Thursday, March 31, 2011

Feelin' Blue

Well, I'm not, but this card sure is blue! I am a little bummed because I couldn't get a great picture of it. I'm going to try a few more...
Anyway, I used a great simple sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge,

and the challenge from Pals Paper Arts (punches).
This is what I came up with:

I used: Roses In Bloom (WaltzingMouse) and Because I Care sets; Very Vanilla & Not Quite Navy c/s; Springtime Vintage DSP; Baja Breeze & NQN inks; XL Scallop, Lg Scallop, 1 3/4", 1 1/4", 1" circles punches, Scallop trim border punch, and small oval & scallop oval punches; Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Button Latte -white flower button, Rhinestone brads -circle ice, Basic jewels -rhinestones, stampin' dimensionals, Big Shot square lattice embossing folder.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Double dose of challenges


Today I found myself scrambling to put together a couple of challenges, to keep myself on track of weekly (at least) blogging.
I jumped on the color challenge at Color Throwdown, and the "Simon Says..." challenge at PaperCraft Star.

And here are the challenges:

At Papercraft Star: Challenge 39 - Simon Says Create A Card

Create a Card Using the Following Recipe:
Base 5 x 7
Mat: 3 x 4.5
Add Rhinestones
Add Flourish
Add Whatever Else You Desire

And here is the card:

Honestly, when I saw the color challenge, and I saw the Simon Says recipe, this just popped in my head. Rarely, does that happen and it translates to paper just how I envision it. YAY! It also is very reminiscent of the title on the Color Throwdown blog, so maybe I subconsiously CASEd the title. :)
I used:
Baroque Motifs set; Black StazOn ink; Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, & Daffodil Delight c/s; Poppy Parade poly-twill ribbon, Beautiful Wings embosslit; Flourish Texturz plate; Jewels Basic -rhinestone; mini-glue dots.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunny days...

...sweepin' the clouds away! It's been a Sesame Street kind of week, you know friendly neighbors, sunshine, the occasional grouch. :)
Spent some time outside with the kiddos in the yard -had some fun, did some work.
Here is an example of fun my son and I had:

I was pretty pleased with my no-previous-practice Cookie Monster, but my son added the verbage and the giant chocolate chip cookie to make it even better! We had some other characters hanging out in the driveway too, but C.M was my favorite.

 Now, for a couple of challenges:
 A little Color Throwdown, and mix in some Mojo Monday

And you get:

Believe it or not, the green in this card is Old looks way brighter, thanks to the fabulous sunshine we've got this morning. I loved the color combo in this weeks color throwdown, and the sketch was simple enough to my liking, but with enough elements to challenge me.
I used: Upsy Daisy set; Old Olive, Marina Mist, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede c/s; Pumpkin Pie Patterns DSP (Brights pad); Old Olive & Versamark inks; 1 3/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches; Watercolor Crayons (Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, & a little Daffodil Delight); Big Shot Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder; Big Designer Buttons (Springtime Vintage -Olive); 1/8" taffeta ribbon -Marina Mist.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet Sunday 109

Good afternoon,
Hope you are enjoying your first few days of Spring!
Our weather here has been relatively nice, but we have yet to get a good warm day. I can wait...there will be plenty of them ahead! :)

Here is my take on this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch:

I used: Crumb Cake & Blushing Bride DSP; Petal Patch DSP (I dug this up from my "archives") & InColor Patterns DSP in Blushing Bride; Crumb Cake & Whisper White ink; Friends 24-7 set & coordinating wheel -Friendly Words; Pretties Kit (Lg flower), White Satin ribbon, Big Designer Buttons (Springtime Vintage).

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A little rainbow for Spring

Here's one more that fits both the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge and the Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday
I wanted to something bright and cheery to kick off the beginning of's finally here!!

I used: WaltzingMouse Irish Blessings set; Crumb Cake and Whisper White c/s, Bold Brights Patterns DSP; Early Espresso ink & Stampin Markers (Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight); 1 1/4" square punch, Ice Cream Shoppe buttons, mini glue dots.

Enjoy, and Happy Spring!!

New Challenges

Well, new challenges to me anyway...
This weekend I checked out the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge :

and Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger

So, my mom is a huge Waltzing Mouse fan, and I can see why. What great images and greetings they have!!
Unfortunately, I do not own any. I know the challenge rules say you can use other company products, but I felt guilty anyways, and called my mom. Lucky me, she had the new western style set  (Back in the Saddle)that would go perfectly with what I had in mind for combining these challenges. As for the Tuesday Trigger challenge, when I saw those button card napkin ring holders, it reminded me of my grandma and her button collection. I knew I wanted to use my Bingo card stamp, with an assortment of SU! buttons as game markers as an homage to those vintage button cards.
Here's my fun little thank you card:

*Remember, all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted*

I used: Waltzing Mouse sets Bitty Banners & Back in the Saddle; SU! Bingo card set; Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake c/s; Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, and Black StazOn ink, Red Gingham vellum from SU!/Country Living Summer Cookout Kit; Buttons -Bold Bright asst, Red Corderoy, and Button Latte; Linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Decorative Label punch.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A little more peekin'...

...and a little more card makin'. I found a couple challenges I could work nicely together; The first was a great color challenge over at Color Throwdown,

and the other a fabulous, simple sketch at Mojo Monday.

So again, I wanted to play some more with my Paisley Petals DSP. Although the yellowish color in it is River Rock, I used my blender pen and Daffodil ink in the River Rock parts to brighten them up and make them more Daffodil. I think it worked well enough!

