Monday, June 28, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge #12, Red, White, and Blue Color Challenge

The Wee Memories challenge this week is to incorporate Red, White, and Blue into our projects.

Here is what I came up with quickly. I now have a head start on next years 4th of July cards! :)

Stamped Woodgrain background in VersaMark ink and poured embossing powder to heat set.  I really love how it came out and so pretty and shinny! Which is not really showing up in this photograph. urgh!
I then used my Big Shot die cutting machine for my scallop border die and spellbinders cut. Next I used my Cricut for the star. I stamped a Hero Arts Fancy Flourishes image on my scalloped rectangle in SU Real Red, and then I stamped my Happy 4th Sentiment by Our Craft Lounge and punched it out and added it to my star. Easy Peasy. For a finishing touch I added a Pure Poppy button at the top of the card.

Thanks for looking!
Stamps: Hero Arts: Fantastic Flourishes, Our Craft Lounge: Summer Sweets, PTI, Woodgrain background
Paper: Stampin' Up! Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: SU: Real Red, VersaMark
Other: Cricut, George, Big Shot, Scallop Boarder Die, Spellbinders, ribbon, 1 1/4 circle punch, corner rounder, embossing powder, heat tool, Pure Poppy Button

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! Let me just start off by saying I saw this Halter Top and I loved it and found instant inspiration to create a fun and chic card that reflected the colors in this beautiful top! 

So, here is my approach to this cute summary number above! This is for the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger Challenge.
I was feeling like a TALL card today to get out of my A2 size rut! :)!! With VersaMark ink I randomly stamped a hibiscus background on the So Saffron layer to bring forth the inspiration pattern in the halter top. I then added my layers accordingly.

I used my Cricut to create this hip and fab chic. If you look close, she has a halter dress on! I finished off by adding a hibiscus at the bottom to pull out the black and white flower in the top.

I hope you had time to create something today in your part of the world!
Warm Aloha,
Stamps: PTI: Distressed Stripes, SU: Do the Hula
Paper: SU: Basic Black, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Blush Blossom
Ink: Noir Black, VersaMark
Other: Cricut: Life's A Beach, Forever Young, Foam Squares. Corner Rounder, Basic Black Ribbon

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge **Baby Theme**

I am back with another Embellish Magazine Color Challenge with a baby theme. The colors we are to use are Yellow, Cream, Peach, and Green.

My inspiration came from my son's nursery! The theme in his room was Moons and Stars.

I used cream as my card base and layered peach on top of that which I found in my scrap box.  While rummaging through my scrap box I challenged myself to see if I could finish the rest of my card using my scraps. Sure enough everything I needed was in there. {yeah}

I stamped the peach card stock with Papertrey Ink's Polka Dot Basic's II using VersaMark Ink. I used the Cricut to cut the stars and moon. I used my Divine Swirls embossing folder to add texture to the top star! I added foam mounting squares to add dimension to the Star.

Thank you to W Plus 9 Design Studio for sponsoring this Challenge.
Warm Aloha and Blessings!

Stamps: Martha Stewart Monogram, Papertrey Ink: Polka Dot Basics II 
Paper: Papertrey Ink: Vintage Cream, Stampin' UP! Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Peach 
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Vintage Tea Die, Dark Chocolate, VersaMark, 
Other: Cricut: George and Create A Critter, SU boarder punch,Word Window Punch, 3/4" circle punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirls, Foam Squares.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I want to ride my Bike in a Moxie Fab Off the Wall Craftiness World!

The Moxie Fab Challenge is all about bicycles being fun and summary!  The card just came together perfect with Kim's OTWC Color Challenge, so I was able to cover both these fabulous challenges in one. The colors for the OTWC Challenge #13 need to be similar to PTI's, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, and Sweet Blush and white and black are also allowed.  Kim's inspiration photo is above. 

My inspiration started with My Better Home and Garden Magazine I got in the mail last week. I just loved those place mats on the cover and it definitely felt very summary to me. I thought the Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate from Papertrey Ink would make the perfect background for this card. I rubbed Raspberry Fizz ink over the top to pop out the impression which was to give it a rustic look.

The bicycle is just the cutest fun little thing, but boy was it tedious to piece together! :). My sentiment states: "Live like you mean it" For me, it was the perfect statement for this card. We all should Live like we mean it because we don't know what tomorrow brings. It also reminds me of summers when I was little riding my bike  with streamers. I would peddle and peddle like I meant I had somewhere to go even if it was just to the end of our road. It seems just like yesterday. Ahh those childhood summers we look back on fondly.

Thanks for taking look!  Happy Summer and Happy crafting!
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Live Like You Mean It
Paper: Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz,  Sweet Blush, SU: Whisper White, DCWV Robin #2, DP: Stampin' UP!
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Noir Black, 
Other: Papertrey Ink: Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate, Ribbon: SU, Cricut, Pop Dots

Friday, June 25, 2010

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge!


Well, since I have just started this blog a few weeks ago, this is my first time being able to participate in the Papertrey Ink blog hop.  This month the challenge is to use a favorite Papertrey color combo. So I chose, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, and Berry Sorbet. I just love these colors together! 

I used a lot of combinations in this card...whew! It was a lot of fun!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Background Basics: Retro, Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: Papertrey Ink: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet, Vintage Cream, Vintage Tea Dye
Other: Papertrey Ink, Berry Sorbet Buttons, and twine, Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate, Mat Stack 1 die, oval punch and scallop oval punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, corner rounder


Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is having an awesome give away!!! One of her sponsors is allowing her to give away a Silhouette Craft Cutter. Click on the Thrifty Decor Chick link to grab the details! Good luck!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tangled Up In Creativty Challenge

Tangled Up in Creativity Red, White and Blue Challenge

To be honest, I am not sure how I found it, but I came across a color challenge on this blog I could not pass up! RED, WHITE, and BLUE! Since I have made my 4th of July cards already and they are stuffed in their envelopes ready for mailing I thought I would make a Red, White, and Blue birthday card for someone special.

This challenge will run from June 22- June 28.  A poll will be posted on June 29th and you will have until July 1st to vote for your favorite card.  The winner will be announced on July 2nd!

Stamps: The Angel Company: Trendy Greetings
Paper: Stampin' Up! Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Yoyo Yellow, DP: Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Other: Cricut, Life's a Beach, SU Dimensionals , 1 3/4 circle punch

Monday, June 21, 2010

3 in 1

3 in 1

This weekend was a busy one and the week ahead will be the same, so I am combing three challenges in one card so I can get the submissions in. J

The first challenge I will talk about is a new one for me called Everything But the Kitchen Sink (EBTKS) sketch Challenge #17.  I saw the Sketch and I knew this would be a fun one to play along with.

Next Challenge is Kim’s Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge #12 using the colors, mint green, black, and/or white, and red if we wanted. Here is her inspiration photo. I love her photo collages she chooses each week! J

The third Challenge is Jenny’s Wee Memories “Let’s Get Sticky”
Our challenge was to incorporate stickers, of any kind, into the project i.e. Vinyl stickers, Rub-ons, Rhinestone and/or pearl stickers, diecut stickers, etc. Anything with a sticky back! So my lovely and beautiful Red Rhinestones by EK Success covered that option. There is even one added on the flower on the purse. SAWEET! J

Note: The light is bouncing off the ribbon, so it’s not showing up, and I have tried multiple times, but there is nothing I can do to get this photographed with my current settings and equipment. On the Real Red strip of card stock I have white satin ribbon going down the side then I have layered mint green 1/8 mini dot ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks to all the sponsors! Have a good week!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Distressed Stripes, B Line Rubber Stamps: Dress Row Form, Gina K Designs: Retro Boutique
Paper: Stampin' Up!  Basic Black, Real Red, Certainly Celery Whisper White (inside card)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red (inside card)
Other: SU Dimensionals, EK Success Rhinestones, Ribbon: White from Fabric Store,  1/8 mini dot mint green Ben Franklin Crafts, copic markers

Saturday, June 19, 2010

WPlus9 Color Cue {5} Challenge

For Dawn's Color Cue Challenge we were to use the colors Aqua, Brown, Orange and Green and we could use white for neutrality.

I found this card came together real easy for me. I loved putting these colors together and I knew I wanted dimension to make the colors and focal point pop out.

I wanted to start with a 5 x 5 card base using Chocolate Chip card stock by Stampin' Up! Since we have such rich colors I wanted to added a strip of white card stock across the card for neutrality then I stamped Papertrey Ink's Dot Spot across the white strip alternating the colors SU Only Orange, SU Chocolate Chip, and an aqua color from Martha Stewart. (It's a small ink spot that came in a kit I no longer have the name for.)  

Then using my Cricut I cut a square doily in SU Only Orange and impressed it with Papertrey Ink's Sunshine Impression Plate.  Next I used my Cricut to cut scallop flowers to build my center piece layering each with SU Dimensionals to make it "pop".  Each flower layer was then touched with vintage tea dye for a timeless touch.  I added a little bling to the center with an EK Success Rhinestone. 

Last but not least I stamped the cute little sentiment in Chocolate Chip from My Pink Stamper Simply Sweet Occasions!

Thanks for taking a look! 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Dot Spot, My Pink Stamper Simply Sweet Occasions
Paper: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Only Orange, Whisper White, DCWV: Robin #3, Green #2, 
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Only Orange, Martha Stewart Aqua, Vintage touch tea dye
Other: Cricut, Cindy Loo, Big Shot, PTI Sunshine Impression Plate, SU Dimensionals, EK Success Rhinestones

Thursday, June 17, 2010

E.A.D. Designs Plum Shabby Color Challenge 1

Plum Shabby Color Challenge 1

E.A. D. Designs is hosting their first Color challenge and the colors are Black, Plum and Gray. How divine and rich is that??? Below is the inspiration photo.

This card included several things that I love, paper, ribbon, buttons, stamping, black, purple, gray, and a little bling!!!....Um just about everything, okay, let’s get to the card {wink wink} I Started out with Stampin’ UP! Perfect Plum as my standard A2 base I then added a layer each of designer paper by Making Memories before I adhered it to my card base.  

I used my Gypsy to cut the remaining images to simplify things as they are from two different cartridges.  After my scallop top note was cut in the gray, I used VersaMark ink with Damask Designs by Papertrey Ink to create a subtle background image.  

Next I layered the chair cut. Can you see the purple peeking underneath in the scroll? {love it} Then I reversed the paper layers for the word Relax which I adhered with foam adhesive, before adding a few rhinestones to finish it off. Oh, and did you notice I had to have a rhinestone to the top of the chair!  Last but not least I added some buttons!

I hope you enjoyed this fun little card as much as I enjoyed creating it! It is much cuter in person!!! I am glad I got to participate in E.A.D. Designs First Color Challenge!

Take care and have a great day!

Stamps: PTI:Damask Designs
Embellishments: SU: Basic Black Ribbon , PTI: True Black Buttons,  EK Success: Rhinestones
Card Stock: Stampin' UP!
Designer Paper: Making Memories
Ink: VersaMark,
Other: Gypsy: Just Because Cards and Off the Wall D├ęcor, foam adhesive

Monday, June 14, 2010

Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge #11

Hello Everyone!
This week Kim's Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge is inspired by the collage photo you see above. We were to use dark chocolate, robin's egg blue, and white. 

I started with a 5 x 5 square card in Stampin' UP!'s Chocolate Chip. I then used my Big Shot to cut my Scallop Square with the DCWV Robin #3 card stock next I took my scallop square cut out and ran it through my Big Shot again using my Woodgrain Impression Plate by Papertrey Ink. I love how it turned out.

Last but not least I used my Cricut for my cute little Owl! I just think he is adorable!

Card Stock: Stampin' UP!: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, DCWV Robin #3
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square Die, Impression Plate, Cricut, Circle punches, PTI Woodgrain Impression plate, pop dots

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge with Labels

Embellish Magazine is having a color Challenge with Labels the colors we are to use are Yellow, Brown and Coral as seen in the above photograph as well as using a label to showcase a sentiment or embellishment. I love to wear coral and brown together and adding the yellow was just divine I really enjoyed putting this card together.

I changed things up and decided to go with something different than a standard A2 size card.  It came out great and just what I wanted to accomplish.

I took a strip of Papertrey Ink's Berry Sorbet card stock and stamped it with Papertrey Ink's Perfect Match Berry Sorbet ink in Polka Dot Background Basics and adhered it it to a Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip card stock base. I then cut SU So Saffron card stock and background stamped it with PTI Background Basics: Retro using VersaMark ink.  It is hard to see the background on the So Saffron since it is a lighter color, but if you click on the picture you should be able to enlarge it to get a better look. For added dimension, I pop dotted the So Saffron background off the Berry Sorbet and Chocolate Chip base. I then added my label and embellishments.

I really enjoyed this challenge and I hope to be able to participate in other Embellish Magazine Challenges in the future. Mahalo to Walzingmouse Stamps for sponsoring it with Embellish Magazine.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Stamps: PTI, Backgroun Basics: Polka Dot Basics II, Retro, Stampin' UP! Vintage Labels
Embellishments: EK Success Dahila flowers, Berry Sorbet Button, Lemon Tart Button, Chocolate Chip Button
Card Stock: Stampin' UP!: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, PTI Berry Sorbet
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa, VersaMark, PTI: Berry Sorbet

Other Accessories: Marvey Oval punches and linen thread

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Use those supplies we all have!

I challenged myself to make a card that HAD to use the flowers you see in this card.

While I was at my friend Laurel’s house we were talking about our various crafting supplies we have and those we want {NEED wink wink}, as well as having things I have never even used yet, and I had mentioned purchasing these cute little flower embellishments and that I have never even used them. My crafting to do list this week I set a challenge for myself to make a card and use them!

I started with stamping the background image in Stampin UP Craft White on Kraft craft stock. {I heart Kraft} I wanted just a tiny border around the Kraft card stock to peek out.

I added dew drops to the centers of my flowers and set my bordered stamped image off slightly so I could embellish the side of my card with some very cute buttons!

How about you? Do you have supplies you have not used in awhile? Why don't you challenge yourself to use them in your next project?

Off to start another busy day!



Stamps: Green Thumb, Background Basics: Retro (PTI)

Embellishments: Ribbon: Stampin UP Whisper White Satin, Buttons: Button Latte Stampin UP, linen thread, Dew Drops Clear

Punches: oval and scallop oval by Stampin’ UP

Card Stock: Stampin UP

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Stampin UP Craft White

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

High Flying Birthday Wishes!

I just love this stamp set by Unity Stamp Company. It is so fun to play and color with!
I am sending this off to my dear sweet friend in New York, so I hope she enjoys!
Tip: Don't throw those ribbon scraps away after you tie off your bows they make a nice addition to tuck in any card. Want not waste not I say!
Stamps: Unity Stamps Love is in the Air Embellishments: Ribbon: Stampin Up, Buttons: Brights and Beetle Black from The Angel Company Card Stock: DCWV Textured Robin #2 and Whisper White Stampin Up Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black

Who wants a Mother's Day Cricut Cartridge?

I do I do!!
Chris Wooten at Turned Gypsy is giving one a way and all you have to do for your chance to win is tweet, blog and facebook about it, and let her know in the comment section of her giveaway post, and that is it.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

July 4th Card!

Well, I wanted to get a jump start on my 4th of July Cards and I still had my Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch sitting out from my Wee Memories punch challenge and I had my Hero Arts Circle Doily Lace Stamp Sitting on my craft table and I thought I can make a clean and simple Americana card quickly, so I did.
The Doily Lace Stamp was stamped in Vintage Cream on Stampin Up Kraft Card Stock for that antique feel.
Again, I promise the actual card looks way better in person!
These will be quick and simple to make for friends and family!
Have a great day!
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Greetings, Hero Arts Circle Doily Punch: Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch Cardstock: Stampin Up Riding Hood Red, Kraft, Brilliant Blue Ink: PTI Vintage Cream, The Angel Company Moulin Rouge

Wee Memories Punch it Challenge #9

Through the very talented Kim Wilson I have learned about another challenge and yet another fun blog called Wee Memories! This challenge was to break out our punches and incorporate those into our cards! Well, I just love punches and my hubby can testify to that as it becomes a storage issue for me because I just love them and I have many! So needless to say I could not pass up an opportunity to play with my punches! {Wink}
I used a total of 8 on this fun little number.
1) Giga Scallop Circle
2) Mega Circle
3) Key Tag punch for the popsicle with the scallop circle used for the "bite"
4) Word Window punch for the stick
5) Scallop circle punch
6) 1 3/8 circle punch
7) Tag corner punch
8) Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch
Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

OTWC, #10, Mad Hatter Madness!!!

Kim’s challenge at Off the Wall Craftiness this week was a fun one, but was for sure a challenge for me! The theme for the week was “Alice in Wonderland”. I had fun playing along! There is also a treasure hunt at to go along with the challenge this week, and I have tried a few times, but I have not been successful in my hunt for "Alice". So it goes! Again, the card looks much better in real life than I can capture. Until I can get a better lens for my camera I just cannot get the shots I am happy with. My son asked me when he woke up where I bought the Alice In Wonderland card at, so I thought that was cute. (He is only 4). Thanks for looking! This was fun and outside the box for me! I love Alice in Wonderland! I want to keep creating more of these cards! Tammy {Recipe} Stamps: Crafty Secrets Greetings From Wonderland Dies: Sizzix Tea Cup and Cricut Just Because Radish Label cut Coloring: Copics Designer Paper: My Minds Eye Lush Black and Floral Collection Cardstock: Stampin Up Rhinestone Embellies EK Success Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage touch tea dye, VersaMark

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A couple of cards that were quick and easy!

Quick post of some cards I had to quickly make. My son was in a Rodeo with the Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii a couple of weeks back (he is 4). He was part of the "Lead Line Drill Team", and basically he just had to sit on the pony and look cute. It was a Biker theme, but the Lead Line Team had to put it together for the little kiddos and they did a great job. Therapeutic riding has been a great tool in helping my son improve his quality of life and build confidence and we are grateful to have found this resource, so I wanted to give THH a thank you along with some pictures from the Rodeo, so I thought the Biker Stamp from Stampin Up was perfect! Above is a birthday card I made using the Cricut Stamping Cartridge which I borrowed from a dear friend (Thank you Laurel). I borrowed this cartridge for another reason, but I loved the cuts on here because they are super simple, and I made this card for a sweet little girl turning 10. The Top layer is from my scrap box so I can't recall the name of the pink, but I am sure it is Stampin Up and was embossed with my cuttlebug Divine Swirl embossing folder I then wrapped (wonky if you will) Gold Braid around the top layer before adhering it down. I used white gel pen on the lettering to make it stand out and I pop doted for added dimension. For a finishing touch I added pink dew drops to the crown. I actually used scraps for both these cards! There you have it!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge #9

Since I have been stumbling my way through blogland these last few days trying to set up my own blog and understand how it all works I have come across many blogs to find wonderful talent and inspiration out there and Kim Wilson's blog is no exception. I have always created to create for friends and family and that is my "me" time, but this could be fun and addicting! I can't wait to get through the elementary basics of blogging and understanding it all, so maybe I can take part in many more challenges if time permits.
I also apologize for my photograph another thing I need to work on is finding a good way to have my camera and cards talk to each other and agree to be photographed {grin}.
Okay, onto the card and challenge! I just loved the fun vibrant colors and inspiration Kim chose. It just sings happy to me! The inspiration photo is above! I just had to play along.
My card base is DCWV Textured card stock Robin #1 layered with Stampin Up card stock in Naturals Ivory stamped in Papertrey Ink's Orange Zest Polka Dot Basics II the edges were tea stained and rounded, my scalloped awning is Raspberry Fizz with Papertrey Ink's new Eyelet Lace Die in the DCWV Robin #1. Lastly I used Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack 1 die in the Robin#1 to stamp my sentiment from The Angel Company in the Orange Zest. I added a felt flower and Orange Zest buttons as a nice finishing touch!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Hula Anyone?

Seeing as I have been living in the Land of Aloha for 8 years I decided to make up some Hula Girl birthday cards. The inspiration started with my ribbon. I have had this ribbon in my cute little ribbon jar for sometime, so I decided to set her free to hula right on to this card!
I used a combination of stamps that I have collected since living in Hawaii, but my Hula Girl is from Stampin Up's "Do the Hula" (retired). I used my copic markers for the shading. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics.
Hugs and Hulas!