"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Trouble With Color {Combos}...

Is that sometimes they can really trip you up.   Take, for instance, this week's color combo from ColourQ.   And absolutely lovely combo of  pink, light green, kraft, white and very dark brown.   Piece of cake I thought when I saw it.  I love using kraft in my cardmaking because kraft just goes with well... everything!  But when I got down to it I had such a hard time putting something together that I really liked.  But, the funny thing is... in the end I made two cards!  

Card #1:  I used a Penny Black stamp called Butterfly Suite for this card.  The stamp is rather large and I think that was my problem.  Even after trimming the cardstock down as close to the image as I could and distressing the edges, it still seemed a bit too large for me. 

Card #2:  For this card I used a sketch from The Paper Players and a newly acquired Stampin Up! stamp called Pattern Pieces.  I stamped the image on some paper from the  Girl's Paperie using Early Espresso ink and then trimmed out the pieces.  The image was stamped again on white cardstock and the trimmed out piece adhered with foam dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set A Kiss from the Sun. 

Thanks for taking a peek.... let me know which one you like best.  Me?  I like card #2 the best.

Supplies:  Both cards:  PTI kraft & white; SU! Pink Pirouette & Certain Celery; Ink:  Certain Celery & Early Espresso; Bakers Twine; EK Success punch; SU! cord button

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CR84FN + a Birthday Sundae

Hello everybody!!  A card today for two challenges, CR84FN and Birthday Sundaes.   Last week was the first week for the Birthday Sundaes challenge and I played along.  To my delight the sweet gals of the design team picked my card as one of their "Super Sundaes"!   Thanks ladies!! 

Okay... on to my card.  I used the gorgeous color combo provided by the super talented Mona, creator of CR84FN, of garnet, chartruse and cream.   Isn't the inspiration photo just yummy???   But it was also a bit difficult for me and I spent the last few days trying to figure out what direction I would take with this combo.  Several stamps came to mind, but in the end I chose a stamp from Hero Arts called Long Stem Flowers.  I colored the image with Copic markers, R59, R89, YG03 & YG93.  I did run into another bit of trouble trying to figure out a layout for the card since the image is well... long!  But I think I found something that worked in the end.  I know it is hard to tell from the photo, but the cardstock really is cream colored!  The theme this week at Birthday Sundaes is spring.  My card is on the dramatic side, but I think it says spring...

Thanks for taking a peek... I hope you will take the time to check out both CR84FN and Birthday Sundaes!

Supplies:  Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream & True Black; PP:  PTI Bitty Dot Basics Simply Chartruse & Scarlet Jewel; Stamps:  Hero Arts; Punch:  Martha Stewart butterfly; Ribbon:  PTI Scarlet Jewel grosgrain

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ODBDSLC54 - Frame It! & SNTODBD31 - New to You

Last week Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) celebrated its third annivesary and for the occasion they held a blog hop.   Because it was a celebration there were prizes involved.  One of the prizes was their brand spankin new scripture collections: 5, 6 & 7.   To my shock and delight I was the grand prize winner!  YAY!  The really neat thing about these scripture sets is that each verse in each set was chosen  by the ODBD design team!

This week's challenge is to "frame it".  So for my card today I used a scripture from collection #7, Proverbs 30:5, the scripture chosen by the very talented Patter Cross and framed it using a stamp from the Vine Borders.  The patterned papers are from Girls Paperier.   I'm also putting this card into SNTODBD31 - New To You since all the stamps I used are new to me. 

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Certain Celery; white cs; Girls Paperier pp; Kaiser rhinestones; Ink:  SU! Certain Celery & Pretty in Pink, Ranger Old Paper Distress ink; Spellbinders Long Rectangle dies; paper doily

Monday, March 28, 2011

Etsy Inspired....

Hello!  A card I made for the current Etsy Inspired challenge.  The inspiration store this week is Fresh Metal.  O la la!! There are some seriously gorgeous handmade necklaces to be found there!  My card is based on this gorgeous necklace made of cream ribbon, pearls and a beautifully jewelled flower!   When I saw my inspiration piece I thought of some K & Co. flower stickers I had purchased recently.   The layout is based on the current sketch from Clean & Simple.  Only stamping on the card is the sentiment.  Papers are from Stampin Up!

