Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PDCC74 with Ruby 2 Shoes

Looks like summer over at the Play Date Cafe this week *sigh*, if only the weather were as nice here as it looks in the inspirational photograph.


Wouldn't you love to be sitting in that chair! This week I kept my card CAS and it almost made it as a one layer card, but then I couldn't resist using some of my new baker's twine from the Twinery. I decided to use a Stampin' Up! set that I haven't inked up in awhile and this is what I came up with.


The only part that took a little bit of time with this card was lining the roofs up with the houses (there's evidence of a roof gone bad on the back lol) Once I had all my little houses stamped, I just stamped the sentiment over top and added some twine and a button. I originally wanted the sentiment to say "welcome to the neighborhood", but would you believe that I do not have this sentiment in my entire collection of 2,070 stamps?! (Yes I am a stamp addict lol).

Welcome Home Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Good Neighbors, Sweet Little Sentiments) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Lavender Lace, Ballet Blue) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Ballet Blue) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (Lilac, Baker's Twine) Twinery

Thanks for stoppping by and having a peek!
Julie

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cityscapes are on the Rise challenge

I had just bought the new Hero Arts silly scape stamp when they announced the Cityscapes are on the Rise challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I had started this card the day the challenge was put up and then I completely forgot about and clued in today that today was indeed the deadline! I went with a CAS design and merged a previous card design with the cityscape. Here is what I came up with:


On another card I had made, I used the large cloud with the raindrops falling as a center focal image with the sentiment "i miss you". I thought this idea would look cute over a gray city with the one little light on in the window indicating where the "missing you" sentiment was emanating from. Not so sure if I'm totally sold on leaving the background white, but it was the only way I could get my pop of color with the cloud.

City Miss You Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Basic Gray) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: ( Up, Up & Away, Chair-ished) Papertrey Ink; (Silly Scape) Hero Arts;
Ink: (Bayou Blue) Stampin' Up!; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Color Medium: (C3, C5 & Y02) Copic Sketch Markers

Thanks for looking!
Julie

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PDCC73 with Julie Ranae

Warm, rich, spring colors! That's what the color combo is all about over at the Play Date Cafe this week. Take a peek at the gorgeous inspirational photo...kinda wishing I owned a dress in one of those colors :)


I have no clue what style I had in mind when I made this card, but it's growing on me even though it's a tad different than what I usually make lol. When I saw the inspirational photo I knew I wanted to use my new stamp set from Unity "Ooh La La", particularly the dress form. I hunted down my colors (which I could not find the exact hue, I need to stock up on some more Perfect Plum) and then challenged myself to use up some odds and ends kicking around my art room. I lucked in and found a fabric covered brad that matched one of the colors (there I go with my matchy matchy again lol) Here is what I came up with:


I've been grabbing my Go-to-Sketches magazine lately as a starting point and I used the sketch on page 38 for this card. I wanted to use patterned paper, but I couldn't do it! Another challenge for me to work on this year...USE my patterned paper! lol I keep buying the stuff and hoarding it :) I opted to stamp images on my cardstock instead to give some "pattern" to my cardstock.


After stamping and cutting out my dress form, I tied some ribbon around the waist and added a stick pin with a Swarovski pearl and crystal. The space to the left of the dress form stumped me for a while because it looked like it needed something there. I finally decided on a trio of embellishments including 2 buttons and that fabric covered brad. Perhaps I'll try the same card later on today and see if I can incorporate some patterned paper!

Ooh La La Card
Cardstock: (light violet, dark butter) Bazzill Basics; (Ruby Red, Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Ooh La La) Unity Stamp Company
Ink: (So Saffron, Ruby Red) Stampin' Up!; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Stickers: (Pearls) Martha Stewart Crafts
Ribbon: (Cream Lace Pack) KaiserCraft; (Ivory Organza) Stampin' Up!
Brad: (Stitched) Basic Grey
Buttons: Papertrey Ink; Dollarama
Other: stick pin, thread, Swarovski pearl & crystal

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rainbows & Sunshine

Well, all the snow is gone, which has left the landscape very dull with all the brown grass and mud. I'm just waiting patiently for the first signs of green grass and maybe a crocus or two to appear. In the meantime, I'll just have to make some bright and cheery cards until Mother Nature and can follow suit :) Today's card is for the CARDS Create: Blog Challenge which was to use buttons on a project and it had to be more than 10 buttons. What a great opportunity to use up some of my button stash, and I couldn't think of a more cheerful card than a bright rainbow!


