Thursday, April 17, 2014

Viva la Verve & Mama Elephant {Baby Makes Three}

Playing along with a couple of challenges today! I got home from work and went straight to my craftroom to play along with a sketch at Viva la Verve and some colours from the inspiration photo at the Mama Elephant Inspiration Challenge.

I abolutely loved the colours in the inspiration photo and thought they would be perfect for the sweet Nursery Deco Set. I coloured the teddy bear with Copic markers and kept the card fairly simple. Added some yellow twine for an accent and a couple of pearls. This was a fun sketch and I loved putting this card together!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Have a Lovely Day {Card Concept, Curtain Call & Viva la Verve}

Good morning stamping friends. Today there is a brand new challenge over at The Card Concept. The amazing Lee Ann Barrett is off this week and so I am subbing in for her...taking her place for this challenge. The theme for the next two weeks is "Use an Umbrella"


I did not use the inspiration photo as a jumping off point for my card as I was SO inspired by the challenge over at the Curtain Call...which is Confetti. I loved the feel of the polka dots in the photo...being in larger I went hunting in my paper stash and came up with this pretty designer paper which had big blooms on it...I hope you can see the connection to the dots. I also used 3 different pattern papers, and some flags to "set off" the doily and umbrella. I also kept my card base in the all the colours and designs would hopefully pop. I also used the fabulous sketch over at Viva la Verve. Love the lines of it...I am such a sucker for layers and elements!!!
{Supplies Used}
Stamps: My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: SU! DSP, Teresa Collins 6x6, White, Black, Crisp Cantaloupe
Extras: Recollections doily, Rose Die (MFT), Flag Punch (SU!), Pearl

Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind!

The April *new* Paper Sweeties stamp sets and dies are now live in the shop!! 

I want to share a recap of the cards I created with the new Paper Sweeties  products...I absolutely love these new goodies and I know you will too!!!

Be sure to check out what the team did with the new release!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties April Release Party & Seize the Sketch

Day three of the Paper Sweeties stamp release brings a new sentiment set...I love the font!!! I used the cupcake die. LOVE it! Today is also Seize the Sketch Challenge day and I used the current sketch to make my card for my Paper Sweeties showcase!

The papers come from the new Teresa Collins paper line. The cupcake and the sentiment come from Paper Sweeties. I added a little ribbon, some twine and a couple of other accents. The image is coloured with my Copic markers.

Check out what the Sweeties created!

Monday, April 14, 2014

SRM Graduation Gift Set

If you are looking for my Paper Sweeties project, 
please CLICK HERE.

Had fun using the new grad items from SRM Stickers and I LOVE the embossed kraft bags! Swoon!

These bags come embossed and I was so excited to be able to use the new grad stickers.

Matching pencils are always fun!

Here is a close up of my card!

SRM Goodies I Used:
Solid Black Twine

I am playing along with the new SRM Challenge and linking up!

Paper Sweeties April Release Countdown!

Welcome to DAY 2 of the Paper Sweeties stamp release! Today I am sharing a card I made using the CASE this Sketch layout. I love using my punches and I stamped the sweet daisy image in memento ink and coloured it with Copics. The sentiment is the new stamp set being featured at Paper Sweeties  and has many adorable sentiments with it!!

Come and see what the team has created with the new goodies!

Amber Kroening
Annette Allen
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peeks

Welcome to another Paper Sweeties stamp release! I love the sweet graduation cap and gown with this month's stamp set plus there are a lot of great sentiments...just perfect for anyone!

Be sure to check out what the team did with the new release!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Art Impressions {Light the Candles}

Last weekend, I bought my first Art Impressions stamp...I loved the fun image and the hilarious sentiment. It was the perfect set for my friend's birthday which was yesterday!!! She is fully over the hill now and completely fabulous! She laughed her head off when I gave her this card tonight.

I am playing along with their current "Best of Friend's Challenge". I coloured my main image with Copics and kept it pretty simple so that the sentiment would stand out.

Oh good grief...I did not read the directions carefully enough...needed to use 2 more more people on the card! Sorry Art Impressions.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Challenge #4 {Million & One}

Sketch Measurements:
Card Base- 4.25" x 5.5"
Dark Gray- 4" x 5.25"
Middle Rectangle- 3.25" x 4.25"
Top Middle Rectangle- 3" x 4"

Hello and welcome to The Challenge. Every other week I post a card that I created and share the sketch with you. I have also included the sketch measurements so you can play along and make your own card from the sketch! The sketch above is one that I used to use a lot when I first started stamping. It is a classic design and I hope it inspires you to get crafty!

I love a floral stamp set from Stampin' Up. I used Crisp Cantaloupe and Cajun Craze to create the flowers. The leaves were created using Pistachio and Gumball Green. I stamped the pretty sentiment in Espresso ink and the woodgrain background was stamped in Espresso on Kraft paper.

Winners for The Challenge {Sketch #3}

Here are the winners...a day early! I have realized that Tuesdays are a busy blogging day for me and so I have decided to have my bi-weekly challenge on Mondays now...with the winners being announced 1 hour before the next challenge.

As I mentioned before, it is really "challenging" for me to choose winners...I adore everyone's card and I know that each card is created from the heart! But I know as a card maker, I love the thrill of being highlighted at a challenge...and so I have chosen one main "winner" and a Top 3. I have also explained why I have chosen these cards. Here is the sketch that everyone used.

My main Winner this week is:

I absolutely LOVE Lorry's pretty card! The emboss resist technique REALLY caught my eye and I love the extra detail of the notebook paper on the side of her "skewed" panel. The sentiment is stamped on pattern paper and the enamel dots bring the whole card together. Fresh and lovely! Congrats, Lorry!

My Top 3 picks are (in alphabetical order):

I chose Danielle's card because I loved the fun "paper clip" paper she used and her colouring was inspiring! She added a little flower and brad to the small flag in the top, right corner. Cute! And the sentiment is absolutely darling!!! 

Linda's card is asbolutely adorable with the pretty floral paper and the flowers in the basket...I could see the cleverness of her design! I think the ribbon "flag" in the top right corner is added interest and texture to her sweet card!

Sandy created this pretty card using designer paper and fun cork accents! I loved that all the paper pieces were highlighted in black and that she used a simple sentiment! The paper took center stage!

Once again, thank you to everyone who played along with my challenge. In one hour, I will be back with Challenge #4-a brand new sketch! I sure hope you will join me.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

CASE this Sketch {Happy Mother's Day}

Playing along with CASE this Sketch! I loved Gayatri's fun sketch and tried to use some stencils and inks but I decided to go "old school" and ink up a new My Favorite Things stamp set.

Viva la Verve & Virginia's View {Happy}

I am enjoying working with distress inks SO much. Where have I been? I think they are my new favourite ink and mixed with some glossy paper...well, let's just say I am in inky heaven! This is a photo I took of two cards I made on Friday-this is an Instagram photo!

My local craft store brought in Sweet Stamp Shop stamps. I was on the Sweet Design Team this past summer and in January, had the pleasure of meeting both Mr. & Mrs. Sweet! I was delighted to find out that these "sweet" stamps would be available close to home!

I was inspired by the colours at Viva la Verve...Pink, Gray and Green. That is what I used on my first card! The card base is a bright pink-Melon Mambo. I hope it is ok to use a different pink hue. I used a Tim Holtz stencil and added the 3 colours. Then I die cut a leaf and stamped the sentiment. I wanted to try the "skewed" panel sketch that I have been seeing around. I am usually a clean and layered kind of crafter but I am trying to move out of my comfort zone-so I can grow as a crafter.

Then I played with the images again and used the leaf's negative die cut space left from my first card and inked it up with blue and green. I allowed the colours to touch, to create a blended look. I am entering both cards in Virginia's View Challenge-to use stencils. On this particular card I created my own stencil from the die cut. 

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