Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Strawberries and Creme

The ladies at Winter Wonderland came up with a delicious challenge this week ... Strawberries and Creme!  Being a "wintery" blog, the projects should be appropriate to the season.  So, off I go digging through my goodies looking for red, vanilla, and white.  What fun!

I used Whisper White as my card base.  Distressed with River Rock ink and stamped with a cute border image from Pedaling Past.  Some old but adorable Holiday paper was also distressed and shaped along one edge with our Scallop Edge punch.

Some lace from my closet and our Real Red Polka Dot ribbon dressed things up a bit.  Two shiny silver jingle bells, some red hemp, a sparkly rhinestone, and a tag created with our Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware was the icing on the cake.  Or should I say "on the strawberries and creme"?  Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

I hope you enjoyed your visit today, I appreciate you stopping by.  Be sure to see all the yummy Strawberries and Creme at Winter Wonderland.  I'm off to Eclipse this evening ... Team Edward!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pink and Purple goodness ...

Hello friends.  I have a busy schedule packed with lots of fun so I hope you don't mind a quick post today!  The skies are overcast so my project photo's are a bit darker than normal.

If you haven't seen our new catalog you are missing out on a treat!  You can email me or visit my website to get a copy for yourself (see my links on the left sidebar).  We can start shopping these yummy products beginning July 1st and I am so excited!  Today's card features a couple products I was able to pre-order.

The ladies at The City Crafter came up with the lovely color combination of pink and purple for their challenge this week.  Isn't this photo gorgeous?  And to put a cherry on top they added the need for pearls too!  I couldn't resist.

Printed or patterned ribbon was the theme at Your Next Stamp.  Isn't the the BEST name for a blog?  I used my hand dyed pink seam binding.  It's so easy to make and you can custom color it to any shade.  I love it!  My sketch came from Friday Sketchers.  I haven't made a square card in weeks and was looking forward to the challenge..thanks for inspiring me!  Here's my project ...

I used Elegant Eggplant and Pretty in Pink as my color combination.  The pattern papers are from the Razzleberry Lemonade collection.  Delicious!  Don't miss this paper - it's retiring on June 30th!  I used it for my vertical stripes and to cover my chipboard bird ... you can tell that's a bird, can't you?  The wonderful newspaper print is from our upcoming catalog - only a couple more days!  The greeting and hydrangea flower is too.  JOY!  The courdroy button is Pretty in Pink and tied on with white string.  I sewed stacked crepe paper together for the top.  It holds they layers together and makes punching an edge with my Scallop Punch easier.  See the sweet little pearls?  They are from our Pretties Kit and I used Glue Dots to adhere them.

My thanks to all the challenge blogs that inspired me to create!  I hope you enjoyed your visit today.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fairytale ...

With our new catalog soon to be released, I have been super busy sorting, cleaning, and tagging all of my retiring merchandise.  I can't wait to show my friends all the glorious new products in our upcoming catalog and sharing my excitement with them this weekend.  In preparation, I visited a few of my favorite blogs for inspiration.  I hope you like what I have to share today ...

First, The Shabby Tea Room has shared this photograph with a gorgeous color combination.  I see browns, yellows, greens, and pinks laid out in coordinating stripes.  I found the perfect paper to capture the look. 

I know that it's a bit "heavy" on the pink but what girl could go wrong with pink?! My colors are So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Certainly Celery. The sentiment from our Full of Life stamp set says it all.  The pink polka dots are from the Tea Party collection, only available until the end of this month.

Another blog I visited this week is Design Dollies who told me to think "ice cream"!  Now, if that isn't dangerous ... I don't know what is!  This card reminds me of Strawberry ice cream or Lemon Sherbet.  Thanks for making me think "outside of the box" ladies ... and for that bowl of ice cream this afternoon that I just HAD to have!

I was instructed to use "Something Old" on my project from the talented artists at Lexis Creations.  What fun!  I am sure that the large brown button and the small yellow button are from our Button Latte collection.  Aren't they sweet?  But that tan button ... hmmmm.  It's actually wood-like and I dug it out of my "button box".  We all have one of those don't we ... a button box filled with treasures?  I have my mother's and it's filled with love.  Since I have no idea when or where I got that tan button - it's perfect for "Something Old"!

How could I not think of flowers when the lovely ladies at Delightful Sketches told me their theme this week is "All About Summer"?  I just adore flowers of any size or color.  I am in awe of their delicate beauty.  My yellow posey started as Whisper White cardstock.  With a So Saffron re-inker and some water I dyed it this yummy shade of yellow.  I only used two punches ... 5 Petal Punch and our Extra Large Fancy Flower punch.  The pearl is from the Pretties Kit and my Dazzling Diamonds glitter adds just the right amount of bling. 

Thank you for visiting today.  Be sure to stop by to see the artistic images at the blogs listed above.  They are sure to inspire you! 


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I missed being here ...

Hello friends.  I'm so relieved that school is over for the summer.  The past two weeks have been filled with final exams, history projects, performances, field day, fairs ... whew.  So glad to have my children home with me.  Now that those last days are behind me I hope to see you more often!

Today's project is a study in blues.  To be correct it's actually Not Quite Navy in this case.  It's my favorite Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper ... I hope you're not getting tired of it.  My colors combination of brown, blue, and white was directed by the challenge at Off the Wall Craftiness.  The ladies at Simon Says Stamp provided the inspiration to combine 1 image, 2 pattern papers (I kindof over achieved on that requirement), and 3 embellishments!  I'm sure you recognize the Butterfly Punch and of course I had to add some bling with the rhinestones.  The ribbons are a mix of goodness....with our Whisper White Organza ribbon, some trim I picked up, and seam binding dyed with the softest of blues - Bashful Blue.

Our crochet Fleurettes II flowers are beautiful in their original white.  I layered them and added a cute little button with a half pearl from our Pretties Kit.  A covered chipboard heart stamped with the gorgeous flowering branch from Elements of Style is the perfect platform for my little tag.  I look forward to making someone smile with this card...I hope you enjoyed it too.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to visit the challenges - you'll find them "inspiring" too!  Please be sure to check our Last Chance list!  The link is on the left and the retiring products are going fast!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kraft and Blue ...

Hello friends.  Rain filled our day today.  Everything smells wonderfully clean now and the flowers are thankful for the nice long drink.

Today's project is inspired by the lovely artists at Paper Sundaes who selected the most beautiful color combination.... Kraft and Blue.  For this card I used Kraft, Night of Navy, and Vanilla cardstocks with Bella Bleu papers.  Don't they look gorgeous together?  The layout sketch comes from Card Positioning Systems.  Different Bella Bleu papers were used to create my arch at the top of the card.  The flowers are blue layered on a fluffy base made from my mother's sewing patterns.  I love this soft frilly look.  The flower layers are held together with a rhinestone brad from our Circle Ice collection.  

The seam binding has been dyed with Bliss Blue ink. The button is from somewhere that I don't recall ... perhaps someday I'll notice it's missing off a jacket or other piece of clothing. The tag is chipboard covered in Bella Bleu and stamped with a heartfelt thanks from Pedaling Past in our Summer Mini Catalog. My sweet little winged friend is from the same and is called All a Flutter.  With a little Dazzling Diamonds on his wing tips he certainly fits the name.  

It was so nice of you to stop by today.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit.  Be sure to enjoy the other projects at Paper Sundaes and Card Positioning Systems.  I hope to see you back here soon.