Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Altered Kool-Aid Container

I made this altered Kool-Aid Container for this week's Cupcake Craft Challenge #157. The challenge is to make an altered piece. So, I wrapped it in Washi Tape, added 2 small borders from Stampin Up, added a Bloomer and some small flowers and there it is. Thanks for taking a look!!


Before:
After:
Materials
1. Washi Tape
2. Small card stock sticker borders (Stampin Up)
3. Bloomer (Basic Grey)
4. Small paper flowers (Recollections)

Sweet Birthday!

I made this card for the Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge #91. The sketch was designed by the uber-talented Teri Anderson. I used the Skipping Stones Design stamp set Buns & Crunches for this card. I also used lots of Stickles. Thanks for taking a look!


Here's my card. 



Materials
1. Card stock - Pretty In Pink, Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Stamps - Buns & Crunches (Skipping Stones Design)
3. Ink - Black (Memento) Marker - Chamois (Copic)
4. Glitter Glue - Diamond, Black, Cotton Candy, Christmas Red (Stickles)

Monday, August 29, 2011

CASE Study Challenge #54 - Signature Style

This is my first time entering the CASE Study Challenge #54. I've been meaning to for a while now, but there are only so many hours in a day. But, when I saw this one, I knew this was one I really wanted to participate in. The challenge is to create a card in your signature style. So I used some of my favorite stamps by Lawn Fawn and Stampin Up and create this card which I think is simple, cute, clean and graphic which is probably my most favorite type of card to make. Thanks for taking a look!!




Materials
1. Card stock - Whisper White, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder (Stampin Up)
2. Stamps - Plus One (Lawn Fawn), Short & Sweet (Stampin Up)
3. Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
4. Markers - Assorted colors (Copic)
5. Pearls (Stampin Up)
6. Dies - Circle, Scallop Circle (Nestabilities), Banner (Papertrey Ink)
7. Punch - Word Window (Stampin Up)
8. Embossing Folder - Argyle (Sizzix)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cowgirl Howdy!

I've been working on this card for a while now. I made the fence from denim ribbon and inked the edges and it sat on my table for 2 weeks. Last night I finally colored the cute cowgirl with Copics. This morning I added everything else. I had some yellow pompom trim sitting out and I thought of making a sun with it. I decided this card would fit as an entry into this months Hero Arts Challenge - to create a scene. Thanks for taking a look!


Materials
1. Card stock - Crumb Cake, Garden Green
2. Stamp set - Howdy (Hero Arts)
3. Ink - black (Memento), Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up), Distress Frayed Burlap (Tim Holtz), Markers - Assorted colors (Copic)
4. Decorative Paper - Life of the Party (Hero Arts)
5. Twine - natural (Papertrey Ink)
6. Punch - Grass (Fiskars)
7. Sticker - Cloud (Sassafras Lass)
8. Ribbon - Denim (Stampin Up)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Me with Wendy Vecchi!!

Today I took a class with Wendy Vecchi at my local stamp store called The Stamping Place and Scrapbook Station in West Columbia, SC. My style is more CAS than Wendy's, but I knew she was a great teacher and I really want to learn more about her artsy vintage style. I had a great time - she was so sweet and taught me so many things.


I've never used grunge board before and it was so much fun! I also learned a lot about using Distress Inks and Stains.  We used products I've never used before and I have tons of ideas for how I can use some of my new finds. Below is a picture of me and Wendy and a picture of the piece that we made. It is called "Do not even think about messing with the Queen." With a title like that who wouldn't want to go to this class??


Me with Wendy - 8/27/11

Do NOT even think about messing with the queen!

Sassy Shoe

I made this card for 2 challenges this week. Since school started back I just don't have as much time as I would like to make cards!!! I'm entering it in Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #17 using Stickers. The sketch this week is by Teri Anderson. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card. 


Materials
1. Card stock - Confetti White (Stampin Up)
2. Decorative Paper - Razzleberry Lemonade (Stampin Up)
3. Stamp Set - Sassy Shoes (Skipping Stones Design)
4. Ink - Black (Memento)
5. Markers - Dark Pink, Mustard (Copic)
6. Stikers - Sale-A-Bration (Stampin Up)
7. Dies - circle, scallop circle (Nestabitlities)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cupcake Inspiration - Today is a Gift

I made this card for the current Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. I really wanted to use some of my Cosmo Cricket Pixilicious papers & chipboard - so here's what I came up with. Thanks for taking a look!!




