Friday, January 31, 2014

Welcome to New Design Team Member

I am so pleased to announce a new member to my Design Team.  She is Karla Bardanza.  She has a wonderful website called Poetic Postcards which she started in 2012.  Below is a little bio that she wrote telling a little about herself.  I hope everyone will enjoy what she posts here and I know I am really looking forward to working with her.  She will begin posting with the next challenge which starts Monday.

 Karla Bardanza
I am a mother, an occasional poet, an animal lover, an avid reader and above all, I am full time dreamer living in Brazil who loves art and believes it to be as Jo Cheever said “ a triumph over chaos”. I am also a Literature teacher from Monday to Friday when I am not playing with my imagination and creating life out of life. I love mixed media and digital art in general. I don’t know if I can say I am artist but I like to think I am one too.

Give Karla a shout out and welcome her.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lunagirl Moonbeams' New Challenge

The Lunagirl Moonbeams have started a new challenge --"Tea Party".
 I used some blue cardstock as the mats to the Lunagirl image to match my designer paper with blue in it.  As an embellishment I used a teacup, another Lunagirl image, to accent the main image.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"A Snowy Day" Continues

Here are some more pieces of inspiration for the snowy challenge.  The Design Team would love to see some of your "cool" creations.
I used a number of images from Vintage Image Craft to make my collage on a Gelli print tag.  Some of the images were trimmed down or cut apart to fit the tag.
 This is such a fun image from our generous sponsor Vintage Image Craft!
Brilliance gold & a Chiswik background stamp creates a snowy background on the navy card.
The gold thread represents our golden childhood memories, the fun and good times we had.
The shiny red cardstock forms a perfect frame for the kids.
Come join in our snowy fun.
I have used an image kindly supplied by Vintage Image Crafts on their facebook page - mounting on to a shaped piece of patterned card that was then matted on to a pearlescent card blank. The glittered layered snowflakes and holly are from an old Anna Griffin kit and the glittered ribbon is the final piece (shame there's none left now). 

Since I missed posting the first week of this challenge I decided to share two creations, a card and an ATC. Both feature lovely vintage images from our challenge sponsor.  It rarely snows where I live so it was nice to live a snowy day fantasy through these creations.  However I know that some people wish it wasn't snowing quite so much with the winter storms and all -- I hope that the weather will calm down and that everyone can be safe!
Who can resist this adorable pair from Vintage Image Craft? This naughty little dog is too cute. I slightly inked the edges of the images and layered it on hessian and patterend paper. The pendant is embellished with some lace, snowflakes and little blings.
For this week's challenge I made another ATC, I love making them and they can quickly be made into a full sized card or given just as it it. I used Cherry cobbler for the fancy frame the image is on. I wanted a bit of sparkle so layered it on some gold glitter cardstock. I found the image on Vintage Image Craft on Facebook.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Collage

Here is a little collage card I made using some Lunagirl lovely digitals.  It has the Paris touch as the Lunagirl Moonbeams are having the theme "Meet You in Paris" for their challenge.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Challenge #78- "A Snowy Day"

In Tennessee it has really been cold, but very little snow has fallen so I have made this challenge "A Snowy Day".  I hope everyone will have fun with this challenge.  You may either use a stamped image or a digital.  The choice is yours.  Here is how the Design Team used the theme.
I used an image from my sponsor Vintage Image Craft for this card.   I is a very simply made card with lace trim that looks like tiny snowflakes.  A few stick-on letters make the sentiment and a brass-looking flower finishes the card.  The nice thing about this card is that it can be used for a number of purposes: a note of encouragement, a get well, or even a missing you card.

I have used an image kindly supplied by Vintage Image Crafts on their facebook page - mounting on to a shaped piece of patterned card that was then matted on to a pearlescent card blank. The glittered layered snowflake and holly are from an old Anna Griffin kit and the knotted ribbon is almost the last piece of some that I've loved using.

Sadly, below is Krisha's last post as a Design Team member of The Cheerful Stamp Pad.  I will miss posting her beautiful creations each week.  She  has been a faithful member and I will miss her.

