Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thinking of You

Yesterday was a wonderful and special day as my great nephew was born.  I was busy finishing up cards for his parents and grandparents but I can't reveal them here just yet as they haven't received them.

A dear friend has been going through some challenging times so I made a card to cheer her up.  This card is part of the ISpySketches and Crazy4  challenges. For the Crazy4, we need to use 3 flowers, 3 papers, 3 buttons and 3 pearls.

Card recipe
Papers - Vintage Heartwarming Collection
Paper flowers
Silk ribbon, pearl embellishments and buttons
Stamp - Inkadinkado with Colorbox ink
Cricut Elegant Edges for all paper cuts except pink card base

Here is the sketch from ISSC

Thanks for dropping by and I would love to hear your comments!

I Spy Sketches - ISSC20
Crazy4 Challenge

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Frosty Greetings

So I'm switching gears today from shabby tea to a hot cup of cocoa.  I'm playing along at Merry Monday and I've made another Christmas card - #37 for me, to be exact.

Card recipe
Papers - Fancy Pants Winterland and kraft
Cricut - Joys of the Season (mug) and Speaking of Winter (snowflake)
Crimper used on polka dot paper
Fiskars border punch
Distressed Broken China and Inkadinkado stamp

I've kept this card fairly simple. I used my crimper that's been sitting in the bottom of my drawer to give the allusion of the coffee cup sleeve.

Here's the wonderful sketch from Merry Monday

Thanks for dropping by and I always appreciate hearing from you!

Challenge: Always Playing with Paper - Merry Monday #24 Frosty Greetings

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tea time!

I decided to play along again at The Shabby Tea Room for this week's Shabby Beautiful challenge.  I will also be entering my card in the Mojo Monday challenge.  I've re-read the rules for TSTR as I don't think that my hot air balloon card for last week's Sweet Summer quite followed them as I didn't get any feedback.  I used the colours as an inspiration and not really the image.  Oops!  Oh well, the card turned out well and it's all part of the learning process.

So here is my card:

Card recipe
Papers Heartwarming Vintage Collection and Mind's Eye Lost and Found
Cricut - Everyday Paper dolls for teacups and Elegant cakes for aqua doily
Distressing and stitching on rounded rectangular pieces
Button, seam binding, pearls, flower, green ribbon and lace
Gold Stickles ont teacups

And the photo inspiration with the instructions to use aqua, pink, neutrals and flowers and make it shabby!

And lastly the sketch from Mojo Monday

Thanks for dropping by and I always appreciate hearing from you!

The Shabby Tea Room Week 118 Shabby Beautiful

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Butterfly Girl

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you have wonderful plans to relax today.  I'm able to do as I please as unfortunately all of the members of my family are working today.  I was up bright and early at 4:55 am and so I had plenty of time to enjoy my coffee and make this card.

I had started some of it yesterday by stamping the middle part as I wanted to experiment with watercolouring using distressed ink.  I watched a few videos on Youtube but unfortunately I didn't bookmark them so I can't share the link with you.  It's a very simple technique that simply involves applying distress ink to an acrylic block then either use a waterfillable brush or paintbrush dipped in water.  I did the latter as I hand everything on hand.

Then today my inspiration for the Butterfly Girl was a stamp from Sam Poole at Creative Studios.  She has a wonderful set called Artful ladies and Sam has produced so many amazing cards.  Here's a link to the stamps and from there you can browse her blog.   I made my butterfly girl with the Cricut Expression using the Rock Princess cartridge.  I altered the image using the Gypsy to do away with the microphone and have two symetrical arms.

I then chose some soft papers from the Heatwarming Vintage Collection and Webster's pages.  Finally added a piece of ric rac and then a flower that I had recently made out of ribbon.

Enjoy your day and I would love to hear your comments!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Birthday Hot Air Balloon

It's midweek and the sun is shining after several days of rain!  I'm taking part in the Shabby Tea Room Sweet Summer Challenge and what better way with a hot air balloon ride!  For colours we needed to use Aqua or Teal, pink and brown.  Look closely at the pink doily and you'll find some yummy cupcakes!

Card recipe
Papers - DCWV Sweet Treats and My Mind's Eye Lost & Found
Tim Holtz doily and Cricut Elegant Edges
Inkadinkado stamp
Silk ribbon, seam binding, lace
Brads, gemstones, beads, pearls and feather

This particular card was a labour of love as I started off by box pleating the ribbon to make the flowers.  It's a little bit time consuming but you get such wonderful results.  I used the Tim Holtz doily die and the Cricut Elegant Edges for the frames of the hot air balloon.  I inked the hot air balloon stamp with Walnut Distress and Broken China.  The bow was made with seam binding from my MIL's stash - pretty old stuff but so pretty for this card!  I made the stick pin with a few pearls and beads and thought the feather worked well.  I added a vintage button with a bit of lace trim.   A few aqua gemstones to finish it off.

This card is for a special person who is sure to love and treasure it!

Here is the photo inspiration for this card:

Have a great day and thanks for dropping by!  I would love to hear your comments!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Just A Note...

It's Monday and I get to ease into the work week.  I worked on this card last night and finished it this morning.  For the sketch, I'm playing along with the I Spy Sketches Challenge #18 and the elements are part of the Repeat Impressions Designer Choice Challenge 523 where we need to have a Stamped Image, Embossing, and Diecut or Punch.

Card recipe
Papers - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Market Street, K&Company Que Sera Sera
Stamped Flowers - Inkadinkado Flashy Floral, Just A Note
Tim Holtz butterfly embossing folder and distressed folder for watering can
Tim Holtz distressed ink Victorian Violet and Black Soot
Spellbinders Petite Scallop circle and Circle punch
Cricut Stretch Your Imagination for watering can
Versafine black ink and acid free markers
Gems and pearl embellishments, buttons from stash and embroidery floss

This is the first time that I coloured an image.  I wanted to give it a try before I look into purchasing some Copics.    I can see how much fun it would be so it's time for me to look into tutorials on Copics.  If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment!

Here is the sketch from I Spy Sketches, I made my design on the landscape.

Thanks for dropping by and I would love to hear your feedback on this card!

I Spy Sketches -  ISSC18
Repeat Impressions DCC523

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Adestes Fideles - Classic Christmas song

I'm joining in again on the Jingle Belles challenge and this week we need to incorporate Christmas music.  I've also decided to play along with CardPatterns and use their sketch for my card.

There are so many wonderful songs that it was hard to choose the right one.  I picked Adestes Fideles, one of my all-time favourites, and printed off the music sheet on cream cardstock.  I then cut it with the Tim Holtz doily die.  I used my Cricut and cut the angel from the Christmas cartridge.  This was after doing a Nativity scene that I just didn't like.  Sometimes we have an idea and we visualize it but it doesn't always turn out on paper.  Luckily, like most of you, my papers were all on sale so I'm only wasting pennies.

I then tried to create the rectangle piece from the sketch and as I was looking through my paper stacks, I found the "Peace, Love, Joy" from Simple Stories.  So with the card almost complete, I stumbled upon the perfect background from the DCWV Christmas stack.  I added a few pearls, gem stones and ribbon and voilà my card was complete.  It did take a few hours from start to finish but it was a nice way to spend a few hours on a rainy Sunday.

Here is the sketch that I followed from CardPatterns

Thanks so much for dropping by and I always appreciate your comments!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Be Merry Snowman

Wow! What a productive day!  It's been raining here and my household chores are done so I've had some fun in my craftroom.  Here's the third card for today.  This one for the Merry Monday Warm and Cozy challenge which I haven't played along with in the past few weeks.  I need to count but I think this is Christmas card number 31 for me - woohoo!

Card recipe
Papers Graphic 45 and Anna Collins
Cricut - Winter Frolic for the snowman
Metal tree and star brad
Cuttlebug Snowflake folder
Walnut distress and Versafine black ink

And here is the Sketch from Merry Monday

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you're making progress on your Christmas cards too!

Love is in the Air

Now that it is the month of June, we are heading into the season of weddings and anniversaries.  I made this anniversary card for a family member or dear friend, just haven't decided who will receive it.

Card recipe
Papers - Fancy Pants Bella, DCWV, Recollections for base
Circle - Spellbinders Petite Circle scallops
Punches for corner and tag "love"
Fabric -  flower, blue border with rhinestones and lace

The colours and fabric were chosen as part of this week's challenge Color Me Pretty at the Shabby Tea Room and inspired with this photo

The sketch design is from Mojo Monday with a bit of a twist/my interpretation.

Thanks again for dropping by and I always appreciate your feedback and comments!

Enjoy the weekend!

Shabby Tea Room Color Me Pretty
Mojo Monday #243

A day at the beach

It's still Spring here but I made this card for my SIL who lives in Italy and loves to take her children to the beach.  I made it as part of this week's RAQ Challenge on the Cricut forum and also to submit to My Sheri Crafts Summer Challenge

Card recipe
Papers - DCWV Songbird, Bazzill, clear acetate
Sew Easy for the piercing for the stitching
Cricut A Child's Year, Elegant Edges, Stretch Your Imagination
Embellishments: Brads, buttons, pearl and photo corner
Versafine ink for "Just Saying Hello"

I started the design with a port hole and then just chose the elements from my Cricut cartridges.  It's the first time that I've used the Sew Easy that I bought over a year ago.  It's not the "easiest" tool to use on heavy cardstock but it does add a nice touch!

Enjoy your day and thanks for dropping by!