Friday, September 30, 2011

Your Own Best Company

It's Friday!  Oh, I've been waiting for this day!
It's also time for another blog hop & sketch challenge over  @ Sketch Frenzy Friday!  We provide you with a sketch, and some inspiration.  You provide us with some gorgeous creations with your Stampin' Up! supplies!  Sounds like an even trade.  So, join us for this fun and creative challenge.
Here is the sketch:

Patricia H. provided us with this fabulous sketch this week.  So, let us see what you create!
Here is what I did:

So, I used Crumb Cake cardstock as my card base.  I used Cheerful Treat DSP.  I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets:  Creative Elements.  I also added some new ribbon:  Lucky Limeade ruffle ribbon and Pretty in Pink scallop ribbon.  I added some butterflies and faux half-pearls.    I just love this DSP!  Don't ask me why, but once I broke it open, I keep gravitating to it.
Now, hop on over to Tammy B.'s blog and she what she created.  And, don't forget to play along!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eat Cake

Aww, it's Thursday.  It feels good to be near the end of this week.  

The wonderful ladies over @ Creative Sketches, have an unique challenge for everyone this week.  Make a 5" x 7" scrapbook page, or a tri-fold card.  A bit different from what I usually make: A2 cards.  But, why not?  Why not make something 'new', 'different' and show folks that it doesn't have to be 12" x 12" or A2 size.  And, to help with the creativity, they have a sketch!
Here is the sketch:

And to help with your creativity, you are welcome to use any manufacturer of paper crafting supplies.  How wonderful is that?  So, use that stamp set that hasn't seen ink this year.  Break out your scrap box, and use those large left over pieces that you didn't have the heart to throw away!  Coordinate some pretty embellishments that you have laying on your craft table, and join us in this challenge!
Here is what I made:

See, it can be done!  Okay, I turned the sketch vertical.  And I added my 'title' piece to the right, instead of the left.  I didn't use alot of product per say.  I wanted to make something elegant and pretty.  I had that flatback designer button laying on my craft table and had set a strip of the pattern paper next to it, (because I needed to move something) and the idea of using the two together popped in my head.  I only used two scraps of different pattern papers (they are two-sided, yahoo!), a scrap piece of Certainly Celery cardstock, a scrap of Shimmer White cardstock, a scrap of First Edition text paper, a 9 inch piece of Basic Black satin ribbon, and a butterfly already die-cut, from yesterday's card.  I used Crumb Cake classic ink for the cake image, and Basic Black classic ink for 'Eat Cake' sentiment.  I used supplies I already had on hand, and I didn't need to cut a whole sheet of any size paper/cardstock!
Before you say anything, a 5" x 7" scrapbook page is kinda different measurement.  But, don't let that stop you.  Wouldn't this be a great front page on a wedding journal? Or a 40th Birthday celebration? Or even a cardstock photo album to record and celebrate either event?  Use the measurements to your advantage!  And create something wonderful! 

If you want to purchase your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can do so at my on-line store, here.  Don't forget, World Card Making Day is Oct. 1, 2011!  And yes, I am having a card class at my home on Saturday!  Come out, make 4 great cards, and visit with others who love to paper craft!  These cards are easy to create, without a million $ worth of supplies.  Oh, and did I mention they are beautiful!
Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to check back tomorrow! for another challenge entry, and hopefully some inspiration!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

hump day, uhg

Not sure what happened, but I am experiencing some internet problems.

The wonderfully talented ladies over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge, have a beautiful sketch.  I encourage everyone to play along.  Just remember to use your Stampin' Up! supplies.
Cant you see all different kinds of cards or scrapbook page layouts, that could really make this sketch rock!  I wanted to use a different stamp set than I have been using lately.  You know stretch my creative muscle.  (That sounds so crazy)
Here is what I came up with:
Isn't this card just too cute?  I wanted to play with some Stampin' Up! suppies that wasn't brown, tan, or aged.  I wanted something bright, pretty, and easy.  So, what do you think?  I think it came out just wonderful!  I used the hostess pattern paper and a hostess stamp set.  I used Basic Black, and Melon Mambo classic ink.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spooky Black Bird

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to stop by and have a look around.  Today, I have a few photos of this cute little Halloween box I made.  I got the idea out of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog 2011-2012, pg.10.  I used all Stampin' Up! products (minus the bird and paper mache box) to create this adorable decoration.

