Thursday, September 30, 2010

Moxie Fab Off Set Scallops Challenge

On the Moxie Fab World blog there are some amazing examples of how offset scallops are being used in fashion, home decorating and in the crafting world.  I was most inspired by this particular picture because of its soft feminine look.  Once I saw all the great pictures the wheels started turning, and I was off to create a gift bag and matching card.  I wanted to create texture in the scallops, so I embossed a few small sheets of vanilla card stock with an embossing folder before punching them out with a circle punch.  The gift bag itself started out as two sheets of 12 x 12 textured card stock.  I just loved the way this gift bag came out.  The look of the offset scallops captured the soft feminine look I was going for.  After making the gift bag the card came together so easily.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  There is still time to enter the challenge too.  So go on over and check out the other entries and get your creative wheels turning! 

Thank you for taking a look,

The Sleepy Stamper

Offset scallop challenge for Moxie Fab World.

Here is the gift bag filled with some tulle

This card I made to be used for a baptism.

Stamps:  Buggies & Booties by SU
Ink:  Soft Suede by SU
Paper:  Blush Blossom, Old Olive, Very Vanilla by SU, Designer paper Your Life by Webster's pages.
Accessories:  1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, corner rounder punch, by SU, taffeta ribbon by SU,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mojo Monday Challenge 158

Mojo time!  I needed to Mojo my Monday because, let's face it, Mondays can be TOUGH!  Thank goodness for the Mojo Monday Challenges.  I love this sketch, and I couldn't wait to get started on it.  First I tried to make a circle card, but I'm just not that daring.  Maybe next time...  In this card I used a twill ribbon to create the bow in the sketch.  I like to use a trim produced by Wrights because it's lighter weight which makes it easier to form.  I used a copic marker to dye it the color of my card stock, which I love to do.  It's so much easier to just dye white twill to match my card stock than it is to find the perfect color ribbon off the shelf.  I like the look of this card and will have to save this sketch, because it is definitely a keeper!   I hope everyone has a good work week.

Thanks for looking,

The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Great Friend, Three Little Words by SU
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Old Olive cardstock by SU, Designer Paper Cottage Wall by SU
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Twill by Wrights, Word Window punch, Edge punch, Modern Lable punch, by SU

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge 48

Hello Monday!  Over the weekend I had a chance to work on the challenge over at the Play Date Cafe.  The challenge this week is to use the colors purple, green, and gray to create a project inspired by the photo.  This photo looks like a real modern space, and I wanted my card to reflect the modern feel.  I tried to keep the design of my card simple.  I wanted to to try out some fabric yo-yo flowers and found a gray satin at my local fabric shop.  I used a circle die to cut the fabric and fray-checked the edges.  I used a straight stitch to sew around the edge and then gathered the thread.  After flattening the circle I added a rhinestone brad. 

Thanks for stopping by,

The Sleepy Stamper.

Stamps:  Beautiful You, by Verve
Paper:  Concord Grape, Certainly Celery, Shimmer White, Brushed Silver by SU
Ink:  Concord Grape by SU
Accessories:  Rhinestone brads, by SU, Storybook flourish cut by Cricut, Cuddle bug embossing folder

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CPS Challenge 185

Here's this week's sketch over at the Card Positioning System blog.  I wanted to stick to the sketch as much as possible.  I love to use designer papers to make the card more interesting, and this particular paper by Bo Bunny has an added glitter to it.  I love it when I can get my paper to do the work for me; especially this week, since I've lost a bit of my creative mojo.  Never fear, after catching up on some of my favorite blogs, I feel like I'm slowly coming out of it.  It didn't help that it rained most of the week.  Today, however, the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day.  Heading out to hear an outdoor concert with my little family and life is good...  Hope everyone has a good and safe weekend.

Thank you for taking a peak,

The Sleepy Stamper.

Stamps:  Simple Thoughts, by Cloud 9
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Very vanella, by SU, Limited Edition Glitter press by Bo Bunny
Ink Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Croner rounder by SU, Vintage trim, half pearls

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 157

It's Mojo time once again, and since I sat out last challenge I wanted to jump right in this week.  I used my web edge punch again and I have to say I really love this punch!  With so many new products out there I sometimes find it hard not to fill up my cart.  Luckily my pocket book helps me edit what I can purchase!  With a few Halloween cards under my belt, I'm right on track to sending them out to friends and family.

Thanks for taking a look,
The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Creepy Crawly by Inkadinkado
Paper:  Pale Plum, Basic Black, Whisper White, Designer Paper Cast-a-spell by Stampin Up
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Spellbinders Lables Four, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon by Stampin Up, Web Edge punch by Martha Stewart, Dew Drops

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge 47

I am so excited to have been chosen as one of the Fab Four in challenge 46 over at the Play Date Cafe.  Thank you all for such nice comments.  This week's challenge is to use the colors: true red, turquoise, leaf green, black and white.  At first I had a difficult time with these colors.  After seeing all of the great examples from the Play Date Cafe designers as well as from the entries so far, the creative juices started flowing.  I made a journal for my sweet little cousin who is a Sophomore in high school.  I wanted to make it fun and bright.  I added lined paper and heavy card stock so she can put pictures of her favorite memories from the school year. Using the Zutter bind-it-all, the journal was a "cinch!"  I hope she enjoys her Sophomore year!

Thank you for taking a look,
The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Just Jawing by SU
Paper:  Rockabilly Speciality Paper from SU
Inks:  Real Red, Basic Black by SU
Accessories:  edge punch by SU, chunky red glitter, chipboard letters by Making MemoriesT

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Paper craft Star Sketch Challenge 12

So it's been almost 3 weeks of blogging and I have to say I am so humbled by all the response and comments from all my fellow crafters. I actually recieved a comment from Elizabeth Moore from Runs with Scraps Blog and co-creator of the Papercraft Star Challenge Blog, who invited me to participate in the current challenge.  Over at the Papercraft Star Challenge blog, this week's challenge is a sketch challenge.

After seeing this sketch I just knew I wanted to do a scrapbook layout.  I was so excited to scrapbook these photos because they have such a great story behind them.  My friend inherited all her family photos from an aunt and has taken on the task of archiving them. She allowed me to help by making a page for her to put alongside the amazing layouts she has already done.  These photos were actually taken for a photo contest in which her Uncle Ronald won!  Her mother Constance is simply adorable, and the two of them together are beautiful children. Here is the page and I hope my dear friend likes it.

Paper:  Designer paper by K&Co
Accessories:  TPC studio ribbon, vintage buttons, handmade ribbon flower, vintage papers

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TESC 127

Wednesday is here and the weekend is slowly coming into view! To help move this week along I wanted to participate in the Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge.  I had some designer paper from last year called Cast-A-Spell.  Can you believe it, I had not even opened it!  That all changed today.  I have to say, I love all the paper in the pack.  I'm only sad that it's retired and no longer avaliable. This sketch gave me the opportunity to use a few different patterns.  This card is just what I needed to make to remind me that Halloween is fast approaching and that my son is set on a Super Mario costume.  I'll have to put this one on the refrigerator so I can remember to hunt one down in his size and order it early!  

Thank you for taking a look,
The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Home is where ithe haunt is, by SU
Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White by SU, Designer Paper Cast-A-Spell by SU.
Accessories:  Martha Stewart web edge punch, bat punch, Spellbinders, jewlery tag punch by SU

Sunday, September 12, 2010

3D Item and a matching card

Over at the Play Date Cafe, the challenge for this week is color splash.  I chose to use copper as my splash of color on a black and white background.  First I wanted to jump right in and alter something I had around the house.  I found a decorative dressform I bought years ago and had forgotten about.  It was so forgotten, it was still in the box with tags and all.  Once I covered it in a white and black taffeta, which I had purchased from JoAnn's, I went to work embellishing it.  I made a flower using some wired ribbon and cut some velvet leaves using pinking shears.  Now, I have to say, she is a cutie! So much more stylish than the original, boring black cover.  Since I can't fully break away from making cards, I created a matching card using leftovers. Now without further ado, here are my entries. 

Here are some before-and-after pictures of the dressform.

The "Cherish" card is also entered into the Card Positioning System Sketch challenge for this week.

Stamps:  Baroque Motifs by SU
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Shimmer White, Basic Black from SU
Accessories:  Cuttle bug embossing folder, hand made ribbon flower, trim by Carolace

Thank you for taking a look,

The Sleepy Stamper

Saturday, September 11, 2010

CPS Challenge 183

Over at the Card Positioning System blog, this week's challenge was a bit difficult for me.  I had some trouble finding inspiration that would suit the rows on the right-hand side of the sketch.  When I was in my local scrapbooking store I saw this awesome paper by Graphic 45, called Proper Gentleman. It hit me! This line of paper was just perfect for creating a masculine birthday card.  I happened to have two people in mind that were celebrating birthdays this week, both my cousin Jorge and Step-Father.  Happy 29th Birthday Jorge! Happy Birthday Da!  Hope you both have a wonderful birthday.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, by SU.  Proper Gentleman by Graphic 45
Ink:  Distress inks by Tim Holtz

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch 84

Good FRIDAY morning!  I love Fridays...but, who doesn't?  Today I would like to share with you my take on the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I love the way that lace helps to make a card look feminine and sweet; so I used some lace I had purchased from a going-out-of-business sale.  If only I could have bought it all :-(  No worries, though.  Luckily for me, I have a mother who likes to sew and had lots of bits and pieces of lace, patches and buttons!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and thank you for stopping by to take a peek.

The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers by SU
Paper:  Soft Suede, River Rock, Very Vanella, by SU, Ancestral Birds by TCP
Accesories:  edge punch by SU.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mojo Monday 155 Sketch Challenge

So our long weekend is over, and it's back to the daily grind.  One positive to the work week is that this Mojo Monday challenge is a contest week!  Julee Tilman's sketches are always so creative and this week is no exception. Here's my take on the sketch. Hope everyone is having a good week...

The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Crafty Secrets Sweet Kids
Card Stock: River Rock, Vary Vanella by Stampin Up.  Designer paper by K & Co.
Inks:  Momento Rich Cocoa, image colored by Copic markers
Accessories:  circle, scallop circle by Spellbinders, twill ribbon by Wrights

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Play date Challenge # 45

So over at "The Play Date Cafe," the challenge was to use the colors (above) to create...well...anything really. I chose to create a card.  Maybe next time I'll be more daring and create a 3D item.  For now, though, I wanted to try making some ric-rac flowers.  I had a few pieces of ric-rac in one of the challenge colors and set off to make the cutest flower the world has ever seen!  Well I didn't quite reach my goal, but I'm happy with these little beauties.  What great colors to remind me that Summer is coming to an end and that Autumn is just around the corner.  Hope everyone has a great (hopefully shorter) work week... 

The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Verve Beautiful You
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Very Vanilla from Stampin Up. Burgandy photo mat card stock by Colorbox.
Ink:  Crumb Cake classic ink by Stampin Up, antique linen distress ink by Tim Holtz
Accessories:  Edge punch by Stampin Up, leaf punch by Martha Stewart, deckled rectangle by Spellbinders,  bling by K & Co.    

Saturday, September 4, 2010

CPS Sketch 182

Have a little time to post while the kiddos take their nap.  For this sketch challenge I used some paper from K & Company called Life's Journey.  The base of the card is a new card stock called Crumb Cake from Stampin Up.  I love stitching on cards, and when I started putting this cutie together it was just screaming, "stitch me up!"  The lace trim was a little something I had stashed away, and the chip board frame is by Tattered Angels.  I thought this card was going in a vintage direction so what better way to distress it than by using Tim Holtz distressing ink.  Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend. 

The Sleepy Stamper

Friday, September 3, 2010

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 154

Round or Square?  Well I'm the square-peg-in-a-round-hole type of gal, but for this challenge I'll try to fit in.  I went with the square sketch.  While looking around my favorite craft store, I found this photo mat pack from Colorbox called Nectar.  My friend told me that she didn't like the color combinations in the pack; and being me, I just had to purchase it and figure out how to make it work.  I picked up some coordinating felt squares and made my own felt flowers and added a pearl to the center.  On the way out I picked up a glittered leaf pick and used a couple of leaves on my card as well.  I have to say this card was fun for me to make because the colors are not what I'm usually drawn to.  I liked the way it turned out.  I have the perfect person to give it to.

The stamped image is called Little Somethin' from Stampin Up,  The two step bird punch is also from Stampin Up.  Paper is called Nectar from Colorbox.  Flowers were made using felt purchased from my local craft store. 

Nighty night stamping friends,

The Sleepy Stamper.

Sweet Sunday Sketch 83

So it's FRIDAY!  The in-laws have left town and the long weekend is just beginning.  I wanted to participate in the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge. I am always inspired by the amazing group of crafters who share their take on the sketch each week.  What a talented group of stampers!  So I tried to play with some fabric I had left over from an old project; I have to say that the fabric flower turned out alright.  Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend all!

The Sleepy Stamper

Here's a close up of my little fabric flower.  I sprayed it with some tattared angles vanilla mist.

Paper is from October Afternoon called Thrift Shop, Card stock vary vanilla, SU new in color pear.  Stamped image from Verve, called Blessings,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 126

So it's September; and before you know it, I'll be sending out some Halloween cards of the kiddos in their costumes.  So why not start now?!  I've been so excited to see the sneek peaks of Taylor's upcoming release, and I am looking forward to seeing all the goodies in store this Friday!  So here is the sketch and my take on it.

For this card I used an image from an old favorite of mine.  It's Web Wishes from Stampin Up.  The paper is from Bo Bunny and the sentiment is from Crafty Secrets.