Sunday, January 29, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge #9

Hi there! Good morning! First of all, I have to apologize for being a few hours late. I completely forgot to schedule this post! I just remembered about it. I blame all thecough/congestion junk I've got going on. :) Anyway...

This card is for this week's Christmas Card Challenge #9 to use your favorite technique. My favorite technique is sewing. Sometimes I don't sew on my cards (out of laziness, as a matter of fact), but I really love the finished look that sewing gives a card. My machine actually messed up a bit on this card, but that's okay. I still love how it turned out. 

I used the Inspired By Christmas set by MFT Stamps. I chose not to color my image because I really liked the vintage look of the Santa on the Kraft paper. I used some Echo Park Season's Greetings patterned paper and lots of different dies. I finished it off with some pearls, a ribbon, snowflake, and a corduroy brad. 


Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the design team's favorite techniques!! We'd love to have you play along with us this week! Thanks sooo much for stopping by today! Have a great day!


Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Pure Poppy, Kraft
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Season's Greetings
Stamps: MFT Stamps Inspired by Christmas
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (PTI), brad (Hobby Lobby), cream thread, Kaisercraft pearls
Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Let it Snowflake Dienamics (MFT), Dainty Lace Border Dienamics (MFT)



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

{Meljen's Designs} Challenge #94

Hi there!!

There's a new challenge at Meljen's Designs today! The challenge is to use hearts on your card. 

I decided to make my grandmother a Valentine's card. She loves to sew just as much as I love to make cards. I was so happy the other day to see that she had all of the cards I've ever made for her on display in her sewing room. I used the Love is Sewn image for my card today, and since it has hearts in it, this image fit the challenge perfectly.

This card isn't my favorite at all. I have been really sick lately. This asthma is just really giving me a hard time, and the card-making mojo just hasn't been there for me lately, but I hope my Mema likes it! :)


Be sure and hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Authentique
Stamps: Love is Sewn (Meljen's Designs)
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (ribboncarousel.com), silver brads, glitter, handmade stick pin
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Can't Thank You Enough

Hi there! I have a quick and simple thank you card to share today. 


I used the Polka Dot Greetings set by MFT Stamps. I adhered the patterned papers from the Crate Paper Random collection to black cardstock and stitched around all of the edges. I love the pop of the black thread! 
I stamped my sentiment in the bottom corner and accented it with some black rhinestones. Then, I adhered this panel to a Kraft cardstock base. Easy peasy, right?!

Now, I can add this card to my stash because it seems like I never seem to have thank you cards and birthday cards.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Random
Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings (MFT Stamps)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: black thread, black rhinestones
Tools: sewing machine

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Monday, January 23, 2012

So Sweet

Hi there! Do you ever make cards and forget to share them on your blog? That seldom happens to me, but it does happen to be the case with this card! I made it awhile back and just completely forgot to share it! 


I made this card using the Bit of Stardust set by There She Goes. I love this sweet set for baby cards! The patterned papers are from the My Mind's Eye Dwell collection, and I paper-pieced the onesie with some of the paper. 

I embossed the pink circle with the Polka Dots embossing folder. The Kraft border was cut out with the Dainty Lace Border Dienamics by MFT. I stamped a sentiment in the bottom corner and added a ribbon and two pearls to finish it off.

Thanks sooo much for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Dwell
Stamps: Bit of Stardust (There She Goes Clear Stamps)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon, pearls
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, MFT Dainty Lace Border Dienamics

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

TSG139 - Back to Nature

Hi there! I'm popping in again today to share this card for you. I'm squeezing it in before the deadline tonight! This card is for this week's There She Goes Challenge #139 - Back to Nature.

I used the stamp set, The Fairy Best. I colored my image with Copic markers. This layout is from an older MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

The patterned papers are from the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose - Gertie collection. I punched the cream scalloped border with the MFT Simply Scallops Border Dienamics. I did a variety of stitching on this card.

I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black directly onto the patterned paper. It's a little hard to see in the photo. My grandmother made me some crocheted flowers, so I added one of those with some ribbon, twine, and brads to finish this card off.

Thanks sooo much for stopping by! It's back to work tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get some more card-making time this week!


Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose - Gertie
Stamps: The Fairy Best (There She Goes Clear Stamps)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: crocheted flower, ribbon, twine, silver brads, Jody boosters, cream thread
Tools: Simple Scallops Border Dienamics (MFT Stamps), sewing machine, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

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CCC8 - Coloring

Hi there! Today I have a card to share with you for this week's Christmas Card Challenge! The challenge is coloring.

