Saturday, June 30, 2012

God Bless America

A rather simple card for three challenges ~ color at ColourQ, sketch at retro sketches,
 and patriotic at Simon Says Stamp.


Simon Says....Sporty and / or Patriotic 

What with the Olympics and 4th of July just around the corner for big celebrations, the design team thought that it would be fitting and super fun to feature a challenge based on this...

Supplies ~
Stamps:  SU Thankful Thoughts
Paper:  PTI White, SU Basic Gray & So Saffron, SU DSP Patterns Stack
Ink:  SU Poppy Parade
Punch:  SU Small Star
Additional Supplies:  Twine from the Twinery, Rhinestones - LCS, Corner Rounder

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

A CR84FN Thank You

A thank you for Nichole after being randomly chosen as a winner for this month's blog hop.  
I was so busy yesterday, I missed it until this morning.  What a fun surprise.  
This card is based on the color challenge at CR84FN.  I love the bright pink.


Supplies ~ 
Stamps: PTI Flower Fusion # 6
Paper:  PTI White & Hibiscus Burst, SU Sahara Sand
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies & Punches:  PTI Notched Flowers & SU Word Window & Modern Label
Additional Supplies:  PTI Buttons, Cuttlebug Folder, Doodlebug Bubblegum Twine, Mister Huey's 
     Clay Color Mist 

One more card by Matthew for my Mom ~ 
He is very into symmetry ;)


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A Pink Post

A quick post for the pink challenge CAS-ual Fridays.  
It is hard to capture in a photo, but it is really quite pretty IRL.


Supplies ~
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes 
Paper:  PTI White, SU Regal Rose
Ink:  SU Rose Red
Punches: SU Word Window & Modern Label
Additional Supplies:  Cuttlebug Folder, Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz,  Pearls - LCS

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Retro Play Date

A card for my sister for a color challenge at Play Date Cafe (with only 7 minutes remaining!)
and a sketch challenge at Retro Sketches.


Supplies ~ 
Stamps:  PTI Pretty Peonies & Turning a New Leaf
Paper:  SU Basic Black & Brilliant Blue, PTI White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies:  Memory Box Amana Circle & Whimsy Circle, Poppy Stamps Small Tilda Swirl, PTI Border
Additional Supplies:  Button from my stash, Rhinestone - LCS

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

The first thing that jumped out at me was the round pillow, so I made a layered flower in Aqua Mist patterned paper (and then later rejected the double layers).  I added the lemon tart buttons to repeat the color, but am not sure if it made it too busy.  It also turns out that there is a sketch challenge at The Paper Players that was similar to what I had in mind.

The inspiration for this month's PTI Blog Hop ~

Supplies ~ 
Stamps:  PTI Turning a New Leaf & Beautiful Butterflies
Paper: PTI Aqua Mist Leaves, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart & Soft Stone
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black & SU Gumball Green (almost the exact match to New Leaf)
Dies:  Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes, PTI Flower Fusion # 9 & Turning a New Leaf, Spellbinders 
     Circles & Scalloped Circles
Additional Supplies:  PTI Buttons & In Bloom Impression Plate, Rhinestones ~ LCS

Thanks so much for stopping by & Happy Hopping!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge

I have been wanting the Piestra Tile Die for a while now, and I finally bought it.  
It seemed perfect for the current Runway Inspired Challenge.
I learned the hard way to try to enter challenges early, since usually by the end of it, 
someone has already entered one similar to my idea.
This happened with the last challenge, so I missed that one.
I am also entering this card into this week's 52 Card Pickup.

Here is the inspiration ~ 

Supplies ~ 
Paper: PTI White, SU Lucky Limeade, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Dies:  Memory Box Piestra Tile & Script Thanks

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Retro & ColourQ

I had so much fun with N@Ali's  retro sketch card that I made yesterday
that I made one more card, using the ColourQ challenge. 
I thought the center of the card I made yesterday was too flat,
so I made sure to have a greater variety in the heights today.



Supplies ~ 
Paper:  PTI White & SU (I substituted Pool Party for Soft Sky & Summer Starfruit for Crushed
Dies:  PTI, Lifestyle, MFT
Additional Supplies:  PTI Buttons, Rhinestones - LCS

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

You Made My Day!

I was on a roll, having so much fun making cards, that I made a third one today.  
This is one for Dynamic Duos and Retro Sketches.


Supplies ~ 
Stamps: PTI Flower Fusion #3
Paper: PTI, SU, & Making Memories
Ink: Memento
Dies: PTI & MFT, Punch - SU
Additional Supplies: PTI Buttons & Felt, Dew Drops, Rhinestone & Black Flower - LCS

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A Sweet Color Throwdown

One more card today for three challenges at Color Throwdown, The Sweet Stop, and 52 Card Pickup.


