Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Day at the Beach

Are you familiar with the Splitcoast Fan club?  Each month they post a challenge theme and there are three challenges. The theme for April (or Shapril as they've called it) is "Oh, so shapely", they've got swimsuit season in mind, punches and dies too. 

One of the challenges is "More is More" they ask you to show a minimal version and a stepped up version of your project.   Up till now I've never entered that particular challenge. 


Over the last couple days I've been working on this beach card. I made it for a swap I've signed up for on Splitcoast. So actually I made six of this card. Originally I thought I might enter it into the "Central Theme" challenge but somewhere along the line as I was sewing or assembling the card I thought of the More is More challenge and wondered why I hadn't made a more stripped down version of this sucker. So I decided I would make one, just for the heck of it. Too bad I didn't of the minimal version before I made the stepped up one.

 After making six of the stepped up version the minimal was a piece of cake.  On the stepped up card every layer is popped up, in the minimal version the only one popped up is the image layer.  In this version the image was cut with the inverted scallops nestie.  In the stepped up one it was cut with a circle die and the mat was cut with the inverted scallop die.  While there are a couple embellishments left on the minimal version (I couldn't bare to leave off the charm and the baker's twine) most of the other embellies (the sewing, the brads, the stickles, the lace, the pearls and the sentiment on the inside) were left off.  In the stepped up version the charm is tied to the bakers twine with a double bow of beige linen twine,  in the mini version it's tied on the baker's twine, the linen twine is left off.  It's difficult to see the charm (it's the shape of the state of Florida) and the linen twine on the stepped up version.  There weren't enough of any charms to use on all seven of the cards.  One of the cards has a palm tree charm.  They all look cute but I am partial to the palm tree, I'll have to pick up some more of that one.  Funny thing, I can't decide which version of the card I like better.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Crafty Secrets "Bathing Beauties"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger "Tea Dye"
paper - Bazzill "Almond Cream" for card base and mats; Wausau "Tuscan Sun" and "Sunflower" cs for mats; DCWV yellow cs; My Mind's Eye "Peaceful Deam"(the aqua paper with the writing on it) dp; My Favorite Things beige Perfect Panel for image; Basic Grey Ambrosia collection "Chutney" and "Mandarin"
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; lace; linen twine; baker's twine; charm; brads; Recollections pearls; sewing machine
Here's the challenges:
Raise the Bar #64 = We Shell
One Stop Craft #129 - In Stitches
Paper Romance #48 - Summer
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Vintage/Distressed
Splitcoast Stampers - April Fan Club
Totally Gorjuss - 1, 2, 3 (1 charm, 2 fibers, and 3 dp)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  By the way, if you happen to have any idea why this changed from single spaced to double spaced in the middle of the deets can you tell me.  I have no idea how or why it happened and couldn't get it to go back to single space.  Well, if that's the biggest problem I have today, then I can't complain.                                                                                                             

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Paper Pieced Monkey

What's your favorite technique?  Mine's paper piecing.  Lucky me, this week the challenge at Paper Pretties is just that, paper piecing.   So get out your stamps, (they don't have to be Paper Pretty stamps but if you got them we love to see what you do with them) and papers and snip away, and join us in challenge  PWC151.
Here's where you can find all the challenge details, samples made by the other design team members and the linky thingy.


don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sock Monkey"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Antique Linen" and "Tea Dye"
Paper - Basic Grey "Cappella" dp pad, Georgia Pacific white cs; Stampin' Up brown cs for card base
miscellaneous - copics; buttons; brads, suede ribbon; Martha Stewart border punch; twine; charm; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC151 - Paper Piecing
Tuesday Throwdown #46 - brads or eyelets
Top Tip #31 - Square
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Some buttons
Polka Doodles week 16 - 3 Patterned Paper
Party Time PTT#13 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly #55- sketch
Crazy CCH#64 - three different papers
Craft Your Passion #55 - Show Us Your Layers
Little Claire's #5 - animals
Pile It On #17 - two or more ribbons
Stamptacular Sunday #108 - Pile It On, at least 5 layers

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now go get inky and paper piece a project for the Paper Pretties Challenge PWC151.

Cooking It Up

Every other week I make a card for the Cooking It Up with Katie challenge.  I've been doing this for awhile so you'd think I have it down to a science, but no, I'm almost always the last one to get my card off to Katie. Luckily for me she's a sweetie and she never complains. 
This week the recipe for challenge #59 is to "use ribbons, tags and bows. Pretty easy, huh?  I thought so and I went on my merry little way, printed out this fun digi primitive bird house image from Robyn's Fetish (this week's sponsor) and got to work.  I love this dp from Cosmo Cricket, I think the little birdies are a perfect compliment for the birdhouse.
So what went wrong?  I forgot to write down the recipe, you'd think I could remember those three things (I thought I could).  I had my picture edited and ready to post it to Katie when I looked up the challenge # and noticed I was missing a tag!  Dang.  Well, luckily for me I could just tie a tag to my bow which is what I did, the problem, by then it was too dark to take a decent photograph.  

don't forget the inside
 Such an exciting story...  do you need some more inspiration, do you want to see the challenge rules, find out about the prize or are looking for the linky thingy you can click here.

Here's the deets:
stamp - digi image from Robyn's Fetish
ink - hp printer for image; Ranger "Tea Dye", "Antique Linen" and "Vintage Photo"
paper - Georgia Pacific white cs; Stampin' Up "Baja Breeze" cs for card base; the Paper Co "Tan Parchment" for mats and card interior; Cosmo Cricket "Togetherness" dp
miscellaneous - copics; nestibilities curved rectangles; brads, charm; ribbon, tag; sewing machine; Kaiser Craft natural lace; burlap twine

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up with Katie - ribbon, bows and tags
CES #33 - Spring Colors/images
Fussy N Fancy - Springtime
Partytime Tuesday PTT#3 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now go get inky and make a card for the Cooking It Up With Katie challenge #59 use a ribbon, bow and tag.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hop, Hop, Hop

click the photo to enlarge, you'll see the box is paper pieced
Just like the Easter Bunny the Pretties (the Paper Pretties design team) are hopping.  You know what that means, it's a birthday!  Yippee!  Cake for everybody.  I picked up a lambie cake (it is so dang cute, I hate to cut into it) for tonight's desert and I'm going to pretend it's Cindy's and Domi's birthday cake.  If you're in the neighborhood stop by for a slice and cuppa. 

Happy Birthday Cindy and Domi! 

I hope each of you have a wonderful day.  I hope it's not so bad to have to share your special day with all the Easter festivities. 

In case you're not familiar with our birthday blog hops they always start at the Paper Pretties challenge bog. where you'll find a list of all the participants in the order of the hop, so if you get lost or there's a snag somewhere along the line pop back to Paper Pretties and you can click on the next name on the list and get hopping again.  Your next stop on the hop will be Frances (Stamp Owl).  I know there's going to be something wonderful there.

don't forget the inside

For my card I used the "Sock Monkey" which was just released.  I had to have this stamp and when I found some paper that had very colorful sock monkey on it I scooped it right up. Most of the monkeys are partially obscured, in person you'd see one full one where my watermark appears.  I stamped the image a second time onto the orange dp, cut it out and colored the ribbon with an orange copic.  Next I used an exacto knife on the sides of the monkey paws so that I could slip the box under the paws.  Then I cut the image out and popped it up with dimensionals. After that it's pretty much cutting, pasting and sewing. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sock Monkey"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa"; Stampin' Up "Yo Yo Yellow"
paper - Recollections "Monkeying Around"; Stampin' Up dsp patterns stack "Subtles" and orange cs from an "in color" pack (sorry I never marked the package)
miscellaneous - copics; Pebbles Sun Yellow Candy Dots; Blue brads; Nestibilities Lacey Circle dies; Stampin' Up corner punch; the Cat's Pajamas Cut Ups "Easy Rosette"; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Polka Doddles week 16 - Three Patterned Papers
Crafty Catz #79 - Children's card
Delightful Challenge - Paper Piecing or Paper Piercing (the gift box is pieced, I'm sorry it's very tiny)
Cute Card #161 - No Text
Partytime -PTT #12 - sketch
CCEE 1116 - Pleated Ribbon or Pleated Paper
Tuesday Throwdown #45 - Polka dots
Stamp with Fun #107 - Birthday
Cupcake Craft #138 - Lots of Layers

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now it's time to continue on the hop,  The next stop is Frances, the very talented Stamp Owl.

