Thursday, November 25, 2010

Surprise and Delight Mistletoe (CPS #194, Embellish Holiday Colors Challenge)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are enjoying a day full of family and good food!  As you know we had one Thanksgiving with my husband's family already, and in just a couple of hours we are heading to my family's house for some more holiday merriment.  We are fortunate enough to have our immediate families in town, and we even have most of my hubby's extended family around town as well so any holiday time is usually a lot of fun!  I hope some of you are just as fortunate.  It's not all roses and sunshine all the time, but I am very thankful for each one of them and that they are close enough that we are able to get together.  After all you only have one family and you have to stick together through thick and thin.  Am I right?  So, today I want to say I am grateful for my WHOLE family; immediate, extended, in-laws, and the friends that I consider family.  I love you all and am grateful everyday that you are in my life.

If you are still with me here are the details for the card.  Today's card is based on the sketch below from Card Positioning Systems and the picture challenge below from Embellish Magazine.  I picked this stamp image, from A Muse, because I love it and I haven't had the chance to ink it up yet and I've been dying to for the past year.  Sorry if that was a run-on sentence for all of you grammar critics out there. :)  I colored it with my trusty Copic markers.  The sentiment stamp, also from A Muse, matches it so well that I had to use it too (also the first time being inked).  You would die if you knew how many stamps I have that are dying to be inked for the first time.  I swear I'm not just collecting them.  When I buy them I really intend to use them, but then I gravitate toward my faves and forget about them.  I am really making a effort to ink up the virgin stamps so they can see some love too, plus then I can validate my purchases to my hubby. :)  Back to the card, the only tools I used were my corner rounders.  This card was very simple.  It only took me maybe 20 min., because of the coloring, and that's quick for the slowest cardmaker in the world (that's me if you hadn't already guessed). 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have time to squeeze in a little creative time for yourselves.  Happy Crafting!

CPS #194

all paper, stamps, ink: A Muse Artstamps
markers: Copic
small corner rounder punch: EK Success
corner rounder punch: Creative Memories

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanks for Dinner (GS #65)

I made this card for the Get Sketchy challenge this week, which was to find inspiration around your house and base a card off of it, and I also made it for my mom-in-law.  The thank you was for cooking a gluten-free early Thanksgiving dinner so I could eat it.  I found out I was gluten-intolerant earlier this year and she has made such an effort to help me out, so I wanted to send a special thank you for the extra effort she made for me on our early Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.

The inspiration around the house for the Get Sketchy challenge was our place settings, which are a red gingham placemat with a white dinner plate on it.  The patterned paper is from the new Modern Homemaker paper pad from October Afternoon.  The notecard and shimmer couture paper are from A Muse.  I used the Nestablities circle dies to make the plate and charger.  The silverware stamp is from A Muse and I embossed it with gold glitter embossing powder from American Crafts to resemble the "good silverware".  The sentiment stamp is my new What's Cooking cling set from Taylored Expressions.  This set is so adorable and I'm so excited to use the rest of it to make many more cards!  I thought it needed just a little something else so I added the pearls above the sentiment, which are from A Muse.  I hope my MIL likes it and so do you!  I hope all of you get to enjoy some time with your families tomorrow and this weekend.  I also hope you get to steal some time for yourself to create.  Happy Crafting!

notecard, cardstock, shimmer couture paper, rubber image stamp, pearls, dye ink: A Muse Artstamps
Modern Homemaker paper pad: October Afternoon
cling sentiment stamp: Taylored Expressions
Nestablilities large circles: Spellbinders
glittered embossing powder: American Crafts

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cool Yule Penguin (PDCC #56, ESS #109, A Muse Challenge: Dashes, Dots, and Doodles)

I have some exciting news to share! Today on the PaperCrafts blog my Stamping Royalty card was featured along with a little blurb about me and a photo of me wearing my crown.  It was so exciting!  Thanks for indulging me.  Now on to the card for today...

 This card is based on the sketch below from Eat, Sleep, Stamp, the color challenge in the picture below from The Play Date Cafe, and the November challenge from the A Muse Lounge called Dashes, Dots, and Doodles.  Here are the details for the card.  The paper, stamps, and ink are all from A Muse.  The patterned paper is actually Reversed Asterisk Pretty Little Papers from A Muse.  Sadly they aren't making Pretty Little Papers anymore.  They had the cutest patterns and were such a great size.  I just cut it in half to make two squares for the card.  The present stamp is a separate stamp from the penguin stamp and is from the Baby Wishes Clear Set.  I paper pieced the present with blue gingham patterned paper then drew a line connecting it to the fishing line.  I colored the penguin image with my trusty Copics.  I used the large oval Nestabilities die and adhered it with pop dots to add some more interest to the card.  I really like how it turned out.  It looks really festive for the holidays!  If I didn't already have my Christmas cards already worked out I would consider using this card.  I hope you all get some good crafting in this holiday week.  Happy Crafting!

all paper, stamps, ink: A Muse Artstamps
markers: Copic
die: Spellbinders

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good Friends Never Go Out of Style (Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger Moxie Chic, 2S4Y Kazan's #66)

Good evening!  Today's card is based on the sketch below from 2 Sketches 4 You and the picture challenge below from Moxie Fab World.  I was inspired by the colors: grey, black, red, and pink.  I was also inspired by the woman, so I used a dress form, and the big pink bow.  I used grey ink and a background stamp by Hero Arts for the background on my card.  I used the ribbon lace border punch by Martha Stewart on the black cardstock piece going down the left side of the card.  The pink polka dot satin ribbon is by American Crafts.  I thought that a dress best represented the woman in the picture below and the stamps are by A Muse of course.  I colored the image with my trusty Copic markers.  I hope you get some creative time in this week. Happy Crafting!

2 Sketches 4 You Kazan's #66

Tuesday Trigger: Moxie Chic

notecard, red cardstock, image and sentiment stamps, ink: A Muse Artstamps
background stamp: Hero Arts
chalk ink: Clearsnap
markers: Copic
ribbon lace border punch: Martha Stewart
ribbon: American Crafts

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blossom with Bird Sympathy

Tonight's post is going to be short and sweet.  I made this card for a friend of mine who is going through a rough time.  The stamps are A Muse and I used Copic markers to color the image.  I made this card very simple on purpose, I didn't even use any patterned paper.  I popped up the cardstock panel with pop dots to add some subtle interest to the card and I also added some orange gems to the centers of the flowers.  I hope you like the card, but more importantly I hope it helps my friend when she gets it.  I hope you all have a great week!  Happy Crafting!

all paper, stamps, gems, ink: A Muse Artstamps
markers: Copic

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thank You Fall Flowers (GS #64, Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger Fall Festival)

I based this card on the sketch below from Get Sketchy and the challenge pictured below from Moxie Fab World.  I was inspired by the flowers, the colors of the flowers, and the white and orange pumpkins.  I used daisy duet and thank you mix ma A Muse stamps and the Martha Stewart garden clear set.  I randomly stamped the flowers on a cardstock piece, rounded the corners, matted it with orange cardstock and rounded the corners, and I adhered it with pop dots to give it a little "pop" since this card was so simple.  I do like how it turned out, but I'm just not used to a card with so much actual white space.  I don't make white cards very often. What do you think?  I hope you're getting some creative time in this weekend.  Happy Crafting!


all paper, rubber stamps, ribbon, black dye ink: A Muse Artstamps
clear stamps: Martha Stewart
chalk and pigment ink: Clearsnap
corner rounder punch: EK Success

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Holidays Girl (PDCC #55, ESS #108)

This evening's card is based on the sketch below from Eat Sleep Stamp and the color challenge below from The Play Date Cafe.  I used A Muse stamps, of course.  I colored the image with my Copic markers, mainly the colors from the PDCC challenge.  I punched a snowflake from my Martha Stewart arctic snowflake punch, adhered it to the card with a pop dot, and adhered a clear gem to the top.  Let me know what you think of my card.  I hope you all get a chance to have some creative time this weekend.  Happy Crafting!

all paper, stamps, ink: A Muse Artstamps
markers: Copic
punch: Martha Stewart

Monday, November 8, 2010

Here's the Scoop!

Well, I'm back!  Thanks so much for understanding and supporting me while I took a little time off to get things organized.  I really appreciate all of your wonderful comments on each of my creations.  I can't tell you how much they mean to me and yes, I read them all. :)  I have the greatest fans, followers, and friends!  Thanks again everyone!

Tonight's card is a submission reject.  The stamps are from A Muse of course.  I paper pieced the dress on the image with orange gingham patterned paper.  I don't sew at all, so instead I hand drew my stitches around the patterned paper panel (Fly a Kite paper pad).  Another trick is to use a paper piercer and poke holes where the stitching would be.  I used my Nestabilities label four, trusty Copics, and a pink Prima flower to finish off the card.   Let me know what you think?  Have a great week and Happy Crafting!

notecard, cardstock, gingham patterned paper, stamps, ink: A Muse Artstamps
patterned paper: October Afternoon
markers: Copic
die: Spellbinders
flower: Prima