Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Mashup #26-Autumn-the reprieve from Summer

This week at the Friday Mashup, we have our Fan Favourite Challenge!!!  This challenge was created by one of of players and everyone in the blogging world had the chance to vote for their favourite challenge suggestion!!!  Every month that has 5 weeks, has a Fan Favourite challenge in sure to watch for the next Fan Favourite week and get your idea into us!!

This week, the Fan Favourite Challenge is "Autumn-the Reprieve from Summer"...

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So here is the "Mashup" Challenge by Lisa Runyon:
  1. Make a "Fall themed" project (it's right around the corner, people!).
  2. Or Make a Project that uses "Brads...lots and lots of Brads".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a fun "Fall themed project that uses lots and lots of Brads".
I created a card that uses brads, but not LOTS of brads...I need to use brads more, they are such a great accent!!! I inked up my "French Foliage" stamp set and combined it with the new "Pursuit of Happiness" word set.  I love it!  I wanted to create a corrugated look on my card, so I got out my crimper!  I used the colours Early Espresso, More Mustard and River Rock.

We hope that you will join the Friday Mashup Challenge this week!  Please be sure to visit the other DT Members to see their wonderful creations!
Friday Mashup Design Team
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #4

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, I decided to use my favourite Christmas stamp!  I pulled out "Beautiful Season" and the "Woodgrain" background stamp to make this card.  The bird is coloured with my Stampin' Write Markers in Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip.  I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch to create the sides of the card in Old Olive and the ribbon is Old Olive Taffeta ribbon.  The sentiment was embossed with white craft ink and punched out with the Wide Oval Punch.

Thank you for stopping by!!!  We hope you will join in for this week's sketch challenge.  LeAnne Pugliese is our Featured Designer this week, she is a dear friend and probably the first friend I met when I first started to blog.

Freshly Made Sketches DT:
Jen Mitchell

I sure hope you enjoy my card and that you enjoy my sketch this week!!!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Custom Blog Banner for Mikki

I am behind on my posting of blogs that I have been working on! I am so excited to share Mikki Sarkisyan's new look I created for her in August!

She also ordered a signature at the end of her post. She was a pleasure to work with and I just loved designing her new look!

To order your new blog look, please CLICK HERE.

Color Throwdown...Stockings

Happy Monday! I was so inspired by the beautiful creations over at The Color Throwdown, I knew I had to play along! The colours are lovely and I decided to ink up a new set called "Stitched Stockings" for the challenge.

I used the new christmas designer paper in the mini catalogue for the woodgrain background.  Not a Christmas card I would normally create but I am happy with it! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stamping 411 and Colour Q

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I have been stamping up a storm tonight, I wanted to make some special little cards for friends and family.  I was looking for inspiration when I found the Colour Q Challenge and the Stamping 411 Sketch.

I made a birthday card for my sister in law, a "For You" card for a work colleague, a simple "hello" card and a "Because I Care" for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by! Any questions, please leave me a comment and I will answer them for you if I can. 


Paper Players Challenge #65-A Sketch from AM

This week at the Paper Players, the wonderful Anne Marie Hile has come up with a fabulous sketch for us!  I am right into my Spice Cake Designer Paper!  My Auntie Kerry, asked me to design a Sympathy card that she could use for her I made one with the "Always Thankful" Stamp set and the "Petite Pairs" stamp set.  I hope she likes the card I designed.  To help her recreate the card at home, I have added the measurements below for her...if you would like to use the measurements, please feel free too!

Panels-Soft Suede-4" x 1 5/8"
Spice Cake Designer Paper Panels 3 3/4" x 1 3/8"
Main Panel- 3" x 4" in Soft Suede
Vanilla Panel (where image is stamped)- 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Tools used: Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Stamps: Woodgrain Background Stamp, Petite Pairs Sentiment stamps (they fit perfectly in the ovals)
Inks: Soft Suede, Versamark (clear craft ink)

We hope that you will join the Paper Players Challenge this week!  Please be sure to visit the other DT Members to see their wonderful creations!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Mashup #25- "Sketch it Square and Manly"

This week at the Friday Mashup, Kasey has an awesome challenge all lined up for you!  It is a terrific sketch with a manly twist!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :
  1. Make a project using the "Square Sketch above ".
  2. Or Make a Project that has a "Masculine" theme.
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Square Project using the Sketch, with a Masculine theme".
I decided to ink up an old Christmas Favourite, inspired by my friend Tasha...she loves the Holiday Lineup stamp set and this is what I created....

I love colouring and so I spent some quality time on my card, colouring each piece of clothing! I also used the new "Dazzling Details" glitter glue from the Holiday Mini...I added little pieces of glitter to the pompoms on the elves hats!  So much fun!!!  I also added some of the new "mini bells" to my snowflakes, and the card now it!!!

We hope that you will join the Friday Mashup Challenge this week!  Please be sure to visit the other DT Members to see their wonderful creations!

Friday Mashup Design Team
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stamping 411 Sketch 221-Holiday Lineup

Stamping 411 has a great sketch challenge!  I always love their sketches and this week is a CAS one that I can see myself using again and again!  I have been on a Christmas kick this week and have been trying to decide what I would like to send out for the holidays!

I inked up an old favourite called "Holiday Lineup" and coloured all the little elves.  I made another card with these sweet elves that I will be posting later on.

Card Recipe:
Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz DSP
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Bashful Blue
Stamps: Holiday Line-up, Four the Holidays
Tools: Snowflake Punch, Mini Bell, Bakers Twine, punches

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #3

Wednesday is here and with it comes the new Sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and a new baby cousin...yes, my cousin Debra Croghan and her hubby Dean have just welcomed a baby boy today!  So exciting!  All I know is that he is 8lbs, and baby are doing well but they are tired!!!  Watch for a baby card this week! LOL!

This week's sketch is one I made up for the team, I sure hope you like it!

I did make a card for it weeks ago...this is what I created with the "Growing Green" stamp set.  It is one of my favourite sets in the book!

Then at the last minute I was inspired to make a card that flipped the sketch and used the "Field Flowers" set...just for fun!  I am all out of pearls right now...ack!  I need to put in an order for some, I love them on my butterflies! 

If you have any questions regarding either card, please feel free to email me.  My email is located in my banner at the top of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Paper Players Challenge #64-Clean and Simple

Happy Sunday!  It is time for another Paper Players Challenge.  This week Ann is our hostess and she is asking for a Clean and Simple card made with either a plant or an animal. I decided to use both!!! This card is extremely clean and simple!

I am in love with my new Woodgrain Background and Beautiful Season stamps!!!! I used the "Noel" sentiment from the All Holidays set which is now retired. I coloured the image with my stampin' write markers.

I hope that you will join the Paper Players Challenge this week!  Please be sure to visit the other DT Members to see their wonderful creations!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Mashup #24 and Hand Stamped Sentiments #84

This week is a FALL challenge for the Friday Mashup team!  Lisa is asking for a card with yellows and oranges and wow did I have fun creating it!!!  Handstamped Sentiments is also asking for a Fall card!  Their design team has lots of wonderful inspiration this week!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Create a project with an "Autumn" theme.
  2. Or Create a project using shades of "Yellow & Orange".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Autumn project using shades of Yellow & Orange".
I am on an embossing kick!  Love the new Leaves of a Tree stamp and I inked it up in clear embossing powder and then sponged Tangerine Tango and So Saffron around it to make an emboss resist card! I also inked up the sentiment from Hand-penned Sentiments in Versamark ink and then inked it with Tangerine Tango ink...then I applied clear embossing powder to it, so the sentiment would be bold.  The designer paper is from the "Bold Brights" collection designer paper pack and is Pumpkin Pie.

We hope that you will join the Friday Mashup Challenge this week!  Please be sure to visit the other DT Members to see their wonderful creations!

Friday Mashup Design Team

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #2-To Emboss or Not to Emboss?

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, we are creating a square card but you don't have to make it Square...feel free to make the sketch fit an A2 card!

The first card used the Always Thankful set and the new Hand-Penned Sentiments set.  I didn't emboss the images but stamped them in Early Espresso.

The second card used Versa Mark and some clear embossing powder mixed with Espresso Ink...what card do you think works better? 

Please visit us at Freshly Made Sketches to link up your card before noon next Monday!  The design team has some gorgeous samples to share....

Jen Mitchell

Ann Schach (Featured Designer)

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stamping 411-Leaves of a Tree

The summer has flown by and I am sad to say, I didn't get the opportunity to stamp that much!  But now that school is back in and I am working, I am finding more time to stamp which is wonderful!

Stamping 411 has a great sketch this week and I have missed playing their challenges!  So today I decided to play along!  I tried to make the circle work but just couldn't make it work for what I had in mind.  I noticed that some of their DT didn't use the circle either, so I decided to go for it!!!

I used an Emboss Resist technique to create my card and the new Leaves of a Tree stamp that is on the back page of the holiday mini catalogue.  Although this card did not come out as I had imagined, I am so happy I got the chance to play along with the gals at 411.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Paper Players Challenge #63-Joy and HSS #83

Sunday is here and although this is usually a happy day because it is the new Paper Players Challenge for the week, this day also marks 10 years since 9/11.  Lest we forget.  Even though I was on the other side of the continent and a Canadian, I still mourned with the world over this devastating day...and I still do.

This week at the Paper Players, Nance has offered up a wonderful colour challenge that encouraged me to make two cards.  One that was very clean and simple and one that was more elaborate. Both cards are for Christmas. I think this is a very pretty colour combo for Christmas.

The clean and simple card took no time to make at all!  I love using the Snowflake Punch for an easy accent. I also inked up the Hand-Penned Sentiments set, which is my most favourite set right now! Love it SO much and I have been embossing the sentiments too!  I also used the scallop trim border punch for a quick accent and voila, a CAS card was born.  Hand-Stamped Sentiments is having a Clean and Simple Challenge this week, so this card qualifies!!! 

Tonight I went out for dinner with good friends.  I had a lovely time and when I got home, I was suddenly inspired to make another card.  My friend Jane does that to me...she gets me laughing and being silly and I always feel so happy after a visit with her. Tonight we dragged our hubbies along with us and we all had a fun time, laughing and enjoying good food. It was grand! (As Jane would say!!)

Using the same colours I made a card with more detail. The sentiment is embossed with White Craft Ink and White Embossing Powder.  I also inked up the bird and the leaves with my Stampin' Up Markers. Used some Crumb Cake as a neutral on the bird.  The berries are all sparkling with the new Dazzling Details...I love this stuff!  And I am so happy with how this card turned out.  Thanks Jane!

We hope that you will join the Paper Players Challenge this week!  Please be sure to visit the other DT Members to see their wonderful creations!

The Paper Players Design Team
Rita Wright (for Jaydee)
Sandra Conner (September GD)

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