Friday, July 29, 2011

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge #13 - The long and short of it

So it looks like we all had fun with the rub-on and sticker challenge last week at CAS-ual Fridays, let's see how you make out with our next challenge. I will wholeheartedly admit I had some trouble with this challenge, but once I got an idea it went quite smoothly :) So here it is...

For this challenge you need to make a CAS card that is 4" x 9". You can have your card horizontally or vertically, whichever way is comfortable for you.

Our sponsor this week is Lawn Fawn with a awesome prize package up for grabs!


The Girl Fridays received some Lawn Fawn to play with for this challenge and this was my very first Lawn Fawn stamp set and I love it! Here is what I made using the On the Mend set...

The little kleenex boxes were stamped first, cut out and glued to my card base. Then I stamped the kleenex on white, cut them out and popped them up with a foam dot. For the background I just stamped the get well soon sentiment repeatedly in Crumb Cake and then stamped the sentiment once in black.

 The Girl Fridays can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge, so stop on over at CAS-ual Fridays, have a peek at the inspiration and then load up creations!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Julie

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's a new day

Yesterday was a day of firsts for me. I bought my first set of Nestabilities. I made TWO cards using patterned paper, okay maybe that was a bit of a lie. (Okay, looking back at my cards I guess I have made a few with patterned paper, but they were all with bright patterned paper colors, so this will be my first SOFT color patterned paper card lol. Long story short, I just don't use patterned paper a lot, I always seem to go for the plain ol' cardstock!)  And I submitted one to a call I've never submitted to before. Phew! That was a different day. I've discovered one thing when it comes to making cards with patterned paper...it takes me twice as long to make a card! lol I can't share the one I submitted, but I'll share the other one that I made using scraps from the first card.
Are you ready? Here it is...


I had such a hard time picking the patterns and the whole time I was deciding, I was thinking do these colors go? Do these patterns jive? I was looking for a common color to pull everything together and the reddish pink was in most of the pieces. I figured the pink piece with the polka dots was a "hue" of the reddish color...well that's what I'm going with lol. All the papers are from the October Afternoon's 5 & Dime collection. This is one ca-ute collection! I picked up some of everything that was available in the store in this collection because I liked it all :) I particularly like the chip board pieces which is what the rose is, here is a close up...



Hello Girlfriend Card
Cardstock: (Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: (5 & Dime) October Afternoon
Chipboard Sticker: (5 & Dime) October Afternoon
Stamp: (hello girlfriend) Unity KOM October 2010
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (retired)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my card!
Julie

Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire Challenge #10

As I was out surfing around blog land this evening looking for some inspiration, I came across this challenge over at Papertrey Ink...Stamp-faire Challenge #10. Okay, so I missed the first 9, but I thought I would give this one a whirl. I'm not completely sure if I followed the directions properly, but here is is:


 I don't have any PTI background stamps, so I used a stamp from the "Delightful Doilies" set and made it into a background. Then I randomly stamped the birds and bird cage from "Love Birds" as the focal part, well kinda focal because I ended up stamping the bird cage just as much as the other stamp so it sort of became one big background panel lol. Oh well, I'll know better next time around :) 


Beat of my Heart Card
Cardstock: (Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Delightful Doilies, Love Birds) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Vintage Spring Mix) Papertrey Ink
Other: foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie



Sunday, July 24, 2011

Color Splashing with the Play Date Cafe #91

This week over at the Play Date Cafe it's another color splash, which means black and white and your choice of ONE added color. Check out the yummy color story picture...


For my splash of color I went with red. I dug out my Gone' Campin' set that I bought from Market Street Stamps and inked up the cute little marshmallows. I couldn't decide which stamp set to ink up at first because I had bought 4 sets, but my friend Stephanie Washburn helped me decide and she used the same set for the Play Date Cafe Challenge too lol. Here's what I came up with:


 I went CAS as usual and wrote my own sentiment. I was stuck on this sentiment that I used for another project and felt it suited these two as well. Here is a close up of the marshmallows:


Stuck on You Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!; (Phoenix) Swiss Dot Bazzill Basics
Stamps: (Gone Campin') Market Street Stamps
 Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Embossing Folder: (Dots) Stampin' Up!
Other: Black pen, foam dots

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great start to your week!
Julie



Friday, July 22, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #12 - Here's the rub

Loads of yummy cards to look at last week! I broke down and bought a tub of ice cream because seeing all that ice cream gave me a craving :) This week at CAS-ual Fridays, we have another super fun challenge for you to try in CAS style...

It's all about rub-ons or stickers! I LOVE rub-ons, but tend to be more of a collector than a user (I have a whole binder full of them). However, one of my goals for this year is to use more of them and they are starting to dwindle down a tad.

Our sponsor for this week is EAD Designs, which means a fabby prize to win. Stop on over to their shop and check out the AMAZING selection of goodies.



The Girl Fridays were supplied with some goodies to play with from our sponsor and here is what I came up with using the Polaroid Frames rub-ons :)


I also made matching tags to the congrats card using the mini Polaroid Frames rub-ons and the the images from the stick people Wordsworth stamp.




Here is another card I made using the camera from the Polaroid Frames rub-ons set. What can I say I loved the rub-ons :)




We would love for you to stop by CAS-ual Fridays and play along us! The Girl Fridays love looking at what you create each week, so much inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see your artwork hangin' in the gallery this week!
Julie






Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PDCC90 and a little artsy flashback

Pretty soon I'll be playing the Play Date Cafe challenges from the other side, as the new Private Blend Designer, so I'm savoring these last few weeks as player and this week's color story is so pretty, check it out...
I first intended to do a scrapbook layout, but the thinking process was taking too long so I switched over to a card. I didn't feel like digging out a bunch of supplies and none of my stamps were speaking to me, so I dug out my trusty pilot fineliner pen and drew my design. Here is what I came up with:
Here is a close up of the tree and birdhouse...

I couldn't find the exact colors, particularly the fuschia, so I settled for Stampin' Up! colors in Peach Parfait, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant. I drew the tree top and cut it out and then drew the trunk on the white and attached the top with foam dots. The birdhouse was drawn, cut out and adhered using foam dots as well. The sentiment was hand written and I added some stitches around the edge. The card base was embossed using a circle folder with my Big Shot machine. 
I really enjoyed designing my image and had forgotten how relaxing sketching can be, which I used to do a lot of. I was digging through one of my old sketch books and came across a couple of my favorites from high school. Here's a peek of what I did artsy wise in my teenage years...
 This is a view from Halifax overlooking the Halifax harbor minus all the city buildings. The scenery looked better without the buildings lol.
 
If I remember correctly this one was a lesson from art class using a "how to" book.

Well that's all I have for today, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie


Friday, July 15, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #11 - Sweets & Treats

Well, I must say I was absolutely blown away by all the creativity with the shaped cards challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays last week. I do believe shaped cards will be something I'll be trying again, it was fun! But wait! There's more fun to be had this week with our newest challenge...


Yup, Sweets & Treats! Endless possibilities for this challenge in a fabby clean and simple style, can't get much better than that, oh, but it can...check out our sponsor for this week...PSA Essentials and what's even better? The prize package is worth $100, so be sure to pop over to CAS-ual Fridays to check it out!



When I first thought of this challenge, ice cream automatically came to mind, but then when I found out that National Lollipop Day was July 20th, which just happens to be this week, I had to go with a lollipop. So here's my little lollipop made out of yummy baker's twine :)

 
And here is a close up of my lollipop made with baker's twine:


For this card, I just cut a circle with sticky adhesive on it and wound the twine around until I got to the center. For the stick I used a small wooden dowel and painted it white and finished it off with a pretty pink bow. I had originally wanted to wrap my lolly in clear plastic and tie it off with a bow, but the plastic didn't photograph very well, so I nixed it.

The Girl Fridays have a whole bunch of yummy eye candy to look at, so come on over to CAS-ual Fridays, have a peek around and play along with us. We'd love to see you yummy creations in the gallery this week!

Lollipop Card
Cardstock: (Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Pink Sorbet baker's twine) The Twinery
Ribbon: Denami Design
Stamps: (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Basic Black, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Other: wooden dowel, white paint, foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at CAS-ual Fridays!
 Julie


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 3 - Neutral Palette

It's the third week of Summer Card Camp and I will admit I was a little hesitant with making a card for the color combo this week. Loads of neutrals with a pop of red.


