Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Using More of My Gingham Patterned Paper

I am loving my gingham paper download. I used some on Saturday for my sketch set and when I saw the sketch that Natasha posted at Clean and Simple I knew it would be perfect for their sketch.

Today's card is not your usual invitation size card. It is actually 4 x 7 1/2. This will fit in a business size envelope and still take a regular stamp. It was fun to play with this size for a change.

It is a really simple sketch and took only about 30 minutes to make (only cause it me a while to get the sizes for the panels straight. Here is the sketch and my creation.




























inside of card

Stamps: Simple Sayings II (retired) Paper: Taken with Teal, white, Turquoise Gingham PP (download) Ink: Taken with Teal Accessories: Eyelet border punch, ribbon and button (Pink Hedgehog), mat pack, Zots
I hope you will try this simple sketch. You can always use an invitation size for your card. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Playing with Ribbon

On the Mother's and Daughter's Creations blog they posted they were sponsoring a challenge on the Cafe Mojo Challenges blog. I decided to check it out and saw it was to use ribbon in a non-traditional way. As I was laying in bed the other night watching tv when I wondered if I could use this beautiful sheer ribbon I had gotten from Heidi. to make a butterfly. I wondered how I was going to be able to pull this off when I remembered I had bought some black pipe cleaners for a plastic canvas project I am doing with the residents at New Towne Village. I decided to play with the ribbon and pipe cleaners to see if it would work. Guess what, it did.

The butterfly was fairly easy to make. You just loop your ribbon several times at different lengths and then wrap the pipe cleaner around the middle. Twist your pipe cleaner several times and then leave a small length at the top for the antennae. They are adorable! I chose to use Tempting Turquoise to match the ribbon. The CuttlebugChallengeBlog posted a sketch which I thought would fit my ribbon butterflies perfectly. Here is the sketch and my creation.







































inside of card

Stamps: Priceless, Oval All Paper: Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Arch Lattice punch (Martha Stewart), scalloped oval and large oval punches, black pipe cleaner, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Zots, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed my little ribbon project. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Favorite Colors makes a Beautiful Card

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather was gorgeous, I hope you got outside some.

Today's card actually fits in 5 different challenges. It didn't start out that way but things just fell together beautifully. I used the sketch from Paper Craft Planet and combined it with my favorite colors which is the challenge for Our Creative Corner. When I began stamping Mellow Moss and Pretty in Pink were the colors I turned to quite frequently. They are just a soft mixture that creates a very pretty card. Once I stamped my image I realized the Mothers and Daughters Blog challenged us to use gemstones. I pulled mine out and added to my image. To make my bottom panel from the sketch, The Creative Belli Blog challenge was to use dry embossing. I pulled out my Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug embossing folder and embossed a white panel then used my chalks to color it. The final challenge included was by Sharon at No Time To Stamp Blog to include some piping (narrow strip of paper to separate 2 other pieces of paper).

Are you ready to see the sketch and completed card? It is beautiful! Here they are.







































inside of card


Stamps: Garden Silhouettes (retired), Best Yet (retired - hostess) Paper: Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, white Ink: Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink Accessories: ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), gemstones (Hero Arts), chalks, Sytlized Flowers Cuttlebug embossing folder, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
So isn't this a beautiful card. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Sunday, April 26, 2009

May Workshop Cards

I hadn't planned on posting today, but I just finished my cards for my May workshop and I thought I would post them for you to see.

First Card























Paper: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, white, Sunshine Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit Accessories: So Saffron ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Filigree Designer Brads, sticky tape, dimensionals


Second Card


















Stamps: Sweet Stems Paper: Basic Black, Rose Red, white, Raspberry Tart DS Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Cameo Coral - Pretty in Pink - Real Red - Regal Rose markers, ribbon (Michael's), butterfly charm (Michael's - jewelry section), aqua painter, sticky tape, dimensionals


Third Card























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Paper: Ballet Blue, More Mustard, Pretty in Pink, white Ink: Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose, Summer Sun Accessories: Simple Flower embosslit die, Little Leaves Sizzlit die, Basket weave embossing plate (Fiskars), arch lattice border punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Ribbons and Bows Oh My), brads (Pink Hedgehog/), sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals


Fourth Card























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Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Botanical Blooms (SAB) Paper: Basic Black, white Ink: Basic Black Accessories: invitation envelope, Glorious Green & Real Red markers, Little Leaves Sizzlits die, gold Spica microflake pen, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), crimper, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed these. It has been very hot here today, too hot for this time of year. Hope you were able to spend some time in a cool place! Thanks for looking and have a Super Sunday!
Robbie

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Different Sketch Set For You

Yesterday I mentioned I was playing with an idea for a sketch set. In the past when I did a sketch set I used the same colors but different stamp sets and sketches. I was wondering what it would look like to use the same colors, the same sketch, but different stamp sets. I decided to give it a try.

The Color Throwdown blog posted a challenge to use Barely Banana, Basic Black, and Real Red. I thought it might be fun to use my gingham papers in these colors to create 3 cards. I went looking for a sketch that I could use for all three cards. Amy at Prairie Paper & Ink posted a re-do of an older sketch and since it was an interesting layout I decided to use it (beside I hadn't done one of her sketches for a while). I also pulled my gingham ribbon I got from Heidi at Pink Hedgehog in the same colors to use on the card.

I then went looking for images to use for the cards. I decided to use Stem Silhouettes, Matchbox Messages with Pocket Silhouettes in the center, and Wagon Full of Fun. The sketch had an element in the upper left corner. I decided to use sentiments and punch them out in different shapes to add to the card.

Now after reading all of this I bet you are curious as to what the cards look like. Well here is the sketch and my creations.




































First card
























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Stamps: Stem Silhouettes, Mini Mates (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Barely Banana, Real Red, white, Red Gingham (download) Ink: Barely Banana, Real Red, Palette Noir Black Accessories: 1" - 1 1/4" square - Trio Flowers punches, brads and black gingham ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Stardust pen, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals


Second Card

























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Stamps: Wagon Full of Fun, All Year Cheer I (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Barely Banana, Real Red, white, Yellow Gingham (download) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Pumpkin Pie - Real Red - Summer Sun markers, Red Spica microflake pen, 1" - 1 1/4" circle punches, Embossed Zig Zag punch (Martha Stewart), brads & ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals


Third Card

























inside of card



Stamps: Matchbox Messages, Pocket Silhouettes Paper: Basic Black, Barely Banana, Real Red, white, Black Gingham (download) Ink: Real Red, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Real Red markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), dew drops (Jody's online share), Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you enjoyed today's cards. Which one is your favorite? I hope you have some plans to spend some time outside this weekend as it is supposed to be gorgeous. Thanks for looking and have a Lovely Weekend!
Robbie

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Challenge

Sorry for the late post today. I have had a horrible headache as part of this cold and it has zapped me of my energy not to mention having to deal with the pain.

Candice challenged me to do a card using the sketch at the Eat Sleep Stamp blog. This is a new blog she ran across. The sketch was an easy one compared to ones I have done so I took on the challenge. I picked out my stamp first and sitting on the table was this ribbon that I felt went with it perfectly. I took my colors from the ribbon. Now all I had to do was stamp and color the image and add my element and layers. Here is the sketch and my creation.






































inside of card

Stamps: Daisy Field (TRL Design) Paper: Charcoal Black (The Paper Company), Old Olive, Summer Sun, white, black and white gingham (download of patterned paper - for the life of me I cannot find the blog or link, sorry) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: scallop circle and 5/8" circle punches, ribbon (I have had this forever, probably got at JoAnn's), Basic Black - Certainly Celery - Old Olive - Summer Sun markers, sticky tape, dimensionals
This card took less than 30 minutes to make. Loved the sketch. I have some ideas I am playing with for a sketch set. Not sure where it will take me. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Splitcoast Challenges Card

The Splitcoast Stampers Website posts a weekly color and sketch challenge. This week the colors were Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Red. I used these colors and the sketch to create a really elegant card. I used patterned paper from Bella Birds and Raspberry Tart for my Pink Pirouette and Rose Red. I used the Basic Gray as a neutral to layer the other papers (something I have been doing more of lately and I like the look).

I created my rectangle and square panels and applied to card base. Next I stamped my image using Palette Noir Black and using a Rose Red and Garden Green marker I colored it in. To get my pink, I used the pad and squeezed some of the ink on the lid. Then using a dry aqua painter I painted the pink color on where I needed it.

I had some wide ribbon I had gotten from an online share by Jody that matched the Pink Pirouette. Stacey from Twinshappy Blog did a post for several different knots she uses on her cards. I decided to try one of her knots on this card. I like the look it adds to the card. Here is the sketch and my creation.










inside of card
Stamps: Sweet Stems Paper: Basic Gray, white, Bella Birds DS, Raspberry Tart DS Ink: Pink Pirouette, Palette Noir Black Accessories: ribbon (Jody's online share), Garden Green & Rose Red markers, brads (Pink Hedgehog), sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you like the card today, I enjoyed making it. Thanks for looking and have Great Thursday!
Robbie

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Colour Create Mojo 83

I saw on the Colour Create Blog that the color challenge this week is Black, White, and Pink. These are 3 of my favorite colors to use for very striking cards. While I was reading my blogs this morning I saw the sketch challenge on the Mojo Monday Blog and knew the 2 would be a good match.

