Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Mojo and a Meeting

So I've finally gotten a chance to make my Mojo card for this week. I've chosen to go round for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to challenge myself, (I don't like to make round cards...but I like this one:) and secondly I'm also entering this card in the Shabby Tea Room challenge to make any shape except a square.  I'm thinking that this card fits the bill with both shabby and not square. And at Mark's Finest Papers we are to use a bow. Here's my card for these challenges:


And a close up of the button focal piece:



Here is the Mojo sketch I followed (I did flip the sketch, actually mirrored it):



Yesterday I had the wonderful honor of meeting one of my super sweet online blogging buddies Colleen Dietrich of Dietrich Designs. We both live in New Jersey however, on opposite sides of the state. It only took me an hour to drive across the state to meet her at a Michael's. I'm amazed that we got any shopping done as we were kibitzing the whole time. I did manage to pick up some cool silver beaded ribbon at half off. Colleen picked up some lovely shiny snowflakes which she used beautifully on this card.
Here is a picture of us in the parking lot after I asked this sweet older woman if she would take our picture:


We had a great time shopping and having lunch. Four hours flew! I'm looking forward to seeing her again for a little more shopping and a little more kibitzing.

ETA: I do have VERY curly hair. I went to a wedding the day before and had a "blow out" from a salon. I couldn't bear to lose that scrumptious straight so I let it go one more day...

Have a great night and happy stamping!



Stamps: Friendly Phrases (Verve)
Paper: Robin dp (Melissa Frances), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap & Walnut Stain distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Lacey Circles & Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Onboard Essentials Chipboard, Silver cord, Backgrounds 1 Texture plate & Word Window punch (SU), Dove White craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Holiday silver ribbon (Michaels), button (CTMH) 
Size: Round

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Waltzingmouse Joy

A little distressing here, a little scrap of burlap there, a lot more glitter and I've got a wonderfully vintage card on my hands. I am simply loving this style of card making. There are so many embellishments that I have that I can start to use on my cards now. And I don't have to match anything! I made this card for Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge. Take a look at this shabby chic creation:


And a detail shot of the sentiment panel:



The sketch that I followed:
The chipboard star was initially all white so I distressed the edges first with Antique Linen and then lightly with some Walnut stain inks. Next I sprayed the star with some Elmer's adhesive and sprinkled course glitter over the entire piece. After that dried I looped a pearl string around the center and attached that to a crinkled Labels Five. I tied the heart through the hole at the top with some hemp twine and added a little floral cluster towards the bottom. I added a couple of  "X" stitches at the top and curled an edge for a shabby look.
I am also entering this card into Mark's Finest Papers challenge to use a bow.
Thanks for checking in!


Stamps: Poinsettia & Boxwood ( Flourishes)
Paper: Life Stories (My Mind's Eye), Vintage Cream (PTI) 
Ink: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Chipboard star, Heart trinket, Labels Five Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pearl string (Modern Romance), Burlap strip (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Prima flower, Opaques (CTMH), needle & thread, hemp twine (PTI), Crystal course glitter (Martha Stewart), Elmer's spray adhesive, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Heart 2 Heart...Sketch Challenge

At Heart 2 Heart this week we're being challenged with a sketch. I personally like sketches because they take a huge variable out of the equation. There is still plenty left up to you, color choices, embellishments or lack there of and stamps. I decided with this card that I was going to make it pretty much clean and simple. Here is my card for Heart 2 Heart's sketch this week:


And here is the sketch we're modeling:


With daylight in short supply these days, I had forgotten what a wonderful backdrop the outside can be. When I use my "home-made" light box that my wonderful husband made for me, at times the image looks like it's suspended in white oblivion. I like the look of some natural backgrounds to enhance the whole picture.

Time to see how the other Heart 2 Heart Design Team ladies worked this sketch:

Mary
Deneen
Jamia
Jessica
Kelly
Mandy


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 at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!
Have a great Monday and happy stamping!


Stamps:  Wonderful Season (CTMH)
Paper:  Aspen dp, Outdoor Denim, Crème Brulee, Twilight (CTMH)
Ink: Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
Accessories: Crème Brulee Ribbon Rounds (CTMH), Baby Blue liquid pearls (Ranger), sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Your Birthday...Beautiful You

I'm playing along with this week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast. I decided to CASE this card and turn it into a birthday card for my lovely daughter who turned 11 today! Where did the years go? As I've said earlier, I had kinda traumatized her into not liking pink anymore, however I still REALLY like it so I used just a splash of pink. The Featured Stamper this week is Kris Chirhart and this is what I've come up with based on her inspiration card:


As I was listing the ingredients I was shocked to realize that I had not used any patterned paper. How liberating! The scalloped border was cut using Papertrey Ink's Large Scallop die and the lace that sits underneath I had purchased at Jo-Ann's several months ago.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by~





