Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Color Throwdown #86

(If you're looking for my All That Scraps Wednesday challenge post, please click here!)
Welcome to another Color Throwdown! We're up to #86 and this week Barbara is the hostess. She's as much in love with the Origins paper from Basic Grey as I am, so I was really thrilled when she chose these colors to work with this week!

For my card, I decided to use the Plant a Little Love 3 1/4" stamp set from JustRite Stampers, stamping the hydrangea to color with my Copics. I know traditionally you see hydrangeas in pretty pinks and purples, but I have always loved the ones that are such pretty shades of lemon yellow and lime green. Sometimes they're mostly white with just a hint of the yellow and green, and sometimes you see them just saturated in those colors, so that's what I tried to do today. I don't feel that it's quite as realistic-looking as I'd envisioned, but I'm pretty happy with the end result. There is a very special someone in my life who is about 3 weeks overdue for a birthday card, so this is going in the mail ASAP and I know she's going to love it! (Mom.... don't read my blog today!) I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch challenge #67 for the layout, but changed the square to a circle to accomodate my image. (Don't call the challenge police on me, Mercy!)
The Throwdown team is so sorry to see March come to an end as we have LOVED having Pam Speidel as our Guest Designer! Be sure to stop at her blog and see her beautiful creation for today! And then see what my Throwdown sisters have created, too!

Kristin Bueter (taking the week off!)

Thanks for stopping by today! Stop by the Throwdown blog for all the challenge details and join us this week!

Stamps: Plant a Little Love Borders & Centers (JustRite Stampers), sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, So Saffron (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Origins by Basic Grey)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), ribbon (Creative Impressions), button, thread (craft supply).

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge - Spring Bling!

(If you're looking for my Color Throwdown post, please click here!)

For the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge this week, we're creating cards for Spring with bling! This is one that I know everyone can join in on, so c'mon and join us! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates for the challenge! Remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win, your card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in-house designs or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours. Then be sure to link up your creation with Mr. Linky by next Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST and only one entry per person, please!

For my card, I chose to use this sweet Swiss Pixie stamp called Bunny Hansel! Isn't he sweet, with his dripping paintbrush, getting ready to color some eggs? I added some bling to this card by glittering the wings, and colored the "paint" on the brush with a Copic Spica glitter pen. Some additional bling shows up in the rhinestones in each corner, the silver cord to tie the button (which has a pearl finish) and even the white ribbon has some shimmer to it. I finished off the card by giving it a good spritz with my Psst! Shimmer Spray from Tsukineko.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Bunny Hansel (CC Designs/All That Scraps)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Green at Heart by Basic Grey)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), rhinestones (Mark Richards), Pssst! Shimmer Spray (Tsukineko).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Kitchen Sink Monday - Puppy Love

Today marks my last Monday as a Guest Designer for Kitchen Sink Stamps. I've enjoyed getting to return to the Kitchen and be part of the crew again, but today I'll hand in my dish towel! I hope you've enjoyed getting to see my creations this month! My Kitchen Sink Stamps may have gathered some dust since I left the Kitchen back in June, but I'll be sure to get them inky again every now and then.

For my card today, I decided to use the Multi-Step Kittens & Pup set because I needed a card to send to someone with a new puppy! I hope Lori will like my card, welcoming Chloe to her home! I used Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #62 for my layout.
The amazing Kitchen Sink Crew members will have some beautiful creations for you to see today as well, so please be sure to stop by their blogs!

Many thanks to Maria and all the Crew members for making me feel so welcome this month! It was a pleasure to work with you all again!

Happy Monday!

Stamps: Multi-Step Kittens & Pup (Kitchen Sink Stamps)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!), designer paper (Crate Paper "Pink Plum")
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up!), Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), button, ribbon (craft supply).

Sunday, March 28, 2010

12 Designers, 12 Amazing Projects, 5 Winners!

The Paper Craft Planet Supernovas are crazy for Spellbinders and we're having a blog hop to show off the new summer dies! Hop along with us and leave us some love and you could end up winning one of the new sets! We've hidden FIVE prizes among the Supernova's blogs, but no one knows which ones! Leave a comment on one or all of the Supernova blogs in order to win. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Blog comments will be open until Wednesday at 6:00 pm EST. The lucky winners will be announced on the Paper Craft Planet blog on Wednesday night.
Our Blog Hoppers are:
For my project, I received the Nested Pears set, and decided to make a recipe holder for a friend. I made this recipe called Amaretto Crisp to take to a friends house one evening, and she loved it and has constantly asked me for the recipe. So when I received these pear dies, I thought it'd be fun to come up with a cute way to give her the recipe instead of just emailing her a link.

I cut two pears out with lightweight chipboard, then covered them with Certainly Celery cardstock, and paper from the Nook & Pantry 6x6 pad from Basic Grey. Some accessories, also cut out with Nestabilities and a sentiment from Impression Obsession completes the front of my little card.

There is a large brad at the top, covered by the button bow that allows the card to open on a swivel and reveal the recipe inside! I used an old bank ledger book that I picked up awhile back when my bank was cleaning out their storage to write the recipe on.
Each page is sponged with Tea Dye distress ink. I also used the medium pear-shaped die to cut a template out of another lightweight chipboard coaster and used it as a stencil to sponge a Certainly Celery pear in the center of each recipe page.

So remember, somewhere out there five of the Supernova's will have Spellbinders prizes on their blogs! If you want a chance to win, you'll need to comment on all of them to increase your odds! (Unfortunately, this contest is only open to U.S. residents as International shipping is not available.)

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

JustRite Mega March Blog Hop!

Hey, welcome to my blog and another stop on Day 3 of the Mega March Blog Hop with JustRite Stampers! If you've arrived here from Holly McMillen's blog (isn't her design work fabulous?) then you're on the right track. If not, you'll want to go back to the beginning (it's not too far!) and start at the JustRite blog because there are some major prizes being awarded along the way! Major prizes, I'm telling you!! Details are below... you can read about them after you check out my projects for today! (*Please note... the contest is now closed!*)

First thing I have to mention though is that you have no idea what a big accomplishment these projects were for me to do WITHOUT NESTABILITIES! *gasp* I know... horror, right? Raise your hand if you're the idiot dingbat who left your circle Nesties at work on the night that you have to create with JustRite stamps? Smiley from Yep, that's me... the only one with her hand in the air! Pretty dumb, right? And it meant a 10 mile drive back to the store if I wanted to get them. It also meant having to change out of my "in-for-the-night" clothes because I would not have made it to the store and back without stopping for gas, too. *sigh* I decided to try to make a go of it with my old Marvy punches. Not quite the same, but I made it work! *pats self on the back*

OK, enough of my stupidity! My first card was made using the Stitched With Love Borders & Centers 2 3/8" set from JustRite. I used the sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers yesterday, and that fabulous Material Girl paper from Cosmo Cricket! I added some ric-rac and some zig-zag stitching around the edges to keep in with the sewing theme, added some buttons and just had fun with the bright colors and simple design.
I recently got a batch of these clear pillow boxes at the store, and had one laying around so I thought I'd make up a little treat box full of buttons and another stamp from the Stitched With Love Borders & Centers set. Now I have a handy little gift for the next time I need something quick! The paper I used on this is also from the Material Girl mini-deck.
And finally here is a card I made using the Plant a Little Love Borders & Centers 3 1/4" set, and a sentiment from the Seeds of Kindness 1 5/8" Borders & Centers set. I absolutely LOVE the flowers in the Plant a Little Love set! I can't get enough of these pansies, especially! The paper I have used on this card is from a very old pad of Deja Views paper, and I've combined it with Bazzill and Stampin' Up! cardstock, and some gemstones from Zva Creative. The flowers were colored with Copic markers, and I used a recent Sketch for You to Try from Jen delMuro for the layout. I'm so pleased with how this turned out... I hope you like it, too!

