Archive for 2/1/10 - 3/1/10

Get Well Soon

Howdy folks.

It’s time for another challenge over at Pile It On so head on over and stack up those challenges! This week the Pile It On challenge is to make a Get Well card or project.

Here’s what I’ve come up with….
All the materials are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated. The card base is kraft cardstock, with a layer of enchanted evening adhered to it. The umbrella outline and handle from Scattered Showers are stamped on Stamper’s Select White in enchanted evening ink. The umbrella was colored using my handy dandy copics (BG10, BG11, BG13) and a white gel pen used to make a little highlight on the edge. The raindrops, a background image from Scattered Showers Additions, is stamped in spring rain pigment ink after I masked my little umbrella. The sentiment, from Scattered Showers Additions, was also stamped in enchanted evening ink on spring rain cardstock and I paper pierced two lines on either side of the sentiment. It’s a bit hard to see, but I punched a small scallop border on the bottom of the spring rain cardstock...

If you look really closely, you’ll see it :) I’ve been on a real button kick lately and true to form, I added three enchanted evening buttons. I finished it off with some aqua mist twill ribbon tied in a little bow. In looking back on it, it may have been a good idea to mask a section without rain under the umbrella as if it were offering shelter from the rain, you know, like umbrellas are supposed to do :)

The challenges this card qualifies for are...

Pile It On - Get Well Soon
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Keep it simple
Incy Wincy Designs - Punch it out
Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge - Create your own designer paper
Die Cuts R Us - No designer papers
Spoon Full of Sugar - Spring time
Gingersnap Color Challenge - Use 3 colors you love
Little Red Wagon - Use ribbon
Stampavie - Get well soon
Fun With Shapes - Spotted
Paper Cutz Challenge - Get well soon
Our Creative Corner Challenge - Try a new technique
Banana Split Sunday - Create stamped background

Hope you’re all having a super weekend. Have fun with the challenge and I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations! If your new to Pile It On, head on over there and check it out :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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JUGs Technique Challenge

Hope you enjoy the day and are showered with love :)
We actually celebrated our Valentine's Day today as I am leaving for Prince Edward Island, Canada tomorrow and my poor DH has to stay behind, just him and the animals :) I am working at my Alma mater for 3 weeks to fill in for someone on vacation. It'll be fun though because I'll get to see my sister and a few friends from school so I'm pumped about that part. But I hate being away from my hubby :( 

I've got a card to share prior to my departure. This one is for Just Us Girls Challenge #20 which is a techniques challenge hosted by Lisa Kind. This is a technique I've seen before but have never tried (That is, after all, why I love challenges! ) - the Split Negative Technique. 

Such a cool effect. There are tutorial links for the technique on the JUGS site for any interested parties. All the products listed are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated :)
I started by stamping a butterfly from the Martha Stewart butterfly set on both smokey shadow and lemon tart cardstock using versamark ink. I then dug my neglected Perfect Pearls out of a drawer and applied gold to the smokey shadow and pewter to the lemon tart. They're so shimmery - I just love 'em. Too bad I forget to even use them a lot of times! I tried to capture all the shimmery goodness in the second picture. 
After that, I measured the half way point in each image, cut them in have and pieced together. I cut a rectangle from vintage cream cardstock using the largest rectangle nestie to act as a window. The vinatge cream cardstock was then dry embossed with my CB stylized flowers EF. The vinatge cream is attached to the underlying butterfly image using dimensionals. I flipped a piece of lemon tart satin ribbon over, stamped a sentiment from Blooming Button Bits in versamark ink on the ribbon and heat embossed with black embossing powder. It turned out pretty well - a bit messy for my tastes; however, I was in a bit of a time crunch so I didn't explore a lot of other possibilities :(. Then I finished off with a few lemon tart buttons. It's a little bland to me- I wanted to put a border around the window but I struggled a bit and quit on it.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Again, enjoy St. Valentine's Day!

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As part of this month's release, Papertrey is having another contest. This time Nichole has challenged folks to make a project incorporating origami. Nichole references a few great origami sites on her blog; there are gift boxes, animals, foods and even hearts :) After perusing, I decided to go with a strawberry from Origami Club. Its got a ton of fun projects, all rated based on difficulty. Best part is, a lot are two dimensional, which makes them great for cards :) I have done a lot of seasonal cards lately so I just wanted to do something different and fun. 

All products are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated. 

The strawberry literally took 5 minutes - I started with a 6x6 piece of red paper from my stash (DCWAV). I added the "seeds" with a W9 copic marker (I thought about using my polka dot background stamp set after the fact, of course :)). I colored the leaves on the strawberry with copics (YG93, YG95, YG97). The leaves, from In Bloom were stamped on kraft cardstock with white pigment ink, heat embossed and colored with YG93, YG95, YG97. I used a white gel pen to draw a box and add an accent to the berry. I topped it off with three pure poppy buttons. The card base is ripe avocado and the sentiment, which was stamped in white pigment ink then heat embossed, is from Cupcake Collection.

On a fun note, my card from this post was acknowledged over at Just Buggin' as one of the top 3 picks!
How fun is that! It's a great challenge site - especially since it inspires me to use my cricut more :) Check it out!

Off to bed. Busy day tomorrow in preparation for my 3 week trip to Canada for work. My sister lives in the area so I get to visit with her plus I've got a lot of visits with friends planned, which is so exciting.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Play Date Cafe and playin' along with Papertrey

Evening folks! 
Quick post...I have a few cards to share.  Please scroll down to see my second card for the current Papertrey Ink challenge. They are having a HUGE release party with tons of stuff to win and lots of exciting new releases! Check it out :)
The first card is for the newest color challenge over at the Play Date Cafe. I chose to make yet another Valentine card - this one has a free digi image from Sarah Paris Style
Yep, it's free! You get a solid ornate heart and an outline - I chose to use the outline.... so I could color it :)
I colored the image (very carefully) with the copics shown below. I forgot to include one copic in the image - E13, which I used to air brush around the periphery of the nestie circle.
After coloring my image I added a small brown glittery heart to the center. Then I cut a piece of dark chocolate cardstock (PTI), stamped with Background basics: text style in versamark then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I used the emboss resist technique with white pigment ink. I cut a piece of green DCWAV textured cardstock and placed a piece of scor tape down the middle. I added brown Martha Stewart glitter (brownstone) to the scor tape. The enchanted evening cardstock (PTI) behind the focal image was cut with nestabillities labels 3. Add a few copper brads and Voila!

Next is my submission for the Papertrey Ink Paint by Number challenge. It is a sketch challenge with all the details (including the measurements) outlined for you - how awesome is that? Then you chose a color palette based on the first letter of your online name. Here's what I ended up with...
Here's my color palette. You could use the colors however you liked as long as you follow the sketch.
I added a flourish stamped in spring moss and added a few rhinestones (that were colored with my trusty copics to look more like ocean tides- honestly they're the best thing since sliced bread). The sentiment is from Birthday basics (PTI) and was stamped in ocean tides. The Ocean tides scalloped cardstock was dry embossed with a swiss dots EF.
So that's it :) Have a great evening and thanks a bunch for stopping by!

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No longer the "Aints"

Go Saints! 2010 Superbowl Champions! What a great game :) 

Got another Valentine to share... I think..... I know I'm addicted.
This one is for Card Positioning Systems sketch challenge. This one is sponsored by Papertrey Ink. If you enter a card by Sat, Feb 13 you could win a bunch of Papertrey goodies :) 
With no further ado, here's may card;

The cardstock is PTI raspberry fizz, sweet blush and vintage cream. A portion of the vintage cream was dry embossed with the damask Cuttlebug folder; the bottom half is stamped in Chamomile ink (PTI) using Background basics: text style. The entire embossed and stamped areas are sponged with chamomile ink. Aren't those chipboard hearts so cute? I bought them at Hobby Lobby a while back. The scalloped punch is from EK Success embossed scallop punch. The ribbon is sweet blush and raspberry fizz and the buttons are raspberry fizz (PTI). Finally, the sentiment is from Daily Designs Sentiments (PTI) and is stamped in raspberry fizz ink (PTI). When looking for a sentiment, I realized I hardly have any pertaining to "love".  Something else I can add to my to buy list :) To finish it off, I added a few rhinestones. 
Hope ya like it! Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate each and every one of you :)

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To the one you love...

Time for another Pile it on Challenge!  This time round its "To the one you love". This is my DT contribution this week.
Speaking of the one I love... my poor hubby... this Valentine's Day I am leaving to work in Canada for 3 weeks. Nice wife, huh? We'll just have to have our Valentine's Day a little early. Can't say I'm looking forward to leaving him and our furry kids for 3 weeks... hopefully it will fly by.
On to my card.

For this card I used a dark chocolate base (PTI) and a light pink background with flourishes in pink and white (this was actually packaging that came with chipboard hearts - so fun to recycle :)). I stamped it with Background basics: text style (PTI) in versamark, heat embossed with clear powder then wiped some hibiscus burst ink (PTI) to hightlight the text subtly. The word "love" was cut with my cricut (Beyond Basics cartridge) in both dark chocolate (PTI) and rose (sei) cardstock. The patterned paper below "love" is also from sei (eclair). The circles were cut using my trusty nesties. The smaller rose circles were dry embossed with the cuttlebug damask folder. For the smallest cirlce, I placed a circle of vellum above the patterned paper on which to stamp the word "you" in dark chocolate ink. The other little details are; dark chocolate ribbon, dark chocolate and sweet blush buttons, and pick dew drops.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Sunday! It is Superbowl Sunday so I'm looking forward to watching the big game - not sure who I'll root for yet :)

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    Life is ruff....

    Not really - just a good segue into my project:)  Life's been pretty darn good to me and I completely acknowledge that fact. Yep, I'm one lucky girl :)
    Tonight I've got a card for the latest Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge
    Pretty simple and not too many frills :) The main image is called "Doggie Pile" (Squigglefly) - ain't it cute?!?!
    I colored those cuties with the following Copics;
    The patterned papers are from DCWV and the cardstocks are Ocean Tides (PTI) and Kraft (PTI). The tag was cut with my cricut (tags, bags, boxes and more cartridge) and the sentiment is from an Inkadinkadoo set. Rustic twine and a dark chocolate button finish it off. 

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Thinking of you

    Quick post tonight. Got lots to do :)
    Meet my card for this weeks Annabelle Stamps sketch challenge.... but I missed the deadline darn it! I've GOT to get more organized...

    I altered the sketch slightly - as it was going to be a sympathy card, I did't want to add any bling on the bottom so I just stamped some text in versamark. The tree and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink - Through the Trees. It's a new release and it's wonderful!!! The tree trunk was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I also stamped the leaves with versamark but waited a while prior to applying the embossing powder - I was trying to make the leaves a little lighter and it worked a bit :) I though that smokey shadow ink would work for the sentiment, but it turned out a tad too light... booo :( I didn't want to ruin it by trying to stamp it again with a different color - as I've said before, you live, you learn.
    Have a great evening!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Playing along with Pile it On

    Thought I would make a card and play along with the other Pile it on gals this week. This week's challenge over at Pile it On is "enough of winter colors". I definitely can get into making some warmer colored cards :)

    The challenges this card qualifies for are;
    So that's it folks! Have a great evening. Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to head on over to the Pile it On! Challenge blog and take a peak at the DT's projects - leave some love :)
    Ingredients (all PTI unless otherwise indicated):
    Stamps: Daily designs and daily designs sentiments, background basics: text style 
    Paper: Dark chocolate, Berry sorbet, sweet blush, handmade paper
    Ink: Berry sorbet, chamomile vintage ink
    Other: Berry sorbet ribbon, swiss dots EF

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