Stamps:  Big Wish, Beautiful You (Verve)
Paper: Black, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Smitten Chipboard (K & Co.), Large Scalloped Border & twine (PTI), Doily Lace punch & Putty craft seam binding  (Martha Stewart), lace, Pretty Pins (CTMH), trinket (unknown), sewing machine, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Friday, November 26, 2010

A New Look

I've discovered these wonderful blogs over the past day which you can check out here and here. Superbly  shabby chic styles that I thought I might try to replicate. I had so much fun making this card and well...me LIKIE this style!  The hardest part is trying to not be all matchy matchy like I tend to do. I just started adding stuff all over. I used this photo here as inspiration. I am using this as my Viva La Verve sketch for the week, but I decided to choose my own inspiration pic. Here is my card:



And a close up of the sentiment:


I cut a Lacey Circle shape in half and scored through starting at the tops of the circles. I then folded it accordion style and attached it to a full Lacey Circle of the same size in pink. The heart and the arrow are chipboard pieces. The side panel was shaped with a Quilted border punch and curled up a bit to distinguish it from the background paper. I "off stamped" the butterflies twice using the Walnut Stain distress ink before stamping them onto my background paper. I lightly inked all of the edges with Antique Linen and added a little cozy stitching.

I showed my 10 year old daughter this card when I was done and I got the good ole' seal of approval in the form of "Ahhh!! I LOVE IT!" Doesn't get any better than that...
Have a great night and enjoy your weekend!



Stamps: Blue Skies (Verve)
Paper: Robin dp (Melissa Frances), Vintage Cream (PTI), Pirouette Pink (SU)
Ink: Antique Linen & Walnut Stain distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Smitten Chipboard (K & Co.), Quilted border punch, pearls & Putty craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), paper flower (Making Memories), hemp twine (PTI), Artisian Elements (Pink Paislee), metal flower (unknown), sewing machine, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Just for You Mojo

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. The time seems to fly by so quickly when there's good food and family. And especially when everyone gets along. I'm thankful for THAT! I was able to sit down at my craft table last night after dishes and finally put together my Mojo card for this week. I'm really diggin' these skewed panels, it's not something I do very often but I like to try to force myself to do things out of character for me. Sometimes though, those little experiments end up in the card graveyard. Not today! Here's my card:



A little sentiment close-up:



And Julee's sketch for this week:




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Stamps:  Just Believe (SU)
Paper:  Sunny Garden dp, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Early Espresso (SU)
Ink: Riding Hood Red (SU), Walnut Stain & Tea Dye distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Old Olive Satin ribbon (SU), White Opal liquid pearls (Ranger), Sparklers (Webster's Pages), Opaques (CTMH), hemp twine (PTI), sewing machine, dimensionals, dauber 
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Play Date Cafe...Crystal Treasures

Welcome to week number 57 of Play Date Cafe challenges! This week we got to play with some fabulous stamps from StampAttack from the UK. I had ordered these stamps months ago and when I pulled them out to work with Sarah's color story I initially got really nervous. My stamps were poinsettias and snowflakes and check out Sarah's colors and you'll see why I panicked just a wee bit:


Well, usually the poinsettias I see are red/pink and green. And the last time I looked, snowflakes were white. Of course that can vary based on whether my neighbor's dog comes over for a visit. However I was a bit stymied by how I as going to approach this project. Here is what I came up with:



Not too bad, this great sentiment was included with my stamps as well as the watermarked snowflakes on the background paper. I took my Top boss pad and rubbed it over a piece of white card stock and covered the entire inked panel with silver embossing powder. After it cooled down I cut out the snowflakes with my Martha Stewart snowflake punch. I gussied them up with a rhinestone in the middle and adhered them. Here's a picture of the same card indoors:



It's hard to see the silver snowflakes well on this card which is why I decided to take another photo outside.

On a personal note, this is the last week for Lisa Somerville and Suzanne Cosek from our lovely design team. I want to send out a warm thank you to both of these ladies for being so supportive and helpful. They are both truly talented artists and we will miss them, but wish them luck in their further endeavors.

Now take a look at how the other PDCC ladies dressed up their projects:

Julie Ranae

The Fine Print:
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday.
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

**ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! **

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
PDCC COLORS BE THE
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges,
but we do ask that:

1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

Have fun and happy stamping!




Stamps: Winter Wonders (StampAttack)
Paper: Soft Suede, Going Gray (SU), Rustic White (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black , Versamark Watermark (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Labels Eight Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), Vintage round buttons (Jolee's boutique), gems (Icons), Silver embossing powder (Ranger), twine (PTI), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

A Waltzingmouse Blessing

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, it is still a great time to look back and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. I'm certainly thankful that my parents are coming over to make all the preparations for dinner for us today! I will whole-heartedly do dishes if I don't have to cook! But before I soak my little pencil pushing hands in some Palmolive, I decided to give another go at a Waltzingmouse sketch for this week. Here is my Christmas Blessings card:


And a close up of the blingy bow:



Here is the sketch I followed:



For the sentiment panel I cut a rectangle that was 1 & 3/4" X 3 & 3/4" and used my Gothic Arches corner punch to line up two punches on each end. I then attached by Oval Nestability shape onto that with some dimensionals after I stamped my sentiment.
Have a great day, hopefully surrounded by those you love...




Stamps: Christmas Blessings (Verve Plain Jane)
Paper:  Glad Tidings dp (K & Co.), Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Walnut Craft seam binding & Gothic Arches corner punch (Martha Stewart), Sparkler (Webster's Pages), Linen twine (PTI), Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Sugar picks green/quartz stick pins (Jillibean Soup), sewing machine, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CASE Study...Birthday Wishes

Our last week with ultra talented Heather Pulvirenti at CASE Study challenges. Where are the weeks going? November is almost gone and December and the New Year are right around the corner...yikes! I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed CASEing Heather's beautiful cards.Time sure does fly especially when you enjoy what you're doing. Chupa picked out another stunner for us to draw inspiration from so without further chit chat, here is Heather's beautiful card:



I adore the bright red flowers, the gorgeous aqua ribbon and how the entire background is stamped. I chose to CASE all of these elements, while changing the stamps, sentiment and dimension. This is what I've come up with:



I took the above picture in my light box. This one below I took outside. Check out the difference:



Both equally as nice but different in their own ways.  To make those lush flowers I used Tosha's method of paper smushing. I'm sure that it has a fancier name, but essentially that's what I did. You can check her tutorial out here.  The background script is Stampin' Up!'s Script background stamp (appropriately enough). I inked up the stamp, laid it down on my table rubber side up and placed my paper on the inked stamp. I then put a piece of computer paper over that and smoothed it out to be sure that my entire paper got stamped.

Our fearless leader, Chupa is our sponsor this week and she is offering a $25 gift certificate to Artful Delight to one lucky participant...so now you HAVE to play along!



Now check out CASE Study's fabulous Design Team creations inspired by Heather's beautiful card:

 Chupa
Amy Wanford
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams

Here are the deets for creating and uploading a project:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC16), and link it to CASE Study Challenge blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until the end of Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose one winner randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor. In addition, the authors of the four most impressive creations will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!


Stamps: Script, Sincere Salutations (SU)
Paper:  Kraft, White (PTI), Riding Hood Red (SU)
Ink: Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Nestabilities, Beautiful Blooms dies (PTI), Offray Aqua Satin Saddle ribbon, Pearls (K & Co.), Prima leaves, stylus, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Richly Blessed

Good News! Last week this card was chosen as one of the top five over at 2 Sketches 4 You! I'm so excited, I really like sketch challenges and there were a lot of entries. I decided to play along again this week, especially since the prize up for grabs is from Flourishes! This card really did take me a long time, I must have redone it several times. And as you can tell, I kept adding to it. I finally put it down and left it alone whilst I typed this. Here is my card for this week's challenge:


And a cute little close up of that yummy flower:



Here's the sketch I used designed by Laura Davis:



I cut out the sentiment opening with a Labels Eight Nestability and then I centered the next smaller size down into the existing cut out. I ran a piece of cream card stock through my Big Kick with the rubber mat that allows you to emboss only and not cut. I attached that piece under the dp. That's how I got that impression in the middle. The rest is pretty much just layered and loaded with pearls.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps:  Richly Blessed, Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper: Yuletide dp (K & Co.), Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories:  Labels Eight Nestabilities & Fancy Scalloped border Pierceabilities (Spellbinders), Quilted & Lattice border punch, pearls (Martha Stewart), rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), Offray Satin Saddle ribbon, Vintage corner dies (Cuttlebug), StarDust Stickles (Ranger), dauber 
Size: big! 5 1/2" X 6"

Monday, November 22, 2010

Heart 2 Heart...Thanks

This week it's all about gratitude. In more ways than one. On Thursday we celebrate our country's ultimate "Thank You" for our many blessings. What a time to reflect on how many things in our life that we are thankful for! Before the commencement of Thanksgiving though, we at Heart 2 Heart are putting our thanks into a tangible medium. Here is my card for our "Thank You" challenge this week:



The background paper was embossed with a Sizzix "Starry Night" embossing folder and I distressed the edges for a more shabby chic look. The folded panel was made by cutting a strip of designer paper and lightly misting it with some stamp cleaner. While the paper was still wet, I folded it up haphazardly and then sprayed it with some Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive. I then sprinkled some glitter over the top and let it dry overnight. After drying, it becomes more rigid and that's when I tied the twine around the panel a few times. I attached that to a strip cut out with a Martha Stewart Gothic Arches punch.


