Monday, September 27, 2010

Morning Glory - PDCC48

It's Sunday night and I'm trying to squeak out every last bit of the weekend. Instead of going to bed early, I chose to create this card for the Play Date Cafe color challenge 48!  I'm such a night owl anyway, but get me going on my stamping and card creating and it's hard to stop - even if tomorrow begins the work week again!

Here's the challenge inspiration photo that Julie Ranae chose and that the colors were picked from.  I have to say that would be a fun kitchen to cook in - but I'm partial to brighter, intense color anyway.  So I was inspired right away to use Concord Grape, Pear Pizzazz and Going Gray as my color pallette for the challenge card.

I also couldn't wait to ink up this Morning Glory stamp from Papertrey Ink - it just arrived in the mail yesterday.  When I think of a Morning Glory flower, I think of a purpley-blue color and thought it would be perfect. 

The card design/layout is mine - just wanted something unique for this card.  So tell me what you think...

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps - Papertrey Ink "Morning Glory"
Paper - SU Concord Grape, Pear Pizazz, Going Grey, Watercolor paper
Ink - Stazon Black; SU Concord Grape, Pear Pizazz; PTI Vanilla
Accessories - MS corner and edge lace punch; Sakura gelly roll glitter pen

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Pixie-licious" - MMSC72

Where did the weekend go? They just never seem long enough as measured by the number of cards I get done of course! Well at least I finished my card for the Midnight Madness sketch challenge - after all, priorities are priorities you know!!!

Here's this week's sketch - the fancy version that I followed. I can't seem to focus on the plainer versions of the sketches. I have to have layers and all sorts of good embellishments on my cards!

This week, I used this wonderful paper from Cosmo Cricket's "Pixie-Licious" collection.  I think the colors here are perfect for Fall but with a contemporary flair to them.  Anyway, I thought this little "pixie" image would be perfect with an autumn sunset effect applied with it. 

The image is from the Flourishes "Kids at Play" stamp set and is heat embossed here. I stamped it in Rich Razzleberry ink and then stamped over it again with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  A few prima flowers and some butterflies die cut with SUs Beautiful Wings embosslits and a card is made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Flourishes "Kids at Play"
Ink - SU Banana, Peach Parfait, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Paper - Cosmo Cricket "Pixie-licious", SU Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - SU Beautiful Wings embosslit, Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities dies, SU ribbon, Prima flowers

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sugar Creek Hollow Sensational Saturday

It's another sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and I've been giddy to show you this card using one of my favorite SCH images released this Fall.  This is the Lord of the Harvest tag and you can find in the SCH Shoppe here.

The tag background was colored to coordinate with the designer paper using my photo editing software. I also colored the letters to have a gradient look from rusty red to orange to gold.  The pumpkins were colored using Copic markers and then glittered up using golden yellow and orange glitter powder.  The tag was cut out and mounted on distressed Chocolate cardstock and then lace was scrunched around the perimeter.
Take a moment and visit the Sugar Creek Hollow blog and see the other masterpiece works from the design team using the Lord of the Harvest tag.  This week you'll be in awe of my colleagues' talent and inspired by their work.  At the very least you'll have to have this digital image for your own creations - and that's good too!

Thanks for joining me today! 
Stamp - Sugar Creek Hollow "Lord of the Harvest" tag
Paper - Scribble Scrabble "Bric-A-Brac" Collection, Moxxie "Branching Out", Stampin Up Vanilla, Chocolate
Ink - Copic markers
Accessories - Stamp LaJolla glitter, SU Lace ribbon, leaves/berries from Michaels

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah! Sweet Sketch 68

I am loving these sketches from Sweet Sketch Wednesday! This week's sketch (Sweet Sketch 68) was perfect for my card designed especially for my niece Jenny who is celebrating her 12th birthday today.  She's a cheerleader for her middle school and this image from Mo Manning at Digital Pencil Too is just perfect also!

