Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sketch Saturday

Here is my entry for this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge # 115.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Up,Up & Away
Ink: SU Choc Chip, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Baja Breeze,, Close to Cocoa, Papertrey Ink Chai & Camomile Vintage ink
Cardstock: SU Choc Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper: Webster Pages
Accessories: Felt-Thimble Creek Quilt Shop, Papertrey Ink Dies: Medium Scallop, eyelet lace border, Up, Up & Away Die, Buttons-Denami Designs, SU Linen Thread

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I am so excited about today's post. I am pleased to announce that I joined my first ever design team! I am a very proud member of the Critter Sketch Blog Design Team. My first ever creation for a design team will be debuting next Monday June 7th. So please check back next Monday to see my card and meet our June Sponsor. It will be a real treat! In the mean time, please visit the Critter Sketch Blog and the blogs of all the other design team members by clicking on the links on the right side bar.

Since we are stepping out of spring and into summer, the challenge (#16) this week on the critter sketch Blog they want to see some beautiful flowers and to use the color purple somewhere on your creation. Since my responsibilties dont officially start until next week, I figured I could combine this card challenge with the Friday's Sketchers Blog challenge.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Popcorn the Bear
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Elegant Eggplant, SU YoYo Yellow
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Accessories: Prima Roses, Felt-Thimble Creek Quilt Shop, Denami Designs Buttons, Taylored Expressions Ribbon, Papertrey Ink Blossoms 1,2,3 Dies, white DMC floss, 3M mounting foam

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Cute Card Thursday-Popcorn the Bear

This week's challenge over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog (#114) is to NOT use any designer paper. AGHHHH, what's a girl with over SEVEN overstuffed 12x12 sized magazine holders full of designer paper to to. Time to look at my stamps. I have so many stamps to use as background stamps, but do I ever use them. That as a rhetorical question :-)

With a little bit of thinking, the arrival of my new Popcorn the Bear stamps, A great idea came to mind resulting in a very cute Father's Day card.

I stamped my sky, fencing, and grass. I coloured Popcorn the Bear with my copic markers. I carefully cut out the image. Arranged the sky, fencing, and grass in the appropriate earth gravity order. I added the image with 3M mounting foam and voila!

I coloured the newspaper pink so it looks like the Financial Times!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Popcorn the Bear, Papertrey Sentiment, Taylored expressions Cloud Background, Papertrey woodgrain, SU Inspired by Nature
Ink: SU Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Choc.Chip, Bashful Blue, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Choc. Chip, Brocade Blue, Gina K Pure Luxury White.
Accessories: 3M Mounting Foam

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome Papertrey Ink Blog Hoppers. Here is my creation using FELT.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Inside and Out: Thank You
Ink: Simply Chartreuse
Cardstock: SU Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, PTI Stampers Choice White
Paper: Beautiful Blooms
Accessories: Simply Chartreuse felt, Vintage Cream Felt, Papertrey Ink Medium Scallop Die, Beautiful Blooms II Dies # 2 & # 3, Mat Stack 2 Die, Pure Poppy Buttons, Pure Poppy Ribbon, White DMC Floss, Clear Embossing Powder. The Red felt is from my local Brick and Mortar Quilting Store.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Critter Challenge Monday

Happy week before Memorial Day Weekend. To me this means the start of summer. HA, I am still waiting for Spring to show up. That doesn't stop me from making spring time cards. Here is my card for this weeks Critter Sketch Challenge #15. It's a Sketch Challenge.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampavie, Papertrey Ink Delightful Dahlia Sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Always Artichoke
Paper: Basic Grey Koshi
Accessories: Petite Oval Nestabilities, SU Small Oval, Oval, Scallop Oval Punches, Ribbon from Joann's.

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Life is a Dream

There is a great new paper company out there called Echo Park. My local Brick and Mortar Scrapbook shop is carrying Echo Park's first new release called Sweet Summertime. I have seen it popping up in lots of on-line stores too! Here is my first card using this line. I made this card for the Friday Sketchers challenge #103.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Unity Birdie Inspiration
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Stampin Up Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze
Paper: Echo Park Sweet Summertime
Accessories: Felt -My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink Scallop, Butterfly, and Flower Dies, Nestabilities Labels 11. Basic Grey Buttons

Springy Flowers

Challenge # 77 on the High Hopes blog is Springy Flowers. I hope this is springy enough. We are still waiting for spring to kick it up a notch here in Northern California! I used the sketch from the Cute Card Thursday blog.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Lenny Love Me Nots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, SU Mellow Moss
Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury, SU Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Paper: SU Mellow Moss Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Flowers- Prima Lilliput Roses-Tropocale, Rhinestone Bling from Michaels

