Monday, January 31, 2011

happy birthday fleur..

Woooo Hoooo for Monday's because that means you get to hop with the E.A.D Designs Team!
{it officially starts at 10:00 am EST}


You should have hopped over here from the Fabbie January Guest Designer, Lauren's blog:  


If not, you'll want to pop over to the starting blog which is EAD Designs!!!

Today I have a wonderfully sassy 'sweet marmalade' spring-y card....


I tell you, we could use a bit of springy sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been raining...alot...BUT I shouldn't complain because it could be SNOW....


Did you notice the fun green stitching?  The sentiment is from the EAD Designs Monster Birthday Stickerz set {thanks for the inspiration Amy C!}....love the font on that set!

I was inspired by the latest Waltzing Mouse sketch:


My Sassafras Entwined Bloom was perfect for the challenge...I did some subtle zig zag stitching in the lower left hand side of my center panel...The design just screamed for a sentiment in the lower right hand corner so that EAD Designs Happy Birthday was perfect for my sassy card.

Well, I'm the end of the hop...hope that you had fun!!!!  I wanted to give a big shout out to the fabbie Lauren, who is our January Guest Designer....she ROCKS!

Just a reminder of the E.A.D Designs January Steal:



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card deets
challenge:  ead designs blog hop, waltzing mouse sketch
cardstock:   PTI kraft
paper:  sassafras sweet marmalade
other:  EAD Designs Monster Birthday Stickerz, sassafras entwined bloom/tender green, zva flourish, sewing machine


Sunday, January 30, 2011

lavender sugar...

Happy Sunday!  

For someone that isn't a huge purple fan, I'm back with a card with purple...or lavender.  I'm determined to use the set of Prima blooms that I bought:)


The damask paper is flocked...gorgeous stuff by Little Yellow Bicycle, I used black seam binding ribbon and topped off the card with PTI buttons and Kaisercraft pearls.

Do you see the Maya Road Trinket pin?

I was inspired by PDCC66:


My card design was inspired by the Get Sketchy Scrappy Saturday Challenge:


Just a reminder...


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Saturday, January 29, 2011

coffee break...

Good morning and Happy Saturday!!!!


We have a fabulous Sponsor for this week at Card Patterns:


Check out the fun sketch for this week:


I finally broke down and picked up some Cosmo Cricket Pixie-Licious goodness..


This puppy has a ton of colors going on...I couldn't resist the Cocoa image by Designed2Delight...did you notice the string of pearls on the chippie leaf vine?

I even worked on the interior of the card:


The sentiment is ala Hero Arts...

I hope that you'll play along with us at Card Patterns!!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jingle-y holiday cheer...

Happy Friday!!!!

Well, I'm back with my 'lil surprise...


I've been invited by the lovely Jingle Belles to be their guest this week!!!!!

Here's the fun twist, I'm their guest sketch artist!

Pretty fun to be on the 'other side' of things...those that know me know that I LOVE sketch challenges....so it's unusual for me to be the sketcher:)
Yup, it is definitely a clean & simple design...I've been drawn to this type of design for a bit now.  It has the potential to be loaded up with tons of different elements or you can  do a fairly CAS design, great for mass producing on those Christmas cards...

This is what I came up with...


The base is PTI kraft and all the other paper is Echo Park's Merry Christmas line...



The sentiment is by A Muse and the ornament is Hero Arts Magic of Christmas...Do you see it...the glitter...the traditional kind {for those of you that missed my glitter haz mat post, read THIS}...I did a thin line of Martha's silver glitter above the ornament...an unexpected pop of  glitz...

I can't wait to see what the Jingle Belles did with the sketch and what YOU do with it...so what are you waiting for?  No excuses, it really is an easy smeasy sketch....

A big shout out to Lauren and Stephanie for inviting me to play with them....I'm proud to announce that I've been keeping up with the weekly challenges and will oh-so-be-enjoying my relaxing month of December this year...thanks ladies for starting this wonderful challenge site!!!  I also wanted to give a high five to all the other gals that play along...you all are such an inspiring group of paper artists...if you haven't had a chance to play, you really should jump in...you'll have a fab time!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

musically speaking...

Sympathy cards...they have to be thee toughest to design...luckily there are a ton of challenges to help the process...this card is the result of 2 challenges..


This will be going to my friend who recently lost her grandmother...it's a surprising color combo for me, isn't it?  I struggled to decide what to create because my friend loves to wear black...LOVES to wear black but I just couldn't design a card with that color..it is too somber for a sympathy card...I didn't want her to be sad when she receives the card, I wanted to her to think of her grandmother fondly, kwim?

I have to admit that this is one of more heavily stamped cards that I've created in awhile...the musical background is Hero Arts that I inked up with Versamark and embossed with Ranger clear embossing powder...it is a 'mystery' lavender cardstock that I picked up at my local craft store...the center pink panel is Bo Bunny that I also clear embossed with the Hero Arts Small Solid flower {LOVE that bloom!}...The center stamps are PTI...I splurged and bought a package of Prima blooms...

The color combo is compliments of CR84FN12:


Definitely not a typical color combo that I work with but I do love the end result...gotta love the kraft...

The card design is ala Tiff!


Really love this particular sketch...think of all the possibilities...

Here's another card...I'm trying to be good about sending out cards...this will be going out to a friend that is going through a rough patch:


Who can resist October Afternoon?!  I also added some yo yo blooms that I whipped up last year with Cosmo Cricket fabric...same color combo so it worked out fabulously!


Here's another Tiff Sketch:

**Just a reminder**

The E.A.D Designs Turtle Love Color Challenge ends today!!!!

You get a 25% coupon to the EAD STORE
just for playing...

and you might just be lucky and win a $20 Gift Certificate to

Okay, that's it for today...I'll be back tomorrow with a little surprise:)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

tinsel joy...

It's me...cutting it close to the Jingle Belles deadline:)



Check it out...I embossed...two panels!  Picked up the sizzix folders on sale:)


I used Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink and Pixie Pink....topped it off with straight and zig zag stitching.  I opted to not put a sentiment on the exterior of the card because of all that embossing...it doesn't seem to need one...

I got three words for you:

Tinsel glitter...ugh


I'm a HUGE fan of Martha's 'traditional' glitter...bought the silver and LOVE it...I found the Christmas set of Tinsel glitter on sale {even came with the Martha glitter glue}.....good grief, that stuff is u-n-r-u-l-y...seriously...anybody else have the stuff?  


I love that it looks so sparkly but seriously peeps, I think I inhaled some and I even sprayed each of the snowflakes with a clear coat...someone has to have some tips because I have like a life time supply of the stuff....

This is the glorious Jingle Belles color challenge:


I was inspired by the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge:
I also wanted to share a layout that I completed last weekend but haven't posted until today...


Thank goodness for my 13 year old photographer and copy editor.  Yes, the boy took the fun pic of the girl and he, ahem, found a typo on my original layout {before pics were taken...}.  In my haste and spelling backwards {that's how I typically lay the letter stickers down} , I managed to botch one of the words...cutest thing ever, the boy evidently was checking out the layout and casually said, "You haven't blogged that layout yet, have you?"  Then he so kindly tells me that I can't spell...well, not in those words...I'll have you know that I won my 3rd Grade spelling bee....they even presented me with an engraved plaque...do you know how special that made me feel?  Real special until I saw how they typed my name on that plaque:

Amie Tsuruta

Good grief, they managed to spell my **last** name correctly but spelled my first name wrong?!!!
{slapping my forehead}

Okay, okay...sorry about straying from the project....here is a close up of all that sassy goodness...


Notice that t-i-n-y zig zag stitching?!  Seriously love that look....

My layout is compliments of last week's:



♥♥Some enabling♥♥

I just ordered a new address stamp...wooo hooo....check it out, isn't it sweet?!
It was sooo hard to pick so it may not be my only addy stamp...but I loved the simplicity of this particular one along with the sweet font!!  It's from Sweet Papery:)



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

...a little latte

Tuesday means it is the Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge!


Haven't you been enjoying our January Guest Sketch Artist, Amy Sheffer?!!!

Well, she is back with another fun sketch!


As I was digging through my various 6x6'ers....I may or may not have a ton of them....I came across my Basic Grey Nook and Pantry one...Oh, it's been much too long since I've used those fabbie papers so here you go:

I think if I counted correctly, I used 7 different patterns out of the Nook and Pantry Collection..might be my all time record:)

Okay deets on my card...I used my FAVORITE Skipping Stones Design set, Funny Coffee Vol.#1.  I typically do the traditional banner but I've been loving the semi-circle version....Do you see that lace doily strip towards the bottom of the card...it was part of a borders page that I fussy cut....psssstttt....going to let you in on a secret....I surprised myself by NOT stitching on this card...gasp!  I know...what the heck?  

Some Skipping Stones Design News!

1. FREE SHIPPING!!!!  Just enter "freeship" at check out...this is good on international orders as well as domestic.

2. Skipping Stones Design Newsletter!!!! On Thursday's a special coupon code goes out to subscribers. It is an exclusive offer just for those who subscribe to the Skipping Stones newsletter....sign up is located on the left side bar on the Skipping Stones home page.

You won't wanna miss the fabbie goodness from the other gals on the Skipping Stones Design Team:


Make sure you check out our January Guest DT, we've sooo enjoyed having you ladies this month!!!!   


Amy Sheffer-Guest Sketch Artist  

Becky Olsen-Guest DT   
Jen del Muro-Guest DT   
Tami Mayberry-Guest DT   
Rae Barthel-Guest DT

Thanks for stoppin' by!!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

winner...winner...chicken dinner...

(this is my 2nd post of the day...please see  my regularly scheduled EAD Designs blog hop post HERE)

Thanks for all your sweet comments on my Moxie Fab World News!!!


It is such a honor to be included with such fabbie peeps:)

Just a reminder of the FUN E.A.D Designs sponsored blog candy!!!!







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Jess said...
Great cards! Saw you card on Moxie Fab and had to run over here and say a big CONGRATS! I love your work and glad its being shared with others!

Woooooooo Hoooooooooooo Jess!!!!!!!

Email me sista with your snail mail and I'll get your FUN Stickerz to ya!!!!!