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Friday, July 31, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
National Friendship Day is here! Create a gatefold card to celebrate your best friends. We were also asked to use our favorite folder from the new releases.
I adore the new Victoria folder - it appeals to the softer, romantic side of me. I also think the flourish frame is pretty darn fabulous!!
Ann is our hostess this week and requested that we use NO patterned or decorative paper. I created a little decorative element. I picked up this pearl letter in the Michael's dollar bin awhile back. I just added some pink butterflies to it.
I think it'll be so pretty tied to a package or gift bag. Or hanging from a little knob on a dresser. I hope the recipient likes it!
Have a great day! My Cuttlebug Challenge card is also going to past today so I hope you'll stick around to see that too!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My base is Baja Breeze and was embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder. It makes me think of water so I figured it was a great fit. I need the Shell Collage folder now though - that would be a great one with this set!
The patterned paper panel is cream and was stamped with various Encore ink pads. I haven't used those in forever but fell in love with them all over again! I love their muted, metallic look. I've had them so long I don't even know if they are still being made. Geesh. I then added some scribbly text in Encore Gold.
The quote was stamped in Encore as well, then matted. I stamped the sand dollar image over the quote - ya'll know how I love over-stamping!! The seashell was brushed with the gold ink as well just to ton it down a bit --- it seemed too stark white against the cream cardstock I used.
I think this card is pretty simple and basic, but nice just the same. What do you think? I love to read all your comments - thank you for taking the time to leave one!
Have a beautiful day my blog friends!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I'm thrilled you stopped by today; the Banana Split Challenge this week is a lot of fun! The challenge is to use alphabet stickers on your project and Jeanette is giving away the Coco, Weathervane and Night Light alphabet stickers to a lucky participant.
I created a card that I think is perfect for a young boy graduating from preschool or kindergarten. I remember my baby brother had a preschool graduation and it was a pretty big deal.
The image is from the So Proud set, one of the exclusive images you can find at 2RedBananas. Did you know you can get lots of other supplies at 2RedBananas as well? The patterned paper I used is Jack from October Afternoon . There are lots of other goodies as well!
My card also fulfills a few of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at SCS: one to use letters and another to use tags. I love this color combo - a true red and Baja Breeze. Is there a close and good substitute of Baja Breeze? If you know, please leave a little note for me. I can see my stack of it dwindling away!
Have a beautiful day!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This week we were asked to use the new Victoria folder (which is one of my favorites!) and to create anything we wanted as long as it wasn't a card! Oh the possibilities!
I picked up these plant markers last year in the Target $pot, not sure why as I am not really a gardening kinda gal but I thought they were cool!
I just wrapped some embossed paper around the metal plate, added some letter stickers and some buttons, gems and butterflies as decoration!
All the girls on that team are super, let me tell ya! Heather let me know that my card would be just as enjoyable the second time around and Michelle even pointed out that I did have pink and brown on my card too!
All's well that ends well - right?
Be sure to visit the rest of the Flutter By team to see their creations - links in my sidebar!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I'm very excited to share not just one but TWO cards with you for today's Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge. We had an awesome sketch to work with this week designed by the blog owner Maggie. Today we are highlighting the NEW Herringbone folder that Provo Craft has coming out at the end of the month. It's been such fun to have the new folders to showcase!! I know several of you were able to pick up the set recently on HSN and they are on the way to you --- I can't wait for you to get them so you can use them and play along in our Countdown to CHA celebration!!
I'm also excited because 2RedBananas is sponsoring a great prize this week for those participating in the sketch challenge. It is the Precious Bundle set designed by Jami Bova and released last month. Be sure to link up your creation on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog for your chance to win! Then be sure to head over to 2RedBananas to shop - TODAY is release day and all the July stamps are available!!
I used the July Journaling Spot on my card this week! Jeanette has such a neat concept for these journaling spot sets. And even though I don't scrapbook much, they make really great cards too! Especially this set as it has 2 quotes, 3 seashells, a grass stamp and the journaling spot.
The seashells in the set made me think of the beach. I can't imagine anything more peaceful than a quiet beach somewhere, with a vast expanse of blue and a cabana all to myself. Only the sound of the pounding surf.
The cream panel was torn and inked with Creamy Caramel. The Baja Breeze (water) layer was torn, rolled and inked with Craft White and then the sky (which might be a scrap of Soft Sky?)
The Baja Breeze base panel was embossed with the Herringbone folder and boy do I LOVE the effect that it had on the paper. It's incredibly soft and supple. Twill ribbon and a few pearls keeps it neat and simple. I really wanted all the focus on the quote and the beach scene so kept the embellishments to the bare minimum.
Be sure to visit the rest of The Banana Bunch - they played along in the sketch challenge this week too and their creations are beautiful too! Swing by their blogs and let them know how much you enjoyed their creations!
I have another card using this sketch as well. It's a great sketch that really puts the focus on the image or sentiment that you want to use. I love those kind of cards. I spied this Caliope image (Paper Makeup Stamps) buried under some stamps and could not resist her calling out to me. I paperpieced her outfit and heart and handwrote my sentiment. My husband loves blue and so it was easy to use the same colors for this card as for my Beach Peace card. I hope he likes it!
Heather is so, SO good at creating scenes with her stamps. This is definitely not something I do and so I thought it was a great challenge and really excited about it. I used the Twinkle Butterfly image from Modern Sugar Blvd and when I was thinking of this project I thought I would use several of the sleeping butterflies to create my scene. But when I sat down last night to create my card, I had a tree pop into my head and decided to go that route instead!
Thanks for stopping by to see my creations today! I also have my Cuttlebug Be Inspired card up this morning so be sure to scroll down to see it!!
Stop by the rest of the Flutter By team to check out their lovely scenes and leave them a bit of love!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I used this week's sketch from Inspirational Sketches for my layout and some Basic Grey paper I just got in the mail today. From a blog candy I won - the box was completely stuffed full of goodies!! Thanks Kim!! My image was colored with prismas/baby oil. The blue flower I used is a Bazzill flower and you can get it at 2RedBananas as well. You get a big package full for only a dollar. I love them because they have a soft, velvet-like texture to them!
Be sure to visit the rest of The Banana Bunch to see their sneak peeks as well. And visit the 2RedBananas blog to play along in our challenge this week --- you could win one of the new sets!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
First, I have a project over at Cuttlebug Challenge today for the Creatively Yours Spotlight Sunday feature. I hope you click on the picture below and go check it out in its entirety! I used the new Victoria embossing folder as part of our month-long Countdown to CHA event!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
First, 2RedBananas will be releasing 5 new sets next week on July 15th. More Quotes features 3 quotes, one of which I've featured on my card today.
Second, I discovered a new use for my Cuttlebug embossing folders --- you can use them as a "stamp" and create lovely patterned papers. To view the tutorial, head over to the Cuttlebug Challenge (ETA: tutorial on THIS POST or click the picture above)! Here's a close-up shot of my panel before being trimmed for my card.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Michelle challenged the Flutter By team this week to use buttons and bows along with our butterflies (or fairies).
I kept it really simple *again* and just created a one layer card. The butterfly is a sticker I picked up at the dollar store. The sentiment is Stamping Bella I think. That scrumptious grosgrain ribbon is from my mother-in-law's vintage stash. She had a whole sack full she let me dig through awhile back. I'm sure that I could find some at any local store or online -- but there is just something about vintage ribbon isn't there?
Be sure to visit the rest of the Flutter By team and see what they have created! I am so excited to welcome Taylor Usry to the team. (She's also back with us on Twinkling Tuesdays too!) So be sure to leave her a welcome message!
We at Cuttlebug Challenge are wanting to make it even easier for you to participate each week so you'll see several elements at play in the challenges. You can use all the elements like the team or just the ones that work for you! Our goal is that you'll Be Inspired to create something and share it with us! I've found so many wonderful new blogs because you link up your creations!
