Monday, February 28, 2011

Bright Sweet Pea Poppies

I usually tend not to use very bright colors, but I had this Sweet Pea image stamped and had her dress colored with a muted shade of green.  When I saw the Playdate Cafe color challenge, I ramped it up turned her dress into this pretty aqua and pale green number.  All coloring done with Prismacolors blended with baby oil.  Added Pebbles chalks around the edge.  Flowers are made with punches from DP that I stamped using a flourish stamp.  Sentiment from JustRite.

Challenges:
Everybody Art Challenge - Sketch
The Play Date Cafe - Color scheme
Lili of the Valley- Circles
In A Sweet Pea Dream - Warm weather

Stamps:  Sweet Pea Field of Poppies, JustRite Hope set.
Paper:  Basic Grey Lilykate, The Paper Studio
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders circles, MS branch punch, flower punches, Stickles, foam tape, Pebbles chalks, pearls.

Sweet Pea DT Search

Well, I pretty much waited until the end to get this in.  Sweet Pea Stamps is having a Design Team call, and there are so many very gifted cardmakers in the running, but I figured I'll give it a shot. 

I have a huge collection of Sweet Pea stamps and it seems I'm adding to that quite often.  I've always loved fairies and fantasy themes, and these stamps certainly fit that category!  They are fun to color, and I love creating a card around these images.  I tend to go on the simpler side for the card so as to showcase the image, but I really like how they turn out.  I would love to have the opportunity to be a part of the Sweet Pea design team, and share more of these beauties!!

I have made quite a few cards with these images, but did not get pictures of them all (darn it!)  Here are some of my more recent favorites: 


Serene Night

Moonlight Fairy

Glam Goth Fairy


Restless Thoughts


Field of Poppies
(posting this next)


Distressed Hat

Have you ever been in a rush to clean your craft space and accidentally tossed a keeper?  That's what happened to my image, after I had finished with it.  It got caught up in the drift of scraps that I tossed and scrunched down into the recycle bin.  When I finally realized I had tossed the image  ~*gasp!*~ I managed to find it.  It was a little rumpled, so since I was making it for the OCC challenge which called for distressing, I went ahead and rumpled it some more, then added Distress Inks to bring out the abuse. :)  The teensy little roses I made with 1/8" ribbon a couple years ago to put on a fashion doll make-over gown.  I had some left over, so I colored these with Copics.  The little paper rosebud is from Wild Orchid.  Added the image to a gold doily, then mounted that on layers of K&Co DP.  Added the little gloves charm onto the sentiment banner. 

Challenges
OCC - Sketch and distress.
My Time to Craft - Hats
Paper Sundaes - Charms.

Stamps:  Inkadinkado
Paper: K&Co
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Distress Inks
Accessories:   Ribbon rosebuds, paper rosebud, charm, doily, corner rounder and punch.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Flourishes Birthday

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday this week is to create a birthday card. I am using another image from the newest Flourishes release.  This is the largest of the images, colored with Prismacolors.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto theDP.  The flowers are from MS hydrangea punch; I took a nip out of each petal then blended some Prismacolors and inked the edges of the petals.  The paper directly behind the image is a gorgeous vellum with images of handwritten pages on it.

Challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Birthday
Midnight Madness - CAS Sketch
Spoonful of Sugar - Birthday
Lili of the Valley - Circles

Stamps: Flourishes "From The Desk Of"
Paper:  HOTP DP and vellum
Ink: Distress Inks, Memento
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Three and Lacy Circles dies, MS Hydrangea and branch punches, Dew Drops, Stickles

Friday, February 25, 2011

Need To Remember The Stripes

I have lots of DP that has stripes, but for some reason I shy away from them.  Don't know why.  When I saw the challenge at Simon Says Stamps and Show - use stripes - I dug some out.  Just so happens I've used this same striped paper on several other cards this month, but Paper Sundaes' challenge is to use masculine colors so I stuck with this one.  Used this week's Sketchy Colors sketch.  The image is from one of the latest Flourishes stamp sets, "From The Desk Of".  This one doesn't take much color, but I did a bit with Prismacolors.  Did a vignette around the image with Pebbles chalks, mounted it up on foam tape.  The DP is HOTP  and K&Co. 

Challenges
Sketchy Colors - Sketch
Paper Sundaes - Masculine colors
Simon  Says Stamp and Show - Stripes

Stamps:  Flourishes From The Desk Of
Paper:  HOTP, K&Co.
Ink:  Memento
Accessories:  Spellbinders Circles, CB folder, eyelets, foam tape.

A Simply Sentimental Card

This week's JustRite Friday challenge is direct to rubber.   I used Marvy markers on the sentiment, brown and burgundy intermingled on the stamp.  I don't have any of the new frilly JR border stamps yet, so I used the marker to ink the corner from one of the square borders of the Hope set and stamped each corner individually.  Colored some tiny rhinestones with Copic marker to match.  The OCC challenge is to get wordy...use a sentiment stamp to make the background or a layer.  I used a SU! word for the layer behind the sentiment panel.  I followed the sketch at Craft Your Days Away, and cut the card shape using Grand Labels One.  The little tea-time charms are from my stash. 

Challenges:
JustRite Friday Challenge - Direct to rubber.
Our Creative Corner - Get Wordy
Craft Your Days Away - Sketch.
One Stitch At a Time - Anything but square.

Stamps:  JustRite Friendship Nested Sentiments, and Hope Set, SU Warm Words.
Paper:  MME, CS scraps.
Ink:  Colorbox queues for edges, Marvy markers for stamps.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Eight and Grand Labels One, rhinestones, Copics, charms.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Basic Grey Sketch

I came across this great sketch at the Basic Grey Challenge blog and thought it would be perfect for another fairy image.  I used papers from three different Basic Grey packs...LilyKate, Capella, and the last one didn't have the cover on it so don't know the name of that pack.  I had the wings on this Sweet Pea image colored pink and had added Stickles and then for some reason never finished it.  So I finished her using the colors from this week's CR84FN challenge. I colored the image with Prismacolors blended with baby oil.  The flowers were made from different punches.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "Restless Thoughts"
Paper:  Basic Grey Lilykate, Capella
Ink: Memento.
Accessories:  Spellbinders die, Stickles,

Challenges
Basic Grey - Sketch
CR84FN - Light pink, medium violet, gray
Crafty Cardmakers - Fairies and at least 2 punches
Wags N Whiskers - Punches

Buttons and Bows and Lace, Oh My!

Well, darn...I had planned to use this Friday Sketchers sketch (one that came out last Friday) for my The Shabby Tea Room card, got it all put together, and missed the deadline for that challenge by about ten minutes.  Oh well, still had to write this post so...   I'll just have to check the deadlines better next time. 
The image is from Art Creations Friday.  I tinkered with the colors a bit and then printed it on canvas.  Used deckle edge scissors to cut around the image, inked the edges with Distress Inks.  All DP is Prima.  The little tag is a Grunge paper tag that comes with the packaging.  Attached it to the metal button with jump rings, then added the green button.  Flower is made from punches, spritzed with Glimmer Mist.  It's attached over some pieces of lace I aged with Distress Inks, and a few stamens I colored with Copics.  The little sticker on the tag I cut from a Crafty Secrets sheet. 

Challenges
The Shabby Tea Room - Buttons and Bows
Claudia and Company - Recipe (1 tag, 2 buttons, ribbon, sticker)
A Gem of a Challenge - Buttons, brads, beads, bows (say that three times real fast!)
The Pink Elephant - Buttons, lace, ribbon

Stamps:  Digital image from Art Creations Friday.
Paper:  Prima paper "The First Blush", Paper Studio CS
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Canvas, ribbon, buttons, lace, handmade flower, stamens, tag, jump rings, sticker.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spread Your Wings

I have always liked fairies, and now I have a pretty sizable collection of fairy images I can play with! :) This image from Sweet Pea Stamps is colored with Prismacolor pencils in my favorite colors of lavender, green and peachy colors.  Stickles on her wings, chalks on background.  I followed this sketch, and used an embossing folder with Distress Inks on the different panels.

Challenges
Crafts and Me - Something with wings
Lili of the Valley - Favorite colors.
Simons Says Stamp - Make you own embellishments
Sketch Saturday - Sketch

Stamps:  Sweet Pea Stamps "Orchid of the Night"
Paper:  29th Street Market, SU! CS.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Stickles, Spellbinders dies, Pebbles chalks, Sizzix embossing folder, punched flowers and leaves, stamens.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Want Her Wings!

