Tuesday, September 30, 2008

BIC25: Friend to Friend

It's Tuesday and time for Beate's latest Inspiration Challenge! The challenge for this week is a piece of artwork (from Coldwater Creek I think).

I decided to incorporate the layout and some of the colors into my card... and then I added a couple of layers and embellishments. :)

My color scheme is: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Kraft, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze... I did switch them around a bit from the artwork. The main image is one of the flowers from Pocket Silhouettes that I stamped in Pink Pirouette Classic ink and then added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The little 3/4" wide background strips of Pink Pirouette and Kraft cardstock were stamped with the Gratuitous Graffiti background stamp in VersaMark.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out what the rest of the team has created: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog for the full details and to see her wonderful sample too!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Gratuitous Graffiti Background. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Kraft, Creamy Caramel, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla. Ink: Pink Pirouette Classic, Chocolate Chip Classic, VersaMark. Other: Felt Fusion Too flowers, pink crystal brads (Making Memories), vintage brads, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, mat pack, paper piercer, dotted ribbon (American Crafts), dimensionals, small rectangle handheld punch, sponge.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Gift Tag from the Heart

Hmmm... and you probably thought I was done posting projects that use the new Top Note Bigz die from Stampin' Up!. But I'm not, so here is another one! This time a tag to attach to a gift.

Notes: I covered a piece of chipboard with designer paper and then ran through my die cutting machine using the Top Note Bigz die. I then decorated the tag using various items: sticky cuts and Fine Cosmo Glitter for the super sparkly heart, a vinyl letter 'i' from American Crafts, a chipboard letter sponged with Old Olive, some clear baubles and of course lots of ribbon. To finish I punched a hole in one of the corners with the Crop-a-dile and set a silver jumbo eyelet through which I attached a book ring.

Paper: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Birds Nest designer (Pink Paislee). Ink: Old Olive Classic. Other: chipboard, Riding Hood Red Taffeta, Green Dotted Ribbon (American Crafts), Top Note Bigz Die, Sticky Cut Letters, On Board Lots of Letters, White Vinyl Thickers (American Crafts), Clear Baubles, dimensionals, silver jumbo eyelet (We R Memory Makers), book ring, Fine Cosmo glitter.

Just a note - I picked up the clear baubles from Michael's in the floral department. Not sure if they still carry them but you can purchase a similar product from here, here and here.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sweet and Quick

This is for all of you who like quick and simple cards! :)

Quick notes for the simple card: Main image was stamped in Black StazOn and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. The sentiment is a rubon from the Chit Chat set (I highly recommend this set of sentiment rubons!). Hmm... use the die to cut a piece from Kraft paper, add the sentiment and a piece of ribbon and finish by adhering all of the layers together with dimensionals. Easy peasy, right?

Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons. Paper: Close to Cocoa, Kraft, Whisper White. Ink: Black StazOn, Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Other: Top Note Bigz die, Chit Chat rubons, Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, AquaPainter, dimensionals.

Top Note Little Book

I made this little chipboard book for my mother a couple of weeks ago and since I have finally given it to her I can share it with you. She does not check my blog very often but once in a while she does... so I had to wait just in case. :)

I used the new Top Note Bigz Die from Stampin' Up to cut the covers from chipboard and then covered them with Maine Blueberry designer paper (which I also cut with the Top Note die.) I distressed the edges with a sanding block and then used my Cropodile to cut two holes and set jumbo eyelets in each cover. For the inside pages I took 3 1/2 x 5 index cards and trimmed them to 3 3/4 wide before punching with the Cropodile. I then assembled the book using book rings to hold it all together. To finish I decorated the front cover and added a bit of ribbon to the top book ring.

Here's a shot of the inside: it's all ready for some fun notes!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Everyday Flexible Phrases. Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Maine Blueberry designer (sorry, I just keep using this paper over and over again!). Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip. Other: chipboard, index cards, book rings, sanding block, Antique Brass jumbo eyelets, Pretties Kit (half pearls), Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, Bashful Blue grosgrain, Chocolate Chip Taffeta, scalloped chipboard frame, dimensionals.

Friday, September 26, 2008

GSG Swaps: Flowers For You

I think I can spill the beans on this card now that it has gone postal to most of the recipients. If you are receiving it and haven't seen it yet... well, don't peek!

Quick notes: I colored the main image with Stampin' Up! markers. Yes, this card is 100% Stampin' Up! which meant no Copics! The image is then layered on a piece of chipboard that I coated with So Saffron Craft ink and heat set (no patience for waiting for it to air dry). I think the rest is self-explanatory... if not just drop me an email.

Stamps: A Flower for all Seasons, One Smart Cookie. Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, So Saffron, Shimmery White, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer. Ink: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip Classic, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, More Mustard, Ruby Red and Bordering Blue markers. Other: Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain, silver brads, mat pack, paper piercer, Dimensionals, On Board chipboard.

P.S. This is for the Great Swap Girls new catty swap (the second set of swaps since I didn't make it into the first swap set).

P.P.S. I'm just beginning to get caught up on posting projects that I have made during the last month and not shared on my blog... so bear with the flood of posts over the next few days!

Feed the Bear!

As soon as I saw this bear set in the new Stampin' Up! catalog I new I HAD to buy it. Just had to! Well, I finally made a card with it and I love it... especially that grin. It just speaks to me and says something along the following lines: "I've raided your campsite and taken all of your chocolate, muhahahaha." As you can tell that was the theme behind this card. The bear is holding the skeeter spray and sleeping bag hostage until the candy is handed over. :)

Quick notes: The glittery letters are Thickers by American Crafts and I colored the bear, skeeter spray and sleeping bag with Copic markers, stamping the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The rest of the supplies are from Stampin' Up!. I stamped the bear and colored him then stamped the skeeter spray and sleeping bag overlapping the bear. I then stamped both of the ransom items a second time on scrap paper, colored, cut out and adhered over the first images with dimensionals. What do you think? Would you give him your chocolate? :)

Ohh... and I used some of the new felt ribbon and cord that will be available in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog (on-line October 1st).

Stamps: Under the Stars. Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Georgia Pacific White, Maine Blueberry designer (yes, I love this paper). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Thickers (American Crafts), Alpine Ribbon Originals, Cord, Scallop Edge punch, dimensionals, silver brads.

P.S. If you are wondering about the picture setting it is a dollie that my grandmother made and my mom inherited from her. Yup, I made this card while visiting the family and crafting with the buddies from the Sault. Hiya girlies!!! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pretties Thursday

Have you picked out your pajamas yet for the Stampin' In Your Pajamas party on the 1st of October? Yes, Paper Pretties is having another party! I hope to see you there in the forums on the 1st. In the meantime here are a couple of cards that I made for the last party and have neglected to share with you on my blog!

The first uses the Howdy Girlfriend stamp and some fun chipboard letters. Guess what? Howdy Girlfriend is back in stock at Paper Pretties and she is made from Rubbah this time!!!

Stamps: Howdy Girlfriend (Paper Pretties). Paper: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Neenah Classic White, Outlaw designer. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip Classic, Copic markers. Other: Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, clip, small oval punch, Prima flower (Michaels), clear bauble, chipboard letters, dimensionals, edge distressing tool.

And the second card uses FlutterBy and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Lots of ribbon on this one! :)

Stamps: FlutterBy (Paper Pretties). Paper: Bashful blue, Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, Neenah Classic white. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Chit Chat rubons, mat pack, paper piercer, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, River Rock stitched ribbon, jumbo oval punch, clip, clear baubles, silver brads, dimensionals, CuttleBug Embossing folder.

Pretties Wednesday: All in Green

Two weeks ago Jana challenged the Prettie Girls to make a monochromatic card. Just one color? Yikes! Well, I have a lot of shades of green so I decided to use that color. :)

Now it is my turn to issue a challenge. Ho hum... whatever would I like to do? Ohhhh... how about a card with some kind of fancy fold. A trifold, tunnel card, gift card holder or some other neat card. Basically any card with a base other than a single piece of cardstock folded in half! That ought to be fun. :)

Quick notes: I stamped the tree from Soakin' Up the Sun and colored with Copic markers. I coated the leaves with Crystal Effects and doodled a bit of sand at the base of the tree. For the dotted background I took a sponge dauber and dabbed a some circles of Kiwi Kiss on a piece of River Rock cardstock.

