Thursday, April 17, 2014

Seize the Sketch & Color Throwdown

This card came together in a strange way tonight...  I loved the colours in this week's Color Throwdown challenge, and when I stumbled across the sketch at the Seize the Sketch challenge I knew that I wanted to give it a try.  I've used these Carta Bella papers for several cards, so I pulled them out onto my craft table, and sitting there beside them was an image I'd coloured weeks ago, perfectly fitting the colours, the papers and the sketch?!  It all came together pretty quickly after that:
It's not quite this limey in person!!  Here were the challenges:
Patterned papers are True Friends, Carta Bella; Cardstock is Slate, Cotton Candy & White Daisy, CTMH; Ink is London Fog, Memento; Copic Markers;  Flower & Button, CTMH; Stamp set is Camper Crazy, CTMH.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Challenge

I've had this little hello coloured and sitting on my desk for a while now, and when I saw this week's sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I knew it would work nicely.  So just a quick and easy card tonight, using some pretty CTMH papers that are retired:

Easter Gift Set

It is my Tuesday post on the Art Impressions blog, today!
Easter is just around the corner, so I've made up a little gift set to celebrate the occassion!  Warning - lots of photos ahead...  One stamp that is definitely a signature image for Art Impressions is "The Fence" (Sku#P1499), and I am using it to make a Front & Back card along with Bunny FB (Sku#K1566), F & B Peeking Rabbit (Sku#K1750), Egg Basket (Sku#G1755) and Got Eggs? (Sku#D4015):
There was a lot of stamping, colouring and fussy cutting for this project - and yes, it did take a little time!  Here's what I started with on my craft table:
I began by colouring and fussy cutting around each piece.  The outer fence is part of the card base, and I glued the second fence to the back side of it.  Then I glued on the die cut grass along the bottom edges.  I added the bunny butts to the outside of the card, and matched their fronts to them on the inside, along with the basket of eggs.  I created a little hillside of gingham paper and glued it to the inside base along with the clouds and sky, then stamped the sentiment, "Got Eggs?":

For the matching treat holder, I cut a 4" x 12" piece of cardstock, scored it at 5 1/4" and 6 3/4", and cut a 2" circle out of one end.  I used a Spellbinders Label die to cut a shape for the top, and a small strip of green cardstock folded over the top.  The bunny was fussy cut and glued over the circle:

I used just the backview image, because I wanted it to look like the bunny was peeking in at the eggs:

I filled a small cello bag with Easter grass and a few chocolate eggs, then sandwiched it between the topper that I stapled on.

Did you see the Mini Front & Back images that we launched here on the blog a few weeks ago?  Well they would all work just perfectly with both the fence and the treat bag idea - and not just for Easter, maybe for a birthday party?  Another occassion?  And be sure to check out the Front & Back section on the Ai website - there are several dozen images to use along with the Fence.
Copic Markers used:
Fence: W1, W3, W5
Bunnies: E51, E53, E55, C1, R20, R22
Basket: E53, E55, E57, Y21, Y23, R81, R83, G40, G43, B01, B00, B000, V20, V22
Happy stamping, & Happy Easter!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Two Verve challenges!

I really loved the latest Verve release stamp set "Better Together", and it works perfectly for two of their current challenges.  The April Diva Inspiration challenge is "Chevron Chic", and I've used the Week Two sketch on the Viva La Verve blog.  This is a very CAS card for me!
Patterned paper is Key To My Heart; Cardstock is Juniper & Colonial White; Inks are Juniper, Sortbet, Tulip, Creme Brulee & Black, Stamp set is One-Way Borders - all Close To My Heart; Sentiment & dots are Better Together, Verve; Enamel dots, Your Next Stamp.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Merry Monday & The Challenge

I'm combining two challenges, today... Merry Monday asked us to use a snowman on our Christmas card this week, and when I saw Lesley's sketch for The Challenge #4, I knew I had the perfect image to work for both!  I've used this sweet image from Art Impressions several times, and it always seems to fit with these papers:
Patterned papers are Merry & Bright, Carta Bella; Verve Mini Classy Label die & Banner die; Stamps are Caroling Tots (Sku#T3607), Art Impressions and Frosted WOTG, CTMH.; Copic Markers.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Girlfriends Blog Hop!


The Art Impressions Design Team is hopping today to launch the 2014 Girlfriends sets on the Ai website!  These are always hugely popular, so you're going to want to check out all the blogs on today's hop (see the list below!).   I am sharing  Wine Tasters Set (Sku#4383) which was an instant favourite with me when I saw the sentiments that come with the set:
I chose "You had me at Merlot", but the set also includes "Wine a'll feel better!" and "Remember age gets better with wine".  I already have a bunch of these coloured up and ready to go, since I know how often I'll be using this set!  There are four new Girlfriends sets being debuted today, so follow the hop list to see them all, and scroll down to see the amazing prize being given away.  Your next stop along the hop is the wonderful Cheryl Valadez or you can start back at the beginning:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
There is a new challenge starting today on the Ai Blog - check it out!  We'd love to see your creations!
Copic Markers used: Skin tones: E11, E00, E000, E31, E34, E37
Outfits: G40, G43, G46, E11, E13, E15, W1, W3, W5, E51, E53, E55
Hair: Y21, Y23, Y26, E18, E15, E13, W7, W5, W3, W1
Wine & stools: R20, R22, R24, R27, R59

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texting BFF's

I am posting on the Art Impressions blog today.
I hope you enjoyed the Design Team's hop to launch the new Ai BFF's stamp line last Thursday!  You're going to be seeing a lot of them around here, as they are hugely popular... today I am featuring the Texting BFF's (Sku#4408):
This set cracks me up! - have you ever noticed how your kids practically refuse to pick up the phone, but insist on corresponding completely by texts with their friends?!?  So when I saw these gals sitting back to back saying: "Let's talk soon!" and "I haven't seen you in forever!" it reminded me of two people living in my house who shall not be named.

I have a feeling I'll be using this set pretty frequently for birthday cards over the next while!  We would love to have you join our current challenge, which is Friendship cards - you can find that post here.  Happy stamping everyone!



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