Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CPS Sketch # 160 - Renaissance by Design

It's time for another CPS sketch project.  This week's sponsor is Renaissance by Design.

Happy Easter:

I thought my project was timely for this week.  The sentiments in the set I received from Renaissance by Design were perfect for a full year of great holiday!  I decided to keep my card simple.  The ribbon rose was quick to make and I just LOVED how the stitching of the orange ribbon mimicked the dashes in the striped Girl Friday Cosmo Cricket paper.  To make the sentiment really stand out, I stamped with Black Soot Distress ink and embossed.

For more inspiration by the Card Positioning Systems' team, stop by the blog or Facebook page.  We'd love to see your take on the sketch too.  You could win a prize by our weekly sponsor or be our Friday Featured fan (say that 5 times fast!!!).

I hope you are having a great week.  Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Renaissance by Design sentiments

Ribbon: Hint of Lime satin ribbon by Renaissance by Design
Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Linen cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Patterned Paper: Girl Friday by Cosmo Cricket
Tools: Window punch by EK Success, Fabri-tac by Beacon Adhesives, clear embossing powder by Ranger
Flower Embellishment: Orange stitched and Green ruffled ribbons by May Arts

Friday, March 26, 2010

CPS Sketch # 159 - Extra Design

I really loved the CPS sketch this week and had to take a second stab at it.  I mixed it up with a different style and images... and had a BLAST using these sweet Pure Innocence images!

You Make the Grade

Isn't this little girl darling?!  I just love coloring these sweet little ones.

Be sure to stop by the CPS blog to get a chance at this week's prize pack.
Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: You Make the Grade (Pure Innocence) by My Favorite Things
Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger and Snow White Adirondack pigment ink by Ranger
Paper: Detail Blending Paper by Couture Cardstock, Kraft by Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Report Card by October Afternoon
Other: ABC twill from Red Lead (St. Louis store), button by Paper Studio, Twine from, Copic markers by Imagination International, Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Circle punches by EK Success

Thursday, March 25, 2010

JustRite Mega Blog Hop - Day 3

That's right!!!  Can you believe I'm part of the JustRite Stampers Mega Blog Hop?!  There is some serious talent associated with this project and I'm thrilled to be participating!!

Plant a Little Love Notecard Set

I had a blast putting together this gift set.  I thought I'd create a set since I couldn't decide which image I wanted to use for a blog hop project.  I had to use them all!  Hah!

I love to give handmade cards as gifts.  I began first by creating a box to house the set.  I wanted something simple and that might get a second use, once all the notecards were used.  I created a few handmade envelopes from copy paper, which I didn't picture above.  Not that envelopes aren't exciting... but you know... I'm already putting a million pictures in this post.  ;-)

I made a unique card from each image of the Plant a Little Love set (JB-09700).  Each card was created with the same patterned paper line called County Fair by October Afternoon.  I loved the colors of these papers, with their subtle floral patterns.  Perfect for the floral stamp images!  All the images were stamped with Walnut Stain Distress ink and embossed.  Then, I colored each with Copic markers to match the patterned paper.

To complete the set, I made seals for the envelopes.  I stamped the Bonus image from the 1-3/4" and 2-5/16" Oval Stamper (JB-08648) with Walnut Stain Distress ink on Natural cardstock and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored with Copic markers and ran through my Xyron to add adhesive to the back.  I punched the seals out from the cardstock from dog tag EK Success punch.  I repeated this same process with a few different types of sentiments that can be added to the inside of the card (Thanks, Hello, Hi, etc.).

So, are you ready to get hoppin'?

30 designers, FIVE shopping sprees each day. No one knows where the prizes will be! Each day of the hop JustRite will have five Mystery Blog Candy Prizes hidden along the hop with a total retail value of $600. JustRite will randomly select five mystery blogs each day of the hop and randomly allocate each of the shopping sprees. For your chance to win, simply leave a little love (a comment) on each designer’s blog including the JustRite blog. The more designers you leave comments with, the better your chances of winning. Each day’s comments will remain open for three days. A winner from each of the mystery blogs’ comments will be randomly chosen using Consult the listing of designers at the JustRite blog each day (each day’s designers will be different) and start out on your way! Beginning Friday, March 26, summaries of all the winners will be posted on the JustRite blog. Good luck to everyone and enjoy all the JustRite eye candy along the hop!

