June 20, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge

It's time for another sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts! As always, our sketches are created by our fabulously talented Resident Artist, Margaret Moody. Can I tell you, this card was so much fun to make! I mean, after I got over the initial frustration of what to do with what seemed like a really difficult sketch! Haha!


I honestly had no idea what to do with these diagonals, until I looked over and saw my lovely new Washi Tape just begging to be used! Then the ideas came flooding to me! I started with covering a piece of Whisper White card stock with Gingham Garden Washi Tape, then matted it with some Crushed Curry card stock. Then I cut a piece of the matching DSP to fit behind a little "Polaroid frame" that I cut out of Whisper White card stock and adhered with dimensionals. I added the sentiment, stamping and die cutting the Itty Bitty Banner Thank You, using Night of Navy ink on Island Indigo card stock. Then I hand cut a little bouquet of flowers from the Gingham Garden DSP (I used the Island Indigo print and just cut along the white border on the flowers) and attached it to my "Polaroid." I matted everything with Whisper White cardstock to really make it pop against my Island Indigo card. Hope you like it!

Now, be sure to check out all the other lovely creations the Resident Artists have crafted for you over at Pals Paper Arts! Then get out your favorite crafty goodies and try out this fun sketch challenge! Have fun!

June 9, 2013

Cupcake Inspirations Color Challenge

Hi friends! Gosh, I still can't believe it's June already! I have to pinch myself every day!

I've got a simple little card today for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. Aren't these colors just fabulous?

This week's challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations is being sponsored by a brand new sponsor - Taylored Expressions! Working with this sponsor was extra special for me because it gave me a chance to reconnect with my gal pal, Regina. *grin* Regina was one of my first web buddies when I started stamping. A former Stampin' Pretty Pal, she is now part of the fun over at Taylored Expressions!

Card DEEtails:

Although Taylored Expressions has some adorable cupcake images, I decided to go sans cupcake for this card. I winced a little when I cut the little cutie out from the image that I used from Sweet Bliss, but the letters were all I needed. They L, V, and E are on Summer Starfruit card stock. For the O, I used some pretty Flower Trim, inked with Lavender Lace, a retired SU! color. I adhered my letters onto a Martha Stewart doily and used dimensionals to adhere it to my PS Pool card, covered with some Dotty Biscotti patterned paper from Papertrey and some dotted scallop ribbon border in Summer Starfruit. I trimmed the top corner with my rounded corner punch, then added some pretty purple ribbon from my stash to tie up the card, and I was done!

June 6, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

I'm loving this fresh and summery color combination for this week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. What a fun challenge! I hope you'll play along!

Here are the DEEtails for my card:

I started with a Gumball Green card base and some polka dot DSP, which I trimmed to my desired shape and angle. I adhered it to the next layer of Primrose Petals, followed the angle and added a layer of Whisper White. Then I added some 3-dimensional items. The lovely flower from Mixed Bunch, embossed in white on some Primrose Petals card stock and punched with the coordinating die. Then I stamped the sentiment from the single stamp, Hello Hello. What a fun and lovely stamp! I cut out the sentiment and adhered it with some Dimensionals. For my final touch, I added a little Dahlia for the center of my flower for a little extra something. Hope you like it!

Won't you play along with us this week? But first, check out the wonderful creations from our awesome Resident Artists over at Pals Paper Arts!

June 3, 2013

Crafts from the Past: Sweet Birthday Cards

A few Fridays ago, our school hosted our annual Community Dinner, Silent Auction, and Talent Show. It's a huge event bringing in tons of people and all the money made goes towards our school's Relay for Life team. One of our biggest money makers is the Silent Auction. Each grade level team is encouraged to donate a themed basket to be auctioned off at this event. This year, our team decided to do an Ice Cream basket, packed with all the fixings for a yummy treat!

One of the things I contributed to our basket was a set of note cards that fit the theme. Honestly, I kind of despise making multiples of a card, so I had to create something easy and with a bit of variation. Enter these ice cream cone cards.

I started with a cute polka dot print from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP (fitting, isn't it?), layered over some Whisper White card stock and tied with some Striped Organdy Ribbon in Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, and Old Olive. I stamped the cone, using a triangle from the Pennant Parade set. Then I punched the cupcake top in various colors, which I layered with some Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment was a die cut Itty Bitty Banner in the corresponding colors. Lots of fun, color, and simple to make!

June 1, 2013

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 28

Wow! Can you believe it's June already? Time is just flying by! And it's time for another Double Dare Challenge!

This week, Naki wants us to use the Artisan Label Punch
And my pick for the week is to use the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set

Here's my card....

Here are the DEEtails:

I decided to use some more of that lovely Sycamore Street DSP from last week. The Rich Razzleberry Chevron is so bold and bright. I paired it with some lovely new Strawberry Slush with some crisp white accents. I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry stitched grosgrain ribbon and stamped an image from the new set, Label Love in VersaMark ink, embossed in white. I wish the coverage was a little more even, but it will have to do... I added a little butterfly with some Rhinestone Jewel details and an Itty Bitty Banner with the Thank You sentiment.

Be sure to check out Naki's blog to see what she made. Then, won't you play along with us? Get out your new Artisan punch and some Itty Bitty Banners and link up your card in our comments. See you soon!