Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Color Throwdown 198

It's another Wednesday and that means it's Color Throwdown Challenge time! Kerri has a great summery color palette this week that was inspired by this beautiful beach umbrella.  I thought the colors would work well with this digi image I found while surfing the net and landing on the Gooseberry Patch blog.

 I used Teresa's great Viva la Verve sketch for Week 4 in the Verve forum on SCS - tweaked it a bit, but think I kept the basic elements in there.

We'd love to have you play along with us!  No worries if you don't have the exact colors...just pick something close and have fun!  For more inspiration by the rest of the design team and our fabulous June guestie, Anna Wight, you'll want to go HERE.  If you post to a public gallery, please use the keyword: CTD198.

STAMPS: Digi image by Gooseberry Patch, Because of You (Verve)
PAPER: Howdy Doody DP by MME, Pool Party, Cameo Coral, Basic Gray, White
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: 2-step bird punch by SU, Adhesive pearls, 'Lil Inker Designs flag die
Watering can - C1, C3, C5
Terra cotta pots - E95, E97, E99
Spade - W1, W3, W4, E55, E57
Daisies - B00, YR65, YR68
Leaves - G43, G46
Ribbon - B01, B02

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Enjoy the Journey

This is a quick and easy card for Julia's Color Challenge on SCS! We were to use Island Indigo, Pool Party, and White with the dessert option of using water as the theme. I love to use the chevron dies for the illusion of waves.  The sun was masked and sponged using Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie inks.  I hand cut the narrow blue oval layer and hand wrote the sentiment using a Copic multiliner pen.

STAMPS: Sail Away by SU
PAPER: Island Indigo, Pool Party, White

Friday, June 22, 2012

Splash of Blue

Jen Shultz has a great layout for this week's Deconstructed Sketch Challenge and I used the colors in the Play Date Cafe Challenge to use black and white with a splash of blue.  I love this butterfly image...colored it with Copics: B21, B23, B24, B26, C3 then fussy cut and popped it with X-Press It foam tape. 

STAMPS: Everyday Miracles by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
PAPER: DP by Recollections at Michael's, Black, White, X-Press It Blending Card
ACCESSORIES: Butterfly lace trim by Wright's, Black satin ribbon, Oval Nestie, Flag die by 'Lil Inker Designs.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Under the Weather?

Holly has a fabulous sketch over on SCS for this week's Sketch Challenge! I decided it was time to piece another fun umbrella using MFT's Die-Namic that coordinates with their Umbrella & Stamp set.  The large banner was cut down by 1/4" on each side after using 'Lil Inker Designs die.  Paper is from MME's Miss Caroline collection called "Dolled Up". 

It's going to be a scorching hot day in VA - up to 95 degrees - so an umbrella would be good for sun protection! :-)  Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Word Art Wednesday & SSSC

Good Wednesday morning! For my Color Throwdown card, please scroll down to my next post.
I created this card for the following challenges:
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

I'm loving a new line of papers I discovered called Bazzill Basics Paper and this is from the "Avalon" 6x6 mini prints, double-sided paper pad.  The paper is heavier than most DP and has a hint of texture to it.  The pages are loose so you don't get that one rough "glued" edge as with some pads.  OK...I'm not working for Bazzill, though my commercial sure does sound it - lol!  I will say that I'm giving away 2 of these pads in my upcoming blog candy for Color Throwdown's 200th challenge in a few weeks...just sayin'.  :-)

I've been a long time fan of Karen Giron's sketches and this week is one of my faves!  I really wanted to add stitching to my card, but I started it late last night after coming home from work and my noisy sewing machine would not have made my sleeping husband very happy!  The flowers were die cut and popped with foam tape.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS: Jeremiah 33:3 PJ by Verve, Joyful Blooms by Verve, Bloom & Grow (leaves) by Verve
PAPER: Real Red, Avalon DP by Bazzill Basics Paper
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, Certainly Celery
ACCESSORIES: Joyful Blooms die set by Verve, Ribbon banner die by Verve (I cut the banner to make it narrower), Elegant Leaves die by Verve, Black pearls.

Color Throwdown 197

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge

Aren't these some fabulous colors?!!  Thanks to Joan for being this week's hostess with the mostest!
So, here's what I came up with...
A little BG embossing...bold and beautiful chevron fave jute twine...sweet little rolled roses, a kiwi corduroy brad (going to be sad to see my supply come to an end very soon) and this great banner sentiment layered over a houndstooth die!  I just love my corner chomper and couldn't resist chomping away...again - lol!  Did you notice this is challenge #197???  Our 200th challenge is around the corner and there will be lots of goodies given away by the design team, so be sure and keep your eyeballs peeled for the details coming soon!

If you don't have the exact colors worries.  Pick something close to it and have fun!  If you post to an online gallery, be sure and use the key word: CTD197.  You don't want to miss the great cards by the rest of the design team and by our talented guest designer, Anna Wight.  You can check them out HERE.

STAMPS: Flags and Tags Sentiments by 'Lil Inker Designs
PAPER: Crumb Cake, Kiwi Kiss, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Vintage Cream
INK: Cajun Craze, Kiwi Kiss
ACCESSORIES: Houndstooth die and banner die by 'Lil Inker Designs, Mini rolled roses Die-Namics by MFT, Chevron Die-Namics by MFT, Jute twine, Corduroy brad by SU, EF, Frond punch by Martha Stewart, Corner Chomper.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Word Art Wednesday & SFYTT

I stumbled upon a new (to me) Word Art Challenge (thanks to Karen's kind comment) and loved the idea of using an uplifting sentiment/verse as the focal point of a card.  I also used Jen's layout in her Sketch For You To Try Challenge for June.  I've been overlooking my considerable stash of SU DP in lieu of 6x6 pads that I typically grab and decided to give these retired papers some love. 

Here's what I used:
PAPER: Green Tea DP by SU, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeade, White
INK: Canon inkjet printer
ACCESSORIES: Circle and Scallop circle Nesties, Fern punch by MS, Leafy die by Sizzix, Mini rolled roses Die-Namics by MFT, Butterfly sticker by Martha Stewart, Baja Breeze pleated ribbon by SU, Foam tape.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Just for Meghan

I needed a bridal shower card and knew when I received the invitation in the mail that I wanted to CASE it!  The BG flourish (Verve's "Accent Notes") was stamped with Cool Caribbean ink before the sentiment (Verve's "Love Notes") was added using Versafine Onyx Black.  Some Hawaiian Shores ribbon by PTI and stamped lacey borders from the Hattie "Remember" stamps set (MME) finished off this CAS design.  Easy peasy!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

CAS Poppies

I wanted to honor today's Featured Stamper on SCS...the talented Emily Keaton (aka ejkeaton) who has a wonderful gallery filled with so many gorgeous creations! I decided to CASE this clean and simple card HERE.  I loved her single bold bloom but wanted to combine this with Chupa's Saturday Sketchbook Challenge, so used a trio of blooms instead.  I started to leave it as a strictly one layer card, but I couldn't resist the tiny black edge that made it pop so much more!  I rounded all 4 corners instead of just two as in the inspiration card.  I also added some yellow Stickles to the center for a bit of sparkle.

STAMPS: Poppy Patch by Flourishes; Flags and Tags Sentiments by 'Lil Inker Designs
COPICS: R20, R24, R27, R29, R0000, YG11, YG13, YG17.

Viva la Verve & CASEing Cathy

I wanted to play with the CAS Viva la Verve Challenge that Janelle posted on Friday and was trying to come up with something for inspiration. That's when I remembered that Cathy McCauley (aka cathymac) is this week's queen for the day on SCS, so I went to her gallery, and WOW, what an incredible gallery it is!  She has so many wonderful cards, but the card HERE is what triggered my plan for my card. I loved the green gingham checks for the BG and the way she stamped her sentiment right on the DP!  I've had these cameos from Webster's Pages for quite awhile, so the small oval element in the sketch was just the cue I needed to use one!  Since the DP had stitching as part of the pattern, I stitched around the edge of the gingham panel.

We had a gorgeous day in VA today...sunny...not too hot... a slight breeze...just my perfect kind of day of weather!  Hope your corner of the world was good to you today as well!

STAMPS: Because of You (Verve)
PAPER: "Vintage Marketplace" Bazzill Basics Paper
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Silhouette by Webster's Pages, Banner die by 'Lil Inker Designs, Rhinestones.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Nautical Father's Day

This nautical-themed Father's Day card was created for the following challenges:
Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Challenge - Father's Day card
Card Patterns Sketch Challenge
Ways to Use It - Man Up
CCEE - Nautical theme
Free 4 All - Red, White, and Blue

I stamped off once with the ship and compass using images from SU's The Open Sea set.  The sentiment is from Flourishes' Father's Day set.  I created a sailor's knot from red lacing cord by Simplicity.  The embossed BG is the square lattice folder by SU.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hello Friend

 This card was made for a dear cyber friend who is going through a tough time and needs some encouragement. I used Amber's great sketch for week one's Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge and loved working with it! It will be a go-to sketch for me again.  I will hate when I run out of this retired paper, because I totally love the colors together.  I hand cut the flowers and then cut into the petals so I could fluff them up a bit. The card is 5 1/4" square.

What did I use?
STAMPS: Sunny Days (leaves), Hope Blooms (sentiment and flowers) - both by Verve
PAPER: Thoroughly Modern DP by SU, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss, Vintage Cream
INK: Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss
ACCESSORIES: Corduroy brads (SU), Leafy Sprigs die by Verve, Doily Die-Namic by MFT, Bermuda Bay grosgrain ribbon by SU, Circle Nestie.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Color Throwdown 196

 Check it out! 
Danielle is the hostess this week with some fabulous colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge

I wanted to create a window scene with some blue lace "curtains" and a window box filled with saffron roses.  The BG was created with a Tim Holtz EF to which Crumb Cake ink was swiped lightly over the raised surfaces of the Crumb Cake CS.  The striped "wallpaper" is from SU (from one of their older 6x6 packs).  I also used Korin's layout for the Sketch Challenge on SCS.
ACCESSORIES: Grand Madison Window die, Grand Flower Box die, Bird sticker by K&Co, Mini rolled roses Die-Namics by MFT, Leafy flourish Die-Namics by MFT, Bricked EF by TH, Lace.

We are thrilled to have Anna Wight join the Color Throwdown team as the guest designer for the month of June!  You'll want to visit her and the rest of the DT  HERE for some awesome inspiration!

Remember, if you post to an online gallery, please use the keyword: CTD196.  Here's hoping you can join us!   PSSSTT....there might be some really great goodies given away when Color Throwdown reaches its 200th challenge...just sayin'! :-)

Monday, June 11, 2012


It's a rainy Monday morning, so my outdoor plans are on hold for now and I got crafty instead! I loved the colors in the CR84FN Challenge - yellow, gray and neutral!  The CAS Challenge on SCS is to use white layers, so this card meets both challenges.

I layered the embossed diamond panel over the CS base and added some tiny pearls for added texture.  The flowers and leaves are all quick die cuts - flower Die-Namics by MFT and Foliage die by Spellbinders.

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
STAMPS: Small Phrases by Verve
ACCESSORIES: Heart scallop border punch by MS, Charming banner dies by Verve, Adhesive pearls, Diamond EF by Sizzix
PAPER: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Lemon Tart (PTI), Daffodil Delight (SU), Summer Sun (SU), White (PTI), Walk in the Park DP (retired by SU).

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Viva la Verve

Loved Tosh's great layout for the second week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge! I pulled some fave retired DP by SU and went to my fave banner die by Verve. I ran my bottle cap through my Big Shot to flatten it out and make it easier to mail. What seemed like a difficult sketch initially actually fell together quickly and think I'll be using this one over and over.

STAMPS: Super Dad (Verve)
PAPER: Thoroughly Modern DP by SU, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Vintage Cream
INK: Soft Suede
ACCESSORIES: Bottle cap (Michael's), Bakers twine, Small star punch by SU, Arch lattice border punch by MS, Doily Die-Namic by MFT, Herringbone EF, Ribbon banner die by Verve, 1" circle punch.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Father's Day Silhouette

I created this Father's Day card using the layout for the Card Patterns Sketch Challenge.  Tweaked it a wee bit and simply gave up on the doily die (English Tea Party by Cheery Lynn Designs) working properly!  I started punching out some of the holes and it was so tedious that I left the rest with an embossed look instead. :-(  I have tried adding shims to this die and it simply will not cut through CS!  Grrr!!!  If anyone has the sandwich solution for successful cutting with a Big Shot, I'd be eternally grateful to hear what you use.  Here's an inside view of the card...

STAMPS: Father's Day by Flourishes
PAPER: Antique Cream by Creative Imaginations, Black
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Corner chomper, Cream grosgrain ribbon by SU, Button (PTI), Sentiment flag die by 'Lil Inker Designs, English Tea Party doily die by Cheery Lynn Designs.

Artful Whimsy

It's been far too long since I've played along with the Inspiration Challenge on SCS! I decided to remedy that by going to the Artful Whimsy website that Stef has given us for our inspiration source.  I loved the collage pendants with the birds and nature theme seen HERE so went with a bird-themed collage card.  I'm also entering this into the Friday Mashup Challenge where you can use birds on your card, use the sketch, or "mash it up" and use both.

STAMPS: Nature Walk by SU
PAPER: Butterfly Garden Collection by PinkPaislee, Vintage Cream, Chocolate Chip
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa
ACCESSORIES: Prima, Copics, Bermuda Bay grosgrain ribbin (SU), Peach ribbon.