Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
This little baby combines two challenges. There's the Mojo Monday Challenge, which is a sketch challenge, and Stamp TV's Technique Challenge, which was "kissing". I thought maybe I was finally going to be able to involve my husband in my crafting, but then I watched the video tutorial on "kissing". Ha Ha!
You really need to check out these videos, they're quite informative.
So I've got a funny little story about this card. Actually, it's only funny now, it wasn't funny when I got home from work to finish the card. It was late, very late, when I started the card, and I left the pieces ready to be assembled on my work table, including a lovely sheer blue dotted ribbon that matched beautifully if I do say so myself. Only, when I entered the sanctuary to finish the card, the ribbon was gone! It seems my fiendish kitteh, ChaKa, decided he needed the ribbon more than I did. I still haven't found the ribbon, so I had to replace it with a piece of covered chipboard. (really would have looked a lot better with the ribbon). Darn cat.
Materials used: Cardstock: Bazzill- Slate Blue, Lime Sherbet
DP: Basic Grey
Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Beautiful Blooms, Butterfly Kisses (I thought this set was appropriate, since the swirled butterfly was the stamp that "kissed" the solid leaf from the Beautiful Blooms set); Our Craft Lounge- Pea-nut Bunny (sentiment)
Border Punch: All Night Media (pulled this out of the mothballs)
Brads: Making Memories
Chipboard: Bo Bunny
Nesties: Labels One
I've got one more Stamps and Smiles card to do, and I then I think I may take a wee shopping break, since I haven't ordered anything in like two whole days!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So here it is! The February Blog Hop Challenge from Papertrey Ink! This is so exciting.
The challenge was to make a card using at least one Papertrey Ink product rendering your interpretation of spring.
Yellow is spring to me. Whenever I see the color yellow, it just reminds me of spring, since around here, that's usually the first bit of color you see; those adorable little daffodils poking their pretty little heads up through the thawing ground. So I went with a monochromatic card in shades of yellow. It just reminds me of spring's first delicate shades that crescendo into glorious sunny colors.
So, for the materials used:
Cardstock: Bazzill- Lily White, Sugar Cookie, Buttercream, Sunshine, Bumblebee
Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Flower Garden, Beautiful Blooms
Ink: Colorbox- Daffodil, Sunflower
There's some machine stitching around the edges, and I didn't have quite the shade I was looking for in the button or ribbon, so I colored both with Copic markers.
Enjoy the blog hop!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I combined challenges again today. You don't know how glad I am that "they" allow you to do this. I wouldn't be able to participate nearly as much without combining challenges. I consider it a great day if I'm able to get one card made.
Then we have the High Hopes Challenge #19. The challenge at High Hopes this week is to do some sponging, which I did on the sentiment, and a teeny bit at the top corners of the card.
I used some of the gorgeous stamps from Verve Stamps on this card. The set is called Hundred Hearts. The cardstock is from Bazzill (one of these days I WILL run out of Bazzill cardstock) in Vanilla and Java. The DP is from Deja Views. The scalloped border punch is from Martha Stewart. I stamped the sentiment on an oval cut with the Nesties Classic Oval Large. The pearls are from K & Company (I really, really love those pearls), and the ribbon is from Offray (and I only remember that because I just got the ribbon last Sunday). I'm happy with the way this one turned out, and I managed to complete it in just over an hour. I am an SSS (Supremely Slow Stamper).
One last thing, don't forget the blog hop at Papertrey Ink tomorrow. This will be a first for me. I've "hopped" several blogs, but I've never been "hopped". It sounds like it's going to be a blast, though. Maybe I'll run into "ya'll" there.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The ribbon is from Basic Grey (I think), and the buttons are from Foof A La.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
As you can see from the title, today's card is for the Mojo Monday Challenge (week 74), based on the sketch of the week.
I really enjoyed this sketch. While searching for the colors I wanted, I came across this DP. It spoke to me, and the rest of it just kind of came together. I'm actually quite happy about the way this card turned out. Have to give credit to my Design Consultant again, though. He talked me out of making it an Easter card, which was the original plan. Ehh, I get tired of looking at pastels for EVERY Easter card.
Cardstock: Bazzill- Bazzill White, Patina, Artesian Pool
DP: Daisy Bucket Designs
Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Beautiful Blooms, Butterfly Kisses, Flower Garden
Ink: Colorbox- Frost White, Mint; Colorbox Chalk Ink- Prussian Blue
Oh, musn't forget the ribbon of unknown origins. I apologize to all the ribbon manufacturers out there. I really need a way to identify my ribbons. Currently, I unbox, unwrap or unspool them, and they go into large glass jars according to color. Works great for organizational purposes; not so great for a materials list.
So, must go look at some more stamps now. I've got a couple of cuties on the way from Our Craft Lounge, and I don't want them to feel like the only new kids in town. Heh Heh
See ya tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day. Anybody else getting tired of the cheesy movie quotes at the end of the post? LOL
Monday, February 16, 2009
Today's card is for the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Sketch Challenge over at Paper Craft Planet.
I enjoyed this sketch; it was simple, but fun. This card is going to an incredibly sweet lady that I used to work with. I ran into her Saturday when we went to dinner (hadn't seen her in years), and she was just as sweet as I remembered.
Cardstock: Bazzill- Cream Puff, Horizon Vanilla, Mud Pie
Stamps: Inkadinkado- Flower Pot Sentiments
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink- Chestnut Roan
I think the buttons are from Creative Imaginations
I did some more machine stitching.
I ended up only coloring the bloom on the stamped image. I kept debating whether or not to color the image at all; it looked quite striking in just the chestnut color. So I asked my Design Consultant, a.k.a. "Honey", what he thought. He said the image reminded him of the antique sepia toned photos where only a portion of the image was colored, and that maybe I should just color the flower. Hmm. Not a bad idea.
Okay, I'm off to work on another challenge project, and maybe sneak in an order to Our Craft Lounge while I'm at it (they did just release 28 new sets, don't ya know).
Hasta la vista, baby!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The card is based on the sketch for the latest Mojo Monday http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/ challenge. Their sketches always look so great.
For this card, I used Bazzill cardstock in Raven, Nor'easter, Pomegranate, Vanilla, and Tiara (Bling cardstock).
The stamps are Fiskars- Flourishes; Papertrey Ink- Butterfly Kisses, Women of Life; Technique Tuesday- Free Press
A Labels One Nestabilities was cut in half for the sentiment.
The jewel brad is from Creative Imaginations.
The ribbon is from Basic Grey (if it weren't so distinctive, I wouldn't have remembered this one either).
Oops, forgot to mention that I stamped and embossed the monogram, then cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals.
I hope he likes it. Although it was nervewracking, it was still fun.
So, now for the cleanup, and then I have some new stamps to catalog, label and store. (Yes, that is fun for me).
Until tomorrow, play on!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
For the dies that DO nest perfectly, you can get two set of nesties in one CD case easily. They stay put, the case closes firmly, and you have a nice, neat, compact, organized way to store them. Both of the scalloped square sets (small & large) are shown in this CD case.
After placing my sets in the CD cases, I get out my handy dandy Brother P-Touch label maker and label each case. I love labels; I'm a label freak. I label everything I can get my hands on. (Remind me to post a picture of my spice cabinet sometime- LOL). Then they are stored like proper little soldiers in the top shelf of one of the corner shelf Store In Style cubes, directly underneath my Cuttlebug. Out of the way, not in my line of sight, but still right at hand when I need to use them.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I really have to hand it to the folks at Oozak; they ship with lightning speed. Sometimes it's hard finding what you want it stock, apparently I'm not the only person that enjoys getting my markers there. But I digress.
The cardstock is from Bazzill- key lime and wisteria. The DP is from Chatterbox- Light Parlor Paisley (this stuff has been in my stash for years, that's why I hate to throw anything out, you never know when you're going to need it). The fairy's wings were given a light dusting of holographic embossing powder.
I did not use any Nesties on this. I went old school and cut out the ovals with some Coluzzles.
I didn't bother with a sentiment here, my daughter wouldn't be able to read one yet, so any sentiment would have been more for my benefit than hers. However, her daddy and I did sign the inside, which reads, "Happy Valentine's Day to our "Stinkerbell".
I'm thinking about posting some pics of La Princessa. Everyone should see how completely adorable she is.
That's all for now. I'm off to see if there are any other challenges this week that I might be able to participate in. OMG, those are fun! I love the pressure of a deadline!
Sweet dreams to those of you that sleep. The rest of you? Go make something.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Card Positioning Systems (http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/) is celebrating their second anniversary, along with Papertrey Ink (http://www.papertreyink.com/), and they have teamed up for this sketch challenge showcasing some as yet unreleased Papertrey Ink products.
Also, Our Creative Corner (http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.com/) has an inspiration challenge. You needed to choose your favorite embellishment, and design a card around it. I chose the felt flowers from Queen & Co.; when I saw them, I knew I just had to have them, even though I had no idea when or how I was going to use them (I know you have all done the very same thing at some point). They "spoke" to me, and that was that.
Yikes! There are no stamps on this card. I hope that doesn't disqualify me for anything somewhere. Stamps just didn't happen here; I don't know what else to say. That's the way things play out sometimes.
Cardstock: Bazzill- Asparagus; other cardstock was color altered using Walnut Inks (the original color was the same blue Pizzazzill cardstock used on the Father's Day card below).
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug- Stylized Flowers
Chipboard: Bo Bunny Double Dot Chipboard
Felt trim: Queen & Co.- Flower Doodle, Lavender
Diecut ("M" & hearts): Heidi Grace- Vineyard
Walnut Ink: Tsukineko- Walnut and Lavender
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink- Chestnut Roan
Well, it's a beautiful day here today, so I think I'll stay inside and make some more cards.
I'm posting a card for another challenge! I am so excited about finally taking the leap to show other people the cards I make (instead of just the recipient). This was a big step for me. I usually like to keep to myself and just quietly observe.
Anywho, this is for the Papertrey Ink sketch challenge. They are on Day 7 of their 2nd anniversary celebration, and they've been giving away some sweet prizes.
Cardstock: Bazzill- Carob, Key Lime; Pizzazzill- Starmist
Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Pond Life
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink- Creamy Brown, Chesnut Roan, Prussian Blue; Colorbox Pigment Ink- Moss Green
This was a super simple, easy peasy card, but hey, Nichole said to put together a "quick little card".
That's probably it for today. I've got some messiness to clean up in the sanctuary, and some yummy new stamps to catalog. Nighty night!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Today I have another Valentine's Day card. Did I mention I love this holiday; I just adore all the girlyness (is that a word?) of the pinks and reds. I guess I'm just a romantic at heart.
I'm sending this card to my mother, who lives in Arkansas. She won't be seeing this, otherwise, I'd say "Hi, Mom!"
Cardstock: Bazzill- Lily White, Cupcake, Maraschino
DP: Doodlebug- Bubblegum Filagree
Punch: Martha Stewart- Doily Lace Edge
Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Take A Bough (polka dots on heart), Butterfly Kisses (flower center), Little Lady (flower petals)
Ink: Colorbox- Ruby, Orchid
Spellbinders Nestabilities Die- Classic Heart
Ribbon- unknown (I'm obviously going to have to change the way I store my ribbon)
Glitter: Doodlebug Sugar Coating
On the inside of the card (which I didn't take a photo of, sorry) is an embossed Nestie Scalloped Rectangle with the chorus to "All You Need Is Love" from John Lennon.
Note: If this card looks familiar, it's a CASE of the card in the Doodlebug ad in the February 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. I love Doodlebug products, in case you couldn't tell.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Cardstock from Bazzill in Cupcake and Princess
Ribbon- that same mystery ribbon that I dearly love
Stamps- Stampendous, Bee Buddies; Making Memories foam stamps, Love (the large heart on the background); Technique Tuesday, Loves Me Loves Me Not (tiny heart); Technique Tuesday, Irony (the white squiggle)
Ink- Colorbox, Frost, Orchid, Lilac; Brilliance, Graphite Black
Nesties- Circle, Scalloped Circle
Doodlebug Sugar Coating for the wing shimmer
The inside of the card says, "Hap"bee" Valentine's Day".
Good night for now (yes, I am actually going to go to bed. I traded 2 nights of sleep for the 7 stamps I received today), and happy creative moments to you all.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Same sketch as the first, and this card is for the other daughter of a co-worker. She has fraternal twins (and so precious; they're 9 now I think).
Bazzill cardstock in Lily White, Cupcake, Princess
DP is Doodlebug- Bubblegum Boutique (I think)
Ink is Colorbox- Orchid
Flowers are Prima
Brads are Doodlebug
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder- Swiss Dots
Nesties- Classic Circles
Ribbon- unknown (but if anyone recognizes it, I would really like to have some more of it).
Valentine's Day cards are some of my favorites to make- 'cause I likes me some girly stuff.
I made this little Valentine's Day card for the daughter of a co-worker.
The sketch was from a recent sketch challenge, but for the life of me, I can't remember where.
Bazzill cardstock in Lily White, Cupcake and Princess
Stamp (tiny heart) from Technique Tuesday- Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Ink from Colorbox- Quicksilver (the little hearts are stamped in silver and the circles are edged with it).
Stickers from Doodlebug- Loopy Love
Nesties- Circle and Scalloped Circle
Last but not least, a little machine stitching around the edge.
There are so many things I would like to accomplish with this blog, but first and foremost, I will use it to share my passion(s) for scrapbooking, card making, stamping, cooking, and whatever other new things I discover.
I've always loved to "create" things. When you create something, it doesn't matter if someone else doesn't like it; it's all about you. You've put a piece of your heart on display, and that's always beautiful.
So I invite you to join me and my sleep deprived ramblings wherever the path may lead.
Have a creative day!