Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SPDSS40 - You're A Hoot!

Happy Wednesday!  You know what that means right?  It's time for a new Sugar Sketch from Sugar Pea Designs!!    I hope you're playing along because there is one AWESOME prize for one lucky winner!!  A $75 Gift Certificate for Sugar Pea Designs so you can get all those new stamps you've been wanting!    We have a new sketch every Wednesday.  You can play along with one of the sketches or all the sketches.  The prize is drawn monthly so the more sketches you play along with the more times you are entered to win.   I love playing a sketch challenge - it takes all the guess work out of "what should I make today"?!!  You just follow the sketch using your favorite stamps! I like to make cards that are seasonal - that way I have everybody covered for all the different holidays. 

I'm using the cute little owl from  Classroom Cupids.  This set has lots of solid stamp images perfect for all your Valentine projects, and as the name implies, these would be great for treats for school.   I cut the owl with the Zig Zag Stitched Circles die set.  I love the detail the stitches add to the circle die cut! 
The Stitched Flags die set are is perfect for cutting sentiments - since the three flags are all open "window" cut designs.  They're also great for accents like the flags on my design.  The bitty heart on the middle flag is one of the cut outs from the Heart Border die. 
The striped border along the top of the sentiment is the Air Mail Border.  The set contains two different borders - a positive and negative striped line. 
Ok .. now it's your turn! Need a little more inspiration? Check out more projects from the design team. Just click on their names below!

You can link up your design and get all the details here at The Sugar Pea Design Blog!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps: Sugar Pea Designs Classroom Cupids
Dies: Sugar Pea Designs Zig Zag Stitches, Stitched Flags, Heart Border, Air Mail Set, Spellbinder Scallop Circles
Pattern Paper: Martha Stewart
Misc.: Washi, Heart Gem

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Card Concept - Sweetie Pie

SO how have you been?  I know.. I'm slacking right? Not really - I just got everyone's taxes done - that's 3 if you're counting!   While everyone is watching the Super Bowl I'm playing with Turbo Tax.  Why do they ask you for numbers from the year before when you used the same software the year before??  I guess they want to make sure I'm still paying attention!  LOL!  Glad it's done!  Just need to get everyone to look them over and sign! 

Now for a little R&R for me!   Swoon!  Look at this eye candy from The Card Concept!  There is only 5 days left to play so you better get a move on!  Wow!  What's not to love here?  I want to just eat it up!    

I was going for a vintage feminine look so I used pretty floral papers from Anna Griffin, and one of my favorite Waltzingmouse Stamp sets called Sweethearts!    Of course .. had to add a bit of lace - that pretty doily.  I cut it in half so it didn't take over.  I love how it peeks through the open heart frame I created with a the Stitched heart layers die set from Memory Box.

The "Sweetie Pie" sentiment always makes me think of my mom.  That's what my son used to call her when he was little.   It would always make her smile!
I have to have my bling!!  A gold heart and a few heart gems are enough to satisfy! 
I hope you're playing!  You can link up and get all the details here at The Card Concept!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps;  Waltzingmouse Sweet Hearts
Pattern Paper:  Anna Griffin
Dies:  Memory Box Stitched Heart Layers, MFT Fishtail Flags, Doily Cheery Lynn

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Birds

Baby it's cold outside! But no need for the winter blues ! Just bundle up and get outside! Lots of migratory birds are returning to my area so every day seems to bring something new. Yes I'm anxious to see buds of growth on branches, but there is beauty in every season if you look for it. I've got a quick clean and simple card for you today featuring two little ducks making the most of the weather.. bundled up together! This die cut is called "Dixie Chicks". It's inked up on card stock paper, fussy cut and ready to work with.

To beat the winter blues I like to pull out colorful paper to work with. Life is good when you have lots of colorful crafty products to work with. This rainbow scallop stripe paper is from the Merry & Bright Collection. It's called "Eggnog". It's from the Christmas collection but I'll be using it all year long. It's candy for my eyes!
Pretty Little Studio has lots of clear patterned sheets to choose from too. It's a little more expensive than the pattern paper sheets, but it goes a long way when you embellish with it - adding strips as accents, or die cutting shapes from it. I chose the music print to go with the birds - like they're singing!

For a little more bling I added a sprinkle of sequins to look like snow falling.

Aren't they a happy couple? Have a great day!

Finished Size: 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Supplies:
Pattern Paper & Transparency: Merry & Bright
Die Cut: Dixie Chicks
Stamp: WPlus9 Winter Wishes
Die: MFT Fishtail Flags

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fusion Card Challenge - Paper Hearts

Are you ready for a challenge?  Here's the latest inspiration photo from Fusion Card Challenge.  I am more inspired by photos than anything else.  When I saw this photo I thought it was fresh and how shall I say?  "interesting"?   I mean green, orange and purple hearts?  For Valentines?!!!   Don't get me wrong .. I loved the watercolor / stained glass look of the hearts in the photo, but I wasn't crazy about the colors and wan't sure if I'd be able to pull it off.  No worries.. if you're just not feeling it then go with the sketch this time.  I'm always trying (key word "trying") to be clever and incorporate the photo and the sketch together.  This one took me a little trial and error, but in the end I really love the way it turned out. 
I originally envisioned a background of green orange and purple watercolor with white heart die cuts set on top.  When I finished my watercolor panel it just wasn't much to look at.    What to do next? 
Well instead of throwing out my watercolor panel I die cut hearts from it.  I tried to keep each heart primarily one color  - green, orange or purple to help define each one.  I layered them like the sketch on a neutral base of  pattern paper.   
The scatter of enamel dots, "love" die cut,  and sprinkle of gold foil hearts tie it together and move your eye around the hearts.  It amazes me how something that seemed so crazy at first looks so fresh and fun now.   Another good lesson.. take chances! 
Ready to see what the rest of the team made for this challenge?   Just click on their names below to jump to their blog.

We'd love to see you playing along - you can link up your design and get all the details here at Fusion Card Challenge!  Hugs and have a great day !

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Dies:  Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Heart Layers, All About the Love, Stitched Country Borders, Poppystamps Shimmering Heart Border
Pattern Paper  Basic Grey B Side 12"
Peerless Watercolors
Enamel Dots 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SPDSS39 You're The Bomb!

How are you doing? I've been doing lots of organizing this week.  I feel like I have papers everywhere...  I want to start an address spread sheet - and oh the receipts from Christmas - what needs to be saved, and what is ok to toss.  Lots of tax documents to collect too.   One thing at a time right?  I still have to have some time to play - and happy to remind you that it's Wednesday, so it's time for a new Sugar Sketch at Sugar Pea Design's Blog!  We have a new sketch every Wednesday, and award a nice prize ($75) once a month.  You don't have to play all the sketches to enter.  Just one sketch a month and you're in!  The winner is chosen at random so the more sketches you play the better chance you have to win. 
I'm still having fun making Valentine's Cards and Sugar Pea Designs has lots of love themed sets.  In fact almost every set has a sentiment that you could use for your sweetie.   I'm playing with the Classroom Cupids set today! 
I love a sketch challenge.  For me it takes all the guess work out of what to make.  I wanted to use a pattern paper that I could stamp a sentiment on so I put the lightest / solid pattern where the sentiment would go.  Graph paper is always a great choice because it's easy to keep your sentiments straight - just stamp on the lines! 

For accents I added a little washi tape, and some wood veneer hearts.  The kraft / neutral color made this a snap to color coordinate!
Want to see what the rest of the team made?  Just click on their names below!  We have a new teamie too!  
You can link up your projects and get all the details here at the Sugar Pea Designs Blog!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Sugar Pea Designs Classroom Cupids
Pattern Paper:  Doodlebug Sweethearts
Dies:  Prety Pink Posh Stitched Borders
Washi:  MT
Wood Veneer Hearts Ruby Rock It!, Heart Gem