Saturday, January 30, 2010

A sketch this week

In trying to keep to my resolution this year of doing 2 layouts a month, I have 1 down and 1 to go! Unscripted Sketches is the perfect starting point for helping me get my creative juices flowing. At first, this weeks sketch had me wondering what to do. Once I found my photo, then the papers, it really did just fall into place.

I added faux stitching to the layout using "you have me in stitches" stamp set from Close to My Heart. The yellow brads, chocolate ink, honey ink, and all of the paper (veranda line) are CTMH as well. Misc grosgrain ribbon, wheat leaf diecuts are misc and the Journey chipboard/sticker are Anna Griffin. Martha Stewart punch.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charisma Cardz White on White Challenge

Hey there! If you want to stretch your crafting abilities, try doing a monochromatic card. And not just any color- WHITE! Yes, this card stretched my imagination a bit! The Charisma Cardz design team has some amazing interps of this challenge, don't forget to stop by and leave some love!

I used my new cricut cartridge, Home Decor, to cut out the chandelier. LOVE IT! added lots of rhinestones for the bling factor. Embossed with the cuttlebug the victorian background as well. Got hurt by that danged machine too! The handle flipped back on me and whacked the crap out of my knuckle. I have a big bruise, swollen knuckle and can't wear my ring hubby gave to me for our anniversary. Of course, it is also my right hand, which I use favorably, so it is taxing me to death!!UGH!

Finally, typed the sentiment on the computer, trying to find a font that conveyed the fancy girly factor I was trying for. White organdy ribbon to finish!

What can you do with all white? Leave a link on the CCC blog, directly to your project!

Congrats to Lillian for winning the Sweet Berry by K&Co. leftovers that was up for grab. Lillian, when you make some projects, let me know!
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Unscripted Sketches

Unscripted is now on Facebook!! Check out this link and become a follower: Interested in becoming a guest designer for our site? Then click the link to follow the instructions.....

I adore the sketch challenges at Unscripted Sketches. I have to say that my mojo wasn't quite working, I really wanted to do a layout and ended up with another winter card. I think that I will give this one to a friend of mine that loves snowmen.

Kristen passed on some scraps of Cosmo Crickets Golly By Jolly line. Colored in the image with markers, used red rhinestones for added bling, prisma glitter on the snowman and red "snowflake".

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Charisma Cardz Fruity Colors Challenge #3

Hello! Today offers a color challenge on Charisma Cardz Challenge site. Fruity colors. Lemon lime, strawberry, bananas, apples, oranges, grapes..... yes, making my mouth water for some fresh strawberries which won't be in season until the end of May..... I digress.

I used the K*Co Sweet Berry line for the paper, the glittered chipboard strawberry and heart. Typed the sentiment from the computer, used my "stored away" nesties, lime green ribbon, misc flower and button to finish off this card.

Good news, I was able to complete 4 cards for this challenge to add to my stash!! I have 4 more sitting on my craft table waiting for me and I am so excited to be able to use "stash"!!! Wahoo! My biggest decision this week will be to "toss" the remaining heart chipboard stickers, 2 orange slices and the owls/toadstool set left over. Or do I keep for a later date. I want to use up my supplies, but after 8 cards, I think I am kinda done with this paper line.... So, tell me what would you do?

BLOG CANDY ALERT: If there is anyone in blogland (from the USA of course) that would like some "left over" goodies, I will be happy to pass them onto you. Leave me a comment telling me you would like some freebies, by Friday night and I will select a random person to receive them (on Saturday morning) and will include some 6x6 papers from the line as well for you to make some cool Berry projects! Think of this as a virtual garage sale, except you will pay nothing! Make sure I can reach you by email when you leave a comment.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

new beginnings

I find myself (for some odd reason) making baby cards. Not for me mind you!!LOL! But, if you have been following me, you will remember that I am working on reducing the size of my stash. Since I made a "new beginnings" card for some blog challenges last week, I am determined to use up the 'scraps' on my table and make more baby cards. These will be great to sell at the craft shows and if not.... well I decided that I am going to donate them to the local hospital, the Labor and Delivery ward. They won't go to waste there!

Unscripted Sketches is my starting point on this card! Love those sketches and it is THE BEST TEAM to be a part of!! The paper is Flair, felt stickers by Anna Griffin, WRMK alpha stickers, misc buttons and flower. MS lacey doily punch. Don't forget to stop on over at US and leave a link to your creation.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

week #2 Charisma Cardz Challenge

This weeks challenge at Charisma Cardz pulls double duty. First, create a card using NEW stash and secondly, use this wonderful digi image from Bee Crafty.

When I rec'd "whimsical girl snowman" the other day, I knew exactly what papers I wanted to use to tie it in with. Even though I am so over winter themed cards and put away all of my papers- cosmo cricket's Jolly By Golly line screamed at me!!

Over the holidays, Kristen (my fabo and incredibly talented sister) passed on some scraps of this paper she had rec'd from her stint over at Pursuit of Craftyness. She knows that I like to recycle and to use up scraps of paper - no matter how small (I am lucky in that sense!) So the papers are new to me, the Pompom ribbon was a new roll, and a new tube of liquid applique completed the first part of the NEW challenge. The rest of the card is made using prisma glitter, martha stewart snowflake punch, 1/2 pearls, and markers to color in.

What new stuff do you have sitting around in your craft area that is screaming to be used? Don't forget to link your project (directly, not your blog addie) to the Charisma Cardz site. Try your hand at becoming the Top 3!

The final product is a bit busy for me, not typically my style, but I do love the final look.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Summertime, Summertime....

I can only wish! We are just now in the beginnings of winter and already we have been hammered with our first "blizzard". I have a sneaky feeling that we are in for some more wintery snowy weather! So what better way to spend a day indoors than to create!

I pulled out some bobunny papers that I have been wanting to play with and came up with this beautiful card! The sketch at US this week works wonderfully well with my DP's! The flower is BB and all of the beautiful sunflower paper. The sentiment is a new one I picked up on sale at Michael's, brown distress ink, gold brads, gold organdy ribbon, and hat pins finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by this week! Play along with the sketch at US and see what wonderful creation you can create/share with your friends! Be the first to post a card and you can grab a blinkie!!!
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

blinged out

I had my whole afternoon planned today. Go to the bank, the post office, and off to the library. Bags packed and at the door. DH has a lunch appointment and waves bye out the door. Only..... he took the only car that we have today. My vehicle is STILL at the garage where it is recovering from surgery of new shocks and rehydration of fluids. So. Now what to do. Oh I know....CRAFT!

This is the latest creation using a multitude of ideas and challenges from blogland. Yes, I have blogmania. Can't stay off the boards looking for new and exciting ways to play with paper and such!

Bobunny paper (moonlight serenade), jewelry charm, AC ribbon, misc flowers, K&Co gemstones.


Paper Play Challenges Week #1- precious metals
Tuesday Taggers- classic black and white
delightful sketches- sketch #14
crafty creations #49- black and white/color splash
pile it on#30- clear items
belli challenge #82- bling!
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Some exciting news for the new year!

I am so excited! I have been chosen to be on the Design Team of a groovy site called Charisma Cardz!! I am so humbled to be part of a team- when you see all of the FABULOUS artwork out in blogland, well you know, it just blows your mind!

So, with that in mind, here is my first card for the first challenge of 2010! It is a color challenge: pink, brown, toffee and cream. LOVE those colors together.

Here are the deets on this card: Bobunny OLD stash. This paper has such a wonderful shimmer to it IRL, the camera just doesn't pick it up. The flower is from my stash, leaves are making memories, buttons and pearls, and the sentiment is a rub on from Flair. Used my fancy schmancy deco scissors to scallop the edges (can't seem to justify the cost of the nesties for the scallops....LOL!)

