Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cupcake Birthday

I used the Mojo Monday 485 sketch, as my starting point for today's card.  One of the disadvantages to taking a hiatus from paper crafting is that I have all of these fabulous supplies, but sadly they are out of date.  Some of my stash I've passed on to my two oldest daughters, who also love to create, but I'm to cheap to completely get rid of it all and start over.  So, I've challenged myself to use it up before I buy more.  Today's card comes out of that effort.  I love the Enchanted Collection 6x6 paper pad from Bo Bunny.  It's black and white, and I love the flourishes and details to the paper.  However, I discovered that while I love it, I find it hard to use.  I really struggled with pairing it with some color so it would have some contrast.  I finally decided that pink was the color I wanted to use.  It helped that I had the great ruffle trim in Strawberry Slush.  I decided to "frost" the cupcakes using Stickles, because I love a little glimmer and shine.

Supplies used:
Paper - Enchanted Collection - Bo Bunny, Uncommon Collection - Authentique
Ink - Tuxedo Black - Memento
Stamps - Crazy for Cupcakes - Stampin Up!, Card Word Puzzle - Close to My Heart
Ribbon - Strawberry Slush Ruffle Trim - Stamping Up!, Cotton Candy Divine Twine
Markers - Bic, Copic
Embellishments - Diamond Stickles, Flower and button - Close to My Heart

Monday, February 20, 2017

Watermelon & Mints Live Simply

I played along with the color combination challenge at Split Coast Stampers.  This weeks is called Watermelon & Mints at Night.  The colors were Stampin Up! colors of Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, and Night of Navy.  I just had to try that combination.  I don't have any of those colors, so I had to improvise from my stash.  The Market Street paper pad from My Mind's Eye matched up pretty close when I held it up to the computer screen, so I started there.  I added in Close to My Hearts Outdoor Denim card stock and ink to take the place of Night of Navy.
Supplies Used:
Stamp - Trust God - Stampin Up!
Paper - Market Street - My Mind's Eye, Outdoor Denim - Close to My Heart
Ink - Outdoor Denim - Close to My Heart
Dies - Spellbinders
Ribbon - Maya Road

Courage Card

I played along with the card sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers.  This sketch is their SC632.  I've been challenging myself to use up what I have (because then I get to buy new supplies) and to break out some stamps that need some love.  I truly love the Blue Skies set from Verve Stamps, there's so many wonderful quotes in this set.
Supplies used:
Paper - Market Street - My Mind's Eye
Ink - Juniper, Chocolate - Close to My Heart
Stamp - Blue Skies - Verve Stamps
Ribbon - Maya Road
Pearl Swirl - Zva Creative

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I'm Back and Mojo Monday 484

Wowza!  It's been almost 5 years since I've posted on my neglected blog.  I've done a little crafting during that time, a very little.  Since I've posted, we've added 2 more girls to our family, so now we are a family of six.  Two years ago, we did a house swap with my in-laws - we moved on to the farm into their house, they moved off the farm into our house.  Which means that I had to pack up my gloriously huge craft room and cram condense my supplies into a space a quarter (that's being generous) of the size I used to have.

Mojo Monday is my favorite card sketch challenge.  They are my go to if I need a place to start.  Here's the Valentine I came up with for this weeks challenge:

I had so much fun using a bunch of the supplies that I've been collecting.  The paper is from My Mind's Eye, the Ruby Glittered Cardstock Pad.  The die cut hearts and stamps are Stampin Ups! Hearts a Flutter.  As is the postage stamp punch and Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I embossed the heart and sentiment with Close to My Heart's White Daisy embossing powder and stamped the hearts with their Cranberry and Blush inks.  I recently was snooping on their website, and I realized how out of date my inks and card stock colors are.  My goal is to use up the little bit of cardstock I have left and buy the newer colors.  The sentiment is from Verve Stamps Sweet Treats.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room #123

I'm super excited, and so honored to be this weeks guest designer at The Shabby Tea Room!  This week the theme is "Sew Crafty" and we needed to create a card or project  that includes buttons, ribbon/twine, and stitching (machine or faux), also we needed to be inspired by the colors of this drool worthy craft room in this photo:

I opted to make a criss cross card.  As you can see, the colors inspired me:

I was searching for the perfect paper for the base of this card, and after hunting high and low, I finally found this beautiful blue and white paper at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud.  I had the orange paper in my stash, and decided that I wanted to play off of the pink and orange in the photo.  I also love that color green, so I just had to have some in my card.  I used some pretty pink lace and topped it off with some divine twine.  For the pull out, I thought it would be cute to machine stitch the tab to the card.  I found the button in my stash.  The big medallion has been floating around in my "Found Objects" box, I have no idea where it came from or how it got there, but I did know that I had to use it on here.  Here's a peek at the pull out:

Supplies Used:

Paper: Fresh Collection - Authentique; Delightful Collection - Little Yellow Bicycle
Cardstock:  Pear, White Daisy - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Ink:  Heavenly Blue, Grey Wool - CTMH
Stampsets:  Find Your Style - CTMH, Savvy Sayings - The Angel Company
Orange Divine Twine
Bubblegum Lace - American Crafts
Double Loops Punch - Martha Stewart
Label Punch - Stampin' Up!
Corner Rounder, 2" Scallop Circle Punch - CTMH

Saturday, July 14, 2012

With Love

I just received my order from the last stamping club I'm in, this stampset was on it.  So, when I saw this weeks sketch from Feeling Sketchy, I just had to try this with the flowers.  I'm happy with how they turned out, I did add a touch of stickles for some sparkle.  I also added the stitching for some added interest and popped the top sentiment up with foam tape.  I wish I had left more room at the top for some ribbon to fancy it up further.  Here's the sketch, I was happy with how quickly it went together:

Also, it's a color challenge at Our Creative Corner, navy, pink, and a color of my choice was the challenge.  I selected green for my choice color. 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Pacifica, Colonial White, Sweet Leaf, Blush - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Ink:  Pacifica, Sweet Leaf, Blush, Chocolate - CTMH
Stampset: Field Flowers - Stampin' Up!
Diamond Stickles - Ranger
Circle and Scallop Circle - Spellbinders

Friday, July 13, 2012

Shabby Elegance

I created this card based of the gorgeous inspiration photo from this weeks The Shabby Tea Room challenge - "Elegance & Lace".  I wish my bedroom looked like this...(sigh)...anyhow, back to my card.  For this challenge we needed to create a card or project inspired by the photo using white/cream, kraft, pink and lace.

I decided to emboss the kraft cardstock, then I ran my white stamp pad over it to highlight the design.  I sponged the edges of it with chocolate ink to further distress it.  I stamped the sentiment in blush to tie in with the pleated ribbon, each layer of the sentiment panel is popped up with foam tape to give it some dimension.  I love the chandelier in the picture, so I added some bitty sparkles to give a nod to it.  After I completed my card, I decided that I wasn't done and added three flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, that completed the card for me. 

I'm also entering this in the Wild Orchid Crafts challenge 54 - "Shabby Chic". 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Kraft, Colonial White, White Daisy - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Ink:  Chocolate, Blush, White Daisy - CTMH
Stampset:  Beautiful You - Verve
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Blushing Bride pleated ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Lace Tape - decollections
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Bitty Sparkles - CTMH
Fleur de Lis Squares - Spellbinders