Isn't he just adorable?  Before your mind starts going crazy...the paper mache box is upside down.  I attached the bird with a hot glue gun.  The Raven Lace is a retired product from last year.  But everything else I used is current and you can purchase them today!  

At first, I wanted to create this project as a Virtual Kit for October.  However, I have had a bear of a time finding the non-Stampin' Up! products (aka: paper mache box and bird).  So, I made just one.  I may make one for my daughter, as she just LOVES Halloween!  I think she likes it more than Christmas!  But, that wouldn't be surprising.  {For those folks who know me, know that I LOVE  St. Valentine's Day more than Christmas.}

I did use the Vanilla Smooch spray to give the finished project some random shimmer and gleam.  I left some of those hot glue strings on this project, as they kinda look like old spider web strings.
If I had to do it all over again, I'd change the hat.  In the mini catalog, the hat doesn't have a rim.  I thought it should have a rim, you know like a witches hat.  But, it was a bear to create.
Anyways, enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks again for stopping by!
Products used: Pick Your Poison DSP (#124001) and Accents (#124263).  Piece of Poison stamp set (#123754).  First Edition DSP (#121878).  Mini Jingle Bells (#124116).  Mini Vintage Tags (#118763).   Antique Brads (#117273)  Linen Thread (#104199)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fancy Five #207 & #80

Happy Saturday!  Well, I'm the hostess this week over @ Our Creative Corner.  I really do like being the hostess.  I love creating a challenge for everyone to participate in.  I think that if the challenge makes you think, take inventory as to what you have on hand, and/or use products/colors that have been neglected, then it is a good challenge.  So, this weeks challenge is to use a 'number' in your paper craft item.  Sounds easy, huh?  I think it sounds fun!
To help me get my creative juices flowing, I selected the current layout from Mojo Monday #207.   I also needed a little more guidance, so I selected the color challenge from Shabby Tea Room #80: white/cream, kraft, and brown/black. 

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday:

Here is the inspiration photo from Shabby Tea Room:

 Here is my card:

I really liked that both the sketch and the inspiration photo had oval frames in them.  I also loved the various flowers and all the white-wash-ness in the inspiration photo.   For the OCC challenge, I used 'No. 5'.  Now, 5 doesn't mean anything to me, except that's my oldest granddaughter's age.  But, I just LOVE the font!   It's so pretty and elegant.
Lately, I have been on a scrap kick.  I have been using scraps to create my cards.  I know, that sounds aweful.  But, you should see the size of my scrap box!  
The card uses 75%/+ stampin' up!.  The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  The black matts are Basic Black card stock.  I used Very Vanilla card stock and the new frame embossing folder.   I stamped the 'No. 5' in Basic Black classic ink.  I used First Edition DSP to create the rolled flower.  I used a small piece of Beau Chateau to make the leaves.  So the kraft polka dot and black/cream pattern paper I have used before.  But, at this point I don't remember who makes either paper.   The brown crochet trim is a scrap piece,  and I attached that to the card with a staple.  I added a wooden button.  I tied some linen thread to the wooden button and added a faux half pearl.  The multi-loop bow is made with Vanilla seam binding.  I held it together with a vintage brad.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you have a chance to play along with us this week!

Friday, September 23, 2011


It's Friday! That means its time for another sketch challenge from Sketch Frenzy Friday!  This weeks sketch is brought to us by Maria V.  

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

At Sketch Frenzy Friday, the design team does a blog hop.  That means you must visit each design team member's personal blogs to see what they created.  However, you post on the team challenge blog.  Each member submits a sketch for the team to work with, and to present as the sketch challenge.  So, this week, Maria V. has given us this sketch.  I love the graphics she used in the sketch.  It really helped me visualize a card.
The card base is baja breeze cardstock.  I matt the very vanilla cardstock on soft suede cardstock.  I used some scraps from Beau Chateau DSP, for this card.  I used the pennant die to created the scallop circle.  I added some of the new velvet ribbon as one of my 'stripes'.  I stamped 'always' in soft suede classic ink.  This stamp is from the Always Elegant stamp set.  The flower I made from first edition DSP.  I used the 2 1/2" circle and cut a spiral and rolled it.  The leaves were made from another scrap of the same DSP.  I sponged every edge with crumb cake classic ink.  I like how this card turned out.
Thank you for stopping by.  Now, head on over to Tammy B.  blog.  And please join us for this sketch challenge.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Holiday theme (CS49H)

It's Thursday, as so I have another challenge for you.  Today's challenge is brought to you by Creative Sketches.  So, for this week's challenge, their is a sketch with a Fall/Thanksgiving/Autumn theme.  Sounds pretty easy and fun, huh?

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

Lately, I have been on a kick, to use my scraps for these challenges.  Sounds easy.  Well, its not completely easy.  It's thrifty.  And it has helped my creativety   The pattern paper is Autumn Vine by Stampin' Up!.  The stamp set is Gifts of the Earth, also from Stampin' Up!.  I used chocolate chip cardstock as my cardbase.  I used sage shadow to matt the pattern paper piece.  I used dusty durango cardstock to matt my sentiment.  I also used dusty durango classic ink to stamp the sentiment.  I used more mustart cardstock to support my crochet trim and used the scallop trim border punch to create that beautiful scallop trim.  I also added 3 faux half pearls.  I used a blender pen to color the bowl of apples and leaves.
Thank you for looking.  Hope you have time to play along with us @ Creative Sketches, this week. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

a flower and a spritz

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge.  I hope you are finding time to play along with us.  We have some gorgeous sketches for help you express your creativity!  And, please stop by the challenge site to see what this creative design team have created.  There are samples of everything from birthday wishes, a wonderfully colored bird,  and a few Christmas cards.  Use your Stampin' Up! products, and show us what you can create!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I used three solid cardstocks (pear pizzazz, real red, and early espresso) , 2 different pattern papers  (first edition and holly berry bouquet), and 3 stamp sets  (you're a gem, best friends forever, and frame it).   And yes, the Holly Berry Bouquet DSP is actually a holiday themed paper.  But, doesn't it look fabulous?  Why only use it for the holidays?  I also used the new quilted satin ribbon in early espresso.  I love this ribbon because it adds some texture and visual interest for your card, but its not bulky.  You can tie beautiful bows!  I made my flower with the little die,' Flower Fusion'.  I spritz the flowers with water and crumpled each flower.   I love vanilla smooch and as you can tell I am almost out! That's why there are some blotching.  But, I think it helps add some character.
So, if you can, please play along with us and lets see what you create! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Not Big on Pink

Happy Saturday to ya'll!  Well, I am hosting Our Creative Corner this week.  And I have to admit, I love coming up with some fun challenges for you.  For those who know me, know that I am a girl-y girl.  I love all things pink, and little feminine touches of ribbon, buttons, bling,  and pearls.  But I have girl friends who don't like pink.  Crazy, I know.  So, for this week's challenge, I thought we could make something pretty for those who aren't a fan of pink.  
Make a paper craft item (card, layout, scrapbook page, 3-D item, etc) using any shade of blue, add some texture (ribbon, fabric, floss, etc) and something metal (push pin, charm, brad, etc).  And the twist is to add a smidge of pink.  Any shade of pink.  And not too much.  (if you need a number, make it 1/5 or less pink.)  To get some extra inspiration, please stop by Our Creative Corner and see what these super talented ladies have created.  You won't be disappointed!
Here is what I have made:

 And if this seems too busy for your taste, I made another sample to show that less can be more.

