Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SSCB#30 Shades of Gray

Hi and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a great day!  It's the "half way" point of the challenge at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.  Our challenges run for four weeks and the design team posts on the first and third Wednesday of the month.    The challenge this time is "Shades of Gray".  Your asked to use a monochromatic color scheme -  black, white and every shade of gray in between or another color if you like.   For a unified look the DT  made cards featuring a love them.  You know I'm living in bright and bold color so I decided to go with a Shades of Pink for my project today. 
Need a little more inspiration?  See what the rest of the design team made today!  Just click on their names to jump to their blog.

I hope you join us at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.  You have 2 more weeks to play.  Want to go shopping?  The sale this time is Buy 3 items get the 4th Item Free - now through April 23.  

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Serendipity Stamps And They Lived, English Rose 
Pattern Paper:  Pink Paislee Secret Crush 6x6"
Card Stock:  PTI Rasperry Fizz, Vintage Cream
Dies:  Spellbinder Labels 23
Ribbon:  PTI 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain, Twinery Pink Sorbet Twine, 1" White Lace May Arts 
Paper Rose:
Wedding Rings:  Dress It Up! (Hobby Lobby)
Ink:  Memento Luxe Rose Bud

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PSS - Celebrate Butterfly Banners

Hi!  I hope you're doing well.  I had a great weekend and got lots done preparing the yard for spending more time outside.   The weather was beautiful  - sunny sky - and we were all in short sleeves and flip flops!  We vacuumed and washed the car,  all the outdoor furniture, stained the deck and even washed the dog!  What a surprise to wake up on Tuesday morning and see the ground blanketed with snow.  My first thought was "you've got to be kidding me!"  Mother Nature is sure a trickster isn't she?  I was totally fooled!

I'm playing along with the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge today. This time it's an inspiration photo.  I saw all the colorful banners and ribbons and thought some butterflies were in order.  I made the background by creating a wavy mask of clouds and inking up the edges with distress ink. The butterflies are colored in Copic markers and adhered with adhesive foam tape.   It's fun to see all the different takes on this photo and all the different stamp sets that were used in different ways.  What a creative bunch of people playing here!
Thanks for stopping by!  More dental work tomorrow so wish me luck!  Oh yes.. and THINK SPRING!! LOL!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Flap Happy
Dies:  Paper Smooches Butterflies One, Birthday Word Dies
Card Stock:  PTI White, SU! Tempting Turquoise
Twinery Twine Caribbean
Ink:  Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Mini Clothes Pins (Joann)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fusion #8 Hello!!

Hi friends!  I have some wonderful news to report!  I'm joining the Fusion Card Challenge Design Team!  I really love playing there and I'm delighted to have my projects featured along side all the wonderful designers featured there.  Have you played at Fusion yet?   Just as the name implies - it's the process of joining two separate things into one design.  The challenge provides you with two types of inspiration - a photo and a sketch.  You can work with whichever you prefer, or you can fuse the two together.

I'm inspired by what I see.  I took the swag of flowers on the back of the chair in the photo and made my own layered on to an oval doily.  I layered it all on a purple embossed background inspired by the tablecloths in the photo.   I added some lace trim, pearls and gems to give it the more formal look of the setting in the photo.   I thought the Hello sentiment would be a fun way to introduce myself! 

Need a little more inspiration?  Check out what the design team made for you today.  Just click on their names to jump to their blog. 
Betty J
Cathy Weber
Dannielle Robeson
Julia Aston
Katie Brooks
Kelly Griglione
Kimberly Wiener
Lyndal Higgins
Lynn Mangan
Michelle Williams
Michelle Lupton

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great day! 

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Avery Elle Laurels
Card Stock:  SU!  Wisteria Wonder, PTI Vintage Cream
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Acanthus by Anna Griffin 
Dies:  Avery Elle Laurels, Marianne CR1204 Oval Doily
Ink:  Memento Angel Pink, Rosebud, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Hero Arts Passion Flower, Versafine Onyx Black
Border Punch Fiskars Scallop
Ribbon:  May Arts 1" White Lace, Ivory Trim
Pearls & Gems

CASE#186 Happy Easter!

Happy Thursday!  I hope you're having a great day.  I stayed out late last night.  My son had a Track meet and wow can that kid run!  He's a senior in high school this year so we're trying our best to go to every single meet no matter how near (or far) from home.   His relay team placed first in the 4 x 400, he got 2'nd in the 800 M and his relay team in the 4 x 800 got 3rd.  So a good night.  When I got home it was dark already but I still got to take the dog for a walk.     I'm out of shape.  All the snow this winter kept me indoors for the most part, now I'm trying to make up for it.  Binkie is totally happy with that - she loves sniffing around the neighborhood looking for rabbits!

Thursday always means a new challenge at CASE Study.  Our muse this month is  Jaclyn Miller of Designs by JAX.  Check out the inspiration photo for this week.  You know the drill... study the photo, focus on what inspires you , and then make it all your own.   So what do you see?  Bright colors, repeating patterns, stars, hearts, the sentiment on the angle?  Since I'm nuts about dies I zoomed right in on all those layers of die cuts.  But how to make it all mine!    I made a base of a quilted pattern and topped it with eggs and bunnies.  I stuck my sentiment smack dab in the center and went with a pastel color palate.   

One little tip I can pass along if you want to play with your dies?  Start with the center panel with the stamped sentiment.  Make sure that is nice and straight and then line your die cuts right up to that. Everything will fit perfectly together that way like a puzzle.  I tried starting with the quilt die cuts and got some seriously crooked lines!

Need a little more inspiration?  Check out what the design team came up with for this one.  We have a special guestie this month too!! Catherine Pooler from Basics and Beyond blog.

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamp:  Serendipity Happy Easter! 325E
Dies:  WPlus9 Quilt Cuts 2, Poppystamps Bunny Buddies, Spellbinder Nested Eggs
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Card Stock SU! Baked Brown Sugar, Pink Pirouette, PTI Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, White

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Throwdown #287 - Easter Greetings!

Happy Wednesday!   We're getting closer to the weekend!  I don't know about you but I'm absolutely ready for that!!    I'm so lucky to be the guest designer this month at Color Throwdown!   Have you played there yet?  There is a new challenge every week.  You can make a project with any theme - just stick with the colors provided.  You can substitute the Stampin' Up! colors for similar colors and add in any neutrals you like.   I'm glad they have an inspiration photo along side  the color palate to give me a little extra inspiration.  I'm more of a visual crafter and I like to try to mimic the things I see in the photos.  So when I saw this fluted cake stand holding a nest I knew I was going to recreate it.  I stamped some eggs in the palate colors, and fashioned a little nest of my own.  I just made an oval shape, embossed it to add some texture and cut a line through it  to form a pocket to hold the eggs.  The cake stand reminded me of a doily, and I used a neutral brown background  to pick up the wood table the stand is sitting on in the photo.   How's that for a peek into my mind?

Need a little more inspiration?  The design team has lots of beautiful projects made sure to inspire in all different styles from CAS to Fussy!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make. You can link it up here at Color Throwdown. Have a great day!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 6.25 x 4.5"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Nestie Eggs
Dies:  Cheery French Pastry, Spellbinder Nested Eggs, Nested Pennants, Poppystamps Serene Bird
Pattern Paper:  Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection "Birds of A Feather" , "Fauna" 12 x 12"
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Cane back Chair
Ribbon:  5/8" Mint Grosgrain, Ivory Button Twine May Arts
Button, Pearl
Card Stock:  PTI Kraft, White, Aqua Mist
Ink:  PTI Lemon Tart, W+9 Lake House, Avery Elle Mint TO Be, Versafine Onyx Black
Wood Flower:  Little Yellow Bicycle