Monday, February 28, 2011

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge

What a dreary day we have here in New England.  Cold (36 degrees), Wet (steady rain all day), blah!  I can't wait to turn the calendar over tomorrow to March.  Maybe we will see a little green and sunshine in March.  Spring - Come on over!

My card post today is very cheerful and spring like. This is for the My Favorite Things Wed Sketch Challenge. Thanks for looking and leaving a comment.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bloggers Challenge Sketch

Hi Bloggers!   Today's post is for the Friday Bloggers Challenge.  This week we had a sketch challenge.  I took a little poetic license with this because I wanted to use my pretty mat stack die.  So my middle rectangle image is a little over-sized compared to the sketch, but hopefully it's close enough.  I loved the circular lines in the die so I decided to use the SU Aviary stamp set for my creation.  That stamp set also has some beautiful round lines all over so I thought it would go.  The paper is from 'My Minds Eye' alphabet soup.  I love the blues and reds together.  The solid cardstock is poppy from SU and the ink is poppy and baja breeze.  As I keep saying in all my posts, I adore the SU seam binding ribbon for bows.  It's so easy to work with.  I split a roll with my friend for most colors, but I am sure I'm going to be out of the Baja Breeze color very soon.  For spring this has become my go-to color.  So fun! 

This sketch is very easy to do.  If you have a circle punch or die, you can totally make a card using this.  Want to try?  Just make your card and post it on a public site.  Then link it in.  It's easy.  I'd love to see some of you play along this week.  Why Not?  Need some inspiration?  Check out what the other bloggers did with this sketch by clicking on their link.

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to get some stamping done - in New England it will be dreary.  Come back next week for more posts!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Thank You

Today's post is a card I whipped up yesterday.  Our family has a christmas craft exchange each year.  We do the exchange in January and I couldn't attend the party live, but my sister picked up my gift and delivered it to me a few weeks ago. So that is why I'm so late with a Christmas thank you card.  Since it's almost March, it seemed appropriate to do a spring themed card.  So this card hit the mail yesterday to my dear cousin Jan, thanking her for the beautiful hand made basket she got for me.

This card uses the new SU Easter Blossoms set and the new DSP to match.  I also used the Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon.  Isn't it adorable?  I got it to ruche by sewing a stitch down the middle (basting stitch) and pulling it in.  This ribbon is great to work with.

The image is colored with copics and the buds are added with Ranger Pearl.  The sentiment is from a Michaels stamp and I added a PTI button and string ribbon.  I used the PTI envelope die to include a matching envelope.

Thanks for looking - have a great day.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bloggers Challenge Emboss Me/MFTWsc7


Today's post is a combination of the bloggers challenge emboss challenge and the MFT sketch challenge.

For bloggers challenge fit was titled 'emboss me.'  I love embossing so I decided to do two types of embossing on my card.  The first type of emboss technique I learned was heat embossing.  So my sentiment is done this way.  To get this result, stamp your image on Versamark instead of ink.  Then sprinkle clear embossing powder on tip and then use a heat gun until the whole thing gets a nice clear glow.  Don't put heat on too long.  I've burned a card before!

My second emboss technique is using my cuttlebug.  Can you see that there are letters on the green paper?  I cut my mat layer out and then ran it through the cuttlebug with the embossing folder (PTI) and it makes an impression.  It adds a little texture and interest.

The main focal image is made with a new MFT dienamics die.  It has three images and it's so fun and easy to mix and match papers to get the right effect.

The papers are from SU and October Afternoon.  SU retired soft sky and SU old olive.  The ribbon is also SU.  The string bow and ribbon just finish it off (and make it match the MFT sketch challenge.)
MFT sketch  challenge image below:

Thanks for looking, thanks for commenting.  The links below will take you to the other bloggers who did the emboss challenge.  Check them out.  There are some very cute cards.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Think Spring

Hello Bloggers,

Don't you just love spring images in February?  I do.  Any little taste of spring I can get this time of year is welcome.  I love to go to flower shows in Feb/March.  I love to buy little bouquets of spring flowers at the grocery store in Feb/March.  I also love to play with spring colors and spring images in my card making this time of year.

Below are a few of the spring cards I made this weekend.
Above is a spring sympathy card I made with my new Great Impressions stamp.  Do you see the little stitching in the lower left corner?  That was done with my new sew easy tool and some ivory emboidery thread.  It adds a nice little texture and accent. 

 The card above is so pretty.  I love the pink cherry blossom.  This is the new Spring/Easter stamp set from SU from their occasions mini catalog.  Love this image.  The paper is blushing bride and the patterned paper is SU's new DSP for spring.  BEAUTIFUL.    I colored her in with copics - three colors of pink starting with the light color on the whole flower and then accenting with the darker colors.  The buds are a mix of a little green and platinum liquid pearls.  The ribbon is the new SU bias tape in rose red.  This stuff is great.  Very easy to work with - especially for making bows. This card will be going to my co-worker.  Her birthday is Wed.  I fancied it up by adding images to the inside and patterned paper to the envelope using my pti envelope die.  So sweet.  I can smell spring just looking at this.

Lastly, below is a gift I received from my stamping friend Karen.  Aren't those just darling?  Inside are chocolates.  Very sweet.  She loves making boxes and favors.  These are just gorgeous.

Well, I hope you have a fun valentines day.  If you are single - I hope you find something fun to do. If you are married or in a relationship I hope you are able to express your love to your sweetie.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cards for Soldiers St. Patrick's Day

Okay.  I'm not Irish.  I never really got St. Patrick's Day.  I kind of still don't.  In college we would leave classes at head to the local townie bar and drink green beer.  There have been a few years where we've eaten corned beef and cabbage, but again, it's not my kind of holiday.  BUT, Pam from Card for soldiers did a blog update saying she had very few St. Patrick's Day cards for the soldiers.  I figure some of them are probably irish and it may be a big deal for them.  SO, I was inspired to make a few cards.  My challenge is that I have no St. Patrick's Day images.   Just this little 4 leaf clover.  But, as you can see, with a lot of green and some creativity, you can pretty much make a card for any occasion.   So, I made about a dozen of these this past week and boxed them up.  I truly hope that they are a blessing to a family who has a loved one in the military. Next Cards for Soldiers holiday?  Easter.  I'll be making those in the next few weeks.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bloggers Challenge Love

Happy Friday,
I am excited for the weekend.  I will be spending time with some stamping friends and some time with my family.  What more could a girl want in a weekend??  Well some sunshine and warm weather would be good, but I'm not going to even go there today!  Brrr, negative degrees for my drive to work today. 

This weeks bloggers challenge was the theme of LOVE.  How easy is that?  I had been browsing some of my card making magazines and saw a darling card someone made where they stitched the stems of flowers.  That became the inspiration for my creation today.  I used the new easy stitch and embroidery thread for the stitching on the stems.  The stitching on the edges was from my Jenome sew mini machine.  I also used my new banner die for the first time.  I love it.  I hope to fit this in with many more creations.
You probably can't see well from the photo, but there are teeny tiny buttons with bows as the flower centers.    The stamp is from last years SU sale a bration set.  It's a cute one and I need to remember to pull it out more often.  The colors are SU poppy and whisper white.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge

Do you like to mix things up when you make cards?  I don't know that I like it, but I do find that I am often mixing things up to accomplish something specific.  For this card I wanted to do two things.  Both required mixing it up a bit.  First I wanted to create a card that could be used in the MFT sketch challenge.  However, the image I wanted to use was a vertical image.  The sketch was horizontal.  So I flipped the sketch on the side.  Second I wanted to create a St. Patrick's Day card to send to Pam for her pack of cards for cards for soldiers.  So, my a la mode girl was originally holding a clock, but I mixed it up by having her hold instead an image of a shamrock.

I think it came out just fine.  Do you like the fact that our young girl has gray hair?  I have some young friends who have had grey hair since their late 20's so I thought it would be fun to use this hair color instead of my usual browns and blondes.  I also had fun doing lots of dots with this one. I also had fun using green, a color we don't see a lot of here in New England these days.

Thanks for looking and especially thanks for commenting.  You make my day when you leave me notes.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday,

Did you read my blog yesterday?  I was so bummed out after I posted.  I went right away, after posting, to link in my PTI contest submission only to realize I had my contest information wrong.  The deadline for submission was 7:00am - not 7:00pm.  I posted at 9:00am.  Oh well, I still have a beautiful card in my inventory now AND there were 525 entries listed before me, so my odds of winning were low to start.

But, I HOPE I am still on time for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge this week.  I believe the deadline is Tuesday at noon, so I am allowing PLENTY of time to be sure my submission is included.

So, on to today's card.  I love this image - so darling.  I especially love to color her up with browns and neutrals.  The paper is all coordinating from Bo Bunny.  This is from their crazy love pack.  I love those little 6X6 paper packs.  They make a card come together super fast since you can mix and match any of the papers together.  The base card is SU very vanilla and the coffee girl is colored with copics.  The ribbon is a combination of twill and bakers twine and the sentiment is from an old SU set.  I love the 'just for you' sentiment because it leaves the card very versatile.  When I need to send this out, I'll just add a specific sentiment inside - either Thank you or Happy Birthday or whatever.

Have a great day.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Paper Trey Ink Anniversary Contest #2

Hello Bloggers,
Happy Monday!  Did you watch the superbowl last night?  Did your team win???  We had a power outage last night from 5:00-7:00.  Yikes.  The men in the house were quite anxious.  Fortunately the power came on again and everyone was able to both watch the game and have their junk food - albeit a little later than originally planned.  I stamped while the game was on.  I love the fact that my craft space is in the back half of the finished basement.  So the guys were on the couch and I was at my craft table behind them.

So today's card is the second contest for PTI.   Today's contest was to use one of the free digital downloads and make a card.  I had trouble choosing from the downloads.  There are several and they are all so sweet.  I was in a spring mood, so I chose this image from.  I chose Ali Miles darling floral image.  You can download the images yourself by clicking the link below.

To enter the contest, go to Nicole's Blog 'Capture the moment' but do so quick.  The deadline for this contest ends at 7:00pm today (Feb 7th!)

My card above uses PTI's paper Everyday blessings on Kraft Card Stock.  The image is cut with PTI's circle is from the 1 3/4 limitless layers die set.  I love this.  Very versatile.  The ribbon is a double layer - PTI's white silk and PTI's twine.  The button is from the Christmas mix.  Thanks for looking, have a great day.  Stop by in the morning Tuesday to see my MFT sketch.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Paper Trey Ink Contest

Hi Bloggers,

Don't you just love a contest?  I get so excited about the possibility of winning!  I never win mind you, but I still get excited about the prospect.  Papertrey ink just announced a contest to win a fabulous assortment of products and it's super easy to participate since all I need to do to be entered is choose one of my favorite PTI projects from last year, re-post it on my blog today and link it in.  I had fun going back through my blog entries last year and knew right away that this one was my absolute favorite - even though I had several to choose from.

This was my first try at a clear card.  It added a lot of 'umph' to the card.  I love it.  Now don't think I'm super clever and creative with this card.  I cased it from the uber talented Debbie Olsen.  This was her card design and I just recreated it as a birthday card for my sister.

