Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Color Dare # 62

Hello! Can you believe we are at the end of March already? Tomorrow is April 1st .. I cant believe how fast time seems to be going by!! Well, even though spring is upon us here in the desert southwest, I did make a Christmas/ Winter card for this week's color dare. These awesome colors are among my favorite color combos, and they remind me of Christmas at the same time. Besides, it is a good idea to make a Christmas card here and there throught the year as to avoid the year-end crunch when it comes to Christmas cards!
Ok, so you have seen my Christmas inspired card, let's see what you come up with using these Color Dare Colors: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red & Whisper White.
Stamps: Charlie Snowhorse (CDStamps)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge dsp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Ruby Red
Tools/Accessories: Lg Circle & Lables 9 Nestabilities, Little Felt Flurries,
Ruby Red & White Brads, Sponge, Aqua Painter

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

There She Goes List Challenge TSG48

Last weekend, my son and I went to the outlet mall, and every time I go out there, I like to stroll around the Coach store just to look, basically making sure there isnt a handbag that I "must have". Lately, that has been the case. But, last weekend, there was a super cute bag that I really wanted, but my budget said NO. So, instead of dreaming of a handbag that wasnt meant to be, I found this adorable stamp set from MFT called Totally Fabulous. And, it was on sale! So, not only did I get my handbag fix with a stamp set, but it was on sale. What more can you ask for? HAHA...

I paired a couple of challenges with this card. First, the sketch at Our Creative Corner, and the second, the list challenge at There She Goes. The list challenge is this:
3 different colors:(I chose)Black, Rose Red & Bermuda Bay
2 different dp:(I chose) Rose Red dsp & Night and Day dsp
1 button: I got this button from one of the extras off a shirt
1 ribbon:(I chose) Bermuda Bay
no other embellishments.

I paper pieced the skirt with Rose Red dsp, and her shirt with textured black cs. I added glossy accents to her handbag to give it a patent leather effect. I also used a very vanilla watercolor wonder crayon to give the effect of a store front window.  

Stamps: Totally Fabulous (MFT)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Rose Red dsp,
Night & Day dsp Watercolor
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Prismacolors
Tools/Accessories: Bermuda Bay Ribbon, misc button, word window,
Ticket corner punch, scallop edge punch,
Very vanilla crayon, Glossy Accents
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you like what you see!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #106

Hi Everyone! It has been a beautiful Sunday here in the desert southwest! Finally a break from the wind and blowing sand! I made this card for the sketch challenge at Taylored Expressions, believe it or not, it actually took me two days to get it done! Ha ha.. Anyway, this card also qualifies for the Raise the Bar#11 challenge, which is "April Fool -  show a style you dont normally do" What qualifies this card as an april fool is the fact that I did not color in the kissing cuppies on the 'movie screen'. I never leave things uncolored!
The movieish accents are from a stamp set from My Favorite Things called Chick Flick. The two sets just tied together perfectly!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you like what you see!
Stamps: Cuppie Love Scenes (TE)
Chick Flick (MFT)
Paper: Feb Key Ingredients Kit, Watercolor
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black,
Craft Whisper White
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor pencils

Friday, March 26, 2010

Clearly Inspired Challenge # 10 -- Sketch

I am so happy it's Friday. Not because of the typical reasons .. because (every other)  Friday means its time for the Clearly Inspired Challenge over at ClearlyiStamp. This time around the talented ladies at CIC have a very intriguing sketch to challenge us. This week, I was inspired by the sample made by my BFF, Cassie. So much so, in fact, that I texted her to make sure it was ok if I use the same chipboard piece as she did, as well as the same collection of dp. She graciously agreed, and I was off to work on the challenge. Thankfully, our cards did turn out different, so it isnt blatently obvious that I nearly copied her. LOL.

After some deliberation, I chose one of my most favorite stamps, Walk in the Park, Clear Dollar's May 2009 stamp of the month. I chose this particular dp to mirror the center circles which I covered in coordinating dp. As a final touch, I added the leaf adorned pins to tie it all together.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you like what you see and will come back again!

Stamps: Walk in the Park (CDS),
Shining Strength-sentiment (CDS)
Paper: Crate Paper Brook dp, chocolate textured cs,
Choice Snow White CS
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Tools/Accessories: Corner Rounder, Sponge,
 Leaf Trinket Pins,
Word Window, Modern Label Punch

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Color Dare #61

Hello and welcome to another great week at The Color Dare! This week the dare is: Pretty in Pink, Green Galore and Basic Black. I just think these colors are SO elegant! I guess that is why 5th Ave Floral came to mind... I am happy with how this one turned out! Now, let's see how yours will turn out! I cant wait to see all the gorgeous work that will result from these beautiful colors!
Stamps: 5th Ave Floral (SU)
Paper: February key Ingredients kit (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Labels 13 Nestabilities, Prismacolors & Gamsol,
Word Window, Modern Lable Punch, TE Ribbon

Monday, March 22, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #105

Good Monday Evening to everyone! Tonight I have the card I made for the Taylored Expressions Sketch #105 to share with you! This one was alot of trial and error and well, more error than trial really for me, but I finally got it finished! I added an extra 'challenge'  for myself along with this sketch challenge. I chose the stamp set I wanted to use, this adorable cuppie set I  got in the mail just a few days ago, and I chose out this SU dsp, and after several times flipping through the dsp stack I finally settled on the paper. Then, I was off to work on the real challenge .. the sketch. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I hope to have more to share with you throughout the week so come by often!
Stamps: Cuppie Love Scenes (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Good Neighbor DSP, Old Olive
Ink: Momento Tuexdo Black
Coloring Medium: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons (old olive, pumpkin pie, creamy carmel, cameo coral, ruby red, going grey, charcoal) 
Tools/Accessories: Corner Rounder, Dimentionals,
Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon & Aqua Painter

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #28

Last night, my new Stampin Up Watercolor Wonder Crayons arrived, and I just could not wait to try them out! I went ahead and ordered both Earth Elements and Neutrals, hoping for the best. And, even though I know I need more practice, I am happy with my first try with this new coloring medium!
I was inspired by the March Key Ingredients Kit as well as the Truly Scrumptious challenge #28 sketch. I had alot of fun with the crayons, although it is a bit challenging to color in small details, but with more practice I am sure I will get it. I used very vanilla for the toadstool and whisper white to highlight the fly's wings. Thank you so much for stopping by! Your comments are grately appreciated!                                      
Stamps: Shoe-Fly (CDStamps)
Paper: March Key Ingredients & unknown dp (green)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip
Coloring Medium: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons ( Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Creamy Carmel, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red)
Tools/Accessories: KI ribbon, Lg Corduroy Brads (summer sun, kraft, chocolate chip), Word Window, D'vine Swirls embossing folder, Aqua Pen

Raise the Bar challenge #10 " Fruit of Labor "

Hello! Happy weekend! Today I have two cards to share with you today. I made this one for the Raise the Bar challenge, which this week is to feature fruit on your project.  I have to say, I was stumped. I had nothing, and thought I would have to pass on the challenge this week. Then, as if a lightbulb actually lit up above my head, I remembered these sticky chipboard fruits from the Nook & Pantry collection. The sentiment is from the MFT "how sweet it is" stamp set, it just seemed perfect with the strawberry & pear.
Stamps: How Sweet it is (MFT) - sentiment
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Nook & Pantry dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Corner Rounder, Modern Label punch, Word Window, Nook & Pantry Brads, Misc Ribbon

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Connor's Spring Break Craft Project

In the hopes of having a somewhat productive spring break (which is 2 weeks long) I got my 6 year old this cute zoo kit from Target. All the zoo animals are wooden with stiff rope legs and Connor got to cut out felt accents, glue all the pieces together and add his special artistic touch with the coloring. He really enjoyed this project, and I really like how it turned out and I thought it would be fun to share it with all of my blogging crafting friends.

The king cobra, a lion, a monkey and a giraffe are all present and accounted for at Connor's zoo.  Thank you so much for stopping by, I know Connor will really appreciate your comments!  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Color Dare # 60

Hello! Welcome to another week at The Color Dare! This week we DaRe you to get creative with the following colors: Real Red, More Mustard, Gable Green & Tempting Turquoise. When we got the list of Color Dares at the end of last month, this is the week that had me shaking my head in disbelief .. disbelief that I would be able to make something "design team worthy" using these colors. I had my doubts, and guess what?? This color combo made it on my favorite colors list! Crazy right? Enough about me, I cant wait to see what YOU do with these colors! I just know it will be great!
Paper: Gable Green, Real Red, Whisper White, More Mustard dsp,
Pink Flamingo dsp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Mail PTW36

Who doesnt love happy mail? Everyone loves happy mail! There is nothing like opening up the mailbox to find a hand addressed envelope with what you know has happy mail enclosed. This is why I love the postal service so much! (not that they havent been trying my patience of late .. ) But, you cant beat that warm-fuzzy feeling you get when happy mail makes its way into your mailbox. In fact, just today, I got not one, but two happy mail suprises! One from my BFF, and one from my cousin who lives in Kansas! Sweet! So, those two suprises and the sketch challenge at PaperTake Weekly, inspired me to make this card. That, and I really liked the bendy arrows on the dp and how well it pairs with the 'snail-man'. hee hee "snail-man".. I crack myself up!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate your visit as well as your comments!
Stamps: Snail Mail (CDStamps)
Paper: Old Olive, Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride dp, Very Vanila
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Dusty Durango
Coloring: Prismacolors
Tools: Sponge, Dimentionals

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Instant Human, Just add Coffee! Three challenges in One!

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Seems the trend for this week is GREEN, in 'honor' of St. Patrick's Day. Good thing I like a good green! This card is one that kind of had a mind of its own, and after some head-scratching, I am happy with how it turned out. Turns out, it qualifies for three challenges! First is the sketch at the Our Creative Corner Sketch Blog. I did end up omiting two minor details of the sketch, but I just could not bring myself to cover up that neat Material Girl dp any more than I absolutely had to! The second is Raise the Bar #9, "Go Green", and the third, Stamp Something's "Cream & Green".
I so appreciate your visit! Thank you!

Stamps: Instant Human (skipping stones designs)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Only Orange, Cosmo Cricket Material Girl dp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Prismacolors
Technique: Paper Piecing (robe)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Clearly Inspired Challenge # 9 -- Think Green Color Challenge

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I made this card for the Clearly Inspired Challenge at ClearlyiStamp. The challenge this week is to "Think Green".. I was  inspired by the dp starburst shapes and how they mirror the pinking circle nestabilities and the starburst shape on the robot's "tummy". This card ended up really catching my eye and made me smile, so,why not share it?? I hope you all like it as much as I do!
Stamps: Bitty Bots (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Paper: February Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor & Gamsol
Tools/Accessories: Lg Pinking Circle Nestabilities, Modern Label punch x2
Ribbon from Feb. Key Ingredients

My new MFT stamp Debut ... Chick Flick

So I went back and forth on whether or not to post this one ... I was just messing around with the stamp this afternoon.. trying to paper piece the couch and the shirts and well, as you can see, not alot of paper piecing made it onto the stamped image! I will have to try to paper piece the couch another time, wouldnt it look so cute with a pattern or print?  This card actually does have two challenges in mind, one, the Truly Scrumptious sketch which sorta I turned on its side since my image is landscape vs portrait. Part of the sketch was to make it "Good enough to eat" Popcorn is definately good! The second is Stamp Something -- Something Girly. Now, I am not the "girliest" girl, especially when my husband is deployed, But, I do like cute girly pjs (that match) and hanging out with my bff, so this card fits the "something girly" challenge -- to me anyway!
Stamps: MFT Chick Flick
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor & Gamsol
Tools/Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Soft Suede Ribbon

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Color Dare #59

Hello! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week, the Dare is to use Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, and Certianly Celery on your project. Yet another charming and beautiful combination by Riley! I just love how these colors compliment each other.  Now, its your turn!
Stamps: Season of Friendship & Whimsical Words (SU)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Certianly Celery, Tempting Turquoise,
Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Tempting Turquoise &
Certianly Celery Brads, Certianly Celery Ribbon

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Our Creative Corner Sketch and CC261

Its been another windy day here in El Paso... which makes a good day to get some crafting done! This card is for two challenges, I love to combine color & sketch challenges. Today, I inked up one of my all time favorite stamp sets designed by Shawne - Studio 313 at Clear Dollar Stamps. It is called Biggest Wishes, isnt this little birthday mouse just the most adorable?? I just love her! The challenges are the Splitcoast Color Challenge CC261 -- Bashful Blue, Certianly Celery & Melon Mambo. Great spring / Easter colors!  
The other is the sketch challenge at Our Creative Corner. I made the card 4 1/2 x 4 1/2, which I think worked great with this sketch:
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check back for more, I love to share my creations!
Stamps: Biggest Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Certianly Celery, Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Certianly Celery, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue
Tools/Accessories: Lg Oval & Lg Scalloped Oval Nestabilites
Melon Mambo Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch (SU)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Get Sketchy #28 & Our Creative Corner Sketch #5

Happy Spring ... Well almost! Today sure felt like spring here in El Paso. Another lovely day. Today I have this card to share with you which features one of the Clear Dollar Stamps March new releases. This set is called Barnyard Mischief and it is SO CUTE!! Also, I incorporated two challenges, one from Get Sketchy -- to make a spring themed card -- no sketch, and the other from Our Creative Corner -- the sketch. I kinda went for a "clean & simple" ish card. I really wanted to use this Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride dp, I love how it mirrors the circle & brads on the sketch.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Barnyard Mischief (CDStamps)
Paper: Regal Rose, Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride dp, Whisper White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Pretty in Pink (marker), Close to Cocoa (marker), Only Orange (marker), Melon Mambo (marker)
Tools/Accessories: Lg Circle Nestabilities, Lg Cocoa Brads, Sponge

Taylored Expressions # 103 and Color Throwdown#82

Hello! Happy Sunday! Today has been a gorgeous sunny and warm day in the desert southwest! After church, I enjoyed my day redesigning and replanting one of my flowerbeds.  I actually made this card last night and since the sun is setting behind the Franklin Mountains, I will take some time and sit down and post this card. I made this card with two challenges in mind. The first, the Color Throwdown #82 challenge, which is to use Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  I just love these colors together! It just might be the best of the earth elements color family! The second challenge is the sketch over at Taylored Expressions. I am not sure if a taylored expressions stamp is required but, since I only (as of now) have one Taylored Expressions stamp and I have used it kind of alot lately, I decided to just participate anyway using one of  Clear Dollar Stamps March new releases. 
I paper pieced Charliene's robe twice actually, once for the ruby red trim, and another time for the robe itself. Oh yeah, not to forget the bunny slippers! They are paper pieced as well. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Charliene in the Morning (CDStamps)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, Not Quite Navy,
Ruby Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Not Quite Navy
Tools/Accessories: Mega Rectangle Nestabilities, Modern Label Punch
Ruby Red Brads, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Sponge, Corner Rounder
Old Olive Felt Flower, Not Quite Navy Adheshive Flower
Prismacolor Pencils 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Color Dare #58

Hello! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week we DaRe YoU to use the following colors on your card / project:
Certianly Celery, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White
I just L O V E this color combination! It reminds me of the much anticipated spring season, and I think this is why I chose to use my brand new stampin' up XLg bird punch with some pretty dsp on this card. Ok, enough about me, go on and let's see what you come up with!
Stamps: Whimsical Words (SU)
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Regal Rose dsp,
Basic Grey Sugar Rush dp
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Tools/Accessories: ExLg 2 step Bird Punch, Labels 8 Nestabilities,
D'vine Swirls embossing folder, Ticket corner punch,
Tempting Turquoise brads, Dimentionals

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stamp Something -- Recipe Something

Hi again! Second post of the evening for me! I was on a roll tonight with this adorable stamp set from Taylored Expressions .. Crafty Cuppie. My BFF, Cassie got me hooked on the Cuppie .. they are just so stinkin CUTE!
So, this card, I made with our friend, Karen, in mind. Her craft of choice is crocheting, and I am a bit behind in keeping in touch with her. So, I will send her this card to reconnect. There is just nothing like a hand made card sent via snail mail! (lets hope the post office keeps Saturday delivery!)
Not only is this card for Karen, it is also for the Stamp Something challenge blog, where the current challenge is to "Recipe Something: DSP, Buttons & Ribbon".
Thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your visit and your comments!!
Stamps: Crafty Cuppie (TE)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Throughly Modern dsp, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink: Melon Mambo, Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: InColors
Tools/Accessories: Melon Mambo ribbon, Button Bouquet,
Lg Circle Nestabilities, Modern Label Punch, Corner Rounder, sponge

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #102

Hi Everyone! Today was a good day in the craft room! Very productive and fun! I made this card for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #102. This adorable crafty cuppie is so stinkin fun to work with! So fun, in fact, that I made two cards with this set just this evening! This was a great sketch to work with, and as an added "bonus", I used only my Feburary Key Ingredients kit for all components of this card. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate your visit and your comments!!                                     
Stamps: Crafty Cuppie (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: February Key Ingredients
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: SU Markers
Tools/Accessories: Corner Rounder, Sponge, Feb. key ingredients