Friday, September 30, 2011

Passing the Torch

For the past month, I've had a wonderful time being a part of the Amber Ink team. I've have the chance to work with some seriously cute images that I know the recipients have truly enjoyed receiving.

Here is a recap of the projects I've created this month with Amber Ink:
And now it is time for me to pass the torch on. I'm so excited to announce that I will be passing it on to Kristen at My Happy Place. Kristen is truly sweet as a person and in what she makes. I'm so excited to see all the wonderful projects she creates as she carries the torch this October! Make sure that you go over to her blog and congratulate her and watch for her awesome creations. I found out about Kristen through my friend, and fellow torchbearer, Suzanne. Thanks so much, Suzanne for introducing me to Amber Ink and giving me the chance to be a part of their design team for a month!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Amber Ink Project #6 & Paper Players #65

For my final Amber Ink project (yes, its hard to believe this is my final one, already!) I decided to play along with the Paper Players and their sketch for this week.

And here is the card that I created with my Amber Ink goodies:

This adorable starfish came out of the Baby Mermaids set that I purchased (you may remember that as my Amber Ink Project #2). It came with a bunch more sea creatures, too, that I will definitely put to use in the future.

Don't you just love that paisley seahorse patterned ipaper?!! Printed it right off the computer to make this adorable background:

And then I put the .50 digi little top flag banner to use. Yes, this great banner is only .50...a steal!

The supplies on this card that are not mentioned above are the cardstock which are from PTI and SU, the circle die is from Nestabilities, the wave punch from Fiskars, the label punch from SU, the twine from the Twinery, and the sentiment from Amuse. This card is for a very special friend who did just that... she "seas"ed the day, when she singlehandedly put together a 5k fun run/walk to benefit lung cancer awareness this past weekend and was able to raise over $50,000 for the cause! She simply amazes me. I'm getting together with her (Suzanne from the card yard, check out her own post about it here) tomorrow night to craft and I'm really looking forward to it :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hambo DT Project #2

This is the second image that Hambo sent to me for the DT application, the Wee Henrietta Witch. They have a whole line with different Wee Henrietta stamps. Anyway, here's what I created:

A close up on Henrietta's Copic coloring, and her little orange rhinestone earrings:

The ribbon is PTI's Terracotta Tile Grosgrain ribbon. The patterned paper is all from Making Memories, that I found in the Target clearance bin a couple of years ago. The cardstock is SU Rich Razzleberry.

The sentiment is from a SU Halloween set, the rhinestones are from Amuse, and the library clip is also from SU. The Scallop circle is a SU Sizzix die, and the circle punch is also from SU. I really love how this card turned out, it is so sweet, and I know that anyone who receives it (not sure who yet) will love it, could you not, with that cute Wee Henrietta? :) Thanks, Hambo for the chance to be on the DT! (now I hope I can make it so I can work with more of their awesome images :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hambo Stamps Design Team Project #1 & Cool Gift!

I've had such a fun time being on the Design Team for Amber Ink this month, that I decided I wanted to apply to be on another DT. Hambo stamps I just found, and boy do they have CUTE stamps! Part of the application process is that they sent me two digital images. With one you were required to make a card (check back tomorrow for that) and the other you could make whatever you wanted. The image is this cute banana kid, so I decided to make it a tag for some homemade banana bread!


Banana bread works best with very ripe bananas, so I made my banana ripe, too ;) I also wanted it to look like the little guy is holding a sign with the sentiment (that also came with the digital image they sent).

The DSP is SU and so are both ribbons and the library clip. I colored the banana kid with Copics, and used a Nestabilities die for the base of the tag and an SU punch for the scallop. Hopefully they'll like this and my card, I would love to be on their DT. They said they'll let the new team know by the 28th, but in the meantime I thought I'd share what I've made with you (they said it was okay, by the way ;)

On a totally different topic, check THIS out:

Yes that is a CHOCOLATE high heel!! My friend Ann found this for me at a craft fair this weekend, and I couldn't resist taking pics of it (and the awesome matching card that she made) before I bit into it ;) She is so sweet, she got this for me for getting a 100 as my score on our recent Quality Enhancement check at work (someone from corporate comes in as a surprise visit and checks absolutely everything to make sure you're following company standards).

Monday, September 19, 2011

Amber Ink Project #5

My brother got a promotion last month and I've been meaning to make him a card to congratulate him for awhile. Last night, I finally got around to it, and I think he'll like the final result :)

I had never seen a "paper, rock, scissors" stamp before, but when I saw that Amber Ink had them in digi stamps, I knew I wanted it! I spent many fun hours playing this as a kid. First I printed out the 3 images, colored them with Copics, cut them out, then wanted the rock to stand out so he'd get the congratulatory message "You Rock." The arrows helped with that, too ;)

That nice plaid paper? Again from Amber Ink...printed right off my computer. Cool, huh?

When I was done I felt like it needed just another little something, so I added the black rhinestone strip and stapled on the small piece of gingham ribbon to give it those final touches.

The cardstock is from PTI, the arrows are from a SU punch, the mat under the rock is a Nestabilities die, the black rhinestones are SU, and so is the gingham ribbon. The sentiment is from PTI's Grunge Me.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Amber Ink Project #4 & Cupcake Inspiration #128

This week Amber Ink is sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration challenge, so they asked us to play along :) Here is the inspiration cupcake for this week:

And this is what I created:

So I didn't have a cupcake to use, but I did have this simply adorable "carrot cake" Amber Ink digi stamp that I've been itching to use. Who says you can't have pink carrots?

Here you see a close up of the Amber ink iPaper that I used for the background:

I used two hues of pink twine to tie a "candy stripe" bow to go along with the overall "pinkness" of this card :)

The scallop circle in the background is to represent the scallops on the cupcake, obviously I went with pink carrots to go with the pink theme on the cupcake, and then I used some Amuse butterflies to add in that part from the inspiration photo.

The only thing that I didn't use from the inspiration photo were the flowers, but I felt like it made the card too busy. Plus, the tops of the carrots bring in the green from the leaves, so overall, I think I used all elements from the photo. I mentioned all supplies above except for the sentiment which is Amuse, the cardstock which is PTI, and the scallop circle which is SU Sizzix. I used Copics to color the cake, and my Crop-a-dile to punch out the circles in the scallop circle. This was a fun challenge, you should go over and check it out, too! Just click here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Amber Ink Project #3

Amber Ink gave this month's DT members a chance to use some brand new, not even released, yet, digi stamps! There are several sewing girls, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a card for Anita, my husband's great aunt that we visit in Maine and who helps me with my crafty projects. She makes gorgeous quilts (and cross stitch, and knitted items, and the list goes on!). So here's what I made for her:

Close up of the new digital stamp and some of Amber Ink's awesome ipaper, as well!

The alphabet stamp was actually given to me by one of my Big Sisters from the Divine Secret Siblings group on Split Coast Stampers. It is from Close to My Heart, and I knew it would go well with this stamp :)

The top of the card is actually from PTI's banner builder set, I thought it went well because it had the "stitches."

The other supplies on this card are ribbon from SU, sentiment from PTI, cardstock from PTI, and rhinestones from Amuse.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Moxie Fab World: Square Sketch Challenge

Here's the Moxie Fab Sketch that I used:

And here's the card I created:

A close up of the hydrangeas colored with Copics:

Aren't those little mosaic tiles cute? Found them awhile back at Michaels, but they just haven't really matched any of my cards, yet, but today, they're perfect :) The punch is Martha Stewart.

I used PTI's summer jar fillers for my card today. I also used Spring Rain cardstock and gingham ribbon. The sentiment is also PTI from Signature Greetings. Everything on the card is PTI except for the mosaic tiles. This is a thank you note to my friend Ann who gave us a welcoming basket full of snacks for our camper!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

CAS #19 & Moxie Fab Card Ideas Horizontal Sketch

CAS-ual Friday challenged us to make a fall themed card with paper piercing this week.

Moxie Fab World had this sketch challenge to use:
And here's the thank you card that I created with the two challenges:

I did my paper piercing on the acorns...cute, huh?

Close up of the Houndstooth background and yellow twine:

I stamped the sentiment in a color really close to the background, so its not showing up very clearly in the photos, sorry!

Everything on this card is from PTI except the twine which is from the Twinery. The acorns and leaf are from Autumn Acorns. I also used the matching dies. The paper is from PTI's Autumn paper pack that came out last month. The rhinestones are from Amuse. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Make It Monday #31 & Color Throwdown #158

This week's Make It Monday was to use a non background stamp to make a background.
And Color Throwdown offered these colors for inspiration:
And this is what I created:

I didn't have the right blue, and now I feel like I should have gone more for turquoise, but oh well, too late now. Also, I didn't have a light grey, so that is a blueish/greyish color that I used instead. The other two colors are correct.

I used the words "eek" and "boo" to create my background on the top and the faces from the treat buckets to create my background on the bottom.

On this card, I used the simply adorable Sweets and Treats PTI Halloween set that was just given to me as a complete surprise from my awesome friend/PTI pen pal, Dana! I was not expecting it at all, and it was such a delightful surprise for my birthday :) But after she got me the set I HAD to get the dies ;) So I used the dies on this card as well. I also used one of the doily dies from PTI. The paper is a mixture between SU and PTI. The DSP and ribbon are SU. The little bat embellishments I'm not sure where they are from, found them in my stash and they just worked well with this card ;)