Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Critters Thank You

Hello I hoep you are having a great week.  It is almost the weekend and as for me I can't wait.  Anyway i have this card to share today that I made for the this weeks sketch for Card Positioning Systems and The Spotted Chicks challenge to use kraft.  I love this sketch and I think it is very well suited for a masculine card.  created this scene with Little Critters from Gina K Designs and illustrated by Theresa Momber.  Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Little Critters, Home Tweet Home- GKD
Paper: pure luxury, Basic Grey Oliver
Ink: memento tuxedo black, summer sky, desert sand
Other: hodge podge hardware SU

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot - Oh So Soft: Felt

It is Tuesday and that means it is time for another The Cuttlbug Spot Challenge.  This week the challenge is to use felt on your project.  This was a difficult challenge for me it is my last for The Cuttlebug Spot, as this is the end of my term.  Nilda has also decided to take a short break on the challenges, but she plans to be back soon with more.  As for me I can't wait.  On to my project.

I started with an idea I had about a week ago to emboss my own felt and it worked, kind of.  I started by spraying the felt with starch and then running it through and if gave this great deep embossing to the felt.  I was so excited, then as I was putting my card together I noticed that the more I handled the felt the embossing was coming out.  I will work on this technique and if I get it right I will share with you.  Being as I was disappointed with my first sample I made another.

Here is the first card.
Here is a close up of the embossing.
Now for my next card.
I hope you stop by The Cuttlebug Spot and give this challenge a try and don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams projects I am sure you will not be disappointed.  Thank you for stopping by.

I am submitting card # 1 into the sketch this week for Card Positioning Systems.

Card Details

Card #1
Stamps: Warm with Love- Gina K Designs
Paper: Pure luxury
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, summer sky, bahama blue
Other: felt, cuttlebug, nestabilities, polka dots and swirl embossing folders

Card #2
Stamps: Versatile Verses- Gina K Designs
Paper: Pure luxury, Basic Grey
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, angel pink
Other: felt, pearl brads, nestabilities, cuttlebug, argyle embossing folder

Friday, March 25, 2011

CSS Alumni Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another Center Stage Alumni Blog Hop!  As I am starting the hop, you should have arrived from the StampTV Forum.  Tonight the CSS Alumni group from StampTV is using a wonderful sketch from Melissa Cash. for my card I used the newest set from Theresa Momber called Warm with Love.  I Love irises so much I knew that the first thing I stamped with this set would be Theresa beautifully drawn flower.  I also worked in the color challenge from StampTV of wild lilac, sweet mango and white.  I don't have wild lilac yet so I used vibrant violet instead.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you leave a comment as you hop along because we will choose a random comment from one of the blogs. We would love to see what you do with the sketch and make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (March 29th), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!  Next up is the incredibly creative Carolina.

I am also submitting this card into Stamp Something's challenge this week, What does Spring mean to you?  Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Satmps: Warm with Love GKD
Paper: Pure Luxury, Basic Grey-sugar rush
Ink: memento, tuxedo black, lulu lavender
Other: cuttlebug, nestabilities, ribbon, twine

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Designs Divas Oldie But Goodies Blog Hop

Hello it is time for another Design Diva Hop.  What is a Design Diva  you say, well it is a group of stampers on facebook.  The theme of the hop is always the same,  we are use "Oldies but, Goodies". Pulling stamps, papers, tools, embellishments, etc. anything that's at least 6 mos. or older to make a card, SB layout, paper project, etc.  I love this as I tend to use my new stuff and forget about the old stuff.

For my card I used the very first Gina K Designs stamp that I bought. I love this butterfly from Take Flight. I haven't used this stamp in a long time. I think that the first year and a half I had it I about wore it out I used it so much.

Everything I used to make this card is at the very least six months old with the exception of the gorgeous patterned paper, it is brand new Bo Bunny Gabrielle collection. 

You should have arrived here from the Cindy Grigiski.  Your next stop on the hop is Vicki Patranc.  If you would like to start at the begining then head on over to Melissa Cash.

I hope you enjoy the hop and are inspired to pull out some of your older stamps ans supplies and get inky.  Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Take Flight-Gina K Designs
Paper: pure luxury, BoBunny
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, deseert sand
Other: pearl brad, ribbon, nestabilities

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot - Push the Button

Happy Tuesday!!! It is time for another The Cuttlebug Spot challenge. This week the challenge is to use buttons on your creation.
On Saturday I recieved this adorable image that I had ordered from Simon Says, it is an Ippity stamp from Unity.  I couldn't wait to color this one.  I also used the sketch  from The Sweet Stop. They are celebrating 100 sketches this week and there is a twist to the sketch this week of How Sweet.  I chose to go with a sweet image instead of an image of something sweet.

Now you should head over to The Cuttlebug Spot and check out my fellow Design Team members and see their gorgeous creations.  I hope you have time to play along this week.

I would like to thank you all of you who take the time to leave such wonderful comments on my cards.  It really means so much to me.  I also want to apologize for not getting to you blogs nearly often enough to share some love. Thank you for stopping by and hugs to you all.

Card Details
Stamps:Rain or shine-Unity
Paper: pure luxury, basic grey urban prairie
Ink: memento
Other: buttons twine, nestabilities, cuttlebug, swiis dots folder

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A couple of challenge cards

Today I have a couple of cards I made for some challenges.  First I have a card I made late Friday night just after the inspiration challenge was posted on SCS.  The inspiration came from a online store called Kirkland's.  I found this cork board and was inspired to make this card.

 I am not all that thrilled with how it came out, but went with it anyway.  I also am entering this into one of the challenges on StampTV for the release to use metal on your project, I used brads as thumbtacks. 

Then today I made this round card for a few different challenges which I have listed below.

One of the challenges is for another challenge on StampTV for the Gina K Designs release.  This one was a true challenge as Deb Felts challenged isy to step out of our comfort zone and not use some of your normal go to items.  For me I felt that meant I should not use copics. I love to color and copics are my tool of choice.  So I dusted off the old colored pencils and OMS and colored up this beautiful flower from Theresa set Little Critters.  I also made the choice to not go with a normal shaped card.  Last Friday Beate posted how she made a round easel card and I loved it and knew I wanted to give it a try. 

Challenges for this card
  1. StampTV: Out of your stamping zone
  2. Mark's Finest Papers: 3 pastel colors, 3 embellishments, and make it round
  3. Let's Ink It Up:  Die Cuts/Punches
  4. Desert Island Crafters: Intenirary items- Unusally sentiment, fancy folds, fibers

Card Details

Card #1
Stamps: Take Flight, A Beautiful Life, Sending Sunshine, Grand Damask-GKD
Paper pure luxury, cork
Ink: Memento
Other: brads

Card #2
Stamps: Little Critters-GKD
Paper: pure luxury, Basic Grey Olivia
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black, dandelion
Other: Kor-i-nor pencils, oms, fibers, pearls, nestabilites, cuttlebug

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Life is in Full Bloom

Today I have a card that I made for Joanne's blogaversary challenge.  She has a small list of items to choose three from to use to make your card.  I chose twine, number paper, and kraft paper. Of course I had to work in a couple of other challenges.  First off  Wee Memories challenge is Spring is near, Green is here, use Spring or green theme.  Finally I used the sketch for Card Patterns this week.   Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot - All Tied Up!

Happy Tuesday!!!  It is time for another The Cuttlebug Spot challenge.  This week we are challenged to use twine or string on your creation.  Many of you already know by now that I love twine so this was easy peasy for me.

A couple of months ago Theresa posted this card and I knew I wanted to do something like it. So this week I was thinking that the scene Theresa had created reminded me of a postcard and that is what I was trying for.
Be sure to check out the fabulously talented design team creations and  I hope you can play along for a chance to win a great prize.

I am also entering this into the challenge on Crazy 4 Challenges.  Their challenge this week is in honor of International Earth Day on March 20th.  The challenge is to use a tree on your challenge.

Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Aloha- Gina K Designs
Paper Pure luxury
Ink:memento tuxedo black, bahama blue, summer sky, desrt sand
Other: twine, shell button, cuttlebug, Tim Holtz embossing folder, nestabilities

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Day

I wish it was spring.  It is very windy and raining here today.  So I made this spring card.
  I have a bird bath that look at lot like this one in my backyard and the birds love it.  It is so fun to sit an watch them in it and sometimes even fight over it.  When the weather gets nicer we will have to add water to it at least daily as they splash water everywhere. I used the sketch from StampTV.  I am also entering it into the challenge for Joan's Garden.  Joan's challenge this week is a recipe, to use the colors orange and blue, spring theme, use a die cut, and use a circle.  Also The Pink Elephant's challenge is a Spring Time, so I will be entering there as well. Thank you for stopping by. 

Card Details
Stamps: Spring has Sprung- Gina K Designs
Paper: DCWV citrus
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Other: nestabilities

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I am at a loss.....

for a title for this post.  This happens all the time and even after three years of blogging I still get totally stumped on titles.  I am sadden by the devastation in Japan and my heart goes out to all that are effected by this tragedy. I have lived in earthquake prone areas all of my life and it is very scary how in just an instant everything around you can be destroyed or worse.   I got an unexpected day off yesterday due the tsunami warnings.  I happen to live up in northern California just south of Crescent City where they had some of the most damage to the U.S.  Everything was fine for us, but we are nearly surrounded by the low laying areas that the authorities were concerned about.  About 10 minutes before leaving for work yesterday I got a call  that I didn't have to come in to work.  So that meant I got a day to play with my stamps.  Which was much needed after more than a week of sinus trouble that has kept me from wanting to make anything or even blog.  So enough of me blabbering I have a card I made using this weeks sketch from MoJo Monday, Simon Says challenge- Anything Goes and ABC Challenege's challenge P is for Pearl.

 Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Cheeky Rockabilly, The Greeting Farm
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Other: cuttlebug, nestabilities, pearls, prima, pearl brad

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot -So Charming

The challenge this week for The Cuttlebug Spot is to use charms on your project.  I have been wanting to make a white on white card for a long time.  I almost got there this time, but I couldn't resist adding a lilac mat.  It is still mostly white and I am very happy with how it turned out.  I just wish I could have taken a photo of it to show how pretty it really is.

Last week Beate posted on her blog how to make a frame with nestaibilities and I knew I had to try it.  It is pretty easy and I will definitely being making more of them.  I can't seem to get a link to the exact post on Beate's blog with the video, but you can find it at the bottom of  her 3/5/11 post.  It has been a very long day so I am keeping this a super short post.  I have the card details at the bottom of this post.  Make sure to check out the rest of the design teams gorgeous creations  on The Cuttlebug Spot.  Thank you for stopping by.

I am also submitting this card to the following challenges
  1. Stampin Sisters in Christ: Use a stamped flower
  2. Let's Ink It Up: Show your embossing
  3. Cute Card Thursday: Signs of Spring
  4. The Pink Elephant: Spring Time

Card Details
Stamps: Gina K Designs Elegant Flowers
Paper: Gina K Designs Pure luxury
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: cuttlebug, nestabilities, ribbon, charm

Friday, March 4, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenges

This week the challenge for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is scallops.  Kraftin Kimmie is also sponsoring some other challenges in blogland.  I decided to combine a few of them together and came up with this.

The other challenges I mentioned are Card Positioning Systems sketch and ABC Challenge, P is for Pink.  I had the idea for this card early this week, but things kept getting in the way of my crafting time so I am getting this card in just under the wire for the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge.  I have to get cooking dinner for my hunger family so I am keeping this post short.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
Paper: Cosmo Cricket- Jolly by Golly, SU Cameo Coral
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: ribbon, cuttlebug, pearl brad, buttons, twine

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A fun new challenge

About a month ago a new challenge blog started called Desert Islands Crafts Challenge.  It sounded fun to me so I gave it a try.  The challenges are based on an itinerary of ten items.  For you project you need to use at least three of the items on the itinerary.  Well, I was the lucky winner of the first challenge.  What did I win you ask?  I get to pick the itinerary for a future challenge.  This happens to be my week.  Here are my ten itinerary items.

1.   Make it Square
2.   Inspired by Nature
3.   Handmade flower
4.   Hand colored image
5.   2 or more patterned papers
6.   Pearls
7.   Twine
8.   No sentiment on the front
9.   Distressing
10. Birthday Theme

Here is the card I made

I was able to work in seven items on the itinerary. Make it square, inspired by nature, hand colored image, two or more patterned papers, pearls, twine (mine is bakers twine), and no sentiment on the front. I hope you are intrigued by this new challenge and want to give it a try. 

I am also entering this card in the the following challneges

  1. StampTV- color, creme de menthe, lemon drop, red hot
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges- Use Flowers
  3. One Stop Craft Challenge- Spring Flowers
  4. Stamp Something- Flowers
  5. Creative Inspirations- In the garden
Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps:Sending you Sunshine, A Beautiful Life Gina K Designs
Paper: creme de menthe, lemon drop, red hot -GKD, Basic Grey Origins
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Other: pearls, bakers twine, button

The Cuttlebug Spot - Ouch! Hat Pins

It's Tuesday and that means it is time for The Cuttlebug Spot.  This week the challenge is to use Hat Pins on your project.  I happen to love using hat pins and it has been a long time since I had used any so I was happy to see this challenge. 

I used the adorably sweet image from The Greeting Farm. She is from Naughty or Nice.  I added glitter to her wings and halo, but it is hard to see in the photo.  To make the hat pins I used a pearl topped pin that I added beads to.  to stop the beads from sliding up and down the pin I used a stop bead that you can find in the beading section of a craft store.  Finally after placing the pins in the bow I took my wire cutter pliers and snipped the sharp end of the pins so there are no sharp ends. 

I hope you can play along this week.  You can link your project on The Cuttlebug Spot and while you are there make sure to check out the rest of the design teams fabulous creations.

I alos used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  It is a great sketch and one that I will be using again.Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details
Stamps: Naughty or Nice The Greeting Farm
Paper: pure luxery chocolate brown, Basic Grey Hopscotch
ink: memento tuxedo black
Other: ribbon, pearls, handmade hat pins, glitter pin