Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So Thankful For You

Awhile back I started a week-long post of Apron Inspirations, that I never finished posting (you can view them here, here, and here). Don't have any challenges that I worked on, so thought I'd share another apron inspired card. This apron is from The Paper Source.
The colors alone are what inspired me to want to make a card. Aren't they great together? I used CTMH White Daisy, Cocoa, Buttercup, Sorbet, and PTI Aqua Mist. Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look!

Monday, October 26, 2009

You Rock!

I have been wanting to play with my new Verve stamps for the last week, and I finally was inspired with this week's Get Sketchy #11. I loved the phrase "You Rock" - thought it would be perfect for my tween nieces! I ended up not being able to use the darling star image that comes with the phrase because it was too big. I think I see another "You Rock" post coming just so I can use it. (:
Anyhow, nothing fancy here. Used the black, cream and pink color palette because it's so girly, yet rocker. Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look!

Stamps: Verve (You Rock), PTI (Vintage Labels)
Cardstock: CTMH (Colonial White), PTI (Sweet Blush)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (Game On)
Inks: CTMH (Black)
Accessories: Black Grosgrain Ribbon (stash)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

So Happy For You

Moxie Fab World blog has a new weekly challenge called "Tuesday Trigger" that looked like a lot of fun. The picture above is the inspiration for the challenge. This was truly a challenge for me because I seldom use yellow, and I don't think I've ever combined yellow, green and orange. I have to say, though, I did enjoy these colors after working with them.
This is the card I came up with. I was in a layered cardstock flower mood (I could blame that on the Just Us Girls Blog). If you'd like some tips on making these darling flowers, scroll down to the next post. The diagonal striped piece is just some scrap papers from my stash that I sewed together. These colors feel so happy that I couldn't resist using Verve Stamps "So Happy" for the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look!
Stamps: Verve (So Happy)
Cardstock: PTI (Kraft), CTMH (Sunny Yellow, Clover Meadow, Goldrush)
Patterned Paper: Scrap Stash
Inks: CTMH (White Daisy, Goldrush, Topiary)
Accessories: Moxxie buttons, PTI (ribbon twine)
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Flower, Fiskars Scallop Edge Punch

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thankful For You

More great challenges I participated in today!! First off, I incorporated Dawn McVey's Rasberry Suite Color Challenge - aren't these colors gorgeous together? Loved working with them! I also made the flower for the Just Us Girls 3-D Challenge this week. The challenge was to make a 3-D Flower on a project.
Now, the trick to making these layered cardstock flowers is to spritz each layer with water before wrinkling. It allows you to shape them into a sort of "cup" while drying. Once they're dry, the cardstock is much stiffer. I also added some Desert Sand ink to give it a more vintage look.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!
Stamps: PTI (Background Basics:Text Style, Polka Dot Basics) Verve (So Happy)
Cardstock: PTI (Kraft, Rasberry Fizz), CTMH (Chocolate and Colonial White)
Inks: CTMH (Chocolate, Desert Sand)
Accessories: PTI (New Leaf Saddle Stitch Ribbon), CTMH (Organic In Color Dimensional Elements - button)
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Flower, EK Success Edge Punch, Paper Shapers Corner Rounder

Thursday, October 22, 2009

All Kinds of Fabulous

Fabulous challenges, fabulous colors and fabulous sentiment! This card was so much fun to make because the challenges were all kinds of fabulous.
The first challenge is the "Embellish for the Cure Color Challenge with Bling!" for Embellish magazine - aren't the colors gorgeous! And, you gotta love bling! The second challenge was "Not Your Regular Ruffles" at the Moxie Fab World Blog. The colors of this card and the addition of the bling just screamed for some ruffles, too. The sentiment from PTI couldn't be a better fit!

Now, who to give this card to????
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!
Stamps: PTI (Mega Mixed Messages), CTMH (Argyle Backgrounds)
Cardstock: CTMH (Grey Wool, White Daisy, Watermelon)
Patterned Paper: Amy Butler (Pink Damask)
Inks: Versamark Watermark Ink
Accessories: Grey Satin Ribbon (stash), Rhinestone ribbon slide (stash), Opaque White Embossing powder

CPS Challenge #138

The sketch from CPS this week was a fun one. Do you ever get in those moods to just create and create for really no reason? Well, I have it this week (last week - not so much - it was a chore). I have no real purpose for this card, but you can never have too many "Thank You" cards, right?
I got to play with my new Verve Stamps for this card, and I thought it turned out darling! The coffee cups are paper pieced with some retired (or vintage is what I like to call it) cardstock from CTMH. Summer Cloud Blue has always been my very favorite color from CTMH. It was the first color I purchased long before I became a consultant. I miss it!!
Thanks for taking the time to look today!
Stamps: Verve (Delightful & Delicious), CTMH (Argyle Backgrounds and Spot On Backgrounds)
Cardstock: CTMH (Cocoa, Colonial White and Retired Summer Cloud Blue)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Inks: CTMH (Cocoa)
Accessories: Ivory Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

JUGS Color Challenge

October 3 was World Card Making Day. I spent the week following doing a lot of blog hopping, browsing through lots of great creations! One of the blogs I happened upon that week was a new challenge blog called "Just Us Girls". They will be offering a different challenge for each week of the month. This is now their 3rd week, and my first time participating. Week 3 will always be a color challenge, and I'm always game for one of those!
I went with a Christmas-theme for this card (this is my second entry - the other is here). I was really pleased with how it turned out. I have loved working with these colors - it has brought me so much inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!

Stamps: PTI (Polka Dot Basics, Background Basics: Text Style, and Holiday Labels), Martha Stewart Clear Pattern Stamps
Cardstock: PTI (Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist), CTMH (Colonial White and Bamboo)
Inks: PTI (Pure Poppy), CTMH (Colonial White and Breeze)
Accessories: Michael's (Red Saddle-stitch Ribbon), CTMH (Basic Craft Buttons), Button Twine
Tools: Cuttlebug (Tiny Tags Die), Marvy (Snowflake Punch)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Card Pattern #37

I have been loving the sketches at Card Patterns lately, and this one especially got my creativity flowing!
One of my favorite color palettes is light grey, ivory and baby pink. I think it so pure and sweet, and it always seems to bring a sense of calmness. I often use it for baby girl cards, but in this case I used it for a co-worker who was diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing chemo treatments soon. I hope this brings her a sense of calmness, as well. The "Praying for you" sentiment from Verve Stamps was perfect for the card.

Thanks so much for looking today!
Stamps: PTI (Polka Dot Basics II, Background Basics:Text Style, Borders and Corners:Rectangle) Verve (So
Cardstock: CTMH (Colonial White, Grey Flannel) PTI (Sweet Blush)
Inks: CTMH (Grey flannel), Versamark
Accessories: Ivory Satin Ribbon, CTMH (Pearl Stickers), Ivory embossing powder
Tools: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Butterflies

Monday, October 19, 2009

Clean and Simple #64

Didn't get a chance to participate in last week's Clean and Simple Challenge, so made a point to do it this week. The layout has always been an old stand-by for me. Only, I didn't notice until I uploaded the pictures that the sentiment was supposed to be on the top. Oh well! I actually think it works better on the striped pattern anyways.

I didn't really have a plan of the direction I was going with the card, I just started with DCWV's Nana's Nursery. Once I had the base, I remembered about a color challenge I had run across in my blog hopping on Saturday from Just Us Girls. So, that's how the red flower came to be.

I still have another card I made specifically for this challenge. I hope to post in the next couple of days. (I told you I was productive on Sunday!) Thanks for looking!

Stamps: PTI (Mega Mixed Messages)
Cardstock: CTMH (Colonial White), PTI (Pure Poppy)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Mat Pad)
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: CTMH (Basic Craft Button), Ivory Grosgrain Ribbon, PTI Button Twine

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Get Sketchy #10

I got some time to play today in my studio, and I was productive! Participated in lots of challenges so I'll have lots to share this week. Get Sketchy's sketch challenge this week was clean and simple - a style I love! I decided to play with the bicycle stamp from PTI's Everyday Buttons, just because I hadn't used it, yet.
I rummaged through my ribbon stash and found this darling striped ribbon that became the inspiration for my color pallette. Nothing fancy here, but I was pleased with the outcome! Thanks for looking!
P.S. Get Sketchy recognized my card in the TOP 5 again (you can view it here). Thanks, Get Sketchy! I always enjoy playing along.
Stamps: PTI (Polka Dot Basics II and Everyday Buttons)
Cardstock: CTMH (Black and White Daisy)
Inks: CTMH (Blush, Black, Grey Wool and White Daisy)
Accessories: CTMH (Blush Craft Buttons), PTI (Black Vintage Buttons), Ribbon (my stash)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CPS Sketch 137

The CPS sketch is so clean and simple this week - I love it! Some of the ideas floating around in my head, though, were starting to get a little complicated, so I decided to keep it like the sketch - clean & simple.
I used my Martha Stewart cupcake punch as my focal image. I punched the toppings out of scrap pieces of CTMH patterned paper (pink polka dot is from Jingle; blue damask is from Emporium; yellow is Buttercup cs stamped with Intrinsic Backgrounds). The multi colored polka dot paper is from DCWV, and it was also a scrap - gotta love that! This one came together pretty quickly - which thrilled me! thanks for looking!

Stamps: PTI (Vintage Picnic)
Cardstock: PTI (Kraft); CTMH (Colonial White and Buttercup)
Patterned Paper: DCWV; scraps of CTMH Jingle and Emporium
Ink: CTMH (Blush)
Accessories: Ribbon (unknown)
Tools: Martha Stewart Cupcake Punch; Fiskars Scalloped Edge Punch; Paper Shapers Large Corner Rounder

Get Sketchy 9

Here's my take on the sketch over at Get Sketchy this week. I've been teaching every day this week, so I needed a little "me" time tonight. While spending time in the studio, I realized how much stuff I had that I have never used! CTMH's That's Amore and Journaling spots were some of it. I was disgusted with myself!I know that this is jumping the gun a little with the Valentine's theme, but I just had to start using up some of my stuff! You can never be too prepared, right?

Thanks for looking!
Supplies: All Supplies from CTMH
Stamps: Vintage Valentine
Cardstock: Colonial White
Patterned Paper: That's Amore
Ink: Tulip
Accessories: Love Always Journaling Spots, Ivory grosgrain ribbon (unknown)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Card Patterns 36

E.T.A. Found out I made the top 6 for this card! Thanks Card Patterns! I love playing along.

Here's my take on sketch #36 at Card Patterns this week. I used CTMH's Jingle papers, again, for the swirl. Even though the Jingle papers have a wintery look, they can still be used for many occasions. I love it when paper is versatile! Thanks for looking!


Stamps: PTI (Mega Mixed Messages and Polka Dot Basics II), CTMH
Cardstock: CTMH (Olive and White Daisy)
Inks: CTMH (Baby Pink, Olive, Clear)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (Jingle)
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, PTI Sweet Blush Vintage Buttons

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bite-sized Goodies

Hey Y'all. It's been a few days since I've posted something, so thought I'd show you what I have in store for my kids' teachers for Halloween this year.
First up, I made a darling little box to house 4 brownie bites. I happened to bake these bites, but you could just as easily buy some brownie bites and spruce them up with a little candy topper, ganache or a dollup of Cream Cheese Frosting.
The box measures approx. 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" x 2 1/4". I had to make it deep enough to decorate the top of each brownie with a marshmellow creme pumpkin, but I could easily make the box shallower if I needed to.

For the lid I used my Labels 1 Spellbinders die to punch a window, which is lined with transperancy film. Around the edge I stamped a fun border with an image from PTI's Vintage Labels stamp set. The tag is made with a cuttlebug die and stamped with an image from PTI's Vintage Picnic. The "For you" sentiment is from Verve Stamps.

For the inside of the box, I made a holder for the brownies so they stay put. It measures 4 3/8" x 4 3/8" x 1/2". I used my Coluzzle tags to cut out a hole for each brownie (and bonus: the tag gives you a finger notch to easily pick up each brownie!). I stamped the cardstock with the plaid stamp from Martha Stewart.

I also made a matching gift enclosure card (2 x 3"). Now that I have the specifics and template worked out, it should be a snap to whip up these little gifts. I already have great ideas floating around in my head of how to change these up for Christmas and Valentines. Can't wait!
Thanks for looking!
Stamps: PTI (Vintage Labels, Vintage Picnic), Martha Stewart Clear Patterns Stamps
Cardstock: PTI (Kraft), CTMH (Garden Green, New England Ivy)
Inks: CTMH (Desert Sand, New England Ivy), Copic markers for the pumpkins
Accessories: Cuttlebug and Tag Die, Spellbinders Labels 1 Dies, CTMH Hemp, CTMH Craft Buttons, Ivory Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Circle Card

I had been wanting to try my hand at one of these circle cards for some time now, but needed a starting point. I so enjoyed the color combo from my last post that I decided to use that (only changed the aqua to a light blue). I also kept the same theme. Maybe this is a stretch, but I also incorporated the CPS Challenge this week. I thought it kept the main concept just in circle format?? What do you think?
Thanks for looking!

Stamps: PTI (Vintage Picnic - sentiment), Martha Stewart (Clear Pattern Stamps)
Cardstock: PTI (Kraft and Dark Chocolate)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (Jingle and Twitterpated)
Inks: CTMH (Colonial White and Chocolate)
Accessories: CTMH (pearl stickers), PTI (Button Twine), Marvy Snowflake punch, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Making Spirits Bright

Here is this weeks sketch from Card Patterns. I've said this before, but I'm saying it again, sketches are great to get your creative juices flowing!
For this card I also decided to incorporate Dawn's Rasberry Suite Color Challenge, only I missed the deadline - Oh well! These colors are beautiful together, but for some reason I had a hard time deciding on what direction I wanted the theme of my card to take.

I decided on the snowflake/Christmas theme because of the new Jingle papers from CTMH. The paper pattern already had the swirl design I needed for the sketch. The rest came together from there. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: PTI (Polka Dot Basics II), CTMH (December Word Puzzle)
Cardstock: PTI (Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Aqua Mist)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (Jingle)
Inks: CTMH (Colonial White, Chocolate)
Accessories: CTMH (Tulip sparkle brads), Marvy Snowflake Punch (blue) and Martha Stewart Snowflake punch.

Friday, October 2, 2009

With Gratitude

It's that time again for the next Get Sketchy Challenge! I love these challenges to jumpstart your creativity!
I used CTMH Twitterpated papers and dimensionals on this card. Thought I'd make a card to give to my Aunt - who always hosts our Thanksgiving Dinner each year. I'm usually never this organized to have my cards ready before the actual event - another great reason to participate in challenges! Thanks for looking!

Here are the specs:
Stamps: CTMH (Thank You and November Word Puzzle), PTI (Borders and Corners: Oval)
Cardstock: CTMH (Textured Chocolate, Colonial White)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (Twitterpated)
Inks: CTMH (Chocolate, Desert Sand)
Accessories: CTMH Craft Buttons, CTMH Dimensional Elements in Color, PTI Button Twine, Brown Satin Ribbon