Friday, July 29, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #26*

It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog... 

This week, the challenge is to use Tags, Twine and Buttons.

I'm  not a big fan of the shipping tags, which was what my mind went to when I saw "tags".... so I created a gift tag.... this is about the size of a business card and would be perfect for on a birthday present.  I never even thought to use a die cut fancy tag (I have a set by Spellbinders).  Duh!

Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White;  Bazill
*Images:  Hampton Art
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Embellishments:  twine from The Twinery; assorted buttons
*Challenges:  PlayingInParadise#26

I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

*I'm A Colour Queen Courtier!*

No card from me today... just excited to share that my card was chosen as one of the favourites over at the ColourQ blog this past week....  the card chosen was the one where the colours just screamed summer!

I'm excited because I really really really liked that card!

*Use it Tuesday #12*

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!  It's time for another Use It Tuesday challenge!  This time we are being challenged to use TWO items from our stash... two things we haven't pulled out in a while....
Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Core'dinations;
*Images: Lizzie Anne Designs Say It In Script
*Ink: VersaMagic Tea Leaves
*Tools: Crafts Too Daisy Swirl embossing folder; Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilties; sanding block
*Challenges:  Use It Tuesday #12; Mojo196



My two hoarded items are the Crafts Too embossing folder and the Coredinations cardstock.  I love the embossing folder but it never seems just right for a card I am making.  But I loved that the background is almost the central focus of this design.  When Coredinations was a new product I begged the store own to carry it at the store I was working at... and I bought two sheets of every colour we carried.  And it sits there simply because I don't think to distress things too often.

Please take a little time to check out what the rest of the design team is doing...  and play along with us this week!

Monday, July 25, 2011

*Happy Birthday To Me!*

It is a beautiful, sunny, and warm day in Calgary today.... a perfect day for a birthday!  I have a cake in the oven, am going to pick up some tenderloin steaks and we'll have a tasty dinner at home tonight.  I am off in a bit to take myself for a pedicure and to get my nails filled.  And then I think I have a date on the patio with my book.... or if it's too hot to sit in the sun, a date with my creative space!

This is the card I created for the current Clean and Simple challenge... be sure to check out the sketch for yourself and play along with us!!
Items Used: *Cardstock: PTI White; black linen; Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Island Indigo
*Images: PTI Mega Mixed Messages
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Embellishments:  assorted buttons
*Challenges:  FTL150

Saturday, July 23, 2011

*These Colours Scream Summer!*

Happy Saturday everyone... I hope you are going to be doing something you enjoy this weekend!!!  We spent this morning cleaning the house and now we have the entire weekend to relax and enjoy.  We have friends coming over to sit on the deck this evening.... sure hope it doesn't rain LOL!

I found some time this week to play with the current challenges over at MojoMonday and ColourQ.  And I'm even posting them in time for the deadlines!  Go me!
Items Used: *Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
*Images: Stampin' Up! Occasional Quotes
*Ink:   Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry
*Tools: EK Success border punch; PTI flower dies
*Embellishments: Stampin' Up! Green Galore grosgrain ribbon
*Challenges:  Mojo200; ColourQ94



I am in love with this card.... love the layout, love the colours.... so pleased with how it turned out... and as I said in the title, these colours together just scream SUMMER to me!

Friday, July 22, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #25*


It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog... please see my sidebar for a link to their blog!


This week, the challenge is to use the following photo as inspiration for your creation...
I wasn't quite sure where I wanted to go with this challenge, so I used the quilt idea and some of the colours.  I used a technique called Bargello which I haven't done in quite a long time.  Bargello has been adapted to card making and papercrafting from the quilting industry.  Do a Google search for directions on how to do this great technique and try it for yourself!
Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Pacific Point
*Images: PTI Mega Mixed Messages
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Pacific Point
*Tools: Big Shot;  Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 14
*Challenges:  PlayingInParadise#25



I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...
*Allison C
*Allison F
*Angie
*Dana
*Merlie
*Tracy

Thursday, July 21, 2011

*Christmas in July*

Hi!  Just a quickie post from me today because honestly, I've got nothing to chit chat about....  sad?  probably not.  I know I talk a lot LOL

I had fun creating a Christmas card in July for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge With a Twist... not only did I have to follow the sketch, but I had to make it a Christmas card....  I love making Christmas cards!
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
*Pattern Paper: unknown
*Images: Kaiser Craft
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Real Red
*Embellishments: Stampin' Up! Real Red grosgrain ribbon
*Challenges:  SSS117



It's a very clean and simple card despite the busy-ness of the patterned paper.

Thanks for coming to visit!

Friday, July 15, 2011

*Fall To Layout #149*

I've sat here for the last few minutes struggling for something to chit chat about... and just can't come up with anything... so instead we'll get right to the card so you can hopefully be inspired to play along with us on the Clean and Simple blog this week (the link, as always, is in my left sidebar!)....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; black linen; Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade
*Images: Stampabilities
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools: Stampin' Up! scallop border punch
*Embellishments: Petaloo flower; unknown btton
*Challenges:  FTL149



I really hope you'll head over to the Clean and Simple blog to see what the other designers have come up with and that you'll find some time to play along!

*Playing In Paradise #24*

I have had one of those weeks where it's felt like a day ahead.... Tuesday felt like Wednesday, Wednesday felt like Thursday.....  why does that happen???

