Tuesday, May 31, 2011

365 Cards: #92 Paper Take Sketch & Basic Grey

Today on 365 Cards the challenge was to use your favorite ice cream flavor as inspiration for your card. One of my favorites is mint chocolate chip, but I also really love Rasberry Chip Royale: 

Very yummy! so with that in mind I used this week's sketch #56 from Papertake sketch #56and combined it with the basicgrey challenge, to make this sweet greeting that's "From the Heart"  The brown cardstock  is by Stampin Up, and the patterned heart paper is called bittersweet by Basic Grey.  I added ribbon and a heart charm to complete this handmade card.  Both the card and the stamp are available to purchase in my Etsy shop.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Less is More #17 pick a square

This week on Less is more the idea was to pick a portion of a square to use your image or words, and leave the rest as white space.  I really like how this sentiment has the rose image twined through it.  I embossed this stamp using versamark and cranberry powder by Stampendous.  I colored in the flower with sharpie markers and glaze gel pens.    This card and stamp are available in my Etsy Shop:

365 Cards: #91 Color scheme

Today on 365 cards the challenge is to use these three colors:
I used Stampin Up paper and ribbon to create this cute "Congratulations" on your new home or sold home themed card.  I cut out one of the houses and used a pop dot to make it a focal point too.   This is my 100th post!! so it's also a congrats to meeee :) 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

365 Cards #87 Cool

Today's word prompt on 365 cards is "Cool".  The other day it was soooo hot and humid outside, then the rain came and it cooled the air almost instantly! I love listening to the rain and watching children splash in puddles :)
  I used a fiskars texture plate for the background of this card, and added sizzix splashes to the bottom to make it look like rain puddles.   I used this wonderful sentiment "May Happiness Rain Down On You" by Stampabilities.  To make the word Rain appear 3D, I used Royal Coat Dimensional Magic by Plaid.    

365 Cards: #83 Sketchy Sunday

Here is sketch  #83 on 365 cards:
I made this "Hello" greeting using stampin up Alphadots and a circle punch.  I put a few rhinestones and a cute telephone sticker on  to add to the fun.  The patterned paper is from The Angel Company Fruiti Fusion  pack.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

365 Cards: #85 Steam

Today's word prompt on 365 cards is "Steam" so I thought of coffee and a hot bath ~ ahhhh -then I thought of this hot air balloon....steam - hot air...?!  I thought this "Happy Birthday" sentiment stamp went with the hot air balloon very nicely.   I stamped on glossy photo paper with a black palette ink pad.  I colored in the image using glaze gel pens and added some rhinestones for sparkle.  A very fast and fun unisex birthday card. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

365 cards: #85 Hat

Today on 365 cards the word prompt is "Hat".  I thought of this terrific "we three cat's" stamp by Stampendous.  I think these felines look fabulous with their colored rhinestone hats.  I stamped on glossy photo paper with a black palette ink pad, and then colored in the hats with sharpies and added a glaze marker to the one hat to make it puff a little. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Less is More #16 Butterfly & 365 Cards #84 Ruffles

On the Less is More blog the theme this week is butterflies.  I combined challenges with today's 365 cards which is to think "ruffles".  I thought this image had a vintage feel to it, so in keeping with the collage theme I added a lace ruffle to the side and a wonderful charm that reads "Love".  I used Kraft cardstock and colorbox burnt sienna chalk inkpad for color.  This stamp and card are available to purchase from my Etsy shop.  I'm also including a yard of this lace ruffle trim with purchase. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Less is More #15 Embossing

I made this card for the Less is more challenge which was to make a one layer card using embossing powder.  I chose this vintage looking image  with the violets and the birthday greeting sentiment.  I pulled out the twinkling H20's and the Luminarte to color in the flowers with my water brush.  Everytime I play with this powder I think ""why don't I use this more often?" I love the shimmer.  I thought it needed something more across the top so I added a ribbon, but kept it flat by not tying a bow.  I think it turned out very simple and pretty.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

