Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fabulous Felt Challenge with Moxie Fab World

I've been hoarding the stuff...felt that is, for a couple of months now and have never used it on any projects. I have about six different colors from the Papertrey Ink line and it's so pretty that I've been afraid to cut it up lol. A couple of week's ago I used it for the first time on some tags. I never showed the tags online so I figured I'd link them up to the Fabulous Felt Challenge for my first felt post (I figure I'll be trying something else very shortly).


I used a combination of the fruit fusion PTI dies and stamp sets to create these tags along with some Stampin' Up! ribbon and a stamp from Ippity (white dots). You still have to Monday, September 5th to play along with the Fabulous Felt Challenge. I urge you to play along, it's a fantastic challenge and there are so many different things you can do with felt :)

Fruit Tags
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake , Pear Pizazz, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!; (Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Fruit Fusion; Pear, Apple, Watermelon, Berry) PTI; (Dots for Sure) Ippity
Ink: (Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Felt: (Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse) PTI
Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
Dies: (Fruit Fusion; Pear, Apple, Watermelon, Berry) PTI
Punch: (Scalloped Circle) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Market Street Stamps Block Party

You've seen the stamps, now we just have to wait...for them to arrive in our mail that is! While you're waiting, why don't you make something using your Market Street Stamps and load it up over at our Block Party!


One random winner will be selected to win a prize package of yummy stamps and accessories and ONE person will be chosen to guest design with the Market Street Design Team for a WHOLE month! What are you waiting for? Come on over and join the party! Here is the card I made for the block party featuring the Autumn Wishes set...I LOVE that pumpkin!


 And a close up of the pumpkin:


Thankful Card
Cardstock: (Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Autumn Wishes) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler) Stampin' Up!
Other: craft wire, foam mounts


Thanks for stopping by and hope you join the party!

Friday, August 26, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #17 - Luck o' Irish!

Well, you've done the "rub" challenge, how about we try the "stick" challenge?


The challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays is all about STICKERS!!! I'm sure everyone can play along with this challenge because everyone must have stickers in their stash :) So let's see your fab clean and simple projects using stickers!

Our sponsor this week is SRM Stickers who gave the Girl Fridays some product to play with. I have never used their stickers until now, but I can assure you they are fab! Nice and see through so your edges blend right into your projects. Be sure to stop by CAS-ual Fridays to check out the prize package.



I had a couple tries at this challenge because I don't usually work with stickers and I found my initial ideas were too un-CAS, so I started from scratch and went with just using one of their sweet sayings or words in this case.


I found a clover pattern on the internet and used that to make my pattern. After I cut the clover out of kraft cardstock I popped it off a green piece so the green would show through. I used a black marker to make the dots around the clover edge and cut a white strip to put my word sticker on and glued it across the front.

The Girl Fridays can't wait to see what everyone makes with their stickers, so be sure to stop over at CAS-ual Fridays and have a peek around and then play along!

Lucky Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!; (Leapfrog, Lily White) Bazzill Basics
Sticker: (Lucky) SRM Stickers
Other: foam mounts, black marker

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie

Thursday, August 25, 2011

PDCC96 - A litttle matchbook

Hope everyone enjoyed last week's color story! This week's color story over at the Play Date Cafe is absolutely beautiful with the colors mint, ivory and coral. Check out the lovely story board Jaclyn has put together.


Our sponsor this week is Market Street Stamps! Whoo-hoo! Their stamps are ph-e-n-o-m-e-n-al and they stamp beautifully! I also design for the Market Street Stamps Design team so I was uber excited about this week :) Come check out the fab prize you can win this week too!


I seem to be in a non-card phase lately and decided to make a matchbook post it note holder. Angelica from Market Street Stamps was very kind and gave the PDCC designers some product to play with (thank you Angelica!) and I chose the stamp set "So Happy". 


