Monday, March 29, 2010
What I used:
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This week's challenge at Paper Sundaes is a Photo Inspiration challenge and I just love this photos that was chosen to inspire us! Our sponsor this week is Jenny from Paper Jewels and this week's winner will recieve 2 Sweet Pea stamps. Jenny also carries the adorable Bildmalarna stamps - if you haven't seen these, go check them out, just adorable!
Though I love this photo and find the Sweet Peas beautiful, I have to confess that I had a hard time with this challenge. These images are new to me and of a different style than my usual and I had some trouble matching papers to the copics that I had that matched the colors in the inspiration photo. Or maybe my mojo just took a hike....
In any case, I did enjoy stamping the background for this one (a little difficult to see) and then covering the background panels with a layer of Irridescent glimmer mist - this stuff is so fun! I didn't add a sentiment as I didn't want to distract from the image.
Hope you can join us and play along this week. Be sure to visit my fellow DT members - they have made some truly gorgeous cards showcasing a variety of Sweet Pea images.
Enjoy your Sunday!
What I used:
stamps: Sweet Pea image from, Spot on Backgrounds (CTMH) papers: CTMH buttercup, Bo Bunny purple dot, Basic greyembellishments: SU ribbon, Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), e. pearls from Prima
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Well, my big announcement is.....Sparkle has decided to introduce a design team for her Christmas Card Challenge and I get to be on it! I am so thrilled to be involved - Sparkle's blog is one of the first blogs I ever started following and it is so cool to be part of her DT! Thanks for the opportunity Sparkle! If you don't know about the weekly challenge, you can check it out here! Sure hope you will join us - trust me, you will be so happy that you did come December! :)
Although we don't officially start until April, I wanted to combine my announcement with a card for this week's challenge - to focus on your favorite part about the holidays! You can also check out the bios of the design team on this week's post! If you would like to visit the other gals on the DT, click on over -these talentd ladies are: Alanna, Steph and Peggy. One of my favorite parts is decorating - so these papers and this sentiment fit the bill perfectly!
Well, my boys have arrived home safe & sound from their trip. We are working on getting back into the swing of things....the good part is that my youngest is excited to go back to school and was disappointed that it was only daycare today! That's my boy! I hope you are all having a great week!
What I used:
papers: DCWV, CTMH topiary & cranberry
embellishments: old CTMH ribbon, misc tree, Kaiser pearls
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I have to say that I love how this cutie turned out and the papers I used were in my scrap bin! :) I love using CTMH's textured paper as it has a white core that shows through when you sand it which is what I did to the scalloped oval.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Friday Sketchers - sketch - LOVE this one, will be using it again for sure!
Stamp Something - distressing
KLSNS - use a flower & stitching
I apologize for the second photo in particular - since hubby is out of town with the boys, he took my Canon and I was forced to use our little Sony. I cannot believe that I was actually able to take decent photos with that thing, I am having such a hard time now!!! Oh well, it did the trick in a pinch!
I went ahead and finished the inside. You will notice I didn't put a sentiment on the front - well it just didn't look right anywhere. I will either use it as a notecard or convert it later by placing a sentiment on the inside.
I hope you are having a fantastic weekend! I sure am - I have been enjoying my quiet, clean house and being able to go to and fro whenever I please - such a treat! - makes me think of my University days, or more accurately those few years between University and children, lol! I do miss them a little, but for now I am going to enjoy my solitude just a little longer....
Enjoy your Sunday!
What I used:
stamps: CC Deisgns
papers: misc scraps from my stash
embellishments: brown & white gingham ribbon, prima flowers, misc brads, machine stitching, Milled Lavender Distess Stickles
tools: sandpaper, Petite ovals small & Petite scalloped ovals small Nestabilities, CTMH edge distresser
copics: YROOOO, E00, E44, V91, V93, V95, BG000, COO
Friday, March 19, 2010
I had a fun time using my stitching templates on this one along with this fantastic Bo Bunny paper and rub-ons!
Happy Friday everyone! Once I finish my walk on the treadmill, I am hitting the shower and then spending the rest of the day in my scrap room! I managed to take care of lots of cleaning/tidying/paperwork and even prepped most of my upcoming April class yesterday afternoon and last night - so now I get to have some fun! Woo hooo!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I've been somewhat mia for a couple of days as the weather continued to be gorgeous here (plus 15 celsius!) and it is March break and we had a fundraiser at work today/tonight and I am packing my hubby and boys off to the Big Nickel to visit with family for along weekend! Will I miss them - ummm, the correct answer is yes..........but you know, I can already feel the quiet starting to descend.........and ummm, I really like it. My hubby works mostly evenings and weekends and often in the daytime too - so it is often just me and the boys - so, this is some much sought after quiet time for moi and I'm not ashamed to say I am going to take full advantage! Having said that, I do have to do some paperwork relating to taxes and the family business which is always fun of course, but I figure I have three full days plus a half day tomorrow - so if I spend maybe 60-90 mins each day, that oughta do it and the rest can be PLAYTIME!
Okay, so I meant for this to be quick as there is still laundry and packing to finish - I guess I am a little geared up for the coming weekend!
Last but not least, I have some exciting news to share, but I have to wait a few more days.....I will keep you posted!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Here are the details:
Wednesday, April 21st at DAT'S
7:00 pm Cost $12.00
You will make the two cards pictured in this post.
PLEASE NOTE - THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL - THANK YOU to those who signed up!
See you on the 21st!
And here are the cards that I created for the class - the first is a Shaker Card. I will admit that I have only ever made one other, simply because I am too lazy - there I said it and it's true! However, I am glad for the class as it motivated me to make one - they are so worth the effort, don't you think?
I took a close-up in hopes that you could get a good look at the shaker bit. I reused some packaging to make this shaker, so my card qualifies for the challenge this week at Raise the Bar - which is Go Green! They have indicated that you can interpret it in a few different ways - although there is no green on my card, I reused my sticker packaging.
Because my card is geared for boys, I am also entering into the challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges - they are looking for masculine cards. It was fun to use those little balloons - I had seen this idea on a card in Paper Crafts (I think), literally years ago and had tried it back then and promptly forgot about it. I think these little ones make a great embellishment for boy cards, especially since I can't reach for a flower to finish it off - having these little balloons on hand just provides more options....
Thanks for stopping by! The challenge this week at Paper Sundaes is to make a mulit-fold card with an Easter Theme. There are so many fun versions of multi-fold cards out there - don't forget to visit the rest of the DT and check out the fantastic cards they've made! My contribution this week is a "match book" card, or actually two. My mojo sort of took a hike this past week, so I struggled a bit to get this one together and ended up making two, so I'm sharing both. Once again, I had trouble with my sentiment. I stamped it on the random stamped (tone on tone) background, but I wish it had shown up better, oh well. Let me know what you think....
Saturday, March 13, 2010
These are the birthday invites I made for my eldest who turns eight on Saturday! I cannot believe he is going to be eight! I had to make about twelve of these, so really had to try to keep it simple - which is often easier said than done. Once I got the basic design together, I just couldn't help but play with my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist! My only regret is that I decided to distress all the edges - time consuming for twelve cards when you are on a deadline - and add to that, most of the recipients won't even notice, right!?! Oh, the things we do!
I have to admit I cheated sort of - this one in particular is for Danderella's daughter and so I added some black buttons because it just needed them. The others didn't get buttons because quite frankly, I know they will end up filed under "G"! Even if that is where is goes at Danderella's, it's okay because I know she will appreciate the buttons, lol!
This week's challenge at Crazy for Challenges is masculine, so I am entering this over there. Even though it's simple, it's definitely masculine. :)
On a side note - completely unrelated to papercrafting - so I don't mind if you stop reading here....however, if you are a Twilight/Rob Pattinson fan, please read....
I had a girl's night out last night! I met up with Danderella and another friend - we went out for appetizers and saw "Remember Me." Now, many of you know that I am a fan of Twilight - more so the books than the movie - but that doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to Eclipse coming out at the end of June! (Did you see that the trailer is out now....google it and it comes up right away!) So, Danderella and I were just a teensy, weensy bit curious if Rob Pattinson could, you know, play a non-vampire role. We have decided that he did a pretty good job of playing a human named Tyler (love the name) and "Remember Me" was a really good movie! I have to admit I was somewhat surprised as I had little in the way of expectations for this movie and didn't really know much about it before hand, but as many of you know, I am more of a reader anyhow. The movie had an awesome twist that totally blindsided me - we decided it might actually be fun to watch it again when it comes out on DVD as when we thought back to the beginning, there were lots of little things that might have tipped us off to the twist, but somehow we missed them..... Hmmm, was I, were we all a little distracted by Rob's "bedroom eyes"? Maybe so.... He is no Edward from the novel - the Edward in my head is way better - and I think he is too skinny, but let's face the truth, I sure didn't mind watching him and those eyes on the big screen for two whole hours! LOL!
Hope you have a fantastic day! Please share if you've seen "Remember Me" - I wanna know what you think......
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I am also entering this in the current challenge at KLSNS - to use buttons! I love buttons!
I'm not sure that I LOVE this card as I was feeling rushed when working on it and would have spent more time playing around if I'd had it (you know how you walk away for a bit, then come back, then you know if it is how it's meant to be...), but I do love the bright and cheery colors and it is always great to have another Birthday card in the stash.
Here's hoping you are having a great week!
Monday, March 8, 2010
I'm back to work today, on the road for a couple of days, but managed to schedule some posts. Isn't Changito just so cute? I have several of these cuties, but don't use them as often as I should. I admit that is partly because I've always had trouble coloring them well. I finally played around with Flower Soft - this one I just got from DAT'S and is the ultra-fine version. By the way, my stitching is crooked on purpose - just in case you were wondering! lol
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This week at Paper Sundaes, we are having our first ever Color Challenge! We are challenging you to use the following colors in your creation:
Crystal blue, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf and White
These are Close to My Heart colors, but you may use any other company so long as they fit the color scheme. Here is my card...
I had fun coloring this cutie from CC Designs and these colors seemed pefect to create a card with a spring feel. I couldn't resist adding Stickles to the eggs in her basket! My card fits the challenge over at Pals Paper Arts where they are looking for spring cards.
If you play along with us at Paper Sundaes this week, you could win this fun acrylic set from Close to My Heart called "Be Yourself".
Hope you can find time to play along with us! Be sure to visit the rest of the DT members to see what they have created. Their links are on my sidebar.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Today's card is one I made awhile back and didn't get around to sharing. You may notice the Christmas tree in the backgrouond - I guess you call this one a "bucket card" then - learned that one from you Kelley! I found Kelley's blog recently via Sarah's blog (one of my regular reads) and so glad I did. Both of these girls have talent and fun stuff ! (Stephanie and Caroline - this is the blog I was telling you about that you should check out.) I had been hunting for this Edwin with Guitar stamp from Magnolia for a long time before I finally found it.
This is the card I came up with. I actually based this card on the first ever sketch from Paper Sundaes. Don't forget to visit Paper Sundaes tomorrow to check out our new challenge and check out who won this week's prize. If you haven't played along yet this week - you still have time if you can get into your craft room today...this week's challenge is a fantastic sketch, due by 11:59 pm EST tonight!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Hope you are all having a great Friday! My boys and I are going to an Open House tonight at my best friend's house (also our LSS owner)- she has been dreaming up the Ultimate Scrap Room for years and she finally has it completed! Tonight is the "unveiling" - should be a fun time!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I am sure in a "funk" this week! Thought I kicked it on Monday with a great day at work, but it came back again yesterday. Though I have not been creating, I do have cards and even a scrapbook layout to share, but just haven't felt like organizing a post! So, tonight I'm trying to pull it together and at least get something posted. It would probably do me a world of good to spend an hour or so in my scrap space once my boys are tucked in - we'll see. The possiblilty is good though since my hubby is at home tonight which is fairly rare with his work schedule. Since he cooked (woo hoo - BBQ steak!), I have to clean up, but if I get my post done quickly enough, I may just get the kitchen cleaned up before it's storytime - which means I may actually get time to craft after bedtime instead of spending all my quiet time cleaning the kitchen and washing dishes. Whew, apparently I am long-winded today!
Today's card is for Sparkle's Christmas Card challenge which is "open" this week. I love this cute image from Imaginisce. I had it for quite awhile before I finally inked it up, but I like it enough that I will probably end up making a few more of these for the Christmas cards stash. I have to admit that my favorite part about making this card was adding the stickles to that adorable heart! I am thrilled to say that I have completed 17 cards so far! I have never EVER been this ahead of the game for Christmas cards. I have not completely kept up with Sparkle's Challenge, but it sure is helping and I have a lot more fun making my Christmas cards this way!
Here's hoping you are all having a great week!