Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Holiday for VLV Challenge

A few final holiday cards for the Viva la Verve Week 4 challenge:

Used some old Chatterbox Gingerbread paper, the Vintage Oval Frame Stamp and die from Verve, and a sentiment from My Favorite Things Sassy Sayings.  
Some stitching, ribbon and rhinestones.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Blessings for VLV Challenge

For the Viva la Verve! December week 3 sketch challenge:
This came perfectly timed, as I needed one more card for a last minute addition to my Christmas dinner guest list.  The sketch is lovely, while still being simple to whip together.
I used the wreath and sentiment from Verve's Glad Tidings, (on sale through Dec 31st...scoop it up!!)  and added the small holly from Holly Jolly in the bottom right.
Papers are Basic Grey Jovial.
Colored with Copics and added some thin black grosgrain ribbon, a few flat backed pearls on just the holly in the sprig...and that's it folks! 
The papers, especially adding my first medallion, really did the work.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wyatt and Friend for MFT WSC challenge

The My Favorite Things WSC challenge this week was to create a "last minute" Christmas card using one of the Pure Innocence images.  
Well, I am not one to make anything last minute.  Not because I'm so organized and get everything done beforehand, but because I take forever to make anything!  LOL.  I am a perfectionist and slow as molasses.  My friends tease me that I may complete two layouts at an all day crop (if I'm lucky).
However, my recipe for completing a card as quickly as I can is to use a great sketch (letting someone else do the design planning) and picking some great paper and an image that fills the card nicely (such as many of MFT's stamps).
Mojo Monday's sketches are among my favorites, and sketch 169 seemed perfect for using my MFT Pure Innocence Wyatt Just Chillin' stamp that I won during one of the release parties. 
I've fallen in love with the BoBunny Midnight Frost collection and used it on three of my last few cards!  The blues and purples are perfect for wintery images without having to resort to traditional Christmas colors.
The sentiment is from Unity's super cute Jolly Good Fun set.
I have a little boy turning 6 shortly.  This will be his card to Mimi and Pop-pop. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Favorite Things Snowmen for Card Patterns challenge

For the Card Patterns Sketch 94 challenge:
Uses My Favorite Things "A Scarf for Three" set by Stephanie Fizer, colored with Copics. The beautiful frame around them is from the GinaK Desings "Labels 2" collection by Nina Brackett.
BoBunny Midnight Frost paper.
Faux Crochet border die by My Favorite Things.  
Snowflake die by Sizzix.
Some snowflake buttons I found at Walmart.
Ribbon by Making Memories.
Liquid Applique applied to the puffs on the hat and earmuffs.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

For the Viva la Verve! December Week 2 sketch challenge

Our extra requirement this month is to use inspiration from holiday decor.
I used a couple of the ornaments and the holly from my Verve Holly Jolly set that I won from Julee's generosity just before the last release party, the Sweet Scallop Tag stamp and die and Vintage Oval Frame stamp and die, as well as a sentiment from the Glad Tidings set (this set truly has the best Christmas sentiments...a must have).
Basic Grey Fruitcake papers (to this day, I think one of the prettiest and most extensive paper packs by BG), SU stitched ribbon, some wired tri-colored twine from Michael's, rhinestones from Pizzazz Aplenty.  And I made the wire hangers for the ornaments with some jewelry wire.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ice Skating Flopsey for the MFT WSC Challenge

For the MFT WSC Winter Wonderland challenge, and using Card Patterns Sketch 93 for their challenge:

Uses MFT's Ice Skating Flopsey and alpha.  BoBunny Midnight Frost papers.  Papertrey Ink Banner Building Collection dies and Fiskars Threading Water punch. Stitched ribbon by GKD.  Silver cording from Pizzazz Aplenty.

And here's the inside of the card.  I love how Flopsey skates the words.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bella Tree and Harvest Bird for VLV challenge

For the Viva la Verve! December week 1 sketch challenge 

I used one of my new Bella Blvd (through Unity) Bella Trees with the smaller of Verve's Harvest Birds in aqua and red to create a winter scene. Paper is October Afternoon. Some shabby wrinkled ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy, and flat-backed pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty. The larger ones were red to begin with, but I didn't have any of the smaller ones, so I used a Copic marker to dye some tiny white ones. A little machine stitching to finish it off.
Thanks for looking!

Birthday Wishes for Mojo Monday challenge

For Mojo Monday Sketch 168:

Used 4 Verve sets (one sentiment on the inside):  "Birthday wishes" from Circular Sayings, the "Dance..." quote from Beautiful You, the flowers (lightly stamped in the middle of the quote) from Kind Words, and on the inside is the sentiment "Wishing you the best day ever" from Framed Wishes. I love that the Verve sets always work together so well.  
Papers are Basic Grey Marjolaine.  Some scrumptious shabby wrinkled ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy, and rhinestones from Pizzazz Aplenty.  Nestabilities circles and Lacey Circle die; the circular sentiment is popped.  And the larger rhinestones are nestled into the openings in the new Dainty Dots Border Die-namics from MFT.

And here's the inside.  I just silhouette cut around one of the flowers in the paper.

Flopsey's Trimming the Tree for MFT's WSC Challenge

For the My Favorite Things WSC challenge this week (a sketch challenge): 
Used MFT's Tree Trimming Flopsey, colored with Copics.  Basic Grey Jovial papers, SU stitched ribbon, flat backed pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.  Used a Spellbinders Lacey Circles Nestabilities die and Fiskars Apron Lace border punch.  The scalloped circle and front image panel are popped.