A close up of the flower:


I used ivory cardstock as my base and then stamped the flower in blushing bride and sage shadow. The stem color and leaves wasn't minty enough for me so I went back over these areas with embroidery floss in a mintier color. For the flower itself, I stamped it again on ivory, cut it out, stitched a button on the center and then popped it off the original flower. Here is what the inside looks like:


The other Play Date Cafe designers have some great projects to give you some inspiration, so be sure to stop over and check it out, and we would love to have you play along!
Matchbook Post it Note Holder
Cardstock: (Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Stamp: (So Happy) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Blushing bride, Sage Shadow) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Vintage Spring Mix) Papertrey Ink
Other: embroidery floss, thread, post it notes

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Market Street Stamps - August Sneak Peek

Are you ready to feast your eyes on the latest Market Street Stamps that will be available very soon? Today I get to show you a little sneak peek of a fun set called "For All it's Worth". Think milk, farm fresh, cows and uber cute! Here is my project I made using the cute little cow from this really fun set.


I love making 3D projects next to cards so I found a mini milk bottle, filled it with Milkfuls candy and topped it off with a little tag:) If you look close at the kraft colored circle, you will see the "Cane" background stamp that was featured earlier in the week over at the Market Street Stamps blog. Here is a close up of the tag:


Hope you enjoyed my little project and be sure to pop over to the Market Street blog to check out the rest of the sneak peeks from the design team!

For You Milk Bottle
Cardstock: (Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (For all it's Worth, Cane Background) Market Street Stamps - available tomorrow at 7pm central time
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento 
Fiber: (Hemp twine) Stampin' Up!
Color Media: Copic markers
Other: circle punch, paper piercer, foam mounts

Friday, August 19, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #16 - Embossing

A brand new challenge for you to try this week at CAS-ual Fridays...embossing!

 You can use dry or wet embossing or both! Endless possibilities with embossing for your clean and simple cards.

 Our sponsor this week is The Stamps of Life, who were very kind to give the Girl Fridays some product to play with. Check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see just what you can win this week.


I'm a coffee girl, technically I shouldn't drink coffee because it gives me heartburn, but I LOVE coffee, so I just had to pick the coffee4two stamp set to play with. Here is what I came up with:


I used a simple dots embossing folder for the holder on my coffee cup and the background panel. The cup is paper pieced together. Here is a close up:



Looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this challenge, so be sure to stop over at CAS-ual Fridays and play along :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Julie

Thursday, August 18, 2011

PDCC95 - Ribbon Bookmarks

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE looking at all the creations over at the Play Date Cafe each week? I'll say it again...WOW! So many different ideas! This week we have a lovely color story for you that has the colors navy, bubblegum and leaf green. Check out the fabulous inspirational photo:


Our sponsor this week is Avocado Arts and what a terrific line of stamps they have! Be sure to check out the fab prize over at the Play Date Cafe.


I decided to make something other than a card this week and I have been busy making items for a craft fair, ribbon bookmarks in particular, so I made one with the Play Date Cafe colors.

Here is a close up of the main image:


These bookmarks are super easy to make. All you need is some ribbon, a bookplate, two brads, some cardstock and a stamp image and the possibilities are endless!

The Play Date Cafe designers have some great inspiration to get you going and we would love to have you play along with us this week!
Ribbon Bookmark (all supplies Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: naturals white
Stamp: Happy Harmony
Ink: Regal Rose, Pear Pizazz
Ribbon: Night of Navy (satin and grosgrain)
Other: Bookplate (hodgepodge hardware)

Thanks for stopping by and see you over at the cafe!
Julie

Friday, August 12, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #15

Did everyone have a great time last week getting messy with their glitter and glue dots? Lots of creative ideas last week! This week at CAS-ual Fridays we're teaming up with Clean & Simple Stamping, which entails a lovely sketch.


The challenge is to make a clean and simple card using the above sketch.

Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps.


AND we have a someone temping with the Girl Fridays this week...Angeline Yong. Welcome Angeline!

For my card this week a went very CAS and made a one layer card with just three items; cardstock, stamps and ink (well I used my brayer, but I guess that doesn't really count as a material).


