Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Polka Dots

It's the middle of the week and time for another challenge over at the Papercraft Star!  This week we want to see those fun polka dots!  This week's photo inspiration is so cute.  Myself, I'm a bit too square to wear those bad boys, but they sure are cute!  For my card this week I used a stamp set from Taylored Expressions.  I have to admit I purchased it a long time ago and this is the first time I've inked it up.  The cupcakes were colored using Copic markers, and was die cut using a Spellbinders die.  My card base is bashful blue from SU.  The polka dot paper is from My Minds Eye.  I made my own tag from another Spellbinders die and stamped the sentiment on to it.  I made a simple bow from seam binding, and added doodle lines around the polka dot paper.  I've been seeing some wonderful projects using doodling, and wanted to give it a try.  I'd love to see what you come up with using polka dots.  Just link up your project by Monday 6:00 am Est for your chance to win some digital images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Outlawz Color Challenge

Quick post this afternoon, to share a card I made for the Outlawz color challenge this week.  I saw the inspiration photo and just loved how the colors looked together.  Using crumb cake cardstock from SU, I added papers from My Minds Eye Lost and Found collection.  The cream color paper was embossed using a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I had found some super cute bingo cards from an online Etsy store called Iralamijashop.  The craft ticket is from Maya Road, and a little piece of crochet lace is from my ever growing stash of vintage laces.  The rosette is from The Girl's Paperie, and the tied lace is some seam binding purchased from my local craft store.  Such a fun trip down memory lane this card evoked.  I used to tag along with my grandma as a little girl to go play bingo at her near by church, and I always remember having a wonderful time.  Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a happy Thursday.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Something French

Good Wednesday morning!  it's time for another challenge to get you over the hump. This week over at The Papercraft Star we challenge you to create a project using a French theme.  We have a great inspriational image to use if you choose, or for more inspiration check what our designers have come up with.  Our spotlight designer Jinny has created a card using images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay that get's me wondering...How did she do that?!  Definately one to check out!  For my card I started out with a Sage Shadow cardstock base and adhered papers from one of my new favorite paper packs the This and That collection!  Using a stamp from Crafty Secrets Clear Arts Stamps, I stamped and image of the Eiffel tower on the blush paper.  I liked the way it looks like it's in the background.  The image I used on this card is from THATB French Theater Posters digi sheet 189.  Since I don't speak French, I had to look up the translation of "Jardin de Paris", which I read translate to Paris Garden.  So flowers it was for embellishments!  I just loved the vivid colors in this digi image.  It was easy to add some lace, seam binding, and prima flowers.  I showed this one to my hubby and in typical man fashion he says, "oh yea nice".  Then when I gave him "the look" he then says, "but I don't understand why the key is there".  Well!  I simply told him... well maybe it's a secret garden and you need A KEY to get in!!!  He has now lost his previewing my cards priviliges.  lol.  Now it's your turn!  Just create a project using this week's theme and link them up by Monday 6:00 a.m. EST for your chance to win some digital images from our sponsor.  Wishing you a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by.


Paper:  Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip cardstock from SU,  This and That patterned papers from Echo Park
Stamps:  French Mail stamp set from Clear Art Stamps
Ink:  Blush Blossom from SU
Embellishments:  THATB digi image, seam binding from Paper Loves Glue, Prima flowers, vintage lace, key sticker from Color Bok

Monday, April 16, 2012

Always Dreaming

It's Monday and the start of another week.  What better way to start off the week with a little nap time crafting!  While my toddler is napping I happened upon a new blog to me called Moving Along With The Times.  Their challenge this week is Shabby and or Vintage.  Well I love me some Shabby Chic, so I just couldn't resist.  For this card I started out with a pink cardstock base and matted a digital floral sheet from Iralamijashop, an etsy shop, which was distressed using the edge of some paper siccors.  Once it was adhered down I machine stitched around the floral print.  I then stitched the dot print and adhered it to the base.  Using Spellbinders labels nine I die cut the shape and embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder.  The image is from Heartwarming Vintage creative scraps.  I added some seam binding and some lace in coordinating colors.  I made a stick pin and added it behind the bow and adhered some chipboard to the center.  The filigree piece of chipboard was a scrap from another heart.  It fit perfectly on top, so I glittered it up using some Martha Stewart fine glitter.  That does it for my nap time card.  Love the little girl dreaming image.  It's so funny how my little ones seem like they are always dreaming up some way to test me.  Well hope everyone has a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Moving Along with The Times
Sugar Creek Hollow
Card Crafter's Circle

Ink:  Antique linen distress ink, Very Vanilla craft ink from SU
Paper:  The Girl's Paperie, Snow White from Taylored Expressions, pink cardstock, Sage green from SU
Embellishments:  Digital paper, Spellbinders labels nine, Seam binding, Creative Scraps from Heartwarming vintage, Sizzix dot embossing folder, stick pin, corner rounder punch from SU

Friday, April 13, 2012

Find Joy Everyday

Oh yea it's Friday!  If that's not enough to put you in a good mood, well let me help you out my crafty friends!  This week's free image over at the Papercraft Star is a stunner!  Oh and did you catch the word FREE! Every Tuesday there is a digital image offered to Papercraft Star readers courtesy of our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  For this card I started out with a sketch from Hanna and Friends challenge 140.  For my base I used butter cream card stock purchased from Taylored Expressions, and matted it with some patterned paper from Graphic 45, that I sewed using a zig-zag stitch.  The edges of all the patterned paper were distressed with Tim Holts distress ink pads.  My green accent sheet was embossed using a Sizzix folder and adhered down.  The pink patterned paper was also stitched however:  for this one, I used a straight stitch around the edges.  Now here's the best part the frame is the free image.  I simply downloaded it the image and opened in my photo shop to re size it to better suite my card and printed it out.  Easy as can be.  I colored the florals in the frame using Copic markers, but just couldn't stop there.  I added some flower soft to give it a little extra dimension.  The fairy was stamped using Tuxedo Black ink from Memento and colored using more Copic markers.  Once I cut out the fairy I added foam squares to pop the image up.  Then I added stickles to the wings and dress.  I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of gingham paper and tucked it under the frame.  The large flower in the corner was made from cordinating paper and the two smaller were purchased from Michael's.  A few Martha Stewart punched leaves finish off my card.  Well I hope you enjoy your weekend and stop by to pick up the free digital image.  For a chance to win more images from The House Across The Bay play along with this week's "umbrella" challenge.  I'd love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by.


Ink:  Memento Tuexedo Black, Antique linen, Brushed Sage, Spun Sugar distress inks, Copic markers
Stamps, Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime
Paper:  Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime, DCWV's Mariposa stack, The Girl's Paperie
Embellishments:  Digital Image from The House Across The Bay, The Girl's Paperie flower hand made, Michael's paper flower, resin flower from Recollections.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Umbrellas Challenge

Welcome to another challenge over at he Papercraft Star!  Last we had a wonderful turn out with some amazing projects!  Well done everyone!  To see the winning entries click here, and don't forget to pick up the free image from our sponsor, The House Across The Bay.  This week's challenge is to use an umbrella in your project.  Using the sketch from Card Patterned Sketch 160,  I started with a Yo Yo Yellow card base.  Next I matted some polka dot paper from October Afternoon's collection "5 and dime".  Then I matted some more paper from October Afternoon, this time from the "Sidewalks" collection to a green cardstock and cut a dove tail.  This darling image is from MFT stamps Pure Innocence line, called "My Umbrella".  I just adore this line of stamps.  I colored her using Copics and paper pieced her little gingham rain coat.  I thought about adding crystal effects to the rain coat, but honestly I don't like waiting, and that stuff takes FOREVER to dry.  LOL!  The lacy oval is a die from MFT stamps called "Oval Decorative Doily".  Some Prima flowers accent the top of the oval, and the sentiment was punched out using a word window punch from SU.  That does it for my little card this time around.  Check out the rest of our design teams creations for more fun projects using umbrellas!  For you chance to win just link up your project by 6:00 am. EST for you chance to win some digital images from your sponsor The House Across The Bay.  Sylvia is our spotlight designer, and she has made a beautiful project using some lovely images from THATB!  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!


Paper:  Yo Yo yellow cardsotck, patterned papers from October Afternoon, whisper white cardstock
Stamps:  Pure Innocence "my umbrella"
ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Prima flowers, Spellbinders Ovals, Dainty Doilies, Word Window punch from SU

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Anything Goes!

Another Wednesday and another challenge from the Papercraft Star!  This week's challenge is an Anything Goes challenge!!!  Yes that's right, I would love to see what projects you come up with.  For my project I made a pincushion using an image from our sponsor The House Across The Bay, which I printed onto fabric.  I cropped one of the images from Shabby Chic ATC 182 and resized it to measure approximately 4" x 6".  Once the image was printed on the fabric I heat set it using my iron on the hottest setting.  Then placing the right sides together, I stitched the top and bottom together leaving a small opening.  Once I turned the fabric right side out I stuffed with polyester stuffing, and hand sewed the opening closed.  A few embellishments in the corners using a pink ribbon flower and two paper flowers adhered with a fabric adhesive accents the top.  The lace trim was also adhered with the fabric glue.  This made the perfect place to store my stick pins I made using various crystals and beads I had purchased at my local bead shop.  I had just found a bead shop in my area I had no idea was there.  They had so many beautiful and unique beads.  However:  I don't know how to make jewelry, so stick pins it was!  I have to say they came out so super cute, and would look so sweet on layouts and cards!  Well that does it for my project.  I'd love to see what you come up with!  Just link your project up by 6:00 am ESt for your chance to win some lovely images from The House Across The Bay.  I know there are so many creative crafters out there that play our challenges.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with!  For further inspiration stop by our spotlight designer Jennifer, to see how she used images from The House Across the Bay.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!