Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch - God Bless!

Hi everyone! It's time for today's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. It's kind of sad for me today because this is my last card as a Sugar Baby. I remember when I got the email from Korin on Christmas Day of last year inviting me to join the design team. As if Christmas wasn't already great, that made it even better! I have really enjoyed being on the team and working with the other Sugar Babies. Thank you so much, Korin!

I used the 4th of July Project Pantry Kit from Taylored Expressions for my card. I love these beautiful papers from the We R Memory Keepers Old Glory Collection. I followed the sketch pretty much to a "T" this time. I stamped the image - God Bless the USA by Taylored Expressions - in Memento Rhubarb Stalk, cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities, and sponged around the edges with Memento Summer Sky. I added some stars from the kit to the fireworks and also added some Stickles in Waterfall and Christmas Red. I used my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch for the trim, and added a bow. That's about it!

Be sure to hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to check out the sketch and the inspiration from the Sugar Babies: Nancy BrownRenata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie MasseKathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers Old Glory Collection
Stamps: God Bless the USA by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Memento Summer Sky
Embellishments: stars (TE 4th of July Project Pantry Kit), Waterfall Stickles, Christmas Red Stickles
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

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KLSNS - A Sketch Challenge

Hi there! Is it hot enough for you yet? This has been one hot summer! We recently got an above-ground swimming pool, and we have been enjoying it so much. I was in and out of the pool several times today, that I still feel like I'm floating as I write this.

It's time for this week's challenge at KL Stampin' N Scrappin. Jodi is our hostess this week, and she created a great sketch for us to use for the challenge. You can hop over to the KLSNS blog to see the sketch - which is actually a square sketch, but I made it work for an A2-sized card.

I used the BasicGrey Fauna stamp set for my card, and I tried something new with my stamping. I really wanted to incorporate several different colors into the images, so I stamped several different Memento Dew Drop pads onto the stamps before I stamped them. I used Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Tangelo, and Rosebud for the flower image, and Memento Rich Cocoa and Potter's Clay for the bird. I cut out the image with Circle Nestabilities and sponged around the edges with Memento Cantaloupe. I think this card might win an award for most Memento inks used in one card. LOL!

All of the papers are BasicGrey Indian Summer. I stitched around the edges and added a couple of brads and a ribbon to finish it off. Tip: My ribbon piece was too short to tie a bow, but I really wanted to use it. So, I cut it long enough to wrap around the front of the card and glued the overlapping edges behind the background. Then, I tied a knot in what was left and glued it to the ribbon. That's a way to get the most out of your small ribbon pieces.

Be sure to hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details as well as the inspiration from the design team: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, JodiKellyand Risa. We would love to have you play along with us this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm off to my LSS today and then more swimming! Have a great weekend!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Indian Summer, sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Stamps: BasicGrey Fauna
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Rose Bud, Potter's Clay, Rhubarb Stalk, Canteloupe, Tangelo
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), brads (The Paper Studio) 
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Friday, June 25, 2010

CPC Fun on Friday - Summer Cards

Hi everyone! It's time for the Fun on Friday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts. Before I share my challenge with you, I want to let you know that Cindy has worked so hard on getting the summer issue of CPC Magazine ready, and it is now ready to view! If you are not a member of CPC, you should hop over, check out the great conversations and challenges, and see the magazine as well. Also, Cindy is now accepting submissions for the winter issue. Everyone is welcome to submit, and you can see the calls on the CPC website.

Now, it is officially summer! With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to make summer cards for the challenge today. You could also make a scrapbook page if you wish to.

I made a very clean and simple card using this sweet strawberry from the April Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month.

I hope you'll play along with this challenge, and I can't wait to see your summer cards or projects! When uploading to our gallery, please use keyword FOF59 and when uploading to other online galleries or your blog, please use keyword CPC-FOF59.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Choice Snow White, American Crafts
Stamps: Together We Bloom" April 2010 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Christmas in June

Hi everyone! I have some shocking news today. Are you ready? Okay. I printed out today's Split Coast Stampers Card Sketch 286 today and actually made a card for it...TODAY. Yes, all in the same day! LOL! That is so shocking for me. Usually I print them out and then a couple weeks later I get around to making the card.

