Sunday, October 28, 2012

Deconstructed Sketch #75

It's my Dad's 80th birthday this week, so I made a card for him with my October Key Ingredients kit, using this week's Deconstructed Sketch.
Patterned papers are Harvest Lane by Simple Stories; Cardboard die cut, Jillybean Soup, ribbon & Cardstock - all Key Ingredients kit; Stamp set is Blessings by Verve; Ink is Barn Red, CTMH.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Every Diva needs a cake

Seeing as my daughter Paige is a cake & cupcake baker/decorator... I needed to pull out my A-game today for her birthday cake.  I'm going to be generous and give myself a B- (smile).  I had fun doing it, but the execution was messy to say the least.  You may have seen these rosette cakes on Pinterest, or in a You Tube how-to video, where they take about a minute and a half to do a whole cake?  Well, it actually does go pretty quickly, but my icing started getting a bit too warm (white chocolate buttercream!) and I literally had icing up to my elbows, and had to refridgerate it several times.  Anyway, if you stand back about 5 feet it looks quite impressive... just don't sneak up close to see my shaky roses!

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Cupcake Diva birthday

If you follow my blog, you'll know that my daughter has a little cupcake business... well, my Cupcake Diva turns 15 tomorrow, so when I saw Laurel's gorgeous pastel pink inspiration photo on Inspired By - it got me thinking pink & girly for her card.  I've seen a few versions of this on the internet, and wanted to make a little cupcake store window, complete with striped awning.
Patterned papers are Hello Summer, Echo Park; Bazzil cardstock; Stamp set is The Sweetest Thing; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic markers; Verve dies.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #58

I have a bunch of family birthdays over the next few weeks, so when I found this paper by Carta Bella today, I pulled it out to try the Freshly Made Sketch for this week:
Patterned papers are Traditions, Carta Bella; Cardstock is Kraft, Indian Corn Blue & Colonial White, CTMH; Stamp sets are From Me to You & Remarkable Wreath, CTMH; Inks are Desert Sand & Dutch Blue, CTMH; Ribbon, Key Ingredients kit.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Halloween Door Hanger

I don't send out any Halloween cards, but I do like to decorate the house for the occasion, so for this week's Heart2Heart challenge (Halloween/pumpkins) and the colour challenge at Dynamic Duos (pumpkin pie/basic black with a dessert option of die cuts)... I came up with a cute little door hanger using the Artiste cartridge:
I grunged it up a little by sponging slate ink around all the pieces, and distressed the edges of the face a little.  Cute, quick and easy to make :o)
Patterned paper is Dotty For You; Cardstock is White Daisy & Black; Ink is Slate; Cricut Artiste cartridge - all CTMH; Ribbon, Fabricland.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sweet Sunday Sketch #170

I've had my little yoga girl stamped and coloured for a few weeks, so just needed the right sketch challenge to come along...  The current Sweet Sunday Sketch fit the bill, so here she is:


The inside sentiment reads: Stay balanced, chocolate in each hand.
Patterned papers are Woodland Park by October Afternoon; Cardstock is Colonial White & Heavenly Blue, CTMH; Stamp sets are Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions & Say It In Style, CTMH; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Burlap ribbon, button & embroidery floss all CTMH; Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH; Copic Markers.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October Sketch For You To Try

Ten for ten!!  Yes, I am quite pleased with myself... that I've been able to play along with all ten montly SFYTT challenges.  This was quite an unusual sketch, but I saw how creative people were being with the little side panels, which made it come together a little more easily:
Patterned papers are Woodland Park, October Afternoon; Stamp sets are Words of Wisdom and Bloom & Grow, Verve; Inks are Black, Champagne & Garden Green, CTMH; Cardstock is Hollyhock & Colonial White, CTMH;  Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, CTMH;

Friday, October 19, 2012

Properly Caffeinated

Don't you just love this sentiment?  I have a love for all kinds of coffee cards, so of course I couldn't pass this one up when I saw it.  I also don't tend to do "wacky" with my cards, but there's just something about these Art Impressions stamps that cracks me up!  I haven't played along with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge in a little while, so my little jumping coffee-drinker seemed to work with her current sketch:
Patterned papers are Woodland Park, October Afternoon; Stamps are Millie & Caffeinated by Art Impressions; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic Markers - all from One Crazy Stamper; Clear buttons are CTMH. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Celebrating with Verve

To celebrate World Card Making Day... Verve has a sketch challenge going on, using this great sketch from Julee.  I used the bright colours from this week's Color Throwdown challenge as my inspiration, and pulled out my June Key Ingredients kit for the papers and accessories:
Stamp set is Bloom & Grow, Verve; Elegant Leaves Die, Verve; Large scallop circle, Spellbinders; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento and Pear, CTMH; Patterned papers are Hello Summer, Echo Park; Black and White Daisy cardstock, CTMH;

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sketchbook Saturday and a Tea Light Cake

I used this week's Sketchbook Saturday sketch for a simple fall card using this week's Dynamic Duo colour combo.  While I had the papers on my desk, I decided to make a tiny matching birthday cake using a battery operated tea light.  If you're a Pinterest regular, you may have seen the idea floating around recently - and when I saw a package of the little lights at Costco, I had to give it a try.  It only took a short while to make, and will definitely make my girlfriend smile when I give it to her :o)
Patterned papers are Lucky & Dotty For You; Cardstock is Kraft & Colonial White; Ink is Desert Sand; Stampset is Say It in Style; Cricut Artiste cartridge; Sunset Baker's Twine, ribbon and Button - all supplies are CTMH.

Freshly Made Sketches #56

I tipped this week's Freshly Made Sketch over on it's side for my card this week.  I've wanted to use this little moustache die cut as a cupcake pick for a while, and I knew that I had the perfect papers to make a matching card:
Patterned papers are This & That, Echo Park; Cardstock is Kraft, Colonial White & Black, CTMH; Stamp set is A Little Everything, CTMH; Ink is Black, CTMH; Cupcake wrapper & pick, Cricut Artiste cartridge.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Pear & Partridge Box

I've finally decided to enter the 3D item world with this cute little box that I cut with my Cricut Artiste cartridge.  The box itself only took a couple of minutes to assemble, and then I rolled a couple of spiral flowers and added a bit of ribbon to pretty it up a little:
Patterned papers are Pear & Partridge; Cardstock is Smoothie, Cranberry & Olive; Olive Organdy Ribbon; Mocha Opaque Pearls; Cricut Artiste cartridge - all CTMH.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Deconstructed Sketch #72

It is my wonderful Brother-in-law's 65th birthday in a few days... so I needed to do a masculine card.  I've used this week's Deconstructed Sketch, and a few older items from CTMH to put it all together:
Patterned papers are Lucky & Dotty For You; Cardstock is Outdoor Denim, Olive & Colonial White; Stamp set is The Present; Ink is Desert Sand; Filigree Charms; Durables; Cricut Artiste.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hot Air Balloon...Part Two

While I was on a roll yesterday with my Mojo Monday card... I decided to keep going and make a second version with the little hot air balloon shapes.  Here is the flip version with a simplified background:
Patterned papers are Elemental; Cardstock is Kraft, Sorbet, Pacifica & Colonial White; Stamp set is Avonlea WOTG Flair; Ink is Desert Sand; Sorbet brads; Cricut Artiste cartridge.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mojo Monday #261

I have been wanting to try out this little hot air balloon from the Cricut Artiste cartridge, so I used it for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I popped up the balloon and one of the clouds for a little dimension, and softened all the edges with a little sponging in Desert Sand:
Patterned papers are Elemental & Lucy; Cardstock is Kraft, Sorbet, Indian Corn Blue & Colonial White; Ink is Desert Sand; Stamp set is Find Your Style; Sorbet Baker's Twine; Cricut Artiste cartridge - all CTMH.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Get Your Party On!

"Get your PARTY on!" is the sentiment inside this fun card that I made for my girlfriend's 50th birthday.  Four of us have hung around together since our kids were in Jr. Kindergarten, and they're all now in high school - so when I saw this stamp set, I knew I'd use it over and over.  It gave my Copic skills a good workout, too.  With all the bright colours, I kept my background really plain:
Stamp set is Uptown Girls, by Art Impressions; Cardstock is Lagoon, Black and White Daisy, CTMH; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic markers.


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