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 :)
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