Friday, May 31, 2013

Jellypark Color Palette Inspirations

It's time for another fun challenge at Jellypark Friends.  This fortnight we're making cards using color palettes from Design Seeds.  What a fun challenge this was for me.  I had spent hours looking around there.  There are so many gorgeous photographs and color schemes to choose from.  If you ever get stuck and need something to jump start your mojo that's the site to go to.  

I finally decided on a fun and colorful scheme which happens to have lots of the same colors as a package of Close to My Heart papers I recently purchased.  I just love all the bright fun colors together.  

I usually don't give away a card before I post it but this week we celebrated my Aunt Sis' 93rd birthday and she got the card.  

For my aunt's birthday my brother took us out to eat at the Texas Road House which just opened up this week.  It was one first visit  so I was unfamiliar with the way they wish you a Happy Birthday.  They bring a saddle mounted to a wooden base over to the table and the birthday boy or girl gets to sit on it.  They told my aunt she could just stand next to it.  But as you can see my 93 year old aunt climbed up on the saddle and she partied hardy.  I wish you all have a good time on your next birthday as she did.  


Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark "Cake"
ink - printer
paper - Close To My Heart "Dream Pop" 
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up corner punch; dew drops; ribbon; Viva "Holo Irisdescent"   glitter liner; dimensionals

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Use a Design Seeds color palette
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show Us What You Got 
Crafty Ribbons #46 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #37 - Punches/Dies
Ribbon Carousel RCC81 - Celebrations

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

PWC260 - Embossing

This week at Paper Pretties we'd like to see you emboss on your cards.  Wet or dry, which ever tickles your fancy.  Me, I couldn't decide so I did both.  It's had to see either in the photo.  The sentiment is embossed with powder and the red card stock is dry embossed.  When I make a card for a man I don't like to use too many embellishments but I still like to do something special.  Embossing is a great way to add some pizzazz.  
Here's the deets:
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Versamark
paper - MFT "Natural" card stock; SU "Cherry Cobbler" card stock;
miscellaneous - copics; cord; wrench charm; Spellbinder's "Circle", "Inverted Scalloped Circle", "Oval" and "Labels 18" dies; orange dew drops; SU "Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder"

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC260 - Emboss
Top Tip Tuesday #102 - Use Numbers
Creative Card Card #37 - Punches/Dies
Creative Craft #11 - For the Fellas

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

CIC212- Di's Digi Designs

It's starting to look a lot like summer. At least when I see pinwheels I am immediately think of childhood summer days.  I remember that sometimes the sticks were filled with little pieces of candy.  These cupcakes make me want to run out and get a pinwheel, maybe attach it to the handlebars of my bicycle.  But I digress...These pinwheels are for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC212 sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads. 
Rather than running out to buy a pinwheel I went straight to my desk and right there on top was an envelope with some stamped and cut out pinwheel images.  I was getting them ready so I could whip up some cards for all the summer birthdays coming up.  The red, white and blue color scheme is perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July.  It's amazing how many people I know with birthdays falling on those holidays.  Red, white and blue is perfect for this challenge too.  So what will you create?  There's lots of dies to make pinwheels and plenty of stamps too, but if you don't have any of them there's the color scheme or whatever else you think of when you see the photo.  The sweeties look forward to seeing your cards so don't forget to link them up on the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Close To My Heart "Pinwheel"
ink - Memento "Ladybug" and "Danube Blue"; Stampin' Up "Basic Black"
paper - My Favorite Things "Kraft", "Whip Cream" and "Red Hot" card stock
miscellaneous - mini brad
Here's the challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C187 - No Patterned Paper
CASual Friday CFC102 - Red, White and Blue
Charisma #20 - Here Comes Summer
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Catching Up on MFT sketches

For a variety of reasons I'm very far behind with making cards with the weekly My Favorite Things sketches.  Last weekend I went to the MFT retreat and when I got home I wanted to start using the goodies I brought home.   And then there's the pile of stamp sets that I haven't gotten inky yet, not to mention the die-namics that haven't gone through my Big Shot.  So this week I made a card for this week's challenge and then I made one for an old challenge.  If I'm lucky I'll be able to make two cards a week and I'll catch up just about in time for Christmas madness.   I'd keep my fingers crossed but it's too hard to stamp with crossed fingers so I'm just going to see what happens...

