Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Up, Up and Away

This week's Inspiration Challenge was hot air balloons.  If you look at the images below, you'll see which one I chose.  I had seen the bargello technique on Splitcoaststampers and decided that this was the perfect excuse to give it a try.  You can find the technique tutorial here.  Originally I was just going to use plain coloured card stock but at the last second went looking through my scrap pile for rainbow colours.  I'm so glad I did.  This is such a cheery card in the middle of our grey, winter days.   It's also helping me use up some of my DP scraps which are threatening to take over the world, or at least my dining room!  The sentiment is a personal favourite from MFP's Hydrangea set.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wedding Cupcakes

I didn't do much card making in September and I thought I might show you why.  My sister was married on October 5th and I'm so happy to claim her new husband as family.  She had asked my aunt who is an amazing baker to make the cupcakes for the wedding.  Now I'm not exaggerating about my aunt.  My brother, a professional chef, has to take samples of our family dinner desserts to the pastry chef friend at one of the high end restaurants downtown because the pastry chef loves her desserts.

Anyways,  I was enlisted to help with the cupcakes.  My contribution was the cupcake picks, all 130 of them were double-sided and heat embossed in white.  I used SU's Label Love in case you want to recreate them.  The chocolate cupcake picks were done in black but we had picks in 4 shades of grey and Bravo Burgundy  (left-over from my wedding nine years ago.) All the cupcake liners were individually die cut and then embossed.  I used 5 different embossing patterns.  All the flowers on the cupcakes were made by my aunt.

The night before the wedding my aunt, mom and I got together to assemble the cupcakes.  I was in charge of all the piping and the placement of the flowers and picks.  We had chocolate, figgy cake, ginger, and orange cardamon.  The orange cardamon was my favourite but the chocolate was the run-away hit.  You are only seeing a fraction of the cupcakes in these photos.  There were about 200 to ensure we had 120 perfect ones and I had made extras of all liners and picks in case of disaster.  Thankfully, they weren't needed.

Thank you to TT Lui Photography for the photographs.

Challenges This Meets - 
Cut It Up:  Use a Diecut and Embossing (see those cupcake liners!)
Paper Creator Crafts:  Anything Goes
Frosted Designs:  A New Life Together
Stamping with the Dragon:  New Beginnings
STAMPlorations Monthly:  Stamps and Inks
Aud Sentiment:  Anything Goes
Southern Girl Challenges - New Beginnings
Crafty Creations: Something Old (Burgundy Paper is 9 years old) Something New (stamp set to make the picks)
Decorate to Celebrate:  Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays: Anything Goes

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dreaming of a White Christmas

This week's Challenge on Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge is only white.  I always think White on White is so elegant.  I don't make enough of them.  This is a real use my stash card.  The embossed panel is leftover card stock from my sister's wedding stationary.  I had some old vellum from another card for the flower.  I rescued the ribbon from a present and the sentiment panel is from my scrap pile.  I used a sentiment from MFP's Joyous Season.

Hope you'll join us.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Zentangle Snowflake

Zentangle seems to be all the new rage.  I just laugh when I consider how often I am trying to get my students to NOT doodle on their papers.  

This week on MFP's Inspiration Challenge, we were given three zentangle ideas to play with.  You don't have to do a zentangle on your card, you just need to use the designs as a starting point.  I was inspired by the colour, the white space surrounding the design and the patterns of the second.   I like the colours I used and the idea of creating movement with the design but I've never felt very artistic with my doodling.  I think this is a technique I would need a lot more practice before I would become confident with it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Peace, Joy, Love

I'm still playing with my pre-stamped sentiments from SU's retired All Year Cheer set. I wanted to use up some scraps of DP so I needed to tone down the white of the sentiment to a more creamy tone.  The colours do match very well in real life but seem off here.  My sponging is also more even in real life. Grrr.  I often find the photography the hardest part of card making.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wish Upon a Birthday Star

The challenge for this week on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge is to make a rainbow.  I'll be honest, I goofed.  I read use every colour of the rainbow.  I finally decided to use all the colours in a shaker card.  I'm so low on birthday cards at the moment and I'm going to need quite a few for the next few months.  The sentiment is from MFP's Great Flowers.  The confetti comes from a CM border bunch.    I ended up covering my pink, green and orange paper with double-sided tape to add the glitter.  The card is quite large at 5.5 * 5.5 but so festive.

Challenges this Card Meets:
MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends -Make a Rainbow.
Paper Creator Crafts - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - No Circles
Send A Smile for Kids - Birthday
Moving Along with the Times - Dies and Punches (I used both)
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anything is Possible

"With enough coffee, anything is possible."    - Unknown

I saw today's inspiration photos on MFP's Inspiration Challenge and I didn't even have to think twice.  I knew exactly which one tickled my fancy.  I love anything to do with coffee.   I liked the tilted cup idea and the colours as well.  I used a craft base with Chocolate Chip matting.  The Pacific Point layer was embossed and the pearls were coloured with my Copics.  I couldn't find my brown pearls in my stash.  Grrr.  I used MFP's Java Time for the rings on the DP - I stamped it off once before stamping onto my paper for a faded effect and for the mug, which was embossed, for a pearly, ceramic look.  

How could you not be inspired by coffee?

Challenges this card Meets:
Papertake Weekly - Anything New (The stamp set was new)
Loves Rubber Stamps - Stamp in any colour except black.  (I used Chocolate Chip and Versamark)
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Out with the Old and In with the New  (Brads are old, Stamps are new)
Crafty Cardmakers  - Out with the Old and In with the New  (Brads are old, Stamps are new)