Monday, January 31, 2011

A Waltzingmouse Wish

So...the forecast for the Northeast is calling for more snow. Surprise, surprise. We haven't even lost some of the ginormous snow piles from the December snowfall. And Spring is still over 6 weeks away! The upside is I can use up some of my wintry papers and still get away with snowflake themed cards. I decided to do just that for this week's Waltzingmouse sketch. Here's my arctic inspired card:


I even took the picture outside...it's freezing out but the sun is warm...
Here's the sketch that I followed:



And here's the picture I snapped in my light box:



I made my own snowflake using a 'new to me' Ribbon Loop corner punch by Martha Stewart. I cut out a circle with my Nestabilities and punched around the perimeter, aligning each subsequent punch with the last. I have a tutorial here that I've used with a Layered Arches punch, but the idea is the same. I added a bunch of liquid pearl accents to the snowflake and the outside circle. I also layered it up quite a bit with some dimensionals. I like the raised effect of the main panel.
Have a great day and happy crafting!


Stamps: Winter Mittens (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Linen Closet (DCWV), Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky (SU!)
Ink: Soft Sky (SU!), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Ribbon Loop corner & border punch (Martha Stewart), Baby Blue & White Opal Liquid pearls (Ranger), Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), button & silver cord (SU!), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), pearl flourish (Recollections), white organza ribbon (Offray), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Friendly Flowers

I've just gotten a chance to play along with this week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast while I have a meatloaf baking in the oven. I love how easy meatloaf is to make, I basically grab any condiment on the fridge door that I can fit into my arms and add it to my "secret recipe". I don't think I've ever made it the same way twice, yet my family raves about it. Didn't have any mustard on hand? That's ok, I used Honey Mustard salad dressing. I feel like I really know what I'm doing...shh...even thought I don't...
I did know what I was doing when I put this little number together. The lucky gal to CASE this week is Tillymint aka Sue Walsh. Here's my CASE of THIS card:



In keeping with the rules I changed 3 aspects of her card while basically keeping the layout. I adored the flowers on the trellis, the floral inspired sentiment and the CAS design. I used all of those elements while changing the sentiment itself, hand-making my flowers using different colors and also extending the trellis to give it a uniform design. To make the trellis design, I punched out one side of my card stock and then measured 1 & 1/4" inch past the bottom cut. I was then able to align the cuts and make the same design on the bottom as the top.
Think I hear the oven buzzer going, time to be the 'meatloaf hero'...wait...that doesn't sound so good. (It sure does smell good, though...)



Stamps: Dream Big (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Kitschy Kitchen (Melissa Frances), Sunny Garden (SU!), White (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories:  5 Petal Flower & Spring Flower Bouquet punches (SU!), Limitless Layers dies (PTI), gems (K & Co.), Garden Trellis punch (Martha Stewart), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine Wishes

Well, I sat down at my craft table to try to make a SIMPLE card. Not simple in the way of 'just do it', but simple as in 'uncomplicated'. But I seem to have this affliction for looking at open spaces and filling them. Wow, an idea just came to me! Maybe if I put a time clock on my desk, kinda like speed chess, and after the timer goes off, I can't add anything else. Wait, no, I think I would probably smash the clock into the wall...not a good idea as sheet rock repair is not high on my husband's list of chores. So...here's my feeble attempt at simple:

Of course, the corners were plain when I was done, but alas, the corner punch found its way into my hands. I used Verve's new A Cut Above Jotted Heart die for the sentiment panels and some liquid pearls to outline them. Martha Stewart's French Scroll corner punch altered the corners and the rose, well, was added for a little femininity...cos I like that.

                                                            Have you heard?

Then in case you HAVEN'T heard Verve is having a sale going on until Jan 31st. Buy the whole January release and save 15%! (note: sale does not include A Cut Above dies)

Ok, off to maybe catch an affliction for "liking cooking". I don't think I'm going to catch that, no matter how hard I try....
Have a great day!



