Friday, August 31, 2012

A Very Vintage Challenge!

Hello everyone! Today's card is inspired by the So Old/Vintage Card Challenge happening now at Simply Create Too! You need to get there and play along with us. Grandparents Day is coming up on Sept. 9, so crack out your vintage stamps and papers and make something that has the "back-in-the-day" vibe. Can't wait to see what you make!

For this card, I finally opened up my new Fan Fair paper (see below) along with some newsprint from Stampin' Up. I used a retired stamp from the Puns from the Past set. To make it look "vintagy" I sponged everything with Chocolate Chip ink and added tulle, stitched ribbon and a diamond button.
Fan Fair Designer Series Paper
Made also with these challenges in mind:
Paper Crafting Journey- Anything Goes
Meljen's Designs Anything Goes Challenge
The Paper Shelter-Anything Goes Challenge
Perfect Sentiment Challenge - Sentiment on front

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bright & Light Wedding Card

 Good Monday Morning! I am enjoying my last week before the kids and I go back to school, and decided it was a great day to play along with a few challenges. I designed my wedding card from the new Mojo Monday sketch seen below. I am loving my new Easy Events stamp set by Stampin'Up that I used for the bird image. It is so versatile!
To make this card, I used the following products: Small scallop punch (127811) to make the flower (punch 5 scallops,spritz, and scrunch around brad), Summer Smooches DSP (#125409) Wild Wasabi CS (108641), Pacific Point CS (111350), Scallop Square Bigz Die (#115950), Labels Collection Framelits (#125598), Designer Label Punch (#120907), Bird Builder punch for leaves (#117191), and Easy Events seen below.
I am linking up to the following challenges this week...thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Glittery Get Well Wishes

Welcome to a new Clear It Out Challenge this week! To win, you have to show a picture that inspires you, as well as your creation based on that picture. Our stash item this week is something GLITTERY. So without further ado, here is my card this week:

My inspiration was this photo of purple orchids and the summery shimmer on everything you see. I love the beauty of orchids, yet have never been able to keep one alive very long. Still, I tried to capture the greens and golden light in this photo by adding some gold glitter paper and champagne sparkles to my paper flower card. I hope it will brighten someone's day!
 Here is a close-up of the flower. I colored and then cut out the flower and the two smaller leaves on the bottom. Lastly, I popped them up with dimensionals and added the glitter.
Show us your inspiration and/or use some glitter stash over at the Clear It Out Challenge this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Items used:
Fabulous Florets Clear Stamps #123027
Twitterpated Designer Paper #125406
Garden Green Ink and CS
White Organza ribbon

Made for these challenges:
Watercolor - Sweet Stamps Challenge
Can You Digi It? Purple Challenge
Use Your Stuff - Challenge #48 - Summer Inspiration
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun - Bling Challenge

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Baker's Twine Christmas Trees Tutorial

Greetings and welcome to a new tutorial. I realize that it's a bit early for Christmas, but I am working full-throttle on items for my FIRST-EVER craft fair this year! I need some quick and easy cards with a WOW factor, and really liked pairing these cute little trees from the Scentsational Bundle Stampin' Up set with the Snow Festival Designer Paper. If you want to make some for yourself - check out this easy 5 step tutorial! Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

 Add some bling!

 I had fun trying them in all different colors. Stop back another day, and I'll load up a few more for you to see!

Items used can all be found here at my Stampin' Up Shop if you like!
Products:  Garden Green CS, Cherry Cobbler CS, Whisper White CS, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, Holiday Collection Framelits Christmas Tree Die (#127814), Rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Greetings of the Season Clear Stamps (#128033)

I'm linking up with these fabulous folks!
A Bowl Full of Lemons
Punches & Dies Challenge at Delightful Challenges
Just Keep On Creating - Christmas Challenge 
Celebrate the Occasion - Christmas in August Challenge
The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Frugal Girls Chic & Crafty Ideas

Monday, August 13, 2012

Clear It Out Challenge This Week!

Hello everyone! There is still time to play along at the Clear It Out Challenge this week.
  • The Challenge Theme is One for the Boys: Make a Manly Card
  • Stash item is: Use two or more patterned papers.
I don't know about you, but I always need some manly cards and got inspired to make this one. Here is my take using Mojo Monday's Sketch this week:

I also made this to play along with the man challenge at Use Your Stuff. As you can see, I decided to flip the sketch mainly because I wanted to use an oldie-but-goodie boat image on the bottom. My stash of patterned papers is from Stampin' Up's new International Bazaar designer paper and Comfort Cafe paper plus some awesome Champagne Glitter Paper. Other items used were hemp twine, silver brads, Night of Navy CS, Crumb Cake CS, & Sahara Sand CS. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Free Fabric Gift Bag Tutorial

Well, ladies and gentleman, Stampin' Up is having a massive-super-awesome clearance sale on some of their fabric, and I was lucky enough to get a stash at convention, soooo.....I have been busy here putting together a picture tutorial for these awesome little gift bags I made out of my pile. Let me just say that I have a ton of motivation to share but lack some picture editing skills, so bear with this post as you scroll down to see how these babies were made:) If anything seems unclear or if you want to order some goodies, just email me for details!

* Note: Full-on disclosure here...I am a LAZY seamstress:) This project requires sewing only 3 straight stitches. If you don't want to or can't sew, you could using fabric binding stuff or probably even sticky strip to put these bags together.

Items you will need: Fabric (cut 9 x 7"), seam binding or ribbon, clothespins, designer paper, sewing machine (or fabric binding stuff/maybe even sticky strip?), cute stamps.

 Really, you will just be sewing ONE side and the bottom. I am always looking for sewing shortcuts!

All together now!

Yay! I sincerely hope this tutorial made sense. These great little bags were inspired by Laura Milligan at Stampin Up's 2012 Convention. To order the items I used, check out this section:

Scentsational Season Stamps and Framelits Bundle. For only $32.95, you get 6 stamps consisting of a gingerbread boy, christmas tree, candy cane, hot chocolate mug with steam, and a star. PLUS, you also get the framelits to cut them out using your Big Shot. That's what I did! You can also get lots of matching seam binding for all your projects. I used: Very Vanilla Seam Binding & Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding. Thanks for looking! Cheers!

I am entering this project in a few challenges this week: