Friday, January 28, 2011

Sassy Girl

This is a card and 'special' envelope I made as a Thank You to my aunt. She and I have always had a close relationship and since my mom passed, I feel even closer to my aunts. They are the closest thing I have on earth to connect me to my mom. My aunt is a doll collector and has lots of girly touches throughout her home. I knew the image from Sassy Cheryl would be perfect for her. There are a few more photos than normal, so I apologize if I'm slowing you down. :o) You can always click on a photo to see it larger.

Sketch Inspiration
Midnight Madness Week Sketch #16 ~ Card
The Crafty Pad Challenge #105 ~ Something Girly; Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge ~ What’s Love Got to Do With It This project was made with a heart full of love for someone very special to me.; Corrosive Challenge Blog #100 ~ Reduce Reuse Recycle Both pieces of ribbon/trim were leftovers from other projects. ;Copic Creations Challenge #42 ~ Something New I was thrilled to recently pick up the Mod Retro paper stack and even more so to use it!; Scrap it With a Song ~ Brown Eyed Girl This little girl looks like she's dancing away and the recipient has brown eyes.; Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #51 ~ Bling it Up I created THX with bling and added extra touches to the image as well.; EAC Challenge #126 ~ My Favorite Thing I used a few of my favorite things - DCWV paper, bling, Sassy Cheryl image and the card was sent to one of my favorite people!; Top Tip Tuesday #19 ~ Fabulous Flowers I added a bling center to my fabulous flower to up its power.; Stamping Vacation Lots of Paper Challenge: Paper with Words The paper on the purse has words on it.; 365 Cards Day 311 ~ R U in 2 Txting?; 365 Cards Day 173 ~ Don’t Forget Your Purse Create a purse envelope for your card. If I hadn't added the strap and beaded trim, I could have simply addressed the back of the purse, adhered postage and sent it on. Since my final project was a bit bulky, I sent it in a padded envelope.; 365 Cards Day 328 ~ Saturday’s Word of the Day: Happy My girl is certainly happy and I am always happy when I think of my aunt. ;365 Cards Day 331 ~ Feeling Sassy

Card Detail
Purse Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Sassy Girl
Stamps: Sassy Cheryl The Frills
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV All Dressed Up and Mod Retro
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (C1, 5, 7, 9; E21, 31, 50, 55, 57; R20; BG10, 45, 49; G000, 12, 40, 82); Spicas (Silver, Pitch Black)
Accessories: Glossy Accents, Misc Ribbons, Gems, Felt Flower, SRM Sticker (inside verse)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Birthday Space Alien

My stash of boy cards is always running low, so I thought I'd work on my 365 Cards challenges and fill the slot in my card basket. Time's ticking and I really want to complete all the challenges from the past year. I played with my SU chalks on this, which is something I haven't done for a LONG time. I'm pretty much a Copic girl, but it's fun to go back to my crafting roots every now and then. :o)

My Creation

Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Birthday Space Alien
Stamps: Cuddly Buddly (Space Alien)
Paper: DCWV All About Boys

Ink: Laser Printer, SU Chalks

Accessories: Diamond Stickers, Pop Up Dots, QuicKutz Nesting Ovals, Glossy Accents
Techniques: Watercoloring

Saturday, January 22, 2011

OSC Challenge #115 DT Card

Wahoo! It's time for a new challenge over at One Stop Crafts Challenge. This week Francesca is hosting and she wants to see creations with multiple folds. We're sponsored by Sassy Studios who are giving away a great prize to a random participant. There are many options to meet the challenge: easel cards, tri-shutter, swing fold, gate fold, etc. or you can use my train of thought and play with a teabag fold. So get your ScorePals, bone folders, or the old standby - fingers out, and show us your folds!

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #50

Use 3 of the following patterns on your card - plaid, paisley, gingham, hounds tooth, toile
1) Select any 3 patterns; 2) Select any 3 colors, and 3) Select any 3 embellishments to include on your card.

My Creation

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Elegant Blue Medallion
Stamps: None
Paper: DCWV Winter
Ink: None
Accessories: Stickles, CM Circle Punch, SU Fiber, Martha Stewart Glitter, ClearSnap Design Adhesives
Techniques: Teabag folding (Dahlia Fold)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Peaceful Blue Winter

Christmas may be over, but winter still has a strong hold on my area of the world. I decided to keep out some of my 'holiday/winter' stamps and make a few generic cards for the season that can be easily customized with the inside verse. I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

Sketch Inspiration ~ CPS Card Sketches #201


Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Peaceful Blue Winter
Stamps: SU (Print Pattern, and unknown)
Paper: SU
Ink: SU
Accessories: SU

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tickled Pink Donkey

This card came together fairly quickly. I'm focused on creating cards with supplies I already have on hand AND using the digi images I've printed (and often colored). I've noticed that I tend to color more than create! Then I get grumpified when my colored image gets chewed by the fur herd or crinkled in the drawer. I went to a retreat this past weekend and worked only with images that were already colored - in most instances I'd already tucked the coordinating cardstock with the image. I was amazed at how many cards I actually finished. I've been know to go to a 2 day retreat and only have 2 cards to show for it!

Sketch Inspiration ~ Get Sketchy #70

365 Cards Day 304 ~ Flashback Wednesday: Day 209 - Keep it Simple
One image, a sentiment, one embellishment, and limit the amount of space you use on the card to about 1/3 of the entire space available
Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Polka Dots
Cute Card Thursday 123 Recipe Challenge
I used 1 embellishment, 2 stamps, and 3 patterned papers
Belli Challenge #109 ~ Letter P
I've had my baubles for over a year and PINK is the color to be.

My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Tickled Pink Donkey
Stamps: Karen Doodles Donkey, MelJens Verse
Paper: Stamping Bella, DCWV Spring, SU Whisper White
Ink: Laser Printer, CopicsGelly Roll Pen)
Accessories: Pop Up Dots, Bella Baubles

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bounty of Flowers

This card started out a beautiful basic terra cotta pot, and then I started futzing.............and couldn't stop. Many layers later, I think I'm done. Now the challenge will be to get it into an envelope and mailed without anything falling off!

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 266 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday
Oops, the sketch should flip so the two lines are at top.

Included at least 10 flowers on the card from 3 different sources. I have punched flowers, flowers in the sentiment image, and in the tile border image.
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #94 ~ Anything But Square
CCEE Stampers Challenge ~ Let’s Go Wild (not square card)
2 Sisters Challenge 22 ~ Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #18 ~ All Sentimental
Anything Goes: Stamp Something Challenge; Pile it On Challenge #3

My Creation

Image Detail
I cut out several of the tiles and popped them up and also added Diamond Glaze.

Ins and Outs ~ Bounty of Flowers
Stamps: SU Seasonal Borders?
Paper: SU Very Vanilla, DCWV Autumn, Bazzil, BG Scrap
Ink: SU Markers
Accessories: CM Flower Punch, Fiskars Flower Punch, Diamond Glaze

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Java Junkie

I'm a major coffee fanatic. Doesn't matter if it's standard office brew, frou-frou from the coffee shop, splashed over ice; I love them all. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to give up carbonated drinks. I'm doing pretty well thanks to coffee being uncarbonated. Maybe one day I'll be able to cut out all caffeine, but not this

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #81

365 Cards Day 257 ~ Warm and Cozy
A cup of hot coffee in jammies and rabbit slippers - what could be better?
365 Cards Day 285 ~ Super Six
2 ribbons, 1 image, 1 sentiment, 1 solid mats, 1 sepia accents
PaperPlay Challenges #1101 ~ CAS
Moving Along With the Times #80 ~ Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New
Use an old and a new supply. I've had this stamp for awhile and received a fun ribbon goodie bag in the mail this week.
Aud Sentiments Challenge #19 ~ Two Word Sentiment
Totally Stampalicious Challenge ~ Mixed Up
Use at least 2 stamps from different sets/manufacturers
Oldie But a Goodie #10 ~ Bright and Cheerful
I love the bright colors in the DP.
Crafty Catz Challenge #64 ~ Food and Drink
My Creation

