Monday, June 29, 2009

White Holiday Card Challenge - Let it Snow :)

Happy Monday Morning Everyone :)

I am psyched to be the hostess this week for the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog! So in thinking of what to do for the challenge - I thought that maybe we could try to do a Christmas card or holiday card that is a white on white kind of card - of course its nice to have a little color - but something that is mostly white. 
So for my card today - I used the sketch that Susanna Boyd
has created for the Saturday weekly sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Planet (if you are playing along with the sketch - use the tag word: sk062709  which is the date this last saturday - and if you are playing with the white holiday card challenge from the Christmas Stampin All Year Long group- then the tagword is CSAYL) - or you can do both challenges in one :)

So here is my quickie "Let it Snow" card - the two side panels are embossed and the the one in the middle is white with silver embossing (paper company) - it was somehow cooling to make an all white card in June where it is s-w-e-l-t-e-r-i-n-g hot!

Card Details:
Paper: Paper Company - silver embossing
Ink: Bordering Blue from SU!
Accessories: Circle punches from Creative Memories, ribbon threader, ribbon from Ofray, Martha Stewart snowflake and pearls and liquid pearls (its an addiction :)

Hope you have a chance to play along with the challenges - I have to say - I am really psyched to get a handle on the Christmas card thing this year :) woo-hoOO! :) Please check out the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog to see the beautiful works by my teamates and check out the gallery of the sketch for this week over at Paper Craft Planet!

Sorry for the quick post - this last week has been quite busy and this week looks like it might be more! Hope you are all doing well! 

Happy Monday!
hugs :)
Sankari :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You - Top 10 - Sending you Sunshine

Happy Saturday Everyone,

I can't even express to you how utterly -utterly honored and grateful I am that my card from last week was chosen as one of the Top 10 in the Ultimate Card Showdown that Kazan and Laura are hosting over at 2 Sketches 4 You in celebration of the one year anniversary of their blog. A huge thank you to Laura and Kazan, to the wonderful panel of judges, to all my fellow sketch challenge players in all the rounds and to all of you for your encouraging words and sweet comments - it is truly appreciated from the depths of my heart.

I was psyched when I saw this sketch that Kazan gave us for the Top 10 round. This card is dedicated to all of YOU because you bring sunshine into my life with all of your sweet comments and for coming over to visit - that I wanted to send some sunshine right back to you as a thank you! It is especially dedicated to a good friend of mine "C" ;) - thanks for being my sunshine :).

I had so much fun creating this card - really it was such a joy to sit down and craft this card - its amazing sometimes how much joy you get from creating something from your hands :) (and for this card - I didnot make it in my closet as I have been doing :) - but actually worked on a table!). Here is the front view of the card:

The vertical element in the card I thought could be the sunshine on the ocean - and so I did that with yellow paper with orange waves on the background of the popped out waves with sheer yellow ribbon weaving in and out of the wave like the sun's reflection: Here is a picture of the ribbon being weaved in and out of the waves:

I wanted to decorate the inside of the card also - but still keep it simple enough that you could still write on the top portion of the inside - here is a peek at the inside of the card:

Here is shot of the card lying flat - opened and closed: 
The inside "ocean" is layered and the fishes are jumping in and out of the water too... you can write your message on the space in the top half of the "sky/sun" .

It was fun to decorate both the inside and outside of the card - and still have it kinda lay flat :) 
Here is a close up picture of the sun and the metal clip that is attached to it from which the sentiment hangs. The sun was made with different size circle punches on different colors of orange and yellow papers. 
The sun rays were made from the Fiskars punch: Fleur de Liis - which also has an embossing function. The rays are alternating dark and light yellow, with little Kaiser blings adorning them. The center of the sun has a star punch from Martha Stewart along with a yellow eyelet and is topped off by a soft bling. The metal loop is also attached to one of the layers of the sun so that the sentiment can hang off it (which is tied to a ribbon). 

