Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wedding Wishes - and 2 challenges

Hey, I'm back with my second post today :)
This card is going into to challenges.  Card Patterns Sketch #163 and The Shabby Tea Room week #111.

Here are the graphics provided by each of the challenges.

My card ~

The CP sketch was an easy and fun sketch to use!  The Shabby Tea Room asked us to use the colors in the photo and use lace OR ribbon plus use flowers.
I used most of the colors on my tag, along with a mat of pink under the main panel.  I used 3 ribbon flowers. that I look at my's really looking more clean & simple, than "shabby".  Uh oh.  Well, it's too late to change it now, isn't it?  Ha!  Anyway, it was fun to create :)

Thanks for stopping in to see what I've created!  This card will be going into my Etsy shop also.

card stock: white stamper's select (PTI), blushing bride (SU)
ink: blushing bride, so saffron, certainly celery (SU)
stamps: garden variety, tiny tags II (PTI)
other: lattice impression plate (PTI), 5 petal flowers (Offray), white satin ribbon (Michaels), fused pearls (Wright's)

Happy Birthday - CR84FN Color Challenge

Hi, this is the first of 2 cards I'm posting today.  This birthday card is going into the CR84FN 53 Color Challenge.  Here's the inspiration graphic that's provided for us.  I'm usually not drawn to pink...but I really like this color combination!

For someone who's not a "pink girl" I used quite a bit of it on this card, didn't I?  I inked up a Cuttlebug embossing folder with some Stampin' Up! pink pirouette ink, then placed a panel of white card stock in it before embossing.  I like the letterpress look that it gives the panel!  That little crocheted flower is from SU also (discontinued), but I added a few faux stamens to the center before gluing it to the pieces of tulle.  I think the rest of the card is self explanatory, but I'll list my supplies below.
By the way...the next card I'll be posting has some pink in it, too.  I guess I'm hooked :)

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I'll be putting this card in my Etsy shop later today (there's a link in the upper sidebar of my blog.)  If you're reading this post from an email, you'll need to go to the bottom of the email to find the name of my blog.  Just click through...and there you are!

card stock: pool party, whisper white (Stampin' Up!)
ink: pink pirouette, early espresso (SU)
stamps: lovely leaves, communique curves (Papertrey Ink)
other: pink crocheted flower (SU), damask embossing folder (Cuttlebug), floral spray flower centers (Hirschberg), adhesive pearl flourish (Recollections from Michaels), pink tulle (from a stash I won on Vicki Chrisman's blog last year), scor-tape, glue dots

Monday, April 23, 2012

Brighter Days - CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Hi there!  Just a very quick post this evening.  I usually don't have the time to stamp during the work week.  But, I wanted to make a card for one of my church friends who is quite ill.  I want her to know that she's in my thoughts and prayers, so I needed to make time for this card.

This card is going into the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, CFC49.

I love playing along with their challenges, but this weeks sketch had me stumped ALL weekend.  The idea for this card just popped into my head this evening, while I was thinking about my friend.  I'm thinking that I had a little help from above, so I'm not taking full credit for this card :)

My card ~

This card came together very quickly.  That is SO rare for me.  Trust me.  I stamped, then cut out the clouds.  Both are mounted on foam tape, but the smaller could has a double layer of tape.  The sun was cut out of yellow glitter paper with a Spellbinders pinking die and tucked behind the clouds.  Then a sentiment and a tiny hummingbird...and my card is complete.  I hope it brings a smile to my friend's face, at least for a while.

Thank you for taking a look!

ink: baja breeze, night of navy (SU)
stamps: heartfelt mix (WPlus9), thinking big favorites #10, grunge me (PTI)
card stock: white (PTI), yellow glitter (Michaels)
other: small pinking circles (Spellbinders), foam tape (3M), scor-tape (Sookwang)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Remember - The Shabby Tea Room #110

Hey, I'm back with my second post for today.  This time I'm playing along with The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #110.  The colors really called to me.  And...I wanted to use some of the pretty aqua mist felt I purchased recently.

*** Edited to add...oops, I was too late for the challenge!  Ack! ***

Here's the challenge photo provided by Tammy.  So, so pretty...

I recently saw a card on Ivana's blog that I just loved.  You can see her card HERE.  The layout of her card inspired mine.

My card ~

Ahhh...I love these colors together.  That aqua color is Stampin' Up's pool party.    It seems to be my favorite color card stock lately :)  The aqua mist felt is from Papertrey Ink.  I was surprised how closely they match.  The pool party card stock was die cut with Papertrey Ink's front & center II die, which is actually meant to be used as the front (and back) of a gift bag.  I cut off just the top few inches from the die cut, for my card.  I left the "handle" of the die cut intact.  I added more die cuts, a rolled flower and then a vintage button (it's a very, very light pink color) tied with some linen thread.

Thank for taking a peek at what I've been up to!

What's in it?
card stock: confetti cream, pool party, blushing bride (SU)
stamp: harvest berries (PTI)
dsp: in color patterns pack (SU)
other: aqua mist felt (PTI), front & center II die, tag sale #5 die (PTI), rolled flower die (MFT), scor-tape, glue dots, linen thread, vintage button from an estate sale 

Happy Mother's Day - Unscripted Sketches #155

Hello!  I've been busy at my craft table this weekend.  And it's been fun :)  There are so many other tasks that I should be tending to.  You know.  Cleaning.  Weeding the flower beds.  The not-fun stuff.  Ah well, maybe next weekend!

This card is going into the challenge at Unscripted Sketches #155.  It's been a while since I played along, so it's about time :)  This week it's a Piggyback Challenge.  The additional challenge is to use something recycled.

My card ~

My "something recycled" is the cute yellow button.  It was in a jar of buttons that I bought at an estate auction.  Can you believe how closely the color matches my dotted paper?  Perfect!
Anyway, I've been in the mood to use some of these sweet, retro themed patterned papers from October Afternoon.  I figured this card is the perfect excuse (yeah, like I needed an excuse).  I chose 3 patterns and then added some machine stitching.  The sentiment panel was die cut.  And that final touch was the vintage button, tied with some twine.  Yup.  I'm likin' it :)

Thanks so much for taking a look!

What's in it?
card stock: confetti cream (SU)
stamp: mother's day (Stampendous)
patterned paper: modern homemaker 8 x 8 pad (October Afternoon)
other: rectangle die (Spellbinders), twine, vintage yellow button from an old button jar, foam tape, scor-tape, pop-up glue dot, sewing machine, thread

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wedding Day card - Lily Pad Cards

Hello!  This post will have to be quick.  My husband needs to use this computer.  And...I have numerous stamping/crafting projects that I need to create this weekend.  No time to spare!

I'm playing along in the Lily Pad Cards, Virginia's View Challenge #4.  The inspiration is photo is beautiful!

My take on the challenge is a wedding card for one of my Etsy customers.

This rose took several attempts, before I was satisfied with the results.  I stamped the rose 3 times onto Cherry Cobbler card stock, using clear embossing power.  Using the images to create 3 layers for the rose.  I then swiped my Versamark pad around the edges of all 3 layers, to add some "shadow".  Then curled the outer petals of each layer by gently wrapping them around a pencil, just slightly.  Each layer is adhered with dimensional adhesive. Then the rose was attached using 2 layers of foam tape, to give it some extra lift.  The time spent I spend "experimenting" was absolutely worth the result.  I love it!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

card stock: cherry cobbler, garden green (SU), white (PTI)
ink: onyx black (Versafine), Versamark
stamps: fifth avenue floral, occasional quotes (SU)
other: clear embossing powder (SU), basic black satin ribbon (SU), bride's mother white trim (Offray), leaves die (Sizzix), foam tape, scor-tape

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sending Prayers - 2 challenges

Hello!  Remember me?  Yeah, it's been a while since I've posted.  I usually post every weekend - a couple of posts, if possible.  But life gets very busy, doesn't it?
I hosted a Stampin' Up! party yesterday.  We had a room FULL of talented stampers, and we had so much fun!
A big Thank You to my friend Kris.  She's a wonderful demonstrator!
By the way...she taught us how to "tap dance" yesterday ;o)   You'll have to ask a SU demo to show you how.

Hey, I guess I'd better get back on track.  The card I've made today is going into 2 challenges.

retro sketches rs#7

CR84FN 52 Color Challenge
I needed to send out a sympathy card this morning, and realized that I've only got one more.  So, I needed to replenish my stash.  I think the colors in the CR84FN challenge work well for a sympathy card to be sent to a woman.  The colors are soft, but not drab.
I am really enjoying the retro sketches and I try to play along as often as I can.  This one was a bit of a challenge at first (that's the point isn't it?), but it was fun to play with.

This is how I've combined the two challenges.

I've used a textured card stock for the base.  It's a retired Stampin' Up! card stock in Creamy Caramel. I've used dimensional adhesive for two layers of this card.  I used various butterfly images from Beautiful Butterflies by PTI, along with a sentiment from the same set.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I hope you'll leave a comment.  I SO enjoy reading them!

card stock: textured creamy caramel, pretty in pink, very vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
ink: creamy caramel, pretty in pink (SU), tuxedo black (Momento)
stamps: beautiful butterflies (Papertrey Ink)
other: border punch (MS), faux pearl (Recollections from Michaels)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A little help from my friends - CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

If you're looking for my Lily Pad Cards birthday post, scroll down (you'll need to click on my blog header to bring up all recent post) or click HERE.  Join in the celebration and find out how to have several chances to win some awesome prizes!

In this post, my card is going into the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays CFC #46.  Create a clean & simple project based on a song.
I really had to think about this one.  It took a looooog time!  But, when I least expected it, I thought of this sentiment from a Beatles song.  This sentiment stamp is from a retired Stampin' Up set.  And it's one that I've always loved.  Are you old enough to remember "I get by with a little help from my friends"?

I hope you can see the sheet music impression on the main panel of the card.  If you click on a photo, you should see a larger version.  I sponged my sentiment panel with some kraft colored ink before removing it from the Spellbinders die.  Everything else is pretty straightforward.  I'll list my supplies below.
This card came together quickly.  That's a rarity for me!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

What's in it?
card stock: kraft (PTI), whisper white (SU)
stamp: sage advice (SU)
ink: crumb cake (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
other: sheet music impression plate (PTI), labels four die (Spellbinders), black w/weaving stitch ribbon (American Crafts), pearls (Recollections by Michaels)

Celebrate your day - retro sketches #5

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I'm playing along at retro sketches #5 with this card.  They are a new challenge blog.  I'm thinking they'll be around for a long time, because they have GREAT sketches!

Take a look at this weeks sketch challenge ~

And my card ~

I went kind of vintage/shabby with this card.  The woven trim and the buttons are part of a stash that I bought at an estate auction.  You'd be surprised what you can find at auctions.  IF you have the patience to wait for hours, sometimes!  This time it was worth it :)
I used Papertrey Ink dies for the butterfly and the round elements.  I layered card stock under each one to give me a thicker embellishment.  I'll list my supplies below.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

What's in it?
card stock: pool party, blushing bride (Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: lost & found - market street 6 x 6 pad (My Mind's Eye)
ink: onyx black (Versafine)
stamps: signature greetings (Papertrey Ink)
other: love lives here die collection (PTI), buttons and woven trim from an estate auction

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