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Saturday, December 31, 2011

XOXO


Hello there!  As I was scanning the current challenges, I saw 3 that piqued my interest:

4 Crafty Chicks---Something New (image, twine)
Skipping Stones Design---Sketch 108
Whimsy Inspirations---Charms

So...with these challenges in mind, this is what I came up with!  I colored the little gal with pencils, paper pieced her dress, and added glitter to the heart.  I added a bit of twine and a charm for embellishing.  When I finished,  I wondered if maybe I should have used red for the card?  Since I'm fighting a miserable cold and didn't feel like getting out my scalpel to perform card surgery, I left it as is!  LOL

Image: Stampendous
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray, Basic Grey DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: The Cat's Pajama's "Peppermint Twist" Twine, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Pink Smoothie", Watch Us Charm
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos


So do you have any plans for New Year's Eve?  Whatever your plans my be, have fun and be safe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

TMS#126: Happy New Year

Good morning!  How was your Christmas?  I'm hoping you were able to spend some quality time with your loved ones!  I was lucky to be put "on call" for the day...even luckier when I didn't get called in!  I have to admit that I'm a bit sad to stop making Christmas cards...I really like making them!  I don't make a lot of New Year's cards, but I remembered this fun High Hopes stamp when I was planning my card for TMS this week....  Isn't Baby New Year the cutest?

The image is colored with pencils, then cut with Spellbinder's dies.  I used Bazill Bling for the card base...it has a lovely subtle shimmer...I decided to go monochromatic to keep the focus on the image.  I also flipped the sketch.  I'm just realizing that I didn't use any embellishments of this card!  I don't think it needs any....

Image: High Hopes
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Bazzill Bling
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos
I can't wait to see what the rest of the DT has done with this sketch!  You can take a peek at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.  I would love to see what YOU come up with too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Magic


Good morning and "Happy Christmas Eve"!  I had a bit of time last night so I got busy with an image that's just been begging to be colored and made into a card....  Isn't this little gal the cutest?!  I just love the touch of whimsy...and the fact that I got to add a hefty dose of glitter!  I do love me some glitter!

The little gal is colored with pencils and I accented my card with snowflake diecuts and glitter brads (yay, more glitter!).  I used the sketch from Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge #107...it's a great sketch that I will be using again!

I also made this card for these challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge: Zingy Colors

Stampin' Royalty: Winter/Christmas

Image: Nellie Snellen
Paper: SU! Orchid Opulence and Soft Suede, Crate Paper DP
Ink: Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Doodlebug Glitter (White, Gold), Doodlebug Brads
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Dies, SU! Dimensionals


Thank you for stopping by today...may you have a blessed Christmas and New Year!

Angela


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TMS#125


Good morning Tuesday Morning Sketches fans!  We have a fun sketch today, courtesy of Marie; our sponsor is Paper Pretties.

I really thought this was a fun sketch...one I will be using again!  I went with a more traditional color scheme and used my Teresa Collins paper pad.  I colored my image with pencils and added a bit of glitter to her outfit.  For embellishing, I used some brads and a bit of Baker's Twine.  (The sentiment reads "Be Merry"; I think my camera was focusing on the print in the background, so it's out of focus.)

Image: MFT a' la modes "Candy Cane Kisses"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and True Black, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Teresa Collins DP
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, PTI Pure Poppy Baker's Twine, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear" 
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, SU! Dimensionals

Please check out the rest of the DT's goodies...I can't wait to see their interpretation of this sketch!  Would love to see your interpretation of the sketch too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Creative Card Crew Challenge: Christmas Lights


Good morning!  It's time for another challenge at the Creative Card Crew blog.  This fortnight our challenge is "Christmas Lights".  Our sponsor for the challenge is Robyn's Fetish and I chose a light of the old fashioned variety...a candle!  I decided to do something a bit different and made a tag, and then wrapped the gift with extra DP so it would coordinate.

I printed the image, colored it with pencils, then die cut it.  The tag is a PTI die; before cutting it, I applied a strip of DP.  I added a Cheery Lynn flourish, some twill and twine.

