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


Monday, February 28, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #100

This week's challenge theme at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is.....

“You’ve Been Framed!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that includes some sort of a FRAME! Easy Peasy! …Oh, and don’t forget to STAMP! Afterall, we don’t call this STAMPtacular Sunday for nothing!
You will have from now until midnight (EST) March 5th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog, into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prizes donated by:


PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of FIVE Digis!

- AND -
Our very own,

MARIANNE

PRIZE: Gift Giving Tilda Stamp


Here is my Design Team submission for this week:


My creation for this week is clean & simple... I actually re-did this several times, but then finally decided that in this case less is more!  Pardon the mediorcre picture quality - I'm still having camera issues! Wah! Too bad, 'coz this picture does no justice to this piece.

Anywho, I created a "recessed window" card from a tutorial I found HERE

Card Recipe
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Because I Care
Ink: Momento Bahama Blue, Bamboo Leaves
Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Embellishments: Stickles Stardust

Friends, my DT sisters & I can't wait to see your fabulous frame creations! See you at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

Thanks for visiting my blog today - kindly leave me a message to let me know that you stopped by! I love to hear from you!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lights...Camera...wait, where's my camera??

Good googly-moogly! I'm late again!

I am so sorry my friends... I am having camera issues, please bear with me & the mediocre picture quality (Sob!)

Anywho...

This week's theme at the  CRAFT Challenge is a

COLOUR CHALLENGE

Here is our colour palette, provided to us to our good friend Eileen, aka Eiglas.

This week's challenge is sponsored by  Craft Obsessions
PRIZE:  £10 voucher for their shop

Here is my DT sample card for this week's challenge....
It's been a while since I've created with my handmade flowers... These hydrangeas are my very favorite & this week's colour pallette is perfect for these lovely blooms!

I hope you will play along with us at the CRAFT CHALLENGE- my DT mates & I look forward to seeing your fabulous creations!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Come join me for a spot of Tea!

Happy Monday, my crafy friends!  I am super honored to have been invited as Guest Designer at The Shabby Tea Room this week. I love, love the fun challenge themes at the Tea Room, and I am always so inspired & awed by the stunning creations of Debbie and the Shabby Girls. This week's challenge theme is "Buttons and Bows." 

Here is my guest designer creation for The Shabby  Tea Room
  


Many thanks again to Debbie & the lovely ladies at The Shabby Tea Room, for having me as Guest Designer this week! Please play along & do stop by the Tea Room!

I've also entered this project in the following challenges:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Let it Shine!

Welcome back my crafty friends! 

 Please join me at Paper Play Challenges for a new, fun challenge theme:

"Add Shine"

Add Shine ! (it can be glossy accents, stickles, shiny cardstock!)
Sponsored by Just Some Lines

Here is my DT creation, using a "Young Love 3," a digital image from Just Some Lines
It was very difficult to phograph the "shine" details on this card, but if you zoom in on each picture you'll see that I've added a bit of Crystal Effect to the shoes.

Card Recipe
Stamp: Young Love from Just Some Lines
*Image was printed on X-press It blending stock & coloured with Copics.
Paper: Stampin' Up! Old Olive, Celery, So Saffron
Tools: Stampin' Up! Tab punch, Oval & Scalloped Oval Nesties
Embellishments: Prima Flowers, Ribbon from stash.

Thanks again for visiting today - please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.  And, I hope you'll play along with us at Paper Play Challenges this week. My DT sisters & I can't wait to see your creations!

CRAFT CHALLENGE #90: "ANYTHING BUT A CARD"

Oh boy, what a fun & exciting challenge we have for you this week at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge

This week's theme is
"ANYTHING BUT A CARD"

Our sponsor this week is  TOUCAN SCRAPS , and Angela is offering our winner any product of the winners choice up to $5 from her store. 

Here is my DT sample for this week
 
How lovely is this little gift purse?! I hand-stamped the the design for this project & it's filled with yummy treats! I found the template for this delightful gift purse HERE


Project Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Looks Like Spring; Hero Arts Speckled Ornaments
Paper: Stampin' Up! Real Red, Melon Mambo
Ink: Ranger Dristress Ink Fired Brick; Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Tools: Quickutz embossing folder Diamonds; Martha Stewart Lattice Heart edger, Cuttlebug Die Flourishes II
Embellishments: Stickles Stardust, Diamond, Pearl strand & ribbon from stash.

Please check out the creations of my super talented DT mates at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge & do play along!  Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello Cupcake!

Hello My Crafty, Creative, Stampy Friends!

This week's challenge theme at Stamptacular Sunday is…
“LOVIN’ FROM THE OVEN!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that has something to do with food! How easy is this challenge?! Get your create on...it’s all about love and smothered in hearts! …Oh, and don’t forget to STAMP! Afterall, we don’t call this STAMPtacular Sunday for nothing!
You will have from now until midnight (EST) February 19th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz at Stamptacular Sunday, in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

http://www.mftstamps.com/catalog/index.php?ref=4&affiliate_banner_id=14
PRIZE: $25.00 Gift Certificate

Please stop by the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog to check out the gorgeous creations of my super talented Design Teamies!