If It's Sunday It Must Be Cupcake Time

Once again I cannot believe the amount of work that was put into this cake.  It's gorgeous isn't it?  But would you want to cut into it to eat it?  For me, the more sculptured cakes are the least appealing to my appetite.  Which is a good thing, cause I certainly don't need to be eating cake.  On the other hand when I see lots of buttercream or whipped cream icing I start to salivate and can't wait to have a piece.  My favorite is chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing, maybe a flower on top, yummmmm, but I digress...
The Sweeties are challenging you to make a card or project inspired by this cake.  You can do with a theme, or the colors or whatever the photo inspires in you. 
This week the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC108 is sponsored by Wild Rose Studio.  They've generously given each of the design team a stamp which happen to feature Fergus the Dragon.  He's an awfully cute dragon.  But there's way more than dragons in this shop.  I'd like to mention that there's a new "For Men" section.  I'm always saying I need more masculine stuff, if you're like me, you might find some stamps and paper there that will round out your stash.

Isn't Fergus cute, cute, cute!?

Are you ready to play, well stop over at Cucpcake Inspirations to read all the challenge details and after you've made your creation you can link it up there.  Of course you're going to want to see what the rest of the design team had done with Fergus.  You're gonna love their cards.

As you can see I've chosen to use the lavender and green color scheme from the cake and the dragon stamp is perfect for this cake.  What will you make?  I can't wait to see what you come up with. 

Here's the deets:
Image - Wild Rose Studio "Fergus with Bouquet"
Ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Close to My Heart "Desert Sand" on the inside
Paper - Stampin' Up Subtles collection cs, Patterns stack subtles dsp, and "Shades of Spring" dsp; Georgia Pacific white cs
Miscellaneous - copics; stickles; purple silk ribbon; divine twine; flower charm; Queen and Co lavender rhinestones; Nestibilities circle and scalloped circle dies; piercing tool; Stampin' Up corner punch

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC108- photo
don't forget the inside
TTT - Show Us What You Got
Stampin' B #107 - Mother's Day
Delightful Challenges - Paper Piecing or Paper Piercing
Cute Card Thursday #161 - No Text
CES #33 - Spring colours/Images
Really Reasonable Ribbon #22 - Violets, Lilacs and Plums oh my
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Springtime
Aly's Sunday Sketch ASC40 - Baker's Twine

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back again.  No go get inky and make something inspired by that gorgeous cake.  Enjoy spring.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fit for a King

The big day is almost here.  Are you wondering what happened to your invite?  Me too.  I tell you if I see my mail carrier  among the guests there's gonna be a scene. 
All over the world people will be tuning in to see the wedding of Kate and William.  I'm looking forward to seeing her gown.  I love wedding gowns, I watch "Say Yes to the Dress"  and David Tuterra with tears in my eyes.  Yeah, I'm a big old goofy idiot that cries at weddings (if you read my profile you know I cry easily) even weddings on TV.  I'll be sure to stock up on Kleenex for the big day.
Stamping for the Weekend wants you to join our challenge this week with a card for the lovely couple.  What a fun challenge for me.  First I picked up this digi image at Teddy Bo.  I colored it with copics, attempting to get a subtle vintage look.  It was cut out with a circle nesties and the edge was sponged with Ranger Tattered Rose.  It took some time for me to find papers that I liked with it.  The dp behind the image is beige tone on tone with a flourish design, it's so subtle you can't make it out in the photo.  That paper and the cs used for its mat were brushed with the Tattered Rose.  The dp on the card base is from Creative Memories, it's a light aqua with a beige flourish pattern.  The lace started out as white but it too has been brushed with the Tattered Rose. 
I used the beige on beige paper for the inside but for some reason all the photos I took of it don't look anything like the actual card.  Actually the photo looks like it but when I crop it the colors change.  I can't figure out why that is happening.  The corners of the dp were punched with a scalloped corner punch from Creative Memories.  It's just a small bit of work but it makes the card look more finished.
So how about joining us as we celebrate the royal wedding.  Here's the link where you can find out all the challenge details, you can see what the rest of the design team has made and you'll find the linky tool for posting your creation.

Here's the deets:
stamp - digi image from Teddy Bo
ink - HP printer; Ranger "Tattered Rose"
paper - blue cs (unknown) for base; beige Recollections cs for mats; K & Co "Classic K" dp; Creative Memories "Bountiful" dp; green DCWV cs for flourishs
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up corner punch; circle nesties; Recollections rhinestone flourish; lace; Prima flowers; Sizzex "Scribble Swirls; Basic Grey pearls; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend #8 - a Wedding Card for William and Kate
Truly Scrumptious #55 - Vintage
Freshly Brewed #43 - Shine with Lots of Sparkle
Fab N Funky #69 - Here Comes the Bride
Top Tip #30 - open challenge
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - use a digital image
Digital Tuesday #107 - Pretty Punches
Paper Sundaes #65 - Texture
DYSU #16 - Use A Flower
Cute Card Thursday #161 - No Text
 Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now go get busy making a card for Kate and William before you know it they'll be walking down the aisle.  Don't forget to link it up at the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge blog

Behind the Bar Again

I've been hanging around the bar again.  That's the Raise the Bar challenge blog.  They picked my "Return of Cluck" card as one of the top three for the "Hey Chick! challenge.  The top three are invited to be be guest bar tenders.  I'm such a challenge junkie I couldn't say no.  Besides it's fun.

This week's challenge is a "Nautical theme" with the recipe requirement to use blue, white and stripes. 
This card was made with a stamp from an old and neglected set of stamps I picked up at AC Moore many moons ago.  The papers and brads been in my stash for quite some time too.  Don't you just love it when you use up items in your stash? 

don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - Hampton Art "Seashells by the Sea Shore"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up "Soft Sky" (the boat was stamped on the inside with the soft sky ink but it isn't showing up very well in this photo); Versafine "Toffee"  was brushed on the edges of the white cs
paper - Stampin' Up "Patterns Pack II" dp; SU "bold Brights" blue cs; Georgia Pacific white cs
miscellaneous - copics; SU ribbon; Divine Twine; charm; mini brads; SU circle and scalloped circle punches; the Cat's Pajamas "Wave" cut ups

Here's the challenges:
Raise the Bar #63 - Nautical theme with recipe to use blue, white and stripes
Mojo Monday MOJO187 - sketch
Cupcake Crafts #138 - Lots of Layers
Crafty Cardmakers #44 - A Royal Wedding and/or Red, White and Blue

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back again.  Now go get inky and make a card .

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Really a Challenge

I start most of my days browsing through the challenges.  Most of the time they are things that aren't particularly difficult and I just pick out one that sounds like fun and make my card.  But every now and then I find a challenge that really is challenging to me.  One that makes me do something new, something out of comfort zone.  This week's Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge #24 was just that kind of challenge.  They are asking us to make a Surprise Pop Up Card.  Well I've never made one of these before but they linked up to Beate John's Splitcoast Tutorial for making them and after watching Beate's video I was game to give it a try.  Boy am I glad I did.  This wasn't very difficult to do and it is really neat.  It got a thumbs up from my teenage daughter and her boyfriend and that's not easy to do. 
when you pull the tag!

here's the inside
Here's the deets:
stamp - Crafty Secrets "Sweet Stuff"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" 
paper - Stampin' Up "Orchid Opulance" and "Pale Plum" cs; Georgia Pacific white cs; Basic Grey "Kioshi" dp pad
miscellaneous - copics; Webster's little Whimsies (flower); My Favorite Thing die-namics "Faux Crochet Border" and "flower"; ZVA crystals; eyelet; mini brad; ribbon; Scallopy scallop EZ border punch

Here's the challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #90 - Surprise Pop Up
TTT challenge - Show Us What You Got
Nadia #4 - Vintage
DYSU #16 - Use a Flower 
C.R.A.F.T. #99 - Flowers
Truly Scrumptious #55 - Vintage
Top Tip #30 - Open challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon #22 - Violets, Lilacs and Plums oh my!
Lady Bug #24 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pink Is for Boys

Are you ready for this week's Paper Pretties Challenge?  This week PWC150 is a color challenge to use pink, green and a neutral. 

I wanted to use this "Cooper" stamp because I just don't make many cards for boys or men but pink and green are usually very feminine. 

Looking at the image it became clear to me that pink could be used on the egg and that everything else could be done in green's and tans.  If the men folk in your life are liberal you could give Cooper a pink shirt.  Keeping it fit for a boy meant that ribbon and flowers would be off limit.  I did add a button and some twine with a charm to dress it up a little.

If you need to make some Easter gift tags or cards there's still time to get the "Easter Babies" digital set.  They're being sold as a fundraiser.   All the proceeds (less PayPal Expenses) will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  How sweet a deal is that?  You get an adorable set of stamps and you do a charitable deed at the same time. 

don't forget the inside
 Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Easter Cooper"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Stampin' Up "Kraft" cs; Kaiser Craft "Post Card" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Nestibilities egg die; SU kraft corduroy button; burlap twine; charm; brads and mini brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC150 - color challenge use pink, green and neutrals
Shabby Tea Room #58 - How Egg-cellent
Sentimental Sunday #51 - Celebrate Easter
Dream Valley #5 - Easter
Secret Crafter #130 - Stitching
Craft Your Days Away #18 - Easter
Simply Create #41 - Egg-tra Special
Card Ideas - Let's Hear It for the Boys
Fussy and Fancy - for a Child
Creative Inspirations #57 - Easter
Daring Cardmakers - Spring or Easter

Thanks for stopping, I hope you'll come back again.  I hope you'll join us in the Paper Pretties Color Challenge PWC150 to use pink, green and neutrals.  All the challenge details (the rules, prize info, the linky tool, you know the drill) can be found by clicking on this link.  You'll also be able to see the beautiful cards made by the rest of the design team.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bunny for Baby

The Cat's Pajamas challenge is "All Things Baby".   I don't have a baby images from TCP so I decided to use lots and lots of pink to make it suitable for welcoming a baby. 

I was in the distressing mode from yesterday, so this card got the grunge treatment too.  I'll probably be on this kick for awhile. 

One of the things that doesn't show in the photo is the centers of the stamped pinwheels have Taylor's Tiny Twinkles in the center.  The brads on the striped paper are green not black, they match the scraps of cs used for the dark grass. 

I had a difficult time with the photo of the inside.  The large pinwheel on the face makes it impossible to fold the card over.  The image was stamped with a beige ink but it looks black in the photo.

don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas - "Field of Pinwheels"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Close to My Heart "Dessert Sand"
paper - My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" cs; My Mind's Eye "Dreamy 2"
miscellaneous - copics; ZVA crystals; brads; mini brad; the Cat's Pajama's Cut Ups "Pinwheels"; Creative Memories cutting system; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas TCPTUES154 - "All Things Baby"
Let's Ink It Up #13 - Show Us Your Stitching"
Wee Memories #52 - All Things Adorable
Little Claire's #5 - Animals
Sweet Sunday SSSC113 - Sketch
Crafty Catz #78- Furry Friends
Daring Cardmakers - Spring or Easter
Freshly Brewed - Cute and Sweet
Stampin' Royalty #67 - Spring Has Sprung
Simon Says - Card for a child

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.

It's Cupcake Time Again

Is Sunday a lazy day for you?  First off you sleep in.  Then when you finally get up you take your time going through the paper, reading the Parade and all the sales flyers.  Later you move onto your computer to check out the challenges and then you move into your craft space and make a couple cards.  Or do you live in the real world and have a family. 
Whatever kind of day you have, you can probably use some inspiration so we Sweeties at Cupcake Inspirations have got this lovely platter of cuppies to get your grey matter moving.  
This week's sponsor is Prairie Fairy who gave the sweeties images to use, you can see some of the other images by hopping over to the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge blog where you'll also find the details and the linky thingie for your project.

Can you tell that's a charm hanging off the lace.  It's got Asian symbols on it.

I picked the Japanese Lanterns image.  This image reminded me of summer parties when I was a kid.  The lanterns were a popular decoration.  Because that was a long time ago I decided to make a distressed card.  I think I spent more time making this card look shabby then I spent doing everything else.  I particularly went out of my way to mess up the stitching by pulling out the threads from some parts and letting snippets show.  Then everything was smudged and rubbed with a couple different inks and the edges were scraped up.    It looks even better in real life.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Prairie Fairy digi "Japanese Lanterns"
ink - HP printer; Ranger "Tea Dye" and "Antique Linen"
paper - Stampin' Up dark pink cs; Recollections beige cs; MFT Pink Lemonade cs
miscellaneous - copics; brads; ZVA crystals; lace; charm; twine; sewing machine; MFT die-namics "Lacey Doily"; SU Embossing plate
don't forget the inside

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspiration CIC107 - photo inspiration
 Totally Gorjuss #76 - no patterned paper
Secret Crafter #130 - Stitching
Daring Cardmakers - Spring or Easter

Truly Scrumptuous #55 - Vintage
Top Tip #29 - Spring has Sprung

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now go get busy making a card or project inspired by the cupcakes in the photo at the top of the post.  Don't forget to ink it up to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog so we can come and see what you've done.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

More Mojo

This is the second card I've made using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  It's not a contest week I just really like this sketch.

It's difficult to see the sentiment which is "Somebunny loves you" because the ink is Stampin' Up's "Pretty in Pink" which is a very light color.  The pink is also used on the inside where the image is stamped.

Because it's close to Easter there are lots of challenges for this card.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Taylored Expressions "Sweet Spring"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Stampin' Up "Pretty in Pink"
paper - MFT "Pink Lemonade" cs; My Mind's Eye "Tickles Pink" dp
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; ZVA pink crystals; bunny button; Doodlebug bunny brad; twine; cahrm; nesties scalloped rectangle; MFT die-namics "Faux Crochet" border die; Stampin' Up "Pink Pirouette" ribbon; Stampin' Up circle and scalloped circle punches; Martha Stewart border punch; sewing machine

here's the inside
 Here's the challenges:
Mojo Monday MOJO186 - sketch
Simply Create #41 - Egg-tra Special
Fussy and Fancy - For a Child
DYSU #15 - Scallops
Paper Cutz #87 - Buttons and Bows
Daring Cardmakers - Spring or Easter
Delightful Challenges - Easter
Craft Your Day Away #18 - Easter
Belli #115 - Eggs/Bunnies (the bunny brad is at least one year old)
Fab N Funky #68 - All Spotty and Dotty
Simon Says - Card for a Child
L'il Red Wagon - Easter
Sisterhood of Crafters - Easter Eggstavaganza
I {Heart} Ribbon - Striped Ribbon
Stamps R Us - Easter theme
the Pink Elephant TPE97- Easter
Tuesday Throwdown - Sparkle and bling
Crazy CCH#62 - Easter
CRAFT #98 - Easter

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Easter Lambie

Yes, you have seen this card before.  It was made with the Paper Pretties "Easter Babies" digital set.  The Pretties would like to remind you that this set is being sold as a fund raiser.  All the proceeds (less the PayPal fees) will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
To see some more examples of what you can make with this set hop on over to the Paper Pretties blog where you  can join the hop. 
If you missed this post the first time here's the link where you can see the inside and read all the deets.
More importantly here's the link where you can purchase the set.  Because it's digital you'll have it in plenty of time for this Easter.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Feeling Groovy

Over at Splitcoast I'm playing in a swap that's based on the decades.  This card is for the 70's.  If you lived through those wild post Woodstock days boy are you old.  Oops, what I meant to say was, if you lived through those days you probably remember flower power.  Then again, if you lived through that time you may not be able to remember much of anything, or you may not want to own up to any of the things you did.  Hey, that was the time when streaking was born.  Not being the exhibitionist type I didn't streak but I can remember someone streaking through one of my classes, but I digress...

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things - the a la mode "Groovy Girl"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - Wausau Extra Bright Magento cs; American Crafts "Everyday" Bonjour and Gidday; Recollections beige cs
miscellaneous- copics; stickles; charm; ribbon; twine; brads; sewing machine; MFT die-ncamics "sweet stack"

don'y forget the inside

I don't have any challenges for this card.

Thanks for coming by to visit.  I hope you'll come back again.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hopping with the Pretties

can you see the telephone charm, click on the pic to enlarge it
It's here!  It's time for the Paper Pretties April blog hop which just happens to coincide with the release of the new stamp sets.  The hop starts at the Paper Pretties blog so if you just happened here why don't you head over there and follow the hop, you'll be back here before you know it.
Wohoo!  The stamps this month are great.  Okay I know I say words to that effect every month, It's because every month they just get better and better. 
My card is made with the "Return of Cluck" set.  I love this set because:
  1. the images are adorable
  2. the images are fun to color
  3. the sentiments are a riot
  4. the sentiments are versatile
If you feel in love with this set you can buy it today (the stamps are available at 7:00 AM EST).  Did you see the sock monkey that was sneaked on Sunday?  I am in love with sock monkeys so I'm heading over there as soon as I can, hoping that you all haven't beat me to it.  

OH!  I almost forgot, it's Wednesday and that means it's also time for a challenge PWC149.  This week the Pretties are challenging you to use at least 2 designer papers in your creation.  And I bet you've guessed that you can find all the challenge details and the linky tool for posting your creation, all of that can be found at the Paper Pretties challenge blog.

don't forget the inside

The next stop on the hop is the wildly talented Cindy Haffner.  I know you're going to find some yummy eye candy there.  I'll be going there too but first I have to give you the deets and the challenges.

Here's the deets:
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper -  Stampin' Up red cs; Georgia pacific white cs for image and mats' October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" dp
miscellaneous - copics; buttons; DMC floss; divine twine; phone charm; brads and mini brads; sewing machine; nesties circle and scalloped circle dies; Martha Stewart border punch

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Cindy Haffner.  Don't forget if you lose your way or you need to take a break you can always stop back at the Paper Pretties blog for a list of the participants.

Get Cooking

Need a recipe?  You've come to the right place.  It's Wednesday so there's a new Cooking It Up With Katie challenge.  The recipe for challenge #57 is as easy as 1,2,3.  It'sto use  one image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments.  I have trouble counting embellishemts.  I count my ribbon, lace, twine and charm as one embellishment, the four brads as the second embellishment and the heart as the third embellishment.  If you don't care how I count mine, I won't take issue with the way you count yours.

This week the challenge is sponsored by Gingerloft .  The design team got to choose images to play with.  Check outthe  Cooking It Up With Katie challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team choose and the fabulous cards they made.  You can also get all the challenge details, find out what they prize is and that's where the linky tool will be, so you can show us what you've made.

Here's the deets:
stamp - digi image from Gingerloft
ink - HP printer
don't forget the inside

paper - Stampin' Up rich regals green cs; Colorbok yellow cs; Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection "Butterfly Kisses"

 miscellaneous - copics; gelly roll glaze pen; Webster's Pages Little Whimsies; burlap twine; ribbon; lace; charm; brads; nesties deckled rectangles

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie #57 - one image, 2 dp, 3 embellies
Pile It On PIO #15 - Say It In Style (the sentiment is in her hair and I wrote over it with gelly roll glaze pen, just can't get that shimmer to show in the photo))
Digital Tuesday #106 - Little Women
Papertake Weekly - Truly Dimensional

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now go get cooking up yor card.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vintage Easter

did you notice the charm hanging on the twine?
 What I like about this stamp is that it definitely looks like an Easter image (at least to me) without being a bunny, lamb, chickie, duck or an egg (not that I have anything against the bunnies, lambs, etc.). 
There are a couple challenges for shabby and vintage cards.  They are so much fun for me.  I love scrunging (yeah, I made that word up) up edges.  That's making them grungy with sponging or pouncing ink on them, and tearing them up. 
The layout is this week's Mojo Monday challenge. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Crafty Secrets "Bird Lovers"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa"; Ranger "Tea Dye" and "Scattered Straw"
paper - My Favorite Things beige Perfect Panel; MFT "Sno Cone" cs; K & Co "Life's Journey" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Kaiser Craft lace; sheer ribbon; Plaid "Petals a Plenty" bird charm; burlap twine; burlap twine; prima flower; nesties scalloped square; Jolee crystals; sewing machine

don't forget the inside

Here's the challenges:
Mojo Monday MOJO186 - sketch
Top Tip #29 - Spring has Spring
Shabby Tea Room #57 - Inspiration photo (little pink birdie in a doily nest) and doily and/or lace
Whoopsie Daisy - vintage
Sugar Creek Hollow - Vintage Easter
2 Sisters #34 - Spring
If the Shoe Fits FF#74 - Spring Is in the Air
Stamps R Us - Easter Theme
the Pink Elephant TPE97- Easter
Crazy CCH#62 - Easter

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.

Monday, April 11, 2011

a Break from Easter

can you see the little charm?  click on the pic to enlarge it.
 I don't know about you but I'm just a little bit tired of Easter and Spring cards.  I needed a break and today I got happy mail from Taylored Expressions and a set of Halloween stamps was in my order.  So, I decided to get one of them inky and make a card for the TE sketch challenge. 

I found some old Halloween brads and used them for the embellies.  There's a tiny skull and crossbones charm hanging off the photo turn.  It's really hard to see, the sewing on the base dp is also hard to see, yet for some reason the card stock is just vibrating off the computer.  Go figure.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Taylored Expressions "Tick or Sweet"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Shabby Shutters"
paper - Wausau "Terra Green" and "Lift Off Lemon" cs; My Mind's Eye "Blackbird" dp
miscellaneous - copics; recollections mini brads; charm; Stampin' Up corner punch; Taylored Dies "Take Note Frame 3"; sewing machine; Halloween brads

don't forget the inside

Here's the challenges:

Taylored Expression TESC13 - sketch
Paper Sundaes #64 - Childhood Memories (I loved Halloween and getting dressed up in costumes, and I loved getting my daughter dressed up when she was little)

LOL, not too many challenges for Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Pretties April Release

Time for another April Paper Pretties Release.  This stamp is from "Fun Quotes".   You should scoot over to the Paper Pretties blog to see what the other design team members have done with this set. 
All the sets will be available on Wednesday, April 13th at 7AM  EST.  We'll be celebrating the release with a blog hop that will start at 12:00 AM EST. 
One of the things I like about these stamps is that you can make a great looking card in a short amount of time.  Once you've picked a layout it'll go pretty quickly. 
When there's no image you can pick just about any papers you feel like using.  For my card I decided to go with Basic Grey's "Olivia" dp pad.  All I needed to do was pull a piece of black card stock for my base and white cs for the stamp.  All the other papers were in the pad.  The hardest decision was which pad to use! 

don't forget the inside
I wish you all could see this card in person.  The picture just doesn't show off all the details.  There are aqua mini brads in the corners and dp is stiched down.   There's a little flower gem in the center of the Prima flowers (there are three flowers layered together) around that there are pearls and rhinestone bling.   Very easy, give it a try.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Fun Quotes"
ink - Close To My Heart "Olive"
paper - Stampin' Up black cs; Georgia Pacific white cs; Basic Grey "Oliva" dp
miscellaneous - nesties Labels 4 and circles; Hero Arts Sparkle Gems and light green pearls; ribbon; lace; mini brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges'
Pile It On #15 - Say It In Style
Stamp Something - Sassy Circles Somethings
Freshly Brewed - Flowers

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again - don't forget we're blog hopping on Wednesday.
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