Monday, February 28, 2011

Challenge Play Day

Hello! I have decided that on Mondays I am going to try to start to play along with some challenges, not only to help me on those funky kind of weeks, but I know that sometimes I get into ruts.
So I decided to choose  one from Play Date Cafe. Here is the picture that they used:
And here is the card I made. I used Market Street Stamps So Happy stamp set, along with a new punch that I just bought from EK Success (Parisian), and my Copics.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {So Happy}
Ink: Momento
Markers: Copic
Ribbon: stash
Border Punch: EK Success {Parisian}

Friday, February 25, 2011

What a Haul!!!

So, I took a field trip into town the other day so I could hit all of the craft stores, and I have to tell you, good thing the hubby was out of town. If he saw me walk in the house with all of those bags, my ears would still be burning!

So you ask, DoBea, what did you all get?
-Fabric remnants, and lots of them. (You will see these pop up pretty soon.)
-A new border punch. (Saw it and just had to have it.)
-Tim Holtz embellies. (Fragments, masks, metal findings.And I don't think I paid full price for a one of them.)
-A small dress form. (Perfect for the jewelry I make. What? You didn't know I did that too?)
-A pack of cardstock. (All of my white was gone, so I was in a pinch.)
-Two more Tim Holtz Distress Inks. (I only need two more, and I have them all. Do you know how hard it is to find Aged mahogany and Pine Needles?)
-A bunch of the new MME patterned paper. (Oh, so YUMMY!)
-Echo Park's For the Record paper pack. (Where has this been all of my life?)
And last, but not least,
-A wooden birdhouse. (Why? Why not.)

So, what did I do with this birdhouse, huh?
TA DA!!!

Project Recipe
Bird House: JoAnn Fabrics
Patterned Paper: Echo Park {For the Record collection}
Bling: Prima
Buttons: stash
Felt Flowers: unknown

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More ATCs!

Here are some more ATCs that I have made in the past couple of days. I am really getting into these things. They really come together so easily, and they are so small (3.5x2.5) yet you can still be so creative with them!
Don't forget, I am looking for some feedback from you all. I would like to know if anyone is still making these things out there, if you actually trade them, and do you belong to and clubs or anything. Any responses would be helpful. (Thank you to those who have already left responses.)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Market Street Stamps February Release!!!

Hello, and welcome to the third day of sneak peeks for the February release from Market Street Stamps. I am using the set "Slow Movin'." This snail is so cute, I just wanna pinch his/her little cheeks!
For stamping the image I used Colorbox Chalk Ink. I love how soft and subtle it came out.
Don't forget to go check out the other ladies' blogs (who are all shown over on the right side of my blog) to see what they came up with for their sneaks. Also, make sure you check out the Market Street Stamps blog for the details on how you could win one of the new release stamp sets. Tomorrow will be the full reveal of the stamps over at their blog, and then at 12:01 am on Friday, the sets will go on sale, and remember that all new releases will be on sale for 10% off the first week after they are revealed.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Slow Movin'}
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Hemp: stash
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug {D'vine Swirl}

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ATC Cards

I have recently been reintroduced to ATCs (Artist Trading Cards for those of you who may not know what that means.) I have never made them before, but was always amazed by the effort and creativity that could go into them.
What I would like to know from you all, are there any of you still making them? If you do, do you actually trade them, or keep them? Do you belong to clubs, swaps or any other atc groups?
Anyways, so I tried my hand at them, and I think that they may be addictive!
Here are a few that I have made. Let me know what you think!

Also, don't forget that it is release week over at Market Street Stamps! Check out the blog over there to see the sneak peeks before the new sets are revealed on Thursday, and available for purchase on Friday. Yesterday, today and tomorrow there will be sneaks from the Design Team and also, each night there will be a chance to win the set being peeked!!!.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bowl of Cherries

Here are a couple of quick cards using one of Unity's Itty Bitty stamps. I love using them. They are so cute and you can easily whip up some fast projects or use great detail on them. For today, I used the "Sweet as a Bowl of Cherries."
The first one is a 4x4 card. I stamped the bowl onto kraft cardstock and used my Copics and Spica pen, then added the October Afternoon patterned paper. Around the edges of the patterned paper, I used my peircing tool to string the twine through.
The second card is a 3x3. I again stamped the bowl and colored it in using Copics and then just simply wound some twine around the front. 

Card Recipe
Card 1
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon {Seaside collection}
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Markers: Copic
Glitter Pens: Atyou Spica
Twine: Rusty Pickle

Card 2
Ink: Momento
Markers: Copic
Glitter Pens: Atyou Spica

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello, everyone! Just wanted to pop in quick and wish you all best Valentine's Day out there. I am going to try to be back later tonight with a card. A big MWAH! to you all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Day 5

Welcome to my last post as a guest designer for Peachy Keen Stamps. I am very sad to see my week end, but I had such a great time. I would like to thank you all for stopping by to visit and for all of the wonderful comments.
For my last project I decided that I was going to make one last card. I am normally a scrapbooker, at least have been for quite a long time, but lately cards just seem to pull to me, so I have been going with it.
I used the St. Patrick's Day stamp set. For the backgrounds, even though my pictures don't show it very well, I used a variety of sprays for added texture and shimmer. They were used on the base card as well as the lighter green up top. I then used my Copics and Spica pens again to enhance the images.
One final time, I would like to thank you all for being here with me this week. I hope you enjoyed the projects that I have shared.
Don't forget to leave a comment here and over at the Peachy Keen blog in order for your chance to win the Valentine Cupids stamp set. I will be picking a winner tomorrow morning and then will edit this post at the bottom with the winner. I hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Valentine's Day on Monday!

