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Monday, May 30, 2011

Cardabilities DT Reveal Sketch #32

Hello friends,
Happy Monday to ya! We've come to the end of the month & that means we've got a brand new sketch at Cardabilities!
Here's the sketch:
This is one of my all-time fav sketches- luuuv it! so many options for those circles!

Here's my card:
This was a really easy card to make. I shy away from pre-made embellies cuz they tend to collect dust. I like to make my own :) but I was drawn to these K&Co punch out layering flowers. They're really gorgeous & in seconds you get beautiful, dimensional flowers!

Here's a closer peek:
 This card is going to one of my student's parents for so kindly giving me a Starbucks gift card for Teacher Appreciation Day. So nice of them :) just need to add my sentiment.

We would love for you to join us for sketch #32 & possibly be our next guest designer! Be sure to upload your card creation to the Cardabilities/Sketchabilities Gallery & hop by the Cardabilities blog & check out the amazing creations by the rest of the DT.

Thanks so much for peeking today!
 Gotta Go!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop- May

Hello friends,
Today I'm participating in this month's 

Our challenge this month was to show our fav take on flowers. I've got one of my fav ways to incorporate flowers on my card today!

Here's my card:
 I used my fav PTI flower set (In Bloom) in place of the "O" in the word LOVE cuz I love this stamp :)

Here's a closer peek at that:

Here you can see how I stamped it 3 times & layered different parts of it for dimension. 

I cut out the word on my Cricut using the Mother's Day cart. I added some highlights with my white gel pen & popped it up with foam adhesive.

The fun thing about this is that you can add flowers to replace O's in words like in "YOU" or "SORRY" or "MOM"---> you get the picture! It's such a simple thing to do that adds a touch of whimsy to your card!

Thanks so much for peeking & hopping by!
I'm off to get some fab ideas for flowers, flowers, FLOWERS!!!




The 411
Stamps: In Bloom- PTI
Ink: Fresh Snow- PTI
Paper: Pure Poppy cs, Bitty Dot Basics, white cs
Tools: Heart Lace punches- MS, Cricut & Mother's Day cartridge
Other: Pearls- Kaiser, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, Signo white gel pen

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Creative Card Crew

Hi friends,
Welcome to a brand new challenge at Creative Card Crew! This week we are presenting one of your favorite challenges: ANYTHING GOES!
I took the opportunity to create a graduation card for my TA.
Card front:
The "LA" is our school initials cut out with the Varsity Letter Cricut cartridge using our school colors.

The innies:
The graduation cap is a Spring fold card so that it pops out when you open the card.

Here's a closer peek at that:
The paper comes from the foil collection so it's got the shiny look of foil with a textured or linen paper feel. I have 5 cards to make for the Seniors I mentored this year who will be graduating & I will definitely be making this type of card style for the rest of them. It's easy & fun :)

Be sure to Linky your card creation to the Creative Card Crew blog by next Monday & be in the running by the fabbie prizes the wonderful Gry is offering. Remember... anything goes! You can find another great tute on SCS for the Spring Fold Card----> looks complicated, but it's a piece of cheesecake :)
My paper is sized at 5 1/2" x 11" and the card base is 6 x 6 (finished).  The size on the tute is a bit smaller.

Thanks so much for peeking!
Have a great day :)
 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thank You Teacher

Hello Friends,
Today, I have a card I made for my son's teacher. I try to give her little treats every chance I get cuz I know who she's working with---> my little angel Jordan ;) I don't know about you, but my kids are not the picture of educational perfection! Jordan is constantly bouncing off the walls & is a lot to handle which is why I am so thankful for his teacher's patience & hard work.