I've been trying to make a few Christmas cards each month, so I decided to use Unity Stamp Company's Joy and Wonder set for this card. I stamped one of the trees in Memento Cottage Ivy. All of the papers are SEI Christmas Mint. I embosssed the background panel with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder and stitched around the edges. I love the way that white thread really pops on the green background. I added a tag that I stamped with a Papertrey Ink sentiment to finish it off.

I'm also going to enter this card in Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! :)



Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: SEI Christmas Mint
Stamps: Joy & Wonder by Unity Stamp Company, Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Cottage Ivy, Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), white brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Tag Trio Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Hi there! I am so excited to be participating in the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop today! As the name says, we're pulling out all of our older stamp sets for this hop.

I used Sweet Occasions for my card today. I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities. I added some yummy Espresso dimensional pearls for the hot fudge topping. It looks good enough to eat!

All of my papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday collections...it remains one of my favorites! I followed an older Split Coast Stampers sketch (I don't remember off the top of my head which one) for my card. I finished it off with a couple of rhinestones and a pink bow.

Your next stop on the hop is Shelly Cameron. If you get lost along the way, the list of links is below.

Thank you so much for stopping by my little spot on the hop today. I hope you have a great day! Enjoy the hop!



Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday 
Stamps: Sweet Occasions by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), rhinestones (Michael's stores)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Deedee's Happy Monday Challenge

Hi everyone! Have you heard of Deedee's Digis? It is a fabulous digi stamp company owned by Deedee Anderson. She is a great artist and draws up some of the cutest digis. Not only that, but she is precious...such a *sweet* person!! I have been asked to be on her design team, and I am sooo excited about that! Our design team will officially kick off on July 1, and we have an awesome blog hop planned that you won't want to miss out on.

Deedee has a challenge on the craft blog every Monday. She gave out this scripture freebie for this week's challenge which was to make a card of encouragement.

I cut the verse out with Oval Nestabilitie and made a very clean and simple card using supplies from my February Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions...except the brads. Those were from my brad stash.

If you haven't already checked it out, Deedee has a group for her digis over at the Crafters Digital Art Center. It is a wonderful place just for digi stampers. There are lots of freebies over there, too! Also, you can click here to visit Deedee's digi shop.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), black brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Bow Easy

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

SSCC - Sentiment Cards

Hi there! It's time for a Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. It's my turn to be the hostess this week.

Before I get to the challenge, I do want to let everyone know that after much prayer, I have decided to step down from the Stampin' Sisters in Christ design team. SSCC gave me a wonderful opportunity because they were my very first desgin team. It's time for me to move on, enjoy the rest of my summer, and allow someone else to have a go with designing for SSCC. They are an amazing group of Christian ladies. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity and especially for the friendships I made there. I will, of course, still play along in the challenges when I can. To my SSCC sisters, I wish you all the best.

Scripture
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

Challenge
Make a card using a sentiment only - no stamped images.

My card was super simple to make. I've always wanted to try the pleated ribbon technique, so I kept the card simple in order to focus on my fun zebra-print ribbon. I stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink, embossed my card, added some patterned paper, pleated the ribbon, and rounded the corners. That's IT! It was so easy, that I decided to make another one. I did the same thing with this next card just using different papers and ribbon. I am going to be doing this ribbon technique a lot now. It's my new favorite thing!


Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out my thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy WinterLinda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett, as well as our guest designers Miesje Flach and Rebekka Reed.

That's it for me today. It's been a great ride! Thanks for stopping by! :)

"Absolutely Fabulous" Supplies:
Paper: Choice Snow White cardstock, patterned paper by The Paper Studio
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: zebra ribbon (The Paper Studio)
Tools: We R Memory keepers Corner Chomper, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder

"Thanks So Much" Supplies:
Paper: Choice Buttercream cardstock, Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: brown ribbon (Offray)
Tools: We R Memory keepers Corner Chomper

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sweet Stop - Happy July 4th!

Okay, so it's not July 4th yet, but I'm getting a head start with my cards! This card is for today's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. This sketch has a twist - to decorate the inside of your card. My photo shows a little peek of the inside.

