Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!! I haven't been able to post for a while because last Friday I came down with a lousy cold courtsey of my nephew Ethan. This valentine is for him. My sister Leanne (Ethan's mom) is alway calling him her little monkey man, because he likes to hang off of her like a monkey. I made this card for Viva la Verve's at Home with Verve sketch challenge for the 2nd week of February. Here's the dining room that I chose as my inspiration.
The colors in this room reminded me of French Provincal style with it's yellow, blue, and red color scheme. Yellow is not a color I use very often, but as soon as I saw this room, I though of the Love Me Do collection of DSP from My Mind's Eye.
The monkey is from Verve's Love Monkey set. He was stamped in Close to Cocoa ink, and then stamped again in Versamark ink. I then embossed him with clear embossing powder. Each panel was paper pierced so I could add some faux stitching with a white gel pen, or a Close to Cocoa marker.
Here's the Recipe:
Stamps - Love Monkey (Verve)
Paper - Real Red, Night of Navy, Creamy Carmel, Love Me Do DSP (My Mind's Eye)
Ink - Close to Cocoa, Versamark
Extras - Clear EP, paper piercer, mat pack, white gel pen, Close to Cocoa marker, Basic Grey brads (Sugar Rush, and Marrakech), Dimensionals

Friday, February 5, 2010

Here's The Scoop

Isn't this the ultimate Friday end of a tough work week treat? Lounging in your favorite chair in your comfy clothes, eating your favorite treat? If this was me (and it has been me - LOL!) it would be with anything that is dark chocolate with mint! This card uses MTSC57

Here's the recipe:

Stamps - My Favorite Things - Here's the Scoop
Paper - Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, white, Basic Grey Nook & Pantry DSP
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Memento Tuxedo Black
Extras - Martha Stewart Scallop Dot border punch, Copic markers (E25, E29, E21, E31, BV23, YR20, R20, R32., BG11)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Thought Away

Last week was a banner week for new goodies! On Monday I received goodies from My Favorite Things, and Verve, and on Tuesday my Papertrey Ink, and Stampin Up! orders arrived. This card uses some of my new SU! toys. BTW, two big thumbs up for the new cling mount option from SU! This card uses SSSC48 from Karen Giron's blog.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps - Vintage Vogue, Whimsical Words
Paper - Prety in Pink, Real Red, Confetti Cream, Sending Love DSP
Ink - Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Extras - Buttons, DMC floss, Distress Stickles - Scattered Straw, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

5 Things I Love about Nicole

I made this card for my niece Nicole (who is 5). This little girl from My Favorite Thing's Pure Innocence line reminds me of her. She is all these things and more. This card uses Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 58, and is colored with Copic markers.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Flower Girl, Papertrey Ink Top Ten, and Top Ten Additions.
Paper: White, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avacado, Basic Grey DSP - Lemonade
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst
Extras: Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop border punch, dimensionals, Copics

Monday, February 1, 2010

Viva la Verve

One of my favorite challenges is the Viva la Verve challange. I started doing these last year as part of my New Years resolution. My resolution last year was to quit copying cards I liked, and start coming up with my own combinations of colors, stamp to use and so on.

This year, our Viva la Verve hostess with the mostess Amber Hight, has come up with the idea to use three different photographs from decorating magazines as our inspiration. You can pick anything from the photo as your inspiration. It can be the general color scheme, the style of the room, or even a single flower that might be in a vase on the side table. Amber features a different room each month. This month's room is the dining room.

I chose this dining room picture for it's teal and orange color scheme. Blue and orange always reminds me of my favorite hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers who definitely need a little boost right now. ( Did I say little, how about a BIG boost!!)
Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Good Neighbors - SU! Sale-a-Bration set, Daily Design Sentiments (PTI)
Paper: White, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Pea DSP, Welcome Neighbor DSP
Ink: Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Extras: Paper piercer, mat pack, white gel pen, Basic Grey brads - Lemonade, Dimensionals