Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mojo and Pink Elephant

I made 2 cards today. The first one was based on this inspiration photo from the Pink Elephant challenge:

I used the CardPatterns sketch. I really knew how I wanted to make this card, and I think it woulda been great, but my stamping didn't turn out so well. Here it is:

Materials used:
Paper: White Daisy, Heavenly Blue, and Blush cardstock
Stamps: Diverse Backgrounds, A Sip
Inks: Holiday Red, Blush, Grey Wool, Versamark
Other: Silver embossing powder, Sparkles

The next card uses the Mojo Monday round sketch for this week:

I really loved the inspiration photo at the Shabby Tea Room, and my new (non-CTMH) paper pack went perfectly with it.

The rules were to make a project USING WHITE/CREAM, PINK and BLUE plus FLOWERS and A FABRIC ELEMENT! Here's what I came up with:
This was my first time using my Kraft paper (besides those die-cut cards), and I love the way it looks!
Materials used:
Paper: Kraft, Colonial White cardstock, Rosewood pattern pack from Colorbok (not CTMH)
Stamps: Winter Joy
Ink: Desert Sand
Other: Silk Rose (not CTMH)

Monday, May 28, 2012


The challenge from a Day for Daisies was a fun one this week. They had a phot inspiration with bright colored pinwheels. I took my inspiration from the colors, and used my colorful butterfly Dotty for You paper:

I used the sketch from RetroSketches:
Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, White cardstock (not CTMH)
Stamps: Day for Daisies digi stamp (not CTMH), Card Chatter - Birthday
Ink: Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Sky, and Sunset (for distressing)
Other: Pink Button Assortment, Paradise Baker's Twine

Saturday, May 26, 2012

More Shabby Chic

The challenge at Our Creative Corner was Shabby Chic, so it was a good chance for me to practice. I didn't distress these papers quite as much as I did on the last one. I really like how it looks with the Parchment cardstock. I used the sketch from the Sweet Stop.
Materials Used:
Paper: Rosewood Pattern Pack-Colorbok (not CTMH), Parchment cardstock
Stamp: Bravo
Ink: Brown Bag
Embellishments: Lace, charms, flowers from Walmart, buttons from the thrift store, white enamel paint

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Card

I had 4 challenges and I was trying to figure out how to get them all to fit into 1 card. The first is a sketch from Deconstructing Jen. The second is an inspiration photo from Inspired By. The third is a color challenge from the Play Date Cafe. And the fourth is a man challenge and to use patterned paper from CAS-ual Fridays.

Deconstructed Sketch No. 53

So, here's what I came up with:
I kept thinking the apron picture was so girly, so how could I make a guy card out of that? But then the man apron idea came to me. CAS-ual Fridays requires a clean and simple project; this one's clean, but not too simple. But I just couldn't resist this apron! I saw the idea from Jayma Malme. And Cherry-O was perfect for the color challenge :)

Materials used:
Paper: Cherry-O; Sky, Outdoor Denim and Colonial White cardstock
Stamps: With Love
Ink: Cranberry, Desert Sand, and Outdoor Denim
Embellishments: Cranberry Brads, Outdoor Denim Ribbon, Colonial White Floss, buttons from my stash
Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy, Designer's Calendar, George and basic shapes

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Color Dare

For all of you following my blog posts, I created a NEW challenge blog! First color dare goes live tomorrow (Friday) morning. Please head over there and check it out, follow, and join in on the fun!!!!!!


Thanks a lot!!!!


Father's Day for My Dad

The challenge over at Simon Says was to make a Father's Day project. So I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday to make this card. My dad's favorite colors are brown and beige and blue, so I paired Victory with Lilac Mist. I LOVE this combination. Lilac Mist has always been one of my favorite CTMH colors! Here is my card:
I used my blending pen and stamp pads to color in the lion. I'm trying to imitate the look of copics (since I don't have any), and it really can't do as detailed of a job as I'd like it to. The ink pads in the picture are the ones I used to color the lion with. 

This lion reminded me of a stuffed lion my dad had when I was growing up. He played the part of the lion in Daniel, Darius and De'Lion, a church play we did when I was little. I think that's what got him to like lions. I really hope he'll like this card.

Materials used:
Paper: Victory Level 2 Paper Pack, Colonial White and Lilac Mist cardstock
Stamps: Life's a Jungle
Ink: Chocolate, Brown Bag, Sunflower
Other: Garden Wooden Shapes

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dotty for You Butterfly Card

I've been following Allisa Chilton's blog and trying to understand her style. I really like it, so I made this card using what I've learned from her. Thanks Allisa! I used the sketch from Freshly Made, rotated, the colors are from Color Throwdown, and the word art is from Word Art Wednesday.

Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, White cardstock (not CTMH), and Smokey Plum cardstock
Other: Paradise Baker's Twine, Green Assortment Buttons

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Florentine WOTG

We finished the Florentine Workshop on the Go in my club this week. I thought the ribbon flowers were really pretty, and the Ribbon Carousel challenge reminded me of them. The sketch from Card Patterns also reminded me of them, so I made this cute card:
I colored the seam binding ribbon in Goldrush, then twisted and turned it on the stamped cut-out flowers to make those pretty roses.

Materials used:
Paper: Florentine Workshop on the Go
Stamps: Florentine WOTG (for the flowers), Elemental WOTG (for the banners), and Enjoy!
Ink: Goldrush, Cocoa
Other: Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon

Butterfly CASE study

I found a new challenge blog called CASE study. CASE stands for Copy and Steal Everything. So I guess the idea is to come as close to the original as possible (correct me if I'm wrong). I got my inspiration from the original card, but I made it different to participate in some other challenges. I took this sketch from Cards & Things, and the colors are from Dynamic Duos, also a new challenge to me. I love how this card turned out.
This is the original: I took inspiration from the woodgrain background (my FAVORITE part of this card!), the butterflies, lace, tag, and hemp.
This is the sketch:
And this is the color challenge:
I do not have an embosser, like a cuttlebug, so I just used my stylus and my paper trimmer. I love how this turned out! It has the effect of boards on the woodgrain. The colors I used were Black, White Daisy, and Sunny Yellow.

Materials used:
Paper: Black, White Daisy, and Sunny Yellow cardstock
Stamps: Universal Backgrounds, Quick Cards - Butterfly, Sweet Moments
Ink: White Daisy, Black, and Sunny Yellow
Embellishments: White Daisy Bigger Brads, Hemp, Lace (not CTMH)


Here is a card that is the opposite of shabby chic . :) This is for the punchy challenge at CAS-ual Fridays. I used the sketch from the Sweet Stop and the colors from ColourQ.
This card came together really quickly and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I was supposed to use an old punch for the CAS-ual Friday challenge and I have VERY few punches. One is an old Creative Memories punch I won at a crop. I don't use it much, but it reminded me of confetti, so I used it for this Graduation card. I got the idea of the cap from someone on the CTMH bulletin board (can't remember who). The ruffled ribbon was perfect for the Sweet Stop twist: add ruffles!

Materials used:
Paper: White cardstock (not CTMH), Desert Sand, Cranberry, Juniper, and Honey cardstock
Stamp: Wicked
Ink: Juniper
Embellishments: Goldrush Sassy Strands, Antique Copper Designer Brads, Designer Ribbon Red Collection
Other: Black Marker, CM punch

Shabby Chic

I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I knew what the kind of card looked like that I wanted to create, but I didn't know the name of the style, or how to create it. I finally realized, the look I was going for was called "Shabby Chic." I googled and found a little tutorial about making the soft, layered look. I was surprised to find out it involved a lot of painting. So I ran over to Walmart (that's the only craft store in my dinky town), and picked up some things... flowers, paper, charms, floss, lace, and, wouldn't ya know it, spray paint! I painted my buttons and flowers and lace and even my paper! Never done that before. What do you think? How'd I do?
I used the sketch from Mojo Monday, and my inspiration and colors came from this photo from the Shabby Tea Room. I really like this photo! The theme at Heart2Heart is distressing. Boy did I use a lot of distressing on this card! I used paint, my edge distresser, sponging, and distressing ink.

Heart2Heart - Distressing
The Pink Elephant - Buttons Galore

I'm sorry to say I didn't use all CTMH products in this project. I just couldn't get inspired by our paper. Maybe I'll try this another day when I'm feeling creative.

Materials used:
Paper: White Daisy and Baby Pink Cardstock, Rosewood Patterned Pack from Colorbok
Stamps: Key Moments, Lucy WOTG
Ink: Blush, Chocolate, Chocolate Distressing Ink
Embellishments: Roses, Key charm, DMC #818 floss, and Lace - all from Walmart, Buttons from the Thrift store, White Daisy Ribbon from CTMH, Adhesive Pearls from M's
Tools: Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge (a friend is borrowing my AP), Martha Stewart lace Punch, edge distresser
Other: White spray paint, White enamel paint

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hodge Podge Birthday Card - Paper Piecing Technique

The challenge at Crazy4Challenges is to create a birthday card. I love my stamp, Piece of Cake, and I wanted to use up some of my scraps. So I used lots of little pieces from different paper packs including Dotty for You, Mischief, and Hooligans. This sketch is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge.

Materials Used: Paper: Mischief, Dotty for You, Hooligans, Taffy, Black, Sunset, Lagoon, Amethyst, and Colonial White cardstock
Stamp: Piece of Cake
Ink: Black, Taffy, Sunset, Amethyst, Gypsy
Other: Blending Pen

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Anniversary Card using Scraps

I made this card for a few challenges: A new challenge I found called Use it or Lose it. It was to make a wedding card using up scraps that you have. I made this with the color inspiration from Our Creative Corner. We were to use orange and blue with some neutrals like white and brown. The sketch is from Retro Sketches. I am giving this card to my friend for her anniversary coming up this week.

Materials used:
Paper: Dotty for You, Elemental, White Daisy and Chocolate cardstock
Stamps: Precious Love
Ink: Pacifica
Other: Sheer Ribbon (not CTMH), Paradise Blooms, Bouquet Assortment, Garden Wooden Shapes

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fire up the Grill - Emboss resist technique

Here is a card I made for the Inspired By challenge. I have not used these stamps yet, so this was a fun card to make. I used the sketch from Pals Paper Arts.
Materials Used:
Paper: Daisy D (Not CTMH), White cardstock from Walmart
Stamp: Summer Days
Inks: Holiday Red, VersaMark, Black, Topiary, Sky
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunset Brayered card

I made this card for 3 challenges: Craft-a Scene (to use Spring flowers), Sweet Sunday Sketch, and For Your Inspiration.
This is my second ever brayered card. What do you think?
Materials used:
Paper: Mischief Bulk B&T, Sunset, Black, Colonial White cardstock
Stamps: Enjoy!, Life's a Jungle
Ink: Sunny Yellow, Sunset, Cranberry, Black
Other: Pewter badge Buttons, Paradise Flower assortment

Find Joy - Masking Technique

I made this card for the Play Date Cafe color challenge and for the Deconstructed Sketch.
Materials used:
Paper: What is the name of that paper pack Creative Basics?, Colonial White and Honey cardstock.
Stamps: Ciao!
Ink: Black

I used the masking technique to take the "romance" off the lampost stamp, and to make the sentiment say "find joy" instead of "Find what brings you joy and go there." I didn't feel like this card needed extra embellishments. I really like how it turned out.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2 Types of Cards

My first card is a Clean and Simple card. I'm pretty good at those, because they're the only ones I ever make.  I try to make it ornate, or fancy, or heavily embellished, but it always turns out clean and simple. Well, for this one, that's okay. Simon Says has a CAS challenge today. I used the Freshly Made sketch and the colors from Color Throwdown.

Materials Used:
Paper: White Daisy, Juniper, Sorbet cardstock
Stamps: With Love
Ink: Juniper, Blush, Hollyhock, Sorbet
Other: Juniper Ribbon

For my second card, I really tried REALLY hard to make a fancy, ornate card. How did I do?
This is the Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch (rotated) and the word art is from Word Art Wednesday.

I tried to use the color pallete from Sweet Sketch Wednesday too. What would you have done differently? I like it, but it's not exactly what I was going for. Somebody give me some pointers! Thanks.

Materials used:
Paper: Elemental B&T, Olive, Baby Pink, Petal, Gypsy and White cardstock
Stamp: Universal Backgrounds
Ink: Desert Sand, Petal
Other: Bohemian Assortment, Pewter Medley Accents, Heirloom Assortment, Opaque Pearls, Pretty Pins, Sheer Ribbon (not CTMH), Border Punch (MS)