Jordan's teacher sent us a note that he will be getting an award on Wednesday! Bless her heart she found something to award him for other than bouncing off the walls! Hee! This is the card I will be giving her as a thank you for choosing him.
Here's my card:
I used this week's sketch at MFT. I just luuuv this MFT stamp set called Teacher's Pet. I paper pieced her clothes & colored with pencils & gamsol. Ugh :( me no likey so gotta get practicing :(
Here's a peek at the innies:
I think Jordan's saving grace is that he is a SHARP kid! He's the kid who will score Advanced on state tests & will learn things the first time you show him, but all those great things come at a price! He's lucky his head is attached to his body cuz he loses everything. When God was passing out common sense, he was in line for something else---> NO common sense on that kid :( oy! But all in all, he's a great kid. Really! And now he'll be an award-winning kid :)

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Gotta Go!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Enjoy Life

Hi friends,
We made it! Some people prophesied about an apocalypse happening on Saturday. I thought that maybe it might be true since my crafty mojo was nowhere to be found. :(  I had ideas in my head, but I just couldn't get anything going. I woke up Sunday morning & we were all still here. That's a good thing, right??? So I headed back to my craft room & decided since this was the first day after the near apocalypse, I would honor it by using a stamp I've had for a long time & did not ink before. I also was going to create a CAS card with a color combo I would probably never have thought to use before. That's a crafting triple threat--->I meant business!!! ;) Hopefully, this will get my mojo back :)
Here's my card:
 I used a stamp called Peacock Feather by Stampendous. It's such a simple but beautiful stamp. I stamped it 3 times in Elegant Eggplant, Plum Pudding, & Lavender Moon. Then I wrapped some lavender floss around the card & punched the edge.

Here's a closer peek:
The sentiment reads "Delight in Life" very apropos, don't ya think :) I love how the middle of the feathers look like hearts, which is why I turned them downward. I hope that doesn't mean anything negative. :( When I was in college, my friend had a peacock as a pet & that thing was SOOOO noisy! It was a thing of beauty, but it was a loud bird! I asked him if I could have a few feathers, and he told me it was bad luck to have peacock feathers as decorations in the house. I don't know if it was true or he was just being stingy!

I used this week's color challenge at CR84FN: Light Plum, Plum, Kraft

Well, I hope you take time to enjoy where you are today :)
Gotta Go!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

D2D: Summer Days

Hello Friends,
I'm back to share the new image coming to you if you played along on the progressive challenge this week at Designed2Delight.
Here's my card:
This sweet image is called Summer Days. I'm a June baby so summer is my favorite season. The sun is out, time to relax, & as you can see, this girl is enjoying some sunshine :)

For my card, I colored the little summer bear with Copics & then used a washcloth with blender solution to dab over the image to give it that fuzzy look of fur. I used a bit of pointilism for the grass. I had so much fun creating a little quilled sun. I haven't quilled in ages, so I need to do it more often :)
Here's a closer peek:
To finish I added a ribbon banner & buttons.

You can find all the deets to the progressive challenge on the D2D Blog as well as more inspiration from the DT.

This card will be joining the fun at the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop: Sketch 108 (rotated the sketch)
A spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for peeking!
Gotta Go!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ABC Challenge: U is for...

UNUSUAL Folds!

Howdy friends,
Welcome to a brand new challenge at ABC Challenges! This week the challenge, should you accept it, is unusual folds. This is a great challenge because now those of us who stick to the basic card form get the chance to step out of our comfort zone & create something different. I chose to go with a card style I've long admired but was very intimidated by---> The Tri-Fold Shutter card.
Here's my card: closed
 opened:
I couldn't believe how super simple it was to make. Seriously, I felt like such a fool for being afraid for so long cuz it's an AMAZING card style!
Here are a few more peeks & then come the deets :)

flattened out on the table
 stretched out view from the top
What i love about it is even though it stretches out to 12 inches, it closes to A4 size! (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
This is a wedding card. I used some papers from one of my fav BasicGrey collections---> Cappella. I embellished it simply with some Prima flowers from YMH and my Viva Decor pen.

You will definitely be seeing more of these type of cards from me, let me tell ya! It's so easy, but fabulous!  It took longer to cut the layers than to create the card. Is there a particular card style that you've put the brakes on? Join us this week & just do it! Do it afraid like I did & you might surprise yourself ;) You've got til next Monday to Linky your card creation to the ABC Challenge blog & possibly be awarded a spot in the Top 5 or be the winner of the fabbie prize offered by our sponsor:
Whiff of Joy! Woo hoo!