365 Cards #79 Fabulous Finge

Today on 365 cards the challenge is to create a fringe on your card.  I found two other challenges: Anita Be Stampin which is to use lace and pearls and another challenge on Anything Goes that requested lace, pearls and embossing.  So with all that in mind, I created this card.  I have containers that I keep my ribbon scraps  in sorted by color.  I made my fringe out of loops of ribbon and then added lace and another piece of white ribbon to run across the front.  The embellishment on the corner was actually part of an infant headband that I repurposed.  I embossed the "Congratulations" sentiment in blue powder.  I think this would make a pretty wedding or baby shower card.  The two greetings and stamp are available to purchase from my Etsy shop

Thursday, May 12, 2011

365 Cards: #73 Thursday Sketch

I love inchie art! 1 x 1 mini pieces of original artwork. I was working on a black and white challenge for a team that I am part of on Etsy.  I started making inchies and when I saw today's sketch on 365 cards, I knew instantly  how I was going to complete the card.  Lot's of details went into this greeting ~ lace, buttons, ribbon, paper punches, sentiments, etc. on top of layers of cardstock.  each one inch square is created, then arranged and added to a card front.   I collect inchies as well as ATC's in a binder, that I love to look at and be inspired by.  This card is available to purchase in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

365 Cards #72 Wednesday Sketch

Today on 365 Cards we are continuing with a whole week of sketches:  When I saw all those pieces of paper in random sizes it made me think of fabric scraps.  I remembered this Stampin Up set from 2003 called "I like your style".  I stamped the dress forms and paper pieced patterned paper over the forms.   I used stampin up punches and pieces of measuring tape to accent around the image.  I stamped the sentiment on a tag and added pieces of rick rack and thread to complete the look of this fun encouragement card.  This card is available to purchase from my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

365 Cards: # 71 Tuesday Sketch

Today's sketch on 365 cards:
I just ate fresh strawberries from a real farmstand! yummmm ~ first of the season.  In celebration of my feast, I created this thank you note.  I used red pigment ink that I stamped the strawberries and sentiment with.  I took a tombo blending pen #N00  and lifted color off the ink pad and brushed it on the strawberry for a water color look. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

365 Cards: #70 Monday Sketch & Birthday Sundae's #8

This week 365 cards is going to use sketches for their challenges. 
Here is Monday's sketch:
I also used the the challenge from Birthday Sundaes to help me decide what to create today.  You needed to use two patterned papers and at least three embellishments.  I chose to stamp and cut out these flowers from JRL designs.  I stamped the background shadow in yellow ink, then over stamp in purple and cut out the flowers.  On one I added a rhinestone (1).  I layered two tag punches from Stampin Up and a birthday sentiment with a lace knot for a bow (2).  I had a little scrap of floral ribbon that I added to the border and attached a purple charm (3&4) to the knot.   For my zig-zag line, I used purple rick rack (5).  The card and stamps are available in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

365 Cards: #69 Sketchy Sunday

Today is sketchy sunday on 365 cards:
This bulldog is just too cute! full of personality and ready to wish someone a happy birthday!  I made the card using papertrey ink card stock, and patterned paper from The Angel Company called Winchester and Amberly Grace.  Thanks for looking!

Happy Mother's Day!

This has to be the best Mother's Day I've ever had! My little family went all out for me:

The poem is called a bio poem which I had never heard of.  My 8 yr old sarah made this in her 2nd grade class. What is a Biopoem? A Biopoem is a poem that describes a person in 11 lines. There is a specific formula to use when writing a bio poem.

(First name)-
(Four adjectives that describe the person)
Son or Daughter of (your parents names)
Lover of (three different things that the person loves)
Who feels (three different feelings and when or where they are felt)
Who gives (three different things the person gives)
Who fears (three different fears the person has)
Who would like to see (three different things the person would like to see)
Who lives (a brief description of where the person lives)
(last name)

How sweet is that idea?! She knows how much I loved my Mom ~ the other three are pets that have past on.
One of the dislikes is ripped cards! hahaha ~ I strongly dislike the word hate and bugs..dead or alive!
I "experienced" children , and I want to see her sister Katie help out more around the house, and to see the island of Fiji! oh the things that come out of the mouth of babes ~ She is right! -happy tears-

Even hubby made me a card & let me pick out jewelry from a craft show that we went to.

My oldest, Katie made me this beautiful card ~ She knows how much I love lace, butterflies and bling :)

I'm so blessed! Thank you God for my family :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Less is More #14 White on White

Wow! I never would have tried this, but today's Challenge on Less is More is to make a card using white on white and it worked!.  I used stampin Up's embossing folder first then added lace to the side of the card.  I started stacking flowers (punched from Marvy and Stampin Up) together then added the heart (Marvy punch) and found this wedding sentiment in my stash and called the card complete.  I love the elegant feel of an all white card.   Thanks for looking!

365 Cards: #68 You can do it!

Today on 365 cards we were to use this poster as our inspiration for a card.  I thought of this Sister stamp that I had in my stash and with the colors in the Rosie the Riveter poster I created this card.  The jeans paper was from the dollar store years ago and the red ribbon came from the thrift store ~ gotta love those kind of finds!  I'm going to give this to my oldest sister (who may see this before I give it to her) to remind her that I'm always there for her..no matter what! I love my sisters :) ...We are fam-i-l-y, I got all my sisters and me...you
know the words!  ~ Thanks for looking ~

Friday, May 6, 2011

365 Cards: #67 Royally Crafted

The challenge on 365 Cards is to make a wedding card and let it be inspired by the royal couple in any way that you choose.  I stamped with moonlight white ink by brilliance and used "Bridal" embossing powder by the personal stamp exchange.  I stamped and cut out the banner and used an exacto knife to lift part of the bow on the arch.  I used sticker letters to spell Mr. and Mrs. on the banner.   I added lot's of pearls, ribbon,  a flower embellishment, and a rhinestone for bling in the middle of the bow.  I chose a border punch by Stampin Up to complete this wedding card fit for a royal ~ Thanks for looking! 

365 Cards: #66 DIY Patterned paper

Challenge #66 on 365 cards  is to create two different patterned papers to use on your card. You can use any technique you want to do this - sponging, stamping, watercolor, anything you can think of.   I chose to try Tim Holtz alcohol blending solution and Palette dye re-inkers.  I used Tim's felt stamping tool with a piece of felt attached and put drops of re-inker on the felt.  I added the blending solution to the felt as well.  With a pouncing motion, I pounced the ink on to glossy photo paper.  I stamped the fish with a black versafine ink pad and attached the glossy paper to green cardstock.  I used a journaling stencil and tombo markers to make the background waves and added a ribbon the same color as the water, and completed this fun and simple card. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Basic Grey #42 Be Charming & Isabellea's Sketch

Today I combined two challenges to make one card.  Isabella's sketchbook and Basic Grey's Be Charming Challenge.  I used Basic Grey's Porcelain patterned paper from the windermere collection for the background on top papertrey inc cardstock.  The solid paper and the stripes are from Heidi Grace.  I punched butterflies with my martha stewart punch and added pearls for detail.  The charm was a yard sale find of misc. jewelry.  It was a clip on earring that I took the back off of and added it to the ribbon.  The sentiment and the paper punches are from Stampin Up.  Thank you for looking ~

Winnie the Pooh and the honey bee

Lisa my friend on Etsy (Lisa's shop link) asked if I had any Winnie the Pooh stamps in my shop.  I dug through my stash and found that I had duplicates of this pooh chatting with a honey bee.  I made this tag to include with the stamps.  I used tombo markers and a black glaze pen to make the wings more dimensional.  I also added stickles to the bee's wings to make them sparkle too. Thanks for looking ~ TTFN (tata for now) 

All about Me ATC Challenge

ALL ABOUT ME CHALLENGE - (Thursday, May 5th) on Etsy

What defines you as you, think of this as a self-portrait project in the loosest sense of the terms. Create something in your medium that shows us your character.
My character is based on my faith in God. I enjoy life's simple pleasures like walking on the beach collecting sea glass and shells. Love is the Key to life because "it's so much more friendly with two". I am thankful and grateful for my life, my family and my faith. I value my friends, and I try to be a good friend. I'm trustworthy and full of hope. I added hand stamped to the top because I LOVE to stamp!
I guess you can say I grew up to be a little like all the characters in the hundred acre woods ~ but winnie the pooh is still my favorite!