Stamps: Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White & Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Jotted Heart die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), White Opal liquid pearls (Ranger), French Scroll corner punch (Martha Stewart), flower (Prima)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, January 28, 2011

Viva La Verve...The Best Day Ever

Do you believe it's Friday already? So if it's Friday, that means a new Viva La Verve sketch posted at the Verve forum on Splitcoast! This sketch marks a new month of challenges (yes, even though it's still technically January) and a new chance to win some Verve! The requirements are easy...all you have to do is complete the 4 sketches for the month and link them up to the champion's thread at the end of the month. One lucky participant will win the entire next release! That alone would get me on the fast track! Our supreme hostess this week is Amber and this is what I've created with her sketch:


And here's Amber's sketch:




I used Verve's A Cut Above Classy Label die and I cut around the outside perimeter of the stamped image, then matted it on a piece of Early Espresso that I also cut with the die. The patterned paper is from K & Co.'s new Julianne line. The card was very simple to make, coming up with the papers and details was the hard part. You can check out tons of samples of this sketch in the Viva La Verve forum over at Splitcoast.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend!



Stamps: Love Notes, Wishing You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Julianne dp (K & Co.), Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: A Cut Above Classy Label Die (Verve), Walnut craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Baby Blue Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dew drops (Robin's Nest), Sparkler (Webster's Pages), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" square

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Play Date Cafe...Color Splash

For my CASE Study challenge card scroll down one post or click HERE.

It's my favorite time over at the Play Date Cafe. Color splash time! I think that any card with primarily black and white with a splash of color is the epitome of elegance. And elegant cards are usually my preference (that and shabby chic, which I think are on opposite sides of the spectrum) and so I felt very comfortable making a card based on Sarah's color story, pictured here:


In looking at the picture and my card I really did interpret this inspiration photo literally:




The card base is some really old "Story of Us" paper by atd. I found them at the very bottom of my monster pile of scrap papers. And these paper roses are my very favorite from Wild Orchid crafts. I cut a decorative bottom on the card using a Martha Stewart String Lace border punch and adorned it with a few pearl accents.

Want to see the fabulous cards by the rest of the Play Date Cafe's Design Team? Check them out here:

Senior DT:

Julie Ranae
Savannah O'Gwynn
Ruby 2 Shoes

First Term Designers:

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

Private Blend Designer:

Colleen Dietrich


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 Stamps)
Paper: Story of Us dp (atd), Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Purple Rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), White Satin Saddle ribbon (Offray), Silver cord & Large Oval punch (SU!), String Lace border punch & pearls (Martha Stewart)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

CASE Study...Happy Valentine's Day

Welcome to another installment of CASE Study challenges! It's the end of the month and you know what that means! We bid a sad, cyber farewell to our current Muse, Mercy Kerin. Wow, these months are certainly flying by...it's almost February! To celebrate the coming of Valentine's Day , I've fashioned this card based on the one pictured below by Mercy. Here is my take on her card:


I adore any type of floral images, the great design of her card and the wonderful tied-off button accent. I used all of those details on my card while changing the sentiment, the arrangement of the flower and the theme.



For my card, I used my new K & Co. Valentine Sweetheart Specialty pad that contains some ephemera die-cuts in the beginning pages. I used this paper for the background paper as well as the die-cut. I layered that over a paper doily heart and added some crinkled seam binding, a paper flower from Prima and some Maya Road stick pins. With some hemp twine, I tied a small tag to which I've stamped an "XOXO" sentiment from Verve's Love Notes stamp set. Lastly, I attached some buttons tied with hemp twine.

Ok, ready to see what the other CASE Study chickees have come up with? Take a lookie here:

 Chupa
Amy Wanford
Cristina Kowalczyk
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 CSC24), 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: Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Valentine Sweetheart Specialty pack (K & Co.), Black, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Paper Heart doily (Royal Lace), Emphemera diecut (K & Co.), tea-dyed crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), flower (Prima), Heart stick pins (Maya Road), hemp twine (PTI), Word Window punch (SU!), buttons, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Drenched in Color

So I'm sitting in my craft room and Analise is sitting here beside me doing her homework and I decide to reach into my monster pile of scraps, eyes covered,  and pull out some paper. And the lucky paper is...Addison dp by K & Co. I bought this paper about 2 years ago and haven't really used it. You know, one of those purchases that you say "WoW!" and then never use it when you get it home. Well, here's to a second chance at new life:


A little close-up of the pins that blended into the background:



Now can you see why I titled this post "Drenched in Color"? Yikes, that's a lot of green! I made the paper flowers with some retired SU! punches, just layered the different shapes, curled the edges up and adhered a gem to the middles. Some pins, a button, and gold cord adorn the ribbon.
Ok, gotta work today so that I can fill my pocket with some green instead of my computer.
Have a wonderfully creative day!






Stamps: Every Season (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Addison dp (K & Co.), Old Olive, Night of Navy (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive (SU!), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Old Olive satin ribbon, 5 Petal Flower & Spring Flower Bouquet punches, Gold cord (SU!), gems (K & Co.), Quilted border & Frond punch (Martha Stewart), stick pins (Jillibean Soup), Lacey Square & Square Nestabilities, button (CTMH), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Diva Dare Challenge...You're So Sweet



Hi Verve fans and welcome to my turn at the Diva Dare Challenge going on at the Verve blog!  On the Friday following each release, we'll post a theme we'll dare you with, and you'll have two weeks to complete the challenge.  During those two weeks, the release team will post their creations and tell you how they answered the dare!

We dare you to make a card, project, layout, or whatever fits your stamping style using this month's theme - Baby Love!  The baby part could be for a new little someone...or a special someone!  Be sure to look for the details on how you can win some new Verve goodies at the end of this post!

I answered the challenge by making this adorable Valentine slipper to which I've added some truffles! Check it out:



Here's a close up of the sentiment panel:



And a top view:



Make sure to check out the Verve blog to get all the details on my project.
Here's how YOU can win some shiny new Verve!

1. Play along with us and link up your new Baby Love creation (posted January 14th or later) to the linky widget on the DAY ONE Diva Dare post before midnight MST on January 29th. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we would  LOVE to see ‘em!

2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we share our Baby Love creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!  Winners will be announced on Monday, January 31st on the Verve blog.

So go ahead and show us your Baby Love creations...we DARE you!


Stamps: Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Valentine Sweetheart (K & Co.)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Felt Heart & Lace Diecuts (Martha Stewart), Pearls (Recollections), lace trim, heart button, Scalloped scissors (Paper Shapers), needle & thread
Size: Irregular

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mojo Monday 175...You're My Hero

I want to dedicate this Mojo Monday card to my wonderful husband. About a week ago, we had to put our 5 year old cat down; she had stopped eating and eventually stopped drinking too and went into kidney failure. The vet told us that there was nothing we could do so we made the humane decision to put her down. My husband, "Lacey's" favorite, insisted on being in the room with her so that she wouldn't have to die alone. And he was trying so hard to hold back tears which made ME cry more! He knew that that was going to be an emotional situation, yet he put the cat's feelings first. This is not abnormal for him, he's always like that. So to the greatest husband I could ask for, this card is for you:


And Julee's card maker-friendly sketch:





This card is about as close to a "guy" card as I can make. And that's funny too, because my husband's name is Guy. The papers that I used were Wanted by Cosmo Cricket. I stamped an Accent Notes stamp on one of the wood grain papers and cut that out with a Lacey Circle Nestie. Then I added the sentiment on top of that after I embossed and sponged it. That fabulous brown velvet ribbon along the bottom? Came that way. Yup, how cool is that? The twill ensemble consists of some Jillibean Soup stick pins, a CTMH button and some Papertrey Ink twine.
Full day of work today, hope yours is a great one!



Stamps: Accent Notes, Thankful Hearts (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Wanted dp (Cosmo Cricket), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Natural Twill ribbon & button (CTMH), hemp twine (PTI), stick pins (Jillibean Soup), brown velvet trim, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Heartfelt Thanks

I've decided to use some of my fabric scraps from my Pilates Mat bag  fabrication. I've still been making them for some of the girls in my class and I have these cute patterns left over, so I thought I'd cut some up and see if I could incorporate them into a card. Here's my attempt, using the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast:


The lucky gal this week? Emily Leiphart aka artsy-em. Here is a link to her card which I've CASEd. I kept the general layout, however, I changed the sentiment, the color scheme and the accent pieces. The larger heart is fabric, the smaller heart was cut out of an old piece of book paper using my SU! Heart punch And WOW, I didn't even dawn on me that I've used 3 different stamp manufacturers on one card! The background script is from SU!, the brown flourish is from CTMH and the sentiments are from Verve. The lace was 'seam ripped' off of a card kit card. I distressed the edges a bit and sewed them down. I also sewed the lace piece to the fabric heart.
Busy day off, getting done all the other things I've neglected.
Have a great day!


