Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday

Good morning!  

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday for those of you in the US.  I took a few days off work and my efforts were rewarded by coming down with the worst.cold.ever! Thankfully, it is loosening it's grip and so far, I am the only one in the family stricken by this monstrosity of a virus, so that is definitely a good thing.  

I know it's been quiet here on the blog front. We are slowly getting back into the swing of things and it's Tuesday, so it's time to share another Skipping Stones Design Sketch.  This is Chan's last sketch with us (sniff, sniff) and it's been wonderful to see what she and the other Guest Designers, Jimmi MayoBetsy Veldman and Jessica Griffin have created with the SSD stamps and sketches. 

Here is my card based on this week's sketch: 

I used Timeless Textures and Chic Martini to create this festive number.  This card would be perfect as an invitation to a holiday or New Year celebration. 

I stamped the Moroccan tile image on a panel of white cardstock.  Then using my Spellbinder Circle dies, I cut a hole in the white cardstock and backed it with a piece of red cardstock on which I stamped the martini glass in Veramark and embossed with white embossing powder. 

Here's a close up: 

I topped the stir stick with a little clear gem for a little oompf. The rick rack at the bottom of the card is from Creative Impressions

This is Chan's awesome sketch and if this sketch has you itching to run to your crafty space and get inky, be sure to share your take on the sketch at the Skipping Stones Design blog. There are prizes involved!!!!

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT gals and our guests to see more SSD inspiration using this awesome sketch. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #103


Happy Tuesday!  Today we are bringing you some fabulous Skipping Stones inspiration on another of Chan Vuong's wonderful sketches.  Here is my take on the sketch:

As you can see from the sketch below, I took a few, let's say, liberties with the sketch- but that's the great thing about sketches- they are just a starting point. 

 I used Christmas Song to stamp a focal image and sentiment.  In place of the squares, I used some patterned paper from Echo Park's Christmas line.  I thought the paper had a grid like quality to it, like the sketch.

So, do you want to give this sketch a whirl?  Upload your take to the Skipping Stones Design blog and you could win a free stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to visit the other DT gals and guests to see more eye candy using this sketch!

Have a great day and a Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps November Blog Waltz

Hello friends!

I am so excited to be participating in my very first Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz!  The theme for this waltz is Christmas projects. Using the new Nordic Winter, I came up with this:

Nordic Christmas

I stamped images from Nordic Winter in Riding Hood Red and the sentiment in Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!). I matted the stamped panel on dark brown cardstock that I punched with a scallop border punch.  Before adhering to the card base, I tied a bit of brown twill ribbon around the matted panel and topped it with a cream button threaded with twine that I tied it into a bow.

This card seriously only took like 20 minutes to put together start to finish which is always a good thing when the days are getting shorter and shorter and daylight is a precious commodity! Hope you enjoy my waltz card! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #102

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge #102 featuring Rustic Tiles!   Rustic Tiles is an amazing and versatile set and I have been having so.much.fun playing with this set this month.  As an added bonus- Rustic Tiles is on sale this month at the Stamp Store for only $12.49. 

If you just came from Jessica's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Without further ado, here is my card using Rustic Tiles, Heartsong and this week's sketch by Chan Vuong. 

Celebrate the Season

I used what I call the "snowflake tile" in the top right corner to represent the cluster of flowers.  I topped each "snowflake" with a clear snowflake accent from the stash.  The bottom left corner features the birdie from Heartsong- love that little guy and a sentiment from Christmas Song. 

I tried to get a little fancy on the bird image with a little rock-n-roll technique.  I also sponged in some pale pink ink on his chest before stamping the sentiment in darker brown ink.  You can't really see it in the picture, but once I was done stamping, I sprayed the cardstock with some shimmer spray from Amuse Studios.  

The paper is from a stack of My Mind's Eye that I picked up a few months ago from Hobby Lobby. The finishing touch on the card is a bit of sheer ribbon from our friends at Creative Impressions coupled with a pink button tied with some twine. 

Wanna win a free stamp set???  Just upload your take on this week's sketch to the Skipping Stones blog for a chance to win.  I can't wait to see what everyone creates with this sketch. 

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Jimmi MayoBetsy Veldman and Jessica Griffin to our team as Guest Designers! Chan Vuong is providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

Head over to Shannon's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Greetings


I wanted to share a little Christmas Card I created for a couple challenges over the weekend.

I stamped the "mod pine tree" from WMS's Tiny Trees set in Pear Tart Ink and followed up with the stary garland with Raspberry Fizz ink.  To anchor the tree on the long rectangle, I tore a piece of white cardstock and drew a thin line of glue with my glue pen and followed it with a dusting of glitter to give it that meadow of snow look.  The sentiment, also stamped in Raspberry Fizz, is from Tiny Trees too.

For a finishing touch, I added a little tag that I stamped with the reverse polka dot pattern from Gingham and Co and adhered a small heart die cut.  I topped the tag with a button tied with a bit of Rustic Cream button twine.

Here is a closer look at the tag and glittery snow:

This card is based on sketch 73 for the Waltzingmouse Stamps Weekly Sketch challenge.


I am also linking it to the Casual Fridays Challenge #28- Tag You're It!

Hope you find some inspiration in my take on the sketch and challenge.  There is still time for you to play along. As always, thanks for stopping by!  Your visits and kind thoughts mean so much to me!!!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happily Ever After


Hope you are having a great weekend!  I wanted to post today as I am waiting for Sunday dinner to finish cooking and share another card that I had submitted for the World Card Making Day contest.  

The card below was created for the Love category and I used two of my favorite newer sets- Big Day Additions from Waltzing Mouse Stamps and Harvest Berries from Papertrey Ink. 

Happily Ever After Card

I stamped the ginko leaves and sentiment on a piece of shimmer cardstock with black Verafine ink.  I matted the stamped panel on black cardstock and attached it to a card base made from Aqua Mist Cardstock.  I added some clear rhinestones for berries for a finishing touch.

Super simple, but elegant for weddings and the like.  You could also change the color of the card base to coordinate with the wedding colors.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great evening!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #101

Hi-ya friends-

It's Tuesday sketch day with Skipping Stones Design!  This week's sketch is brought to us by Chan Vuong.  Here is my take on the sketch:

I pieced together different patterned papers from October Afternoon's Sidewalk collection before adhering a strip of rustic cream cardstock stamped with 4 tile images from the Rustic Tiles set- which just happens to be on sale this month!

This ribbon is by Creative Impressions- who was so generous to send us a giant envelope of goodies to embellish our cards this month.  I am so sad that this week and last week's cards used up the last morsels of that dreamy pink polka dot ribbon, but there are more goodies where that came from- for sure!

If you have a moment this week since many of us got that extra hour back- try the sketch for yourself and link up your card to the SSD blog- you could win a free stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hello, Friend

Hello Everyone!

Happy end of Daylight Savings Time day- for those of you in time zones that observe this phenomenon!  This is the day, the I feel like my internal clock is put back into normal mode- don't get me wrong, I love the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day, but it can be tough to get up some mornings!

First of all, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all your support in the World Card Making Day Honorable Mention contest.  In case you haven't popped over the the Paper Crafts blog recently, they announced on Friday that I won!  I couldn't believe it.  The other cards were so amazing and creative. I am truly humbled and I appreciate all your support.

I thought over the next couple weeks that I would share with you some of my other, uhm, 12 entries, that I submitted for the World Card Making Day contest. So, without further ado, meet today's card:

This card was for the Hello/Thinking of You category. The patterned paper was from Jillibean Soup and Crate Paper.  I seem to be on an orange kick recently- I think it is the season. The retro phone is a stamp from American Crafts that I picked up at Hobby Lobby and the sentiment is one of the Think Big Favorites- number 3 I think from Papertrey Ink.  The flowers are die cut from adhesive cork and finished off with a little bling in the center.

Hope you have some fun plans for that extra hour in your weekend- even if it is just catching up on some much needed sleep...  I am spending it crafting with some of my girlfriends at an inn in Amish Country.  I will be back with more posts later this week- more Skipping Stones and maybe some of my other WCMD entries to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #100


Happy November!  This is going to be a great month for all you sketch lovers because our sketch artist is none other than the fablulous  Chan Vuong AND there are 5 Tuesdays in November which means we will be working with 5 of Chan's fabulous sketches this month!!  

We are also joined this month by some amazing guest designers including Jimmi MayoBetsy Veldman and our honorary DT gal is Jessica Griffin.

Without further ado, here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

I used Cupcake Cutie to create some yummy looking cupcakes complete with sprinkles.  The sentiment is from Birthday Donuts, but I thought it worked well with the cupcakes.  The patterned papers are from October Afternoon- the Sidewalks collection. 

We are fortunate this month to also be using some amazing embellishments from Creative Impressions.  See that darling pink ribbon- yep that's Creative Impressions.  

If this sketch gets your mojo going, don't forget to enter the sketch contest at the SSD blog, there's a prize involved!

Thanks for stopping by!