Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Color Dare #44

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another week at The Color Dare! This week we DaRe you to create with the following colors: So Saffron, Soft Suede & Real Red.
When I first saw these colors I thought I would make a Christmas card, I had the holiday dsp laid out and everything, but as you can see, I ended up with a CAS anytime card! Funny how these things work out, right? I chose this nestie to mirror the flower on the top middle of the slip.
And I paper pieced the body of the slip with a subtle so saffron print.
The Details:
Stamps: Laundry Notes (SU)
Paper: Textured Soft Suede, Real Red, So Saffron, Tea Party dsp
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red (marker)
Tools/Accessories: Dahlia nesties, Soft Suede & So Saffron ribbon

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three Winter Wishes

Hey All! Do you ever have one of those crafting days? Where you want to craft, you have ideas, and when you sit down at the table, everything goes all wrong, and it is a fight to the finish? Welp, that was me today with this card. Everyday, I look up some challenges and jot them down in my sketch book. Today, I was intrigued by the color challenge at splitcoast, ( bermuda bay or taken with teal, old olive, pretty in pink & neutral of choice) the Christmas Card challenge at PaperTake Weekly, and the Pile it On challenge (use Rub-Ons), and thought they would all go so great together! I love a Christmas card without the traditional red and green. Yes, I also like the red and green ... lol..
So with this card, I had a totally different idea, I cut out the trees from a piece of Holiday Lounge dsp and the circles on those trees inspired the use (yes again!) of my sweet snowman family. But things just wernt working, not only were the ideas just not flowing, but things were not working! I had to redo and redo and completely change my sketch! Finally, I finished.. I shake my head with uncertainty about this card, but I am posting it anyway, as a symbol of victory over this card. Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think about this creation... good or bad! I want to hear it! :0)
The Details:
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge dsp, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Taken with Teal, Old Olive (marker),
Pretty in Pink (marker), Only Orange (marker)
Tools/Accessories: Spots & Dots Embossing Folder, Ticket Corner Punch,
Chit Chat Rub ons, Labels 4 Nestabilities, blender pen

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Joy in a Color Throwdown #69

Sunday night... its quiet. My son crawled into bed on time tonight, and after reading a couple chapters of "The Littles" to him, I slipped into my craft room and got to work. I love the colors for this week's Color Throwdown and could not wait to play with them! This week, they are calling for Chocolate, Olive (optional), Cream and Dark Red. I used Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Real Red. Also, I was remembering the sketch challenge at Card Patterns and I think this would fit in with them too. I was inspired by my BFF, Cassie's fun ornament she made with this stamp set. I always copy her, so I dont think she will mind ;p
The Details:
Stamps: Jolly Joy (CDStamps)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red,
Merry Moments dsp, Watercolor
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Blossom Two & lg Circles Nesties, Aqua Painter, Old Olive Ribbon
Ticket Corner Punch, Real Red & Old Olive Markers

Friday, November 20, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC41 Winter Wishes

This week at Our Creative Corner's Sweet and Sassy Sketch Challenge they have an awesome and challenging sketch to inspire us. Its not called a challenge for nothin' right? If you look back at some of my recent posts, I really like these little snowmen, I just might love them. After studying the sketch a little bit, I knew I wanted to use this awesome Night of Navy dsp, it reminds me of snow falling from a dark afternoon sky. Then came the snowman family, Mom & Dad outside and the little guy standing in the doorway with their Christmas tree in the background. I had alot of fun with this sketch, I hope you can find time to play along too!
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy dsp, Sahara Sand dsp,
watercolor, Barely Banana, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Stazon JetBlack
Tools/Accessories: Blender Pen, Word Window, large pinking circles nestie,
hemp twine, ticket corner punch, white brad, glue dots

Clearly Inspired Challenge #2

Hi Everyone! I was so excited this morning, not only is it the begining of the weekend, but time for another fabulous challenge at the Clear Dollar Stamps blog! This time, the Clearly Inspired Challenge #2 is a sketch. I have been making alot of Christmas cards lately, so I resisted the pull of the super cute Clear Dollar Christmas stamps, and went with this beautiful & elegant stamp designed by the talented Kim Teasdale. This peony is right up there on my favorites list, especially when it comes to watercoloring! Well, thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
The Details:
Stamps: Peony (CDStamps)
Paper: Cottage Wall dsp (su), Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Tools/Accessories: Lables 4 Nesties, D'vine swirls embossing folder, Ticket corner punch, dimentionals, sponge, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry ribbons

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thank You! PaperBlooms Challenge

This week at PaperBlooms the challenge is to make a card using the sentiment "Thank You".
Simple enough, right?! That is the beauty of it! You can make pretty much anything! Leah's PaperBlooms add so much beauty and dimention to any project! And you can find them HERE

You do not have to use Leah's PaperBlooms in order to play along, so come on, lets see what you all can come up with! I cant WAIT to see everyone's Thank You creations!
The Details:
Stamps: Cheep Talk (su)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, kiwi kiss & Riding Hood Red dsp
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories/Tools: Riding Hood Red taffetta ribbon, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon
Leah's PaperBlooms

The Color Dare #43

Hello there! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week we challenge you to incorporate the following colors into your project:
Rose Red, Chocolate Chip & Green Galore
Fun colors, right? I (obviously) saw Christmas in these colors .. I guess I have Christmas cards on the mind lately, I am trying to finish up all my cards for the season before my husband comes home to visit sometime in December. I was inspired not only by these fabulous colors, but by the sketch challenge #40 over at CardPatterns. This sketch was from Nov 7th.
Ok, enough from me! I hope you have been inspired by these colors! I cant wait to see what you come up with!!
The Details:
Stamps: SnowBurst & Heard from the Heart (SU)
Paper: Merry Moments dsp, Throughly Modern dsp, Rose Red, Green Galore,
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Green Galore
Tools/Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing folder, basic grey nook & pantry brads

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Pink Elephant #41 Sketch & CC245

Finally I got to spend a few minutes in my craft room today! I saw the sketch challenge at The Pink Elephant and right away, these adorable snowmen came to mind. I love their round little bodies with the circle card sketch! I also incorporated the color challenge at splitcoast, which is to use the following colors:
Real Red, Always Artichoke & Chocolate Chip with a neutral of choice
Very seasonal, I think. I am glad to have a few extra Christmas cards on hand just in case.
Thanks for stopping by! And Thanks for saying HI!
The Details:
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Merry Moments dsp, Watercolor,
Night & Day printed window sheet
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Real Red, Always Artichoke, chocolate chip
Tools/Accessories: Large circle & pinking circle nesties, blender pen,
polar white flower soft

Thursday, November 12, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC40

Happy Thursday! I have just recently discovered the Sweet and Sassy Sketch Challenge at Our Creative Corner. And they are having a DT call! All you have to do is participate during November, and they will choose on Dec 1st. Its fun to "try out"! So come on and join me! Click on Sweet and Sassy Sketch Challenge to find out more!
Today, when I studied this week's sketch, this cute little nutcracker came to mind. Perfect! He is tall and skinny, just like the panels shown in the sketch. I have also been veering toward the CAS card lately, even though there are several layers, it is simple and clean lined. huh..
Oooh, I just noticed my modern label "enjoy the Season" is crooked, I just checked it and it didnt stick to the ribbon very well, and it fell during picture taking! So please excuse that mishap! It is entirely too much work to go back and change out the picture! LOL ..
Enough chit chat, here are the Details:
Stamps: Holiday Nutcracker (CDStamps)
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments dsp
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Soft Suede, Basic Grey
Tools/Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Word Window, sponge,
large vanilla brads, Blender Pen, Real Red wide (polka dot) ribbon
Thanks for stopping by my blog! All comments appreciated and cherished!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Color Dare #42

Hi Everyone and Welcome to another week at The Color Dare! This week we DARE you to get creative with the following colors:

This week, I ended up with a semi-clean & simple card, I say "semi" because it has 7 layers! Yikes! I was inspired not only by these fabulous colors, but by this dp that came in the mail just today. It is from the new collection from Basic Grey called Nook & Pantry. I hope you find inspiration in these colors just as I have, I cant wait to see what you all come up with!
Stamps: Sip by Sip (SU)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust & Bashful Blue, Nook & Pantry DP (BasicGrey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Labels 9 nestie, Dew Drops, word window (su)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Color Throwdown #67 and Mojo Monday 111

Hi Everyone! I have been having so much fun with my new Clear Dollar Christmas stamps! This one is called Charlie Snowhorse, while it is not new to Clear Dollar's collection, it is new to me, came in my fun mail this weekend! He is so stinkin cute, right?
This card is for two challenges, the first being
The Color Throwdown, where they challenge us to use Soft Sky, Kraft, Always Artichoke & Dusty Durango. Unfortunately, I do not have any soft sky, so I substituted with the always beautiful Baja Breeze. The other challenge is the sketch from this past Monday's Mojo Monday. I think all the elements go together just right! (yeah!)
The Details:
Stamps: Charlie Snowhorse (CdStamps)
Paper: Kraft, Dusty Durango, Sahara Sand dsp, Baja Breeze,
Baja Breeze dsp, Always Artichoke, Watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon Jetblack, Baja Breeze, Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Tools/Accessories: Chipboard snowflake, white microbrads, white brad,
sponge, Aqua marker, swiss dots embossing folder

Saturday, November 7, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC39

Hi! It is a happy Saturday when I can get chores done AND spend some quality time in the craft room! I found some extra mojo today and this is the result! I recently came across a Thursday sketch challenge over at Our Creative Corner and today I was inspired to work with it!
On the sketch, I ended up turning the focal panel from horizontal to vertical because when I cut my dsp to size and flipped it over I noticed this awesome piece of a bigger picture and just had to showcase it! I have been having alot of fun with non-traditional Christmas colors, and for today, I challenged myself to NOT use any Nesties! They have been a steady go-to for awhile now, and I wanted to see if I could still create something eye-catching without leaning on the awesomeness of the nestability. ;p
The Details:
Stamps: Jolly Joy & Charlie Snowhorse - sentiment (CDStamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Holiday Lounge dsp, watercolor
Ink: Ruby Red, Taken with Teal, Sahara Sand
Tools/Accessories: Sponge, Dimentionals, straight edge & black marker

Friday, November 6, 2009

Clearly Inspired Challenge #1

"Give me 5"
Happy Friday! This week is the begining of a brand new, super fun challenge over at Lori's Clear Dollar Stamps blog, Clearly iStamp! It is called Clearly Inspired Challenge and it will be held every other Friday, starting today.
This week, the challenge is called "Give me 5" and we are to use 5 of something on our cards. I kinda went overboard and here are my 5's:
  • 5 layers
  • 5 brads
  • 5 colors
  • 5 letters

I was so excited because my FUN mail came today - my new Clear Dollar order! Which included this super cute and fun stamp set designed by Shawne, called Jolly Joy, I knew its the one I wanted to use today.

The Details:

Stamps: Jolly Joy (CDStamps)

Paper: Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket), Ballet Blue, watercolor paper

Ink: Stazon JetBlack

Tools/Accessories: Labels 4 nesties, Nook & Pantry brads, Watercolor pencils,

Aqua painter, ticket corner punch

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! And thanks for commenting! You do make my day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Color Dare #41

Hello everyone! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week, we Dare you to use the following colors in your project: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White.
I know! These are great colors! Some of my favorites! Now get to it! I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories & Loads of Fun (SU)
Paper: Berumuda Bay, Soft Suede & Whisper White,
Throughly Modern dsp (su), watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
Tools/Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, AquaPainter, Ticket Corner Punch
Sponge, Soft Suede ribbon, cuttlebug circle lable
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for saying HI!

PaperBlooms Color Challenge

Hello Everyone!! Welcome to another great PaperBlooms Challenge! This week it's a color challenge! This week, we challenge you to use any shade of Blue, Orange & White in your project. After much deliberation, I chose to use Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy & Whisper White. I have just recently gotten into the Rich Regal's color family, dont ask me why it took this long, but I love them now, especially Night of Navy!
As always, we welcome everyone to participate in our challenges, you are not required to incorporate Leah's beautiful paperblooms on your project, but if you are interested, click HERE to check out her Esty shop!
Stamps: Verve scripture stamp
Paper: Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White & Night of Navy dsp
Ink: Night of Navy & Pumpkin Pie
Accessories/Tools: Ticket Corner Punch, Leah's PaperBlooms
More mustard button, pumkpin pie flower brad, navy brad, sponge
Thank you to everyone who participated in our last PaperBlooms challenge, the circle card! There were SO many great entries! I can't wait to see who was chosen as Featured Artist, as well as what you all do with this color challenge!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This made my day!!

I am sure everyone had heard the joke about all my friends being in my computer .. well, in alot of ways that is true for me.. and I am fine with that! And having my own blog and participating in challenges in blog-land has brought me to so many new friends, so many great people, including the great and talented Gloria, who gave me this awesome award! Thank you!!

When you recieve this award, you are to list 5 things about yourself, and here are mine:
(this is harder than I thought it would be)
1. Inviting Jesus into my heart was the best decision of my life and really did change my life, and Thank God for that!
2. I am allergic to dairy, no milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, ect for me! and only since my son was born... go figure!
3. I have a touch of OCD, but who says its a bad thing to have everything facing the same direction, lined up perfectly in the fridge & pantry?!
4. I have an irrational fear of the number 13.
5. I love making things for other people.

Now I am going to pass this onto 5 people with great blogs that inspire me and make me smile:


Go check out these fabulous blogs and be ready to be inspired! :0)
Thanks again Gloria!

Something fun to share ...

So I found this sketch book lying around my son's collection of stuff and decided to confiscate it for a better purpose than collecting dust... that purpose being to cover it with dsp!! Muhahaha...
With no distinct idea in my head, I look thru my dsp collection to find inspiration. This Storybook dsp caught my eye, I decided that it would be so much fun to watercolor and without any layout in mind, I went on watercoloring with my watercolor pencils. Finally satisfied, I coordinated some cardstock, dsp and ribbon and finished off this super fun project.. Now I am sure that I need a larger variety of watercolor pencils... :0)
The Details:
Stamps: None
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade dsp, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo,
Storybook Specialty dsp
Ink: None
Tools/Accessories: Watercolor pencils & Aqua painter,
Waterfall Stickles, Rhinestone brads, Crushed Curry Ribbon,
Summer Sun corduroy brad