Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Belli Challenge #103 - Flocking or Flower Soft

Welcome to another Belli Challenge!  This week's challenge is to use Flower Soft or Flocking on your project.  I needed a wedding card for Tim's niece's wedding this past weekend so I used Flourishes Let Them Eat Cake set and topped my cake layers with Flower Soft!

The inspiration for my card came from the wedding invitation.  I tried to recreate the layout using leaf images from Flourishes Fine Herbs and Birds and Vines sets.  I used Adirondack Cranberry and Butterscotch die inks for all of the images on the card base and the envelope and then used Versamark and Powder Keg Renaissance and Gold Detail Fine Embossing Powder for the cake and its stand.

I used watercolor paper for my card base and the image panel and used a burgundy marker to draw the frame around the inside of the Nestabilities die for my main panel, which is popped up on foam tape.  The ribbon was ivory silk that I colored with a Copic marker to match the rest of the card.

For the inside, I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Big and Bold Wishes set.  The back of the envelope was covered with more images from the Birds and Vines set. 

If you would like to play along with our Flocking/Flower Soft challenge, please head over to the Creative Belli blog for details and to see the great cards the rest of the design team has made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday!

It's a dreary, rainy Monday here in Atlanta, which seems fitting since it's my 50th birthday AND we have a water leak in our house that was running from the first floor into the basement right over the bar in our home theater room.  We had to turn the water to the whole house off last night and we have a plumber coming later this morning.  Ugghhh...not such a happy birthday so far!

On a happier note, this adorable little Pure Innocence girl made her way down to my friend Silke's to wish her a happy birthday last Wednesday!  The patterned papers are from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop collection and BasicGrey's Lemonade 6x6 pad.  Her dress and the present are paper pieced and in Silke's honor, I added a couple of silver pearls for the buttons on her dress. 

For the inside, I used some more of the Thrift Shop papers and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics set.  The buttons on the inside were made using a button die from My Favorite Things and were attached to a scrap of the gingham ribbon and tied with some twine.

That's about it.  Hope your week is getting off to a better start than mine!  Be sure to come back on Wednesday for another Belli Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RI Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday - hope your week is going better than mine. I have had a sore throat since Sunday and think I am coming down with a cold ;-( I've got way too much going on this week to be sick. On a happier note, it's time for a Repeat Impresssions sketch challenge!

For my card, I used two of the snowflake images from the Snow Globes and Ornaments set. I stamped them with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then stacked the smaller one on top of the larger one and secured it with that beautiful K & Company brad.  I added Stickles to the endpoints of both snowflakes.

My papers are from Memory Box's Misteltoe collection and the ribbon is some beautiful May Arts silk ribbon I picked up this weekend.  If you would like to play along with our sketch challenge, just make a project using the sketch to the right and upload it to today's post over at The House That Stamps Built.  You could win a $25 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, October 18, 2010

RI SOTW - Round Pumpkin

Welcome to another Repeat Impressions Stamp of  the Week!  This week's special stamp is Round Pumpkin (#2318-G).  I added the Happy face (#2328-G) to mine and created a little pumpkin scene using Tall Pumpkin (#2310-G).  Wendy has a series of pumpkin shapes and faces that you can mix and match to create your own Jack O'lantern - very fun!  All of the tall pumpkins were paper pieced using papers from Memory Box's Blackbird collection.  I colored the Round Pumpkin image using Copic markers and used a yellow Spica pen to color in the face.  It's popped up on dimensional tape.

I cut up a few strands of raffia to make the hay 'bed' they are sitting in and also wrapped raffia around the patterned paper layers.  I used a Martha Stewart button punch to create the three buttons out of the same papers I used for the pumpkins.  They were all tied with raffia.  My card is based on this week's Sketch for you to try.

Please head over to the Repeat Impressions blog to get all the details on getting this versatile pumpkin image at half price.  While you're there, be sure to check out the cards the rest of the design team has made!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Belli Challenge #102 - Pumpkins and Sketch!

Welcome to a new Belli Challenge!  This week's challenge is to make a card with pumpkins.  We also have an optional sketch for you to use if you would like:

For my card, I chose this adorable pumpkin kitty from There She Goes' Cattitude set.  I love the expression on this kitty's face!  I paper pieced the pumpkin body and colored the rest with Copic markers.  I created the bow around her neck using black twine, popped her up on foam squares and adhered her to a panel that was stamped using one of the images from Gina K. Designs Lovely Labels 2 set.  The sentiment is from There She Goes' Hauntingly Delightful set.

The main background paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Matilda collection and the diagonal and horizontal strips are from Reminisce (Esmerelda Stripe, Midnight Stripe and Jack Stripe).  The sentiment panel is anchored with a glittery pumpkin brad from Making Memories and a button that I tied using a small piece of raffia.  I think that covers it!

Head on over to the Creative Belli blog to find out more about the challenge and to see the wonderful pumpkin creations the rest of the team has created!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Birthday Wishes Challenges

Here is another card that I made this weekend for some challenges - the Pals Paper Arts PPA63 Color Challenge (Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait and Melon Mambo) and Get Sketchy (GS#59) sketch challenge. As soon as I saw the color combo, I thought of this patterned paper I had in my stash. I paired it up with this Lockhart Stamp Company Rose of Sharon image, which I colored with Copic markers and sponged with  So Saffron ink.

The Martha Stewart butterfly border punch is a new purchase that I had to play with and the sentiment is from PTI's Birthday Basics set. For the butterfly button, I tied it with some DMC floss and left the ends long enough to make antennae. Pretty simple and cheery!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

CASE Study #9 and C4C58 - Happy Birthday!

Good Monday morning and Happy Columbus Day! I hope you are one of the lucky ones getting a holiday today! Alas, I am not...

I made a couple of cards for some challenges this weekend. This card is for CASE Study challenge #9, which was to create a card using Barbara Anders' card to the right as the inspiration.  It also fits this week's Crazy 4 Challenges 'Make a Birthday Card' challenge (C4C58), which is hosted by my friend and fellow October birthday girl, Silke Ledlow

I really liked this card from Barbara, so my interpretation is fairly literal.  I used Papertrey Ink's Background Basics Borders for the main panel and added some blue Memory Box crystals on top of some of the dots in the image. 

I made the flower using one of PTI's Beautiful Blooms flower die sets and their Library Ledger paper, then distressed it using their Tea Dye Duo.  The leaves and border are both Martha Stewart punches and the brad is from K & Company.  The sentiment is from PTI's Birthday Basics set.  Hope you like this Clean and Simple card!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

RI Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday! It is once again time for a 'What If? Wednesday' sketch challenge from Repeat Impressions. I used another of the fun Christmas penguin images for my card. This little bugger, swinging from a wreath, is just so cute! I covered the wreath portion of the image with some green Flower Soft and added a few red nailhead stickers to look like ornaments. I added a bow, made using the Bow Easy, and then cut out the little penguin and popped him up on foam squares in front of the ribbon. His beak and feet were colored using a yellow Spica marker.

The background of the image panel was sponged with Riding Hood Red ink. I paper pieced his hat with the same plaid paper I used for the square shaped panel and then added some Liquid Applique to his hat.  The main background paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly 6x6 pad, the plaid and the flourish strips are scraps from my stash.

If you would like to play along with us and make a project using this week's sketch, you could win a $25 gift certificate from Repeat Impressions!  You have two weeks (until Tuesday, Oct 19th) to participate.  Please be sure to head over to today's post on The House That Stamps Built for the details on the sketch challenge and to see the wonderful cards the rest of the design team members have made using this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 4, 2010

RI SOTW - Candy Corn

It's Stamp of the Week day at Repeat Impressions and this week's stamp is this fun candy corn image(#2306-D Candy Corn).  I stamped the image multiple times to create a strip of patterned paper and colored it using Copic markers.  It is paired with one of my favorite Repeat Impressions images, Jack o'lantern cat (#806-G Jack o'lantern cat).  The background paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Matilda 6x6 paper pad. 

My layout is this week's Sketch for you to try from Jen del Muro. I added some crocheted ribbon (it reminded me of spider webs...) and some Terracotta Tile satin ribbon for the top horizontal layer in the sketch.  The pumpkin kitty image is matted on a Labels Fourteen Nestabilities layer and framed by four metallic pumpkin brads from Making Memories.

For the inside I used another strip of the candy corn patterned paper layered on a mat that I cut using a Martha Stewart border punch.  The sentiment is also from Repeat Impressions (#2313-G, Pumpkin Day).

This week only the candy corn image is available at half price - be sure to make your way over to The House That Stamps Built for all the details on how to order it and to see what the other design team members have made using this great Halloween image!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 1, 2010

CPS186 - Artichoke

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? It's going to be beautiful here this weekend! 

I created this card as a thank you note for my sister for a gift she recently gave us. The gift was wrapped in white butcher-type paper that she had stamped all over with this artichoke image. I cut a few of the images out and colored them using colored pencils, then cut out some of the artichoke leaves and layered them on the base layer using foam tape to give it some dimension, like a real artichoke. 

I used two different patterned papers, with the side panels cut to fit this week's CPS186 sketch, and topped it all off with a few strips of ScorTape that I then covered with Flower Soft.  Finally, I added some stitch marks around the patterned paper layers to make them stand out more.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!