I love sunshine - and making this sun was pure therapy from this week's busy-ness :)

This is a close up shot of the sentiment: "Sending You Sunshine"

All the fishes in this card were stamped onto different colors of ink and then cut out and glitterized and then stuck in between the
 waves at different angles. The waves are also blinged out a little. This card was so much fun to take pictures off - and I didn't want to overwhelm with too many pictures - so here is a little collage of them: You can click on the photo to see it bigger: or click HERE

Card Details:
Paper: K & Company ( and from stash
Ink: For the fishes: from Stampin Up!: Cameo Coral, Garden Green, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard and So Saffron - also for the sentiment: StazOn Black and Adirondack expresso
Stamps: Sentiment: Year of Sweet Sentiments from Taylored Expressions and fish from K & Company
Punches: Martha Stewart Star Punch, Creative Memories circle punches (4 sizes), Stampin Up 1 3/4" punch and Scallop punch, Fiskars: Fleur de Liis embossing punch
Accessories: Sheer yellow ribbon, stickles, Bright Smooth Bling, eyelet, clip from the May Key Ingredients, hole punches, dimensionals

I had so much fun making this card  - I think that is part of the reason that I love doing these lovely sketch challenges - within the elements of the sketch are infinite possibilities waiting. 

Just again wanted to thank you all for your sweetest encouragement and a big thanks to our judges for all the hard work that you have been doing! And of course to Laura and Kazan for creating these lovely sketches for us to dive into our creativity and for bringing us together into a global family :)

Thank you for visiting my little corner :)

Sending you all Sunshine :)
Big hugs!

Sankari :)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Musings from my Closet (oh - and some stamping too :)

Good Morning Everyone,

So, I saw that Julee is having her Verve Sketch challenge (5 sketches) to celebrate her June release of stamps and I had to join - as of yesterday evening, I had planned not to -because of all the things that I have to do - but then I decided last evening that I just had to... I couldn't pass up this challenge :) So here are my 5 cards for the Verve challenge all done in my closet (we are having guests and my craft corner had to come down).

Since my closet is on the teeny side - I grabbed my June 20th Key Ingredients pack (which has all the ribbons and paper, etc), a craft tote, my fave stamps, and 1 spellbinders dies, my Big Shot and sat and crafted on the floor. I was determined to make 5 cards in 2 hours... and it took a little longer (like 45 minutes longer - but that's because of point number 3 in my list below:)

So here are the musings and lessons learned from crafting in my closet:
1. don't sit next to the dirty hamper
2. make sure to stretch every 20 minutes - otherwise 3 hours later - you will hear creaks from the knees
3. don't try on clothes from college days when you are taking a break and then get depressed that things just don't fit the way they used to.... because it will lead to point #4
4. don't stash a secret stash of yum-yum's in your closet that you will reach for after getting depressed after trying on clothes that don't fit from your college days...
5. wonder if clothes really matter - maybe the whole closet can be transformed into a stamp space :)

Anyhooo - after all the musings - here are the 5 cards all using the June 20th Key Ingredients for Julee's Verve Sketch challenge:

Here is the first card from the first Verve sketch that is also doubling as the Mojo MOnday 92 sketch:  The stamps set is the Hundred Hearts set from Verve.

Here is the second card from this same stamp set and papers set using the second sketch challenge:
Here is the third card based on the third sketch using the Faith and Hope stamp set from Taylored Expressions and the June 20th Key Ingredients set. 

Here is the fourth card based on the fourth sketch and it uses the Wishful Elegance flower from Verve, the June 20th Key Ingredients and a button from the Summer Bag o Buttons from Taylored Expressions.

And here is the last card using the little Critter that I have named Harold holding a cupcake for the last Verve Sketch. This little guy just cracks me up everytime I stamp him (or in this case - paper piece him :)

Well, I am psyched to have finished all five - and now am going to clean up the scraps from my closet floor :) and also go and make a chiropractic appointment for my back after all this closet scrapping!

