Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Joseph!

Tomorrow is my husband's birthday.  It's a BIG one.  He's a low-key kind of guy in terms of being in the spotlight, so I did not add bells, whistles or numbers on this card!  I just got this wonderful Friendly Flags set from Hero Arts, and when I saw the CAS-ual Friday sketch challenge this week, I knew that I would put the two together along with Dictionary Greeting.  I think it is crisp and fun - perfect for this occasion!

Supplies used:
Paper~PTI white, SU Black, Neenah Solar White.
Stamps~Hero Arts Friendly Flags & Dictionary Greeting, PTI Think Big Favorites #12.
Ink~Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black.
Accessories~Copics, Nestabilities, Dimensionals, The Twinery black twine.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tuesday Trigger Birthday Blossoms

I saw this photo on the Moxie Fab World blog earlier this week, and had a project in mind. Then I saw THIS beautiful interpretation on Vicky Hayes' blog today and I just had to put this together.  I immediately thought of some sets in my PTI stash that would work beautifully, and some of the retired SU inks were perfect for what I had in mind.  I really love the way it came out.  Thank you Cath (host of Moxie Fab World) for this beautiful inspiration photo, and thank you Vicky for sharing your gorgeous interpretation that inspired me to make this.

Supplies used:
Stamps ~ PTI Stitches & Swirls, Enjoy the Ride and Beautiful Blooms II.
Ink  ~ PTI Vintage Cream, VersaMark, SU Crumb Cake, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, and Certainly Celery.
Paper ~ Taylored Expressions Buttercream, SU Crumb Cake, Textured Cream.
Accessories ~ PTI Spring Mix Vintage button, twine, SU Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, PTI dies, White embossing powder, adhesive pearls, Dimensionals, glue dot, Scor Tape.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

You color My world

I am excited about this card for 2 reasons:  #1- I completed the LIM challenge on day 1 (click HERE for details on this week's sketch LIM challenge).  #2 - I have been so taken with and inspired by Susan Raihala's work since I happened upon her blog a year or so ago. I feel that my inner Susan came out in this creation.  With that said, this is also a submission for One-Layer Wednesday 76: Color in Winter:  Make a one-layer card that uses white, gray, with a pop of one bright color of your choice. (If you must, you may use black for the sentiment.) 

I masked the area with the stamped geometric design per the LIM sketch and scored it on the sides.  I clipped the metal "legs" off of the rhinestone brad so that I could attach the brad with a glue dot to keep the metal pieces from coming through to the inside of the card.

Materials used:
Stamps~PTI Rosie Posie and Happy Trails
Paper~PTI White Paper Basics
Ink~Memento London Fog, SU Basic Gray
Accessories~Scor Pal, SU Rhinestone brads

Thank you for visiting my blog. I am so grateful for your feedback.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Love You

I have 20 minutes to get this one in under the wire.  I had this idea all week but just could not get to it.  This week's LIM challenge was a theme challenge and Chrissie and Mandi chose 
"Cut it Out"
For this they would like to see some kind of hole or aperture in our card!
I cut a heart from the front of my card with a new heart die from Memory Box.  I then took a piece of vellum and stamped the Damask Heart - also from Memory Box. I used vellum splits from Creative Memories to attach the vellum panel on the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from PTI's Botanical Silhouettes and is stamped in Real Red.  It needed some zing, so I used a hat pin from an SU Pretties Kit I got years ago. 
I now have a Valentine card for my husband. Thanks for the inspiration once again Mandi and Chrissie!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Loving Ewes

I am so thrilled to have been invited to be a guest designer over at the A La Card Monkey Challenge Blog for this week's challenge#92.  I was so excited when I got the invitation.  This is the first time I have had the honor of being a guest designer anywhere.  I have to say I was a little nervous, but when I saw the sketch, I immediately knew the image I would use and a creation came to mind. This is a little more layer-y than most of my recent work, but I am happy with the way it came out.  Here is the sketch:

Monkey Challenge #92 is Anything Goes + Sketch. As the challenge says, anything goes! You pick whatever theme you like. Dress is up as you wish!
Please go visit A La Card Monkey and give the challenge a whirl.

Stamps - Unity Stamp Company Love Ewe, Verve Love Monkey.
Paper - PTI Kraft Cardstock, Neenah Solar White, SU Brocade Blue, BasicGrey Sugar Rush.
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Pure Poppy.
Accessories - Copics, PTI Vintage Buttons, Dimensionals, Corner Chomper, Nestabilities.

Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grateful For You

I was visiting my friend Jenny's blog earlier tonight, and she inspired me to give the Runway Inspired Challenge a whirl.  This is my first attempt at this challenge, and I had fun with it. I am screeching in at the last minute. I had fun looking at all of the interpretations of this challenge. I will surely keep my eye on this one and play again in the future!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Molly

As I was perusing blogs yesterday looking for inspiration for a birthday card for my niece, I happened upon  A La Card Monkey - a weekly challenge blog that I had not seen before, and that I really liked  The sketch images on this blog are very clever.  They look more like a card than a raw sketch, and all have an image of an animal on them. I love that.  Here's this week's sketch:

Is that adorable, or what?????  This week's challenge - Break out the new stuff for Monkey Challenge #90: New to You is to use the sketch AND something new from your stash - either something you got recently, or something that you have had, but not used before.

The card that I made is for my niece, Molly, who turned 17 on Monday.  She is a driver now (yikes!) and now, so I wanted to use a car theme. The new things I used were from PTI's Enjoy the Ride.  Though I have used the VW car outline from the set before, I have not used the solid VW, the licence plate sentiment, or the happy birthday sentiment.  I am pleased with this creation for my special girl.
If you haven't, check out the A La Card Monkey challenge blog.  There is some beautiful work there from the DT and the participants.  I know I will go there frequently. 
I appreciate your taking the time to stop in today.  Have a lovely one!

Friday, January 6, 2012


The final LIM challenge for 2011 is

Mandi and Chrissie made this challenge a two weeker, thank goodness! I am just squeezing in at the eleventh hour, but I am so glad I got to play. The holidays were a blur, and back to work has been so busy. I wish I would win that lottery already!

My word is PEACE.  Tree Silhouette from Memory Box is such a peaceful image - I can almost hear the quiet of falling snow.  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession's Peace on Earth.  I stamped the silhouette image in black, then stamped it again with VersaMark and embossed it with SU Iridescent Ice emboss powder to give it sparkle.  It's hard to see that in the picture, but I love the way it looks. 

Wishing you many peaceful moments in 2012.  Thank you for visiting my blog, and for the lovely comments you share.