Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Springy Card!

Since today is Saturday, our SU group has a color and sketch challenge. Today, we are playing along with the ColourQ (#21) color challenge and Inspiration In Action (121) sketch challenge. I have dinner guests coming, so I decided to combine in order to save time! The colors are very Springy and I think from all the snow lately, it was a good combination! I love the sketch layout too - simple, yet perfect for adding embellishments (another great combo!).

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. TFL!
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Melon Mambo
Paper: Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, and Whisper White
Accessories: Melon Mambo ribbon, Silver Cord, and Filigree Brads

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shaving Cream Mess!

I've been wanting to try the shaving cream technique and thought the ColourQ challenge #20 would be perfect for it. So, I broke out the shaving cream, my reinkers, and got to work. What a mess! I don't know how others make it look so nice, without the streak marks from wiping the cream off. I don't think I'll be doing this technique again anytime soon ;) But, it was fun and I love the colors! I needed something youthful and fun as the focal point, so used a Greetings Earthling image a friend (Hi Michelle!) sent me. I colored it in with markers and started layering on the colors. I got the idea for the ribbon after seeing a girl's pants on Wheel of Fortune one night. She had these cool "ribbons" on her pants that were attached with big buttons. So, I wanted to incoporate that into the card. I also wanted more color, so added the brads. I think this will be my nephew's birthday card next year!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: Greetings Earthling
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Yo Yo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquiose, and Whisper White
Accessories: Markers, Reinkers, Real Red satin ribbon, Real Red corduroy buttons, and Bold Bright brads

SULD Weekend Sketch Challenge

It was the weekend, so our group took on some more challenges. The sketch challenge this time is from Clean & Simple - Fall To Layout #79. This is a great sketch!

I am in desperate need of birthday cards and love this little hippo. Having accessories that match the paper and stamp colors really helps! It all comes together nicely this way :)

Hope you have a great week and thanks for looking!

Stamps: Pun Fun
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, and Whisper White
Accessories: Markers, Melon Mambo Ribbon, Basic Gray corduroy button, and Dazzling Diamonds

Kitty Sympathy Card

Some friends have a very sick kitty and think the time is coming near. It makes me sad, but I want to have a card ready to send.

I chose to use the Curtain Call Color Challenge (Act 17) and the Mojo Monday week 126 sketch to make the card.

I think they'll really appreciate this when the time comes. Thanks for looking and give your furries a headrub for me!

Stamps: C is for Cat
Ink: Going Gray and Chocolate Chip
Paper: Print Patterns III, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, More Mustard, and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop border punch, Scallop Circle punch, Circle punches, Chocolate Chip ribbon

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Framed Art

I don't know why I didn't see the potential of the Decor Elements earlier! Well, now I'm hooked! I love the saying, " Do Good. Be Kind. ", and had to have that one. I didn't read the dimensions when I ordered it and it was much smaller than I thought it would be. But, I realized it could be put on DSP (To The Nines Specialty) and framed (5 x 7). I think it looks good and I've taken it to work to try to hint to people ;) I'll be ordering a larger size and may put it on the wall of my office. But for now, I'll enjoy this little framed one :) Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another Easter Card

I used the SC267 sketch challenge to create this Easter card. I love the little bunny from this new set and knew I wanted to use it. I also love the Tea Party DSP because the colors are so Springy! It was the perfect paper to draw color from for an Easter card. What a cute little bunny, huh? Awww - love it! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Eggcoutrements
Ink: Certainly Celery and Almost Amethyst
Paper: Tea Party DSP, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, and Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Designer Label Punch and Satin Ribbons (Celery and Pink)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Felt The Need To Alter!

I had to get back to my true love and alter some things yesterday. I had an idea and worked it out - this clock! I've had this clock for some time. I bought it at Kohl's when it was on sale. I think I meant to put family pictures in it, but decided I'd rather alter it with DSP and hang it in my craft room!

I had a hard time picking which DSP to use. But, I just can't stop loving the Cottage Wall DSP and the butterflies I made with it. So, I cut, glued, and altered! This is the end result. I love it!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Eggcellent Eggs Kit is Really Excellent!

I loved the Inspiration in Action Weekend Sketch Challenge (#119) because I love designer papers and I was thinking this was a great one to use up some of the scraps. Well, when I sat down to start, I started to clean up my work area and was putting away the Eggcellent Eggs Kit and noticed that there are a bunch of really nice rub-ons in the package! So, I decided to make my own designer paper! I used colors that felt Springy to me and went to work creating strips and using the rub-ons. I need to start making Easter cards, so that's what this became! TFL and have a great day!

Stamps: Well Scripted
Ink: Perfect Plum
Paper: Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, and So Saffron
Accessories: Eggcelellent Eggs Kit Rub-ons, Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon, BB and PP Buttons

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Original Card

Here is the card I started for yesterday's challenges. I realized that I was using the wrong rose color half-way through it! Then, to make matter worse, I accidentally dropped my Cocoa ink pad on the card front! Thus, the strip of Chocolate and Rose ribbon! I like the effect though - I don't like a lot of plain space; isn't my style. I had already made the ribbon bow with the button middle, but didn't like it for the other card, so after I made the card with the right colors, I went back to work on this one. I wanted a simple stamped image and decided that with so many birthdays coming in the next couple of months, I would make this a friend's birthday card! So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it ;) TFL and have a great Valentine's Day!

Stamps: Birthday Bliss

Ink: Rose Red

Paper: Chocoalte Chip, Rose Red, and Whisper White

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Sattin Ribbon, CC Buttons, Regal Rose Ribbon, and Scallop Corner Punch

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Rose Is Not Just A Rose

Today, my sister (our group's upline) posted the sketch and color challenges for us. We decided to do these each week. She picked the Clean and Simple Fall to Layout sketch (#78) and the ColourQ color challenge (#19).

Well, I was all set and started working when I realized I was using the wrong Rose color! I was using Rose Red instead of Regal Rose - they are very different! I thought they should be similar since "rose" is in both names, but not so! I had to start all over :) I'll post the other card tomorrow. Here is my card for these challenges.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Happy Moments
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose
Paper: Regal Rose, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Buttons, Scallop punches, Round punch, Modern Label Punch, and Rhinestones from the Eggcellent Eggs Kit

A Big Hello

Here's a card I made for the CC Color Challenge. I like these colors together; simple and elegant. I never would have thought it, but this little set (Hello Again) has become a favorite "go to" set of late! It's very cute and works with every theme!
Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Back to work, so here's a post!

It's back to work tomorrow :( So, just in case I'm running late tomorrow morning, I am going to post now :)

I love this cat stamp set; having two cats has made me love cat stamps! I let the color really dictate the set I would use. I thought that a cat stamped in Soft Suede would be pretty. I think she looks swanky with all her bling and being surrounded by that pretty pink!

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: C is for Cat
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Soft Suede, and Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Pretty In Pink Ribbon and Button, Curly Label punch and die, Soft Suede ribbon, and bling from the Eggcellent Eggs Kit

Another Mojo Monday on Thursday!

I'm really enjoying being off from work because of all the snow! I ache all over from so much shoveling, but have been able to participate in so many challenges. They are addictive. I can see why so many people play along!

I really love the Mojo Monday sketches - they are so creative!

Here's my card for this week's sketch. Enjoy the day and thanks for looking!
Stamps: Of The Earth and Bitty Birthday
Ink: Orchid Opulence
Paper: Shades of Spring DSP, Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, and Pretty In Pink
Accessories: SU! Markers in DSP colors, Pretty In Pink Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, and Circle Cutter

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Get Whale!

Once again, combining challenges :) This is now one of my favorite new layouts! I believe it is from Splitcoast Stampers and is number SCCSC3. Anyway, yesterday was the new DDC challenge theme and Joan Ervin chose a Get Well card.

I love the Pun Fun set, but have yet to have used it! Well, I was determined to use it for this. Then, I decided to break out last year's Baja Breeze and Pacific Point DSPs and get to work. It worked out great for this layout too.

I hope I don't have to send this to anyone. Stay well! TFL :)

Stamps: Pun Fun
Ink: Pacific Point
Paper: Pacific Point DSP and cardstock, Baja Breeze DPS, and Whisper White
Accessories: PP and BB corduroy buttons, PP ribbon, and Modern Label punch and die

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

If it's not nailed down, cover it!

My sister says her mantra is, "if it isn't nailed down, stamp it!" and that my mantra should be, "if it isn't nailed down, cover it!" She's just about right! I've covered most things around the house, even tissue boxes!
I love the designer papers. They truly inspire me.
I've been saving some cookie and coffee tins for a while and was inspired to cover one the other day. I love the Tea Party paper and decided to pair it with the new Eggcellent Eggs Kit. They have some fun borders for eggs and some bling! I won't be doing Easter eggs, but love the borders, die cut flowers/leaves, and bling. They made it so easy to decorate the tin and pens. I might just have to take this to the office!
Thanks for looking and have a great day :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday Sketch and Color Challenge

Here is my card for this week's Clean and Simple sketch challenge (FTL77) and a Color Challenge (CC256) on Splitcoast Stampers. The sketch is a great one and it was easy to decide which set to use ;) The colors were a little harder for me (Bravo Burgundy, Crushed Curry, and Basic Gray). I could see either color with the Burgundy, but had a hard time picturing all of them together. I must say, they compliment each other well! Anyway, here's my card and thanks for looking!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs and Teeny Tiny Words (love this set!)
Ink: Craft Bravo Burgundy and Classic Basic Gray
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White
Accessories: Crushed Curry Ribbon, Embossing Powder, Silver Brads, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Modern Label Punch and Big Shot Die, and Basic Gray Corduroy Buttons

Layered Flower DDC and Anything But A Card

I'm finally caught up on some challenges - yay! I love snow and winter, so I don't mind that we are totally snowed in. I'm getting some good stamping done :)

These two projects qualify for the DDC Challenge (layered flower) and Stampin' Royalty Challenge (#5 Anything But A Card). I love when I can combine two!

I'm having a hard time with the Razzleberry Lemonde paper. I love the colors in it, but I'm finding it hard to use. I thought it would be perfect for a non-stamped project. So, I broke out the paper, the Big Shot, and went to work.

I love the layered flowers, but I can't seem to get mine to look as fluffy as everyone else! I'll keep trying though! Take a look at my sister's project - so beautiful!!!! I don't think she used as many layers, but isn't her flower amazing?

Anyway, thanks for looking and enjoy the snow :)

Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade
Accessories: Big Shot (Box #2 and Bag w/ Scallop), Scallop Circle Punch, Mat Pack, and Rich Razzleberry/Crushed Curry ribbon

DDC Frame Challenge

The 1/26 DDC Challenge was to use a frame. Well, I've had these little favor treat frames from the dollar store for a very long time. I never did anything with them, but decided this was the challenge to break them out!
I took the frame apart, then covered it with designer paper. Then, I had to decide what to actually frame! I just received the Very Thankful set; ordered it because I love this little turtle! He fits perfectly. I used the colors from the paper and finished with some bows. Fun!

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Very Thankful
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Thoroughly Moder DSP and Soft Suede
Accessories: Frame from dollar store, Ribbons (Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, and Soft Suede)

RAK for the DDC

My friend Beverly (shout out to ya!) was the DDC hostess 1/19/2010 and came up with a great challenge that I greatly benefited from! It was a non-challenge; simply mail a card to someone not expecting it. Well, I received two cards from two of the DDC Ladies! It was such a pleasant surprise and I'm still giddy from it! Thank you, Anne (aka jdmommy) and Julia (aka artystamper)! You made my days when I opened the cards :)

I made the martian card. I wanted to thank my friend Michelle for the martian images she sent me. So, unbeknownst to her, I stamped a bunch of dog images (she just got a puppy!) and sent to her with the martian card :) I printed the "Thank You, Human" on the computer and printed on cardstock.
Thank you again, DDC Ladies! I love your challenges each Tuesday and have more to post!
Martian Card:
Stamps: Greetings, Earthlings
Ink: Craft Black and Melon Mambo
Paper: Kraft, Melon Mambo, and Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Big Shot Texturz Plates - Backgrounds 1, Scallop Oval Punch, Marvy Scallop Oval Punches, and Ribbon (Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, and Bermuda Bay)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Chocolate Swap

This month's SU Little Debbies' swap was Chocolate themed - yummy! As much as I love the color and as much as I love chocolate, I had a hard time figuring out what to make! I found these little matchbook notepads I had gotten years ago and decided they would be a fun little swap item. I needed a focal point, so I used the Big Shot Birds and Blooms flowers and brad from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware set. Then, I used the Chocolate Chip DSP to cover the matchbook cover, some chocolate chip ribbon to "tie" it all together. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Scrappy Card

I have a lot of scraps of Sending Love DSP, so I decided to make something with them. I just recently bought the little Note Cards and they are a perfect size for using up scraps! This is what I came up with. I think it is sweet like the paper :) I don't think you can see it in the picture, but underneath the ribbon, I used my piercing tool and punched little circles across the paper. It adds just that little extra touch, I think.

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!

Paper: Sending Love DSP, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Satin ribbon (Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and Very Vanilla), Big Shot, Circle Punhces, and Chocolate Chip Epoxy brads

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another challenge, well two!

I'm a little addicted to challenges this week! Here is my card for the Mojo Monday sketch and Curtain Call Color Challenge. Not much else to say! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Hello Again set

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Lavender Lace, Garden Green, and Whisper White

Accessories: Markers in paper colors, white ribbon

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another Challenge!

I love the sketch for the Stampin Royalty sketch challenge (#4). This is my take on it. I hadn't used the Razzleberry Lemonde paper until last night, but love the colors!

I just got the Of The Earth stamp set and decided to use one of the stamps from this set forthe card. I used my markers to color in the stamp and that is how I got the colors on the flower and butterfly variegated. I'll be doing that again as I like the effect.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: Of The Earth

Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White

Accessories: Markers (Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Always Artichoke), Corner Punch, and Rich Razzleberry dotted ribbon

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Challenges - I like 'em!

I've been trying to participate in more challenges. My upline (and sister!) decided to post a sketch challenge on Saturdays to her group and anyone that wants to participate can. I have been trying to find some time to stamp and tonight was it! Here is my card for the Clean and Simple Fall to Layout Sketch #76. FUN and no stamping! That's why I love designer papers. Not only does it dictate the colors you use, but some have such fun and bold patterns, you don't need to stamp! Thanks for looking.

Paper: Shades of Spring DSP, Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Orhid Opulence, and Certainly Celery

Accessories: Heart to Heart punch, Certainly Celery Ribbon, and Dimensionals