Monday, January 31, 2011

Busy Weekend - Lots of cards made

Hello bloggers,
Did you have a good weekend? Mine seemed very short.  My hubby and I had a nice time snow shoeing.  Lucky for me, he went slow so I wasn't winded too terribly badly.  Besides snow shoeing, I was a busy card maker yesterday.  Want to see what I made?

These top 4 are for our church's 'cookie sunday.'  Every year the church has the congregation make cookies and goodies and they make care packages for the college students and active military serving overseas.  As part of it, me and another woman are making some small valentines to include in the boxes.  Here are a few designs I played with.  Which is your favorite?  Between the two of us, we'll need to make 50 so I'll probably make 5 of 5 different designs.  I need to come up with a more masculine design.  I'll work on that tonight.



This last one is for the MFT wednesday sketch challenge.  I had these shaker cards around for a while and felt really compelled to use one.  It's fun - especially for a younger person.  Here I just filled the plastic bubble with some multi-colored beads.  I've seen people do these with bird seed and I've made one with sand.
Have a great Monday.  I'll be back later this week with more challenges and cookie sunday creations.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

MFT Guest Designer Challenge - A recipe for love - peekaboo I love you

Good morning bloggers,

It's a cold and cloudy day here in New England.  After I finish this post it's off to take the dogs for a quick walk and then head to church.  Later this afternoon, my hubby and I will head out and do some snow shoeing.  I hope he is willing to go slow.  I am so out of shape, I'm sure I'll be going very slowly and get winded easily.  BUT, I'm excited to get outside and get moving. What are your plans this afternoon?  Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

So, about this card.  The recipe from MFT was to use ONE designer paper, TWO colors of card stock (and a neutral), a valentines theme, an MFT product (or two) and THREE embellishments.  So here is what I came up with...



I was dying to use my new MFT 'Peekaboo' girl and thought she would look great with a paper pieced dress of this SEI Claire DSP.  As for the sentiment, I wanted something that would work for a valentines theme, but didn't really think any of the peekaboo sentiments fit the bill, so I decided to improvise by mixing two PI sentiments together.  Lucky for me, my other PI set (Love you with all my heart) had a sentiment that started with I love you.  So I used post it notes to mask the unwanted words to come up with my sentiment - peekaboo, I love you.  The photo's below should give you a pretty good idea of how to do the mask in case you ever find yourself in the same predicament.  That die cut piece just gets tucked under the patterned paper so it just shows through with the sentiment piece.  Darling isn't it?

A few other notes - I wanted her socks to be white and I'm not very good at getting my copics to take cream paper and make white so I decided to stamp on white and color the shoes grey (on the white) and then paper pieced the socks and shoes to the card.  The dress is also paper pieced.  To do this, just stamp your image on the patterned paper, cut the dress out and adhere on top of the colored image.  It's really very easy to do.  If you haven't tried it, go for it!

So, the card has patterned paper (SEI, Claire)
Two colors of card stock (SU blushing bride and SU soft suede)
1 color of neutral (pti cream)
3 embellishments (satin ribbon with bow, button, tiny gemstones on dress, shoes and barrette.)
A valentines theme (inside greeting)
MFT products (Pure Innocence stamp set, Dienamic dies.)
Other products used:  Spellbinder Nesties (scallop, circle and 'other shape'), PTI scallop die (for bottom of the patterned paper and of course - copics - colors below.  NOTE:  For skin, I use floral white with shading with skin tone plus pink blended in on cheeks.
Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

BC 197 Birthday Theme

Hi Bloggers,

Today's challenge was birthday.  I love birthday challenges almost as much as sketch challenges.  I always have a need for a birthday card.

This card was very fun to work with.  The cosmo cricket Togetherness line is so cute.  Love these colors and how well they go together.  The image is from SU.  A classic birthday image/sentiment that works for any age.

I'm going to make a few of these (maybe different color schemes) and give them as a gift pack to my boss to thank him for his support (and the copic markers he bought me.) He has two little kids so I'm sure he's always got a need (well his wife always has a need) for birthday cards for any age.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Look what I got - see what I made

Hi Bloggers,

Well I mentioned in my last blog that I was away for 2 weeks.  I was in Germany, Taiwan and Japan doing some training at our sales offices.  I had been really looking forward to shopping for some new Copics while in Japan, but I wasn't feeling well and ended my trip one day early so I didn't get to go.  However, my very sweet boss, was out and about Thursday night (after I left) and picked me up a sampling of Copics.  I think that is so sweet of him.

I had also noticed a stamping/scrapbooking store on line that was in Taipei.  I was able to go to that store while in Taiwan.  So below is a photo of the goodies I got.  The stamp set is a 'chinese new year set' from Komiko.  It is very sweet.  In early February, most asian countries will celebrate chinese new year - this year is the year of the rabbit.

I made these two cards with that stamp set and hope to get down to the craft room this weekend to make some more.  I hope to mail these out to my Taiwanese co-workers next week.





I like the pink one a little better.  I think those colors and patterned papers have more of an asian feel to them.  I'll probably do a few more with those colors.

So, I had a funny story when I went to the store in Taiwan.  It was called created with love.  Conveniently it was only a few subway stops away from my hotel so it was easy to get to.  The owner was very nice and friendly.  She also spoke excellent english.  She had a lot of nice things - many of the same things we have here in the states.  She told me that her clients love western style images and stamps - so she stocks a lot of that.  The only sad thing was the prices were high.  I'm sure it's a lot to ship and import this stuff in from the states, so I didn't buy much.  So, on to the funny part.  She told me she had just gone to the states for the first time in October.  She said she was in the Boston area.  She had gone to get Zentangle certified and described that she was 45 minutes away from the airport and stayed at a religious retreat for the certification.  She showed me her beautiful zentangle work and encouraged me to look into it since I live in the Boston area.  Well wouldn't you know it, she was certified in Whitinsville MA.  I live in Whitinsville MA.  How strange is that.  I'm half way around the world and meet a women who was in my home town.  Funny.  Anyway, she has me curious about zentangle.  I may take a class with my mom, next time she is in town.  I think she'd love it.  It's more artistic than stamping and is relaxing and meditative.   She'll love it.

Well, that's enough for today.  We got a TON of snow here last night (again.)  check out my back porch.  One more good storm and it will spill over the deck railings.

Crazy!!!  Time to dig out my snow shoes for a nice walk this weekend!

Monday, January 24, 2011

My Favorite Things cards - Wed sketch

Hi all,

Did you know I was gone?  I tricked some of you all by pre-posting some entries before I left on my 2 week trip.  I'm back now and so happy to be card making, blogging and sleeping in my own bed!

Below are two cards using the MFT wed sketch.  The first card below is very appropriate for today.  Here in New England it was 14 below on my drive to work this morning.  That was BEFORE the windchill factor.  BRRR.. 

This next card is a cutie I made that will probably go to my dear husband for valentines day.    Isn't this a darling image?  My friend Kim let me stamp off the image and I did two - one on the patterned paper and one on the very vanilla so I could paper piece this together.
Recipe for flurry of love:
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White (SU), Baja Breeze DSP (SU)
Stamp Set:  MFT Pure Innocence: Flurry of Love, Sentiment from A*Muse
Accessories:  Snowflake Die (Dienamics), Silver Brad, Copics, Stickles (for snow flakes and on hat/boots.)

Recipe for Key to my heart
Card Stock: Alphabet Soup by My Minds Eye, Very Vanilla SU
Stamp:  Key to my heart MFT
Accessories:  Copics, Ribbon (PTI), Crystal Effects (for on top of black shoes to look like patent leather.), Gold Stickles (for key.)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 21, 2011

BC 196 themed pattern paper challenge

Hello Bloggers,
I am not in love with my card above, but aren't the soft colors just fabulous?  I love that soft pink and green.  So fun!  Today's challenge was to work with themed patterned paper.  I was excited to work with this pixie paper collection from memory box.  I had gotten the 6X6 set to use for all my spring projects and love it.  There is only one problem.  I do not have hardly any memory box stamps and when I started playing with the themed paper I could not find one image in my home that I thought matched the paper.  So I decided to just work with a sentiment and grabbed this cute and  classic happy birthday sentiment from my SU retired Birthday set.  This will work just fine for a female birthday.  But you know what this means don't you?  I need to bring home one of the darling pixie stamps that memory box just released.

Thanks for looking.  Thanks for leaving a comment.

Recipe below:
Stamp Set:  SU retired Birthdays
Papers:  Memory Box Pixie pack, Blushing bride (SU), Certainly Celery (SU), Natural white (SU)
Ink: SU Blushing bride on stamp and as sponge effect on the natural white.

Friday, January 14, 2011

BC 195 sketch challenge

I finally got to play with my new PTI bird set.  How darling is this? 

I was thankful that this week we had a sketch challenge.  The sketch made it easy to get started.  Sometimes a blank slate and a new stamp set can be overwhelming.  When you limit yourself to a sketch, it narrows the scope down and makes it easier (at least for me.)
Above is the sketch.  I intentionally left the sentiment off this card.  I am putting this one in my 'use when needed box.'  When an occasion comes up (and I don't have time to custom make a card) I go to the box and finish off the card with the appropriate sentiment.  I hope to do more of these this year.  It makes life so much easier when you have a card for any occasion.

Recipe:
Stamp:  Little Bitty Bird PTI
Paper:  Kraft (PTI), Soft Sky (SU retired), tempting turqoise (SU), Very Vanilla (SU)
Ribbon: Twill
Ink:  Brown Momento, Assorted Copics.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Chocolate!

I know it's the season for dieting and yes, I too will be back with weight watchers this month, but I couldn't resist making this cute chocolate card to send to my step mother.  She had found a great chocolate cake mix at BJ's.  It was made especially for BJ's by Ghiardelli chocolate.  But then they stopped making it.  She had one box and made the cake for our visit but that was it - no more.  She had found out that Ghiardelli still made the muffin mix and got information on how to use the muffin mix for cake, but then discovered they don't sell that in the southwest.  When I got back to Mass after our visit in Arizona I saw the muffin mix at Shaws so I grabbed the last two boxes on the shelf.  This card will accompany those two muffin boxes in a thank you package today.

So about this darling card.  Don't you love those polka dots?  This is for the MFT Wednesday sketch challenge.  I had two sheets of this beautiful chocolate and cream polka dot paper.  One paper had small polka dots, the other large.  I used 4 small rectangles of large polka dots under the banner.  For my sentiment I couldn't resist adding this A*Muse sentiment from last years easter release.  It just works.  I'll put my thank you sentiment on the inside.  The image is from MFT.  I got to borrow this stamp set from my friend Kim. The sketch is below:  It's really a fun one - try it yourself.  If you post a card using this sketch to split coast stampers with the keyword MFTWSC1, you'll be eligible for a $15.00 gift certificate.


Thanks for looking.  Thanks for leaving a comment.

Friday, January 7, 2011

BC 194 - Color Challenge (Brown, Green, Yellow)

Hello bloggers,
Is everyone back to the normal routine in the new year?  Is everyone staying warm?  It's very cold here in New England this week and I am already hopeful for spring.  Even the dogs don't want to go outside. Since I am hopeful for spring, I decided to do my bloggers challenge card with a spring theme.  Flowers!





This card is a beautiful image from the new Memory Box collection. It is a little different than the images I am normally drawn to, but the card sample for this really caught my eye and I decided to bring this baby home and stamp her up.  I have to give credit to David Brethauer.  I totally copied this card (EXACTLY) from the sample in the store.  Sometimes the original is so beautiful it is not right to alter it.  You can see his card (with the memory box release) on his blog below:

http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/

Dave uses pencils for most of his coloring.  I tried making this with my copics but the colors I have aren't quite right - a little too yellow in my markers to get this beautiful shade of pink.  Colored pencils are really quite fun to work with and very forgiving.  I will have to remember to use them more often.  For those who are new stampers who want to try some 'coloring in' images - pencils is a great way to start.  they are affordable and easy to work with.  I used Prisma color pencils on the above card, but other brands work well also.

The recipe for my card above is below:
Stamp:  Adore Peony Collage (memory box)
Ink:  momento black, PTI ink spot (chai) for the edges.
paper:  Memory box peony card, SU retired barely banana, SU whisper white, SU chocolate chip
Pencils:  Assorted prisma colored pencils, blended with Sansador and a blender stick.
Note:  prisma pencils, sandador and the blender stick are sold at AC Moore and Michaels in the art section. 

Thanks for looking - Have a great day.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jessa's Birthday card

I heard that MFT's Wednesday card challenge was to make a celebration card.  I first started the day making a darling celebration card - only I accidentally used no MFT products.  Silly me.  That card is cute and will come in handy for another post, but I was determined to whip up a celebration card using MFT so I could participate in this weeks give away.  So I got busy using my new DieNamics Banner Die.  I had yet to put this baby to use and figured a celebration card was a great inauguration.  So I started with 4 flags and began to assemble this card using a fun sketch.  As it came together I kept trying to think of what to put as the letters in the flags.  With 4 flags I was thinking BABY or LOVE but thought it would be better if it was someone's name.  So I asked my son when his friend Matt's birthday was, but was sad to hear it wasn't till May.  So then my son says 'you could make a card for Jessa, her birthday is tomorrow.'  Now I have been dying to make a card for Jessa's birthday but had not been asked before.  Jessa is a friend of my son Eric's, but not his girlfriend, although they went to the winter social together and seem to like each other pretty well.  So, it's very low key if you know what I mean.  So I asked, could I use 'Jess' and he said yes, but nobody calls her that.  So I pulled all my flags up (very carefully) and die-cut another one.  Then added the full name JESSA to the flags and re-applied till we got VOILA - the card you see pictured above.  I think it's darling and very appropriate for a friend turning 17 who is a girl, but not your girlfriend.  Inside it says 'may every part of your birthday have happy in it.'  My daughter and I giggled over other sentiments we could have used like 'birthday hugs and wishes' and 'love you.'  Eric was not amused.   Note to self ...... m u s t     s t o p    t e a s i n g   E r i c..... it's so darn easy to pick on him, but it won't give me any brownie points.  

Recipe below:

Die: Dienamics Banner; PTI Envelope Die
Stamp Set:  SU Celebrate (retired), SU alphabet (retired)
Paper: My Minds Eye alphabet soup, SU pear pizzaz, SU very Vanilla
Ink:  SU markers: Pear Pizzaz, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Baja Breeze; Momento Black
Accessories:  SU ribbon Certainly celery polytwill, PTI button (transparent aqua), Red Bakers Twine.

Thanks for looking, have a great week.