Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hello Gnome

I got the Forest Whimsy set from Paper Smooches back before Christmas and never inked it up... until today.  Here's the card I came up with:

I used the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge image for color inspiration and the stripes, but also for the outdoorsy theme (gnome, grass, background is wood grain). I colored in his beard and face and paper pieced his clothes with some striped paper.

Here's a  close up of the paper piece, coloring, and sparkly clouds:

I playing along with:

Paper Smooches Sparks

CPS 5th Anniversary #54

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Paper - Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Neenah Solar white
Stamps - Paper Smooches Forest Whimsy and Chit Chat, Stampin' Up! Woodgrain Background
Ink - Lucky Limeade, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire
Other - Caribbean twine from the Twinery, sponge daubbers, snail adhesive, foam dots, Corner Chomper (blue), blending tool, paper piercer, Stampin' Up! mat pack, sanding block, Icicles Stickles

Monday, January 30, 2012

Aptee'tude Love

I play along with the CPS Card Sketches almost weekly and this week marks their 5th anniversary!!  Each day, from January 29th through February 18th, they're posting a sketch from the past.  Today they posted #166 -

I pulled out one of my new favoite stamps - Stamping Bella's Aptee'tude - and used her as my focal point. 

I stamped the image and colored her in with my Copics and Spicas.  I cut her out with a circle Spellbinders die.  I used another die, two sizes up, for the scalloped circle mat.  For the card base, I used the I {Love} Love roller wheel from Stampin' Up!  Instead of adding a paper band through the center, I opted to tie some ribbon around the card (living up to my self challenge of using my ribbon stash this week :-)).

Once I had her all assembled, I felt like it was missing something so I added a few hearts from Stampin' Up!'s I {Heart} Hearts stamp set.  I layered the hearts and covered them with some crystal accent to make them shine.

Here's a close up of the coloring.  I love how those Spicas sparkle!!

For the inside, I used the same size circle as I did for the front.  I used the same pattern paper, but one size smaller with the scalloped circle.  I stamped the I {Love}Love just once in the center and added the same hearts from the front.  Then I finished it off with the Happy Love Day.

Since it's a love card I had to use a few red copics, which happens to be the challenge this week at iCopic, so I'll be playing along with them too -

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Copics: Skin - E50, E51, E00. R20
           Clothes - R01, R20, R32, R37, B45, B26, B37, W1, W3, W5, 
           Hearts - R59
           Hair - YR31, Y32, Y28
Paper - Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist
Stamps - Stamping Bella Aptee'tude, Stampin' Up! I {Love} Love and I {Heart} Hearts, Studio G Happy Love Day
Ink - Real Red, Luckey Limeade, Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles
Other - Red Ribbon, Heart-to-Heart Punch, Corner Chomper (blue)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week 4: No Copic Coloring

Have you seen the Lawn Fawn blog recently?  Kelly Marie featured my card that I made for my alphabet sticker self challenge on this post here.  I was grinning ear to ear when I saw that pop up over there!  There's also a Valentine's card drive for children's hospitals going on.  You can get the info from that post if you're interested in sending cards out to the kids.

Yesterday, I posted this card that I made using my Prismacolors instead of my Copics.  Today, I stepped away from the pencils and picked up some of the Smooch colors I have to create this non-traditional Valentine's card:

I used the sketch from the Young Crafter's Unite Challenge and the CAS-ual Friday Challenge (they sketches are very close to each other!).  I used the color palette that is out there this week at the Play Date Cafe (plum, pear, and moldy cheese).  

I stamped Hero Arts' Blooming Heart and colored it in with three colors of Smooch - Plum Berry, Ocean Soul, and Olive Twist.  The olive twist was a little darker than the papers I had picked out so I added some pops of green with Zing's Leaf Embossing Powder and a Zig emboss Writer.  

Next week, I may bring back the Copics (my, how I miss them!), but I will also be using ribbon.  Ribbon is my challenge for week 5.

Have a great week!


Paper: Stampin' Up! Island Indigo, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder DSP, and Lucky Limeade DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade
Stamps: Hero Arts Blooming Heart, My Favorite Things Notched Tag Die and Stamp Set
Other: Zing Leaf Embossing Powder, Zig Emboss Writer, Heat Gun, Stampin' Up Mat Pack, bone folder, Snail Adhesive, Indigo Island Brads, Stampin' Up! Word Window Punch
Smooch Ink: Plum Berry, Olive Twist, Ocean Soul

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Copics in Storage

This week, I challenged myself to color images without using my copics.  I love coloring my stamps from Some Odd Girl with those magical markers, so I thought I'd color Gwen in using my Prismacolors...

The card is based on this weeks CPS sketch:

I flipped it 180 degrees and made it a trifold card.  The front image on the scalloped oval flips up to reveal the inside fold and small sentiment...

Then that panel folds down to reveal where a written message would be...

In addition to the CPS challenge, I'm playing along with:
Lily Pad's Patterned Paper Challenge
Anything Goes Challenge

Some Odd Girl's Color Challenge

I'll be back tomorrow to finish up my challenge week with one more non-Copic colored creation!


Paper: My Minds Eye Quite Contrary Jack and Jill 6x6, Neenah Solar White
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Pool Party and Read Red
Stamps - I can't remember her exact name, but it's one of the Holiday Gwen sets from Some Odd Girl
Punches/Dies - Spellbinders Large Oval and Large Scalloped Oval, Stampin' Up! Large Scalloped Oval and Large Oval
Miscellaneous Tools - Sponge daubers, Prismacolor Pencils, Moonlight Smooch, White liquid enamel, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Snail Adhesive, Red Ribbon, KaiserCraft Red Rhinestones

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Week 3: Buttons

Last week I issued myself the challenge to use buttons on a project.  I was really stumped.  I couldn't come up with anything I liked, then I saw the sketch for the final Wee Memories challenge:

Instead of the scallop edge on the sketch, I saw buttons, so I finally had a plan... unfortunately, I didn't finish it in time for the challenge deadline, but here it is -

I stamped Stamping Bella's Aptee'tude and colored her in with my Prismacolors.  Added a couple of punched hearts behind her.  Embossed a white piece which I added some red rhinestones to and matted that on the red patterened paper.  I grabbed some matching buttons from my stash and stiched them on with Maraschino Twine from the Twinery.

For the inside, I used the same pattern paper.  Stamped her in red ink and added the "I Love You" sentiment from Paper Smooches Word Salad.

I missed the Wee Memories deadline, but I'm also playing along with:


I enjoyed breaking out my colored pencils this week.  They tend to get neglected since I'm obsessed with my Copics, so my challenge for next week is to color without Copics.  I have so many items I can color with, I just need to break them out more often!

Have a great week!

P.S. There's a giveaway going on over at the Wee Memories blog.  Jenny has some great goodies up for grabs so go check it out here.

Stamps - Stamping Bella's Aptee'tude, Paper Smooches Word Salad
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Real Red
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Real Red solid and DSP, Neenah Solar White
Embossing Folder - Lifestyle Crafts Dainty set
Punches - Stampin' Up! Large Heart, Corner Chomper Aqua and Yellow handles
Kaiser Craft Red Rhinestones
Maraschino Twine from the Twinery
Paper Piercer
Adhesive - Snail and foam dots

Friday, January 13, 2012

Week 2: Alphabet Stickers

This week I challenged myself to use alphabet stickers. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with that so I decided to work on the card then add the stickers later.  As it started coming together, I decided I'd use the alphabet stickers for the inside. 

I started by using the CPS sketch this week:

and created this card:

I used a few ink pads and a blender pen to color in the raccoon.  Wrapped him with some charcoal twine and added a heart punched from glitter paper.  It's a little hard to see in the first pic, but the red is mounted on a black card base.  The hearts were die cut on my Silhouette Cameo (a Christmas gift from my hubby!!) and instead of using the hearts that were cut, I used the negative image and popped it up on the red.  I think you can see it a little better in the next pic:

As I was going through my stamps for the front, I kept trying to think of cute little statements for each of them knowing I was going to be putting something on the inside.  Once my eyes saw that little raccoon, I knew exactly what I wanted.  So I went sifting through my alphabet stickers and setting on these from ProvoCraft:

And what sentiment did I settle on?  Well, see for yourself:

The finished card is 4 1/4" square, so it would fit in a standard size envelope with some excess in the length.  Since I had some scraps laying around, I went ahead and crafted an envelope to fit:

I took a standard envelope and sealed it.  I then cut the envelope so it would be 4 3/8" square.  I added a piece of coordinating paper as the new flap, and there it was, an evelope that fit perfectly!

While I was super motivated (and with some spare time), I made another 4 1/4" square card. 

I colored the bot in with some copics then made him sparkly by coloring over with a Spica glitter marker.  Then I used some more of the same stickers for the inside of this one:

And I created an envelope for this one as well:

You can't see in the picture, but the envelope flap is stamped with the 01011110001 stamp that is on the card front.

Next week, I'm challenging myself to use some buttons.  I have tons of them, so I'm going to put some to good use!

Have a great week!


"You Stole My Heart"
-Paper from Stampin' Up! - Basic Black cardstock, Real Red DSP, Whisper White cardstock
-Snail adhesive
-Foam adhesive
-Stamp - Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Forest
-Silhouette Cameo
-Blender Pen
-Ink - Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Early Espresso; Memento Tuxedo Black
-Charcoal Twine from the Twinery
-Red, adhesive glitter paper (found in my stash)

"Birthday Bot"
-Paper - Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Neenah Solar White, Circuit pattern paper from Boxer
-Snail adhesive
-Foam adhesive
-Stamps - Lots of Bots by Stampin' Up
-Inks - Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
-Copics and Spicas
-Lifestyle Crafts Tag Its
-White Embossing Powder
-Silver brad

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week 1: Stickers

First, I just had to share, I made top five in Young Crafter's Unite die cut challenge!!  (check out my card with the winner and other top five here)  I was super excited when I scrolled down and there was my card!  That was one of my favorite cards last year.  I love the other cards in the top five and feel honored to be up there with them.

Now onto the card - I'm challenging myself this year to use up some of the supplies I have (which doesn't necessarily mean that I won't buy more throughout the year ;)).  The first challenge I issued myself was to use stickers.  I don't seem to grab for them very often, so I went sifting through my sticker stash and found this set:

I really like the colors and the fun shapes of the set so I wanted the sticker to be the star of the card.  I couldn't settle on one sticker from the pack, so I made a set of cards using all 7 of the main stickers:

I kept them pretty simple.  I inked over a number template for the card background.  Added a 1 1/4" strip of patterned paper, the sticker in the center, and a rhinestone on each side.  To finish it off I rounded the bottom corners.  

One stash item gone and SEVEN new cards created!!  Gotta love those numbers :D

I'm going to play along with the following challenges:

And for my next self challenge, I'm going to continue with stickers, but I'm going to challenge myself to use alphabet stickers for the sentiment.  

Have a great weekend!!