For challenge #78- a snowy day I decided to do a small hanging using a Victorian image From Vintage Image Crafts.  I used a piece of chip board and ran modeling past through a stencil.  Next was a good coat of Gesso.  I used my Gelatos for the coloring of the background, spritzing with water to get it down in the stencil grooves.  Once that was dry I sanded the high spots with a large, fine fingernail file, then dry brushed the edges with Gesso. The image was attached with brads at the corners.  Along the edges (see the shiny parts) is Sugar Dust, which is what I also coated the snowflakes with.
For the first week of the challenge I picked this sweet scene from Vintage Image Craft on Facebook. I made it into an ATC (artist trading card) Added a bit of ribbon and a few snowflakes for embellishments.
 This image from our generous sponsor Vintage Image Craft caught my eye! I like the simplicity & the brown coat against the grey-blue sky, all framed in rich cream. I decided to keep my little card simple by creating a snowy background with Versamagic & a Chiswik background stamp. The image was layered and some diamond Stickles were added to simulate some more snow. Hope you'll show us some of your vintage snow creations!
 This is a little pendant using one of the adorable Vintage Image Craft images as focal point. Its edges are slightly distressed with archival ink potted soil and layered on some hessian and patterend paper. The pendant is adorned with some wollen lace, a little bow and a paper snowflake.

Thanks to Vintage Image Craft for sponsoring this challenge.  They have a very popular card-making e-book "Ten Vintage Valentine Greetings to Make." This 41-page e-book is the second e-book of our series, "Cards with a Past." Each e-book is published in a convenient, high-quality PDF file format. You download it to your computer, for reading or printing. The vintage images included are high-resolution, in pre-sized format, ready to print at a copy center or on your home ink-jet printer! The 10 cards featured are VIC Exclusive designs, all based on colorful remnants of Victorian Valentine greeting cards and decorations. Every card teaches a different paper-craft technique!
Link:  Go to the link and see if you would like to use this for your Valentine cards.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Oh La La

Below is a card I made for the Lunagirl Moonbeams' challenge "Meet me in Paris".  My card shows a diecut man with an umbrella looking in on the daring lady in Paris.  You can image him as a visitor trying to decide what he wants to do while visiting in the city of lights.  The mat is made from scrap designer cardstock and the lady is on a mat of gold cardstock to make it pop.  The girl is a Lunagirl image. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Second Week of Ribbon Challenge

We are beginning the second week of "Use Some Ribbon"  We have had some great entries so far.  The Design Team is hoping to see more entries, so take a little time and create something using ribbon.  To use the shortcut to the challenge, click on the link on the top of my sidebar.
I made a romantic card this time.  I used a flowery designer paper for my background and a pale blue piece as a mat for the Lunagirl image.    The ribbon this time was accented with a doily-shaped piece of cardstock cut with a Cricut.  The pink flowers make the flowers in the designer paper pop.  Love is in the air as it will soon be Valentine's Day.
My tag was treated with Gesso then spritzed with inks.  I used a stamp image that came free with a magazine, they are called Pettit Prints. I used a Recollections pen on the can and gel pens on the flowers.  The sentiment is from different alphabet stamps I have.  I finger pleated the ribbon down the side and tie the tag with the same matching ribbon.

I've been making ATCs for Valentine's Day and decided to share this one since I bordered the ATC with ribbon.  The red ATC base is covered with designer paper, which is covered by heart-designed vellum and then i added my images and embellishments.  The little girl and the bingo board are by Gecko Galz.

This week I used ribbon purely as embellishment on my card. The base is a white slightly textured card layered with old German book text. I added an old postale tag, some washi tape and a stamped postale image. The image is lightly coloured with chalks.
This week I used a "freebie" image from Bugaboo and I wanted to get a jump start on my Christmas/Winter cards for this year. I thought this image was so cute, On Thursday I picked up some Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, yes the hold-out has caved. This was my first attempt at using them and they really work nice. The sponsor for this challenge is Sweet  Stamp Shop and the challenge is to use some ribbon on your project.  I used white ribbon from Stampin'up and a snowflake ribbon brad, I have had the package for over a year and finally broke it open, The ovals are cut with Nellie Snellen oval dies.

I made the top part of this card and showed it here on 30 August, but I wanted to make it a bit more special for our granddaughter's birthday and add a sentiment just for her, so I used it to create a twisted easel card, using some toning patterned paper, ribbon, glittered strip and gem strip with a prima flower as a 'stopper'.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Multiple Borders

I enjoy combining products and designs to make an original one.  That is what I did with this card.  I took a border dye from Cheery Lynn Designs called Carnivale and combined it with a punch from Martha Stewart to make this lacy border and toped it with a narrow pink ribbon.  The image in the middle is the negative of a die from Cheery Lynn, Window C, and in the middle I used a cut out image from a stamp by Our Daily Bread.  Under it peeking out of the top is a diecut called Marietta Buckle from Memory Box.  The dainty butterflies are from Cheery Lynn also.  The two roses are at the place where the border comes to a point.

This card was made for the Border challenge on Classy Cards n Such.  They carry all the dies shown plus many more and some other Our Daily Bread Designs stamps.  The ribbon, roses, and punch were from my stash.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Favorite Color Combo

I have a number of favorite color combinations, but I think Black/White with Red is my favorite of all.  Here I have made a little card using that color scheme.  The cute little bird image is from Just Some Lines.  They are having a challenge of using your favorite color combo. 
This card has a double opening.  It opens from the left and then from the right to reveal the sentiment inside.  A small black and red bow finishes the card.

Another Winter Challenge Post.

Lunagirl Moonbeams is still having a "Winter" challenge  This is my latest card for it.  It has been so cold here in Tennessee, that I decided to add a little sunshine to the card by adding some yellow ric-rack and a yellow mat to the sentiment.  The sentiment is by Stampin' Up, the flourish is a mirror sticker, and the beautiful vintage image is from Lunagirl

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Challenge #77-"Use Some Ribbon"

Well, baby it is cold here in Tennessee.  Monday it is suppose to be 7 degrees for a high.  We need something to keep us warm.  Let's wrap ourselves, not in a blanket, but in ribbon.  That's right, ribbon!  The design team has some ideas for using ribbon.  Check them out below and then show us how you like to use this versatile crafting item.
My card is very simple, but I am happy with the way it turned out.  The base card is red with a white and lacey top.  The cutwork was made with two Martha Stewart punch.  I held my breath with this one as I wasn't sure I had enough space or too much.  It ended up perfectly punched this time.  The sentiment is a stamp from Stampendous.
Using a white cs base, I ran the front cover through my dot embossing folder, then added three strips of ribbon in a Washi tape fashion, repeating the dot pattern.  I found some matching buttons in my stash that matched the ribbons, so they were added to the far right.  A sentiment from Rogue Redhead Designs on a die cut finished it off.

On my ATC I used 4 different ribbons which made a very nice frame for the vintage image I used from Lunagirl.  Sometimes I forget how many ways ribbon can be used to enhance my creations.  I hope this challenge inspires you to get creative with ribbon.  

Ribbons are one of my favourite items to use in my work. They are so versatile and perfect to give a card, tag ..... this special finishing touch. Instead of showing off the ribbon on top of the card for this project I used it as second layer by die-cutting a dry-embossed white square and filling the space with ribbon.
(Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, the sun has disappeared again and the light is very poor :-( )

This is a digital creation, including the ribbon down the left hand side 'secured' with heart brads. Everything used is from the 'birthday cupcake digital scrapbooking kit' that I bought from Sweet Stamps, who are sponsoring this challenge.

Week one of the ribbon challenge I used a bird stamp from Inkadinkado, it's one I haven't used for a while and it's so cute. You would think I would be tired of red by now but it looks really nice with the sahara sand cardstock and  paper I used.from a DCWV the  immortal love stack pad, the ribbon is Real Red.

The 2 sweet little birdies from Whoopsi Daisy fit so perfectly in the challenge with the ribbon they are carrying in their beaks. I decided to make them 2 little blue birds and went all pretty with the pink! A white bow add some more ribbon to my card. Papers from my stock. I'm looking forward to see how everyone uses ribbon on their creations!


Sweet Stamps

Thanks to Sweet Stamps for sponsoring this challenge. They have some  delightful stamps.  I especially like the fruits and vegetable stamps.  They have  also put some of their stamps on clearance.  .Maybe you can use them at a later date.  Getting stamps on clearance is a great way to build your inventory.

New Challenge at Lunagirl

Lunagirl Moonbeams are ending the old year and starting the new year with a great challenge.  It is "Winter".  I have made a birthday card for a friend who has a birthday Jan 1.  The base of the card is embossed with snowflakes and I used some dies to cut some snowflakes to put under the wonderful winter image from Lunagirl.
I also made another card with a digital from Lunagirl, but this time it is from one of  Lunagirl's CD.  The images on this CD are beautiful and there are so many on it that I had a hard time picking an image to use.  I did a little color block behind the image and added strips of ribbon and some very old snowflakes.