Category Archives: Challenges

Ombre Fringe

Ombre is a beautiful tone on tone color trend. You can create it in so many different ways. With inks, mists, paint, etc. it’s all about the saturation of color.

From Merriam-Webster

adjective \ˈäm-ˌbrā\ 

Definition of OMBRÉ

: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark
ombré noun

Origin of OMBRÉ

French, past participle of ombrer to shade, from Italian ombrare, from ombra shade, from Latin umbra

First Known Use: 1893

Today I’ve tried out an ombre idea I’ve had tucked away in the back of my mind for awhile. There’s nothing like a good challenge to get ideas out of your head and onto a project.

Cath @ Moxie Fab World is currently hosting a week of great challenges inspired by the latest Card Creations special issue. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration, be sure to check it out as the challenges are all based on some of the best and latest trends.

Of course this card is for the ombre challenge and I’ve created an ombre textural embellishment with the simplest of materials…graduated cardstock. Bazzill makes the most gorgeous heavy cardstock that is specifically designed for cardmaking. It stands up to pretty much any technique or heavy embellishment you throw at it.


Colors used here are Robin’s Egg, Candy Necklace & Jawbreaker. Robin’s Egg is the top one and is my absolute favorite hue. Each of the cardstock layers was cut with a set of Fringe Scissors. You can cut them by hand but I love how perfect these scissors make the cuts and how quickly they trim up.

Final Notes:

  • sentiment is a rub-on from an old Melissa Frances? rub-on sheet
  • misting the flower gives gives it a very subtle ombre effect as well

Thanks for stopping by!


Springtime in Paris

I’ve been searching for a little inspiration lately. I needed a bit of a break so I took it, but for some reason, this time it’s been really hard to get back to designing again.


What to do?

Well, I turned to some of the things I’ve done in the past.

  • took some more time away
  • took some time for myself…I’ve started going back to the gym
  • bought some new crafting goodies
  • cleaned up by craft space (well, mostly!)
  • found a challenge that inspired me

It wasn’t any one of these things on their own but probably a combination of all of them. And so finally, I’m back in my craft room making things. I hope it lasts!

Part of what got me designing again was a challenge. I love the CASE Study Challenge Blog and it’s been awhile since I’ve participated so it was one of the first places I went for inspiration. What clinched it was the muse for March is my good friend Julie Ebersole. Julie has been inspiring me for YEARS and I just had to play along with this challenge. This weeks inspiration piece is just stunning so please, check out the card and the challenge here.

I was inspired by the beautiful white embossing on Kraft cardstock and her stunning use of the pop of warm vibrant color. The simple layout is basically the same too.

To change it up, I’ve created my card in my own shabby, embellishment cluster style. I couldn’t resist a new Hero Arts stamp I just ordered that arrived in the mail. I just adore that Eiffel tower and this card design is going to find it’s way to my sweet daughter. She loves mail and all things Paris so I know she’ll enjoy it.

The embellishments are an eclectic combo of many different colors, manufacturers and items. I always find it so fun to play around with seeing what will mix and match together.

Happy creating!



75 Creative Card Challenges Blog Hop!

Time for a blog hop!

I’m so excited about this blog hop as I was so excited to work on this special issue from Paper Crafts Magazine. 75 Creative Card Challenges is one of those issues you are definitely not going to want to miss. It was a joy to work on and so inspiring. Looking through it’s fabulous designs and challenges, I’m inspired all over again. Seriously. The ideas are amazing!

For today’s blog hop, a few of the designers have been asked to create a card for a new challenge. The challenge was to use song lyrics and I’ve  used the Shine Bright song title as my sentiment and also incorporated lots of shiny and “diamond” accents.

It was fun to go through my stash of things I’d been hoarding and put them all together into one glitzy design. Giving a nod to the idea of using lyrics is also using a sheet music motif in the Tissue Tape and also in the patterned paper used.

Most great blog hops have a giveaway and this one is no exception! I’m thrilled to be able to send a copy of the new 75 Creative Card Challenges issue to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment on this blog post by 11 pm EST on Tuesday January 15th. for a chance to win! One comment per person please. I’ll be announcing the winner shortly after that. Good luck! This isn’t an issue to miss!

For more chances to win, make sure you stop by each of these blogs for another chance to win. From here the next blog to hop to is Kim Hughes.

Heather Campbell

Chan Vuong

Lorena Cantó Lavería

Laura Bassen

Julia Stainton

Kim Hughes

Sarah J. Moerman

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

Emily Branch

Vera Wirianta Yates

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy blog hopping!

cozy love

I’ve been telling myself over and over that I need to find the time to have some more creative fun. For me, challenges are a great way to do that. Moxie Fab World is always a great place to be inspired and challenged so I headed over for peek between my morning coffee and throwing in the laundry and getting down to my growing to do list. Why not procrastinate a little longer, right? I’m glad I did as I’m much more inspired to get on with my day.

This is my interpretation of the MFW trigger. The warmth of the wood and velvet mixed with the beautiful brown, cream and rich red color scheme drew me in.

This would actually have worked well for a holiday card but I thought I’d go with more of a subtle love theme.

And here’s the beautiful inspiration photo from Moxie Fab World. I’ve linked this design to the challenge. Pop over to Moxie Fab World for some inspiration and to play along.


Additional supplies: letter stickers by My Mind’s Eye, pins by Jillibean Soup, twine, leaves by Prima

Hope your week is off to a great start!

case study no. 4

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

There’s nothing quite like a challenge to get your creativity going.

Being the October Muse this month for the CASE Study Challenge Blog has been an honour, so much fun and a real blessing in jump starting my love of crafting again. This is my last week to play along with the design team but I believe I’ll be playing along in the future as I find the time. It’s such a great challenge as the sky is the limit. One of the things I’ve been so impressed with it seeing all the unique designs that are created each week in so many different style. Now that’s impressive and very inspiring.

Today’s inspiration design can be found here. You’ll see that I jumped away from the layout for inspiration and focused on texture and corrugated cardstock. My original design was a different style, much cleaner but I thought a more shabby style would play up well with all that texture.

Quick Tip: Highlight textures by brushing with Distress Crackle Paint.

This stunning butterfly was the first piece I picked out to work with on this design. It was sitting on my desk just begging to be used and I thought that it’s subtle white color and lovely raised design would work well with a textural design. I used a hot glue gun to adhere it to the design for a firm bond.


Enjoy your day!

case study no.2

It’s Thursday and I’m excited to be back with another case study inspiration piece for you. If you missed my post last week, I’m honoured to be the October Muse for the CASE Study ChallengeBlog. This week there is a new inspiration card for you and I’m playing along with the CASE Study designers with a new spin on it. To see the inspiration design and all the great twists on it, be sure to stop by their blog here.

Last week my card design was an interesting departure from the original but this week I decided to stay a little truer to the inspiration piece. Instead of using layers of tape measure trim, I’ve folded little strips of patterned paper in half and then adhered them for a fringe-like effect.

A cluster of goodies is always my favorite way to embellish a design. These lovely Cosmo Cricket Brads come pre-printed with lovely words to create a sentiment.

The new Lily Bee Persnickety line is one of my recent favorites. Such sweet colors and prints. If you’d like to recreate this card with the folded fringe layers, I cut a couple 3/4″ strips from the 6×6 papers and then cut them into 3 inch lengths. Fold the cut strips into half and adhere starting from the bottom layer and working up. The finished card base will be 5.5 x 3.75″ in size for a perfect fit.


Have an inspiring day!

Happy World Card Making Day 2012

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I know it’s a busy day out there for my crafting friends. I hope you’re having a wonderful creative day!

Today I have a challenge for you and a card to share. Here’s a peek…

Please join me in the CLASSroom for the challenge and the full design. Make sure you check out the other challenges as well as there are some fun ones and more chances to win some great prizes.

Let the WCMD celebration continue!