Sunday, October 25, 2009

Find Yourself a Cup

Today is a beautiful fall Sunday here in NJ. The leaves are gorgeous! I played along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch today, and you can see the influence of the day in my card. I really loved working this sketch. Here it is...

and here is my card. I turned the sketch sideways to make it work with the sentiment.

I really love the way it came out. I have had this fabulous sentiment stamp from Quietfire Design for a while, and I finally inked it up and used some new papers that I got recently. I love the warm colors and the lace in this card... makes me want to call my sister and invite her over for tea and a talk...
Here is the recipe ~
Stamps: Find Yourself a Cup~Quietfire Design, Cup Collection~Stampington & Company.
Paper: Dusty Durnago, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Brushed Gold, Grapevine and Cornucopia~Creative Imaginations, Almond Dot~Bo Bunny, Buttercream Choice Cardstock~Taylored Expressions
Ink ~ VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories ~ Dimensionals, Nestabilities, Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, lace, Gold Zig Painty, gold mini brads.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Geometric Halloween

This week's challenge over at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog is to create a card using at least three different geometrical shapes........Squares, Circles, Rectangles, Octagons, name it, just make sure that you have three of them on! I decided to use Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #40 for the layout for my creation, and it took shape with circles, diamonds and rectangles. Fun!

Here is the recipe:
Paper ~ Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Black, Cast-A-Spell DSP, Imaginisce Hallowimsy - Lollipop Lizzy, black glitter paper.
Stamps ~ Autumn Apparitions
Ink ~ VersaMark
Accessories ~ White embossing powder, MS spider punch, Nestabilities, 1" circle punch, dimensionals, 1/2" orange polkadot grosgrain ribbon from Sharon Johnson's ribbon store.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

We celebrated my mother's 87th birthday yesterday... we are blessed that she is in good health and still going strong. I used this week's Crazy for Challenges sketch - C4C7 - for the layout for this 5.25" card. This week's challenge from Our Creative Corner was a color challenge. I really loved the combination of Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter and Soft Suede. My mom is a bird lover, so I used Verve's Birthday Surprise for the main image. A little pink bling for the birthday girl, and voila! Happy Birthday Mom!

Here is the recipe:

Stamps ~Verve's Birthday Surprise.
Paper ~ Handsome Hunter, Blush Blossom, Soft Suede, Sage Shadow, White, Autumn Vine DSP (retired).
Ink ~ Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black.
Accessories ~ Copics, Nestabilitites, Soft Suede 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities, Hero Arts crystals, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug, Sponge Dauber, Crystal Effects.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Thanksgiving Wish

I was happy to have the time to play with Mercy Kerin's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #42 today. Silke Ledlow of My Life is Mercy's guest muse this month. I love Silke's work. Here is the sketch:

I got a new set on Friday called "Thanksgiving" from Clear Art Stamps. I love the vintage style of these stamps and they are perfect for coloring. When I saw Mercy's Sketch today, I knew just which image I would use. I was off from work today and indulged myself with the time to do it. The images were a little challenging to color, but I am happy with the end result. Here are the materials I used:

Stamps: Clear Art Stamps~Thanksgiving.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Soft Sage, Really Rust, Autumn Vine DSP, Solar White,
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Copics, Dimensionals, Sponge, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon-Mustard, Burgandy and Sage, Linen twine, Nestabilities, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-A-Dial.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pomegranate Martini Therapy

I CASE'd my CASE (see "For Joanie" below) to make another cocktail themed card for another very special person who has been walking with me on a difficult journey. She loves Pomegranate Martinis, so I bought her a hand painted pomegranate martini glass, and made this card for her. I love the way it turned out. The martini image is from MFT's "Girls Night Out". The pomegranate next to the martini is from the "Chillax" definition from Taylored Expressions Chillax stamp set. It can be used to make a lemon, lime, etc... it worked for a pomegranate if the right colors were used. I colored the images with Copics. The sentiment is a combination of 2 stamps from MFT's Girls Night Out set. I used only the "Here's to" part of one stamp and combined it with the "Group Therapy" stamp to complete the sentiment. It worked so well because the recipient of this card is a social worker/therapist. I used Stardust Stickles on the rim of the glass for some sparkle. Can't you just taste it??