Thursday, April 30, 2009

TCP Tuesday Challenge - TCPTUES56

This week TCP Tuesday Challenge, hosted by Toni, is an Inspirational Challenge. Toni, who has a very creative mind, chose these colorful glasses she found at the Museum of Modern Arts website. as our inspiration. Don't they look beautiful?

My eye first saw green and grass :) then I thought of white and clear, and finally I focused on the blue and orange. That is what I went with.

I had ideas but I needed a sketch to serve as a guide. On Monday, Jen from i{heart}2stamp posted a Sketch for You to Try (SFYTT) and it also caught my eye - it looked like so much FUN, and I just had to try it out!

This sketch just fit - the glasses also reminded me of a photo frames so I went with that idea using the rectangles on this sketch.

This is my take on this week challenge and on the sketch above:

I chose to use the Hearts and Flowers TCP stamp set because of the cute snail trying to climb that flower - perfect for the garden theme I was going for. With the help of my Cricut, I was able to cut a frame out of orange PP and used a piece of acetate to cover the green grass inside; grass that I was able to cut using my Cricut as well - this was totally inspired by that green grass glass. The orange frame, orange flower, and orange clip were inspired by the orange glass. I used blue shimmer paper along with a shiny blue brad on the flower - this was inspired by the blue glass. I popped up the yellow picket fence from a Martha Stewart edge punch (one of my favorites) inspired by the yellow glass. I also popped up the snail and added just a little bit of stickles to its shell to add shine. The sentiment is perfect for a garden lover, who I have in mind and makes a perfect Mother's Day card for her :).

Fun times making this card - made easier by Jen's (SFYTT). Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!

Snail on Flower - The Cat's Pajamas
Hearts and Flowers S-8634
"Bless My Blossoms" - The Cat's Pajamas
Hearts and Flowers S-8634
Momento Rich Cocoa Ink
Ranger Stickles Crystal
frame - cut using Cricut Zooballoo Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
grass - cut using Cricut Zooballoo Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
clip from my stash
Paper Wishes blue brad
Martha Stewart Fence edge punch
Wausau Shimmer Paper blue (bought at HSN), DCWV Animal Cracker, DCWV Texture Paper

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Night Owl / BBTB Challenge / ESS Sketch #34

My lil' sis is about to wrap up her first year of college, trying to get through pre-nursing...we are all so proud of her. She is getting geared up for May rush, where everything is due and final exams all line up :). I wanted to make her a card that encouraged her to gear up and get ready to burn some midnight oil!

I did a few challenges along the way on this card; so a lot of different things going on - yet still a simple card.

I started with this week ESS Sketch #34, where Tracy Clemente did a great job at coming up with this FUN sketch, clean lines and a nice position for an accented element. :)

I then wanted to use A Wise Owl Once Said set (appropriate or what???) from Simon Says Stamp, when I saw them on one of their post a few weeks ago, I took them out, and thought how PERFECT for a card for my sis. They have been sitting on my desk and now with May around the corner, it was time to ink them :). These owls are so CUTE, with their various expression, they are so much fun to use! The sentiment "Night Owl" - is also part of this set...since don't think she will get much sleep come May. The frame around the image was something I created for fun using my Cricut, it is suppose to be a clock gear - thought it was appropriate! :)

On Simon Says Challenge, this week challenge appeals to my "i can't just throw it away" attitude. The challenge is to RECYCLE!!!! Use something/anything that had a use before. Despite the card being made out of all scraps, including the PP that was left over from a scrapbook page, I recycled the brown paper that had a tear and some glue residue; hid the tear with the blue stretchy ribbon that came from a shirt I ruined gardening :) and hid the glue with embossing using Cuttlebug branch folder and stressing the paper. The white background has cut out letters underneath but it is hidden by the brown paper; and the blue solid paper was part of a gift bag that I made and served its used.

Lastly but not least, I decided to participate on this week BBTB Doodlecharm Border Challenge where Regina ask us to use any cut we wanted from the Cricut Doodlecharm cartridge but to use its the border feature. This was one of my first cartridges and one that gets used regularly. I decided to use the stars cuts - goes great with this DCWV pattern paper from The Garden Stack that seems to have dainty stars. The BBTB Design Team is having their first blog hop, if you want to see new ways to use your Cricut, check them out - they are very talented and so creative!

Inside I stamped "A Wise Owl Onced Said"from the same set and used the Cricut to diecut the word "STUDY!" - all in the spirit of encouraging her to do just that!

As you can tell by now (long read, I know) I had FUN with this card! Thank you for stopping by!

sleepy owl - Simon Says Stamp
A Wise Owl Once Said
"Night Owl" - Simon Says Stamp
A Wise Owl Once Said
gear frame - Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, Cricut George Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
star border- cut at 1 1/4'' using Cricut Doodlecharm Cartridge
Cuttlebug Branches Embossing folder
"A Wise Owl Onced Said" - Simon Says Stamp
A Wise Owl Once Said (inside)
"Study!"- Cricut Doodletype Cartridge, Cricut Doodlecharm Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
DCWV The Garden Party Stack, DCWV texture paper
Momento Rich Cocoa ink
blue stretch ribbon - recycled from a ruined shirt
Making Memories yellow brads

Saturday, April 25, 2009

studio G Challenge Time SGC6 - Title Piece

On Paper Craft Planet Studio G Collectors group Marti challenged us to create title piece for a scrapbook layout of any size using our studio G stamps.

My husband had asked me a while ago to buy an album to store all the cards I have made for him. I bought an 8x8 scrapbook album in navy blue, his favorite color and placed all the cards one per page. The cards fit nicely in this 8x8 album. I needed to create a starting title page so I got inspired by this challenge to use my studio G stamps to help me create one.

This is my starting page:

The title piece for the scrapbook layout was created using Cricut Design Studio where I welded circles from the Cricut George cartridge and the word Cards from the Cricut Don Juan cartridge. I then used the Cricut to cut the additional circles to frame the images. The images were chosen from various studio G stamp sets to represent the usual four cards I make for him throughout the year - for valentines, for birthdays, for our anniversary and for christmas! :)

Here is a closer look at title piece for the scrapbook layout:

My husband is pretty happy with his album. I am also happy with how this came out, exactly how I hoped - you know how it goes, sometimes what is in your head somehow never materializes exactly as you had in mind. But so far I only have this title page done and need to go back and make background layout for the actual cards - I will keep it simple because they are quite a few now and more to come, so I want to do something to make it easily repeatable.

This was FUN project using my darling Cricut and my studio G stamps - two of my favorite and most noticeable addictions :) !

Thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend!

"Cards" title w/circles - Cricut Don Juan Cartridge, Cricut George Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
"XO" - - studio G Series 29
candles - studio G 2007 set
"sealed with a kiss" - studio G 2007 set
"Together Forever" - studio G Series 29
christmas tree - studio G 2006 set
EK corner punch
Paper Wishes Spring Dots set PP, DCWV texture paper
Momento Black Tuxedo ink

Momento Lady Bug ink
Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue ink (for highlighting image)

atyouSpica for added glitter

Friday, April 24, 2009

My FIRST Blog Award - all SMILES!!!

Last week Tracy Clemente from Eat Sleep Stamp nominated me for my first blog award. Needless to say I was very much surprise! And I was all smiles! I haven't been blogging that long, so it was so nice that someone so creative enjoyed my posts. Thanks again Tracy! You are so sweet, I am glad I found your blog - because it does make ME smile!

I'm supposed to nominate 5 blogs that make me smile! This was not easy because I have a list on my goolge reader of blogs I love to visit and do make me smile. I gave this some thought and I think I will try to narrow it to 5.

Here are 5 in no particular order!

Toni - Moved to the Mountains
Jenny - One Krafty Kat
Jen- Pieces of Me
Shelly - Shellys Card Blog
Jen C. - {Brain Things}

These ladies make me smile with a mix of Cricut and/or stamping and just FUN blogging. Be sure to click on these talented ladies blogs to see their fun creations and you'll be smiling too!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

TCP Tuesday Challenge - TCPTUES55

This week TCP challenge is hosted by Carole at Mother's Little Helper who has a very FUN looking sketch for us to try - Carole will be doing the TCP sketch challenges from now on; and I am looking forward to what she comes up with being that she is an amazing creative person. Check out her blog, you will agree :)!

Really liking the clean lines of this sketch; had my mind racing with ideas.

I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use the TCP Puppy Love set to create a scene. I had a friend in mind when creating this card; so this set had a few images I wanted to use. Actually this set has so many FUN images to choose from!

Here is my take on this sketch:

These birdies are so cute; I paper pieced the kite to match the base of the card - the kite combines nicely with the sentiment! I used a finger dauber to do the sun :) The colors were inspired by these beautiful Basic Grey pattern papers - they really are colorful. This card is for a friend who is trying to make a temporary long distance relationship work and I am hoping this makes her smile! :)

Lovebirds - The Cat's Pajamas
Puppy Love N-7509
Kite - The Cat's Pajamas
Puppy Love N-7509
"Love is in the Air" - The Cat's Pajamas
Puppy Love N-7509
Martha Stewart 3in1 Hydrangea
Martha Stewart circle cutter
Marvy Uchida scallop punch
Pattern Paper from Basic Grey Gypsy paper pad
DCWV Texture cardstock
Rhinestones M's
Momento Cantaloupe
Momento Rich Cocoa
Momento Rhubarb Stalk

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Anniversary Card / ESS Sketch #33

My wedding anniversary is this week and I needed to make a card for my darling husband. :) This year, I decided it was going to be a stamped card; and it was going to have owls!!! :)

I knew I wanted to use the Eat Sleep Stamp ESS Sketch #33, where Tracy Clemente gave us a simple sketch and encouraged us to take it to another level and not to be shy - a clean canvas to be creative was the perfect inspiration for this card! :)

I picked out the Hero Arts Whoo Loves You, for the cute little owls with hearts, the tree trunk with hearts and for the sentiment that perfectly said it all!

This card was also inspired by Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog, where we were to use 3 Flowers, 2 Buttons and Ribbon/Fibber/Lace. These elements were FUN to incorporate in my card!

This owl is so CUTE!!! Those heart buttons were a great find at M's during valentines and I'm glad I found a use for them. The Martha Stewart punch is perfect, love the scallop hearts with the dainty little holes. I also really like the heart motif reapeated throughout this Hero Art set, makes for a card that is all {heart}!

Thanks for stopping by!

Owl - Hero Arts
Whoo Loves You
Tree trunk - Hero Arts
Whoo Loves You
"WHOO loves you?" - Hero Arts Whoo Loves You
DCWV The Green Stack, DCWV Texture Paper
Martha Stewart scallop hearts
EK Corner Punch
Momento Black Tuxedo
Momento Potter's Clay
atyouSpica for added glitter
A MUSE heart rhinestones
Prisma Flowers
Heart button at M's
Floss at M's
Ribbon at M's

Saturday, April 18, 2009

TCP Tuesday Challenge - TCPTUES54 / Mojo Monday 82 Sketch

This week's TCP Tuesday challenge, hosted by the very creative Susan Liles, is a stamp challenge. Susan wants us to ink up TCP Having a Pow Wow images.

