Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another valentine and a mini card

Two valentines in one year.  That's a new record for me.  The first card was made with a stamp I bought a long time ago when I first started stamping.  I made this card using the Simply Create Too #5 "Love is in the Air" challenge and Young Crafters United Challenge #6 sketch

SCT5 and YCU #6

Using up my miscellaneous paper, trying out new border punches, getting cards made, and still keeping my new year's resolution.  That's pretty good, if you ask me. 

The next card is a mini card for a sketch and inspiration challenge.  The sketch is from Unscripted Sketches #143.  The color inspiration is from the CASE Study challenge #75

My card:
Unscripted Sketch 143 and CSC75

Love the bright colors of the inspiration photo, so that's the part I used in my card.  I flipped the sketch over so the design is on the fold.  Simple, but cheerful. 

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sparkle Creations card

I started this card so I can play with my new skin tone copic markers.  I need more practice with them, so I went the embossing route to give the stamp a different look.  I was imitating the colors of asian lacquer pieces which are usually black, gold, and accents of red.  This card is for the Sparkle Creation sketch challenge #71

My card for SCRSC71.

The banner is pop-dotted and says "It's always springtime in a happy heart" which is the perfect sentiment for this image. 

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Valentine card

I usually don't make valentines.  Deep in my heart, I'm a romantic; but I always feel kind of goofy when I try for romance and lace.  With Valentine's day around the corner, though, I put myself to the challenging task of making a valentine.  It turned out fun and bright although I had started out with the plans for romantic vintage.  lol  See how easily I get sidetracked?  I do like the way it turned out, so I can't complain. 

The card was created for the There She Goes challenge #140 for the hearts and love part of the card,  the Stampin' Sisterhood/Sisterhood Sunday #7 photo inspiration challenge (I  picked the beautiful pink roses as part of my card),

 and the design is based on the Skipping Stones Design #112 sketch challenge.  Very awesome sketch!

So, without further ado, my card:

SSD112 , SS7, TSG140

Thanks for looking and have a good night!

Ribbon carousel

I was strolling through my email when my eye caught this picture in an email post. 

It's called the Ribbon Carousel and you can find information about it at the Ribbon Carousel blog.  Doesn't it look fabulous?!  I don't have one (yet) but I'm thinking this could very well solve my ribbon problems.  Ribbon Carousel is also having a Carousel giveaway  Yes, they are actually giving away one of these little babies!!  Click on over to their blog and enter to win. 

While you are there, visit their shop and  look at all the new colors of twine and wide variety of ribbons that are available.  

Thanks for reading and have a good day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Simple with a little bling

The minute I read about the Stampendous Bling challenge, these stamps popped in my mind.  I knew they would be perfect with a rhinestone right in the middle for a little added sparkle and glitter.
I really like the simplicity of the black and white.  The big bonus was the easy color matching.  LOL  Kind of a no-brainer with this color scheme.

I also made this card for the "Anything Goes" Simon Says Challenge.  This challenge is open until Wednesday, February 1.  The Stampendous Bling challenge is open until February 2.  Still plenty of time to enter both challenges!  Go check them out. 

This card is also for the 52 Card Pick-up--Week 4 on the Old Back Porch blog.  The idea is to make a card every week for a year hence the name 52 Card Pick-Up.   No requirements, sketches or color limits, just sharing a card a week simply for the sake of creating.   Come join the fun.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

One more card and I'm calling it a night

This card is a sketch challenge from Sketchbook Saturday challenge.  

I followed the sketch fairly closely, changing out the sentiment banner for a ribbon and flowers for the butterflies. 

This challenge still has one more day left, so go check it out and enter a creation of your own.

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Time rolls on

My card for tonight is for the Blogger's time theme challenge and the Mojo Monday #225 sketch challenge.  Nothing fancy because I really wanted the message to stand out. 


Thanks for looking and goodnight.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Purple Onion Designs Giveaway ends tonight! Hurry!

Purple Onion Designs is having a giveaway! 


Tell if you are a tea drinker or a coffee drinker.  Leave a comment on their blog telling which you drink. One person out of every 25 comments to win the following "To Go Cup" and Hopscotch Sentiment stamps.

You have till the end of day (11:00 pst) Wednesday, January 25th to leave a comment.

You still have time!!!  Quick, head on over and enter into the drawing for a set of awesome stamps/.

Rainbow challenge with a sketch

Unscripted Sketches had a piggyback sketch challenge this week and Runway Inspired Challenges had an inspiration challenge. 

                Sketch                                Runway Inspired
                                                            Challenge photo

I can honestly say I could not and would not wear that dress.  lol  I like the rainbow affect, but not quite my style. 

I wasn't sure what I wanted in my pocket when I began making my card.  When I make a card, I tend to play and let it develop instead of having a design in mind.  I then found this awesome stamp and knew exactly what I wanted in that pocket.

                     card                                bookmark

The dress is completely covered in glitter.  It looks beautiful in real life. 

Thanks for looking and good night.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winter card challenge

First, I love polar bears.  I love all animals, but polar bears are an awesome, amazing animal! When I read about the Lawnscaping winter challenge, I knew it wanted the focal point to be a polar bear.  I used The Craft's Meow sketch to design the card. 

my card

I used paper that I had in my stash forever.  YEAH!  I'm trying to be very good and use up my old stash so I can organize my craftroom a little better and to buy new supplies without the guilt.  This is one of my favorite images.  It's so sweet with the mama bear and her cub.

You still have time to enter both challenges.  The Lawnscaping Challenge is open until January 25 and the Craft's Meow sketch challenge is open until February 14.  Click on over to the blogs and check out all cute cards and enter a card of your own!

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Monday, January 23, 2012

One card for today

This card I made by combining two challenges, one for Moxie Fab World and one for My Favorite Things. 

Moxie Fab World's challenge was to use maps.  My Favorite Thing had an awesome sketch to follow. 

The result:
MFTWSC55 and map challenge

I love this sentiment.  Perfect for a little pick-me-up for a friend having a hard day. 

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Amy Tangerine LIttle Things Daybook giveaway

Laurel from Paper Crafts by Laurel is giving away a cute little DayBook called Little Things on her blog. 

Click on the link to get to her blog and enter for a chance to win.  You have until Wednesday, January 28, to enter for a chance to win this cool book.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Two-fer cards

Today I combined the Inspired by #7 photo inspiration with the Simon Says Sketch Challenge.   I chose the wedding part of the photo (although I would love a pair of those tennis shoes) with the colors--blue, white, and yellow and then threw in the pink for the sweet happiness of a wedding.  The sketch was fun to play with.  I used my blending pen with my ink pads to color the rose so it matches as close as possible. 

The next card is a combination of Just Us Girls #120 and the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge #368.  Another fun sketch full of possibilities and an awesome color challenge consisting of pink, red, and white.  Although I could have made a Valentine's card, I elected to make another birthday card.  In a family of seven sibling, six of us have birthdays in March plus we have my parent's wedding anniversary in the same month.  I need the birthday cards.  lol

JUGS120 and SC368

Thanks for looking and have a good night!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wee Memories giveaway

Jenny over at Wee Memories is having a giveaway with lots of goodies. 

SO here are the GIVEAWAY details:
She is giving away:

1 of my new stamp sets from The Crafts Meow
A HUGE paper stack from Graphic 45
1 stamp set from Graphic 45
1 stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
1 stamp set from Your Next Stamp
1 PRINT of your choice from my Etsy Shop
Some twine and misc. embellishments
and some surprise goodies!!

A HUGE prize worth over $80!!
You have until January 26 at 11:59 pm to enter into the drawing for all these goodies. 
Good luck!

Two more cards for tonight then off to bed

CASE study challenge blog has a really fun card for inspiration.  I loved the retro geometric pattern of the card and that is what I based my card on.  This would be an easy card to mass produce if needed. 

You still have time to play in this fun challenge.  It doesn't close until Tuesday at midnight EST.  Check out the inspiration card and be inspired!

I also made a card for Mojo Monday 224.   They have another fabulous sketch to work with this week. 
Inspiration sketch


Isn't this sketch just fabulous?!  This sketch challenge is still open to participants.  You have until this Sunday at 8:00 Mountain time to create and submit your card.  I can't wait to see all your creations.

Thanks for looking and good night.

Skipping Stones Sketch Design card

So far today, this is the only card I made.  I went for the tongue-in-cheek approach with a pun and visual funny for the card.  I made it based on the sketch challenge by Skipping Stones design.  You still have time to enter.  The challenge doesn't end until Monday. 

Inspiration sketch

my card for SSD #111

I thought this was funny.  When I saw the sketch, the first thing I saw was the four circles.   As I went through my stamps, I saw this shoe stamp which is one of my favorites.  That is when the "Just 4 Shoe" (Just for you) hit me and I went with it.  It's kind of goofy, but that's what happens when I make cards while taking Nyquil.  lol

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Treasured Moment layout and a card

I made this layout for the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch challenge.  I used my favorite picture of my kids.  We were on a "photo shoot" when the kids found this tree that they thought was so cool.  They started goofing around and I continued to shoot.  After coming home, I found this little gem.  It captured each child's personality so completely all at the exact moment!  When I saw the sketch, I knew this was the photo I wanted to highlight.


