Friday, April 30, 2010

Mojo Monday meets 365 Cards

 I took the day off today to just relax and regroup. Part of regrouping was to spend an hour at my favorite LSS Stamp and Deliver. Here’s a shout out to Claire (the Store Owner). She had just received a shipment of Melissa Frances paper and other goodies. I purchased a few sheets of each design


plus a bunch of Bazzill paper. My card tonight is showing off the Rosaleen paper and I am not sure what color Bazzill as I didn’t write them down. I am going to submit this card to Mojo Monday 136 and also 365 cards circles 3 ways. The layout follows the mojo sketch and my three circles are: circle nestie, button and robins nest dew drops. The sentiment is from the new Justrite Hope set (did I mention I bought that today too?).

So tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day….I am not a scrapper. Will it be horrible if I just try to work on some more cards?!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flutterby CAS #107

 I just had time to make a quick card tonight so I looked over the challenges today and the Flutterby Wednesday challenge was chosen. Danni asked us


to create a Clean and Simple card. (I just noticed that those are also my initials) These cards are supposed to be easy but I struggle with them. I began by picking out my background paper from Webster’s Pages. I layered that on Always Artichoke cardstock from SU. I cut and embossed a Labels 8 die for the sentiment (by Verve). I sponged a bit of Milled Lavender distress ink on the edges. I wanted to add more, but kept telling myself it is supposed to be clean and simple. I do hope the paper isn’t too busy!

Enjoy your day…who knows what tomorrow will bring:)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Super Sketchy Sunday at 365 Cards

 Surprise! I am back. It has been awhile since I have been able to sit down and create at my craft table. Work and family duty called. I decided to try something easy to get my mojo going. This past Sunday was sketch day at 365 Cards. To see the original sketch and the other creative interpretations, click on the link I provided.


This is a close up of the sentiment I used from Verve. I was noticing it quite a bit on Splitcoast and finally broke down and ordered it. Do you see the rose? Is it Prima or not? Not. I ordered a few different styles from Wild Orchid Crafts and they arrived today. I will say these come from the UK but other than the short delay due to the Iceland volcano, they flew over fast. You get so many more for the money! I can’t wait to use more.  Now for the whole card:


 I used paper from the Memory Box gossamer collection. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink and the strip below the ribbon was made using a Martha Stewart border punch. There really isn’t more to explain. Now to just figure out who to give this to. Tomorrow is Wednesday already, the work week will be half way over :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It’s gonna be a boy!!

 It seems our family keeps having boys! And yes there is another one on the way. No it isn’t mine…goodness at 46 I do not want to have to start over with night feedings and dirty diapers. And no I am not going to be a Grandmother. That leaves the extended family. My sister’s niece is expecting a boy soon and she is having a baby shower. Sadly my Mom and I are not able to travel up to Savannah for the shower, so we made some special cards to send up with a gift card. First up is my Mom’s:


The striped paper is embossed with the Harlequin CB folder. She used SU Bashful blue paper, ink and ribbon. The footprints are from All Night Media and the sentiment is from Studio G. The border punched (Martha Stewart) topper is popped up on foam dots to give it a shade effect. Nice touch :)

Next up is mine. I used Graphic 45 paper from the Bride to Baby collection. I purchased the cutest clear set from Penny Black called Bundle of Joy with the intent of using a cute hedgie on the card. But as it came together, the hedgehog didn’t look right. You’ll see what I mean:


The card was taking a pretty vintage look, and the cutsie hedgehog was not right. But I did use the sentiment and adorable booties! I stamped the booties on a piece of the paper and cut it out using my Labels 1 die cuts. I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa which is also great for the vintage feel. I edged all the paper in the ink for a softer look. There is a bit of lace, some prima flowers, a Kaiser pearl and a touch of Patina Stickles on the booties.

100_1981Here is a close-up of the booties. If you click on the image, it will get even larger. The layer of Bazzill underneath the gorgeous paper is called Patina also. A match made in heaven :)

Here’s to Shannon and the joys of motherhood!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Beautiful A Day

 I came across a new challenge blog today called the Shabby Tea Room. They have a weekly challenge that appears on Mondays.  It is their fourth week and the challenge was to Embrace the White. We were given this photo to use as inspiration: image


Here is what I did for the challenge. We could use either white or cream as the main color and I choose to use cream. I have had this paper from Anna Griffin for years. It was probably one of the first sheets I ever bought 6 years ago. I used a border punch from Fiskars to create the scalloped edge. I utilized the portion of paper that had both the cream and pale lavender on it since it already had the defining line between the two shades. I pulled out many embellishments and even cut out a few nestabilities to see what would look good on the card. I choose this butterfly with the sparkle on its wings and the acrylic layer.  It is soo pretty in real life. The flower is from Prima and the sentiment is by Verve.  I used some pearls by Kaiser to make the trail. After checking the challenge on Flutterby Wednesdays I am going to submit the card for that also.  Danni and her design team asked for a card with some sparkle and this butterfly fits the bill.

My second card tonight is what I will use as my alternate card for Saturday’s Make It Take It. Sadly, I didn’t take a photo of the card that I will be demoing before I turned it in.

100_1970I began by stamping the teapot and cups (Great Impressions) onto a Labels 11 die cut. Next I stamped the pot and cups onto scraps of paper and cut them out to paper piece them. All the papers are from DCWV Cafe Mediterranean pack. I looked through all my ribbons to find one that I could wrap around the striped panel, but none of them looked right to me. They were either all the wrong shade or had a design that did not compliment the stripes. I pulled out some brads and sponged Spanish Olive ink on the white die cuts and it was finished.

I have caught up on watching The Good Wife, Trauma and Survivor so I am off to bed. See ya next time :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Enjoy today with a maggie

 Which little cutie is this? Can you tell from just this snippet of the image? Today my BSB (best stamping buddy) came over and we stamped images of each other’s magnolias. After looking at a few challenges today, I decided to use  - Tilda with birdcage!


The challenges that I am entering are:

365 cards color scheme for day 34  Here is a look at the colors we had to use


Week 49 at Just M agnolia is requiring 2 folds on your card

Basic Grey has a sketch to follow  Here is the sketch that Martine created image

Now you know the requirements I had to comply with, here is my card creation:


I began with finding the paper for the color challenge. I pulled out my Basic Grey Green at Heart paper pack. Once the papers were chosen I colored in my darling Tilda with copic markers. I added scattered straw and frosted lace stickles to her dress, bow and the bird so they would shimmer. I cut the image and sentiment out with my Labels 4 from Spellbinders. I sponged the shapes with Versamagic Spanish Olive ink. Along with the BG paper, I used Marigold Morning from SU. To complete the sketch, I added buttons from BG and the middle one is from Tres Jolie. Isn’t the two toned button a perfect match? The flowers are by Prima with a couple Martha Stewart punched branches. To comply with the Just Magnolia challenge, the card is a gate-fold.

I have included the copics that I used in coloring my image100_1963

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.