Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenges, a DIGI Christmas Bear, and MORE!




It is Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!  This week's challenge is HIDE and SEEK!  Make a card or project and hide the sentiment.  Robyn's Fetish is one of this week's prize sponsors.  I chose to work with this adorable Christmas Bear image.  Isn't he cute!  I chose to make a topper mini card fold for my  card to hide a sentiment inside.  Click on the picture at the right to see a closer view.  And, believe it or not my big bow holds it close!  Ta Da!  A fun little clever way to keep it closed that just sort of happened.  Love those crafting "moments."  
I am using some assorted designer papers that I have in my stash.  I have had this one awhile.  I printed my digital image in the size that I wanted, colored it, and added some fun layers and detailing to create a fun Christmas card!  The sentiment on the inside is from PTIs Signature Christmas set. 

One Stitch At A Time:  Christmas Themed!
Paper Sundaes:  For the Boys! 
CR84Fun1: Cupcake's Creation Color Challenge with Mona ( Red, Green, and Tan)!
4 Crafty Chicks:  Roll with the Punches!
Southern Girls Challenge #4:  Glitter it Up!  I used sakura glitter pens on the white parts of the candy canes! 
The ABC Challenge:  G is for Glitter! 
Mark's Finest Papers:  Holiday Card!
Wee Memories:  Anything Goes!
The Shabby Tea Room Week 33:  Consider it CASED!   I chose Pattie Goldman's card to case. I tried to keep the same layout.  I changed the color and theme.  I did include an animal even if mine is a stuffed one.   Also, I used a digi image from Robyn's Fetish!  Plus, I just recently won some blog candy from Pattie and received it already!    WOW!  I really heart all of my stuff.  Thanks so much, Pattie!
The Crafty Purple Frog Challenge:  Anything Goes!   
Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Sparkly and Bright!
Totally Stampalicious:  BIG RED BOW!  Got it covered!






As always, thanks so much for stopping by!





Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge(SNTODBD21), MMSC, CTD, and MORE!



Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge (SNTODBD21)!  The assignment is Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge is to use your favorite embellishment.  There are so many embellishments to play with and use on our cards, but to pick just one that is your absolute favorite can be difficult.  Now, more embellishments can be used on your card or project, but you need to make it obvious that the one product that is your favorite one is used most! We would love to see what you create using Our Daily Bread Design stamps!


For my card I am using ODBD Our Daily Bread  Christmas Verses stamp set. I kept my card pretty clean and simple to make it obvious which embellishment is my favorite.  I know I really heart my honking bows, but my first love is the half back pearls.  Preferably the gold ones, but I do use silver and pearls of all colors.  Here, I used singles, but lately I have been buying up and using some Flourished ones, too.  They are just so easy to use and always put the finishing touches on a card.  And, unlike a brad which must be decided on before stuff is glued which is rare for me, I can just add these last minute.   Totally fab and a must have!  Never fear, though, my next favorite embellishment are my bows! 

This card is for a few other challenges as well.
I am using the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge(CTD116)!  I am using the sketch from Midnight Madness(MMSC77).  I chose the clean and simple version and actually left it clean and simple.  Imagine that! 
Creative Cottage: Embossing!
Tuesday Throwdown#23: Sentimentality!
Creative Card Crew: Punch It!
Simon Says: Punch 'EM!
Fab 'n Funky:  Clean and Simple
Paper Garden: Christmas
The Crafty Pad: Holiday
Frosted Designs: Die cuts
A Spoonful of Sugar: Let's Get Punchy!



Check out the other ODBD designers to see which embellishments are their favorites! 




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC90), SCS CC294, and MORE!




It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC90)! It is the last Tuesday of the month so we have a guest challenge host. This month's guest is Linda Coughlin. Linda is challenging us to Anything Goes But Buttons and Bows. There are so many wonderful embellishments to use for accents on our paper crafts, but all too often we fall back on our old favorites. This week, let's stretch ourselves and see how creative we can be in embellishing our cards. We want to see what you can do without using buttons or bows.

I am using Flourishes Kids Play stamp set.  I am using the sketch from Mojo Monday 162.  The colors are from SCS CC294:  Baja Blushing Cakes! 

