Friday, April 27, 2012

Beautiful Flowers - Friends with Flair

Good Friday morning! Here is my post for this weeks Unity Friends with Flair:
Another new experiment for me - I used a rubber brayer and some Tim Holtz distress ink to make the background, then stamped the flowers from the Unity March 2011 KOTM over the top - several times for each inking so it had some softer more faded images. 
That was matted in white, then mounted on black cardstock. 
The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in white. I mounted the whole thing on some older Basic Grey paper that I inked the edges of with more Tim Holtz distress ink. 
Finished off with a little bling, and some jute twine from Ribbon Carousel tied in a large loose bow on the side.
Thanks so much for stopping to see me! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

MFT Getting Sketchy #69

Good morning! If you are looking for my Patches of Pink April Post, please click HERE or scroll down.

I'm posting this quick this morning for this weeks MFT Getting Sketch #69 Challenge:
Here is the sketch:

I stretched it to fit an A2 card size, and kept it pretty flat since I plan on mailing it and didn't want to worry about extra postage.
I used a Pure Innocence stamp, colored with Copics, and added a sentiment from My Craft Spot stamps that I recently won! I thought the sentiment was just too perfect! Then I inked the edges of the white paper with Tim Holtz distress ink. 
All the pattern paper is from Basic Grey's 6x6 Picadilly Paper pad - still one of my favorite lines of paper! I cut the flower with my Cricut and Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, inked the edges, and layered it and the leaves with part of a MFT Dienamics flourish. 
That's it! I'm popping this in the mail today, and off for the days adventures! I have some posts scheduled, but won't be around much for the next week or so - so have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patches of Pink - April Post and Baby Theme Link-up Party - Diaper Cake

Good morning! It's April post day and time for a new link-up party at Patches of Pink! The theme this month is anything baby related. Since I went to a baby shower for a friend last weekend, I thought I would share the gift I made with a friend for the mom-to-be! In case you haven't seen one before, it is a diaper cake! She does not know whether the baby is a boy or girl (LOVE that I'm not the only one who liked surprises!) - so instead of going with the traditional yellow or green colors, we decided to go with Turquoise and Orange! I'm SOOOO happy with how it turned out!
We used a cardboard cake circle for the base, with some tulle tucked around it. The two layers are just diapers wound in a circle. You almost have to have two people to do this part! They are tied and held together with ribbon. I have found that this type is nicer than the ones with the diapers each wound tightly into a ball, because the diapers are more readily usable. Not as hard to get to lay flat afterwards!  
The horses, banners, and letters were all cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The cut file for the horses can be found HERE (I just welded the horse and post together, and ignored the other pieces), the file for the banners can be found HERE (although I welded two mirror images together so they folded in half over the twine, and then added a shadow cut as well), and the font I used was Arial (again...making my own shadow behind it). 
We tucked the horses in to the bottom layer, then used a little Baker's Twine to tie the top to the ribbon on the upper layer, which made a really easy way to attach it to the cake.
For the banner, we used a couple of bamboo skewers, tucked them through the layers, then tied Baker's twine across in two rows. The banners were then attached over the top, by taping and gluing them together.  
I'm so glad you stopped by today! Make sure and head over to Patches of Pink to see what the rest of the design team made, and to link up your own creation! Can't wait to see what you make!

Let's Go!

Hi there! Back once more with my second card for the next couple of challenges! It was fun to see a similar challenge for Fantabulous Cricut and My Craft Spot this week - on the go, and things that go - so I combined them by using my Cricut, and some stamps I won from My Craft Spot recently and hadn't inked up! They stamped PERFECTLY - and I am so happy with them!
I started off by grabbing some paper from my Crate Paper 6x6 Paper Heart collection. Think these are some of my favorite papers ever! Trying not to hoard them though... 
I cut the silhouette out with my Cricut and Sweethearts cartridge, and cut the heart out of a different color so it would pop a bit. 
The frame shape is cut using Elegant Edges, and I stamped the sentiment above and below my Cricut cut. Added a bit of bling in the corners to finish it off. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope to see you again soon!

April SFYTT and Unity Color Challenge

Good morning! I have a couple cards I wanted to post this morning - catching up a couple of challenges! Here is the first one:
I made this one for the April Unity Blog Challenge - a color challenge to use pink, green, and off white. The second is the April Sketch for you to try

The color combo was one I love, so that was easy - and I loved how simple the sketch was - perfect for playing with! So...I pulled out my March Unity KOTM, and some paper from Basic Grey's Konichiwa 6x6 paper pad. I had seen the background paper and instantly thought of this image. LOVE when that works out so perfectly!
I stamped the rose on a circle I cut with my Nestabilities, colored it with Copics, and then cut another one out to mask it with. I then stamped the Tea Time Pattern Background over the top, then peeled off my mask. LOVE that effect! Then inked the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique linen to get the off white effect.
All the papers blended too well together, so I did some machine stitching to add some definition. 
Added a touch of bling under the rose, pop-dotted it from the background, stamped the sentiment right on the pattern paper, and tied some jute twine from Ribbon Carousel around it to finish. 
Hope you enjoyed! See you in a bit when I get the other card posted! I dusted off my Cricut for the first time in a while...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ippity Sparkly Card!

Hello! I'm here with yet another Ippity stamp from the previous release that I won! One more that I hadn't inked up yet - isn't it adorable?

I used the sketch, but kind of elongated it, so that it could be an upright card.  
I used lots of sparkle on the cupcake and plate! I colored it with my Copics to begin with. Then, on each color, I coated it with Glossy Accents, and sprinkled on glitter in the same color as the Copic underneath. I think the Glossy Accents adds some nice dimension, and the glitter matching the color underneath makes it pop on the color factor! Then on the stem of the cherry, and the cake stand I just put some Glossy Accents over it for a bit of shine.
I stamped the sentiment straight onto the doily, then covered it with Glossy Accents. That was folded over the panel of pattern paper from a Fancy Pants 6x6 paper pad - Be You. Tied a bit of twine from the Ribbon Carousel around that, and added a little bling under the sentiment. 
I inked the edges of the white cardstock with Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen, matted it in black, and tucked some loops of chevron stripe ribbon (also from Ribbon Carousel) behind it, and pop-dotted it from the background.
Finished off with a kraft paper card base, and did some faux stitching around the edges. 
So glad you dropped by! See you again soon!

Pink, Orange, and a sketch!

Just quickly wanted to post this card that I whipped out for a couple of different challenges:
The color inspiration is from the Play Date Cafe:

And I used the Sketch from Card Positioning Systems for this week:

I used a MFT Pure Innocence stamp, and stamped and colored her on a circle cut with my Spellbinder's Nestabilities. 
The orange paper is from an older Basic Grey line, and the alpha letters are from Cosmo Cricket. 
I embossed the white panel with my Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots foler, and rounded the edges.  
Sorry for the short and simple post! Busy day today!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Beautiful Flowers...

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to Hobby Lobby for the first time since a visit out of state when I discovered them! There are now two that are a little over an hour from my it was fun stopping by! While I was there, I used a coupon to purchase a set of Tim Holtz distress I took a few minutes this morning to give them a try! Here is what I came up with:
I also used this weeks Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger:
I started off by coloring directly onto the Unity Inspired Meadow flower stamp that I wanted to use, stamping them two or three times each time I colored them. That panel was then distressed with my Tim Holtz distress tool and inked with Tim Holtz distress ink. I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment from the Inspired by Ang {...moment by moment} set. 
I used some October Afternoon Farmhouse paper from the 8x8 paper pad for the background, and also distressed the edges of that. The bottom ribbon is from the October Afternoon Farmhouse Wrap pack - LOVE how perfectly it coordinates! 
Added a bit of cream twill ribbon from Ribbon Carousel tucked into the top right corner, and attached with some criss-cross staples. Also tied some of the twine I got from Ribbon Carousel along the bottom edge. 
And there it is! I know this hardly counts, but I feel like I am slowly working my way toward learning some mixed-media style projects! Baby steps I guess! 
I am also linking this up with Simon Says Stamp and Show - Favorite Word. Isn't "BEAUTIFUL" a great work? :-)

Paper Crafts April Gallery Challenge Part 2 is card #2 for the Paper Crafts April Gallery Challenge - Silhouettes. I also sent this in for the Stamping Royalty contest in the holiday category.
For this one, I used a silhouette stamp from Inkadinkado, inked it up with Papertrey ink red ink, then stamp kissed it with Unity Stamps Worn Music background. Love the effect it has! 
I also used the music background on the kraft paper layered behind the image. The striped paper is from October Afternoon's Holiday style 8x8 paper pad. The sentiment is another Unity stamp, from the September 2011 KOTM.
Used a Martha Stewart border punch for the black trim on the side, then added some October Afternoon lace trim, and a bit of PTI twine. Oh yes, and a little bling from Michael's. 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper Crafts April Gallery Challenge

Good morning! I am posting a couple of posts today for the Paper Crafts April Gallery Challenge - Silhouettes. This is my first post, and is one of the cards I sent in for the Stamping Royalty Contest. Obviously, it didn't win, but it was fun to throw one out there anyway! 
I started off by cutting and embossing an oval with my Nestabilities. I cut a smaller oval, and used the negative as a mask to apply Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen. Over the top of that, I stamped the Worn Music background from Unity Stamps. Then, I used a Hero Arts silhouette stamp, and added a birthday hat from Unity Stamp's Hugs and Kitties set. 
The blue background paper is from Basic Grey's Picadilly 6x6 paper pad. The red is from a My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline 6x6 paper pad.  Wrapped some PTI twine and a PTI button around the polka dot paper, before attaching the oval with foam adhesive. I then stamped a couple of sentiments from Unity Stamps small sentiment set, { all day} on some hand trimmed kraft paper banners, and added some bling from my local Michael's store.
Finished off by matting with some black paper, and using foam adhesive to attach the whole thing to a kraft paper card base. silhouette post coming right up!