This card went together pretty quickly - partly due to having the great sketch to follow and because the colors were already established:  Jenny's school colors of navy and gold.  The golden yellow papers are from three different companies but coordinate well together.
I printed the digital image on shimmer white paper. The only difficulty in coloring with Copics was to get the cheerleader's uniform navy without it being too dark.  I think this turned out okay. It sure looks like my niece!

I went with what I call the text message birthday greeting - I know Jenny will love that.  Hope she thinks her Aunt is cool for using it!  Took me a while to figure out what it was in the Papertrey "Birthday Bash Sentiments" stamp set.  Yes, I am lame when it comes to text message lingo!  The little bow in the corner is supposed to resemble a pom-pom for cheerleading.

So let's cheer for Jenny today!  Happy Birthday sweet niece - you're loved bunches!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Post edited 9/29/10:  I won the Sweet Sketch WednesdayChallenge #68 for this card!  I'm so excited about this!  Thanks to Arlana for the great sketch and all the members of the Sweet Sketch Wednesday design team!

Stamps - Mo Manning for Digital Pencil Too "Gimme A...", Papertrey Ink "Birthday Bash Sentiments"
Paper - October Afternoon "Fly A Kite: Dandelions", Cosmo Cricket "Pinwheels", Bo Bunny "Buttercup Dot", Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening (blue), White, Shimmer White
Ink - Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening, Copic markers
Accessories - Spellbinders Circle and Scallop Circle Nestibilities dies, MS scallop lace edge punch, Fiskars "Lace" corner punch, Papertrey Ribbon

My Condiments to the Chef

Just a quick post of a thank you card for a dear friend at work that did something super thoughtful for me that involved baking.  Thought this image from Inky Antics was the perfect choice - especially when paired with the inside sentiment stamp that reads "My Condiments to the Chef"!!!!!  The papers used are from Jillibean Soup "Pasta Fagioli" (also a perfect paper by name I think)!  A fun card for a wonderful person.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Stamps - Inky Antics
Paper - DP by Jillibean Soup "Pasta Fagioli", Papertrey White, Chocolate
Ink - Copic markers, Palette Noir Black
Accessories - Signo white gel pen, Nesties Labels 11 dies

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trying to Look Young-Sweet Sketch 67

Gosh I'm so excited - I was in the top 3 for this card in the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge 67!

Hi there!  I'm entering this card in the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge - this is the first time I'm playing in this challenge.  I've been visiting Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge blog for months admiring their sketches, but alas in the middle of the work week it's been difficult to find the extra time until today.

Here's the sketch that grabbed my attention for a friend's birthday card.  I wanted something that would work with a mix of bright colored DP papers and patterns.  I thought this was just the ticket.

The papers I selected are from American Crafts' Blue Skies collection. Stampin Up Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose and Whisper White were also used. 

The stamp is from Inky Antics by Ronnie Walter and was colored with Copic markers and cut out using Nesties scallop squares and mounted on a Nesties Lacey Square die cut. 

Overall I'm pretty pleased with how this card turned out thanks to the ladies at Sweet Sketch Challenge for the inspiration on the layout!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Time to Remember - MMSC71

Another week and another great sketch at Midnight Madness!  This is my card for this week's challenge and it's for a dear friend's birthday today.  She's actually the woman who first introduced me to the world of making cards and paper crafting and is so talented in her own right.  So this is for you Shelly with many happy returns as they say!

This is the sketch to follow for this week at Midnight Madness.  When I saw it I knew I'd use this wonderful organza flower from Prima that I've had for a while. This is the perfect sketch to use those oversize flowers that you just can't resist but sometimes don't know how it would fit on a card along with a stamped image.  Well Priscilla's team figured that one out with this sketch!

I also couldn't resist this wonderful paper from K&Company called "Jubilee Teal Woman".  It's a collage-type paper and I cut it specifically so the woman would appear in the upper right corner of the card.  I combined it with the brown and pink damask paper from The Paper Studio.

