Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spring Florals Blog Hop from Gina K!

Hi Everyone!

Tonight over at Gina K. we are doing a fun blog hop using the Spring Florals stamp set. If you haven't seen these stamps yet, you are going to love them, they are so sweet have perfect sentiments and are fun to color in :) For tonight's hop, I created this creation using the sketch of my talented peep Karen Giron, for her Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge today (waving Hi, to you Karen! :)
Card Details:
Paper: Prism cardstock, Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Ladybug red
Accessories: bling by Want2Scrap, EK success punch, ribbon, gel pen, spellbinders, liquid pearls, eyelets, dimensionals,

I was enjoying myself so much making this card and kept going and made this very simple card using the Hope is Faith stamp set that Gina created to help with the relief efforts in Haiti. I love how quickly and easily it is to create a card with this stamp set:

so I created two :) I love the idea of kraft and pink and white together and as a total kraft newbie - i was nervous to "kraft" it up - but I did try and like how it turned out :)
Card Details:
Paper: kraft and Luxury Pink from Gina K.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: bling, white gel pen, circle punch, dimensionals, button from stash

I had a lot of fun creating these cards and love just the thought of spring as I made these cards! I am so ready for the snow to go and for spring to bloom forth! YAY! Please hop on over and check out all of these amazing designers and their gorgeous Spring Florals Creations:

There are many more projects that can be found in the Stamp TV gallery by Clicking on this tag: SpringFlorals.

Enjoy all the samples tonight! If you haven't purchased this stamp set yet, please take note that the free Card Kit will be included with each purchase until March 18th. At that time, the next card kit stamp set will be released. I can't wait to surf on over!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #68 - Spiderman

Every Saturday, over at the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog, we pick a movie and then create a card inspired by the movie. This week's pick for our 68th challenge is the Oscar nominated movie: Spider-Man that was released in 2002. The Challenge requirement this week was to create something with some transparency or acetate in it.

I grew up reading the Spidy comic books and was excited to see the comic book come to life in the big screen. I think my most favorite part of the movie is where he is just coming into himself and recognizing his powers. I love the way he tries to live the way his uncle inspired him to and how he recognizes his strengths, his responsibilities and how he manages his new found spidy power. I made this card inspired by the "web" and was going to make it blue - but somehow - I was feeling green :)

The sentiment is inspired by Parker's struggle to be figure out "who" he really is and to fully embrace his new found powers. I used some "fun-fur" ribbon because it reminded me of the little "grippy" things on his fingers that he uses to climb buildings :)
Card Ingredients:
Paper: black and white cardstock and BG Origins paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: fun fur, liquid pearls, acetate scraps, marvy scalloped rectangle punch and heart punch, May Arts ribbon and bling from Kaiser

All of the rays coming out of the heart were a symbol of his desire to live up to the words of his uncle "with great powers, come great responsibilities" - the heart is his love for his Aunty May and his Uncle and out of that comes the web and for him to "Dare to be himself" I cut little bits of acetate and alternated them on my "kind of a web" part of the card (its so hard to take a picture of acetate!).
I had a lot of fun making this crazy card and hope you will join us this week!! Please check out the CInema Saturday Creative Challenge blog for all the Spidy Details :))

Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #42 - Pink Holiday Cards!

Good Morning Everyone,

Another post today, you say? Well, every friday over at the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog there will be a new challenge posted to help our mojo get going to keep creating holiday cards all year long. Today we have a challenge to create a holiday card that is mostly pink! I love this challenge! As much as I love the traditional colors for Christmas, its also fun to use the non-traditional colors to create a holiday card :) I used my scrap pieces of paper (hooray for using scraps!) to create this card which is made using the Star of Wonder stamp set from Verve
Card Ingredients:
Paper: Scraps of pink paper
Stamps: Verve -  Star of Wonder 
Ink: White Stazon and clear EP
Accessories: corner rounder, liquid pearls, CM cutter, MS tree punch, dimensionals, bling/ribbon from stash

I loved creating this card and can't wait to make some more! I LOVE participating in this Christmas Stampin All Year Long group because its a way to keep the holiday mojo flowin' all year long :) Please hop on over to the CSAYL blog and check all the holiday pinks that the DT has created!!! Can't wait to see your lovely creations!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!
Sankari :)

Embellish Color & Border's Challenge!

Good Morning Everyone, 
Are you guys as ready for spring as I am? Well, today, there is a wonderful springy color, inspiration challenge that is happening over at Embellish Magazine that Julee, the owner and creator of Verve stamps is sponsoring. Here is the inspiration pic and I absolutely LOVE these colors!! Just looking at them is such a breath of fresh air - its like spring is just around the corner!! Woo-hoo! 
I don't know how much more winter we can take (or rather, "I" can take!) the kids seem to LOVE it everytime it snows, but to me, this late in the winter season it means more shoveling, more de-icing, and more crazy driving! Oh to be a kid again and sip hot chocolate after a hard days work of sledding!!! lol!

Well, what a better way to "think spring" than to create something with these yummy colors! The challenge is also to do something with borders in your creation.I used Amber's beautiful sketch for Viva La Verve (Week 4) for this card using Julee's beautiful stamp set Thankful Hearts.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock (frosted yellow, papaya puree, razzelberry light, frosted kiwi)
Inks: Memento Rose bud
StampsThankful Heart stamp set from Verve
Accessories: MS/EK success punches, circle punch, rounder, CB swiss dots, Marvy scalloped heart punch, embroidery thread from Bazzil, Sakura white glaze pen and buttons/ribbon from stash. 

Here is another view of the card from the other side:

You can check out the challenge over here for all the yummy details and some yummy prizes as well! 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
(will be back in a wee bit with another post :)
Happpppppy Friday!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You - #46 - I Love You (You're an Angel)

Good Morning Everyone!

First I just wanted to thank everyone for your super sweet comments on my first video blog post below - you guys TOTALLY made my day - (you totally made me blush :) and thanks for making me feel less dorky!!) 

Today I am excited because I got a chance to play along with my girls over at 2 Sketches 4 You - YAY! I am still so sad that my time as a DT member is over but a huge highfive and congrats to amazingly talented 3some Alice, Heather and Kay who have joined the amazing DT and a big wave of love to Kazan and Laura who do such an.  amazing job of organizing and creating this sketch challenge and for creation such a wonderful community over at  2S4Y.

The thing that I most love about the sketches that Laura and Kazan design, is that they are so free form and they allow for you to play with the shapes in the sketch and they always somehowseem to come alive :) I didn't have a chance to play along with last week's lovely sketch and so today I made two cards, one using Kazan's lovely sketch last week and Laura's lovely sketch this week :)  I just got my hands on some BG orgiins DP and so I used it for both cards :)

Here is my card using Kazan's sketch from last week :) LOVE that little element on the right. I flipped it counter clockwise and used one of the really pretty dp for this card (i just couldn't cover the flowers, they felt so happy and springy :) I used the "I love you" sentiment from the Verve set: Heart's Desire ( I {heart} this font :)
Card Ingredients:
Paper: BG origins, Prism dark suede cardstock, black from stash
Inks: Memento Expresso
StampsVerve stamp set: Heart's Desire 
Accessories: corner chomper, fiskars punch, circle punches from CM, blake glaze pens, ribbon from stash :)

Here is my card using Laura's beautiful sketch for this week :) I kinda got carried away a wee bit in this card - but had loads of fun creating it :) I used the same stamp set from Verve: Heart's Desire for the gorgeous stamped image of the heart with adorning hearts and then stamped the sentiment: "You're an Angel" from the Celebrating You stamp set. I was just going to add one punched heart for an embellie - put I couldn't stop and kept going :) It was so much fun to make this card and can't give it to a special friend of mine who is such a special angel in my life and is always there when I need her - even when I don't say anything - somehow she just knows when to call and say exactly the things that I need to hear :