Thank you so much for visiting me today :) 
Big Hugs,
Sankari :)

PS - thank you for all of you for your sympathy for the crashing of my computer... well - its official - its all gone and can't be salvaged - so make sure you guys are saving things on back ups of back ups! I am just going to try to be positive about this whole experience...

PPS - Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You Float My Boat

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope your hump day Wednesday is going well! I have a quick little post of a card that I made using the Beach Bum stamps from Taylored Expressions for a special person who totally floats my boat, using Taylor's Friday Cupcake sketch from last week. I made a card using this sketch before with this card - but I really loved this sketch and it kept looking like those circles were portholes - so I went with a nautical themed card (wow! this is the longest sentence evah!) I really had a lot of fun using the scraps from my overflowing scrap basket which is now in a box - and also I found these fun big brads while cleaning up! (bonus!)

Here is a closer look at the little cuppie sailing the 7 seas - isn't he just sooo cute on that boat! I added some crystal effects on the ocean and on the sails and sponged the sides and added a little liquid pearl to the card (couldn't resist ;)

Check out all the awesome things that are on SALE over at Taylored Expressions!! Taylor is having a moving sale and there are a ton of items that are awesomely marked off!!! I love shopping in my PJs in bed!  ;)

Well, I am off to get my laptop repaired - it has crashed and it looks like my harddrive is gone... :( so I am going to go and show it to someone to help me (heLp!!)  I am using my DH's to type this.....So for all of you reading this - make sure you back up your stuff on your computer! I even had a MAC and it crashed.. ugh! <--- that is the pit in my stomach... hopefully something can be salvaged!

Wish me luck on salvaging something from my laptop!
Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday!
hugs to all!
Sankari :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Beary Special Gift Set

Good Morning Everyone!
Good Morning! 

So do you remember when I mentioned that I no longer have a craft corner. Its true -I had to take it down because we have some family visiting and there is no room! So instead I am crafting out of boxes and doing it in my closet! LOL!!! (the new name of this blog is Sankari's Sunshine Closet :) 

I had alot of fun creating this fun little gift set in my closet last and here is a sneak peek of a part of a gift set that I made for the Stamp a Sweet Impression blog.

Please hop on over to The Stamp a Sweet Impression blog and check out a few pictures of this fun little gift set - would love to hear what you think :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
You guys are the real sunshine!
Sankari :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Peace Love and Cupcakes :)

Good Monday Morning Everyone,

So Guess what? I no longer have a craft corner as we had to take it down to make room for my family that will be coming to visit - so I am without my craft table and everything is in boxes! So now in order to make a card, I pick through boxes to find things and craft on the floor! Maybe I should change the name of my blog to be Sankari's Sunshine Floor.... umm... noooo :)!
I actually cleaned up a little bit and threw things out, gave things away which feels good! Who knew I was such a pack rat? But anyhow, these next two weeks - I will be crafting from boxes - so who know what might get created!

Anyhooo, Today is Monday and that means a challenge from the Christmas Stamping All Year Long Group! Today Maria's challenge was to go nuts and make a Holiday card with whatever you would like to :) She even provided a sketch for us that I love and kinda followed. I used  For the Love of Cupcakes stamps to create my card along with the Season's Sweetings sentiment both from Taylored Expressions. 

Card Details:
Paper: Scenic Route Sonoma, Paper Temptress for the Coral metallic reddish paper and the green is textured from Paper Company
Ink: Chocolate Chip! by SU!
Accessories: EK Success punch, ribbon from stash, Fire Engine Glitter from Taylored Expressions, dimensionals, candy cane stickles and eucalyptus stickles.

I had so much fun coloring these cupcakes and since it is SO hot and does NOT feel like Christmas at all! I threw on some holiday jingles in the CD player and it was fun :) Hope that you will join us and create a holiday card! Check out the beautiful cards from my fellow teammates over at the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog!