Using and combining all of the comments from my blog and the Peachy Keen blog it was commenter #124 who has won the Valentine Cupids stamp set. Congratulations...
Patti B.
she said "This mouse is just too cute. Great job."
Patti, I will be emailing you shortly for your address!!! Thanks to everyone for your support this week!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps {St. Patrick's Day}
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper
Markers: Copic
Glitter Pens: Atyou Spica
Spray: Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist {Pearl Green Mist}, Studio Calico Mister Huey's Color Mist {Sunshine}

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Day 4

Hello, once again! I am nearing the end of my guest designer spot of at Peachy Keen Stamps, and it is making me just a little depressed. But you know what helps me feel better? More Valentine's projects!!
The card I made for today showcases the stamp set that I will be giving away at the end of my stint here, Valetine Cupids. I am in love with every one of the sayings that Kathy has put into this set, and come on, the mice are simply adorable!
For the heart background paper, I stamped the heart outlines from the set in Versamark then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then took my Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks and blended them over the paper. The clear embossing acts as a resist, so that the true colors from the background paper stay true.
I then used the Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks again on the cardstock paper that I stamped my image on and blended them. I stamped the mouse using the Walnut Stain ink, and used my Copics to color ink bits and pieces of the mouse, and popped up the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and will see you back here for my last day tomorrow. Don't forget to leave a comment here and at the Peachy Keen blog for your chance to win a set of the Valentine Cupids. On Saturday morning I will edit this post and announce the winner.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps {Valentine Cupids}
Patterned Paper: Sassafras Lass
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Markers: Copic
Embossing Powder: Close to My Heart {Clear}

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Day 3

Good Morning! Welcome back to day number three of my guest design spot with Peachy Keen Stamps! I want to thank you for all the lovely comments you have been leaving for me. I am so honored to be able to share my projects with you!
For my project today, there are lots of photos. I hope this helps in some way, as I am a very visual learner, so I think the more photos the better.
I used the stamp set Valentine Sweets for this project. I know I am bombarding you with Valentine's things so far, but I just can't seem to help myself.
First, for the larger flower, I started out stamping fifteen of the large solid outline hearts onto one piece of paper and then six of the largest dotted outline hearts onto another piece of paper. (All of the hearts were stamped onto paper from The Girls Paperie.) Then, for the smaller flower, I stamped another ten of the largest dotted outline hearts onto yet another piece of paper and four of the smallest dotted outline hearts onto the last piece of paper. (I wanted all of the different sized hearts to vary from each other.)
Here is a picture of the hearts for the smaller of the flowers.
Next, I took my flower tool (the Petal Roller from Imaginisce) and made a crease down the middle of all of the hearts, large and small.
I then flipped the hearts over (the backside facing up) and made a crease in between the middle crease (which now looks like a mountain) and edge on both sides of the mountain.
 So, when you flip then back over there are two hills and one valley.
 From there, I pierced a hole near the bottom middle for the brad to fit through.
I took two small hearts and put them onto the brad first, then took five of the larger hearts and put them on the brads, spanning them out into the flower shape.
And, here is a close up of the two different sized flowers I made. I had ended up making three large flowers and two small ones.
Nearing the end, before I glued the flowers on, I painted the wooden love (found this at Hobby Lobby) in baby blue, pink and white, and then painted a layer of Glamour Dust Glitter Paint in Ice Crystal (which you can find here in the Peachy Keen store) over the entire thing, and let dry.
Finally, I replaced the ribbon that it can with with some pretty pink satin ribbon so that I could hang it on the wall, and glue the flowers where I wanted.
I hope you enjoyed the project today! Also, don't forget to leave your comments here and at the Peachy Keen blog in order to have your chance at winning the adorable Valentine Cupids stamp set.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps {Valentine Sweets}
Wooden Love: Hobby Lobby
Patterned Paper: The Girls Paperie {Paper Girl}
Ink: Momento
Glitter Paint: Glamour Dust Glitter Paint {Ice Crystal}
Tools: Imaginisce {Petal Roller} We R Memory Keepers {Brad Setter and Paper Piercer}

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Day 2

Welcome back to day number two!  I am so happy to see you all back here for my Guest Design Team spot for Peachy Keen Stamps. For today's project I will be using the Tuesday Sketch Challenge from the Challenge Blog.
I used the Cheers and Green Beer stamp set for my card. I have been so focused lately on Valentine's Day that I have completely blocked out St. Patty's Day! But here is a card to remedy that.
I used my Copic Markers to color in the images and used my Spica Glitter Pens for added definition. I am glad to say that I think I am finally getting the hang of these markers. I masked the coins to give a continuous border of them and used a pop dot under the mug of green beer.
Don't forget to leave a comment here and at the Peachy Keen Blog for your chance to win the Valentine Cupids stamp set! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps {Cheers and Green Beer}
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs
Ink: Momento
Markers: Copic
Glitter Pens: Atyou Spica

Monday, February 7, 2011

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Day 1

A sweet hello to everyone out there! I am so excited to be here with you this week. I am completely honored to have been given this opportunity to share some of my projects with all of the Peachy fans out there.
For my fist project this week, I thought I would start out with something totally easy, yet so darn cute. I found these heart shaped wooden ornaments at Hobby Lobby, and knew I just had to buy them. They are the perfect size to put the 1 1/8" Wide Eyed Kids faces on. I used paper from The Girls Paperie as the base, then sanded down the edges to blend them smoothly with the wood and for a little distressed look. I then stamped the faces on using Momento Ink and my Signa white pen on the eyes to try to get them to pop a little more. I thought about adding something more to them, but really did not want to detract from the faces, so I left them the way they were.
As a treat for you all, Peachy Keen has let me choose a set of stamps to give away at the end of my week here, I I have chosen the Valentine Cupids.
So, in order to be able to win, please leave a message here, and then visit me over at Peachy Keen Stamps Blog and leave a message on my post over there. At the end of the week I will chose the lucky winner. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps {1 1/8" Wide Eyed Kids faces}
Patterned Paper: The Girls Paperie {Paper Girl}
Ink: Momento
Wood Hearts: Hobby Lobby

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thank You So Much! for Market Street

Love is in the air! Can you feel it? I love Valentines season, there is so much pink and red in all of the stores and people get so crafty with making handmade cards, flowers, cookie and such. You can almost taste Spring in the air, hoping that it comes early this year. Can you hear the little chirps in the background?
Yeah, me neither. I live in the frigidly cold upper Midwest where we are barely to spring before the official Summer is supposed to start. ;)
This card has to be one of my favorites lately. Even though I have two girls, I am not a huge lover of pink, except at this time of year. GASP!!! I know, right? So, I thought just little pieces of it would work perfectly.
For the background I used the Hearts A Plenty stamp, and then used the So Happy set for the flower and sentiment, both from Market Street Stamps.
You might have noticed, or maybe not, but I use craft paper, a lot. I also have had the obsession with canvas and pins. But, we can talk about those issues at a later date. I also sewed around the edge of the card. I don't usually sew on paper, because, well, I am lazy. I hate to drag out the sewing machine just to do a little card. Well, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Especially when there is an idea floating around in our heads.
Well, I have been uncharacteristically chatty today, so I will now leave you with the pics. Hope you enjoy!!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Hearts a Plenty, So Happy}
Patterned Paper: unknown
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Canvas: Canvas Corp.
Markers: Copic
Stick Pin: Maya Road
Ribbon: unknown

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Love You Forever

Hello, ladies! I am very happy to finally post something that I have made lately, that hasn't been required for something. I should be working on things that I do need to get done, but had an idea  i just had to go with.
For this card I used the Hearts A Plenty background stamp from Market Street Stamps. I stamped it with VersaMark ink then used clear embossing powder over it. Next, I used my Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to blend over the embossed background, then used the Vintage Photo to ditress ink the edges a little more. I used the Unity Heart Journaling stamp for the heart with Vintage Photo again.
The flowers I made with ribbon I had on hand. The red, I cannot remember where it came from, and the cream is from Maya Road. The pins I received in a monthly kit at some point and the leaves are from Prima.

Starting on Monday I will be posting projects for my turn of being a Peachy Keen Stamps Guest Designer. Don't miss out, I will have some super cute blog candy that you will have a chance to win.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Hearts a Plenty}, Unity Stamp Co. {Heart Journaling}
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Stick Pins: stash
Leaves: Prima
Ribbon: Maya Road, Rusty Pickle
Embossing Powder: Close to My Heart {Clear}

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

You're Such a Sweetie! for Market Street

Here is a card I made using Follow Your Heart and Simply Stitched Borders from Market Street Stamps. These are two sets that I find myself using over and over again. They are so versatile!
I really like how I can use the different faux stitches to make up my own backgrounds. Mixing and matching them inspires so much creativity!
I then stamped the bird and the branch using Momento Ink, so I was able to color on the canvas with my Copics. You really have to use a light hand and be extremely careful with Copics on any fabric, as they tend to bleed very quickly. I start by coloring from the middle out, and take my time to see how far it seeps before I go on.
After I was done coloring, I used some dark brown thread to hand stitch a border around the tag. The sentiment is also from the Follow Your Heart set.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed!!!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Follow Your Heart, Simply Stitched Borders}
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye {So Sophie}
Canvas: Canvas Corp.
Ink: Momento, Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Markers: Copic
Flowers: Prima
Button: stash