Sunday, October 31, 2010

Flashback Challenge #4

The challenge this week on the Little Paper Shop blog is a sketch challenge.  I just received in the LPS set Christmas Wishes so it was just waiting to be inked up.  These are my first Christmas cards for this year - yikes, am I late? :>)

Here is the sketch in case you are looking for something to do right this minute - the LPS challenge ends at 9 pm tonight!
Now let's travel back in time...
Amy Tsuruta's Flashback challenge is to repost the first Christmas card from our blog.  That takes me back to October of last year and this card, which I did for PTI's World Card Making Day Challenges.  Oh how I was in love with those 3D ornaments - I made quite a few cards with 'em (I still do like to make those 3D shapes, so fun!).
Details:  First 2 Cards - Stamp Set - Christmas Wishes (LPS), CS - GKD & PTI, Ink - Momento.
3rd Card - Stamp Sets - retired SU, CS - Kraft (SU), PP - Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Ink SU.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Perfect Presentation October Release Winner

And the winner is...

Lucky #21, who wrote:

{Ok, does that not prove this was random or what?!?!  :>)  LOL!!!}

Yay Charlotta, now you can have one!  Send me an e-mail with the template that you would like (click on my profile and then click e-mail) or leave a comment with a way to contact you. 

Happy, Happy, Thursday!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Apple Basket Take II

Have you ever made part of an item and wondered what you were going to do with it?  That is today's project and all because this week's Inktegrity Hump Day Inspiration Challenge is Anything Goes!
No rules to follow, no sketch, no colors, no technique - ANYTHING GOES!  That also means I could make whatever I wanted and follow my own inspiration.
While coloring the Apple Basket image from Inktegrity last week I thought "what fun it would be to make larger paper pieced apples".  So I did just that...but then what was I going to put the large apple basket on?   I searched my basement for something to alter (I promise Yvonne, I really do try to upcycle :>).  I then thought hmmmm, what about a framed piece of art, but alas all the black frames in my house do not look good with my brown basket.  So after all that hemming and hawing I was still left with this large basket of apples!  I ended up with a 5"x7" card, but I reserve the right to still turn this into something else - let me know if you have any fab ideas!

After all that I hope you likey :>)  And I hope you link up a project to this week's Inktegrity Challenge - remember, Anything Goes!  You could win a gift certificate to the Inktegrity store and you may just find yourself paper piecing your own apples.  Inktegrity images are always great to see, but are not required for the challenge.
Stop by and say hi to the other gals on the design team too -

Now besides Inktegrity's "Anything Goes", this card is also for the Creative Cottage Challenge to use embossing.
Details - Image - Apple Basket (Inktegrity), PP - Road Map (October Afternoon), CS - Vintage Cream (PTI), embossing folder- Plaid (Sizzix) and copic markers.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Perfect Presentation Christmas Candy

It's October release time at Perfect Presentation!  I am thinking about Christmas today and it was only yesterday that I finished my daughter's Halloween costume.  Check out the new template "Pop'n Top".

Oh how time is going by fast (at least for me).  I always get super ambitious and put together a Christmas gift list that includes tons of handmade items.  I truly love to craft and would make something for everyone on my list, if only I had an unlimited amount of time. That is where today's packaging comes something and dress it up to add your own personal touch.  Or, start with a simple semi-homemade gift and dress it up...
This size is perfect for a 4 oz candles or a jar filled with yummies.

Now here is where the candy comes in...
If you have never tried using a template before, then today could be your lucky day!  One random commenter on this post will win the template of their choice.  Just leave a comment by Wednesday, October 27th at midnight EST and you could be on your way to creating gift sets for everyone on your gift list!  Want to increase your chances of winning?  Be sure to visit the rest of the design team and leave them a little lovin', as each is giving away a template too!
Kerri Michaud, Terri Moore, Alyssa Scritchfield, Chris Olsen, and Beth JohnsonLeigh Ann Baird is sitting this one out, but stop by and send her some get well wishes!

My creation is for The Paper Player's recipe challenge this week - PP, Punch (corner rounder and hole for tag) and a stamped sentiment.

