“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.” - Anawanitia

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flowers for My Friend

Happy Tuesday!  

Well, after a bluster and rainy night, the temperature outside has dropped again.  It's rather cool outside, and I'm wondering , "will it ever stay warm?"  I am so ready for the shorts, tank tops, swimming and basking in the sunshine already >sigh!<  I'm such a sun worshipper! LOL!  So here is a card that makes me think of warmer weather....

As usual, all of the flowers on this card are handmade by yours truly - I am thinking I will probably never get over my paper flower making obsession!  I really wanted to showcase the flowers on this card, so I kept the layout clean and simple.  I used my Nesties Label #10 to create a frame for the sentiment, then embossed it, using Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I finished off this creation with a border (MS Lattice), and the pearl trim.  Viola!   This card makes me think of a lovely, sunshiny, Spring Day....

I created this card for  card swap, and also entered it in the following challenges:

Our Creative Corner Challenge - "Blooming Blossoms"

Paper Play Challenge #16 - "No Patterned Paper"

A Spoon Full of Sugar - "3-D Something"

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Spring Flutterings

I had to squeeze some "quiet time" in today, because I did not have anytime last week to do anything.  My 8 month old "Baby Diva" has kept me busy, as she is staying with me while her Mommy is out of town till Wednesday.  Fortunately, she is such a good baby.  She must have known I was feining for some crafting time, because she was so cooperative!

I was kind of all over the place with this card.  It has a little bit of everything: Stamping, stitching, handmade flowers ( you know me & my handmade flowers!), border punches, and a pretty butterfly.  

I wanted to try making a new flower.  The larger flower was created using an apple, star & daisy punches.  Each of the flower centers have a touch of bling by Viva Decor glitter pen in "Hologram." 

The butterfly was cut from a Nesties die.  I blinged up each layer with stickles & hit with 2 coats of Crystal Effects.  I used Kaiser Craft pearls in "Bliss" for the body & coiled some wire for the antennae. 

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday # 136 - Sketch: Round or Square

Color Throwdown #89  - Color Inspiration

Allsorts Challenge #49 - Photo Inspiration (Butterflies)

Our Creative Corner - "Blooming Blossoms"

Polycraft Monday - "Make Your Own Flowers"

Paper Play Challenge #16 - ":No Patterned Paper"

Sentimental Sundays - "Blooming Gorgeous"

All that Scraps Challlenge  - "Sewing in Your Project"

The Cupcake Craft Challenge #88 - "Don't be Square"

Other Lovelies - "Use a Punch"

S2G Challenge #53: "Flowers"

Creative Card Crew Challenge #49 - "April Showers Bring May Flowers"

Die Cut Dreams Challenge #45 -  "Make Your Own Flowers"

Sunday, April 25, 2010

You're "SEW" Special!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #56: "SEW Special!"

This week's challenge is to create a card or project for someone special, but you must include some sort of SEWN effect - faux or real.

This week's challenge is sponsored by


PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE shipping!

Card recipe:
Stamp: Stampin' Up! Friends 24-7
Paper: Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant & Kiwi, Ranger Distress Inks - Old Paper
Ink: Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant & Old Olive, Versamark
Embellishments: Prima Hydrangea Petals, Viva Decor Pearl Pen - Cream, Handmade Leafs, White Satin Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder,
Tools: MS Lattice Border Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder -

Please check out the creations by my fellow DT members at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog, then join in on the challenge. We would love to see your "SEW" Special creation!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by!

Keep on crafting....

Monday, April 19, 2010

Girlfriend, I'm on a Roll!

Just a quick post to announce some happy news:
 I made TOP 3 at KL Stampin' and Scrappin'... again!  WOO-HOOOO!  Their challenge theme was "Organic" -  I had so much fun creating this project!  You can check out the details in my original post HERE

This is the winning entry:

My sincere thanks to Kelly and the uber talented Creative Team at KL Stampin' and Scrappin' !

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's all in Black & White

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #55: WORLD PENGUIN DAY is April 25th. Create a card or project that reminds us of a penguin - you can use a penguin image or simply use the colors black and white.

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

Our very own PAULA!  Please visit her blog to view her gorgeous, gorgeous creations at  PAULA'S PONDERINGS
...and look what she has for our lucky winner!

