Tuesday, May 31, 2011

You Are Such A Joy To Me

Happy Tuesday! I feel like I'm off kilter by a day, usually Mondays are my day off and I get a lot of my crafting time in, however, with the kids and hubby home, we got caught up in other things. We had a great day, over to the beach, a boat ride, some browsing around garden centers, but now I'm ready to get back into routine. So, I've made a card for Mojo Monday and The Shabby Tea Room, like I do every Monday Tuesday Monday. Here is my card combining both challenges:

Here's the Mojo sketch I used:

And here is the inspiration photo for the Shabby Tea Room:

I followed Mojo Monday's sketch and the Shabby Tea Room has a recipe challenge going on this week. 2-4-6 is the name of it, and we are to use 2 patterned papers, 4 buttons and 6 layers. And my blogging buddy and dear, sweet friend Marisa challenged me to make a card with no paper/silk flowers on it. THAT was actually the toughest of the 3 challenges...but...I prevailed, after a short stint in the "floral withdrawal ICU".
Have a fabulous day and as always, thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Anna Griffin dp (K & Co.), Foofalla dp, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Walnut Stain & Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Bubble Bath corner & border punch (Martha Stewart), lace trim, pearls, buttons, button jute twine (PTI), Square & Lacy Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), sewing machine, needle & thread, dimensionals, daubers
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Mix of Styles

Hello blog friends! Having these few days off has really got my creative juices flowing, so I figured I'd ride the wave until it ebbs. I made this card this morning for CR84FN's current color challenge, a very pleasing mix of light yellow, light blue and kraft. I was going for clean and elegant with this card, and I started off fine, then I went ahead and added the doily and paper flowers, putting shabby in the mix. Don't get me wrong, this card is appealing to me, it's just that I feel like the last few cards I've made all look the same...to me, anyway. Here's my "mix of styles" card:

Just a different view:

And CR84FN's color palette:

I added some scoring on the outer panels with a scoring board. I think it frames out the inner panels nicely. The sentiment panel consists of Circle & Lacy Circle Nestabilites...some popped up with dimensionals. Solid and liquid pearls adorn the circle and the stamped flourish frame is part of a JustRite's Family Garden circular stamp.
Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Family Garden (JustRite Stamps) 
Paper: Kraft (PTI), Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!), Colonial White textured card stock (CTMH)
Ink: Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Circle & Lacy Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), doily (Wilton), White Opal Liquid pearls (Ranger), pearls (SU!), Score board (Martha Stewart), paper piercer, dimensionals, paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), yellow roses (Recollections)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thinking About You

Hello Sunday! Hope everyone had a great day yesterday, here the temperature climbed to almost 90°! The kids went swimming and we all got a touch of sunburn on our pasty white skin...I guess summer's here!  So speaking of getting color, I sat down to make a card and came up with this for the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge and Wild Orchid Craft challenge. WOC's theme is embossed layers, so we had to use either dry or heat embossing and at least 3 layers. Layers are NO problem for me, here is my card for both challenges:

The embossed strip at the bottom was a cast-off from another card, I love when that happens! Usually cast-offs end up in the land of Misfit Toys, waiting (sometimes forever) to be reclaimed and loved by another card. I sponged the embossing to add a touch of softness and added the gems for a touch of color. The lace was the end of a roll, a piece which I thought was too short to use anywhere, but worked here!

Here is the Waltzingmouse sketch that I used:

Have a great day, everyone...here in the East coast it's supposed to be another hot one...definitely going to wear my sunblock today! (A little late, I know...)

Stamps: Fancy Phrases (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Primrose Garden (Webster's Pages), Bamboo (CTMH), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: 2-TONE CHAMPAGNE PINK CLASSIC SWEET MULBERRY PAPER ROSES 40mm BABY BLUE CHERRY BLOSSOM MULBERRY PAPER FLOWERS (Wild Orchid Crafts), Paper leaves (Recollections), Crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), Designer Large Label Punch & Pinking Hearts (Stampin' Up!), Arch Lattice border punch & gems (Martha Stewart), Sugar Embossing Folder (Sizzix), lace, jute twine (PTI), sewing machine, daubers, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Enjoy Today

Sweet Saturday morning! My family and I have the weekend off, including Monday, and we've got a barrage of BBQ's to go to...and I am by no means complaining...I don't have to travel very far and get to hang out with family and close friends on this beautiful weekend! Living about a mile from the ocean, traffic is abominable on the weekends, so I like to stay close to home. Around here, September and October are the "local's summer", when all the tourists go home and we can finally enjoy our locale and as a bonus, the ocean is the warmest it is all year. Still, it's about 72°, but compared to a bone chilling 52° that it is right now, that's warm. So in preparation for my time off, I made a card last night for Embellish Magazine's  Text color trends challenge...which I must say, I did find challenging...these colors are not my go to colors for card making. However, I do like to be challenged so I trekked on. Click on the photo for a closer look, the house is made up of text stamped in gray:

