Friday, February 27, 2009

Aloha to the Weekend!!!


It's that time again!


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that people take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays I will be taking it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life.

Today’s question is: What do you do to relieve stress?

I sleep after a LONG hot shower, if that isn't possible, I generally clean- lol.

Have a fabulous Friday and an even better weekend!

GG

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spring Butterflies


Butterflies have actually been my favorite thing lately so I was extremely happy when I saw the challenge over at Arty Girlz. My biggest problem was deciding which butterflies I wanted to use, but I couldn't resist these dimensional stickers that I bought from Target last weekend. The colors are GORGEOUS and I love the 3D effect. I also wanted to join in on the sketch challenge on Papertake Weekly Challenge Blog because it was very simple and fits my style really well. So, here it is... my butterfly card made to the requirements of the Papertake sketch. I may add some jewels to the corners for a little extra, what do you think?

Have a fabulous day! GG

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Card of Happy Coincidences

Everything about this card is a happy coincidence. It all began last night while I was watching a DVR'd episode of ER (what's up with Carter- anyone know?). I had been making a birthday card for one of my best friends in orange and pink (her fave color combo) and happened to see some of these embellishments sitting around together- next thing I know, I'm inspired and laying out this card. Happy Coincidence #1

I had everything but the ribbon and I knew I was missing something, so I started digging through my Target shopping bags (I spent WAY too much). I had bought a package of 6 ribbons from their dollar section, strictly because there was a cute turtle ribbon I wanted- and this stitched pink ribbon happened to be in the mix. Happy Coincidence #2

And finally... One of my favorite challenge blogs is Stamp Something,, I check them out every week, but this week my card and their challenge are simply a happy coincidence. They are looking for items that have a 3 dimensional aspect and it just so happens that I used thick foam squares to attach the chipboard pieces to create a 3D effect. Happy Coincidence #3


I am really proud of this card because it is so far from my normal style, but still stays true to the simple elegance that defines graceful girl. This card was made on a base of white card stock. The front is made from distressed orange card stock with a pink daisy pattern. The embellishments include a hand cut oval, which I stamped with a random daisy design, inked, and tied up with the stitched pink grosgrain ribbon to spotlight the little birdie. I added another strip of ribbon behind the oval to help set off the sentiment. In the upper left corner I decided to add one more element. I punched a flower from pink card stock, bent the petals up for a little added 3D touch, then adhered the chipboard flower and the sparkly jewel to the center.

Hope you like it and have a fabulous day!

GG

Supplies: Clear Stamps: (flower from flowers stamps by rhonna farrer) Autumn Leaves, Pigment Ink: (white) Studio G, Card stock: (Pocket full of Posies matstack) DCWV, Fibers: (pink ribbon) Offray, Adhesive: Zots, foam squares Tools: (punch: loves me, loves me not, shape cutter: oval) Fiskars Other: (chipboard) Graceful Girl Stash

An Inspired Card

I was in the need for a very refined thank you card for this fabulous girl at work who went out of her way to help me out while my daughter has been ill. So I pulled out my stash and dug through it, but I couldn't find EXACTLY what I was looking- time to go shopping!!

I was at Joann's for over an hour, I can't help it- there is too much to love and I get so inspired, then I come home in a creating frenzy. I bought an awesome matstack from DCWV called LA CREME. The whole stack is in cream and black and some pages are flocked- it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. (I also bought the CITRUS matstack because it was so springy and might have to go back and buy the LATTE matstack because it is so pretty too- you can never have too much paper- right?)

When I got home I sat right down and played with the papers, but I couldn't quite get the look I was going for, so I started clicking around online looking for some inspiration and I came across this sketch from Raspberry Ribbons. I love the simplicity- it is so refined and I'm a huge fan of white space because I think it shows elegance.

Once I found the sketch, the card took less than 15 minutes because I knew exactly what to do. For the base and large rectangle I decided on the same circular pattern with opposing colors. For the vertical rectangle I chose a page that looked as if it had several types of lace on it. I added a strip of black ribbon and finally came to the circle. I punched the circle from cream card stock, stamped a random flower design in a soft blue and then stamped over it in black with the sentiment. Finally, I inked the edges of the circle and attached it. I love the simpleness of this card, but I also love the punch of color. In fact, I loved it so much, I made two so I could post one in my shop. :)

Have a fabulous day! GG

Supplies: Clear Stamps: (flower and sentiment from thank you set) Fiskars, Ink: (turquoise) The Paper Company Studio, (black) Inkadinkadoo, Card stock: (LACREME matstack) DCWV, Fibers: (black ribbon) Offray, Adhesive: Zots, foam squares Tools: (circle punch) Fiskars

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Another Aloha Friday


It's that time again!


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that people take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays I will be taking it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life.

Today’s question is: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I LOVE cookie dough, cookies and cream, and neapolitan, but my FAVORITE is rainbow sherbet- which I count as ice cream even though technically it isn't.

Have a fabulous day! GG

Monday, February 16, 2009

I Dare You


Since I have the day off work today, I thought I would check out a few challenge blogs and see what struck my fancy... Here's the cards I created-lol.

I started out with this card which covers three challenges: Arty Girlz (flowers), A Spoon Full of Sugar (doodle doo), and Dutch Dare (buttons and bows). The base of the card is white, topped with layered light green card stock, glittered card stock, dark blue card stock with white inking, and two poppies punched from card stock. I enhanced the poppies by tracing an outline and adding a button for the center. Next I drew the stems and stamped the sentiment.

The next card I made meets the requirements of two challenges, Mojo Monday (a sketch) and Charisma Cardz (cupcakes). I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to make it work for me, but I'm really happy with the colors. First, I stamped the image and colored it with watercolor pencils and a blendy pen. Next I punched the shape and arranged the embellishments to match the sketch. My daughter LOVES this card- I can't imagine why she loves cupcakes so much...


The Sugar Bowl challenge this week was to use only one piece of patterned paper and since I got my new stamps in the mail on Saturday, that seemed like a fabulous challenge to try. I stamped this sweet little bunny, colored her with watercolor pencils and my handy blendy pen, then layered the patterned paper and different shades of card stock. I added the tiny white bow and crystal for a sweet touch. I love this card because it makes me feel so springy.

Hope you like these cards and have a fabulous day! GG

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Another Challenge

I saw some tall and thin cards in the store the other day and it got me thinking. I pretty much stick to the same size cards but I it might be fun to try something a bit different, so I gave it a try. I've also been wanting to join in over at Charisma Cardz so I ended up using their recipe (3 papers, 2 flowers, 1 ribbon) on a tall and thin card to enter the challenge. What do you think?


What I did... the base is light purple card stock, I cut the dark purple piece using the wavy attachment to my paper cutter and tied the ribbon around it. I punched the flowers from scraps of patterned paper, layered them, and added a button for the center. Then I punched the scalloped squares, inked the edges with light purple ink, and attached the flowers. Next I mounted the scalloped squares onto the card stock using foam squares for a 3D effect. Finally, I applied the rub on sentiment.

Have a fabulous day! GG

You must have been reading my mind!

I came home last night with some real creative energy. I bought a new circle punch from Michael's- I can't explain how much I LOVE punching and I thought I would see how I could incorporate circles into my work. I was all about butterflies and my NEW circle punch and I managed to make quite a few cards before I went to bed.

This morning I got up and was in the mood for some more. After a bit more creating, I started catching up on blogs from the week and saw that this week's challenge over at the One Stop Craft Challenge was circles- perfect for my creative mood- so I figured I would enter my cards- hope you like them.

Supplies: card stock, DCWV Teen mat stack patterned paper, 3/8 inch polyester ribbon, butterfly and flower stickers from my secret santa

Supplies: card stock, DCWV Teen mat stack patterned paper, 3/8 inch polyester ribbon, butterfly and flower stickers from my secret santa

Have a fabulous day! GG