Saturday, February 28, 2009

SFYTT Bloom Where You're Planted!

I'm a week late with the SFYTT sketch (you can find the current one here) I found an idea that uses Stickles on a plain brad thanks to MissCutiePieGoes80; this works great for a floral center, or if you run out of bling, make your own with those brads just itching to get used. The dp is from a glitter stack pad from DCWV. The flower is from a template MissCutiePieGoes80's is sharing with anyone who wants it. An oval die cut from Spellbinders was used for the main image. The sentiment is computer generated. I added Fruit Punch Stickles to the flower petals and to the silver brads (center of flower and on right hand side of card.) The leaves were stamped with Friendship Blooms (SU!) and cut out. I used a black marker to draw a line attaching leaves to the flower. This was a fun sketch to use and am ready to start this week's :-)
Thanks for taking a peek today,
Stuff Used:
Stamps: Friendship Blooms (SU!)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento)
Paper: Select White (PTI), dp (DCWV), textured cs (DCWV)
Accessories: Silver brads, Stickles, floral template

Red, Black and White Birthday Card

This card was made several months ago and since I haven't had much time this week to create a new one, thought you might enjoy looking at a birthday card. Red, black, and white are my most favorite colors to use, but enjoy bright ones on whimsical looking projects. The red tags are embossed with a Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder. The letters are cut from a CB die and attached with floss underneath the fabric flower. I made a template that resembles an envelope and cut two sizes of paper for the flap, 1/8" smaller.

Enjoy your day!

Stuff Used:
Stamps: None
Paper: Basic Grey, Select White and Pure Poppy (PTI), basic black (SU!)
Accessories: Pretties (SU!), red floss, circle and scallop punches (SU!), brad, CB ef

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'm Having a Moxie Fab World Tuesday!

Are you having a Moxie Fab World day, too? There's another wonderful blog called "Moxie Fab World" that has terrific trendy information and is written by the creative editor, Cath Edvalson, from "Paper Crafts" magazine, which I subscribe :-D She is always giving away fabulous products to her blog readers and recently I won a Swing into Spring paper collection, two pictures are uploaded for you to see, from Bella Blvd! I can't wait to get my hands on these gorgeous looking papers to use for Easter :-D
Read Cath's blog quote to get an idea of what paper crafters are thinking of Bella Blvd:
"I've got a real treat for you today's Moxie Monday. Because I'm telling you what but it's hard to make a Big Splash in this amazing industry that we all love so much. But that's exactly what Bella Blvd did at CHA Winter. Everyone was a-buzzin' about this new company. Since it wasn't on my side of the building to cover, it was definitely on the list of must-sees on our last day of the show. We call the last day of the show "Sweeps" in which we take each other to the booths we feel that everyone on the team MUST see. Bella Blvd was at the top of the list."
Have a wonderful Moxie Fab Day and we'll visit later!

Monday, February 23, 2009

CPS104 Card Sketch Challenge

Lately I've played several challenges and find that they really do help to think outside of my comfort zone. This sketch, from CPS, is fun because of the many possibilities you can use to make a card, just check out their blog site and see some. You'll notice that the Raspberry Fizz collection from Papertrey Ink continues to be a favorite of mine; I LOVE the hot pink color that is a great combination with just about any other color you want to use, especially lime (is that still a color? :-D, black, and white.) It was fun making the flowers contributed by a sweet person, MissCutiePieGoes80; her blog info is listed in the previous posting. The paper was adhered to lightweight cardboard, embossed with the Cuttlebug, and cut out. They make a wonderful accent to any project and there are several sizes to use, too. The main image has a SU! rub on that was finished off with the flower. The flower has a small circle punch adhered with a half pearl. The sentiment is also a rub on; sometimes it's much easier using rub ons instead of stamping because you don't have to clean :-D Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy what you see.

Stuff Used:
Stamps: Everyday Blessings (Papertrey Ink) on the inside sentiment
Paper: Raspberry Fizz dp and cs, Select White (Papertrey Ink), black (scrap)
Ink: Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Ribbon, rub ons, CB ef, pearl, circle punch, Rectangle Nesties, floral template

Blog Candy from MissCutiePieGoes80s

Happy Monday morning! This blog candy is being offered by MissCutiePieGoes80s I used a few of these tickets on Valentine cards and although they didn't look as good as these do, they added a nice touch to the cards. Miss Cutie Pie also loves to cook; you can check out some of her recipes on the blog, too. Go and visit the blog; there are lots of interesting things to see and great templates to download, too. A previous post has a card using the floral template; so easy to make these flowers in any size you want. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 21, 2009 Color Inspiration #42 SC216 Challenge2

I have followed Kristina Werner's blog for a long time and if you follow her blog, too, you already know that she has a weekly color inspiration challenge hundreds of people play. I've never participated in it, but today the challenge was met, and although the colors aren't considered my favorite, the dp, from PaperTrey Ink, helped. Although the paper isn't SU!, hopefully what was used to create the card is acceptable. The flowers were made from a template that was contributed by MissCutiePieGoes80s; she shares several neat templates you may want to check out. The flower paper was embossed with a CB ef, cut, layered, attached with a pop dot. A K&Co adhesive half bead was added to the center. The layers were sponged with distress inks. Nesties were used to cut out the circles. A SU! rub on was used for the sentiment and two small half beads were added to it. A scrap of May Arts ribbon was attached to a scrap of textured cs. By the way, notice that the SC216 challenge was played again :-D Thanks for looking!
Tip: I found this idea on another blog and can't remember which one, but the template was stapled to the paper and the images were cut. Since the template I use has quite a few flowers and not that many were needed, I used repositional adhesive between the cs and the floral template and cut; it works great!
Stuff Used:
Stamps: None
Ink: Tea Dye and Scattered Straw (Ranger)
Paper: First Fruits, Select White (PTI), textured cs
Accessories: Half beads (K&Co), rub on (SU!), ribbon (May Arts)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Blog Candy Give Away

This blog candy is being offered from a blogger living in Sweden until February 28! Simply check out Jennie's blog and follow her directions for a chance to win some super embellishments; hope I'm the lucky one because the flowers and pearls look beautiful :-D

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mojo Monday 74 High Heel Birthdays

I am trying so hard to find stamps that don't look "fashionable" to play challenges, but since a friend has ordered quite a few birthday "fashionable" cards, might as well play and get paid at the same time :-D I really like the sketch for this week's Mojo Monday. Had to look at some of the other designs submitted for the challenge to get a real feel of what I wanted to create. Prismacolor markers were used for coloring the high heel, which is from Hero Arts. The new Que Sera Sera paper purchased at Michael's is quickly becoming a favorite; the colors are bright and almost every sheet on the pad (it's 8X8 two sided dp) has some sort of image on it. There is a flower inside of the card that was clear, but is colored with a Prismacolor marker to embellish the sentiment.

Things that were used:

Stamps: Happy Birthday (unknown), high heel (Hero Arts)

Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento), Scattered Straw and Tea Dye (Ranger)

Paper: Select White (PTI), Que Sera Sera (K&Co.), black (source unknown)

Fun stuff: Self adhesive gold half beads, Prismacolor markers, ribbon, punches (SU!), Nesties, CB ef, and clear flower (inside of card)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dawn McVey's Color Challenge -- Raspberry Fizz Delight!

Today I'm doubling up on challenges! Nichole Heady's blog is a favorite of mine to read everyday and today is no exception! Dawn McVey has issued a challenge using any color combination she has on her blog today and the colors I chose are Raspberry Fizz, black and white. I have literally fallen in LOVE with the Raspberry Fizz collection and you'll notice that it's a great combination with black and white; you'll also notice that there is not only one card, but TWO :-) If you're a bright color gal, such as myself, you'll LOVE using the Raspberry Fizz collection, too!
Things Used for the cards include: Cuttlebug heart die cuts, Raspberry Fizz ribbon, ink, solid cs and design paper (like the two sizes of each design in the pattern paper stack), black ribbon, more cs from Papertrey Ink, bling from Mike's, Spellbinder die cuts, and CB ef

Monday, February 9, 2009

Friends 'Til the End PTI Challenge

Just finished reading Nichole Heady's blog and wanted to participate in a challenge she's hosting over at Papertrey Ink. Normally I don't have the time to make a card to meet deadlines, but remembered the poppy card, which was finished on Saturday...yeah! I wanted to make the main image stand out, so the smallest poppy was stamped twice, one cut and mounted with pop dots. The large image was cut out beyond the white paper border. This thank you card was made for a friend who is one of my biggest supporters in my card making business. Although designing cards has been more of a hobby (I mean therapy *wink* ), she has gone beyond the call of duty to make me feel creative and artistic :-D The images are from Flourishes bought at a LSS. The bg stamp is from SU! The paper, yellow and white are from PaperTrey Ink. The Pure Poppy ribbon is also from PTI. DP is from a 7 Gypsies stash. CB die for the black swirls behind the main image. The trio tag die is from Spellbinders. The images were colored with Prismacolor and Copic markers. The sentiment was computer generated.

Hope this makes you think of a friend 'til the end; we can never thank our best friends enough for being there during the tough times as well as in the good ones.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Color Throwdown #27 Happy Birthday and Kick Up Your Heels!

I'm a week late with the Color Throwdown #27; had the card done, but the "photographer" (DH) had to find time to take a pic. It's not often that I participate in challenges for various reasons, but I couldn't resist using this new image from the

Hero Arts High Heels set with a Rubbernecker Travel collage bg. The main image was sponged with distress inks after being colored with copics. It was added to the bg paper with dimensionals. The red embossed circles were cut in half and adhered to the back of the main image. The inside sentiment (see pic below) was stamped, distressed, adhered to a black frame and finished off with a red paper flower for some oomph :-)


Stamps: Hero Arts High Heels, Rubbernecker Travel Collage

Paper: White and Pure Poppy (PTI), basic black and blue (SU!)

Inks: Memento Black Tuxedo, Ranger Distress Inks

Accessories: Copics, Pure Poppy ribbon (PTI), Mike's bling, CB ef, Nesties, paper flower, and Shimmerz