Thursday, August 30, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 106

Hi there! We're at the end of Case Study Challenge Blog's Anniversary Month. I don't know about you, but I had a ton of fun! Did you see all the entries each week?! They were absolutely brilliant! I enjoyed perusing through all the submissions. We are so grateful for everyone who's supported and played with us during these years. 

Before the month ends, we have one more challenge for our Anniversary Month. For CASE Study Challenge 106 the assignment is to CASE YOURSELF! :) I chose this card...

Since October is just around the corner, I made a Halloween card. I used the layout from my original card and I changed the design to suit the occasion. 

I used Waltzingmouse Stamps for the entire card. Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Hocus Pocus, Jar Fillers - Jam Packed, Midnight Feast, and Text It.

I was inspired by my Clare's post here, and combined the Christmas and Halloween stamp sets. I loved how she made the Christmas candy into Halloween candy just by changing the color. The distress ink also did a great job setting the theme.

Instead of the pom pom trim, I used a strip of lace on the bottom. I like that it enhances the image of the gate on the strip above.

I hope you enjoyed our Anniversary month! Thank you again for all of our players. CASE Study Challenge wouldn't be here without all of you. I would love to see your card this week. So please join us over at the blog

Try out for the Guest Designer position too! With so much talent here week after week, I'm pretty sure it will be a hard decision! Good luck! :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room 129 - Summer Cottage

Hi there friends! I hope your weekend was lovely. It's Monday and it's my last week as a Guest Designer over at The Shabby Tea Room. It's been such a great month. I have enjoyed it so much! 

August Guest Designers!
Challenge 129 is themed Summer Cottage. And here's the beautiful inspiration photo.
The assignment is to use the colors from the photo, include some distressing/shabby elements, and add a title/sentiment.

Here's my project for this week's challenge. I took some of the colors from the inspiration photo for my card. Also, I used the idea of the two large cabinets in the background and decided to make banners that mimicked them. 

Then I cut a strip of vintage cream cardstock and used Lovely Layers from PTI and stamped some of the smaller flowers and leaves on it.

For my main image, I used layered the beautiful flower image, also from Lovely Layers, and stamped them in different colors. I inked the edges of my card and flowers with some distress ink. Then to soften the card, I tied a ribbon and added a little flower on top of it. 

Are you ready to get your shabby chic hat on? If you are, head on over to The Shabby Tea Room and join us for a little inky fun. You also have to see what the DT has for you!!! They are AMAZING! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you all again soon! :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

PTI August Blog Hop

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Hello again! Happy Saturday! PTI is hosting its August Blog Hop today! I haven't joined in months. I used to join each and every blog hop. So I'm going to make up for all that today! 

I love argyle! And lately, because of PTI, I've grown to love using felt on my cards. For me argyle usually triggers a masculine inspiration. So I made a card for my nephew whose birthday is this coming September! I made an argyle border on the bottom of my card using  A Little Argyle stamp set.

I adhered a strip of burlap and tied a ribbon around it for a little more texture. Also to give a more separate look to the two areas of my card.

My nephew Ryan is such an active little boy. Always running around, playing and getting into all sorts of mischief. We used to joke around and call him "monkey boy". So I grabbed Tremendous Treats: Birthday because of the cute monkey image.

I stamped the image, colored it in with Copics, and hand cut it. I also die cut some leaves from Sending You dies, it seemed appropriate at that time. And it came out really nicely when I was putting my elements together. 

I used Alpha Blocks and die for my main sentiment. And added a few more from Movers and Shakers Sentiments to complete the card. Before adhering the main panel to my card base, I distressed the edges.

That's it for me! I'm sending this half way across the world. I just hope he gets it in time and intact! :) Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 112

Hi there! Welcome to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 112! Did you see all the submissions for the last challenge?! We were totally blown away!!! I had such a hard time choosing my top picks. It seemed like every card I looked at was awesome! I hope you'll just us again in this challenge. For this week we have a sketch from the amazing Ms. Mona Pendleton.