A big Thanks to All of you for visiting my little corner of blogland :)
Hope you all have an awesome Monday!
Sankari :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 20th Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions

Good Morning Everyone,

I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of the papers that Taylor has over at Taylored Expressions. Every month, Taylor puts together fabulous kits (called Key Ingredients) where she combines cardstock, coordinating Designer Paper, Embellishments and Ribbon all into one set! Today half of the Baker's Design Team are featuring this month's wonderful kit: the June 20th Key Ingredients! woo-hoo! 

Taylor challenged us to give some dimension to our projects and to also not use Copics! So I had fun paper piecing and created each project with some sort of popping up on dimensionals :)

Seriously - these papers are just so much fun! I love all the different papers and I wanted to showcase some of the wonderful pieces in this beautiful set - so here is a very simple simple card with some snippets of the patterned paper:
I used the Saturday Sketch over at Paper Craft Planet for the above card and the sentiment is from the For the Love of Cupcakes set from Taylored Expressions. I love the white brad like candy dot embellishments and the the yummy Primas in this awesome kti! And the scalloped ric rac ribbon is perfect for a scalloped border :)

This card is for a very dear friend who is sweeter than cupcakes (yes! its true!!) I wanted to make a special card for her and used Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch for this one using Taylor's For the Love of Cupcakes Stamp Set. I love these papers and had to paper piece them on the cupcake - and of course since I couldn't sprinkle them with real sprinkles, I had to cover them with stickles :)

And one last one using one of my favorite papers! My friend is having a going away party tomorrow and she is one of my fave people :( so sad she is leaving - I LOVE shopping with her and wanted to make something special for her going away present - so I created a little shoe that I am going to put a little gift certificate in - as soon as I can choose from which store :) I was also going to fill it with some yummy candy - but guess what? somehow - it all seems to have disappeared!!! hmmmm  ;)

I used the template from the 3D12 challenge from PaperCraft Planet for this shoe from a few weeks ago and paired it with the DownTown Diva set from Taylored Expressions - a perfect fit! 

Please make sure that you check out the wonderful creations using this same kit from the rest of the crew who are featuring it from the Baker's Dozen:

And don't forget to stop in at Taylored Expressions and see all the deals and steals that she has going on!!! Taylor is moving and has some fabulous products on SALE !!!! Also check out the Info on Taylor's Blog about how to become a Key Ingredients Subscriber! Seriously it is an AWESOME steal of a deal!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #37 - High School Musical

Good Saturday Morning Everyone,

This week over at the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - we are featuring the movie: High School Musical (you can pick any of the three that are out to make your card - every saturday we pick a movie from which to create a card etc.) and the challenge requirement for this movie was to create a card with school font lettering or numbers (or both). 

Okay so I have to admit - I saw High School Musical last night - and then made my card right after! For some reason - I was trying to avoid seeing this movie - I don't know it felt so teenager-ish and I felt suddenly "old" - but I have to say it was a fun viewing and I can totally see why this movie is a hit - fun songs - hip actors - (and finally now I know who Zac Ephron is who all my little nieces have a crush on!).

I used Taylor's Friday Cupcake Sketch Challenge for this card and was tempted to put a cupcake on it - but instead went with a  " PI" .. get it.. "pie" but "pi" the mathematical symbol... ha! okay --- maybe its not really that funny - but you get a little punchy when there are some late nights :) But anyhooooo - overall I really like how this card came out :) it was fun to create something that you have no idea how it will turn out :)

Card Details:
Paper: Paper Temptress Red and Black from Stash, Scenic Route Sonoma
Ink: Printer (used the Princeton font)
Accessories: Star Punch from Creative Memories, piercing tool , red stickles, dimensionals, ribbon from stash, button from stash, sponger

I wanted to make a fun card that was a little quirky and used the Princeton font on my computer to generate the sentiment " I love you Pi Squared" -( I wanted to use both the School Letters and numbers requirement for this challenge ) and also because I love the scene in the movie where they bake her a cake with the math character: "Pi").  I adore this little funky button - I knew I was saving it for a reason :)

Well - I had alot of fun playing and hope that you have a chance to join us over at Cinema Saturday for some High School Musical fun!!!

Thanks for visiting my little corner :)
See you at the movies !
Sankari :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

KW Color Inspriation #54 - Miracles

Good Evening Everyone,

As soon as I saw Kristina's challenge for her Color Inspiration Challenge #55 this week - I had to play - I literally dropped the piles of laundry and went right to my craft corner - (and really it wasn't that hard to drop a pile of laundry :)

These colors are so uber fabulous and I adore those shoes!! I love it! The inspiration for these colors come from Kristina's bosses skirt and her bosses shoes - (lovin' those shoes!)

These colors reminded me of the Ambrosia papers from Basic Grey - so I pulled it out and made a quick card because I have still a ton of cleaning to do before we have a houseful of visitors tomorrow (literally 19 minutes - ) and snapped a quick pic - sorry about the quality of this picture - still trying to figure out nighttime photography (will take a better pic in the morning). I love the way that Jenn did the ribbons in this lovely card of hers - and totally wanted to try it! Thanks so much for the inspiration Jen :)

Card Details:
Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia papers
Ink: Really Rust from SU!, Martha Stewart Grey
Stamps: Faith and Hope from Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Spellbinders, Kaiser pearls, Casa Collection ribbon, Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart, tacky tape

I am sorry that everything is so quick - I would love to play with these colors more if I have a chance. We are going to be having a lot of visitors coming in this weekend for the next two weeks - so I off I go back to those piles of laundry that I keep trying to ignore :) lol!

Thanks so much for visiting my little corner!!
Many hugs to all!!
Sankari :)

2 Sketches 4 You - Top 20 - Round 3

Happy Friday Everyone :)

Before I get to my card - I just wanted to say a big thank you to Laura and Kazan and the wonderful judges and to all of you who left such sweet comments! Thank You So Much!!!! Thank you for allowing me to be part of the Top 20 in the Ultimate Card Showdown that Laura and Kazan are holding to celebrate their first blogaversary over at 2 Sketches 4 You! I am so honored to be part of this amazing event and to be surrounded with such talented artistes from around the world! A big Thank you to you all!!

This week Laura gave us a wonderful sketch - there were so many possibilites that I didn't know which way to go. I love how from one sketch there are endless possibilites for making cards :) I wanted to make a fun little scene and used the circle element as a little owl's home in a tree that could open and close (I have been watching the Adventures of Winne the Pooh with my 4 year old son :) .

The door on the little owl's house says: Knock Knock ....
and from the side:

The little knothole opens up to reveal a little owl-ie who is sitting on a sign that says: Whoo's there? :) I don't know what it is about little owls - but they are just so cute :)

and from the side:

Here is a close up picture of the outside of the knothole door and then it opens up to show the inside of the little owl-ie's nest:

I had so much fun making this! I drew out a tree and then tore some pieces of ribbon in strips to create a bark look. The knot hole was actually a ribbon spool that measures 1 3/4 inches and I took the top part off and put it into a hole that I punched with my 1 3/4 punch into the tree. I created a little “door” to the owls’ home and adhered it with some Tacky super glue on one side to the side of the kothole. Here is a closer look at it:

I was so excited when the ribbon spool that I had actually measured 1 3/4" the same as my punch! I added some green flower soft to the inside of my little owl's nest for a more nest-y-ish sort of look.

I decorated the inside of the card with the same theme of the sketch and left it blank inside so that it can be for any occaision :)

Card Details: Paper: K&Company (for the green and blue DP) and the rest from stash Ink: Chocolate Chip SU! and Martha Stewart brown, Stamps: Branching Out Accessories Accessories: flowers from the Mother’s Day KI, brads, ribbon spool for the knot hole, 1 3/4 circle punch SU!, 1 1/2 circle punch CM, 1 inch circle punch SM, Diamond Stickles, Flower Soft, white gel pen, corner rounder, dimensionals, button from stash.

I had alot of fun making this card - and I can't wait to see what wonderful creations have been created with this lovely sketch! A big thank you to Laura, Kazan and lovely judges and all of you and big hugs and thanks to all of my fellow showdown participants – it is a total honor to be with you!

 I feel so blessed to be part of this global crafting family :)

Thank you for visiting my little corner :)

Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just Rite Blog Hop - Some things for a Coffee Lover :)

Good Morning Everyone (again!!)

Are you ready for some hopping?

Blog Hopping that is? Well, I am so excited to be part of a Just Rite stamps blog hop that Taylor VanBruggen has organized! You probably know the wonderful Stamp a Sweet Impression line, the Whimsical Wishes line and the Lasting Impression stamp line that Taylor has in her store - but she also has a ton of Just Rite stamps too!

I have been totally fascinated by the Just Rite system after seeing some of Taylor's wonderful projects and totally loved that you can create your own stamps with this system - from Monograms, to Wedding/Baby announcements to taylored ;) gift ideas! And speaking of gift ideas - here are two projects that I made with this fun stamp system!

I made two projects with the Caffeine Centers and Borders stamps of Just Rite from the Taylored Expressions store - one for my friend and the other for my MIL:

1. An under $5 Hostess gift :) (gotta love those!)
I love going over to a certain friend's house (you know who you are!) for fun game nights - and she happens to be a coffee lover :) so I thought it would be fun for Friday nite game nights- to bring a little thank you present over - a four pack of Frappucino's :) But just giving the present as is doesn't look very pretty. This is really a quick little makeover that I gave this Starbucks 4 pack - to make it look like a little more nice looking gift:

I covered the cardboard with some orange and then used a threading punch to cover the corners. I love this sentiment and ran it through my spellbinders - and popped it up in the center. I LOVE this sentiment: Caffeine and Friends - the Perfect Blend:

It didn't look finished without a little bottle top make over too! So, I also punched out some circles to put on the bottle caps - the sentiment reads: Make it a Grande!" - and to finish it - I ran some ribbon around it and tied a little bow for a finishing touch :)

I really love how this turned out - and love that i can give a nice looking gift without having to spend a lot of moola :)
Project Details: Paper: from the March KI and green from K and Company Ink: Chocolate Chip from SU! Stamps: JUst Rite Caffeine Centers and Borders Accessoresi: Ribbon stash, sponger threading punch from fiskars, spellbinders, circle punches from SU and CM.

2. The second project is a little coffee basket goodies for my MIL!

My Mother -in -law (MIL) loves a cuppa in the morning! And I wanted to give her a little fun sampler pack to use in her daily morning coffee routine so that she can decide which ones she likes the best - also added in a little coffee grinder, a scoop (on the ribbon for some accent) and also a sample of some chocolate covered treats. WHo doesn't like a little treat with their morning java?
I used the Times Roman font that the Just Rite system has (to see more font options - check out this link here) and spelled out the different kinds of coffee - this is just a little sampler pack - so its just enough for a cup of java and to figure out which one she likes to have more of :) .

and also to stamp a little tag for her with the sentiment: for Trudy attached to a little scoop - I LOVE this little scoop - I love making this personalized!

I used Taylor's latest sketch from her Friday Cupcake sketch challenge to make a coordinating card for my MIL. I flipped the sketch 90 degrees counter clockwise and I know all the circles are of even size - but I made my center one a little teeny bit bigger to fit with the stamps I wanted to use (tweaks are allowed right? :)
 I used the image from the Downtown Diva set that has a little cafe on it created a little scene :) I love this little cafe scene and used colors that I know that my MIL will like :)

Its so much fun to make gifts for the ones you love - especially when it is personalized :) 

Card and Project details:
Paper: stash
Ink: Chocolate chip from SU!
Stamps: From both the Downtown Diva stamp set and the Just Rite stamps Caffeine Centers and Borders.
Accessories: Corner rounder, sponger, tag punch from CM, prisma color pencils, ribbon from stash, SU! Scallop punch, basket from Target

