Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Cuttlebug Challenge Blog

Its time to celebrate...all month long!!
Cuttlebug challenge Blog is turning one!!
I Love birthdays, the truth is I have long dreamed of being a {semi} party planner, one of My favorite things in the world is planning and making invitations based on a theme , then I love to find unique ways to bring those ideas to life in the party favors decorations and food. It is a joy to make a birthday as special as the person celebrating it, this month..all month long I will be bringing tons of Birthday {and party} ideas to you. Do you want to play along? Please join us at cuttlebug challenge blog and enter in the weekly challenges for a chance to win awesome blog candy, and your name "in lights" :) we want you to share your party ideas with us too!
Awwwe Isn't this just the sweetest image ever?? I Just love love love the artwork created for our Birthday Ad.... and had to make a card! I colored the digital image with prisma color pencils and orderless mineral spirits, stitched down the layers of embossed core'dinations card stock, and rounded all the corners of this 5" square card.
I would really love to hear your comments, and any fab birthday ideas you would like to see this month! Thank you for visiting..come back soon!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Falling Leaves Shoebox Swap

This is my swap for an upcoming gathering of "where the rubber hits the road" demonstrator group here in central Florida. I was one of the LUCKY recipients at the Stampin Up! convention to win this handsome stamp set called falling leaves.

I love this color combination of ,not quite navy-more mustard-and close to cocoa. So fresh and yet classic fall at the same time. I used the top note die cut in half, and old olive striped ribbon with a knotted piece of linen thread and a precious little acorn popped up with a dimensional. I'm aching to add some stitching to this card...but since its a shoebox swap that will not work { unless I drag my machine to the meeting} that is sooo not going to happen!
All Stampin'Up!
stamp sets:Falling leaves, sanded
Paper: not quite navy, more mustard,very vanilla, close to cocoa
Inks: old olive, not quite navy,close to cocoa
Accessories: top note die, old olive ribbon, linen thread, 1"circle punch, 1/2"circle punch, distressing tool, dimensional, modern label punch
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Its time to go back to school with Cosmo Cricket

Is it really the end of summer already? It has flown by so quickly, and as all the kids go back to school all of us at cuttlebug challenge blog have made some inspiring back to school goodies using supplies from cosmo cricket {I heart this paper} the kit is called "girl Friday", and I also used the "boyfriend" kit. I felt like it was Christmas when I opened my box and saw these gorgeous and luxurious papers inside!! Lucky Me.This sweet miniature backpack pattern can be found at splitcoast stampers, mine features a ribbon closure anchored by large white grommets installed with the cropodile {one of the best tools known to paper junkies} I used the score it to score all of the little pieces...made it super quick. If you dont have one...what are you waiting for??? All of the textured core'dinations paper was embossed with the diamond folder, and cut to size. Of course I filled this bitty backpack with one of back to schools essential items erasers...or is that just me that needs 27 erasers? :)Pencils anyone? How about a really cute pencil case enrobed in this super fun pencil paper from the boyfriend kit? I cut out the top note die with my bug and embossed it with the diamond folder again to keep my theme going. I made a fun orange arrow pointing to the monogram, not that anyone else will have one just like it in her class, but we girls do love to plaster every item we own with our "letter" dont we?!! Pop on over to the cuttlebug challenge blog and join us this week, we would love to see your creations for back to school. Plus you could win some cosmo cricket goodies! I know that sounds good to you!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Thank You So Much Rena