My card is for a few more challenges!
One Stitch at a Time:  All Celebrations!
Incy Wincy:  Lace and Pearls
Wild Orchids:  Pastels
Totally Gorjuss:  Sparkle
Paper Sundaes:  A Natural Woman




Be sure to check out the blog team designers to see what they created with the no buttons and bows challenge!




Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and MORE!



Happy Sunday!  Time for another Stamptacular Sunday Challenge 81!  This week is all about colors!  We have a color combo challenge.  We are using orange, lime green, plum, ivory, and optional black!  I really love playing around with color.  A major factor in dealing with colors is color ratios.   Does one color dominate the whole card, or do all the colors get equal showing?  Which formula for color works on my card?   I decided to play around a bit with these colors and made three different looks.   The changes are fairly subtle, however, it was fun just to see how changing a few color things really changed the look and feel of the card.  For my cards I am using ODBD Serenity Prayer stamp.  I stamped it in versamark and embossed in black.  I heavily sponged the edges with marigold ranger distress ink mixed with some pumpkin pie.   This portion of the card remained the same on all three cards. 




This card uses an ivory base.  I opted for a bold striped and neutral colored patterned background dp that is sewn to a black and ivory panel.  I inked the ivory panel with plum pudding ink.  I added a pumpkin pie textured panel and two photo corner punch accents that were also textured.  I added a  butterfly that I softly sponged with green and plum inks to finish my card.  This card has very little green.  Aside from the actual flower on the button, the only other green is the sponging on the butterfly.


The card to the right, I kept the majority of the card base and background layer.  However, I did add plum pudding and chartreuse panels to the card base to add more of two colors from the color choices.  I layered the butterfly with chartreuse and plum pudding and added one 1/4" circle punch to the flower on the button in plum pudding. The green is still used the least with a bit more of the plum showing. 

For the top card,  I opted to use a whole black base.  I added the stitched panel, but instead of the bold black and ivory stripe bottom on the background layer, I added a green pattern that I used vertically to give the illusion of vertical stripes. I also moved the two plum pudding corner punch accents from opposite corners in the first two cards to sitting on the right side of the main focal panel.  I think with the addition of the layered butterfly the right side of the card needed more elements to give a sense of balance.  At least to me, anyway.  Also, I felt since the plum was the least dominant of the colors, keeping the plum elements closer together gave it more impact eventhough it is used less. 

While the key elements are pretty much the same, I really think these subtle changes give each card a different feel.   However, for these three cards, neutrals still received the biggest percentage of use on all three.  Funny, huh?  Also, the backgrounds were altered not the focal image.  What would the card look like if I changed just the pumpkin pie panel and kept the background the same?  This is why of all challenges, color combo challenges can be the most challenging and the most fun!  I could keep on changing color and little color aspects of the card.  Pretty cool when you really think about it.

My card is for a few more challenges!
Stamping In Time (SNTODBD20)!  Embossing Powders!
The Shabby Tea Room Week 32- Inspiration Picture!
Allsorts Week 75:  Spots and Stripes!
One Stitch at a Time:  All Celebrations!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC89), SCS CC293, and MORE!


It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC89)! Maki Jones is the challenge host this week. Maki is challenging us to focus on the sentiment. Create a card or project with the sentiment as the main focus. We would love to see what you create. I am using the newly released or should I say a re-release version of an old Flourishes favorite.  It is a single stamp called Rejoice with all the Flourishes and ivy detailing needed to make a perfect Christmas card!  I am using a layered Spellbinder's Label 17.   I am using Flourishes classic ivory cardstock.  I colored the image with Flourishes Copic Colors Collections.  I also used some BasicGray Jovial dp for my card. 

I am using the sketch from Midnight Madness Sketch MMSC76!  I always try to guess from the sneak peek which one of the choices I am closest too.  I did turn it and add a honking bow! 

My card is also for a few more challenges!
SCS Color Combo Challenge(CC293)!  Concord Cherry Olives! 
Gingerloft Challenge 4:  Winter
Our Creative Corner:  Embellishments/More the Better! 
Paper Cutz Challenge 63 Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge:  Recipe...3 Embellies, 2 Patterns, 1 Image!
Wee Memories:  Celebrate Good Times! Christmas
Little Red Wagon:  Something Old and Something New!
For Fun:  Use something NEW!  My Spellbinder Label 18!
Craftalicious Challenge 10:  Anything Goes! 
Tip Top Tuesday Challenge 7:  Anything Goes!



