Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CAS Easter Cards


Quick post before I run out the door….I mass produced a few CAS Easter cards today and thought I would share:


Pretty basic……and then I stepped it up a tiny bit with some PTI ribbon:


PTI image; SU sentiment, K&Co paper…..and that’s it for now!!!  Oh, and Pumpkin says “hi!”:


Color Throwdown #86


It’s Wednesday, and that means another edition of the CTD!  This week Barbara has chosen an interesting color combo….very earthy! 

swatch 86

Once I saw these shades of Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green and Soft Suede, my thoughts immediately went to a retired SU set that I love to watercolor, and I went to work! 


I stamped the image on Naturals Ivory cardstock and watercolored it with Garden Green and Crushed Curry, as I thought the Yoyo Yellow would be a little too bright.  I did add a little bit of Frost White shimmer paint to the flower, just to add a little subtle shine.  I stamped some of the other floral images on my Soft Suede and Garden Green DPs.  Label 4 Nesties were used for the main panels, along with a “distressed” sentiment from Three Little Words.  The sketch is from Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch #62:


I really thought these colors were soft, subtle and soothing enough to make a sympathy card, so I added this sentiment and image to the inside:


So now let’s see what you can come up with these colors!  Check out all the details on the CTD blog and play along with us.  Here are links to the other designers for even more inspiration:

Broni * Tammy * Barbara * Danielle * Kristin * and Pam, our guest stamper this month!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Treat Boxes


A quick post today; this is for the JUGS Challenge #26, a template challenge.  I have used a freebie box from Lauren Meader, and the link for that can be found on the JUGS blog…the other one was from SCS and that can be found here, courtesy of Kris!  So here are my boxes, which will be filled with jelly beans & sent to my niece & nephew:


Another view:


And the top of the carrot box:


All cardstock is SU:  Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie & Garden Green; carrot box DP is SU’s Sweet Pea; square box DP is from K&Company.  Images are Kim Hughes.  The bunny on the square box was actually cut apart and attached to the back of the egg to make him taller!  Now I am off!  Thanks for visiting today!


ColourQ News


The ColourQ color challenge is one of my favorites, so imagine my excitement when Arielle asked me to be on her Royal Court Design Team!  Her style is so clean & fresh & fun, I hope that I can follow in her footsteps to create some equally fun things using the great inspirations she finds!  Today, she is tempting us with these adorable little felt booties:


Look at those little peacocks!  Aren’t they adorable?  I want to go stitch some of these up myself!!  Meanwhile, I have to be satisfied with making a thank you card for a friend who so kindly stepped in and helped at my daughter’s reception. I popped open the Flight of the Butterfly set and made some brightly colored winged things!


This is a long card, sized to fit inside a business envelope because I am putting a nice SU gift certificate inside!  See, she’s a stamper too!  So I know she’ll appreciate that as well as the card!  It’s not evident in the photo, but the white background panel was embossed with the Polka Dot Texturz plate by SU; most everything else about this card is pretty straightforward. It may be a bit busy but that’s how butterflies are!  Here’s a little closeup:


You can visit all the other Royal Court Design Team members by checking out the sidebar to the right, or just stop by the ColourQ blog.  While you’re there, why don’t you play too?!  And thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chocolate Overload


Today’s SCS CAS60 challenge was to use a sketch by Carly.  You can see the details here.  I wanted to make one more Easter card for my sale basket and I already had Mr Chocolate Bunny sitting on my desk so I put him to work.  I really wanted to doo-dad this card up, but since it is supposed to be CLEAN & SIMPLE, I had to let it go!


Truthfully, this card doesn’t do a thing for me….I love the image, love the Nook & Pantry DP, love the PTI sentiment, but it is just lacking something…..oh well!  I think I am in chocolate overload anyway after my attempt at making candy.  Here are a few pix of the disaster (Pioneer Woman, I am not!):

Eggs beginning to be formed……


The chocolate melting, waiting for said eggs to come take a swim……..


And the final messy result………


Oh, it is painful to even look at them.  This was the end of the batch, and I was running out of time and patience.  Truthfully, once they hardened and I scraped off the sloppy edges, they didn’t look TOO bad…at least they do taste delicious!  Even DH, who does not eat candy, liked the peanut butter ones.  My issue was trying to coat the eggs….the warm chocolate softened up the eggs so much they were getting mushy, even though they had been refrigerated.  The chocolate seemed too thick, and even after thinning, it was still a challenge.  Since I have NEVER made these before, I guess some sort of trial & error is to be expected.  Any hints from more experienced candy makers?  I don’t plan to do this every month….more like once or twice a year, so I don’t need to be an expert, but something a little less frustrating than this would be nice!  I guess I should just stick to making cards!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Stacey’s Curtain Call Act#23


I haven’t played Stacey’s Color Challenge for a while, so I thought I would take a few minutes today to play!  These are such elegant colors, and the designers’ samples are so nice!  I had seen some punched tulips (I believe on LeeAnn Greff’s blog) so I thought I would try them here to make another Easter card for my stash.  I also used Taylor’s sketch.  Here are the details:


and here is my card:


Dots & sentiment are from PTI; the tulip is sort of 3D; you can see it here:


it is made from the wing of the large bird punch that is in the current SU mini catalog---how versatile & cool is that!  Thanks for visiting again today!