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "DC LJD Daring Dots" and "LLD Document It - Right on Target"
ink - My Favorite Things "Steel Blue" and Ranger "Weathered Wood" for edges
paper - My Favorite Things "Steel Blue", "Sno-Cone" and "Whip Cream" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Six by Six - Meadow" patterned paper
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Accent It - Feathers and Arrows" die-namics; cord; button

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things MFTWSC115 - sketch (closed)
Sister Act #8 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts #168 - Buttons
Polka Doodles week 21 - To Die For
Cute Card Thursday #270 - Tie It Up
Southern Girls - Going Spotty Dot

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Friday, May 24, 2013

SFTW - Monochromatic

It's Friday!  Yeah!  Even though I've been retired for about three years I still love Friday.  I guess after a lifetime of school and work it just becomes engrained in you.  That and there's lots more fun events scheduled on the weekend.  I hope you have some fun activities scheduled but I also hope you've left time for a little stamping because we've got a new challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend.  The challenge runs for a fortnight and this time our theme is "Monochromatic". 
There was a time when I dreaded seeing monochromatic challenges.  They seemed so boring, I love color and I don't like to be limited but this time I decided to go for it.  Usually in monochromatic challenges if you're coloring a person they let you do skin and hair in other colors.   This image was colored with copics and except for the eyes everything was done with "E" colors.  If you're not a copic user the "E" are the earth tones.  It's amazing what a large spectrum of colors there are in the "E's"  They are my most used markers.   After I finished up I realized I could have done the eyes in brown, I just always grab green or blue for eyes.   I'll just have to remember that for next time.

Keeping monochromatic I used a couple beige card stocks.  I ran one of them thru my Big Shot with an embossing plate.  To make it stand out a little I rubbed over it with a Ranger "Tea Dye" ink pad. The sentiment was written with a Bic fine point marker.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Saturated Canary "Marry Me" digi
ink - printer; Ranger "Tea Dye"
paper - Wausau "Sand" card stock; Recollections "Neutrals" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; Bic adobe orange marker; Viva "Holo Iridescent" Glitter Liner; Stampin' Up Sizzix "Flourish" embossing plate; Spellbinder's "Ribbon Tag Trio" die; ribbon; pearls

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Monochromatic
Moving Along with the Times - Embossing
Crafty Ribbons #46 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Oozak- Anything Goes with Earth Tones
Going Gray - Graduation, Wedding or Anniversary
Ribbon Carousel RCC81 - Celebrations

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a chance to play in our Stampin' for the Weekend "Monochromatic" challenge

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PWC259 - Your Favorite Stamp

It's time to get pretty.  Every Wednesday Paper Pretties brings you to a new challenge.  Today we're asking you to "Use Your Favorite Stamp".  Now that's a great, fun and easy challenge.  You can make any kind of card or project with your favorite stamp, it doesn't even have to be from Paper Pretties (but we'd love to see you use them), just remember to post it in the Paper Pretties blog so we can see it and you'll be entered into the draw for some digis.

There are many Paper Pretties stamps that I love (anything with Sophia, the Sock Monkey, the Irish Blessings, the list goes on and on) but my favorite is "Sassy Shoes".  I just love this set.  I've blogged about this before but I don't tire of saying how much I like this stamp set and how well received every card I've made with it has been.  What can I say, most women love shoes.  I've purchased shoes I love and then found outfits to wear with them.  I used to be able to wear spikey high heels but my feet are so wide it's rare to find heels like that in sizes wide enough for my feet.  When I was younger I could tolerate tight shoes but not any more.  So these days I mostly lust after the pretty shoes and search far and wide and high and low for shoes that not only look a little fashionable but feel comfortable on my feet.  But I digress..

