Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Fairy Bee Card

Hey everyone!

So how was that post last Sunday? Everyone enjoy it? Ok, yes... that's a joke. I'm really sorry about that, I woke up sick again on Sunday and couldn't breath much less think, turns out that I developed a sinus inffection. Got some med's on Monday and spent the next few day just feeling bleh. But, were over that now... kinda. This card that I'm sharing is one that I made up last night for a friends sister. For some reason I just always see black and yellow as her colors, so we have a black, white and yellow card today.

So I used a white on white resistance circle pattern paper for the background circle and distressed it with black ink. Two doily's were used too make a nice ruffle frame that was glued it behind a Lacey Circle Spellbinders. Spellbinders in the corners are from the 'Fleur De Lis Accents', and in the top left is a Memory Box die cut 'Elegant Scrollwork'. Pearls are used in the background as well as pearl head pins sticking out of the flowers. The flowers are from wild orchid crafts and were all yellow to start with but I used my yellow copic's to add some extra color to the tips of the petals. Also used a cute black and white check ribbon to make a bow for the corner.

Close up! I just love all of these yellows, they make the whole card look so happy. Some glitter was used in her hair as well as on her wings and shirt, she is a fairy after all. As for the 'Bliss', I thought that it fit with the card but it also happens to be the name of the girl I made this card for.

A little play on words, more die cuts as well as some washii tape for the inside of the card.

Well thats all for now, I will be making another post today with all that i promised last week with the art walk and all. Cant wait to show the painting that I bought, so pretty! I hope that all of you had a great week and awesome weekend!

XoX ~Sarah

Challenges Entered:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Birthday Card For My Brother

Hello everyone,

How was your Saturday? Being on the west coast its only just getting to 6PM here, but for many of you it's already come and gone. I'll share all about my Saturday tomorrow, but for today I have a Birthday card that I made up for my brother. And this time not only is it done early, but he will be getting it early as well- *gasp*!

So nothing to fancy, he's a guy who just doesn't see the need for that stuff. Though he does love his cats. Cats and Trains are what hes into ever since he was young. And while I would get a whole big lecture about why the train that I choose was wrong or how I should have colored it, I figured that a cat image was a safe bet!

A close up on the cat. I was coloring late at night so I ended up trying to add a weird elementary school sun. I kinda tried to fix it, I'm sure that he wont even notice. I was also using water color pencils and trying to get some shading in on the cat, I think I kinda succeeded but that can be a bit hard to do as well, you almost have to work in layers.

Last picture of it standing up. You can see that I put in a pocket for a gift card back there. I used a glassine envelop and then put paper over it to write a message on. Over all I think it worked out, though I kept wanting to add flowers or bling to it! All of the things that I used on this card were just kind of leftovers that came together from my stash, though the stamp is 'La Blanche'(? those were the only words that I could find on the stamp).
Another post tomorrow about the Art walk that was here in Gresham today, and maybe another card!

XoX ~Sarah

Challenges Entered:

Pals Paper Arts 139 - A Sketch Challenge
Dude Time Doodles Challenge - Anything Goes (For a Dude)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Lets Hear it for the Boys
Wishcraft - Waste Not Wednesdays wk27

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tropical Snowman...

'Ello my freaky darlings!,

Lol, I couldn't resist. I only watched 'The League of Extraordinary Gentalmen' once, but that line has stayed with me and popped up at the most random times. How is everyone on this Friday evening? Big plans for the weekend? Me, I'm going to do my best to crank out some more cards and try and sew my quilt together. And somewhere in there I suppose that I'll have to go get my brother a birthday present.

Nothing too special to share today, I've been trying to make cards all week but people keep getting in the way. So today everyone was gone when I came home from work, I sat down and made a Christmas card based off of a sketch challenge. I'm all done making my card and taking a picture, then I'm looking for this challenge so I can link it up and... turns out the sketch I had was 2 weeks old! I just had to laugh! But any-who here it is...

So the paper is My Mind's Eye - Colorful Christmas, I used watercolor pencils, the Sakura 'Starbutst' (name?) pen, and some glossy accents on the image. The stamp is by Great Impressions, the snowflake border punch is Martha Stewart. I used the Elegant Scrollwork by Memory Box, and the 'Merry Christmas' (which I just thought was too cute) is by Impression Obsession.

Tip: I know that I've said it before but, all those snowflakes from the punch... SAVE THEM! I have no idea what I'll use them for but there so pretty. I'm going to make them into stickers and save them for another Christmas card or project. This is a great way to add to your backgrounds or even give them to the kids for there art projects! (and yes I love using '!' mark!)

So something new for me was using the layers upon layers of paper. I do love the effect when others do it, but for me I'm almost afraid to do that. This was one of the reason why I forced myself to do this sketch, trying to get past that fear and just create. My card was so 'top heavy' that even if I hadn't already planed on it, I just had to put paper on the inside so it wouldn't tip over.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll try to post again by Sunday at the latest!

XoX ~Sarah

Challenges entered:

ATC & Cards With Attitude - Challenge 18 Anything Goes
Annabelle Stamps Blog - Say it with... Christmas
Stamping with the Dragon - Christmas in July

Monday, July 16, 2012

Baby Girl Pocket Card

Hello Everyone!

Not a whole lot to say today just sharing a card. I made this on the request of a friend, who's nephew's girlfriend just had a baby. It's kinda different for me because I didn't use a digi, or a stamp, though not for lack of trying. I have to admit that I was defeated by the image of a baby elephant! The image kept smearing, if it had worked then this would have been done on Friday. But as I was gone for the weekend, I finally admitted defeat this morning and used a butterfly punch from Martha Stewart.

Though I did not use a digi, I did print this out since I dint have a stamp.

So not much going on here. I used a flower border punch and put little gems in the middle of each flower. A scalloped circle by Spellbinders. A little rhinestone flourish. And the butterfly like I said above is Martha Stewart, I punched out 3 and layered them to give the wings some dimension. The paper is Olivia by Basic Grey. I was so happy to use this, I had bought a bunch of this a while back not knowing what I would use it for and now I finally have a card to use it on. I might end up making more of these just to have on hand or sell.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week, I'll try to get two more cards done and posted so check back if your following!

XoX ~Sarah

Challenges entered:

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - Bling
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

PS- it was ridiculously hard to find challenges to enter, everyone is doing Christmas in July and what not, lol!

PPS- insperation for this card came from Angie's post Sassy Wedding Garter on Yuki's Girls. Thank you so much for the insperation Angie, I was a bit lost on what to do and then I saw your card and knew that it was just what I needed!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wishing you a Simply Marvelous Birthday!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Today I'm Sharing another Monochromatic card. I cant say that I meant for this post to be a monochromatic but a friend liked my previous card and asked for a card for her niece. I had originally thought to use the same image, but seeing at the birthday is in July I decided to use this cutie from Saturated Canary. I had asked Krista if I could remove the copic in this digi because I planed on using it for a friend who isn't really into crafts and what nots. But I thought that It would work for a teen as well, and to be honest I was just itching to use this one!

Wishing You a Simply Marvelous Birthday

Isn't she cute? Her name is Sketchie and she can be found Here in the SC digi shop. The sentiment is kinda hard to see in the pic but in person you can read it just fine. I love these stars that I used, they were left over from my freedom card. Everything else is pretty much the same as my Moody for Snow card that is posted below, so I wont re-list all of that. I have one more card coming this week so stay tuned!

** Oh- and on a special note Krista Smith is going to have a  FREE digi on her blog this coming Monday and Tuesday before it goes into her shop so be on the lookout for that. And now through Saturday (mid-day I think it was) you can grab a discount code from her blog and use it for 30% your purchase in her digi shop. **

XoX ~Sarah

Challenges entered:

Celebrate the Occasion - Challenge #70 Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew - Challenge #14 Swirls and Pearls
Stamp N Plus - Challenge #2 Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Challenge #22 Glitter and Bling
Crafty Boots Challenges - BINGO  (Pearls, Stripes, Blue)
Stamp N Doodle - Monochrome
Saturated Canary - Challenge #21 Bling it

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monochromatic - GDT Card

Morning everyone!

So this morning I'm sharing a card that I made for Paper Makeup Stamps challenge #44 "monochromatic".

 Don't be afraid to Google it! I know I did.

I was really excited to have a chance to make this card, and just look at this cute Moody image! The Image in my card is Moody for Snow, She can be found HERE in the PMS store.

To color this Image I used my copics. For her Skin: E000, E00, E01. For her Hair: W4, W7, W10. and for her clothes B60, B63, B66, B69. The snow both in the digi and on the card were colored with B60, then in the image covered with glossy accents, and on the card colored with a Sakura Star Burst pen to give some extra glimmer! Oh- and the doily was given a once over with the B60 as well.

Here I also wanted to give you a close up of my Flowers. I ran in to a problem of only having blue rose buds. No other blue flowers, I was kicking my self for not buying them when I had seen them. I just didn't know what I would use them for, now I know. Solution: take your white Flowers (roses in this case) and apply Copis! I'm sure that other markers or sprays would work as well. Don't be afraid to get down in there and if the front of the petal isn't taking the color or you cant reach it, then work on the back and it will bleed through. I also took a marker to the leafs and stems to make them a dark blue or maybe more like black. If you want to add glitter then simply use a glue that has a fine tip, apply to the edges of your petals and then dip in glitter and tap off the excess! You can even make your flowers two-tone, just apply the light color first then add the darker on the edges!