I used: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White c/s; Paisley Petals DSP; Baja Breeze & Whisper White ink; Upsy Daisy set; 2-3/8" Scallop Circle & 1-3/4" Circle punches; Big Shot Embossing Folder -Square Lattice, Daffodil brads, Daffodil taffeta ribbon.

A little sneak peek...SSSC108

I am on a roll! I've been looking for some fun, inspiring challenges to get my papercrafting juices flowing, and checked out Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
She always has neat sketches and fabulous samples.
So here goes my take on this weeks challenge:

So, I was so excited to do this sketch and use my brand new SU! products from April's upcoming customer promotion -new DSP and stamps from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.
However, I felt too lazy today to get out my circle cutter and try to keep the baby away from it, so I thought I'd go "little" and use my 2.5" circle punch on a 3" card. I'm really happy with how it turned out (with the exception of the crease down the center from the baby (she's really a toddler) grabbing ahold of the project, claiming: "Mine!".
Here's a close-up of the little embellie:
I used: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White c/s; *new* Paisley Petals DSP; Not Quite Navy ink; *new* Four Frames set; 2.5" & 3/4" circle punches; White Satin ribbon, Baja Breeze glass glitter, clear rhinestone brad, tombo multi-glue, stampin' dimensionals, button latte flower white (I think these are still available on the Clearance Rack).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Embellish Color Challenge

So, it's been a typical March/November kind of day here, so yucky and rainy. I like to think that I have a really good tolerance for wet Northwest weather bred into me, but today just made me want to sing, "Rain, rain, go away..."
Anyhow, I've been missing my favorite challenge, Cinema Saturday, so I thought today would be a good day to venture out and find something new to me.
I found a couple, but I really liked the color/theme challenge at Embellish.

My colors weren't spot on, but I went with the closest SU! colors I had: River Rock, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, and Regal Rose. I also liked the music theme to this -I've got some fab Newsprint DSP that has a sheet music design I've been wanting to use.
Here it is:

Here's what I used: River Rock, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, & Very Vanilla c/s; Soft Suede ink; Clearly for You set; Newsprint DSP; Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow & Log Cabin; Shimmer Paint in Champagne Mist; 2.5" & 1-3/8" Circle, 2-3/8" & reg. Scallop Circle punches; Crochet trim-Victoria; Sticky Strip; Stardust gel pen.
All the colored punched pieces were wet and rumpled, then dried with a heat tool, and though it's hard to see, Shimmer paint was applied to all edges.
I did "zazz" the card up a bit with pearls and more shimmer, but the first version translated to computer much better. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Something old, something new...

So, I'd like to challenge myself to get back into gear, and start blogging weekly.
I feel bad not having blogged for over 3 months -can you feel the guilt emanating from my 3 posts in the last 24 hours?? LOL!

I held a stamp-a-stack at the beginning of the year, and this was one of the cards we made:

It uses the Poppin' Pastels technique which I hadn't used in years. But I was inspired by my updated pastel kit, and this beautiful new SU! set "Nature Walk". I love it!! This wasn't my original sample, but I like this version with a more realistic robin color (the cages were Chocolate Chip and the robin was Garden Green in the original).
I used: Natural Ivory, Early Espresso c/s; Early Espresso & Versamark inks; Pastels (More Mustard, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze); Gold brad, Celery satin ribbon, sponge daubers, bone folder (for distressing edges).
Enjoy, and remember, for those who've had a tough Winter, Spring will be here soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Getting in touch with my fabric side

So, as of late I have been working much more with fabrics than with paper...not that I didn't want to, but that is just how it's been.
Well, my stamp club met last week, and I had just finished with the auction quilt, and simply had fabric and quilting on the brain -was having some trouble coming up with something for my club (48 hrs prior). Why not combine the two? Why not indeed!
Here's what we did:
 First, a little something with fabric. Gathered a strip of fabric around for a ruffled flower, and to make the ruffled strip, just loosened up a thread down the center and gently worked it. Watch out though, the threads snap pretty easily! Then used a pretty antiqued brad for the center.

Second, used small squares of DSP and a 9-patch template to make a pretty paper "quilt" square. Made freehand "stitches" with coordinating markers.

Last, and definitely my favorite is this faux quilted card based on the tutorial here by Diana Gibbs.
I had done this technique before, but without the embossing, which totally makes a difference.
Love it!

So, if I can get back in the near future, I will add the "ingredients" for these projects.
In the meantime,

Christmas is coming...

Thought I would take a break from cookie baking, etc. to post what will likely be my last blog of the year.
I just wanted to share a few things I've been working on, but as I mentioned before, I can't post many so I won't spoil any Christmas surprises.

(fade to new year)

Happy New Year everyone!!
I started getting this post ready some months back and got swallowed up by the holidays and the busy-ness of whatever rolled my way.
I've missed you!

Here are a couple of bags I made as Christmas gifts:

Gifts I made also included button bracelets, ornaments, tons of cookies and goodies, snuggies for the kids, and one for my brother-in-law that included a matching one for his rifle. That was a hoot to make and give.
Hubby was busy too and made some beautiful wooden puzzles.
The new year has just flown by so far, I once again volunteered to lead  a class auction art project (same teacher, different child this time). Again, I opted to do a quilt. This time, instead of having the kids draw on it, they got to design their own squares, which my helpers and I translated to fabric. It turned out amazing!! Here's a sneak peek:

I'm so excited to attend the auction and see how it does -every dollar counts for the schools in this economy!!
If you missed it the first time, here's a link to the first class quilt I did.