Both cards were made from my scrap box.  I'm on a thrifty kick these days.  Please join us for this fun and create challenge!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Give Thanks

It's Friday! yahoo!  and you know what that means, its time for another sketch from one of the design team members from Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge.  Please join us for our blog tour.  Tammy F. is the talented member that provided us with this week's sketch.   The only thing we ask, is that you use your Stampin' Up! supplies.

Here's the sketch:

Here is what I created:
This card was alot of fun to create!  I like to add layers to my cards, and sometimes the layers are in ink and not paper.  I took a scrap piece of Pool Party cardstock.  I used the same color classic ink and this wonderful stencil to create that blurry flourish to the left side.  I then inked the En Francais script background stamp in Sahara Sand classic ink.  I layed the pool party cardstock onto of the stamp and tapped with my finger tips.  I didn't want the script to be complete.  I wanted the lettering to be random and faded in some areas.  I stamped 'Give Thanks' in soft suede classic ink towards the bottom right of the card.  I used scrap pieces of Crumb Cake DSP to create the rectangle and scallop circle.  I used Certainly Celery DSP to create the different sized butterflies.  For the large, middle butterfly, I also cut a butterfly with the matching cardstock.  I layered them together.  I also used a dimensional to give this creature some height off the card, and curled the wings.  I added three tiny faux half pearls to the body of the butterfly.
Thank you for spending a few minutes with me.  Now, don't forget, Tammy B. is your next stop on the blog tour!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lace Hello

On this Thursday, the creative folks @ Creative Sketches, have a fun and interesting challenge for you this week.  We have a sketch, of course.  But, we want you to add lace and silk flowers to your card.  See, doesn't that sound fun and creative?  And, you are welcome to use products from any paper crafting company you wish!  The sky's the limit, and there are endless possibilities!

Here is the sketch to work with:

Here is my card:

Don't forget, you can use products from any company.  And well, it almost looks like I used a million different products.  But, this card was very thrifty!  I had alot of fun creating this card, and I hope  you have the same experience!  I used scraps and bits and pieces to create this card.  I didn't cut a new sheet of cardstock, or unroll a new roll of lace.
To start, I knew that I wanted to use stuff that I already had on hand.  I didn't want to go to the craft store and spend $5, $10 or more on products to make a card.  Oh, not like I haven't done it in the past, but I want to use stuff I already have.
So, to start, I went through my scrap box and took out pattern papers that I wanted to work with.  I went through all the color sections.  I didn't want to over look a pretty paper calling my name.  So, here is what I ended up with.  Now, I don't know who makes the polka dot pattern paper, or the background paper.  The 'bingo' paper is from Authentique.  The text paper is from Stampin' Up! As well as the Soft Suede, River Rock, and Very Vanilla card stock.  The Juniper cardstock is from CTMH.  The flowers came from a silk flower stems that I disassembled when I altered a tin for another challenge.  The large rhinestone came off a wedding floral pick.  The lace was a scrap piece from a purchase I made several months ago.  The memo pins are from Tim Holtz.  I purchased the package several months ago, when a big box craft store had TH products on sale.  The 'HELLO' is heat embossed with Chocolate Chip craft ink and clear detail embossing powder.
I really do love this card.  I really like using pattern paper from different companies and working them together.  I think I'll start making more cards from my scraps!  I seem to really enjoy the end product!  Now, let's see what you make!  Join us with this fun and creative challenge!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

With Love

The wonderfully talented ladies over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge, have a new sketch this week, and everyone is invited to play along.  Our only requirement, is that you use Stampin' Up! supplies to make your creation.
This week's sketch is wonderful, but I did have a bit of a struggle with it.  I love layouts with layers and different shapes.  
Here is the sketch this week:

Here is the card I made:

To make this card, I used 4 different stamp sets.  This beautiful script is from a new holiday stamp set: Hand-Penned Holidays.  That gorgeous frame and 'Memories' stamp are from the Frames It stamp set.  The frame for the script is from Creative Elements.  The bee and music sheet are from Nature's Pace stamp set. 
I used Certainly Celery DSP, Baja Breeze DSP, First Edition DSP, Soft Suede cardstock and Very Vanilla cardstock.  I sponged all the edges, and spritz the upper right corner with water to help the paper hold the crumple.  I added some faux stitching, and a few spritz with Lob Cabin and Vanilla Smooch.
Everyone is invited to play along with us.  So, break out your favorite stamp sets, and your favorite DSP.  Cut the shapes, stamp some images, and lets see what you create!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bunco Bags & Boxes

For those who know me, I play Bunco.  If you don't play or know what it is, it is a dice game.  The group I play in, there are 12 of us ladies.  We get together the same day each month.  We take turns who is the 'hostess'.  If you are the hostess, you purchase the prizes and provide dinner.  We don't drink alcohol at these 'meetings', but we do laugh and yell, and have a wonderful time!
So, when it is my turn to hostess, my theme is always the same: Home made, Hand made.  The dinner is always home made.  No take out, no frozen meals, just good ol'  home cooking.  My prizes are always hand made.  I'm a paper crafter, and so most of my gifts are made from paper.  Each 'prize' has a set of blank cards that match the item.
Without further ado, here are a few pictures of some of the prizes that I made this month.  Enjoy!

The first two photos are of cardstock hand bags with matching cards.  The third image is an altered paper mache box.  The fourth photo is of a small clutch I made.  The clutch was sewn on my sewing machine, it's lined, and the fabric flower on front was created by hand.  The cards are all different, but match the main item.
Thank you for looking.  These photos were taken at the last moment, so I apologize if they aren't the best quality. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Terrific Top Three

I entered this card in a challenge over @ CR84FN, and guess what?  I was, ok, my card was selected as a 'Terrific Top Three' talent! How fabulous is that?

Mona, has sent me an 'award' that I can display here on my blog.  This is soo exciting! and I just can't stop grinning :)
I wanted to share my good news with all of you!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday is the perfect day to take a few minutes, have a second cup of coffee, a latte, or what ever is your am vise.  Me, it's a latte.  one raw sugar.  pipin' hot!  The best part of Saturday for me, is the quiet in the morning.  We live in the Sandia mountains in New Mexico.  So, the only noise out here, is the birds, coyotes, an occassional bear, and one of our very few neighbors driving by.  That makes Saturday mornings completely quiet.  My usual routine on Saturday mornings is to get on the internet and check out my bookmark blogs and challenge sites.  I love to see what my favorite paper crafting folks have been creating, and what new challenges are out there.
Holly, from Kean on Paper is the hostess this month over @ Our Creative Corner challenge blog.  This week, Holly has a very creative challenge for you.  So, if you want to broaden your horizons and push your creative mojo a bit, join us in this 'window' challenge.  Pop on over to the Our Creative Corner challenge site, to get the details. 

Here is my card:

here is the top view:

I have to admit, Holly, is so clever.  This was a fantastic challenge!  Your card must have a window, so let your creative spirit run wild!  I did!  I used paper from 2 different companies, stamps from 3 different companies, and embellishments from 4 different companies.  Whew!  Most of the items used to create this card, are from Stampin' Up!  I just love the quality of their products.
The great thing about this card, is that if you flatten this card, it will fit in a standard A2 envelope.  Pretty neat, huh?
So, thank you for stopping by and having a look-see :) please head over to the Our Creative Corner challenge blog, and see what the rest of this super creative design team has created!

I quick side note:  I made this card for a co-worker.  She is celebrating her birthday this week!  She is pretty great, so I just had to create something wonderful!

