Monday, May 22, 2017

Clean and Simple and Luscious

I played along with the current CAS challenge to make a card that represents a memory.  Since I just hosted a birthday party for my daughter, I am recalling my own birthday parties.  I mostly had family parties when I was a child.  I had my first friend party when I was about 9 years old and my mother made me a fabulous cake.  I still remember the frosting to this day.
It had a gorgeous swirled frosting of about 4 or 5 different pastels.  Those pastels are represented in the plaid paper of my card.  The cake on my card represents the cake that she made.  I can't actually remember what flavor it was.  The frosting was the strongest part of that memory!

Thanks for looking and have a fabulous day!

Details - Stamps: Luscious Layers digital (Flourishes); Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, DCWV Sweet matstack; Accessories: Rectangle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Curved Borders, Copic Markers, Sakura clear star gel pen, Recollections rhinestones, square punch, stampin' dimensionals, Scor-tape.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friends of Flourishes and Embossing

Hello and Happy Saturday! My teammate, Vickie, chose the theme of this week's Friends of Flourishes challenge. This week, we are all using embossing on our cards. Be on the lookout for some new Flourishes images that you are really going to love!
Oh boy!  Look at this amazing cake on a beautiful pedestal!  Yesterday was my daughter's birthday and I can't say that my cupcakes looked anything like this.  However, the 11-year old girls that I was entertaining had zero complaints.  After cupcakes, they ran straight back outside to play until dark!  I re-sized this image and printed it out on vellum.  Next, I flipped it over and colored it on the back of the vellum.  Finally, I chose a card design to showcase that amazing cake.
Lauren Pope illustrated this darling set called Luscious Layers!  It's currently available as a digital set in the Flourishes store. I adore it and can't wait to do some more work with it! Now it's time to visit the Friends of Flourishes and see what type of embossing they have done: Davi,GloriaKrenShirleyToni and Vickie.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Details - Stamps: Luscious Layers (Flourishes, lc); Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Vellum; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Yo Yo Yellow, Melon Mambo and Real Red; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, glue dots, pearls, Argyle embossing folder.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Using Hardware or Metal Accents

This Thursday brings the Ways To Use It challenge.  Sabrina is hostessing and has chosen a hardware or metal accent theme.  I resurrected some Basic Gray Urban Prairie brads from deep within my stash for this card. I matched them up to some poppy colored ink and some fun washi tape.

I recently acquired this fun Verve Stamps set.  I used a couple of sentiments and three images from it.  It's going to be a great and versatile set. I also tried some flat photography.  I like it but don't love my background.  I'll have to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Take Note (Verve); Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Poppy Parade; Accessories: Basic Gray Urban Prairie brads, washi tape, Linen & Canvas impression plate, stampin' dimensionals, paper snips.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Halfway Through Scor-Pal's May More Than One Score Challenge

Hi again!  We are halfway through the month of May and this month's Favorite Colors themed More Than One Score challenge.  Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog, so that you can see Patti's fabulous treat box.  She will have her tutorial posted today!  Follow her tutorial to create a project fitting this month's theme or create your own interactive project.
I originally shared this on the Scor-Pal blog here.  I have the tutorial here on my blog as well.  As I find with most 3D projects, it looks more complicated that it really is.  For my next project, the longest part of the process was picking out the papers to use together.  Scoring, trimming and taping was the easiest part!
This little treat box was made for the mother of a co-worker of mine who just had surgery.  She has a long road to recovery in front of her.  She is a birthday buddy with my daughter and their birthday is this Friday. I'll ask my co-worker what to fill the little box with and then add a little note.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will give this month's challenge a try.

Details - Stamp: Linen (SU), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU), Each Day (Verve); Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, DCWV Rose Gold, DCWV dp; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Cosmic Copper; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, 1/8" circle punch, small copper brads, stampin' dimensionals, Rounded Rectangle die (Verve), Rounded Scallop Frame die (Verve), Heart Quartet die (Verve); scallop edge punch,paper snips, copper washi tape.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

And A Happy Mother's Day Was Had

 I'm posting late this Mother's Day as I was celebrating with my own mother today.  Then, well you know, a mother's job is never finished so I had to start the laundry and begin to get things ready for the week ahead.
I played along with yesterday's Inspiration Challenge for this card.  I chose this product on Etsy as my inspiration piece. I used a Flourishes, lc image called A Mother's Hug for my card.  At first I stamped this image in black, but it just looked too stark to me.  I stamped it again with Vintage Photo ink and I was off to the races.  I grabbed some more distress inks and colored the rest of the image.  This led to sponging and more sponging.  Finally, I had a complete card.
A big Thank You to my mom and to all the other hard working moms out there.  I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day. Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps:A Mother's Hug (Flourishes, lc); Paper: Watercolor Paper, Soft Suede, 7 Gypsies Victoria dp; Ink: Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, Antique Linen; Accessories: Aqua painter, stampin' sponge, Victoria crochet trim, Rosey photo corners, stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friends of Flourishes and Silver