I really LOVED making these projects and have a ton of ideas floating around in my head for more things to do with these fun stamps!! And for more samples please hop on over to some amazing fellow DT members and see what wonderful creations they have created!!! And Check out all the awesome Just Rite stamp sets, accessories at Taylored Expressions

Donna Baker
Jodi Collins
Laura Fredrickson
Karen Giron
Karen Motz
Jami Sibley

Thanks so much for coming over for a visit - hope it was a virtual Java shot of energy :)
Happy Monday Hugs,
Sankari :)

PS - check out the Beary Special Holiday Bear card that I made earlier today by scrolling down! hugs!

Holiday Mondays - Eyelet Challenge

Good Monday Morning Everyone,

Its Monday and that means its time for another holiday card challenge from the Christmas Stampin All Year Long Blog and the challenge today comes from Debbie who challenged us to use our eyelets! I always forget what a fun embellishment eyelets are - and I wanted to share that ALL the eyelets on my card were hammered in by my son who is four (I thought for sure he was going to hammer my fingers - but he did a good job with them eyelets! ! He calls them eyeballs though :) (my favorite thing he said was - "I think we need to put more eyeballs on your card"  :) ha!

I had a lot of fun making this card and feel so happy to be part of this awesome blog where we knock one more holiday card off our "to-do" list so that we can enjoy the holidays without the pressure to make a zillion christmas cards two days before the 25th - (yes - that is what happened to me this year - and I am psyched that halfway through this year - I have a nice stack of holiday cards ready! yay!) I am never this organized!

Card Details: 
Paper: K&Company, Martha Stewart and stash
Ink: MOre Mustard from SU!
Stamps: Beary Special from Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Ribbon from K & Company, eyelets from stash, spellbinders dies, corner rounder, sponger, dimensionals, vellum, gold stickles for halo and platinum stickles for ears, Kaiser Rhinestones, Crystal Effects.
Technique - Paper Piecing and sponging'
Show watched while crafting: The Agatha Christie Hour on Youtube - I am HOOKED!

This is one of my favorite images from Taylor's new stamp release Beary Special from Taylored Expressions - and I have to say - that I have been itching to make a holiday bear card as soon as I saw this set. I paper pieced his little teddy pear paws and after adding some stickles to ear and halo  - I also added some crystal effects to nose and eyes and couldn't help adding some to the paws - man that stuff is addictive!!

If you have a chance to play along with us that would be awesome!! Its really a great motivating factor every week to be part of a holiday stamping group through the year! Check out the rest of the awesome merry and bright  creations at the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog!!

Thank you all for visiting my blog!!! Stop by later as I have another post with some special treats coming up later!
Happy Monday!
Hugs! Sankari :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

KW Color Challenge - Believe in Your Dreams

Good Morning Everyone,

I was so psyched to have a chance in Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #54 this week - look at these awesome colors together! It looks like summer fun! She got the inspiration for these colors from a fabric for a carseat from her friend Adrienne- wow - wish we had a fun carseat covers like this - instead of Graco gray!

For this card - I used Julee's Sketch challenge #90 and her new stamps for this card. I love this set and paper pieced the balloons with different DP. I tried to keep most of the card white and just have bits of color - can you believe its a card sans liquid pearls? I tried to keep it clean and simple. There is some crystal effects on the baskets of the balloons and also some on the clouds along with some coarse glitter.

I had a lot of fun making this card and using up some DP from my stash that seems to actually increase in size and not decrease no matter how much I try to use it up!

Card Details:
Paper: stash (I think the green and blue bits are from K&Company)
Ink: Taken With Teal from SU!
Stamps: Up Up and Away from Verve
Accessories: brads, ribbon, scallop SU punch, circle punch from CM, crystal effects, sponger, coarse glitter

Well, I am about to go plunge into the exciting world of laundry and sunday pick up now - yes - I know - its a very glamorous life! Hope you are all having a fabu sunday!

Thanks for visiting my little corner!
Ciao for now :)
Sankari :)