Supplies ~
Stamps:  PTI Botanical Silhouettes
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Ink:  SU Old Olive (instead of Kiwi Kiss), Calypso Coral & Cajun Craze
Dies:  Spellbinders Circles & Scalloped Circles
Additional Supplies: PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, Buttons & Button Twine, Corner Rounder

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A Happy Challenge

A happy, happy birthday card for the current challenge at Embellish Magazine. I also used this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I rotated the sketch, as usual.

Create a cardlayout, or altered item with happiness and the color palette showcased in the inspirational graphic above.
Happy sentiments can be found just about everywhere. You can die cut them, stamp them, or even paint them. It’s all up to you and we can’t wait to see what you create with a “happy” sentiment!

Supplies ~
Stamps:  PTI Pretty Peonies & Big Birthday Wishes
Paper:  PTI Soft Stone & SU DSP, Pretty in Pink & Rose Red
Ink: SU Rose Red & VersaMark Dazzle (on the happy's)
Dies: PTI Double Ended Banners & Pretty Peonies, Spellbinders
Additional Supplies:  PTI Sheet Music Impression Plate, SU Ribbon, Dew Drops - LCS

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thanks for Your Kindness

A quick card for three challenges at Simplicity, Less is More and the Play Date Cafe.  
This is my second entry for the Play Date Cafe. 
I don't know if I can enter twice, but my first one (previous post) was not a card.  


Less is More ~ 
We really loved your flourish cards last week, it really is so brilliant to see how comfortable you all are with one layer now.
Third week of the month and Theme Week
We want to see
Something Shiny

OLW92: On the Edge

This week, we're stampin' on the edge. The edge of the card, that is. Don't go OFF the edge...just up to the edge. Any edge will do, and you may even use two, three, or four edges. 

Supplies ~ 
Stamps & Paper ~ PTI
Ink: SU
Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Beading

As soon as I saw the colors for this week's challenge at Play Date Cafe, I thought bracelet.  Living in Wisconsin I don't wear many bracelets in winter, since I am always in long sleeves. In summer most of my days off from work I do wear bracelets.  I used a ladder stitch for the bracelet.  Then since I already had the beads out, I made a matching anklet.


Supplies ~ Swarovski Amethyst 2XAB 4 mm bicones,
Raspberry Lined Smoky Amethyst 3.4 mm drops,
Silver Lined Light Blue Delicas

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Another Father's Day Card

Another Father's Day card for challenges this week at ColourQ and PaperPlay.   I stole found this incredible deal on the Classic Convertible set by Stampin Up at a rummage sale.  On eBay it is selling for $60.00, and I paid $8.00.  And then of course because I had to use it right away, I drew a blank.  So I cased this card, substituting the correct colors for the challenge.

The Challenge at PaperPlay ~

Week 24 - For a Man (with twine) 

Our challenge this week is called "For a Man - with twine" - it's almost Father's Day here in Ireland (and in the U.K., I think), so you could do something for a Dad or Grandad - but anything for a guy will do - but it must have twine on it somewhere. 

Supplies ~
Stamp: SU Classic Convertibles
Paper: PTI & SU (I substituted  Marina Mist for the Brocade Blue)
Ink: SU
Punch: SU
Additional Supplies:  Button & Baker's Twine ~ PTI

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This life is pretty amazing

A card for two challenges ending today.  I definitely have had more ideas lately than time.  I am making this card for a color challenge at Dynamic Duos and a sketch challenge at retro sketches.  I am also entering the card into this week's 52 Card Pickup.


Supplies ~ 
Stamps: My Favorite Things
Paper:  SU & PTI
Ink: SU
Dies: Sizzix SU & PTI
Additional Supplies:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, PTI Button, Rhinestones ~ Me & My Big Ideas, 
     Ribbon - SU, Glitter Dot - LCS

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Stocking Up

Stocking up on my thank you cards after the end of the school year exhausted my supply.  This card is for three challenges at Color Throwdown, CAS-ual Fridays, and Make it Monday for the sketch challenges.  This is the third sketch I am using for the Make it Monday, the first two are here and here

Nichole shared some insight into her design process and how she uses random bits of inspiration to create unique sketches as a foundation for some of her projects.

CFC56: Create a Clean And Simple project using polka dots.


 Supplies ~ 
Stamp, Dies, Buttons & Button Twine ~ PTI
Paper ~ SU & PTI
Ink ~ SU

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Happy Father's Day

One more card for this week's ColourQ challenge.  I missed the last two weeks, so I figure can enter a second card ~ my first one is here.   I like how the SU Summer Smooches DSP has both the Island Indigo and Tempting Turquoise in one design.  I also used the sketch at Card Patterns and focused on polka dots, which is the current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.

CFC56: Create a Clean And Simple project using polka dots.

Supplies ~ 
Stamp & Buttons ~ PTI
Paper ~ SU & PTI
Ink ~ SU
Dies ~ Sizzix SU
Twine ~ The Twinery

 It's the first day of summer vacation, so I had a buddy to stamp with ~
 another card by Matthew.

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