May 28, 2010

Sky's the Limit

I just had to play along with the latest Embellish colour challenge.  Ashley's colour choices are always so classy and the ladies that play along are so very talented.  I learn something new with each challenge.  I loved this colour challenge so much that I'm actually in the process of creating yet another card but without the butterfly.  

This card is also to fulfill this weeks CAS-tastic challenge requirements to add a little bit of green.  I also used last weeks Fall-to-layout sketch to help bring the colours together.  The Kraft butterfly was made using my PTI Polkadot background basics I with Old Olive ink.  I also sponged the edges of each butterfly with black ink to give the layers more definition.  The rhinestones weren't adhered exactly where I would have like them but once they were there they were stuck for good.

Hope you all have a fantastic and creative weekend.  May the sun shine upon you. I'm going to try and relax a bit but I'm finding that my nerves are just a little shot with all this wait and see going on with the selling of our house.  Have I told you yet that I hope never to have to do this again?  LOL. 


1) Make A2 card from cs
2) Trim white cs and use embossing folder; mat to black cs; adhere to card
4) Die cut scallop border; stamp sentiment; adhere to card
5) Die cut butterflies; attach layers and button with floss; adhere to card
6) Adhere rhinestones to card


Paper: Kraft, Old Olive, Whisper White, black cs (PTI), sheet music
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Green button (Making Memories), black cotton floss (DMC), Beautiful Butterflies die (SU!), Perfect Polkadots ef (SU!), large scallop border die (PTI), green rhinestones (Kaisercraft) 
Stamps: Look Up (PCD), Polkadot background basics I (PTI)

May 27, 2010

A Sunny Thank You

Happy Thursday everyone!  Hope your week is going well and have fabulous plans for the weekend.  We have none here.  However, tonight my hubby is taking me out to a movie.  We don't know which one yet but I'll let you know tomorrow.

This post is for that EBTKS sketch challenge that I'm posting late.  Challenge tardiness is probably something I'll have to get use to once we start packing our things.  I'm going to miss having a craft room for a few weeks.  Anyhow, loved this sketch and thought of doing different textures but decided in the end to use different depths in dimension.  

Foam tape has become one of my go to tools since that last Embellish Challenge. The white focus panel and the large polkadot paper are adhered with foam tape while there a couple of trims that are applied only with glue tape.  I used up the little bits of scraps left over from the Scenic Route Ashville collection.  I'm going to miss that paper.  So cheerful and bright.

On the home from we had the house inspectors come this morning to look at our house.  It took 3 hours and because I was babysitting the twins and my daughter was home sick this morning.  I was unable to leave the house.  It's hard to keep your nose out of things when you know they're scrutinizing everything about the house.  I seriously never want to have to do this again.


1) Make card from cs
2) Trim different pattern papers in different widths 
3)  Trim focal panel and stamp sentiment.
4) Mat different papers to cs with glue tape and foam tape.
5) Adhere embellishments


Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Bridgeport (SEI), Ashville (Scenic Route), Bazzill cs
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Paper flowers (Recollections), Brads (BG), Rhinestones, swiss dot ef
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI)

May 26, 2010

Let's Bury Your Troubles

This is what I came up with for the fun Sketch Girl challenge.  I really wanted to work with some of my new favourite Cosmo Cricket paper.  Isn't Garden Variety so yummy?  I was really inspired by one of the their lines in the border paper saying something like "Diggin' in the dirt helps bury your troubles."  I decided to make an encouragement card based on this line. The cheerful bright paper was perfect for it!

I tried a number of techniques with this card and really took my time with it as I watched Valentine's Day.  I really like how it turned out and I really enjoyed the movie.  Usually when you get that many great celebrities together for a project they really don't put enough effort into the plot....but for this one the writing was fantastic and it all tied together so wonderfully. 

Anyhow, I hope to be back tomorrow with the card I made for the latest Everything but the Kitchen Sink sketch challenge which I was late in posting so it didn't make the time cut.  I really liked the sketch and I really liked how mine turned out too so I'm still going to share.

May 25, 2010

Key to My Happiness

Hello friends!  Today I get to show you my card for this weeks Viva la Verve sketch challenge and another favourite room in my house.  Besides the sketch we were meant to find inspiration in our craft rooms.  Well  my inspiration came purely by the fact of how much happiness my little space brings to me everyday.  It's the place where I can express myself and loose myself, a space in all my house that I can call mine.  It is a key to my happiness (besides the love and support of my family of course :)

My craft room never use to look so well organized and tidy but since we've been trying to sell our house I've had to minimize the clutter.  I also have a closet full of supplies right next to the desk.  And a couple of boxes of stamps in the storage room and about 6 pizza boxes of paper organized under the guest bed in the same room.  


1) Make A2 card from CS
2) Trim designer papers and attach ribbon; adhere to card
3) Die cut oval; stamp image and sentiment; attach ribbon loops to oval; adhere with foam tape to card
4) Attach buttons to card with glue dots.


Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart dsp (SU!), Cupid (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Rose Red, Basic Black
Accessories: New leaf twill ribbon (PTI), Rose Red grosgrain (SU!), White Satin ribbon (Practicing Creativity),  yellow and green satin ribbon (chatterbox), Raspberry Fizz (PTI), New leaf buttons (PTI), oval nestie (Spellbinders), foam tape (dollar store)
Stamps: Key to My Heart (Practicing Creativity), Whimsical words (SU!)

May 23, 2010

Practicing One Layer Creativity

Hello everyone.  Right now I'm at my mom's visiting for the weekend but I thought I would share with you a few one-layer cards I made for the current CAS-tastic challenge.  And yes I used Practicing Creativity stamps again.  Hope your not sick of them...I'm that I have all my big bulky block stamps packed away, my PCD stamps are getting a lot of use.  The only stamps I need but not necessarily the only stamps I want :)

My first card is just a simple celebration card for any occasion really, using Look Up and For the Love of Dots.  The next cards I used orange ink on orange paper with the Dandy sunrays and the Verve Plain Jane I  bought specifically to go with those rays.   These cards aren't anything amazing but it was fun to play with just stamps.

Now for some exciting news at least for my family.  We've had an offer on our house and will be signing the paper today and hopefully everything will go smoothly and the subjects will be removed by the end of the next week.  Now it's just another waiting game.  I hope that I never have to sell our home again.  The waiting game is just too much for my nerves to bare.

More exciting news for me was my random win at Off the Wall for this card.  I can't wait to get my package of brads. I have been very blessed this week haven't I?  Hope you week is blessed as well.

Celebrate Elements

Paper:  Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Stamps: You're Dandy, For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity Designs)

Sunshine Elements

Paper: Apricot Appeal (left), Summer Sunrise (PTI)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Groovy Guava, Really Rust, Basic Black, black pen
Stamps: You're Dandy, Look Up (PCD), Plain Jane sentiment (Verve)