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


Thursday, March 31, 2011

CRAFT Challenge #96

Happy Thursday & please join me for this another CRAFT Challenge!

This week's challenge presents us with inspirational picture.
For this challenge you will base your card/project on the elegant picture below.


Sponsoring this challenge is:
PRIZE: 5 images of choice for the winner of this challenge.

Here is my Design Team sample for this week -a wedding table display
The roof of this "gazebo" was such a challenge for me! It took 3 tries before I finally got it right! Grrrr! I topped it off with lace, ribbon & the flowers match those on the cake.
 Here is a close up of the wedding cake, encased in the gazebo....


A closer view of the wedding cake...

Project Materials
Stamp: Stampin' Up! Whimsical Words
Ink: Stampin' Up! Blush Blossom
Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; DCWV Luxury; Gold Foil Paper from stash
Tools:  Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3,
Embellishments: Roses by Prima; Pearls from ZVA; Gold Dew Drops; Pearl strand, Lace & Ribbon from stash.


I've entered this project in the following challenges:
Pattie's Creations Challenge - Flowers & Pearls
Paper Pretties PWC 177 - Bring on the Bling!
The Paper Variety: It's as Easy as 1-2-3!  (My recipe is (1) Stamped Sentiment, (2) Die cuts, (3)Embellishments: Flowers, Ribbon, Pearls)
Tuesday Throwdown #42: Florals
Stamping Scrapping Challenge - Use something that Sparkles! (I used stickles STARDUST on my flowers, as well as Fold Foil Paper)



Sunday, March 27, 2011

No Kids Allowed!

Welcome friends!

Please join me this week for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #104

This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Our challenge theme is…

“NO KIDS ALLOWED…Birthday!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a BIRTHDAY card or project FOR ADULTS ONLY!

This week's prizes donated by:


PRIZE:


- AND -


PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of FOUR Digis
Here is my Design Team sample for this week...
This card measures 4.25 x 8", and fits perfectly in a #10 envelope. I made this envelope to go with this card, using one of my favorite crafting tools -the Martha Stewart Score Board, which also comes with a guide to make envelopes!

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

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hello Little One!

Good Morning to all! 
Please join me for another challenge at The C.R.A.F.T. Challenge...

This week's theme is:
"NEW BABY"

This week we have as our sponsor again Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps

PRIZE: (5) Digital Stamps or
(4) digital stamps & (1) Paper Pack of Winner's choice

Here's my Design Team sample for this week...


Thanks for stopping by today! Please leave me a comment to let me know that you did - I just love hearing from you!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #103 Are You Talking to Me?

Hello Friends! 

We have another fun challenge theme…
“ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project where the sentiment/poem/verse/words are the main image and focus of the card! …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 26th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission using InLinkz on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prizes donated by:


PRIZE: $20.00 Gift Certificate
(winner pays shipping!)

- AND -


PRIZE: $10.00 Gift Certificate

My Design Team sisters & I can’t wait to see what you create! See you at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

Here is my Design Team sample for this challenge....

Card Recipe
Stamps: Sentiment from Stampin' Up! Asian Artistry; Background stamps: Asian Influences & Asian by Design by Inkadinkado; Flourishes & Swirls from The Angel Company
Ink: Stampin' Up! Mellow Moss, Mauve Mist; Momento Bamboo Leaves

Paper: Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzaz, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pale Plum; Dark green cardstock from stash
Tools: Stampin' Up! Scalloped Scallops paper edger; Spellbinders Fleur de lis medallion
Embellishments: Prima Mini Rose, Ribbon and pearl strand 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!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paper Play Challenge Week #11

Hello again, my crafty friends! Please join me for the new
  Paper Play Challenge
This week's theme is...
Embossing

Use dry or heat embossing on your project

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

PRIZE:  Winner's choice of 4 images!

Here is my Design Team sample for this challenge....

Card Recipe
Stamps: Digital image by Meljen's Designs
*Image printed onto Express It blending stock & coloured with COPICS
Ink: Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue
Paper: Stampin' Up! Bordering Blue
Tools: Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder; Spellbinders Fancy Labels, Lattice Pendant
Embellishments: Blue flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; Charm & White flower spray from stash

CRAFT Challenge #94

Hi all!  It's Thursday again & time for another super fun challenge at the CRAFT CHALLENGE.

This week's theme is........
"Paper Piercing"

Our lovely sponsor:
PRIZE: The prize for the winner is 5 digi's of winner's choice.

About our sponsor: Tracey Malnofski's resume reads like a whose who of the Stamping Industry. Besides being the owner and a designer for The Stamping Boutique, she's also a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Company and has also worked for InStyleStamps, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack. Her "Boutique" has it all - fairytale, whimsy, sentimental . . . and Candy! I do not envy the winner who has to choose digi stamps from all those delicious choices. Yep! A winner will be randomly selected to win 5 digital stamps of their choice from Tracey's Boutique!

Here's what Tracey says about her Stamping Boutique:
"The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality, as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week."

Here is my Design Team sample for this week:

Card Recipe
Stamps: A Spot of Tea by My Time Made Easy
Ink: Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, So Saffron; Versamark, Clear embossing powder
Paper: Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, Summer Sun, So Saffron
Embellishments: Say it With Bling Rhinestone Swirls from Want 2 Scrap; Ribbon & Charm from stash



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #102

Hello again, Friends! Please join me for our new challenge theme at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.  This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create!

