Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Packages

I made this little cute package for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge #169 – Quick and Easy Gifts.  My little bag is made from the front and back side of the Baskets and Blooms Bigz Die. I ran a piece of retired SU Ski Slope DSP through the Xyron first, adhered it to white cardstock, then ran it through the Big Kick. Instead of making my package round, I made a little box insert for it and adhered the front and back pieces cut from the basket die to it so that it is more like a shopping bag than a basket.  I used PapertreyInk's Tiny Treats stamp set and coordinating Matstack 1 Die to make the label.  I colored the image with copics, added a little sparkle with stickles to the birdie's hat, and added some greenery with my MS punch.  The red wrinkled ribbon is from Sharon's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Yesterday, my sister Lisa and I made our annual trip to the Lindt Chocolate store in Princeton.  I will make a bunch of these little "shopping bags" and fill them with Lindt chocolates as tiny Christmas treats for my co-workers .

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joy To Your World

Today's C4C Challenge is a sketch.  I just got Take Three Winter from Papertrey Ink, and the minute I saw this sketch, I knew what I wanted to do.  The base of my card is 5 1/4" square cut from Gina K's Pure Luxury card stock.  I used a layer of SU Brushed Silver and topped that with a layer of SU (retired) Holiday Harmony DSP.  I cut the squares with the Take Three Coordinating Die, stamped the snowflake images with VersaMark, and embossed them in silver. The top piece is embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflake EF.  The ribbon is a little piece I had from an MFT order somewhere along the line.  I had just enough to make a double loop bow with my Bow Easy that I got from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I added pink self adhesive rhinestones that I got from my LSS for a little extra sparkle.  I love it!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Li Li!

I made this for my sister Lisa for her birthday.  I just love this stamp set from Papertrey Ink - Enjoy the Ride. There are so many  ways to use it. I was in a hurry, so I CASE'd it from Papertrey Ink designer Niki Estes.  I love her work!  I colored the main image it with COPICS, and cut it out with the coordinating die.The base is River Rock, the DSP is Basic Grey Max & Whiskers.  Happy birthday Li Li.  Wishing you every good thing this time around the seasons!!Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

For Baby de Klerk

My dear niece Julie and her wonderful husband Gareth are expecting a baby boy in January.  On Saturday, there will be a shower for Julie. I saw this ADORABLE diaper card while surfing for ideas for a card for her, and I had to make it.  I CASE'd it from Ilina Crause of MY CREATIONS.  Ilina is so creative and has many online classes, tutorials, templates, etc. on her blog.  Please visit Ilina!  The link for the tutorial for her diaper card is HERE.  This first image (above) is what the card looks like when it is all together.
This image shows the 2 pieces of the card.  The inside piece is a single layer. I will write a special message on it for Jules.
This is the inside card.  I just love the "Die-namics Star Border" from MFT!  It was the perfect embellishment for this sweet card!  I just love it!!! I am grateful to Ilina for her inspiration, pattern and tutorial!!!  I think Julie will love it!!!

Here are the ingredients:
Stamps - SU Nursery Necessities
Ink - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, VersaFine Vintage Sepia.
Paper - Bashful Blue, White, SU Delicate Dots DSP (retired).
Accessories - MFT Die-Namics Star Border, SU Star Punches, Dimensionals, yellow brad, sponge, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, atyou spica glitter pen, SU Pretties Kit, SU 3/8" white teffeta ribbon.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Merry Mittens

These adorable mittens are a Verve Digi Stamp that I downloaded quite a while ago.  When I saw the sketch for Waltzingmouse challenge #24,

the Verve image and this design came to mind.  I just put in an order for 4 Waltzingmouse stamp sets.  If you haven't visited Waltzingmouse, click HERE for a wonderful collection of stamps and related items.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

C4C Autumn Birthday

It has been far too long since I put ink to paper and created something.  Life is nuts!  I have a dear friend with a birthday tomorrow, so I made myself buckle down and make her a card.  For my layout inspiration, I used this week's C4C Challenge, which is a sketch by one of my very favorite artists, Silke Ledlow

I recently got Gina K's Autumn Splendor collection, and these sunflowers were calling me.  I colored the sunflowers image with copics, and went from there. I am pleased with the way it cam out.  Happy Birthday Barbara!

