Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Buckle Up for the LNS challenge!

Been many years since I made a buckle card.  How fun....

First time using this Hello. Lovely set.  I had fun with it!  This paper and colors sure makes for a card out of my normal style--but I love it.  What do you think?  Looking for more fancy fold cards?  Check out the LNS challenge blog this week HERE. 

Stamps: Hello, Lovely
Paper: Basic Black, Island Indigo,Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, SoHo Subway DP
Ink: Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe
Other: Bitty Banners Framelits, Decorative Label Punch

Happy Wednesday!
Mary Jo





Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Try Stamping on Tuesday!

I hope your week is starting off wonderfully.  I have my sample for the Try Stamping on Tuesday blog to share with you today--surprise surprise--it is Tuesday after all, lol!   Here is the fabulous sketch we get to play along with this week....





Isn't that a fun one--I bet you are itching to get started on it.. but please wait one more minute and check out my sample for the challenge--then head on over and see the the rest of the team did with the sketch HERE.  Here is my sample....

I felt like playing with a little Summer Starfruit and Basic Black There are not many colors I do not love pared with Basic Black! And I loved this sketch--will use it again and again (no swirls, lol)!

Stamps: Banner Greetings,  Wildflower Meadow
Paper: Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Other: candy dots, white ribbon, starfruit ribbon

Happy Tuesday to you!
Mary Jo

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 274 (TSSC274)

I am happy that you stopped by today!  I hope you are excited to see the new sketch challenge for this week--it is a great one and the samples so are a pretty amazing.  Here is this week's sketch....




And of course we will start off with my card.  I combined my challenge card with the LNS bi-weekly challenge to do a fancy fold card.  Although you can not tell from the outside you can see inside that it is a fancy fold card.  And a fun and easy one at that!


Here is the inside....

It looks much nicer in person!  I love this DP and this new Crisp Cantaloupe color.

Stamps: Banner Greetings, Fabulous Florets, Feels Goods
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, SoHo Subway DP
Ink: Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe
Other: circle framelits, Deco Labels framelits, Beautiful Wings embosslit, scallop edge punch, markers
My designer paper on the inside is 8 1/2 by 5 1/4 and a I scored at the following marks
2 1/8, 4 1/4 and 6 3/8
then used the framelits to cut out the center opening.  I cut out one smaller from the other color and used the frame of it to back the dp--this makes it stronger and gives it another layer for detail.

Want to see more samples--check out my talented Design Team's designs...













Awesome Right!!!
Now it is your turn to play along. 
 Here are a few basic rules for participation...
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

     Thanks for stopping by--Mary Jo 
    Add your sample to the linky tool below.

Top Three for Sketch 273!

This week's sketch started off slow but ending out with some great samples.  Thanks so much to all of you who were able to play along.  Below are my top three picks for the week!  They are in no particular order and each of them can be seen in full size with all the details by clicking on the link below!





 

 

Great samples.If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!  You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.




Be right back with the new challenge! Mary Jo

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lovely Lace--or is it???

The two week challenge on Latenight stampers has been to use lace on your card.   I was away the first week of the challenge and it took me all day to get the desire to go into the studio and make a card for this week of the challenge.  I don't have any lace stamps, I don't really have anything lace at all so I did not have a clue what to do--but then I decided to use my lacey ribbon punch, a doily (non-SU) and lacey Beautiful Baroque background embossing folder.  I couldn't find a current set to match so I just went with a bowl of cherries and decided to be done with it, lol.  Did you ever feel like that???  Anyway here is the card....


I guess it is what it is, even the picture is crooked,  lol!  
Stamps: Giggle Greetings
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Daffidol Delight, Whisper White
Ink: BAsic Black
Other: ribbon punch, doily, beautiful baroque embossing folder, rhinestones, markers

I hope I feel like being crafty tomorrow--I have not had any desire to make anything lately???
Mary Jo

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Try Stamping on Tuesday!

Welcome to our Tuesday challenge.  This week I am trying to make a few cards with the new Sketched Birthday Set.  Yesterday's card used it and today's too!

I so love this new Crisp Cantaloupe color.  Mixed with the Early Espresso makes such a soft but elegant card.  I have fun with the SoHo Subway paper.  The pattern on the top is the other side of the candles I made.  I just rolled a pieces of the dp tightly and added a bit of baker's twine for the wicks.  Fun card.  I wanted to make the candles from money but had no-one in particular to give the card to and didn't want the money just sitting there for like--ever like some of the cards I make, lol! 

Come on over and play along with the rest of the Design team on Try Stamping on Tuesday's blog
 

Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, SoHo Subway DP
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: markers, candy dots, oval framelit, Bitty Banners framelits

Here is the sketch....


Happy Tuesday!  Enjoy your day!
Mary Jo

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 273 (TSSC273)

Wow, what a great week, we had quite the heat wave and I didn't get much stamping done but did do a lot of other fun things! I so love summer--it goes so fast though.

I am happy you stopped by today, I hope that after seeing this week's sketch and all the fabulous samples the Design Team has designed that you will find some time during the week to play along!  Tell you friends too--we would love to have more players each week!

Here is this week's sketch....





I have to say I was actually a bit stumped with this layout at first--I wanted to use something current and all the sets that popped into my head were retired.  So I forces myself to use the new Sketched Birthday set.  I have only used it once or twice and have struggled with how to use a few of the images.  So I forced myself to use it--not sure I love the sample, but I don't hate it either, lol.  I should have left off a few at least one of those dotted butterfly trails.

Stamps: Sketched Birthday, One in a Million, So Happy for You Retired SAB
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White and Quatrefancy Specialty
Ink: Basic Black, Island Indigo, Strawberry Slush
Other: markers, scallop circle punch

Although I am not sure I really like my card, I do love the samples the Design Team made for this sketch...







Now it is your turn to play along. 
 Here are a few basic rules for participation...
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

     Thanks for stopping by--Mary Jo 
    Add your sample to the linky tool below.

Top Three for Sketch 272!

Another week with lots of great samples. This was definitely a sketch that I will use again and again.  Here are my top three picks in no particular order....



 

 

Aren't this wonderful!-remember you can click on the name below the card to see the original post on the creator's blog!

Thanks so much to everyone who played along!  Great samples.If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!  You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.




Be right back with the new challenge! Mary Jo

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Try Stamping on Tueday!

I am so loving my butterfly stamp--once I finally inked it up I am finding it so easy to make quick and pretty cards.  Today is one of those....





Stamps: Swallowtail, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, SoHo Subway DP
Ink: Island Indigo
Other :rhinestone and my favorite candy dots!
 
Pretty clean and simple design--of course the sketch is from our Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge.  Here is this week's sketch...

Fun sketch, although it really made me think again--I think it is the swirls that we have on many of the recent sketches that make them feel hard to me.  I don't have images like that and always have to try to figure out what to do to utilize that area.  But this time I went with plain old candy dots--once I get past the swirls I am all set, lol!  Come on over and play along--or just see what others have done with the sketch!

Enjoy the HOT day!  Love it, spent the day at the beach yesterday--and I am like a french fry today, lol!
Mary Jo


Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Chalelnge 272! ( TSSC272 )

So happy you stopped by today--hope you are looking for this week's sketch challenge--it is another fun one.  Here is the sketch ....

 
And my quick sample--just got back from camping so had to do a fast one-but I like it.

I love this dog image and it looks great in a circle--I used what ever was on my work station from before leaving for camp--love making scraps work!
Stamps: Animal Talk
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo, Whisper White, dp
Ink: Island Indigo
Other: circle nestibilities, markers

Now for the amazing Design Team samples--they are sure to inspire you...







Those really were amazing--don't you agree?  Now it is your turn to play along. 
 Here are a few basic rules for participation...
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

     Thanks for stopping by--Mary Jo 
    Add your sample to the linky tool below.

Top 3 for sketch challenge 271!

What a great time we had camping this week!  I am so sad that it is over--but we have another camping trip coming up pretty soon so I am excited about that.  Hope you enjoyed all the samples that were posted last week for this challenge!  I know I did.  Below are my top three picks in no particular order--remember you can click on the name below the card to see the original post on the creator's blog!

 

 

  

If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!  You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.



Be right back with the new challenge! Mary Jo
 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chalk Talk

I am loving this simple layout.  I was inspired by a card I saw on the Hero Arts blog but can't find it now to see how close it is, lol.  I did it from memory.  I just remember there was writing and a image above it and some dp on the side so that is what I have, lol!  Oh and a button!  This is my favorite image from this set.  So fun....


Stamps: Chalk Talk
Paper, Pool Party, Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty DP
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Island Indigo,
Other: butterfly embosslet, metal button, SAB pool party ribbon, black marker, 1 3/8 inch circle punch

Whoops, I take back all that talk at the beginning, I found the card--here it is.



Such a cute layout, I love to find cards I like by other companies and make it with our products!  So fun.  I actually like mine better--this time!  That is not always the way it works out but this time I like the colors and butterfly--the button weighs a ton though--this are not cards to be mailed with these heavy metal buttons on them.

Any way, I am happy you stopped by today!




 
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