Sunday, February 26, 2012

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 210! (TSSC210)

Yea, here we go with another week, can't believe we are at the end of February already--time is going at super speed lately--so sad.  Any way the good thing about a new week is that it brings lots of new challenges including my sketch challenge!  Here is this weeks sketch...

I think it is going to be a pretty easy one--what do you think?  I actually made two cards for my samples this week!  And I combined both with the new Latenightstamper's challenge for the week which is

GO GREEN
use any shade of green on your projects this week!
Again this should be a super easy challenge.

My first card uses Pear Pizzaz, such a pretty green. I  love it combined with Poppy Parade and this new hostess stamp set Up in the Air!


For my second sample I chose to use some greens that I have not used in quite a long time
Garden Green and Wild Wasabi. It is so weird how different Wild Wasabi looks when layered on Garden Green, although I couldn't get the best picture--colors was never just right.


I hope that my samples have inspired you to play along this week!
Here are the details for the cards above.

Card 1
Stamps: Up in the Air, petite pairs
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: markers, hearts embossing folder, Edgelits Dies, circle punches

Card 2
Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Creative Elements, Blessings from Heaven
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green,  Poppy Parade
Other: pearls, tulip border embossing folder, stripes embossing folder, pearls.

Your turn!  Can't wait to see what you create--come on back and add it to the linky blog hop below!  If you add the code to your blog while in HTML mode you can have your readers play along too--right from your blog!  
Thanks so much for visiting today!
Happy Monday.
Mary Jo

Top three picks for sketch challlenge 209!

Funny there were not as many entries as usual this week but it was harder to pick then other week!  Great samples ladies, thanks so much for playing along.  After much back and forth here are the top three in no particular order...as always, if you click on the snippet you will be brought to the creator's blog and the original post containing any details you may want/need!



Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs.


Here is the HTML code.



<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, February 25, 2012

411 sketch challenge two week's in a row!

Yeah!  I got to play two week's in a row!  Feels so get to have crafting time again.  Love it.  Here is the new sketch  if you click on it you will be taken to the 411 blog to see the other samples!

My sample is using the new Labels Collection Framelits Dies.  I cut the shape out with the die and then rotated it 90 degrees and re-cut the shape again.  Then layered it an another full cut piece of a different color.  If this does not make sense you can view the tutorial I did for doing this with the Top Note Die--it is the same theory..Fun with the Top Note Die.

Here is my card for the challenge...


I so love the butterfly embosslit--one of my favorite purchases-each and works with so many things. 

Stamps:Apothecary Art, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride and In color dp
Ink: Basic Black, Poppy Parade
Other: markers, Poppy Parade ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Butterfly embosslit, big pearls,small piece of SAB ribbon on large butterfly.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 
Mary Jo

Friday, February 24, 2012

Remember the Blogger's Challenge?!

Yeah!  Finally.  I have been wanting to start playing along with my friends and finally made it work--now the goal is continue making it work.  Come on and play along with us.  Lisa our "Boss"  has a great challenge for us today. It is a color challenge--black, white and a splash of red!  Love it.  And it is a blog hop too, that means you too can play along!  You can get the details on Lisa's blog.

Here is my card for this challenge....

I think I am one of the last people to get this flower set!  I so love it.  And I combined it with the SAB set you can earn for free - Outlined Occasions.

Stamps:  Fabulous Florets, Outlined Occasions
Paper: Black and Whisper White
Ink: Black and Real Red
Other: markers, embossing folder
Your turn

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Latenightstamper's challenge card!

I don't do too many inspiration challenges for some reason but I really am having fun with this one.  Maybe I need to do more?!  Here is the inspiration photo again...






And here is my second card using this as inspiration.  You can see the first one here if you missed it.

This time I went with the colors-stripes and dots.  I really love this flower and since it was still out on my workspace from the 411 card I made I used it again.






 Stamps:  Flower Fest, In Stitches Jumbo wheel--cut apart to make individual stamps
Paper: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Whisper White, in color dp
Ink: Early Espresso, Rose Red
Other: jumbo scallop circle punch, brad, rubon, markers, pleated ribbon.


Happy Hump Day to you!
Mary Jo



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

411 sketch challenge

It has been a while again since I have played along with the operators over at the 411 blog. So I headed over there to see what this week's sketch was. At first I was a bit stumped with it for some odd reason. Then it just came together rather quickly. Here is the sketch...


And my card...


My card also fits the SUO challenge--birthday cards.

Stamps:  Flower Fest, Apothecary Art
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Black satin ribbon, markers, large scallop circle punch, Edgelits die, embossing folder

I kind of like how it turned out.  Love that flower image.
Thanks for visiting today,
Mary Jo

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 209 (TSSC209)

Thanks for stopping by to see this week's sketch.  I hope you will find time to play along this week.  It is a fun sketch.  Check it out.......


I was able to combine my sample with the Latenightstampers challenge for this week.  It is a inspiration challenge.  This is the image we are using for inspiration..  It is the cutest cake for a baby shower.  I found the picture on http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/top-ten-cakes-of-2008-2009-01-01.htm



I had so much fun combining the two challenges.  What do you think, isn't this a darling baby card.  Makes me want to buy the matching cake to go with it, lol!


As you may have noticed I switched the circle to the other side so my lamb was not looking off the page!  I think it really turned out cute! 
Stamps:   Little Lambs, and can't remember what set the sentiment if from at the moment.
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Ink: Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Other: circle punches, ribbon, button, pencil eraser for dots

Don't forget this is a blog hop!  Add your direct link below and then add the code to your blog while in the edit HTML mode and your readers can play along right from your blog!

Thanks for playing! Mary Jo

Top Three Picks for sketch 208

Lots of fun cards again this week.  You guys are good!  Really good.  Thanks so much to all of you who found time to play along this week!  I really enjoy seeing your samples--makes doing the sketches more fun!  So here are my top three picks of the week....




Please keep in mind that this is just a snippet of the whole card and if you click on the images it will bring you to the creator's blog and the full photo along with any details you may want!  Be sure to leave a nice comment for them.

Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs.


Here is the HTML code.




<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Latenightstaper's challenge

Getting in under the wire on this challenge. This week --through Sunday night--we are using one of my older sketches for our challenge. I was so busy all week I had no time to stamp until today! And even that didn't start till 8pm. Geesh, whats a girl to do about all this other stuff getting in the way of my stamping time!!!??? Anyway, I made two cards for the challenge....



This first card is also using the in colors and the Kindness Matters stamp set that you can get for free during SAB!  The second card is using the Mocha Morning specialty paper--so pretty.


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Card One details:
Stamps:  Kindness Matters, Tiny Tags,Creative Elements
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Black
Other:  Circle punches, three flower punch, nestabilities, embossing folder, ribbon, markers, sponges

Card Two details:
Stamps: Mixed Bunch
Paper: Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Mocha Morning specialty paper
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: rhinestones, butterfly embosslet, Nestabilities, gold paint marker, rub ons, circle punches

See ya soon,
Mary Jo

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

OK Smartie Pants are you feeling the love now?!

Hope you had a great Valentines day. I did. My hubby bought me the most beautiful roses! Actually this is the second time in eight days. Our anniversary was on the 6th--14 years and this is what I came home to....They were the most beautiful shade of pink I have ever seen.  Almost purple.  Loved them.  Then yesterday I got these beautiful red roses!  Can't decide which are prettier?  So yes, I am feeling the love, lol. 


Since we are talking about love and Valentines day I thought I would share the Valentines my son took to school this year.  They are the cutest little underwear boxes with hearts.  I added a strip across the top with the words smartie pants!  They are filled with smarties.  I used my bunny pants tutorial and just made them smaller.  Fun--although I was complaining about why I chose these when I was only half way done!  But the finished project was really cute.  I am just not one to re-do the same thing over and over and over--one time and then lets move on!  And the funny part is I just made wedding invites which of course were the same thing over and over again!  So I am done with that type of stamping for a while--although I was thinking I should make baby announcements for my niece???????    Anyway here are the Valentines ready to go to school with my son.....aren't they cute?


Hope you have a great day! Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Mary Jo

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 208 (TSSC208)

Here we go again.  I think we have another fun one this week.  This sketch seems like it could work in many different directions.  Remember you CAN flip and turn the sketch to work with the images you want to use--I did just that this week.  Here is the sketch....






And my sample....


I think this card is much prettier in person--trouble with that stinkin camera again.  Sometimes I think I should pay someone to do all the blogging stuff--I just want to create--I don't even want to send cards, just make them, lol!  Isn't that horrible! 

Stamps:Fabulous Florets
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Whisper White Everyday Enchantment DP
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait
Other: ribbon and brad pack and pearls

I hope you chose to play along this week.  When and if you do--don't forget to come on back and add you sample to the blog hop below. And if you add the code to your blog while in the edit HTML mode your readers can play along right from your blog! 

Excited to see your samples this week!
Mary Jo

Top Three Picks for sketch challenge 207!

Wow, this was one of my favorite week's ever!  Such fun samples with this simple sketch!  Hard time picking three samples.  Great job to everyone who played along!  Seriously, I loved them all!  Here are the top three picks in no particular order.  Remember that this is just a snippet of the whole card and if you click on the images it will bring you to the creator's blog and the full photo along with any details you may want! 





Those really are beautiful don't you think?!  I hope you left a comment for them when you visited.  It is always so nice to get comments!

Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs.


Here is the HTML code.



<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Crazy stressful week!

Does anyone have a HP printer that gives you a paper mismatch error all the time.  I am about to throw this silly printer right out the window!  Ugggg--I have been working on wedding invites and have NOTHING but problems with this silly printer!  I have spent hours and hours trying to figure it out.  The weird thing is that every now and then I think it is fixed because it will print one and then it goes right back to the error message.  As far as I can figure it is because of some silly sensor that is malfunctioning!  Oh well, sorry for the rant.  I have so many cards I want to share this week but haven't been able to get them posted so I am taking a break from the invites to post one now!


I finally broke down and purchased the Creative Elements stamp set and I am sooooo glad I did.  What a pretty set this is.   I love the pattern on the butterfly and the way the flower stamps.  Just beautiful.  And my new favorite color combo Island Indigo and Pool Party.   I am also adding this to the challenge folder on Latenightstampers--this week is a girly design--I don't think this would make a good masculine card, do you, lol!  Looks pretty girly to me even if it is not pink!

Hope you are having a great week!
Mary Jo--who is going to think about buying a new printer that is NOT HP!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge 207!

Moving right along with the weekly sketch challenges we are on week number 207!  This week is a super easy sketch--maybe, lol!  At least my sample is super easy took a whole maybe two minutes but I love it.  The right paper can make any card beautiful.  I hope you find time during your week to play along.  We do this as a blog hop so if you add the code to your blog while in the edit HTML mode your readers can play along right from your blog!  Here is the sketch...






And my sample--simple and masculine...


This is the Mocha Morning Specialty paper and it is fabulous!   Don't know why I waited so long to buy it.  Just beautiful!  The stamp set is Creative Elements--Love that too!  More with it tomorrow. 

Can't wait to see what you create! Add you direct link below.

Top Three Picks from sketch 206

What super cards this week.  I am always so impressed by you guys.  This sketch sure made some stunning cards.  Here are my top three in no particular order...




Please consider clicking on each image--it will take you to the original post on the creator's blog where you can leave a comment or get more details. And winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs.


Here is the HTML code.


<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sketch challenge 206 and Latenightstampers challenge too.

Sure took longer than I thought to get to this.  Busy beginning of the week.  Hope your week is coming along well and that you are considering playing along with my sketch challenge this week.  You can view the original post --that you can link up to--and see the sketch HERE. And here is my late sample...


It is also for the Latenightstamper's challenge for this week although I think I messed up a bit.  It is supposed to be black, white and one other colors.  In the lousy light I was working in the grey background looked much darker so I thought I could get away with it still being black--which it kind of is, lol.  The other color is Baja Breeze.  I love the Tiny Tags stamp set with the jewelry punch.  And I finally got some of this Mocha Morning Specialty paper!  So pretty and this made for a super simple yet pretty elegant card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me today--see ya again soon!
Mary Jo

 
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