Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stitched Stockings

I love the stitched stocking stamp set and coordinating punch. At first glance, it seems like it is soo limited to just stockings...but leave it to crafters to get creative with how they use their tools!! So awesome. I have seen it used as a hobby horse, baby booties, and even two together can make it into a sweater!! Gotta have tools that have more than one long as it has more than one purpose, we can buy it....right?? ha ha ha
So, in keeping with my christmas theme...I have my PPA112 challenge entry!! It is an elements of style challenge today and the element is Lace! well...I think I can do that...pair lace with some vintage christmas colours and you've got yourself a beautiful christmas card!

Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Versamark.
Markers: Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke.
Punches: Stocking Builder Punch, Eyelet Border, Scallop Edge Border.
Stamps: Many Merry Messages, Stitched Stockings, Winter post.
Embellishements: Antique Brads, Victoria 5/8" Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder.
Misc Tools: Sponges, Piercer tool, Sticky Strip, Heat Tool, Simply Scored, SNAIL, Stampin Dimensionals.

So, that is my challenge entry...I really like this card, but if I were to do it again, I would put a few more layers in the border area and probably use some DSP also. That being said, I like how it turned out and and I'm going to be proud to give that to a family member for christmas!

- Mona

Submitted at: Pals Paper Arts 112: Elements of Style - Lace
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Kids are Alright

Hello has been so long...i see my mother has done a good job of maintaining my blog! ha ha maintaining it, I mean making it her own!! ha ha ha...It's all good....someone has to do it!

Anyways it has been so long...I have been watching all my mom's posts and been like...okay I need to get going on this again...get my mojo going and what i have been crafting, just fallen off I will have quite a few things to show you in the coming weeks!! yay!!! anyways...I was at work yesterday for the first day all week, and was informed that one of my colleagues and close friends, her daughter was in an accident (on tuesday) in which she was run over by a 1 tonne truck...the nurse in me is thinking there is huge potential for major disability and death in this situation and the mother in me is screaming oh my god!! I just couldn't believe it. The story was told to me and as a mother I just can't imagine...and as a mother who is a nurse in the operating room and sees tons of bad things happen, and knows the medicine side of things, just makes it that much worse. I just was sick to my stomach. Seeing your child intubated is not something that anyone ever wants to see. a parents worst nightmare. You can bet that every nurse I work with, it is their worst nightmare to be working on shift and your son/daughter, or your kids friends come into the operating room as a trauma...I felt so bad for my girlfriend. the end, everything is all good, her daughter is in fact already at home (the incident occurred on tuesday), so I was just so else can a crafter do than to make a card to send over! so this was my inspiration for the title of my post and my card.

Closeup of Saying:
Cardstock - Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Whisper White, Sahara Sand.
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Sahara Sand.
Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Pursuit of Happiness, Petite Pairs.
Punches: Decorative Label, Curly Label,1 1/4" Circle Punch.
Embellishements: Sponges, Mini Silver Brads, Silver Foil Smooch Spritz.
Misc Items: SNAIL, Stampin Dimensionals, Peircer Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Simply Scored, Clear Blocks.
I just LOVE the stamp set pursuit of happiness. It is hands down one of the best sayings stamp set in this years IB&C. I just love it. the fonts, everything. and this saying "Everything will be okay in the end, if it isn't okay, it isn't the end." I love it, it is so perfect for so many supportive type cards. I love love love it.  Anyway, I know that il ove all the stamp sets i used, but I just hope that she likes the card...I think the colours reflect her style and personality also. Anywho, I should get going here...I gotta save my rhubarb crisp from the oven in a few minutes!! thanks for checking me out!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Hello...Mona again here with another Pals Paper Arts card creation!  I am totally loving this challenge!  It is totally opening up my crafting mind and I love love love this card.  It is soo cute!  I love the merry winter stamp set and it's really cute little sayings that come with the two snowmen and sled...the only thing that I would love to have to finish up this card (maybe) is the northern flurries embossing folder instead of elegant lines. (Maybe that will be on my next order...I'm sure I am due for a good sized order...right??)  Even without the Northern Flurries embossing foloder, it is one of my favorite holiday cards that I have made so far!
I love how a bit of versamark brayered across the elegant lines embossed area used with heat and stick powder and dazzling diamonds glitter just adds a beautiful fine dusting of glitter to the card.  Really gives a cute winter wonderland sort of feel to it.  It is sort of difficult to tell (about the glitter from the picture) so I apologize...for the photo, but I just love it!  Mary Fish (Stampin Pretty), my upline is so right when she talks about how participating in a challenge really opens your creativity up.  It really has gotten me to step it up a notch to try and keep up with all the other ladies and gents that participate in this one!!!  ha ha ha...Anyways....please enjoy the card.  I hope you get a bit of inspiration for yourselves!!
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White.
Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark.
Markers: Marina mist, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie.
Stamps: Merry Winter
Tools: 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Ticket Punch, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Heat Tool, Brayer, Big Shot, SNAIL, Glue Dots.
Embellishments: Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones.

Thanks for stickin around again this week!  Hope to see you all again soon!!  Keep creating!!!


Submitted at:
PPA111: Sketch Challenge

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Haunting Love

Hello everyone,

Mona here!!  So remember when I said that I was going to try and do the rest of the Pals Paper Arts challenge's in a christmas theme...well I found out that it was hard to do a halloween theme challenge as a christmas card. So....I made one halloween Card.  I love halloween, but I don't really send anyone I decided to do a little "i love you" with a halloween card for my hubby....I am pretty sure he'll like it. Sometimes I think he should come to some of my workshops...then I would get a chance to receive some just because cards!!  ha ha ha...
Anyways...this card was really fun to make.  I got a chance to try making a rosette!!  woo hoo!!  I've seen it so much this last little while, and it is on the cover of the holiday mini!! so....I received my simply scored tool and decided that there was no sense in wasting time and put it straight to work!  I tell you...that tool made it soo simple to make this beautiful accent.  A roesette wreath is a really beautiful accent for any projects, and it's painfully easy to make!!!
Anyways, the one thing that I wish I did was to make the flourish pop out a bit more from underneath, when I was making it I thought that it did pop out more, and by the time I realised it didn't my wreath was already stuck down with sticky strip!  and nothing is going anywhere when sticky strip is involved!!  ha ha ha...Anyways, this is my card for this week!!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, Whisper White.
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz.
Stamps: Season of Joy (swirl in background), Batty For You.
Punches/Tools: 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Paper Snips (distress the edges), Heat Tool, Simply Scored, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals. 
Embellishments: Clear embossing powder, concord crush stitched polytwill ribbon, basic black 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon.

A little tip to get the little bat to have an embossed feel in concord crush, as there is no concord crush embossing powder, is to get some versamark on your stamp and then get the concord crush on your stamp.  Stamp it, put the clear embossing powder on your image.  And then proceed to heat emboss and you have a beautifully embossed image with only having to stamp it once, and in any colour that you have regular ink.  One word of caution though, is to ensure that you put the versamark on your stamp first so that you don't get your versamark ink pad all coloured up!!  That seems pretty self explanatory, but living proof that it isn't that hard to do if you aren't really paying attention!
Thanks for checking me out again this week and I hope that you'll stop by and check me out again!  Please do ontact me if you would like any more information on how i made the card or would like to purchse anything stampin up!!  Have a great weekend!


Submitted at:
 Pals Paper Arts 110 - Fashion Inspiration - Bewitched
Card Patterns: Sketch 131 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Celebrity Colour Challenge

Hello all,
It is Mona again.  I think Brenna has fallen off the face of the crafting planet!!  Anyways, I am back...I am making a concerted effort to participate in a challenge on a regular basis this year.  My regular challenge of choice is the Pals Paper Arts Challenge Blog.  I was away last week so I missed that one, but I made the week before!!  My plan is to make it next week also!  ha ha ha...The other thing is I am trying to do my christmas cards, and this year I want to have a bunch of different and unique cards for everyone in my family; so I have been participating in swaps, (which always helps with inspiration), and I will also be doing the rest of the challenges with a christmas theme!  hmmm...we shall see how that goes! 
Anyways, my card for today features the PPA colour challenge colours (almost): Cherry Cobbler (only because I didn't have the actual colour which was riding hood red), calypso coral and basic grey.  I was also super inspired by another participant in the challenge, and you will see that I CASE'd her card today.  It is Monica H., check out her blog for some fabulous inspiration and to see her beautiful card! 

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Calypso Coral Textured Cardstock.
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Delightful Decorations.
Tools:  Ornament punch, 3/4" Circle Punch,1" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder.
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stamin Dimensions, Sticky Strip.
Embellishments: Calypso Coral 3/8" ruffled ribbon, Large Basic Pearls.

So, hope you enjoyed and thanks for hanging out with  me today and checking out my latest christmas card!!  Have a great day, and come and join in the fun with Pals Paper Arts Challenges, see you next week!!

Submitted at:
PPA 109: Celebrity Colour Challenge - Riding Hood Red, Calypso Coral, Basic Grey.