Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Bday / ESS Sketch #49

A family member is having a birthday next month and even though it is a bit outside my comfort zone, I decided to make an elegant/fancy looking card for the occasion. :) This will appeal to this person's fanciful side :)

After a little bit of digging, I found this DCWV Garden Stack pattern paper that seem to fit perfectly with the Cuttlebug embossing folder I had in mind to use.

Here is my take on this week's challenge:

I needed a sketch so I turned to this week's ESS Sketch #49 where Tracy Clemente provided the inspiration with this sketch featuring a strip, perfect to place some embossing and an oval shape to frame an accented image. At least that was my interpretation! :)

I chose to use this chandelier die cut that was cut using the Cricut Home Decor cartridge and embellished it with gems to add to the elegant look I was going for. I really enjoyed working with this cut and it fits nicely in the oval frame. I also used the new Martha Stewart loop punch that gives a nice lace look. The sentiment from Inkadinkado Happy Days set tied in great to the pattern paper and gives a fancy look to the card. This card is a bit bigger than usual for me, measuring 6'' by 6 1/2'' but the sketch was easy to adapt even at this size.

This was a really fun card, and I think it manages to look elegant :) ! Thanks for stopping by!

"Happy Birthday" - Inkadinkado Happy Days 98628
DWCV Garden Party Stack, DCWV Texture paper
chandelier - cut at 3 1/4'' using Cricut Home Decor cartridge

Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder
Martha Stewart loop edge punch
Paper Shapers Fancy photo corner
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Darice clear gems

Sunday, August 23, 2009

August Month Scrapbook Calendar Page

I almost let August past by without posting my scrapbook page for the month of August created for my 2009 S.E.I. Calendar.

I came accross this adorable pictures while organizing my digital pictures and I just had to use them :) -- her name is Sofia, she is my niece and such an old soul - she is awesome to watch grow up and turn into a lovely butterfly :)

At first I didn't know what to do with this pre-design layout but once I chose the pictures, the rest fell nicely into place - and just had FUN with it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

SEI 12x12 Calendar 2009
butterfly - cut at 3'' using Cricut Hannah Montana cartridge
"so sweet" - studio G stamp
Cuttlebug flower edge embossing folder

EK wavvy edge punch
DCWV Texture paper
Darice gems
Prima Flowers

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Hello / ESS Sketch #48

Summer is a few weeks from coming to an end... and I am wondering where did it all go - where did all the endless days of summer go? I am going to make a point to enjoy the last few weeks!

On that note, for this week's ESS Sketch #48, I decided to use vibrant summer fun colors :)! Tracy Clemente's sketch for this week really called my name - with all those layering opportunities and with that circle accent, I could not resist!

This is my take on this week's challenge:

The colors on this card spells "HAPPY" to me! The DCWV Citrus Stack pattern paper had the circles to go with the circle accent of the sketch. I inked this cute, nicely decorated birdie with peacock like feathers from Hero Arts Happy Hello set. I really like the glitter on the piece of DCWV Sorbet Stack pattern paper, and I used a Martha Stewart daisy punch with some more DCWV glitter paper to match.

I had a good time coloring the birdie and dressing up the card with fun gems. Thanks for stopping by. have a "HAPPY" day!

birdie - Hero Arts
Happy Hello set
"a HaPPY HEllo" - Hero Arts
Happy Hello set
DCWV Citrus Stack, DCWV Sorbet Stack, DCWV Glitter Stack, DCWV texture paper
Versafine Onyx ink
Martha Stewart daisy punch
Darice orange gems
atyouSpica glitter pens
scor bug for Scor-pal

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES71

This week TCP Tuesday Challenge is hosted by Carole, who has another FUN sketch for us to play with. I really like the different shape card as well as all the curves! :) I finally had a chance this week to sit down and play along.

This is what I came up with for this week's challenge:

I turned the sketch on its side so that I could use this CUTE, FUN image of mermaid Sprinkles from the newly released Cat's Pajamas By the Sea set. When I saw this image I flipped and just had to have it! I hadn't had a chance to ink her so I had to do something about that! :) Hard to tell but the DCWV pattern paper has shimmer on it and I used atyouSpica glitter pen to add shimmer on the image. I added dark blue gems to tie in the colors and add dimension. The sentiment

This was such a fun sketch to play with, I had a blast! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

mermaid Sprinkles - The Cat's Pajamas By the Sea S-9668
"STAY COOL!" - The Cat's Pajamas
By the Sea S-9668
star fish - The Cat's Pajamas
By the Sea S-9668
DCWV Fun In the Sun Summer Glitter Stack, DCWV texture paper
Versafine Onyx black
atyouSpica glitter pens
Darice dark blue gems
AMUSE small gems

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fortune Cookie Note / ESS Sketch #47

I needed to make a fun notecard for someone who is about to start her second year of college and I wanted to wish her luck!

Here is my take on this week's sketch:

I started with this week ESS Sketch #47 created by Tracy Clemente (like my ESS Thursday badge :)?); when I saw the "tag" that Tracy put on this sketch, it immediately brought to mind the idea of a fortune cookie with fortune sentiment as the "tag" :)... after all what says "good luck", "good fortunes"- better than a fortune cookie???

I used pattern papers from the DCWV Far East stack - came together nicely with the image. The fortune cookie sentiment adds dimension to the card, and I like the way it came out. Really enjoyed this set, and the A MUSE Fortune Cookie Words set has so many FUN sentiments :)... I could see many uses for them!

"A new opportunity awaits you" - A MUSE Fortune Cookie Words set
"The cookie has spoken" - A MUSE Fortune Cookie Words set (sentiment inside)
Fortune Cookie - A MUSE Fortune Cookie
DWCV Far East Stack
Momento Bamboo ink

Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins Color Duster
Cat's Eye Chalk Rose ink

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thank You / ESS Sketch #46

I needed a thank you card to send to a family member for their help in making a gift special.

I was cleaning my workspace and I had this Inkadinkado Birds Galore stamp set out; and my attention went to that 'mystic' owl image. I got this urge to ink it so I went with that. The body of the owl reminded me of the EK Success edge punch; so it was meant to be! :)

This is my take on this week sketch:

I also wanted to participate in this week ESS Sketch #46 where Tracy Clemente brought us another simple sketch that leaves a lot of room to play! I didn't have time to play last week so I didn't want to miss my chance this week and took the first opportunity I got!

I have had this DCWV The Pocket full of Posies stack for years now; and I challenged myself to use it. I pulled some colors from this funky stress pattern paper and filled some of the blank spaces with my Cuttelbug embossing folders; including two of my all time favorites, the swiss dots and the edge folder on top of the card - this was inspired by this week's challenge on The Cuttlebug Spot (to use our favorite embossing folders) :).

I really do like how the edge punch matches the image. I used the JudiKins color duster to color to mirror some of the stressing in the pattern paper.

Had a great time making this card and using some of my stash instead of just stashing them :) -- and that is always a GOOD thing! :)

Owl - Inkadinkado Birds Galore 97625
"Thank You" - Inkadinkado Collaged Expressions 97610
Momento Sweet Plum ink
Cuttlebug Branch embossing folder
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
Cuttlebug Frills Volant embossing border
DCWV The Pocket full of Posies Stack, DCWV Texture paper

JudiKins Color Duster
Cat's Eye Yellow Amber ink

EK Success border punch

Sunday, August 2, 2009

TCP Challenge TCPTUES69

For this week TCP Tuesday Challenge, Jen, from i{heart}2stamp, brings us another Color Challenge! She chose some very bright, summer FUN colors; such a great combination, I decided to use them all!

I was really itching to ink this new Cat's Pajamas By the Sea set - isn't it adorable??? This set is part of three new Cat's Pajamas release which consist of two very FUN summer stamp sets and one get well stamp set - they are so darn cute; and I could not resist getting all three!!! You could check out the Kitty Kat Pack- a great deal on all three sets! Poochie and Sprinkles look amazing and those cute little penguins are just irrisistable!

I honed in on Poochie sitting down with a cold ice drink reading a book under the shade of an umbrella - wish I could be right next to him being a beach bum myself :)!

Here is my take on this week's challenge:

This new By the Sea set goes nicely with Life is a Beach Cricut Cartridge. I felt like Poochie needed some palm trees to finish his fun under the sun scene :) - I added some shading to the palm trees for some added dimension. I tore some orange texture paper for the sand and added the sun to finish it off. These were some FUN colors to work with and I had a great time making this card!
Poochie under sun umbrella - The Cat's Pajamas
By the Sea S-9668
"BEACH BUM" - The Cat's Pajamas
By the Sea S-9668
tiny seashel - The Cat's Pajamas
By the Sea S-9668
palm window card - cut at 6 1/4'' using Cricut Life is a Beach Cartridge
sun - cut at 2'' using Cricut Don Juan Cartridge
orange button - The Cat's Pajamas
Candy Sprinkles Buttons embellies
atyouspica glitter pens for added glitter
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Cat's Eye lime green ink

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