Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sweet Pea Spring

It's supposed to be spring, but some are having snow (again), and we've gotten up into the mid to upper 80's already.  I think we went straight to summer here.  For the In A Sweet Pea Dream challenge this round they want us to do a springtime card, and the Sweet Pea Stampers challenge is to use punches.  I chose the Fall Masquerade Fairy by Caron Vinson, available from Sweet Pea Stamps, and colored her with teal and peach, which are the colors for Joan's card challenge this week.  Joan also wanted us to add a butterfly and use something frilly.  I have several tiny butterflies scattered on here, and my frilly is the gorgeous lace behind the image.  This was left over from a dress I made my daughter 15+ years ago.  I think I've about used it all now.  The flowers were made with Nellie Snellen punches, spritzed with some glimmer spray I made, and German glass glitter was added to the centers. 

In a Sweet Pea Dream - Spring.
Sweet Pea Stampers -  Punches.
Joan's Gardens - Peach and teal, butterfly and something frilly.
Friday Sketchers - Sketch.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea Stamps "Fall Masquerade Fairy" by Caron Vinson, Crafty Secrets "Bonjour Merci".
Paper:  Bearly Mine Designs digi paper, The Paper, DCWV Mariposa.
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Stickles, Nellie Snellen flower and fern punches, German glass glitter, Spellbinders dies, MS butterfly punch, lace, seam binding, foam tape, corner punch.

Tagged an ATC

I have had more fun than I imagined making tags.   Joan at Joan's Gardens  has been having a weekly challenge that really has added to my stash.   Rebecca took over the Tag Tuesday challenge, and the theme she chose was vintage sewing.  While I was making this, I found myself singing the song from Disney's Cinderella where the mice were making her ball gown.  "We can do it, we can do it...we can help our Cinderelly".  I know, I'm a dork.  :)  Over at OCC they're having us make ATC, with a color challenge thrown in, so I scaled my tag down to ATC size.  The dress form was cut using my Cricut, burgundy layered over Kraft CS.  I frayed the edges a bit on the fabric scraps, which are from the formal I am making for my daughter.  I strug some beads onto the head pin and stuck it through the fabric.  Had the little scissors charm in my stash. 

Challenges:
Joan's Gardens Tuesday Tag Challenge
Tag Tuesday at Blog Challenge Garden - Vintage Sewing.
OCC - ATC, using Kraft, white/cream, chocolate/black, and one color of your choice.

Stamps:  None.
Paper:  Scraps from my stash.
Ink:  Distress Ink.
Accessories:  Corner punch, seam binding, sewing machine, head pin, beads, buttons, scissors charm, fabric scraps, Cricut, Spellbinder die.

Bah! Humbug, Crafty Hazelnut, and a Few Others

Here is my Christmas card of the week, and woohoo, check out the gorgeous creations with Christmas trees by the DT at Bah! Humbug!   I fell back on this gorgeous Rubbernecker set for my tree.  I made the card square, so it will work for Crafty Hazelnut's challenge.  I thought the colors at CR84FN of garnet, chartreuse and cream would be really pretty for this.  When I took the picture, no matter where I was in the house, the garnet looked really RED, but it's not that red IRL.  Oh well, it looks good.  The tree images were stamped with Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters aned Fired Brick Distress Inks.  I spritzed the felt poinsettias with Glimmer Mist.

Challenges:
Bah! Humbug! - Christmas tree.
Crafty Hazelnut - Square card.
CR84FN - Garnet, chartreuse, and cream.
Sketch Saturday - Sketch.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker "Snowflakes and Stardust".
Paper:  Bearly Mine Designs digi papers.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Distress inks.
Accessories:  Sizzix EF, corner rounder, foam tape, felt poinsettias, Glimmer Mist, pearls.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Playing With Digis

