Saturday, January 29, 2011

Colour Goes Moxie Fab

The Moxie Fab World blog has been alive with colours for the past while ... loodles of gorgeous combos as a new pub comes out with even more offerings of colour combos .... Yummy!

We've been offered a chance to play with them - and all those hues have real names in the Bazzill Cardstock world :0)

I didn't have any Bazzill to play with (boohooo!) - so had to judge the original colours according to the cards which Cath posted for our delectation!!

Here is the combo which called loudly and clearly to my little creative soul ...

And that middle twiggy colour looked a tad warmer in the card pics than in the swatch (it's not just me bluffing right??!)

So here is where the muse meandered :0)

Moxie Colour

I ended up working with Cream, Linen and Ocean Tides on this one ... with oodles of Stickles and a sprinkling of pearls ...

Moxie Colour Deet

The lattice work punch is new to my collection - and is made by Martha Stewart. It was a case of love at first sight for me!  

NO RIBBON on this one (gasp!!) but a tad of heat embossing - I couldn't go cold turkey on everything all at once ... LOL!

Hope your weekend is full of goodly things Peeps!!

Hugs!!

xx

N

***000***

Stamps: Year of Flowers (Rose), Fancy Flourishes, Signature Greetings - Papertrey Ink


Friday, January 28, 2011

Case Study #24

 Hi Peeps :0)!

I have been wanting to play in the CASE study challenges for a while now - and decided that this was the week to jump in! Mercy Kerin has been the muse for the month - and this is her card that we have been inspired with this week ...


Those lovely 3 focal flowers really do pop out don't they? Earlier this week I had seen THESE beautiful vellum embellies ... and really wanted to try and make something similar.

So here is where the challenge took me:

Case Study

Instead of changing the colour of the central panel, I opted to change texture for it instead. I used a strip of background stamping - inspired by the original and used stitching instead of the punched border.

Case Study Deet

The black sentiment is heat embossed on clear cardstock (a first for me, and a lot of fun to try! :0). The pearls in the background are used in lieu of the dotted sparkles in Mercy's original card ... and a lovely big button to finish it off!

So there it is! I was really pleased with the way this one turned out IRL - it's really fresh - and goes well with the weather. It's so mild that we have birds inspecting the bird house in the back yard. (They don't usually nest until March!!) I hope they don't get caught out by a cold spell!

Hope you're in for a TOTALLY WONDERFUL weekend!

xxx

N

***000***

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, BB - Diamonds, Polka Dot Basics II, BB - Woodgrain - (Papertrey Ink)
Sentiment - Hero Arts

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Colour Cue Challenge #11

Here is what Dawn and the W Plus 9 team have come up with for their latest challenge - it's NUMBER 11 so far!

That last neutral gave me lots of trouble ... black (too severe??), grey (too sombre??), brown (too rich??), kraft (mmmm!) nice idea ... maybe soft stone .... (very tempting!!) ...

And then it dawned on me that there was another neutral I hadn't considered yet - something a bit out of the box that would lend a playful and fun feel to this challenge - and that's where I went ...

Colour Cue #11

How about clear??? LOL! I haven't made too many clear cards in my little crafty life - they really are quite a different process aren't they?

The aqua on the card is included in the punched piece behind the focal mat ... and in the button. (I discovered that remembering to make enough layers to hide all the sticky work is the least of one's creative dilemmas with these little creatures ... photographing them is another world altogether :0)!! Ack!

Colour Cue #11 Deet

So there it is :0) Thank you so much to the ladies at W Plus 9 for another round of *fantastic* fun - and thanks to you, dear reader, for taking a moment to peek in!

Have an awesome day Peeps!!

x

N

**000**

Stamps: Flower Wallpaper (full card front) - Hero Arts
Heart Prints, Mixed Messages, Polka Dot Basics II - Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Linen 'n Gold (Hop)

Hi Peeps :0) I thought I'd Hop with those of you who are doing the Papertrey Hop today!

In keeping with the Hop theme, here is an oldie set which I really love and haven't given much attention to for quite a while! (Although the Fillable Frames/Signature Greetings have been spotted here recently and don't count :0)

Linen 'n Gold

Some heat embossing, white stamping, punching, rhinestones ... and a creamy bow to finish it all off!

Linen 'n Gold Deet

Keeping it short, while you keep moving! Thanks for popping on in - have fun! :0)

***000***

Stamps; Fillable Frames #10, Signature Greetings, With Sympathy - (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Confessions of a Hoard-a-holic :0)

O.K. So I *LOVE* patterned paper. {{{LOOOOOOVE}}}!!! When I click onto an online scrapping store one of the first places I look is the DP department.  Mmmmmm!

So why is it so difficult to actually USE it?? Is it because I can't bear the thought of actually snipping it up and parting with it? Or is it because deep down somewhere I'm not really a DP crafter? ( and do I really want to know a hard hitting honest answer to this question????) Seriously, it takes three times as long to make a card *WITH* DP as without!

A while ago a pad of Basic Grey's Capella came into my hot little hands. Seen any of that on the blog lately?

Sigh.

So without further ado ... let me introduce you to some thank you cards - made with very specific recipients in mind - that cut into that treasured hoard ... (drum roll please ....)

Traditional Style TY

This was made for an older couple. Their taste is really traditional. She loves things that are truly PRETTY and feminine ... he is an artisanal carpenter (AMAZING stuff!)

