Friday, April 27, 2012

A Shabby Flower Pot

This week at The Shabby Tea Room the theme is "April Showers" along with a beautiful inspiration photo.  We needed to use the colors from the photo along with ribbon or lace and flowers.  The first thing that came to mind was a flower pot pocket card (instructions here).  I wanted to make the flower pot look fancier than a terra cotta pot, so I played around a bit with distressing Colonial White cardstock, a transparency, and then decided to try vellum.  I love the look of vellum.  I ran it through an embossing folder for some extra texture. 

Here's a look at the pull out: 

This week at The Ribbon Carousel, it's Anything Goes with There She Goes.  I used some vintage seam binding to make a bow around the top of my "flower pot". 

Also, since all of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, I'm entering this in their challenge - "Spring is in the Air".

I wanted to add some leaves around the flowers.  I was searching my craft room for something that I could use, and decided that the wing from the Bird Builder punch from Stampin' Up! looked like a leaf.  I ran some Topiary cardstock through a wood grain embossing folder before I punched out my leaves.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Topiary, Colonial White - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Ink:  Topiary - CTMH
Stampset:  Thank You - CTMH
Embossing Folders:  Wood Grain - Darice, D'vine Swirls - Provo Craft
Punches:  Bird Builder, Scallop Edge - Stampin' Up!
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Vintage Seam Binding
Vellum from my stash

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dance in the Rain

This is my final card for the April Viva la Verve sketch challenge, this sketch is actually from week 1, but I did them out of order.

Also, this week at Use it Tuesday, the theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers".  I used some left over adorable paper from an old workshop kit from Close to My Heart.  Let's just say I've had it a while, I've been hoarding it because I love it and only have a few scraps left.  I also used a sentiment from Verve, it says "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" (shower theme).  I used tape to mask "dance" and stamped the rest in blue, and then used tape to mask the rest of the sentiment to stamp "dance" in pink. 

Supplies Used:
Paper and Cardstock: Tickled Pink - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Ink:  Blush, Crystal Blue - CTMH
Stampset:  Blue Skies - Verve
Sparkles - CTMH
Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies - Spellbinders

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Verve Mother's Day

I created this card using the Viva la Verve April week 4 sketch.  I was a little concerned about the arrows at first, it took me a few days to have a vision for them.  After pondering them for a few days, I remembered that I had some chip board corners stashed away, I figured I could turn them on the side and call them arrows (after I spritzed them with glimmer mist of course).  I made the flower - it's another coffee filter flower, I just love how they look. 

I'm entering this in my very first Verve Diva Dare challenge.  The theme is All Aboard - we needed to use chip board (my arrows), corrugated card board, or kraft (my card base). 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Blush - Close to My Heart (CTMH), Kraft - Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Desert Sand, Chocolate - CTMH
Stampset:  Simple Beauty - CTMH
Paper:  Sun Kiss Collection - Prima
Rhinestone Designer Brads - CTMH
Rock Candy Distress Paint, Platinum Stickles - Ranger
Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Beautiful Roses

This weeks challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is "Beautiful Roses".  We needed to use Aqua, Pink, Neutrals, and Flowers in our creation.  

I used the Viva la Verve April week 3 sketch for the blue print.  I have a confession about the doily,  it was at my spot last weekend for a Girl Scout fundraising crop.  I just couldn't leave it behind, I could picture it on a card.  When I pulled this sketch out, I knew I had found just the card for my doily. 

I'm also entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Blush, White Daisy - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Paper:  Linen Closet - DCWV
Ink:  Blush - CTMH
Stampset:  Beautiful You - Verve
Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl Flourish - Zva Creative

The Sweetest Gift

A friend of mine from high school is having a baby girl in the next few weeks.  I wanted to create her a special card, when I saw this weeks sketch at Mojo Monday, I knew it was perfect for a baby's card.  I did have to stretch the sketch out, my card is 3 1/2 x 8 inches. 

This week at The Play Date Cafe, the color challenge is White, Flamingo Pink, and Bright Orange.  I just love that color combo, it's one that I don't use, but wanted to play with.  This was my time.  I had the perfect papers from Little Yellow Bicycle that I combined with some white cardstock and orange Bazzil Bling cardstock.

The Ribbon Carousel's challenge this week is "Color-a-licious".  I was originally going to make paper rosette's for behind the letters, but started thinking about it and thought that some bright pink lace would be perfect for a baby girl's card.  So I cut 6" pieces of the lace and ran a basting stitch along the bottom and gathered and tied the ends to create lace rosette's. 

