Thursday, October 29, 2009

Think Pink: PPA Challenge

I have been wanting to send my sister Dayna a pink card since she is a breast cancer survivor. The PPA design team had just the perfect challenge! I am so proud of my sister for walking through her cancer diagnosis and treatment with grace and determination. She is truly an inspiration to me. Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette are my pink colors for this card. I could not find the plain pink M&M's anywhere, so I used pink jelly beans for the fun Sweet Treat Cups set in the heart Sweet Centers stamp. A little Melon Mambo ribbon, a few swirls and my sentiment mounted on a Cricut label says just the way I feel about Dayna. I have several other friends who have battled this disease with faith and determination. I am inspired by them as well.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

White Christmas

This card was created for the Mojo Monday #110 sketch and Our Creative Corner which challenged us to create a card using our favorite holiday movie theme. I chose "White Christmas." I've been watching this movie since I was a teenager and always love the ending with the wonderful Christmas tree and the stage opening up to snow coming down in the background. So white and silver cardstock became my two color choices. I embossed the white cardstock with two different Cuttlebug folders. The tree and greeting are from the"Season of Joy" and retired "Star-Studded Season" sets. I embossed the tree and snowflakes in silver. I only wish the beautiful shimmer showed up better! Hope you are having a great week! Blessings to you!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thanks Be for Thee!

For Mojo Monday #109 I brought out a very retired stamp set that wanted to get out of the box! I guess I just like the salutation!! Plus I wanted to try out my new watermark! (It was a learning curve for me to learn how to apply it!) Anyway...the new In Colors provided my color palette of Dusty Durango textured cardstock, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Bermuda Bay for some pop! Rhinestone brads, ribbon, my one and only "Nesti" and some punches did the rest. I used the Blender Pens from my ink pads to color in the pilgrim couple. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this season of thanks!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas Wreath and PPA #12 Winner!!

For this Pals Paper Arts Challege #12 I just saw a Christmas wreath in the sketch! So I got out the "Autumn Days" stamp set with the pine and pinecone stamp. I used Dusty Durango and Old Olive markers to color the stamp, then, after stamping on Whisper White,cut them out. With my Circle Scissors I cut out the Old Olive circles and made a base for my wreath. I sponged some Old Olive ink on the pine to add some color, and punched out the little berries and glued them on. A bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter adds some wow to the overall effect, though it doesn't show up in the picture. The center salutation is from the Level 1 set, "Holiday Best." I also used markers to color it in, then added a rhinestone for a little bling~ The ribbon is "Mistletoe," from the Holiday Mini. The DSP is "Christmas Cocoa Specialty." This card was fun to make! Thanks PPA for the challenge!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Night and Day!

I wanted to try out the new "Night and Day" specialty paper...just blacks and whites. And I love the "Friends 24-7" stamp set. Add the new In Color "Crushed Curry" and a simple but bold card seemed to come together with the Mojo Monday and My Creative Corner sketch! I am finding the Circle Scissors cutter is turning out to be a wonderful addition to my stampin tool box!!!
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Folk Art Card!

For this PPA and Mojo Monday Challenge, I chose the fun and "folksy" stamp set, Razzle Dazzle. Using the PPA colors: Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive, I used the respective markers to color the stamp, huffed on it and down it went on Very Vanilla. I colored the flower circles with the Pumpkin Pie marker and punched them out with a 1/2 inch punch, and put an Old Olive brad in the middle of the flower. The mat pad and paper piercer really helped with the spacing of the circles. Some retired DSP helped bring out some pattern interest and a strip of Old Olive ribbon topped off my strip going down the middle of the card. I left off a sentiment so I could use this one for the future!
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pals Paper Arts: Being Grateful

I am making lots of cards to send to family and friends next month at Thanksgiving time. This challenge helped me add one more! I used my new fall favorite stamp sets, "Gobble, Gobble" and "Autumn Splendor." Using the new In Colors, Dusty Durango and Rich Razzleberry, and a great fall color, More Mustard, I stamped my leaves. I also used Veramark on the More Mustard, hard to see here.
My turkey was colored with my In Color Markers and More Mustard on Very Vanilla. I used my Nestabilities to create a frame for my little Gobbler. The fun Button Sizzix Die created my button and the Rich Razzleberry ribbon pulled this card together. I am thankful for sooo much, but right now I can't get over the fun of having a little thankful for his sweet life of 5 months!
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For all teachers!

As a substitute teacher, I see the hard work and dedication of so many wonderful educators. When I sub I try to leave an encouraging little stamped note! I loved this sentiment and I use it often. Gifts of the Earth is the only current stamp set on this card. The cardstock is retired Summer Picnic...but I couldn't resist the apple background. Some retired ribbon also embellishes the circle, and Ruby Red is my contrasting color. For any teacher who visits my humble little blog, thank you for all you do to "reach a child's heart!"
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