Today during the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop (Day Three) JustRite and its sponsors will be giving away the following five prizes:

· $200 JustRite Shopping Spree
· $100 Spellbinders Shopping Spree
· $100 Copic Prize Package, and
· Two additional $100 JustRite Shopping Sprees!

Blog comments for Day Three will be open until Saturday at 6pm EST. On Sunday, JustRite will announce on their blog which five blogs have the mystery candy for Day Three. You will need to go to the JustRite blog to determine where you need to go to find out if you are one of the five lucky winners.

So, you should have arrived here from Mona Pendleton's blog.  If not, here's the full list of participating designers on today's JustRite Mega Blog Hop.  Remember to leave comments with as many of the daily designers for a chance at a MEGA-sized prize!!

Blog Hop List
JustRite Inspiration Blog
Debbie Olson
Sherrie Siemens
Beate Johns
Heidi Blankenship
Kathy Jones
Karen Hunsaker 
Peet Roeven
Michele Kovack
Cheryl Nelson
Anja Curvers
Kay Sibley
Katarina Menzies
Holly McMillen
Tammy Hershberger
Angela Barkhouse
Heidi Van Laar
Jerri Jimenez
Sarah  Parker
Jennie Black
Laura Davis
Ashley Newell
Tanis Giesbrecht
Alice Wertz
Shanna Vineyard
Rae Barthel
Ryann Salamon
Terre Fry
Mona Pendleton
Lisa Silver {You are here... just like the maps at the mall.  Hah!}
Kim Moreno

Thanks for visiting!  This has been SO much fun!

ETA: I had a couple questions posted that I thought I'd answer.  1) Can you CASE?  Absolutely!  I hope you have a great time making a similar project for someone special.  2) How did I get the shading around the flowers?  I used a neutral copic marker (W1-Warm Gray) and colored around the flowers.  Then, using the Copic colorless blending marker (0), I softened the edges a bit, fading the colors out.

I hope that helps!
-1-3/4"x2-5/16" Oval Stamper with bonus floral Stamp included by JustRite Stampers (JB-08648)
-Plant a Little Love Borders & Centers Round set by JustRite Stampers (JB-09700)
-3-1/4" Circle Wood Stamper by JustRite Stampers (JB-08117)
-Times New Roman 95 pt and 50 pt Font Set by JustRite Stampers (JB-08060)

-Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger

-Natural White Classic Crest cardstock by Neenah
-printer copy paper (for envelopes)

Patterned Paper:
-County Fair by October Afternoon

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Dog tag punch by EK Success
-Xyron adhesive
-Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz
-Clear embossing powder by Ranger
-Copic Markers by Imagination International
-brads by Making Memories

Copic Markers Used:
Neutrals: 0, W1
Earthtones: E42, E44, E47, E49
Yellow: Y19
Oranges: YR12, YR14, YR18
Reds: R32, R35, R37, R39
Greens: G94, G99
Blue-greens: BG72, BG75, BG78

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CPS Sketch # 159 - Gina K Designs

Hello!  It's time for another CPS sketch project.  This week's sponsor is Gina K Designs's Illustrators.  I was lucky to receive Theresa Momber's newest release called Sending Sunshine from Gina K Designs... and I was thinking Spring right away.

Happy Spring

As soon as I saw this lovely flowering tree, I went in search of my Wisteria Basic Grey paper.  It's truly a perfect fit! 

What you might not be able to see from the picture above is that the tree was stamped, colored with Copics and carefully trimmed.  It's popped up on dimensionals.