Stamps: Script (SU!), Cherished Flourishes (CTMH), Celebration of Thanks & Thankful Hearts (Verve)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Antique Linen & Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Fabric heart, Scrap stick pin (Karen Foster designs), Large Oval & Heart punch (SU!), lace, buttons, sewing machine, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Waltzingmouse Smile

Good Sunday morning! Hope everyone is still in their pajamas (like me) and just chillaxin'. (My daughter's new word for chillin'/relaxin'...I got the skinny on that.) Anyway, I made a card for this week's Waltzingmouse sketch challenge and I thought that this would be the perfect place to share! Imagine that!
Here's my take on the sketch posted below:


And the sketch I used:


I used some more of my new Julianne dp by K & Co. (it is SO me!) and some $1 bin felt flowers that I found at Michael's. I used an older Verve sentiment called Celebration of Thanks. The doily is a Martha Stewart tag that has already been cut out and I added some K & Co. gems to it for a little sparkle. The top edge is a Martha Stewart String Lace border punch and I added a small piece of organza to it as a separator.
Ok, hubby laid down the law and says the "house must get cleaned' today. I know, weird. I always tease my mother in law that I'm glad she raised her son to be a "girl". There's nothing he won't do, laundry, dishes, puke...I'm so lucky! So if he wants to HELP clean the house, I'm certainly not going to turn down that offer!



Stamps:  Celebration of Thanks (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Julianne dp (K & Co.), White (PTI)
Ink: Weathered Wood distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: String Lace border punch & tag die-cut (Martha Stewart), Felt confetti flowers (Michael's), organza ribbon, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), gems (K & Co.), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Saturday, January 22, 2011

SFYTT...Be My Valentine

It's been a while since I've played along with Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try challenge. She's changed things up a bit this year, namely there will be only one sketch per month so that gives us procrastinators plenty of time to wait until the last minute! There are almost 200 cards posted for January, so you've got to go check out her site! Here's my sample using the sketch pictured below:


And here's Jen's lovely sketch:



For my card I cannibalized a card kit that I got from K & Co. and used it for my own purposes. This was actually a great card kit, I've already used pieces for other cards that I'll be posting soon. The little girl image was from the card kit and the paper was a score that I found at a different Michael's than the one I usually go to. Again from K & Co.are the background papers I used from a new line called Julianne. Gorgeous florals and elegant papers to my heart's delight and...just my style! I received a new stash of crinkled seam binding from MemrieMare today so I had to use that as well. I made my own tag, distressed it a little and attached it to the bow with some hemp twine and a cute red button. The doily lace heart I purchased from Michael's and I found them in the cake decorating aisle.
Well, that's all for me tonight...enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Stamps:  Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Julianne (K & Co.), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Card kit ephemera diecut (K & Co.), Quilted border punch (Martha Stewart), crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), hemp twine (PTI), button (CTMH), doily (Royal Lace), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" square

Friday, January 21, 2011

Viva La Verve...Together Forever

This sketch by Sankari is by far, one of my favorites. Maybe because the stars were aligned and this card came together so easy for me. In any event, this week Sankari is hosting Viva La Verve sketch challenge over at Splitcoast. That gallery is packed with beautiful creations! If you haven't been over there you need to check it out! Here's my sample using the design posted below:



And the sketch I used:


I'm not sure of the original origin of the bronze paper I used, however I'll tell you that I got it at my good friend Stephanie's wedding back in November. Our menu at the reception was attached to it and I made everyone at my table give me their papers after they ordered so I could "recycle" it. Now I wish I had asked everyone at the wedding for their menus. All for the sake of art! For the rest of the card, I used Martha's French scroll corner and border punch that I scored from Michael's this past weekend...it was on clearance! I used that on both the sentiment panel and the panel with the ribbon treatment. I scrunched up some seam binding, added a glitter glass star and a felt heart to the bow. The photo corners are from Close to My Heart and I stocked up on those!
Here at the details for participating in Viva La Verve challenges:

Every Friday, a Diva will post a sketch for your enjoyment. Your cards, using the sketches, must be uploaded by the last Thursday of the month. The winner will be announced on the next day and will win the ENTIRE next month's stamp release!

For January, there are FOUR sketches. All cards must be uploaded to the VLVJan2011 gallery by midnight, CST on January 27th. Winner will be announced on January 28th.
Have fun and happy stamping!



