Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mojo Monday: Punch Art Lily

Hello there! Well, it has been a sad couple of days. We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Taz, who has been a member of our family for 15 years. It was so hard to see her go, but I am glad she is in a better place. You know, all dogs go to heaven :) Here's a few of my favourite photos of Taz taken in the last couple of years:

Before I start tearing up again, onto the challenges! I am finally getting to last week's inspired by challenge (I am soooo late!) I am combining it with yesterday's Mojo Monday sketch:

The photo for last week was my selection, some beautiful stargazer lilies grown in my garden a couple f summers ago. I can practically smell them from the photo :)

The card I created is definitely not a mail-friendly card. This is an in person not-in-an-envelope card *lol* here it is:

Can you guess what I was inspired by in the photo? *lol* I got the video tutorial for the lily from this lovely lady. I like way the card turned out, but I think it could use a little more colour in the lilies!

Thanks for stopping by :) Don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog (and go back a few days *lol*) to see how this photo inspired her!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Word Chatter - Birthday (CTMH)
Paper: Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Summer Starfruit
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Tools: Extra Large Oval Punch
Accessories: Linen Thread, Pearls

Monday, April 29, 2013

Easel Card with the Friday Mashup

Good morning! What a weekend! I spent about 20 hours completing a hunting course, so now I can hunt officially (not that I really want to *lol*) But I do enjoy game meat, and at least the option is there if I wish to use it. That plus a dinner Saturday night, I didn't have any time for paper crafting - and this made me a little cranky *lol* I finally had a few spare minutes, and now I want to show off the card I made for The Friday Mashup:

  1. Create a project showcasing "Sunshine".
  2. Create an "Easel card" project.
  3. Or Mash it Up and create an "Easel Card project with some Sunshine".
This card I made for a friend who wanted to say a little something nice to her boyfriend. Unfortunately, the "sunshine" part of the mashup didn't fit in with my card plan, but the easel part sure did! (hopefully I will have a chance to create a sunshine card later this week). Here's my masculine easel card:

I love it! It is the perfect masculine card for a quick, but important, note :) plus it is a nice piece to display in the house.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check back later for my (very) late Inspired... By post!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Short & Sweet (ret)
Paper: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Well Worn DSP (ret)
Ink: Midnight Muse
Tools: Hearts Framelits, Small Heart Punch
Accessories: Linen Thread, Buttons, Brads (Michael's)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Retrosketches with Ribbon Rosettes

Happy Friday! This is truly my favourite day of the week, it is always nice to have a break after a work week, busy or not. Friday means a new edition of KCRR! I wanted to combine this week's challenge with Retrosketches and The Pink Elephant:

The selections for KCRR this week were rosettes and brayering - an intriguing combination! The Pink Elephant challenged us to "lift it" this week (chose a card/technique/colour combo and CASE it). Here's how my card turned out using the fabulous retrosketch:

LOVE it! I lifted the ribbon rosettes from this talented lady. I have always wanted to try making these rosettes every since I saw them a long time ago, and they turned out perfectly. A jumbo pearl in the middle, some linen thread accents and more pearls makes this wedding card extra special! Along with the brayering, of course :) I created a blue gradient - bashful blue, baja breeze and midnight muse to cap it off.

I knew I would be using the emboss resist technique again soon! *lol* While I love many parts of this card, I especially love the fact that I managed to create a masculine/feminine balance on a wedding card (and I didn't use the Love and Laughter set! *lol again*).

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see what she created with our KCRR elements this week!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, In Colour Stacks
Ink: Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse
Tools: Labels Framelits, Scallop Border Punch, 1" Circle Punch
Accessories: Jumbo Pearls, Pearls, Linen Thread, Seam Binding Ribbon

Thursday, April 25, 2013

One Layer: Experiment 2

Good morning! I hope today finds you well :) I had a nice evening. I went to my mom's for BBQ dinner - delicious hamburgers and homemade coleslaw. Yum! But on the downside, I saw the year's first mosquito buzzing around while we were playing board games after dinner - yuck! That is probably the major downfall to living outside the city, so many mosquitos! Anyways, onto today's challenges. I wanted to experiment again with making one layer cards with The Paper Players and play along with Stampin' Royalty's challenge:

This combination was perfect for me last night! I didn't get home till late and still had to make a potato salad for a staff BBQ today, so it was great to have a quick card to make. Here's how the card turned out:

*lol* I must say that this card had to grow on me... I was not the biggest fan at first. I added the marker line and paper piercing as an after thought to give the main image some definition. That plus the few little pearls around the sentiment really add an interest factor, in my opinion. I think the elegant saying from Apothecary Art fit really well here:

The emboss resist technique is one of my favourites, I think I may use it again soon! *wink* Thanks for looking today, and don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a new KCRR challenge!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Because I Care (ret), Apothecary Art
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Versamark
Accessories: Paper Peircing Pack, Summer Starfruit Marker, White Embossing Powder, Pearls

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mojo For Baby

Good morning! Happy Wednesday! And a happy day it is... Stampin' Up released their retiring stamps sets and accessories lists - click on the links to view them and make sure you get your order in fast! The retiring products are only available while supplies last. Onto today's challenges! I wanted to play along with Fab Friday and Mojo Monday:

I liked these colours for a baby card, and thought that they could be used for a nice, neutral baby card. I always tend to make a baby boy or baby girl card, and sometimes it is handy to have a neutral one! Here's what I came up with:

I just received the Itty Bitties stamp set on my last order and have had the soda pop tops sitting around for quite some time, so I thought it would be the perfect time to put them both to use! It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but the summer starfruit stamp is the little bib from Itty Bitties. Of course, no baby card is complete without a variety of polka dots! Here I used the paper stacks and polka dots embossing folder:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Itty Bitties, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Tools: 1" Square Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Accessories: Soda Pop Tops, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots (lots!)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Another Card Featuring My FAV Wedding Set

Good evening! I hope you had a good day, mine got off to a rough start, but turned out to be a good day :) I overslept this morning (oops). So I ended up getting out of bed at 7:53 (work starts at 8). Fortunately, I am a speedy gonzales in the morning and made it to work by at 8:17! Not too bad :) I will try not to do that again *lol* I had kickboxing tonight and I worked super hard and feel great. Now I am winding down the evening with this blog post, a couple episodes of Friends and a delicious fudgesicle (fat free of course)  :) Enough rambling for one day, on with the challenges! Today I wanted to play along with The Friday Mashup and Pals Paper Arts:

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a card using the colors "Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum & Wisteria Wonder".
  2. Create a card and "Mail or Deliver it to Someone Special".
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a card with "Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder & Mail or Deliver it to someone special".

Hmmm... well, I wanted to make a wedding card (which I thought these colours would like great in) and it will eventually be mailed to someone special - just have to wait for someone to get married! :) Here's how the card turned out using the awesome PPA sketch:

I love it! As mentioned in the title, this is my all time FAVOURITE wedding stamp - although Stampin' Up! may come out with a better one in June (but I doubt it). I also had a big shot frenzy on this card. I used the designer frames, cross stitch & tulip frame embossing folders. 

The perfect plum detail on the wedding dress with the pearl centre is the icing on the cake!

Thanks for looking! :)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Love & Laughter
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand
Ink: Perfect Plum
Tools: Designer Frames, Cross Stitch & Tulip Frame Embossing Folders
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon, Pearls, Dimensionals

Monday, April 22, 2013

CAS One Layer Card

Hello there! I hope you are doing well. This is going to be a quick post as its already 9:30 and Matt and I have a lot of things left to do before he leaves town for a few days tomorrow.

First, I had a few shout-outs for my cards last week:

I was a featured artisan with Paper Craft Crew with my monochromatic get well soon card:

And I was "A Cut Above" with the Paper Players and my CAS butterfly card:

Now, onto the challenges! I wanted to play along with a few challenges that I thought worked well together, The Paper Players, The Play Date Cafe, and Addicted to CAS:

Hmmm... Now, I had never made a one layer card before, so this was kind of an experiment. I thought flowers would be a good place to start, and the colours from the Cafe were great for flowers, so the pieces naturally fell together into this:

It's a cute little card, I think. The sentiment and flower stamp are a few stamps that I bought from a lady who was selling all her crafting supplies, so I am not even sure which sets they are from, but I like them none-the-less.

I added the double sets of scored lines and the rounded corners for extra details on this super CAS card :)

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Flower and Sentiment (ret - unknown sets)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Basic Grey
Tools: Scoring Board, Corner Rounder (CTMH)
Accessories: Melon Mambo & Daffodil Delight Markers

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Inspired By... A Pretty Shower Curtain!

Hello there! I am a little late posting today, I had a busy, but fun day and hadn't had a chance to make my card for this week's Inspired By... challenge until right now. But, you know what they say, better late than never! ;) I wanted to combine this week's challenge with the Freshly Made Sketch:

This week's selection was made by Charissa, her very own shower curtain :)

Nice! I was inspired by the colours and by the theme. Here's what I came up with:

Since I was using the flower from Love & Sympathy, I decided to use the sentiment from the same set. The colours are nice "sympathy" colours too. I added the paper-snipped baja breeze flowers on dimensionals for some added, get this, dimensions :) And I am a huge fan of the linen thread/dahlia accent!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see how this photo inspired her!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Love & Sympathy
Paper: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze
Tools: Scallop Edge Border
Accessories: Linen Thread, Dahlia, Dimensionals

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday's Best: KCRR #14

Good morning! Yahoo, another Friday has arrived! I seriously hope today is much faster than yesterday for work... I swear I dozed off at some point in the afternoon *lol* oops. I was so happy when 4:30 rolled around and I could actually do something :) Anyways, enough of my sob story, onto the challenges! Friday means a new KCRR challenge and I also wanted to play along with Mojo Monday:

This week's random selections for KCRR were two stamp sets: Rain or Shine and Tiny Tags. Hmmm... Not a combination I would normally put together, but Tiny Tags has so many options in it that these two could definitely work! Here's what I came up with using this wild Mojo sketch:

I like the outcome! I think it would be a perfect fun little "hello" card to send to a friend. The bright colours really say "spring is here!" (Which it is coming rapidly! All the snow is finally melting away :)) I really love the colour combination in the sunshine and sprinkles DSP, so cheery.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see what she made with this combination (you gotta click on the link, her card is beautiful!)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Rain or Shine, Tiny Tags
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo
Tools: Scallop Circle & Circle Nestabilities, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Jewelery Punch
Accessories: Brights Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Brads (unknown)