Paper Therapy-November 29 2010

Hello all!! Welcome to our  ninth challenge at  Paper Therapy.  Paper Therapy is an online forum for scrapbookers and card makers to share their work, meet new friends, learn new tips and techniques and have fun!! I hope you can join us every week in our challenges! The previous seven have been SUPER fun and were seeing some really incredible designs!

  Here's how it works. Every monday a new challenge will be posted in the forum. You upload your design   and have the chance to win the weekly challenge. A fabulous prize and winner blinkie will be awarded the first challenge winner of every month, and then subsequent challenge winners will win an awesome blinkie to share with the whole world, showing them that you rocked the  Paper Therapy challenge.

  This week's challenge was to create a project using buttons and bows. I didn't want to go the typical route with simply tying a bow, and placing a button on it. Luckily, my recent order from Papertrey Ink arrived, and inside was the Build-A-Banner stamp and die set. Massive inspiration!!


The bow in my card is a little stamp, and the buttons hold the banner together

Now it's your turn! Make sure to post your card or layout to the message board by midnight on Saturday, December 4th. I hope that you play along with us this week at  Paper Therapy 

MATERIALS:
"Joy" Card
Cardstock: (Vintage cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Deck the Halls, Festive Brocade and Tinsel & Twig from Tinsel and Twig collection) The Girl's Paperie.
Clear Stamp: (String bow from Banner Builder set) Papertrey Ink.
Dye Ink: (Rich Cocoa) Tsukineko.
Accents: (Letter stickers from Tinsel and Twig) The Girl's Paperie.

Paper Vineyard-November 27 2010

Hey there everyone!! This post marks my first post as a Design Team member for Paper Vineyard . Paper Vineyard is a scrapbook store located in Chandler, Arizona and the new design team will feature cards, layouts and other paper-crafted projects showcasing fabulous products that you can find in their store! I am VERY excited to be able to design for them, as they carry some terrific products. This week is the first week to showcase product and participate in their new challenges where you can showcase your creativity and have a chance to win a fabulous prize. This week's prize is a Bo Bunny grab bag---Oooohhh!!! I love Bo Bunny, and it's always fun to get a BAG full of goodies. There will be two monthly posts with challenges featuring showcased products from the story, using the latest techniques in paper-crafting! What's even better is that you get to participate too!! So, what are you waiting for?

You can visit Paper Vineyard's blog to see my designs along with the other amazing team member's fantastic creations. This week I was given some Shimmerz, patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers, and some fabulously cool new mesh ribbon.

Oh Christmas Tree!
I put down painter's tape to shape a tree.
I then painted Shimmerz over it, heat set the paint, and then pulled off the tape.
Afterwards, I inked the masked image, and stitched a tree outline
  
I added and stitched buttons to the tree for a feminine and vintage feel

To top it off, a fun sentiment from an old favorite Christmas song,
"Oh Christmas Tree."

XoXo-P.S. I Love You
 I covered the card base with patterned paper, painted the edges with
white paint and some green Shimmerz. Lots of layering on this card

I distressed a pink chipboard frame, and added Shimmerz to the flowers
Love the little lettering beads, couldn't resist adding them

You can see a little white mesh peeking through, and that fabulous 
sparkly ribbon that I bunched up under the frame

  So, don't delay!! You have until December 11th at 9pm to link your card using Mr. Linky!! Follow the links  on the right side of my blog to visit the sites of my other fellow designers further inspiration!


Materials:
"Oh Christmas Tree" Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Paint: (Pointsetta Pink, Peas Be Mine) Shimmerz Blingz.
Accents: (Assorted Vintage buttons). (Green letter stickers) Jenni Bowlin. (Pink Tiny Type letter stickers) Cosmo Cricket.

"XoXo-P.S. I Love You" Card
Patterned Paper: (Together and Secret Admirer from Be My Valentine collection) We R Memory Keepers.
Accents: (White and pink flowers) Prima (Cream paint) Delta. (Pointsetta Pink, Peas Be Mine paint) Shimmerz Blingz. (Pearl stick pin) Maya Road. Pink chipboard frame). (Letter beads). (Green and pink sparkle brads) American Crafts.
Fibers: (White mesh). (Pink Sparkle ribbon) May Arts.

Etsy Inspired #116--11.27.10

  Hey all!! Happy Saturday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year I gave God the glory for blessing me with a wonderful husband, a great family and his provision as my husband looks for a new job. I will choose to be joyful and give God praise for what I have and what is to come for us according to his plan. 
  This week's shop is Heartsong Fine Art. This intent of this week's shop is to offer you with spiritual art that can reconnect you with well being. Here's a note from Laura Koniver, the artist,
  "...Hi! I'm Laura Koniver, MD... physician turned artist. My passion is creating art that re-connects you to well-being. I offer on-line Health eCourses that do the same thing... remind your spirit of it's innate connection to health and healing. See my course descriptions at http://heartsongfineart.bigcartel.com//
     Everything I do is infused with the knowledge that health and well-being are available to us at all times. 
     I have a blog in which I mix art, health and healing every day! Follow me at http://www.heartsongfineart.com/blog/
     Facebook Fan page

  She offers some really terrific work.  Heartsong Fine Art.  is offering a special discount to all players/followers this week. Just enter "INSPIRED" at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. In addition,  Heartsong Fine Art.  is giving one lucky winner a box of fine art notecards pictured here.

Here's some more examples to inspire you.



I love the precious little birds, guinea pigs and whimsical creations found in this shop! I feel happy looking at this art. Here's the piece that I was inspired by. I loved the simple lines, yet romantic feel of it.


Here's what I came up with. I wanted to stick with the simplicity, so I stitched the lettering and a simple border.

I added a little bling to give it a soft, feminine look.


This week's sponsor is Karber Digital Shop. They offer fun, fresh digital stamps and will give our second winner two free digis of their choice!

So, now it's your turn to play along. Make sure to visit the design team's blogs to see their BEAUTIFUL projects  so that you  can get inspired to create a fabulous project of your own! Make sure to post your design to the Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog by Friday, December 3rd at noon for your chance to win  eight fine notecards from Heartsong Fine Art. or two digis of your choice from  Karber Digital Shop.



MATERIALS:
"Love" Card
Cardstock: (Pink) Michaels.
Accents: (Pearl stickers) Michael's. 

Hanukkah Fun!!

Hey Everybody!!! My dear friend, Ruby commissioned me to make her some Hanukkah cards for a few friends of hers! I was SOOO excited, and accepted with delight. I was happy to do this because the challenge of making a Hanukkah card seemed like fun, and also it was the first time anyone had actually commissioned me to design something for them!!  I was so thrilled to do this that I finished them both over the course of two days, which with teaching and design team duties, submission and holiday gift making is almost impossible.

So, the first card is a graphic and clean design. I used my Martha
Stewart Scoring Board to create a frame around the candles that I fussy-cut from
a chandelier stamp. (I showed this finished card to my hubby, and
he asked, "Don't menorah's have eight candles?" Haha, no.)
 The glitter is applied to scored strips of Scor-tape! I LOVE
this technique!
 The next card is a vintage Shabby-chic style. Is that even Hanakkuh? 
Who cares? I loved it! My friend loved it, it's all good
 Love the blue and gray, so I used a silver doily and some
Waltzingmouse Stamps
The sentiments is from Papertrey Ink
I added some crocheted trim, eyelet lace, vintage buttons and
a dimensional corrugated table from Pink Paislee's Anthology collection
Add a little bling for a soft, romantic feel

  Hope you enjoy!! Loved making these, I'd be happy to make more for you!

Paper Therapy-November 22 2010

Hello all!! Welcome to our  eighth challenge at  Paper Therapy.  Paper Therapy is an online forum for scrapbookers and card makers to share their work, meet new friends, learn new tips and techniques and have fun!! I hope you can join us every week in our challenges! The previous seven have been SUPER fun and were seeing some really incredible designs!

  Here's how it works. Every monday a new challenge will be posted in the forum. You upload your design   and have the chance to win the weekly challenge. A fabulous prize and winner blinkie will be awarded the first challenge winner of every month, and then subsequent challenge winners will win an awesome blinkie to share with the whole world, showing them that you rocked the  Paper Therapy challenge.

  This week's challenge is to create to a card for a man, which is sometimes a challenge for me as most of my papers, stamps and embellishments are 'girl-oriented.'

I used Basic Grey ledger paper, and stamped a car from October Afternoon.


I stitched the sides of the paper that the car is on and border punched the
edge so it resembled a notebook page
I stamped a ledge on the card and heat embossed it with silver 
embossing powder.

The "b free" sentiment could be perfect for a young man's birthday or college graduation!

Now is your turn! Make sure to post your card or layout to the message board by midnight on Saturday, November 27th. I hope that you play along with us this week at  Paper Therapy 

MATERIALS:
"b free" Card


Cardstock: (Vintage cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (White and Kraft ledger from Basics collection) Basic Grey
Clear Stamp: ( Ledger) (Car and smoke puff) October Afternoon
Watermark Ink:Tsukineko.
Fibers: (Grey and white) May Arts.
Other: (Border Edge Trimmer) EK Success (Doily)
Accents: (Grey chipboard letter sticker) American Crafts. (Tiny type alphabet) Cosmo Cricket

Etsy Inspired #115--11.20.10


  Hey All!! Happy Saturday!! Oh boy do we have a FUN FUN FUN challenge for you this week!! I can't wait to see all the lovely projects that you are all going to make!! Our shop this week is Queen of Tarts Cakes. This shop is DIVINE!!! They bake all their cookies by hand, mixing the dough by hand, rolling it out and cutting using over 100 different cookie cutters! They can even usually find a cookie cutter shape for you even if it's not listed on at the Etsy shop. They also design their own cutters and have multiple icing flavors that look mouth-watering yummylicious! Their icing flavors can even be personalized, from Tahitian Vanilla, to Meyer Lemon. From  Rosewater to Chocolate imported from Belgium!! Doesn't that sound delicious? One lucky winner will receive edible holiday images on wafer paper for home baker's to make their own Christmas cookies at home using one dozen UNQUE images. In addition the winner will receive recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing! Even more delicious are the beautiful designs, take a look...




Aren't these GORGEOUS!? They're almost too good to EAT because they're little works of art!
So, here's the one I was inspired by:


As you can all probably tell, I am a fan of all things vintage....that's the whole theme of my Christmas decorations, and trees...yes, I do have multiple trees, including a pink tinsel tree.

I combined the colors of lavender, grey, green and kraft 
and used Inchies from this week's sponsor

I cut squares of patterned paper, distressed and stitched them to the card.
I love bunched seam binding, and jute twine, so I had to add some.
I just got some of Pink Paislee's Anthology Dimension Corrugated shapes , and added a Maya Road pin
and Prima flower. 


There's a lot of stitching with my fabulous new Brother machine!
I also love love love my white vintage buttons, so to soften up 
the layout, I stitched some on.

With the Inchies from this
week's sponsor, I distressed them, painted the edges and stamped a motif 

  I had soooo much fun with this week's shop and sponsor. Our sponsor this week is  Inchies . The squares I used are Inchies, which are high quality artist grade, solid core matteboard squares. Because of their quality you can use any wet medium from  paints to stains to inks without the surface deteriorating. So, they're versatile and have many different uses. Inchies come in an array of neutral colors like white, ivory, dark cream, wheat, light grey, dark grey and black. Inchies will offer our second winner an assortment of goodies valued at $25! In addition to the lovely projects from the design team, visit the
Inchie blog for more ideas.

  So, now it's your turn to play along. Make sure to visit the design team's blogs to see their BEAUTIFUL projects  so that you  can get inspired to create a fabulous project of your own! Make sure to post your design to the Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog by Friday, November 26th at noon for your chance to win a dozen edible holiday images on wafer paper for you to make using UNIQUE images and recipes from  Queen of Tarts Cakes.  Or you could win an assortment of goodies valued at $25 from  Inchies .


MATERIALS:
Vintage Buttons Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: (Festivities and Jack Frost from Mitten Weather collection) Cosmo Cricket. (
Clear Stamps: (Motif from Embellishments set) Papertrey Ink.
Dye Ink: (Sweet Plum) Tsukineko. 
Chalk Ink: (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap.
Accents: (Silver beaded stick pins) Maya Road (White and purple flowers) Prima. (Pearl stickers) Michael's. (White vintage buttons). (Butterfly dimensional cardboard shape from Anthology collection) Basic Grey.
Fibers: (Jute twine) May Arts. (Lavender Seam binding) www. monamigabby.com
Other: Cream paint (Delta). (Cream & grey matteboard squares) Inchies.

Paper Crafts Card Creations: {Favorite Occasions} Volume 2


Hey all!!! I have BIG news to share!!! Well, big to me anyways!! Today is the day that Paper Crafts Card Creations Favorite Occasions Volume 2 hits newsstands, but it's also my debut to be featured as a designer!! I am SUPER SUPER excited.

This issue is filled with all your favorite holidays: Birthdays, Congratulations, Love, Thanks and more!

You can find my two cards on pages 27 and pages 67!! Go buy your copy today to be inspired by a ton of fabulous designers!!

Paper Therapy-November 15 2010

Hello all!! Welcome to our seventh challenge at  Paper Therapy.  Paper Therapy is an online forum for scrapbookers and card makers to share their work, meet new friends, learn new tips and techniques and have fun!! I hope you can join us every week in our challenges! The previous six have been SUPER fun and were seeing some really incredible designs!

  Here's how it works. Every monday a new challenge will be posted in the forum. You upload your design   and have the chance to win the weekly challenge. A fabulous prize and winner blinkie will be awarded the first challenge winner of every month, and then subsequent challenge winners will win an awesome blinkie to share with the whole world, showing them that you rocked the  Paper Therapy challenge.

  This week's challenge is to create to a Thank You Card or What I am Thankful layout. I chose to make a Thank you card.


  The flowers are made from two techniques: making yo-yo flowers and from gathering ribbon. 
To gather ribbon into a flower, first cut a length of ribbon to desired length. Straight stitch one edge, pull the thread until it ruffles and pull into a circle. To make Yo-Yo flowers, cut a circle of fabric, straight stitch the outer edge of the circle and gather into a circle in the center. You can stitch a button on top of the Yo-Yo flower.

  Now is your turn! Make sure to post your card or layout to the message board by midnight on Friday, November 18th. I hope that you play along with us this week at  Paper Therapy 

MATERIALS:
"For a Gracious Hostess" Card
Cardstock: (Lemon) Bazzill Paper.
Patterned Paper: (Grape Twilight from Shabby Chic collection) Prima
Clear Stamp: ( Flourish) 7 Gypsies. (Sentiment from Mixed Message set) Papertrey Ink.
Chalk Ink: (Petal Pink) Tsukineko. (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap.
Dye Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko.
Accents: (pink and melon buttons) Papertrey Ink. (Blue button) Basic Grey. (Rose button) Joann’s.
(White pearls) Recollections.
Fibers: (Cabbage Rose ribbon) Creative Impressions. (Cream, yellow twill) Michael’s.
Other: (Border Edge Trimmer) Martha Stewart Crafts. (Doily) Wilton. (Vintage Fabric) Joann’s

Etsy Inspired #114--11.13.10

  Hey All! . I hope that you're all doing well as we move into the holidays. This week our shop is Happy Day Designs  Our shop offers handmade jewelry made of beautiful gemstones and silver. They are offering one winner a necklace made of sterling silver and jade, valued at $21. Here's a sampling of some goodies you'll find in their shop. 



Here's the piece that I was inspired by

I took the black, silver and metallics from the inspiration piece. The
background is stamped with  the Embellishments set from Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper was cut in to strips and zig-zag stitched to the card.

I die cut a label, and then stamped a sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps

Added a metallic doily with some Maya Road trinket pins, layered upon 
white eyelet trim and cream crocheted trim.

  Our sponsor this week is Whiff of Joy Stamps . They make quality rubber stamps that are whimsical and fun for the card maker and scrapbooker. They awarding a second winner a stamp of the winner's choice!

So, now it's your turn to play along. Make sure to visit the design team's blogs to see their BEAUTIFUL so that you  can get inspired to create a fabulous project of your own! Make sure to post your design to the Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog by Friday, November 19th at noon for your chance to win a necklace made of sterling silver and jade from  Happy Day Designs or win a stamp of the your choice  from  Whiff of Joy Stamps


MATERIALS:
Friendship Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: (Good Junk from Thrift Shop) October Afternoon. (Feathered Fashion from Hollywood Vogue collection) Webster's Pages. 
Clear Stamps: (Sentiment stamp from Rescue Remedies) Waltzingmouse Stamps.
Dye Ink: (London Fog, Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko. 
Chalk Ink: (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap.
Accents: (Silver beaded stick pins) Maya Road (Silver Doily) Wilton. (Pearl stickers) Michael's.
Fibers: (White eyelet trim) May Arts. (Cream crochet trim) www. monamigabby.com
 
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