You can find a wonderful tut on the tri-shutter card at SCS---> Here.
Thanks so much for peeking!
Gotta go!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cardabilities DT Reveal Sketch #31

Hello friends,
So with Blogger & my life so wonky lately, I've been away from my craft room. But today, is the reveal of the latest & greatest Cardabilities sketch.
Here's the sketch:
 Here's my card:
As you can tell, I rotated the sketch. It's a graduation card for one of my students. I used our school colors of brilliant blue & real red. That is one color I wish SU hadn't retired cuz it's a perfect match to our school colors :( I did hoard of course, so I do have a bit of a stash ;) It's going to a male student so I didn't want to add to many froo-froo embellies. I used the For the Graduate stamp set from PTI & popped up the grad cap then I did a bit of faux stitching. 
You've got 2 weeks to upload your card creation to the Cardabilities Gallery & be sure to check out the amazing cards the rest of the DT created with this sketch.

If you are a fan & enjoy the Cardabilities sketches as much as I do how about joining the Design Team! That's right, there's a DT call going out right now. This is my last term since I've been part of the DT for a year :( so it's my time to retire (tear, tear) but now I'll be playing along from the other side of the fence & I'll be eligible for the fab sponsor prizes ---> heh heh heh :) So pop by the Cardabilities blog & check out THIS POST for all the deets.

Thanks so much for peeking today! Have a great week :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Creative Card Crew Challenge: May Flowers

Hi friends,
Hope you Mommies (and those that nurture like Mommies) out there had a fabulous Mother's Day. My boys made a chocolate cake for me & I got some flowers from the hub. Today, May 10th,  happens to be Mother's Day for many Spanish speaking countries so Feliz Dia de las Madres again! :) and yes, I get more treats on this day too :) I accept gifts bilingually! (hee hee!)
Today also marks a new challenge at Creative Card Crew. This week, the challenge is... May flowers.
Here's my card:
It's a gift card holder that holds a tea bag & Starbucks gift card for my son's teacher.

Here's a closer peek:
Isn't this the cutest tea cup? It's called English Tea Cup from our fabulous sponsor this week: Robyn's Fetish! I printed it twice & popped up the roses. They're colored with Copics & then I sprayed them with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist for a bit of shimmer :) I added a bit of Crackle Accents to the cup to give it the look of a vintage porcelain tea cup.

You can find a video tut I created for this gift card holder (made with just one envelope)---> HERE.
Please stop by the Creative Card Crew blog to take a peek at the flowery creations by the rest of the DT & be sure to Linky your creation by next Monday to be in the running to win the fabby prize pack offered by our friends at Robyn's Fetish.

Thank so much for peeking today!
Gotta Go!




The 411
Copic Recipe: R20, RV32, RV34, YG11, YG13, YG17
Stamps: English Tea Cup- Robyn's Fetish, Teacher's Apple- PTI
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Hibiscus Burst- PTI
Paper: Couture- SEI, Neenah White cs
Tools: Labels 14- Spellbinders
Other: Copics, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Doily, blink, Crackle Accents- Ranger, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, ribbon

Thursday, May 5, 2011

D2D: Pail of Flowers

Hola Friends,
Happy Cinco de Mayo! or as some like to call it: Cinco de Drunk-O! Today commemorates the Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army defeated the much better equipped & larger, French army. Ok, so the French came back & knocked their lights out later, but we celebrate the "David over Goliath" underdog win of the Mexican army. Most people I know spend the day celebrating with Coronas, Tequila, & margaritas! Ah well...

Today, I get to give you a sneak peek at the next image for the progressive challenge at Designed2Delight! Since it's the beginning of the month, this beautiful image will be available FREE for 1 week beginning tomorrow on Faith's blog & the progressive challenge begins!

Here's my card:
 This is a truly lovely image. It just begs to be watercolored, but I went the Copic route :) I wanted the soft feel of watercoloring so I used the lightest Copic colors which were last year's new releases. I printed the image 3 times in 3 different sizes! I know I'm a maniac that way ;) but I wanted the flowers in the pail to overflow a bit more so I used a slightly larger size to layer over the base image. (That's the BEAUTY of digi images :) Then the third set, I used to accent around the image. The paper (which oh my gooooodness, is so gorgeous!) matched Faith's image seamlessly... happy sigh...
Here's a closer peek:
and yes, I went crazy with my Viva Decor Pearl pen again ;) (I reeeeally should seek help for my addiction!)
The sentiment is stamped on the satin ribbon with VersaCraft ink. It is *perfect* for stamping on fabrics & it won't smudge & smear. I also paper pieced (a la digi) the sweet little quilt.