Other challenges I would like to enter this in:
Lili's Little Fairies - Diamonds and Pearls
Crafts 4 Eternity - Something New
Stampin' For the Weekend - Sparkle and Shine
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Pile it On - Sparkle and Shine
Paper Pretties - Card for Girl

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  White - Close to My Heart (CTMH), Orange - Bazzil Bling
Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink - Cotton Candy - CTMH
Stampsets:  Baby Love, Chocolate Alphabet Small - CTMH
Circle Punch - Creative Memories
Pink Lace - American Crafts
Pink Sparkles - CTMH

Friday, April 20, 2012


I created this for the 2 Sisters Challenge Blog challenge.  Which to bad the link is now closed.  I hate it when the internet is slow, one of the drawbacks of living in the boondocks.  Anyhow, the challenge was to use a flower in the main image.  I stamped this and colored it with my watercolor pencils, then I did two coats of a crackle distress paint. 

I used the Viva la Verve April week 2 sketch.  I've been wanting to sew randomly on my cards, instead of in my usual straight line, I thought this would be the perfect sketch to do it with.  I dipped the little paper butterfly in a solution of Blush re-inker and rubbing alcohol to give it some color. 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Crystal Blue - Close to My Heart (CTMH), Kraft - Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampset:  Enjoy Every Moment - CTMH
Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen - CTMH
Flutter Paper Shapes, Colonial White Safety Pin - CTMH
Baja Breeze Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Ovals and Scalloped Ovals - Spellbinders
Rock Candy Distress Paint - Ranger
Blush Re-Inker - CTMH

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Deepest Sympathy

A friend recently lost her sister, I want to send her a card, here it is.  I used the current fabulous Cardabilities sketch.  I rotated it so I could fit the sentiment on it. 

Also, this week it's Anything Goes at Use it Tuesday.  I've had this stampset for almost a year and I finally used it.  Also, I purchased this lace a few weeks ago and hadn't found the perfect paper to pair it with.  The flower is a coffee filter flower that I made last week for The Shabby Tea Room's challenge to make handmade flowers.  I didn't use this particular one, I just love the glitter on it.

Supplies Used:
Sunkiss Paper Collection - Prima
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Chocolate - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Ink:  Chocolate - CTMH
Stampset:  Thanks for Caring - Stampin' Up!
Embosslits Beautiful Wings - Stampin' Up!
Lace - Girls Paperie
Mocha Opaques, Rhinestone Brad - CTMH
Cinnamon Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Paint - Ranger
Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Psalm 18:2

This week at The Shabby Tea Room, the challenge is "Homegrown Flowers".  At my favorite local scrapbooking store (which for me is a 40 minute drive), they had a tutorial board about how to make coffee filter flowers, I've had the instructions in my things to try pile for a while.  So, since we needed to make our own flowers, I decided to give it a whirl.  After I cut out two circles from the coffee filters, I spritzed them with three different colors of glimmer mist.  Then I did a basting stitch along the bottom, gathered them, and tied a knot, so I had four ruffled circles.  Then I glued the two smaller circles into the two larger circles.  After that I applied Rock Candy Crackle paint (the directions said liberally), after that dried, I added stickles around the edges.  Once the flowers were dry, I added jeweled brads for the flower center.  Once I started putting my board together, I did have to add some of my favorite roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, but the two larger flowers are coffee filter flowers.

I used this weeks Word Art Wednesday verse.  I love to surround myself with inspirational things while I'm in my craft room, so I decided to make something that I could display in there with this verse.  I highlighted some of the key words with some soft pink chalk.

This week at The Ribbon Carousel, it's "Spring is in the Air".  For some reason the flowers aren't as pink in the photo as they are in person.  However, I used a lot of spring colors like buttercup and sky in my canvas.  I mixed re-inker with pearl finish white paint to create my own colors and painted the green chipboard in the corner, and the main color of the canvas sky blue.  Underneath the sky blue, I brushed some darker blue and brown just for some depth.  My Bow-Easy made it easy to create the double bow from some satin ribbon. 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Buttercup - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Verse from Word Art Wednesday
Reinkers:  Sky, Sweet Leaf - CTMH
Paint:  Pearl Finish, Spice Brown, Cape Cod Blue - Delta Creative
Lace - Hero Arts
Antique White Ribbon - Offray
Pearl Flourishes - Zva Creative
Spring Soft Chalks and Rhinestone Brads - CTMH
Cricut Art Philosophy - CTMH
Platinum Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Paint - Ranger
Suede, Vintage Pink, Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mists - Tattered Angels
Regal Glimmer Chips - Tattered Angels
Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
8x8 Canvas Panel - Art Alternatives

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mojo Birthday Card

I found this sentiment stamp at my favorite local store - The Pine City Scrapbooking Company.  I just had to buy it to use on some birthday cards.  I've been working on this card on and off all week, I just can't seem to get the colors right (it also didn't help that I was out of town at meetings for 3 days).  I finished it today.  Here's this weeks great Mojo Monday sketch:

At Fairy Fun Fridays, it's Anything Goes this week.

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Boom-di-Ada - Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Sweet Leaf - CTMH
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Not So Seriously - Stampin' Up!, Happy Birthday - Art Impressions
Copic Markers:  E00, E02, E33, E35, E37, R02, R37, W0
Rhinestone Designer Brads, Ric Rac, Sparkles - CTMH