A couple of years ago I bought the Uptown Girl paper from TAC. I pulled out my paper pack and found the perfect paper for my card so I began putting my card together. I had all my stamped elements layered as well as my patterned paper layers and laying on my card when I remembered some ribbon I had gotten as a free grab bag from Heidi at Pink Hedgehog. I was wondering if it matched so I pulled it out and it was a great match so I added it to the strip at the bottom. Once I had the card put together, I felt it needed something so I pulled out my Filigree brads and added on on the ribbon. I was happy with the finished creation. Here is the sketch and my creation.






























inside of card

Stamps: Petals & Stems (Verve) Paper: Basic Black, white, Uptown Girl PP (TAC) Ink: Pink Passion, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Scallop Circle - Eyelet Border - 1 3/8" circle punches, 1 1/4" circle punch, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Filigree Brads, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Colorful Card For You

Today's card is very colorful. I began by stamping the vine frame from Matchbox Messages in Garden Green. I then chose Tempting Turquoise and the flower from Priceless. I needed some colors to go with my turquoise so I consulted my Color Coach and added Cameo Coral. I still needed another color so I paired them with Summer Sun.

After I stamped and cut out the flowers, I thought my Flowers For You designer series paper would go and I liked the look. While putting the card together I remembered some ribbon I got at a visit to the Offray Ribbon Outlet. I pulled it out and it also went so now it was just a matter of layering everything for the card. Here is my creation.




















Stamps: Matchbox Messages, Priceless, Friends Pre-Inked Stampers (Just Rite) Paper: Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, white, Flowers For You DS Ink: Cameo Coral, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: ribbon (Offray Ribbon Outlet), Cameo Coral - Summer Sun - Tempting Turquoise markers, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope everyone has some time to play with your stamps today. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday.
Robbie

Monday, April 20, 2009

Papercraft Challenges

I wanted to combine 2 challenges today. The Papercraft Planet has a color and sketch challenge each week. I thought it would be fun to combine the 2 of them into one card. The color challenge was to use Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Garden Green, Night of Navy, and Very Vanilla. Wow the Night of Navy really threw me for a loop, but I decided to treat it like a neutral and use it as an accent color.

The card came together rather quickly after that. Once the card was finished and I was ready to post it I realized I had 2 elements that I left off so I will have to take a little creative liberty in that area. Oh well at least it fits the color challenge. Here is the sketch and my creation.































Stamps: Embrace Life, Priceless Paper: Garden Green, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla Ink: Garden Green, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Night of Navy Accessories: button & ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), half pearls (Michael's), Icicle Stickles, sticky tape, dimensionals
Not much chatter today. Still not feeling well. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Sunday, April 19, 2009

CPS StampinB's Color Throwdown

I got some new die cuts on Friday from the guy in the big brown truck. I wanted to play with them so I used them on my card.

Card Positioning Systems has a weekly sketch they post. It was an interesting sketch so I thought it would be fun to use one of the die cuts on the card. Stampin' B's challenge this week was to use a die cut. Since I was using the die cut on my sketch it worked out perfect. I chose my colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge for this week. I have to say using Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, and Basic Gray was definitely a challenge. Here is the sketch and my creation.


































inside of card


Stamps: One of a Kind, Fresh Fillers (retired) Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Ruby Red, white Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Ruby Red, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Sizzlets Lots of Tags Label 1, ribbon (Michael's), sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you have some great plans for today. The weather is finally gorgeous! Thanks for looking and have a Super Sunday!
Robbie

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Spring

Hi Ladies! Sorry for the late post. I spent yesterday cutting my grass and trimming bushes. When I was done I was exhausted and not in any shape to stamp. I have been fighting a scratchy throat for the last few days. Not sure if I am coming down with something or it is allergies.

I pulled out some stamps I haven't used recently to play with. I also have been trying to use colors that I haven't used in a while. I decided to begin with Apricot Appeal. I used my Color Coach and came up with Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue to go with it. After that the card went together fairly easily. Here is my creation.


























Stamps: Happy Spring (Great Impressions), Dash Design (Hero Arts) Paper: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, white Ink: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Palette Noir Black Accessories: brads (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon (Jody's online share), Apricot Appeal - Bashful Blue - Certainly Celery markers, Silver Gray Marvy Marker, Sakura clear & Sky Blue gelly roll pen, Spica microflake black pen, sticky tape, dimensionals
Well I got some new tags Sizzix die yesterday in my order. I am off to play with them so check back tomorrow to see what they look like. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Saturday!
Robbie

Friday, April 17, 2009

Splitcoast Sketch Color Challenge

Second Post, scroll down for first one!

Splitcoast has a great color and sketch challenge this week. When I saw the colors, Bordering Blue, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, and Chocolate Chip (which is optional) I knew the Bella Birds Designer Series paper would use all these colors so I went with it.

The sketch was easy to incorporate the different patterned papers. I also thought the Eastern Blooms stamp set would be perfect for the sketch. Here is the sketch and my creation.