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Sketch Saturday Baby Girl

Here is my entry for this weeks Sketch Saturday Challenge blog. I used a new line paper from Little Yellow Bicycle called Snugglebug. It's perfect for Baby Girl/Boy projects!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Bedtime Bear, Sentiment-Papertrey Ink Enjoy the Ride
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin Up Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Snugglenug
Accessories: My Favourite Things Felt, Taylored Expressions Pink Twill Ribbon, SU Scallop Punch, Square and Long Rectangle Nestabilities

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

High Hope Challenge

This week's High Hopes Challenge is being hosted by Sirpa. Her challenge this week is to create a baby card or a card for a young child. I thought I had this stamp in my collection, but alas I didn't. I placed an urgent order with Lacey over at Stamp and Create. She was terrific and shipped my order on Monday, and it arrived on Wednesday. Phewww, enough time for me to stamp, colour, and make my card.

The paper is from Martha Stewart Baby Boy mini paper pad I got from Michaels. I also got myself an i-top Tool by Imaginisce. Ahhhh, I love making embellishments that match the card. I used three different papers. I used one with stars to match the stamp, a polka dot design and then a piece with cute elephant and button circles. I used the small i-top paper puncher, punched some of button circles and made them brads! I nestled the brads into photo corner pieces I made with a Stampin' Up punch. The ribbon is my wonder find from Target. You cant really see it in my photo, but I used white DMC floss and attached a baby footprints charm that Lacey included with my order! (Thanks Lacey)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Bedtime Bear, Greeting: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Card Stock: Stampin Up Sage Shadow, Barely Banana
Paper: Martha Stewart Baby Boy
Accessories: i-Top Tool, i-top small paper punch, small i-top brads, Stampin Up photo corner punch, small oval punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, Ribbon-Target, baby footprints charm-stamp and create

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Critter Challenge #14

This weeks Critter Challenge is a sketch only challenge. It's still May, so the challenge is being sponsored by Doodle Dragon Studios.

Here is the sketch

Here is my take on the sketch.

I flipped it 90 degrees. One of my cousin's wife just had her second baby. My cousin likes VWs so I really wanted to use the Papertrey Ink Enjoy the Ride stamp set and corresponding Die for a card for the young family. I love the vintage look of the Lullaby Lane Webster Pages. I wanted to make sure you could see the fun detail of the paper. Mainly, I wanted to highlight the pram on the bottom lower right. The middle piece of paper has really cute nursury/ children toys. I love the train, rocking horse, tricycle and ducks. The base square of the car is cream and white alphabet blocks. I used the Ric Rac Die from Papertrey Ink to cut vintage cream felt, also from Papertrey Ink. Let me tell you, the felt is so soft and the die cut it so beautifully. It was like a hot knife cutting butter! Finally, I stitched some Basic Grey Buttons onto the card with SU Linen Thread.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Enjoy the Ride
Ink: SU Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Cardstock: SU Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Webster Pages Lullaby Lane
Accessories: Papertrey Ink Ric Rac Die, Enjoy the Ride Die, Papertrey Ink felt, Basic Grey Buttons, SU Linen Thread

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Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad-several weeks early! I really love having cards finished WAYYYYYYY ahead of schedule. And, I really love this card. I love snorkeling. It is so peaceful swimming with tons of sea creatures in their home. High Hopes has a whole bunch stamps to satisy my love of snorkeling. Last time we were in Hawaii, my dad learned how to scuba dive, so I got Diver Dan from High Hopes specifically for making cards for my dad. To make Diver Dan, Diver Harry, I should have given him a bald head and short hair on the sides LOL!

The sketch is from the Sketch Saturday Blog #103. The challenge for the Cute Card Thursday #112 is to make a card for someone special, and my dad is special! Lastly, Crazy 4 Challenges #37 blog wants us to use a pocket in/on our creations. My dad says he doesnt want anything for his birthday, so instead I am going to take him to Mama's Fish House for dinner next time we are on Maui. I made a simple pocket inside the card to put a home made gift certificate. Here is a picture of the last time we went to Mama's Fish House!

To make the card, I first stamped Diver Dan, then created a mask of him, and then stamped the sea floor. I then created a mask of the background, then stamped Edgar Eel and Simon the sea turtle. I coloured the entire image with my copics and then cut it out. The base of the card is Stampin Up Bermuda Bay, topped with Riding Hood Red. The paper is Seaside Retreat from Webster Pages. I used a piece that has a sunked ship, fish, sea horse, coral and shells. I then topped it with a smaller piece that includes a map with a legend that has sand dollar, fish, octopus and compass images. I added ribbon, also from Webster Pages. The buttons are from Basic Grey stitched on with Stampin Up Linen Thread. I really wanted to see all the detail in the paper, so the I made the last piece for the sketch using clear cardstock. I lightly sponged it with Teal and Ultramarine Staz-on Ink. Finally, I added the High Hopes Sentiment and then used 3M mounting foam to attach the image to the card.

I sure hope he likes it!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Sea Floor Background, Edgar Eel, Simon the Sea Turtle, Diver Dan, Dive Right In sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Markers, Staz-On Teal & Ultramarine
Cardstock: Stampin Up Bermuda Bay, Riding Hood Red, Gina K Pure Luxury White, Clear Card Stock-Flourishes
Paper: Webster Pages
Accessories: Ribbon-Webster Pages, Basic Grey Buttons, SU Linen Thread

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Friday Sketchers Challenge #102

I made this little cutie for a cousins birthday and for this week's Friday Sketchers Challenge #102. I used paper from the new Cosmo Cricket DeLovely Mini Deck. Since Stampin Up released their new Colour Revolution, I seem to be making it a point to use colours that are retiring. That way I know if I need to stock up before they disappear.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Wild Sprout Dahlia, Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow
Paper: Cosmo Cricket DeLovely
Accessories: May Arts Webbed Weave Ribbon, Denami Designs Buttons-Tutti Fruiti

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Critter Sketch Challenge-May 10

I love the sketch from the High Hopes sketch challenge so much, I decided to make another card. Challenge #13 for the Critter Sketch blog is create a "critter" birthday project. This month's sponsor for the Critter Sketch Blog is Doodle Dragon Studios.. I love the dragons Dustin draws, but I decided I have done too many dragon cards lately, so I chose one of his other designs that he created for High Hope Stamps.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Scuba Kitty and Birthday Fish both High Hope Stamps, Sentiment-Birthday Basics from Papertrey Ink.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, SU Barely Banana
Card Stock: Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey, TPC Lime Green Shimmer
Accessories: Nestablilities Label three, Buttons-Denami Designs Tutti Frutti, Wire from Michaels, Maya Arts Pink Net Ribbon. Linen Thread from Papertrey Ink

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Monday, May 10, 2010

C4C36 & Sketch Saturday

The Challenge over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog is to create a card inspired by a verse in a well known children's nursery rhyme.

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.

I chose to create a card with a cute puppy-dog. The sketch comes from the Sketch Saturday Blog.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampavie Ruffles, Sentiment from High Hopes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Taken with Teal
Cardstock: SU Taken with Teal, Tangerine Tango
Paper: Basic Grey Max and Whiskers
Accessories: Nestabilities, Prima Roses, Scallop Oval & Wide Oval SU Punches, Lace Trim from Joann's Fabric, Smooch-Illuminate.

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Burt in the Bath-High Hopes Sketch Challenge

I love the sketch for this week's High Hopes Challenge Blog. So simple, yet containing several elements! I am already working on my second card using this layout.

Supplies Used: High Hopes Burt's Bath & Overflow Sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, SU Bashful Blue, SU Pacific Point
Cardstock: SU Pacific Point, SU River Rock
Paper: TPC-Mediterranean Summer
Accessories: Buttons-Denami Designs, Basic Grey, Michael's $1 bin, Nestabilities, SU Linen Thread, 1" Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cute Card Thursday & Friday Sketchers

I love the Masculine Motif stamp set from Papertrey ink. I think it will become my go to stamp set for ANY masculine card. The sketch for the card comes from the Friday Sketcher's blog and the masculine theme is from the Cute Card Thursday Blog.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Masculine Motifs
Ink: SU Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Papertrey Ink-Dotti Biscotti

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

High Hopes- Flag of your Home Country

Disclaimers, mainly to placate my brother's sarcastic comments, even though I know he doesnt visit my blog. But I felt I should add them who would agree with his annoying opinions :-) "YES I KNOW THAT PIECE IS CROOKED, THERE IS NO REASON TO POINT IT OUT, THAT IS NOT CAT HAIR STUCK ON MY CARD, THAT IS A FUR COVERED EMBELLISHMENT...."You get the idea.

* I know this is not the Union Jack. I did use similar shapes and colours that one would find on a Union Jack. Therefore, this is an artistic representation of the flag.

* I coloured my dragon yellow because I wanted contrasting/complimentary colours on my image to the paper colours.

* Roses, usually white or red are sometime used in insignia for various English sport teams, clubs, groups. I thought roses would make a nice embellishment on my card. In addition to the red roses, I added yellow to match the dragon.

This week's High Hope Challenge is to create a card or paper project using colour inspiration from my Home Country Flag. As you can hopefully guess, my home country flag is the Union Jack. I am 100% British, except for my accent. I'm a mutt when it comes to my accent. Part English, Californian, Maryland, New York, Virginia, North Carolina. I have lived a lot of places. But I digress. Here is my home country flag inspired creation. I wanted a more rustic look to the card so I misted all of the cardstock and paper with water, crumpled them up, flattened them, then dryed them with my heat gun.

