Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Are You Ready for a Treasure Hunt?

Some of the designers on Unscripted Sketches are participating in a fun new blog hop! Go on a treasure hunt this Saturday and the first person to send in the names/projects of the designers linked will win a prize.

Check in Saturday morning starting at Unscripted Sketches for the details and those participating to begin. Good Luck!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter is Here

Note: I just found out that my card was chosen as the top 5 over at Get Sketchy! Wahoo!

So I took a few quite moments this morning and created this Easter card. Usually I don't, but these colors were out on my table and screaming for me to use them for a quick card to send to my dad and stepmom (who live in Md and I don't get to see too often....). I liked how it turned out and may have even decided to make more in the future...hehehe...!

supplies: all cardstock and ink colors are Close to My Heart in buttercup, sweet leaf and orchid bouqet. The stamps are an egg set I picked up last year by Clear G studio stamps, Sentiment: say it in style and black ink- also by Close to My Heart. cricut george cartridge for the circles! fiskars apron punch. Used the swiss dots embossing folder by cuttlebug, purple satin ribbon, button and waxy flax are in my stash.


Card Blog: Easter card
Cricutcardzchallenge: #18 easter
Colour Create challenge: #41 pastels
Cute Card Thursday: #105 add dimension (3d foam embossing, raised button and glitter
Our Creative Corner 6: easter
Paper Play Challenges: #12 easter
twisted thursday: buttons
daring cardmakers: egg-citing
corrosive challenges: easter
crafty cardmakers: spring/easter
the cuttlebug spot: pink, green and white (used yellow too!)
our daily bread designs: easter
the pink elephant: pastels

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

3 cards for submissions to Cards Blog and Moxie Fab challenges

I am entering some cards into the Cards Blog Easter challenge. The above card is made using some new Prima Flowers, ribbon from Michaels' Basic Grey Opaline pearls, MS butterfly and double apron punches, the sentiment is from Our Daily Bread set I rec'd in a blog prize from Stamping Sisters in Christ. Cardstock of kraft and purple are Close to My Heart. Thank for looking!
Here is another card for Cards Blog- Easter Challenge. Easter is always a time of renewed faith for me and butterflies show a sign of new life (Spring). I love the simple look of this card! Used 2 cuttlebug folders for embossing, butterfly stamp from Inkadinkado, and some new flocking from Doodlebugs. Misc ribbon, button, gold pearl, glitter finish off the card.
This card is for the Moxie Fab paper piecing challenge. I was on a kick lately of paper piecing- such a great way to add color without markers (which totally stump me!) MME paper, statin ribbon, button, thread, rhinestones. Stamp set of balloon from Verve, sentiment from Sassy Stamps before they went digital! Balloon on 3 d foam tape for extra dimension. Thanks for stopping by!
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Sketch Challenge

The final weekend of the month of March- time for another layout. I am so excited, I have done 6 pages for my album- even bought a new one to fill up!!! Yeah! Have you checked out the Design Team from Unscripted Sketches for inspiration???

Bobunny Alissa line, sketch number 48, Unscripted Sketches, misc jewels, rhinestones and pearls (all from Walmart).
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Friday, March 26, 2010

moxie fab #3- paper piecing challenge

Stamped the cupcake 1x on pink paper and again on chocolate paper. Popped up with foam tape, added flower. Stamped sentiment using close to my heart stamp. Paper from Big Lots.
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Moxie Fab #2

Moxie Fab Paper Piecing Challenge #2.
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moxie fab challenge

Paper Piecing! Love this umbrella set from Close to My Heart. restamped the umbrella and popped it up with 3 d foam! Paper is Debbie Mumm. Entering into the Moxie Fab challenge!
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring is Here!

The Charisma Cardz challenge this week was presented by Vee. Make a spring card. I am so in the spring mood- ready to even clean! LOL! Fat chance of that happening...... So instead I am busy creating some cards. My sister and I have 2 shows approaching and we need some inventory. We are busy making cards for the events! I am so excited to be doing some new cards, participating in blog challenges again and using up old things that I have had sitting around.

