Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sew What's New

It's time for the April MFT Guest Designer  challenge.  The theme is "Do the Bunny Hop".  Well that worked out perfectly for me.  I've been itching to use the "Funny Bunny" stamp so now is the perfect time.

I wanted to do something different and this challenge coincided with a class that was running at the sewing machine store.  That class was about appliqueing on towels.  We transferred some seasonal Easter images onto "Color Plus Fabrics".  While I was doing this the light bulb switched on - I realized how I could do this with a stamped image.  And Voila!  doesn't my bathroom look so sweet.  Of course you can sew the image onto other things besides towels and the cutest thing I could think of was  little girl's clothes.

Doesn't this outfit make you wish had a little girl to dress?   With the right image and colors you can do this on just about any kind of clothes for anyone.  If you picked up a pack of onesies you could turn them into something really special with a little work. 

If you're interested in how to do this, I'm going to give some basic directions to you but I have to tell you that if you've never sewn more than a straight stitch on your cards this may seem a bit daunting but it's really not.  

First of all you need an image.

I stamped the "Funny Bunny" on card stock and did it up as if I was going to make a card.

Sorry for the poor quality photo here.  I just wanted you to see that I started with an image the same way I would have started any project.  I paper pieced the bunny suit with a scrap of pink gingham and colored his face, ear insides and carrot with copics. 

Next I took this photo, uploaded it and cropped it.  I imported it to Word where I could fool around with sizing it and positioning it on the paper.  You can probably do this in other programs but this is the one I know.

I made a couple sheets of the bunny in different sizes then printed them on an ink jet printer.  The paper is "Color Plus Fabrics".  I picked it up in the sewing machine store but I think you can pick this up in craft stores, quilt stores or fabric stores.  If you don't see it ask a clerk.  If you can't find it there here's a website from the instruction sheet maybe they can direct you to a local store.  I'm pretty sure there are other brands of this type of paper because I've seen it around for years.  At one time it was popular to print photos of your kids and/or pets onto fabric and include them in a family quilts and pillows.

here's a close up of one of the bunnies on the towel
After printing, the images were cut out and the paper backing is removed.  I ironed the pieces to set the ink.  Next "Steam and Seam" was applied to the back.  This product  is an adhesive that attaches to your fabric by ironing (first you iron it to your image, peel off the paper backing and then you iron your image onto your towel (or whatever fabric you're using). This is usually available in fabric stores.  I'm not sure if you can get it in craft stores but it might be available in Wal-Mart. 

Before appliqueing the pieces I put a water soluble stabilizer on the back of the towel.  For the towels I used a clear mono filament thread.  The stitch is a blanket stitch but with a clear thread you could use any applique stitch.  On the shorts a satin stitch in pink thread was used.

One of the things that makes this "easy" is that you only need to stamp and color the image once and then you can use it over and over.  Of course you do have to cut and sew each one.   Even though the "Steam and Seam" acts as an adhesive, unless the item you are making is purely for show, you need to stitch the image down.  Personally I think even the "for show" items would be better off being sewn, otherwise it'll probably start to peel off.

you know I've gotta add a charm
Then when you've finished all that sewing you've still got the original stamped bunny for card making. 

It's time to cross my fingers.  This is the toughest challenge, and probably the most coveted prize, at least for the MFT junkies it is.  The price is always a big one but the "cache" of being the month's guest designer is even better.  And as the song says "Maybe this time I'll be lucky".

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Funny Bunny"
ink - memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - white card stock; My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found blush"; Bazzill "Blossom" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; towels; tee shirt and shorts; Steam and Seam; Color Plus Fabrics; linen thread, bunny charm; paper flowers; flower brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things MFTGUESTDT0412 - April Guest Designer
Just Us Girls JUGS#130 - Wildcard
Daring Cardmakers - Material Girl
Simply Create Too #10 - Eggs/Bunnies
Card Makin' Mamas - Easter
Craft Your Days Away #42 - Easter
One Stop Craft #176 - Easter
Just Add Ink JAI #111 - Just Add Easter
Totally Papercrafts #110 - Easter
Charisma #12 - Easter
DYSU #65 - Easter
Moving Along With the Times #142 -Cute and Cuddly 
Paper Play week 13 - Easter
Sisterhood of Crafters- Easter
Just Keep On Creating #1 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Your comments make my days light and breezy.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Drink Me!

