Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Le Cirque

This week our design assignment at Paper Vineyard was to create a circus-themed project using Graphic 45 products.

Now, to tell you the truth, I've always been a little creeped out by the circus.  Thank goodness the papers from Graphic 45 are so pretty they helped me overcome my phobia long enough to design this card:


I've really been enjoying tags lately.  They add dimension and provide the opportunity to add another sentiment - or they simply serve as another vehicle for displaying more pretty paper!  Here is a picture of the same card with the tag partially pulled out:


Here is a closeup of my flower.  The metal, paper, and ink work really well together!


Thank you for visiting. :o)  Have a terrific Tuesday!

Ingredients:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned papers - Graphic 45 Le Cirque Collection
Paper flowers and metal flower - Graphic 45
Ribbon - Teresa Collins
Button - My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose
Staple - Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Stamps - Kaiser Craft
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stickles - Black Diamond
Miscellaneous pompoms and trim

Monday, March 28, 2011

Springtime Bling in Blues and Purples

Today I created a project that fits the bill for two challenges:  Play Date Cafe Challenge 47  and DeNami Design Product Challenge #7.

Here is the very bright, very springy inspiration picture from PDCC 47:


Participants were charged with the task of creating a project using only the palette shown here - blue and purple with white and green.  In the DeNami challenge, we are supposed to incorporate a favorite blingy embellishment of mine:  rhinestones!  (My order of DeNami rhinestones is on its way, but in the meantime I pulled some bling out of my current stash.)

And here is my card inspired by the challenges:


Here is a shot of the tag pulled partially out of the little pocket envelope I made:



Ingredients
Cardstock and rhinestones: Bazzill
Chipboard Alphas: American Crafts Thickers
Diecut bird, vines, and flowers:  Sizzix
Pearls:  Kaiser Craft and We R Memory Keepers
Ink: ColorBox Blue Lagoon Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye and Memento Grape Jelly
Stamps:  DeNami Design Solid Scallop Dot Rectangle, Solid Decorative Crest, and Everyday Greetings
Gel Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Blue, Green, and Purple
Ribbon:  My Mind's Eye blue and miscellaneous green grosgrain
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Stickles Waterfall

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I hope your week is off to a super start!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

White Sale

The theme in this week's Design Team assignment for Paper Vineyard was White Sale!  The challenge:  create a monochromatic white project. 

I covered a wooden frame in cardstock and patterned paper, then frosted flowers and a filagree butterfly in glitter, and added pearls (and tried my best to restrain myself - I do love pearls!) 



Ingredients
Cardstock: Bazzill White
Patterned paper: Bazzill Stripe White
Frame: Woodline Works
Flowers: Prima Craftable
Glitter: Elizabeth Craft Design GlitterRitz in Warm Highlights and White
Pearls: KaiserCraft and We R Memory Keepers
Metal Filagree Butterfly: SEI

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tweet Clara

I am very excited to be participating in The Play Date Cafe Challenge 73.  These colors are so pretty!  Here is the inspiration they posted:


And here is my layout inspired by the challenge:


Ingredients
Cardstock: Jillibean Soup Chestnut Soup
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Brocade
Corrugated Alphas: Jillibean Soup
Brads, stickers, buttons, and ribbon: My Mind's Eye
Flowers: Prima (colored with mists and Copic Markers)
Paper Lace: Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink: ColorBox Chestnut Roan
Stamps: My Little Shoebox and Kaiser Craft
Mists: Glimmerz Spritz in Tuscan Sun and Bed of Roses
Copic Markers: YR00 Powder Pink, YR12 Loquat, V12 Pale Lilac, V15 Mallow, and R46 Strong Red

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Crafting with LYB Twig

When I mentioned Jean Bradsher's super fun Twig class in yesterday's blog post, Margie H. very kindly asked for pictures!

So without further ado, here is a bit of what we made in class:


Aren't the Twig papers absolutely beautiful?  And the feel of the paper is almost fabric-like.  I have to admit, long before I signed up for this class, I bought a ton of the Twig goodies.  They are so pretty!

We actually made 8 cards, two each of four designs, but this was my favorite:



Ingredients
Paper and most embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle "Twig" line
Cardstock: American Crafts
Frame: Woodline Works
Assorted ribbon, feather, eyelets, and trim
Have a super Sunday!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Baby Blues


Last week's Paper Vineyard assignment was to create a project featuring two new lines from My Mind's Eye - "Stella and Rose" and "Lush."

Something kind of fun that I included was a spin-off from a class I took a few weeks ago with Els of Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This talented designer showed us various embellishment techniques incorporating ink, glitter, and her beautiful filigree stickers.  Today I used four of her scrolled leaf stickers to create a butterfly, then embellished them with Smooch ink, Shimmerz Spritz, and glitter before adding pearl brads for the body:

Ingredients
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper, brads, alpha stickers, charm, and stickers: My Mind's Eye "Stella and Rose" and Lush collections
ColorBox Smooch Nautical Navy pearlized accent ink
Shimmerz Spritz Rockafella Blue and Tuscan Sun
Font: Batang
Glitter: Ranger Stickles Aqua and GlitterRitz light gold
Stickers: Elizabeth Craft Designs pull-off scroll leaf and Starform glitter border
Charm clips: Tim Holtz

I hope you had a scrappy Saturday!  I sure did - starting with several hours of playing with Little Yellow Bicycle's adorable Twig paper and embellishments.  Jean Bradsher showed us how to make her adorable picture frame along with four different cards.  They all turned out adorable!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tag - You're It!

Here are two tags that I made for my first project as a member of Paper Vineyard's design team.  I have to say - I am so excited to be a part of this team! 


Ingredients
Patterned paper: Teresa Collins
Cardstock, key, and rhinestone embellishments: Bazzill
Rose brad: Pebbles
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Studio G and Kaiser Craft
Assorted ribbon and trims


Ingredients
Patterned paper: Teresa Collins Mr. & Mrs.
Cardstock: Bazzill Lily White
Pearls and alpha stamps: Kaiser Craft
Pearl flourish: Prima 
Metal flower: Pebbles
Ink: ColorBox Chestnut Roan
Assorted ribbon and trims

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Book

I took such a fun class this weekend at Paper Vineyard featuring the adorable new patterned paper and embellishment line from Bazzill.  Participants got to make these cute little happy books.  Now all I need to do is add photos!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Napa


Well, here's another layout that I started this summer and finally completed today!




Ingredients
Patterned paper, alpha letters, and ribbon:  My Mind's Eye
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Font: Lucinda Calligraphy and Batang
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Caught Our Limit


I started this 2-page layout in July, shortly after my husband and step-son got back from their fishing trip.  When I was going through items to organize my scrapping armoire, I found it and realized that I needed to finish it up!



Ingredients
Cardstock: Bazzill
Blue chipboard alpha letters and patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
Stickers: EK Success Jolee's
Buttons: Kaiser Craft
Font: Braddon
I hope you've had a terrific Tuesday!