Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Top Ten Cards of 2010

What is a better way to end the year then to post our top ten cards of the year! Suzi (aka Mrs. Weyremaster) is doing a top ten cards of 2010 blog hop with some awesome prizes! Here are my top ten:










And my favorite #1

Can't wait to see everyone else's top ten!!

Jen P :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Well my dogs may be dreaming of a white christmas...

But I'm dreaming of a warm one!! :) I made this card for most of my Christmas cards but didn't follow any challenges for it...so just want to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!!

Jen P :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Candy Corn Treats

Yesterday I was working on a card for Verve's World Card Making Day Release Challenge and I decided to combine it with Julie E's 3D Challenge on Yvonne's blog. Here is the sketch I used for the Verve challenge:I haven't used many templates but was excited when I saw the Candy Corn nugget holder template on Annie B's Blog. I have this super cute candy corn stamp that I thought would work perfectly! Here is a close up of the treat holder.
I decided to use candy corn in a little bag instead of a nugget, of course I forgot to buy candy corn so just pretend that the M&M's are candy corn - LOL!!

Jen P :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Honduras Scrapbook Page - STVSKETCHGK1

Well I'm back to working on my cruise scrapbook...I'm only 2 years behind - LOL!! It seems like I'll never finish it!! I used the sketch challenge this week on Stamp TV for my layout:
I kept it simple with just stitching around the pictures and a flower using my new set from Verve! Hopefully I'll have some more scrapbook pages soon!
Jen P :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Flowers

The challenge on Verve this month is to use an old release stamp set with a stamp set that was just released. Luckily my new stamps just arrived a few days ago so I couldn't wait to make something! When I saw the color challenge on LPS for this week, I was thinking pumpkins and halloween...but I decided to change it up and do a fall birthday card. Here are the colors:LPSC83
So I used these colors to make a card and treat "box" for my friend's birthday.

For the "old" Verve set, I used Circular Sayings and punched it out with a punch from SU to make a tab on the side. Then I stamped the flower with my "new" set Great Friend. It's definitely one of my favorites! For the background, I used a swirl embossing folder on kraft paper and then sponged it with orange ink to bring out the swirls. On the flowers, I couldn't find paper I liked so I made my own using LPS's Behind the Scenes stamp set (the dots on the flowers).
The treat "box" is actually a tub of candy that I bought at Target. I saw the container and thought it would be perfect for what I had in mind. I think it came out pretty good...here's a closeup of the flower on top of the "box".
I loved the glazed look for the flowers so I pulled out the old crystal effects I haven't used in forever. Amazingly, the tip is glued shut, but it's still good in the bottle!!

Jen P :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Verve Anni-Verve-sary Challenges - Wishing You

For Verve's Anni-Verve-sary Challenges, there are 5 sketches:
Mojo150 SketchMojo151 SketchWeek 3 SketchWeek 4 SketchWeek 5 Sketch
I decided to stick with one stamp set - Wishing You. It's one of my favorite sentiment sets! And since I pulled out the Cosmo Cricket PP the other day...I decided to make a gift set of 5 cards using it!

I have to admit that after I saw my sister's cards (Julie E)...I pulled out the sewing machine and doctored up my cards!! I'm still a beginner (sewing) so don't look too closely!!

Jen P :)

Details: Verve Wishing You stamp Set; Cosmo Cricket PP; SU Old Olive, Barely Banana & Baja Breeze paper; PTI light green?? paper; SU Old Olive ink.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Baby Blocks - Card Patterns Sketch #76

Another baby was born in my family - 3 of my cousins had babies just weeks apart. So it was time for another baby card. I used sketch #76 from Card Patterns:
I knew what stamp I wanted to use, but had a tough time choosing the paper...until I found this green Cosmo Cricket paper. Then it all just fell into place.
Oh and I finally found the thin cork sheet that I knew I had somewhere - LOL! So I punched circles in the cork to make wheels for the wagon. Here's a close-up:
I think I need to go buy some more cork - it was easy to use and looks pretty cute!

Jen P :)

Details: Paper - Cosmo Cricket PP, Old Olive SU; Stamps - Stamps by Judith R-24 (the wagon & blocks); cork, twine & brads.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anni-Verve-sary Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop! Verve turns three today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! If you've already been hopping along, you arrived here from JULIE E's blog. If not, head on over to Julee's Blog (owner of Verve), for all the info on how to win prizes (after all, what's a party without presents?), and to start hopping from the beginning. If there's a hiccup along the hop, you can always head to the Master Hop List to get the full list of links.
Everyone knows that the Verve Divas are awesome so it's hard to stand up to their awesomeness but I tried...even pulled out the sewing machine!! If you've read any of my previous posts or comments on other blogs, you'll know that I love the look of stitching, but have no sewing skills at all - so don't look too closely LOL!! :) I love the Wishing You sentiment set from Verve, so I used that as my focal point. For the flower, I stamped several of the Elegant Flower stamp from Verve, cut them out to create layers and tied a button on top. Then I added the crochet-like trim, sewing the trim edge and also around the patterned paper piece. Here's a close up of the flower:
The next stop on the Blog Hop is JESSY'S blog. Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment!

Jen P :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Shooting for the stars!!

**Second post for the day**

On my second birthday card (for one of my twin nephews), I used the weekly sketch from Card Positioning Systems:
This space shuttle is from the same stamp set I made the first birthday card with. I added some sparkles to the top of the shuttle with a gel pen and a circle of silver paper to the middle. The striped background paper also has sparkles on it (hard to see in the picture!). I'm sure my nephew will be over the moon - LOL sorry had to say it!!

Jen P :)

Vroom! Vroom!!

My twin nephews are turning 3 this week so it's time for some little boy cards! When I saw the sketch challenge this week on Stamp TV, I knew right away what I want to do. Here's the sketch:
I've had this little boy stamp set for awhile now and remembered the truck and stop sign:

I paper pieced the truck and used buttons for the tires. I punched silver paper for the bumpers and it's hard to see in the picture, but I used a piece of acetate on the window. I had stamped the stop sign in white, but it was hard to see as well, so I used a gel pen to make the "stop" stand out. Off to post my second card...

Jen P :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Baby Congrats!

Time for a baby card! I used the sketch from Card Positioning Systems - challenge #176:
This baby shoe stamp is one of my favorite baby stamps! I paper pieced the shoe laces to give a 3D feel, then used nesties to layer under the baby shoes. Then...because I love the distressed/antique look...I used ink to give an aged look. Definitely one of the best baby cards I've made!!

Jen P :)

Details: Stamp - Stampendous Baby Shoes; Ink - Creamy Caramel SU; Paper - Cream SU, various PP.

Hoppy Birthday!!

Better late than never! I just realized I missed the cut off for the Always Playing with Paper challenge, but figured I would post it anyway... Here's the sketch:
I paper pieced the frog and lily pad...I love this little frog...he's so cute! Off to post my next card...

Jen P :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Verve Seeing Stars & Color Throwdown Challenges

The monthly challenge at Verve is to make a card or project using the Seeing Stars set. I decided to combine that challenge with the Color Throwdown #100 challenge. PS - They have tons of awesome prizes they are giving away, one of which is a Verve prize so make sure you check it out!

So the color challenge is to use the following:
I had some real troubles using the pink...but I love the other colors! I started to make a card, but ended up making a gift tin for my boss's birthday!

I love this set from Verve...the stars are so fun...but I definitely need a star punch to go with it. I thought I had one, but after much searching I couldn't find one (I recently moved my stamping area and thought it was organized - LOL!) So I cut out all of the stars in Certainly Celery & Baja Breeze, using the bigger stars to make the smaller stars stand out. Then used my nesties for the main piece and ribbon to tie it on - yes that's where I hid the pink (in the knot)!! Still not sure about the pink, but it works!

Jen P :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Up, Up and Away - Verve Challenge/SG18

One of my favorite sets at Verve is Up, Up & Away. I've seen so many awesome cards made with it! The monthly challenge at Verve is to make a card using Up, Up & Away. I used sketch 18 from Sketch Girl:

I needed to make a Congrats on New Home card and when I found this scrapbook paper from SU, I knew I could make it work with the Up, Up & Away stamp set! The balloon is flying over the houses to the new one - right?!?! LOL! :)

Jen P

Details: Up, Up & Away Verve set; SU paper.