Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fill this day with joy!

Hey there! Hope your weekend is going well. Most of our weekend was spent nursing sick kids, but I did get a chance to go out for dinner last night with some dear friends! Yummy food and great company - bliss! Anyhow, I snuck away to the studio this morning to make yet another card for the color/birthday challenge at Embellish Magazine. I wasn't completely happy with the last card I made, so wanted to try again. This color combo has been difficult for me. Still not over the moon for this card, but not ashamed of it either. I used this week's fall-to-layout #79 from Clean & Simple as my starting point. The focal image is the balloons from PTI's Everyday Button Bits. I used some more of my handstamped striped paper (I told you I wouldn't be stopping anytime soon!) Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II; CTMH Boutique Borders, Circle Around
Cardstock: CTMH Hollyhock, Chocolate; PTI Rustic Cream
Inks: CTMH Chocolate, Hollyhock, Topiary, Outdoor Denim
Accessories: CTMH Craft Buttons

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Make A Wish

Another card here for a couple of challenges. I used the color challenge at Embellish Magazine, which also included a "Celebrate Birthdays" theme. I've been having so much fun stamping up my own patterned paper that I decided to stamp up some more stripes with the color challenge. I used CTMH's Outdoor Denim, Topiary and Hollyhock. Hope you're not getting tired of my stamped stripes because I'm not sure I'm done making them! (Ha Ha Ha). I also incorporated Kazan's sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: CTMH Candlelight, Connections, Circle Around and Boutique Borders
Cardstock: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Sweet Leaf, Baby Pink and Heavenly Blue; PTI Rustic White
Inks: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Hollyhock, Topiary and Chocolate

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

You're So Sweet

Hey There! I'm back today with a card I made for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. This trigger picture inspired me mostly with color. I LOVE red and yellow together - it is such a happy combination! So, I went with that in my card. And, when I think "happy", one of the things that come to mind is cherries! I was given some October Afternoon rub-ons that I, of course, have been hording, so I pulled those out for this challenge.

I used the sketch from Clean & Simple Fall-to-Layout #78, which I fell in love with! I love these sketches so much because they go so well with my style. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: CTMH Noted Backgrounds; PTI Polka Dot Basics II and Everyday Button Bits
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Pure Poppy; CTMH Creme Brulee
Inks: CTMH Creme Brulee, Vanilla Cream and Desert Sand; PTI Pure Poppy
Accessories: CTMH Creme Brulee stitched ribbon; October Afternoon Rub-ons
Tools: Cuttlebug die

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mr. & Mrs.

Just a quick post today with a card for the Cardvaarks "Get Published" challenge. The challenge was to create a wedding card. I went with the predictable black, white and aqua, and kept it pretty straight forward. The deadline was today by midnight - nothing like waiting until the last minute! Hope you're having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: PTI Big & Bold Wishes, Polka Dot Basics; CTMH Damask Tiles
Cardstock: CTMH White Daisy, Black
Inks: PTI Aqua Mist, CTMH Black
Accessories: Offray Black Grosgrain, Recollections Black rhinestone strips

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Hey There! Just a few cards I thought I'd share in honor of Valentine's Day. I made these cards months ago, but never shared them here. Hope you enjoy your day with the one's you love! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Special Part of my life
Stamps: CTMH Hearfelt, PTI Heartfelt Basics and Background Basics: Text Style
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, CTMH Chocolate, Tulip and Colonial White
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Blush, Chocolate, Colonial White
Accessories: Offray Ivory Satin Ribbon

My Life Is So Blessed
Stamps: CTMH Hearfelt and Damask Tiles, PTI Heartfelt Basics, Polka Dot Basics
Cardstock: CTMH Colonial White, Textured Cocoa
Inks: CTMH Cocoa, Tulip, Blush
Accesories: CTMH Craft Buttons, Pearls

With Love
Stamps: CTMH Heartfelt, PTI Heartfelt Basics
Cardstock: CTMH Colonial White, Bazzill Kraft
Patterned Paper: CTMH Notebook
Inks: CTMH Blush, Tulip, Deset Sand
Accessories: Offray Ivory Satin Ribbon

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wishing You...

Hi Y'all!! I have been a bit sparse in my blog posts lately because I've been a bit busy helping my kids prepare their valentine's for tomorrow's school parties. Once I got that done, I hurried out to the studio to make a card for Jeanette Lynton's Color Me Monday. I adored the combo this week, and I knew I wanted to play along. I've been having so much fun creating my own printed paper with the straight line from Boutique Borders, that I decided to create my card base using this color combo. (The dotted line is from Priceless Love). I went with a birthday theme for this card because I don't need any more valentine's! I also incorporated the sketch challenge from CPS #153 for this card. Since I mail most of my birthday cards, I decided to make it a standard A2 instead of square so I don't have to pay extra postage. (I know, kind of cheap, but hey, every penny counts towards new product, right?). Anyways, that's all I have for today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: CTMH Boutique Borders, Priceless Love, Cupcake Sprinkles and Classmate Alphabet
Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, CTMH Cocoa
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Baby Pink, Olive, Cocoa
Accessories: Martha Stewart Ribbon, CTMH Sparkle Brad

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fill this day with JOY!

Super quick post today. Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink is hosting a challenge on her blog Capture the Moment. My card is pretty straight forward. I don't have a ton of PTI product to work with (Yet!), so I stuck with Everyday Button Bits to create this one.

The challenge was to used one of 5 color combos based on the first letter of your username (that would be "K" for me) and the sketch to create a card for a chance to win $100 gift certificate to PTI. Who wouldn't want to give it a shot, right? You have until 7:00 am, Tuesday morning to enter, so you'll have to hurry. Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Page Maps Challenge

I have not scrapbooked in a LOOOONG time! I was missing it! I am actually first, and foremost, a scrapbooker. I know it's hard to believe since I primarily post cards, but I have been scrapbooking for about 25 years. I actually started scrapbooking when supplies were hard to come by. I made patterned paper with construction paper and markers, and then got introduced to stamping by my high school art teacher - the rest is history. I happened to be browsing through some sketch blogs and came across this sketch/challenge on the Page Maps blog. They are celebrating the 4th anniversary of Scrapdango and are hosting a contest. Couldn't resist this sketch - I loved it!!
I seldom do a one page layout, so I added a second page that mimics the sketch. The size of these pages are 9x9, which is the size album I make for all of my kids. I used the Veranda Kit from Close To My Heart.

These pictures are the yearly pictures I take of my kids near their birthday. No special occasion, just pictures to note their ages. She is seven here. Thanks for stopping by today!

All Supplies are from CTMH (except the sentiment "So" from Verve stamps)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

We're Praying

Here's the card I started yesterday, and finally finished up this afternoon. This card was made for a couple from my church who had a baby girl a couple months ago. This little girl, though, has had a rough start to life and is awaiting a heart transplant. My husband and I wanted to send a little card to let them know we are holding them up in prayer, but I felt like the card needed to have a sweet "baby" look to it. This color challenge with ribbon from Embellish Magazine was the perfect starting point. I loved the cross and sentiment from Verve's "Notes of Prayer", and wanted to incorporate that into this loose interpretation to the sketch at Unscripted Sketches (only I missed the deadline, again!). Anyways, thanks for taking the time to stop by today, and if you have a minute could you say a little prayer for baby Jocelyn and her family? I know they would appreciate it!

Stamps: CTMH (Boutique Borders, Circle Around, and Argyle Backgrounds), Verve (Notes of Prayer)
Cardstock: PTI (Rustic Cream, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate)
Inks: CTMH (Baby Pink, Chocolate), PTI (Aqua Mist), Versamark
Accessories: PTI (Aqua Mist grosgrain ribbon), CTMH (Clear Sparkles), Ivory Pearl Embossing Powder
Tools: Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

LOVE Banner

Just Us Girls is having a fun challenge this week to make a pennant banner with the optional challenge of a "love" theme. I knew this was one challenge I wanted to take on this week because I wanted to make a valentine decor item for my family. Every year on Valentine's Day I write my husband a poem that sends him on a hunt through the house for 25 reason why I love him on hearts. (This will be my 12th year doing this). He ends his hunt in our bedroom where I have our bed decorated with balloons, a gift for each member of my family (wrapped to match the decor, of course), and a homebaked goodie for each one of my valentine's. I wanted to make a banner to hang on my headboard this year, so I was thrilled it was a challenge this week. There was also a color challenge at Embellish Magazine that I thought would be a great starting point. The hardest part of this whole project was getting a good photograph. I liked how it turned out, but I'm thinking it is a bit "girly" for my 3 boys. My 2 girls, though, will think it's fabulous! Oh, well! Valentine's Day tends to be a bit feminine anyways, right?

Below is picture of each individual letter. I had some leftover paper from this project and started a card, but still need to finish it. Hopefully I can post that tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Masculine Wish

It's my nephew's birthday tomorrow, and another nephew's on Sunday, so needed a couple of "masculine" cards. I seem to put off making masculine cards because I don't think they're that fun, but I ended up really liking them, thanks to some great sketch challenges out this week!
I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches for this first one. I started by stamping up some diagonally striped paper onto kraft cardstock using the straight line from CTMH's Boutique Borders and the dotted line from Circle Around. Then I stamped the candle image from CTMH's Cupcake Sprinkles with Olive, Crystal Blue and Chocolate, and added the flame with Honey.

For this card I used the sketch #49 from Card Patterns. I realized while I was making it that I haven't particpated in a Card Patterns challenge in a while - gotta change that! they always have such fun and challenging sketches! It's kind of hard to see, but I also stamped some PTI Text Style onto the Dark Chocolate card base with Chocolate ink. It just gives it that subtle "extra".

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Stamps: CTMH (Cupcake Sprinkles, Card Commentary, Boutique Borders, Circle Around), PTI Background Basics: Text Style
Cardstock: CTMH Olive; PTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft and Rustic White
Inks: CTMH Olive, Crystal Blue, and Chocolate; Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Accessories: Making Memories Embroidery Floss, CTMH Cocoa Embossing Powder