And before I go today, I have to show you my snow pictures.  I had fun looking at Dawn McVey's pictures and while she does have quite a bit of snow - we have so much more.  I live outside of Boston and we have record breaking quantities of snow.   I think we have a total accumulation of 4.5 feet.  A few more inches are coming today.  The first photo is from the sidewalk in my neighborhood.  When the dogs and I 'go in' we can hardly see over the side to the road.  For the short dogs, it's a walking tunnel.  Snow on all sides!
And check out my deck!  This was BEFORE the storm we had on Tues/Wed .  If my hubby hadn't cleared it, it would have spilled over the railings.  Can you see the 'snow cake' on top of the table to the right of the picture?  Funny!
The last three photos below are from our snow shoeing excursion on Sunday 1/31.  Isn't it beautiful.  The first photo is the doggies joyfully running up the hill in the snow shoe tracks.  They were so glad to get outside and get some exercise.  The others are just gorgeous scenery on the sunshiny day.

Friday, February 4, 2011

BC 198 Color challenge Black, White, Red

Hi Bloggers, Are you glad it's Friday?  I know I am.  However, I am not excited about the winter mix storm that is heading our way for Saturday.  Today is beautiful - sunny and warmer - maybe 32 or so.  I think Sunday will be similar, but Saturday - rain, sleet, snow... yuck.

So, I confess, this challenge really challenged me and I don't know why.  I mean how hard is it to use three colors in a card - jeez, I do it all the time.  But I struggle with the color red.  When I first read the challenge I heard use Red, White and Black.  So my mind went to using red as the primary color and white and black as an accent.  That sounded hard.  But when I changed it around and thought about making a black and white card with some red accents - easy smeazy!  So once I changed my focus, it all came together.

This is actually a mini-card that will be another one of my cookie sunday cards.  It is 4 X 3 1/2.  The base is actually very vanilla.  I wanted something other than black for the back.  Next came a layer of basic black.  The next is a SU DSP that was cut to size and then trimmed with my corner rounder.  Next layer is antique lace ribbon (don't know why I don't use this more often!) On top of that is some whisper white embossed with criss-cross, also rounded.  Then on top is a circle nestie cut out and stamped with one of my all time favorites - SU's rose double stamp set.  The colors for the rose are real red first, then riding hood red for the second rose stamp.  The green is first pear pizzaz, then wild wasabi.  If you've never tried 'two step stamping' you must. It's not too hard and does add a level of interest to the image. Oh, and I used a post it note to mask the rose when I stamped on my leaves.

The embellishments on top are some cheapo black/white polka dot ribbon made into a bow topped with a red felt heart with twine bow laced inside.  

So that's my Bloggers Challenge for the week!  We have some great card makers in our group. In my blog now is the BC blog hop.  You can see all the others designs and if you want to play along and make a card with these colors - please link it up to my site.  It's fun to be challenged.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Birthday Card for Mom

Isn't this spring image just darling?  Doesn't it make you LONGGGG for spring?  I love working with pastel copics.  My mom, sister and cousin (and their husbands and families) are all coming in this weekend for a special birthday celebration for my mom.  I'm hoping the winter mix that is predicted doesn't mess with the travel plans.  This card features a cute image from the retired stamp company Elzybells.  I used a sketch inspiration which made this card come together in a snap.  Once I decided on the image, there were only a few sketches that could accommodate a large vertical image so that settled that.  The papers are all stampin up.  The pink is pretty in pink - embossed with my cuttlebug.  The green is a DSP in old olive from last years catalog.  The ribbon is blushing bride and the happy birthday sentiment is from last years Sale A Bration set with the fancy cake and bird cage.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mini card

Happy snowy Tuesday to you all,

Wow, what wild weather we are all having.  I just realized today that we have received about 1 foot of snow each week since Christmas.  We got about 6 inches yesterday for round 1 of the storm and luckily we only got another three inches for round 2, but it just started with round 3 so who knows how much we'll have at the end of the day.    My dear husband cleared the snow off the deck this weekend, but if he hadn't, the snow would have gone over the railings with today's storm.   Yikes.  I like snow, but this is a little much even for me.

But it has been good for crafting.  With all that snow, there has been lots of time down in the craft room.

So I'm making decent progress on my mini cards for cookie sunday.  As I shared in my last post, our church sends care packages and I am making 25 mini cards to include.

Today's card isn't valentines like, but it is cute and I thought it was perfect given our weather.