Saturday, April 27, 2013

Buttons and Bows at One Stop Crafts

Happy Saturday, friends! I am in a totally SPRING mood. I was finally able to open up the windows and let the fresh in. The fur herd was QUITE excited and had to pile on top of each other to sniff the air and get one step closer to the birds. They love having the windows open and it doesn't seem to intimidate the birds, squirrels, and rabbits who peer in at them from the outside. This is an old pic, but the cats are still members of the 7 part fur herd and this is a common site year round at our house.

I made a very spring-ey card for this weeks challenge over at One Stop Crafts Card Challenge. The Design Team received super cute images from our sponsor, Patties Creations. Take a moment to pop over to the challenge blog to see their inspiration and then create and link up your own buttons and bows project.

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=
My Creation
I decided to punch out the center of my flower and fill it in with buttons. I lifted the panel with pop up dots and used a ribbon to cover the edges.
Image Detail
I used glue dots to give a little lift to a few petals and the butterfly.


Ins and Outs ~ Button Flower
Stamps: Pattie’s Creations Thinking of You
Paper:DCWV, SU Whisper White, Jillibean Blossom Soup
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (V93, 95; BV23, 25; Y11, 15; R32, 35, 37)
Accessories: SU Ruffled Ribbon Wisteria Wonder

All That Stickles Icicle Linky Party Starts NOW

Hello there!!! I hope the sun is shining in your world and you've officially bid farewell to winter. We had our first 70 degree yesterday, which was a nice treat compared to the rain and snow that started the week out. While we bask in the sun, you can still get chilly with the new linky party over at All That Stickles. For the next two weeks we want to see your craft projects using ICICLE Stickles. What I love about the 'clear' colors of Stickles is you can use them over colored cardstock, images, etc. and get a beautiful effect. Don't let the name ICICLE fool you; it's great for wintry creations but can be used for pretty much anything. Hop over to the ATS blog to see what the design team came up with. Make sure to come back and link up your ICICLE creations for the chance to win a prize from one of our FABULOUS sponsors.

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=

Our April Sponsors
Prize: Variety Package of Dew Drops

  Prize: 7 Digis

Prize: 2 Digital Paper Packs
Prize: 5 digis

My Creation
Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Silly Ewe
Stamps: Bugaboo Birthday Ewe
Paper: SU Whisper White; DCWV; Basic Grey Hello Luscious

Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (T0, 3; R32, 35, 57; BG000, 13, 49)

Icicle Stickles; Glossy Accents

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ruby Baptism Card

My husband and I have the honor of loving up a beautiful great niece. Baby Ruby joined our family in January and we recently celebrated her baptism. Like any good auntie, I wanted to make a special card for the occasion. I've toyed with the idea of using a mini cross stitch kit for a card and finally tried it. I love it! I used a piece of ribbon and two doilies to create a detachable piece. The heart can be used as a book mark or hung on display. Here's the proud parents holding Ruby. Love all these faces so much!

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=

My Creation
Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Ruby Baptism 
Stamps: Melon Headz Verse
Paper: DCWV Latte Card, Heart Doily

Ink: None

Accessories: SU Ribbon, Cross Stitch Kit

Techniques: Cross Stitch

Oh Snap!

I fell in love with the freebie this month from Birdie Brown. The sentiments are perfect for the image and I really like how this turned out. I left the inside verse blank as I'm not sure how I'll use this card. It would be perfect for so many situations! I know it will be one of those cards I hand to the recipient as I don't think the triple layer of buttons will mail very easily!

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=
My Creation
Image Detail
I used Stickles and Glossy Accents to add shine and sparkle to the image.

Ins and Outs ~ Oh Snap
Stamps: Birdie Brown Snap image and sentiment
Paper: Neenah Solar White; DCWV 
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (E30, 41, 43, 44, 84, 87; B00, 93, 95, 97) 
Accessories: Stickles (Baby Blue, Platinum); SU Buttons (Twitterpated, Springtime Vintage, Designer Regals)

CAS Cool Cat

Today I have a SUPER quick and easy card to share with you. Cool Cat is one of my favorite Stampin Up sets and I have to dig it out every now and then. As much as I love to color with my Copics, sometimes it's nice to step back and stick with the basics.

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=
My Creation
Image Detail

365 Cards Day 84  ~ Time’s Up (20 minute or less card)
365 Cards Day 85 ~Throw Back (use technique from when first started stamping)
When I started stamping almost 20 years ago, things were VERY basic. Just an image and some cardstock. The ribbon and brad would have made this ‘fancy’.
I’m mom to 7 fur babies and can assure you there’s nothing softer than kitty fur!

Ins and Outs ~ CAS Cool Cat
Stamps:  SU Cool Cat
Paper: SU and TPS

SU Basic Black, Real Red
SU Ribbon, Brad. Stickles

Sunday, April 21, 2013

All that Stickles Baby Blog Hop

Welcome to the Baby Blog Hop brought to you by the All that Stickles design team!

Bring on the bouncing babies! It's time for a Baby Blog Hop filled with all sorts of cute, fun, and of course, sparkly, baby themed projects!

If you've come from Cynthia's blog, you're in the right place! If you've just come across the hop and would like to start at the beginning, please visit All that Stickles.

For my project, I've made a centerpiece to use at a baby shower.
I took this (all bought on clearance or with a coupon)
and turned it into this:
 Can you spy all my Stickles additions?
The prefabbed box had a few flaws. Look at that sloppy glue peeking out from under the letters.
 An quick cover up is a sparkly layer of Ice Stickles to create a fab border.
And look at the inconsistent painting of the brown border, I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this! LOL
 With Stickles in hand, anything is possible. I used Cinnamon to cover up the gaps and add a beautiful border.
 Did you notice a few other additions to the box? Why those are Dew Drops which you can find at one of our fabulous April sponsors, The Robin's Nest. I used the GLUE feature of Stickles to adhere them and also Stickled over some of the existing polka dots. You can see a bit of glitter shine through the more transparent Dew Drops.
What to stick in my basket/box? Why, some Easter/Spring clearance items. These cute polka dot pinwheels were very interesting to my crafty helper, Dolly. She must have thought they were flowers.
 I didn't like the plain wooden 'knob' in the center so I grabbed m Copics and colored then in to match and then added a layer of Stickles. A few dabs over some of the polka dots and just enough glitter to go from plain to POW.
 Always keep an open mind when you are browsing the craft aisle. Eggs aren't just for Easter, they make great accents for baby themes also. I found this set of six eggs on deep discount after Easter at Hobby Lobby. They are covered in fabric and already on a stick, perfect for using in a centerpiece.
I used Stickles to glue on more Dew Drops to some and doodled lines and dots over some of the eggs.
 To pull together the baby/egg theme, I used this adorable image and sentiment from Doodle Pantry to create a wrapper to the big bottle bank. I filled the bottle with baby themed rubber ducks that will act as favors to the guests.
Here's a close up of the image.
 Nothing is free from Stickles as I added Baby Blue to the egg and bow.
Whew, that was a lot of pics! I hope you are able to be inspired to think outside the box when you are crafting and remember that Stickles makes everything better!

We have blog candy for those who are a follower of All that Stickles and leave a comment on every stop of the hop! Winners will be announced Wednesday April 24th at All that Stickles.

1 Stamp Set of Winner's Choice
Handmade Stick Pins or 1 Set of Handmade Fabric Covered Buttons

Digital Delights by Louby Loo
$5 Gift Certificate

$6 Voucher

10 Digis of Winner's Choice

Your next stop is Chas's blog.

Here's the complete lineup:

Thanks for hopping! :)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Ins and Outs ~ Baby Boy Centerpiece
Stamps: Doodle Pantry Big Egg Birdie and Verse
Paper: Stamping Up Whisper White, Creative Memories Light Blue 
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (YG03, 06, 23; E17, 27, 29, 31, 35; B0000, 00, 02; YR02, 04; Y00, 17, 21)
 Accessories: Baby Blue Stickles; Crystal Effects; Hobby Lobby Ribbon; Nestabilities Curved Rectangles

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Set Sail

Hi there blog friends! The sun is SHINING in my world, which is a big change from earlier this week.
We don't typically have snow this late in the year in southern Minnesota and I've taken it as my personal duty to keep a POSITIVE attitude in between snowstorms. I keep up the chant 'no mosquitoes' whenever I start feeling down. :)

This week over at One Stop Crafts Card Challenge, we are urging you to think outside of the crafting box, well at least the standard square or rectangle, that is. The Cutting Cafe is sponsoring us in our Shaped Card challenge. I know I get lazy and stick with the quick right angled cards, but was thrilled to find out how easy it was to use the template Cutting Cafe gave us to create this cute sailboat card. I don't have a cutting machine, so I went old school with my scissors, and was very happy with the result. Please pop over and see what my teamies came up with and join us in the fun!

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=

My Creation

Ins and Outs ~ Set Sail
Stamps: Cutting CafĂ© Sailboat Template 
Paper: Creative Memories Cardstock, Kraft 
Ink: Laser Printer 
Accessories: Stamping Up Buttons, Creative Memories Circle Punch, Doodlebug Baker’s Twine

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Showers of Love

I'm on a Spring kick today, this is my third spring inspired creation. I did stash an umbrella in my van this week, but it was pushed aside for the snowbrush. Maybe next week I'll get to open it up. This adorable image is from Nana Vic and you can get it FREE by playing along with the Progressive Challenge over at CDAC. I'm so proud of myself for making a card relatively early in the 3 month challenge. Now to get the next image and keep creating!

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=
My Creation

Image Detail
First I added Liquid Pearls to the umbrella's dots and then I added a layer of Glossy Accents. I doodle the raining hearts with liquid pearls and drew the lines in with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen.
Sketch n Stash Challenge #111

Ins and Outs ~ Showers of Love
Stamps: Umbrella (Nana Vic)
Paper: Neenah Solar White; DCWV; Stamping Bella
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (R00, 05, 27, 32); Star Gelly Roll Pen
Accessories:  Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink, Ruby Red); Glossy Accents