As part of my new years resolutions, I have decided to stop making just one card and leaving lots of scraps. Now, I am going to make as many cards as I can with the papers in front of me and put them aside for the craft fairs in the late spring. I was able to make 4 cards (5x7 in size) with this paper line and I still have about 5 sheets left to use in the future or to sell. Typically I don't like to mass produce, but I am trying to be more efficient in my time and mostly justify the expense of buying future new goodies because I am USING the old stash!

Have an outstanding week!
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I got some new goodies in the mail the other day from Close To My Heart and had to play with this new stamp set! I just love the umbrella! I stamped the outline on the cream cardstock then again onto the DCWV matte stack DP, cut out and popped it up with 3D foam tape. Added lots of sprinkles to make it look like a rainy, wet umbrella- which works perfectly with the sentiment. Some days are just umbrella days, but we always come through them, even just a bit wet. This card is for the Color Throwdown Challenge #74 (blush, chocolate and orange: don't they work well together??) and for the Belli Challenge #82- GLITTER.
This card? Well, I am in need of some serious color. We have a cloudy day, snow in the forecast (if you look closely on the grill, you can see the little white specks of flurries we are having!) I am working on my NY resolution of using stash. Found these Debbie Mumm stickers which I bought to go with a matte stack that I found on clearance. So, goals this week include using these up until gone. How many cards can I make??? What ended up being cute is that the card can be used for a girls b'day or a valentines card. This card started with the sketch at Lord Have Mercy #55, fits the Just Stamp challenge: use new stuff, Our creative corner: simple and clean, and Crazy 4 Challenges #18: polka dot fun (the little beetle and the word "dotty" is repeated on the DP as well as my sentiment).

Have a great one and thanks for peeking into my world.....
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Welcome to 2010!
It seems as if the challenges this week in blogland are all about something NEW.

I managed to make this card work for a number of challenges:

1) The Pink Elephant- sketch #46
2) Stamp Challenge- "new" something (new baby girl)
3) cupcake craft challenge- #72, baby card
4) our creative corner- 'clean and simple' (I did no fuss straight edges with the exception of using punches for the scallops, stickers no stamps, simple bows and buttons.
5) daring cardmakers - new beginnings
6) stampin'sisters in christ #20- baby card 7) Cute card Thursday #94: New somethings

paper- flair, rubon flair, we r memory keepers alpha stickers, misc ribbon and button, ctmh spring iris cardstock

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Monday, January 4, 2010

blog candy winner!

meluv2scrap said...
Great NAME and blog!! Happy New Year!

congratulations! generated #24 as the winner. You have until Wednesday (6pm EST) to claim you prize by emailing me privately (see side bar) or I will have to choose another winner.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ringing in 2010


At Unscripted this week, we are to think about our goals for the new year. One of my goals, which has been ongoing, is to use up the wonderful stash of every growing products that sit in my crafting area. I have a terrible impulse to purchase 'clearance' items- just because they are cheap, and they sit in a box. I have told myself that 2010 will find me hiding the credit card when I shop!

I would like to catch up on my scrapbooking as well. I wanted to create a layout a week, but that seems to go by the wayside when I sit and create. I tend to make cards as they are much faster to complete and I don't question myself in the process. So, part of my goals is to create a layout 2x a month (less pressure!LOL!) I really need to catch up on my photos (at least they are organized in the photo boxes...!)
*Blog Candy Alert*
What are your goals for the new year? Leave me a comment about a goal you wish to achieve and you could be the lucky winner of "10" fun crafting things! Make sure you leave an email addie to reach you by in the comment section so I can get in touch with you! Winner will be chosen on Sunday (1/3) 8pm EST.

Now onto the blog hop:

Did you start at Unscripted Sketches? If not, start there. If you came to me by way of Jeryn, then head on over to Liz. Check out all of the designers- some are giving away some awesome blog candy!