As soon as I thought about using these stamps, I thought about using Squaw Sprinkle with a baby in her basket. This card is for my friend Lucia who had a baby in November and as expected, has had many many changes to her life - all a blessing, but a challenge. The sentiment "HOW" is just too perfect - I am asking her how she is doing, how things are going, how she is juggling baby, work, and everything else, and letting her know how much we think she is doing an amazing job!!! :)

I used H20 water colors to go over the image to try to give it a dreamy look, love the shimmer it gives as well. I left the "HOW" sentiment nice and bold so it popped out from all the other colors. The DCWV PP was sitting on my desk from a previous project and it looked very southwestern to me... so I went with it.

I needed a sketch idea so I turned to Mojo Monday Sketch 82 , as you can see simple yet affective :). Really like their sketches; and I like participating when possible.

Thank you Tracy, really appreciate you enabling this card! I had a really good time playing with these stamps, surprised me as well!!!

Squaw Sprinkle - The Cat's Pajamas Squaw Sprinkle E7530
"How" -The Cat's Pajamas
How B-7536
EK Success Scallop edge punch
DCWV The Blossoms & Butterflies Stack PP, DCWV texture paper
Ribbon - M's
H20 Watercolors
Versafine Ink Onyx Black

Prisma flower
Hero Arts button
generic floss

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bunny Box

Jen C from {Brain Things....} designed a CUTE cut file using Cricut Design Studio - a Bunny Box. Inspired from a template link posted at Folding Trees that I found while blogging :), Jen C worked her cleverness (aka mad skills) and this is what she came up with:

Isn't he just adorable???? I colored the eyes with a black sharpie and a white uniball pen. The nose was cut out of DCWV glitter paper and I used pearlescent chalk to highlight the ears.
This is the back, also used DCWV glitter paper for the tail.

This is a side view, I added the ribbon with a a heart brad to dress the flaps and to be used to open the flaps.

Top view, the flaps stay close like this and gives a hint view of what is inside :)

This is how the bunny box looks inside; as you can see it can hold quite a few chocolates, it could hold a few more than I put in but that is all I had left after Easter :)....

So what do you think???? Visit Jen's blog {Brain Things....} to take a look at the rest of her amazing creations!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Bunny Box- cut using Jen's cut file from her blog post {Brain Things....} : Post-Easter bunny box
Cricut Design Studio, Cricut DoodleCharm Cartridge, and Cricut George Cartridge
DCWV Texture Paper, DCWV Glitter Paper
J's ribbon
Making Memories white heart brads
Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue to shade the edges
Sharpie Black
Ranger White Uniball

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Day / ESS Sketch #32

I made this card for a friend who took her daughter, grandma, and mom to the Home and Garden Expo; something that she has always wanted to do - and ended up winning a drawing for a VERY NICE, VERY SHINY, BBQ just in time to await those FUN filled Summer Days!

She is still in shocked that she won, and I waned to congratulate her when I see her this Friday.

Here is my take on this week's sketch:

As luck will also have it, I wanted to make a card for this week's Eat Sleep Stamp ESS Sketch #32; so I decided to take Tracy Clemente's sketch for a spin and make my card:)

I have had this Happy Day Animals set from Hero Arts for over a year now, thanks to my favorite enabler Tracy F.; this was another one of those impulsive buys - so when I saw this flowers stamp again as I was picking out which HA stamps to use, I knew I had to ink it and this sheep jumping over them caught my eyes as well. I tried to ink my own clouds, from a negative of a scalloped circle - came out pretty good. The sentiment also comes in the set and it worked perfectly - a happy day she must have had!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Tax Day! :).... positive thinking!

sheep- Hero Arts Happy Day Animals
flowers- Hero Arts Happy Day Animals
"happy day"- Hero Arts Happy Day Animals
DCWV The Blossoms & Butterflies Stack PP, DCWV texture paper
Martha Stewart Elegant Scallop edge punch
Martha Stewart 3in1 Butterfly punch

Pearlescent Watercolor by Yasutomo
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
Momento Black Onyx
Momento Lilac Posies
Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Egg Shape Cuttlebug Challenge

I have seen a few Easter egg shape cards and I have been meaning to make one. This Easter, this is the card I made for my in-laws. I was inspired by this week's Cuttlebug Challenges Blogspot (Be Inspired 26) to use vellum. I used both white vellum and a thicker green vellum made by Canson called Effects Papercraft (I picked it up at M's a while ago) - great elegant thick vellum, with a nice shimmer look to it.

