Saturday, July 31, 2010

Moxie Fab World - Clean and Graphic

Last card for the Moxie Fab World -  Card Style Challenges. These cards are for the Moxie Fab World - Clean and Graphic challenge.  I really enjoyed the style challenges as I like to challenge myself to work through different styles all the time.  I am going to share two cards and the first one is my favorite:

This is a new stamp from Stampendous and as soon as I saw it I wanted it because the swirly bubbles drifted off into nothing. This was stamped with versamark and heated with clear embossing powder.  The rest is just sponging on purple, brown, blue dye inks over a resist background. The lovely charm is a RAK from Deborah (Thanks Deborah!)

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set and I thought appropriate with the rich colors. The tulle is from Cornish Heritage Farms.

The second card started with me having an inspiration in the middle of the night of this crepe ribbon pleated with twine overlaid and just a sentiment.  So I created the card using that idea and then it was too plain for me. :) So out came this poodle!

Now I have to admit that she looked like she had so much attitude that I thought it would be very funny to tie a balloon to her tail! The balloon has coordinating polka dots and she looks like she is in disdain of having to carry it!

The fabulous crepe ribbon is Jenni Bowlin and a RAK from Louise. (Thanks Louise!)  The Poodle is from Judikins. The sentiment and balloon are  from Hero Arts again!

Hope you have a beautiful Saturday!  I will be back tomorrow with a tag for Louise's challenge!


Friday, July 30, 2010

2S4Y - Laura's Sketch # 57

2S4Y sketch this week is from Laura and it is Sketch #57. I was so happy to be featured in the Top 10 last week at 2S4Y. Thanks Kazan!   My Favorite Things is sponsoring the challenge and has a lovely prize.  I decided to use my Pure Innocence image on my card as I purchased it from MFT.  I also had this lovely stamp from Tim Holtz that fit the sketch.

Here is the sketch drawn with a heart.

My take on the sketch:

Love the sentiment and it worked beautifully with the sketch. :)  I trimmed out my little girl to remove her wand and wings and have her hold a heart.  The bottom is made from a series of punched hearts.

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last Call - Hero Arts Monthly Challenge - Food & Travel

Well... I had such a great creative day today. I was supposed to go to CHA again today but decided to stay home and create all day. You will be seeing some of the fun things I created over the next couple of days! :) The best part is I still have a few more ideas percolating that I hope to get on paper this weekend. :) Love it when the mojo is flowing...

Here is the card for Hero Arts and this month's challenge Food and Travel ends tonight so I had to share it today. :)

Here's my little story about this card. I was planning on doing a card with butterflies made from this lovely Hero Arts map stamp. I had it in my mind for this challenge. Well... I went to the library today with my kids and they have this lovely used book store. The books are incredibly cheap 25 cents, 50 cents or a 1.00 at most. I love to look for old reference books or other things to use to stamp on. (In addition to looking for books to take home to read)  I found a map for Portugal for 50 cents. Now you can't beat that! I can't get a sheet of pattern paper for that. :)

So I was thrilled. I also had this brilliant idea to look at the old cookbooks. I did pick one up. So now if I am making a cooking card I can use a recipe as the background paper! :)

Anyways that was my fun for this card. I had to emboss to get the stamping to really pop on the map. I could have used some white paint to help soften or vellum (ideas for future use for this great map)

I hope you enjoyed your trip to Portugal! :)

About CHA... I had a lot of fun.. I met up with a few of my fellow DT members which was so fun. We had time to sit and chat and talk about lots of fun things!!!

I also had time to create a few make and takes for my retailers and best of all got to play with some new products and get my hands inky.  Here is a tag I made over at the October Afternoon booth:

They put out some paper and let you pick from the stickers and make your own design. This paper was very fun.. The only downside was there was no stamping! :)

I can't wait for a few of the new Tattered Angels products to hit the stores and a few new Ranger products.

As always thanks for stopping by...


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge #40 - Color Splash

This week is a color splash week at the  Play Date Cafe Challenge and  Sarah selected a lovely photo for the inspiration.  

Onto the sponsor for this weeks challenge!

I may be a little biased... But I was thrilled that Memory Box is sponsoring us this week.  They are providing a lovely prize.  I am also posting another card over on the Memory  Box Design Team blog Outside the Box today with the PDCC colors following our theme this week.

The Play Date Cafe Challenge design team had a couple of beautiful Memory Box butterflies to choose from this week to create their cards. I had the additional advantage of having the rest of the Memory Box stamps to play with as well.  Here is what I came up with:

I ended up with three projects as once I got started I couldn't stop.  Here is my other project:

To see the third project you will have to pop over to the Outside the Box blog and take a look. :)
The acetate and stamping was fun and something I don't do a lot of. So I really enjoyed using the acetate on all my projects.  (After I had created my cards I saw that Savannah had used acetate too!)

One tip on the alcohol inks and the StazOn Ink, you can stamp the solvent ink over the alcohol inks after they are dry.  Don't try putting the alcohol inks/blending solution onto the StazOn or it will dissolve. (I didn't do it this time around but when I first played with these items together you know I did!) 

  • Memory Box - Elemental Damask C1390
  • Memory Box - Vintage Scroll E1388
  • Memory Box - Damask Butterfly D1350
  • Memory Box - You are So Sweet B1374
  • Memory Box - Wishing you the Happiest Birthday - B1354
  • Versamark
  • Hero Arts - Clear Tag
  • May Arts - Silk Ribbons
  • Ranger Embossing Powder - Lettuce
  • StazOn - Jet Black
  • Versafine - Black Onyx, Smokey Grey
  • Memento - London Fog
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks - Lettuce, Citrus
  • Ranger - Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Play Date Cafe design team

Hope to see you over in the Cafe this week!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Moxie Fab World - Signs of Peace

I am playing along in the Moxie Fab World Challenge - Signs of Peace...

I had bought this Northwoods Stamp which is a peace sign as my girls are both very much into the peace signs. So this challenge is the perfect time to bring it out and create a few cards. (yes I have others sitting on my desk unfinished but hopefully coming to a channel near you soon. :)

I finished one of the cards and hope to get the others done otherwise the pieces will go into the infamous scrap pile that is ever multiplying.

Without further ado...

I had a lot of fun creating the panel with the Peace signs. I used a combination of dye inks and misting to get the soft water color look.  I also wanted to create an effect with the ribbon similar to what the kids are doing with the ribbon on their flip flops and tied on bits and pieces on the main ribbon. (Great way to use up little ribbon scraps too!)

I am very excited to be going to the CHA show this week so will be busy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday perusing all the latest releases and meeting up with some friends!  So things might be a little quiet here this week as I will be out and about. If I can get some more crafty time today I will see if I can finish up my other peace cards and share them with you!

Peace Out!
(My youngest loves to say that!)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch 74 & PDDC 39 Colors

This week's sketch at Card Patterns has lots of lovely layers. Something I love to do! I also wanted another pass at the colors at the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week because they are so pretty.  So what do you get when you take this beautiful sketch:

add the inspiration colors:

and get this...

  • Ranger Distress Inks Pumice Stone
  • Hero Arts - Poppies (Clear and Wood)
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Hero Arts - Cling Flourishes
  • Hero Arts - Shadow Ink - Soft Sand
  • Derwent Watercolor Pencil - Golden Brown
  • Versafine Pigment Ink - Black Onyx
  • Marvy Uchida - Butterfly Punches
  • Pearls
Well I hope you are going to have a fabulous weekend. We are having a birthday party for my youngest today. I have a few projects on my desk which I hope to get the idea/inspiration on how to finish. :)

Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge #39

Julie selected the colors this week for the Play Date Cafe Challenge.   I have been wanting to create a card with just these colors.  There is nothing more stunning than all neutral tones and punch of black.    Here are the inspiration photos.

