Tuesday, 31 January 2012

CPS Card 02: Apron

JAN 29 - FEB 18, 2012

CPS Sketch#166
I'm back with the second card for the CPS Anniversary Challenge. The host for Day 2 is Linda Beeson and she has picked CPS Sketch #166, a cute little sketch. It's the second lap and I'm enthusiastically pushing ahead...for now. Here's my card #2, a simple number that is just perfect for my friend who loves cooking and baking.
I'm using the same MME "Quite Contrary" paper pack here on a blue card base. 
The card topper is by Jennifer Ellory.
There's plenty of stitching on this card,  for that homespun look which fits in with the retro apron.
Scalloped edging on the patterned paper to finish the inside.

That's card #2 from me. Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to visit me again tomorrow for card #3. 

Here's a recap, in case you missed the earlier cards in this challenge:

Card #1

Thinking of You

Masculine cards can be such a pain. Choosing the right manly paper is nothing compared to the gruelling task of picking appropriately hunky embellishments. I made a card today for send a friend who is strung up after an unfortunate skiing mishap. I used Card Pattern's Sketch #150 for my Get Well card. It's very girly sketch and I gave myself a real challenge by also opting to use traditionally girly accessories - ribbons and bling. Here's my macho card:

The patterned papers are from Basic Grey's "Pyrus" pack. 
The greeting is by Papermania, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa on SC which I cut with Spellbinders Labels 23 dies. I did some zig-zag stitching over the scallop edged panel, just to man it up a bit! I guess tying a bow probably didn't help the cause...oh well...  
I stitched all the panels with blue floss. ..blue for boy, right?!  I adhered the die-cut labels with foam tape.
I added some green ribbon which I ruffled and adhered down with red-liner tape (Sticky Strip). Not a very rugged addition, I know... 
A little colour on the inside.

I've also linked this card over at Make It Monday #74 .  It's all about ribbons (Challenge #56) at Do You Stack Up and I've sent my card over there to sit pretty! "Text Me" - that's the theme at Shelly's Image, just the place for my text only card! Stop by these blogs and take a peek at some fab creations.

That's my card for today. Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you at my next post!

Monday, 30 January 2012

CPS Card 01: Teapot

JAN 29 - FEB 18, 2012

CPS Sketch#136
I'm going to attempt the CPS Anniversary Challenge.  15 cards over 15 days starting 29 Jan 2012. My plan is to make all 15 cards (fingers crossed) specifically for this challenge. Its Day 1 today and the first sketch is by Tami Mayberry - one of my fave designers. Tami has picked this CPS #136 sketch to kick start the marathon. So let's get started: here's my card #1...

Patterned papers are by My Mind's Eye from the "Quite Contrary" pack. These papers are a couple of years old. I'm trying to use them up. I kinda like the fresh girly look. 
Pretty sparse on the embellishment front: some rhinestones and a bow. That's me doing CAS!
The focal image is a die-cut piece designed by Jenny Ellory. I've attached it to the card base with a shinny green brad. 
Plenty of room for a girly message!

Card #1 completed. On to card #2 tomorrow. I hope you'll join me on this journey. Thanks for dropping in and see you soon!

Best Wishes

Sometimes a card just will not behave. It will not be what I want it to be. It fights me and throws a tantrum until I finally give in and say: "Be as you are, I'm done with you!" This week's Mojo card was a brat from the get go. The sketch itself is pretty straight forward, allowing for much creative possibilities. But noooo! Things were not so smooth for me. In fact, it took me 3 WHOLE hours to come up with this square number! Mojo? No, ma'am. Today I had none!

First, I embossed my square card base with Cuttlebug's "Swiss Dots" embossing folder. Then I changed my mind. I die cut some blue CS with Spellbinder's Square Eyelet die to do...I can't remember what. At that point I remembered something my sister had suggested some while back - ribbon weaving - and I headed down that road,  taking advantage of the eyelets.  Papers? I grabbed Doodlebug's "Boys" pack.
My intention was to make a card for a dear couple who had just adopted a baby boy.  Their journey had been hard but they finally got their happy ending. I did not think the traditional new baby card would be appropriate. This stamp by Adam Pescott, a teddy bear delicately holding a butterfly, seemed to capture the realisation of their 10-year quest. I water-coloured the image with Caran d'Ache Supracolors.  
My final take on embellishments: pearl swirls and a couple of beaded gypsophalias. (Before that I battled with buttons, charms, more ribbons, buds, blooms and bling!) I embossed some brown CS with the Swiss Dots folder, attached it across the card and did some faux stitching there. The rest of the panels got the real stitching treatment!  
Here's the inside. I left myself plenty of room since I tend to go on and on and on...!
That's my Mojo card this week. I've also linked this card over at PaperPlaytime Challenge #66. Also, its all about ribbons at Do You Stack Up #56, and you'll find my card there too! As always, I'm sharing my card on Make It Monday. Try to stop by these blogs - well worth a visit for a creative pick-me-up!

Thanks for dropping in and I'll see you at my next post!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Miss You

I recently discovered the Diva by Design blog where it's challenge #19 this week: "It's a sketch!"...just my thing! It's cute, it's sassy and instead of being uber-compliant, my card is a mirror image of the sketch. That's me being naughty! And guess what? I'm taking it a step further by combining it with another challenge...oh I'm bad! :-))  I've chosen "Thinking of You / Missing You" challenge #5 theme from Chocolate Coffee & Cards. I've put the 2 together and come up with this cheery little number:
The papers are from Basic Grey's "Sweet Threads" pack. The dies are from Spellbinders Fleur-de-Lis Squares set - probably my fave dies at the moment!
The focal image is sitting on foam tape.  
Minimal colouring with Promarkers on the bird and I pulled only colours found is the background papers: green, pink and orange. The little bird is from PolkaDoodle stamps. The sentiment is from Personal Impressions Round Tags set and I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa. 
I inked the edges of the sentiment label with TH's Antique Linen and a touch of Vintage Photo at the edges. As always, all the panels are stitched.
And here's the inside, nothing fancy. Plenty of room for a mushy message!

Don't forget to take a peek at some awesome cards over at Make It Monday and if you love Basic Grey then a pit-stop at Basic Grey Challenges is mandatory!

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you at my next post!

Friday, 27 January 2012


Make Over Monday Challenge #11 and my resolve not to make a Valentine's card stands firm. However I did make a card for the celebration of enduring love: an anniversary card. The inspiration piece for the challenge is this card by Lisa Johnson of Poppy Paperie.
My card is for my cousin. She's into all things pink and shiny and her dear husband... well, he likes whatever she likes!
The patterned papers are from Papermania's Confetti collection.  This is a very simple card .... almost CAS?!
I stitched the panels with light grey embroidery floss and tied a bow with some saddle back chocolate ribbon. A very yummy colour!
The greeting is from Papermania's Confetti Anniversary set. I stamped in with Memento Rich Cocoa. I used 2 label dies from Spellbinders: Labels 14 for the pink CS and Labels 20 for the white. I stencilled the white with TH's Tattered Rose...maybe I should have used Spun Sugar instead. Too late now! 
Some foam tape to hoist up the labels and pink rhinestones swirls complete the card. 
I gave myself plenty of room inside for some "words of wisdom"!
This week at Papertake Weekly the theme is Happy Highlights. I've posted this card there to show off the pink bling! And over at Charisma Cardz its challenge #3 "Pretty in Pink"...how could I not submit?!

You'll also find it over at Make It Monday #73 - tons of cute cards here!

Thank you for visiting my blog. And I hope to see you again at my next post!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

With Love

CAS. Love it but I can never get it right. I am very heavy handed with the embellishments. This inexplicable need to fill empty spaces with everything and anything. And so, CAS still eludes me. But I never stop trying. Here's my effort for CASE Study Challenge #75, which is based on this super CAS card by Jen Rzasa:

And here's my take on Jen's card:
I used kraft CS for my card base. No patterned papers but I dry embossed a piece of white CS with Crafts Too' Daisy and Swirl Embossing Folder.  Then I layered it on some red CS. The borders were cut using Spellbinders Edgeablilities Classic Petal Border and the same red CS. 
I coloured in the little embossed hearts with Sakura Stardust Red.   
I die cut Spellbinders Labels 23 on some red CS and the white CS was given the Spellbinders Beaded Circle treatment. Then I stencilled it using TH's Tattered Rose distress ink. The greeting is by Adam Pescott which I stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa. I used the ZIG Glue pen on the hearts and sprinkled some red glitter. Finally, I adhered the whole thing down with some foam tape.  
Nothing fancy on the inside. I stuck down the same border and planted some hearts over it.
Thanks for stopping by. See you at my next post!

Birthday Blues

Masculine cards are not easy for me. A man's taste? Over at our house it's a quarter pound steak, a mountain of fries with a gallon of beer on the side.  Do men even appreciate cards? Do they treasure cards as keepsakes, safely tucked away in a shoebox? Yeah, right! So why do we even bother? I do it because it makes me happy, so there! A self-serving endeavour, no doubt! I'll be making quite a few masculine cards this year because I want to be happy! And in this week's quest for happiness I'm taking  Skipping Stones Design Sketch #112 and pairing it with the colour combo from Colour Throwdown #176.  

Put the two together and voila! This is what my card looks like:

The patterned papers are from Basic Grey's "Like of the Party" pack. I've stitched the card with dark brown floss...it is after all a stronger colour than white. 
I inked the edges of all layers with TH's Vintage Photo distress ink. And I couldn't resist the red bling!
The greeting is by Papermania, stamped with Versamark , Stampendous White EP and  heat set. I cut the red CS with Spellbinders Grommet Tags and matted it on blue CS which I cut with Spellbinders Labels 23.  The blue eyelets are from Woodware and I ran some white baker's twine (the real stuff from my kitchen!) through the holes. 
No foam tape...for a change!
The inside is simple, just a strip to adorn one corner.

I'm linking this card over at Basic Grey Challenges #61 since my fave bling is in the supporting cast.  If you are into BG, this is the place go.

I hope you enjoyed this visit. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Sending You Sunshine

I think I got my seasons all mixed up. For the latest Card Positioning Systems challenge, I did not want to make a Valentine or any other lovey dovey card. I was thinking of doing a spring themed card. Looks like my enthusiasm got the better of me and I may have skipped ahead to summer. I was greatly influenced by the day's weather. Sure it was a very cold day, but we had sunshine and blue skies (for a change!) And so, with the help of CPS Sketch #252, I'm sending all of you some Portuguese sunshine!
The papers are from Basic Grey's "Hello Luscious" pack. 
The greeting is from Personal Impressions "Double Sayings" set, which I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Rich Cocoa and Versacolor Scarlet. The die cut shapes are Spellbinders Labels 13 matted on Labels 20. For bling I have 2 golden rhinestones and the 2 yellow roses frame the greeting.
I punched some ivory CS with X-Cut's Flower Doily Decorative Border Punch and adhered some dark pink ribbon in the middle.  
As usual, I stitched all the panels.
And finally on the inside, just a simple punched border with the same patterned paper.
You'll also find this card over at Basic Grey Challenge #61. My favourite things? Ribbon, roses & rhinestones of course! Take a peek if you're into BG stuff!

Hope you enjoyed your visit. I'll see you at my next post. :-)

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