Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thank You, my Friend

Can you believe that the work week is already half over? Well, the talented folks over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge, have the perfect sketch for you, to get those creative juices flowing!  The only thing that we ask, is that you use Stampin' Up! materials.  Here is this weeks sketch:

See what I mean?  Very user-friendly!  Those circles can be just about anything: stars, butterflies, flowers, hearts, etc.  And the text paper can be pattern paper. The sentiment can be a banner, or keep it as a narrow rectangle.  Now, take a look, at what I did with this great sketch:

I knew what I wanted to do with this card; paper blossoms on butterflies.  But, I needed a color scheme.  A friend sent me a link to a blog that she thought I would love.  And she was right!  Here is the inspiration photo I used, and click HERE to go to  the site. (I have pinned some of the other images to my 'Inspiration' board @ Pinterest.)

Isn't this a great inspiration photo?  I used pool party card stock for my card base.  It was roughly the closest thing that I had to the blue on the table cloth.  I matted the First Edition DSP onto basic gray card stock.  The butterflies were cut with the butterfly die and emboss lit.  I used naturals card stock for the butterflies.  I used mostly whisper white card stock for the flowers.  The largest one I sponged more mustard classic ink onto the scallop circles.  The tiny, rolled flower, I sponged calypso coral classic ink, onto the scallop circle before I rolled it.  The middle flower, I used regal rose, pink pirouette and whisper white card stock and the trio flower punch to create the flower.  The two larger flowers used the new tiny brads to hold the flowers together. 
 Instead of a text rectangle, I wrapped some blushing bride twill ribbon around my card.  For my sentiment, I stamped three tags and used the jewelry tag to punch out the shape.  I took a gray button from the neutrals collection and glittered it up!  I used white bakers twine to tie the tags onto the button, and added a bow.
I made this card, for a dear friend of mine.  She always takes the time to think of me, and she is always there when I need someone.  This card is too fragile to just stuff in an envelope.  So I'm going to mail it to her in a box, under some tissue paper.  So, she will have a 'gift' so to speak, when it arrives in her mailbox.  
Now it's your turn!  Lets see what you can create with this user-friendly sketch and your SU! supplies!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

You're Sweet, Thank You

It's Tuesday, and I hope this week has gotten off to a good start for you.  Me, yes.  I'm really enjoying my day off from work.  No, I'm not sick.  Just a scheduled day off.  I have no plans to drive into town, and the snow has been falling for a few hours now.  So, it's good to be 'isolated' and no deadlines to get to.
For those who know me, I get up early, everyday.  Yes, even Saturdays, Sundays, and days off.  So, this morning I was looking at some of my bookmarked favorite blog challenge sites, and well I found three I can enter.  So, here they are:  the Sketch (lay-out) came from Card Patterns, the Color scheme came from CR84FN Color Challenge, and the 3-D/Template challenge came from Just Us GirlS.

Lets start with the 3-D/Template Challenge.  Just Us GirlS, wants you to create a 3-D item, using a template.  Easy peasy, right?  I wanted to create a card & gift in one.  So, I remembered that I had purchased a template from Adela Rossol, it was the Gift & Card Combo.  Just Us GirlS, also has a few requires, they want us to include: ribbon, button(s), and flower(s).  Sounds pretty, and girly, and that I can do!
I needed a color scheme to get going with papers and embellishments.  I headed over to CR84FN color challenge.  This week, they wants us to use Kraft, Yellow, and Gray.  Sounds pretty.  And if you look at the inspirational photos, there are butterflies, doilies, lemons and a heart.  I can use those.
Now, for a layout.  I headed over to Card Patterns, they always have a great design.  Easy to work with.  In their directions, they say you can rotate the sketch, so that is what I did.  I needed one that is vertical.

Here is what I came up with:
For those who know me, if you take away any company/manufacture restrictions, I can use just about everything in my craft room.  And with no company/manufaturer requirements, that's what I did!

