Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Simply Soft Do Over - OCC & DD12

Gee, I had fun creating this card for Our Creative Corner and Dynamic Duos 12.
Over at OCC this week, it's all about do-overs.  I loved the concept of this challenge and was all over it as soon as I read about it.  I browsed through my older photos and found this card....
On my old card I used the Simply Soft stamp set from Stampin' Up.  It's a super easy set to make fabulous cards with, so how could I go wrong???  This card was wrong for me in so many ways.  I hated the torn oval behind the main panel, I wished I would have mounted the backround DP on a peice of regular cardstock, and I wasn't happy with the ribbon.  And don't get me started on those flowers!!!  So, I was thrilled to get the chance to makeover this card!  I thought the DD12 Challenge colors would be perfect to do the makeover with.  I love the way the Poppy Parade "pops" against the black.  I had also seen a tutorial on YouTube a while ago where the gal used the layered marker technique on this set and it looked so neat, so I knew I wanted to do that too.  I colored in the flower petals with Blushing Bride first, then came back over them with Poppy Parade.  I'm so much happier with my do-over card and am glad OCC had this challenge!

Here's a list of supplies I used.....
Stamps: Simply Soft, Just Believe
Paper: Poppy Parade, Black, White, Sunny Days DP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeade, Stazon Black
Accessories: Framelits Labels die, Scallop Polkadot ribbon, Word Window & Modern Label punches, button, bakers twine, rhinestones
Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Olive Happy Hour - FMS44 & CTD201

I absolutely love this new set from Stampin' Up called Happy Hour.  It's got so many cute images.  I'm not a big drinker, (maybe a glass of wine every now and then and even then it has to be sweet), but they've made all these fun little images that are soooooo fun to play with.  I'm sending this card to my baby brother, who turns 24 this month.  He likes drinks like this and he lives 2,000 miles away from me, so I think this whole thing is appropriate for him.  Plus, the colors and style feel a little masculine maybe. 

Here's a list of supplies......
Stamps: Happy Hour
Paper: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Gumball Green, So Saffron DP
Ink: So Saffron, Gumball Green, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Circle cutter, Circles #2 die, Button die, Rhinestones, Riding Hood Red ribbon. White string
Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Lot Going On - MOJO250 & CR84FN59

Ok, this is my second post for today, but I had to because this card plays along with Mojo Monday 250 and the challenge closes tonight.  The other challenge this one encompasses is CR84FN 59 color challenge.

There is alot going on on this card. Ribbons, brads, punches, pearls, die cuts, fussy cutting, designer paper, dimentionals and stamped images...oh my!  I'm not a clean and simple kind of girl, but this is a little much for me also.  I was trying to follow the sketch and got caught up in all these different elements!  Oh well.  I completed my task and someone will really appreciate receiving this card, I'm sure.  The photograph is sort of distorting the true color of the cardstock versus the designer paper versus the ribbon.  It looks much more color coordinated in real life.

Here's a list of supplies I used....
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Tiny Tags
Paper: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, In Color DP
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Floral Frames die, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Antique Brad, Basic Pearls, Square Punch (for flag ends on banners) 1/8" Coral Organdy ribbon
Thanks for taking a peek!

So Hoppy For You - CCMC210 & FM68

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The colors for CCMC210 are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, So Saffron and Pool Party, and the Friday Mashup calls for us to use the sketch but also use a summertime theme.  When I saw this color combo, I immediately knew the stamp set I wanted to use and that was A Flower For All Seasons.  This cute watering can with flowers and little toad are so sweet and cute and doesn't it say summertime?  Especially paired with the gingham designer paper background.  I don't have any stamps that have a "froggy" sentiment, so "so happy for you" was about as close as I could get.  To tie the summery flower element together I embossed the gingham background with my Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and then added a simple little punched flower to the main panel and tag.   The main panel is popped up with dimensionals and then I faux stitched around the edges for a little something extra.

Here's a list of supplies I used......
Stamps: A Flower For All Seasons, So Happy For You
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Pawsatively Prints DP
Ink: Stazon Black, Watercolor pencils, So Saffron
Accessories: Blender pen, Three Flower punch, Circle punch, Square punch (for flag end on banner), Elegant Bouquet EF, Paper Piercing tool & Mat Pack, White Gel Pen
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Five Petal Build a Blossom - CQC146 & SSC265

Today's card comes to you from Colour Q 146, and Saturday Sketch Challenge 265 over at the Stamping 411 Blog.

