Friday, March 30, 2012

Case Study Challenge #84, Color Throwdown #185

Hi there and Happy Friday!

Rarely do I combine challenges, but this time it seemed to work for me.  I love the beautiful projects and inspiration I get from both Color Throwdown, and CASE Study.

Laura Bassen's inspiration for CASE Study Challenge #84:


Isn't she amazing?  I love everything she creates.  And my color choice came from: 

And this is my card that was inspired by these two:

Although Color Throwdown gets full credit for inspiring the color scheme, I took a lot of license with it and decided to make one more card with a few of the remaining die cuts.  This time,  a little more true to the spirit of the challenge.  

Laura frequently uses really interesting applications of die cuts, especially in the negative as in her sample above.  I had a lot of fun playing around with Mat Stack #3 and Flower Fusion, making some positive cuts and others negative.  Popping one up on foam adhesive and gluing another flat.  Unfortunately, you really can't appreciate much of that here, just trust me that there are a variety of layers!

Additionally, Jean, from My Stamping and Beading Therapy, has nominated me for another Leibster Award.  What a special honor!  Leibster, is a German word meaning "beloved, dearest or favorite" and this award is shared only among those of us with 200 or fewer followers.  I truly appreciate that she and I are becoming "online friends" through this passion for paper crafting. Part of the honor is to pass it along to five others who are  encouraging me and others through their sweet comments as well as inspiring us with their own beautiful projects. So I gladly pass this honor on to:
Wida, Beachorado
Angie, Schwooo!
Greta, GGNurse
These five ladies create and write some of my new favorite blogs.  Please stop by each of their blogs and let them know how much you like what you see there!  They will love it!

Finally, here is a list of the supplies I used to make my two cards.
(All products are Papertrey Ink unless noted)
Card stock:  White, True Black, Soft Stone, Sweet Blush
Patterned Papers:  Raspberry Fizz Pattern Pack, Bitty Dot Basics, Basic Grey Out of Print 
Stamps:  Flower Fusion #8, Hero Arts CL 184, CL 402
Dies:  Mat Stack #3 and Mat Stack #3 Layerz , Beautiful Blooms #1, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle, Flower Fusion #12, Double Ended Banners, Spellbinders Circles, Large and Small

I'm so glad you stopped by.  Thanks for joining me today and sharing in my fun!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #83

Just a quick, last minute post of a card I made from another of Laura's wonderful inspirations.

It has been so much fun following the challenges inspired by Laura Bassen, March Muse for CASE Study.  If you are not familiar with her amazing cards or with CASE Study challenges, it's time for you to get acquainted!

Enough chit chat, here's my card:

And this is Laura's inspiration project:

I hope you like this sweet little number, please leave a comment if you do!  All the details are at the bottom of the post.

Thanks for stopping by,

All products are Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock: White, Kraft, Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler
Patterned Paper:  Bitty Dot Basics 2009
Ink:  New Leaf, Scarlet Jewel
Stamp Sets:  Fruit Fusion Cherries, Cupcake Collection
Dies:  Fruit Fusion, Double Ended Banners, Memory Box Classic Scallop
(Dimensional Foam adhesive under the cherries)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 2012 Blog Hop


Hi Everyone!  I am so glad you could join me today for one of my favorite events each month.  I just received my new March Release goodies from Papertrey Ink yesterday so a little perfect timing really got me going!  Isn't this a GORGEOUS inspiration picture?  Scroll on down to see what it inspired me to make!

Blog hop inspiration

As soon as I saw the picture, I knew the primary theme would come from the aqua box with the bright yellow candies inside. I was slightly sorry that I could not work in the bold yellow and white stripes but I am delighted with the way the invitation turned out.  I have wanted to make invitations for a long time, and now it will be a cinch with the new mini set, By Invitation.  Now I will have to have a dinner party just so I can send out some Springy, happy invitations!

 Well, that's the short and sweet of it.  Your comments mean so much to me, please take a moment and let me know what you think of this project.  I have listed the supplies below.

Thanks for stopping by, 

Supplies:  All from PTI unless noted
Card Stock:  White, Harvest Gold
Pattern Paper:  Aqua Mist Pattern Pack, Bitty Dot Basics 2008
Stamp sets:  Polka Dot Basics, Rosie Posie, Table Service, By Invitation
Dies:  Rosie Posie, Table Service, Card Base-ics #2
Ink:  Harvest Gold, Smokey Shadow, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Sakura Glaze Pen, Tonic corner punch

Friday, March 23, 2012

Make It Monday #58 Graduated Backgrounds

Hi There!  Is it really Friday already?  Spring is EXPLODING around here and we have a whole weekend of beautiful weather coming up in which to enjoy it.  I hope it's the same for you-where ever you are!

Nichole WOWED me again with her artistic style in this week's MIM Video and I have already peeked at the gallery and seen some other pretty amazing submissions to the challenge.  You still have time to play along in case you haven't given this beautiful technique a try.

I chose a variety of Copic markers to apply and blend the colors for this graduated background on a piece of White card stock cut to 5"X 3 3/4".  I used a Memory Box Butterfly Delights die on the diagonal and balanced it with a sentiment from Daydreamers stamp set, stamped with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  This was mounted on a white mat which was then mounted onto a Hibiscus Burst card base.

The colors photographed a little warmer than they truly are, but I think you can get the idea of how beautifully Copic markers blend together to created this dream-like background.

Thanks in advance for any comments you may have!

So glad you stopped by,

CAS-ual Fridays #45

CFC45:  The Bold & The Beautiful-
create a Clean And Simple project using a pastels and black

Hi There, Everyone!  I'm looking forward to a wonderful weekend, how 'bout you?  

It's been a while since I got to play along with CAS-ual Fridays challenges so it feels good to be back.  I hope you like the card I made for you today.

Father's Day may seem an unlikely occasion for a pastel color but Papertrey Ink's Spring Moss is one of my favorites to combine with black and A Little Argyle stamp set seemed the perfect way to put them together.  The sentiment is from PTI's Happy Day stamp set, and LImitless Layers Ovals dies were used for the focal point.  Card stocks used are:  Spring Moss, True Black and White.  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Spring Moss ink.  The dashed line around the sentiment was done by hand with a black fine tip marker.

So glad you decided to take a peek, I hope you will leave a comment-your words are always appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Make It Monday #57 Colored Kissing

Hi there, Happy Sunday!  I hope you are enjoying a day of warm, spring weather as we are here in Arkansas.  I've begun to see a few butterflies already and lots of the early spring colors are popping out.  Along with Heather's MIM video, all of this beauty has inspired a bright and bold card today. (You will have to scroll below the countdown info to find Heather's video on Nichole's blog.  It's well worth the trouble!) 

I confess to being intimidated by the Modern Basics stamp set for a long time.  I've had it since it's release, but only used it one other time.  This challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it again.  I'm glad I did.  I hope it prompts a smile for you today!

Product details:  All Papertrey Ink
Stamp sets-Modern Basics, BB: Retro, Think Big Favorites #12
Card Stock:  Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate, White
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet
Other:  Brown LePen (outline of sentiment box), corner rounder

I hope the remainder of your day will be pleasant and restful as ALL Sunday afternoons should be and that it is the beginning of a great week for you.

Thanks for stopping by,