Traditional Style TY Deet

And another .... this is for the Papertrey Peeps very own Terri Moore. The Peeps first challenge of 2011 was to make a thank you card ... and it seemed so natural to thank Terri - who organises our blog, co-ordinates challenge dates (with reminders!) and finds birthday cakes (in people's favourite colours) to grace the blog on their special day. Terri - I'm so grateful for all of the work that you put into the blog - for keeping us up, running and on the same page! You've done a wonderful job over the past year -  thank you for being willing to do it all again!!

Grateful for You

This comes with BIG hugs!!

Grateful for You Deet

The colours in this card are quieter - but it's actually my personal fave of the two :0)!!

Sorry for such a long post - but these were kinda similar and I thought they should go in together.

I'm popping these in to play at Wee Memories this week too - they have a ribbon challenge happening there LOVELY stuff! :0)

Thank you so much for stopping in .... hope you have a fantastic weekend planned!

Hugs Peeps!

x

N

***000***

Stamps: Traditional Card - A Little Argyle, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Sentiment - Hero Arts
Circular Frame - JustRite Stampers

Grateful For You Card - A Little Argyle, Fillable Frames #10, Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Spatter - All Night Media


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Subtle ...

Happy Wednesday Peeps :0)!! How is the week going? We're having oodles of very COLD sunshine! It's amazing how it warms up when it snows - and really cools off when the sky is clear and the sun comes out!?!

Here is a card that I made after being inspired by a Moxie Trigger a few weeks ago. The idea came to me right after seeing the inspiration pic, and I've finally had a chance to try it out. The result is REALLY subtle and a bit camera shy ... but overall it makes me happy! :0) I see that Crazy For Challenges has a "Thank You" card challenge happening at present - so I'm going to pop this one in there to play along!

Winter Whites

The cardstock base is Vintage Cream, the flowers and frame are heat embossed with white embossing powder...

Winter Whites Deet

The little butterfly was heat embossed on vellum and attached with twine 'feelers' - Dawn style!

And hopefully for those peeps who aren't a huge fan of loads of layers, this will be a breath of fresh CAS air after my last card :0)

Heeee!

Hope you're in for a great day! Ours is beautiful - we just need to WRAP UP if we open the door!

xx

N

***000***

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Fillable Frames #10, Butterfly Dreams - Papertrey Ink

Monday, January 17, 2011

Baby Girl.

Hi everyone! :0)

I hope that this little post finds you all happy and well ... it has been soooooooo long since I've had some time to visit and to play. So I'm really grateful for a friend who needed a baby card ...

AN EXCUSE ... AN EXCUSE ... to go and play in the craft room !! (I owe her a hug!)

Baby Card

This card was inspired by the last challenge at the House Mouse Challenge site too - but it's now a day late to play it. Anyhoo. I'm still happy! :0)

Baby Card Deet

The papers are a mix of Papertrey and October Afternoon. The image is coloured with chalk and Prismacolors.

Aaaaaaagh! Do you know that I'm totally unaware of what the current card challenges are at the moment?? But on the upside, absence has given me time to remember (with a bit of longing) why I love this form of creativity!

I do hope to be on the rounds to visit again soon!

BIG Hugs!

N

Edited to add - Do you know that Verve Stamps has a Dare on at the moment ... to make a baby card!!?! I'm off to pop this in there :0)

***000***

Stamps: Cozy Shoe - House Mouse Designs
Sentiment - Mixed Messages (Papertrey)


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

MIA!!

Hi peeps!

Sorry to be AWOL, school is taking oodles of my love and attention at the mo ...

The mojo flows, but the opportunities are a bit limited ...

Regular programming to be scheduled again soon :0) L0L!

xx

N

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Glitter is Moxie!

Hi everyone!! How is 2011 going so far? :0)

The last Moxie Fab World Challenge that Cath put out was to use glitter on a project - and she got our mojo flowing with some totally gorgeous inspiration - in this "Glitter is Glam" post ... ouch - what a tough act to follow!! Hmmmm. Think, think, think ....

About a year ago Heather Pulvirenti posted a gorgeous card where she used Diamond Dust instead of glitter on a card .... it's like glitter - with a difference! So I took my cue from Heather for this challenge too :0)

Glitter me Moxie

The jar says to use on "styrofoam balls to create frosted ornaments, artificial fruits and flowers for a 'sugared' look" ... and you know - it really *DOES* look like sugar, LOL!  It twinkles just like sugar crystals too!

Glitter me Moxie Deet

The style of this card is totally inspired by Betsy Veldman - and started with the patterned paper. It's from My Mind's Eye's Fine and Dandy line, and is called 'Tickled Pink'. I thought of Betsy IMMEDIATELY when I saw it. It really should be called "Fine and Betsy" or something, doncha think?

The little Banner Border die cut poking out at the bottom of the frame was a happy crafting moment - I discovered that those little borders fit perfectly into this  "Framed" stamp image - and thought that this one looked like a little tablecloth or napkin poking out of the frame :0) 

So there it is. I had so much fun thinking this one through and putting it together! Thanks for the challenge Cath - and thanks to everyone who pops by!

Have an awesome day Peeps!

HUGS! :0)

***000***

Stamps: Cupcakes (Baby Button Bits), Banner (Banner Builder), Woodgrain (Background Basics Woodgrain), Frame and Sentiment (Framed) - Papertrey Ink
Text (Text It) - Waltzingmouse Stamps