Paper Maniac Wednesday - Buttons & Brads

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hello! It's Wednesday, Paper Maniac Day here on my blog! This week we are focusing on buttons and brads. As you can see I chose to use buttons! I cut out a heart from the patterned paper and then used buttons to line the edges of the heart. I also used some ribbon for the bottom part of the heart.
This would make such a cute Valentine's Day card or just an "I love you" card. Now, head on over the the Paper Maniac Blog and see what the other girls have come up with using buttons and brads!

Thanks for visiting today!

{Love you}

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Red
Patterned Paper: Polar Expressions (imaginisce)
Ink: Real Red (SU)
Accessories: Heart Punch (Paper Shapers), Buttons, Red Ribbon (Offray), Red Floss (DMC), Foam Dimensionals

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Baby Joy...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hello! I'm so glad Dawn posted a color challenge this morning. It seems like forever since I was able to play in one of these. I thought these colors would make a great baby boy card, which is something I need anyway.
I stitched light blue floss around the edges. I wanted to back-stitch, but I ran out of floss. I used a small oval nestie to cut out the sentiment panel. I used 3 PTI stamp sets on this card! The stars are from Around & About Sentiments. The word "joy" comes from Everyday Button Bits and I spelled out "BABY" with Fresh Alphabet.
Hope you enjoy today's card. Have a great day!

{Baby Joy}

Stamps: Fresh Alphabet, Around & About Sentiments, Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft (SU), Spring Rain, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Real Red (SU), Versamark
Accessories: Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Twill Tape (SU), Blue Floss (DMC), Foam Dimensionals
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Wonderful Friend...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hello! I combined two challenges for today's card. I used the Mojo Monday Sketch and today's Clean & Simple challenge to use pink, green, and blue in your cards. The sketch was definitely not clean and simple, so that was a challenge in itself. I think it helped that I did not matte any of my layers. The three blue panels are actually patterned paper. It's hard to see in the photo, but the pattern is sort of a cross-hatch.

Hope you are having a great day!!!

{Wonderful Friend}

Stamps: Friends 'til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: SS White, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink), Mellow Moss, Pink Passion (SU)
Patterned Paper: Sunshine Lollipops (Sassafras)
Ink: Pink Passion (SU)
Accessories: Rhinestones (Michaels), Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), Birds & Blooms Sizzlets Dies (SU), Foam Dimensionals, Pink Ribbon (Offray), White Gel Pen (Sakura)
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OCC Challenge - Monochromatic Mania

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hello there! I'm here today with a challenge that I came up with for Our Creative Corner. The challenge is to use monochromatic colors. You can use one color or many shades of that one color. You may also incorporate a neutral like white, cream, black, or kraft. I chose purple as my color and you can see there are many shades. This card has so many elements, I barely know where to begin. I used a digital image for the "I just wanted to say..." panel. I simply changed the text to purple to match before I printed it out. The swirls behind the oval are stamped in versamark. The glitter-y swirls are actually from a pack of Halloween stickers from Doodlebug Design Inc. as well as the purple gems.
Now, head on over to Our Creative Corner and check out what the rest of the design team created. There is never a time limit on our challenges, so feel free to play along whenever you can.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

{Just wanted to say...hello}

Acrylic Stamps: Friends 'til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Rubber Stamp: Swirly Background (Stampabilities)
Digital Stamps: Just Wanted to Say (Raindrop Echo Designs)
Card Stock: Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink), Cream
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU), Versamark
Accessories: Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Purple Flowers (Prima), Purple Jewels (Doodlebug Design Inc.), Foam Dimensionals, Sticker Glitter Swirls (Doodlebug Design Inc.)

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - September

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hello! I'm so glad I remembered the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month. I've been MIA for a few months. This month we were challenged to reuse, re-purpose or recycle packaging from your Papertrey Package. I chose to re-purpose the clear boxes that the stamps come in.
This is a box that holds Halloween treats. I mostly used the Hocus Pocus Collection from Doodlebug Design Inc. This would include the papers, spider sticker, and ribbon. This project was very simple. I used my Coluzzle to cut the circles to make a window. You can see the pumpkin shaped Reese Cups peeking out of the window.
I used two Papertrey Ink stamp sets to make the tag. The word "sweet" comes from Everyday Button Bits and I spelled out the word "TREATS" using Fresh Alphabet.

Thanks for stopping by this evening and I hope you enjoy the blog hop!
{Halloween Treat Box}

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Fresh Alphabet (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Hocus Pocus Collection (Doodlebug Design Inc.)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Spider Sticker (Doodlebug Design Inc.), Green Mini Brads (Queen & Co.), Ribbon (Doodlebug Design Inc.), Coluzzle, Glue Dots, Acetate Box (Papertrey Ink), Candy
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Holiday Wishes...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hello! I tried out some new paper today, and I think my card turned out really well. I have never seen glossy colored paper before Patti from Paper Maniac sent me some. You can see in the picture below the glossiness. I used my new cuttlebug folder to dry emboss the glossy paper. Since the glossy paper has a white center, I was able to take a sanding block and sand off the raised area leaving white.
This paper is gorgeous! I can't wait to try out the other colors! Have a great day everyone!

