Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monday Mood Board #7

Good morning and Happy Easter!

I have a busy day ahead of me, as I am sure you do too. I wanted to pop in quickly to share what I have made for this week's Monday Mood Board Challenge from Wplus9.


And here is Dawn's inspirational mood board picture:


I was so excited to finally have the motivation to pull out one of my little wooden spools to use on this card. I wrapped it in patterned paper. The rest come together pretty easily, combining a fabric topped brad and a shimmery button with Wplus9's C'est La Vie stamp set and Pinking Squares dies.

Thank you for stopping in today. Have a wonderful day!


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Recipe
STAMPS: C'est La Vie - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Lake House - Wplus9; Groovy Guava - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: For the Record - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Groovy Guava, Early Espresso - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares Die - Wplus9; Doily - Wilton; Button - PTI; Brad - Colorbok; Mini Wood Spool - Darice; Sewing Machine - Janome

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Play Date Cafe Challenge #175

Hello there!

It is once again time for the Play Date Cafe to bring you our fabulous color challenge.

This week's colors are lavender, buttercream, and vanilla.


And here is what I created for this week's challenge:


I used the Words of Wisdom and Borderline sets from Verve Stamps.

Keepin' it simple with some stitching and pretty buttons.

I hope you will join us! You can link up your creation over at The Play Date Cafe Blog. You have through Tuesday, April 2nd to play along. While you're there, you can check out the Cup of the Week prize from this week's challenge sponsor, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.!


Enjoy!


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Recipe
STAMPS:
Words of Wisdom, Borderline - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Winter Wisteria, Fine Linen, Vintage Cream - PTI
INK: Wisteria Wonder - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Buttons - PTI; Sewing Machine - Janome

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash #14

Hi there!

Swinging by to bring you my take on the current 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge. I'm prepping this post during the intermission of the hockey game, so let's see if I can write it in 10 minutes too!

Here are the challenge colors:


Lovely, springy colors. This is what I came up with. I am really crushing on this Mini Blooms set right now.


I die cut a circle from Oatmeal cardstock and randomly stamped the flowers and leaves from the set. I sliced half the circle and stitched around the outside edge before hitting it with a little Antique Linen Distress Ink. The sentiment was die cut from Kraft cardstock using the Wonderful Words: Hello Die.

Time to finish: 9 min 18 seconds.

I think a set of cards with different colored flowers would make a really pretty gift. Really love this stamp set.

That's it for me - going back to the hockey game! Have a great day! :)


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Recipe
STAMPS: Mini Blooms - PTI
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Kraft - Wplus9
INK: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Crumb Cake - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Wonderful Words: Hello Die - PTI; Standard Circle Small - Spellbinders; Sewing Machine - Janome

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Oh Happy Day!

Hello, friends!

Here is a little something I created for this week's CASE Study challenge. Julie Ebersole is the month-long CASE Study Muse - can you believe that April is just about here?

Here is the inspiration card, a happy little number from Julie.


I didn't really have any bicycle images in my library, but I did have this cute little button from Chic Tags.


I die cut the largest tag from the Timeless Tags dies and adhered the button to it. Then I set out to build the rest of my card around it.

The patterned paper has been waiting to be used, and I couldn't resist the pretty, girly colors. I threw in a little banner, impressed with the Chevron Impression Plate and a bit of doily. I found a cute little sentiment that I liked (that fit perfectly on the tag) from PTI's Mini Blooms set and then was surprised to see it was the same sentiment Julie used. I love happy accidents!

Hope your week is off to a great start! I think I'm going to pull the stopwatch out and tackle the newest 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge tonight - you should join me!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Mini Blooms - PTI
CARDSTOCK: Marigold Morning - SU!; Ballet Slippers, Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing - My Minds Eye
INK: Early Espresso - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Timeless Tags Die, Chevron Impression Plate - Wplus9; Lovely Day Buttons - Chic Tags

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Monday Mood Board #6

Well, the weekend has just about come to an end and I'm sitting here wondering if we are going to get the monster snow storm that they were predicting. The forecast keeps changing, and at this point I won't be surprised to wake up tomorrow morning to just a dusting.

It has been a few days since I've stamped, I needed some couch time with my hubs, but I wanted to get my Monday Mood Board #6 creation on paper.


Here is this week's inspiration picture. Is it wrong that I just kind of want to eat the cookies?


I used leaf images from the Folk Art Florals set to create my wreath. I lightly sketched a circle in pencil to use as a guide, then erased it once I had stamped the wreath. The plaid pattern was created using the border images from Country Charm.

Thanks for popping in!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Country Charm, Folk Art Florals, Spring Tags - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Ballet Slippers - Wplus9; Pale Plum - SU!; Vintage Cream - PTI
INK: Pale Plum, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Diamond Stickles - Ranger Industries; Sewing Machine - Janome; Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers

Friday, March 22, 2013

Viva La Verve!

Hello there!

Today I am excited to bring you this week's Viva La Verve! sketch challenge!

Won't you play along with us?


I got a little tilty with the main panel, and I encourage you to do the same! Here is the card that I created:


I used images and a sentiment from the Brighter Days set. I adore this set, I love the encouraging sentiments and gorgeous typography!

The VLV sketch challenge is hosted on the Verve forum over on the Splitcoaststampers site. I encourage you to head over there and check out the challenge rules and join us! You could win $100 in Verve goodies, and really, who can pass that up?

I also hope you'll stop in the forum to see the amazing samples that some of the other DT ladies created using this week's sketch. They seriously knocked it right out of the park and put my little card to shame! I told you - these girls are good!

Always lovely to see you - I hope you're gearing up for a fab weekend!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Brighter Days - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Pool Party, Bermuda Bay - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: So Happy Together - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Night of Navy - SU!
OTHER: Chevron Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Sewing Machine - Janome; Label Die - Spellbinders; Button; Washi Tape

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Play Date Cafe Challenge #174

Hello there!

It is once again time for the Play Date Cafe to bring you our fabulous color challenge.

This week's beautiful colors are rich jewel tones in amethyst, emerald, and peridot.


The Craft's Meow is sponsoring us this week, and I used their Happy as a Lark set for my card. You know me, anything with a bird!


I started by inking up my card base with Distress Inks in this week's challenge colors. Then I stamped and embossed the bird image and sentiment.


I hope you will join us! You can link up your creation over at The Play Date Cafe Blog. You have through Tuesday, March 26th to play along. While you're there, you can check out the Cup of the Week prize from this week's challenge sponsor, The Craft's Meow!

Enjoy!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Happy as a Lark - The Craft's Meow
CARDSTOCK: White - Wplus9
INK: Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink - Ranger Industries; White - Wplus9
OTHER: Detail White Embossing Powder - Stampendous

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #8


Hi there!

It is time once again for a new challenge on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. The challenge for this week is to create a center step card. You can find a tutorial for the technique here.


I used the Water Lillies (1258F) stamp for my center step. I stamped it a few times, orienting it differently on my cardstock each time to give it a different look. I am not sure where that pretty pond is, but I want to find it.

I debated whether to add the sentiment or not, but finally went with it. It is A Light Heart (323D).

Stop over to the Challenge Blog for all the details and to see the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team:


Serendipity's special this week is 20% off Baby and Childhood Stamps. The special runs through Wednesday 3/27.

Have a great day!

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Recipe
STAMPS: Water Lillies (1258F), A Light Heart (323D) - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Pool Party - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: So Happy Together - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko
OTHER: Copic Markers

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps March Blog Party


Hello and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is the monthly blog party at Waltzingmouse Stamps. This month's theme is LUCK, so perfect for today's holiday. Here is the card that I created for the event.


I used the vintage shamrock girl digital image available in the freebie section of the WMS store and combined it with a sentiment from Compact Sentiments Part 2.

Of course I made sure to add lots of green!

Short and sweet for me today, I won't keep you! Be sure to head over to the WMS Blog to find out the party details and link up your creation!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Celtic Heritage, Cabin Plaid Backgrounder, Compact Sentiments Part 2 - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Vintage Cream - PTI; Green Acres - Wplus9; Certainly Celery - SU!
INK: Gumball Green, Wild Wasabi - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Vintage shamrock girl digital image - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Sewing Machine - Janome; Harlequin Impression Plate - Sizzix

Friday, March 15, 2013

You are the Best - MMB #5

Howdy friends.

So glad its Friday - how about you? I have been so cold this week, I just can't get warm. Even at night I keep waking up feeling like I am freezing. I hope I'm not coming down with anything. Anyway! Last night I sat down for a little crafty time.


This is the inspiration picture for this week's Monday Mood Board challenge. What stood out for me right away was the patterned heart and the patterned paper with the little clusters of red flowers. I let those ideas mix around a bit and here is what I came up with:


I die cut a heart from a post it note and stuck it down over my square of Oatmeal cardstock. The little flower cluster is from the Very Vintage Florals set. I inked the flowers up with one color ink and the leaves with another. I wasn't worried about being too perfect, and it was easy enough to keep them separate. The little dots are from the Spring Tags set. I live for this - searching through the stamp sets to find which little tiny image will be perfect for the design I am working on. It is fun to experiment with these little accent images.

Anyway, I stamped all that with the post-it note heart mask on, doing my best to stamp around the edges to help define the heart shape. Once that part was done, I added a sentiment (from Written on Ribbon) and a threaded button.

A pinked navy square grounds the design, and the little clothespin adds just the perfect accent.

Before I head out, I wanted to remind you that the Waltzingmouse Blog Party is on Sunday the 17th. We'd love for you to join us! The theme this month is LUCK, and even though it is St. Patrick's Day you can create any type of card with a luck theme. If you want to go the St. Patrick's Day route, Claire has a few free images you can use. So now you have no excuse for not joining us! :)

Take care!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Very Vintage Florals, Spring Tags, Written on Ribbon - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Night of Navy - SU!
INK: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries; White - Wplus9
OTHER: Heart Nestabilities - Spellbinders Paper Arts; Pinking Blade - Fiskars; Red button; Clothespin

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Play Date Cafe Challenge #173

Good morning, good morning!

It is once again time for the Play Date Cafe to bring you our fabulous color challenge.


The super popular color splash is here! This week we are splashing with coral - one of my favorite colors!

Here is what I created:


The pattern was built with the new Waltzingmouse Folk Art Medallion set. It is, in my opinion, stunning in black and white :) It was also a cinch to add just a splash of coral to the design. The fancy sentiment is from the Big Day Additions set and finishes off what could be an elegant birthday or wedding card.

I hope you will join us! You can link up your creation over at The Play Date Cafe Blog. You have through Tuesday, March 19th to play along. While you're there, you can check out the Cup of the Week prize from our fabulous challenge sponsor, Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp

Thank you for sponsoring us this week, Simon Says Stamp!

I can't wait to see what you create with my favorite color! Hope your day is great!


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Recipe:
STAMPS: Folk Art Medallion, Big Day Additions - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Groovy Guava - SU!; Black, White - Wplus9
INK: Groovy Guava - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Clear Adhesive Rhinestones - Recollections

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Time to Hit the Beach


My unconscious was trying to tell me something during this week's 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge.

Can you guess what it was?


I think maybe I need a vacation.

Pulling it together in 9 minutes and 35 seconds, I combined the My Island set with the cane background from Heirloom Patterns.

At first I was a bit stumped by the challenge colors, but then the palm tree silhouette came to mind and the rest was history. We are, after all, approaching the six-month mark since our last trip.. that's about right for that urgent need to hit the road and head for the water to kick in.

Aloha!


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Recipe
STAMPS: My Island, Heirloom Patterns - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Linen twine - SU!; Button - PTI; Sewing machine - Janome

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hugs From Afar

Hiya!

I hope your week is off to a good start. This past weekend was a beautiful one here in Pittsburgh, and now that we are back to cold and rain I am feeling pretty desperate about the arrival of Spring.

I made a little something last night for this week's CASE Study challenge. The muse for the month of March is none other than the Julie Ebersole. How about this beautiful bit of inspiration?


I couldn't resist the white heat embossing on Kraft cardstock, so I made that the focal point of my card.


I used the Borderline set from Verve Stamps on my card. I started with the sentiment, stamping and embossing it in white and then stamped the heart border around it. I selectively colored a few hearts, just enough to give it a rainbow effect. I do have to say that coloring in embossed images, especially on Kraft, really has a fabulous look. And since I didn't want anything competing with that little panel for attention, I left the background plain. Those little rainbow hearts can be the star of the show :)

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Borderline - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Kraft - Wplus9
INK: White - Wplus9
OTHER: Detail White Embossing Powder - Stampendous; Copic Markers

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wplus9 Monday Mood Board

Hello there!

There really is no time for chatting, I am just squeaking by with this before the deadline closes. I am feeling a little carded out after this week's release festivities for WMS, and I spent the weekend enjoying some beautiful weather, but I couldn't let this Monday Mood Board Challenge go by.


I remember when Dawn posted these cards as part of the last release and how she was inspired by vintage handkerchiefs. Seeing this photo turned my thoughts to vintage redwork, and I was inspired to create this quick and easy card.


I won't lie - it doesn't get much easier than this! Three stamps, one ink :)

Hope you had a great weekend, I am going to head back to the couch to join my hubby and finish watching tonight's Pens game. Later gators!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Chantilly Trim, Embroidered Bouquet - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Cupid's Bow, White - Wplus9
INK: Riding Hood Red - SU!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March Cloud9 Blog Hop


Hello and happy Saturday! Welcome to the March Cloud9 Blog Hop!

This month, we are saying goodbye to dear Christina MacLaren. We will miss you, Christina! There is some good news, though.. the amazingly talented Erin Taylor and Maureen Merritt will be joining us!

Here is this month's inspiration photo, from the Erin Ever After Blog:


A beautiful, beautiful picture. I was completely stumped, though!

I pulled this set, pulled that set, and just couldn't quite decide what I wanted to do. Finally, I stepped back from the computer and looked at the photo from across the room. A handful of colors on the wall behind the vase jumped out at me, so I pulled those inks and a brush and this happened.


You know what, it is different but I liked it!

The flower is from Hope Seed Co. and the sentiment is from Quite Like You.

I am so glad that you've stopped by to see me today, I hope you'll play along with this month's Cloud9 Blog Hop with the chance to win a fabulous Wplus9 prize as well as join the Inspiration Team as next month's Guest Designer! You have until 10 am on March 12th to link up with us over on the Cloud9 Blog.

Also be sure to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the inspiration team:

Suzanne Dahlberg
Erin Taylor
Gayatri Murali
Maureen Merritt

as well as this month's special guest designer:

Michelle Leone!

Have a great day!

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Recipe
STAMPS: Hope Seed Co., Quite Like You - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Going Gray - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Poppy Parade, Marigold Morning, Bermuda Bay, Groovy Guava - SU!; Slate - Amuse|Studio; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Aquapainter

Friday, March 8, 2013

WMS March Release Blog Waltz

Hello there and happy Friday!

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Stamps March Release Blog Waltz. Today, the three new Waltzingmouse stamp sets we've been previewing for the past few days will be available for purchase in the Waltzingmouse Stamps store.

You should have arrived here from the incredibly talented and super sweet Sarah Martina's blog. The waltz starts over on Claire's blog, so be sure to head there if you're just popping in.

As usual, Blog Waltz prizes are up for grabs! One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments left on one of the Design Team blogs, so let us know what you think of the new release! You have until 6:59 AM EST on Monday, March 11th to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the WMS Blog on the 13th.

I have two more cards to share with you today. The first is a simple one, using some of the floral images from Folk Art Medallions.


The flowers are built from a few different images, stamped in shades of coral. I fussy cut them as well as a few leaves. I wanted to keep the rest simple, so I layered the flowers onto a strip of cream cardstock stamped with the sentiment and then a gray embossed panel. I love gray, and I particularly love it combined with coral.

My second card today again uses some of the same images as the navy card I shared yesterday. I adore the gorgeous medallion in the set, but this tile pattern is really what does it for me. It is just so fabulous, I have only scratched the surface of possibilities. Here is a fun springy version for you today:


Instead of using all the different fillers for this square frame, I put some chicks (from A Good Egg) in there! It is cute and pastel and very spring :) I could think of a million other little doodads from other WMS sets that would look fabulous in this pattern, too. I love that!

So that is all for me today - you still have a little waltzing to do - so I won't keep you any longer. Next stop on the waltz is Chupa, who will no doubt have created something awesome! I have only peeked at the rest of the DT blogs over the past few days and I am SO looking forward to the weekend, curled up on the couch with my laptop checking out what everyone else has made!

Thank you so much for your visits and kind words over the past few days. It means so much to me that you stop by and share your thoughts. Take care!


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Recipe
With Love
STAMPS: Folk Art Medallion - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Vintage Cream - PTI; Going Gray - SU!
INK: Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Going Gray - SU!; Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Tea Party Embossing Folder - Lifestyle Crafts; Silver Sequins - Darice

Happy Easter
STAMPS: Folk Art Medallion, A Good Egg - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette - SU!; White - Wplus9
INK: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery - SU!
OTHER: Doily - Wilton; Sweet Blush Button - PTI