Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Favorites

I was visiting blogs this morning, and Louise over at With a Personal Touch gave me a great idea! Louise chose her favorite creation of 2009, and I thought I would do the same. But seriously, I couldn't just choose one - so here goes. If you click on the headings of the first 2 little section, you will be taken to the posts about the projects.

Chipboard Books
I started off this year making a few word books, and then a couple of dear friends at work had babies this year, and so I decided to make them each a special baby book. These books take quite a bit of time, but they are just so cute when they are finished.

Acrylic Books

I found the cutest little acrylic tag albums at Pat Catans. So I tried my hand at putting a couple of these together. These little albums are great because they go together very quickly, and they are perfect for smaller photos.


I spent a lot of time making cards this year (actually too much time!). These were my favorite cards of the year. If you click on the card, you will go to the original post (if there was one).

I want to thank all of you who visit my blog and find any kind of inspiration here. I have so much fun visiting all of the blogs out there and am always in awe of all of your talent.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Colour Create!

It's that time again - Colour Create Time! Sharon chose the most beautiful colour scheme this week - Lemon and Lime.

Michelle's Scrapbooking is sponsoring this challenge. Details are over at Colour Create.

Head on over there to check out all of her new products.

I am sorry I don't have a lot to show today. We came down with a nasty bug that lasted up to Christmas day. And then we were traveling to visit my family for the holiday. I managed to squeak out some little Valentines.

These are just little 3" cards that a decorated. Those little stamps are from the Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats set. There are alot of cute stamps from that set that I am hoping to use for my kids Valentines this year, so please stay tuned.

If you really want to see some talent, check out the rest of the design teams projects. WOW - these ladies blow me away every challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Joy to the World!

Hi everyone! I have really been out of commission the last week or so. I actually made this card last week, but never got around to posting it. We needed a quick card for my son's teacher at school and so I used the colors from the Play Date Cafe. I know this post is late, but I am linking back to the challenge anyway because I just loves these colors!

Here is my card:

I used the Cuttlebug Victoria folder to emboss the bottom of the tan cardstock. I added some gold pigment ink to the folder, and then I heat embossed with glittery embossing powder so it would give that sparkly effect

Thanks for Looking!

{Joy to the World Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (PTI) Holiday Button Bits
Ink and Buttons: PTI Enchanted Evening
Embossing with Cuttlebug Victoria folder and Archival Ink Galaxy Gold - heat embossed with Whispers Holograph embossing powder
Misc: Ribbon, hemp cord, glass beads

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Burgundy, Pink, and Cream

Colour Create Time again! Seems like the last challenge just started, and we are already on to a new one. The colours this week were chosen by the lovely and talented Dena - Burgundy, Pink, and Cream.

Isn't that a cool inspiration photo? Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. Please head over there and check out their fabulous selection of products! You can get details about the prize at Colour Create.

And, here is my card:

I found this cute little set of Hero Arts stamps that included 2 little Asian dolls and one stamp that was a thank you message. So I used the thank you stamp with Papertey Ink Scarlet Jewel ink and made a background on a piece of pink cardstock - you can see the thank you messages peaking through the spaces on the burgundy paper. I also stamped the flowers with the same background.

For the doll, flowers, and burgundy background, I used images from the Cricut Pagoda cartridge. I welded the bamboo screen image to a frame. The screen image had all of the spaces that I wanted so that the thank you messages would show through

The "thanks so much" sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages, also stamped in Scarlet Jewel ink. I inked all of the edges with Scarlet Jewel as well. And I added the fancy little jewel embellishments to the flowers.

If you get a chance, please head on over to all of the other design team members blogs. They all have some beautiful creations to share with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

{Thanks so Much Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Hero Arts Asian Dolls, Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Papaertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel
Flowers and doll cut from Cricut Pagoda cartridge. Bacground was a welded square frame from the Cricut George cartridge with the bamboo screen image from Cricut Pagoda.
Misc: gem centers for flowers


I have been wanting to participate in the Embellish Magazine Color challenge, and I am finally able to do so. Check out this inspiration picture:

I just loved this color combo! I haven't used yellow in awhile, and it is so nice and cheerful, so I just had to find the time! I also used the sketch from Papertake Weekly:

Here is my entry:

I printed the sentiment on cream cardstock with my computer. The fancy font is Freebooter Script and the block style font is Californian. I embossed the kraft cardstock with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder.

I added a ribbon ruffle at the bottom. I found this fancy ribbon some time ago, and just never had an occasion to use it. I also used the Fiskars Apron Lace punch at the bottom. In addition to various snowflake stamps, I used the Guidelines Two images for some of the snowflakes on the cream cardstock with the sentiment. I sprinkled some sparkly embossing powder on the stamped snowflakes and heat embossed for a little sparkle. But I love sparkle, so it really needed the little gems too!

My favorite little tool these days is the iTop - I can make brads to match anything! For these brads, I stamped one of the images from the Papertrey Ink Guidelines 2 set using Dark Chocolate ink on aqua cardstock.

Thanks so Much for Looking!

{Snowflakes Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Guidelines Two, Clear Dollar Stamps Fanciful Flakes set
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, VersaMagic Sea Breeze
iTop used to make brads
Embossing with Cuttlebug Victoria folder
Fiskars Apron Lace edge punch
Mics: Whispers Holograph Embossing powder, gems, ribbon

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

~Hunting~ for a card...

Good Morning everyone! I am so excited because I played in my craft room last night, and my main goal was to create a card for a few challenges, and I am happy to report that I succeeded! The challenges are:

Cute Card Thursday: Use beads

Cupcake Craft Challenges: Create a 5x5 birthday card

SPCC: Use the colors shown to the right

I have been wanting to participate in the SPCC challenges for awhile, and I was finally able to find the time. Now honestly when I saw these colors, I really didn't know what to do - these colors are definitely a challenge!

Here is my submission:

The background papers are all Pink Petticoat, though I modified the colors slightly so they included the colors for the challenge. I use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, and I copied the colors from Samantha's inspiration photo, then I use the "flood fill" option to modify the colors.

The first 2 lines of the sentiment are from the Clear Dollar Stamps Deer Hunting Set. I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Papertrey Ink Sign Language set because the Happy Birthday sentiment in the Deer Hunting set is a little bit too hard to read.

The deer and the trees are from the Cricut Camp Out cartridge.

Thanks so much for Looking!

{I've been Hunting Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
All patterns are from Pink Petticoat, printed on Bazzill Basics cream cardstock.
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 was used to modify the colors in the patterns to match the color swatches in the challenge.
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Deer Hunting set, Papertrey Ink Sign Language set
Ink: Stampin Up Always Artichoke
Deer and trees cut from Cricut Camp Out cartridge
Misc: Hemp cord, glass beads

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Simple little card

I played in the craft room for a little while this afternoon, and I made a card for 4 challenges:

Pile It On: Chipboard
Whimsy Stamps: Die Cuts
Creative Belli Challenge: Flourishes
Play Date Cafe: Color challenge shown to the right

Here is my card:

I started with a die cut circle, and I adhered all of the pink buttons around the perimeter. Then I added the chipboard letters. I adhered this circle with foam tape for some dimension. The flourish is from a Clear Dollar stamp set, Elegant Flourishes.

I added some Stickles to the letters for some sparkle. I also added some little pink gems to the flourish and some green hemp cord with glass beads.

Thanks for Looking!

{Hi Details}
Solid cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamp: Clear Dollar Stamps Elegant Flourishes
Ink: Stampin Up Celery Green
Misc: buttons, gems, glass beads, green hemp cord

I'm Back!

So sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I have just been busy and unable to get into the craft room. I am hoping to be able to spend some time in there this week. I wasted oodles of time yesterday making a card for two challenges. Here are the challenges:
Whimsy Stamps: Die Cuts
Mojo Monday: Sketch Challenge
And here is my card:

I decided to go for something that was not Christmas related. I have this pretty Any Butler paper that I used in the background - the pattern is pretty and has so many great colors in it.

I welded the frame with the flowers and leaf in the background, and I raised the welded frame with some dimensional tape. Then I added layers to the labybug for some more dimension.

I made some brads with the iTop - I used a section of the Amy Butler paper for the brads.

