Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer Flowers in 3D

 I have created a three-dimensional flower card.  The various leaves and petals of the flowers are made with layers upon layers.  These flower images can be found on Classy Cards and Such shop.  Beverly is holding a 3D challenge CCNS06 so I will be entering this card.  I placed the flower in front of one of the Cheery Lynn dies that are carried at Classy Cards and Such also.  This is one of my favorite techniques to do.  It takes patience to layer the flower, but the finished product is so amazing.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Tea for the Queen

Ladies, I  haven't had many entries in this challenge and I thought that this was a good theme.  Look at the pieces of inspiration below and submit your entry.  You still have a week.  Also, whenever you can't find the current challenge,  just go to the top of my sidebar and click on it and you will be taken directly to the current challenge.

Remember, this challenge is being sponsored by Pollycraft and the site has some great images which you can use for this challenge and for future challenges.  She is also offering a very nice prize to the random generated winner.  No matter how long you have been stamping; whether you are a beginner or advance,  you have equal chance to win.
For my card you have to use your imagination....I have the invitation above from the Queen to have tea and.....she left her calling CARD!  Notice she is the lowest queen there is.  For all of us who play cards the ranking is clubs, dimonds, hearts and then spades as top.  Therefore I had tea with the lowest queen.

That's enough of my storytelling.  I will have to do better next time.  I used a piece of red cardstock for my base.  On top of that is a mat of designer paper with dots.  On top of that is a piece of caardstock on which I stamped some text.  Then there is another layer of red caardstock with the image adhered to that.  The cup image is from  Hampton Arts.  The playing card is a mini and of courser, I chose the queen.  I wanted to give the card a little  touch of lace so I taped lace around the playing card.  I chose not to have a sentiment on the front.
This week I have made an ATC using images from a fantastic Collage Sheet from the "Art Tea Life" Etsy Store. I just love these "Jane Austen" style images and the "Art Frivoli Tea" wording!!
Hi everybody, Valerie here and here's my DT piece for *Tea Time with the Queen*
The Royal crest has been cut out of an old book-cover that was torn, and the queen cut out of a prospect. The teacup is from the Graphics Fairy. I rolled it round a glue tube and then just stuck down the edges to make it dimensional. The tea-bag has been cut from a paper scrap, and the thread was taken from a real tea-bag! I wonder what the Queen would say to this? Probably, *We are not amused*.... You still have a week to enter the challenge if you would like to do so! Have a great week you all, take care, and thanks for visiting!

Teatime Invitation
You are invited to a tea party with tea and cakes by Celeste Amberglow from Pollycraft. The image is coloured with Copics and added to a little card cut with Nestabilities shapes. The sentiment is stamped with Elzybells stamps and the card is finished with some Mulberry flowers and some little pearls.

Welcome My Newest DT Member

I would like to express a warm welcome to Tricia O'Bin as the newest member of my Design Team. Below she has offered a very short bio about herself, but I think her creations will speak for her as Tricia's work is outstanding and I feel honored to have her as my newest team member.
Tricia O'Bin
I have been stamping since I was young. In 2003, when my sister-in-law was pregnant with my nephew, she introduced me to scrapbooking and I was hooked. In 2009, I started stamping and making cards and now I am obsessed (I like to call it passionate). I have been married to a wonderful man since 1999 (together since 1991) and we have a wonderful teenage son and a yellow lab named Cooper.
Tricia will start showing her creations with the next challenge which will begin midnight May 6. Please send Tricia warm greetings.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Challenge # 41- "Time for the Queen's Tea"

The theme the next couple of weeks is a broad one.  There are a number of ways you can approach this challenge.  You include all aspects of the theme: the time, the queen and the tea which is what we would like to see you do or you may emphasize two of the three elementss.  The choice is yours, but we must be able to see at least two of the three elements in your creation.

Here are some samples by the Design Team.
My inspiration is a little on the Steampunk side.  I made a tag and tried to use all the elements of the challenge.  First I distressed my designer paper tag and then stamped small teacups and teapots on the background.  Next I used one of the images from Pollycraft, my sponsor for this challenge.  She was colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut.  For the queen element I put a crown as the topping of my tag.   Lastly, is the element of time.  So I attached a dangling watch from the tag.  In order to pull all the elements together is the sentiment "Is the Queen Ready for Her Tea?

I've used some great images from a collage sheet by "Art Tea Life" to make this cute little "Queen Bee" tag. And remember "chamomile and licorice will cure tummy upset"!!!
Afternoon Tea
... with Cherry Kisses. This adorable Lady is having her afternoon tea in the garden filled with Mulberry flowers and perfectly dressed with little pearl necklace and handbag. I coloured the image with Copics. The papers are from Papermania cut with Nestabilities shapes, the tea sentiment stamp is from Artistic Outpost. Ribbon and pearl are from my stash.
Hi you all, Valerie here. For my DT piece I have altered a little clock. I bought a supply of these clocks some time back at the 1€ shop, which is a good price for a working clock. I took off the hands and pulled off the face (sounds rather brutal!), cut a new circle of paper for the face, and stamped it with some Artemio London stamps. The crown has been * bejeweled* with some liquid pearls. I added a red ribbon with red and white roses, put the hands back on, and now it is ticking merrily away on my kitchen wall.
Jenn made a card using "Flo Tea Time" from Pollycraft Studio and "Tea for Two" sentiment from Just Some Lines. DP is from Stampin' Up! Ribbon tags are from my scraps. I spritzed the card with Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz to give it a "tea-stained" look, it doesn't show up as good in the pic unfortunately - you can see it a bit better on the strip of cardstock behind the sentiment. :)
It is time for tea with the queen so this teapot girl stamp by Character Constructions is all dressed up and ready to go.  She is stamped on a piece of scalloped oval card stock which I distressed with Distress Ink (Antique Linen).  I've got decorative striped paper and a little pink flower to finish this card.  With all the fun tea images one can work with from Alice themes to the Royals and so on it should be easy and fun for you to join us this week.  I hope you will! 

I am so proud to announce that Pollycraft is my sponsor for this challenge.  Paula of Pollycraft has a 50% off discount code for orders of 2 digis or more.  For full infomation , drop by the Pollycraft website.  There are some wonderful digis on the website and Pollycraft has offered to give 3 digis of the winner's choice ss a prize.

Jump over to my sponsor's website and take a peek,  You will most likely find something there that will inspire you.

Don't forget that the winner will be chosen by random generator so everyone, no matter how experienced, has equal chance to win and that I will notify the winner by e-mail / comment.

A Gift of Flowers

Just Some Lines is holding a challenge called "A Gift of Flowers." If you have a chance, drop by their site.  We would love to have you come by for a visit and to take part in the challenge. Here is a card I made for the challenge.  I very seldom make a 6 x 6 card, but this one is a gatefold card.   The image laps over the opening and keeps the card closed.  The flower is a tissue paper flower.  The mat on the card has very small flowers on it and the mat behind the image is a piece of cardstock with large colorful flowers.  Coloring was done with Copic markers.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day ATC

I created a little ATC for Wicked Wednesday's Earth Day challenge.   I really didn't have anything that I thought was perfect for this challenge so I made  the ATC using a stencil of a globe for the background. The image I used is from Just Some Lines.  As a final touch I added some orange limbs and leaves.  The image was colored with Copic markers.  Drop over to Jenn's site and join the challenge. b

I am also entering this in Divas by Design challenge.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

An Antique Toy?

The moment I spotted this image by CS Designs I thought of putting wheels on it and making the image look like an antique toy..  I feel that the Tim Holtz designer cardstock made a perfect background and it put a highlight on the image.  As an additional embellishment I put some designer paper on which I stamped with a script stamp.  Finally a "key" for the toy was added.  /Coloring was done with Copic markers.

I submitted this to Art with No Boundaries, Simon Says Stamp and Show and  Divas by Design.

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Sad Goodbye

It is with sadness that I have to say a "goodbye" to Cindy Pointe.  She has been a great asset to the Cheerful Pad Design Team.   Below is a beautiful tile that Cindy created as her final post/ piece as part of my Design Team.  She gives a great tutorial on making the tile on her blog, The Creative Pointe. Drop by  her blog and check it out.

I wish you well Cindy in your future ventures and we all will miss you on this blog.
Cindy Pointe
"Faux Enamel Tile"
It's been a blast being one of Design Team members here on this blog. Unfortunately my time is so limited (I also work full time) that my own blog obligations and my desire to be outdoors (I live in the woods on a lake) this spring and summer means it's necessary for me to say "Goodbye". As my last project, I'm sharing this piece with you. It's done on a glazed white tile with embossing and alcohol inks. If you click over to my BLOG I have all the project details for you. Thanks again to Vicki for giving me the opportunity to share my creativity with all of you here.
--Cindy Pointe
The Creative Pointe

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Another Week for "From the Past"

Here we go with another week of challenges about the past.  We have had some wonderful entries so far and we hope to see more this week.  Here are some more pieces of inspiration from the Design Team.  These images from Altered Pages are wonderful, don't you think?  Drop by the site and check them out.  While you are  here on the blog, I would love for you to become a follower, if you are not already.
My card starts with a tan card base.  On top is a piece of designer paper which has old cars on it even though they are hard to see.  On top of the mat of designer paper is a Cheery Lynn die,  Last layer is the Altered Pages image from the Petticoat Sheet.  Finally, I added as embellishment some paper flowers, two diecut sprays of leaves and a diecut butterfly.

I am also entering this card in Gingersnap Creations' "Last Century"

This week I've used another image from the Altered Pages "Pretty Petticoats" collage sheet to make this more 'humourous' card to go with the great sentiment image from CS Designs. I thought this sentiment matched the image perfectly! I've sewn the patterned papers onto the card and used a die cut to make the flower and leaves embellishment.
The Queen of Hearts
Another wonderful image from this month's sponsor 'Altered Pages', Pretty Petticoats. She is definitely up to something with her playing cards (lol). The background is created with vintage playing cards from Two Peas in a Bucket, stamped on with Stampers Anonymous card stamp and distress inks. The edges of the little tag are lightly distress with ink. The sentiment is printed and the little crown my cutting.
Hi, here is Valerie. I have made a tag which has been cut using TH's cabinet card die, stamped with a BG stamp in resist ink, and then coloured with vintage photo. The second layer is a script stamp (LaBlanche), stamped with the same colour, and then the image stamped on top of that, once again using the same ink. It appears to be a little darker because it has been clear embossed. I gave the lady a necklace of liquid pearls, and decorated the tag with some vintage lace, a narrow ribbon, and a flower made up of die-cut old paper from the 18th century with a prima flower sandwiched between. I fixed it together with a string knot. I finished it off with a metal word *spirit* 

Have a good week you all, and thanks for looking!
This lovely lady comes from the Altered Pages "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" images sheet. I've collaged her onto black card stock decorated with vintage advertisement decorative paper, tissue tape, a butterfly, a dragonfly and more. Vintage collage is great fun and the Altered Pages sheets give you lots of great vintage images to work with. There is still another week for you to join our challenge!
Jenn made an ATC with one of the fabulous vintage images from the Pretty Petticoats Collage Sheet from Altered Pages. I added copper eyelets and a piece of text-imprinted ribbon

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Here is my card using Just Some Lines' "Gab more pleasant" image. She is placed on a background of various scraps of decorative paper. They remind me of various fabrics in the house that she is preparing to clean. Gab looks like she is taking a break though from cleaning and thinking about more pleasant Spring-type things. She is colored with Copic markers. The sentiment is also by Just Some Lines.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Sympathy Card

Here is a card I made today for a friend.  It uses a sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The flowers are 3D  The second photo shows the layers on the flowers which are separated by pop ups.  I hope it brings a smile to her during this tough time.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Challenge # 40 "From the Past"

First I want to say how thrilled I am to have had so many entries in my last challenge.  The winner will probably be notified late Tuesday or early Wednesday as there are still some entries I have not viewed and I want to look at them all.
For my vintage card I used a black base.  On that of that I used some designer paper of purple, green and mauve.  Then a I put a horizontal strip of purple cardstock and then a page from an old book.  Then I add a part of a diecut out of green.  For the image I used an image from Altered Pages'  Pretty Petticoat Collage Sheet.  As an accent I used a piece of old lace and from my stash I found some purple bling.  This card was really fun to create.

I am also entering this in Gingersnap Creations' "Last Century".
I've used this great vintage lady from the Altered Pages "Pretty Petticoats" Collage Sheet and the new sketch from the Fussy  Fancy and Friday Challenge Blog to layout the card. I love vintage style so this is a great theme!
Hi everybody, Valerie here. This card is my DT piece for this week.I have used speciality stamping paper from LaBlanche, distressed with Victorian velvet and crushed sage DIs. The background has been stamped with a script stamp and some flourishes (both from LaBlanche). I added some paper lace, rub-ons, prima-flowers and an image from my stash. The cameo is one of a boxful I bought years back from EBAY. I have tried to give the feeling of past times with the soft colours and floral images.
This piece is focused on a beautiful Flower Maiden from times past - an digital image from our Sponsor 'Altered Pages'. I printed the image, cut it as circle and layered it on a wooden disk. The disk has been treated with distress stains and Perfect Pearls. Once the image was glued on to the disk I embellished the image and disk with acryllic paint, lots of blue and dark red micro beads and diamond glaze. And then turned it into a brooch with felt backing and brooch needle.
Altered Pages has a lot of images that work perfectly for our theme this week, with images representing many different eras and events. This image came from the Flower Maidens sheet. I did a collage card with this image, using additional papers and embellishments from my stash.
These beautiful images/collage sheets from Altered Pages are so much fun to work with. I took a coaster, painted it with white Gesso and then used Mod Podge to attach the image to the center and dried flower petals around the image, creating a frame. I stuck a magnet on the back and have a great gift ready for someone.
Altered Pages

I am so excited to have Altered Pages as my sponsor for the challenge "'From the Past"  The challenge is perfect for them as they have some wonderful images as illustrated in some of the inspirational pieces the Design Team has presented above.

Before you make your vintage creation for my challenge, drop by Jean's Altered Pages and see if there isn't a collage sheet you can use for your entry.  Even though it is not a requirement to use one of her images she had loads of wonderful vintage images.  If you are the fortunate blogger to be the winner of the challenge she will send you 4 collage sheets.  Now that is a great prize to work toward!   So get busy.

Festive Flowers

Digi Darla is having a challenge called "Festive Flowers" which is being sponsored by Robyn's Fetish.  Here is a card I made for that challenge.  It is a center-step card and uses a Robyn's Fetish a digital image of a bear with a pot of flowers.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Just a Little Embossing

Using an embossing folder  can change a piece of cardstock drastically.  This little 5 in 1 box really shows it.  The entire top is out of the same piece of cardstock, but look at the top and the corner scallops.  They were embossed and then highlighted.  It is hard to believe that it is the same piece of paper as the other scallops.

I made this box for Classy Cards and Such's CCNS04 challenge.  The challenge is to use embossing folders.  This is one of my favorite things to do to a piece of cardstock.  Classy Cards and Such carries many embossing folders and the black diecut on the top is made with one of the Cheery Lynn dies which they also carry.  The leave is from another one of their dies.  The flowers are some small artifical ones that I had in my stash.  They were white.  I knew the white flowers wouldn't look right so I took my Copic markers and changed the color to match the flowers in the cardstock.  The pictures doesn't rreally show them matching, but they really do match fairly well in color.

I hope you can see how an inexpensive embossing folder can really improve the eye appeal of your creations.  Drop by Classy Cards and Such and take a peak at theirs.

We're Friends

Here is a card I made for Beverly's Classy Cards and Such.CCNS04 Embossing Folders Challenge.  I took a piece of designer cardstock and used the Dots embossing folder and highlighted it with Tuxedo Black from Momento.  I really like using this particular folder as it givess texture without destroying the design in the cardstock.
The image in the corner is "Friends" from Just Some Lines.  Isn't this cute?  Can't you image two girlfriends leaving from school the last day before summer vacation.  They are arm on arm dreaming of what they are going to do during the summer.  The image, which is colored with Copic markers, is cut and placed on a Spellbinder Nestabilities diecut.  Both the die and the embossing folder are carried by Classy Cards and Such.

If you have a chance drop over to Just Line Lines store and check out the other great images there.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Second Week of "Anything Goes" Challenge

Wow!  We have a week to go and we already have 75 entered to win the $10.00 gift certificate from Classy Cards and Such.  You can find all your crafting needs at Bev's  online store.  And you receive your purchase from her FAST.  Drop by and check her site out as she has some great buys.
The Design Team has really been hard at work this week trying to inspire you to enter.  Remember, there is only one restriction on this challenge.  What you have entered must be something you have not posted or entered into a challenge previously.  There is a shortcut to my challenges at the top of my sidebar.
My little bit of inspiration is an ATC.  The background is alcohol ink and the sentiment is very thick cardstock.  The rabbit and baby ducks are stickers.  Mr. Rabbit believes in himself that he can jump over the three little ducklings.  I think he can do it.

I am also entring my ATC in Wicked Wednesday's Challenge "Easter and Chicks"
"Bejeweled Bird"
I had lots of jewelry bits and pieces I'd been saving. When I found a bag of metal clip candle holders, I got to thinking of what I could do to combine them. The result was this blingy bird! The body is the candle holder base. I cut off the clip (which half of became the tail) and bent down the "petals" of the holder. I attached a gold earring as the wing. The head is a washer with an earring attached for the eye. The beak is the earring back. Wires, beads and feather charms finish off the bird details. The base is a wooden block covered with designer paper and distressed.
I've made this Steampunk Themed card with a fantastic new image from Strange Skins Digis, I've embossed the background with a "Clockworks" Cuttlebug folder, added some "screw" brads and a great sentiment printed with a really funky "Steampunk Font"!!

Easter Baskets
I am still in Easter mode and need a few more Easter baskets for some chocolatey treats. These ones were so much fun and so easy to make. I stamped some Waltzing Mouse Easter eggs on white paper using distress inks in different colours and cut the images and the handle with Nestabilities egg dies. The sides and bottom of the basket are a paperstrip in matching colours to the eggs . On both sides of the strip I made little cuts so that it is easier to shape the paper. And then starts the fun with decorating. I kept it simple with a stamped sentiment from Waltzing Mouse.
For the second week of the challengeI have made a painted postcard. The background has been painted with several layers of acrylic paint, using punchinella for effects. I sponged through the waste from a TH branch tree die-cut to make the shadowy tree. The bird is from Prima.
This week I made an ATC for Easter featuring an image from Twisted Papers and silver stencil stick ons  from Classy Cards and Such. It comes on a sheet with all kinds of neat shapes.  Some lucky chick is going to win that gift certificate!  I wish you all good luck.

I used some DP from 7Gypsies and attached a large "Gluber" (glue dot) to it, then pressed and folded my ribbon to create a flower with a button center.  Simple but effective, I think.  Added a few black pearl stickers and I was done!  Good luck with the challenge, friends!