Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Go-To Design

Do you have a go-to design? A design that you like, that you go to when you need a card in a hurry.  Or a design that you fall back on when your Mojo just ain't "mojo-ing"  for you?

This card is an example of a go-to card for me.  I like it because I can make it one layer or two, glam it up with bling or keep it simple and monochromatic.

Today it is simple and masculine.  I think the Square Lattice embossing folder makes it have that masculine look.  And, that's not ribbon; it's Washi Tape!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gingham Garden

It is getting to be that time of year when I look at my DSP and try to use the ones I haven't used in a while.  Gingham Garden fits that bill.

This is the perfect time to begin using it again because everything is beginning to turn green here in New England and the flowers are beginning to bloom.

Here is a bit of Gingham garden for Mother's Day.

You may notice a bit of decorative stitching on my card today.  As I said last week, I may start stitching on cards a bit more as I have purchased a new sewing machine.

All products Stampin' Up!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PPA 200

We have a very special sketch challenge this week.  Each week I invite you to join in the challenge. Take a look below and see why this is the one you will want to play:

Welcome to our 200th Challenge Celebration!

This week marks the 200th challenge from the Pals Paper Arts. To celebrate, we have a special surprise, a fun twist and a wonderful prize for you this week.
Follow this link to learn all the details:

The day is here! PPA 200! Wahoo!

All the resident artists have selected a different color to create a monochromatic card for the sketch on this milestone challenge.  My color is Crisp Cantaloupe.

Products used are 

The 200th challenge for PPA made me go back and look at my own stats for PPA.

My first PPA Challenge was PPA 48.  I was a PPA Pick three times (and was so thrilled)!

My first PPA Challenge as a Resident Artist was PPA 163.

And counting this post, I have participated in 96 challenges!  Thank you PPA for all the inspiration!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Instead of posting a card today, I want to fill you in on a major announcement from Stampin' Up!

Available May 1, 2014


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals
Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! announces weekly deals on particular products of the week.  Follow the link below to view the weekly deals.

Click here to see this week's deals

I know I will be stocking up on a few the Anywhere Glue Sticks.  They are wonderful and the glue sticks are the perfect glue for the Dryer Sheet Technique and Faux Silk technique.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sending Good Thoughts

The Paper Players have a color challenge this week

I used two of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge and Postage Due.
The base card stock is Calypso Coral.  The inks used are Always Artichoke, Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral.  The Banner is sponged with calypso Coral.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blessed Easter

Stampin' Up!'s "Blessed Easter" stamp set has a beautiful tulip image for your Easter Cards.   These flowers are perfect for water coloring.

I usually use water color paper, but today I tried the Naturals White.  This card stock is a heavier weight and worked out very well for my Tulips.

The color combinations are Melon Mambo with Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight with Crushed Curry.

The first layer of the card is embossed with the Framed Tulips embossing folder, which added a some extra texture to the background.

I separated the sentiment from the image and used the sentiment on the inside of the card.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday at the Sewing and Quilt Expo

I spent the day at the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Worcester, Massachusetts today.  I attended a machine embroidery class and bought a new sewing machine.

I saw many, many quilts and many hand sewn items, but everything I looked at reminded me of card making.  At first I thought it was because I had not made a card yet today and I do try to blog everyday, with a new card or a technique to share.

After a short time I realized the reason I was reminded of card making is because trends in card making are the trends in everything; fashion, art, stamping, etc..

I saw watercolor techniques on fabrics. I saw butterflies and hexagons and banners. I even saw the Chalkboard technique with sentiments embroidered on felt!  It also didn't take long for me to realize that sewing and card making cross over each other and that many products are transferable to both crafts, especially ribbons and buttons and twine.

So, influenced by all I have seen at the sewing expo today, here is my card:

Banners, chevrons buttons and bows; you make me happy!

And I would just like to say, in the future, expect more cards with machine stitching!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flower Shop

This card was inspired by Brandy Cox's Cascading Flowers

Its not exactly the same, but I used her technique and the same stamp set, Flower Shop.

The card stock is Naturals Ivory and the ink is Pacific Point.