I hope you enjoyed, I'll try and post another card later this week. Something with a lot of Glitz!

XoX, ~Sarah

SpelbindersFloral Ovals
Flowers - wild orchid crafts

Click to head over to Paper Makeup Stamps challenge blog and join the fun!

Challenges entered:
The Crafty Blogger Network: Challenge Blog - Monday Challenge #1 Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Challenge #22 Glitter and Bling

Sunday, July 8, 2012

On cards, Mosqueto's and Cup Cakes!

what a week, I hope that everyone had a happy fourth of July! Mine was pretty good, went and saw Spiderman in theaters. Great Movie! And then we set off our fireworks around 11:30, kinda late but my brother was working and we wanted to wait for him. We had some great fountains this year, and some other fire works that went BOOM! and I think that that is all I'll say on that.

So I've been busy working on card's and a quilt all week! I finally got some simple cards made up to sell at a friends booth in this consignment shop. I'm really hoping that they sell, I spent a lot of time putting them together. One would have only taken 5 min if that but when your making 64, that takes up a bit of time.

I really like these, there simple but still pretty. I stamped them with a Unity stamp and close to my heart sentiment. Then added some color to the petals and wings along with some glitter! Sent a set to my best friend as well, she loves faeries! Though I should mention that I still have not sent off that Birthday card from 2 posts ago. Yikes, I made it early but, life, what can you do?

On to other subjects I am really, Really, REALLY ALLERGIC to mosquito's. I was bit no less then 4 time's last Sunday night and developed the worst rash from them. My wrist was all swollen and I found myself driving with my knees because it hurt so much. I thought that I had a golf ball in my thigh! And still a week latter I find that they haven't gone away completely. Grrs, but at least my wrist isn't swollen up any more!

Now on to CUPCAKES!!!! YEA!!!
so sadly I do not have a recent picture to share with you but I'll post one from when I made them last year.

Yep if you didn't guess I'm sharing a recipe for Root Beer Float cupcake!

I found this recipe in a Better Home's and Gardens Special Edition.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Prep: 45 minutes  Stand: 30 minutes  Bake: 15 minutes
Cool: 45 minutes  Oven: 350F  Makes: 24

3/4 - Cup Butter (unsalted, room temp)
3 - Eggs (room temp)
2 1/2 - Cups All-purpose flour
2 1/2 - tsp Baking powder
1/2 - tsp Salt
1 1/2 - Cup Sugar
1 - T Root beer extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 Cups Root beer (I use A&W)
1 - Recipe Float Frosting (see below)
24 - Root beer candies (optional, I found mine at WinCo)
12 - Colorful straws cut in half (optional, you can see that I didn't use them but you would use the specialty paper straws with the red swirl and stick it in the cupcake at an angle to give the image of a drink, or in this case a root beer float)

1) Beat Butter on high speed for 30 sec. then begin adding sugar 1/4 Cup at a time. Scrape down bowl and beat till fully combined.  Add egg's one at a time scraping bowl after each addition.
2) Beat in Root beer and Vanilla extract, continue to mix until combined.
3) Add Flour Mixture (flour, baking powder, salt) and Root beer alternately until just combined (*note: when adding rootbeer the batter will look broken, DONT panic, just make sure that your last addition is flour and you'll see how it comes back together.)
4) Spoon into lined cupcake pans and bake (together if you like) for 15-17 min. once done then let cool.

Float Frosting:

1/4 - Cup Butter (room temp)
3/4 - Cup Vanilla Ice cream (let stand for 10 min)
1/2 - tsp Vanilla extract
4 - Cups Powdered Sugar

1) Beat butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, then beat in 1/2 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream and the Vanilla extract. Scrape down the bowl and mix until fully Incorporated.
2) Beat in 4 Cups Powdered Sugar (a little at a time if you don't want to make a mess) scrape down the bowl and add more Vanilla Ice Cream if needed.

IMPORTANT: if you look at the picture above you can see that the icing gets a little melty, And YES you MUST refrigerate these cupcakes because of the Ice Cream in the Frosting until you are ready to serve. ** if you add a little bit of milk or half and half then the icing will hold up better and you wont have to worry about it melting, though you will still need to refrigerate it** Also both times I have done this the Frosting has been just a little short so you might need to adjust the proportions.

These Cupcakes are delicious and taste just like a Root Beer Float, perfect for the summertime or a special occasion!

Well that's all for today, I'll be posting another card tomorrow so look forward to that. I hope that y'all enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

XoX ~Sarah