That cute little mushroom house is sitting atop a cupcake.  Do you think anyone besides me could take it off and eat it?  I do enjoy a piece of marzipan every now and then and I always marvel at these gorgeous creations, wondering why the artist chooses to create in a medium that will only last a short time.  Fortunately the photos last forever and we can use them for inspiration.  This week's Cupcake Inspiration challenge #153 is sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs, they are offering a $10 Gift Certificate to the store.  There's a wide variety of designs to choose from but if you are a caffeine obsessed individual this is a must stop spot.  Go check it out, you'll be glad you did.

can you see the tiny little mushroom charm hanging off the bow?
if you click on the photo you'll get an enlarged image

That  darling mushroom immediately got my attention.  I knew I had some dp with a mushroom design so I choose a Fresh Brewed image with an equally cute mushroom image.  Another plus for this image is that is has an "Alice in Wonderland" reference. 
So what will inspire you?  The sweeties are always interested in what you create so don't forget to link it up here on the challenge blog.

don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
image - Fresh Brewed Designs - "Drink Me"
ink - hp printer; Ranger "Worn Lipstick" and "Walnut Stain" distress inks
paper - Recollections brown cs base and "Basics Red" dp; Imaginisce "Twitterpated - Mushroom Fancy" dp;
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up ribbon; burlap twine; mushroom charm; brads and mini brads

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC153 - photo
Splitcoast Coast Stampers sc377- sketch

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and of course all the sweeties at Cupcake Inspirations are hoping you'll take part in this week's challenge.

Pile It On - For or From the Guys

I don't know about you but I kind of like horror flicks and scarey stuff.  Walking my dog in the dark is a little scarey because there's some nasty critters that live around here BUTwhat really, really, REALLY scares me is the phrase "make a card for a man".   There's another crafting phrase that makes my blood run cold - "make a clean and simple card or project".  It seems like CAS should be easier to do but not for me.  I like piling on the layers, using two, three or even four patterned papers and dressing it up with embellishments and bling.  Putting a big pretty bow and a charm on top is icing the cake.  So for this week's Pile It On challenge to make a masculine card I decided to make it a real challenge for me by adding the Clean and simple element.   Works out since most men aren't all that carzy about the pretty stuff like flowers and ribbons.   Of course for a man's card you need a manly image, and that's what this week's sponsor, Dude Time Doodles is all about. 

don't forget the inside
Join the design team by making a masculine card and you'll be in the running for a $10 gift certificate to the Dude Time Doodles store.  All you have to do is link it up on the Pile It On challenge blog and enter it into at least one other challenge.  There's the usual no back linking rule but otherwise that's pretty much it.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Dude Time Doodles "Ernie Carpenter"
ink - hp printer
paper - My Mind's Eye "This and That - Charming"; Stampin' Up "Wild Wasabi"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Chevron Stripes" die-namics; button; burlap twine; saw charm

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #13 - For/From a Man
One Stop Crafts #175 - Clean and Simple
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away #41 - Just for Men/Boys plus a Button
Simon Says - Let's Play Bingo (Charms, Punches/Dies, ribbon/twine)
Totally Papercrafts #109 - Humour
Cute Card Thursday #209 - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime #70 - for the Guys and Include a Sentiment
L'il Red Wagon #125 - Clean and Simple
Creative Belli - Clean and Simple
Cards for Men #6 - Cheekie Chappies
Just Keep on Creating #1 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and I hope you find the time to play along with us at the Pile It On challenge to make a card or project "For/from the men".

Friday, March 23, 2012

Don't Worry...

Be Happy.  Do you remember that upbeat ditty by Bobby McFerrin (here's a you tube video if you're interested)?   When it first came out It irritated me to no end.  If I had a gun I would have shot the radio (my first argument for gun control) but eventually it grew on me.   It's got a Friday kind of feel.  Time to kick back and relax, have some fun, have some me time, maybe even get some stamping done.  Which brings me to...Stampin' for the Weekend.  It's time for another SFTW challenge.  This week we're sponsored by Stamp Fairy and it couldn't be easier to play along because this week the theme is "Anything Goes".  So dig out your supplies and make anything, then link it up for a chance to win a $10 GC to Stamp Fairy.  