I never have any patriotic papers or stamps, so when Taylored Expressions came out with a 4th of July Project Pantry Kit, I had to have it! I also got all three of the patriotic stamps. I figured I could also use the "God Bless the USA" one on cards I send to Operation Write Home.

I used the kit for my card today. I stamped the image onto the cream cardstock with Memento Paris Dusk and Memento Lady Bug and cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities. I used this piece of patterned paper because it reminded me of my grandmother, who likes to quilt. I used my Fiskars Threading Water border punch for the trim and added a few star rhinestones to each corner.

For the inside, I lined it with some cream cardstock and adhered a strip of the same paper from the front and used my border punch again so that the inside mimicked the front.

Be sure to hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to check out the sketch and the inspiration from the Sugar Babies: Nancy BrownRenata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie MasseKathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White.

I'm in Alabama today having fun with my family...photos to come on Monday! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: We R Memory Keepers Old Glory Collection, Prism cardstock
Stamps: Happy July 4th by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Paris Dusk, Memento Lady Bug
Embellishments: star rhinestones
Tools: Fiskars Threading Water border punch, Small and Large Classic Oval Nestabilities

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KLSNS - Shabby Chic


Hi there! It's time for this week's KL Stampin' N Scrappin' challenge. Debbie is our hostess this week and she has challenged us to make a shabby chic card.

Well, this is my card. I'm not too happy with the way it turned out, and I'm not really sure if it fits in the "shabby chic" category, either, but I tried! I did lots of inking, paper-tearing, and stitching.

This image is Santa Birgitta by C.C. Designs. I paper-pieced her dress, and added lots of sparkly to her hat and wings. I added liquid applique with some Martha Stewart glitter to the white trim and heated it to make it puffy.

Be sure to hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details as well as the inspiration from the design team: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, JodiKellyand Risa. We would love to have you play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly, Choice Snow White, American Crafts cardstock
Stamps: C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie Santa Birgitta
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalk ink - Dark Brown, Copic markers
Embellishments: Martha Stewart glitter, ribbon (Offray), Heidi Swapp edge distresser
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday - Masculine Cards


Hi there! Happy Friday! It's time for the Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday Challenge.

I don't know about you, but I never have enough masculine cards on hand, so in honor of Father's Day, today's challenge is to make a masculine card. I've already made all of the Father's Day cards that I needed, but you can feel free to make a Father's Day card if you want to.

I decided to use this Bird Call Cuttlebug embossing plate that I've had for ages and never used. Yes, it's really hard to see in the photo...sorry about that! I went very clean and simple with this card. I used Bazzill Kraft for my base and layered some Prism Birchtone Dark with my embossed panel of Choice Buttercream. I punched out some trim with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. I just couldn't resist adding a bow, and I finished it off with a couple of brown brads. Easy! I haven't stamped a sentiment on the inside yet that way I can stamp it if I need it for a birthday, thinking of you, etc. I really love the basic look that this card has, and it was super quick and easy to create.

When uploading to the CPC gallery, please use keyword FOF58, and when uploading to other galleries, please use keyword CPC-FOF58. I can't wait to see your masculine cards!

Have fun creating and have a great weekend! As you're reading this, I'm most likely in Alabama. My family is taking a little weekend trip. Be sure to check back on Monday for photos !Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Bazzill Kraft, Prism Birchtone Dark, Choice Buttercream
Accessories: ribbon (Offray), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Cuttlebug, Bird Call embossing folder

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Taylored Expressions June Key Ingredients Challenge

Hi there!! If you've been reading my blog for awhile, then I think you're probably aware of how much i *love* Taylored Expressions!

Taylor asked a few TE friends to join the Baker's Dozen for the June Key Ingredients challenge this month. I was SO excited that she asked me, and I gladly agreed!

June Key Ingredients Challenge:
Creating your own flower embellishment is the challenge this month! Layering, punching, distressing, whatever it takes to create a one of a kind flower. And the elements in this month's kit will help! Grab those flower die cuts, paper flowers, and buttons and start layering, sponging, popping, etc.! Then use the flower embellishment as the focal point of your card or to embellish your stamped creation!

The flower pieces in this kit are perfect for creating your own flower embellishments. Everything is already diecut for you...you just piece it together!

I used Split Coast Stampers Sketch #283 for my card. Of course, all of the papers are the super cute Fly a Kite Collection by October Afternoon, which are included in this month's kit. I stitched around all of the edges with my Janome Sew Mini. For my flower embellishment I layered the flower pieces together with pop dots.  I topped off my flower with a button which I threaded some cream thread through and tied a bow. I also popped up the entire flower panel with pop dots for some added dimension.

To finish off my card, I added a coordinating ribbon and a tag that I stamped with "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you." This sentiment is from A Year of Sweet Sentiments, also by TE. I love the way my card turned out!

I have been a Key Ingrdients subscriber for awhile now, and I always look forward to getting my kit. It's the ultimate happy mail! Oh, and I let me tell yall - if I had all the money in the world, I would own the entire TE store. Yup, sure would. :)

If you're on the fence about becoming a TE Key Ingredients subscriber, allow me to tell you a few of the reasons why I love it so much:
1) Ever since getting these kits, I hardly ever go shop for supplies at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. I rely on my Key Ingredients for my monthly "fix," and there's plenty of ingredients in there to whip up a perfect batch of cards. So, in a way, I save money!
2) Everything is perfectly coordinated...no hard work for me!
3) Taylor has awesome customer service!
4) Oh, and the best part...10% off plus free shipping on everything in the TE Store once a month!

It gets even better...Taylor is running a great promotion this month! Any new or current subscriber who purchases or extends a subscription for 6 months between June 15th - 19th will receive a FREE Taylored Expressions stamp set (designed by Taylor herself!) upon completion of the 6 month term. You can click here to purchase a 6-month subscription. You can also go to the Key Ingredients website for more information. I don't know about y'all, but I'm renewing! :)

Don't forget to check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Baker's Dozen & Friends!

Baker's Dozen:

Taylor VanBruggen
Karen Motz
Jeanie Witmer
Alex Maldonado
Carolina Buchting
Jackie Pedro
Sankari Wegman

And friends:
Rosie Hughes
Lisa Hjulberg
Stacey Schafer
Cassandra Trask
Colleen Begley
JoAnn Valderama
Tracy Clemente

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite, Bazzill cardstock, Choice Buttercream cardstock
Stamps: A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), button and flower diecuts (June 2010 TE Key Ingredients), thread, pop dots
Tools: Tag Trio Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

SSCC - Masculine Cards

Hi there! It's time for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. Lisa Hjulberg is our hostess this week.

Challenge
Make a Father's Day card or project, or a masculine card.

I already have all of my Father's Day cards made, and I'm always in need of masculine cards, so I chose to make a masculine birthday card to add to my stash.

Can you believe I made this entire card without a single sheet of patterned paper?! I stamped this image from With Deepest Sympathy by Our Daily Bread Designs in Memento Tuxedo Black on Choice Snow White cardstock. I love that stamp set because while it has sympathy sentiments, the image alone is also perfect for masculine cards.

I cut out the image with rectangle Nestabilities and layered it on some Birchtone Dark Prism cardstock that I punched with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. My background paper is Bazzill Kraft, which I ran through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I printed the sentiment "wishing you a relaxing birthday" on my computer. I added some hemp twine and a button to finish off the card.

Oh, by the way, I followed Taylored Expressions Sketch #117 for my card, and I am also entering this card in this week's Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge to use blue, green, and yellow with neutral colors on your card.

Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out Peggysue's thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy WinterLinda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Choice Snow White, Choice Buttercream, Prism Birchtone Dark, Bazzill Kraft
Stamps: With Deepest Sympathy by Our Daily Bread; computer-generated sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, twine (Papertrey Ink), button (my button jar)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sweet Stop - Happy Birthday!

Hi there! It's time for this week's Sweet Stop Sketch.

I love this bright green that dominates my card! I used my February Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions, and the stamp is from the May Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company.

