Friday, September 30, 2011

Lookie What's New!

My friend, Teresa, recommended me to be the next Orange Team torch bearer.  How could I say no when I saw all of those iPapers?!  Today, I officially take the torch from Teresa.  Thanks, lady!!!!  GO ORANGE!!!
Joining me on my race are some FABULOUS stampers:


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mark It

It's Thursday, so that means a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge.  In our final week of our school-themed challenges, Collette gets right to the book with a fabulous bookmark challenge.
If you can believe it, this is my FIRST corner bookmark!  WHAT was I waiting on?!?!?! These are TOO easy!  Those of us in the US know that Borders bookstore closed, and I bought a TON of books to use for Christmas presents, and guess where this is going... YUP! In the stocking with one of the books.  I used a technique that Jennifer McGuire calls kissed resist for this.  Online Card Class was SO much fun!  I still haven't made all the techniques and projects, but it's available forever, so I have time. :)  I *SO* signed up for her NEW Christmas card class - open registration begins Monday for that one, and I definitely encourage you join!  Anyway, can't wait to see your bookmarks!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Let's Use It - Lunch Sack

It's Thursday, so you KNOW what that means - another Ways to Use It challenge!  Continuing on with our Back to School theme, Hannah has challenged us to use those paper lunch sacks in our projects.  I only had white ones, but here's what I did...
Since Hannah LOVES butterflies, I used the butterfly dies from MFT to cut the most layers of the paper, and here's what it became...
I used Distress Inks and stains combined with water and then some Pearl Glimmer Mist to make these butterflies come to life.  Then I attached them to a fussy-cut Cafe Doodles by Pixels by Jen that was digitally colored with Chocolate Kisses digi paper. I added some butterfly-printed paper, Smooch, ribbon, and gems.  EASY! I'm SO going to need to use those lunch sacks again to make embellishments!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We're Blasting Back

I've missed the past few blog hops, but I'm back this time with a nice and simple card to celebrate a special day.

I'll keep it short, since the hop is pretty large.  If you see the shadow of the banner, that's the banner stamp from Make a Wish stamped with water on paper colored with Distress Inks.
Now, hop on over to Melody's Blog, where I'm certain there is something quite lovely to greet you!

Here are the supplies I used on my card:





Here's the full list of hoppers for today.



Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm Still Here



I'm around and crafting, just nothing I can show you right now. I'm working on projects for Hope You Can Cling To, which begins October 1. Check out the details.

In the meantime, here's a snippet of my challenge card, which will be on October 22nd.



Monday, September 12, 2011

Canvas Resist

Today is day 1 for Jennifer McGuire's technique class, and it was SO much fun!  She showed 5 techniques today, and I had to try the canvas resist technique.  WOW!!!!  Before I show you my card, don't forget you can still play in the Operation Write Home Virtual Cardmaking Party.  Link up your card for my Black & White with a Splash of Color HERE.

This was SO easy to do... I may have to crank out another one of these when I'm not so rushed for time in the morning.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's My Turn - Splish Splash

As some of you know, I am a medically discharged Army Officer, so I couldn't be more honored to be hosting a challenge on Remembrance Day for Operation Write Home!  I hope you will join in my challenge or any other challenge this weekend to make cards for our deployed troops.
My challenge for you is to use Black & White with a Splash of Color!
Here is my set of cards for your inspiration:
I decided to make a set of kid-friendly cards.  I used Digi Papers and layout, so I just printed 3 copies (well, 4, as you'll see below), cut them, mounted them on a card base, added a sticker, and I was done.  Oh how I LOVE Digi Papers!
Operation Write Home does have some Guidelines for submitting cards, since these cards are going to combat zones.  Here is the original design for my card, which was rejected (by me, of course) because of the glitter on the little sticker.  BAD ME!
I'm sorta glad I had to reject this set of stickers because I'm really liking the Sesame Street set.
Link up your Black & White with a Splash of Color here:



Friday, September 9, 2011

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party

This weekend is the Virtual Card Making Party for Operation Write Home.  Yours truly will be hostessing a challenge Sunday, however, the festivities start Saturday at 7AM CT with a new challenge posted every 2 hours.  We'd LOVE it if you join along!  If you do decide to play, please make sure to check out the Guidelines for cards, so that our creation can bring smiles not put our service members in danger.

Here's a peak at my set of cards (yup, made 3 cards + 1 reject).  Oh yes, it's ELMO!!!!
Hope to "see" you this weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Let's Use Staples

It's Thursday, so you KNOW what that means... it's time for a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge. BUT FIRST, I need to GIVE AWAY some digi paper packs!  The winners of my blog candy of a Stampin' Up! digi paper pack are:
Babe O'Mara said... 
 These are so gorgeous. I've never worked with digi paper, but I'd like to win yours. My favorite is ribbon and twine. Love working with them. They add so much to a card or project. Thanks for a chance to win.

Heather said... 
 Gorgeous set of cards! How do I pick a favorite crafting supply?! I love them all! I really love twine right now though!

Lillian Child said...
Simply delightful, Michelle!! LOVE those color combinations!
CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!!! I know I said 2 winners, but elements always work best in odd numbers, right?  Lillian - if you don't want it, you can give it back :)

Continuing on with our Back to School theme, Toni has challenged us to use staples today.
I decided to go nuts and stamp on canvas!  The SCS booth at CHA showed this, and I haven't gotten the nerve up to try it yet.
There's a close-up of that little cutie.  This is the MFT Sketch for the week CRAZY early! And not much alteration... I know I must be getting sick.


My Supplies:


Here are other challenges this cutie gets to play in:

  • Craft Fancy - use die cuts (uh, no problem!)
  • Digistamps4joy - fall colors
  • Freshly Brewed - use something new (uh, duh!) - my PI hadn't seen ink yet, the ribbon is new from SU, and the patterned paper is new to me, as well
  • Gingersnap Creations - gal pals- this card will go to my neighbor as encouragement for her new job, a little something special to put on her new desk
  • Kelley Kid's Digi Stamps - girly girl
  • Little Red Wagon - use die cut
  • Paper Shelter - embossing (you see that embossing on the background???)
  • Scrapalicious - fall
  • Paper Variety - use stamps



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Christmas Sketch

Here is my (last minute again!) card for this week's MFT Sketch.
I used these adorable pre-colored LOTV images.  I added some Smooch to the snow, but of course it's being camera shy.
My Supplies:



Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to Stop # 4 on the Fall Fun Blog Hop.  If you came from Kim's Blog, you're right on track.  If not, you may want to start at the beginning at Lydia's Blog (it's only 3 back).  Normally, I would tell you to grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy the show, but since it's going to be almost 100 here in the Chicago area, I'll recommend an iced latte instead.  Since this hop is HUGE, I'll keep the yapping to a minimum...
I'm gonna say it again - OH HOW I LOVE DIGI PAPERS!!! Here is the start of my cards (oh yes, I said cards with an S!).  I used the Spice Cake digi papers from SU. And even some "seasoned" Stampin' Up! demos couldn't guess it... the look TOTALLY changes when you make it tiny.
Here is my set of 6 fall mini cards.  I use mini cards at work all the time, and my stock was running low, so here we go.  The inside was also decorated with more of the Spice Cake digi papers. And do you see that quilling work?!?! Yeah!  Here's a close-up of one.
I used quite a few die cuts on this, all by MFT... First Place Ribbon, Leafy Flourish, Mini Rolled Rose (larger of the 2 sizes).
Here are the 3 versions of the cards.  I got bored making them all the same, so I didn't Roll I used 3 different MFT sets for these sentiments: Poppy (Sending Smiles) Presents for You (Especially for You), Well Worn Greetings (thank you).
A little Cappuccino twine, Fossil CS, Chocolate Pearls / Bisque Liquid Pearls, and Oasis Green VersaMagic and Soft Suede ink finish off the projects.
Shopping SpreeI've talked about digi papers for almost a month now, so let me give some away! Two random commentors will WIN this Spice Cake digi paper pack (or another SU paper pack of their choice).  Just tell me what YOUR favorite crafting supply is (because I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for new goodies!).

Now, hop on over to my friend, Lee's Blog, to see what AMAZING creation she has in store!  If you'd like to see the full list of today's hop, you can find it in a spreadsheet HERE. Dina was nice enough to link it all up for us, so here ya go...
Supplies used:





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