Friday, July 30, 2010

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peeks Day 3

Hi again! It is day 3 of Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peeks. I think I am just as excited as I was on day one! I am so honored and blessed to be apart of this lovely and talented group of ladies! Ok, enough of that, lets get onto the 2 cards I have to share with you today!
This first card is a 4 1/2" square. I was thrilled to find this Treehouse dp, how perfect to go with the love birds? I watercolored the birds with my Clearly Coordinating Tombow markers from Clear Dollar Stamps.

Details:  (above)
Stamps: Home Tweet Home (CDS)
Paper: Pebbles Treehouse dp, Chocolate & Red textured cs
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Tombow Markers 909, 491, 845, 553, 985, 098
Tools/Accessories: Lables 3 & Circle Nestabilities, Modern Label Punch
Word Window, Corner Rounder, Ticket Corner Punch, Old Olive Brads,
Olive ric-rak ribbon

This second card turned out to be a little more on the 'elegant' side. I was again inspired by the dp. I paired the spiral image on the cage with the spiral dp with the spiral edge punch. I pulled my color choices from the dp as well. I again used my Clearly Coordinating products, Tombow markers and the Melon Spice ribbon from the Rustic Fall collection.

Stamps: Home Tweet Home (CDS)
Paper: Basic Grey Green @ Heart, Whisper White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Tombows 912 & 985
Tools/Accessories: Circles, Labels 4, Labels 13 Nestabilities,
Melon Spice (clearly coordinating) ribbon, MS edge & corner
spiral punch

Well, that is all I have for today! Stop by Lori's blog to see the full set, and visit the other DT members to check out their sneak peeks of Home Tweet Home! Laurie, Katie, Stacy, Trudy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peek Day 1

Hello! It is an exciting day! Not only is it day 1 of Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peeks, but it is my first day of Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peeks as a Design Team member! WooHoo!! I have 2 cards to share with you today, both from the super cure and super fun Spider Greetings stamp set. I am excited for all the new stamp sets Clear Dollar has for everyone on August 1. And, I am excited to show you ... my first example of two for Sneak Peeks ..Since I just got my scor-pal, I couldn't resist making a gate fold card.

Stamps: Spider Greetings (CDS)
Paper: Unknown dp, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol
Tools/Accessories: Lg Pinking Circles Nestabilities,
Ric-Rac Velvet Ribbon (CDS)

This next card is made with the same Spider Greetings stamp set, and this card I made to fit into a standard 'letter sized' envelope. It is a clean and simple design that could be mass produced fairly easily and quickly.

Stamps: Spider Greetings (CDS)
Paper: Worn Parchment (CDS-clearly coordinating) Unknown dp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Basic Grey, Chestnut chalk,
black prismacolor pencil
Tools/Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Modern Label Punch,
 Corner Rounder, Sponge

Be sure to stop by Lori's blog to see the full set, and for more great examples of Spider Greetings, visit:  Laurie, Katie, Lisa, Michelle, Tori

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #122

Hello! Happy Tuesday! Well to tell the truth, Tuesday is my least favorite day of the week, but this card makes it a little better, I just love how this turned out, so cheerful! I made this card for the Taylored Expressions sketch challenge for this week. I paired the Udderly Sweet stamp set from TE with the Farm Fresh collection of dp from October Afternoon. Also, just as a side note, this is my second attempt at using my new copic markers, I think I am getting a little better handle on how to use them. Just a little better...
Stamps: Udderly Sweet (TE)
Paper: October Afternoon Farm Fresh dp, Chocolate Chip,
Rose Red, Snow White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chestnut chalk ink
Copics: C-1, C-5, BV29, YG06, G17, G05, R46,
RV13, E93, R20,Y11, Y17
Tools/Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Modern Label punch
Eyelet edge punch, dimentionals, lg Chocolate chip brads

Monday, July 26, 2010

My first stab at Copic Markers .....

Hello! Happy Monday! On Saturday, I got this suprise box in the mail...A box full of Copics! What?!? Yes.. over 60 Copic markers. Seriously.. I was so excited, I couldnt wait to try them out! I watched a couple tutorials and just went for it. I obviously messed up on the ground/grass, tried to compensate with my die cut grass. I love love to color in stamped images, so these copics just dazzle me to the core. 
Thank you so much for stopping by, I would love to hear what you think, and I would love any suggestions, techniques and ideas you would like to share.
Here are the details on this card .. I forgot to write down the copic color numbers. 
Stamps: Fabulous Fruitstand (CDStamps)
Paper: October Afternoon Farm Fresh dp, Snow White cs,
Chocolate Chip
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Tools/Accessories: Corner Rounder, Word Window, misc buttons,
grass die (mft)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #59

Hey there! Ever since I got the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety paper pack, I have wanted to pair it with Charlie Gardens from Clear Dollar Stamps.. And finally, I did. I was inspired by my favorite sketch blog: Sweet Sketch Wednesday and the sketch for this week, #59.
I, of course, paper pieced Charlie's apron. Seems I paper piece any chance I get.. I just can't help it! The cardstock I used is all from Clear Dollar Stamps Clearly Coordinating line of paper & tombow markers, Summer Fun, I used the Sweet Pea cardstock and marker and the Bee Pollen paper. These paper collections are perfect for layering!
Thanks for stopping by! Here are the details of this card:
Stamps: Charlie Gardens (CDS)
Paper: Clearly Coordinating Summer Fun (bee pollen, sweet pea), Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor Pencils, Sweet Pea tombow marker
Tools/Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Rolled Flower Die, Corner Rounder, Ticket Corner Punch, unknown green brads, sponge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Park View Journal

So I am following the lead of my BFF and a couple other friends in blog land and opened an Etsy shop. I named my shop CreativityByChristiB. I just listed this journal for sale there. I had the nagging idea in the back of my head that I should go ahead and give it a try. Better than having all these things I make just pile up here in the craft room! You should totally visit Cassie's Etsy shop, she has some (singing) AwesomE cards for sale there! Her store is named CassieTCards.. click her store name and go straight to her store front!

Monday, July 19, 2010

An Easel Card for Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #121

Hi! Today I have this super fun easel card to share with you! I have always loved this style of card, and since I (finally) just got my scor-pal, I HAD to incorporate the easel into the sketch over at the Taylored Expressions blog.
Once I figured out the dimentions, it was super easy and even more fun! I had a blast decorating the inside as well as the outside! I added a blank rectangle of blue mounted on the chocolate above the sentiment rectangle to add in a personal note. And I just have to mention this stamp! It is a new set from TE called Destination Cuppie - San Fransisco. Yesterday I showed you a Seattle set, and I love this one almost as much.. Seattle just has a special place in my heart.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Here are the details:
Stamps: Destination Cuppie - San Fransisco (TE)
Paper: July KI Kit (TE), Whisper White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Coloring medium: Prismacolor pencils & Gamsol
Tools/Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Spots & Dots Embossing Folder
Buttons, Ribbon from TE KI Kit
Technique: Easel Card

Cuppie in Seattle .. Sweet Sketch Wednesday 58

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I got to spend some time in the craft room yesterday while my husband and son went bowling, and this card is the result of my fun time while the boys had their fun time. My Taylored Expressions July Key Ingredients kit had just arrived, so you know I had to dive right into it! I used the (#58) sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday but I had to turn it on its side to accomodate the shape of my image.

Speaking of that image, isnt it fabulous? It is a new mini-set from Taylored Expressions called destination cuppie. There are three different sets featuring three different destinations, Seattle, San Fransisco and New York. I, of course, just had to have the Seattle one seeing as how I grew up there! I like how the paisley print resembles rain. Although it does rain alot in Seattle, there are many beautiful days that make up for it. And you can kinda tell that Cuppie is a visitor to the great city, locals rarely use an umbrella. We used parkas. ;o) 

Let me tell you a little about that paper flower ... It is made with a die from the die-namics line at My Favorite Things, called die-namics rolled flower. I was skeptical at first, wondering if I would even use such a die or be able to make a flower with it. And after a few practice runs, I love it. 

Thanks for stopping by!! And please scroll down and visit my earlier post, the Happy Birthday Blog Hop for Lori M. the owner of Clear Dollar Stamps! Or, even better start HERE and hop on thru all the Clear Dollar Design Team birthday blog hop posts!

Stamps: Destination Cuppie - Seattle (TE)
Paper: Frosted Teal, Suede Brown, Paisley Parade dp
all from TE July KI Kit
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Prismacolor pencils & gamsol,
 Oval & Circle Nestabilities, Rolled Flower die-namics die
Corner Rounder, modern label punch, lt pink brads (CDS)
brown & pink ribbons from July KI Kit

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Lori! Welcome to Lori's Birthday Blog Hop!