The Sassy Shoe set has four different shoes and I love them all.  It also has some trims to put on the plain shoe and a few sentiments.  If you don't have this set you have got to add it to your stash.  It's fun to use, and you can make a card fast.  It doesn't need to be colored (of course you can color it if you'd like) so you can stamp it and put your card together right away.  You just need to have your supplies and layout ready and you can put it together in no time. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sassy Shoes" clear
ink - Versamark for shoe and sentiment; Stampin' Up "Soft Suede" for sponging
paper - Stampin' Up "Soft Suede" and Black card stock; Paper Pizazz "Wild Things Leopard" patterned paper
miscellaneous - Stampin' Up "Soft Suede ribbon"; lace; black waxed linen twine; purse charm; Spellbinder's "Scalloped Square" die; Stampin' Up 1-3/8" circle punch and scalloped circle punch; bling; black embossing powder

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC259 - Use Your Favorite Stamp
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C186 - sketch
Incy, Wincy Designs- Metal Mania
Scrappy Frogs - Free Choice
Oozak #14 - Anything Goes with Earth Tones
Creatalicious #50 - For the Girls
Simply Create Too #37 - Anything Goes
Sister Act #7 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

PIO #29 - Use Fabric or felt

This is just a quick post.  I'm either getting ready to go off for the weekend (a very fun weekend of play at the My Favorite Things Store) or I am there having lots of fun surrounded by and using all those stamps.

If you're here hopefully you're a fan of the Pile It On challenge.  To play along with us this week challenge #29 is to "Use Fabric or Felt".  Our big rule is that you have to combine our challenge with at least one other challenge but we hope you're go for it and combine it with as many challenges as you can find.  It's just for fun, so get inky and have some fun with us.  We love to see what you create. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Two Love Birds and Cage" digi
ink - printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Basic Grey" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" and "Layered Hearts border" die-namics; blue felt; baker's twine; lovebird charm

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On - Use Fabric or Felt
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - #10 - Happy _____(fill in the blank Anniversary)
Incy, Wincy - Animal Antics
Use It Tuesday #55 - You Can't Touch This (the felt - you should see the box of felt I have - I really gotta break that box open more often)
What If Wednesdays - Sketch
Crafty Sentiments - Add a Charm
Crafts and Me #133 - Use a Digi
Fab 'n' Funky #171 - Your Favorite Embellishment (charm)
Southern Girls - Going Spotty Dot
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show Us What You Got
A Gem of a Challenge #79 - Things with Wings
Polka Doodles week 19 - Anniversaries
Crafty Catz - 3 of Something, 2 of Anything, and 1 of Whatever You Want (3 die cuts, 2 patterned papers, and 1 charm)
Simply Create Too #37 - Anything Goes
Sister Act #7 - Anything Goes

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CIC211 - Fresh Brewed

It's time for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge and one of our fun sponsors is back.  We've got a fun sponsor to go along with the fun cupcakes.  Fresh Brewed Designs is our sponsor.  If you're a coffee drinker or want to make a card for a coffee drinker they've got the best images.  I am not much of a coffee drinker but most of my good friends are the type of people who can't start the day without a cup and most of them have received a card with a Fresh Brewed image on it.  Even if you're not in the least bit interested in coffee there are other nothing to do with coffee images. 

For my card I used the Ladybug Teapot image.  I happen to love teapots and it's perfect for this week's challenge.  The good thing about teapot stamps is I never have to worry about them breaking.  I once had a collection of teapots, several of them were on a set of shelves in the kitchen.  After we remodeled the kitchen someone who shall remain nameless wanted to surprise me by rehanging the shelves while I was out.  Somehow the shelf along with all the teapots on it hit the new tile floor.  In case you've never had a tile floor let me tell you that when glass and pottery hits it there is not much chance of survival and the shattered pieces will travel far.  Out of a dozen or so teapots one pot and one not matching lid didn't break.  It was heartbreaking for me.  I still have a few teapots that weren't on that shelf or were gifts after the fall but that fall pretty much knocked the desire to accumulate any more out of me.  So I guess in the end it saved me some money.  See there's always a bright side...

