Monday, February 28, 2011

Unlimited Supply Challenge...Mojo 180

On the converse of my last post, I made a Mojo Monday card today using all available items from my craft room. I chose the square shape so that I could fit more unlimited supplies onto it. I used some old Anna Griffin paper that I found in my massive paper pile, one of which has finally hit the bottom of the shelf that it's under. I guess now I HAVE to do something about it!'ll wait until tomorrow...
Here's my card for this week's challenge (other than the paper pile challenge):

Here is a close up of the paper flowers and tag:

And the cute little button adorned with gems:

A closer look at the stitching and pearls on the border punch:

I did some nesting with my Nestabilities and made a frame out the designer paper:

And finally the Mojo sketch that I used:

Apparently I loved this paper when I purchased it because wherever I look, I find a piece of it. I really still do like it, it's wonderfully vintage. And this is the third card that I've used that pink ribbon on, it goes perfectly with the paper. The ribbon is from the clearance bin at Michael's.. I'm telling you, if you spend a few hours in that store you can really find some bargains!
Have a great rest of the day!

Stamps: Text Objects & Thankful Blossoms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Anna Griffin dp (K & Co.), Brocade Blue (Stampin' Up!), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: All-A-Fleur border punch (Fiskars), Large & Small Square Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Pink ribbon (Offray), gems (EK Success), pearls (Martha Stewart), Ivory button (Favorite Findings), flowers (pick from A. C. Moore), Rustic Jute button twine (Papertrey Ink), Word Window punch (Stampin' Up!), sewing machine, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" square

Limited Supply Weekend

So my original question still do you pack a craft room full of stuff into a 2' X 2' scrapper keeper? The answer is soooo easy...You DON'T! Hence my post title, "Limited Supply Weekend". This was actually a great experiment for me, it forced me to use only what I had on hand. And I proved to myself that you don't need a craft room full of stuff to make some nice cards. (Although, I sure do LOVE to have all those goodies around me :). This card I made was with some designer paper that Stephanie lent me from Stampin' Up! I don't have the original package so I'm not sure what line it was from. Here's a perfectly pink, perfectly girlie, perfectly CAS card:

I was able to eek out 9 "Limited Supply" cards this weekend which I'll post throughout the month. I'm sure that they'll stick out like a sore thumb because they won't be as loaded with all of the chotchkies that I usually use.
Off to make a Mojo card and maybe accomplish some other challenge cards...gotta get back into the groove! But before I go I want to thank Lila and Charrise for a wonderful weekend filled with great fun, great food and great friends. Thanks ladies for all of your hard work, Stephanie and I so enjoyed being there!
Have a great day!

Stamps: Text Objects (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stampin' Up! dp, White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Pink ribbon (Offray), lace (Jo-Ann's),  
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Houston...We Have A Problem

Analise and I were waiting for the bus this morning and the wind was howling. She asked me if we were going to have any trees fall down in our yard. I said that would be like lightening hitting us twice because we already had a tree fall down and hit our house last year. What were the chances it would happen again? Well, pretty good. Take a look:

The tree snapped off about 15' up and broke our fence and landed in the neighbor's yard:

The wood fence is ours and the gray fence is theirs...I'm just happy it hit ours!

I jokingly asked my husband if he could fix it and he said "yes!" And he wasn't joking!

The brick house is mine. Luckily the tree didn't hit anyone's house:

I'm sure that my husband will have this cleaned up by tonight at the latest, difficult fix-ups are his specialty.
Have a great day, Stephanie and I are crafting up a storm of our own!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Viva La Verve...March = Spring!

And here we go with another round of Viva La Verve sketches! I'm so glad that March is around the corner, I went to my mailbox today and could see hyacinths peeking out from the ground! Hooray...that means Spring is on the way! And speaking of things that make me smile, Amber is hosting this month and my has she come up with a great sketch! For my card, I wanted to do more of a color splash and I really enjoyed the last splash challenge at the Play Date Cafe using purple, so I went ahead and used these colors again:

Here is Amber's sketch that I used for my card:

This was the second card I made, the first one is still sitting in a heap on my craft table. Just wasn't feeling it, ya know? Sometimes you can try and try and it just doesn't happen. I'm much happier with this card anyway. I used K & Co.'s Julianne line of designer papers as well as some Flora & Fauna accents. The long strip under the sentiment is stamped with one of the Text Objects word stamps, which happens to be the same as the main sentiment. I inked up the edges to give it just a bit of distinction. The shape behind the sentiment panel is a Daisy Head Shapeability for some extra detail.
Leaving tomorrow for Ocean City and some much needed down time/craft time. The only problem is packing...what the heck can you condense your craft room down to? To fit into a 2' X 2' Scrapper Keeper?
Guess I'll find out tomorrow!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Stamps: Text Objects (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Julianne dp (K & Co.), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: French Scroll border & corner punch, Frond punch & pearls (Martha Stewart), Daisy Heads Shapeabilities, Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Flora & Fauna gems (K & Co.), Mulberry Rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Cream seam binding (Hug Snug), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" square

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Play Date Cafe...One Word

...Unbelievable! The photos that Ruby chooses as her inspiration color stories for the Play Date Cafe are out of this world! Such gorgeous, vibrant hues and awe inspiring detail! Take a look at this photo:

And here's my card with a few close ups following:

Another $1 bin find at Michael's. This was a flower that could have been a clip or a brooch, but I pulled the backing off and one layer of flower, because even on a 7" card it proved to be too big. I layered it onto a strip of turquoise paper I adorned with some pretty lace that I purchased from Jo-Ann's a while ago. I stamped the sentiment in black and spruced it up with some lime green gems.

