Archive for March, 2010

Timeless Tuesday? Mercy Me!

Here I go, combining challenges again! I love doing that! Today, I combined last week’s Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch Challenge 66 and today’s Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge 60. For the Flourishes challenge, we were given 3 inspiration photos. I chose the third one – with the pretty light teal walls and the hydrangea bed spread.
I don’t have any Flourishes hydrangeas, so I used the Primrose from Calendar 1. I was trying to pick up the pink color in the bed spread, but when I was coloring the flower with my pastels, it turned out more red than pink (I was mixing colors together!). I used Flourishes White CS as my base and added a layer of light teal and some patterned paper that came from a Christmas pack (it doesn’t look Christmas-y, does it?). I added some polka dot ribbon and tied the bow along with a red button with some silver cord. I used the corner punch on the main image and layered that onto Ruby Red and added a few self-adhesive rhinestones. The sentiment is from SU. I popped up the main image with SU dimensionals. A pretty simple and uncluttered card! I was going to add more to it, like stitching, but when I looked at it again, I thought it was better without it. Thanks for having a look!

March 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm 2 comments

Thank you, Mojo

I love lots of layers, so I was happy to see a lovely layered sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. We had the option of going round or square with our card. I have never made a round card before, so I stuck with what I know.
I used Flourishes White CS as my card base and used some patterned paper that I bought in a big pack for my layers. I used SU markers to color the bird. I wish I had usd the Night of Navy instead of Not Quite Navy for a darker contrast on the bird and around the edge of the nestie. I used a navy satin ribbon and tied a bow as well as used one of my Baba’s buttons. I had to stamp the sentiment on a scrap piece of paper and punch it out with the small oval punch because I initially stamped it crooked! Well, that’s the card. Thanks for having a look.

March 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm 3 comments

Week 5 – Viva la Verve Challenge

Ok, this week’s Viva la Verve challenge gave us a great sketch but this week, Amber wanted us to find our own kitchen inspiration. Boy oh boy, that was the hardest part for me! I searched a bunch of web sites for almost 2 hours before I came up with this great Anna Griffin table. I used Sarah Sand as my card base and layered Papertrey Ink. Vintage Cream on top as well as patterned paper that I have had in my stash for years. It matches the table cloth almost perfectly! I realized AFTER I finished the card and uploaded it to SCS that I chose the same flower AND the same nestabilities label in Week 3! Oops! Oh well. I stamped the roses from Flourish with VersaMark and used my SU pastels to color it. I used taffeta that I bought from the dollar store. It took me about 45 minutes to get it to sit the way I was satisfied with (still not great, but I couldn’t spend any more time on it). I added the bow with a sticky dot and added a half pearl as well. I popped up the main image. I stamped the image (Verve) with Momento Tuxedo Black on Sahara Sand and rounded the edges. I added a 3 little self-adhesive pearls and that was that! I’m glad that this week’s challenge is over! I wonder what Amber has in store for us for April!

March 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm 1 comment

Birthday Mojo

I was happy to see a different card size for today’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I typically make the standard A2 size or 5.25 square cards, but a long card can be so much fun too! I knew I wanted to use the Kind and Caring Thoughts hostess set from Stampin’ Up! I’ve had it for a little while, but haven’t actually used it before. I made this card earlier this morning, and would have been the 3rd post to the Mojo Monday blog, but when I looked at the clock, I realized I only had 15 minutes to get out the door to go to a work meeting. I hadn’t even had my shower yet! Hey, I HAD to get a card made! You know what it’s like, right? Anyway, before I sit back down to do a little more work, I thought I’d upload it (I didn’t get to take a lunch break, so this is my break!) now. I wanted to use the oval label from the set, but then I realized I didn’t have the coordinating oval punch (and I thought to myself, “Say WHAT? I thought I had all of them!!). SO, I had to use what you see. Here is the recipe:
Card Stock – Papertrey Ink. white, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Patterned Paper – Making Memories (Varnished Lg Floral Poolside Paperie)
Stamp Sets – Kind and Caring Thoughts, Vintage Labels (SAB)
Ink – Chocolate Chip (Craft), Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip (Classic)
Accessories – Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (yummy!), one of my Baba’s white buttons, brown embroidery floss, Stampin’ Up punches & die.

Thanks for having a gander!

March 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm 7 comments

Gifts of Spring

Today’s Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge is super cute. It is also combined with an Inspiration Challenge – butterfly cupcakes! Instead of using a cupcake as my main image, I was blown away by the beautiful butterflies, so went with that as my focal point. It’s been awhile since I used this lovely butterfly from Savvy Stamps. I inked it with Dew Drops in the following colors: Sea Breeze, Pearlescent Sky Blue and Night Sky. I cut it out and layered it with nesties (light blue and light green). The card base is Papertrey Ink white and I layered some Pretty in Pink and the patterned paper is Euphoria by Basic Grey. I tied some wide light blue gingham ribbon around the card and adhered it with a light blue button fastened with white embroidery floss. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Mailbox Greetings set. Thanks for having a look today!

March 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm 1 comment

Verve Week 4 Challenge

I remembered to check today’s Viva la Verve Week 4 challenge thread this morning. I opened up the first inspiration apron and I loved it! As soon as I saw it, I knew what patterned paper I wanted to use. Even though the flower aren’t Poppies (they are Cyclamen), the colors were a really close match. This is a neat sketch. I started with Papertrey White CS and added the patterned paper. I layered the polka dot patterned paper with Kiwi Kiss. I loved the polka dot trim around the middle and base of the apron. I stamped the flower (Hero Arts) in Pretty in Pink and punched it with a 1″ circle punch. I added a little adhesive pearl to the centre of each. I layered that with Rose Red (1 1/4″ punch). I used the lovely Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink satin ribbon. I tied a ribbon and adhered it to the middle strip of ribbon and added a half pearl from the S-U Pretties Kit. That’s it. Thanks for having a look! Enjoy the day.

March 19, 2010 at 11:20 am 1 comment

That clean & simple feeling

I love seeing all of Clean and Simple cards out there. I try to participate in the Clean and Simple Stamping challenges when I can. I really like this sketch I had originally made a sympathy card, but I didn’t really like it enough to post. I wanted to try again and make an all-white card and this is what I came up with Here is the recipe:
CS – Papertrey White
Embossing Plate – Stampin’ Up
Border Punch – Stampin’ Up
Stamp Sets – Stampin’ Up (Echoes of Kindness) and Papertrey (Mailbox Greetings)
Ribbon – Stampin’ Up (Regal Rose grosgrain)
Ink – Momento Tuxedo Black and Stampin’ Up markers (Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose)
Extras – Dimensionals

I can see myself making lots of cards with this layout. Thanks for looking!

March 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm 2 comments

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