Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Funky Owls legal size card (ColourQ 56)

Hi everyone! Back for another quick post! I saw this challenge over at ColourQ and thought I would never have put these colors together normally so, I should definitely give it a try! This new SU! owl punch has been calling my name & I thought these would be GREAT "owl colors" ;) Pretty self explanantory card, everything is SU! except for the buttons and metal flowers. The metal flowers are making memories and the buttons are;green-Hobby Lobby, purple: Hot Spot at Archivers. The branches are made with the SU! bird punch.

Thanks for checking out my card! :) I hope you have a STELLAR week! :)Noelle

Feelin' a little Witchy (curtain Call 53 & 2s4y 64)

Hi there! I hope everyone is doing well! I am having a super week and gearing up for a fun scrapbook retreat the weekend, Yay!! Since half my stuff is packed, I am multitasking my 2 fave challenges. This is for Laura's sketch at 2s4y and the Curtain Call Challenge at Stacey's Stamping Stage . My jumping off point was this fun card by Angie Tieman at Schwooo! Isn't it great? I'm a big fan of Angie's work:) she is one of the design team at 2s4y. I took her black and ivory print paper idea & used a sheet music piece instead- my first time trying the sheet music trend, it is fun, particularly on a vintage look like this. I stamped my little witch on a piece of Whisper White cardstock & colored her with a combination of Copics and SU! markers. Then I tore a corner off the sheet music piece and I sponged the edges of all the pieces with Basic Gray ink and a sponge. I also sponged my witch piece with Daffodil Delight ink. In keeping with that torn look I also tore my Daffodil Delight piece on the main panel. I turned that lower right hand corner up on the white piece, the gray piece and my Daffodil card base- that's a new technique for me as well, it looks cool! On my card base I ran some sticky strip along the left hand side near the fold & glittered it with silver glass glitter. For that strong horizontal line across the middle I used some ruffled ribbon in gray and black. Finally, I made a fun, random bow from a crochet ribbon, some orange ribbon, a button from my jar, and a vintage brad.

Supply list: solid cardstock, crochet ribbon, orange ribbon, vintage brad, glass glitter, inkpads, sponges, Greeting Card Kids stamp set, All Holidays stamp set & markers:SU!; gray & black ruffled ribbons, sheet music paper: The Paper Studio, markers:Copic

Well that's it for me today! I hope you have a great week & a spooooky Halloween! I am scrapbooking mega Disney pages this weekend, I'll show you some next week! Please leave a comment or follow if you can, I would LOVE to hear from you!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

2s4y- Kazan's Sketch 64 "Happy Ho ho ho holidays!!!"

Hi all! I hope you are all doing well today:) I am finally making the time to get to this week's 2s4y! I feel a little silly using this stamp again ( I recently used it for another sketch over there...) But when I saw the sketch I just really wanted to use this one again, I just LOVE this stamp! I'm normally not even that into Santas, but this guy has such personality:) Ok-details. I don't have a large scallop punch or die, so I used my CM wavy cutter to make the edge of my card base (SU! Cherry Cobbler color). I then punched the little clovers in it with one of the punches from my SU! mini punch pack. Then for the center strip I layered a snowflake piece and another patterned piece from the My Mind's Eye "Holly Jolly" line. LOVE these papers, they are just gorgeous!! The patterned papers are layered over a piece of SU! Baja Breeze punched with a fancy Martha Stewart Crafts punch. Now for that square piece the Santa is on, I used my new ink/brayer/embossing folder technique (see previous post for more details), using Baja breeze ink on Baja Breeze cardstock. Then I sprayed it with Vanilla Smooch Spritz for that Christmas glitz! I stamped my Santa on Ivory cardstock and colored him with Copics- I glittered the trim on his hat with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Finally I stamped my sentiment and punched it out with a (very old)  EK Success tag punch & accented it with a mini library clip from SU!
Well that's it for me today, I will be back this week with some more fun challenges!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Long Fellows 4 card set (Curtain Call 52)

 Hi all ! We got home from our trip on Weds. evening ( 6 hours later than planned looooong story, but I will just say, not a fan of cheaptickets site-GRRR!) Things have been truly insane & just getting crazier! We had a GREAT time on our trip, however (pic of my boys below- look at their shirts if you want to know where we went!;) I made these cards yesterday for the challenge at Stacey's Stamping Stage- have to post them now before I head out again  or I'll miss the deadline-ack!! These were SO fun to make! I used a new technique for me on that circle piece. I saw this on another blog and I am SO so sorry but I don't remember where-I looked around a bit & couldn't find it. If it was yours, comment or message me & I will add your link! Anyway- this is what you do- ink up your embossing folder with a brayer and then add your paper & run it through your machine- the letterpress look without the extra tools! HOW COOL IS THAT?? :) Nothing else really super involved, some patterned paper & some layering. All the cards are the same except for the ribbon & chipboard button accents are different on each one. Well- that's it for me, I have to RUN! Thanks for checking me out! Please comment or follow, I would love to hear from ya!!

Supply list: patterned papers; SU and My Mind's Eye; punches:EK/SU; chipboard buttons: Love, Elsie; giant staples:fastenater; embossing folder:Cuttlebug; assorted ribbons; solid cardstock:SU; markers: Copic

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Ian!

 Happy Birthday to my sweet Ian!!! It's hard to believe that 10 years ago today I became a mom. It's super special to be celebrating this birthday with my boy while we are on vacation!!! Yipeeee!!! I hope he likes his present, the card gives you a clue to what it is;) but since I couldn't actually bring it with me, he will have to settle for a photo until we get home! I'll be back home on Weds. and I will bring you some more fun challenges later this week!!! Have a great one!!-Noelle

Monday, October 11, 2010

2s4y Design Team Call - 3 cards:)

 Hi all- as I mentioned in the last post, I'm on my way out of town-wahooo! But I really wanted to give a final shot at this design team call for 2s4y. They are picking TWO designers this week!!!  I made 3 different cards, all using this week's sketch & decided to consolidate them into one post, hope that's cool:)

Snowflake Card- (all supplies SU! unless noted)
The brown background is dry embossed with the Cuttlebug folder & sprayed with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz. I stamped the large circular snowflake stamp (hero arts) in Baja Breeze ink on Vanilla cardstock. I cut it out with the circle cutter & then mounted it on a larger Marina Mist circle and a scallop die cut (nestabilities) I cut 2 large snowflakes out on my Cricut (Winter Woodland cartridge) and I glittered the smaller one with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I put a vintage brad through the center of the whole circular embellishment.
I made a pseudo "bow" from brown striped ribbon (SU!) and layered my fancy circle on top. For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment (Penny Black stamp) on Vanilla & cut the end to give it a banner look. I then used 2 dimensionals to lay it down so it had movement.

Butterfly card- (all supplies SU! unless noted)
For this card I started with a card base of Elegant Eggplant, then layered on a piece of Rich Razzleberry, then I brayered Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Melon Mambo, and Rose Red onto a piece of Presto Patterns cardstock. I sprayed Vanilla Smooch Spritz onto the piece to give it some shine. I inked up my stamp with multiple markers, and then punched it out with a 1 3/4" circle punch. I used the jumbo scallop circle punch to punch out a piece of my patterned paper (Basic Grey) and I ruffled around it with some fuschia ribbon from my stash. Then I made a bold stripe out of some Rose Red cardstock and another piece of the Basic Grey paper. Finally I punched two butterflies, one from Rich Razzleberry cardstock and one from Night& Day patterned acetate & I layered them. then I added 2 rhinestones to the butterfly body and 3 to the bottom of the card.  I added the butterly to the card to make it look like it was fluttering away.

Monster card- This was a simple card & super fun! I used Basic Black, Real Red and Bashful Blue cardstock (SU!) I stamped the sentiment from MFT "Little Loveosaurus" then I dry embossed the blue piece in the Cuttlebug. I made the bold stripe from October afternoon paper & sticker strip. Then I made the monster panel with a large October Afternoon sticker & a Sassafrass monster sticker.
Well that is it for me! I will be out of town, so I will answer comments when I get back. When i get back late next week I will try to get a challenge or 2 in & I'll show you pictures of my vacation! Thanks to my stamping buddy Mindy for keeping an eye on my place! Have a great week:) -Noelle

Curtain Call 51- 2 cards

 Hi there! A couple really quick posts today, because things are CRAZY! We leave for vacation on Weds. morning and then I just found out hubby has to take a one day trip to D.C. tomorrow??? Ack! That leaves ME getting the boys ready ALONE **hyperventilating**! I just REALLY wanted to get to this challenge over at Stacey's Stamping Stage before I leave.  

The robot card is inspired by a episode of "Dear Genevieve" (interior design show) that I watched the other day. In the episode, Genevieve Gorder used a similar randon, funky pattern to the background I used here on the wainscoting in a fun family room. I thought it would be a new idea & something fun to execute in paper:) The robot has a clear epoxy sticker on his belly & colored pearls for eyes. I watercolored him with inkpads and blender pens.

On the bird card, I stamped the "wood" panel, the bird one is patterned paper & then solid Daffodil Delight. I made the circle embellishment with stamps, inks & punches, as well as a chipboard button.

Well that's it for me- one more post & then I will see you back here late next week! Thanks to my stamping buddy Mindy for housesitting!! xoxoxo-Noelle

Supply list: all stamps, solid cardstock, inks, punches-SU!, gear "punch"-iTop, Gear sticker- We R Memory Keepers, bird patterned paper-Basic Grey.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Home card (ColorQ, SFYTT)

Hi there!!! Here's a quickie post for the day & then I've got a busy one ahead! This is for this week's colourQ53  and SFYTT 46.  I've actually never done the colourQ challenge before, so this is a first for that one. I am CRAZY about these colors though, so it was a good one to cut my teeth on:) I flipped Jen's sketch onto it's side & used these little stamps & coordinating cloud paper from SU! that I haven't used much. They are from last year's Sale-a-bration sets. For that diagonal piece, I used a new cloud die from My Favorite Things. I stamped the little houses onto white, then cut them out & popped them up with dimensionals. I stamped the trees right onto the cloud paper. This card has alot going on! I toned it down by only using tonal patterned papers & mounting them on the same color of solid cardstock. The only one I did NOT do that on is the die cut cloud piece. I wanted that piece to take "star billing" and be the first thing you look at- so I made it the boldest of the colors, The Pacific Point blue, contrasted it with the bright white clouds & then mounted it on contrasting cardstock. Then your eye goes to the house panel next & slows down to take in the little scene.  Finally you will likely look at the sentiment and the details of the card.

I hope you like my card! If you are a new visitor, I am a new bloggist & looking for followers, please take a minute to check out my blog & see if my style inspires you- I'd love for you to join in:) I'll be back soon with some more fun challenges! -Noelle
Supply list: stamps: (Good Neigbors, Right at Home-both retired) SU!, patterned papers & solid cardstock: (colors listed on ColourQ photo)SU!, chipboard button: Love Elsie, bakers twine: jillibean soup, coordinating inkpads:SU!, punches-SU!/EK Success, cloud die:My Favorite Things

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My first Moxie Fab challenge!! Petticoat Card/pleated ribbon

 Hello, I'm back with my first ever attempt at a Moxie Fab challenge! Here is the link to Moxie Fab. The challenge is to use pleats in an innovative way. I started on this idea on a previous post here. I was thinking that the pleated ribbon underneath the large scallop reminded me of women's clothing in the 1800's when they used to wear petticoats. Back in my theater days we had to wear petticoats and corsets when we did period acting. I will tell you those corsets are really uncomfortable! No wonder women fainted on a regular basis!  I'm glad to live in modern times where jeans and t-shirts are acceptable clothing for women:)  However, there is something unmistakebly feminine about a ruffly petticoat, so that was my jumping off point.

