January 30, 2011

Curtain Call Act 67


Hello, friends!  It's hard to believe another week has flown by, and here we are halfway through the weekend already.  The good news is that it's time for another Curtain Call Color Challenge!  Here's your sweet inspiration for this week:


I really like this color combo, but I had a hard time with it for some reason.  The photo inspired me to paper piece these little steaming mugs from Fiskars' Latte Love set.  I placed them on a faux table debossed with PTI's Woodgrain impression plate and used Terracotta Tile Distressed Dots as a backdrop.

For the sentiment, I used some tiny rub-on letters by Doodlebug to spell "you & me".  This will probably get tucked into my hubby's computer bag before he heads off to work one morning, since he introduced me to the joys of coffee!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, white), Stampin' Up! (Cajun Craze), Bazzill (lavender)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (Distressed Dots)
Stamps:  Fiskars (Latte Love)
Ink:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate), Clearsnap (Chestnut Roan)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Woodgrain impression plate)
Accessories:  Doodlebug Designs (rub-on letters)

I hope you'll play along with us at the Curtain Call this week!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the girls have come up with this week.




Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life



and January Guest Designer, Danielle Daws.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

January 28, 2011

Color Inspiration for Card Makers--Neutrals


Hey there!  Thanks for dropping by tonight.  I can hardly believe it myself, but I have actually completed all of the challenges for the Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World!  Tonight I give you my last entry, which is for the Neutrals color challenge.  This card also qualifies for the challenge at Do More With Less to stamp on patterned paper (thanks, Dana!).


I didn't have the Bazzill colors, so I interpreted them as PTI's Vintage Cream and Fine Linen, and SU!'s Basic Gray.

I had to get a little creative with the Basic Gray, since I'm out of this cardstock color and only had some 3/8-inch taffeta ribbon.  I decided to make a little ribbon flower by twisting the ribbon and adhering it to a punched cardstock circle.  I finished it off with a button from my stash and a few leaves punched from Vintage Cream cardstock.  I kind of like it!

The Fine Linen Distressed Dots paper was stamped with one of PTI's Fancy Flourishes and a sentiment from Verve's Dream Big set, then stitched to a Fine Linen cardstock mat.  I added a scattering of pearls on the flourish and a line of pearls under the sentiment, then adhered the panel to a Vintage Cream base.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Fine Linen)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (Distressed Dots)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Fancy Flourishes), Verve (Dream Big)
Ink:  Clearsnap (Antique Pewter)
Tools:  Martha Stewart (leaf punch)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! (ribbon), Michaels (pearls), Spica glitter pen, button, thread, DMC floss

The final touch for this card was to trace over the sentiment and flourish with a clear Spica glitter pen to give it some subtle sparkle.  You can see just a tiny bit of that in the next photo.


I've had so much fun completing these challenges (you know how much I love a color challenge!).  If you missed the rest of my entries, here are direct links to the other 5.  Which one is your favorite?


Thanks again for stopping by!  Have a fantastic weekend!

January 27, 2011

Color Inspiration for Card Makers--Monochromatic


Hi there, friends!  Thanks to the many of you who left such nice comments on my post for the PTI Blog Hop.  I'm not even one-third of the way through the posts yet, so if I haven't been by your blog to return the favor, I hope to visit soon!

Today I decided to tackle one more challenge over at the Moxie Fab World, this time the Monochromatics Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week.  This one had me stumped for a while because of what seems to be an error in the description of the colors over on the challenge post.  The Bazzill equivalents are listed as Bubblegum, Precious, and Pinkini, but in the magazine (which I finally found a copy of yesterday!), the colors used are Chablis, Fussy, and Pinkini.  This makes a big difference, as Bubblegum is a very bright pink, and these shades are much softer.



Okay, with that little technicality out of the way, I settled on keeping my card design very simple (shocking, I know!).  I embossed Elegant Lines onto the Pinkini cardstock, then tucked a sentiment into the open corner using SU!'s Rose Red craft ink and heat embossed.  I stitched this panel to a square of Petunia cardstock (a very close match to Chablis), then adhered the panel to my card base.  The finishing touch is a trio of clear rhinestones that I colored to match with a Copic marker.

