Monday, July 28, 2014

The Challenge #11 - You Make Life Beautiful!

Did you have a good weekend?  I was mostly a couch potato taking it easy all weekend.  I had some dental work done and my jaw is still a little sore.     I have two posts today - a blog hop with CardMaker Magazine and The Stamps of Life, and this post for The Challenge.   So if you have time I hope you will look around.  There are a few prizes up for grabs - all you need to do is leave a few comments.

Today begins a new 2 week challenge at The Challenge!!  (try saying that three times!).  The Challenge is another wonderful creation by Lesley Croghan and is hosted on her blog  Always Playing with Paper.  Lesley is the creator of Fusion, Dynamic Duos, Seize the Birthday, Seize the Sketch, Card Concept, and Merry Monday.  This time is double the fun because there is a color challenge, and a sketch challenge.  You can use either one that inspires you, or you can incorporate them both together like I did.  I didn't have all the Stampin' Up! Papers / Inks so I improvised with colors that were similar.
The dark orange pattern paper is purchased, the flower print I stamped myself (why thank you very much!)   It was a simple and easy way to sneak in all the colors - the light and dark orange for the flowers, the green on the foliage.

Check out what the rest of the DT made for this challenge.

 Lesley Croghan (Creator)

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see what you make and I hope you will link it up here at The Challenge!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Avery Elle Love Notes
Dies:  Cheery Lynn M4 Circles, Mandy Doily, Paper Smooches flag Tags
Wood Butterfly:  Jillibean Soup
Ribbon:  1/4" White Ric Rac May Arts
Ink:  Impress Fresh Ink Chocolate, Memento Tangelo, Rich Cocoa, Morocco, Bamboo Leaves
Card Stock:  PTI White, Terracotta Tile, SU! Early Espresso
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey "What's Up!" 6x6"
Punch: EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace 

CardMaker & The Stamps of Life Blog Hop

What a great day to stop by!  CardMaker Magazine and The Stamps of Life are having a joint blog hop!  If you are hopping along  you should have reached me from Frances Byrne's blog.  If you'd like to start at the beginning you can get the hop list and details here, at the CardMaker blog
The Stamps of Life has lots of neat stamp sets with coordinating dies from Sizzix.  I used two sets on my project today : Tickets2Stamp and Spinners2Stamp.  I try to be inspired by what I see, and can you guess what I've been doing this summer?  Yes - living in the Midwest means there are lots and lots of festivals and carnivals!!  
I couldn't resist  this easy to stamp spinner.  The set comes with a large circle stamp complete with dividers, little sentiments to stamp in the different sections and even a solid triangle stamp so you can color up each section.   I love the "Open My Present First" sentiment!
I stamped a bunch of little tickets from the Tickets2Stamp set to stick inside my card.    Who wouldn't want a whole roll of these to collect on?  They were really easy to stamp - and again the set included a solid stamp so you can easily add some color onto each ticket. 
Here's a peek at the inside of the card - just one section from what I'm calling the "Birthday Wheel" with the winning sentiment! 

Ready to see some more?  Here's a list of all the designers posting projects today.  The next stop on your hop is Vanessa Buzard.  But before you go - please leave me a comment.  The Stamps of Life will be giving away THREE Stamp Sets ($12.95 value or less) to one winner!  You can get all the details here on the Stamps of Life Website. 

Here's a complete list of all the designers with projects today! 

Hop List
Jeanne Jachna  That's Me!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Hopping and the Best of Luck to You!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps:  The Stamps of Life Tickets2Stamp, Spinners2Stamp
Dies:  The Stamps of Life Tickets2Stamp, Spinners2Stamp, Spellbinder Classic Circles, Classic Scalloped Circles
Card Stock:  October Afternoon Cake Walk Collection 8x8"
Card Stock:  PTI True Black, Vintage cream, White, W+9 Lake House
Sequins, Brad, Pin:Dritz
Border Punch:  EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace
Ribbon:  1/2" Raspberry Ric Rac May Arts
Twinery Twine:  Solid Blossom
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, New Sprout, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, LuLu Lavender

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Poppystamps & Twinery Blog Hop Day 3

Have you been hopping with us?  Poppystamps and The Twinery have joined together for a three day blog hop to show you the best of both worlds.  Today is the third and final day of the hop.   Beautiful dies from Poppystamps, and a colorful rainbow of twine from The Twinery!  Does it get any better than that?    If you are hopping along you should have reached me from  Amy Crockett's blog. If you just joined us and would like to start from the beginning you can find a complete list at The Twinery Blog or the Poppystamps Blog. You can also go back and look at the first two days of the hop and find more beautiful designs.
I used lots of different Poppystamps dies to make this floral arrangement. My flowers are made from solid Twinery Twine. I punched a circle shape, covered it with adhesive and started wrapping the twine in a circle from the center outward. To hide the "not so neat" center of the spiral I embellished the blooms with a pretty button.
Ready to see more beautiful designs from the Poppy and Twinery design team? Your next stop is Rebecca VanDeMark. But before you go please leave me a comment. Poppystamps is picking one random commenter from the hop to win two dies - the new Elsa Butterfly Branch, and the Frozen Flakes dies. The Twinery is also giving a fabulous prize so you will want to check their blog to get all the details!

For your convenience here's a list of all the designers who are participating today. 

Jeanne Jachna That's Me!

Happy Hopping and Good Luck!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size:  4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps:  Poppystamps Thank You So Much
Dies: Poppystamps Classic Ribbons, Thicket Wreath, Delaney Butterfly, Cheviot Butterfly, Berry Sprig
Twinery Twine:  Solid Maraschino, Caribbean, Mandarin, Pink Sorbet
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey  Hey Girl! 6x6"
Buttons, Border Punch Fiskars

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CASE Study #201 - Fabby!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're enjoying a bright summer day.  If not I have just the thing for you!  LOL!!!   A new challenge begins today at CASE Study!  Did you notice that last week was the 200th Challenge?  Wow!  That is a big mile stone isn't it?  And we're still going strong!    We'll let me tell you...  Miss Chupa is planning a wonderful celebration!!!   Yep!  Lots of birthday prizes and some fun challenges too!

But let me tell you what we have this week :)  Our muse this month is Shari Carroll.  She's done so many fun neat things with dies this month and this one is no exception.   I love how you can read the message through the die cut openings.   I really wanted to replicate this card but couldn't seem to find an image or sentiment stamp that was large enough, or bold enough to stand up to the challenge.  Instead I set my sites on the die cut butterflies and the image graphics peeking through the windows.  
Being inspired by summer I couldn't resist some hot colors to go along with the butterfly images.
This new die from Memory Box has a skinny outline of the image which looks perfect here.  It really defines the shapes - so while the butterflies are overlapped you can make out the entire detail of each one.   I added a few extra die cut butterflies to add some dimension.

Check out what the rest of the team did with this one.   And  - we have two guesties this month! Amy Tsuruta and Tenia Nelson!!   Amy and Silke are on Summer break but the rest of the ladies are ready to wow you!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm looking forward to seeing you at CASE Study!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees
Dies:  Memory Box Isabella Butterfly, Floating Butterflies, Poppystamps Classic Ribbons
Pattern Paper:  American Crafts
Card Stock:  PTI Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Pin:  Basic Grey - Sequins

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PSSC Grateful

Hi!  I hope you're having a great day!  It's a really nice day today in the Chicago area.  There is a nice breeze and it's not too hot.  Don't tell Moriko that - she's panting like crazy!  It made my morning walk a bit easier.  I slept later than usual and I though it would be miserable by the time my feet hit the sidewalk.  I didn't sleep so good last night, a storm came through bringing heavy winds and lots of thunder.  

I'm playing along at Paper Smooches Sparks this week.  It's "ANYTHING GOES" and I was happy to color up my new Paper Smooches floral stamp set "Blossoming Buds ".  Something about coloring that is so relaxing!
Once I had the flowers colored up I was a little unsure what I would do next.  Should I fussy cut them?  I decided to die cut them into a circular shape.  I trimmed off the bottom half of the circle with the scalloped cloud die from Borders One.  I stamped the sentiment on colored card stock, cut that with the same circle die and then layered the flower portion on top of the sentiment portion.  Last - for a little something "extra" I added one more layer - a doily. 

I hope you are having a beautiful day!  Get out and enjoy some of that sunshine!  

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps  Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds
Dies:  Paper Smooches Borders One, Spellbinder Standard Circles, Cheery Lynn Lilith Doily
Pattern Paper My Minds Eye "Cut and Paste Flair" Collection 6x6"
Twinery Solid Charcoal Twine
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versafine Onyx Black