Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bring Back Beautiful - The Beauty of the Garden

As Spring begins to sprout in many parts of the world – let’s honor Mother Nature by showing off the beauty of what we find in the garden. Pick your favorite flower (or fruit or vegetable!) and make it the centerpiece of your card or creation! So here is my card, one of my favorite flower is the coneflower and the fact I love to get in my garden makes me happy. I started off with a 5"x 7" finished card size using bronze metallic paper. For the second layer I used 'Little Miss Dorothy' from Bo Bunny's newest collection called 'Little Miss' and then added some taupe lace before attaching to the base. Then I took a piece of silver lustre paper from The Paper Temptress and ran it thru the big shot using the embossing folder called 'Frame Ornate Oval'. I cut out the bird cage from the same collection called 'Little Miss Maree' and cut out some roses from 'Little Miss Jaquoya' paper. I stamped the coneflower, tools and balloon flower by Flourishes using the set called 'From the Garden' using black crafter's ink by Clearsnap and colored the images using Prismacolor pencils. I adhered them in behind the frame and used pop up dots to adhere the roses and the bird cage in front of the frame. I stamped the sentiment from the same Flourish set using black crafter's ink by Clearsnap onto silver lustre paper and cut it out using Spellbinder's 'Fancy Tag Two' and sponged Rose Coral Fluid Chalk around the edges. Added pink flourishes where shown.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cardabilities Sketch # 56

Well I'm back with another sketch with Cardabilities, here is my take on the sketch. I started off with 5"x 7" finished card size using black metallic paper. For the rest of my papers I used the new Bo Bunny Collection called 'Serenity'. The first layer I used was Serenity Damask paper and cut it down to 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" size. Every piece that I cut from the Serenity papers was matted on black metallic paper.I added a layer of stripe gold paper as an accent. Add gold brads where indicated on the sketch. I used a piece of chipboard bonsai tree from Lindy's Stamp Gang which was embossed using different colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang  two-tone embossing powders.Pin It Now!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Some Really Exciting News to Share!!!

I'm really excited to let you know that I have just accepted another Design Team position with a relatively new stamp company called Loves Rubberstamps.   Laura, the owner, carries a lot of wonderful stamps that I haven't seen in other online stores such as Belles 'n Whistles, Elisabeth Bell Designs, Sweet Pea Stamps and Crafter's Companion in which she is the only USA distributor.She is adding /ordering lots of new stuff every week.  A lot of these stamps I didn't have, so guess I went a little overboard in ordering some of these amazing stamps. I can hardly wait for my order to come and use these stamps in my challenges. Next Week we start our Blog Challenges and we also have our inspiration blog as well. Check out both of these blogs starting June 4th, 2012. Hope to see everyone there!!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

DDC #12 - Card Sketch & A DT Call

Digi Darla's decided to do a DT call and they are looking for 4 new faces to add to their team. So I have decided to answer the DT call. This week challenge is to play with the above sketch and so here is my take. I started off using Early Espresso paper, cut it down to 5"x 7". Then I cut down Bundle of Joy to 4"x 6 3/4" using the second side which is the stripes and then used Lullaby paper again used the second side. I cut this paper 2 1/2"x 6 3/4".  All these papers are from Graphic 45 collection called "Little Darlings" which I absolutely love. I then used my Stampin'Up punch called Eyelet Border to make the border using Early Espresso paper. I used the Digital Stamp by DigiDarlas called 'Sweet Pea' and colored the image using Lyra Pencil Crayons. I added a bow by using Chocolate Chip 5/8 satin ribbon by Stampin'Up. I punch out a little baby using a 1" punch and the baby borders by Graphic 45 'Little Darlings'. I also punched out 1" chipboard circle. I adhered the baby onto the chipboard. I then pressed it down onto Top Boss embossing ink and applied clear embossing powder on top. I did this twice. I punch two holes and tied some sparkling thread in a bow. I added the sentiment from the Little Darlings Tags 2.

UPDATE:   I was one of three top picks for this                 Challenge!!!!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Anything Goes - keyword CHF01

Today is the first of many bi-weekly challenges at Cornish Heritage Farms, every member of the Design Team will take turns hosting a challenge. This week challenge host is Frances, our DT Coordinator, who has requested that "Anything Goes" for this week's challenge. So have a coffee and sit down and visit every member of the Design Team for their cards. Here is my card for this week challenge. I started off with 5"x 7" card size using bronze metallic paper for the base. I'm using the newest Bo Bunny release paper called 'Little Miss' which I happen to love. For the 2nd layer I used Little Miss 'Jaquoya' and 3rd layer I used Little Miss 'Lizzie' on my card which already had a birdcage on it so I went with it. I attached some Calypso Coral  Ruffle Ribbon before attaching to the base. I cut out the birdcage using Spellbinders 'Bird Sanctuary' using Bo Bunny's Coral Vintage paper and while it was still in the die I sponged Rose Coral Fluid Chalk on top. I shaped the birdcage before popping the image up using foam dots. I used the digital stamp called 'Bird #1 260F and printed him onto shimmery white paper along with the sentiment 'It's so nice... 1477-digi. I colored the bird using my prismacolor pencils using the following colors; 926, 925, 923, 942, 916, 1003, 917, 1099, 935, 946, 1092 and 941. I cut the Robin out leaving a little halo and tucked him into the birdcage. I added pearls to the birdcage along with some I am roses that were sprayed using Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray called  Ramblin' Rose Pink. I sponged some Rose Coral and Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk onto the sentiment and then cut out a frame using Spellbinders 'Lattice Rectangle' using Little Miss 'Jaquoya'.

Once you have created your card/project come back here and place a comment with a link to your card/project to this post so that we can see what you created.  If you upload your card/project to SCS don't forget to include the keyword CHF01. We can't wait to see what you create!

Don't forget to check out the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team's card on their blogs.

Anne Harmon
Barb Gmitro-Best
Barbara Bruder
Cindy Haffner
Dawn Bennett
Debbie Standard
Deneen Treble
Dianne Beans
Frances Byrne
Holly Brown
Jacqueline Smith
Kris Chirhart
Kristine Reynolds
Lisa Silver
Michele L
Petra Amico
Silke Kittmann
Steph Ackerman
Vicki Davis

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cardabilities - Sketch # 55

So I'm back with a new twist on the May sketch # 55 for Cardabilities. I have this addiction being a paper hog which I tend to hoard so I have these amazing Japanese papers which I never use. So I'm getting ready to teach some Asian cards so here are some of the results. I started off with using black metallic paper which is cut down to 5"x 7" finished card size. I took this Japanese paper which had turquoise and gold leafing on it and cut it down to 4 3/4"x 6 3/4". I then cut down some gold metallic paper to 4 1/4" square. Then I found this awesome tutorial using the EK Success punch called 'Modern Cube' which I would have never bought because it was too modern for me. Becca is fabulous and her cards are out of this world. Her blog is
So I used a 4" square piece of turquoise Japanese paper and the modern cube to punch out the background and applied it on top of the gold square. I then use a Martha Stewart punch called Lattice Heart Deep Edge to punch out heart border using black paper. I then applied on top of the turquoise square. I cut out flowers using gold metallic paper for 2 medium flowers and turquoise paper for 2 smaller flowers and 1 medium using Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch dies exclusively made by Spellbinders. I attached a small gold brad in the center and the third one I used an Asian charm that I found at Michael's. I also cut out the flourishes using gold metallic paper and Cheery Lynn Designs called 'Fanciful Flourish'.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday ~ FTTC168

My challenge theme is *PINK-A-LICIOUS*…. your main color on your card/project has to be *PINK*. It can be anything from softer pink shades to bright pink colors. It has been long time since I have done a Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge. So here is my card, I used bronze metallic paper for the base which

is a 5"x 7" finished card. I then used some scraps of paper that I have in my scrap bin for the next couple of layers. I then cut out oval using pink metallic paper using the Spellbinders die called 'Floral Ovals'. I stamped image by Flourishes set called "From the Desk of"onto shimmery white paper by Stampin'Up using black crafter's ink by Clearsnap and embossed using gold EP. I colored the image using Pretty in Pink reinker, Lucky Limeade reinker, Wisteria Wonder reinker and Tea Dye reinker by Tim Holtz using an aquapainter. I placed tiny pearls for the center of the flowers and then cut out my image using the 'Lacey Ovals' by Spellbinders. I found out why you add your pearls after you cut the image out. Otherwise the tiny pearls get a bit recessed into the paper. Oh well you live and learn I guess. I sponged some Orchid Pastel Fluid Chalk around the edges and added some Shabby Pink Smooch ink around the edges as well. I used some bigger pearls and Pretty in Pink satin ribbon bow for the corner. I stamped the sentiment from the same set 'From the Desk of" using black crafter's ink by Clearsnap and embossed using clear EP. I sponged Orchid Pastel Fluid Chalk and Chestnut Roan around the edges. I cut it out using Stampin'Up Largest Oval and then punch out another piece of paper using the Label Punch.
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