Card Ingredients:

Paper: BG origins, black from stash
Inks: Stazon Black
Stamps: Verve stamp sets: Heart's Desire  and Celebrating You 
Accessories: corner chomper, MS heart punch, blake glaze pens, black accordion ribbon from Taylored Expressions, eyelets, black emgroidery thread, stickles

I am so glad that I could play along this week and am simply amazed by the wonderful samples from the DT :) Please check out the amazing samples and creations over at 2 Sketches 4 You and if you have a chance, play along! 
Thanks so much for stopping in today  :)
Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Big hugs,
Sankari :) 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My first Video post :), A Scrapbook page and a Project Sneak :)

Good Morning Everyone :)

I was cleaning out some stuff this weekend (bags and bags o'stuff) - it was that kind of a weekend KWIM? And I came across some pictures of me as a wee baby :) and it just made me stop in my tracks... sometimes its hard to believe how quickly time passes... I usually do scrapbook pages of my kids, but haven't really done any just of me --- so I thought - hey - I should do a little something "reflective" of some of my baby/child pictures and journal them so that I might always keep focused on my "big" dreams and "big" wishes in the midst of the daily hustle and bustle... In the middle of doing that, I remembered what my sweet friend Adela had told me awhile back - that I should do a blog post on my name - since my first name is pronounced differently than it looks - so I thought it would be fun to do that and to do a little video post (my first, yay!) as a way to say hi to everyone "in person" :))) so here is my first video post :

Sorry if I rambled there for a bit, its a little strange to talk... to the computer without feeling slightly dorkish :) so sorry for any dorkiness :)) but I am really so happy to be part of blogland and feel so lucky to have made so many wonderful friends in the process!! You guys rock!!!

In the cleaning out process that I mentioned, I found this baby picture of my mother holding me and I knew that I immediately wanted to scrapbook it - and not just scrapbook it - but see it all the time - so I created a 6x6 layout that could fit into the calendar stand that Taylor has in her Taylored Expressions store:

Here is a closer peek at the side of the calendar stand (it comes in natural color, and I painted it this color and then decorated it with some BoBunny papers.

And here is a closer look at the page of me and my mother (also known as my rock)... I used the beautiful sentiment from Helen Keller: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the Heart." from the stamp set: Discover Your Wings and the sentiment "Thankful for You" is from the stamp set: Celebrate Life:

I also paper pieced the butterfly that is in theDiscover Your Wings stamp set as an accent piece for the page. I love how this turned - more than anything because I am able to see this page on my desk, not just in a scrapbook on the shelf. Can't wait to show it to my mother when she comes to visit :)
And one more thing! Today I am the hostess over at the Stamp A Sweet Impression blog and was having a lot of fun with Favors! :) Here is a little sneak peek of my project there:

I would love it if you would *--->hop on over to the SASI blog <---*and tell me what you think :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!! (thanks for watching my rambling video :)
Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Big hugs :)
Sankari :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mojo Monday #127: Thinking of You

Good Morning Everyone,

I was listening to Miles Davis this morning (Kind of Blue: song "Blue in Green") and was thinking of someone who has gone through a lot and is going through so much - I wanted to sit down and make her a special card. Julee has a wonderful sketch up on the Mojo Monday blog where this week you can either go round or go square (or both!). I was feeling more squarish - but rounded the corners... I usually love the bright colors, but today was feeling more mellow and pulled out some BG softness for this card using the sweet stamp set: Accent Notes from Verve:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: BG and White cardstock from Bazzil
Inks: Memento Expresso
Accessories: corner rounder, bling from Kaiser, liquid pearls, square punches and dimensionals

Sometimes, when someone you know is going through a difficult time, all you can do is to be there quietly for them, sending all your prayers and love. I have added the song I was listening to for your listening pleasure -
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday...
Thank you so much for stopping by today :)
Sankari :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Feb. Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions are here!!

Good Morning Everyone!!

Its the 20th of the month and that means that Taylor is releasing a new Key Ingredients kit in her store! This month's Key Ingredients is SO FABULOUS! Seriously - this is a must have set!

For those of you who are not familiar with Taylor's Key Ingredients - this is a great way to receive an amazing collection of designer paper, card stock, coordinating ribbon and accessories on a monthly basis all at a great value! All the work is already done for you - so no stress in finding that perfect ribbon to coordinate! Taylor provides a great way to store all of your monthly KI ingredients and there is a wonderful new blog just for the Key Ingredients that even has its own special monthly challenge!!! You can read more about the benefits of the Key Ingredients kit on the blog here!

This month, half of the Baker's Dozen and received the Feb. Key Ingredients which is all about Black and White with a pop of color (seriously, the accents, ribbon and colors are fantastic!) So we thought it would be fun to create a set of notecards that are mostly black and white with a pop of color. I designed a notecard set of three cards using the Discover Your Wings Stamp set:
The Discover Your Wings stamp set is part of the TE giving tree
program - $7 from the sale of each set is donated to the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation and as you might have seen yesterday on Taylor's blog, she is hosting a card drive to benefit the Neo-Natal Unit at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls SD. The dragon fly at this medical center is a special symbol of hope and cards with dragonflies are given to families who have lost their newborns either in delivery or in the early stages of life. You can be part of this card drive by donating cards with dragonflies on it. Taylor is creating such a wonderful dragonfly card drive and just by sending a card to the hospital - you could be entered to win a gift certificate from the Taylored Expressions Store! Please check out all the details on Taylor's blogpost from Friday that you can see here.

Project #1 - Notecards - set of Three:
My first project is a set of three notecards that I created all using this beautiful stamp set with a pop of color. I used Taylor's Friday Sketch #101 for these three cards:

And here are each of the cards above shown individually. I love the sentiments in this stamp set - they are so inspiring and the images are so easy to use - just stamp, glitter and voila! :)

Project # 2 - Thanks for being my friend :)
I absolutely LOVED all of the different ingredients in this Key Ingredients Kit - seriously beautiful papers, and those Buttons are perfect!! They go with the ribbons SOOOO perfectly!!! I HAD to create another card to show you the flowers and buttons that also come with this Key Ingredients set (I love these flowers - they are very sturdy, and strong and have a perfect little set in the middle where you can place a button!) I used pink as my pop out color with the sentiment from the Sweet Occasions stamp set and one of Taylor's older sketches (will be back later with a link):
You can see some of the different black and white designer papers that are part of this set - and even after making all these cards - I have a TON of supplies left over!! Can't wait to use up every single delicious drop of this set!

Project #3 - The Most beautiful things in the World are felt with the heart - Cinema Challenge:
My last card I made using this fabulous Key Ingredients set is for the Cinema Saturday Challenge (where each Saturday we pick a movie from which to create a card that is inspired by that movie). This week's movie is the Romeo/Juliet inspired movie called Tristan and Isolde with the Challenge Requirement to create a trifold card. The papers in this set just fit perfectly with some of the Celtic work in this movie so I created this with the sentiment from the Discover Your Wings Stamp set:

This paper reminds me of Celtic work in the movie (there are numerous gated references in the movie (hidden passages and such):

Here is the inside:
And a close up of the sentiment:

I just absolutely enjoyed every single minute of creating all of these projects with this wonderful Key Ingredients set!!! And guess what else? Taylor has something new that she is sharing with us today! Monogram Downloads!!! These are awesome - they are so easy to use - and come in a TON of different options with sizes with the punches we have - so its already to go! Check out all the details on Taylor's blog and you might see some Marvelous Monograms as you surf the rest of the Baker's Dozen who are showing off some amazing creations with this set - I can't wait to surf over and see them!!!

and of course:

Thanks so much for stopping in today!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!
Happy Hugs!
Sankari :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

First Christmas card of the New Year (woot woot!) :)

Good Morning Everyone!

How has your week been?
Can you believe its already Friday?
Can you believe its almost March!
Can you believe its 2010! lol!

I sure can't! I feel like this year has been flying BY and I am so happy that the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog is starting up again with all new yummy challenges! Doing a christmas card every week last year was such a help by the time October rolled around and I didn't feel like there were a jillion Christmas cards to be done all at once, so I am excited to be part of the team again this year and get started on my holiday cards :) This week, Vicki has created a card making recipe challenge:

2 layers, 3 buttons and glitter!
can't beat a recipe with glitter in it! ;)
Here is my recipe card using the Wings of Joy stamp set from Taylored Expressions:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: MME Colorful Christmas and Prism Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spellbinders, stickles, liquid pearls, sponger, buttons/ribbon from stash, gel pen

If you want to get your christmas cards going -join in on the fun and check out the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog to see what all the lovely ladies have created with this awesome recipe challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping in and TGIF!!!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hop(e) for Haiti - Skipping Stones Blog Hop

Good Morning everyone,

I am so beyond honored to be part of this amazing blog hop called Hop(e) for Haiti that is being organized by Skipping Stones Design. If you happened across my blog today (thank you!) you'll want to start at the beginning of the blog hop at Skipping Stone's Design!

This lovely company wanted to do something to give back to the people who have been devastated by the Haitain Earthquake. They have invited us to join them in this cause. Each card you see on the blog hop will be auctioned off on e-bay, with all the proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of the Haitian Relief Effort (please check out the link at the Skipping Stones Design website for the link to the auction).

100% of the proceeds of the e-bay Auction and $2.00 from every stamp set purchased from February 16-22 will be donated to the Red Cross.
We know that we can make a difference.

I loved playing with the super sweet stamp set Chocolate #1 - seriously these sentiments are a must have for all chocolate lovers or friends of choco-holics :) -

Here is a card called: I'm Not a Quitter
Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock and Reminisce DP
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: circle punches, scallop punch, crimper, dimensionals, adirondack liquid pearls, glaze, dimensionals, gel pen, eyelet, sponger, MS lace punch
Size: A2

I love all of the sentiments and images in the stamp set: Funny Coffee Vol.#1. I thought it would be fun to create a card that was like a to-go coffee cup. I drew it out on an A2 size card and then cut it out and paper pieced it and added the sentiment: Happy Birthday (a little latte) - LOL!!! I love this sentiment - and I should make a 100 of these cards because it seems that I am always a little latte in sending out birthday cards... :)

Here is a side view of the card:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: White, black and kraft carstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: crimper, sponger, sakura micro black pen and glaze pen, spellbinders
Size: A2

I couldn't put this set down :) So I kept going and made some cards that were 4x4 with the same layout with the super cute to go coffee cup, but each having a different sentiment inside:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock, Basic Grey Mellow DP
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Cottage Ivy
Accessories: spellbinders, circle punch, corner rounder, glimmer ribbon, glaze pen, dimensionals and bling.
Size: 4x4

Here is an individual picture of each one. Here is the card: "Hope your birthday is good to the last drop"

Here is the card: "Just wanted to Expresso my Gratitude":

And lastly - my most favorite sentiment of all: "They should just call it crack." LOL!!! I love the little Star with a Buck running through it - and this sentiment is simply SO hilarious in describing the Starbuck addiction:

There is a ton of yummy crafted goodness in this blog hop! Check out this amazing roster of crafters who have all come together for this cause:

How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! There will be a few pre-release sets up for grabs hidden along the blog hop. The fun part is...we're not telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!! Hop on over to Laurie Schmidllin to see her amazing creativity!!! If there is a break somewhere along the way, there will be a masterlist of all the blogs participating in the hop over at Skipping Stones Design or at Sparkle and Bling!!!

This is such a wonderful Hop(e) for Haiti - and I feel so honored to be part of this!

Have a wonderful day!

Big hugs!

Sankari :)