Stamps: Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Key & Heart Mat Pad (Martha Stewart), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Real Red (SU!), Bronze shimmer paper (Stephanie's wedding menu :)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: French Scroll corner & border punch, red gems, felt heart & Walnut craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Circle, Lacey Circle & Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Dotted Scallop punch (EK Success), Mini-Medley Antiqued Copper photo corners (CTMH), pearls (SU!), glitter glass star (MemrieMare)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Play Date Cafe...The Little Things

**For my CASE Study card scroll down one post or click HERE.

Welcome to another installment of the Play Date Cafe! Did you check out our new Design Team's creations last week? If not, you've got to go over there and see the amazing talent that Julie and Sarah recruited for our team. A wealth of inspiration! Speaking of inspiration, I've got a card to show you based on Sarah's color story this week. First, here's the picture that she chose:



Definitely a fun choice of colors! Here is my take on them:




I was a bit stymied when I first gazed upon this picture but then my mind went to these cool butterfly stickers that I had acquired a while ago. I couldn't remember what colors they were initially, but to my delight, there was an orange and a green one! Yes! This card was sickeningly easy to make, the base is white with a piece of Going Gray by SU! on top of that. Then I added another piece of white, however on this mat I pierced the perimeter. I then added a piece of K & Co. Elegance paper atop that and then adorned it with the butterflies. The sentiment panel was from my goodies I purchased this weekend at Mike's. It's from Martha Stewart and all I really did was stamp the sentiment in black, sponge the middle with gray ink, add the liquid pearls and then mat a slightly smaller black circle on the back to highlight some of the open spaces. Lastly a few of my signature pearls and voilĂ !

This week's sponsor is Cosmo Cricket! Follow this link over to the Play Date Cafe to see the fabulous prize being awarded!



I've seen the fabulous cards by the rest of the Play Date Cafe's Design Team, now time for you to see them as well!

Senior DT:

Julie Ranae
Savannah O'Gwynn
Ruby 2 Shoes

First Term Designers:

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

Private Blend Designer:

Colleen Dietrich


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: Fairy Tales (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Elegance Specialty Mat pad (K & Co.), Going Gray & Black (SU!), Daisy White (CTMH)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsunkineko), Going Gray (SU!)
Accessories: Die Cut Lace Tags (Martha Stewart), Fashion District Butterflies (Me & My Big Ideas), Silver Pearl liquid pearls (Ranger), pearls (Kaisercraft)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

CASE Study...Smallest Things

Hi all! Welcome to another ol' round of CASE Study! So are you diggin' Mercy's cards so far? I know I sure am! Loads of inspiration to be found! Sometimes I can sit at my craft table for hours and produce nothing more than 15 to 20 chocolate wrappers. Other days...look out! (Hmm, maybe it's the CHOCOLATE!) Each week for this challenge I've been able to produce some great ideas! Take a look at my card for this week:


And here's Mercy's card:



I love the striped panel, the black stitching and the circular sentiment. I CASE'd all those details while changing the papers, the sentiment and the design. The sentiment panel was a pain to make, but I think it looks good. I wrapped a piece of SU! black gingham ribbon through the two Lacey circle die cuts to get that cool spiral appearance. Although I like it, probably not something I would do again. A LOT of trial and error with that one. The papers are Close to My Heart's Silhouette line and the card base is {shhh...Staples manila card stock...the cheap-o stuff...shhh} really nice!

Ok, ready to see what the other CASE Study chickees have come up with? Take a lookie here:

 Chupa
Amy Wanford
Cristina Kowalczyk
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 CSC23), 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:  Smallest Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Silhouette dp (CTMH), Manila card stock (Staples)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Doily Lace border punch & pearl (Martha Stewart), Picot edge black satin ribbon (Offray) , black pearls (Prima), sewing machine, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mojo Monday 174

I feel like it's been forever since I've done a Mojo card. I finally got to play around with this sketch tonight after the kiddies went to bed. Although I do hear some movement so I don't think they're asleep yet. I keep telling them that bedtime is my FAVORITE time of day, but I guess that's an adult thing and they just don't quite understand that yet. Anyway, my bed is calling me so I'll get to it. Here's my Mojo card for this week:


And here's Julee's sketch:



I found this background paper in my ever growing mound of scraps and thought "One less!" I used my new Bubble Bath corner & border punch by Martha Stewart and Spellbinder's Renaissance Hearts diecut for the sentiment panel. For the sentiment, to make it fit into the circle, I masked it to stack the saying as opposed to how it came which was straight across. Some machine stitching, some pins (of course), seam binding and buttons complete the job!
Have a great night!


Stamps: Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Passages dp & Black (CTMH), Valentine Sweetheart Specialty pad (K & Co.), Vintage Cream (PTI) 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Bubble Bath corner/border punch (Martha Stewart), Renaissance Hearts Shapeabilities (Spellbinders), buttons, Superior stick pins, crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), White Opal liquid pearls (Ranger), Sparkler (Webster's Pages), dimensionals, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"