Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pretty Little Ribbons Giveaway

Pretty Little Ribbons is sponsoring a giveaway including all of these lovely items.  They are having a spring spectacluar in their store.  They have some beautiful ribbons and some pretty flowers.  You can see their beautiful ides on their blog

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pink and Green Joy Card

This card is nice and bright.  The card base is a beautiful green color.  I love using vintage lace on everything.  The joy square is just a cutout from a DCWV paper pad called The Magnolia Way.  I added lots of sparkling crystals and a bright pink ribbon.  I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Pink and green challenge at Crafty Ribbons Challenges
Lace challenge at The ABC Challenges
Ribbon challenge at Card Makin Mamas
Budding Color Inspiration at Pile It On
Flowers challenge at Shelly's Images TTT Challenge

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Friendship Vellum Tag Card

One of the challenges at Friends of Speedy TV is to use vellum on a card.  I used a pretty pink patterned vellum paper for my background.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch along the top and bottom edges of the vellum.  I added sparkling crystals and a tag embellished with crocheted flowers.  I made this card for a good friend to let her know I am thinking of her. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sparkles Christmas Challenges Design Team

I am excited to be chosen for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge design team.  The current challenge is tags, so I thought I would show some of mine.  I am looking forward to designing for this great blog.  Stop by and get inspired to start your holiday cards early.

Color Challenge Card

I am addicted to anything that sparkles, so when I found this crystal birdie, I had to have it.  I used patterned paper with some beautiful lace.  The flower is made of lace with a crocheted flower in the center.  The leaves add a pop of color. 

 The inspiration for this card came from the Tuesday Color Challenge at Outlawz Challenges.  It is always fun to create something from a specific color palette. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Organizing Paper

This was the mess I made because I couldn't find the perfect shade of pink paper this weekend.  Once I started sorting the small sized papers, I couldn't stop.  I had no idea I had so many small pieces of paper.  I am pretty sure it is a bad idea to have any kind of an open drink on the table with this much paper, but coffee is a necessity for any project.

This is so much better!  Now that the small paper sizes are sorted, it will be much easier to find what I need.  The 6x6 papers have been my recent favorite, so I am glad to have them all in one place.  Somehow, I forgot all about the pink paper I was searching for in the first place. 

Round & Round Card Challenge

The latest card challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is called Round & Round.  For my design team example, I used lots of circles.  The round silk flower is accented by circle shaped buttons (instead of leaves).  The sentiment is mounted on a circle and the embossed design on the metallic paper is of course, circles.  This would be a perfect thank you for a wedding gift.  Come and join the challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges.  I am also submitting this card to Pile It On's embossed challenge.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Design Team for Alphabet Challenges

I am very excited to be a part of the Alphabet Challenges design team.  I am looking forward to working with this group of talented ladies.  The current challenge is "E for Emerald" with a new challenge every 2 weeks.  Time to get creative!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Birdcage Vintage Card

My latest card is loaded with vintage style elements.  I started with glitter cardstock and added an old fashioned floral print that reminds me of old wall paper.  I found an old book page which I tore and inked for the background of my stamped birdcage.  Then, I used a piece of vintage lace (surprise, surprise) and a crystal flourish.  I just got these new leaves which are laser cut wood by Prima.  I love the color of the silk flower. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Sugar Creek Hollow.  - Stamp it challenge
Creative Moments - Things with wings
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Blooms, gems and lace

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Creative Card Challenge #5

This card is for the 5th challenge in the 75 Creative Card Challenges magazine.  My sister and I are working through the entire magazine and this challenge is to make a quilt card.  I chose a quilt patterned diecut that I cut with my CraftRobo machine.  This is something I cut a long time ago and I am glad that I was able to clear a tiny bit of the stash.  I used K & Co. flower diecuts, handmade paper leaves and leaf corsage pins for the bouquet.  I love the sparkly border and I used a Martha Stewart punch for the edge accented with distress ink.  I am submitting this card to the TCP Tuesday Challenge which is flowers and also to Mark's Finest Papers punched border challenge.  The Allsorts Challenge Blog is also having a flowers challenge.  There are so many fun challenge blogs out there!

Since I had leftover cardstock and extra border already punched, I thought I would whip up a tag.  I usually freehand tag shapes, but I actually used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to mark the tag top.  For some reason, it looks so much better when I use a tool.  The purple flower and leaves are more diecuts from my machine that I made ages ago.  The leaves have been covered with diamond glaze for more dimension.  I think it turned pretty well for scraps.  I entered this tag in the CYDI? Butterflies Challenge and the Flutterby Wednesday #253 Challenge.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Color Challenge Card

I created this card for the Outlawz Challenges color challenge this week.  There also had to be an embossed element which I used as my background.  The center oval blueberry sticker is actually a shaker sticker with tiny silver flecks inside that move.  Here is the color challenge inspiration.

Simple Frog Card

This is my simple frog card for the CAS Outlawz challenge this week.  I used a shimmery embossed piece of cardstock for my background and a fun frog sticker mounted on a sparkly green medallion.  I love the bright green color and the cute little frog.  The best part is that this card can be used for just about any occasion.  Sometimes simple is better!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

New Goodies!

Hobby Lobby had amazing things in the clearance aisle today.  I found Maya Road canvas button pieces, Prima resist canvas, Tim Holtz buckles, 7Gypsies clear stamps and 4 fabulous 6x6 paper pads from Prima and Authentique.  Everything has a vintage feel and I can't wait to start playing.  There are some great challenges at that I will be participating in.  Time to get creative!

I also found these beautiful designer trims from Webster's Pages. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Card

Happy second birthday to Ruby's Rainbow Challenges.  The current challenge is Happy Birthday to celebrate.  Stop by and see all of the beautiful design team examples and the creative entries from all of the participants.
My example has a very old fashioned look with a vintage crocheted doily, pearls and ribbon.  The base card is all about sparkle, layered with embossed paper.  The Happy Birthday diecut is from K & Co.
I am also submitting this card in the Crafty Ribbons Challenge #42.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Steampunk Floral Challenge

I made this tag for the Steampunk Floral Challenge at Steampunk Junkies.  I love the gears and the clock.  I whipped out the acrylic paint for the flower stem.  The filigree corner piece is from our store Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry.  I like the spftness of the rose ribbon and the sparkle of the dangling charm.

This is how the tag started.  I used Distress Stain in Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar with a touch of Tarnished Brass to soften things up.  I used a mask with shimmer spray and dried everything with my heat tool.  Then I edged the tag with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink because everything looks better with a little distress.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April - 12 Tags of 2013

Here is my April Tag inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013.  I used several different elements than Tim's inspiration tag, but I can still see where the idea came from.  I love to use Distress Stain to make backgrounds and I can't wait for the new Distress Metallic Paint that I ordered to get here.  I used one my Inkadinkado Stamping Gears to stamp the flourish background.  I stamped the dragonfly on the tag as well as on a piece of acetate.  Then, I cut out the wings and attached them with Tim's Tiny Attacher.  I had a ball painting the metal flowers and leaves with acrylic paint.  I used Distress Stain to deepen the green color of the vintage seam binding for the top.  I love the rustic, yet feminine look.  The rhinestones and lace sticker is actually one piece that I picked up at Michaels.

Tim Holtz has always been super inspirational for me.  I LOVE pretty much everything he does and I know that his products will be great.  I like companies that actually use the products they manufacture and you can always tell that Tim uses his.  The little things like lids that fit on the other end, dies that fit stamps, distress stain containers that never leak and coordinating colors for everything.  These details make using Tim Holtz products even more inspiring.