Time to see how the other Heart 2 Heart Design Team ladies show their gratitude:

Mary
Deneen
Jamia
Jessica
Kelly
Mandy


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 at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!
Have a great, short week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Stamps:  Cherish the Moment (CTMH)
Paper:  Mistletoe dp, Daisy White & New England Ivy (CTMH)
Ink: Garden Green (CTMH)
Accessories:  Gothic Arches border punch & glitter (Martha Stewart), White hemp twine, button, stamp cleaner (CTMH), gem (K & Co.), hole punch, Starry Night embossing folder (Sizzix), edge distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Beautiful Everything

I made a trip today while I was on Long Beach Island to Paper Wings Scrap Boutique and picked up these dreamy Prima flowers. I knew that I had to use them on a card, so I chose to play along with this week's Featured Stamper forum over at Splitcoast. This week we are celebrating CriminalGrace aka Sarah Jay. You can see her card here and this is my take on that card:


Rules are that I have to change at least two things. I kept the design the same, however I used a sentiment in place of an image and I also added that succulent flower.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!



Stamps: Ecclesiates (Verve Plain Jane)
Paper:  Ancestry dp (K & Co.), Soft Suede (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Prima Bronte Blooms Strawberry flower, pink trim (Making Memories), Oval Nestability (Spellbinders), pearls (Recollections), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Viva La Verve...Give Thanks

I received a wonderful package in the mail yesterday from Papertrey Ink filled with twine, paper, stamps and other assorted goodies. I am using some 'new to me' text-style designer series papers from PTI, this one is called Autumn Abundance. I used this week's Viva La Verve sketch challenge to showcase my new papers. This is the card I've come up with using Julee's sketch below:



And Julee's fabulous sketch:


The leaf with the sentiment is made with a Spellbinders Nested Maple Leaf die and I sponged the inside of the paper while it was still in the die. The felt leaves I've been moving around on my table daily waiting for the right opportunity to use them. Found it!
Have a great day!



Stamps: Happy Fall (Verve)
Paper: Autumn Abundance dp, Vintage Cream (PTI), Cajun Craze (SU)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Really Rust (SU)
Accessories:  Maple Leaf Nestability (Spellbinders), Old Olive satin ribbon & designer button (SU),  Infinity border punch (Martha Stewart), Hemp twine (PTI), felt leaves, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Play Date Cafe...Here Comes Santa Claus!

Well, my title may be a wee bit premature. However I did make up this cutie tag for the Play Date Cafe this week using some awesome stickers from EAD Designs. I received these adorable stickers with some darling Christmas sentiments on them and that made putting this tag together a breeze. Julie's color story this week coordinates perfectly with my goodies. Take a look at the palette for this week at the Play Date Cafe:



Are these great Christmas colors or what? Take a look at what I've come up with using these fabulous colors and EAD Design's "Deck the Halls" sweet stickers:


I have a box on my bookshelf  labeled "chipboard accessories" which I've had forever. I just happened to have looked up at it and thought that these stickers would look great on a tag. The tag itself and the snowflake are made of chipboard; I covered the tag with dp and the snowflake I coated with 2-way glue and sprinkled some blue glitter on it for a nice sparkle. The fan is also a sticker as well as the stars. That lucious green ribbon is some new SU ribbon that I recently purchased which I LOVE! The punched border along the middle was made with a Martha Stewart Modern Garland border punch. To get that layered look I punched another strip of paper and carefully cut off the top so that the strip resembled circles (no header). Then I glued that under the sentiment panel, matching up the design.

***NEWS FLASH***NEWS FLASH***NEWS FLASH***
This week at the Play Date Cafe is PLAYER APPRECIATION WEEK!  That means that we have 3 WONDERFUL sponsors for this challenge who are ready to give out some goodies to our players!

Our first sponsor is EAD Designs which as I mentioned previously supplied us with some fabulously festive stickers:


They are generously offering this prize to one lucky recipient:



Our second super sponsor is Discount Cardstock:



And they are supplying this vibrant array of cardstock:



Our third terrific sponsor is Wilson Designs:



And they will be providing this super cute stamp set:



I can't think of a better way to get some awesome goodies than to have fun creating! If you need some additional inspiration, take a look at how the other PDCC ladies dressed up their projects:

Julie Ranae

The Fine Print:
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday.
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

**ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! **

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
PDCC COLORS BE THE
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges,
but we do ask that:

1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

Have fun and happy stamping!



Paper: The Christmas Stack (DCWV), Very Vanilla (SU)
Accessories:  Deck the Halls (EAD Designs), Chipboard snowflake & tag, K & Co. Stickers, Linen thread, Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon (SU), Modern Garland border punch (Martha Stewart)