Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday

Spring has definitely sprung here in Alabama (and my families allergies can prove it) so Easter is right around the corner. So what better time for an Easter Challenge by the DT at Jacksonbelle Embellishments. We would be so pleased to have you play along so fell free to upload your Easter cards to SCS (remember to use JBE047 in the keycode) or attach a link to the comments to this JBE Blog post. For some awesome Easter card inspiration, be sure to check out the designs of these JBE rockstars:
For my challenge card I paired up 2 of my favorite goodies carried at Jacksonbelle Embellishment- Inkadinkado stamps and Cosmo Cricket! I have had this cute little bunny image since last year and this is the first time the little fella has seen ink (shameful, I know.) They are out of them on the website but if contact Lindsey, I'm sure she will see if she can get one for you! THIS cute little egg is still available and actually was part of the line that went along with the bun. For shadowing and accenting this image I used Pink Shimmerz and a paint brush. I really like the way this turned out- much more shimmery in person! I traced the image with a pencil using a Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie Blackboard Shapes egg. After cutting it out, I adhered it the actually chipboard piece. The remaining 2 eggs are from a sheet of Cosmo Cricket die cuts. I added a bit of Stardust Stickles, again using my handy paintbrush, to add some special sparkle to the eggs. This was a fun, mostly scrappy card! Wishing you fun Times and inky fingers! Take care!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's Time, It's Time!!!!

The latest release from A Muse, Love Blooms, is up and running on the website. I am sure you are going to love these beautiful new images as much as the Creative Team!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Little Thank You

Ready for another morsel to tantalize you stamping appetite? It was love at first sight with this sweet little floral branch! Best of all, it comes with a little surprise! You don't see it here but it may just show up in another peek this next week! I love kraft paper AND better yet, I love to color on kraft paper with my Spica glitter pens. It gives such a nice gossamer effect. I added this A Muse "thank you" sentiment- I felt this was such a simple card it would be great for mass production of thank you notes for a large event OR to put together in a set for a thoughtful gift. The pearls are my little bit of "unexpected" to add just a touch of texture. Be sure to check out the rest of the A Muse Creative Team and be ready to be inspired. Wishing you fun Times and inky fingers. Take care!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Seconds, Anyone?

A happy Saturday to all! I hope you have time to be creative this weekend and to "feed" your inspiration be sure to check out Day 2 of "amuse-bouche." If asked, which is your favorite image of the Love Blooms release, I would be hard pressed to limit is to one- totally impossible-BUT I can definitely say that this wonderful "Modern Poppy" would be on my short list of favs! I mean "poppy" even the name sounds fun & fresh and that would definitely describe this floral image! The "thank you for your hospitality" sentiment was sitting on my work space and it made me think about this cute little caterpillar "visiting" this bright red poppy and viola this card just came together. The new Latte 4-bar note cards just went so nicely with the Kitchen Red accents and I added some green May Arts rickrack for a "grassy" touch! Wishing you fun Times & inky fingers! Take care!

Friday, March 20, 2009

amuse- bouche?

Can I interest you in an amuse- bouche? No, I'm not offering you stuffed potato skins or fried cheese sticks. What I am offering is just a little tantalizing tidbit of what's to come with the next big release from A Muse- Love Blooms! And right in time for June weddings and pre-wedding showers! So what do you see new on this little card? I'll give you a hint "3" things. First, I am so.... excited to share with you the beautiful new Damask image. To highlight it here I have heat embossed it with white EP onto, yet another newbie, a Sky Blue 4-bar note card. This was a super quick background to make and you actually get 2 for each 1/2 of note card that you use- change the sentiment and this could become a mass-production friendly "thank you" note. Speaking of sentiment, the elegant "Mr. & Mrs. is the 3rd new feature of this note card. Top it all off with some A Muse sheer white ribbon and a little Wilton's intertwined heart charm from Michael's and it will certainly wet your appetite to make more! Be sure to check out the other A Muse Creative Team blogs to see what they have created with this yet, another, wonderful release from A Muse. Wishing you fun Times & inky fingers! Take care!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday!!!!!!!!

Well, I'm BACK!!!!! After a month long of illnesses, a funeral, 2 major Girl Scout activities, not to mention prepping for and teaching for several A Muse classes, I think I've finally got things under control (yeah, right) and I actually got to sit down and stamp for this week's Jacksonbelle Design Team Challenge. The challenge this week was to pick one of the stunning cards from DT member Kisa Peters blog and CASE it. I actually started perusing the choices on Sunday and it took until last night to narrow it down. Kisa has so much talent and creativity and her cards are just loaded with detail! On top of this Kisa is the QUEEN of Shimmers so be sure to check out the rockin' tutorial she has prepared to share over on the Jacksonbelle Blog! We would love to have you play along so if you do, please either leave the link to your card in the comments section on THIS post of the Jacksonbelle Blog OR if you upload to a SCS gallery please use JBE044 in the keywords. For some awesome inspiration be sure to check out the other DT members CASEs of Kisa's awesome creations:

Now on to my card... Like I said the hard part of this challenge was to narrow down the choices to 1 card. One thing I love about Kisa is all of the different techniques and ideas she incorporates in to her design. My final chose was this card. I loved the clean look and the buttons along the scalloped edge - genius! I decided to make a little under the sea scene by using the mermaid for Lizzie Anne Designs By the Sea. For a watery background, I ran a piece of aqua cs through my Cuttlebug using the Swirl embossing folder. Next, I painted the swirls with Pixie Dust Shimmerz Blingz. For my scalloped layer I used Bazzill Blingz paper and my trusty SU corner rounder to make the scallop- yes, I have several scalloped border punches but none made a big enough scallop to work with the buttons. The mermaid is colored with Copic markers and her shell top and stars are Copic's Spica Glitter pen. To give the effect of bubbles I added some clear Dew Drop baubles using mat effects.

Be sure to check out the Jacksonbelle Embellishments store site! Lindsey has some brand new Shimmerz colors and ALL Shimmerz are on SALE! If you have been wondering about this wonderful paints now would be a perfect time to try them!!!!! Wishing you fun Times and inky fingers! Take care!