Template - Pop'n Top (Perfect Presentation), Stamp - Holiday Button Bits (PTI), Buttons - Aqua Mist (PTI), Ribbon, Embroidery Floss, Punches - hole and corner rounder, and PP - retired SU.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Looking for a Challenge?

I am always on the lookout for fun challenge blogs and came across Wee Memories recently.

Jenny is having a giveaway, so now is the perfect time to check out her blog, become a follower and have a chance to win!  How easy is that?!?!!!

Just Treats, No Tricks!

Head on over to the Inktegrity Blog today and grab some treats - no tricks, I promise!  Joni designed a few Halloween freebies and she is sharing!  Here is a treat bag I made using Perfect Presentation's Tombstone Treat Bag and the Gate freebie from Inktegrity - the shapes match perfectly!

My bag is also for the Buttons and Bows challenge -to create a Halloween project using buttons and/or bows - I have 'em both!  If you have not seen the buttons Kristy makes you need to hop on over to the blog - honestly, so cute.  Fun stuff!
Plus, Raise the Bar's latest challenge is to use Orange, Black and Purple - check!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's challenge is to create a Halloween Card or Treat Bag - check!
Details:  Image - Halloween Gate Freebie (Inktegrity), Template - Tombstone Treat Bag (Perfect Presentation), CS - SU, PP - Basic Grey, Button - stash, Ribbon - Stash, Bat Punch (Martha Stewart) and embroidery floss.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Have you noticed fan fold flowers everywhere?  I keep seeing them all over the place so I had to give it a go.

Regardless of the outcome, it is good to try something new!  If you are interested in giving one a try yourself head on over to SCS and check out the tutorial.
This card is for Yvonne Yam's guest blogger challenge from Sherryann Eckblad - to make your own flower (check her stuff out - fab flowers are to be found).  It is also uses sketch #86 from Card Patterns.
Details - Stamp - Moments (LPS), PP - Retired SU, CS - White and Terracotta Tile (PTI), Brad - Making Memories, Ribbon - Stash and Ink - Really Rust (SU) and some chalk ink.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An Apple a Day

Apples = yummy and I like anything and everything made with apples.  It is a good thing too, because my sons went on an apple orchard field trip and each came home with overflowing bag of apples.  
Apples = Fall and the Apple Basket image released by Inktegrity this month is perfect for all your fall projects.  
I am still lacking LO mojo, so it is a card from me today using the Apple Basket image.  

This card is based on the sketch from this week's Inktegrity Hump Day Inspiration challenge.  I flipped the sketch and substituted shapes, but the basic LO is still there.  Play along by linking up your own take on the sketch HERE, there is an Inktegrity prize for one random participant.

Details:  Image - Apple Basket (Inktegrity) and sentiment - Autumn Splendor (Verve), PP - Road Map (October Afternoon), Copics - yep, I used 'em again - soooo fun!, twine (PTI), Buttons - Pure Poppy (PTI), Ink - Lady Bug (Momento) and Antique Linen (Tim Holtz), Embossing Folder - Plaid (Sizzix), & CS - Cream (PTI).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Challenge Flashback

Amy Tsuruta is continuing her fun Flashback Friday challenges.  This time around she is looking for our first challenge card.   Here is something I did for Jen Tapler's SOA card collection challenge back in 2009 - oh how I wish I could say that it was years and years ago - LOL!!!  Take a look at this one - soooo flat, did I not know what dimensionals were?  Plus, this is a color combo you rarely see from me :>)

Now if you are looking for a new challenge, head on over to the Inktegrity Challenge blog - this week we are looking for your fall or Halloween cards!  One random participant will win some Inktegrity goodness!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Card Set Keeper

I finally found the perfect recipient for the card set that I worked on back in August...that meant I needed a quick box to hold the cards and envelopes.

I went with Perfect Presentation's "It's a Keeper", it is wide enough for a standard card and deep enough to easily hold 8 bulky cards and envelopes.  My Cricut and SCAL software cut out the svg version of this template and the mats (it's available in pdf and gsd too).  I kept it simple by decorating the mats with a few butterflies that were left over from the cards (they were sitting on my desk - yep they have been in a pile for 2 months - yikes!).
To dress up the envelopes I added liners to match - I am lovin' the liners!  These are a cut file available from Perfect Presentation too.

Have a wonderful day! 
Details:  Template - Perfect Presentation It's a Keeper, CS - SU, PP - Retired SU, & Buttons - stash.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Inktegrity October Release Day!

Today's the 10th, which means the Inktegrity images you have been sneak peeking all week are now available in the STORE under the What's New tab!!!!

Tractor Set $5.00 USD

Apple Basket $2.00 USD

Pumpkin House $2.00 USD
Happy Shopping!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Just Fun!

The new Inktegrity images will be available in the store on tomorrow, Sunday, October 10th and the sneak peeks continue.   Included in the release is a tractor image - what could be more appropriate for a little boy?  It has been awhile since I did a fun little boy card.  My sons love any type of truck and their current favorite thing is driving past a construction site on the way to preschool. 

Now this image comes with several cute wagons for the tractor to pull - hay, pumpkins and scrapbooking supplies - how fun!  I decided to leave those all off though and added "four" to the top of the card {think smoke :>) }.  I decided to cut out the wheels and let those act as the base on the front of the card.  Texture, dimension and primary colors rule here.
I know the rest of the design team has been sharing all the new Inktegrity images the past few days.  Be sure to stop on by and share a little lovin'!!!


Details:  Image - Tractor (Inktegrity), Dies - Dahlia (Spellbinders), Embossing folders (cuttlebug), stash buttons, CS (SU).  Plus, I used copics.
Disclaimer:  This is my first card where I used only copics for the entire image.  I took a couple classes in September and I need to put my newly learned skills to work.  My colors are still limited, so I went over the windows with watercolor pencils to tone down the yellow.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Inktegrity New Fall Releases

It is officially fall and Inktegrity is officially back from summer vacation.  There will be new images available in the store on Sunday, October 10th and the sneak peeks have begun.
I am sharing a new way to use a previously released image.  Joni, the owner of Inktegrity, is reintroducing Candy the Squirrel.
Now you are probably asking yourself where is Candy?  You did not miss her...Candy is holding an acorn and has a basketful of acorns, so I decided to take part of the digi image and make it larger - the acorns.  This is yet another way to use your digis.  Don't feel that you have to color or paper piece the whole image.
Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team (I am sure you will get a peek of Candy the Squirrel if you do!).
My card is based on one of the Verve release challenge sketches found here.
It is also for Stamptacular's Layer it on Challenge to use 5 or more layers.

Details:  Image - Candy the Squirrel (Inktegrity), CS - Terracotta Tile & Ocean Tides (PTI), Button - Ocean Tides (PTI), Twine (PTI), PP - Max and Whiskers (BasicGrey).

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Clean Fall Card

Well I said I was not going to do it, but I saw the color challenge this week on LPS and then I saw the latest Card Patterns sketch, and well, that was it.  I made a card to match my pumpkin box from earlier this week.
The Little Paper Shop's color challenge this week is Green, Orange and Yellow - I threw in some brown to go with all those fall colors.  Add in a LPS quote (there are so many great LPS quote sets)  and Card Pattern's sketch #84, which is a goodie - here it is so you can play along too.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

To celebrate today I am sharing a card!  LOL - ok, not so much of a surprise seeing as it is World "Card" Making Day!

Isn't Wally the Whale the cutest? He is a digi from Inktegrity that I resized to make a bit smaller, so that he would fit in the latest Mojo Monday sketch.  The inverted scallop border from Perfect Presentation creates the waves for Wally to swim in.
That's it, not too much chit chat today.  We are all going to be busy making cards anyways, right?
Details:  Stamps - Wally the Whale (Inktegrity) and sentiment - Everyday Button Bits (PTI), Inverted Scallop (Perfect Presentation), CS (SU & PTI), PP - Road Map (October Afternoon) and Material Girl (Cosmo Cricket), Buttons - Aqua Mist & Pure Poppy (PTI) and stash ribbon.