Monday, March 30, 2009

Caardvarks - Hero Arts Challenge

This week at Caardvarks the sponsor is Hero Arts. I absolutely love their stamps, and they are giving away a fabulous prize, so hop on over there and check it out. The challenge is to create a card based on a sketch - and here is my card:

Patterned Paper: Making Memories (Chloe's Closet)
Embellishments: Offray ribbon, MM (Sabrina) Decadent Edge, Kaiser Scrapbook bling, Pebbles Inc. sticker
Sentiment: Computer generated
I just made an announcement over at 365 about my new card kits, which will become available beginning April 1st. I'm very excited to share these because I've put a lot of work into them, and they are designed especially for card makers. I will post the link to that blog on the 1st, so check back here or at 365 Cards for details. For one week, starting on the 1st, I will be giving away prizes in honor of the release of the April 2009 Mac Mae card kit - and that will also be on the 365 blog.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sketch #5 at 365 Cards

This is another one of mine, and it looks like this:

And here's my card to go with it:

I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. It was another opportunity to work with my Cricut Wild Card cartridge, and I got some more use out of the October Afternoon papers that I adore working with. Have a great week!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Card Patterns - Sketch #7

Whew - I believe this is definitely getting in under the wire! So I will waste no more time introducing this card for the latest sketch at Card Patterns - a wonderful blog worth taking a moment to check out! I had an idea for this sketch all day, but only just now had a moment to sit down and complete my card.
Here it is:The majority of embellishments and paper are Making Memories. The sentiment is computer generated, and the bling is Kaiser Scrapbook. The card stock is shimmery, can you tell in this close-up? Have a great weekend, and I'll be back on Sunday to post my take on the latest sketch for 365 Cards!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Laura's Sketch 22 and 365 Cards Ad Inspired #2

I love combining a 365 challenge with a sketch, especially one from 2 Sketches 4 You. This one is from Laura, and it fit beautifully with the ad that Kristie chose at 365. Here's the ad:

And here's my card:

Tools: Stampin' Up and Scenic Route stamps, EK Success scallop punch

Embellishments: Making Memories border, Kaiser Scrapbook rhinestones, MM square jewel, American Crafts rub-ons

Paper: Sierra Pacific crafts card stock, and MM patterned paper

Thanks to those of you who left such lovely comments on my blog last week for my daughter Paige's card. She was grinning with delight as I read them to her!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Sketch #4 at 365 Cards

Exciting things are happening at my challenge blog, 365 Cards! This week we revealed our first sponsor, Crop Stop, who will be sponsoring a special challenge this Friday. Not only are we seeing people who complete every challenge each week, but we're also seeing new card makers every day!! Even if you don't think you can fit in every challenge, it's worth stopping by, because you never know which challenges will most inspire you.

Every Sunday, we feature a sketch, and this is another one of mine:
It turns out that this card was super easy to make, and really took no time at all. I think this is a sketch I will use again and again.

Have a great week!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Fling Crop

Yay! It's time for another online crop at Scrapbook News and Review, and you'll have lots of fun if you join in!! Here are the details:

There are buds on the trees and the birds are singing. We see flowers, and the weather is warming up. Whether Spring has made it to your area, or you only wish it had- Scrapbook News and Review has the perfect Springtime Celebration. Come celebrate Spring with us at the SNR Spring Fling Crop, Sat, March 21st. From 12-6 pm CST, we will have games, challenges, mini classes and loads of Scrapping inspiration in the forums. This is a grand afternoon of fun, planned for everyone's enjoyment. Are you are scrapper or a card maker? Traditional, digital or hybrid? Do you love paper? So do we- and we have something for everybody! The fun will start with at noon CST, with a handful of Spring themes and inspired Challenges. These will be open for any form of project: scrapbook, cards, altered or digital. The fun continues with mini classes on a variety of topics and techniques, held hourly, all afternoon. Our talented staff and contributers have outdone themselves with these classes- and you are going to love it! As if all that wasn't enough, just when you are ready for a break- we'll be there for that too. The forum will be filled with fun topics, games and conversation to keep the party hopping. Makes plans to join us this Saturday, 12pm CST, on the SNR Forums. It is going to be a great day of Springtime Fun!!
I hope to see you there!

Two Cards

Over at 2 Sketches 4 You, Kazan has posted her 22nd sketch along with a Youth Art Challenge. This was a wonderful challenge that I could not pass up. In honor of Youth Art Month, my daughter, Paige, and I are submitting our cards for the 2nd category, since Paige is 5.

Before I share her card, I must tell you how excited Paige was to be included. I often share my scraps with her, but never do I turn her loose in my scraproom. Her eyes lit up when I told her that this was a special occasion, and she could use anything she wanted! Hers is not an interpretation of this week's sketch - it's simply what happens when a 5 year-old is free to create with a room full of paper, glue, and embellishments. And here it is:

My card is an interpretation of Kazan's sketch, and also my take on today's 365 challenge - Inside Out. I was super excited to try out the new Wild Card cartridge that I bought yesterday for my Cricut Expression. I can tell I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Card Patterns - Sketch #6

I love a good card challenge, especially when it's a sketch! This is my first time participating in a challenge over at Card Patterns, but it won't be my last :) The sketches are truly inspirational, and so are the design team examples! Here's my card:

Card stock: Bazzill Basics Swiss Dots, DCWV

Paper: Paper Trey Ink

Embellishments: Dots, Dashes and Checks ribbon from Michael's, Pearls from Kaiser Scrapbook

Stamp: Studio g and Colorbox ink

365 Cards - Sketch #3

It's been a wonderful 2nd week at 365 Cards, and we've officially begun our 3rd week - woo hoo!
As usual, I provide my take, along with the rest of the design team, on the Sunday sketch. Here's the sketch:
And here's my card:

Thanks for looking, and stop by 365 Cards and join in the fun!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Laura's Sketch 21 and 365 Festive Friday Combo

This was really a perfect combination for me - the color scheme was fun to work with, and the sketch made it easy to organize the various elements.

I even did some stamping on the inside:

I am such a fan of cards made from combined challenges, and I'm always happy when I'm able to do it myself. If you get a chance, check out the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You, and the latest challenge at 365 Cards!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SNR Spring Fling Blog-a-Log

Welcome to my blog, where I primarily feature cards. I hope you are having a great time over at Scrapbook News and Review as we celebrate Spring! Don't forget the super fun crop planned for the 21st. And if you haven't been over to SNR yet, what are you waiting for - check it out!!!

So the project I want to share is a simple one, but that's exactly what I was going for. I wanted to make a beautiful and unique card, but one that I could make several of. Here is the card:

I used my Cricut Expression (Doodlecharm cartridge) to cut out two egg shapes. I decorated one of the eggs with lace paper from KI Memories and some jewels - that's it!! The beauty of this card is that it was super simple to make, but it looks like I put forth more effort than I did. I scored the decorated egg shape about 1/2 inch from the top to create a fold. Then I attached the two eggs above the score line to create a card.

Here's a close-up view:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

365 Cards Sunday Sketch

I was thrilled when Kazan from 2S4U agreed to create a sketch for this week's challenge. I enjoyed working with it, and I'm very happy with how my card turned out.

I recently splurged and bought some Copic markers and some Spica glitter pens. So that's what I used on the cherry stamp from Studio g. I'm still learning and practicing, but I think I did alright for a Copic beginner. TFL and stop by 365 to give the sketch a try!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kazan's Sketch 21 and 365 Cards Combo

Finally~ I had a chance to try out Kazan's latest sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You and I used the color scheme from an ad that 365 Cards DT member Kristie chose for last Wednesday's challenge. It has been such an amazing first week at 365 Cards.
Here's the ad:

This ad and Kazan's sketch were used to inspire this card:

If you haven't had a chance to pop over to 365 Cards yet, you should take a look, because there is a challenge there for everybody. We have some fabulous sponsors lined up and a guest sketch designer for this Sunday's sketch, and you won't want to miss it ;)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

First Challenge at 365 Cards

Yay! The time has finally arrived to share the first challenge at 365 Cards - and this one is a sketch. It looks a little something like this:

And here's my card:

Here are the details: The scalloped cut-out square is DCWV, patterned paper is Fancy Pants, and the embellishments are Making Memories button and blossom. The sentiment is Stampin' Up. Come on over to 365 Cards and join us, there are lots of fun challenges coming up this week!

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