Thursday, October 29, 2009

Frosty Kisses

I have been looking at the sketch from Cupcake Craft Challenges for a a couple of days now, and honestly nothing was coming to me. Here is the sketch:

On the way home from soccer last night, I came up with an idea. Okay - really all of the elements are in there! Even the scallops at the bottom.

I really wanted to use the snowpeople on the Cricut Winter Woodlands cartridge.

The tree is from the Christmas Cheer cartridge. The snowflakes are from Winter Woodlands.

I added stickles to the and hat on the snow-woman just to give a little sparkle.

I also added stickles to the sentiment for some sparkle. The sentiment is from Winter Woodlands.

I propped up all of the elements with some foam adhesive for some dimension.

Thanks for Looking!

{Frosty Kisses Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Cardstock: K&Company
Snowflakes, snowpeople, and sentiment cut from Cricut Winter Woodlands cartridge
Tree cut from Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge
Edges all inked with Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate ink
Misc: Stickles, gems, grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baby Shower Invitations

Hi Everyone! Well I kind of lost my mojo lately! Nothing is really inspiring me. I have been working on new Colour Create cards, but that is about it - and you have to wait to see those until next Thursday.

One other project I just started is baby shower invitations for a young lady at work. Shhhh - it is a surprise! These invitations are the perfect entry for the current Papertake challenge - Spots and Stripes.

This couple knows they are having a boy, and they know they are decorating the baby's room with an airplane theme, but that is about it. They haven't chosen any colors, so I just decided to make the invitations in bright colors.

I used a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers which you can find here. Although these invitations are smaller than in the tutorial. For the actual pocket, I cut a strip of cardstock 4.75" x 12". Then I scored at 4" and 8" to make the pocket part. The inner cards are 4.0" x 4.5".

I printed the invitation on vellum and then adhered the vellum at the corners to white cardstock. Incidentally, the ATG adhesive worked perfectly for the vellum - it is virtually transparent!

I cut the airplane using the Cricut New Arrival cartridge.

The band that I slide around the invitation was cut at a 2" width.

This picture (above) shows another variation of the invitation - just different colors than the first.

I will start working on the rest of them tonight. Once they are done, I will try to remember to post another picture.

Thanks for Looking!

{Baby Shower Invitation Details}
Solid Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Cardstock: K&Company Hopscotch
Invitation printed using Tempus Sans ITC and Cursive Standard fonts

Airplane cut using Cricut New Arrival cartridge
Misc: ribbon, buttons

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Greeting Card Gift Set

For any of you who purchase Papertrey Ink stamp sets, do you save the clear boxes the sets come in? I just cannot bring myself to throw these boxes away. It finally occurred to me that these boxes are the perfect size for a card set. I am sure everyone else has already figured this out - I am just kind of slow ;-)

So I decided to use the colors from the current Raspberry Suite Color challenge for a card set for my sister. Whenever she comes to visit, she usually takes most of the cards I have made. But I haven't seen her for some time, so I suspect she needs some new cards.

First I am going to show each of the cards, and then I will show the box all assembled at the end.

Here are the colors for the challenge:

I just got the Papertrey Ink Giga Guidelines set, and I just had to give it a try!

For this second card, the sentiment was from Giga Guidelines as well.

I also just decided to get the Mega Mixed Messages set. Okay - how did I ever live without it?? It has every sentiment you could ever need! The sentiments on the next card is from that set.

I thought my sister would like a little crocheted flower card in her set. And I just love stringing glass beads onto twine for a little something extra! The sentiment on this card is also from Mega Mixed messages.

For this next card, I used Everyday Button Bits. I love that set!

Finally I thought she needed a butterfly card with some swirls and bling!

I put a decorative band and a little tag envelope on the box, and then I decorated a little tag to fit in the envelope.
I can't wait to send this to her. She will love this set!

Thanks for Looking!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamp sets: Papertrey Ink (PTI) Everyday Button Bits, PTI Mega Mixed Messages, PTI Giga Guidelines
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Stampin Up True Green
Edge Punches: Martha Stewart, Fiskars
Large flowers cut with Nestabilities Flower die set
Butterflies cut with Cricut Stamp Solutions cartridge
Crocheted flower made with embroidery floss
Misc: buttons, grosgrain ribbon, gems, hemp cord, glass beads

Fine Twine

The challenge over at 365 cards today is called "Fine Twine" - use twine on your card.

Here us my card:

I actually made an entire set of cards with this color scheme, which I will post either later this evening or tomorrow.

I am way too lazy to stamp paper with a word background, so I just made some on my computer and printed it out - so much easier! In case you are curious, I used Gulliver's Travels for the words. I used Nestabilities to cut out the flowers, and I crocheted the flower with embroidery floss.

This last picture is a close up of the twine. I always like adding glass beads to the twine - it's such a pretty detail.

Thanks for looking!

{Enjoy the Moment Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages, Papertrey Ink Background Basics Retro
Ink: Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate
Flower cut with Nestabilities Flower Die set
Fiskars edge punch
Misc: Grosgrain ribbon, Hemp cord, glass beads, button, embroidery floss

Thursday, October 22, 2009

White on White

Colour Create Time again! This week we have a really fun challenge of White on White where the only color on the card is the image.

Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring this challenge. You can head over to Colour Create for the details. And please check out Simon Says Stamp website - they have a fabulous selection of products!

On to my cards...

For those of you who check out my blog regularly, you may notice that I do stamp occasionally, but I prefer digital stamps or my Cricut machine for the main image. I am just really bad at stamping, and I have never been good at colouring! So I was kind of nervous about this one. I was sketching down ideas all week. It turns out I have lots of fun things to show you!

For the first card, I decided to make a snowflake the main subject of the card.

I think I kind of broke the "rules" on this one. I stamped the background instead of the main image. I used silver pigment ink and silver embossing powder to highlight the snowflakes a little. The "snowflakes" are actually from the Cricut Home Accents cartridge. I layered with foam adhesives.

I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the edges of the snowflake which gave a bit of sparkle. Then I added a gem to the snowflake.

The sentiment (and snowflake stamps) are from the Papertrey Ink Winter Swirls set.

For the second card, I used the new Cricut Sweethearts cartridge. I just got it and had to give it a try!

The heart background, images and sentiment are all from Cricut Sweethearts.

I embossed the background with the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder.

I added some ribbon and gems for the final details.

I made this next card in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

The swirled frame is from the Cricut Storybook cartridge - it is my favorite frame - all swirly! The background text paper is from the Think Pink kit from Pink Petticoat - if you click on the link, it will take you to this free download.

I cut the letters using the Cricut Storybook cartridge.

Finally, my favorite card of the bunch. I have been making a lot of cards with ruffles over the past couple of weeks. They are kind of fun to sew, and they look so pretty. So I just had to do a ruffle card!

The image is from the Pink Petticoat Happily Ever After set. I coloured (and I use this term loosely) with some un-fancy markers. I used Nestabilities for the circle and scalloped circle.

I embossed the top with the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls folder. Then I added irridescent Stickles for some sparkle.

I just love the ruffled ribbon! For those of you who are sick and tired of seeing ruffled ribbon on my blog, I am done now!

I finished off with a bow, secured by a button.

Please try to visit all of the other design team members blogs. They have all created some real beauties!

Thanks for stopping by!

{Let It Snow Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Snowflakes cut from Cricut Home Accents cartridge
Snowflake and sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink Winter Swirls set
Silver Pigment ink
Whispers Silver Embossing Powder
Misc: gems

{Mr and Mrs Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Images, sentiment, and heart cut from Cricut Sweethearts cartridge
Embossing with Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder
Misc: gems, grosgrain ribbon, button

{Hope Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Frame and letters cut from Cricut Storybook cartridge
Background text from Pink Petticoat Think Pink kit
Misc: Pink satin ribbon, button

{Wedding Wishes Details}
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Embossing with Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls folder
Image from Pink Petticoat Happily Ever After set
Irridescent Stickles
Circle and Scalloped circle cut with Nestabilities
Misc: White Grosgrain ribbon, button, gems

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ghoulish Greetings again!

I am so excited! Liz over at Pink Petticoat featured some of my cards on her site. My favorite of these is Ghoulish Greetings! I am also going to enter this card in the current challenge over at Moxie Fab World - Not Your Regular Ruffles.

If you have never used Pink Petticoat digital images, you must give them a try! If you are unsure, Liz has some freebies in the left margin of her blog under "Free Gifts". There is one freebie called Think Pink that has some wonderful images in honor of breast cancer awareness month. I used it earlier this week for this card (please click the link to see it).

I love these ruffles! And I think they are funny with the skull image!

Thanks so much for looking!

Ruffled Tickled Pink

There is a new ruffle challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I decided to make a card for someone I know who loves piggies. I am also going to enter this card in the Caardvarks "Take a Bow" challenge, Spoonful of Sugar Sketch Challenge, and the Creative Card Crew Scallops challenge.

Here it is:

This is a little over the top! I sewed the layers of ruffles with my sewing machine. The image and the patterned background paper are from Pink Petticoat. I used Nestabilities to cut the circle and the scalloped circle.

I had this beaded trim, and just had to get it in somehow!

Bling everywhere just because

These are some close-up pictures of the ruffle layers.

Thanks so much for Looking!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Autumn is a second Spring

I knew that I wanted to make an Autumn card for a couple of challenges out there, but I didn't realize I would be able to use this card for 5 challenges.

Creative Belli Challenge: Fall or Thanksgiving with a Leaf
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Buttons and Stitching
Mojo Monday: Sketch to the right
The Pink Elephant: Fall
Whimsy Stamps: Use Punches or die cuts

I stitched around the edge with my sewing machine, and I crocheted the flower, with 3 layers (does crocheting count as stitching?). The flower and ribbon were secured with a button.

I just love this quote about autumn. I printed it from my computer. I stamped the background prior to printing the sentiment. I also stamped the same background on the main area of the card - just some random Stampology leaves. I am not a big stamper, but I am really happy with how this background turned out! I cut out the sentiment with Nestabilities.

I have had this tiny leaf punch for awhile, but haven't really used it. Those tiny leave were the perfect accent for this sentiment. And of course, I gotta have my bling - just a few little gems on the right side!

Thanks for Looking!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes

Woo hoo! It is Super Sketchy Sunday over at 365 Cards! Here is the sketch for today:

And here is my card:

Well, I just got the Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge and I had to try it out. All of trees and the sentiment were cut from that cartridge.

For the trees, I layered the main image with the shadow image. I used frosted lace stickles on the edges of the trees for snow. Also added some cord with glass beads.

I also put the stickles on the sentiment, and added buttons underneath for a final touch.

Thanks for Looking!

{Warm Winter Wishes Details}
Kraft cardstock
Solid cardstock: DCWV
Patterned green cardstocks: K&Company
Trees and sentiment cut from Cricut Winter Woodland
Frosted lace stickles
Misc: Hemp cord, glass beads, ribbon, buttons