Be sure to check out the blog team designers to see what they created with the sentiment as focus challenge!




Sunday, October 17, 2010

Trick or Treat? Anything But a Card! ColourQ, Pumpkins, and MORE!




Editing February 5th 2011:  As part of Papertrey's 4th Anniversary Celebrations, Nichole has asked us to link our favorite PTI project we made during 2010 for a special and fabulous chance to win a huge prize.  I would have to say this sweet little combo is my fave for the year.  It combines my love of colors, creating my own stamped papers, die cuts, layers, and an ensemble with a treat!  It also uses some of my favorite PTI sets!



Happy Sunday!  It is Stamptacular's Sunday Challenge#81:  Anything but a card!  I made a spellbinder's pumpkin ornament and a clear envy wrap treat!  I am using the colors from the ColourQ Challenge 54!  Gorgeous ensemble of colors! 




For my treat, I started with salted roasted peanuts and some candy corn.  This mixture is always a fun and delicious fall treat. Everyone has their on idea as to the perfect formula.  Whether it is two peanuts per candy corn or one peanut to candy corn to mix to give the same exact taste as a "Payday" candy bar.  I used a 4.25 X 5.5 clear envelop to hold my treat mixture.  I sealed the envy and ta da....instant container for my treats.  I then cut a piece of cardstock 3.5 X11.    You may have to play with the exact score marks a bit as it depends on how full the envy is and how lumpy.  I have mine at 4, 4.25, 8.5, and 8.75. I sort of have a quarter inch gusset on each side of my candy wrapper.  Next, I started stamping.  I used PTI's Distressed Stripes to create the vertical grape and olive stripes.  I inked the edges with Chamomile.  I die cut the Mat Stack 4 shape.  I used Background: Text Style to stamped a subtle scripty text for background.  I inked the edges.  I then stamped the largest of the distressed flourished images from the Embellishments set with pumpkin pie ink.  I layered a spellbinders lacey edge circle. Added another image in grape to the center.  Finished with a ticket tag from Just the Ticket, button, and gold curly que wire.  

For the pumpkin ornament, I cut out 8 spellbinder's  beaded circles, heavily sponged the edges, and scored each down the middle.  I intentionally chose not to emboss the beaded edges.  I just went for the plain look for this project.  I folded one and used glue to adhere one side of one to the other until it met with the first one I started with.  I added a ribbon loop in center along with a fou fou bow for leaves.  I finished with a wood button(sort of stem), gold curly que wire, and a gold pearl.  I do not think this item has much of a function other than decoration.  You could spray it down with a pumpkin pie fragrance before gift giving so it has a nice aroma.  Other than that, just fun and a cute little decoration.

This treat ensemble is also for a few other challenges!
The Shabby Tea Room 31: Pumpkin Inspiration
Crafty Cardmakers: Fancy Folds(clear envy treat wrap)
Fab & Funky 44: Yum! Yum! Yum!
Fussy and Fancy:  Halloween
Creative Cottage 25:  Halloween
Stampin' Royalty:  Halloween

CCEE1041:  Wood!  Real or Faux!  I added a wood button!



Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge (SNTODBD20), MOJO, ACT51, and MORE!



Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge (SNTODBD20)! ODBD would like to thank Chris Dickinson for hosting the last rotations ODBD challenge.    The assignment is Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge is to use embossing powders.  Embossing powders have become more sophisticated over the years. We have regular embossing powders, super fine powders, and tinsels powders to name a few styles not to mention all the fabulous color choices. Pick your color and your style. Be sure to tell us which embossing powder style you chose!  We would love to see what you create using Our Daily Bread Design stamps!


I am using the sketch from Monday's MOJO160!  Great sketch as always, Julee!  I did make mine a 5.5 square design.  I am also using the colors from Stacey's Curtain Call Challenge Act 51.   Beautiful colors, Stacey!  One can never go wrong with Marine Mist!

