Friday, January 28, 2011

More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!  I live in NYC and we got over a foot of snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday and I had a snow day from work.  This is a record breaking winter for us and it isn't stopping anytime soon.  I am so over it and Spring is still a long way away.  Oh well...

I made this card Wednesday night to enter Paula's challenge on her blog.  This is the first time I am participating in one of her challenges.  It is a color challenge using the colors pink, brown and green.  I like color challenges because sometimes you have to pair colors that are not normally your style and have to find a way to make it your own.  I am a follower of Momo's and decided to give it a try as she is a designer for this week's challenge.

Recipe: Pink CS from Michael's cut using doily card from Wild Cards cart at 5".  Brown patterned paper from American Crafts cut out in a circle using Plantin Schoolbook at 4".  Flower from Pagoda cart cut at 3".  I used a pearl brad in the middle from Imaginisce and I decorated the card with Viva Decor Pearl pens in Ice White and Brown because I thought it needed more oomph, lol.  I did faux stitching all around the card and flower with a Signo white gel pen.  I so had to restrain myself from using stickles because I love stickles but this card has enough going on, ha ha.  Besides, second to stickles are my Viva Decor pens so I still had fun. 

I like it.  As I said this isn't a color palette I would normally choose, so I had to really work at finding something that I liked.  I tried and that is what is important, right?  I hope whoever reads this tries as well.  I will use this a s a just cause card so I will write a note on the inside.  Enjoy and thank you for looking and commenting.  I never realized how good it makes you feel when other people compliment your work until I started this.  So thank you for the confidence boosts!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Imagine Pink Challenge

Hi Blog World!  This is a quick note to say that I entered the card I posted yesterday in My Pink Stamper's Imagine Pink Wednesday challenge as well.  I do not have an Imagine and I just made this card the day before and it so fits the challenge, so I am entering it :-). Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cardztv Cupcake Challenge

Hello Crafters!  Can you believe two posts in two days?  I am trying to live up to my goals to be more active, lol.  I saw yesterday that Mary from Cardz TV has a cupcake challenge this week.  I love cupcakes - to eat and to use in card making!  So I went home last night and after I put the baby to bed I put the card together.  I designed it on my gypsy on my way home from work to save time.  Here it is:

Recipe: Base is chocolate chip by Stampin Up cut to a 4" by 9" card (to fit a business envelope). Matte is cut to 3.75" by 8.75" and it is a light yellow with darker yellow circles.  The cake plate is cut at 2", all cupcakes measure 2.5".  I ran the brown frosting pieces through my cuttlebug using the divine swirl folder and with the blue I used Swiss dots.  I faux stitched the hearts, accented the embossed area with a white gel pen and added stardust stickles (my absolute favorite).  I also used broken china distressed stickles on the cake plate rim.  I inked around the wrappers of the cupcakes so they could stand out and chalked the little lines as well.  Last but not least, I used epoxy stickers from K & Company to spell out Sweet.

I love this card.  It was so much fun to make using all the little tricks to make it pop.  I hope you like it.  I also hope you try your hand at making any type of project as long as it uses a cupcake and entering Mary's challenge.  It can be stamped or cut so this isn't limited to just us cricut users. Have a great day!  Thank you in advance if you leave a comment ;-)!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Robyn!

Today is My Pink Stamper, Robyn's, Birthday! I have been a follower of hers after a couple months of owning my Cricut and wanted to see what else I could do with it.  She has taught me so much and inspired me without ever meeting me.  I wish you all the best and much success!

She is having a challenge and giveaway in honor of her birthday to make a Birthday card and post it to her blog.  I want to participate even though I own one of the cartridges she is giving away already. I just want to celebrate with her. Here is my card:
Recipe: I used whisper white cs from Stampin Up for the base. It is actually a portrait cut (I cut it the long way so that the width is 4.25 and the length is 5.5) and then I turned it on its side so it opens to the right. I hope that made sense, lol. The background paper is from DCWV Christmas stack; it has a cloud like pattern with blue dots. It is really pretty in real life. I cut the rainbow at 2.75", the bird at 2.5" and the clouds at 0.75" (2) and one at 1". All cuts are from Simply Charmed cartridge. I inked around the edges of all the clouds with blue ink and used stardust stickles to outline the clouds as well. I also used yellow stickles on the yellow stripe in the rainbow and more stardust on the accent in the bird. It is really pretty in real life. The bird is popped up and everything else is glued down. The stamp is from a Fiskars Birthday sentiments stamp set.

I really like this card. I wish the picture did it more justice. Happy Birthday Robyn! (By the way, did you notice it is a bird for a woman named Robyn?) LOL!! Have a great day and thank you for visiting and leaving a comment! I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One of my favorite Christmas cards that I made

Two posts in one day!  Talk about living up to my New Year's resolution, lol.  I was just talking to my best friend and I remembered that I had wanted to share this card with the blogging world just because I liked it so much.  I made it the day I got the Gingerbread cartridge and New York was buried under 30 inches of snow - last week was crazy!  That's another story though.
Here's the card:

I used kraft cardstock from Papertreyink for the base; red cs is from a scrap pack I bought at target and the white was left over scraps from making all my Christmas cards.  The glitter background cardstock is from DCWV Christmas stack (not the one it is resting on, lol).  I punched it with an apron lace border punch and used a this strip of the red cs to separate the punch from the rest of the paper.  I believe I cut the candies at 2" each.  I will update if I am wrong :-).  I tried to stamp the Merry Christmas directly onto the kraft cs but I messed up - boo.  So I stamped it again on the same white cs I used for the candies and cut it with pinking edgers and covered up the booboo.  That is what crafting is about - fixing mistakes in a creative way, haha.

So that is it.  No contest or challenge.  Just a card that I made after Christmas on a snowy day to keep boredom away.  Funny enough, I think it is one of my favorites.  Thanks for reading and leaving comments!  I appreciate the love.

Happy New Year and MPS Color Challenge

Happy New Year everyone!  This year is off to a busy start in both my professional and personal worlds.  At least we made it through another hectic holiday season!  One of my resolutions for this year is to really get into this blogging thing, lol.  I started it, now I must keep up with it.

My Pink Stamper is adding two new people to her design team!  While I know the odds are against me because there are so many of you who are way more talented than I and have been doing this a long time, I still had to try.  It is a color challenge to use pink, green and brown (her favorite color combo) along with any other color you choose to make any type of project.  of course I chose a card because that is all I can accomplish these days, haha.

I bought another Winter Solutions cartridge - Gingerbread - because I won it for super cheap on ebay!  I love when that happens.  The recipe is as follows: pink cs from Michaels, green patterned paper from DCWV Nana's Nursery for boys, white cs from Michaels and some brown in my scrap stash.
I cut the house at 3 1/2 inches and same for the icing.  The snow I cut free handed and I used icicle stickles (I thought is was an appropriate choice :-)) on both the snow and the icing.  I printed the sentiment out on my computer and cut with cloud paper edgers then matted on the same brown cs and cut that with pinking edgers.  Super simple as I usually need it to be...

It is doubtful that I will make it but I had to give it a try and I always love her challenges and try to participate when I can.  I like the color challenges - it takes you away from your comfort zone.  The challenge closes midnight tonight so if you have the time, hop to it!  Have a great day and thanks for reading!