Sunday, May 29, 2011

Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #5

As soon as this Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #5 went up I had this idea in my head and just HAD to make it into a card. Here is what I came up with:


 Originally I was going to have a row of houses in silhouette with a "welcome to the neighborhood" sentiment, but the houses I thought would look good from one of my cricut cartridges just wasn't cutting it for me. So I dug out my trusty pencil and sketched a cityscape and then tried to cut it out as straight as I could :) My sunrise idea had me stumped until I stumbled on this great stamp from Market Street Stamps and it worked perfectly. A few die cut clouds with a bit of sunrise color sponged on the bottoms and a simple sentiment printed off were the finishing touches, oh, and a black button for good measure.

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie


Friday, May 27, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #4 - Graduation

Da dee dee da da dum...yup I have Pomp and Circumstance stuck in my head now :) This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is all about that milestone...graduation.



I was blown away as to how many entries there were in last week's challenge and I hope you all come back this week, I LOVE looking at all your creations!
Market Street Stamps is our sponsor this week and that means another awesome prize to be won!



Here is my little tidbit of inspiration and I must say this was the hardest card to come up with for a starting point. I'd say graduation cards are the ones I make the least and I was having a hard time finding any graduation products in my stash.


I pulled out every "congratulations" stamp I owned and stamped every one of them on a piece of white cardstock. I was originally going to just stick with the color combo of black/white/gray, but I accidentally sprayed some hot pink ink from another project onto my text panel, so I ended up spraying the whole thing and then adding some pink cardstock. The final touch was popping up one of the sentiments and adding a grad cap button I found.

We'd love to see your clean and simple grad creations over at CAS-ual Fridays this week and you should see what the other Girl Fridays have come up with to inspire you! Since June is right around the corner, this would be the perfect time to make your graduation cards for all those awesome grads! :) 

Thanks for stopping by and can't wait to see all your creativity!
Julie






Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PDCC82 with Ruby 2 Shoes

I've been having a brain block today when it comes to making cards. Too the point that I had to go for a jog so I could think up some card ideas!
Over at the Play Date Cafe there is a beautiful, soft color palette this week and it was just screaming at me to do something a wee bit different. Take a peek at the great inspirational photo...



I wanted something masculine because I rarely do masculine cards and I really wanted to ink up a Stampin' Up! set that hasn't seen the any ink yet, so here is what I came up with:


 You'll have to excuse the poor photo...no natural light left to take a pic and my camera and fluorescent lights don't seem to like each other :) I originally was going to use Jessica Witty's sketch from the Go-to-Sketches magazine on pg. 133, but somehow those eight circles turned into a square grid pattern going down the side. To acheive this, I just stamped my acrylic blocks on my ink pads and stamped them on the card base in different directions. Then I stamped the travel images in Really Rust going down the edge over top. I always admire card markers that can pull off that collage-y look in one area and this is what I intended, but it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it too. I would have preferred to have my "Live every Moment" rub-on directly on the card base, but alas I wasn't thinking clearly and rubbed it on a different sheet of cardstock! lol (oh well). In short, I think I still pulled off my CAS style, but with a little twist by "attempting" the collage-y look.

Live every Moment Card
(all supplies Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Sentimental Journey
Ink: Soft Sky, So Saffron, Really Rust
Rub-ons: Anchored
Button: So Saffron
Fiber: Linen thread
Tools: (corner rounder, circle punch) Creative Memories

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a terrific week!
Julie






Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challange #57 - Stamp It!

This week over at Wee Memories, the challenge is a stamped creation. I love stamping so this was right up my alley. My poor Stampin' Up! sets have been neglected lately, so I decided to pull out an old favorite and get it inky. Here is what I came up with:


 For this card I masked off a section with post-it notes and stamped the tree image in chocolate chip. I then went back over the image with my early espresso marker to add in some darker details. The sky and grass were sponged in with ink and I went for the attempt of creating fall leaves on my trees by adding dots with my markers.


Fall Trees Hello Card
 Cardstock: (Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Naturals White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Lovely as a Tree) Stampin' Up!; (Little Bitty Bird) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, More Mustard) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Cappuccino, Baker's Twine) The Twinery
Button: (More Mustard) Stampin' Up!
Punches: (Round Tab) Stampin' Up!; (Corner Rounder) Creative Memories
Texture Plate: (Distressed) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Julie

Other: sponges





Friday, May 20, 2011

Bling it On! CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #3

Another AMAZING week for creations over at CAS-ual Fridays! You crafters ROCK! Speaking of rocks...the shiny kind of course, that's exactly what this week's challenge is all about, BRINGIN' THE BLING!!



We have another great sponsor for this week, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker and that means another fabby prize to win, oh, and don't forget those swanky badges you can win too with a chance to be part of the exclusive T.G.I.F Club or a V.I.P!


 Here's my little piece of inspiration this week. I was in a monochromatic mood with my fave color and blinged up this yummy color with some rhinestones. A girl can never have too many rhinestones :)



So what are you waiting for??!! Come on over and show off your bling at CAS-ual Fridays this week! The Girl Fridays would LOVE to have a peek at what you've created :)

Celebrate Card
Cardstock: (Aqua Mist) Papertrey Ink; ( Tahitian Princess, White) Bazzill Basics
Stickers: (Rhinestones) Stampin' Up!
Stamp: (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up!
Flowers: (Teal; Fairytale Roses) Prima
Tools: (Oval Cutter, Corner Rounder) Creative Memories
Other: (foam mounts) EK Sucess

Thanks for taking a peek and hope you have a very blingful day!

Julie





Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CARDS challenge - All Pink

Ever have one of those card making sessions where nothing seems to go right and you begin to wonder why you even started making it??!! I had hemmed and hawed about trying the "all pink" challenge because frankly I don't own much in my card making supplies that is pink. I had an idea in my head and that didn't work, then I had another, scratched that...finally I ended up with SOMETHING pink!


I discovered 4 things while making this card:
1. I really don't like pink
2. I should stick to the style of card making I know
3. It's sometimes good to get mad at your stamping boo-boos because sometimes they turn into something kinda funky lol.
4. And last but not least...avoid using ribbon with trippy patterns

Yeah so pink by itself, over everything, meh...I guess I like pink in moderation and mixed in with other colors. My first intent when I started making the card was "okay, the chance to step out of my style box and make something soft and vintagy with soft pink colors". HA! I tried, but my hands just starting going for the CAS things lol. Oh and the stamping boo-boos. You see that funky pattern on the bottom part of my card? THAT believe it or not is the "Dots for Sure" stamp by Ippity. I intended to have a strip of dots across the bottom, but of course the stamp wouldn't go the whole length of my cardstock, so I had to stamp it twice. Needless to say I couldn't get it lined up right so the pattern was uniform (even with my stamp-a-ma-jig) and not lined up stamping in my world, is a no-no because it will drive me NuTs (one of my quirks I guess). Anyways, by the time I had ruined 5 sheets of cardstock, in a stamping rage, I flipped the stamp the other way and stamped back over it in anger lol...and that's what I ended up with. Not a lined up pattern, but funky enough that the missing dots don't bother me. Finally...THAT ribbon....if someone had of been in my art room when I was attaching that ribbon, they would have thought I'd lost my marbles! I had to keep measuring the width of the ribbon because I swear it kept getting wider as I stuck it down, but alas it was just an optical illusion due to the trippy pattern...phew :)

 Well that's my challenge story and I'm glad I did it because I wouldn't have discovered those four things if I had of passed it up :)

Pink Friend Card
Cardstock: (Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo) SU!
Stamps: (Dots for Sure) Ippity; (I Love Hearts) SU!
Ink: (Melon Mambo) SU!
Ribbon: (Girl Friday) Cosmo Cricket (hehe a ribbon with my DT name)
Chipboard: (Heart) SU!
Rhinestones: SU! (colored with a pink copic marker)
Other: foam mounts
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great crafty day :)
Julie


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PDCC81 with Sarah Anderson

Almost missed the deadline on the challange this week over at the Play Date Cafe. I'm going to blame on my brilliant idea of hand stitching! Here is what the lovely color combo is for this week:



I wanted to to do CAS, but with a little elegance, so here is what I came up with:


  My pleated ribbon would have been fine as it was without the stitching because it was tacky taped, but I had it in my head that it needed some silver going through it to balance it out. That's when my ribbon line ended up crooked lol, it's really hard to push a wee little needle through a couple layers of ribbon, tacky tape and two layers of cardstock, I have the bent needle to prove it! :) I was so happy to use 95% Stampin' Up! product because my SU stuff is getting outta control! Here is a close up of the part that got cut off in the first picture.



Butterfly Thanks Card
Cardstock: (Rich Razzleberry, Kiwi Kiss) Stampin' Up!; (Metallic Silver) unknown source
Punches: (Butterfly) Stampin' Up!; (Scallop Border) Martha Stewart Crafts
Embossing: (Flourish Texture Plate) Stampin' Up!; (Dots Embossing Folder) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Kiwi Kiss) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Rich Razzleberry; Satin) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Kiwi Kiss; Corduroy) Stampin' Up!
Stickers: (Rhinestones) Stampin' Up!
Rub-On: (Chit Chat) Stampin' Up!
Other: metallic thread, glue dots

Thanks for peeking at my creation and have a great day!
Julie













Friday, May 13, 2011

CFC#2 - Buttons and Twine

Well it's Friday again and time for another awesome challenge! I was absolutely blown away by all the amazing creations last week and I hope you all come back again to play this week :) This week's challenge is all about...


 Yup it's all about the buttons and twine this week at CAS-ual Fridays! So dig out your button and twine stash and have some fun! 

Our sponsor this week is DeNami Design,
and what a yummy prize package you can win!


Here is my little card of inspiration using some of the yummy buttons from DeNami Designs and some baker's twine.


Another super simple card. Make some buttons into flowers, use the twine for stems and add some leaves. For the bottom portion I chose colors that matched my buttons, made one strip embossed with dots and punched another strip in a scallop border. Then I just tied some more twine around the whole thing and adhered the strips to the card base using pop dots.

 You should see what the other Girl Fridays have waiting for you over at the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog, absolutely inspiring! We'd love to have you play along with us at CAS-ual Fridays this week! I can't wait to see all your awesome creations for this challenge ;)


You Make Me Smile
Cardstock: (Bazzill White) Bazzill Basics; (Brillant Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Buttons: DeNami Design
Twine: (Honeydew, Pink Sorbet) The Twinery
Punches: (Scallop border) Martha Stewart Crafts; (leaves, 2 step bird punch) Stampin' Up!
Other: foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome Friday!





Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CARDS Challenge Blog - Fabric Flowers

It has been a while since I've tried one of the challenges over at the CARDS blog and the challenge this week was fabric flowers, which piqued my interest, so I gave it a whirl. They have a great tutorial to show you how to make a simple fabric flower, which you can find here. These flowers are super easy to make and sooooo much fun! Here is what I came up with :


I was still feeling "texty" from the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week and decided on a "hello" half panel for my card. It took me forever to figure out how to get friend in there somewhere because I really didn't want to stamp anything else in my white space on the top half of the card. My sentiment was inspired by this card over at xiumaiyuki's blog. I really liked the way her text and sentiment were stamp layered.My text background was too busy for the simple friend word, so I inked a block of color on first before stamping the word over top with black. Here's a close up of the fabric flower:


 Hello Friend Card
Cardstock: (Stamper's select white) Papertrey Ink; (Riding Hood Red) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Hello Pattern) Hero Arts; (Framed) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Riding Hood Red, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Buttons: (Spring Mix) Papertrey Ink; (Salt Air) Cosmo Cricket
Punch: (Lace Scallop) Stampin' Up!; (Corner Rounder) Creative Memories
Stickers: (Rhinestones) Stampin' Up!
Other: white thread, foam mounts

Thanks for for stopping by and hope the sun is shining where you are!





Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PDCC80 with Ruby 2 Shoes

I absolutely love the color palette over at the Play Date Cafe this week! Two bright and bold colors with a nice crisp white...check out the inspirational photo.


 Kim Hughes is the guest designer this week so I just HAD to dig out my Paper Smooches stamps.
Ever since my "Boob Tubes" set came in the mail I've been dying to try out, so I went with a fun and CAS card this week :)


I stamped the little sparkle stamp on my two colors of cardstock first and then stamped the television over top. The televisions are cut out including the screens. I stamped the antennas and the faces right on the white card base and then popped the televisions up using foam mounts. To achieve the girly face, I drew in  hooded eyelids, colored them in and then added eyelashes. For the mouth, I stamped the top half of the little heart and then drew in the bottom lip. A little bit of ink was sponged on for her cheeks and I colored her lips in with the bright red. For the sentiment I just stamped it towards the bottom of the card base and then took my black marker and drew a squiggly border with loops around the edge.

