Friday, February 25, 2011

Last Minute SFYTT

Hey y'all! I love Jen's Sketch for You to Try challenge, and my goal this year was to play in each challenge, However, the February challenge ends soon, and I can't believe I let time slip up on me like that. Wow...this month went by fast! This was such a fun sketch to play with. It's definitely one I'll be going back to.

I grabbed my February Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients which was still on my desk and picked out these beautiful papers from the My Mind's Eye Lush collection. The red paper feels like velvet!

I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug Textiles embossing folder. The stamp is from the Care and Comfort set by Taylored Expressions. Sympathy cards aren't really my favorite to make, but I never seem to have one on hand when I need it. I recently needed two, and I didn't have a single one! So, I decided to start trying to keep some on hand, as well as birthday cards...I never seem to have those either!

I added some Twinkles to the sentiment and finished the card off with a ribbon, a flower, and a coordinating Lush brad.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill, Neenah (white)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lush collection
Stamps: Care and Comfort by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions, ribbon, flower, brad (My Mind's Eye Lush collection)
Tools: Cuttlebug Textiles embossing folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TE Blast from the Past Blog Hop

*If you're looking for my Meljen's Designs post, please scroll down just a bit. Thanks! :)

Hey y'all! It's time for the this month's Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop. I always love participating in these blog hops, since they force me to use some of my older TE stamps. This month's challenge was to "go green," either by using green in your card or using a recycled element. I decided to incorporate green into my card. My brother needed a birthday card for one of his friends, and since they are high school students, I thought she might like this cute VW bug.

I used the Feelin' Groovy stamp set as well as the Feelin' Groovy Project Pantry kit. I used green for my card base as well as the patterned paper. I originally started out trying to follow the sketch that Sankari Wegman provided for today's blog hop, but then I realized my sentiment wouldn't necessarily fit at the top, so I put it at the bottom. Let's just say this is a very loose interpretation of the sketch! I colored the image with Copic markers and added some Twinkles. Then, I added some ribbons and bows. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, rounded the corners, and popped everything up with foam tape. Oh, and I even added some Diamond Glaze to the windows and lights for a little realistic shine!

I hope she likes it! I wanted to sew on it, but I'm out of white thread. My town doesn't have a sewing store, so I went to Walmart to get some, and of course, they were out. Not only that, but my bobbin is almost out, and I have to get in a certain mindset to thread that thing. LOL! I really would love to learn to sew one day. My grandmother and aunts sew such beautiful things, and me...the only thing I sew is paper! For me it's just a matter of finding the time to sit down and practice. I should start with something simple...maybe this summer after the wedding is over and life settles down a bit. Surely if I can sew paper together then I can sew fabric, right? Hmmm...maybe! :)

Thanks sooo much for stopping by my blog today! Have fun hoppin' around! Your next stop is Laura's blog.

Cardstock: Bazzill, Neenah (white)
Patterned Paper:
Stamps: Feelin' Groovy by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Pear Tart, Copic markers
Embellishments: Tiny Twinkles, ribbon, Diamond Glaze, clear Spica glitter pen
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meljen's Release & Challenge

Hi there! It's Thursday, so that means there's a new release and challenge over at the Meljen's Designs blog! Melissa amazes us each week with her adorable, hand-drawn creations, and this week's images are no different...just so cute! Check out these Noah's Ark images!

This week's challenge is to make an ATC. I will just go ahead and admit that ATCs and I have never been very good friends, so I was just a bit scared of this challenge. However, when I saw these images, an idea came to mind, and making ATCs really wasn't so bad after all. :) My friend Rachel and her husband have tried for many years to have a baby, and after many trials, she is due next month with a healthy baby boy. This sweet baby boy truly is an answer to many prayers. They have jungle animals in the nursery, so I knew that these images would be so perfect for a handmade gift for the nursery, and I set out to make a frame of ATCs.

I used each digi in the set, and I colored them with Copic markers. I cut them out with Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered them on Kraft scalloped circles. The green ATC backgrounds were embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder and stitched to a Kraft cardstock base. Brown brads were added to each corner. I cut out the words with my Cricut and some brown vinyl, which I added very simply to the blue cardstock base by using some transfer tape. I hardly ever use my Cricut, but it's projects like this that make me glad I have it! I put the finished page in an 8.5x11-inch frame that I got from Walmart. They didn't have any white frames, so this is a wooden one that I painted white.

Be sure to hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the rest of the design team's creations today and to check out the challenge details. Have a great day! :)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (blue), Kraft (Bazzill)
Stamps: Noah's Ark digis by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: brown brads
Tools: Cricut, sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meljen's Birthday Cards

Hey yall! I've missed my blog this week. We were without Internet access for most of the week. It's amazing how lost you feel without it!

There's a new challenge and a new digi release over at Meljen's Designs! This new release, which is filled with birthday images, couldn't have came a better time for me. February is loaded with three birthdays for my younger cousins, so I knew I better get to work on some cards for them. I used two of the new digis on my cards today. I still have one more to do!

This first card uses one of my favorites - Topsy Turvy Birthday Cake. Isn't that just the CUTEST cake? Who wouldn't love to have that cake? A cake like that would almost look too good to eat...yeah, right. LOL! Since these cards are for girls, I wanted to make them bright and fun.

I honestly have no clue what line of patterned paper this is, but I do know that all of the elements - paper, cardstock, ribbon and flowers - are all from one of my Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients. I embossed the blue panel with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and I added Stickles to the swirls and the candle flames. You can't really tell it in the photo, but I love the touch of bling the Stickles added!