Stamps:  Autumn Splendor~Gina K.; Big Wish~Verve.
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Gina K Pure Luxury~Pure Ivory, Basic Grey~Indian Summer.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black.
Accessories:  Nestabilities, Twill Tape, More Mustard 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers, Kaiser pearls, Sponge dauber.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

You Rock!

The current CRAFTY CATWALK Challenge, which will be open and accepting your designs  until September 30, 2010, encourages you to Style a While and create a beauty using a dark focal point and shimmery products.  I have this wonderful new black sparkle embossing powder from Ranger.  I knew it would be perfect for this challenge, and CPS 185 (below) was the perfect layout for my card.

The guitar is very sparkley, and the Hero Arts nailheads were the perfect shiney embellishment.  Fun, fun, fun!

Here are my indredients:
Stamps: Inkadinkado~Rock Star, Verve~You Rock.
Paper: Basic Black, Black glitter, white, DCWV textured cardstock, Night & Day DSP (SSU retired), Ghostly Greetings DSP (SI retired).
Ink: VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black.
Accessories: Nestabilities, Her Arts self adhesive nailheads, Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder, sanding block, Dimensionals, Spiral Punch (SU retired).

Please stop by CRAFTY CATWALK and give their challanges a little love...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Autumn Blessings

I love the fall... it is hard to say goodbye to summer, but I love the colors, the scents, the traditions - pumpkins, roasted chickens, apples, soup, corn mazes, warm days, cool nights, Halloween, Thanksgiving... I love it all.  Papertrey Ink's Autumn Abundance collection has been calling me.  When I saw the September 2nd OCC Sketch Challenge, I began to put this card together in my head. School started though, and I never got to touch anything in my craft room for a week!  So, here it is, finally, and I love it! Happy Autumn! Thanks for stopping by.

Here are the ingredients for my creation:
Stamps~PapertreyInk's Autumn Abundance.
Paper~Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, White, Creative Imaginations DSP.
Ink~Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Vintage Sepia.
Accessories~Copic Markers, natural jute, Modern Label punch, Nestabilities, Kaiser Pearls, 1 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon.

Crafty Catwalk Cardinal

This week's Crafty Catwalk Challenge is to "use what ya got" in the way of designer paper, take inspiration from Miu Miu's sunglasses and use your designer paper to frame the focal image on your project.  It took me a while to come up with something, but as I was looking through some retired SU Christmas DSP for something red and white, I found the paper I wanted to use and my creation came together.  Here is what I came up with:
The base of the card is Always Artichoke topped with a layer of Riding Hood Red and then Kraft, which is embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty EF.  I used circle Nestabilities to cut our four circular frames from Merry Moments DSP (retired). I stamped the cardinal image from A Cardinal Christmas using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Taylored Expressions  Buttercream Choice Cardstock and colored it with Copics.  I cut the image out with Nestabillities Labels Thirteen, embossed it, and used a sponge dauber with Crumb Cake ink to add color around the edges. I stamped the settiment from A Cardinal Christmas using VersaFine Onyx Black ink on the Buttercream card stock, punched it out with the Modern Label punch and shaded the edges.  I added a piece of Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon toward the bottom, placed the sentiment on top and finished it off with an Antique brad.  Please go on over to the Crafty Catwalk and give their challenges a whirl! They are lots of fun!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beach Note

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply #154 is a color challenge. The colors are Turquoise and Orange, with White OR Ivory as your neutral and as always, adding Black for a little POP is totally OK, but not required.  These colors are great as we transition from summer to fall.  I just love this beach chair and umbrella image from Just Rite's By the Sea Set. I love the simplicity of this card and the whispers of summer that I can hear when I look at the image. I am definitely a summer girl... but I love the fall too. This card is a tribute to my dual seasonal personality!

