Sunday, October 30, 2011

Flower Smiles

This card is another cheery pink creations. The new challenge at One Stop Crafts is to create a card with no sentiment. I thought it would be a quick DT creation for me, but I suddenly realized how often I add a little bit of words to the front of my card. I love the bright colors. Between the colors and flowers, I can't keep smiling.

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 132 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday
Color Inspiration ~ Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge #87
Image Detail
I added glitter to my flowers with Stickles.
See the hidden piece of pink bling inside the brad?
Ins and Outs ~ Flower Smiles
Stamps: SU Fabulous Florets
Paper: SU CS (Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo), SU Beyond the Garden DP
Ink: SU (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi))
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Jumbo Brad, Flower Garden Embossing Folder

Pink and Pearls Thank You

Splitcoast Stampers has a fun challenge each day in October to support breast cancer. I've had fun playing along with them. Today I'm sharing a card that is meant to be a Thank You for a caregiver. I was blessed to care for my mom throughout her cancer journey and spent the last 6 weeks of her life by her side. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else during this time. She told me how much it meant to her to have her only daughter with her and I treasure the days and hours we spent together.

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Pink and Pearls Thank You
Stamps: SU
Paper: SU Whisper White and Pink Pirouette
Ink: SU Soft Suede
Accessories: SU Punches, SU Texture Plate, SU Ribbon, Pearls

Boo Cats

I'm still clearing out images that I colored last year and found it fitting to use on a Midnight Madness Sketch I didn't get to play with. The count down is on to Halloween!

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #99
I used orange, gold, grey and green.
Image Detail
I added glossy accents to the mask and eyes.
Ins and Outs ~ Boo Cats
Stamps: Spyder’s Corner Scarrrdy Cat

Paper: DCWV Midnight Spell, TPS Base
Ink: Laser Printer, Copics (YR14, 18, 21; C1, 5, 7, 9; YG01, 13, 7; E41, 93)
Accessories: Glossy Accents, Sticker

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Frankenstein Treat Box

Today I have a 'frightful' treat box to show you made with Stamping Up supplies. The box is made using the petal cone die for the Big shot. Just trim off the 'pointy cone ends' to create the base. Frank's face is made with punches.

Ins and Outs ~ Frankenstein Treat Box
Stamps: None
Paper: SU (Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Brushed Silver)
Ink: SU (Old Olive)
Accessories: SU (Dies (Petal Cone, Tasteful Trims), Punches (0.5” and 0.75” Circle), Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip)

Mini Altered Notebook

Are you like me and stocked up on school supplies from the clearance section of your favorite store? I love picking up composition books in any size. They are so easy to alter into a customized notebook to give as a gift or for your own special memories/notes. This project uses a small book; perfect to slip into your purse.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Tuesday Morning Sketch #117
Ins and Outs ~ Mini Altered Notebook
Stamps: SU Nature Walk
Paper: SU (Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, First Edition Specialty DSP)
Ink: SU (Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler), StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: SU (Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder)

Ice Cream Cone Gift Holder

This is a fun and fairlysimple option to create a gift card holder. Or just cut the cardstock without the extra fold and you have a sweet card.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Pink Elephant Challenge #122
Sir Stampalot October Challenge ~ Food Glorious Food
HYCCT Challenge #1120 ~ Treat Yourself (a card with a treat and pink)
365 Cards Day 158 ~ Sweet Treats
I have an ice cream cone and added a cherry to my sentiment.
365 Cards Day 231 ~ Staple It
I used staples to create the pocket for the gift card.
365 Cards Day 236 ~ Evens and Odds 3 ice cream scoops and 2 cherries

My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Ice Cream Cone Gift Holder
Stamps: SU (On Your Birthday, Pennant Parade)
Paper: SU (Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red Glimmer, Just Add Cake DSP)
Ink: SU (Chocolate Chip)
Accessories: SU (White Gel Pen, Cupcake Builder Punch, Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon, Staples)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kitty Cat Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and I've got several cute images colored. Now the challenge is to get them onto cards before next week. So far the calendar is full every night this week and that's after my full time job. I might need to brew some coffee and burn the midnight oil to get my craft on. :o) I love this image from Karen Doodles and kept everything pretty basic.

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 216 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday
Color Inspiration ~ EAD Be Thankful Color Challenge
Image Detail
 I added glossy accents to the pumpkin and eyes for shine.
Ins and Outs ~ Kitty Cat Halloween
Stamps: Karen Doodles, Nizzy’s Art Factory Verse
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Midnight Spell and Indian Summer Stack, We R Memory Keepers Boho Chic card base
Ink: Laser Printer, SU Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie; Copics (Cat Costume: Y21, YR14, 18, RV14, E23, 55; Others: N5, 9; E00, 50, 53, Y35, E18, Y21, 17, 38; YR04, 07)
Accessories: Glossy Accents, Martha Stewart Spiderweb Punch
Techniques: Distressing

Friday, October 21, 2011

Inspirational Lighthouse

Some days are just tough. No way around it. Even if we try to keep our eyes lifted up and turn over our troubles to God, they can still be challenging. I've never been one to worry as I find it a waste of energy. Most often there is nothing I can do in a worry situation, so I try to use that energy for prayer. A simple reminder is that God tells us to just let today's challenges be enough and not to fret about tomorrows.

I've always loved Laurie's images at Doodle Pantry but seldom get them out. I wanted a masculine feeling card for a friend who is supporting his wife during her cancer journey. This image was perfect paired with a DP sentiment.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #116
Color Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 91 ~ Color Scheme
My Creation
Image Detail

It's hard to see, but I took my Y000 Copic and added a faint 'beam' of light coming from the image through the sentiment.
Ins and Outs ~ Inspirational Lighthouse
Stamps: Doodle Pantry Little Lighthouse Image and Only God Verse
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Shimmer and Tahita Stacks, TPS So-So Sweet Stack
Ink: Laser Printer, Copics (W1, 3, 5, 7; Y000; G82, 94, 99; E33, 35, 37; B0000, 12, 34, 37, 39)
Accessories: DCWV Chipboard Heart

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Girlfriend Coffee Chat

I am truly blessed to have excellent girlfriends in my life. They are the sisters I always prayed for. So many of their, and my own, lives have been touched by cancer. During October's Breast Cancer Awareness focus, I am reminded of how precious these women are and how grateful I am to call them friend. This card is dedicated to the women who have always stood by my with support, respect, and love.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #126
 Wahoo, another week going the fancy route!
 Color Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 226 ~ Ad Inspired 
SCS Hope You Can Cling To #1110 ~ Bosom Buddies (incorporate pink, ribbon and a friend theme)
Cupcake Crafts Challenge 164 ~ Buttons and Bows
Paper Playtime Challenge #58 ~ Say it with Sentiments Buttons and Bows
Pollycraft Monday Challenge #115 ~ Girls Girls Girls
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #56 ~ Layer It
365 Cards Day 3 ~ Fun with Fabric
TIP: Use colorless blender and a scrap of fabric to give faux texture to your images. I used a scrap of denim fabric soaked in Copic colorless blender to create the pattern on the girls pants.
365 Cards Day 78 ~ Pretty in Pink-ing
365 Cards Day 86 ~ Wednesday Prompt: Steam
365 Cards Day 182 ~ Buttons and Bows 5 of each
365 Cards Day 199 ~ A Year to Remember
I was inspired by the year 2010. After my mom died 9/15/09, I had to go through over a year of very difficult circumstances. If it weren’t the love and support of my friends (who I consider my true family); it would have been even more difficult.
My Creation
Image Detail
Colored with Copics.
 Premade ribbon bows with a pearl are quick and easy accents.
Ins and Outs ~ Girlfriend Coffee Chat
Stamps: Charmed Cards n Crafts Coffee Time (Image and Verse)
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Garden Party and Shimmer Stacks
Ink: Laser Printer, Copics (Hair: Blonde – Y21, YR31, 23, 30; Auburn – E08, 09, 19, 97; Skin: E000, 00, 11, R11, 20; Pantyhose – E00, 11, 13, 21; Pants: E50, 51, 53, 37; Shirt: RV00, 02, 04; Dress: RV11, 55, 63; Boot/Belt: E25, 27; Bags: RV19, E40, 41; Table/Chairs: E53, 81, RV19); Spicas (Pink, Baby Blue)
Accessories: Misc Buttons and Bows with Pearls
Techniques: Distressing

Get Well Doily

Another card kit creation. The SU Medallion stamp has been a favorite since it came out, and the Doily sets are right up there. All the large background stamps are so versatile; I just have to remember to get them out and play!

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 223 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday
Color Inspiration ~ Monochromatic
The Crafty Pad Challenge #143; Creative Inspirations Challenge #134
Crafty Catz Challenge #104 ~Get WellSoon
SCS HYCCT #1111 ~ Fight Like a Girl

This challenge is to use girly elements. I opted for doilies and ribbon, but went a non-girly color to change things up a bit.
Charisma Cardz Challenge #42 ~ Embossing
Moving Along with the Times Challenge #119 ~ Vintage
365 Cards Day 198 ~ Standout Sentiment
365 Cards Day 220 ~ Imagine This: Rustic
365 Cards Day 234 ~ Opposite Day
First think about how you would describe yourself - all the different aspects of your personality. ~ Colorful, practical and plain with a touch of OCD (like things neat and organized).
Second, use that description to create a card that is the OPPOSITE of how you would describe yourself: Monochormatic (ack, it hurts to not use any color), frilly lace (too girly for me), and egads – is that wrinkled ribbon I see and ‘dirty’ distressed inking? So not fitting with my organized OCD tendencies.
My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Get Well Doily
Stamps: SU Perfectly Pinned, Hello Doily
Paper: SU (Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Flirtatious Specialty DSP)
Ink: SU (Crumb Cake, Early Espresso), Versamark
Accessories: SU (Whisper White Organza Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Antique Brad, Brayer, 1.75” Circle Punch))
Techniques: Embossing

Bird for a Friend

This card was inspired by my crafty friend Karen during her stamp camp. She comes up with some great ideas that are far from my creative realm. I love the shabby feel of this card and the multiple layers.

My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Bird for a Friend
Stamps: SU Nature Walk
Paper: SU
Ink: SU
Accessories: Big Shot Dies, SU Embossing Folder, SU Ribbon, Smooch Spritz, Heart Gem
Techniques: Distressing