January 30, 2011

MDS Kaven - PP#32 Anything Goes

Today's post is for the Paper Players challenge Anything Goes #32. The design team created the most beautiful inspirations using some of the sets from the New Occasions Mini, but since I'm still waiting for my SAB box to arrive on my porch this week, currently I don't have any of these new sets.

I still wanted to play in the challenge, so fortunately for me it's "anything goes", therefore I am submitting my second attempt at using my new MDS.

This is a single page layout I used to make a page for a co-worker. The page showcases his new baby Kaven. He sent the photo via email to several  people at work. Here is the original photo. Isn't he adorable?

I took the photo and made a cute page (I think) of his little guy using the MDS Jolly Holidays DSP - which I think is so versatile for more than just the holiday. Here is my page. I used the green background then cut a photo frame and angled it, then filled with cherry cobbler DSP. I thought it added interest  at an angle since I only had one photo to work with. I matted the photo in coordinating green CS then layered 3 rows of seam binding ribbon. Then I added a bow that is topped with a large pearl center.

 Even after I added all the sentiments, scrolling motif and his name it seemed lacking something. I only had the one photo, so I cropped his little face with that big smile. Then I added the circle punch and filled it with the cropped photo. I then matted that in a red CS and added a final sentiment "Fairy Tales really do come true"... which I felt was the perfect choice.

I printed this on photo paper and gave it to my co-worker.... it is now in a frame on his desk! Guess he really did like, and I hope you like it too!

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January 18, 2011

Random Amusing Challenge #100 - RED

Hi all.

 While visiting the blog of my up-line Nance at Canopy Crafts I noticed she's invited everyone to play along at  Glenda's Papers, Scissors & Rocks for her RED challenge to celebrate her 100th challenge. . that's a lot of challenges. The rules are simple. Your card has to contain RED... as little or as much as you want.

I saw this card a long time ago and made some notes; it was made by Joyce Wieles (?), but I'll apologize up front that I can't remember where I saw it. I know I was investigating punch art at the time.  I usually have good notes or if I'm going to CASE a card I do it right away. So Joyce, I'm so sorry I can not link your blog today, but perhaps if someone knows Joyce, you can let me know so I can give her credit for the original idea. Anyway, she made the cutest punch art card of a lady in a mirror. Here is my interpretation of her original.
Isn't she just the cutest? I had to guess what punches were used by looking at her card and writing down the punches... can you guess? Now I'll tell you right up front that Joyce's version had arms, but I couldn't figure out how she made them, but the arms were cream, with white elbow length gloves and the umbrella was hung over an arm.... but my poor lady has none.  I'm pretending she's crossing her arms in front while she peeks in mirror. OK? Well that will have to do.
Whew...... glad that's out of the way...just like umbrella; which is leaning against the wall.

The southern belle dress is stacked 'butterfly' punches! I need something to glue them to, so I started with a scallop circle cut into a pie shape. Can you see the dotted scallop on the bottom? Just like a petticoat!

Then I took some Pear Pizzazz CS and embossed it  then punched out the butterflies. I turned the butterflies sideways and started stacking them turning them in toward the center. When I got to the top I straighten the butterfly upright, and the center of that butterfly made her waist. I tied a bow in Burgundy organza ribbon from my stash to finish the dress. Then  I added some hair made from the oval scallop punch in black CS.

Next came the hat. I ran some cherry cobbler CS through the BS using the square lattice emboss folder and punched out a large oval, and a one inch circle. Then I used a 1 1/4 inch circle in black CS to make the band.
What 's a wide brimmed hat without a flower? I punched a pear pizzazz flower from the itty bitty trio. Then finished off the center with a small pearl.
I cut a large oval out of glossy photo paper scraps using the Sizzix Ovals die & BS. I smudged the glossy paper with silver shimmer mist and a dauber. It's suppose resemble glass... ok just use your imagination. The original from Joyce used a large oval and a large scallop oval for the the frame (Nesties I think) and hers was out of the tan and distressed with deep browns. Anyway.... I sort of like mine.

