Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Snowflake

Happy Sunday! Here's my take on two challenges. First, the Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers where Kris was chosen as FS199. I chose this card of hers to case. With the FS challenge, you change some things and keep others. Sometimes it happens for me that my project ebs and flows in directions that I really hadn't intended when I started. Thus is the case with this card, but I hope you can see Kris' card in my inspiration. I kept her design, the same number of layers with a coordinating color between the two white pieces of cardstock, the two color base and layer, and lots of open space. I changed the colors, changed the location of the ribbon, and changed the images.

The second challenge is the Etsy Inspired Challenge (EIC116). I chose this from Koniver's shop. I love the blues and the white border. I really like this etsy inspired challenge & I wish I could play more often. It is very fun to see the shops on Etsy; for me it is another way to keep up with trends & experience unique items. I find that studying other art objects and unique things expands my creativity. This card although CAS took me a while as I had to experiment with inks. I ended up using craft ink for the snowflake as my dye ink and hybrid ink did not "take up" well by the acrylic stamp and I could not get even coverage. All of the stamps from this set have "hidden" images and if you look close you can see candles and birds in this one.

Have a great day, friends! Thank you for all your lovely comments. I am inspired and in awe by your art; you help me to strive for the best in me. And although I have not personally met most of you, I am grateful and a richer person because for our friendship. {{Hugs}}

Image: Snowflake from Holiday Silhouettes (Inkadinkado), Sentiment- Swirled Snowflakes (SU!)
Paper: White (Markie's finest paper), Night of Navy, Pacific Point (SU)
Ink: Night of Navy-craft (SU)
Accessories: Ribbon (Michaels)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Guest Designer Honors

  Thanks for stopping by today. I am so thrilled and very honored to be a guest designer at Card Patterns this week! I hope that you will have a chance to play along too & post your card on the Card Patterns website by next Friday for your chance to win a prize or be chosen as a guest designer. Below is this week's sketch #92.

I'm off to make holiday cards and gifts, plus a little shopping and of course play more challenges. Have a great weekend!
Image: Snowmen (The More the Merrier- SU)
Paper: Baja Breeze (SU), white (Gina K pure luxury), DP- Snow from the Wintertime collection (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Accessories: Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Lace Hem tape (Wrights), white grosgrain ribbon (Offray), Polar White Flower Soft (Flower Soft)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa's Coming to Town!

Here's my card for two challenges. First for Queen for the Day (QFTD36) where Maxill (aka Bev) was chosen as the queen. Bev has always been very supportive & she often comments on my cards. I chose this card of her's to case: Tea for Two.  I also made this card for Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C64) where the challenge was to use circles.

Image: Christmas Characters (inadinkado)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze (SU), White (Gina K), DP- Figgy (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze (SU)
Accessories: Liquid Applique, Gold pen, Circle & scallop circle Nestablitites(spellbinders), Baja Breeze ribbon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Very CAS

Here's my take on the CASwinter10KJ challenge to make a VERY CAS card with the decoration theme, ribbon and bling. The CAS winter10KJ challenge is an oportunity to be selected as a member of the CAS design team. I'm learning and hopefully perfecting the 'clean and simple' style but it is not one that is natural. I'm more of a layer on layer, designer paper, loads of embellishments and ribbon kind of card maker. So I thought I'd give it a try as it's an opportnity to learn from others.
Have a great's almost the weekend, right?!

Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: White (Gina K Pure Luxury), Figgy (Basic Grey)
Ink: Marina Mist
Accessories: glitter- Pixie Stix Berry Blue (Pink Paislee); ribbon-Michaels, glue pad

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Truth

This card was made for two challenges. The first is Curtain Call 56 which is a color challenge. This week called for So Saffron, Pear Pizazz, Peach Parfait, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. The second challenge is Card Patterns 90 (a weekly sketch challenge). I am so in love with these new line of papers from SEI called Moonrise.

This card will go in my stash for my sister's Christmas present. She is very active in her church so I am hoping she'll like these. We usually don't buy sibling presents for each other because my brothers, sister and I have more than enough for this lifetime. But gifts from the heart and hands are treasured. I think I only have about four cards made so I think I'll be making some CAS cards too.

I've got a busy work week coming up, so I may not post until next weekend. I am so loving my new job & it feels good to feel that way! Anyway, I'll try to make it to your blogs to see what you're creating. Thanks for stopping! {{{Hugs}}}

Image: Bible Verse (B&B Cardstock Co.)
Papers: So Saffron, Pear Pizazz, Peach Parfait, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (SU), DP- Moonrise (SEI)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Scalloped Squares & Label 16 Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Small Poinsettia punch (Nellie Snellen); 1/2" circle punch & corner punch (SU); pearls (SU).

Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) Creations

This past Friday and Saturday was VSN on Splitcoaststampers. I had the fortunate opportunity to host a challenge. Although, I didn't get as many cards/challenges completed as I would have liked, I was so happy to play most of the day yesterday. The theme was "on Cloud Nine" so all the challenges in some way related to that theme. Since there is a 45 minute time limit to each challenge, there is little time to fuss about your card. And there is little time to list all the supplies used; so I'll do that here now.

The first card and tote was the challenge I hosted. I called it "Cloud 9 Math" (NOV10VSNO). The challenge was to make a 3x3 tote, or a 3x3 notecard box or make 4-3x3 cards. I love how this tote turned out & I made four cards, two in green and two in red.
Image: Bells and Boughs (SU)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Vanilla (SU), DSP- Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (momento), Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories: Lacey Squares & Classic Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Scallop & Circle punch (SU), Corner punch & embosser (Fiskars); Pearls (SU)

The second card was made late last night for two challenges. The first challenge was the last VSN challenge (NOV10VSNR). to honor or remember angels in your life. I chose three angels- my sister, my mother and my grandmother. My mom and granny are in heaven now, but they were expert seamstresses. My mother made all my dresses when I was a young girl. She and my sister took the scraps from all those dresses and made me a double ring quilt as a wedding present. It is probably one of my most favorite gifts of all time. All three were/are wonderful role models. The challenge also asked that we distressed our card. I'll send this card to my sister whose b-day is later this week.

The second challenge is the FS197. Angela (aka jellybeans74) was chosen. I started with this card:;ppuser=106358. But is was late when I made the card & with the 45 minutes time limit for the VSN challenge, I ended up making a lot of modifications to Angela's card. But if you look close you can see the basic sketch.

A little explanation about some of the things that I used for this Sewing Angels card. I purchased for 25cents at an estate sale a retro McCalls pattern {the real deal}. I started with Gina K white paper & cover it with the pattern to give the thin tissue paper pattern some strength. I distressed it with Vintage photo ink because it lost it's crafty color with the white background. I also purchased my Baker's Twine from an Ebay store called A touch of Vintage Chic about two-three months ago when I couldn't find it anywhere in St. Louis. The store has some pretty cool stuff including fabric. Now Michael's carries MS twine, but once I saw it on SCS, I had to have it NOW! I know you know what I mean! LOL!! Last thing to let you know is the Sassfrass Lass Cherry Delicious paper comes with scalloped edges that is different than the rest of the paper. Pretty cute, huh?

Image: Make Your Own (Hero Arts)
Paper: Red Hot, White (Gina K), Marina Mist, Cookie Crumb (SU); DSP-Cherry Delicious-Sapphire (Sassafras Lass)
Ink: Broken China & Vintage Photo Distress Inks (Tim Holtz-Ranger)
Accessories: Real Red & Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbons (SU); Baker's Twine; McCalls pattern; stash red & white buttons; Red flower (Making Memories- embellishment suitcase)

The third card is one of those cards that I am not crazy about, but I ran out of time with the VSN. The challenge was NOV10VSNI to make a floating sentiment. Well, I must have had me head in the clouds because I chose the teeny tiny sentiment to cut up the letters. It took over 20 minutes & when I was done, time was out & I sure didn't like the look. I am planning on changing it out with a nestie label. Probably better to use a bigger sentiment to cut letters apart {Duh-Slaps head}

Image: Harvest Assortment (Inkadinkado), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (SU)
Paper: Really Rust, Vanilla, DSP-Autumn Meadows (SU)
Ink: Really Rust (SU)
Accessories: ScorPal, Brown Bakers Twine, Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