I stumbled across these gorgeous digi papers from Bearly Mine Designs, and immediately got some.  I was looking for lavenders and blues so I could finish the wedding planner that I have been working on.   Love how these papers print out!  I wandered over to The Pixie Cottage, which is one of the challenges I try to play along with each week, and decided to use my new digi papers and their sketch and/or sparkle challenge.  I like how The Pixie Cottage always provides a sketch along with an optional additional element in their challenges.   You can use either sketch or element, or both together.  The Play Date Cafe has pretty, calming colors for their challenge.  The image I used is from the "Violet Peacock" decoupage sheet from The Crafty Purple Frog.  I layered a gold doily behind the image and digi paper, added the seam binding I dyed and wadded.  The pretty leaves are from a Marianne Design Creatables die.  I just punched it out of white CS and tapped some ink sporadically over it.  I added some Stickles to the beads and bubbles on the mermaid, though that didn't come out well in the picture. 

Challenges:
The Pixie Cottage  - Sketch and/or sparkle.
The Play Date Cafe #74 - Color scheme.
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Lily of the Valley - Punches
Gingerloft - Punches and/or dies
House of Gilli - Ribbons and pearls.

Stamps:  None. ("Violet Peacock" decoupage sheet).
Paper:  Bearly Mine Designs.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Gold doily, MS butterfly punch, Marianne Design leaf die, pearls, Stickles, crinkled/dyed seam binding.

Friday, March 25, 2011

MMSC96, TSTR54, OCC, GB, FB147

This card started with the center panel, for the OCC challenge which is to use something you would normally throw away.  I cut this panel from a tissue box after I rescued it from the recycle bin.  I ran it through my crimper and distressed the edges.  While I was in a rescuing mode, I snagged a Pepsi can, cut it up, embossed it and then colored it with Adirondack alcohol inks, and then punched out the butterfly.  Poor little butterfly kind of disappeared in the picture, but it's nice and shiny, front and center IRL!  :) From here I thought the Midnight Madness sketch would be perfect.  Then I wandered over to the Shabby Tea Room and they're having a Bingo challenge, to use any three connected squares, and I went with the bottom row of punches/die cuts, embossing, and ribbon.  The flowers I had in my stash and I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist.  Threaded some beads on eye pins and attached them behind the flowers.  Added some seam binding I dyed, scrunched and tied in a floppy bow.   All the DP is Basic Grey Periphery.

Challenges:
Midnight Madness - Sketch
The Shabby Tea Room - Bingo
OCC - Don't throw that away!
Basic Grey - Something recycled.
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything goes (with wings)

Stamps:  None.
Paper:  Basic Grey Periphery, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Recycled panel and can, MS butterfly punch, paper crimper, flowers from stash, beads, eye pin, seam binding, Cuttlebug EF, corner rounder.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Joan's Card Challenge #10

This week at Joan's Gardens, Joan whipped up a pretty recipe for this week's card challenge - A thank you card with pink and green, stripes and scallops.  I had this image already finished.  It was a practice piece from a couple weeks back.  The image is stamped on canvas with Stazon and then I colored it with Copics and Prismacolors. I cut around the image with deckle edge scissors, distressed with some ink.  I cut out a scalloped rectangle then embossed it so it wouldn't look so blah.  The sentiment is made with JustRite Trompe letters.  The punch flowers have been in my stash for quite some.  I ran them through my crimper a bunch of times to soften them up then shaped them a bit and added the starburst center. 

Challenges
Joan's Gardens - Thank you card, pink and green, stripes, scallops.
Sketch Saturday - Nice sketch!
Paper Sundae - Embossing.
JustRite - Random Act of Kindness.

Stamps:  Flourishes "Humming Along", JustRite Trompe alphabet.
Paper:  HOTP, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Punch flowers, deckle scissors, Spellbinders scalloped rectangles and tag dies, Sizzix leaf die and embossing folder, SU! scallop border punch, ribbon, canvas, pearls.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This is What Happens...

