{3.3.2013} a Sunday challenge

I’ve been trying to get my craft on this weekend and it just wasn’t happening like I wanted it too.  I had high hopes for MANY Christmas cards for the current Paper Crafts magazine call.  Alas, I just couldn’t get into the holiday spirit.  Thankfully, I squeaked out 2 cards, but I don’t have high hopes.  I just wasn’t on my game.

After struggling, I just gave up and looked for some challenges to inspire me.  I think my mojo was mad I tried to do holiday cards out of season.  Ha.  So what better than SPRING to bring me out of my winter blues.

ETA: had to update with a better photo

Hero Arts has the PERFECT challenge going on for March.
I’ve combined the color and spring challenge into one.

I wanted the look of doodling or a drawing in a notebook.  So, I stamped the ledger background first and then the flowers on top.  I also liked the idea of ‘chalk’ coloring, so used some Prismacolor pencils to achieve that look.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I’m not an expert, by any means, on coloring (with markers or pencils).

I’m also submitting this to the Simon Says challenge since anything goes this week.
Talk about easy peasy.

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{12.25.2012} Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas to You.

A very merry day to you all.
I’m celebrating today with my family.  Good times, gift giving and good food.
Sounds like a fabulous time to me.

I had a last minute Christmas card cram and here are a few from that day.
All with some of my favorite Paper Smooches stamps.

I went on a kraft frenzy!  I feel like I’ve found an old friend.  Ha.  I feel like I haven’t used kraft in forever so it was a ton of fun to do a set like this.  I think the hot chocolate mug is my fave.

I wish you all a wonderful and jolly Christmas.

card stock: kraft (The Paper Studio)
patterned paper: Christmas Cheer (Lily Bee Designs), Holly Jolly (Echo Park)
stamps: Hot Concoctions, Warm Hearts, Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches)
ink: Chestnut Roan, Lavendar (Colorbox Chalk ink), black (Versafine)
embellishments: purple twine (Timeless Twine)
tools: Corner Chomper, ATG Glue Tape Gun, Tiny Attacher, Real Estate Sign punch (EK Sucess), scallop tag (Marvy Uchida)

{11.09.2012} Some EXCITING news + FWF

a DREAM finally coming true.

Happy day my Friends with Flair Unity peeps.
For me, it is extra special since I finally reached a long time goal yesterday.  I am so proud to say I am a UNITY ARTISTA!  I am trilled to see my designs being made into Unity stamps.  It has been a whirlwind of events these last few weeks, but yesterday my first stamp was released.  Very fitting it is something we can all toast too!!!

Squeal… I made that!
Ha.
I sure hope you will enjoy using my designs in your crafty creations.

I just couldn’t wait to use it so here it goes….

It is so surreal to see my design on a CARD!
But, I simply love it.

You can GRAB this set and many more cute ones NOW!!!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to head back to the Unity blog to visit the rest of the Friends with Flair.

{10.26.2012} friends with flair…

full of gratitude

I shared this card on the Unity blog this week, but want to share here as well.  I just love all the great Ippity line of stamps.  This is one of my top #10 faves.
I’m not using your standard autumn colors, but that is why I LOVE it.
Something different, yet, you still get the warmth from the colors of fall.
THERE is a FABBY sale going on too.

Happy day my Friends with Flair Unity peeps…
remember to head back to the Unity blog to visit the rest of the Friends with Flair.


{9.17.2012} Joyful Greetings Winner

Winner Time

Thank you all for your amazing comments regarding the new Joyful Greetings stamp set by Paper Smooches and for my card.  You have all made my day a 1000 times over with your sweetness.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And now, to send a little joyfulness your way.  Let’s get to our winner!!!

Congratulations MARIA!!!

Please send me an EMAIL with your address by Tuesday, September 18 2012.
If I do not hear from you, I will pick another winner on Wednesday, September 19th.

Thank you again to Paper Smooches for the fabulous giveaway and for being so AMAZING!

{9.11.2012} tuning in

This is a quickie post.  You might have seen this fun card on the Paper Made Bakery blog last week.  Well, I love it so much, I just had to enter it into the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Everything in the card is positioned to make the microphone on the cork the star.  Even the papers lead your eye there.  Initially, I wasn’t going to include any patterned paper until I had an oops moment.  When you stamp on cork, it takes a long time to dry.  Well, I flipped my stamped cork over on top of my card to add some pop dots.  Yeah, I got ink all over the front of my card.  GAH!  Insert patterned paper (which looks way cooler than my initial plan).  LOVE that!

PS… everything used to make this card was included in this month’s Paper Made Bakery kit.

{8.25.2012} with sympathy

This little birdie flew into my home this month.  Isn’t he sweet.  I love the sketched look and yet he is quite simple and elegant at the same time.  His first job is a sympathy card and he did it well.

I chose to go with a very soft and serene color palette: cream, creamy brown and robin’s egg.  The sketch for this second round of the Hero Arts August 2012 challenge was the perfect inspiration for this sympathy card.

I started out by stamping the bird and sentiment and then masked them off before stamping the lattice background.  It creates a fabulous illusion of depths while still being a one layer card.  To finish off this clean and simple card, I added a few pearls.

This would be a great card for mass production.  You could change the sentiment and colors to create a great gift set.