It's time for the next challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise blog.... this week the challenge was to create something using your favourite colouring medium.... I had fun playing with my Copics.
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White
*Pattern Paper: Memory Box
*Images: Hero Arts Lauderdale Floral
*Ink: Versamagic; Versafine Onyx Black; Copics
*Tools: heat tool
*Embellishments:  white embossing powder
*Challenges:  PlayingInParadise#24



I hope you'll play along with us this week for your chance to win a prize!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

*Use It Tuesday #11*

I had some fun playing with the challenge with the Use It Tuesday girls....  the challenge is to use an animal as the focal point of your card....  so I chose this High Hopes image

And because this card was for my favourite 2 year old little girl, I added a bunch of flowers.... they fit perfectly in the little circles in the Spellbinders Beaded Circles die...
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Wisteria Wonder
*Images: High Hopes; Impress
*Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics
 *Tools: Big Shot; Spellbinders Beaded Circles; Stampin' Up! Word Window punch
*Embellishments: Prima flowers; Viva Pearl Pen in silver
 *Challenges:  Use It Tuesday #11

I hope you will take some time to leave some love with the other Use It Tuesday Design Team (their links are in my left sidebar) and to play along with us as well!

Have a great day!
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Monday, July 11, 2011

*Clean and Simple #148*

I really like the sketch this week over at the Clean and Simple blog (see the link in my left sidebar)...  when I saw the circles I just *knew* I had to play with the two new shades of blue from Stampin' Up!
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Island Indigo; Chocolate Chip
*Images: There She Goes Flowers of Happiness
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
*Tools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities
*Challenges:  FTL148



I hope you will give this sketch a try this week!  It's a lot of fun!  Be sure to head on over to the Clean and Simple blog to see what some of the other design team members have created!
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Saturday, July 09, 2011

*Time To Create*

Now that the weather has cooled off a bit (not that I'm happy about it) I will feel a lot less guilty about spending time in my basement in my creative space.  I have been busy working on a lot of Design Team cards getting myself ahead of the game so I don't miss any deadlines.... and I need to find some time to play with the sketches and challenges I have saved on my computer.

I've given up all hope of being current on a challenge for a while.

I realized that sometimes it doesn't matter if I'm current, or even if I do them all....  I am going to pick and choose the challenges I want to do and will do them whenever there is time to do it.  Creating is supposed to be fun not always working to a deadline!

I am hoping to get some good crafting in this weekend with the temperatures below seasonal and the wind blowing outside.  I've put on a movie and the background ("Monsters Vs Aliens" for now) and I hope to get some mojo flowing....

And hopefully that will mean I remember to post to my blog more often!

I created this card back in June.... so sorry for keeping it from you for so long LOL!  This was a fun challenge from CAS-ual Fridays a few weeks ago (see link in my sidebar)... they had a 3X3 grid and each square had a different paper crafting element in it... you had to choose a line (up and down, diagonal, side to side) and use those three elements in a card.  I chose buttons, flowers and twine.
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Almost Amethyst
*Images: Heartfelt Creations; A Muse
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! markers in Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
*Embellishments: assorted buttons; twine
*Challenges:  CFC6

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Friday, July 08, 2011

*Oops!*

I realized today that I completely forgot to post my card for last week's challenge at the Clean and Simple blog.  I had it made and photographed and ready to go.... and I forgot.

So, here it is.... a little late.... but I hope that it was worth the wait and that you like it as much as I do!
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
*Images: PTI Mega Mixed Messages
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools: Big Shot; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder; Stampin' Up! border punch and circle punch
*Embellishments: Prima Flowers; Kaiser Pearls
*Challenges:  FTL147



I had a lot of fun with this layout... and playing with a couple of the new Stampin' Up! colours
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Thursday, July 07, 2011

*Playing In Paradise #23*

I've given up on using the new design of Blogger for my blog posts....  I was having absolutely NO luck in scheduling posts... they'd either post right away or never post.  Gah!  I think that the old interface is better anyway....  things are set up more logically.

Anyway.... it's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise blog....  I hope you'll take some time to see what the other members of the design team cooked up as well as create a card on your own!

This week, the challenge is a sketch challenge by Allison.....  head on over to the blog (the link is in the left sidebar) to see it!
Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride
*Pattern Paper: Memory Box
*Images: A*Muse
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools: Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities; Spellbinders Labels 6; Corner Chomper
*Embellishments: Stampin' Up! grosgrain ribbon
*Challenges:  PlayingInParadise #23

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

*I'm So Sorry!!*

I am so sorry that I haven't been around more in the last few weeks.  I have had a lot going on in my world and in my mind and honestly, creating and blogging have been furthest from my mind.  I am working hard to get ahead on some of my Design Team challenges and will be able to create for me after a few more challenges get done.

Thankfully, I have a few minutes right now and a card that I can post!  Yay!
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise
*Images: Stampin' Up! Best Yet
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
*Tools: Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder; EK Success border punch
*Embellishments: Early Espresso satin ribbon
*Challenges:   Mojo187; ColourQ#45

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

*Playing In Paradise #22*

I am so sorry.... I don't know why this didn't post as it was scheduled to do on Friday morning....   Not only did it not post, Blogger managed to eat the post I had written.

This week, the challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise blog (see the link in my sidebar) is to use stitching on your card....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Bazill Bling; black linen
*Images: Hampton Art
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Embellishments:  assorted beads; Anchor embroidery floss

*Tools:  Corner Chompter
*Challenges:  Playing In Paradise #22

I had fun playing with some old beading patterns....  you poke the holes using the pattern and then stitch the pattern on to the cardstock using embroidery floss and beads.

I hope you'll have some fun playing with the stitching (faux or whatever you choose) challenge this week!
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