Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blog, blog, blog...

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Materials used:
Paper: Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Amethyst, Colonial White cardstock (Vanilla Cream on the inside)
Stamps: Feb. SOTM, Universal Backgrounds, You & Me
Ink: Chocolate
Other: Colonial White ribbon

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Just seein' if anyone reads what I have to say.


Here's my MojoMonday entry for the week:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for you, Vanilla Cream, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate cardstock
Stamps: Potential
Ink: Sweet Leaf, Chocolate
Other: Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon

Here's the inside:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Super Fashionista

This is a funny card I made for Sketch Saturday and For Your Inspiration. I changed the sketch up a bit, and I used the colors from the inspiration photo. I've never done a brayered card before, so this it's not perfect, but it'll do. What do you think? I'd love your feedback!

I'm also entering this card into a new challenge I discovered called Craft a Scene. The challenge is to use a silhouette.

Materials used:
Paper: Sunny Yellow, White Daisy cardstock
Ink: Outdoor Denim, Twilight, Crystal Blue, Black, Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: Fashionista, Super Powers, Potential

Just a note: I have to give credit to someone on the CTMH artwork bulletin board for the idea of using Fashionista with Super Powers. I was not clever enough to come up with that! I don't know her name, but if you know, please give her credit. Thank you to whoever you are.

Rock the Block

I have seen a few cards on the web with this rainbow-pattern made with ink and stamps. I have been wanting to try it out, and this week's ColorQ challenge was perfect for it. I love the retro look, especially with the Rock the Block stamp set! I also like the fuzzy look of the stamping with this set.

Materials used:
Paper: White Daisy, Holiday Red, Pear cardstock
Stamp: Rock the Block
Ink: Holiday Red, Goldrush, Pear, Black
Other: Black Bitty Brads, Black Baker's Twine

I am entering this card into 2 sketch challenges. I've never done that before, but they were so similar, I don't think anyone would realize I combined them :)
Ribbon Carousel: and Cards & Things:

Here is the color challenge:

Mischief Gets a New Look

I have so much of this bulk Mischief paper left over. I love the black pattern side, but I despise the stripes on the other side. I have never seen anything made with those stripes that I even half-way liked. :) So I'll be using this pattern often, I guess. I decided to see how it looked with Juniper. At first I wanted to put some red flowers on it, but they were just too big. So I went with the Creme Brulee.
I used the sketch from Card Patterns:

I am also entering this into the Easter Bonnet challenge over at Our Creative Corner.

Materials used:
Paper: Grey Wool, Grey Flannel, Black cs, Mischief bulk B&T
Other: Juniper Ribbon and Buttons, Spring Blossom Just Blooms, Connections Club rub-ons, White Daisy embroidery floss

Monday, April 9, 2012

Christmas in April

I am loving this sketch from RetroSketches.

I liked that little house so much that I wanted to use my little house from AP. So I'm pairing this sketch with the Simon Says challenge to use your favorite tool. Mine is the Cricut.
You can't really tell from this picture, but I used 3D foam squares to pop the blue piece for dimension.

Materials used:
Paper: Wonderland B&T, Colonial White, Grey Wool, Grey Flannel cardstock
Stamps: Wonderland WOTG stamp set, Holiday Magic
Ink: Grey Wool

Heart 2 Heart Birthday Card

The challenge over at the Shabby Tea Room was to make a birthday card with a cupcake on it, using this photo as inspiration:
I used the sketch from Heart2Heart:
This card was made with my daughter in mind. She turns 3 in 2 weeks.
I used a Colonial White card base with the Sorbet pattern from Elemental. I stitched around that piece with Chocolate embroidery floss. The dark blue is Pacifica and the pink is Baby Pink. I stamped the sentiment in Sorbet ink from the Art Philosophy Celebration stamp set. The Heavenly Blue lace is punched from a Martha Stewart punch. The Heavenly Blue cupcake is cut from the AP cartridge, stamped with the same stamp set using VersaMark, embossed with Silver embossing powder, and attached with 3D foam tape. I alsocut the rose from AP and I topped it all off with a Pretty Pin and a Sorbet bow.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Basket Labels

Well, I said I had made my last Easter card, so these won't really count. :) I wanted to do these challenges, and I wanted to make some labels for the Easter Bunny to put on the baskets when he comes tonight. These are the 2 for my girls.

I am entering this label into these challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Play Date Cafe
CAS-ual Friday
By Lori Designs

Materials used:
Paper: White Daisy, Grey Wool, Olive cardstock, Wings B&T
Stamps: BLD Digital stamp - Bunny girl (not CTMH), Jubilation, A Typeface
Ink: Grey Wool, Juniper, Olive, Sunset, Taffy
Other: AP Cricut cartridge, Corner Rounder, Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment, Olive Button, Blending Pen

This is my second label:
I am also entering this into these challenges:
Crazy4Challenges - Blue and White plus add another color of your choice (I chose New England Ivy.)
Cas-ual Fridays - use something you would find in your Easter basket
ByLoriDesigns - inspiration photo. I was inspired by the striped straws, so I used the striped baker's twine on both cards.
SweetStopSketches - choose a sketch from the past
Materials used:
Paper: White Daisy, Moonstruck, New England Ivy cardstock, Mistletoe B&T
Stamp: BLD Digital Stamp Lollipop bunny (not CTMH), Jubilation, A Typeface
Ink: Moonstruck, Taffy, New England Ivy, Hollyhock
Other: AP Cricut Cartridge, 1 1/4" circle punch, Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment, Kraft Borders, White Daisy Brads

Restoration Hardware

The challenge at A Day For Daisies is to use some "Found" paper. I thought it was funny that we got a catolog from Restoration Hardware in the mail the other day. I've never heard of it and it was addressed to someone else "or current resident." The thing that was funny about it was that it is the thickest catalog I have ever seen, everything in it is VERY masculine looking (like it's for a bachelor pad), and everything in it is super expensive (like over $1000 for light fixtures and barstools). Anyway, I said to my daughter, "It probably took over $1000 just to print and ship this catalog," so I wanted to make some use of it instead of just throwing it away. I liked a lot of the textures in the catalog, so I cut some butterflies using my Garden Wooden Shapes as a template out of one of the pictures of the carpets. It's color was chocolate, and I thought that was appropriate, since Chocolate was one of my main colors of this card.
The challenges I'm entering are: A Day For Daisies - Use found paper. Pals Paper Arts: color challenge.
I used CTMH colors Baby Pink, Sweet Leaf, and Chocolate.PPA132
The Deconstructed Sketch:

Materials used:
Paper: White cardstock (not CTMH), Chocolate and Baby Pink cardstock, Magic Moments B&T, Textured "found" paper
Stamps: A Day For Daisies digital image (not CTMH), Petite Perks, Wicked (for the border)
Inks: Chocolate, Baby Pink, Taffy, Sweet Leaf
Other: Bitty Sparkles, Colonial White Bigger Brads

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Birthday Party Invitations

My dear daughter, Susanna, is turning 3 in a few weeks, and she wanted a Kitty Cat themed birthday party (because she IS a kitty cat, or so she tells me every few minutes). So I pulled out the one stamp set I have that has a cat on it. It was the Wicked halloween stamp from this past year! She wanted it pink, so I chose the colors of the Color Throwdown and made it Garden Green and Smoothie :)

These looked to me a lot like the colors in the new Dotty for You kit: Lagoon, Smoothie, Sunset, and I chose Garden Green (instead of Sweet Leaf that comes in Dotty).
The sketch for this invitation is from Freshly Made:

I also used the inspiration photo from Inspired By, and made an umbrella to represent Springtime.

So here's the invitation:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, White Daisy and Garden Green cardstock
Stamps: Wicked, Happy Holidays, Art Philosophy
Ink: Chocolate, Garden Green, Smoothie
Other: Green Button Assortment, Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment

I think Susanna will love it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My Last Easter Card (hopefully)

This card was not going the way I had planned yesterday, so I slept overnight, and changed some things this morning. I really like the way it ended up. This card is for 4 challenges:

The Ribbon Carousel's challenge was Springtime.
This was the sketch for Cards & Things:

I used the colors from ColourQ:

I interpreted these colors as Blush, Sorbet, Buttercup, Garden Green, and White Daisy.

The last challenge was my main inspiration. Runway Inspired:

I was inspired by her white dress, her clean and simple look, and the solid green in her sleeve. I tried to mimic the splash of color from the side of her cardigan in my egg with lots and lots of embellishments.
Materials used:
Paper: White Daisy, Garden Green cardstock
Stamps: A Typeface
Ink: Garden Green
Other: Lots of embellishments including ribbon, buttons, sparkles, opaques, pretty pins, brads, and more.

Now I have enough Easter cards to send off to my family all over the country :) Hopefully.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Floral Easter Card

Today I wanted to make an Easter card for my DMIL who always sends my children gifts and cards for Easter (and all occasions).
I used the colors from Cr84fn color challenge:

I used the Mojo Monday sketch:

This is the inspiration photo at the Shabby Tea Room. We are to use handmade flowers on our card this week:

The theme at Heart2Heart is Easter. And the theme at the Pink Elephant is CAS. I tried to make the lines clean and the layout as simple as I could, without sacrificing the shabby elegance of the floral cluster. How'd I do?
Here is the inside: I used a masking technique because this was an Art Philosphy Flower card.
Materials used:
Paper: Colonial White, Garden Green, Taffy, Baby Pink, Heavenly Blue CS
Stamp: He is Risen
Ink: Cocoa, Heavenly Blue, Cotton Candy, Blush, Baby Pink
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, adhesive pearls (from M's), ribbon from my stash, bitty sparkles

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Dotty for You

I got my new Dotty for You kit, the April Constant Campaign for National Scrapbooking month in May! It is wonderful. I love the colors, the patterns, the dots on the back if I don't like the front pattern... and it coordinates beautifully with so many of our products.

Most of the Saturday challenges were sketches, so I pulled out my new kit and made some sample cards to show my customers.

Card 1 is based on this sketch from the Sweet Stop:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, Colonial White and Chocolate cardstock
Ink: Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Grey Wool
Stamps: Jubilation, Dreams Come True

Card 2 is based on this sketch from RetroSketches: and I will be entering into Our Creative Corner's color challenge:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, White Daisy, Sweet Leaf cardstock
Stamps: Petite Perks
Ink: Sweet Leaf
Other: Garden Wooden Shapes, Just Blooms Paradise assortment, Brads Pink assortment

Card 3 is based on this sketch from Crazy4Challenges:
Materials used:
Paper: Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Colonial White cardstock, Dotty for You
Stamps: He is Risen
Ink: Grey Wool, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf

Card 4 is based on this sketch from Sketch Saturday:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, Colonial White cardstock
Stamp: Love Life
Ink: Heavenly Blue, Lagoon
Other: Just Blooms Spring Blossom assortment, Designer Ribbon Green Collection, Embroidery Floss Neutral assortment

Card 5 is based on this sketch from Card Patterns:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, Colonial White, Grey Wool, Lagoon cardstock
Stamps: He is Risen
Ink: Lagoon
Other: Baker's Twine Paradise assortment, Just Blooms Paradise assortment, adhesive pearls (from M's), punch from MS