Monday, August 30, 2010

Beautiful You

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges we're incorporating some fancy folds into our cards.  I've made this wonderful fan medallion with my Martha Stewart Modern Arches corner punch. I'm really diggin' how this turned out and I can see in my future that you're going to be seeing more of these. I plan on experimenting with all of the punches I have to see which ones come out with the most appealing styles.  Anyway, here is my sample for the challenge:

Here's a close-up of the folding technique:

And a zoom in of that cute little hemp bow on my favorite MS seam binding:

Now check out what the other Heart 2 Heart Challenge Design Team members have come up with their "fancy folds" and I'm sure you'll find some more drool-worthy artwork with these gals:


Remember to link up your creation by 10pm Sunday to be eligible for the Friday Five distinction and a chance to be a Guest Designer!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps:  You Are Beautiful (CTMH)
Paper: Unforgettable (CTMH) 
Ink: Baby Pink, Chocolate, Cranberry, Juniper (CTMH)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Modern Garland corner punch, Camelia Pink craft binding seam & pearl, Vintage brown button (PTI), Scoring blade, Oval Nestability, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, August 27, 2010

September on My Mind

And so with a new round of Verve Friday Sketches comes September. Frankly, I love my kids dearly, but I can't wait for them to go back to school. Good ole routine and no more "I'm bored, I'm hungry". I got tired of saying "Hi Hungry, I'm Mom, nice to meet you". That got old after say, July? But I am super excited about using my new Verve stamps that I've received and diving head first into the sketch challenge. Here is my card for September's first challenge:

I took the top picture outside, however, not in my usual spot so I wasn't sure if I liked it. But look at the difference between outside and inside which I've posted here:

 I'd say that the truest form of the coloring is somewhere in the middle.
 And the color inspiration comes from this photo:

And the sketch that I followed:

I had to mask the stamp to get my sentiment to fit on this panel.  Originally when I had stamped the image the panel became too wide.
So now, I'm off to get "Bored" and "Hungry" off the couch to help me with some chores around the house. That'll give them something to do! 
Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Dream Big (Verve)
Paper: Linen Closet (DCWV), Colonial White, Chocolate (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Taken with Teal, Mellow Moss (SU)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Iron Gate corner & border punch, Basic Grey flower centers, K & Co. gems, SU silver cord, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Accordion Medallion Tutorial

I'm really not sure if anyone has done this before, I've seen many accordion style medallions but none so for with the decorative edges like I use with my Martha Stewart punches. I love the look of an accordion medallion, and although not easily mailable, quite an expression of elegance for the receiver. This method is easy, yet a little time consuming. So for all of you insomniacs out there, let's get to it.

The first thing is to cut two strips of paper 2" wide by either 11.5 or 12 depending on the size of your paper. You can lessen the width for a smaller medallion, however, I have found that the 2" size fits well on a 4.25 X 5.5" card:

The next step is to take your corner punch and punch down the length of the paper. If you notice in the photograph I aligned the top edge of the punch with the paper, I didn't use the guides or push the paper in all the way. This way you can see exactly where you're punching and it will be easier aligning the subsequent punches:

With the second punch, I slightly overlapped the previous punch so that I could squeeze more punches along the top. Remember to align the top edge of the paper with the top edge of the punch, that way your row of punches will be straight:

When you've punched out both strips this is what they should look like:

At this point, I traded out my cutting blade for my scoring blade on my straight trimmer. (You will know if you forget this step :D). The first score I make is through the top of the punched out area:

The next score line is in between the punches. Repeat these two steps until you've scored on and between each punch to the end:

Now it should be easy to fold the strip like an accordion:

This is what the two strips should look like when you've finished folding them:

At this point, we need to make a continuous line so I use a STRONG adhesive to connect the two pieces. I try to match the punch marks more so than the design on the dp being that the dps I use are usually pretty busy and you won't notice if the pattern is off. Make sure that you attach both ends to make a circle:

This is the tricky part. Once I've pulled the center in towards itself, the outer edges will fan out. I use a 3-D Zot on a piece of heavy weight card stock to keep the middle together, but it doesn't always stay stuck. So usually when I make one of these, I incorporate another decorative panel to cover a second Zot that I place on the top to keep the medallion together:

Here is the finished product. The heavier the card stock you use, the more difficult it's going to be to keep it put. I'm going to experiment with some other punches for some different effects:

Thanks for hanging out for such a long post, hope you can draw some creative inspiration from this tutorial!
Have a great day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Why the redundant title, you ask? I've had 3 wonderful bloggers graciously give me this award:

I was so wonderfully surprised to read on Claire's blog "Claire's Crafty Corner", Melissa's blog "Moe Creations" and Marisa's blog "Rosemary Reflections" that they had all chosen me to receive this special award! I am so grateful to them for thinking of me! You have to check out their blogs for some truly inspiring artwork.

In order for me to keep my "Queen Cherry" title I have to do a little legwork:

** Firstly I need to thank my 3 lovely blogging friends for giving me this fabulous honor, which is not legwork at all, I am truly grateful to Claire, Melissa and Marisa...thanks gals!
** Secondly I need to post my award, which I have done proudly :D

** Thirdly list 3 things that I like about myself:
  • I have a great sense of humor  :)    
  • I'm laid back (for the most part)
  • I have a great deal of compassion for all living things
**Fourthly (is that a word? it is now...) Post a picture that I love...that's easy:

Here is my husband Guy, my daughter Analise and my son Troy at Troy's All-star's Baseball game last summer. I am so grateful for my family and I cherish everyday that we spend together.

And fifthly (I don't think that's a word either, but I'm keeping the theme) I pass the torch to 5 other wonderful bloggers from whom I draw endless inspiration.

  • Colleen Dietrich of "Dietrich Designs" a source of never ending support and we both live in New Jersey! 
  •  Dorcas of "Dorcas Designs" who constantly churns out creative goodness, like every 3 hours or so and is so generous with her support and humor!
  •  Sarah Hogg of "Something Special" who has been riding this fabulous wave of creativity with me since  both of our blogs began 5 months ago!
  • Jessica Moore of "Jessica's Paper Petals" who shares the podium with me for a Mojo win and we are also on the same awesome DT for Heart 2 Heart Challenges! 
  • Chupa (Iwona Palamountain) of "Random Acts of Creativity" for having faith in me and asking me to be a part of her wonderful challenge blog journey with CASE Study!
Thanks again to everyone who visits, hope this blog adds some sunshine to your day!

CASE Study...Measurement of Life

It's week number 3 at CASE Study!  I have been so enjoying gazing at everybody's creations and how they were inspired by our wonderful August Muse, Makiko Jones.  I could look through her cards all day; she is a wonderfully inspiring designer.  This card showcases her super ability to add 3-D images and make the whole card look so "put together".  All of the elements that she includes in some way tie into each other to make a completely cohesive design.  Take a look at this beauty:

I decided to add a 3-D element to my card and I also wanted to highlight the corners as well. This is the creation that I have come up with:

A close-up shot of the pretty pearls and accordion folds on the medallion:

This creation was one of those lying in bed just thinking and "Oh My Gosh!" why don't I try this? And so my new medallion was born. The technique is actually pretty easy, I cut (2) 2 X 11.5" strips of dp. I then took my Martha Stewart Rain Drop corner punch and punched along the 11.5" border, carefully measuring up each punch as I moved along.  I then used my scoring blade to score through the midde and between each punch.  After I scored both strips, I folded them accordion style and attached the ends together.  Lastly I shaped the medallion into a circle and stuck the middle onto a 3-D Zot,  attaching that to a 2" X 2" piece of thick cardstock.
I'm sure you'll 'see' me back here again with another of these medallions and I'm guessing that I'm going to try another punch. (My crystal ball tells me I'm right :D )

Now check out the fabulous CASE Study Design Team's creations based on this same card. I think you're going to see many great ideas from these wonderfully talented women:

Amy Wanford
Carole Kisch
Cindy Lee
Lenet Mos
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams

Remember to link up your creation to CASE Study Challenge blog by Tuesday evening to be considered for "Most Impressive" creation or to be included in the Top 3!  There will also be a drawing for one lucky random participant to win a prize from our sponsor! 
Now it's time to go get stamping!

Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve) 
Paper: Foofala dp, Lap of Luxury DSP, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Martha Stewart Rain Drop & Layered Arches corner punch, K & Co. pearls, Oval & Labels Four Nestabilities, dimensionals, dauber, 3-D Zots  
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Viva La Verve August Week 4

Last card for Viva La Verve's Friday Sketch Challenge for August.  So sad, I will really miss summer, it's my favorite time of the year. So this is my happy, cheery card:

This is the sketch for the challenge:

And this is the color scheme that I spied at Pottery Barn's website:

I've finally added some color into my card for this one, I was getting pretty bummed out with all the neutrals I was using. I added some pretty liquid pearls to the holes made by the punch but, they are holes so I had to prop this panel up until the pearls dried. They stayed in place very well, I thought that they would have been leaking out the bottom. This is the first time I've used my Martha Stewart Quilted corner & border punch and I think I quite like them. Which means that you'll probably be seeing them in the future, that's what I predict anyway.
Have a great day and hope to have you back again soon!

