Saturday, September 29, 2012


Happy Saturday to you!  I'm pretty excited writing this post.  I am joining some wonderful friends for this weekends Stamp Retreat, here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I have to admit, that this is my first one ever!  But, I think I'm more excited about spending the weekend with girl friends and paper crafting together.
As this weekend get a jump start with creativity, Liliana I. is our hostess over @ Our Creative Corner. Liliana, has a clever little challenge for us; create a card/project with a country/western look.  I want to see some plaid, such as in a ribbon or designer paper.  Also, use the picture to inspire you.

I have to admit, when I saw this inspiration photo, I first thought of Thanksgiving.  So, I wanted to inspire you in a direction that might not be so obvious.  Here is what I created:

I just loved the orange in the plaid table cloth.  So, I looked through my scraps box, and found some wonderfully appropriate pattern paper from Cosmo Cricket.   I just love this pattern paper.  The pattern paper I selected for my card front, has the same 'orange' on a blue-ish woodgrain patter paper.  How pretty.  So, I collected two other papers from the same collection.  I added a cream and brown pattern paper and a blue-ish plaid pattern paper.

I thought the cowboy pattern paper fit this challenge beautifully, so I used it as my focal panel.  I cut a star shape from some left over burlap.  I stapled the folded brown plaid ribbon and burlap star to the cowboy panel.  I added a linen thread tied wooden button to the top right corner.  I thought that this card needed something else.  So, I added two staples to help give the card some visual interest, but not distracting.  I also added 3 copper brads to the lower right corner.  I thought the copper helped brighten the 'oranges' in the various pattern papers.
I hope you have been inspired, and decide to play along with us @ Our Creative Corner.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday's Blog Hop

Howdy!  I hope (and pray) that this blog post finds you in good spirits and health.  Last week, I got the results from a few tests.  And well, it was a surprise.  I went into the exams thinking it's just another test, so that there wouldn't be any surprises for the surgeon.  And well, I was the one who was surprised.  I spent a few days feeling blue, and couldn't find any joy in the things I love: paper crafting, sewing, baking, canning.  You get the picture, I'm a little Martha Stewart.  I love to create home-made things.  Well, I pulled myself up from my boot straps (so to speak) and I decided, when you are given lemons, make lemonade! Right?  I have a life to live.  I have things I want to accomplish.  I have people who depend on me.  And there just isn't any room for complacency.  So, I apologize if I have been 'off-track'.  Please grab a cup of coffee/tea/soda/energy drink, and have a look at what this amazing design team has created!
It's Friday! It's time for a blog hop from the talented ladies over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday!  Blog hops, allow you to visit each design team member's blog and hopefully we inspire you!  We want to get your creative juices flowing, and we hope you play along with us.  This week Maria V, is our creator of this week's sketch.  Let's take a look at what she has given us:

Well, I didn't rotate the sketch, or flip it.  I created a card that showcases this sketch:

I wanted to make a soft and sweet card, for a wonderful friend, who has been so supportive and willing to listen to me cry.  As you probably know, Crumb Cake has got to be the most popular color I use from Stampin' Up!  I use the color (card stock, ink, and pattern paper) on almost every paper craft item I create.  I just LOVE it!
I started with Wisteria Wonder card stock for my card base.  I thought it looked kinda 'flat', so I added a piece of textured WW to the top of the card.  I edged the textured card stock in white craft ink.  I wrapped a piece of crumb cake DSP around the middle of the textured piece.  I added a piece of crinkled crumb cake seam binding and tied a multi-loop bow.  I tied a 'purple' button form the subtles collection, using some linen thread.
For my main panel.  I stamped the three different flowers from Everything Eleanor, using the masking technique.  I heat embossed the flowers with white embossing powder on white shimmer paper.  I 'colored' the flowers with WW re-inker and lots of water.  I stamped the sentiment in Wisteria Wonder classic ink.  I matted the white shimmer card stock onto very vanilla card stock. Then this whole piece is matted onto a piece of silver glitter paper.  I added some butterflies embossed and cut from the Beautiful Wings embosslit.  I added some rhinestones for their bodies.
Now, please continue on with our blog hop and visit Tammy F.'s blog, to see what she has created.  I know that you will NOT be disappointed!  Come play along with us @ Sketch Frenzy Friday!
I hope that we have inspired you.  And, I am happy to be here, sharing my creations with you {smile}.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vintage Friend

I hope you are having a great start to this week.  Me, it's going pretty well.  And on this Tuesday, I hope you get a chance to stop by the Nacho Average Challenge to play with us!  This week, we have a sketch for you to play with. Here is this week's sketch:

Here is my vintage card:

I have an infinity for shabby chic, and feminine.  And, I just LOVE this color combo I used: Soft Suede, and Calypso Coral.  When SU! came out with this stamp set: Established Elegance, I had to have it!  I just loved the dress form, the button logo stamp, and the flourish.  So, the card base is soft suede card stock.  I just love the soft creamy color.  I added the strip of calypso coral.  But I wanted to jazz it up.  So, I ran it thru the vintage wallpaper EF, and used the new emboss lit to cut the scallop scallops.  I sanded the raised areas and sponged some crumb cake classic ink to this piece, too.  For my tag, I stamped the dress form in soft suede classic ink.  Then I stamped the crown, and button label stamp in calypso coral classic ink.  I added some random flourishes stamped in crumb cake classic ink.  I inked the edges with crumb cake classic ink.  I matted the vanilla tag with some crumb cake card stock.  I crinkled some crumb cake seam binding and made a multi loop bow and attached it the tag with a designer brad in calypso coral.  I added the sentiment tag to the bottom right.  I got this idea from the 'NAC 13' on the original sketch.  I also did some collage stamping for the sentiment tag.  I also matted the tag with crumb cake card stock.  I wanted to keep everything uniform.
Now, don't forget to stop by the rest of the design team's blogs to see what they have created!  I hope you find some inspiration! and please do play along with us @ Nacho Average Challenge.  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Polka Dots & Buttons

Ok, this is late.  sorry.  If I said life has been busy, or that life with 3 children and a dog can get crazy, you'd know why I've been preoccupied.  But, don't let my tardiness discourage you from playing along with us @ Our Creative Corner.  Christina, is our hostess this week.  And she has a clever challenge for you to play along with!
Using the photo as inspiration, make a paper craft item which includes at least two "buttons" - they can be real buttons, fabric buttons, covered buttons, die cut buttons or any sort of buttons you can think of!  Also use polka dots somewhere on your creation.

Here is what I created:

I didn't really have a sketch to start with, so it's an original.  I started with some pattern paper from Melissa Frances.  (One of my favorite shabby chic paper crafting companies.)  I used a doily die from Stampin' Up! to create the decorative edged circle.  The floral pattern paper circle is actually a digital download.  Prima, makes these adorable tiles to add to your paper crafts, and I love the image of the two girls sitting together.  Don't they look like they are sharing a few secrets?  Next, I added a multi-loop bow made from some retired crochet trim by Stampin' Up!  I added a little scrap piece of crumb cake taffeta ribbon.  The buttons are from Close To My Heart and Paper Trey Ink.  I used some cream twine to tie the buttons.

I purchased a new sentiment stamp set from Paper Trey Ink.  I just love the words.  I stamped the sentiment right onto the pattern paper in a dark gray ink.  I thought black would look too stark, and a dark brown didn't look 'right'.
I distress all the edges of the paper.  I also added some faux stitching along the top and right edge of the card.
I hope that you get a chance to play along with us over @ Our Creative Corner! We'd love to see what you create with the photo, two buttons and polka dots!

Friday, September 21, 2012

busy with life

I hope this Friday, finds you well.  This week, has been a bit of a struggle for me.  We returned from New York on Sunday, and jumped right-in with all the craziness life has to offer.  As most of you know, I have had some health issues.  Well, Monday was spent in the surgeons office and another physical exam.  Tuesday was spent completing more tests and exams.  Wednesday was back to work, and a few physician consults.  So, if I say that I have been distracted, and well, I can't find my mojo, you'll understand.  Or maybe my mojo its buried under all this self pity.

On this Friday, (as with all Fridays) the lovely ladies over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday have a wonderfully creative blog hop.  If you haven't done a blog hop before, it's pretty easy.  You start at the main web site, and then click on each link to help you navigated to each design team member's blogs to get some inspiration on this week's sketch.  Kim, is the designer of this week's sketch.  Here's her sketch:

I don't have a hand-made card for this challenge.  I apologize for this unproductive behavior.  But, please don't let that stop you from continuing on, our blog hop.  Tammy F. 's blog is your next stop.  
Please stop by each design team member's blogs and you won't be disappointed!  They are very creative!  And we can't wait to see what you create!  This sketch has a lot of potential!  Show us what you got! {smile}

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Collage Stamping

Wow, this week is off to another fast pace!  And, on Tuesday, it's always time for another challenge from the creative ladies @ Nacho Average Challenge .  This week, it's another color challenge.  I wanted to get a new stamp set inky, so that was my focus.  Here is the color challenge this week:

Here is my card:

I used card stock in all of the colors, to help ground this card.  I ran the crumb cake card stock thru the vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  Now, for my collage stamping.  I started with the oval stamp.  I did a second generation stamp of this image in the lucky limeade classic ink.  I then stamped over it with the diamond shape flourish with the label center in lucky limeade classic ink.  I stamped the wings piece in island indigo over the lower portion of this collage.  I added the small flourish in crumb cake classic ink in opposite corners.  I used the Label collection to cut the shape.  I added some dimensionals to the back of the 'label' piece.  I tied some of the ruffled ribbon around the main piece.  To give the card some sparkle and shimmer, I sprayed the whole card with some vanilla smooch.
I hope you have found some inspiration, and don't forget to stop by and see what the rest of the design team has created @ Nacho Average Challenge.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Falling Leaves

Thank you for stopping by on this fabulous Friday!  ANd won't you join us for a blog hop hosted by Sketch Frenzy Friday.  It's a fun, and easy way to get some inspiration to play along with us in our sketch challenge this week.  The talented Jennifer, has created a fun sketch for you to try.  Here it is:

here is what I created:

I used the Houndstooth embossing folder to create the texture.  I also used some subtler DSP to give the card some visual interest.  I stamped the leaf in two different colors, doing a rock and roll technique.  I crinkled some crumb cake seam binding and tied a multi-loop bow.  I tied a wooden button onto the seam binding, to give the card a masculine feel.
Now, continue with our blog hop by visiting Tammy F.'s blog, to see what she has created.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I hope your weekend was just perfect!  It's Tuesday, so it's time for another challenge over @ Nacho Average Challenge.  This week, there is a sketch for the challenge.  Here is the sketch:

Here is what I did with the sketch:

If you have browsed thru the new SU! catalog, you have seen this color combo before.  I just love the pool and starfruit color combo.  So, the main panel is pool party.  I added a strip of comfort cafe DSP  (summer starfruit).  I wanted to add some glimmer, so I did the trim in silver glitter paper.  I wrapped some of this new ribbon around the card.  I added a tiny tag, using a word from the Pennant Parade stamp set.  For the oval piece, I stamped the 'label' in sahara sand classic and fussy cut it out.  I secured this piece to the card front with a pair of neutral brads.   I stamped the flowers in summer starfruit classic ink and fussy cut them out.  I added some leaves and dimensionals to give the flowers a lift off the front of the card.  
Don't forget to stop by the challenge blog to see what the other design team have created.  I hope you found some inspiration, and play along with us @ Nacho Average Challenge.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shabby XOXO

I'm so happy that you stopped by on your weekend, to have a look see at what I have been creating.  On this Saturday, the lovely Lisa Minckler, has given us a creative challenge over @ Our Creative Corner.  Lisa, has requested that you create a paper craft item using the 'Kissing' technique.  And she would also like you to include the letters: X, and O.  How fun does that sound?

