Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Challenge Submission: {two little birds}

So, this {Embellish Magazine} color challenge is just another example of colors I normally wouldn't use together but look absolutely FAB! This card is way CAS but I think it is still really cute. The challenge was the palette above plus birds...I used my favorite little {Maya Road} chipboard birds with the olive green and some sand paper distressing around the edges. Here's my submission:

Click {here} to visit the always delicious Embellish Magazine Blog!

Hope you are having an {inspired & crafty} day!

Craft Night Bonanza: {Challenge Submissions}

I have literally been crafting for nine and a half hours straight! Love the summer! {I work at a school so I have summers off!} I have been working on a couple of challenges tonight. The first is 2 Sketches 4 You Laura's #58. Click Here to check it out! Here is the sketch and my interpretation. I am also entering this into the MyGrafico Distressed challenge {Click here to see their awesome challenge blog.} I used my sanding block and my Heidi Swapp paper edge chewer to distress it.
Here is the sketch and {my interpretation:}

I am also entering the current CPS #179 with this card. Click here to check out the challenge and below is the sketch and my interpretation. These two sketches were so similar I saw a lot of people using the same card for both but I thought each deserved it's own pretty little card!

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I would {love to hear what you think} of tonights two challenge cards

Homespun Craft Fair: {A Review}

So, on my birthday this year was the first Annual Winter Park Homespun Chic Marketplace. Since I know most of you do not live where you would have been able to attend I am posting a review. The setup was nice and the booths were great! The only real complaint I have was that the show was limited to twenty booths and seven of those twenty booths were baby/kid only booths {clothes, diaper bags, etc} and with no kids currently or on the horizon it limited my shopping ability. I thought there could have been better diversity. Having said that my review will be of the booths that were applicable to me and all will be linked to their super cute ETSY shops. I have also included some photos of my fun purchases.

The first booth we bought from was Hammerman which is a shop featuring homemade garden markers stamped into vintage teaspoons. Since the husband got us going on our little window garden as my anniversary present I couldn't help myself at their booth. Here is a pic of our purchase with the first pictures of our new little plant children.
Here is the link to this excellent little store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Hammermann

Another booth we visited was a screenprinting booth {Autumn and Everything After} that featured cute little bags and pillows that were delicious in their simplicity {Black screenprint on cream canvas} Here is the pic of my pillow purchase. I zoomed out a bit so you could see how excellently it works in the room.

Here is the shop link www.etsy.com/shop/kbainsley

The Tracy B. Designs booth was super cute also! I bought one of her fabric pom-poms for my bedroom: Mine is plain white because that's how I am but there were a million different pretty designs! Check out her cute cute store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tracybdesigns

Some other great shops that we visited:

{Sew Lola} http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewlola Handmade couture purses and accessories
My mom bought one of these! And it was adorable!
Shabby Chic - Brooch and Hair Pin
{Image is the property of SewLola!}

My favorite booth of the day was Indo bay inc. I didn't buy anything here because the thing I wanted the most wasn't for sale- {Her handmade stamps} I will be buying from her though in the very near future. I spent most of my time there trying to plead with her to please carve her stamps and sell them to us paper crafters. Check out her store here http://www.etsy.com/shop/indobaytextiles and then after you see all the pics of the stuff she makes with her beautiful stamps, buy something, then convo her on how she should sell those darn stamps too. The one she had out at the show was so delicious it broke my heart!
This is {thee stamp} Can you even believe it's fabness? ugh!
Hand-printed  Classic White Cotton Napkins- Spring and Whimsy- by indo bay

So, that's my review: Do these folks a favor, stop by and shop your little handmade hearts out!

Happy {Crafting and Shopping}

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge {She Sells Seashells}

So, first off {Happy Birthday} to me! I am officially 27! Boy that Big 3-0 is sneaking up on me fast! I had an excellent birthday. I spent the day with my family at a craft fair, shopping, and eating dinner! Got lots of excellent presents and had a relaxing day overall! {Will post later with my craft fair finds!}

My card for today is the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger {She Sells Seashells} I absolutely {LOVED} this trigger photo {Click here to see for yourself}. I used some Navy blue striped PP {to pull in those delicious nautical cuff links} and Pink Cardstock as a base. Both were a little too heavily saturated with color to reflect how soft and delicate the colors in the picture were so I covered both with a sheet of {The paper company Translucent Vellum} to soften them up a bit. I used that ornate white at the top to bring in the elegant ornate edge of the white tray in the photo. After looking through the submissions already posted I found out I was not the only one who was very inspired by the gold and pearl seashell charm bracelet- So, { I made my own} I built the whole thing and then spray painted it all gold some cheap brass chain, with little brass seashells some larger craft shells and some round shell beads. I held the whole thing in place by putting gold spray painted brads through each end of the {charm bracelet} I added a lot to this one because I loved how thick the bracelet was. I noticed in the trigger photo that there were little Chinese fortune cookie slips on the tray so I chose a sentiment that would read like a fortune cookie fortune saying. Another favorite part of mine was the extra little bit of chain with the shell dangling from the corner bow. Not sure if it can compete in the tough paper crafts market but I think it is pretty damn {Moxie FAB!}
Here is a close up of the {Charm Bracelet}

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Challenge Submission: (Happy Blingy Birthday}

Well after the last post I thought I was done for the day and began cleaning up. I had my sketch book of challenges out and could see the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch and it wasn't just calling to me... {it was YELLING at me!} So, I sat back down and went to town. This card was fun. I don't think it is epic or one of my best, but I {really enjoyed} making it and that is the point, right? I am not sure why but the color is showing up funny in this picture. The polka dotted pp is lime green with blue dots and the happy birthdays at the bottom are lime green as well. {weird} So, the sketch is below and here if you want to check it out. I needed a color scheme so I went with the Whoopsi Daisy Color challenge of Blue and Green- {so bright and fun!} Click here to check out there fun challenge blog!

So, I really am done now...and I have twice as much to clean. See you all soon!

{Friends Cherish Dreams} Challenge Submission

So, my favorite thing about challenges is that you often end up using stuff you haven't touched in ages or that you normally wouldn't use. For instance, the play date cafe had a color combo featuring this peachy color and I just normally wouldn't use it. I had this sheet with the swirls in an Anna Griffin pad that I have had for {a little less than forever.} But I think it is just absolutely stunning. With the peachy color, PDCC had us using a brick red with white. Before I got started I scoured the challenge blogs for a sketch and decided to go with the CPS Sketch #178 for this one. Here is the sketch and the PDCC color scheme and inspiration:
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Click {Here} for the PDCC Color Challenge.
Click {Here} for the CPS Sketch #178 Challenge.

and here is a close-up of the bead embellishment at the top:

PP: {Anna Griffin}
Brick Red Burlap Ribbon
Hemp Twine {Cream}
Leaf Embellishment: {Cricut Cartridge- Storybook}
Copper Eyelets: {Making Memories}

Monday, August 2, 2010

My {shabby chic} challenge submission

So, this one is a double doozy challenge submission! I wanted to enter {The Shabby Tea Room's} challenge which was to use soft blues, creams, whites, and browns to create a delicious shabby chic card. After searching for some sketches to get me started I found this one on the {Mojo Monday} blog which just screamed shabby chic to me with all that inspiring layering. Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday and the color inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room:

{Click here to checkout the Mojo Monday Challenge}
{Click here to checkout The Shabby Tea Room Challenge}

And here is {my interpretation} of both with a close up of some of the embellishments:

See you all {very} soon!