Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sparkly Halloween - Guest Designer with Cute Card Thursday

Happy Halloween everyone!

In honor of this fabulous holiday, and for my last post for the Cute Card Thursday challenges as a guest designer, I put together this adorable "sparkly" card:

I'm using an adorable House Mouse Halloween stamp called "Bewitching Pumpkins". I colored it with watercolor pencils and a Close to My Heart blending pen. All the papers were matted and then popped up with foam adhesive (all of the papers are from Close to My Heart). I'm in a bit of a love affair with buttons, and since I didn't have any glittery buttons, I made my own by backing clear buttons to American Crafts glitter tape and cutting around it. I heat embossed the stamped stars and sentiment with gold embossing powder from Michaels.

Photographing the card at more of an angle shows the dimension and sparkle better :)

Well, thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day and I hope your evening isn't too spooky!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Spooktacular Halloween - Cute Card Thursday Guest Designer

Hello there!

I am happy to be back again as a guest designer for Cute Card Thursday this week!

The theme this week is "Spooktacular"...which translates as "ghosts" to me, ha!

Here is my take on the theme this week:

I used the Captured Moments (retired) stamp from Close to My Heart, and sponged various die inks using masks. I was a little surprised how bright the colors turned out, but over all I like it. The papers are from an old Bats and Weasels collection from Piggy Tales.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sweet Fall Thank You!

Happy Monday!

Here is a cute little card I put together for a couple challenges - the Use What You Have Challenge #19 with the Sweet Stamp Shop and the Paper Loft #11 sketch challenge.

I used the new Fall Gratitude stamps for the trees and the sentiments are from Scootin' By (retired).
I have a ridiculous amount of paper and a growing amount of twine over the last couple years. Here are a couple pics of my stash. 

And here is the fabulous sketch I modeled this card after: 

One of my favorite paper companies is Paper Loft...the colors and distressed papers are so pretty. I used a printed piece (Starfish) from the Island Sun collection, and matted that with solid honey colored cardstock from Close to My Heart.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mid Week Mojo - Citine (#3, 4 and 5)

Hello there!

I'm surprising myself by keeping up with the Scrapbook Steals Citrine series...this hasn't happened in a very long time. I guess it's fair to say I got my "mojo" back...oh, boy, ha! I'll thank all my crafty friends for that!

Although I've been getting these layouts posted on Facebook and submitted in time, I've been terrible about posting my layouts on my sorry for the long post, but here are the last three layouts and sketches I have completed in the series.

I used Basic Grey Nordic Holiday papers, die cut tags, and stickers for this layout. I also used some of my treasured Ali Edwards stamps and a new stamp from Close to My Heart in their new Workshop on the Go, Sparkle and Shine. I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricuit Cartridge to cut the label to match the stamp. The twine, inks and buttons are also Close to My Heart products. Here is the sketch I followed (pretty darn closely):

For this layout I used Pebbles Country Picnic collection, which is one of my favorite steals from Scrapbook Steals. The papers, flowers, tags, and alpha stickers all are from the same kit. The colors are beautiful...and SO perfect for my sweet baby girl. I used a Spellbinder dies to cut the label and added wood veneer hearts and white heart brads for visual interest. Here is the sketch: 

This weeks sketch reminded me more of a title that is what I did! Yes...I am still scrapbooking albums from 8 years ago (gasp)! This album was made with Creative Memories papers (the Everyday Power Palette collection), so I wanted title page to reflect the same kit, but I was running VERY low on paper scraps (since I'm almost finished with 2005 So, this page is actually several pieces of scrap paper pieced together. I added some CM stickers from the kit, some washi and wood veneer hearts. Minousha Bari, who created the sketch this week, created her own paper flowers. I was so inspired, I did something similar, but tried to make them not as "flower" like. Here is her sketch:

Thank you for stopping by and visiting! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Guest Designer Cute Card Thursday - Candyman

Hello there! 

I'm a guest designer again with Cute Card Thursday and their weekly challenges. This week's theme is the Candyman.

I have this very small, and adorable, candy corn stamp from Inque Boutique that I have been hoarding for a little too long, so I was super excited to have a candy themed project to finally ink it up (sorry I don't have a link to share of the set - it must be too old). I paired that with the Dear Lizzy mason jar stamp and colored them all with my Close to My Heart blending pen and die ink pads to attempt a watercolor look. The papers, twine, and brad are all from Close to My Heart as well, and the adorable corduroy button is from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for visiting...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unity Sketch Challenge (Sept/Oct.)

Here is another card I made using the card sketch challenge by Unity Stamps:
This card also used the same colors from the color challenge, but I really liked the sketch. The sentiment, tree, and ferns are also from the Naturally You set. I colored these images with die ink pads and a blending pen so it gave a watercolor feel to the images. The boarder punch is from Martha Stewart.

Thanks again!

Unity Color Challenge (September/October)

Hello there!

This is the first time I've participated in the Unity Stamp challenges...I don't have too many stamps from them yet, but I'm in love.

Here is a card I put together using their color challenge:
I used SEI dill blossom papers for this and colored the adorable turtle image from Naturally You with watercolor pencils. The die cut scalloped square is from Spellbinders.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cute Card Thursday - Neutral Zone Birthday

Hello again,
I am guest designer again for Cute Card Thursday.  The theme this week is the Neutral Zone. 
I put together this simple birthday card using papers from Studio Calico.  I die cut the label using Spellbinder dies and used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

Ribbon and mini pearls are from my stash, but I believe they are both from Michaels Craft store.

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll play along with the challenge!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wicked Halloween - Cute Card Thursday Guest Designer


I am happy to be a guest designer for Cute Card Thursday this week!

The theme this week was Signs of Distress. I had a lot of fun sanding, shredding the edges of my papers with scissors, and inking all my papers to give them a nice rustic and beat-up feel. I was pretty happy with how this card turned out, and inspired by the design team to try some other tricks.

Here is the card I put together:

I love that witch stamp! All the papers, stamps, and inks are from Close to My Heart, the ribbon (Michaels), button (October Afternoon), twine (Joanns), bitty button brads (Making Memories) and the die cut for the label is from Spellbinders.

Thanks for visiting!