Thanks for peeking.... hope your week is off to a great start.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI Vintage Cream; Patterned Paper:  Stampin Up!; Stamps:  CHF - Sweet Bee; Ink:  Ranger Old Paper & Bundled Sage distress inks; Stickers:  K & Co.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March Card Chain Challenge

In January of this year I started participating in the monthly Card Chain Challenge that can be found at the Hero Arts Flickr group.  The CCC was started by Deborah (aka Gigi on Flickr) over a year ago.  I had always wanted to participate but never seemed to have the time.  Made that one of my goals for this year.  So far I have received cards from the Netherlands, New Zealand and Texas.  This month I was so excited when my bloggy friend, Brenda, got my name.   She lives in Texas and sent me this lovely card:

Isn't it sweet??  I just love the lanterns!   I sent the following card to Sherri who lives in Maine.

Thanks for taking a peek.. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011


A card today for the current Less is More challenge and ColourQ.   What a color combo this week from ColourQ... Concord Grape, Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue plus white.   I was a bit stumped as to how I was going to put all those colors together and make the card look nice, but once I took a look at the current Less is More challenge an idea started to form.  Chrissie & Mandi provided a lovely sketch for us to use and the idea to make it a DL card.   I don't know what "DL" stands for, but when I saw the sketch I realized it obviously has something to do with making a long card!   

As a rule I don't make long cards because I don't like how mine look when I try to take a photo of them (think leaning tower of Piza!).   So, I decided to make a little bit longer card.   My card is 6 x 3 3/4 instead of a standard A2 size.   I colored a white paper flower from Irene's Garden with a Copic marker (V09) to get the purple color I wanted.  The lower half of the card was stamped with Hero Art's Classic Fabric Design using Kiwi Kiss ink.  I don't have Bermuda Bay except for one sheet of cardstock, so I subbed in PaperTrey Ink's Hawaiian Shores double stitched ribbon... a pretty close match.  Silly me... I had attached the main panel to the cardbase when I realized I didn't have a sentiment on the card.  Thankfully I was able to stamp the "hello" and not have it come out looking strange!

Thanks for taking a peek....  and thank you to all the lovely ladies who participate in the Less is More challenges for the wonderful comments!  You are all the best!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Bazzill light blue; PTI white; Ink:  SU! Kiwi Kiss; Memento Tuxedo Black; Stamps:  Hero Arts:  Classic Fabric Design & Thoughtful Messages; Ribbon:  PTI Hawaiian Shores; Flower:  Irene's Garden

Friday, March 25, 2011

just a note...

Another quick/short post with a card for CR84FN.  Love the color combo this week:  plum, lilac & green.  I didn't get a chance to make a card for last week's combo and I'm just squeaking in with this card today... got too many other things that I need to get done that involve a looming deadline!  Yikes!   Anyway, although it doesn't look like it, the typewriter and the lace actually are two different colors. I think I could have used a bit darker purple, though. The lace is closer to a lilac. The lace was originally white and I used a Copic marker, V01, to achieve the lilac color. Love that you can use Copics to do that! Stamps are from the Hero Arts Just My Type set.

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Ink:  PTI Plum Pudding & Memento Bamboo Leaves, Copic marker; May Arts Lace, KaiserCraft pale purple rhinestones; PTI New Leaf  double stitch ribbon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

happy day...

A quick card for the current Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - A Citrus Celebration.  I wish I could take complete credit for this idea, but I can't... I was inspired by a gift wrapping idea on saw on Marta's Pinterest a few weeks back when I was looking through her Pinterest for inspiration for my One Layer Wednesday card.   When I saw this particular idea I just knew I had to make it into a card.   Finally I made the time today.  First, though,  I spent a little while contemplating exactly how I would approach wrapping the card with the baker's twine.   

I got out my long neglected Hero Arts Heartwinged Butterfly stamp, my bakers twine, a large paperpiercing needle, some cardstock, some ink and went to work.   I love the simplicity of the design and all the open space.   This card falls into the "I absolutely LOVE how it turned out" category. 

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white & Lemon Tart; Bakers Twine - Impress; Stamps:  Hero Arts - Heartwinged Butterfly & Thoughtful Messages; Ink:  SU! Kiwi Kiss

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Delightful Daffodils...

The current challenge over at the ODBD (ODBDSLC53) blog is to create a card that depicts new life.   So for my card I used the new ODBD stamps Daffodil Corner and Eternity, as well as their first ever exclusive die set from Spellbinders, Elegant Ovals.   Here in Western Washington daffodils start poking their little heads out of the ground in mid to late February and they are in full bloom by the middle of March.  This time of year, in general, just speaks of new life with all the plants coming back to life and Easter just around the corner. 

I stamped the Daffodil Corner in Memento's Bamboo Leaves on PTI's white cardstock and colored the image with the following Copic markers:  Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG00, YG03 & YG06.  The image was then trimmed out and some Old Paper distress ink applied to the image.  I stamped the border image from Eternity in Memento Dandelion and the sentiment using Bamboo Leaves.  This was then die cut using the largest die from the Elegant Ovals set.  The oval and image were popped up using foam dimensionals.  I cut up a green Zva Creative flourish and adhered that to the card.  The patterned paper is from the BasicGrey Origins 6x6 pad.

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SU! Pear Pizzazz; PTI white; Ink:  Memento Bamboo Leaves & Dandelion, Ranger Old Paper; Stamps:  ODBD Daffodil Corner & Eternity; Copic Markers; Elegant Oval dies; Zva Creative green crystal flourish.

Heartfelt Wednesday...

A quick post with a card I made using Heartfelt Creations stamps.  I'm sad to say that my time with the Heartfelt Creations design team is up.  I had a great time, though, and got to meet alot of really sweet ladies in the process!  My card today uses stamps from the Aztec Gold Sunflower 1 & 2 sets and is based on a sketch from Splitcoaststampers.  I colored the flower with copics.

Thanks for taking a peek....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft; Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa; Close to My Heart Barn Red; PP:  BasicGrey Indian Summer; Copic Markers; Spellbinders Blossom die

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Time to Celebrate...

My card this time works for four different challenges!  Not sure how I managed that one, but I did!  Anyway the challenges are:  EtsyInspired, Waltzingmouse, Sentimental Sundays and a brand spankin' new challenge called Birthday Sundaes.  Birthday Sundaes is a challenge devoted solely to helping us get those birthday cards done!  I found Birthday Sundaes through my bloggy friend, Michelle, who is also on the design team.  Make sure you check them out!

The EtsyInspired shop this week is Dollbirdies, a place you can find all kinds of wonderful handmade fabric items like wristlets, camera bags and passport holders.   My card is based on a beautiful wristlet done in grey and white.   The layout is based on the current Waltzingmouse sketch.  I have wanted to try making a card using a banner and this week's layout gave me that chance.   The challenge at Sentimental Sundays was to make your sentiment the main focus of your card.  Hopefully that was accomplished on this card!  And the Birthday Sundaes challenge is "anything goes" just make sure you have a birthday related sentiment on your card.   So... whew!  That's alot for one little card!  Stamps are from Waltzingmouse and Hero Arts.  I used a little image from the WMS set Victorian Frippery to make the banner and an image from Very Vintage Labels 4.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; PP:  SU! Night & Day; Stamps:  WMS Very Vintage Labels 4 & Victorian Frippery, Hero Arts Find Joy; Ink:  Ancient Page Stone Grey & Memento Tuxedo Black; Spellbinders Label 4 dies; Martha Stewart Butterfly punch; Zva Creative pearls; Ranger Old Paper distress ink

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Less is More - Make it Masculine

That's the new challenge this week over at Less is More.  Don't know about you, but I don't make too many masculine cards.   Could that be the reason Chrissie & Mandi chose it as the challenge this week (tee hee!)?.  Anyway... I spent sometime this morning whilst I walked the dog deciding on what to do.  I decided to go with the Hero Arts Silhouette Grass stamp and three shades of VersaMagic inks:  Sage, Spanish Olive & Hint of Pesto.   The only embellishment is the bit of twine I wrapped around the card... this is for a man after all!  The sentiment is also from Hero Arts.  I also added a bit of Old Paper distress ink to the edges of the card piece. 

Thanks for taking a peek....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft & vintage cream; Stamps:  Hero Arts Silhouette Grass & Find Joy; Inks:  VersaMagic Sage, Hint of Pesto & Spanish Olive; Twine:  PTI

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Sentiment Sunday with ColourQ

I haven't had the chance to do a ColourQ challenge in a long time!  I really, really liked the color combo this week... it just really makes me think of spring and daffodils!   I made a version of this card earlier in the week for a Splitcoaststampers challenge and while I liked how that card turned out (and so did the 32 people who put it in their favorites!!) I wanted to make another card using the layout, but change it just a bit.    I love how both cards turned out, but I do like this one a bit better.   The other thing I love about this card??  The clean and simple look.  It just makes me happy!  