My favorite coloring medium is Copic markers. When I first started stamping, I used some cheap watercolor pencils, but I wasn't very good with them. Maybe it's because they were cheap. LOL! Over the past few years, I've been buying Copic markers here and there. I still don't have as many as some people have, but I have enough to give me a fairly decent color selection. Now, I just need to work on my technique with them. I want to get better at using them!

I used Ugg Leah by Whimsie Doodles. I love their images, and I don't use them nearly enough! She is so cute! I added a little Liquid Applique to her boots for the pom-poms. I fussy cut her out and adhered her to a white oval that I embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder.

The patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket Holly Jolly. I love those non-traditional colors! I did stitching all around the patterned paper edges. I finished my card off with a pink ribbon and a ghost snowflake...love those snowflakes for my Christmas cards! I put my sentiment on the inside.

Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the rest of the design team has to share with you today. Thanks sooo much for checking out my card! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Kraft, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Holly Jolly
Stamps: Ugg Leah (Whimsie Doodles)
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Liquid Applique, ribbon (PTI), ghost snowflake (Heidi Swapp), kraft-colored thread
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

{Meljen's Designs} Lovey Pup

Hi there!! I hope you're having a great week! Mine has been pretty good. I was sick last week, but I'm doing much better this week. I am super happy that tomorrow is Friday!!

Today I have this sweet Meljen's Designs card to share with you. I used Lovey Pup. Isn't he just the sweetest little image? I colored him with Copic markers and added lots of sparkle.

I embossed both the yellow and the green cardstock with my favorite embossing folders - Polka Dots and Seeing Spots. I also did lots of stitching. The stamped sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink, and I just stamped it three times across the bottom of the yellow cardstock panel.

This layout is Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #150. I will admit that I was a little intimidated by this one because of the banner element. I never can cut those so that they look decent. I really need to invest in a die that does the hard work for me! I decided to use that part of the sketch for my ribbon, and I love how it turned out! :) I'm glad I took on the sketch challenge and did something a tiny bit out of my comfort zone.

That's it for me today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, PTI Stamper's Select White 
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycyle Cupcake Love
Stamps: Lovey Pup (Meljen's Designs), Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Jody boosters, Dazzling Details (Stampin' Up), ribbon
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge #7

Hi there! Today I have a quick and simple card for you for this week's Christmas Card Challenge #7! The challenge is to use flourishes on your card.

I was actually running a fever and feeling awful Friday evening as I was making my card, so I decided to go the super-simple route. I actually love how this turned out, and I think I'll be duplicating this layout in the future!

To make my card, I stamped the image and sentiment from the Holly Jolly stamp set by There She Goes Clear Stamps onto Vintage Cream cardstock and cut it out with the coordinating die. I adhered a piece of patterned paper from the Authentique Wonder collection to a Kraft cardstock base and rounded all of the corners. I added the red ribbon and tied a simple knot and then added a pearl flourish. I finished the card by adhering the diecut piece with some foam tape.

It just doesn't get much easier than that, and I still think it turned out lovely!

Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team! I hope you'll play along with us this week! Thanks for stopping by! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Authentique Wonder
Stamps: Holly Jolly by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon (ribboncarousel.com), pearl flourish (want2scrap), foam tape
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sweet On You

Hi there! I just love There She Goes Stamps, and since I had some free time today, I decided to get stampy and create a card for this week's paper-piecing challenge over at the TSG blog.

I was inspired by several of the TSG design team members, who I've seen using the Freeze the Moment set to make Valentines cards.

I stamped this little cutie from the set in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored parts of her with Copic markers. I paper-pieced her dress. Now, let me tell you about the disaster part. It seems like this one particular disaster happens to me ALL the time. I had stamped her onto a rectangular piece of cream cardstock. I got her all colored and paper-pieced and then....swish! I didn't realize I had black ink on my finger and it smudged on the cardstock! I wanted to cry ! I was just about to throw the whole thing in the garbage when I decided to salvage my image by fussy-cutting her out. It worked, and I actually love the look I got from my "mistake." Mistakes in card-making are just opportunities to embellish, right? :)

These adorable papers are from the Love Me collection by My Mind's Eye. I added a border with the Simply Scallops Border Dienamics by MFT and also cut out some felt hearts with the Hearts-a-Plenty Dienamics. I topped off the hearts with a wooden button and some twine.

That's it for me tonight! Thanks for stopping by! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Love Me (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: Freeze the Moment (There She Goes Clear Stamps)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: felt, twine, silver brads, Jody boosters, clear Glaze pen
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Simply Scallop Border Dienamics, Hearts-a-Plenty Dienamics (MFT Stamps)

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

{Meljen's Designs} Challenge #92

Hi there!! There's a new challenge at Meljen's Designs! This week's challenge is anything goes

I decided to use this week's Split Coast Stampers Sketch Challenge #367.


The image I used is Daisy Pitcher. I colored it with Copic markers and added lots of Tiny Twinkles to it...love all that bling! :) The papers are from the BasicGrey Sweet Threads collection. I finished it off with a ribbon and flower combo and a silver brad in each corner.

Be sure you hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team! I hope you'll join us in this week's challenge! 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Sweet Threads
Stamps: Daisy Pitcher (Meljen's Designs)
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), ribbon, flower, brads, twine
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge #6

Hi there! Happy Sunday! This weeks' challenge at Christmas Card Challenges is to use lace on your card. 

I used this month's Sketch for You to Try combined with the Star of Wonder stamp set by Papertrey Ink for my card. 


I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Circle Nestabilities. The patterned paper is from the Authentique Wonder collection...I finally got my hands on some Authentique paper! I did LOTS of stitching and added some lace trim and a twill ribbon. I finished it off with three pearls in the bottom corner. 

Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Authentique Wonder
Stamps: Star of Wonder (Papertrey Ink_
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), lace, pearls, Jody Boosters, cream thread
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine


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Monday, January 2, 2012

{Meljen's Designs} Lovin' Turtle

Hi there! Here's my first card of 2012! I'm not a big resolution maker, but I definitely do want to make more cards this year, and I spent yesterday making this one! :)

I made this card following the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #149.

This sweet little turtle is Lovin' Turtle by Meljen's Designs! Cute, huh? :)


I was in the mood to make a Valentine's card, so this is what I came up with. I added lots of sparkle to the hearts on the turtle's shell. The sentiment is from A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions. I embossed the yellow cardstock with the Seeing Spots embossing folder, and I did lots of stitching! Some ribbon, brads, and liquid pearls finish this card off!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, PTI Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Cupcake Love
Stamps: Lovin' Turtle (Meljen's Designs), A Year of Sweet Sentiments (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Flamingo Liquid Pearls, silver brads, Jody Boosters, ribbon, white thread, Dazzling Details (Stampin' Up)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Seeing Spots embossing folder, sewing machine

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge #5 - Thank You

Hi there! Happy Sunday to you, and Happy New Year, too!! I wish all of you a blessed year!

Now that Christmas is over, it's the perfect time to make some thank you notes for those gifts or acts of kindness that you received, and that's what this week's Christmas Card Challenge #5 is! Create a thank you card!  

I decided to go the clean and simple route with this card. I was sitting at my desk spending WAY too much time trying to figure out which paper to use as my background paper (sound familiar??), and since I couldn't decide, I decided to NOT use one! lol :) I love how it turned out! I said "clean and simple," but when I got done, I counted all the dies I used - seven! Ha! I guess for me this is CAS because it doesn't have a lot of layers. 


I used an older CardPatterns sketch for my card layout. I stamped "thank you" from the Sentimental Thank You set by There She Goes Clear Stamps in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Circle Nestabilities. Then I sponged around the edges a bit with Memento Cantaloupe to soften it up. I like to do that when there is a lot of "white space" because I felt like all of that cream cardstock showing was too bright and too much. 
I layered that panel onto another circle and then again onto a circle cut out with the Lacey Circles Nestabilities, a gift from my sweet friend, Karen!  

The strip of patterned paper is from the Authentique Wonder Collection. I cut out the border with the Simply Scallops Border Dienamic by MFT Stamps. I also used a few more MFT Dienamics - Rolled Scallop Flower, Let it Snowflake, and the Fancy Flourish - on this card. I cut out the flower and snowflakes with some felt and the flourish with cardstock. I actually cut two of the snowflakes and layered them. I like that look! I finished my card off with some Kaisercraft red pearls up in the corner. 

Be sure you check out the rest of the design team inspiration at the Christmas Card Challenges blog. I hope you'll join us for the challenge this week! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Authentique Wonder
Stamps: Sentimental Thank You (There She Goes Clear Stamps)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe
Embellishments: red and cream pearls (Kaisercraft) 
Tools: Nestabilities - Small Circles, Large Circles, and Lacey Circle Nestabilities; MFT Dienamics - Fancy Flourish, Rolled Scallop Flower, Let It Snowflake, Simple Scallop Border 


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