Here are my ingredients:
Stamps: Just Rite~By the Sea, Verve~Accent Notes.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black.
Paper:  White, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Impressibilities, Nestabilities, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals, Copics, Spellbinders Fancy Tags,  Kaiser pearls, Cuttlebug.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Crafty Catwalk Debut

There is a new challenge blog out there called Crafty Catwalk.  My friend Lucian of Paper Holiday, is one of the DT members, fabulous SU Demonstrator, and the person largely responsible for the my love affair with stamping.  I am excited to participate in this challenge debut which is a color challenge.  Here it is:
I chose to go simple and elegant on this one, and I am very pleased with the way it came out.  Here are the ingredients for my creation:

Paper:  White, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard.
Ink:  VersaFine Vintage Sepia, More Mustard.
Stamps:  Because I Care (SU hostess set).
Accessories:  Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Fancy Tags, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Kaiser Pearls, Sponge Dauber, Pacific Point 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (SU retired).

Congratulations Crafty Catwalk Creators!  Good luck!  I will be checking in often!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tim's Somewhat Classic Rock CD

My friend's son is off to college today, and I wanted to give him a little something special to take with him.  He's a great kid and my family loves him... so I bought a bunch of Milano cookies, which he LOVES.  He also loves "Classic Rock".  I grew up in the time that classic rock was just the music that was happening - it's more "Geezer Rock" now... but I made him a CD song mix and had so much fun doing it.  Turns out that about half of the songs are really "Classic Rock" and the rest are just songs along my life's way that I love like "More Than This" from Roxy Music, some Cure, Hooters, etc.

Anyway, I needed to make this quickly.  I used the tutorial by Cindy Lyles on SCS for the CD Case.  To decorate it, I knew I wanted to use Verve's Relax set because Tim is a beach lover.  I went to the Verve Gallery and CASE'd THIS fabulous card by Tosha Leyendekker.  Thank you Tosha!!  I also used Verve's Happy Days for the circular flourish.

I am so pleased with the way this turned out.  The surfboard and sun images are colored with Copics.  The grey polka dot and plaid papers are from My Mind's Eye, and the sand is made from some paper I had in my stash from Creative memories.  I used a CM paper trimmer that cuts in a pattern of waves and swells to make the sand pieces. The black circle layer beneath the ivory circle with the sentiment on it, is this wonderful sparkle paper i got at my LSS, Scrapper's Cove.  It felt like sand to me, so it went perfectly with this theme. 

I wish Tim every happiness and excitement and success in his new venture as a college student.  Work hard and fly right, my dear.  I hope his parents leave him without too many tears (theirs, not his - ha ha).  I hope he likes the music.  I know he will love the cookies.  Thanks for stopping in.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Holiday's Delight

This card was made in combination of this week's Our Creative Corner challenge, which is is all about Christmas; and Wednesday's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge #291 that I used for my layout.  See below.
At first I had a hard time visualizing what I would do, but when I took out my brand new Greeting Card Kids set from SU, I knew.  The set comes without sentiments.  Since it looks very old fashioned, I pulled out my Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas stamp set, and used a sentiment from there.  These Greeting Card Kids images remind me so much of these little Gurley Holiday Candles that my beloved Aunt Gina used to give to my sisters and I at holiday time.  There were Halloween candles, Thanksgiving candles and Christmas.  We  always put them on our holiday dinner table.  You can get them at the Vermont Country Store.  These SU images are very nostalgic to me.  I love them.

Here are my supplies:
Stamps~SU Holiday Card Kids, Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas.
Ink~Momento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Paper~Nenah Solar White, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red,SU Merry Moment DSP (R), Creative Memories Metallic Gold.
Accessories~SU Alpine 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon (R), gold brads, Polar White Flower Soft, Flower Soft Glue, Gold Stickles, Copics, Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Mat pack & piercing tool.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


This is my take on this week's Crazy For Challenges challenge, which is a sketch:

I just got this wonderful new set from Papertrey Ink called "All Booked Up".  It is wonderful for making so many different kinds of projects for book lovers, and there are matching dies available to make bookmarks, book plates, etc.  I just love it and thought this layout would be perfect for me to give it a whirl!

My materials are:
Stamps~Papertrey Ink's All Booked Up.
Papers~Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, White, Glossy White, BasicGrey Olivia DP.
Ink~VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coarl, Baja Breeze.
Accessories~Scor-It, Papertrey Ink Book Plate Die, Sponge Daubers, Build-a-Brad, black embossing powder, Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch, Nestabilities, Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator, Mat pack & piercing tool, Marth Stewart lace border punch..

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Butterfly Thank You

This card incorporates 2 challenges: Flutterby Wednesday and Color Throwdown.  The Flutterby Wednesday Challenge is it's an open challenge - just be sure to include a butterfly, fairy or angel on your new creation!  Color Throwdown #103 is:

I really love this combination of colors.  When I saw them, I immediately thought of these gorgeous new of papers I just bought from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Store - Webster's Pages Seaside Retreat, Garden Gala & Nature’s Storybook Triple Pack DP.  They are just beautiful and can be used with little embellishment.  I used River Rock as my card base and added a layer of Riding Hood Red.  The next layer is Garden Gala DP.  I used Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon topped with Riding Hook Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon on the right side of the card for embellishment.  I stamped 3 different butterflies from Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Dreams in Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede ink, then cut them out with Papertrey Ink's butterfly die.  I adhered them to the ribbon with Dimensionals and bent them up a little on each side.  I added another strip of the DP to the right of the ribbons that I had cut when I was sizing the main panel.  I added tiny 4 tiny half-pearls to the center of the butterflies and 2 larger half-pearls to the top and bottom of the DP strip.  I stamped the "Thank You" sentiment from Butterfly Dreams on the center butterfly using VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink.  Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

C4C Inspiration Birthday

Isn't this such a fun ensemble???  This is the inspiration for this week's C4C challenge.  I just love it.  I have been on vacation with my family for the last 2 weeks on beautiful Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore.  I loved my beach and family time, but I could not wait to make something upon my return.  So this is what I came up with for this challenge... 

There were a few things I wanted to do:  use some tools and papers that needed some love, keep it simple, and not take forever to make it.  I love the way it turned out!  I used my new Jumbo Scallop and Scalloped Scallop Die-namics dies and  from MFT and Basic Grey's June Bug DP . Those 2 things pretty much made up the background.  I just added the sentiment using Verve's Wonderful Wishes cut and embossed with Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio Two, and added some SU Real Red grosgrain ribbon and a button tied with black jute thread from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Store. Volia!!! And it took a lot less time than usual!!  Mission accomplished.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sweet Simple Fourth

This card is a combination of three things that came together perfectly. I have had this wonderful set from Papertrey Ink for a while - Vintage Picnic. I just love it. Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge this week is to focus on using STARS on our projects in any way we choose. I decided to go with fourth of July stars, and then I pondered my layout. Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #75 brought it all together for me.
I just loved working with the stars, the stamps and the sketch! My card is 5 1/4" square.
Here are my ingredients:
Stamps~Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic, Verve's Starstruck (stamped on the inside with River Rock ink).
Ink~Memento Rich Cocoa, Versafine Black Onyx, Ranger Antique Linen Distress ink, River Rock.
Paper~River Rock, Riding hood Red, Ninah Solar White, Soft Sky, Western Sky DSP (SU retired).
Accessories~Nestabilities, Copic markers, white mini brads, Dimensionals, glue dots, natural twine, buttons, SU Modern Label Punch, Sponge, SU striped 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks for stopping in and happy Fourth of July weekend!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cosmo Bella

I love this stamp - Cosmo Bella from Stamping Bella. I have had it for a while and not inked it up yet. When I ran across this sketch on Bloggabella this week, I knew just what to do.
I stamped my Cosmo Bella with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored her with Copics. I used white for my card base and added a layer of Dusty Durango. The background patterned paper is from s.e.i. The striped panel is the back side of the same paper. I took a chance using Rich Razzelberry ribbon and mat for the square piece. It's a little intense, but I like it. The green patterned paper mounted on the Rich Razzleberry square is from SU's Cottage Wall DSP. I used layers of foam flowers and put them together with a Basic Grey brad. The largest flower was white and I colored it with a Copic marker to match the Dusty Durango panels. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Chillax set. Cheers to you! Thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stamp Simply Thank You

This week, Sharon's Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge #145 is a color challenge. The challenge colors are YELLOW and GRAYwith EITHER White or Ivory as your neutral and adding Black for a little POP if you so desire. I had this short piece of wide yellow striped grosgrain ribbon from SU that I have been wanting to use up. I started with that for my yellow piece, and built the rest of the card around it. I used this fabulous new stamp set I purchased from Waltzing Mouse Stamps called Very Vintage Labels #5. The stamps are designed to be compatible with Nestabilities Labels Five. Claire Brennan is the designer, and her stamps are gorgeous. There are many other sets in Claire's collection that are designed to coordinate with Spellbinders label dies. This set will get lots and lots of use. The possibilities are endless!! The sentiment is from Verve. I received it as a thank you gift with an order. Very elegant. I really love the way this card came out. Thanks for the inspiration Sharon!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fourth Grade Memory Book

Each year, for the last four years, a friend of mine and I have worked with the kids in our children's classes to make memory books for their teachers as an end of year gift. There are two classes and 2 teachers. I have twins, so our family always has both teachers. Emile distributes the card stock to the class through our kids, and she makes photo collages from the year's activities for the book. I make the cover. The kids write, decorate, draw, attach photos - whatever they wish to do to contribute a page to the memory book. We decided that this would be our final year doing this. We are so glad we gave it one more go. One of the teachers was a brand new teacher. She did such a wonderful job with fourth grade. The kids loved her and she did so many great projects. As I read through the kids' memory pages, it was so evident that she really made an impact. The other teacher is a seasoned teacher. This was, however, the first time she received a gift like this from the hearts of the kids, and she loved it.

I forgot to take a picture of it at home, so here is a quick shot of it that I took with a colleague's camera. I CASE'd THIS creation from Theresa Momber using Back to School from Gina K. Designs. I stamped the globe and microscope images and used the masking technique to place the globe behind the microscope. I stamped the books image, cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals. I used Copics for coloring. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Techer's Apple. I really love the way this came out, and I am so glad Emile and I did this one more time. The teachers were both very touched by this gift of the heart. The children were very proud of their memory book. It was a great way to end a very happy fourth grade year!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I had a stroke of genious when I thought to use my Just Rite 2" round stamper and 15 point Times New Roman font stamp set to personalize this graduation card design. I have made many of these and the kids just love them!!! I CASE'd THIS card by Debbie Olson, personalized my cards with the school colors, the school initials and the graduation year. The stamp set is "For the Graduate" from Papertrey Ink. I love how these turned out and I have made many of them for this year's grads.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Your Couch or Mine?

I have been having a lot of difficulty making time to stamp. Life is a little crazy lately, but what else is new? Anyway, I just LOVE this stamp set, "On My Couch" from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the images on watercolor paper and water colored them with Twinkling H2O's. This was my first try with them, and I was really pleased with the result. When I saw Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #71, I knew just what to do with my image.
I turned the sketch on it's side to accommodate my sideways oval focal piece. I used "A Little Argyle", also from Papertrey Ink, to stamp the background right on the Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I made the side piece with Rich Razzleberry 5/8" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Tempting Turquois 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, and Certainly Celery 1/2" grosgrain ribbon along with a paper scrap. Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Success & Dreams

"Tis the season for all kinds of celebrations, and I am trying to be ahead of the game. This is a graduation card for a friend's daughter.. her school colors are green & white. I love this new set from Papertrey Ink called "For the Graduate", and when I saw Jen del Muro's Skipping Stones Designs guest designer sketch for this week, I knew they would go together nicely. I really love this sketch.

There is some detail that you can't really see in the photo, but they really enhanced this card. The cap & tassel are stamped twice in black and cut out. I colored the cut out with a black gel glaze pen to give it some shine & texture. Also, the black circle in the middle of the focal point is cut from black glitter paper that I got at Target a while ago. I also used that paper for the star that is popped up on the greeting band. I am happy with the way it all came together.


Stamps ~ Papertrey Ink's "For the Graduate".
Paper ~ Papertrey Ink White cardstock. Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Yo Yo Yellow, black glitter (unknown source), BasicGrey Origins DP.
Ink ~ Versafine Onyx Black.
Accessories ~ Nestabilities, Papertrey Ink Matstack 1 Die, Dimensionals, Swiss Dots EF, Sakura black glaze gel pen, atyou spica glitter pen, SY star punch.

Thanks for looking...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dip It In Chocolate

I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #70 for this card. I had fun with it! I just love MFT Who's That Girl, and I love to paper piece. I came up with this creation using that combination.
I am trying to use up some old DSP. I chose Berry Bliss because it feels chocolate-y to me. I used some gold metallic paper I had in my Creative Memories paper stash for the box. I was thinking Godiva... I colored the chocolates with Copics and then I put a dot of white Liquid Applique on top of each chocolate and puffed them up with my heat gun to make it look like icing or marshmallow. I then added a dot of red on each puff with a Copic marker to make it look like a cherry. Fun! Thanks for stopping by today. It is a beautiful day here in Central NJ...
Here are the ingredients:
Stamps ~ MFT Who's That Chocoholic and Clearly Sentimental About Chocolate (Link unavailable at time of this posting).
Paper ~ Papertrey Ink White Cardstock, Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa, Berry Bliss DSP.
Ink ~ Memento Rick Cocoa, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Close to Cocoa.
Accessories ~ Purely Pomegranate 3/8" double striped grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals, copper brads, Sponge, Copics, Liquid Applique, heat gun.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Time For Cake!

This is my take on this week's MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketch, MFTWSC040710. I really enjoyed this one. I need a birthday card for my niece, and this is perfect for her.

I paper pieced this wonderful WTG image from MFT's "Lovin From The Oven" set (link to image not available at the time of this posting) with Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry DP, then I colored the skin and the spoon with Copics. I colored the inside of the bowl with copics to give the illusion of "batter" and to give it a little dimension, then I stamped some chocolate chips inside the bowl. I also added some dots to the outside of the bowl with a Copic marker to give it some texture. I used MFT's "Make The Date" for the words "Time" & "For", and "Lovin from the Oven" for the word "Cake".
The full list of ingredients are:
Stamps ~ MFT Lovin From the Oven and Make the Date.
Ink ~ Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black.
Paper ~ Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Neenah Solar White.
Accessories ~ Dimensionals, Nestabilities, Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon, Copics, 1 1/2" Aluminum White Circle Metal Edge Tag, Linen Thread.
Thanks for stopping in...

Easter Wishes

I started this card before I left with my family for vacation to Southern California just before Easter. I planned to use Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #67 for the layout, but I only got as far as the focal point before I left.
Yesterday I finished the card with inspiration from the OCC, as this week's challenge is to incorporate a bow on your card/project. Easter Was a week ago, I know, but I will save this for next year. I love the colors and I love the egg wreath from Verve's Easter Joy set. Here are the ingredients for my card:
Stamps ~ Verve's Easter Joy, SU All Holidays.
Paper ~ Cameo Coral, Elegant Eggplant, Tea Party DSP, Neenah Solar White.
Ink ~ Memento Tuxedo Black, Cameo Coral, Elegant Eggplant.
Accessories ~ Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Pink Pirouette 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, SU Border Punch, Sticky Strip, Hero Arts self adhesive crystals.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Joy

Isn't this little guy adorable?? I am still in need of some Easter cards, so I pulled out my Spring Homespun Cotton Scraps from Crafty Secrets for an idea for a quick card. Earlier this evening, I was perusing the Color Throwdown Blog for some inspiration, and I noticed that the colors in this little chick image went perfectly with Color Throwdown #85. Then I saw Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #66, and voila! My card came together rather quickly. That hardly ever happens with me! Here is Mercy's wonderful sketch...
...and here is Color Throwdown #85.

It all went together very well and now I have another Easter card finished! Here are the supplies that I used:
Paper~Baja Breeze, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, White.
Accessories~Cuttle Bug/EF, SU Scallop Border & Corner punches, Dimensionals, Crafty Secrets Homespun Cotton Scraps-Spring, Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.
Thanks for stopping in today!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

C4C Easter

This week's challenge over at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog is the sketch above. I have to laugh at myself... even though this is supposed to be "CLEAN & SIMPLE", it still took me a long time to get the color combo right and fuss with all of the elements until I was satisfied with it. In the end, I like the way it turned out. The base of the card is Perfect Plum, topped with a layer of Apricot Appeal. The DP is from Papertrey Ink's "Egg Hunt" collection. The image is one that I have had in my stash for a long time by Inkadinkado. I colored it with Copics on Neenah Solar White and matted it on Green Galore, Bashful Blue and Perfect Plum. The sentiment is from SU's "A Good Egg". Thanks for stopping in today!