Cardstock:  Bazzill (Petunia, Fussy, Pinkini)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Healing Touch Sentiments)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Rose Red), Copic marker (RV34)
Tools:  Stampin' Up! (Elegant Lines embossing folder), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Me & My Big Ideas (clear rhinestones), Stampendous (clear embossing powder), thread

I have such a hard time photographing light colors, and no matter how nice it looks in Photoshop it always looks darker once I upload it to Blogger.  Anyone else have this problem?

Thanks for stopping by today!  I have some shoveling to do later, but hopefully I can find a little more crafting time tonight.  Enjoy your day!

January 25, 2011

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge


Good morning, Papertrey fans!  It has been a few months since I've been able to participate in the Papertrey Blog Hop, so I'm excited to be able to play along today.


This month's challenge is to dust off a set that has yet to see any ink or hasn't been used for a while.  I knew exactly what set that would be for me.  I bought Quilter's Sampler last fall because I love the homespun images and darling sentiments.  But I hadn't managed to create anything with it until now. 

 I kept the coloring simple, choosing just two shades of blue Copic markers and coloring on Rustic White cardstock.  A tip for using this set:  it helps to sketch light pencil lines in a grid pattern before stamping to line up the squares.  

I cut out the quilt block with a Spellbinders Nestie, then added a scalloped square mat die cut from Aqua Mist cardstock.  The block is attached with foam adhesive to the Rustic White base.  I pierced holes around the perimeter and hand stitched with aqua floss, then added two little "X's" on each side of the sentiment.


All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Rustic White, Aqua Mist
Stamps:  Quilter's Sampler
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black), Copic markers (BG13, B0000)
Tools:  Spellbinders (square, scalloped square dies)
Accessories:  DMC floss

Here's a look at the inside, too.  I just stamped a row of the quilt squares at the bottom and colored them in.


Thanks so much for hopping by today!  I can't wait to see what other sets everyone has put to use today (thought it will probably cause my wish list to grow even more!).  Have a great day!

ColourQ #69


Hello, friends!  I'm back to share a new ColourQ challenge, and I have a feeling this one may cause some of you to run in the other direction!  But never fear, the Royal Court DT has some amazing samples this week that are sure to inspire you.  First, have a look at this fun beaded necklace that triggered this week's colors:


I actually really like this color combo, even though I would have never come up with it myself.  My first take on the challenge wasn't working for me, so I decided to start again and use just a splash of each bright color on a base of kraft, and I love how it turned out.

I wrapped PTI's Terracotta Tile ribbon and SU's Rich Razzleberry ribbon around the kraft card base.  Then I die cut three flowers from Peach Parfait cardstock using PTI's Beautiful Blooms II dies.  I stamped each flower with text in Versamark and added white dots around the edges with a pen.  

After layering the blooms with a button and some white floss, I curled up the edges of the top two layers to give the flower a little more dimension.

Cardstock:  Bazzill (kraft), Stampin' Up! (Peach Parfait)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Background Basics:  Text Style, Signature Greetings)
Ink:  Versamark, Stampin' Up! (Rich Razzleberry), Inkssentials (white pen)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms II dies), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (Terracotta Tile ribbon, button), Stampin' Up! (Rich Razzleberry ribbon), DMC floss

I stamped more text with Versamark onto the bottom corner of the card base and stamped a sentiment over it with Rich Razzleberry ink.  



What will you do with this week's colors?  I hope you'll find some time to play along, and to leave some love for the rest of the DT.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

January 23, 2011

Curtain Call Act 66 & 2S4Y-Kazan's sketch


Welcome back, friends!  Are you ready for a new Curtain Call Color Challenge?  Stacey selected these sweet winter mittens as our inspiration this week.  Don't they look cozy?  I also used Kazan's sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You.  So sad to see this great challenge blog come to an end, but I've had fun playing along and wish Laura and Kazan the very best!





















These colors inspired me to make a Valentine's Day card that I will probably give to my sweet daughter.  She loves purple and pink and, of course, cupcakes!  (except she still calls them "pupcakes"!)  I've had this patterned paper with various punny Valentine's sentiments since last year and finally took the opportunity to cut into it.  The houndstooth paper is from Making Memories.

I stamped Hero Arts Ledger with Bravo Burgundy onto cream cardstock, then stitched the houndstooth paper and a lavender Victorian Lace border at the bottom.  I stamped "be mine" using Martha Stewart letter stamps, then stitched a burgundy heart around "mine".

The cupcake paper was matted on red cardstock that I die cut with a Spellbinders label and trimmed to fit the card front.  I attached it with foam adhesive and added a few lavender buttons from my stash.

Cardstock:  Bazzill (red, lavender), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Patterned paper:  K & Company, Making Memories
Stamps:  Hero Arts (Ledger), Martha Stewart (Serif Font)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Bravo Burgundy), Clearsnap (Chianti)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 1), Papertrey Ink (Victorian Lace border die)
Accessories:  buttons, DMC floss, thread

I hope you'll visit the rest of the Design Team to see what they've created this week!



Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life



and January Guest Designer, Danielle Daws.

Have fun with this week's colors, and thanks for stopping by!

January 22, 2011

Color Inspiration Metallics


Hi there, friends!  How is your weekend going so far?  I've had a little bit of crafting time today, so I wanted to pop in and share my next entry into the Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  This time it's the Metallics:



I don't know that I have ever used gold on a card before, so this was definitely outside of my comfort zone.  I found these gorgeous vellum butterflies by K & Company and knew they had to be the focal point.  I made a circle frame using two Nesties to cut out a ring from gold cardstock, then covered it with gold glitter.  I also stamped two borders and a journaling circle and heat embossed with gold powder.

Here's where I ran into trouble.  I decided to add a gold embossed sentiment at the bottom.  Only the embossing powder left an awful, dirty-looking shadow on my nice white cardstock.  Go ahead and look at it again...I'll wait.  

See what I mean?!  Ugh!!  I dusted the cardstock with one of those little magic de-static-ing pillows beforehand and removed all of the stray specks of powder with a paintbrush, but none of that seemed to help.  I can only guess that I should have used a higher quality embossing powder, but if you have any experience with this and can offer your advice, I'd love to hear it!

But....the card sure does sparkle!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (white), Bazzill (Pinkini), Recollections (gold)
Stamps:  Me & My Big Ideas (Copper Willow Stamp Kit), Papertrey Ink (Delightful Dahlia)
Ink:  Versamark
Tools:  Spellbinders (circle, scallop circle dies), ProvoCraft (embossing folder)
Accessories:  K & Company (vellum butterflies), Martha Stewart (gold glitter), Jo-Ann (gold embossing powder), ribbon, thread

Okay, back to the crafty table, while I still have a few quiet minutes to myself.  Thanks for stopping by and always leaving me such sweet comments.  You are appreciated more than you know!

January 21, 2011

Color Inspiration Pretty Pastels & CPS #201


Happy Friday, friends!  We're having a snow day today, but the snow ended just a bit ago and now the sun is shining brightly.  Winter can't last forever, right?

I put together a card this morning for another Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World, this time using the Pretty Pastels combination.  I also used CPS sketch #201






















I had an especially hard time finding just the right colors for this challenge.  I actually have some Bazzill swatch books that I bought a long time ago, but they only included a swatch of Lupine (the lavender).  So I had to guess at the pinks, and most of the examples I have seen, including those on the challenge post, seem brighter than the swatches on my computer screen.  So I wound up using Stampin' Up!'s Rose Red and Regal Rose, plus PTI's Sweet Blush buttons.  The lavender ink is from Studio G, and it was a perfect match to Lupine.

Since I didn't have any patterned paper or cardstock in the lavender color, I was inspired by Chupa to do some simple emboss-resist to create the polka dotted strip.  Here's how:  First, I stamped the polka dots with Versamark onto white cardstock.  Next, I covered them with clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  Finally, I sponged lavender ink all over the cardstock, rubbing it lightly with a clean cotton pad when I was done to remove any ink remaining on the embossed dots.  That's it!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Regal Rose, Rose Red), Papertrey Ink (white)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 3 Collection, Fillable Frames #11, Polka Dot Basics)
Ink:  Studio G (lavender), Inkadinkadoo (Black), Versamark
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 3 die, scallop border die, Linen & Canvas impression plate), ProvoCraft (Swiss Dots embossing folder), Marvy Uchida (heart punch)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), Stampendous (clear embossing powder), DMC floss, thread

Imagine how excited I was to find the little heart button in my stash!  It works perfectly with this design.

