Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Inspiration challenge & TE sketch challenge

I will apologize now for such a long post...........so, if you want to get right to the card........scroll down a little.



I can't believe that this is the last card of the HYCCT challenges. I truly am saddened that I won't be up early tomorrow awaiting the hostess to post the new challenge.

The card for this challenge, I would have to say, is the one that I am most proud of. I never imagined that I could come up with something stemming from a collage of images. But, you know what? It was easy when you had a reason, when you know there will be happiness to follow when someone gets to give YOUR card away.

This card is also a TY to Lydia and all of the other hostesses of these many challenges. SplitCoastStampers is a large forum, with so many things going on. I can't believe how wonderfully organized the challenge was and how much good is coming out of it. This has been my therapy. This has been my "happiness" from losing someone so dear to me early on this month. No one can ever know how much these challenges were needed.

I truly THANK YOU......SCS members and mods......because I know that our cards are going to give many patients "the hope they need to cling to" in order to beat this terrible disease.




Now........On to the card and the combined challenges that I used this card for.

The HYCCT #31 challenge was just that.......A CHALLENGE!  Here were the details:  Your task today is to go to Etsy and choose one of their beautiful Treasury Lists for your inspiration. Post a link to the Treasury list you chose in your card description and here in the chatter thread. When you go to their Treasury page, you can search the Treasury lists in the search box at the top right. For example, you can type in "pink" (or, in my case, blue) or "wood" or anything that strikes your fancy. This was sooooooooo cool.  Talk about color challenges or inspiration......This was just wonderful!!!  

The arrows show where I drew from to get my inspiration.
Now it won't surprise many of you that I did search for "chocolate".......lol  Honestly, I was thinking of this because of PTI's Dark Chocolate cardstock........not the kind you eat.  You believe that, don't you?  Anyway, there were so many pages that I bookmarked because I never thought of the wonderful combinations and colors that were paired with chocolate!!!  Next, I printed them out in little squares on a word document and took them down to my craftcave to see what I came up with.

The flower on the small plate in the upper right, was my inspiration for the flower stamp in my main image.  The polka dot boxers inspired my background.  The mini pearl flower paintings helped with the background print that I stamped on the Ripe Avocado cardstock. And finally....... the avocado color throughout the picture (but especially, those gloves) gave me my color combination.




This was the sketch for the Taylored Expressions #132 card sketch challenge.  It was such a nice sketch to work with......especially since I sort of had an idea for the colors and image in the center.  Everything just came together.

 





Here is my card featuring BOTH challenges!





Materials Used:
the {stamps} of life - Backgrounds2Build and Thanks2You
PTI - Rustic Cream and Ripe Avocado CS; 2008 Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper; Dark Chocolate ink, Small Scallop die
Versa Mark (flower background on the Ripe Avocado_
Versa Magic - Spanish Olive
Memento - Rich Cocoa (sponged around focal image)


Thanks for looking and leaving comments.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hello Wreath

Oh, how I love these colors together!!!  I just love burgundy and how nice it looks on a crisp, white background.





Play Date Cafe has another challenge and I just love how they make me stretch to use combinations I would never think of or use.  Beautiful colors this week.  I just hope I didn't use too much burgundy for the challenge.  I realized it after I looked at the other cards posted.





I paired  the color challenge with this sketch challenge from Card Patterns.   I really like the results.






Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted)
Framed stamp set
Wreath for All Seasons stamp set
Communique Curves Sentiments stamp set
Scarlet Jewel cardstock
Eyelet Lace die
Versa Fine - Onyx Black ink
Crystal gems

Falling Leaves for the Clean & Simple card sketch

I just love, love, love the Clean & Simple style........although, one layer cards are a challenge for me.  It just always seems like I need one little thing to make it better........but, that's not in the guidelines.

Here is the sketch for the Clean & Simple #114 challenge:


And here is my card........I wanted to reflect all the Autumn colors before they all go away.  The trees are almost all bare, but maybe I can grasp one last, little bit of it!

I absolutely love this sentiment!!!



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Falling Leaves stamp set
Leaf Prints stamp set
Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Terra Cotta, Orange Zest and Spring Moss ink
Taylored Expressions - Buttercream Choice Cardstock

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Sketch challenge

The challenges are winding down.........this is the NEXT TO THE LAST ONE!  I can't believe it.  The month has gone by so fast and I can't believe how many cards are being donated.  I think the last count over at the HYCCT thread was over 1,500.  I just know that that is definitely going to make some patients a little more hopeful.

Today's HYCCT #30 challenge was a simple sketch!  I love, love, love sketches........They give me a direction but allow me to intersperse my creativity.



Here are both my card and the sketch!




Materials Used:
Neenah Solar White paper
Creative Memories - Blooms patterned paper
Martha Stewart Fushia glitter Pen
Sakura glitter pens - #744 and #520
PTI - Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon colored with R85
Perfect Pearls mixed w/ water
Prima Pearl

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Sentiments ONLY challenge

Second post of the day, so be sure to scroll down after this one!!!

There was a challenge earlier this month that was "NO sentiments" and that was difficult......but with today's challenge having to go ONLY sentiments.....that was even harder.  My issue was finding a stamp with a "worthy" message to fill a card front.  Well, I found it!  Love this sentiment and it couldn't be more fitting for someone at UT MD Anderson!!

Here are the details for the HYCCT - No Sentiments challenge:  Make a card or project using a sentiment as your only stamped image. You can use any embellishments, punches, ribbon, paper, etc!


I decided to try Dawn's October Color Couture download this week.  I just loved these doily cards featured right before the release.  So unique and fun......AND.......I got to be creative with something other than a square or rectangle.......lol

I had to wait for my matte photo paper to come from Amazon......but, I'm so glad I did.  It's the perfect weight to make a template (my printer won't print right on PTI's cardstock).........so, I made a template to trace onto the cardstock. This way, I won't have to waste ink printing it every time.

I like the C&S style and the little rhinestone strass just added that last little touch!!!  One of my favorites!

Materials Used:
PTI - Year of Flowers: Morning Glories stamp set
PTI - Plum Pudding and Stamper's Select White CS
Creative Memories - Lavendar CS
Versa Magic - Purple Hydrangea
PTI - Color Couture October download (for doily card template)
Punches - 1/16 and 3/16
Recollections - Rhinestones Strass

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Make Time challenge

Super quicky card for me today.  I knew what I wanted to do (because I thought about it all day yesterday...lol), it was just getting it done today before DH and I head out to a movie and dinner.  DATE NIGHT!!!!  Yay!!!

For the HYCCT - Make Time challenge.....these were the details:  My challenge to you is to create a card, inviting one or even a group of the special women in your life, to spend time--gather, hang out, go shoe shopping, whatever-- together, and have the imagery and sentiment "play" off each other, as they do in the example I have created.


Don't you just love this ribbon flower???  I learned how to do this so easily from a very talented lady that posts on the PTI forum boards.  Laurie put out this video a few days ago and I was so excited because I thought, "I can do that!"  AND........I did!!!  Thank you so much Laurie for taking the time to create a video tutorial for something so quick and easy!!!  Check out her video and blog HERE to learn how to make one yourself!  Then stay awhile and look around at her awesome creations!!!

Materials Used:
MFT - Coffee? Tea? stamp set
PTI - Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain and Stamper's Select White CS
Memento - Tuxedo Black ink
PTI - Bookmark Topper die
PTI - Enchanted Evening Saddle Stitch ribbon
Recollections Specialty Brads (found these in with the Halloween clearance items)
Sakura Metallic Pen - Gold
Copic Markers - E11, E00, E000, BG13, BG11, E59, B95 and B97

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Gettin' Glimmermisted challenge and 2S4Y #64 sketch challenge

Hi, everyone!

Wow did the challenge posted for October 27th throw me for a loop.  The HYCCT - Gettin' Glimmermisted was tough for me because I had never heard of this technique........nor did I even know how to get/buy the materials that were needed for this challenge.  It goes to show you that I have SOOOOO much to learn as a newbie card maker!  Anyway, I asked lots of questions and got great responses and off to Michael's I went.  You should all buy stock in their store for as often as I seem to be frequenting it lately.....lol

Anyway, for this challenge.....these were the details:  This challenge is all about their stories. The kinds of tales that get you all misty eyed...So, here's my challenge for you: Create a card incorporating any spray ink, glimmer mist, or perfect pearls/water combo. 


 I also combined it with my very first 2 Sketches 4 You card sketch #64 challenge.  I watch this blog constantly, but by the time I come up with ideas......I miss the challenge deadline......lol  This week, I finally made it.   Here is the sketch.

I absolutely love how the paper that I glimmermisted turned out.  It's so beautiful in person.  I tried to add the little "window-box" so you could see the shimmery look a little better.  It was so cool to do this technique.


All you did was get a little mister bottle and some of Tim Holtz' Perfect Pearls, then some of his alcohol inks (I used Cranberry) and some water, leaving about a half inch so you can mix it.  You shake, shake, shake that little mister bottle until the powder isn't at the bottom anymore and then spray!  I did put an old towel in a little box (from an old PTI order.....lol) and then put my cardstock inside the box to spray.  I was afraid that the mist would get on everything.  Lastly, I took my heat gun and dried it so it wouldn't smudge.  I just love how it turned out............Now, the card???  Not my very best, but it works for both challenges.

Thanks for visiting my blog today........and if you are getting an email for this, it's Friday morning and the weekend is here!!!!



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Beautiful Blooms - Vol. 1 stamp set
Fillable Frames #4 stamp set (sentiment)
Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Stamper's Select White CS
Pink Patterns patterned paper
Scarlet Jewel ink
Versa Magic - Pixie Dust ink
Martha Stewart - Cherry Blossom punch
Kaiser Craft grosgrain ribbon
Tim Holtz - Perfect Pearls, Cranberry Alcohol Re-inker, Mister bottle

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To! - Cancer is for the Birds challenge and Sweet Sunday sketch challenge

My second post for the day, so be sure to scroll down to see the pretty snowflake card I made for another challenge.

Here is the sketch for the Sweet Sunday Sketch.


I was a bit worried about how my card would look for the challenge, but it turned out much better than I had thought.  Lots of elements in the sketch that I wasn't sure would "work" together..........but, I actually think it turned out really nice.

For the HYCCT - Cancer is for the Birds challenge, here are the details:  For this challenge you are to make a card using one of your favourite feathery friends. That's right folks...Cancer is for the birds! This challenge can be masculine or feminine or even for children so you better fly at it and let's see what kind of beautiful cards we can come up with for such a GREAT cause!  




We still have some Autumn days left.......before that white stuff starts falling.....so, I'm taking advantage of all those fall colors while I still can.  Believe it or not, these were the only birdies I have in my stamp collection.  Thank goodness I just got the stamp set last week.......or I may have been out of luck.

The ribbon is dark chocolate brown, but looks black in this picture.  It really does accent the card well.
Materials Used (PTI, unless otherwise noted)
Merry Little Christmas stamp set
Gina K. - Lean On Me stamp set (sentiment)
Vintage Cream and Orange Zest CS
Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Terra Cotta, Scarlet Jewel & Orange Zest ink
Colorbox - Cranberry ink
Memento - Bamboo Leaves ink
Studio G. - Mustard colored ink
Rickrack Border Die
Gina K. - Autumn Splendor kit - Olive CS and mustard button
DCWV - Amber Autumn Card Stack design paper
Dark Chocolate ribbon

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Button It challenge & CPS Card Sketch challenge

Almost done with the Breast Cancer Awareness card drive over at SCS..........and I'm sort of sad about it.  I loved these daily challenges with a theme!

This card will fit 2 challenges: HYCCT - Button It! challenge and the CPS 190 card sketch challenge.


For the HYCCT challenge, these were the easy details:  Everyone likes buttons, right? I have an easy challenge for you today.  Make a card with buttons. Lots of buttons, one button... whatever you want!

 And this is the CPS Sketch: 




 I just love the simplicity of this card.  You can't see it, but the Brilliance ink shimmers so beautifully that it really catches your eye.
I love this new Blueberry Sky cs from PTI.......It's so gorgeous!


Materials Used (PTI, unless otherwise noted)
Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening and Stamper's Select White CS
Blueberry Sky buttons
2010 Holiday Tags stamp set
Snowfall stamp set (sentiment)
Brilliance - Pearlescent Sky blue ink
Versa Magic - Night Sky ink

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sketch TV Color Challenge

I made another quick card tonight for Sketch TV's color challenge.  Tough colors for me.........red, black and chartreuse.  Then, because I have Christmas on the brain, I just had to make it holiday-ish (I'm declaring that a word......just for this post).....LOL


Quick and simple card for this challenge.  





Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Stamper's Select White, Poppy and True Black cardstock, 2010 Holiday Tags stamp set, Poppy Buttons & Twine, Limitless Circles Die
Memento Ink - Pear Tart
Cuttlebug A2 Snow embossing folder
Imaginations Rhinestones
Michael's - Chartreuse Ribbon

"Hope You Can Cling To!" All About Girls in Pink and Play Date Cafe challenges

Another card that will fit for 2 challenges!!!  I did do another one this morning, so be sure to scroll down to see more sewing!

This card turned out so cute!  It was a bit difficult to combine pink, yellow and orange into a card.....but it actually doesn't look that bad.

 
Here are the colors for the Play Date Cafe challenge:

For the HYCCT: All About Girls in Pink challenge, these were the specifications:  I'm challenging you to use the pretty, cute, beautiful, sassy or funny woman/girl stamp(s) or image(s) and make a card/project!!  I am also challenging you to use PINK into your project too! (It doesn't have to be the main color of your project) Easy enough?

I can't imagine what lady wouldn't like a nice bubble bath with a glass of wine in order to relax.  Hmmmmmmm........I can't remember EVER doing that!!!

I paper-pieced the carpet, tub and mirror.  Tough to cut those little pieces!


Materials Used:
MFT - Time for the Bubbly stamp set
PTI - Raspberry Fizz and Hibiscus Burst cardstock
DCWV - Glitter Stack patterned paper
Creative Memories - Blooms patterned paper
PTI - Beautiful Blooms II dies, Raspberry Fizz and Vintage Cream felt
SU - Glitter brad
Memento - Tuxedo Black ink
Copics - E11, E000, E00, R59, R81, YR02, C00, C1 
Janome Sew Mini - Stitch G/Tension 4 with white thread

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Sew Thankful challenge and Stamp TV sketch challenge

My Janome Sew Mini is warmed up and rarin' to go!!!  I had so much fun sewing this card, especially since there was a sewing challenge for the HYCCT card drive.  I don't think I did too bad!


Here is the sketch from the Stamp TV challenge

And for the HYCCT - Sew Thanful for Friend challenge, here are the details:  Create a card using SOME kind of stitching (machine, faux, or by hand) and create it in a "Grateful for Friendship" theme! If you don't like to stitch, use a stamp with a needle or thread on the image, just SOMETHING related to stitching! I'm SEW excited to see what you come up with!






With it being fall and all of those patients needing someone to thank for all of their support, I couldn't resist this saying.  Sometimes the easiest thing to do for someone is "Just BE There!"



Materials Used:
PTI - Ripe Avocado & Fine Linen cardstock and Orange Zest Ink
Taylored Expressions - Satillo cardstock and berlap ribbon
Imaginisce - Apple Cider designer paper
Gina K. - Lean on Me stamp set
Versa Magic - Spanish Olive ink
Cuttlebug - A2 Embossing folder
Janome Sew Mini - Stitch G/Tension 4

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - 3-2-1 Challenge & i {love} 2 stamp card sketch challenge

Yep!!!...........This is post #3 for the day...........Keep on scrollin'!  LOL

Last card of the evening for me and it also will be submitted for 2 challenges: The HYCCT 3-2-1 challenge & The i {love} to stamp card sketch challenge.


Here is the i {love} to stamp card sketch:

And, for the HYCCT 3-2-1 challenge you had to do the following:  Use 3 design papers, 2 embellishments and 1 ribbon on your card. For embellishments, I'm looking more for brads, eyelets, primas, buttons, etc. I am not counting glitter, sparkly fluff, glimmer mist, etc as embellishments.





Here is my card for both challenges!



I'm not sure that this is going to be a favorite at all.  I'm usually a 1-2 design paper girl........so, mixing 3 was tough, tough, tough!  I do have to say.........I'm going to loveeeeeeeeeeee my new PTI - Tiny Treats: Christmas stamp set.  They are adorable and so easy to color.

Materials Used (all PTI unless otherwise noted):
Stamper's Select White cs
Tiny Treats: Christmas stamp set
Mat Stack #1 die
Pinefeather button
Poppy twine
MAMBI Color Basics - Reds design paper
Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses - Evergreen design paper
Kaiser Craft - Lovely Grosgrain Ribbon
Copics - E59, YG67, YR23
Gem star

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Handmade Embellishment Challenge, Clean & Simple #113 & OTWC challenge!

I'm back with my 2nd post of the day!  Be sure to scroll down to see my "Vintage Snow" card below this post!

This card will be submitted for 3 challenges!!!  I'll be using it for the Clean & Simple Sketch 113 challenge, the Off the Wall Craftiness Inspiration Colors challenge and the HYCCT - Handmade Embellishments challenge.


This is the challenge for the HYCCT challenge:  I LOVE embellishments - especially those pretty packaged embellies that are everywhere on the market! But... let's face it. These pretty packages can get expensive! So, here's my challenge for you: MAKE an embellishment for your card! Maybe you could stack a couple of buttons and tie them with twine... or create custom ribbon by coloring it with markers? Stamp an image and back it with layers of cardstock to create your own 'chipboard' element. The sky's the limit!


Here are the sketch and colors that inspired this card:

    


And............Here is my C&S card:


I also have to show off this really cool paper that I used as the "green" strip behind the blocks and flowers.  It has a holographic effect that you can't see above.  I got it at the Scrap the Day Away I went to a few weekends ago at the Art Tech Supplies booth.

Pretty cool effect when you tilt the card!