don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - Stamp Fairy "Lenny Bee 2"
ink - hp printer
paper - My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found - Sunshine" dp; Bazzill "Beeswax" cs
miscellaneous - copics; Spellbinder's oval and scalloped oval dies; bling; baker's twine; bee charm; pleated ribbon; Bazzill cardstock strips; brads and mini brads; puffy bee; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend #6 - Anything Goes
Stampin' Royalty #116 - sketch
Sentimental Sundays #94 - Metal (bee charm and brads)

CD Case for Coop

For this week's My Favorite Things sketch challenge I've made a CD Case. 
A few years ago I took my "nephew" to see "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee".  It was the first time he saw a play on Broadway.  He was about 10 years  old but that show  had an amazing impact on his life.  He has been working at becoming a professional entertainer ever since.  For a young teenager his dedication is amazing.  One of the things I like best about him is that he never lets anybody's criticism bother him.  He's been part of a  local cable TV show for kids by kids.  I'm expecting that if anyone can make to Broadway, it's him.

here's the inside, space on one side for the CD and a card
for a note on the other
When we saw the show we each got the cast recording but at some point he lost his copy so I'm sending a copy.   He'll be thrilled to have it again and he'll be playing it over and over , so his mom may want to kill me, but it won't be the first or last time for that.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Who's That Music Girl"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Worn Lipstick
paper - Stampin' Up "DSP Patterns Pack - Neutral Collection" and black cs; Bazzill "Ruby Slipper" cs; Basic Gray "Sugar Rush" dp
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things die-namics "Layered Labels" and "Musical Notes"; mini brads; ribbon; SU corner punch; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC64 - sketch
Charisma #11 - Pocket Card
4 Crafty Chicks #82 - Inspired By Music
Cute Card Thursday  #209- Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Flower Cupcakes

How about this eye candy!  These cupcakes are just screaming springtime, flowers and pastel colors.  This is the inspiration photo for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge CIC152 sponsored by Di's Digital Downloads.   One of you lucky crafters is going to get something very cute.

This a great starting point.  My head was spinning with ideas.  First thing that came to my mind was pull out all my flower dies and there's quite a few of them.  I spent a couple happy hours (remember, I'm easily amused) making flowers.  It's amazing how time flies when you're doing stuff you like.

At some point I remembered the teapot template that was on the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge blog.  I had printed out the tutorial hoping to use it, and this seemed like the perfect time. 
The lid comes off, just like a real teapot, to reveal an image, or sentiment or with a little playing around you could attach a gift card there. 

Once I got the card assembled I decided to use only one of the flowers I made, the yellow one.  It was made with two different dies.  The daisy die was used for the outer petals and the inside was made with the smallest rolled rose.  

I wanted you to see that the lid pulls up and out.  Isn't that clever!  I do love this idea and it's very easy to make so if you love shaped cards and/or teapots stop over at Top Tip for the template and tutorial. 

The lid piece comes all the way out.  I stamped the sentiment on this piece before I made the teapot.  At this point in time I had no idea I was going to use the ticket die and stamp which has a sentiment.  I hadn't thiought about how I was going to decorate the teapot and as I went trhough stamps and embellishments I came across the ticket and die set and decided to try that one out.  Maybe I'll replace the stamped sentiment on the lid piece with a blank piece of cardstock so that I can write a note, and maybe not.   It's good to have options.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Ticket Die-namics"; sentiment Heidi Grace "Quotes"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Tattered Rose" and "Tea Dye"; Versa Magic "Spring Pansy"
paper - Stampin' Up "Pale Plum" cs and "Patterns Stack - Subtles" dsp for flower and flourish; K & Co "Susan Winget Spring Blossoms" dp
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things die-namics "Fancy Flourish","Rolled Daisy" and "Rolled Rose"; lace; pearls; flowers

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC152 - photo
Delightful Challenges - Someone Special
Cute Card Thursday #208 - Happy Birthday
Simply Create Too #9 - It's Spring
Crafty Ann's  #61 - Spring Into Spring
Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday
Ruby's Rainbow #24 - Lace
Papertake Weekly - For the Girls or Mum
Top Tip Tuesday #72 - Make a Really Girly Creation (thanks for the teapot template!)
There She Goes TSG147 - Hidden Surprise
Cutie Pie #13 - Pearls and Swirls
Totally Stampalicious - Flowers
One Stop Crafts #174 - Handmade flowers
Totally Gorjuss #123 - Spring

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  In the meantime, the sweeties at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge want you to play along.  So make something inspired by the pretty cupcakes and link it up here for a chance to win a prize from Di's Digi Downloads.