I blocked off a section of my card base with post it notes and then brayered the color Baja Breeze down the strip. With the post it notes still in place, I stamped the floral image in Not Quite Navy. After removing my masks I stamped the sentiment using Basic Black and voila! a finished card :)


Be sure to stop by the CAS-ual Fridays blog to check out all the contest details, prize package and all the great inspirational pieces the Girl Fridays have to show you. We'd love to have you play along this week and I'm sure Clean & Simple Stamping would love to have you play along with them too!

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie

Floral Thank You
Cardstock: (naturals white) Stampin' Up!
Stamp: (Just Believe) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Tools: brayer, post it notes


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge #94 with Practicing Creativity Designs

Wow! There were so many beautiful entreies in the gallery last week, I had a blast at looking at all the creations. This week color story at The Play Date Cafe is such a nice rich palette, featuring the colors Fudge, Goldenrod and Teal. Check out the inspirational photo:



This week's sponsor is Practicing Creativity Designs! They have a beautiful selection of stamps that I urge you to check out, love them :)



The Play Date Cafe designers received some product to play with and I got to use the Nature's Wonders stamp set. Here is a CAS sympathy card I came up with:


This was a really easy card to make. I found cardstock in the three colors and stamped one of the silhouette images on each strip in coordinating ink. Then I glued them in a row on my white card base, leaving just enough room to stamp the word sympathy at the bottom in the color early espresso. The smaller sentiment was stamped directly above in the color not quite navy.

We would love to have you play along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week. The other Play Date Cafe designers have some great inspirational pieces for you to look at in an array of styles!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day :)
Julie

With Deepest Sympathy
Cardstock: (Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Nature's Wonders) Practicing Creativity Designs
Ink: (Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Every Camper Should Have

Hello everyone! It's my first post as a design team member for Market Street Stamps *insert squeal* :) Today's project I have to share with you is a non-card project for all you campers out there. If you bring this on your camping trip and nothing else you'll be a-okay! Well, not really lol, but it would make a great little gift :) I've used my current fave set, 'Gone Campin' to make a camper's survival kit. Here's a pic of the project in its entirety:
I had this idea rolling around in my head ever since I bought this set and couldn't wait to get working on it, I think it will make a great little gift for some camper friends. I started off with a galvanized bucket from the dollar store, my original intention was to stamp the images on the bucket, but I couldn't get a food stamp transfer onto the bucket . So, I made a title panel to stick to it instead. Here is a close up of the panel:


 I took some kraft color cardstock and ran it through my printer to get the title and then stamped the images from the 'Gone Campin' set over top. I paper pieced the fire image just to give the panel some color and then mounted it on an orange and red mat. A good couple of strips of tacky tape fastened the panel to the bucket.
For the goodies inside the bucket, I made tags for each bag to match what was inside each bag. Here is the campfire bag:


Some newspaper and matches to get that campfire started (you could add some kindling to the bag just in case there may not be any dry wood around). For the tag I used the same font as the title panel and ran the tag through my printer. Then I stamped the fire image in black and paper pieced the fire and logs over top. A black marker was used to make a dotted border around the edge. Finishing touches were an eyelet and some baker's twine to attach the tag.
Next up is the 'bug be gone' bag which has some bug spray and mosquito coils:

As annoying as mosquitoes are, this little guy from the Gone Campin' set is uber cute! I used the same method for the other tags, except when I paper pieced this one together I used some vellum for his wings.

The best bag out of the whole kit would definitely be this one! A staple food for every camper...s'mores!


Some big marshmallows, a hershey milk bar and graham crackers make up this bag with the marshmallow duo adorning the tag.

And last but not least...the one thing you can never have enough of when camping:

Yup, toilet paper. I paper pieced the trailer image for this tag in a simple blue color with a pink heart window.
Be sure to hop on over to the Market Street Stamps Blog and catch up on all the great ideas and tutorials!
Hope you enjoyed the project today, it was great be able to share it with you!

