A Catalog Case

Here’s a card I did a while back, for a Limited Supply Challenge. The directions were to case a card form the new F/W catalog. I chose this one, and love the way it turned out! More details about it can be found on the upload to my SCS gallery, here.

Sorry for the short post, but I have to run to work – I’m behind this morning!!

Lookie What I Got!!!!

This amazing bunch of goodies was waiting for me when I got home from work today – it is my bag of pretties from Lindsey (jacksonbelle)! I was a runner up in her Lizzie Anne Designs contest, and this is my prize!!! Isn’t it just the most fabulous goodie bag???? Thanks, Lindsey!

Another VSN Pre-Challenge!!

VSN is fast approaching! And the Autumn Fairies are really doing their best to get people excited (I know I am totally stoked!), with some awesome prechallenges in the past few days. There are more to come, so check this thread for details!

This card is for the third prechallenge, hosted Tuesday night by Michelle (eliotstamps).  She also happens to have a cool blog, The Crafty Cat, that is worth checking out! Anyway, the theme for her prechallenge was the use of twine, cord, rope, or other natural fibers on your card – and that’s it! No other ribbon or fibers allowed.  I used SU’s fabulous Hemp Twine as my natural fiber. I love that stuff!

To help me with the time limit, I tried to use scraps and stuff I already had out on my table or desk. This Chocolate Chip frame I had cut previously on my Cricut, using the Mini Monograms cartridge, but never put on a card. I paired it with some of my awesomely gorgeous new Daisy D’s French Market dp, some Really Rust cardstock, and put the whole thing on a base of So Saffron cardstock. I used stamps from the Baroque Motifs set to finish out the card. It’s simple, but I like it!!!

Supplies not already listed: Ink – Really Rust, Chocolate Chip; Accessories – SU ticket corner punch, sponge (for edges) 

Waterfall of Flowers

So, I made my very first “waterfall” card. I used the tutorial on SCS. It was pretty easy to follow. But I am challenged, so this card took me longer than I wanted it to. And, like the true goof that I am, I realized after I was done that I should’ve put the sentiment on the inside of the pull-down piece, rather than on the 4th square. But I covered my mistake – it looks cool now!!!

My card base is Confetti Cream, stamped with the French Flair background in Really Rust Classic ink. My pull down piece, and its anchor, are Really Rust cardstock. The small squares are backed by Garden Green cardstock, and the Flowers of Gratitude are stamped on Confetti Cream with Black Stazon ink. I colored them in using Watercolor Wonder Crayons (in the Earth Elements family) and used an aquapainter to watercolor. I covered my “oops” by wheeling Leaves a la Carte onto the Really Rust strip – but it was after I took the picture. You can’t see it very well when the card is closed like this anyway, so you’ll have to trust me — it looks great!

To finish the card off, I added a Round Tab Punch in Garden Green at the bottom of the pull down piece, attached with a silver eyelet. I threaded a piece of hemp twine through it, tied it in a knot, and voila! A waterfall card!

Beate’s Awesome Weekend Sketch!!!

I am so serious – that Beate is one talented lady! I don’t know how she comes up with these super fantabulous sketches every darn weekend, but she sure does! I haven’t had a chance to do one in a couple of weekends but when I saw this one I just knew I had to!

I got this awesome new DaisyD’s paper in the mail a couple of weeks ago – it is DaisyD’s French market sampler. it comes in a pack of 24 squares, with the edges already “pinked” – just like fabric samplers!!!!!! How cool is that?!?!?! I bought it from Lindsey (jacksonbelle). She is another super talented chick with an amazing store!! I always find the coolest paper and embellies there, and now that she carries stamps I just know I am in serious trouble! Anyway, I’ve been wanting to use the paper since it came I just couldn’t dream up a sketch that maximized the patterns for me. When I saw Beate’s I knew it would be perfect. The sketch was originally for a square card, but I tweaked it and turned it into a tent topper card. I hope it still counts!!! I just couldn’t choose the paper I wanted to use since I love them all so much. I had to get more on the card!

Supplies for this card: Stamps – Provencal (retired), French Script (retired); Paper – More Mustard, Real Red, Confetti Cream, DaisyD’s French market dp; Ink – Black Stazon, True Thyme, Close to Cocoa; Accessories – Watercolor WOnder Crayons, Aquapainter, sponge (to do edges of red panel and cream panel), dimensionals

Wooden Doodle Box

This is where I went with Karen’s (kthaman) Saturday Inspiration Challenge. They are so fun! But I never end up even close to where I started….oh well! That’s what the fun of it is, I guess!

I started with a wooden box I’ve kept forever. I knew it would come in handy one day. It used to hold tiny foam rubber Chinese symbols stamps. But they’ve been lost during one of our many moves. I painted the box with a dark green acrylic paint. While it was drying, I cut my Fancy Pants dp down to size and picked the Cool Carribean and Ruby Red cardstock to go along with it. I stamped some swirls from the Rhonna Farrar Swirls v. 1 set on each pice of cardstock, in the matching Classic ink. I have a stash of already colored flowers from Doodle This (SU) in a notebook ready for use, so I cut two of them out. They were stamped with Black Stazon on Naturals Ivory cardstock. I used my bone folder to give them a bit of curve, and attached them together with an opaque green decorative brad. The flowers are mounted on a Cosmo Cricket chipboard flower button – it is covered with the same dp as the box.

Once the paint dried, I Modge-Podged the dp to the box. Then I adhered the Ruby Red to it. I put the Cool Carribean on long dimensional strips. I put the big flower on last, and was all finished!!! I’m quite pleased with this, and am already not wanting to part with it! My original plan was to fill it with cards and send it to a friend as a housewarming gift….what do you think?

I Can’t Wait for VSN!!!

I’m so excited about VSN! It’s approaching so quickly! If you don’t know about it, click here for details! Karen (kthaman) hosted a prechallenge on Friday the 17th to help get other people excited too. And what a fantabulous challenge she came up with!!!!! She used JanTInk’s wiper card tutorial to show everyone how to get started….and left the creativity wide open!

Since I am soooooooooo over the heat and humidity and have moved onto wishing for fall on a regular basis, I stuck with the “Jumping Into Fall” theme that we picked for VSN. It helped cool me off a bit today! I’ve never made a wiper card before this one – what fun!! They are so surprisingly easy – everyone should try it at least once.

My color scheme is fall-ish – Cranberry Crisp and Marigold Morning, with Naturals White for some “pop”. I had to stay within the 45 minute time limit for each VSN challenge, which made finishing all of the details I wanted to put on the card tough. Between DD, phone calls, DD, potty breaks, DD, snack breaks, DD, and more DD (she wanted to help so badly!) I think I made the card in 90 30-second shifts! But I do love the way it turned out.

The stamp set is called Basket Full of Fun. To color the leaves, I used Cranberry Crisp, Marigold Morning, Pumpkin Pie, and Really Rust inks and a blender pen. For the baskets, I used Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, and a blender pen. All of the images were stamped in Black Stazon. The ribbon, although quite dark in the pic, is actually white grosgrain died Cranberry Crisp – I just ran it over my inkpad and heat set it to dry it.  I didn’t bother to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig becuae of the time limit, so I am wishing the 3rd basket was a little farther to the right. Oh well!

I used my corner rounder punch to do the corners on the pop-up piece. I sponged some browns and rusts on the edges of it and the large Naturals panel, to “dirty” them up a bit. The buttons at the bottom are made by Doodlebug, and are tied on with Linen Thread. I used Black Stazon to stamp my sentiment in the bottom corner, and breathed a huge sigh of relief that I finished in time!!