Monday, July 29, 2013

House of Cards Week 5 Challenge

The challenge over at House of Cards for the 5th week of the month is "Photo Inspiration + Any Style Goes."  First the photo inspiration.

Now my Classic & Elegant Card.

Products used:
Stamps, Cardstock & Markers - Stampin'Up!
Zing Black Opaque Embossing Powder
Ranger Stickles 'Orange Peel'
Pearls are from my stash.
I CASEd this card from Splitcoast Stampers

Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #169

The challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week is "Set the Scene."  Create a project with an outdoor (or indoor) scene.

I used the Nifty Fifties cartridge to do an indoor scene.  The backgrounds for the Nifty Fifties are so great!  I just love all the retro designs on the cartridge.  Especially the cars.  There are three car themed cuts on this cartridge.  A must for anyone whose DH is into cars!

Happy Crafting!

House of Cards Classic & Elegant Week!

This is my very first post as a Design Team Member for the House of Cards Classic & Elegant Team.  My DT card will post on the third Monday of each month.  If there is a 5th Monday in the month, I will post for the photo challenge too.

Here is how our challenge blog works--we will have a monthly color palette or sketch and then each week we'd like to see a different card making style using those parameters.  If there is a 5th Monday in the month, we will have a photo inspiration and you can create using any card making style you'd like!  

After much digging through my stash of stamps and paper to find the perfect colors and image I decided on this Carousel Horse.  It was fun finding and using all the stuff in my stash.  Here's the information on what I used.
Stamps:  Carousel Horse from Inkadinkado, Ticket Stamps from Stampin'Up, Wish big Stamp & Die from Jillian Vance
Embossing Folder:  Diamonds & Dots from Lifestyle Crafts
Cricut Elegant Edges Cartridge
Turquoise Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ribbon Roses:  Paper Wishes
Designer Paper:  Authentique Celebrate 6x6 Bundle
Markers:  Stampin'Up Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Tempting Turquoise; Tim Holtz Distressed Markers Wild Honey and Mustard Seed
Washi Tape flags:  My Minds Eye
Brads & Bling from my stash.

Please join us over at House of Cards for some fun!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fantabulous Cricket Challenge #168

The challenge on the Fantabulous Cricket Blog #168 was Cute as a Bug.  I don't do cute very well but the challenge said to make a project with any type of bug.  I immediately grabbed my Art Nouveau Cartridge because of all the gorgeous bugs it has.

I think this moth is gorgeous.  I also think this fits well with the Operation Write Home Mid-week Throwdown to make a masculine card.  I think the clean lines of the moth would appeal to the masculine senses.  Background paper is Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard Soup.  

Happy Crafting!

Apron Strings Cookout Challenge Week 2

The Apron Strings Blog is having a Cookout Challenge this month.  This week the challenge was to choose ingredients for an ice cream Sunday.  Each day those choices gave you different crafty items to play with.
I chose Chocolate Ice cream, Brownie Bites, Straberry Sauce, Whipped Cream and Maraschino Cherries. On Tuesday I had to use chocolate cardstock, mist paint or ink, something bright red, die cut and transparency.  I used Operation Write Home Sketch #180 as my starting point.  It was tough stampin on the transparency with StazOn ink I finally got it on the 3rd try.

 On Wednesday I had to use pattern paper with brown in it, red cardstock, rinestones, canvas embellishments and cardstock stickers.  I had to look up what a cardstock sticker was but I actually had some in one of my Apron Strings All Year Cheer Card kits.  It is hard to see but there are little rinestones on the corner cardstock stickers.

On Thursday I had to use an effect (emboss/deboss, foiled etc), twill trim, a pocket, grosgrain trim and flowers. 

On Friday I had to use Polka Dot ribbon, wood embellishment, 3 tags, a word (rub on, chipboard or diecut) and swirls.  

I think Friday's card is my favorite of the bunch.  I am also entering this card in the Inkspirational challenge #28.  It is a photo challenge.    All the red and the polka-dot and the fact that lady birds fly just fit with this card.

 I had fun playing and used stuff from my Apron Strings All Year Cheer Card kits from January through May. I have kept my kits together but it was fun mixing and matching items from different kits.  

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Inkspirational Challenge #27

The challenge over at the Inkspirational Challenge Blog is a color inspiration.  I just go this new background stamp from Hero Arts at the Simon Says Stamp Store and couldn't wait to ink it up.

Products Used:
Butterfly Quick Card from Close to My Heart
Spellbinders Lacy Circles Die
Spellbinders Circles Die
Perfect Plum Ink from Stampin'Up!
Ranger Liquid Pearls Silver Pearl

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

House of Cards Cute and Fun Challenge

This week at the House of Cards is the Cute & Fun Challenge.  I have a hard time with Cute & Fund but decided to expand my horizons by submitting a card for the challenge.  I am also taking a Cricut Art Philosophy class at My Creative Classroom and have learned a lot about how to organize my Cricut books for ease of finding images.  So I did the first class assignment and used the color challenge from House of Cards.

Products Used:
Plaid DP is Boy Crazy from My Mind's Eye
Flag DP is S'more Amour Cosmo Cricket (I love how the stitching looks just like the stitching on a baseball)
Cricut Art Philosophy
CTMH Art Philosophy stamp set

Happy Crafting

Saturday, July 6, 2013


My last post for the Apron String Blog Cookout Challenge.  This is what I drew in this round.
Beef Patty = Plaid Pattern Paper
Red Onion = Photo Corners
Blue cheese = Polka Dot Embellishment
Mustard - Alphabet
Specialty Bun = Make your own embellishment

Products Used:
Apron Strings All Year Cheer Card Kit May 2013.  Vinyl Thickers.  Polka Dot embellishment is from my stash.  Orange Washi tape flags from Archivers.

Happy Crafting

You're Sew Special

I am continuing on with  the Apron String blog Cookout Challenge.  Here is the recipe I drew in this round.
Beef Patty = Red Cardstock
Red Onions = Buttons
Blue cheese = Stitching
Mustard = Mini Brads
Specialty  Bun = Use a new technique

The new technique I used was from the Technique Time Tuesday blog "Blurred Vision Stamping."  The sentiment and the dressmaker's form are blurred.
Products used:
Authentique Glory Collection DP
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Sewing Edge
Stamps:  Stampers Best Sewing Kit,  Cardmaking & Papercraft Sew Pretty (free gift with magazine), Stamper's Best Ornamental Grunge Tags.
Buttons and Brads from my stash.

This card will be an Anyhero card for Operation Write Home.  I'll write a special message to a hero inside thanking them for their service to our country.  I am adding this to the Operation Write Home Our Daily Bread Monthly Challenge "Stitching".

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog Patriotic because after all it is an Anyhero card.  What's more patriotic than that? :-)

Happy Crafting

Red White Blue and Kraft

The midweek throw down at the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog was a color throw down using Red, White Blue and Kraft.  I used OWH sketch 179 flipped (with a little leeway) as my starting point.

Stamp is from Inkadinkado colored with Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  Ticket stamps are Stampin'Up.  Ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Striped paper is My Mind's Eye American Made.
I am also entering this in the Apron Strings blog Tuesday Cook Out Challenge.

Happy Crafting!
Enjoy the weekend.