Friday, August 31, 2012

Retro Sketches #26

I used my new Paper Smooches Chubby Chums set to make a card for this week's Retro Sketches rs#26 Challenge.  I bought the set mainly for the owl, but after seeing the stamps in person, I think all those critters will eventually see some ink.

Exciting news:  In a true strike of beginner's luck, I was selected as an Honorable Gnome for this card, which was my first entry ever in the Lawnscaping Challenge.  Check out my cute little Gnome up there on the right.  Isn't he darling?

Supplies Used: 
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Chubby Chums
Paper:  PTI White, Enchanted Evening, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Mat Stack 4 & Layerz Mat Stack 4, Copics

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas: August

Well, summer is almost over, and my daughters are about to go back to school.  I have to say that I think I am ready, although I do not think that they would agree.  End of August means it is also time for my monthly 12 Kits of Christmas post.  If you are wondering what you have stumbled into, please click here for more information.  This month's kit was generously provided by Kim of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim.  Just take a look at all the goodies she sent.  One of the most fun parts about this group is getting to play with stamp sets and dies I don't have, and this month was no exception.  Kim provided us with some wonderful digital images, and they were all new to me.  There were so many fun  elements--die cuts, stamped images, and papers to play with--and the colors were beautiful and non traditional this time.
Photo Courtesy of Kara
I made 5 cards from Kim's wonderful kit, and I still have lots left over.

This card is a 4X4 square.  Don't you just love that shoe?

I must admit that some of these cards actually made themselves.  So, if you like them, you should let Kim know, because she sent me a kit with a lot of self assembling ingredients.  Yay.

Now, for another little twist that Renee started last month.  She challenged us to add an extra card every month that would be a CASE of another group member's card from a previous month.  What a great way to use up the leftovers we have all been hoarding.  She even put together a pinboard, where we can easily see all the cards we have made with this group.  Check it out here--it's a great source of holiday inspiration.  I chose to case one of Christina's cards from her July kit.  I loved the stamped branch image she included in the kit, but didn't know what to do with it.  I decided to save it, and use it for my CASE.  I would have duplicated the sewing, if I had a sewing machine.  I love stitching on cards, but have resisted that purchase so far.  I think I would probably ruin a lot of cards. 

Christina's card

My CASE of Christina's card

I had such fun playing with all the goodies in Kim's kit, and now I am eager to see what everyone else has created.  Thank you so much, Kim, for sending such a wonderful kit, and for giving your ingredients such great instructions about what to do once I unpacked them.  If you are curious about anything used to make these cards, head over to Kim's blog, where she will have information on the supplies she sent.
Here is a list of the other members of The 12 Kits of Christmas.  Please stop by their blogs and check out what they have done this month.
 Cathy of Empty Nest Crafter
Suzanne of The Card Yard
Joyce of Cards-by-the-Sea (that's me!)
Kara of KandR Designs
Jessica of The Paper Parade
Jeanne of A Kept Life
Sharron of On Papillon Wings

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CAS-ology Relax

What a fun trigger word for this week's  CASology Week #8 challenge.  Since couches were pretty well taken by the wonderful inspiration designers, I decided to go a different direction.  I wanted to try a sunrise, since I just got some Wild Honey Distress ink.  I used the same blending technique I used on this card here.  This scene reminds me of how peaceful it is at the beach early in the morning when we vacation in Hawaii. 

Now, I know that my friend Kim from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim was also planning to play along today, and we had independently decided to use the same stamp set.  I just took a peek at her card, and it is really wonderful, and so completely different from mine, even though we both started out with My Island from Waltzingmouse.  That is one of my favorite things about stamping--seeing how the same supplies can be used in so many different ways.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse My Island
Paper:  PTI White, Sweet Blush
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Wild Honey, Spun Sugar, Weathered Wood

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Monday, August 27, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #67

It's been a while since I've played along with CAS-ual Fridays.  This week's challenge CFC #67 is to create a clean and simple project that features banners or flags.  The banners on this card by Laura Bassen inspired my card here. 

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores
Other:  Double Ended Banner Die

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make it Monday #79

This week's Make it Monday #79 shows us how to use fabric with die cuts on our cards.  In a nutshell, just use spray adhesive to attach the fabric to paper, and then cut away.  I had some fabric I bought at a local quilting shop just for the purpose of having fabric around in case I needed it.   I used the Happy Hexagon Cover plate to cut some fabric hexagons for my card.  This fabric is busy and random, so I just mixed the cut hexagons up a bit, and then stuck them down.

I am also entering this card into the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Paper:  White
Stamps:  Communique Curves
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Other:  Hexagon Cover Plate, Fabric

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

PTI August 2012 Blog Hop

It's been hotter than usual here on the coast, so it was very nice to think about fall for a bit.  This months's Papertrey blog hop is all about autumn patterns, textures and textiles.  Here are the inspiration photos we had this month:

I used my new Herringbone stamp to make a background for my card, and cut some leaves out of PTI felt in Canyon Clay and Scarlet Jewel.  I was able to stamp directly onto the felt using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Rustic jute twine adds a bit more texture and finishes off my CAS card.

I am also entering this card into the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

I hope everyone enjoys the blog hop today.  I'm out all day with soccer, but hope to catch up with everyone on Sunday.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Leaf Prints, Autumn Acorns, Background Basics Herringbone
Paper:  Rustic Cream
Ink:  Fine Linen, Scarlet Jewel, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Scarlet Jewel and Canyon Clay Felt, Leaf Print Dies, Rustic Jute Twine

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

One Layer Wednesday and Winners Announced

The theme for this week's One Layer Wednesday #102 is to make a one layer card inspired by your favorite school subject.  Now, I must admit to being one of those girls who always sat in the front row, did her homework, and loved math.  But, I was so taken by this card by Susan, and I had a new Technique Tuesday stamp I wanted to try out, that I am revising history a bit.  This is what I would tell my younger self--go outside and enjoy recess!

I used a technique I saw here showing how to use Distress Inks to make a sunset background.  I didn't have the right colors, or exactly the right tools, but I did play around and make an interesting background for this silhouette stamp.

I'm also linking this card up for the Asymmetry Challenge in the Moxie Fab WorldThe sentiment on the left is much larger than the sentiment on the right, although the right side of the card is heavier overall, because of the image. 

Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered my contest and helped me celebrate my blogaversary.  A special thanks to those of you who have been loyal readers and commentors over the past year.  I wish I could give a prize to every single one of you.

Here are the results of the random draw.  I'm sorry I couldn't figure out how to post the picture of the random number generator.

The winner of the $20 PTI Gift Certificate is #12:  Alanna

The winner of the Paper Smooches Chit Chat set is #40:  Monica

Congratulations to the winners.  Please contact me at so I can get your prize to you. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Life is Good
Paper:  PTI White
Ink:  Distress weathered wood, faded jeans, dusty concord, spun sugar

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sympathy Cards

I find it works better for me to create sympathy cards before I need them.  I have an easier time being creative.  I've got three sympathy cards to share today.

My first card is for this week's CAS-ology Challenge #7.


I am also entering this card in the 'Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World'.  I think this is my first time playing along with Moxie Fab.   Here is a quote from their web site:  "Movement is the way lines, shapes, forms, and textures cause your eye to move over and around the design."  On this card, your eyes (should) move down the leaves, to the sentiment, and then down to the bow in the corner.  Moxie Fab is promoting their Card Design Handbook with this challenge.  I ordered this magazine when it first came out, and I have to say that it is a really good one.

I have two more cards, and they are both for the August Hero Arts challenge.  Originally, I was aiming for the sketch challenge, but the cards just didn't want to follow the sketch.  So, I am entering them into the 'Clean and Simple Style Stamping' challenge.  Both of these cards use the Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms set.  The first one is paper pieced, and the second one is colored with Copics.



Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Harvest Berries, Peaceful Garden
Paper:  PTI Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Memento Grey Flannel
Other:  Harvest Berries Die, SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Rustic Jute Twine

Stamps:  Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms, PTI Asian Fusion
Paper:  PTI White, Gina K White (for the copic card), True Black, Pure Poppy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Copic Markers

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Be Unique

I have a card today for two challenges.

My colors are from this week's ColourQ cQc #151, and I used PTI Canyon Clay, Versacolor Turquoise, Memento Grey Flannel, and PTI True Black.  

I am playing along in my very first Lawnscaping Challenge.  The challenge was to make your own patterned paper with stamps, and I used the glasses from Clear to See to make patterned paper for my card.  Although I only have 3 Lawn Fawn sets, this was a good challenge for me to start with, because I could have used any of them to make background paper.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Anniversary Cards

Both my sister and brother have anniversaries over Labor Day weekend.  Here are the cards I made for them.  

I used this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge #145, which I interpreted as Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise and Smokey Shadow, for the card for my brother and his wife.

PDCC Anniversary

Here is the card I made for my sister and her husband:

Sweet Life Anniversary

The drawing for my Blogaversary prizes is still open.  Click here to enter the contest and help me celebrate one year of blogging.

Supplies Used (PTI):
PDCC Anniversary
Stamps:  Hello Sunshine, Fillable Frames
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Canyon Clay, Smokey Shadow
Ink:  Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Memento Grey Flannel (note--this is a great match for PTI Smokey Shadow) 
Other:  Fillable Frame die

Sweet Life Anniversary
Stamps:  Mega Gracious Vases, The Sweet Life, Beautiful Butterflies, Day Dreamer (for stems)
Paper:  White, Sweet Symphony
Ink:  Fine Linen, Memento Angel Pink, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Memento Rich Cocoa, Spring Moss
Other:  The Sweet Life Dies

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

More 10 Minute Craft Dash Cards

I loved this 10 Minute craft dash challenge #1, and decided to play again.  This time, I used a sketch from a new crafting magazine I just got called "Card Design Handbook"  Funny to use the magazine for inspiration, rather than just read it.  Here is a picture of the sketch.  Pretty simple, right?

Here is my card.  I just used three strips of Washi tape and a sentiment from PTI Sweet Spring. 

I was able to make another card just like it, using some Washi tape I got from Target.  This card is also for this week's One Layer Wednesday #101:  Feeling Blue.  I haven't played in this challenge for a while.  It is hosted by different people every week, and sometimes I can't find it.  This week I found it on Heather Telford's blog.

My total time to make both of these cards was 5 minutes 49 seconds.  This is a super design for speed, and the washi tape is much quicker than die cutting.  Hmmm....perhaps I need some more Washi tape?

What can you do in 10 minutes?  I think everyone should give this challenge a try.  You might surprise yourself.

You still have time to enter the giveaway contest celebrating my blogaversary here.   And, if you are feeling lucky, my friend Kim is having a giveaway here, and Monica's giveaway is here.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Make it Monday and 10 Minute Craft Dash

Lucky me--I have had some unexpected crafty time, with both daughters in camp.  I have two cards to share here.  The first card is for this week's Make it Monday #78:  Stamping and Stitching on Paper.  This was a fun technique to learn, and was very easy, even for a gal who doesn't sew. 


I was inspired by a card Nicole showed during the release of Fruit Fusion:  Cherries.  I used DMC floss #471 to sew the stems of the cherries.

My next card is for a new challenge:  The 10 Minute Craft Dash.  This challenge sounded like such fun.  And, I could hardly say that I didn't have time to participate.  

In order to make a card in less than 10 minutes, I had to make something pretty simple, and something that I knew would work the first time.  Lots of times when I am making things up as I go, I need to try lots of things before I like the overall look.  I saw a this card, and immediately knew (hoped) that I could make something similar using my Chevron Dies.

Get Well Soon

Total time for this card was 8 minutes 19 seconds.  There is a great stopwatch timer at this site, that I used for this challenge.  I used this timer all summer when my daughter was practicing her speeches for summer school.  I was actually surprised how long it took me to make just 5 simple die cuts.

I am still celebrating my blogaversary this week.  If you have not been to my 'official blogaversary post', please go there now.  Help me celebrate one year of blogging, and leave a comment there to be eligible for a prize.

Supplies Used: (PTI):
Stamps  Fruit Fusion, Sweet Spring, Background Basics Tin Type
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Fruit Fusion, Pure Poppy Pattern
Other:  Fruit Fusion & Chevron Dies, Spellbinders circle, Embroidery Floss
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black

Get Well Soon
Stamps:  Simple Sentiments
Paper:  Rustic Cream, scraps from various PTI pattern packs
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Other:  Chevron Die

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