Thursday, January 31, 2013

CASE Study 126


I've been enjoying having Amber as our January muse at CASE Study Challenge. Her cards are absolutely beautiful and elegant. I hope you've had the time to join us these past few weeks. She has one last card for us this week. Here it is...welcome to CASE Study Challenge 126!

Amber - inspiration


Here's my take on Amber's card. I picked up the lattice pattern and incorporated it into my card. I stamped a strip of it and adhered it under my background image.

 I made my first Clean and Simple purchase! The stamp quality is wonderful! And the packaging is delightful! I used the Birch Tree background stamp for my card. I've been eyeing it for quite a while and finally got it along with some other stamps.



I stamped this cute WMS Candy Wagon and layered some of its parts in different colors before adhering it to the center of my card. 


Here's a closer shot of it.

 My sentiment is from Join Us, also from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I also added a strip of dark gray cardstock to separate the two patterns. Then I tied a jute twine above it to finish things off.

 I hope you enjoyed that! Now come and join us over at CASE Study Challenge! I would love to see what you've come up with! Thanks for stopping by today! WPlus9 is having its February release this Friday! See you then! :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Retro Sketches 47 - LATE!!!


I made this card early in the week and have no idea why I didn't post it. It was supposed to be my first submission for Retro Sketches. I kept on putting it off until I realized that the challenge had already closed. EPIC FAIL! lol. Still, I'm going to share it with you. :) Here's the sketch.


And here's my supposed submission. haha! All stamps are from Papertrey Ink. Oh I'm going to go off track a little here but I wanted to share with you that I got my order from Simon Says Stamp faster than my earlier order. When I ordered last December it took about 2 weeks for my order to come. But this time it took about a week. Not bad! I was pleasantly surprised. I hope it will be like this from now on. It was probably because it was December and that the postal service was very, very busy. So YAY!

I've been collecting Hero Arts Shadow Inks lately and am pleased to say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!! The BEST inks I have used so far. :) You HAVE to give it a try!!!


I layered some Beautiful Blooms II and followed the sketch layout. And I stamped the flowers from Sending You on the floral dies..

 

 I cut a strip of kraft cardstock and dry embossed it. I tied some twine around the kraft before adhering it. I saw this twine from Hemptique on a post about the winter CHA. I bought just one to see how it is. So far, I'm loving it...so I guess I'll be getting more of it soon! :)

 The label is from Label Basics. I bought this set because I wanted to use it to label and organize my craft space. But so far I haven't done that yet! lol! I even bought some mini drawers from the Container Store to organize my embellishments. Well, the drawers are still in their shrink wrap! Haha.



Anyway, I'll be back again soon! There's a new CASE Study this week as well as a release from WPlus9!!! So wait for it!!! :)


Thursday, January 24, 2013

CASE Study Challenge 125


Hi there! Congratulations to the winners of CASE Study Challenge 124! I saw some wonderful cards from last week! So much inspiration from you guys! I love it! :) 



Ready for a new challenge? Welcome to CASE Study Challenge 125! We have another fabulous card from Amber this week. Isn't she just amazing? I've never been good with CAS cards but I love, love, love Amber's style!!! And her blog is absolutely entertaining, inspiring and informative. Here's her inspiration card this week.

Amber - inspiration

Here's my take on Amber's card. I was inspired by the great color combination as well as that little heart peaking on the die cut. I made a Valentine's Day card for this week's challenge.




I heat embossed the great sentiment from Love You More and stamped red hearts onto it. I raised it above everything else to make it stand out.

I scattered hearts throughout my card and layered some of them. I just went crazy with it. I hope you'll enjoy it. :) 

I would love to see what you make with Amber's card this week! See you at CASE Study Challenge! Thanks for stopping by today! :)







Monday, January 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow January 2013 Release Blog Hop


You made it! Welcome to The Craft's Meow January 2013 Release Blog Hop! How did you like the January Release Previews? I hope you're super excited about the new stamp sets! Before things go back to normal, please join us for the Blog Hop! 

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If you're coming from Ivana's blog then you're right where you're supposed to be! If not, head on over to The Craft's Meow Store Blog and start from there!

For today's card I used Happy as a Lark and Many Thanks. I don't think I'll ever get over my love for woodgrain. lol. I LOVE the woodgrain stamp in Happy as a Lark. I used it as my background for this card. I made a Thank You card for a little girl's cowgirl party! 


I also used Giddy Up to continue my Cowgirl Party theme. I just love the damask imprint on the horse's back. Beautiful! :)


The die cut behind the horse is supposed to be a snowflake. But I combined to together and hopefully it doesn't look too much of a snowflake anymore. I wanted it to be a star, but with more points! :) I needed something to highlight the center piece.

 I hope you enjoyed that! Would you like a chance to win ALL 5 January Release stamp sets?! All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog hop participant's blog! The deadline to comment is 9:00pm PDT, Wednesday, Jan 23rd. Also, TCM is giving Lark Additions as a gift for purchases $50 and above. 

If you're all done here, please head on over to Jen's blog for more! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you all again soon! :)


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Simon Says "Use Washi Tape" and Play Date Cafe 165


Hi there! I had some time this morning to get a little inky on my craft table. I played a little tennis yesterday after 4 years of not playing. And I threw my back! Oh my goodness!!! I had never felt so old. EVER. I didn't know if I was going to laugh at myself or cry because it hurt a lot. But because of it I'm stuck at home today. (Hence the time to make a card.) Hopefully it goes away soon.

Anyway, there were two challenges that I wanted to try out since I saw them. Play Date Cafe - A Study In Beauty has a wonderful color combination this week! I HAD to give it a try. Simon Says Stamp also has one, it's a "Use Washi Tape" challenge. I LOVE washi tape. Even if at times I don't know what to do with them. lol. I just love to look at them! Haha!

Simon Says Stamp   

Here's my take on these two challenges. When I saw the color combination on Play Date Cafe this came to mind. I had seen something similar in Pinterest and really wanted to try it out. I used WPlus9 Folk Art Florals to make the decorative flower element on my card. I had to add the chartreuse leaves though otherwise the idea wouldn't work. 


I masked some of the flowers using Eclipse masking tape and started stamping away. As I got to the ends of the "vine" I stopped masking and just let the colors blend in one on top of the other. I think it looks ok though. 


The sentiment is from WPlus9 Cupid's Arrow. I kept it black to even out all the colors I had used with the vines. I also added washi tape on the top left and lower right portions of the card. I thought it looked like something was missing there. The washi tapes filled it in beautifully. I actually made a FLAT card!!!! Can you believe it?! Yay! :) lol.

 My back feels terrible, but I'm glad I had some time to join in these challenges. It's been a long time since I just made a card for fun and not a DT assignment. Well, that's it for me. I need to rest my back now. Thanks for stopping by! 




The Craft's Meow January 2013 Release Previews - Day 4


The weekend goes so fast. I wish it would last a little longer. Before it ends The Craft's Meow has one more set to introduce to you. Today, we're featuring Many Thanks by Kaitlyn Ord.

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Many Thanks is a sentiment set that I think you're going to be using a lot. With so many different ways to say Thank You, this set is a keeper! :)


I kept things simple and combined three different patterned papers. Then I heat embossed a floral image from Flower Garden.


I stamped my sentiment on the side and added some embellishments. I placed some buttons side by side to separate the lower portion of the card. And I sewed a ribbon up top to do the same. Finally, I added some chipboard leaves to balance things off.

Would you like to win this set? All you have to do is go to The Craft's Meow Store Blog and leave a comment! :) Come back tomorrow for the Blog Hop!!! Thanks for stopping by today. I see you again tomorrow!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Craft's Meow January 2013 Release Previews - Day 3


Yay! It's finally the weekend. It could not come any sooner. I have more crafty time on the weekends so I'm really glad to have some time to play. I still have some DT projects that I have to finish but hopefully I'll have time just to join in on some challenges. 

Before I get to any of that, welcome back! Today is Day 3 of The Craft's Meow January 2013 Release Previews. We're introducing two sets today, Happy as a Lark and Lark Additions from Karen Baker. Lark Additions will be given out as a free gift for purchases of $50 and above.

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I made two coordinating cards for the two sets we're introducing today. First up is my Wishing You Happiness card. I stamped the flourish image from Beautiful Hymns onto the card. Then I adhered a strip of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye on the left side of the card. 


I also stamped 6 hearts in two shades of pink and die cut it into two sizes. I put the smaller one on top of the larger one and sewed it on.

 Then lastly, I stamped my sentiment on the side and rounded the edges of one side of my card. 


 I made another card and wanted it to coordinated with the first. So I used similar color tones and patterned papers.

 I adhered a big panel of patterned paper onto my card. Then I stamped the wood grain background, cut it and rounded the edges. Then I stamped the bird image and hand cut it. I adhered it on the woodgrain panel and stamped a sentiment on the bottom.

 I finished off the simple card by adding some twine and lace. I also added strips of washi tape on the side and adhered a flower over them. 



That's it for me! I'll be back with more TCM goodness tomorrow! Don't forget to check out what the other DT ladies made for you! And you'll have a chance to win this set on The Craft's Meow Store Blog. All you have to do is leave a comment! 

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you all again tomorrow! :)


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Craft's Meow January 2013 Release Previews - Day 2


Hello again! Welcome back to Day 2 of The Craft's Meow Release Previews. Today we're introducing Crafty Shelf by Nina B Designs. It's a cute little set with a lot of crafty images. :)

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 I combined a few stamp sets for this one. I stamped this jar with spools several times and made a border/background pattern. Then I adhered a light blue cardstock above it and stamped my favorite doily image from Simply Delightful.

Then I took a strip of vintage cream cardstock and stamped the chevron pattern from Good Times. I adhered the strip to separate the two sections of my card.

 I stamped a label from Timeless Tags and hand cut it. Unfortunately I don't have the coordinating die for it. Afterwards, I stamped the sentiment from Craft Shelf and a few buttons on the label. I did it very lightly, it's a little hard to see in this picture though, sorry for that.

I tied a ribbon around the card and added baker's twine and a button from Sew Lovely.

 Well, that's it for me! Head on over to the other DT girls and take a look-see what they have in store for you! Would you like a chance to win this set? All you have to do is leave a comment on The Craft's Meow Store Blog!  Come back tomorrow for more! :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again!

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