A cheerful Monday card..

Monday already?!? It comes so much quicker than Friday, right? A quick post tonight – had to squeeze this into for my last entry for the color challenges over at Moxie Fab World.

This card is for the Jewel Tones Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. The sketch is based on the Sketchy Sunday sketch over at Tiffany’s blog, Iheartart - one of my absolute fave places to visit!

I’ve included both of these pics as I’m just getting used to doing a little photo editing and I honestly can’t decided which is better – the first is compeletely natural light & no changes to the image. The 2nd is using the ‘auto-fix’ feature on Picasa – then a little manipulation to the ‘temperature’. Not sure how any of that works! So, any good photographers out there – which image is better??

As I used a bow for a CAS card, I’m also submitting it for the Pals Paper Arts current ‘bow’ challenge. The cheerful yellow was inspired by the sunflower image over at Just Add Ink. Lastly, its going in for the Anything Goes challenge over at The Paper Players.
Here are all the inspiration pics:

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Baby Fever

Hey everyone & happy Sunday. Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

A quick post today (as its already 11:30pm!). I have had a few requests recently for baby cards, so I thought I would post them here. They are both for the Pretty Pastels Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Weeks in the Moxie Fab World. I’m also entering this one into the ‘Anything Goes’ challenge over at The Paper Players.

The next card is based on the current sketch over at Mojo Monday - I really like this sketch – definitely going into my sketch folder! This cards is also for the ‘Bows’ challenge over at Pals Paper Arts.

Thanks for stopping by!



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An easy person to case…

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for the lovely comments on my ‘ribbon vase’ (post below). I had a lot of fun creating it & will definitely try it again for another card!

I have a quick post today with a cute little girly number. I have recently become *obsessed* with all things Lawn Fawn. Their stamp sets are adorable – whimsical, but sophisticated. I inked up Sew Lovely for the first time for this card. I wanted the design to be simple and I chose the colors for the Metallic Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. I wanted to play along with the current challenge over at Lawnscaping, which is to case Kelly Alvarez – no problem there – I love her style. Here is what I came up with:
It is sort of hard to tell, but the back layer is embossed with large polka dots & it is really sweet! I think this would be a great bridal shower invite…
Here is the card of Kelly’s that I cased:
And here are the colors for the Moxie Fab World challenge:
Thanks for stopping by!
Card details:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Sweet blush (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: dress from Sew Lovely (Lawn Fawn), polka dots (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Versamark
Accessories: ribbon (John Lewis), rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts), embossing powder, Cricut Expression, foam adhesive
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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hi everyone!
I’m participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop for the first time this month & was very excited about the challenge: ‘This month’s blog hop challenge involves you challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that might be collecting a little dust!’

I have made 2 cards for the Blog Hop. The first uses Larger than Life and the second uses Heart Prints. Both of these sets are beautiful, but I don’t use them nearly as much as I would like.

Here is the first card – the sketch is based on the current challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping – sketch 124 – and the colors are for the Neutrals Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World Challenge. This ‘ribbon vase’ is much better in real life! As I definitely freed my creativity on this one, I’m also entering into the current challenge at Wee Memories.

My next card uses Heart Prints & Fancy Flourishes – the sketch is based on the current challenge over at Get Sketchy. The colors are more pinks for the Monochramatics Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week  over at Moxie Fab World. This also fits nicely with the current challenge, ‘Sweet Inspiration’ over at A Passion for Papertrey.


Thanks for visiting & enjoy the Blog Hop!

Card details:
Flower Vase Wedding Card:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Mat Stack 1, Larger than Life, Fancy Flourishes, flower & sentiment from Delightful Dahlias (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Light brown (Colorbox), watermark ink (Versamark), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), dies (Papertrey Ink)
Heart Flourish:
Cardstock: Pinks (Bazzill Basics)
Stamps: Heart, sentiment from Heart Prints, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Accessories: dies (Papertrey Ink), rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts), foam adhesive, sewing machine, corner chomper
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A very pink valentine…

Another quick post tonight – lots to catch up on before the week begins…

I wanted to play along with the current sketch over at Mojo Monday. I never seem to make it in time for this one, but pulled it off today! I chose the colors based on the Monochramatics Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week  over at Moxie Fab World. I do like pink & use it quite a bit, but never THIS much and it was definitely a big challenge for me. As the colors are definitely outside of my comfort zone, I’ll also going to enter this into the current ‘Out of Your Comfort Zone’ challenge over at the lovely A Passion for Papertrey. I am not crazy about all that pink, but oh well – its very sweet & girly for Valentine’s Day. Its hard to see in the picture, but the small square of pink cardstock is shimmery in real life…

Thanks so much for the visit!
Card details:
Cardstock: white & Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink), pinks (Bazzill)
Stamps: Love Tag (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: pink (Colorbox)
Accessories: ribbon (John Lewis), buttons (Woodware), corner chomper, twine (The Ribbon Girl), dies (Papertrey Ink), sewing machine, foam adhesive
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Short & Sweet

A super quick post tonight – just about to head out for a date night but no restaurant booking, so its not looking good for 7:45pm on a Friday night. Oh well – we’ll be spontaneous!

Anyway, wanted to squeeze in this card I whipped up for the current sketch challenge over at Card Patterns. I thought this sketch would be very difficult for me, but found that this came together much faster than usual. I also haven’t jumped on the rolled flower bandwagon yet – not that I don’t love them, just haven’t ventured in that direction. I decided to give it a try using felt for this card & I really liked the result – not perfect, but a decent first attempt! One of my fave color combos as well – red, aqua & kraft.

Thanks for stopping by!

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My green thumb…

Well, not exactly….
This card was for the ‘Grandmother’s Garden’ category in the last Paper Crafts Call and unfortunately didn’t make the cut, but I thought I would share it here.
It uses one of my favorite new stamps, Flower Bird Garden, from the 2011 Hero Arts Release. I used the embossed resist technique – this is my absolute fave! The background of the image is stamped with the Hero Arts Friend Definition, but it is hard to see in the picture. 
As the card uses embossing, I’m entering it into the Wet Embossing challenge over at There She Goes Clear Stamps. It is also a monochromatic color palette, and therefore being entered into the current Just Add Ink challenge and uses ribbon, so submitting it over at Wee Memories current ribbon challenge as well!
Thanks for visiting!

Card details:
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Flower Bird Garden, Friend Definition, Designer Woodgrain (Hero Arts), sentiment from Through the Trees (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark watermark ink, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade & Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: label (Cricut Expression), die (Papertrey Ink), button (Papertrey Ink), twine, lace (The Ribbon Girl), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), foam adhesive
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More Valentine’s Day fun

Hi Everyone!
Hope you all had lovely weekends – went too fast for me as usual and not very much time to get inky! Oh well – hopefully I’ll find a spare minute sometime this week.
I did come up with a few Valentine’s Day Cards for friends & I thought I’d share them. 
I have been really keen to ink up my new Lawn Fawn goodies and they are so fun! The first one is more of a ‘scene’ than I usually create (thus being entered into the Passion for Papertrey challege!). 
The next one is inspired by a card in the Paper Craft’s Color Inspiration for Card Makers magazine that featured a string of hearts – I loved the idea for Valentine’s Day. Here is my take:
Finally used my new Papertrey Ink Heart Prints die & also my Tiny Attacher – what fun!
Thanks for visiting!
Card details:
Doggy Valentine’s:
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, New Leaf, white (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Dog, tree from Critters in the Burbs (Lawn Fawn), sentiment from Love Birds (Papertrey Ink), clouds from Up, Up & Away (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Embossing ink (Versamark)
Accessories: Copics, Pure Poppy felt (Papertrey Ink), dies (Papertrey Ink), rhinestone (Hero Arts), twine (The Twinery), buttons (Papertrey Ink), Stickles (Ranger)

Valentine’s Day Hearts:
Cardstock: White, Pure Puppy (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Thrift Shop (October Afternoon)
Stamps: sentiment from Heart Prints Set (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: White (Papertrey Ink), Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Accessories: Pure Poppy felt (Papertrey Ink), dies (Papertrey Ink), twine (the Twinery), Tiny Attacher (Ranger), corner chomper (EK Success), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), border punch (EK Success)
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Sparkling Love Birds

Today’s card is for my dear, dear friend who recently got engaged. This card was initially intended for Valentine’s Day, but I needed something ASAP, so it is now an engagement card – I think it works – what do you think?
 It is another card using gray for the Gray is the New Black challenge over at Moxie Fab World. The card was inspired by this sketch over at Lucy’s Cards. I love her work and was so excited about her sketch week. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to play along, but still using the sketches to get my creative juices flowing! And, because this did start off as a Valentine’s Day card I am going to enter it in the current Paper Players challenge.
 Here is the sketch:



 The background is the new Hero Arts Large Fabric Background Design. This type of stamp is very out of my comfort zone – more sophisticated/elegant vs. simple or cute (my usual style). I embossed with clear embossing powder & inked the entire piece with Weathered Wool Distress Ink – I love doing this – there is something very satisfying about being covered in ink! Next, cut the pink cardstock with Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 3, stamped Love Birds & the birdcage, added some glitter and called it a day! As the look of this is ‘out of my comfort zone’ I’m also entering it in the current Passion for Papertrey challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Fabric Design (Hero Arts), Love Birds (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Embossing Ink (Versamark), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Accessories: Glitter (Martha Stewart), ribbon (John Lewis), foam adhesive, dies (Papertrey Ink), embossing powder (Ranger Industries)
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Bright & Bold Fun

Just a quick post tonight as its been a long day! I whipped up this card using a new favorite stamp set of mine, Baby Button Bits from Papertrey Ink. This stamp is tons of fun for a button love like myself!

The sketch is for The Sweetest Thing weekly sketch challenge – so happy I had a chance to play along (finally!). The colors are for the Bright and Bold Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. Here are the delicious colors:

And here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Thanks so much for stopping by and the comments – I really appreciate it!

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