To round out the design, I added a few blasts of a blue Copic marker with my airbrush to give a puffy cloud/blue sky kind of Spring day.  Is anyone else ready for Spring?  It's not been quite evident in St. Louis lately... but I'm VERY ready!
Be sure to stop by the CPS blog for more great inspiration.  We'd love to see your take on the sketch.  You could win a great prize pack from Gina K Design Illustrators this week or be our Friday Featured guest.

Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Sending Sunshine (images by Theresa Momber) from Gina K Designs
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Wisteria by Basic Grey
Color Media: Copic Markers by Imagination International
Tools: sewing machine and thread and Nestabilities by Spellbinder
Other: Opaque White pen by Inkssentials, Clear embossing powder by Ranger

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Emerging Dragonfly

I wanted to share a card I created with a new set from Cornish Heritage Farms, called Emerging Dragonfly.

It's one that I gave a great deal of thought in it's design, because of the outreach effort I'd read about at Taylored Expressions.  The Dragonfly Card Drive really spoke to me.  If you'd like to read more about what Taylor is doing, stop by her blog HERE.  Maybe this simple card will help ease someone's pain.


Well, I'd best get my card in the mail in time to join others in this card drive.

Thanks for visiting!

-Emerging Dragonfly - Dream (Sara England) by CHF

-Black Soot and Pumice Stone Distress ink by Ranger

-Kraft, white and vellum

Patterned Paper:
-Ever After by Cosmo Cricket

-Clear embossing powder by Ranger
-ribbon by May Arts and Making Memories
-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-sewing machine
-Fabri-Tac glue by Beacon Adhesives
The dragonfly was stamped with Pumice Stone ink on vellum and embossed. The image was carefully trimmed out and adhered as an embellishment.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Moxie Fab Lace Challenge

So... here's a quick card (which I happened to remember that I needed to make for a work colleague)... and luck would have it that it also fits into the Moxie Fab Challenge on Doilies and Lace.  I managed to get this completed just under the wire!!!  I think vintage and lace are the perfect pair... so hence my take on a classic and elegant baby card.

Rock-a Bye Baby

It's not really evident, but I stamped a lace border into the solid yellow portions of the patterned paper with Versamark ink and embossed with Seafoam white embossing powder.  I've always thought several of the Ever After patterns by Cosmo Cricket have a lacey quality to them.  The stamped lace pieces just kick it up another notch!  I really love that it looks like a part of the paper.

I stamped the main image with Walnut Brown Distress ink and embossed with clear embossing powder before coloring with Copic markers.  The embossing gives such a finished look to the image.

Because I'm convinced you can't have TOO much lace, I added a bit behind the stamped main image and tied a bit around the vintage pin.  Lots of lovely lace!!!  (And plenty of alliteration as a bonus).

Well, I'd better prep this for the mail.  The lady that is getting this card is heading out for maternity leave in just a week and a half.  Let's hope the mail is speedy!

Thank you for visiting!

Stamps: Baby Dear and Sweet Bee (Rummage Bin Collection) by CHF
Ink: Versamark by Tsukineko and Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger

Paper: Detailed Blending Paper by Couture Cardstock, dark brown and Kraft by Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Ever After by Cosmo Cricket
Other: Clear and Seafoam white embossing powder by Ranger, Vintage button by Jenni Bowlin, flower and lace by Prima Marketing, lace scrap from sewing stash, vintage finding pin by Making Memories, Copic markers by Imagination International

** ETA: I just re-read the Lace Challenge key points and I don't think I have a project that really applies.  The lace elements are not overt... but, oh so wonderful!  Such is life... Hah!

Sending You Sunshine

I'm desperate for some warm Spring weather.  It's been so cold and rainy in St. Louis.  It's the kind of weather that has me wondering if we'll ever be warm.  Hah!

Sending You Sunshine

This quick card has bit of sunshine infused, don't you think?  The sunny faces of daffodils are the essence of Spring.  This is headed to a new friend as a thank you... I hope she likes it.

