Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Inspire

I wanted to get one more Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project in before the end of the month, so I took the day off to stay home to scrap! I had plans of making several cards today, but only one has materialized. My morning ended up being very busy running several unexpected errands, so I didn't get into the scrap room until almost noon. But that's okay - it's been a good day anyway!

I created my collage "Inspire" card with several Blockheads stamps and my own unique background. I was experimenting, like I do quite often, with some lilac spray ink on some textured cardstock with some sort of coating. It has almost a waxy feeling and has somewhat of a shine to it but it's not glossy cardstock. The ink beaded up on it and wasn't seeming to dry, even after hitting it with my heat tool, so I decided to put some clear embossing powder on it and emboss it. Even after embossing it, the beaded spots were still a little wet  so I blotted it with a paper towel, applied a little more clear embossing powder and embossed it again. This time the beaded spots were almost completely dry, so blotting it a second time did the trick. What an awesome background it made for my card!

I stamped the beautiful Chloe Collage image on white cardstock with Memento Paris Dusk ink. I then stamped the ink spots with spun sugar distress ink randomly over top the Chloe Collage, and the butterflies with rusty hinge overlayed with mustard seed distress inks over top the Chloe Collage. The ink spots and butterflies are two of my favorites in the Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set. I highlighted the butterflies with a Sakura stardust pen. I stamped another set of butterflies on white cardstock, highlighted with Sakura stardust pen, and cut them all out. I bent the wings and attached them on top of the ones stamped on the Chloe Collage. I stamped a moth on white cardstock with fired brick distress ink and colored it with orange and yellow Copics, cut it out and mounted it toward the bottom of the Chloe Collage. I cut three rolled flowers out of white cardstock and sprayed them with terra cotta spray ink, and when they were dry I mounted them on the bottom left of the Chloe Collage. I applied a strip of tissue tape under a piece of ribbon diagonally across the top left corner of the background and adhered the Chloe Collage on the background. I then adhered a double-looped bow on the center of the ribbon on the upper left corner of the collage, pinned a tiny safety pin in the center and knotted a mini pearl strand on it. I finished the card by adhering an embossed "Inspire" tag that I had in my stash on the bottom right.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock; green and textured blue cardstock
  • Tsukineko terra cotta and lilac spray inks; clear embossing powder
  • Lost Coast Designs Chloe Collage stamp
  • Memento Paris Dusk ink
  • Ink spots and butterflies from the Blockheads Paper Arts 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set
  • Ranger spun sugar and mustard seed distress inks
  • Moth from the Blockheads Paper Arts Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set
  • Ranger rusty hinge and fired brick distress inks
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Copics: YR04, Y15
  • Sizzix 3-D flower die
  • McGill petite petals punch
  • White ribbon; orange sherbet and lemon sherbet flat-back pearls
  • Tim Holtz Sketchbook tissue tape
  • Tiny safety pin; mini pearl strand; embossed "Inspire" tag


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Congratulations

It's that time again... time to post my second DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #80 - Anything Goes, sponsored by The Digi Garden and The Greeting Farm! I chose the super cute "Kissy Kissy" digital image from The Greeting Farm for this card. I totally love this image! I made an engagement or wedding Congrats card done in white with a splash of Williamsburg blue, which I absolutely love, and a touch of gray. I didn't make the standard 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 size card this time - I made a 5 x 5 instead. I used a couple new toys - Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder for the background, and Spellbinders square Fleur de Lis die to frame the focal image. I love the way it turned out!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; Williamsburg blue textured cardstock
  • The Greeting Farm's "Kissy Kissy" digi image
  • Copics: E51, C3, C5, B91, B95, B97, E35, Y15, G14
  • Spellbinders classic squares, square Fleur de Lis and ribbon banners dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD All Occasion Tags stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Blue striped ribbon; white pearl brad; tiny clear gemstones


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Take Flight

I'm very pleased and honored to be hosting this month's Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Bleach Technique Blog Hop! This is my first time hosting a challenge and it's going to be so much fun seeing what everyone creates! My "Take Flight" card was very simple - created basically with a stamped image, embossing powder, household bleach and water-based markers. One wouldn't ordinarily think of using bleach on a craft project, but when carefully used on dark cardstock, the results will amaze you!

