Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, Mojo, and MORE!

Happy Sunday, everyone!  It is time for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!  The challenge this week is "You've Been Framed!"  Any kind of frame on you cards works this week! Check out the link and play along with us! 

For my card I am using  Verve Love's Flower and Thankful Hearts stamp sets.  I layered some coordinating MME totally girl designer papers together for this card.  I am slightly addicted to this paper pack at the moment.  So many colors, patterns, and options!  I started out with my flower in the teal shade to match one of the background flowers and ribbon, but after looking at it for awhile, I decided to redo the flowers in a buttery yellow.   I used the Verve Embossed Oval die for my sentiment tag.  I die cut it and punched a hole in it with my CAD.  I stamped the sentiment and another flower from the Love Flower set that looks like one of the ones in the papers. 

I am using the Mojo Monday sketch179. I am also playing in a few other blog challenges!  ABC Challenge:  "O" is for ovals(small oval diecut sentiment),  Creative Cottage:  fabulous florals,  AllSorts:  Make your own flowers(stamped, colored, cutout, and layered), Crazy4Challenges(C4C76):  flowers,  Fairy Fun Fridays:  Song  Tuesday Trigger:  Inspiration Picture(Flower Power)! I decided to use this dark paper with flowers all over it.  Instead of focusing on the colors in the picture, I just took the flower theme and ran with it! OSCC:  Spring Flowers,  Crafty Catz:  For a Friend,  Delightful Challenges:  Use your scraps(yellow flower punch outs and the purple layer were scraps,  Crafty Sentiments: Spring,  Stamp Something: Something with Flowers!


Here is a card I did last week, but did not have a chance to blog til now!  For my card I am using Verve's Birthday Surprise, Vintage Oval Frame, and Merry Wishes stamp sets. I am also using the coordinating Vintage Oval Die.
As aways,  thanks so much for stoping by!

Stamps: All Verve
Paper: Flourishes Ivory, MME for a girl dp
Ink: Memento rose bud and pear, PTI camomille and vintage cream
Accessories: seam binding, nestabilities, spellbinders, expressions pearls, sponges, foam squares, dimensionals, button(stash), May Arts ivory twine, MS butterfly, white ep, copics, PTI impressions plate, Verve's Vintage Oval die

Friday, February 25, 2011

It's A Birthday Blog HOP!

Let’s light the candles and strike up the music, the owner of Flourishes – Jan Marie Caruso – is celebrating a birthday and we’re helping her by getting the party started with a Birthday Hop to honor her special day!   Hop over to Jan Marie Caruso's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!   You can start at the Flourishes Blog or continue from here and just click on the links below!   Happy Birthday Jan Marie!  Blessings to you for a wonderful year!

I am using Flourishes Sunflowers and Kids Play stamp sets.  I am using Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock.  I stamped my image and sentiment using Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa inks.  I colored my image with Flourishes Copic Color Collections.  I used some aqua ink to lightly stencil on the inside of the spellbinders circle.  I used some distressing camomille ink on all the edges.  I am using some BasicGrey Curio paper pad.  I used a BasicGrey glazed brad to layer with a button to create a more vintage feel.  I finished with a bow and pearls! 

Check out the other designer's links to see their Birthday Hop creations!

Barbara Anders
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Betty Wright (you are HERE)
Cindy Haffner
Dee Jackson
Maki Jones
Silke Ledlow
Tammy Hershberger
Beate Johns
Cindy Coutts
Heather Jensen
Kathy Jones
Yvonne Hagane

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge(SNTODBD29)!

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge(SNTODBD29)! The assignment is Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge this time is "Christmas Cards!"  I know many of you feel that you just packed away all your Christmas decorations.  However, we are going to start working on our Christmas 2011 cards.  It is such a joy to keep my Christmas cards that I make throughout the year in a special place and pull them all out in early December for mailing.  If you do not own any ODBD Christmas stamp sets yet,  you can get creative with the ones that you do have.  I am sure you can work some Christmas spirit into your February creations!   We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps! 

For my card, I am using ODBD Blessed Christmas and Christmas Verses stamp sets.  I also used the beautifully detailed Poinsettia die.  This intricately designed image is gorgeous alone, but to have the intricate die to go with it is amazing!  I am using some My Mind's Eye Totally Girl paper pad.  I went with three soft blue patterns that have touches of lavender.  I layered some spellbinders dies and threw in a silver doily for fun!  I finished with some dyed lavender seam binding and silver pearls.  My main image has touches of dazzling diamonds glitter all over it. 

