Thursday, November 29, 2012

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #7

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday last week! It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost here! This week we have a great sketch challenge for you over at CAS(E) this Sketch, check out the sketch!


This is such a great little sketch with endless possibilities! I went rummaging through my scrap pile and found some patterned papers that go together and then rounded up some buttons and a rub on sentiment, here's what I came up with.


We would love to have you play along with us this week! Pop on over to the CAS(E) this Sketch blog to peek at all the great inspiration from the design team and then join in the fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's in the jewellery box?

It's Wednesday again which means it's time to have a peek in the jewellery box. Today I'm sharing a bracelet I made a while ago that I really love. It's made with fire opal czech glass beads and antique brass findings. I really like how the orange/yellow colors of the beads bring out the antique brass.


It's a very simple bracelet that uses simple wire wrapping, jump rings, glass beads and filigree bead caps and finished off with a small rose toggle clasp. 
I also made earrings to match this bracelet using the same elements, love the colors in those fire opal beads.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by tomorrow for another CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!
Julie


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What's in the jewellery box?

My Christmas jewellery show has come and gone and thank you to all of you who stopped by! :) I've been trying some different wire wrapping projects lately and the latest one I came across was a knotted ring tutorial, which I just had to give a try!


I made this ring using 18 gauge antique bronze artistic wire just to try it out before using sterling silver. I love the colour of this one, however the artistic wire doesn't hold up to well being beaten around on a ring mandrel. If anyone has made rings, I'd love to hear what you've used for wire for colours other than gold or silver.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quilt Stars for Christmas

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a tutorial over on the Market Street Stamps blog on how to make quilt stars using some simple stamping techniques. Here is the card using the stamp set Country Christmas!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great Tuesday!
Julie

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #6

Welcome back to another fabulous challenge with CAS(E) this Sketch! I love this week's sketch as I found it to be very useful for Christmas cards, check it out!


I rotated the sketch horizontally and came up with this simple stamped card that features a few simple layers and a blue and white color scheme.


I started by stamping the mini background from Market Street Stamps, starry night in a shade of blue. I twisted the ink pad in circular motions around the stamp image before I stamped just for a different look. Then I masked off the edege with post it notes and stamped the scene in a darker blue ink. A gem was added to the big star and I stamped the sentiment in black up the side.

I loved all the fabulous entries last week and look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this week!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday!
Julie

Adore Him Card
Cardstock: (white) Staples; (night of navy) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Mini Holiday Backgrounds, Reason for the Season) Market Street Stamps; (Come to Bethlehem) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento
Other: rhinestone, foam mounts

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What's in the Jewelry Box?

It's Wednesday again and time for a peek of what I'm working on. I have a jewelry show coming up this weekend and I thought I'd share a pair of earrings that I made a while ago that was the inspiration for some earrings I made for my show.


I've really been loving wire wrapping and I gave a pair of dream catcher earrings a whirl earlier this year made with sterling silver and lots of little seed beads. I ended up making a tinier version of these without the bead dangles for my show.


The smaller versions are so cute and dainty and really lightweight. I've made a dozen or so of these with some fun bright colors in bead accents. They're just plain fun!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back tomorrow for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge!
Julie


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Market Street Stamps November Block Party

I hope everyone enjoyed seeing all the inspiration in the two day blog hop! Now that you have some ideas for your new sets, and as you wait patiently for them to arrive, let's have a party!


It's block party time with Market Street Stamps, so be sure to play along and you could win some free goodies!
For my card I used Stephanie Washburn's set, Shine On. I love the bulb with the heart center. Instead of stamping my sentiment I decided to use some fun, sparkly chipboard letters to go with my mint/blue bulb :)


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop on over to the Market Street Stamps blog and play along!
Have a great day!
Julie

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What's in the Jewelry Box?

* To see this week's CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge, please scroll down*

I switched the post to Thursday this week as I had a blog hop yesterday. Today I'm showing you a fun and funky set I made using dyed shell pieces and small black seed beads.


I absolutely love the bright rainbow colors in these earrings and they are so simple to make! I just took a sterling silver head pin and threaded the shell pieces and beads on in a pattern and then finished them off with sterling silver ear hooks.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #5

Wow! I can't believe we are on challenge number five already for CAS(E) this Sketch! It's so fantastic to see so many players each week and the creative ideas are phenomenal! This week we have another great sketch for you, check it out!


I had so many ideas for this sketch and I had made a card a while ago almost with this exact same design, but I decided to go with something different (you can see my old card at the bottom).
I used my new stamp set I illustrated for Market Street Stamps, Country Christmas to make this very simple card.


I stamped the checked border first and then the sentiment over top. Then I stamped the solid heart, star and tree, cut them out and glued them in place. Finishing touch was some sponging around the card edges.
Here is the card that I made a year ago that is virtually the same sketch design. I made the half circles into icicles!


As always, I look forward to seeing all the gorgeous cards in the gallery! We would love to have you play along with us this week!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Market Street Stamps November Release Blog Hop - Day 2



Welcome back top another fun blog hop today with Market Street Stamps! Today we're showcasing the sets Christmas Bells, Country Christmas and Friendly Penguin. If you've hopped here from the talented Dobea Albert's blog, then you're in the right place!
Today I'm sharing three cards featuring the third set I illustrated, Country Christmas. I didn't really realize all the possibilities with this set until I sat down and started stamping!

My first card is a different card size that would make a perfect money holder for Christmas.


I used the open circle, ornament topper and string, plus the small solid heart, star and tree to create this simple card. The background is stamped with the small solid star in the same color as the cardstock.

My second card pairs an image from Country Christmas and a sentiment and image from Stephanie Washburn's set Shine On.


For this card I stamped the checked border first and then the candle on top. Part of the candle holder is paper pieced and I stamped the bow on the candle and added tie lines with a matching marker. I used the light/glow markings and the sentiment from Shine On and I think they are a perfect pair :)

My final card is my favourite. I used the tree branch, the berries for the holly and one of the sentiments from Country Christmas.


To make the wreath you can just keep stamping one branch in a circle or put both branches on a block opposite each other and stamp in a circle rotating the block. It goes a little quicker with two on the block. The branches were inked in soft suede and then I stamped the berry clusters in cherry cobbler. It's hard to see, but the branch is stamped on the background as well. The sentiment fits perfectly inside the wreath!
That's it for me today, but you can continue on to my fabulous team mate Tifany DeGough's blog! The Country Christmas set is for sale over in the Marketplace and if you click on the stamp image it will take you right there. Don't forget all new release stamps are 15% off until Sunday!


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by tomorrow for another Country Christmas idea featuring this week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!
Julie






Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Market Street Stamps November Release Blog Hop



Hello everyone! Are you excited as I am about this month's release??!! Today we're kicking off with a blog hop to showcase the stamp sets Ornaments, Mini Holiday Backgrounds, Shine On and Reason for the Season. If you've just come from the fabulous new illustrator,  Dobea Alberts' blog then you are in the right place :)
Today I have two cards to share using the sets I illustrated this month, the first one is the Reason for the Season stamp set.

I began by arranging the three small stars on a block and stamped repeatedly using the same color ink as my cardstock for the background. For the panel, I stamped the stable in soft suede and then stamped the sentiment in black on the inside. The star is stamped in daffodil delight and I added a rhinestone to the center to give it some sparkle. After I matted the panel I attached it to the card base using foam squares.
You can purchase this set over in the Marketplace by clicking on the stamp set photo. And don't forget the stamps are 15% off until Sunday!

 

My next card features the Holly stamp from the Mini Holiday Backgrounds set. The thing I love about mini backgrounds is they're great for doing a pattern/solid card which is what I did with my next sample.


For this card I started by stamping the holly background one shade darker than my cardstock on the top half of my card base. Then I divided the card with a strip of scalloped soft suede. The sentiment is from the Reason for the Season set and I stamped a single holly beside the sentiment to tie it in with the top half. I inked all the edges and then topped it off with some ivory organza ribbon and an ivory button.
You can purchase this set in the Marketplace too by clicking on the stamp set photo.


Well that's it for me today! To continue on your blog hop, the next place to visit is the fabulous Amy Kolling! The full blog hop list is at the Market Street Stamps blog, so if you get lost you can check it out there! Also take a peek while you're over there to see how you could a FREE new release stamp set!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for another blog hop!
Julie


Monday, November 5, 2012

Market Street Stamps November Release


They're HERE! The new stamp sets from Market Street Stamps are READY and available to purchase TODAY!! There are seven new sets and Plum Poppy Studio by Dobea Alberts is joining us for the very first time with her adorable set Ornaments.


I have illustrated three sets this release, the first one being by fave, Reason for the Season!


Of course the baby fits in the manager, but the sentiment Jesus is the reason for the Season fits in there nicely too.
The second set are two mini holiday backgrounds with a holly background and starry night background.


And finally last but not least, my other favourite stamp set, Country Christmas.


There's a little bit of everything in this set. You can make ornaments, quilt stars, wreaths and so much more. Be sure to check out the inspiration tomorrow with a little blog hop to get your creativity going! Don't forget to stop by the store to check out the rest of November Release :) All stamps are 15% off until Sunday, and be sure to check back on Tuesday and Wednesday for blog hops with lots of samples using the new sets!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie



Saturday, November 3, 2012

What's in the Jewelry Box?

Well, with all the excitement from Hallowe'en, I forgot to put my blog post up!
My mind is still on fall, although many of our leaves are gone now from the wet and wild weather we've had the past few days. One of my co-workers managed to snag some acorns for me off her lawn before they got soaked which leads me to my next little project...acorn earrings!


I took the tops off the acorns and snapped the stems off and then drilled a small hole through the center of the tops. The acorn body is needle felted with an orange/yellow mix. So far I've tried this color and white ones and I think they are absolutely adorable! To attach the needle felted part to the acorn top, just thread your head pin through the center and through the acorn top, make your loops and then add an ear hook. Very simple and extremely light weight!

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

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #4

I can't believe we're into our fourth challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch already! There were so many fabulous entries in last week's sketch, I hope you all come back this week to play again. Check out the sketch for this week...


My brain automatically wanted to go with circles and reproduce the sketch exactly the way it was, but I decided to challenge myself by NOT using a circular shape and rotating the sketch (gasp!) Here is the simple Christmas card I came up with:


I can't wait to see the gallery this week, we would love to have you play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie


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