You can find all the deets to the progressive challenge on the brand spanking new & redesigned D2D blog---> Here. Grab it tomorrow & play along!

My card is hobnobbing with the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop: Sketch SSS106
Fun For Challenges: Lots of Flowers
Simon Says Stamp: Paper Piecing
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday: Open Challenge (Anything Goes)
Craft Your Passion- Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for peeking today... and everyday!
Adios!




The 411
Copic Recipe: Flowers:V0000, B0000, R0000, G0000, BG0000, B0000 G20, G24, G40 Pail: C3, C1, C00
Stamps: Pail of Flowers (digi)- Designed2Delight, Delightful Dahlia- PTI
Ink: VersaCraft ink: Real Black
Paper: Couture Collection- SEI, Pink Pirouette- SU, Neenah White CS
Tools: Beaded Ovals- Spellbinders
Other: Copics, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, Pearls- SEI, ribbon

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

ABC Challenge: T is for...

TWO or more images!

Hi ya friends,
Welcome to a brand new challenge at The ABC Challenge! This week is T is for Two or more images (sentiments or text don't count as one). But first, I'd like to apologize for not coming to visit your blogs lately :( It's been crazy busy here with report cards (for nearly 200 students) and planning for the 5 de Mayo activities the Spanish Department has been preparing for. Hopefully things will return back to just crazy normal in a few days!  ugh :(
Ok, back to this week's challenge...
Here's my card:
Isn't she just Ahhhhhdorable! I know I say that about all the Maggies ;) My two images are Longing Tilda & Romantic Window. They're colored with Copics. The little roses got a bit of red Spica glitter pen so they're sparkly.
Here's a closer peek:

The letter T is brought to you by: WILD ROSE STUDIO 
 who is offering this cutie Milton fresh from their newest collection :) sweetness...
 Be sure to stop by the ABC Challenge Blog & check out the fabulous cards the rest of the DT has created using 2 or more images. The more the merrier, right?! You've got until Monday night to Linky your card creation.

We are also saying good-bye to out fearless team leader, Heidi :( we sure do appreciate everything she's done to make it such a great DT to be a part of. We'll miss you Heidi!

Thank you so much for peeking today!
Gotta Go!




The 411
ETA Copic Recipe: Flowers: R24, R29, G24, G21, G40   bricks: R20, R22, R24  Window (wood) E25, E31, E53 glass: BG10 Tilda: skin E00, E000, E11, R20 Hair: YR23, E35, Y23 Clothes: BG11, BG13, BG18
Stamps: Longing Tilda, Romantic Window- Magnolia stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: The Thrift Shop- October Afternoon (luuuv), Aqua Mist cs, Vintage Cream cs, Pure Poppy cs- PTI
Tools: Doily Lace Die- PTI, Cricut & Wild Card Cart
Other: Copics, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, Pearls- Kaiser, Ribbon, Stick pins- Maya Road, Stickles, Spica Pen

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blog Candy Winners!!

Hi ya friends,
Thank you so much for sharing in the fun of my 2nd blogoversary!
3 winners were chosen via Random.org and here they are:

Blog Candy #1 My Luv for Papertrey Ink

lisa808 said...
Matching stamps & dies--it doesn't get any better! I had a Mother Goose book of nursery rhymes that I loved as a child. It was passed along to both of my brothers. April 13, 2011 9:07 AM 
E.T said...
One lesson I keep on spreading... try to forgive.. the more people you forgive, the more at peace you become. Your candy has been added in the Blog Candies section at Feline Playful!
and Blog Candy #3 My Luv for Tools

Jessica Wekenman said...
Wowza! What a huge and generous blog candy! My favorite tool would have to be my Martha Stewart Score board! I have really wanted to the pink ATG gun! Thank you so much for the chance!  April 13, 2011 7:09 AM
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