Monday, January 30, 2012

PDCC#116 and H2H

Good morning!

I enjoyed playing with the colors over at Play Date Cafe this week I combined these colors with the H2H challenge; all excited about the "tag" die cut on my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

For my card, I used the CTMH colors: Indian Corn Blue, Sweet Leaf, and Gypsy (I don't have anything closer to "Plum"!). I used my "Jubilation" stamp set and Sweet Leaf colored ribbon from the Ribbon Rounds collection. I cut the two tags out with my Cricut and stamped the coordinating image on them from the "Vintage Type" stamp set. I embellished the two tags with circle images from this same set and the "Winter Wishes" sentiment from the "Jubilation" stamp set (now retired). Little mini "pearls" (from Michael's) complete the snow flakes in the circles. 

Sorry the picture quality isnt' the best - hope you can see the little gems in the center of the snowflakes!

Thanks for looking! Hope you are having a great beginning to your week.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Colour Q Challenge # 121

Good evening!

I only went into my craft room tonight to put one of the computers away and plug it in and couldn't help but glance longingly at my desk and my goodies. :) So, I decided - what the heck? I can play for a few minutes. I kept changing my mind and rearranging, but finally decided to leave well enough alone.

Here is the Colour Q palette for this week..... (Kraft is one of my favorites and I had a new pack of Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink, so it was a good excuse to cut that package open!)

And my card using PaperTrey Ink Botannical Silhouette stamp set, CTMH ink colors: Tulip, Olive, and Sunflower.

The adorable little paper butterflies are from CTMH with a stamped pattern on the white solid colored side from the "Unscripted" stampset. I have wanted to do that ever since I saw it in the last Idea Book and I finally executed. The Tulip patterned paper for the mat from the "Perfect Day" paper kit (long since retired --  LOOONNNG since)  and the kraft colored hemp are both CTMH. The mini gems (both brown and pearl) are from Michaels. (I can't seem to have enough of those things -- I think they go with everything!)

Thanks for looking! Hope you have a great week. Don't forget to check out the inspiring gallery over at Colour Q this week. Pin It

Monday, January 23, 2012

H2H - Color Challenge Plus

Hello there!

I'm excited to say that the last week or two I have been in a scrapbooking mode vs. a card design mode. This is a good thing since I really could stand to make more layouts of all my cute pictures of our piglets. That is what first drew me to papercrafting and I feel I'm nothing if not true to my first love. Hee hee. (And, the good part is the kids LOVE to look at the pages of themselves. They have gone through their baby albums scads of times. ..I'm choosing to see this as an adorable little childhood curiosity rather than evidence of an overzealous narcissistic nature. I'm sure they are TOTALLY normal and I have not messed them up in anyway! No way, not me. Nuh-uh!)

The Wonderland paper kit from CTMH was one of my favorite kits this year. And, the good favorite - like I-can't-wait-to-use-it-I-have-so-many-great-ideas favorite; not like my unhealthy hoarding problem favorite I shamefully admit I have (notice this is STILL present tense; not yet overcome this one) with the "Dreamin' " kit. It's a "oh-that-is-SO-pretty-I'm-afraid-I'll-never-do-it-justice-so-I'm-scared-to-cut-it" favorite. They both excite me, but one is far more productive than the other. I'll give you three guesses....

The blue and amethyst (that's purple to non-CTMH'ers and orchid to non-CTMH'ers but color shade experts like my mom) are so pretty together! I love blue and every shade of it, so can't go wrong here. I also love the plaid/argyle patterns so this is a two-fer!

I used this kit as an excuse to catch up on the snow pictures I had from last year. We are in TN and we don't get very much snow. Last year had to be some sort of record for us. The kids had snowball fights and built snowmen. They were in hawg heaven. (Never mind parents had to strain to find short-notice child care for all the school closings in order to avoid being fired; the kids were happy and that's what it's all about.)

Here is one of my favorite layouts from CTMH (this one came with the "Splendor" WOTG kit, 1 or 2 summers ago --- DON'T tell me; I don't want to know.)

I used the adorable stamp set that came with the WOTG kit for the mittens, the cuppa joe, and the sentiment "You warm my heart". Since I don't have Amethyst ink, I used second generation Gypsy (my only purple ink!) and Twilight blue ink to make the sentiment show up on the colored paper. The Irresistables chipboard pieces are inked in Crystal Blue ink and I also added a few of the snowflake brads from the coordinating Mistletoe accessories. All edges are inked with Grey Wool ink. The title is stamped with the Trinity Alpha E-size stamp set. It is a good one!  (That is new, also, and I am really looking for ways to use it. ha!) 

Be sure to check out more artful creations over at the H2H Challenge Blog. It's a great place to get inspiration and ogle everyone's CTMH goodies!

Thanks for looking. Have a great week!
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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge # 36

Black & White

I thought that this challenge was going to tear me up! Black and white - yay! NO color? Boo! ....BUT, once I got started, I wanted to make about 5 different cards. I didn't. But I wanted to. I just kept having ideas. That is pretty exciting mojo to have that much inspriation out of one challenge. So YAY for CAS-ual Fridays. :) Something I didn't think I could do, then I loved it. That's why I have gotten such a kick out of doing challenges. I just love everything about them!

I swear I pulled out 3 or 4 stamp sets right off the bat. I went with an "old" favorite; my "Just Because" stamp set. It came from a card kit many moons ago. I love the girly images of the sassy little feministas on this set.