I'm so happy to be back home in Florida, I missed my house, my friends, my craft room, and my daughter dearly missed her cat "Friday" {we adopted him on a sunday}. Our wonderful and beyond sweet neighbor took care of our outdoor loving kitty all summer for us, I'm so grateful to her and have no way to repay the debt properly. The best I can do is a generously funded gift card for Rena and her sister to visit their favorite restaurant, and this pretty 51/2 square card to place it in. My inspiration was fueled by today's color challenge at splitcoast stampers {chocolate,kraft,&real red} I love chocolate and this got my stalled mojo going! I adore the baroque background stamp and made that my jumping off point, I used a strip of red and chocolate cut with the eyelet border punch from Stampin'Up!(15.95) a bit of ribbon tied with linen thread, and decorated with a pearl head pin and pearl beads.
What did we ever do before die cuts?? I love the way the sizzix little leaves, and scribble swirl look paired together behind my sentiment...on yet another die cut from Stampin'Up!s' "lots of tags" It doesn't really show up so well in the photo but I used a Sakura gold gel pen to add dots along the edge of the kraft oval.
Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the blog world today, I hope you were inspired or amused enough to visit again!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cuttlebug be inspired 45 shaped cards

I'm a bit late posting today I have had to drive all over the tiny town of Pike New York to find wi-fi this morning...if you have ever been to pike you will surely understand :)

I love the templates over at paper Popsicles they are our sponsors this week and WOW are shaped cards fun , there are so many ways to create each and every one!! be sure to check out all the samples from the DT at cuttlebug challenge blog this week there are so many gorgeous cards to inspire and delight you! I had a lot of fun designing this bejeweled bee, I wanted to make it less cartoon like and more like the broaches my great Aunt Eva would wear she had all sorts of animals in every jewel you can imagine and sometimes my sister and I would be lucky enough to get to wear one while we played dress up!
I used the new herringbone folder to add texture to the bees stripes, the coredinations paper is perfect for the cuttlebug folders, The pretty swirled wings were made with the sizzix swirl die run through my bug, I added a little stitching and a greeting inside to complete this card with style.
let me know what you think and dont forget to visit for lots of ways to use your cuttlebug, big shot or any die cut system!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cutttlbug Challenge 44 scenic cards

I'm happy to have returned from the Stampin'Up! convention full of energy and fantastic memories. I had been planning my challenge card all week only to discover that I was planning a card for the wrong challenge {blond moment} OK a week long blond moment!
I arrived to find my mailbox stuffed with all these incredible products it was truly like Christmas!

The design team is basking in our good fortune to be working with Sakura sticklers, souffle,& gelly roll pens to create a card featuring a scene.
This card has several layers and is embossed with the fleur de lis folder using core'dinations whitewash paper, and is sanded generously. I stitched all my layers other than the watercolor paper that was sponged and stamped to create a meadow scene.

My card features a butterfly stickler colored in with the sakura pens, and added on a pop dot for the dimension I love so much! Please visit the Cuttlebug challenge Blog and play along with this weeks challenge to create a scene....I know you have stamps that need some attention, make those poor lonely things happy :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Maggie You're The Best

Do you ever get pushed out of your comfort zone, only to find that you learned something new and wonderful? Of course we all have, that is one of the greatest joys {and frustrations} *giggle* of paper crafting. This week at cuttlebug challenge blog we have the privilege of working with these fantastic digital images from mlamarre designs by Maggie Our fearless leader at CCB. I have very limited experience with digital I had no idea that I could re size the image!
Ok, Ok, stop laughing at my blondness any time now :)
I'm looking forward to playing with more digital stamps, and you could too! just join us for this weeks challenge for a chance to win Maggie's incredible digital stamps! This fun tiny metal lunchbox container was purchased from Joann's, and dressed up with coredinations textured paper, I embossed a portion of the flourish frame folder into the paper and sanded the raised image. I used the pinking circles nestabilities to make a "ribbon" so this container is truly a prize"

I used close to cocoa ink to distress all the edges, and the raised embossed area.this gives a little depth to the fun blue color scheme. What does one fill a tiny lunchbox with?? Well the forbidden fruit of schools everywhere of course! ***Gumballs*** how super cute are these?!! My teacher friend will love the irony of my gift I'm sure. Let me know what you think I love to hear from you, and as always don't forget to visit CCB to see what the rest of the DT put together!