Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Entry for the Tuesday Morning Sketches. This was a 15 min card as I was coming in under the wire for submitting an entry. :) I give my DH credit for helping me pick out the ribbon, which was the last embellishment I needed.

Recipe card with 3 designer papers, a flourish (my sentiment), and two embellishments.

Paper - Designer paper by K & Co.
Embellishments - 3D Ribbons from stash, Bling from Michaels, Ribbon from stash
Extras - Cuttlebug embossing folder Ornaments, Stamp by Recollections, Ink by Color Box

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sleigh Full of Toys

I couldn't resist getting the Stampin Up set Sleigh Full of Toys on eBay the other day. I plan to use the reindeer in that set for another project. I found that the penguin (yes, more penguins) and the sleigh were actually quite cute too once I got the set in my hands. I decided the sleigh would be perfect for my card using Get Sketchy's Sketch 15 (with bonus of paper piecing) and again the SPCC #24 Color Combo.

So I made a little fun winter scene for my card. The little penguin is helping Santa fill up his sleigh by tossing presents. His pile is getting quite precarious don't you think? And can you believe all those presents are paper pieced? Yes, I'm crazy...but it was kinda fun. Armed with my trusty little Fiskers cutter makes things much easier!

I hope you enjoy and thanks for coming by to visit!

EDIT: And just so DH is happy, I wanted to let you know that he helped out with my final touches to this card and helped (with yes or no answers) on various things I wanted to try with it. Eventually we both just liked it as this simple little scene. I hope you agree! :) He was the one that wanted the flying package. Hee hee!

Paper - Green, Red, Blue patterned paper (presents) by K & Company, Blue Swiss Dot by Bazzill, Solid Red by DCWV, Solid White by Wausau Papers (free form tearing)
Stamps - Sleigh Full of Toys by Stampin Up
Ink - Color Box (black)
Embossing Powder - A La Mode (black)
Techniques - Get Sketchy #15 Sketch, SPCC #24 Color Combo (blue, green, red), free form tearing to create snow slope, paper piecing presents/sleigh, embossing

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Winter Blast Penguins!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Life has gotten in the way a little bit. We recently celebrated DH's birthday on Monday which involved home cooking and a full house. You can definitely tell we have single guys in our group of friends...they were most excited for the home cooked meal of lasagna. Silly boys! DH on the other hand says he's old cause he's a married man in a group of bachelors, but I think he appreciates coming home to a cooked meal most nights. ;)

I got back into making a few cards now though. I wanted to especially do the challenges up at Card Positioning Systems and SPCC. This card combines both! I went with the printed paper, eventually decided it was time to play with my MFT Winter Blast set and made sure a little red was in the finished product. I think it turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. I hope you agree! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check the links to enter yourself!

Paper - Patterned Paper by K & Co, Swiss Dot Green by Bazzil, Solids from stash
Stamps - My Favorite Things Winter Blast
Ribbon - Snowflake Red from Michaels
Extras - EK Border Punch, Distressing around main patterned paper panel, Dimensionals used on sentiment, Ink by Color Box, Embossing Powder by A La Mode, Sketch from CPS Challenge 142, Color Combo from SPCC #24 (Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Real Red)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Card Kit Swap Craftiness

So three friends and myself decided to add a little more fun to our crafty lives by starting this little card kit swap. One person makes a little kit of stuff that can be used for a card (or two) and we all see what we come up with by posting our creations to our blogs around the same time. A little blog hop of friends if you will. :)

So our first card kit was designed by Belinda with some yummy Cosmo Cricket paper, square brads in yellow and green, some navy blue ribbon, and a star die cut. Here's my creation:

I am afraid that I couldn't get the star or the ribbon to fit in my design once I came up with something close to this. Maybe I'll make another card with the scraps yet for those. I did like the patterned flower paper and decided to cut out three of them...adds a little dimension. And I cut that scalloped edge twice, once from the patterned paper and once after I strengthened it with some cardstock behind it. I'm crazy! But it's the first scalloped edge I've really done and I think it turned out cute. Finally, the sentiment is American Crafts Purkey letter rub-ons.

Now, be sure to visit the other girls in our little hop (links below and on the sidebar)! I'm excited to see what they create too! And next month it's my kit's turn!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Look

Decided to play around with my blog's template today. I wanted the ability to add in a few more badges and needed another column to my blog template design.

You'll see a new one from WaltzingMouse Stamps. I highly recommend them! Also, MFT Stamps. I'm addicted to their Who's That Girl? line. They have some new ones that just came out this past week that are very cute too.

Hope you like the new design!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wonderful Crafty Day!

Ah! This day is awesome!

I first started the day by finishing up my MFT Guest Designer challenge entry, which you can see here. I love how it turned out and I think that my friend will really enjoy it. It was my biggest project yet besides putting together entire scrapbooks. All of the entries for the designer spot are awesome. Who knew you could do so much with white as the main color?

Then, I found out from Sheetload of Cards that I was the runner up in their monthly challenge! WHOO HOO! I entered this card into the challenge. It was the first one that I did the purple on. (I'm noticing a trend....but don't worry, I ran out of that ribbon!)

THEN, I just noticed I made the Top 5 at SPCC for challenge #21! YAY! For this one I did the wine packaging and I think it's the post with the most comments. Thank you for all the love! My DH said that he thought it was a winner when I finished that project. :)

So that's all the crafty goodness for today. I did just get back from a continuous 20 min run. I'm so proud that I can do that. I am literally running the couch to 5k running plan...I've NEVER run before. It feels good to work out! DH and I will be doing our first 5k when we go home to Iowa for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to it!

What a great day! And yesterday was good too with new stamps arriving from Eclectic Paperie (highly recommend) and a win on Tuesday Morning Sketches for DH's Halloween treatbox!

On cloud nine.....

MFT Guest Designer Challenge - White!

The ladies at My Favorite Things Stamps are looking for lots of white in their monthly guest designer challenge this month. When I think of white, I think of weddings (being a newlywed since July). I have seen a few projects using MFT's Going to the Chapel stamp set and I had to have one of my own. When I found one, I also found the Behind the Scenes set and decided for this project I would pair up the flower background stamp with a little wedding fun.

If you look closely, there's embossing ALL over the place on this project! It took awhile to do but I think the result is very nice. I hope you agree. :) I embossed the flower background stamp on white cut for the panels of my little circle box (from Michaels). Recycled ribbon from a wedding gift (Bed Bath & Beyond wraps things very beautifully) serves to cover the edges of this box and gave me the inspiration for the accent color for this set.

I then thought that a paper bow was in order. I found this great tutorial by Nathalia Castellon yesterday during some blog hopping and wanted to so try it out. I modified my purple paper with even more white embossing with the flower background stamp. I tried a bow with slightly thinner paper loops, but this resulted in more layers.  Such a simple way to create something personal!

Finally, a gift set is not complete without a little card. Now I finally used the Going to the Chapel stamp set by MFT to put the cute little bride and my favorite sentiment on a little 3x3 card.

I plan to give this set to a good friend for her bridal shower coming up soon. Thanks to the MFT ladies for inspiring me to go outside of my comfort zone and use white (and being ahead in being ready for the shower!). I hope you enjoy my entry!

Paper - Solid White by Paper Reflections, Solid Purple by Bazzil
Stamps - My Favorite Things (Going to the Chapel and Behind the Scenes)
Extras - Box from Michaels, Ribbon trim (recycled), Bow Tutorial by Nathalia Castellon, Embossing Powder by A La Mode, Brillance White Ink, Color Box Black Ink