I have blog posts for every day this week.  It's crazy for me... but I hope you'll visit again all week!  I have lots of great projects to share.

Thanks for visiting,
Stamps: Sending Sunshine (images by Theresa Momber) from Gina K Designs
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Kraft by Bazzill and Solar White Classic Crest by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Ever After by Cosmo Cricket
Other: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Clear embossing powder by Ranger, Sewing machine and thread, button by Paper Studios, Ribbon by Making Memories and Copic markers by Imagination International

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CPS Sketch # 158 - Stamping Bella

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope your week is going well!  It's time again for another CPS sketch design.  The sponsor for the week is Stamping Bella - super cute images and fabulous customer service are just a few of the benefits of this fun company!

Always Measure Up!

This little girl just had me smiling from the beginning.  Isn't she sweet?  I stamped and embossed her on Detail Blending Paper.  I colored Leila with Copic markers, matching to the Cherry Hill patterned papers by October Afternoon.  The twill tape was just a fun bonus!
Be sure to stop by the CPS blog for more designer inspiration!  We'd love to see your take on the sketch too... and that can win you a fab prize pack from Stamping Bella!

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Leila Always Measures Up by Stamping Bella
Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Detail Blending Paper by Couture Cardstock, Kraft and Sunflower Light by Bazzill / Prism
Patterned Paper: Cherry Hill by October Afternoon
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, sewing machine and thread, Inkssentials Opaque White pen by Ranger, dog tag punch by EK Success
Ribbon: yellow ruler twill from Red Lead (local store)
Color Media: Copic markers by Imagination International

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Look Who's 9!

It's hard to believe my little man is 9 years old today!  He's getting so big.  He's just a sweet little man, too.

I love to tell him - "I love you muchly."  He likes to reply with "I love you morely."  Not the best grammar for us, but it makes me smile.  :-)

Thanks for visiting and letting me share how happy I am to be Jack's mom!  Happy Birthday, sweet boy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CPS Sketch # 157 - JustRite Stampers

It's time again for my Card Positioning Systems Sketch design.  This week's sponsor is JustRite Stampers.  I love the fact that JustRite stamps are so customizable.  The combinations of images, borders, and fonts are truly endless.

CPS Sketch 157
You Fill My Heart
I stamped this beautiful dogwood blossom twice, colored with copic markers and then trimmed out one of the flowers to add a dimensional element to the central image.

Off-set on the design is the sentiment, which is also a JustRite image.  Isn't that beautiful Memory Box patterned paper (Gossamer) just perfect for the dogwood image?

Be sure to visit the CPS blog for more designer inspiration.  We'd love to see your take on this week's sketch... which could win you a fantastic JustRite prize pack!

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Beautiful Blossoms and Loving Thoughts sentiments by JustRite Stampers
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Kraft and Suede Brown Dark by Bazzill, Detail Blending Paper by Couture Cardstock
Patterned Paper: Gossamer by Memory Box
Other: Clear embossing powder by Ranger, Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Copic markers by Imagination International

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CPS Sketch # 156 - Free for All

It's time for another CPS Sketch.  It was an open supply week for the designers, so I had a bit more fun with Papertrey Ink supplies.

Thinking of You:

This was a simple and minimal design.  I looked at it a great deal, thinking I wanted to add more, but it just didn't fit.  It was best left simple.  Do you ever do that... second guess your designs?

I hope you'll stop by to see the other sketch designs this week.  They're spectacular!  And remember to link back to the CPS blog if you create with us.  There's always a prize!

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: ASIAN FUSION by Papertrey Inc.
Paper: Paper Basics Kraft and Stamper's Select White cardstocks by Papertrey Inc.
Patterned Paper: Green Tea Leaves Collection by Papertrey Inc.
Ink: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Black Soot and Old Paper Distress ink by Ranger
Embossing powder: clear detail by Ranger
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, precision scissors, dimensional tape, corner rounder by Zutter, long oval punch by EK Success
Embellishment: pearls and pearl flourish by Zva Creative