This card was super easy to make. I selected three colors to work with and chose buttons that were roughly all the same size. I played around with the arch of the rainbow on the card front first before actually sticking the buttons down, and when I was satisfied I adhered them with mini glue dots. For the clouds I used a Papertrey Ink die and popped them off the ends of the rainbow using foam mounts. The sentiment is also from Papertrey Ink and I colored part of the sentiment with the same colors I used in my rainbow before stamping. The finishing touch was drawing a border around the card front using a white gel pen.


Rainbows & Sunshine Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Buttons: (Assorted Mix) Dollarama
Die: (Small Cloud) Papertrey Ink
Stamp: (Up, Up & Away Sentiments) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Basic Black, Real Red, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise) Stampin' Up!
Other: White gel pen, foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and I hope some rainbows and sunshine find you soon!
Julie

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tuesday Trigger - Oh so Lovely

The Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World piqued my interest this week, with the vintage chair in that yummy greenish-blue and the bouquet of flowers in oranges and pinks. Here is what the oh so lovely photograph looks like.


I decided to step waaaaayyyy out of my style zone and try the elusive, shabby chic again. There were a number of things that inspired me from the photograph. The color scheme was the first thing that jumped out at me and then it was that fab vintage chair and finally the flowers. I love what I came up with...I just can't believe I made a flower so big that there is no way it will ever fit in an envelope (this distresses me lol) Here was my end result:


Here is a close up of that huge orange flower lol :)


The large orange flower I made, was done using a step-by-step tutorial that can be found in the February 2011 issue of CARDS (great tutorial). A piece of patterned paper with that greenish-blue color was my first jumping point, I believe the paper is from Basic Grey. I painted the edges of my card base and the patterned piece with Picket Fence distress paint, sanded it and then applied some antique linen distress ink. For the oval I covered it with the Picket Fence paint too and applied antique linen distress ink after it dried. The oval was hand stitched onto the card base and I used a rub-on for the sentiment. Organza ribbon, pearls, prima flowers and a button make up the rest of the elements and the finishing touch was some glitter on the large flower. Phew. Back to CAS for me tomorrow :)


Always Card
Cardstock: (Close to Cocoa) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Stampin' Up!
Paint: (Picket Fence) Tim Holtz Distress
Rub-on: Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Antique linen) Tim Holtz Distress
Flowers: Prima
Ribbon: (White organza) Stampin' Up!
Stickers: (Pearls) Martha Stewart Crafts
Glitter: (Dazzling Diamonds) Stampin' Up!
Button: Papertrey Ink
Other: foam mounts, thread

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CAS109 - Humour

Today I had a chance to participate in the CAS109 challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, the theme being tickle your funny bone. I had so many ideas rolling around in my head, cute humor, puny humor, sweet humor...so MANY ideas with a theme of humor! I finally went with an card I made before and made it into a mini version (3 x 3 to be exact). It's not laugh out loud humor, more on the make you smile and maybe a little chuckle :) It was such a simple card I finished it in 5 minutes (gotta love those kinda cards).


This is what I wrote in the inside. The card size is just perfect to hide somewhere in your hubby's belongings so he'll find it later at work :)


There were 4 steps to this card. Punch a hole, set the screw eyelet, stamp the sentiment and write in the inside. Be sure to hop on over to the CAS gallery and play along this week, lots of great stuff in the gallery to make you giggle. Also, an update to the CAS Spring Design Team, I didn't make the team, but I did land a guest designer spot for the week of April 25th...can't wait :)

So Sorry Card
Cardstock: (Naturals White) Stampin' Up!
Eyelet: (Screw) Making Memories
Stamp: (In a Word) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

PDCC72 with Sarah Anderson

Okay, I'm seriously excited about the Play Date Cafe challenge this week. Not just because it's another fantastic color combo, but I actually got to DESIGN with this group of uber talented ladies! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my one year anniversary of playing the Play Date Cafe challenges :) Check out the fun color combo Sarah Anderson picked for this week:


Not only was I inspired by the color combo, but I also liked the black text in this artwork piece by Dina Wakley over the colors. This project just screamed for a different medium to be used, so I went paint shopping and here is what my idea turned into.


I started off by painting a bunch of different designs (one of which is stamped) and then punching out 1 inch squares from each of the designs. Once I assembled the squares in a grid of 3 x 3 squares, I put them close together and stamped black text over top of them. I reassembled the grid on a white card base and finished it off with a thank you sentiment.


Wilson Designs is the sponsor this week and they have some seriously cute stamp sets.
Please be sure to check out the prize and contest details at the Play Date Cafe. The deadline for this challenge is Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Come on over and play with us! We'd love to see your project hanging in the gallery :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PDCC71 - Color Splash Week

It's the most favorite challenge amongst the players over at the Play Date Cafe and this time we get to pick the "splash" of color. If you're not familiar with the Splash of Color challenge, you basically make a project that is black and white with just a splash, smidgen or dab of color. Here's the inspirational photo. Which color will you pick?


I've had a card in mind ever since I heard we got to pick the splash color and it's based on the new Martha Stewart Crafts punch I picked up last week. I've been thinking of Christmas cards and yes, I said CHRISTMAS lol ( I can just hear the girls at work groaning that I even uttered that word so early in the year). Here's what I made using the Birds on a Wire punch with a splash of red!


Of course it wouldn't be as simple as punching the birds out with just red. Nope, those little birdies had to be sitting on a black wire covered with a little bit of snow (and that's when the idea got more complicated). To achieve that look, I first punched a row of birdies in black and then a row in red. I cut the red birds from the wire and glued them over top of the black birds (pair of itty bitty sharp scissors will work wonders here). I figured the only way I was going to get snow on that wire was to put some white embossing powder on there. A versamark PEN would work quite well here, mine unfortunately had run dry, so I had to use my blender pen and dab it in the versamark every 3 seconds while trying to draw that little edge on the wire for the powder to stick. All said and done, the extra effort was worth it, I love my little red birdies. Finishing touch was a sentiment stamped in black and red.

Winter Wishes Card
Cardstock: (Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Birds on a Wire) Martha Stewart Crafts
Stamps: (Holiday Button Bits) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Basic Black, Real Red) Stampin' Up!; Versamark
Embossing Powder: (Winter White) Stampin' Up!
Embossing folder: (Dots) Stampin' Up!
Other: blender pen, foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas :)
 Julie

Liebster Blog Award

Well today I was directed to a post that tickled me pink. I was honored to receive the Liebster Blog Award from Colleen Dietrich (Dietrich Designs). I will fully admit I had never heard of this award, so I had to do a little research before I passed it along. What a great idea this award is and thank you Colleen for passing it on to me :)



The rules of accepting this award, I want to pass this on to:
1-Creating a post where I blog about the Liebster award & reveal my 3-5 blog picks
2-Let the honorees know that I selected them
3-Copy & paste the blog award on my blog
 
Jacyln Miller - Designs by Jax
Fiona Schultz - Made by Fee  
Lisa Lara - Lisa's Life Lines
Kathy D - Pretty in Ink
 
I could have had a much, much longer list, but alas the limit is five. Hope everyone is having a great creative day!
Julie

Monday, March 7, 2011

Color Inspiration Challenge #2 with Paper Crafts

So I had picked up the Color Inspiration for Cardmakers magazine by Paper Crafts just over a month ago and fell in LoVe with it! There are sooooo many fabulous color combos and ideas in this magazine, it's truly a must have for your magazine stash.

Over at Paper Crafts Connection they've had some color challenges using some of the color combos from the magazine. I missed the first one, but decided to give the 2nd one a try. The Bazzill color equivalents are; Petty Cash, Champagne, Lily White and Candlelight. Of course I have this little quirk when I see a brand name showcased, I HAVE to have the exact colors. I went on a color cardstock hunt last week to find these Bazzill colors. The first store I went to (there's really only 2 stores around here that carry Bazzill) I asked if they had Petty Cash because I couldn't find it. The sales clerk told me they didn't and asked where I heard of this color, so I told them I had seen it in this particular magazine. The response I got was, "you probably won't see that color in Canada for a couple of months where it's so new". I thought, okay. Next store I went to was Michaels, and whaddya know there were tons of that color in there lol. I've been on a Paper Smooches stamp kick, especially with the Pretty Phrases set :)


Forever Card
Cardstock: (Petty Cash, Champagne, Lily White) Bazzill Basics
Ribbon: (So Saffron Twill) Stampin' Up!
Button: (Spring Mix Vintage) Papertrey Ink
Stamp: (Pretty Phrases) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stickers: (Pearls) Stampin' Up!
Die Cut: (Tattered Florals) Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations
Texture Plate: (Floral) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

W+9 Colour Cue Challenge #12

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying their day so far and maybe getting some crafty things accomplished:) I had a chance yesterday to do some blog surfing (something that I really love but never have enough time to do) and I discovered some awesome new blogs (well, new to me) through the fantastic ladies over at the Play Date Cafe. I found myself at the W+9 Designs blog and came across this beautiful colour combo challenge.

 I liked it so much that I decided to make a card in attempts to use up some of buttons. I have a few lot of buttons (okay, I am guilty of hoarding buttons). This is my stash...I think I'll be using buttons into the next century lol.


I was aiming for a CAS design and I wanted all my buttons to be uniform in size and shape, but use the different colors. I originally wanted some lilac buttons in the mix, but would you believe that I do not have 3 lilac buttons that are the same in my entire collection! lol So, the lilac color got switched to paper for matting purposes. Here is what I came up with:


Hello Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!; (Phlox) Bazzill Basics
Buttons: (Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Subtles Collection) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (hello; Little Bitty Bird) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Tempting Turquoise) Stampin' Up!
Other: foam mounts, white thread

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Reject Blog Hop

Amber over at Damask Love had this great idea to share the cards that didn't make the final cut in the latest Go-to-Sketches Paper Crafts magazine call. I had made six and they all ended up in the reject pile, but that's okay because I had fun making them and now I have six more cards to add to my give away pile.


This one was my favorite one. I had never tried white embossing powder on a dark background and I really liked the end result.



This was my second fave. I used items kicking around the house for this one; bottle cap, packing paper and a piece of a box lol.


My CAS card using just buttons and chipboard.



My attempt at shabby chic lol....I think I better to stick to my other styles :)


This was one of my other faves...l'il love monsters :)


And finally the one I wasn't really crazy about at all (lol).

Be sure to stop over at Damask Love to check out all the other fabulous entries that didn't make the cut!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Paper Smooches

Aren't these little monsters just the cutest thing?! If you haven't heard already, Go-to-Gal Kim Hughes has started her own stamp company based on her drawings and they are spectacular! Her stamp company is called Paper Smooches and there is tons of ideas and stuff to check out on the website. The minute I received my stamp package in the mail and saw this l'il monster, I thought wouldn't he be cute with a girlfriend? :) I had originally made this card for the Go-to-Sketches Paper Crafts magazine call using sketch number 65. Getting a reverse image of this little guy is super easy, you just need a flat rubber stamp (no design) or even an eraser will work. The trick is once you stamp on the rubber you have to stamp your image quickly onto your paper before it dries (this is using dye ink). I paper pieced them slightly by stamping the eyes and teeth on white and then gluing them right onto the main image. The box was drawn using a marker and ruler and the sentiment was stamped in black first and then I went back over the word love with rose red. Finishing touch was a stamped heart, cut out and covered in crystal effects positioned above the love monsters :)


Monster Love Card
Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Rose Red) Stampin' Up!
Dye Ink: (Basic Black, Rose Red) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Falling for You) Paper Smooches
Embossing: (Dots) Stampin' Up!
Other: (foam mounts, crystal effects) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

CAS Spring Design Team 2011

Well I tried something new, and submitted a card for round one for the CAS Spring Design Team over at Splitcoaststampers and was ecstatic when I made it through the first round. The challenge for the first round was to make a card based on the word "showers". Here is what I came up with:


I was even more excited when I made it through the second round, the challenge for that round was a color combo using kraft, chocolate, pink and white or vanilla. I couldn't help but think of cupcakes when I thought of this color combo.


The last round had the challenge of making a card using spring flowers. I hemmed and hawed for hours over this challenge, but finally decided on breathing life back into a very old Stampin' up stamp set...Terrific Tulips.


Now its just the waiting game to find out the end result on Friday lol. Team or no team I still had a blast with the challenges! I encourage you to check out the latest CAS challenge over at Splitcoaststampers and join in on the fun too. :)


Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a terrific day!
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