Image: Robyn's Fetish Digital Image
Paper: GP 110, PTI Fine Linen and Scarlet Jewel, Kelly Panacci DP
Embellies: PTI Scarlet Jewel Twill, PTI Twine
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, PTI Tag Die, Cheery Lynn Flourish Die


I hope you will hop on over to the Creative Card Crew blog to see what the rest of the DT has created...we would love to see your take on "Christmas Lights" too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TMS#124

Good Tuesday morning! It's time for another fun challenge from Melissa at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and what a challenge it is! Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps...love their images! It is also a judged challenge, which means in addition to a sketch, we also have a twist...which adds a bit of extra fun. Our "Stamping Bingo" card is below, you can choose 3 going up/down, straight across, or diagonal. So many possibilities!


Here is the sketch:

Here is my card; I used Christmas Ribbon, Pattern Paper and Christmas Colors. I also used Funky Christmas Colors and Glitter...what do you think? Do I get extra points?

I was given "Margaret Calendar Month December" to work with. I printed my image twice, once on CS and again on DP. I colored the image, cut it out, adhered it the the DP, and then added glitter. I don't know about you, but Margaret cracks me up! I added some fun and funky papers from Doodlebug and embellished with some dotted ribbon, a button, and glittery white brads.

Image: Bugaboo Stamps Digital Image
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, Doodlebug DP
Ink: SU! Black Marker
Embellies: PTI Pure Poppy Swiss Dot Ribbon, PTI Pure Poppy Button, Doodlebug Glitter Brads in "Lily White", Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, SU! Dimensionals

I hope you will head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for you. Better yet, play along for a chance to win a prize!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Changito Santa

Good morning! I had a bit of free time Saturday, so I was searching for a challenge I could work on. I actually found 4 that looked fun; I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop, and combined it with the Crazy 4 Challenges "It's Santa", Raise the Bar "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", and Wee Memories "Holiday" challenges.

I've had this cute Changito Santa stamp just waiting to be inked up...I love his expression...it is a bit "Bah Humbug"! I colored Changito with pencils and added a bit of glitter to his hat. For the sketch, I ended up using a panel of vellum for one of the layers. I had cut some coordinating DP and decided it just didn't look right, plus I hated to cover up the cute background DP. I attached the vellum with glittery brads and finished off the card with some ribbon.

Image: Stampendous
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Passion Pink, Doodlebug DP, The Paper Studio Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Doodlebug Glitter Brads in "Lily White", Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", White Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink Organdy Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Die, SU! Dimentionals

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy your day!

Angela

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Good morning! I had a day off yesterday and had the opportunity to play the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge. It was a fun sketch...will probably use it again for another card....

I used the My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas pad and went for a bright and cheery look...I think the non-traditional colors are fun! Fluffles is colored with pencils, his eyes are dotted with a black gel pen, and the ornaments are accented with glitter. I added a sentiment from Verve, some ribbon, and brads to finish the card.

Image: Stampendous
Sentiment: Verve "Holly Jolly"
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, SU! Bermuda Bay
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: SU! Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Spare Parts Brads, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Tim Holtz Piercing Ruler, Lasting Impressions Piercer, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Below is a picture of the January card kit made for my S.S. I went with a winter theme; included were images from Stampendous and Kraftin' Kimmie, DP from Imaginisce (also a matching stamp), cardstock, diecut snowflakes, ribbons, and assorted brads. I really like making these and keep thinking it would be really fun to be able to do something creative like this for a living. No, I won't quit my day job! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you have a great day!

Angela

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #123

(For Creative Card Crew post, scroll down or click here.)

Good morning! It's time for another fun sketch from Melissa at Tuesday Morning Sketches! Our sponsor this week is Tiffany Doodles.

I have to confess that I was a bit stumped by this weeks' sketch...I kept trying to figure out what I could stamp in the 3 panels...then it hit me that I didn't have to stamp in them all.... Alrighty then, off to find a small image that would "fit"!

The image is colored and accented with glitter and Crystal Effects. I paired the image with some Making Memories DP; the holly berries are red foil, which you can't see in the photo. (Why is it so difficult to photograph shimmer and shine? You don't always see the full effect.) I added a diecut, some ribbon, and a holly embellishment to finish the card.

Image: Stampendous
Paper: SU! Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy, SU! Wild Wasabi, Making Memories DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellies: Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", SU! Crystal Effects, PTI Red Satin Ribbon, Dress It Up Holly
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, SU! Top Note Die, SU! Dimensionals

I hope you will check out the rest of the DTs' take on the sketch here; better yet, why not play along? I would love to see your interpretation!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Creative Card Crew: 'Tis the Season

Good morning! It's time for another challenge from Creative Card Crew; this fortnight our challenge is "'Tis the Season" and our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp.

I happened to come across this cute Stampendous set that I bought awhile ago...I had forgotten about it, because it was purchased way before the holidays. Anyway, I am happy to have found it...I think the little elf is adorable! I love her child-like exuberance!

The image is colored with pencils and accented it with glitter. I decided on a bright color scheme...I love the pink/red combo! For embellishing, I paper pierced, added some brads, and finished it off with some ribbon. I used Jen del Muro's December Sketch for You to Try.

I must confess this is "version 2". As I was uploading the photos of my card, I decided I didn't like the proportions of the image panel.... So back to the craft table I went! I stamped, colored, and mounted a new image panel and took off the original image panel (it came off in 1 piece, so I will be able to use it for another card). "Version 1" was not mounted on colored CS; the image was diecut only...it seemed to get lost on the card. I really like this version better...the only thing I would change is the position of the knot on the ribbon...I would center it perhaps. Just wondering if any of you ever do any "card surgery"? LOL

Image: Stampendous
Paper: SU! Melon Mambo, PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy, My Mind's Eye DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellies: Doodlebug Glitter (Turquoise), Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Spare Parts Brads, Wright's Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Crafter's Workshop Circular Template, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you'll head over to the Creative Card Crew blog to check out what the rest of the the DT has created to get you inspired. The theme is easy-peasy, so we'd love to see you play along too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, December 5, 2011

Secret Sister Card Kit Swap

Sneak Peek!!! Since we recently finished up another round of swapping, I thought I would share part of the reveal package I sent to my Little Sister. I decided on a "Kit of the Month" theme. I really had a fun time making these up and thought you might like a little peek. This is the finished batch, all packaged and lined up for a quick photo before I mailed them. Stay tuned!

I'll be back tomorrow with 2 cards; 1 for Creative Card Crew and 1 for Tuesday Morning Sketches....

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Angela

Saturday, December 3, 2011

TMS...on a Saturday!


Good morning! I'm a bit late with my card for this week; I've had it done for a couple of days, but have been unable to upload to Blogger. The sketch shows some lovely swirls, but I just couldn't make them work...adhered and tore them off twice, so this one is super clean and simple. I really love the Penny Black quotes so that is the focal point of my card. I did a bit of distressing, added some rayon ribbon, and a button topped with a crystal.

Sentiment: Penny Black
Paper: PTI Fine Linen, Bo Bunny DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellies: SU! Pear Pizzazz Rayon Ribbon, PTI Button, Swarovski Flatback Crystal in "Olivine"
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, SU! Dimensionals


Our sponsor this week is Stretch n Bubbles; you can check out the rest of the DT's creations here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TMS#121 (Please scroll down for Creative Card Crew post, thank you!)

Good Tuesday morning! It's time for another fun sketch over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog; this was really a fun one...it has lots of possibilities! Our sponsor this week is Stamp Fairy; Gerta has some really cute goodies...check them out....

Since we got our first snow on Sunday, I decided to go with a winter theme. I'm just hoping that it'll be awhile before we are out shoveling the deep stuff like Changito.... LOL The image is colored with pencils and accented with a gel pen and glitter. I cut some snowflakes with a Spellbinder's die, added brads and popped them up for fun. I think this is a really nice sketch; I'll be using it again for sure.

Image: Stampendous
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy, Little Yellow Bicycle DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Snowflake Dies, SU! Dimensionals

You can check out the rest of the DT's creations here. I would love to see what you do with this sketch...give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Creative Card Crew: Merry Christmas from Claus

Hello there! It's time for another challenge from the Creative Card Crew; this fortnight our challenge is "monochromatic" and our sponsor is Paper Pretties, who provided me with this adorable image. Isn't Claus just the cutest?

I printed my image on Sahara Sand and colored just a portion of it; I like how the red/green really stand out against the S.S. and black. I dotted Claus' with a gel pen and added a bit of glitter to his hat. I finished the card with a simple holly embellishment.

Image: Paper Pretties Digital Image
Paper: SU! Sahara Sand, PTI True Black, Fancy Pants Designs DP
Ink: Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Dress It Up Holly, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone

Please head on over to the Creative Card Crew blog so you can check out the rest of the DT's goodies. Would love to see you play along too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bellarific Friday...on a Saturday....

Good morning! I'm a bit late with the Bellarific Friday challenge, but thought I would post my card anyway. I really wanted to play along because it was a sketch this week. The sketch had a pieced panel in the background, but I let my paper do the work for me since it looks "pieced" already. The paper is one of my favorites (an oldie, but goodie); I just distressed it a bit to add some extra dimension. The image is paper pieced and colored with pencils, then I added a bit of subtle glitter to the ornaments and star. I like how this one turned out!

Image: Stamping Bella
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and True Black, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Making Memories DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Black Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Making Memories Distressing Tool, SU! Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy your weekend!

Angela

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TMS#120

Good morning! It's time for another fun sketch at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog. Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique. This week is the monthly Judged Challenge; in addition to the sketch, there is the added challenge of "giving thanks". So pull out your stamps and create a thank you card...you just may win a prize!

I tell you, I had a hard time coming up with a plan this week. I changed my mind a few timesbut when I came across this DP, I knew I wanted to use it. It's a unique color combination, but I like it! I paired it with some dies and simple stamps, then finished it off with a bit of bling.

Stamps: PTI "It's Official" and "Take Three Spring"
Paper: PTI Aqua Mist and Smokey Shadow, SU! More Mustard and Sahara Sand, Prima DP
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, SU! Sahara Sand
Embellies: PTI Ocean Tides Button, Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Topaz" and "Black Diamond"
Extras: PTI Felt, Ocean Tides and Smokey Shadow, The Cat's Pajamas Felt (mustard), PTI Scallop Edge Die and Dressform Die, Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish Die, MFT Die-namics Rolled Flower Die, The Cat's Pajamas Cut-Ups Button Flower Die (leaves)

I hope you'll visit the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see the DT's beautiful creations...I can't wait to see them myself!

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Angela

Thursday, November 10, 2011

SC358: Baked with (heart)!!

Good morning! Yesterday I was able to work the SCS sketch challenge into my day off. I generally try to keep the measurements of my card as close to the sketch as possible, so I go on the hunt for a stamp that will "fit". My Changitos and Calendar Chicks are my "go to" stamps, so I decided to use this fun image. Luckily, I found some fun DP in my stash too!

Changito is colored with pencils and his eyes are accented with a black gel pen. The heart in the sentiment is accented with a bit of glitter. I added some brads, seam binding and a charm to complete my card.

Image/Sentiment: Stampendous "Changito Baker" Clear Set
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate, SU! Baja Breeze, Moxie DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Spare Parts Brads, SU! Seam Binding, Karen Foster Charm
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Thanks for stopping by today; have a good one!

Angela

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TMS#119

Note: Second post today...scroll down for Creative Card Crew Challenge.

Hello again! Since it's Tuesday, it's time for another sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches; this fun one was created by Kathleen. Our sponsor this week is There She Goes; you can check out the store's goodies here.

As I was trying to decide what to make this week, I noticed the PTI onesie stamp on my table...it was already mounted on a block, so I thought I would just go with it. The onesie is really fun to paper piece! After stamping the onesie and cutting it out, I colored the pink trim and added just a touch of glitter. I used dies for the oval (right side), doily and scallop border. I did a bit of distressing and finished the card with some twill and Bella Dots.

Image: PTI Bitty Baby Blessings
Paper: SU! Blushing Bride, PTI Dark Chocolate, Canvas Corp. DP, PTI Chocolate Remix Collection (text for onesie)
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, PTI Dark Chocolate Twill, Bella Dots in "Chocolate"
Extras: Crayola Colored Pencil, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, PTI Doily Die, MFT Die-namics Scallop Border Die, Making Memories Distressing Tool, SU! Dimensionals

You can check out the rest of the DT's fun creations here. I hope you'll make time to play along this week so I can see your take on the sketch!

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers: Pink, brown and cream


Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, November 7, 2011

Creative Card Crew Challenge

Good morning! Our new challenge at the Creative Card Crew is "Thankful". Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I chose to go with a Thanksgiving theme. Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp.
The image is colored with pencils, cut out with a Spellbinder's die, then popped up for definition. I kept it simple and used brads for embellishing. I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to enjoying turkey and pumpkin pie with my family! I'm thankful to have the holiday off this year.

Image: Stamping Bella
Sentiment: SU!
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Fine Linen, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Imaginisce DP
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, SU! Dimensionals

You can check out the rest of the DT's creations here...we would love to see you play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bellarific Friday

Good Friday morning! I combined the challenge on Blogabella (snowflakes) with a sketch challenge, a challenge to use 4 embellishments (let me tell you, that wasn't easy!), and a challenge to use some sparkle (LOVE sparkle!).

The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter. I diecut, glittered, and layered some Spellbinder's snowflakes for my main embellishment, topping it with a Bella Dot and Swarovski crystal. I like the look of the glitz paired with the Kraft DP.

Image: Stamping Bella
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Jillibean Soup DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", PTI Dark Chocolate Twill, Bella Dots in "Chocolate", Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "AB"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Bellarific Friday: Snowflakes
CCEE Stampers: 4 Embellishments (Twill, Glitter-2 kinds, Bella Dots, Swarovski Crystals, Diecut Snowflakes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes (plus a bit of bling, if you want)

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!

Angela

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Twice Blessed

Good morning! Today I have the third card I made for my co-worker...I had forgotten I hadn't uploaded it. This on is super clean and simple! I paper pieced 2 onsies and adhered them to a diecut, added beads, some ribbon, and popped up the image panel. Voila'!

Image: PTI Bitty Baby Blessings
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Bashful Blue, SU! Delicate Dots DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Black Marker
Embellies: Alphabet Beads (Hobby Lobby), Black Gingham Ribbon (my stash)
Extras: Spellbinders Nestabilities Die, DMC Floss

That's all for today; thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

TMS#118

Good morning Tuesday Morning Sketches fans! Melissa has another fun sketch for you this week. Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish, you can check out her goodies here.

As I was looking through my stamps in search of inspiration, I came across this fun Stampendous stamp and decided I would make a baby card. I love making baby cards! I colored the image with pencils and accented the heart on the baby chick's bib with glitter. The image is cut out with Spellbinder's Nestabilities and popped up. I used some brads for embellishing...I thought the buttons were perfect for the baby theme.

Image: Stampendous Calendar Chicks
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Smokey Shadow, October Afternoon DP, The Paper Studio Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Making Memories "Button" Brads, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

You can find the rest of the DT's creations here. I would love to see YOU play along too...it's a fun sketch with a lot of possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Kitty

Good Sunday morning! I received the cutest Mo Manning image from my S.S. and when I realized the month was coming to an end, I decided I better get busy! I have to admit I was a bit intimidated to color the image, but I like how it turned out.

The image is colored with Prismas and the mask is accented with fine glitter...it adds a nice, soft sparkle. I used a circle punch to remove a portion of the corner so my button would fit, then popped the image up. I layered a couple of buttons and used some Swarovki flatbacks for a bit of extra sparkle.

Image: Mo Manning Digital Stamp
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Plum Pudding and True Black, We R Memory Keepers DP
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, PTI Buttons, Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Black Diamond"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, SU! 1 1/4" Circle Punch, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Bronte and Bella's Challenge: Any Holiday or Celebration
Just Some Lines: Halloween
Wee Memories: Brads, Buttons or Bows

Thanks for stopping by today; enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Angela


Friday, October 28, 2011

you're ONE in a million

Good Friday morning! My card today features a vintage gumball machine that I thought would go perfectly with the Basic Grey "Out of Print" DP that I have been using lately. I LOVE this line...it is nice and shabby with such eclectic patterns.

The image is colored with silver and dark gray with just a pop of red for the gumball; I applied Crystal Effects to the gumball, so it is nice and shiny. The papers are distressed and I added some brads on the image panel for embellishing.

Image: Stamping Bella "Vintage Gumball Machine" (sentiment included)
Paper: SU! Naturals White and Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, Crystal Effects
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Making Memories Distressing Tool

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fight Like a Girl

Good Tuesday morning! I'm back with another sketch challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I went for a bit of a different look with this card; I paired the shabby, distressed papers with crisp white and pearls...I like the contrast. I received the cute image from my Secret Sister and decided to color just the pink areas. For embellishing, I diecut a flower and added some pearls.

Image: Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamp
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Blushing Bride, Basic Grey DP
Embellie: Pearls by The Beadery
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Tim Holtz "Tattered Flowers" Sissix Die, SU! Dimentionals

Our sponsor this week is Tiffany Doodles and we continue to challenge you to use pink in your card. You can check our the rest of the Design Teams' cards here; I hope you will play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Creative Card Crew

Good morning! I am happy to announce that I have been asked to design for the Creative Card Crew. Challenges are held bi-weekly, so you will have 2 weeks in which to play along. I want to extend my gratitude to Mari and the rest of the ladies for making me feel welcome!

Our sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter. The image I'm using today is called "Kisses" and our theme is "Fallin' for You/Romance".

I thought this Basic Grey DP (one of my favorites) fit the theme perfectly! The image is colored with pencils, diecut and mounted with Nestabilities. I kept the layout simple to let the darling image shine...I just added a bit of red bling.

Image: The Paper Shelter
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Lemon Tart and Smokey Shadow, Basic Grey DP
Embellies: Me and My Big Ideas Bling
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Here's a link to the Creative Card Crew blog; you can check out the rest of the Design Teams' creations. I'd love to see you play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Twin Baby Boys

Here's another card I made for the Mom-to-be of twin boys. I used one of my favorite Stamping Bella images...love to paper piece this one! The sentiment is computer generated, and I used some Bella Dots for embellishing.

Image: Stamping Bella
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Smokey Shadow, SU! DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Black Marker
Embellies: Bella Dots
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, SU! Dimensionals

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

CES Challenges: New Beginnings
Ruby's Rainbow: Cute and Cuddly
Wee Memories: Free for All

That's it for now...I hope to get some crafty time today....

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela


Friday, October 21, 2011

For The Mom-To-Be....

Good Friday morning! I was asked to make a card for a baby shower...the mom-to-be is expecting twins! I made 3 cards total; will share the others later. With my first card, I wanted to focus on the mom-to-be. I thought of this cute A Muse stamp that is perfect for paper piecing. I paired it with some DP I've had in my stash for a long time (love the pretty paisley!), added some punched flowers and Swarovski crystals to give it a bit of extra sparkle. Inside the card is a white panel that reads:

Expecting JOY...
...TWIN boys!

Image: A Muse
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate, The Paper Studio DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Black Marker
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals
Extras: EK Success Flower Punches

I'm entering my card in this challenge: Ruby's Rainbow: Cute and Cuddly

Thanks for stopping by today; enjoy your weekend!

Angela

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hope....

Good Tuesday morning! It's time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge. My card measures 5"x7" and I flipped the sketch; I also went with pink since that is our challenge all month long. Not hard for me to do, since I love pink!

Sentiment: Wordsworth
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: SU! Pretty in Pink, PTI True Black, Basic Grey DP, The Paper Studio Vellum
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals, Maya Road Leaf Stickpins, Wrights Black Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, MFT Die-namics Large Rolled Rose Die, MFT Felt, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see what the rest of the DT has created with our sketch. I would love to see you play along...don't forget to use pink!

I am also entering this card in Heart Song Inspirations: Flowers and/or Felt challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, October 17, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

Hello! How is your Monday going? I took a bit of time to relax, after working the weekend, by making a clean and simple card. I turned to my favorite little monkey...Changito! He is whipping up some birthday cupcakes...yum! Extra frosting for me, please!

I stamped a row of cupcakes, colored them, scored some lines for definition, then added a bit of glitter to the flames. I enhanced Changito's eyes with a gel pen, cut him out and mounted him with Nestabilities dies and popped him up. Easy peasy!

Stamps: Stampendous "Changito Baker" Clear Set
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Berry Sorbet
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Doodlebug Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Scor-Pal, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Karen's Doodles: Animal Antics
Make it Monday: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela


Friday, October 14, 2011

Stella and Her Broomstick

Good morning and "Happy Friday"...Bellarific Friday, that is! The challenge for this week was Halloween, so I decided to go with Stella. This cute stamp was sitting in my stash uninked, so she needed a bit of love....

Stella is colored with pencils and accented with glitter...of course, I didn't forget her lipstick; I am thinking she loves it as much as I do! LOL I'm really not sure why I came up with the crazy idea to cut her out, but as soon as I started I was doubting my judgement...it took me forever! I used a bunch of diecuts and some Swarovski flatbacks to finish the card.

Image: Stamping Bella "Stella and Her Broomstick"
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, True Black, and Plum Pudding, SU! Pumpkin Pie, We R Memory Keepers DP, The Paper Studio Black Glitter Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Doodlebug Glitter, Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Light Amethyst"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, MFT Die-namics Cloud Die, MFT Felt, Martha Stewart Bat Punch

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says....: Halloween/Goth
Creative Card Crew: Spooky Fun

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paper Smooches...Hot Stuff

Happy Thursday! I have a CAS card to share with you today using Paper Smooches stamps by Kim Hughs...love them!

For the card base: first I made a border using a sentiment, next I stamped a heart on top, last I added some scored lines. For the focal point: I paper pieced the image, added some googlie eyes, and mounted the image on DP cut with Spellbinder's dies. I popped the image up and voila'...a Halloween hottie! I just may give this to my DH....

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Wee Memories #71: Halloween or Fall themed (sponsored by Paper Smooches)
Simon Says....: Halloween/Goth

Images: Paper Smooches "Falling for You"
Sentiment: Paper Smooches "Vegtastic"
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and True Black, Teresa Collins "Haunted Halloween" DP
Embellies: Googlie Eyes
Extras: Scor-Pal, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Thanks for stopping by today; I hope you're having a great week!

Angela

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

TMS#115: Inspiration Challenge, Plus Pink

Good morning! It's time for another fun challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches. Today it is an inspiration challenge and our sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs (love their images!) When I saw the tote bag, I thought of a gorgeous floral/strip DP combo in my stash and knew it would be perfect. However, when I received my image I had to make a new plan...my autumn DP just didn't jive with the winter theme! So, I had a winter image, an autumn tote bag, and I had to add pink to the mix.... Hmmm.... This is what I came up with....

The elements I took from the photo were the touch of brown and the square shape of the tote bag. I have had this October Afternoon paper in my stash and knew it would be perfect...I love pink for a winter card...nice and quirky!

The image is colored with pencils and I added a bit of subtle glitter to the fur on Honey's outfit. I did a bit of sponging and diecutting, added some Baker's Twine and Bella Dots and called it good. I think Honey is gorgeous and she was really fun to color; here's a close-up of her pretty face. Love her eyes!

Image: Studio Sassy Designs Digital Stamp
Ink: Pallette Burnt Umber
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate, SU! Melon Mambo, October Afternoon DP, The Paper Studio Vellum
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Bella Dots in "Chocolate", PTI Baker's Twine in "Chocolate"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I used the sketch from Card Patterns, but I flipped it. Did you notice that I switched up the panels? By mistake! The upper left section should be the smallest one; when I flipped the pieces over to tape them together I must have forgot to reverse them. It turned out okay though...I think the big, pink snowflake looks good on the cream background.

You can check out the rest of the DT's cards here. Now it's your turn! I would love to see what you come up with using the inspiration photo and the color pink....

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

***I just realized I did a major faux pas and didn't use our TMS sketch! Didn't realize there was one until I read Melissa's blogpost from today.... My bad....

Saturday, October 8, 2011

More Halloween....

Good morning! I have been in a bit of a creative funk lately...I just havn't felt like stamping. I play around on the computer looking for ideas and sit at my table, but I just don't get anything accomplished. When I saw this cute card of Wanda's, I just knew I had to play along with the challenge. I even used the same sketch she did.... I also loved the way Kathleen placed her bats on this card, so I had to give that a try too.... Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

I used my My Mind's Eye Mischievous paper pad...love that paper! I love how they added a subtle touch of blue...so unexpected! I took my cue from the paper and colored Fluffles orange and accented her hat with blue. I used a liberal dose of glitter...let's just face it...glitter makes me feel good! LOL I don't mind the mess and I didn't even care when I looked down and my lap was covered with it.... I also used a lot of diecuts on this card...Spellbinder's, Martha Stewart, MFT Die-namics...I like that they are fast and easy. I felt like I needed a bit more blue to pull everything together with the blue card base, so I added a few Swarovski flatbacks.

Here's a close up of the diecuts and yummy glitter.

Image: Stampendous "Fluffles Broomstick"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, SU! Baja Breeze and Tangerine Tango, My Mind's Eye DP, The Paper Studio Black Glitter CS
Embellies: Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Aquamarine"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Bat Punch, MFT Die-namics Cloud Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering this card in Raise the Bar's Challenge #78 which is "Furry Friends". I have had this Fluffles stamp sitting on the table for quite some time and knew right away it would be perfect!
2 Sisters - #60 Halloween
Challenge Up Your Life - #54 Halloween
Secret Crafter - #155 Anything goes as long as it sparkles

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Hey Chickie" Revision

Good morning! As I was making my TMS card this week, I was thinking I could utilize another coordinating DP by turning it into a square card...there would also be more room to write a message inside.

I simply added a square card base, distressed DP, some ribbon, and another felt flower diecut. This one is my favorite...which one do you like better?