I embossed the black panel with my Spots and Dots embossing folder and added some white trim to it with my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. The sentiment was printed on my computer and cut out with oval Nestabilities. I finished the card off with a flower from the kit and added a button to it.

See the stitching? That is upholstery thread. It's all I had in black because I accidentally bought that instead of regular thread one day. I was worried it was way too thick, but it turned out great. I love how bold it looks!

Be sure to hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to check out the sketch and the inspiration from the Sugar Babies: Nancy BrownRenata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie MasseKathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT weekend! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Making Memories, Prism cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: May 2010 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: brads (The Paper Studio), button (my button jar), flower and ribbon (Feb. 2010 Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients), Copic markers, black thread
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Spots and Dots embossing folder, sewing machine, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch

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KLSNS - Girly Birthday

Hi everybody! It's time for this week's challenge at KL Stampin' N Scrappin'! Jacilynn Dashwood is our hostess this week. Her challenge is to make a girly birthday card. Fun! Girly, I can do, and I'm always needing to add birthday cards to my stash.

I used one of my favorite C.C. Designs images - Cupcake Kiki. She's pretty girly, don't ya think?

I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copic markers. All of the papers are by Glitz Design. I added a ribbon and a "birthday wishes" tag that was cut out with Tag Trio Nestabilities. I also added some rhinestones to finish my card off.

Be sure to hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details as well as the inspiration from the design team: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, JodiKellyand Risa. We would love to have you play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Paper: Glitz Design, Choice Snow White cardstock, Prism cardstock
Stamps: Cupcake Kiki by C.C. Designs, sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, crystals (BasicGrey), Icicle Stickles, black ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Tag Trio Nestabilities

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Christian Paper Crafts - Fun on Friday

Hi there! It's time for the Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday challenge. This one was a true challenge for me.

Challenge: Make an easel card. If you don't know how, you can click here for an easy-to-follow tutorial (complete with a video) by Beate at Split Coast Stampers.

I don't know about you, but I had never made an easel card prior to this one. In fact, just the thought of it scared me! I even put off making this card until the very last minute. However, here it is, and wouldn't you know, after 2 years of card-making, I think this is my favorite out of all the cards I've ever made. I'm just so proud of my sponged background. That was my first time to attempt sponging a sky, and I love how it turned out. In other words, I was all scared for nothing! :)



If you clicked on the tutorial link, you will notice that I CASEd Beate's card. The only thing I changed were the papers and how I did the background. When I saw how she used that big silhouette stamp from the Discover Your Wings set by Taylored Expressions, I knew that it would make a beautiful easel card. I hope she doesn't mind!

My first thought was just to stamp the image onto plain white cardstock. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how boring that would be. I hardly ever challenge myself creatively, and I decided to be brave last night. I remembered watching a Gina K. video once where she made a sky using her Memento ink pads. So, that's what I did. I took my Dew Drop pads in Lulu Lavender, Summer Sky, and Angel Pink and just rubbed them all across the paper. I kept rubbing them back and forth and blending them together until I got the look I wanted. Then, I took a sponge and went over the whole paper just to blend everything in really well. I would love to try this technique again except with sunrise colors like reds and oranges!

Next, I stamped the image on top of the sky background. I stamped the butterly, also from the Discover Your Wings set, and cut it out. I adhered it to the background and popped up its wings. I added some crystals and a ribbon to finish the front off.

I haven't stamped anything on the inside of my card yet because I think it would be appropriate for so many occasions - birthday, thinking of you, sympathy, etc. I'm waiting for the perfect occasion to come along to send off this one.

A couple tiny issues I ran into when making this card:
1) Make sure your card is the right length. I could not figure out why my card didn't look right until I finally realized it was 11 inches long instead of the recommended 8 1/2. LOL!!
2) For some reason, my ATG tape would NOT stick to the back of my sponged cardstock. I think it was due to the ink saturating the cardstock and almost making it wet. I had to use some Tombow glue, but that's okay!

When uploading to the CPC gallery, please use keyword FOF57, and when uploading to other galleries, please use keyword CPC-FOF57.

Have fun creating and have a great weekend! I can't wait to see your easel cards. Don't be scared! If I can do it, you can, too! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! :)


Supplies:
Paper: Making Memories, Prism, Choice Snow White
Stamps: Discover Your Wings by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Angel Pink, Memento Lulu Lavender, and Memento Summer Sky
Accessories: crystals (BasicGrey), ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Pink Elephant - Back to 1986

Hi there! Happy Thursday! The weekend is in sight!

This is my layout for today's scrapbook challenge at The Pink Elephant. This week's challenge is to create a layout using a black and white photo.

In my circle of friends group, the Sassy Blinging Babes, we are doing monthly Book of Me challenges. The one for January was to do a layout about the things that were going on the year you were born. Yes, I am just now getting around to doing this one...in June. Oops! Better late than never, I suppose. I actually printed the photo in January and have had every intention of scrapping it but didn't get around to it until now. If I had done all of these on time, then at the end of the year I would have 12 layouts for my Book of Me. Hopefully I can get caught up this summer, especially now that these TPE challenges are pushing me to scrapbook.

I got the inspiration for this layout from my friend and fellow babe, Sarah. You can see her layout by clicking here.

I typed up the top information on my computer - TV Shows, Songs, Toys, Headline News, Average Prices, and the President. I cut out each item with Classic Square Nestabilities and layered it on a piece of patterned paper cut out with Scallop Square Nestabilities. All of the papers are from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite collection...*love* these papers!!

I did a lot of sponging (boy, was my finger tired!) and a little bit of stitching. I added some brads in each corner to finish it off. Super simple! Oh, and yes that's me in the photo. I don't have an exact date, but I asked my Mama, and she said I was about 6 months old there.

Hop over to The Pink Elephant blog to see the inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Bazzill Kraft, Choice Buttercream, October Afternoon Fly a Kite
Ink: Memento Cantaloupe
Embellishments: brown brads (The Paper Studio), alpha stickers (Making Memories Tiny Alphabet Brown Ledger and American Crafts)
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

D2D Challenge - Thinking of You

Hi there! I hope everyone is having a good week. I am; I have been keeping busy. Even though summer is here, it still seems like there's not enough time in the day to do everything. Crazy, huh?

Here is a card I made for this week's progressive challenge at Designed2Delight. I love Faith's digis and taking part in these challenges. Unfortunately, I missed last week, but I'm back on track this week. I loved this week's free digi - this pot of flowers. It is perfect for almost any kind of card, but I decided to turn it into a "thinking of you" card because it seems like I'm always needed those. It would've been a cute birthday card or after I made it, I realized that "thanks a bunch" would have been a perfect sentiment. Oh well!

I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out with circle Nestabilities. I printed the sentiment on my computer, popped it up with foam tape, and did some stitching around the edges of the card. I used the Bloom & Grow Card Kit from Taylored Expressions. Speaking of TE, I followed Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #116.

Tip: First, I printed my sentiment on a regular sheet of printer paper. Then, I placed a strip (slightly bigger than I wanted my sentiment strip to be) over the sentiment and taped the sides down. I put that sheet back into the printer and printed the sentiment again. That's an easy way to not have to put a whole sheet of patterned paper in your printer. 

On a personal note, I am SO excited. We ordered an above-ground swimming pool. These South Mississippi summers are HOT and humid. I cannot wait until it comes in and we get it set up! :)

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Paper: Bloom and Grow by My Mind's Eye, Prism cardstock, Choice Buttercream cardstock
Stamps: Potted Flowers by Designed2Delight
Accessories: yellow pearls (Kaiser Craft), ribbon (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers foam tape
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

SSCC - Kissin' Frogs


No, I haven't been kissing any frogs lately. Ewww!! However, I did color up this little cutie for my Stampin' Sisters in Christ card today.

Kathy Winter is our hostess this week. Here's her challenge info:

Scripture
"And God said,"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26

Challenge
Make a card/project that has some kind of animal on it. It could be a fish, bird, or land mammal, or a creeping bug.

I used this cute frog from Wild Flower Patch, our sponsor this week. They have some adorable images so "hop" on over and check them out! When I saw his crown, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with him. I printed him out and colored him with Copic markers. The sentiment is from Tiddly Inks. I love it!! I followed FTL 92, a sketch from Clean and Simple. The papers are Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye and were from my December Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions. I still had this kit on my desk from my Sweet Stop Sketch card yesterday, so I just used it again. I embossed the turquoise panel with my Swiss Dots embossing folder, and added lots of Tiny Twinkles...even to his crown! I used the Embellie Gellie for adding my Twinkles, and it made the job so easy! I finished my card off with a simple bow.

Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out Peggysue's thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy WinterLinda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye, Prism cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: Frog Prince by Wild Flower Patch, sentiment by Tiddly Inks
Accessories: Copic markers, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Embellie Gellie

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sweet Stop - How's it Rollin?


Hi there! Here's my card for this week's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.

I tweaked the sketch a bit. The original sketch has an oval instead of a circle, but I kept all of the other elements the same.

These super-cute roller skates and coordinating sentiment are from the May 2010 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company. Would you believe that I can't roller skate/blade? I tried as a kid and after numerous occasions of falling down, I eventually hung up the skates, so-to-speak. Now, I'm 24-years-old and couldn't roller skate to save my life. Those gals at Sonic sure are awesome, though. LOL! Please tell me I'm not alone.

I digress. Back to my card. I colored my image in with Copics and cut it out with Circle Nestabilities. All of my papers came from the December 2009 Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients. I love those bright colors! It's a kit I reach for all the time. I embossed the pink paper with the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder, but you can't really tell in this photo. I used my Martha Stewart Loopy border punch for the punched edge, and I stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock. I added a tiny bow and three brads to complete the card. This was an easy one!

Be sure to hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to check out the sketch and the inspiration from the Sugar Babies: Nancy Brown, Kelly Caslow, Renata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie MasseKathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:

Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye, Choice Snow White cardstock, Prism cardstock
Stamps: May 2010 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon (Taylored Expressions), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Loopy border punch

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KLSNS - A Shaped Card Challenge


Hi there! Happy Saturday! I am the hostess of this week's KL Stampin' N Scrappin' Challenge and my challenge is to make a shaped card.

I used this cute little mouse - "The Graduate" by House Mouse - for my card. I used the largest circle in my Scallop Circle Nestabilities to cut out the card. I left a little of the Nestie hanging over the fold when I cut it out so that I ended up with one piece...not two.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him in with Copic markers. I'm actually pretty proud of my coloring skills here. I am a Copic beginning, but I think I did okay with the shading here. 

The polka dot paper is from Black Market Paper Society. I added a ribbon and three black brads to finish it off.

You can hop over to the KLSNS blog to see the inspiration from the design team. The ladies did an awesome job this week with my challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Black Market Paper Society Ebony and Alabaster Collection, Prism Cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: The Graduate by House Mouse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: ribbon (Offray), brads (The Paper Studio), Copic markers
Tools: corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Large Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Large Classic Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug

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Friday, June 4, 2010

CPC Fun on Friday - Clean and Simple

Hi there! Happy Friday! Where has this week gone? It's time for this week's Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday Challenge. I decided to go the easy route this week, so today's challenge is make a clean and simple card (or scrapbook page if you wish).

I set out to make my card and then decided to make a whole set utilizing every sentiment in this stamp set - Sending My Love by Unity Stamp Company. In less than 30 minutes, I had a set of four cards! I was quite impressed with myself because it usually takes me at least an hour to make just one card. I am usually a "lots of layers" type of girl, but I really like how these turned out.

I stamped the image four times onto Choice Snow White cardstock. I added a different sentiment to each one and colored them in with Copic markers. Then, I ran each paper through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I've been using that folder a LOT lately. I have many of the different embossing folders, but I just my Swiss Dots one the most. After adhering each piece to my Kraft card bases, I tied a colored ribbon around each one. Easy!



I hope you'll play along with us this week at CPC! When uploading your card to the CPC gallery, please use keyword FOF56. When uploading to other galleries, please use keyword CPC-FOF56.

I can't wait to see your clean and simple creations! Have a great weekend! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Bazzill Kraft, Choice Snow White
Stamps: Sending My Love by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon (green - Making Memories, pink and purple - The Paper Studio, yellow - BasicGrey)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Pink Elephant - Miss You


Hi there! Today is Thursday, and I can't believe how fast this week is flying by. Since it's Thursday, that means it's time for a Pink Elephant Scrapbook Challenge!

The challenge this week is to use the sketch provided on the TPE blog and also to stamp on your layout.

This photo is of our precious grandmother with all of her grandchildren - me, my brother, and our cousins. It was taken Easter 2007, and she passed away in April 2009.

The journaling reads: "I really dislike having my picture taken, but now that MawMaw is gone, I cherish the pictures we have with her, and I wish we had more."

I think that says it all. Photographs are so precious to you once a person is no longer with you. Those and your memories are all you have to rely on. That is why I scrapbook...to preserve not only those pictures, but the memories.

I loved the blocks along the bottom of the layout that this sketch included. You could use those blocks for photos, flowers, or with patterned paper like I did. I wanted those blocks of paper to have a quilted look, so I stitched around the edged and zig-zag stitched between each block. I did lots of stitching on this layout - even around the photo. All of the papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird collection. This is another one of my favorites...I know...I say every paper line is my favorite! LOL! But, I really do love this one! There were many different colors going on in the photo, and I didn't want that to conflict with the bright colors in the layout, so that is why I went with a black and white photo. By the way, I don't know WHY my brother is making that face! LOL! But, it is the only one we had from that day like this, so I had to use it regardless.

I used some cork in my layout. I've been seeing cork everywhere lately used in many different ways. The other day when I was at Hobby Lobby, I noticed some of it with the Quickutz supplies. It was only $4.99 for a pack of it, and the best part - it is self-adhesive!! I punched it with my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. I was worried that it would be too thick for my punch, but it worked fine. After I punched it, I just peeled off the backing to reveal the sticky side...so simple! I stamped the journaling box from the February 2010 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Co. in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I added a red bow tied with my Bow Easy. I also stamped the sentiment "We do not remember the days. We remember the moments" from the June 2009 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Co. I used some alpha stickers for the title. I added some flowers from my stash and tied them with hemp. Lastly, I added four brown brads to finish it off.

Be sure you pop over to The Pink Elephant blog to see the sketch and all of the inspiration from the design team!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird
Stamps: journal block (Nothing but Blue Skies - Feb. 2010 KOTM by Unity Stamp Company), sentiment (Perfect in Every way - June 2009 KOTM by Unity Stamp Company)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: flowers (Prima), hemp twine (Papertrey ink), brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (offray), cork (Quickutz), alpha stickers (Sassafras Fawnd of You), white thread
Tools: Bow Easy, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, sewing machine

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

In Honor of My Favorite Golfafella...


Hi there! The best part about being on summer vacation is getting to sit down and create something whenever I want! I made this card today and it happens to fit two different challenges. I am going to love getting to play in some of my favorite challenges this summer.

I print out Karen Giron's sketches for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge every week. I hardly ever get a card made on time with the sketch, but I'll file it in my sketch box and come back to it a few weeks later. I am actually on time for this week! Yay!

This card is also for this week's Simon Says Challenge to make a Father's Day or masculine card.

I stamped this adorable golfafella from Stamping Bella in Mementoa Tuxedo Black on Choice Snow White cardstock. I colored him in with Copic markers. When I saw this fella, I knew I just *had* to get this card to make my Daddy a card. He loves to play golf and plays several times a week. I colored his hair gray just like my daddy's! LOL!

I cut the image out with oval Nestabilities. All of the papers are from "The Places You'll Go" by Cosmo Cricket. I did some paper-piercing around the edges of the green panel, and I embossed the Kraft panel with my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. No fancy ribbons or frills on this masculine card...just three brown brads to finish it off.

I stamped a Father's Day sentiment on the inside. I can't wait to give this to my dad!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Paper: The Places You'll Go by Cosmo Cricket, Choice Snow White, Bazzill Kraft
Stamps: golfafella by Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: brads (The Paper Studio), Copic markers
Tools: Small and Large Classic Oval Nestabilities, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug, sewing machine

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