colourQ #147

Happy Tuesday! I’d like to share my card for this week’s colourQ challenge with you:
Supplies: embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts), sentiment stamp (Paper Smooches), heart and square dies (Spellbinders), button, twine (Whisker Graphics), colored cardstock (Stampin’ Up – Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose, Brilliant Blue, Baja Breeze), white cardstock (Papertrey Ink).
And here’s our colour combo to inspire you this week:
Before I go, I’d like to let you know that this is my last week with the colourQ Royal Court. 
The colourQ is one of the first challenges I played along with when I started making cards…it has been phenomenal to have been part of the team for almost 1 1/2 years!
My husband is in the process of departing the U.S. military after 13 years, and we’re transitioning back to civilian life (with one last move on the way near the end of this year).
I’m so honored and humbled to have designed with all of the fabulous ladies on the Royal Court…they always floor me with their creativity! 
Special thanks to Arielle for giving me a chance to join the Royal Court…you are a ROCKSTAR!
I will still be making cards, of course, but my focus will be shifting to a few new crafty opportunities and preparing for our upcoming move. This was, without a doubt, the hardest crafting-related decision I’ve had to make.

 And as always, thank YOU for stopping by! I hope I’ll still inspire you with my creations each week!

Hugs,

P.S. To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, July 29 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)
Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some gorgeous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

colourQ #142

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for a new colourQ challenge! Thanks to everyone who played along with our last challenge…you always make it so difficult for us to pick our favorites!
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to make with this week’s colourQ, so I kept it relatively simple, and created this card:
Supplies: card base, colored card stock (Cameo Coral, Island Indigo – Stampin’ UP!),  owl & sentiment stamps (Chubby Chums – Paper Smooches), graduation cap stamp (Hats Off to You – Lawn Fawn), twine (Whisker Graphics), foam squares, Copic markers (owl – E30, E31, Y17, Y19, R22, R24; graduation cap – B00, B01, Y17.)

And for your colourful crafty inspiration, here’s our colourQ:

Ready? Set…Create! 🙂

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, June 24 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some marvelous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

P.S. There’s still time to play along in Your Next Stamp’s “Summer Time” challenge! One lucky winner will receive $10 to spend in Your Next Stamp’s store! You can find the details on the YNS blog or at our Splitcoast forum! Our next challenge goes live on Thursday, so make sure to get your entry in before then!

And, there’s also a sale going on right now at Your Next Stamp (sale items included)!

Drunken Stampers #90

Happy Saturday! It’s time for a new challenge at Drunken Stampers! Thanks to everybody who played along with our last challenge! You sure showed us some inspiring ways to create with triangles!
This week, we’ve got a fun, tasty, summery colour combination for you!

Here’s my card:

Supplies: glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts), cardstock (Stampin’ UP – red, pink; Papertrey Ink – kraft, white), twine (Trendy Twine), sentiment stamp (Paper Smooches), Ranger Glossy Accents, Cuttlebug embossing folder, vellum, wood button.

I made the star accents by drawing a star on card stock, traced it onto thicker card stock, ran it through my Xyron sticker maker, then added glitter to the sticky side, sealed it with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight. The green star didn’t come out as “limey” as I would have liked it to be in the picture, but it looks closer to that color in person.

I added a square of vellum to the red card stock square to soften it. It was pretty challenging working with all five colors (I’m used to a limit of 4)!

Ready to get crafty? Here’s our delicious colour combo:

The party’s just getting started! Don’t forget to stop by and see what the rest of the team created! If you’d like to visit their personal blogs and leave them some love, here’s the list: ChaitaliDonnaElizabethNatSpike, and Steph!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! We’re celebrating my husband’s birthday this weekend…last night we went to a Seattle Mariners game and had a great time! Don’t forget to link up your entry for this challenge at the Drunken Stampers blog!
Don’t forget…there’s still time to join in on the challenges at the colourQ, and Your Next Stamp’s Splitcoast Forum! I’ll be back tomorrow for a new Christmas Card Challenge! See you then!

colourQ #136

Happy Tuesday! I’m back with a new colourQ challenge!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Scott & I went out with two other couples on Sunday to see The Avengers…it was awesome! We don’t go to the movies very often, but we make an exception for movies like that one…pure superhero excitement! 

I’ll admit, this week’s colourQ was challenging for me! I had no idea how I’d use all of the colors on one card. After I tossed my first try, I came up with this cute card, which I like SO much better!
Supplies: card base, stamps (Paper Smooches – Chubby Chums), ink (Tsukineko Brilliance) patterned paper (yellow polka dot – aMuse Studio, orange houndstooth – My Mind’s Eye), cardstock (Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz – Stampin’ UP!), wooden button, twine (Whisker Graphics)

Are you ready to get creative? Here’s the colourQ:

Want to be considered for this week’s colourQueen? Then, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, May 13 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some gorgeous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

Hugs,

P.S. There’s still time to join in on the challenges at the Drunken Stampers blog (use something green as the inspiration for your card) and at Christmas Card Challenges (make a humorous holiday card)!

colourQ #131

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by to look at my card for this week’s colourQ challenge! It’s starting to feel a little more like Spring here, if not outside, then it’s definitely Spring in my crafting area! This card makes me smile!

I used some stamps from Paper Smooches and paper from American Crafts’ Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection for this week’s card:

Supplies: card base, image and sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches – Spring Fling), cardstock (Pear Pizzazz,  Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Blushing Bride – Stampin’ UP!), paper flower, clear button, jute twine, leaf punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), embossing folder (Sizzix), grass border punch (Fiskars), twill tape, patterned paper (American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Neapolitan mini pad), Copic markers, ink (Tsukineko Brilliance).

I paper pieced the bunny and carrot images, used Copics to accent some parts on the images and then colored the butterfly.  The flower was stamped on Blushing Bride cardstock, and then adhered to the grass. To make sure the center of the flower matched, I punched a circle from the So Saffron cardstock and adhered it to the button.

So, are you ready to get crafty? Here’s this week’s colourQ!

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen and Royal Court, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, April 8 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some sweet projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

colourQ #130

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to take a closer look at my card for this week’s colourQ challenge! Thanks to everyone who joined us last week! You all made some fabulous creations with our combo!

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring here in Washington! We had lots of sunshine this weekend…one day I  got to wear flip flops outside! WOOHOO!

Whatever the weather in your area, I know this week’s colourQ will put some “spring” in your crafting!
Here’s my card:
Supplies: card base, cardstock (Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo – Stampin’ UP!), image and sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches – Spring Fling), Spellbinders circle dies, embossing folders (Sizzix, QuiKutz), glitter brads, ink (Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black).

and here’s our colourQ:

Ready to play along with us? Here’s what you need to know:

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, April 1 (no fooling!) at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some gorgeous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!

Paper Smooches: April Guest Designer Search

Hi! Just a quick post to give you a closer look at the card I’m submitting for the April Guest Designer Search at Paper Smooches!

I made this “spicy” thank you card with the bell pepper from the Vegtastic set (although I just used the center part to make my peppers)! The sentiment comes from the Good Gab set!

Other supplies: cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), patterned paper (Echo Park – For the Record), Copic markers, foam tape, brads, card base, ink (watermark ink, Tsukineko Brilliance black).

Thanks for stopping by! 

colourQ #126

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by for a closer look at my card for this week’s colourQ challenge (#126)!
I decided to try something different this week — a circle easel card. My friend Sandy gave me one with my Secret Elf present at Christmas! You can see her post on it HERE.
Supplies: card stock (Bazzill Basics), patterned paper (Jillibean Soup – Dutch Mustard Soup paper pad), Nestabilities dies (Lacey Circles, Standard Circles Small/Large), image stamps (My Mind’s Eye), sentiment stamp (Paper Smooches), opaque white embossing powder, watermark ink (VersaMark), brown ink (Stampin’ Up – Chocolate Chip), embossing folder (Sizzix), grosgrain ribbon (Stampin’ Up!), rhinestone.
Beate Johns has an excellent tutorial on how to make circle easel cards on her blog. I’m sure she explains it in better detail than I would. Besides, I think in trying to reverse-engineer the card I probably didn’t set up the easel part right…but, it opens and stands, so I guess that’s OK!
Here’s our colourQ for this week! I hope you’ll be inspired to play along with us!


To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, March 4 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)

Of course, The rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some amazing projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ! 

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!

Hi, crafty friends! Thanks for stopping by for a closer look at what I created for the latest Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!

Here’s the photo inspiration for this challenge:

So, I was inspired by the pinky orange color, the kraft, the heart and the red thread. I also wanted to do a love card with the dog from the “Chubby Chums” set, and here’s what I made:

Other supplies: patterned paper (Crate Paper – Neighborhood , Echo Park –  Yours Truly),  Sizzix embossing folder,  twine, wooden button, heart brad, tab die (My Favorite Things), cardstock, card base, Copic markers.
Since there’s technically not a “girl” dog in the set, I stamped the dog again, drew eyelids, lashes and changed the mouth. I stamped the flower from the “Hot Concoctions” set to make her a little more girly. The photo frame is cut from one of the TVs in the “Boob Tubes” set. The hearts over the boy dog’s eyes are also from the “Boob Tubes” set. They’re just stamped on red cardstock and popped up with foam tape. The sentiment is from the “Good Gab” set.
Thanks again for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Paper Smooches SPARKS and Guest Designer Search

Hi! Thanks for stopping by for a closer look at what I’ve created for the latest SPARKS challenge and Guest Designer Search at Paper Smooches!

Here’s the inspiration photo for the SPARKS challenge, which runs until Wednesday, February 8:

My first entry is a tag, which combines images and sentiments from Paper Smooches’ Wake Up, Sentiment Sampler, and Hot Concoctions sets.

My second entry includes this month’s free digi stamp and sentiment, and images from the Boob Tubes set:

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
To check out all of the entries for these challenges, visit the Paper Smooches blog for the March Guest Designer Search (which runs until Wednesday, February 15) and the Paper Smooches SPARKS photo inspiration challenge (deadline is Wednesday, February 8)!