Friday, June 5, 2009

A Little Break

Hi everyone and Happy Friday :) Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend :) I just wanted to thank all of you that stop by my blog and leave me such wonderful comments. It means so much to me, I really appreciate all the support you have given me. I'm going to be taking a little break from my blog. Hopefully not too long of a break, but I need to take some time to regain my confidence in my work and find my mojo :) I promise I'll be back soon. In the meantime, I'll still be visiting all of your blogs as often as I can.

Big Hugs to you all,

Christine :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #21 -- A Summer Tea Party



Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday! :) Today is Tuesday so that means it's another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was to create a summer invitation using any of the stamps Susana sells. I decided to create an invitation to a summer tea party. I used this adorable image, designed by Victoria Case exclusively for Susana's Store. This particular image is called Tea for Two. Isn't it just adorable? :) It was so much fun to color too. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock and colored it with copics. It's hard to see in the picture, but I added Shimmerz to the butterfly's wings and I also added Pearls to her dress and to her bracelet, as well as around the image.

Next, I created my card base (which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Sage Shadow. I layered Pretty in Pink on top of that followed by my design paper. I added a pink ribbon and then used my Nesties Label 4 to cut out the "You're Invited" tag (the sentiment is computer generated). I then adhered my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base using dimensionals. Finally, I used my SU Word Window punch to cut out the "Tea for Two" sentiment (also computer generated) and added pearls. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Make sure to stop by Susana's Store Blog to see the rest of the DT's amazing creations. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fairytale



Hi everyone and Happy Monday :) I hope your week is off to a great start. I haven't done a fairytale themed card in quite some time so I decided to put one together. The castle is actually a digital image from In Style Stamps. I printed it out several times so I could cut and layer the castle. The princess and unicorn are from High Hopes Rubber stamps. I inked them both with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped them onto PTI cardstock, colored them with copics, and cut them out. I added Diamond Stickles to the unicorn's horn and Gold and Pink Stickles to the princess's crown. I then created my card base (5 1/2 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Barely Banana. I layered Pretty in Pink on top of that followed by my design paper from K & Co. I then adhered my castle image to my cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. I adhered my princess to the unicorn with dimensionals and then adhered the unicorn to the card base with dimensionals. For some finishing touches, I added Shimmerz to the flags on the castle and Primas. What do you think?

Note: I have gotten a few questions about how to "follow" my blog. To make it easier, I have added a "followers" option on my sidebar. I'd love it if you'd like to follow my blog. I'd love to know who is stopping by and I'd love to visit your blogs as well :)

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dance Like No One's Watching



Hi everyone and Happy Saturday! :) I'm so sorry I've been gone so long again. I had another crazy busy week at work. Luckily though, this weekend isn't too busy so I hope to get caught up on a lot of my crafting. It felt so good to get back into the craft room last night! :)

I love all of the new Victoria Case Images available exclusively at Susana's Store, but I think this one may be my favorite. The one I used today is Belle and I think she's just adorable :) I inked the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with my copics. I added Diamond Stickles to her tutu and ballet shoes. I also added Kaisercraft Pearls to her top. I then inked around the image with SU's Close to Cocoa ink.

Next, I created my card base (5 1/2 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Regal Rose. I layered Pretty in Pink on top of that followed by my design paper from K & Co. On the small panel, I used my Martha Stewart Doily Lace Border Punch along the bottom. I then layered my image onto my SU cardstock and onto the card base with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Susanaments Set, which is a set of sentiments designed by Susana to coordinate perfectly with these brand new images from Victoria Case. I love the size and font of these sentiments and you get so many in the set. Finally, for some finishing touches, I added Primas and Pearls. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I will be back to my regular posting schedule on Monday. I plan to spend lots of time in the craft room this weekend getting caught up :) Hope you all have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend.

Lots of Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #20 -- Lavender



Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday :) Today is Tuesday so that means it's another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's store blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was to color our images using watercolors only, no copics (yikes!!!) :) To tell the truth, I've never water colored before. I did have a blender pen from SU and several SU inkpads, so I decided to watercolor using SU inks and my blender pen. I'm not the best at water coloring, so I decided to pick a smaller image that didn't require much coloring :):):)

I used this elegant Patio Lavender Karen Lockhart Image as my main image. I colored it with my SU inks (Creamy Caramel, Wild Wasabi, and Close to Cocoa), and then added Lavender Flower Soft to the flowers. I then created my card base, which measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Perfect Plum. I layered my design paper (also from SU) on top of that followed by my cardstock (which I ran through my Cuttlebug machine using the Swiss Dots embossing folder). I then adhered my image to my cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. For some finishing touches, I added Primas, purple rhinestones, and a lavender ribbon and bow. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Don't forget to head to Susana's Store Blog to check out the rest of the DT's amazing creations. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Have a wonderful day! :)

Hugs, Christine

Monday, May 25, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge



Hi everyone and Happy Monday! :) I'm finally back, I'm sorry for my long absence. It felt so good to get back into the craft room this morning :)

For my card today, I decided to ink up this adorable Whiff of Joy Angel, Melinda with bouquet. My card is my entry for this week's WOJ Challenge Blog. Our challenge this week was an awesome sketch challenge. I'll definitely be using this layout again.

To create my card, I first inked my image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. It's hard to see from the picture, but I added some Shimmerz to the flowers in her hand and some Diamond Stickles to her wings. I then inked around the image using SU's Close to Cocoa ink. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Sage Shadow cardstock. I layered PTI's Sweet Blush on top of that followed by SU's Close to Cocoa. I then layered my design paper, from K & Co., and then adhered my image to my cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. For some finishing touches, I added Primas and Kaisercraft Pearls (Blush). What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I hope all my US blogging friends are having a wonderful Memorial Day. Also, don't forget that today kicks off the start of the Stampin Out Alzheimer's Event. See my sidebar to register. For a $5 donation, you can treat yourself to a week filled with fun challenges and prizes. All proceeds go to funding for research for Alzheimer's disease, which is such a wonderful cause. Well, I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project.

Lots of Hugs, Christine :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Stampin' Out Alzheimers

Hi everyone,

I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've posted. It's been a crazy week at work and I have a very busy next couple of days with the holiday weekend, but I will be back to my regular posting schedule very soon.

I wanted to let you know of a fabulous event that will be happening next week (May 25th thru the 31st) for Alzheimers. It's called Stampin' Out Alzheimers and will be a huge challenge and contest site all next week to raise money for research & funding for Alzheimers. The cost to enter, play & win is $5 a person (good for the entire week) and we'd love to have you join us. Susana's store is hosting a sketch challenge & the prizes include an entire set of Victoria Case for SCACD stamps (9 stamps), a pack of Dovecraft paper & some fun embellies! You can check out the site & join up by clicking on the link/widget on my sidebar!! And tell your friends too!!

I'll be back soon with another project. Have a wonderful weekend!

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday # 19 -- Follow Your Heart



Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday :) Today is Tuesday, which means its another Try It Out Tuesday challenge over at Susana's store blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was to lots of flowers in our image, papers, and embellies. For my card, I decided to ink up this adorable image from the brand new line by Victoria Case, available exclusively at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. This particular image is called Follow Your Heart. Isn't she just a cutie patootie :) I inked her up with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped her onto PTI cardstock and colored her with copics. I added Diamond Stickles to the balloons, and Diamond Glaze to her eyes (this gives the eyes a really nice, shiny effect). I then inked around my image with SU's Bashful Blue ink.

Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Apricot Appeal. I layered Pretty in Pink on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV's Nana's Nursery Baby Girl line. I then adhered my image to my cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. For some finishing touches, I added Primas and orange rhinestones. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Make sure to stop by the Store Blog to see the amazing creations of the rest of Susana's DT. Have a wonderful day :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sketch Saturday -- Nuts for You



Hi everyone and Happy Monday! :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week is off to a great start. I have a super quick post for you this morning as I'm running late for work. I love this new image, Nuts for You, by Victoria Case, designed exclusively for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. This image is part of a brand new collection, available only at Susana's store. Click HERE to see all the brand new images. They are oh so cute :)

I inked my image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I used this week's Sketch Saturday Sketch as my layout. My cardstock is all SU (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery) and my DP is Basic Grey. I adhered my image with dimensionals. I added Primas and Pearls. The sentiment is a brand new sentiment from a new set called Susanaments. These sentiments were designed by Susana to correspond the brand new images from Victoria Case. So cute :)

Well, that's it from me today. Hope you all have a wonderful Monday. See you back here tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Just Magnolia -- Chasing Butterflys




Hi everyone and Happy Saturday :) Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. My card today is my entry for this week's Just Magnolia Challenge. Our challenge this week was a sketch challenge. I love this sketch, it was so fun to work with.

I began by stamping my background image (from Magnolia stamps) as well as Tilda and Edwin with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto PTI cardstock and colored them with copics. I then cut out Tilda and Edwin. I added pink Stickles to Tilda's dress. I next created my card base (which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Barely Banana cardstock. I added Pretty in Pink on top of that followed by my design paper from K & Co.'s new Wild Raspberry line (I love this new line :) ). I then adhered my background image to my SU cardstock and then to my card base. I adhered Tilda and Edwin to the card base with dimensionals. I used my Fiskar's swirl punch for three of the corners and added pearls. I added Primas and pearls to the top right corner. I then used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch for the butterflies. What do you think?

In other exciting news, I cannot wait, tomorrow I am going to a copics class taught by the one and only Suzanne Dean. I am so excited! Suzanne's coloring is amazing and I can't wait to learn from her. I'll be sure to share some tips and tricks with you :)

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here Monday with another project.

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Victoria Case for SCACD -- The Hearts and Hugs Collection



Hi Everyone and Happy Friday!!! :) Today is Release Day at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design and I am SO excited! Susana's DT is doing a Blog Hop today to showcase all the new stamps so if you are joining me today and haven't been around the "hop" yet, make sure to go to Suzanne's Blog to start at the very beginning.

I could barely wait to share this brand new stamp line with you all. The new line is illustrated by the incredibly talented Victoria Case. She has designed a set of 9 stamps exclusively for Susana's Store. This first collection by Victoria is called the Hearts and Hugs Collection and you can see all of these sweet images HERE. Aren't they adorable!!! (can ya tell I'm excited :) ). Susana has also created her own set of 10 sentiments called Susanaments which are designed to correspond with these adorable stamps. I just love the font and the sayings of these sentiments, SO cute! :)

And now, without further delay, here's my card for today:



The image I used is called Just Because and oh my goodness, isn't it sweet :) I had such a ball coloring this adorable image :) I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with my copics. I added some gold glitter with my Copic Gold Glitter Pen to the center of the flower and added Diamond Stickles to the fairy's wings. The sentiment is, of course, from the Susanaments Set (I cannot stress enough how much I love these sentiments!) :)

I used this week's Sketch Saturday Sketch for my layout. All of my cardstock is from SU (Ruby Red, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery) and my design paper is from K&Co's new Wild Raspberry line. I added a blue sheer ribbon and a Blue Moon Heart Charm, as well as some Primas for some finishing touches. What do you think?

I hope you are enjoying these new releases as much as I am. :) All images, as well as the Susanaments set are available now, so what are ya waiting for :) Make sure to check out Susana's Store to see all of these adorable images. And now, on with the blog hop :) Your next stop on the hop is Anki's Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project.

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #18 -- Goodnight Little One



Hello everyone! :) Today is Tuesday so that means it's another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's, from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was to create a card in any shape other than a square or rectangle. I decided to create a circle card. I inked up this adorable Karen Lockhart image, Itty Bitty Goodnight Moon, with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I used my Circle Nestabilities to cut it out. I next created my card base using my scalloped circle nesties and SU's Bashful Blue cardstock. I layered Barely Banana on top of that followed by another layer of Bashful Blue, followed by my designer paper from Debbie Mumm. I then adhered my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. The sentiment is computer generated. It's a pretty simple little card, but would make a great little gift card for a new baby.

***New Stamp Release and Blog Candy*** Don't forget that on Friday, Susana will be releasing a brand new set of stamps illustrated by the super talented Victoria Case. I have seen these stamps and believe me, you will love them! :) Make sure to stop by Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart to enter for a chance to win the entire new set of stamps. You have until Thursday evening to enter. The stamps will be available this Friday, May 15th. On Friday, Susana's DT will be doing a blog hop so make sure to stop by for that. I am so in love with these stamps and can't wait for you all to see them :)

Well, that's it for me today. Make sure to stop by the Store Blog to see the other amazing creations by the rest of Susana's DT. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge -- Rogue Charlotte



Hi everyone and Happy Monday :) Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start. I've got lots to talk about today so let's get right to it. :)

For my card today, I decided to ink up this adorable image from Whiff of Joy's new medieval collection. This particular image is called Rogue Charlotte. I inked her with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored her with my copics. Our challenge this week over at the Whiff of Joy Challenge Blog was a sketch challenge, so I used the sketch as my layout. My cardstock is SU (Brocade Blue and Always Artichoke) and my design paper is Basic Grey (Two Scoops collection). I used my Fiskar's Fleur de Lis border punch on the bottom. I then adhered my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals, then added green rhinestones to the corners. For a finishing touch, I added Primas and three larger rhinestones to the bottom. What do you think?

***Exciting New Release News Susana, of Susana's Custom Art and Card Design is unveiling a new line of stamps and we are so excited, you are going to love them!!! :):):) Victoria Case has illustrated the new stamps and let me just tell you, they are amazing! :) These stamps will be available on Friday. Would you like a chance to win the whole set? If so, head on over to Susana's Store blog, Follow Your Heart to check out all the details and enter to win. You have until Thursday evening of this week to enter for a chance to win. The winner will be announced Friday morning at 8am EST. Also, to showcase the new releases, Susana's DT will be doing a Blog Hop on Friday so make sure to tune in for that. You will not want to miss these new releases :)

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project.

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mojo Monday -- Fairy Nice Day



Hello Everyone and Happy Saturday! :) I'm sorry for my long absence. It's been a crazy week and I haven't been feeling the greatest, but it sure felt good to get back in the stamp room last night.

I just love this image from Pink Cat Studio. Susana, from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design now carries Pink Cat Studio so make sure to check it out. This particular image is from the Enchanted Lily set and I think these images are just adorable :) I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock and colored it with copics. I added some Diamond Stickles to Lily's wings and some Diamond Glaze to the frog's eyes (unfortunately this doesn't show up in the picture, but it's really cute in real life :) ).

I used this past week's Mojo Monday sketch for my layout. All cardstock is SU (Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery) and my design paper is from K & Co.'s new Wild Raspberry stack. I inked around my image with SU's Bashful Blue ink and then used my SU Ticket Corner punch around the corners. I then adhered my image to my cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals and then added Blue Rhinestones to the corners. The sentiment is from the same Enchanted Lily Set. For a finishing touch, I added Primas and Kaisercraft Pearls. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I'm going to try to get ahead tomorrow and will be back on Monday to my regular posting schedule. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday :)

Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #17 -- For Mom





Hi Everyone and Happy Tuesday! :) It's Tuesday so that means it's another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. I'm a little late with my challenge today, I've been dealing with some health issues, but better late than never, right? :) Our challenge this week was to create a gift set for mom for mother's day. I lost my mom to ovarian cancer almost four years ago so this is for my mother-in-law. I decided to make a gift card holder (you can find directions HERE). It's super easy to do and makes a really fun gift.

I decided to ink up this adorable Julia With Flowers image from the oh so cute Anki's Sweethearts Line available exclusively at Susana's Store. I inked the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I added some Shimmerz to the flowers and to the heart on her dress for some added sparkle. All my cardstock is SU (Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink) and my design paper is Debbie Mumm. I added a pink ribbon and some Pearls in the corner for a finishing touch.

It's a pretty simple little project, but a cute way to package a gift card, me thinks. Well, that's it from me today. I'll be taking tomorrow off. I'm determined to feel better, as tomorrow is my birthday :) I'll be back Thursday with another project for you. Don't forget to stop by Susana's Store Blog to see the other amazing creations the rest of the DT came up with. See you back here Thursday :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tower Fit for a Queen








Hello Everyone and Happy Monday! :) Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Hubby and I had a wonderful time at my dad's wedding, it was beautiful. Well, I have a lot to talk about today so I'll keep this short and sweet :) Sorry for all the pictures, but this project took me forever and I really wanted to show it off :)

I saw the idea for this tower on my friend Brandi's Blog. She linked a tutorial for this tower box, so I knew I immediately had to try it :) To see the tutorial for this box, click HERE. I made the tower box out of SU's Chocolate Chip cardstock. I cut a window in the tower and placed Queen Charlotte's face (colored with copics) in the window. I also placed Knight Charlie at the base (he was also colored with copics. I cut him out and adhered him with dimensionals. This tower box is actually a box, the lid comes off and you could fill it with all kind of goodies :)

Next, I made a matching card to go with it. I inked Charlotte's Horse with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I stamped Queen Charlotte on a separate sheet of PTI cardstock, colored her with copics, added glitter with my Copic Gold Glitter Pen and Diamond Stickles, cut her out, and adhered her to the horse with dimensionals. I inked around the main image with SU's Close to Cocoa ink. I created my card base (which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Chocolate Chip cardstock. I layered Bordering Blue on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV'S Once Upon A Time stack. I added a blue ribbon, then adhered my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added Primas (the roses are also Primas, I got those at Michael's). What do you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'd love to hear what you think of my projects today if you have time. I hope you have a wonderful week. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mojo Monday -- Great Job!



Hello everyone and Happy Saturday! :) Well, hubby and I are heading out early this morning to Northern Virginia for my dad's wedding. I got all the place cards done (I'll post a picture soon) and I think they turned out really nice. I have a quick posting for you today and then I'll be back on Monday with my regular posting schedule. Thanks for hanging in there with me this week :)

For my card today, I decided to ink up this adorable image from the new Anki's Sweethearts Line available exclusively at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. This particular image is Isac With Skateboard. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI Cardstock, and colored it with copics.

I used this week's sketch over at Mojo Monday for my layout. I created my card base (which measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Brilliant Blue. I layered Real Red on top of that followed by my design paper from last year's Summer Stack from DCWV. I attached Real Red ribbon from SU and some blue rhinestones. The sentiment is from a set called Tiny Words from Hot off the Press. This is an awesome sentiment set, it is so versatile. Susana has this set at 50% off right now, so make sure to check that out. I used my SU 1" circle punch to cut out the sentiment, mounted it onto a 1 1/4" circle cut from another SU punch, then mounted it to the card base with dimensionals. Finally, I mounted my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. I usually steer clear of boy cards because I'm just not very good at them, but I'm pleased with how this one turned out. What do you think?

Blog Candy News: Head over to Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart to celebrate the blog's 10,000 hits. Susana is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the store so make sure to check that out. Also, Susana has a new guest designer for the month of May, Judy Laing. Make sure to visit her BLOG, her work is amazing.

Well, that's it from me today. Off to my dad's wedding. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you back here Monday.

Hugs, Christine :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Just Magnolia -- Tilda With Hearts



Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! :) Hope you are having a wonderful week. It's been busy around here! I may be scarce for the rest of the week after today's posting. My dad is getting remarried on Saturday (we lost my mom almost 4 years ago to ovarian cancer) and I'm so excited for him that he's found someone special. I agreed to do all the place cards for the luncheon so I have to finish those up. I'll try to post at least once before Saturday, then after that, I should be back into my regular schedule.

Okay, onto my card for today :) Our challenge this week over at the new Just Magnolia Challenge Blog was to use pink and green on our cards. I used this week's Sketch Saturday sketch as my layout. I decided to ink up this adorable Tilda With Hearts image. I inked her with Memento Black Ink, stamped her onto PTI cardstock, and colored her with copics. It's hard to see from the picture, but I added some Shimmerz to the hearts. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Certainly Celery on top of that followed by my design paper from Debbie Mumm. I cut out a piece of cardstock using my new Labels 4 Nestabilities, adhered Tilda to that and to the card base with dimensionals. I used my Martha Stewart Lace Doily border punch on the bottom, then added a ribbon and Blue Moon Heart Charm. Finally, I added Primas for a finishing touch.

I'd love to hear what you think of my card. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll be back soon with another project. Have a wonderful day! :)

Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #16 - Just a Note



Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday :) Today is Tuesday so that means it's another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's, of Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was to use only part of one of the stamps Susana carries. This was a really neat challenge because it really shows the versatility of so many of these stamps.

I decided to use this adorable Emilia With Heart image from the Anki's Sweethearts Stamp Line, available exclusively at Susana's Store. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with my copics. I added some Shimmerz to the flower on her shirt and the hearts on her pants, and then I cut the image out, eliminating the heart image. This way, the only part of the stamp that I used was the little girl.

Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/4 by 5 1/4, out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I Layered Bashful Blue on top of that followed by my design paper from Debbie Mumm. I used my Scalloped Oval Nestabilities to cut out my cardstock and then adhered the image with dimensionals. I added a pink ribbon and a Heart Charm as well as Primas and Pearls for finishing touches. The sentiment is from Hot Off the Press (the set is called Tiny Words). I cut it out with my Word Window Punch.

What do you think? Well, that's it for me today. Make sure to stop by Susana's Store Blog to see amazing creations the rest of the DT have come up with. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Have a wonderful day! :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge -- Love You




Hello everyone and Happy Monday :) I hope your week is off to a great start. I have a super quick post for you as I'm running out the door shortly to work. For my card today, I decided to participate in this week's challenge over at the Whiff of Joy Challenge Blog. Our challenge this week was a sketch challenge. I decided to use this adorable Melinda Blowing Kisses image. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I added some Shimmerz to the hearts and her bracelet and some Diamond Stickles to her wings. I then cut the image out using the brand new Labels 4 Nestabilities (Susana carries all the new nesties, click HERE to check them out. I then inked around the image with SU's Close to Cocoa ink.

Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Regal Rose. I layered Chocolate Chip on top of that followed by my design papers from Basic Grey (Bittersweet Collection). I added brown ribbon and Glitter Hearts and Primas and Pearls. Finally, I added my sentiment, which is from Hot Off the Press (the set is called Tiny Words and is a wonderful, versatile sentiment set). I used my SU Word Window Punch to cut out the sentiment. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then :)

Big Hugs, Christine

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Two Great Friends



Hello everyone and Happy Saturday! :) I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. It's going to be near 80 degrees here today and tomorrow so we're heading out to enjoy the beautiful weather.

For my card today, I decided to ink up this beautiful image from Rubber Romance, Julia. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink and colored it with copics. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I added Diamond Glaze to the coffee cup. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/4 by 5 1/4, out of SU's Apricot Appeal. I then layered Certainly Celery on top of that followed by my design paper from Debbie Mumm. For a finishing touch, I added Primas and Pearls. The sentiment is from MFT. It's a pretty simple card, and I definitely used colors outside my comfort zone, but I'm pleased with how it turned out :) What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with another project if the nice weather doesn't distract me too much :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sketch Saturday -- Tilda With Tulips




Hi everyone and Happy Thursday :) I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I have a quick posting for you this morning before I head to work. I decided to ink up this gorgeous Magnolia image, Tilda with Tulips. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink and stamped it onto PTI cardstock. I colored the image with my copics, added some Shimmerz to the Tulips, and then cut the image out. I used this week's sketch over at the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog for my layout. All cardstock is from SU (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery) and my design paper is from Basic Grey's Porcelin pack. I used my Circle Nestabilities and scalloped circle nesties as well as my scalloped rectangle nestabilities. I used my SU photo corner punch on two of the corners of the card. I also added a pink ribbon and bow and Primas for a finishing touch. What do you think?

In other news, Susana, of Susana's Custom Art and Card Design is having some great sales. The adorable Smirk Stamps are 50% off. Doodlebug Flock is also on sale so make sure to stop by and check it out. Also, make sure to check out Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart today. My DT sistah Aud did an awesome tutorial for us on how to make corner bookmarks so make sure to check it out.

Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day :)
Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #15 - Hey Girlfriend

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday :) Today is Tuesday so it's another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's, of Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, store blog, Follow Your Heart. Our wonderful DT leader, Suzanne, challenged us this week to add as much glitter and bling as we could to our card. I love glitter and bling so this was a super fun challenge for me :)



Here's a picture of my card without the flash. It's a bit difficult to see the shimmer and bling so here are two more pictures with the flash on that really show the shimmer and shine:




For my main image, I decided to use this fun and sassy Rubber Romance image, Three Girlfriends. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I added Ruby Red Liquid Pearls to the lips of two of the ladies for lipstick, White Opal Liquid Pearls to the outfits of the lady on the far left and the far right, Shimmerz to all handbags, and a Kaisercraft Soft Pink Rhinestone to the necklace on the lady in the middle. These ladies are stylin' :) I next stamped the sentiment, from Hanna Stamps, onto the image panel.

Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Regal Rose. I layered Basic Black on top of that followed by Elegant Eggplant, followed by my design paper from Basic Grey. I used my ticket corner punch on my image panel, adhered it to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals, and added Pearls to the corners. I added a separate panel and used my new Fiskars Diamond border punch along the bottom. I then added a purple ribbon and bow and a Heart Charm to the bottom of the card. For a finishing touch, I added Primas.

I'd love to hear what you think of my card. Thank you so much for stopping by. Don't forget to stop by Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart to see what the other amazing DT members have created. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project. Hope you all have a wonderful day :)

Big Hugs, Christine

Monday, April 20, 2009

May Your Dragons Be Few



Hello everyone and Happy Monday! :) It's an icky, rainy day here today, but at least we had a gorgeous weekend. Hope your week is off to a great start.

For my card today, I used the sketch from last week's Sketch Saturday Challenge as my layout. I decided to ink up these adorable images from Whiff of Joy's new Medieval Collection ( Warrior Charlie and Draco the Dragon). I inked the images with Memento Black Ink and stamped them onto PTI cardstock. I colored the images with my copic markers, then cut Charlie out. I inked around the dragon image with SU's Close to Cocoa ink and then adhered Charlie to the dragon image panel with dimensionals.

Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Chocolate Chip. I layered Always Artichoke on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV's Once Upon a Time stack. I then adhered the image panel to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. The sentiment is from a retired SU set, Dreams and Dragons. I used my SU ticket corner punch on the corners and added green rhinestones. I also added green rhinestones to the top left corner of the image panel. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project. Have a wonderful day :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dance




Hi everyone and Happy Saturday. It is a gorgeous day here today. It's sunny, no cloud in the sky, and is supposed to get up to 75 degrees. Hubby and I are going to go run some errands today and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Have you heard about the new Magnolia Challenge Blog, Just Magnolia? It's a new challenge blog that just posted its first challenge yesterday. I was so excited to hear of this new blog and couldn't wait to participate in the first challenge. Our challenge this week was a sketch challenge. I decided to ink up this gorgeous Ballet Princess Tilda from Magnolia stamps. I inked her up with Memento Black Ink and colored her with copics. I inked around the image with Versamagic Perfect Plumeria ink and then added Pink Stickles to her skirt. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Very Vanilla on top of that followed by my design paper from Basic Grey. I used my Circle Nestabilities and scalloped circle nesties on the background paper. I then adhered my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. I then used my swirl punch to punch out the swirls and added pearls to the swirls and around the image. For a finishing touch, I added Primas.

For the inside, I decided to use this beautiful sentiment from Verve's Beautiful You Set. The sentiments in this collection are just gorgeous. I used my oval nesties to cut out the sentiment and my Circle Nestabilities to cut out the ballet slippers (also from Magnolia stamps). I used scraps of my design paper to decorate the inside. What do you think?



In other news, I received this blog award from my wonderful blogging friend, Brandi. Thank you so much Brandi for thinking of me and giving me this award. I'm supposed to pass this on to five more blogging friends that make me smile. Well, you all make me smile :) There's no way I could pick just five of you so this is for all of you, for everyone who takes the time to stop by my little blog every day and to all of you who have inspired me with your amazing creativity. Love you all :):):)

Well, that's it from me today, I'm going to head out and enjoy this beautiful day :) I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. See you then :)

Hugs, Christine

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just Because Gift Set





Hello everyone and Happy Thursday :) I have another quick post for you today (I've been doing a lot of "posting and running" this week, it's been busy around here :) Anyway, for my project today, I decided to make a mini pizza box and note card set for a friend of mine. I decided to ink up this beautiful Flowers in Chintz stamp from Karen Lockhart. I inked it with Memento Black, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I added Kaiser Soft Pink Rhinestones to the flower centers, then used my Creative Memories corner rounder on the corners. Next, I created my mini pizza box out of SU's Pretty in Pink cardstock. I made a little tutorial for Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart on the steps I take to make this cute little box. I in no way created this idea, so I cannot take credit for it. I just thought I'd do a little tutorial on how I personally make the box. :)

Next, I decorated the box. I used my Fiskar's Threading Water Punch and made a border along the bottom of the box. I then layered Barely Banana cardstock on top of the box followed by Certainly Celery, followed by my design paper from DCWV's Nana's Nursery stack (baby girl). I added a pink ribbon adn bow, and then adhered my image to my SU cardstock and then to the box with dimensionals. The sentiment is from a set called Tiny Words from Hot Off The Press. I used my SU Word Window Punch to cut it out. For a finishing touch, I added Primas.

Next, I made my notecards (I did two of each style). I used Flowers in Chintz and also Sweet Peas from Karen Lockhart. I used Flower Soft on both images. I used my SU ticket corner punch on the Sweet Peas image and then added Pearls.

Well, that's it for me today. I'd love to see what you think of my project. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Big Hugs, Christine

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge



Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday! I have another quick post for you this morning before I head off to work. I loved the sketch from last week's Whiff of Joy Challenge so I decided to use that as my layout. I inked up this new Blossom Fairy Charlotte with Memento Black Ink and colored her with copics. I added some Stickles to her wings and then cut the image out using my Circle Nestabilities. I then created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 out of 5 1/2, out of SU's Rose Red. I layered Regal Rose on top of that, followed by Chocolate Chip, followed by my design paper (retired from SU). I then used my scalloped circle nesties to cut out the scalloped circles, then adhered my image to the nesties and to the card base with dimensionals. I used my Fiskar's Threading Water punch on the bottom of the card and added a brown ribbon for a finishing touch.

I'd love to see what you think of my card. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #14 - Sketch and Color Challenge



Hi Everyone and Happy Tuesday! :) I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Today is Tuesday so it's another Try It Out Tuesday challenge over at Susana's (from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design) Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was a combination sketch and color challenge. We were to use a sketch created by our wonderful DT leader, Suzanne and we were also to only use the colors brown, pink, and white/cream (this happens to be one of my favorite color combinations so I had a lot of fun with this challenge :) ). I decided to ink up this gorgeous Rubber Romance stamp, Retro Robin as my main image. I love these RR stamps, they are so elegant. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. I inked around the image with SU's Close to Cocoa ink to give it an elegant and distressed feel to it.

Next, I created my card base out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Very Vanilla on top of that followed by Chocolate Chip, followed by my design paper (which is from an old SU retired set). I added Pearls to the corners of the image, then adhered the image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added three dew drops to the card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love to see what you think of my card. Make sure to stop by Susana's Store Blog to see the amazing creations the rest of the DT have come up with. We would love it if you would like to participate in any of the Try It Out Tuesday challenges. If you upload your work to SCS or PCP, make sure to put tiot14 in the keywords section so we can all see your work. Well, that's it for me today. Thanks again so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Herd It's Your Birthday



Hello Everyone and Happy Monday! :) I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Hubby and I had a lovely visit at my dad's house and a super yummy Easter lunch. I ate way too much :)

Well, I have a quick post for you today, as I'm heading off to work. Yesterday was also my dad's birthday so I made this card for him. The image is a Penny Black image that I've had for a long time (I can't recall the name). I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with copics. All cardstock is from SU (Real Red, Brilliant Blue, and Close to Cocoa). My design paper is from Basic Grey. I inked around the edges of the image with Close to Cocoa ink, then adhered the image to the cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. The sentiment if from an MFT set. For a finishing touch, I added three brown rhinestones to the top right corner. What do you think?

That's it from me today. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Mojo Sketch and Easter Flowers

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday! :):) I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend. It's been a quiet weekend here so far, but luckily, my family lives close by so hubby and I are going to my dad's house tomorrow for all the Easter festivities. I actually have two cards for you today so I'll get to it :)





For my first card today, I decided to ink up these adorable stamps from Whiff of Joy's new Medieval Collection. I just love these stamps, they are just my style :) I inked Maid Charlotte and the Castle with Memento Black Ink, stamped them onto PTI cardstock, and colored them with copics. I added Diamond Glaze to the water in the moat surrounding the castle. I used Karen Foster's Pink Scrapper's Floss for the laces in Charlotte's bodice. I then used Flower Soft on the bouquet and Shimmerz on the flowers in her hair.

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for my layout (I love this layout and will definitely be using this one again. All cardstock is from SU (Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose) and my design paper is from DCWV's Once Upon a Time stack. I added a brown sheer ribbon and pearls. The sentiment is from Verve and I used my circle nestabilities and my scalloped circle nesties to cut it out. All image panels and the sentiment panel are adhered to the card base with dimensionals. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out. What do you think?



For my second card, I decided to ink up this gorgeous Sweet Peas Image from Karen Lockhart. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink, stamped it onto PTI cardstock, and colored it with my copics. I added Diamond Glaze to the vase and then added this gorgeous Flower Soft to the flowers. I inked around the image with SU's Old Olive ink. All cardstock is from SU (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery). I used my SU ticket corner punch on the corners and added pearls. I ran my Pretty in Pink cardstock through the Cuddlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder. My design paper is from DCWV's Nana's Nursery stack. I added a pink ribbon, then adhered the image panel to the card base with dimensionals.

Whew, sorry for the super long post today :) Thanks so much for stopping by. I'd love to see what you think of my projects. I wish you all a wonderful Easter. If you haven't entered for a chance to win the amazing Elisabeth Bell Blog Candy over at Susana's Store Blog, make sure you do so by April 14th. This is some awesome blog candy you don't want to miss :) I'm taking tomorrow off, but will be back on Monday with another project. Until then :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Chicks



Hello everyone and Happy Friday! :) I hope you all have had a lovely week and have a lovely Easter weekend. For my card today, I decided to ink up this adorable egg wagon (from Magnolia stamps) and Tilda with Chicks (also from Magnolia). I inked both images up with Memento Black Ink, stamped them onto PTI cardstock, and colored both images with copics. I used my Circle Nestabilities to cut out the wagon and I cut Tilda out by hand. It's difficult to see in the picture, but I added some Shimmerz to the polka dots on Tilda's dress.

Next, I created my card base (which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2) out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Certainly Celery on top of that followed by Chocolate Chip, followed by my design paper from Basic Grey. I added a pink ribbon, then adhered my wagon image to my SU cardstock (which I cut out using my scalloped circle nesties) and then adhered the image panel to the card base with dimensionals. I then adhered Tilda with dimensionals. I used my SU ticket corner punch on the corners and added pearls for a finishing touch.

I'd love to see what you think of my card. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. If you haven't entered for a chance to win the amazing Elisabeth Bell Blog Candy over at Susana's Store Blog, make sure you do so by April 14th. This is some awesome blog candy you don't want to miss :)

Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #13 - Easter Wishes




Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday :) Today marks another Try It Out Tuesday Challenge over at Susana's, from Susana's Custom Art and Card Deisgn, store blog, Follow Your Heart. This week, our challenge was to create an Easter or spring card or project.

I decided to ink up this adorable image from the new Anki's Sweethearts Line, available exclusively at Susana's store. I chose this adorable Young Cathrine With Friends as my main image. I inked the image with Memento Black Ink (this truly is the best ink to work with if you use copic markers) and stamped it onto PTI cardstock. I colored the image with my copics (don't forget that Susana is now carrying Copic Bundles at her store), added Gold Liquid Pearls to the patch on her pants leg, and added some Shimmerz to the flower on her shirt.

I used last week's Basic Grey Sketch Challenge as my layout. My cardstock is SU (Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, and Pretty in Pink) and all design paper is by Basic Grey. I adhered my image to my SU cardstock and to the card base with dimensionals. I used my Martha Stewart Lace Doily Border Punch on the bottom. I have seen so many wonderful bloggers decorate the insides of their cards lately so I decided to do the same on this card. I used scraps, as well as my scalloped circle nestie to cut out the sentiment panel. I then placed Gold Geo Shaped Sparklers by Stampendous around the scalloped circle for some extra shimmer.

What do you think? Thank you so much for stopping by. Don't forget about the Elisabeth Bell blog candy. Check out the store blog HERE to enter to win. Also, don't forget to check out the Store Blog to see the other wonderful creations the DT has come up with this week. Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another project :)

Hugs, Christine :)
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