Materials Used (All materials from PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Dark Chocolate & Stamper's Select White
Inside & Out: Thank You
Fresh Snow ink
Dark Chocolate felt
Reminisce - Spicy Pumpkins design paper
Janome Sew Mini - Stitch B/Tension 4

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Vintage Style Challenge

This has been, and probably will be, the hardest of all the HYCCT challenges for me. Since, I am new to card making and I don't have many embellishments........and I have NOTHING that is "vintage"......lace, ribbon, charms, etc......it became a bit of a "creative" issue for me.

I have literally been racking my brain since I saw this challenge posted. I kept looking at everyone's entries, just hoping that I would get an idea just so that I could START. So, I started looking for vintage images and Mike asked what I was doing. I told him about the challenge and he said he had a ton of images that were vintage and let me use the one in this card. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to my sweet hubby!



Here are the details of the HYCCT - Vintage Style challenge: Today's challenge is to show us your vintage style! Use anything you've got: vintage-style stamps, images, gorgeous vintage laces and buttons...anything! And if you throw in some gorgeous vintage pink, all the better! Have fun!




Before using the Shutterstock.com image Mike gave me, I colorized it in Sepia brown using Paint Shop Pro X, so that it would work with the browns that I wanted to use in my background.  I really like how the card turned out, but I am definitely NOT a "vintage" girl!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise marked):
Shutterstock.com image
Embellishments stamp set
Dark Chocolate, Spring Rain & Kraft cs
Dark Chocolate ink, felt, and button
Peace Be Still dies
Kaiser Craft - Natural Grosgrain ribbon
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Creamy Brown
Versa Magic Chalk Ink - Agean Blue and Cloud White

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" - Sketch with a Twist challenge

This is my 2nd card of the evening, so be sure to scroll down under this one to see my first post (it's a darling little card...;-)  )

So, this HYCCT challenge was called Sketch with a Twist.  Here are the details: Make a project based on the provided sketch. The "twist"? It should be a dance - themed card!


Have you ever seen the movie Polar Express? I fell in love with the story first, but now I'm sure to watch the movie every Christmas season. My absolute favorite part is near the beginning when all of the kids board the Polar Express and the waiters dance around singing and bringing all of the kids hot cocoa......This dancing snowman immediately made me think of that scene. I love this Cappuccino Snowman image from Squigglefly.  See if you feel the same as I do about him!



Makes me all excited for snow...........Well, only if it disappears as quickly as it shows up......lol


Materials Used:
Squigglefly - Cappuccino Snowman
Gina K. - red cardstock
PTI - Rustic Cream
Imaginisce - Comfy Cozy
Copics - C00, C1, C5, C7, 110, E49, E97, E99, R29, YG63, E000

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Thank Heaven for Little Girls and SCS Card Sketch 303 Challenge

Wow...........What a week!  I had no time to do any crafting and I can tell that my "mojo" is waning.  It took me over 2 nights just to come up with a few cards and I just don't feel like they are up to what I normally make.  I hope this goes away soon.

This card will fit for the Hope You Can Cling To! challenge called Thank Heaven for Little Girls.  I also used the SCS Card Sketch 303 challenge for inspiration.

For the HYCCT challenge, you were to draw inspiration from one of 4 areas I have listed below:

1. The Pictures: It's quite evident in the pictures below that these two little girls are quite proud of their PINK possessions. Make a PINK card inspired by one of these pictures or by a single PINK possession seen in one of the photos. THANK HEAVEN FOR PINK POSSESSIONS!

2.
Your Childhood Memories: Make a PINK card inspired by one of your very own PINK childhood possessions. If you are like me and grew up somewhat of a tomboy and maybe wasn't quite the PINK little girley girl, then think of your favorite childhood possession and pretend it was PINK! If you ponder hard you might eventually remember that you DID have a PINK possession. I did, betcha can't guess what it was! THANK HEAVEN FOR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES!

3.
The Song Lyrics: If you have your own little girl, a niece in your family or if you know a little girl in your circle of friends, take inspiration there and make a PINK card inspired by her. THANK HEAVEN FOR THAT LITTLE GIRL!

4.
The Breast Cancer Patients at the MD Anderson Cancer Center: Make a PINK card inspired by all the women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment all of whom grew up in a most delightful way and are now fighting for their life. THANK HEAVEN FOR MD ANDERSON! 

Here is the sketch for the SCS challenge:

For the sketch, I didn't have ovals to use for my main image, so I stuck with the traditional square.  I'm going to try to get some oval Spellbinders soon.......but, for now, I have to work with what I have.

For the inspiration, I chose to use my childhood memories.  Why?.......Because I was a tomboy growing up.  I ran through the alleys with my 2 brothers, played baseball and softball, worked in the garage with my dad and just loved animals and bugs of all kinds (except the kinds of bugs that buzzz.........BEES!!!).  Ladybugs and lightening bugs were my favorites.  So, when I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of the image I got from Digital Delights called:  Thinking Pink Lara.  She was just precious and I knew that I couldn't wait to color her and make a BC patient smile.