This next card features Birthday Cake Mouse. Most people might not want a mouse in their cake, but how could you pass up one this cute? :) I decided to make this a yummy chocolate cake with some sparkly pink icing! I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with Nestabilities. These papers, which I stitched around, are from the KI Memories Paisley Parade. I'm just loving paisley these days. The new curtains for my living room are even paisley! I used some more Stickles on the image and finished it off with some Twinkles and a double ribbon.

Thank you sooo much for stopping by today! Hop on over to the Meljen's blog to see the new digis and read more about the challenge to make a birthday card!

"Birthday Cake Mouse" Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism

Patterned Paper: KI Memories Paisley Parade
Stamps: Birthday Cake Mouse by Meljen's Designs, sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Stickles, ribbon, Twinkles
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hey Hot Stuff!

Hey y'all! I'm super excited about my first challenge post for Meljen's Designs! There is a super-cute new release today as well. Check out these new digis now available in the shop!

This week's challenge is to create a gift tag. I decided to make a tag for a candy jar using the "Hey Hot Stuff" image.

I picked up the jar in the kitchen section at Walmart and filled it with some heart-shaped Red Hots. My gift tag was super simple to make. I colored the image with Copic markers and layered it on a pink scalloped circle. Then, I layered that on a heart doilie. I added a ribbon to the rim of the jar and a button to finish it off.

You can check out all of the challenge details at the Meljen's Designs blog. I hope you'll play along with us this week. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Hey Hot Stuff by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), button
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities
Other: glass jar, candy

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love Sprouts!

Hi there! I just had to create another card with one of the digis from last Thursday's Meljen's Designs new release.

This card uses Love Sprouts. I loved the papers that I used on my card the other day so much that I decided to use them again. I just can't get enough of these cute colors from the Little Yellow Bicycle Cupcake Love collection! All of the papers and ribbon were from my January Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients.

I colored my image with Copic markers. You can't really tell, but I went over the hearts with a clear Spica glitter pen for a bit of sparkle. The lollipops in the patterned paper are also extra sparkly. I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, and I stitched around all of my edges. I used the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch for the blue trim, and I finished this card off with a striped ribbon and some Twinkles.

Don't forget about the current challenge going on at the Meljen's Designs blog - to make a card with a fun fold! Also, be sure to come back tomorrow to find out who the lucky winner of Hearty Hippo is from the blog hop!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Cupcake Love collection by Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps: Love Sprouts by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), clear Spica glitter pen
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Meljen's Designs Blog Hop!

Hi y'all!! I have some super exciting news today! I have been asked to be on the Meljen's Designs design team!! If you haven't heard of Meljen's Designs before, it is a digi stamp company owned by Melissa Jenkins. Melissa's images are soooo adorable! I know you will love them! I feel very honored to have been chosen to be on the team. There is just so much talent there! You may remember that I served as a guest designer for them back in the summer. I haven't been on a design team in awhile due to my busy schedule, but I miss creating on a regular basis, and I'm so happy about this opportunity to create with Meljen's Designs!

You will be seeing weekly inspiration with these cute digis here on my blog. You can also find inspiration on the Meljen's Designs blog where every Thursday there is a new challenge as well as a brand new digi release! 

There are two other new lovely ladies joining me on the team - Darsie and Robbie. To welcome the new team members, the Meljen's Design team is celebrating with a fun-filled blog hop!

You should've came here from Audrey's blog, but if you just happened upon this blog post, go back to Anita's blog to start at the beginning of the hop, so you won't  miss out on any cute cards and fun prizes! Yes, that's right...I said prizes! Each design team member will be giving away the digi she used to create her card! Also, there is a GRAND PRIZE! One lucky hopper will win four images of your choice.

To be eligible for the individual digis, you simply need to comment on the post of the digi you like. To be eligible for the grand prize, you need to leave some love for each design team member along the way. The blog hop will be ending February 8th at 8 p.m. Eastern time, so you have until then to get in your entries! I will draw a winner for the digi used on my card and will contact the winner by email, so please make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you! All of the winners will be announced February 9th at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Make sense? I hope so!

Before I show you my card, I want to show you the super-cute release! All of these digis are available in the Meljen's Designs store today, and you'll see them throughout the hop today. I think these images are perfect for Valentine's Day, as well as year-round for friendship or thinking of you cards! The challenge today is to do a fun fold, and you can check out all of that information on the Meljen's Designs blog.

I used Hearty Hippo on my card. Isn't this such a sweet little hippo?! I colored her (I'm pretending it's a girl, okay?) with Copic markers and cut it out with my Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered it on the scallop circle. I used my fun Taylored Expressions January Key Ingredients to make this card. The patterned papers are from the Cupcake Love collection by Little Yellow Bicycle. I just LOVE anything that has to do with cupcakes! I embossed the background with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The trim was cut out with the Scallop Eyelet Border Die by TE, and I finished my card off with a bow and button. Also, I used Sketch 99 at Card Patterns for my layout.

Would you like to win the digi I used on my card? All you have to do is leave a comment! Remember, if you'd like to be eligible for FOUR digis of your choice, then you need to leave a comment on each design team member's blog as well as the main blog.

Thank you sooo much for stopping by! I look forward to sharing more Meljen's Designs creations with you! Your next stop on the hop is Cheryl's blog. Have fun hopping around!

Blog Hop List:
Candace (you are here!)

Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Cupcake Love by Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps: Hearty Hippo by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, button, embroidery thread
Tools: Scallop Eyelet Border Die (Taylored Expressions), Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder