Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Magnolia Challenge - Paper Only

Here's my card for the Magnolia-licious Challenge using only paper.  This was really one that I had to think about a lot.  I'm so used to using Stickles and Wild Orchid flowers it was tricky to think without them.  I know the flowers are paper, but ----

I used lots of punch outs and die cuts though!  Here's my card -

The designer papers are from Stampin' Up!  I fell in love with those papers the instant I saw them.  I hated to cover them up, but....  The flower in the lower corner was die cut with the Doohickey die sets Doily Flowers and a small flower and leaf set (forgot to write the name on the dies :()  The one in the upper right corner is the wax paper from the Doily Flowers.  Rather than toss it away, I made another flower from it.  Someone else had done that a while back and posted about it.  The fence is Doohickey die Lovely Fence.  I had to wait for weeks for it to come back in stock.

The green swirly vine and leaves is a Cheery Lynn Design Fanciful Flourish.  The die embosses the leaves as it is cutting - very nice.

The large butterfly in the corner is a Martha Stewart punch - not sure of the name.

Tilda is Hello Little Butterfly for the Butterfly Dreams Collection. 

I had started a different card for this challenge, but it wasn't coming together at all.  So this card was done today, so I just worked fast and didn't keep track of the Copics I used.

I thank you for stopping by and spending a minute or two.  I hope you enjoyed sharing my card.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Inventory Challenge #46 - Trees

This week's theme for the Inventory Reduction Challenge is Trees! What a fun challenge this turned out to be.  Jacque of jacques joie de vivre has some wonderful news on her blog here  This card is dedicated to her. Trees just seem to depict Jacque's  journey and outlook these last many months.  To quote Danielle, "a magnificent symbol of life, trees are strong and weather a lot of adversity." So Jacque, this inventory challenge is for you and the inspiration you are to all of us!

My card is very similar to one that was featured on the cover of the March, 2011 issue of CardMaker magazine and created by Christine Okken. The instant I saw that mag cover, I knew I would make that card.

The card base is Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink with Early Espresso, Garden Green cardstock and watercolor paper.  The designer paper is from My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus.

The tree is colored with Copics and  the background sponged with Pretty in Pink and then covered with Sweet Pea Flower Soft.

The lace is from Wild Orchid Crafts. The ribbon is from my stash.

The inside features the same dp as on the front.  The ribbon is slightly wider than that on the front.

The jotting panel is Pretty in Pink and Early Espresso die cut with Nesties.

I had a grand time making this card.  It was so much fun that I actually made two of them!!

Grab a cup of tea, pull up a chair and let's visit for a spell!
Glad you could stop by.

Now please stop by my teammies' blogs and see their creations using trees!



Friday, August 19, 2011

Inventory Challenge #45 - Fairies

Good morning, everyone!!
Today is week #45 of the ongoing Inventory Reduction Challenge that I am privileged to be a part of now and I am loving it!  The idea is to use what we have on hand and not buy anything new for our cards.

This week's theme is Fairies.  I'm not a fairy person, so I had no stamps that would work and had to borrow from two wonderful friends - Rene and Kim. Then I couldn't decide which card to use.  I also don't know if a Maggie image had to be used.  So today you get two for the price of one.

This is the card I made using Kim's stamp set.  The fairy is in silhouette and really doesn't show very well.  Tilda is very absorbed in watching little miss fairy do her thing.  She may be dreaming of flying away to a far mystical land and maybe taking Edwin with her. 

I used my Stampin' Up! markers and colored the stamp, then stamped the paper.  I wanted more than one flower as the original stamp had, so I stamped all the flowers first, then did one with the fairy and mushroom colored.   Then I did the fairy and mushroom again, cut them out and added to the card.  I found a bunch of thin round plastic pieces I had been saving and glued one over the fairy to give her a little bubble.  It shows a bit in the picture.
I colored Dreamy Tilda with my Copics and cut out and popped her up on dimensionals.  The cloud with the sentiment is also popped up.
I didn't keep track of the colors I used though.

On the left inside the sentiment reads "All you need is faith, trust and pixie dust".  The gray areas around the words and the wand and stars is Shimmerz Pixie Dust.
The right hand side has "go ahead WISH" stamped several times.  I inked the stamp and then hit the dp three times and inked again and stamped a couple more times.  I glued three more of the round things on some of the bubbles on the dp.  The word "wish" is coated with Pixie Dust.  The flower is popped up on dimensionals. 

My friend Rene sent me this digi stamp to help me out with this week's theme.  Isn't this little fairy gal just the cutest?  Now you can see why I couldn't choose between the two!
I used my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to color this card.  I put Star Dust Stickles on her wings and the bee's wings.  The flower centers are yellow Stickles.
The cardstock is DCWV Shimmer and Cryogen White.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Hooked on Craft.  The ribbon is from the stash.  The sentiment is from the set Kim loaned me.
 The inside paper is from Magnolia's Fairytale Paper Pack.  The stars were cut using my Star Nesties.  The sentiment is from Kim's set.  The stars were sponged and popped up on dimensionals.  The star flowers are from Hooked on Craft.  I really like how this card turned out!

Hope you have had an enjoyable jaunt down Fairytale Lane with my cards.  Please leave a little love so I'll know you were here.


Please be sure to stop by my team mates' blogs to see their fabulous creations!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wedding Shadow Box

One of my friends from church had asked me to make a wedding card for her. After she ripped my arm off and nearly beat me to death with it, I agreed! If Diane happens to see this, I AM JUST KIDDING!  Working with Diane was a lot of fun!

She is a quilling person and wanted to make some quilled flowers for the piece. While she was looking for her quilling supplies, she found a brand new white shadow box frame. So the wedding card became a wedding shadow box.

She had given me some preliminary background and her ideas for the card/box so I had already chosen several papers and accessories for her to look at.

Here is the final product!
The background paper is from DCWV Luxury stack.  The swirls are from Prima Say It In Pearls.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia-licious.  Butterflies are punched from scraps using a Martha Stewart punch.  Ribbons are from my stash. The sentiment in the upper left corner is from a DRS stamp, retyped to fit the space we had.

Tilda and Edwin are the Bride With Tiara and Groom from Magnolia-cious and are colored with Copics.
Tilda's dress - YR24, Y32  Flowers - B91, YG63, B24  Veil - B000 and Diamond Stickles  Hair - E18, 17, 19, 13  Clear Star Gelly Roll pen was on her tiara and the lace under her bouquet.  A left over piece of the pearl swirls is on her tiara.
Edwin's suit - C9, 7, 6, 4 Hair C00, 1, 3, 4  Cane- C2, 3  Flower - B91, 24  Tie matched Tilda's dress
The sentiment in the lower right corner is a scripture verse.

Here are close up pictures of the different sections of the shadow box.

My friend was so thrilled with what I had created for her, she decided not to add the quilling.  She also asked me if I would consider making two more for her to give as anniversary gifts for her parents and in-laws.  Of course I will!!!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Wedding Shadow Box, all of the nifty little details, and maybe got an idea or two for a card or shadow box of your own.


Inventory Challenge #44 - Frame

My card for Inventory Challenge #44 - Frame is the beautiful Lady Tilda.  She's looking very regal dressed for her portrait  in her red ball gown.  Edwin is a little tardy, as usual,  for escorting her to the ball.
To color Tilda I used Copics R29, 24, 22, B000, 01, for her dress; B21, 23, 24, YG63, 67 for her flower; E25, 31, 50 for her hair. 
The detail on her headband, lace at her neckline and at her skirt bottom were traced over with Clear Star Gelly Roll pen - love that pen!!

The background paper is from My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus.  The frame is Core'dinations The Chocolate Box.  After embossing in my Cuttlebug, I sanded the brown off so the pink would show through.  I added small rosy pink brads to the corners.
The oval behind Tilda is cut from an Antique Lace postcard I received as a thank you gift for an order.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia-licious.  The lacy leaves were cut with a Marianne Designs die.  The brown satin ribbon is from my stash.

The inside top is another piece of the paper from the front.  The brown ribbon goes around the front, under the Tilda image and ties in a bow.  The bud sprays are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The bottom is another piece of designer paper from Webster's Pages - Trend Setters.  This certainly looks like frames to me!

Thanks for stopping by and sitting for a bit.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my card.  Now hop on over to see what my teammates have done with their frames!


Two Wedding Cards

It seems that the theme for my projects this past week was weddings.  I had two cards to make for a mother and daughter going to the same wedding and a third card for a friend from church. 

I have one very favorite stamp I love to use for weddings - Whiff of Joy Willow Sitting Bride.  Suzanne Dean did a card with this stamp several years ago that was drop dead gorgeous.  Aren't all of her cards!?!  She and Lucille Ball are my idols.  Mine don't look nearly as nice as hers though.

So at this point I was panicing trying to think of where I could get another nice bride stamp immediately.  The wedding is August 13 - no time to order one.  Then I remembered Tilda - I have two wedding stamps - Bride with Tiara and Groom and Loving Bridal Couple. OK - Relax - Breathe - Problem Solved.