To take our challenge, visit the Blockheads Bleach Rubber Stamping Technique page to see my tutorial for creating a card using household bleach. Then create your own out-of-the-box project, create a blog post that includes the link code (this creates links to other participants), then submit your URL by clicking the button below. To be fair to all participants, links that don't include the code will be removed. Submit your URL by March 21st for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our Design Team.

Here is the code to paste into the html tag at the very bottom of your post:
<!-- start InLinkz script -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=131337"></script>
<!-- end InLinkz script -->

The gorgeous moth stamp is from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set. After stamping, embossing, bleaching and coloring, I cut out the image with a classic rectangles Spellbinders die, then cut a frame from red DCWV shimmer cardstock with Spellbinders classic rectangles and big scalloped rectangles dies. I cut my card base from kraft cardstock. I embossed a piece of textured yellow cardstock with a Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder, rounded the corners with a Crop-A-Dile corner chomper and mounted it on a piece of black cardstock with rounded corners. I adhered a piece of red velvet ribbon along the left edge with Blockheads Tacky Red Tape, and crafted a bow from the same ribbon. Unfortunately I got a tiny speck of glue on the center of the bow, so I had to cover it up! I attached a small strip of Tim Holtz idea-ology Sketchbook tissue tape to cover that tiny speck of glue and then adhered the bow vertically to the ribbon. I adhered the moth image to the embossed yellow background piece and then attached the red shimmer cardstock frame over top of the image with dimensional pads. I stamped the "Take Flight" sentiment, from the Blockheads Whimsical-Faerie Wings stamp set, on kraft cardstock, cut it in a rectangle shape and mounted it on black cardstock, then mounted it on the front of the card at the bottom of the scalloped frame. I finished the front of the card with some tiny clear gemstones on the sentiment block and three larger black gemstones in the upper left corner.


For the inside, I stamped the moth definition, also from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set, on a piece of yellow textured cardstock and mounted it on black cardstock, then adhered it vertically inside the card.


Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury black and kraft cardstock; DCWV red shimmer cardstock; yellow textured cardstock
  • Moth and inside sentiment from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set
  • Versamark; black embossing powder
  • Household bleach in a small dish; Fantastix brush point tip applicator
  • Marvy Uchida brush tip water-based markers; Sakura stardust pen
  • Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder
  • Spellbinders classic rectangles and big scalloped rectangles dies
  • "Take Flight" sentiment from the Blockheads Whimsical-Faerie Wings stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • 1/8" Blockheads Tacky Red Tape
  • Red velvet ribbon
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Sketchbook Tissue Tape
  • Black gemstones

Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fun Backgrounds Created With "Framed Flowers" Crafters Workshop Template

I've been in the scrap room playing today... creating different backgrounds for the Blockheads Paper Arts DT using the "Framed Flowers" Crafters Workshop Template from Blockheads Paper Arts and several kinds of media - micro marbles, flock, alcohol inks and silver spray glitter! Woo-hoo! What fun this has been! I'm super stoked to share these with you! This template is awesome and the possibilities are endless! I've also used spray walnut ink, brayered paint and sponged distress ink with this Framed Flower template with great results.

This first one was done with MICRO MARBLES:

I laid the template on a piece of white cardstock, then pressed the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad onto the template while carefully holding it down on the edges so it didn't slide around, and made sure all the open areas of the template got good and gooey with the glue. I then turned the template around and positioned it on the other half of the cardstock and did the same thing on the other side. I carefully removed the template and applied Blockheads metallic seafoam micro marbles on one end, Blockheads metallic pink micro marbles in the middle and Blockheads metallic lavender micro marbles on the other end. I gently but firmly pressed them down so they'd stick, then sprinked some clear embossing powder over the entire surface and hit it with the heat tool to seal it. OMG - I love the way this turned out and can't wait to create a card with it!


The next one was done with FLOCK:

I laid the template on a piece of white cardstock, then pressed the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad onto the template while carefully holding it down on the edges so it didn't slide around, and made sure all the open areas of the template got good and gooey with the glue. I then turned the template around and positioned it on the other half of the cardstock and did the same thing on the other side. I carefully removed the template and applied Recollections Coral, Cherry, Horizon and Cricket flock. I gently but firmly pressed it down so it would stick. This turned out SO awesome! ;)


The next one was done with ALCOHOL INKS:

I applied a piece of felt to my Tim Holtz applicator and put a two-second spot of five different Ranger Adirondack inks - sunset orange, sunshine yellow, purple twilight, cranberry and gold mixative - onto the applicator. I laid the template on a piece of white glossy cardstock and randomly stamped the spot-inked applicator all over the template while carefully holding it down on the edges so it didn't slide around, being sure to cover all the open areas. I carefully removed the template and put a clean piece of felt on the applicator with a four-second spot of Ranger Adirondack alcohol blending solution and dabbed it all over the surface to  mix the inks a bit. The photo shows the gold real well over on the left-hand side but in "real life" it's all over the surface and looks so cool! I really like the way this one turned out, too!


The last one was done with silver SPRAY GLITTER:

This background was super simple. I didn't rotate the template on this one - I centered it on a piece of ivory cardstock and simply burst-sprayed silver spray glitter all over the surface. I did this outside where there was good air flow. I lightly taped the template and cardstock into the center a large shallow box lid which I held vertically for good glitter coverage. This effect is super subtle and was very hard to photograph, but is absolutely gorgeous and will make a beautiful engagement or wedding card. My photograph doesn't do it justice! :/

I really hope you've enjoyed seeing my creations and will visit the Crafters Workshop Templates section of Blockheads Paper Arts and purchase one or two! Who knows... you'll probably find some stamps or other crafting supplies that you really need for your stash while you're there! Happy crafting!


Good Times With My Favorite Girl

It's so amazing to me how fast these weeks are going by! It's already time to post another DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge # 80 - Anything Goes, sponsored by The Digi Garden and The Greeting Farm. I chose The Digi Garden's adorable Lottie digi for my first card which I did in shades of orange. Isn't she adorable?! I'll be posting another card in a few days using an awesomely cute image from The Greeting Farm, so stay tuned!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; four varying shades of orange cardstock; orange patterned cardstock
  • Spellbinders Craft Foil (orange)
  • Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder
  • The Digi Garden's Lottie digital image
  • Copics: E01, E35, E39, YR09, YR14, YR15, YR18
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and scalloped ovals dies
  • Orange/white polka dot ribbon
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Smile

It's time to post another inspiration project for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #153 - Sketch. This Challenge is sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs and I chose the sassy little "Back To School Brittany" digi image for my card! What fun I had making this 'tween' card in shades of purple! What a cute image! And I love sketch challenges because they make cardmaking so easy! I used one of the new embossing folders I got at the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival two weekends ago on some yummy purple shimmer cardstock!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; DCWV dark purple shimmer cardstock; light purple textured cardstock
  • Sassy Studio Designs "Back To School Brittany" digi image
  • Copics: E01, V12, V15, V17, Y15, E35, R27
  • Spellbinders standard circles, classic rectangles and scalloped rectangles dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD Autumn Leaves stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Cuttlebug Traffic Jam embossing folder
  • Ivory and purple sheer ribbon
  • Purple flat-back pearls and small gemstones


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hoppy Birthday

I'm back with my second inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #79 - Stitching (real or faux), sponsored by Robyn's Fetish, using the adorable "Five Little Froggies" digi image. I just love her digis - they are so fun and whimsical, and a blast to work with! Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love frogs and have collected them over the years and have hundreds of them, so this image was somewhat special to me! I used faux stitching on this card - several different patterns of rub-ons which are awesome!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; dark green corrugated cardstock; four varying shades of green plain and textured cardstock
  • Robyn's Fetish "Five Little Froggies" digital image
  • Copics: G09, YG17, G14, E11, E35, E37, C1
  • Spellbinders deckled rectangles, classic rectangles, scalloped rectangles and classic ovals dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD Falling For You stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Studio 112 Stitches rub-ons
  • Buttons; green gemstones

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Special Delivery

One of the perks of being on The Crafter's Cafe Event Team is that I get to play around with sponsor images! Here's another creation using the adorable "Sleeping Flower" digi image by A Day For Daisies. I really love this image! This one is my entry into The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog Grand Opening and Challenge #1 using the color combo of pink, red and purple, all together! What fun!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; multi-color, purple, pink and red striped embossed cardstock
  • A Day For Daisies "Sleeping Flower" digi image
  • Copics: RV21, RV23, E00, G24, Y15, V15, V17, R27
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Spellbinders lacey circles and standard circles dies
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border die (large)
  • Sentiment from the GKD Special Delivery stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Tiny flower punch
  • Pink/white flower ribbon; pink gemstones

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Things I Gotta Do" Dry Erase Board

OMG! I just made another really fun Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project! These ladies waiting for Mr. Right are a hoot! This project was very inexpensive, didn't take long to make and didn't use a long list of supplies! I used some cardstock, two Blockheads stamps, some Blockheads Tacky Red Tape and a few other odds and ends from my stash. The only thing I purchased specifically for this project was the 5 x 7 acrylic frame and a 3-pack of dry erase markers, all for a whopping $2.50 plus tax! I would like to give StampTV credit for the dry erase board idea!

I created the "Things I Gotta Do" block on my computer and printed it in brown ink on ivory cardstock, then randomly stamped the dotted background from the Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set with Memento rich cocoa ink all over the block, being sure to go off all four edges. I then stamped the Lost Coast Designs "Waiting For Mr. Right" stamp on the other end of the cardstock, cut them both out and matted them on brown cardstock. I then cut a 5 x 7 piece of base-weight ivory cardstock to fit the frame, adhered the lovely ladies on the top and the write-in block on the bottom, then slipped the unit into the frame. I sprayed off-white ribbon with walnut ink to get it nice and brown to match the project and let it dry. Once it was dry, I adhered a strip of the ribbon across the front with 1/8" Blockheads Tacky Red Tape. This is some awesome stuff that's made for adhering beads, micro marbles and such (it's very tacky and very transparent) but works very well adhering sheer ribbon. I fashioned a bow out of this same dyed ribbon, affixed a clock charm to it with a brad, and adhered it to the strip of ribbon. I finished the project with three chocolate flat-back pearls on the upper left and three more on the lower right portion of the ladies stamp.

I'm entering "Things I Gotta Do" into the following challenges:

Poisoned Peas First Challenge - Freestyle
http://poisonedpeas.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-challenge.html

Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #20 - Love Is In The Air
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.com/2012/02/ch-20-love-is-in-air.html

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 56 - With All My Heart
http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.com/2012/02/challenge-56-with-all-my-heart.html

My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #44- Girly Girl Projects
http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/2012/02/monday-challenge-44-girly-girl-projects.html

Recipe:

  • 5 x 7 acrylic frame; dry erase markers
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and brown cardstock
  • Dotted background stamp from the Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set
  • Lost Coast Designs "Waiting For Mr. Right" stamp 
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • 1/8" Blockheads Tacky Red Tape
  • Off-white ribbon dyed with Tsukineko walnut ink spray
  • Clock charm; brad; chocolate flat-back pearls




Happy Dad's Day

It's time to post another DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge! The time is just flying by - we're on the downhill toward the end of February already! It'll be Christmas again before we know it! Hahaha! The theme for 2 Sisters Challenge #79 is Stitching (real or faux) and is sponsored by the wonderful Robyn's Fetish! They really do have some of the neatest digis to work with, and I chose "Cabin in the Woods" for my card this week. I knew right off the bat that I was going to do some sort of masculine card with this awesome image, and  wound up doing a Father's Day card! I distressed it a good bit to give it that manly woodsy feel, did some haphazard stitching (suitable for a man), and of course left off the ribbon, bow and most of the bling! I like it!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and kraft cardstock; green cardstock
  • 3 coordinating papers from the Echo Park "For The Record" 6x6 sampler pack
  • Robyn's Fetish "Cabin in the Woods" digi image
  • Copics: E11, E35, E37, E39, E29, G09, G14, YG17, B91, B95, C1
  • Spellbinders classic rectangles and scalloped rectangles dies
  • Cuttlebug candy cane stripes embossing folder
  • Ranger walnut stain distress ink
  • Sentiment from the GKD Gone Fishing stamp set
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Rox Marble Shazam gemstones; twine

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Celebrate Love

I'm back with my second DT inspiration card for 2 Sisters Challenge #78, sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop. The theme is "I Heart You" and I chose the beautiful "Just Married" digi. I did something really daring with this card... I didn't color the image! I've never done this before, and for me, it took a lot of guts to attempt because I had no idea what I would end up with! Hahahaha! But actually, I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out! I stuck with a semi-monochromatic color scheme of black/white with a splash of red, pink and silver.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock
  • Digi Doodle Shop's "Just Married" digital image
  • Spellbinders labels twelve dies
  • Sweet N Sassy lacey eyelet border and small scalloped border dies
  • Wedding rub-on sentiment from Making Memories
  • Oriental Trading Lovey Dovey sticky ribbon
  • Flourish cut from Cricut Wall Decor and More cartridge
  • Silver flat-back pearls; tiny pink gemstones

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sending Smiles Across The Miles Mini Pizza Box

Among all the fun festivities over at The Cafter's Cafe this past weekend, was a Chat N Craft Saturday evening where everyone made mini pizza boxes together in real time! I have to say, this is the first pizza box I've ever made and it was so easy, thanks to Beate's tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers! Check it out - you can make two of these adorable mini pizza boxes out of one piece of 12 x 12 paper!


I made mine with white, bright yellow and orange cardstock, and made my own background paper with a randomly stamped flower colored with Copics. And of course, I used some more my new fav rolled flowers, and perched a colorful butterfly in front of the flowers! I love the way it turned out - what a great little gift box!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; orange and textured yellow cardstock
  • Flower stamp from the GKD Natures Greeting stamp set
  • Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink
  • Copics: YR04, YR09, YR14, YR15
  • Spellbinders scalloped ovals die
  • Sentiment from the GKD Special Delivery stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Sizzix 3-D Flowers die
  • Dazzles butterfly; cream vellum; various colors of Memento markers
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls; orange/white polka dot ribbon; white pearl brad


Sunday, February 12, 2012

High Heel Shoe!

Well, what's a girl with a shoe fetish to do? Craft a paper shoe! This is my first-ever attempt at a shoe, for a Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project, and I'm so tickled at how well it turned out! OMG - what fun this was! I love my Blockheads stamps and this was the perfect project to use several of them!

The shoe template is by Ellen Hutson. I cut the pieces from sturdy brown cardstock. I stamped the shoe body with Memento rich cocoa ink and the dot design background stamp from the Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set. I wanted a definite but subtle pattern with the brown ink on brown cardstock. I stamped random butterflies across the toe portion with Versamark and a butterfly stamp from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set, then embossed them in gold. I assembled the shoe - this took me a little while since I had never done a project like this before! I covered the sole with a piece of textured gold-brown lightweight cardstock. I made a rolled flower out of the same brown cardstock that the shoe was made from and attached it to the toe, along with three gemstones. I decorated the inside of the shoe with a long black swirl flourish, gold vellum handmade flowers, and three small butterflies from the Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set that I stamped on brown cardstock with Versamark, embossed in gold and then cut out. I finished the shoe by defining the top of the heel with two small strips of faux suede. The finished measurements of this amazing shoe are 6-1/2" long, 3-3/4" high and 1-1/2" wide.

I'm entering my High Heel Shoe into the following challenges:

StampTV Free For All Friday - Let's Get Moving (HAPPY FEET MOVE!)
http://stamptv.ning.com/forum/topics/free-for-all-friday-let-s-get-moving

Little Miss Muffet Challenge #28 - Valentines and Love (MY LOVE OF SHOES!)
http://littlemissmuffetchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/02/challenge-28-valentines-and-love.html

Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge PWC192 - Add texture (WET EMBOSSING)
http://www.paperprettiesblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/paper-pretties-wednesday-challenge_08.html

Poisoned Peas First Challenge - Freestyle
http://poisonedpeas.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-challenge.html

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury brown cardstock
  • Blockheads Paper Arts 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set
  • Versamark; gold embossing powder
  • McGill petite petals punch
  • Gold vellum; black brads
  • Sizzix 3-D Flowers die
  • Golden rod Stickles
  • Queen & Co. chocolate delight Rox gemstones
  • Faux adhesive-backed black suede
  • Want2scrap black swirl flourish






Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

The theme for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #78 is "I Heart You" and is sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop. I've done a number of Valentine cards over the last couple weeks and decided to focus on Mother's Day for my DT inspiration card. I used the beautiful digi image "Heart Felt Roses." I'm still battling this nasty head cold and have fallen a little behind with my half-finished DT inspiration projects, but I'm determined to get ahead, so I'm working diligently! It's rare that I create a card without a layered/matted background but I did so with this one to try to focus on the scalloped chipboard circle frame which I sponged with red and pink, then dotted with gold alcohol ink. I think it turned out pretty nice and sure reminds me of my dear Mother who is no longer with us, as her favorite color was red and her favorite flower was a rose. I love you, Mom!

Recipe:

  • Marco's Paper red cardstock; Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Digi Doodle Shop's "Heart Felt Roses" digital image
  • Copics: R27, R24, Y15, YR04, YG17, G09
  • Sentiment from Craft Lounge's Vintage Roses stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Spellbinders classic circles and labels seventeen dies
  • Scalloped chipboard circle frame
  • Red and pink ink; Tim Holtz Adirondack gold alchohol ink
  • Want2scrap white swirl fourishes; Colorbok red rhinestones
  • Red ribbon; gold thread, pink polka dot button

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tweet Thing

This is my second inspiration card for The Crafter's Cafe Blog Hop using the sweet "Love Birds" image from A Creative Need. I distressed the edges of all the layered pieces and sanded the embossed piece to give this a woodsy feel. I like the way it turned out! I was just too pooped last night to get it on the blog, so I saved it for today to make the fun last just a tad longer! The Hop has been a blast, and I'm proud to share this experience with so many talented paper artists! All the sponsors have been so generous to allow us the use of their images for inspiration cards! Be sure you head back to The Crafter's Cafe tomorrow for lots more fun, games and prizes all day long, ending with a Craft N Chat at 8 PM EST!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • Two coordinating pieces from the DCWV Latte matstack
  • Ranger weathered wood distress ink
  • "Love Birds" digi image from A Creative Need
  • Copics: E39, YG17, G09, B91, B95, B97
  • Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder
  • Sizzix 3-D Flowers die
  • Spellbinders Labels Eight die
  • Sentiment from the GKD Falling for You stamp kit
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Brads; blue and cream ribbons; blue gemstones

The Crafter's Cafe Blog Hop February 10th!


We are having a GIANT Blog Hop today, February 10th, to celebrate our new team at The Crafter's Cafe!

You should have arrived here from Rhonda Miller's blog.

If you didn't, then make sure you start at the beginning of the Hop which starts HERE!

At the end of the Hop, you will have a chance to win an awesome prize package from Fresh Brewed Designs!


While you're here at my blog, you'll need to pick up your "Clue" for a chance to win the Fresh Brewed Designs prize!

My Clue is: T

We're having a big grand opening party at The Crafter's Cafe all day tomorrow, February 11th, with lots of games and sponsors, including A Creative Need



They allowed me to use their gorgeous "Orchids" image for my project to share with you today!


Recipe:

Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and green cardstock
DCWV purple shimmer cardstock
Four coordinating pieces from the DCWV Latte matstack
"Orchids" digi image from A Creative Need
Copics: BV11, BV13, BV17, YG17, G09
Spellbinders classic ovals and lacey ovals dies
Cuttlebug Dots & Spots embossing folder
Sweet N Sassy scallop border die (large)
Sentiment from the GKD All Occasion Tags stamp set
Memento tuxedo black ink
Purple ribbon; gold flat-back pearls

Come over to the The Crafter's Cafe party for a chance to win all kinds of great prizes from all of our amazing sponsors... get to know our new team... and check out the new look!!

All the games and events are listed at The Crafter's Cafe!


Your next stop in the Hop is Tracey Mowbray

Have fun and good luck!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love you SNOW much!

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #151 is "Pink/Red/White - Valentines/Love" and is sponsored by Di's Digis Downloads. Unfortunately, Di's Digis does not give us images to use, so I chose the really cute "Bundled Up Snowman" digi from Sweet N Sassy Stamps for my DT inspiration card. This chubby litle snowman is so stinkin' cute with his little ear muffs, and he made the best Valentine! What girl wouldn't just love this pink, red and white snowman?! And I'm still loving those rolled paper flowers!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; pink and red cardstock; DCWV red shimmer cardstock
  • Red and white polka dot paper from the Echo Park 'For the Record' 6x6 paper pack
  • Sweet N Sassy Stamps "Bundled Up Snowman" digi image
  • Copics: RV21, RV23, RV25, R27, YR18
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Frosted lace and black diamond Stickles
  • Spellbinders classic ovals, lacey ovals and Labels Eight dies
  • Sizzix 3-D flowers die
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border die (large)
  • Red and white gingham ribbon
  • White flat-back pearls; red gemstones

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Be Mine Or Else

This past weekend was awesome - I attended the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival in Lawrenceville, GA, with my older sister (a fellow stamper/cardmaker) and one of my best friends. We had a blast! My sister goes every year but this is the first one I've been to, and we're already making plans to go next year! They had some really awesome vendors and some of the most amazing inspiration projects at every booth!

I came home from the show with a sore throat and a nasty head cold, but I did manage to finish my second DT inspiration card for the 2 Sisters Challenge #77 - a color challenge with red, pink & white - sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps. I chose the stud-muffinish "Power of Love" digi by Stitchy Stamps for my Valentine! He's so darn cute - I had the best time with this one! This Valentine would make anybody feel better! :)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; red and pink cardstock
  • Stitchy Stamps "Power of Love" digital image
  • Copics: YG17, RV23, RV25, R24, R27, E35, E39, E00
  • Spellbinders classic circles and scalloped circles dies
  • Provo Craft Circa 12-pt dial alphabet stamp
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder
  • Pink gingham ribbon; pink rose
  • White flat-back pearls


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hope

This week's 2 Sisters Challenge #77 is a color challenge - Red, Pink & White - sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps. What an awesome array of digis they have! I chose "Tulips" by Floppy Latte Designs for my DT inspiration card. This image is absolutely gorgeous. I used a couple of my new favorite toys - a large scallop border die and an argyle embossing folder. ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV red shimmer cardstock; silver mirror cardstock
  • Pink dot and solid pink vellum
  • Tulips digital image by Floppy Latte Designs
  • Copics: R21, R23, R25, G12, G14
  • Sentiment from the GKD Springtime Silhouettes stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and lacey ovals dies
  • Cuttlebug argyle embossing folder
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border die (large)
  • Pink ribbon, silver flat-back pearls, tiny white pearls

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My friend

Here's my additional DT inspiration project for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #76, a sketch challenge sponsored by The Digi Garden. They have some of the most adorable digi images, and I chose "Casey Bow" for this inspiration card. She is so sweet! This was a fairly simple card and I used some of Gigi's (my granddaughter) new cardstock! And I used some more rolled flowers on this card. Can you tell I'm really digging these rolled flowers that can be made to match any card?! This was a really fun sketch.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • DCWV The All About Girls and The All Dressed Up matstacks
  • The Digi Garden's "Casey Bow" digital image
  • Copics: E00, E35, E39, YR01, RV21, G09, G12, G24
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Sentiment from the GKD Autumn Leaves stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and scalloped ovals dies
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border dies (small and large)
  • Sizzix 3-D flowers die
  • Tonic corner punch
  • Dark salmon ribbon