Saturday, October 30, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge 19

Challenge 19, over at the Papercraft Star blog, is to create something inspired by this photo from Martha Stewart Living.  When I saw this photo, I was drawn to the warm colors and the feeling that Autumn is here.  For the card I created, I used warm colors and a scrap from Crafty Secrets that has such a lovely sentiment.  The flower I made by cutting some scallops on one side of sheer ribbon.  I then melted the edges to keep them from fraying.  I took a small candle and just barely touched the flames to the raw edges of the ribbon, all this over a sink full of water (please, if you try this, don't burn the house down!).  Next I sewed a straight- stitch along the edge opposite the scallops and gathered the ribbon to form my flower.  Remember to check out the Papercraft Star blog and vote for your favorite entry, starting this afternoon through Monday!  I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!  Thank you for stopping by.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede cardstock by SU. 
Accessories.  Martha Stewart edge punch, Scrap by Crafty Secret, Swiss Dot embossing folder by Cuttle bug, vintage button from my Momo's button box.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CPS Sketch Challenge

This week's sponsor over at the CPS Sketch blog is Taylored Expressions, which is one of my favorite online stores!  I love me some cute little cupcakes, and the new whimsical stamps are just so super cute!  This sketch has great possibilities!  I loved seeing all the entries and the different ways others interpreted this sketch.  I used some designer paper from SU that I had found in my stash, along with a stamp from one of my favorite stamp sets called  All Year Cheer.  I wanted to keep my card simple.  This is my attempt at simple.  Thank you for stopping by.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Real Red cardstock, Dashing DSP by SU
Ink:  Old Olive by SU
Stamps:  All Year Cheer III by SU
Accessories:  Doily by Martha Stewart, Spellbinders,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mojo Monday Challenge 162

Just a quick post to share my Mojo Monday entry this week.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone and created a circle card!  I used a paper mat from Basic Grey called Eskimo Kisses, along with the matching stamp set.  I just love the little Eskimos!  How cute is this little guy!  I hope everyone is having a good week and finds a little time to play along with this week's sketch.  If you're a Verve fan, this week is their winter release week!  I'm looking forward to seeing the new stamp sets!  Thanks for stopping by.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler cardstock by SU, printed paper by Basic Grey, Whisper White cardstock by Su
Ink:  Momento black, Copic Markers
Stamps:  Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey
Accessories:  Sizzix scallop circle, spellbiners, edge punch by Martha Stewart

Monday, October 25, 2010

Playdate Cafe Challenge 52

Happy Blogoversery Play Date Cafe!  Yes that's right the Play Date Cafe blog is celebrating their one year anniversary!  Lot's of exciting things happening over at the Play Date Cafe.  If you haven't already, head on over there and take a peek.  Be prepared to be totally inspired by the current designers, AND the designers from Unity Stamps! Not to mention Play Date Cafe Alumni will be lending their take on this week's challenge.  What a great week!  For this week's challenge the colors are:  pink, yellow, and orange.  I wanted to create a mini scrapbook, so I used a chipboard tag book by Mary Englebert that I purchased from Michael's for...wait for it...wait for it...$1!  I know I should have bought more.  I used a mat pad with embossed glittered flourishes and flowers to cover the chipboard.  Then I added small embellishments to each page. For the front cover I put a picture of my little girl.  I look forward to adding more!  Thank you, as always, for stopping by and taking a look.

The Sleepy Stamper,

Paper:  Sorbet mat pad by Colorbok, Banana cardstock by SU, Pretty in Pink cardstock by SU, Whisper White cardsotck by SU
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Smile by Colorbok
Accessories:  chipboard butterfly by Tattered Angles, yellow butterfly by Jenny Bowlin, Crafty Secret's scraps, organza flower