I cut my card front out of Going Gray cardstock & used my large curved scallop punch along the bottom. I sprayed the whole front with Vanilla Smooch Spritz to give it some glimmer. Then I ran some sticky Strip along the back side and pleated my satin ribbon along that adhesive. I ended up cutting off a bit of the top of the card front because I wanted the red back of the card to show a bit at the bottom. For the main stamped panel, I stamped my image on white & colored with the Copics. Then I mounted it on some purple cardstock (retired SU!-sorry I'm not sure of the color...) I scored the front and back pieces near the top and adhered them together with sparkly white brads. I made a "poinsettia" out of red scalloped circles, similar to the flowers I've been making alot lately. Wet the layers and fold towards the center, unflod & shape, sprayed with the Smooch Spritz as well. When it was dry, I added a fancy white filigree brad & a puched snowflake. Final step was to add some rhinestones both to the stamped image & also to the scallop near the "petticoat" ribbon.

Supply list; cardstock (Real Red, Whisper White, going Gray and purple) SU!, stamp-SU!, fancy brads: The Paper Studio, punches;EK Success, snowflake punch: Martha Stewart Crafts, markers;Copic, Smooch Spritz, rhinestones;Hobby Lobby

Red, purple and gray might be a little bit of weird colors for Christmas, but I like this card- it is very fancy:)

I hope you like it too! Have a great day!! -Noelle

CASE study (2nd try for the week)

Hi all! Well, I thought I was done with this challenge for the week, and then while cleaning up last night, I came across this patterned paper in my scrap bin that reminded me SO much of the stamp that Muse Barbara Anders used in her inspiration card. Here is the link to CASE study so you can see. Her card is so simple and lovely, I thought- "what the hey, why not make another one?" (besides, I fully admit, that my first attempt might have been a wee bit "out there" lol;) This layout is pretty and simple. One could easily make a stack of these to give away pretty quickly, particularly if you used premade paper flowers, like I did here. Ok, so obviously I used the paper as my "jumping off point." I grabbed the bolder colors from the paper itself. I deided to carry the patterned panel all the way through to the bottom & I used a rub-on for my sentiment instead of a stamp. I also picked up on the flower with the text on it. You can see that 2 of the flowers I used in my layered embellishment have script on them. I was giving my card a more funky and less antique feel, and I think the rub-on font and the funky chipboard button add to that look.

Supply list: patterned paper: K & Company??, solid cardstock:SU! (Taken with Teal and Old Olive), paper flowers;Prima and Hero Arts, ribbon: My Favorite Things, rub-on:SU!, chipboard button: love, elsie.

I'll be back in a bit with some more fun challenges-see you soon! -Noelle

Friday, October 8, 2010



 Hey there!!! Here's a very WILD card I made for the challenge over at Case Study this week. Here is the link if you want to play along. To the right here is the Muse card made by Barbara Anders! I took my inspiration from Barbara's layout & strong graphic botanical in the background. I also used the handmade scalloped piece, but turned it into a bird's "nest." Now, if you are curious as to where I picked up this WILD color scheme, that's my purse below. I love this bag, it's so funky, crazy and fun! I've often thought that these colors were wild together & that I personally would never have even DREAMED of putting them together, but I love the way it looks! So, I was inspitred to try and make a card with the same colors/look. I thought this layout would be good as it's pretty simple and the eye is drawn to the large main panel first.

All of the colored pieces on the black background are die-cut, either on the Cricut or the Cuttlebug. For the bird accent I punched 5 scallop circles out of Crumb Cake/Kraft cardstock. I secured them in the center with a brad, and sprayed the whole thing with water. Layer by layer I scrunched them towards the center, like a flower (I sprayed more water where needed). Then I unfolded them, layer by layer and sprayed the whole thing with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. I then dried the "nest" (I was trying to make more of a nest than a flower....) with my embossing gun.
Supply List: Cricut cartridge (Home Accents), various dies: Cuttlebug and Sizzix, scallop circle punch:EK Success/SU!, solid cardstock:SU! (colors: Basic Black, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Going Gray, Taken with Teal and Crumb Cake), rubon;SU!, ribbon:SU!, half pearl:Michaels, ribbon:Michaels. 
Well, that's it for me today, a fabulous holiday weekend to all!-Noelle

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pretty Purple Snowflakes

Do you remember that old R& B song "Purple Snowflakes?" Probably not, as I have a liking of all Christmas music, but particularly obscure Christmas music. That song is DEFINITELY obscure!! Just don't sing "The First Noel" to me & we will be all good, ok? I've been serenaded with that song a few too many times in my lifetime, lol;)

So, this card is for two challenges Mojo Monday #159 and Color Throwdown #113. You can see the colors & the sketch on the side here. I used my new Christmas set again, I'm kind of
into Christmas cards this week, in case you couldn't tell.... ;) So I cut the snowflake & cloud from dies out of craft felt. If youv'e never tried, I've found I can cut felt with MOST brands of dies in the Cuttlebug, you just need to stabilize it with paper, so if you are using a Cuttlebug die, the "sandwich" would be- A plate, B plate, die, felt, paper, B plate. When I first saw these colors, I was unsure if I'd ever used purple and brown together before, but I have to say I will try it again, I really liked the way it turned out! For my little snowman, I embossed him in silver EP on                 Vanilla cardstock, then I sprayed him with the Vanilla Smooch Spritz & colored his mittens, scarf and hat with brown and plum markers. The Smooch Spritz gives him a little shimmer, I tried glittering him, but it was just WAY too much. 
Supply list: cloud die-MFT, snowflake die-Cuttlebug, oval & scallop circle punches-EK Success/SU!, Stamp "Jolly Old Sanit Nicholas"- SU!, reindeer paper-My Mind's eye, striped paper-DCWV, markers-SU!, purple ribbon-SU! twine-SU!, large curve punch-EK Success.
 I hope you like my card! Please comment or follow, I would LOVE to hear from you:)!!   -Noelle

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Glittery Vintage Christmas for 2s4y-Stacey's Sketch

Those new stamps were just calling my name today, and my housework is suffering because of it, lol! Here's a card for the bonus sketch over at 2s4y, this is for Stacey's sketch. As you can see, I crammed as much glitz & glitter on this card as humanly possible! Just kidding, although, this is quite a bit more "bling" than I usually do.

My theme was "vintage glamour" with this card. As you can see, I flipped Stacey's sketch horizontally, I'm trying to get out of a vertical card RUT! I colored my stamped image with the Copics (I am officially HOOKED on Copics, just in case you couldn't tell....) then I mounted it on some more of that no-name gold paper (see previous post..) it was still sitting out from the last card. I border punched the edge of the gold with a cool Martha Stewart border punch & trimmed a bit. I added a strip of Sticky Strip and covered it in the Champagne glass glitter. I ran some gold ribbon behind it on the card base & then mounted the whole thing onto a card base made from Cherry Cobbler. A bunch of teeny pearls complete the look. 
My bow was made from the same gold ribbon, which was wired ribbon, but I removed the wire & then used it to gather my bow in the center. The final touch is a super duper fancy snowflake sticker, acting as the "brooch" on the bow.

                                                                               Supply list: solid cardstock (Vanilla, cherry Cobbler)-SU!, Stamp-SU!, glass glitter-SU!, markers-Copic, Sticker-Jolee's, punch-Martha Stewart crafts.  Well, that's it for me today, I hope you like my glamorous card! Now off to do some not so glamorous laundry;) Have a stellar day! -Noelle