Monday, January 31, 2011

Peachy Keen: Sketch Challenge 44

This weeks Peachy Keen sketch challenge had a twist! Follow this sketch using a monochromatic color scheme. I don't usually like sketch challenges, but I'm trying to embrace them. I particularly enjoyed this one because of the added twist. I think I just feel too restricted following a sketch; I don't know.So, for this card, I used Peachy Keen's 258 Easter Bunnies. I've had this set for a while, but was never happy with my coloring. I just received some Copics for Christmas and decided to give them another try. I certainly need practice with my Copics, but I'm pleased with the outcome. That bunny is just too adorable anyway! For the sentiment, I used Emma's stamp set, Color Me Happy. I cannot get enough of that set. And they smell delicious, too. LOL.
I used Stampin' Up! Bordering Blue for the base. The layer is from DCWV Spots, Dots and Plaids. That stack is awesome! The darker blue is Papertrey Ink's Enchanted Evening. Those buttons are leftover from about 5 years ago, a totally different craft phase. I'm glad I saved everything from all my different craft phases. Hoarding is good! Of course, I had to incorporate some adhesive pearls on this card. I used a white gel pen to add some hilights and called it a day. I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
Have a great day!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Peachy Keen's Let's Face it Friday Challenge: X's and O's

I had SO much fun with this challenge!! The challenge was to use Peachy Keen faces and X's and O's somewhere on your project. I knew I wanted to create a mini album with my Your Story Personal Photo machine I received for Christmas. I haven't used it yet and couldn't wait. I first got the idea to make a coupon book for my husband for Valentine's Day. I knew I wanted to use Twinkle Toes for the boy and girl. I used Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints for the XOXO border.
Since I didn't have a paper perforator blade, I decided against a coupon book. What good is it if you can't tear out the coupon?! And heaven forbid I just wait to purchase one. Patience is not my best virtue. Instead, I decided to make it a photo album and include pictures of my husband that mean the most to me, and pictures of us that mean something to both of us.

I used Peachy Keen's Funshine Face parts for their faces. I just ordered Happy Lashes from PKS and am looking forward to using them instead of the Funshine Face parts. It's a pain to cut up the face parts to space them out wide enough so they look proportionate to the doll. But hey, it works.

This is what the first page looks like. The remainder of the pages are just matted photos. On the opposing pages, I hand wrote what character trait that picture portrays and why I love him for it. I had a lot of fun creating this, and my husband is the sentimental type, so I know he'll love it. I took lots of photos so you can get a few different views.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

My Pink Stamper: Birthday Project Challenge

This was an easy challenge. It's Robyn's (My Pink Stamper's) birthday today: Happy Birthday, Robyn!! The challenge was to make a birthday project. It doesn't get much easier than that. I could always use an extra birthday card. For this card, I used Winter Frolic. For her jacket, I used DCWV Dots, Stripes & Plaids. Her fur trim is some ribbon I purchased from Target during Christmas. It matches my most favorite Stampin'Up! color ever...Glorious Green! I'm so sorry I didn't buy more of that ribbon. I'm running low. :( Anyway, that adorable face is from Peachy Keen's Cutie Pie Face Assortment. I added some brads and button twine to the layer. The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's Family & Friends set. That set is so versatile, I just love it! The layer is just punched with some circle punches and the corners are a scalloped circle punch. I'm not sure just what look I was going for, LOL, but it worked out well enough.

I jazzed up her boots, hairbows, mittins and a few other little things with Dazzling Diamonds glitter from Stampin' Up! The base of the card is some leftover Bazzill cardstock I had and the layer is Papertrey Ink's Spring Rain. I just love how this card turned out. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Getting Cricky Challenge

Today's card was created for the Getting Cricky Challenge. You had to incorporate a bird on a project and you get bonus points for using a Cricut cartridge. I used Create-A-Critter, which I haven't used in a long time. I wanted to use this chickie with the cracked egg so that I could use my new stamp set from My Creative Time, Color Me Happy. I just love this set. The shape it's stamped on is from Twinkle Toes. I also used some buttons, twine and adhesive pearls, of course. I'm an adhesive pearls hoarder, yes I am! The layer for this card was cut using Twinkle Toes. That cart is amazing for shapes. I also used a velvet grey-ish white fabric for the egg and Peachy Keen Cutie Pie Face Assortment for the face. Ok, without further adieu, here's my egg-stra special card!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Creative Time: Throwback Thursday Challenge

Hi everyone! This is my first Throwback Thursday challenge with Emma from My Creative Time. I just received Emma's Color Me Happy stamp set and was so excited to play with it. I also went to Joann's today and picked up a few goodies that I wanted to use today. This adorable polka dot ribbon is perfect for this little girl's hair! The punch is from EK Success. I believe it's called wavy scallop dot punch. I love this punch; it's my new favorite.

Okay, on to the challenge. This week, the challenge was to use either Paper Doll Dress Up or Everyday Paper Doll cartridge and include either heat or dry embossing. I used PPDU and both dry and heat embossing. I also incorporated this adorable little pearl string I found in the "deals" section at Joann's for her necklace and embellishment for her dress. I just had to incorporate it into this card. The stamp, as I mentioned above, is from My Creative Time's first stamp set release, Color Me Happy. This should really show how excited I was to use the stamp set. There's no spring in the air around here. There's 30 inches worth of snow in my yard worth of no spring in the air. LOL. I used Twinkle Toes for the "frame" the sentiment is stamped on and her face is stamped with Peachy Keen's Cutie Pie Face Assortment.
I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp from Stampin' Up! for the dots on the background. I used Papertrey Ink's Kraft cardstock for the base, Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler for the border at the top and for her dress, I used DCWV Dots, Stripes & Plaids. I love that stack. I just can't say it enough!

