Sunday, February 13, 2011

Flourishing Cupcake Inspiration Challenge

Hello, friends. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I cannot believe it's Sunday already! Weekends always go by so quickly, don't they? ;)

One of my favorite things about Sundays is the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. This week the CIC is sponsored by Flourish With a Bling, who has provided flourish embellishments for the design team to work with.

Here is the simple card that I created based on the cupcake inspiration photo above. I made those roses myself! Just in case it isn't entirely obvious. LOL This card shimmers in real life, as both the muslin fabric roses and the punched butterfly were painted with Shimmerz angel wingz paint. Also the vine flourish is quite shiny. I need to learn to capture these details better by improving my photography skills. I'm adding that to my to do list... ;)

Today's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge is bittersweet for me as this is the last week that I will be participating as a CIC Design Team Sweetie. Being a part of the design team has been such a wonderful experience, and the super sweet queen CIC Sweetie, Rachel , has been so good to me. I've loved every minute of it! I'll still be playing along in the challenge regularly as this is one of my all time favorite challenges, and Anita Be Stampin will be a regular sponsor of the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge too.

Have a sweet day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

ABS Digi Release and Blog Hop Day!

It’s Anita Be Stampin Digi Release and Blog Hop day…woot woot! All of the new digi images are available NOW at Anita Be Stampin, and we are celebrating by having a blog hop filled with inspiration. Be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog hop today, because one lucky winner who comments on EVERY blog along the way will win the entire digi release. Gotta love that, right?

Check out my project using the brand new ABS Victoria digi image. This card is inspired by the rust Graphic 45 patterned paper used that features corset images. I stepped outside my comfort zone with a little bit of a different style on this card. I sure hope you like it! ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! The next stop on the hop is Brenda, and you are going to just love the beautiful creation that she made using the new Estella digi image. Remember to leave a comment on every blog on the hop by Sunday, Feb. 13th at 12:01 CST for your chance to win all of the ABS digi images released today. Here is the list of all of the stops on the hop today, just in case you get lost along the way:

ABS Blog


Anita (you are here!)






ABS Blog

Happy hopping!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Love Filled Cupcake Inspiration Challenge

Hi there! :) Are you all ready for Superbowl Sunday? I am not really into the game this year, but I do look forward to watching the commercials. What can I say...I love a good commercial!

Check out the beautiful cupcake inspiration photo for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads. Don't you just love those cupcakes!?! They look so rich and lovely. I know I would LOVE to have one! LOL

Please excuse the not so fabulous photo of my creation for the CIC this week. My crafty mojo is currently on hiatus, and apparently my barely there photography skills went with it. The main image is from one of my favorite Anita Be Stampin rubber stamp sets from our most recent release, Love Bear.

Making this card proved to be a real challenge for me, and things went wrong right away as I began coloring my main image. I decided to once again dust off a coloring medium that I hadn't used in awhile on my first attempt, using an aquapainter and dye inks. With my second attempt I went back to my "best friend" of coloring mediums, Copic markers. In retrospect I should have stuck with the second image and completed it. Nope, the third try is a charm, right? Wrong! LOL I laid down way too much marker ink which made the image look streaky. As a result, I took an old cloth and dabbed colorless blender to try to remove the ink. I would have tried again if not for pure exhaustion. ;)

Please scoot on over the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog to check out all of the creations and play along with us!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: Papertrey Ink ssw, PTI pink, Teresa Collins Crush Mini Hearts pp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, SU chocolate chip, Copic markers
Accessories: Beaded Circle Nestabilities, Nesties, Stampin' Up! heart punch, SU ribbon

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ABS Challenge #6 - You Make Me Smile

Well, hello there! I hope you are having a great week. Everything here is going well. Well, everything except for the weather that is. LOL Let's just say it's a snowy, icy mess here in good old Nebraska. Here's hoping you are someplace much warmer and sunnier. ;)

Today I am sharing my creation for Anita Be Stampin Challenge #6. On the first Tuesday of each month we shake things up a bit and have a non-sketch ABS Challenge. This week the challenge is to make a creation using dark purple, light purple, light yellow or cream, kraft, and any additional neutral color of your choice. Sounds like fun, right? There is also a chance to win a $15 Anita Be Stampin gift certificate just for playing along. Check out all of the details on the ABS Challenge Blog.

Here is my card...all purple and sweet, don't you think? It's a bit difficult to see in the photo, but the polka dots on the skirt and the bow knot are both sparkly. I couldn't resist adding a little bling to this image from the Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches rubber stamp set. I hope you like this simple little card.

Please stop by the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog to check out all of the inspiration and play along!

Have a fabulous day!


Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI SSW, kraft, plum, Archivers light purple, The Paper Company pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, purple Stickles glitter glue