Image: Stampendous
Sentiment: DeNami
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Smokey Shadow, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Topaz", Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-namics "Upsey Daisies" Die, The Cat's Pajamas Felt, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Making Memories Distressing Tool

Today is my first day of a little stretch off work; I am hoping to break out of my craft funk and get busy creating!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

TMS#114

Good Tuesday morning! It's time for another fun challenge at the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.... We have a unique twist this week...a circular card. I have to admit, I have only made a couple of these....

I've been a Halloween-a-thon (as my blogging friend Amy would say) so I continued with that theme and pulled out one of the Calendar Chicks. She's so darn cute with her little treat bag! I colored her with Prismas and added a bit of glitter. I did some distressing, added a die cut flower and some Swarovski flatback crystals to finish it off.

Image: Stampendous
Sentiment: DeNami
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Smokey Shadow, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Topaz", Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-namics "Upsey Daisies" Die, The Cat's Pajamas Felt, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Making Memories Distressing Tool

I can't wait to see the DT's circular cards...you can check them out here. Our sponsor this week is One Stop Cards...play along for a chance to win a prize!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Well, Hello!

I thought the colors from The Cat's Pajamas Tuesday challenge looked like fun, so I thought I'd play along. I found some SU! DP that worked perfectly and I decided to go with this cute bunny...one last nod to the summer that has come and gone. How can it be fall already?!

The image is colored with pencils and I paper pieced some of the pinwheels. I ran the image panel through the Cuttlebug to add a bit of texture and added some felt grass for more texture. (The grass was actually scraps I had sitting on the table...isn't it great when you get the opportunity to use up scraps?) I used some tiny brads in the center of the pinwheels along with a black gel pen for the bunny's eyes. I stamped my sentiment on DP and paired it with a rosette made from a TCP CutUps die...they really are easy to make. I topped the rosette with a button tied off with Divine Twine.

Image: The Cat's Pajamas
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Smokey Shadow, SU! Rich Razzleberry, SU! DSP Cottage Wall
Embellies: Spare Parts Mini Brads, PTI Ripe Avocado Button, Devine Twine in Oyster
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, TCP Easy Rosette CutUps die, MFT Die-namics Grass Die/Felt

I used Jen del Muro's September Sketch For You To Try...it was a good one, I'm sure I'll be using it again.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TMS#113

Good Tuesday Morning! Good grief...I see I havn't posted since last Tuesday! Have had some extra things going on at home; we are building an addition so we've been busy planning, meeting with contractors, etc. I need to take more time to get crafty though...it's good for my mental health!

Back to the card here.... Our sponsor this week is There She Goes stamps. I checked out their website and they have some cute stamps; no order for me yet though, the sets I wanted were out of stock. I decided to go with Fluffles paired with some new My Mind's Eye Mischievous DP...I just love making Halloween cards! How about you?

Fluffles is colored with Prismas; her eyes are dotted with a black gel pen and I added some glitter to her hat and brew. I distressed the edges of the DP, added some diecuts, black ribbon and a couple of stickpins. The stickpins were actually and add-on.... I realized I had cut my ribbon too short to tie a knot, so I just twisted it and secured it with pins....voila'! I like how the subtle crystals mimic the glitter.

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black, SU! Cajun Craze (?), My Mind's Eye DP, The Paper Studio Black Glitter CS
Embellies: Wright's Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Maya Road Stickpins, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Bat Punch, Making Memories Distressing Tool, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I invite you to hop on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see the rest of the DT's goodies. We would love to have you join us and play along too...it's a great sketch this week...give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TMS#112

Good morning! I have another fun sketch, from the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog, to share today. This one was drawn by Melissa and has lots of possibilities!

I decided to go the Halloween route, since it's almost the season and I love making Halloween cards. I used some new DP...love the non traditional colors...and a fun Changito. Changito is colored with pencils and his eyes are dotted with a black gel pen; I added a bit of glitter to his pumpkin's eyes. I diecut some black felt clouds and a moon, then finished it off with some black Bella Dots.

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: SU! Naturals White, Baja Breeze, and Elegant Eggplant, We R Memory Keepers DP
Embellies: Bella Dots, Doodlebug Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, MFT Die-namics Cloud Die, SU! Dimensionals

Here's a link to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog so you can check out the sketch and the rest of the Design Team's creations. I would love to see what you come up with using this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Angela