Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sitting here...

Just sitting here thinking of you...


Creative Details:
Stamp Sentiment: Rosies Roadshow
Chair/Frame: Crate Paper
Embellishment: Pom Pom Ribbon (A Million Memories), Wooden Buttons (Maya Road), Ribbon, Patterned Paper

Challenges:
Moxie Fab World (Trigger Tuesday - check out the retro "farm fresh"
inspiration photo on the left)
Simply Create (Do It Yourself)
365 Cards (Mix and Match)

Stay Warm Harted,
Elizabeth

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ooo la la...

Ooo la la.
Isn't she cute?
 My college bound daughter loves Paris. She also loves berets in any color.
She already grabbed this card for herself. Not surprised.





Creative Details:
Stamp Image: Penny Black Stamps
Colors: Copic Markers in garnet, willow, sand, tender pink, warm grey
Embellishments: grosgrain ribbon, pearls, red roses, diamond stickles, crystal hat pin
Papers: gingham, patterned and solid


Challenges:
The Crazy Challenge (#76 sweet teens)
Ooh-la-la (#60 special friend)
Pile it On (#13 cutie patootie)
Simon Says Stamp (mothers day or girlie)
365 Cards (#28 you inspire me)

Stay Warm Harted,
                     Elizabeth

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Colors of spring...

Colors of Spring. Vibrant. Refreshing.

Creative Details
Stamp Image: Rubber Cottage
Stamp Sentiment: Impression Obsession
Colors: Copic Markers in Apricot, Garnet, Napoli Yellow, Willow
Embellishments: Butterfly, grosgrain ribbon, yellow & gold rhinestones, stickles
Paper: Textured linen


Challenges:
Do You Stack Up (shine on)
Paper Sundaes (photo inspiration)


Enjoy the color of spring.
Stay Warm Harted,
Elizabeth

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cute as a button...

The button package on this card (a Papertrey Ink stamp set) almost looks real until you realize that buttons don't cost 25 cents any more.  I stamped it in several colors to give it more of an antique and distressed look. Then I added the buttons with dark orange embroidery floss to make it look authentic. Does anyone remember when they used to attach buttons to the packages with thread? Now they use those awful wire staples that you can never get off.  I continued the sewing theme with a miniature wooden spool (too cute!) and I added green
embroidery floss to make it look like thread.



Creative Details
Stamped images: Papertrey Ink (Button Boutique)
Colors: Dye ink, Marvy Matchables
Embellishments: Embroidery floss, grosgrain ribbon, ruler ribbon, vintage shell buttons, wooden spool
Paper: Cosmos Cricket (Material Girl)

Challenges:
Paper Trey Ink (Blog Hop - Embroidery floss)
Paper Play (Distress)

Stay Warm Harted,
Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baby chick...

Baby chick. Spring. Awakenings.
This little fluffy baby chick (a Doodle Pantry image) says everything about spring!



Creative Details:

Image: Doodle Pantry (digi)
Colors: Copic Makers in cashmere, canary yellow, sand, apricot
Embellishments: chipboard frame, daisy lace, grosgrain ribbon, rhinestones, accordion flowers, grass stickers, white pearls
Tools: scalloped scissors, diamond stickles, yellow stickles
Supplies: mounting foam, diamond glaze
Papers: patterned paper, solids in Bazzill

Challenges:
Catered Crop (#8 follow the recipe)
Craft your Passion (#50 show appreciation)
Creatalicious (two-tone)
Digital Tuesday (#103 button up)
Doodle Pantry (#10 follow the sketch)
Paper Variety (tic tac toe)
Pile it on (#12 bling and pearls)
Southern Girls (add an animal)

Love something fluffy, furry and cute!
&
Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Monday, March 21, 2011

Just bloom...

Just bloom. A simple sentiment.
Layers of patterned papers, lace, butterfly and punched embellishments
make it truly "bloom" with creative ideas.


Creative Details
Image: Darcies Stamps
Coloring: Sponged ink in lettuce ink and ochre (Marvy Matchables)
Embellishments: metallic butterfly, dotted swiss ribbon, orange lace, rhinestones
Tools: circle punch, scalloped punch, scallop tag punch

Challenges
Cupcake Inspirations (green, yellow & white)
Sugar Creek Hollow (anything goes)
Wild Orchid (Punch it out)


Just bloom and stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring duck...

This spring duck is all decked out with her basket of posies. I think she is so
adorable in her colored dress against the white embossed backdrop.

I finished my sweet spring duck during my weekend up north to visit my friend Alexa. This weekend entailed lots of $$$ being spent at a fun stamp convention and then hours of stamping in her "creative cave." I really hated to leave because I had many more ideas in my mind and was having too much fun!.


Creative Details
Image: Whimsy and Stars Studio (digital)
Coloring: Copic markers in canary yellow, buttercup yellow, apricot,
 manganese blue, smoky blue, willow, lilac, shock pink, cool grey
Embellishments: Buttons, pearls, rhinestones, stardust stickles, grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Embossing pad by Sizzix

Challenges
Aly's Sunday Challenge (#38 happy spring)
Card Makin' Mamas (#17 animals)
Paper Play (emboss)
Paper Sundaes (#61 emboss)
Stamp Something (something sweet)
2 Sisters (#31 furry animals)


Where did my creative adventure take me today?
 North to Pennsylvania where my creative ideas flourished when stamping with a friend.

Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blue dresses...

Three dresses in various hues of blue. Can't you just imagine them hanging on the line
freshly washed and waving in the warm spring air.
Some spring birds decided to come and hang out too. Looks like a party to me!


Creative Details
Stamp Image: Serendipity
Sentiment Images: Rosies Roadshow
Coloring: Copic Makers in robins egg blue, cool shadow, ice ocean, holiday blue
Papers: DCWV, Mi Casa
Embellishments: Ribbon bows, diamond stickles


Challenges:
Copic Creations (#46 We've got the blues)
Creative Cottage  (#35 Spring)
Do You Stack Up (#11 Add a bow)
Paper Sundaes (#60 Keep it simple)
Simply Create (#39 monchromatic)


Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Put on your party hat...

It's time to party. So get dressed up, throw on some bling and put on your fancy party hat. Would you not love to get this "hat" card to start your celebration. I made the hat template myself, the accordian flower and even pleated the gingham ribbon for the hat base.


Creative Details
Image: Prairie Fairy Designs (digital stamps)
Coloring: Copic Markers in flesh, strong red, violet and tender pink
Embellishments: accordian flower, cupcake sticker, celebrate sticker, hat with pom pom,
 rhinestones, Icicles Stickles
Ribbon: pink gingham ribbon, magenta satin ribbon
Supplies: mounting foam, needle and tread to pleat ribbon


Challenges
Cute Card Thursday (#155 -3 year old birthday)
Prairie Fairy Fridays (#48 - It's my party)
Simply Create (#39 monchromatic)


Put on that party hat - and party!
Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Special...

It is always wonderful to get something special - especially a card in color hues
representing the season of spring!


Creative Details
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Embellishments: Yellow glittered flowers, blue silk flowers, chipboard sentiment,
 paper lace, grosgrain ribbon

Challenges
Color Throwdown (#132 - blues, yellow, crumb cake)
Do You Stack Up (#10 - Layers)
Fresh Brewed Designs (#38 - 3 or more paper patterns)
365 Cards (#10 - Trends)
 Where did my creative adventure take me today? Well, the news has not been good the past few days - so wanted to find a ray of sunshine somewhere.

Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Raining birthday wishes....

Raining birthday wishes. It is time to put away the snow boots and get out the galoshes. Spring is just around the corner in this card inspired by the Tuesday Trigger inspiration photo from Moxie Fab World


Creative Details
Image: Unity Stamps
Sentiment: The Cat's Pajamas
Embellishment: Chipboard scroll, tiny rhinestones, diamond stickles
Technique: Paper piecing (rainboots)
Supplies: Mounting foam


Challenges
Fussy and Fancy (Embossing and/or paper piecing)
Moxie Fab World (Trigger Tuesday - photo inspiration)
Pile it on (#10 Up, Up & Away)
Tuesday Throwdown (#39 Use your paper scraps)
Wild Orchid Crafts (#18 Anything goes)

Be inspired.
Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Monday, March 7, 2011

Best wishes cupcake...

A pretty sugared cupcake bearing best wishes... what could be sweeter?
 The rock candy stickles really does make the cupcake look like its coated in sugar - pretty amazing.
This cupcake (Paper Garden Projects - check it out its a generous freebie) was inspired by a cupcake photo at Cupcake Inspirations, a striped paper challenge at Paper Sundaes and a  best wishes challenge at Stamptacular Sunday. And, while we are baking "paper" cupcakes, lets follow the recipe at Catered Crop.


Creative Details:
Image: Paper Garden Projects (digital)
Sentiment: Judikins Stamps
Coloring: Copic Markers in tan, burnt umber, pale cobalt green, mignonette, coral sea
Embellishments: silk flowers, chipboard label, pink rhinestones, satin ribbon,
 vintage lace, Stickles in rock candy/icicles and pink brad
Paper: striped pattern, Bazzill cardstock


Where did my creative adventure take me today? Well it looks like I may have landed in candy land with all the sugar and icing on that chocolate cupcake - who could complain about that!

Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth






Sunday, March 6, 2011

What's brewing...

What's brewing? It's just a cold, dreary and rainy day. Just the sort of day to curl up in a easy chair, grab a book (I'm reading a really good one right now, Left Neglected) and indulge in a nice warm frothy cup of hot chocolate or a cappuccino...


Creative Details
Image: Fresh Brewed Designs (digital)
Embellishments: Brad rhinestones, satin ribbon, puff liquid applique, silk flower
Tools: Circle cutter, foam mounting
Technique: Paper piecing

Challenges
Freshly Brewed (#37 pink & paper piecing)
Stamp Something (use a digital stamp)
Tuesday Throwdown (#38  use a tag)



Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Saturday, March 5, 2011

From the garden...


From the garden... and all "dressed up."  This diagonal inspired card is made with colors that are the opposite on the color spectrum but complement each other. Try it when you are stymied with making a color choice. It works and provides color combinations you may not have thought of using.

Creative Details
Images: Lockhart Stamps
Colors: Copic Markers in willow, anise, lilac, heather, leaf green
Embellishments: Rhinestones in green and violet, flowers, baby pearls
Tools/Supplies: Mounting foam, scalloped circle punch


Challenges 
Copic Creations (#45 - complementary colors)
Crazy 4 Challenges (#77 - fun sketch)

Stay warm harted and eat your vegetables.
Elizabeth

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gradations of green...

Gradations of green ... provide a backdrop for this card inspired, in part, by the coming of spring. The label and the green background paper were stamped using different shades of green (no not a bad photo, but the shading was difficult to represent in these photos)

Creative Details
Image: Hero Arts/Sentiment: Wordsworth Stamps
Embellishments: Bird (K&Co), flower (Prima), pearl brads, satin ribbon
Tools: Nestabilities (Labels 4)
Supplies: Marvy Die Inks in jungle green, celery & pond green 

Challenges:
Do You Stack Up (#9 Just Green It)
Paper Play (#9 Shabby Chic)
Really Reasonable Ribbon  (#19 Green Theme)
Simon Says Stamp (No Cook Recipe)
365 Cards (#364 Super Sketchy Sunday)

 

Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

An idea in yellow...

An idea in yellow...it can be the beginning for many happy thoughts. That is the "idea" behind this bright and sunny card inspired by the Moxie Fab World Tuesday trigger photo.  Reminds me of spring popping up and pushing the grey skies in the background. What do you think?


Creative Details
Image/Sentiment: Printworks, Impression Obsession
Colors: Copic Markers in cool gray, buttercup yellow, napoli yellow
 leaf green, pale sepia
Embellishments: grosgrain ribbon, white pearls. tag, brad
Tools: Baby's breath oval punch, scalloped circle punch
Supplies: Mounting foam

Challenges
Moxie Fab World  (Tuesday Trigger - photo inspiration)
Pear Tree Designs (#38 ribbon)
Pink Gem (#15 button, brad, bead, bow)
Simply Create (#38 power of flowers)


Where did my creative adventure take me today? Can you just imagine a big, rambling Victorian house painted creamy yellow and trimmed in bright white. On the porch is a big white rocker surrounded by moss-lined pots of flowers --- just starting to burst open. Wish I was there now with a big
 glass of homemade lemonade.

Stay warm harted,
Elizabeth