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Friday, April 30, 2010

Water Lily Easel Card

This card was made for Digi Day over at SNR & PCP yesterday, but, I just couldn't get the grandchildren to nap at the same time so I could finish it in time to play along. I'm just having a real hard time lately getting good pictures of my cards. I think I need a new camera.

The sketch used for the front of this card is from the Wednesday Card Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

This is an Easel Card. I really am addicted to making them. The theme was Mother's Day. I was going to put Happy Mother's Day on the inside where I have the water lily, however, after punching the fan border on the designer paper, I thought the image to the left of the water lily looked like a frog. Vivid imagination!!! Anyway, I decided to make a second water lily to place next to my "FROG" instead of words.

Each Water Lily, a digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, was printed three times, colored with Copic Markers, cut out and layered with foam tape for a 3D affect.
I used my new Nesties, In Spades, for behind the focal point and in the corners.

The hand stitching around the card front was done with Embroidery Floss.

Other Chalenges for this card:
Dutch Dare - Easel Card - Repeat something. I repeated the water Lily.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #53

Well, we're back again for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.
For my card, I used a new Digi Image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, called Helping Hand.
The image was colored in with Copic Markers. The bird was printed & colored twice then cut out and layered with foam tape for more dimension.

The designer paper used is new from Close to my Heart and can be found in the new Summer catalog as of May 1st. It's called Splendor.

I used a lot of my toys for creating this card. Three different Nesties, a Cuttlebug embossing folder and three flower punches.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day


Today is Digi Day over at Paper Craft Planet and I'm this week's host.
So, come on over and play along with us. Just make a Card that represents Earth Day in some way and post it there. If you post before midnight est. tonight, you will get a Free Digi for early bird special. Here is the link for it:  

My inspiration for today's card comes from Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge #26 . The challenge was to use a previous favorite sketch of theres. So I chose Sletch #18.
The care is 5.75" x 5.75".

I used the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Image called Kate Planting. It was printed on my comoputer then colored with Copic Markers.

The designer papers are a very new paper pack called Cherry-o Creatic Basics. It will be available on My 1st. The felvet ribbon comes with the paper pack.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Waltzing Mouse Blog Waltz!


I can't believe I almost missed this Blog Waltz. I've had my first set of Waltzing Mouse stamps for several weeks now and have yet to use them. That really shows the funk I've been in. When I saw this on my friend Lisa's Blog, I got so excited I had to go and create a card. I just hope I have enough time to submit it.


I used a sketch from this weeks Truly Scrumptious sketch Challenge.

The designer papers are from K and Company.
The ribbon, half pearls and buttons are from Close to my Heart.

The Waltzin Mouse stamp set I used is called Spring Baskets. I stamped the images three times with memento black ink then colored them with Copic Markers. I cut them out and layered with some foam take for a 3D look.
The daffodils have yellow stickles on them for a little sparkle.

I added some punched flowers, half pearls and some Hand Stitching with embroidery floss for the finishing touches..

HERE ARE SOME OTHER CHALLENGES FOR THIS CARD:
Stamp Something Layered Challenge - Lots of layeres here.
Paper Sundae - Make a card with anything but people
Paper Jewels April Challenge - Sewing and Buttons.
Pile It On - Spring is finally here!
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Buttons
All Sorts - Stitching
Creative Inspiration - 3 flowers, 2 dps, 1 ribbon

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Daisy - SSS52

I'm trying to get my Mojo Back. This is the first piece I've created in a week and I didn't realize until last night how much I really miss the hand sewing. So, maybe that's a good thing.

My colors look a little off on my monitor. Hope it looks better on yours. The center of the daisies is YELLOW stickles. Maybe it's because the glue is still wet.

My card today was made for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #52. It's the Sweet Stop's One Year Anniversary so go on over and play along with the sketch challenge, add the link to your card to Mr. Linky and play along for a PRIZE!!! The sketch challenge is with a SPIN. The spin is buttons and bows.

My card is 5.5 x 5.5 and created with designer papers from Close to my Heart in the colors of Twilight and Sweetleaf. I just love that combination.
The buttons and ribbon is also from Close to my Heart.

The Digi Image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and is called April Daisy. I added some yellow stickles to the centers of the flowers.
The small flowers were made using various punches.

The hand stitching was done with white embroidery floss.

OTHER CHALLENGES WITH THIS CARD:
Creative Belli Blog - Use Die Cut Shapes

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Special Lady - Mother's Day Card - SC275 Sketch Challenge

My card today was inspired by the Wednesday Sketch Challenge over at SplitCoast Stampers. I made mine 5 X 7 even though it looks like a square card. I don't know what's up with Blogger to squish the image the way it has.

The wonderful image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, called Special Lady. I couldn't help myself but to make the hat RED for all you Red Hat Ladies out there. The image was printed twice, colored with Copic Markers and some parts cut out and layered for dimension.

The designer papers are from a retired paper pack called Whoops-A-Daisy.

I only hand stitched half of the card so as not to take away from the beautiful daisies on the papers.

Sweet Violets

Please excuse the photo of my card. I had to scan it rather than take a picture as I normally do and the scan makes it look like I layered my papers crooked. That's what I get for not finishing the card while it was still daylight to get a good picture. But, I had a migraine headache today and wasn't allowed to take anything for it because of going for a Colonoscopy tomorrow.

My card was inspired by this gorgeous stamped image called Sweet Violets, from Flourishes. You see, I won one of their sketch challenges and this was one of the stamp sets I got. So, today, in spite of my headache, I just had to ink up this stamp and try it out.


I also found the perfect sketch challenge this week from Midnight Madness. I couldn't do the three bows as on the sketch because it just didn't work with this image.


This card was also made for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #61. We are to use things we bought and never used. That was easy for me because I've got tons of product that I hoard. Paper being one of them. So, here I'm using some beautiful paper that retired last year from Close to my Heart and Grape Sherbet grosgrain ribbon that retired several years ago. And, I can forget my Nesties. I tend to use the same ones all the time so this is the first time I've used this set.

The hand stitching around the card was done with matching embroidery floss.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The winner of April Daisy is.......

The winner, through a random drawing, of the April Daisy image I used on my card for the Sweet 'n Sassy blog hop is Cheryl.


CONGRATULATIONS CHERYL!
I emailed you your image.
ENJOY!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sweet 'n Sassy Birthday Blog Hop

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I spent a fantastic day with my kids and grandkids. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. 75° and SUNNY!!!

Today is Korin's Birthday. She is the owner and one of the illustrators of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps so we are celebrating in style with a Blog Hop.  Prizes Galore starting right here.

You can hop along in  any order. The DT list is at the end of this post. But, make sure you stop at each one and leave a comment for a chance at some free Digi Stamps.


My card today was inspired Friday Sketcher's Sketch Challenge #96.

The image is April Daisies, illustrated by the ever so talented Leah Cornelius.  They were actually printed out three times, colored and cut out twice and layered with foam take for a 3D look.
How would you like a chance at getting this fabulous image FREE. Just leave me a comment and you might be the lucky winner.  A winner will be chose tomorrow.

The designer papers are from the Veranda Collection from Close to my Heart.

The card is 5.75 x 5/75 in size. The hand stitching was done with matching embroidery floss.

Here is the list of our DT Blog Hop Members:
♥Sweet 'n Sassy
♥ Micki
♥ Sandy
♥ Deedee
♥ Nicole
♥ Lisa
♥ Korin
♥ Leah
♥ Ceal
♥ Darsie
♥ Janette
♥ Kim
♥ Lorie
♥ Nancy - YOU ARE HERE!
♥Julie
♥ Tricia

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch #50 - "Milton Reading"

HAPPY EASTER!!!

I've really been slacking in my posting this week. It has been such a crazy past two weeks and there just aren't enough hours in the day.  But then it's always this way for me before any Holiday. Holiday meals are always here and we have all the kids over. So, it's not just the cooking and baking but the cleaning before and after. AND cleaning takes away some valuable stamping time.  I've been that busy for the past two weeks that today I found a Dust Bunny big enough to have it's own Zip Code. Where could that have possibly come from and who put it there.


Ok, enough of me trying to be a comedian.
My card for today was inspired by the sketch over at The Sweet Stop.  If you've never played along with any of their challenges, hop on over and try one this week. They are so much fun and you can't even imagine how easy it is to create a card once you have a sketch to follow.

The image I used is a new Digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps called "Milton Reading".  It was colored in with Copic Markers. I forgot to add the stickles glitter to the flower and butterfly. If I get a chance between collecting dust bunnies, I'll take another picture and change it out.

The designer papers are from The Bella Collection from Close to my Heart.

The Sentiment is from the April Stamp of the Month called "Flower Pot", and the the Hollyhock twill ribbon is also from Close to my Heart.

The butterfly is a digi image but I have no clue where I got it. I just know that I love it.