The fourth card is much more beautiful in real life. This was my take on the NOV10VSNK challenge where we were challenged to make a card based upon "What Puts You in the Clouds?". Besides papercrafting, I love coffee. The paper is SEI & it's gorgeous. I belong to the monthly SEI club where I receive a kit each month. I joined in April when the Creating Keepsakes convention was here in St. Louis. I got some great deals for signing up & the kits are fabulous. I had hoped it would spur me to scrapbook more; it has but only a little bit as I still prefer card-making. But I love the SEI products for card making & paper crafting. If you've never experienced their products, give it a try. Everything is A+ quality. Here is a link to their blog. The paper I used here is gold foiled & it is hard to see the radiance, but it's magnificent. Also I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it feels! {BTW- I am not reimbursed with their products for blabbering about them. Too bad for me-LOL!} I'll send this card to my youngest daughter who is in college. We share a passion for Starbucks.

Image: My Cuppa Joe (Gina K)
Paper: More Mustard (SU), White (Gina K), DSP-Stillness- Moonrise collection(SEI)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Momento), More Mustard (SU)
Accessories: Eyelet Circles& Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), oval & oval scallop punch (SU); gold glitter pen (unknown maker)

The last four cards are the blue trio. You may know it's my favorite color & so I was happy it worked out for several of the VSN challenges. Card Five was a lot of fun because I just got these Nestabilities in the mail this past week. I made this for the NOV10VSNL challenge to make a card with blue and white. The card opens at the white panel, so there is a blue scallop on top and a blue scallop when opened (on the inside). I'll likely go back and add a bit more color like orange carrot noses & maybe a little flower soft, but for VSN challenges, I usually can't get all that done in the 45 minute time frame.

Image: Holiday Lineup & Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist (SU), White (Gina K)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (momento), Markers- Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point (SU)
Accessories: Label 14 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Snowflake punch (MS =Martha Stewart), bling (Michaels)

Card six is one of my favorite of the bunch and very easy. I used a retired (very old) stamp set that I purchased off Ebay for a reasonable price. I loved the snowflakes & love making Christmas cards. I have been buying lots of the retired holiday stamp sets off Ebay almost always under the original price. This card was made for NOV10VSNA challenge to make a Christmas card without red and green. I immediately thought of blue and white and snowflakes!

Image: Snowflakes, Warmest Regards (SU)
Paper: White, Bashful Blue (SU), DSP- unknown name but by SU. I think it is really old; I bought from a demostrator at her year end sale to get rid of retired product.
Ink: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist (SU)
Accessories: Snowflake punch (MS), Bling (Michaels), Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon (SU)

Card Seven was made for NOV10VSNG2 challenge to create a card with lots of white space. I used my recently purchased Gina K heavy base weight pure Luxury cardstock. Oh my goodness! I now know why it's called Pure Luxury! {I don't get reimbursed for telling you about how I drool over this paper}.

Image: Thanks (American Crafts)- Sentiment
Paper: White (Gina K), Marina Mist (SU); DSP- SU retired (as noted in the above card)
Accessories: Snowflake punch (MS), Bling (Michaels)

The last and eighth card was made for NOV10VSNP challenge where Kelly (aka Schrimcat) challenged us with a sketch. Another fun one for as I just got this DP paper in the mail with a big order from Crop Chocolate. I was excited to get the order as I thought the paper would match great with Baja Breeze but one never know with on-line color matching. It did match wonderfully as you can see. Crop Chocolate is a website that features several specials every day. You can accumulate/hold them in your "la carte" for up to 45 days. My DH calls it a virtual layaway for scrapbookers. The link is in my sidebar to a website with numerous *daily deals*.

Image: Happy Everything (SU); the snowflake is a sticker
Paper: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red (SU), White (Gina K), DSP- Falling Snowflakes-Wintertime collection (Echo Park)
Ink: Baja Breeze (SU)
Accessories: Snowflake sticker (Wintertime collection-Echo Park); Eyelet circle & scalloped circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Buttons- white (Stash), Blue (Periphery-Basic Grey), Spritzer tool (SU), Bakers twine; lots and lots of dimensions.

Whew! SO glad you joined me today and all of us over at SCS for the Virtual Stamp Night.

Have a great Sunday! Hugs, Marilyn