Birthday flowers

January 14th, 2011

I’ve got a card doing double-duty tonight:


The first challenge is MFW’s Tuesday Trigger: Bright Spot.  I was inspired by the bright colors in the banner and table setting and all that beautiful white.  The second challenge is the Wee Memories challenge #38: Design With Twine.  And here’s what I came up with:

I’d like to tell you that I came up with the idea for the twine flowers all on my own but I must ‘fess up - it came from the current issue of Creating Keepsakes.  I did create mine a little differently from theirs and I do think it’s a little easier.  Here’s a step-by-step with photos (please excuse some of the blurry photos and you can click on any photo to make it larger):

 Die cut scallop circle and punch a small hole in the middle.

 Use the prongs of the brad to push the end of the twine through to the backside.

 Wrap the end of the twine around the prongs and then open them up to secure.

 Flip the circle over and add liquid adhesive around the brad (not too much since it dries quickly) and then start wrapping the twine around the brad.  Add more adhesive as you continue to wrap. 

 When you are at your stopping point, trim the end of the twine and add a dab of Glossy Accents to it before pushing it up against the ring of twine. 

These are fun & easy to make and the twine from The Twinery comes in such fun colors.  I got the sampler pack in December and would highly recommend it.

Feeling bluesy

January 14th, 2011

It’s Friday (yay!) and I’ve got a new Mami Doodles challenge for you today!  This time we are challenged to use mostly blues and I picked A Little Fishy for my card:


And I found another sketch challenge, the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (#99) at The Sweetest Thing:


Isn’t he cute?!  I colored him with Prismacolors and Gamsol and added some Stickles to his fins.  I also added a touch of Stickles to the bubbles.  The waves were made by using the negative portion of PTI’s medium scallop die.  Some bling and a sentiment from PTI’s Pond Life Sentiments completes my little card.

You have till January 27th to upload your project to the Mami Doodles blog.  A randomly-drawn winner will win the last 3 releases and one of their choice.  Oh I forgot to mention, the fish set that I used is a freebie from Elisa to celebrate her one year anniversary.  Go here to get yours.  And don’t forget check out the fab creations by the other design team members while you are there.

Happy crafting!

Love birds

January 12th, 2011

I’m trying a new sketch challenge today, Get Sketchy #69:

And here’s were I went with it:

This week’s CARDS challenge is to use felt so I dug out my felt birds & branches from Maya Road.  I paired them up with PTI’s Vintage Labels and TAC’s I Heart You sets to make a Valentine’s day card for Paper Crafts Jan/Feb gallery challenge.  I usually stick to the sketches but I veered a little off course for this one.  And an unusual color combo for me but makes me happy. :)

New challenge

January 9th, 2011

Have you heard about the new scrapbook sketch challenge blog, Get Your Sketch On?  It was started by the creators of Get Sketchy and I thought I would give it a whirl since I’ve got freshly printed holiday photos waiting to be scrapbooked.  Here’s the inaugural sketch:

And here’s my take:

Obviously, I didn’t deviate from the sketch (why mess with a good thing?).  I used patterned paper from Graphic 45′s Christmas Past collection, glittery Thickers and Jenni Bowlin letter stickers.  The hardest part about this LO was getting the journaling lined up correctly around the circular element.  It took me 2 tries and a little muttering since I didn’t realize the first one was off-center until AFTER I had adhered the strip to the LO.  But the end result made it all worthwhile.  Now we can look back at our Christmas dinner and remember the delish food we had.

I’m looking forward to playing along with this new sketch challenge blog since I have seriously neglected my scrapbooking this past year.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week!

Making waves

January 7th, 2011

My niece’s birthday was this past Tuesday (hi Marie!) and I wanted to make a special card for her.  Her favorite color is blue so I went through my stash of Core’dinations cardstock and found 3 gradient shades.  It’s a little more teal than blue but still makes pretty water.  I used PTI’s medium scallop die to cut the scallops and then used the negative parts to make the waves for the 2nd card.  I loved being able to use both parts so that no paper was wasted and I didn’t have a bunch of little scraps leftover.  I apologize for my photography; I think the colors in the 2nd card are truer to real life.


The dolphin and fishies are from a new set by Hero Arts called Fish & Shells.  So many pretty images in this set and I will definitely be making more cards with them.  I used foam adhesive to pop up the layers and some rhinestones for the bubbles.  The sentiment on both cards is from PTI (Daily Designs Sentiments & Pond Life Sentiments). 

And it’s Friday, YAY!  Hope you have a great weekend!


December 30th, 2010

Hello there!  Hope you’re having a great week and getting ready to celebrate the new year.  Can’t believe 2011 is just 2 days away!  With that in mind, here are the inspiration boards for Off The Wall Craftiness challenge #39


I’m a guest designer this week and I decided to make a card to celebrate the new year:

I used silver  embossing powder on the glasses & sentiment and added some silver embellies to make champagne bubbles.  Here’s a detail shot:

This week’s sponsor is Graphic 45; their products are absolutely beautiful!  I hope you will make some time to play with us this week.  And thanks to Kim for inviting me to be a guest designer! 

Hope you have a happy, healthy & joyful new year!

Wrapping it up

December 24th, 2010

Well it’s the day before Christmas and I survived a trip to the grocery store.  I’m not crazy enough to attempt a trip to the mall however.  Fortunately I’m done with my Christmas shopping and just needed to wrap a few gifts.  I found a couple of white recycled boxes in my craft closet  and I decided to gussy them up for the Paper Crafts December gallery challenge.  The first one holds symphony tickets for my hubby:

I used some stamp sets from PTI and wonderful baker’s twine from The Twinery.  Love the variety of fun colors in the sampler pack.  The 2nd box is for my MIL and holds restaurant gift cards:

The paper & tag are from Graphic 45′s Christmas Past collection.  My style is not vintage at all but their papers are beautiful and so easy to coordinate.  I added a doily from the dollar store, yummy recycled ribbon & a little holly sprig to finish it off.   

Hope you have a joyous Christmas with your family & friends!

Mami Doodles challenge #17

December 17th, 2010

Woo hoo, it’s Friday!  We’ve got a special challenge for you this time – make & send a card/gift to a friend.  The design team sent our cards to each other and mine goes to talented Vera:


This very pretty image is called the Star Fairy and also comes with a sentiment:

I colored her with Prismacolors & Gamsol and then added Stickles to her wings and the stars.  The patterned paper is from Graphic 45′s Christmas Past collection.  I haven’t made too many acrylic cards and it is a little tricky stamping on it.  My sentiment is a little smudged but it gives it a 3D effect (that’s what I’m telling myself anyway).

Go check out all of Elisa’s new images & even a freebie to celebrate Mami Doodles’ 1st birthday.  And don’t forget to see all the fab creations by the design team.  Happy Friday to you & hope you have a wonderful weekend!   

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Sadly another challenge blog is ending… this time it’s Caardvarks.  Their very last challenge is to make a monochromatic card.  I combined it with the Cards challenge to make a Christmas card that does not include red or white and the Moxie Fab World’s Glitter Is Glam challenge


PTI’s Through The Trees is one of my all-time fave stamp sets and this time I bedazzled it with Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart iridescent fine glitter.  Here’s a close-up: 

Makes it look like a snowy scene, doesn’t it?  And the glitter is reflecting pink & green but I promise it’s white glitter (called Sugar Cube).  I added 3 birds to represent our little family and some tiny gems to complete the sentiment from the Tree Trimming Trio set.  I was heavy-handed with the Glossy Accents so my white panel is a little warped.  So note to self for the next time – less is more when it comes to GA. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Glitzy thank you

December 15th, 2010

I have heard about the EtsyInspired challenge from sweet Virginia’s blog for a while now but have not played before.  When I saw this piece of jewelry from challenge #118, I was inspired to play along.    

It’s from the Tzaddi Shop and the jewelry is just gorgeous!  So of course I pulled out my HA Peacock stamp and AC Zing glitter embossing powder and created this:

 I colored in the flowers and feathers with a blender pen & different dye inks.  I tried to be very loose with my coloring instead of being precise; I like the way the colors flow together.  I almost used a light blue background stamped with a big flourish but am glad I went with the white cardstock embossed with swirls instead.  Love how the glitter pops against the white.  Some pink gems finish off the sentiment.

This card is also for the Moxie Fab World Glitter Is Glam challenge and Hero Arts December challenge (giving thanks and adding shine technique).