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Jul 29, 2011

BC223 Embossing (Daisy Delight)

Happy Friday! Hope you have all had a wonderful week. It's time for the Blogger Challenge and this week Lisa has challenged us to use, Embossing on our cards/projects. Now you can do whatever type of embossing you'd like. I chose to do 2 types of embossing on my card.

This card also covers the current Cupcake Inspiration challenge. There were 2 delightful cupcake photo's to draw inspiration from. Can you guess which one I picked?

You know it's funny but my mom just doesn't get "Inspiration Photo's" She thinks you have to literally recreate the photo. In this case she would have expected me to use a poodle on my card. However I went with the colors/polka dots as my inspiration.

For my "Embossing" I used Dry embossing by using a Cuttlebug Folder to add that gorgeous raised Daisy border at the bottom of the card. I also used Wet
embossing on the Daisies. Here is a close up showing the colors that are in the embossing powder I used. (So pretty).

Can't wait to see what you come up with. Be sure to link below:

Please note if I haven't commented on your card from last week I will get to it this week. I really try hard to let everyone participating know that their work is appreciated.

Card Details: Stamps: Upsy Daisy-SU
Card Stock: Whisper White, Regal Rose - SU
Designer Paper - Retired SU
Ink: Regal Rose
Embossing Powder: Cupcake Sprinkles-Comotion
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Pearls: Zva
Butterfly Die: Amuse Studio
Lace - Source Unknown

Jul 22, 2011

BC222 In The Good Ole Summertime

Happy Friday and Welcome to the Blogger Challenge. This weeks theme: Summertime! Now while I know some of you have actually been having Summer here in the Pacific Northwest we've had a very cool/mild summer. I don't think it's gotten past 90 more then 1 or 2 days all summer so far. Which is unusual for our area. Alas you didn't come here to listen to me talk about the weather so let's get down to business.

Today my card will cover not 1, not 2 but 3 different challenges! - I'm excited that I've actually done all 3 challenges with one card. Are you ready....Get out your sunglasses as your going to need them.

I had to go through my mom's stash of stamps to find something with a summer theme as I just didn't seem to have anything fitting the bill in my stamp collection (Hard to belive isn't it). Plus I also wanted something that would work with this weeks Color Throwdown challenge:
Rainbow Colors!
This lends itself to a lot of bright, fun colors and patterns. It was so much fun using this long retired stamp set and bringing it back to life again in such a fun way.
I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for my card.
Card Details: Stamps: Penguin Paradise-retired SU
Sentiment Stamp: Hero Arts
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Marigold Morning, Bermuda Bay, Real Red-SU
Sugar (Which is the White piece) from A.Muse|Studio.
Designer Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Various Copic Markers
Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Punches: Photo Corner and Wave-EK Success
Brads: Pink Hedgehog Crafts

So now it's your turn to give this challenge a try and show us your Summer Creations by linking below:

Jul 15, 2011

BC221-Sketch challenge (Let Them Eat Cake)

Welcome! - It's Blogger Challenge Day and this week we are getting "Sketchy" with this wonderful sketch from our list mom, Lisa:
I must admit at first I thought, What am I going to do with that sketch? Then an idea popped into my head to "flip" the sketch and voila' my card idea was born.

I picked an image that I wanted to use and also got inspired by the current Cupcake Inspirations challenge.
Aren't those cupcakes colorful! - Who doesn't love the rainbow. With that in mind I dug through my scrap paper until I found the piece I was looking for and here is my card:

Card Details: Stamps - Cake from A.Muse|Studio
Papers: Orange, Sugar, Ocean - A.Muse|Studio
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder
Brads - Pink Hedgehog Crafts
White Liquid Applique sprinkled with Clear Glitter

Now it's your turn to join in on the fun. Link your card below:

Also entered into the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday embossing challenge.

Jul 13, 2011

Color Throwdown 150

Isn't this a lovely color combo! - It's my 1st time playing with the Color Throwdown but I thought I'd give it a try.

Here is what I came up with:

My card is based on a card by Alice Wertz found here

I used an old SU set, Petal Prints to create my background.
The (Taken With Teal) color presented a bit of a problem but I decided on just adding subtle touches of it. I dyed some white pearls with a Teal Copic Marker and also stamped the sentiment with TWT ink. The butterflies were die cut with an A.Muse|Studio butterfly die. I stamped the small pink butterflies on Pretty in Pink cs and then stamped them with the flower image in Rose Red ink. I love how they turned out.
Stamps: Petal Prints, Sweet Little Sentiments, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Card Stock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Taken With Teal, River Rock
Punch: Eyelet Border, Word Window-SU
Swiss Dot Embossing Folder-Cuttlebug
Distressing Tool
Copic Marker

Jul 10, 2011

Glitz Design - Check This Out!

