Remember that your project (doesn't have to be a card!) should be mostly CTMH, and if you don't have the exact colours - use something close. All supplies are CTMH: Stamp set is Gracious Greetings; Inks are Black, Creme Brulee & Gypsy; Cardstock is Black, White Daisy, Creme Brulee & Gypsy; Licorice & White Opaque Pearls. Punches are Marvy & Martha Stewart.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I went with something soft for this week's Mojo sketch... with some new sei papers and a little cutting:
Patterned papers are Chick-a-dee by sei; Cardstock is White Daisy & Grey Wool - CTMH; Stamp set is Sweet Treats by Verve; Ink is Grey Wool; Licorice opaque pearls - both CTMH.
Monday, February 21, 2011
This week's challenge at the Heart2Heart blog is all about "cold". Whatever that word means to you - ice & snow? cool colours? a glass of cold milk? Since it's been snowy & blowy around here lately, I went with a snowflake theme, and used some fairly cool colours. I decided to learn a little something new, so I learned how to do the emerging colour technique (and I learned a lot!). I'm also keeping up with my promise to make 5 Christmas tags each month throughout the year, so that I end up with a nice stack of tags ready to go next Nov/Dec. I'll post my little group of tags first, and then I'll show you each of the steps I took to make my background paper. They are quite sparkly in person, but of course that doesn't show up in the photo!
Stamp sets are Snow Flurries, Simple Memories & Just for the Holidays; Cardstock is Gypsy, Spring Iris & White Daisy; Inks are Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Lilac Mist & Spring Iris; Lilac Mist & Pink Carnation Organdy & Baby Pink Gingham ribbons; Snowflake buttons - all CTMH; Clear embossing powder; Stickles.
Then using Versamark Ink, I stamped a fairly solid, large snowflake image all over the sheet of paper, and clear embossed them.
Don't forget that you have until next Sunday to be entered into the random drawing for a prize pack from our two sponsors! So head on over to the H2H blog and see what the our guest designer Aaron Brown, and the rest of the design team have made to inspire you...
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This week, the Play Date Cafe has teamed up with the CASE Study Challenge blog for a "Combined Grind" challenge... we're using the PDCC#69 colours of red/green/black... with the inspiration of the CASE muse Eva Dobilas for our design:
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I am so excited!! I just checked out the Mojo Monday blog, and I was selected as one of the winners in last week's contest! And lucky me gets to pick out a Verve stamp set for free (I can't stop smiling :o) Here's my winning card again...
Yay! I got a chance to use my new Bliss paper pack today, along with my new sentiment from Verve (love this!) for this week's Mojo sketch. And yes, I actually cut around all of the ripply edges of the medallion, and then chalked the center and around the sentiment.
Monday, February 14, 2011
It's a brand new week at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog... and we want to see your hearts! Use a heart on your card/layout/project and link it up to the H2H blog. As always, you should use *mostly* CTMH. Don't forget that there will be 2 prizes randomly given out by our February sponsors Shirley and Sandra, and at the end of the month we will choose our Top Ten from all of the entries this month. So get busy creatin' and head over to see what the rest of the design team has in store for you, along with our guest designer Aaron Brown. For my card, I wanted to make a little heart banner, and decided to do a slightly funky colour combo (Smoothie/Creme Brulee/Blush). For my background, I clear embossed the new Simple Memories doily-like images, and then sponged over them in smoothie ink - the camera didn't capture it to be quite as soft and smudged as it is in real life, but you get the idea. The card is 4" x 9 1/2":
Stamp sets are Soul Mates, Charm Uppercase and Simple Memories; Cardstock is Blush, Smoothie & Creme Brulee; Ink is Smoothie; Paper Blooms - all CTMH. Michaels ribbon.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
We have a very girly/romantic colour inspiration at the Play Date Cafe this week... so I used it to make my daughter's valentine:
Ribbon & Kraft cardstock from Michaels; Verve Sweet Scallop die & Sweet Treats stamp set; Baby Pink ink, cardstock, button & bigger brads; Adorable Backgrounds stamp set - all CTMH. Martha Stewart punch.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I've been dying to use these papers for a few months now... and with the arrival of this new stamp set this week, I finally had all the pieces fall in place. The thimble and scissors were embossed in silver to make them shiny, and I softly chalked the flower and ruffles on the dress to pick up the vintagey colours in the background papers. I've used this week's Mojo Monday sketch:
Patterned papers are Cosmo Cricket, Material Girl; Stamp set is Tailor Made; Cardstock is Black, Honey, Grey Wool & Colonial White; Inks are Black & Sorbet; Green Button assortment - all CTMH.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Not of the smooching variety... just the stamping version! This week we're featuring the stamp kissing technique, and we want to see what you can come up with! Don't know what stamp kissing is? It's basically where you ink up a fairly solid image, and before you stamp it on your paper, you "kiss" it with a patterned stamp, that will remove the ink wherever the patterned image hits. Clear as mud? Hop on over to the Heart2Heart Challenge blog, where there is a link to the wonderfully talented Tresa Black's blog - she has a very informative video, with a number of different versions of stamp kissing. For my card, I chose to make a valentine - the heart is inked in bamboo, then kissed with the dot pattern that was inked in cranberry. The letters are not inked, just kissed with the cranberry inked dot pattern and then stamped onto the cream cardstock. We have the amazing Aaron Brown joining us this month as our February Guest Designer, so be sure to check out what she's come up with, and don't forget that 2 entrants will be randomly selected at the end of the month to win prize packs from our two sponsors, and 10 entrants will make our monthly Top Ten list - so get creating!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Fellow CTMH consultant Merri Barber came up with the idea of making 5 Christmas tags every month... so that when December rolls around, you've got a pretty decent stack of tags ready and waiting. Brilliant idea! I always have great intentions, but by Nov/Dec I'm either too pooped from shopping, getting the cards done or am simply in too much of a rush to send parcels - and I never end up making anything other than some quickly stamped tags. Now as a first month's effort, I'll have to state that what I've come up with is LAME!! But as it is the 5th of February, and this is my January contribution... I simply wanted them done. I'll do better this month, I promise. (Hold me to it?) So I invite you all to join in. Merri has set up a link on her blog, so that all who participate, can link their creations and see what everyone else has done. Here's that lame January set of tags :o)
Friday, February 4, 2011
This is so exciting for me! My girlfriend and best customer, Bonnie is joining us at the Heart2Heart Challenge blog this week with not one but two cards. This is her first ever challenge, and she had a great time with the sketch, so we may see her more often. Since she doesn't have her own blog, I am "hosting" her entries - so feel free to leave her a comment here, as she'll check in often. *Note the hand stitching on the pink card - this is Bonnie's trademark - her stitched cards are to die for. Here goes:
Thanks for playing, Bon!
Stamp sets are Just for the Holidays and Thanks; Cardstock is White Daisy, Indian Corn Blue, Barn Red and Bamboo; Inks are Barn Red, Grey Wool, Indian Corn Blue & Bamboo - all CTMH; Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug embossing folders.
Thanks for playing, Bon!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I've used two brand new stamp sets and a paper pack that has been around for years in this card, but I wanted to do something a bit happy and springlike today. The bird's tail and wings are curled up a bit, and I added a few Stickles to the edges. Hope those of you here in the midwest/northeast are shovelled out from all the snow yesterday :o)
Patterned papers are Discovery; Cardstock is Kraft, White Daisy & Hollyhock; Stamp sets are Find Your Style & Take a Picture; Inks are Blush, Hollyhock, Sweetleaf & Clover Meadow; Sweetleaf 1" grosgrain ribbon - all CTMH. Martha Stewart punch.