Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Color Throwdown Challenge #181

Today we have a super girly palette that Lynn chose over at the Color Throwdown!  I LOVE girly cards, so these colors just sang to me ♥
I really wanted a fresh look to my project, so I chose some of my older paper that fit this palette perfectly, MTME A Loving Heart.  I also printed a couple of sheets from Fresh Fabric Collection 2 and Collection 3 for my green panel, flowers and leaves. I cut the blooms with my MTME Fanciful Flowers cut file and staggered the two layers of each to really show the dimension my foam tape created.  I knotted some white craft thread on each button to give a different look.
My base label that showcases the "You mean the world to me" portion of my sentiment was cut from the MTME Be Dazzled cut file. I cut a 1" strip of white cs and used the corner of a square punch to trim the "v" on each end and stamped my main sentiment, "For Someone Special".  Both sentiments are from the MTME Just For You stamp set.
My layout was inspired by Chupa's sweet Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #50.
That's all I have for you today, but my teammates have a ton of inspiration to share.  Check them out:
Jenny Peterson ~ February Guest Designer
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Color Throwdown Challenge #180

This week's Color Throwdown Challenge is being hosted by the very talented, Lori, who chose this fun palette:
I decided to make an inspirational card for someone very special to me who is feeling a little overwhelmed this week.  I fell in love with the Deconstructed Sketch #39 when I saw Amy Sheffer's beautiful card, so I based my layout on it. 
I recolored my MTME Blue Skies paper and went to work stamping and assembling.  I cut my round panel with the Large Spellbinders Nestability Circle and sponged So Saffron prior to stamping my MTME Stay Strong sentiment and floral accents and layering on a doily. 
My little bird came from the MTME A Little Birdie cut file.  I stitched a button to it using some tangerine jewelry twine and added a couple of big loops.  I cut my scalloped layer using the MTME Border Builders Elegance cut file, layered another piece of patterned paper and added ribbon and a prima.  Truly a very simple card when you break it down.  I just hope it inspires my sweet recipient ♥
Be sure to swing by my CTD sisters' blogs for a great variety of crafty inspiration!  They whipped up some doozies!!
Jenny Peterson ~ February Guest Designer
Oh!  Before I is a photo from my trip to Richmond to meet some of my CTD sisters and Debbie Olson.  We had so much fun and I LOVED getting to meet these wonderful ladies who I've gotten to know so well in cyberland. 
Clockwise from Left:  Me, Lori Tecler, Danielle Kennedy, Bar Anders, Broni Holcombe

Danielle stayed the night at my house and was soooo gracious.  She brought me a framed print of one of her AMAZING photos that I mentioned was my favorite (Love In A Mist) :]  Isn't she SWEET?!  I couldn't believe it!  Check it out:
Okay, my friends.  That's all I have for you today.  Thanks for popping in *~*

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Color Throwdown Challenge #179

Happy {belated} Valentine's Day, my friends ♥  I'm hosting the Color Throwdown Challenge this week, so I'm here to share my palette and my card!  I kept the colors girly in honor of the special they came straight from my new MTME digital paper pack, Candy Kisses, so it was a bonus ;]  Check it out:
I love this soft palette that can easily be bold if you hone in on the Poppy Parade ;]  I was feeling extra feminine when I created my card so I leaned toward the softer side...especially after I saw Chupa's awesome sketch for this week (Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #49)!  She has such a talent for whipping up sketches that are fun and easy to work with!
I cut my branch and my flowers from the Branching Out cut file  My sentiment is from the Sensational Sentiment set, and I stamped on half of the vellum Framed Elegance cut file.  It's hard to read, but I didn't want my sentiment to be dark and contrasting in a way that takes away from the softness of my card.
I stitched my floral panel and my sentiment panel to a piece of patterned paper from my Serenity pack, careful to avoid stitching over my words.  I also punched a butterfly form a scrap of poppy colored music notes paper I recolored from my Wistful Musical Magic pack, and stitched it directly to my cs.  I adhered my branch and blooms with glue dots.
That's all I have for you today, but be sure to swing by the rest of the CTD gals' blogs for a ton of creative mojo!

Jenny Peterson ~ February Guest Designer

Sunday, February 12, 2012

So Very Thankful...

I finally finished up another card I started working on last Tuesday!  I needed another thank you card, and the CTD178 palette along with the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO227) and some of my patterned paper made for a card that came together easily.
I used my Sentimental Occasions stamp set for my focal sentiment, and the coordinating Occasional Labels cut file to frame it.  I stiched on a piece of patterned paper from my Fresh Cut Expressions Collection 2 pack that worked perfectly with Keva's palette!  The brown panel was cut with a Recollections border punch and adorned with white, ruffled sewing trim, some pretty Marth Stewart ribbon, and a prima.
I added a large antique brad to my text panel and some more MS ribbon to give a little visual interest.  I also added some brown stitching to my yellow panel and the base panel.
That's really all there was to it.  Simple, yet lots of stuff going on :]  Hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  I'll see you here again on Wednesday for the CTD challenge - I'm hosting ♥

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Color Throwdown Challenge #178

Time is truly flying this year.  I can't believe it's already February!  A couple of things stand out to me...we don't have a lick of snow, and I've already missed TWO Color Throwdown challenges :[  The fact that time is flying just means I'm super busy.  Work and my commute soak up a lot of my time, but I'm not complaining.  I thrive when I'm busy, so it's all good ;]  Today, Ms. Keva is our sweet hostess, and she chose the PERFECT palette for a masculine card...which suited me just fine since I'm in need of a masculine Thank You card!  The timing couldn't have been better.  Check out her cool combo:
My card is clean, simple, and flat enough to mail (which is a huge accomplishment for me :).  I used sheets from two of my MTME digi paper packs, Shutt-erfly (recolored), and Get Graphic - Collection 2.  I used Crushed Curry in place of Summer Sun because I'm out of the latter cs.  I chose the MTME Trendy Tags 2 cut file for my sentiment which is from the MTME Sensational Sentiments set.
I added some twill ribbon, hodgepodge hardware and four brads and called it a day.  It's possibly a little TOO simple, but it's just right for the recipient :]  My layout was inspired by the Mojo Monday (MOJO227) sketch.
I almost finished another card with this same color combo and layout, but it's not quite finished.  I'll post it in a day or two :]  Thanks for stopping by today.  Before you head to your craft room to whip up something amazing, swing by my CTD sisters' blogs for a ton of inspiration:
Jenny Peterson ~ February Guest Designer
Hope the rest of your week is low speed and relaxing ;]