Up in the Air with Pile It On

Are you familiar with Claire Keay's images?  If you  aren't it's time you paid a visit to Jellypark.  Don't expect to find Yogi or Boo Boo bear, they're out robbing picnic baskets at Jellystone Park.  Jellypark is the sponsor for this week's Pile It On challenge #12 - "Up in the Air", that could be birds or flying creatures, kites, planes or even a banner.  For more inspiration just look up from the floor, what do you see?  or visit the Pile It On blog to see what the rest of the design team has created.  A prize from Jellypark could be enough to get your creative juices flowing. 

This is my off week at Pile It On but when I saw who the sponsor was I wanted to play along and use an image that's been on my bulletin board for a while.  It's "Girl with Thank You Bunting".  This particular image is a fundraiser .  Proceeds benefit Little Havens, a children's hospice.  I'm happy to be able to purchase adorable images and support a worthy cause at the same time.  Pop over to Jellypark and read about it.

don't forget the inside
Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark "Girl with Thank You Bunting"
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Pacific Point" cs; October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things die-namics "Dizzy Doily" and "LIttle Open Scallop Strip" (on inside); Spellbinder's circle die: lace; baker's twine; charm; brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #12 - Up in the Air
Jellypark Friends - Favorite Craft Product (charms)/Favorite Technique (die cuts)
Friday Mash Up #50 - sketch and/or Mother of Pearl
Really Reasonable Ribbon #44 - Spring with Ribbon Theme
Raise the Bar #96 - "4" Leaf Clover (4 brads)
Simply Create Too #9 - It's Spring
Southern Girls #40 - Red, Blue and Yellow
Digi Doodles #99 - People
Ruby's Rainbow #24 - Lace
Papertake Weekly - For the Girls or Mum
Ladybug Crafts - Anything  Goes
Going Grey - Think Spring
Crafts and Me - Let's See Circles
For Fun - Circles
Paper Pretties PWC197 - Create a Thank You Card
Whoopsiedaisy - Punch It Out
Cupcake Craft #83 - Going Dotty
Crazy for Challenges C4C128 - Let's See Some Green
Totally Gorjuss #123 - Spring!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and of course I hope you'll play along with us at Pile It on.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Rainbow Will Come

As soon as I saw this inspiration photo block on Sunday I knew what stamp set and which papers I wanted to use to make my card for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club challenge.  I just had to wait for Wednesday for the sketch to be posted.   It was only a couple days but it seemed like ages, kind of like waiting for Christmas when you're a kid.
I recently purchased this stamp and was planning on using it as soon as I had a chance so when I saw yellow as a color in the challenge I knew this was the stamp I'd be using.  Of course I could make the raincoat any color but yellow is just fun and cheery.  The paper I've had for a couple years, it's TLC.  I don't know where you can pick it up because I used to get it at a monthly scrap in NJ and have never seen it any where else but I haven't done an Internet search on it. 
don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "The Rainbow Will Come"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Stampin' Up "Pumpkin Pie"
paper - Bazzill "Tangelo" ; TLC "Slumber Party"
miscellaneous - copics; brads; bling; bakers's twine; SU button; umbrella charm; MFT die-mamics  "Little Open Scallop Strip"; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things MFTWSC63 - sketch
CR84FUN50 - photo/yellow, pink , orange
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C127 - Spring is in the Air (April Showers)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Berry Sweet

Does anyone else have this problem?  It seems that often I make a card with minimal stamping it ends up taking longer to make than ones with lots of intricate coloring.  It's not because I didn't how I was going to lay it out because it was made for a sketch challenge.  It wasn't because it took a long time to pick the papers because as soon as I decided on the stamp I knew which papers I would use.  Wish I could say why it took so long but I can't.  I guess I was just putzing...

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Feelin' Fruity"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Ladybug"
paper - Bazzill "Ruby Slipper" "Parakeet" and dark green cs; Imaginisce "Berrylicious" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Souffle markers; bling; ribbon; SU linen twine; charm; brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
CES challenges- Use a charm
I {Heart} Ribbon - Printed Ribbon (it's hard to see because it's covered by the images but the ribbon has strawberries printed on it)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

don't forget the inside

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wishing You Luck

It's time for the wearing of the green so go dig out your green sweater from the moth balls.  What about green bagels and beer, where do you stand on those?  Those kind of gross me out.  I prefer to have uncolored Irish Soda Bread and if you can get some very lean and thin cut corned beef and then top it off with some Baily's Irish Cream...

don't forget the inside

At the Pile It On Challenge blog we're going with the green theme too.  This week our challenge #11 is St. Patrick's Day and/or Shades of Green.  It's sponsored by Simon Says who will give the winner a $15 gift certificate for their store.  So why not play along for a chance to win.  
Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Wishing You Luck"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - the Paper Cut (MFT) "Lemonade" cs; October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" dp
miscellaneous - copics; buttons; brads; lace; ribbon; charm; sewing machine; MFT die-namics "Simply Scallops"

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On -#11 - St Patrick's Day and/or Shades of Green
Sketch Saturday #198  - Sketch
Sweet Stampin' - Let's See Those Layers and optional Sketch
Totally Gorjuss #122 - Anything Goes with a Button
Crazy for Challenges C4C127 - Spring Is in the Air
Papercraft  Star  #87 - St. Patrick's Day use a Lucky Theme
Delightful Challenges - St. Patrick's Day
DYSU #62 - Go Green
Moving Along With the Times - Cute as a Button
Card Makin' Mammas - #40 - Let's See Some Green
Friday Mash Up FM#49- Use Green and Yellow and/or a 3-D basket
CES #76- Charmed
Raise the Bar #95 - Go Green
2 Sisters #82- Spring Colors
Totally Papercrafts #107 - My Favorite Things (Charm and MFT stamps)
Simply Create Too #8 - I'm So Lucky
CRAFT #145 - Inspired By a Song (I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover)
Crafting for All Seasons #22 - Green and Yellow
Going Grey - St. Paddy's Day
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I love reading your comments and appreciate that you made the effort.  I hope you'll play along with us in the Pile It On Challenge.

Irish Cupcakes

I find myself wondering if the baker put green dye in the batter of this cute cuppies.  These are the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge.   We're sponsored by Stamp Fairy, one of our regular and generous sponsors.  They've got cute and sweet bear images for every occasion.  If you enter the challenge this week you may win a little shopping spree.  If I weren't a DT I'd be playing along. 

There's lots to be inspired by in this photo.  There's the cute little bear, the pot of gold, the flag, the rainbow, and of course the shamrocks.  There's something for everyone in this photo and everybody's Irish in March.

You can see I've been inspired by that cute little bear and the St. Patrick's Day theme.  The Stamp Fairy bears are just about twins with the cupcake bear. 

don't forget the inside
Here's the deets:
stamp - Stamp Fairy  "Herb/St. Patrick's Day"
ink - hp printer
paper - the Paper Cut "Whip Cream" cs; Bazzill green cs; Basic Gray "Origins" dp; Recollections Printed Scrapbook Papers (yellow dot) dp; Stampin' Up "Kraft" cs
miscellaneious - copics; SU crochet lace ribbon; gingham check ribbon; Irish charm; My Favorite Things oval die-namics; Fiskars "Upper Crest" punch; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC151 - photo
Friday Mash Up #49 - use Green and Yellow and/or a 3-d basket
DYSU #62 - Go Green
Digi Doodles #98 - Animals
Delightful - St. Patrick's Day
Crafty Sentiments - Bears

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate all your kind words.  I hope you'll come back again.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I {Heart} Shoes

I really do love shoes.  Unfortunately shoes do not love me.  My feet look like Fred Flintstone's feet, in fact when I was pregnant I used to sing a little ditty about my feet using the Flintstone vitamin jingle for the tune.  It went like this "I have Flinstone feet, they are wide and growing...".  During my pregnancy I couldn't fit a shoe on my feet, I wore flip flops even with my prettiest dresses.  In my youth I could ignore the pain and squoosh my foot into a pretty shoe but more often than not my foot would eventually burst through the side of the shoe and that was the end of that.  Nowadays I just wistfully look at all those pretty heels and put on my Easy Spirits double wides and pray they'll be wide enough.  At least with stamps the size and width doesn't matter.

don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sassy Shoes"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Recollections gray card base;  the Paper Cut (MFT) "Banana Split" cs; Recollections light gray cs; Stampin' Up dark gray cs;  October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker"
miscellaneous - copics; Q and Co. pearls; MFT die-namics "Perfect Bracket" sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Unscripted Sketches #149 - Sketch
Playdate Cafe PDCC122 - Charcoal, Ash and Butter
Simon Says - Mother's Day/Special Girl
Craft Your Days Away #40 - Mother's Day
Dream Valley #27 - Mother's Day