Hello and Happy Saturday! It’s Toni bringing you this week’s Friends of Flourishes theme. This week, I have chosen a theme of silver.  Today, you will be treated to some beautiful Flourishes images in combination with the elegance of silver.  
I chose the Lily of the Valley as it is May's birth flower. After I stamped and colored my flowers, I embossed the entire panel and sponged some light purple around the edges.  I finished off the flowers with a little bit of sparkle in the centers.  
My card features a set called Year of Flowers 2 and the lovely Lily of the Valley image.  This set, illustrated by Beverly Cole, also includes a sunflower, a poppy and a petunia. Now it's time to visit the Friends of Flourishes and see what they have created with clean and simple style: Davi,GloriaKrenShirleyToni and Vickie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Year of Flowers 2 (Flourishes); Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Almost Amethyst; Accessories: Linen & Canvas impression plate, Copic Markers, Stardust Stickles, sponge dauber, silver washi tape, stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Friends of Flourishes, Making a Scene

Hello and Happy Saturday! This week’s Friends of Flourishes theme is Making a Scene.  Our hostess, Shirley, offered up this challenge.  I would say that scenes are not my strong suit, so I went small.  I created a tiny scene and then built my CAS card around it.
Winter Birds is turning out to be one of my new favorite Flourishes lc stamps.  All of the stamps in my tiny scene are from this set.   I also used textured card stock from the Blue Jean Collection and silk ribbon from Flourishes lc.
The rest of my team has created beautiful projects for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to visit them:  Davi, GloriaKrenShirleyToni (you are here) and Vickie.  While you are visiting, you might also want to see the other stamp sets available from Flourishes, lc.  Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Winter Birds (Flourishes,lc); Paper: Blue Jean Collection (Flourishes, lc) , White; Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White silk ribbon (Flourishes), Spellbinders Antique Frame and Accents, Rounded Scallop Frame (Verve), sponge daubers, post-it, Copic Markers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ways To Use "U" - May The Fourth be With You

Happy Thursday!  It's May 4th and you know what that means.  May The Fourth Be With You:  Star Wars Day!  That is the basis for the Ways To Use It challenge today.  I am the hostess and have asked players to create a card based on "U" or "you" or "ewe".  
It's also Teacher Appreciation Week, so these projects fit both the Ways To Use It challenge and my needs at school.  The guitar card is for my daughter's 5th grade teacher.  He plays for his students every Friday. The tags were attached to Rolos covered in a ruler print paper. Our school secretary showed me the project she found on Pinterest and asked me to make the tags.

The guitar card is also based on a pin I saw a few years ago when I realized that my daughter was going to have three male teachers before she finished elementary school. Mind you, I work with all three of these men and do know a little bit about there interests.  If I really got stuck, I do know all of their wives!

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Guitar Card - Stamps: Teachers Count (Verve); Paper: So Safrron, Early Espresso; Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: stampin' sponge, mini brads, gold cording, scor-tape, foam tape, Spellbinders Circles, Spellbinders Ovals, paper snips, Sakura clear star gel pen, Top Note die, clear embossing powder, heat tool. 
You Rule Tags - Stamps: Graph Paper PJ (Verve), Chevron Love (Verve), SU alpha set; Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Pool Party; Accessories: Spellbinder die, hole punch, red baker's twine, sponge dauber. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge - Favorite Colors

Hello Crafty Friends!  It's May 1st and the Scor-Pal team is back with another challenge for you. April brought us an Interactive Project and now May brings us the Favorite Colors More Than One Score challenge.  My project is mostly purple with some green accents.  Your project will be different, of course, because you have your own favorite colors.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members on the Scor-Pal Team have created. 
I made a mug for this month's challenge.  It was great fun and not hard at all.  I die cut the handle with my Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities, scored the handle and taped the sides of the oval to itself before adhering it to the mug.  The really nice thing about this project is that it makes great gift packaging.  You really could put just about anything into it.

I want to give a big shout out to all you Scor-Pal fans! Last month, we asked folks to follow the Scor-Pal blog so that we could tip over the 1000 mark.  We did..thanks to you!  Another thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Details - Stamps: So Happy For You (SU); Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Black Licorice, Whisper White, Momenta dp; Ink: Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive; Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, paper snips, Spellbinders Nestabilities, sponge dauber, stampin' dimensionals, white organdy ribbon.