Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Midnight Madness Time!!

Here is my card for this week's
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge:

The adorable image, "The Good Little Witch," is a digital stamp from our September sponsor  Sunshine and Giggles.  The prize from them this month is amazing!!  Gosh I love Halloween, so I had so much fun with this card!  I used Apple Glimmer Mist over a Tim Holtz spiderweb mask in the corners.  Then I used Peach Bellini Glimmer Glam on a clear acetate scalloped circle which is layed over a printed paper.  You can see it better in the close up below.

This weeks's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.

Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Be sure to check out this week's bonus sponsor Prairie Fairy Designs.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Midnight Madness Design Team

Guess who is one of the newest Midnight Madness Guest Design Team Members. . .

Me that's OOOO!

I have been bursting to share this incredible honor with you, and today is finally the day.  First mission: Sketch Challenge #68.  Look at the gorgeous sketches from Priscilla this week.  The sketch challenges are "YOUR PICK," so you can make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.

So of course I went FANCY.  The digital stamp I had the pleasure of using, "Snow Goddess," is from our August sponsor Michelle Perkett Studio.  Be sure to check out her site as well as our weekly sponsor, Wags n' Whiskers.

love all the gorgeous holly on this digi-girl.  I decided to go with a soft pastel-y Christmas look for her here, although I also colored her in reds and greens and she looked amazing!  The blue background is My Minds Eye, the ornament shape of her dress is Melissa Frances (my fave) and the rest is Webster's Pages paper.

The laced up side of my card is simply eyelets, flexible jewelry wire and tiny, bitty blue seed beads.  I like how it rattles lightly as you open it.

This close up shows a bunch more detail.  The "Snow Goddess," seam binding, snowflakes, Stickles, the brown velvet flower and the rhinestone closure.  Which opens like this:

Inside the right flap the paper says, "MAGICAL" and the inside opens like this:

I really hope you decide to join in on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.  It's really easy to enter and the women on the design team are simply amazing.  I am blessed to be a guest in their group.  Plus, with the new sketch and all the gorgeous design team creations, Tuesdays are exciting now!!!  Hee hee!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kitschy Kitchen Recipe Album ~ Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of my August project for the Mystic Paper design team.  Thank you everyone for the congratulations on yesterday's post.  I am still flying high on the "whoa" factor.  :)  Here are the links if you would like to go back to view Part 1 or Part 2.

I trimmed around the photo of my pretty strawberry plate and added the dictionary definition for dessert, the preserved strawberries Crafty Secrets image, and a bunch of strawberries trimmed from some G45 paper.  And of course the pretty pearls from the kit.

I found some cool buttons to match the Kitschy colors and sewed them right to the recipe card here.  I love this yellow seam binding too!

It was fun adding in all the Crafty Secrets images with my Melissa Frances kit.  I couldn't resist the pink!!  This is also a good photo to show how I did the loopy seam binding on the back of the card.

Another FAVORITE dish of mine.  This one is in my "happy place" (the corner of my bedroom, turned studio).  Also, I adore the Cherries and Yellow Checked tablecloth underneath it.  When I was taking all the pictures I was petting it and loving it.  :)

Look at this little sweetie I added adjacent to the recipe for my husband's favorite cookies.  I just knew she had to go in my book somewhere.

And finally, the inside of the back cover.  Some polka-dot Prima paper with a photo of my pretty glass on some fun red toile.  This was a wonderful project to work on, I hope you enjoyed the journey through my recipe book.  :)

Happy Friday Y'all!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kitschy Kitchen Recipe Album (Part 2) ~ Featured on Melissa Frances Blog!!!

I am editing this post because I just saw that my Kitschy Kitchen Album was featured on the Melissa Frances blog!  What an honor!!  I am downright floored with excitement.  CLICK HERE to hop over and check it out.  HUGS!

Some more Yummy for your Tummy, and your eyes hopefully.  :)  This is Part 2 of my August design team project for Mystic Paper.  If you missed Part 1 of my Kitschy Kitchen Recipe Album, CLICK HERE to view that post.

The cherry stamp is from the adorable Crafty Secrets kitchen set.  Then I looped blue seam binding and glued it to the back of the recipe card.  Kind of a fun way to make it more frilly.  And you know me, "Miss Frilly Froo Froo."  :)

Check out this pink refrigerator (Crafty Secrets Homemade image pack).  It's so nifty fifties and of course I had to bling it up with the rhinestones from my Melissa Frances kit.

Cute, perfectly colored blue grossgrain ribbon and pearls from the kit add the perfect pizazz to this side dish recipe.  And the apron stamp above. . . swoon!

So this dish isn't exactly Kitschy, but the color is pretty, and I love it, so it made it into the book.  I added a little Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess paper to look like a placemat, and a Crafty Secrets silverware image.

I LOVE this celery colored lacy trim from Mystic!  I bordered an entire recipe card with it, and it's fun how it sticks out so you can see it when the album is shut.

I am pretty much addicted to vintage seam binding right now.  The soft feel of it in my hands and on my projects just makes me so happy!!  The brighter yellow is perfectly kitschy, don't you think?

So, are you enjoying my album so far?  I hope so, I had such fun putting it together.  Everything is available at Mystic Paper, and you can visit the store if you would like to see my book in person.  Also be sure to check out the projects completed by the other design team members, Sheri and Jenna.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kitschy Kitchen Recipe Album (Part 1)

Did you know I adore Melissa Frances products?  That's why I was thrilled to work on my project for the Mystic Paper design team this month.  I decided to share my Kitschy Kitchen recipe album with you in installments versus as a Slide show.  This way you are able to click on the images to make them larger for viewing details.  I only took photos of the super embellished pages.  The kit comes with 18 recipe cards, but not all of them are pictured.

Here is what I did with the already awesome kit (part 1): 

To the edge of the kitschy cover, I added Tim Holtz Picket Fence crackle paint.  I made a little apron out of the corner of a hankie and some of Mystic's cute trim.  I discovered that the cream polka-dot ribbon was double sided!  Perfect for a little twist and turn.  :)  Then I handmade a ribbon rose from some of the coraly colored kit ribbon.  I framed a Crafty Secrets strawberry image behind another Melissa Frances piece.  I used Glossy Accents for the shiny parts of the strawberries and to make the word "Recipes" pop!  Did you notice my gal's little pearl earring?  The pearls come in the kit, too.

To make this recipe album really special, I took photos of kitschy things that I love from my kitchen.  The creamy part of this plate is all crackley.  I love it.  I kept singing, "These are a few of my favorite things!" when I was creating this album.  I had to add the pink rhinestones from the kit to the cherries.  The Campbell's girl and the other stamps in this album are from a Crafty Secrets set.  (Available at Mystic Paper of course!)  I cut out the definition of bread for this "Breads" tab.

More Crafty Secrets images and pearls and Mystic trim.

The rest of the hankie wrapped around a "Top Secret Recipe," pinned with a Tim Holtz element.  The cute sticker was in the kit.

 My favorite bowl and the definition of soup cut from the dictionary. 

Peas postcard and another Crafty Secrets stamp for this soup page.  I fan folded crepe streamers and glued the strip to the back of this recipe card for a little different texture.

Well, thats all the yummyness for today.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part 2.  Also, don't forget to stop by Sheri and Jenna's blogs to see their August Design Team projects.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mystic Paper August Kit

We are in the full on "dog-days" of summer here in the Phoenix Valley of the Sun.  Whew!  The other day my older daughter Tessa said, "Mommy, when it's Halloween. . . we can go outside again?"  Pitiful, but just about right.  Around October 31st, the heat begins to wane.  Probably another reason I love Halloween so much.  We did get some blessed rain recently and the girls went out to play twice that day.

I picked up my design team kit at Mystic Paper for August and I was thrilled to find this:

Now you know I have an obsession with Melissa Frances products, right?  This is the Recipe Album kit from her newest line, "Kitschy Kitchen."  Complete with covers, recipe cards, tabbed dividers, stickers, bling/pearls, binder rings, and 3 ribbons.  And WOW, the colors are so yummy!

I can't wait to create something deliciously, delectably, delightful for you to feast your eyes on.  Be sure to stop by Sherri and Jenna's blogs to see their August kits.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Tres Chic Dress Form Card

So coloring with Copics is cathartically relaxing right?  I think I am in love.  (As I typed those sentences my two girls and my nephew {all under age 3} each let out screams rising in pitch and intensity to an absurdly ear-shattering ring.  Ahhhhhhh!  600 toys and they always want the same one, ya know?  At least I can look at my card and remember that I actually get some relaxing moments.)

The dress form image is a digi-stamp from Priscilla Styles' site, Crafters Digital Art Center.  Isn't she lovely!  I just found out that my printer ink is compatible with Copics, YAY!!  I used the wonderful sketch from Priscilla Styles over at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.  You can see that I rotated the sketch a bit.

The colored dress forms are accented with Perfect pearls.  It's hard to see here, but the green of the last dress is also pearlized.  I cut out some cute crowns to top each of the dress forms.  I used part of a gold doily for the circle element.  I was afraid of making a big ol' mess, but I decided to get brave and distress with Black Soot.  Luckily a mess was avoided, and I do like the result.  Flowers with glitter and pearls and clear pebble centers, and voila!

I gave the inside of the card a fun twist by putting the center rectangle on a flower hinge and hiding space to write behind it.

Enjoy!  Happy Monday y'all!