Monday, February 28, 2011

Sweet Dreams

This is Eva's last week at CASE study and the card uses a PI from My Favorite Things. These girls/boys are adorable!!! I focused on the scallops. layout, and PI image. I'm also meeting my own personal challenge to "USE" stamps that I have!!! Stamped the image four times and paper pieced the pillow, blanket, and lampshade. Coloring with cool grays was new to me- some colors are easier to blend than others or, I am just a little slow!!! One of the sentiments in this set is "I love you to the moon and back...and then some"!!! Yikes.... lots of memories from when my girls were little but, then again I will always Love them the same way!! Getting a little sappy here, LOL!!!


Also, piddlin' a little with my camera and lights.
Have you ever looked at a card after it was done, photographed etc. etc. and thought of other things you wish you would have done???

Here's Eva's card!!! Gorgeous!!


TFL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: MFT Bedtime Story
Paper: Memory Box Pixie, white, black
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: MFT lace and ribbon, SU button and TCP twine, MFT large scallop die (definitely one of my "go to" dies)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Grand Symphony

Just received my new VIP kit from MFT and had some fun!! Layout is this week's sketch from the MFT forum on SCS and the MFT Guest Desginer challenge this month is to get die-mentional. Stamped an outline from the Framed Greetings die/stamp set and added a sentiment from the VIP kit, Musical Girl Mini {sorry, only available when the kit is released two weeks ahead of MFT's regular release} and popped on top. Pearl flourish came in the VIP kit also. Added rolled roses and mini rolled roses with a pearl in the center. Perfect bracket edge die was cut out in pink and embossed with my swiss dots folder. Stitched two panels in gray. Now, the flowers, pearls, sentiment panel all add some die-mension but, I also popped the whole panel on top of the base card for a little extra!!



A side view of the dimension....


TFL!! Hope you're having a great day. Me, I'm "getting stampy"!!

Ingredients
Stamps: MFT Framed Greetings die/stamp set, Musical Girl Mini sayings
Paper: melon mambo, white, SEI dp
Ink: basic gray
Accessories: MFT rolled roses and mini rolled roses die-namic, MFT perfect bracket edge die-namic, pearl flourish, pearls, swiss dots EF, stitching, lots of pop dots {from Jody}

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Ewe Make Me Feel All Warm and Toasty"

I made this card a while back for a TCP Tuesday sketch challenge (#144) and didn't get it posted in time. You can find The Cats Pajamas challenges here and on their forum on SCS. This is a "shout out" to all my family and blogging friends that are still dealing with the snow and cold!! Love ya' all but, I'm sure glad I'm not dealing with it, hehehe!! I get paid back in the summer when it's over 100 degrees here along with the humidity and "nice and warm" there!!




















This adorable sheep is from Sheepish and the sketch layout was TCPTues144. Used Echo Park Wintertime dp and cutouts. Stamped the image on white and colored face, legs, arms with copics. Paper pieced the scarf and pockets. Added some hearts from my nesties and TCP's heart dies {love these things, different shapes and styles}. Some TCP twine, a button, and flag tag finished it off.

TFL!! We've gpt a little cool weather this weekend (50's- yeah, I know that's not very cool) to 60's this weekend and the sun is shining!! If you stop by, leave a comment, love to hear from  you!!

Ingredients
Stamps: TCP Sheepish
Paper: Echo Park Wintertime, white, riding hood red. chocolate chip
Ink: copics, early espresso
Accessories: TCP heart die, button, TCP divine twine, nestie heart

Friday, February 25, 2011

You Make Me Smile!!

I have made cards for the last 3 Curtain Call Color Challenges and business at work and home have kept me from posting. Will post the other two at a later date but, this week I am on time... Whoo Hoo!! Stacey's Colors this week are Tempting Tuqoise, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White. The pic shows fabulous candles. Definitely some spring colors, I'm thinking.

Pic...














My card....



















Used some dp I've had for a while (SU pear pizzazz) and some new dp (Making Memories). Love the argyle next to the dots. MFT dainty doily border punch (one of my favs, what am I saying--I have LOTS of favs). Added white ribbon from SU and a new Prima flower. It is made of netting and material that is kind of like burlap but, softer, velvet type (first thought is corduroy) piece with a fabric covered button on top. Sentiment is from Verve's Love Notes (lots of versatile elements and sentiments in this set... check it out here).

TFL!!  Hope  you're having a great start to the weekend!! Me, I'm getting ready to meet my oldest (the bride girl) for dinner!! She's getting married next November, 11/11/11, how sweet!!?? Okay, it's a friday and has presented some challenges with all family living in the Midwest. It shall be okay... we have caterer (OMG... had a blast with that), photographer (absolutely sweet and on the same page with us), place (historic Southern plantation kinda house that is gorgeous), some of the table decorations and aisle decorations (okay, lots actually). At dusk so tealights on shepherd hooks for ceremony, and lots of twinkle lights around porch and columns). Oh, cake and it will be gorgeous, Dominica makes the most absolutely "real" sugar flowers, not a lot but, strategically placed and gorgeous fall colors. Frou Frou ( I wasn't "frou frou" when I got married a long time ago so, it's interesting the different generations) Dress is bought and hanging in my "guest room" along with a bunch of other stuff--- needs to be called the wedding room for the next year!! LOL!!

Good Lord, I am rambling here. It's like the wedding checklist. Believe me if you have a girl, you'll be doing it someday yourself!! LOL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Love Notes
Paper: white, turqoise, tangerine tango, MM dp, SU dp
Ink: black
Accessories: MFT dainty doily border die-namic, Prima flower, SU ribbon,

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now....

Another sentiment that gets me singing.... good thing I'm in a room by myself!!! LOL!! Couldn't carry a tune if I tried!! Anywho... The Cat's Pajamas has a weekly challenge that you can find here. This was for an inspiration challenge with pic provided by "the" Jen Del Muro.

Here's the pic....


Here's my card.....
















I focused on the colors, cake "layers" and round circles on the cake and flowers. As well, the first container says "sprinkles". Stamped the image from Spring Rain onto white, colored with copics and cut out. Stamped the umbrella again on dp and cut out and layered. Jacket is paper pieced. Added horizontal trim panels cut with the Apron and Big Scallop dies. Did a little stitching, added button with divine twine.

TFL!! Just think..... tomorrow is FRIDAY, Whoo Hoo!! If you stop by, leave a comment. Love to hear from you!!

Ingredients
Stamps: The Cats Pajamas Spring Rain
Paper: ?? dp, white, early espresso, yellow, kraft
Ink: Adirondack espresso, copics
Accessories: TCP dies: apron border and large scallop, SU button, TCP divine twine, nestie

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yikes... no sentiment on the front of my card??

This card is for Jen's SFYTT for the month of February. Now, normally I have a sentiment on the front and my title comes from that or something similar.... no go today!!! This card started out with Jen's layout and some chipboard elements from the same line... Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 and then, I wondered if I had stamps similar to the chipboard elements to substitute... thus, the card you see. So Saffron circle uses a Waltzing Mouse stamp that is nestie compatible "Vintage Small Circles", then, stamped a fleur from Verve's Accent Notes and heat embossed with clear {needed to stand out more}, on top of that is a flower punched with SU's Itty Bitty punches with a black rhinestone {popped and layered}. Added SU black grosgrain ribbon and buttons with some wonderfully divine, Divine Twine from The Cats Pajamas. Buttons are SU.

Jen's sketch....


















My card....



















TFL!!  Hope you're having a wonderful week!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Accent Notes and WMS Vintage Circles Small
Paper: CC Circa 1934, black, vanilla
Ink: So Saffron, Memento tuxedo black, riding hood red
Accessories: Nesties, clear embossing powder, SU Itty Bitty Punches, SU ribbon and buttons, TCP divine twine

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Combined Grind!!

Just started participating in the CASE study challenges and this week it is combined with the Play Date Cafe color challenge. Thus, "Combined Grind".  The Muse this month at CASE study is Eva Doblias and Play Date Cafe colors come from her card {black, red, green}. One of my absolutely fav color combos and there are some gorgeous cards out there... you need to check out the links and take a peek!!



















My card....



















Don't own the large nestie Eva used or have a cutting machine to make the base card so.... tore the edges a little and downsized from there. Used the SU top note die and cut out 2 in vanilla and red polka dots, the red polka dots was cut at the score line and layered. Added some lace and ribbon. Used the same nestie for the center in two sizes and popped the smallest with sentiment on top. Flourish in red is from Verve's set "Blessings" and sentiment is from "Amazing Wishes". Verve large and medium flowers {Great Friend} were stamped on black and two different patterns from SU's Love Letters dp. All were cut out and layered. Added some red pearls from PizzazzaPlenty to the center of the last flower. For the leaves and butterfly, I used sizzlet dies from SU!! Used an Anthracite Viva Decor pen for the black dots on the nestie. Phew..... done!!

We are having wonderful weather here, for several days in the high 60's and 70's!! Has "kicked in" my seasonal allergies a little and I'm living with headaches and pressure!! Still lovin' no coats and no sweaters!!

TFL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Blessings, Amazing Wishes, and Great Friend
Paper: black, crumbcake, SU Love Letter, cork
Ink: memento tuxedo black, riding hood red
Accessories: lace, SU ribbon, SU sizzlets dies-flowers and butterfly, PizzazzaPlenty pearls, nesties, SU top note die

Monday, February 21, 2011

Yum!

MFT has a weekly sketch challenge on SCS and this week is #7. I have been working on inking all of my uninked stamps, slowly but, surely {shameful, I know}. This PI is a cutie- called Lollypop-- name fits perfectly. Paper pieced the dress and colored everything else with copics.

Here she is...


















Did this card quickly {for me anyway} as my family/friends kept me really busy this weekend. Looking back those lines of pearls would have looked better on the bottom of the ribbon.... oh well.

TFL!! Hope you are having a wonderful beginning of the week!!

Ingredients
Stamps: MFT PI Lollypop
Paper: crumbcake, white, OA report card, MME Fine and Dandy- Tickled Pink
Ink: memento tuxedo black, copics
Accessories: pearls, nesties, ribbon

Sunday, February 20, 2011

You're So Sweet....

Honestly... after this week and weekend, I'm trying to remember who is "SWEET"!! Actually, I think it is everyone I know... family/friends!!! Just right this moment, they have been pulling me everywhere. Whining a little...huh!!!

Verve is starting a monthly challenge for a spot at a Guest DT for their next release and the stamps to go with it!! Whooo Hooo, who could turn that down??!! Charmaine kicked it off with this pic....











How adorable is that? Scrumptious heart cupcake, candle, flowers, silver.....

My interpretation.....














TFL!!! I DID have a wonderful weekend, just full of things to do!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Love Notes
Paper: Making Memoires Je t' Adore, crumbcake, vanilla, vellum
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: Making Memories silver Flourish, Verve heart die {love this}, lace flourish {weddding section of your local fabric store}, SU ribbon, Websters Pages resin heart, Starbucks sleeve {corrugated piece}

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just Because

Eva Doblias is the muse for CASE study {#26} this month and I had to play another week. I followed her layout and used most of the same colors. My flower is a reddish orange, chipboard fleur is covered in dark chocolate glitzy glitter, and used ribbon for the vertical borders. Sentiment is from Verve's Sweet Treats.

My card....



Eva's card


















TFL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve's Sweet Treats
Paper: OA, chocolate chip, vanilla
Ink: early espresso
Accessories: nestie, SU ribbon, chipboard and MS glitzy glitter, Recollections flower, Prima flower, MFT ribbon

Monday, February 14, 2011

Big Girl Bubbles...

Time for the weekly MFT sketch challenge on SCS. Seems to be my Monday post, what can I say??? Used the MFT Al la Mode Cheers. Decided to stamp the image in memento tuxedo black on watercolor paper and color just the dresses. Stamped the sentiment on a MFT framed greetings die/stamp. Added Mini rolled roses with red felt and green felt leaves and pearls in the center. DP is from SU's Love Letters.



















Now, doesn't she just make you want to put on your "party dress"!!

TFL!! If you stop by, leave a comment, appreciate it!!

Ingredients
Stamps: MFT Al la Mode Cheers, Framed Greetings Die/Stamp set
Paper: SU Love Letters, watercolor paper, whisper white
Ink: memento tuxedo black,  SU riding hood red
Accessories: MFT die-namics Framed Greetings and Mini Rolled Roses and Leaves (these are in a few sets), SU ribbon turned to the reverse side

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hi There...MOJO177

For this week's MOJO Monday sketch, you can find it here. I stamped the birds from Woody Birds onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Baja Breeze and attached them to the little bird's nests I made. Nests were made of jute glued to a half of a 1 1/4" circle. Added a tag using the die/stamp set from Lil Inkers with some tiny pompom trim from SU. Sentiment is from Woody Birds. Lastly a MFT sun with the top circle embossed with swiss dots was added.

My card....


















The sketch....



















TFL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Woody Birds
Paper: MME Fine & Dandy True Blue, crumbcake, mustard, orange, white
Ink: crumbcake, baja breeze, mustard
Accessories: MFT Sun die-namic, Lil Inkers tag die/stamp set, SU pompom, SU circle punch, jute, CB swiss dots embossing folder

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Appearance of Cameos

Moxie Fab has a challenge to use cameos. These have become very popular and sadly I must admit I have had some Cameos from Websters Pages for a while and not used then. Decided this would be the perfect time. Patterned paper is from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime along with kraft and some distressing. Yellow lace and green pleated ribbon from Websters Pages. Pink ribbon from MFT. Added a couple trinket pins from Maya Road.




















Not sure the pink ribbon was a "little" too much but, it highlights the gorgeous cameo so well.

TFL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: none
Paper: Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime, crumbcake
Ink: none
Accessories: Websters Pages cameo, trim, and pleated ribbon, MFT ribbon, Maya Road trinket pins

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You're In My Thoughts

I ADORE Stacey's colors this week for the Curtain Call Color Challenge with all those gorgeous flowers!!!! Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Wild Wasabi. Also, Verve's week 2 sketch by Amy Sheffer was still on my mind...

Used the fleur {that's what I call it, Julee probably has a better name} from Verve's Accent Notes to stamp a background.. Melon Mambo on Pink Pirouette with some of the images faded for a softer vintage look. Used swiss dots CB embossing folder on the pink pirouette panel and left the melon mambo blank. Added some lace trim from Websters Pages and kiwi kiss satin ribbon on top {yes, the color is Wild Wasabi but, if you notice it matches closey to the leaves in Wild Wasabi}. Used Verve's Vintage Oval Die and Stamp with a sentiment from Amazing Wishes along with leaves, Prima flowers, and SU pearls.

Inspiration pic.... and sketch...

TFL!!

PS Marissa- if you stop by, I didn't like my first card so much and YOU can do skewed panels- just make a couple panels the same and tilt the one on top with your eyes closed!!!
Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Accent Notes, Amazing Wishes, and Vintage Oval
Paper: pink pirouette, whisper white, melon mambo
Ink: melon mambo
Accessories: Verve Vintage oval die and stamp, SU pearls, SU retired kiwi kiss ribbon, Websters Pages trim, Prima flowers, SU leaves sizzlet

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Believe in Miracles...

Well, I do. I'm a nurse and I have seen plenty of things that I would call a miracle!! Anyway.. Verve has weekly sketches on their forum at SCS and this is for week 1. My blogging friends Andrea and Wanda used this dp... of course, since I fell in Love with it and I AM seriously easily enabled... had to get some myself. One of the patterns has fairies... now, I don't necessarily believe there are fairies, I do believe in angels. Why, you ask {non-believers out there, LOL!!} because I want to!! I also work at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte- in the national news a while back with photos of what appeared to be an angel in the doorway of a child's room. So I thought Verve's sentiment "Believe in Miracles" fit the dp. This set originally was for Breast Cancer Awareness month and now, I am involved in research so, it was a must have for me... well, all of Verve's stamps are "must haves" for me, LOL!!

Enough of that... here's the card



















TFL!! Appreciate when you stop and all your kind words!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Believe and Love Notes (border and dots on the die)
Paper: Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime, vanilla, crumbcake
Ink: early espresso, chocolate chip
Accessories: ribbon, rhinestones, Verve's Classy Label die

Monday, February 7, 2011

Birthday Girl

MFT's weekly stamp club challenge is doing sketches this year!! You can check it out on their blog or in their forum on SCS. Love sketches as most of the time I use these as a starting point. Original card I made, I flipped the sketch 90 degrees but, sentiment didn't work. On this one, I still put the sentiment in the bottom left corner instead of next to the bow but, I think it worked best there. Image is one of MFT's  Al la Modes {starting to love these as much as the PIs}!!! This one is aptly named Birthday Girl. She was stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored with copics. Added tiny pearls for her necklace. Cupcake colored with copics and added liquid applique for the frosting... yum!! Added pink pearls along the border and square panel.




















TFL!! Love when you stop by and leave comments, love reading them!!

Ingredients
Stamps: My Favorite Things Al la Mode Birthday Girl
Paper: dp??, cherry cobbler, vanilla
Ink: memento tuxedo black, copics
Accessories: MFT large scallop die-namic, MFT perfect bracket edge die-namic, MFT ribbon, oval and scallop oval punch SU, liquid applique, white and pink half pearls from Pizzazzaplenty

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Just For You....

Finally getting a MOJO Monday sketch done on time!! Have had the pleasure of stampin' a little this weekend {uninterrupted} KWIM?? The last week of the month is circle or square and since, I haven't made a circle card in a while....


Used some Basic Gray Capella dp and stamped the sentiment from Verve's Sweet Treats onto the dp. Added some MM ribbon and pearls from Pizzazzaplenty. A little taffeta bow finished it off.

TFL!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Sweet Treats
Paper: Close to Cocoa, SU; Capella, BG
Ink: SU soft suede
Accessories: scalloped circle nestabilities, MM ribbon, SU taffeta ribbon, Pizzazzaplenty pearls

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Love, Love Me Do...

You know I love you, I'll always be true, so pleeeease, Love Me Do!! {singing in my best Beatles voice, LOL, I can't carry a tune!!} Yikes... showing my age a little??? Made a Valentiney's Day Card using Verve's Love Notes. Julee's got a sale going on, so you need to go check it out. Used Amy's sketch from the weekly Verve sketches on SCS and some yummy dp from My Minds Eye called Je t'adore, love this stuff!! Inspiration also came from Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger with a pic from MS and the C4C73 challenge to make a Valentine's Day Card. Used the colors {pinks, vanilla, red but, I have pomegranate going on here}, Valentines {heart},  and scalloped box border {scalloped punch under sentiment} from the inspiration pic.




TFL!! Gorgeous weather going on here... have family in the Midwest and they are dealing with a couple foot of snow {live a little south of Chicago}. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Love Notes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: MME Je t'adore, black, vanilla
Accessories: pearls from PizzazzaPlenty, sticky stuff from Jody Morrow, SU "major" retired purely pomegrante silk ribbon, SU scalloped punch




Friday, February 4, 2011

American Beauty

and a CASE study challenge... first time for me. I have checked this out before... my blogging friend Andrea.. as in.. EwenStyle is on the DT for case study but, never played. Decided I need to try it out. This month the Muse is Eva Doblias.. her style {IMHO is fresh, funky, and elegant all at the same time}!!

My card..


I kept the same basic layout and colors {'cept I have a little yellow} and changed elements.

Eva's card....

yes... her pic is clearer and cripser than mine.... better camera and skills, I believe... or {I can believe} it's all that CA sunshine!! 

TFL!!! Hope you are headed into a wonderful weekend!!! Mine is stampin' and relaxin'!!!

Ingredients
Stamps: Verve Kind Words
Paper: Glitz Design dp, Crumbcake and Basic Black SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: deckled oval nestabilities, SU Pretties kit {stick pin}, MFT rolled rose die-namic, SU pearl, MFT ribbon {green and red} and lace, black ribbon misc., Glitz Designs Whatnot