{Holiday Wishes}
Stamps: Wonderful Wishes (Verve Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft (SU), Red Glossy (Bindakote), SS White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Real Red (SU)
Accessories: Swirls & Birds Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Offray), Geneva Brads (Bazzill), Sanding Block (Making Memories)

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Paper Maniac Wednesday - Fall/Halloween!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hello! It's Wednesday, Paper Maniac Day here on my blog! This week's theme is Halloween/Fall cards. I made this card using a stamp from Serendipity. Something I don't do very often is color, so I was really surprised when this card turned out so well. I used watercolor pencils to color the image, but I did not go over it with an aqua-painter. I just left it as is. Then I sponged some navy blue for the sky and green and brown for the ground. Click on the picture for a larger view. I did not want to take away from the scarecrow with a lot of embellishments, so I kept it pretty simple with some textured orange card stock and a strip of grosgrain ribbon.

Now, head on over to the Paper Maniac Blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stamps: Scarecrow (Serendipity Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft, Apricot, Cream
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Garden Green (SU)
Accessories: Top Note Sizzix Die (SU), Foam Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils (SU), Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Stampin' Sponge (SU)
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Mojo Monday 105

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hello! Today I have a card to share using the Mojo Monday Sketch #105. It's such a cute layout with all those scallops. I bought some Oval Nestabilities over the weekend and just had to break them out in this card. I used the smallest oval for the three balloons and then covered them with stickles.
Here's a close-up so you can see the layers of dimensionals.

Hope you are having a great day!

{All Occasion Balloons}

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, SS White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Sunshine Lollipops (Sassafras)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger), Raspberry Rose Ribbon, Foam Dimensionals, 1.75" Circle Punch (Paper Shapers), Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
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OCC Challenge - A Yummy Color Combo

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's Saturday and that means there's a new challenge at Our Creative Corner. This week is a color challenge. We all made a card using the colors in the picture above. I just love petit fours!!! They are so cute. For my card, I wanted white to be the dominant color and have pops of the pinks. I created the hot pink curly label by using SU's Top Note die and cutting off the edges and taping them together. Also notice that the light pink sentiment panel is curved. I did this by placing a foam dimensional under only the center. The edges are folded under the card and adhered on the back side.

Now head on over to Our Creative Corner and check out what the rest of the design team created. You have all week to join in the fun!


Stamps: Friends 'til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: SS White, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz (SU), Pink Pirouette (retired-SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Pearls (Michaels), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Top Note Sizzix Die (SU), Foam Dimensionals
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Happy Birthday Digital Image Card

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hello & TGIF! So glad the weekend is almost here! Well, today I tried something new. I used a digital stamp for the very first time. I am happy to report that it went extremely well. Right now at Paper Maniac there are 8 digital stamp sets. They are all amazing I tell ya. The one I used today came from a set called Just Wanted to Say. In these tough times, digital stamps are a wonderful alternative to regular stamps. At Paper Maniac, all the stamp sets are $2-$3.50 and you don't pay a shipping fee since you download it yourself. Easy peasey! You can't beat that! Plus you can print them in any size you want.
This card was kind of interesting because I really wanted to use that patterned paper, but I didn't have any matching ribbon. I thought that it might look okay to use a complimentary color like orange, but I would also need to use orange somewhere else on the card. I was very surprised that this worked. I was glad to finally use some of this orange rhinestones as well. Those have been sitting around for a while.

Have a great weekend and I'll be back tomorrow with my card for Our Creative Corner.

{Happy Birthday}

Stamps: Just Wanted to Say (Raindrop Echo Designs)
Card Stock: SS White, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Urban Prairie Paper Pack (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Orange Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon
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Card Sketch Book

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hello! I was browsing Kristina Werner's Blog on Monday and was so inspired by the card sketch book she made, I had to give it a try myself. The inside of the book is filled with little rectangles you can use to sketch card layouts. Now, I've been looking for something like this for while so I was super excited when you could just print out the pages from Kristina's blog. She did all the hard work for us.

Since this sketch book will mostly be in my purse, I wanted a simple cover. I used two retired SU colors for the cover. The scalloped circle is a sticker from Sassafras and the letters are from a pack of sticker from the $1 store. I rounded my edges because I knew they would just get bent up in my purse.

Here's how I usually sketch out cards. I use anything lying around and then it ends up getting stamped on and coffee stained.
Here's the new method.
I love it all ready! Enjoy your day!

{Card Sketch Book}

Card Stock: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango (retired SU)
Accessories: Cardstock Sticker (Sassafras), Vintage Typewriter Stickers (Miss Elizabeth's $1 store), Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), White Pen (Sakura)
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Paper Maniac Wednesday - Patterned Paper!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hello! It's Paper Maniac Wednesday! This week the design team was challenged to use patterned paper on their cards. I wanted to really challenge myself and not use stamps. I chose to use two sheets of Jillibean Soup papers. The 'look here' panel is actually a graphic on the back of the brown flowered paper.
Such a simple card, but it shows off those gorgeous papers.
Were you wondering why my card said "look here"? Well, there's cash (aka: the best gift ever) inside!

Now, head on over to the Paper Maniac Blog and see what the other design team girls created with patterned paper. Have a great day!

{Look Here Money Holder}

Card Stock: Kraft
Patterned Paper: Olive Oil, Thin Zucchini (Jillibean Soup)
Accessories: Orange Square Journaling Sprouts (Jillibean Soup), Ribbon, Parakeet Brads (Bazzill), Foam Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch (SU)
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