Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Our prize this week will be for a free digi image from our wonderful sponsor Pattie's Creations!
I also like stripes and flowers together, so I picked these pretty papers from Stampin' Up!. The light pink flowers on the paper I used for the doily are very subtle and faint, but if you look closely I think you can see them ;-)
And I put my encouraging sentiment within the circle. I used Stickles to add a little touch of glittery bling to my card.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The main focus, of course, is the "wreath". I made it using Cheery Lynn Design's English Tea Party doily. This die is amazing, as the details are so beautiful and it all cuts out so well!
For the center of the wreath, I used a dimensional floral sticker from K& Company. And around it I put a circle of gold Nestabling rhinestones. These are awesome; all you do is pull up the whole circle and stick it down. No need to try to evenly place rhinestones one by one!
For my sentiment, I used one of the Nestabilities Fancy Tag dies. I stamped onto SU!'s brushed gold card stock and cut it out using a Nestabilities oval die.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
You have to look a little closely to see my "stitching". I did it using a gold glitter pen- along the bottom of the punched pink "fence"...
Some day I plan on learning how to do the "real deal", because I love stitching on cards! My sweet friend Cyndy has promised to give me a lesson on the little sewing machine I bought just for this purpose. She'd better have the patience of Job though, as I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to using a sewing machine ;-) But this challenge really has me wanting to learn, so hopefully I will be back before long with a card filled with stitches made with actual thread! Until then, my faux technique will have to suffice.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Many of the items I used (the patterned paper, the black lace, the ecru lace, the tag die and the pearls) can all be found at Classy Cards 'n Such. Please check out their store and their blog; you'll love both! And be sure to use the code SARAH-10 and you'll get a 10% discount on your entire order :-)
I love cameos! (Does that surprise you? lol!) This one was done using a stamp and then cut out and placed on dimensionals onto black card stock which was die cut using a tag from Spellbinder's Fancy Tag 3 set. Is that an awesome frame, or what? And I think the pearls all around really set the cameo off, don't you? I had fun working with placing it just right under the birds that are printed on the paper.
Oh, such beautiful lace! And by putting one on top of the other really added some great texture, especially so near to the distressed edges of the natural card stock. And as you can see in the close up, I stamped the base layer with a cheesecloth stamp in black ink, which looks very cool along side of the black lace.
And keeping with the romantic feel, I had to add a beautiful flower. Love this blue trellis rose from Prima!
Since I love using Scripture stamps, I thought this was a lovely one to compliment the card. It is from a Mother's Day set from Our Daily Bread Designs, but I think you could use it for many other occasions/reasons as well. I have also linked this card to ODBD's blog for their "stamping in time" challenge.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Well, I must say: this was an absolute challenge for me! I knew right away I just had to use those wonderful colors and duplicate them as best I could- and find a way to get lots of texture and some dimension going. I love the ruffles and the different materials in the picture and wanted to portray the feeling of what those fun pillows must look and feel like in real life.
I considered coloring it, but in the end I felt that I really wanted the accentuation and all the colors to come from the ribbons which represented the pillows in the inspiration pic. The sofa kind of reminded me of the stool in the photo- the same color as the cushion, and just kind of "there", holding the pillows. So, I felt it best to leave the image just as it was so that the ribbons would remain the focus.
Here you can see some of the texture up close. My base layer was texturized using an embossing folder, as were all of the other card stock layers (except the image).
So there you have it. That's what this cool picture inspired me to make. What will you be inspired to create?
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
It's November! (Can you believe it?!) And over at The Perfect Sentiment our challenge this week is to make a Thanksgiving card. Of course, as with all the challenges at The Perfect Sentiment, there is a "twist" to it. This week it is to incorporate brads or eyelets in your Thanksgiving card.
When I made mine, our temps were in the 80's, so it seemed pretty early to be creating this Fall card. But, in the few days since, our nights have been cooling down and we are supposed to get some daytime highs only in the 60's this week. For Southern California, that's getting quite chilly! And looking at the calender and seeing November now, well, my card doesn't seem quite so seasonally inappropriate anymore!
Here is what I came up with in hopes of inspiring you to play along with us:
I hope you can see there is a lot of texture in this card. For starters, I roughed up the edges, and chose felt for the falling leaves. The satin ribbon adds some softness.
This rosette made using Tim Holtz's die was a great way to add texture and dimension for the center of the card. The large brass brad in the center is one of my faves from Stampin' Up!
The other brad I used was for the bird's eye. And as you can see here, the die cut doily in the background also gives some added texture.
I outlined the oval frame with copper Stickels and love how that looks. Then, I added another falling leaf.
After the card was finished, I sprayed it with a lot of Tattered Angel's glimmer mist in their Wheatfields color. I love all the shimmer from it!
I hope this card inspires you to play along with us this week. You have until 10:00EST next Tuesday to link your card up over at The Perfect Sentiment Challenge Blog, using the keywords PSC05 Thanksgiving. (All details can be found on the blog.)
Stacey will be donating this prize to our lucky winner: