Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This card took too much time to create-IMHO. How it started is not how it ended. I think part of my lack of "mojo" was that this was the first card that I made using this paper. Since it was so out of my ordinary colors, I really struggled with how to put the pieces together. But, in the end, I am very happy with how this card turned out, and the 3 of these cards (scroll thru the rest of todays postings...) will make a nice pack of cards to sell at my next craft fair.
The card size is 6x6. An usual size for me to use, but it worked for this layout. I think I hold off on making this card since it takes extra postage (LOL! remember stamps increase in price in May 2009, again!)
I used some prima flowers, a felt flower Kris gave to me, but it is on top of some green cardstock that I used scallops on to make a mat. The circle sentiment was typed on the computer. I didn't line it up correctly using the cricut, but love the offset! Felt butterfly by K&Co., embossed white paper with cuttlebug. Like I have said before, I love the green and orange color palette. I think I will have to do some more summery cards!
Have a summery day! thanks for stopping by-
I adore Cupcakes. Yep, any kind of cake will do me just fine. But, love the simplicity of a small sampling of a cake, my sized, but it must have TONS of icing! Vanilla cake with vanilla icing is now my favorite. Onto the card......
Oh how on earth did I miss these websites in the past? I stumbled onto this site, MOJO MONDAY sketch blog a week or so ago and just had to try my hand at these sketches. Papertake Weekly was just this morning! Well, trying to condense my challenges into one card- that took some thinking (hard to do at 5:30am....) So, pulling out this combo from Kristen (she gave me lots of love the other week!) I went to work. This is my 1st card using this set of papers. I just love the colors green and orange together!
Mojo monday, was to follow the sketch design- which I did. The Papertake Weekly, the challenge was to use: circle (yep, good life stamp!), ribbons (yep, used ricrac) and stamps or images (yep- digi stamp of the cupcakes)! Followed all of the instructions!
I used a digi stamp for the first time and had some trouble with it, but did my best and just printed it off from Adobe, not being able to resize it. Used liquid applique on the icing, with Prisma Glitter- let it set overnight and heated it this morning to raise it up (3D effect!). The dew dots are pink, but look clear on this card. All in all, I am very happy with the way it ended- will definitely be back onto this site for more challenges!
So: use scraps of any kind, punches or die cuts, 2 or more different ribbons, and 1 or more embellishments that you once loved and haven't used for a long time.....
Let's see: scraps: well, this paper is actually the 3rd card I made using these papers, so I am counting them as scraps and the thin pink ribbon (had less than 12" left of it!). Punches: broke out my new nesties for this! Ribbon: by my count, I used 4 different ones. Embellishments? Well, that was more tricky since I only buy what I use. However, I love prima flowers and have had a stash of them from a long time ago and rarely use them- I tend to do more "classic" cards, not fun and flashy, so this was a great card to pull them out for. Cupcake was a digi image, which is the first time for me to use and I love how my icing turned out! Used my stick glue pen, outlined the icing and sprinkled my absolute fave product- Prisma Glitter (from CTMH). For something different on the card, I cut off 1" of the right side of the card and lined the inside edge with a scrap of green cardstock (see it a little on the right??)
Thanks again USE IT! and to Judy L for the choices of stash products to use-
Have a great morning and check back again, I did 2 more challenges that I am going to post!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Challenge 53 - "Family Affair"A nice easy one for this week!! We want you to make a card for a member of your family. As simple as that. Could be mum, dad, husband, son, sister - anyone!!
I cannot believe another year has come and gone for "M". She is turning into a beautiful young lady. Her big surprise was 2 pairs of pierced earrings. Now, to most, this would be NO BIG, but for her, it signified that Daddy was finally going to let her get her ears pierced! 5 years of asking and she finally has grown into the responsible person to be able to care for her own ears. It was the highlight of the evening! Today, despite the rain, we are going into the City of Brotherly Love for a "REAL" cheesesteak sub (you are not allowed to call it a hoagie, that is for ham/cheese and then no mayo is allowed all oil/vinegar- trying to figure out Philadelphia-ese can be frustrating!) This will be a photo op for the scrapbook. Now to choose between Pats, Genos or Tony Lucs....hmmm....
In keeping with the birthday theme, this is a simple card. But what is great about it for me, I am finally using up some things around here that I am just plain tuckered out of seeing. First the sunkiss yellow cardstock from CTMH. I rarely use it, don't know why, but I prefer more jewel tones. The ribbon is one I purchased from Michael's on clearance and have never found the right project to use it on until now. Really goes with the "heart" cut from the Cricut. The heart is popped up with foam and really makes an impact on presentation. I think any young lady would appreciate this card. This is what the USE IT! challenges have done to me...my paradigm has changed and now I am looking at my stash through new eyes! Check out the site if you have TOO MUCH stuff- if there ever is such a thing!LOL!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you......
Supplies: C/S- CTMH baby pink, white, and sunkiss yellow; Ribbon from Michael's; striped paper CTMH a retired baby girl paper pack; brads; Got Deux Flowers; 3d foam; Happy Birthday sentiment, CTMH acrylic set "happy birthday" (love this set, there are 15+ H/B stamps each a different font and size!); finally my fave tool, the scalloped scissors!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Did someone say it was spring? Oh that's right, last weekend, just when I got back from visiting my sister, Kristen, I realized it was spring. Well, for me, that means spring cleaning! How appropriate Kris, that you gave me all of this wonderful pile of products to sort through! See, she went through it over the past few weeks and then offered it to me to see if I wanted anything. Just in time for SPRING! Perfect timing, right? Well, it has taken me a week to go through the laundry basket that had 2 stacks of paper completely filling it to the top. What I had left after sorting by product line is one stack that is 11 inches tall. As you can see by the other shots, I sorted and stacked all of this great paper/stickers by season and line, creating some nice packages to try to sell at a yard sale, mine in PA and hers in MD. Think we can sell it? Hope so! But, doing all of this sorting has made me realize how bad my dining room looks and needs some cleaning and decluttering- Kristen, see what happened? You are making me do MORE work!!!! Paper anyone? Ribbons? Stamps? I think I am in paper hell........
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Close up of the corset.....
The eyelets made me think of corsets. How sexy are they???? I found a website that had a template and went from there. The eyelets are oh, about 5 years old, and the same with the mini black ribbon. The paper is Anna Griffin that Kristen gave to me from her stash, it is dated 2007 (old for her, new for me....does that count?) The polka dots are embossed by the cricut machine. The pink lace is $1 store find.
If you don't speak French, the saying is "Si J'ai dit que vous aviez un beau corps, le tiendriez-vous contre moi?" Loosely translated: If I tell you that your body is beautiful, would you hold it against me?
My husband went "WOW! Love the card! But I don't know what it says." You know, it is just the tone of the card, the way it looks that makes me say "Who cares what it says, it is just plain sexy, the french makes it speak LOVE!"
Friday, March 20, 2009
A few weeks ago, I challenged my sister to make a card using some jewelry charms that I mailed to her. I sent her some birds and I bought keys. I cheated, though, and went back and bought some butterflies (of course, me being the frugal gal I am, tossed through the clearance aisle...).
Back to my story- so Kristen and I designed cards and today, presented them to each other. The fun part of this story, includes you! Create a Spring Card, post onto your blog, visit her at , Blankety Blank Blank , link your blog address and enter a comment on her page with her Bird Challenge. You will be entered in a prize drawing for some awesome blog candy (she even posted a shot of the fabulous stuff she is giving away!!). Her cards are gorgeous and would put a smile on someone's face as they opened the envie! So what say you- are you excited for Spring? Show us your fabulous creations!
Supplies: white cardstock, embossing tools for the basket weave, Martha Stewart pink satin ribbon, Martha Stewart pink paper, CTMH breeze cardstock, Martha Steward butterfly punch, pink cardstock, scallop scissors, michaels' pearls, CTMH stamps/sentiments, Heidi Grace pin, beads and Blue Moon Butterfly charm.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I have decided to accept this weeks challenge, and this is the card that I made. The challenge was to:
-use spring colors (peach and light green were my choices from the Tea and Silk collection from Prima, very oriental in nature)
-use 4 flowers, any size or any material (I have so many of those danged prima flowers in the oddest color combos sitting in my stash from an ebay purchase when they were the hottest trend item around!)
-finally, use a tag (I cut one from my wonderful fantastical cricut machine!)
I also used vellum, which has been in my cardstock stash for about 2 years. My printer won't accept it, so it is just sitting around. I used grograin ribbon, new purchase but alas, the wrong size, my bad! And, when I first started as a consultant with CTMH, I purchased these beads. They have been around for 5 years now, so I added those to the top of my tag, which can become a bookmark. So, my effort to going "green", using up, and following my mothers adage "waste not, want not" ---by the way, what does that phrase REALLY mean???? Oh, I digress....I love how this card turned out! Thanks for stopping by today. So, I challenge you, stop by the site and use up what you have to create a wonderful piece of art, today!
supplies: CTMH stamp "Aspirations", Tea and Silk collection paper, ivory grosgrain, CTMH beads, ivory brads, prima flowers, vellum, desert sand and sorbet inks, waxy flax.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The phrase is a corruption of the Irish "Éire go brách", or "Éirinn go Brách". The term "brách" is equivalent to "eternity" or "end of time", meaning the phrase may be translated literally as: "Ireland until eternity" or "Ireland until the end (of time)". The form "Éirinn go bráth" or "Éire go bráth" which also means "Ireland forever" or literally "Ireland until the Day of Judgment", is also used.
Supplies: My Minds Eye: Wild Asparagus Pack, Cranberry organdy ribbon, ClearG stamp set, cranberry and white daisy cardstock.
Quick and simple for today. I made 2 very different styled cards for St. Patty's Day- one more playful, the other more sentimental. The 2nd came together as I was looking for a "heart" stamp for another card and realized how simple it would be to use a heart for a part of a clover. I know many of you out there do the same thing, it just took me a bit longer LOL! The first card used a challenge from SCS, #219 I think....
So a blessing for you before you go-
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world is bright and gay
When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away.
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
Supplies: All CTMH products unless noted: Topiary B&T paper (reversed), topiary ink, Heartfelt stamp set, black cardstock, white daisy cardstock, black bigger brads and ClearG stamps Kiss Me I'm Irish set for the sentiment.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I was inspired by a card similar to this posted on Splitcoast yesterday.
I pulled out my
Inkadinkadoo birds and K&Co botanicals sets to make this card. I think it is very serene and can be used as a sympathy card, just thinking of you, or for an adult birthday card.
Supplies: chocolate c/s and ink, twilight c/s, paper, and ink, Say it in Style stamp set, 3/8" ivory grosgrain ribbon, Martha Stewart paper lace doily punch, Inkadinkadoo birds and K&Co botanicals.
Fifteen years in September- where did the time go? Seems like yesterday we were dating, then living in 4 different states (moved 4 times in 6 years!) and having children, to today. We have so many memories and I love to look back on our life. It is not often that I make it into the photos as I am usually on the other side! My MIL actually took this shot, I cropped it to focus on us (not her kitchen) and just wanted to make a simple layout. I had a terrible time of finding paper to work with this, so I made my own. I did lots of stamping in this one- paisleys on the grey flannel, the hearts for the letter V, sentiments and faux stitching. But I am thrilled with how this turned out and by making my own, I was able to really pull in the colors of his sweater and my sweater. Sometimes, just a little extra work can reward your efforts. I am counting on us being Always and Forever.....
supplies: ivory satin ribbon, SU stamp set, CTMH Unforgettable papers. Used a technique of 2nd generation stamping on the 3"square- bamboo and sorbet inks. Stamp set is called Aspirations. Card design- Splitcoaststampers.com challenge
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Until next time.....
I thought you would.
This blog candy is for one Fifty Dollar gift certificate to shop for anything in the Sweet 'n Sassy store.
Click on the link http://createdbycourtney.blogspot.com/ , follow the steps given to be entered into the drawing!
Supplies: blush cardstock, olive printed paper, vellum, matching inks, prisma glitter (I LOVE this stuff, very fine and just soooo sparkle-y!), organdy ribbon, dew dots, and ticket punch for the corners. The 2 stamp sets used are: Life is So Good and Birthday Script by CTMH.
As far as techniques, I doubled stamped the flowers 1x with baby pink, then just to the right with blush. Makes it look like watercolors. Same with the olive leaves/stems. Inked up the stamp, stamped off 1x, then stamped my paper. The sentiment is in Smokey Plum ink.
Like the card says: Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!
Monday, March 9, 2009
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Have a great day! Kelly
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This particular workshop was a hit! I was completely shocked by the number of responses that came in- was up for many nights preparing kits, designing cards (which went from the most basic of cards, meaning no stamping, I heard that "gasp!", to cards that were quite detailed in stamping, tearing, distressing, and assembling). So much positive feedback that I am preparing for the next one in April, just not as big or elaborate. My husband still hasn't recovered from the last one- there was so much estrogen floating around in this house.....between 3 girls, 3 female dogs, 17 women......I was lucky that he returned home to me that afternoon- LOL! Don't want to push my luck, at least so soon.....