Colour Q wants us to use Red, Pear, Kraft, Black and White.  I used a minimal amount of kraft.  The center of the flower is inked with Crumb Cake and I sponged some more Crumb Cake around the tiny banner.  I love the red, green and black together.  I also got a chance to play with my new Polka Dot Parade DP.  It's all so cute!  I love, love, love polka dots.

Here's a list of supplies I used....
Stamps: Build a Blossom
Paper: Black, White, Polka Dot Parade and In Color DP
Ink: Real Red, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Black
Accessories: Build a Blossom Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Square Lattice EF, Framelits Labels die, Framelits Bitty Banners die
Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cupcake Calm - NAC3, PP104, & JAI127

Today's card comes by way of Nacho Average Challenge #3, Just Add Ink #127, & The Paper Players 104.  I'm a little to late for the party over at The Paper Players, but oh well!
I used the sketch from NAC3, the color combo from JAI127 (which I added Melon Mambo as my 3rd color), main element from PP104 which challenged us to use words as the main element and keep the project clean and simple.  CAS is a hard concept for me.  I've mentioned this before and I know I'll never be one of those girls that can stamp on element on a white card and call it good.  I need to have some sort of embellishment and some color.  This is about at CAS as I get and with that I still needed to add a little glitter to the cupcake. 

This card could totally be for someone who is having one of those milestone birthdays.  I just celebrated my 40th and I know I would have loved to receive one like this!  As a matter of fact, my SIL gave me this stamp set for my birthday! 
Here's a list of supplies I used on this card.....
Stamps: Carry On
Paper: Whisper White, Black, Black and Melon Mambo DP
Ink: Black, Melon Mambo and Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Designer button, Black Bakers Twine, Top Note die, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SSC68 & SSC246

When I first looked at the Stamping 411 Sketch, I wasn't sure what I'd do....this one perplexed me.  I started with the Everything Eleanor stamp set, because it's one of my new ones, and stamped the big tag on the vanilla piece and everything just fell into place from there!  Sometimes all it takes is finding one element to use as a jump off point and you're off and running! 

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Card Chatter-birthday (CTMH)
Paper: Rose Red, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Mocha Morning DP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories: Swirly EF, Beautiful Wings embosslits, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, basic pearls

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dazzling Sweet Style - DD11, SSSC163, & HSS127

This card combines THREE challenges....I love it!  Dynamic Duos 11, Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 163, and Hand Stamped Sentiments 127.
I absolutely love the color combo from DD this week...so soft and pretty.  And the Technique Challenge from HHS was all about glitter and boy do I love glitter, so that was right up my alley.  Thow in the sketch from SSSC and poof, this pretty little number is born!  I am so pleased with the way this turned out.  I actually don't own any Pink Pirouette CS, but I do have some ribbon, so that's what I used for my pink element, as well as some ink for watercoloring.  I found this old piece of DP in my scrap pile and thought it blended nicely with this project.  It's from Le Jardin. 

Oh, the glitter put this card over the edge for me.  It'd be pretty without it, but, boy does it elevate it to another level!  Here's a closer pic of the glitter panel.

Here's the list of my supplies....
Stamps: Elements of Style, Fench Foliage, Tiny Tags
Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Vanilla, Le Jardin DP (retired)
Ink: Stazon Black, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Tag punch, Modern Label punch, Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Antique brad, Irridescent Ice EP
Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Navy & Pink Wedding - RS20 & OCC

Today's card is for Retro Sketches 20 & Our Creative Corner which challenges us to use Navy, Pink and another color of your choice.  I chose Midnight Muse, Blushing Bride and Cameo Coral. 

We went to a very nice wedding reception last night and this was the card I whipped up to give to the bride and groom.  When I first looked at this sketch, I was a little intimidated but once I got a general idea in my head, it came together nicely!  The color combo that OCC picked this week is absoluetly delightful!  I love navy and pink together, and in fact, when I got married 18 years ago these would have been my wedding colors had we been married in the summer.  We chose February as our wedding month, so I went with a richer color palette.  Anywho, these colors compliment each other so nicely and I chose to throw in the Cameo Coral because I thought it coordinated fabulously with the Blushing Bride.  The fact is I'm loving this combo so much, I just may have to make another card to enter in the challenge!

The flowers on this card are from my brand new Floral Frames die set.  I'm excited to get the chance to play with my new stuff! 
Here's a list of supplies I used for this card......
Stamps: Tiny Tags
Paper: Midnight Muse, Blushing Bride DP, Cameo Coral, White
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8", & 1 3/4" circle punches, Blossom Builder punch, Floral Frames die, Vintage Wallpaper & Polkadot EF, 1/8" white satin ribbon, Blushing Bride Pleated ribbon, Silver brads, Itty Bitty Punch pack
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

16th Birthday Mojo

I made this card for my son who just turned 16.  It also happens to fit into the Mojo Monday Sketch 249.  :) 

Masculine cards are hard for me, but a masculine teen card......whoa, that's a challenge.  I think he appreciated the fact that I put the time into making him a special card and it fits him because he like to play guitar.  He's a big fan of the color red, so I looked for patterned paper that was on the boyish side.  I came up with the Poppy DP from Sunny Days collection and the Torquoise is from Patterned Paws collection. 

Here's a list of other supplies I used.....
Stamps: You Rock (Close To My Heart), Perfect Words
Paper: Black, Tempting Torquoise & Poppy Parade DP, First Edition DP
Ink: Tempting Torqoise, Cool Carribean, Poppy Parade, Black
Accessories: Poppy ribbon, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Black Mini Gems, Notebook Tab punch
Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sympathy for CQC145 & FMS43

 I needed a Sympathy card as my good friends' great granny passed away recently.
This was the first card made with my brand new set Everything Eleanor.  Again, I've used scraps that were laying around my desk.  I started out with the Vanilla peice that was already cut and stamped on with the French Script backround stamp.  I added the flowers and watercolored them with my watercolor pencils and a blender pen.   I thought the sketch was great for this card, but flipped it on it's side to accomodate my flowers.

I added the Daffodil ribbon with an Antique brad to complete the look. 
Here's a list of the supplies.....
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, French Script, TLC (Close To My Heart)
Paper: Chocolate Chip CS & DP, More Mustard, Sunny Days DP, In Color DP, Very Vanilla
Ink: Stazon Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Antique Brad, Daffodil Seam Binding ribbon, Framelits Dies, Watercolor Pencils, Blender pen
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bird-day Party! - OCC

Today's card is for Our Creative Corner.
  This weeks challenge is just plain PARTY! Anything related to parties.  I chose to go with the birthday theme.  To me, this could be boy or girl or even adult!  This is the first time I've tried anything banner-ish.  I know it's been wildly popular, but I have to admit it just didn't really appeal to me.  But, when I stamped this little bird on a scrap of white, I had all this space on top and thought to myself, why not try it?!?  I punch out three big stars in red, daffodil and marina and cut the tips off to make my little banner flags.  It turned out to be the perfect size and scale for the stamp image.  I am pretty pleased with the way it all turned out, and the banner itself was super simple.  I'd say it looks like this little bird is ready for a party!

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Pun Fun, Itty Bitty Backrounds
Paper: Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, White
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Star punch, Martha Stewart edge punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Black EP, Watercolor Pencils, White String, Stripe EF
Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ice Tea Cheers - RS18 & CR84FN84

Today's card is for Retro Sketches 18 (and by the way, I can't get over that it's been 18 weeks already since this challenge site launched!) & CR84FN 84. 

This is the first card I've made with my brand new set Happy Hour.  Isn't this a fun little set....I've got so many ideas!
I stuck pretty close to the sketch drawing, not really tweeking anything, but on the color challenge, my neutral is a little darker than the original color palette. 

I stamped the ice tea glass once on the white cardstock, then again on a scrap peice.  I cut out the drink part and added the lemon and straw.  It's all in the details!  It's very hard to see in the photo, but I embossed the bottom red panel with a large polka-dot embossing folder.  I also decorated the inside of the card.....

Here's a list of my supplies......
Stamps: Happy Hour
Paper: Real Red, Soft Suede, White, Sunny Days DP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Suede
Accessories: Large Polka-dot EF, Neutrals buttons, White string, Notebook Tab punch