Monday, August 31, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You - Kazan's sketch #33 - I love you card :)

Good Morning Everyone,

Kazan has an awesome sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You today! And what is really cool behind the sketch is that the sponser this week is Living Rooms Direct - who asked us to pick something from their store (some piece, like furniture, lamps, rugs, etc.) as inspiration from which to make the card from. There are SO many things in the store that it was hard to pick just one - but as soon as I saw this rug in their contemporary rug section - I totally wanted to make a card from it.  
I used these texture-y velvet soft papers for my card - kind of mimicking the soft texture of the rug. I loved playing around and creating this card :)
Card Details:
Papers: inkadinkado
Ink: Real Ruby from SU!
Accessories: liquid pearls, black grommet, red bling from Martha, corner rounder, ribbon from stash. circle cutters from CM

Check out the rest of the DT's simply awesome creations!!! Hope you get a chance to play along this week! 

Have a great week!!!
Sankari :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #47 - Forrest Gump

Good Morning Everyone!!! Its time for another  Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge Blog
where each Saturday we pick a movie from where we create a card from - and today is our 47th Cinema challenge!!! We are getting close to our 50th challenge complete with yummy blog candy and a special and wonderful designer! But first the movie this week is the 1994 Oscar winning movies: Forrest Gump! This movie won 6 Oscars (including: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director among othesrs and won 32 other awards! Amazing! The tagline for this movie is: the story of a lifetime - and what an beautiful story it is and such wonderful acting. If you haven't seen this movie yet - its a definite must! The sweet innocence of  Forrest in a time that is not so innocent is simply inspiring....! This week's challenge requirement is to use some brown in your creation - it could be brads, ribbons, cardstock, ink - anything brown (a lot or a little!)!!!

There were so many different cards I wanted to do - but finally I settled on making a card of the relationship between Jenny and Forrest. His steady love for her and absolute devotion to her from the very beginning to the end is simply heart warming - and also when she starts to really the see the person who he is and also when she realizes that she has to wrap up some threads in her life - well - that part always gets me teary (the part towards the very end of the movie.... sigh - I can't write more because I am getting teary eyed already). So for my card - I chose this dialogue between Jenny and Forrest:

Jenny: Why are you so god to me?
Forrest: You're my girl!
Jenny: (pause) I'll always be your girl.

I used the colors from this picture of Jenny:

And here is the card that I made using Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch #88 - 

Card Details:
Paper: green is handmade paper, BG DP, and from stash
Ink: Chocolate CHip from SU!
Accessories: rhinestones, ribbon from stash, circle cutter from CM, stickles.

I loved the process of watching this movie again and feeling like there were so many different kinds of cards that I wanted to make - but I really felt as soon as I heard those lines - I wanted to make that card :) 

Please check out the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge Blog for more details and we can't wait to see what you create!!!

Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the world :)
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Bevy of Challenge Cards - well - okay just 4 :)

Good Morning Everyone,

This week has been flying by - I can't even handle it! And speaking of "handling this" - I love the slogan from the Color Throwdown  ladies: Can You Handle this!?! I loved these soft colors that we have for this week's  color challenge- aren't these colors just so sweet! I immediately thought of a baby card ....
and so I made two - one for a boy and one for a girl - one of each just in case I need a quick card - and these were super quick cards - literally 7 minutes each - crazy! I used the sketch that PaperCraftPlanet is featuring this week.
Card Details:
Ink: Bordering Blue from SU! and I forgot what kind of pink from SU!
Accessories: booties from stash, spellbinders, cuttlebug embossing folder, corner rounder, Kaiser,  ribbon from stash

THanks ladies for the fun colors!!! The next color challenge that I did was one that my good friend Diana Gibbs created this week - she has her own color challenge! So I had to play along to support my chickie!!! Here are her fun colors for her Color Challenge #1

And here is my card for her challenge - I made this card using one of my new fave sets from Taylored Expressions: Chillax :) This is made for a good friend of mine who just started a new job and I wanted to give it to her on Friday (today :) - so that she good have a Chillaxin TGIF :)

Card Ingredients:
Ink: Old Olive from SU!
Accessories: liquid glaze, stickles, Kaiser rhinestones, circle cutter from CM, copics

Okay and one more challenge (actually two) - this is for Julee's awesome Mojo Monday sketch 101 and  I also used the Limited Supplies challenge this week over at SCS which was: chocolate paper of some sort, a butterfly, a birthday type card and it was to be a money holder as well - so here is everything:
and here is my card using the Beary Special Stamp set and sentiment from Taylored Expressions - it has a pocket for some moola in the inside (what is so sad is that when I went to take a pic of the card and was looking for some moola - all I could find was a dollar bill! okay - need to go to the bank!)