Materials
1. Sentiment Chipboard Sticker: Crate Paper
2. Flowers, Butterfly, and Mushroom Chipboard Stickers: Pixilicious - Cosmo Cricket
3. Decorative Paper: Pixilicious - Cosmo Cricket
4. White trim: Crate Paper

Happy Holidays Teacher!

I made this card with a gift card for a teacher's holiday gift. I'm entering this card in the Cupcake Craft Challenge to make a gift card. Thanks for taking a look!


Materials
1. Card stock: Whisper White
2. Decorative Paper: Sparkle from Snow Days Collection - Crate Paper
3. Border Stickers - Snow Day - Crate Paper
4. Stamp Sets: Happy Holidays - Bows & Holly Set - Lawn Fawn; Teacher - April 2011 Kit of the Month - Unity Stamp Company; Notebook Paper - Notebook/Stars - Stampabilities
5. Ink - Black - Stampin Up
6. Apple Sticker - Recollections
7. Staples - Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
8. Buttons - Brights - Stampin Up


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Minty Thanks

I made this card for the current The Play Date Cafe Challenge to use Ivory, Coral and Mint. I used lots of items from my Studio Calico Kits of the Month. Thanks for taking a look!



Here's my card. 

Materials
1. Card Stock - Ivory (Stampin Up) Green (Michaels)
2. Decorative Paper - Boroughs (Studio Calico)
3. Flower Card Stock Sticker - Sweet Treats (Sassafraslass)
4. Fabric Flower - Out of Print Bloomers (Basic Grey)
5. Card Stock Letter Stickers (Sassafraslass for Studio Calico)
6. Brads - Out of Print Glazed Brads (Basic Grey)
7. Ivory Ric Rac (Local Craft Store)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Loverly London!

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Vintage Challenge. The theme is travel and my favorite city in the world to travel to is London. I love it so much I'm including some pics of me there. The last time went was summer 2009 and I hope to get back in summer 2013 - I think 2012 will be too busy with the Olympics! 


The background map stamp is a Studio Calico & Hero Arts exclusive stamp from the Studio Calico KOM. The other stamps are from Artistic Outpost. I used three different distress inks and I was going to do the Union Jack in blue and red, but after I did the rest of the card I decided to keep it relatively monochromatic. So here's another try for me at making a "vintagey" card. Thanks for taking a look!!



Materials
1. Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Stamps - Map (Studio Calico & Hero Arts) Loverly London, London Underground (Artistic Outpost)
3. Distress Inks - Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Tim Holtz - Ranger)

At the Tower in front of Tower Bridge 2009

The London Eye 2007


Big Ben & Parliament 2009

Monday, August 22, 2011

Take Ten Autumn 2011

Just a quick post today. Last week I was on Twitter and saw a sneak peek of the new Stamper's Sampler Take Ten Autumn 2011 Magazine. I was thrilled when I saw one of my circus cards. Stamper's Sampler Magazines don't send e-mails if you get published, they send you a complimentary copy. So last week I got two Take Tens in the mail. I subscribe so I got my normal copy and the complimentary one. 


I was excited to see my card, but when I looked through the whole magazine, I found a second card that I made featuring the Dragonfly from Stampin' Ups Bugs & Kisses set. Take Ten is a great magazine with lots of cards in all different styles that can be made in ten minutes or less. If you have a copy, check out my cards, they are on p. 120 & 125. It will be on newsstands September 1. Click the picture to link to the sneak peak - my card is the CIRQUE one.




Sunday, August 21, 2011

Movie Night

I made this card for the current Simon Says Stamp Food & Drink Challenge. I used these new popcorn & movie night stamps. Thanks for taking a look!

Materials
1. Card stock - Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Stamps - Unity KOM August 2011
3. Markers - Strong Red, Mustard (Copic)
4. Rhinestones (Hero Arts)
5. Ink - Black (Memento)
6. Embossing Folder - Argyle (Sizzix)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thanks for Being By My Side

I made this card for the current Play Date Cafe Challenge #95. I used Teri Anderson's Sketch from the Skipping Stones Blog Sketch #89. I had a hard time figuring out how to use these colors, but I got this stamp set in today from Skipping Stones and thought this purse would be a great way to mix these colors. Thanks for taking a look!


 Teri's Sketch
Here's my card.


Materials
1. Card stock - Pretty in Pink, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Stamps - Birthday Purses (Skipping Stones Design)
3. Ink - black (Memento) markers - assorted colors (Copic)

Tuesday Trigger: Girly & Gutsy

I made this card for the current Tuesday Trigger Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I was inspired by the modern feeling of the inspiration photo and the colors. Thanks for taking a look!


Here's my card.

Materials
1. Card stock - Whisper White, Black (Stampin Up)
2. Decorative paper - The Glitter Pack (DCWV)
3. Stamp Set - Celebrate Everyday (Hero Arts)
4. Ink - Black (Stampin Up)
5. Rhinestones - pink (Michaels) yellow (Hero Arts)

Friday, August 19, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #16 - Embossing

I made this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #16 - Embossing. I used a new Stampin' Up Striped Embossing folder on the bottom part of the card. Then I heat embossed the posies and sentiment with purple Zing. I cut out the images and adhered the middle posie and sentiment with foam tape. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card.



Materials
1. Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Stamp set - Petite Posies (Technique Tuesday)
3. Embossing Powder - Purple (Zing)
4. Embossing Folder (Stampin Up)
5. Paper Snips (Martha Stewart)
6. Foam Tape (Stampin Up)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cupcake Inspiration - ABC123

I made this card for the current Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. It's a back to school theme and since I don't really have any school or kids type stamps, I decided to use this paper I got in my Studio Calico Kit of the Month that has some of the reds and blues from the inspiration photo. I also used this new awesome denim ribbon from Stampin Up - I really like it. Thanks for taking a look!

 Here's my card.

Materials
1. Card stock - Crumb Cake (Stampin Up) Navy (Studio Calico)
2. Decorative Paper - Armstrong (Studio Calico) ABC (Sassafras Lass)
3. Ribbon - Denim (Stampin Up)
5. Corner Rounder - Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How Tacky!!

I made this card for the current Cupcake Craft Challenge #155.  I wanted to use this cute Flamingo from the new Gina K stamp set called Gnome One Like You which is designed by Tami Mayberry. It's really a cute set, I can't wait to use the rest of the images. Thanks for taking a look!



Here's my card. 


Materials
1. Card stock - Confetti White (Stampin Up) Pink (Bazzill Basics)
2. Decorative paper - Pixilicious (Cosmo Cricket)
3. Stamps - Gnome One Like You (Gina K)
4. Ink - Black (Memento)
5. Markers - Assorted colors (Copic)
6. Pearls - Pink (Hero Arts)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #16 - One Layer

I made this card for this week's Lawnscaping Challenge #16 to make a one layer card. I tried out my new oval embossing folder and embossed the glasses and sentiment in silver on Elegant Eggplant paper. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card.

Another View


Materials
1. Card stock - Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
2. Stamp Set - Happily Ever After (Lawn Fawn)
3. Embossing Folder - Designer Frames (Stampin Up)
4. Embossing Powder -Silver (Stampin Up)

Monday, August 15, 2011

All White Challenge

I did this card for the Simon Says Stamp All White Challenge this week. They asked that we used Magnolia stamps so I'm using my only one - it's called Waiting Tilda and I think she's kind of cute. I just used a couple of embossing folders, label nestabilities and some pearls to add some interest to the white. Thanks for taking a look!!


Materials
1. Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Stamp - Waiting Tilda (Magnolia)
3. Ink - Black (Memento)
4. Markers - assorted colors (Copic) Note: skin color is E000, E00 & E02, Hair E33 & E35
5. Embossing Folders (Stampin Up)
6. Die - Label (Nestabilities)
7. Pearls (Stampin Up)

Sept/Oct Paper Crafts Magazine

Just a quick post today before I go to work!! My first ever published card is in the Sept/Oct Paper Crafts Magazine which should be in stores this week.  I'm so excited about it! It's in the Circus Section on page 71. 


If you don't subscribe to Paper Crafts I would highly recommend it. It's really the reason I got into making cards. Their magazines and special editions are filled with cards of all different styles, using current products and trends. I quickly found out that the cards I gravitated to the most and really loved were generally created by Teri Anderson one of the Paper Crafts Go To Gals. She has a great style and I find her work to be very inspiring. But, I love all the Go To Gals and I try to find inspiration in all the cards I look at even if they're not really my style - they still might have elements I would like to try. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Got Game?