I don't usually work with so many neutrals at once, but when I saw the technique video for this week "finger inking", I had to give it a try. I love how my embossed panel turned out...the rest of the card, meh. I discovered one thing while making this card, even though Staz On is supposed to go over top pretty much anything, white embossing...not so much. I had wanted to use another technique from this week with alpha stickers, but I had none of those! So I consider this card a trial and error. I like the technique, just gotta work on the layout and the little details :) Oh and photographing a neutral color card with a neutral background and surface, not such a good idea either! lol




Thank You Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!; Watercolor Paper
Stamp: (leaf cluster) Hero Arts; (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Fire Brick Red) Tim Holtz Distress; (Jet Black) Staz On
Pearls: Close to my Heart
  Embossing Powder: (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Other: embossing folder, cricut, paper distresser

Thanks for stopping y and have a great day!
Julie


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

PDCC89- A soft color palette

Another fun challenge at the Play Date Cafe this week with another beautiful color story...very soft colors. Check it out:


 I instantly thought of a sympathy card when I saw these colors and tried to match as close as possible, but that taupe was throwing me for a loop. The two colors I had closest to it were close to cocoa and creamy caramel, I probably should have went with the lighter of the two, so mine's a bit more brown than taupe :) Here's what I came up with:


 And a close up:


I dug out some retired Stampin' Up! colors to make this card and my new Hero Arts stamp "Leaf Cluster" that I bought the other day. A simple card all the way. Stamp the image, use a blower and a marker to add a spritz of color over the image, stamp sentiment, adhere to layers of cardstock, attach ribbon loop with button and then mount the entire panel on the card base with foam mounts.

Praying for You
Cardstock: (Sage Shadow, Barely Banana, Close to Cocoa) Stampin' Up!
Stamp: (Leaf Cluster) Hero Arts; (Thoughts and Prayers) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Vintage Spring Mix) Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: (Sage Shadow grosgrain) Stampin' Up!
Other: thread, foam mounts
Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie



Monday, July 11, 2011

Big news that I FINALLY get to share!

I am soooo EXCITED that I finally get to share this with everyone!! I've been sitting on this tidbit of news for a couple months...I'm going to be the next Private Blend Designer for the Play Date Cafe!! Whoo-hooo! 

 
I've been playing the Play Date Challenges regularly since the summer of 2010 and have maybe missed 4 weeks of playing the challenges. What can I say, I love color and their color stories are phenomenal. Another bonus is the group of ladies I will be working with, some of which I already work with. I'm really looking forward to getting to see everyone's creations each week and being to able to share some creativity with you as well :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge

Do you love to stamp? I know I sure do. Over at Moxie Fab World there is a stamping challenge in celebration of the new Paper Crafts Stamp It! Cards magazine. It is a MUST have for sure!


I've been really diggin' patterns lately, in particular argyle patterns.A few of my latest cards have featured argyle patterns using the banner dies from Papertrey Ink. I really like this technique and figured why not give it a try using the "Banner Builders" stamp set from Papertey Ink. I was still on a roll with the latest color combo from Summer Card Camp 2011, so I used the color palette from week 2 for my card.



 Here's a close up of the star:


I began by stamping the diamonds for the argyle print in two different colors and two different patterns. Once those were all stamped and aligned as straight as my eye could see (lol ), I stamped the stars and then a small circle around each one. For the last part of my pattern I took a ruler and drew the intersecting lines with a marker. A sentiment printed on vellum was attached over crimped red cardstock using black brads and the finishing touch was a stamped star, cut using my cricut machine.


Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie





Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 2 and Giveaway

We just finished up week 2 of Summer Card Camp 2011 and I must say I really liked the color combo this week, check it out:
 I started off making one card, whcih led to another and then another...by the time I was done I ended up with five cards using this color combo, five cards that I will be giving away as a set. To be eligible for the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment by Tuesday, July 12th, 8pm EST and I'll randomly pick a winner and post the winner on Wednesday.

Congratulations teachermom aka Carol! You've won the card giveaway!!
Let's have a closer look at the the five cards. I'll start with the first one I made, "hello".
 A super easy card which required 5 punched cardstock circles, some letter rub-ons and some yummy baker's twine. The next card I made, I decided to so some stamping and used the same layout as my CAS-ual Fridays Krafts-men challenge card.
 I stamped three different images in matching ink colors to the cardstock and then mounted the panel over some strips. The sentiment is a rub-on. This card got me thinking about panels going down the card front and I incorporated an idea I used for my week 1 card for Summer Card Camp. I just switched up the circles for stars to get a "Way to Go" theme.
 This card features strips of cardstock with matching punched stars over top and a sentiment from the Paper Smooches sentiment sampler. This card had me thinking of narrowing strips going in a different direction which led me to this "Happy Birthday" card.
 I cut 1/2" strips and then glued them to a separate panel, cut the excess ends off and mounted it on the card base with foam mounts. The sentiment is a rub-on. For my final card, I was still thinking of strips of cardstock, but opted for some squares instead.