Check out FRAN's Christmas card, too!


I played in a few other blog challenges, too!
Anything Goes:  Distressing(sponging)
Incy Wincy: Punches or Dies
Fresh Brewed:  Buttons and Bows
Fab 'n Funky:  Recipe (1 image(poinsettia) 2 embellies(pearls& lace), 3 papers( I used 3 patterns of MME)
Creative Inspirations:  Stripes(the band under the frames is the MME totally girl pale blue stripe...sort of covered )
Belli Challenge:  Use felt or fabric(seam binding and lace trimming are fabrics)
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge:  White stuff (glitter and white(ivory base), and some white detailing)
Forgotten Scraps:  Spring or Flowers
PaperPal Arts:  Scallops!  I have layered scallops with frames and border
Crafty Purple Frog Challenges: Add something magical to card (I added dazzling diamond dust)
SCS Ways to Use It:  Gray does not have to be gloomy!  Use Gray/Silver

Supplies:  ODBD Stamps
Paper:  Flourishes classic ivory, MME Totally Girl dp
Ink:  Memento tuxedo, PTI camomille, ranger antique linen, PTI hawaiian shores
Accessories:  ODBD Poinsettia die, copics,  MFT die-namics, Spellbinders, oval beaded and lacey squares, silver doily, silver pearls, sponges, glue dots, dyed seam binding, foam dimensionals, button, lace trim

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC106), SCS CC311, TSTR, and MORE!

It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge!   This week Tammy Hershberger is our challenge host! We are making "Birthday" cards!  Fun and Easy!  So, play along with us!  We would love to see your Birthday cards!

For my card I am using Flourishes Cherry Blossom and Kids Play stamp sets.  I stamped my image onto Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock and used Memento tuxedo black.  I colored with Flourishes Copic Color Collection.  I used various patterns and spellbinders to create the finished look.  I am using the colors from SCS Color Combo(CC311) Always Perfect Roses!

I created the mini pom pom flower/accent. I purchased some all white mini pom pom fringe and dyed it with coffee.  I just love this rich aged mocha patina I got just from letting it soak.   I cut a piece and spiral rolled it to create a little mini pom pom flower/accent for my dyed seam binding.  I love the way it looks and think it is different and unexpected. 

Make sure to check out the other blog team designers to see their Birthday card creations! 
Cindy   Dee   Silke   MakiTammy, and 
February's Guest Designer Laura Pryor

I am playing in a few other blog challenge:
If the Shoe Fits:  Happy Birthday
The Shabby Tea Room:  Buttons and Bows with Inspiration pic
Truly Scrumptious:  Swirls and Pearls
Top Tip Tuesday:  Bling it On!  Added glitter to center of cherry blossoms
Paper Crafting Journey  Markers
Cute Card Thursday:  Shiny (added metal corsage pins)
PaperPlay Challenge:  Shiny (sparkle and corsage pins)
My Sheri Crafts:  For the Girls
Sugar Creek Hollow:  buttons and bows
The Paper Shelter:  buttons and bows
Fairy Knoll:  Birthday or thank you
2 Sisters Challenge:  Embossing (embossing folder)
Delicious Doodles:  Glitz
Dutch Dare:  Glitz

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday, SFYTT, Throwdown, and MORE!

Happy Sunday, everyone!  It is time for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!  The challenge this wee is "S.O.S."  We are making cards for "someone special."  Check out the link and play along with us! 

For my card I am using ODBD The Lord Has Risen and Cross of Christ stamp sets.  I decided to play again with ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge.  The challenge is "Distress Call."   I stamped the flower image and colored with copics.  I colored and cut out and adhered with some foam dimensionals.  I added some clear, blue, and green glitter for a wee bit of sparke accenting.  I finished the flowers with some gold pearls.  I layered SU vintage springtime paper collection and chose to color my flowers to coordinate with the paper.  I added some lace, ribbon, two different stitches with sewing machine, decorative pin accents, and a sentiment tag tied with twine.  I love how the card turned out.  I distressed all the edges with some distressing ink in camomile.  

I am using the colors from the Color Throwdown and the sketch from SFYTT(February2011)!  I am also playing in a few other blog challenges!  Charisma Cardz:  Spring, Dutch Dare:  glitter, ABC Challenge:  "O" is for ocean blue,  Creative Cottage:  fabulous florals,  The Pixie Cottage:  Embossing (folder), AllSorts:  Inspired by Nature, Crazy4Challenges(C4C75):  diecuts


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC105), SCS CC310, and MORE!

It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC105)! I am the challenge host this week.  I am challenging you to patterns. This week we are adding not one, not two, but three pattern papers to our cards. The patterns can be bold and dramatic or soft and mellow! Your choice! Love to see what you create!

For my card I am using the newly released Hello Hyacinth! This set is absolutely gorgeous and has two beautiful hyacinth arrangements. I also fell in love with all the fabulous sentiments. Did you know that March 7th is World Hyacinth Day?  Hey, the big day is just around the corner!  This set is still available with the monthly release bundle pricing, too!  

I chose this beautiful vase design to color for my card today. I think the image is just gorgeous!  I am using the trio of colors from SCS CC310 Wild Saffron Points!   I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I am using Flourishes Classic White cardstock. I colored my image using Flourishes Copic Color Collections. I finished with some pearl swirls and a polka dotted sheer bow.  Just in case you are wondering, my three patterned papers are all the same colors.  I am using three different patterns of so saffron dp.  The third pattern was used in the tiny butterflies.  I said the patterns could be bold or subtle! 

Make sure you check out the other blog team designers to see how they used three patterns! 
Cindy   Dee   Silke   MakiTammy, and 
February's Guest Designer Laura Pryor

I entered my card into a few other blog challenges:
Incy Wincy:  Two or more mediums (ink and copics)
Do You Stack You:  Ribbons
Phindy's Place Challenge:  Spring
Pixie Cottage:  Buttons 
Secret Crafter:  Stamped flower
Little Claire's:  Anything Goes
Mami Doodles:  Flower Card
Delightful Challenge:  Get Punchy
Pear Tree:  Free For All

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gratitude! Viva La Verve, SSC, Color Throwdown, and MORE!

Happy Sunday!  I have two items today!  I am still making some Valentine/Love cards!  I also have a sweet treat to show you, too.  This card is more of a love with a thank you theme.  I guess one can never have too much love of any kind, huh?  Speaking of love!  I am just lovin' some pom pom fringe right now.  I actually love the mini pom poms, but this size made me ga ga too!  I could not waste my two p-poms I had to cut off the ends to wrap around panel and adhere to back,  so I used one to top my pink bow and the other in the center of my heart!  Too cute!

For today's card I am using week 3 of the Viva la Verve February Challenges(VLVFeb2011)!  Teresa Kline designed this week's sketch.  I combined several Verve stamp sets to create the different elements.  I am using Verve's Because of You, Grateful Elegance, Celebration of Thanks, and Beautiful You stamp sets.  I stamped the floral image and stamped one of the flowers from Grateful Elegance.  I colored and added some glitter, cut out the flower and used a dimensional to pop it up a bit.  I then stamped the quote from Beautiful You.  I die cut the Jotted Heart Die  three times.  Once with the coordinating designer paper then with a piece of scrap cardstock to adhere to the back of the desiger paper to make it more sturdier.  Then, I die cut the heart out in vellum. I used my pinking shears to cut across the heart and my glue pen to adhere the vellum to the heart to create a heart pocket.  I used my glue pen to add a few touches of glitter around the edge of the heart and along the pinking edge of the pocket.   I then stamped some of the "thank yous" from the Celebration of Thanks set.  I punched these out with the word window punch and tucked them into my pocket.   I love the way my heart pocket turned out!

 The slice of cake to the left is for this weeks Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!  The  theme this week is“LOVIN’ FROM THE OVEN!”  For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that has something to do with food! You are free to achieve this any way you see fit as long as it has something to do with FOOD someway, somehow! 

Check out the link to find out how to play along with us!  There is also a design team call going on now, too!  I must say this was the fastest and easiest projects I think I have ever put together.  For my cake slice, I used one of the Martha Stewart cake box party favors.  Instead of folding with the brown color on the outside, I folded with the white showing.  I glued on some red seam binding around the container to make it look like a layered cake.  I added a bow to the back.   Next, I stamped the Sweet Scallops die image from the Sweet Treats set.  I die cut this out with the Sweet Scallops die.  I then stamped the sweet treats in the center.  I added silver wire to the tag hole and tied it onto my cake container and made curly ques.  I added a few roses in different colors to work with the Color Throwdown #128 colors and my treat was done!  Just a fun easy way to get a quick treat complete!  Well, several Hershey Kisses actually completes this treat.

I am also playing in a few other blog challenges.City Crafters:  All That Glitters Crazy 4 Challenges:  Hearts Fairy Fun Fridays:  Fine Print (heart background dp) Simon Says Stamps: Anything but a card  Try it on Tuesday:  Hearts and Flowers  Let's Ink it Up: Romance/Valentine's Paper Sundaes Choose Your Toppings(flowers, distressing(black swiss dots folder panel was sanded to show white dots), and pink) The Shabby Tea Room Inspiration PIcture (for top card....hearts and bow...and for the lace fringe I chose ivory pom pom fringe...and distressed/sanded polka dot panel), Creative Belli Challenge:  Jewelry (bling and glitz) OSCC:  Love is in the Air!  SSDSC:  Love is in the air, Totally Gorjuss:  Love, Just Add Ink:  Just Add Love, Crafty Cardmakers: HeartS  Crafty Catz:  Valentine/Love,  My Time to Craft Challenge:  hearts and flowers, Delightful Challenges:  Use punches/die cuts, Crafty Purple Frog:  Love/Valentines, Crafty Sentiments: Valentine/ Love, C.R.A.F.T:  Valentine, Stamp Something:  Valentine

Paper: Ivory, My Minds Eye(for a girl) dp, AMuse Onyx, basic black, vellum
Ink: Memento tuxedo, rose bud, PTI camomile, rhubarb stalk
Accessories: pink dyed seam binding, CB EF swiss dots, seam binding(red), heart button, simplicity pom pom fringe, Prima flowers sponges, silver cording, glue pen, foam circles,glitter dimensionals, MS cake slice party favor, and Verve jotted heart die

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Glenda at Rock Paper Scissors!  I am using some of my goodies from the blog candy I won! WooHoo!  Thanks so much!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stamping In Time On Assignment Challenge(SNTODBD28)!

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge(SNTODBD28)! The assignment is Our Daily Bread Design stamps. We have a challenge host this rotation. Please give a warm welcome to Wanda Cullen!  Wanda is challenging us to a theme with a twist. "It's a Distress Call!" You use any distressing techniques such as tearing, sponging, sanding, crumpling, etc., but the twist is to actually mail your card to encourage someone who has some real life distress going on and could use a little encouragement. We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps! Check out the ODBD blog link to find out how to play along with us!

Here are the samples created by the ODBD designers with the "It's a Distress Call!" challenge. Check out their blog links to see what they wanted they created!

Angie, Sabrina, Fran, and our guest host, Wanda!

For my card I am using ODBD Faith stamp set.   I decided to go a wee bit CAS styled today.  Well, it is definitely CAS for me.  My distressing is mostly sponging and a little bit of rolled paper edges.  I colored the image using copic markers and added a touch of sparkle with a sakura gel pen. The colors are from The Curtain Call Act 68!  Who can pass up these springtime hues?  I used a little doily that I offset off the edge.  I think someone called this look a sidekick before.  I am also using some mini pom pom fringe that I distressed with some PTI camomille using the cube itself and lightly brushing across the pom poms.  This stuff is too cute!  Look, no bow!  Amazing feat for me!

 I am also entering my care for a few other blog challenges!
 Crazy Challenge -Lots of Love, Top Tip Tuesday - Frame It, Everybody Art Challenge- Valentine(mine is nontraditional), Sew Many Challenges:  Anything Goes, PaperPlay Challenge:  Hearts and Flowers(tiny hearts in doily), For Fun:  Spring,  PaperCrafting Journey:  Love is in the Air, Thrilling Thursday:  Love Theme, Allsorts:  Love,  All That Scraps:  Anything Goes,   Anything Goes Challenge:  Butterflies

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC104), SCS CC309, and MORE!

It is time for Flourishes FTTC104 Challenge! This week Maki Jones is the host. Maki is challenging us to use buttons on our cards or project!  We would love to see what you create!  I am using the colors from SCS Color Combo Challenge CC309!  We are using Not Quite Canjun Daffodils this week. 

 I am using Flourishes A Guiding Light and Clouds background stamp sets. I stamped the the ship with Memento tuxedo black.  Here I go making another manly card again this week.  My dh birthday is February 12th and Valentine's is February 14th.  So, needs lots of cards!  I am using Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock I colored with Flourishes Copic Color Collections.  I stamped the ship again on a piece of post it note.  I cut our a mask of the ships sails.  I covered the image and stamped my clouds background with some Ranger Stormy Sky ink.  I cut out and layered with some Spellbinders.  I used some Webster's Pages and a sheet of solid ink distressed dp.  For the solid golden page with rust edging, I embossed and stamped with SU En Francaise bg using Memento's Potters Clay.  I stitched the edges of the background pattern.  I stamped the sentiment with Potters Clay and over stamped with a shore image that is also included in the set using the stormy sky ink.  I finished with a basicgrey enamel brad layered over a blue button.  I love doing this touch as it makes the buttons a tad bit dressier and more vintage to me.  I also added two blue buttons on the top right of the card.  I  finished with some blue dyed distressed seam binding.  The goal was to have more white showing with just touches of the blue.  Love how it turned out.

Make sure you check out the other blog team designers to see how they used buttons! 
Cindy   Dee   Silke   MakiTammy, and 
February's Guest Designer Laura Pryor

I am playing a few other blog challenges, too!
Crafty Cardmakers:  Hearts
Craft Your Passion:  Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge:  Lots of Love
Incy Wincy: Love
Kaboodle Doodles:  Ribbon stash(dyed my own seam binding)
OLLCB:  For Someone Special
Scrap it with a Song:  " To the Man I Love"
Stamp with Fun:  Love
Stamps R Us:  Valentine/Love
The Pink Elephant:  Be My Valentine!
The Crafty Pad:  Love
Let's Ink It Up:  Love/Valentine
Sentimental Sunday's:  Happy Valentine's
AllSorts:  Love Love Love

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Where there is Love... SSC, Verve, and MORE!

Happy Sunday!  It is time for Stamptacular Sunday Challenges!  This  theme this week is "Hearts Gone Wild!"  Create a project that is filled with love and hearts!  Smother your card in Love and Hearts!  Check out the link to find out how to play along with us!  There is also a design team call going on now, too! 

For today's card I am using week 2 of the Viva la Verve February Challenges(VLVFeb2011)!  Amy Sheffer designed this week's sketch.  I combined several Verve stamp sets to create the different elements to the sketch.  The background rectangle is stamped using one of the scripty smaller sentiment quotes from Text Objects stamp set.  The larger quote in the set is used as the focal point .  I distressed and sponged the edges.  I then layered over that the slightly turned panel.  I stamped this panel using the loose leaf paper stamp from the Blue Skies set.   Instead of stamping it with the holes on the left, I chose to stamp it on its side.  I then used the larger LOVE word stamps from the Text Objects.  I finished with one of the outlined hearts from the Hundred Hearts set.  For the focal image I used the Vintage Oval Die.  I stamped the Vintage Oval frame using Memento rhubarb.  I then stamped the coordinating quote from the Text Objects set.  I faux layered this die cut with the red mirror cardstock by cutting the die shape out again and cutting in half at an angle and adhering with the edges exposed to the back of the main die cut frame.  I used a precut  white MS doily that I sponged heavily with Memento rhubarb. My background is MS red mirror cardstock that I embossed with the cb swiss dot ef.  I really love how this turned out.  The base of my card was punched on both sides with the MS hearts border punch.  I finished with a jotted heart die cut out of rose pink glitter cardstock as well as a few tiny hearts from my MS border punch. 

I am also playing in a few other blog challenges.
Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger:  MS inspiration sweets! Bee Crafty:  HeartsCity Crafters:  All You Need is Love Craft Us Crazy:  Anything Goes Crazy 4 Challenges:  Valentines Creative Cowgirls:  ValentineDouble Dutch:  Love is in the AirFairy Fun Fridays:  For a Sweetheart Paper Issues:  ValentinesSimon Says Stamps:  Love is in the Air Simply Create:  Give your heart away Try it on Tuesday:  Feel the Love!  Let's Ink it Up: Romance/Valentine's Paper Sundaes (two or more images)

Stamps: Verve Text Objects, Blue Skies, Hundred Hearts, Vintage Oval Frame
Paper: Ivory, MS red mirror cardstocks
Ink: Memento rhubarb stalk, PTI camomile
Accessories: MS doily, CB EF swiss dots, seam binding(cream), button, May Arts lace, sponges, foam circles, dimensionals, gold pearls, MS heart border punch, Verve vintage oval frame die, and Verve jotted heart die

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