When I finished the card I realized that it was a perfect fit for the current Sentimental Sundays challenge to use green (the color or "green"/recycled items... I went with the green color).   The SU! SAB (sale-a-bration) set Bliss is one of my favorites and I used it for the card.  The sentiment is from another SU! set Because I Care.

Thanks for taking a peek....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Old Olive; Stamps:  SU!; Ink: SU! Early Espresso, Kiwi Kiss; Ribbon:  SU! Daffodil Delight; Pearls:  Hero Arts; Punch:  EK Success bracket punch

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Rose...

This week the Shabby Tea Room is celebrating its birthday and so I decided to play along with the challenge.  I recently purchased this Penny Black stamp "a rose" and have been wanting to ink her up and do some coloring.  First off I have to say that generally I'm not a big fan of people stamps.   But, back in the late fall that all changed when Penny Black released these fantastic Christmas stamps that featured the most incredibly drawn ladies (Christmas Usher, Sparkes at Christmas & Mademoiselle Noel).  This spring they added more to the line, "a rose" being one of them.  Love, love, love those ladies.

So... for my card I took my inspiration, obviously, from the inspiration photo provided by the Shabby Tea Room.  I colored "a rose" with the following Copic markers:  RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, YG03, YG23, YR31, Y21, E50, E21, E13, E33, E57 & C1.   The papers are from the 6x6 Basic Grey Green at Heart pad.  I added a bit of glitter to the center of each rose, but it is hard to see.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! Blushing Bride; Copic markers; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black & Rose Bud; Art Glitter; Spellbinders Labels 4 dies; SU! Scallop Edge punch; Basic Grey Green at Heart pp; Stamps:  Penny Black "a rose"; Hero Arts.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Treasured Things...

A card for three challenges:  ODBD's Shining the Light - Pearls or Leather; Stampin' Sisters In Christ - Treasured Things and Flourishes Cut Above the Rest.  So that means I needed to use pearls (or leather) on my card, something I treasure and use dies and/or punches to create a cut edge.  

Now I don't know about you, but as a papercrafter there are just way too many things that I treasure!  I love ribbon, buttons, pearls, paper, cardstock, dies, etc.  Do I need to go on??  But when I read the devotional over at Stampin Sisters' that was tied to the treasured things idea it really got me thinking about how much I struggle with trying to maintain a healthy balance with this craft I love.  How to NOT spend too much money on papercrafting stuff, how to make sure that I do use what I have and how do I keep this hobby from becoming more important in my life then my relationship with God and my family.  Trust me it is hard, but I'm getting there and it is so worth it. 

So on to my card... obviously I decided to use pearls on the card.  The die I used is a really neat one I got from Heartfelt Creations when I joined the design team.   I'm definitely going to be using it more in the future.  My treasured items include the pearl flourish I used, as well as some of my hoarded patterned paper.  The stamps are from the ODBD set As You Graduate.   I don't know anyone who is graduating in the near future so I will be sending this card off to Operation Write Home. 

Thanks for taking a peek

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white & kraft; SU! patterned paper; Ink:  SU! Baja Breeze; Stamps:  ODBD As You Graduate; Die:  Heartfelt Creations; Zva Creative Pearl Flourish; Spellbinders Long Rectangle dies

Dutch Iris

A quick post with a card I made using some Heartfelt Creations stamps from their newest release Dutch Iris.  I have had so much fun coloring the iris image in this set.  Cutting out the image was super easy, too, because this collection has a coordinating die set that you can purchase as well!    The decorative frame behind the image is also an exclusive Heartfelt Creations die.  The image was stamped on X-Press It Blending paper and colored with Copics.

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI  white; X-press It Blending paper; SU! orchid; Websters Pages  patterned paper; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fun with Copic Markers

A short post today with a card for the Moxie Fab Stamping with Markers challenge that ends tomorrow.   For my card I decided to do a little coloring on my stamps with Copic markers.   The technique works on the same principle as coloring on your stamps with regular makers and then spritzing the stamp with water and stamping to get a watercolor effect.   The only difference is with Copic markers you spritze the stamp with rubbing alcohol.   It is my understanding, though, that this technique is best when used with solid rubber stamps.  I have never tried this technique with clear stamps.  The other issue is the fact that Copics leave a stain behind on your solid rubber stamps, but I learned today that Staz-On stamp clear will remove the staining (yay!!)

For my card I used only two Copics (V06 & YG93).  The image is from Penny Black.  It took me several tries to get an image that wasn't oversprayed or undersprayed.  I have examples that show what it looks like when you spritz too much rubbing alcohol {the upper one} and when you spritz too little {the lower one}.   Sorry the photos aren't so good... its a rainy day here in northwest!

Thanks for taking a peek....

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; SU! orchid; Copic Markers; rubbing alcohol; Stamps:  Penny Black Iris; SU! Easter Blessings

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Off the Edge with Less is More

The challenge set today by Chrissie & Mandi over at Less is More is to create a one layer card and stamp your image off the edge of the card.   Over the last several days I haven't had much time to get any papercrafting done and it feels like my mojo is on a break.  The challenge at Less is More was a perfect way to try to kick start the ol' mojo.  I got a few new Penny Black stamps the other day so I thought I would use them for my card. 

When it comes to making CAS style cards I tend to use white cardstock as my base because I just love "white space" that is well... white!  But today I decided to use kraft cardstock for a bit of a change.  I stamped the Penny Black image "butterfly suite" in SU!'s Bravo Burgundy on PTI's kraft cardstock.  The stamp was position so that portions of it would be off the edge on the bottom and right hand side of the card.   The sentiment is another Penny Black stamp "beautiful ways".  I stamped it in black and then added a few black pearls. 

Thanks for peeking... going to work on getting my mojo back.  Oh.. and one more thing!  A big thank you to Chrissi and Mandi for picking my "Less is More" card from last week as a "Less is More showCASe" card!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft; Stamps:  Penny Black: butterfly suite & beautiful ways; Ink:  SU! Bravo Burgundy, Memento Black; KaiserCraft black pearls

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One Layer Wednesday....Inspired by Marta's Pinterest

I have been working outside the home this week.  Something I don't often do.  Before I became a stay at home mom I worked for several different law firms as a legal assistant.   And you know what... I absolutely love working in the legal profession.  Yep, I do!  I especially enjoy it because the attorney that I work for periodically when his regular assistant, Mariann, takes a vacation is a completely awesome guy!   But what does this have to do with one layer wednesday or a card for that matter... well when I work my mojo takes a break and runs away.  Thank goodness for One Layer Wednesday because a little bit of my mojo came back.

Susan asked us to check out the Pinterest (a website for "pinning" photos of really cool stuff on your very own virtual inspiration board) of Marta of the blog "Marta Writes".   So... off I went to check out this Pinterest thingy and found this inspiration photo to base my card on.  I used some of my Heartfelt Creqations Flora Grande 2 stamps for the card because they reminded me the look of the doilies that were used as gift wrapping. 

Thanks for peeking... hoping more of my mojo returns!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations Flora Grande 2; Ink:  SU! Taken with Teal & So Saffron; Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Heartfelt Wednesday - New Release Day!

More Heartfelt Creations projects today... this time I'm sharing some cards I made using the newly released (as of today) sets Dutch Iris MedleyFlora Grande 1, Flora Grande 2 and Sympathy Sentiments.   Other sets in this new release include Dutch Iris Frame, Dutch Iris Oval, and Distressed Leaves.  Heartfelt Creations is also releasing a coordinating die set called:  Decorative Dutch Iris dies.  This die set is yet another amazing collaboration between Heartfelt Creations and Spellbinders!    And it gets even better because the new Flora Grande 1, Flora Grande 2 and Distressed Leaves set coordinate with the soon to be release Spellbinders Blossom 3 dies and Nested Leaves dies!!  How cool is that????

The first card I made using the Spellbinders Grand Labels 4 dies along with the Decorative Dutch Iris dies and the Dutch Iris Medley set.   Making the card was pretty easy.   I simply made a standard A2 size card with the fold along the long side of the card, placed the card on my cutting platform, positioned the 2nd largest Grand Labels 4 die on top, taped it in place and ran it through my die cutting machine.  The white mat was cut using the same method only using the appropriate sized piece of cardstock and the 3rd largest Grand Labels 4 die.  I stamped the sentiment on the white piece and then the iris image.   The iris image was stamped again, colored with Copics and die cut using the iris die.  Then it was adhered to the white piece.  The entire piece was adhered to the card base and a Zva Creative flourish was added.  I did cut up the flourish to achieve the look I wanted.

The second card is much simpler.  The largest Flora Grande image was stamped on PTI's Hawaiian Shore Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper using Palette Cote' Azure ink and trimmed out.  A second much smaller image was also stamped on the same patterned paper, trimmed out and layer on top of the larger flower using foam dimensionals.  The sympathy sentiment was stamped on the bottom left corner and then the flower adhered to the card as you see.  Some coordinating rhinestones were added to the center of the flower.

Thanks for taking a peek... head over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see other projects from the design team.  And if you leave a comment the Heartfelt Creations blog by March 15th you will be entered in for a chance to win the entire release!!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; Stampin Up! Vintage Violet; Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations; Copic Markers; Spellbinders Grand Labels 4 dies; Heartfelt Creations Decorative Dutch Iris dies;  Ink:  Vintage Violet, Palette Cote' Azure; KaiserCraft rhinestones.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Scap-Mart - Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop - A Flowery Cupcake!

This week Scrap-Mart.com is showcasing stamps from Heartfelt Creations both on their blog and on the blogs of Heartfelt Creations design team members. Today myself and my fellow design team sister, Olga, are going to be providing you with some HC inspiration. If you got here from the Scrap-Mart blog you are on the right track. If not, I suggest you head over there to see what their design team is showcasing.

My cupcake card uses stamps from the Posy Patch collection and the matching HC/Spellbinders dies, Posy Patch (HCPC3303 Posy Patch Flowers & HCD701 Posy Patch dies) and a sentiment from the Inspire Me Sentiments set (HCPC3363). I initially had a different idea in mind for my project, but when I saw the inspiration photo for the new CR84FN challenge I immediately changed my mind and created the card you see. I mean just look at those cupcakes! So yummy and I had this fun cupcake template that I had been wanting to use. In order to get the yellow/orange color of the flowers I stamped all of them using a krafty-brownish colored ink and then applied Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade inks. The actual card base is kraft cardstock and initially I had left the "cup" portion of the card the kraft color, but decided that was too dull and covered it with the yellow grid paper.

I did alot of diecutting for the card, but boy was it worth it. And because I have the matching dies it was easy peasy to accomplish. (Could you imagine cutting out all those flowers by hand???) I love, love, love how the card turned out! I'm going to be putting this card into the CR84FN challenge, as well as the current Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge to use handstamped flowers. In order to get a good shot of the card in the open position I had to position the card on an angle... but I think it looks okay.

Thanks for taking a peek... now its on to sweet Olga's blog for more inspiration!

Supplies: Cardstock: SU! kraft; PTI Lemon Tart & white; PP: PTI Bitty Box Basics Lemon Tart; Buttons: PTI; Bakers Twin; Ink: Ranger Brushed Corduroy, Scattered Straw & Spiced Marmalade; SU! tag punch; Yellow Stickles

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Less is More + ODBDSLC

A card today for the current Less is More challenge to use pastel colors and the current ODBD Shining the Light challenge to use at least two of the following colors:  pink, yellow, blue & ivory.  For my card I used three of the four ODBD color choices:  pink, yellow & ivory. 

The card layout I used is one of my favorites from Clean & Simple.  I think I have probably made at least 10 different cards for various challenges using this layout.   Stamps used for the card are from ODBD (Friendship) and Heartfelt Creations (Posy Patch Swirls).

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! Blushing Bride & PTI Vintage Cream; Ink:  SU! Pretty In Pink & So Saffron; Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Swirls & ODBD Friendship; Yellow Stickles; SU! So Saffron grosgrain ribbon; EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Classic Elegance @ the Tea Room

This past Monday I was so excited to learn that my card was picked to be the in Tea Time Terrific Top 3 at the Shabby Tea Room!  (The card also earned top honors from the gals at JUGs!!)   I was really excited because it was only my second time participating in the challenge.  So... this week I just had to make a card.  The challenge this week is titled Classic Elegance and we are challenged to use red, black and white or cream.  I decided to go with red, black & white. 

For my card I used some fairly new Layers of Colors cling stamps, Victorian Frame & Floweret.  The Victorian Frame stamp was designed to be used with one of my favorite Spellbinders die, Labels 14.  I stamped the frame twice on white cardstock, one time in black and the second time in red and then die cut each using the largest Labels 14 die for the black frame and the third largest die to cut the red frame.   The floweret image was stamped on the red diecut frame and then again on white cardstock using black ink (Memento Tuxedo Black).  I colored the second image with Copic markers R36, R59, C1 & C2.  This was trimmed out and adhere to the red frame.   A strip of dotted red paper was adhered to the card base and the frames layered on top.  The sentiment from Hero Arts Find Joy set was stamped using black ink.  A couple of rhinestones were added to finish the card. 

I'm also going to put the card into the current Play Date Cafe' challenge:  Black & White with a splash of color (player's choice)... red being my color.

Thanks for taking a peek...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white; PTI Bitty Dot Basics Pure Poppy; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Real Red; Hero Arts rhinestones; Copic Markers;  Stamps:  Layers of Colors & Hero Arts.

A Heartfelt Thank You

Hi and welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Thank You Blog Hop!  If you got here from sweet Anita's blog, then you are on the right track.  If you want to start from the beginning, just head to Linda's blog!  All our projects will have a "thank you" theme to them.

Our time as the current Heartfelt Creations design team is coming to an end {insert sad face} and one of the design team gals, Linda, had the idea to have a blog hop to thank owner/stamp designer, Linda, and her daughter/design team coordinator, Emma Lou, for the wonderful time we have had being a part of this company. 

My time on the design team has been especially exciting and fun for me as this is the very first time I have ever been on a design team (and I hope it isn't the last time I get picked for a design team!).  I can't tell you how excited I was to find out I had been picked!  I am so incredibly thankful for the support that Linda and Emma Lou have provided to us as a team and for the amazing stamps and dies that I have gotten to work with these last five months.   Now on to my card:

I used stamps from one of my most favorite Heartfelt Creations collection:  Posy Patch (HCPC3303 Posy Patch Flowers).   One of the things I love about the collection is the matching Heartfelt Creations/Spellbinders dies that you can purchase to go along with the collection.  The dies make cutting the flowers out super simple.  I stamped the flowers using Tea Dye distress ink and then sponged them with Tattered Rose distress ink.  Once they were die cut I added some Worn Lipstick distress ink to them.  The papers are from My Minds Eye Stella & Rose: Hazel Collection.  I distressed the edges a bit with a sanding block and then applied some Tattered Rose.  The "thanks" sentiment is from the Heartfelt Creations set HCPC3328 Swirly Autumn Leaves.

Thanks for taking a peek.... your next stop on the hop is the very talented Kristina!  Enjoy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Its Sunny the Tuesday Trigger Way...

Quickie post today with a card I made for the Moxie Fab Tuesday Tigger, An Idea In Yellow.  When I saw the trigger this week I just had to get something made.  The bright yellow door is what sparked my imagination.    I have seen lots of people making amazing cards using paper doilies and I just had to give it a try.   This is what I came up with (which has absolutely nothing to do with the trigger picture!!):

Its a bit outside my "box" but I really like it.  The only problem I see is how to mail it!  I suppose this card would fall into the category of "I'm going to deliver it by hand".  Anyway, I do love how the card turned out.

Thanks to taking a peek.. 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white & Lemon Tart; Wilton paper doilie; Stamps:  Hero Arts:  Starburst Lace & Find Joy set; Ink:  Memento Dandelion; KaiserCraft & Zva Creative Pearls

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ready For Spring!

Like alot of us I am so ready for spring!  We haven't had the really bad weather like alot of the country has, but there still has been plenty to grumble about here in Washington state! 

My card today is pretty spring like with the bright pink and green combo.  I used this same combo for a card I posted earlier this week.  I just love the Making Memories Dilly Dally papers and had to use them again.  The card is for the following challenges:  Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes; City Crafters - Spring Fling  and the Moxie Fab paper piecing challenge.  The stamps used are from Penny Black and Savvy Stamps.   The flowers were paper pieced (obviously!!) and the leaves were colored with Copic markers (sorry... don't remember what colors I used.).   Some bakers twine from the Twinery and Impress and some pink rhinestones finished everything off.  

Thanks for taking a peek... hope spring is coming soon to you!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! Blushing Bride; PTI white; Patterned Paper:  Making Memories Dilly Dally; Stamps:  Penny Black & Savvy Stamps; Ink:  Memento Bamboo Leaves; Copic Markers; Kaiser Craft Rhinestones; Bakers Twine