Stamps: Eastern Blooms Paper: Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, white, Bella Birds DS Accessories: Bordering Blue - Chocolate Chip - Pretty in Pink - So Saffron markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), mat pack, sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you enjoyed my cards today. Thanks for looking and have a great afternoon!
Robbie

Colour Create Creative Corner Challenges

I didn't get this posted yesterday as I was working on my crosstitch. I took some time last evening to work on a few cards for today.

This card was for 2 challenges. Colour Create has a chocolate, coffee, and cream color challenge. I chose to use Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, and Very Vanilla. I was a little worried what this would look like, but I like the final product.

Our Creative Corner has a sketch challenge this week. I liked the layout and thought it would be a good one to use for the color challenge.

I cut my patterned paper with the 1 3/4" circle punch and cut a scalloped circle with my Nestabilities to fit behind the patterned paper. I stamped my image with Chocolate Chip on Close to Cocoa. I mounted the image panel on a piece of Chocolate Chip that I offset for a different look. I then just needed to layer my pieces and add some embellishments. Here is the sketch and my creation.















Stamps: Youthful (Penny Black), So Very (retired) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla Ink: Chocolate Chip Accessories: primas, brads and buttons (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon, 1 3/4'circle punch, circle Nestabilities, sticky tape, dimensionals
Make sure you check back later today as I am finishing up another challenge card. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Some cute projects for you

Sorry for the late post today but I was with my sister yesterday. She had a doctor's appointment and then we went to a scrapbooking store and some crosstitch stores. I bought some University of Maryland paper as well as some stickers for the college and Italy. I am going to work on making a scrapbook of my daughter's graduation and my trip to Italy. I will post them as I get them done.

For today though I have 2 quick projects for you. The first is a going green project (there was a challenge somewhere but I can't find it now :( ). I received in the mail a magnetic refrigerator calendar from a local realtor. I know we all get them, the kind with the agents picture on it. I thought it would be cute to use it and remake the top. I took a scrap of designer series paper and covered the agents picture. Next I added some paper flowers I had gotten at the $1 spot at Target. I put buttons in the center, added ribbon and I was done. It was super quick and required very minimal supplies. Here is my creation.





Isn't it just too cute!!!!!!!!!



















Paper: Le Jardin (retired) Accessories: paper flowers (Target $1 spot), buttons and gingham ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), blue ribbon (Ribbons and Bows Oh My), Zots, sticky tape


The next goodie I have for you is an ATC. The Mothers and Daughters Creations is a blog posted by a mother and a daughter team. They had a Spring ATC Challenge that I thought would be fun to do. When I hear spring I think of pastel flowers, bees, butterflies, and lots of green grass. Using those ideas here is my creation.


Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds (hostess) Paper: white, Delicate Dots DS (SAB) Ink: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Old Olive, Regal Rose, So Saffron Accessories: ribbon and brads (Pink Hedgehog), butterfly charm (Michael's - jewelry section), sticky tape, dimensionals
Well I am off to hem some baby blankets for my sister. I may get time to post again later today but not sure. Thanks for looking and have great day!
Robbie

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Verve Sketch Set

Each month stamp companies release new sets of stamps. One stamp company that I have several of their sets has a release on Friday night. Verve Stamps will release their new sets as well as several single stamps. As part of their release week (the week before the actual release of the stamps) they are having a contest. They have created 3 sketches and 1 color challenge and have challenged their readers to participate. I decided it would be fun to create a sketch set using the colors and sketches. Here are my creations.


Verve Sketch 1































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Stamps: Feeling Groovy, Thankful Blossoms Paper: Bordering Blue, So Saffron, white, Bella Birds DS Ink: Bordering Blue, So Saffron Accessories: Bordering Blue & So Saffron brads (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon (Bordering Blue -Ribbons and Bows Oh My So Saffron - Pink Hedgehog), circle Nestabilities, sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals

Verve Sketch 2
































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Stamps: Asian Flair, Thankful Blossoms Paper: Bordering Blue, So Saffron, white, Bella Birds DS Ink: Bordering Blue, So Saffron Accessories: Bordering Blue brads and ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Eyelet border punch, sticky tape, dimensionals


Verve Sketch 3































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Stamps: Floral Whimsy, Thankful Blossoms Paper: Bordering Blue, So Saffron, white, Bella Birds DS Ink: Close to Cocoa, So Saffron Accessories: ribbon and button (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals



Verve Color Challenge






























inside of card


Stamps: Asian Flair, Floral Whimsy Paper: Close to Cocoa, white, Bella Birds DS Ink: Bordering Blue, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron Accessories: brads & So Saffron ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Bordering Blue ribbon (Ribbons and Bows Oh My), Close to Cocoa (Michael's), sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope yo enjoyed this sketch set. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie