Friday, May 28, 2010

Dance

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I'm so excited that the three day weekend is finally here, I need a break :) My stepbrother is getting married this weekend so we are off to Magiano's (one of my favorite restaurants) for the rehearsal dinner tonight and then the wedding is Sunday. Other than that, I plan to rest and craft! :) Well, yesterday I put on the suit that I had to buy in a size up and guess what . . . it was too big on me! It fit when I tried it on so I'm hoping that means that I'm losing some weight (I refuse to weigh myself yet because I don't want to get discouraged if I haven't lost as much as I'd like) :) Hopefully my time with Jillian will pay off LOL :)




For my card today, I decided to ink up this gorgeous Ballerina Tilda. I think she's one of my absolute favorite Magnolia images ever. I used to dance when I was younger and I took up classes again in college. I LOVE to dance, it's something I really wish I had pursued back in the day. I colored the image with copics (pinks: R81, R83, R85, R89; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair: E33, E35, E37), sponged around the image with SU's Rose Red ink, and then added Stardust Stickles to her ballet shoes and to her crown. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Rose Red and Not Quite Navy (I love this combination)). The design paper is from K&Co. For some finishing touches I added a bow, a ballerina charm, pearls, dew drops, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Butterflies and Sunshine

Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through the week and so far, I'm surviving Jillian Michaels. I am SO sore though, I feel like I've been hit by a truck! :) Thanks for all your well wishes, I'll keep you posted on my progress :)




For my card today, I decided to use this adorable image from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. This particular image is from Victoria Case and her name is Little Danni with Flutterby (named after my dear blogging friend Danni. I colored the image with copics (greens; G21, G24, G28; pinks: R81, R83, R85, R89; hair: E33, E35, E37; skin: E00, E01, E11). I cut the image out using my Nestabilities and then I sponged around the image with SU Bashful Blue ink. I added Stardust Stickles to the cherry on her dress, to the flowers, and to the butterfly, and I also added Glossy Accents to her eyes. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Regal Rose and Always Artichoke). The design paper is from DCWV's Nana's Nursery stack. For some finishing touches, I added pearls, butterflies (which I punched out using a Martha Stewart punch), a bow (tied with my Bow Easy), and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bamboo Serenade

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday :) I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I got some money from my dad for my birthday and I decided to use it to buy a new suit for work. Well, when I went to try on new suits last weekend, I realized I had gone up a pants size!!! Eeeeek! :) So, I have been doing Jillian Michael's 30 day shred and boy oh boy am I in pain :) She really works you, but I hear the results are worth it so I'm trying to hang in there. Hopefully I'll survive this first week :) Wish me luck :)




For my card today, I decided to use this gorgeous image available at Sweet Pea Stamps. This particular image is called Bamboo Serenade and I think she's gorgeous, I love ching-chou kuik's work. I colored the image with copics (pinks: R81, R83, R85; hair: E33, E35, E37; greens: G24, G28 (I used some other greens, but forgot to write it down, sorry!); skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21). I added some Stardust Stickles to the flower in her hair and then sponged around the image with SU's Bashful Blue ink. Next, I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Certainly Celery and Regal Rose). The design paper is from MME (Home collection). I used my cuttlebug and a cuttlebug die to create the two corner accents. I added pearls, a bow (tied with my Bow Easy), and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts for some finishing touches. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bubbles

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week is off to a great start. We had a really nice and relaxing weekend here and I did get some time in the craft room so I can't complain :)




For my card today, I just had to ink up this adorable image available only at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. This particular image is by Elisabeth Bell and she is called Bubbles. Isn't she sweet? I just love Elisabeth Bell's work. I colored the image with copics (pinks: R81, R83, R85; lavender: V12, V15; blue: B32, B35, B37; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair: E33, E35, E37) and then sponged around the image with SU's Bashful Blue ink. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Perfect Plum and Pretty in Pink). The design paper is from My Mind's Eye (Penny Lane collection). I used my Martha Stewart border punch for the top panel of DP. For some finishing touches, I added dew drops, a bow, tied with my Bow Easy, Primas, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dragonfly Fantasy




Hi everyone and Happy Thursday :) I have another super quick post for you today (I'm running a little late this morning, eeeeek) :) I've been in a pink and orange mood a lot lately so I decided to use that color scheme on my card today. The beautiful image is another image from ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection, available at Sweet Pea Stamps. This particular image is called Dragonfly Fantasy. I colored the image with copics (pinks: RV21, RV23, RV25, R83, R85, RV09; orange: YR65, YR68; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair: E33, E35, E37). I sponged lightly around the image with SU's Pretty in Pink ink and then I added some Stardust Stickles to the dragonflies. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. The design paper is from DCWV (Taj Mahal stack). For some finishing touches, I added a double looped bow that I tied using my Bow Easy and some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you are all having a fabulous day. Thanks so much as always for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BFF




Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday :) I have a super quick post for you today. For my card today, I had to ink up this adorable Elisabeth Bell image available exclusively at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. She is called You Have Mail and I think she's absolutely adorable. I colored her with copics (pink: RV21, RV23, RV25; hair: E33, E35, E37; lavender: V12, V15; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21), added some stickles to the moons on her pajamas and to her hair bow, and then cut her out with a rectangular nestability die. While the image was still in the nestie, I sponged around it with SU's Rose Red ink. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Perfect Plum and Regal Rose). The design paper is from K&Co. I added pearls to the corners, a ribbon and bow (tied with my Bow Easy), and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is from an old Hanna Stamps set. This just reminded me of a teen girl messaging her best friend online while sipping diet coke and lounging in pj's. :) What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here soon.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dreaming Tilda

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday :) I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I just can't stop creating cards with these adorable fairy tale images from Magnolia! :) They are so "me" and I love working with them.




For my card today, I used the castle window, Dreaming Tilda, and Prince Edwin, all from the new fairy tale line, available at Magnolialicious. I first stamped and colored the castle window with copics (W2, W4, W6). Next, I stamped Dreaming Tilda, colored her with copics (dress: R81, R83, R85; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair; E33, E35, E37), cut her out, and then added some stickles to her hair band. Next I stamped Edwin, colored him with copics (jacket: R39, R37, R35; pants: E33, E35; boots: E55, E57), cut him out, and added diamond stickles to his crown, to the glass slipper, and to the yellow patches on his jacket. Isn't he handsome? :) I then created my card base out of SU cardstock (Rose Red and Chocolate Chip). The design paper is from DCWV's Once Upon a Time stack. I then glued the castle to my cardstock and then popped the panel with dimensionals. Next, I added roses from Wild Orchid Crafts to the windowsill and then I added Dreaming Tilda with dimensionals. Finally, I added Edwin with dimensionals. I meant to take a picture of the card from a side view so you could see all the dimension, but I completely forgot. Needless to say, I used a lot of dimensionals :):):) For a finishing touch, I added some pearls to the corners. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lady Tilda and Her Castle

Hi everyone and Happy Monday :) I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start. I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time in the craft room this weekend which was nice and relaxing. I should have lots to share with you this week :)





For my card today, I decided to ink up this gorgeous castle scene from Magnolia Stamps as well as Lady Tilda. I preordered mine from Magnolialicious and I was so excited when they came last week. I first colored the castle with copics (grays: W2, W4, W6, W8; greens: G21, G24, G28). I added stickles to the roses in the rose bush and to the moon and stars. Next I colored Lady Tilda with copics (dress: R81, R83, R85, R89; hair: E33, E37, E39; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21), cut her out, and added Stardust Stickles to her flower and head band. I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Regal Rose and Not Quite Navy). The design paper is also from SU. For some finishing touches, I added pearls, roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, and a double looped bow tied with my Bow Easy (the best $5 I ever spent) :) What do you think?

Winner of My Birthday Blog Candy (I'm so sorry for forgetting to post this sooner):

MelissaC . . . please e-mail me with your snail mail address and I'll get your goodies right out to you.

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you enjoyed my castle scene. Have a wonderful day and thank you all so much for stopping by.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Coral Immersion

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! :) I'm so glad the weekend is almost here, this has been one crazy week. I wasn't able to get into the craft room at all this week until last night. Work has been crazy, but I survived :)




For my card today, I just had to ink up another gorgeous new Sweet Pea image from ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection. This particular image is called Coral Immersion and I think she's gorgeous. I colored the image with copics (hair: E33, E35, E37; coral: YR85, YR87; pink: RV21, RV23, RV25; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21) and then I added some Stardust Stickles to the coral to give it some sparkle. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Pumpkin Pie and Regal Rose). The design paper is all from MME. I used my SU ticket corner punch on all the corners and added pink pearls. I created a double looped bow with my Bow Easy and I also added some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is from Sweet Pea Stamps and I inked it with SU's Rose Red ink. What do you think?

After this crazy week, I plan on doing lots of relaxing in the craft room this weekend so I should have lots to share with you over the next several days. I hope you all have had a wonderful week and have a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much as always for stopping by. Lots of Hugs!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Two More Cricut Cards

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! :) I hope your week is off to a great start. This is a very busy week for me at work so I might get a bit behind in leaving comments on your beautiful projects, but I will catch up. For my cards today I decided to play with my Cricut again.



For my first card, I used the incredibly cute Create a Critter cartridge to cut out the poodle and the sentiment. I added some stickles to the poodle's hair bows. Isn't she a cutie? :) Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Rose Red and Regal Rose). The design paper is from SU. For a finishing touch, I added a bow (tied with my bow easy) and a rose from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?



For my second card today, I decided to use the Sweethearts cartridge to cut out this cute couple (this is another card for my hubby :) ). I paper pieced them together after making all the cuts on the Cricut. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Rose Red and Chocolate Chip). The design paper is retired from SU. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. For some finishing touches, I added pearls and primas and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you back here soon :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Something a little differet . . . cricut cards

Hi everyone and Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I hope you are all having a wonderful day! :) Today, I have something a little different to share with you. I've had a Cricut for a few years now and I use it for scrapbooking, but I've never used it for card making before. Well, since I have become obsessed with card making, I haven't had much time for scrapbooking and my poor Cricut has been neglected. Yesterday, I decided to pull it out and make some cards. I actually had a blast with it and hope to share more Cricut cards with you in the future.



For my first card, I decided to use this adorable poodle, which I cut out using the Once Upon a Princess cricut cartridge. I cut the image out at 3 1/4, paper pieced it together, and then added some Stardust Stickles to her hair bow and collar. Next, I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Basic Black and Regal Rose). The design paper is from Making Memories. The ribbon is Stampin Up (Pretty in Pink) and the sentiment is from an old Hanna Stamps set. This card took me maybe 20 minutes to put together. Just a quick and fun card if you need one in a hurry.



For my second card, I decided to cut out this adorable kitten (also from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge). I can't remember how big I cut him out, but I paper pieced him together and then created my card base out of SU cardstock. The design paper is from MME and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. The photo corners are from a SU punch and I added some pink rhinestones for some bling. This card took even less time to put together than the first one :) What a great way to put together some quick cards for someone special.

I hope you enjoyed my Cricut cards today. My passion will always be stamping on my cards, but I enjoyed using the Cricut and hope to do so more frequently. It's a nice change and again, the cards go together so quickly! What do you think? Well, thank you all so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me . . . A Blog Makeover and a New Card

Hi everyone and Happy Thursday evening :) I am so excited to share my new blog with you. I decided a while back that I needed a blog makeover. My friend Suzanne (Scrap Bitz) recommended Veronica from VK Design Company. I loved how Veronica designed Suzanne's blog so I put my name on her waiting list and waited for my turn. Boy was it worth the wait. Veronica was a dream to work with and I'm so happy with the final result. What do you think?

In other news, today I turned 29. I told hubby this is the age I will remain for a while LOL! :) That way, next year, I'll be 29, the year after that, I'll be 29, etc. :) I'm just kidding, I hear your 30s are the best so I suppose there's no sense in hiding from them :) Hubby made my day today so special that I wanted to whip up a quick card this evening to say thank you.





For my card today, I decided to ink up this adorable image from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. This particular image is called Aurora With Bird and I think she's adorable! I colored the image with copics (dress, hat, and shoes: R81, R83, R85; orange: YR65, YR67; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair: E33, E35, E37; bird: B32, B34, B37). Next I inked around the image with SU Bashful Blue ink. I then created my card base out of SU carstock (Pumpkin Pie and Regal Rose). I decided to go with a pretty simple layout so I added my design paper (from MME) and some pearls and dew drops. What do you think? In celebration of my birthday, I am giving away some fun surprises. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing to win. You have until 10pm EST on Monday, May 10th to leave a comment here to be entered for the drawing. Good luck :)

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you all have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here soon.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Another New Sweet Pea




Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday! :) I hope you are all having a wonderful day and a wonderful week. I have a super quick post for you today as I have to get to work early, there are a ton of things I have to get done today. For my card today, I decided to ink up another gorgeous new image from ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection from Sweet Pea Stamps. This particular image is called Flowing in Blue. I colored the image with copics (dress: V12, V15, V17; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair: E33, E35, E37; blues: B32, B34, B37). Next, I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Not Quite Navy and Perfect Plum). The design paper is from K&Co. I tend to keep my layouts very simple and often revert to this standard layout when I'm working with these images. I hope I'm not boring you all :) I just like keeping these beautiful images as the focal point of the card. For some finishing touches, I added lavender pearls, Primas, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow :)


Monday, May 3, 2010

A new Sweet Pea and Hot Pink Tilda

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! :) I'm so sorry it's been so long since my last post, work has been absolutely crazy and I haven't been feeling to well on top of that. Anyway, this is a new week so hopefully things will slow down a bit :) I actually have two cards to share with you today so I'll keep my chit chat short.




For my first card today, I decided to use this gorgeous new image from Sweet Pea Stamps. This particular image is called Purple Comfort. I think she's beautiful and I love the kittens :) I colored the image with copics (dress: R81, R83, R85, BG72, BG75; skin: E00, E01, E11, RV21; hair: E33, E35, E37; cats: W2, W4, W6). I added Stardust Stickles to her hair bows and the cats' wings. Next, I created my card base out of SU cardstock (the blue color is an old retired color, I can't remember the name, the pink is Rose Red). The design paper is from K&Co. The two corner designs on the upper corners of the card were actually cut with my Cricut from the Storybook cartridge. I'm determined to use my Cricut more, I love it! Finally, for some finishing touches, I added some pearls and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?




For my second card today, I made a birthday card for my grandmother in-law (the absolute sweetest person). I love this Tilda image, I think she's absolutely adorable. I stamped the image with Memento black ink onto PTI cardstock and colored it with copics (top: W6, W8; skirt and socks: RV21, RV23, RV25; hair: E33, E35, E37; skin: E00, E01, E11,RV21), cut her out, and then added some stickles to her hair bows and her belt and her lollipop. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (Regal Rose and Basic Black). The pink design paper is from SU, the black design paper is from DCWV. I then cut out some ovals using my nestabilities and I embossed the top oval with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then added Tilda to the ovals with dimensionals. For some finishing touches, I added pearls, a bow (tied with my awesome bow easy) and Primas and roses. What do you think?

Whew, sorry this was such a long post. Thanks for reading this far :) Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Big Hugs, Christine
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