February 20, 2010

Thanks for your Hospitality!

Good morning everyone!  At least it should be morning when you're reading this!  Unlike me you've probably already gone to bed to enjoy your slumber :)  I'm sorry I haven't posted much this last week.  I have been busy being inspired by all of the wonderful challenges and things you've all been creating.  Anyhow the card I have for you is as bright and cheerful as the last one that I made (thanks for all of your lovely comments by the way).  I'm not usually one for bright orange and yellow but that Scenic Route paper just brings it out in me.  If you aren't a fan of bright colours, please stay tuned for a few mellower and calming cards I made for the Viva la Verve challenges.  I paper pieced the couch and the pillows.  The pillows are attached with glue dots to give them a bit of dimension.  This card I plan to mail to my Grandmother who we went to visit a couple of weekends ago in Vancouver.  Besides cooking lovely meals and keeping a warm house for use to sleep, she and my Uncle looked after the kids while  my hubby and I went out for a night on the town.  Something we haven't done in almost a year. Sad but true :(

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday.  Happy crafting.

Paper:  PTI white, Tangerine Tango, Apricot appeal, Scenic Route dp (Ashville?), SU! dp (Green polka dot)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
Accessories:  New Leaf buttons (PTI), Corner Rounder punch
Stamps:  On My Couch (PTI), Sincere Salutations (SU!)

February 16, 2010

Make It Count

This card came from multiple inspirations.  1) Everything but the Kitchen Sink Sketch Challenge 2) Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 3) Cinema Saturday Movie: Clueless and 4) My favourite upbeat Scenic Route dp.

It just happened that both sketch challenges were very similar.  I just made each square the same size rather than the bigger center square for the Sweet Sunday Sketch.  As for how this card relates to the Cinema Saturday challenge, there's a point in the Movie Cher (Silverstone) was quoting Horace's "Carpe Diem". I decided to make a cheerful and uplifting card based on that.

Anyhow, there are a lot of details to this card, lots of layers and textures and shapes.  I hope you'll take the time to look at them up close.  You might have to look closer to see the Make it Count sentiment in the flower's center. There's hand stitching on the front panels, sewed stitching as well as orange beads added to the flower.  I've been trying to add some beadwork to my projects lately.  Since I'm not much of a bead crafter, I find it hard to do without making it look tacky.

Hope you are having a fabulous week.  Happy crafting!

Paper: Bazzill Basics (Yellow), Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Ashville? dp (Scenic Route)
Accessories: Flower Fusion (SU!), Orange beads (SU!), Build-a-brad,  1 3/4" circle punch, cotton floos (Orange and Yellow)
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive
Stamp:  Make it Count (SU!)

February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Woohoo, Canada won gold in men's ski freestyle!!!  I was so happy for Alexandre Bilodeau and it was so sweet to see his brother so excited for his win.  I've spent most of the day watching the olympics skiing and speed skating events.  I'm not usually really into the Olympics but after watching the opening ceremonies I felt compelled to watch when I could.

Anyhow, here's a card I made inspired by the stamp set Keys to My Heart by Practicing Creativity.  I day dreamed the stamped horizontal strips and it all just snowballed from there.  I really wanted to use this set again before Valentine's day comes to an end (although I know I'll use the argyle stamps throughout the year).  I used red for my main colour so it falls under the latest Crazy for Challenges #24.

I hope you all have a wonderful night spent with your loved ones (today and always).  I heart U my friends :P

Paper: White CS, Black CS, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Real Red satin ribbon
Stamps: Keys to My Heart (Practicing Creativity)