Tuesday, April 27, 2010

365 Cards - Day 59 - Moving Parts

Well, I hope you all are ready for another one of Pam's challenging challenges at 365 Cards. For today's challenge you need to have a "moving part" on your card. I got to use the adorable crab image from Digital Delights so my challenge was fairly easy! Just had to print off the image twice and use one for the legs only. Of course, I actually ended up printing the image several time to get the legs long enough to attach (kept cutting them off at the body!! UGH!). Anyway, the front is supposed to look like a submarine and you're looking through the porthole. Then you open and you get to the see the crab in action wishing you a "snappy birthday!"
I used the "Tilt card" toot at SCS to get the body of the crab to move and then you can really see those legs a-dancing! I made the sign for the crab to hold in Word, colored the crab with Prismacolor Markers, cut the seaweed from the Life's a Beach Cricut cartridge, and tore a piece of sandpaper for the ocean floor! Once I got the crab figured out it went together pretty quickly.

So here are the other challenge inspirations for this one:
1. Bee Crafty - Whole lotta fun (want to see holes and a digi image)
2. Crafty Angels - Summer: anything beachy is summery to me!
3. Kaboodle Doodles - embossing
4. One stop Craft challenge - metallic
5. Quixotic Challenges - Make a splash (project featuring water as a them in some way)
6. Sew Many Challenges - Anything goes
7. SophistiCat Challenge Blog - Card for a child
8. The Crazy Challenge - buttons, brads, or eyelets

One last thing, my fellow DT member Amy Tsuruta posted something interesting on her blog yesterday and I thought it was great! I too have problems actually sending the cards I make (much better at giving them to friends nearby, but just can't seem to get those that need to be mailed into the mail in a timely manner!) So here's the idea:

♥♥Pay It Forward for Creative People♥♥

I hereby promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment that they want to participate in the PIF challenge. In turn, they promise to post this and send something they made to the first 5 posters on their blog. I promise that your items will be received before the end of June 2010.

Will you join us in the fun?

Thanks for stopping by and can't wait to see what you get "moving" on your creations!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Magical Monday - Easter Lillies

Welcome to another edition of Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes. Today we have the gorgeous Easter Lillies image by Nina available for free at the TMITA blog and the challenge is set by Sue who says, "ANYTHING GOES - Make a card to showcase this beautiful image how ever you like!" I chose to try a technique that I'd seen for awhile but had never tried. It's called "cracked glass" and you can find the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers (here). I colored my image with Prismacolored pencils, and it was very soft and subtle, then when I embossed it the colors became much brighter. Oh well, still not too bad for a first attempt! I also made this card with a detachable bookmark (inspired by this toot at SCS, although I made mine with my Scor-Pal and perforating rotary blade on my paper cutter). Here's a picture of the inside:
I printed the bookmark image and quote on watercolor paper and colored again with my Prisma pencils. Hope mom like this one for mother's day! :) I actually chose the quote because it really does fit my mom. Although she would LOVE to have me live closer to home (in fact she has a house just waiting for me right next door to her!), she understands that I've had to live my life which has lead me to Hawaii (can't get much further away from her without leaving the U.S.!). She also fostered my love of reading, so who better to give a bookmark too! (are you crying yet, mom? Thought I'd get your Monday off to a really sappy start!)

Why don't  you play along with us this week at TMITA? Look what you could win!

Here's my other inspirations for this one:
1. Alota Rubber Stamps - Mother's Day
3. Crafty Ann - Recipe: one main digi image, a maximum of 3 colours (although you can use less), one ribbon, three flowers (these can be digi too if you wish): just realized I used four colors on the image...not sure if that counts or not...
4. Crafty Creations Challenges - distressing
5. Dare you to digi stamp Friday - Flowers + digi
6. digital tuesday challenge - April Flowers or April Showers + digi
7. Frosted Designs - mask something: I masked the main image to sponge the outside frame blue
8. lili of the valley - sketch
9. My Time to Craft challenge - quick quotes
10. Our Creative Corner - blossoms
11. Paper Cutz Challenge - Mother's Day using a digital or hand stamped image and any colors you'd like
12. PaperPlay Challenges - no patterned paper
13. S2G challenges - flowers
14. Saturday Challenge - distressing
15. Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog - Create a project with a glossy or glassy effect

