Monday, August 30, 2010

Moxie Fab Inspiration

Check out the inspiration we were to use here. Isn't this a fun, clean image to use for a challenge to make a card? I'd love to be sitting right there in that room for a loooong time. I love the bright, clean and soft, curvy lines in the room. It reminds me of warmth, wavy, and sparkly moments that a shoreline in the summer gives. When I saw the inspiration, I knew the paper I had to use on it. And, hey, no stamps were used on this card...can you imagine that?

Stamps: None
Paper: Sweet Stack (DCWV), Apricot Appeal, Lavender Lace
Ink: None
Other: Ivory Grosgrain Ribbon, Orange Ribbon (salvaged from wrapping around a set of towels I purchased at W/M), Rhinestones, Jumbo Scalloped Border Petite (Spellbinders) die

Hope you like it and you feel like catching the last rays of warm summer days before embracing fall.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Best Wishes

This card uses one of my all time favorite stamp sets when I want something elegant. Stampin Up's Elegant Greetings (retired set) which has a stamp for wedding, birthday, thank you and thinking of you AND the sentiments to put inside the card. It truly makes a very nice card.

I used a basic white card base. A Pretty in Pink embossed piece was punched using an MS border punch and placed on the base. A piece of white cardstock was cut out with square Nestabilities and embossed. Then the main image was silver embossed with the "Best Wishes" stamp and tiny silver rhinestone stickers were added in different places on the sentiment. A slightly larger Pretty in Pink square was die cut as well as an even larger scalloped square. The main image was adhered to the PIP piece then raised on foam adhesive and placed on the white scalloped piece. This piece was raised with foam adhesive and placed on the background panel. A piece of white satin ribbon was wrapped around the card and knotted in the front.

The inside accompanying sentiment was silver reads "May happiness be yours today and always." A string of 5 silver rhinestones were placed underneath this.

I hope my new little bride will like it. She's so very sweet!!

Stamps: Elegant Greetins (SU retired)
Paper: White, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Metallic Silver Encore
Other: Silver Detail EP, White Satin Ribbon, MS border punch, Silver Rhinestone Stickers, Textile EF, Square and Scalloped Square Nestabilities.

Hope you like it!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CTD107 & MFTWSC08252010

This was such a fun card to make! I think I am in love...again!! Those little Pure Innocence stamps are just adorable. So far, there are only a couple in my arsenal but I must add more. This card fits the Color Throwdown Challenge (CTD) to use Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz and My Favorite Things to use a flower. The first two colors were easy (love these colors and have a lot of things in them) and you may not even see it, but the So Saffron was used in the center of the little flower. I do not own any of the new In Colors so I used a Copics marker, New Leaf, for the grass. Her little outfit was paper pieced with Pretty in Pink (Paper Pack). A second flower was cut out and placed over the first one with a turn to give it a fuller and more dimensional look. Her shoes and the flower was colored using a Pink Glitter pen. My all time favorite punch is MS's triple butterfly punch. They were graced with a couple of tiny pearls. She was colored using Copics Flesh marker and New Leaf on the flower and grass.

Stamps: Pure Innocence Flower Girl (MFT)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, White, Pretty in Pink DSP (SU ret.)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copics markers, Pink Glitter Pen, MS triple butterfly punch, Kaiser pearls

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Little Lace

This card is for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge, FTTC81. I love the look of this one. Guess I'm still in the "Grandma" mood because it reminds me or those days. Using Chocolate Chip as the card base, a slightly smaller piece of Baja Breeze (one of my fave's) was cut to place on it but not adhered yet. Another slightly smaller piece of white cardstock was stamped using PTI's Damask Designs stamps in Baja Breeze ink. The damask was only stamped on the bottom half. This was adhered to the BB piece. A piece of cotton lace was wrapped around this and tied in a bow. Then this 2-layer piece was adhered to the card base. Small Kaiser pearls were placed underneath the sentiment. I should have used a white or light backdrop so you could see the richness the Chocolate Chip adds to the crispness of the design. Hope you like it.

Stamps: Damask Designs (PTI)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Other: White Cotton Lace, Kaiser pearls

Monday, August 23, 2010


This second card today has a completely different feel to it as compared to the other. It has a worn and tattered look. With the Worn Lipstick ink smudges, it makes me think of the old tin lipstick round that my Grandmother had resting on her little bureau (an antique now). And the sentiment is something my other Grandmother basically said to me, never putting me down though my generation was drastically different from hers, and to be myself. And, my mother has "always" encouraged me to be who I am, do what I want, learn from my failures and don't look back. I love her so much, too, and am glad I can still tell her so!!

Now, back to the card...I sewed a zigzag stitch around the DSP to attach to the base card, then heavily smudged it with distress ink. A slit was made on the side of the card and the ribbon was laced through it and tied in a knot. Then it was inked and the ends were pulled to give it a tattered look. I didn't realize how much of this card reminds me of my Grandmothers and why I like this card so much: the sewing which both of them did, the soft inking, the floral pattern, the sentiment and the "worn" look of the ribbon. Neither had much and the inking/aging reminds me of the old furniture and old things that was all they had. I loved them both so much and miss them greatly!!

Stamps: Seeing Stars (Verve)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Textured DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tuxedo Memento Black (for edging sentiment square), Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other: Sewing machine, Striped Baja Breeze Ribbon (SU retired)

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

F4A26 & Happiness

I love the bright and cheery feel to this card. And, I love the sentiment because that's the way I felt when I was making it...HAPPY. It is for Challenge F4A26 on SCS to mix it up by using more than one stamp company. I used SU's retired In Full Bloom (love this flower image and the scattered dots around them) and PTI's Big & Bold Wishes. Copics were used to color the image and Stickles were used to give a little sparkle in the middle part of the flowers. There are, also, clear micro glass beads in the centers of the flowers. It seems a little hard to see, but they are there. It ties in with the glittery designer paper.

Stamps: In Full Bloom (SU retired), Big & Bold Wishes (PTI)
Paper: White, Glitter Sweet Stack (Die Cuts With a View), Barely Banana
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Rose Red
Other: Copics markers, MS edger punch, Cotton Candy and Yellow Stickles, Micro Glass Beads and Glue

Have a "happy" day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fab 'n' Funky #35/Fashionista Friday #43

The Fab 'n' Funky #35 Challenge is to use your favorite colors. When I saw this challenge (though it's almost too late) I just had to submit this card. My favorite colors when it comes to making a card are blue with brown along with some texture of some kind. The Fasionista Friday #43 Challenge is to use diecuts. As you will see, this fits perfectly into that challenge.

Stamps: Seeing Stars (Verve)
Paper: Textured Brown (unk), White, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Baja Breeze, DSP (SU ret.)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Other: Diamond Plate EF, Stars and Circles Nestabilities, Twine, Foam Adhesive

I made this for my grandson's birthday. I tend to grab those stars to do things for the men in my family for ANY reason. They are great for male cards. Hope you like it.

Cuttlebug Spot & CAS80 Challenges

I chose to include this card in 2 challenges. The first one is for CAS (Clean and Simple) #80 to use a sketch and ribbon or buttons.

The second one is to make a sympathy card which are hard to make for most everyone. I think because you usually want to taylor them to the person you're making them far. But a lot of times it makes it harder to do it that way because you don't have time to "think it through" like you want to. Here is my card for the Cuttlebug Spot Challenge to make a sympathy card. I need to keep some of these on hand. Thanks for the challenge!

Stamps: Mailbox Greetings (PTI)
Paper: White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray (lightly sponged over card)
Other: Textile EF, Black Satin Ribbon, Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Silver cord, Silver HH, SU Label Punch, Silver self-adhesive Stones

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Several Challenges in One

This card is being submitted to several challenges: WT283, Shabby Tea Room #22, Craft Your Days Away #1 and Party Time Tuesdays #11 (PTT). I used several embellisments and all seem to come together quite nicely. One is to use buttons, another to "reflect" (I thought of reflecting as in a slower time), another to use your favorite things and another a birthday card (thought of "Enjoy the ride" here). This card was fun to make and I didn't realize just how many different things I had used on it until trying to describe it here. The clouds were die cut from white felt and have Star Dust Stickles outlining the edges. The smaller cloud was raised on foam adhesive. A cute tiny pink sheer ribbon grace the handlebars. Glossy soft pink "Tiles" were used as the tires with black buttons and light pink floss. The little butterflies (with tiny self adhesive pearls) are grabbed all the time as this is my favorite thing to use and were randomly placed. A double scallop border of Pretty in Pink (with white Gel pen dots) and layered on the black scallop piece and was placed on the bottom. A small strip of black and white checkered ribbon graced the top edge of the border piece. I love this sentiment for a birthday card and the little bike reminds me of slow, easy days gone by. The little black/white ribbon is a tiny bit "bumpy" due to the mini glue dots but is not as wrinkly or tacky looking as it appears here. Hope you like it.

Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Bits
Paper: White, Pretty in Pink, Black
Ink: Rose Red, Tuxedo Black Memento
Other: MS Butterly punch, SU Scallop punch, PTI Cloud die, Star Dust Stickles, light pink Tiles, black buttons, light pink floss, Kaiser pearls, pink sheer and black/white checkered ribbons, White Gel Pen and foam adhesive.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thank You Set

I made these for a friend that needed 3 simple Thank You cards. They are all alike except for the EF. I love this PTI set and thought it should be the main focus. Simple, yet elegant. Hope you like these.

Now all 3 together:

Stamps: PTI Big & Bold Wishes
Paper: Rose Red, White, Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, EF: Moroccan, Dotted Swiss, Textile
Thank you for looking!