Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sticks and Stones - One for the boys!

I'm sure you have enjoyed seeing all of the Beary Scrappy Gal's Sticks and Stones creations this week! I know I have. I'm wrapping up this weeks theme with my boyish card. I love this little stamp from MFT's, Pure Innocence collection. I thought he was perfect for today's theme. My DP is Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage. It is really a great collection that can go from nice and girly to more manly.

Remeber, The Beary Scrap has some great sales going on - You don't want to miss out!

Come back next week to see more inspiration with another fun theme to share!

Card Recipe:
Papers: Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage, Bazzill cardstock, Neenah for the stamp
Stamp: MFT's Boy and Dog - Tree Swing
Medium: Copics
Tools: Spellbinders - Ribbon Tag Trio II, Classic Scalloped Ovals small, Classic Ovals small
Embellishments: Basic Grey Buttons

Paper Sundaes: sketch
One Stitch at a Time: Going dotty
Pile it On: Cute and Cuddly
Crazy Challenge: Cute and Cuddly
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Buttons
Your Next Stamp - Cut it out and pop it up
Cute Card Thursday - Someone Special
S2G - Ribbon
Stampin for the Weekend - card for a male

Friday, May 14, 2010

Show us Psychedelic!

It's a new challenge at Studio 313 Hotspot! One of the hottest trends in home decor is psychedelic colors/patterns. Here is a little inspiration to get your mind thinking.

My card today is really simple. As you know, I am much more of a vintage girl, so this was really pushing me out of my comfort zone. I used Modern Flowers, the Green Tea collection. I completely colored the designer paper with copics (fluorescent ones at that!) For the blue background, I added texture by dabbing it with coloreless blender applied to a terrycloth towel. After coloring and cutting the butterfly, I added a layer of liquid glass to make it nice and shiny.

We hope you will be inspired to join this challenge at the Hotspot. There will be a random drawing for 25.00 worth of products from the Studio 313 Exclusive Creations digi store, spend it now or later! You have 2 weeks to play in the challenge. You can combine it with any other challenge, and it doesn't have to be a Studio 313 digi (but you can definitely use it if you have one!)

Paper Sundaes - sketch
Alota - flowers
Cute Card Thursday - For Someone Special
Pixie Dust - Cut it Out
Clearly I stamp - flowers
Sweet Stampin - Summer colors

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Monthly Blog Hop Really Reasonable Ribbon

On the 13th of each month, the Design Team for Really Reasonable Ribbon will host a blog hop. We will be highlighting different ribbons from the store - and every month, you will have the chance to win our Ribbon of the Month kit! How awesome is that? If you have been following the ribbon path to get here, you should have arrived from Mindy's blog. If you just stumbled upon this hop, then you will want to go back to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblings to start. Be sure to leave a little love at each team member's post to be eligible to win this month's kit.

Besides loving ribbon, I am also a shoe girl. I have seen these adorable 3 dimensional shoes popping up all over blogland and wanted to give it a try. I used the template from Artful Affirmations.
I originally made this flower for a card, turned out a little bigger than I thought it would, so decided it would make a perfect shoe ornament. I used 1.5" wide dark purple grosgrain ribbon, and used a folding and stitching technique to form the shape. I sewed Swarovski crystals in the center folds to help define the shape. Underneath the rosette, I added a simple bow of gorgeous old gold silk. Finally, you may recognize the brown looped organza from this month's ribbon club. I love that ribbon!

Thanks for looking at my project! Your next stop on the hop is Amber's Blog. I know she will have something wonderful to share with you.

Papertake Weekly - Shiney, Sparkly, Special
ABC - "U" unused stash (Czech glass button and DP's)
Alota - flowers
Crafty Angels - One for the girls
Quixotic - DIY flowers
Wild Flower Wednesday - Ribbon, sparkles, dimension

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Have a Bloomin' Good Day!

I love a good challenge, something that pushes me out of my comfort zone. The color challenge at Roses on Paper was to use orange, pink and yellow. This is just not a palate that I normally work with. But with this cute Belles 'N Whistles image it was really fun! The tag pulls out and reads "Have a Bloomin' Good Day"

ROP - pink, yellow, orange
Truly Scrumptious - sketch
One Stitch at a Time - Going Dotty
Pile it On - Cute and Cuddly
Alota - Flowers
Crafty Angels- One for the girls
Clearly I Stamp - April showers bring may flowers
Sweet Stampin' - summer colors

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pink and Brown

Today has been a marathon of card making! Here is the last one to post today. I used Kraftin Kimmie's Genevieve for this card. She is colored with copics. The ribbon is from the monthly ribbon club at Really Reasonable Ribbons. The papers are CTMH.

This card is for:
All That Scraps: pink and brown
Kraftin Kimmie - Neapolitan colors
SFYTT - sketch
Stamp and Create - ribbon

Cute as a Button

For someone who really isn't crazy about anything but card challenges, seems like I have had quite a few here lately. Today, I wanted to share with you the project that I made for JustRite Stampers Inexpensive Gifts challenge. I made a felt pincushion, using a recycled small cola bottle for the base. I stamped the image on my felt using Staz-on ink. The stamp set is one of my favorite JustRite sets - Stitched with Love.

Come Celebrate with Karen's Doodles!

The theme this week at Karen's Doodle US Team is Celebrations or Birthdays. Have you seen this adorable Thank You Girl Set? I used the blank heart, and merged the PNG file of Herbert Birthday Cake onto the heart for a birthday card. Being able to manipulate images is one of the great things about using digis!

You have until next Sunday night to link your entries for a chance to win your choice of images from Karen's Doodles! I'm sure you will need a birthday/celebration card soon, so you might as well take the challenge.

Sketch Saturday - sketch
Crafty Pad - punches
Digital Tuesday - food or drink (very small birthday cake!)
The Town Scrapper - Pink and purple
Delightful Sketches - punches
Simon Says Stamp - Birthday
Wild Flower Wednesday - CAS Birthday
Stamp Something- Birthday
Sketchy Colors - blue and purple
One Stitch at a Time - Going Dotty
C.R.A.F.T. - Cake - Birthday or Wedding
Creative Belli - Birthday

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Please say that this has the "WOW" factor!!

Elisabeth Bell is one of my very favorite designers, so....when I saw that Belles 'n Whistles was having a DT call, I knew, I had to throw my hat into the ring! I love BnW stamps - and I'm thrilled that they have gone clear! I really appreciate being able to see where I am stamping.

I pulled out all of my BnW stamps, and inked a bunch up - trying to decide which one to use. So, I'm not always good having to narrow things down, so you will get to see several stamps in action.

I am over the moon about my first card! I figured out how to use 4 of my stamps on this one card (See, I told you I didn't want to narrow down my choices). Everybody is hanging out at the pool - and my tubing girl is getting ready to jump right in! I've not seen anyone else make a card like this before - I combined an easel card with a tent card. I colored all of my images with copics. Liquid glass was added to the inter tube and the pool water to make them shiny. The pool is a digital image from BnW. I wish all background stamps were digital - It was so awesome to be able to size this for my purpose.

I cut out a layered palm tree with my cricut and embossed the trunk with a cuttlebug folder. There is a sandcastle border at the bottom of the card, that is made with distress embossing powders, so it really looks like sand. I was really pleased with the depth I was able to achieve on this card. I hope this says "WOW" to the ladies choosing the new DT members! I would so love to get to design with these stamps all of the time!

My second card is just so sweet! I used Tea Time for it. Now, normally, I don't cover my cards with flowers, but Kimm at the Beary Scrap is adding this new line of Mulberry flowers - and I really am crazy about them. I colored the flowers with Glimmer Mist - and made the large ribbon flower in the center by twisting some lovely vintage ribbon from my stash.
I did add my favorite techniques - distressing, stitching and coloring with copics (I even added a little bling in the upper corner!)

So, wish me luck on the DT Call! It's open until Wednesday, if you want to give it a try.

Challenges for Card 1:
Crafty Pad - Punches
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Here Comes the Sun
Stamp With Fun - Friends
Delightful Sketches - Punches
Color Throwdown - Rose, Kiwi, turquoise (mine are a little more muted)
Copics Colour Challenge - BG11, BG02, R20
Lili of the Valley - Here Comes Summer
Crafty Ann's - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - The Great Outdoors
Sweet Stampin - Summer Colors
Stamp Insanity - Easel does it

Challenges for 2nd card:
Crafty Pad - Punch
Alota - flowers
Crazy Challenge - bling
Delightful Sketches - punch
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Colour Create - Khaki, aqua, brown, cream
Clearly I Stamp - Flowers

Make it Manly Card

Flourishes is having a release this week, and to celebrate, there is a challenge to make a manly card. Now, most of my Flourishes stamps are rather girlie, but as I was trying to pick one, I found Patriotism on Parade. Now, to make this work with the sketch I was wanting to use, I had to shorten my parade lineup a little, by masking off the two middle children. It worked seamlessly!

I always love the Flourishes release parties - and this week it will be on Thursday night, 5/13 on SCS at 9:00 pm central.

Flourishes: Manly card
CPS- sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Men/Boys
Stampin for the Weekend - card for a male