Aloha and hope you have a fantastic week!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

365 Cards - Day 52 - Save the Date

Welcome to another fabulous Wednesday at 365 Cards!! After the last few weeks of challenging challenges, this one is pretty easy...well, at least I thought so! :) Every once in awhile I get inspired to get out the punches and make something with them. On Splitcoast Stampers (and I'm sure other places), it's called "punch art". So with graduation coming up I was inspired to create a wise owl (based on various inspiration pieces on SCS - do a search for "punch art owl" and you'll see what I was inspired by) and as Pam said "save the date" cards don't have to be just for weddings. I made this one for a graduation party...which are HUGH deals here in Hawaii. So here's the rest of the card...
As you can see, I changed mine to a "save the day" card so that my sentiment and all would rhyme!! I love when that happens! :)

Okay, so here's the other challenges I was inspired by for this one:
1. Alphabet Challenge Blog - Y is for Yellow
2. BasicGrey Challenges - Blue, Gold, White + one Basic Grey item: that's fabulous June Bug paper behind the owl
3. CardPatterns - sketch
4. Die Cuts R Us Design Team - add one earth/nature related embellishment: love me some hemp twine!
5. One stop Craft challenge - Things with Wings
6. Other Lovlies - Embellishments
8. Polka Doodles - animal images
9. Scrap Creations – Going Grey Challenge -  3 embellishments: got twine/ribbon, button, and brad

Well, I hope this inspires you to give the "Save the Date" challenge a try and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Magical Monday - Recipe Challenge

Aloha and E Komo Mai to another fabulous Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes! This week you get to use any image from the Paper Cupcakes store (or the free one on the blog) and follow this recipe:

- a 4"x4" size card base
- 1 ribbon
- 1 single type of embellishment (e.g., brads, buttons, clips, etc.) in ANY quantity (but only 1 type!)
- 1 stamped/printed sentiment
- NO patterned papers
I used the "Cart with Flowers" image and colored it with my trusty Primsacolor Markers. The purple ribbon matches much better in real like and my 1 type of embellie is those fabulous rhinestone flowers! So what's that your saying...where's the sentiment?!? Well, I put mine on the inside and here's that:

with even more rhinestone flowers! And can I say how much I LOVE my MS punches?!?  So much fun!

Can't wait to see what you stir up with this week's recipe!! And TWO lucky players from this week will win 2 images EACH from the Paper Cupcakes store!

Here's the other challenges I was inspired by for this one:
1. Cooking it up with Katie - Use a digital image, Add a little Purple, Use something 3 times
4. Paper Sundaes - No people
5. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Open, Anything goes
6. Pile It On - All about Spring
7. Res-Q Challenge - Pastels and an image that makes you smile
8. Simple Doodles - Inspire Others
9. Totally Paper Crafts - Signs of Spring

Thanks again for stopping by and best wishes for a magical week!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

365 Cards - Day 45 - White Space

Aloha and E Komo Mai (Welcome) to Day 45 of 365 Cards!! Well, when Pam asked us what we wanted to do this week to celebrate the blog hop, I was fine with the three options she posed. However, after receiving the white space sketch for today, I regretted my compliance! UGH! I was totally blocked in coming up with anything creative on my own, so I channeled my inner Amy Tsuruta for this one and did some sewing, used some vinyl letters, and chipboard pieces!
Mahalo Amy!!! 
 Thank You 
Okay, so I was also inspired by Gloria and Rose and their rebellious rumblings, so I flipped the sketch and embossed part of my "white space" (well, it's white so I think it counts!).
Thanks Ladies!

You Rock

The only creative thing I can kinda claim is how I did the inside:
I cut the card front at the top of of the white panel and then glued that to the back of the card. Then I used a stamp and rub-on to finish the inside...pretty simple. Patterned papers, chipboard pieces, rub-on, and vinyl letters are all American Crafts.

Here's a few other challenges for this one:
1. Pixie Challenge - Things with Wings
2. Sew Many Challenges - Let's see some stitching
3. SophistiCat Challenge Blog - So Distressing

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're inspired to give the white space challenges a try this week! Can't wait to see what you do with today's sketch!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Magical Monday - Merry Wishes

Aloha and E Komo Mai to another edition of Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes! This week's challenge uses the super cute image "Merry Wishes" by Nina and is set by Nilla. She wants us to use any shades of Blue/green/white (Make these colors the main theme for your project). Gotta admit I love this combo and got to use some of my favorite SU! colors (soft sky and kiwi kiss) to make this one! Sponged the sky and grass with those colors, colored the sheep with Prismacolor markers, did some white fun flocking on the body of the sheep, popped up his/her head and the balloon, and stickled the balloon. I erased the hat streamers and balloon string before printing and then added them back in with blue raffia cord. I also drew in a little heart shaped nose as I thought s/he needed one! I really went overboard with the inside on this one but like how it turned out:
I cropped the balloon from the original image, copy and pasted it several times, added the sentiment and printed it out. I then drew in the balloon strings and sponged soft sky around the edge. The sentiment is from a stamp set I have but I wanted a different size, so I typed it and played with the font.

Here's some other challenges for this one:
1. Clean & Simple - layout
2. digital tuesday challenge - blue and white plus one other colour of your choice + digi
3. Everything but the kitchen sink - String (missed the deadline on this one)
4. Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge - “bought it use it”: I bought that large scallop punch a while ago and finally used it!
5. Hand Full of Stamps - Digi It
6. Quixotic Challenges - The Joys of Spring
7. Raise the Bar - Let's Spring for It!
8. Res-Q Challenge - 3 from a list of things: I used blue, dies, punch, spring, and square on this one (I'm not sure I totally understood this challenge so if I didn't get it, please let me know) :)
9. Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog - 3 from a list of things: I used diecuts, sponging, and digi
10. Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays - Birthday card or gift

Thanks for stopping by again on this Magical Monday and can't wait to see what you all come up with! You could win 2 FREE imgaes from the Paper Cupcakes store!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sharky Shark, Get Well Soon

Aloha all! Well, I got to do another kinda fun card today. Kinda fun as it does have a purpose, a get well card for a co-worker. Just a quick story to explain the image on the card. A couple of weeks ago we had a training that included a quiz to determine our conflict resolution "style." They were all animal-based and this co-worker came up as a "shark"...and we teased her about it. So I thought this was an appropriate image ;) Now for the red spots all over the shark...no he's not splattered in blood, he has chicken pox! Yes, my co-worker who is in her early 20's came down with a severe case of chicken pox this week! OUCH! I made it into a spinner card for fun. Here's the inside:

Here's the other challenges for this card:
1. colourQ - color-inspiration: Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, White
2. Lots To Do - embossing
3. Mojo Monday - sketch
4. My Time to Craft challenge - On the Spot
5. One stop Craft challenge - On the Move (moving item on the card)
6. Saturday Challenge - get well

I also threw together a "don't scratch kit" to keep her hands busy while she's getting better. I went to the Hoops and Yoyo website and printed out a bunch of stuff for her to color, cut out, and play with. Here's the cover of that:
(sorry didn't get this photo cropped)

Well that's probably it for this weekend as I have to do my taxes tomorrow :( and I'll probably be too depressed after that to create anything else...but come back Monday for another Magical Monday post!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

365 Cards - Day 38 - Acrostic Poem

So on to another wonderful CHALLENGE Wednesday at 365 Cards (maybe we should call them all "Wacky Wednesdays!"...hehe...lately we've all been joking about Pam and her "special coffee" that she drinks when coming up with some of these challenges and for the longest time I didn't get it, but whoa boy, I'm feeling the afterburn of that coffee lately!)