Stamps: Soakin' Up the Sun. Paper: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Kiwi Kiss, Neenah Classic white, Maine Blueberry designer. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Kiwi Kiss Classic, Copic markers. Other: mat pack, paper piercer, Crystal Effects, sponge dauber, dimensionals, clear baubles, River Rock striped ribbon, distressor.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

BIC 24: Flowers and More Flowers

It's Tuesday! Which means another wonderful Inspiration Challenge from Beate! This week's challenge is a picture of some cool glasses from Pottery Barn. Don't you just want to go out and buy a set of them? I especially like the surya style.

To start I picked the colors Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Pumpkin Pie. Then I decided I would have to duplicate the repeating flower look of the surya style since it was my favorite glass. :)

I of course also added some sponging and paper piercing... just because I could. To finish the card and tie in all of the colors of the glasses I added little orange flowers. They are popped up with some dimensionals or rather a portion of a dimensional behind each one since a whole dimensional was way too big. Any questions just let me know.

Be sure and check out what the rest of the inspiration team created: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog and if you make a card link it there!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Best Yet hostess set. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Naturals White. Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss Classic. Other: Felt Fusion Flowers, Styled Silver Hodgepodge, silver brads, Scallop Edge punch, Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, dimensionals, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Oopsie... How About Some Chocolate?

So I'm a couple days late posting this little goodie bag... but it has chocolate in it so you forgive me, right? :)

I started with a Kraft gift sack and cut an opening with the Coluzzle cutting system. I lined the opening with a piece of acetate and filled the bag with mini Crunch bars.

Next I added a scallop edge along the top edge of the bag and then punched two holes through which a notted some pretty Pacific Point ribbon.

To finish I made a pretty tage that hangs from the big knotted ribbon. You can move the tag to see the bag contents through the window.

P.S. The candy is yummy... yes I ate a few pieces. :)

Stamps: Angel Sophia. Paper: Pacific Point, Maine Blueberry designer, Kraft, Georgia Pacific white. Ink: black, Copic markers. Other: small kraft bag (Target), Pewter Hodgepodge hardware, linen thread, Pacific Point striped ribbon, Very Vanilla/Kiew Kiss satin ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, dimensionals, 2-way glue pen, acetate, scallop edge punch.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: Itty Bitty Challenge

Two weeks ago Charmaine challenged the Prettie Girls to make an Artist Trading Card. Can you believe the I have never made one of these before? Well, it is true - this is my first one and I must say that I am not accustomed to working on such a small canvas but I think it turned out cute. :)

You can check out what the rest of the Prettie Girls made at the following blogs: Julie Masse, Charmaine Ikach, Jana Weaver, Jodi Collins, Jackie Rakoski, Joni Stringfield and Carolina Buchting.

Have a great evening everyone... or well, what is left of the day!

Stamps: Howdy Girlfriend, Hey Buckaroo!. Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Bashful Blue, Neenah Classic White. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa, Copic markers. Other: Styled Silver brad, silver brads, Queen & Co. adhesive felt vine, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BIC23: Spookin' Up Some Fun

It's Beate Day! He he... I think that is what I am going to call Inspiration Tuesdays from now on. This week's challenge is a fun livingroom scene with some bright splashes of Kiwi Kiss. I think Kiwi is my new favorite green so this challenge was perfect for me!

I paired the Kiwi with Black, White, Gray and Chocolate Chip... lots and lots of neutrals. And then I made a Halloween card... which I was not intending to do at all. I originally pulled out a butterfly set but well that didn't pane out. :)

Quick notes: I used a couple of the new sets that Stampin' Up! will be releasing at the beginning of October: Season of Friendship (the tree) and Frightful Nights (the Halloween schtuff).

Hmmm... wonder what the rest of the team used on their cards? You too? Well here are some links to their blogs: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog and if you make a card link it there!

Back to the card - Instead of knotting the ribbon I just tied the ends together. I really L-U-V this felt ribbon! It has such amazing texture and the stitching on the edges is sweet! I'm going to have to buy another roll... I just know it. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Season of Friendship, Halloween Frights. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray. Other: mat pack, paper piercer, Circle and Petite Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Slot punch, linen thread, Alpine Ribbon Originals, dimensionals.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pretties Thursday: A Sketch Challenge

Are you ready for another challenge Paper Pretties' style? I thought so! This week's challenge is a sketch challenge. For the circles you can use a different shape if you want.

How does the Paper Pretties' challenge work? Make a card, scrapbook page, altered item or so forth using Paper Pretties stamps if you have them. If you don't have Paper Pretties' stamps, still feel free to join in the fun... the more the merrier! :) Then visit the Paper Pretties' gallery and upload a picture of your project to the Weekly Challenges category (also use the keyword PWC20 - aids in searching). You have until the following Thursday to upload your picture to the gallery to be entered into the contest to earn a little something something from the Paper Pretties' Boutique. P.S. I am really behind in picking winners for the challenges - my bad! But I will once work dies down a bit in a week or so! :)

For my sample I used Angel Sophia, the October Stamp of the Month. I kept the card rather simple but did manage to use a few fun items like the Build-A-Brads, squashed bottle cap and luscious new ribbon from SU!. The finished size is a 5" square. Ha - after my pumpkin card yesterday I had to do a square! :)

I used Copic markers to color Sophia - I really want a rich tone to her dress. I think I succeeded. :) The sentiment and snowflakes are from one of those Studio G dollar stamp sets. If I were to do this card over again I think I would do some embossing on the Chocolate Chip layer... it is just a bit to blah for me.

Here is a close up of the Build-A-Brads. Would you believe I have had these over a year and have only used a few of them? Yesh, I really need to go through my crafting supplies and find out what other goodies are hiding in there!

P.S. Forgive me but I can't remember the name of this designer paper! It is from Stampin' Up! and is retired.

Stamps: Angel Sophia (Paper Pretties), Studio G dollar stamps. Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Georgia Pacific white, SU! designer (retired). Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, black, Copic markers (E00, E47, E57, R29, R59, G99, YG63, W2, 0, B00). Other: Antique Brass Build-A-Brad, squashed bottle cap (Yvonne Albritton Designs), Ribbon Originals - Alpine, dimensionals, mat pack, paper piercer.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: No Squares Here!

I want candy! Lots and lots of candy! Sorry... I couldn't resist! :) Two weeks ago Julie challenged the Prettie Girls to make a differently shaped card. Apparently I think square or circle when I make a card so this challenge was not as easy as I thought it would be! However I persevered and came up with a pumpkin card.

How did I make my card? I cut two ovals from Tangerine Tango cardstock with the Coluzzle cutting system. I sponged some Tangerine Tango Classic ink on the front one to add texture. 'Cause pumpkins have ridges... just like Ruffles. :) For the stem I used SU!'s Round Tab punch. I sponged it with Always Artichoke Classic ink and then attached it to the ovals. For decoration and extra hold I added 3 silver brads. I then stamped Howdy Sophia, did some coloring and sponging before matting her on Chocolate Chip cardstock and attaching to the cardbase with dimensionals.

Pumpkins have lots of viney stem stuff hanging off of them that you have to cut so I duplicated that effect by knotting some hemp twine and linen thread around the spine (not sure what to call that card connector thingy at this point). I roughed up the twine with my scissors... sort of how you making curling ribbon curl if you kwim. Oh and I attached a tag with more linen thread and added some candy and a spider to the cardbase for additional fun. :)

Of course one sentiment wasn't enough so I added two more. The first is "boo" spelled out with Thickers felt stickers. The second is a sentiment stamped on Creamy Caramel cardstock, punched out with a 1" circle punch and mounted on a squashed bottle cap. I did not squash the cap myself... I bought it that way. :) Oh hey - just realized that there is no paper piercing or designer paper on this card!!!

I wonder what the rest of the Prettie Girls came up with? Be sure to check out their blogs for more fun creations: Julie Masse, Charmaine Ikach, Jana Weaver, Jodi Collins, Jackie Rakoski, Joni Stringfield and Carolina Buchting.

Stamps: Howdy Girlfriend (Paper Pretties), Fright Night (MFT), Monster Squad (MFT). Paper: Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Georgia Pacific white. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip Classic, Tangerine Tango Classic, Always Artichocke Classic, Close to Cocoa Classic, Copic Markers (W2, E00, E33, E57, E77, RV11, YG63, YG91). Other: silver brads, hemp twine, linen thread, dimensionals, Round Tab punch, Coluzzle cutting system and oval template, 1" circle punch, bottle cap, Thickers green sweater stickers (American Crafts).

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

BIC22: Bushel of Glasses

Beate's Inspiration Challenge for this week is a fun tray of glasses. Aren't they just the most fun? Although I will admit that if I had a tray of glasses like this in my house I'd have to be constantly dusting them... and well... I'm not too fond of dusting. :)

From the picture I pulled the colors Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White. I will say that the Kiwi Kiss might be stretching the colors a tad but I really wanted to use the Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon (I really really like this ribbon).

What did I make? A quick and easy 4 1/4" square card. I think it took me just 20 minutes to make this card... that is shockingly quick for me! But I really like the way it turned out even though I did absolutely no paper piercing. :)

If you want to see more fabulous creations made with the inspiration piece in mind check out the rest of Beate's Inspiration Team: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. And if you too are inspired to make a fun creation make sure to visit Beate's blog and link your creation there so everyone can check it out!

Quick notes: flower from Pocket Silhouettes was stamped multiple times in Bashful Blue Classic ink on cardstock of the same color. I then stamped a second set of the flowers in VersaMark, coated with Whisper White embossing powder and heat set.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes. Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue, Shimmery White, Maine Blueberry Designer. Ink: Bashful Blue Classic, VersaMark, Black StazOn. Other: Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, corner rounder, dimensionals, Whisper White embossing powder, heat tool.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Paper Pretties Sale

I totally forgot to mention in my last post that Paper Pretties has extended their big sale for another week! Woo hoo!

Now this is not a little sale! It is 45% off EVERYTHING in the Paper Pretties store!!! Yep, you read it right - 45% off EVERYTHING! All you have to do is enter the coupon code at checkout! Oh what is the coupon code? It's "Labor Day" (case sensitive) and the sale will go on until Saturday, September 13th at 11:59 pm CST.

Happy shopping!

*** There was a little issue with the coupon code earlier in the day! It has been fixed now!

Been a Long Weekend...

At work that is... it's that crazy just before product release time! I didn't have a chance to craft at all this weekend! So all I have to show you is a project or two that I made a while ago and haven't had the time to post. Crazy huh?
The first card is one I made for the Paper Pretties Stampin' In Your Jammies party last Monday. Charmaine issued a challenge to make a square card. Easy peasy, right?
It uses Bunny Slippers Sophia from Paper Pretties and some pretty Bella Rose designer paper from Stampin' Up! The finished card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".
Stamps: Bunny Slippers Sophia (Paper Pretties). Paper: Sahara Sand, Riding Hood Red, Pretty in Pink, Georgia Pacific white. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Styled Silver Hodgepodge hardware, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, 1 1/4" circle punch, designer label punch, dimensionals.
The second card is one I actually made a couple of months ago. Yup, it is one of the cards that I made for Stampin' Up! as a display stamper. I realize there is no sentiment on the card... but hey sometimes you just need a notecard, right?
Quick notes: I stamped the flowers in VersaMark on Baja Breeze cardstock, coated with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set. The main images are actually rubons from the Hidden Garden set.
All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Eastern Blooms. Paper: Naturals White, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss. Ink: VersaMark, Not Quite Navy (sponging of the edges). Other: Iridescent Embossing Powder, heat tool, Hidden Garden rubons, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, crystal clear brads from Pretties Kit, dimensionals, mat pack, paper piercer.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Sneak Peek and a Thursday Challenge

Are you ready to see the latest Sophia that will be joining the Paper Pretties SOTMC? I thought so... the newest addition is Angel Sophia - and she is just the sweetest little thing!!! She will be available in October for SOTMC members. Then the following month she will be available for purchase in the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Of course I was so delighted with this new stamp that I immediately had to make a card and not just any card... a festive card! Maybe it is the super hot temperatures outside but I am so ready for the upcoming holidays... bring on the candy corn, turkey, and Christmas cookies!!!

What do you think? Is she cute? Are you in the mood for Fall or Winter now? I hope so, because this week's Pretties Forum Challenge is to make a festive card... it can be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other holiday that you can think of.

festive - adjective:
1. pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal. (Hmm... yes, I obviously associate the holidays with food).
2. joyous; merry: a festive mood. (What happens after lots and lots of chocolate, especially Judy's Chocolate Crinkle cookies.)