Thanks for stopping by, I love reading all your comments and appreciate the time and effort it takes. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mint Magic

I just love that little teapot charm and the pearl in the
center of the rolled rose
Here's the rolled royal rose again.  They look amazing, even my teenage daughter likes them and wants to make some.  I have no idea what she wants to do with them but that's doesn't matter.  Any creative interest needs to be nurtured.   For me, it doesn't matter if you stay in the lines or color flesh appropriately.  After the masterpiece in mixed media (mascara and lipstick) was created on my off white living room furniture I had a little sit down with my darling daughter and talked about how beautiful her work was but that the furniture was not where it belonged.  At that point I made up my rule that walls and furniture were off limits and she could have as much paper as she wanted.  Too bad I didn't mention that my make-up and bed linens were also off limits, but I digress...oh and now that she's grown she's put a mural on her headboard and is painting on her walls.  They say what you resist persists.  I gotta agree.

It's Friday and the weekend is here.  Stampin' for the Weekend has a great challenge for you this week.  Our team member Mummylade is asking you to use this photo of a fabulously shabby chic room for your inspiration.  I don't know about you but I would love to live there.  Of course to do that I would have to get rid of my family and pets.

My card was inspired by the color scheme and the tea cups and tea pots on the table.  I pulled out a House Mouse stamp which got me thinking about a cabin we used to own.  it was in the woods in the Poconos.  It was a very quaint little place that an occasional mouse liked to visit.  From personal experience I can tell you they are much cuter on your cards than in your teapots. 

don't forget the inside
Here's the deets:
stamp - House Mouse "We're Mint Tea To Be Together"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - Stampin' Up "Kraft" cs; Bazzill "Frosted Teal" cs; the Paper Cut  (from MFT) "Pink Lemonade" cs; Stampin' Up "Pink Pirouette" dsp (for flowers and flourish); Melissa Frances "5th Avenue" dp
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things die-namics "Fancy Flourish" , "Scalloped Ribbon" and "Royal Rose"; Pearls; ribbon; silver cord; teapot charm; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' For the Weekend #5 - photo inspiration
Crafty Creations #160 - Stripes
Simon Says - Mother's Day/Special Girl
Crop Stop #62 - Rainbow of Color (pink, blue, green, brown)
Creative Card Crew #5 Humor
Cutie Pie #13 - Pearls and Swirls

Thanks for stopping by, your visits mean the world to me.  I hope you'll come back again and I hope you'll find the time to play along in the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Get Cooking!

Here's the recipe for Cooking It Up with Katie's latest challenge:
1.)  Embossing
2.)  Stitching
3.)  Punching

The last time embossing was part of a recipe I forgot about it till after I had the whole card put together, soooo this time I made sure I made an embossed layer before things got put together.   Sadly it doesn't show very well in the photo but the beige banner type cross piece is embossed with dots.

I cheated a little.  Instead of using a punch I used a die to make the flowers.  I am loving these flowers, they are made with the new Royal Rose die-namic from My Favorite Things.  I can't stop raving about it.  If you scroll through my blog you'll see that I don't use a lot of flowers but now that I have this die I'll be using them more often.

This week is also the prize week at Mojo Monday so I had to make a card for that challenge.  It's not I need to win a prize, not that a prize wouldn't be appreciated, but it's for bragging rights, kwim.   Who doesn't want that honor?

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Clearly Sentimental About Children" (at least I think that's the name)
ink - Close To My Heart "Desert Sand" and Ranger "Scattered Straw"
paper - Stampin' Up "Soft Sky", "River Rock" and "Wild Wasabi"  cs; Melissa Frances "5th Avenue" dp
miscellaneous - pearls; manilla tag;silk ribbon; embossing folder; My Favorite Things "Royal Rose" die-namics; sewing machine

Here's the challenges"
Cooking It Up With Katie #91 - Embossing, Stitching and Punching
Mojo Monday #231 - sketch
Shabby Tea Room #104 -  photo and use Aqua, Pink, Green plus a tag
Kaboodle Doodle #109- Think Spring, Let's See Some Flowers
Dream Valley #27 - Mother's Day
Paper Play week 9 - Something old (paper and tag) Something New (Royal Rose die)
Craft Your Days Away #40 - Mother's Day
CES Challenges - Flower Frenzy
Fussy and Fancy #57 - More Than Words

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Don't forget, you've got two weeks to join us at the Cooking It Up with Katie challenge to use embossing, punching and stitching.  I look forward to seeing your creations.

