Monday, March 29, 2010
The Saturday Spotlight blog has a challenge going on to create something with coffee in mind. They even provided this picture as inspiration.I just got a coffee-themed set from Paper Makeup Stamps called Caffeine Trip, so I thought I'd play. Crazy 4 Challenges has a nice sketch challenge this week (love them!), so I thought I'd use that as well.So I combined the two challenges and came up with this.I wanted to use the blue and brown from the inspiration picture, so I went with Basic Grey's Marrakech dp. I pulled the colors out of the print to color the coffee cup. The steam is popped up for more dimension. The sentiment is from the same set.
Pretty simple card, but I'm very happy with it (probably because it was so simple to make)! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
We were invited to our friends' house for dinner a few weeks ago and I needed to send a thank you card. They are very musical....they have their own band (he plays base and she is the lead singer) and perform frequently around town and she is a piano teacher as well. So I thought a music-themed card would be in order.
The dp is from Making Memories called FaLaLa. I stamped the music staff in chocolate chip on PTI's vintage cream and the sentiment in riding hood red. I then aged the piece using creamy caramel and close to cocoa inks. The ribbon is from SU called Alpine (from last year). The brown piece under the image was run through the distressed stripes folder, and the red layer was punched with SU's new border punch.
That's it for today! Have a great Sunday, and thanks for stopping in today!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
First, I stamped the grid in navy ink using Argyle Amazement from MTME. Then I stamped the floral image, also from Argyle Amazement, in Memento tuxedo black. The flowers were individually colored with copic markers. Now in take one, all the flowers were colored green. But when I put the pretty ribbon (probably a $1 find at AC Moore) on the box, it didn't look right. On take two I used the three different colors for the flowers and loved how it matched the ribbon. But....I stamped it on the wrong side, so the bottom edge did not match the edge of the box! UUGGGHHHHH!!!! Take three is what you see above, finally!! After coloring all the flowers, it was too white, so I overstamped it in Green Galore ink with a small script stamp I have (company unknown). I loved the way that looked! Each flower center was embellished with star dust stickles.
The flowers are Primas, and the coral one beneath all of them was cut with the Fanciful Flowers cut file from MTME. It was really cool to cut just one of the 8 images on that cut file. I ungrouped them in SCAL, then deleted all the ones I didn't want. Then I put a scrap piece of coral cardstock on the Cricut mat and cut! Just like using a punch with a scrap!
The bow was made with the Bow Easy tool (you can google it to find a variety of places that sell it...I got mine at a stamp show). I finally figured out how to use that thing after watching video tutorials and practicing making bows! This one is a double bow, which I think looks extra special. The sentiment is from So Sentimental, again from MTME. I stamped it in navy, punched it with a scallop punch, and then sponged green ink around the edge.
I think that's it! Whew...lots to say! Now if you want to play our JUGs challenge, you do not have to use a MTME template (although MTME has one for free called Cutesy Cover which you could use). All you have to do is use a template to make a 3-D project. There will be one randomly chosen winner who will have their choice of a FREE template from MTME! They are really so much fun to make! You can get all the details and see what the JUGs DT has done on the JUGs blog. Here are direct links to the DT blogs to leave them some love and see more details of their projects:
This is Stephanie's last week as our Featured Designer and I'd like to thank her for all her wonderful projects! Thanks for stopping by today and reading through this long post! Have a great weekend!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
It was a really nice first day of spring yesterday, and I'm hoping today will be just as nice (although I think it's going to rain...better than snow)! Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Spring Florals (Gina K designs)
Paper: PTI white and lemon tart, Origins dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, certainly celery, copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, twill ribbon, yellow and star dust stickles, buttons, floss, embossing folder
Friday, March 19, 2010
The Just Us Girls team, as well as Stephanie Kraft, March Featured Designer, have done a beautiful job with these colors. You can see their work on the JUGs blog, but here are links to their blogs.
Monday, March 15, 2010
On a side note: my dh and I went to the Irish Center in South Buffalo (a huge Irish community) to have some Guinness and Harp beer, listen to some Irish music, and watch the girls do some Irish dancing. These girls (and two boys) are always so amazing to watch. This group has travelled many times to Ireland for competitions and have won!
Well, that's it for me today. I hope you are celebrating St. Patty's Day this week! Thanks for stopping in...have a great week!
Stamps: Lucky Me (PMS), Studio G $1 stamps
Paper: Barely banana, garden green, Origins dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Garden green
Accessories: Nesties, flowers (K & Co), ribbon (Michael's), MS punch, star dust stickles, distressed stipes folder, dimensionals
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I've had this idea to make a mini notebook using this set. I covered the front of the notebook with paper that looks like notebook paper (I just bought it at my LSS, but I can't remember who makes it!). I colored only part of the sentiment with a red marker. The actual sentiment says "You're on My To Do List". I cut the image and mat using nesties, and added the ribbon and glitter dots. The back is covered with navy cardstock. I have one of these in my purse that I use as my inspiration notebook. How many times have you gone into a store and liked a color combo or the layout of a card at the card shop? I jot these things down in it to use later. This set has a lot of suggestive sentiments and other images that I wouldn't use, so I wanted to show how you can take this set and use it in other ways. I like that!
I'd like to thank Kristin, owner of AI, for asking me to be a member of her Design Team this term and the other INK girls on this team for a fun ride! And I'd like to congratulate and send best wishes to the new INK girls! Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by today! Love your comments!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The JUGs girls have some really great flap cards to share with you on the JUGs blog. Stop by to get some inspiration, then do one yourself and play along. Here are links to the girls' blogs....stop by and say hello!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today Paper Makeup Stamps has another challenge for you. Maria Gurnsey came up with a fabulous color challenge: Red, Blue, and Kraft. For some reason, a nautical theme came into my mind. And as luck would have it, Paper Makeup Stamps has a set that fit the bill: Sailing By.I love these colors with this set! I started my process with a sketch (of course) from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #59 by Karen Giron. I took the largest of the two anchors from the set and stamped it onto a piece of Boxer dp from Basic Grey. I cut it out, ran it through my Xyron machine (great for paper piecing...dust that little machine off!), and placed it on a piece of kraft paper which I cut with a circle nestie. That was placed onto a real red piece which was cut with another nestie. I swirled some Night of Navy ink on both kraft pieces. The sentiment (also from Sailing By) was stamped in Night of Navy. The navy polka dot piece is from Basic Grey's June Bug dp. I layered all that on a real red piece, added some navy and red ribbon, and placed that on a kraft base. The brass accents are from the jewerly department at Michael's. I just attached them with glue dots.
So do you love this color combo? Why not stop by the PMS blog and participate in the challenge. You can also see more examples by the DT to get some inspiration.
Thanks for stopping in today and I'll see you back here tomorrow for the Just Us Girls weekly challenge...we have a great technique challenge for you so stop by! Enjoy yor weekend!
Stamps: Sailing By
Paper: Kraft, real red, Boxer and June Bug dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, night of navy
Accessories: Nesties, ribbon, jewelry accents, corner rounder, Xyron machine, dimensionals
Monday, March 8, 2010
I have my next to last post as an INK girl for you today. The Artful INKables Think INK Tuesday challenge this week is a sketch that Holly McMillen created. LOVE sketches and this is a great one!This image and sentiment are from the new set called Sexy and Sweet. I used two of my favorite spring colors to work with this image...green and purple. I picked up this Doodlebug Designs dp called Plum Blossoms from my LSS a couple of weeks ago, and it was just sitting on my table waiting to be used. I used certainly celery and lavendar lace card stock which matched up with it perfectly. The ribbon is also certainly celery.
I think the sentiment is a hoot! And it's so true! Have you been to the lingerie department lately? You can really spend an awful lot of money for that stuff!If you like sketches, stop by the AI blog and link up your card for a chance to win a grab bag of AI stamps! Thanks for peeking in at my blog today, and have a great week!
Stamps: Sweet and Sexy (AI)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, lavender lace
Copic Markers: YG0000, 03, 11; BV02, 04
Accessories: Nesties, swiss dots folder, twill ribbon, bling, key tag punch, dimensionals
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The cute little monster I have to share with you today is Buzz.
This image just makes me smile! Buzz comes as one stamp with one bee and a trail. I cut the bee and trail off to be a separate stamp. Then I inked up the bee several times and then pierced the trails behind them. I chose this Basic Grey Lemonade dp because it sort of looked like a honeycomb pattern. I paired it with SU's Bermuda Bay cardstock and ribbon. The sentiment is actually positioned horizontally, but it didn't fit that way on my card, so I got out my Stamp-a-ma-jig and inked one word at a time to stack the words. It worked better for me. I guess I could have just cut it in half instead of going through all that! Oh well! I swirled some Bermuda Bay ink around both circles, and then added the silver pearls. This sketch is from Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try.
My letter for you to take with you on your hop is the letter "K". Your next stop on the hop is Katie's blog. She always has something fabulous to share.Don't forget the release party tonight at 8:00 pm CST in the PMS forum. Hope to see you there!
One more thing I need to remind you of: Canda of Canda Craft has the Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software and is offering a 10% discount on it in her store. This software works in conjunction with you Cricut and allows you to cut files that are in the SVG format. It's really a cool software. Here's the information you'll need if you're interested:
Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your hop and your weekend!
