Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ruffled Ribbon Borders

I've seen the ruffled ribbon idea on a lot of different cards recently
& wanted to it  try out for myself . 

Definitely an easy technique that adds so much 
to any project - 
you can use grograin & satin ribbon 
with fab results too ! 

Happy weekend , blogging friends ! ;) 

Supplies : Anna Griffin patterned paper, Prima blossom ,
Core'dinations cardstock.

Friday, July 30, 2010

7 Gypsies' Conservatory - some cards

We are fortunate to have some of the new  
7 Gypsies' Paddington & Conservatory lines 
arrive this week on our shores. 
I thought they would be easy to use on cards 
and they are ! 

My first attempt at making a ribbon flower here. 
Love the softness of it . 
Now to try it with different types of ribbon .;) 

I've used my own hand colored ribbons here. 
Great satisfaction knowing
 you can't buy these colors from the stores ! ;) 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

this is the good life

trying to use up stash here -
cutting into some Lily Bee Lovely papers for a change . 
Layout design was inspired by a Liz Qualman sketch. 
I used the New Fall Glimmer mist colors here - Dragonfly , Sugar Maple 
& maybe some Apple too.

& added a little of my very own hand colored , crinkled ribbon here. 

Been having fun coloring my own ribbons ! ;) 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ICSketches #76

My card this week for ICS #76 . 

Supplies : Crate Paper Season collection - Friendly , Lovely pp,
Maya rd star pin,
Fiskars Apron Lace border punch , 
MS around the page punches - Bird branch,
Prima rosebud

Inspired Blueprints Card Sketch #52

Inspired Blueprints also have a matching card sketch 
with their layout sketches . 
I thought it would be fun to try the same sketch on a card ,
using the same line of papers as my previous layout. 

I used a Cat Crazy Heartwarming Vintage Card Stock Sticker
with the Sassafras' Indie Girl pp & borders .
And since the supplies were out ,
I made another quick card here 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Inspired Blueprints Sketch #52

I haven't played along with an Inspired Blueprint sketch 
for the longest time 
and found this sketch easy enough to follow ,
using the new Sassafras Lass' Indie Girl line. 

I mainly used up 5 different borders from the papers
and some cardstock stickers.
I found a piece of mesh 
& tried out misting on it 
& love the results !  

I also added a little BG paper doily for some contrast . 

DD & friends entered Universal Studios on an express pass 
that enabled them to bypass the usual queues once at each ride .
Definitely a great way to explore the theme park for the first time ! 

Friday, July 23, 2010

sweet memories

I found some time today to 
cut into the new Sassafras Lass' Indie Girl ,
inspired by the latest Sketchy Thurday's sketch .

I tried out misting some of the Fall Glimmer Mist colors here -
Autumn Night , Dragonfly, Apple & Sugar Apple ,
splattering them on the brown cardstock too.

Just love the new MM metal embossed charms .
Goes so well with this line. 
& trying for the first time - ruffled eyelet trim - 
I haven't done much of pleating & ruffling yet & they are all the rage still  . 
Gotta do it more .

& of course , some banner love - why not ? lol 
Jenni Bowlin letter stickers for the date here. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Featured layout at the Color Room Palette #15

How especially sweet that Lolly 
chose this layout of mine !!! 

If case you haven't discovered the creative crafting genius 
of Lollychops yet , 
do go here !!! 

& I guarantee you will want to go back for more & more ...

Lolly is an absolute genius , especially with altered projects ,
& she shares her wealth of ideas openly & freely -
 with beautiful photos or  video tuts to boot ! 

You will be seeing more of her creations 
for Donna Downey , Crate Paper, Prima  
& The Color Room in the coming days, weeks ;)

Pretties etc

Last week , I was blessed to receive
 these lovely hand dyed crochet doilies 
in the mail all the way from NSW, Australia
 from the lovely Sandra Gerdes 
an Australian Scrapbooking Master( 2006) -
{just to mention one of a million crafty talents she has ! ;) }
 Check out her blog  here to see what I mean 

I couldn't wait to make some cards with these pretties - 
here's one I  finished today .
I've also used the latest Making Memories'
 metal embellies to complete the card .

I have used an MM  embossed star charm,
a  metal flower on top of the scrunched ribbon
 & a glittery copper deco brad for the doily center-
all freshly brought home from our LSS  today ! ;)

I didn't have the heart to cover up the pink doily too much -
I thought the pattern has such wonderful, pretty details ! 

I am loving the combo of MM's embellies 
with this WRMK Tiffany papers . 
Again , to show off the lovely doily patterns I have used 2 together here,
with an MM pearl brad to finish the flower off .

Sandra has the most reasonably priced hand dyed crochet doilies at the mo - 
be sure to check out her etsy store here .

Here's a sampling of other colors she has in store : 

Thank you soo much , Sandra,  for the very happy mail ! 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ICSketches #75

As always , we have a great sketch to play with this week 
over at ICS . 

Here's my take using 
WRMK Tiffany again . 
The pearl butterfly is from Prima, 
crochet trim from American Crafts, 
& I stamped the sentiment using 
a Technique Tuesday set. 

ICS is also having a DT call 
which is ending July 24th . 

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Scrappiest layout sketch 74

Sketch 74 is up & running over at the Scrappiest this week. 

I am so loving this latest Creative Imaginations/ IOD Design line. 
Just so easy to work with in terms of color scheme 
& I love the doodly , fresh graphic design . 
Something totally different from all that's available out there. 

I used stickles on the swirls here as well as on the die cut background.
And kept the whole layout clean & light.

This month , there's a yummy kit prize to play for , sponsored by Apron Strings.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 66

The new Universal Studios here is such a great place for photos, 
needless to say . 
DD & friends sure had a whole bunch for me to scrap up . 
Here they are at 
 the Far Far Away Castle which is a world's first.
 The castle hosts attractions such as Shrek 4-D and
 Donkey Live featuring the voice talents of 

I have used mainly Webster's Pages papers from different lines 
to capture the colors and theme of the photo. 
& decided to use lots of differnent kinds of stickles
 for a change all over the layout ! ;) 

The hot air balloon theme I have noticed
 is continuing even with the CHA Summer releases. 

Remember The Little Shop of Sketches are looking for 6 new design team members
 to join the team so Little Shop can go weekly.
 Just pick 3 sketches from Little Shop to design your layouts around and email to
Please also send the sketches in with your layouts.

Friday, July 16, 2010

TCR#15 - Enjoy this Day

Trying out a quick layout
 with my altered Daisy D pattern paper here. 
See post below  for other altered patterned paper fun 
with the new Fall Glimmer Mist colors . 

Glimmer misted KaiserCraft wooden flourish
 in the new Dragonfly ,
which is basically a teal color.
And a rather rich one too ! yums !!

I had an extra of this photo to use 
and decided to try it out with  this 
color scheme, which is 
inspired by The Color Room's latest palette.

Layout design was inspired by Stuck Sketch's July 15th sketch.  

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fall colors in July ?

Did you catch Tattered Angels' latest video 
featuring Heidi Swapp & founder , Wendy Stenger 
demonstrating techniques with the latest Glimmer Mists in 

I sure did !
& then ran out to my LSS ,
which was very conveniently freshly stocked
with the new yummy colors yesterday !

Inspired by what Heidi demoed ,
I promptly altered some olde
Daisy D patterned papers
with the newfound colors :

I sprayed 5 colors here - 
there's Autumn Midnight( navy blue) , Pomegranate ( a dusky pink purple ) ,
Sugar Maple ( sorta rust ) 
& my fave colors of all - Dragonfly & Apple .

4 colors here - Sugar Maple , Apple, Pomegranate, Autumn Night

Dragonfly + Apple
Check out the layout samples that was created for the video
over at Heidi Swapp's blog here.

Apple + Dragonfly 
Dragonfly +Apple + Maya Mist 
I used KaiserCraft's wooden flourishes as a mask here. 

& that rounds off my misting fun with these new colors ! woot ! 

I can imagine these colors will go well with these new CHA releases : 

What do you think ?