Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pearls & Swirls

 The challenge this week at Dutch Dare is 
Pearls & Swirls.
Right up my alley as I love both! Please join us this week!
I Love the Sketches at Sketchbook Saturday. I finally timed it right, so I could play along. Just so happens, my paper matches perfectly again. This was not planned this time, nothing else seemed to go.  I had lots of ideas and lots of stash out, but nothing seemed to work, until I pulled this paper out. I had lots of flourish ideas planned for the swirls, but it was too much. The picture makes it looks as if there are different color blues going on. In reall life it all matches quite nicely. I am happy with the outside, but not so much with the inside. The champagne glasses are not my favorite, so when I wake up, if it still bothers me, they may have to go.  You can't see it, but there are swirls in the glasses and I added some glitter for the bubbles too. I just don't want to redo the flourishes, that is a lot of pearls to fiddle with!
My sewing machine is out of the shop! Finally!
I was hoping the crooked lines were because of the
machine not working right. Some of it was, but as you can see, some of it is me too! LOL! The stitching is working again, so I am happy! 
 Close-Up Of the Pearl Flourish
 The inside
 Inside- Top
 Inside- Bottom
Anniversary Stamp- Gift from my good friend DJ!
Thank You so much!
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill & Coredinations
Designer Paper: Linen Closet by DCWV

Pearls & Flourish: Recollections
Sentiment On Front: Computer
Stamps: Happy Anniversary on Inside:Hero Arts,
Flourish Corners:Inkadinkadoo- Champagne Glasses:Fiskars
Ink: Distress Ink- Vintage Photo & Stampin' Up- Tempting Turqouise
Lace & Pearl Border: K&Co.
Butterfly On The Inside: Martha Stewart
Flowers:Celebrate It- Wedding Flowers
Seam Binding: JoAnn's Fabric
Stickles on Champagne Glasses

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This Card in:
Paper Pretties - Embellish
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes 
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesdays Anything Goes 
Critter Sketch - 3 Pattern Paper (2 on the outside,1 on the inside)
Lexi's Creations - Just a Sentiment 
Catered Crop, - Pattern Paper, Lace (Butterflies), Seam Binding, Sewing, Pearls
Crafty Ribbons - BINGO* Glitter (In the paper & Champagne Glasses) Flowers & Gems
Creative Card Crew - "Fallin" in Love (Anniversary Card) 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Basket Case

The Challenge this week at Sentimental Sundays is Fancy Folds. The possibilities are endless. Please join us this week.

I got the templates for these very cool baskets from Mel Stampz. Any time I want to make a purse, or a box I head over to Mel's blog as she has hundreds of awesome templates and ideas.
 I made these for a gathering I was hosting for a few of our friends from our congregation. It was a young meets older party. It was for our younger friends to benefit from the experience and wisdom of our older friends. The older were the Butterflies or Roses and the younger were the Caterpillars or Rosebuds. The baskets were filled with tea, cookies, and a pretty magnet for the Roses, and nail polish, lip gloss, and pretty smelling lotions and body gels for the Rosebuds. It was a lot of fun. I will share the invitations on another post.  Meanwhile please bear with ALL the pictures, as I made 18 of these puppies! The one suggestion I would have if you have more than one of these to make, use double sided paper. This is one of my favorite paper packs at the moment so I did not use a double sided paper. So 4 end pieces x's 18=72 pieces to trace and cut out. I'm just saying...

Supplies Used:
Template: Mel Stampz
Paper: DCWV Blossom Song Paper Pack
Sentiments: From Computer
Punches: Tags, Circles, & Scalloped Circles- EK Success 
Ribbon: Misc. From Stash

Challenges I would like to enter this project in:
Catered Crop -Pattern Paper, Tags, Ribbon, Punches 
Fairy Fun Fridays - Sugar & Spice & all things nice
Fashionista Friday - Girls/Women
Di's Digis Designs - Girly Challenge
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Fancy folds
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft shop - Song inspired (Tea For Two)
Just Some Lines - Reminds me of a song (Tea For Two)
Tuesday Throwdown - Think Pink 
Woodware USA -  Anything Goes 
Anything Goes Challenge - Diecuts/Punches or Both
The Crafty Pad - Monochromatic
The Squirrel & the Fox - One for the Girls
Creative Inspirations Paint -  (Clean and Simple)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stitches & Sketches

The challenge this week at Dutch Dare is a sketch! Please join the fun! You can mix it up a bit as long as as we can recognize the sketch.
I made this card for Theresa Gerber who won some blog candy of mine a few months ago. What I did not realize is Theresa lives in South Africa and can not use the gift certificate she won. So this card is for her and
will be sent soon along with a few gifts.  Surprise Theresa! I intended on sending you this before this post, but just got your address, so it will be sent to you soon!
Close-up of tag

 Inside- Top
 Inside- Bottom

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper & Hello Sticker: K&Co
Tag: From Tuesday Morning
Flower: Dissected Flower Arrangement
Diecut: Fleur De Lis Rectangles  
Lace Flower: Martha Stewart
Jewel Circle & Jewels & Aqua Brads: Recollections
Lace & Ribbon: Misc From Stash
Sentiment: From Computer

Challenges I would like to enter this card in:
Flutterby Wednesdays - Must include butterfly- use your scraps (Die cuts, card base, & matting made with scraps
My Mum's Craft shop - Song inspired- Butterfly By Mariah Carey
Whimsy Inspires - Punches/diecuts (Inside)
Anything Goes Challenge - Diecuts/Punches or Both (Inside)
Heart Song Inspirations - Use Die Cuts and/or Sponged Backgrounds (Inside)
Craft Your Passion - A Card for All Occasions
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes
Woodware USA -  Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Anything goes
Catered Crop Follow the Recipe - Sentiments, Lace, Gems, Die-Cuts
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle -   Things that are round (MS Flower die inside)
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon and Lace
Meljens Designs - Use a Ribbon
Do You Stack Up? - Use Your Scraps (Die Cuts, Card Base & Matting made with Scraps)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

In Stitches

 The challenge this week at Sentimental Sundays is stitching! Pull out those machines, needles or pens, and show us your stitching!
 My sewing machine is in the shop right now. Kind of a bummer since it is fairly new. It was my anniversary present from my husband last year. It has been skipping stitches and sewing crooked. Since I am new to the world of sewing, I thought it was something I was doing. It turns out, it was the machine not me. So I used Dorcas machine to work on this card.  Little did she know, this was a Thank You card for her and her husband, for some lovely anniversary gifts they got us. Also for her being a great friend!
 I am a bit new to working with seam binding. Still trying to get the knack of it.
 Inside- Bottom

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: DCWV
Pearls & Flourishes: Recollections
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Lacey Squares, Lacey Ovals & Classic Circles & Squares, & Ovals
Sentiments: From Computer & A Close To My Heart Stamp Set I won as Blog Candy
Memento Ink-Brown
Seam Binding: From Joanne's Fabric
Brad: Paper Studio

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This card In:
ECP Challenges -  A Thank you Project 
Squiggles and Giggles Thank you/give Thanks
Catered Crop - Sentiments, Glitter, Tie a bow, Die Cuts
Catch The Bug -  Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Whimsical Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog -  Lots of Layers 
Crafty Catz -  Things with Wings
Crafty Boots - Wings
Fussy and Fancy - Try new technique (Making a triple looped bow with Seam Binding)
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Pearls and Swirls (Inside)
Paper Pretties - Sentiment as focal point
Meljens Designs - SIO -  Shapes: Use a circle and a square in the same creation 
Paper Crafting Journey - Die cuts and/or a punches 
Inky Impressions -  Punches or dies
Ooh La La Creations - Punches/Dies
Heart 2 Heart Sentiment Stamp (Inside)
My Craft Spot - Ribbon
There's Magic in the Air - Punches and Cuts at least 3 die cuts (Lacey, Circles, Squares, Ovals, Classic Circles & Squares, Ovals)
The Crazy Challenge -  Any 3 Colours of your choice (Brown, Aqua, Cream)
Shelly's Images - Tic Tac Toe* (Brads, Gold, Bling)


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