Saturday, February 28, 2009

Stamps and Smiles Sketch Set

There is a brand new stamp site called Stamps and Smiles. To celebrate the opening and release of this new line of stamps, there was a series of sketches on the Stamps and Smiles blog. I made these cards using the sketches. I used JessicaLynnOriginals stamps. Papers are by Making Memories Boho chic collection.







Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our Daily Bread Sketch

and a technique challenge too. Tonight I'm sharing my card that I made earlier this week for the Our Daily Bread sketch challenge. I combined it with the High Hopes challenge this week- sponging. I left my panel in the Nestabilities die and sponged some brown and pink ink on the edges. I also added some ink to the die before cutting out the panel- that's how I got that cool border.




Stamps: Our Daily Bread Design
Paper: Hot Off the Press
Accents: Ribbon (Michaels), Crystal lacquer
Tools: Nestabilities labels two die

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Luck of the Irish

Isn't it funny how you can see something and it does nothing for you, like a sketch, or idea? But then one day something else makes it click and inspires an idea for you. That's how it was for the Mojo Monday sketch this week and the Etsygreetings team challenge. At first the sketch didn't spark much interest, but then OCC issued a challenge yesterday to use a tag and I remembered the Mojo sketch had the perfect place for a tag. The Etsygreetings team challenge is to make a St. Patrick's Day card, and I'm not real big on those, but I did buy a few green embellies. The Dutch Dare Card challenge is to use green and yellow. I recently bought this green and yellow ribbon so with all this prompting from all these sources, it finally came together. Here is my card.




Stamps: Rubber stampede, heart; studio G
Paper: imagination project; sonburn
Accents: Stickles, brad, Making Memories metal rim vellum tag; ribbon (Michael's)

A few details: I stamped four hearts and cut them out to make my clover. The hearts have swirls, so I went over all the swirls with green Stickles and colored them with a Marvy marker. I stamped the St. Patrick's Day sentiment directly onto the vellum tag.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Simple sympathy

I used the sketch from CPS this week for a sympathy card I needed to make. And even before I checked in on the Timeless Tuesday challenge at Flourishes, I knew I wanted to use this flower stamp. As it turned out, the Timeless Tuesday challenge is to use flowers. I like this card because it's simple and peaceful to look at. The sketch is really clean. I added a little more texture by stitching and tearing and rolling the edges. Enough from me, have a peek for yourself.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Whew!

What a long busy day. And now it's time for bed. I just wanted to share a couple of challenge cards I made earlier this week.

This one is for the sketch at the sweetest thing. Karen makes the simplest sketches that are so fun to use for a quick card.


Paper: Bazzill cardstock; HOTP patterned paper
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Accents: ribbon, Offray; flower, Petaloo; rub on stitches, DCWV; brad



The challenge at High Hopes this week is to make a spring/ Easter card. I needed a push to start some Easter cards. I used the sketch at Friday Sketchers for my design. Here's my card:


Paper: cardstock; patterned paper, HOTP
Stamp: Inkadinkado; Studio G
Accents: Flowers, Making Memories, other
Tools: Cuttlebug argyle embossing folder; paper piercer; black marker; Nestabilities large petite ovals



Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge

I finally got around to playing in the sketch and stash challenge. It's almost time for a new one, so I'm sliding in at the last minute. Before I show you my card, let me show you some things hubby has for sale on ebay- necklaces that he made. (Speaking of him, he really knows the way to my heart. I got stamps and a set of Nestabilities dies for Valentine's Day. )




Click on the pictures to go to the auctions.


Now, for my card. The idea for the challenge is to dig into your "stash". I used BasicGrey sugared collection papers which were purchased a couple of months ago and an Inkadinkado stamp that I've had for a year or so and never inked! Also from my stash are some paper flowers, brads, and epoxy stickers from Michaels. I also used a Nestabilities scalloped oval die that I just got this week. The sentiment is from K&Co. words to go.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Another sketch card..

One more post for the day and then I will be preparing Valentine's dinner. Here's my card for the High Hopes challenge this week. I love sketch challenges.



Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey urban prairie
Stamps: Inkadinkado Garden delights, See D's
Accents: Doodlebug rub on stitches; brad; ribbon, Michael's
Tools: Martha Stewart punch , Prismacolor pencils

Embellishment inspired

Last week's OCC challenge was to use an embellishment as inspiration. (I'm behind, I just got to this today). I took inspiration from the blue birdie ribbon. I embossed a panel with birds and swirls, used a bird stamp, and carried out a blue theme. I also used the sketch from Mojo Monday for this week as my layout.



Paper: cardstock, patterned paper (unknown)
Stamp: Inkadinkado , Heidi Grace (sentiment)
Accents: ribbon, Michael's; button, Bazzill
Tools: Cuttlebug birds and swirls embossing folder, Big Shot

Friday, February 13, 2009

Quiet evening at home

We're spending a quiet evening at home. I finished another challenge card. This on is for Sketch Saturday #37. I don't really think this card is "me" but then again I made myself use colors (papers) I would not ordinarily use.



Paper: Bazzill cardstock, patterned paper unknown
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Tools: Marvy markers, Nestabilities, chalk
Accents: Brads, rhinestones

Happy Weekend Blog Candy Winner

Forgive me for being a little late in posting the blog candy winner. I worked late last night. Random.org chose

Here are your random numbers:

10
Timestamp: 2009-02-13 20:54:44 UTC

That's Dilorf! Please contact me by 4:00 p.m. Sunday Feb. 15, 2009 at fkayct@hotmail.com with your info so I can send you the candy.

Note: This is the 11th comment but there were 10 entries, 2 made by the first commenter, so I disregarded the very first one and started counting at 2.

Friday Feature

A collection of Valentine's things from etsy. Click on the below links to get to the sellers and then to their shops. I wish you lots of love this weekend.



1. small attached hanging hearts, 2. The Valentine flower necklace, 3. Happy Valentine's Day Apron, 4. Valentine Bear, 5. Valentine's Day Keepsake Box, 6. Red abd White Wreath Button

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Something round

Both cards I'm sharing tonight have something round- circles. That did not even occur to me until I got ready to write this post. They are based on two different sketch challenges.

First is my card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge and Flourishes Newsletter Timeless Tuesday. I didn't even start out to complete the Flourishes challenge but I put buttons on here and remembered that challenge is for buttons.



Paper: K&Co., cardstock
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Accents: Bazzill buttons; brads
Tools: 1" circle punch; flower punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder; Martha Stewart butterfly punch













Next is my card for the Friday Sketchers challenge and Flourishes Newsletter color challenge. I love these colors and you must go back and check out the design team cards on the Flourishes blog!



Paper: Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Tools: Nestabilities circles and scalloped circles Accents: stitching, stickles

Monday, February 9, 2009

A multi-challenge card

This card is one of those little surprises. You know, when you start out with a sketch or idea but you have no idea what the end result will be, because you just don't have the card pictured in your head. And then when you're finished, you're very surprised and pleased. I'm pleased with this.

I started with the Dutch Dare Card Challenge to use no pink or red on a love themed card, so I chose black and blue. Well, really, black and white, and the blue somehow just worked its way in there. I used the sketch from CPS. It also fits the challenge for Stamp Something to make a valentine something and Caardvarks heart challenge, so I may just link it up there as well. I heat embossed those silver hearts. I used a heart background stamp that I've had for .. ahem, a few years and had not used yet. Oh.. one more neat detail. The scallops on the heart were made by punching hole punch size circles out of cardstock and gluing them to the edge of the heart.



Paper: Cardstock
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Accents: Paper flowers, rhinestones, Cloud9Design love stickers
Tools: Martha Stewart zig zag punch; Stampendous embossing powder (silver tinsel)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mojo Monday (on Friday!)

I am absolutely in love with this week's sketch (#72) at Mojo Monday. I made my card last night, and I have a few more ideas for cards. I can think of two more sets of my stamps that this would work with, so I'll be going back to this sketch again. I love layers too and this sketch has lots of them. Here is my card:



Papers: HOTP; cardstock
Stamps: birdhouse, Inkadinkado; sentiment,
Making Memories
Accents: rhinestones, Michael's; ribbon, Offray; flower, Making Memories
Tools: Fiskars treading water punch; Nestabilities circles and scalloped circles; decorative scissors

Friday, February 6, 2009

Another card share...

Ever have a hard time coming up with clever titles for your posts? I'm so tired right now, I can't think. Also, ever make a card that you just absolutely do not like. Well, here's one. It's just not working for me, but I don't know how to fix it so I'm posting it anyway. Maybe you can give me some suggestions.




I made it for Sketch Saturday sketch #36. It's a great sketch and the design team cards are fabulous. I just couldn't make it work. I also used lace on this card for the High Hopes challenge this week.

Friday Feature/ Hearts

Since February is all about hearts- Valentine's and the health of those that pump our bodies and keep us going, I'm featuring some awesome heart finds from etsy.


Loves Me Loves Me Not Fused Glass Pendant by fireflyglassdesign


Funky Hearts Zipper Pouch by bagsandbuds


Love Clutch by Ikesaedt


Valentine Heart Soap Gift in Pomegranate Aloe and Olive Oil by FairyBubbles

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Another share...

REMINDER: I HAVE BLOG CANDY A FEW POSTS DOWN.

I didn't have time to post this one this morning. This is my take on CPS sketch 101. It went out in the mail today to a male Sunday School member who had surgery. Yep, that's more faux stitching.



Paper: Basic Grey Vagabond
Stamp: Studio G
Accents: Brads, Making Memories, Fibers, EK Success;
Tools: Cuttlebug Vintage die; Cuttlebug argyle folder; paper piercer

Quick share!


Paper: Making Memories Coastline
Stamps: Imaginisce, Studio G
Accents: Brads; Ribbon, Dots, Dashes, Checks (Michaels); rub on stitches, DCWV
Tools: Nestabilities circles; Marvy markers





The Stamp Something challenge this week is anything with a Summer theme. What great timing since this 23 degree temp (unusual for South Georgia!!) has me thinking of warmer, brighter things. Maybe this will brighten your day too. These little penguins make my want to dance! LOL

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sketch Challenge Cards

I'm sharing a couple of cards I made for challenges this week. Before I do, let me remind you about the BLOG CANDY. Scroll down a few posts for a chance to win.

This purple flowered card is for sketch #80 at sketches! by tamara.



Paper: HOTP; Provo craft
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Accents: ric-rac; flowers, Making Memories; brads








The next one is for Karen's Sweet Sunday sketch #3. This is a fun little sketch that I can see myself going to over and over.

All the papers are Basic Grey Urban Prairie. I even die cut the butterfly from that paper line.



Paper: Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Stamp: Studio G
Accents: Rhinestones, Michael's

Tools: Big Shot, Sizzix die

Two for Tuesday

Another great coordinating gift and card idea.


Wall decor by amorevivo


Card by SouthernScraps

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy Weekend Blog Candy ***CLOSED***


**** NOW CLOSED****
I'm having my first ever blog candy giveaway. I had mentioned earlier here that I might do this when I hit 5,000 on the counter. That happened last week. I also woke up Friday to find that my card which I posted for sketches by Tamara was featured. That's a first for me too! Then I came home from work to check the Stamp Something challenge and found that I was selected by random.org as the winner of last week's prize! Woo hoo! On Saturday I checked my email and discovered that our local Circuit City had lowered their prices on digital cameras by 20% for the store closing. (Side note: I'm sad that so many people are losing jobs, so much that I almost feel guilty for this purchase.) I made the purchase anyway - a new Canon Rebel XSi. I've been wanting to get a digital SLR and quit with film. This camera will take the lenses I already own. You may see an improvement in my blog photos.

So, I've had a happy weekend. And I appreciate all the visits and kind comments and all the things I've won recently, so I'm returning a small token.

Here's what's included:

A Hero Arts Dot letters alphabet stamp set
Random pieces of chipboard from Basic Grey Mellow undressed
shaped clips
silk flowers
ribbon
a few tags to alter
a set of nature theme sticker tags
Birthday photo die cuts
And it's all coming to you in the tin that's pictured. When I bought those, I thought they'd be great to alter for a gift tin.

To be entered to win, 1) leave a comment and tell me which card or project that you've seen on my blog or in MY SHOP is your favorite or which post you found most interesting, and 2) post a link on your blog to the candy. Candy will close on FEBRUARY 11, 2009 midnight EST.

My heart has wings

I've had these Flights of Fancy stamps by HOTP for quite a while now and have been meaing to use them, but the right reason just had not come up yet. I decided they would be perfect for a Valentine's card for hubby, so I used them. I pulled the color combo from the Charisma Cardz challenge to use black, white and one other color. The design of the card is for the MFT sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. It also fits the OCC challenge to use two hearts or more. I wasn't really planning on it being a card for that challenge, but hey, it fits!

Come back a little later. I'm posting some blog candy and will tell you why I'm celebrating.


Paper: Doodlebug
Stamps: Inkadinkado, sentiment and heart; wings, HOTP
Accents: Ribbon, (Dots N Dashes); rub on stitches; DCWV
Tools/techniques: Cuttlebug heart blocks folder, heat embossing