Thursday, March 29, 2012

Flying High with Friday Mashup

Happy Friday to everyone! I have to say I am happy this week is coming to a close, it's just been one of those weeks and I am ready for the weekend and some time to relax.

It's time for another Friday Mashup challenge and this one happens to be the challenge that won our Fan Favorite contest. This week we are supposed to make a project and incorporate colorful twine or create a project featuring kites. The stamp set "Send Me Soaring" in the Occasions Mini is perfect for this challenge!

I love this weeks sketch over at The Paper Players so I used that as my starting point for this card and just went from there(and I'm getting the card in just under the wire for their challenge, whew!). Even though I am not happy about spring and all my snow melting I think I did a good job bringing a spring vibe to this card! I'm also not a big fan of twine but I did manage to incorporate some on my card!

So here is the Friday Mashup:
  1. Make a project using "Colorful Twine".
  2. Or Make a project featuring "Kites".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with " Kites and Colorful Twine".
Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog to check out all the great projects this week and then play along with us!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Send Me Soaring
Paper: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Attic Boutique DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Paper Piercing Tool, sponge, dimensionals


Tried Something a Little Different

I spent yesterday and today working on a specific project. Here in Alaska the Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights, have been amazing this winter and as one of my hobbies I love to "chase" the lights and photograph them. One of my friends from the aurora shooters group asked if I could create a card for her with an aurora theme to give to one of her friends, who is also an aurora photographer. I said I couldn't promise anything but I would do my best!

Now, I cant draw my way out of a paper bag. Seriously. I have no artistic ability at all. That's one of the reasons I love stamping. I can color and arrange the images however I want, but someone else has done the hard part of coming up with the image in the first place.

For the first card I went with a watercolor image that focused on the dancing green bands of light that my area tends to see. The area by our homes is heavily wooded so the friend who asked for the card frequently takes photos of the aurora as seen through the trees around her place.

The 2nd card went darker and brought in purple, as the girl who will be receiving loves the color purple and further north of us the Fairbanks area often gets wonderful bands of green filled with purple and red.

I like both cards for different reasons and this definitely challenged me, that's for sure. Both cards were a hit with the gal who asked for them so I breathed a huge sigh of relief for that!

And the inspiration for the photos:
March 19, 2012
The Northern Lights dancing above my daughters high school on March 13, 2012:


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Enchanted with Paper Players

My only goal for today was to play along with The Paper Players, lol. Yeah, I know, rough day here :0) This is such a great sketch and I knew I had to make time to make a project with it.

I finally broke into my pack of Everyday Enchantment DSP. It's good because it forces me to use colors I normally wouldn't go for, such as Calypso Coral, but I have to say that color does look nice with the Lucky Limeade and the Soft Suede!

If you haven't already definitely go check out The Paper Players and the great inspiration provided by the DT!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Take it To Heart, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Very Vanilla Brads, Calypso Coral Ribbon, Big Shot, Swiss Dots EF, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Framelits Hearts Collection, Decorative Label Punch, sponge

Monday, March 26, 2012

Nature Christmas with Merry Monday

It's Monday and that means another challenge from Merry Monday! Lesley has another great CAS sketch this week with wonedrful clean lines. I ended up making 2 different cards for this challenge because the first card was great in my head but when I got it on paper I thought it took a little too much liberty with the sketch, so I did a 2nd card so I could follow the design more closely. I really like how both cards came out though!
The first card I made:
And the 2nd card:
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
First Card:
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Seasons Greetings(inside sentiment)
Paper: Garden Green, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Frostwood Lodge DSP
Ink: Garden Green, Early Espresso
Accessories: Dazzling Details, sponge

Second Card:
Stamps: Trees Three, Comfort & Joy, Happy Winter, Many Merry Messages(inside sentiment)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Letters to Santa DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Accessories: Cricut, Joys of the Season Cartridge, Glimmer Brad, sponge


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Get your Quilt On with Friday Mashup!

It's Lisa here, with you on the first Friday of Spring and bringing you another Friday Mashup! Once again I'd like to thank those crafters who played along with our 50th challenge celebration, we really appreciate everyone who takes the time to sit down and play along with the Friday Mashup.

I've been seeing a lot of quilted cards lately and since I had never done one myself I thought it would be the perfect challenge. There are many ways to do this technique and if you don't care for the Splitcoast tutorial we're posting than just Google "quilted card" and you'll get all kinds of results!

To go along with the quilted card I want everyone to pull something out of their stash that they had forgotten about. Yep, that's right, dig through the dust, look under piles and find some treasure that you just had to have but somehow it got pushed to the side! Spring cleaning in a sense :)
For my card my forgotten items are: retired Mistletoe Ribbon and the use of a sentiment from the retired set Warmest Regards.

Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!
How to Make a Quilted Card Tutorial
  1. Make a project using the "Quilted Cards Technique".
  2. Or Make a project using "something that's been forgotten (sitting in your stash forever)".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Quilted card with something you've forgotten about".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Warmest Regards
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Embosslits Beautiful Wings, Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Mistletoe Ribbon, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, sponge, dimensionals


Throwing Down Color with Freshly Made

For today's card I played along with 2 challenges....the color challenge over at the Color Throwdown and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The circles on this sketch definitely challenged me, and trying to think of a way to combine these colors also made me think a bit!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Paper: Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Brocade Blue DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Whisper White large eyelets, sponge, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Green Christmas with Merry Monday

This week over at Merry Monday Lesley has a very simple sketch and it was a perfect way to use up the big piles of non-SU paper I have laying around. I used a sheet of 12x12 My Minds Eye paper to make these 2 cards. Although the sketch has a ribbon I didn't add that, as I thought the design along the top and bottom of the paper was pretty and I didn't want the design and ribbon to compete for attention.

Another 2 Christmas cards for my stash, and these 2 were super easy to make!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: The Snowflake Spot
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, My Minds Eye PP
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip


Monday, March 19, 2012

Friday Mashup Reminder!

Just a reminder about the 50th challenge celebration over at The Friday Mashup! Each of the design team members is giving away blog candy BUT dont forget, you have to PLAY ALONG with the Friday Mashup in order to be eligible to win blog candy, just leaving a comment on DT members blogs wont make you come play along with us!

The blog candy I'm giving away, retired sets A Wish for Peace and Twick or Tweet, and a large oval punch:


Going Neutral with Jingle Belles

This week over at Jingle Belles they've got an inspiration photo. I love this photo because those pillows are totally something I would have on my couch, and I really like the neutral color scheme.

For my card I decided to not only go with the neutral color scheme but also the wreath and snowflake elements that are found on 2 of the pillows. I added just a touch of color by using Cherry Cobbler as the bow above the wreath. And since the challenges are now 2 weeks long I made 2 cards, one for each week.
There is still time to play along with the Jingle Belles, and check out some of the other great cards submitted!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Northern Hearts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Modern Lable Punch, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pearly Celebration with Friday Mashup!

Wow, am I glad its Friday, for several reasons! My kids have been on Spring Break this week and they have worn me out! Between them and working during the day I haven't touched a stamp all week, other than to get going for our Friday Mashup celebration. And why are we celebrating? Because its our 50th challenge! Time sure flies when you are having fun! To make our 50th even better every DT member is giving away some blog candy. All you have to do to get a chance at winning is enter the 50th challenge over at The Friday Mashup, and then leave a comment on each design team members blog. You can only win once and unfortunately we have to limit winners to US and Canada only. Also, make sure you read the challenge guidelines when playing along with The Friday Mashup to make sure your card can be eligible.

So whats the challenge? Heidi has a great one this week to get us in the party mood....she is giving us a fantastic sketch to pair up with the faux Mother of Pearl Technique. I have to admit, I had never tried this technique before and I really enjoyed it. Using the Frost White Shimmer Paint from SU makes it super easy. If you need a tutorial check out this one over at Splitcoaststampers and again, just substitute the paint they mention with SU Shimmer Paint.

Here are the Design Team Members, make sure to leave a comment on everyones blog, plus play along with the challenge, to have a chance at some great blog candy!

Heidi: RunningwScissorsStamper
Lisa: If you are reading this, you're already visiting me!
Kasey: Kasey's Craft Corner
Holly: Hollybeary Creations
Rita: Rita's Creations

  1. Make a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Or Make a project using the "Faux Mother of Pearl Technique".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "project using the Faux Mother of Pearl Technique & the Sketch.

Blog Candy: Retired sets A Wish for Peace and Twick or Tweet, and a large oval punch

Card supplies(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Naturals White, Nauticals Expedition DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: SU Frost White Shimmer Paint, Not Quite Navy Brads, Early Espresso Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Coluzzle, sponge


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Treats and Spring Colors for Friday Mashup!

Hello and happy Friday to everyone! I dont know whether to enjoy my day today or kids start Spring Break next week!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh! I suppose I should enjoy the peace and quiet of today before it all disappears next week :)

Kim has a wonderful challenge for us today at The Friday Mashup, and she definitely got me out of my comfort zone for part of it. She wants us to make a 3D item, either a basket or treat pouch, and use the colors green and yellow. I'm good with the colors but 3D items always make me want to run away screaming, LOL. I found this tutorial for a Box in a Bag at Splitcoast and it was VERY easy to make! Even my kids were impressed with the final product, and that doesnt happen often, LOL.(and no, it's not an Easter basket...I dont celebrate Easter and my husband happened to bring home that candy to put in there, LOL).

As usual I MASHED it up and used green and yellow, with some white also. My main colors were Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I just adore those 2 colors! Also, to make my daughter happy I added some Dazzling Details to one of the butterflies on the sentiment. The DSP and sentiment are both retired but fit perfectly for this challenge!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see all the other great projects from the design team and then play along with us! I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with.

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :
  1. Make a project using the "Colors Green & Yellow".
  2. Or Make a "3-D project that's a Basket or a Treat Pouch".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Treat Basket/Pouch using the colors Green & Yellow".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Cheery Chat
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White, Delicate Dots DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Embosslits Beautiful Wings, Big Shot, Old Olive Ribbon, Whisper White Eyelets, Dazzling Details, Paper Piercing Tool, sponge, dimensionals

Polar Bear Love in March

Whew! It's been a non-stop week with me between activities with the kids, work, playing in the snow, editing photos, etc but I found some time today to play with the Merry Monday challenge. It's a nice simple sketch with a square and a rectangle, my favorite!

Speaking of favorites, for this card I used of one my most loved sets, Cold and Cuddly. I just adore the images in this set and today I used the sweet polar bear. I tried to make it look like he was sitting on the ice, his paw out to catch falling snowflakes! I also went into my stash of retired paper and DSP, using Wintergreen DSP(another fav of mine) and Soft Sky cardstock. Cherry Cobbler was added for a "splash" of color. I kept the card really clean and simple, I didnt want it too busy....if you have ever seen polar bears in their natural habitat its very clean and stark.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Cold and Cuddly, sentiment from Comfort & Joy
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Wintergreen DSP
Ink: Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Sponge, Dimensionals, Dazzling Details

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Little Spring While It Snows

I played along with this weeks The Paper Players challenge, which comes from Jaydee. She wants us to make a project with a spring theme. I looked outside at the snow currently falling, my yard buried in over 3ft of the white stuff and thought aw heck, why not :)) I am a winter girl who loves her snow but I can also stop and appreciate the beauty that spring brings!

I didnt get to play in time but for this card I did use the sketch that Rita provided last week on Freshly Made Sketches. I love nice clean lines such as the ones this sketch has!

 Snowing at my place today!

Supplies Used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Branch Out
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Naturals White, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Certainly Celery ribbon, sponge, dimensionals