Archive | February 2012

Bright and Beautiful

I love romantic, girly color schemes- lots of pinks, roses, soft blues, and greens, etc. Bright, even intense yellow and orange are way outside my usual palette. I was so drawn to this gorgeous dimensional butterfly however, I decided to just run with it. This ”sunny” and cheerful card is the result!

The inside detail:

I really enjoyed making this card and stepping outside my color comfort zone. I especially love the gold accents in the glitter on the butterfly, the brads and the metallic ribbon. The yellow paper is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The orange papers are from the Summer Kiss stack by Colorbok.

-Ann

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

Use 3 Different Patterned Papers: http://mamidoodles.blogspot.com/

Use 3 Different Patterned Papers: http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/

Winged Things: http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

Another Dimension: http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/

Add Sunshine to your day: http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.com/

Bold & Bright: http://craftyannschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Variegated Colors: http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/

Ribbon & Bling: http://trulymadlycraftychallenges.blogspot.com/

All Creatures Great & Small: http://trulyscrumptiouschallenge.blogspot.com/

Yellow and a Butterfly: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes:http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes: http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/

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This entry was posted on February 28, 2012. 7 Comments

20 Minute Card!

I wanted to challenge myself to make a 20 minute card for a challenge at http://365cards.blogspot.com/ This challenge was so tough!!! It took 3 tries with different cards for me to finish one in 20 minutes!  I finally did it using the latest CPS sketch. I did pull all my supplies and have my full game plan in mind beforehand, and I fussed with the bow a little after time ran out. But, I really did put this card together in 20 minutes, including cutting out the papers and tag, distressing the focal, and stamping the tag!  Whew! That was fast!

I used CPS Sketch #254: 

 

The focal piece is a Victorian era, German trade card digital image. I just love it! It’s just so sweet and spring-like! The tag and trade card images are available free from http://farfarhill.blogspot.com/ The ”friends” stamp is from an unmounted set, ‘Special Thoughts’ by Inkadinkadoo.

– Heather

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

CPS Sketch #254: http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/

Time’s Up!: http://365cards.blogspot.com/

This entry was posted on February 27, 2012. 4 Comments

Sparkle and Shine

I’ve had this butterfly card in the back of my mind ever since I saw it done up in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Heather made me this large, dimensional vintage butterfly that I knew would be perfect for it! Here is the original by Betsy Veldman.

Here is my version: 

and a little detail of the inside:

My friend Sara gave me these lovely glittery papers last week. I think they’re perfect!

-Ann

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

Let’s CASE: http://pixieduststudiopixiechallenge.blogspot.com/

Use Green: http://littlescrappieces.blogspot.com/

Winged Things: http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

Another Dimension: http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/

Use 3 Different Patterned Papers: http://mamidoodles.blogspot.com/

Use 3 Different Patterned Papers: http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/

Make it Sparkle: http://digitaltuesdaychallenge.blogspot.com/

All Creatures Great & Small: http://trulyscrumptiouschallenge.blogspot.com/

Bling it Up: http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.com/

Bold & Bright: http://craftyannschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Favourite Embelishment: http://craftuscrazy.blogspot.com/ (gems)

Anything Goes: http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes: http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/

This entry was posted on February 27, 2012. 11 Comments

Rhapsody in Blue

Heather and I have been pouring over the gorgeous cards at  http://selmasstampingcorner.blogspot.com/ I love her style and am coveting all those fabulous diecuts she uses! I was inspired after seeing her work to make this card:

I love how it turned out! The butterfly is one of Heather’s vintage digis done up as a decoupage. The leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch and … The round doily is cut on a Spellbinders Nestie and the large label shape is a Sizzix die. The stamp is by Stampin’ Up!

