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 

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