Card Details:
Paper: SEI papers
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Spellbinders, martha punch, corner rounder, white gel pen, Medows punch from CM, ribbon from stash, stickles

I had so much fun making these cards - the colors and images were so fun to work with and more than anything - I loved having some time to create something - this week has been so hectic and I really am always amazed at how therapeutic it is to craft! (the more stress - the more cards!!! ha!)

Thanks so much for visiting my corner :) Have a go at all these challenges out there! 
Big hugs to all!!!
Sankari :)

PS- Have a chillaxin friday ya'll!!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

You're so Smooth!

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

I canNOT even begin to express the full on school busy-ness that has encompassed each day of this week - from driving back and forth from dr.s appts, filling in a ton of papers, creating checklists and then creating more checklists - and slowly crossing things off - to finally today seeing the little wee ones head off to school - wow! what a week - and its only wednesday!!!

Here is a pic of my two wee ones heading off to school - can't believe my little DD is old enough - how did that happen - feels like she was just learning to crawl the other day! Last night we got them to bed early to get them ready for the big day today so I had a few minutes to scrap - and was so excited - I made two cards with the same materials. One of my fave images from the Chillax set that Taylor's just released is this cute cute blender and smoothie cup! I LOVE how fun the image is and the sentiment" You're so smooth" cracks me up :)

I used Taylor's most recent TECC sketch #79 for this card:

Here is the SCS sketch 243 for this week - and I used what I had lying around from the card above to create the same kind of card but with this week's sketch:

I loved how easy it was to create these cards - I tried to keep everything simple and quick - Here is a picture of both the cards together:

Card Details:
Paper: K&Co Martha Stewart and stash
Ink: Taken with Teal SU!
Accessories: Accordian ribbon from Taylored Expressions, spellbinders, bling Kaiser craft, circle cutters from CM, copics, liquid glaze, corner rounder

I can't wait to make some more - but for right now - my laundry is calling - right now is the time that I SO wish I could wiggle my nose like Genie and all the chores would get done!

I hope you have some time to Chillax today!!!
Thank you so much for visiting my little blog!
Big hugs to all!
Sankari :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You - Laura's sketch #33 - Hi card!

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope your Monday is kicking off to an awesome start! Laura has an awesome sketch for us over at 2 Sketches 4 You and the sponser this week is a really cool company called EAD designs and we got to try some of their Scrapbooking Vinyl Rub Ons - and holy smokes - how cool are these!!! I LOVE how easy they were to transfer onto the card and they come in a TON of colors and different images. I got to try their Cottage Vinyl Rub Ons and I love all the images in this set! 

I picked the tree image and transferred it onto the orange DP and then cut it out and added dimensionals to it to adhere it to the card. I went with some funky-ish colors totally loved playing around with the sketch elements and colors:

Card Details:
Paper: scrap stash (my buddy Siobhan would be so proud! :)
Accessories: EAD Scrapbooking Vinyl rubons: Cottage vinyl rub on, spellbinders, K&Co rhinestones, red embroidery thread, corner rounder, paper piercer, circle cutting system from CM, wave cutter from CM,

I loved playing along with this sketch and hope that you all have a chance to play along! The card of the week from this week's challenge has the chance of being a guest designer for next week! So come on and play along!!! 

Can't wait to see all your lovely creations! Hope you have a happy start to your week! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Holiday Challenge: Out of the A2 box!

Good Morning Everyone!

Its Holiday Monday over at the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long and today - I am your hostess!!! I thought that it would be fun to have a challenge where we create our Christmas cards with a different shape of a card (anything but A2). I went with the star shape template that Kristina Werner shared with us awhile back on the Hero Arts blog and from that template I created this card with the new Just Rite stamps set: Merry Little Christmas:

Card Details:
Paper: Martha holiday papers
Ink: Ballet Blue from SU!
Accessories: button from stash, snowflake punch from Martha, stickles, prismacolor pencils, liquid pearls, circle punch  (1 3/4")

I am so psyched to be part of this awesome team this year because its been so much fun to stay motivated in making Christmas cards for this whole year! And I hope that you guys will play along with us this week and have fun creating a different shape christmas/holiday card!

Check out these totally awesome and inspiring creations that the ladies at the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog have created!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Hugs to All!
Sankari :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #46 - Field of Dreams

Good Morning Everyone - its time for another Cinema Saturday challenge - where every saturday we pick a new movie from which to draw our inspiration from in creating a card, layout, altered item etc. Today's movie pick is the 1989 Academy Award nominated movie: Field of Dreams!  Among other categories - this movie was nominated for Best Picture and is a movie that inspires the audience to reach for your dreams and enlivens the value of hope, faith and listening to the inner guiding voice. It is truly beyond a sports genre film - and rather, as one movie review wrote: ".... it is a testament to the timeless nature of its story and the universal reach of its theme of family, faith and redemption."

To be honest - I hadn't really wanted to see this movie since it came out because I thought it was a baseball movie - but watching the movie as I made the card for today's challenge - totally moved me - its really so much beyond a story about baseball. I was inspired by the journey that Kevin Costner's character took in listening to "the voice" and the ending of the movie is just so touching. So I made my card as a tribute to enjoying the journey that we are all on and used the baseball as a motif from the movie - I wanted to make a rugged, manly boy card - and you have no idea how much pain it caused to sponge the baseball in way that wasn't pretty (lol :) I wanted it to look a little rugged - as life's journey sometimes is:

Card Details:
Paper: from stash 
Accessories: embroidery thread, liquid pearls (it is slightly hilarious to me that I used liquid pearls on a manly card! ha! I am so addicted to those things!) making memories brads.
Technique: cut out a circle on a half folded up cardstock so that part of the circle is not cut so that it can stand up as a circle card, cut out the same size circle on a different cardstock, pierce holes going in half circles around the large circle and thread in a v-shape to create a baseball stitch, add "not pretty" sponging and a sentiment.

And after making such a card with "not pretty" sponging - I wanted to make a more "pretty" card so I made this one because I was totally inspired by the quote: "Those who hear not the music, think the dancer mad"  -  This quote totally makes me think of the movie and Costner's character's journey as he listen's to the voice. 

Card Details:
Paper: DCVW Taj papers
Stamps: Verve Beautiful You stamp
Accessories: ribbon from stash, circle cutters from CM, spellbinders, sakura gel glaze pen, pearls from Kaiser, red bling from Martha, corner rounder
Sketch used - Mojo Monday Day 5

I had so much fun making these cards for the challenge and hope that you play along with us too! You can check out more details on the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog!

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog corner!!!
Hope all of your field of dreams comes true!!!
Sankari :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August Key Ingredients are here!!!!

Good Morning Everyone!!

I am so excited to be able to show you the August Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions. Each month, Taylor puts together a kit consisting of handpicked cardstock, coordinating DP and ribbon with accessories for embellishment. She has a subscription program of either 3 months subscription or 6 months subscription  so you don't even to think about it because these beautiful kits automatically come to your door! And now have you seen the news? Now, Taylor is offering these subscription plans on a monthly charge basis rather than paying for it all up front - which is totally budget friendly!!!!! You can read more about all the details here. There is so much paper and goodies that are packed into one kit that you can make all kinds of projects and cards and still have left over ingredients for more projects! I think that the August Key Ingredients are my most favorite one because of the colors and because of the COOLEST rub ons in the pack! As soon as I saw them - I was sooooo ooohin and aahhing!!

These rub ons make it a snap to put together a card - and Taylor has challenged us to use the August Key Ingredients to create 10 minute cards!!!! And I have to say that each of these cards can totally be replicated in 10 minutes - because of the papers and because of the rub ons! So here is the set that I created:

Card #1 - Thinking of You :

These papers are aso awesome - all I did was cut them into three strips and matte it (that took 2.5 minutes) and then add a sentiment Thinking of You from the Branching Out stamp set and rub on (2 minutes because of some sponging on the edge) and then cut it out with spellbinders - (less than a minute) and then ribbon and bling (2 minutes) and rounded the corners - and stopped voila :)  

Card #2: Thanks for your Kindness:

Here is another card with my FAVE rub on: Can you believe that this image is a rub on!?!!!! This card was so easy - add the rub on, cut the bottom DP, stamp the sentiment and a little mini rub on and cut it out with spellbinders and add ribbon and bling - its crazy - how quickly this came together!! The sentiment Thanks for Your Kindness is from the Beary Special stamp set

Here is a closer look at the rub on: isn't this just the prettiest rub on!!!?!!!

Card #3 - Hope Tree

One of my other favorite images from the rubons in the August Key Ingredients is this little tree: isn't it so cute!?! All I did was add a little bit of  Flower Soft to give it a spring blossom look. The sentiment Hope is from the Beary Special. All I did was cut three strips from the different papers in the kit. Rub the tree image on the cardstock - cut it and the sentiment Hope out with Spellbinders and add ribbon, flower soft and bling - I was so amazed at how quickly it all came together!

Here is a closer look at the Flower Soft on the tree:

Best Wishes for A Speedy Recovery!

And here is the last card in the set: This was the quickest card - one sheet of the DP the sentiment: Best wishes for a Speedy Recovery is from the Doctor's Orders Stamp set which I then cut out with spellbinders. I added some big eyelets to the corners for the ribbon and added some bling to the rub on image. I still had some time left - so I crissed crossed the ribbon in the front  and rounded out the corners - its crazy how quickly it came together!

Perfect Package Box Card Set 

Here is a Perfect Package card set that holds these A2 cards perfectly decorated with the August Key Ingredients kit:

I love using these Perfect Packages - because they make it a snap to give a gift and these are being included for free in the 6 month subscription:

Sign up for the subscription service to receive the Key Ingredients Kits released the 20th of each month for just $15.95 a month plus shipping for the 3 month subscription - or for the best value - you can purchase the 6 month subscription for just $14.95 a month plus shipping and as a BONUS - Taylor is including 2 Perfect Package Card Boxes for FREE (usually a $5.95 value) if you order by the 25th of August!!! That is one value packed offering!!! I am so in LOVE with these perfect packages and together with the Key Ingredients you can create so many lovely projects, gift sets, coordinating cards and have a place to put them in and give as a wonderful gift!. 

Check out the 10 minute cards that the rest of Baker's Dozen has created with their amazing creations: 

and of course - Taylor VanBruggen!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in!!!
Big Hugs!

Monday, August 17, 2009

2S4U #33 - What's Cooking?

Hi Everyone - 
If you are  here on the 
Just Rite Christmas Blog hop
Please click on this link: or scroll down till the next post!! Thank you so much for popping/hopping over!!!
Hugs Sankari :)


Good Morning Everyone!!

Today over at 2 Sketches 4 You - Kazan has created this awesome sketch for us to play with! And the sponser this week is Clear and Simple Stamps - love how fun the images that they have are! I had a chance to use their Gourmet Darling set and loved the different possibilities that were all in one stamp set. Kazan's sketch reminded me of the front of an apron - so I created a little apron card with the sentiment: "What's cooking" and created the background paper with the words: "yum yum yum yum..." etc. with one of the stamp sets from the set. I love that you can see right where you are stamping with the clear stamps and can easily position your stamp to create background paper in a flash :) I had a lot of fun creating this card - especially because I made it for a friend of mine who is a terrific cook and will be graduating from culinary school next year! It is so fun to make a card for someone in mind

 :) Here is the front of the card: To make it - I created an A2 card and the took a 2" circle and traced it on either side (so that it covered half the top corner) and then cut it.

and here it is opened up:

and here is a close up of the background paper with the "yum yum yum" stamped and the little pocket:

Card Details:
Paper: Hot Red Gingham from the Paper Studio, Red Pepper Linen (from ANW Crestwood), black from Paper Company
Stamps:  Gourmet Darling set from Clear and Simple Stamps
Ink: Stazon Black and Ruby Red from SU!
Accessories: Teresa Collins paper with the fork/knife and spoon, Kaiser Rhinestones, Lattice punch from Martha Stewart, Red bling from Martha Stewart, corner rounder, black glaze pen from Sakura, eyelets and Cropadile, ribbon from stash, button from Whirligig collection, string for tag, hole puncher.

I loved playing this sketch and using these Gourmet stamps!!! Can't wait to see what lovely creations you come up with Kazan's sketch!!!

Thanks so much for visiting my little corner !!!
Hope your Monday is turning out to be bright and fantastic!!!

Big hugs and smiles!
Sankari :)

A Just Rite kind of Merry Christmas Blog Hop!

Good Morning Every One, 

I can't even tell you how excited and honored I am to be part of this amazing Christmas blog hop in August for the Just Rite Stamp System - with over 30 bloggers showcasing their newest Christmas stamps!! ! Just Rite Stamps is releasing its newest stamp set for the 1 5/8" stamper and this set is not only sooo versatile - but also so cute, little and packed with Christmas Merriment!!! This set is called the Merry Little Christmas Borders and Centers Round (1 5/8")  and what I love about these stamps - is the ability to mix and match borders and how easy it is to create a ton of fun projects! This stamp set comes with a variety of 10 different Christmas images and 10 different borders!! Talk about the number of combinations! Here are some of the combinations I came up with:

Project 1 : Merry and Bright Christmas Card

I loved making this fun Christmas card using three of the different stamp images and one of the borders. I popped up the candles and bells up on dimensionals for a little added dimension:

Card Details:
Paper: Metal Burgandy paper from Paper Company, dotted burgandy paper from K&Company, Green paper is from Martha Stewart
Stamps: Just Rite Merry Little Christmas set for the 1 5/8" stamper
Ink: Olive from SU!
Accessories: Paper Shaper scallop square punch, brads from Spare parts, ribbon from stash, Spellbinders die, SU! Scallop Punch, Creative Memories circle punches, Lattice punch from Martha Stewart

Project 2 - Kindle the Holidays:

I used Julee's Mojo 99 sketch to make this card. I love this little stamp image - it is so sweet and cute and jolly: It reads: "Kindle the Lights of the Holidays" and has little sweet candles on it:

Card Details:
Paper: Merry Christmas collection from Taylored Expressions, Paper Company - wine cardstock
Stamps: Just Rite Merry Little Christmas set for the 1 5/8" stamper
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: , ribbon and rose from stash, Kaiser blue rhinestones, Martha mini scallop punch, K&Company bling, liquid pearls,

Project # 3 - Christmas Tags

One thing that I have always wanted to do - but never had a chance to do was to make my own Christmas tags for presents, since I always ran out of time buying and wrapping presents last minute, let alone make tags! One thing that I loved about making these tags was how quick and simple they were to make! Here are three sets of samples of my tags using some of the combinations in this amazing stamp set:

1. Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies Tag set:

Snowflake Tag Creations Details
Paper: Martha Stewart
Stamps: Just Rite Merry Little Christmas set for the 1 5/8" stamper
Ink: Not quite Navy from SU!
Accessories: Kaiser blue bling, blue glaze p
en from Sakura, tag punch from Creative Memories, ribbon from stash, lattice border from Martha

2. From your Secret Santa Tag set:

Secret Santa Tag Creations detail:
Paper: Martha Stewart
Stamps: Just Rite Merry Little Christmas set for the 1 5/8" stamper
Ink: Stazon-Black
Accessories: frosted lace stickles, red liquid pearls

3. Merry Christmas Tag set:

Merry Christmas Tag Creations detail:
Paper: Martha Stewart and wine paper from the Paper Company
Stamps: Just Rite Merry Little Christmas set for the 1 5/8" stamper
Ink: Burgandy from SU!,
Accessories:  fruit punch stickles, Wine Poly Twill ribbon from Taylored Expressions

Project #4 - Happy New Year! (wow - its almost 2010!!!)

I made this card using the sketch from Maria Bell for the Christmas Stamping All Year Long group - where we make Christmas cards all year long to take away the pressure from creating everything last minute around Christmas time. I flipped the sketch and combined two of the stamp images (the New Year sentiment and mistletoe) on a sheet of paper and then cut it out with Spellbinders. 

I love the ribbon with the numbers on it - I have been saving it for almost 2 years (no idea where its from) but I am so glad that I saved it because it was perfect for a new year's card (it does pay to be a packrat sometimes!!!)

Card Details:
Paper: Martha Stewart
Stamps: Just Rite Merry Little Christmas set for the 1 5/8" stamper
Inks: Burgandy and Stazon Black
Accessories: Martha mini scallop punch, CM circle cutting system, spellbinders, ribbon from stash, liaquid pearls, prisma color pencils, red and yellow liquid glaze


I had a ton of fun playing with this amazing and versatile stamp set from the Just Rite Stamp system! Huge thanks to Kellie Fortin for organizing this amazing hop!

Check out the amazing projects that these super fabulous artists have created using these cute stamps!

Thanks so much for coming over for a visit!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)