Now that I've started back to work, I'm busy catching up on my challenge entries this weekend. Here's a card I made for the current Wee Memories Challenge #64 to make a masculine card. I love these Football Puffies and thought this would be the perfect time to use them. Thanks for taking a look!




Here's my card.




Materials
1. Card stock - blue (Bazzill Basics), White, Orange (Stampin Up)
2. Chipboard Letters - Natural Sunrise (Thickers - American Crafts)
3. Twine (Papertrey Ink)
4. Felt Fabric Stickers - Football Puffies (KI Memories)
5. Punch - Square (Stampin Up)


Instructions
1. Create card from blue card stock - finished size 6 x 3
2. Cut orange squares and slightly smaller white squares and adhere to card
3. Affix Puffies stickers to squares
4. Tie twine around card (I didn't use a bow since it's a masculine card)
5. Affix chipboard letters to card

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Warm Thoughts - Play Date Cafe

I made this card for The Play Date Cafe Challenge #94. I just got these really big buttons from Stampin' Up and didn't really know what to do with them, then I realized two of them matched the colors at The Play Date Cafe this week. I usually go bold on these challenges and this week is no exception. Thanks for taking a look!




Here's my card.



Materials
1. Card stock - Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Soft Suede (Stampin Up)
2. Stamps - Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
3. Ink - Soft Suede (Stampin Up)
4. Buttons - More Mustard, Soft Suede (Stampin Up - new Holiday Mini)

Instructions
1. Create card from Teal card stock - finished size is 5x5
2. Cut smaller yellow and brown panels and adhere to card
3. Cut 1.75 inch squares in Teal and adhere to card
4. Adhere button to card with foam tape
5. Cut yellow strip, snip ends to make it look like a banner, stamp sentiment and adhere to card

You Rock!

I made this card for the CAS-ual Fridays Sketch challenge #15 and the Clean and Simple Stamping Challenge. They are both using the same sketch. I used the Hero Arts stamp called You Rock and the paper is a new In-Color by Stampin' Up called Wisteria Wonder. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. Thanks for taking a look!





Materials
1. Card stock - Wisteria Wonder (Stampin Up)
2. Decorative Paper - Wisteria Wonder (Stampin Up)
3. Stamp - You Rock (Hero Arts), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
4. Ink - Black (Memento)
5. Markers - assorted colors (Copic)

Cupcake Inspirations - Waiting Tilda

I made this card for the current Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #122. I was inspired by the bright colors of blue, pink and green in the inspiration photo. I pulled out the Copics to color this cute Waiting Tilda. Thanks for taking a look!!



Here's my card.

Materials
1. Card stock - Tempting Turquoise (Stampin Up)
2. Decorative Paper - Soiree (PinkPaislee)
3. Stamp - Waiting Tilda (Magnolia)
4. Ink - Black (Memento) 
5. Markers - Assorted colors (Copic)
6. Twine - Lime Twist (My Minds Eye)
7. Rhinestones - Blue, Green (Michaels)
8. Embossing Folder - Argyle (Sizzix)
9. Dies - Label (Nestabilities)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Button Buddies and Easy Events for Stamp Camp

Today I'm sharing some cards we made last night at stamp camp. We made two cards using Stampin Up's new Button Buddies stamp set and a set of four 3x3 cards using their new Easy Events set. Thanks for taking a look!




Materials for 3x3 Set
1. Card stock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Certainly Celery)
2. Stamps - Easy Events
3. Ink - Black 
4. Markers - assorted Stampin Write Markers
5. Dies - Circle (Stampin Up), Scallop Circle (Nestabilities)


Materials for Button Buddies - all supplies Stampin Up
Pig
1. Card Stock - Ivory, Pretty In Pink
2. Decorative Paper - Lap of Luxury 
3. Stamps -Button Buddies
4. Ink - Pretty in Pink
5. Button, Ribbon - Pretty in Pink
6. Circle Dies
7. Modern Label and Word Window Punches


Cherries
1. Card stock - Real Red, Whisper White
2. Decorative Paper - Just Add Cake
3. Stamp - Button Buddies
4. Ink - Garden Green, Real Red - Stampin Write Markers
5. Buttons, Ribbon
6. Circle Dies
6. Modern Label and Word Window Punches
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