Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge 48

Today I have a card to share with you that I made for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge. The challenge this week was to use the colors of purple, green, gray or silver based on this photo:

 Because most of the kitchen was silver in this photo, I decided to use a soft gray for the background of the card and  use purple and green for the accent colors.  Here is the card I created based on this photo:

First let me say it was hard to get a good photograph of  this card because it is so gloomy outside; it's quite dark inside the house.  With no natural sunlight it was hard to photograph the colors correctly.  The frame is actually purple but it looks a little brown in the photo.  The background paper was stamped with my favorite Tim Holtz stamps:  Weathered Textiles.  The Lockheart  Rose of Sharon stamp  and green Biscotti paper from Memory Box were used for the center of the frame. The sentiment is from  the Oriental Beauty stamp set from CHF. A frame from Tattered Angels, some silver ribbon, a Prima flower and some machine stitching finished off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a look!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday... Authentic Man and Perfect Pearls

Good Morning!  I'm so glad fall is here and the crisp, cool weather has finally arrived!  After such a hot summer, this cool air is just so refreshing and crafting is so much more enjoyable.  A few weeks ago I read a post about Perfect Pearls and after viewing  a few videos and seeing some examples, I decided to give this product a try.  In case you've never heard of Perfect Pearls, this article gives a good explanation of the product and how to use it.  So here is my first attempt at using Perfect  Pearls:

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The car and the blue circle are both dusted with Perfect Pearls. For this card I used this wonderful male oriented stamp set;  Authentic Man.   I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but the stamped images have a sheen to them. Under a lamp or next to a sunny window, the dusted  images have a pretty reflective shine.   You can also mix the Perfect Pearls with water to paint with, or you can make a  mist and spray your stamped project  to give it a shimmery effect.  For the rest of the card I used a background stamp from CHF for the distressed grid background and  the map paper is from October Afternoon.  Here is close up of the stamp set used on this card:

If you've used Perfect Pearls before, let me know how you like it.  It seems like a fun product to give your projects a special effect.   To continue along the hop click HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!


Friday, September 24, 2010

FWF ...... School Days

Good morning and welcome to another Friends  With Flair blog hop.  Today I am sharing a card with you that uses both Unity and Ippity stamps.  This card was made for the "School Days"  challenge at the Shabby Tea Room.  The challenge this week was to create a card based on this photo:

Upon seeing this photo, the stamp set that immediately came to mind was Books a' Flutter by  {ippity}.  With this stamp set and photo in mind here is the card I created:

 I thought this quote from E.E. Cummings "a good book has no ending" would look great written on a chalkboard.  So I made a little chalkboard out of  rectangle Nestabilities dies and the tape measure stamp  from Unity's "Get Scrappy With" was used for the rulers. A little bit of writing paper, a few apples, some ribbon, and a little map; my card was complete! 

To continue along the hop click HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! :)


Stamps:  Ippity - Books a' Flutter
                 Unity - Get Sctappy With
                 River City- paper stamp
Card stick:  Memory Box, Papertrey Icc.
Pattern Paper:  Webster Pages, K & Co., October Afternoon
Misc:  Nestabilitie dies, ribbon, doily, Color Box ink, Fresh ink, Cricut

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC47

Today I have a fun little card to share with you based on this weeks challenge at the Play Date Cafe.  The challenge this week was to create a project using the color combination of true red, turquoise, leaf green, black and white based on this photo.

The color pallet immediately reminded me of the solid colored Basic Grey paper I have, and this is the card I created.

The house is a stamp from Ippity that I stamped and paper pieced together as well as the little trees from Amuse. I used fringe scissors for the grass and crepe paper for the small red flowers. The sentiment is another Ippity stamp (love makes a house a home) that I stamped in black in and cut apart.

I hope you enjoyed today's card as much as I enjoyed making it!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


Stamps:    Amuse stamps -Simple Wishes
                  Ippity stamps - Devoted
                                              House a Home
                 Unity - Quiet Essence
Paper:    Basic Grey
Misc:      Pop dots, fringe scissors, crepe paper,heart punch

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday ...Red, Yellow and Green

It's Monday and time for another {ippity} hop!  The card I want to share with you today was made for last weeks {ippity} challenge. The color challenge was to create a project using the colors of fall: red, yellow and green.  When I think of fall, the main image that comes to mind is the beautiful colors of fall leaves. So with this image in mind, this is the card I created.

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  Once again I turned to The Simple Things stamp kit to create this colorful card. The leaf and berry stamps in this set are among my favorites. I stamped the berries with Color Box chalk ink and accented them with matching pearls. I love this paper from Bo Bunny which I forgot I even had until I ran across it while I was organizing my paper! I used Martha Stewart branch and bird punches for the border. It's hard to see through the pattern paper, but the corner punch is a bird on a branch.  I distressed the matting and inked the edges.  A little bit of twine finished off the card.  The sentiment came from the Bitty Pixie Paisley stamp set.

To continue along the rest of the hop click HERE.  Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of your week.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Friday, September 17, 2010

FWF Inspired by Nature

Good morning!  Today's card uses a Unity stamp I have never used before, but unfortunately, I don't know the the name of it.  I just know that this is a really pretty stamp!

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The image was  stamped  onto pattern paper from K & Company and lightly colored  with copic markers.  I was originally going to use some flower soft on the lilacs, but decided against it after I colored the flowers.   I ended up liking the soft pink  lilacs  against the green.  Polka dot paper from Papertrey Inc. was used  to outline the image .  Some ribbon, pins and a small flower finished off the card.   I also submitted this card to The Shabby Tea Room for their weekly challenge.  The challenge this week was to create a card or project inspired by  nature and or using green based on this photo:

To continue along the hop click HERE.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday- Farewell MIchelle

The theme for today's hop is to bid adieu to Michelle Ogdahl, the go to woman for all things Ippity. I'm not sure of her exact title within Unity, but she was responsible for the coordination and launch of {ippity} stamps.  Michelle helped us with our enrollment forms, answered our questions and concerns and provided guidance and encouragement to all us {ippity} chicks. Michelle has decided to pursue a new adventure and to that I wish her all the best and congratulations on her new position.  This card is for you Michelle to celebrate your new beginning and to thank you for all your help and guidance.  You will be missed!

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The stamp set used on Michelle's card is The Simple Things and the paper is from Making Memories.  To continue along the hop  and view more cards for Michelle, please click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Color Splash - The Play Date Cafe

The card I want to share with you today was made for the Color Splash challenge at The Play Date Cafe.  The challenge was to create a card based on this photo using only black and white with a  touch of either pink, copper or gold. 

For my card, I chose to add a touch of pink with the black and white.

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The black card base  was stamped with a flourish stamp and then embossed with black ink and clear embossing powder.  For the frame I used a text stamp and a brocade stamp  from Hero Arts.  The pink brocade was also embossed with clear embossing powder. The leaves were punched from the same text stamped paper and the sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to look and have a great day!


Stamps:  Hero Arts - Antique Brocade
                                     Friend Definition
                                     Flourish Background
               Waltzingmouse- Fancy Phrases
Card stock:  Papertrey Inc.
Punch:  Martha Stewart
Misc:  Rhinestone, flower, Zing embossing powder

Friday, September 10, 2010

FWF Happy Fall

Good morning everyone!  I'm so glad fall is on it's way and the hot weather is behind us!  The card I am sharing with you today is for this weeks {ippity} challenge to create a fall themed  card.   After looking through my fall papers I came across this beautiful Indian Summer paper from Basic Grey which I used to create this whimsical fall scene.

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I love New England in the fall when the weather is cool and the leaves on the trees turn the most gorgeous colors of red, orange and yellow.  With those colors in mind I colored the leaves on the willow tree red and orange and used ruby red Liquid Pearls  for berries on the tree.  I love going to a pumpkin patch in the fall and picking  pumpkins so I used a scallop punch to create little hills for the pumpkin patch. The pumpkins were stamped onto orange polka dot paper and then  cut out.  Four different stamp sets were used on this card to create this little fall scene all of which are listed below.  A little button on the tag and some machine stitching finished off the card.    I also submitted this card to The Shabby Tea Room for the tag challenge. If you'd like to play along with this challenge, click on the link to visit the blog.

To continue along the rest of the hop click HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Have a happy day,

Stamps:  Ippity -Simply Home
                 Ippity- Love in Return
                 Ippity- Fall for You
                 Ippity- House a Home
Paper:  Basid Grey, Papertrey Inc.
Misc:   Martha Stewart scallop punch, EK Success tag punch, button, Liquid Pearls,
             pop dots, clear embossing powder, Prismacolor markers

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