Friday, January 31, 2014

Frosty Birthday Wishes ...

The design team over at the Mod Squad Challenge have a new post up.  This weeks challenge is to CASE someone.  I chose to CASE Theresa of Crafting The Web Snow Much Fun birthday card.  Here is my card ...

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun (GKD)
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Black, White (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black; Bashful Blue, Marina Mist (SU)
Accessories:  sponge dauber, Sakura glitter pen, Copics

It is still so cold here that I figured another snowman card was due.  I colored the snowman and then fussy cut him out...not a pretty site.  Be sure to check out Theresa's card (link above) as she has some awesome tutorials on her blog.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

It's a Poppies day ...

Today's card is inspired from the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Bethany and I did a little crafting this afternoon via Skype.  

Stamps:  Poppies & Greetings (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper:  Black, White
DP:  The Classics (Paper Studio)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics, tag punch (McGill); pearls, twine (SU); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); square & scallop dies (Spellbinders)

Here is the layout ... 

The pearls were colored with the same Copic marker that I used for the center of the flowers.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always...

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tall and skinny MOJO ...

MOJO Monday is changing their size a little bit.  This week their challenge is to make a tall and skinny card.  Always fun to shake things up.

Stamps:  Love From Cocoa (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper:  White, Red, Crumb Cake Black (SU)
DP:  Bright & Basic (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black, Real Red (SU)
Accessories:  Copics, oval, rectangle & scallop dies (Spellbinders), heart & polka dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Once again I pulled out my sponge dauber.  Between sponging and Cocoa stamps, my cards are looking the same...only the colors are changing.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Birthday challenge ...

The folks over at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are hosting a new challenge on Friday's.  This week it is to use the word Birthday on your card.  I found the perfect sketch over at Pals Paper Arts.

Stamps:  Cocoa's Gift, Love From Cocoa (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper:  Perfect Plum, White, Sage Shadow (SU)
DP:  Bold Basics (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black, Perfect Plum (SU)
Accessories:  rectangle dies (Spellbinders), Copics, blender pen, rhinestones (SU)

Here is the sketch ...
I used the blender pen to color the box.  I wanted something that wasn't smooth looking.  I guess I got the effect I was looking for.  Hmm, been using that sponge dauber a lot lately.  This card will be going to my purple loving neice for her 20th birthday.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,

Friday, January 24, 2014

First Valentine's card ...

Posting my first Valentine's card of the year.  My inspiration for this cutie came from the Mod Squad Challenge Blog and MOJO Monday's sketch.

Stamps:  Love From Cocoa (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper:  White, Rose Red, Not Quite Navy (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black, Rose Red (SU)
Accessories:  Lacey and circle dies (Spellbinders), Copics, heart and polka dot embossing folder (CuttleBug), wooden heart, ribbon, gem 

The Mod Squad challenge was to use some kind of wood on your card...paper, emblishment, etc.   I went with a little wooden heart.  Here is the sketch from MOJO this week ...

I made my background by rubbing my ink pad directly on the embossing folder and then running it through my Cuttlebug.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Guest Challenge #4 for GKD

Time for the fourth and final challenge for the GKD design team for the month of February.  The last one was to use a sketch.  Here is my bright and cheery card ...

Stamps:  Board Sentiments (GKD)
Paper:  White, Primrose Petals (SU)
DP:  Bold Basics, (Recollections)
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Accessories:  Labels One (Spellbinders), pearl, buttons, ribbon, pop dots, twine (SU)

Here is a picture of Lee's stunning card that was the sketch inspiration ... 

Mistletoe Strip!

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Guest Challenge #3 for GKD

The third challenge for the Gina K. design team is to make some tags.  I've only made a handful of tags before so this was a lot fun to play along with.

Stamps:  You've Got Style (GKD)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, White, Concord Crush (SU)
DP:  Wisteria Lane (GKD)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics, label four, oval, circle and scallop dies (Spellbinders), word window and modern label punch, pearls, Old Olive ribbon, pop dots (SU), glitter pen (Sakura), ribbon, eyelet, brad (H.L.), prima flowers (unknown), corner rounder (WRMK)

Below are individual pictures of each tag ...

 I made each tag by inserting only the top of the crumb cake cardstock into the top of the Label Four die.  I pulled the bottom portion of the paper through the die so it would not be cut.  I added an eyelet to the top center and now I have the perfect tag to decorate.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Guest Challenge #2 for GKD

This card is for Gina K.'s February Guest Designer challenge number two.  It is to make a shaped card.  Ok, this was a challenge for me on decorating it.  

Stamps:  Sweet Strawberries (GKD)
Paper:  White, Red
DP:  Poppy Prints (GKD)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Label ten dies, oval and scallop dies (Spellbinders), Copics, ribbon, black gems (Michaels)

I knew that I wanted to use Spellbinders Labels Ten as my card base.  I cut three of the largest dies ... two white and one out of the designer paper.  I also knew I wanted to use the glass since it is the perfect shape for this card.  My problem was layering it all to look decent.  This was a project that I had pictured in my head before I ever started, except it didn't come out quite like I had envisioned, but I still like it.  Always fun to stamp out of your comfort zone.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!


Friday, January 10, 2014

A new challenge blog out there ...

Two posts in one day!  Some of the folks at Stamp TV have started a new challenge blog ... woo hoo .. Mod Squad Challenge Blog.  Their first challenge were to use a few of Cat's favorite things.  I am also entering this card into Tuesday Morning Sketches

Stamps:  Need for Speed, Lighthouse (SU)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Vanilla (SU)
DP:  Well Worn (SU)
Ink:  Weathered Wood Distress (T. Holtz)
Accessories:  brads, twine, spong dauber, distressing tool

Here are a few of Cat's favorite things ...  

1. Distressed edges
2. Ribbon
3. Die Cuts
4. Pearl stickers
5. Twine
6. Metallic Rubs
7. Layering of an image
8. Charms
9. Copic coloring of an image
10. Use of Distress Inks
11. Kraft card stock
12. Buttons

Out of the list, your card should have at least three of Cat's favs.  I distressed the edges of my papers, used twine, layered my image, and used distress ink.  I went with a simple masculine birthday card for my brother.  I don't like to make bulky cards when they have to be mailed.  This one will be heading to NJ.

My sketch inspiration came from this ...

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!


Birthday MOJO

A quick post and then it is off to hopefully get a lot done today.  Always enjoy playing with the stampers at MOJO Monday.  Here is my take on this weeks sketch ...

Stamps:  Woof You (Sweet 'n Sassy), Happy Moments (SU)
Paper:  White, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake (SU)
DP:  Bold Basics (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black, Island Indigo (SU)
Accesssories:  Copics, corner rounder, label punch, pop dots (SU)

Here is the inspiration sketch ...

I have quite a few birthdays the first few months of the year.  Here's hoping I can get some cards done ahead of time.  Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Emboss resist technique

Today's card is for a challenge at StampTV.  Gina K. is hosting some challenges for a chance to be a guest designer for the month of February.  This is the first challenge, color on color emboss resist.  I had a lot of fun playing with all the different blues.

Stamps:  Warm Woolen Mittens, Simple Snowflakes (GKD)
Paper:  White, Island Indigo (SU)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry (SU), Versamark
Accessories:  Labels 10 (Spellbinders), sponge daubers, heart button, twine, marina mist ribbon, brads (SU), embossing powder

For a video tutorial on how to achieve this fabulous look, click on over to StampTV videos and watch Gina demonstrate it.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A card made by Bethany

Even though Bethany is in Birmingham and I'm here in Huntsville, we found some time to stamp together.  Love the techie world of Skype.  Here is the card she made for Tuesday Morning Sketches #230 anything goes.

Stamps:  digi (unknown)
Paper:  Turquoise, White (Recollections)
DP:  Jingle Jolly (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Sharpies, pearls

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year with a little MOJO

After taking a break from blogging, I'm back and hopefully going to do better this year.  I want to participate in some new challenges and improve my stamping/creative side.  

I have actually been stamping the last couple of months.  Not a bunch but did get my Christmas cards made and did a few challenges here and there. I have to say, that after not stamping consistently my creativity has taken a nose dive.  Ok, enough babbling and onto today's card.  This is for the new sketch over at MOJO Monday.  It can be square or circle.  I went with a 4 1/4 by 4 1/4...

Stamps:  Ain't Love Grand (SU)
Paper:  White, Black (SU), Red (Recollections)
DP:  Christmas (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copics, pearls, banner die (SU), ribbon (Hobby Lobby), hearts embossing folder (CuttleBug)

Below are some of the cards that I made but never posted.  I believe my inspiration for each card was from a challenge.  Unfortunately, I didn't write down any info so don't remember what each one was for.

Thanks for stopping by and as always...

Have a great day!