March 31, 2011

Totally Hues Challenge #4


So I am feeling just a little bit ill right now given the fact that it is snowing outside.  Seriously?!  And we may get 2-6 inches?  Someone wake me up when spring actually arrives!

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, how about a colorful card for Heather's Totally Hues Challenge?  I'm down to the wire on this one, but I just had to play with this fun combo.  



It took a lot of fidgeting with this card before I was happy with it, but I do love the result.  I die cut a flower "window" from Plum Pudding cardstock, then ran it through my Big Shot with the Polka Dots impression plate.  I stamped the matching Beautiful Blooms II flower through the die cut onto the white card base using SU's Melon Mambo ink.  That's topped with a Raspberry Fizz flower and Lemon Tart button.

The vellum strip is stamped and heat embossed in white with a sentiment from Ribbon Tails and embellished with a few green rhinestones that I colored with a YG17 Copic.  I scored lines just inside the edges of the strip and adhered it with a 2-way glue pen.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Plum Pudding, Lemon Tart, Raspberry Fizz, white
Vellum:  stash
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II, Ribbon Tails
Ink:  Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), Frost White (Clearsnap), Copic YG17
Tools:  Beautiful Blooms dies, Polka Dots impression plate, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart)
Accessories:  Lemon Tart button, white embossing powder (Stampendous), rhinestones (Michaels), DMC floss

Time to run over to Heather's blog and link this up before the challenge expires!  Thanks for stopping by tonight, friends!

March 30, 2011

Blog friends are the best!


(Sorry for the poor quality of these photos!  I'm testing out a new camera which is nowhere near as good as my hubby's DSLR.  I hope I don't have to resort to using it for my cards very often!)

Hey there!  I have a "just for fun" kind of card to share tonight, something I don't have a chance to do very often.  Plus, I promised to share a couple of creations made by some sweet blog friends, so be sure to scroll down for those!

For this card, I wanted to pull out some colors that I rarely reach for (although I have actually used a lot of purple lately!).  Spring Rain is one of those colors that I love, but never seem to use.  I also chose Melon Berry and Fine Linen.  Very different, but I kind of like the way it turned out.

That absolutely gorgeous embossing folder I used on the Spring Rain card base is a generous gift from my sweet blog friend, Nance from Canopy Crafts.  I have swooned over a number of her cards using this folder, so I was thoroughly surprised and delighted when it showed up at my doorstep.  (Thanks again, Nance!)

With that element in place, I chose a beautiful Labels 18 stamp by Waltzingmouse that goes well with the embossed frame.  This was layered with a Fine Linen doily and a Melon Berry felt flower.  A punched tag is stamped with a tiny sentiment from PTI's Tag-its #2.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Spring Rain, Fine Linen, white)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dots Basics)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Labels 18), Papertrey Ink (Tag-its #2)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Perfect Plum)
Tools:  Stampin' Up! (Framed Tulip embossing folder), Papertrey Ink (Doily Details, Beautiful Blooms dies), McGill (tag punch), Fiskars (hole punch)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (felt, buttons, ribbon), DMC floss, thread

Speaking of my friend Nance, here is the lovely card she sent with the embossing folder.  Nance's attention to detail is always amazing, and I love the way she adorned the tulips with tiny pearls on this card.  And that wide striped ribbon?  Be still my heart...  This card will be brightening my craft space for a long time to come!


And as if I hadn't been blessed enough, I received the most darling little favor basket from Jessica at The Paper Parade when I met her last Saturday in Boston.  Is this not the sweetest thing?!  I just love the rich colors, the knotted twill, and that fun corduroy button.  Not only that, but this little cutie came bearing chocolate in the form of an Andes mint brownie!  Thanks again, Jessica!


Thanks so much for stopping by tonight, and for letting me share a bit of my good fortune with all of you.  It's the acts of kindness like these, between crafters who barely know each other in the "real world" or have never even met, that make this community so incredibly special.  

Okay, I'm off to enjoy some mindless entertainment in front of the DVR with my hubby before bed.  See you back here soon!

March 29, 2011

ColourQ #78


Hi there, friends!  Are you ready for a ColourQ challenge?  This week Arielle has given us a "sweet" color combo perfect for some springtime projects.  Let's dive right in, shall we?


When I made this I was feeling rather low on the mojo, but I was itching to use my newest stamps from WPlus9, Woodgrain Silhouettes and Additions.  I have had these on my wish list for such a long time!  

I decided to make a mini card, 3.75 inch square.  The kraft base is stamped with the woodgrain pattern using Early Espresso ink.  Love the dramatic backdrop that this creates.

I stamped one of the leaf images from Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions using Certainly Celery ink onto Celery cardstock, then rounded the corners and distressed the edges.

The main image (from Woodgrain Silhouettes) was stamped on white cardstock with Early Espresso ink and cut out.  The Additions stamp set has the same solid leaf image, so I stamped it onto white cardstock with Certainly Celery ink, cut it out, and layered it over the Espresso one.

I wrapped some striped Pink Pirouette ribbon around the card front, looping it once and adding a button, and stamped the sentiment "for you" just above it.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up!  (Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake), Papertrey Ink (white)
Stamps:  WPlus9 (Woodgrain Silhouettes, Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso, Certainly Celery)
Tools:  We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! (Pink Pirouette ribbon), Papertrey Ink (button), DMC floss

What do you think?  Will you play along this week?  I do hope you'll check out the other creations by the rest of the Royal Court DT!  Pop on over to the ColourQ to be inspired and to link up your project to be in the running for this week's Colour Queen!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!  I will be back later today to share some sweet goodies given to me recently by some blog friends, plus another card. 

Have a good one!

March 27, 2011

Blogaversary Winner and Fun with Friends

Good morning, friends!  I hope you're having a great weekend!  I know it has been a little quiet around here lately, but I'm hoping things will slow down soon so I can spend some more time crafting.

Before I get to the blog candy winner, I wanted to share a fun photo with you.  Yesterday I was excited to have the opportunity to meet 3 of my fabulous blog friends:  Amy from Stamp-n-Paradise, Jessica from The Paper Parade, and Suzanne from The Card Yard.

Here we are looking super cute outside The Cheesecake Factory in Boston:

Amy, Jessica, Suzanne, and me!
I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a girls' night out, so this was a real treat.  These ladies are not only incredibly talented and crafty, but they are some of the sweetest gals I could have hoped to meet.  Thanks again for a fun night, ladies!

Now for the winner of the WPlus9 Flora & Fauna stamp set.  Thanks to everyone who commented!

According to Random.org, the winner is:

True Random Number Generator  11Powered by RANDOM.ORG

ETA:  Does anyone know why the Random.org box changes the "Max" to 100 when I publish the post?  The actual number of comments for this giveaway was 26, which is the number I used in the box, but for some reason it resets to 100 when I copy it to my blog.

#11, which is Xiumaiyuki!!  Congratulations, girl!  Send me an email me at christinamaclaren@yahoo.com with your address, I'll get your goodies in the mail.

Thanks again for all of the blogaversary well wishes, and for all of your encouragement over the last year!  

Have a great Sunday!


March 25, 2011

March Papertrey Ink Blog Hop & CR84FN20


Hello, fellow blog hoppers!  Today is the monthly Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink, and this month the challenge is to use embroidery floss in your design.  I have had very little time to craft this week, so I can't say I had the most *creative* idea in the world, but it has been a while since I used a crochet flower, so that's what I decided to do.  I was also inspired by the gorgeous dresses and bouquets in this week's inspiration photo at CR84FN.  For someone who doesn't like purple, I've been using it a LOT lately!

I've used this crochet flower pattern several times in the past, and the pattern is from Nichole Heady herself.  You can find simple instructions HERE.  The only difference in my flower is that I added a third round of "petals" in avocado to give the appearance of leaves, and I prefer to flip the design over so that the back of the stitches are showing.  I just think the petals look a little fuller this way.

I used the partial embossing technique again on the white cardstock, using the Diamonds impression plate along the bottom.  The top is stamped with Background Basics:  Text Style, then with a couple of leafy sprigs from Turning a New Leaf.  I wrapped plum embroidery floss around the card a few times and tied a simple bow.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Ripe Avocado, Lavender Moon, white
Stamps:  Mat Stack 3 Collection, Background Basics:  Text Style, Turning a New Leaf
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Frost White (Clearsnap), Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Tools:  Mat Stack 3 die, Diamonds impression plate, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories:  Plum Pudding button, pearls (Queen & Co.), embossing powder (Stampendous), DMC floss

I am especially excited to hop around and get new ideas for using the loads of embroidery floss I have stashed away!  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy hopping!

March 22, 2011

PDCC #73 & Card Patterns #107


Hi there!  I'm back to share a card for two challenges tonight.  I planned to post it tomorrow, but then I saw that the PDCC ends tonight and realized I'd better get it linked up!

I loved these colors at The Play Date Cafe as soon as I saw them!  What a gorgeous inspiration photo!  I paired up this combo with a lovely sketch at Card Patterns.




















I chose to use PTI's Plum Pudding and Summer Sunrise and SU's Rose Red.  The plum card base is debossed with the Music Score impression plate for a subtle texture.  A wide strip of rose ribbon is layered over rose cardstock, and Summer Sunrise eyelet borders peek out from underneath.

I was fortunate enough to win the new Vintage Labels 18 stamp set from Waltzingmouse a few weeks ago, so I inked it up for this card with Perfect Plum ink.  I stamped two of the labels, cut them out and layered them with foam tape.  I don't have the dies for these labels yet, but they were easy to cut out by hand!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, white), Stampin' Up! (Rose Red)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Vintage Labels 18), Papertrey Ink (Signature Series:  Dress Form)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Perfect Plum)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (eyelet border die, Music Score impression plate), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! (Rose Red ribbon), Me & My Big Ideas (rhinestone)

Just one other tip I thought I'd share.  I've noticed that when using a clear stamp with any of Stampin' Up!'s Classic dye inks, the ink tends to bead up on the stamp and leaves an uneven impression.  A simple fix is to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the image and stamp it a second time.  You can see what a difference it makes in this before and after photo:



Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Have a good one!

ColourQ #77 & CASE Study #31


Hey there, friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  Mother Nature played a cruel trick on us yesterday and gave us another half inch of snow.  I hear some of you are dealing with more, so let's all hope that this is the last of it for a while!

I'm so excited to share this week's fun colors at the ColourQ!  You may know that I'm not big on purple, but I love this week's inspiration, and I hope you'll give it a try.  I also wanted to play along at CASE Study this week.  Julee's sailboat card is so adorable!























I thought these colors would translate well to a little boy card.  As you can see, I CASEd Julee's design, using a rectangular panel instead of a square to accommodate this cute little car from Waltzingmouse's Half Pint Heroes.  I have been in need of a boy set, and this one is perfect for the little guy in my house who loves all things that go!  The sentiments that come with the set are super fun, too.

I used Concord Crush patterned paper for the card base and PTI's Spring Rain Bitty Dots paper for the smaller panel.  Some Hawaiian Shores dotty ribbon is cinched with a faux chartreuse button, since I didn't have any in my stash.  I cut three cardstock circles using the smallest Spellbinders circle nestie and layered them to give the "button" some thickness.  Then I just punched 4 holes in the middle and threaded it like a regular button.  A few punched, chartreuse circles add balance to the bottom corner.


Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Concord Crush), Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse, Spring Rain, white)
Patterned paper:  Stampin' Up! (Concord Crush), Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dot Basics)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Half Pint Heroes)
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black), Clearsnap (Moss Green)
Tools:  Spellbinders (square, circle dies), Fiskars (hole punches)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores ribbon), DMC floss
Coloring medium:  Prismacolor Premier pencils, OMS, Copic marker T1

Here's a peek at the inside, with another one of the cute sentiments and a little star from Half Pint Heroes.


Don't forget to stop by the ColourQ blog to see what the other gals have been up to this week!  You're sure to be inspired!

Thanks for visiting today!  See you back here soon!

March 20, 2011

A Winner, a Giveaway, and a Thank You

Hello, friends!  Several things to share this morning, so I'll get right to it!

First up, the winner of last week's giveaway of PTI's Year of Flowers:  Daffodil.  I actually figured out how to copy the results from Random.org this time:


True Random Number Generator  8Powered by RANDOM.ORG


That makes the winner #8:  Nancy L!!  Congrats, Nancy!  Be sure to send me an email at maclarenc11@gmail.com with your address, and I will pop your stamp set in the mail.


In case anyone had forgotten or is just tuning in, the occasion for the last two giveaways was my upcoming blogaversary, and today is the day!  It's hard to believe it has only been a year since I started blogging, as I feel like I've known many of you forever.  I am so incredibly grateful for each and every one of YOU, my readers and followers.  I'm looking forward to another year here on the blog, and where that might take me.  I hope you'll stick around, too!

So, dear readers, this card is for you.  It's another reject from the Paper Crafts Go-to Sketches call, but I rather like how it turned out, and the sentiment is perfect for my feeling of gratitude today.


It was hard to photograph, but the right side of the card base is debossed with the Polka Dots impression plate, with a scored line leaving a border down the left side for the buttons.  You can see it a little better below:

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Raspberry Fizz
Stamps:  Signature Series:  Butterfly
Ink:  Frost White (Clearsnap)
Tools:  Polka Dots impression plate, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), hole punch (Fiskars), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories:  buttons, baker's twine (The Twinery), embossing powder (Stampendous)

Just a fun and simple little card that makes me happy.

Alright, if you're still with me, I have one more giveaway today to wrap up my blogaversary celebration, and I think you're going to love it!  One of my absolute favorite new stamp sets from one of my favorite companies is Flora & Fauna 1 from WPlus9.  You've seen me use it HERE, HERE, and HERE.  I also made THIS gorgeous card set for my Etsy shop.


The illustrations are just beautiful, and I can't wait to see what other flora and fauna Dawn has planned for future sets in this series.

For a chance to win this set, leave me a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite flower.  Mine's the daisy, by the way.  *smile*

This giveaway is open to Followers of my blog, to thank you for supporting me over the last year, and I will be happy to ship internationally.

Thanks again, my friends!  Have a great day!

March 18, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Button & Make it Monday #6


Evening, folks!  As promised, I'm back with a card tonight.  This one was inspired by this week's Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World, which is this clean and fresh photo of linens wrapped up with button cards.  I combined it with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge #6 to use an impression plate to deboss just part of a card.















The natural colored linens in the photo inspired me to use Rustic Cream cardstock.  I partially impressed the bottom of the card base with PTI's Polka Dots impression plate, in a nod to the dots around the edges of the linens.  The buttons made me think of Baby Button Bits, so I stamped one of the sentiments, added a button "o", and stitched a row of Enchanted Evening buttons with jute twine.  I wrapped a thin strip of navy ribbon around the card base, inspired by the blue ribbons in the photo.

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Rustic Cream
Stamp:  Baby Button Bits
Ink:  Enchanted Evening
Tools:  Polka Dots impression plate, square die (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  buttons, jute twine, ribbon (stash)

I'm really happy with the way this turned out!  Thanks for stopping by tonight, friends!  Have a great start to your weekend!

Win three cards from my Etsy shop!

Hi friends!

I just wanted to pop in and let you know about a giveaway happening over at My {beautiful} Nutty Life.  The owner, Hannah, blogs about photography, recipes, and other fun stuff, plus she has a weekly giveaway on her blog every Thursday.  This week she is featuring my Etsy shop, SeaGlass Papercrafts!  I'm giving away 3 cards from my shop, but you'll have to hop over to Hannah's blog for the details on how to win.

Note:  A comment on my blog does NOT qualify for this giveaway (though you are always welcome to leave me some love!)

Thanks for your visit!  And remember that you can visit my Etsy shop anytime by simply clicking the link in the sidebar.

I'll be back tonight with a card for this week's Tuesday Trigger!  Have a good one!

March 17, 2011

CR84FN19 & FLLCMAR11


Hi-ya, friends!  Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!  This being St. Patrick's Day, day of all things Irish and green, I have a card for you that is.....blue.  Right.  I can assure you I am at least wearing my green today, so no cyber pinches for me please!

This card is for the current color challenge at CR84FN and a challenge at Flourishes to use border punches or die cuts.  Wouldn't I just love to win their gorgeous March release?!






I have to admit I've been in a slump lately.  After several days away from my craft table last week when I was sick, I have had the hardest time putting anything together.  I turned these colors around in my head for several days until I finally decided to make a card for my brother to go with a little care package I'm sending.  

I used a color combo of Soft Stone, Basic Gray, Enchanted Evening, and Baja Breeze.  All of the cardstock pieces are textured with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.  I stamped a border using A Little Argyle on one side, then used the largest diamond in the set as a watermark behind a sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages.  The notebook edge punch is from EK Success, a staple in my masculine card-making arsenal.

All of the edges were distressed with the edge of my scissors, and I peeled the cardstock back a bit in one corner, just because it felt a little empty.  Two Enchanted Evening buttons are the finishing touch.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening), Stampin' Up! (Basic Gray, Baja Breeze)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (A Little Argyle, Mega Mixed Messages)
Ink:  Papeprtrey Ink (Enchanted Evening), Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate), EK Success (border punch)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons)

I hope you have a fun day planned!  Thanks for stopping by today!

March 15, 2011

ColourQ #76


Morning, friends!  So glad you stopped by!

It's time for another challenge at the ColourQ, and this one is perfect for the season.  Check it out:


Green and yellow frustrate me almost as much as purple, so this was no walk in the park.  For some reason I thought of those yellow ribbons tied around trees, lamp posts, and anything else that would stand still to show support for our troops overseas, so that's what I attempted to do.

The trees are from WPlus9's Funky Foliage, a much-neglected set in my stash.  To "ground" them, I masked some hills and inked the bottom of the panel with Old Olive ink.  The heat embossed sentiment is also from Funky Foliage.

A bit of Buttercup baker's twine from The Twinery looks like it is tied to the tree.  I just used a small drop of Glossy Accents to adhere the knot.  Love that stuff for adhering tricky embellishments.

This didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but I think it would be perfect to send to a service member stationed overseas, especially a man.  I had to restrain myself from adding buttons or bling to dress it up, though!  I do wish that I had added some texture to the main panel with the Linen & Canvas impression plate, but I can live with it.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso), Papertrey Ink (white)
Stamps:  WPlus9 (Funky Foliage)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Old Olive, Early Espresso), Clearsnap (Moss Green, Frost White)
Accessories:  The Twinery (Buttercup twine), Stampendous (embossing powder), thread

Be sure to see what the rest of the Design Team created this week, then link up your creation to be in the running for this week's Colour Queen!

Have a good one!

March 13, 2011

A Winner and a New Giveaway!

Hi friends!

As promised, I'm back to announce the winner of the Flower for All Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up!  Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

According to Random.org, the winner is..................

#4:  Marisa!!!


I'll be sending your goodies out this week, dearie!

Now how about another giveaway?  This week I want to share some stamps from another one of my favorite stamp companies, Papertrey Ink!

Are you excited yet?

I had a hard time deciding which set to give away, so I finally picked one that I've had my eye on for a long time but haven't taken the plunge to buy for myself yet.  Maybe one of YOU will create something with it to convince me I NEED it!  Plus, it's perfect for spring.

One lucky commenter will win PTI's Year of Flowers:  Daffodils.





This giveaway is open to Followers of my blog, as appreciation to those of you who come by on a regular basis and make blogging so much fun for me!

For a chance to win, please leave a comment on THIS post telling me what is your most favorite or most often used stamp set of all time.

You have until Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST to leave your comment.  I will pick a winner on Sunday, March 20 (on my blogaversary!) and post it here on my blog.

Oh, and there may be just one more giveaway on my actual blogaversary, so stay tuned.  *wink*

Thanks again, friends!  Have a great week!

DeNami Floral Frenzy Blog Hop


Hello, friends and hoppers!  I'm so excited to be participating in my first DeNami Blog Hop!  This month the theme is Floral Frenzy, and there is sure to be tons of inspiration at every stop.  You should have arrived from Jaclyn Miller's blog, but to start at the beginning of the hop head over to the DeNami Design blog.  Two lucky commenters will receive a gift certificate to the DeNami store, so be sure to leave some love as you hop along!


I recently won a gift certificate to the DeNami store and had the opportunity to purchase this large Lilac stamp.  I love that it makes a large focal point, so the rest of the card came together quickly.  I stamped the lilac branch onto white cardstock and colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and OMS, outlining the image with a T1 Copic marker.  I cut it out with the largest Spellbinders scalloped oval.

The sentiment is the Friends stamp, also from DeNami, stamped and heat embossed in white.  Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig made it easy to line up.  

The Plum Pudding card base is debossed with PTI's Linen & Canvas impression plate, and the dotty paper is from PTI's 2008 Bitty Dot Basics.  A strip of white satin ribbon and a couple of white pearls finish it off.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Plum Pudding, Ripe Avocado, white)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dot Basics)
Stamps:  DeNami Design (Lilac, Friends)
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black), Clearsnap (Frost White), Copic (T1)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Scalloped oval die), Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate)
Accessories:  Michaels (ribbon, pearls), Stampendous (embossing powder), thread
Coloring medium:  Prismacolor Premier pencils, OMS

Your next stop on the hop is the sweet and talented Karen Baker!  Thanks for visiting, and happy hopping!

March 11, 2011

CR84FN18, PCD Sketch, & Scrappy Saturday Challenge


Hello, friends!  Happy beginning of the weekend!

Okay, so I must admit that my card tonight has a bit of an identity crisis.  Somehow I managed to take fall colors, combine them with fall and Christmas stamp sets, and come up with a spring card.  What can I say, I've been lying on the couch motionless for three days, so creating anything was a moral victory for me today!

This card combines this week's colors for CR84FN18, the sketch challenge to celebrate a new release at Practicing Creativity Designs, and the Scrappy Saturday Challenge to use woodland animals.



I pulled out my two stamp sets from Practicing Creativity, Fall Fest and Retro Christmas, then put on my thinking cap to devise a way to use them together.  It wasn't that hard, actually.  The cute little deer from Retro Christmas easily became a spring fawn stamped in light brown ink and decorated with spots using a white gel pen.

I stamped the large leafy branch from Fall Fest on a kraft cardstock strip, then used the coordinating solid leaf to add some random orange leaves.  I think I might have been okay if I had stopped there, but the main panel needed a little something around the sentiment (which is from WPlus9's Spring Post).  So I stamped a small leaf image three times with orange ink.   Hmmm, not very spring-y, but I think it's cute!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold, white), Bazzill (kraft)
Stamps:  Practicing Creativity (Fall Fest, Retro Christmas), WPlus9 (Spring Post)
Ink:  Clearsnap (Dune), Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate), Stampin' Up! (Tangerine Tango), Inkssentials (white gel pen), Sakura (brown pen)
Tools:  We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), The Twinery (baker's twine), thread

I hope you enjoyed my little season-bending experiment!  Sometimes it's nice to think outside the traditional box when it comes to colors and patterns for our favorite holidays and occasions, don't you think?  Well, that's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks for popping in tonight!  Have a great start to your weekend, friends!

March 10, 2011

Totally Hues Challenge #3 & My Mind's Eye Challenge #21

Don't forget to check out my giveaway at the end of the post HERE.  You have until Saturday night to comment for a chance to win a stamp set from Stampin' Up!



Hey, friends!  Boy, am I glad to be back!  I have been very sick for the last three days, and it was all I could do to lift my head off of my pillow, let alone craft or blog!  But I'm feeling much better tonight and hope to be back to normal by tomorrow.  

Tonight I thought I'd share a card I made last weekend and hadn't posted yet.  As soon as I saw the new colors for the Totally Hues Challenge, I thought of the Fine & Dandy "True Blue" collection from My Mind's Eye.  Lucky for me, the MME blog currently has a sketch challenge with the theme "Celebrate today", so I used it for my card.


If you follow my blog at all, you must know that I don't use a lot of patterned paper on my cards.  I LOVE patterned paper and use it on my scrapbook pages, but I find the smaller canvas of a typical card more challenging when it comes to mixing and matching patterns.  So I'm not totally happy with the way this turned out (a little busy for my taste), but I do love the cheerful colors.

The edges of the papers are sanded to give them some definition, and I used a lot of zig-zag stitching.  I die cut a Hawaiian Shores felt flower and added an Aqua Mist button to the middle.  The sentiment is from Star Prints.  I think this would be a fun birthday card for a tween or teen girl who (like me) is not into girly-girl pink and frills.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, white)
Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye (Fine & Dandy True Blue "Dapper" & "Shining", Alphabet Soup Boy "Star Bright")
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Star Prints)
Ink:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms die), Fiskars (border punch, hole punch)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (felt, button), The Twinery (baker's twine), thread, DMC floss


Thanks for checking in with me tonight!  See you back here soon!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...