Scor-Tape is really sticky! I was hovering, about to place the top layer, my ninja cat distracted me and at the same time I sneezed...and this is where it got stuck.  I tried to pull it back up but it would have torn, so that's where it stays.  Actually, it's not too unfortunate looking. :)

I stamped the tulip with Distress Ink three times, one of them on vellum.  I cut around one entire image, then cut petals from the vellum and other stamping.  Curled and shaped those petals then attached them to the base image.  Painted some Stickles on the very edges of the petals and also on the stem and leaves.  The tiny Kraft tag I cut free hand, inked with white and added the eyelet before threading it onto the stem.  I threaded the beads onto wire and looped that through the eyelet as well.  The petal portion of the flower is attached on foam tape, the stem and leaves directly to the tag.  The brown, turquoise and Kraft layers were cut with my Cricut.  Used a little peg stamp around the edges of each of those layers.  Seam binding dyed with Distress Ink is sandwiched between the tab at the top.

Challenges
Joan's Gardens - Tuesday tag challenge.
Crazy 4 Challenges - Pink, Kraft, turquoise, brown.
Truly Scrumptious - Tag it.
Wild Orchid - Die cuts or punches.
Blog Challenge Garden (taking over for Tag Tuesday) - Think Spring.

Stamps:  Anna Griffin tulip, stamp from Rubber Stamp Tapestry "Wisteria Frame" set.
Paper:  SU! Kraft, The Paper Studio, vellum.
Ink:  Distress Inks, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Seam binding, beads, wire, Stickles, eyelet, MS butterfly punch, Cricut, SU! tab punch.

Sweet Pea in Pink

Here's another Sweet Pea card.  I just love these images.  A little escape into fantasy land. :)   This image is called "In the Wind" by Ching Chou Kuik.  She looks so peaceful and serene.  I colored her with Prismacolor pencils, with Stickles added to the wings and Liquid Pearls on the moon.  Flutterby challenge this week had a sketch and that's what I followed.  Since I am severely ribbon challenged and can't make a bow look decent, I figured I couldn't mess up with seam binding since it's supposed to have a shabby look.  I dyed it Distress Inks, wadded it up and dried it, made a bow, and ~poof~...it looks pretty good! :) 

Challenges
Flutterby Wednesday - Sketch (plus something with wings)
In A Sweet Pea Dream - Pink
Sweet Pea Stampers - Scallops
Fairytale Challengeblog - Green and pink.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "In the Wind" by Ching Chou Kuik; Stampin Up! Garden Collage.
Paper:  HOTP, Neenah Solar White.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Sizzix leaf die, seam binding, foam tape, Spellbinders dies, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, MS butterfly punch.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bah! Humbug Meets Crafty Hazelnut For My COTW

Back to a normal work week.  Bleh!  Back to school today for Tyler.  He has a bad case of senioritis"...can't wait to graduate in June.  Shelbie made it back to Norwich Saturday without any problems.   So here we go with some more cards!  This week at Bah! Humbug! they want us to use metallics.  I combined this with Crafty Hazelnut's challenge to use silver, and my card ended up going in non-traditional Christmas colors direction. I had cut the snowflakes from some foil paper and they looked pretty but were missing some pizzazz.  So I covered them with German glass glitter.  Oh my, the bling from that is gorgeous!   The cutesie image is Rubbernecker's "Crystal", colored with Prismacolors.  The "fur" is Liquid Pearls.  Sentiment printed from my computer.  Now to separate this from my stash so Chuck doesn't see it, because this will be his Christmas card this  year.  :)

Challenges
Bah! Humbug! - Metallics.
Crafty Hazelnut - Silver.
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Sketch.
ABC Challenge - Q for quote/sentiment.


A little update on the making of the dress for Shelbie (same pic as before, darn it).  I have been sewing since before I was 10, consider myself an advanced seamstress.  Thankfully I can look at something, sketch it, make the mock-up, and end up with a relative close copy, so Shelbie has always had one-of-a-kind formals.  I bought this Vogue Designer, advanced level pattern about 7 or 8 years ago and had never opened the envelope.  Apparently for Vogue advanced means HA! We left out some pieces!  LOL!  Four out of 19 pieces are missing.  Nice.  So I had to take extra time to figure those pieces out and thus was not able to get the dress finished before Shelbie had to go back to college.  I'll be finishing it up this week and will ship it to her.  I'll post a picture of the dress all by its lonesome, then Shelbie can have someone take a picture of her the night of the Junior Ring Presentation in April and I'll post it then. What I was able to get finished so I could do a final fitting on her looked beautiful, if I may say so myself. :)   

Stamps:  Rubbernecker "Crystal".
Paper:  Anna Griffin, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinder scalloped rectangles dies, Stickles, Dew Drops, Cuttlebug snowflake die and embossing folder, German glass glitter.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

MMSC95, CR84FN20, Shabby Birthday

There's a birthday bash going on at The Shabby Tea Room - one year since they've started their challenges.  So the theme is party time.  I made this birthday card following the Midnight Madness sketch and the pretty color trio from CR84FN of plum, lavender and green.   The main image I've had sitting around for months waiting to be used.  I had inked it with several colors of Colorbox Queues then stamped it.  Added several layers of UTEE, chilled and cracked it.  Stamped the sentiment then tore it around it, inked the edges.  Flowers I made from punches, sprayed them with home made glimmer spray. 
Challenges
Midnight Madness - Sketch
The Shabby Tea Room - Party time
Simon Says Stamp - Birthday
CR84FN - Plum, lavender, green

Stamps:  Rubbernecker "Flora and Flairs", Crafty Secrets "Bonjour Merci".
Paper:  DCWV Luxury Stack, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Oval and Deckeled Oval, Sizzix leaf die, handmade punch flowers, rhinestones, embossing folder, homemade glimmer spray.

Tag From Left-Overs

Left-overs aren't just for dinner anymore!  I won't admit to how many paper scraps I keep, but I've gotten better at tossing the itsy bits into the recycle bin.  I cut the rectangular aperture from this card, and that left-over rectangle was perfect for a Christmas tag for Joan's weekly tag challenge.  I trimmed all the way around with deckle edge scissors, cutting the upper corners off as well.  I used some of the same felt poinsettias I used on the card and added Stickles and Dew Drops to them.  I love this owl image by Inkadinkado.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed with red glitter EP with a little gold EP added.  It doesn't look very good in the picture, but IRL it's really pretty!  I dyed and wadded some seam binding and using it for the hanger.

Joan's Garden - Tag challenge

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Winter Birds
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Deckle edge scissors, seam binding, Stickles, Dew Drops, red glitter embossing powder, felt flowers and leaves.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Weekly Christmas Card

I've gotten hooked on the Bah!Humbug! Christmas card challenges...helps get the mojo going for my weekly card for my Christmas stash.  This week they want us to use an aperture.  I used the Stardust and Snowflakes set from Rubbernecker to stamp the tree, using Distress Inks for the first two layers, then gold EP for the star layer.  I love, love, love how it turned out.  Think this is going to be my go to set for a mass card production (later in the year).  I put all the layers together following the sketch at Create4Fun, then cut the rectangle aperture and mounted the image behind it.  I went around the aperture opening with a gold Decopaint marker, and around the sentiment as well.  The felt poinsettias are from my stash. 

Okay, paper playing is over.  Back to playing with fabric! :)


Bah! Humbug! - Aperture.
Crafty Hazelnut - Gold
Create4Fun - Sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges - Use a tree.
 Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stardust and Snowflakes,  JustRite A Merry Little Christmas.
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket.
Ink:  Distress Inks, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders dies, gold EP, Decopaint pen, felt poinsettias, brads.

Joan's Garden Weekly Challenge #9

I am so enjoying Shelbie and Tyler being off for spring break!  We've had a friend of Tyler's  from Wisconsin staying with us this week too.  Good times. 

I have been working on Shelbie's formal, but had to take a fabric break for a paper break.  : )  This card is for Joan's weekly challenge, this time to use orange and blue, spring theme, die cuts and a circle.  I used the Sketch Saturday sketch.  I have had this Stampin Up set for a while but had not used it, so got it inky today.  I embossed the outline with gold EP.  The flowers I made.   