I glued the mirror to the DSP and Popped up the little lady up with some dimensionals.  I've turned the card at an angle so you can see her shadow. Popping her up makes it look more dimensional don't you think?  
So that's my punch art Little Southern Belle with touches of RED! Hope you liked it.

Hootie says "Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment and let me know what you think.  

January 17, 2011

Paper Players color challenge {#30}

How exciting! My fabulous Up-line Nance of Canopy Crafts is the host this week at the Paper Players for a color challenge {#30}using River Rock, Baja Breeze, Rose Red and Very Vanilla.
Here is a look at those cool colors she picked which are all featured on some of the new DSP  in the Occasions Mini catty.

Now I have to admit I have very little paper of any kind with these colors so I had to get creative. Even though I have to wait for SAB to get my hands on these new fabulous stamps and DSP papers I decided to play along and use mostly my write markers.
Here is my funny card I made for a friend.
I used a River Rock card base and matted it with some Baja Breeze that I ran through the BS with my square lattice embossing folder and punched the corners with a corner punch then glued to the front.
The next layer is a mat of Rose Red with punched corners and matted to front.
The next layer is Whisper White stamped using the "All in the Family"  stamps and colored with markers in River Rock, Rose Red and Baja Breeze. The sentiment is from "Simple Friendship".
The one large and two small hearts were  punched and  then embossed with the polka dots and square lattice folders, then popped up with a dimensional.

The inside sentiment is from "Whimsical Words" and has a touch of the front with a scrap piece of Baja with punched out hearts and a small Rose Red heart glued on next to the sentiment.  
 Well that's if for now....Hootie says "Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment".

January 16, 2011

Pals Paper Arts challenge Lady in Red {PPA76}

Well this is my second posting today. Both getting submitted just in the nick of time too! Whew...
 The PPA76 challenge was VERY challenging too. Here is the inspiration photo.
See what I mean?
Well here is what I came up with:

This card is done Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and shades of Grey and Black. I tore some pieces from the "Newsprint" DSP, and distressed all the edges and glued to the front.
I then layered a piece of ribbon trim and that I had sewn with some black tread in a criss-cross pattern.
 I stamped my sentiment in the Elisabeth stamp in cherry cobbler and then distressed the edges. Two pearls adorn the sides and it was popped up a few dimensionals. 
 My beginning inspiration came from this post on Ann Schach's blog a while back using "Elisabeth" which is one of my favorite stamps, but I forgot about it until I saw Ann's post, which made me want to do something special with it again. 
I punch out two hearts and ran them through the BS using the CB polka dots embossing folder then tucked them in behind the popped up sentiment.

 I did the same cobbler distressing to the small flowers that were in my stash.
The inside is finished with a touch of the DSP.

Well that's enough for one day!
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CTD 124 Card for Katie

Whew... not sure where the time went to, but I've been super busy and finally got my card done for Katie and in the mail. The color challenge at Color Throw Down is to create a card for a friend, Katie. Here are the colors
Melon Mambo, Early Espresso and Soft Sky.
Here is the card I made for Katie.
I used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set in all the colors. The base is soft blue and focal point is double matted with Melon Mambo and Early Espresso. A snip of mambo ribbon finishes it off.
The inside reveals a touch of the front.

I hope Katie enjoys my card alsong with all the others she has recieved from the many stampers in blogland.  We all wish her well during this stressful time. Best Wishes to Katie.

January 10, 2011

Masculine Valentine !!! {PP29}

Hi everyone.
This post is sooooooooooo a last minute thought; but it was too funny not to post and share that thought process with you as well.
Let me explain.... First I love to play the challenges on several blogs when I can; and Paper Players is one of those.
 Well the challenge this week is Valentines... that's it... just Valentines. Should be easy enough; right?             NOT!
 I have less Valentines stamps than I do Halloween, and since I'm sworn to hold off buying anything new until SAB I'm plum out of luck. BUT just because I couldn't order, didn't mean that I didn't get few customer orders (which were shipped to me) and WHAT do you think I found inside the box????              Give up?       
    Well if you're a demo,  we got a FREE rub on package for the first order after the new Occasions Mini went live.

Now you probably think I used the rub-ons for my card, right? NOPE!
 I didn't want to open the rub on package because I figured I'd use it as prize for the biggest order during SAB or something like that. So long story short...... here's my card. Now try to keep in mind how my gal pals make fun of me because I throw almost NOTHING out as you read the details of this card.

The card base is made from gray CS and embossed with the square lattice embossing folder. Then I punched the corners with a (none SU) corner punch.

Can you demos guess what I used???? Look closely..... YES! I cut up the scrap tag that was glued on the rub-on package (garbage) to let us know this was a FREE gift! Told you it was a funny story. I cut off the top part which shows the Heart shaped air balloon, and I also cut the strip "Happy Valentine's Day!" from the bottom. Both pieces were matted with cherry cobbler CS. One with the label punch (extended) and one with a square mat and corner punch.
 On the air balloon heart piece, I distressed the edges with silver shimmer paint (hard to see the shine in the photo) and popped IT up instead of the whole mat. I stamped some XOXO's in shimmer paint on the piece of label punch I cut off to extend the original and also popped it to be the same level as the top piece.
 I stamped some more XOXO's on a scrap piece of cobbler and used the heart embosslit to make another heart and tucked it into the sentiment. I know this will be really hard to see as well. Can you see the little XO's tab stamped with silver shimmer paint?

There really is XO's on the heart but in the picture it just looks like I made a mess with the shimmer paint. So sorry it didn't photo well but I wanted you to see how it is tucked into the sentiment. 

Oh look you can see it better here, right? Now on to the inside. MORE Garbage!

The small gray tab on the side is also from the same tag garbage! Too funny right?
Told you so. Well that's it. Hope you like my Masculine Valentine!
 Guess who's getting it?   8-)

Hey... what the heck. I was on a roll. Here's my little treat box I redecorate for each holiday or season and leave out to promote these cute little boxes. So what's next?
You guessed it........ VALENTINE'S DAY!

This cute little box uses my only SU Valentine stamp, the heart embosslit (3 times) and some Holiday mini (retired) DSP
 The sentiment and the 3 hearts are distressed with cheery cobbler ink.
I didn't have any cobbler ribbon (yet) so I used some none SU burgundy ribbon from my stash. OK now that IS it! Hope you enjoyed my story.
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January 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Hubby

Today I'm posting a pretty goofy card I made for my hubby's birthday tomorrow.
 I used the Two Step Owl punch and just played around. I saw this pirate made of the owl on Lynn Pratt's blog in early fall, but it was so cute I wanted to make one too. So I pretty much CASED her owls on my card and here it is.

The main item used is the two step owl punch and a whole lot scraps! Some colors and stamps are retired, but I still use them for personal use. The card base is Poppy Parade Red, matted with Chocolate chip and Marina Blue. I also distress the blue mat with matching blue ink. A little touch of So Saffron to add a contrast.
 The pirates were done with several punches; the two step owl, circle, heart, plus some free hand snips for the peg leg, and eye patch and boat.  A scrap of the trim lace punch was cut to form a small sail, then added stripes of retired DSP.

They are really more silly than cute, and certainly need some practice making a hook!
The boat was run through the BS with the wood grain emboss folder even though it's hard to see here, and an extra strip of blue was cut with the curvy edge on my cutter and distressed with ink to make water waves.

The inside is just as goofy as the front trying to convey the message... Love You!

Well I guess I just needed to do something Goofy and Fun to change the mood around here because this weekend was pretty depressing. We spent many hours either in the hospital or on the phone as so many of our family or friends (friend, friend's husband, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law) are battling the Big "C"; it's just so so sad.

Well that's it for now. Hootie says "Thanks for stopping by and please a comment".


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