Square Punch Challenge

Modern-Art Necklace Card
     I made this card for the Square Punch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
     I started by making a 5.5" x 4.25" card base out of pink cardstock. I embossed two white panels with Spellbinders Impressabilites Flourish die. I adhered one to the front of the card. On the other panel, I randomly painted back and forth with three colors of Copic Markers. I used Peony-RV69, Tender Pink-RV13 and Marigold-V05. Then, I cut five 1.25" squares from the colored panel with my square punch. I rounded two corners on each square and laid them out like a necklace chain. For the pendant, I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Joy Ride CL481 on a square of white cardstock with pink ink. I rounded three of the corners on that square and matted it on the fifth square (also rounded on three corners) of the painted, embossed panel. Lastly, I added graduated sizes of aroura borealis gems.
     Have a good idea for your square punch? There is plenty of time for you to answer the challenge too. Check out this link for all the details. http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/paper-crafting-tips-tricks-week-square.html


Alphabet Stickers Challenge

Jingle Bells Rock!
I made this card for the Alphabet Stickers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
I started by making a 4.25" x 5.5" card out of dark red cardstock. Using Fiskars' medium Jingle All The Way punch, I punched 12 bells - 6 in white, 6 in gold. I glued the bells together leaving just a hint of the gold to peak out the side to give dimension to the bells. I used EK Success Sticko stickers in gold glitter to spell out 'JINGLE'. I adhered a white ribbon bow and streamer and set the bells along the streamer with foam tape for a bit more dimension. To finish off, I rounded the bottom corners.
If you have an inspiration using sticker letters and want to join in the fun, you can check out the details here:  http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/paper-crafting-tips-tricks-week.html


CAS-ual Fridays Kraft-On Challenge CFC76

     Good morning! Thanks for stopping in. CAS-ual Fridays challenged us this week to make a card with Kraft paper or cardstock. Here's my take on the challenge.
       I started by making a card base with Kraft cardstock. The 'white and kraft script' background is from Prima's Madeline collection. I cut two lengths of border from the Kraft cardstock and backed them up to each other. Then, I added three fall-colored leaves and attached the 'hope' button to create the focal point.
     Do you have a project in mind using Kraft cardstock? You still have plenty of time to make it and enter it in this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays. You can get all the info about joining in the fun here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/10/cfc76.html. I will look forward to seeing your work in their gallery.
    Thanks so much for stopping by. I always love your visits and comments!

ORANGE Blog Hop Winner!

     Congratulations to Suzi #5563 who said: Another great project, even if you are a rebel! The colors are a surprise, but a gorgeous combo!
     Thanks to everyone who hopped with the Fiskateers this past weekend. Your visits and comments mean a lot to me!


Fiskateers Third Annual ORANGE Blog Hop

     Welcome to the Third Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop! If you're hopping along, you should have come from Donna #6036 www.scissorsstampsandscrapbooks.blogspot.com/  (If you are joining us in the middle, go to www.fiskateers.com to start from the beginning.) Today we are celebrating Fiskars' signature color, ORANGE. Almost everyone is familiar with Fiskars' famous orange-handled scissors, but Fiskars makes so many other wonderful products for crafting, sewing, gardening, and more. Each stop along our Hop will feature different Fiskars' products with a big helping of ORANGE! There will also be a giveaway from Fiskars for a lucky few who visit all the hops. And, I have a prize to giveaway too! Make sure you read this post all the way to the bottom for info on how to enter.
     Orange Christmas? Yes, of course, you can use orange - and turquoise - for Christmas! I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to expected colors and using stamps and punches for their intended purpose. So, when I was asked to join this blog hop and the rules said I had to use orange I thought why can't I use orange for my Christmas tags. Here's my take on the challenge.
     The rectangle tag measures 2.5" x 5.5" and the circle tag is 4" across. I used four different Fiskars products to make these tags, but you should feel free to change them in any way and make them your own. Let's take a closer look at the round one.
1.  Cut a 4" circle in turquoise cardstock and run it through a crimper. 
2.  Cut a 3.5" circle in orange cardstock.
3.  Line up the two circles and punch holes for the ribbon.
4.  Stamp turquoise snowflakes of your choice on the orange circle making
      sure to stamp one over the hole you just punched. Allow some of the
      snowflakes to fall past the edge of the circle. Also stamp flourishes
      as desired.
5.  Adhere circles together with foam tape.
6.  Stamp sentiment, mat with crimped turquoise and adhere with foam tape.
7.  Apply turquoise gems to snowflake centers and tie on ribbon.
Supply list is at the end of this post.
Now for my giveaway! I have a Fiskars border punch to give to a lucky blog-hopper. All you have to do to enter is sign up as a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this blog post. If you are already a follower, you may just leave a comment letting me know you were here and are a follower.
     Thanks so much for hopping with me today. It's always fun to have you stopping by.
 For more information about Fiskars and the Fiskateer program, you can go to http://www.fiskateers.com/join/. Now, hop along to the next stop! Shannon #6394 www.scraplady324.blogspot.com