Hi There! Welcome Lori McCroskey's birthday celebration Blog Hop! You should have found your way here via Trudy's Blog.
The Clear Dollar Stamps DT wanted to honor Lori on her birthday and let her and you know how much we appreciate her.
Although I have never met Lori in person, I feel as if I have. She is so kind hearted genuine and caring and that shines thru her business and her communications to the Design Team and with her customers.  I appreciate Lori's work and what she does thru Clear Dollar Stamps, making my addiction err .. uh .. I mean my passion affordable to me and to many others out there like me. Thank you Lori and Happy Birthday to you. I hope this birthday is your best yet.
So, if you would like to wish Lori a happy birthday, please visit her blog HERE.
And if you would like to continue on our Birthday Blog Hop and check out the rest of the DT's birthday cards for Lori, head on over to Linda's Blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for helping us wish Lori a Happy Birthday!
Stamps: Hanging Out (CDStamps)
Paper: May KI kit (TE)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Prismacolor pencils
Tools/Accessories: D'Vine swirls embossing folder,
hemp twine, dimentionals
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Garden Girl!

Happy Sunday everyone! Today has been a wet, grey and rainy day here in the desert southwest .. a perfect day to do some card making! I made this card for three challenges. First being the sketch #57 at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I just love that challenge blog, not only are the sketches great week by week, but the ladies over there are super nice and very encouraging! Thanks SSW gals! Then second challenge is the big #100 Color Throwdown. The colors are fabulous, Certianly Celery,  Real Red, Regal Rose and Baja Breeze. Sweet, right? And the third challenge is at a new-to-me blog, Caardvarks in which the challenge is to create a birthday card.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! I am excited to hear what you think!
Stamps: Who's that Garden Girl (MFT)
Paper: Certianly Celery, Regal Rose, Real Red, Baja Breeze,
Basic Grey Olivia dp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, real red & certianly celery markers,
prismacolor pencils for the browns
Tools/Accessories: micro white brads, D'vine swirls embossing folder,
baja breeze ribbon
Techniques: Paper Piecing, Watercoloring

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Baked with Love .. Mojo Monday 146

Hello! Today I was inspired by my BFF, Cassie, to try my hand at this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. I love WTG and paper piecing .. and I can't get enough of either one! Thank you so much for stopping by! I will be happy to hear what you think!

Stamps: Who's that Girl Lovin from the Oven (MFT)
Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite dp, June Key Ingredients kit (TE)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip, prismacolor pencils
Tools/Accessories: Oval Nestabilities, Swiss Dots embossing folder, ribbon from June KI kit, chocolate chip large brads
Technique: Paper Piecing, Dry Embossing

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Who's That Girl goes Green - at the Market!

Hi again! It is my second post of the day! The Bryant house has been quiet and relaxed today, meaning I could spend some quality time in my craft room! This card is made for two challenges, sketch #45 at Get Sketchy, and the (color/theme) challenge #119 at Cute Card Thursday which is "Let's get Fruity" a card with a fruit theme. This stamp came right to the front of my mind when I read the Cute Card Thursday blog. It is the second image from MFT's Who's That Girl Goes Green. I absolutely cannot resist paper piecing WTG!

I couldn't decide which color to use on the apples, red for red delicious? Fuji? Golden Delicious? Looking thru my prismacolor pencils, I came across the perfect pencil, ending the debate I was having with myself .. Green Apple. So, the apples are Granny Smith. LoL .. So, I amuse easily.

Thanks for stopping by! Here are the Details:
Stamps: WTG Goes Green (MFT)
Paper: Pucker up (clearly coordinating CDS),
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety, Whisper White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Tools/Accessories: Prismacolors, Word Window,
Modern Label Punch, VIP kit buttons, corner rounder

Clearly Inspired Challenge # 15 - Plus Color Throwdown # 99 and a Card Patterns Sketch

Happy July 4th! Today my family and I decided to have a quiet day at home. My husband has been behind the grill creating a fabulous dinner and I have been creating in the craft room. I made this card for a couple different challenges, first the theme - Clearly Inspired challenge at ClearlyiStamp. This month's theme is GRATITUDE/THANK YOU. Simply create a card featuring some kind of gratitude. The second is the Color Throwdown #99 which calls for Cream, Chocolate and Turquoise. The third is the sketch challenge at CardPatterns
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

STAMPS: Mushroom Whimsey
PAPER: Tempting Turqupoise, Soft Suede, Worn Parchment(Clearly Coordinating) Watercolor
INK/MARKERS: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Worn Parchment, Momento Tuxedo Black
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Soft Suede ribbon, Pewter Brads, Word Window, Scor-Pal, Water pen
TECHNIQUES: Masking, Watercoloring