-Ann

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

Time Flies: http://www.whimsical-designs.com/

Winged Things: http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

Another Dimension: http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/

Use 3 Different Patterned Papers: http://mamidoodles.blogspot.com/

Use 3 Different Patterned Papers: http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/

Add a Sentiment: http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/

Make it Sparkle: http://digitaltuesdaychallenge.blogspot.com/

3 Favourite Things: http://cookingitupwithkatie.blogspot.com/ (butterflies, gems, this flower ribbon)

All Creatures Great & Small: http://trulyscrumptiouschallenge.blogspot.com/

Bling it Up: http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.com/

Use a Ribbon: http://panpasteluk.blogspot.com/

Lots of Layers: http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.com/

Blues and Cream: http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com/

Your Choice: http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes:http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes: http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes: http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/

This entry was posted on February 27, 2012. 22 Comments

Birdie Just Because

This is another CASE’d card. This fun card by Piali really stood out to me. See more of her work here: http://touchofcreation.blogspot.com/2012/01/hello.html Here is her card:

Cute huh? Here is my version:

I didn’t have the darling birds she used so I modified the free digi birds found here: http://rubberstamping.about.com/od/digitalstamps/ss/A-Little-Bird-Told-Me-Free-Digital-Stamp.htm.  I removed the legs, mirrored and colored them and added separate wings. I didn’t have B&W baker’s twine so I made this faux baker’s twine by coloring white twine with a sharpie. The sentiment is by A Muse Artstamps.

I tried to make this card for a challenge to ”make a card in 20 min or less.” Yes, I realize now that was a little insane but I really tried. I almost made it. Aside from making up the birds and prepping the faux twine before starting the clock, I made it in about 27 minutes. Whew!

-Heather

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

Let’s CASE: http://pixieduststudiopixiechallenge.blogspot.com/

Get Krafty: http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/

 

Ribbon Bonanza!

So I decided to jump on board with the Pixie Dust Studios CASE challenge as well. There was this awesome card I saw recently while perusing Princess4101’s SCS gallery:

Isn’t it fabulous?! I love how happy and exuberant it is! You can find her card here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1058152?&cat=500&ppuser=75022&perpage=12&thumbsonly=1 Take a look at her other cards too – so fun!

Here is my quickie version:

The inside detail with sentiment by Imaginations!: 

Such a fun card! I loved pulling out all these fun ribbons and doing the wonky stitching. I’m a quilter and am a very precise, straight seam sewer so it felt really weird to purposely sew off-kilter like this. Fun though!   The stamps are from the Delight in Life and Watercolor Garden sets by Stampin’ Up.

-Heather

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

Let’s CASE: http://pixieduststudiopixiechallenge.blogspot.com/

Buttons & Ribbons: http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.com/

Color & Swirls inspiration: http://ribboncarouselchallenge.blogspot.com/

This entry was posted on February 27, 2012. 4 Comments

Spring Thank You

I’ve been down with a cold all weekend and since I was feeling down in the dumps, I tried to work in a  bright and happy palette to give myself a little boost. I’ll admit, this card cheered me up and made me smile!

I really enjoyed pulling out my Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punches and some Fiskars decorative edge scissors for all the layered papers. I also enjoyed stitching  on this card. The flower is a  sticker from ekSuccess and the sentiment is a stamp from Stampin’ Up.

This is another CASE’d card. The darling original is by Debbie Olson and appeared in the Jan/Feb issue of Paper Crafts magazine:

-Ann

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

Let’s CASE: http://pixieduststudiopixiechallenge.blogspot.com/

Buttons & Ribbons: http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.com/

Card for a Female: http://thepoodlesparlour.blogspot.com/ 

Shades of Spring: http://craftsandmechallenges.blogspot.com/

Add Sunshine to your day: http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.com/

Lots of Layers: http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.com/

Bold & Bright: http://craftyannschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Variegated Colors: http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/

Add a Sentiment: http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/

Your Choice: http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes:http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes: http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Anything Goes: http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/

 

This entry was posted on February 27, 2012. 19 Comments