Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Celebrating with Jacque

Jacque over at Jacque's Joie de Vivre is offering a great candy this week.  She is celebrating a positive report from her oncologist.  Jacque, I am celebrating with you! 

Here is what she's offering this week:

1 Zutter Bind-It-All Starter Kit which includes Templates, Owires, and Chipboard Covers
1 Matching Heavy Duty Corner Rounder
1 Matching Wire Cutter 

  Be sure to stop by her blog and enter to win!!

Blessings & Hugs

Michelle

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Back to School Box

Thanks for stopping by my humble blog.  Today I have a box I made for my daughter who is starting her first semester of college tomorrow.  I thought she may need some chocolate to get her through some rough spots.  She is alot like her mom after all.  :)

I used an adorable image from Mo's called Trinity .  Isn't she the cutest thing?  As always I painted her with my acrylic paints.  I used paper from 2 different DCWV stacks.  One is Nana's Nursery (boy), the other is Nana's Kitchen.  The blue paper on the front is actually a page from my dictionary that I photocopied.  I used the page with the definition for "school".  The buttons and beads are from my stash.  The bow (I know its hard to see) is made from a thin strip of green bridal netting.  It has a shimmer to it and looks great in person.
Another picture of Trinity.  Too cute  :)

The inside cover has more of my "text" paper.  I like this idea.  I may use it again in the future  :)

This is the other side of the inside.  It is a box I made.  It's about 1 1/2" deep.  The spine (in orange) is about 1 3/4" wide to accommodate my embellishments.  I used my Nesties to cut the circles.  The box is yellow.  I cut a piece of patterned paper for the top and the inside of the top.  The circle is filled with a piece of acetate. 

Here's the back (or maybe I should say bottom).  The border punch is from Martha Stewart... I love those things.  I used my custom stamp which I loooooove!!  And, more of the text paper.
Several layers on all 4 sides have different colored Stickles.  I love that stuff too.

I will be entering this in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Dies to Die For
Mo's Challenge Blog - Back to School
Stamp Something - Back to School
I was going to enter the challenge for Cupcake Challenge, but unfortunately I was too late  :(

Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessing & Hugs
Michelle

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Forever

Today's card was made for a friend's daughter who's getting married in a few weeks.  *gasp*  I am ahead of schedule again!!  As exciting as that is, I don't expect it to last very long.  School starts soon and I will almost certainly be running around last minute in no time.  But for now I will enjoy the feeling of being ahead of schedule!
My pictures aren't so great.  Sorry for the poor lighting.  While the card is ahead of time, I was rushing to get this posted for this week's challenge over at The Paper Shelter, which is where this adorable image comes from.  The challenge this week is to use 3 designer papers, 2 images and 1 embellishment.  While it would have been fun to embellish more, I tried to stick to the rules and only added the 3 pearls at the bottom, which follows the sketch from The Sweetest Thing.  I used papers from a K & Company pad called Classic K McKenna.  Love the vintage look of the papers in this collection.  The sentiment is from one of the papers in the pad.

For the inside writing panel I used a MS corner punch.  The sentiment on the top is from Stamping Up.  I don't know if it is still available.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

The Paper Shelter - 3 Design Papers, 2 Images, 1 Embellishment
Cute Card Thursday - Weddings
Crafty Catz - Pink & Brown
Catered Crop - Pink & Brown; paint; and ribbon

 
Thanks for taking a peek.

Blessings & Hugs

Michelle

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Christa!

I made this card for my niece's birthday several months ago.  As I said in my last post, this blog was sadly neglected over the summer.  My niece has been waiting very patiently for me to post her card.  So, Chris, here it is.... finally!

I do not remember where I got the image.  I would like to give proper credit, but unfortunately I can't.  The papers are from The Paper Studio.  I used acrylics to paint the image.  You can't tell but there is a pink crystal in the center of the flower in her hair.    The ribbon is from my stash, as is the maribou feather.  The beautiful rose is from Wild Orchid. 
I used a couple of stamps on the inside but I don't remember where they are from.  I used a Martha Stewart PATP for both panels on the inside.

Of course, my custom stamp is on the back.  Soon I hope to decorate the back of my cards as nicely as Lena Katrine.  I love her blog.  Her work is beautiful!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid - Sketch

Thanks for taking a peek.

Blessings & Hugs
Michelle

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Get Along Little Doggie

I know my blog has been sadly neglected the last 4 months.  I finally cleaned my studio and feel the creative juices flowing already!  Today I made a card for my son's upcoming birthday.  I am in shock, to say the least, that I have a card made more than a week in advance!  So, on to the card....

I made this card to fulfill a whole list of challenges.  I used a great stamp from Whimsey Stamps called Get Along Little Doggie.  As always I painted him with acrylics.  My papers are Coordinations from Joanns.  I used a Cuttlebug folder called Spots and Dots to emboss the navy paper.  I added red Stickles to the band on his hat, and light blue Stickles around the edge of the image.  For the banner I simply used a font on my computer to print the letters and cut the triangles free-hand.  A piece of twine from my stash anchored to 2 matte silver brads forms the banner.



I made the banner on the inside the same way.  I stamped the edges of the red paper with a paisly border stamp from Fiskars.  The set is called Just Between Friends.  The paisley on the writing panel is from the same set.  I used a Martha Stewart corner punch for the corners of the blue panel.


On the back I used my custom stamp and the same paisley from the inside.

I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Sparkles - One for the Boys
Digi Tuesday - On the Farm
Cute Card Thursday - CleanSimple
Catered Crop - recipe (I used the colors red, blue and brown; I embossed; and I used twine.)
Cupcake Craft - Sketch
Stamp Something - Dog Days of Summer
Crafty Catz - Embossing

I think thats about it.  Thanks for taking a peek.

Blessings & Hugs
Michelle