Sunday, December 6, 2009

I'm card, five challenges

Finally...some time & some mojo and a new card! The hustle of the holidays has started and while I thought I'd have some time to create over Thanksgiving, that obviously just did not happen. But, I got some inspiration from the Sweet Sunday sketch and am excited to be back in the game!

This card meets the criteria for two color challenges, Color Throwdown #71 & the Cupcake Craft Challenge. I followed the Peachy Keen recipe (my Stampin' Up Merry Moments DSP has stripes & dots, I used the scalloped border punch, and my stamped image is from Stampin Up's Event Full set)and used a charm like Simon Says!

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Card...Seven Challenges

That's right...SEVEN challenges! OK, well three of the challenge blogs I play at are looking for digital images & just look at this cute guy I found on Dawn Moore's Lost in Paper Scraps site!! Adorable, huh? He lets me play along with the Papertake Weekly & Cupcake Craft Challenge this week, as well as the weekly challenge over at the CardMaker message board (where the colors to go along with a digital image are red, green & brown). Cute Card Thursday's challenge was to use glitter, Crafty Creations challenge was to use snow, and the Belli Challenge was to use a Christmas embellishment. Oh, and last but not least because without the sketch what would my card be...I got my inspiration from Karin's sketch at Just Christmas & Birthday Cards.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

One Stop Cute Card

The layout inspiration for this card came from Card Positioning Systems #140. Cute Card Thursday's challenge was to use primary, yellow & blue. My blue isn't the traditional primary blue, but I really like the sky blue & sunny yellow summer theme. Sort of my "last hurrah" for the season! One Stop Craft challenge is a card for kids and I think this one is appropriate for kids of all ages. I mean, who doesn't like to catch fireflies??

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Simon Says Our Creative Bananas

Simon Says, "Give Thanks" this week, while there's a color challenge at 2 Red Bananas...use red, yellow, orange & brown. The layout inspiration came from the Stamps and Smiles sketch at Our Creative Corner.

Crafty Creations Pull Out

Here's a fun Christmas card that works for this week's Crafty Creations Challenge. This double pocket card features two tags that can be personalized for the upcoming holiday season.

A Corrosive Bookmark

My answer to the Corrosive Challenge this week, which is simply "No Cards!" is this fun little bookmark.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I Did It...I Used a Digital Stamp!!

I hope when Lori sees this card that she doesn't have a heart attack from the shock!! I got this digi stamp over at Stretch N' Bubbles, where a person could truly become addicted. The layout inspiration for this card came from Just Christmas and Birthdays, and I chose the beverage digi stamp because I didn't have anything for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

One Stop Crafty Cupcake Weekly

Newsprint is in order for the One Stop Craft Challenge, and you can see the text in the petals of the flower image I used. Crafty Creations is looking for expressions of gratitude, my "thank you" sentiment is from TAC. My layout inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Craft Challenges, and yes...that's Stampin' Up Old Olive CS & DSP (still plenty leftover from the wedding)! I especially wanted to use the dotted Old Olive for the Papertake Weekly Spots 'n' Stripes challenge.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Simon Says Crazy Peachy Sweet!

Simon Says use glitter & stickles is OK! Crazy 4 Challenges wants to see three geometric shapes on a card...I've got several rectangles, lots of circles/dots and one square peeking out from behind my flower. The Peachy Keen "recipe" said to use pink & brown, 1 stamped image, 1 piece of ribbon and glitter (stickles). And I wrapped it all up by using the Sweet Sunday Sketch #41.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Feel Better - GCA#63 & Curtain Call #8

Two challenges this week call for Basic Black, Whisper White & Pumpkin Pie...Ann's Creative Nook and Stacey's Stamping Stage. Well, I've kind of gotten tired of making Halloween cards and I don't use that many of those so I went a totally different direction. Simon Says is looking for Get Well cards, so that's where I headed...using the CPS #139 sketch. My patterned paper is Bo Bunny, the rub on transfers are daisy d's, and the sentiment is from TAC.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fall Celebration!

The One Stop Craft challenge this week is "Celebration"...I've used the "it's time to celebrate!" sentiment from Stampin' Up's A Little Birdie Told Me set.

A Spoon Full of Fall Colors

Here's my idea for the Spoon Full of Sugar sketch challenge this week. The "with love" sentiment is from Stampin Up's Yummy set.

A Yummy Tiny Treasure

Over at Cute Card Thursday the challenge is something candy themed and at Pals Paper Arts the DT wants anything but a card. I created this Tiny Treasure holder to hold a little something yummy for your tummy. I was especially happy to create this project using the Stampin' Up Yummy stamp, which was a part of the Blog Candy I recently won from Ann Schach. Thanks again, Ann...I'm lovin' my goodies!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Spoon Full of Halloween

I worked off of the sketch over at A Spoon Full of Sugar to create this Halloween greeting. Seems all the challenge blogs are asking for a Halloween card this week, so this one fills the bill for Cute Card Thursday, One Stop Craft Challenge, The Corrosive Challenge, and Ann's Creative Nook. *whew*

Saturday, October 17, 2009

One Stop Birthday

Here's the card I came up with using the new sketch at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards. The One Stop Craft challenge also just happened to be a birthday card this week, and I went to Just Us Girls for the aqua, red & cream challenge this week. My patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye and the birthday sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Sincere Salutations.

Corrosive Fashionista...Bling it on!

The sketch inspiration for this card came from the Corrosive Challenge, and I added "bling" (shiney dew drops in the center of my flowers) for the Fahsionista #7 challenge.

Sweet Sunday Thanksgiving

My inspiration for this card came from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #39, and I went with a Thanksgiving theme to participate in the Belli #76 challenge.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a Blue Christmas??

The sketch inspiration for this card comes from Card Positioning Systems and I'm playing along with Crafty Creatsoins where the challenge is BLUE! I just went with Christmas when I pulled out this card kit from Jane over at Card Maker Card Swap...thanks Jane, I really had fun with this kit! The sentiment comes from Stampin' Up's Holiday Wishes set.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Paper Pieced Halloween

I found a new challenge blog last week, read the challenge and thought "I don't paper piece." So filed the link to the blog away to check again another week. Then lo & behold, I found a paper piecing pattern I thought I could pull off. BHG Scrapbooks, etc. had several fun patterns recently. The blog with the paper piecing challenge is Just Us Girls. Papertake Weekly's challenge this week is Halloween and 2 Red Bananas color challenge is purple, black & orange. The sketch inspiration came from Our Creative Corner.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Spoon Full of Simon Says...

Halloween is in the air (or some might say among us, if Janae is reading this) at both Simon Says and A Spoon Full of Sugar this week! While the PPA11 color challenge fit right into that theme...Perfect Plum, Old Olive & Pumpkin Pie. I "cheated" (Eek!!) some and used up more of the leftover wedding Elegant Eggplant for my card base, but the stripes on my orange ribbon are very nearly Perfect Plum. That graph looking paper is from Stampin' Up's Old Olive DSP pack.

A Charming Curtain Call

The Cute Card Thursday challenge this week is to make a "charming" card. I used this little butterfly from my stash & the S-clip is left over from the infamous wedding rehearsal dinner invitations! The Curtain Call Color Challenge this week is Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Lavendar Lace, Whisper White & So Saffron. My Tempting Turquoise patterned paper is from Stampin' Up's Rainbow Sherbet DSP.

Sweet Peachy Keen Snowflakes

I'm using this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch for my basic inspiration on this card. And I love the "recipe" over at Peachy Keen...use blue & purple, a stamped image, a greeting (mine are combined) and at least three snowflakes. The image with sentiment is from Stampin' Up's The World Over set. Everything else is from my stash.

Thanks a Bunch!

I got the sketch inspiration for this card from Card Positioning Systems. Cupcake Craft Challenges is looking for Thank You cards this week, and the weekly challenge over at Card Maker is simply for the birds!! I used Stampin' Up's Fun & Fast Notes for my image/sentiment and the patterned paper is from Pebbles Inc. Ribbon & flower brads from my stash.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jazzy Girl

Happy World Card Making Day...three posts later!! Simon Says has a 24 hour challenge going on to make a Girly Girl card. Well, I'm just as girly as the next but I am not pink & for me hearts, scallops & dots say "girly girl". Then add to that mix the Jazzy Inspiration challenge to use Black, White & Purple (my second favorite color) and here's what I came up with! I used Stampin Up's Polka Dot Punches heart stamp to create my "flower".

Pals Fashion...

I made this card for PPA10 & Fashionista5. I was intrigued by those numbers fitting together the way they do!! Anyway, the PPA challenge was to make a card expressing gratitude & thanks, while over at If The Shoe Fits, the challenge was to use lime green, pink & black.

An Autumn Card with Halloween Bling

Several of the challenges over the past few weeks have been of the Autumn nature, and I had avoided Halloween until this week when the Belli Challenge was to use Halloween Bling. I had these very cute orange & black square brads just begging to be used!! Crafty Creations & One Stop Craft Challenge are both doing Autumn this week too, yes...there are leaves on those pumpkins I stamped in my masked edge. *smile* By the way, those pumpkins are from Stampin Up's Loads of Love Accessories.

Red & Green Sketch Inspiration

This fun sketch comes from Just Christmas and Birthday Cards, where I normally try to make birthday cards to keep up with the demand. But since the Simon Says challenge was to use Red & Green, I figured I might as well do a Christmas card.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Spoon Full of Christmas

The challenge at for A Spoon Full of Sugar #71 is a Christmas project. Here's a fun card with a pop up present inside! All images are Stampin' Up...the gift on the outside & the sentiment are from Holiday Wishes, and the gifts on the inside are from Something to Celebrate.

Black & White Plus One

I thought it was time for another wedding card! Something about the Black & White + 1 challenge at Papertake Weekly put me in the mood. I think because 28 years ago I wanted a black & silver wedding, but my mother forbid it (black was not a wedding color in 1981) and I just haven't quite gotten over it! LOL I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. My patterned paper is Bo Bunny.

Monochromatic Mania

I created this pretty in pink anytime card for the monochromatic challenge at Our Creative Corner. I used Card Positioning Systems sketch for inspirtation. And you can peek-a-boo the Stampology flower stamp through the window, which meets the requirement for Crafty Creations #34 and the weekly challenge over at Card Maker Swaps Message Board. The patterned paper is Basic Gray Lemonade...Dandelion & Pretty Petals.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cute as a Bug!

This week's Cupcake Craft Challenge didn't drive me buggy! Iused Stampin' Up's Pick A Petal set to create this adorable lady bug. Pick A Petal is my all time favorite stamp set, you make practically anything under the sun with those petals! I figured while I was working with my favorite stampe set that I'd use my favorite DSP...Rainbow Sherbet.

Bananas...Bag, Boxes, or Wrappings

They're looking for something that will hold a gift over at 2 Red Bananas (which is worth the visit just to read the Mitch Hedburg quote). I used Stampin Up's Holiday Wishes set to decorate this plain brown gift bag, then added a cute tag. This is the stamp set I plan to use for my Christmas cards this year, and since I told myself I'd get those done in October and I can see October 1st on my calendar I'd better get busy!!

Buzz Off...Black & Yellow

I made this darling envelope album last week at Sarah's Technique class and then when I got home realized I'd completed the perfect project for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge! I chose yellow because it's my favorite color and got lucky that it fit with black & yellow theme at CCT. While the "album" is not technically a card, you could stamp a sentiment on the front and have a very unique card/gift. By the way, you can't tell from the photos but the felt we used to make two of our flowers was "snake skin", how neat is that?

Stichin' It Up

The Simon Says challenge this week is to use sewing on your project. I, of course, do not, I've opted for using a pen to accomplish this.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Very Sweet Card

Very sweet...because I was inspired by the sketch at A Spoon Full of Sugar, and it also meets the requirement for this week's Cupcake Craft Challenge by using distressing. Oh and I used card candy from Ana over at CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board. See what I mean by sweet?? I'm also entering Color Dare for the first time, my friend Lori is on the DT over there and she might get a little bent out of shape if I don't go play with her there!

A Basket Full of Fall

I had a lot of fun with this card, and met the requirements for several challenges! The sketch I used for inspiration was from Paper Take Weekly. Ann challenged us to use basket weaving on our project, so I got out those scraps of Old Olive from the wedding and made a "mat" of those. Leaves were the theme for the Fashionista #4 challenge, and also the challenge at CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board. I used three of the colors from Color Throwdown #61, which were also the colors in the PPA #9 Inspirtation challenge. The image & sentiment are both from Stampin' Up's Basket Full of Fun set.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Note For You

I'm not sure if this sketch or this color combo was the bigger challenge...I'm going with the color combo, because I didn't have any patterned paper to work with, and you all know how I love my patterened paper! I just could not for the life of me figure out how to tie the colors for Stacey's Stamping Stage Curtain Call #4 together. She's looking for Brilliant Blue, Pixie Pink, Real Red & Whisper White. Then right before my eyes appeared these red & pink gemstone flower brads from Spare Parts and I was in business! My sketch inspiration is from Card Positioning Systems, and was an equally challenging sketch. The three elements on the diagonal just felt like it left me hanging, but when I added the pink ribbon on the other diagonal I felt a bit more complete.

A Sweet & Yummy Kid's Birthday Card

When that kid is my niece and she's all "cuteness", this color combo is the yummiest and the sketch is the sweetest!

I used the OCC Color Challenge (lt. pink, hot pink, white & chocolate chip) to put together my card for the Corrosive Challenge (Kids Birthday) this week. The square of patterned paper and the flower came to me in a card kit from Jane from one of the swaps over at the CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board. Cosmo Cricket made the "with love" & "cuteness" stickers, from their Honey Pie line. Oh, and let's not forget the sketch that inspired me was the Sweet Sunday Sketch #36. What a fun sketch this was to work with!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Keepin' It Simple, Sweetie

The PPA challenge this week is to make a card with minimal layers & embellishments, that you can whip up in just a few minutes. This card is a perfect example of Keepin' It Simple! The hardest thing about it is the ribbon and notice I didn't tie a bow! The white layer was simple, as I didn't have to worry about placement of the swirly stamp and then I popped it on with pop dots, so didn't even need a tape runner. It was so simple that I decided I had time to coordinate the envelope with the easy to use swirly stamp!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Birthday WLR!

Three people in this family share the initials I'm not sure who will get this birthday card, but then they're kind of big deals every day too! I used the Just Christmas and Birthday Cards #45 Sketch for this card. For the Fashionista #3 Challenge, I've used lime green, white & black polka dots. And over at One Stop Craft Challenges, they're playing "beary nice" and looking for cards with bears.
The black & white polka dot paper is from Bo Bunny, the lime green letters are Bubble-A-Bilities, and the bear image and sentiment are both from Stampin Up's Cute & Cuddly set.

Poka Dot Punches in a Recipe

This is another one of those sketches that I've been staring at for almost a comes from The Corrosive Challenge and I originally created my card with the "ribbon" running down the left side, but when I went to photograph is I just liked the top opening view better! Strange how sometimes things work out like that...

Then I took Ann's advice to Think Pink & Black over at her Creative Nook. I'm faking it with the Papertake Weekly Challenge, the "ribbon" is obviously not ribbon but a sticker strip whose manufacturer I can't recall right now but I got in an order from And I cooked this all up using the recipe over at Simon Says ! The recipe said to use 3 embellishments, 2 papers, and 1 image on your creation. My embellishments are the fake ribbon, the flower punches (part of a card kit from Jane over at the CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board), and that very adorable pink brad which has swirlies on it. The brad is from Queen & Co. and I got it when I went to the convention in Tulsa. The two papers I used are from Bo Bunny's Alissa line, Kissable & Love You. And my one image is from Stampin Up's Polka Dot Punches!

Whoo Says Fall is in the Air!?!

An Autumn theme is the subject of several challenges out there, and I'm loving owls on my cards these days so I thought I'd use this little guy on a card and knock out three challenges! You may or may not have missed me the past few days...I just had no mojo. *sniff* But I had several sketches sitting here and got busy this morning, so I'm actually ready to do a marathon of posting in order to get these cards in to some challenges.

Anyway, back to Mr. Owl (who came to me in a package of card candy from Margaret, over on the CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board)...I just put him on a brown base and added a couple of scalloped edges of Fancy Pants Delight in the Potpourri pattern. He's going to be entering two Fall challenges, first A Spoonful of Sugar #69 Fall Into Autumn and also Belli #74. I got my sketch from CPS, where their challenge #133 is being sponsored by Zva Creative.

Monday, September 14, 2009

OCC Challenge - Happy Fall Y'all

Fall & Autumn cards are what the Our Creative Corner girls are looking for this week. This is a card I made at Sarah's last Technique class, use the Scor-Bug embosser which was a nifty little tool I had to order for myself! The paper is TAC, from the Penelope collection (I think). This was a fun card to make!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge 46 - Let It Snow

Snowflakes...Let it Snow...that's the challenge over at One Stop Craft Challenge this week. I borrowed this snowflake stamp from a friend and originally worked this card up for a challenge during the Christmas in July crop over at the CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Crafty Creations #32

They're looking for embossing over at Crafty Creations this week. This is a card I made at one of Sarah's TAC Technique classes earlier in the summer. In fact, I do believe this was my first ever attempt at embossing...well, heat embossing that is. Both the dove and the swirl on the card base are heat embossed.