Challenges:
Joan's Gardens - Recipe
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Wild Orchid - Die cuts and/or punches.
Papertake Weekly - Three of something





Stamps:  Stampin Up! Heartfelt Thanks; JustRite Just A Note.
Paper:  DCWV Rustic and Botanical stacks.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Handmade flowers, rhinestones, gold EP, Spellbinders dies, leaf punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, corner rounder.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lucky Mouse

Woohoo!  Both my kiddos are off this week for spring break.  My daughter came in late Friday  night from Vermont.  Her flight was smooth, no delays, actually arrived here 15 minutes early.  Way to go Southwest Airlines!  That's the only airline we have had no travel issues with since Shelbie started college in Vermont! 

I'm getting this House Mouse card in under the wire.  I had it finished yesterday but got distracted and forgot to post it.  Their challenge is to make a multifold card.  I love easel cards and hadn't tried one of the twisted easels yet, so decided to give it a whirl.  I used the sketch at The Pixie Cottage.   I colored the image with Prismacolors and Copics.  Added the rhinestone clover on inside and out.  This is my only St. Paddy's card. 

This week I will still post a few cards, but not as many as I have been so I can enjoy lots of time with my kiddos.  I'm still working only part time, so that gives me extra time with them.   Also, I have another project to finish this week, as my daughter needs to take it back to school with her.  It involves what you see in this picture, as well as thread, boning, lining, etc...  I will post the finished product, with Shelbie modeling it, later this week.   Kind of hard to tell, but it's wine colored satin, along with wine colored georgette with different colored floral design.  Beautiful fabrics!

Challenges
House Mouse - Multifold
Pixie Cottage - Sketch
My Time to  Craft - Jewels
Paper Play - Shades of Green/Good Luck
Creative Inspirations - Easel card.

Stamps:  House Mouse "O Lucky Day".
Paper:  HOTP, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Spellbinders dies, corner punch, Stickles, rhinestone clover, Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Cagey Tag

I love the Tim Holtz Caged Bird die but didn't buy it since I have a Cricut and a jillion cartridges.  Really should use it more! I cut this tag using two different cartridges, and using Design Studio to weld things together.  The bird and branch are also cut with the Crickie.  I used a Cuttlebug border folder.  I shaped the bird's wing a bit with my bone folder, inked it a bit.  The tiny flowers are from a Cuttlebug die, Stickles in the centers.  Added the little quillie cue and some tiny MS butterflies.  The photo tag keeps the cage closed. 

Open the cage and there's a flap with the bird on the branch.  Open that, and there is the writing spot.









Challenges
Joan's Gardens - Tag
Tag Tuesday - Surprise.
Wild Orchid - Anything goes.
Flutterby Wednesday - Photo inspiration
Simon Says Stamps - Anything goes.

Stamps:  None.
Paper:  The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Cricut, Cuttlebug die and embossing folder, leaf punch, Stickles, photo holder, MS butterfly punch.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

CR84FN18, MMSC94, FTTC108, 1-2-3-4

Whole lotta alphabet soup in that blog title! :)  When I saw that Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge is to use stitching, I grabbed my canvas.  I stamped the image on the canvas and used Copics and Prismacolors to get a pretty watercolor effect.  I cut the image borders with deckle edge scissors and inked with Distress Inks. I did some hand stitching on upper right border and added some beads, then sloppy machine stitched the rest of the way around.    I used the color scheme at CR84FN of orange, yellow and Kraft and followed this week's Midnight Madness sketch. 

Challenges
Midnight Madness - Sketch
CR84FN - Orange,  yellow and Kraft
OCC - 1-2-3-4 (1 DP, 2 layers, 3 stamped images, 4 embellishments)
Flourishes - Sewing.
Crafty Cardmakers - Fabric
Craft Us Crazy - Nature

Stamps:  Flourishes "Humming Along" and "Clematis and Butterflies".
Paper:  Kraft CS, DCWV Rustic
Ink:  Stazon, Colorbox Queues, Memento.
Accessories:  Canvas, Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug folders, beads.