I am using ODBD Scripture Collection 1!  I embossed the scripture from Ecclesiates in black regular embossing powder.  I added some sewing stitches, embossing folders, sponging, and various embellies to complete my card and colors choices. 
  
Check out the other ODBD designers to see what they created using ODBD stamps and embossing powders.

  



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC88) SCS CC292, and MORE!



It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC88)! Silke Ledlow is our challenge host this week. Silke is challenging us to ink and edge distressing. Ink and distress the edges of your cards to add dimension and texture. We would love to see what you create!

These colors are for SCS CC292:  Pirouette Red Pizzazz!  I am using the sketch from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 88(SSSC88)!  Great sketch, Karen!  We are distressing the edges! I am also giving you a bit of a sneak peek at a new set called Christmas Classics!  This set will be released this week.  Just wait till you see the samples by the SDT!   I chose to make my card a bit vintage/shabby chic with the distressing.  I am using one sheet of the new BasicGrey Jovial dp.  I stitched around the edge.  To keep it light and add a bit of whimsy, I chose to make one zig zag border with the framing.  I used Memento tuxedo black ink and stamped my image of Christmas stockings onto Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock.  I colored with Flourishes Copic Color Collections. I sponged and distressed the edges and layered with Spellbinders Lacey Squares!

Now, for the fun stuff like my bow.  I had a moment.  Actually, it started when I went on a little spending binge in the Flourishes store.  Happy!  Happy!  It looks like I really wanted to use ALL of my new goodies.  LOL!  I chose a few.    First of all, I started with this wonderful May Arts White/Red Iridescent ribbon.  Can I scream yummy loud enough for you?  I do not think so.  This is one of many luscious ribbons that Flourishes sells by the yard.  GET as much of it as you can.  It is a must have!  There are different colors in the store, too!  GASP!   I dyed mine to make it more ivory and shabby chic-ish. I just mixed some ranger ink refill into a bottle with some water and sprayed on the ribbon and waded it up. I used my heat gun to dry.  I kept wadding and scrunching as it dried to give me more of a messy look(technical term).  Next, I layered May Arts Curling Sparkly Ribbon over my dyed ribbon.  Again!  Another must have for the holidays.  It comes in silver, too!  To this I added some bowdabra wire and my sentiment tag.  The sentiment is one of several that come in this new set.  I have to mention something else that is fairly new in the store.  It is these awesome Metal Nailhead Stickers.  The one I am using is the Light Gold nailhead stickers!  I wish I had purchaed more of these.  I guess if you all hop over there and buy then all up, Flourishes will just have to buy some more, huh?  Must haves I tell ya!



Be sure to check out the blog team designers to see what they created with the ink &  edge distressing.


This card is for a few more challenges.  Mostly Christmas, but it does work!
Pile It On:  Things in Threes (Three stockings, three types of ribbon/cording, and three dominant colors!
Allsorts:  Song Inspired..."It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas...."
If the Shoe Fits:  Distressing!
Stamp Vacation:  Very Vintage Challenge!
Stamp Something Challenge:  Something Punchy!
Hannah and Friends:  Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks:  Distressing!
My Cheri Crafts:  In Stitches!
Simple Doodles Challenge:  Winter Warmers (Christmas Stockings)!
Paper Sundaes Challenge:  Seasons Changing!
Alphabet Challenge:  X is for Christmas!
Anything Goes Week 19:  Early Christmas1
Stamp Vacation:  Fire and Ice (Stocking hung by the chimney with snow outside)!


As always, thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps
Flourishes Christmas Classics
Paper
Flourishes Classic Ivory, BasicGrey Jovial, pink pirouette, real red
Ink
Ranger distressing inks, PTI vintage duo, Memento tuxedo black, pure poppy
Accessories
MS snowflake punch, flower border punch, ribbon, gold wire, oval punch, CAD, sponges, spellbinders, lacey squares, copics, ranger distressing tools, foam tape, glue dots, wire ribbon



Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! BFFs! CASE! Throwdown, and MORE!




It is Stamptacular Sunday Challenge#80!  The challenge this week is all about my BFF: Buttons, Flowers, and Friendship!  Our sponsor this week is My Favorite Things.  Check out the link to find out how to play along and win from MFT!  I am using My Favorite Things  Framed Greetings Die and Stamp set.  Instead of using the die cut frame this time on the outside, I chose to just use one of the sentiments alone.  Really shows the versatility of this ensemble.  I am also sporting one of the Die-namics rolled flowers from MFTs die-namics collection.  I say one because MFT just released the new rolled rose die cut last week.  Fabulous and another must have!  I topped my rolled flower off with a jumbo gem bling!  For the inside I am using the Framed Greetings Die and Stamp set.
I stamped the frame and used the MFT alphabet letters to create the word FRIEND from one of the alphabet sets in the store.

I am using the colors from Color Throwdown #113!  The trio of plum, expresso, and ivory was just to rich to pass up! I am also CASING a design by Barbara Anders from the CASE Study #9 Challenge.  I really heart Barbara's style and I just had to play along.  Instead of stamping the leaves I chose to punch them out with my dusted off MS leaf punch.  I also made a paper flower.  I modified the sketch a bit to accomodate an A2 style card.  It seems tiny after my standard 5.5s. 

Here are a few more challenges I played along with for my card!
CCEE1040 Flower Power:  Homemade flowers...I used a die cut to make mine!
Stamps R Us #6:  All Nature Theme!
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #6 Distressing:  I sponged the edges of the ivory panels and plum.
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge#31:  NO square cards.  I did an A2!     
Incy Wincy:  Sparkle!





Monday, October 4, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC87), SCS CC291, and MORE!





It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC87)! This week Cindy Haffner is hosting. She is challenging us to a sketch she has designed. As far as sketches go, there is not much of an explanation necessary. You can turn it and modify the shapes to fit your size card, but in the end, it should still look like the sketch. Good Luck! We cannot wait to see what you create with it!


I am using Flourishes Fuschias In Bloom stamp set.  I used one of the images in the stamp set and stamped the background panel using a white pigment ink that I embossed in white.  I then sponged over with so saffron ink to make this beautiful Dp by Me background paper with the emboss resist technique.  Next, I added the elements of the sketch with various textures.  I then stamped the main fuschia using a white pigment ink and embossed in white. I sponged a bordeaux ink over for the emboss resist technique and buffed the white so that any residue of the bordeaux was removed from the white space.  I am using Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock and Spellbinder's Lacey Circles Nestabilities.  I finished with some Zva Clear Crystal Flourishes and my bow! 

This card is for a few challenges this week!
CC291:  SCS Color Combo Challenge  Razzleberry Saffron Tangerines!  The dessert option is White Stuff! White gel, white embossing, white ink, Copic Opaque white....use it and tell us how! 
Incy Wincy:  Sparkly Glitter
GingerLoft Challenge 3 : All that Glitters and Blings!
Paper Sundaes Challenge 38:  Stash:  Embossing powder, heat gun, and notch corner punch!
Simon Says Challenge:  Autumn Photo Inspiration
Stamps R Us Challenge 6:  All Nature Theme
Creative Card Crew: Blooming Marvelous! 
Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger:  Funky Fall!  



Be sure to check out the blog team designers to see what they created with the fall themed colors! 



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thinking of You and some NEWS!




I am so excited!  I made the design team at Stamptacular Sunday Challenges!   We have a great design team of designers from literally all over the world.  I look forward to getting to know everyone.  At Stamptacular Sunday Challenges it is all about stamping and just fun challenges.  Our challenges are posted every Sunday.  Often we have sponsors and you have a chance to win!    This week is Challenge #79:  Layer it On! Check out the link and find out how to play along with us and for a chance to win!

I am using the sketch from Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (MOJO158)!  I am using the colors from the Color Throwdown #112 Challenge!  I am also playing along with the Paper Sundaes Challenge #38To use something from my stash.  That would be my dp. 




I am using Verve's Kind Words.  For the trio of colors I went with more old olive than the other two color choices.  The other two colors are definitely present, but they are used more as accent colors.   I stamped the stems with ripe avocado and rocked and rolled the flower using pumpkin pie and rhubarb.  I die cut the focal image and softly sponged around the flower.  I am using Webster's Pages dp, cb ef, and PTI ripe advocado satin ribbon.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento rhubarb and then stamped it again using Memento black ink to give more of a shadow effect. Finished with some gold pearls!


As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 


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