Thursday, August 26, 2010

CPS sketch #5-Superhero

Just a quick post today. Things have been busy around our house. So busy in fact that I forgot all about PTI's blog hop last night! No, I didn't just forget to post, I didn't even have anything made. I had forgotten to even look and see what the challenge was for this month! I did look through some of the participants blogs, though, and there are some fabulous projects made with paper bags!

I used CPS sketch #5 for today's card:

And here is my take on the sketch. I am having trouble with my photo editing software-I can edit, but not save which does me no good! The chipboard stickers are form Michaels and the shiny red paper I found at Hobby Lobby. The pattened paper is retired Stampin' Up. Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Get Well Soon!

My PTI goodies came in the mail today and I started playing immediately. I've had an idea in mind since I saw the little monster stamp on Betsy's blog during the countdown. While he is a very cute monster, I thought he would also make an excellent "germ". I saw an idea like this some time ago using a set from Cornish Heritage Farms (I think) and a jar, but I don't remember who made the card. For my card, I put the monster in the jar from Friendship Jar and added the sentiment with my Doodlebug rub-ons.

Since this card would obviously be going to someone sick, I thought I would also make a little tissue holder to go with it. I was inspired by Betsy's felt monster and I have since been looking through some books for ideas. I found a book at Michael's that had a little felt tissue holder with eyes on it, and figured I could make my own pattern at home. I thought "he" also needed a mouth so I added that on. The turquoise and cream felt are PTI, but the red and black are just some that I had from years ago. You can so tell the difference in quality between PTI's felt and the other felt!

Here is a picture of the card and tissue holder together. I think this little gift would definitely bring a smile to someone's face!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CPS sketch # 4-Paradise

Woo-hoo! Used even more of my stash for this card. The chipboard stickers are by Me and My Big Ideas and the sun stamp is PTI. The little rub-ons that spell "welcome to" are by Doodlebug.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Papertrey Posse August Parade of Blogs

Keva,our August hostess, challenged us to create something using our favorite technique or to try a new technique. Before I show you the technique I chose, I want to show you a bracelet I have had my eye on (and one of the reasons I chose the technique I did).

Isn't it cute?! This bracelet is by Fossil and they have several styles and colors of leather bracelets. I particulary love this teal one with the rhinestone bird. I have been waiting for it to go on clearance, so I can bring it home with me! Which brings me back to our challenge. When Keva issued our challenge, I went to and looked through their resource page and guess what I found-- this tutorial for grungeboard bracelets by Beate Johns!
Now I can make my own bracelets while I patiently wait for a good sale. I didn't have any of the grungeboard that is already embossed, so I took my plain grungeboard and ran it through my Cuttlebug with my PTI Woodgrain impression plate. I then painted it teal and applied a gloss varnish once the paint dried. I looked in Michael's for a hitch fastener but couldn't find one. But, it just so happens that I had one on a bracelet that I already owned. The nice thing about hitch fasteners is that they screw on and off. So, even if you only have one, you can switch them back and forth between bracelets any time you want. I was also hoping to find a cute rhinestone bird charm at Michael's, but no luck there either. So I just used a button I had and added an adhesive rhinestone to it with Crystal Effects.

You can see the texture a little better in this photo:

When my little monkey saw what I was making, she decided right away that she needed a bracelet, too!

For her bracelet, we used the Sunshine Impression plate to add texture and then painted it green. Instead of adding a button to the center, I used the Beautiful Blooms dies to cut flowers out of PTI's Vintage Cream felt and added a Pure Poppy button to the center. I attached the flowers and button with some silver stretchy cord and punched two little holes in the grungeboard to thread the cord through and tied it off (the button on mine is attached the same way). Instead of using a hitch fasterner on hers, I justed added another button to one end of the bracelet and added a loop of the silver cord to the other end.

See the texture on her bracelet? I was suprised at how well the impression plates work with the grungeboard!

Both of our bracelets all finished!

These bracelets were so fun to make and think of all the possibilities there are with differnt colors, textures, and adornments!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Petite Posse Challenge #6-Pretty Patterns

Keva is our hostess this month over on the Papertrey Posse blog and her first challenge for us this month was to create a project with patterned paper. I had origianlly planned to do a scrapbook page with all of the squares I cut from Cosmo Cricket's Joyride line, but it just wasn't working out. So, I made this card instead.

And here is the inside. I have noticed alot of cards with this little bug on the inside so I decided to try it. I paper pieced the bug and added the silver bling to tie the inside and outside of the card together. If you get a chance, play along with us!

Petite Posse Challenge #5...a little late

Challenge #5 was actually the last challenge of July, so I am a little late with this one. For this Challenge, Amy asked us to work with this sketch:

For my card I used a piece of patterned paper from Imaginisce's Wish Big line called B-day Bash. The blue is on one side and the brown with candles is on the other side. I paired it with the Wish Big sentiment from PTI's Big and Bold Wishes Stamp set and used a white gel pen to add the dashes.

I will be back tomorrow with the Petite Posse Challenge #6!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Scoop-CPS sketch #3

I was a little intimidated when I first saw CPS sketch #3. I wasn't sure what to do with those 3 rectangles. Here is the sketch:

I ended up using stamps from 5 different sets on this card! I really like how everything came together. I love the ice cream cones with the Scoop sentiment. I will definitely be using them together again! I pretty much stuck to the sketch, but I decided to tilt the main panel a little instead of keeping everything horizontal. Here is my card:

Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Ink: stamps(Get to the Point, Library Ledger, Love Songs, Say it with Style), cardstock (dark chocolate, aqua mist, berry sorbet, white), ink(aqua mist, dark chocolate)

K and Company: Citronella stamp set

Colorbox:Chalk ink-creamy brown

Versamagic:ink-pink grapefruit

Copic Marker and Stickles

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


As I said a few posts back, I am working my way through the past CPS sketches. Today I have a card for you using CPS sketch #2:

I also used more of my stash for this card! The stamp set is another one from Lizzie Anne Designs and the patterned paper is from Stampin Up (I don't remember the name of the collection, but it is from a few catalogs ago).

I am really enjoying going through my stash and actually using it! I will be back tomorrow with CPS sketch #3. See you then...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back to the Stash #1 and CPS sketch #1

Today is the first Back to the Stash challenge(if you haven't read about my new challenge, check out yesterday's post.)I decided to combine this with the CPS sketch #1 as well. Here is the sketch:

And here are the supplies from my stash that I used for this card. I have had the stamp set (and maybe used it once) and the stickers for at least 2 years. The ribbon I found at Target the Christmas before last. I am happy to have finally used these!

Here is my card:

A close up so you can see where I added stickles to the trumpet, bricks, flags and stars.

And last my daughter used some of the stickers to create her own card!

Would you like to play along? If so, dig through your stash and use something that has been neglected for far too long.


Stamps: banner from Once Upon A Time (Lizzie Anne Designs), swirl (The Cat's Pajamas)

Ink: True Black (PTI), Versamark Dazzle

Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Shimmer-used under banner(PTI), Grey (Stampin Up)

Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)

Stickers-Castle and stars (We R Memory Keepers)

Stickles-Star Dust

Monday, August 2, 2010

A little challenge

Hello-it's been awhile! We went on a little camping trip and since we've been back, I can't seem to get my creative juices flowing. One thing I like to do when I am in a slump is look at sketches. One on my favorite places for sketches is the CPS blog. They have an archive of all of their previous sketches, so I have to decided to start with number 1 and work my way forward. The other thing I like to do when I am in a slump is to go through my craft room and see if something strikes me. While I have been looking through all of my supplies waiting for inspiration to hit, I have realized (or maybe just admitted to myself)that I have alot of unused stuff-stickers, papers, stamps, etc. Some of it is even a few years old! So, I have decided to start a new little series here on my blog and I am going to call it "Back to the stash". I will be making myself pull out the old stuff and do something with it. I am warning you, though, this could get ugly. As I said some of it is old and out of style,and alot of it I don't even remember liking. But, that is why this will be a challenge and I think it just might be fun! Think you might want to join me?...Stay tuned!