Embossed Angel

Adding to my Christmas card stash.  This week's Bah! Humbug! challenge called for embossing.  I inked up this pretty Inkadinkado angel and embossed her with gold embossing powder.  I inked the outside edge of Spellbinders Mega Rectangles then cut and embossed the image to get that sharp border.  I also cut the card base with the largest die from that set, embossed the front panel with a Cuttlebug snowflake folder, and tapped the stamp pad on the snowflakes to bring them out a bit.  The ABC Christmas challenge this time around is also embossing, plus three different embellishments.  The gold vellum snowflakes are from a Cuttlebug die.  The word is a metal word from Colorbok.  It was silver, but I colored it with a gold DecoColor marker.

Challenges
Bah! Humbug! - Embossing.
ABC Christmas Challenge - Embossing and 3 embellishments.
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Metal.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Embossing.

Stamps: Inkadinkado Christmas Silhouettes.
Paper:  The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Versamark, gold EP, Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug dies, metal word, rhinestones.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vintage Love Is Gone

Oh, to choose just one Sweet Pea image as a favorite - couldn't do it.  Had it narrowed down to five, closed my eyes and grabbed one, and it's "Love is Gone".  I colored the image with my usual Prismacolors.  Painted the wings with Frosty Lace Stickles.  The DP is Basic Grey Curio, and the sketch is a great one at Lili of the Valley.  I used vellum "petals" in the flowers and for one layer of the butterfly.  I also embossed the strip of vellum with Spellbinders Impressabilities.
Challenges:
Lili of the Valley - Sketch.
Sweet Pea Stampers - Favorite stamp.
PaperPlay - Shabby chic/vintage.
Paper Romance - Vellum.
Basic Grey - Wings.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "Love is Gone", Crafty Secrets "Pink Ribbon".
Paper:  Basic Grey Curio.
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Handmade flowers, Spellbinders dies and Impressabilities, MS branch and butterfly punches, Stickles, Twinkling H2Os, foam tape.

Under the Sea

I really liked this sketch at The Pixie Cottage so even though I already entered with their theme of spring, I decided to do the sketch this time.  I chose this Sweet Pea image called "Enchanting Gold" for the Under the Sea challenge at Crafts and Me.  She is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Although I missed the Color Throwdown deadline, I love those colors together so used them anyway. :)

Challenges
The Pixie Cottage - Sketch
Crafts and Me - Under the sea
The Stamp Man - Curls and swirls
Color Throwdown - Navy, pink, baja breeze (late for this one)

Stamps:  Sweet Pea Stamps "Enchanting Gold".
Paper:  Basic Grey Two Scoops, Neenah Solar White, The Paper Studio.
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Doodleparts and scalloped oval dies, Cuttlebug folders, Pebbles chalks, Stickles, corner punch, handmade flower.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Moonlit Fairy

This week's Crafty Cardmakers challenge is silhouettes, and I immediately thought of this little fairy.  I stamped it with Versamark then embossed with black EP.  I used chalks on the moon, cut the image with Spellbinders Labels 14 and inked around the edges.  The Craft Your Days Away challenge is black and white, and that made the rest of the card pretty simple.  Followed the cute sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges.   Both background DP are from DCWV La Creme Cardstock pad.  I really like the black glittery one...looks like a sparkly starry night.

Challenges
Crazy 4 Challenges - Sketch
Flutter By Wednesdays - Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Silhouettes
Craft Your Days Away - Black and white

Stamps:  Rubber Stampede "Moonlit Fairy", Verve "Fairy Tales".
Paper:  DCWV La Creme
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Fourteen, Cuttlebug embossing folder, black embossing powder, Versamark, foam tape, Pebbles chalks.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Whiff of Joy #99

I have had this Whiff of Joy image colored for quite some time.  I came across it and I'm using it for this weeks challenge #99 at Whiff of Joy - buttons and blooms.  I cut her out and mounted her on foam tape.  I cut the purple mat with Spellbinders Beaded Oval then ran it through an embossing folder.  The Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is a recipe of 1 image, 2 DP and 3 embellishments.  One DP is Anna Griffin, the other HOTP.  Embellishments are the flowers from Wild Orchid, buttons and Flower Soft.  I used the sketch from last week's Sketch Saturday

Challenges:
Whiff of Joy - Blooms and buttons
My Time to Craft -  Infants (or children)
Simon Says Stamp - Recipe
Wild Orchid - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale Challengeblog - Children

Stamps:  Whiff of Joy Kneeling Willow, SU! Words.
Paper:  The Paper Studio, Anna Griffin, HOTP.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Flower soft, Wild Orchid roses, leaf punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam tape.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tuesday Tag Challenge

For this week's tag challenge at Joan's Gardens, I went with a more masculine look.  The base of the tag is card stock on which I used Distress Inks.  The little postcard and the other DP are from HOTP.  I tore the bottom DP all around then ran it through my paper crimper, distressed the edges.  Wadded and flattened the postcard, used Distress Inks on it as well.  The stamps are vellum stickers that I put on cardstock and cut out.  Wrapped it all up with some twine, added the little lock and the Grunge Paper tag I recycled from the packaging.

Challenges:
Joan's Gardens - Tuesday tag challenge.
Tag Tuesday - Tag.
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Ephemera.
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Tags.

Stamps:  None.
Paper:  The Paper Studio, HOTP.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Vellum stamp stickers, lock, twine, Grunge tag.

Dreamy...

Yet another Sweet Pea image.  This one is called "Inner Tender"  I love the big cat watching over the sweet fairy.  I used my Prismacolors blended with baby oil, using pink and being for the Sketchy Colors challenge  Added a bunch of hand made flowers that I smothered in Glimmer Mist, though the shimmer doesn't show well in the picture.   The sentiment I did on my computer.  All DP is DCWV Lace and Linen pack, even the "ribbon" with pearls...it's a strip of DP!
Sketchy Colors - Pink and beige
ABC Challenge - P is for pink
Crazy 4 Challenges - Flowers
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Spring Flowers

Stamps:  Sweet Pea "Inner Tender"
Paper:  DCWV Lace and Linen.
Ink:  Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Stickles, corner rounder, flower and leaf punches, rhinestone.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Joan's Blog Hop

Thanks for dropping by!  Are you ready for some EXCITING NEWS?!   This week you have the chance to win an AMAZING PRIZE PACKAGE you won't want to miss out on. JustRite Stamps has so generously donated the grand prize for this week's Joan's Garden's 8th Challenge for 2011. I am thrilled to be a part of Joan's blog hop featuring JustRite stamps!  This prize package includes the following JustRite products:  
Total Value $191.50 !!
One of each of the following:
Acrylic block set – $8.95
Mini binder box - $9.95
Mothers Natures Gifts – 16.95
Fancy tags- 19.95
Happy Everything -32.95
Nested frame dies 24.95
Nested sentiments dies 24.95
3 ¼” block -12.95
Fancy frames 19.95
Inspires me 19.95
Wouldn't you love to win this grand prize from JustRite stamps!?!  In addition to this fabulous grand prize, there will also be additional prize packages from Joan's Garden's to give you 2 additional chances to win.
You will have until next Thursday morning (March 10) 6:00 AM EST to link your card/project. There are only two requirements for this week's challenge:

• Create a card/project using ONLY JustRite stamps (any JustRite stamps and matching dies are acceptable) Do not use any other brand stamps. You may use any card stock, design paper and embellishments you want.

• You must be subscribed to Joan's Gardens blog to win. This allows you to receive all updates about challenges and sales, etc.

The winner for the grand prize package from JustRite Stamps will be chosen from a Random drawing and will be announced Friday morning (March 11). This person will also be entered in the End of the Year drawing for a $100 gift certificate from Joan's Gardens. You may enter this challenge more than once, but each card/project must be made with only JustRite stamps.


TWO more chances to win another a great prize!
This week Selma and Joan have invited 12 guest designers to join them in a Blog Hop featuring JustRite stamps. You won't want to miss all the inspiration in the beautiful cards created by these talented designers. While visiting each of these blogs, you have a chance to win another great prize from Joan's Gardens.  In order to be eligible for one of these two prize packages, you need to leave a comment on each blog in this Hop (12 guest designers, Selma and joan). Out of the fourteen blogs, there are two "mystery" blogs, each with a prize package from Joan's Gardens.

For a chance to win, be sure to check out all the wonderful creations and leave a comment on all fourteen blogs.

Carla
Donna R
Giovanna
Glenda
Gretchen
Kris
Lana
Mary Anne
Nancy  (That's me)
Selma
Sharon
Sue
Vicki
Joan

Here is my project using JustRite products from Joans Gardens.  I kept it simple in order to showcase the beautiful hibiscus bloom that is just one of the images in JustRite Mother Nature's Gifts Set.  I stamped the image and border with Memento ink.  Colored the flower with Copics, added some Stickles to the stamen.  I also colored the border with Copics and added some flat-backed pearls I colored with the Copic marker to match.  I stamped the sentiment from the same JustRite set in sections to the upper and lower panels.  I taped off the part I didn't want inked so I could stamp the portion I wanted to, stamped directly to the DP.  The Dew Drops are a very pale yellow.  Easy peasy, and ready for spring! :) 


Thank you for being a part of our blog hop.  Dont miss out on the chance to win the amazing Justrite prize package! Create your own project with JustRite products and enter the challenge at Joan's Gardens.  Also, be sure to see the other gorgeous creations and comment on each of the fourteen blogs in the blog hop for a chance to win an additional prize from Joan  

Card recipe
Stamps:  JustRite Mother Nature's Gift Set
Paper:  HOTP, Basic Grey Porcelain.
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Circle die, Dew Drops, Stickles, pearls.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Bah Humbug Challenge

I've been keeping up with my personal quota of a Christmas card a week, just didn't post the last ones because they were a "multiple" batch I put together.  I did five of them; may include a pic at a later time.  But this week I saw that Bah-Humbug's challenge was things that fly.  I have a few images that would work for that, and I chose this one from Sweet Pea Stamps called Snow Fae, by Rachel Anderson.  I colored her in muted shades with my Prismacolors and used this week's Midnight Madness sketch.  The ABC Christmas challenge called for embossing and 3 embellishments.  Think I got that covered.  Not traditional colors, but I think it's purdy! :)

Challenges:
Midnight Madness - Sketch
Bah!Humbug! - Things that fly
ABC Christmas Challenge - E for embossing  and embellishments.
Paper Romance -  Anything goes.

Stamps:  Sweet Pea Stamps "Snow Fae"
Paper:  The Paper Studio, Neenah Solar White, Anna Griffin DP
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Stickles, Dew Drops, Spellbinders Doodleparts die, CB embossing folder, ribbon, MS lilypond punch, felt leaves

Happy Little Mouse

I had this post ready to go yesterday, just needed to insert the picture of my card, and I started having computer problems.  Oh well...computer behaving now, so here's my card.  I originally followed the Pixie Cottage #58 sketch, but that deadline was last night.  This week's challenge at Pixie Cottage is a spring theme (and/or their weekly sketch), so I'm still going with my same four challenges!  I love all my little House Mouse images, and this little guy is colored with Prismacolors with chalks for the background.  The flowers are made from punches.  Sentiment is from Flourishes.

Challenges:
Pixie Cottage -  Spring
CR84FN - Color scheme
Paper Play Challenge - Use a sentiment
Everybody Art Challenge - Spring

Stamps:   House Mouse Throwing Daisy Petals, Flourishes Humming Along
Paper:  Basic Grey Lilykate, HOTP
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Memento.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Fancy Tags and Circles dies, MS lattice punch, Stickles, flower and leaf punches, foam tape.