Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{FTH} Sketch w/a tWiSt #62: No Cards Allowed

Morning...morning!!
I have this song stuck in my head and I can't seem to get rid of!! 
"Happy" by Pharrell Williamsl!! I know you know it, even if that isn't your genre of music!!  It's pretty catchy and I have been singing it since yesterday!!  LOL  It's a good pick me upper!!

Today, I wanted to share a little mid-week project reminder for this weeks sketch challenge over at From The Heart!!  This weeks sketch is really simple, but the theme is "No Cards Allowed" 
Can you guess what my project is, without scrolling down!?!? 
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A bow with yummy chocolate!!! Yes!!!  
Here is a close up of the image and the shimmer form my goodies that I received on Monday!!
I have tried coloring on black cardstock, but the results have proven to look so much better on colored  images or white cardstock!!  
 
So I hope you will join us this week..You still have about 3 more days from today to enter the fun, for your chance of winning a gift voucher to the FTH Shop!! 

I would like to share this creation in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania: Easter Eggs

Hugs,
Calypso 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{FTH} April SOTM: Spring Medley

Good morning!!
I am feeling a bit defeated today!!!  Things are just not going my way today!! 
The morning started off great, but as we head into the afternoon things are progressing into an extremely overwhelming day.   
So while I have 3 more posts to write, I am jumping on to share a card I made using April's SOTM: Spring Medley from; From The Heart. 
I really love these block images and while you can color and display as is, I wanted to do something different.  So I edited and resized the images a bit. so that I could use them on my waterfall card.  
Just love making interactive cards.  This image fits this multi-folded card perfectly. I also had to use these beautiful papers from American Crafts. 
So don't forget that this is a progressive challenge. 
If you missed out, you can still play along with the challenge by purchasing the image. Then you can enter the challenge and receive next month’s digi free. OR if you spend $10 in the From The Heart Stamps store this month, you can enter code TULIPS to receive as Spring Medley a free gift.
You have til the end of the month to enter!!! 

I would like to share my card in the following challenges:
Hugs, 
Calypso

{SS} #165: Anything Goes + Embossing

Morning sweeties!!
Are you ready for Easter?  What are your Easter family traditions?
We head over to grandma's house to do our Easter egg hunt and dinner!!

Today at SweetStamps we have a new challenge for you!!  It's also a combined challenge since it's the 15th of the month, it will also coincide with our Monthly Technique Challenge!!
So this weeks challenge is: 
ANYTHING GOES
April's Monthly Technique Challenge is:
EMBOSSING
I really love these ARTSYfARTSY stamps.  I used the Chalkboard Flowers to create the background and embossed in detail white embossing powder.  I then laid a piece of parchment paper on top of it!!
I stamped and embossed the butterfly the same way.  I received some happy mail today and it included some yummy Wink of Stella pens!!!  LOVE!!!  I tried coloring the butterfly with about 4 of the colors, but the color does not show well on black cardstock, as it does on white. 
Here is a shot of the finished inside of the card, as well as a better shot of the colors on the butterfly!!
It really does look prettier in person. The shot below still doesn't do the pens any justice, but you can see a little shimmer. 
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You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #166 is:
Sweets
Our monthly challenge, can be found HERE
Theme is:
Embossing
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I would like to enter the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge 
Crafty Bloggers Network: April Challenge
Sparkle N' Sprinkle: April Challenge 

Hugs,
Calypso


Saturday, April 12, 2014

{FTH} Sketch #61 w/ a tWiSt: Coloring on Kraft

Good morning-
I wanted to share a card I made for this weeks challenge over at From the Heart. 
I was suppose to post this on Monday, but got a little side track when I saw the new Faithful Friends, that were added to the store!!  Have you seen them?  OH MY GOODNESS!!
Check them out HERE, they are ALL so cute!!! 
So for this card I am using this weeks sketch AND tWiSt challenge; which is coloring on Kraft.
One of my FAVORITES, so of course you know I had to take the challenge!! ;) 
I am using "Full of Beans Birdbrain"!!  Aren't they cute!!!  I really enjoyed coloring them.
I normally tend to color on kraft with color pencils, but for this image I tried watercolour pencils!!
I love the results they provide!! I had to switch my thinking and technique a little, so that I wouldn't peeled the cardstock.  It seems that I only eat jelly beans during Easter!!  I'm not sure why, maybe because the colors are look more yummy!!  The pinks and purples...versus during Halloween!! :) 
Here is a closeup of the image!!1  Cute right!!!
Here is this weeks sketch challenge, which you still have an entire day left to enter!!
So I hope you will take either challenge and join us!!

