Thursday, April 29, 2010

SCH Mother's Day card

Fabulous Friday is here again, and it's been a busy week for me with a mid-term tomorrow I've been preparing for....wish me well!

In between working and studying, I did find time to play and created this Mother's Day card using the Dogwood digi from Sugar Creek Hollow.

The flower was a gift from Crystal, thank you!  She brought me a bunch in different colours, and I was excited to have something new to play with.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it was white, and I used the airgun to add pink to the edges to match the Dogwood flowers.

The sentiment was typed in Word and then printed, and the label behind it was one I snagged from Crystal.  

I hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lucky cricket

Monday's here, I hope you all had good weekends.  I didn't get lost driving to school on Saturday, and didn't have to leave the house Sunday, so it was definitely an improvement on last weekend!  Now back to work Monday...To cheer those others of you up also who are back to work for the week, here's a perky little asian themed card using an image from Mo's:

The paper in the background is origami paper from Micheals.  The image is coloured with Copics and Spica pens.  I left room to add a sentiment later.  I expect I'll use it as a good luck card, as I seem to go through lots of those.

Have a good week ahead!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Recipe challenge

Today Paper Sundaes has a challenge for you to work with a recipe.  No, you don't have to get out your Kitchenaid or Bakers chocolate, in this case the challenge was to make a card using the following ingredients:
 - 3 Patterned paper
 - 2 Cardstock
 - 1 Flower

Here's my creation:

The image is a House Mouse image that I thought was perfect for Spring.  It's coloured with copics, and the rain drops are accented with glossy glaze so they look wet.

Play along with us and get a chance to win a prize from Simon Says Stamps.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Paper Sundae Blog Hop

Hi folks!  

Today us Paper Sundaes girls haver organized a blog hop to inspire you.  As many of you know, there are prizes each week on our challenge site randomly drawn from one of the participants, and these prizes are from various sponsors.  While we all like to play along just for the fun of it, it's also always a bit exciting to think you might win something.  Today's blog hop celebrates our upcoming sponsor line up.

Hop along with us today, leaving comments as you go, and not only may you be inspired but you may win one of five main prizes, plus some other candy is posted along the way.  In the interest of keeping this post short, I'll refer you to the Paper Sundae site for more details.

So here's my card for you today.   Can you guess which sponsors this might be related to?

So hop along to see what the rest of the design team has prepared, make sure to stop at the Paper Sundaes site too for info on the prizes.

Kristina  -  you are here

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Another Fabulous Friday with Sugar Creek Hollow

Hi all!

The weekends almost here, I hope you all have great plans ahead!  I'm off to school all day tomorrow, but hoping to spend some crafty time with a friend on Sunday, so that's something to look forward to.

Since I've been in a purple phase, I thought I'd keep at it.  In this case I turned these Dogwood flowers into Violets again.

The image is from the Dogwood set at SCH.  It's coloured with Copics, and the shading around it is with the Copic Airgun.

I'll come round and check your sites this weekend and see what you are all creating, hope it's a fun weekend for you all!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring Flourishes card

Well, Wednesday (otherwise known as hump day) is here and I've got the day off from work so am madly trying to catch up on all kinds of things....taxes, homework, housecleaning, swaps, design team deadlines, posting to SNR and PCP....think it might be more relaxing to be at work LOL!

Anyway, as I was uploading pics to one of the sites I noticed this lovely card that I made before going on vacation that I had never posted!  It escaped my notice since I gave it away as part of a gift to our customer service gal at the resort and so, as they say, "out of sight out of mind".  I'm glad I got a pic of it to remind me.

This card was made using a Flourishes image form Alica, thank you Alica!  It's coloured with copics, and the grass in the background is from an SU set.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday with Meljen's

Sunday has come around again, can't believe how fast this week went by!  I'm back to school once again, filling in those "free" hours when I'm not working with going to school---though a lot of those hours have been spent driving in circles trying not to cry since I'm lost and late.  This week I drove out to the school (at the apex of a triangle, an hour from home and an hour from work) 3 times this week and got lost each time.  Hopefully I've got lost in all the ways possible now and it'll be smooth sailing going forward!

Anyway, I did manage, late at night when I could have been sleeping, to get a card done.  I used last weeks CPS sketch, and used the challenge from Paper Sundaes to use no people and focus the card on animals.  I used an image from this weeks Sponsor, Meljen's Designs.

I love cards with bumble bees, so when I saw this image I knew it had to be the one.  Thank you to Leslie who sent me this honeycomb embossed card stock a while back, it sure has come in handy a few times now.  The image is coloured with copics.  The background was done with the airbrush and then I went over it with a blender pen to get the mottled look.

I hope you'll join us with this weeks Paper Sundaes challenge to make a card featuring an animal (and no people).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fabulous Friday with SCH

Friday's finally here again, I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans, including some plans for crafting!

We've got a great sketch today from Sugar Creek Hollow, I made a quick and simple card using one of the Dogwood images (thought I coloured it as a violet).  I love flower images, and this one is easy to colour and so pretty!  

If you are in the mood to join us for this sketch challenge and want to see what the other ladies have made up, check out their blogs or the SCH one:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gift box

Here's a quick and economical project I made this weekend for a gift.  I wanted to give a bunch of cards as a gift and needed a sturdy box for the recipient to store them.  At first I was just going to use an empty box that had held envelopes, but I was worried it wasn't sturdy enough, and certainly not very pretty, then I realized I could dress it up and in the process make it stronger.  Here's the result:

All I used was the box the envelopes came in, one sheet of 12x12 card stock thickness double sided DP (Martha Stewart Paper from Winners), lots of that sticky tape stuff (adhesive) and some ribbon/embellishments.

To get started I analyzed the box, measured it and made myself a map:

Then I scored and cut the DP based on that:

Next, I put the tape adhesive all over the box:

Then it was a simple matter to put it together, and decorate with ribbon and bits and pieces.  To make it easier to open I stapled a tab of ribbon in the centre of the lid where it opens.  Here's the finished box:

What do you think?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Butterfly scene

Happy Sunday!

Once again we have a Paper Sundae challenge for you, and this one is really fun.  The challenge is to create a scene.

For my card, I decided to create a nature scene, using my copics and airgun, two different SU sets (for the grass and flowers), and a Spellbinders die cut (for the butterfly), as well as a digi sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs.

Check out the different scenes prepared by our Design Team to get some other ideas of how to go with this challenge, and join us.  One randomly selected participant in this weeks challenge will get a gift certificate to  My Creative Classroom who offers online courses for advanced card making techniques.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Go with all your heart

Hubby deserted me tonight to go to the hockey game, so I decided to be productive and create something pretty.  I planned to post it tomorrow after I'd photographed it in the morning light, but was so happy with it and so impatient (shocking, I know LOL!) that I had to post it now....please forgive the bad lighting of the photo...

This card was created using a Sweet Pea stamp from Paper Jewels called Bamboo Seranade.  The sentiment is from an SU set, the background I clear embossed using a very old background stamp from SU, and the bug thing I cut out of velum cardstock with a spellbinder die cut and coloured using my copics with an airgun.  The image is coloured with copics too, using direct to paper as well as airbrush.

The weekend is here, and the weathers been good, so I'm planning some gardening for tomorrow, wish me luck that the weeds pull easily and the spiders and insects hide :-)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fabulous Friday with SCH

Friday's here again (thank goodness!!) and I'm happy to be sharing with you another creation made with an image from Sugar Creek Hollow.

For this card I wanted to go rustic, so used chalks to create a darkened background around the image, and used earthy tones for most of the card.  The butterfly was cut out of velum paper using a spellbinder die cut.  I coloured it using copics with the airgun, while the die cut/stencil was still on it.

It's been quieter on my blog this week than usual, feeling a bit under the weather this week.  So glad summer is coming, can't wait for some sunny days to perk me up again!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Paper Jewels April Challenge

April is here!  With it comes a new monthly challenge from the Paper Jewels Blog.

So, the challenge this month is to make a card using sewing (real or faux) and buttons.  The image used is a Bildmalarna image I got from Paper Jewels, called Pie and Jam.

You can't see it so well in the photo, but I also used paper piecing on the fabric covering the jars of jam, so I could put a canvas texture into it.

I made this card for a friend as a thank you card when she had us over for dinner, and decided to go all out and do real sewing.  I figured if she could go to all the effort of cooking I could also put a little extra effort in.  Since I don't know how to use that machine thing taking up space in my closet, I did hand sewing.  This image is perfect for a hostess gift/thank you card, and is also nice and easy to colour, which my blog followers must know by now is important to me LOL!

When you make a card, some times you are happy, sometimes you are ambivalent, and sometimes you are really proud.  This simple card is just the type of card I like to come out of my craft room :-)

Paper Sundae Challenge 12

Happy Sunday!  The middle of the long weekend, wow, it slips by so fast.

Today card is made using this weeks Paper Sundaes sketch challenge.  I've used an image from the new release by Wags and Whiskers.

In addition to using the Paper Sundae sketch challenge this week, I also decided to play along with the OCC challenge to use buttons, so instead of primas I used buttons on the edge--luckily I had some purple buttons!

I haven't put a sentiment on the front, but plan to decorate the inside with either the sentiment "celebrate", "you go girl!" or "congratulations", depending on what is needed.  I think it'll be good for passing to someone if they get a new job or promotion or for an achievement card.  What would you use it for?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sugar Creek Hollow Blog Hop

HAppy EAster FridAy!  The first stAt (for most of us) in the yeAr since New YeArs.  What a relief to finAlly have a long weekend!

TodAy we've got a fun BLOG HOP hAppening with SugAr Creek Hollow.  There Are some new releAses for April, And the Design TeAms created some sAmples for you, using this weeks SCH sketch chAllenge. Best of All there is A fAbulous grAnd prize you cAn win!!

When I sAw these new releAses, the first thing I thought of wAs that this door would mAke An Awesome ChristmAs Aard.  I usuAlly need close to 100 ChristmAs cArds A yeAr, so it's importAnt to get stArted eArly, or it gets reAlly stressful and the quAlity of the cArds goes wAy down hill.  I wAs hAppy how this one turned out:

I hAd A lot of fun with this one, got out my cuttlebug, flowersoft and liquid Aplique.  I wAnted to Achieve An old fAshioned look.  The imaAge got me hAlf wAy there, so I tied it in with krAft paper And this cuttlebug folder which hAs old fAshioned fonts.

The sentiment I typed in Word and then centered below the digi image from SugAr Creek Hollow, And then I printed them together.  The eyepeep and door hAndle Are coloured with spicA pens in gold.  The bow is Affixed with A glue dot.  I hAd mAde A cute little wreAth with A piece of twist tie And flowersoft that looks Awesome, but I felt it hid the imaAe a bit too much, so skipped it And only put the bow.  It'll keep for Another card :-)

Here's A close up of the mAin image:

Now, would you like to join us with our fun New Release Day game, which involves prizes?  The game is to find a secret letter in each of the design team's blog. Post the secret letter in their comment before you move on. Once you have found the secret word, post the entire word on the SCH's website. If you followed the game correctly, you will have a chance to win a fantastic prize!! You must Visit each of the design team member's blog.

Stephanie - Start here
Kristina **YOU ARE HERE**

Here's the link to the next stop on the blog hop:

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Just My Sketches April 1st Challenge

Today we have a new inspiration challenge from Just My Sketches.  For this challenge we pick one of five songs provided and use that as inspiration for the card we make.  This time, to make it a bit easier, we can use any sketch/layout we want.

So this month, as usual, I did a google search on each of the songs to get the lyrics and then listen to it.  I chose this song:   BEAUTIFUL WORLD  by Jim Brickman

It's a really pretty song, and when I listened to it I thought of myself lying on the beach.  So I dug and dug and dug through my stash and came up with this Riley image and this sentiment.  The blue swirls on the side panel are to depict the ocean.

Since Deanne hadn't passed us a sketch to use with this inspiration piece, I decided to use this weeks sketch challenge form Our Creative Corner (OCC).

On a side note, as I look at this card, I have to tell you I've already booked my airline tickets for next years vacation!  So I can start imagining myself lying on the sure is a beautiful world!