Sunday, April 29, 2012

Market Street Stamps April Block Party




We're having another Block Party over at Market Street Stamps, so dig out those stamps and show what you've been up to this weekend!
Not only is there prizes to be won, but you could also win a guest design spot with the Market Street Stamps design team. There's also a cute digi stamp you can grab over at the blog too :)

I've been a flower mode all week, so here is what I made for the Block Party using the Woodgrain background and Simple Salutations.


We'd love to have you play along this month!
Have a great weekend :)
Julie

Friday, April 27, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #50 and a farewell

This Friday we're saying good-bye to three of our original Girl Fridays. One of which (Jaclyn) I had the pleasure of working with on a couple of design teams.I met Karen and Laura when I joined the CAS-ual Fridays team a year ago and it's been great getting to know these girls better. I don't know why I didn't find these three ladies  in blog land sooner with their fab card styles. I know the ladies have great crafty things in store for them and I wish them all the best in the future! We will miss you gals!!!!


This week the challenge is all about flowers!! So dig out your flower stash and if you're like me, it's probably a big one lol. We want to see your CAS projects that are all about flowers!

Our sponsor this week is SRM Stickers and they were very generous in sending the Girl Fridays all kinds of sticky goodness to play with! Be sure to stop by the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win :)



For my card I wanted to incorporate the title of the challenge into my card and I oh so love the calendar stickers, so this idea was born. I went with no sentiment this time, as I liked the simplicity of the flower and wanted it to be the focus of my card sitting on the transparent flower calendar I created.


I made my card base and then die cut the flower shape. I then adhered the calendar sticker to a transparency and mounted it behind the flower cut out on the inside. The center flower is a smaller sie cut with some score lines and a button center. I popped the flower off the window with foam tape which allowed me to tuck a couple of felt leaves underneath. Some faux stitches around the flower and some simple score lines at the bottom to top it off.


I can't wait to see all the ideas that are going to "stem" from this challenge. The Girl Fridays would love to have you play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #49 - Getting Sketchy

Well after the exciting week last week with all the new designers being announced, what more could there possibly be? Did you see the new CAS-ual Fridays blog? Karen Baker gave us a makeover and we love it!
This week you get to put your thinking caps on for this sketch...


Our sponsor this week is is Gina K's very own Theresa Momber. Be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win :)

For my card, I went with one of my fave color combos, red/white/black and I was in a modern kinda mood:) Here is what I came up with:

The Girl Fridays would love to have you play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Julie

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Scor-Pal meets Market Street Stamps


This week we're having a fab melding of two companies, Scor-Pal and Market Street Stamps. Be sure to check out the Market Street Stamps blog and the Scor-Pal blog all week for some fabulous project ideas.
For my set I made a card featuring a rosette and embossed leaves, plus a matching gift box.


I was going to have some close-ups of the rosette, but I left the card for a day and it didn't survive a nosy kitty. I used two 2" x 8" strips adhered together and then scored at half of an inch increments to make the rosette. The leaves are a punch and then I used the scor buddy to add the vein dimensions. For the box, I cut a 5" square for the bottom and then a 5 1/8" square for the top. Score all edges at 1" and then assemble using sticky strip. It's hard to see in the photo, but I scored the edge of the tag on the underside so the edge looks embossed. The stamps used in the projects are from the sets Simple Salutations, Grace and Make a Memory.

Mom Rosette Card
Cardstock: (kraft) Gina K. Designs, (very vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: K&Company
Stamps: (Grace, Make a Memory, Simple Salutations) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento; (Sage Shadow) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Build a Blossom) Stampin' Up!
Embellishments: Stampin' Up!
Tools: Scor-buddy

Mom Gift Box
Cardstock: (kraft) Gina K. Designs
Patterned Paper: K&Company
Stamps: (Grace, Make a Memory) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento; (sage shadow) Stampin' Up!
Other: seam binding, hemp twine, rhinestones
Tools: Scor-buddy





Friday, April 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #48 and a BIG reveal

Well I thought this blog post would never GET here! Not only are we kicking off another fab challenge today, but we're also introducing the new CAS-ual Fridays Girl Fridays!!!! There are 12 new ladies joining our crew and part of our crew is going to be part of a special team ;) To get more info on that aspect, hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see all the details! 

Our challenge this week is a very colorful one indeed. 


Pick two colors that are OPPOSITE each other on the color wheel and then make a CAS project using them. Our sponsor this week is the The Craft's Meow and they have generously supplied the Girl Fridays with products to play with.



I chose to use the Star Quality stamp set. It's a small set with big impact, here is what I came up with:


I used the turquoise blue paired with an orange. I stamp layered the image and text and added a small orange button to the star. It's hard to see in the photo, but I used a faux stitch tool to add a comet trail for the star.

The Girl Fridays can't wait to see all the fab color in the gallery this week. Come on over to the break room and check out the inspiration, say hello to the new Girl Fridays and play along.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Julie

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Market Street Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge - Berry Sweet


It's time once again for another fabulous Paint the Town Color Challenge over at Market Street Stamps! Isn't that inspiration photo berry sweet and what a great springy palette! 

I had fun making my card for this challenge as it was a bit different than my usual style. I used some background stamps on mine with multiple layers.


My colors aren't an exact match to the picture, but if I had an exact match for every color I saw I'd have waaaayyy too much paper :) I embossed the Punched Tin stamp with clear embossing powder and then sponged bone china distress ink over top. The yellow layer has Sweet Lace stamped on it and the flourishes on the sentiment panel are from the set Blessings in Disguise. I sued a die cut doily for the top and bottom and the sentiment panel is a label die, which was inked and stamped with a saying from the Simple Salutations set. Finishing touch was sewing two buttons on the sentiment panel and then adhering to the card base with foam mounts.

We'd love to have you play along with us this month! There's even opportunities to win some goodies :) The design team has some great inspiration to get you started so be sure to pop on over to the Market Street Stamps blog to have a peek!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
Julie

Monday, April 9, 2012

Moxie Fab World Challenge 5 for $5 - Friends


I'm back again with another set of cards for the Moxie Fab Challenge 5 for $5 today. I had lucked into another clearance find at my local scrapbooking store, so I just had to play along again. Here is what I picked up for my second set:

This pile consists of:
1 sheet of Bazzill Basics Cardstock
1 sheet of Gabrielle Stripe 12x12 patterned paper from Bo Bunny 
1 sheet of True Friend cardstock stickers from Bo Bunny
For a total of $4.49, taxes in.

Here is what I came up with for my set:


I figured thread would be an essential, so I did a little hand stitching on some the cards. I used scissors to distress some of the edges and ink for the card edges.

Now if I could just learn o thrift shop like this all the time, I would have more money in my pocket when I left the scrapbooking store :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Julie

Friday, April 6, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #47 - A huntin' we will go

Happy Good Friday everyone, I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend! We're back today with another CAS-ual Fridays challenge:) I hummed and sang my way through the gallery last night (work got in the way this week, so I was a little late making my rounds) The gallery was phenomenal and so many songs! This week corresponds perfectly to this holiday weekend for all those Easter bunny baskets.


The challenge is to make a CAS project featuring something you would find in an Easter basket!
Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. Be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win and don't forget it's Guest Designer week challenge.



I originally was going to do a half bitten bunny, but I had no bunny images, so I went with an Easter egg stamp set that I've had squirreled away for a few years.


There are so many ideas for this challenge and I hop you'll find a wee bit of time to come play along! I can't wait to hop along and see what you all come up with :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Easter weekend!
Julie

Thursday, April 5, 2012

CAS City

Hey crafty peeps! Today I'm sharing with you a very CAS card using Market Street Stamps.


I used three stamp sets to make this card, Birds of a Feather, Simple Salutations and Travelscapes. To make the card I just used a simple white card base and stamped the city buildings evenly across the bottom of the card and then connected the gaps using a black marker. I stamped miss you in the bottom corner, stamped a red heart around one window and colored in the one window with a yellow copic marker. So simple and a card that only takes minutes to make :)

Miss You Card
Cardstock: (luxury white) Gina K. Designs
Stamps: (Travelscapes, Birds of a Feather, Simple Salutations)
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento, (real red) Stampin' Up!
Other: yellow copic marker

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Moxie Fab World Challenge - 5 for $5


Moxie Fab World is hosting some great challenges in celebration of the latest Paper Crafts magazine Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters. I had the honor of being asked to design for this issue and ended up having five projects chosen for the magazine. The household items category interested me the most and that's where 4 of my cards ended up. I had really wanted to try the 5 cards for $5 category, but alas I ran out of time. As soon as I saw the 5 for $5 challenge over at Moxie Fab World, I had to play along...a good excuse to go shopping at the scrapbooking store :) I spent a good hour at my fave store, Carsand Mosher and I probably looked like a fool going back and forth everywhere calculating things on my cell phone, but I had to get it under $5 with taxes! Lucky for me, I found some things in the clearance section :) Here is what I chose for my first $5 set (I'm working on a second one).


This pile consists of:
1 sheet of Pinwheel 12x12 patterned paper from 3 bugs in a Rug
1 sheet of Playtime-Sunny Side Up 12x12 patterned paper from My Little Shoebox
1 sheet of Upcycle cardstock stickers from Cosmo Cricket
1 sheet of beetle black Thank You cardstock stickers from Doodle bug Design
For a grand total of $4.78, taxes in.
The paper and Upcycle stickers were all clearance items.

Here is what I came up with for my set:

I'm assuming any tools we had on hand were okay to use, as I saw in the magazine that the corners on Betsy Veldman's set were rounded, so I did use my corner rounder on two cards. For the piercing I used a thumbtack and the distressing on one I used my fingernail just in case tools were a no-no :)

I must say this challenge was a challenge, but it was also fun! I found it very hard to just stick to the items in front of me and even harder not to use any stamps lol. Be sure to hop on over to Moxie Fab World and play along, there's lots of time! Deadline to play along is April 9th.

Thanks for stopping and have a great crafty day!
Julie

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Take Two



I'm back again with a second card for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. For this card I was inspired by the leaf shape on the the two middle tins and the colors. I have always been drawn to that pattern and I just happened to have a stamp that matched it. I skipped the pattern paper this time and went with my comfortable CAS style. Here is what I came up with:
There's still time to play along, so hop on over to Moxie Fab World and check out the details!
Thanks for stopping by again!
Julie  

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Herringbone Hello



This weekend my daughter had her 15th birthday party, which included a sleepover with 4 teenage girls. I made myself scarce and hung out in my art room all weekend and I even tried to match their staying up late, but I only made it to 3am Sunday morning (they were still wide awake yakking away). Needless to say, I had a very productive weekend, albeit with little sleep :) I finished a jewelry set for my mother and made 6 cards, two of which were for the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge. For my first card I made, I was inspired by the patterns and straight lines of the tin tops and here is what I came up with:


 don't use a lot of patterned papers in my projects, but I have been hooked on this herringbone technique and it's such a great way to use up paper scraps. Be sure to head over to Moxie Fab World to play along and check out all the other great projects!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Market Street Stamps Block Party



So what do you think of the new stamps this month? I love the coffee one and I've already lost my java junkie sentiment. I'm hoping it will magically reappear very soon! As usual, we're having a block party after the stamp release over at Market Street Stamps, so come on over and upload what you're working on while you're waiting for those NEW stamps to arrive. You never know, you just might land yourself a prize package or a guest design spot! 

I went to my monthly stamp club Friday night and we did a new technique called herringbone. I absolutely fell in love with it and for a crafter that never knows how to incorporate patterned paper into her projects, this was the perfect technique for me, plus it's a good way to chew through all those scraps!


I used papers from the January Market Fresh kit to make the pattern. For an added touch I paper pierced holes and then faux stitched the holes together with a gray marker. The card base is stamped with the background stamp Punched Tin. The center piece is an item from the January Market Fresh Kit as well and then I stamped 'happy anniversary' from the set Simple Salutations and then highlighted it with a pink copic marker.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great April Fool's Day!

Happy Anniversary Card
Cardstock: (basic gray) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Papers: (January Market Fresh Kit) Market Street Stamps
Stamp: (Simple Salutations, Punched Tin) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (basic gray) Stampin' Up!, (tuxedo black) Memento
Text Card: (January Market Fresh Kit) Market Street Stamps
Color Media: pink copic marker, basic gray marker
Other: paper piercer, foam mounts


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