This week the team was asked to use 3 colors: a bright orange, turquoise and a celery green along with the new OWL folder coming out. Danni even suggested that we include some sort of nature --- or non-scrapping item in our project. (I missed that one)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Madelynn gave her brother Jack another chance to design a sketch for us and boy did he come up with something great! The first time I looked at it I thought "ooooh, nice". Then it came time to actually create my card and I thought "hmmmm, how to handle those horizontal bits?" The possibilities were endless!
I slept on it actually and decided on lace and a vintage feel. The lace is from my local Walmart; every so often I find some lace packaged up in these plastic balls for $1. The velvet ribbon at the top is from 2RedBananas.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I'd like to win this.
So crossing my fingers.
I'll share. Because it's the nice thing to do. And as my friend Jacquie says, Sharing is Caring. And I do so care about each of you!
Stampin Addicts.com has tons of ideas using the Stampin’ Up! Big Shot and is giving away a Big Shot Die Pack as part of the Stampin’ Up! summer celebration. To enter, all you have to do is write about it. This is my entry. Now give me my dies.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Since it's Sunday that means it's time for another Banana Split Sunday; this week's challenge is all things patriotic! Be sure to visit the 2RedBananas blog to see the other creations by the design team. We'd love to have you play along with us as well. Just link up your creation at the blog!
I knew that I wanted to make a patriotic bee as soon as I saw this weeks theme. He's colored with my prismacolors and baby oil. The sketch is from 2Sketches4You. The paper and star gems are from my stash!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Yesterday was Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday -- no sketch but an amazing inspiration photo full of citrus fruits! I wasn't able to get it up yesterday since I was on vacation. I wanted to use the colors to create my Flutter By card for today. Before I went in to create I checked out this week's sketch challenge on SCS and saw that I could easily use butterflies. So there you go! A Triple Treat!
I used some scraps of glitter paper to punch out my butterflies and just adhered them to a 4.25 square base with pop dots.
I hope you'll visit the rest of the Twinklettes and Flutter By girls! You can find their links in my sidebar!! I can't wait to see what they've come up with this week!
Good morning girls!! Oh, I've missed you! The last several days have been spent in the New Mexico Rockies, enjoying a wonderful family vacation that included my parents and siblings. Fishin' and drivin' and balloonin' and gamin' --- all add up to a WONDERFUL time!
It's good to be back home and it's GOOD to be back with a Cuttlebug Challenge card! We took a break last week and today are back with some exciting things! First, the NEW team has been announced and today is our first Wednesday Be Inspired project. I was so happy and honored to be asked to stay on for the Fall term and blown away to get a "promotion" to the Senior Design Team. Seriously! The ENTIRE Cuttlebug Challenge team is fabulously talented and to get to create with them each week is a true honor ~ pleasure ~ blessing ~ joy. Anyway, it's still hard to believe. The talent and creativity that is brought together in this team is truly awesome! I hope you are a follower or subscriber to the blog because there are terrific things happening over there!
Second, we are showcasing projects using the new embossing folders being released by Provo Craft at CHA later this month. The entire month is a celebration of the new folders and you'll be seeing some terrific creations all month long by the design team!
This week we were asked to use the new Stars folder and a color combination of red, white and blue along with buttons!! Meda works diligently and tirelessly each week uploading the team's cards onto the CBC blog for us. When we found out her birthday was on July 4th, it was suggested that we also create a Happy Birthday card so as she opened emails from us this week, it would be a virtual deluge of cards for her! Thank you Meda so much for your work each and every week! You make us look great over and over again!! Have a very Happy Birthday girl! I'll eat a s'more in your honor on Saturday!!
I wanted to use Baja Breeze and thought it would pair terrifically with white and a true red. The stars were embossed and then trimmed down to fit on my white card base. The message (Anna Griffin) was stamped on a journaling tag by Martha Stewart and some buttons - new and vintage - along with a big, red polka dotted bow were added to finish it off! I wish I could remember what sketch I used for this card but I did it quickly between a packing break before we left and just am drawing a blank now!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm so glad you did!! Be sure to check out the Cuttlebug Challenge blog to see the rest of the design team's creations. And be sure to check out the bios for the design team --- lots of new artists are joining us!!
Have a beautiful day everyone!!