I used my CTMH AP Cricut cartrdige to cut the framed black shape to mat behind my stamped image on white PTI cardstock.

I used black Tsukineko VersaFine ink to stamp the image of the girl holding the heart and to stamp the "just because" sentiment on the card base. Black twill ribbon (from Micheals) is tied around the card base.  I mounted black "Licorice Opagues" from CTMH on either side of the sentiment. This card was really simple and I made it quickly; even with guests in the room..

Here is my fun little card:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Card Patterns Sketch #148

Well ok - I am already sitting here with my pictures handy - I might as well get this one in.

I  was playing with my new Cricut Cartridge this weekend (notice I keep throwing that around - I was too excited. It's almost sad really.) and I loved this cupcake. The die-cut coordinates with one of the stamp sets that came with the Cartridge. Did I mention that I just got it this weekend?

Here is the Card Pattern sketch:

And my card using the sketch:

I stamped the cup portion of the cupcake in Watermelon and the icing in Sunset. The sentiment and cardstock are also Watermelon. Other cardstock is Sunset and Blush. I added a matching ribbon in Orange and the Licorice Opagues (gray) for the sprinkle. I also used my AP CARTRIDGE to cut the circle and scalloped circle.

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Case Study Challenge #73

Good evening!

I am on my way out for the night, battling a nasty cold! (Achhoooo!)  However, I wanted to get this post up before I put it off any longer. :)

The CASE study intrigued me this week; the muse used the negative shapes from a die cut on her card. Since I received my new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge this weekend (WHOO-HOOOO!) I had die-cuts all over the place! I glanced down and was thinking how I didn't want to waste any of my beautiful Wonderland paper, when this challenge came to mind. What a fabulous way to stretch your favorite paper pieces. (I KNOW none of us have enough paper. I mean, what else is a girl to do!) (See any prior post to learn of my "hoarding" problem with scrapping supplies - not "hoarding" like the TLC show "Hoarders", but "hoarding" like I don't use my supplies enough because I'm afraid I will waste them! {That show totally stole our word and "dirtied" it up.} Now I have to go into 2 and 3 sets of parenthesis to explain myself. The things we deal with!)

This is the adorable card made by the muse (Jen Rzasa) for the Case Study challenge.

And my card using the Wonderland paper, colonial white ribbon, a pewter ribbon slide, and the stamped sentiment & scrolls from my set that came in my Wonderland WOTG kit; my lovely snowflake, courtesy of Cricut and CTMH. (A finer union, there never was!)

Thanks for looking! Hope you have a fantabulous week.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sketchy Thursdays and Play Date Cafe Combination

Good evening,

I'm trying to blog AND watch tv tonight, (Ambitious, I know! -- but some relaxation is in order tonight), so forgive me if my prose is not quite "with it".

I've been trying to find time to post this layout that I had so much fun making on Saturday afternoon. I used the Sketchy Thursday layout from this week and combined it with the fun winter colors from the Play Date Cafe challenge.

For my coordinating CTMH colors, I pulled in Juniper colored patterned paper (from the Perfect Day paper kit) and Crystal Blue colored patterned paper (from the Topstich paper kit). Cream colored cardstock from Bazzil is my base.
The semi-circle accent paper is crystal blue and from the Wonderland kit (recently purchased, thank you very much! It's a BEAUTIFUL kit.)  I stamped the cocoa mug and mittens from the coordinating stamp set found in the Workshop on the Go kit in Juniper ink. The sentiments "You Warm My Heart" and "So Sweet" are from the same stamp set, but in Indian Corn Blue ink so that it would show up. I randomly stamped small snow flakes in crystal blue on the blue paper and on vellum. I used a snowflake punch to punch out the vellum, where I had stamped so that the crystal blue would give some color and dimension. (stamps from same kit) Gray colored opagues from the Licorice opague gems pkg are in the middle of my snowflakes. Above the photo on the left hand side is an "Irrestibles" chipboard frame that I inked in Gray Wool. Blue "Twinkle Brads" are underneath the mug also from CTMH. (These coordinated with the Jingle paper kit from waaay back!)

This layout was fun. I enjoyed working with the color combination that I would not have made up AND I loved having such a cute sketch with layered paper! (Which I'm not always good at)

Be sure to check out the other artwork on these 2 sites and Thanks for Looking tonight.

Have a great rest of the week.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

CR84FN45 - Color Challenge

Hello there~

My first post since the Christmas card marathon. :) I enjoyed making them; I am already looking forward to Christmas Challenges again next year! I almost didn't know how to function with this color challenge - (not being red and green).

I gave this one some thought and came up with an idea last night before I fell asleep. It was hard to wait all day to play around with it. I even started before the kids were in bed tonight! :)

Here is my card using this yummy yellow damask-patterned paper from October Afternoon (part of my "Use My Stash" self-help program) and one of my favorite stamp sets "Unscripted" by CTMH. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.

I used Goldrush (2nd generation, then Rock N Roll inking methods) ink for the dandelions; 2nd generation Desert Sand for the stems; Dutch Blue for the sentiment; and Desert Sand is sponged on the edges of the white panel and the yellow background piece. All ink, the pearl opagues, and  the natural colored twill is from CTMH.

This card measures 5x5. I was feeling wild and wooly tonight! -- I cut that 8.5 x 11 cardstock right up - knowing I couldn't get another card base out of it! ; ) I'm turning over a new leaf! (We'll see how long it lasts.)
Be sure to check out the challenge and related artwork over at CR84FN. Thanks for looking and have a great rest of the week. Pin It

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