Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Poppy Seed Challenge #2 and Polka Dots Galore

Hi everyone, I'm back from the east coast, and just when my body was starting to adjust to the change in time, I'll have to mess it up again, and hop on another plane ride in a couple days to the east coast again...I LOVE to travel, but this turn around is just too crazy for me.

I have LOTS of cards to share today, and so little time, so I'll post the card recipes for each at a later time.

The first card was created for Lisa Johnson's Poppy Seed Challenge #2.  I had to incorporate a button, polka dots (which I have been addicted to lately, hence the blog title today), and something in the color of Light Moss.  Since I'm still coming up with some options for Baby Thank You cards, I've made this Option #2 (Option #1 on March 16th posting).

I stamped white dots, using PTI's Polka Dot Basics, onto Light Moss, added a stamped image of a mommy-to-be silohouette, created a label, added a "Thank You" sentiment, a bow, and a button...done.  I like the modern feeling of this.

Here's Baby Thank You Option #3:
If you take a closer look at the image, you'll see that I heat embossed it with some clear glitter...I love how it brings a little twinkle to the card.  The baby bottles below were also hear embossed.

Baby Thank You Option #4:
I think this would be so cute in pink, white, and black...something a little bolder.

And...a little extra bonus...I just got my PTI package yesterday and just had to play with Becky's new designs...I LOVE THEM!  It was perfect timing, since yesterday was my hubby's and mine wedding anniversary.

That's it for now...hopefully this will hold you all over until I'm back from my trip.

Live well,

P.S.  I know I normally end with "Stay Well", but I read a poem this weekend which ended in "Live well", and it really appealed to me...we all should take time to "Live Well"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cuttlebug Baby Carriage

 How's it going?  I'm still back east, and lovin' the seafood!!  The first thing I think about in morning is...mmm...what should I eat tonight...lobster? scallops? crab?  I think I may go into a food coma by the end of the week (hehe).

 I've recently been asked to design baby Thank You cards, so I'm warning you now, there may be a lot of baby themed cards coming your way as I create some options for the mommy-to-be.
The mommy knows she is having a girl, and has just recently picked out her bedding for the nursery, which will be pink and green.  I need to keep in mind that these will be mailed out, and I don't want to have the mommy have to worry about including extra postage on the envelope, hence the clean and simple design.

Option #1:
Don't know why, I don't use this more often - the Cuttlebug baby carriage is adorable.  I used the die cut that came with the Cuttlebug to cut out the image, colored it by using SU chalks, and then created a polka dot background using PTI Basic Dots, added some pink ribbon, and and simple. that was Option #1.  Stay tuned as I create more samples for the mommy.

Stay well,

Card Recipe:  Cuttlebug Baby Carriage
Stamps:  Basic Dots (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Angel Pink (Tsukineko)
Paper:  white and green
Other:  Cuttlebug embossing folder & die cut; Stampin Up Chalk in Regal Rose & Green Galore; pink ribbon

Sunday, March 14, 2010

MOJO129 - Hello Friend

Hello all!  I'm feeling out of sorts right now...I left Southern CA last night on the red-eye, and am now in Maryland.  It's little past 7PM, and believe it or not, the only sleep I had was an hour on the second leg of my trip this morning.  Plus...I'm having issues with connecting online, so I'm having to do this post from the lobby's computer.  Good thing I saved the images to my memory stick (I've traveled way too much to know that computer services are so unreliable hotel to hotel).

Here's this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

And here's my creation:

For this week's card, I decided to pull out my Hero Arts stamps...oh, how I've missed using them. 
I stamped the Hello Tree in Tea Leaves, the cute little butterfly in Pumpkin Spice, and the sentiment in Tuxedo Black.  I was trying to pull out some of the colors from the stripes in the background.  The green ink is not exactly what I was looking for, but got to work with what you have (until your next shoopping spree...hehehe)

Okey dokey...I'm going to head on back to my room, and try to get all the winkles out of my clothes (love traveleing - hate the unpacking).

Stay well,

Card Recipe:  Hello Friend
Stamps:  Hero Arts
Ink:  Tea Leaves, Pumpkin Spice, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Paper:  S.E.I. patterned paper
Other:  white ribbon

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Easter Watercolors

Well...after being sick for two weeks, I can finally say that I'm feeling better.  I can't remember the last time I've been this sick.  So, to celebrate, I stamped, and stamped, and stamped some more (and it felt good!).
One of the stamps I used today was a new one that my mom gave me as an early Easter present (thanks mom!!).  I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with this, and then it came to me as soon as I woke up this morning...watercolors! 

I colored the image using watercolor pencils, and then went over the colors with a blender pen.  It took some time, but it was very therapeutic.

Time to go to bed, and get some sleep.

Stay well,

Card Recipe: Easter Watercolors
Stamp:  Northwoods Rubber Stamp, Inc.
Ink:  Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Kraft, Yellow & White
Other:  Watercolor Pencils; Ribbon

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mojo Monday 128 - Mommy to Be

Happy Tuesday!  Well...I guess chicken noodle soup doesn't cure everything.  I went to work yesterday, and then was ordered by everyone around me, to go see a doctor, and do not come back until I'm better.  Good thing I went...I ended up spiking a fever in the waiting room, and then was told that I needed antibiotics, and to stay at home for a few days.  Because I've been sequestered to only two rooms in the house (the bedroom & my craft room), I can only do one of two things...sleep or craft...I choose craft.  I know, I know - I should really stay in bed, but it's just too boring.  I swear, after I post, I'll go straight back to bed.

Here's this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

And here's what I created:

I made this for my son's teacher, who has just announced to the class that she's having a baby.

And now here was my first attempt:

I guess with all the different types of antibiotics my doctor prescribed, my head is just not on right...from the start I couldn't get the measurements right, and had hit a mental wall.  I decided to scrap the sketch, and make a birthday card for my adorable little niece - not what I had in mind, but it works, and with both projects I was able to use some scraps...yippee!

Okay, as promised, I'm signing off, and going to back to bed.

Stay well (unlike me),

Card Recipe:  Mommy to Be
Stamps:  Mommy to Be - G Studios;  Elephant - K & Company
Ink:  Pearlescent Sky Blue - Tsukineko
Paper: Various Scraps :-)
Other:  Button Brads:  Paisley Embossing Folder - Sizzix

Card Recipe:  Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Cupcake - Studio G
Ink:  Pearlescent Sky Blue - Tsukineko
Paper:  Various Scraps :-)
Other:  Button Brads