For this " i love you card", I used my cricut to cut a heart shape out and used the negative to overlay the red square. Final touches were a handwritten sentiment and some stitches with a black pen.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Julie















Stamp It! Cards: Volume 8

Have you seen the latest Paper Crafts Stamp It! Cards : Volume 8?


 It took forever to get my hands on a copy of this magazine, but I finally did and I'm sooo happy to own one. There are a TON of cards in this issue and lots of great ideas and I'll confess, that's not the only reason I wanted a copy...three of my cards are in here and I'll share with you my favorite one. For the most part my style is CAS, but sometimes I like to do something a little different and that's exactly what I did with my "Hallowe'en Crows" card. Not sure exactly what the style is, but I like it :)


 Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great crafty weekend!

Julie






Friday, July 8, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #10 - Shaped Cards

Phew! Judging was hard this week, there were sooo many fantastic entries for the CAS-ual Fridays Krafts-men challenge that I would have picked them all :) This week's challenge is a really fun challenge...SHAPED CARDS! Whoo-hoo!


Our sponsor this week is Paper Smooches . Not only do they carry shaped card templates, but their stamp line is uber fun and cute too... and designed by the very talented Kim Hughes! A great prize to be won again this week, so be sure to hop on over to CAS-ual Fridays and check it out.


For my little inspirational piece I worked with one of the newer card templates from Paper Smooches, the popsicle. As soon as I saw this template I had an idea "stuck" in my head and here is what I came up with:

This card was so simple and I love how their little faces turned out. I printed my template on Melon Mambo and cut it out. Then I added crumb cake cardstock for the popsicle sticks. I used my scor-pal to score a line down the center to make it look like the division in a popsicle and then I inked all the edges and the center line with Melon Mambo ink. The faces were drawn on with a black marker and the highlights were drawn on with a white gel pen. For the sentiment I used the font SNF Goody by Kim Hughes, printed it out and cut the words individually. The word "stuck" is popped up using foam dots.

The Girl Fridays have some uber cool shaped card designs for you to check out, so be sure to pop over to have a peek and play along! We'd love to see your creations hanging in the gallery at CAS-ual Fridays and you never know...maybe YOU will be the next member of the T.G.I.F. club :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy crafty day!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Accordion Paper Flowers

The newest card challenge over at the CREATE: blog was to make a card with paper accordion flowers. I've seen these cute flowers/medallions popping up everywhere and decided to give them a whirl. Here is what I came up with:


 I made mine a tad differently than the regular ones by punching one of my edges with a scallop punch first before I made the accordion folds. I found a great tutorial on You Tube that I can't seem to find again. I used double sided paper to make my flower from the October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" Collection. The center is just a punched circle glued over top to keep the flower in place. I added some coordinating strips of paper and cardstock along the card front, using the scallop border for the bottom piece and adding some pearls to it. The stem and leaf are hand stitched using brown thread and the sentiment is a stamp from the set " A Little Buggy" by Ippity, stamped in the color Ruby Red from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I missed making a card for Canada Day, but I did manage to whip together one for the 4th of July using the latest color palette from the Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge number six. The color combo features bazzill red, sea water, lily white and beetle black. I was able to match most of the colors, but couldn't quite get the exact tone of blue for the sea water. Here is what I came up with: 



I've become addicted to making harlequin/argyle patterns with my Papertrey Ink banner builder dies, so fun! After I made the pattern I ran some cardtsock through my crimper and punched small stars from it. Finishing touch was a sentiment stamped on vellum, attached using black brads.

Celebrate Card
Cardstock: (Bazzill Red, blue color) Bazzill Basics; (whisper white) Stampin' Up!
Vellum: (Stampin' Up!)
Brads: (black) Stampin' Up!
Stamp:( Celebrate Everything) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Jet Black) Staz On
Punch: (Star) Stampin' Up!
Die: (Banner Builder) Papertrey Ink

Thanks for stopping by and Happy 4th of July my American friends!
Julie





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