 Camping Survival Kit
Cardstock: (crumb cake, marina mist, whisper white, certainly celery, only orange, early espresso, pink pirouette, basic gray) Stampin' Up!
Specialty paper: (vellum) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Gone Campin') Market Street Stamps
Ink: (basic black) Stampin' Up!
Eyelets: unknown source
Fiber: (Baker's Twine) The Twinery
Font: (SNF Goody, Kim Hughes) Scrap n' Fonts
Other: galvanized bucket

Monday, August 8, 2011

Moxie Fab World Challenge - Fanatical about Botanical

I had the Fanatical about Botanical Challenge over at Moxie fab World in the back of my mind since I first heard about it and like most things, I forgot about it until last night when my friend and teammate Karolyn Loncon posted on her blog about it. Of course knowing I wouldn't get a chance to make anything the next day, I found myself up until 2am last night making a card just for this challenge (once I get an idea stuck in my head I can't stop until it's done lol). I went with earthy tones for my card and stuck my toes out of my comfort zone a smidgen, just enough to try a little collage-y look , yet still tried to keep it somewhat CAS. Here is what I came up with:


I was quite pleased with the result. I'm usually a straight lines kinda gal, but this time I bent the rules a little and went a little crooked with my sentiment...well...I made the letters go up and down lol. I started with a card base in a nice rich brown and stamped skeleton leaves in the same color randomly over the background. For the next layer I cut some thin cork using my very first set of nestabilities, boy are those things ever slick! Here's a more side view of the card to show the depth:


For the top layer, I started off with a piece of patterned paper from the Botanical Gazette series from Stampin' Up! and used the next size down of the labels eight die to cut the shape. Then using Tim Holtz distress ink in peeled paint, I stamped a floral image from Stampin' Up's Just Believe set over top. If you look close you can also see some butterflies stamped lightly in the color antique linen as well. The edges were inked using an ink pad the same color as the card base. Here is a close up of the stamped image:


On the bottom half of the panel I wrapped linen thread numerous times and finsihed it off with a button matching in color to the card base. For the sentiment, I used a label maker and cut each letter individually apart and then stuck them down in an alternating up and down pattern. 


The panel was attached to the cork piece using foam mounts.
This was such a fun challenge and I urge you to pop on over to Moxie Fab World and check out all the great entries, there are so many fabulous ideas and if you have time, play along!

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie

Botany Thank You Card 
(all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Early Espresso
Patterned Paper: Botanical Gazette
Specialty Paper: Cork
Stamps: (Just Believe, Autumn) Stampin' Up!; (Butterfly) Martha Stewart Crafts
Fiber: Linen thread
Ink: (Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!; (Peeled Paint, Antique Linen) Tim Holtz Distress
Button: Early Espresso
Other: Foam Mounts

Friday, August 5, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #14 - Glitzy Glue Dots

Week after week I continue to be blown away by all the amazing creations that end up in the CAS-ual Fridays gallery! This week's challenge is an awesome challenge. I'm sure everyone has these as a main staple in their craft supplies, but have you ever thought of making them the 'stars' of your project? Well that's exactly what you have to do for this challenge, let those glitzy glue dots sparkle and shine!


So your challenge using Glue Dots is too use them with GLITTER!! Fun and messy :)
Our sponsor this week is none other than Glue Dots themselves and there's a fab prize to be won that you should definitely check out.


The Girl Fridays were supplied with some Glue Dots from our sponsor and you should SEE all the awesome ideas that everyone came up with. Here is what I came up with:


I originally was going to do a funky background, but I was getting them stuck more on me than my project, so I switched gears and went a little more simple with flower centers and leaves. I used large Glue Dots for the big flowers and mini Glue Dots for the small flowers. For the leaves I used large Glue Dots, covered them in green glitter and then cut them into a leaf shape, very easy and glitter sticks very well to the Glue Dots. Here is a close up of the flowers:


The Girl Fridays can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge, so pop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog, have a peek at the inspiration and then dig out your glue dots and glitter and get glitzy!

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek!
Julie

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge #93 - A little slice of summer

The day has finally arrived when I can post from the 'other' side of the Play Date Cafe inspiration board. These past few months have been fantastic in regards to creative opportunities and I am completely awed by the amount of talent within each design team I'm on. Someone is always getting some kind of recognition, it's amazing! Well that's my little blurb, now let's move onto the fabby color story by our wonderful Color Story Coordintator, Jaclyn Miller.


Aren't these colors fab?? Don't they just scream summer?

Our fab sponsor this week is Pink Persimmon and one of our PDC designers, Denise January just so happens to be on their design team! A fab prize to be won, so be sure to check out all the details over at the Play Date Cafe.


Here is what I came up with for inspiration for this week...the watermelon really inspired me and at first I thought I didn't have anything remotely close to that citrus-y-green color, but alas I found a wee bit of cardstock in my scrap pile and made myself a watermelon! I even dug out rub-on letters that have been siting in a drawer since 2002! lol


I started off with a simple, square card base and added my layers. The red layer is stamped with a background stamp of dots in the same color as the cardstock. The 'hi" is chipboard letters painted with distress paint in the color picket white and the word 'sweetness' is some white rub-ons from Making Memories.
The funnest part of the card making process was that sweet little slice of watermelon and it is uber simple to make. All I did was cut a circle of pink and a circle of citrus-green slightly bigger than the pink. Then I just cut the circle in half and added three mini black brads for seeds. Here is a close up of the watermelon slice:


Now that you've seen my take on the challenge, I want to see YOURS! So hop on over to the Play Date Cafe and join in the fun, we'd love to see your amazing creations hanging in the gallery this week :)

Hi Sweetness Card
Cardstock: (Groovy Guava, Poppy Parade) Stampin' Up!; Doodlebug Designs
Stamp: (Itty Bitty Backgrounds) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Poppy Parade) Stampin' Up!
Chipboard: Maya Road
Paint: (Picket Fence) Tim Holtz Distress
Rub-On: (Simply Stated) Making Memories
Brads: (mini black) Making Memories

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you over at the Play Date Cafe!
Julie



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Market Street Stamps Color Cue Challenge #5

What a day over at the MSS blog yesterday! I'm so excited to be working with so many talented ladies, the next six months is going to be a blast! August has arrived, and with it so has the latest Color Cue Challenge!


Lots of amazing inspiration for you to check out here and we would love to have you play along with us! The stamp set you can win this time is Hippie Chick. Plus if you're looking for a great time to expand your MSS collection, now would be the perfect opportunity, because stamps on on sale 20% off until August 7th!

Here's is what I came up with for inspiration using the color combo:


I used the Compass set and made a CAS card. I stamped the compass image on the card base and then stamped the image twice again on blue and pink cardstock. The dial was cut out and popped up off the card base and then I cut the heart from the pink color and glued it to the center, topping it off with some crystal effects. For the sentiment I colored the word 'heart' and 'guide' the same colors as the cardstock, colored the rest of the sentiment in black and stamped it. Easy peasy!


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by tomorrow for my first post as Private Blend Designer over at the Play Date Cafe!

Julie



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Exciting NEWS to share!

Today is the day that I finally get to share another creative opportunity! I'm on the design team for MARKET STREET STAMPS!!! Whoo-hoo!


This is my very first design team position for a stamp company and I am UBER excited because I LOVE Market Street stamps! Keep a close eye on the Market Street Stamps  blog today because they will be announcing a new designer every hour AND you'll have the chance to win each designers fave stamp set. My fave stamp so far is the June release, Gone Campin' and I've got a little card to share with you using this set.
 

 What's more cute than a bunch of marshmallows dancin' around a campfire? For this card I stamped the fire image on my card base and then paper pieced the logs and fire. Then I stamped a bunch of the marshmallows and cut them out (three with faces and five without). For the side marshmallows I drew on half their face. I arranged them around the campfire, glued them down and added arms and legs. The fire was then popped up using foam mounts (I added the marshmallow face to the fire as well) . Final touches were the sentiment and a dotted border around the edge.
 
 
Dancin' Marshmallow Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Gone Camping) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Real Red) Stampin' Up!
Other: black pen, foam mounts
 
 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Julie

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