Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Blogoversary, Tracy! / ESS Sketch #38

I want to wish Tracy Clemente from Eat, Sleep, Stamp CONGRATULATIONS on her 2 year blogoversary! I want to tell her how much I appreciate her taking time to share her creativity with the rest of us! Her blog is full of inspiration, you can tell she puts in a lot of time and a lot of LOVE to every post!

Here is my take on both these two great challenges:

In celebration of her blogoversary, Tracy challenged us to make a birthday theme card. Perfect, because I do need to do a few more bday cards :). I needed a sketch, and of course Tracy's ESS Sketch #38 was the oh so right choice - simple yet FUN with a chance to use an edge punch!

This cupcake stand says birthday all over it! Really liking this image, with all its details - I had a great time coloring it! The DCWV Sweet pp complements it nicely.

Cupcakes w/stand - Impression Obscession
Cupcakes - MC181
DCWV Sweets Stack, DCWV Texture Paper
Versafine Onyx ink
Ranger Liquid Pearl yellow, pearl, pink and light blue
atyouSpica for added glitter
EK Success edge punch

Monday, May 25, 2009

Owl Bird-Day Card

I am continuing to make birthday cards, and I found that this week Simon Says Challenge is a sketch. I decided to try it out because frankly it looked pretty challenging for me and drew my attention.

I got out my Owls and Branches set that cointains some really CUTE owl stamps and decided to ink this cutie. I changed the scale of the sketch a bit to fit into the card size I was going for.

Here is my take on this sketch:

Memorial day inspired me to use white, red and blue and mixed them up with some bright colors. That was not too hard to do, when using the circle PP from DCWV Fun in the Sun Glitter Summer Stack and the orange PP from a coordinating matstack - I am loving these sets. The sentiment is from another Simon Says Stamp set that I thought went nicely here.

FUN card to make, still have a few birthday cards this is one less :)

Hope you all had a NICE weekend!

Owl - Simon Says Stamp Owls and Branches
Branch - Simon Says Stamp Owls and Branches
"Happy Bird-Day!" - Simon Says Stamp A Little Birdie Told Me
DCWV Fun in the Sun Glitter Summer Stack, DCWV Fun in the Sun Matstack, DCWV Texture paper
Prisma Flowers
Versafine Majestic Blue ink
Momento New Sprout ink
Making Memories various brads

EK corner punch

Saturday, May 23, 2009

TCP Tuesday Challenge - TCPTUES59

This week TCP challenge is hosted by Carole at Mother's Little Helper who has created a great looking sketch for us to try - clean lines and linear panels and that for me, makes for some fun messuring! :)

I decided to create birthday card because for the next few months I will be needing more than a few of them :)! So it is great to get a jump start.

I pulled out the You Say It's Your Birthday TCP Swanky clear set - I find this to be such a FUN set and so very handy! So images to choose from, but in the end I decided to ink up that delicious looking cake.

This is my take on this week's challenge!

I paper pieced the cake stand to coordinate with card and to add some texture. I used atyouSpica on the image and on the sentiment to match the shimmer of the DCWV PP from Animal Cracker. I also used yellow Stickles to on the candles and the cake. This cake looks oh so YUMMY!

This was a FUN skectch to try!

Have a great long weekend!!!

Celebrating Penguin - The Cat's Pajamas
You Say It's Your Birthday N-7544
"Happy 29th Birthday Again!" - The Cat's Pajamas
You Say It's Your Birthday N-7544
DCWV Animal Cracker, DCWV Texture Paper

atyouSpica for added glitter
Ranger Stickles yellow
Momento Rich Cocoa Ink

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Birthday Card / ESS Sketch #37

I needed to do a card for my father-in-law, a very thoughtful person I have come to respect. I had moment of free time and I decided to get this one done while I had the chance.

I needed a sketch so I immediately knew I had to use this week ESS Sketch #37 where Tracy Clemente gave us a sketch with clean lines and a fun spot to place an accent element.

Here is my take on the challenges:

I also decided to play along this week Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #31 where we were to use our Cuttelbug to emboss something other than paper. So I decided to emboss a piece of transparency and use matching paint colors to give it a stress look and make it stand out more - first time I have done this so it was fun but I think it needs something else, just don't know what that could be :)...

Use my darling Cricut to cut a cake and use Silver stickles to decorate the cake and match the base DCWV PP. I then use some glaze glue and some beads to decorate the top of the cake. I do like how the cake turned out :) I used a ribbon with a metal tag to finish the card and metal brads to hold the transparency.

On this card I tried a few new things without really knowing how it would turn out in the end; and I had FUN doing that!

cake - cut at 2'' using Cricut Celebrations Cartridge
Cuttelbug Happy Birthday embossing folder
DCWV Dress 'Up Stack pp, DCWV texture paper
"enjoy" metal tag - Making Memories w/ Tag Curl tool"
Making Memories assorted paints
Ranger Stickles silver
OfficeMax Transparencies
Ribbon from M's
J's Essentials silver brads
Alene Glaze Glue

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hot Boy Card / TCP Tuesday Challenge - TCPTUES58

The very creative Susan Liles, is hosting this week's TCP Tuesday Challenge. Susan is challenging us to ink up our TCP It's A Mod, Mod World stamps. This set has a bunch of FUN looking stamps with a retro theme to them, plus it comes with Poochie, Sprinkles and Fifi in a few different sizes, to fit any idea.

I combined this challenge with this week Simon Says Stamp Challenge, perfectly themed "One for the Boys". I thought this stamp set was just right for this challenge too, since I find myself using this set on masculine cards - which are never easy for me to do :).

This is my take on this week's challenges:

I took my inspiration straight out of Susan's card (thank you!!!) - I just had to use that spaceship with Poochie as the navigator :) - especially after I found this space PP on the DCWV All About Boys Stack that had some FUN colors to pull from and fit nicely with the boy's theme. I added silver brads to the grey moon and emulated the silver glitter circles of the base PP on the spaceship. Used silver liquid pearl on Poochie nose to match the silver brads. The base card is from DCWV Alphabet Stack - I like the silver glitter along with the black, grey and white colors - a gift that I found great uses for despite not using all the monogram letters :).

I found the glitter irresistible to use even on a masculine card. But with planet/spaceship boy's theme, silver glitter just worked :)

Have a great weekend!

Spaceship - The Cat's Pajamas It's A Mod, Mod World W-7512
Little Poochie - The Cat's Pajamas
It's A Mod, Mod World W-7512
"Hot Dog!" - The Cat's Pajamas It's A Mod, Mod World W-7512
Ranger Stickles silver
Ranger Liquid Pearls silver pearl
J's Essentials silver brads
DCWV Alphabet Stack, DCWV All About Boys Stack, DCWV texture paper
Onyx Versafine Ink

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just because / ESS Sketch #36

It has been over a week since I have gotten a chance to post - a lot of stuff getting in the way of playing/crafting!

But I did want to participate in this week ESS Sketch #36 were Tracy Clemente gave us a simple but FUN sketch to play with.

Here is my take on this sketch:

The way this last week has been going, simple was very welcome, so I put a quick card together using the first stamp set I pulled out - sometimes that is just the way to go! :) no fuss, just the luck of the draw :).... and it got me to ink this Hero Arts Woodland Creature set for the very first time!

I wanted something bright, cheery and simple - and I think this card is just that. I am really loving this DCWV Green Stack pattern paper with the mushrooms - I pulled some colors from this PP to use on the image. Doing a bit of paper piercing was a much needed stress reliever :)

This was a quick card to make and I had fun taking a break from this crazy week to make it :)

Mushrooms - Hero Arts
Woodland Creatures
Tiny lady bug - Hero Arts Woodland Creatures
"There is no one line YOU!" - Hero Arts Woodland Creatures
DCWV The Green Stack, DCWV Texture Paper
Marvy Uchida scallop rectangle punch
Momento Black Tuxedo

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES57 / ESS Sketch #35

For this week TCP Tuesday Challenge, Toni, our fun hostess, is back with a Color Challenge! The colors are nice and bright! They bring to mind a sea theme, so I went with that! Although they will also work nicely with bday cards, all kinds of masculine cards and summer cards.

I wanted to use this week's ESS Sketch #35, where Tracy Clemente did a great job with this versatile sketch - with too many ideas, it was a challenge for me to think of what to do with it, it has a lot of open space to play. And of course that is the FUN part!!!

I decided to use my Hula Cat stamp, where Sprinkles looks GORGEOUS, having a great time in her hula outfit - she oozes summer FUN! I also used my Flip Flops stamp for a FUN touch! These were my first purchases from the TCP design line after taking a FUN class taught by Tracy Falco. (thanks for turning me into a fan!:))

Here is my take on using these colors along with the sketch:

In keeping with the sea theme, I decided to use my Cricut to cut some waves! :) I fought back the urge to buy the fiskar punch, because of this cut from the Zooballoo cartridge. I used leaves glitter paper from Animal Cracker that makes the perfect background to Sprinkles hula outfit! I paper pieced her hula skirt for added texture and dimension. I used atyouSpica for added glitter on both the skirt and flip flops to match the background paper. I used the Cuttlebug embossing borders folders to add a border on top.

I took the sassy sentiment Hey Honey from the Hearts and Flowers clear set - I think it makes for a nice greeting card that I could use this summer.

This card came together after some pondering - but like the way it turned out! Thanks for stopping by!

Hula Cat - The Cat's Pajamas Hula Cat F-7463
Flip Flops - The Cat's Pajamas
Flip Flops C-7457
"Hey Honey" - The Cat's Pajamas Hearts and Flowers S-8634
DCWV Animal Cracker, DCWV Texture Paper
Cuttlebug embossing borders folders - Frills
Versafine Onyx ink
Ribbon at M's
atyouSpica for added glitter

Monday, May 4, 2009

May Month Scrapbook Calendar Page

This is the scrapbook page for the month of May that I created for my 2009 S.E.I. Calendar. I am not quite sure where April went, but suddenly I had to do a page for May. I used another new Martha Stewart butterfly punch, this one catches my eye for it pretty silhouette look.

Again this month, I used my Cricut Home Decor cartridge for all the element on this page. From the title, to the CUTE birdies on a branch with the pretty flowers. I also used a Marvy Uchida tiny daisy punch that make a pretty flower center. I really like how this page came together, specially because I wanted to highlight a special lady in my life that has always inspired me and I admire. May is her birthday, and I wanted to celebrate her. :)

SEI 12x12 Calendar 2009
"create" - cut at 1 1/2'' using Cricut Home Decor cartridge
birdies - using Cricut Home Decor cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
branch and flowers- using Cricut Home Decor cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
Marvy Uchida daisy flower small punch (yellow)
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
JoAnn Essentials rub-ons
M's gems

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Swanky Stamper of the Month for May!

I found out yesterday that I was chosen to be this month Swanky Stamper of the Month of May!!! This is so exciting because The Cat's Pajamas is one of my favorite stamp design since I started stamping! I feel that TCP designs are fun and versatile. I enjoy participating in the TCP Tuesday Challenges, it is something I look forward to each week and have lots of FUN joining in. I just didn't think I was swanky material just yet - and it was a nice suprise to find out I could be :) Making the winning entry was definetely a challenge, but as always, FUN!

This made my day - and due to Alma, owner of The Cat's Pajamas, I am now going to shop with her very generous gift of $25 that comes with this very swanky award! How cool is that? I am also going to oh so proudly post my badge; thanks everyone for your congrats :)...
Have a good weekend! Happy inking!

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