When I saw the sketch I naturally planned on going the shabby chic route and add flowers and ribbons and such. Then as I was going through my Waltzingmouse Stamps I changed my mind. I'm a fan of the Half Pint Heroes and Heroines stamp sets and I realized that I hadn't used it in a while. So I grabbed the Half Pint Heroines set and started there.

I stamped a strip of vintage cream cardstock using Faux Fun. Then I rounded the corners with my corner chomper. I adhered it behind a strip of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. I stamped some clouds on the main panel and outlined them with my Copic marker. I inked the edges then ran it through my Cuttlebug to dry emboss it. I also die cut a strip of stars for the top border. Then I ran it through my sewing machine. Before I added the patterned paper panel onto the main panel, I added a strip of crocheted lace beneath it.

For the main image, I stamped this super cute girl image and some clouds then colored them in with Copics. I hand cut them and arranged them over a doily that i had die cut from some patterned paper. I also wanted a pop of that I die cut a felt star and adhered it with the cloud. 

Please join us for a little crafty competition over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog. There's 1 stamp set of your choice up for grabs! I'll see you over there! :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CASE Study 105 - CASE a Player

Hi there! I know I've been MIA of late, I was just resting from an overload of card making. lol!  But I'm back and totally inspired by this week's challenge. Welcome to CASE Study Challenge 105. And this week's assignment is to CASE a Player! One thing is for sure, it's the players that make the challenge site. So, to give a BIG thank you to our players we would love to CASE your work this time! 

I have sooo many favorite players. It was so hard to choose who to CASE. But I came down to a few and finally decided on one. Would you like to take a guess as to who this beautiful artwork is from?

This beauty is from none other than the very, very talented Anja Curvers!!! This card is from THIS post. I'm a regular stalker at Anja's blog...heehee. I absolutely love her work. Every project has me going ooooh and aaaahhhh. And this one is no different. Here's my take on Anja's card.

I LOVED this card so much that I didn't want to change much from it. The layers and textures were perfect and I tried to bring that out in my card. I embossed my kraft panel just like Anja's. Then I die cut the smaller patterned paper panels and adhered them according to Anja's layout. I used Sending You from PTI for the centerpiece of the card.

I die cut the flower using Beautiful Blooms II #1 die. Then I stamped the floral image from Sending You. I also stamped the leaves. I chose two different kinds of leaves and combined them to frame the flower.

The sentiment is also from Sending You. I stamped it on a strip of vintage cream cardstock and cut it out to make it into a banner strip. I also punched out some butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch and spread them out evenly. 

Instead of a ruched ribbon, I used a Martha Stewart edge punch on a strip of patterned paper and adhered it on the top of the central panel. Then I tied some twine around it. And instead of a flower, I used a felt die cut and layered a tag over it from Tiny Tags, also from PTI.

Well, that's all I have for today. Hopefully I can crank more cards out and join some of my favorite challenges. I would LOVE to see who you CASEd for this week's challenge. I'll see you over at CASE Study Challenge Blog! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room 128 - Shabby Patterns

Hello there! Welcome back to The Shabby Tea Room 128! If you just got here, I'm guest designing for The Shabby Tea Room this month of August. This week's challenge is called Shabby Patterns. The assignment is to use damask print and the colors on the inspiration photo. Let's get to it! :)

August Guest Designers!

I used Damask Designs from PTI and stamped a strip of vintage cream card stock. Then I adhered it over a striped patterned paper panel. Zigzag stitched them together and also stitched around it.

I added a strip of lace slightly over the zigzag stitch. Then I stamped my sentiment over it. I die cut some flowers and stamped some Rosie Posies on it. And to add a little faux dimension on it, I colored it in some more with my Copic markers.

I stamped and die cut a label from Christmas Labels. Then I stamped an additional sentiment on it. I adhered it over the flowers and doily. 

