Saturday, December 31, 2011

Inspiring *CCMC 182*

The inspiration for this card comes from this weeks challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary.  Here's the sketch......
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I had seen some cards over on Splitcoaststampers a few weeks ago using a similar color combo to this one and just loved them all.  I love the softness of the colors together and feel like they lend themselves to a vintage sort of theme.  I added some of the "coffee splatters" from the French Foliage set and sponging to the main panel to make it feel older.  I also crumpled up the flowers and sponged those for the same effect.
Here's the list of supplies I used with this card.....
Stamps: Perfect Words, French Foliage
Paper: Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Vanilla and Newsprint DP
Ink: Soft Suede, Pear Pizzaz, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Blossom Party die, Antique Brad, Lace Ribbon Border punch

Friday, December 30, 2011

Case Study/Colour Q

This card is for Case Study Challenge #71 and Colour Q #117, which challenges to use black, white and one other color.  I've had this fun paper from Close To My Heart and have been waiting for the perfect chance to use it!  I just love those polkadots!
I also had a chance to play with my new Large Paper Doily die from the new Occasions Mini Catalog!  Love getting new stuff!!
Here are the other supplies I used:
Stamps: Card Chatter-Sympathy from Close To My Heart
Paper: Sophia Paper Pack from CTMH, Pear, Black, White
Ink: Black
Accessories: Large Paper Doily, Circle Cutting System, Ruffled Ribbon from WalMart, Glimmer Brad (Making Memories), Swiss Dot EF, Ribbon Edge punch
Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pool Party With a Splash of Cherry (KKC08)

This is for the Ka-Pow Kreative Challenge #8.  This time it's an inspiration challenge.
If you havn't checked out Carrie's site, do so now!  She's got tons of inspiration over there and what the heck....why not play along with the challenge while your at it!

My card uses the Inspired by Nature set, which is packs alot of punch for a little bit of stamping!  I love it!
Here are the other supplies I used.....
Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, White
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Photo Corner punch, Three Flower punch, Pool Party Ruffled ribbon, Designer brads, Top Note die, basic rhinestones, swirly EF
Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Framelits For You *MOJO 221*

Today's card comes from Mojo Monday Sketch 221.
I chose to use the round sketch, something I hardly ever do.  In fact, I think I've only made one or two round cards in my stamping life!  What fun though!  I teach an adult ed stamping class at our local high school and I think this will be one of the cards we make in the class coming up.
Here are the supplies I used.....
Stamps: Apothecary Art
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Everyday Enchantment DP (Sale-a-bration), Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Stazon Black
Accessories: Framelits die, Nestabilities Scallop Circle die, Circle punch and die, Blushing Bride pleated satin ribbon (occasions mini), sizzlit leaf die, embosslits butterfly, basic pearls
Thanks for taking a peek! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Another Christmas Inspiration From OCC

This card was made for the Christmas Decoration Challenge over at Our Creative Corner.  I was inspired by a fun elf clothesline garland I have.  Here is a pic......
I had more inspiration from Splitcoaststampers where I've seen this elf shoe card done many times.  I thought it was cute and wanted to try it out for myself.
 Here are the supplies I used......
Stamps: So Happy For You
Paper: Real Red, Black, Wild Wasabi, Silver Glimmer, Vanilla, retired DP
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Oval punches, Circle punches, Scallop Edge punch, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Argyle EF, Top Note die
Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Birchwood Nativity *OCC*

I know I said a couple of posts ago that I was tired of making Christmas cards, but I couldn't resist playing along with this challenge.  Over at Our Creative Corner this week, the challenge is to make a project inspired by a christmas decoration in your home.  There were so many things I wanted to choose from, but I settled on my wood carved nativity set. Here is a pic of the inspiration.......

I really loved this challenge and have more inpiration coming! 
Here are the supplies I used......
Stamps: The Sounding Joy
Paper: Choc Chip, Crumb Cake, Frostwood Lodge DP, White
Ink: Choc Chip, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Famelits labels collection, Antique brad, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, Chocolate pearls, Script EF, sponge
Thanks for taking a peek and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Silver Wedding

This card was made for two challenges.  Create with Connie and Mary 181 which challenges us to use only white and silver glimmer.  Also, I used sketch challenge 235 over at Staming 411.

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I thought this card could double as a wedding card or a silver anniversary card.....I'll just have to see what ocasion pops up first, I guess!  The little wedding cake was a snap to make with only two punched squares run through the Big Shot with the Finial Press EF.  It's sitting on a Scallop Oval cake plate.  I used the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for the accessory flowers and gave them some dimention by laying them on the soft pad from the mat pack and running my stylus over them.  This technique sure does make the little flowers stand out, plus the small rhinestone in the center of each one.  To give the base card some interest, I ran that thru the Big Shot with my Elegant Bouquet EF.  I inked up the Mr. & Mrs. stamp from Tiny Tags with Basic Gray ink, then stamped it off once to get the softer color.
Here is the list of all the supplies I used on this card......
Stamp: Tiny Tags
Paper: White, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Finial Press and Elegant Bouquet EF, Oval punches, Scallop Oval punch, Square punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Rhinestone basics, Organza ribbon.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ready to move on....

Is anyone else ready to make something other than Christmas cards?  I know that Christmas is only a couple days away, but I'm ready to move on to something new!  Don't get me wrong....I love, love, love Christmas and everything it stands for, but the cardmaker in me says, "let's do something different"!  So, here we are with a Valentine's Day card!  This card was made with a new set from the Occasions Mini Catalog called P.S. I Love You.  It's so cute and filled with lots of diverse Valentine's Day images.  I chose the yummy little srawberry that is dipped in chocolate.  I put Crystal Effects over the chocolate dipped part to give it a little dimention.  I tried to take a pic of it from a different angle...take a look.
I layered the chocolate strawberry on a circle and then on the new Labels Collection Framelits Dies, also from the new mini catalog.  There are some fun, new things in there!  Here are some of the other supplies I used.
Stamp:  P.S. I Love You
Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink: Same as above
Accessories: circle punch, Labels Framelits Die, Three Heart punch, neutrals buttons, red grosgrain ribbon, Owl Builder punch (small heart), Crystal Effects, Lucky Limeade bakers twine, swiss dot EF, dotted scallop ribbon border, Simply Scored tool.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Couple More Chistmas Cards

I wanted to make a quick post showing just a couple more christmas cards I made that aren't linked up to any challenges in particular.  I just wanted to get them up on my blog.  All three are made using the stocking accents die.  This die is soooo versatile and well worth the money.  I think my favorite card is the third uses the Deck the Halls DP from last season and looks so elegant.  I used the brushed bronze paper for the tops of the ornaments and then sponged them with some Chocolate Chip to give them a little more depth.  I love the way it turned out.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Another CAS! *KKC07*

Yes!  It's time for another Ka-Pow Kreative Challenge!  This week is a sketch challenge and it looks like this......
I took creative license after I saw Carrie Gaskin's sample, which is stunning as usual, and loosely interpreted the sketch.  I'm also entering this in The Paper Player's #75 Challenge where we are to use non-traditional christmas colors.  I used my new Stocking Accents die.  I have had so much fun playing around with all the shapes and the only one I hadn't used yet was the christmas bulb.  I figured it would work well for this sketch.  I am so totally in love with the glimmer paper too (both silver and red).  It adds soooo much!  I suprised myself by making another relatively clean and simple card.  I am coming down to the end of my silver cord and desperately want some more, but SU! doesn't carry it anymore.....does anyone know where a person could get some?  Keep in mind that I live in a rural area and don't live near any mega craft stores, but I can buy on-line!  Anywhooo, I had a ton of fun making this card and might just bust out a few more for to send out....if I can get somemore of that darn silver cord that is!
Here are the supplies I used...
Stamps: Peace on Earth from CTMH
Paper: Marina Mist, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Crushed Curry, White, Silver Glimmer
Ink: same as above
Accessories: Stocking Accents die, Silver cord, Swirly and Swill Dot EF
Thanks for taking a peek!    

Monday, December 5, 2011

Super Sparkle Snowflake

This week at Colour Q, challenge #113 was to use Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand and white.  What a perfect chance to use my Silver Glimmer paper to make a super sweet snowflake!  I also went for the clean and simple look, which I've mentioned before is a challenge for me.  I really like the way this one turned out and as usuall, it's much prettier in real life!  Here are the supplies I used.....
Stamps: Best Yet, The Snowflake Spot
Paper: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, White and Silver Glimmer
Ink: Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Accessories: Sizzix Snowflake #2 die, Rhinestone basics
Thanks for taking a peek!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Holly Jolly Sparkle

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This week at Create with Connie and Mary we have a sketch challenge.  I had a LOT of fun playing around with this one!  I got to use some of my new supplies, which is always good.  The red glimmer paper is A-maz-ing!!!  I love it tons.  Here are the supplies I used....
Stamps: Tiny Tags
Paper: Black, White, Glimmer Red, Garden Green, and retired DP
Ink: Garden Green
Accessories: Stocking Accents die, tiny tag punch, bakers twine, circle punch, ribbon border punch

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shapes and Shadows SSC231

This card is for Stamping 411's Saturday Sketch Challenge 231.  For some reason I'm having trouble copy-ing and pasting the sketch to my blog, so I guess if you want to take a look at the sketch, you will have to hop on over via the link....
The snowflake is from an oldie but a goodie set called shapes and shadows.  I also spritzed the embossed Old Olive backround piece with shimmer spray.  I wish it would photograph better, because that's what adds the pizzaz to this card. :( 
Here are the other supplies I used...
Stamps: Shapes and Shadows
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Vanilla, Retired Christmas DP
Ink: Real Red, River Rock
Accessories: Rhinestone brad, circles die, flowers EF, Red polkadot grosgrain ribbon, decorative label punch, shimmer spray.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, November 28, 2011

CCMC177 & PPC74 Rock My World

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I love the colors from the Create with Connie and Mary this week, although I do have to confess that River Rock has never been one of my favorite colors.  In fact, I don't even own any cardstock in that color.  I found a some designer paper that was part of a chistmas pack from a couple of years ago that had River Rock as one of the colors.  I decided to combine the color challenge with the sketch challenge from The Paper Players.  To make the U pop, I inked it up with River Rock and then used the kissing technique by touching a stamp inked with Night of Navy directly onto the inked up U, then stamped the whole thing onto white cardstock.  This is a fun technique that I need to try a little more.  Here are the supplies I used....
Stamps: All About U, Perfect Words
Ink: Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade, River Rock
Paper: Same as above plus Navy DP, River Rock DP
Accessories: Lots of Tags die, chistmas ribbon pack, half pearls
Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Crazy For Snow

This week's Crazy for Challenges challenge is to make a card with snow on it.  I chose to do something monochromatic.  I just love the look of white on white cards.  I added just a touch of gold with brads and cord.  Here are the supplies I used....
Stamps: Natures Gift from Close To My Heart
Paper: Very Vanilla
Ink: White Craft
Accessories: Northern Frost Sizzix stip die, snowflake EF, white EP, gold cord, gold brads, vanilla seam binding ribbon
Thanks for taking a peek! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cuppa Joe Courtesy Colour Q

This weeks Colour Q Challenge 112 was to use Espresso, Cherry, Pumpkin, Daffodil and White.  I was trying to go for a more clean and simple style, but I seriously don't think I have the ability!  So sad.  I have had this piece of orange polka dot paper for a while now and was looking for a project to showcase it in.  I'm pretty sure that's what put this out of the clean and simple catagory......
I stamped the cup of coffee from Pun Fun on watercolor paper and used my watercolor pencils and blender pen to color it in.  I mounted the little cup on some dimentionals to give it extra interest.  I also added some glitter glue to the little hearts to punch it up a little with some pizzaz.  Here are the rest of the supplies I used.
Stamp: Pun Fun
Paper: Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla, Orange DP (from Hobby Lobby)
Ink: Dafodil, Stazon Black, Espresso
Accessories: Scallop Square die, modern label punch, word window punch, rhinestone sticker, grosgrain ribbon, watercolor pencils, blender pen
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Clean and Simple Night Trendy Trees

Today is Thanksgiving Day.....happy thanksgiving everyone!  I have sooooo much to be thankful for, and one of those things is being able to have a creative outlet like cardmaking and being able to share it with others who think like I do! 
This card is for the Paper Players Clean and Simple Challenge #73.  Clean and Simple is a challenge for me, more is more!  I admire all those clean and simple stampers out there!  One good thing about C&S is the cards come together in no time.  To make the snow I tore some paper and ran a little bit of glue over the edge and sprinkled dazzling diamonds on!  Voila--glistening snow!  Is there anything more beautiful that sparkly snow??  I think not!  Here are the supplies I used.
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Paper: Night of Navy, White
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Circle cutter, glue pen, dazzling diamonds, navy organdy ribbon, snowburst EF
Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Out of This World Combo

This far out card combine KaPow Kreative Challenge #5 and Mojo Monday 216.  I added black to the color challenge because I wanted to rocket to be shooting among the stars in the night sky!  Here are the supplies I used.
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Torquoise, White and Black
Ink: Yellow, Torquoise and Red watercolor pencils, and VersaMark
Accessories: silver EP, Silver brads, circle punches, circles die, snowburst EF, white gel pen
Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Black, White, Cherry and Polkadots!

This card combines Creating with Connie and Mary Challenge 176 which is a sketch challenge and Crazy for Challenges 114 that asked us to make a card using black, white and another color of our choice.  I chose Cherry Cobbler as my "wow" color. 
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Here are the supplies I used.
Stamps: none
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, black, white, Night and Day specialy DP
Ink: none
Accessories: Fabric Flower, Cherry Cobbler button, Lace Ribbon border punch, Polka-dot ribbon from Wal-mart, Scallop circle die, circle die.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bleached Florets

This card combines Pals Paper Arts Sketch 120 and Colour Q Challenge 111.  I used a bleaching technique from Stamping 411.  The technique used crumb cake card stock, bleached out stamping image and ink.  The first time I saw it I knew I wanted to try it and I felt like this was the project to use it on!  Here are the supplies I used.

Stamps: Fabulous Florets
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, White, In Color DP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzaz, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, White Craft
Accessories: bleach, blender pen, Brights button, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, White EP, Twine
Thanks for taking a peek!