Here's the deets:
stamp - Fresh Brewed Designs "Ladybug Teapot" digi
ink  - printer
paper - Black card stock; Black and White dotted paper from Oriental Trading; Rubber Soul "Garden Variety" all other papers
miscellantous - copics; mini brads; baker's twine; teapot charm

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC211 - photo
Sister Act #7 - Anything Goes
Delightful - Bingo (Patterned Paper, Punches/Die Cut and Flowers)
Southern Girls - Going Spotty Dot
Crafts and Me #133 - Use a Digi

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Jellypark - Nerds and Geeks Shall Rule

It's likely that you or someone you know is a nerd.  You might even know an entire flock of nerds, or a google of geeks. If you have a kid in 7th or 8th grade then it's likely you're around a good deal of geeky or gawky kids on a daily basis.  They're kind of cute in their geekiness.  Then the latest Jellypark Friends release is just what you need.  Our newest release is "Geek and Proud" and this fortnight's challenge theme is "Nerds and Geeks Shall Rule". You should have a lot of fun with that one, at least I did.  
So print out or stamp your favorite geeky image, have fun picking out some nerdy paper and put it all together to make a card for our challenge.  Don't forget to link it up on the Jellypark Friends challenge blog so you've got a chance to win some digi images. 
Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Geek and Proud" digi; My Favorite Things "LLD Journal It - Library Card"
ink - printer; Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Stampin' Up "Green Galore" card stock; My Favorite Things "Natural" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist - Out of the Blue" patterned papers
miscellaneous - copics; The Cat's Pajamas "Holiday Toppers" Cut Ups; twine; laptop charm; brads; machine stitching
Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Geek and Proud
Cupcake Craft #242 - Lots of Layers
The Pink Elephant TPE199 - Masculine Birthday
Crafty Sentiments - Add a Charm
Crafts and Me #133 - Use a Digi
Fab 'n' Funky #171 - Your Favorite Embellishment (Charm)
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Red, White and Blue

A new Bronte and Bella posted today and I felt like playing along.  It's "Red, white and Blue".  With all the Memorial Day and 4th of July birthdays coming up I've at least got one card ready.  Yeah! for little victories.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Mo Manning's "Kite" digi
ink - printer
paper - October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" (red dotted); Close to My Heart
Route 66"  all other printed and card stock
miscellaneous - copics; twine; baker's twine; kite charm; Spellbinder's "Classic Scalloped Square" die; My Favorite Things "Button Border" die-namics; machine stitching
Here's the challenges:
Bronte and Bella #185 - Red, White and Blue w/Mo image
Sketch Saturday #158 - Sketch
Southern Girls - Going Spottty Dot
Sister Act #6 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Add a Charm
Crafts and Me #133 - Use a Digi
Fab 'n' Funky - Your Favorite Embellishment (a charm)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PWC258 - Graduation Card

This week's Paper Pretties challenge PWC258 is Graduation Cards.  It's perfect timing.  Graduations abound in May and June so show us those caps, gowns and diplomas.  You could be the winner of some digi images so don't forget to link it up.
For my card I inked up "Graduation Zak".  I think he's quite a cutie pie.  Let me share a little secret.  If you want your card to have a girl graduate on it and can't afford or don't want two graduation stamps you can turn Zak into a girl.  In this post I made two cards with Zak.  It' all in the coloring.   Put a little more rouge on the cheeks, maybe a little color on the eye lids.  I even gave him earrings.  It was a fun experiment.  Of course if you can just get the Graduation Lily stamp.  She's a real cutie too.
Here's the deets:
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" for image and Color Box "Chianti" for sentiment
paper- My Favorite Things "Banana Split" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Kraft Funday Happy Days"
miscellaneous - copics; mini star brads; My Favorite Things "Star Border" die-namics
Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC258 - Graduation Cards
Ribbon Carousel RCC81 - Celebrations
Cupcake Craft #242 - Lots of Layers
Paper Playtime #10 - Button or Brads
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

CIC210 - Downtown Tape


Happy Mother's Day!  I hope you all have the chance to celebrate the day with your family. 

At the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge we've got a new photo of gorgeously decorated cupcakes and a new sponsor - Downtown Tape

When Washi Tape first started popping up around the card blogs I was not quick to buy it.  I figured I've got enough supplies to last forever already, I don't need to start accumulating anything else.  Then one of the challenges in the Splitcoast "Dare to Get Dirty" challenges was to use Washi Tape, so I reluctantly made my first purchase.  I was surprised at how much I liked it.  Darn...

Since then I have picked up a few more roles and I've been looking around at different places to see how others are using it,  It's so versatile it's amazing,  If you do a search on it you'll find so many projects your mind will be boggles.  Besides crafty projects it's used to decorate tons of household items.  It goes onto surfaces very easily and as far as I've seen comes off effortlessly without disturbing the surface. 
I used the red and white checkered tape on the outside and the inside of my card.  This is not my usual style in that there is no stamping and there's lots of flowers.  I'd day that it's the exact opposite of my style nevertheless I made it and I like it.  I wanted to imitate the flowers on the cupcakes.  The pink rose and purple violets are by Prima, the red ones were made with a die cut. and the leaves were made with a punch.  If you're not a flowery person you can use the colors for your inspiration. 
the sweeties look forward to seeing your cards.
Here's the deets:
stamp - No Stamps
ink - No ink
paper - Stampin' Up "Concord Crush", "Poppy Parade"  and "Pear Pizzazz" card stock;  My Favorite Things "Whip Cream" card stock
miscellaneous - mini brads; Downtown Tape Redwood Forest Tape; My Favorite Things "Hibiscus" die-namics; EK Success leaf punch; Prima flowers
Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC210 - photo
Craft Your Passion #161 -  Floral Delights
Sisterhood of Crafters - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Crafty Ribbons - No Designer Paper
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Sister Act #6 - Anything Goes
Splitcoast Stampers WT425 - Discover It (Try Anything New)
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Jellypark Spotlight - Girl and Kitten

The Spotlight is back!  If you're a fan of Jellypark Friends  you know that the challenges are posted every other Friday.  If you've been a fan for awhile you probably remember that we used to feature an image on the "off" week.   It was discontinued for awhile but not it's back.  If you're a newbie and don't know what I'm talking about, it's simple.  An image is picked by our design team leader and any team member can make a card to showcase that image.  Then we ask our fans to share anything they've created with the image with us.  This is one of the times when you can share something that isn't new.  That's right, you read me correctly, you can backlink for the Spotlight. feature.  Leave us a comment so we can see how you used the image.  This week we want to see what you've done with the "Girl and Kitten".  If you'd like to purchase the stamp you can find it here.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Girl and Kitten" digi
ink - printer
paper - Stampin' Up "So Saffron"; Bazzill "Intense Kiwi" and "Frosted Teal"; Cosmo Cricket "S'more Love"
miscellaneous - copics; SU "Taken with Teal" marker; the Cat's Pajamas "Topper" die; Spellbinder's "Labels 18" and "Circles" dies; Martha Stewart tag punch; Twinkle Goosebumps; eyelet; twine; cat charm

Here's the challenges:
Crafty Catz #182 - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas CMM69 - Punches
Crafty Creations #221 - Something Old, Something New (the charm is old, the papers are new)

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SFTW - Buttons

It's the weekend, time for to get some crafting done.  So at Stampin' for the Weekend we've got a new challenge for you.  This fortnight we want to see "Buttons" on your work.  That's it - easy, peasy right?  There's a good reason for you to play.  We've got Bugaboo as our sponsor.  Who doesn't want to have a few Bugaboo images in their stash?  There are lots of cute images but I like the funny ones.  Yesterday I was walking through Target, passing the card aisles and I heard the best sound in the world.  Three women laughing hysterically.   I imagine that when someone gets a card made with one of the Stella images from Bugaboo they are laughing when they read it.  That's the best present you can give someone.  So get inky and make a card with buttons on it, and some stamping, and link it up to our challenge so you will have a chance to win some Bugaboo images

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "Frame It - Stella and Gus - Person to Annoy". digi
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Natural" card stock base; Bazzill "Hillary" card stock; October Afternoon "Sasparilla" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; buttons; My Favorite Things "Layered Heart" and "Solid Bracket" border dies; burlap twine

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Buttons
What If Wednesdays DCC58 - Masculine

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Cat's Pajamas Clean and Simple

I'm so happy that the May challenge for the Cat's Pajamas is Clean and Simple.  This is not my style but it is one that I like a lot and would like to do better.   I pulled out some TCP stamp sets that I'd like to use so I should have a few to post over the next couple weeks.