This week's challenge is a…

SKETCH CHALLENGE!

Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is MY FAVORITE THINGS

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate

Here is my Design Team sample for this week....
Card Recipe
Stamps: My Favorite Things
* Image stamped on Express-it Blending stock & coloured with Copics
Paper: Websters Pages Lullaby Lane; Greem cardstock from stash
Embellishments: Flowers from Prima; Stickles Diamond, Ribbon, Stick pin, Beads & Doily from stash
 


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Knock! Knock!

It's Thursday again & time for our new challenge at the

This week's theme is to create a
DOORHANGER

Sponsoring this fun challenge is GLITTERBABE

Prize for our lucky winner: 

This was my very first attempt at making a DOORHANGER & I must say that I was a little stumped on ideas. And then it hit me.....  >BAM!<  We live on a secluded country road (of which most folks don't even know exist! lol) The weather has been warming up so we've been spending a lot more time out back....

FISHING! That's where my theme began...


Project Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Sense of Time ; Documentary by Prima; Corner Flourishes by Angel Company
Ink: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede; Versamark & Clear embossing powder; Momento Rich Cocoa; Walnut Stain & Antique Linen Ranger Distress Inks
Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Craft
Tools: Spellbinders Fancy Labels, Labels 8; Cricut cartridge Cursive; Zutter Bind It All
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Game spinners; Brads

My original idea for this doorhanger did not include the spiral bound messages at the top & the message pad - that was an after thought! I was staring out of my studio window...wracking my brains for a starting point, then I began cutting & piecing...  then Viola!  I thought, "What the heck, let's add a couple more messages on a flip pad & why not some space to leave a message?"  This turned out to be a fun project & my Hunny was really pleased with the final turn out too. He really gotta kick out of the "Gone Fishin'" message because it's so him!

Here's the lovely view from my studio, from which I draw my creative inspiration...

I hope my little project has inspired you to get crafty & creative. I hope you'll join my Design Team sisters & I at the CRAFT Challenge this week. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friends, as always I thank you so much for visiting my blog today! Please leave me a message to let me know that you stopped by 'coz I just love to hear from you!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #101

This week’s theme at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is

“You Lucky Duck!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a GOOD LUCK, CONGRATULATIONS or BEST WISHES card or project! Can’t get any easier than this! …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 12th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prizes donated by:


- AND -


PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of FIVE Digis!
Here is my Design Team submission for this week............

Card Recipe
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Vintage Labels
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Paper: SEI Windsor
Tools:  Nestabilities Fancy Labels, Labels #13
Embellishments: Prima Say It In Pearls, Ribbon from stash

Friends, my DT sisters & I can't wait to see your 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!

I've entered this card in the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Challenge #18: Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad #111: Use Ribbon


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Where has the time gone?

Hello again, my dear friends!

Come join me for another fun week at the Paper Play Challenge.
This week's theme is....

"Shabby Chic/Vintage"


PRIZE: $15 Store Voucher


Here is my Design Team sample...

I love creating shabby chick/vintage designs! A while back a friend gave me some old Norman Rockwell art calendar pages, one of which I used as the main image for this card. I had been waiting for an opportunity to do something with those pictures & this was the perfect project! I tore around the edges of the picture, and to give it an aged & worn look, then sponged a bit of Walnut Stain distress ink to the torn edges. I wanted the stamped sentiment to stand out on the picture, so I used an eraser to "fade" some of the color in that area. Then I stamped the sentiment with Versamark & used black embossing powder so that it would "pop."  Although you can just barely see the background papers peeking through, I dry embossed it, stamped it out, distressed & sponged on Antique Linen & Walnut Stain distress inks, then tucked some scrap pieces of designer paper, lace & doily beneath the main image. I was really happy with the end results of this card & because there was no colouring involved it was a quick & eash project - can't get any better than that, huh?!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Captured in Time by Kelly Panacci; Carte Postale by All Night Media
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain & Antique Linen, Momento Rich Cocoa, Versamark & black embossing powder
Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede,
Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folder Script
Embellishments: Flowers from Papirloftet and Prima; Doily, Stick pin, Beads & Ribbon from stash.


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

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

A Moment in Time........

Happy Thursday, my Crafty Friends! 

Please join me at the CRAFT Challenge - we have a super theme for this week:

"Mother's Day"

This week's challenge is proudly sponsored by

Lauretta has some really adorable digi's! You can check out her line of Digital Stamps HERE


PRIZE: Our lucky winner will receive:

Here is my Design Team sample for this week:  A Photo Box





I created this lovely little photo box for my youngest daughter. Enclosed is pictures that were taken during her baby shower for her eldest daughter (now 2 years old!)  I haven't had a chance to do anything with these picture & thought this photo box would be a perfect way to present these pictures to her...then she can either keep them stored in this pretty box or mount them in her scrapbook.... now to work on another one for her younger daughter's pictures! lol!

Project Materials
Stamps: Prima Canteria
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen, SEI Chalk Ink Rose Petal
Paper; Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, GCD Studios Cloisonne
Tools: Spellbinders Lattice Pendent
Embellishment: Flowers from McMahon Five Designs, Ribbon & Pearl spray from stash

Come show off your Mother's Day creations at the CRAFT CHALLENGE - my Design Team mates & I look forward to seeing your gorgeous creations!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave me a comment - I love to hear from you!