Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CTD289 - Fuchsias

I'm So glad you stopped by today! I know I'm late but I hope you had a great Easter! With my dental work it totally slipped my mind that it was THIS Sunday. Lots of running around and special thanks to my chauffeur for driving me to the store. We survived the holiday - no family disputes. Holidays make me feel so dysfunctional.  I did make a pistachio cheesecake with a ganache layer on the top. Everyone in the family helped out - cracking eggs, measuring ingredients. I was certain it would be messed up - it's hard to keep track of who's doing what.. but it turned out perfectly. It might even have tasted better because I know all the love that went into it behind the scenes. 

I'm so lucky to be the guest designer this month at Color Throwdown.   I won't lie.. I still have a hard time with color challenges.  The first thing I do is pull a sheet of card stock in each of the colors so I can think on them.  I was certain I was going to use the inspiration photo and make something with a butterfly, but I got to thinking about this fuchsia stamp I bought but never used.  Next was picking out some patterned paper (you know I can't live without it LOL!)  Do you know how hard it is to find paper with any shade of purple in it?
I colored the fuchsia in Copic markers and then fussy cut them.  I layered some different pattern papers and then slipped in a little "get well" sentiment stamped in purple.  A sprinkle of sequins for a little bling factor and to pick up on the purple a little more.

Are you smitten with this color combination?  Maybe you should give it a try!  Need a little more inspiration?  I know the Color Throwdown DT will blow you away!  

Have a great day and I hope I see you at The Color Throwdown Challenge!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps:  Fuchsia Stampendous!, Get Well Serendipity Stamps
Pattern Paper:  Bo Bunny Ces't La Vie 6x6
Card Stock:  SU! Perfect Plum, PTI Vintage Cream, White
Dies:  Spellbinder Nested Pennants
Border Punch:  EK Success Dotted Scallop
Ink: Versafine Imperial Purple, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Lace:  Prima (THANKS BECCA!)
Sequins:  Neat & Tangled

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blessings!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!  It's my  turn to post today at the Poppystamps Blog.  I made a stained glass window card in bright pink wishing you Easter Blessings!.  Here's a sneak peek. 
If you want to see more just click here. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Card Concept #8 - Umbrella Weather

Happy Friday!  Do you have all your plans in place?  I faced the crowds and got my groceries for Easter Dinner.  I'm Polish so we'll be having traditional ham - of course there needs to be rye bread with caraway seeds, horseradish, and some pierogies too.   I'm thinking maybe cheesecake for dessert, but that's still up in the air.  I might cheat and send some one to Bakers Square for pies.   

I'm playing along at The Card Concept challenge today.  How cool is this inspiration photo?  I wanted to copy it exactly as is, but couldn't find too many umbrella dies in my stash.     I love the cool mix of patterns and colors on each panel - they just look so cheerful against that cloudy background.  I made my background by cutting a scalloped border on some white card stock.  Then I layered it on my card base and using a dauber I inked up the edges with distress ink. You just keep moving the template and inking for each stripe of clouds.   I die cut and stamped the umbrellas in a rainbow of colors and attached them with adhesive foam tape.
 I hope the weather is holding up for you and that the sun is shining wherever you are.  Maybe you got out of work a little early today?  Well Enjoy!!!  I hope you have a great day!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  WPlus9 Pretty Patches Umbrella
Dies:  WPlus9 Pretty Patches Umbrella
Ink:  Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Memento Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Tangelo, Morocco, Grape Jelly, Lulu Lavender, Dandelion, Danube Blue, Summer Sky, Love Letter, Cantaloupe

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Color Throwdown #288 - Happy Birthday

Hi and thanks for stopping by!   I survived my dental work yesterday and am glad to be back among the living.  I spent yesterday popping pain pills and snoozing.  It's my sorry excuse for not having this post up sooner.  I'm the guestie this month at Color Throwdown and am so happy to be playing along.  The colors this week are Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, and Basic Gray.  If you don't have those Stampin Up! colors you can use similar colors.  

I hope you will give the Color Throwdown  challenge a try!   I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this color scheme.   If you need a little more inspiration check out the beautiful projects their regular design team came up with. They're amazing!  You can get all the details and link up your project here at Color Throwdown!  Have a beautiful day!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  PTI Sweet Life, Stylish Sentiments
Border Punch:  EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace
Card Stock:  SU! Basic Grey, Melon Mambo, Vintage Cream
Pattern Paper:  Simple Stories Vintage Bliss
Dies:  PTI Sweet Life, Paper Smooches Flag Tags
Ink:  SU!  Basic Grey, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Pretty IN Pink, Strawberry Slush
Sequins, Button
Twinery Pink Sorbet Twine

CSC#187 Birthday Celebration!

Happy Thursday!  I love saying that because it reminds me how close we are to the weekend.  My favorite days of the week!  We put work and school to the side and focus on family.  Everyone is running around too much lately.  Thursday also means a new challenge is beginning at CASE Study!  Our muse this month is  Jaclyn Miller of Designs by JAX.   
Check out this neat design we get to CASE this time.  I saw all the shiny, sparkly sequins in the vellum bag topped with die cuts and it was love at first sight.  Did I ever tell you I'm just a sucker for a shaker card?    That was my first thought when I saw this, but then I got to thinking about the envelope and putting a die cut on top of it and wound up filling a cellophane bag with some little sparklers of my own.  Don't they just scream PARTY!!!  So that is how this turned into a birthday card.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Now it's your turn!   Need a little more inspiration?  Check out how the design team put their own spin on this one.  Just click on their names to jump to their blog.  Our special guestie this month is  Catherine Pooler from Basics and Beyond blog.


Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  W+9 More Fresh Cuts
Dies:  W+9 Seasonal Sentiments "JOY", Paper Smooches Flag Tags, Cheery Lynn Priscilla
Pattern Paper:  American Crafts 
Card Stock:  PTI White, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores
Kraft Bag:  Celebrate It!
Border Punch:  EK Success Double Embossed Dotted  Lace
Cellophane Bag:  Darice (Joann)
Sequins:  Neat & Tangled, Stars Darice (Joann)
1/4" Glitter Ribbon
Mini Clothes Pin
Red Fine Glitter