Also before I get to the card and the supplies, for those of you who love High Hope Stamps, Check out a REALLY cute card I made last week for the Friday Sketcher challenge here.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Sir Dustin
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Paper: SU Real Red Designer Series Paper
Accessories: White Ribbon-Target, SU Red Ribbon, Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, The art of Life mini roses

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Get Sketchy Challenge #36

It's time for another Get Sketchy Challenge. When I saw this sketch I thought it was a perfect chance to make more tissue paper flowers. Practice makes perfect right?

This time I inked up a brayer with blush blossom ink and rolled it over a big piece of tissue paper. I folded it up and cut out several sizes of the blossom nestabilities. I layered them and attached a button using SU linen thread. I then gathered all the layers up around the button sponged the edges with blush blossom ink. I then flattened the flowers out and attached them to the card using the linen thread.

Supplies Used:
Verve Stamps: Flowers of Tomorrow
Ink: SU Chocholate Chip, Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink, Blush Blossom
Cardstock: SU Always Artichoke, Blush Blossom
Paper: Basic Grey Capella
Accessories: Basic Grey Capella Buttons, SU Ribbon, White Tissue Paper, Nestabilities: Blossom, Squares and Fancy Tags, SU Rich Regal Brads, SU Linen Thread

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Stamp and Create - A great place to shop!

One of my favourite places to shop is I discovered Lacey's store when I could no longer buy High Hope Stamps directly from High Hopes. I discovered a lot of other stamps I could buy there including, Stampavie, The Greeting Farm, Kraftin Kimmie. I can special order items such as the new Tim Holtz Dies and embossing folders. She also carries some great embellishments like ribbon, flowers, pearls, and charms as well. Just about everything on this card, I purchased from her store.

The Stamp and Create Store also has a blog. Lacey has recently started a monthly challenge on the blog. The first challenge is to use Ribbon.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampavie Olivia with kittens kiki and sugar, Stampavie Sentiment-Rachelle Anne Miller
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Old Paper
Cardstock: SU Soft Suede
Paper: Basic Grey Capella
Accessories: Nestabilities, SU Oval, SU Wide Oval, SU Scallop Oval Punches, Ribbon: Satin Center/Reversible Ribbon-Mauve , Prima Roses-Fairytale Roses Orchid, Fairytales Roses Poppyfield, Fairytale Roses French White Basic Grey opaline designer half pearls - Swish
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Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C35

I am on a dragon kick this week. So it is no surprise that I chose to use a dragon for this weeks Crazy 4 Challenges blog.

I flipped the sketch for my card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes: Dwight
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics, SU Bashful Blue
Cardstock: SU Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Crate Pink Plum Collection
Accessories: SU River Rock Ribbon, Nestabilities, SU Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit, Stamping Bella Daubles, SU Punch, SU Wide Oval Punch, SU Scallop Oval Punch

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Critter Challenge-A doozie of a sketch

Dustin Pike and Doogle Dragon Studios are sponsoring the challenges for May for the Critter Challenge Blog. I was introduced to some of Dustin Pike's images through High Hope stamps. He draws some of the cutest dragons! Here is the sketch for the May's first challenge.

Here is my take on the sketch.

Supplies Used:
High Hope Stamps: Dragon Go Round
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Yo Yo Yellow, Whisper White
Paper: Bo Bunny Flower Child
Ribbon: SU Organza and Satin
Accessories: SU Build A Brad, Cricut machine, Sure Cuts A Lot 2 software, Illuminate Smooch

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Friday Sketchers

I am so excited about my card for this week's Friday Sketchers card. I coloured this High Hopes Roasting Marshmallows image a while ago. I was finally able to finish it when I got my Copics Airbrushing System. I finished the image by airbrushing the sky with W8.

This is the sketch from Friday Sketchers Blog.

After brainstorming this sketch for a while, the light bulbs went off. I took the Cute campfire image, cut it out with one of my nestabilities and paired it with some paper from the Bo Bunny Roughin It Line. I then went hunting for some roasting marshmallow sticks out in my back garden. I found some small old twigs from our Camphor Tree. Not exactly great for roasting marshmallows, but perfect for my card.

I tied the pieces to wood together with some SU linen thread. I attached them to the card by piercing some holes and sewing it to the card with the linen thread. I punched some brown circles to represent chocolate the added some white circles for marshmallows. Then, to make my white circles look like REAL marshmallows, I added white liquid applique and then heat set it.

Stamps: High Hopes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Green, Yoyo Yellow
Paper: Bo Bunny
Accessories: Twigs from my garden! Nestabilities, Twine Ribbon, White Liquid Applique, Linen Thread.

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