Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pretty in Blue...

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  Thanks for stopping by for the first February challenge at the Perfect Sentiment! And to start off the month we have 2 additions to the Perfect Sentiment team, Ashley and Sam!

 This week's challenge is to make a card with the sentiment "Missing you". (As you can tell, I used "Thinking of you".)  The twist for this week is to add a button/buttons to your project. 

Here is my creation for this week's challenge (with the amazing Pebbles Collection - Fresh Goods):

Recollection Kraft Cardstock
Pebbles - Fresh Goods Collection
Spellbinders - Label Four
Paper Studio - Cling Stamp
Misc. Buttons

On a recent visit to my LSS, I came across this amazing collection! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colors in these papers! The blue just screams "Pick me, pick me". I need to go back and pick up some more, because I have some more ideas for this collection!

For more inspiration, please check of the Perfect Sentiment Design Team:

Also entered into the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday - Favorite (blue and buttons)
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Punches/Dies
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

Jillibean, I love you...

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Is everyone enjoying the pictures from CHA? My wish list is growing and growing! Now how am I going to hide those purchases from my hubby ;)

So I managed to sneak in some crafty time the last few days.  I have really been enjoying using the Jillibean Hearty Barley Collection.  I think I have made 4 cards so far with this collection (some have not been seen yet...future design team assignments)! I love the kraft and red color combo!

Here is a card that I can reveal:
Jillibean Soup Collection
Recollection Brown cardstock
Paper Studio Round Corner Punch
Studio G Happy Valentine's Day Stamp
Paper Studio 3D Dots
Brown Ink

I came across this week's sketch at CAS-ual Fridays and decided to give it a try!

Also entered into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Valentine's
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes

Monday, January 30, 2012

Reveal Day at Cardabilities!

Welcome to the latest Cardabilities Reveal Day!  There is an awesome sketch that I am sure will inspire everyone!  Here is the sketch:
And here is my take:
Recollection Kraft Cardstock
American Craft - Garden Cafe Collections
DCWV Textured Cardstock
Paper Studio Letter Stickers
Studio G - Friend Stamp
Martha Stewart Doily Border Punch
EK Success Scallop Border Punch

I have been waiting for  awhile to add burlap to a card. When I came across the Garden Cafe collection from American Crafts, I knew it was a perfect match! I decided to hand cut some of the floral design and add it to the burlap to highlight the flowers. 

Please make sure to stop by and see the amazing cards that the Cardabilities design team has created with this amazing sketch!  Cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Also entered into the following challenges:
The Cupcake Challenge - Recycle (burlap came from burlap sack)
Crazy 4 Challenges - Layers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hello, friend!

It is sketch time here at the Perfect Sentiment!  The challenge this week is to make a card inspired by  the sketch below. The twist...included "friendship" as the sentiment! Pretty easy, right?
This week's sponsor is Pattie's Creations. The random winner for this week will receive 1 digital image of their choosing.  Stop by and check out the awesome designs available!

Here is the wonderful sketch:

Recollection Kraft Cardstock
Authentique - Gathering -Bloom 
Bazzill Bitter Chocolate Cardstock
Fiskars Circle Cutter
Fiskars Circle and Butterfly Punches
Spellbinders - Labels Three
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Folder
Recollection Brad
Studio G Stamps
Colorbox Ink
Ribbon Stash
What have you guys been up to? I gave myself the task of REALLY, and I mean REALLY, cleaning out my house.  What a way to start of the year, right? It ended up being a bigger task than I thought.  I forced myself to get rid of stuff that I have had for awhile, but not used.  But the good news is that I have much more empty closet space in EVERY room. I left my craft room as the last and proud to annoucnce that I finished today!  Maybe now I will have some time to be creative!
Have a great day!
Please check out the rest of the Perfect Sentiment team for some inspiration:

January Guest Designers:

Also playing along with the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps - Anything Goes
Sew Many Cards - Circles

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trying a New Technique

Happy Wednesday everyone!

This week's challenge at Perfect Sentiment was a challenge for me!  The challenge is to make a birthday card (no that was not the challenge for me), but the twist is to use the technique of resist embossing.  Need help?  Check out the this tutorial at Splitcoaststampers.

This week's sponsor is My Little Somethings.  The prize for a random choosen winner is a grab bag full or crafty supplies with the value of $15 (US participates only, international will receive a digi).

So this is the creation that I finally came up with...

Mohawk White Cardstock
Jillibean Soup Paper
Studio G Cupcake Stamp
Ditto Make a Wish Stamp
Colorbox Pink Ink
Memento Black Ink
Zing Embossing Powder
Misc. Ribbon

Nice and simple right?! Isn't it funny that sometimes the simplest cards take forever to complete! 

Need more resist embossing inspiration?
Please check out the rest of the Perfect Sentiment Design Team:

January Guest Designers:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Love Notes...

Welcome to a new year at Cardabilities!  The first sketch of 2012 is a fabulous one, but first let's introduce the new team:

Anna Iwanowska - Poland - returning
Amy Prior-Austrailia
Stephanie Lee-USA-returning
Jessica Pascarella-USA-returning
Sylvia Blum-Germany-returning
OK, you have been waiting for it, so here it is:

I went to my LSS this past week and came across one of the latest collections for Jillibean! I fell in love with the typewriters, so I decided that was going to be the focus for this sketch!     

Drumroll please...

Bazzill Bitter Chocolate Cardstock
Jillibean Sweet & Sour Soup Collection
Recollection Green from Paper Pack
Spellbinders - Lacey Circles
Jillibean Twine
Paper Studios Heart Clip
Studio G Letter Stamps
Ribbon from Misc. stash

Lots of layers going on here!  I could not stop! Which is not normal for me. I usually like to keep my cards simple, not too many layers. But what the heck, change can be good.

Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to seeing your creation from this week's Cardabilities sketch! 

 Have a great day!

Also joining the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays - Scallops
The Pink Elephant - Hearts (clip)
2 Sisters Challenge - Metal (clip)
Fairy Tale Challenge - Something New (Jillibean Paper)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Welcome to another "PERFECT" challenge!

Who is up for another Perfect Sentiment challenge?  This week's sponsor is Shelly's Images.  The winner from this week get to pick one digital image of their choice.  Please check out the wonderful images they have created!
This week's challenge is always a tough one for me--- Create a card with a sentiment of "sympathy". The twist is to use this picture as inspiration:

This is the card the eventually was created:

Bazzill Bitter Chocolate Cardstock
October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection
Spellbinders - Labels Die Cuts
Inspired by Stamping - Doily Stamp
Studio G - Prayer Stamp
Paper Studio - Lace Ribbon
Paper Studio - Round Corner Punch
Paper Studio - Brown Ink

I always have a difficult time making sympathy cards. You work so hard to make it perfect, but there is always something I have doubts about. Well, I, unfortunately, need to a couple of sympathy cards this week. So, not only did I have a deadline to meet, I had a purpose for the card as well.  I know that there is nothing special or extravagant about this card, it is a basic/simple card. But I felt this was appropriate for the situation.  I also needed to make one for a teenage boy, who lost his mother. This started a new challenge, since I tend to add flowers and other "girly" stuff to sympathy cards. So here is another card I made:
Recollection - Cream Cardstock
Amy Butler Papers
Spellbinders - Labels Die Cuts
Michael's Pewter Ribbon
Inspired by Stamping - Doily Stamps
Studio G - Prayer Stamp

Need some more inspiration?
Please check out the rest of the Perfect Sentiment design team:

Playing along with the following challenges:
Paper Creations Ink - Die-cuts/Punches
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Die Cuts
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Spots and/or Stripes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Blog Makeover!!

New year, new blog look! Why not?  It was time for a fresh look! Lots of new and fun changes happening in 2012, so it was the right time! I still need to work on some small changes, but I am loving it already!

Created a simple card to share with ya'll! My niece's birthday is coming up! The big 3!  I have been sitting on this paper for a while! It was time to finally do something with it!

My latest technique has been hand-cutting (fussy-cutting) images from patterned papers. So of course, I had to add some dimension to the card...
Paper Studio Paper
Stardream Metallic Cardstock
Mohawk White Cardstock
Spellbinders - Pendants Die Cut
Studio G - Birthday Stamp
Pop Dots

Time to get off the computer and get some other work done! Hope everyone has a great day!

Playing along with the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Something New (using metallic papers)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Peaceful Bliss

Happy Friday! I am enjoying it! I am currently kid-free and just got home for a shopping spree at my LSS! How much better can it get??

I was able to squeeze in some time to create a card for the fun or it! No deadlines, no requirements, just having fun! So I came across this week's challenge at The Play Date Cafe and had to participate! Challenge is to use the following colors: jupiter, mint and/or vanilla. That started the creative wheel turning. Next came the Create challenge: 3 flowers, 2 butterflies and 1 bird. As Barney (from How I met your Mother) would say, "Challenge accepted!)

Here is my creation:
Studio G Shaped Cards - Tag
DCWV Textured Cardstock
Studio G - Birthday Stamp
Lily Bee design Stamp - Bird
Stampabilities - Flowers
Great Impressions - Butterflies
Colorbox Frosty White Ink
Zing Opaque Embossing Powder
Michael's Ribbon
3D Popdot

I should probably enjoy the last few minutes of peace and quiet I have, before I have to go pick up the kiddos! I hope everyone has a great weekend and finds some time to create!

Also entered into the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays - Something New (Butterfly stamp)
Cute Card Thursday - Something New

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Joining the Perfect Sentiment Team!!!!!

I am pleased to announce that I have joined the design team at Perfect Sentiment! It is a fun challenge site with a creative twist. Please check it out HERE!
This week's challenge is to make a Valentine Day card using vellum!  We have an awesome sponsor for this week, Eye-Lets, Etc. The grand prize is a sheet of vellum stickers (US only- if winner is international, digital image will be sent). Please check them out HERE.

Vellum, Vellum, vellum...
I was stumped. I did not have any vellum sheets in the house, so I was creatively stuck. But vellum stickers to the rescue!!!  So I chose to cut a banner out and stick it onto pink cardstock and there I had it...vellum!

 So here is my creation:
Recollection Cardstock (White & Pink)
Bo Bunny Paper
Fiskars Heart Punch
Cuttlebug Divine Swirl Embossing Folder
Studio G Stamp
Twine and Ribbon from Stash

Please stop by the rest of the Perfect Sentiment team for more Valentine inspiration:

January Guest Designers:

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year! I am, like most, going to be changing a few things in this new year and trying out new things. I wish everyone a wonderful 2012!!!

Also entered into the following challenges:
Crafter's Companion Monthly - Love is in the Air
Crafty Sentiments Design - Love and Romance
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Pile It on - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp- NEW (used Cutttlebug embossing folder in a new way)