Here is my card using the inspiration colors. I felt like I could have made several cards using this color combination and probably will in the near future.

Love these mushrooms from Cornish Heritage Farms, when I ordered them I wasn't sure how I was going to use them and already have inked them up twice.   The butterflies and ladybugs are from Hero Arts. The lined paper stamp on the background is also Cornish Heritage Farms. (I stocked up since they are closing their doors and I love their stamps).

The inks are Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Sand, Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Versafine Black Onyx.

I used watercolor pencils to color in all my images and added a touch of this fun black glitter from Clearsnap.

The lovely sentiment is from StampScapes.

Now onto some really important stuff...

Like our fabulous sponsor...

who is offering up not one, not two but three stamp sets (retail value 75.00!) as the prize for one winner this week on the PDCC! Which sets you ask....


Aren't they adorable?

We also have a fantastic Guest Designer this week..
Maren Bendedict who you can find sharing her wonderful work on her blog Zany Not Crazy.

If you need any further inspiration we have our own wonderful PDCC design team creating their share of gorgeousness. Go check out their blogs.

I think this color combo is going to have so many fun projects and I can't wait to see the projects using the PDCC colors!


Moxie Fab World - Let's Do Fun & Cute and 2S4Y Kazan's Sketch 57

Wow what a long title. :) I decided to incorporate Kazan's sketch 57 from 2S4Y this week and the Moxie Fab WorldLet's do Fun & Cute Style Challenge into one card. 

Here is Kazan's sketch...

Here is my take on the sketch and a fun and cute card.

These little fish are from Imaginisce and are Blow fish. I loved how cute they were and had to put them in the shopping basket when I saw them at the store. When I saw the sketch I immediately thought of these little guys. I had fun coloring them and creating a little aquarium for them to float around in.

I even tried to help them puff up!  Here is an angled view of my fish. :)

Isn't that too funny!  They must have been upset with me to puff up! I keep thinking of Ms. Puff on Spongebob!

The Seaweed stamp is from Great Impressions. The fish and seaweed are colored using Copics.

The background is sponged on using Ranger Distress Inks Tumbled Glass.

The sea foam is created using an EK Success punched border as a mask two times and varying the depth of the color sponged on.  I added a line of glue and glitter to create a little foam along the top line of the water.

I enjoyed creating this card and now have a fun and cute card on hand for the next birthday that pops up!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Moxie Fab World - Card Style - Shabby Chic & Vintage

Another entry in the Moxie Fab challenges.   These cards  are for the shabby chic and vintage challenge.

I tried to create a card for the cute and fun challenge this morning and failed miserably. Nothing more frustrating than spending all morning and creating something ugly! So I decided to move onto shabby chic and vintage. 

Both of these cards had an easy element to them. The first one was easy because I started from this gorgeous chipboard frame from Tattered Angels.  The frame was so beautiful and inspiring it was very easy to put this card together.  

The stamps for the butterfly (Etched Engravings) and background (Antique Flower Background)  are Hero Arts and the sentiment is from Verses - Irish Blessing.

The ink is Memento Plum. Lovely color. The chipboard is Tattered Angels and the lovely ribbon is May Arts. The lace is from the Antique store. Flowers I just bought but they were in a bundle and not labeled.

The second card was a scrap I have kept in my pile for a long time. It was created using glimmer mists and glimmer shields inked up with glimmer mist. I have been wanting to use it for awhile but was intimidated by the size of the image. I decided to pull it out and use it today on my second card.

The background is a Cornish Heritage Farms Scrapblock of music. Add a little distressing to the image panel and the Prima flowers a little ribbon and done.  Very simple and I hope shabby chic?

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Moxie Fab - Let's Do Classy and Elegant Challenge

Cath is hosting multiple challenges on the Moxie Fab blog.  They have to do with card styles and I created one for the classy and elegant challenge.  I am definitely going to try to create a card for each of the styles.

This card also applies to the Hero Arts challenge for this month for travel... This card reflects far off places that I probably won't ever visit. :)

I was playing around with my alcohol inks yesterday.  I was trying to create a card for the CCC (Deborah's very fun card exchange challenge) Of course I was easily side tracked and created this beautiful turquoise, blue, and green alcohol ink background that was really strong in colors. This was created by stamping the peacock background stamp from Hero Arts over the alcohol ink background using Versamark. Heat emboss with some Ranger Queen's Gold. I ended up with a beautiful gold surface and my peacock.

Then I decided to go the next step and heated up the embossing powder again and stamped with the Hero Arts Old French Writing (make sure to apply versamark to your stamp before stamping). Love how this turned out and I am definitely going to do it again. (Only this time I will work in alcohol inks that I have coordinating background papers/colors. :) Took me awhile to find the fabulous Webster's Pages paper to create my backdrop.

Thanks so much for stopping by...


Friday, July 16, 2010

Tag Tuesday Challenge # 59 Hearts

Louise's challenge this week is hearts! 

This tag was inspired from this lovely metal heart. It was a lovely RAK(thank you!) and I was very excited to be able to pull it out for the challenge.

The heart is embossed using Queens Gold  Embossing Powder.  The image is from my new Memory Box stamps (Elemental Damask). Love the effect on the rusty metal heart.

The background is stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia using Memory Box Vintage Scroll.  The edges are sponged with versamark and embossed with the gold embossing powder.

The bird is stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia and sponged with Dusty Concord.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge #38

Look at these lovely flowers!  Hand picked by Sarah!  What beautiful colors for the challenge at the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week.

Not only do we have these beautiful colors to work with for this weeks challenge we also have a special sponsor.  Our fantastic sponsor this week is Artistic Outpost .

The Artistic Outpost design team is also playing along with the Play Date Cafe challenge this week.
Go check out the Artistic Outpost blog and  the AO design team! 

For my cards this week I used the lovely Bloom and Grow set. The seed packet stamp is so fun as the center is left empty so you can place any other image in the middle to create your own customized flower pack. I have ideas for the future about creating little seed packs for my MIL as she is always planting new flowers in her garden.

While playing I always make so many scraps, so I decided to move on and use the another stamped image and create another card to share.  

The ribbon flower on this card was created from Pink Paislee trim. I rolled it up to create a flower and hand cut a few leaves. I think it turned out fun.

  • Artistic Outpost - Bloom & Grow
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Wood Grain, Floral
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Ranger Embossing Powder -Lettuce
  • Pink Paislee - Trim
  • Ranger Distress Inks - Dusty Concord
  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Glitter
  • Glue Pen
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Versafine - Imperial Purple
  • EK Success Punch
  • Toothpicks
  • Twine
The rest of the Play Date Cafe design team also created some beautiful projects using the inspiration colors and  Artistic Outpost Stamps. 

I am really looking forward to a week of lime green, lilac and purple cards!  I anticipate a bouquet of cards!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hero Arts Food Challenge

This month's challenge at Hero Arts is Food, Travel and Book Making. I decided to combine the book making and Food challenge into making a tag book for recipes.  I have to admit I was very inspired to create a tag book after seeing some beautiful inspiration here and here.  Although their books were assembled much differently it gave me the thought of taking the tags into a book format.

Here is a picture of my recipe book assembled.

I put the tags back to back so I have 3 pages but 5 pages with pockets for recipe cards.

This is a good reminder of why I don't scrap layouts... Lots of time spent trying to coordinate papers, images and colors. :) Lot of work for 3 pages. And they aren't even 12 x 12's and don't have the usual detail I like to add.

The images are all stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black or Rich Cocoa to allow me to use my Copics. :)
I used a variety of papers from October Afternoon (Fly a Kite, Farm Fresh) and Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety).

The stamps are all from Hero Arts (CL440 - Kiss the Cook, Cl320 Sparkle Clear - Designer Fruit, CL345 - What's the Scoop).

Love the papers they remind me of my Grandma's kitchens, aprons etc. 

Hope you are having a fun Sunday!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Color Throwdown 100th Challenge & Moxie Fab World Challenge

I kept seeing the 100th Challenge for Color Throwdown popping up online and decided to check out the colors.

Pretty? Yep! So I decided to give it a whirl. I also noticed that they were similar to the inspiration layout for the Moxie Fab World - Finding Inspiration in a Layout Challenge.

So I used both as my inspiration for this card...

You know how you get a card 80% there and you can't quite figure out how to finish it off?  That was this card. I had the base all finished but couldn't figure out what I wanted as my main image.  At 4:00 AM this morning it came to me. :)  The words on the music background are children's songs around wind, parks, and kids and the paper was from Fly a Kite.   

The final burst of inspiration was to layer a sheet of vellum and use the fabulous Hero Arts cloud stamp and ink it up with Versamark and stamp it on the vellum add some of the beautiful Pebbles Inc chalk and you have soft clouds wafting behind your kite!

  • Basic Grey - Urban Prairie
  • October Afternoon - Fly a Kite, Thrift Shop 
  • Vellum
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalk
  • Hero Arts - Clouds
  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Buttons, Twine
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Silk Ribbon - May Arts
Hope your Saturday is fun!


Friday, July 9, 2010

2S4Y - Kazan Sketch 57

I decided to play along with the 2S4Y Kazan Sketch 57 this week.  I tweaked the sketch a bit.

Here is the sketch:


Here is my card loosely translated....

I really loved putting together some of the fun elements and creating this.  I was playing with some of the new stamps and papers from Memory Box.

  • Memory Box - Cream A2 Card
  • Memory Box - Mistletoe Paper
  • Memory Box - Wassail A2 Card
  • Memory Box - E1388 Vintage Scroll
  • Memory Box - C1390 Elemental Damask
  • Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen
  • May Arts - Silk Ribbon
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Chips - Regal
  • Flourish Gems - Unknown
  • Memory Box - D1350 - Damask Butterfly
  • Memory Box - E453 - Script Block
  • Versafine - Crimson Red, Vintage Sepia
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 8
  • Copic - Y28 (I colored the flourish gems to blend with my color scheme)
Thanks for stopping by! 


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge #37

Look at the beautiful picture that Julie selected for this weeks challenge at the Play Date Cafe Challenge.  This weeks the colors are drawn from the picture and no color swatches. :) So you get to pick your inspiration from the color palette.

This week's picture fit right in with some fun trim I just purchased and wanted to use on a card.

The Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper was a perfect match for the beautiful trim. Not only that but I love the rulers lines as it reminded me of the shelves in the inspiration photo.

I had the trim, the paper with the cut out circle, the dress form and the sentiment all figured out. Then I got stuck, I stamped the other images and didn't know what to do with them. I walked up to my daughter Tanya and asked her to figure out how to use the pieces on the card. I walked back 5 minutes later and voila!  She had placed the items just as you see them.

So nice to have a backup designer in the house!

  • Hero Arts - Sew Artsy, Simple Handmade 
  • Versafine - Toffee
  •  Ranger Distress Inks - Wild Honey
  • Hero Arts - Shadow Ink - Soft Sand
  • Cosmo Cricket - Material Girl
Mariana Grigsby  is also joining us in the challenge this week as our guest designer!  We also have a fun prize from Jelly Bean Designs! 

The rest of the design team also created some beautiful projects using the inspiration colors. 

I think this week is going to be fun to see how everyone interprets and uses the color palette!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch #71

Sorry about the second post for today.. I wanted to share the card that I created for the Card Patterns #71 sketch challenge.

Here is my take on the sketch:

This card was created at the same time as my other card and I stamped the Pure Innocence image two times. This was one that I created for the card drive that Jennifer McGuire is hosting for a little girl name Grace. The details are here.   The card drive is going on until the end of the month for Grace, and Jennifer has a card drive for other children that is on-going.

The stamps are Pure Innocence from My Favorite Things and Cornish Heritage Farms.

Thanks for stopping by...


