Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sweet on you!

No challenges today! It's just a regular play day. I've been itching to use this cherry paper and these mini chipboard letters since bringing them home from our road trip this month. I got them in Calgary at the Scrap Yard (great name, eh?) Though cherry season is over where I live (I have pies and jam in the freezer to prove it!) I just love this paper! I was inspired by a Dawn McVey card last week on this post. And I got to stitch again!! If you must know, I had a Singer Pixie in March and long story worked maybe 10 times before the bobbin broke and going through 2 foot pedals. So I returned it to Walmart even though it was purchased in the States (thanks nice lady at Walmart!) and went straight to a sewing machine shop in town and bought a regular Janome machine...brand new, half price! I'm thrilled with's a smooth, sweet ride :) Have a great day...we are packing to go camping this long weekend in Canada. I've got a few pre-scheduled posts, though, so come back soon!
Paper: PTI white, dp; October Afternoon dp; SU red dp; pink and burgundy (craft supply)
Accessories: stitching, BasicGrey chipboard letters; PTI grosgrain, buttons

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge #13

Greetings to Dawn McVey readers...I have started a blog this week so you'll see my cards here from now on. I've been experimenting with these colours in my head for a day (almost fell off the treadmill this morning!LOL) and am happy with the way it turned out...very close to what was in my head which is not what usually happens :) I'm still experimenting with the camera and photo editing. The inside shot won out this time. I just needed the polka dots on the white panel to show up. I stamped those in Versamark. I'm still in love with these little button flowers...hope no one is getting bored of them :) I'm so glad I ordered the berry sorbet buttons from PTI. It's so fun to search through the jar to find the perfect ones for a card...pure bliss! After I was done (the first time), the card needed a little something more so I added the red scallop strip and a little bit of bling for good measure.Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Stamps: PTI polka dot basics, everyday classics; SU flower filled
Paper: PTI white, berry sorbet; SU real red
Ink: PTI berry sorbet; SU celery; Versamark
Accessories: cuttlebug EF; gemstones;PTI berry sorbet buttons; SU scallop border punch, corner rounder, celery grosgrain; red buttons (craft supply)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Just Because ~ Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

As I dive into this blogging world, I'm starting to experiment with the manual settings on my camera. I dug out my manual (I'm very good at keeping stuff like that) to my Canon Powershot SD300. My dh gave it to me for Christmas 4 years ago on our first Christmas together when he was just my dbf. It takes great photos but when you take photos of cards, you need to get specific. So that will be my next figure out how to take better photos. I've been scouring blogs and asking people (thanks, Maille!) Anywhoooo...back to the card. I love Karen's simple sketches each Sunday and have been participating a few times. I had these flowers left on my table after making my Divine Details card for Verve's Project Parade and have been dreaming of a pink and yellow card all week.

Here's a close up...I'm experimenting with those as well :) Hope you're enjoying some heat wherever you are...we are up here in Canada :)
Stamps: SU french script and by definition (on the flowers); Verve circular sayings and Kindred Spirits (on the flowers)
Ink: SU rose romance, choc chip
Paper: SU vanilla, white, PTI summer sunrise, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz
Accessories: SU scallop border punch, birds and blooms die, circle punches, silver brads, silver pearls, PTI double stitch ribbon

Monday, July 27, 2009

Friends Forever ~ Mojo Monday

Here is the sketch for Mojo Monday. Having the summer off lets me participate in many of the challenges I follow throughout the year. You may also have noticed I've changed my blog look. This is what happens when you have a lot of time on your hands. But it's something that I revel in as once September comes, I'll be too busy for such luxuries...but I digress. Here is my card with lots of bling and a SU die needed some lovin' today. I was also able to use up 2 of my HUGE rhinestones. Love when I can do that. Happy Monday!!

Stamps: Verve Kindred Spirits; PTI Fancy Flourishes (on the butterfly)
Paper: SU pumpkin pie, choc chip, pomegranate, kiwi kiss, white, dp; Fancy Pants dp, brown fibre (craft supply), PTI aqua mist
Ink: SU choc chip, versamark
Accessories: nestabilities, white grosgrain, cuttlebug EF, gemstones, SU butterfly die, photo corner punch

Sunday, July 26, 2009

An Almost Jen's Sketch for You to Try and the Actual One

So this is the card I wanted to make for Jen's sketch for you to try (SFYTT) this weekend. I was so excited to use my new Papertrey Green Tea dp and Mega Messages stamp set. However, once I was done and loving it, I noticed I still needed to add 3 embellishments in the top right hand corner. Ugh! I tried everything, but nothing would work and it would take away from the gorgeous button flower image. Needing a card for my nephew's birthday today (Happy 17th, Luke!), I started the sketch over again. I used the Kamloops Blazers (local WHL hockey team) colours and my new Papertrey flourish and star print sets. I was inspired by a card Dawn McVey did a few months back. I hope he likes it...he will definitely like the Starbucks card I'm tucking inside!!

{Friends to the End}
Stamps: SU flower filled;PTI mega messages
Paper: SU old olive, vanilla, groovy guava, choc chip; PTI dp
Ink: SU old olive, choc chip
Accessories: nestabilities, cuttlebug EF, PTI buttons, SU grosgrain

Stamps: SU by definition; PTI star prints, fancy flourishes, everyday classics
Paper: SU pacific point, tangerine tango, white, black, bliss blue; PTI linen vellum
Ink: SU pumpkin pie, sahara sand; PTI prussian blue
Accessories: cuttlebug EF and number die, gemstones, nestabilities, SU corner rounder, ticket corner rounder, star punch, Fiskars small star punch

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Verve's Project Parade - Divine Details

Verve Stamps is having their Project Parade going on right now and the theme this month is divine details. You have to talk about the process you go through while creating a card. Whew! That's hard! It depends... sometimes it's a sketch I start with or a stamp or paper or a colour combo. So I'll stick with what happened while making this card. I knew I wanted to use my new Kindred Spirits set and that I wanted to stamp raspberry fizz ink on kraft paper. So I started stamping and then playing with paper colours. I had a top note cut out in dp sitting on my table for ages waiting for the right project and here it was. I didn't adhere anything down as I like to play around with the layout. Once I liked how everything looked, I added stitching and then started gluing things down. Then onto the accessories! One of my favourite parts! I love all the possibilites! This card called for ribbon, bling, a butterfly (you'll notice I like to add these or buttons to my knots), and some dritz pins. I searched in the Verve Gallery to see how the divas used the oval image of this set to help me give it dimension. And voila, in a nutshell, that was what I did.

Stamps: Verve's Kindred Spirits
Paper: SU kraft, choc chip; PTI raspberry fizz, white, raspberry fizz dp
Ink: PTI raspberry fizz; SU choc chip, regal rose
Accessories: oval nestabilities, stitching, silver pearls, rhinestones, dritz pins, satin ribbon, SU ticket corner punch, top note die, MS butterfly punch

Welcome to my First Post! Guest Designer for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #42

Well, I said I wasn't going to do it, but here I am with a blog! It's come about so I can participate in Blog Hops and perhaps go on to getting a few cards published eventually. My first post is as Guest Designer for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. The movie is "Amazing Grace" and the requirement was to be inspired by the music. This well known hymn is one of hope and promise for the future so I thought this sentiment by Helen Keller was perfect. Though it's an old hymn, my card is modern which I think is a nice contrast. So here's to a promising future of posts and fun! Welcome and here we go....

Stamps: Great Impressions
Paper: SU more mustard, black, kraft, kiwi kiss, regal rose, PTI dp, Basic Grey dp
Ink: SU basic black
Accessories: stitching, gemstones, flower, ghost flower, buttons, SU scallop punch, library clip, filigree flower brad, cuttlebug EF, PTI double stitch ribbon
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