FS164 Christmas Card





Today’s SCS Featured Stamper Challenge#164 is Brandi, and since I am on track for making a Christmas card a week, I thought I would CASE this card and make her CAS card into a CAS Christmas card:




I kept it CAS, used a tree image, and pleated my ribbon, but changed the stamp & sentiment and used DP for my panel instead of a stamped image, plus I added a little tiny bling at the top of the tree.  All DPs are from some vintagey Christmas papers from My Mind’s Eye, including the circular punch-out panel.  The tree image is SU’s Patterned Pines, also stamped on some MME paper.  My last little bit of RHR ribbon was pleated on the panel and the sentiment is from Short & Sweet; both the tree & sentiment were stamped in Garden Green.  I also had a personal challenge:  since I was making meat balls and they had to cook for 20 minutes, I wanted to make my card in that time frame.  Luckily they weren’t quite done, so I got an extra 10 minutes to finish up!!  (The pleating did me in!) 

Thanks for visiting today—this was a fun challenge, and one I don’t do often enough!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hoppy Easter Sketch


Good gracious, after a frustrating morning trying to make chocolate-covered butter cream Easter eggs (and I’m not finished yet) I decided to take a break and make a fun, EASY card with Barbara’s sweet simple sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges shown here:

C4C30 Sketch


I’ve been hoarding this Bloom paper for a while, but I needed some fresh spring inspiration, so I decided to bring it on!  I just love it!  The little bunny from Kim Hughes just makes me smile too!  Now as I was posting this card, I thought that the little bunny was just looking kind of plain… I went back to my table, stamped a little flower and added it just so:


Ahh, that’s better!   He looks much cuter with that sweet little flower!!!  Thanks for visiting today….back to the messy chocolates! 

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Flower for Mimi


Happy Friday, everyone! DH & I were away for a couple of days, so it is good to be home and back in my stamp room! My SIL’s birthday is Sunday; I just finished her card this afternoon, so guess what—it’s going to be LATE! Oh well! I chose a stamp set that I haven’t used for a while, Flowers for Daisy, by Asela Hopkins, and incorporated it into Mercy’s Sketch #66, shown here:



I stamped the image twice, colored them with SU markers, and popped up the second flower at an angle to the first one---I love the effect! Some Pink Flamingo DP gave me the color inspiration, and since the Stampin’ Royalty challenge this week is to use glitter, I added some DD to the center of my flower to glitz it up a bit! You can see it better here:


Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Color Throwdown #85


This week is  CTD Challenge #85, brought to you by our hostess Cathy!  Aren’t these colors of Baja Breeze, Garden Green and Certainly Celery so soft & soothing?  Just beautiful! 

swatch 85

I hope you will be able to create something extra-special with these hues, in “honor” of Cathy, as she’ll be stepping down from the CTD team for a little break.  Be sure to check all the details on the sidebar of the CTD blog and put your creativity to work with these wonderful colors!

I chose the Mojo Sketch #131 for my layout---I thought it would be easy, but it turned into a little more of a challenge than I thought!  Here’s the sketch:


And here’s my take on it, using some retired Baja Breeze papers and Pocket Silhouettes:


This is a 6” x 3 1/4” card; I wish I had made it a little taller to compensate for the width of the ribbon.  But I hope someone will like it---it’s always good to have get well cards in my stash!  Now let’s see what the other girls have created this week:

Broni * Tammy * Cathy * Barbara * Danielle * Kristin and our Guest Designer, Pam Speidel!

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Variations on a Theme



Two challenges, two cards, same color theme, different looks!  The first challenge is over at Paper Craft Planet; my bloggin/stampin’ buddy Tammy is sponsoring a 3D challenge….to make one of those paper flowers that are so popular right now!  You can see all the details right here.  I had a poofy flower already made, courtesy of another stampin’ buddy, Shawn, so I just made a CAS card on which to put it:


The background is SU’s A to Z, overstamped with the Very Vogue wheel; sentiment is from the hostess set, Of The Earth, and the Ruby Red DP is from a hostess pack.  Now I am going backwards here, because actually the FIRST card I made (which is why I had the hostess set and hostess paper out) was this card, which is for a challenge at The Shabby Tearoom (don’t you love that name!) which was to use stitching on your card:


Now this is supposed to be a spring challenge---I guess these colors are not really springy, but they fit the mood of the gray day we are having, plus I wanted a sample of a card made with the Square Scallop Die Cut.  There is lots of stitching goin’ on here, even on the inside:


The little sparrow was stamped in Versamark, then daubed with a blend of Close to Cocoa and Ruby Red pastel chalks….I still had them on my desk from my SB page!  (But I finally cleaned everything up!!)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting!

ColourQ #25


One of my friends recently had surgery, so I wanted to send her a get well card.  I thought the colors of today’s ColourQ challenge were cheerful enough to use for her card:


Isn’t this a sweet vignette?  I just love these eggs!!  So, I went with a bird theme, too:


I used a couple different sets; Circle Circus, Best Wishes and More, and Three Little Words---the first ink-up of that sweet little sentiment set!  And since I used Chocolate Chip as my base, I added a white panel inside with some flowers from a (dusty) set, Simply Said:


I hope this cheers her up as she recovers!  Thanks for visiting today, and be sure to stop back tomorrow for the latest Color Throwdown challenge!