{4.8.13} Monday SPARKS with Paper Smooches

Let’s get our SPARK on!

Check out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.

week 2

Too much?

Lol… this is so not clean and simple and it seems so busy to me.  But I do love it.
I tried to get some friends to cut those flowers out for me.
Shocker… I had no takers.  So I trimmed them all out by hand.
Want to know a secret?
There is a die to match, one I do not have but will be ordering now!

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.

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{3.28.2013} Unity Thursday

Yay for Unity

Did you know it was Unity Thursday?
Of course you did.
The design team is hopping today
and all the action starts on the Unity blog.

details at Unity

I didn’t get to play along with the Fashionista release last week,
so I’m featuring THIS trendy girl today.

I’m a huge fan of Project Runway.
These trendy girls remind me of the sketches the designers make before tackling their challenges.
Meet Roxanne, she is a diamond super star.  Or at least she thinks so.  Lol.  She is strutting’ her stuff and shining bright.

She was colored with Copics, trimmed out and popped up on some super fun Glitz papers.
I’m jumping on the sequined band wagon.  I really hadn’t planned on it, but over the weekend I went to a crop with some new friends.  I had to pull out my roller and bags for cropping from storage.  Inside I found one of my original storage containers that contained sequins.  Totally vintage from early 2000.  I was trendy back then and didn’t even know it.  Lol.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 3 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

That is all from me, head on over to the amazing Renee next!!!!

Here are the list of blogs hopping today.

Angie
Erin
Jen B.
Jolande
Joslyn
Lisa A.
Renee
Shellye
Shilo
Stephanie

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{3.14.2013} post no. 2 – Unity Thursday

**This is my second post for the day… please scroll down one for my CAS(E) this Sketch card.**

If you are looking for some Unity Stamp Company cards, then you are in the RIGHT place.
The design team is hopping today along with 3 special ladies.  They played along in the Unity {be inspired} Challenge and were asked to showcase their amazing talent with us today.  Didn’t they rock it???
Hope you left Brigit, Laurel and Heather lots of love.

Lots of fun stuff going on today.
New stamps and a fabulous promo.

AND a Unity hop.
I just love Thursdays.

All the action starts on the Unity blog.

We are kicking off the new {be inspired} challenge today.
Here is a peek at it.

Lots to love right???
I made 2 cards for this new challenge.

Did you see this week’s Stamp of the Week?
So, super cute!
I’m using the sketch from the challenge and 2 of the colors.
I popped up the stamped panel over one of my favorite backgrounds stamps – Hearts of Old.

– and –

I had to use the BRAND NEW monthly sentiment kit.
Can you believe this amazing kit is only $10 for this month only???
I’m using the colors again from this month’s challenge.  I think I got them all except the pink.
I forgot that one.  Oops.  I really meant to include it somewhere and forgot.

The flowers were colored with two colors of ink… first the yellow and then I used the corner of the orange ink to dab a little on top of the yellow before stamping.  The top two flowers are popped up as well.  To make my multicolored flowers easier to stamp, I cut away the leaves.

Gasp… I know.  Some people can’t handle cutting their stamps.  But if it makes it easier for me to stamp in different colors, I’m not shy about bringing out my scissors.  It works so nice too.  🙂

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 3 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

That is all from me, head on over to the amazing RENEE next!!!!

Here are the list of blogs hopping today.

Brigit
Laurel
Heather
Erin
Jen B.
Joslyn
Lisa A.
Renee
Shilo
Stephanie
Thienly

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anchored card

happiness card

{3.11.2013} let the good times roll

Check out FUN, new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.

week 2

Rockin’ the chalkboard effect this week.  Betsy Veldman has a great chalkboard tutorial that you should most definitely check out.  It is quite an easy technique, but just be cautious when adding the white ink with a tissue.  Blot it at least once so you get a nice shade effect instead of a big white dot.  I opted not to do a shadow with white ink, instead I used my white pencil to create the shadow lines.

There are more cards to see from the SPARKS design team.
Hope you will visit them too.

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{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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