Glitz Design
has an "Awesome" Giveaway going on right now. You can check out the excitement by clicking on the links below.

This is their Beautiful Dreamer collection. Oh my it is dreamy isn't it! You have a chance to win this collection. Details can be found HERE:

This collection is called Vintage Blue - What's not to love about "vintage and the color blue?" Again you have a chance to win this collection HERE:

Last but certainly not least is,
Dance in Sunshine. How gorgeous is this!
Again the link for details on how to win this collection can be found HERE:

You will have until 11:59PM PST to follow the instructions given on how to win the Collections. So head on over and enter for your chance to win one of these amazing collections debuting at CHA.

Let's get "Hoppin" Amuse Studio Style

Welcome to the July A.Muse|Studio Blog Hop! - This is my first time participating and I'm excited about being a part of Krystie's Team Who sadly this month was not able to join in on the fun but come join me and the other A.Muse ladies and see what fun and creative ideas are in store for you.

You should have arrived here from Veronica's fabulous blog.

If not you may want to head on back to Kathie's blog for the start of the HOP. A complete list of the participants will follow at the end of my post.

I kept my design Clean and Simple to really show off the sweet little bunny and the bright cheery colors.
Stamps: Bunny Business
Polka Dot Patterns
Card Stock: Orange, Sugar (White)
Designer Paper - Orange and Grass Gingham
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Orange
Copic Markers
Ribbon - Lime 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain
Clear Twinkle Sticker Gems
Circle Nestabilitie Dies and Foam Mounting Tape

Next up on the hop is the fantastic Lianna's


Kathy Hatzke http://www.kathatstamps.blogspot.com/
Karen Crisp http://www.papernstamps.blogspot.com/
Kari Bell http://karikards.blogspot.com/
Lesa Wolfe http://www.thepaperpundit.blogspot.com/
Lisa Wakabayashi http://dragonfliesandcats.blogspot.com/
Lisa Chapman http://www.piesafepapergoods.blogspot.com/
Veronica Zalis http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/
Ida P.Krause http://faithartistry.blogspot.com/ - You Are Here
Lianna Vigil http://llamatales.blogspot.com/
Kristen Watson http://branchandsky.blogspot.com/

All supplies can be purchased by clicking on my On-line Store link at the top of the page on the right hand side of my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all had a good time.

Jul 8, 2011

BC220 - Floral Frenzy

Happy Friday! Let's get right to the point today. This weeks Blogger Challenge is all about Flowers! Who doesn't love flowers?

I made 2 (very different) cards for todays challenge.
First up is a card that I designed around some patterned DP from SU - (retired Sweet Pea). I love the soft feel this paper has.

All Card Stock/Papers are SU
Sentiment is Hero Arts
Felt Flowers-SU
Punch-EK Success
Pearls - Zva

Now card Number 2 is really a change as it has a much bolder feel about it.

I love Black, White and Red together and just threw in the green for added interest.

Stamps: Amuse.Studio
Papers-Amuse Studio and SU Whisper White
Embossing Folder-Cuttlebug
Black Pearls-Zva
Red Sprinkles - Annabelle Stamps
Punch - Martha Stewart

Try as I might after about 30 photo's I gave up on this one. I just could not get the sentiment to show up clearly in the photo after resizing it. It's much sharper and clearer in real life.
Now it's your turn to join in on the Floral Frenzy by linking your card below.

I'll leave you today with a fun YouTube Video of Coleen dancing at her Kindergarten Graduation. Try not to notice what she does towards the end of the video (Did any of your kids do that?)

Have a great day.

Jul 1, 2011

BC219 Three Cheers For the Red, White and Blue

Happy Friday! - It's time once again for the Blogger's Challenge. First let me say, WOW to all 66 enteries from last week. Lots of great inspiration.
It's getting harder and harder to pop by and leave comments on everyone's blogs but I try my best so if I've missed you I apologize.

Now for this weeks challenge. I've combined 3 different challenges for this card.

Blogger Color Challenge (Red, White and Blue)

Cupcake Inspirations #117
The card is based "loosely" on the Clean and Simple Sketch 146

- I did change some of the sketch elements so I am not entering it for the challenge but I did want to give them credit for a great sketch that helped to inspire my card.

I started out to use a little Rocket image on my card but it just didn't seem to fit the design once it started coming together. Instead I utilized the image and decorated the inside of the card as well.

So now it's your turn to play by linking below:

Card Details: Stamps: StudioG (Happy 4th and Rocket)
Circle of Stars - Source Unknown as this was sent to me by a friend and there is no indentifying marks on the stamp.
Inside Sentiment - Celebrate by Graphistamp
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - Parade-Celebrate Stripes
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers used on Rocket
Cuttlebug Star Embossing Folder
Star punches-SU
Star Border Punch-EK Success
Bakers Twine
Red Faux Jewels