Funny thing is, the CAS card is supposed to fast and easy but if you're not proficient in this style it isn't very fast or easy.  Technically some one could make this card in less than 10 minutes but if you don't have a clue what you're going to do or how you're going to do it, well, it takes a lot more than ten minutes. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Admit One"'
ink - Stampin' Up - "Cherry Cobbler"
paper - Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler card stock; My Favorite Things "Whip Cream" card stock
miscellaneous - SU "Bravo Burgundy" marker; the Cat's Pajamas "Big Ticket" cut up; heart embossing folder

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas May - Clean and Simple
Moving Along with the Times - Clean and Simple
Crafty Ribbons #45 - No Designer Paper
Crafty Sentiment - Use a Sentiment
Paper Playtime #9 - Emboss Dry or Wet
My Time to Craft #220 - Sentiment as Main Focus

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PWC257 - Use Pencils

It's time for Paper Pretties challenge PWC257.  This week we're asking you to use colored pencils on your card or project.  WOW, I was surprised how much my skills have slipped.  I've used prismacolor pencils for all kinds of art work for over 30 years.  Then I found copic markers and for the last few years I've hardly touched my pencils.  I never used mineral spirits with them and there are probably other tips and tricks I could learn.  Well this challenge has given me somethings to think about - will I make time to practice and learn a different method or not.  Stay tuned, who knows what will happen.  In the meantime, it's your turn to grab some pencils and make a card for our challenge. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sock Monkey"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Danube Blue" for sentiment
paper - My Favorite Things "Banana Split" card stock; Recollections "Monkeying Around - Button Up, Funky Disco Spin and Sock Stripe" patterned paper
miscellaneous - prismacolor pencils; Stampin' Up border punch; baker's twine; sock monkey charm; machine stitching; brads

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC257 - Use pencils
Cutie Pie #43 - Lots of Layers
Sweet Stop SSS209 - sketch

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I'm Swanky

 I was going through my e-mail and I saw that Kelli Jo has made a post on Facebook shouting out that I rock.  I had no idea why she posted that so I figured I'd go take a look at Facebook.  Of course my poor old brain is so fried that I can't remember my Facebook password.   I knew it for awhile but I kept getting messages that advised me to change my password.  Between that and all the other places I have to have passwords I just can't remember them.   But I digress... KJ was congratulating me for being named the Cat's Pajamas' Swanky Stamper for the month of May.  Woohoo!  That's a reason to celebrate.   It also got me motivated to get out my TCP stamps and get them inky. 
Inside of card

It's also the first Tuesday of the month so it's time for a new TCP challenge.  This month it's a KISS  or CAS card.  Not my usual style but whenever I see a good CAS card it makes me swoon.  One of my resolutions for this year was to make more CAS cards so the challenge is the perfect push to get some clean and simple cards.

What I like about this card is that it can be made very quickly and it's flat enough to be put into a regular envelope and mailed at the regular postage rate and it doesn't have to be hand cancelled.  I think I'll make a few more of these.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Jolly Holiday"
ink - VersaMark for embossing and Memento "Gray Flannel for inside)
paper - My Favorite Things "Sno-Cone" and "Whip Cream" card stock
miscellaneous - bling; silver embossing powder

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas May - KISS
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (extra use 2 stamps - I actually used 3)
Paper Playtime #9 - Emboss (dry or wet)

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

PIO #18 For or From a Mom

On this side of the pond we're nearing Mother's Day so this week at Pile It On we want to see cards "For or From a Mom".  Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digi Stamps.   If you're a frequent visitor to my blog you know that I love Bugaboo.  I'm particularly partial to the Stella line.  However there are many, many others that I like.  If you're not familiar with Bugaboo (is that even possible?) take a little stroll through the shop.  I'm sure you will find lots of stamps you have to have.  I know that's what happens to me every time I visit.

If you're living in a place like England where they've already celebrated Mother's Day then make a card for your mom just because you can.  As a mom I can assure that if I got a card from my child on any day of the year I'd be thrilled.  If like me, you don't have a mom, or a mother-in make a card for a friend to tell her what a great mom she is.  Make a card for yourself if you must, just make a card so you can have a chance to win the Bugaboo prize.  Don't forget to link it up on the Pile It On challenge blog and enter it into at least one more challenge to be eligible.  We look forward to seeing your creations.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "Words from an Angel - A Mother's Love" digi
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Petunia" card stock; Kaiser Craft "Hey Birdie" Collection
miscellaneous - copics; dew drops; pink cord; flower charm

