Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Burlap Banner

This is my second post today.
Freshly Made Sketches is just a post away!

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Burlap Banner!


We have a new sponsor, The Twinery, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Burlap Banner!  A randomly selected participant in the Burlap Banner challenge will receive a fabulous bundle from The Twinery, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!



I definitely love twine - it is such a light look for a clean and simple card.  There is solid twine and striped twine - I tend toward the solid, but there are just some cards that cry out for the fun of the stripe!

Happy Happy Happy

I have used three colors of twine from The Twinery: Cappucino, Caribbean and Mandarin. They are perfect matches for the Stampin' Up colors that I used on my card: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango! I am a math geek at heart, and an organization freak and I love spreadsheets - so it shouldn't surprise you that every twine that I own is in a spreadsheet listed with an ink color that matches.  I also have spreadsheets for ribbons and Stampin' Up designer paper and buttons and more.  I'd say that even I worry about myself sometimes, but it really does speed up the card making process when you can do a quick look up and find matching embellies (at least if you are as matchy-matchy as I am!)
  • Stamps: My Favorite Things Bitty Banners and Birthday Greetings
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Versamark
  • Accessories: The Twinery Striped Twine in Cappucino, Caribbean and Mandarin, My Favorite Things Bitty Banners dies, Hero Arts white embossing powder

The Twinery Designers, our Guest Designer and the Curtain Call Crew have lots of additional inspiration for you today!  Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs!

Burlap Banner Designers

Freshly Made Sketches: Giving Thanks

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!


I have a fun new die from Simon Says Stamp that called out to me specifically for this sketch!  I love all of the dies coming out with words integrated as part of the die.

Giving Thanks

Everything came together quickly for me on this card, except for the khaki background.  Plain Khaki looked stark.  I tried embossing folders and even embossed with stencils, I used a stencil and embossing paste, I did the stitching around the outside.  Nothing worked.  Then I remembered this background die by Lil' Inkers called Quilted Stitched Pattern Die.  It's such a nice, warm and comfortable look - I'm going to keep it in a prominent place on my craft desk during the fall and winter holidays!

I hope to see you play along at Freshly Made Sketches.  There are many, many, MANY options with this sketch and I look forward to seeing what you do with it!
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Thanksgiving Table
  • Paper: Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue, Khaki
  • Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Simon Says Stamp Khaki
  • Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Thanksgiving Feast dies, Giving Thanks die, Lil' Inkers Quilted Stitched Pattern die, My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 (the stitching around edge), Simon Says Stamp Fall Festival Sequins

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tag You're It: Halloween Wishes

I love the new inspiration card at Tag You're It. That pop of autumn color on the gray is fabulous!


I'd love to totally CASE it but I decided to change it up and make it Halloween.  I also just got an order from Pretty Pink Posh which included a set of three tag dies and a bright Halloween sequin mix, so I made a little tag shaker!  

Halloween Wishes

This witch is from one of my favorite Halloween sets - Bootastic   It's absolutely charming but still clearly Halloween.  I didn't leave enough room for one of the sweet sentiments from the same set - so this is an older Hero Arts set full of Halloween sentiments.

Halloween Wishes close
  • Stamps: Mama Elephant Bootastic, Hero Arts Happy Halloween
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone CS and dsp, vellum
  • Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Versamark
  • Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags die, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Trick or Treat Mix Sequins, Stampin' Up Pumpkin Grosgrain, Hemptique 10-lb Lime Green


Friday, October 10, 2014

Merry and Retro: Joy

The Neon challenge at Merry Monday caught my eye.  I definitely do not tend to bright colors, but neon paper on kraft can be a great look!  Then the mailman brought my new WPlus9 this week.  Even though I needed more snowflake dies like a hole in the head, I got them - but in my defense they matched the snowflake background stamps which I had to have (but I've only used the dies on this card).  Finally I was thrilled to see that retrosketches announced a totally up-to-date archive.  I love archives - I keep them as a direct icon on my iPad so with one touch, I can see all of the challenges in one place.  I picked sketch #47 for my snowflakes.

Joy in Neon


  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: Astrobrights Glow Cardstock, Papertrey Kraft and Vellum
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: WPlus9 Snowflake Trio die, Hand Lettered Holiday die, Stampin' Up Heat 'n Stick Powder, Martha Stewart Fine Crystal glitter, Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Make a Wish

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!


I purged ruthlessly over the summer.  One of the things that I decreased by easily 90% was my ribbon collection.  It was massive and, sadly, I never used any of it.  I've been in a twine mood lately. (If I ever go back to a ribbon mood, I'm in trouble because it is all gone!)  But I did hang on to five colored rolls of ribbon that I bought ages ago from A Muse.  I knew as soon as I saw this sketch that I would use three colors of the ribbon, then it was a simple matter to see the soft look of this card and pull out an Avery Elle set that is full of gentle creatures.

Make A Wish

I hope to see you playing along at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's a sketch that allows for a lot of options and I look forward to seeing what everyone does with it.
  • Stamps: Avery Elle More Stories (the rabbit), To the Point (sentiment)
  • Paper: Kraft and various colors from an old pad of Glitz and Glam Core'dinations
  • Ink: Memento Black and Copics
  • Accessories: Avery Elle Finished Frames die (the stars), Stampin' Up embossing folder (the stripes), 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration and Sweet Sunday Sketch: hope

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. You have until Friday, October 10th at 8 a.m. CDT to play along for a chance at a guest designer spot and a random winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Paper Smooches!!


I didn't go with the lips for this card, but all of that pink said Breast Cancer Awareness Month to me.  I had been paging through the stamp sets that I have to make cards for breast cancer and realized I had forgotten a very nice set and die by Paper Smooches called Hope.  As part of the Curtain Call design team, I had received the set Blossoming Buds.  The sets seemed like a perfect match!

hope

I used the solid leaf in Blossoming Buds to create the soft pink patterned paper.  I also stamped the square sets of the words "faith hope love" on the small banner.  The hope word die is very nice in that it comes with two awareness ribbon dies.

I hope you are inspired to play along.  I look forward to seeing what you create!

I used the current sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch.


  • Stamps: Paper Smooches Hope, Blossoming Buds
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, My Favorite Things Bubblegum, black
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Memento Black, Copics
  • Accessories: Paper Smooches Hope die, MFT Bubblegum button

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sweet Birthday Wishes for Hannah!!!

I am blessed to count Stacey Schafer as a true blogging friend - and we've actually spent time together in real life!!  First, she came to Colorado to visit and after a long day of crafting, we had to find a pet store to get a Broncos dog tag for her daughter's new puppy.  About six months later, we met up in Chicago for three days of tourist time and Hannah came too!  We ate and shopped and visited museums and the Skydeck.  Hannah was hanging out with me to walk out on the Skydeck but abandoned me in favor of her mom when it became clear to her that there was no way in heck that I was going to step out on the glass floor 103-stories up!  But when I decided to walk back to the hotel, Hannah graciously agreed to come with me.  It ended up being quite a long walk but very interesting.  We figured out that if you looked up, the gargoyles and other winged creatures on top of the buildings were quite ominous. A few months later, I was honored to be Hannah's first Facebook chat!

Anyway, it's been in my mind for months that I needed to find out the date of her birthday and I've just never gotten it done.  Luckily, I saw cupcakes on Facebook for Hannah's 10th birthday today!!!  So, the card isn't mailed - but I wanted to send sweet birthday wishes to Hannah!!

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Happy 10th Birthday Hannah!! Sweet wishes to you!

  • Stamps: WPlus9 Sweet and Treats, Whole Lotta Happy ("Birthday Wishes")
  • Paper: Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe, My Favorite Things Orange Fizz, Simon Says Doll Pink
  • Ink: Black, Simon Says Doll Pink and Smoke, Copics
  • Accessories: WPlus9 Sweets and Treats dies (just the "sweet" banner), Stampin' Up border Punch, misc sequins
  • Challenge: clean&simple Fall to Layout but upside down