Saturday, January 31, 2009

Be Mine...

Wow...I woke up today feeling a little under the weather. Very stuffy head that is making me groggy...but I managed to focus long enough to stamp :O) The first card I made was for Lauren Meader's sketch challenge (mytimess22). It did NOT turn out good. Even my daughter didn't like it! LOL So, I'm not sharing it now, but I'll give it another try tomorrow (hopefully). If you're up for the challenge, swing by her blog and check out the sketch! Maybe you'll be more successful than I was :]

This is the second card I made. The colors are from this week's Color Throwdown challenge (CTD27): Real Red, Brocade Blue, and Basic Black. I really like this color combo :] I also used it on the first card that had a sailing theme, and the colors worked well together (I think I had the colors in the wrong places which threw me off). Either way, it's a very versatile combination.

I CASEd a card from my upline, Rosie Simpkins (no blog, sorry). Her colors were different (more monochromatic), she used different stamps, and the layout is similar but not exact. I basically wanted to try making the woven heart. It was HARD getting the papers to weave together! I was surprised about that. But, it worked out well enough in the end. Hope you like it :O)
I'll post the supplies in my SCS gallery tomorrow. I need some zzzzzz's right now!

Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Two Challenges for a Birthday :O)

I created this birthday card for a co-worker using the layout from Taylor Van Bruggen's sketch challenge (TECC52TV) and using the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge (CTD26 - Pink Passion, Basic Black, and Kraft).

I'm not elated with the results of this one, BUT, it's okay and it's, while I continue on my quest for my mo-jo, I figured I would share :O)

Hope your week is great so far! We finally got some snow today that actually stuck! I know, snow until now :O) LOL...I like the snow despite living 11 years in a tropical climate.

Supplies are listed in my SCS gallery.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

With Sympathy...

Sadly, I needed a Sympathy card for a co-worker this weekend. She lost her son at the tender age of 19. I can't even begin to imagine what she and her family are going through, but my thoughts and prayers are definitely with them.

I had a hard time piecing this card together for some reason. I knew what colors I wanted but the layout was stumping me. Finally, I came across Jen del Muro's page today and found her weekly sketch challenge (SFYTT). The layout was perfect for the bits and pieces I needed to pull together to finish this card. I didn't want anything elaborate being that this is such a solemn occasion, and I think it turned out well enough in the end.

This is my first time using real dew drops...can you believe it? I think EVERYONE involved in papercrafting uses dew drops! Anywho...I read on someone's blog a while ago that you could create any color dew drop you needed simply by adhering the appropriate color paper to the back of a clear dew drop. So, I only bought clear when I finally gave in and purchased some. I adhered brown paper to the backs of the dew drops on this card, but I don't think I did it right. They definitely don't shine through like the ones I saw on the blog I remember (can't remember the blog owner or URL...soooo sorry). Oh well...I gave it a shot.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I wish it could last another five or six days :O)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thank You For Caring

I wanted to post a quick message letting those who actually follow my blog know that I'm okay! Really, I'm fine. In short, I had to take a break to refocus my life. I feel like I'm back on track, or at least getting there, so hopefully I'll get back into the swing of submitting regular posts and delving back into creating cards :O) First...I MUST find the mo-jo I set aside a few weeks ago.

To those of you who sent messages wondering if I was okay - THANK YOU. Thank you for caring enough to check on means the world to me. I'm inspired by these great friends that I've never met in person but regularly communicate with through the expansive world of blogging.

I'm posting a card that I made a week ago that I was NOT thrilled with. Just to give you something to view for this post :O) I was determined to create something using Taylor Van Bruggen's sketch challenge (TECC49), but it just didn't come together how I had hoped. I think I need to make a rule NOT to look at all of the creations before making my card. It does inspire me when I do, but it also limits the ideas floating around in my head. I kept thinking of things and then remembering something I already saw that someone else posted. Aargh... Anywho, I came up with this for my daughter's friend who was sweet enough to give me a Christmas gift out of the blue this year! What a doll-baby :O) If you're interested in any of the supplies I used, let me know and I'll list them...I'm being lazy tonight! LOL

Okay, that's it for now. I hope to have more for you this week. It's been busy here with the inauguration and what-not. In fact, I took Tia and her friend to the Youth Inaugural Concert last night. It aired on Disney and we were in the 8th or 9th row in front of the stage. Several friends and family members called or sent texts telling us they saw us on TV a few times! How cool for Tia and her friend :O) If you watched it and you've never met me, you probably wouldn't have recognized me from my blog picture. I was in uniform and had my hair pulled back. Cool nonetheless :] I think it airs on MTV tonight if you didn't see it last night. It was a great show! Lots of stars the kids went ga-ga over!!

Have a great remainder of the week...and thanks again for checking on me :O)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Love You...

I made this card yesterday afternoon when I should have been cleaning my craft room :O) Ahh, well...when you have an idea, I say run with it before you lose the thought! I love these colors together and have been wanting to create something using them...this is what I came up with!

I stamped the sentiment and then embossed above and below using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The hearts were stamped on Whisper White and then cut freehand and mounted with dimensionals. The ribbon is Pure Poppy from Papertrey Ink.

Inspiration for the layout came from a card in Papercrafts "Card Creations" magazine, Volume 6, page 37 by Rae Barthel. All supplies are listed in my SCS gallery.

Quick and the clean look of this one :O) Have a great Saturday!

Good Works Wall Hanging

Wow, is it really ONLY Friday! I love it when my days off seem to drag on :O) I don't know why I made another project for the SCS color challenge (CC199)...I guess it's because of a thought I had while I was at the bookstore last night. I was relaxing drinking hot chocolate, eating some quiche, and perusing some craft magazines and a thought came to me. What if I used the So Saffron paper to create a sunset of sorts by sponging the sky in Baroque Burgundy and the ground in Forest Foliage (I need to invest in the real colors for the challenge...see previous post :O) followed by stamping grass in the foreground? Well, when I got home I remembered the thought and gave it a shot. It seemed to work out pretty well, so I went with it.

I was intent on making a card with the SCS sketch challenge (SC209) also, so I forced it to work with my image. It didn't happen last night...I had to go back to it this morning to figure out how to make it work, but I pulled it together :O) It's definitely not to scale with the sketch, but it's the basic idea.

More details and supplies are listed in my SCS gallery.

Hope you are enjoying time off as well!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another Pretzel Box...CC199

I promised my sister that I would send her some pretzels, so I whipped up another box last night. I used the colors from the SCS Color Challenge #199 (CC199). Actually, two of the colors are the old versions of the required colors for the challenge...I really need to upgrade my ink collection :O)

The colors for the challenge are:
  • So Saffron
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • Handsome Hunter
I used:
  • So Saffron
  • Baroque Burgundy
  • Forest Foliage
Close enough I think :O) The instructions for the pretzel box can be found in this post. Supplies are listed in my SCS gallery.

Thanks for popping in! Happy New Year!