This week Pam asked for an acrostic poem...gotta admit...did not know what this was but after a little research I remembered doing them in school and had no idea that's what they were called (or at least I didn't remember that's what they were!). So after some thought about what I could write about and considering another Mother's Day card to make my mom cry, I decided to create one based on my puppy. (I think this will be my mom's "grandmother's day" card, afterall this is her "grandpuppy" And yes, I'm one of THOSE kind of dog people!). It was totally easy for me to write, although I did have to put some thought into the "I" word. Of course, moments after I finished this the other night, my wonderful puppy peed on my bed!!! AAARG!!! I wasn't experiencing "much happiness" towards her then and I almost trashed the card then, but we "talked" it out and all was forgiven so here it is.

Here's the other challenges for this one:
1. BasicGrey Challenges - sketch + sugar rush paper
2. Cooking it up with Katie - Use something New (those chipboard letters are new), Use something Old (I've had that "princess" charm for years), Use something Sweet (I think this picture of Malie is so sweet it makes my teeth ache!)
3. Incy Wincy Designs - Fancy Folds: easel card
4. No Time to Stamp - Chipboard: the glitter letters are chipboard
5. pile it on - Easel card
6. Pollycraft Monday Challenge - anything goes
7. Scrap Creations - Sew cute: I think this whole thing is pretty cute, but especially the puppy pic! + sugar rush paper
8. SophistiCat Challenge Blog - Raining cats and dogs
9. The Townscrapper - charms
10. Totally Stampalicious - easel card

So whatcha gonna do for this one? It doesn't have to be complicated and here's one that I found that even explains what it is!

are playful
contrivances of prose or verse
rendered so that each line
opens or closes with words in
sequence to read from
top to bottom, their
initial or final letters
constituting a word or phrase.
(Ned Halley, Dictionary of Modern English Grammar. Wordsworth, 2005)

I wish you all good luck in meeting this challenge and can't wait ot see what you come up with!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Magical Monday - Spring

A huge ALOOOOOOHAAAAAA for today's Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes! I'm particularly excited for today's challenge as I got to use the fabulous NEW image from Nina's store appropriately named "Aloha"!!! And then add in Selma's "Spring Challenge" where we're to celebrate Spring with cards that have 3-D flowers and leaves, what a PERFECT way to honor my adopted home state!!!  So here's some deets:
~ The lei of plumeria-looking flowers were made using the SU! 5 petal flower punch - I was inspired here, which lead me here to find out how to make them. I modified mine a bit as I used pretty in pink paper as my base. I tried pinching the petals like she did, but my paper was too stiff and just wrinkled. So I curled mine around a paint brush to get a slight curl. I sponged the center of the flowers with crushed curry and brushed the sides/tips with melon mambo.
~ Hard to tell but there's a leaf ribbon under the flowers. The sheer ribbon on the side is similar to what you you would find on a real lei. A bow is tied where the ends are joined.
~ Wondering about my funny looking duck? Well, to go even further with my Hawaiian theme, I colored with Prismacolor pencils this bird to look similar to a Nene ("nay-nay") goose, which is the Hawaiian state bird.

Here's the inside:

So here's some other challenges for this one:
1. Bee Crafty - Birthday + a DIGI
2. Charisma Cardz Challenges - Animal Magic
3. Crafty Creations Challenges - create anything you want
4. Cupcake Craft Challenges -  MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWERS
5. Digi Doodle Shop’s Best - Easter/Springtime
6. Everybody-Art-Challenge - Spring
7. Fab ‘n’ Funky - Spring is in the Air
8. Frosted Designs - colors (black, lime green, pink)
9. Little Red Wagon - Spring creations
10. Magical Crafts Fortnightly - 'ANIMAL ANTICS'
11. Mojo Monday - sketch (although it's hard to see with all my embellies!)
12. Papertake Weekly Challenge - Open theme
13. S2G challenges - Anything goes
14. Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays - use anything with wings
15. Stamp Something - Pink Somethings
16. Totally Paper Crafts - Let's go Digital
17. digital tuesday challenge - Scrap it: all of my paper was scraps except for the card base
Okay, that about covers it for now. Thanks for stopping by and can't wait to see what you come up with for this week's TMITA/PCC challenge! Look what you could win!