 
Here's my DT sample for this week, using "Hello Cupcake!"
I hope you'll join me for the new challenge at Stamptacular Sunday. This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun! My DT mates & I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for visiting today - please show me some love & leave a comment! Have a yummy day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ooops! I'm a little late!

Uh-oh! I forgot to hit the "PUBLISH" button for this post...duh! 
Anywho, here I am - better late than never, right?

It's Thursday & that means time for another fun C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Our theme for this week is: 

"Valentines"

We have TWO sponsors for this week's challenge:
http://www.thecraftypadstampdesigns.blogspot.com/
 FIRST WINNER PRIZE: 2 digistamps of the winners choice

Also sponsoring this week's challenge is our very own Jo aka "Trimgym"

 SECOND WINNER PRIZE: Jo has a lovely pack of Valentines Day themed digital papers (15 in total)

I wanted to create something a little more than card, and was inspired by a little booklet by Becca at Amazing Paper Grace.   Here's a special Valentine's creation for my Hunny......

I altered the design to include a "cover" and is held closed
with a magnetic flap.

There are 8 pages and 2 pockets - lots of space to add sentiments, images & yummy embellies! 

I stamped out my own designer paper using Stampin' Up! En Francais and Looks Like Spring stamp sets.
I used one of my favorite Love Poems for my booklet....
 
Love is patient, love is kind
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Challenges for this project:
Cupcake Craft Challenge #128: "Seeing Red"
Wild Orchid Challenge #16: "Love is..."
Crafty Card Maker Challenge #39: "Hearts"
Papertake Weekly Challenge: "Have a Heart"
A Spoon Full of Sugar #138: "Let's See Some Love"
Crafty Calendar Challenge #17: "Love"

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by - I love to hear from you!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

HEARTS GONE WILD!

Hi all!

Please join me for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #97.  It's going to be so much fun! My DT Sisters & I can’t wait to see what you create!

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that is filled with love and HEARTS! You are free to achieve this any way you see fit as long as it’s all about love and smothered in hearts! …Oh, and don’t forget to STAMP! Afterall, we don’t call this STAMPtacular Sunday for nothing!

You will have from now until midnight (EST) February 12th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

PRIZE: $20.00 Gift Certificate
(Winner pays shipping)

AND

PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of FIVE Digital Products!


Here is my card for this week:


CARD RECIPE
STAMP:  Flourishes & Swirls from The Angel Company Stamps, Heart stamp from Michaels's dollar bin.
INK:  Versamark, Ranger Distress Ink Fired Brick
PAPER: Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride,
TOOLS: Martha Stewart

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Root of My Happiness

Happy Thursday, Friends!

"In the Roll of a Die"

Come play along with us this week... Break out your dies and punches for this week's challenge & go crazy!The possibilities are endless, and my DT mates & I can't wait to see your creations!

Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is:
http://www.diecutdreams.com/
Here is the prize for our lucky winner:

50 piece Valentines Die cut Cupcake Kit, cut in yummy Romantic Red,
Hot Candy Pink and Pure White quality card.

And here is my DT sample for this week......

CARD RECIPE
STAMP:  Sentiment from TLC Creations, Stampin' Up! En Francais
INK: Stampin' Up! Old Olive, Ranger Distress Ink Old Paper
PAPER: From stash
TOOLS: Labels #14, Oval & Scalloped Oval Nesties, Heathfelt Creations exclusive Nestabilities Posey Patch
EMBELLISHMENTS: Ribbon from stash

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by - I love to hear from you!


Intense Love

Hello My Crafty Friends! 

Please join me for another fun PaperPlay Challenge:  "Stamp It Out!"

For this week's challenge use your stamps! Create a card/project using a stamp - rubba', digi, clear - the choice is yours!

This challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp 
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PRIZE:  $15 store voucher

Here is my DT sample card for this week:

I love, love creating my own designer papers. For this card, I used a background stamp by Stampin' Up! En Francais. Against the red cardstock I used SEI Rose Petal and on the pink card stock I stamped using Versamark. I was going for a somewhat distressed, antique-ish look so I sponged a bit of ink in Rich Cocoa (Momento) along the edges & smudged the ink as well.... I made a simple envelope box to match!


CARD RECIPE
STAMPS:  Stampin' Up! En Francais; Looks Like Spring; Sentiment from TLC Creations
INK:  Versamark; Momento Rich Cocoa; SEI Rose Petal
PAPER:  Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink, Real Red; Brown textured stock from stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Martha Stewart diecut lace tag; ZVA Pearls; Lace ribbon, flower, stick pins & beads from stash.

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave me a comment to let me know that you stopped by! I love to hear from you!