Etsy Inspired #131--3.26.11

Happy Saturday!! This week's shop is Fresh Metal which specializes in lovely rolled and handcrafted flower jewelry from fabrics, lace and other yummy materials. They are graciously awarding one of this week's winners with this lovely vintage lace necklace


This week I was inspired by the colors and beading in 




I made a swag of beaded ribbon and added some fun
resin flowers and some Pink Paislee chandelier crsytals


   This week our sponsor is Amber Ink which designs digistamps, clearstamps and ipaper....and OMG! Are they ADORABLE!! Me, being the dork that I am forgot to ask for a digi to work with and some paper for this week, but I am ordering a kit tonight! They're offering our second winner a $15 gift certificate to use in the store. Here's some of my favorite digis from this shop.


Dearness me!!! I LOVthese designs!!! I will now BUY! 
*note: after finishing this post, I bought two of these three stamps for an upcoming project*

    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 

 by Friday, April 1st at noon!



and our guest designer for March, Libby



Materials
"Swag" Card
Cardstock: (White ) PTI.
Patterned Paper: (Collage from Soiree collection) Pink Paislee.
Clear stamps: (Banner from 
Soiree collection) Pink Paislee.

Fibers: (Pink beaded trim) Mon Ami Gabby. (Baker's twine from 
Soiree collection) Pink Paislee.

Pigment Ink: (Rose Bud) Tsukineko.
Accents: (Chipboard pennants, flags and journaling tag from 
Soiree collection) Pink Paislee.
F
elt flower, 
) Epiphany Crafts. (Resin flowers). 
(C
handelier crsytals from Soiree collection) Pink Paislee. (Crepe paper) Melissa Frances. (Green stick pin) Maya Road.

Etsy Inspired #130--3.19.11

    Happy Saturday everyone! This week's shop is Doll Birdies. Doll Birdies makes fun and whimsical bags that can be used for a variety of purposes. Doll Birdies will be giving one of this week's winners a passport wallet cover. Here's the piece that I was loosely inspired by, what can I say? Sometime's I get a little off the page.


I was inspired by the scroll work and 
I also snuck in some new Maya Road and Epiphany Crafts

   Our sponsor this week is SRM Stickers. SRM Stickers are widely used by many paper crafters and it has a blog every weekday with many paper crafting projects using stickers. Become a follower of their blog so you don't miss any tutorials, challenges, features or giveaways. They are giving our second winner a prize pack of stickers!

    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, March 11th at noon!

and our guest designer for March, Libby

Materials
"Memorable" Card
Cardstock: (Aqua Mist, ) PTI.
Patterned Paper: (Portrait collection) Crate Paper.
Fibers: (Gray seam binding) Prairie Bird Boutique. (Gray and white string, Yellow Crochet) May Arts.
Clear Stamps: (Silhouettes) Maya Road.
Pigment Ink: (Black) Tsukineko.
Accents: (Chipboard flower, tab from Portrait collection) Crate Paper. (Aqua blue buttons) PTI. (White vintage buttons) (Epoxy and setting) Epiphany Crafts.
Other: (White paint) Delta. (White doily) Wilton.

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Hope you're having some jolly fun today! I'm wearing green, so my middle schooler's don't try and pinch me! Here's some cards for St Patty's day using Best Creation products. You can also find them featured at the Best Creation Blog.



Have a terrific day!

Etsy Inspired #129--3.12.11

   Hello everyone! It's the weekend, FINALLY--which means that my hubby is home this weekend!! I have enjoyed seeing him and eating dinner with someone and doing his laundry--hahaha, who would have thought one would be so excited to do laundry?

   Today's shop is Artwork by Lori, which is full of beautiful, vibrant colorful and stylistic  happy images and some non-representational prints as well. They're offering our first winner any print of their choice up to $14! Here's a small sampling of what you'll find in Lori's shop.
   She also has two other shops, one is dedicated to very trendy, lovely and shabby beautiful, The Royal Bead fashion accessories--here's some FABULOUS gorgeous designs from her shop

   
   And, Lori's third shop is Hip Heart which is dedicated to fresh, clean and graphic prints!! I loved it and found my inspiration piece from this shop! Here's the piece that I was inspired by:
And, I got REALLY creative this week, and made a layout using only product
from Cosmo Cricket's new Glubers and Upcycle line
I loved the yellow and gray color scheme of the inspiration piece.
Made a flower using a gluber with pom pom trim and another
flower made of seam binding

   
   Our sponsor for this week Charleston Scrapbook Company and they are offering our second winner a $10 gift certificate.

  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, March 18th at noon!


and our guest designer for March, Libby

Materials
"Niece and NephewCard
Patterned Paper: (Upcylce kit) Cosmo Cricket.
Fibers: (Gray seam binding) Prairie Bird Boutique. (Yellow pom pom trim) Michael's.
Chalk Ink: (Rich Tsukineko).
Accents: (Glubers) Cosmo Cricket. (Turquoise rhinestones and pearls) Michaels. (Chipboard flower & cardstock stickers from Upcycle collection) Cosmo Cricket
Other: (White paint) Delta (Border edge punch) Martha Stewart Crafts.

Best Creations Mini Blog Hop!

   Hey there everyone! Today Best Creation is having a blog hop and I am so happy that you can join us. In these tough economic times a girl has to get creative in order to make her product last longer, so you're going to like this blog hop. We have all created a mini album from ONE piece of paper!!! Super awesome, right? I created my album from one piece of 12" x 12" paper, used ribbons and fibers that I had on hand and only two other pieces of 12" x 12" paper for embellishments. This mini book is for a young athlete to collect and store his baseball mementos in.

Here is the cover of the mini album. This paper was perfect for 
layering and making my own little embellishments.

Close up detail of some of the embellies.

Simple to make! Three pages in an hour and a half. Some of my
cards take longer than that!

The pockets that hold ticket stubs, stickers, photos and more are little home
plates!

Close up detail of the home plate pockets with that yummy 
patterned paper.

The second set of pages leaves room for pictures to be added 
and also has a home plate pocket.

Close up detail of the last page--I thought the glittery baseballs were
so cute!

    Inspired to make your own yet? Well, Julie Walton posted a great little tutorial on how to do this that she learned from Teresa at Winter CHA. Here are some step-by-step directions that Julie Walton created to show you how to make an adorable mini album for yourself using Best Creation paper and embellies.

1. Cut one 12" x 12" piece of paper into three equal parts which will be 4" x 12" each.

2. Fold all three pieces in half, one with the pattern that you want to be on the outside and the other two with the pattern that you are using on the inside. 

Place them together like so

3. Adhere pages together making sure to "kiss" the paper together with a strong adhesive.  
Then decorate and alter the pages any way you like!

So glad that you stopped by. Your next stop is the lovely and talented, Sarah. Have fun!

Paper Vineyard Projects

OMG!!! I have some Paper Vineyard projects to share with you that I had totally forgotten to post here! Paper Vineyard is a scrapbooking store in Chandler, Arizona. All the products featured in these projects can be found at the store!

First up is a wrap for a Dish towel set using paper from the Savor
line from Little Yellow Bicycle
The doily edger die  is from PTI and frames the patterned paper
 from the Savor collection. The collection also comes with cut outs which 
is where the oven mitt came from. I added a bow and some buttons to finish it off.


Next up are a few cards that I made.
This card has a background made from blending pigment inks on 
kraft cardstock with foam. The stickers are from Glitz Designs and the patterned 
paper can be found at Paper Vineyard. The clear ribbon is from
Tim Holtz. All you need to add is some sparkle trim and rhinestones

All the product on this card is from an ATC Kit. All sorts of goodies
can be found such as a fabric flower, coordinating patterned paper, jewels, ric rac and 
more. Add some letters from American Crafts and Jenni Bowlin to create a sentiment.

And finally an altered project.
 Patterned paper from "Once Upon a Springtime" collection by Graphic 45
I love the Beatrix Potter illustrations

Yummy dimension

I am thinking of teaching a class on how to make this book at my LSS.

Etsy Inspired #128--3.5.11

   Good morning everyone! This was an eventful day. I was waiting to receive a happy email from Paper Crafts Go-to-Sketches, and I received one, but it wasn't what I expected. Six of my 44 sketches submitted were chosen for this new Go-To-Sketches for Card makers. So, I made cards for my sketches and guess what?------NONE were selected!!! HA!! Two of my cards were accepted, BUT for OTHER sketches! It just goes to show, you never know what the editors are looking at. I can't wait to see what will be in this fabulous issue, and what people did with my sketches. Oh well, I'll just submit them to another submission call!


   Anyways, today's shop is Desired Things which is a multimedia jewelry shop made from items like beads, polymer clay, resin, paper, fabrics, paints and wire. There's a lot of intricate little goodies in every pieces so you really need to take a CLOSER look! They'll be giving one of our winner's a voucher worth approximately $16 USD. Below is a close up of the piece that influenced and  inspired my card.

I really like the teal and purple colors and the texture of
 the beads from this portion of the painting

Here's my card
I used beads with some new Prima
and pulled some purple and teal into the doily, a bead and the cardstock

   This week's sponsor is Sparkle Creations  which makes fun rubber stamps. They'll be rewarding our second winner with this stamp from the "Josh" line.
   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, March 11th at noon!

and our guest designer for March, Libby

Materials
"Hello Friend" Card
Cardstock: (Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream) PTI.
Patterned Paper: (Restoration collection) Crate Paper.
Fibers: (Lavender seam binding) Prairie Bird Boutique.
Clear Stamps: (Sentiment from Embellishments set and background stamp from Bitty Backgrounds) PTI
Dye Ink: (Pink and Plum) Tsukineko.
Accents: (Beads, and crocheted flower) Prima. (Canvas page) ATC. 
Other: (White paint) Delta

Exciting News!!


Hey there everyone!!! Remember my Winter CHA posts where I shared my FAVORITE products from Winter CHA!!! Here's a little reminder for you. I fell in LOVE with them after  at the show. Well, they were having a DT call at the beginning of February, and I decided to play along, thinking I wouldn't get in.....there's so much fabulous talent out there that I am in shock every time I get picked up for publication or someone recognizes my work.


Well, today was the big reveal at Epiphany Crafts and I was ACCEPTED for the 2011 term!! Oh, I was soooo excited. I actually jumped up and down in my office! Here is some of the BEAUTIFUL product that you can use to make your own epoxies and buttons!!! Just wait for the 2011 new line! from this most ADORABLE company!

 This is the tool you use to punch the desired paper and set the epoxy

Here's all the cute epoxies that you can make

Here's a sneak peek at some 2011 product that I will be playing with

 
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