Friday, July 31, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #110: Sketch Challenge

Today, our challenge was to use this sketch:

Well, I did change it a bit as I put my sentiment as the main image and added the butterfly where the sentiment was supposed to go. This is the fun part of a sketch challenge, you can make it your own or leave it as is!

Here's my card:

Don't recognize the pattern across the back? It's part of the Lattice die cut for the Big Shot. I simply cut away the portion that I didn't want to use. I'm working on using it for another project in a different way! I love patterns!

The bling is from a Clear Rhinestone brad again. I just took it apart and used the bling portion as I did the other day. Thanks again for looking and be sure to stop by and see what the other Challenge members did by clicking on the link on my sidebar. Also, PLAY ALONG WITH US!!! I think you would have fun with this sketch!!!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Wedding Sweet
Colors: Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal, Basic Gray, Basic Black
DSP: Nouveau Chic
Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice Bigz Die, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Butterfly Punch, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #80

Good morning! Welcome to Monday and to the Lunchtime Sketch Challenge! This was a fun one! I attended a baptism yesterday at our church and the cousin of the baby being baptized, a darling little lady, was wearing a pink dress with black inspiration for this card!

I stamped the flowers with Versamark and embossed with Black embossing powder. I am so thankful I own the Circle Scissors Plus! After a little bit of practice when I first got it, I can make circles of any size from 1 inch to 6 inches! Fun for cards, scrapbook pages and other paper projects!

I have keeping a very "clean" stamping style as of late....not even including text on my cards! I like it but I need to add a message of some sort to this one!

Please try the sketch out for yourself and post it on Mary Jo's blog in the Mister Linky box! Thanks for looking!

Card Recipe:
Sets: Stampin' Up! (of course!) Fifth Avenue Floral and Bella Rose
Colors: Basic Black and Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Narrow Black Grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle Scissors Plus, Black Embossing Powder, Versamark pad, Embossing Buddy

Friday, July 24, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #109: Christmas in July

Merry Christmas in July! Our challenge this week was to have Christmas in July. I have to say that the summer is flying by fast enough without having to think about Christmas! It's also fun to make a Christmas card when it's 80 degree outside, though!!! You can never do that in Crookston in December!!!

I saw a great tutorial on Dawn Griffith's blog on how to make these snowbursts. (Now that I know, ask me and I'll teach you!) I wasn't trying but then I ended up casing her layout as well! It's funny how an idea gets in your head like that!

The main color is Rich Razzleberry...great color for Christmas cards! I also used Shimmery White cardstock to make my snowburst hoping to get a little more shimmer. In person, you can see it! The image is from one of the new Level one hostess sets...have a workshop, card class or a book party with me and you can earn that set for FREE!!!

Be sure to see what the other BC members came up with for our Christmas challenge! Happy Friday!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #79

First, I apologize for the poor pictures. They are not very last couple of posts have had this same problem. I need to work on that on Tuesday. I have my open house today (see you there, Crookston and the surrounding area!!!)so that problem has to wait.
Our challenge was an apron card. This was a first for me! Here's the sketch Mary Jo gave us:
I used Melon Mambo and the new DSP Razzleberry Lemonade. Isn't is scrumptious?

It's hard to see when it's so blurry, but the bling on the apron pockets is a Clear Rhinestone brad inside. Selene did this last week with her Blogger's Challenge and the idea stuck! Great thinking, Selene!

If you would like to play along with this challenge, please add your post here at Mary Jo's blog. Have a great Monday and see you at my open house if you live by me!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #108: A Stitch in Time

Good day!

The challenge for this Friday was to use stitching on our project. You'll have to look closely to find it on my even though the stitching was one of the first things I did! Sometimes less is more?

My first inspiration was to use my Woodgrain background stamp again. This time you can see it! I then used dry wall tape and my Basic Black marker to add the stitch marks around the background. This is one of the fantastic (and super easy) techniques you can find in the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I've mentioned it before and I've been a subscriber for a very long time. Also, Pat (the founder) is a Blogger's Challenge member! There's a link to the TJ site on my sidebar.

Another fun technique that also created a stitched look was to run a piece of the solid Soft Suede DSP through the Big Shot with the new Perfect Details Texture plate. Using the sanding block gently over it shows the white highlights. That's why you use the DSP instead of plain cardstock as the DSP has a white core and our cardstock is solid, pure color!

My next inspiration was to use this sketch from the Mojo Monday blog. Isn't it a fun one?

Please be sure to see what the other BC members stitched up this week with this challenge!

Happy Friday!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #78

It's been a LONG time since I've participated in the Monday challenge. I even almost did the wrong one again!!! But, I figured it out and completed the challenge.

Here's the sketch for this week:

It's funny but the stamp that inspired the card is barely visible! I used the new background stamp from SU called Woodgrain. It's on the base of the card if you look carefully! The rest of my western theme was based on that stamp!

I did sneak a bit of the retired cording that SU offered last year in a mini...I LOVED that! I keep hoping that will come back sometime!

Thanks for looking and be sure to go to Mary Jo's blog to see what others have done with this sketch!

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #107: Case Somebody!

Our challenge this week was to case a fellow Blogger's Challenge member. After much exploring, I found this card on Connie Babbert's blog:

I had a blast putting my card together and when I went to photograph it, I saw this card by Selene Kempton that I had received in a one on one swap:

I had cased two members! Cool! So, I'm sure that you want to see what I came up with:

My card is going to someone whom I owe an overdue thanks to! I'm sure that this challenge is one of the best ones to check out, so please take some time to see what the other BC members did!

Have a GREAT day!

Card Recipe:
Stamp sets: Friends 24-7, Thank You Kindly
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Kraft
DSP: Bella Bleu
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Close To Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Versamark
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, 3/4" Circle punch (scallops), 1 3/8" circle punch, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Hi from KC

Hi from Kansas City, Missouri or if you are from here you would say, KC Mo.

Be sure to check out my Stampin' Up! website! The new catty went live today!

Also, SU is offering a Deal of the Week! The deal for this week is the Scallop Edge Punch for just 10.99!

Steve and I will be returning home on Friday evening but if you have a quick question, be sure to call me on my cell phone (also on my website!!!)