This week we have a special guest joining us, Maria Gurnsey. Maria has graciously sponsored  prizes in the form of two Ippity stamp sets for one lucky participant!

Time to see what the other awesomely talented PDCC girls have come up with this week using these colors:

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.


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:
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: Dream Big (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Pawsitively Prints II dp (Stampin' Up!), White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:$1 bin flower (Michael's), lace trim (Jo-Ann's), gems (icons)
Size: 7" X 4 1/4"

CASE Study...Friend

I can't believe that February is almost over! And with the end of February comes the time to say a sweet cyber farewell to our lovely Muse at CASE Study this month, Eva Dobilas. I so enjoyed CASEing her delightful creations. But before she leaves us, we have one more card that we're drawing inspiration from. Take a look that this charmer here:

I was inspired by the decorative bottom, the beautiful pink accents and the gorgeous panel running through the middle of the card. I chose to CASE all of these elements while changing the sentiment, the punching, and I omitted the stamped image. Here is what I came up with:

I used a very basic sentiment, (don't think you could get more basic than one word), but I think it looks lovely against the backdrop of the card:

This paper flower is from a pick I got on clearance at Mike's in the wedding section. There were 6 flowers in this one pick for 99¢:

This is a sticker that I've had forever from K & Co:

I had to do some aligning of the Floral border punch to make the outside perimeter. A hint is to use scrap paper first before you go delving into the good stuff. Sometimes my craft room looks like Times Square on New Year's. It's all worth it though!

Here's what the other CASE Study gals have come up with using this inspiration card:

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 CSC28), 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: Text Objects (Verve Stamps)
Paper:Annalee dp (Prima), White (PTI), Rose Red (SU!)
Ink:Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Floral Band & Doily Lace border punch (Martha Stewart), Picot trimmed ribbon (Offray), Large Oval punch & silver cord (SU!), flower off of a pick (Michael's), sticker & stitched heart (K & Co.)
Size: 5" X 5 3/4"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Speedy Recovery

This is a card that I made for a publication call, however, I can't remember who I sent it to and when or if they were going to get back to me with a yay or nay. So since I believe that I sent it in the beginning of February, it's safe to say that it didn't get picked so I'm posting it here. This was an extremely tedious card to make with all of that fancy stitching. All I can say is that it better have NOT gotten picked up (especially after I post it here!):

I used Martha's French Scroll corner punch to make the medallion under the sentiment panel. I used Beate's tutorial on Splitcoast to make the lace flower.  I hand stitched the outside perimeter until I thought my eyes would bug out. Sometimes it's nice to do things that don't require odd sort of calm...

Have a super creative day!

Stamps: Wishing You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: French Scroll corner punch & pearls (Martha Stewart), Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), lace, flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), Striped ribbon (SU!), Heart stick pins (Maya Road), corner rounder, needle & thread
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mojo Thanks

I haven't had a chance to play Mojo Monday in a while so I decided to jump in and while I was at it, I combined this challenge with The Shabby Tea Room's theme of buttons and bows. Here is the card I made using Mojo 179 as my sketch:

Here are some close-ups of the accents:

Here is the Mojo sketch:

And The Shabby Tea Room's inspiration pic:

In retrospect, I forgot to add the trio of gems along the top right corner, but oh well! The leaf and tiny roses are a pick that I got in the wedding section of A.C. Moore for 99¢. I added a pearl heart button and a crocheted Prima flower on top of it. The papers are from K & Co.'s Julianne line.
Have a great night!

Stamps: Celebration of Thanks (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Julianne dp (K & Co.), Vintage Cream, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Crocheted flower (Prima), button (DeNami Designs), Pearls (SU!), lace trim (Jo-Ann's), floral wedding pick (A.C. Moore), Pearl heart button (Favorite Findings), Rustic Jute button twine (PTI)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sending My Love

I've recently started entering into more challenges and I am really enjoying the inspiration that they all provide in their own way. Today's card is modeling Pals Paper Art's sketch challenge. I initially had a hard time finding the right papers, since the sketch has a split down the middle. Sometimes it's hard to get some cohesion between the two sides so that one doesn't drown the other out. I settled for K & Co.'s Julianne line of papers which has some beautiful Victorian styled designs. Here is my card:

Here is a photo of the sketch I followed:

And here are some close-up shots of some interesting parts:

Wanna know how I get my pearls straight? LUCK! When I pull them off the adhesive sheet, I just ever so gently lay them down on the paper. At this point, they're not stuck yet and will move around. I really just eye them up and once I have them where I think they should be, I press down on them. As you can probably tell, I love to use pearls, hence, I get a lot of practice at aligning them.
Off to work, again,'s all worth it because this weekend Steph and I are going away to Scrap Away Get Away (SAGA) in Ocean City, NJ for 3 days of nothing but paper fun!
Have a great day!

Stamps: Mehndi Medallions (WPlus9)
Paper: Julianne dp (K & Co.), Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Circle & Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Tea-dyed crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), Pearls & Antique brad (SU!), lace, Heart stick pins (Maya Road), old book page, sewing machine, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"