You Turn Me On Card
Cardstock: (Stamper's selcet white) Papertrey Ink; (Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Boob Tubes) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Basic Black, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade) Stampin' Up!
Other: foam mounts, black marker

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!





Friday, May 6, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays 1st Challenge!!



 ARE...YOU...READY??!! I know this Girl Friday sure is! May 6th has finally arrived and it's time to let the fun begin! For our first challenge at CAS-ual Fridays you get to show us your uber, awesome texting skills (not the cell phone kind hehe). Use stamps, embellishments, patterned paper...ANYTHING as long as you keep it CAS and there's text in it :)


The winner will receive a very cool badge to display proudly on their blog AND a great prize from our sponsor this week, Crop Stop!



And here's my little card for inspiration this week...very simple :)


 I found some text paper and used a chair die to cut out the shape. Then I stamped over top to add some color (the text paper was neutral). I wanted the chair and sentiment to be the center focal point, so I used a blank, neutral card base and let all the chair do the talking :)

You should see what the other Girl Fridays have come up with, TONS of great ideas! Come on over and have a peek. We'd love to have you play along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Chair-ish You Card
Cardstock: (Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: text paper from scrap pile
Stamps: (On my Couch) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Die: (Chair) Papertrey Ink
Other: foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have fun with the first challenge!








Monday, May 2, 2011

Sweet Cherries

It's been a week of firsts for me. First time coloring with a red copic marker, first time getting a non-card project accepted to Paper Crafts and now...the first time I've ever used a digital stamp! I ended up with a few digital stamps after I wandered over to the Wee Memories blog on Saturday :) The Scrappy Saturday challenge #54 this week is all about paper piecing and their sponsor this week is Tiffany Doodles


 I realize I could have used any of my stamps to make a paper piecing, but I wanted to try out some digital ones, so I went shopping at Tiffany Doodles. The cherries stamp ended up being one of my faves, so here is what I made with it:


I was even able to use up some of my old Stampin' Up! DSP that's been kicking around (this makes me really happy, you should SEE my dp scrap pile, it's actually getting kinda scary lol). For the branch and leaves I used some scraps of patterned paper from my non-Stampin' Up! stash and the cherries are the print found on the back of the cherry paper. The cherries image was cut out using a mega scallop punch and then I inked the edges with red ink and outlined the circle and the cherries image with a blue copic marker. The sentiment is a rub-on from Stampin' Up! (a really old one I found in my sentiment stash). And what project wouldn't be complete without a little baker's twine!

So Sweet Card
Cardstock: (Bashful Blue) Stampin' Up!; (White) Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! and scraps
Digi Stamp: (Cherries) Tiffany Doodles
Ink: (Real Red) Stampin' Up!
Punches: (scallop) Marvy Uchida; (scallop and hole border) Martha Stewart Crafts; (Corner Rounder) Creative Memories
Rub-on: Stampin' Up!
Marker: ( B91, Pale Grayish Blue) Copic Sketch

Thanks for looking and hop you have a sweet day!


Fiber: (Maraschino, baker's twine) The Twinery


Sunday, May 1, 2011

PDCC79 with Sarah Anderson

Two bright colors + one neutral color = one very hip color combo. Check out the funky pillow picture over at the Play Date Cafe this week.


 An item that arrived in the mail this week was the deciding factor in what I was going to make for this challenge. The inspirational item was the cute l'il tomato from the Paper Smooches "Vegtastic" stamp set. Having just expanded my copic marker collection to include some reds, I decided to give some coloring a try. Let's just say I think I need to take some copic classes so I can learn to use them properly :) Six tomatoes later, I was finally satisfied with the coloring (you should see the other five, yikes!). I kept the design simple because, well, CAS is what I like best.




Ketchup Card
Cardstock: (Basic Gray) Stampin' Up!; (Maraschino Swiss Dot) Bazzill Basics
Stamps: (Vegtastic) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Fiber: (Lime Green Grosgrain) Denami Design; (Maraschino Baker's Twine) The Twinery
Button: (Clear Green) Denami Design
Markers: (YG05, R46, R89) Copic Sketch 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop over to the Play Date Cafe to either play along or look at all the other fabby projects!












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