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Friday, February 22, 2013

OWH MWT and Sketch 160

For this weeks throwdown challenge we had to use a different kind of fold. I decided to combine the sketch with the fold and make 1 card this week.
Paper from my scrap stash
brads from Oriental trading
Prima flowers from recollections
sentiment from MS word

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tonight's Fancy Dessert

The kids are away in New Hampshire for their week vacation so that means I get peace and quiet, the remote and the cat! I don't have to hear children bickering or fighting over the remote or the cat! lol

Anyway, I thought i would make a fancy dessert to go with the dinner my husband was making for us tonight.  This is for those who thought I've given up the sugar may not be a fancy cake but it sure is fancy.
Mocha chocolate jumbo cupcake filled with almond buttercream topped with chocolate ganache and a homemade strawberry puree (fresh strawberries, a little sugar and the help of the blender), french vanilla icecream (what makes it french anyway?) and buttercream roses for decoration. 

Could never serve this to the kids. I'd hear, uggh! do we have to eat that, what's the red stuff?, I don't want the read stuff!, Can i just have ice-cream?, or why can't we just get McDonalds? lol

I still miss em' and will be glad to have them home at the end of the week. 

My first crochet project

I'm sooo excited. I've always wanted to learn how to crochet. A client of mine gave me the name of a book that taught her how. I bought it right before Christmas and began practicing on my week vacation between the holidays. I intended that my first products would be for me but my daughter conveniently gave me the puppy dog eyes and the long PLEASSSSSE! So these are hers. 

I used Vannas Choice yarn from JoAnn Fabrics
If you want to know the name of the book feel free to email me.

My hubby's card

Ok, Ok so I know Valentines day was last week but i didn't want to post the card i made for my husband until after the holiday and then the days ran away from me. I'm trying to catch up tonight with my blog posting. My sentiment started on the front of the card and then finished inside.  Please leave me any suggestions or encouragement. I'd love to see your comments.

Lili of the Valley stamp Ride with Me
EKSuccess heart punch
various clips and mini cloths pins
Tim Holtz Tea Distress Stain
brown ribbon
Martha Stewart Tag
Paper My Minds Eye Love Me

Saturday, February 16, 2013

OWH VCMP- all challenges

With this weekend being President's Day Weekend,  OWH is hosting a Virtual Card-Making Party  has begun! Every few hours a new challenge will be posted by an OWH blogger.

The first OWH challenge is to use chevrons. The second challenge is to make a kids card with some type of critter. Silly me, I tried to combine the both and spent well over 2 hours trying to master this thing. I struggled big time with this card and in the end I'm feeling like it was a (in the words of my 15 year old) an EPIC fail! 

In any case, here it is for better or for worse. Hopefully the other challenges won't feel so daunting.

Chevron cut file from for the black cheveron on white cardstock
I used the left over negative of the cheveron to stamp in the white ink on the black cardstock
ladybug from Doodlebug cartridge cut at 1.5 inches and layered
google eyes at 7mm
Sentiment stamp from recollections Little Princess
red brads

later that same
ok, ok so I never expected this to happen. While making this post The 4th challenge of the day was posted and it is to create a card using something with wings. Well, this card fits 3 of the challenges but I'm not going to miss all the card making fun.

Winged Things Challenge
So in keeping with my ladybug theme since I made a few different ones in varying sizes for the previous challenge I decided to use one on this challenge too.

Perfect Paisley Cuttlebug folder
purple ink
Embroidery floss
ladybug from Doodlebug cartridge 
perfect pearls for the ladybug spots
Fiskers All Around Quotes

off to tackle dinner and hopefully another card before I say good night.

I got a late start after clearing some snow and heading out for errands and food shopping. I tackled 2 more challenges. 3 and 5.

The third challenge was to create a a card with selective emboss. I anticipated this would be a hard task. The really only hard thing was holding the cardstock still in my cricut.
Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
Recollections Woof
Copic E13, E23, R20, R29
Cuttlebug Baby Breath
Voila Star ribbon

The fifth challenge was to use Sketch 63 but use a complete sheet of 12 x 12.  I moved this sketch around a bit and I only used a 6 x 6 of patterned paper but the rest is 12 x 12 bazill cardstock. I had these stamped images that were just about the right dimension and wanted to use them. 
Lili of the Valley stamp Oops
Copics E23, E13, E00, W5, C3, B24, B00, YG03, YG63
Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments

Challenge # 9- Cream and White
I'm a little behind with posting and completing the rest of the challenge cards. It's now Wednesday and I'm just loading these next 2 photos. I was so excited to see this challenge. I love tone on tone although I don't often do cards or scrapbook layouts of that type. I hope you enjoy and please send a comment your way letting me know what is your favorite part of the cream and white card. Thanks for tsaking a look at my blog.

Cuttle Bug Folders - Swiss Dots, Victoria and Celebration Stamp Set
Bazzill cardstock
white & cream ribbon
K&Company Visions of Christmas

 Challenge 7 - Coffee & 8-Washi Tape

I ended up combining 2 challenges for this card. I don't frequently make clean and simple cards and I'm not sure you could call this one a clean and simple card.  First Challenge 7 was to make a card using a coffe theme. I had a tiny peice left of this coffee beans paper and went right for it. As for the Washi tape in Challenge 8 I was a little more perplexed. I ha've never purchased Washi tape So, I thought some time later in the week I'll march myself to the craft stpores and buy some for this challenge. I did and they didn't have any.   Well, thanks to Youtube I found a few tutorials and went about making some. I have a Fiskers stamp set with coffee related stamps so I thought I'll combine the two challenges and make 1 card meeting both requirements. I think the stamp of coffee beans on the tissue tape really fots nicely with the other clean elements.
Fiskers Latte Love
Copics- YG63, E79
Colorbox Chestnut
Bazill cardstock
Elmers double sided tape
tissue paper

Challenge # 6-Wheels
Bazill cardstock cut file Bath Toy Whale
thegoods by American Crafts

Monday, February 11, 2013

OWH Sketch 159 & MWT

Sketch 159
159 Carol
Platin School book Cricut cartridge. 2 1/2 in heart and shadow setting
Brown ribbon
Fiskers Latte Love stamp set
Beads glued to jewelry findings
Bazill cardstock
patterned paper from stash

Midweek throwdown challenge this week is to use your state colors. Since I live in MA my state colors are white and blue with a hint of yellow. Here's my interpretation.
Massachusetts State Flag, 12
patterned paper
square brads
yellow slide

Saturday, February 9, 2013

OWH MWT and Sketch #158

So in the blizzard of 2013 I received almost 3 feet of snow! With all the prepping for the storm this week I wasn't able to tackle these cards until the storm hit. Leave me a comment about either card. I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Keeping in mind that OWH has been requesting kids cards I decided to make the sketch card for kids.
Here's my card. I struggled a bit but I think in the end, it came together nicely.

158 unknown

DCWV Boys stack
Recollections cardstock
Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge stars set at 1 1/4 in.
brown jute cord
Sentiment  Stamp Hello by Megan Elizabeth

MidWeek Throwdown  - Kids cards

For this card I grabbed from my homemade card stack that I sat and made on New Years Eve from my left over scrapbooking scraps. For me nothing says kids like Disney so it was easy to decide who I wanted to showcase on this card. I used a similar layout as Sandy used in her Stump Sandy this week Episode 88. (LUV the new Stump Sandy! BTW)
Bazill cardstock
K & Company Ghostly Greetings (the orange patterned paper)
Disney Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge set at 3 1/4 in.
ribbon by Michaels
Sentiment  Stamp Hello by Megan Elizabeth