Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ornamental Holiday Place Setting!

This week our challenge from Melissa at The Rubber Cafe was to make place settings for the holidays! Right away I knew I wanted to use the fabulous new set; Ornamental Holiday! I have white dishes and paird them up with a champagne table cloth. My accent colors are burgundy and black with a touch of Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

For my menu I used Nestibilities Labels Four dies. I embossed the border from the Ornamental Holiday set across the top and bottom of my burgandy panel.
Hint: My black cardstock is glossy, so use a black ink pad around the edges to make the white disappear.
For my napkin ring, I stamped the same border end to end and then a row of the Brused Border end to end. Below that another row of the Ornamental Holiday border. Attach your ring together with One And Only Tape. It looks beautiful with a few red gems!

For my centerpiece, I decided on black candles and candle holders with little red berry rings. I embossed and cut out the star ornament from the Ornamental Holiday set, added a gem in the middle and added it to the mix.

For my placecards I used the same theme. I used a Nestibilites Fancy Tags die on gold cardstock to frame my name which I did on the computer. I added a few gems for *pop!*

I also decided to do charms for the glasses. I'm only showing one here, but to vary the design you could use the star, heart and ornament images and varying colored gems and pearls. I attached my charm with sheer ribbon to a wedding ring that I colored with a metallic paint pen to coordinate better.
Hint: Rings found in wedding department at Michaels. They bend easily to wrap around your stemware.



Finally I designed an invite using the various images in the Ornamental Holiday set. I melted a gold ribbon for a tiny bow to hold up my heart ornament. The coordinating wreath in the background was made by tying coordinating ribbons in bows on a metal ring. It makes a beautifully festive addition to this place setting.


I have loved seeing the other DT member's take on this challenge! I hope you have gathered some fun ideas to give your next family gathering a special touch!
Michelle Pearson

Saturday, October 30, 2010

MMSC77 - 60th Wedding Anniversary

I loved the Midnight Madness Sketch this week....and decided to use it to make a 60th wedding anniversary card I need for my aunt and uncle next weekend.

I used lots of pretties on this card...the border stamp is from the Ornamental Holiday set at The Rubber Cafe and is embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger. I like this color, it has a gold tint, but it doesn't glare GOLD at you.

I have been having fun with the paper embroidery lately...and thought it would be fun to add some hearts to this card. I printed a pattern by Judy Headrick as my starting point. Then I used one of the techniques featured in the Embroidery on Paper book I have by Design Originals. These hearts were quick and easy to make. I stitched them using gold DMC floss, I separated the strand into it's two main pieces and used them that way.

The roses are gorgeous digital images from Faith at Designed2Delight. They are from the set Beautiful Life set and are colored with Copic Markers. I cut them out and attached them with foam tape and glue dots.

The focal point is the bride and groom's wedding photo that I took from the invitation. I loved the sepia color. Thanks for the fun challenge and beautiful images ladies!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Cupcakes

Just a little more frosted goodness to share today. You may have seen these fancier ones I made earlier this month.

We made these simple cupcakes with Wilton picks and wraps. It made it easy for my son to help out! We made gooky green buttercream frosting using green and yellow food coloring.

Don't be surprised if you see a fence on a future card...they gave me an extra and I'm thinking mask or some such thing....garbage, I think not!!! Close up of cupcake below!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge #82

Welcome to another Digital Tuesday...Sandy is our hostess this week, and she chose a challenge to get us out of our groove! We had to use something on our card that we wouldn't normally use. Think something from the kitchen, or something from outside.

I have this awesome son who is clued in to his mom's quirky ways...and he picks up pieces of birch bark or anything else that looks like something I might stick on a card! I decided to use some on this card to add a more earthy feel.

I used a combination of images and techniques on this card. The sunflowers are pre-colored sunflowers from Fred, She Said Designs. The pumpkin image is a FREEBIE that Tracey-Lynn is offering over on the Crafter's Digital Art Center for a limited time. I colored the pumpkin image with Copic Markers and distressed the edges with a bit of Tim Holtz's Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I love the texture of the Cuttlebug Braches embossing folder.

We would love to have you join us for the challenge on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog. Be sure to use at least one digital image...and one thing that you normally wouldn't stick on a card! Doodle Pantry is our sponser this week...and some lucky participant will be glad they played along!! Good Luck!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Three Cardinal Cards!

Today I'm sharing three cards featuring the Clearly Beautiful Cardinal Set from Prickley Pear. A fun feature of this set is, if you are not a fan of cutting like I am, you can also purchase a matching die that will cut out each of the three cardinals in this set! If you are not a fan of coloring, stamp on designer paper, as I did here!

For this first card, I used papers from BasicGrey's Porcelain and Nook and Pantry collections. I did some faux stitching and distressing to add a vintage feel. All Hearts sentiment was a perfect fit for this layout!

Other items used on this card include Prima flowers and gems and Martha Stewart Punches.

This is a clean an simple version of the card above. I used different papers from the same collections. I added a touch of texture with a SU! embossing folder.

This card uses the same color scheme as the one I did the other day, however this is one that would be easier and more economical to reproduce. I substituted a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die cut flower that I cut out of metallic grey paper for the metallic frame sticker. The circle behind the cardinal is punched out of a specialty coated cardstock. I rimmed the circle with a tiny gem strip from Mark Richards. Flowers are by prima and are layered over a snowflake die cut. I stamped the cardinal on designer paper again, and he has beautiful depth with a minimum of fuss!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunflower Wreath

I've been playing in the flowers this week....Fred, She Said Sunflowers and Thankfulness sunflowers, that is!! If you love sunflowers...be sure you check these out!! They are the featured sale set, and until October 25th, they are 40% off!!

I love detailed cutting....and since these are pre-colored images....that is all you have to do to get a gorgeous card! I used three of the sunflower arrangements to make this wreath. I mounted them on some orange cardboard that I'm sure has been in my stash for approximately 15 years!! I remember when I bought the stuff!! I combined it with some brown seam binding, some SU! Linen Thread and a dragonfly brad. Happy Fall, Y'all!

Fabulous Fall!

Tracey-Lynn from Fred, She Said Designs is offering this fabulous freebie for the color challenge this week on Crafters Digital Art Center this week. The colors we were asked to use were purple, green and orange. I couldn't help but sneek a little red in there too. I colored the image with Copic markers. I kept the design simple because I wanted the focus to remain on the beautifully detailed image. The pop of the orange bow is enough, and I liked my *green* space, so did not add a sentiment.

We can't wait to see your take on this beautiful image!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winter's Glow ~ Two Cards!

I had fun making some more cards with the Winter's Glow stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. For this card I went for a different feel. I used the brick wall embossing folder from Tim Holtz/Sizzix to emboss my metallic grey cardstock. When embossed, I hit the high spots with black ink. Sentiment is called All Hearts, and the little detail on the sentiment circle is called Holly Swag.

I colored the image with Copic markers, adding 3 metallic dots for holly berries, Art Institute Pearl Glitter for snow, and Diamond Glaze for the glass of the lamp. The edges are distressed with Tim Holtz's Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

Other items include May Arts ribbon, Dress It Up snowflake, Martha Stewart snowflake punch and adhesive pearls.

I was asked to make a simplified version of the Winter's Glow card that I posted the other day. I made this version with similar papers, omitting the stitching. The image is just gorgeous either way! I'll be back soon with some more cardinal cards...variety is the spice! I'd love to hear which Winter's Glow card you like best!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Prickley Pear - MMSC76 and Cardvaarks Challenge


I'm so honored that the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge team chose my card for the gold star award last week....it makes the time spent well worth it....and to tell the truth, I've made NINE of them so far this year...it is gorgeous in real life!! Thank you so much, you made my day!


This card features the cardinal from Prickley Pear's Clearly Beautiful Cardinal Set.
I stamped the cardinal onto a red designer paper scrap. I stamped the face on white paper and mounted it separately. The circular element is a metal sticker that I've been hoarding for years!

I am entering this card in two challenges, Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 76 and the Cardvaark's Challenge. My card borrows elements from both Peete and Kelly's cards.

Digital Tuesday Color Challenge!

You've been seeing some pretty detailed cards on my blog the last week or so....so I'm switching it up and showing a few clean and simple styles too!

This week Michelle R. is our hostess on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog. She challenged us to use Yellow, Purple and Black for a Halloween card this week.

I used a pre-colored Halloween Rosey image from Tracey at Fred, She Said Digital Designs for my card. I love this cute little pup! I kept it simple by just using a few simple embellishments.

We hope you can join us in the challenge. Remember to use at least one digital image on your creation!

Our sponsor this week is


Blackleaf Studios

Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas Tidings

This week Melissa at The Rubber Cafe challenged us to make clean and simple cards with her images. Your holiday cards don't need to take hours!!!
Here I stamped the candle image from the Christmas Tidings set with Stazon ink on acetate.
I colored the opposite side of the image with Copic markers. Next I ran the image (copic side down) through my Xyron machine and covered it with silver glitter. Ta-dah! You're done!
Keep your eye on The Rubber Cafe's blog this week...there will be more clean and simple ideas...and you might want to leave comments, become a friend and *like* them on facebook....especially if you want a shot at winning one of THREE new sets she's giving away!! Tell her I sent ya!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

MMSC75 and Card Pattern Sketch 86 with Prickley Pear!

This card took me many hours....and yes, that is hand stitching you see...my second pop at paper embroidery!! I think it adds a lot of character to the card!! I am entering this in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 75...and I am so honored I was able to represent Prickley Pear on the Card Patterns Sketch Challenge 86 this week! I loved both sketches!!

The image is called Winter's Glow and is from the new Prickley Pear release. I couldn't wait to use one of my favorite techniques on it...glitter and acetate! I cut out the image and popped it up on foam tape for added dimension...and I love the little bit of shadow it makes!

Other items on this card:
~DMC embroidery floss
~Dress It Up glitter dot
~Martha Stewart punch
~BasicGrey designer papers.
~Art Institute Glitter
~Nestibilities

I absolutely love this card...thanks for the fun ladies!!!

Chili Happy Holidays!


Today I am featuring stamps that Melissa from The Rubber Cafe sent me to play with!
I love this Chili Ornament image! I couldn't wait to color it up with Copics!! I colored the image and cut it out, popping it up on foam tape. I centered my ornament on one of the images from the Card Labels set.

I used the Chili Ornament image tone on tone for my background, creating some subtle interest.
The sentiment is from the Christmas Tidings set...one of my favorite fonts ever! Finally I added the Brushed Border to frame my focal image. I added some black Spica Glitter Pen to accentuate the border.

So, if you are up for some non-traditional holiday cards....here is an idea with a southwest twist!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Anniversary Card ~ Designed to Delight!

Well, if you have been hanging around my blog much...you know me and my clean off my desk tendancies!! I had four more of these delightful flowers from Faith at Designed2Delight laying on my desk....and since they were so pretty in pink....I just had to see what they would look like in red!! Had need of a special anniversary card and black, white and red on my mind.....here is the result! The set is called Beautiful Life.

The white striped paper is a gorgeous coated column paper that I picked up at The Paper Cut here in Appleton, WI. Another one that I hoard!! It is perfect here, paired with black glossy cardstock....understated elegance! Sentiment is from Wordsworth.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness with Designed2Delight

Faith at Designed2Delight has designed some sets for Breast Cancer Awareness. This set is called Beautiful Life, and I just love it! You can see the rest of the sets and her post here.

I printed the flower out four times, colored it with Copic Markers and then cut it out. I popped the flowers up on foam tape for added dimension. I sized the sentiment so that it would fit on a Nestibilities Fancy Tag.

Designer paper is by Making Memories. A final touch was a pink ribbon, attached with a glue dot.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Inky Antics Halloween!

Here are some Clean and Simple Halloween cards for you using images that Inky Antics released at CHA Summer 2010. This set is called the Halloween Millie Clear Set. It is really fun because you can change what Millie is holding...and wearing! Check it out!!

I colored my images with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I used BasicGrey's Green At Heart collection for my cards.


Note that on each card she has a different hat, she's holding something different and she has different shoes!!


It was pretty special to see these cards up in the Inky Antics booth at CHA Summer 2010!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge - Sew Special!


Hello and welcome to another Digital Tuesday Challenge!
I'm the hostess for this week!
We would like to thank everyone who played along last week, it is always so much fun visiting your blogs and seeing your projects!


Our challenge this week...


Sew Special


Use stitching, either real or faux on your creations along with a digi!

Our fabulous sponsor this week is


The winner of this challenge will receive a $10 gift certificate from the Designed2Delight Store!
so be sure to check all of the details out here!!


I used Faith's new set called Willow Whimsy! I used BasicGrey's Sugared Collection along with Nestibilities Labels Tree dies. The stitching on my card is faux and is done with a Lasting Memories Stitching Template.

Other items on this card, mini adhesive gems, sheer ribbon, Martha Stewart butterfly punches and a SU! thank you stamp!







Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Birthday To you


Love this image by Magenta for fall...and the birthday sentiment from A Muse!
Nothing new and exciting on this card....but it makes up a happy little birthday wish!


Designer Paper: Making Memories

Punch: Martha Stewart

Image: Magenta

Markers: Copic

Sentiment: A Muse

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Snow Woman!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!!! ...fall is here, but the days feel like summer, so warm! So why not make a winter card, before the snow is flying and we're grumbling about shovelling?!

I used the adorable little snow woman image from the Snowmen Set at The Rubber Cafe. There are four images...but I just had to glitz up Ms. Frosty with some pearls and glitter!

Fun technique: melted ribbon! Carefully zap your sheer ribbon with a heat gun and watch it shrivel up!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

MMSC74 with Fred She Said Pumpkins!

I thought this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge worked perfectly with the Pumpkins and Sunflower pre-colored digi from Tracey-Lynn at Fred, She Said Designs!

I used SU!'s embossing folder and cardstocks. Other items include seam binding, nestibilities, adhesive gems, and punches.

Hint: Have you ever had a SILVER buckle when you wanted a gold one?! Krylon pens are awesome to change hues! I'm sure you could do the same with a silver paint pen if you had the opposite situation. I should have thought of it sooner...but I've used that trick twice this week!
Happy Fall Y'all!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

SU! Birthday Cupcakes!



No cards here today....but I did use SU!'s Butterfly Bigz Die for the pattern for the butterflies on my daughter's birthday cupcakes!! This is not my original idea....found it here...and I also was surprised that my results turned out as well as they did...I'm no cake maker....I prefer paper!!



My daughter turns four tomorrow and all afternoon she has been thanking me for making her pretty cupcakes for her birthday!! The fact she thinks they are pretty is all I need!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Prickley Pear Pesto Dandelion

Loving this Dandelion Bunch image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps! I stamped the image on acetate with Stazon ink. Then on the opposite side of the acetate I applied Adirondack's Pesto Alcohol Ink, Krylon gold and Adirondack's Alochol Blending Solution with a felt. After dry, a used a Xyron to attach the acetate to a piece of gold cardstock. It has a rich subtle velvety appearance.

Winter is an Etching is a beautiful verse. Prickley Pear offers both mounted and unmounte versions of their stamps!

Other Items on this card: dragonfly brads, gold ribbon, faux stitching with Lasting Impressions Stitching Template, Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder, SU! Corner Punch and Deja Views designer paper.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge 79 - Buttons, Bling and Ribbons!


The challenge on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog this week is Maria's....and was SO fun...all the stuff I love!!! Our sponsor this week is the lovely Tracey-Lynn from Fred, She Said Designs.

Today had me busy running errands, making a few pots of soup and baking five loaves of bread. When I'm done posting this....I'm off to put primer on some woodwork! That being said, I took the easy route out tonight and used one of Tracey's gorgeously pre-colored images! This one is called Emma the Caroler...and she comes black and white for the days when you have time to color...or she comes in an array of beautiful colors! (I see the pre-colored versions have not been added to the store yet....they will be soon...and you're gonna want them!!) Here is some further convincing to go shopping!!! Tracey is offering a discount of 25% off EVERYTHING with purchases over $10, ends Friday OCT 8th MIDNIGHT EDT.

Here is a list of goodies that made their way onto this card! Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punches, Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punches, Circle and Oval Nestibilities, Prima swirl pearls, adhesive pearls, Jolee's Boutique adhesive buttons and May Arts ribbon!

We hope you can join us for the challenge!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

So Sweet Of You!

Ooh...I'm just loving this image from Faith at Designed2Delight! These images are from the Apple A Day set! I colored the pie image with Copic markers and popped it up on foam tape.
The sentiment image is distressed with Tim Holtz Brushed Courdoroy distress ink. I added some paper embroidery cross stitches for my card border and a few decorative stitches on the sentiment. Faux stitching and distressing made the BasicGrey designer paper look vintage.

If you missed out on the fun yesterday...we had a great blog hop...check out the details here...and be inspired! :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Rubber Cafe

This card features one of the driedels in the Celebrating the Festival of Lights set from The Rubber Cafe. I used it to create the background panel by stamping tone on tone. Then I stamped and cut out a white driedel, which I popped up on foam tape. Shalom is from the Tree of Life set and is stamped in navy blue.
I used the same two sets to create this card. I used the glitter and acetate technique on these stars. Shalom is stamped in black stazon ink on silver metallic cardstock.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Blog Hoppin is Designed2Delight!


Welcome to the Designed2Delight Designer's World Card Making Day Blog Hop !!

If you are arriving here from Emily's blog, you are right on track! If not, I suggest you start back at the beginning on Faith's blog...you don't want to miss any of the fun!

Grab a pen and paper! Each blog in the hop will have something special for you--either a free digital stamp, or a letter of the alphabet.

When you have collected all the letters in the order of the blog hop, they will spell out a special code for you that will get you a free Dollar Delight digi stamp from http://www.blogger.com/www.designed2delight.com. This code is good until the end of Sunday, October 3rd.




Click here for a printable .pdf project sheet.

Thank you for hopping with us!! My letter is C, and now you are off to visit Kathie!!

We would like to invite you to join us at CDAC...Crafter's Digital Art Center for more World Card Making Day FUN and PRIZES, and an exclusive DISCOUNT for members only!