Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Little Star

I had a request from one of the shop owners who sells my cards to make some baby cards for the store.  I had just received some new stamps, and thought that this little stamp set from Unity with the hanging stars would be cute on a card for a new baby.  I used a piece of cardstock that had a little spritz of yellow on the corner.  After stamping, I colored the stars in with a Stampin Up marker, and added some stardust stickles for a little glimmer. It was quick to put together, but I like it alot.

I am entering it in these two challenges-
CAS-ual Friday #49 sketch challenge
The Paper Players Challenge #92

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Friday, April 20, 2012


I love the newpaper background on this chair from Unity, it has such a formal style, but the background makes it hip and modern.  I stayed with a subtle pattern of green, pink and brown, and added a little Basic Grey Bloomers button flower, because the stripes on the flower remined me of chair or curtain fabric.

This fits in with several challenges-
Unity Color Challenge -Pink, Green and 1 off
Crazy for Challenges C4C 132 Buttons
Artful Times- Sea of Green
and since it is Friday, I am going to post this in Unity's Friends With Flair

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I love the butterflies from this Hero Arts set called Antique Engravings.  The butterflies were embossed on the plain white background of this card with clear embossing powder, and then a color wash was  spritzed over it to create the background colors.  The colored butterflies were stamped on a separate piece of white cs, painted in with Twinkling H2O's and cut out when dry.  I layered them over the embossed butterfly shapes, and added the ribbon, stamped FLY on a piece of patterned paper, and drew a rectangle around it to highlight the words.  I cut that out and glued it above the ribbon.

I am entering this in several challenges:
Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger: Watercolor Butterflies
Here is the inspiration photo

The Paper Players Challenge #91  CAS Challenge- Use Watercolors

Color Throwdown CTD 188 Using Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Always Artichoke
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Woven Ribbon Keepsake Box and WOYWW

Didn't get to post last week because I was involved in a project designing with May Arts Ribbon, and it is still all over my workspace.  I applied to make a project with some Candy Colored ribbon, and it turned out to be more complicated than I was expecting. My vision was to use the ribbon in a woven design and cover an empty box with it to upcycle the candy box.  I was hoping to somehow weave without taking out the dreaded sewing machine (the one that began smoking on me last year and I had to put it outside because it was so hot), but it just wasn't working, so I had to secure the ribbon on muslin.  After I wove it, I taped it to the inside of the box and added some handmade ribbon flowers.  I loved the ribbon colors, they reminded me of a maypole dance.

This was the box before I covered it.   You can see more entries on the May Arts Blog.  You can also see more fun workspaces at Julia's Stamping Ground, because it is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #150, and everyone shows their creative spaces.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Tag

The Tag Tueday Inspiration this week was "Spring Cleaning"  My original concept was to use a vintage image, but since I couldn't find one I liked, I used a cute dress stamp with some patterned paper, and hung some dresses on the clothes line.  Don't you love the smell of clothes that have been hung outside to dry in the Spring?  The yellow sun was part of the leftover doily from the "Peeps" card I made, and I added a little clothes pin on the ribbon.  Off to do some spring cleaning right now!

I'm also posting this in My Mojo Monthly over at La-De-Dah.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Time to Gather the Peeps

Made this fun Easter card with the Unity Kit of the Month.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the chick stamps and sentiment,  since I don't call my friends "peeps", then I realized that I could use it on an Easter card.  Peeps are one of my favorite Easter candies, both my mother-in-law and I love them, and usually we give packages of them to each other.  The CAS-ual Friday Challenge is "Let the Hunt Begin", make a card with something that you would find in an Easter basket.  Perfect one for me and these "peeps"! I used the Unity KOM Sketch  for the layout, and I am entering it in their challenge.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Name That Tune! Two Cards!

CAS-ual Friday Challenge #46

I had been wanting to use this stamp of a Victorian woman with her head down having a rough day, and I found just the occasion over at CAS-ual Friday.  The challenge is to "Name That Tune", and to make a card that includes some song lyrics.  This stamp is perfect for that.  This is from an old Stampin Up set, and I colored her in with some Stampin' Up markers.  The name of the song is "Mama Said" by the Shirelles, put out in 1961.  They have a video on YouTube, it's a trip down memory lane for me to listen to them sing.

I couldn't stop with just one, so I made another with my January Kit of the Month from Unity Stamps, to go with the song "Thanks for the Memories".  As usual, I am getting these done at the last minute, so off I go to link them up.
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Beautiful Spring and WOYWW #148

WOYWW #148

I made this tag for the tag making group over at Tag Tuesday, and it's still on my workdesk.  Silhouettes seem to be a popular trend recently, and I was inpired by some cards that I saw online to use this silhouette image of a little girl dancing happily through the grass with her flower bouquet and Easter egg basket.  The sentiment "Nothing is so beautiful as Spring" is written in such lovely font, I thought it was perfect with this happy little girl.

I used this same stamp to make some card fronts, ready to mount onto some Easter cards, you can see them all ready to go, along with a clean and simple card design I was trying out in the back.    There is also a cut out of little girl with wings, not sure what I am going to do with her, she seems to be sitting, so I don't know what to put her on.  I'd love to hear your suggestions!

If you are wondering why I am showing you my workdesk, it's because it's Wednesday, and Julia over at Stamping Ground invites everyone to show their workspace.  It's fun!

I'm posting my tag in a few new spots, Artful Times Challenge- Make a Tag
Artistic Stamper-use ribbons and lace and Mojo Monthly at La-De-Dah   I love seeing all the creations in response to these fun challenges.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

A Scrapbook Layout

My son Nate and my mother-in-law posed for this photo last summer at a family event.  I had been wanting to take a picture of Nate and Nana and frame it for her, since she has a table that is covered with photos of her and her grandchildren, and she doesn't have a current one of Nate.  I had the perfect opportunity at a family party.  This layout was made with Authentique paper, and I started it at a scrapbook event at my LSS this weekend.  I loved the distressed look of the paper, and the color combination of blues and greens.  I followed this Authentique March sketch challenge

and  made the flower with paper from that same line with my flower die. 

I finished the flower off with a small felt button flower from Basic Grey Bloomers.  The pennants are strung with twine and each one is separated with a wooden button from Prima.

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