Lets get started with pattern paper.  I used paper from Cosmo Cricket, Memory Keepers, and Melissa Frances.  (I used papers from my scrap box.)  The solid card stock is all from Stampin' Up!.  Crumb cake is the card base.  I did various matts in whisper white, going gray texture, and the inside 'gift' was made with very vanilla.
I used three ribbons total. For the outside of the card/gift, I used a crochet trim from Stampin' Up! and a polka dot Kraft ribbon from Paper Trey Ink.  On the inside, I used going gray taffeta ribbon and white bakers twine from Stampin' Up!.  
The butterflies were a collection.  The embossed butterflies are from an emboss-lit by Stampin' Up!, and the inside butterfly is actually a stamp I stamped twice (one on card stock and the other on vellum) from Paper Trey Ink.  I added half faux pearls from Stampin' Up! to the center of the butterflies, to help convey a girly, feminine 'feel'.
The buttons are a miss mash of Paper Trey Ink, Amuse studio, and CTMH.  For the buttons on the front, I sprayed  them with spray adhesive, and then dipped them in dazzling diamond glitter, by Stampin' Up!. I finished them off, with a spray of clear sealant.  (I didn't want the glitter to rub off, when I was working with them.)  
For the flowers on the front of the card/gift, I stacked a paper blossom on top of a fabric flower.  I hot glued this floral creation to the top of a gray heart cut from gray textured card stock.  I also distress the edges with some picket fence paint.  
The tag on the front of the card/gift, I cut from a die and stamped the sentiment in going gray classic ink.  I needed a small and simple tag, so not to distract from the pretty paper and embellishments.  I chose this sentiment, because I plan on putting candy inside the box, as the 'gift'.  How yummy!
I used the new frame dies from Stampin' Up! to create the inside window.  I stamped a leaf flourish in snow pigment ink and heat embossed the 'window' with clear embossing powder.   I added some kraft paper shred inside the box so you could see the white embossed leaves on the 'window'.  
The inside sentiment comes from Paper Trey Ink.  I added two hearts cut from the gray textured card stock to the inside, also.  One is under the embossed butterfly and the other is on the stamped butterfly.  I added half faux pearls to the butterfly bodies, to continue the design from the cover.  I tied a yellow heart-shaped button with bakers twine, to the gray taffeta ribbon. I will fill this box with my friends favorite candy: chocolate covered gummy bears.  
I opened the card/gift combo, so you could see the back of the 'card'.  I wanted to show you that I did pay attention to detail and use one large scrap to decorate.  I  also believe that if you continue the same elements and designs through-out your paper craft item, you will achieve a cohesive design with elements that 'belong' (because they are repeated). 
Thank you for looking.  I hope that you get a chance to play along in any/all of these fabulous challenges.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Over the Edge for You

Happy Saturday! I hope that this post finds all of you in good health and enjoying your weekend.  For me, the perfect afternoon, is sitting in my craft room, creating something pretty.  I have a great view outside my window, and I always have my favorite music playing.  
And yesterday wasn't any different.  Tui, is the hostess this again this week, over @ Our Creative Corner, and she has a fabulous challenge for us  this week.  It's called, 'Over the Edge'.  Tui's challenge is for you 'to create a card, or paper craft item with a design element that flows off the edge of your card'.  How fun is that?  I encourage you to stop by the challenge blog and see what these fabulously talented ladies have created!  You will be inspired!

Here is my card:

For this challenge, I have two elements that flow off the edge of my card.  The seam binding and button embellishment at the top of the card.  As well as the sentiment tag, at the right upper corner.
I'm not completely satisfied with this card.  I'm pretty happy, but now I see something that I should have done.  There really isn't a defining border to either of the pattern papers.  So, I wish I had sponged the edges.  There are two different pattern papers with the same colors in them.  
I cut two different color butterflies.  I used crumb cake seam binding.  To create the tag, is used speckled cream paper.  I used a matching die and stamp set, from amuse studios.  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set, Kind and Caring Thoughts.  The flower is a left over from a scrapbook page I did over 6 years ago.  (yes, I hoard hold-on to unique scrapbooking materials.)  The text paper is from Melissa Frances.  The button came from my 'jar o'buttons'.  The pattern paper is from Wild Asparagus, and is easily 5/+yrs old.
Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you find time to play along with us in this weeks challenge.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Happiness Always

Happy Friday!  I hope this week has been good to you.  It's Friday, and that means its time for another blog hop by Sketch Frenzy Friday!  Maria, is the designer of this week's sketch.  She is pretty talented, so I'm sure that you will love to play along.  Let's see what Maria has designed for us to play with:

I know you can see all the possibilities of this sketch!  It's truly fabulous!  And in my usual fashion, I 'played' with the sketch a bit.  I just loved the circle across the 'ribbon'.  I used a new stamp set that hasn't been released yet.  So, I hope you can bear with me, and have a little patience.  Here is my card:

I used the new Everyday Enchantment DSP, as well as my all time favorite: First Edition DSP.  I stamped the 'label' from Everything Eleanor stamp set, in crumb cake classic ink.  I fussy cut  the 'label' out with my paper snips.  I stamped the 'Happiness Always' from the Happy Greetings stamp set, in early espresso classic ink.  I spritz the seam binding with some water and crinkled it by hand. I made one of my favorite multi-loop bows and tied a red button on with some linen thread.  I added a half faux pearl to the button center.  I also added some of the smaller half faux pearls along the scallop borders.  I cut two different pattern papers with the tasteful trim die, to create the scallop border.  I gave the whole card a sprtiz of home made crumb cake champagne shimmer mist.
Now, don't forget, this is a blog hop.  So your next stop is Tammy F. blog.  I hope that you join us in this challenge this week!  We'd love to see what you create!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Note of Thanks

Wow, already Wednesday.  This week is just flying by.  I am back to work, still battling this kidney infection, and now I believe I have a sinus cold.  gotta love the winter.  So, this post will be short.  Sorry.

Anyway, the creative gals over @ Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge have a great new sketch for you to play with.  Just remember to use your Stampin' Up! supplies.

Here is the sketch:

When I first saw this sketch, I did have to brainstorm for a day or so.  I knew what I wanted to do, just had to find the 'right' paper and stamps.  The card I created isn't what I originally had in mind.  I wanted to use a floral stamp as the main image.  But, you know how that goes.  And this is what I have created:

I used some of the new DSP: Attic Boutique.  I also used two stamp sets:  Rue des Fleurs, and Thank You Kindly.  The diagonal piece in the sketch really threw me.  I first thought of tying ribbon on the bias.  But, I like the 'sash' of vellum, better.  I only used one ink pad: Soft Suede classic ink.
Thank you for stopping by! I am off to bed.  I have work later this morning, and I need to get some rest.

Monday, February 20, 2012

True Friend

Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a restful weekend.  I have been sick for over a week now, and finally felt like doing something on Saturday.  It feels good to paper craft.  Yesterday, I made a card for a blog challenge, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  But, my photography skills need a little work, and there was a question as to the color of one of my twigs.  So, I made another card for the blog challenge.  And I believe that there should not be a question as to the colors I used.  (the original post can be found HERE.)

Доброе утроЯ надеюсь, что каждый человек имеет спокойный уик-эндЯ был болен в течение недели теперь, и, наконец, почувствовал, как что-то делать в субботу. Он чувствует себя хорошо на бумаге ремесла. Вчера я сделал картудля блога вызов, и я был очень доволен тем, как выяснилосьНо мои навыкифотографии нужно немного работы, и был вопрос о цвете одной из моихветок. Таким образом, я сделал еще одну карту для блога проблемой. И ясчитаю, что не должно быть вопрос о том, цвета, которые я использовал.(оригинальный пост может быть найден здесь
Here is my card:

I used all Stampin' Up! products.  The card base is chocolate chip card stock.  The pattern paper comes from a new collection: Twitterpated DSP.  The ribbon is a scrap from a retired collection: Flirty Ribbon Originals.  The twigs are from two different dies: leaves die and the two-step bird punch.  The heart is from a hand-held punch: heart trio.  The buttons are from two collections:  Twitterpated and Subtles.  The floral image is from Elements of Style stamp set, and was stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I colored the image with pink and blue water color crayons.  The banner was stamped with a sentiment from the Simple Friendship stamp set:  true friend in chocolate chip classic ink.  Thank you for looking.  

Я использовал все Stampinпродукции.Карта базы шоколадныеоткрытки.Газета выходит картина из новой коллекцииTwitterpated DSP.Ленталома из отставных коллекции: Flirty ленты оригиналов.Ветки из двух разныхштампов: листья умирают и двухступенчатой ​​птицы удар.Сердце из ручнойудар: сердце трио. Кнопки из двух коллекций: Twitterpated иSubtles.Цветочные изображения с элементами стиля набора печать, штамп ив Евангелии от Марка Versa и тепла тиснением с белым порошкомтиснением. Я окрашено изображение с розовыми и синими мелкамиакварелью. Баннер был штамп настроений от простого набора штампдружбы: верный друг в классическом шоколадные краски. Спасибо забудущее.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fabulous You / Fabulous Вы

I hope this weekend is off to a good start for everyone.  I am participating in a blog hop challenge.  There are several requirements; everything from colors, a layout, and required items.  By participating, you enter 21 blog challenges, so you have 21 chances to win.  How fantastic is that?

Я надеюсь, что в эти выходные едет в хорошее начало для всех. Я участвуюв блоге проблемы хопа. Есть несколько требованийначиная от цвета,расположения, а также необходимые элементы. Принимая участиеВы вводите 21 проблемы блог, так что вам есть 21 шансов на победу. Какфантастический это?

Here is the challenge: Lovers in a Scrap (Feb. 14-27, 2012)
Here are the blogs: 
(their names have been translated to English.  However, their content may not be translated)

The card base is dark chocolate card stock.  The main panel is pool party card stock.  I stamped the Bella Toile background stamp in white craft ink and used white embossing powder.  Then I stamped the french script back ground stamp in crumb cake classic ink.  Did the embossing resist technique.  For the two rectangles I cut two different papers.  I added some crochet trim for my ribbon.  I added a few different leaf stems, that were cut from a die.  My buttons are from amuse studio, and they were added as blossoms.  The flower was purchased made from Irene's Garden.  The 'Absolutely fabulous' stamp is from Paper Trey Ink, and stamped in Early Espresso classic ink.  The crown stamp is from Stampin' Up!.  The sparrow was a last minute addition.  I used a die cut and a wood sheet to create my bird.  Thank you for looking.

Карты база темно карточках шоколада. Основная панель бассейн сторонакарточки. Я штамп фоне Белла Toile штамп в белых чернил судов ииспользовал белый порошок тисненияТогда я штамп французскийсценарий обратно землю штамп в крошку торт классический чернил. Разветиснение противостоять технике. Для двух прямоугольников, я вырезал два различных документов. Я добавил некоторые крючком отделкой для моейленте. Я добавила несколько различных стебли листьев, которые быливырезаны из кости. Мои кнопки с развлечь студии, и они были добавленыцветы. Цветок был приобретен из сада Ирины."Absolutely Fabulous" штамп счернилами бумаги Трей, и штамп в ранних классических эспрессо чернил.Корона штамп с Up Stampin!.Воробей был в последнюю минутуЯ использовал сокращения штампов и дерева лист создать свою птицу.Спасибо за будущее.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Black & White plus

Good Morning.  And thank you for stopping by.  Today, over @ Our Creative Corner, Tui is our hostess.  And, let me just warn you, she is very creative and a super clever girl.  She makes some beautiful paper crafts!  Tui wants us to make a paper craft item using Black and White, with a splash of color.  Ok, I have a difficult time making black and white cards.  For some reason, I can make black and cream, but white!  It really makes me crazy.  I don't know if its because they are opposites, or so contrasting, or what.  So, I made a Black and White card.  I used Lemon Whip as my splash of color.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lemon Whip, it is a soft delicate yellow.  Pale yellow.  But its pretty.
Back to my card.  I know the first thing folks think of is a wedding card.  I didn't want to follow the herd. So, I made a 'Thank You' card, without saying 'thank you'.  Pretty funny, huh?  Without further delay, here is my card:

Ok, in my usual fashion, there are a lot of different products used to create this card.  But, as most of you know, I am a BIG fan of 'use what you have'.  You can easily spend a million dollars buying stuff, but use what you have.  Stop hoarding your crafting supplies.  Trust me, that perfect paper craft item isn't going to know that you used that special ribbon, or bling on another project.
Ok, the paper is Paper Studio, purchased from a big box craft store.  The ribbon is from Amuse.  The fabric is left over scraps of taffeta and tule.  That gorgeous rhinestone brad center is from House of Three. The tag I stamped in black ink.  The sentiment is from a word set from Paper Trey Ink.  The card stock and black ink are from Stampin' Up!.  
I made the flower by cutting two different size circles from the fabric and used my heat gun to curl the edges.  Stacked the 'circles' off center and added the brad.  Easy peasy!  The tag is attached to the tail of ribbon with a black brad.
Now, lets see what you create with Black and White, with a splash of colour.  Remember, it can be any color, but just a splash.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kind Thanks

Holy Moly, where has the week gone?  Let me first apologize for not posting this week.  Besides working full-time, and taking care of my granddaughter since Wednesday, this is my week of call (Mon - Fri).  So, I'm a bit pulled in every direction.  Second, let me say 'Thank You' to all of you who have not given up on me, and have continued to check back, to see what I have crafted.
This week, over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday, Kim is our sketch designer.  Kim has always done a wonderful job, and  this week is no exception.  Kim makes these wonderful, user-friendly sketches, that are just a delight to work with.  So, you are invited to play along with us, but please use your Stampin' Up! supplies.
Here is Kim's sketch:

And here is my card:

And yes, this card is done in my usual fashion: alot of different products. {smile}.  I used three different stamp sets: Thank You Kindly, Best Friends Forever, and Everything Eleanor.  Plus, Attic Boutique DSP, very vanilla seam binding, a neutral button, lots of tags die, some iridescent ice embossing powder, bakers twine, and some foam tape.  I only used three ink pads: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Delightful Daffodil classic inks.
I'd love to see what you create!  So join us and post on our challenge blog:  Sketch Frenzy Friday.  Now, continue on with our blog hop, and see what Tammy Fite has created.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Best Friends

There are a few great things happening today! First, I'm the hostess again this week over @ Our Creative Corner.  Second, it's my birthday!  And third, my family is sharing a meal with me this evening!  When I say family, I mean it, in every sence of the word: my folks, my husband, my daughter and her family (including two of my grandchildren), my husband's mother, and my son-in-law's mother.  
But, first things first.  I am hosting again this week @ Our Creative Corner.  The challenge that I have for you this week, is to create a paper craft item (a card, scrapbook layout, 3-D item, an altered item) for a Best Friend.  It can be for a Birthday, Thank You, or any other occasion.  The only requirement I have for this week, is to include a flower.  But it can be a hand-made flower, or an embellishment, or a floral stamp.  Sounds pretty broad, but that is so you can make a papercraft item that is special to your Best Friend.
Here is my card:

Now, for some words about my card.  I love some specific paper craft companies.  But, I probably own products from almost every paper craft company out there.  So, I am a big fan of using what you have.  You loved the product enough to spend your hard earn cash on it.  Use it!  
To create this card, I used paper from Stampin' Up!, Webster's Pages, Cosmo Cricket, and Echo Park.  I stamped a script text from Hero Arts onto the center panel, to give it some 'weight' on the lower third of the cardstock, since the top portion of the card is pretty busy.  The reason I mentioned the different paper companies, is to show you that even though the greens and blues aren't a perfect color match, they are from the same color families and look great together!
The bird is actually a glitter rub-on.  The stamped sentiment, 'best FRIENDS to the end' is a collaboration of two different stamp sets from two different companies:  Stampin' Up! and Paper Trey Ink. 
The 'ribbon' is seam binding from Stampin' Up!  I made the multi-loop bow by hand and used a CTMH rhinestone brad to hold the bow together.
I used a 'lace' hand-held punch to create the decorative strip at the top of the main panel.  I punched this delicate piece out of text pattern paper.  This was to mimic the text script at the lower third of the same panel, and to introduce a soft beige color of the flowers that encircle the medallion.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule, to stop by and view my Best Friend card.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I'll have a piece of birthday cake for us all  :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wonderful You

Howdy!  I'm glad that you could stop by today and have a look around.  I really do love to paper craft, and being on different design teams actually gives me an excuse to be in my craft room.  I mean that I would already be in there, but now I have an legitimate reason. (smile)
The talented Jennifer, is the creator of this week's sketch over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday.  And this week's sketch is easy to work with.  I had fun making  this card.  Here is Jennifer's sketch:

I am a big fan of using what you have.  I'm also a fan of mix and match.  I believe all paper lines have potential to wow ya!  One of the requirements of playing along with Sketch Frenzy Friday, is that you use Stampin' Up!products.  So, in my usual fashion, I mix and matched different DSP collections.  I really loved the polka dot pattern paper from Berry Blossoms DSP.  And the loved the large yellow medions from the Flirtatious DSP.  So, I used scrap pieces of each.  There is a beautifully-font, word stamp set from the new occasions mini catalog: Loving Thoughts.  So, I combined the three and here is what I came up with:

I used some of the new bakers twine and tied a button to the bow.  I added a left over crochet flower and yellow rhinestone brad.  Elegantly simply.  Now, head over to Tammy F.'s blog, and continue with the blog hop. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I belong to a RAK group.  That sounds almost 'wrong', doesn't it?  Because if the premiss is to do these act of kindness out of the goodness of your heart and not because you have to, then, can you have assignments?  Anyway.  I needed to get a card done, and sometimes my creativity needs a little jump start.  Between working full time, and taking care of my husband and dog, my crafting time is very limited.  I'd love to work part time, and have more time to play in my craft room.  But,  like the rest of you, and I have bills to pay, a mortgage and the other costs of living.  So, now for my inspiration.
The Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge have a very creative sketch this week.  The elements in this sketch, are very easy to work with, and very fun!
Here is the sketch for week #25:

The decorative square was fun to work with.  But, you could add an oval, a rectangle, a frame lit, pretty much any shape that gives you some real estate to work with.  The double white vertical lines made me think of ribbon.  But, they could easily be decorate strips of paper, or a decorative trim piece.  I didn't see a 'sentiment' so I added mine to the lower left side.  But I imagine that you could add yours anywhere.  A tag hanging off the bow.  The place the SQSC25 is located.  Or even somewhere on your decorative square.  See, a lot of options!
Here is what I created:

I just love the way crumb cake and basic black look together.  So refined.  So elegant.   So, that is where I started with my card.  I cut a scrap piece of crumb cake card stock and matt it with a scrap piece of basic black card stock.  I took out two stamp sets that haven't been inked in awhile; Delicate Doilies and Kindness Matters.  The doilies were stamped in basic black and crumb cake classic inks, and versa mark.  I took a scrap piece of very vanilla card stock and cut it down to the size of the embossed rectangle.  I stamped the butterflies in basic black and then dry embossed them.  I re-stamped the butterflies onto vellum card stock.  I colored the back side of the vellum with a lucky limeade marker.  I wrapped a piece of crochet trim the length of the card.  I then wrapped lucky limeade 1/8" sheer ribbon.  I made a multi-loop bow and used a new SAB brad to hold the bow onto the card.
This is the card that I have sent out for my RAK assignment.  Shannon lives in Texas, so hopefully she will receive this card any day now.  I love how this card came together.  Not a lot of anything, just simply beautiful!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Leave some blog love :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I {heart} crafts

I can hardly believe that the weekend is already over.  I love the quiet time to sit in my craft room, and pull stamps out and play.  This weekend went by in a flash.  But, it didn't stop me from visiting a local craft store and several blogs to create this last card.
I came across some beautiful new St. Valentine's Day pattern.  They're so beautiful and fun.  
I also came across a sketch challenge @ Sasya-Sketches.  The sketch is fabulously user friendly.  And last, I came across a product challenge inspiration board for PaperTrey Ink by Mish Mash.  
Here are the sketch challenge and the inspiration board:

And here is my card:

The pattern paper are Love Me Plaid & Love Me Banners.  The stamp sets are Button Boutique & Studio Style.  The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock.  The button card is Very Vanilla cardstock.  The wrinkle ribbon is actually Rose Red seam binding.  The buttons came from PaperTrey Ink and a-muse studio.  I used two different dies for this card.  The vellum sentiment tag was cut with the cone die and the pink polka dot pattern paper was cut with the top note die.  The scallop scrap of material is from Stampin' Up!
This card was a collection of different products that I love!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Love is in the Air

Happy Saturday!  Thank you for stopping by.  I'm the hostess this week over @ Our Creative Corner.  And since St. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I created this weeks challenge around romance.  The rules are pretty simple: create a paper craft item (card, scrapbook page layout, 3-D item, an altered item) and use the colors: Pink, Grey, and Kraft.  Now, I'm a girly-girl, so I'd also like you to add some sparkle (rhinestones, glitter, metal) anything that shines!  And since its for St. Valentine's Day, don't forget to include a heart-shape!  Sounds pretty and romantic, doesn't it?