How does the Paper Pretties' challenge work? Make a card, scrapbook page, altered item or so forth using Paper Pretties stamps if you have them. If you don't have Paper Pretties' stamps, still feel free to join in the fun... the more the merrier! :) Then visit the Paper Pretties' gallery and upload a picture of your project to the Weekly Challenges category (also use the keyword PWC19 - aids in searching). You have until the following Thursday to upload your picture to the gallery to be entered into the contest to earn a little something something from the Paper Pretties' Boutique. Again, this week's challenge is to make a festive card (in case you skipped past the above paragraphs)!

Quick notes: Sophia's wings and the trim on her dress were painted with Pearlescent watercolors. Her dress, skin and hair were colored with Copic markers. The dress was then coated with Crystal Effects.

Stamps: Angel Sophia (Paper Pretties - October SOTMC), Best Yet Hostess (SU!). Paper: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Georgia Pacific white, Maine Blueberry designer, Vellum cardstock. Ink: Black, Copic markers (E00, B91, W2, Y21). Other: Pearlescent watercolors (Yasutomo), Crystal Effects, AquaPainter, mat pack, paper piercer, silver brads, large oval punch, 1/16" circle punch, silver elastic cord, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, cloud blue twill ribbon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: Put on Your Painting Hat!

Two weeks ago Jackie challenged the rest of the Prettie Girls to make our own designer paper and then paper piece with it.

Wowza! I had to think about this one a bit before I finally remembered my Adirondack Alcohol inks (very very neglected inks!). I created a piece of designer vellum by blobbing (very technical term here) and pouncing (like a cat) the alcohol inks onto the vellum with the Applicator Tool. I then applied the Blending Solution to the applicator and pounced all over the vellum again (to soften the look a bit).

One piece of the vellum was paper pierced and then overlayed on top of a piece of Pink Pirourette cardstock to create a background layer. On a second piece I stamped the flower pot in Black StazOn and the cut out. I stamped the flower pot a second time on Neenah Classic Natural white cardstock and adhered the first vellum pot to it. The rest of the image was colored with Copic Markers. The image was finished by cutting out with a Nestabilities circle die and then paper pierced and layered on a slightly larger scalloped circle. A bit more paper piercing, layering and accessorizing was done to complete the card! Any questions just let me know!

Oh, and don't forget to visit the rest of the Prettie Girls and see their amazing creations! You can find them at: Julie Masse, Charmaine Ikach, Jana Weaver, Jodi Collins, Jackie Rakoski, Joni Stringfield and Carolina Buchting.

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Simply Special. Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Vellum cardstock, Neenah Classic Natural White, Bella Rose designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Caramel, Raisin, Cranberry), Copic Markers (R14, R27, Y17, YR16, YG67, YG95, E33, C1). Other: Adirondack Blending Solution and applicator tool, mat pack, paper piercer, Chit Chat rubons (SU!), Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain, white brads (Doodlebug I think), Nestabilities scallop circle and circle dies, dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

BIC21: Four Little Flowers All in a Row

This week's Be Inspired Challenge is a console table from Pottery Barn. Isn't it just the neatest? I feel in love with it as soon as I opened the email from Beate with it attached. She picks out the best challenges! :)

Of course immediately after reading the email I jumped on the Pottery Barn site but alas I couldn't find the table on-line. Which is probably a good thing because I would have bought it and well there are two problems with that. I really shouldn't be spending money on a console table when I still need to buy a dresser and a headboard/footboard for my bed. And well... I really don't have anywhere to put something like this in my house... even though it is just the coolest. :)

But enough of my drooling over furniture and on to the card. One of my favorite things about the furniture was the four little green drawers so I hd to do something with that as well as the bright orange tulips. The end result was the super quick and easy card. The finished size is 3 1/4" by 6 1/4".

Don't forget to check out the creations by the rest of Beate's Be Inspired Team: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. And if you too are inspired to make a fun creation make sure to visit Beate's blog and link your creation there so everyone can check it out!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Eastern Blooms, A Little Birthday Cheer. Paper: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory. Ink: Tangerine Tango Classic, Black StazOn. Other: Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain, 3/4" circle punch, 1 1/4" square punch, dimensionals.