Monday, February 28, 2011

Merci Chandelier

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend like I did. We didn't go out much because it's still below freezing here. Thankfully, there's no snow. I can't wait for spring. That's why I made this card with its spring colors!

This is for StampTV's Sketch Spotlight Challenge and Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week. I used my Fine Furnishings set and Lovely Labels 2 for the sentiment. The pretty paper is from Life is Good by Echo Park paper.

Well, I'm off to clean up a little. We have workers coming tomorrow to measure things. And after creating a few cards this weekend, my desk is a little messy. I always need to clean up after each project or I would be lost. My craft area is not very big, so I have to put things away after I use them or I wouldn't have any space to work. I like that I'm forced to do that :-).

Friday, February 25, 2011

Simple Shabby

Today's card is for Stamp TV's Color Spotlight Challenge #13. I call the style simple shabby because it's much simpler than my usual shabby vintage cards.

The label is from Lovely Labels set. The cross and sentiments are from Christ is Risen. The papers are GKD Wild Dandelion and Creme de Menthe. The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Life is Good. The banner die is from Spellbinders Ribbon Banner dies.

And don't forget to comment on my PREVIOUS POST for a chance to win these stamps to celebrate Card Patterns' 2nd anniversary:
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Card Patterns 2nd Anniversary Celebration

I hope you've been enjoying the week-long Card Patterns 2nd Anniversary celebration. Thank you for joining us weekly with your beautiful interpretations of our sketches. You all bring so much inspiration to the Card Patterns crew. And it has been a treat being a part of the paper crafting side of your life. Thank you!

Today is my turn to show you my take on this sketch.

But first, here is the prize package I'm giving away today:
Anniv prize
And for my card, I went back to my roots of Clean and Simple style. But of course, I have to include my favorite doilies, which is from my Nana's Needlework set by Gina K Designs. The sentiment is from Layers of Color's Sent with Love set, which is one of the sets I'm giving away today.
Nina Sketch 103
The winner of the prize I'm giving away will be picked randomly from one of the commenters on today's post. The giveaway closes on Friday, Feb 25th!

For more info and to link up to your interpretation of sketch 103, please go to the Card Patterns post -->>HERE.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Elegant Wedding Pop up Card

Welcome to Layers of Color's Cake Decorating Party. I'm so glad you can join us as we feature different cake-inspired projects today. Make sure you stop by the Layers of Color blog for more info about a special giveaway.

I decided to make a pop up wedding card for today's hop. This is a very special card because I've spent more time on this than any card I've ever made. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Each of my 3 young daughters is trying to convince me that I should save it for when she gets married :-). I told them I don't think it will last that long.

I used the new Webster's Pages papers to cover both the front and inside of the card. You can see how much I love that vintage heart image from Fleur Heart. The butterfly is from Butterfly Collector. The bottom scallops were die cut using Spellbinders Borderabilities dies.

Elegant Wedding Pop Up Card
Here is the inside with the popped up wedding card. I die cut Spellbinders Labels Four in three different sizes, then stamped them with images from the Merci Bouquet set. The cake stand is from Her Majesty's Urns set.
Elegant Wedding Pop Up Card inside
This is the side view so you can see how I popped it. The sentiment is from Sent With Love and die cut with Spellbinder's brand new Fancy Tags Three.
Elegant Wedding Pop Up Card inside
And here's a close up where you can see the glitter on the flowers. The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Elegant Wedding Pop Up Card Cake close up
Thank you so much for hopping along with us. I hope you will find lots of yummy inspiration along the way, starting with the Layers of Color blog then to the following designers' blogs:

Beatriz Jennings

Dawn Burnworth
Diana Queen
Grace Nywening
Gunn Thelin Knutsen
Guro Aarre
Heather Wombacher
Iwona Palamountain
Janice Whiting
Jennie Harper
Jessica Fick
Joan Ervin
Julie Overby
Kazan Clark
Keri Lee Sereika
Linda Lucas
Lynn Stevens
Maxine Diffey
Nina Brackett -- you are here!
Sharri Seffens
Suzanne Czosek

The Layers of Color Boutique has added special bundle sale offers and while there, make sure you check out the FREE Cupcake Card Template! Go to the Layers of Color blog to find out how you could win a yummy Layers of Color art stamp set!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Thank You STV Sketch

Happy Monday, friends. I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. We had a full house almost everyday with lots of friends coming over for dinner, movie, games or a combination of the three. I love that we can host people in our humble home.

My card for today is for Stamp TV's Sketch Spotlight Challenge #14. The stamps are Christ Is Risen and the papers and little bird tag are Basic Grey Curio. I cut the sentiment with Spellbinders Labels 14.

STVSKSP13 Thank You
I hope you can join us. And don't forget the Card Patterns 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop going on now.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Play Date Meets CASE Study

My card for today is for two of my favorite challenges: CASE Study #27 and The Play Date Cafe, where my amazingly talented friend Savannah is a DT member. The muse for this month in the CASE Study is the fabulous Eva Dobilas. Make sure you check out the blog to see her beautiful card.

Here is my entry using Layers of Colors (this week's CASE Study sponsor) stamp sets: Fleur Heart (ornate heart), Butterfly Collector (butterfly and scalloped circle design) and The Love Chapter (text background and sentiment). The papers are Webster's Pages. I used the Spellbinders Labels 17 die for the main panel. I used Tsukineko's Memento inks: Bamboo Ivy, Rhubarb Stalk, Black Tuxedo, Desert Sand.

CASE Study

CASE Study detail

Layers Of Color is providing one Granny's Jewelry art stamp set, and one Delicious Dots art stencil to one of the CASE Study participants.

And don't forget to check out the Card Patterns blog today as we kick off a week-long celebration with a hop and prizes.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Introducing Christ is Risen

Here is my latest, Christ is Risen, perfect for all your Easter projects. I included several sentiments to make it versatile for other occasions.
For Christians like me, Easter is a very important holiday because it's a time we celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead. It's the very reason He stands out from the rest of us. He conquered death and because of that, we have hope! It's a time of celebration and I try to reflect that on the Christ is Risen set.

And here's a sample card using it, along with some K&Co papers and one of my latest Spellbinder die designs, Fleur de lis Doily Accents.
Christ Is Risen1

And starting tomorrow, don't forget to join the Card Patterns crew starting tomorrow as we celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with a daily card inspiration and lots of great prizes!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SRM Stickers Card and Tube

My projects for today are a birthday card and gift packaging using SRM Stickers products, The Tube and WGYS Happy. These things make cardmaking and gifting a cinch. I simply wrapped the long stickers around the tube and filled it with cash. The papers are October Afternoon. These would be great for tween girls, don't you think?

Birthday card and tube

Have you been checking out the SRM Stickers blog? They've been introducing the new 2011 DT and you will love the daily inspiration you can find there.

Finally, tonight is Gina K Designs' release party night on Stamp TV, 7-10pm CST, just FYI. Have a good Thursday!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gina K Designs Previews, Day Three

Welcome to day three of the Gina K Designs' previews. Today we're showcasing two sets. One is my latest, Christ is Risen, which is full of vintage Christian images, sentiments, and a Bible verse.

The cross, sentiment, and crown are from the set. A ribbon banner stamp is included in the set, but I used one of my favorite new Spellbinders dies, Ribbon Banners on my card. The sentiments fit inside either these banner dies or Labels 14. I die cut the banner die, then sponged ink on the embossed part. The papers are Webster's Pages.

Christ Is Risen2

Here's another card to show that this set is not just for Easter.

Another set we're showing today is Tami Mayberry's Live Life Loud. This is perfect for your music-loving teens and especially boys, whom I find hard to make cards for. This set will make it easier now. The argyle paper is Report Card by Oct Aft.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Easter Chicks

Welcome to Gina K Designs' first day of previews. Today, we are featuring the talented Melanie's newest sets, Spring Basket and Basket Blessings. They coordinate with many of Melanie's previous sets, so this makes them must-have's.

For my card, I stamped the basket from Spring Basket and the inserts from Basket Blessings, then colored them with Copic markers. The striped paper is American Crafts Dear Lizzy. The cardstocks are GKD Wild Dandelion and Creme de Menthe.

Easter Chicks

For more samples of Melanie's sets, make sure you visit the Gina K team's blogs. The more you comment on the DT's blogs, the more chances you have of winning these new sets!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New CHA goodies

For my card today, I get to play with some new products I got from Winter CHA. The papers are Pink Paislee's new Soiree collection. The flower, sentiment and stitches are from SRM Stickers WGYS Plus Flower. The round doily was cut using my new Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs die.

This is for this week's Card Patterns sketch. Our sponsor is Craftbrulee that sent us some yummy trims (the beautiful lace on my card) and handmade flowers.

Nina Sketch 102
On another note, my dear husband and I had a Valentine dinner and a movie last night with our sweet girls. He made these heart-shaped burgers, served with grilled mushrooms and sweet potato fries. It was so good that we decided to repeat it for tonight's dinner. Yumm!
And we finally watched a movie called Secretariat. My girls are horse buffs and we all loved this movie. You should have seen us cheering during one of the race scenes. I think we woke up our neighbors. :-)

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Valentine weekend.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love Cup

Here's another card that I made a few weeks ago and haven't posted on my blog. It was for Card Patterns sketch 100. Our sponsor was Designed2Delight, which provided this darling cup image. The papers are Webster's Pages and the sentiment is by SRM Stickers Express Yourself Valentine.

Love Cup


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Red and Black

I am back from the trip to the US and still feeling the CHA buzz. The highlight for sure is meeting so many of my blogging friends. It was an experience I will not soon forget. It was so good, however, to finally see my family at the airport. My girls made me a very colorful welcome banner that came with their wonderful hugs and kisses.

I am slowly recovering from jetlag and trying to get back on schedule. I haven't been creative , but here are some cards I made before I left. They use one of my favorite color combos of red, black and white.

This card uses my Hugs and Prayers and Fanciful Tags sets.

STVCSP 10 Poppies

This one uses my latest Gleefully Yours set.

Sing Your Heart Out

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