I'm off to get some exercise before I try to sneak in another card this afternoon.  Enjoy the rest of your day, and thanks for visiting!

January 20, 2011

Color Inspiration--Jewel Tones





Welcome back, friends!  I decided to tackle another color combo for the Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week at Moxie Fab World.  This time it's the Jewel Tones, and they had me stumped!  But I was determined to check this off my list, so here's what I came up with.




















The most challenging part for me is finding just the right products to match these colors.  I don't have a lot of Bazzill cardstock, and there is a limited selection where I live.  I settled on Stampin' Up!'s Elegant Eggplant and Daffodil Delight, plus some October Afternoon papers and Bazzill's Sugar Cookie.

The card itself is pretty self-explanatory.  In retrospect, I wish I had used some pinking shears along the bottom edge of the Eggplant strip, but it's stitched down now so it's going to stay!  One detail that just won't show up in my photos is that the Eggplant cardstock is debossed with text from PTI's Book Print impression plate.  A subtle detail that adds a lot in real life.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant), Bazzill (Sugar Cookie)
Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon (Fly a Kite)
Stamp:  Verve (Accent Notes)
Ink:  Ranger Adirondack (Eggplant)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Limitless Layers, Book Print impression plate)
Accessories:  Me & My Big Ideas (rhinestones), seam binding, thread

That's all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by tonight, and if you take part in this challenge, I'd love to see what you create!  Have a good one!

January 19, 2011

CR84FN11, Inkspirations #53, & Verve Diva Dare


Hi folks!  I'm sneaking in a post tonight before I head off to bed.  I managed to squeeze 3 challenges into this card!  The colors are for Mona's CR84FN11 challenge, the sketch is from Inkspirations, and the theme of the card is for Verve's new Diva Dare challenge, which is "Baby Love".





On Day 2 of the Diva Dare challenge, Jackie Pedro shared a card with a cute little window and a bear inside, so that's what I thought of when I saw this sketch.  I used a Spellbinders square die to cut an opening in Rustic Cream cardstock and popped it up with foam adhesive.  The cardstock behind it is stamped with Background Basics:  Tin Types, and I used a few scallops left over from PTI's Victorian Lace border die to resemble curtains.

The cute little bear was stamped with PTI's Baby Button Bits onto Fine Linen felt and cut out.  I stitched a hand-cut heart on his belly.  The red border is also cut with the Victorian Lace border die, and if you look closely you may be able to see the Music Score impression on the kraft background.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream), Bazzill (kraft)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Baby Button Bits, Background Basics:  Tin Types)
Ink:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Victorian Lace border die, Music Score impression plate), Spellbinders (square die)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (felt), DMC floss

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight!

January 18, 2011

PDCC #64, CASE Study #22, & CARDS blog challenge


Hey there!  It's me again with my 2nd post of the day.  I'm trying to catch up with some challenges, and this time I'm playing along with the colors at the Play Date Cafe and the latest CASE Study.  Have a look at the inspiration:

I'll also be entering this in the current challenge at the CARDS blog to use butterflies.

This was hard to photograph for some reason, but the colors I used are PTI's Fine Linen and Soft Stone and SU!'s Baja Breeze.  The Baja DSP is from Elegant Soiree, and the Fine Linen paper is from Distressed Dots.  

I used PTI's larger butterfly die and stitched it onto a label cut from Soft Stone cardstock.  The sentiment is actually stamped with Baja Breeze, although it looks a little gray here.  The sentiment is from PTI's Signature Series:  Butterfly.

The pearls started out white but were colored with a T4 Copic marker to match them to the Soft Stone cardstock.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Soft Stone)
Patterned paper:  Stampin' Up! (Elegant Soiree DSP), Papertrey Ink (Distressed Dots)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Signature Series:  Butterfly)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze), Copic marker (T4)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 1 die), Papertrey Ink (butterfly die), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (ribbon), Queen & Co. (pearls), thread

There's nothing particularly innovative about this card, but I enjoy these soft colors and think they are especially pretty in person.  I hope you enjoy them too!

Thanks for stopping by again today!  Have a good one!
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