I would like to share this card in the following challenges:

Hugs, 
Calypso 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

{IBS} To My Wonderful Mom!

Good morning and hello!!
I so excited to share my card with you today!!  Don't you just love it when you have an idea or thought for a card and it gets executed exactly as you imagined it??  Well that exactly what happened with my card today. 
Starting with my background, I wanted a quilted look, so I used three different patterned papers from the Spring Lilacs Paper Pad.  I just altered them, until I reached the very top and trimmed off any excess from around the edges.  To complete the look, I embossed the entire sheet, with a very beautiful and semi-floral embossing folder. 
I decorated the oval frame, using some beautiful blooms and a double bow.  
The sentiment is from Mother's Day Bouquet stamp set.  I also used the frame from Vintage Pieces in the background, behind the sentiment. 
Here is a closer look at the detailed embossing and the stamping inside the oval frame.
Hope you've enjoyed viewing my detailed Mother's Day card, made especially for someone special. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge(s):

Hugs, 
Calypso



{SS} #164: Easter

Good morning!
Can you believe how fast the month is going?!?!  I can't believe we are in April already!!
I am here this morning to share a project I created for this weeks challenge over at SweetStamps.
This weeks theme is:
Easter
This card consists of 3 different stamp sets!!  Yes three!!!  The only fussy cutting I did was creating the mask for the images, but those can always be reused if stored properly.
I love Easter and we normally have plans to head up North to the cabin, but we decided that with everything we have going on this month, we would put it off for a bit.
Here is a close up of the image and how beautiful the image looks when created in layers. 
It did take me several attempts to get the position just the way I wanted it.  I have to say it was well worth the hassle.  :) 

So I hope that you will join us this week and show us your beautiful Easter creations as well. 
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Join our weekly and monthly challenge
You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #165 is:
Anything Goes
Our monthly challenge, can be found HERE
Theme is:
Fun Folds
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I would like to enter the following challenges:
Card Mania #64
Hugs, 
Calypso 

Friday, April 4, 2014

{FTH} April Blog Hop: Friendship


Ok...You HAVE to visit the FTH store today!!!  Seriously...wait til you see the new line added to the FTH Store.  OMG...I am in LOVE with all the new images!!!  
So when I saw the new images, I knew that I wanted to make a card for Buddy's friend Mathias, that we have not seen since they came back from Peru.  They were sick and I am super busy at the moment, but we will send this card, just to let them know that we are thinking if them!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win the image that the designer used. And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $5 gift voucher to the store!

If you have arrived from Angela's blog, you are in the right place!!

YES......This is one of the new image!!!  CUTE right!!!  :) 
This little fellow is only one of  six images called: Faithful Friends
Here is my project, using Just Because (Faithful Friends)

Supplies I used:
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: Bo Bunny Lil' Monster
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics  and Copic Xpress
Other: Twine

Now head over to Dee's blog and see her amazing card!!!

The hop will end on Monday, April 7th @ 6am EST . Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday April 9th!!!
I would like to share this card in the following challenge:
Cute Card Thursday #315
The Cafting Cafe: April Challenge 
Hugs, 
Calypso 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

{S.S.} #163: Die Cuts

Good morning sweeties!
I have been running around here with my head literally cut off!!!
Ahhhhh.....I need more hours, more hands and more ME's!!!!  Does anyone have that machine I can borrow ?  LOL!!!

Besides the craziness....Things... I am glad that I can log on today and share the card I made for this weeks challenge over at SweetStamps.
This weeks theme is:
Die Cuts
I really like how these all came together!!!  I had another one, but it wouldn't fit in properly to photograph it very well.  I used Flourish Medallion SweetCuts for the background base.  I split them in half and glued them points, facing one another.  I then cut Tulip Oval SweetCuts out of Black cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I laid that on top of the stick tape.  The negative space was filled with Glitter RITZ white and burnished for a smooth surface. I then took my Copic markers and colored the inside of the Tulips.
The finishing touch is seam binding ribbon colored with distress ink, matching the tulips!! :)
Here is a closer look at both cards.

Looking forward to seeing your swirl project and the interesting ways, this challenge can be interpreted. 
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Join our weekly and monthly challenge
You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #164 is:
EASTER
Our monthly challenge, can be found HERE
Theme is:
Fun Folds
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I would like to enter the following challenges:
AAA Cards
Sparkle N Sprinkle: April 

Hugs, 
Calypso