Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #108

Good morning!

I hope that you all are having a lovely holiday season!  Just popping in today to share a card I created from Skipping Stones sketch 108 by the lovely and talented Jen Del Muro.

After all the trimmings and trappings of the holidays, I decided to go pretty minimal (flat) with this card, but it's totally mailable thereby I can avoid frustrating those good folks down at the Post Office and thanks to the bright pops of color- it still packs plenty of punch!

Here is this week's sketch:

If it gets your mojo going, upload your version to the SSD blog- you could win free stamps- and there would be no better way to kick off the new year than with new stampy goodness from Skipping Stones Design. :o)

Be sure to check out the other SSD gals for more inspiration.  Thanks for popping by and have a great week!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Skipping Stones Sketch #107

Hello there!

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to another sketchy Tuesday with Skipping Stones Design.  Here is my card for this week using Skipping Stones and some fabulous goodies from Canvas Corp:

I was going for an elegant interpretation of that line from Twas the Night Before Christmas- you know they one about the stockings being hung by the chimney with care. Except I hung my stocking by twine on cardstock..... same idea though....

The stocking was die-cut from some Canvas Corp burlap and here's a bit of a tip- after you die cut your shape, and you may need to employ use of some sharp scissors, die-cut the same shape from cardstock and glue the burlap to the die-cut so the burlap doesn't come unwoven. I topped the stocking with a bit of felt as a finishing touch.   The pretty damask paper is also from Canvas Corp and pretty much inspired the design. 

Want take a minute for yourself this crazy week and give this sketch a whirl?

Upload your take to the SSD blog and you could win a free Skipping Stones set of your choice!  Be sure to stop by the blogs of the other DT gals and guests and check out more crafty goodness based on this sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Card Creations: Get Inspired in the Kitchen Challenge

Hey all-

I wanted to share a card I created for the Get Inspired in the Kitchen challenge at Moxie Fab World.  Cath challenged us to create a card based on this fun photo.

Here is what I came up with:

Ok- so the colors aren't exactly how I remembered them in my head.... whoopsie! :o)

I pulled out a few sets from Papertrey Ink (Background Basics Retro and Dot Spot) and I tried to echo both the mod pattern on the plates and the medallion burst pattern on the glasses. I tied a ribbon around the card where the two patterns met and stamped a hello sentiment in black ink.  

That's all I have for today.  Tomorrow is a sketchy Tuesday with Skipping Stones and Canvas Corp, so you will want to be sure to come back soon!  Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Moxie Fab World Challenge- Get Inspired Potpourri


I picked up a copy of Card Creations Get Inspired magazine a couple weeks ago and I have to say that it is FABULOUS!  I adore the Trigger Tuesday challenges that Cath issues weekly at Moxie Fab World and this magazine is page after page of inspiration triggers and cards designed from beautiful everyday objects like clothing, shoes, home decor, and the list goes on.  I couldn't resist playing along with the Potpourri Challenge and here is my card:

The couch image is a rubon that I picked up from the dollar section of Michaels and I thought it would echo the lines and feel of those darling little chairs in the inspiration image.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink from Papertrey Ink's Chairished stamp set.    I also added a bit of doily to the top of the card to tie in the inspiration photo and finished it off with a bow and straight pin. 

Here is the inspiration photo. 

Thanks for stopping by!! You have until tomorrow at midnight to link up your own take on the inspiration photo.  Hope you get a chance to play along!


Trigger Tuesday- And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Hi friends-

I took some time out for Mom last night and created a card for Cath's Trigger Tuesday Challenge over at Moxie Fab World. This week's challenge was to create a card based on the following trigger photo:

Here is my card:

I created a card base of white cardstock and a panel in light grey and embossed the gray cardstock with a canvas impressions plate.  I cut a curved piece of white cardstock and topped it with glitter to give the feeling of a glittery snowdrift. I die-cut the tree from gray cardstock and stamped the tree image in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I added to glue to the front of the tree and coated it in some tinsel glitter before adhering the tree to the card.  I added pearls to the tree and stamped the sentiment before attaching the the completed the panel to the card base.

I was inspired by the trigger in the following ways:

  • Theme: Christmas 
  • Colors:  The lovely grays, creams and tans- who says that you need bright colors to make a striking card?
  • Embellishments:  I added glitter and pearls to mimic the adornment on the bird's breast and wing
  • The bird: I curved the snowdrift to reflect the curves of the bird and its feathers.
  • The trigger item itself:  The trigger is a pillow, I embossed the gray cardstock with a canvas impression plate to reflect the fabrc and adhered the stamped panel to a card base with some cushy pop dots.

Hope you like my take on the trigger.  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas is Love- Skipping Stones Blog Hog

Hello friends and Happy Tuesday! 

Welcome to Sketch Challenge #106 and  a Blog Hop to feature many of the wonderful Texture Sets from Skipping Stones Designs!  If you just came from Kendra'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.

For my card, I decided to highlight just two of the amazing textures from Pumpkin Seed Sentiments. 

Christmas is Love

I stamped one of the images from the set onto a banner tag from Canvas Corp that I flipped upside down to be a Christmas Tree. The scale of this tag is perfect size as a focal point for a card. I then went back over the tag tree with a lighter shade of green ink to add a bit more color.  I also used the set to provide the subtle pattern on the circle behind the tree.  Here's a close up: 

The tiny green clothes pin is also courtesy of Canvas Corp.  Who knew that tiny clothespins could be made even more cute by painting them a cheerful shade of green!  I glued it to the tree tag with some white glue and it holds the star in place at the top of the tree.  A few cheerful buttons as ornaments and a rectangle tree trunk finish off this little tree. 

I backed the tree and circle with a doily that I sprayed with some Glimmer Mist (Starfish).  The patterned paper if from the Everyone Loves Christmas Collection by Echo Park. I topped off the card by wrapping some fun green polka dot ribbon around the card and finishing it with a bow.  The tiny tag was distressed a bit and stamped with Love also from Pumpkin Seeds Sentiments. 

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Tosha LeyendekkerKendra Sand and Windy Robinson to our team as Guest Designers! Jen Del Muro will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

Does this sketch get your creative mojo going?  If so, stop back at the Skipping Stones blog and link up your version of the sketch. You could win a free stamp sent of your choice from Skipping Stones Design. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Head over to Kandi's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps Tag Challenge

Hello friends-

I wanted to share a little Christmas Tag that I created for the Tag Challenge that Claire is running over at Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The tag was created from Spellbinder's Label 4- the largest one.  I used Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy and Nordic Winter to create the tag in shades of light pink, rhubarb, green and ginger. I topped the tag with a bit of twine, button and ribbon from the stash.

I must confess, I am not much of a tag maker, but I had so much fun creating this little guy, that I may have to make some more!  Stay tuned!

I hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stitches and Swirls


Just popping in with another little card to share.  This card features one of Papertrey Ink's newer sets, Stitches and Swirls and the Linen Closet collection from Die Cuts With A View. 

Sorry the lighting is not the best.  

On a rustic cream panel, I stamped the largest image from S & S with sand-colored ink.  I am in love with this set!  It is truly one of those amazing sets that doesn't take a lot of effort to make some amazing impact and I am all about impact without effort!  :o)

I added pearls to the centers of some of the flowers for a little dimension. The border punch is Martha Stewart and the gingham ribbon is from Stampin' Up. I adhered all the finished pieced to a card base that I covered with a tiny floral print from the Linen Closet stack.  The sentiment is from PTI's Mega Mixed Messages set.  You could really swap out any sentiment, but for some reason with all the homespun prints and gingham, it just felt like a Mother's Day card to me.   

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great Sunday! 


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Love is in the Cards

Hi friends-

Just popping in with a quick post today to share a couple Love cards I created for a recent call that were not picked up for publication.

This first card was created with October Afternoon's Sidewalks collection and a stamp from American Art Stamps called Couple in Love.  I paper pieced the umbrella and colored in the rest of the image with Copics. The Love sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Tiny Tags stamp set.

This "sweet" card features stickers from Martha Stewart.  I punched a small scallop border and treated it as a shelf.  The paper is from the Sidewalks collection (October Afternoon). The sentiment is from Skipping Stones Birthday Donuts set.

Hope you are having a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Skipping Stones Sketch 105

Hello friends!

Today the SSD DT gals and our guests are sharing their interpretation of Jen Del Muro's fabulous sketch, SSD #105.  Here is my take:

I used Rustic Tiles and Chic Martini to create my card. I added some pops of color using ribbon and gems. Here is a close up of the martini glass and the pleated ribbon.

The cutie black and white polka dot paper is courtesy of our friends at Canvas Corp.  Canvas Corp will be playing along with our sketches this month at SSD- so be sure to check out their blog in the designer line up below as well as the other DT gals' blogs for lots of Canvas Corp eye candy.

Here is Jen's sketch:

Wanna play along for a chance to win a FREE stamp set? Head over to the Skipping Stones Blog and upload you take on this week's sketch.

Check out the rest of the DT and our guests for more inspiration on this week's sketch:

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!