This is my first version, I subsequently omitted the butterfly, added the gem flourish and adhered the crocheted flower to the ribbon cluster:

Here is the graphic that we are to use:

I did stamp the house in gray and the white noise on it is text, but then I "breaded" it with glitter, so it's hard to see the details.
I've also included some pictures of some various flowers around my yard, I'm just amazed at how beautiful they look this early in the season!



Don't know what this one is but it's heat/drought resistant and the petals are prickly

Calla Lily

Coreopsis (?)

Double Begonia




Climbing Hydrangea

I think that you can tell by my cards AND my yard that I'm a flower lover. If you didn't figure that out, I've got a bridge for sale in Brooklyn...
Have a sweet day, my friends!

Stamps: Amazing Wishes (Verve Stamps), Doodles & Daters (Paperbag Studios)
Paper: Julianne Mat Pack (K & Co.), Stone, Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Going Gray (SU!), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Vintage Floral border punch, pearls & glitter (Martha Stewart), gem flourish (Prima), Jute twine (PTI), hear button, white seam binding, crocheted flower (SU!), doily (Wilton), stick pins, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Road Less Traveled

It's the fifth week of May already, and that means the last sketch of the month for Viva La Verve! Tosh is our hostess this week and she has come up with a lovely sketch! I have to say that I was a bit intimidated by it at first, but not because of the skewed panels, but because of those 3 squares at the bottom. I spent the better part of a day trying to figure out how I could make a cohesive design using different panels. Luckily the answer finally came to me, get a larger piece of patterned paper and cut out the design! So that's what I did. Here is my sketch based on the design below:

I included a close up of the ribbon cluster, I love the look of the seam binding/pins/jute:

And here's Tosh's super sketch:

Just some housekeeping notes:

 Viva La Verve Details:
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 (check for the due date below!) The winner will be announced on the next day and will win the ENTIRE next Verve stamp release! How awesome is that?! Just a reminder, Verve stamps are NOT required but we love to see you use them. Feel free to flip, rotate, resize, or otherwise alter the sketch as long as we can tell you USED the sketch!
For May, we'll have FIVE sketches! All five cards must be uploaded to the VLVMay2011 gallery by midnight, CST on Thursday, June 2nd to be eligible to win this month's prize! Winner will be announced on June 3rd! GOOD LUCK!

Keywords for the entire month will be VLVMay2011 and Verve (if using Verve stamps).

I know you want to *treat* yourselves to some new Verve, so Julee is having a sale today (5/27) through Tuesday (5/31)! Can you believe that all stamps are 20% off? What a way to celebrate a holiday!
Hope you all have a marvelous Memorial Day weekend, filled with barbecues, picnics, good times and stamping enjoyment!

Stamps: Blue Skies, Beautiful You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Parisian Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap & Walnut Stain distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Burlap strip (RRR), crinkled seam binding (Little Red Cottage), flower (Recollections), button jute twine (PTI), crimper, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Play Date Cafe...Skipping Stones Design

Welcome to another installment of the Play Date Cafe! This particular challenge is a bittersweet one for us, as one of our Senior Designers is stepping down from her post to pursue some wonderful career opportunities! I've known Sarah Anderson since last July when she and Julie Ranae asked me to be the Private Blend Designer for the PDCC. They both, along with the rest of the team, welcomed me warmly and it has been such a pleasure to work along side them! We will miss Sarah terribly, but on the bright side, she is working in a job that she loves and is very good at, but one which takes up a lot of her "creative time". And on an even brighter side though, the word is that she may pop in now and then to add her amazing creativity to our challenge! So to commemorate our lovely British friend's departure, we have scheduled a color splash (her favorite) and a small blog hop with the remaining members of the PDCC. Make sure to click around to all the designers blogs and see their gorgeous inspiration projects AND their favorite project made by Sarah!

This my card dedicated to sweet Sarah:

Friends Forever, my dear, we're always here for you!

 I also adhered some green gems for just a 'splash' of color...

The PDCC team was very fortunate to receive some beautiful stamps from Skipping Stones Designs. My card features the background stamp Timeless Textures and I think it adds such a delightful pattern to the base of my card.
The gals from the Play Date Cafe are also choosing a favorite project of Sarah's and posting it on their blog. I know that Sarah loves 'color splash' challenges and I happen to love green so here is my favorite project fashioned by Sarah:

And to make things extra super sweet, there's a prize up for grabs!
Make sure to 'hop' along to each blog and leave a message on each post for a chance at an additional prize from the PDCC Prize Menu!
And the hopping order is...

**Andrea (you're here)
**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.


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: Timeless Textures (Skipping Stones Design Stamps)
Paper: Black, White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Gingham ribbon (Offray), Jute twine (PTI), button, Large Designer Label punch (Stampin' Up!), Nature's Ambience Rub-Ons (CTMH), gems, Elegance decorative corners (K & Co.), Flower Flourish border punch (EK Success)
Size: 4 3/4" X 5 3/4"

CASE Study...Birthday Wishes

Welcome to week 4 of CASE Study with the ultra talented, ultra lovely Sarah Martina Parker! All I can say is thank goodness I bit the bullet and purchased some Waltzingmouse Stamps! You should see how Sarah can make them sing! Not only is she a fabulous inspiration for vintage style card making, but what an influence as well with these stamps! Take a look at our gorgeous inspiration picture for this week:

This card is brimming with shabby accents...the vibrant seam binding, the ecru lace, the stitching and the Labels Eighteen Nestabilities. I chose to CASE all of these details while changing the colors, papers and sentiment. Here is my take on Sarah's delightful card:

And of course I needed to add the window sill view:

These pictures are taken in the same room, for the all white picture, I have a sheet draped over a chair with the windows behind me. I sit on the floor and take my pictures. The window sill picture is me turning 180° and placing the card in the window. I love the softness that the window sill adds, however, the sheet shot I think helps you focus on the card details more. Whichever, I love both angles.
Here's where you can see how the other CASE Study gals created gorgeousness using Sarah's fabulous inspiration card:

Amy Wanford
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly

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 CSC41), 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: Fancy Phrases, Vintage Labels 18 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Julianne dp (K & Co.), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Walnut Stain & Antique Linen distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Labels Eighteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ecru lace, crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Extra Large Modern Label punch (Stampin' Up!), dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine, stamens pulled off a pick (A.C. Moore), button
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/2"

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oh Baby...You Make Me Smile

Happy Wednesday! I've got the day off today since I worked on Monday and was finally able to put a card together for this week's Mojo Monday and The Shabby Tea Room.  I loaded this card up with lots of shabby elements...I think because the card is bigger than I usually make (4 1/2" X 6 1/2") and I'm sure that I felt the need to fill in all the open spaces. Here is my card for both challenges:

This is the Mojo sketch (designed by my blog buddy Debbie Carriere!):

And the Shabby Tea Room's inspiration photo:

The Shabby Tea Room's challenge this week is to make a baby card. I don't normally {ever} make baby cards, but to my standards, by adding the word "baby" it now qualifies. I also stretched my resourcefulness with this card a bit...I made my own pearl stick pins and the bottom sentiment panel is a cut up Martha Stewart doily die cut.  The rest of the details are the normal shabby accents that I tend to use on my card...which, by the way, make me happy :)
Have a great day and I'll be back tomorrow with a special blog hop post for a very special lady!

Stamps: Love Notes, Munchkin Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Annalee dp (Prima), Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Antique Linen & Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Doily (Wilton), Watercolor Bouquet die-cuts (K & Co.), paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), pearls, buttons, lace, MS doily die-cut, liquid pearls, crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), jute button twine, pearl stick pins, sewing machine, daubers, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/2" X 6 1/2"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dirty Dozen...A February Favorite

Haven't had much play time lately, getting ready for Memorial Day at the shore...and science projects that were assigned a month ago and we just realized that they're due tomorrow! I'd like to think that we work better under pressure, but in all honesty, I really don't enjoy the stress. So today I figured that I would post a card I made for the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen back in February. This was my favorite out of all of the cards I made for the assignment. I channeled a lot of vintage shabbiness on this one, hope you like it :)

A few close ups of the shabby parts:

Ok, off to go help some budding scientist gear up for the elementary school equivalent of the Nobel Peace prize in science.  Have a great day!

Stamps: It's Your Day (CTMH), Doodles & Daters (Paperbag Studios)
Paper: Julia dp (Melissa Frances), Annalee dp (Prima), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Chipboard wings (Maya Road), glittered heart and frame (K & Co.), button (CTMH), Tea-dyed crinkled seam binding & Velour heart (MemrieMare), lace trim (Jo-Ann's), sewing machine, distresser, dauber
Size: 4 1/4 X 5 1/2"