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #18 - For or From a Mom
2 Sisters #142- Bingo (gems/pearls, image, sentiment)
Di' Digi Downloads - Anything But Square
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Sister Act #5 - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy #88 - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Pale Pink, Mint and Gold
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards #38 - Mother's Day/For Mom
Southern Girls #68 - You Can Say That Again (use a quote or sentiment)
Fab 'N' Funky #169 - Lots of Pink
Creative Belli #168 - Spring (old embellie - when was the last time you saw dew drops?)
Partytime Tuesday PTT118 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner #17 - Flowers and/or Mother's Day
Brown Sugar #40 - Mother's Day

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CIC209 - Stamp and Create

Here they are, the latest cute cupcakes for your inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC209.  They look good enough to eat with yummy dark chocolate cake and yummier swirls of buttercream icing.  The princess is probably marzipan, more yumminess.  Thankfully, it's only a photo or I'd be noshing down and then regretting all the calories.

This week our sponsor is Stamp and Create.  As you can see by the logo they are offering a $25 gift certificate to their store.  That's a great prize, you can get a lot of goodies with that.  So get inky so you can have a chance to win that prize.  All of the sweeties are waiting to see your creations.

For my card I used the new digi image "Ballerina Katie".  I think that with her crown and wand she's perfect for this challenge and perfect for a card for the little princess in your life.  If your princess is a ballerina she'd love to get this card to celebrate her recital.  It would also be cute for a "Thank You" card for the dance teacher.  I also picked up the color scheme. 

Now it's your turn, be inspired and get inky.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Stamp and Create "Ballerina Katie" digi
ink - printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Orchid Opulence"  card stock; Recollections "Pink Plaid" and "Pink and White Daisies" patterned papers
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Photo Corners" and "Mini Monarch" border (used on inside) die-namics; Spellbinder's "Circle" and "Picot Edge Circles" dies; lace ribbon; ribbon; classic clear flower stickers; stickles

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC209 - photo
Allsorts week 205 - Add Some Sparkle
Sister Act #5 - Anything Goes
TTT - School's Our for Summer - Kid's theme
Delightful - Add Ribbon

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Jellypark Friends - Girly Girl

Are you ready for a new Jellypark Friends challenge?  Well it's here.  This fortnight we'd like to see "Girly Girl" cards or projects.  You can have a lot of fun using all your beautiful embellishments:  flowers, lace, ribbon, pearls and bling are great choices for girly girl cards.  Then there's flourishes and all those intricate die cuts that are the rage these days.  Oh my goodness, there are so many things you can use to dress up your card.  But if you're a clean and simple kind of card maker you can play along too.  Pick out your sweetest image and some pink ink or paper and you'll be good to go.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Fairy Tale Castle" digi
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Purple Palisades" card stock; Stampin' Up "Pale Plum" card stock; Recollections "Purple Ditsy Flowers" and "Purple Pin Dots"
miscellaneous - copics; pleated ribbon; pearly lace; bling; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Girly Girl
Milk Coffee - Lace and Pearls
Papercraft Star #143 - Lace and Polka Dots
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

PWC256 - Pink and Green

There's a new challenge at Paper Pretties - PWC256 "Pink and Green".  Ooooh, I like it!  I started out coloring one of the Lily images but as I sat down to make my card I got hit with mojo (the sketch from this week's Mojo Monday just screamed  "USE ME"!), and it wanted me to use a sentiment as my focal point.   Well Mojo beckons, I follow.  Paper Pretties has a good selection of sentiment sets.  This one is from the "Irish Blessings" set.  If you need to make a card in a hurry, or if you don't want to color an image the sentiment as focal point is a great way to go.  If you have a layout ready and you know what papers you want to use you can make one of these in short time. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Irish Blessings"
ink - Memento "Bamboo Leaves"
paper - Stampin' Up "Certainly Celery"; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade"; K & Co. "SW Spring Blossoms"
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Oval Stax", "Dainty Doily Duo" and "Fishtail Flags Stax" die-namics; Mays Art pleated ribbon; floral print ribbon; cord; charm; candy dots; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC256 - Pink and Green
Mojo Monday #291 - sketch
Whoopsie Daisy - Show Us Spots and Stripes
Love to Create #63 - Punches and/or Dies
Sweet Stampin' - Anything but Birthday

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