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Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Challenge #2

Here are the requirements for the second challenge we were given over on Sugar Sweet Paper Treats



1)Create a project, any project, using a Neapolitan ice cream theme.
2)Use all three colors; chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
3)Use your favorite flavor as the dominant color in your project.




Here is the card I came up with to satisfy the challenge:






The brown and pink cardstock are from Stampin Up. I don't know the names of them because they were just given to me in a RAK. The pattern paper is My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus Collection. The butterfly and flowers were cut from the Storybook cartridge. The sentiment is a Studio G stamp using SU Close to Cocoa ink. The ribbon is just from my stash.

Thank you so much for looking!

Dustin Pike Card

I have found and fallen in love with the art of Dustin Pike. He is an absolutely gifted artist and cartoonist. He makes his fabulous art available as digital stamps for all of us papercrafters to use. He will soon have some of his images available in traditional rubber stamps as well.

You can see his artwork (and get freebies on Wednesdays) on his blog at:
http://www.dustinpike.blogspot.com/

You can purchase his artwork from his Etsy shop here:
http://dustinpike.etsy.com/?ref=em

Here is a card I created with one of his free images:



The card itself isn't great. I would have preferred it to turn out better. I really need to improve my coloring techniques to really do justice to his images.

The colored cardstock is DCWV; the white cardstock is SU's Whisper White. I made the sentiment on my computer. The ribbon is May Arts. The Cuttlebug folder is Divine Swirls.

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think and make sure you visit Dustin's sites!

So Tweet ...

Here is a thank you card I made in triplicate for some very sweet friends who deserve a sweet little "thank you."






Sorry the pictures aren't great. I had to use a scanner this time instead of my digital camera.

The pattern paper is DCWV (Spring Stack); the stamps are Imaginisce and The Paper Studio; I used both brown Staz-on and SU! Chocolate Chip inks; the birdie is from the Happily Ever After cartridge; Scallop punches are by Fiskars and Marvy Uchida.

Thanks for looking!

Two Birthday Cards

I have a couple of friends with birthdays next week so I made a card for each of them.

I always find male cards much harder for me to do for some reason. You wouldn't think I would have such a hard time creating for another male ... but I always do.



I used copper Stickles on the sprinkles and then traced over all the lines in the frosting with a glitter pen for subtle, yet still manly enough effect.

The cardstock base and the pattern paper are DCWV. The stamp is by Inkadinkado and stamped with Stampin Up's Close to Cocoa. The ribbon and snaps are from my stash.

This one is probably one of my most favorite cards I've done in a while. It was just rather unexpected to me how much I liked it (especially the pattern paper).





The cardstock base and the butterfly are both from the dual color papers by Cored'inations. I was hoping to have it look more pink when I sanded it away, but it just appears white. The pattern paper is DCWV, the felt flourish is by Fancy Pants, the scallop border punch is Fiskars, the butterfly was cut and embossed with a Cuttlebug die set.

Now here's the really funny part ... I took both of these to work so I could take a picture of them before I sent them out. I got labels on the envelopes, got the pictures taken, got the stamps on the envelopes, got distracted and put the cards in the envelopes without writing in them, sealed the envelopes and mailed them!

So the people receiving them will each receive a handmade blank card for their birthday!

(what a dork)

Sweet Thing (SSPT Design Team Challenge #1)

***Drum roll please***

I'm finally posting my result from the very first Sugar Sweet Paper Treats (SSPT) design team challenge. Cheryll (the team leader) asked me to throw out the first challenge to the team. I chose to challenge us all to make a creation that had 1) some kind of sweet treat on it, 2) the word "sweet" on it, 3) and pink as a main color.

The rest of the design team has done an AMAZING job with all of their creations! You can check them out HERE. I really should have posted mine much earlier on and then I wouldn't be so intimidated by the awesome creations they have each made.

But such as it is, here is my creation (there are several pictures):









This is a little basket I made using the same basic instructions for an "explosion box." I just tweaked things a little bit so it wouldn't explode and so I could have the scalloped edges I wanted. It is also similar to the scallop envelope baskets I have seen shown on the Splitcoast Stampers site.

I used DCWV pink cardstock as the base of the basket. I then covered the outsides with patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. The handle is also DCWV cardstock and MME patterned paper. The cupcake is cut from the Doodlecharms cartridge. I cut off the candle that is cut with it. I then put random dots of Crystal Accents on the cupcake and stuck a clear seed bead on each dot. I used Cotton Candy Stickles around the edge of the frosting. I then popped it off the basket with a scalloped circle punch from EK Success and some pop dots.

I made a coordinating card to go with the basket:







The accordion fold card is made following instructions that can be found HERE:
http://www.mylifesart.com/2008/08/bella-rose-accordian-card.html

Here is the band that goes around the card:







I made the band a little wider than I needed it so I could use a Martha Stewart border punch on the edges. The cupcake is also cut from the Doodlecharms cartridge and made the same as above. On this one I included a cherry that I covered with Crystal Accents to give it some glossy shine.

So there it is. What do you think??? I hope I have lived up to the reputation already established by the talented team of which I get to be a part!

Thanks for looking!

3 Birthdays and a T-O-Y

It has been WAY too long since I last posted something here. I APOLOGIZE!! I've been quite busy lately both at work and at home, and just haven't gotten to posting some of the stuff I've been working on. Just because I haven't posted doesn't mean I haven't been crafting though.

Though I have done much more than this lately, I have 3 birthday cards and one Thinking of You card to share with you today.

This first birthday card is a double diagonal-fold card I made for a good friend's birthday. It will hold 2 tags or whatever you choose to put in the pockets. Usually I make tags that I intend as bookmarks and put them in the pockets.





Products used: Pattern paper - My Mind's Eye; Cuttlebug Folder - Perfect Paisley; Scalloped punches - Marvy Uchida and EK Success; Stamps - Inkadinkado; Ink - Marthat Stewart; Ribbon - May Arts; Other - Stickles and tags from stash.

This next one is a card I made for a lovely neighbor who often comes over and shares her Stampin' Up creations and her sweetness with me and my family.





I stamped the image using a Studio G stamp, then colored it with some Zig markers I have. I put stickles on it to give it some glitz. I then colored around it with my Prisma pencils and blended the colors with the odorless mineral spirits. It didn't quite turn out like I wanted, but it's okay. The scalloped square is from the Storybook cartridge.

Supplies used: Stamp - Studio G; Markers - Zig; Colored Pencils - Prismacolor; Cuttlebug - Happy Birthday, Swiss Dots; Cricut - Storybook Cartridge; Other - cardstock and lace from stash.

This last birthday one is one I made for the talented and lovely Cheryll (thememorykeeper) who heads up our SSPT Design Team. Her birthday is today and I hope she has received the card by now!











This one too is a double diagonal-fold card. It was a bit harder for me to do though because I wanted to use DCWV's glitter cardstock as the base. It took me a while to figure out how to fold it so I would get the glitter where I wanted it to show. Then when I went to cut it, I did it wrong anyway. I ended up just having to fudge it a bit and glue stuff where I wanted it to get it to look right and show the glitter where I wanted it.

I posted a few different shots trying to show the glimmer off of the glitter paper and the glitter on the cupcakes. I dabbed a bit of Martha Stewart glue on each of the "sprinkles" on the cupcakes and then covered them with coordinating glitter from Pebbles, Inc. The scalloped square is from the Storybook cartridge, the Cuttlebug folder is "happy birthday," and "swiss dots." The stamps are by Inkadinkado and the markers are Zig. The ribbon is by Offray.

This next one is a "Thinking of You" card that I did for a monthly card swap I'm in. It is almost a direct copy from this card:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1275655?cat=fav

But I always have to tweak things a bit to make them my own.







For mine I moved the ribbon to the other side (and didn't have any adorable polka dotted ribbon to use) and then I popped out the "Thinking of You" on a scalloped circle and turned it slightly so it would be offset by the black behind it. I then added a touch of bling to the sentiment.

Supplies used: Stamps - Inkadinkado; Ink - Staz-On; Punch - EK Success; Other - bling, ribbon, and cardstock from stash.

I hope you've enjoyed them all!