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 sew...so, 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 WLR...so 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 week...it 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 PeachyCheap.com. 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.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar #68 & Color Throwdown #59

This sketch and this color combination were the most fun to work with! I had a blast making this card. When I saw the sketch at A Spoon Full of Sugar I thought to myself "too busy", and just wasn't quite sure how to approach it. But the Color Throwdown of Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa & Ruby Red didn't cause me to bat an eye...even tho' orange is not at the top of my favorite color list I seem to work with it a lot, and have grown to love it for card making purposes. The patterned paper is from Fancy Pants, Delight Spice. The sentiment is Stampin' Up A Little Birdie Told Me. And I am absolutely in love with these Friendly Forest foil rub-ons from Colorbok!! Oh, if you're wondering "whooo" is the best...this card is for my daughter Whitney, she's got a thing for owls. She's just begun her second year of Vet School and might need an encouraging word in the form of a card from Mom. (Be sure to be on the lookout in the next few days...I have another darling daughter, so I'll have to be creating another "best" card!)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards #44 & Cupcake Craft Challenges #56

Of course my first thought when I read the Cupcake Craft Challenge was to use red, white & blue, was "stars & stripes" and all things patriotic. But then, I was in a mood to go out on a limb! So, I went with a lighter blue and steered clear of all things patriotic. Then I figured while I was out there on the limb anyway, I might as well attempt the the sketch over at Just Christmas and Birthday cards. All those circles and swirls really threw me for a loop!! The blue & white elements on this card are out of that Target $1 bin set...I'm telling you, that's been one of my favorite purchases of the summer! The square red brads were another "deal" from the Tulsa scrapbook convention. And the flowers are looking glass stickers from Making Memories. My birthday sentiment is from Stamping Up's Blooming With Happiness set.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #34 & Corrosive Challenge #28

I just had to pull out my pet card making supplies when I saw the Corrosive Challenge this week was to use a cat theme!! Then I combined the cat card with this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch, and here's what I ended up with!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Jazzy Inspirations #19 & Card Positioning Systems #132

Happy Labor Day! I hope the most labor any of you have to do is create a card. Ella & Dizzy inspired this week's color challenge over at Jazzy Inspirtaions, the colors of that poster are light blue, purple & white. My sketch inspiration comes from Card Positioning Systems. I was glad to have an opporunity to use up more of that Elegant Eggplant cardstock left over from wedding projects! I punched two hearts out of some patterned paper from a kit from Lora swapped at CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board. The stamped sentiment came from another swap on the message board and is from Terrie. I added some Elegant Eggplant and some Bashful Blue with my blender pen (since I'm still too cheap to buy markers), along with a dot of Crytal Effects in the center of the flowers to make the image fit the color challenge.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge #45

I had so much fun making this card! It's based on Nikki's sketch over at One Stop Craft Challenge. Probably the reason the card was so much fun is because it's a shower card for my TAC Angel, who is anxiously awaiting Baby Lily's arrival! I bet you can't guess what Lily's room look like...brown & pink with a bird painted on the wall. I always love it when I have the perfect stamp set for someone's card! I used two Stampin' Up sets, A Little Birdie Told Me and Baby Talk. For the background flowers I used a fun TAC set called Blooming Builders. Other supplies I used include the pink patterned papers & dotted ribbon, which came from Jane in a CardMaker magazine Card Swaps message board kit swap. And probably my favorite element is the pink, flocked flower ribbon from Prima. I don't normally choose flocked stuff, but this was in a bargain package and when I got to thinking about this card for Lily I figured "what the heck"...and lo & behold, I fell in love with it!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Crafty Creations Challenge #31

Happy Weekend! I'm breathing a sigh of relief that another week of school is over and that it's a long weekend. My class is really full of a lot of little challenges this year. *sigh*
The challenge over at Crafty Creations this week is to use three or more patterned papers. Well, if you know me that was not even a stretch! I am so totally addicted to patterned paper it isn't even funny. Anyway, I thought of this card that was my project at that shoebox swap I went to with Sarah & Heather. We did that right after the wedding and I was sitting on all this Old Olive DSP (Stampin' Up) that was left over from the various wedding projects, and figured I'd let those girls help me use it up. (Of course, we barely made a dent in it, so if anyone needs some Old Olive DSP scraps...I'm your contact!) Now I got the idea for this card from Andrea Walford's blog and from there you can follow her link to yet another similar card. I did change the bow placement, but of course the basic idea for the card is right there! Btw, Andrea does some amazing card making...hers was one of the first blogs I discovered and she continually amazes me with her creativity!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar #67 - Distressing

The design team over at ASFOS are looking for distressing on cards this week. I have this card to share from a shoebox share I went to with Sarah and her friend Heather. This is the card that Heather brought for us to make that evening...thanks Heather! I'm kind of in a phase of making "non event" cards, so I didn't put any type of sentiment on this one so that I can use it whenever the mood strikes. I do know that I really like the blue & orange color combo and should probably pull these two colors out together again real soon!