Saturday, January 30, 2010

Spring Time

It's time for MFT's monthly guest designer contest.  Details are posted here at SCS.  This month's challenge is to think Spring.  That's quite a challenge since is about 32 degrees here in the DFW area!  So, I sat at my desk and tried to think warmish thoughts and then it came to me.  Last week as Aldo and I browsed through Home Depot, he commented on the vast amount of gardening stuff they were putting out.  My response was, "Spring's around the corner".  For some reason, spring time conjures pictures of gardening in my mind.  Rich soil, shovels, spades, packets of seeds, wheel barrows.  I don't know why since I have NO green thumb and I've never gardened a day in my life.  But there you have it.  So, for this competition, I made a pull treat to hold a packet of sunflower seeds.  I used the oh so perfect Gardener Flopsey and added a rustic feel to the treat with distressed and brown sponged edges, plenty of twine, and some spring like paper covered with flowers and strawberries.  Flopsey is colored with colored pencils and there's plenty of green smudged all around him, but the camera didn't catch it to well.
Be sure to stop by the MFT Lady's blog and get a sneak peek of all the goodies the design team cooked up for us.  Have a great weekend!

Supplies: hot fudge cardstock (MFT), flower paper (MME), strawberry paper (BG-Nook & Pantry), Distress Inks, Memento Inks, Gardener Flopsey stamp (MFT), twine, green ribbon, prismacolors, OMS

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Whiff of Joy

Happy Saturday!  Aldo and I are neck deep in remodeling projects for our living room.  What started out as a goal to install new flooring has turned into a painting, lighting, flooring, and redecorating project.  But, boy, are we having fun doing it ourselves!!  Call me crazy, but we're really enjoying the entire process. 
Well, onto the Whiff of Joy.  Katharina is holding another design team call and this time she provided a sketch for as a guide.  Here's my entry:

Willow was colored with Copics during our vacation last December.  I used an oversized Heidi Swapp flower as the circle portion of the card.  The papers are Basic Grey and the grey cardstock has a very pretty shimmer to it.  I like using shimmery cardstock for matting, it gives the card just the right touch of sparkle.  The ribbon is from MFT's chocolate kiss ribbon nest and the glittered drops are also MFT.

Off to help with the remodeling.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Prayer Box

Late last year I decided to make a prayer box for myself similar to the one Patter made on her blog.  Take a second to visit her site and admire her box, it's AWESOME!!  So on New Year's, I started making this box.  I finished it about a week later, but I've procrastinated on the pictures.  And here's why: I sewed on the panels!!  Although I'm really excited that I tried and for the most part accomplished a new technique, my skills are no where near as good as others!  So, I've built up my courage and I'm posting my prayer box today.  Here it is:

The box is a recipe box from the dollar section at Michael's.  I painted the box with pink acrylic paint and set it aside while I made the individual panels.  The panels are layers of Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey paper, and Bo Bunny cardstock.  The verses are from Verve and are stamped out in Tuxedo Black on white cardstock.  The letter's spelling out "Prayer Box" are made using MFT's bling bet and hot fix crystals.  I stamped the letters out in Brilliance Chocolate ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Once I attached the crystals, I cut the individual letters out and attached them to the box with dimensionals.  I also made some dividers for the inside using postcard sized chipboard.  I covered the rectangles with colored paper, added the titles with stickers, and added a decorative sticker to each one.  These will help keep my box nice and organized.

I sewed the panels using my little Kenmore sewing machine that has been collecting dust since I purchased it several years ago.  Once I got the tension right, the process was fairly easy, but I had to go really slow to make sure that I was sewing in a straight line (which I didn't most of the time!).  I had a great time learing how to sew with paper and will continue to try some more.

Supplies: recipe box, bazzill cardstock - brown, Basic Grey paper - Eva, Bo Bunny Cardstock - swiss dots, nestabilities, Verve Stamps, paper piercer, sewing machine, white thread, silver brads (to hide uneven corners), MFT 'bling bet, hot fix crystals - pink

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Mojo Monday and TCP Tuesday

For today's card, I mixed up last week's TCP Tuesday color combo with this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I also made another TCP Tuesday card from two weeks ago, but my camera died mid-session. I was thrilled to use lots of my new goodies today including my Little Star Plain Jane, MS Border Punch and paper pack, and some hot fudge cardstock from MFT. Sigh, I am one happy girl! The stars around the saying are colored in with copics and jazzed up with a stardust pen. I finished out the inside using the same color scheme and used my border punch to continue the star theme on the inside.
Paper: kraft cardstock, hot fudge cs, baby blue cs, Martha Stewart travel multimedia pad
Stamps: Little Star - Verve
Tools: Nestablilites, MS - star border punch, sakura stardust pen, ribbon

So, what do you think? Do you like this card?

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Mojo Monday

Well it's not Monday, but I made the card on Monday using Verve's Mojo Monday sketch. I'm very pleased with the way the card turned out. I was trying to use gender neutral colors that leaned more towards the masculine side. Usually all my cards have pink in them, so these colors were a bit out of my comfort zone. No photoshop here at work, so I'll update the pics with better ones when I get home. Be sure and check out the Mojo Monday gallery, the are some AWESOME cards on the links. Card Info: Paper - Bazzil, My Mind's Eye; Color - Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart; Embellishments - white baby braddies, green velvet ribbon; Tools - MS Arch Lattice Punch, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities
I've been using more sketches than ususal lately. I love how a sketch gives you starting point without limiting your creativity. One of my New Year's resolutions is to participate in some weekly sketches and try something a bit out of my comfort zone with each one. I think it's a great, safe way to expand my boundaries.
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