Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday Trigger

I'm back with another hexagon themed card...thanks to the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger inspiration photo that you see on the left! I had quite a few leftover hexagon shapes from my card for the color challenge on Tuesday on SCS, so I kept it clean and layer only.  The sentiment is a new Plain Jane from Verve's latest release and I couldn't resist some faux cross stitching - a stamp from Verve's new "Borderline" set.  After paper piecing the cupcake base,  I added yellow Stickles to the star and White Opal Liquid Pearls to the "icing".  The cupcake is from another new Verve set called "With Love".  Julee Tilman, Verve owner, has released so many wonderful new images and will want them all!  Check out the Verve store HERE!
This is also for the Free 4 All challenge to create a birthday card.

The banner and hexagon dies are from My Favorite Things.
PAPER: DP by SU, Rich Razzleberry (SU), White (PTI).

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Deconstructed Sketch

Here's a second post for the procrastinating housework until tomorrow. :-( Couldn't resist Jen Shultz' Deconstructed Sketch Challenge for my layout and I'm also playing along with Hannah's Ways to Use It challenge on SCS to use a "smile" theme. I think I got the theme idea a bit reversed with my sentiment, but it is what it is.  Challenge police will have to come after me!

STAMPS: Tag Time (Verve), Thankful Hearts (Verve)
PAPER: Everyday Enchantment DP by SU, Vintage Cream by PTI, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
INK: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
ACCESSORIES: Rose, Circle and Scallop rose Die-namics by MFT, Sheer ribbon, Antique brad (SU), Tagged Rectangle die and Charming Oval die by Verve, Silver pearls, Foliage die by SB,  Heart scallop border punch by MS.

Live with Passion

...the passion flower to be exact!  I can't believe I haven't taken time to ink up this gorgeous new bloom from Flourishes, but when I saw Denise's Timeless Tuesday Challenge was to use blue and purple together...I knew it was time this image saw some ink!  I colored with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card, then fussy cut around the edges and added a sheer ribbon bow.

STAMPS: Passion Flowers (Flourishes)
PAPER: Elegant Eggplant, Light Blue Dots DP by Recollections, Textured blue from my scrap pile-? source, White (PTI), X-Press It Blending Card
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Elegant Eggplant
ACCESSORIES: Fleur de Lis die by Spellbinders, Adhesive pearls
COPICS: YG21, YG25, YG17, B60, B63, B66, C00, C3.

Thanks for stopping by...I had my play time, so now it's off to get some cleaning done!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Color Throwdown 207

Lori has some some fun, summery colors for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge!

The chevron border and blossom die layer are papers from the "Citronella" 12x12 pad by K&Co.  They will definitely wake you up - lol!  I used Melon Mambo CS for the rosette.  The CAS design is following Mona Pendleton's sketch for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.  I popped the leaves and flower on foam dots to give more dimension. play along, you don't have to have the exact colors.  You can choose something that's close in color.  Please use the keyword CTD207 if you upload to a public gallery and be sure to add your card to the link service at the bottom of the CTD blog post.  You'll want to stop by and visit the rest of the design team's blogs, as well as our talented guestie, Vickie Zimmer:

I want to say THANK YOU to Vickie for agreeing to be our guest this month!  I love her work and know she was an inspiration to many of you as she was to me!  Play along with us and who knows...YOU might just be a future guest designer! :-)

STAMPS: Say It Loud by Waltzingmouse Stamps
PAPER: Citronella DP by K&Co., Melon Mambo, White, Textured green from my scrap pile (?Bazzill)
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: English Ivy border stamp by EK Success, Blossom Nestie, Rosette die by Tim Holtz, Leaves die by Sizzix, Button, Satin ribbon.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Making Lemonade

OK...finally home from a stressful night at work! They say when life gives you lemons...make that's what I did! :-)  At least on paper!  This is for the summer treat theme for the CAS challenge on SCS and it uses Mary Marsh's great selection of colors (Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight) for the Color Challenge.  It's a one layer card with hexagons arranged in a pattern (cut from different SU CS using the hexagon Die-Namics) and the image was popped on foam dots.  Thanks for stopping by...

STAMPS: On the Porch (Flourishes)
PAPER: SU DP, Rich Razzleberry, White, X-Press It Blending Card
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry
ACCESSORIES: Circle Nesties, Hexagon Die-Namics by MFT, Copics.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mojo Monday

 It's the last Monday of the month, so that means a circle or square card for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I really loved the layered flags in this layout and decided to play with some new papers from the "Honey" pad by My Mind's Eye.  Lots of color going on with this 5 1/4" square card!
I die-cut the flags using MFT's Fish Tail Flags STAX Die-Namics and the mini rolled roses are also MFT Die-namics.   The leaves are from Verve's "Sunny Days" set...stamped in Old Olive...then color was "dragged into" the leaves using an Aquapainter pen.  The Plain Jane sentiment was stamped in Rose Red over a Classy Label Die by Verve (border stamp from Verve's "Love Notes" set). The label was then layered over a Fancy Tags Two die by Spellbinders.

So, get your mojo going and join us!  You'll want to upload your creation to the Mojo Monday blog and don't forget to check out what the other mojomakers have created!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Owl Be! Mary is FS!

I had just picked this stamp set up yesterday while shopping at Mike's and knew after I saw the Featured Stamper's gallery on SCS that I wanted to ink up this owl image. Mary, aka jandjccc, has a wonderful gallery and has a number of owl cards in it, so that's what inspired me. I don't own the owl punch she used, so I opted to paper piece the owl "vest" instead.  I colored with Copics, fussy cut, then added yellow Stickles to the star and 4mm googlie eyes to the owl and spider.  The layout is for Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #74.

Hope you are having a great Sunday...I have loved my 3 day weekend off work!  I tackled my overly stuffed pantry which happens to be in my stamping aka storage room.  Started on Friday and finished yesterday...WHEW...what a job!  I tossed a LOT of things (if I hadn't used it in the past 3 years...out the door it went!) and donated a huge box of items to Goodwill.  The result?  I gained an entire 6 foot shelf to store stampy things that were in containers on the floor.  Next on my "to do" list is to clean my L-shaped desk off!  :-(  Have to make room for a new toy I ordered from Amazon!  Stay tuned...

STAMPS: Hampton Art
PAPER: Mischievous DP by MME, Terracotta Tile by PTI
INK: Memento Tuxedo Ink
ACCESSORIES: Googlie eyes, Yellow Stickles, Dies by Lil Inker Designs
COPICS: E55, E57, YR14, YR15YR16, YR18 - pumpkins
                G40, G43, G46 - leaves
                N4, N6, N8 - hat
                Y21, Y26, N1 - owl.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blooming Good Day

Good morning friends! I created this card for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge in the SCS forum and got to use some MME paper that I found at TJ Maxx for $2.99/pad! those bargains!  I also loved this sketch and decided to just go with the sentiment from the Blooming Good Day PI set and highlighted it with MFT's fringed perennial flower.  I tucked in some leaves made using a Spellbinders' foliage die.  I dug into my SU retired papers and used Mint Melody CS sponged with Mint Melody ink - now that's a blast from the past!

STAMPS: Blooming Good Day (MFT)
PAPER: "Life of the Party" from MME's Lime Twist series, Mint Melody, White
INK: Mint Melody, Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Postage Stamp Nestie, Fringed Perennial Die-Namic (MFT), Foliage die (SB), Brad, Large scallop and ? name border Die-Namics (MFT), White twine (SU).

Here's hoping each one of you has a blooming good day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Color Throwdown 206

It's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge and Kerri has some fabulous colors for us this week!  I took a literal translation of the inspiration photo and used these new images from Flourishes with cut flowers in a Mason jar (from the "Garden Picks" set).  I'm also using a tweaked version of Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #73.  No matter how hard I tried to slightly tilt the image, I just couldn't do it!  Normally, I love the visual interest of a tilted panel, but it simply didn't work for me on this card.  I think it was because the water level in the jar was wrong - lol!  :-) play along, you don't have to have the exact colors.  You can choose something that's close in color.  Please use the keyword CTD206 if you upload to a public gallery.  You'll want to stop by and visit the rest of the design team's blogs (as well as our talented guestie, Vickie Zimmer):
Barbara Anders 
 Broni Holcombe
Denise Marzec
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Lori Tecler 
  Lynn Put  
Tammy Hershberger
Wanda Cullen
Vickie Zimmer (August Guest Designer)  

STAMPS: Garden Picks, Autumn Blossoms (sentiment) - Flourishes
PAPER: "Be Amazing' pad from the Follow Your Dreams collection by MME, Cameo Coral, Tempting Turquoise, X-Press It Blending Card, White (PTI)
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Labels Four Nesties, Die-Namics Fish Tails Flags STAX by MFT, Classic Keyhole template die by Flourishes, Copics, Certainly Celery twill ribbon by SU, Kassies' Brocade EF, Rhinestones, Copics.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mojo Monday

Good Monday morning everyone! Another week has rolled around and this time, Teresa Kline has given us a great sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge!  I decided to flip the layout since I wanted to use this Plain Jane sentiment.  The colors are very muted and out of my norm, but love the serenity that they reflect.  I colored the bird with Copics (BG70 and BG72) then highlighted it with a Mint Spica pen.

Be sure to head on over to the Mojo Monday blog and see what the rest of the mojomakers have created!  If you upload your card to a public gallery, be sure to use the keyword MOJO255.  Can't wait to see what you create!

STAMPS: Swan Song (Verve), Be Okay (Verve Plain Jane)
PAPER: "Cowboy" pad by MME, Vintage Cream by PTI
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Circle Nesties, Large scallop border Die-Namics by MFT, Jute twine, Button by SU, Lace, Copics, Mint Spica pen.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Birthday Gift Tag

Another quick post of a gift tag I created for a dear friend's birthday. I flattened a bottle cap (purchased at Michael's) by running it through the Big Shot (a tutorial for the process using a Cuttlebug is found HERE). The corrugated butterfly is from the Funkie Junkie store (a freebie with my last order) and the ticket as well as the BG stamps are by Tim Holtz.  The teeny cupcake is from Verve's Birthday Bash set...colored with Copics, cut out, popped with foam dot then Diamond Stickles added to the icing and Yellow Stickles added to the wee star. The flower is a clip-on embellishment found at Michael's.

Autumn Purse Box

Hello peeps! It's Friday and a day off for me! Had to start it off with a bit of stamping...this is for Amy and Janelle's challenge in the Verve forum to celebrate Verve's birthday #5! I used the purse box template that you can find in my Tips/Tutorial tab at the top of my blog.

STAMPS: Sunny Days (Verve) - flower and leaves, Super Dad (Verve) - banner outline, Thankful Accents (Verve) - sentiment
PAPER: Simply Autumn by Recollections, Vintage Cream
INK: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES: Leafy sprigs and Ribbon banner dies by Verve, Button, Jute twine, Template, Rhinestones.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello Peeps!

Today is the 4th day of celebration in the Verve forum on SCS and it's a CAS challenge! I had so much fun putting this together!  I jazzed up the peep with a little punched flower and  rhinestone and she was colored with Copics. 

STAMPS: Chicks Rule (chick) and Love Notes (hearts) - both by Verve
PAPER: Black, White, "Handmade" DP by Lily Bee Designs
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Circle Nesties, Die-Namics Fishtail Flags STAX by MFT, Satin ribbon, Flower punch from Michael's dollar bin, Rhinestone, Corner chomper
COPICS: Y11, Y13, Y15, YR16, YR18.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello Friend

This is the 3rd day of celebration in the Verve forum on SCS!  Julee and Laurie have this wonderful sketch for us and I also played along with the CR84FN Color Challenge where I used the more muted tones of the 3 colors.

STAMPS: Hope Blooms (flower), Happy Hello (sentiment) - both by Verve
PAPER: A Beautiful Life DP by MME, White
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, Purely Pomegranate
ACCESSORIES: Plaid EF, Hexagon Nesties, Pearls, Medium leafy flourish Die-Namics by MFT, Retro Squares Die-Namics by MFT, Butterfly punch by Martha Stewart, Mountain Lake seam binding by MS

 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Love to read your feedback on my creations!

Color Throwdown 205

Happy hump day! It's time for another Color Throwdown Challenge and Joan has a fun combo...thanks to the inspiration of this yummy cake!

My first card was a total flop, so I scrapped the DP I started with and went with creating my own hexagon borders....ahh...much better. :-)  Pretty straight forward with no fancy stuff going on here.

STAMPS: Rosy Posy (PTI), Hope Blooms (Verve)
PAPER: Lucky Limeade, White
INK: Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES:  Rosy Posy dies by PTI, Orange satin ribbon, Foam tape.

Here's hoping you can join us!  You don't need exact colors...anything close will do.  You'll want to check out the other design team members' cards for inspiration - along with our super talented guestie, Vickie Zimmer!  Don't forget to use the keyword CTD205 if you upload to a public gallery.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Friend Ship

Ahoy there! This ship might look small and innocent, but it's home to the biggest, baddest pirate ever - lol!  It's been awhile since I've attended one of Mothermark's tea parties and when I saw the destination station was a young boy who loves pirates, I knew I wanted to use this Verve stamp set!  Check out all the details for the Teapot Tuesday challenge and join us in sending some cheer to James in Champaign, IL.

I used Jen Del Muro's Sketch For You To Try and kept the card pretty clean and simple.  With the "wood" BG paper, this qualifies for the 2nd challenge in the daily celebration going on in the Verve forum on SCS where they are celebrating Verve's 5th year of business.  Lots of new goodies will be released on August 24 and you can see sneak peeks on the divas' samples.  For more details with Maureen's challenge, please check it out HERE.   I used Vicki's colors for the SCS Color Challenge: Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy, White.

STAMPS: Text Objects (Verve)
PAPER: On the Bright Side-Two by MME, Night of Navy, White
INK: Midnight Muse
ACCESSORIES: Silver brads, Distressing tool, Die-Namics Fishtails Flags STAX by MFT.

CAS Love

Hello everyone! I'm posting a card today that I created for the first Verve Anniverary challenge in the SCS forum - Happy 5th birthday, Verve!  Julee Tilman, Verve owner, will be releasing new stamps and dies on August 24, so keep your eyes open for sneak peeks from the divas in the next 2 weeks.  Teresa and Amber have challenged us to use pink, green and brown (some fabulous colors!) and I used Tenia's sketch for the CAS challenge on SCS.  No stamping here...only some dies to spell out this sentiment of love!

PAPER: Vintage Marketplace DP by Bazzill Basics; Chocolate Chip, White
ACCESSORIES: I Heart You dies by Verve, Baker's twine, Crystal Ice Stickles.

I'm looking at my calendar for August and am smiling at the caption: "Open your arms and welcome the joy of today!"  Wishing all of you a joy-filled day!