Saturday, March 31, 2012

JAI 111 and Color Throwdown 185 for Easter

 Greetings all!   I've been kind of missing in action this week--seems like every time I leave town for a week, there is more than a week's worth of catching up to do!  Add to that the lightning storm that apparently blew out some of our internet hardware, and I've been kept hopping.  Speaking of hopping, Easter is nearly upon us and I wanted to make up some goodies to send the folks, so I sat down with my new Waltzingmouse set French Country (love, love, love it!) and some tasty treats, and created these:

And by the way, the colors used were from the Color Throwdown 185 challenge (Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Basic Black), and since this is for Easter I'm also submitting it for the Just Add Ink #111 challenge (Just Add Easter).

Okay, I'll walk you through the items.  First, the card:

I didn't have Lucky Limeade so I used Certainly Celery, which seems close.  The polka dot paper is from Bo Bunny, and the flower stamps are from the WMS French Country set.  I colored them with Copic markers.  The sentiment was created on my computer.  The die cuts were made using Quickutz Nesting Frame 3 set.

Next, the little boxes filled with Jordan almonds that I decorated to look like little chickies (got the idea here):

I made the box from white card stock, stamped and colored with Copics, and inserted a clear window so you could see the little critters.  They are resting on a bed of polyester quilt batting--I hope that helps them weather the journey!

Then, I made some jelly bean Easter bark using this recipe, and packaged them up in clear bags with wide curling ribbon and labels (text was printed on the computer):

Finally, I realize the carrots don't really go with all this cute pink and green, but I wanted to include something at least marginally healthy in the package, so I got some dried apricots and put them in bags that were made in a triangular shape using a heat sealer:

Of course they would look better with cheese puffs or something like that, but oh well...

Well, that's all from me--I had fun putting it all together but with all the stops and starts and interruptions I thought I'd never finish!

See ya (oh, and watch your back tomorrow--April 1!)


Friday, March 23, 2012

iCopic #74 Challenge: Flowers

 Hello blog friends!  I've finally returned and am mostly caught up on all the chores that accumulated while I was gone.  It was very gracious of everybody to leave such nice comments on my cards while I was gone--I'm in the process of catching up with you right now!

Here's a card I actually made while I was away at my Mom's--I was showing her how to do Copic coloring (she is VERY enthusiastic!) and brought along this little stamp set from Flourishes ("Humming Along") for the demo.  I love the beautiful detail in the image and it colors up very nicely.  The bird and the flower it is siphoning are popped up on dimensionals.   I used the same greens and pinks/reds for the flower and the bird, which helps unify the composition.  The sentiment is from PTI's Vintage Picnic Sentiments set.  The patterned paper is from The Paper Studio.  Since Copic-colored flowers are featured in this card, I'll submit it for the iCopic #74 ("Flowers") challenge.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Blog Party

  Hello everybody!  It's been a while since I participated in a Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz/Party.  And I just received new stamps from WMS but, boo-hoo, don't have time to play with them before I leave town (I'm queueing up this post in advance), so instead I made a St. Patrick's Day card for my husband, from some of my favorite WMS stamps.   I hid the card in the house and will call and tell him where to find it on the 17th.  So, here is the card:

It's a pretty simple card.  I stamped the shamrock image from Celtic Heritage on the back side of the dark green card stock, then used a craft knife with a fresh blade to cut out the shamrocks.  One of the shamrock cutout pieces was treated with lime green and "kaleidoscope" opalescent embossing powder to give it a little kick.  It doesn't show very well but the background paper is Bo Bunny Limeade Dots patterned paper, which I enhanced in the cutout areas with a Clear Star gelly roll pen.  The sentiment, from Irish Blessings, was stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White.  The dark green panel was popped up on pop dots and the corners were rounded.  Here is a closeup:

That's all from me--have a wonderful Party!


Edited to add: apologies, folks, but I will be sure to visit your blogs and catch up with comments when I return to town next week. It's just too hard to do with this iPad and shaky wifi, where I am right now!

Monday, March 12, 2012

WMSC88 and CR84FN50

  Hi Gang!  This is a very quick card because I'm leaving town in a couple hours and really wanted to do a card before I leave.  So this one is for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge WMSC88 and for the CR84FN50 Challenge (pink, orange & yellow).  Loved that sketch and also the colors, so I tried to distill it down into the simplest elements and here is what resulted:  

Minimal stamping, but I like how it turned out.  Supplies are as follows:

Stamps:  WMS "Say It Loud"
Punch:  Martha Stewart flower
Paper:  Bo Bunny Mellow Yellow Dot and Passion Fruit Dot
Ink:  SU Only Orange craft
Other:  orange brads, corner rounder, pop dots.

I really love that polka dot patterned paper (and I know someone else that does, too!) and would love to have it in all colors.

Well, that's it for me today--thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 8, 2012


...the Blog Candy has arrived!  I'm talking about the box of goodies I won in the drawing on Lisa's (My Paper Tales) website on this post.

You should see all the cute little bundles with tiny stamped labels and color-coordinated wrapping paper--what a fun treat!  She even included a sweet little note card!  Now, off to make a card...


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CR84FN49 and Make It Monday #56: Die Cutting Partial Images

 Well hello there!  Today I sat down to create a card for the CR84FN49 color challenge (Yellow, Kraft, Gray) and the PTI Make It Monday challenge #56:  Die Cutting Partial Images, as ably demonstrated by Betsy Veldman.  It also gave me a chance to use my new stamps--finally used up my Christmas PTI gift certificates and I'm glad I waited for the February release:  LOVE the new set Movers & Shakers!  I also ordered the houndstooth background as well as Rosie Posie, so I had a fun time playing today.  Here is the card:

Sorry the photo is so dark, it was the only way I could get the sparkles to show up.  The die I used was from the PTI dies that match Turning A New Leaf;  I did the partial cutting so the leaves would spill on either side of the center panel.  The flowers are from Rosie Posie, stamped in SU So Saffron and enhanced with Dick Blick alcohol markers as well as Sakura Clear Star glitter pen.  The background was created by stamping Background Basics: Houndstooth with Versamark ink on So Saffron card stock then dusting it with PearlEx Sparkle Gold mica powder.  The sentiment and the contrast panel are in SU Close To Cocoa.  I didn't manage to work any grey into the card so I hope it's okay for the challenge!  Just about everything is popped up on different height pop dots.

 Thanks so much for looking!


Friday, March 2, 2012

F4A106 and SSS Challenges

 Greetings all!  Back today with a card I made for the Splitcoaststampers Friday challenge F4A106 (True Blue Flowers) and the Simon Says Stamps Anything Goes challenge.  While SSS encourages you to use My Mind's Eye stamps for this challenge if you have them, I don't have any of these stamps.  So instead I used a new Hero Arts/Sizzix stamp/die set ("Floral") I just received from SSS and have been itching to play with:

After stamping the flowers on white cardstock using SU Bashful Blue and YoYo Yellow (markers), I enhanced the shading using Copic markers.  The flowers were die cut using the matching dies in the set, then given some dimension using a ball burnisher.  The frames were cut with another new acquisition:  Quickutz Nesting Frame 3.  These are so cool because they include a mat layer to match several sizes of frame.  The mat frame here was colored using Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink.  The patterned paper is from DCWV's Nana's Kitchen mat stack, and the little blue die cut blooms were cut from SU Bashful Blue using PTI's Bloom Builders 3 die.  The sentiment is from SU All Year Cheer I.

Well that's all I have for now, thanks for stopping by!