Monday, March 5, 2012

an MFT Kind of Day

Did you ever get on a roll and can't seem to stop?  Outside of doing household chores I've been on an MFT roll since yesterday afternoon.  Given the choice of the two I prefer the MFT roll, sadly, some one has to wash the clothes, etc.  Most of you are in the same boat so I'm not expecting any sympathy. 

don't forget the inside

This is my entry for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch challenge.  This is an old image but it wanted to be inked so here it is. ere's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Who's That e-Girl?"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Ranger Scattered Straw
paper - Stampin' Up "Kraft" and "Blue Bayou" cs, DSP Patterns stack neutrals dp; Favorite Things "Earth" dp
miscellaneous - copics; brads; twine; charm; MFT Scalloped Ribbon Border die-mamics; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC61 - sketch
The Pink Elephant TPE138 - Let's See Those Layers - at least 3
Raise the Bar #94- Use Twine

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One Year

It's hard to believe that this time last year the buddies were moaning over having to wait for Baby Girl (Crystal) to pop her baby. 
Isabella is just gorgeous and she was worth the wait.  I am so lucky that Bella travels so I've been able to meet her twice.  She is just a doll, and both times she was a perfect lady, as if we'd expect anything.
This March MFT Guest Designer contest is "Hit the Books".  One of my favorite things to do is cover notebooks and I probably would have made one if I hadn't discovered an acrylic scrapbook in my closet.

Well it seems to me that this is the perfect chance to combine a challenge with a present for Bella and her family.  So that's what my entry is.  I didn't start this till Sunday afternoon and I worried that I might not be able to do it in time for the deadline but I got so involved I worked till the wee hours of the morning and then went finished it off and took pics this morning. 

The sweet  Pure Innocence stamps are perfect for this project.  I pulled out a few, grabbed some festive birthday papers and my die-namics.  

Crystal and her mom are both avid scrappers so I know they'll be able to fill the blank spaces and of course they can add more embellishments if they'd like.

The book is set up to follow a birthday party.  The first pages can have pics of the guests or decorations, and of course the princess.   Then the cupcakes and sweets can be for a photo of Bella blowing out the candles (or sticking her hand in the cake). 

The dress on this PI was colored with copics and a Souffle pen was used for the polka dots.

After the cake, it's time for presents. 

The paper flower was made using the "Royal Rose" die-namic.  I love this die, finally I'm able to roll a flower that looks good to me.  I've been playing with this today so if you come back on Wednesday I'll be posting a card using that die again.

Looks like the party's over but there's room for another photo here.  I kept this page simple and flat because this books are often left sitting on that cover and from my experience the embellishments on the backs of my albums have gotten pretty beat up.

There are only a few ribbons on the rings, just enough to dress it up.  Another "from experience" thing.  If you put lots of ribbons on the rings, it looks really nice when it's closed and it's going to stay closed.  There has to be some room for the pages to move and tons of ribbons will stop it.  AND grandma Edna is the ribbon queen.  She's sure to add some of her favorites.

Here's the deets:
stamps:  My Favorite Things "Birthday Princess", "Ber Bling", "Hello Cupcake", "I Want Candy", "Don't Open Until" and "My Balloon"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Versa Magic "Spring Pansy"
paper - Stampin' Up "Orchid Opulence" cs; Bazzill "Intense Kiwi" and "Frosted Teal"; Doodlebug "Cake and Ice Cream" dp; Cosmo Cricket "DeLovely" dp
Miscellaneous - copics, ribbon, twine; charm; pearls; brads; Spellbinders "Ribbon Tags Trio"; MFT die-namics "Royal Rose", "Oval Dainty Doily", Banner Day", "Scalloped Scallop"; "Sweet Stack", "Jumbo Rick Rack","Scalloped Ribbon Border", "Jumbo Scallop", "Ticket Tab", "Open Scallop Edge"; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things - March Guest DT
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz  #122 - Punches and Dies
Crafty Ann #60- Anything But a Card
Fairy Tale #36 - Paper Piecing
Frosted Designs - Numbers
Ribbon Carousel RCC42 - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks #79 - Anything But a Card

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