September 18, 2009

Delightful Night

I don't know about you but I'm having a very nice evening in my craft room. I'm getting a chance to look through things that I haven't been able to get to all this Crazy 4 Challenges sketch. Unfortunately I missed the Get Sketchy challenge :-( I promising myself to finish GS#6 by the end of the weekend before I forget about it. Even for this Crazy 4 Challenges #2 I'm cutting it real close. I may even be too late but oh well, I got to work out a new Halloween card which generally have me stumped for ideas.

Because I don't have a distressing tool I used my scissors to distress the edges of my cardstock and paper.  I also distressed the popped up pumpkin.  I think it turned out quite well.  The sentiment is of course from the Grateful Greetings set I keep mentioning. The pumpkins are from the retired Carved and Candlelit set which is really too bad because it has a lot of versatility for Halloween and Thanksgiving/Harvest.  The dp is the Night & Day specialty paper .  This paper is also versatile if you like working with black and white because the paper pattern isn't specifically for halloween.

I'm going to go and brainstorm some more ideas. Take care my friends, have a fabulous weekend and hope to hear from you soon.

September 17, 2009

Thinking of You

Happy Thursday everyone! And last time I checked the calendar, Friday isn't far behind! Yahoo!!!  Although I have a very busy weekend planned, it will still be nice to sleep past 6:30 am. Last night I did manage to find some time to craft even though hubby wanted me to sit and watch Red Dwarf with him and I was dead tired. I don't know if you've heard of it but it's a BBC series and while it has some really good writing and it's funny at times, it's still not my thing. Even still, I sat down and watched a couple of episodes because it's obviously something he wants to share with me. I wonder if he wants to sit down and share my crafting? Now that would be funny. He does add positive feedback when I show him my work.

Anyhow, the top card I made the moon by using the 1 3/8" circle punch, sanding and inking the edges in Bordering Blue and then sanding again.  I know owls don't sleep at night but maybe he's content digesting his food LOL!! The sentiment is from the Grateful Greetings stamp in the Holiday Mini .  Now I know that it's on the more expensive side but it's a really useful, wonderful set because it has more than one sentiment for 4 major holidays/events. Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and Valentines day.  I've used most of them except the Valentine ones because I'm just not there yet....I'll wait until the new year.

Now the bottom card was inspired by this card made by Ann over at  Creative Antics. They don't look the same but the simple layout idea was what inspired my card. I also used Old Olive instead of Always Artichoke for this card. Both greens worked well with the non-SU dp. I square scalloped White and Chocolate Chip cs and I punched holes in the Choco Chip and layered over the white. I also inked around the sentiment and popped it up with dimensionals. And those dimensional owls I picked up at THE big box store about a month ago knowing exactly which dp I needed them for.  Aren't they adorable.  I've seen them over at SCS as well.

Thankful Thoughts
Paper:  NSU! dp, SU! More Mustard, Always artichoke, Baja breeze
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue
Accessories:  Chocolate Chip ribbon NSU owl, and scallop edge punch
Stamp set: Grateful Greetings

Kind Thoughts
Paper:  SU! Old Olive, Whispering White, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, NSU dp.
Ink:  SU! Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Dimensionals, 1/16 hole punch, NSU half pearls and owl
Stamp set: Kind Thoughts (Retired) 

September 14, 2009

Friendships to Chair-ish

Good evening all!  Hope the week has started well for all of you and that you enjoyed the weekend. We had beautiful weather here and enjoyed 2 birthday parties and a swap/sale on Saturday. Busy yes, but it's nice to see friends and meet new people. 

Here's my first card using my new non-SU! stamp set (which I bought before all the IDA hoopla) and I love it!! There are endless possibilities especially when you combine the set with all of SU! colour combos.  Since I was using a non-SU! stamp I thought I would try to stick to SU! for the rest of my supplies (relieve my guilty conscience LOL). I fell short at the ribbon though and had to throw in that green twill because I didn't have anything else wide enough that would go with the colours I chose. The So Saffron grosgrain is old stock since SU doesn't carry it anymore.  I was surprised to see that they only carry it in the 1/2" striped grosgrain which is limited if you're working with certain patterned paper or going for a more elegant approach.  Oh well, maybe next year they will put it back in the catty.

For this card I used Soft Suede ink for my outline colour. I really am lovin' that shade of brown and it is becoming my favourite neutral to work with. It's not as dark as Chocolate Chip or Close to Cocoa so it gives images a really soft look to them and it looks fabulous on Kraft paper don't you think?

It's too bad that the pictures can't show you the pop up on the bottom pieces of the couches and the pillow. I used dimensionals to enhance the 3-D effect of the stamps. The pillow is also slanted so that it appears to be laying on the couch. If only I were a good photographer and could highlight these details for you.

Anyhow, thanks for viewing the product of my latest inspiration.  Have a fabulous week!
Paper: SU! Kraft, Ruby Red
Ink:  SU! Ruby Red, Soft Suede,  Certainly Celery marker, Rose Red marker, Basic Brown marker
Accessorries:  SU! So Saffron ribbon, NSU green twill ribbon
Stamps:  On My Couch (NSU)

September 13, 2009

Crazy for Challenges #1

Finally, I got this card done. This is the card I had to walk away from because I was too tired to give it 100% and it probably shows. But it's done! It's late but it's done. I discovered the Crazy for Challenges (CFC) through the many blogs that I follow so thanks, ladies, for sharing. It looks like they are going to have some great challenges to share and as you know I like to start things from the beginning so that was a bonus.

Now this card did not turn out at all like I had thought it would. Originally I had wanted a rhinestone circle around the outer circle but it got messed up when I went to apply the rhinestone circle. And of course I didn't have more rhinestones to try again! Then I saw my rhinestone cupcake and have been waiting for the opportunity to use it. The scallop circle is made using my circle scissors and small corner rounder punch. I don't have a scallop circle die...yet! It's amazing how many tools you seem to 'need' for this craft! Does the list never end? Which tool do you use the most and couldn't live without? So the scallop circle is somewhat flawed but I think the rhinestones help to deflect the imperfections and this card still passes as a totally giveable card!

Sunday blessings to you and yours. Enjoy the last day of your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Paper:  White CS, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede dsp ,
Accessories: Certainly celery ribbon, tag corner punch, 1/8 circle punch,  circle scissors, corner rounder punch. NSU Bling cupcake
Stamp: Sincere Salutations