April 23, 2010

Recapturing Old Wonders ~Edited

Hi Ladies!  Until tomorrow morning, when I can properly right and take better pictures, this post is going to be short.  This is an entry for the Second challenge at Wee Memories and there's a whole lot of May Arts ribbon up for grabs.  Anyhow,  here's what I came up with from the beautiful image and some wonderful gifts from my talented friend Jessica.

I'll be back soon to update you on all the ins and outs.  Sorry for the rush!

EDIT April 24th:  Okay so now I finally have some time to finish this post and add some better pictures.  I had Wee memories inspiration picture on my desk all week but with all the Verve fun I put it aside waiting for just the right ideas and materials to come together.

Well yesterday I received a package from Jessica from Recapturing Wonders (hence my post title).  About a month ago I saw her using a pattern tracer on her cards and wanted to do the same but for all my trying to the right one (don't want the straight blade) I couldn't find it so she decided to do the sweetest thing and send me one. Such a sweet gesture to begin with but then she sent a few more goodies on top of it all!!! That girl just made me feel so special and I hope to pay that feeling forward very soon. 

Anyhow one of the items in the package was Making Memories Funky Vintage ribbon....exactly what I needed for the challenge!  I decided to use the 2S4Y sketch and flip it.  I decided to make a Mother's Day card for my grandmother since she would probably like something with a vintage feel.

I inked the edges of the card base with Soft Suede and and ran the pattern tracer around the edges.  It's hard to pick up so you might have to click on a picture to get a better idea.  I also got a chance to play around with the Delightful Dahlia set from PTI.  I embossed the small flower on the Blush Blossom with White Pearl Translucent embossing powder.  That stuff is amazing and I like it better than clear embossing powder!  It's got a nice pearly sheen but still takes on the colour of the ink (I used versamark) or paper underneath.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Paper: Kraft, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories: Ribbon (Making Memories), White Pearl Translucent embossing powder, felt fusion flowers (SU!), Wild Wasabi brad (SU!), Rhinestones, pearls, labels 3 Nestibilities, pattern tracer
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia (PTI)

April 22, 2010

Last One!

Here's my final card for the Verve Beach Party Release Challenge!  By finished all 5 challenges I have a chance to win the entire Release!!!  Wouldn't that be wild??  Plus if I finish my half done card downstairs using the Delightful and Delicious I have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.  That would be sweet!  The deadline is tomorrow and I have to load up all the cards to my splitcoast gallery.

Anyhow on with the card.  I was searching through all my paper on my computer (I have most of my collections pictured and organized on my laptop to save me time and they don't get forgotten in the mix).  I came across this fantastic cheerful Fancy Pants collection called CELEBRATE that I have yet to cut into. It's been in my boxes for well over a year.  How disgraceful is that?  I was really drawn to the bright stripes and polka dots.  By using my Verve Feel the Sun set it gave me a chance to paper piece and I also decided to do some more paper folding for texture.  This time I distressed the edges of the folded paper.  The last interesting dimension to this project is the Scribbles 3D paint added to the center of the flower. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit my multiple posts this week.  I'm so proud to have finished all the challenges and I thank you very kindly for encouraging me and letting me share.  Enjoy the beauty of the rest of your day!  I'm off to phone my hubby to see how his day is going.

Paper:  Kraft, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Celebrate dp (Fancy Pants)
Ink: Ruby Red, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Scribbles 3D Paint, dimensionals
Stamps: Feel the Sun

Hello Friend

How are you this wonderful day?  Mine started out a little rocky...the boys were up at 6:30 this morning and my dh was a tad grouchy (partly from being woken up early and also dreading the fact of being in the office by himself today).  Now that the kids are at school, hubby is at work and my little guy has a couple of playmates here to keep him entertained, I'm able to enjoy a nice cup of java (my second cup to be honest).

While reading the Verve Beach Party challenge rules, I noticed that I have to create 5 separate cards so I can't combine challenges.  Luckily I was inspired to create this little beauty for the colour challenge.  I know all those bright colours can get scary but one you start playing with them you really come to love them.  It also helped having that Hawaiin Shores felt scallop already cut and lying on my desk to inspire me.  I also used a few other textures that I don't normally used.  The white fiber string has been sitting in my embellishment box waiting for a home and the orange prima flowers I've only used once before.   Also chipboard isn't something I reach for everyday.  Why do I have all this if I never use it you ask?  Because you never know when it will inspire you.  Having said that there really is no reason to buy more and yet I still do!  On the plus side, I like to share...whether it's with my kids or my crafty friends.

Have a fantastic day and thanks so much for taking a peak.  Happy Crafting!

Paper: Delightful (Fancy Pants), Certainly Celery stripe (SU! princess party pack), Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Basic Black
Accessories: Chipboard letters (Maya Road), Orange Flowers (Prima), Hawaiian Shore felt (PTI), large scallop border die (PTI), white fiber string (Unknown), Hawaiian shores button (PTI), Labels 1 Nesties (Spellbinders)
Stamps:  You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs)

April 21, 2010

Don't You Know?....You're Dandy

Well lucky for me my order from Practicing Creativity arrived on Monday....just in time to get my mojo running again. 

Right now I'm just focusing on getting those Verve challenges done and the PTI blog hop is happening soon too. Only two more days and I do have to make 6 cards and I'm only half done. For tthis very subtle and sweet card, I used the fourth Verve Beach Party Sketch challenge.  Isn't it Dandy?  I wonder where that saying came from?  Better question is when?  Anyone have any ideas?

Anyhow, I really don't have anything interesting to tell you today.  Am I boring or what?  Oh well, if you you have been entertained hopefully you've been inspired.  Please scroll down to see my latest...this is my third post in 24 hours.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, retired dp (SU!)
Ink: Going Gray craft
Accessories: Tab punch (SU!), pearls, Scallop border punch (SU!), Wild Wasabi ribbon, Fiskars shape cutter, clear embossing powder.
Stamps:  You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs)

April 20, 2010

In Your Heart Forever

Well here's my entry for the third Verve Beach Party sketch challenge.  I saw the sketch I thought the Hundred Hearts set would work really well.  It has some big verses and lovely heart images.  Add in some paper folding and paper piercing, some sponging and bling and you have one sweet card.  I used Soft Suede to soften the edges

Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday.  This is a busy day for me.  I have to take my daughter to the doctor first thing this morning (nothing life threatening), then she has her music class this afternoon and her school spring drama production.  They are doing a version of Sleeping Beauty and my daughter is super excited since it's one of her favourite fairy tales, right up there with Cinderella.

Anyhow that's it for now.  I've included a few angles to look at.  I'll be back later this afternoon with another project made with You're Dandy from Practicing Creativity.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Cupid (Pink Paislee), Love Bandit (BoBunny)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Soft Suede
Accessories: Rhinestones, dimensionals
Stamps: Hundred Hearts (Verve)

Verve Beach Party

It's that time again...Verve Release Week!  Along with it comes chances to win gift certificates and the whole release!!!  Wouldn't that be cool?  For this card I used combined 2 challenges into 1 to save myself some time.  I hope that's allowed.  I also didn't have any Verve stamps (I only have 3 sets) that inspired me with this sketch so I turned to some fun PTI.

I did this one piece by piece.  I made up all the panels but had no idea what I was going to do with the card base.  White was too plain so I decided to spruce it up a bit with Polkadot Basics, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise.  The blue button is the new PTI Hawaiian Shore vintage buttons and the green and orange buttons are from my moms sewing stash.  A whipstitch was added to the bottom of the focal panel rather than at the top and I thought I'd try something simple for the ribbon treatment. The sun was created using the scallop circle punch and swirl embossing folder.

The goal of this card was to make something cheerful and get back into my groove after the disappointment of my last card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to all my friends for their encouraging and supportive comments.  I'll be back tomorrow morning with another card that includes some paper folding and sponging.  Have a fabulous evening.

Paper:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sunrise (PTI)
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  Black DMC thread, small corner  rounder punch, Scallop dot border punch (MS), swirl ef (CB), Scallops circle punch, Orange Zest grosgrain ribbon (PTI), Hawaiian shores button (PTI), misc buttons
Stamps:  Polkadots Basics I (PTI), Everyday Button Bits (PTI), Mixed Messages (PTI)

April 19, 2010

Postcard from Paris

Have you ever had really big expectations of a project but were disappointed in the execution?  That's what this card is for me.  When I saw the sketch over at Everything But the Kitchen Sink I knew I wanted to think outside of the box and not follow the sketch literally.  With that in mind I envisioned an invisible border for that round curve.  At first I thought of city skyline silhouette but trying to find the right image (for free) was hard.  Anyone know of any great free clipart sites?  I came across this image of the Eiffel Tower and thought why not give it a try.  So I've done the best with what I had and it was nice to try something new even if I'm not crazy about it.   I might just try that sketch again.

This also falls under the requirements for the Off the Wall Challenge #3: A travel theme.  It reminds me of when I was in Paris in 2000.  I can't believe it was a decade ago!  Unfortunatele the third floor of the Tower was closed for the mayors Gala so I only got as high as the second floor but the fantastic part was the fireworks!!!  What an amazing view for fireworks!  

First I printed the image on to PTI white paper then I sponged the moon on using a 1 3/4" circle template and a small piece of a plain kitchen sponge (unused of course).  I added the stickles stars and water coloured the bushes.  Then I added the green border that reminded me of the neat and elegant fencing they have around the parks of paris.  I stopped there and then went to look at the card this morning and decided to sponge in a night time sky using Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy.

My last note of the day is a special thank you to Нети for thinking of me and passing on this award. She's fellow Cinema Saturday competitor from Bulgaria. I've decided not to pass it on but I would be happy to list 5 things that you probably don't know about me and 10 things that make me happy.

5 Things about Me:
  1. My parents seperated when I was in my mid 20's.  This experience drew me to the conclusion that it doesn't matter how old children are, they are still very much affected by their parents decisions.
  2. I don't go to church as often as I should but I have a firm belief that God is present and in control in my life.
  3. I don't have many friends but those that I have I love dearly.
  4. My guilty tv pleasures include reruns of Buffy, Angel, and Roswell.
  5. Since having kids of my own I find it really difficult to watch the news.
10 Things that Make Me Happy:
  1. Listening to my kids converse with each other.  Sometimes it's hilarious.
  2. Watching my kids play especially make belief.  It's amazing what runs through their precious minds.
  3. When dh shares his work day with me.
  4. When hubby gets up on Sunday mornings with the kids.  It gives me a chance to sleep in and coffee is made when I get up.
  5. Watching my kids sleep.
  6. Long snuggles with my kids in bed or on the couch.
  7. Winter....short days with cold excuses to stay indoors and enjoy a good book or stay in my craft studio.
  8. Sunshine
  9. Music
  10. Making new friends.
Anyhow, thanks for stopping by.  I hope it wasn't too long for you and that you aren't as disappointed in this creation I as I am.  Hope your week is fabulous.