Stamps: Buzz and Lucky Me (PMS)
Paper: PTI white, bermuda bay, Lemonade dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, bermuda bayCopic Markers: BG11, 13, 23, 49; YG00, 03, 13, 23; Y15; W-3
Accessories: Nesties, ribbon, silver pearls, star dust stickles, dimensionals
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Paper Makeup Stamps is previewing their Moody Girls today, and there are two new ones! I have Moody for Flowers to show you today. I LOVE this Moody Girl! I have to admit I love them all! I started with the dp (I bought it at my LSS, but I do not know who makes it!). Makes me think of Spring! I was going to add another piece of coodinating dp that had green in it (but it never made it on the card), hence the green on the Moody Girl's top! The cardstock base and the ribbon are SU's Melon Mambo. I swirled some Pretty in Pink ink around the Moody Girl and the sentiment (another new one this month).
If you'd like to see more sneaks of the Moody Girls, head on over to the PMS blog. The PMS DT have some fabulous creations for you to see.
So have you been enjoying the peeks of this new release? Would you like to win the entire release? Here's what you have to do:
Tomorrow is our blog hop. We are sneaking the new Monsters and they are so cute! The hop is all day, and then we will have our release party starting at 8:00 CST in the PMS forum. Don't forget to comment for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping in today, and see you tomorrow at the hop!
The first Saturday is always a sketch challenge, and the divine Dana Gustafson has a great one for us today!
It's also a special week because we have a new sponsor. A brand new company called WPlus9 Design Studio. The JUGS girls are featuring their first 4 new stamp sets. I was given a set called Love Birds to work with and it was so fun to use! These are very good quality acrylic stamps.I wanted to use this Basic Grey dp called Origins that my good stamping friend, Cheryl Rowley, gifted to me along with some great images to color and use! Such a sweet gift! I liked this paper because it had the colors I wanted to use in it: yellow for the birds, brown for the tree limb, and green for the leaves. The birds were colored with a Summer Sun marker, stamped and cut out. I then sponged Close to Cocoa around the edge to tone it down a bit and give it some definition. They are popped up on the limb. The leaves are a cluster of hearts that comes with the set. (This set can definitely be used for Valentine's Day!) I added star dust stickles to the leaves for the sparkle I love so much! The sentiment was stamped in the same Certainly Celery as the leaves, and I added some Kaiser pearls underneath it. The strip of flowers was created using an EK Success punch (love that one!) in Summer Sun. The ribbon is a strip of Certainly Celery twill from SU's Sale-a-bration last year. I used a decorative edge punch for the corners. That's it!
Would you like to win two sets of your choice from WPlus9 Design Studio? Enter a card on the JUGs blog using the sketch and you could win!
And since it's the first Saturday of the month, we have a new guest designer...Stephanie Kraft. She has faithfully played in the JUGs challenges and has such a lovely style. Please welcome her. I also hope you stop by the JUGs blog to see what the girls have done. Here are the links to the DT blogs so you can stop by and say hello.
Friday, March 5, 2010
I wanted my colors to play off the chicks, so I chose the yellow, brown and white in this SU dp called Good Morning Sunshine. I colored Carma (named after Katie's mom!) accordingly and added some flock to the chicks. I think you can see the flock in this closeup picture. It was so easy to apply. I just used applied some glue using a Quickie Glue pen, then sprinkled on the flock and removed the excess. I like how it was sort of translucent so you can still see the detail on the chicks. Oh, and the sentiment is a new one being released this month as well!
We have another sneak planned tomorrow and Sunday (which will also be our blog hop). The hop will be happening all day and the release party will be at 8:00 CST in the PMS forum. We hope you stop by for some fun and games! And don't forget to comment on the PMS and DT blogs to have the chance to win the entire release. Here's what Katie said on the PMS blog:
We will also give away the release from collecting comments from the PMS company blog. Each day leave a comment on what your favorite stamp shown that day is!
We have to make you work a little bit for the great prize!! And is it really "work" looking at all these fun new images? I hope you take the chance and enter. You never know...it is March and the luck of the Irish may be in your corner! Thanks for stopping in today and remember to stop by tomorrow for another PMS peek and a new Just Us Girls challenge. We have a great sketch for you and a new sponsor! See you then!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Now how would you like to win the entire release valued at over $70? And to top it off there will be TWO winners of the entire release! How do you enter to win? Comment! If you comment here, on the PMS blog, and on the DT blogs for each of the next 5 days during our sneak peeks, you will be entered to win! All of your comments will be collected each day from all the DT and PMS blogs, but you can only comment ONCE on each blog per day. So go ahead and start commenting. The DT blogs can be found on my sidebar and on the PMS blog. So please leave a comment and let us know what you think! Good luck and thanks for stopping by today! :-)
Stamps: Rachel Fairy and Word Art (PMS)
Paper: PTI white, soft sky, sahara sand, Fall Flowers dp (retired SU)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, close to cocoa, chocolate chip
Copic Markers: E00, 02, 15, 18, 31, 33, 35, 37, 50; BG0000, 10, 11; R27, 32; YG0000, 91, 95; W-3, 5, 7
Accessories: Nesties, SU trio flower punch, designer label punch, heart buttons, candy dots, Martha Stewart loop punch, star dust stickles, dimensionals