Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Papertrey Princesses Inspiration Challenge

Yes, I know I've been a bad blogger of late.  I think there are a few reasons for this.  First, after having two wonderful weeks off at the holidays, I just couldn't get myself motivated and back into a routine. Second, I think my Mojo went on holiday as well.  Third, 'Life' just got in the way.

I think the 'renewal' of The Papertrey Princess challenges are just what I needed to get my motivation back. (or at least some of it).

Our first challenge of the year is from the amazingly talented Anya. (a link to her blog is in the sidebar on the left).  Anya chose an inspiration challenge.  Here is the picture of the inspiration piece.  I love the colors, textures and elements in the sewing basket.

Here is my card.  I think the stripes, the colors, the sewing, the pinked edges and the pins are all represented in the card.  I'm pretty happy how it turned out.  Thanks Anya for your inspiration piece.

The stamp sets used are all from Papertrey Ink.  The stripes are from the Faux Ribbon set and the stamped circle image are from the Daily Designs and Daily Design sentiments sets.

Thanks for taking a peek and I'd love to hear what you think.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thank You card.

Here is a card I made with the intentions of sending in to Paper Crafts last publication call for Thank You cards.  I have never sent in anything for pub calls and basically got cold feet with this card as well.  So here is a basic Thank You card using Papertrey Ink supplies.  The Stamp set is Fancy Flourishes, the sentiment is from Giga Guidelines.  The cardstock is Spring Moss and Chocolate Brown.  The Patterned Paper is from The Turning a New Leaf set.  One tip I used making this card, is to use Copic Markers to change the color of your embellishments.  For example the button was a totally different color brown and did not match at all.  I simply colored the button with a dark brown Copic Marker and it matched perfectly.  I did the same for the little metal accent dots under the sentiment.  They started off life as bright lime green.  A little dabbing of dark brown Copic and they also match.  Thanks for taking a peek and let me know what you think.

On a personal note, I just want to Thank You all so much for your kind comments to my GSS win and project.  Thank you for letting me gush a bit.  You are all so sweet.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Dream Come True!

I won the Guest Star Stamper contest for December on Papertrey Ink!  This month I was asked to be the January "Guest Designer" as part of my prize package.  I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to be acknowledged by the best in the business.  This truely is a "Dream Come True".  My complete sample design, directions, supply list as well as full photos will be included with the purchase of the template through on January 15th. And, it's only $5.

I would like to add a big "Thank You" to those of you that visit my blog and leave such sweet comments.  I can't tell you how much you encouraging words mean to me.  Another big "Thank You" to my "real life" friends as well as my "cyber friends"  who are always so generous with taking the time to let me know you are reading.

I hope you like my sample and can't wait to hear what you think.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's My Baby's Birthday Today!

Of course my baby is 27 years old today, so he's a big baby. :)  Here is a picture of him that one of the guys at work took.  He was actually at a trade show in Las Vegas working, when they decided to rent bikes for the day and go for a cruise.  (see I told you he was a big baby)

Here is the card I made for him.  He loves his IPOD and listens to it all the time.  When I saw this stamp from Stamping Bella, I knew it would be perfect for him.  I used Copic Markers to color the image and Cosmo Cricket - Boyfriend patterned paper.  Thanks for taking a peek at let me know what you think.

PS.  I'm so excited!  My gift card holder that I posted on December 16th won the Guest Star Stamper contest for Decmeber over at Papertrey Ink.  I know those of you that are familiar with this contest understand my excitement.  Thanks for letting me share.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year and another GSS submission

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  I sure have enjoyed being off work for 2 weeks, I really wish I could stay home all the time.  Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket? 

We spent the last few days up at our cabin (in Northern Michigan) doing some snowmobiling.  There was lots of snow up there and the trails were in great shape.  We got home late last night, but not before stopping for a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner.

Now for my project.  This was entered in the December Guest Star Stamper contest at Papertrey Ink. 

I posted a couple weeks ago that my boss recently got married.  I wanted to get them a little keepsake to remember the occasion.  Since they had a December wedding, I thought a Christmas ornament engraved with their wedding date would be a nice gift.  I decided to make the packaging to show it off a bit more.  I made the Fold and Go template from Papertrey Ink using transparancy.  I then stamped it with the Snowflake Serenade stamp set with White Stazon. (It's my favorite holiday set - so versitile). I added a bit of bling on the snowflake centers.  Thanks for taking a peek and let me know what you think.