Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Close to My Heart's July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Greetings! Hope you arrived here by way of Traci's blog. If not, you'll definitely want to go back to Helen's blog to see all the talented artists along the way. I'm so proud to be among these wonderful Close to My Heart Consultant's venture into creativity! We're all making a card using the same stamp set, Happy Forever, and it's amazing to see how many unique styles and different ways that we have all used this cutie pie hedgehog! I don't normally use images however, I stamped this image, no lie, about 13 times and just practiced coloring until I had it just the way I wanted it. Copics are scary at first, but if you keep using them you can really get some fabulous results. I stamped my Colonial White metal frame with Staz On to keep my imprint permanent.
Now head on over to Melinda's blog and see how she's working "Happy Forever"!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Happy Forever (CTMH)
Paper: Passages (CTMH)
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Colonial White Mini-Medley Accents, Hemp twine, Natural Twill ribbon, Fall Collection button, Copics, sewing machine, Rectangle & Scalloped Nestabilities, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/2" X 5 1/2"

Patriotic without Red, White or Blue?

Not possible. What's the first thing you think of when thinking of Patriotism? Exactly. How can you possibly make a card without those colors? That's the challenge over at Ways to Use it on Splitcoast. So I racked my brain to think of other things about the 4th of July that don't have to do with that color scheme.

My brain went to fireworks, gold, etc. However, I don't own any fireworks stamps. So, I made due. I took my Verve Floral Symphony and started experimenting with firecracker bursts. First I tried stamping on white paper and coloring. Not a realistic effect. Then I remembered this cool glue pad by Martha Stewart crafts that my friend Irene gave me. I stamped on the glue pad, then sprinkled some glitter over top and voila! I did have a stamp (the only one) that refers to Independence Day so I used that at the bottom. I really like how the glitter makes everything look like it's a firecracker display. Kind of fuzzy in the night sky. This really is a simple card, no layers except for the gold mat under the sentiment panel.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Today's Date, A Little Everything (CTMH), Floral Symphony (Verve)
Paper: Basic Black, Gold
Accessories: Martha Stewart glue craft pad & gold glitter, Small & Large Pinking Circle Nestabilities, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hand Stitched Sunshine

My final card for Verve's Friday Sketch challenges for June:

This is the sketch that I followed:

And this room is where I drew my color inspiration:

Unlike the last card, this one flowed so easily. I hand stitched the little decorative x border around the outside of the Labels Three. As I was trying to stitch, my cat kept grabbing at the middle and pulling the that part took a bit longer than I had anticipated. I'm really happy with the outcome...fabulous shabby chic look, just like that adorable girl's room. Well I think I'm caught up for the month, but I am on vacation this week, so I'm sure I'll be churning out more card goodness. (At least that's my plan). HOWEVER...going to see Eclipse tomorrow at 10am. Do you believe that the theatre is not playing another movie besides that one? Crazy!

**Note: When I sewed the border, I made sure that I first used a paper piercer to make the holes in the paper. If you don't, the paper gets crumpled from trying to get the needle through and you also get that extra paper blow out on the wrong side. (Turn over a piece of paper with holes popped through and you'll see the blow out on the back).

Have a super fun day!

Stamps: Let it Shine (Verve)
Paper: Daisy d's Lullaby Nursery, Kraft, Pirouette Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Labels One, Three & Blossom Nestabilities, Martha Stewart White Dove craft seam binding, EK Success gems, Superior Stick pins, Navy Embellished Butterfly (Jenni Bowlin Studio) , Michael's $1 lace, dimensionals, needle & white thread, paper piercer, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Mojo 145 Hello Sunshine

This month...square. I just can't get enough stuff on a round card. Maybe because I use a Nestability for the circle shape and I don't make it big enough. Anyway, I really like this sketch, it came together pretty quickly. I venture around looking at other artist's cards and wonder if this took them a long time or did it just flow? You really can't tell from the card, just their descriptions.
I love these vintage-y papers, they really made the idea process easier. I placed a strip of black paper behind the floral ribbon to give it a little more definition as well as adding some dimensionals to the scalloped circle. I've noticed in my accessories that I always list dimensionals. That is definitely one of my go-to props.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps: Accent Notes (Verve)
Paper: Life Stories & Lullaby Lane Collection (Webster's Pages), PTI Vintage Cream , Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: CTMH Foundry Book Plates pewter, Circle & Scalloped Nestabilities, Pierceabilities Fancy Scalloped border, Offray flowers, Bride's Collection Confetti flowers, Recollections yellow pearls, Michael's $1 floral ribbon, dimensionals, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" square

Monday, June 28, 2010

VLV Sunshine & Smiles

Here it is...

Update: I hit publish instead of schedule so there is no picture of my card yet, because it's late at night and I haven't taken it yet! Stay tuned tomorrow for when the sun graces us with it's presence, so will my card ;)

This card took me FOREVER! I attempted it 2 weeks ago and gave up. Tried again earlier today and pushed it aside. Problem was I was set on one room and just could not align the stars. Duh, when that happens, re-think the issue. I changed the inspiration room altogether and was able to make this card. Thank goodness, I certainly don't want to make cardmaking a chore, and this was getting close to it.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the day!