Here's a close up of her purse. I used the Cuttlebug to dry emboss the polka dots and then I used VersaMark and clear embossing powder to give the purse a little dimension. I'm not sure you can tell it's wet embossed. It just gives it a thick coating, almost a gloss.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Valentine Tree

I love Winter Frolic so much, I had to use this adorable tree. I'm definitely Christmas-carded out, so I used pink and white to create a Valentine themed tree. I think it turned out pretty non-Christmasy and I'm pleased. This card is also for The Paper Variety challenge: create a project with pink, black and/or white. I chose pink and white and added purple as a third color. Sadly, the purple is Stampin' Up! Almost Amethyst and it is retired. I only have about 10 sheets left. Ack! The glitter paper is from AC Moore and it's fantastic. It's a light-weight chipboard and they didn't skimp on glitter. I used adhesive pearls to decorate the tree, some button twine to wrap the trunk. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Sending Love. It's retired also, but it's available for clearance here. It's awesome; every page is glittered. The hearts were cut with my other new favorite cartridge, Twinkle Toes. I used some felt flowers and gems to add some texture.
Here's a close up of the heart and flower detail:

The sentiments on the heart are once again from Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints set. I'm sure getting a lot of use from that set. I used a paper crimper to add some texture to the paper and topped it off with satin ribbon from papertrey Ink in Raspberry Fizz.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Pink Stamper Blog Hop

This was My Pink Stamper's very first blog hop. It was so exciting opening all the design team's blogs to get a clue on what the challenge was about. I can't remember verbatim, but the challenge was to create a card, scrapbook page, or other project using My Pink Stamper stamps or the color PINK! That was a piece of cake for me. I actually didn't use MPS Stamps for this project because the birthday saying I had didn't fit onto the punch I wanted to use, but I love her stamps. They are awesome quality and I am always able to find the perfect sentiment.

Anyway, I used my brand new Winter Frolic cartridge for this card. I looked all over for this cartridge. Well ok, just in Joann's and AC Moore and neither had it. So, I decided I didn't want it and purchased Twinkle Toes instead. Then, I saw someone's card using Winter Frolic and realized I needed it. LOL. So, I went on eBay to bid and was so excited that I won the auction! Woot! Three seconds later, I found the cartridge for $2 cheaper on a Buy It Now option. Ooh, I was peeved. But, in the end I'm just excited to finally have it. Yay!

I used Stampin' Up! Early Espresso for the base and Regal Rose for the layer. I used my paper crimper to give the rose layer some texture. I also used Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints stamp set for the hearts on the card. I used rhinestones for the buttons on her coat and a fuzzy pom pom for her hat. The hat and wrists looked bland to me, so I threw in a little embroidery floss for contrast and some stickles for bling. A little button twine and a bow in the corner and I called it a day! My friend's birthday is on Valentine's Day and this card will be perfect. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #43: Be Mine

Peachy Keen's challenge this week is a sketch challenge. Usually, I can't get inspired by sketch challenges, but I did this time! I had so much fun creating this card. The "Be Mine" banner was cut from my newest cartridge, Twinkle Toes. So was the layered heart, actually. This cartridge has so many shapes that can be used as backgrounds for stamped sentiments, it was a bonus I knew nothing about until I bought the cartridge! Yay!

I used so many different elements on this card. I guess the snow is making me more creative. LOL. The floral patterned paper is from Stampin' Up! and the polka dot paper is from DCWV Dots, Stripes & Plaids- I'm loving this stack! The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints Stamp Set. I love PTI! So, here is my finished card with inside detail. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Peachy Keen's "Let's Face it Friday" Challenge

I made this card for Peachy Keen's "Let's Face It Friday" Challenge. The challenge is to create a Thank You card using a Peachy Keen face stamp. Easy enough! I used Twinkle Toes Cricut Lite cartridge for this one. I just love this little girl and her tutu! I am so pleased with her shape. It's so different than the Paper Dolls body shape, which I've gotten bored with. I searched high and low and got the last Twinkle Toes at Walmart on Saturday. I'm so excited! The dog is from Create a Critter. The background paper is DCWV Dots, Stripes and Plaids and the Thank You stamp is from My Pink Stamper Family & Friends set. I used some adhesive pearls from AC Moore for her earrings and the gems on her tutu are from Stampin' Up! For both faces, I used PK-944 Funshine Face Parts. The eyes were a little too close together for her face, so I cut them and arranged them on the acrylic block the way I wanted. It worked out just perfect! Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Overflowing with Love: MPS Challenge/Design Team Submission

This is a card I made for a My Pink Stamper challenge. The challenge was to make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite cartridge using Robyn's favorite colors: pink, green and brown and another color option of your choice. I chose blue as my fourth color. This card is also an entry to serve on Robyn's Pink Design Team!

For this card, the base measures 7 inches x 8 inches (finished card is 4x7 inches). The top pink layer is cut out at 6 1/4 x 2 1/4. I cut out two 1x7 inch strips of blue and pink cardstock and scallop punched both to give the bottom of the card a little more interest. The turtle is cut out with Paisley Cricut cartridge and was cut at 1.75 inches and the wheel barrow was cut from Walk in My Garden and measures 1.5 inches. The hearts inside were cut at various sizes from 1/2 inch to 1 inch using Doodlecharms. I used a white gel pen to hi-light the edges of the card and I used a wet embossing technique with iridescent embossing powder and a Versamark stamp to make the large dots on the turtle's shell. The turtle's adorable face was stamped with Peachy Keen's Cutie Pie Faces. I tied some button twine around the turtle's collar so he could drag the wagon full of love to all of his friends for Valentine's Day!!

Here's a close up of some of the overflowing hearts that I popped up with some Pop Dots.

Thanks for looking!