Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Verve's August Diva Dare...Keep Fighting

It's that time again, time for the Diva Dare! For those of you that are new to this challenge, here is how it works...following each release, we will post a theme that we 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!

This month we dare you to make a card, project, layout, or whatever fits your stamping style using this month's theme - Sending Some Sunshine! If you all are anything like me, you have tons of cards sitting at home all piled up!  I'm ashamed to say that some of them are falling apart. :( The Divas thought it would be fun to make an uplifting & cheerful card and actually send it to someone!  There's nothing like opening your mailbox and seeing a handmade card...especially with some of Verve's encouraging sentiments on it! 

Here's a card that I made using Verve's newest releases, Words of Wisdom, You & I stamps sets and I Heart U dies paired with the previously released Classy Label die. I made a medallion using Martha's Layered Arches corner punch and some Vintage Cream and Kraft cardstock. I added the Classy Label die and then a 2" X 1 1/4" rectangle for my sentiment. To dress it up a bit, I added some Platinum liquid pearls and some black gems.


I plan on mailing this to a fellow blogger who is going through a life threatening illness and I'm sure that a little handmade card would be a tiny bright spot in her day. You can read about her story here. Keep fighting, You!


Want to know how you can win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES?
  1. Play along with us and link up your new Sending Some Sunshine creation (posted August 26 or later) to the linky at the bottom of Laurie's post before 9PM Mountain on Sunday, September 11 and 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 Sending Some Sunshine creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!  Winners will be announced on Monday, September 12 on the Verve blog.
Now it's YOUR turn!  We DARE you to show us your creations!



Stamps: Words of Wisdom, You & I (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Portrait Collection (Crate Paper), Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: I Heart U , Classy Label die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Layered Arches corner punch & Ladybug seam binding (Martha Stewart), Silver cord, Scalloped border punch (SU!), Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), button, lace, dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, August 29, 2011

Shabby Tea Room...Love You

How fast 5 weeks flew! Today is my last post as Guest Designer for the Shabby Tea Room and I wanted to let Debbie and the Shabby girls know how much I appreciated designing with them, this month of August. This week's inspiration is a personal one, we are to fashion a card using our birthstone as the color inspiration! Growing up, I couldn't stand my birthstone, why couldn't it be the diamond? As an adult I've embraced that color and stone, Citrine or Topaz, in part because it resembles fall and earthy colors. I really do have a love for earth tones, though a lot of my cards are pink. This card was HEAVILY influenced by this card here, by Amy Sheffer. I adore her work and hope I've done her incredible card justice:






The sentiment panel is layered as follows, two circle Nestabilities, Tim Holtz medallion and a die cut Martha Stewart doily to which I sponged some Antique Linen around the edges. All of the papers have come from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Sunshine collection. What a fabulous bunch of papers! I can see how some people have a phobia cutting into them! I "borrowed" Amy's technique for tying off the striped ribbon with some seam binding and the colored gem in the middle was initially a yellow sparkler, but I colored the back with a brown copic to "goldenize" the color a bit.
Click here to check out the rest of the Shabby girls' projects using their own birthstones...I wonder how many will use the diamond?
Have a great day!


Stamps: You & I (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Sunshine collection (MME), Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen (Ranger), Versafine Onyx black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Alterations Bracket & Medallion dies (Tim Holtz), Striped ribbon, Pinking Hearts border punch (SU!), crinkled cream seam binding (Hug Snug), doily die (Martha Stewart), pearls, Labels Eight & Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Heart stick pins (Maya Road), daubers, dimensionals, Sparkler (Webster's Pages)
Size: 5 1/2" square

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Collective Sigh...

...of relief, in our town anyway. Irene passed through with not much but a few broken tree limbs and yard debris. We only lost power temporarily in the wee early hours and I know that because when it came back on, everything started blaring (TV, lights). My husband and I jumped a mile high, the kids...nothing. We're now getting hit with the back end of the storm, since the eye passed directly over us about 5 hours ago. It's not nearly as blustery as it was this morning (like 2 AM), but it's still raining and there's already lots of coastal flooding.  So, I thought that since I still had power, I'd go ahead and fashion myself a card (big surprise) and do a little post. I'm participating in the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast and the honoree is no other than Lydia Fiedler, Splitcoast's Community Manager. It was Lydia that gave me the wonderful news that I was invited to be part of the "Dirty Dozen" design team, back in January. Without further chitchat, here is the card I made to celebrate Lydia's honor, CASEd from this card here:



I used some 'new to me' October Afternoon papers, called Thrift Shop, and I absolutely adore them! They have such a country charm to them, I hated to cut them up. I inked all exposed edges with Antique Linen distress ink for a little vintage look. The sentiment panel is a Fancy Tags Two, with two Oval Nestabilities nestled inside. I used Stampin' Up!'s Elements Of Style stamp set, 'cause I know that Lydia is a demonstrator and SU! is near and dear to her heart.

Well, I think a little nappy is in order, since little Miss Pickles ran across my face about 4 times last night (we brought our mattress into the den, out of the path of any falling trees). That and the fact that DD slept in between us and I got the Hassan chop twice in the gut, so sleep was not to be had last night.
Have a wonderfully crafty day!


Stamps: Elements of Style (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Thrift Shop dp (October Afternoon), Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Riding Hood Red (SU!)
Accessories: Fancy Tags Two, Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Victorian Lace, button (SU!), jute twine, Large Scallop die (Papertrey Ink), ginghan ribbon, flower (Offray), Petal Pink Liquid pearls (Ranger), dimensionals, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Treat Yourself

Good Saturday afternoon! I've got plenty of craft time today as we are all home waiting for the appearance of a hurricane later today, the rain has started, but no wind yet. So, I've been catching up on projects, organizing and trying my hand at the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast. This week, we are checking out Urbanrose, designer of charms and all kinds of sweet trinkets. Here is a card I made based on one of their elegant lockets:


My inspiration is based on this locket here, it's wonderfully elegant in gold and black. I heat embossed the gold background paper with gold embossing powder using Stampin' Up!'s Creative Elements stamps. The middle panel is embossed with the same design, but in black. I hand cut out the sentiment panel and the mat that is behind it. The doily is from Martha Stewart and was originally white, but I smashed it into a Onyx Black stamp pad to get that deep black color. To that I added some Platinum liquid pearls. The gold rose is a button from my stash and that's adhered to some Stampin' Up! black organza ribbon...which I think is discontinued :( 
Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Creative Elements (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Gold, Basic Black (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark Watermark stamp pad (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Doily (Martha Stewart), Organza ribbon (SU!), Black & Gold embossing powder, rose button, Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stacked Market Street Block Party



Ok, I tried to mix stacked flower with Market Street Block party in my title...I'll explain. Market Street stamps is having their first ever Block Party! Several of my Play Date Cafe teamies also design for MSS and gave me the heads up about a sweet little party going on! Since the Play Date design team was generously given stamps to work with this past week from Market Street, it was a perfect reason for me to play with these beauties a little more! The "stacked" part of the title refers to the home made flower that I fashioned for this card, which I'll describe after a little peek:



The design of this flower uses the Spellbinder's Foliage set, the single petal die. I cut out a bunch of them and then ran them through my Big Shot in a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, like so:


(I do a lot of work on my lap...just easier, I guess)
 I then meticulously adhered the petals onto a square of card stock using both dimensionals and glue dots. The green petals are the exact same die cut, just not embossed. I added a Stampin' Up! Spring Flower Bouquet punch to a vintage brad for the center of the flower. The papers are some new Fancy Pants Designs It's In The Little Things. The stamps are from Market Street...I absolutely adore these sentiments in the Simple Joys set! Such versatility in mixing a matching...the possibilities are endless!

I have an unexpected day off today, I work on Long Beach Island and there was a mandatory evacuation of the island beginning at 8am this morning. I got my food/water shopping trip out of the way, a generator secured with gas and lots of hope that this is all for nothing. We are bracing for quite a storm starting tomorrow...I only pray that it loses lots of steam before it hits land.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!



Stamps: Simple Joys (Market Street Stamps)
Paper: It's In The Little Things (Fancy Pants Designs), Mellow Moss, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Foliage die (Spellbinders), Always Artichoke seam binding, Spring Flower Bouquet punch, vintage brad, gems (SU!), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), dimensionals, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2"  Square

Viva La Verve...Lucky For You

Yay Friday! That means that there is a new sketch in the Viva La Verve forum at Splitcoast for our delight! Our hostess this week is Teresa Kline and she has come up with a perfect way for me to use my new Verve stamps and tag die! Take a look here:


After looking at this picture, I decided that the sentiment panel needed to be sponged. Maybe it was in my mind? Anyway, I did modify the card somewhat:



I still can't tell if it was worth the effort :)

Here's Teresa's lovely sketch:


The papers are from a new paper pack that I've delved into from My Mind's Eye...I believe that I'm going to order more as I am in love with them! They're from the Blush collection and are the height of sweet, vintage goodness! I stitched the panels down and added a seam binding/twine/button/gem bow. The Tagged Rectangle die is new from Verve's latest release and I adorned the perimeter with some liquid pearls.
Be sure to upload your card to the Splitcoast Viva La Verve gallery, for those who upload all five sketches for the month of August are in the running for winning Verve's entire next release! Worth the effort to me!
Have a wonderfully crafty day!


Stamps: You & I (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Blush collection (My Mind's Eye), Rose Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Tagged Rectangle die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Walnut seam binding (Martha Stewart), jute twine, gem, leaf, button, Platinum liquid pearls (Ranger), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), daubers, dimensionals, sewing machine
Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CASE Study...My Vintage Style

For my Play Date Cafe post, scroll down or click here.

Welcome to CASE Study's forth and final Anniversary week celebration! For the past three weeks, we've had fun CASEing Design Team members, players and even our own CASE Study creator, Chupa! This week there's another fun challenge, I guess you could say, we're designing in our own style! I know that my style is kinda all over the place...I dabble in CAS (mildly), CAC, (Clean and Cluttered), but my real love is vintage...especially girly and romantic. It just  makes me happy :) Here is my lacey, flowery, girly, pearly, vintage-y card:




I started with a base of Romantique paper and it took me all day to assemble it, (ugh). In my defense, I did clean my craft room and must have tossed my mojo in the garbage along with the other miscellaneous junk I found around. When I went to sit at my nice, clean table, I just stared at the card base. I ended up folding over a doily and attaching the oval shaped panel that was stamped and sponged. I attached a Bloom & Grow/Elegant Leaves die cut and a paper rose. Then I decided to add twine which would have been much easier to add had I decided to do that first. The pearls and crystal stamens came last and really dressed up the card. 6 hours later my card is ready.

Here's where you can see the other Design Team members show off their signature style:

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Clare Buswell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams

So essentially, that is what we want to see from you. What is your signature style? What type of card making really appeals to you? We'd love to come and visit to check it out!

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 CSC54), 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: Psalm 3:3 Plain Jane, Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Romantique dp (Prima), Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tattered Rose distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Pretty In Pink (SU!)
Accessories: Elegant Leaves die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Venise lace, Oval Nestability (Spellbinders), doily, pearl flourishes, jute twine, crystal stamens & Mulberry flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), sewing machine, daubers
Size: 5 1/4" square

Play Date Cafe...I Believe In Love

Hello stamping friends! The Play Date Cafe has a wonderfully shabby color story this week and I thought I would share! Jax picked out these perfectly sweet, perfectly coordinated colors and I found that my fingers fashioned a card rather quickly with this pleasing palette. First off, here are the colors we're designing with:

I found myself running (not walking) to my current "go-to" stack of papers, The Best of K & Company. This stack must have at least 250 pages (er, I looked, it's really 360 pages) of color combinations and patterns from past K & Co. releases. It wasn't hard for me to arrange these colors into a bit of shabby goodness, take a lookie here:



And our wonderful sponsor this week:




In addition to fabulous colors, the design team was given some stamps from Market Street Stamps. Talk about beautiful! I am in love with this set, Simple Joys...a beautiful mix of sentiments and fonts, with the versatility to fashion a card for any occasion! Thank you Market Street!

To check out the design team's projects and the prize being offered, go to the Play Date Cafe's website for all the details.


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: Simple Joys (Market Street Stamps)
Paper: The Best of K & Company, Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Walnut Stain, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Curvy Bookplate die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Victorian Lace, Lace Ribbon Large border punch (SU!), pearls, White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Mulberry rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), stick pins, dauber, dimensionals, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In CASE You Forgot

I posted a card onto Splitcoast a few days ago, one I made for the Try A New Technique Challenge which was to CASE the very first card that you had favorited. I had not even looked that far back in the folder recently and was pleasantly surprised to see what I had ear marked several years ago. My tastes have definitely changed, but I think this card here is still a beauty. Here is my CASE of Diane Gilbert's card:



I kept the design layout, the yellow color and also the pierced focal panel. I changed out the papers, the stamps and I moved my sentiment to the focal panel. I pierced each scallop on the oval and added a bit of jute twine in place of the organza ribbon she used. The stamp set is a new purchase for me from Stampin' Up! called Field Flowers and it's such a pretty set! I'm glad it finally found some ink.
Have a great day!



Stamps:  Field Flowers (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Lost & Found Sunshine paper (MME), Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger), More Mustard (SU!)
Accessories: So Saffron grosgrain ribbon (SU!), jute twine, Scalloped & Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), paper piercer, dimensionals  
Size: 5 1/2" square

Monday, August 22, 2011

Shabby Tea Room...Go Confidently

Hello and happy Monday! I've got a card to share with you today, one that I made for my month-long guest designing gig at the Shabby Tea Room! This week we have a lovely inspiration photo and the twist is that we need to add a home-made flower. There are SO many possibilities for this challenge, my head was spinning thinking how I could make a flower. Do I want to use paper? Fabric? Yarn? Ahh...I finally settled on ribbon and made these adorable 5-point ribbon flowers. Take a look:


Here are few close-ups of the flowers:






I don't think I pulled this one tight enough as you can see the thread:


And the sentiment panel:


Here is the inspiration photo:



I used this tutorial here to make the flowers. I ended up making about 8, but it took me that long to perfect the technique based on the ribbon I was using. I outlined the sentiment panel with a very thin layer of liquid pearls after sponging the edge with Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap and Tea Dye distress inks. The foliage is a mix of Martha Stewart's Frond punch, Verve's Elegant Leaves die and some Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke seam binding. A few stick pins, pearl stamens and some button twine completes the look!
Make sure to head on over to the Shabby Tea Room to check out all the beautiful samples, you'll be in vintage heaven over there!
Have a great week~



Stamps: Words of Wisdom, Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Kitschy Kitchen dp (Melissa Frances), Pear Pizazz, Apricot Appeal (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Curvy Bookplate, Elegant Leaves dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies) Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Flower & Flourish border punch (EK Success), Frond punch (Martha Stewart), White Opal liquid pearls (Ranger), Pearl stamens, jute twine, gems, pearls, doily, stick pins, dimensionals, daubers
Size:5 1/2" Square

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Featured Stamper...Beautiful You

Good Sunday morning! I have the weekend off so I figured I'd participate in one of Splitcoast's challenges...Featured Stamper! This week's lucky gal is Korin Sutherland, aka SweetnSassyStamps. Korin also has the double honor of having her stamp company, Sweet n Sassy Stamps become a member company on Splitcoast! She sure has a lot to celebrate this week! As I was browsing her lovely gallery, I spotted this little number and decided to CASE it, in my own EwenStyle way. Here's what I've come up with:



I changed out the image for a sentiment, this one being from Verve's latest release and the set is called You & I. The papers are new as well (to me), they are from Authentique, the Uncommon Collection. The flower was sacrificed from a larger Prima flower that I mercilessly pulled apart because it was a bit too large.  I did feel TERRIBLE pulling that sweet flower apart, but it was for the good of the card (I can possibly glue it back together, for all you flower lovers that are cringing right now).

Well, I've been informed that the grass needs to be cut, so it's time for me to delegate to my 13 year old son. He's not gonna like that. :( 
Have a wonderfully crafty day!


Stamps: You & I (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Uncommon Collection (Authentique), Early Espresso, Cameo Coral (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Labels Eighteen & Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), flower & leaf (Prima), Victorian lace (SU!), White Opal & Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), jute twine, pearls, button, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" Square

Friday, August 19, 2011

Viva La Verve...You Are One Of My Nicest Thoughts

We're back with week 4 of Viva La Verve sketches! This week, Charmaine is hostessing and has come up with a fabulous, easy to use sketch. But first, I'll show you my card:


Here's Charmaine's design (I love this sketch!):

I used some new Stampin' Up! designer paper called Beau Château and I adore the colors! I tend to gravitate towards pinks and greens, but the shades of blues in these papers are delightful! I sponged all the edges with some Frayed Burlap distress ink and then sewed the perimeters. The large heart is Verve's Jotted Heart die which was previously released and the smaller hearts are From the Heart dies and are part of the August release. In fact, these dies are were available for free with a $35 purchase, but...here's an update from the Verve Store...

Anni-VERVE-sary Special: Since orders have far exceeded our expectations, we have run out of our supply of free dies. We appreciate you all, so through August 31, we will substitute a free item of our choice as the free gift with a $35 order!And to make it easy, there's no need to do anything extra... if your order totals $35 or more, we'll automatically include a free gift when your order ships.


That's pretty cool!
Have a wonderfully crafty weekend!



Stamps: You & I, Nicest Thoughts Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Beau Château dp, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Frayed Burlap distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: From The Heart dies, Jotted Heart die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Doily Lace, Deco Fan border punches (Martha Stewart), Dotted Scallop punch (EK Success), lace, pearls, jute twine, paper flowers, dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Play Date Cafe...Thank You So Much

Hello and welcome to your weekly fix of the Play Date Cafe! Another set of beautiful colors await you, are you ready to see them?  I love this combination that Jax came up with and her story board is just as lovely:


And here is my somewhat CAS card:



I received some lovely lace from my sweet blogging/personal friend and teamie Colleen Dietrich. As soon as I opened the package, read the beautiful card she made for me, and spied this gorgeous lace, I knew I wanted to use it on a Play Date Cafe project. I wanted the lace to stand out on the card, but with it being all white, that wasn't going to happen. What I did to remedy that was I cut out a border using Papertrey Ink's Large Scalloped border and used the negative to fit in between the lace. That way you can still see the white lace, but there is a contrast between it and the back of the card. This is what I mean:



We have a new sponsor in the Cafe, please welcome Avocado Arts! They were generous in donating a prize to this week's "Cup of the Week" designee.



To check out the design team's projects and the prize being offered, go to the Play Date Cafe's website for all the details.


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: You & I, Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Elegant Leaves die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Lace trim (Hero Arts), Paper rose (Recollections), pearls, White Opal liquid pearls (Ranger), Night of Navy Satin ribbon (SU!)
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

CASE Study...Live The Life You've Imagined

So, in continuing our month long celebration of CASE Study's first anniversary, Chupa has a wonderful challenge issued to us, to CASE one of her cards! There is no lack of inspiration there, Chupa has thousands of cards to choose from, all with their own gorgeousness. I took a lookie through her blog and came up with this beauty:




You can view her blog post here, concerning the details on her card. I decided to omit all color and stick strictly with a black and white card. I scored the background, but also added pearls. I kept the sentiment centered in the middle but changed out the image for words. I also left off the ribbon and tag as there was no room left on my card. Take a look here at my CASE of Chupa's card:



For my card, I used my Martha Stewart scoring board, with the angled atttachment to make those double square lines. I placed pearls at the intersections for a little interest.
Here's the DT's blog roll so you can check out for yourself what cards the other gals CASEd:

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Clare Buswell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
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 CSC53), 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: Words of Wisdom (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Doily die cut (My Favorite Things), doily die cut (Martha Stewart), Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), pearls, dimensionals, scoring board
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mojo Monday...Tuesday Edition

Hello Tuesday! I thought I may be coming off of my card making blitz from the past two weeks, but it doesn't appear that way yet. There is so much sweet card goodness going on...I'm so honored to be part of all the fun! Today I'm posting a card that I made for Mojo Monday, using some awesome new Designer Series paper I purchased from Stampin' Up!. At the time I placed my order, I didn't read the fine print that said the paper contained flocking...which I don't really care for...honestly it makes the black on my background paper look washed out. However, I'm pleased with the way this card turned out:


And Julee's fabulous sketch:


I initially had a piece of lace as the black right panel, but changed it out in favor of the black corrugated panel. Looks much better.
Have a great day!



Stamps: Where Flowers Bloom Plain Jane, Sunny Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Mocha Morning dp, Basic Black, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark Watermark pad (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Photo corners punch (Stampin' Up!), Vintage corners die cut (Cuttlebug), pearls, lace, Ladybug seam binding& Vintage Floral border punch (Martha Stewart), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Verve August Release Favorite

Good morning! Every Monday after a Verve release, the Divas choose a card that they've made with their new stamps and designate it their favorite. I'm absolutely in love with the new Loopy Blooms dies, paired with the Words of Wisdom stamp set. This is what I've made using these two beautiful coordinating elements:



The photo above is with natural light. The photo below was taken in a light box.


I used Shannan's Viva La Verve sketch as my basis and added a doily, some seam binding, and lotsa Loopy Blooms. I cut them right out of the patterned paper I was working with, in different sections for different colors.


You can check out all the Diva's awesome creations here on the Verve blog. I'm always fascinated to see how they interpret the stamps and fashion cards from them. I'll be checking out the Verve blog as well!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Making A Statement, Words Of Wisdom, Notebook Paper Plain Jane
Paper: The Best of K & Company, Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tattered Rose, Antique Linen distress inks (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Loopy Blooms, Rounded Scallop Frame dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), pearls, lace, doily, seam binding, scallop die, dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" square