Stamps: Let it Shine (Verve)
Paper: I'm Here-girl dp, Certainly Celery, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Prima flower, Blossom Nestability, paper piercer, Reflections gem flourishes, Bride's Confetti flower, K & Co. pearl, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Viva La Verve June Week 5 Challenge

I'm trying to play catch up with the Friday Verve sketches over at Splitcoast. I have two more after this one. As soon as I saw the inspiration rooms for this sketch I remembered having these darling daisies that I purchased on clearance at Michael's and I knew they would go so well. The paper is from an old Scrapping kit that I ordered from Stampin' Up. One of those papers that you wish you could buy again but sadly, they are no longer available.
Have a great day and hopefully I'll be checking in tomorrow with another sketch.

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Paper: I'm Here-girl dp (Simply Scrappin'), So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: So Saffron, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, K & Co. Daisies, Crystal Stickles, Certainly Celery & So Saffron markers (SU), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 & 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Bring Your Own Sunshine

My daughter Analise starts sailing lessons today so short and sweet...
I cut a Labels Four down to fit the sides of the sentiment panel just to give it a little background color. I made this card for Our Creative Corner Challenge and this week's theme is keeping cool with green and blue. Love the combination in this card, nice and elegant the way I like it.
On vacation this week, so off to the beach! Have a great day!

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve)
Paper: Bayberry Cottage (pink paislee)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Labels Four & Ten Nestabilities, Pierceabilities Fancy Scalloped Borders, Superior Stick Pins, Martha Stewart Dove White craft seam binding, K & Co. pearls & gems, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Offray flower, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Queen Bee Birthday

Welcome to another week at Hidden Treasures Challenges! This week our assignment was to use ribbon. I do use ribbon a lot, so I knew I'd be able to roll something out pretty quickly. However, just because I frequently use ribbon on my cards doesn't mean an idea is going to be that easy. I sewed the ribbon bunched up with a needle and thread and really liked the look, but I stared at that ribbon for 2 days trying to come up with something. Eventually my craft mojo came back and I was able to put a card around the ribbon. I embossed the black flower and matted it on another black flower to give it some dimension. As far as the black frame around the sentiment goes, I laid the same size Nestability that I used for the sentiment on a self-healing craft mat and with a sharp craft blade I cut around the outside of the die. I saw this technique used on Becca Feeken's blog, Amazing Paper Grace. The layout I followed was this week's Our Creative Corner Sketch challenge.

Thanks for checking in and have a great week!

Stamps: Endless Friendship (CTMH), Garden Flower (Inkadinkado)
Paper: Queen Bee (Pink Paislee), Basic Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Olive Grosgrain ribbon (SU), Labels Eight Nestabilities, hemp twine, Martha Stewart Double Loops border punch, CTMH Mini- Medley Crochet flower & buttons, dimensionals, needle & thread
Size: 5 1/2" square

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Live Inspired

My last card as Designer of the Month...

This is the sketch I followed:

For this card I used a variety of border punches as I wanted to really make a statement with this layout. I added a little stitching around the edges and used my "now" favorite dp, Silhouette. However, I am very fickle so I have a feeling that I will have a new favorite dp next week. We'll see. Remember to stop by Jen's blog i{heart}2stamp and upload your creation so she can chose next month's starlet!
And so it goes ladies and gentleman, that my 15 minutes of fame are now up. What a great ride! I'm so thankful to Jen and the other SFYTT ladies for being so welcoming and supportive of my work. What a truly wonderful group of cardmakers!
Thanks for all your support and happy stamping!

Stamps: Live Inspired (CTMH)
Silhouette dp (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen distress ink
Accessories: Prima flowers, Martha Stewart Deco Fan & Iron Gate corner & border punches, Square & Scalloped Nestabilities, K & Co. pearls, dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" square

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mixing Marthas

So what happens when you mix a Martha Stewart Layered Arches corner punch with a MS Deco Fan border punch? Fabulousity! I had to play around a little with the measurements to get the design to work but I figured out the magic number and it's...3 & 7/16". That is the size of the square that you need to make everything fit. First I cut the corners with the corner punch. Then I lined up the corner on each side of the border punch, making sure that I was punching exactly in the middle of the two corner punches. There is a little cut off as I've shown below, but just get your scissors out and trim the edges.

Step 1: Cut out corners

Step 2: Align the border punch exactly in the middle of the corner punches

These are the messy corners that I referred to but they are easily snipped off without leaving a trace.

Step 3: Camera is a little blurry on this one, but just snip off those yucky tabs

And voila!

I also pulled the wire on the top half of the satin ribbon to give it that scrunched look.
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps: Accent Notes (Verve), You Are Beautiful (CTMH)
Paper: Linen Closet (DCWV), Daisy White
Ink: Soft Sky, Mellow Moss, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Labels One, Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, Pierceabilities Fancy Scalloped Border die, Martha Stewart Layered Arches corner & border punch, MS Deco Fan border punch, Offray satin ribbon, Star Dust Stickles, icons gems, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mojo Monday Cheers!

Here's my take on the Mojo Monday 144 sketch:

Here's the assignment: (I'm still in "kid in school" mode, at least til Friday!)

Happy Tuesday! I stayed up too late last night finishing up my Mojo card for the week. I found these really cute papers from Kaisercraft that I just broke out. I like the earthy tones and the elegant patterns contained in the collection. Short and sweet today so...
Have a great day!

Stamps: Cherish the Moment (CTMH)
Paper: Kaisercraft Devonshire Collection, Colonial White, Really Rust
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain & Antique Linen distress inks
Accessories: Nestabilities Scalloped & Square dies, Shapeabilities Fancy Tags, K & Co. gems, organdy ribbon (unknown), sewing machine, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 6 1/4" X 4 1/2"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

You are beautiful

Welcome to another super opportunity to stamp at Hidden Treasures Challenge Blog! This week we're trying our hand at a sketch! Here's what I've come up with:

This is the sketch to work from:

As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew that I was going to pull out my Shapeabilities. (No wonder, I always do that ;) The black shapes are actually all the same, on the back of the floral panel I glued 4 of them together the get that cool diamond shape. I also knew that I was going to use one of my all time favorite papers, Silhouette by Close to My Heart. Neutrals, to me, are about as elegant as you can get with cards. I absolutely love the look of these colors together.
Now with all this inspiration from myself, Kelli, Alicia, Claire and Mari you've got to try this out! You get a great card and a prize too if your card is selected!

Stamps: You Are Beautiful (CTMH)
Silhouette dp (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Accessories: Shapeabilities Renaissance Hearts, K & Co. pearls, Nestabilities Fancy Tags & Labels One dies, Offray black satin ribbon, Piercerabilities Fancy Scalloped border, dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" square

Saturday, June 19, 2010

SFYTT Always

Good Saturday morning! I'm at work right now, but hope you are all enjoying your day! This is my 3rd card for Sketch for You to Try at iheart2stamp. I found this new mat stack at A.C. Moore and I just love the great colors, textures and all around elegance!
I was a little apprehensive about making that circle shape at the bottom because I knew that I had to free-hand cut it. I traced a circle Nestability on the back and just tried to cut very slowly and patiently. I think it turned out ok. One more sketch next week, then my 15 minutes of fame is up :(
Have a great weekend and thanks for checking in!

Stamps: One Person (Verve)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Linen Closet dp (DCWV), Kraft (PTI), Daisy White, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Martha Stewart Layered Arches border & corner punch, K & Co. pearls, Prima flowers, Circle Nestability, Papermart satin ribbon, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, June 18, 2010

Graduation Invitations

I made these invitations for my boss's daughter who's graduating from high school this Friday! What a wonderful occasion, she has the world at her fingertips. She's a super sweet girl and I know she's going to make greatness no matter what she does. Congratulations Cerra!
For her invitation, I used the masking technique to get the leaves closer to the flower without stamping directly on top of the image. I also stamped the outside envelopes for a cute effect. Her school colors are black and gold so I tried to stick with that color scheme, but it needed just a touch of green.
They live one block from the ocean so I thought this tropical card would be appropriate for her.
Now I have to get my booty in gear to make some complimentary thank you cards!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Extreme Happiness (CTMH) * how apropos*
Paper: Black, Daisy White, Sunflower (CTMH)
Ink: Black, Sunflower, Garden Green (CTMH)
Accessories: none(!)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Treasure Life

Here's my take on the sketch challenge over at Our Creative Corner. I don't normally use stamped pictures on my cards , usually just sentiments. For this card, I used 2 different color browns to give the birdie his two tone color scheme. I stamped the whole image in Desert Sand and then cleaned the stamp and just rolled the edges on the Chocolate stamp pad. Then I was able to stamp over the first image to give it that great outlined effect. The rest of the card is fairly straightforward, I did leave off that little scalloped edge at the bottom. Didn't even realize it until I uploaded my photo. Oh well.
Have a great night and happy stamping!

Stamps: A Tweet (CTMH)
Unforgettable dp (CTMH)
Ink: Desert Sand, Chocolate, Baby Pink (CTMH), Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Accessories: Aquamist ribbon (PTI), Circle & Scalloped Nestabilities,
Pretty Pins (CTMH), hemp twine, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" square

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Thinking Razzleberry

Here's my interpretation of the color palette and sketch pictured below:

This weekend was not a good stamping weekend as I've seemed to have left my creative juices somewhere for which I hid them so well I can't find them. Tomorrow's another day!

Stamps: Accent Notes, Floral Symphony (Verve)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Paper: Raspberry Tart dp, Old Olive, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Copics, Cotton Candy Stickles, charms (unknown), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"