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Friday!  that means two things for me.  First, the wonderfully talented folks over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday have a sketch challenge for us.  And second, my husband is the best man, in a wedding this weekend.  So, we get to get all dressed up, and attend a beautiful event  But, before we head into the weekend, Kim Innis has this fabulous sketch:

Here is my card:

Before we get into the card recipe, please stop by Tammy B.'s blog to see what she has created.
Now, back to the card.  I used the Beau Chateau DSP, First Edition DSP, and Creative Elements and Established Elegance stamp sets.  Shocking, huh?  I used Crumb Cake and Soft Suede cardstock.  I have to admit, these two cardstocks are my all time favorites. :)  
I stamped the larger random swirl and the 'No. 3' in Crumb Cake classic ink onto the First Edition DSP.  For my circles, I stamp the seal in Marina Mist classic ink and used the 1 1/4" circle punch.  Stamped the crown in Soft Suede classic ink, and used the  1 3/8" circle punch.  I punched a circle with the 1 3/4" circle, then stamped the body form in Crumb Cake classic ink, the swirl in a 2nd generation stamp in Baja Breeze classic ink.  The fountain tip is Soft Suede classic ink, and the Established is stamped in Sahara Sand classic ink.   
For the ribbon, I used Baja Breeze seam binding.  I frayed one end, and pulled one thread to create the scrunchy.  
For the sentiment, I stamped the saying in Soft Suede classic ink, and added a faux half-pearl at each end.  
To give my card that aged look, I sprayed some water in the upper right corner and scrunched the DSP.  I also sponged every thing in Sahara Sand classic ink.
Thank you for stopping by.  I will post some photos on the Bunco prizes I created soon.  Possibly next week.   Have a wonderful Friday, and a safe weekend.  And, please play along with us @ Sketch Frenzy Friday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

#3 Stampin' Queens

It's Wednesday, and so it's time for another sketch challenge @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge.  If you have some time, you should participate in this challenge.  We provide you with a workable sketch, and the only restriction we have, is that you use Stampin' Up! supplies.  I have added to this challenge for myself.  During these hard economic times, I have noticed that folks aren't spending like they use to.  So, for the last two challenges, I opened the Beau Chateau DSP, and used the Creative Elements and Elegance Established stamp sets.  I wanted to see if I could do more than one challenge with the same supplies.  And I used the same supplies for this challenge too!
Here is the sketch:
Here is my card:

The card base is soft suede card stock.  I matted the rooster pattern paper on marina mist card stock.  I stamped the typewriter in crumb cake classic ink, on very vanilla card stock.  This stamped image is matted on crumb cake card stock and then again on a blue flourish pattern paper.  I wrapped crumb cake seam binding onto a pink chicken wire pattern paper.  
To make the sentiment tag, I stamped the circle in pink pirouette classic ink and then 'create' in soft suede classic ink.  I punched the scallop oval out of a scrap piece of brown/pink pattern paper.  
To make that cute 'prima' flower, I punched three tiny scallop circles and added a rhinestone jewel to the center.  I sponged all the edges with sahara sand classic ink and distressed a few edges, randomly.
Thank you for looking, and please join us for a fun, and work-able sketch challenge!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Triple Challenge

Happy Saturday to you!  To me, the best part of the weekend, is not sleeping in, but rather getting into my craft room and 'playing' for several hours! and this weekend is no exception!  I have 11 gifts to create by Wednesday, so I need to get crafting.  I will post photos on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for sure.  The rest of the week, I have design challenges, but who knows, there may be two posts on any of those days :)
The wonderfully talented Holly is our hostess this week from Our Creative Corner.  Holly, has a clever challenge for us: she wants us to stamp on our pattern paper and create something new.  I know what you're thinking, 'this should be easy, because I stamp on pattern paper alot.'  Well, it was a bit of a struggle for me, but once I got started, it was like riding that old bike!
I also used some inspiration from two other challenges: Mojo Monday for a sketch, and CR84FN  for a color challenge.  Here are their inspiration boards:

And here is the card I made for all three challenges:
So, for this card, I used a hundred different products.  Sorry.  It was a collaboration of what I have on hand in the craft room.  I didn't want to go out and buy anything.  Boy, does that make me sound cheap!  Ok, I'm a super big fan of Stampin' Up! so I used quite a bit from them.  
Cardstock:  soft suede, bashful blue, first edition DSP, beau chateau DSP, and bashful blue DSP.  Also, a scrap piece of a soft blue pattern paper.
Ink:  classic inks: soft suede, tempting turquoise, sahara sand, bashful blue, early espresso.
Stamp sets: friends 24-7 (flourish), established elegance (body form, and  small flourish), kindness matters (butterflies), clearly for you (butterfly, No. 5, and Amour),    you're a gem (friend), hero arts (clock, and swirl).
Misc. items: SU! rhinestones, tim holtz embossing folder, spare parts crochet trim, prima flower, and the push pin was created with a variety of different items: the pin came from wal mart,  the pearl is from my stash, and the square rhinestone bead is from a big box store.
I sprayed the whole card with some home-made shimmer mist: rubbing alcohol, sahara sand classic ink re-inker, and champagne shimmer paint.
I love to create unique and pretty things, and I'm sure you do too.  So, join us over at Our Creative Corner for this weeks challenge: stamp on pattern paper to change the original look, and create something unique and pretty, and share it with us!  
Have a wonderfully fun, and relaxing weekend!  Let me know what your plans are.  And be safe, we cherish you!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Take Note, it's Friday!

Yahoo! It's Friday!  The weekend is almost here, and the talented ladies over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday, have a sketch for you to try!  This week's sketch, is brought to us by Jennifer Weide.  And don't forget to stop by Tammy Baldwin's blog, to see what she has created!

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:
So, I wanted to use the same package of DSP that I opened a few weeks ago.  The blue pattern paper, and the rooster pattern paper are from the Beau Chateau DSP package.  I used the vintage wall paper embossing folder on the blue pattern paper to give it some more texture.  I used the tag die to cut the rooster paper.  I stamped the large notebook flourish in black craft ink and used clear embossing powder, then I heat set it.  I stamped the words and the body form in soft suede classic ink.  I stamped the crown in marina mist classic ink.  I edged both pieces in Early Espresso classic ink.  I stamped the oval piece in early espresso classic ink, the crown in blushing bride classic ink, and the 'for you' in soft suede classic ink.  I crumpled the baja breeze seam binding to give it that worn-look.  I took a piece of vanilla seam binding and dyed it with pink pirouette classic ink.  I squished the two multi-bows under the vintage brad.  I wanted to give my card some sparkle.  So, I added three tiny rhinestones; 2 randomly and the third on the oval tag.
Thank you for taking a look at my card.  Now, with the inspiration you have received from the design team, make a card using our sketch and your Stampin' Up! products, and lets see what you make!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Unity of Madeline

I need a card to send out to my Bunco group.  A little reminder that I am the hostess this month, so they know where to go on Bunco night.  :)  Well, this stamp set I picked up is more Halloween than girl's night out.  But, I found some pretty paper (Madeline) and paired the two together.
Here is what I came up with:

I used Crumb Cake card stock as my base.  I matted the pattern paper on Rose Red card stock.  I added a scallop trim Baja Breeze card stock to another pattern paper.  I wrapped a scrap piece of crochet trim around the card.  I created a hand-made paper flower from circles in three different pattern papers.  I used a vintage trinket brad to hold the paper flower together.  The chandelier was stamped in Baja Breeze classic ink and the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede classic ink.
Thank you for looking!

Creative Sketch

It's Thursday, and the wonderfully talented design team @ Creative Sketches have some inspiration for you!  We started with a work-able sketch, and then we all created beautiful cards, to help those creative juices to start flowing!
Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:
 If you are new to my blog, I'm a super big fan of vintage/shabby chic style.  I love vintage images, dictionary pages, buttons, and crochet trim.  So, with that being said, my card speaks for itself.  
I used all Stampin' Up! products to create this soft, pretty card.  For the card stock, is used: crumb cake, certainly celery, pink pirouette, very vanilla, and First Edition DSP.  I used Soft Suede classic ink.  I did use three stamp sets: Tiny Tags, Kindness Matters, and Best Friends.  I used crochet trim, linen thread and a button.
We would love for you to join us for this week's sketch challenge!  You are welcome to use any manufacturer, just be original, and post something new.  Join us @ Creative Sketches!