Isn't she adorable?


Materials Used:
Digital Delights - Thinking Pink Lara
Neenah Solar White cs
PTI - Hibiscus Burst & New Leaf cardstock
My Mind's Eye - Summer design paper
PTI felt - Hibiscus Burst and Vintage Cream
PTI - Scarlet Jewel Button
Martha Stewart - Decorative Punch and Curry Glitter Pen
Diamond Glaze (head and wings)
Copics - C1, C2, C3, B95, R20, R59, E000, E00, E11, R81, R83, R85

Monday, October 18, 2010

THREE "Hope You Can Cling To!" challenge cards

I got home today to find my Taylored Expressions October Key Ingredients kit waiting for me at my doorstep!!!  Gotta love "happy" mail!  So, I did what any good stamper would do.............I tore it open and went to work.  I made 2 of my 3 cards tonight using these beautiful papers.  I already can't wait to get it again next month......lol  If you want to know more about the Key Ingredients club, click on the badge on the left sidebar.

Now to the cards!  Three of them tonight, because Michael is at his dad's watching Monday night football.  When the husband's away.......the wife's gotta play (with stamps, that is!)


Card #1 - Hope You Can Cling To! Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon challenge:  We associate the pink ribbon with breast cancer awareness. My challenge to you is to use a ribbon (any color) on your card, use as much as you like in any way you like. 

So, I didn't go pink, on ya........but, I did come up with a very cool ribbon flower.  Not sure why I'm in a "rustic", country type of creating mood tonight, but I loved these ribbons and colors together.  

Materials Used:
PTI - Scarlet Jewel, Kraft & Rustic Cream cs; Scarlet Jewel Ink; Inside & Out: Thank You stamp set; twine
Taylored Expressions - button and grosgrain ribbon
Gina K. - grosgrain ribbon



Card #2 - Hope You Can Cling To! Pop It Out challenge:  Today's challenge is for you to create a card using pop dots to POP your stamped image or any element off your card!

You can't really tell, but the centered circle is raised up on four pop dots.  It really looks nice raised up like that.  I also just love the copper embossed tree.  


Materials Used:
PTI - Ripe Avocado & Rustic Cream cs; Dark Chocolate Ink; Falling Leaves stamp set
Taylored Expressions - orange silk ribbon; Lagoon & Satillo cs
Imaginisce - Apple Cider Design paper
Martha Stewart - Copper Embossing powder





Card #3 - Hope You Can Cling To! Somekinda Hope I challenge (I did part 2 of this challenge earlier this month......before the first one.....yeah, I'm weird, I know):  This one is going to be a little different and take a little twist on something you already know.

Take ...


  1. Something old (preferably something that has been in your stash for a year or more, if you haven't been crafting that long *GASP* that's ok just pick your oldest thing)
  2. Something new (something just out of the wrapper or you know you just got from the store recently)

This is the 2nd card that I made using my October Key Ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions.  Can you just say........Lovely Fall Colors???!!!  Totally yummy!  I just love all of the combinations you can come up with using all of the cardstock and design paper. 


Materials Used:
PTI - Rustic Cream cs; Dark Chocolate Ink; Dark Chocolate buttons; twine
Taylored Expressions - Pinecone cs
Imaginisce - Apple Cider design paper
Stickles - Cinnamon



I hope you enjoyed looking at my Monday creations.  Thanks for your comments, as always!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Flower Power Challenge, Color Cue challenge & i {heart} to stamp challenge

I just loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this card!!!  I don't want to send it away, but I will because I know it will make a cancer patient just as happy as I am to see this one.  This card did take me over 2 hours to "get just right!"  I definitely think it was worth all of the planning and playing around until I got something just perfect.

I'm entering this one in the following 3 challenges: Hope You Can Cling To! Flower Power challenge, Color Cue {9} Challenge, and the i {heart} to stamp sketch challenge.

Here are the specifications for 2 of the challenges:

For the SCS "Hope You Can Cling To!" Flower Power challenge, these were the instructions: Welcome to a fabulous Friday, everyone! Let's fill up the gallery with some fab flower power, by adding at least one flower to our creations! But wait! Yours will be extra-fabilicious if you make your own flowers! C'mon! Let's rock the gallery and MD Anderson Cancer Center with flower power! 

Now, I didn't make my own.......but there are flowers everywhere on my card.....paper flowers, flower design paper and even stamped flowers!!!

Don't ya just love all those flowers???? 

I also figured out a way to stamp around a sentiment....this is probably widely known to stampers/card makers, but it's new to me.  I was going nuts trying to figure out how to get the stems to continue under the sentiment without going through the sentiment.  I didn't want to mask the stems since they were too skinny so, I came up with this idea.  I put a piece of scotch tape over the stems (took a few times to get it where I needed it to be), inked up the stamp and then pulled off the tape before positioning it over the sentiment.  The stamped stems turned out really crisp and perfectly placed!


Materials Used:
PTI - YOF - Larkspurs (sentiment); Stamper's Select White & 2008 Bitty Dot patterned paper
the {stamps} of life - Thanks2you stamp set
Stampin' Up - Sending Love design paper and Glitter Brads
Versa Fine Ink - Onyx Black
Creative Memories - Black & White paper flowers
Prima - E Line Pearls
Michael's Dancers Black Organdy ribbon
Jo-Ann's White Organdy ribbon  


Thanks for all of your comments on past posts.  It really means a lot to me and I love getting "happy comment" email notifications.......lol

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Felt the Ta-tas! challenge & Card Patterns #86 challenge

 Second post for the day......so keep scrolling after take a look at this card.  This one is for the SCS Felt the Ta-tas! & Card Pattern 86 challenges.



This card created for two challenges.  For the Felt the Ta-tas! challenge, these were the instructions:  Today our challenge is "Felt the Ta-tas"! (For real. It's important in early detection.) My challenge to you is to incorporate felt somewhere on your project! I.love.felt. It's such a warm texture! Let's see what you do with it!

And the sketch to be used for the Card Pattern #86 challenge looks like this:  



I did rotate this sketch to use with my project because I didn't have any felt...........but, I did have a felt embellishment, so I used that.


Here is my little snowbird!


Materials Used:
PTI - Rustic Cream cardstock, Mat Stack #4 die, Dark Chocolate ink
Imaginisce - Polar Expressions design paper and fleece felt embellishment
Kaiser Craft Grosgrain Ribbon

2 "Hope You Can Cling To!" challenge cards!!!

Lots and lots of cards to make and show off!  This first is for the SCS Walk On By & Play Date Cafe challenges.


This card was created for two challenges.  For the Walk On By challenge, these were the instructions:  I'd like for you to make a card inspired by some place you walk, whether it's the library, grocery store, or local park. Pick those colors from a favorite tree you pass, or maybe you love the produce section of your grocery store...let your mind wander and your work be inspired.

And the colors to be used for the Play Date Cafe look like this:  

Well any of you that know me, know that Mike is a terrific gardner and in our yard we have the most beautiful flowers.......one of them being larkspurs.  I couldn't resist buying these stamps for just that reason!  Now, I had a challenge to use them!

I found it difficult to come up with a pale mint-ish green because I didn't have any.........but, I did my best with a patterned paper that did have some "mint-ish" swirls.

This is what I came up with:


Materials Used:
PTI - Year of Flowers: Larkspurs; Fine Linen and Spring Rain cs; Eyelet Lace die
Copic Markers - B95, B97, YG63, YG67
Unknown designer paper




Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Dabble in Some Scrabble challenge

This is my 3rd post of the day, so please keep scrollin' after you see this card!!!

Scrabble anyone???  Yep, I was wondering what this challenge was going to be with a title like that.  Then after I read it......it was absolutely perfect!!!

Here are the challenge specifications for Let's Dabble in Some Scrabble:
Hello People! Let's Dabble in Some Scrabble!!

1. Let's do a square card. (The Scrabble Board)
2. Let's do it in PINK!! (For Breast Cancer Awareness!)
3. Let's do a minimum of 4 additional squares on your card. Can be cardstock, tiles, buttons, you name it! Just as long as they are square! (The Scrabble Tiles)


So Be There!
And Be Square!


And even though I have my dictionary handy to make sure you guys don't cheat and make up words that aren't words, you don't even have to put words on your card! But if you do, just think encouragement for a Breast Cancer Patient! 

Gotta love all the BLING, BLING!!!


 Materials Used:
PTI - Raspberry Fizz and Stamper's Select White cardstock
PTI - Eyelet Lace Die
the {stamps} of life - Hip2be..... & Swirls2build (sentiment) stamp sets
Mark Richards - Clear Rhinestones
Studio G. - Black glitter
Martha Stewart - Fuchsia Glitter Pen & Scoring Board
 

"Hope You Can Cling To!" Colors of Hope Challenge

I got some new PTI goodies today so I just had to use some of the new stamps.  For this Hope You Can Cling To! challenge, you had to utilize certain colors.

Here is the official description for the challenge: 
Today I'm challenging you with a color combo!
We're going to use:
PINK - the color for breast cancer awareness
AQUA - which represents healing and hope
and
OLIVE - which represents peace.

You may use ONE neutral color as well - white, cream or kraft - and you're free to use a dark color for outline stamping and sentiments if you wish.



Here it is!




This was more challenging than I thought.  I love pink and olive together, but the aqua threw me off.  I should have probably brought the aqua into the wording or even the ribbon......but, it doesn't look bad.  I didn't have olive glitter for the ornament, so I mixed Martha Stewart's Peridot and Golden Beryl glitters (Michael gave me that idea...Gotta love 'em!). 

Materials Used:
PTI - Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst, and Aqua Mist cardstock
PTI - Vintage Christmas stamp set
the {stamps} of life - Holly4Christmas stamp set
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves and Studio G Pink (for ornament)
Copic Marker - YG63
Cuttlebug Snow Embossing Folder
PTI-Bling
Gina K. ribbon
Martha Stewart Peridot & Golden Beryl glitter
Bow Easy

First Batch of cards off to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center!!!

If you are wondering what this card drive is all about, take a look at the big message at the top of my blog to get all of the details!


I'm so excited to send my very first set of cards off to the Cancer Center today.  I'm really hoping that the patients get some happiness from these small gifts of hope.  It makes a person feel really good to know that you can make someone else's day with just a tiny gesture.


In reading about UT MD Anderson Cancer Center I found out a few positive things.  The most impressive is that for seven of the past nine years, including 2010, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in the "America's Best Hospitals" survey published by U.S. News & World Report.



I also found their new logo.  Now, doesn't this say it all???  "MD Anderson is focused on research on causes, treatments, and prevention of cancer, with the stated mission of "Making Cancer History."



Thank-you to everyone in the medical community that is taking a stand against this horrible disease.  I know that you can find a cure.  And, in the meantime, I just want to be able to send some hope to those that need it most.


Friday, October 15, 2010

2 "Hope You Can Cling To!" Cards and 3 Challenges!

I had a really trying week this week, so I'm really behind on all of the cards for the patients at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  I'm going to send what I have finished so far in the mail tomorrow........then I'll send another batch at the end of the month.

For today, I did two cards that will meet 3 challenges!!!

The first will be for The Hope You Can Cling To! - Happy Flowers Challenge and the Clean & Simple 112 Challenge.

Here is the sketch for the Clean & Simple 112 Challenge:



And, here is the description for the Happy Flowers Challenge:  When my Mother was being treated for Breast Cancer I hid a paper flower for her to find every single day of her treatment. She got to look for it every time she came back in the door after the long round trip to and from treatment every day for 6+ weeks. It is little things like these that keep cancer patients focussed... so my challenge is for you to add nice big happy PAPER flower/s to your card. So think scrolled flowers, tea bag folded flowers, origami flowers, 3D die cut flowers...

 Here is my entry into both!


I got the idea for the flower from Nichole Heady's blog this week when she was giving all of us PTI addicts a sneak peek at the new releases this month.  She did a beautiful "Lazy Stamper Accordion Medallion" tutorial for some adorable Christmas tags using the new Limitless Layer Circle Dies.  Well, since these were just ordered, I didn't have them to use on my flower..........but, I did have Scalloped Circle Spellbinders!!!  Making the flower was a bit tedious, but definitely worth it.

Materials Used:
PTI - Ripe Avocado and Fine Linen cardstock
DCWV - Amber Autumn Card Stack (12x12)
PTI - Ripe Avocado Grosgrain Ribbon
PTI - Lily of the Valley stamp set (sentiment)




Hope You Can Cling To! - Somekinda Hope II Challenge

The 2nd card I made was for the Hope You Can Cling To! - Somekinda Hope II Challenge.......Now to understand the II part........Somekinda Hope I (which I haven't done yet) was to use something old and something new..........so this one was to:  
  1. Something borrowed (ok I don't mean you have to go raid your buddies craft stash, you can borrow an idea or CASE someone's creation)
  2. Something... here's the twist...NOT necessarily blue!! Cancer takes makes shapes & shades. So for your color you get to choose one of the colors from the Cancer Ribbon Awareness chart I'm attaching. I got it from the Choose Hope website.
My borrowed item was the card that gave me inspiration, which you can find here:  Stamped Vellum Snowflakes

The color of my card is dark blue because I lost a very dear friend to colon cancer last week........so this card is dedicated to her.


 Materials Used:
PTI - Enchanted Evening, Vintage Ivory & Spring Rain cardstock
Silver Vellum from JoAnn's
Trees with Trimmings stamp set (sentiment)
Snowflake Serenade stamp set 
Framed stamp set
Brilliance Ink - Pearlescent Sky Blue
VersaMagic Ink - Night Sky

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