Also sponsoring this week is

Prize: Winner's choice of 8 images

You can visit Penny's store HERE

Here is my card for this week...

I love the black and white colour combination - so crisp & clean.  For this card, I kept it CAS. To create the focal item, I cut two pieces in black, using my Nestie Renaissance Heart Pendant. I then scored and folded both pieces to resemble a "fan," and glued both pieces together. The white center piece is from the same Nestie collection. To pull is all together, I attached a large black brad in the center, and topped that off with Prima Jewelry. The results is this lovely "pinwheel."  I have had the Renaissance Heart Pendant for a while now, but this is the first project I have been able to use it with!  What other goodies do I have in my craft stash that I not used?  Hmmm....

Card Recipe:
Tools: Nestabilities Renaissance Heart Pendant, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder -
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Pearls - Snow, Primas Jewelry, Sheer Black Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder.
Stamp: Stampin' Up!

Please join us at the  Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog.  Get your creativity on, and share your black and white creation with us!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's Hip to be SQUARE!

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #5: "It's Hip to be Square"

This week's challenge is to create a card or project with squares, using this picture for inspiration.

I see lots 'n lots of squares! 

Here is my interpretation - another pseudo-CAS card (for me, at least).... I have been wanting to make a shutter card.  This is my first one...

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge#10: "Cutie Pie"

Creative Card Crew Challenge #48: "Happy Birthday"

One Stop Craft Challenge #75: "On the Move"
Cupcake Craft Challenge #86: "Childhood Memories"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Go Organic!

Here is another AWESOME challenge at KL Stampin' N Scrappin' 

Challenge # 25: "Organic"

This week's challenge is in honor of Earth Day. The challenge is to use something organic on our our card.  Oh baby! Did I have fun with this?!  My creative juices were flowing, and I was inspired to create this card, by a wall art piece my sister made for me a few months ago. 

(Click on the image for a larger view)

I created the background using yellow, orange and green pigment inks.  I used torn paper to create template masks for the sun and skyline,  then stamped the forefront with the grass scene.  The flowers are handmade (of course, you know me & my paper flowers! LOL!)  All of the other elements are real.  I collected small leaves from the shrubs in front of our house, as well as twigs, sprigs of juniper, and the "gravel" is poppy seeds!  I was quite happy with the results of this project.  Even Scott and my son were impressed.  Their compliments were a huge boost of confidence and inspiration for me.

My thanks to Kathy at KL Stampin' N Scrappin' for another GREAT CHALLENGE!

I have also entered this creation in
Gingersnap Creations - GC49: Chestnut Theme Challenge - "The Good Earth"
I was trully awed by the spectacular artwork at Gingersnap Creations - I highly recommend you visit the Gingersnap Creations blog. Their designs are absolutely beautiful, and very inspiring!

I am so happy you visited today! Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.  Have a fantabulous day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

How Sweet It Is!

WOW!  Can you believe this?  I made the TOP 5 at the CUPCAKE CRAFT CHALLENGES for my handmade flowers! WOO HOO! 

Thanks so much to the ladies at the Cupcake Craft Challenge for an awesome challenge "Create Your Own Flowers," and thank you for selecting my creation for the TOP 5!

I Made TOP 3 - Again!

WOO-HOO!  I am so thrilled to have made The Tea Time Terrific TOP 3 at The Shabby Tea Room Challenge: "Embrace the White." 

Click here to view my winning entry: Vintage Lady

This was my first "vintage" creation ever, and I am so happy to have received such a wonderful response to my first attempt at a new style.

Many thanks to Debbie and her very talented Design Team!  Please stop by The Shabby Tea Room to check out their stunning designs - I assure you, you will truly be inspired!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thanks and Happy News....

Dear Friends - First and foremost, thanks for visiting my blog & thank you for all of your kind comments.  For those of you who did not know, I just launched this blog on January 13, 2010... so, I am still a newbie to blog land and challenges. But...  Woo-hoo!  Can I just tell you how very excited I am?!  My Easter Bunny Explosion Box made TOP 3 on KL Stampin' N Scrappin'

Many thanks to Kelly and the Design Team for choosing my creation!  And again, thanks to you my readers, for your inspiration & for checking out my designs!

Keep on creating!