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Paper: Tea Party DSP, Regal Rose, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Quilted corner & border punch, Labels Ten & Square Scalloped Nestabilities, Pink Pirouette Grosgrain ribbon (SU), K & Co. Handmade Adhesive gems, Ranger Baby Pink Liquid pearls, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Viva La Verve August Week 3

I seem to be hung up on the black, white and tan color scheme this week and this card cements it. I made this for Verve's Friday Sketch challenge over at Splitcoast. I'm actually a week behind, I still need to finish this week's card for a chance to win some yummy Verve stamps! Here's the card that I've come up with:

This is the sketch that I based my card on:

And this is the color scheme I chose based on a bedroom set at

I've had this toile paper for so long and I just adore it, however, I don't have any coordinating patterned paper to go with it so it's just kind of languished in my paper pile for a long time. (Languished- for my vocab buddies, Irene and Stephanie).
Well that's all for now, gotta continue working on an awesome card for Thursday's CASE Study Challenge, with a new medallion technique and a tutorial that I will be posting on Friday.
Stay tuned...and as always, thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Paper: Timeless Toile dp (Melissa Frances), Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink
Accessories: Martha Stewart Layered Arches & Doily Lace border punch, Prima pearl flourish, Offray black satin ribbon, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Mojo Mini Medallion

Here's my Mojo Monday entry for week 153. I accidentally discovered how to make a mini medallion with my Martha Stewart (favorite) Layered Arches punch. Accidentally as in I shoved the paper in too far and then discovered that some of the holes line up to make an eventual cohesive design. First of all, here's the finished product:

I cut a piece of Kraft card stock 1 1/2" by (whatever) to start:

I don't normally use the corner guides but it is helpful on the first two punches. So align the first punch with the corner guidelines:

Then align the punch on the other side, however before you punch, notice that in the top hole there is no paper. That's because this area has already been punched out by the first punch. The holes line up perfectly:

The third punch looks much the same as the second, but this punch is done underneath the second punch using the right angle technique. You will also notice that the bottom hole has no paper in it as well. That's because the second punch has already punched out that area of paper:

On the last punch, both of those areas have the paper punched out already. This is where you'll be able to tell if you lined up the first three punches correctly or not. Those top two holes should have no paper visible before the punch:

And the final product:

Not too hard, huh? It sounds a lot more difficult in words than in actuality. It's such a neat look, go ahead and try it. A few gals asked me to provide pictures of my punch stash. I'll do that as soon as I'm able to transport them all to a photographically ideal spot. Have a great night and happy stamping!

Stamps: Fairy Tales (Verve)
Paper: Martha Stewart Neutrals Mat stack, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart Layered Arches corner punch, Labels Four Nestabilities, Ivory button, SU pearls & Filigree brads, Morex Oatmeal Satin ribbon, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, August 23, 2010

In Stitches

Do you know a person that has such an infectious laugh that you don't even have to know what they're laughing about to join in? That's me. I could be laughing at the paint peeling and my family is in stitches just listening to me laugh. I totally consider that a gift. However, that's not the stitches we're talking about here. Our challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart is to incorporate real or faux stitching on our project. Because I am primarily a card maker, I decided to whip out my sewing machine on this little number here:

Here's a close-up of the Epoxy clip:

And a zoom in on the ribbon bundle:

Here are the other wondrously creative DT members at Heart 2 Heart. Check out what they've done with some fancy stitching:


Now it's your turn to show us how you've been inspired by your Singer™ or Paint pen. Remember to link up to Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog by Sunday at 10 pm to be considered for the Fabby Friday Five! And that's no laughing matter :D
Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Live Inspired (CTMH)
Paper: Passages dp, Colonial White (CTMH)
Ink: Barn Red, Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Ribbon Rounds Colonial White Collection, Martha Stewart Modern Garland border punch, Square & Scalloped Nestabilities, Antiqued Copper Mini-Medley Accents, Winter Collection button, Hemp twine, dauber, dimensionals, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" square

Thursday, August 19, 2010

5 Days of Verve Sketches Day 5


And my final sketch for Verve's Release Week sketch challenge contest. Irene had asked me if I was going to adorn this card with the normal bling that I use but I didn't feel it was appropriate for a sympathy card. I don't make them too often and luckily have not needed one lately. Here is the card:

And Julee's wonderful sketch, I often wonder how she is able to come up with fabulous sketches on a regular basis:

If you check out this card I used the same colors for daubing the center of the circle but lightened it a bit on this card. I was trying to match the inner blossoms on the dp paper and had limited supplies on hand. The Riding Hood Red was way too pink so I tamed it down with the Walnut Stain distress ink. On the above mentioned card I had a heavy hand while daubing that circle which is why it looks so different from this one. So the lesson is: even using the same materials you can accomplish a different look just by adjusting the your method. Wow...that could save me a lot of $$.
Have a great day!

Stamps: Blessings (Verve)
Paper: Autumn Blossom (pink paislee), Vintage Cream, Black (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Riding Hood Red, Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Large Scallop & Circle Nestabilities, dauber, dimensionals
Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"