Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Exciting Announcements!

Hi there! August is almost here and it's going to be a very busy one for me! I have some exciting news that I wanted to share today. 

CASE Study Challenge is TURNING 2!!! So we're celebrating it with a bang! There will be a two week blog hop with LOTS of fun and prizes. We will be joined by our DT Alumni as well as our Monthly Muses! Talk about inspiration overload! :) It's going to be exciting!!! So tune in on Thursday, August 2 for the first Grand Anniversary Blog Hop! See you there!!!

That's only half of my announcement! There's more! I was invited by Debbie from The Shabby Tea Room to be their month long guest designer for August!!! I have to admit I was a little nervous at first! I've never thought of my cards as shabby chic enough for The Shabby Tea Room. I would like to think of them as clean shabby chic...does that make sense? lol! Hopefully you will love what I have in line for you this August! So join us for some shabby chic fun over at The Shabby Tea Room.

July Guest Designers!

I'll be back soon for a whole bunch of challenges and releases! So hang on to your hats friends! See you soon! :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 108

Hi there! It's another weekend and I have a few more cards to make. Today's card is for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 108. I went through the submissions yesterday and found one gorgeous card after another. I'm really tired from work so I'll keep this short.

Today's sketch is inspired by our Design Team member, Belinda. 

The first thing I worked on when I saw this sketch was the tag. I die cut it and decided I wanted to use one of my new stamps. This one is from Heroines: Fairy Princess.

I stamped the fairy image directly on the stamp and then again on some patterned paper and cut out her dress. I stamped it once more to get a different colored ribbon. I adhered it over the image and colored in the rest of the image using my Distress Markers. I also added a tiny strip of patterned paper for my sentiment.

When I was done with my tag, I started working on my card base. I wanted it to be dainty just like the little fairy. I cut out a strip of pink patterned paper and ran it through my Martha Stewart punch. I added lace and a strip of ribbon to it as well. I used it as a skirt for my background panel. 

For my background panel I stamped these cute star images from Midnight Feast. It looked like it was missing something, so I added a little texture in the form of dry embossing. I ran my card through my Cuttlebug using my Chevron Impression Plate.

Okay. My eye lids are not cooperating with me anymore. So I'm going to sign off for tonight. I hope you join us over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. You have a chance of winning a free WMS stamp set! So come on over and have a little fun as well! :) Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CASE Study 101

Hi there! I'm back! I was MIA for a few days to rest after last week's busy release for The Craft's Meow. I hope you all enjoyed that and have happily shopped to your heart's content. Today I have a card for CASE Study Challenge101. We have another beautiful card from Kristii Lockart.

I just love the doily stamps on the the Kristii's kraft card base. So I started with that as my inspiration. I took the largest doily image from WPlus9 Damask Doilies and stamped it three times on my kraft card base. Of course I can't just ignore that gorgeous bunch of flowers and that sweet bird so I incorporated it into my card as well.

I've been seeing a lot of banners used on cards lately and I think it's such a beautiful touch. I cut out some strips of patterned paper and snipped the edges to make the banners. Then I attached it to the left side of the card. 

I wanted to continue with the doily theme, so I due cut a doily and attached a circle die cut in the center. Then I added a die cut branch and stamped the coordinating image on it from WPlus9 Love Birds. I used my Distress Ink Markers to color in the stamp. 

To top it off I added these cute little bird die cuts from WPlus9 Folk Art Florals Die. Afterwards, I thought something was missing on the left side. So I added a felt flower and a mulberry paper flower to balance things off. 

That's all I have for you today! I'll be back later on this week for a few more challenges. There's another release coming up soon for one of my DT spots, so keep a look out for it! Please join us over at CASE Study Challenge. I really, really love all the inspiration that you bring with your gorgeous projects! Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Craft's Meow July 2012 Release Blog Hop

***Please scroll down for my WMSC 107 post.***

Hello again! I'm back one last time for The Craft's Meow July 2012 Release Blog Hop. You finally made it to the end! How was the release for you? See anything you like? Perhaps everything?! :) Did you just come from Jackie's blog? If you have then you're right where you should be. If not, you can start from the beginning at The Craft's Meow Blog.

Let's get right to it. I was very much inspired by a color challenge I saw over at The Play Date Cafe last week. I had no chance to join in their challenge but I still wanted to play with the colors anyway. So I used it on my card today.

I stamped the background with chevron stripes then adhere a strip of yellow patterned paper over it. I stamped a house image from Love Dwells Here on vintage cream cardstock then cut it out. I layered it over a label that I die cut.

Before I permanently adhered the yellow patterned paper, I zigzag stitched it. I also tied a ribbon around it to soften the look of the card.

I really loved this tag image in the set so I stamped it and cut it out, then added a little sentiment to it. I affixed it with some twine then added a button to finish it.

For my sentiment, I stamped this from Ladies & Gents then cut out the piece and adhered it with foam tape over the house. 

In TCM fashion, you have a chance to win ALL the stamps sets we've previewed this week. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs in the Blog Hop! Also, don't forget, TCM is giving Summer Time with Fibi and Lilly as the July gift for a minimum purchase of $50 over at the store.

Here's a list of the blog hop. Thanks for stopping by today! 

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 107

Hello there! We have a new sketch this week from DT member Tosh for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 107!

I just got some of my new stamps in last weekend but was too busy with other DT posts to use them. I grabbed my first chance to with this challenge. I used a new release from WMS My Island.

I was reminded of the beach when I first saw this set. So I wanted a bit of a nautical feel to my card without it being too obvious. I dry embossed my background and inked it with white pigment ink. It came with the idea of a beach house feel.

Whenever I think of any nautical themes, neutral colors come to mind. Perhaps a little splash of color but mostly neutrals. My splash of color was my main image. I die cut this note pad page and stamped in images from My Island on it as well as the sentiment. I also added fabric and a button that reminded me of a nautical theme. I know I should have added more to my "nautical" theme, but I wanted to keep things simple and focus on the images from the new stamp set.

Upload your creations over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog until next Friday! You have a chance to win a WMS stamp set of your choice! I would love to see what you make of this sketch. See you there! :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summertime with Fibi and Lilly

Hi there! Welcome back to Day 4 of The Craft's Meow July 2012 Release Previews! We have one last stamp set to introduce today. This one is Summertime with Fibi and Lilly from Mabelle R-O. This is also our July's gift with the purchase of $50 or more products from TCM.

The Craft's Meow

This set is another cutie! For those of you who love to color in your images, you are going to love this! I wanted to keep my card simple and keep the attention on the cute image from the set. So I just stamped this image onto vintage cardstock then I colored it in with my Distress Markers. 

I zigzag stitched it onto a background patterned paper panel. After which, I stamped this cute sun image from Baggin' Some Rays and colored it in as well. I hand cut it then stamped a sentiment on a strip of cardstock and attached it with foam tape.

Before I adhered it onto the main card, I added some crocheted lace on the top portion of the card. Then I adhered everything to my card base.

As always, you have a chance to win this set just by leaving a comment on the TCM blog. Also, don't forget to visit the other TCM ladies' blogs and leave them some love. We'll be back tomorrow for the blog hop. So see you then! :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Love Dwells Here

***Looking for my CASE Study Challenge Post? Just scroll down please!***

Hello again! Enjoying the release so far? It's not over yet! We have more sets to introduce! Today, we're showcasing Love Dwells Here by Nina Brackett. Welcome to Day 3 of The Craft's Meow Release Previews!!!

The Craft's Meow

I kept my background pretty simple because I wanted the image from the stamp set to stand out. And it is doing absolutely that! I stamped the house image, heart and wings and cut them out. Unfortunately, I don't have the coordinating dies from Spellbinders. But they are pretty to cut out, so you don't have to worry if you don't have them either. 

I layered the house, heart and wings with foam tape. Then I framed it with a Lacey Circles die cut and a doily. I stamped the sentiment underneath. Then I re-stamped the heart in read, cut it out, and adhered it over the first layer. Something was missing from the bottom, so I repeatedly stamped this grass image from Oh Deer

All patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye. I bought so much of it when they were on sale in our AC Moore that I felt bad buying more when I haven't even gone through these yet. 

Would you like a chance to win this set? All you have to do is leave a message over at the TCM Blog! Easy! Make sure you drop by the other TCM girls' blogs to leave them some love! Thanks for stopping by today! Come back tomorrow for more! :)

CASE Study Challenge 100

Can you believe it's already our 100th CASE Study Challenge?! And our anniversary is also just around the corner! 

We have another inspiration card from this month's Muse Kristii Lockart. This one is an absolute cutie! So I hope you can join in! :)

I picked up some of the colors in Kristii's card as well as the cute bird theme she has on it. I didn't have a gingham ribbon, but I do have a gingham background stamp from WMS. I stamped it on top of my card.

I cut out a panel of vintage cream cardstock and stamped this branch image from WPlus9 Love Birds. These are just sooo cute! I was so happy when I saw the inspiration theme and this stamp set was the first thing that I wanted to pull out. 

The great thing about this set is that it has a coordinating die set, Love Birds Die. So I die cut the images, stamped on regularly, flipped my other die cut and stamped the other bird on it.  I also added a ribbon and soft button above to add a little more color to my card.

Instead of tying a red ribbon on the bottom, I stamped this image repeatedly underneath the panel. This is from Poinsettia Patterns, also from WPlus9. Before I adhered my main image panel on the card, I decided to add a strip of crocheted lace. Then I rounded the corners with a corner punch. 

That's it for me! I hope you'll join us this week for some inky fun over at CASE Study Challenge Blog. I would love to see your work! Want more inspiration??? Of course you do! :) Head on over to the other CASE Study girls and leave them some love! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back with more previews for TCM later on. See you then!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sweet Taste of Summer and One Scopp or Two?

Hi there friends! Back for more TCM goodies? I hope you enjoyed yesterday's previews. We're back today for Day 2 of The Craft's Meow July Release Previews. We're introducing Sweet Taste of Summer and One Scoop or Two?

Let's get started with Sweet Taste of Summer from Mabelle R-O. This one is a cutie! I think this is the first time I've ever used images of people on my card aside from silhouettes. It was a bit of a hurdle when it came to coloring the images. I know I need more practice in that department, but I hope I managed to bring out the cuteness in this one. 

I stamped the image of the cute girl in her little swim suit and started coloring it in. Then I thought something was missing underneath so I put some sand beneath her feet. This one is from It's a Shore Thing.

After everything was colored in, I couldn't decide what to add to the top. So I cut a strip of striped patterned paper and went on from there. I was looking through a magazine earlier and saw a card there which used tags side by side like this. So I took some tag images from another TCM stamp (I can't mention it yet...but it's coming!!!) and came up with this. The letters came from It's a Banner Day.

It looked finished enough, but I had so much white space on the left side of my card. So I grabbed Thanks Bee to Thee and stamped different hexagon images on the side. I then stamped my sentiment over it in black so that it would stand out. The level of the tags above the card seemed to make things unbalanced. So I stamped two more hexagon images and cut them out. I adhered them with foam tape to balance things out.

Next up, we have One Scoop or Two? Perfect set for the summer and absolutely fun! This one is from our dear Amy Wanford. I picked out some fun and summery patterned papers and cut them out. I adhered them in a column and layered more patterned paper over it. I zigzag stitched a strip of green cardstock on one end to balance the green on the other side.

Then I die cut a doily and adhered it in the middle. I stamped my ice cream image on vintage cream cardstock and cut them out. I layered it over my doily with foam tape to add some dimension to the card. 

Out of the corner of my eye I saw my washi tapes. I haven't used them much and decided that they would go perfectly with my card. So I got two strips of different washi tapes and placed it on the lower portion of my card. I added a ribbon to keep things feminine. (I couldn't help myself) 

For my sentiment, I stamped it on a banner and inked the edges. It looked a little plain to me, so I took the sprinkles and stamped it underneath my sentiment.

That's all I have for today! I forgot to mention yesterday, as with every release, Lisa is giving away one of each of these sets to some lucky winners. All you have to do is to leave a message in The Craft's Meow Store Blog

Also, make sure to check out the rest of the team, they have a whole lot more inspiration in store for you! I'll see you all again tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your week! :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Craft's Meow July 2012 Release Previews - Day 1

Hello blog friends! Welcome to the first day of The Craft's Meow July 2012 Release Previews! It's going to be an exciting week so hang on to your seats! Let's get started! 

The Craft's Meow

Today we're introducing Ladies & Gents and Hope Blooms. Ladies & Gents is from our very talented Elizabeta Kushner. It is filled with detailed images that you will absolutely love. I recently got my Distress Markers and was delighted to try it out with Ladies & Gents.

For my first card, I stamped the two parasol images onto vintage cream cardstock. Then I colored them in with Distress Markers. I cut the main part of the parasol and adhered it onto my card with foam tape.

I cut out a strip of vintage cream cardstock for my sentiment. I stamped my sentiment on the right hand side. Afterwards, it looked like it was missing something. So I grabbed this leaf image from another set in the release (we'll get to that another day ;)) and stamped it repeatedly above and below the edges of the panel.

I wanted to make a really feminine card with the lovely parasols, so I added some bling. This gorgeous rhinestone flourish sticker is from Want2Scrap

I was absolutely delighted in Ladies & Gents so I made another card using my favorite image from the set. I also couldn't get this color combination out of my head so I made a different variation of it. For my second card, I combined Ladies & Gents with Beautiful Spring.

I stamped the butterfly images from Beautiful Spring on the background panel of my card. I also stamped in one of the parasol images from Ladies & Gents. 

Then I stamped my favorite parasol image onto vintage cream cardstock and colored it in. I hand cut it and adhered it with foam tape. I also die cut some banners from some patterned papers and adhered them side by side. 

To finish it off, I added a die cut label where I stamped my sentiment. I also stamped another butterfly image beside it for some color. Then I added ribbon and flowers to balance things out. 

My third card is for Hope Blooms by Karen Baker. Let me tell you, these floral images are soooo delicate. I wanted to show them off in a different way and decided to make a background patterned paper with it. 

I stamped the images randomly around a panel of vintage cream cardstock. Then I stamped some of the sentiments as well to balance out the floral images. I added a lot of lace and a die cut flap and doily as well. 

For my main image, I stamped a flower image on some patterned paper and colored it in with Distress Markers. I cut it out and matted it with a floral burlap die cut. Then I adhered it onto the doily that I had die cut previously.  

I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the card over the rest of the images. I chose the biggest and boldest sentiment so that it would stand out from the floral background.

Well, that's all I have for you today. I'll be back again tomorrow for Day 2 of the TCM release. I hope you had fun and got some inspiration from my cards today. Please make sure to check out the other TCM ladies for more inspiration. Thanks for stopping by today! 


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