I see Spots....and Dots!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #54: "Spots and Dots"

This week's challenge is to create a card or project using at least two pattern papers that have spots and/or dots.

This week's challenge is sponsored by: Meljen's Designs

PRIZE: FOUR digi-images of Winner's Choice

WEBSITE: http://www.etsy.com/shop/meljensdesigns

The adorable image on this card is by Mel-jen's Designs - precious, huh?!  See more great digistamps by Mel-jen's Designs HEREI used papers by Me & My Big Ideas, then used a circle border stamp on the satin ribbon to match the paper, and added a little charm. That was fun....now why haven't I done that before? LOL!  I have a bunch of Studio G clear stamps that I never really use, but FINALLY found the opportunity to use one for the greeting. Then, to pull the look all together, I stiched along the edges of the entire card. This is a clean & simple card for me.... no hand made embellishments, but I like the look!

Come play with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - how many SPOTS & DOTS can you incorporate into your creation? We'd love to see what you can come up with!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stop & Smell the Flowers!

The Cupcake Craft Challenge 85...Make Your Own Flowers
Here's a challenge that is right up my alley!  Those who know my work, know how much I love to make paper flowers.  So how could I possibly resist a such a challenge? LOL!

TA-DA!  Here is my creation......

Yes indeed, I made every single flower on this lovely card - all 25 of them... and the leaves too!  Okay, okay, I must confess that I did not make all of these flowers at once... Because I often use my own handmade flowers on most of my projects, I  cut and assemble these flowers when I'm bored, need something to do, or most of the time - while I am watching TV.  I have been wanting to create a card to showcase these handmade flowers, and at last!  Here it is!  So, thanks to Victoria at the Cupcake Craft Challenge for coming up with this theme!

I've also entered this card in 
Pollycraft Monday Challenge #38 - "Anything Goes"
For Fun Challenge - "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
Colour Create Challenge #41 - "Pastels/Easter/Spring"
S2G Challenge #50 -"Anything Goes"
Mel-Jen's Design Challenge - "Anything Goes"
Quixotic Challenge #20 - "Anything Goes"

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Have a great day & happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mama Found a Brand New Blog!

I discovered a new challenge blog today: "The Shabby Tea Room Challenge."
I was so inspired by the DT designs & partisipant's entries! Such gorgeous, gorgeous creations - I just had to play!

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #4: "Embrace the White" 

The Challenge this week is to use this gorgeous photo for inspiration, create a card or project using mainly white or cream and one other subtle color.

....And check out the prize for this challenge! 

Here is my entry.......

I have also entered this card in:

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: Kaiser Craft, Lace Doiley
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Script
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks - Antique Linen
Embellishments: Prima Roses, Sheer Pink Ribbon, Charm, Crocheted Lace (a Dollar Store bargain buy! Woo hoo!)

Thanks for visiting today - please leave me a comment to let me know that you stopped by!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My First DT Design for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #53: "Sugar and Spice & Everything nice!"

This week’s challenge is sponsored by:


PRIZE: $10 Gift Certificate
WEBSITE: http://www.shophandmade.com/Store/Joemama



PRIZE: 3 digital images of winner's choice

WEBSITE: http://www.bee-crafty.blogspot.com/

This is my first creation as an "official" DT Member for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog... Woo hoo!  The challenge for this week was to create a card or project that is just for girls.  I immediately thought of lots of flowers, and pearls, and of course, PINK!

The adorable image used on this project is called “Little Lady Skipping,” by Bee Crafty – isn’t she too cute?  This little girl is so me, as a little girl! LOL!  I loved to skip rope... so I created this "house" (it's really a lantern) to depict me --skipping rope outside, on a beautiful sunshiny day, the flowers blooming..... ahhh, such sweet girlhood memories....LOL!  Okay enough of that.  The best thing about this little house is that it is filled with chocolates! YUM!

For the "house," I used the template for a lantern by Norma at From My Craft Room.  You can find the template HERE.

The flowers are hand made - I love making paper flowers! I also used paper by Basic Gray - Sugar Rush. Check out the little "feet" on the bottom - they're wooden pieces that I purchased at the hardware store! This was such a fun project to put together!  What fun creation that's Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice can you come up with?  Please play along at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! We'd love for you to share your creations!

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by!  Have a wonderful week & keep on creating!