Thursday, June 30, 2011

Something Old, Something New

Hannah Clark is hosting a fun Ways to Use It Challenge over on SCS - use something old (older than 6 months) and use something new. For something old, I went back to my very first BasicGrey purchase and that was the Sultry pad put out in 2008. It's still a fave of mine! The "new" is the Die-namics rolled daisy die that came in the mail yesterday and a new sentiment from Verve. I need to practice a bit more, but decided this was an OK version for my first try. The layout is using Card Patterns Sketch #121. Another quick card and a quick to get ready for work!
STAMPS: Hope Blooms (Verve)
PAPER: Sultry DP (BasicGrey), Pretty in Pink
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: MS doily tag, Foliage die (Spellbinders), Die-namics rolled daisy, Pearl, Lacey circles Nestie.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Painting the Town

This card uses the colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge: Cameo Coral, Pacific Point & Garden Green and the sketch for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge in the MFT forum. I colored with Copics and added glass glitter to the punched star.
What did I use?
STAMPS: You Color My World (MFT), Tiny Tags (PTI)
PAPER: Tickled Pink (MME), Cameo Coral, White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Doily lace border Die-namic, Tiny tag die (PTI), Satin ribbon, Circle & Lacey circle Nesties, Copics, Glass glitter.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teapot Tuesday

It's been determined that the teapotters can't count, so mudder is asking us to use numbers on our card so we can practice. Mrs. Estelle T. Stump, the grumpy schoolmarm, must have passed me on this card - you can see she gave me a star! :-) This will be sent to a secret destination...wonder who will get "tickled" to get this card... For more details to the story, please visit the Teapot Tuesday challenge on SCS.
STAMPS: Tiny Tags (PTI)
PAPER: DP by SU, Vintage Cream, Black, Simply Chartreuse
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Twill tape & button to create flower, Foliage die by Spellbinders, Satin ribbon, Labels Twenty One Nesties.

Monday, June 27, 2011

CC & Mojo Monday

It's been a good, restful Monday after a really hectic w/e! I had a chance to create a card for 2 different challenges:
Splitcoaststampers' Color Challenge - Joanne has chosen a great combo using Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, & Crumb Cake with neutrals of white or vanilla. Dessert option - butterflies.
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge - this week it's a round or square version.
I immediately thought of this DP from SU's Springtime Vintage collection. Three different sizes of the flower were stamped with Versamark ink then embossed with Melon Mambo EP, cut out & popped with dimensionals. What else did I use?
STAMPS: Kind Words (Verve) - sentiment; Dream Big (Verve) - flower.
PAPER: Springtime Vintage DP (SU), Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Vintage Cream, Old Olive.
INK: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Antique Linen distess ink by Tim Holtz (sponging).
ACCESSORIES: Little leaves Sizzlets by SU, Fern punch by MS, Labels Sixteen Nesties, Adhesive gemstones by Prima Marketing, Natural skeleton leaf butterfly by Recollections (Mike's).

CAS in Red, Black & White

I couldn't resist playing with Miss Boo's classy color challenge for the SCS CAS challenge today! My new Cheery Lynn dies came in the mail the perk of a 50% discount for the Dirty Dozen DT! Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Tiny Tags (PTI)
PAPER: Winter Song DP by S.E.I., Black, White (PTI)
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Tiny Tags die (PTI), Satin ribbon, Paisley EF, Fanciful Flourish die by Cheery Lynn Designs.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Viva la Verve

Hard to believe we're in the 4th week of June already...we'll be Christmas shopping before we know it - lol! This card was made using Teresa's great sketch for the Viva la Verve challenge in the Verve forum. I haven't used yellow in quite awhile and was drawn to this beautiful paper in the Julianne specialty paper pack by K&Co. The Soft Suede decorative edge is just a Labels Twenty One Nestie cut in half. The flower is a Tim Holtz die (Tattered Florals) and the leaves were from my leftover stash. This was a quick, simple card to assemble. Have been working on next month's Dirty Dozen projects...I'm loving this theme as much as the text theme for June. With vacation coming up soon, I need to think procrastination which is usually my norm! We're not getting any rain, so I'm headed out the door to do some watering! Hope your Friday has been good.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MFT Wednesday Sketch

This week is flying by...hump day already! I always like to play along with the MFT gals in the SCS forum for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge...they are quite the talented group of ladies! When I saw the circle element, I knew I wanted to use this piano image. I love the black and white with a pop of chartreuse (PTI's version of Kiwi Kiss that SU retired...sad to say!). I paper-pieced the blouse and colored the rest with Copics. The notes and treble clef sign are tiny dies by MFT. The doily circle is also a Die-namic from MFT.
What else did I use?
STAMPS: Who's That Musical Girl? (MFT)
PAPER: Bayberry Cottage DP (Pink Paislee), Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Neenah Solar White, Black
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Circle Nesties, Simply Chartreuse satin ribbon by PTI, Button, Silver ribbon wire, Music and Doily Die-namics (MFT).

