Saturday, January 28, 2012

JustRite Friday Challenge #65: For the Love of . . .

I made this card earlier this month for a belated birthday celebration with a sweet friend whose birthday is just before Christmas. We were all so busy, we postponed celebrating until after the holidays in order to enjoy a long leisurely birthday lunch. I meant to post this sooner, but now happy I didn't as it fits the current JustRite challenge to create a card 'For The Love Of . . . we'd like to see what it is you love!'
First & foremost, I LOVE the sweet friends I've come to know through our love of paper crafting and this birthday girl is one! Another 'LOVE' of mine is JustRite stamps and their fabulous challenges! Next, I LOVE this little 6x6 Prima pad full of luscious coordinating papers. In fact, this card from JustRite's previous challenge uses the remainder of the brown paper my bottom layer here came from -- LOVE it when I can use the whole sheet. Another crafty friend who joins us for birthday lunches used another sheet from my paper pad to finish off her card for our friend's birthday also and then purchased this paper for herself -- always LOVE sharing the LOVE! How's that for a whole lotta LOVE?!
My JustRite greeting (Forever Friends) is layered on: Spellbinders' Labels Fourteen (topped with Nestabling), Heart Circles and a scalloped circle in Dark Chocolate CS (Papertrey Ink). My rosette (Tim Holtz die) sits atop layers of tulle cut with Spellbinders' Peony die and cream lace layered over Martha Stewart's 'Cloud' seam binding.
I'm also entering this card at:  Color Throwdown

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop: Favorite 2011 Project Challenge

Picking my favorite 2011 Papertrey Ink project wasn't at all difficult, probably because I adore the Half & Half  stamp set, and also love the fabulous fonts from Botanical Silhouettes!

I've followed basically the same LO for today's Blog Hop, but created a totally different look with Turning a New Leaf DP  for my BG and also using the Half & Half die for my sentiment (Inside & Out: Birthday). Perhaps this might work for a 'guy' card?

My focal bird on a branch image (Iconic Images) is fussy cut and Ripe Avocado edging repeats underneath, as well as along the right edge (Edgers #3), which I think helps balance the design.

My only non-PTI products are the green hemp cord from my stash and Antique Linen Distress Ink. Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the Blog Hop; I KNOW I will!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

JustRite Challenge 64 (2nd Entry): Inspiration

I was so surprised when I saw Sharon's sample card for this JustRite challenge, as I'd had the very same paper pad on my craft table since before Christmas, having used it for another bday card that I've not yet posted. I'd also borrowed Spellbinders' Butterflies' Circles die from my friend and thought it would be such a nice compliment to this paper. Since I also have sooo many birthdays that I need cards for soon, I just had to put paper and dies together to create another card for this challenge! You truly inspired me, Sharon, and I really needed that after the holidays.
My card is fairly simple, but in searching for a blue/aqua shade of paper to coordinate, I decided to airbrush a piece of white vellum with Copic BG15 (Aqua). I then die cut my vellum circle and stamped my sentiment from JR's Cherish the Memories Nested Sentiments in Dark Chocolate ink, added a narrow dark chocolate frame and popped on a double-stacked small butterfly from Nested Butterflies Two cut from the aqua & white vellum. A bit of gathered Bridal Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, inspired by the billowy curtains in the inspiration photo, and Martha Stewart 'Cloud' seam binding bow and it's ready to mail! I totally LOVE this color combo!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

JustRite Friday Challenge #64: Inspiration

Now that I've given my friend her birthday card, I can post it. She's not one to frequent my blog (though I'm expecting that to change once she retires?), but I always know around this time of year, she'll be stalking it to see IF I posted her card -- HA -- fat chance that's ever going to happen!  ;~) Today when our other friend asked if I'd posted either of their cards yet, Sassy had to blush heavily and laugh. She'd gone online at work to fool me into thinking she'd not been here! This is a woman who cannot tolerate a surprise if it's even remotely possible to eke it out of anyone ahead of time or to discover it herself in advance of the event -- she does come by her nickname honestly! So now I present my well-kept secret card:
Because blue is her favorite color, I chose JustRite's inspiration challenge colors. I really love this color combo and the BG paper (Colorbok's Flea Market) reminded me of the pillow design in the inspiration photo. My sentiment was created using JustRite's Curlz 50 pt. alpha letters for 'sassy' plus 'Birthday' from their Just a Note set. It's backed by one of Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes (LOVE that die!) and JR's Grandma's Doilies (which perfectly coordinate with Spellbinders' Classic Scalloped Circles). A bit of Copic BG15 is added for accent here, as well as on my JR Lace Border stamped along the bottom. Coordinating stamp sets and dies make creating projects sooo easy and a great color combo never hurts! Add in a few pearls and some luscious seam binding ('Cloud' by Martha Stewart) and you can't go wrong. Hope you enjoy seeing my card as much as I enjoyed surprising the gal who cannot stand a surprise surprising her -- Hee-Hee!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #77: Something New!

Your 'mission' (aka challenge) should you choose to accept it @ My Sheri Crafts is to create a project of your choosing -- the only requirement is to use at least one 'new' item or new technique you've learned. It can be something you just got, maybe for a Christmas gift, or even items you've had for awhile, but not yet used. We all have those, huh?
And who doesn't love to see new card folds, stamping/inking/embossing techniques or anything new to try out, so bring it on for this wide-open challenge and show us what you've got!!!
My carnation pink lattice 5.5" card was made with Bazzill CS by cutting it on my brand-spanking new Boss Kut Gazelle digital die cutting machine. It was a huge surprise, as I won it right before Christmas -- more on that in a later post. Secondly, I used Spellbinders' Carnation Creations to create my flower and though I've had them awhile, this was my first chance to create with them. My Papertrey Ink sentiment is stamped on a Spellbinders' Ribbon Banner. Since I LOVE die cutting, I couldn't be happier that I now own an awesome machine, as well as many fabulous dies to even further enhance my projects -- I'm truly a lucky girl!
I added a pearl brad to my flower's center, three small pearls to the center's edge and used both Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick inks on my card, flower and banner to antique them a bit!
Won't you PLEASE show us your 'new' crafty goodies by posting a project (or more) at My Sheri Crafts? We'd LOVE to see what items you've gotten and now used for your creative endeavors, so do share!  ;-)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My Sheri Crafts Challenge 76: Time for a Change

Since it's a New Year, My Sheri Crafts says, "Time for a Change" (create any project that includes a clock). Hop on over to see the many ideas the DT is presenting! I altered a 49-cent composition book from Office Max to turn it into what I think is a lovely journal/notebook/recipe book/place to jot ideas -- whatever you wish-to-use-it for book!
Though the change is definitely dramatic, it was such an easy fix. I merely chose my papers (retired SU CS), cut it to roughly the height of my journal, adhered 1/4" Scor-Tape to the edges and and pressed my CS down, adding a separate piece of CS to finish off the back. Next I used a Basic Grey file to smooth the edges and Walnut Stain distress ink for antiquing -- really simple.
My 'midnight' clock is made using Spellbinders' Big Scalloped Circles, Tim Holtz Game Spinners, plus numerals for both the clock & year were cut with my new Boss Kut Gazelle -- a very simply project for a Gaz newbie!
That's it for my first 2012 project -- we'd LOVE to have you share your "Time for a Change" project with us @ My Sheri Crafts -- can't wait to see them all!!!


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