I am trying to get a used to a new camera, so please bear with me as I learn how to use it.

Thanks so much for Looking!

{Good Luck Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned cardstock: K&Company, Amy Butler
Ladybug cut from Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge
Leaf cut from Cricut Doodletype cartridge
Flowers cut from Cricut Walk in my Garden cartridge
Frame from Cricut Accent Essentials
Sentiment from Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet
Brads made with iTop
Misc: gems, hemp cord, glass beads

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Colour Create Time

Colour Create Time! For this challenge, yours truly (me) got to choose the colours! Here they are:
So whaddya think? I thought this would be a great combo for Christmas, winter, or any theme! Oh and we have a fabulous sponsor this week - Michelle's Scrapbooking!

Please head over to Michelle's and check out her awesome selection of products! I have added Michelle's to my sidebar under favorite places to shop because I suspect I may be placing an order soon ;-) And you can get details about the prize over at Colour Create.

Here are my cards:

Don't you just love this little image? This little cutie is from Pink Petticoat's Have An Ice Christmas set.

I coloured him on my computer using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. I used a small Spellbinders die set for the flower in the corner. The bottom edge was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch. I added this very huge ribbon for a final touch.

This next card was really simple. I embossed the top half with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder.

I cut the ornaments with the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge - I cut the base image and the shadow and then layered them. Then I decorated the ornaments with Stickles for some sparkle.
The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Winter Swirls set.

I added the white ribbon, and secured the bow with some hemp cord - I strung the ornaments on the twine before I tied the bow. Finally, I gotta add those glass beads for some sparkle.

I thought that since I did one penguin card with a digital image, I would do another penguin card using the Cricut machine. This card is very similar to one I made a few weeks ago, except for the colour scheme and instead of a penguin, I used some snowpeople.

For the background, I used some K&Company Christmas paper that had snowflakes and some sparkle on it. I ripped some white paper for the snow at the bottom. The penguin and tree are from teh Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge.

The snowflakes and sentiment are from the Winter Woodlands cartridge.

I added stickles to the sentiment and hat. I also put dots of Stickles all over the snow for a little bit of sparkle - but I don't think it is showing up in these photos.

For this last card, I decided to just make an everyday card using the new Papertrey Ink Big and Bold Wishes set.

I used Nestabilities for the ovals for the sentiment. I also stamped some swirls above the scalloped oval. I just had to use some more of that huge ribbon

Well, that's it for me. Please hop on over to the other design team member's blogs. They have some amazing creations to share with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

{Warm Christmas Wishes Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Image: Pink Petticoat Have and Ice Christmas
Edge punch: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Flower Creations 3
Misc: Satin ribbon, gems, button, hemp cord

{Happy Holidays Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Embossing with Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder
Ornaments cut from Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge
Stamp: Papertrey Ink (PTI) Winter Swirls set
Ink: PTI Plum Pudding
Brads made with iTop
Misc: Stickles, grosgrain ribbon, hemp cord, glass beads

{Frosty Kisses Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Cardstock: K&Company
Penguin and tree cut from Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge
Sentiment and snowflakes cut from Cricut Winter Woodland
Misc: gems, Stickles

{Hey There Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: PTI Big and Bold Wishes
Ink: PTI Plum Pudding
Ovals cut using Nestabilities
Fiskars Upper Crest Border Punch
Misc: Swirls stamps, Satin ribbon, mini gems

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card and decided to use the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch. Here is the sketch this week:

Here is my card:

I used the Papertrey Ink Sign Language set for the sentiment.

I decided to play with the iTop tonight and make these happy birthday brads for this card. I used a stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps called You're So Sweet. These little stamps fit the medium sized iTop brads perfectly!

I finished off with a bow and some hemp cord.

{Happy Birthday Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Cardstock: K&Company
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Sign Language, Clear Dollar Stamps You're so Sweet
Ink: PTI Ocean Tides, PTI Dark Chocolate
Ribbon: PTI Ocean Tides, miscellaneous brown satin ribbon
Button: PTI Ocean Tides
Fiskars edge punch
iTop used for brads
Misc: hemp cord, glass beads