Supply List
Fiskars Simple Stick rubber stamps from the Vintage Christmas collection
Fiskars Simple Stick rubber stamps from the Winter Wishes collection
Fiskars Simple Stick rubber stamps from the Seasons Greetings collection
Fiskars crimping tool
DCWV orange cardstock
Stampin Up turquoise cardstock
Martha Stewart circle cutter
EK Success corner rounder
ColorBox turquoise pigment ink
Studio G gems
Offray ribbon
foam tape


Don't Miss the Fun


   My blog will be a hop along the way! I'll have directions here on how to start at the beginning or you can just visit my site. Looking forward to sharing some fun things with you guys!


Tuesday Trigger Val de Victorian Challenge

     Time for another Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World. I've been working on Christmas cards lately, so when I saw the inspiration (see it below) Cath provided us this time with the tall, skinny, pointy-roof houses all bunched up together I got an idea for this Christmas card.
     Using stamps from Fiskars' Seasons Greetings collection, I stamped 'MERRY' randomly on the blue background with VersaMark watermark ink. I heat-embossed 'Christmas' (from same collection) in white, matted it with white cardstock and adhered it to the card with foam tape. The trees are also heat-embossed using ColorBox's Cyan pigment and clear embossing powder. The trees are actually a varitey of upside down flags I stamped using Hero Arts Friendly Flags (CL475) collection. I attached the tallest tree using foam tape. 
     There is still time to join in on all the fun. Check out this inspiration image and click on the address for all the details. http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2012/10/tuesday-trigger-val-de-victorian.html

CAS-ual Fridays' Over the Edge Challenge CFC75

    Thanks for popping in today. I always enjoy having your visits to my blog. This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a card with an embellishment that goes past the edge of the card. Here's my take on the challenge.
     I like using embellishments in unexpected ways. So I'm turning this border diecut that I love from Spellbinders (Parisean Accents) into banners. The sentiment and the woodgrain mat behind the sentiment are both form Hero Arts. The sentiment is my over-the-edge element. 
     Want to play too? You can get all the details here:
     I will also submit this card to Hero Arts October Sketch Challenge.


DCWV October Card Sketch Challenge

UPDATE: November 2, 2011- I'm so excited! I just found out that this card made it to the TOP-10 list at DCWV! 
     I've been working on Christmas cards this week. I made this one for the October Card Sketch Challenge at DCWV. I used The Coral Couture Stack for this card. I love using unexpected colors for my Christmas cards. While the peach with shiny, gold dots is very Christmasy, I don't see a lot of Christmas cards with coral and mint green. I created the ornaments with my Fiskars That's Amore large heart punch. These ornaments also fold flat so that I can mail the card. I heat embossed the sentiment using stamps from Fiskars Season's Greetings collection.
    There's lots of time left for this challenge, so if you have a card idea you can find all the info here:
 Here's a copy of the sketch Erin at DCWV gave us to work from this month.

     Thanks so  much for stopping in today. Your comments are so encouraging.


I'm in the Spotlight at CardMaker Magazine

     I am so honored to be spotlighted on CardMaker Magazine's blog today. You can check it out here: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/
     Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have time to get your fingers inky today.


Purple Christmas

     Easel cards are so much fun to make! I made this purple and blue Christmas card through a long string of challenges with another Fiskateer. Don't know what a Fiskateer is? Click on that button over there on the left. We have so much fun there!

I used stamps from both Inkadinkado and Fiskars. I stamped the doily and sentiments with white ink. The patterned paper comes from the Paper Studio. Every year I try to choose colors for my Christmas cards that people don't expect like this one that is purple and blue. I've also done turquoise and white which are beautiful together. Thanks for stopping by.

- - - WCMD WINNER - - -

    Congratulations to Amy Jones (8546)! She is the winner of my World Card Making Day giveaway. Amy has won some Fiskars Simple Stick stamps and a few other goodies to help fill up the package.
     Here's Amy's best card making tip: " . . . don't be afraid to mix and match colors. Some colors really do go great with each other more than you thought. The simplest card can be just as pretty too."
     Thanks to everyone who entered and left tips. There were so many great ones.
     Amy, I will send you a private email to get your mailing info.



Jack o'lantern Full of Hearts
     I made this Halloween card using a couple of Fiskars' heart punches. But first, I cut a pumpkin shape out of orange and white polka dot paper and shaded in the segment lines with a brown colored pencil. I used Fiskars' medium That's Amore heart punch for the eyes, mouth, bow and even the bat-wing eyebrows. I punched only the very edge of the heart to get this affect. The bow is two hearts glued together at the points. I used Fiskars' 1/4" heart punch for pupils and teeth. The pretty background paper comes from DCWV's Heirloom Stack.
     This card is going to one the Fiskateers challenges going on today. You can play too! Check it out here: www.fiskateers.com

Card for a Cause - In Memory of Grandma

Miss You Grandma
     Using my computer, I first printed the sentiment on a sheet of white cardstock. I used Edwardian Script ITC at 48 pts in pink. With the same white as the card, I punched the lattice chain with EK  Success' large edge punch then trimmed the edge to a point. I punched a Martha Stewart butterfly also in white. I used clear gems on the butterfly, coloring them to matching pink with a Copic marker - Tender Pink RV13.
     This one is for you, Grandma! I miss you and am so proud of your courageous fight. I'll see you in Heaven.
    I am entering this card in several challenges -
          CAS-ual Fridays CFC73 For the Girls http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/10/cfc73.html
          Paper Smooches Card with Pink Challenge http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-fun-begins.html
          Fiskateers Card for a Cause http://www.fiskateers.com/message-board/topic/321878/
     Thanks for stopping by!

* * * Warm Winter Wishes * * *

One-layer card challenge.
     Here's my first card of the day. I'm entering this card at www.papersmooches.blogspot.com. One of their challenges for World Card Making Day is making a one layer card. So hard for me because I love adding layers, but I came up with this blue and white card. I heat-embossed the snowflakes and sentiment using Fiskars Winter Wishes collection. The cyan pigment is from ColorBox. I used clear embossing powder from Ranger. The blue stripes are 1/4" strips of blue paper.


   Good morning,
    I'm here and ready to start making cards! Thanks so much for stopping by. This is going to be a fun day!  Good luck to all who enter my giveaway. I have a really fun prize that I will tell you about later today. Make sure to sign up as a follower and leave your best card making tip in the comments for your chance to win. Current followers only need to leave a comment. I'll be back shortly with a card to show you.
     Happy crafting! 


World Card Making Day!

World Card Making Day 2012 Logo

And, there will be prizes!
     I will have a really great prize for someone who visits my blog on Saturday. To receive an entry, first sign up as a follower of my blog. Then, leave a comment telling me your favorite card making tip. If you are already a follower, you can just leave the tip. Then, check back on Monday to see if you are the winner.
     Paper Crafts Magazine started this tradition a few years back. Read all about it here: http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/blog/2012/09/world-card-making-day-contest/
     Throughout the day Saturday, I will be posting cards I've made as a part of this really fun World Card Making Day event. I will be taking part in some challenges at www.fiskateers.com. You guys are welcome to join in the fun there too. They usually have some great prizes.
     I've sent several cards in already to www.papercraftsmag.com. I can't share the Paper Crafts entries yet but I will after I get the results. They are offering some great prizes there too so make sure you check them out.
     I think most of the scrapbooking/papercrafting websites will have some fun contests going. Here's just a few I will be checking out: