Thursday, March 29, 2012

For The Love Birds

Welcome to My Time Made Easy's 54th sketch!  My how the time flies!  I've been with the design team for almost a year now.  I think I came in on the 3rd or 4th sketch and I've enjoyed each one.

This week is a CAS card.  CAS = Clean And Simple and are usually one-layered cards.  I love my layers so this was a bit of a stretch for me.  I remembered I had a fun embossing folder that was begging me to use so I ran it through my Big Shot after I cut my card shape which is a strip of card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 11.  AFter I used the embossing folder I scored it on the narrow side and folded it in half so that the card opens from the bottom instead of the side. 

I then stamped the birdhouse, sentiment and love birds from MTME's acrylic set Singing Silhouette.  I ordered this set awhile back knowing that I would want to use it with shiny inks like I did with today's card.  This set is also available in a digi set.  Below is a close-up of the stamped image.  

Here's the card in a different light to show more of the embossed area and more of the shiny inked image.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate each and every visit and comment - they make my day!  Please stop on by My Time Made Easy's blog and check out the other cards that the design team have made for you today.  We would love it if you would play along!

what's in it:
MTME acrylic stamp set: Singing Silhouette
QuicKutz "frame" embossing folder
1/4 inch pink ribbon
Brilliance pearlescent inks: sky blue, orchid & lavender

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easter Bunny

I did something new for my card today.  I not only used the digi stamp outline for the bunny but colored everything digitally as well.  I didn't use any copics.  I know, huh?  I love my copics!  I had fun with MTME's digi stamp set Spring is Here.   

The Spring is Here set is loaded with Easter and Spring sentiments and images.   I just love the bunny image, don't you?

The digi paper is MTME's Spreading Spring Cheer.  I LOVE this bright, fun paper set.  I hope you will join us at My Time Made Easy's Pretty Pattern challenge.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I truly appreciate each visit and especially the comments.  You rock!

Other Challenges:
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles challenges - Cute

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Butterfly Tilda

*This is my 2nd post for the day.  If you are looking for MTME's Pretty Patterns challenge please scroll down or click here.*

I have a special butterfly card for you today.  I am posting this card in honor of my daughter this week at our CropStop challenge blog.  This week is our challenge is to use butterflies.  Do you think I have enough of them on my card?  hehe!

I love how shiny and pretty my liquid pearls are but they aren't just for dabbing spots anymore - I painted Tilda's wings with them!  It shines in certain light but doesn't when the light changes. 

Below is how the wings looked at an angle where the light wasn't shining directly on it.  

After I was finished with the pink liquid pearls I let it dry and then added the yellow.  The circles that you see in the image below were dotted on top of the pink background.  I let them completely dry before I glued down the paper pieced dress.  I popped her up on pop dots, placed her on top of the background I painted with copics and bent her wings up a bit.  I outlined the pink areas of the wings with a copic marker helping to make a definition between the shiny pink and shiny yellow liquid pearls.   

Here are a few more details including the butterflies I made with the Martha Stewart punches with some self-adhesive pearls. 

I had to add some flowers.  I put some diamond stickles onto the large pink flower.  The yellow flowers started out as white ones and I added a little color using my copics.  The green foliage was also made with a Martha Stewart punch.

The card is actually on top of the cardstock with the butterfly border.  The picture below shows how it opens.  

My daughter, Jessica, always loved butterflies.  Before she passed away she promised to send me butterflies from heaven and she sure does!  Just yesterday a large butterfly fluttered in front of my car and up and over it when I went to pick up my son from school.  We see them everywhere.  Jessica's favorite colors were pink and yellow so I tend to add those colors to my cards frequently but this card was just extra special so of course I had to have them as the main colors.  Now you see why I just had to dedicate this post to my sweet girl who is always with me  She is flying free, dancing and singing in heaven.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I appreciate each and every visit and comment!  Head on over to the CropStop challenge blog and play along with us this week by using some type of butterfly on your project or even make a card in a butterfly shape!  Don't worry, you don't have to use as many as me!  hehe!

When shopping at CropStop, don't forget to use the CropStop DISCOUNT code: NJCT-02 to receive 10% off - No minimum purchase required!  

Lastly, CropStop is having a special challenge in honor of National Craft Month.  You can read all the details Here.  

What's in it:

Other challenges:
Magnolia-licious: rainbow colors  
CR84FN #50 - inspiration photo

Die-Ing for a Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Things with wings
Simon Says Stamp & Show:  Anything goes
Creative Inspirations: feminine (or for your mom or grandmother)
7 Kids College Fund  : Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: A BIT o' green - green on pathway and leaves & greenery around flowers.
Wednesdays Challenge - anything goes

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Happy Birthday!

Today we are kickin' off our 1 year Challenge-versary!  What would you do with a $25 gift certificate to My Time Made Easy?  Well all you have to do is play along with this week's sketch for your chance to win!!  Winner will be announced next Thursday along with Sketch #53!!

Below is my card for this week's sketch (#52).  I used the digi paper from MTME's newest release, Spreading Spring Cheer.  I love this bright, cheery paper pack!   The sentiment, "Happy Happy Birthday!" is from the digi stamp set Round Off.  This new set has so many fun sentiments and images = 34 total!  It's a great value. 

I printed the multi-colored chevron pattern from the pack and then cut out the flower shapes with dies.  I crumpled them up, opened them back up, attached them together in the center and then adhered a CANDI DOT in the center of the flower. 


 I added some bling and ribbon from my stash and we're done.  I never seem to have enough birthday cards but this is one that is pretty quick and easy... I may have to make several of them!  

Thank you for visiting!  I appreciate each and every visit as well as each and every comment.  Don't forget to stop by MTME Pretty Pattern sketch blog and enter into this week's challenge for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate!       

Other challenges:
CR84FN #50 - inspiration photo

Die-Ing for a Challenge: Anything Goes!

Creative Belli Blog: use old or forgotten embellishments & make a CAS (clean and simple) card.  My old/forgotten embellishment is the gathered ribbon.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wishing you a HOPPY Easter

We have some great new products at My Time Made Easy just in time for Easter!    

The main image I used is from the digi set Round Off.  I digitally changed the color of the black space around the polka dots to pink and added light blue to the sky background.  I kept thinking that the bunny seemed kind of dark compared to the bunnies on the paper but it wasn't until my card was all done when I realized that I should have changed the center of the bunny's ears to pink!  LOL   

The sentiment is from  the same set and I changed the "a" in Happy to an "o" so it says "wishing you a hoppy Easter".  I love that little quote when there's bunnies on the card.

The great background paper is from the digi set Spreading Spring Cheer.  This set is a MUST-have!  I love all the spring and Easter papers included in this set.

Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate each and every comment.  Head on over to the My Time Made Easy Pretty Patterns blog so see what the other designers have to offer today.  There's another fun sketch up so please come and join the fun!

A Trio of Roses

My card today is from a wonderful digi stamp set from MTME called Well Rounded.  

I used a dienamics die from My Favorite Things for the bright pink die behind the image and Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder on the banners.  

I love my layers pictured below.

Thank you for stopping by and please come back tomorrow for my newest card for My Time Made Easy.