Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cards from the Coffee themed Kit Swap

I was part of this coffee themed card kit swap. I have gotten back such wonderful kits, it was like a overload of coffee :D Not that I am complaining. Anyways, I was very excited to get start on cards using this kit. The very first kit I picked was from tnb aka Barbara who is my very good friend Jen's mother and I think stays in Hawaii...:))

I used up everything she had sent in the kit. I have some scraps of paper and some ribbon pieces left over...that I can easily make another card with.

Thanks Barbara for this great kit and thanks to Jen for hosting this swap. Next week I will show case some other kit :)

Her kit included beautiful stamped and embossed coffee mug images. I liked them so much that I left them as is and did not color them. She had embossed it in some beautiful golden coffee least that is how the color felt for me. The brown paper she had included was beautiful - two side and I was torn as to which side to use, but the dark brown side won finally. I still have some scraps left over from that DP and have some ideas for that. And she has included some beautiful border sentiment that is just way too cute.

This blue paper went very well with the theme and I loved those glitter brads and the heart accents :) This DP also has two sides, but the stripes were nice and bright and I had to go with it. The ribbon was too nice as well. In retrospect, maybe I should have switched the ribbons so that there was some contrast. Oh well :)

But I loved both the cards and had lots of fun.

Coffee themed swap kit from SCS hosted by Jen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #13

Dawns latest Raspberry Suite Color Challenge had some interesting colors that I would not have put together by myself. It was Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss and White.

I had ordered this Filigree Detail Embossing Powders from PTI (White and clear) and had not used them yet. So, I wanted to use them for this project. I used the Wishing you set, embossed it in white on pure poppy - I felt this would really enhance the embossing effect. I used some bitty boxes DP in Berry Sorbet Color and some ribbon and buttons to complete the card. I am in that phase where I am like straight edges :). Also for the first time I used the DMC Floss for the ribbon, inspired by friends on SCS.

Here is the card,

Here is the color challenge,

Stamp - PTI Wishing you
Paper - PTI Bitty Boxes DP in Berry Sorbet Color, PTI Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Shimmer White Card stock
Ink - Versamark Ink, PTI Pure Poppy
Other - PTI Spring Moss Ribbon, PTI White Vintage Button, EK Success Border Punch, DMC Floss in Greenish color, SU Oval Punch

Monday, July 27, 2009

Aged to Perfection

I was checking out Latisha's blog and she had posted this amazing card using the Sketch 31 from 2 Sketches 4 you. I have had this just rite stamper set from ages and decided to play with this sketch. I have also started using 5x7 cards now after my friend Anjali mentioned that she liked those better than the 4.25 x 5.5. So here is my card, I kept it simple :)

I decorated inside with the same DP. The DP is from GCD collections - Margarita. The photos does not do justice, but the DP is just awesome. Has shine and texture to it.

Stamp - Justrite - Birthday Wishes Borders & Centers Set 2-3/8"
Paper - GCD Collections - Margarita, PTI White CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Robins Nest Dew Drops, PTI Ribbon, Marvy Scalloped Punch

TECC 75 and StampTV potluck Challenge

I was working on the StampTv Friday Potluck Challenge (Click here to see the stamptv challenge) which involved creating a card about food, and then I saw Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #75 (you can find a link for this on the right panel) and it was perfect :)

Here is my card,

Stamp - Gina K Designs - My Cuppa' Joe
Paper - PTI White CS, PTI DP, Making Memories DP, American Crafts Kraft CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics, Memento Dandelion
Other - Nestabilities, Generic Ribbon, SU Scallop Punch, Dew Drops

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Do I Dazzle You?

Flourishes Timeless Challenge was to use Shimmerz on your card. I had got this Edward stamp from The Greeting Farm a while ago and had not had a chance to play with it. This was the perfect opportunity for this stamp. For those who are not Twilight Fans, Edward - the hero of the book who is a vampire - when sunlight falls on his skin it glitters like diamond.

So, I colored the image with copics and used Shimmerz - Butter Cream on his face and arms. I outlined his face and arms with Sakura Gelly roll glitter pen as well.

Sentiment was printed out from my computer and covered with some Shimmerz as well. I outlined the sentiment with Sakura Gelly Roll Blue glitter pen - just to keep with my color scheme.

Here is snapshot of the card at an angle and hopefully you can see some of the shimmer.

Stamp - Edward stamp from The Greeting Farm
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream, Generic Black CS, Making Memories DP
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Martha Stewart Border Punch, SU Oval Punch, Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Pen, Shimmerz

Saturday, July 25, 2009

PTI July Blog Hop - with catalog inspired colors

PTI July blog hop was twist on text integrated into our projects. I started out with creating a card with crayon resist background using PTI Background Basics - Text and Garden of life. I kind of liked that effect as well. But when I saw my finished card, I realized that I had glued on the text portion upside down. It might not make a difference, but some how I was not happy with it. So, I had to create another card. Here is my card for the blog hop.

Here is a closeup of the flowers - I cut them out with cuttlebug, stamped with the PTI Background basics - text and then crumpled them a bit for a vintage look and added a New Leaf button in the center.

Here is the catalog that inspired the colors of the birdhouse,

And the copics I used for the birdhouse,

I decided to add my first attempt as well...even thought the text is facing upside down. I some how liked this card. I used glossy card stock and first stamped the PTI Background basics - text in stazon black ink. Once that dried, I stamped the flower from PTI Garden of Life. Then I colored it with crayon and dabbed Berry Sorbet ink all over the card stock. I added a simple ribbon, sentiment and some flowers that I did the same treatment as the first card, cut with cuttlebug and stamped with PTI Background Basics - Text.

Sorry for the long winded post and thanks for stopping by. :)

Stamp - PTI Background Basics Text, PTI Garden of life, PTI Bird Watching
Paper - PTI Spring Moss, Kraft, Vintage White CS
Ink - PTI Berry Sorbet, New Leaf, Memento Black
Other - SU Small Oval Punch, SU Corner Punch, PTI Vintage Button, Copics, Cuttlebug, PTI White Ribbon, Generic Flowers with bling

Friday, July 24, 2009

Combined Scrapbook Challenges

It was fun combining three challenges this time to create this scrapbook page. The lake reminded me of fishing, and the sunset reminded me of hot air baloons. So the GKD Eclectic Summer set was perfect for this page.

1) Scrap and Stamp challenge which was,
To create a layout using water pictures - anything to do with water, have at least 2 pattern papers, three embellishments and one stamped image on the layout.

I used these photos from our trip to Possum Kingdom lake to create the layout. Brads, Photo Clips (I am not sure if these are called something else) and buttons were the three embellishments. Fish, Kite and Hot Air Balloon images from the GKD Eclectic Summer Stamp set completed the page

2) StampTv Tuesday Scrapbook challenge which was,

Use your summer photos and summer stamp sets to create your layout.

The photos at Possum kingdom lake this summer and GKD's Eclectic Summer stamp set was used to create this layout.

3) Sketch #28 from 52 sketches 52 weeks

Here is my page,

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - Gina K Designs - Eclectic Summer
Paper - Basic Grey Mellow Series, Generic Kraft Paper
Ink - Memento Black, SU Markers
Other - PTI Vintage Dark Chocolate buttons, Copper Brads, K and Co - Photo Clips, Alphabet Stickers

Thursday, July 23, 2009

TECC Sketch 74

Cupcake Sketches are back :) I really liked this particular sketch and will be used much in the future :) I used the color combination from the color challenge over at StampTV. The colors were green, brown and white/vanilla. Brown always reminds me of coffee and coffee related thing...:) So here is my coffee card using GKD My Cuppa' Joe Set.

Here is the TECC Sketch,

Stamp - Gina K Designs - My Cuppa' Joe Set
Paper - PTI - Kraft, Stampers White, New Leaf, Dark Chocolate CS
Ink - Memento Black, Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics
Other - Dew drops, Circle Punches, Fiskars Border Punch

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mojo Monday 96

I have been experimenting with wedding cards and this Mojo 96 sketch was perfect for the black and white wedding card that I was experimenting with. I used the GKD stamp set - Heartfelt Hits 1 for this card. The DP is from Making Memories...It is flocked paper and is way too beautiful.

My card,

Mojo 96 Sketch,

Stamp - GKD Heartfelt Hits 1
Paper - PTI Shimmer White and Shimmer Navy CS, Making Memories DP - Black Tie
Ink - Memento Black
Other - Marvy Circle Punches, Generic Brads

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #12

Dawn's latest color challenge is quite interesting. It has PTI's Scarlet Jewel and Raspberry Fizz together. By myself I would not have put together these two colors. So it was interesting to create this card. I also wanted to use some of my buttons and so used the Garden of life set and used the buttons for the flower centers. Kept my card simple. A small butterfly punched out of PTI Linen Vellum completed the card.

Here is the color challenge,


Stamp - PTI Garden of Life
Paper - PTI Vanilla, Spring Moss CS, PTI Bitty Box Basics - Raspberry Fizz DP, PTI Linen Vellum CS
Ink - PTI Scarlet Jewel
Other - Fiskars Border Punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, PTI Scarlet Jewel Vintage Buttons

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge No. 8 ~ Botanicals

Challenge this time from copic creations is coloring botanicals. I chose this particular flower from GKD A Year of Flowers set. I colored the flower with YR04, YR09 and YR68. For the center of the flower I used Y15. Leaves were colored with YG06, YG09 and YG13. I did not have the incremental colors so had to make up my own. But
it was so much fun.

You can find the link for copic creations on the right navigation panel.

Here is my card,

Stamp - GKD A Year of Flowers, PTI Birthday Basics
Paper - GKD Pure Luxury White CS, Generic Card Base, Generic Black CS
Other - SU Word Window Punch, PTI New Leaf Ribbon, Copics

Monday, July 13, 2009

OCC Challenge - A Pet Parade

Although we do not have any pets, I love dogs and when I saw this challenge from OCC, I had to create this card. It uses this dog image from Penny Black stamps and an adorable sentiment. I colored the dogs using copic markers. Kept it simple with a few dew drops.

Here is my card,

Stamp - Penny Black Dog Image, Penny black senitment stamp set
Paper - PTI Dark Chococlate CS, PTI Soft Stone CS, PTI DP
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Nestabilities, Dew Drops

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SSS - Fun Patriotic Challenge

Challenge from Scrap and Stamp this time was to create a fun patriotic challenge. I had my cousins visiting me during this July 4th and we had lots of fun watching the fire works over the Lake Grapevine and those photos was the perfect fit for this challenge.

I used a stars paper that I had for this layout. I created my own stars border using PTI's Star Background set..I stamped it in PTI Scarlet Jewel Color as that seem to go well with my paper. I also used the PTI Journaling lines stamp set to create some journaling lines for my journaling. Some punched out stars completed the page. Kept it simple with stars forming the theme of my page. Here is my page,


Stamp - PTI Background Basics:Star, PTI Journaling Lines
Ink - PTI Scarlet Jewel, PTI True Black
Paper - Stars DP from Craft and Craftin, Generic off white CS, Generic Stripes Paper
Other - Fiskars Large Stamp Punch

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Mojo Monday 94 and a new Blog Header

I am very excited about my new blog header. My friend's mom who is also my friend was kind enough to design this beautiful blog header for me....It is so very me :) Sun (made with a button)...glimpses of my card and more.... THANKS Ranjana Aunty :)

Here is my mojo Monday Card. I used the Text Background from PTI to create the background and the flower image is actually the crayon resist technique from Gina and the flower in that set as well as the sentiment is their latest release called Bug Me Anytime. DP is from SU (I cannot remember the name now).

Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch,

Stamp - PTI Background Basics - Text, GKD Bug me anytime
Paper - SU DP, PTI Summer sunrise, Kraft, True black and White CS
Ink - Stazon Black, Memento black
Other - Generic Ribbon, Circle Punches

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #11

The latest Raspberry suite color challenge from Dawn was to use Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Soft Stone & True Black. It was quite challenging and fun.

I once again used the Vintage Picnic set for my card. Highlighted the flowers with White gel pen and highlighted the basket with Red Copic Spica Pen. Sentiment was stamped in Raspberry Fizz ink and some buttons completed the card.

Sorry the picture is not the best. Somehow the black is not showing up too well.

Here is the color challenge,

Stamp - PTI Vintage Picnic
Paper - PTI CS - True Black, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Soft Stone
Ink - PTI Raspberry fizz, Memento Black, Copic Spica Red Pen
Other - PTI Vintage Buttons, White Gel Pen

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge # 7 - Brunette Hair

The Copic Challenge this time is to color brunette hair. I had never done this before so this was an inviting challenge to work on as it is more learning for me.
Here is the link to the Copics Challenge.

It helped me a lot to watch videos from Suzanne on hair coloring. I am sure I have more to learn....but I am quite happy with the results for a first timer. Here is a link to Suzanne's blog. You can see lot of reference material and videos on her right nav.

For the image itself, I used the Digital stamp of Swinging Gretchen from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. You can see their website here. I wanted to use the larger image to see more of my coloring, hence went with a 5x7 card size.

Here is my card,

Here are the set of colors I used for the Hair..I did not have some of the browns that Suzanne had I improvised.

Here are the colors I used for Skin and Dress. I highlighted the sash and band on the dress with Copic Spica pen and also colored the shoe with Copic Spica pen.

Stamp - Digital Stamp - Swinging Time with Gretchen - by Sweet and sassy stamps
Paper - GKD Pure Luxury White CS, PTI Raspberry Fizz CS, PTI True Black CS
Ink - Printer Ink, PTI Raspberry Fizz, Copics
Other - Dew drops (clear ones colored with Alcohol Inks), Non Smear Pastels, Nestabilities

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC22)

I had bought this new non smear pastel set from Great American Scrapbook Convention and when I saw the flourishes challenge was chalking..I had to try it out. Here is a link for the Flourishes Challenge.

Here is the card that I created. I used a stencil and chalked on it. I cut out the sentiment using nestabilities and chalked on it :) These chalks are truly non smearing and it is so easy to use them.

Here is my card,

Stamp - N/A
Paper - PTI Shimmery Blue, White, Black CS, Making Memories DP
Ink - Memento Cocoa Brown
Other - Non Smear Pastels, Stencil, PTI Ribbon, Nestabilities