Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Forever a Rose

It has been such a busy week for me so far. I have barely had time to get crafty. Today I put together a quick card. The image is a digi from Crafts and Me, Forever Rose. I colored her with my prismas and I am really loving the way her hair came out. I am so excited that I am learning how to add dimension to my images! I am really enjoying the coloring process. All the paper used is from DCWV: The Street Lace Stack, The Glitter Stack and The Tres Chic stack. The bottom of the card front was punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is from TPC Studio, Brush Stroke Greetings. I stamped it unto pink carstock and punched it out with my stampin up word window punch. The ribbon is from American Crafts. I attached a button to the bow from my stash. I added some faux stitching around the card. I put a little extra sparkle by adding bling along the top of the punched out border. I think it tied the brighter pink of the ribbon in nicely. I also put glossy accents on her lips and some stickles on her eyes for some extra drama. I really like the simplicity of this card. I hope you find inspiration in this card, and enjoy whatever time you can give to your crafts. Thanks for stopping by.

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge 139 Recipe
Card Making Mamas: Something old, The paper from my stash, ribbon
Die Cuttin Divas: Challenge 50, anything goes

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pretty in Pink

I love Valentines Day. It gives me an added opportunity to play with my favorite colors and embellishments, red, black, pink and glitter! Every were I look I am inspired to create something romantic! Today I wanted to take that creativity and channel it in a subtle fashion. I really love the way this card came out. The image is from Crafts and Me, Kissy Fish. I really enjoyed coloring her. I'm just learning how to color and this image was great for practicing hair and skin. I colored her with my prismas and added some liquid pearls to her flower and earring. I also put glitter on some of the flower petals on her barrete.I put glossy accents on her lips and this gave her a cute pout. I love it!! The little fish also got blinged out with glitter. Flocking my image are two flowers from recollections. The ribbon and rhinestones are from my stash. I love using rhinestones to accent my cards. They are available in so many colors and just add that extra sparkle and a place to rest the eyes. The sentiments were stamped on pink cardstock and punched out with my stampin up word window punch. The papers I used are from DCWV: The Luxury Stack and The Coral Couture Stack. The diamond shape behind my main image was cut using my Silhoutte Cameo. I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday to plan out this card. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday: #192
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #92: Cards with at least four layers
The Crafty Pad Challenge #155, Show some Valentine/Anniversary Love
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: #170 Ribbons
Charizma Cards Challenges: #3 Pretty in Pink
Crazy for Challenges: C4C121, Layer it on
Craft Us Crazy: #19 Full of Love
Moving Along with The Times: #133, Blooming Marvellous
Crafts and Me Challenges: #68 Pink and Sparkly
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: # 149, diamonds or pearls

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut challenge: Label it

Todays project is a card I put together for a special birthday boy. This Digi, from the Greeting farm, "Dressy Edward" is too cute and reminds me of him. The challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week is to use labels, anything but a circle. So I took out the Gypsy and this is what I came up with. I used several cartridges to create this card. The sentiment label is from the Heritage cartridge. I purchased this cartridge about a year ago and used it maybe once. Im glad I was able to put it to use. I stamped the sentiment with memento ink in tuxedo black and I threaded some ribbon through the openings on the label from my stash. I put some brads on it.. and presto! The label for my digi was made with the Elegant Edges cartridge. I love this cartridge!! The scalloped oval came from the Gypsy Font cartridge. My favorite part of this card is the guitar. I love this cut and its the reason I purchased the Hannah Montana cartridge. I added my favorite embellishment to it, glitter, and I just love the way it came out! The music notes are also from the Hannah cartridge. I used black diamond stickles on them, I love my glitter..lol. I did some faux stitching with my gelly roll pen and added some black beads to the corners. I also inked the paper and labels with black soot distress ink. The paper I used is from DCWV: The Rockstar Stack and Stampin Up. Thanks for stopping by hope you have a rockin' day!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
My Craft Spot: Challenge #42, Lets hear it for the boys
Celebrate the Occasion: #47, Masculine Birthday

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fire to the Rain card

Today I wanted to try creating something that was a bit outside my element. I love the distressed grungy look, but I have always had a hard time with it because I tend to lean towards clean lines and a sense of balance in my projects. Today I threw all my standards out the window and decided to try some new things. This card is inspired by the song "set fire to the rain" by Adele. It is quite the catchy song! I wanted to portray some of the key themes of this song in my card. Heartbreak, intensity tempered by solitude, the mixture of hot and cold, happy and sad. Even the passage of time. I used different symbols of love and a  combination of color schemes to try to create an opposing feel to my card. I really could not think of a way to illustrate the rain, so instead I used the color blue in my scheme. I really love the way this turned out!
 I used my silhoutte design studio to plan this card and size everything to fit. The digi is "star" she comes from Kenny K stamps. I colored her with my prismas and added some sparkle to her boots and fur with glitter. The background flames are a free clip art image that I googled and downloaded. I also colored these with my prismas. The flame in front of my main image is a die cut I downloaded from silhoutte online and cut out with my cameo. I popped it off with dimensionals to make her look like she was surrounded by fire. The sentiment was printed through my silhoutte studio and cut out using a banner cut file. I made the charm by cutting out a heart and cutting a zig zag through the middle. I also added crackle accents to it. I backed this with coordinating paper from my card and put it on the charm piece. I attached some beads on a string and a brad to the top. I really love the way this charm turned out!! The blue time peace is a Tim Holtz stamp that I stamped to blue card stock and placed in my EC Shape studio. This little device is so cool! Made my own epoxy embellishment. The flowers are mini primas and all other embellishments were found in my stash. The paper used was from stampin up and  DCWV: The Street Lace Stack. I inked all paper with Black Soot distress ink. Before I go I want to share the most fun part of making this card. BURNING IT!! lol! I took a lighter and burned the edges around the card, singed the roses and the ribbon. I was so afraid to do it but I'm glad I did. I think it carried the theme of the card very nicely. Hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by.

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday: Week # 191
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog: # 57 Whats new pussycat, My EC Shape Studio and "Star" digi stamp
Crafty Cardmakers: Challenge 60 Beads, on the charm
Card Makin Mamas: Something Old, My stash of Christmas beads and brads
Simon Says Stamp and Show: A song title, Adele's Set Fire to the Rain
Tuesday Throwdown: # 82 so charming
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: #11 love is red and black

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So excited!!!

Fantabulous Cricut

I just wanted to share my excitement with my fellow crafters! My Snow Fun tag took top 5 over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog!! This is the second week in a row that I have the honor. Among so much talent, I am truly honored. Over at Celebrate The Occasion, my All that I love card..won the weeks challenge. I am so thrilled and so inpired to create! Thank you so much for the recognition. Truly just made my day :)
Winner at Celebrate the Occasion

top 5 at Fantabulous Cricut

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

True Love Luminary

I was having a discussion with my husband yesterday about art. He recently took up sketching and we got to talking about how everything we percieve is linear or has some shape to it that can be used as the basis of a composition. Then we started to talk about the various different forms of art; painting, drawing, wood carving...etc. We are both amazed at how these artist can translate what they see into such amazing works of art. My husband then made the comment that what I do is an artform in itself. I have to say, I AGREE! Papercrafting is an incredible artform. It always amazes me what can be created with paper and some imagination. This conversation inspired me to create something that would encompass all the things I love about papercrafting. Stamping, multi-dimension, embellishments, coloring, digital design and just the fabulous process of creating! This luminary is my tribute to our artform.
There is so much going on in this project, I had so much fun putting this together. I was going to give this away but I think I will put it on my mantle as a valentines decoration. First I had to create the basic luminary cut file. This was pretty easy using my silhoutte design studio. Welded some squares to form the shape of the luminary and welded a lattice in the shape of heart. I added a heart border to to the top and welded it down to the frame. See I can work with linears!..lol. The lid was also done in the same manner and sized to fit. I then backed the inside of the luminary and lid with vellum, gives it a nice glow from the battery tealight. The base of the luminary was also created in the design studio. The hex file was downloaded from the silhoutte library and I sized it to fit my luminary. I covered it with ribbon and put a label on the front and stamped my sentiment. The label, frames, butterflies and phrases are all die cuts obtained from the silhoutte library. The fabulous "Eva Pearl" and "Sexy Cupid" are Kenny K digi stamps. I just love those! I colored them with my prismas and added a whole lot of bling to them. I love the way they turned out. Its hard to tell in the pictures but they are vey sparkly. The rose is a stamp that I have, I cant remember were it came from, but it fit my theme so well. The rose embellishments are from recollections. All other embellishments were found in my stash. The papers used are from stampin up and DCWV Tres Chic stack. 
I hope this inspires you to create! Thanks for stopping by.

I plan to enter this project into the following challenges:
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz: Time to get your bling on
Anything Goes Challenge Blog: To the one I love
Sentimental Sundays: #86 Die cuts
The Pink Elephant: photo inspiration
Die Cuttin Divas: #49 Buttons, bows and or bling
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: #169 food and drink
Cupcake Craft Challenges: All you need is love
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge: #51 Anything goes
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge #25: ribbons and bows
Moving along with the Times: # 132 Things with wings

The sentiment is from Fiskars True Love stamp set, I love the little bead stems around the flowers.

Cant see it in the picture but I used distress stickles in diamond to add sparkle to the roses

I left the frame open so that I can insert a picture later

So pretty in the dark!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Let it Snow..

Yesterday was a busy day for me. I scored some great new items at Joann's and AC Moore. Cannot wait to try out my new toys. As Iwas putting away my new finds I realized my craft space was just a mess. I stayed up till 2 AM sorting through all my things and getting organized. OH MY! I didn't realize how much stuff I have. I came across tons of things i'm glad I refound! I feel so accomplished! Now I just need to find a way to organize all my spellbinder dies that are still in the packages. I've seen some good storage ideas for those online, I'm going to give the binder idea a try. Please share with me how you organize yours. Todays project is all about staying warm. We have been pretty fortunate so far and having a pretty mild winter, but we have gotten our share of snow! I got this cute digi from The Greeting Farm, Cozy Ian. My idea for this card was to make him look like he was indoors looking out the window at a blustery day. The branch, window, icicles and snowflake are diecuts using my silhoutte cameo. I also sketched out the sentiment "Let it Snow" on my silhoutte using a gel pen and stamped around it with a stampin up stamp. I then punched it out using the decorative label punch from stampin up. I embossed the background with my cuttlebug and Kassies brocade embossing folder. I sprinkled glitter on the icicles and the snowflake. I hope you enjoy this card. Thanks for looking, comments are always appreciated. Have a great day and if your in a snowy part of the world, stay warm, and let it snow!

I plan to enter this card in the following challenges:
Getting Cricky: Let it snow, use embossing
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: seeing spots
The Crafty Pad Challenge 154: Something for the boys
Sassy Studio Designs: DTBST#108, Frosty Winter Colors
2 sisters challenge blog: #75 embossing

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge: Snow Fun

I just love my cricut expression/Gypsy combo. It is so convenient when I am constructing scenes and need to size cuts to fit and use many different cartridges. The Gypsy is my "handy dandy notebook"..lol. This week the challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is snow fun. A snowflake or snowman has to be used somewere in the project. I used both! I made a tag with this great digi I got from the Greeting Farm, Chibi Alaska. Isn't she just too cute. I love this image, it just makes me happy, reminds me of pure childish joy! I colored her with my prisma's and sprinkled some glitter on her for extra bling. The tag was cut out from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, one at 6.25 and two at 5.75.  I cut the smaller ones in half to make the sky and snow backgrounds. I embossed the sky with my cuddlebug and the swiss dots folder to make it look like falling snow. I also sanded down the embossed parts to bring out the white core of the paper. The bottom was embossed with the swirls folder, to give the appereance of ripples in the snow. All the cuts were sized on my gyspy to fit the tag. The snowflake came from All Wrapped up. I also sprinkled glitter on it and I just love the way it sparkles. The trees and the corner greenery were cut from the Christmas cartridge. I added some details with my prisma pencils. I always try to use seasonal cartridges nontraditionally. The cute little snowman is from the Winter Frolic cartridge. I stamped his face using peachy keen stamps. The snow banks in the background are cut from Every Day Paper Dolls. The sentiment is from a Fiskars stamp set, punched out with the extra large stampin up tag punch. I inked the tag with Tim Holtz broken china. The flowers are from prima. All other embellishments and cardstock are from my stash. The border at the bottom is from Martha Stewart. I really love the way this tag came out. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Family Digital Layout

One of the things that I love so much about paper crafting is the many different avenues that this hobby can take.  There is always a new technique to try, a new product you just have to have and the list goes on. It never gets boring to me and it is something that is totally relaxing and enjoyable to me. Even when I make a mistake, I work with it and take it into another direction. It is so satisfying to look at what can be accomplished with a little imagination. Today I wanted to try making a digital scrapbook page. I used My Digital Studio from stampin up and this great picture I have of my mom. My mom has been my inspiration to engage in crafts. I remember when I was younger spending afternoons crocheting with my mom and helping her create fabulous home decor. This really instilled in me a love of finding flow in creative outlets. Thanks mom! Now as an adult I have influenced my mom to take up papercrafting and we have spent some great times putting together cards or anything that we are inspired to create. She is a truly talented woman!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Link Up Love Party with K Andrew

My second post today..Im on a roll here! I wanted to show off this cute mailbox I am making for Valentines Day for the children in my son's third grade class. It is a valentines card holder. I think its so adorable. I plan to put some goodies in it which they can remove to slide their cards in the box. Im also linking this to the Link up love party with K Andrew . This blog hop sounds like fun and its a real good way to get to know my fellow crafters and find inspiration in others blogs. I made this mailbox using a cut file from SVG cuts. I cut it on my Silhoutte Cameo and it was really easy to assemble. The paper is from Stampin up. The digi is from Digital Delights: love you larry. I think he is so adorable! I colored him with my prisma's and embellished him with red candy cane stickles. The stamp was from the dollar spot at Joanns and I punched it out with a stampin up punch. The hearts and "Be Mine" were files downloaded off Silhoutte America and cut out on the Silhoutte. Now I only have 21 more to go!

Something Blue

It is a wonderful day!! While it may be snowing and blowing outside, I am lucky enough to be enjoying a day off, indoors, and able to get to some crafting. This year I set some goals for myself and I am super excited that they are going well. One of those goals is to expand my creativity and share my love of crafting with the wonderful and talented community of crafters in this world. I am always so inspired by the wonderful creations I see posted on blogs, hopefully I can inspire someone as well. I am so flattered to have been chosen as top 5 over at fantabulous cricut for this past weeks challenge. AMAZING! With all those great submissions..I am truly honored. Thank you, Thank you!! Todays project is a birthday card, following a blue color scheme. I like to have plenty of birthday cards completed and ready to give when needed. The digi is from Kenny K stamps: Lady Victoria. She was so much fun to color with my prismas. The paper is from DCWV: Dots, Plaids and Stripes stack. The flourishes, border and the back of my sentiment tag are spellbinders dies: Fleur de lis accents. The birthday sentiment was stamped with memento ink, stampin up stamp and punch. The bow and rhinestones are from my stash.

I plan to enter the following challenges:

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Anything goes with blue
Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog: 187, The many faces of women
Sentimental Sundays: Ribbon
Sassy Studio Designs: Lets Celebrate!
Crafty Cardmakers: no floral embellishments
Crazy 4 Challenges: Monochromatic card in blues

Monday, January 16, 2012

All that I love..

I had so much fun creating this card!! Can't you just tell how much I love the Kenny K digistamps, my new obsession! I just got a few more and I cant wait to color them and make something awesome with them. This card incorporates so many things that I love: my favorite colors, roses, lace, feathers..Valentines Day. I will be giving this card to my husband for valentines, hope he likes it. I love how the card front closes with a ribbon and when you open it...Surprise!  Over the holidays I got some new toys and the Silhoutte Cameo was one of them. I love my cricut...but this machine is just great. The die cuts on this card are downloads from the Silhoutte library. The paper is from my other new obsession, stampin up. The sentiment was stamped and punched out with a stampin up punch. I put some mini prima roses, and all other embellishments were found in my stash. Im very new to coloring with my prisma pencils and have alot to learn, but it is a real joy to see images transform. Thanks for looking.

I plan to enter this card into the following challenges:
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz: Bowdacious Challenge The bow for the closure and in the inside.
Sketch Saturday
Crafty Ann's: Lets think Hot challenge  I think she is pretty hot!
Celebrate the Occasion Must use polka dots
The Pink Elephant TPE131: Favorite Colors Red and Black
Card Makin Mamas: Happy New Year My new toys, the Silhoutte Cameo, Prismacolor Pencils.