Friday, September 28, 2012

Cupcake anyone?

 It's Friday!  I have a couple of cards for you.  They are both similar in their layout.  They are also similar to the iSpy Sketch Challenge ISSC35 

Also, 365 Cards put out a special challenge for a surprise Guest Spot.

Here is my entry:

The 365 Challenge was a bit daunting: 
4.25 x 5.5 card
1 Stamped image (digi or rubber)
5 buttons
3 different ribbons
1 patterned paper
I was going for a bit more CAS so it is a stretch to fit that much in and not have the card feel too crowded for the look I wanted.  In particular the challenge for me was the three ribbons.  I ended up lining three different types of ribbon trim together, the bottom an organza ribbon ruffle, a pink ribbon trim in the middle and the top was a very finely gathered thin ribbon attached to a stretchy band.   After Stamping the cupcake I colored the liner with Lemonade Distress ink and a watercolor pen, the cake was colored with Spun Sugar Distress and the frosting has white picket fence Stickles.  The Designer paper, Studio Calico "Heyday",  is fun ballons which then leaves the Sentiment, naturally "Party" (Stampendous)  which was stamped then embossed gold onto a Spellbinders label.  The buttons are all vintage.
Since I stamped several cupcakes I made another card for fun:
I made a simple card with another paper from the Heyday stack.  This also uses the iSpy Sketch Challenge
 For this cupcakes frosting I used Ranger Enamel Accents.  I really like how shiny it is, of course this photo does not do it any justice.  I picked up the sentiment stamp at JoAnns a while ago and just adore it!  Makes me smile, as it would the cards recipient! 

I will enter this one into the following Challenges:  
Make it Monday 

Thanks for Stopping by,



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CASE-ing again, and a few other fun Fall finds

Hello all!
First off if you are looking for my Autumn Card please scroll down...Thanks

This week at Case Study Challenge #109 we were asked to use Torico  And her sweet card as inspiration.

Here is her card:

and Here is my inspired version:

I stayed pretty close to her design, 
bringing in her sketch and the elements of  the scallop edges and stripes.  I used a EK Designs punch to replicate the scallops but only a smidgen of stripes peeking through the circles... I punched a separate piece of the green herringbone and laid it on top of the first piece of green to make it look as if the holes were punched out. I really like this punch a lot. 

The Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Tattered Floral's die strip provides the flowers and the design paper is from My Minds Eye, it's called Primavera (actually it's also called Springtime but Primavera is also included in the title, that's Spring in Spanish).  

This will also be entered into Make it Mondays 

Next up:

 My First Autumnal Card of the Season. 

  I recently purchased a die from Die-Namics.  This was on Blitsy about a month ago.  The die works nicely, needed a little prep work but no biggie (btw I bought this with my own money, this is not a paid product endorsement, although I wish it was, LOL!).  I layered the card with several papers from the new DCWV Autumn Melody Mat Stack.  I bought the smallest pack and I have to say I am a bit disappointed with the size of the paper.  I love the scale of all of the prints but the 3x5 size is a bit too small for cards.  Oh well, just pushes us to be creative right?  I also layered 2 G45 papers, they are side 2 from two different collections, the stripe is from "On the Boardwalk" and the polka dot from "Curtain Call".  Picked up the red in the sentiment with that striped paper and the red pearls. Finished it with a simple cream bow, the ribbon (yes it's vintage) came from the most darling Vintage Shop in Arroyo Grande, CA called "The Green Vase"...kinda well known among the Antique shoppers along the Cali coast.

I will be entering this card into the following Challenges: Papertake Weekly Challenge - A Hazy Shade of Autumn;

 Inspired by Stamping - IBSIC #27;

 Flourishes Boutique - Timeless Tuesday #188;

  Creative Belli Blog - Belli Challenge #152 - Fall/Autumn  

Make it Monday

Well, that's all Folks... thanks for stopping by, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and if you like what you see, please show some love and become a follower...Hugs!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hoot! Hoot!

Hoot! Hoot!


Hello! Well I don't know if I have yet viewed a challenge, made the card and put up the post in less than 24 hours (on a weekday) till now! As many of you know, sometimes putting together a card can take much longer than we think, especially if there are lots of elements!

I was inspired by the CASE Study Challenge #108 yesterday when I saw this adorable card:

I then came across an owl card in the Fall issue of Paper Creations Magazine  and I was inspired to recreate the inverted die cut shapes by an owls eyes, serving as the upper and lower levels of the card.

After quickly deciding on the adorable owl from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge (which btw has soooo many adorable animals) I grabbed a new 6x6 mini pad of the Indie Chic "Nutmeg" from  My Minds Eye. I thought the blues and yellows were just so smart looking for the owl.
 As I was assembling him my rub on mustaches lept out at me! I think the "stashe" is just fab on that owls face!!!

After switching the composition around a few times, I finally decided around 12am to give in to the idea to putting a door on the card, which gave its primary CASE'd element, the layered negative use of the die cut.

I finished the door with a T.H. Fastener, some wood grain embossing and Vintage Photo ink. The hinges are my own paper duplications of the Graphic45 metal hinges. Squares were cut out of the door using the very small Movers and Shapers Dies called "Mini Openings"...I just picked that up this week at Tuesday Morning. I cut out a piece of clear packaging with the die and used some glossy accents to attatch it to the back of the door die cut.  It added some nice stability to the paper.  I just love how the owls vintage button eyes are peeking through the windows.  I thought the cabinet door would work great in front of the owl! It's a nice surprise seeing the owl behind the door and yet framed by a negative of the die.

  So the door then became a part of a house and a house needs a roof so my card was becoming an XL version of it's former self!  I layered some kraft paper, which was cut out with the Sizzix/TH On the Edge Scallop and Pinking die, onto an triangle, which became a layered Kraft roof. Lastly I added a festive banner  folding over some blue Bakers twine with clipped notches into scraps of the left over Design Paper.  Pearls and stars were added to jazz up the banner a bit more.  Lastly I added alpha stickers (which do not photograph well, at all, due to their light yellow color,  :( SORRY). "The sentiment which is a play on the old fashioned "Knock, Knock joke". I substituted "Hoo Hoots here" instead of "Whose there?"

I just adore this oversized card and think I know just the right recipient who loves owls! Thanks for hanging in there with this photo-rich post!

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

CASE Study #108 

Catered Crop Knot Challenge - Bakers twine bows down both sides of the banner 

  The Kraft Journal Blog - Make it Monday - "Lavishly Layer #88

365 Cards - Day 201 - "Flagged" 

Moxie Fab World - Gallon/Quart/Pint - Yellow/Brown Family/Blue 

Make it Monday - Anything Goes


Thanks for taking the time to look!

Sunday, September 16, 2012



My father's Birthday was yesterday, Sept 15.  He is a father of 5 with 6 grandchildren!  He loves babies and little  children so with a 3 month old and 2 five year old's among the 6 he is pretty happy right now.  The other 3 are mine, ages 10, 14 and 16 and they love their Papa very much.  I made this card for him using lots of Tim Hotz Distress Inks and an older "Close to My Heart" Stamp set that I was given a few years ago.

I used VersaFine in Olympic Green for the trees in the background and the onyx black for the fishermen.  The Fishies were stamped with VersaFine in Vintage Sepia. 
Here's the inside:

I stamped the inside with an American Crafts "Tent" Collection stamp (the trees) in the VersaFine Olympia Green and the Relax & Unwind semtiment is from Inspired By Stamping

My Dad enjoys Camping and has been an avid Fisherman all his life.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps Blog - Challenge #82 - For the Guys

Creative Craft Challenges2 - All about the Boys

Hooked on Craft Challenges - Challenge 24 - Cards for Men

Make it Monday

Lastly,  I received a Challenge Badge from Mynettes Technique Tuesday Challenge Blog  for their Re-inker on Baby Wipes technique challenge.  It is a really neat way to create some beautiful images with stamps that have a more solid or blocked stamping's a pic of my "Showcased" Card:

Thanks for stopping by and if you would be so kind as to consider subscribing to my blog it would sure put a smile on my face :)  I will be giving some blog candy away soon and I can assure you it will be worth entering (I have a bad habit of hitting quantity 2 upon ordering stuff online and I really dislike returning items
! LOL!

Have a Blessed Sunday!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Two CAS Cards - Now That's a Challenge!

Two CAS Cards - Now That's a Challenge!

When 365 Cards Blog site issues a challenge for a CAS (Clean and Simple) card this week that required only a couple elements I was intrigued.  I am the queen of more is more but I do like looking at the CAS cards.  If anyone thinks those CAS cards take less time or are easier I think they are mistaken!  You have to be METICULOUS with everything!  That white space shows very little spec of dust!!!  The time it takes to re-do mistakes and apply things in a slow and deliberate matter seems to take just as many minutes/hours LOL!  Not to mention all the mental arguing that goes on in my head, its ugly.

The first card is based on a Challenge 196 called "Keep it Simple" found here.

Here's my interpretation:

I used a pre-made card that had the cut edge, applied a strip of green ink.  Then I came upon this cute litte birdhouse Cricut cut in my left-overs.  It was already mounted on the round die-cut, I dry embossed two lines 1/4" apart and placed the embelly on top with a pot dot.  "Best Wishes" was stamped in black from The Craft's Meow "Stitched Sentiments" stamp set.  Voila!  So cute and simple :)

The second card was based on the 365 Weekly Sketch 

I guess since I was in the CAS state of mind I just interpreted this very simply. I used some ribbon I have been hoarding for a while.  It's a card that has about six beautiful shades of pinks, I chose the three that went well with the Papers I was using from DCWV "Sweet Shoppe"  I stamped and paper-pieced the cone.  I just adore this card, definitely my fav of the two :).

This card also works for the challenge over at Shopping Our Stash Challenge #168 

It's a 3-2-1 challenge; Three pieces of ribbon, two Designer papers and One Sentiment.  I think that works?

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Blessings Everyone!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CR84fn62 Color Challenge

Lavender, Peach and Cream, Oh My!

The past two weeks cR84fn has been running their Lavender, Peach and Cram Challenge.  These are really such beautiful colors to work with.  To me they just feel so very vintagey (I know not a real word!) to me.  The pastels usually do that to me.  I have been really into my Distress Inks lately so a tag was a natural jumping point for me. The top tag is distressed with Distress Ink in Dusty Concord, Tea dye and Vintage Photo ink.   I used a vintage perfume bottle stamp image as well as a Tim HOltz swirled stamp which I embossed with Stampendous Shabby white embossing enamel.  The tag behind is stamped with script and distressed with Tea Dye Distress.  The little roses were sprayed with Lindy Stamp Gang.  There is a Spellbinders die cut which i painted with Distress stain and gold paint.  The doily in the background was sprayed with more Lindy's Stamp Gang and the doily in front is the Sizzix/Tim Holts on the edge die, Vintage Doily.  I just picked that one up last week!   It's been on my wish list for a while now :)  The edges were smudged with  Dusty Concord. Concord Distress and then swiped with Perfect Pearls in Grape Fizz.

I placed it all on the a piece of Graphic 45  A Ladies Diary, and placed a strip of lace and pearls down.  The tags were finished with some dyed seam binding in two shades of peach which matched the paper and a length of purple.  Lastly were embellishments which were both from Tim Holtz, a little crown smudged with white paint and one of the new Wire Pins.

This project is only being submitted to the CR84fn Challenge #62.

 Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Tim Technique and Trash to Treasure

A Tim Technique and Trash to Treasure

I found it!  I found this great site Studio L3  which provides a weekly Challenge based upon Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume II.  Each week they explore a new technique from the book. Fortunately for me there was a video provided by Tim reviewing his Kraft Resist techniques (pg 41)  because my signed , (yes I did say signed and by Tim Holtz himself), copy of  COC,VII, is um, not missing but rather "misplaced", yeah that sounds better than missing!  Anyhow if you want to learn all about how to use this great Kraft Resist paper with all your gorgeous Distress Inks, stains and Markers then just check this video out:

Here's a link to his Blog post, it will inform you a plenty about this groovy technique!

So here's what I did:

As You can see I kinda got really into the "Color Purple", I'm sorry I just could not resist!  I started with the Picket Fence stain, because I really wanted to see the purple shades more clearly than darkened by the Kraft.  I followed with Milled Lavender stain.  I stamped the perfume bottles (A Stampendous stamp) with Dusty Concord and outlined them with some very nice artist grade colored pencils I have, this one was a bit on the blue side.  I then stamped the LOVE image, which is one of Tim's with Black Versafine ink.  I of course wiped off the ink from the "resist areas" and I like how there is that rather visable Capital lettering that goes across the middle of the image.  I then decided to use glossy accents over the LOVE sentiment, to kinda repeat that shininess.  

Some Summer Distress in Mowed Lawn (love that color!) was used in the middle of the background on the black and white damask paper and the edges were blended with Milled Lavender (As a side note, Milled Lavender was the very LAST color I needed to complete my entire collection of the original Distress Line!!!!)  I don't have last years Fall line, but will grab it up if I find it for the right price!
I topped it off with the edge of a doily that I grunged up, some butterfly tissue tape, a rose distressed with the Milled Lavender, the purple scrunchy ribbon and a crown which replicated the image of the bottle stamp.

I am submitting this into the following Challenges:

StudioL3 - Compendium of Curiosity's Challenge #19
Make it Monday - Anything goes
CityCrafter - Monochromatic (lots of purple)
Vintage Elusions - Challenge 5 - Distressing/Anything Goes

One last goodie I want to share, its an little altered project I was inspired by my friends at Your Paper Pantry.  They are a great group of artists and friends who I swap with!  Come join us if you are looking for unique challenges with no drama and lots of creativity and generosity!  Anyways there was a swap going on that I did not join but was inspired to try out, it is to turn wine corks into pretty keychains or whatever else you want to dangle it onto!

 Here's a way to enjoy your wine, even after it's all gone!
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