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge - Thank You Theme

Challenge 18 at over at the Papercraft Star blog is a thank you theme.  The challenge is to use: dry embossing, Cricut cartridge cut, or other die cut,  and metal.  I'm loving the this challenge.  I had found this oval metal frame some time ago and just didn't know what to do with it.  This challenge allowed me to pull that little frame out and use it on this project.  First I choose gift bag cut from the Plantin School Book cartridge from Cricut.  I then decorated the bag using a small piece of printed paper from Webster's Pages, and an embossed piece of vanilla cardsotck.  What a cute gift this will make for my son's preschool teacher.  Every morning she welcomes my son into the classroom like the whole class has been waiting just for him.  My son has really blossomed this year and I know it's because of the wonderful teachers at his preschool.  After I made the gift bag I made a matching card.  I used one of my favroite flower dies from Sizzix in the card.   I think they look good together and the chocolates in the gift bag smell so good!  I hope Ms. Mari likes her gift and knows how gratetful I am for such a wonderful teacher that my son adors.  Thank You for taking a look.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Early Espresso cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, by SU.  printed paper by Webster's Pages
Ink:  Early Espresso by SU, distress inks by Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Many Thanks by SU
Accessories:  Word Window punch, by SU, Plantin School Book by Cricut, taffeta ribbon by SU, edge punch by Martha Stewart, Hat pin from SU, Metal frame by K&Co, Sizzix embossing folder

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mojo Monday 161

I just wanted to make a quick post.  I had a chance to make a card using the Mojo Monday Sketch.  I was able to make this card quickly; there was actually no stamping involved. I put this cutie together tonight while watching quality television which, honestly, is pretty embarrassing.  I'm way too old to be SO into reality television.  What is the cut off age for watching MTV?   I hope everyone has a great work week and thank you for taking a peak.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler cardstock by SU, printed paper by K&CO
Accessories:  tags by K&Co

Monday, October 18, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge 51

Playing at the Play Date Cafe again!  This week's color challenge was to use the following colors: beige, blue and a light mint green.  If you haven't checked out the Play Date Cafe blog I want to encourage you to take a look.  Every week I see colors that I would have thought not to combine, and every week I am inspired by the entries and creativity of some amazing crafters.  I wanted to create a card and a matching gift bag.  I used a small box as a template for my gift bag,   Once I got my measurements I carefully scored and cut one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.   That's all it took, one piece of cardstock. I know, can you believe that?!  Creating the card really came together when I found a piece of trim that had the colors of the challenge.  Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. 

The Sleepy Stamper


Stamps:  Christmas Classics by SU
Inks;  Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Sage Shadow, by SU, Distress inks by Tim Holtz
Paper:  Crumb Cake cardstock, Shimmer White by SU, printed cardstock by DCWV Mariposa stack
Accessories:  Spellbinders, ribbon by SU, Pearls

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge # 17

Papercraft Star Challenges oh how I've missed you!  If you haven't had a chance to check out the Papercraft Star blog now is a great time to take a look.  Not only is there a design team call out for new designers for this blog, but there are great challenges to keep us crafters on our toes!  This weeks challenge is a photo inspired challenge.  When I first saw this photo I was inspired to do a banner, becuase it just looks like a party!  This photo was a Martha Stewart photo, so of course I wanted to use some Martha Stewart paper I had in my stash.  I wanted to recreate the circle pattern I saw in the photo, so I simply punched out various circles and adhered them to a white strip of cardstock.  I love the way this banner came out and my son is counting down the days untill Halloween!  Thank you for taking the time to take a look.

The Sleepy Stamper

Here are some close ups of some of the letters individually\

Paper:  White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Tangerine Orange cardstock, by SU.  Patterned paper by Martha Stewart
Accessories:  Circle punches by SU, Glittered letters by Making Memories, Bat punch by Martha Stewart, pennant cut from Cricut cartridge Sweet Treats.  ( the party hat #2)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

TESC 130

Just wanted to make a quick post to ease myself back into paper crafting.  After nursing a bad cold, I've had no energy to craft.  So, what better way to get back on track than with a Taylored Expression's sketch challenge?  Here, I wanted to stay true to the sketch.  I added stickles to the vapors coming out of the Trick-or-Treat pot for added sparkle, but other than that it's a pretty straight-laced card.  I look forward to more crafting this weekend.  Thank you for stopping by.

The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Trick or Treat by Stampibilites
Ink:  Concord Crush, by SU
Paper:  Basic Black cardstock, patterened papers by Bo Bunny
Accessories:  web punch by Martha Stewart

Monday, October 11, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge 50

It's that time again!  I love playing over at the Play Date Cafe.  The color challenges make me think of color in totally different ways.  I used to be a straight up color-wheel-type-of-gal; but after seeing the amazing cards created by the designers at the Play Date Cafe, that wheel rarely comes out of the drawer. 
This week's color challenge is to use: green, melon, and white.  This week is also a prize filled challenge so I am seeing that everyone is at the top of their crafting game!  There are already so many awesome entries!  Talk about yummy eye candy!  For this entry I wanted to continue with the Christmas theme. The more Christmas cards I can make now the sooner I can mail those babies out!  Thanks for taking a look. 

The Sleepy Stamper

Here's a close up on the flower.

Stamps:  Season of Joy by SU
Ink:  Melon Mambo by SU, Distress inks by Tim Holtz
Paper:  Garden Green cardstock, Melon Mambo cardstock by SU, printed papers by Basic Grey
Accessories:  chipboard frame by Tattered Angles, Holly embossing folder by Sizzix, flower by Prima, feather, lace trim by Carolace

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Verve release week

Hello my bloggy friends. What a week this has been. The weekend is in sight. This week is Verve's release week. Tomorrow evening Verve will be releasing new stamp sets. I always look forward to logging on over at the Verve forum on Splitcoaststampers. This release Verve put out a sketch challenge.  Here are the 5 sketches along with my entries.  This post is photo heavy, but I hope I can inspire you to whip up some cards and play along!  Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.  Hope all my bloggy friends have a wonderful and safe weekend.

The Sleepy Stamper

Paper:  Crumb Cake cardstock, Elegant Soiree designer paper by SU
Ink:  Soft Suede by SU, distress inks by Tim Holtz
Stamp:  One Person by Verve
Accessories:  Spellbinders, taffeta ribbon, cuddle bug folder

Paper:  Crumb Cark cardstock by Su, Sugared paper pack by Basic Grey
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamp:  Blessings by Verve
Accessories:  Element Stickers by Basic Grey

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler cardstock by SU, jovial paper by Basic Grey
Ink:  Copic Markers, Distress inks by Tim Holtz
Stamp:  Christmas Cardnial by SU
Accessories:  Spellbinders, velvet ribbon, paper flower by Making Memories

Paper:  Not Quite Navy cardstock, Shimmer White by SU, Printed paper by Webster's Pages
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamps:  Forever in Our Hearts by Verve
Accessories:  Spellbinders, Edge Punch by SU, Circle chipboard by Tattared Angles, Ribbon by Europa Trims.

Paper:  Printed Paper by Webster's Pages, Shimmer White by SU
Ink:  Soft Suede by SU, Distress inks by Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Forever in Our Hearts, Because of You by Verve
Accessories:  Spellbinders, Sunflower by Jolee's Boutique

Monday, October 4, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 130

Oh how I love this sketch.  I had recently purchased a paper pack called Mariposa from DCWV and thought this would be a great sketch to use it on.  This pack is filled with all kinds of glittered patterened card stock and just full of beautiful images.  After seeing the awesome sketch crew's cards, I knew I had to play along this week.  Here is my entry. 

The Sleepy Stamper

How cute is this little flower die!

Stamps:  Thank You Kindly by SU
Ink:  Pacific Point by SU
Paper:  Basic Black cardstock, Old Olive cardstock by SU, Printed cardstock Mariposa by DCWV
Accessories:  Seam binding, sizzix flower die, edge punch by SU

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Play Date Color Challenge 49

Time to play at the Play Date Cafe!  This week's color challenge is to use the colors: hot pink, turquoise, rusty orange and chocolate brown.  I love a challenge! But after seeing the vast array of colors, I thought there was no way that I could marry them together (at least not without a prenup!).  On this challenge I used a fairly neutral pallet, using the brighter colors as accent colors.  I wanted to try my hand at stamping on tiles.  I used a beautiful stamp from Paper Inspirations called Maiden # 4.  I stamped the Maiden in StazOn timber brown and then filled in the flowers and the hair band with colored markers.  After heat setting the ink, I sprayed a sealant over the entire tile and added cork to the bottom.  I made four tile coasters and a matching tag.  Loved this challenge and I look forward to playing again at the Play Date Cafe...

Thanks for stopping by,

The Sleepy Stamper

Stamps:  Maiden #4 by Paper Inspirations, Priceless by SU,
Ink:  Timber Brown by StazOn, Stampin Write Markers Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral, Real Rust, by SU,
Paper:  Chocolate Chip card stock by SU, Mariposa paper pack by DCWV
Accessories, Travertine tile, Cork sheet, embossing folder by cuddle bug,