February 21, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge

Hello dears! Can you believe how quickly February is flying by?! I could barely believe that it was time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. Here's the fun sketch that Margaret Moody has created for us.

And here are the DEEtails: 

I started with a fun polka dot pattern from the Sunshine & Spinkles DSP and added a strip of Lucky Limeade cardstock punched with the Dotted Scallop trim. I layered it over some Rich Razzleberry and added some Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon. I matted it with some Whisper White card stock and adhered it to a Lucky Limeade card. Then I added my pretty rose - did I tell you how much I'm loving Stippled Blossoms? I stamped it in Pretty in Pink with some Rich Razzleberry. The leaves are Lucky Limeade and Always Artichoke. My favorite part is the sentiment, of course, from Oh, Hello, stamped on some vellum and wrapped with some Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine. What do you think? 

Now, don't forget to hop on over to Pals Paper Arts to see all the other fabulous inspiration from our Pals. Then get out your crafty goodies and create something with this sketch. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

February 9, 2013

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 23

Happy weekend! It's time for a new Double Dare Challenge! 

Naki's pick this week is to use the new Honeycomb embossing folder - LOVE IT!

And here's my pick - a color combination... Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, and Night of Navy

This past week was National School Counseling Week - Hello fellow counselors! :) And I received a lovely gift from my Principal, wrapped in some beautiful wrapping paper - the inspiration for this week's pick!

Anyway, here's my card...

Here are the DEEtails:

This Stippled Blossom stamp set has been on my wish list for quite some time now... I finally got it and I am in LOVE! :) Calypso Coral and Poppy Parade flowers seemed a little too predictable, so I decided to layer Night of Navy over the Calypso Coral instead. Oh my! Of course I had to add some polka dot DSP - Poppy Parade and I added a strip of Night of Navy embossed with that awesome Honeycomb folder. I love the texture! Some Whisper White grosgrain ribbon breaks up the color a bit. I love the Itty Bitty Banners set, which I picked out as a FREE set from the Sale-A-Bration promotion. It's the perfect final touch to the card!

Don't forget to stop by Miss Naki's blog to check out her creation. Then make your own card using our Double Dare and link up below!

February 7, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

Hi there! Today, the Pals Paper Arts Resident Artists have created some fun cards using a cheerful color combination inspired by all the lovely Valentine goodies in the new Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog!

Here are the DEEtails:

I wanted to pull out the new Vine Street embossing plate for this card and thought it paired nicely with some flowers from Secret Garden. I used Pool party for the emboosing and matted it with some Real Red to make it pop. Then I pulled out a flower from the Secret Garden stamp set. I stamped the same image twice on some Real Red DSP and cut out the inner petals for the small flower and the whole image for the larger flower. Of course, we needed some leaves, which I created with some Pool Party DSP. For my sentiment, I layered several stamps. First, the chevron oval from Oh, Hello onto some Primrose Petals DSP. Then the sentiment, from the same set, which you know I love in Real Red ink. Then I stamped "friend" from a portion of a sentiment from the retired, Hello, You set. I used the Labels Collection to die cut my sentiment and layered everything onto my card. Of course, a touch of Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon was a must!

Aren't these colors just gorgeous together?! I hope you'll play along with us this week! And be sure to stop over at Pals Paper Arts to see all the other fabulous inspiration from our Resident Artists!

February 3, 2013

Quiet Fairy

Hello lovelies. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far! I'm excited to play along with this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. The cupcake this week is so beautiful...


One of the things that I continue to struggle with is coloring my images... For this card, I used a sweet digi from A Day for Daisies and colored it using a Blender Pen and some Stampin' Write Markers. I added some Smooch ink for the wings for a little bit of sparkle. I stamped the sentiment from PTI onto  the embossed Designer Frame. My background is a page torn out of a book, mounted on some Blushing Bride and spritzed with some Smooch Spritz.

I hope you'll play along with us over at Cupcake Inspirations. We have some fun surprises in the next few weeks leading up to our 200th challenge!

February 2, 2013

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 22

Hi there! Hope you're ready for a new Double Dare Challenge! :) Here we go! 

Naki's pick this week is pretty simple... no Big Shot

And my pick is pretty easy too... add pink!

It's funny because when I make my pick each week, I usually have some idea about the direction I want to go... But it never ends up going quite in the same direction... For example, I thought of making a pretty and delicate pink Valentine this week. Totally was not expecting to make something like this...

Here are the DEEtails:

My Beyond the Garden DSP was sitting on my shelf, wanting a little attention, so I pulled it out and decided to use it as a background. To add a little interest, I snipped around some of the blooms and added some Melon Mambo DSP underneath. I kind of love it. :) I matted it with some Lucky Limeade and added a sentiment - Sassy Salutations. Of course, a rhinestone studded butterfly was a must! Sweet and simple, but definitely not the delicate pink Valentine that I had in mind! Haha!

Be sure to visit my dear friend, Naki to see what she created. And then, why don't you play along with us? Just link up your fabulous creation below! :)

February 1, 2013

Five Friday Favorites: Bunting, Garland, and Streamers, Oh My!

February already? Wow! Crazy, right? So I guess it's about time a share a little more of the randomness in my brain... I've been loving bunting, garland and streamers for a while now, and I just want to hang them up all over my house! :) How many of these is too many in one space? Here are a few of my favorite stylings:

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1. Framed bunting with a fun message from Jess McClenahan's home featured on Life Made Lovely. Genius. 

2. Pom pom flower garland from Once Wed. Yes please! This color combination is so unexpected and lovely. 

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3. Tissue paper tassel garland from HGTV. Not just for parties, although they are quite festive indeed!

4. Paper dot garland from Oh Happy Day. Not your average crepe paper streamer! I actually made a strand, which surprisingly took a lot of patience! But the end result was well worth it. 

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5. Coffee filter giant pom pom garland inspired by Anthropologie from Pamela Garrison. Oh, if everything from Anthropologie could be displayed in my home...

And there folks, are my current favorites in the bunting, garland, and streamers department. What are your favorites? Do tell! Share some below if you will! Now, I'm off to decorate my home with these lovelies. Stop me before I hang up too many... How many is too many?