Monday, June 20, 2011

Nautical Birthday

Betty has some fabulous colors for the SCS Color Challenge this week: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy & Crumb Cake with the dessert option to use something from the kitchen - a piece of burlap in this case. I'm also entering this into the Crazy 4 Challenges blog to use twine or string. I used both baker's twine and some jute twine. I love this new SU set from the summer mini - perfect for masculine cards. I'm needing quite a few masculine birthday cards, so this will fit the bill for them. Lots of distressing and sponging with tea dye distress ink...a crimped frame and a collage tag (cut with a Verve die), and a sailor's knot finish this off. The cherry cobbler base panel was dry embossed using a diamond EF.
STAMPS: The Open Sea (SU), Sentiment Flags (Lil' Inker Design)
PAPER: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Vintage Cream
INK: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Tea dye distress ink (Tim Holtz)
ACCESSORIES: Burlap, Sponge, Distressing tool, Tag die by Verve, Diamond EF, Baker's twine, jute twine, shell charm.

CAS Mojo Card

I combined two challenges for this card - the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the SCS CAS challenge to create a tall & thin card. Flowers were embossed using Melon Mambo EP; leaves were embossed using Wild Wasabi EP. I seldom do a one layer card, but ended up liking this one afterall! Hope you're having a fabulous Monday!
Stamps: Fabulous Florets (SU), Friendly Phrases (Verve)
PAPER: Gossamer DP by Memory Box, Melon Mambo
INK: Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Wild Wasabi & Melon Mambo EP, Square lattice EF, Round tab punch (SU), Brads.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Grateful for You

The week is slipping by and I didn't want to miss playing in the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge. I combined stamps from 2 different sets - the sentiment and frame from the Die-Namics Framed Greetings die & stamp set and the floral branch from the Spring set - both by MFT. The branch was stamped off once using Rich Razzleberry ink. The flower consists of 5 layers of scalloped circles that were scrunched before securing with a brad. The small doily is a Martha Stewart doily tag. Off to get some more housework done...
Here's what I used:
PAPER: Cottage Wall DP by SU, Rich Razzleberry, Black, White
ACCESSORIES: Corner chomper, Square lattice EF by SU, MS doily tag, Adhesive bling, Floral band border punch by MS, Rhinestones, Circle scallop punch (SU), Brad (BasicGrey)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Casing Bridget

The Free 4 All challenge on SCS was to CASE a cyber friend. I went to my Favorites and was drawn to a one layer card that my DD sister, Bridget, created. Simple but so striking as you can see below! I went with a different silhouette image, different sentiment & made an A2 sized card instead of a square. I kept the colors and the basic layout the same. The leafy image was embossed with black EP and the flower was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink then clear embossed, cut out and popped with foam dots. The sentiment was also embossed in black.
Bridget's card can be seen to the right...
STAMPS: Fabulous Florets (SU), Forever in Our Hearts (Verve) - sentiment
PAPER: A Walk in the Park DP by Echo Park, Neenah Solar white
INK: Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Baker's twine, Doily lace Die-namic by MFT, Butterfly punch by MS, Black EP, Clear EP.

New SU Goodies

Had to play with some of my new SU goodies PLUS the new cattie arrived! Always fun to start a new wish list - lol! I love this nautical set from the summer mini...great to build up my masculine stamp stash! I used Sankari's sketch for the Viva la Verve week 3 challenge in the Verve forum. This card is also for my good friend and stamping demo's Last But Not Least Challenge to use a nautical theme. This card is pretty straight forward, so I'll just give you my enabler's list:
STAMPS: The Open Sea (SU), Big Wish (Verve) - sentiment
PAPER: Nautical Expedition DP (SU), Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Vintage Cream, Early Espresso
INK: Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES: Corner scallop punch, Crimper, Paper piercing tool/template, Circle Nesties, Baker's twine, Anchor charm, Open scallop & wave Die-namics by MFT.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vellum...a real challenge!

For the Ways to Use It Challenge on SCS, Toni has asked us to use vellum. I love the soft look of vellum, but DON'T like the way ink smears easily (wonder how I know?)! Thankfully, an eraser took care of the smearing. :-) I needed a card for our nurse manager who is retiring end of the month. She's an avid quilter, so knew I wanted to use this gorgeous DP by DCWV. I dug into my CS archives for some Sage Shadow - a really old retired SU color - which matched the print well. Several gallery entries used a frame to adhere the vellum to the base, so I tried it and LOVED the idea! Have to run...time to go to work.
STAMPS: Inkadinkadoo
PAPER: Linen Closet matstack by DCWV, Sage Shadow, Fine Linen (PTI), Vellum
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Labels One Nesties, Ribbon roses by SU, MS fern and frond punches, MS seam binding, Adhesive pearls by Recollections (Mike's).

Bicycle Birthday

(Scroll on down to see my For Your Inspiration post for today.)
My son loves to bike for transportation and loves the big city life, so he can use this...along with the metro and his his way to get around. I needed a birthday card for him (he's my oldest and turns 28 on Saturday), so Korin's layout for the SCS Sketch Challenge was perfect to create this little summer scene. The clouds are die cut from felt. This is also for Crazy 4 Challenges to make a masculine card and for the Color Throwdown Challenge to use daffodil, tangerine and kiwi colors and for the CCEE challenge to include a kite on a card.
What did I use:
STAMPS: In the Park (Taylored Expressions), Big Wish (Verve) - sentiment
PAPER: A Walk in the Park by Echo Park, White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Cloud & grass border Die-Namics by MFT, Maya Road kraft mini tag, Baker's twine, Copics, felt.

For Your Inspiration #8

It's time again for another wonderful photo inspiration challenge over on the For Your Inspiration blog where Steph has a gorgeous waterfall scene to stir your creativity! I loved the earthy colors of browns, blues and a touch of green, so went with that color palette. In addition, I thought the rough, jagged surface of the mountainous rock could be represented by creating a rustic, wood grain BG using the direct to paper technique. I scored 1" lines then swiped Soft Suede ink across the vanilla paper. I smudged some white pigment ink then swiped a hint of Aegean Blue chalk ink on the paper. For a tutorial of this technique, check out Lydia's video in the Splitcoast resources section HERE. I used rickrack to represent the wavy flow of the water over the rocks. I love using my new arrow brads from my shopping trip last week and balanced out the card with a copper brad. The flower was colored with Copics (BGooo, BG53, BG72, Y13, G40, G82, G85). I'll wait to add a sentiment on the inside as the occasion arises. What else did I use?
STAMPS: Delightful Dahlia (PTI)
PAPER: DP by SU, Soft Suede, Vintage Cream
INK: Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black, ColorBox white pigment ink, VersaMagic Aegean Blue chalk ink
ACCESSORIES: Rickrack Die-namic (MFT), Lattice square EF, Chocolate baker's twine, Arrow brad by Paper Studio, Copics.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I'm a Dirty Girl!!

I still can't believe it!! Me? A member of the Dirty Dozen design team on SCS? It's been REALLY hard not to shout it from the rooftops since I got the message to return a call to Lydia on May 19! It's such an honor, yet a bit intimidating to be surrounded by so many ultra talented designers! Let me just say that EVERYONE on that team has been so kind and welcoming...true friends in every way! It's been fun chatting with them in the secret forum...we laugh a LOT! :-) Excuse me while I hop from one cloud to the next! :-) The real world is telling me I have to come down out of the clouds and go to work this afternoon! Bah humbug! This week started off great with my fave Nascar driver winning the race at Pocono (yay, Jeff!) then the Mavericks beat the Heat in was good but even better with today's DD reveal! Hope your week is going well...hugs to you all!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teapot Tuesday

This week, the teapotters can bring horses, bicycles, or nurses...AND we HAVE to bring flowers. The destination is Jessica in Orangeville, CA, daughter of Mutnik (Cathy), one of the regular partiers. Jessica had an unfortunate accident where she was thrown from a horse and her 2 "good Samaritans" were a nurse and a bicyclist. For more of Mothermark's story...please check out the thread HERE. I decided to bring Florence to care for Jessica, so her stay in the "horsepital" would be short-lived! :-) Florence was colored with Copics and her apron was paper-pieced. I couldn't fit the sentiment as a single line, so cut up the words and staggered them to fit. TFL!
Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Best Medicine (MFT)
PAPER: Odds & Ends Mini Deck by Cosmo Cricket, Real Red, White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Large scallop Die-namic (MFT), Gingham stretch lace, Felt prima, Leaf die by Sizzix, Wonky rectangle Nestie, Copics, Adhesive pearls.

Monday, June 13, 2011

God Bless

I created this card for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and this week's awesome layout is by the talented Debbie Carriere. I'm also guest designer for June for the SCS Color Challenge where Vicki Dutcher has asked us to use Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & Vanilla. The dessert option is to round at least one corner - an easy option for me as I just love my corner chomper! Even convinced my good friend, Teresa, on our last shopping trip that she just couldn't live without a corner chomper - lol! A regular corner rounder will cut through a single layer of CS, but will not cut through 2 thicknesses when you want to round the top corners of a card as I did here. I was in seventh heaven when I learned that green was one of the fave color as you already know if you read my posts! :-)
Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Faithful Phrases (Verve)
PAPER: Odds & Ends Mini Deck by Cosmo Cricket, Vintage Cream (PTI), Old Olive & Early Espresso by SU.
INK: Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES: Corner chomper, Labels Nine Nestie, Fancy Labels Two die, Oval scallop, small & large oval punches by SU, Satin rosettes (SU), Foliage dies (Spellbinders), Modern Garland border punch (MS), Brads by Paper Studio.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dali Decals Inspiration

Steph has another fun website, Dali Decals, for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS! I chose the Eiffel Tower decal and stamped this Tim Holtz image in Blue Bayou on Vintage Cream CS. The diamond argyle stamp was done with Cameo Coral ink. The edges were distressed and sponged and layered on Blue Bayou CS. Some bling, a Prima, crinkled Baja Breeze seam binding and a Garden Gate deep punch border finish off this card. Paper is from the Two Scoops pad by BasicGrey. I used the beautiful colors for the Play Date Cafe Challenge to use blueberry, cream & dusty rose.