Friday, March 27, 2009

Basic Grey Challenge #28 - Sketch Challenge

Its Friday night at 12:41 AM and I am posting my Basic Grey Challenge!!! I think I may be the first person this week!!! I have a lot of work to get done this weekend, so I worked hard tonight to get some of my chores done but saved some energy so I could play in the NEW Basic Grey challenge this week.

I used Marrakech papers and brads. The stamped image of the elephant is also by Basic Grey to match these papers. These are BRAND NEW for me and I was excited to be using them together!!!

You can find this challenge here: BasicGrey Challenges

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Belli Challenge #60 - Bookmarks

Hello friends, its Wednesday, so its Creative Belli Challenge day!!! This week we are taking a new look at Bookmarks!!! The Design Team has some awesome ideas for bookmarks. There are so many different kinds of bookmarks out there that are so easy to create, including mine from above!!!

I am showing you 3 different views above. The first bookmark is what the bookmark looks like when its in use. The 2nd bookmark is a photo of the full bookmark. It has a 1 1/2" flap on top to fold over your page. The 3rd photo is the view from the rear. There are 2 little magnets on the back flap and when you close it over the page, the magnets meet so it stays in place.

If you wanted to make a bookmark like mine, I started with the base cardstock that measures 7 1/2" x 2" piece. I scored the top flap down 1 1/2" down from the top. The Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper is cut 5 7/8" x 1 7/8". The circles were cut with the Mega Scallop Circle punch and the 2" circle punch. The butterfly is cut with the Nesties Butterfly die cut run thru the Cuttlebug machine. I found words that would fit across the bottom. Both are from Stampin Up sets. Cherish comes from Baroque Motifs and Priceless from from Priceless (the name of the set). I made a lacy border for the words using Stampin Up's scallop border punch and the eyelet border punch.

Please stop by the NEW Creative Belli Blog and check out ALL the awesome bookmarks the Design Team has come up with. You will be amazed!!! Then make some time to play along!!!

Thanks for stopping by blog today!!! Make it a great day.

Bookmark recipe:

Stamps: SU Baroque Morifs, Priceless
Cardstock: Su Green Galore, Basic Black, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Basic Grey Urban Prairie collection
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Mego Scallop Circle punch, 2" circle punch, Nestibilities Butterfly die cut/Cuttlebug machine, scallop border punch, eyelet border punch, Basic Grey magnets

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Basic Grey Challenge #27 - Texture

I did it!!!! I finally completed a card for a challenge!!! The last 2 weeks have been rough on me. Tax season was fine up until two weeks ago. Then I was gone for an entire weekend, that didnt help either. But I am back stamping and it feels good.

I made this card for the Basic Grey challenge this week, one of my most favorite challenges!!! The challenge for this week was to create texture on your card and using at least ONE Basic Grey product. I used Basic Grey Mellow papers on this card. I love the bright colors in this collection and the base color is: Did you guess??? Chocolate!!!!

I used the flower from the Stampin Up set called True Friend and used felt flowers in place of the stamped image for the flower. I punched the ovals with the Mega Oval punch and the scalloped backing with the Giga Scallop Oval punch. The green panel was embossed with my Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots. The striped panel was embossed with the circles (dont have a clue what this embossing folder is called, sorry)!!! I then embellished the green panel with brown dew drops. The words on the ribbon were mounted on a piece of chip board covered with Mellow Juicy. The words were then stamped in Chocolate Chip onto the orange paper. The ribbon is from Stampin" Up!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!! Make it a great week!!!


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Stampin Up True Friend, Stampin Up Great Greetings
Cardstock/Papers: Stampin Up Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey Mellow
Ink: Stampin Up Chocolate Chip and Old Olive
Accessories: Flower Fusion (felt flowers)by Stampin Up, Bling Brad (in the center of flower) by Stampin Up, chipboard and ribbon both from Stampin Up, Dew Drops by Sweet N Sassy Stamps.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #3

Hello Friends, its been a while since my last post, I do apologize. But I am back with another Truly Scrumptious challenge for you. We have another sketch challenge for you with a twist. You must use something shiny on your creation. So here is the sketch for you to follow:

and here is my sample:

Now I used a strip of shiny purple cardstock on the bottom. Unfortunately, it is really hard to photograph. When taking this picture on the angle, that strip of cardstock looks black. When shooting the picture straight on, the only way you can tell that strip is purple, is from the the flash reflection. This card really looks much cutier in real life, I promise.

Now if you want to learn from my example, stay away from dark shiny cardstock. Maybe you can try brads or glassy glaze or what ever you may find in your stash!!!

Dont forget to check out the Truly Scrumptious Challenge Blog to see all the other beautiful creations from the rest of the Design Team!!! This sketch was designed by Beth this week.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Pink Gem Designs!!! You definately will want to check out this great website with the cutest stamps!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Stampin' Up Crazy For Cupcakes
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, Stampin' Up Lovely Lilac
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, SU Gable Green, SU Pink Pirouette, Design Paper from DCWV The Glitter Stack, Shiny Cardstock from my stash (I've had it so long, I dont even remember when it came from lol)
Accessories: Eyelet Border punch, Stampin Up Markers, SU White Silk ribbon, SU pink brads, 1 3/8" circle punch, key tag punch, Mega scalloped circle punch, Happy Birthday Cuttlebug embossing folder,

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #2

Hello Friends!!! Its Wednesday and its time for our 2nd Truly Scrumptious challenge!!! This week, we have another awesome sketch challenge for you. Here it is:

There is also a 2nd challenge to go along with this sketch. That challenge is to use buttons somewhere on your creation, but only handmade buttons!!! Put on your thinking caps for this one. Here is a link to making your own buttons with your Nestibilities and Shrinky Dinks. Good luck and have fun!!!

Here is my card for this challenge:

I was so excited I got to use my brand new Basic Grey Marrakech papers. The colors are truly scrumptious. I paired the Marrakech papers with Stampin Ups' Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal and Tangerine Tango.

Our sponsor for this challenge will be Sketching Stamper. Go check out her blog/store, its fabulous!!!

Have fun with this challenge, remember to post your link to your creation in the comments post on the Truly Scrumptious blog. Check out all the awesome eye candy from the Design Team!!! Get Creative!!! Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!!!

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Stampin Up Travel Sketchbook (retired)
Ink: Pacific Point and Chocolate Chip both Stampin Up
Cardstock: All Stampin Up: Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Basic Grey Marrakech
Accessories: Square Nestibilities, Classic and Scalloped, Basic Grey Marrakech brads, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, 2" circle punch, Giga Scallop Circle punch, Stampin Up scallop circle die cut

Creative Belli Challenge #57 - Color

Our Belli Challenge now has a NEW HOME!!! We have also changed the name of the Challenge to Creative Belli Challenge!!! We changed the name because the Belli Challenge was originally formed by Holly, Chris and myself. Check out our new site, we hope you like it!!! You can subscribe to our blog so you can follow along with each new challenge posted EVERY WEDNESDAY!!!

Our Color Challenge for you today is to pull out that color that you hate, and create something with it. Do you shy away from Orange (thats only Hollys worst color lol)? Do you find Gray to be boring? Is Yellow not your color? Pull out that one color and use it!

For the Belli Design Team, Chris sent us all images from new stamp sets that have just recently released from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. The very cool thing about this is, one set, His Eye on the Sparrow stamp set was drawn/designed by our very own Chris Dickinson and Easter Lily was drawn/designed by our very own Courtney Fowler!!! Lets give them a round of applause!!! Great job ladies!!!

I used images from His Eye on the Sparrow. I used Stampin Up Bella Rose Designer Series paper.

So come join us today at the Creative Belli Blog and take the Belli challenge with us!!! Check out the Design Teams awesome Eye Candy, leave them some love on their blogs and Have Fun!!! When you upload your challenge to SCS (Splitcoaststampers) or to PCP (Paper Craft Planet), please use keyword CBC57

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look, make it a great day!!! You always have that choice!!!

Card Recipe:

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip (you just knew I had to use my favorite color lol), Rose Red, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
Ink: Memento Black
Stamps: Sweet N Sassy Eye of the Sparrow
Accessories: Stampin Up Markers, Dew Drops, White Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Creative Belli Blog

Hello Friends

I have some exciting news for you today. Our Belli Challenges will now be located on one blog:

Our very first challenge will be there tomorrow!!! Please stop by and subscribe to the blog so you can follow along with the challenges every WEDNESDAY!!!

In addition to that exciting news, we will be doing two different things -

1. Every other week, we will be having a Guest Designer...
2. We are looking for Sponsors for prizes! Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is generously offering some Digi-stamps. If you know of anyone else who would like to sponsor us one time or every 4-6 weeks, we would LOVE it!

We have a new Banner and would be SO honored if you put it on your blog! This Blinkie and Banner was designed by Dani at Dani gets Crafty! I absolutely LOVE her style - clean and simple and WOW. My mind does not go there when I stamp so I admire this style because I do not do it well. Go share some love to Dani. I think she did a beautiful job on the banner and blinkie!

Now for some of you who may be new to the Belli Blog, you may wonder what in the heck our Belli's have to do with Paper Crafting!?

What is the Belli Challenge you ask?Belli's = Embellishments. Each week, we will give you a challenge that will use things we have lying around our stamp rooms or homes! With a constant flow of new things coming out, we tend to forget about the other things we have and they quickly become clutter!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday to participate in this week's BELLI CHALLENGE! Thank you for stopping by! Have a FABULOUS DAY!