Sunday, May 25, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
So this week was all about finding inspiration for creating in things we see all around us. Their were two requirements.
- Find something that you can take inspiration from for your color scheme.
- Find something different that you can take inspiration from for your composition.
Then of course we included pictures of those two things along with a picture of the finished product. Alright... drumroll please..... Here are the results:
This is a photo I found at Pottery Barn's online store. I based my color scheme on the chair to the left in the foreground. Fun COLORS!!!
This picture is also taken from Pottery Barn and I used it to help me in my composition. First of all I loved the polka dots... but what I liked was how the colors alternated. I did something similar in my card.
And this is what I came up with. I absolutely loved the color combo! Loved playing with my Polka Dot Basics set by Papertrey Ink. Well if you would like to take the challenge feel free to post a link in your response so that I can check out what inspired you!
Thanks for popping by! Oh and don't forget to check out the darling card Erin made for this challenge!
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics and Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink)
Inks: Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Black (Close To My Heart)
Black and White Cardstock by Close To My Heart
Gingham Ribbon by Close To My Heart
Blue clip by Making Memories
Friday, May 16, 2008
I have taken way too long to acknowledge that both Lynn Mercurio and Terri Howard picked my little blog to receive the Arte Y Pico award. What an honor! I have been a fan of both of these lady's blogs for a while now!
As I understand it the award is intended for bloggers who contribute artistically to the blogging community. Those who receive the award are to pass it on to 5 others... My delay in passing it on is rather embarassing... To be honest, I didn't know how to hyperlink on my blog. But my patient and wise friend Erin helped me out. So now, without further delay, I happily pass the award onto these five ladies:
I have been following Lisa and Debbie's blogs for quite some time now and they are just amazing! Molly, Sherrie and Jennifer are more recent discoveries. You will have to visit their blogs to feast on all of the goodies they have there! Thanks to all of you ladies for sharing your creativity! Now pass it on!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
But I wanted to wait until the contest closed... Well it is closed! So now you are gonna see them all at once! ART BLITZ! and then in a day or so TUTORIAL BLITZ!
Triple Color Floral Thankyou
Stamps: Garden of Life
Inks and Cardstocks and Ribbons: Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, and Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Silver Brads and White Daisy Ink by Close To MY Heart
Stamps: Garden of Life and Polka Dot Basics
Inks: Pansy Purple, Petal, Olive and White Daisy
Papers: Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink) Autumn Terracotta, Pansy Purple, Petal, Olive and White and Olive BT paper(Close To My Heart) and Striped Pattern Paper by Chatterbox
Other: White organdy ribbon (Close To My Heart)
Tools used: Fiskars Diamond edge punch, Cuttlebug Dies, and Qtips
Woven Sunflower Card
Inks: Olive, Chocolate and Cocoa (Close To My Heart) Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps used: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Spring Moss Cardstock, Father Knows Best Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink), Chocolate and White Cardstock (Close To My Heart)
Other: Copper beads (source unknown), Summer sunrise twill ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Cheesecloth and gold thread.
Papers: Patterned Paper (The Goods by American Crafts, Bubblegum, Clover Meadow and White Cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: Garden of Life and Its A Celebration by Papertrey Ink
Inks: Sunflower, Sunny Yellow, Bubblegum (CTMH)
Other: Glitter by Martha Steward, Brads and white waxy flax by CTMH, Ribbon by American Crafts, kitchen baggies, toothpicks
Cinnamon Roll Mother's Day Card
Stamps: Garden of Life and Borders and Corners by Papertrey Ink
Inks: Bamboo and Chocolate by CTMH
Papers: Patterned Paper, Platinum metal paper, and Chocolate Cardstock by CTMH, Patterned paper for heart is from Basic Grey
Ribbon, button, waxy flax all from CTMH
Other: Liquid Applique
Deployed Soldier Father's Day Card
Papers: Black and white Cardstock (CTMH), Father Knows Best Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Father Knows Best and Borders and Corners: Rectangles by Papertrey Ink
Lemon Tart Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Black and White Bakers twine by Martha Stewart
Well there you go.... that is all I have been holding back for weeks now. Hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I enjoyed creating them. Come back through this next week to see the tutorials I will be posting. I will be showing how I created the Sunflower card, the lollipop card, the cinnamon roll card and the terracotta pot card.
Happy Papertrey Release Party to all!
So here you are Miss Hood:
The inside says: "You Party Animal!"
Okay so I did sneak in some Papertrey Ink stamps too... but the focal point is Close To My Heart!
Stamps: In The Wild and Rustic Alphabet (CTMH), Borders and Corners: Square, Polka Dot Basics, Father Knows Best and It's A Celebration (PTI)
Inks: Spring Iris, Honey, Petal, Outdoor Denim, Autumn Terracotta, Pansy Purple, Clover Meadow, and Sweet Leaf (CTMH) Berry Sorbet (PTI)
Papers: Patterned Paper (Basic Grey), Summer Sunrise Cardstock (PTI), Clover Meadow Carstock (CTMH)
Other: googlie eyes (craftstore), Berry Sorbet ribbon (PTI), white waxy flax (CTMH) and a label maker by Dymo.
Monday, May 12, 2008
There were three guidelines to this challenge:
- Create a card using Papertrey Ink stamps
- Use BUSY ribbon
- No Bows allowed: meaning do something different with the ribbon than just tying a bow.
Okay, I have to say that the last one was my greatest challenge.... do something with my ribbon other than tying a bow?? Huh? What?....
Well I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with challenges that make me work outside my comfort zone. I hate them cuz I always worry that I won't be able to come up with anything. But in the end I LOVE them because I usually am able to dig down deep and come up with something fresh, unique and fun and I really end up growing as an artist!
So what about you? Are you up for a challenge? Take me and Erin's challenge! Create a card and post a link to your blog in the comment section and let's see what you come up with following these 3 guidelines!
Come back next week... Erin and I plan on making this a weekly event! Monday nights we will be posting our swap challenge results and then issuing the challenge to all of you!
Have a colorful day! Oh and don't forget to check out Erin's blog to find her adorable card that she made for this challenge!
Supplies used for this card:
From Papertrey Ink: Garden of Life stamp set and White Cardstock
From Close To My Heart: Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Honey, Sweet Leaf, Twilight, Amethyst and Black Ink
Ribbon is by American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers
Thursday, May 8, 2008
For those of you reading my blog... stop (after you're done reading this post) and run (don't walk) and get this book: "These Is My Words" by Nancy E. Turner. Buy it, borrow it or steal it.... but GET IT! My mom had been telling me for months that I needed to read it. And everyone who read it raved about it. So now it is my turn to rave!
I absolutely LOVED this book! Couldn't put it down, literally! I stayed up til 1:30 am reading and then was back up at 6:00 am the next morning. I read it in about a 30 hour time span. And everyone I have leant it to has done the same.
So do I have your curiosity peaked? Are you wondering just what makes it so great? Well, first off I have to say that it has EVERYTHING you could want! Action, adventure, romance, danger, excitement, fun, laughter, heartache.... everything. And I have to say that the author handles many of the "mature content" scenes with such grace that you understand what is happening but don't feel like you are reading something graphic or offensive.
My favorite part of the book however has to be the main character! Sarah Agnes Prine! When I grow up I want to be her! She is a spunky, independent, hardworking, no-nonsense, "what ya see is what ya get" pioneer woman. And yet through all of that you see glimpses of her feminine and vulnerable side that lends itself to the sweetest love story.
One last thing to say about the book.... I realized half way through the book that part of the reason I couldn't put it down was that I felt like if I left the book for too long that the story would go right on without me and I would miss it! That's when I know I have a good book; when the story takes on a life of its own and feels like it is happening in real time.
So now you all need to go out and find this book and read it! When you are done, come back and leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.
I am reading the sequel "Sarah's Quilt" and then I plan on reading the 3rd: "Star Garden".
Happy Reading! "T.V. will always fail when competing with a good book!"
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Today is one busy day! My daughter Macey has her 2nd grade music program. I also have doctor appointments for 3 of my kids as well as Tee Ball. In between all of this is the usual taxi driving and making meals. But before the madness starts, I thought I would share a quick card I made last night.
I have been wanting to use my Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper for about a year now! Last night I finally pulled it out and coupled it with my latest stamp set from Papertrey Ink: Father Knows Best. It turned out so soft and pretty that I think I just may use this as a Mother's Day card.
Other materials used: Cranberry cardstock, Twilight organza ribbon, silver brads, Cranberry ink, Garden Green ink, and Bamboo ink (All from Close To My Heart)
Everyone have a great day!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I have neglected my blog so I am going to post one of the cards that I submitted for the Guest Star Stamper contest. It is nothing spectacular. But I loved how it turned out!
Here it is:
The patterned paper was the inspiration for this card! I just loved the color scheme. It is Tres Jolie paper from My Minds Eye. The Chocolate cardstock and Sunflower brad are from Close To My Heart as well as all of the inks (Chocolate, Cocoa, Ocean and Autumn Terracotta). The ribbon is Saddle Stitched Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink. And of course the stamps used were Garden of Life and Borders and Corners: Square by Papertrey Ink.
As for my other creations using Garden of Life.... Well, you all will have to wait. I will unveil them here on my blog the day of Papertrey's new product release (May 15th). I will be posting step by step tutorials for at least 2 of them, possibly 3... so check back in!
Meanwhile I am working on a fun card/project for my children's end of the year gift for their teachers. I should have it posted in the next day or so. So, hop on over in the next few days.
Have a great day!