My layout based on the sketch:  

My card is for the Blockhead's Out of the Box Diecut challenge.  This was a new technique for me which means I had to try it right away.  lol  It was a lot easier than I anticipated and I will use it in the future. 

 Thanks for looking!

Unscripted Sketch 141

This card is for Unscripted Sketch 141.   It's a nice sketch with lots of possibilities.  I flipped it to get a horizontal placement which is what I wanted for this card. 

My card

I didn't care for it until I added the ribbon,  That was the perfect touch to complete it.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Love being creative

I'm very proud that I've kept my New Year's resolution to be more creative and keep up with the blog.  I usually don't make passed the first week.  lol 

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge is up and running.  I love the sketch this week. 

the sketch

my card SSSC150

I had to think a little outside the box for the scrolls.  Those are actually capital Vs from the Yarn sizzlit font.

The next card if for the Studio Calico sketch challenge.  Another wonderful sketch.  I love the simplicity of this one. 

the sketch

my card

Since I loved the sketch so much, I just followed the sketch. 

Thanks for looking and good night!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two more cards then off to bed!

I have to say, I've loving my copics.  I'm just starting to use them, so my coloring is very basic, but they are so fun to use!  I've already decided to buy 2-3 copics every payday so I can fill out my colors to start practicing shading and highlighting.  

That being said, my first card is for Paper Smooches.  They are having a guest designer search for the month of February.  I used one of their digi stamps (and copics) to make my card. 
The digi stamp was a bee and I made it a fish with a little fussy cutting to go with my saying. 

The next card is for a Sketch For You To Try.  This sketch challenge is usually open until midnight EST on the last day of the month so you still have plenty of time to play if you choose to do so. 

Inspiration sketch

My card (SFYTTjanuary 2012)

You can't really see it in the picture, but the S is stickled for a little sparkle.  I played around with my new Martha Stewart punch, too.   I need to invest in several of the spellbinder scrolled frames.  I love the look of them.  In the meantime, I have to make do with what I have on hand. 

Thanks for looking and have a good night.

Simon Says and Blogger Challenge

Simon Says has a challenge going using spots and stripes.  Anything goes as long as it includes spots and stripes.  I LOVE spots and stripes so this one was really fun.  I wanted to use a stamp I haven't used before.  When I went through my paper and saw this combo, I immediately thought of the sea and everything fell into place. 
Simon Says Spots and Stripes Challenge

I lightly chalked the image to give it a little interest.  I thought the sentiment was perfect for this card. 

My Blogger's Challenge card was a little more...well, challenging.  I wanted to emboss the image on vellum, but it lack pizzazz.  That's when I colored on the back and added rhinestones because, quite frankly, rhinestones add just the right amount of bling to anything.  lol

Blogger's Challenge

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Simply Create Too card

Simply Create Too has a challenge going on.  The challenge is layers--lots of layers.  The challenge ends January 19, so you still have plenty of time to participate. 

This is one of my favorite stamps from The Angel Company.  All the fun and beauty of collage without the pain.  lol  I'm very collage deficient, although I do like the look, so stamps like this are a blessing,  :)

Thanks for looking.

Really Reasonable Ribbon giveaway

Really Reasonable Ribbon is celebrating the 2nd blogoversary.   In honor of their two years of blogging, they are giving someone a chance to win an awesome prize package loaded with lots of goodies.  If you like ribbon or twine, you will love Really Reasonable ribbon.  Click on the link and go check it out.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Three more challenge cards

The inspiration photo for the Inspired by #6 is this photo:

I immediately thought of spring/summer outdoor fun, the color blue, and the straight shelving in the background.  These are the elements I took for my card. 

Inspired by #6

My next card is for the final Wee Memories challenge.  Very sad since I just discovered them at the beginning of January!  The challenge for this one is to use this awesome sketch:

I had fun with this sketch plus I was able to use my new ek Success border punch that I love! 


Finally, my card for the Case Study Challenge #73.  This was a new technique for me.  It's a window card.  Once I wrapped my brain around it, it wasn't too bad plus I did keep it a little on the simple side which helped a lot.

Outside                                     Inside
          CSC73                                      CSC73         

Well, that's it for now.  Good night and thanks for looking!