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/

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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

A Flower for You

If you read my blog much, you likely know that my daughter and I love entering our cards in lots and lots of challenges!  It’s a blast seeing the creations of various design team members and challenge participants. I know I’m constantly inspired by the talented crafters I meet through various challenge blogs. Also, following challenges keeps us out of ruts and gives us lots of ideas and parameters that help in the design process. So,  when Pixie Dust Studio challenged us to CASE a card, I jumped on board! I found a really fun card in the Card Maker’s Sketch Book (edited by Tanya Fox) made by the very talented Tami Mayberry. 

I changed things up just a bit but kept the feel of the flower and layout. Here is my version:

The flower is made from layered flower and scalloped circle punches and a sweet little flower button in the center. The sentiment is a  digi Heather made.

-Ann

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use a Tag: http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/

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

Seeing Red: http://cateredcrop.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. 17 Comments

Freebie Saturday

I really should just make this Freebie Saturday since I seem to be forgetting to post it on Fridays lately! But I’ve had a cold the last few days and I’m using that as my excuse this week, lol! I mentioned I’d share my sympathy sentiment I made earlier in the week.

And I have a few pretty shells for you:

Finally, an antique Dutch scrimshaw engraving of a whale:

You’re free to use these for anything you like. You may use them on handmade items to sell but you may not sell these digis. If you show your work online, please give me credit. Do not repost these digi files on your blog. I’d love you to share my digis but please do so by sharing a link or directing them back to this blog. Thank you! Enjoy!

-Heather

Springtime in Paris

I’ve been so inspired by a blog I found recently. Sharon at http://smscrapperdesigns.blogspot.com/ has been making a series of tags lately with a Springtime in Paris theme and they are just amazing! She has so many layers of detail from the shimmer sprays and embossing techniques to the loveliest little embellishments. I was really inspired to make my own Springtime in Paris themed card.

I used CPS sketch #253: 

I made the roses with a Tim Holz for Sizzix die and I inked the petals for a more natural looking blush of color. The doily they are on is a Nestabilities oval diecut. The black label shape behind the image is also a Tim Holz diecut. The images are from various digi sources. The bird is one of my own, taken from an old Victorian trade card image. I believe I shared it with you in a previous Freebie Friday post. The ”souvenir” tag is a freebie from http://farfarhill.blogspot.com/. The tickets were blank digis from http://misscutiepiegoes80s.blogspot.com/2009/12/freebie-matching-tickets.html. I then stamped them with unmounted sentiment stamps from Inkadinkadoo. The gorgeous Eiffel Tower image is a Victorian trade card image I found a while back on a public domain vintage image site. I just love the antique looking perfume bottle charm! Such a fun card to make!

-Heather

Challenges I’d like to enter this card into:

CPS Sketch #253: http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

Spots and Dots: http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com/

Stripes & Polka Dots: http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/

Bingo: http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ (flowers, spots & charms -or- pearls, punches & charms. Stamped image on tickets.)

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

Make it a Triple: http://shellysimagesblog.blogspot.com/  (3 Roses)

Distress: http://www.doyoustackup.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

Charm Me: http://stamptacularsundaychallenge.blogspot.com/ (stamped image on tickets)

Digi or Don’t: http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.com/ (All images except stamps on tickets are digis)

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

Bingo: http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.com/ (Flowers, Polka Dots, Diecuts -or- Bows, Sparkles, Flowers)

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

2 or more DP’s & 4 or more Gems: http://sewmanychallenges.blogspot.com/

Sending Happiness: http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/

Flowers: http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/

Use a Tag: http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/

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

Make it Sparkle: http://digitaltuesdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ (All images except stamps on tickets are digis)

3 Favorite Things: http://cookingitupwithkatie.blogspot.com/  (Roses, Gems, Tickets)

London, Paris, or New York: http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/

Victorian Romance: http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/

Animals: http://panpasteluk.blogspot.com/

This entry was posted on February 24, 2012. 54 Comments