Monday, May 31, 2010

MFT Guest Designer Contest-June

This month's MFT Guest Designer Contest's theme is "Some Like It Hot" and we can take that in any direction we want to.

I created 2 cards for this contest.  The first is this one...

Since this is the type of card I'd only give to my hubby, I made it more masculine. The fireplace scene is from an older MFT Christmas set Home for the Holidays and the sentiment is from MFT Who's That Grillin' Guy?

I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the front panel and frame, and adhered it with pop dots to add dimension. The woodgrain stamp and impression plate are from PTI.

  I colored the scene with Prisma pencils and added a little twine and button to finish it off. 

Here is the second card I made for this contest.  This sassy little lady is laying down the law in her kitchen, the "hottest" room in the house. ;) 

Isn't this sentiment just great?!  How many times have I wanted to say these very words myself? ;)  The main image is from MFT Lovin' from the Oven and the sentiment is from MFT Twisted Threesome.  This sentiment set is filled with tongue-in-cheek sassy sayings like this one...just LOVE it!!

 I paper pieced the main image and adhered her to a Spellbinders die cut with pop dots.  All patterned papers are by October Afternoon. 

I added a little crocheted lace and some die cut kitchen utensils to add a couple of finishing touches. The sentiment label is adhered with antiqued brass brads.  Thought that added a little something to the vintage feel of this card. 

This was a fun contest!  Thanks for looking, and as always, your comments are very much appreciated!!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

OLW6: Overlapping

This week's One Layer Wednesday Challenge is Overlapping.  Here's my take on the challenge...

I made this square card with A Muse's Marigold stamp using Papertrey Ink's Hawaiian Shores ink.  The sentiment is also Papertrey- Signature Greetings.  I used a square Nestability as a template for the black outline.  And then, because I couldn't help myself, I popped a matching rhinestone in the center of the flower. 

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, your comments are very much appreciated!!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Tonight is Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop.  This month's theme: Felt. 

Easy enough, right?  Well, I must admit I struggled with this a bit.  Since my felt stash is just a couple of days old, I haven't had much time to play with it, so I decided on something that a felt novice could handle with relative ease.

The felt clouds are from a My Favorite Things die which includes 3 different sizes of clouds.  The felt scallop border is a die from Papertrey, the felt sun is a Spellbinders die.  The great thing about felt, which I've learned, is that steel dies cut through it beautifully.  If it's a stiff enough felt.  This felt came from Hobby Lobby and is quite stiff. 


The patterned paper is Papertrey Ink Bitty Dot Basics and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Up Up and Away Sentiments stamp set.  The center of the sun is stamp with an image from Papertrey Ink Daily Designs in Memento Ink and then I added a button to finish it off.  The ribbon is something I had on hand, but I'm not sure who makes it.

Playing with felt and dies was fun and definitely something I plan to incorporate into more cards and projects that I make.

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, your comments are very much appreciated!!!


Monday, May 3, 2010

A Muse Celebration Challenge

Well, I've been challenge-happy lately as you can see from my last several posts.  This week is A Muse's  9th Birthday Celebration and they issued a "Celebration Challenge" in honor of the occasion. 

Here's my card...

Isn't it a cutie??  All stamps are by A Muse.  I used Party Chick, Happy Bird-day and Fancy Borders.  The paper is by PTI and the inks are Memento and Versamagic.  I chose my colors based on the ribbon.  I thought that ribbon was so fun and cheery so I made a card that was inspired by it. 

I colored my little chick lightly with Prismas and added a fun little green rhinestone to the top of her party hat.  I just love her...A Muse has the cutest little stamps.  They are having a new release tomorrow called "Everything's Rosy" and the sneek peaks are BEAUTIFUL!!  Go check them out at !!

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, your comments are very much appreciated!!!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

My Favorite Things Guest Designer Contest

Wow...2 posts in one night!!!  Whew!!

OK, so I'm starting to get a little bold.  I've submitted a card to My Favorite Things for their June Guest Designer spot.  Their challenge for us was to use either fabric or felt on a project.  Having no felt on hand and very little fabric, my options were limited.  But did that stop me?  Nu-uh.  Here's my card...

I had a little bit of left over toile fabric from some cafe curtains I made several years back.  Now that fabric and felt are becoming very popular in cards and scrapbooking, I guess I need to do a little shopping.  ;)  I used a Papertrey scallop die to cut the fabrin in my Cuttlebug and glued them down with Scor-tape.  I used Spellbinders Petite Scallop Oval dies to create the focal point.  The sentiments are from a My Favorite Things set- Clearly Sentimental about Mothers.  The cardbase was embossed with a Papertrey Impression Plate.  The background of the focal point is a Hero Arts stamp, while the flourish brackets are Papertrey Ink. 

As it happens many times, I think this card is much prettier in person than online, but I still like the way it turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by!!! And wish me luck....  ;)


More Unity Challenges!!

As a part of Unity's Anniversary celebration (seems like lots of companies are having their anniversaries this time of year), they issued several challenges.  I've already posted my take on one of those challenges, but today I'll show you my take on a few more....

First up is their challenge for us to use a tree or bird image....this was a "no brainer" for me.  I love trees.  A lot.  I think I own every tree image available in a stamp right now.  No kidding.  I really dig trees.  So I had no shortage of options.  Here is what I came up with.

The tree and little bird images are from Giggle Grove, the background stamp is a Unity incentive stamp for being a member of their kit of the month, and the sentiment is from one of those monthly kits (not sure which one).  The patterned paper is by Basic Grey. 

Unity's next challenge was for us to creat a project using a stamp from our first Unity purchase.  Along with trees, I'm obsessed with houses.  I think I also own just about every house stamp on the market today.  So, it should come as no surprise when I tell you my first Unity order included the tree set used in the previous challenge and a sweet little set of houses a called Pixie Lane.  Here is my card using Pixie Lane.

I used My Mind's Eye paper to piece the house and a Spellbinders die to cut the center out of the top layer of cardstock.  The sentiment is also from Unity, a set called Hodge Podge of Happiness and it's one of my favorite Unity sets.  The cardstock is Papertrey as well as the button. 

The fourth challenge issued by Unity was this sketch:

Here's my take on it...

I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper and DCWV stitch rub-ons for the strips on the bottom.  The pocket, flowers, and sentiment stamps are from a Unity Kit of the Month...sorry, don't know exactly which month. I embossed the posies with white embossing powder to help them stand out.  I then added some bling to the flower centers and the pocket.  The twill tape is Martha Stewart. 

I have had so much fun participating in Unity's Anniversary challenges.  Thanks for stopping by, and as always, your comments are very much appreciated.