Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paper Dolls #18

This week's Paper Dolls Challenge is by Anika and it's a fun one!  Stop by the Paper Dolls blog and play along!

Her challenge was to find inspiration from a food wrapper or container.  I jumped at the chance to get near some candy!  I saw a packet of Skittles at the grocery store and it was calling my name so I brought it home.

Here's my card and the goodie that inspired it.
This card was so much fun to make! I really love the bold vibrant colors. And, since Halloween is just around the corner, I'm really loving orange lately. I used A LOT of circles in this card, but, hopefully, I was able to balance it.

In case you were wondering, yes, my kids and I ate all the Skittles as soon as I was done taking pictures. They were delicious!  Thanks for visiting my blog!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Dot Spot, Around & About Sentiments
Paper:  Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, SS White
Ink:  Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Riding Hood Red (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU), Orchid Opulence (SU), Leaf (Technique Tuesday)
Embellishments:  Orange Zest button, Orange Zest Bitty Dot satin ribbon
Tools:  Sunshine impression plate, Labels 8 (Nesties), 1-1/4" circle punch (SU), 1-3/8" circle punch (SU)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #17

Lisa V. challenged us to create a project using a card made by one of my all-time favorite designers, Dawn McVey, as inspiration.  You can check out Lisa's challenge here.  Please also stop by Dawn's blog and take a look at all her wonderful creations. 

I decided to CASE Dawn's layout. I love how simple her layouts are. It's so easy to change one or two elements on her card and make something totally new.  This card is for a wonderful teacher at my daughter's elementary school.
The first time I ever saw cork board used on a project that I liked was here on Dawn's blog. It inspired me enough to get some. I ordered mine from Stampin' Up.

I also love the Spiral Notebook die from Papertrey Ink.  I cut it down so that it would fit within my cork board shape.  Then, I used one of the images from MSS: Library Ledger to make it look like a mini binder paper.  The green brad makes it look like it's tacked onto the cork board. I really like how it turned out.
Here's how I finished the inside.  I thought it would be fun to make it look like the Kindergarten writing paper.  I used the apple image to connect the inside to the front.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  School Time, MSS: Library Ledger
Paper:  Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Beautiful Blooms, SS White
Ink:  Riding Hood Red (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  cork board sheet (SU), Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon (SU)
Tools:  Mat Stack 3, Medium Scallop border die, Spiral Notebook Page die

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #16

This card is for Lee Anne's Paper Dolls Challenge.  She challenged us to create a card using a sketch from the Go-To Sketches special issue.

I have a hard time making circular cards so this was a difficult challenge for me.  I cut out the circular card base by using the largest circle Nestie that I had.  Here's my card.
I didn't do such a great job coloring the flowers with my Copics, but I did my best and I'm still learning.  I inked the edges of the card with Fresh Snow to give it a soft look.  Hope you like it!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Year of Flowers:  Larkspurs
Paper:  Berry Sorbet, SS White
Ink:  Berry Sorbet, Fresh Snow, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics
Embellishments:  bling
Tools:  circle Nesties

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #15 and Clean & Simple FTL-102

Can you believe this is my second post for the day! I never do that! Well, I'm determined not to miss another Paper Dolls Challenge.  They are just way too much fun and they provide so much inspiration.

This card is for Bonnie Rose's challenge. She gave us an inspiration picture to use.  Here's the picture of a lovely summer scarf. Isn't it beautiful?

I decided to use a layout from the Clean and Simple blog. If you've never visited their blog before, you should get over there right away. You'll end up adding them to your Favorites like I did!

Here's their sketch for this week.

Here's my card.  I used my new CHA stamp set, Four of a Kind. I'm so glad I was able to find someone who was willing to sell me their extra set. I absolutely love this set!

Here's a close-up of the images. Love the bling on the butterflies!

Well, that's it for today! Thanks for looking!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Four of a Kind, Big & Bold Wishes (sentiment)
Paper:  Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz
Ink:  Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Melon Mambo (SU), Ripe Avocado
Embellishments:  bling
Tools:  1-3/8" circle punch (SU), 1-1/2" scallop circle punch (Marvy), Embosslits Beautiful Wings die (SU)

Paper Dolls Challenge #14

Awww...I'm bummed.  I thought I had more time to link to C's Paper Dolls Challege, but it looks like time ran out.

Oh well, at least I was able to complete the challenge.  C asked us to make a project using 1) a color we don't usually use and, 2) a technique we haven't used in a while.

Since the weather has been so hot and sunny the past couple of months, I've been tending towards the bright bold colors lately.  So, for my project, I decided to use Scarlet Jewel as my focal color since I haven't used that in quite a while.  For my technique, I chose embossing. Yes, I've been using embossing on many of my cards, but, this time, I thought I'd try embossing on ribbon.  Here's my card.

I found one of the new EK Success large edger punches at Michael's. It looks like a larger version of Fiskar's Threading Water punch. I really like how it looks!

I stamped the rose and leaves with Versamark ink and then used white embossing powder. It really brings out the image.  Isn't that rose gorgeous!

Here's a side view of the embossed ribbon. I first attempted to emboss the front of the satin ribbon. I ended up getting some of the powder in the ribbon grain. I turned it over and embossed the back of the ribbon. I actually liked the end result better.  The ribbon gives the card a bit of a vintage feel because it's not flush with the card.

Here's the inside. Just a simple rosebud and matching border.

Thanks for visiting! Although this Paper Dolls Challenge is closed, there's still other challenges on our blog that you can do. Come visit us!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  YOF-Roses, Friends til the End (sentiment)
Paper:  Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, Kraft, Holiday Cheer
Ink:  Versamark
Embellishments: Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, Old Olive satin ribbon (SU)
Tools:  white embossing powder, large border punch (EK Success), Threading Water border punch (Fiskars)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #13

This is a very quick post. I haven't missed a Paper Dolls Challenge yet and I'm not going to miss this one.  For this challenge, Leish asked us to look in our closet for inspiration.  My clothes aren't very inspiring.  My wardrobe consists mainly of solid-colored items.

However, I've always loved the bright colors and pretty images on my youngest daughter's outfits. So, I raided her closet and chose this dress.

Here's the card I came up with.

Here's a close-up of the crinkled "ribbon" and the Giga Guidelines background.

Whew! Just made the link tool! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Life, Friendship Jars
Paper:  Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, SS White
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz
Embellishments:  Simply Chartreuse button, half pearl
Tools:  Giga Guidelines impression plate, Friendship Jars labe die, Eyelet Lace die, crimper