Monday, July 30, 2012

Mustache Jewelry Set

So they are EVERYWHERE (mustaches that is) in the crafting industry these days and even in jewelry. I couldn't resist, and had to make something with this oh so trendy item. Here is a necklace and earring set I made using black glasses and a silver oxidized mustache.

This set is actually quite light. The beads are hand blown hollow glass in a rich, vibrant purple topped off with gunmetal bead caps. The lever back ear wires and necklace chain are nickel free. The necklace measures 19" and the earrings are just shy of 1" from the bottom of the ear hooks. You can find purchasing details on my jewelry page along with other items currently for sale.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, July 27, 2012

CAS--ual Fridays Challenge #63 - Color Challenge

Hello Friday crafty friends! CAS-ual Fridays is having a color challenge this week! Check out the fun color combo of Lime, Aqua and Navy!

Our sponsor this week is Stop & Scrap, so be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win!

This week I dug out a Unity Stamp set I have had for a while "Treasure to Me" and made a one layer card using a masking technique.

The sentiment is an extra large one from Papertrey Ink.
The Girl Fridays would love to have you play along with us this week, I'm sure everyone has something in their stash with these colors!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thanks Card
Cardstock: (white) Staples
Stamps: (Treasure to Me) Unity Stamp; (think big favorites #6) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (green gable, bermuda bay, night of navy) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Winner of the Earring Giveaway

Happy Tuesday everyone!
Using the true random number generator, the winner of the pair of earrings is comment #7,
Colleen Dietrich!

"Julie! So good to see you playing with us this week. :) I think these earrings are so beautiful, so summery. The frosted glass of the yellow beads definitely makes me think of sea glass. I'm throwin' my hat in the ring for these earrings, too. My fave summer colors: frosty blue, pale jade and periwinkle. All cool colors!

Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe this week. :)"

Colleen if you would send me your mailing address, I'll get your earrings off to you ASAP :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #62 - Back in Black

There were tons of great ideas using paper strips last week and what a great way to use up your scraps! 
This week we're venturing into the darker side of things with the color black!

We want to see you CAS cards that feature a black card base!
Our sponsor this week is Lil Inker Designs and they have a tons of cute stuff in their store, I especially like their dies :) Be sure to stop by the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win!

With the black base card, I figured this would be the perfect time to try a technique I learned. With some white pigment ink and colored pencils I created this simple card.

It's a very simple technique. Just stamp a silhouette stamp in white pigment ink and then color over the image using colored pencils, pastels or chalks. You can add highlights back in with a white gel pen, I opted to skip this step.
The Girl Fridays can't wait to see what you come up with using a black base!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #140 and a giveaway

It has been waaayyy too long. I think I have looked at the color board every week for the Play Date Cafe and each week I say " right, I want to play that challenge, love the colors" and then the deadline goes by. Not this week though! I saw the colors, loved those earrings and had to play along! Here is the beautiful color story:

I had these odd and end beads lying around in 'almost' the perfect colors and decided to put them together with some sterling silver. Here is what I came up with, I love earrings that dangle!

So what's the giveaway? The earrings of course! I'll tell you a bit about them. The yellow beads are a beautiful frosted glass bead that are very pale yellow. The second bead down is a resin bead in a pale minty green/blue and the last bead hanging is a teal/green oval czech glass bead with a slight picasso finish. The finish on these beads has a hint of yellow on the edges. The headpins, jump ring, daisy spacer and ear wires are all sterling silver. From the bottom of the ear wire down, they measure about 2" in length. To be eligible for the earring giveaway, just leave me comment on this post and tell me your three favorite summer colors and I will pick a random winner by next Tuesday.

Be sure to head on over to the Play Date Cafe to check out the great color inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #61 - Let's Strip

Well I bet that post title got our attention! We're actually talking about the paper kind of strips this week over at CAS-ual Fridays :) We want to see your clean and simple projects that use paper strips in either patterns or solid colors.

Our sponsor this week is Freckled Fawn, so be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win :)

Freckled Fawn

For my card this week I had the chance to play with my new paper and stamps from Stampin' Up! and I think their storytime line is simply adorable. I started off with a different card, but it had waaayyy too much patterned paper on it for my liking, so I scaled it back to a more CAS version.

I love the little duck stamp and all the other friends in this stamp set, they're really cute!
The Girl Fridays would love to see you play along with us in the break room this week, so be sure to pop by and have a peek at the inspiration and then play along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Hello Card
Cardstock: (basic gray) Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: (storytime) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (storybook friends) Stampin' Up!
Markers: copics, black zig writer
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento
Other: (faux stitching tool) Making Memories

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Market Street Stamps - July Paint the Town Color Challenge

It's that time again Market Street Stamps fans! We're kicking off this month's Paint the Town Color Challenge with one gorgeous color combo! Check it out!

Be sure to check out the Market Street Stamps blog to see just what you could win when you play along!

For my card this month, I was trying to figure out a way to incorporate as much as the gorgeous MSS background stamps as I could and then this idea was born...

I chose nine of my fave background stamps (that was a tough decision) and inked them all up with versamark. I chose the three main colors and stamped three backgrounds per color and then embossed them all in silver. I cut the best 1.5" square out of each embossed section and then pieced them together in a quilt block. Finishing touch was a simple sentiment stamped on a thin strip of cardstock and stapled to the card base.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes with for this color combo!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Life is Beautiful Card
Cardstock: (elegant eggplant, bordering blue, only orange, white) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (argyle, zebra, vintage wallpaper, punched tin, sweet lace, candy stripe, cane, honeycomb, pretty perfect grid, simple salutations Market Street Stamps
Ink: Versamark; (tuxedo black) Memento
Embossing Powder: (silver) Inkadinkadoo
Other: staple

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Market Mini Blog Hop

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today we're hopping along with the Market Street Stamps gals to show you the new minis that are for sale! These stamps were previously only available in the Market Fresh Kits. If you've come from Stephanie Muzzulin's blog you're in the right place. If you're lost just refer to the blog hop order at the end of this post. There will be one random winner drawn for a $20 gift certificate from all the comments left on the blogs, and you have until July 17th to leave comments :)

I have the Love Birds mini and I love this stamp because it has a whimsy feel to it. Here is the mini card I made with this mini stamp.

I did a rough marker stroke over the lines of the stamp with copic  markers in pink and red. The card base has faux stitching around the edge and I added a few red rhinestones for some bling. After cutting out the stamped image, I attached it to the card base with foam mounts. 

Your next stop along the way is Brenda Weaver's blog! Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Birds Mini
Cardstock: (real red, white) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Love Birds) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento
Color media: (red, pink) Copics
Stickers: (red rhinestones) Martha Stewart Crafts
Tools: (faux stitcher) Making Memories

Blog Hop Order

Market Street Stamps -
Stephanie Muzzulin -
Angelica Suarez -

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Market Street Stamps July Block Party

Hello crafting friends! Even though there is no release this month we're still having a block party over at the Market Street Stamps blog! Not only is there a chance to win some awesome prizes, one person could also end up as a Guest Designer with the Market Street Stamp design team!

 For my card this time I decided to try one of the digi images, the funky dress from a couple months ago to be exact. 

You can find the latest digi image over at the Neighborhood, but don't wait, as it is there for a limited time only!

Here is my little dress card.

The sentiment is from the Simple Salutations set. 
Notice that cute little hanger and the paper, ribbon and pretty pink rhinestone? You can find all those items plus much more in the June mini kit made by our very own Market Street Stamp designer Stephanie Washburn. You can purchase the kit here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, July 6, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #60 - Text Me

Lots of circle to go around last week! There were loads of great ideas using circles. This week we're going high tech with our challenge, check it out!

We want to see your CAS projects featuring text, more than just a sentiment.
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Simon Says Stamp, so be sure to check out what you can win for a prize at the CAS-ual Fridays blog!

I had this neat paper kicking around that was had an article about orchards, which led to this simple apple card.

I used a die to cut the apples and then stamped a mesh stamp over the top layer of the card. the sentiment was stamped over top. I attached a piece of the text paper to my card base and then popped the apple layer up off the front of the card.

I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone approaches this challenge as I loved what the Girl Fridays came up with inspiration, mainly things I would have never thought of!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
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