything to do with fall. The challenge this week over at CAS-ual Fridays is called...

...which means we want to see your Clean and Simple, fall themed, paper pieced masterpieces! Yup, paper piecing!

Our sponsor this week is ScraPerfect!

We also have a girl temping with the Girl Fridays this week...a HUGE welcome to Stacy Rodriguez :)

For my card this week I dug out a favorite stamp set of mine that reminds me of a sampler quilt or wall hanging and paper pieced all the pretty fall items, love those pumpkins :)

The Girl Fridays and Stacy have some great inspiration pieces for you to to take a peek at over at CAS-ual Fridays, so be sure to stop over and play along :) 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

PDCC #98 - Fond Farewell

I just recently came aboard the Play Date Cafe design team and I'm sad to say that two of our ladies are leaving, Libby Hickson and Tracey Kuzniak. As a player over this past year, I loved their inspirational projects and when I landed on the team I was looking forward to getting to know them better. I wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavors, whatever their path may be. We will miss you both!

The color story for this week is such a lovely color combo of teal, mustard and navy, check it out:

Our sponsor this week is DRS Designs and they were super generous and supplied us with stamps for our projects! Sooo many yummy stamps to pick from, I urge you to stop by their website and check out the great selection :)

 I made a simple CAS card for this week using one of the sketches from the latest Card Ideas for Paper Crafters magazine.

I wanted to stamp my image tone on tone, but I wanted my strips to being varying colors, so to solve this problem I cut 4 strips in different lengths of all three colors to begin with. Then I laid out the strips in each color and then stamped the image across all four strips. When I assembled the card, I just inserted a different color strip along the color pattern because the images all matched up (not sure if this makes sense, so if I'm confusing anyone I apologize lol)

The rest of the Play Date Cafe design team has some beautiful inspiration for you to see and I hope you all get a chance to play along this week with this amazing color palette :)

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in the Cafe!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #8

After being away for the long weekend, I got back and realized tonight was the deadline for Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #8. I LOVE color challenges, so I just had to whip up something for this one. The colors are by Bazzill and consist of Beetle Black, Lily White, Breaker Bay and Shamrock.

The only color I had in Bazzill was Breaker Bay so I had to use Stampin' Up! colors for the rest of them. I pulled out some of my new stamps (well new to me) from Papertrey Ink and my new fave background from Market Street Stamps, "Cane", to do a little stamp kissing.  Here is what I came up with:

I used a sketch from the latest Cards Ideas for Paper Crafters by Paper Crafts magazine and went from there. The flower die is from PTI and I layered the three sizes together and sewed a button on for the center. Using Fillable Frames #1 stamp set from PTI, I stamped the tag border in garden green and then stamped the sentiment inside with black. After gluing the frame to the card front I added two black brads to the right hand corners of the frame. For the leaves, I inked up the large single leaves from Modern Basics and "kissed" the Cane background on them before stamping. The leaves were cut out and tucked beneath the flower. For the final touch I sprayed some blue ink over the card base.

Hello Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!; (Breaker Bay) Bazzill Basics
Stamps: (Modern Basics, Fillable Frames #1) Papertrey Ink; (Cane) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Basic Black, Night of Navy, Garden Green) Stampin' Up!
Brads: (Black) Making Memories
Die: (Beautiful Blooms II #1) Papertrey Ink
Button: Stampin' Up!
Other: Color spritzer, foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!

Friday, September 2, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #18 - What's Black & White & Read all over?

In celebration of International Literacy Day, we have a fun challenge for you this week at CAS-ual Fridays!
The challenge is to create a Clean and Simple project based on a book and use the colors black, white and red. You can use any type of book, children's books, fiction, non-fiction, whatever suits your fancy. We would ask if you could please include the book for your inspiration in your photo title when you're uploading to the gallery :)

Our sponsor this week is Paper and Such, so be sure to drop by the CAS-ual Fridays blog to check out what you can win!

 My absolute, all time favorite book is Alice in Wonderland! There are sooooo many things you could make based on this book, but with red, black and white I figured something to do with the Queen of Hearts would be very fitting.

 For this card I used mostly my computer to make it. I took a bunch of excerpts from the book and typed them in a block. Then I added a shape to the text to kind of grunge out/fade away the edges (it's hard to tell because after I cut it out I decided to distress the edges). Then I placed a large "Q" over top the text box and then printed it out on white cardstock. After trimming it down and mounting it on a layer of black and red, I then cut out a red felt heart and added it to the center. It was a super quick and easy card :) 

The Girl Fridays have some fabulous projects for you to see and I can't wait to see what everyone does with this challenge, so many possibilities! :)

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at the break room!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #97 - Color Splash

Another fab challenge this week at the Play Date Cafe and it's one of my faves...color splash! Check out the gorgeous color story photo:

This week's sponsor is TradeFish Designs with another fab prize to win. 

TradeFish Designs supplied the DT girls with some product to play with and I got to play with the set "Outta this World" from their August release. It was my first set of spacey themed stamps and I had blast! :)

I stamped the stars using versamark and then heat embossed them with white powder. For the little alien spaceship, I stamped it on red cardstock and then went back over certain areas with a red copic marker to give it some depth. Small highlights were added using a white gel pen. For the sentiment, I stamped it first and then drew a explosion bubble around it using a black marker and cut it out. For a bit of emphasis on the word 'world' I colored over it with the red copic marker.

There's an array of inspirational pieces for everyone to look at over at the Play Date Cafe, so be sure to drop by and play along! Can't wait to see what everyone does with this color splash!

Thanks for stopping by!

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