Thirty designers, FIVE shopping sprees each day. No one knows where the prizes will be! Each day of the hop JustRite will have five Mystery Blog Candy Prizes hidden along the hop with a total retail value of $600. JustRite will randomly select five mystery blogs each day of the hop and randomly allocate each of the shopping sprees. For your chance to win, simply leave a little love (a comment) on each designer’s blog including the JustRite blog. The more designers you leave comments with, the better your chances of winning. Each day’s comments will remain open for three days. A winner from each of the mystery blogs’ comments will be randomly chosen using Consult the listing of designers at the JustRite blog each day (each day’s designers will be different) and start out on your way! Beginning Friday, March 26, summaries of all the winners will be posted on the JustRite blog. Good luck to everyone and enjoy all the JustRite eye candy along the hop!

Today during the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop (Day Three) JustRite and its sponsors will be giving away the following five prizes:
· $200 JustRite Shopping Spree
· $100 Spellbinders Shopping Spree
· $100 Copic Prize Package,and
· Two additional $100 JustRite Shopping Sprees!
Blog comments for Day Three will be open until Saturday at 6pm EST. On Sunday, JustRite will announce on their blog which five blogs have the mystery candy for Day Three. You will need to go to the JustRite blog to determine where you need to go to find out if you are one of the five lucky winners.

The complete list of participants is below, in case you get lost along the way! From here you will want to continue on to the blog of the uber-talented Angela Barkhouse for more JustRite creativity!
JustRite Inspiration Blog
Debbie Olson
Sherrie Siemens
Beate Johns
Heidi Blankenship
Kathy Jones
Karen Hunsaker
Peet Roeven
Michele Kovack
Cheryl Nelson
Anja Curvers
Kay Sibley
Katarina Menzies
Holly McMillen
Tammy Hershberger
Angela Barkhouse
Heidi Van Laar
Jerri Jimenez
Sarah Parker
Jennie Black
Laura Davis
Ashley Newell
Tanis Giesbrecht
Alice Wertz
Shanna Vineyard
Rae Barthel
Ryann Salamon
Terre Fry
Mona Pendleton
Lisa Silver
Kim Moreno

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

All that Scraps Wednesday Challenge - A Sketch

The All That Scraps Challenge for today is to create a card using this sketch! This is a great one for those of you that love to use those layers! We hope that you'll play along! Challenge details can be found here. We look forward to seeing what everyone creates for this week's challenge! Remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win, your card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in-house designs or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours. Then be sure to link up your creation with Mr. Linky by next Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST and only one entry per person, please!
For my card, I decided to use a Pure Innocence stamp set from My Favorite Things, which you can buy from All That Scraps! I have a good friend in mind who needs a pick-me-up so this card is going right out in the mail tomorrow! I hope it brightens her day!
Thanks for stopping by again today! I truly appreciate your visits so much!

Stamps: My Umbrella (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, vellum (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Green at Heart by Basic Grey)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), border punch (Martha Stewart), dew drops (Robin's Nest), button (Basic Grey), ribbon (May Arts).

Color Throwdown #85

It's time again for another Color Throwdown! Cathy is our hostess this week, and sadly it will be her last time to play with us, but only for a little while (we hope!) She's decided to take a break, and we will definitely miss her but hope that she'll come back to us refreshed and recharged! In the meantime, check out these pretty colors she has for you today! I'll admit, Garden Green is not one of my favorite colors so I was skeptical of this but now I love the combination! It's definitely fresh and Spring-like! Stop over at the Throwdown blog for complete challenge details, and to link up your creation! (Remember... direct links! If you only link your blog, it will be deleted.)

For my card, I decided to ink up this Stampavie stamp that I bought while visiting Joan Fricker earlier this month! I think this little girl is just adorable, out swinging in the Springtime air! I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch challenge #66 for my layout. And in response to "inquiring minds".... yes, the sky behind her is airbrushed with the Copic airbrush system. I masked my image, and used B32 to give her a bright blue sky to swing into.
Stop and see what my Throwdown sisters have created for today, too!

Pam Speidel, March Guest Designer

Hope you're having a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: In the Park (Stampavie), sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Certainly Celery, designer paper (Stampin' Up!), blue (Bazzill), cream (Neenah)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (Creative Impressions), button (craft supply).