The bottom strip is a paint chip from the hardware store. The flower is chalked and has glitter in the center for added detail (hard to see on the computer!). Used the last strip of this green ribbon, misc button and waxy flax. Simple simple card. I love going back to the basics!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

New Life

That is what spring and butterflies make me think of. The buds are on the trees and plants, the birds are chirping, softball season is starting, soon our yard will be full of butterflies! I LOVE SPRING!

This card used a variety of techniques. Cuttlebug embossing: swiss dots and victorian. Stamped the butterfly (Inkadinkado) then cut out. Applied new doodlebug felting in yellow to the wings- hard stuff to work with!!! Also applied prisma glitter to the white on the b'fly. Popped dotted with 3D foam. Satin ribbon, waxy flax and button finish off the bow. Stamped sentiment from Sassy Stamps.


Crafty Cardmakers #17: spring into spring
Design Dollies: black, white and yellow
The cuttlebug Spot: if you had wings
Our Daily Bread: #6 think spring and new life
Totally stampalicious: ribbons and polka dots
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

It's Officially Spring!

The weather here in eastern PA has been GORGEOUS! Mid 70's, plenty of sunshine, and all of our neighbors were out yesterday doing some sort of yard work. We cleaned out our garage and man, I love how much room we now have! I won't have the heebies going out and doing laundry now! So, after we all came in and took a water break, I had a moment of inspiration and created this card. Believe it or not, it came together in less than 45 minutes!

It is for the following challenges:

Sketch: Delightful Sketches #17
Stamp Something: distressing. I sponged walnut ink over all edges to make them pop and to give a bit of vintage feel.
Caardvarks: Lacy Days. To use lace on your card
Our Creative Corner, All Sorts Challenge, and Crazy 4 Challenges: to make a Spring Card
Totally gorjuss: use ribbon
Sketch Saturday: the sketch (funny how 2 different blogs have virtually the same sketch this week!)
ABC challenges: q for quotation. Used Psalm 32:7 verse

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

can you use a paint chip on your project?

Unscripted Sketches has been doing some "extra" challenges with the sketches and this week was to incorporate a paint chip. We are in the process of painting 2 of our girls rooms and we have a ton of these babies sitting around! LOL! Be sure to check US out as we have changed our format! We will be picking Top 3 Winners each week and some weeks may even include a PRIZE!

All papers are miscellaneous scraps sitting around. The card is 5.5x 5.5. I broke out the chalks for this card- for the spring feel. Versamark works fabulously to hold the chalk on! Heidi grace pins, $1.00 ribbon at Mike's, CTMH stamp set and Sweet and Sassy sentiments.

Show us your project with a paint chip- if you dare, or just use the sketch as is! Don't forget to link your project to US!
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Friday, March 19, 2010

out of my comfort zone....

So, i wanted to use up this last piece of basic grey bird paper and found a sketch challenge at Get Sketchy. However..... I am not to thrilled with this card. Mostly it isn't my style or colors. I love pinks and browns, bright summer colors, and anything with green. But as I am preparing for a craft show next Thursday, I know someone will purchase this card!

This is also for the following challenges:

Color Throwdown #84: ocean, black, light blue, and sorbet (Close to my heart colors and the sorbet is in the flowers....!)
Daring Cardmakers: Tweetie Pie to use a bird on your card
Get Sketchy: #30 sketch challenge and they are having a blog hop!
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

more late night crafting

Hubby came home late from a business trip, due to mechanical failure of the plane (yikes!) So in waiting up for him to arrive back home, I decided to watch American Idol and craft some more cards.

This card is for the following challenges: Bonus sketch at 2sketches4you, Cute Card Thursday #104- Happy Birthday, Twisted Thursday #48 to use pastels (the pink and green qualify for spring colors ;) )
This card is for the following challenges: Creative Card Crew#46- going dotty, ABC challenge- q is for quotation, Twisted Thursday #48 to use pastels, and Paper Play Challenges #11- good luck (I hate to say good luck since I believe that all things come from God, not luck or fate so this quote is perfect for the believer or non believer that "things will always look up" once we have perspective.)
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Charisma Cardz Challenge

Leanne came up with a theme for us, Something for the Kids. This time of year is crazy with birthdays galore. This card is for DD. Our oldest will be thirteen at the end of the month- where o' where does the time go???? I still vividly recall the time in the hospital giving birth.... yikes.

Went to wally mart and bought these cute cake stickers on clearance. This is the 3rd card I made with them. The papers are clearance from Taylored Expressions, the sentiment is Close to My Heart and the ribbon is mikes' clearance rack. Martha punch, deco scissors, swarvorski gems on the bottom to balance the card out.

Thanks for stopping by! What is your kid challenge? Stop over to Charisma Cardz and link your project this week!! You could win one of 2 prizes!!! Good luck!
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

more cards

while having the scraps of debbie mumm papers out on the table, i decided to keep making some more cards. these ended up as baby cards- cute cute cute! debbie mumm stickers compliment the papers.

these are for the following challenges:
-creative card crew #46- going dotty (elephant card)

-cards and things sketch #24 (elephant card)
-creative belli challenge- sketch #1 and to use a clip (i used an old photo clip to attach my saying to the top pink card)
-cricut cardz #17- to create card for a childs b'day (elephant card can be used as a first b'day or welcome baby, used georges to cut out circles)

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The results of "burning the midnight oil..."

There are 4 cards here to view for various challenges.
Hubby away on business, thus I can't sleep. So, instead of tossing and turning, I spent a few quiet hours crafting some cards for various challenges. I can't tell you the last time that I wanted to do that.
This card was a sketch challenge for Mercy Kerin's blog, #65 and Flutter by Wednesdays #100- butterflies. The card is all purple- monochromatic. The cardstock is actually from Debbie Mumm and it is full of sparkle, not even including the sparkly from the glitter on the butterfly! The pearls are Reminisce clearance, MS punch, 3d foam dots, photo hanger to hold the tag, CTMH sentiment.
This card follows the sketch over at Inspirational Cards #58 and the extra challenge is POLKA DOTS. I love this umbrella stamp from CTMH and I tried to do something different with the banner and curved it for added "umph". It also is for the Pink Elephant- #58 Spring and Creative Card Crew #46, going dotty and Crafty Creations- #59 spots and dots.
The card is a sketch challenge over at a new site to me: Cards and Things, #24. It makes a cute baby shower or 1st birthday card for a child. The Pink Elephant- anything spring.
This final card is for the bonus sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You and another for Pink Elephant- anything spring. I love this paper pack from Debbie Mumm!
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St Patty's Day tribute

Typically I don't do St. Patty's day cards. More because I don't know who to send them to, but this year I pulled out some older stamp sets I had from Clear G and created this simple card. I love the shamrock, since I had my chalks out, figured why not try? Love the effect!

Papers are bits and pieces I had lying around on the table, used the last of this green ribbon, pins Kris gave to me, and apron punch/cuttlebug embossing folder for the smaller details.

This card is for 3 challenges:
-The Pink Elephant #58 Anything Spring

-creative inspirations #52, white yellow and green
-Cupcake Craft Challenge #82, Going Green

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Monday, March 15, 2010

spring anyone?

Just a few more days. 5 to be exact until Spring is officially here! The east coast has had some of the wackiest weather ever! We had our 5 nor'easter of the year, this one dumped 3 inches of rain over 2 days and it is STILL raining! I guess I have to be thankful it isn't snow! Yes, we had enough of that this year.

During a recent outing to wally mart, I found these clearance cake stickers- quite 3 dimensional and fell in love with the colors. This time of year, we have a number of birthdays and I always find that I am short on cards. So, 3 stickers got me 3 cards. Here are 2 of them. You will have to come back on thursday to see the last one- it is for the Charisma Cardz Challenge....and no it is NOT birthday themed. LOL! no cheating.....!

This card is for the sketch challenge over at 2 sketches 4 you. It has been forever since I participated on this site and since the end of January since I did any other challenges other than Unscripted Sketches and Charisma Cardz. I am telling ya, this time of year is C R A Z Y!!! So, used paper I rec'd ages ago from Taylored Expressions (I think they are a mix of MME, DCWV), CTMH sentiment and lots of 3d foam to pop up each layer.
This card is for the challenge over at The Pink Elephant. Week #58- Anything Spring! The background paper reminds me of dogwood trees in bloom and the color palette is definitely spring!
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sketch #46, Unscripted Sketches

I have been totally loving the new sketch designs we have at Unscripted Sketches!!! They can certainly be adapted to a card or, in my case, a layout.

The starting point was the sketch. In trying to keep up with my goal of 2 layouts a month, this week I really wanted to scrap. Next came the photos. These were taken in 2008, and my girls had an absolute blast down at the ocean (hon). We hadn't been since DD was 3- many years have passed and little did I realize that the beach was only 1 hour away from our home. And.... we have been here almost 11 years. How sad am I?

I really wanted to capture her contemplation at the shore line. When I see the ocean, all of my problems go away. Why? Well, how big is the ocean? How many grains of sand on the beach? My problem is put into perspective, just when I hear the waves and smell the salt. Ahhh.....

I created my own background with 2 sets of stamps: Bobunny and CTMH. The circles are colored to match the sand and the water. I used CTMH cardstock: black and desert sand. BoBunny patterned paper, stickers and Anna Griffin seashell. Jolees fish stickers too.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Beautiful Butterfly

Carly issued the challenge this week at Charisma Cardz and I KNEW immediately what I wanted to make. Now that doesn't happen all that often (usually I have to visualize my project before I create it....) The stamp is from Inkadinkado, Hello is from Close to My Heart Gracious Greetings, AC dotted ribbon, Foof-a-la button, hat pins and rhinestones were from the craft store. Bobunny papers the Alissa line.

I found this sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You, it is a 5.75" square. 4" circle cut on the cricut and embossed with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder. Butterfly has added dimensions being on 3d foam squares. Added lots of prisma glitter to the wings giving lots of sparkle!!
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weekly Sketch Challenge

Here is my interpretation of the sketch this week at Unscripted Sketches. I love the new sketches that have come out! I can't wait for next weeks as well....(hint, hint to come back!LOL!)

The papers were old Bobunny stash (i think from 2006). Flowers are prima, bobunny, and mulberry flowers Kris gave me cut from silk flowers from the craft store..... Ribbon I picked up from Tuesday Morning, in the wrapping paper section (go figure) and the sentiment I just picked up from Sweet and Sassy. They are clearing out the acrylic stamps and going all digi. I got some great deals from them!!! The buttons are from Foof-ala (and I LOVE them, I am going to get some more!!)

I have a few more cards to make from this paper pack before I toss the scraps. This is probably my 5th card using these papers and I have to say, I love the color combo, but definitely sick of this paper. It is starting to affect my mojo.

Don't forget to link to Unscripted your PROJECT not just a link to your blog. It makes it really difficult to find that way!

See you soon-
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Charisma Cardz Fairy Challenge

I think I can say that most of the DT at Charisma Cardz had a real challenge on their hands coming up with a fairy card. Luckily, mine was a free download from Inky Impresssions and I have certainly gotten my use out of her!! Love the pink and green combo (reminds me of the early 80's and being a preppie!)LOL! The papers are old Bobunny stash, lovely misc satin ribbon and I printed the sentiment on cardstock using my new printer.
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