I would love to see your beautiful work over at the Tea Room. So please join us this week for some inky fun. I'll see you there! :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 111

Hi there! It's me again... back with another card. This time it's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 111.  Our sketch for this week is from Julia. Here it is. And we're in for some wonderful background stamping! :)

I was looking through some of my favorite websites and found a wonderful array of handmade invitations. I decided to give it a try as well. Here's what I came up with.
I stamped this beautiful doily image from Dainty Doilies - Large Set. I saw a blog friend use this and color in the circles of the doily. She made it so beautifully that I wanted to try that too! :)

I stamped the image using Ocean Tides and colored a few parts with Copic markers. Then I wrapped twine around the kraft cardstock several times. Above it I tied some gray lace trim, added a button and some embellishments on it. 

For the label, I used Florentine Frippery. And the sentiment is from Join Us. I thought there was too much space above the sentiment. So I added a little bling from Want2Scrap.

I'm going to have a little card making break this weekend. But I promise I'll see you again on Monday! Please join us for a little friendly competition and some prizes over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

CASE Study 2nd Anniversary - Case a DT

Hello there! Welcome back! It's going to start to be busy here again, so hang on! :)
How fun was last week's CASE Study Challenge?! I have to say it was really great! It's not all the time that we're forced to step out of our comfort zones. And yet, did you see all the wonderful project submissions?! I was totally overwhelmed. Well, August is not over just yet. This week, we have another wonderful challenge. We get to CASE our DTs! Yay! So pick a DT and a favorite project and let's roll up our sleeves! :)

For my project this week I decided to CASE Debby. I'm still in the "Think Outside the Box" mode, so I decided to go in a totally different direction than what I would normally choose. I really admire people who can pull off gorgeous CAS cards. And one of those special ladies is our ubberly talented Debby Hughes. Here's her card that I CASEd.

And since it IS a challenge, I wanted to CASE a CAS card and make it my own somehow. So here's my version of a "Shabby CAS"! :) 

Do you ever notice that your style changes gradually over time? Well, I noticed that my cards lately have been less layered and less embellished than before. I sometimes call it "Clean" Shabby Chic. What do you think?

I stayed within Debby's layout and added a little bit of me in it! :) Instead of just baker's twine, I added crocheted lace, ribbon, a button and some flowers.

I also added a little embellishment to my main sentiment. I used one of the Fancy Tags from Spellbinders and used is as a mat for my label. The label and sentiment stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps, Fancy Phrases. The polka dot background underneath the circle window is also from WMS, Gingham and Co. The blue flower is from PTI, Pretty Peonies

Ready to CASE one of the DT members? I would love to see what you make of this challenge! See you over at CASE Study Challenge Blog! Thanks for stopping by today. And please come back regularly to check in...I have more cards to share with you this week! See you again!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room 127 - For the Love of Books

Hi there! I'm back with another card today. Whew! I'm totally beat from all the cards that I've had to make since last week. I actually haven't stopped yet, I have more to make this week. I've been having card-maker's block the whole weekend. I'm probably going to be scrambling all week to try to finish the rest off. It's a good thing I made this one in advance! :) Yay!

August Guest Designers!

Since the theme of this week's challenge is all about books, I used book print as the main background panel for my card. I stamped a strip of vintage cream cardstock with kraft chevrons and adhered it over the book print panel. I also adhered a strip of lace in the middle and a strip I really don't know what that is. Can someone tell me what the trim with little cotton balls is called? Hee hee. 

Then I added the ribbon and flowers for some texture and color. I die cut a cardstock doily and attached my sentiment over it.

I attached some banners underneath the doily sentiment to balance things out. It's also a great color addition to an otherwise neutral card.

This is a wonderful, wonderful challenge! So make sure you join in! Head on over to The Shabby Tea Room for more inspiration from their fabulous design team! See you there! :)


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