Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fluttering Sympathies

This card was pretty quick once I corraled all the punched butterflies. I was using up scraps from a previous card and have enough to create one more. Butterflies are my go to for sympathy cards. The colors are outside my comfort zone, but the beauty of Basic Grey stacks is you know they will all coordinate.

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Fluttering Sympathies
Stamps: TLC Verse
Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia
Ink: None
Accessories: Silver Cording, Punches (SU Border, Martha Stewart Butterfly, Fiskars Butterfly, Creative Memories Square), Unknown Sticker Verse (inside)

Springtime Smiles

It's been raining all day in southern MN, which means Spring is here! The snow has been gone for awhile and the grass has greened up nicely. The iris' are peeking their stems out and it won't be long until there's an explosion of color outside my door. Today I'm sharing a totally spring-filled card for a friend.

Color/Photo Inspiration
CASE Study Challenge #36 ~ Muse for April, Silke Ledlow
Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful April Challenge
Soft shades remind us of spring flowers sprouting from the ground.

My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Springtime Smiles
Stamps: SU Easter Blossoms
Paper: SU CS (Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Marina Mist), SU Springtime Vintage DP
Ink: SU Soft Suede
Accessories: SU Punches; SU Adornments Vintage Flowers; Stickles

Monday, April 25, 2011

Chocolately Goodness at the OSCC

Argh, still having blogger problems, or is it just a jelly bean overdose? :o) Thankfully I noticed before too many more days passed. I spent te weekend working so this is the first chance I've had to update my blog. We have a FABBY challenge for you this week over at One Stop Craft Challenge. This week we are being inspired by CHOCOLATE. Yummmmmmmy. Pop over to the challenge blog and see what the DT came up with. I went with an Easter Chocolate Bunny theme.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #100
My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Chocolate Bunnies
Stamps: SU Chocolate BunnyAccessories: SU Adornments Vintage Flowers

Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Sweet Stack, Stamping Bella, Kraft
Ink: Laser Printer

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quilted Sympathy

This card has been bouncing around in my head for awhile. I had fun making a paper quilt with some gorgeous Basic Grey papers. I was so inspired, I created 2 more cards using the rest of my 'quilt scraps'. I'll try to finish them off and get them posted soon!

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 36 ~ I Quilt
This is sketch I've been pondering for over a year! It's from last years challenges at 365 cards that I am still trying to finish out.
My Creation

Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Quilted Sympathy
Stamps: None, Creating Keepsakes Freebie Verse (inside)
Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia, DCWV
Ink: None
Accessories: Jolee’s Boutique Sticker, Kaisercraft Pearls, SU Lace, SU Rubon

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Live With Passion

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. I thought I had set up some scheduled posts, but that didn’t happen. I could try blame blogger but I'm fairly certain is was user error. So, I had to go through all of the posts and update any outdated info and hope to get about 4 posts fixed shortly.

This card is for a person who helped me though a difficult time the past few years. I was fortunate to have them in my corner for sound advice and support. Unfortunatley their assoication with me put them in a position to be attacked by the same parties trying to control me. Thankfully all has been put to rest and we are both able to finally turn our attentions to living honest and joyous lives without added drama. I thought the sentiment and image were appropriate considering all we've been through.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Taylored Expressions Sketch #136
Color Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 49 ~ Opposites Attract
Use 2 colors that you don't usually use together (or even like together) as the dominant shades. While I LOVE purples, I'm not into oranges and yellows.
CASE Study Challenge #35
Find Inspiration from the Muse for April, Silke Ledlow
Silke's card inspired me with the large image panel layered over the base, the brads and a botanical image.
OWH Challenge ~ Layers
Totally Stampalicious Challenge ~ Keep it Simple
I seldom do such a large one layer main panel and, egads, can you see I didn't use any glitter or shine?
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #90 ~ Bright and Bold
Stamping Vacation Watch This Challenge ~ Little House on the Prairie
The grasses against the sun silhouette make me think of the prairie.

My Creation
Image Detail
The sun was created by using a circle punched scrap on yellow cardstock and then sponging orange ink. The grasses were stamped after the sponging.
Distressing the word oval and adding a paper pierced border almosts creats a faux leather look.
Ins and Outs ~ Live With Passion
Stamps: SU Inspired by NatureTechniques: Spotlight, Paper Piercing

Paper: SU CS
Ink: SU
Accessories: SU Punches; Brads

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dotty Delmar

The DT at One Stop Crafts was given some fun images from Dude Time Doodles to play with this week. They are sponsoring our Spots and Dots challenge. When I first saw Downtown Delmar I wasn't sure what to make of him; but once I started playing, everything fell into place. There's still time to play at the OSCC, so come and show us your spots. You could win free images from Dude Time Doodles.

I was inpired by several other awesome challenge blogs and can't wait to give this card to the perfect cool dude.

One Stop Craft Challenges #125 ~ Spots and Dots
CCEE Challenge #1113 ~ No B Embellishments
Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Make us Smile
Cupcake Craft Challenge #136 ~ Comedy Rocks
365 Cards Day 21 ~ ABCs of Crafting: Alphabet, B for Blue, C for Circle
Egads, I'm already a month into the 365 Card Challenges and I'm WAAAAAY behind (I still have a few from last year I'm trying to wrap up). I may have stretched the challenge a bit, but having a verse on the front counts as alphabet - right? And see all those dots - they are circles!
365 Cards Day 33 ~ Boy Oh Boy
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Dotty Delmar
Stamps: Downtown Delmar (Dude Time Doodles), Digi Doodles Sent
Paper: DCWV base, Digi Papers from Northridge Publishing and Gina K Designs
Ink: Laser Printer, Copics
Accessories: Pop-up Dots
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spots and Dots at OSCC

Wahoo for Saturday mornings! Another fun challenge at One Stop Crafts and I hope you can join us. This week we are sponsored by Dude Time Doodles. Play along with our Spots and Dots challenge and you could win digis! Check out the great inpirations from our new Design Team members here.  I had fun playing with Ollie the Octopus and went off the norm by not doing ANY ink coloring; everything is paper pieced.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #97
Color Inspiration ~ The Shabby Tea Room #55
My Creation
Image Detail
 I know Ollis isn't really a fish, but I couldn't come up with anything clever to match the image.
Ins and Outs ~ Dotted Ollie
Stamps: Ollie Octopae (Dude Time Doodles), TLC Creation Sent
Ink: Laser Printer
Paper: DCWV base, Digi Papers from Northridge Publishing and Gina K Designs
Accessories: SU Ribbon Scraps, Gems
Techniques: Paper Piecing