Friday, August 28, 2009

Elvis in Boots

Happy Friday!
Have you checked out There's Magic in the Air yet? Each Monday Nina posts a free digi image and a challenge.
This week's image is Elvis in Boots. Isn't he cute? I sponged the background with blue and green to create a stormy sky. His body was also sponged. Do you see that little bit of flocking on his tail and wing? Andrea posted a tutorial on creating your own fun flock. I wanted to give it a try, so I distressed a piece of yellow card stock and added a little fun flock to Elvis. The rest of the image was colored with markers. Perhaps you can't see it, but I used my Sakura Stardust pen on the puddle, mast, and the center of Elvis' eye. Since I always think of sails as being white, I didn't color this one. I decided to monogram it instead. After I stamped the D for duck, the lightbulb went on and I remembered this cute guy is named Elvis. Sorry!
Anyway, we were supposed to use the above picture for inspiration for our card. I know I varied from it with the paisley paper, but I just had to use it. It made me think of water splashing as Elvis stomped through the puddle. If you look closely at the paper, you will see it has green and orange in it, and polka dots! By the way, the patterned paper is Poolhouse Paisley by Chatterbox. It's very pretty and double-sided.
Well, that's it for today. I hope you have a very crafty weekend.
p.s. I was the random lucky ducky winner of Nina's prize last week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Top Note Workout

Hi Everyone!
Boy, I sure have been giving my SU Top Note die a workout recently.
The first two pictured Top Note Purses are for my friend Renate's two little daughters. The third Top Note Purse and the Top Note Box are for Wolfgang's grandchildren. There are eight little chocolate bars in each.
I used Bazzill card stock for the bases. I don't know the make of the first patterned paper. The others are: Trendy Collection by Kangaroo and Joey, Pixie Blooms by Provo Craft, and Dinosaurs Birthday by Stemma. Can you see that the dinosaurs are all glittery? That paper is a recent purchase from ACMoore.
You can find the tutorial for the Top Note Purse on Becky's blog. For the Top Note Box, I got the instructions on Elaine's blog (note: I did not put the dividers in, I just followed her measurements for the box size).
Well, I hope you like these fun projects as much as I do.
Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sharri's Blogerversary Candy

Hi Everyone!

My good blogging friend, Sharri, will be celebrating her first blogerversary on the 28th. She has this awesome blog candy package that she will be giving away to one very lucky crafter. This blog candy is open until 9/12 @ 7:00 PM CT. So, what are you waiting for?!?!? Click on over to Sharri's blog, enter her candy drawing, and browse around her great postings.

Wishing you a crafty day!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beached Boat

Hi Everyone,
Have you visited Nina's (There's Magic in the Air) blog yet? Each Monday she posts a free digi image and offers a challenge. This adorable 'Beached Boat' is last Monday's freebie and the challenge was to create a gate-fold card.
My finished card measures 5 x 5 (I started with a piece of blue card stock cut at 5 x 10). The patterned paper is Ring a Ding by Provo Craft. I used colored pencils and markers on the image. The sand was sponged on using brown and yellow ink. After I colored the image, I carefully trimmed around it (thank goodness for SU paper snips!) and attached it to sky patterned paper. I also trimmed around the cute little seagull and added him to the sky. The circles were cut with a Coluzzle template.

For the middle of the inside of the card, I used speckled beige paper and put a tan border (EK Success punch) along the bottom.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #20

Happy Friday!
When I saw Rachel's most recent cupcake inspiration, I was drooling. Yes, that cupcake not only looks yummy, but it is gorgeous and it is also my favorite color! I would just love to have that cupcake!
OK, enough drooling--let's discuss my card. I made this 5 1/4 square card by following the SCS recessed window tutorial. I used the measurement for the card from the video, not the written tutorial. Both tutorials were helpful, but since the finished card is thick, I liked the idea of the extra scoring on top rather than just scoring the card in half.
The card base is a speckled, pink and lavender card stock, layered with plain purple. The recessed window is a swirled, pink and white card stock, layered with my favorite Disney paper. The swirls and butterfly were cut from Making Memories Silver Stardust card stock.
Unfortunately, my picture taking hasn't improved. This card is so pretty and vibrant in real. My pictures do not do it justice. The 'front' view looks a little fuzzy and the colors from the 'inside' view look 'off.'
On another note, how about those nails?!?!? Well, actually only one nail is visible. Coordinates nicely with the card! And no, they weren't done just for this week's challenge. The polish has already been on for more than two weeks.
I will definitely be making more recessed window cards. It was really easy to make. Check out the tutorial and give it a try. Also, visit Rachel's blog (HopeStampsEternal) and browse around a bit. I'm sure you won't be able to resist participating in the weekly cupcake challenges! Rachel also runs a great on-line shop.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Digi Shoes

Hi Everyone,

When I saw the workboots, I thought they were the cutest little image. Both the workboots and pumps are digi images from The Digi Shack. They also have a blog and release a free digi image each Monday.

I colored the workbooks with pencils using light and medium brown, light and dark pink, and purple. For the pumps I used pink and light and dark gray. I also used my Sakura glitter pen on the centers of the flowers and all over the pumps.

I trimmed around the shoes and used pop dots to adhere them to the silver card stock. I printed the sentiment in Word and atttached it to the card with pop dots.

So, did these two images together make you think of Flashdance?!?!?

Thanks for stoppping by.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

I can't believe my niece is 18 today! Happy Birthday Amanda!
The birthday card I made for Amanda coordinates with the monogrammed notecard set I posted here. The SU Tea Party DSP is one of my favorites. Such beautiful colors.
Until next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #19

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Above is Rachel's cupcake inspiration picture for this week's challenge and the card I created.
I used a digi image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.
After I printed the image, I colored it with pencils and sponged green along the bottom for grass. Then I cut around most of the image and popped it with glue dots on cloud patterned paper. I added a yellow frame around the image, put it on a blue mat and a pink card base. The three white flowers were made with a retired SU flower punch and gold brads on the middle.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wedding Set

Hi Everyone,
Back in June an acquaintance asked Wolfgang if I would make a card for a wedding she and her husband would be attending. Of course Wolfgang said yes. And, of course I didn't just make a simple card and stop at that.
So, the first picture shows the completed project. The template for the basket can be found on StampTV. All paper for this project is Bazzill card stock and Disney patterned paper. The narrow lace is from Joann's. I used Word for the personalization. All the hearts were cut with a Sizzix die (it has four different sized hearts on one large die).
The second picture is the envelope. I cut the champagne glasses with a Sizzix die using mirrored card stock and added some crystal Stickles to the tops of the glasses.
The third picture shows the slider card open.
The fourth picture shows the back of the card. (Petra's one request for the card was that there be room to include a check and write a personal message.) This is something I hadn't done on a slider card before--added a back pocket. Inside the pocket I folded a plain piece of card stock so Petra could write her own message and add the check.
The last picture is of the bride and groom boxes that I filled with Hershey Kisses. I added a small flower eyelet to the groom's lapel and ribbon around the bride's waist. I purchased the bride and groom templates from PaperShapez.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

An Award for You

Hi Everyone!

Happy 8th of August! Do you know what today is?!?!? It's my birthday!

In honor of my birthday, I would like to give you this 'Circle of Friends' blog award. My good blogging friend, Sharri, received this award and passed it on to her blogging friends. So, I would like to do the same. Feel free to copy this award to your blog and pass it along to your other blogging friends. Thank you Sharri!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

StampTV's Florida Stampers Color Inspiration

Hi Everyone,
This is the card I made for last Friday's color inspiration challenge for the Florida Stampers group of StampTV.
The card base is SU Pumpkin Pie. I made the black frame from what was left of the card stock after cutting out a Top Note die. The Halloween paper was in my stash from last year (I think it was from Michael's). I cut the coffin from Bazzill card stock and stamped the RIP in black ink. The skeleton and bat are MS punches. The ghost and sentiment are from the retired SU Tricky Treats set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cupcake Inpsiration Challenge #18

Hello Wonderful Visitors!
Can you believe it's August already? I don't know about your neck of the woods, but in mine it has been a very wet summer. In fact, yesterday was another rainy day. So, what does one do on a runny Sunday? Bake and craft, of course!!! I made blueberry muffins, yummy! And the wonderful aroma got me in the mood for Rachel's latest cupcake inspiration.
How cute are those owls and how yummy do those cupcakes look?!?!? OK, enough about sweets. On to the deets of my card...I used doubled sided card stock--one side is pink and the other side is blue. So, when you open the card the inside is blue with a pink scalloped circle. I thought this patterned paper was so appropriate for the card. It's called Country Fair Wood Paper by Sandylion. The owl stamp is by HeroArts. I stamped him in brown ink and colored him with pencils. Do you like his big, blue eyes?!?!? For the 'No Trespassing' sign, I used a font in Word called Cracked Johnnie. At first I was going to hand-write the sign, but then I thought this font was so perfect. I printed it on beige card stock and sponged the edges in brown to give it a weathered look. I used twine to hang the sign. Yes, I do know the brad is a screw, not a nail. I recently got these brads in Michael's and have been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to use them, or at least one of them! For the final touch, I punched out a couple of leaf sprigs to add a little more color to the card.
So, tell me, do you think this little owl is a squatter or just someone that doesn't want any visitors?!?!?
I hope you like my cupcake inspired card. Personally, I think it is really cute! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to participate in this week's challenge.
p.s. I was in the top five again last week!