The PP is from DCWV The Luxury Stack, which also has a shimmer to it. I used Cuttlebug Floral Borders dies that I picked up quite a while ago and NEVER have used. It cut the vellum nicely and the dainty flowers came out perfectly. I cut the egg using my Cricut and "cracked" it by hand :). I then used 3D Paint to add blue dots to the dainty flowers. The "EASTER" stamp is a studio G stamp that was a great find, fits nicely to the elegant look I was after :).

As I was finishing writing this post (that I started last Sat. :)), I realize that at The Cuttlebug Spot, the challenge (challenge #26: Shape It!!) for this week (posted on Monday), is to make a card that is not a square or a rectangle - my Egg card is up for that challenge as well! :)

This card wrapped up the last of the Easter cards I had to make! :)

egg - Cricut Doodlecharm cartridge
"EASTER" - studio G
Cuttlebug Floral Borders dies
DCWV The Luxury Stack
Canson Effects Papercraft (Pealescent thick vellum)
Staedtler white vellum
Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink
Scribbles 3D Paint Shiny Medium Blue

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lost, Now Found Easter Card

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Have you ever losted a card? One that you put a lot of work into and was so excited to hand to someone; and somehow (God only knows) it got misplaced or losted? I created this card LAST Easter and from one day to the next I losted it, could not find it anywhere and had no idea where it was. Finally, I opened an old picture album, and it falls out - my long lost card, found! I must have been looking at a picture and when I put the album away, somehow the card went inside and hid :).... mischevious easter bunny :)

I used Pearl Ex to color the egg and the bunny; all to give it a shimmer look and more of an aged look to the egg. Adding that puff ball as his tail was FUN. I stamped "Happy Easter" inside. This year, I am determine to give it to the rightful owner :)

bunny - Cricut Zooballoo cartridge
grass - Cricut Zooballo cartridge
egg - Cricut Doodlecharm cartridge
scallop border around card - Cricut Design Studio, Cricut Zooballoo and Cricut George cartridges.
plaid metal tag- Making Memories w/ tag curl tool
Pearl Ex
Ribbon - M's
DCWV PP, DCWV Texture Paper, DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl

Friday, April 10, 2009

studio G Challenge Time SGC5 - Easter Treat

This treat bag is for my hubby, filled with Reese's peanut butter cup - that is one of his favs. I tried to do a few challenges in one project :). One is from Paper Craft Planet Studio G Collectors group where Marti challenged us to use the studio G stamps on an Easter Treat bag/box/etc. I combined that challenge with The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #25 - Easter Treat Containers where Nilda challenged us to use our Cuttlebug folders on our treat container, in my case this cute little bag.

This CUTE little bag is actually more known as a bag in a box, and the cut file for this was created by a fellow Cricut Message board member, Camille who did a fabulous job at recreating this popular bag for us Cricut lovers. If you need an idea on how to fold one, go to Inking Addict blog post where Paula explains how to create one from scratch.

I used skittles acrylic dots to accent the bag. I used by Swiss Dots to emboss the bunny frame. I used Decorative Stars folder (4 in a pack) to create the stars and mimic the DCWV PP, then cut those out by hand and used foam tape to make them pop out. I also used my Cricut to create the bunny frame out of a circle welded with the bunny from Doodlecharm (the blackout shape alone was not quite the shape that I wanted, so I adapted it with a simple circle). The images are studio G; LOVE collecting these and now I'm intent on using them with the help of challenges like this one!!!

Other challenges that I kept in mind were the Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog, where we were to use YELLOW and GREEN and the Stamp Something blog challenge of using as many shapes as I could get away with - I figured STARS, CIRCLES, BUNNY SHAPE :), and SCALLOP was as far as I was going to get without making it look too busy! :) Just had fun and that what this is all about for me!

bag in a box - cut using Camille's cut file from her Cricut Message Board post
Bag in a Box with EDITED cut file
Cricut Design Studio, Cricut Plantin Schoolbook, Cricut Accent Essentials, Cricut Doodlecharm
Two bunnies - studio G series 27
Eggs - studio G series 27
"Some Bunny Loves You!" - studio G series from 2007
DCWV Spring Stack 2008, DCWV Texture paper
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Cuttlebug Decorative Stars folder
Mary Uchida Pink Circle punch
VersaMagic Thatched Straw ink (for the easter eggs)
Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue (for the sentiment)
Versafine Onyx Black
Yellow Skittles

Thursday, April 9, 2009

TCP Tuesday Challenge - TCPTUES53

This week's TCP Tuesday Challenge, hosted by Susan at susiestampalot blog, is a color challenge :) As you can see, these are VERY BRIGHT colors - and delicious with names like Sunny Yellow, Pumpkin Orange and Rasberry Pink - but a bit outside what I normally use. The colors did look FUN - so I went for it. Besides, I'm eager to continue inking my TCP spring stamps.

To my surprise, I found that I didn't have any PP that matched these colors exactly! That came as a shock since I thought I had enough paper to last me a LONG TIME and a pretty good variety!!! So I turned to my solid colors and found the bright ones that came close to matching. Using no PP was strange but liberating !!! lol!

I tried to use a sketch but I could not get the colors to work with the sketch and without pp it proved to be DIFFICULT; so I scrapped that idea after hours of trying to make it work!!! It was one of those moments where nothing worked, I guess.

So I remembered that I use to have this really yellow purse size notebook in college where I kept EVERYTHING! The notebook had different color paper, orange, green, dark pink, blue, etc... to help keep me organize :) So that notebook inspired this card -

From the start, I knew I had to use Sprinkle with her stylish Spring bonnet from the Spring Fling set! And with school notebooks in mind, I wanted to use Happy Spring (also from the same set) --- as in Happy Spring break! I will be sending this to my friend that is in med school... she will love it! The colors are so her, lively! :) The edge is a Martha Stewart punch that I finally opened and used, and the torn notebook paper edge is one of the new ones from EK Success, great punches - I curled the edges for some added dimension.

A fun card once I just went with it :) ... Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!

Cat in the Hat - The Cat's Pajamas Spring Fling N-8635 CL
"HAPPY Spring - The Cat's Pajamas Spring Fling N-8635 CL
Martha Stewart edge punch
EK Success Torn Notebook Paper punch
Marvy Uchida Purple Scallop Circle punch
Marvy Uchida Pink Circle punch

DCWV Texture Paper
Onyx Versafine Ink

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring Thank You Card / ESS Sketch #31

I am continuing to make the thank you cards I need now that I have my PC up and running! I don't have too many punches so having my darling Cricut and Cricut Design Studio is so essential to me :)....

This is what my take on the sketch:

I turned again to this week's Eat Sleep Stamp ESS Sketch #31, where I found it to be a perfect sketch to use my A MUSE stamps - since they tend to be small and single - and would fit just right in 1 1/2'' circles :)...

The rounded square frame I used was done with the help of my Cricut. And once I had that done, I was in business!

This card was all made out of scraps :)! I sanded the embossed texture paper to give it more definition. I used a clear atyouSpica marker to color the bird house to match the glittered pattern paper. Adding the rhinestones was a last minute decision and it turned out okay :)... this was a FUN sketch and I'm pretty happy with the results! Check out Tracy Clemente's blog for more on her weekly FUN sketch challenges; and while you are there check out her blog; she is very creative! :)

Bird house - A MUSE
Simple Thoughts
Tulip - A MUSE Simple Thoughts
Easter Basket - A MUSE Simple Thoughts
"thank you" - A MUSE Simple Thoughts
DCWV Texture paper, DCWV Nana Baby Boy stack
Cuttlebug Wood Embossing folder
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook (square 4 circle frame), Cricut Wild Card (circle frames). Cricut Design Studio

Queen & Co. Rhinestones
Momento Rich Cocoa
atyouSpica for added glitter

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Happy Bday Card up for another challenge

I look forward to Sunday's Bitten by the Bug (BBTB) posts, where Regina introduces that week's Cricut challenge and I get to see what the ladies in the design team came up with to inspire the rest of us :) ...

But this week, it was a cut that I have recently used! :) and as it turns out for another challenge involving Regina :) .... I call that LUCK!

This week BBTB Challenge we were to use the HAPPY BIRTHDAY cut from Hello Kitty Greetings :); this is the card I recently made using that cut :) ...

Here is the original post :) - Great cut and very versatile I think!

Still working on getting my system operational and get back to creating, blogging and posting :) ... but at least with this card, I can participate in this week Happy Birthday BBTB Challenge.

Cricut Design Studio and Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge
DCWV Glitter Stack, DCWV texture cardstock, DCWV PP
Red ribbon from M's

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Thank You Card / ESS Sketch #30

This week I need to make a few thank you cards and would like to make them all different :) - hope time allows it!

This is my take on this sketch:

So for starters, I turned to this week's Eat Sleep Stamp ESS Sketch #30 - another FUN sketch from Tracy Clemente. The sketch was easy to work with :)!

For this card I decided to use the Hero Arts Cupcakes clear stamp set - this set has some really cute cupcake stamps and they are so useful to have - I find myself using them quite a bit for birthday cards for all ages!

Also for this card, I decided to use my nestabilities for the first time! Not sure why I have avoided using them until now but somehow I had done without them - storing them in my drawer all this time :) They cut pretty good when using my Cuttlebug but I may need to pad the sandwich more to get the embossing to show a deeper embossed look.

I used this fun DCWV Nana's Kids stack glitter pattern paper, it has an amazing shine to it. I then used Pearlescent Watercolor to color the icing of the cupcake and paper pieced the cupcake bottom. I continued to use those prisma flowers and I happen to have one that matched the pp perfectly :). The ribbon was recycled from a gift and was the perfect color to give a bit of contrast to this card. I used a strip of PP from DCWV Sweet stack; it reminded me of a tablecloth and the cupcake is sitting on top :).

A fun festive card that has a lot of shimmer to it! and came together fast:) Thanks for stopping by!

cupcake - Hero Arts
"thank you" - Hero Arts Thank You Messages
DCWV Nana's Kids, DCWV Sweets, DCWV texture paper
Pearlescent Watercolor by Yasutomo
Prima Flowers
Momento Tuxedo Black
Momento Sweet Plum ink
Nestabilities - circles
Making Memories purple brad

April Month Scrapbook Calendar Page

This is my April Scrapbook page for the 2009 S.E.I. Calendar. I used a new Martha Stewart butterfly punch that I finally broke down and bought :) and the Cricut Home Decor cartridge for the sentiment. I really enjoyed the colors and the pp combination for this month - a bit more busy than I'm use to but somehow it worked :).

For my birthday, I got a bag full of goodies from my friend Tracy and I was itching to use a few of them on this page - the pretty brad on the flower, the pearls on the butterfly, and the photo corners on the picture - a fun time!

SEI 12x12 Calendar 2009
"simplify" - cut at 2 1/2'' using Cricut Home Decor cartridge
plant - cut at 2'' using Cricut Home Accent cartridge
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Prisma flowers
DCWV Texture paper

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