Monday, October 25, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: Perfectly Placed Pleats

The challenge at the Moxie Fab blog is:
 Create a project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates pleats in an innovative way.

I made a little Christmas card. I pleated my cardstock and cut out a circle and put a scalloped circle frame over the top of it. I used the pleat to tuck in a die cut snowflake ( Papertrey, I punched some circles with my eyelet setter tools) , an adorable little deer (Papertrey stamped, colored with Copics and inked edges) and a scalloped circle stamped with JOY. The paper is from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas collection.
Now I need to go make dinner. Thanks for stopping by! Good Night!

October Blog Hop


 Good morning! This month's Blog Hop at Papertrey :
"There is always a lot of focus on Christmas in our industry this time of year, as that is what the majority

of the population celebrates. However, this month's blog hop is dedicated to those that celebrate winter

holidays other than Christmas. Create a project that celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other

winter holiday as we embrace everyone's beliefs in a celebration of diversity through paper crafting."

I wanted to make a Hanukkah card but don't have any Hanukkah stamps so I decided to try to make a menorah. I used my new Victorian Lace Border Die for the candle holder part. I trimmed it a bit here and there. I used circle punches for the base. I added some Martha Stewart micro beads and some glitter to make it sparkle. I used candles from The Cupcake collection and added stickles and Glossy accents. The base of the card is Blueberry Sky cardstock and a background paper from Pink Paislee. I added some silver ribbon and a pretty blue bow to finish it off.  The sentiment is on the inside.

And thats it for this month's blog hop card!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: The Seasons Gifting Challenge

Today is the final day to enter this challenge over at the Moxie Fab Blog.
The challenge is to "Create a paper crafted gift that you could give to someone this holiday season."

One of my favorite gifts for kids is books. I grew up in Michigan, where we celebrated St. Nick's day on Dec. 6th. Every year on that day, we would get a knock on the door and there would be a big bag filled with coloring books, crayons, Christmas storybooks and a few yummy treats to eat. For me and my 3 brothers it was a sign that Christmas was just around the corner. (for my mom, it was a great way to distract us and keep us busy while she prepared everything before the holiday!)

I love all the Christmas storybooks available today and have quite a large collection that I still like to read!
Some of my favorites are The Christmas Story, The Polar Express, If you take a Mouse to the Movies, Gingerbread Baby, The Crippled Lamb, The Snowman....okok I guess I like them all...ha
I decided since I give Christmas Storybooks each year, I would add a little homemade bookmark along with it. I made this with  Papertrey dies. (Bookmark, Christmas tree)

 I cut 2 bookmarks (I wanted it a little thicker than one) and offset them just a smidge so the color from the bottom one would peek out. I stamped the sentiment using Papertrey's Mega Mixed Messages and added some swirls from their Christmas Friends set. Then I inked around the edges. I cut the tree from felt and stitched across it. I added sequins and put a drop of Glossy Accents on each one. A silver star brad tops the tree and a ribbon finishes it off.

Well that's it. Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab Challenge: Jolly Holliday Greetings Challenge

Another challenge over at the Moxie Fab Blog is the Jolly Holly Greetings Challenge. (I love the names of all the challenges!Sounds like such a happy challenge!)
The challenge is "Create a holiday card for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year's."

I just got some Tim Holtz Christmas stamps in the mail so I just had to use them for this card! That Santa is so cute!

I stamped the background on Rustic Cream cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with  Pearl Lustre Sapphire Embossing Powder from Stampendous that I bought from Michael's. It is a really pretty opaque blue that goes well with Papertrey's Enchanted Evening blue cardstock. I cut the circles using Nestibillities on my Big Shot and stamped Santa then colored him with Copics. The sentiment and ribbon and button are from Papertrey. I used frosted lace Stickles for his beard and hat so they would sparkle a bit. And that's about it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab Challenge: All Wrapped Up Challenge

As usual I waited till the last minute to enter another challenge! That is definitely going to have to be my first New Year's Resolution for 20011. Stop procrastinating!  Ha. (way to put it off till then! I def. have a problem!)  Anyhow....
 The challenge over at the Moxie Fab blog is to " Create a paper crafted gift bag, tag, box, gift wrap, etc. that for the holiday season."

Here's mine:

I pulled out my Papertrey Ink goodies for this one.
I used Aqua Mist and Vintage Cream cardstock and cut it with the Favor It Box die. Then I embossed part of it with the Guidelines Grid impression plate. I stamped snowflakes in the grids and cut a dove and a snowflake. On the snowflake, I used my eyelet setter tool to punch holes in it and also stamped little snowflakes on the large one. I added the ribbon and buttons. The dove is dangling on twine and the snowflake is raised up with pop dots.

I love the size of these little baskets. They would be perfect to hang on a Christmas tree and can be used to give gift cards, candies, earrings, money. Now I just need to make about 20 more. Maybe later. ha

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

And to celebrate, I decided to...surprise!.... make some cards!! What else was I supposed to do??
There is a challenge on Betsy Veldman's blog to find a card in Card Creations Vol.8, and re-create it with a holiday theme.

 I got out my issue and randomly opened it. Oops, it was opened to a page where there already were Holiday cards! After trying again, I opened it to page 8 and 9. I picked a Betsy card! An All Occasion card called Cherry Pocket Smile.
I used a Papertrey vintage cream cardstock with some CUTE paper from the Tinsel collection from Memorybox. I stamped an old Hero Arts ornament on some extra cream cardstock. (I had never used this stamp as it was still in the wrapper. The date on it was 2003!) Then I cut it out and covered it with some Glossy Accents. The Celebrate stamp is from Papertrey and I didn't have any chipboard so I cut a piece from a box in my pantry. I glued the paper to it, cut it with a corner chomper and sanded the edges. I sewed the 2 papers to make the pocket and added  my ornament when it was dry.

Then I flipped the issue open again! This time it landed on pages 128 and 129. I picked a cute Valentine's Day card from Jessica Witty. She used hearts as her focal points and I used trees! I added some sewing to my card and instead of buttons I used bitty star shaped brads. The paper I used was from K& Co and the stamps are from Hero Arts. (again, this one is dated 2002! ) The stamp had 3 trees so I stamped it twice, colored with Copics and cut them out. Then I only inked up the sentiment part of it and put that on the bottom of the card.

These were both so much fun to make! Thank you Betsy for another great challenge!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge..Offset Scallop Gallop

One of the challenges over at the Moxie Fab Blog is the Offset Scallop Gallop. (say that 3 times fast!)
The challenge is to "Create a project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates offset scallops in an innovative way."
Here is my card....

Tea for Two...Me & You
I chose to really offset them! ha ha. I used 2 sizes of Papertrey's scallop dies and used 2 different colors as well. I added a couple strips of red patterned paper for a little more interest. The paper is from American Crafts. The card stock and teapot stamps and dies are Papertrey. I used white embossing powder after stamping the pots. Then used pop dots to adhere it to the Tim Holtz die. I used Aqua Mist and Pure Poppy inks to stamp the sentiment and background. Lets see.. did I miss anything? oh, I sewed it onto  Pure Poppy cardtock and wallah!
Moxie Fab has some more challenges going on now...

 but you better hurry because they end pretty soon!(Oct. 11th)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PTI Sept. Blog Hop

I have learned soo much thanks to the amazing designers at Papertrey! It is fun to get up in the morn, grab my breakfast and head on over to blogland to see what's new. 

All the designers are so talented and I've learned something from all of them.
Sometimes you need to make quick cards.
The cards I've posted today, I would like to thank Mish for! She makes multiple cards in one sitting and breaks it down so it is simple to do.

I got a call from my daughter who is away at college asking for 16 thank-you cards. (she is a sec. for her sorority) and she needed them in 2-3 days! I never make more than a couple at a time so I had a little panic then thought of Mish! She teaches to gather up your supplies, pick your paper, make some do dads and put the together!

I picked the Year of Flowers: Rose (AOII's flower), some Fillable Frames, a pad of K&Co paper and my ink and tools and made these...
This one used SEI paper that got mixed in my mess!
I stamped thank you 3 times on this one.
I used my corner chomper to round the corners.
I kept them simple and flat and I finished 18 cards in just a couple hours!
Thanks PTI designers!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge that really isn't a challenge!

Here is my card for the Challenge that really isn't a challenge! haha I love that title!
It was inspired by this notebook:

Could you tell? haha Those birdies reminded me of my Hero Arts stamp so I got it out and stamped and stamped and stamped them. Then I colored them with my Copic markers(while watching The Outlaw Josey Wales).  Fun! Then I used a Papertrey Ink stamp for the lines and sentiment and sewed a little strip of brown.
 I would also like to post a couple of cards that I made with the awesome stuff that I received in the mail for winning the Signs of Peace challenge. (Cath was so generous and sent cool papers from American Crafts, ribbon, buttons, card stock letters and more!)

My daughter, who is away at college, needed some cards for her sorority to give. First, a thank you card:

I used a Hero Arts butterfly stamp and colored it. Then cut it out with a die from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment  and circle border are Papertrey also.
Next up is a card to thank their cook... Everything here is from Cath, the fun papers, the ribbon and that so cute felt pot. (the sentiment is from Papertrey) I cut out a few knives and forks and pop dotted them.

This next card is to welcome someone to their house for a week's stay. All the girls were going to sign it and put it in the guest room.

I love these bright papers! I colored a Hero Arts stamp and the sentiment is from Papertrey.

This one I made just for fun.
(Hero Arts stamp. I cut out some of the flowers from the paper and put some Glossy accents on them and the butterfly and the white die cut is embossed with a text plate from Papertrey.

And this last one is my favorite. It is another thank you card. I cut up some of the paper into rectangles, stamped a Hero Arts flower, colored it with copics, added the fun button center and did a little sewing

I hope everyone had a great weekend and had as much fun as I did creating stuff!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: Signs of Peace

I made a couple birthday cards for this challenge over at the Moxie Fab Blog.

I used Papertrey card stock. The large peace sign and the smaller one in the back are from a set of peace signs that I bought at Michael's last year, but I know they still have it because I saw it last week! The love stamp is from an old set that I purchased from a local scrapbook store that went out of business last year. The Happy Birthday sentiment, candle, and the background heart, and frame die cut are all from Papertrey. I popped up the embossed peace sign, heart and the frame die. I really like how this turned out and think I will try to make some other "signs of peace" cards soon. I loved this challenge because I just haven't used those stamps in such a long time and this challenge brought them again!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: Classy and Elegant

I made this card for the Moxie Fab Challenge
to make a card that is Classy and Elegant. I used the Fillable Frames stamp set and die from Papertrey Ink. I added some Amy Butler paper from Kand Co. and some jewels to make it sparkle.   I also made a card for the peace sign challenge but it is getting late so I will have to post that one tomorrow!                                                         

Moxie Fab Challenge: Clean and Graphic

I made this card for the Moxie Fab Challenge.
This was the hardest of the challenges for me. I wanted to add more and more.
The card stock and sentiment is from Papertrey. I used one of their dies to cut the chocolate brown card stock so the stamped image peeks through.

Moxie Fab Challenge: Shabby and Vintage

Here is my card for the Moxie Fab challenge to make a Shabby/ Vintage card...
I stamped a sentiment from Damask Designs from Papertrey Inc. and stamped a damask design on the ribbon and also on the paper in white.  I roughed up the edges and added an old earring that had no partner, some lace and a flower with a button center and sewed around the edges.

Moxie Fab Challenge: Fun and Cute

Since I don't really have a style yet, I decided to do all of the challenges at the Moxie Fab Blog.
I think the more styles I try, I can decide what I like best. The first challenge is to create a card that is fun and cute. Happy colors, cute squirrel, and polka dots. I used Papertrey Ink and Hero Arts stamps.
 Here is my take on "Fun and Cute". I made another one for a boy. No hearts on cupcake, just stars and no pink polka dots.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 2010 Papertrey Blog Hop

It would be so much easier if I started making a card for the blog hop days ago, but noo, as usual I wait till the last day! This month's challenge was to use office supplies. I know what you are thinking...this card has NO office supplies! Let me explain...

I had out all my cool new office supply goodies like the Its Official, School time, and Library Ledger stamp sets then I die cut a Spiral Notebook Page.

Then I got distracted.

I saw the negative image of the notebook page looked like cute little whimsical flowers. So I got out my Wonderfully Whimsical set and made this card.

I hope it kindof counts as office supply use because it is using the Notebook page die! Annd the house is cut from a ledger paper. I know that is a stretch lol, but I think it's kinda cute and wanted to share!

And here is a closeup of the Spiral Notebook Flowers....


Ha ha! I typed up what you just read yesterday! I typed it all up and went to the forum to see everybody'sentries! As I sat there waiting, I realized it was only the 24th! I didn't get to post it for 24 more hours! Well for once I was early! So I made another card! I had some time so I decided to challenge myself a little by using only white card stock! Everything is colored with either ink or Copic markers. The grass ruler, admit one door, order paper house stamped with Past Due and the lined paper roof are all from It's Official.

The pencils on the roof and book window are from School time and the background graph paper is from Mini Scrapbook Series Library Ledger. I also used the snail from Flutterby Friend and sentiment from On My Couch. And I die cut the Large Ric Rac and colored it with a Copic marker for the trim on the roof.

I had so much fun making these cards but can't wait another 24 hours to see what everybody else created! So I sure hope today is the 25th!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

June Blog Hop

This color scheme was found at the Colour Lover's site that Betsy Veldman linked to on her web site last week. I picked the most loved scheme and matched PTI colors...

I dont know what is more fun seeing all the colors on the site or the names. This one is called "Giant Goldfish Pallete". I want to make some more cards with the "Cheer Up Emo Kid Pallete".

I am soo sorry that I couldnt get the colors in a nice line but it is already after 5:30 here and no time to make it look pretty.

And here is a card I made for my daughter who didnt think she could possiby pass the test to get her driving permit today but did.Thanks for stopping by! I cant wait to see all the other blogs today!!!