Paper Therapy Challenge #9 - Buttons and Bows

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello and welcome to another Paper Therapy challenge! I hope you all had a great long holiday weekend! If you are not familiar with Paper Therapy, it's an online forum for card makers and scrapbookers to share their work, chat about crafting and life in general. There are also swaps and challenges too! Every Monday there is a new challenge posted in the forum HERE. You have until the following Saturday night to upload your project based on that week's challenge. The first challenge of every month will receive a prize and a blinkie. We would love to have you play along! It's a very fun community of crafters!

This week's challenge is to create a project using a button AND a bow/knot. I chose to make a birthday card since birthdays are the cards I need/use the most! I really love how this one turned you?! I recently got a pack of patterned paper that is so yummy - such great colors! So I decided to use it on this card. I found a butterfly stamp from my 'early' stamping days to use as well...seems like a good match to the paper. I finished it off with some PTI ribbon, a DeNami button, and some thin SU brown ribbon. I hope you like my creation and I'm so glad you stopped by today! :-)

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Sincere Salutations, Rubber Stampede - Small Butterfly
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, (green is unknown)
Butterfly Patterned Paper: the Paper Studio - Poteeka Souffle
Ink: SU - Regal Rose, Always Artichoke
Ribbon: PTI Berry Sorbet, SU Ribbon Originals - Seaside
Other: Button - DeNami Design, Nesties: Labels Four, Classic Ovals Large, Paper Piercer, Sponge

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I hope you are having a WONDERFUL
day with family and friends.

Today I have a project to share with you that is for the Papertrey November Blog Hop. The challenge this time is to design a holiday tag or two (you must use at least one PTI product). is my tag! I used one stamp from the Giga Guide Lines stamp set that resembled a snowflake. I randomly stamped and embossed it on the base with Silver Pearl EP. I also embossed the image using Burgundy EP Max as the focal point. Add a scalloped circle behind it, a pleated ribbon, and some silver cord, and you have yourself a pretty tag! Ok ok...I admit it. I am smitten with this tag!!! I'm pretty new to making tags and now I can tell you that I will definitely be making MORE of these soon! I had so much fun making this! Yippeeeee!

Thank you for stopping by! I love receiving comments so please be kind and let me know what you think about my creation. If you like my work, I also encourage you to become a follower ;-) Have a great holiday weekend!  *Click on photos for a larger view*

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Giga Guide Lines
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Confetti White, Purely Pomegranate
Embossing Powders: Sparkle N Sprinkle - Silver Pearl, PK Glitz - EP Max Burgundy
Other: Ribbon - PTI Raspberry Fizz, SU Silver Cord, Nesties - Standard Circles Small, Big Scalloped Circles Large, Labels Eight, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, Crop-o-dile

Paper Therapy Challenge #8 - It's a Guy Thing!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hello and welcome to another Paper Therapy challenge! If you are not familiar with Paper Therapy, it's an online forum for card makers and scrapbookers to share their work, chat about crafting and life in general. There are also swaps and challenges too! Every Monday there is a new challenge posted in the forum HERE. You have until the following Saturday night to upload your project based on that week's challenge. The first challenge of every month will receive a prize and a blinkie. We would love to have you play along! It's a very fun community of crafters!

This week you must create a project for a guy (child or adult). I am a girly girl and love making cards with flowers and cutesy stuff, so sometimes it IS quite a challenge to come up with a card for a guy. I have recently done some dry embossing because I finally got the right plates to use my Cuttlebug folders in my Spellbinders Wizard. So I wanted to play with the Tiny Mosaic folder. I love how much texture that embossing brings to cards. Makes it so interesting, in my opinion. Ok, so here's what I did on this. I stamped a large background stamp on a piece of vanilla cs with distress ink. It is kind of a blurry/abstract stamp, and with the ink, it just kinda looked like a mess, lol! After that, I embossed it. Then I took an ink applicator and applied cool caribbean ink and the distress ink in random places, while still letting the vanilla cardstock show through in some areas. Very fun technique! I really liked doing this. Very easy, and the possibilities are endless with multiple colors, different embossing folders, etc! For the sentiment on the oval nestie, I used the ink applicator to add just a little color on the inside edge of the embossed oval. Also added a touch of the chocolate chip ink on the outer edge of the oval. It's a simple design, but can be adapted for any occasion or recipient. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

Stamp: Stampin' Up - Eat Cake
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, (other is unknown)
Ink: SU Cool Carribean, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye, SU Chocolate Chip
Other: Nesties Classic Ovals Large, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Tiny Mosaic, Ink Applicator, SU Corner Rounder, SU - Twine

Paper Therapy Challenge #7 - Thank You

Monday, November 15, 2010

Good morning everyone! Today is a day for another challenge over at Paper Therapy. Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, the challenge this time is to make a Thank You card or a "What I am Thankful For" Layout. We would LOVE for you to participate with us over at Paper Therapy. You have until Sat night, Nov 20th to upload your project to this thread.

I just LOVE how this card turned out! The patterned paper is so fun and colorful, and I love the embossed pattern. I tried to make a fall themed card with the colors. Thanks so much for stopping by, and like always....I would love to hear your feedback!!!

Stamps: Stampin' Up - Noteworthy, Carte Postale
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Perfect Plum, Marigold Morning, (others are unknown)
Patterned Paper: Cloud9 Design Paper Pad - Harvest Holiday
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
Other: Nesties Labels Eight, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades - Regal Flourishes, Button - Stemma, Green Fiber - Adornaments by EK Success, SU - Twine, Dimensionals, Sponge

DeNami Christmas Blog Hop

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Good morning bloggers!! I am very excited to be a part of another blog hop with DeNami Design! It's one of my FAVORITE stamp companies. If you are not familiar with them, you MUST check out their website and blog for adorable stamps and lots of card ideas! While commenting on the projects along the hop, you have the opportunity to win a DeNami gift be sure to start at the beginning of the hop HERE to get the details! If you already have, then you should have come from the very talented Wendy Elliot's blog. I'm so excited to have you!

I chose to do something a bit different than my usual 5.5" x 4.25" card size. I picked a square shape because the Elegant Floral Circle stamp I used is so beautiful that I wanted it to be the main focus of my card, and I felt that the best way to showcase it would be on a square card. It's a very simple design, but I think elegant too! This was such a fun card to make. It's the first time I used Copic markers too! I just had to buy some red and green colors to try with this stamp. I also added some red and green Stickles to the image for that finished *sparkly* look. Oh, and a few rhinestones too! I hope this card has brought some Christmas inspiration for you. If you haven't started thinking about your Christmas cards yet, this is the time to do it! It's creeping up on us so quickly!!! Gotta get my butt in gear and start crankin' on mine -- LOL!

In this close up, you can see the *sparkle* better around the edges of the flowers and leaves.

Your next stop along the hop is Amy Smidebush. Be sure to hop on over and leave her a comment on her creation! Have fun!!!

Stamps: DeNami - Elegant Floral Circle
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Other: Nesties Labels Nine, Copic Markers, Stickles - Xmas Red, Green, Cuttlebug Embossing Borders - Just My Type, Paper Piercer, Rhinestones - Colorbok

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #164

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Happy Saturday! Today I have a quick post to share with you. For the first time, I decided to participate in the Mojo Monday challenge! The sketch this week is really great. Today is my husband's birthday, so I used the sketch to create a card for him. I hope it's masculine enough! I finally used some of my Papertrey Ink stamps I bought over the summer. I just love the Giga Guide Lines set. You will probably see more cards using this set soon! I'm thinking of making some Christmas cards with it.
I hope you like what I created! If you are new to my blog and like my work, I would love more followers! ;-) Be sure to stop by again tomorrow (Sunday) for the awesome DeNami Christmas Blog Hop!!! There are 22 designers this time, so you will surely get a good dose of Christmas inspiration!!!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Giga Guide Lines
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Basic Black, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Me & My Big Ideas - Black and White Free Spirit Specialty CS
Ink: Staz-on - Black, Brilliance - Starlite Silver
Other: Ribbon - SU Black Grosgrain, Nesties - Standard Circles Small, Classic Squares Small

Paper Therapy Challenge #6 - Ad Inspired

Monday, November 8, 2010

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend! It's time for another challenge over at Paper Therapy! This time it's an Ad Inspired challenge. Make a project based off of the inspiration you’ve gotten from the ad pictured above. Isn't it such a unique and interesting ad?! I sure spent a lot of time just studying it to see how I wanted to use it as inspiration for my card. And here's what I did! I'm pretty happy with it.

I used the brown color of the stockings, the black patent leather of the shoes, and the skin tone of the feet for my main layout. I tried to simulate the lines of the stockings by creating vertical lines with the embossing border (I had to run it through the machine 5 times since it was just a single squiggly line). I wanted to create the same shiny look from the shoes, so I took a piece of black cardstock, and embossed the whole thing with clear embossing powder. There must have been some pieces of white ep mixed in with the clear because you can see the little speckles in it, lol! Oh well....I think it gives it some extra character. I punched out a black scalloped circle and made a cut to the center where each scallop is. Then layered a prima flower, a button from DeNami Design, and finished it off with some black thread. I also added a touch of distress ink to the edges of the creamy caramel and vanilla cardstock. I hope you like my creation! I would love to hear any feedback you may have for me! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Small Script
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Kraft
Ink: Staz-on - Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Other: Orange Prima Flower, Button - Denami, Black Thread - Magic Scraps, Marvy Uchida Round Scalloped Punch, Rhinestones - Colorbok, Cuttlebug Embossing Borders - Just My Type

Paper Therapy Challenge #5 - Holy Moly! (and SCS CC287)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Good morning! Hope everyone had a great Halloween! This week's Paper Therapy challenge is a fun one! Holy must create a project with a hole in it somewhere. How you choose to do it is up to you! I was excited about this challenge because I really haven't made many cards with a 'window' in the front, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out. I also used a previous SCS Color Challenge CC287 for the colors on this card. I kept it simple, and this is what I came up with. It's a little difficult to see where the window is, but the edge of the orange trim is where the hole is. The DeNami Design "BIRTHDAY WISHES" sentiment and balloons (which I masked) are stamped on white cs and layered on eggplant cs, then attached to the inside part of the card with dimensionals. To keep with the circular theme, I used another DeNami stamp Medium Double Circle, to create the pattern around the window. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me out with that one! Luckily, I only had to do it once! At the bottom is a piece of eggplant cs, with thin strips of certainly celery and groovy grava layered on top. I used my Crop-o-dile to punch the small holes. I intended to use this as a male birthday card, but now I'm not sure. Would it be appropriate for a guy? Or do you think it's too girly?! Let me know what you think! Have a great week! :-)

Stamps: DeNami - Birthday Wishes Circle, Party Time Petit Fours Set, Medium Double Circle
Cardstock: SU - Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Groovy Guava, Whisper White
Ink: SU - Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant
Other: Nestabilities Standard Circles Small, Dimensionals, Crop-o-dile, Stamp-a-ma-jig