Thursday, March 31, 2011

CPS #211

Here's a quick card for this week's CPS sketch. I used Cosmo Cricket's Hello Sunshine adding a stamp to the element panel. I love how their element panels help me make quick clean and simple cards! This is also for the Use It Tuesday challenge to use Red in honor of Japan. They are giving away a donation to the Red Cross which increases depending on the participants this week. I urge you to make a red project to increase awareness and to bolster the donation efforts of Use It Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jingle Belles 13

I whipped up this super flat easy card from scraps for the Jingle Belles challenge this week. The challenge is to use Christmas foliage. The Christmas foliage is from a Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather element and the papers are also from Mitten Weather.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 9

I know Easter is not for a few weeks but I also know that its good to get a head start on holiday projects especially if you're like me and wind up doing things last minute. This week at Die Cuttin Divas we challenge you to make an Easter card. Use any die cutting system with a fun Easter cut to make any kind of project and share it with us. Papers and stickers are Cosmo Cricket and the cut is from A Child's Year, seems to be my go-to cartridge.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge 132

Etsy Inspired is featuring a fabulous shop called Fresh Metal Jewelery that sells beautiful jewelery. When I created my card I was inspired by this necklace, the colors and the shine of the metal. The stamps are Basic Grey and papers are Pink Paislee. This weekend should be full of schoolwork, crafting, and a hike. I'm not doing too bad with the homework but my crafty mojo doesn't seem to be around.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 8

Does it finally feel like spring where you are? We had a pretty rough winter but with some warmer days and I'm excited for spring. The challenge at Die Cuttin Divas this week should help get you in the mood for spring. We have a gardening theme. I love this little girl with a wheelbarrow full of flowers. The cut is from A Child's Year and papers are Cosmo Cricket Pixielicious.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Jingle Belles 12

Jingle Belles has a sketch challenge this week. I admit, I was at first thrown off a little by the sketch, but I went through my stash hoping to be inspired. I found the oval sticker from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses collection and it all came together from there.

You can see above a closeup of the little cross shapes along the side. These are from my Kreaxions Punch 913. I love that this one punch create two borders, two corners, and a little cross shape and that's before the accessories are added which open up the possibilities even more.

Easy Craft Project #34

When I saw the challenge at Easy Craft Projects to create something for your mom I thought immediately of Basic Grey's Ambrosia because of the gorgeous butterfly paper. My mom loves butterflies and I used my Kreaxions Punch 913 to add some other creative butterflies to the card. I used the punch with the A inserts to create a border and then added some pen details to make the cut outs look like butterflies. I'm not sure this will be a mother's day card but it can't hurt to have a card for mom on hand.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

CPS #209

Here's a quick card for CPS 209. Made with Cosmo Cricket Delovely papers and a cardstock elements. Added some random bling and scraps of ribbon. My spring break is just about over and so I'll need to be getting to some school work this weekend, but it was nice to have a few days off to just be with my family. I went with my aunt and cousins to NYC to see the tapings of two TV shows and today I will be out with my mom and sister. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Give Scraps New Life with Kreaxions Punches

I’m sure when using your punches you find yourself with lots of tiny little scraps many in great shapes like flowers, hearts, or butterflies. Using Kreaxions Punch 913 I had lots of little flowers left over when punching borders and corners and want to share so ideas on how to use these scraps.

On my first card I wanted to get creative. I used my star template to cut out a window for a shaker card. I placed some clear plastic under my window cut out. Tip: Old packaging works great. Then I placed a bunch of “scraps” inside before covering it again with the blue background paper. It may be hard to tell from the picture but in real life you can shake this card to move around the red and green flowers. I cut a small circle to add embellishment as well.

On my next card I simply used them as embellishment adding glitter to the centers to emphasize their flower shape. The circle sentiment base was made with the circle cutter of course. Also the pastel colors of this card are perfect for The Pink Elephant springtime challenge.

So pull out your punches or refresh your stash with new ones at Just Imagine and remember to use even the little scraps.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jingle Belles 11

So I missed the deadline for Jingle Belles this week and if I'm honest I think my blue is a little off but I'm dedicated to playing along each week. I had a bit of kraft that I used for the base and layered some rub-ons and pearls to create this look.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge 130

The Etsy Inspired challenge is based on Artwork by Lori. I found this cool print and was inspired to use lots of strips of patterned paper to make a design they way she combined patterns to make the hair on the print. Best part is I wound up using lots of rather small scraps. Paper is Basic Grey Kioshi.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 7

A new challenge is up at Die Cuttin Divas. This was a hard one for me which is understandable because the challenge is to use a die cut that doesn't appeal to you. I admit this cell phone cut turned out pretty cute but it didn't really appeal to me when I saw it in the Paisley book. However I think this will be a cute card to send away to a card drive perfect for a teen. Can't wait to see what you come up with this week and hopefully you'll wind up liking the cut a little more in the end.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

CPS #208

I used some older Get Happy by Cosmo Cricket to make a card based on the latest CPS sketch. The birds stamp is from Autumn Leaves and the little flower is a scrap from my Kreaxions 913 punch.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 105

In my opinion this isn't one of my better cards but I love the cute Kioshi patterns and the border created by my Kreaxions 913 punch. I used the latest Card Patterns sketch on this one.

Practicing Creativity Sketch

Practicing Creativity stamps has a great sketch challenge posted. I recently won a set from Winter's Card Drive and this was the perfect opportunity to ink it up. This Nature's Wonder set has some fabulous sentiment combinations but also some beautiful nature motifs. I combined teh stamps with some Basic Grey Boxer papers.

I decided to keep playing with the stamps for another take on the sketch inspired by Dana's card.

I made one last card using the set that doesn't use the sketch to use some scraps created by the first two.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Basic Grey Challenge: Wings

Here's two super simple cards I made for the the Basic Grey Challenges Wing Challenge. I cut this old Periphery paper to feature the birds and added the BG thank you stamp.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Who's the Best?

Tiffany Johnson posts some great sketches over at her blog on Sundays. Loved this sketch and knew I had the perfect American Crafts rub-on to go with. Added a cutie owl and a pun infused sentiment with Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie papers. Thanks for the fun sketch Tiffany!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jingle Belles 10

I've got my card for the latest Jingle Belles challenge. The challenge is to use the song Home for the Holidays as inspiration and I started looking through my Christmas stuff when I stumbled along this sentiment sticker. I paired it up with some Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather papers. I also used my Kreaxions 913 Punch to create the border along the bottom.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Some Rejects

Amber from Damask Love had the awesome idea of hosting a reject blog hop. It sounds strange at first but its really quite awesome.

There were over 2700 submission to the latest Paper Crafts call but only 288 cards published which means lots of lovely cards that were rejected for one reason or another.

I submitted seven cards and none got picked up :( but it does mean I can share them with you now.

So if you have some rejected cards link them up so they can get some love anyway.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Just Imagine/Kreaxions

I’m so excited to be a member of the Just Imagine/Kreaxions Design Team. I am lucky enough to own the circle cutter, Punch 913 and the star template and was determined to use them all right away. I began by tracing and cutting out the star template. Then as in the video tutorial I punched around the star template to create the doily centerpiece of my design.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 104

I'm always thinking about cards that will work well for the various card drives I know about and simple hello cards that work for boys are always good. I created this simple card with the latest Card Patterns sketch. I'm loving that collage paper even more broken up into tiny squares. The paper is Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend and sentiment is their Tiny Type stickers.

Here's a few more simple cards I made at the same time to build up my stash for sending.