Here is my take on Lisa's challenge.  I am a big fan of shabby chic.  And since I didn't have any product restrictions, I decided to use about everything in my craft room.  Please take a moment to get a good look.  There is a lot going on with this card!
 For the card base, I used Aqua mist card stock for PTI.  The pattern papers are: Glitz (pretty in pink), Lost & Found (blush, and buddies).  
To create the flowers, I used the kissing technique to create pattern paper, and then the birds & blooms die.  I inked the harlequin pattern (Print Pattern) stamp from Stampin' Up! and then kissed it with the music stamp (Composer's Dream) by Stampabilities.  I inked the edges and crumpled the blossoms.  After I stacked them, I edged the petals with picket fence crackle paint, and then dunked into a tub of dazzling diamond glitter.
The frame is from Tattered Angels.  I believe it was discontinued 3yrs ago.  I edged the frame in picket fence crackle paint and then dipped into dazzling diamond glitter.
I used white seam binding (trimmings, from Tim Holtz) and used my spun sugar distress stain.  I tied a wooden button and tied it on with some cream twine.
To get my XO requirement, I added a 'ticket' from 'Love Mail' by Crafty Secrets.  I also added a rub-on from Karen Russell's Narratives Swatch Book.  I also added a tiny silver glitter butterfly to the 'ticket' to give the card a 'surprise'!
I hope that you get a chance to play along with us @ Our Creative Corner.

Friday, September 7, 2012

my friend

Thank you for stopping by this Friday.  I hope you are well.  And, to get your mojo moving, the ladies over @ Sketch Frenzy Friday are hosting another blog hop.  So, won't you stop by the design team's blogs and get inspired to play along.
The lovely Deb. C. has a fantastic sketch for you to work with this week.  Here it is:

here is what I made:

This card was fun to create.  I used So Saffron DSP and solid card stock.  I thought this bright cheery color would be a nice change of pace.  I stamped the floral image in Staz-On, and used a blender pen to color the image.  I stamped the sentiment in Staz-On, too.  
Thank you for looking.  Now, head over to Tammy F.'s blog to continue the blog hop!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CAS Floral

Thank you for stopping by today.  I know, it's Tuesday, and that means it's time for another challenge from Nacho Average Challenge.  And this week, it brings us up to challenge #10.  This week, it is a color challenge.  I don't know about you, but sometimes color challenges are a real struggle for me.  I know that sounds weird.

Here is what I did, with these colors:

This is actually, a Clean And Simple (CAS) card for me.  I know it has a few layers.  I made the card base out of Raspberry Ripple card stock.  To give the card base some visual interest, I stamped text onto the card stock in the same color classic ink.  I stamped the floral image in Raspberry Ripple and Wild Wasabi classic inks, onto very vanilla card stock.  To get the Early Espresso color I matted the floral piece onto some EE card stock.  I thought the floral panel looked naked, so I wrapped some crochet trim.  But a bow didn't look 'right'.  So, I tied on a wood button with some linen thread.  I added a tiny tag of 'Thanks' stamped in Early Espresso classic ink.  I wanted this card to have some glimmer, so I sprayed the whole card with some home-made shimmer paint.
Thank you for looking.  I hope you have found some inspiration.  To see what the rest of the design team has created, stop by Nacho Average Challenge, and I hope you play along!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Resist Watercolor

I hope all of you have some wonderful plans for this holiday weekend.  Me, whew.  Too many things to get accomplished before I go back to work on Tuesday.  But, then again,  what's new?  
Lisa, over @ Our Creative Corner, has a fabulous challenge for us this week.  She wants us to do some type of resist stamping technique, and include some wings.  Sounds fun, creative, and pretty clever!
So, here is what I came up with:

I used some papers from Melissa Frances.  I wanted something that looked shabby chic.  I also added a kraft polka dot paper and a text paper.  For my resist stamping, I stamped the floral image in versa mark onto some shimmer paper.  I added white embossing powder and heat set it.  To add the color, I sprayed the embossed paper with water and then added water color to the wet paper.  I think this resist technique is called 'watercolor resist'.  but don't quote me.   I love the negative look of this technique.  For my wings, I cut a butterfly from some glitter paper and added a tiny button for it's body.  I made a multi-loop bow with some vintage blue satin ribbon.  I painted a wooden button with some distress paint (picket fence) and added some glitter.  I used some cream twine to tie the button to the front of my bow.  The tag is from Melissa Frances.  I stamped the sentiment on the tag in basic black classic ink.  I added a scrap piece of vintage crochet trim to the tag.  I distressed the edges of my card with a white pigment ink.
Thank you for looking.  I hope that you get a chance to play along with us @ Our Creative Corner.