Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
What a great Monday!!! Seriously...I had a tiring day, but for some reason I was completely inspired to make this card for my Mom's birthday next week. The MOJO sketch (MOJO96) definitely stirred up my mojo!! LOL I absolutely LOVE the layout! It ended up being perfect for this card :)
After I created the main image, I found the DSP I wanted to use - Razzleberry Lemonade! While it doesn't have Pomegranate in the design, I thought it looked awesome with my tulips, so I went with it :) I thought there was too much space behind the three matching panels to go with plain cs, so I used some linen I picked up at WalMart for just over a dollar the other day. I hand-stitched it on the cs and frayed the edges, which used up the white space perfectly.
I used two different stamps to create the sentiment - PTI, Quilter's Sampler and Wishing You. They fit beautifully on the main panel (thank goodness because I stamped them last :O). Lots of dimensionals later, and the ribbon formed into a bow...I had assembled my card. I LOVE how it turned out! The style is sooooo "my mother"! I hope she likes it...and isn't keeping up with my blog! Ha ha
Hope you had an equally AWESOME Monday, and an even better week!!
Supplies are listed in my SCS gallery :O)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
For the card, I punched the bottom border of the front and back of the card. I traced a flower Nestability, drew the border, and inked the scalloped bottom and the holes using a black SU! marker. I cut black cardstock an eighth of a inch wider than the ribbon I used and adhered both to the card.
I layered the cs and the tissue paper flowers (offset), pierced holes through the button, the tissue and the cardstock then sewed the button on using craft thread. I pinched the flower tissue together like Lauren taught on her blog, then adjusted each layer to make it full. Next, I adhered the red buttons on the ribbon using glue dots and added the rub on sentiment. DONE! How easy is that?!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I'm working on a project and a couple of birthday cards today :O) My favorite kind of Sunday...
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I couldn't get my mind off of the layout if you will...with the three different squares on the left, the pretty flowered side on the right and what looked like a rustic flower in the middle. I went with it! I used a brand new stamp from SU! to create the flowered panel. I pressed the entire stamp in Kiwi Kiss, wiped some of the flowers clean and colored with markers before stamping the paper in a random pattern. I die cut the edge with my new Nestabilities to give added interest.
I created the flower using a technique that Dawn McVey demonstrated on her blog. I really LOVE how her flowers turn out, so I thought I would finally give one a shot :] I like the result even though I missed a pertinent step (curling the flowers inward). I left the ties loose and semi-untrimmed on purpose...kind of going with the inspiration piece.
I wasn't as inspired by the geometric patterns, so I used complimentary colors of flowered patterned paper instead. The sentiment on the top tag is a rub on. I think the card looks romantic. It reminds me of my aunt who always decorated her house and gifts in a pretty, Victorian style. It would be such a neat surprise to send this to her, but I created it with someone else in mind :O) Soooo...I'll be sending it to another special person (who follows my blog, so I'm not saying who).
Hope you can play along this weekend! Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations! Their peeks look amazing!! I can't wait to see what they came up with :O)
Be sure to post your creations using Mr. Linky on Lauren's blog if you play along! We love to check out your interpretation of the challenges! Have a wonderful weekend :O)
Stamps: SU! Razzle Dazzle
Paper: SU! Melon Mambo, Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss and DSP; PTI, White
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo, Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: SU! Square/Scalloped Punches, Sizzix Tag Die and Dimensionals; Michaels, White Twill Ribbon, Button, Rub Ons and Craft Thread
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I bought some felt months ago with the intent of making my own felt flowers. I didn't have a flower punch strong enough to cut through felt (even after stiffening the material), I have a Sizzix machine but I don't own any Sizzix flower die cuts... I've been on the look out for just the right flower die at all the craft stores since I bought the felt and low and behold, I found the perfect flower die at the Hobby Lobby in GA! It's from Spellbinders and it's a daisy to boot! My FAVORITE flower :O) So, I finally cut my felt flower last night using my Sizzix machine and the new die. I used Kiwi Kiss cardstock to cut the petals. The button is from Papertrey Ink.
This week's colors from CTD50 were Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Kiwi Kiss. I've had this green and turquoise ribbon for almost a year now and I've NEVER opened it! What a perfect complement for this project :O) Oh, and don't let me forget the sentiment. How perfect of a match are these colors?! This is a rub on from a scrapbooking set I bought CHEAP on clearance at Target. Cool, huh?
So, talk about clean, simple and easy peasy. I typically take twice as long as most crafters to create my cards (I'm a perfectionist which seriously hinders my production time :O) but this one was whipped up in about 30 minutes! That's SUPER fast for me!! LOL
Thanks for stopping by! I'm happy I was finally able to play along with the Throwdown again. It has been a while and it's one of my favorite challenges!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
My original intent in writing this post was to advertise a request I received from Alicia Weiman. If you are not familiar with the very special Weiman family, please read about sweet Ethan on Alicia's Caringbridge site and these posts on my blog --> Weiman posts.
Recently, Pink Cat Studios created a very special digital stamp set called the Weiman Wranglers. Proceeds from this set will go to the Make A Wish Foundation, Illinois Chapter in honor of Ethan Weiman. This foundation was a blessing to Ethan and his family. From what I remember, they gave the Weiman's a horse, a "little ass", and a barn. Not only that, but when Ethan's beloved horse, Sonador, passed away last Christmas, they replaced his horse with a new one named Questions. What other organization comes through for people in such a HUGE way? I can think of many charitable organizations doing great things, but when it comes to granting the wishes of sick children this one surpasses any that I'm aware of.
Anyway, many compassionate paper crafters have already purchased and created some stunning projects using the Weiman Wranglers. I created a card and a digi card (while I was on vacation in PA) but I didn't really know what I would do with the tangible card. I made it specifically with little Ethan and his sister, Ava in mind. Meaning, I studied all of their photos to see how they dressed...down to the pattern and color. So, when the card was finally finished, I sat there looking at it thinking, what am I going to do with this? I could never give it to anyone, it's Ethan and Ava. I didn't know if I should send it to Alicia, or just hold onto it. BUT, Alicia emailed me the other night and gave me some food for thought. She told me that if I knew of anyone who created a project using the Weiman Wranglers and didn't plan on doing anything with it, she would love to have it as a keepsake. She's putting all of them in a book because she loves to look at everyone's creations from the set.
Last but not least. We are not doing a My Time to Create Challenge this Saturday due to the holiday weekend. Everyone is just so busy it seems...so we're taking a week off! You can view previous challenges on my left sidebar if you want to participate in one that you didn't have a chance to the first time! We would LOVE to see what you come up with if you do! Please leave a comment here to let me know if you played along with a previous challenge so I can check out your creations!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a SAFE, relaxing 4th of July holiday!!