Here is what I created:

My card base is crumb cake card stock.  I layered various pattern papers from Authentique and Paper Studio.  The seam binding is hand-dyed pretty in pink.  The tiny tag was created with the jewelry tag and teeny tiny wishes.  I stamped '{love}' in going gray classic ink.  I sponged the edges of the tiny tag with crumb cake classic ink.  I tied a grey button on with white bakers twine.
The scallop circle was created with a perfect pennant die.  I added a 1 3/4" circle of pattern paper to the center.  I cut the heart-shape with the hearts die.  I added a lock from Melissa Frances.
I created the banner with the cone die.  The sentiment is stamped in grey classic ink and matted it on crumb cake card stock.  The circles were added to give the card some balance.  I applied the rhinestone flourish as my final touch.  Easy-peasy, stick and clip.  (Stick the rhinestone swirls down, and clip with scissors where the rhinestones fall off the card.)
Now, lets see what you create!  Stop on over to the Our Creative Corner to see what the super talented ladies have created, and hopefully we inspire you to play along!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hello, Butterfly

Howdy to you!  I appreciate the company.   Over at Sketch Frenzy Friday, we share some of the responsibilities, and we each take a turn at providing the sketches.  That way there is a variety of creativity, and no ONE person gets stuck with all that.  So, this week, Deb C. is the master mind behind this weeks sketch.  And I have to admit, I loved the sketch!

The sketch:

You will need to look close, but there are three different size matts: dark pink, white, and a light pink floral.  Also, don't forget the grey circle.  And for those who follow, know that I like to mix things up.  I don't change or disregard the sketch, I 'play' with it.  I'll show you my card, and then explain.

Ok, so to start.  I didn't add the pink floral matt.  I also didn't tie a bow with my ribbon.  But, don't let that throw you.  Pennants are big right now.  And I love that shape.  So, I did the chevron cut at the end of one of my matts - green polka dotted paper.  This new Twitterpated DSP is just sooo gorgeous, so I HAD to use it!  So, the floral pattern paper, the baja breeze pattern paper, and the blushing bride pattern paper are all from the Twitterpated DSP.  Aren't they just soo pretty?  The pear pizzazz polka dot pattern paper and the pear pizzazz pattern paper used for the butterfly are both from subtles DSP.   I wanted to make the butterfly pop, so I clipped on one of those tiny clothes pins for its body.   I used my two-way glue pen to adhere some dazzling diamond glitter to the clothes pin.  But, it still looked too plain, so I added a tiny scallop circle of DSP, a tiny scallop circle clear button, and tied them together with some pool party bakers twine.  
Thank you for looking.  Now continue with our blog hop, and see what Tammy F. has created!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

from my heart

I love, (really) a select few particular challenge blogs.  So much so, I have a habit of submitting a card to them, as often as I can.  And this week, is no different.  The Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge and CR84FN Color Challenge have gone hand in hand again this week.  What can I say.  I have a weakness for creative sites.  
So, here are the two challenges:

Can't you see how I would enjoy combining these two challenges?  Don't they speak to you?  They did, to me.  For the sketch challenge, I did turn the sketch on its side.  I used all current Stampin' Up! products.  I used Real Red, Pink Pirouette, and Baja Breeze cardstocks.  

Here is my card:

The card base is crumb cake.  The pattern paper is Everyday Enchantment DSP.  The stamp set is P.S. I Love You.  The scallop circle is a die cut from the perfect pennant die.  The heart is from an embosslit.  Not only does this little embosslit cut the scallops around the heart-shape, it also embosses the polka-dots.  The button is from the Neutrals buttons and the brad in the center of the button is from the vintage brad collection.  The ribbon, is actually seam binding.  Baja Breeze. 
I think this card has alot wow factor, and pretty embellishments. 
Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate the company.  Please take time and play along in any St. Valentine's Day challenge, that helps showcase your talents.  If nothing else, it gives you an excuse to create something lovely for someone who holds a special place in your heart.