Thursday, December 30, 2010

Play Date Cafe...Thanks for Caring

Welcome to the Play Date Cafe's last challenge of 2010! In 2 weeks we kick off our full Design Team's participation in our color challenges. I can tell you that behind the scenes these girls are so excited to show you their immense talent and the many different ways they are going to present their color interpretations. Seems as though Sarah is going to have some friendly competition in the mixed media arena! I am so looking forward to seeing their creations and how these lovely ladies round out this wonderful challenge! Our color story this week comes from one of our fearless leaders, Julie. I just adore these colors and what better time to work with them than with Valentine's Day right around the corner! Check out these fab colors:


Here is the card that I created with these colors and some jazzy black accents:



If you'd like to gaze at some additional awesome inspiration using these colors, check out how the Senior Design team fashioned their projects:

Julie Ranae
Savannah O'Gwynn


We would LOVE to have you play along with us! Here are some guidelines to help you create and share:
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: Thankful Hearts (Verve)
Paper:  Blue Awning (K & Co.), Vintage Cream, Black (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Large Scallop die (PTI), flower & pearl flourish (Prima), Deco Fan border punch (Martha Stewart), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), Foundry Book Plates (CTMH), gem brads, ribbon, Vintage corner dies (Cuttlebug), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

CASE Study...An Experiment

Welcome back to CASE Study after our little holiday break! As we bid farewell to 2010, we will also be saying goodbye to the lovely Nina Brackett as well, as this is the last week of the month. I truly enjoyed CASEing her cards, she is a very talented artist. In keeping with preparation for the looming new year, I decided to try something new with my CASE of Nina's card. First let's take a look at the inspiration card:


I love the pink, black and white combo. I also wanted to keep the bling factor high as well as the elegance. I chose to CASE all these elements, but changed the design, the embellishments and the main colors (meaning I made black the primary and splashed the pink). Here's my CASE of Nina's card:



The background texture is fabric netting. Here's a close-up so you can see how it looks:



I have never used a fabric background before and I'm definitely going to try it again! It looks really cool IRL, unfortunately these pictures don't do it justice. The main panel is a silver doily to which I layered a black circle Nestability. I added some silver beaded "ribbon" with some glue and wove some organza ribbon through the sentiment panel. The pink gems are Prima's "flower middles". The sentiment is stamped with white craft ink for a nice contrast.
Now you have to see how the other fabulous CASE Study gals were inspired by Nina's card:

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams is taking this week off.


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 CSC20), 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: Thankful Hearts (Verve) 
Paper: Black (PTI)
Ink: White craft ink (SU)
Accessories: Silver doily (Wilton), Sultan Gem Pink (Prima), Silver beaded cord (Michael's), Large Oval punch (SU), Vintage inspired netting (Webster's Pages), Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mojo Monday...Happy New Year!

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Happy Tuesday! Sorry I've been MIA recently, with Christmas, the flu and just general end of the year stuff I've been a little preoccupied lately. One thing that I've really missed is that I haven't been able to make a Mojo card in two weeks! I just love Julee's sketches and how they take some of the guesswork out of the creative process. Oh sure, there's still plenty of other decisions to fret over, but if I can take one out of the mix, that's great! This week's sketch, which happens to be the last for the year is fairly straight forward.  A nice easy geometric pattern to jumpstart the process. Here's what I've done with it:


Here's the sketch I used:


My card is actually pretty simple, just a few layers and some corner adornments. The stars were purchased at MemrieMare Etsy shop and I just dropped some pearl centers onto them. The paper is some scraps that I rescued from my "growing out of control" paper pile. I hope to tame that bad boy down a little in time for the New Year.
Have a wonderful day!


Stamps: Merry Wishes (Verve)
Paper: Que Sera Sera (K & Co.), White, Black (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Labels Five & Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Mini-Medley Antiqued Copper photo corners, Glass stars (MemrieMare), pearls (Kaisercraft)
Size: 5 1/2" square

Sunday, December 26, 2010

You Make Me Smile

Good morning! I was up quite early today, 2:45 to be exact. I've been on the upswing since acquiring the flu on Thursday. Let me tell you that that is no way to spend Christmas. Luckily I had my kids get the flu shot so hopefully they will be immune; perhaps I should take after my own lead and get one myself! {Mental note: flu shot next year}...gotta write it down or I forget. So since I've been up I thought that I would play along with this week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast. Our lucky lady for this week is LeisaJane. I chose this card of hers to CASE and here is my spin on her delightful card:


As per the rules, I had to change at least 3 aspects of her card. I kept the design and general stamping layout, however I changed the color scheme, the actual stamps and the embellishment on the top right.
I also added some glitter to the flowers and some liquid pearls to the butterfly and sentiment although it's pretty hard to see from this picture unless you click on it.
Ok, off to veg on the couch and maybe get a couple of winks in before the craziness of the day ensues.
Have a wonderful Sunday!



Stamps: Terrific Tulips (SU), Thankful Hearts (Verve)
Paper: The Luxury Stack (DCWV), Black & Vintage Cream (PTI), Pretty in Pink (SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Mellow Moss, Pixie Pink, Pirouette Pink (SU)
Accessories: Black satin ribbon (Offray), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Pink Crystalescent glitter (Mark Ent.), Large Oval punch & Embosslits Beautiful Wings (SU), paper piercer, Peony dew drops (Robin's Nest), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and an Important Announcement

Good morning on this Christmas Eve! I wanted to quickly pop in and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year! I am so thankful for the fabulous readers who visit and share my love of crafting!
As I push ahead into the new year, I'm going to make a change on my blog concerning Feedblitz.  As of January 1st, I will be discontinuing this service. If you would still like to receive e-mail updates when I post, there is a section at the top of my blog underneath the copyright for signing up through Feedburner. I will be using Feedburner exclusively from then on so make sure you subscribe.
I will also be making a MAJOR announcement at the beginning of this year, so you may want to tune in then.
Once again, my sincerest thanks to all of the wonderful people that I've met this year (which has flown by at light speed) and all the gracious comments that have been left for me. I truly feel lucky to have "met" so many people and developed some special friendships.
May peace be with everyone~

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Play Date Cafe...Merry Christmas!

Well, it's Christmas Eve eve! Is everyone ready for the big day? I am, {I think}. There are some wonderful happenings going on over at the Play Date Cafe this week!  Lots of new designers and beaucoup (I think buku looks better but Wiki-answers says to spell it like that) amounts of inspiration!  I'll tell you what I'm definitely ready for though, a color story by Sarah! You ready for this one? Here we go:


What a cute vintage image, perfect for this time of year. Here's my take on these colors:



And a few close-ups:



And one more:




We have some new fresh faces at the Play Date Cafe! Seven to be exact! I have moved up the "challenge ladder" to First Term Designer and I am joined by 6 new talented ladies. My Private Blend Designer spot has been bestowed upon my blogging buddy Colleen Dietrich of Dietrich Designs. Say, how about you meet our other new designers? Along with our Senior design team here:

Julie Ranae
Savannah O'Gwynn

is our First Term Designers:

Fiona Schultz
Jaclyn Miller
Jinny Newlin
Libby Hickson
Michele Gross
Tracey Kuzniak

And our new Private Blend Designer:

Colleen Dietrich

Although the new designer's official start is the beginning of the year, I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and a welcome! There sure is some incredible talent on this team!  A warm congratulations to these wildly talented ladies and best wishes on their tenure at the Play Date Cafe!

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: 2010 Holiday Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Vintage card kit (My Mind's Eye), Bravo Burgundy (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Indian Corn Blue (CTMH), Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Limitless Layers & hemp twine (PTI), Vintage ribbon tape (K & Co.), button, pearls, Heart trinket pins (Maya Road), scrunched seam binding (MemrieMare), Snowflake punch & coarse glitter (Martha Stewart), dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, December 20, 2010

Peace·Love·Joy

Happy Monday! I spent the day running around today and I think I'm finally "done" as far as Christmas goes. As long as no monkey wrenches are thrown at me, I'm good to go! What a great feeling! Almost as good as being chosen as the Featured Stamper for the week over at Splitcoast! No, it's not me, I'm CASEing a card from maryrose. You can view the inspiration card here and below you can take a lookie at mine:



And here's a close up of the flower embellishment:




I think this card is a cross between Christmas and Valentine's day. That's a good thing, I can keep my options open. To make that fluffy, full ribbon accent, I merely took a piece of ribbon and wrapped it around the 3 fingers of my left hand several times and tied it in the middle. Then I just fanned out each loop to make it full. You can get away with doing this with a thin piece of ribbon. I'm also loving these new Maya Road heart trinket pins and my ESP tells me that you're going to be seeing a lot of these in the future. (That and the fact that I over ordered them and I have like one hundred of each color!)
Have a great day and hopefully I'll be back soon with a Mojo card!


Stamps:  Holiday Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Mistletoe dp (Memory Box), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Top Note die (SU), Smitten chipboard heart (K & Co.), Limitless Layers die & hemp twine (PTI), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Offray ribbon, pearl, flower cut off a pick, Heart trinket pins (Maya Road), pink ribbon, button, stamen (Wilton), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Viva La Verve...Peaceful Wishes

Happy Sunday morning! It's actually very late Saturday night and I should be in bed right now as I have to work tomorrow, but alas my blogging sickness had a hold of me. So I'll make this quick and to the point. This card is for Viva La Verve sketch challenge over at Splitcoast for the 3rd week of December. Reason I'm posting this so late is it took me FOREVER to get this card to come together. I had to start over a few times, but I'm happy with the end result. Here is my card based on Amy Sheffer's sketch:


And Amy's "easy peasy" sketch as she has coined it:



Enjoy the last weekend day before Christmas! Hope everyone has their shopping almost done! (Not me!) I work better under pressure (so I tell myself, lol).
Happy stamping!


Stamps: Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper: Black, Vintage Cream (PTI), Always Artichoke (SU), random piece of cardboard :)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger), Versamark watermark
Accessories: Yuletide Medallion collection (K & Co.), Large Scalloped border die & hemp twine (PTI), chipboard star, Trinket pins (Maya Road), Doily Lace punch & Coarse glitter (Martha Stewart), lace trim, Large Oval punch (SU), pearls (Recollections), button, Texturing tool (Fiskars), dimensionals, dauber 
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, December 17, 2010

New York City and a Goof

I had mentioned yesterday that my family and I had gone into New York City for a Cirque de Soleil production at Madison Square Garden. I have some pics to share with you from our day, mostly though it was so cold that I couldn't take my gloves off to snap many pictures but here's a few as just a snipit of our day:



This is a picture of all of us in front of Macy's window. All their windows were so wonderfully decorated and told a story with each consecutive window. (From left, my MIL Pat, my step-mother Lynn, my husband Guy, daughter Analise, me, my son Troy and my dad Larry.)



From Macy's we walked until we got to Broadway. We were looking for a place to stop and eat but it was so cold that we weren't really particularly picky as to where we dined.


After the show we had some time to kill so we went downstairs to Penn Station and checked out the shops. We were way too far from Rockafeller center but we found a rather large tree at the train station.

So I was preparing my post on Tuesday for the Play Date Cafe because I knew I would be away all day Wednesday.  I very carelessly looked at my e-mail from Julie about the color scheme for this week and had read black, white and yellow. In reality it was black, white and a 'splash' of yellow.  I didn't discover my error until after I had made this card:


Just a wee bit more than a splash, huh? So I scrapped it and made another. Well, I didn't really scrap it, I just made another. Not that I minded much, I really like making cards. 
Have a great day!

P.S. Verve is having a sale right now at their website and you can get this stamp set and other new releases at 15% off through Dec. 31st.  What a deal-e-o!



Stamps: Text Objects (Verve)
Paper: Nature Designer Mat Pad (K & Co.), Black, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Fleur-de-Lis pendant die (Spellbinders), gingham ribbon (Making Memories), button (SU), gems (Recollections), hemp twine (PTI)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Play Date Cafe...Yellow Splash

Happy Thursday morning! Our family had a wonderful day yesterday. We took a bus trip into New York City to see the Cirque de Soleil Wintuk Christmas show. You wanna talk about some talented people? Absolutely amazing! We got to walk around after the show and grab a bite to eat at an Irish pub. We are so lucky to live this close to the city, it is certainly entertaining! I was also entertained by Julie's color story this week at the Play Date Cafe! Color splashes are my favorite type of challenge. This week we're doing black and white with a splash of yellow.



Here is my card based on Julie's color picks:



I just adore anything relating to toile. I had these papers buried in my stack of cast-off papers and decided that it would work well with my stamps and splash. I pierced the border with a paper piercer and Stampin' Up!'s piercing guidelines Mat Pack. I layered the sentiment over a Fleur De Lis pendant die for a little extra elegance. The flower was cut off of a Autumn clearance pick from Michael's and to dress it up a bit I glued a Prima Sultan gem in the middle.

I think that Julie and Sarah are in the midst of notifying our new DT of their positions at the  Play Date Cafe! Our 6 new Design team members and Private Blend Designer should be announced the week leading up to Christmas! Here is what our current team has done with this fabulous color splash:

Julie Ranae
Savannah O'Gwynn

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:  Text Objects (Verve)
Paper: Timeless Toile (Adorn it), Black, White (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Fleur-de-Lis pendant die & Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Arch Lattice border punch (Martha Stewart), pearls (Recollections), paper piercer, flower cut off a pick, Whisper White organza ribbon (SU), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

CASE Study...No Stamping!

I decided this week to do things a little differently with my CASE Study project. I have so admired Nina Brackett's style and designs but I chose not to stamp anything for this pocket card. I didn't really plan that ahead of time, however the pieces fell into place and so I let inspiration flow. Here is Nina's card in all of its colorful glory:


I love the way the butterfly sits amidst this splash of vibrant color and how the corners were all adorned. I was also influenced by the border at the bottom and the top. I chose to CASE these aspects while changing the theme, ribbons, borders and colors. Here is my CASE of Nina's card:



The design remains somewhat the same with the 25 being the focal point and adornments in each corner. I replicated the ribbon/border accents and added my own little wish lists peeking out of the envelope. I bought this cute 'do it yourself' Advent calender from Michael's and decided to divvy it up for my own creative purposes.
You have to go see how our other CASE Study design team has been inspired by Nina's butterfly card.
Check them out here:

 Chupa
Amy Wanford
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams is taking this week off.


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 CSC19), 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: None
Paper: Advent calender (Making Memories)
Ink: None
Accessories: Chipboard pieces ( K & Co.), Snowflake punch & pearl (Martha Stewart), scrunched seam binding (MemrieMare), buttons, hemp twine (PTI), lace

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter White

I've discovered a new challenge blog called Pals Paper Arts and decided to play along with one of their sketches. Actually, this challenge is a color challenge, or lack thereof, as we are to pull out our winter whites. Easy you say? Not really, the absence of color is firstly, very difficult to add detail to (and have it show up) and secondly pretty challenging to photograph. Here is my mostly winter white card:


Here's the inspiration photo:


It's hard to see, but the doily is silver. I embossed the background paper with the Starry Night embossing folder and then layered the doily on top of that with some dimensionals. I adhered some pearls to the outside perimeter and some liquid pearls on the inside sentiment panel. I'm using Verve's new Text Objects stamp set as this is my current favorite. I'm sure that when the next release comes out I'll have a new favorite. I'm fickle that way.
Have a great Monday...taking my son Troy to lunch for his birthday...and the celebration continues...


Stamps: Text Objects (Verve)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Silver Doily (Wilton), Quilted border punch (Martha Stewart), pearls (Recollections), Silver pearl liquid pearls (Ranger), Circle Nestability, Whisper White organza ribbon (SU), Starry Night embossing folder (Sizzix), Sultan gem clear (Prima), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2 "

Heart 2 Heart...Happy Holidays

I'm so sad to say that this is my last week of being on the design team for Heart 2 Heart challenges. I certainly have enjoyed my tenure there but alas, it's time to move on. Boy did 3 months go by quickly! For my last hurrah, our challenge is to make a holiday card, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's, etc. Here is my card for our last challenge:

I cut out the middle of a Nestabilities Five with a Scalloped Oval and recessed the oval inside the frame. I added some pearls to the green panel and sponged the inside oval with some Cranberry ink. Too bad it looks orange, I promise I used red : / I used Beate John's stitched flower technique over at Splitcoast to make that lace flower at the bottom. You can view that tutorial here. So simple to do and such a striking effect! I'm positive I'll be making more of these in the future. I added some Colonial White organza ribbon tied in a bow, a red button and I wrapped some hemp around my piercing tool for that cool little curl.

Time to check out the other Heart 2 Heart Design Team gals and how they decided to commemorate the upcoming holidays:

Mary
Deneen
Jamia
Jessica
Kelly
Mandy

A special thanks to Mary for choosing me to be on this great team and good luck to my fellow team mates for the future!


Stamps: Gracious Greetings (CTMH)
Paper: Mistletoe dp, Colonial White, Cranberry, New England Ivy (CTMH)
Ink: Cranberry (CTMH)
Accessories: Labels Five & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), pearls (Recollections), lace (unknown), Colonial White organza ribbon, hemp, button (CTMH), sewing machine, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Love, Life & Those Questions!

Happy Sunday morning! Today we're having a birthday party for my oldest who turned 13 last Wednesday. My first teenager...already I'm not liking it on so many levels. First of all, I had to take his phone away (on his birthday day)  because his 14 year old girlfriend (who he has met twice) called at midnight to wish him a Happy Birthday. Yeah, I don't think so. Then I'm getting all these questions, you know, THOSE questions. I don't mind answering but some stuff is not my department and my husband thinks I tell him too much already. And most sadly is the fact that my first born is growing up {sniff, sniff}. On a lighter note, I get to play Martha Stewart today and make a fancy cake! I'm not going to make it pink and frilly like this card and although I would love to, he wouldn't appreciate it that much. I've based this card off of the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast this week who happens to be Lisaadd. Here is my take on this card:



Oh, lots of glitter like I like it! According to the rules we must change at least 2 aspects of the inspiration card. I kept the design the same, however I changed the color scheme, the embossed panel was substituted with a chipboard/doily accent and I also changed the stamp set.
Ok, off to be my own cake boss!


Stamps: Text Objects (Verve)
Paper: Madeline dp (K & Co.), Pirouette Pink (SU), Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pirouette Pink
Accessories: Chipboard tag, Coarse glitter (Martha Stewart), pearls (Recollections), Sparkler (Webster's Pages), Old Olive satin ribbon (SU), doily (Wilton), A Cut Above Vintage Oval Frame die (Verve), Petal Pink liquid pearls (Ranger), button (CTMH), hemp twine (PTI), dauber, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Text Objected Mojo

I received some happy mail today in the form of new stamps from Verve! I had won the Text Objects set last Friday at Verve's release party at Splitcoast. I thought it would be fitting to use them on a Mojo sketch and although I already completed a Mojo card for the week, eh, so what. I really enjoyed using this sketch and I'm quite smitten with this stamp set and card:




I stamped the background paper with an adorable quote from the Winnie the Pooh stories. I sponged the edges slightly to give a blended appearance on the Kraft mat. The sentiment panel consists of a Scalloped Rectangle Nestability, also lightly sponged on the edges, and the while the paper was still in the die, I sponged the inside with some Groovy Guava to match the bow and dp. On the bow I added some stick pins, a sparkly star attached with some hemp twine and a cute little antique button. A bit of sewing around the edges and voilĂ !

Happy Saturday!



Stamps: Text Objects (Verve)
Paper: K & Co. embossed dp, Vintage Cream, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger), Groovy Guava (SU)
Accessories: Scalloped & Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), scrunched seam binding & German glass star (MemrieMare), Opaques & Pretty Pins (CTMH), pearls (Martha Stewart), hemp twine (PTI), sewing machine, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Vintage Blessings

There's a new sketch for this week over in the Verve forum at Splitcoast and this time we have lovely Sankari Wegman as our hostess/sketch maker. Our inspiration for the whole month is, appropriately enough, ornaments or winter decor. In keeping with my new found love of shabby chic, I came up with this creation:


And a few close ups of the bling:







And finally the sketch I used:



That cute little angel image is courtesy of Crafty Secrets Christmas Time Heartwarming Vintage Cuts. The star and seam binding were purchased from MemrieMare found at Etsy. I cut two slits in the sentiment panel and weaved the seam binding through and tied off the bow on the side. I added a bell attached with some hemp twine from Papertrey Ink. I matted the sentiment panel  with an Artisian Element die cut for just a little added effect and I also sponged some Antique Linen around to soften the edges.
Off to our local craft show, hopefully I'll find some nice goodies! Have a great Saturday!



Stamps: Christmas Blessings (Verve Plain Jane), Vintage Oval Frame (Verve)
Paper:  Belle Collection dp (Kaisercraft), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Always Artichoke (SU), Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Heart Warming Cuts Christmas Time (Crafty Secrets), A Cut Above Vintage Oval Frame die (Verve), scrunched seam binding and German glass star (MemrieMare), Artisian Elements (Pink Paislee), bell, buttons, hemp twine (PTI), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), sewing machine, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"