August 30, 2011

Our Creative Corner Color Challenge - Neutrals with a POP!

This week, over at Our Creative Corner, they are having a color challenge that I found to be a REAL challenge for me!  I'm not a fan of these colors when it comes to papercrafting.  I am much more girly girl and use more feminine colors.  BUT, I think my card turned out to be pretty feminine despite my ambivalence!

I wanted my card to be classic and elegant.  I mostly go for vintage and shabby chic.  I didn't do any stitching or add any vintage materials.  I think I love how it came out.  I'm also entering this in the Lily Pad Cards September CCC.

Supplies:
Bazzill textured grays and black cardstock
My Minds Eye Best of Damask pp - used for the flower and label
Sheet Music
American Crafts Pinwheel Delights - used for the flower center
Making Memories Vintage Findings Button
Hero Arts CL520 Live and Laugh sentiment stamp
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Black waxed twine
Cheery-Lynn Designs Cathedral Lace Frame Die
Sizzix Vine with Leaves
Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder

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August 26, 2011

Wish Big! CSC54 and OCCC Sketch Challenge

OUR CREATIVE CORNER is having a wonderful sketch challenge this week!  I love this sketch because it can be interpreted in so many ways.  Because it is the end of the challenge, I needed to get my card done quickly, so I used the sketch literally, although I have plans to use it again.  Here is my version of the sketch I'm submitting for the challenge and will then be on its merry way to a friend for her birthday!  I thought of her when I found the image.

I am also entering this into the Case Study Challenge #54.  I think it's a perfect way of expressing my "style."  And that's what the challenge is about.  My style has evolved into a clean, fresh, vintagey look with some shabby chic for the girly, girl in me!  I also love stamping and most of my cards have inky goodness on them!  I think this card is a perfect example of my style.
I fell in love with this image from The Graphics Fairy.  I've been really into the green and cream palette lately and I adore hydrangea.  I also have this porcelain flower bouquet from England that this reminded me of, so to get that look, I used Glossy Accents on the greenery and flower centers.  I also made the button with some of the gingham paper.

Here are the supplies:
Bazzill solid cardstock
Anna Griffin bg pp
The Graphics Fairy image
Making Memories gingham paper
Cheery-Lynn Designs doily die
Spellbinders Labels 8
White Ribbon - Michael's
PTI Tiny Tags
Glossy Accents
VersaMagic Sahara Sand Chalk ink Pin It

August 13, 2011

My Week as Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner

Peaches, plums, cherries, blueberries - who doesn't love the bountiful Summer fruits found fresh at the local markets!   This week's inspiration challenge at Our Creative Corner is by far my favorite.  It invokes some wonderful memories.

As a little girl, my grandparents had a small orchard.  I remember my grandpa picking me up to pluck off plump, juicy cherries from one of their trees.  I was scared of the ever-present  bees swarming around the nectar of the "fallen."  I would eat handfuls of cherries while sitting on my grandpa's shoulder, walking back to the house. 

I used these memories, along with the inspiration picture, to make my card for this week's challenge.

I started with a piece of botanical pp. I detail-cut out the bird, leaves and cherries scene from the whole piece of paper.  I lay that down on the white cardstock.  I took my polka dot paper, ran it through my CB with the frame die and distressed it with Tea Dye ink.  I slipped that under the botanical pp.  Next to that, I slipped in the blue gingham pp that had been distressed with the Wild Honey ink.  And the final piece on this part of the layout is a corner of white cardstock stamped with a honeycomb stamp using Wild Honey and Tea Dye ink. Then I stamped the bee over that. 

I used the Silhouette machine to cut out a pair of basket weave photo corners in a maize cardstock.  I gave them some dimension by daubing on Tea Dye distress ink.  Next I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist.  While they were drying, I painted a few of the cherries and the bee with Glossy Accents.  I put one of the photo corners in the upper left of the card front.


Next, I zig zag  stitched down the right side of the card front and then used a distressing tool all around it. I placed the rub-on on some cardstock and then slipped it under a leaf and on top of the photo corner.  I placed the other photo corner on the bottom left of the card front.

The next piece is white cardstock stamped with the canning jar stamp then detail-cut out.  I stamped the sentiment on that.  I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and when it was dry, I glazed it with Glossy Accents.  I used foam dots to give it dimension and tack it down to the card front.

For the last step, I glued some crocheted lace under the bottom of the card front and glued that to a piece of dark red cardstock.  I finished the whole card off with a distressing tool.

I would like to thank the gals over at OCC and the whole DT for their inspiration and encouragement!  It's been a wonderful experience.  I will keep pushing myself to try new techniques through all the challenges you put out there!  Bless all of you from the bottom of my heart!

Thanks so much for looking!!  I would love if you left me a comment!  Also, if you aren't a follower, I would love if you signed up. Lots of new ideas and projects coming this way!

Supplies:
Bazzill cardstock
Memory Box blue gingham pp
DCWV Botanicals pp
Tracy Ann Digital red polka dot pp
Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Tea Dye
Glimmer Mist - Sunshine
Stazon black ink
Silhouette Studio basket weave die cuts
Sizzix frame back, ornate #8 die
Stamps - Bee stamp, Ala Art; Honeycomb stamp, Impress Rubber Stamps; Canning jar stamp, Ala Art; Sentiment stamp, Flourishes
Glossy Accents
Rub-on - Royal & Langnickel
Crocheted cotton lace – my nana’s sewing box
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August 06, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room Photo Inspiration Challenge #73

 I adore mixing patterned paper as much as I do decorating with multiple patterns in my home.  It's not a surprise that THIS challenge enticed and inspired me!
I received some new products this week and couldn't wait to use them. I love how embossing the vellum makes it look like patterned paper.  I thought this would look beautiful cut out with the Sizzix frame back die.

Supplies:
tan, white and pinkcardstock from American Crafts
Basic Grey pp - Sultry
vintage sheet music - The Graphics Fairy
yellow vellum - RAK
Tiny Tags and message - PTI
frame back, ornate #8 die - Sizzix
tiny flower embossing folder - Sizzix
twine - PTI
green seam binding - Martha Stewart
stick pin - Maya Road (I embellished it) Pin It

August 04, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #93

 UPDATE!  I won the Fab 4 award from the Play Date Cafe!!  I'm so excited - my first win with them!!!  Thank you PDC!!!
I have to say, this is one of my favorite color palettes - Watermelon, Sorbet, and Lime.  How much does this scream SUMMER!  The Play Date Cafe always has beautiful color challenges.  I couldn't resist this one!

I had just gotten a couple of new Sizzix die and embossing folders, so I set out to use them in my card.

Supplies:
lime, white and sorbet cardstock from American Crafts
watermelon pp - The Paper Company, Peppermint Rain Drops
sheet music - Internet
flowers - MFT daisy and rolled flower from Lisa A.
mini rolled roses die and double scallop border - MFT
Tiny Tags and message - PPI
Spun sugar distress ink
frame back, ornate #8 die - Sizzix
vine with leaves die - Sizzix
tiny flower embossing folder - Sizzix
twine and pearls - Michael's Pin It
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