Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Embellish Challenge w/ Stitching

I saw the new Embellish color challenge last week quickly as I was doing my morning blog visits.  Unfortunately, I didn't study the colours closely enough because I thought the colours were Kraft, Pink and Baby Blue--and I created a card with that colour scheme which I ended up posting about here.  When I went to go post the card I realized I hadn't used the right colours--I felt so stupid!

However, I couldn't let this challenge go by, especially since it involved stitching!  Have I mentioned before how much I've become attached to my sewing machine?!  Here's Embellish's challenge:

My orginal card had more hand stitching on it, but on this card I used a new sewing technique for me--swirvy lines.  I sort of wish I put more stitching on the card--perhaps on the pink strip.  Hard to know when to stop sometimes. Any way, here's my card:

The book print totally gives this card a Dawn McVey feel--not surprising since she's one of my favourite designers!

PTI Kraft cardstock; PTI Beautiful Blooms stamp set; Inkadinkado sentiment; vintage book print; Prima flowers; MM buttons;  Versamark Ink; Distress Ink Walnut Stain; pink embroidery floss.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Curtain Call--Act #23

Okay--so I'm not typically a fan of pink--as you can see from my blog I love blues and teals (oh, and kraft, of course).  However, when I saw Stacey's Curtain Call Act #23 Color challenge--I couldn't resist.  I was drawn to the damask wall in the inspiration photo and went from there.
Here's what I created . . .

   I cut the flowers with the Cricut Storybook Cartridge.  The text stamp is Hampton Art; the damask type stamp (in pink) is TPC Studio; and the sentiment is Inkadinkado.  Here's a closer look . . .

    I love how 3 of the 4 colours are neutrals--you can swap out that pink with any other colour and the look would still be fab!!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

CARDS Blog--Easter Card

I made this Easter card last week, and since this week's CARDS blog challenge is to create an Easter card, I figured why not submit it--afterall, I was happy with how it turned out! 

    I used the top of a Kleenex box for my kraft paper--I got the idea a while back from this card by Virginia Lu.  I save all my Kleenex box tops now--love how they have a detailed edge.  I inked it up with Walnut Stain DI to highlight the detail.
    I also LOVE that ribbon--sort of a perrywinkle colour.  Reminds me of hydrangeas.  It was also the colour of my bridesmaids dresses 6 years ago, so it's definitely a colour I'm always drawn to.  Love how easily the silky ribbon ties into a bow as well.

Since I liked my Easter card so much, I created a similar Baby congratulations card.  I just found out this week that my cousin and her husband are expecting their first child!  I know they've been trying for a while--so I was so excited to hear the news.  I originally made it for the Embellish challenge, but realized after I made it that the challenge asked for Light Aqua, not Baby Blue (silly me).  The challenge also asked for stitching, "sew" that's why I hand-stitched all the buttons!

I stamped a small button from PTI Tiny Valentine set repeatedly with Versamark ink.  I also stamped my new Hampton Art background definition stamp with Versamark onto the PTI Sweet Blush card base.

Okay--gotta run and get ready for first day of swimming lessons--my 3 year old is starting his Tadpole class, and I'm in the pool at the same time with my 9 month old for a Waterbabies class!!  Have a great weekend--I'm hoping to get some crafting time later this evening!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

1 Recycled Wedding Invite = 2 Cards

My friend got married last Saturday--and a beautiful wedding it was!  I was about to throw away the wedding invite yesterday but couldn't resist the B&W patterned card base . . . so I took apart the invite and ended up making these two cards.
Actually, I made the first card for the EBTKS sketch challenge (my second attempt), but then realized the deadline was yesterday (silly me).  When I looked at the patterned paper--I could see the 3 circles from the sketch.

I printed the sentiment right onto the card base (I created a whole bunch of sentiments on Word several days ago and they've become my new favs).  This is my first BIG bow on a card too--definitely one that will have to be hand delivered.

Here's the other card I created with that gorgeous patterned paper.  The muted tones made me think of a sombre occasion.
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Color Cue Challenge #2

Dawn has another great color combo over on her blog here
I ended up making 2 cards with this combo (one is a mini gift tag card).  I did end up using black for the sentiment on this first card (I'm hoping that's considered a neutral).

I used two petals from a flower to create the soft yellow heart on this mini card:

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Afternoon @ the Farm

This week's challenge over at Practical Scrappers is to use something you've had for over a year.  I've had these letter stickers (the red ones and brown ones) for well over a year, and I've also had the tree branch and leaf cut-outs for just as long.  The photos of my son are from last summer (not quite a year--but feels like it). I faux stiched the brown letter stickers with my white gel pen--I think it gives it a sort of country feel--which is perfect for this page.

I'm not crazy about how it turned out, but just glad to be getting caught up on some photos I've been wanting to scrap!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate and Teal

Well, while making a card for the current EBTKS Sketch challenge, I ended up making another card for the current CARDS blog challenge . . . and they both use Chocolate and Teal--two of my favourite colours!

Here's the EBTKS Sketch:

That scallop threw me off--oh, where to put the sentiment??--, but I knew I wanted to use the intricate flower from the Cricut Storybook cartridge for those circles--I've been wanting to use that cut for a while, but haven't found the chance . . . until now:

I'm challenged by this sketch--which makes me want to take another stab at it . . . so I may submit another entry if I get time!

Then, since I had these colours on my desk and the Storybook cartridge loaded, I tried my chance at the CARDS blog challenge which is to incorporate a bird on your card.  I'm quite please with how it turned out.  I created a whole page of sentiments on Word last week and printed them off, and used one of them here:

A closer "bird's eye" view . . . okay, not really bird's eye, but closer ;)

By the way--that teal "paper" is repurposed from a gift bag--it is a glossy stock, and cut amazingly well on the Cricut!
We're off to Rochester, N.Y. tomorrow for a trip to the big Toy Museum there.  Anyone been there before? Owen is really excited about it--let's hope he's still excited after the 3 hour car ride!! It's our first long trip with our 9 month old, Caden, too--so I'm praying that goes well too!  Hoping there's not a big line up at the border crossing either!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Just Scraps Challenge #2

I came across a new challenge site--just what I need {wink}!!  This week is only their second challenge and it's Black and White and Red all over.  My creation is a Scrapbook layout of my son--and it's mainly RED, and my "white" is more of a vintage/distressed white.  My inspiration for this page first came from the colours in the photos (which is where I always draw my colour inspiration from for layouts), and it worked well for this challenge.  I picked up the "True Love" painted wooden embellishment in the clearance bin at Michaels after Valentine's day.  I love that it adds some sparkle to the page.

I heat embossed my swirls for a bit of shine on the page; hard to tell in the photo though.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Hello . . . it's been a while!

Hello . . . haven't posted a card in over a week . . . been catching up on some scrapbooking (I'll post some photos of those later today).  After getting a chance to blog hop this morning, I got some inspiration to create this card, which I'm submitting to 3 challenges (that's a record for me--I've only ever combined 2 challenges, I think).

Embellish Color Challenge with Fabric (I used felt)

2 Scrapbook Friends Sketch (link is to DT member Deanna's page; I'm still trying to figure out how to post to their forum):
365 Cards Day #12 -- Circle Frenzy Include 20 or more circles from at least 2 different sources

Here's my card:

Paper: PTI Kraft cardstock; Canson Watercolor paper    Stamps: Inkadinkado Dots and Circles; Heidi Grace Borders; MSE sentiment  Ink: SU! Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Old Olive; Versamark Ink; Colorbox Dragonfly Black; Distress Ink Walnut Stain   Other: ribbon, felt and button from Michaels

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Precious Moments . . .

I love this photo of my husband and baby boy--the moment I took it, I knew I was going to scrapbook it!
I'm submitting this layout for two challenges:

Wplus9 Design Studio's Color Cue Challenge #1
Practical Scrappers--White Pen  I highlighted the Bo Bunny patterned paper with my white UniBall Signo gel pen; the left side of the layout needed some white to accent the white strip and the white behind the photo; I also used it for handwriting part of my title and my son's age next to the photo.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

EBTKS Fabric Challenge

So I made this card about a week ago, but my DH (who was away the last 4 days) had our camera.  I tried a few fabric card ideas for the current EBTKS challenge, but this is the only one that I finished.  The blue fabric is from an old T-shirt.  Not a very original idea using fabric, I guess.  I was thinking of a back pocket as I stitched it.  I thought about making one with a neck tie--for Father's day too--but given the EBTKS deadline is tonight, I'll not likely get that done.  Any-who . . . here's my card:

The leaf stamp is from PTI's Beautiful Blooms set.  I used the kiss technique to add the polka dots to the wider base of the leaves.  Sorry, I can't remember the company for the sentiment--it's from a set of about 15 round holiday sentiments/images (bought it a couple of years ago)

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Curtain Call--Act 20

WARNING--another butterfly card!!  ;)

I can't resist Curtain Call's Color challenges!  Here's this week's--Act #20:

   I've used this dot/circle stamp (Act 18) and a similar butterfly (Act 19) in the last two color challenges, and I didn't intentionally use them again--just worked out that way. 
   The sentiment is from PTI's Big Bold Wishes--I love how you can manipulate clear stamps to the shape that you want.

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