Mojo Monday 146

Mojo Monday Challenge 146 is a sketch challenge. Here is the sketch:

This is  a second birthday card for my youngest as she saw the other one created for her.  She walked in on me while I was working on this one too! :)  There were two cards created using this cute little girl and I will share the second one tomorrow.

The design on the left is a combination of the birthday definition stamp and the Stars Designblock from Hero Arts. Stamped using Fire Brick Red from Ranger Distress Inks and Dandelion yellow from Memento. 

The little girl image is a stamp from My Favorite Things - Pure Innocence - Fairy Girl. She was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with a variety of Copics.

The super talented Donna had mentioned on her blog Three Umbrellas  using a white Sharpie Paint Pen for polka dots. Last time I was at Dick Blick I saw the pen and picked it up. It came in handy today. I used it to touch up the dress with a few polka dots. I also used it to touch up my spots on my mushroom. :)

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Memory Box New What's In The Box Release

This week on the Outside The Box blog the design team are sharing projects using the new Release!  There are two posts per day. (Mine is today!)  You have a chance to win the featured stamp on each post, all you have to do is head over to the blog and leave a comment.   There is a time constraint for each day and leaving comments. So make sure to stop by daily and see what has been created.  

To celebrate Outside The Box blog blitz, I am sharing with you both cards I created.  

It was really hard to decide which stamp to feature. They are all fantastic and the papers are gorgeous!!! I can't wait to share more of those. The WIB release has the Christmas and Halloween stamps.  I picked out the Singing Bird Trio (E1401) stamp. I just thought they were so cute and it look like they are telling secrets.  :) 

The sign post is actually a really cool cat and lamp post stamp. I just turned it on it's side and used it as a sign post.  The "fa la la la la" is part of the Singing birds stamp and is attached to the side of the wood block.


  • Memory Box Card - Wassail

  • Memory Box Papers - Enchanted 6 x 6

  • Memory Box - Night Cat E1403

  • Memory Box Singing Bird Trio - E1401

  • Memory Box -Peace Collage - G1411

  • Memory Box - Heart Notes - A1171

  • Versafine - Crimson Red

  • Spellbinders Nestabilities

  • Stampin Up - Punch

  • Versamark

  • Detail White Embossing Powder
The card I am sharing over on the OTB blog is an Easel Shaker Card.  I used the same design I had used on a previous card but added a shaker window to have some snow floating around. (I share all the details on the OTB blog)

  • Memory Box - Mistletoe 6x6
  • Memory Box - Wassail Card
  • Memory Box - A2 - Green Soiree Card
  • Memory Box - Tiny Jewels - Sparkling Diamond
  • Memory Box - Singing Bird Trio - E1401
  • Memory Box - Heaven Sings - B1385
  • Memory Box - Ivy Border - C1340
  • Spellbinders - Labels 10 Nestabilities
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Acetate
  • Buttons
  • Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Copics - R35, R37, R39
  • Rangers Distress Inks - Bundled Sage
Hope you get a chance to pop over and see the great designs!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Green Veggies

I know a few people who when they were little wouldn't eat their green vegetables. :) (My DH included)

I created this card for a family friend who needs a little encouragement right now. Every time I see him we talk about his garden.  He is a fantastic gardener and that inspired me to pull out some of my papers for the garden.

I decided to create a card that meets the City Crafter Challenge and the Hero Arts food challenge and is (I hope) a perfect card for our friend.

The papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6 x 6 paper.  The background to the veggies is from October Afternoon Farm Fresh.  The images are from a cute set from Hero Arts called Kiss the Cook.

I am working on a few projects for Monday. I will be sharing on my blog some projects using the new Memory Box stamps from the What's in the Box Release. I will be sharing the same projects on Monday on the Outside the Box blog.  All week long the Outside the Box blog is having a blitz of projects from the design team with opportunities to win the stamps being featured.

There is still time to play along with us at the PDCC! The colors are pink, white and red!

Have a lovely Saturday!