Then to complete the vintage look, I used the "Time to Remember" ticket digi stamp from Sugar Creek Hollow.  It was a perfect fit for the theme of this card I thought. 

Tracy has several of these ticket stamps, including a freebie, at the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe.  The Shoppe is filled with other vintage digis that I promise you just won't be able to resist!

So that completes this vintage card for my friend.  I hope she has a time to remember on her birthday.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamps - Sugar Creek Hollow digital stamps "Remember Ticket"
Paper - K&Co "Jubilee Teal Woman", The Paper Studio "Pink and Brown Damask", Stampin Up Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Organza flower and brown pearl/rhinestone swirls all from Prima

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sugar Creek Hollow Color Challenge

It's Saturday morning and again it's time to highlight Sugar Creek Hollow digital stamps.  This week we have a color challenge for you using Black, Riding Hood Red and Vanilla.  So here's my card using this color combination.

I really like this image from Sugar Creek Hollow digital stamps called "Sing and Make Music".  I used to play violin as a kid and so it probably grabs me for that reason.  But it also has a great saying and an interesting floral frame around it that is unusual.  You can find it here at the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe.  I colored it using Riding Hood Red ink and an aqua painter.  I also used antique linen distress ink from Tim Holtz to age the images.  And what's hard to see here is the glitter gel pen that was used on floral frame of the image to add a little zing! 

I created my own background paper too for this card using another digi from Sugar Creek Hollow - just to show you how versatile digi images can be. 
I took the "Autumn Swirl Filigree" digi pictured at the left, and duplicated it so I was starting with two identifical images in Microsoft Word.  I rotated them so they were more vertically oriented, flipped one so they appeared as mirror images of each other.  From there I just copied and pasted the duo all over the page so when it printed it would have a damask look.  There's just no end to the patterns you can create with just one digi - why don't you visit Sugar Creek Hollow today and get this one!  And on the way visit my design team colleagues (links are on my left sidebar) to view their stunning works today.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Copper Color Splash - PDCC46

This week at the Play Date Cafe the color challenge is another color splash with black and white as the primary colors with a splash of another color as an accent.  We had our choice of pink, gold or copper and I chose the copper for my card in this challenge because I thought it was a more unusual color combination.

Here's the inspiration image that Julie choose for the challenge - isn't it interesting?  Week to week, I just wait with anticipation to see what they will come up with next for the Play Date Cafe Challenge!

For this card, I used a wonderful black and white flocked damask designer paper from Sweet Romance called of all things "Black Damask Flocked"!!!  I thought this paper was so elegant and dramatic. It has a wonderful feel to it as well.

For the splash of copper color, I heat embossed the Stampin Up "Ornate Blossom" stamp with copper powder from Ranger on black cardstock.  The edges were punched using a Fiskers "Lace" corner punch and then the edges sponged with white craft ink to soften the edges and look.  To make the punch stand out in the corners of the image panel, I inserted a bit of white paper behind and used a corner punch to set off the upper left corner for interest.

Also for interest, I used a white panel to anchor the main image panel and heat embossed that with the copper powder using SU "Elements of Style" flourish stamp. The same corner punch was used as well as a Martha Stewart scalloped edge punch.  A few copper metal and pearl embellishments were used for balance against the heavy central panel.  You'll also notice the copper edge on the card and the corner punch - that was achieved with a Marvy DecoColor liquid copper marker and I think it was the perfect finishing touch for the card.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Stamps - SU Ornate Blossom and Elements of Style
Paper - Sweet Romance "Black Damask Flocked", SU Black and Whisper White
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - Ranger Copper embossing powder, SU corner punch, Fiskers "Lace" corner punch, Martha Stewart scallop edge punch, TPC Studio Ancestral pearl brads

Monday, September 13, 2010

Think on These Things - MMSC70

What a busy weekend it was and I'm only now getting my card posted for the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.  Another great sketch this week from Priscilla's team.

This was pretty quick to do - when I first saw the sketch I had this wonderful stamp in mind from Clear Dollar Stamps.  It is my favorite bible verse - one that has special meaning to me.  It is from Phillipians 4:8 and if you can't read it clearly on my card it says:

Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report;
If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise; think on these things.

I decided to also use some new coordinating DP I picked up this weekend from Scribble Scrabble "Bric-a-Brac Collection". The colors are nice and Fall-like so I think suited well for this week's challenge. 

I also used the hummingbird from Stampin Up's "Elements of Style" stamp set, stamped in Dusty Durango.  I used one of the floral flourish stamps from the same set as the background to the bible verse, stamping it in Versamark ink for a subtle, interesting look. 

The rest of the card was pure embellishment using Making Memories flourish sparkle chipboard and a branch punch from Martha Stewart.  I also enhanced the hummingbird with my glitter Sakura gel pen.  And the corner punch used is called "Lace" and it's from Fiskars.

I very rarely use a saying as a main focal image but in this case I think it is perfect for this verse to be the main focus of the card.  T.O.T.T. and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

To Bee Or Not To Be

It's Saturday morning and that means it's time to showcase Sugar Creek Hollow digital stamps!  I've been excited all week to show off this card that uses one of my favorite SCH digis, the Bee Tile.  Isn't that an incredible digi - soooo vintage which is what SCH digis are all about and the style I love to create on my cards.

We also have a sketch challenge going on today with the SCH design team on the Sugar Creek Hollow Blog using this sketch which adds even more fun to the day.  Why don't you join in the fun this week and create using this sketch?  You can link your creation to the SCH blog here.

For this card I first printed out the Sugar Creek Hollow Bee Tile image on Papertrey Cream cardstock and colored it using a Dove blender pen and Stampin Up ink pads. 

I use some wonderful papers from My Minds Eye that all coordinated together for this card.  While they had the distressed look to them already, I still added some of that along the edges of the image and the DP using Tim Holtz "Weathered Wood" distress ink.  This helped define the edges of the various layers/panels on this layout but I also love the look this provided and how it tied back to the original look of the DP.  After that a few embellishments to top it off alonbg with a ton of glitter (who doesn't love glitter) and this is the result! 

Take a look at all the other beautiful creations today from the Sugar Creek Hollow design team - you'll find their links on my left sidebar.  Prepare to be inspired today!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sugar Creek Hollow New Fall Releases

Hi everyone!  Hope your Labor Day weekend is off to a good start.  This holiday is always the signal for me that Fall has arrived and Summer is over.  I'm okay with that - Autumn is my favorite season!  Something about the warm colors of the turning tree leaves while there's a cool nip in the air. 

Well, to celebrate the start of the Fall season we are kicking it off with some beautiful new Fall Digis at Sugar Creek Hollow and a Brand New Design Team that yours truly is part of.  My card here shows off one the digis in the release today - this fantastic swirley tree.  I could hardly wait to show off this image with the warm Fall colors of this season that I love.  Don't you just love the flourishes all over this tree? 

If you look closely at the tree, you'll see the chocolate pearl embellishments and the glitter of the gel pen I used to dress it up - I just couldn't resist glittering those flourishes and the wispy leaves! 
Come take a look at who's is in the Sugar Creek Hollow team. Our team has some great cards to show you using the latest digis. Then, make sure to visit the Sugar Creek Hollow store to purchase these beautiful vintage style digis. We even have some Vintage gifts you can purchase too.

Tracy, Owner
Joseline, DT Coordinator
Sharon (You Are Here)
Ms. Plum
Sugar Creek Hollow

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Digital Image from Sugar Creek Hollow
Paper - Basic Grey - Capella collection
Accessories - Spellbinders Labels 15, Lattice Borderabilities, Chocolate Half pearls from Amuse, Sakura glitter gel pen, SU lace ribbon