Have to say, I love how the wings turned out on this image! :) She is from Crafts and Me, called "Hiding".  She is colored with Prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil.  I added Stickles to her wings, and painted the moon with Twinkling H2Os.  Mark's Finest challenge is red, white, plus one other color, along with piercing.  I followed the sketch at Pixie Cottage, along with the embossed red strip.


Challenges
Pixie Cottage 57 - Sketch and/or embossing (embossing on the red stripe)
Mark's Finest Papers - Red, white, one other color, along with piercing
4 Crafty Chicks - Fairy/angel/butterfly
Cute Card Thursday - Something shiny (Stickles and Twinkling H2Os)


Stamps:  Crafts and Me "Hiding"
Paper: The Paper Studio.
Ink: Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders die, sewing machine, Stickles, Twinkling H2Os, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Pebbles chalks.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Flutterby Rainbow

Flutterby's challenge this week is to use a rainbow or rainbow colors.  I colored this gorgeous Sweet Pea image with Distress Inks, added Stickles to her bodice and wings, and around the image.  I followed the sketch on Wild Orchid.  Crafty Cardmakers challenge wants us to use plastic, so I cut a strip from a Cricut cartie package, embossed it and added some yellow Stickles to the back of it. 

Challenges
Flutteryby Wednesday #142 - Rainbow
Wild Orchid - Sketch
Crafy Cardmakers - Use plastic
One Stitch at a Time - Make it pretty.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "Glam Goth Fairy"
Paper:  HOTP
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Acetate, Stickles, Spellbinder die, Tim Holtz EF, Cuttlebug EF, MS edge punch, corner punch.

About a Boy

So on to the clean and simple Midnight Madness sketch.  I made this a card for a little boy.  I'm not sure who this image is by, I think it's Inkadinkado.  Image is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Two different DP's.  The  little seahorse, starfish and sand dollar embellishments are from a Cuttlebug die

Challenges
Midnight Madness - Clean and simple sketch.
Claudia and Company - About a boy.
Cards for Men - 1 image, 2 DP, 3 embellishments

Stamps:  Inkadinkado (?)
Paper:  HOTP and stash.
Ink:  Memento.
Accessories:  Foam tape, Cuttlebug die, Spellbinders die.

Keeping Warm in the Tea Room

Over in The Shabby Tea Room, the theme for this week is to keep warm.  I went with a hot latte, using this Impression Obsession image, and using the Midnight Madness fancy version of the sketch.  Added some gray, flannel-looking flowers up top.

Challenges:
Midnight Madness #91 - Fancy sketch.
Shabby Tea Room - Keep warm.
ABC Challenge - O is for old

Stamps:  Impression Obsession "Latte".
Paper: HOTP.
Ink:  Memento.
Accessories:  Liquid Pearls, MS edge punch, leaf punch, homemade flowers, flat back pearls, Spellbinders die.

Circles With a Digi

Decided to try the Digital Tuesday challenge, to use diecuts this week with your digital image.  This is "Sweetness", from TLC Creations, colored with Copics.  I use Sunday Sketch and Stamp layout, and Paper Sundaes had a Sundae Toppings Bar fwhere we are to use at least two of the following: Flowers, lace, distressing and the color pink.  I obviously chose pink, and there is distressing around the circles.  Oh, and flowers if you count the DP. :)

Challenges: 
Sunday Sketch and Stamp 47 - Sketch.
My Time to Craft - Use circles
Paper Sundaes -  Open toppings.
Digital Tuesday - Diecuts.

Stamps:  Digi stamp.
Paper:  Graphics 45.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues for sponging.
Accessories:  Spellbinders dies, distresser, Twinkling H2Os.

Mouse Throwdown

The current House Mouse challenge was hard for me, because they want us to use our favorite House Mouse image.  I love all my little meecey images so I had a tough time picking a favorite.  Got it down to five or six, closed my eyes and grabbed...here's "Flower Bed".   I used MojoMonday178 sketch and this week's Color Throwdown of light green, dark green and blue.  The image is colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils (I don't have any blue Copics yet)

Challenges
House Mouse #89 - Use favorite image.
MojoMonday - sketch 178
Color Throwdown #129 - Light green, dark green and blue
Incy Wincy #81 - Two mediums

Stamps:  House Mouse "Flower Bed"
Paper:  HOTP
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Stazon
Accessories: Spellbinders dies, Dew Drops, foam tape, dragonfly charm.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet Pea Sketch With CR84FN Colors

Well...IRL the colors are teal, green and yellow, like in the CR84FN challenge, but no matter where I took the picture of this card, it looks more blue.  I promise, it's teal!  I had a hard time coloring this one.  I had bought some more expensive, supposedly better quality watercolor paper for using Distress Inks.  I've had a hard time with this paper with getting the Distress Inks to blend properly, or even just lay down properly, so I'm going to go back to my cheapy watercolor paper that I really liked.  Live and learn.  This cute lady is called "Telsa" from Sweet Pea Stamps.  After the Distress Inks dried, I had to even out some places on this with Prismacolors and then blend.  I glued on the tiny, fine chain in the areas on the image where she had chains, so that adds some glitz, along with Stickles on her hat.  The DP is Cafe Mediterranean from DCWV; this particular page had the perfect colors for the CR84FN color scheme.  I added the hand-cut "banner" to the side (like I did on the last card); think it looks really cute!
Challenges
Sweet Pea Stamps - sketch.
CR84FN15 - Teal, green, yellow.
Papertake Weekly - Putting on the Glitz.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "Telsa", sentiment from MFT
Paper:  Watercolor paper, DCWV Cafe Mediterranean, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Distress Inks, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders, Cuttlebug, Dew Drops, chain, Stickles.

Whiff of Joy 98

Paper piecing is the theme for the Whiff of Joy challenge.  Our Creative Corner is also having a "cut it out" theme, so the two fit together.  I followed this Sketch Saturday layout.  I paper-pieced her dress, pinafore, boots and pantaloons. 

Challenges:
Sketch Saturday - Layout
Whiff of Joy - Paper piecing
Our Creative Corner - Cut it out
Creative Card Crew - Friendship

Stamps: Whiff of Joy, MFT
Paper:  HOTP, K&Co
Ink:  Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug folder

Lovely Lottie

This week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday calls for three patterned papers.  I used Basic Grey Capella papers - love those colors! I followed the sketch on Mark's Finest papers, and almost covered up one of the DP's behind the flowers.  Oops, but it's there! The third paper is what the sentiment is stamped on.  It's from Flourishes "Around the Arbor" set.  Found a few other challenges for this card as well.   

Challenges:
Mark's Finest Papers -  Sketch
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - 3 patterned papers
Everybody Art Challenge - 3 papers, 3 flowers, optional ribbon.
House of Gilli - Sparkle, 3 patterned papers, at least 2 dies and/or punches. 

Stamps:  Impression Obssession "Lottie", Flourishes "Around the Arbor" sentiment.
Paper: Basic Grey Capella.
Ink:  Memento.
Accessories:  Handmade flowers, rhinestones, edge punch, Spellbinders, ribbon, leaf punch, Stickles, Glimmer Mist.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wags N Whiskers Sketch

This is a great sketch on the Wags 'N Whiskers challenge blog, and I went with the color scheme on this weeks's Sketchy Colors challenge.  Angelica is colored with Distress Inks and Twinkling H2Os.  DP is embossed and inked. 

Challenges
Wags N Whiskers - Sketch
Creative Craft World - Square card.
Sketchy Colors #58 - Peach, green and gold

Stamps:  Wags N Whiskers "Angelica".
Paper:  Watercolor paper, HOTP, Basic Grey, vellum
Ink:  Distress Inks, Colorbox Queues
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels 10 and On The Vine, Cuttlebug folder, homemade flower, rhinestone, Stickles, Twinkling H2Os

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Brown and Blue Tag

I starting making this tag, no real direction in mind.  Just happened to pick brown and blue because I love those colors together, so entering the Crafty Ho's challenge.  I painted some Grunge Paper swirls with Distress Crackle Paint, then sponged it with some brown Distress Ink.  Added a few tiny flowers from a CB die.  Used a copper DecoPaint pen around the edge.  Top part swivels so it can be written on inside. 

Challenges
Crafty Ho's - Blue and brown (or a sketch)
Simon Say Stamp and Show - Tag
The Creative Cottage - Flowers

Stamps:  Woman in Repose (Rubber Stampede)
Paper:  The Paper Studio scraps, Grunge Paper
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Eyelets, Spellbinders Labels 14, CB die, crackle paint, Stickles.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Play Date Wall Hanging

I was roaming blogville checking out different challenges.  I knew I wanted to use this sketch from Pixie Cottage and when I found the color scheme at The Play Date Cafe challenge, I knew which stamp I wanted to use.  I've had this beauty for several years but have never used it.  It's a big image, 4.25 x 5", so it was either make a really big card, or...  

So I went with the or. : )   I got this frame in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby for $3, because the glass was broken.  It's outer measurement is 15" square with the inner photo portion being 8" square.  It had a different mat around the outer border as well as another smaller inner mat, both of which I removed.  I used DCWV Lace and Linen stack for the outer border and background of the inner part.  I stamped the image with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, found a couple other DP's in my stash, and inked all the borders with Frayed Burlap.  The image is mounted on foam tape.  The lace and the ribbon were left over from dresses I made for my daughter when she was little (about 15 years ago) "aged" them both with Distress Inks. Added a few pearls and put it back in the frame.  Now I just need to get a new piece of glass for it and it's ready to hang!

Challenges
The Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or ribbon
The Play Date Cafe - Color theme.
Craft Your Passion - Use pink.
A Spook Full of Sugar - Anything but a card

Stamps:  Renaissance Bride (don't know company)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, DCWV Lace & Linen, scraps.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Lace, ribbon, pearls, foam tape.

Monday, February 14, 2011

JustRite Flourishes

Squeaking in under the wire.  I got busy this weekend and almost ran out of time before getting to post this card.  This one is for Flourishes Timesless Tuesday - Buttons.  I used the sketch on the JustRite Friday Challenge blog.   I went back to the Guiding Light set and used another one of my left-over buttons like I did for this card (2nd one).  This time I used HOTP striped paper, and tied the sailor's knot with hemp cord.  Again, I gave the button a "patina" by coloring it with a couple different Copic markers.  The sentiment is JustRite Hope set. 

Challenges
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #104 - Buttons
JustRite Friday Challenge - Sketch

Stamps:  Flourishes Guiding Light; Justrite Hope.
Paper:  Watercolor paper, HOTP.
Ink:  Distress Ink.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels 10, Stickles, hemp cord, button, Dew Drops

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Last But Not Least

Here's my last Valentine card.  This one is for my sweetie, Chuck.   I've wanted to use this swan stamp for quite a while now and finally put it to use here.  Then tried not make it too girlie so I didn't color them, but put the tiny heart in their beaks. :)  Followed the Mojo177 sketch.  Used a Cuttlebug folder for the background, and four different Spellbinders dies.  Made the little pocket and tucked it behind the main image, put a little tag in it and attached it with a chain to the key. 

Challenges
MojoMonday - sketch 177
Craft Your Days Away - Photo inspiration (red and white)
Everybody Art Challenge - Valentine
Stamps:  Love Swams by Denami Designs.
Paper:  The Paper Studio, K&Co scraps.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, computer (for tag)
Accessories:  Cuttlebug folder, brads, eyelet, chain, pearls, Spellbinders dies.

By the Sea Valentine

This is the last Valentine card I have made by request, and it's also an anniversary card - They got married on Valentine's day five or six years ago.  It's for a man, but his wife wanted some pink in it.  They both love the shore, so I went with this couple image from Stampin Up, as well as the lighthouse from Flourishes Guiding Light set.  I went with papers from HOTP "Ephemera" set, which has a lot of masculine papers in it.  I love pink and gray, but since this is for a guy and I went with the ocean theme, I used blue with the gray.  Then added the pink hearts and tiny flowers for the Valentine Theme.  I liked the sketch from last week's Friday Sketchers, so tried to follow that.

Challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Have a Heart
Sew Many Challenges - Valentine
My Time to Craft - Hearts and flowers

Stamps:  Stampin Up Summer By the Sea; Flourishes Guilding Light
Paper:  HOTP Ephemera
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug die, Stickles

Valentine Tag

I meant to post this yesterday on Joan's tag challenge, but seems I've missed that deadline.  Oh well...here it is anyway.  Don't know that I've gotten any better at making tags, but Joan's tag challenges are fun, and I'll have a nice stash of tags.  For this one I used two Spellbinders dies...Scalloped Hearts for the base and the larges of the Nested Hearts for the top.  I attached the hearts with an eyelet and a brad so the top one will pivot and a message can be written on the bottom one.  I made the largest flower, the rest are from Wild Orchid.  Finished off with the angel charm hanging from a chain.

Challenges:
Joan's Tag Challenge - Missed the deadline, but here's the link.
Simon Says Stamp - Anything but a card

Stamps:  None.
Paper:  From stash.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders dies, eyelet, brad, Stickles, Wild Orchid flowers, leaf punch, hand made flower, angel charm, pearls, rhinestones.

Friday, February 11, 2011

For Her Mom

I had this sweet image colored with darker brown hair and brown eyes, like my daughter, sitting on my craft table.  A friend's daughter saw it and a few days later brought over a picture of herself as a little girl.  She has lighter hair and bright green eyes.  She wanted me to make a Valentine for her mom that she could put into a frame and display in her home, something with this image.  I colored her with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.  I had scraps of paper all over the place until I settled on these.  Made the flowers to add to it, added the little copper colored heart.  I think she'll like it. 

Challenges
Sketch Saturday - Sketch #141
The Shabby Tea Room - Sweethearts
The Stamp Man - Hearts
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Love

Stamps:  Sugar Nellie "Faith" digi stamp.
Paper:  My Mind's Eye.
Ink:  Distress Ink.
Accessories:  Spellbinders dies, handmade flowers, Glimmer Mist, leaf punch, rhinestones, pearls, charm, sewing machine. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Blue Guy Valentine

Third and final post for today.  Another request from a friend - this time for a blue Valentine, nothing "foofy".  It's for her husband, they've been married 26 years.  Pretty quick and simple card.  The stamp actually went all the way across, I cut it apart and mounted each letter separately.  The ..."is timeless" sentiment was printed from my computer. 

Challenges:
Crazy Challenge - Lots of Love
Pink Elephant - Be My Valentine
Stamp With Fun - Love

Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly
Paper:  The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Distress Inks
Accessories:  Spellbinders, Cuttlebug folder, ribbon, Tim Holtz clock face, computer.

Midnight Madness Winter Thaw

Here is the second Midnight Madness sketch card I did; clean and simple version this time.  Flourishes is hosting a Winter Thaw challenge, using their posted photo as inspiration.  I used the crocus from the Calendar Set 1, colored it with Copics and added some Stickles, and chalked around the image.  



Challenges
Midnight Madness - MMSC90 sketch - CAS version
Flourishes - Winter Thaw
Pear Tree Designs - Free for all
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes

Stamp:  Flourishes Crocus from Calendar Set 1.
Paper:  HOTP DP and vellum. 
Ink:  Copics, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Liquid Pearls, Stickles, chalk, ribbon, Spellbinders Labels 16 and Renaissance Heart Borderabilities.

Fancy Midnight Madness

I really like this week's Midnight Madness sketch.  I did both versions, will do a separate post for the CAS version.  A friend asked me to make a Valentine card for her daughter, picked out this Sweet Pea image called Moonlight Fairy, and wanted me to use colors other than the usual pink or red.  The image is colored with Distress Inks; I rubbed the background with my finger to smudge it (finger is still blue). Moon is colored with Twinkling H2Os, and Stickles for her wings.  By the time I finished I almost didn't want to give it up, it's really pretty IRL. :)

Challenges:
Midnight Madness - Sketch #90
In A Sweet Pea Dream - Anything goes
Flutterby Wednesday - At least three hearts
Crazy 4 Challenges - Valentine

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "Moonlight Fairy".
Paper:  DCWV Once Upon a Time mat stack, watercolor paper.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Chain, heart charms, CB embossing folder, Dew Drops, hemp cord.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ABC's

This is my card for my personal challenge of a Christmas card each.  All paper is from Anna Griffin.  I saw the clean and simple sketch on ABC Christmas Challenge blog and knew which stamp I was going to use, and the ABC challenge called for neutral colors, so this card kind of fell together pretty quickly.  The wreath is embossed with gold EP, cut out with Spellbinders circle Nesties, as is the frame around it.  The ladies at 2 Sisters challenge say the world is our oyster - to use pearls - so I added some to the wreath.  The sentiment is from JustRite.

Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge - Sketch
ABC Challenge - N is for neutral 
Top Tip Tuesday - Frame it
2 Sisters - Pearls

Stamps:  Penny Black "Adornment",  JustRite Christmas Nested Sentiments
Paper: Anna Griffin
Ink:  Distress Ink, Versamark.
Accessories:  Spellbinders, pearls, gold EP. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One More For Today

Three posts in one day...on a roll.  : )  Actually, this last card was pretty quick to put together.  The Our Creative Corner challenge this week is "branch out"...use a tree image and keep it clean and simple.  I love this tree image and used copper EP, cut it out with Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectanble die.  I also went straight to this Tim Holtz embossing folder and mooshed a piece cut from a cereal box through it. I edged the "bark" with a copper DecoColor marker. 
Challenges
Splitcoast Stampers - Sketch Challenge 318
OCC - Tree image, clean and simple. 
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Embossing

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Flourished Fall Tree.
Paper:  The Paper Studio, cereal box. 
Ink:  Versamark, Distress Ink.
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Woodgrain EF, copper EP, Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles, DecoColor marker. 

Oriental Waltzingmouse

This is my second post today.  I've had this stamp from Rubbernecker for a long time but have never used it.  It is colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, trying to go for somewhat of a watercolor look.  The background is chalked.  All DP is DCWV Far East pack.  Kept is pretty clean and simple, but I like the way it turned out.

Challenges:
Waltzingmouse - Sketch.
The Stamp Man - Oriental

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Asian Spring, Hero Arts Chinese Calligraphy.
Paper:  DCWV Far East mat pack.
Ink:  Memento.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Classic Rectangles, corner rounder, foam tape.

Joan's Challenge #5

Ever have one of those projects pictured in your head, but by the time you have it in paper it looks completely different?  That this card.  : )  The card base and vintage paper were cut from Grand Labels One (lovin' my Grand Calibur!).  I colored the image with combo of Copics and Prismacolor pencils. On the pink paper I stamped a flourish image with Versamark and embossed with clear EP. This is my card for Joan's weekly card challenge.  Keeping Joan and her family in my prayers, as they are going through a very difficult time.  

Challenges:
Joan's Gardens - Coral/pink & green, birthday sentiment, vintage paper, homemade flower.
Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or buttons
Mark's Finest Papers - Self-made flowers.
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Spring flowers.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Alexandra, Stampin Up sentiment.
Paper:  HOTP.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders, Handmade flowers, buttons, EP, leaf punch, Stickles.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

MIdnight Madness Double Play

For the Midnight Madness sketch, I decided to do both the fancy and CAS sketches, though I added a bit to the CAS one. : )  For the Fancy version, I used another Whiff of Joy image, colored with Copics, and hair colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The lacy edge and border vellum cut from Spellbinders dies. 
Challenges
Midnight Madness - Sketch MMSC89
Whiff of Joy - Love is in the Air
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Show Some Love

Stamps: Whiff of Joy Melinda Blowing Kisses.

Paper: DCWV Once Upon a Time, vellum
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendants and Borderabilities


I am making a wedding planner, the colors are lavender and light blue.  For each divider I decided to use a different sketch, covered the cardstock divider with HOTP DP and punched the holes, added the SU! tabs.   These are the first three dividers.  I'll post all the dividers and the binder together in one post when all is finished.

For this divider page, I used the clean and simple version of the sketch, with Creative Images Large Cameo stamp, punched flowers, some lavender Distress Stickles.  The sketch is reversed, and I used the existing side border that was on the paper.

I used the MMSC88 CAS sketch for this divider.  Crafty Secrets stamps inside the Spellbinders die, added some beads.


For this divider page I used the MojoMonday176 sketch, stretched out.  Also faux pressed flower technique over on SCS.  Foil stickers make the border.