Image Detail
I added sepia accents as a kind of 'morning beard growth'

Ins and Outs ~ Java Junkie
Stamps: Changito Coffee (Stampendous), TLC Digi Verse, Totally Stampalicious (Inside verse and image)
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Latte Stack
Ink: Printer, Copics (C1, 3; E31; Y21; YG23)
Accessories: SU Ribbons, Sepia Accents

Glittering Snowflakes

This card was one of a series I played with. I tend to create a lot with images I color in and am trying to take a different path every now and then. I seldom wet emboss because I never seem to have the supplies easily at hand. This card has a 'faux' wet embossing look as I used a glue stamp pad for the large snowflake and sprinkled silver glitter over the stamped image.

365 Cards Day 185 ~ Shape Up
Use a shape with a minimum of 5 sides as your dominant shape. My snowflake should qualify.
365 Cards Day 291 ~ Detachable Ornament
365 Cards Day 276 ~ Ephemera
I may have stretched this, as I’ve made an effort over the past few years to get rid of those little snips and bits. I did have this lovely silver cording from a Christmas gift and knew I could use it on a card.
365 Cards Day 258 ~ Tone on Tone
Cut out any shape in the same tone as your base and place it on the card.
My Creation

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hang in There

I've had some of Karen's images printed out for a looooooooooong time. My printed digi file is actually overflowing. I think I could make it the entire year just using images I've already printed. But, I won't do that! There are always so many amazing new images coming down the pipeline. I have resolved to go through the file once a week and pull out images to use.

Color Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 295 ~ Ad Inspired
I'm a bit tuckered out with Christmas cards, so I took inspiration from the colors in the pic.

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Hang In There
Stamps: Karen’s Doodles Hang In There Kitty, SU Sugar and Spice sentiment
Paper: DCWV, BG Origins, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Laser Printer, SU Markers, Copic E41; Spicas (Blossom, Gold, Melon)
Accessories: Making Memories Trim, MS Pearls, Pop Up Dots

OSC Design Team Card ~ Card for a Child

It's my favorite time of the week ~ Saturday morning and a new challenge is posted at One Stop Crafts. WAHOO! This week Chrissie is challenging us to make a card for a child. I couldn't help but use some of our amazing sponsor's (Robyn's Fetish) images. I love this little snowman and I added the snow wagon to create a scene. I tried to be clever and add a candle to the snow pile, but it might just look like a shovel since I created a blue flame. Thankfully the kid receiving it isn't too critical of such things. I hope you'll find time to join us this week. You could win some great images from Robyn!

Color Inspiration ~ colourQ Challenge #66

 One Stop Craft Challenges #113 ~ Card for a Child
Delightful Challenge ~ Buttons
Do You Stack Up Challenge #1 ~ Cute As A Button
Charisma Cards Challenge #1 ~ Birthdays/Celebrations
Stamping Vacation Fountain of Youth Challenge: Snowman
365 Cards Day 299 ~ All Tied Up
The challenge is to include 4 knots using 2 different materials. My yellow ribbon is knotted and the silver cording is knotted on each wagon wheel and the snowman's hand.
365 Cards Day 213 ~ The Three B’s: Boy, Button, Black
This card if for a little boy's birthday. Black turned out to be mostly an accent color, and the wheels are really buttons.
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #48 ~ Anything Goes
My Creation
Image Detail
 So tell me....candle or shovel?

Ins and Outs ~ Snowy Birthday Wish
Stamps: Robyn’s Fetish Snowman and Wagon
Paper: DCWV, BG Origins, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Laser Printer, SU Markers, Copic B000, Spicas (Baby Blue, Clear, Lemon), White Gel Pen
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Silver Cording, Buttons, MS Gem, SRM Sticker Sentiment, Stickles, Pop Up Dots

Friday, January 7, 2011

Donkey Smiles

Wahoo! I'm getting my take of the Midnight Madness Sketch posted BEFORE the last minute (or usually long after the challenge is over). This week's sketch was fairly simple to adapt and I had this large donkey image already printed and colored. With the cold snowy weather in the outside world, she makes me think of the lovely spring to come.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #85

Karen Doodles Challenge 44 ~ All that Glitters
Since my image is so large, it's hard to see the glittered cardstock in the background. I used several colors of stickles to make the image sparkle.
Pile It On Challenge #1 ~ Brand Spankin’ New
I received the confetti flowers and jewels in my stocking and was so excited to use both already.
365 Cards Day 297 ~ Think Cute
365 Cards Day 298 ~ Thinking in Threes
Use 3 decorative items and 3 of each (ribbons, flowers, gems)
365 Cards Day 307 ~ Flashback Saturday: Day 333 – 3 G’s: Green, Glitter, Grosgrain
Fuzzy Wuzzy January Challenge ~ Anything Goes
My Creation

Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Donkey Smiles
Stamps: Karen Doodles Donkey, MelJens Verse
Paper: DCWV (Glitter, Spring), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Laser printer, Copics (Y11, 15, 17; BG0000; R81; B02, 05; E00, 30, 31, 33, 37, 41; YG09, 11, 23)
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Stickles (Yellow, Turquoise, Cinnamon, Cotton Candy, Eucalyptus); MS Gem Sticker; Diamond Glaze; Studio His and Hers Confetti Flowers


This card is perfect for today. Last week at this time we had our second day of rain. The puddles quickly turned to ice and today we have a strong NW wind that chills you to the bone. I love the beauty in snow, just not as much when it's pelting me in the face. LOL

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 48: White Space
White space challenges always stress me out. I've been putting this one off for a loooong time.
Photo Inspiration ~ Stamping Vacation Challenge: Inspiration Station
This is a lovely winter scene but all I could think of was how cold it would be to ride in that open sleigh!

Stamping Vacation Clear as Mud Challenge ~ Snowflake
Be inspired by snowflakes but don't actually put any on your card. I used a 'star border' stamp, they really aren't flakes!
Cute Card Thursday #146 ~ Out With the Old
Use old supplies ~ not only did I use an old stamp set I used a bunch of scraps from my bucket.
365 Cards Day 229 ~ Shape Up: Circle and Diamond
My gems are in the shape of a circle and a diamond.
365 Cards Day 293 ~ Feeling Scrappy
Use at least 7 pieces of scrap paper
ABC Christmas Challenge ~ A is for Anything Christmas
I made this to tuck into a very late Christmas package.

My Creation

Image Detail

Now I'm off to make a cup of hot cocoa!
Ins and Outs ~ Brrrrrr
Stamps:  SU Bundle Up
Paper: All SU
Ink: All SU

Accessories: Organza Ribbon, Gems, Stickles

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Job Cheers

Wahoo for a new year and new beginnings. I wanted to make a fun card for my friend who recently got a new job (same company just a step up). She's been working really hard to get there so I thought it was appropriate to congratulate her and remind her to chillax for a moment.
Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day #152

This card is for a friend who worked hard to receive a promotion. It's certainly a new beginning for her. Now she can sit back and CHILLAX!
New Beginnings: One Stop Craft Challenge #112, Creative Card Crew, Simon Says Challenge
Daring Cardmakers Challenge ~ At the Beach
365 Cards Day 292 ~ Festive Friday
The challenge is to include 2 things you'd find at a celebration. Every good party I host has drinks and flowers.
Crazy 4 Challenges #68 ~ Celebrate Something
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge 99 ~ Flowers
My Creation
I don't do shaped cards very often, and used a kit to come up with my coconut drink.
An accordion folded paper scrap and a toothpick make the perfect tropical drink umbrella. A line of glitter gives a faux salt/sugared rim.

Just love this verse in the Taylored Expressions stamp set.
Ins and Outs ~ New Job Cheers
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Chillax
Paper: SU
Ink: SU Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, Diamond Stickles