Here are pics of the cards I made for them.
Willow and the swing are colored with Copics and I didn't keep a list of the colors I used.  Willow has Diamond Stickles on her veil and Shimmerz Pixie Dust on her gown.  There are Baby Blue Stickles on the flowers on the swing ropes.  I put Flower Soft Shamrock and Christmas greens mixed together on her bouquet and added a tiny light blue rose in the center of it.
The cardstock is Stampin' Up Marina Mist. Designer cardstock from the DCWV Luxury stack is mounted on plain white.  The bottom edge of the white was punched with a Fiskars border punch that Suzanne lead me to.  Willow is popped up on dimensionals on the swing.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia-licious. The crystal wheat stem came from Michaels.  The leaves are punched from DCWV Shimmer cardstock using Martha Stewart Branch punch.  Tiny butterflies were punched from scraps of the Luxury cs using another MS Butterfly punch.  The ribbons are from my stash.

Here is the card opened up.

Both mom and daughter wrote out what they wanted for the sentiment on their cards. 
 I stamped a moon and stars in VersaMark and mounted the sentiment at an angle to cover part of the moon that smeared.

Here is the second wedding card.
This one is Bride with Tiara and Groom.  This one had a little more coloring.  I used some of the C Copics on Edwin's suit. Tilda's veil has Diamond Stickles on it.  I had some left over pieces from a Zva pearl accent design that I used to put "diamonds" on Tilda's necklace and pearls/diamond on her tiara.

The flowers and pearl stems are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The Chandelier beads are from Magnolia-cious.  Cardstock is SU again and the designer paper is another piece from the Luxury stack.

The tiny hearts are ribbon slides from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Ribbons are from my stash.  Little butterflies are the MS punch and Luxury cs scraps.
Again this sentiment was given to me when the cards were ordered. 
I stamped wedding cakes with VersaMark to the left and right sides and put the sentiment slightly over them.  You can just barely see the bottoms of the cakes.

These wedding cards were really fun to make and my customers were thrilled with them!

What was originally going to be a third card turned into a shadow box. I'll do the shadow box another time as it has several pictures to it. This post is long enough.

I'm so glad you could come over, relax and look over the cards.  Huggeroonies,

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

3 x 3 Swap Cards

Several girls in our Stampin' Up! gang did a 3x3 card swap in July.  The swap has only a very few rules so it is very fun for all of us, especially the beginners.  Each card is to have a base and 2 more layers and some type of embellishment.  How's that for easy!?!?

Here are pictures of the precious tiny 3 inch x 3 inch cards.

These were made by Deby and Jeanine.
Deby is our SU demo!  She is one very creative lady too, as you can tell by her card.
Jeanine is new to our group.  She did a great job coloring her card.  She also stamped windmills on the inside of her card and put a parchment paper for the jotting panel.
Jennifer and Peggy did these little cuties!
Jennifer embossed her dark panel with butterflies and used glitter over the flower.  She also included a jotting panel.
Peggy embossed her tulip with black EP, the colored the tulip.  That tag is so tiny!! The flower and tag are popped up on dimensionals.

Kim and Lynn did this set.  Kim is so clever using Liquid Applique for the puffy popcorn.
Lynn embossed the background and popped up the butterfly on dimensionals.  The sentiment was cut out with a die cut.

This trio were done by Kim, Kathy and Roxy.
Kim signed up for two spots.
I think Kim used a daisy punch and made her own flower.
Roxy die cut her pineapple circle and added a tiny white dot to each scallop. The circle was popped up on dimensionals.
The image of Tilda with Daffodil was masked and Summer Fence was then stamped.  They were colored with Copics then die cut.  The dark blue panel was also die cut. The papers and ribbon are from my stash.  The image panel was popped up on dimensionals.

Our next 3x3 swap will be in September, so watch another group of these little darlings then.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.


Friday, August 05, 2011

Inventory Challenge # 43 - Swirls and Curves (or Curls)

I am really excited today!  This is my first Inventory Challenge card.  I've seen the cards on some of the girls' blogs and wondered what it was all about.  So to satisfy my curiosity I asked!  That was easy.  Now getting everything to upload correctly may be another story.

Having said all that, let's get to the card pictures.

There are lots of swirls, curls and curves on the front of my card.

I colored Tilda several months ago so I don't have the Copics I used.
The swirls are a Magnolia Doohickey Die - Leaf and Swirl.
The flowers are from Magnolia-licious and Wild Orchid Crafts.

Here is the inside where I've used another Doohickey Die - Antique Lace - across the DP bottom edge. 
The sheer ribbon was from my stash.
The flower spray is Wild Orchid Crafts.

The cardstock is SU's Regal Rose and retired Taken With Teal.

The next pic is a close up of the jotting panel.

The jotting panel was die cut using a Marianne Designs  doily die.
The Regal Rose paper was cut using Nestibilities Scalloped Circles - Large.
I glued small pearls in each of the scallops.

Please stop by my team mates' blogs and see what they've done.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit!