Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Take a Bow

Hey there! This fortnight's challenge at Card Makin' Mamas is "Washi Tape"... the revolution that has taken paper crafting by storm, lol! :) I must admit, when I first started hearing about Washi Tape I was in denial and I did NOT want to give in... then my LSS got some of Teresa Collins' tape in stock, and poof, I was hooked! :)

This card was created using Sassy Studio Designs' France Honey and is colored in with copics.
(Hat and skirt: E07, E09, E53; Hair: C0, C3, C5, C7, C9; Shirt: E50, E53; Skin: E000, E00, E11, E04, R20)

And my little girl made the clap board! :) 

I will be submitting this one to:
Celebrate the Occasion (Anything Goes)
Crafty Sentiments (The Letter "B" = Black, Board, Bow"
LEJ (Anything Goes)
The Pink Elephant (Washi tape)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Something Sweet...

Hey there, me again! :) This week's challenge at Artistic Inspirations is being sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs and they have asked for "Lots of Layers." and even though I tend to use a layer or two, I am always in awe of crafters who tend to just pile it on and top off their cards with beautiful embellishments and such... I TRY to make my cards as beautiful as the ones I see online, but I personally feel like I still fall short of the "bar"... :)

But I digress! :) This Sweet Sixteen card is for one of my babysitters who turns Sixteen this week... It's soft and sweet, just like Jenny... Who has threatened to cook my kids in the oven. Like seriously, I walked into the house last summer and the oven was on and the seasoning was out. But hey, who can blame her? :)

I used Victorian Beauty and paper pieced her dress to match the color scheme. And I dragged hubby to the Arts and Crafts Wharehouse last week, so I HAD to use some of the feathers, doilies, and butterflies I picked up while there as well! :)

I am submitting this one to:
Little Claire's Designs (sketch)
Fairy Tale Challenge (special occasion)
Stempelsonnen (Easel Card)

Thanks for swinging by and have a SWEET day! :)

Book lovers of the world unite...

Hey gang, and happy Monday (groan...)! Adina here with a FUN new project inspired by THIS awesome Saturated Canary tutorial...

I had an old white tee shirt that I love that got some schmutz on it from crafting (has that ever happened to YOU??? Glue or glitter or glimmermist or paint that will NOT go away?)... well, I ended up only wearing this shirt around the house but still love the fit...

THEN I stumbled across the Saturated Canary tutorial on how to use Digi images on Tee Shirt Transfers and viola, I HAD to do it! :)

Although I wouldn't have positioned the image off the side like that if it weren't for the crafty crap that stayed behind on the shirt, I am ABSOLUTELY in love with the result and the technique... I am planning my next project already and just have to go get some inexpensive tee shirts to play with! :) 

I also created this based on this week's Craft Your Passion challenge, so head on over there to share your Reading inspired projects with the team as well! :) 

While I'm at it, I think I will submit this one to this week's Saturated Canary Challenge (All things bright and beautiful/colors) because without THEM, well, this new phenomenon would NEVER have taken flight! :) Seriously, check out the tutorial, it's SOOOO much fun! :) 

Thanks for stopping by and go play! :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

We are Off to Find a Wizard!

Hey Bloggers! Welcome to the Sassy Studio Designs Blog Hop Down the Yellow Brick Road! This weekend we are celebrating an all new release featuring GAWJUSS images inspired by The Wizard of Oz and the new Oz The Great and Powerful. I am SOOOO excited to be playing along with this uber talented group of crafty peeps to showcase these HAWT new images! :)

If you got here from Jackie's blog, then you are in the right place! If not, you might want to head on over to the Sassy Studio Designs page to start there! (hee hee, because there's no place like home!?)

For my Ozilicious creation, I got to show my "heart" as I played along with "Tin" and the handy dandy Bingo Board for this weekend's challenge.

My card incorporated Ribbon, Ruby Slippers (Red) and Flowers as well as Flying Monkeys, Bling, and Red

So how do YOU play along you ask?

Well, first and foremost, hop along and visit our Design Team's creations. Be sure to comment on each blog to be entered into the drawing to win one of the hawt images from this week's release! Then whip out your favorite coloring medium and get crafty using the Bingo board above and submit YOUR own creations via Mr. Linky at Sassy Studio Designs.

So what are you waiting for? Hop on over to Karal's blog to check out her WICKEDLY awesome creation! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!! :)

Blog Hop Order (In case you have a hard time following the Yellow Brick Road!)

Adina (you are here!)
Return Home to Sassy Studio Designs!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

It's a Sassy Hop!!!

Hey there! Just wanted to give you all a heads up that the gals at Sassy Studios are hosting a Blog Hop this weekend and you DON'T want to miss the festivities! :) Come check it out and then hop back over here tomorrow to see my contribution! :)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Sending Hugs!

Hey gang, me again with a super rushed "Cased" card... I cannot believe today is already April 26th... I feel like April has FLOWN by... And I totally kept telling myself that I had until the end of the month to get my Guest DT tryout project for Elisabeth Bell's Challenge blog ready... Um, yeah, then I looked at the calendar and yup, I had TWO hours to whip up a card...

Thankfully, the DT tryout challenge is to case a card from the Elisabeth Bell's Challenge blog... I chose Linda's gorgeous "Little Bit of Sunshine"

and used I Love you This Much for my interpretation...

This one was definitely fun to put together but I have GOT to run because my hubby is having a fit... I kinda started dinner then ran away to the scrap room so I would meet the deadline and now he's, well... you get my gist! :) 


Happy Mother's Day Feature! :)

Hey gang!! I'm SOOOO psyched to share that I have been featured on the Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog this month... I mean, ok, so it was a random choice; any winner is invited to be featured in the following month's challenge, but still... it's an honor! :)

This card was created for the flowers challenge at Elisabeth Bell's world and I made it with my mom in mind... I'm pretty sure this will be her mother's day card even though the little boy SOOOO reminds me of my own son... Hmmmmmm, maybe it'll be HIS card to her... 

I'm also submitting this one to:
Broken Box Stock (Mother's Day)
Just Add Ink (Fun Background... I colored in the grass and clouds/sky...)
Stamping with the Dragon (Spring has Sprung)
Totally PaperCrafts (Flowers and lace)

Thanks for checking in and have a great day!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall...

Hey there, me again with a quick post to showcase a mirrored image card using The Evil Queen Honey from Sassy Studio Designs. Originally I made this one for the C.R.A.F.T Challenge (Queen for the Day/Fantasy/Bling) with every intention of giving her to my Stepmom for her Birthday, but then I started thinking about what message that might convey...

I don't think my Stepmom is evil (anymore, lol!!). When I was a teenager I used to feel more like Cinderella than Snow White, because of all the chicken I had to clean in order to get out of the house... But it's those same cooking skills my Stepmom instilled in me years ago that I rely upon now as a mom, so how can I begrudge her that, lol?

Soooo, this card is officially in my "stash" pile until I can find a better, less sensitive subject and recipient!

I am submitting this one to:
Paper Crafting Journey (Use a Sentiment)
Craft Room Challenge (Sentimental)
LEJ (Magical)

Thanks for stopping by (again?) and have a crafty day!! I'm SOOOO trying to get the kids to bed early so I can play tonight... how about you??

I hope YOUR day sparkles!

Hey gang, Adina here again with aNOTHER Sassy Studio Designs card... Yesterday I showcased Elizabeth Laura Bennett because, well, she's my heroine from the 1800s... My MODERN heroine has, however, always been Carrie from Sex and the City, not because I want to live her life, but because she was always so CONFIDENT. I mean, they ALL were, to some extent, but she pursued the dream of writing to the fullest, and she was just so.... amazing as a character! :) I SHOULD go read the books now that the series is over...

SOOOOO, of course Lindsay over at Sassy Studios was two steps ahead of me when it comes to designing heroines, and she created Digi Stamps of ALL the Sex and the City girls! :) And they are GORGEOUS!! So gorgeous that I just bought the other three like two days ago because I "HAD" to have them! :)

I used Carrie Sassy for this card and ended up giving the card away almost immediately because who DOESN'T relate to her?! :)

This card was made for the Polka Dot Challenge at Charisma Cards, which is being sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs this week, and I am submitting her to:

Artistic Impressions (Card for a Lady)
Art Impressions (Layers)
Copic Marker Europe (Girls Aloud)
Crafty Ribbons (Anything Goes with Ribbons)

Thanks for stopping by today and I DO hope your day sparkles as well! :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Every moment has its pleasures and its hope (Mansfield Park)

Hello bloggers! Adina here with ANOTHER Sassy creation (I know, these images, ROCK, right?)... 

WELL, if you landed here at my blog, you may have noticed the title of my blog is "According to Jane Austen." That would be because she is my #1 favorite author to teach, read, and study. And it's ironic because I'm SOOO not into sappy love stories in real life. But when I escape into a book, I just love the sarcasm, wit, and eventual happy ending afforded by a good Austen title...

I haven't read them all though, which makes me sad. :) But I'm getting there! And I read Pride and Prejudice EVERY year since I teach it to my British Literature class in the Spring. So that does help me get my fix... :)

And thus, my Elizabeth Laura Bennett tribute below... :) Lindsay over at Sassy Studios created this BEAUTIFUL rendition of our Pride and Prejudice heroine, and as soon as I saw her my heart kinda got happy. :) 
Here she is colored very much like Kiera Knightly, hair wise at least, but I'm thinking of inking her up again sometime soon with lighter browns to her hair... But I digress... :)

This card was created for the Anything Goes challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty being sponsored by Sassy Studios this week. I am also submitting Ms. Bennett to:

Artistic Inspirations (Card for a Lady)
The Crafty Blogger's Network (Anything Goes)
Sparkle N Sprinkle (Digi)
613 Avenue Create (Anything Goes)
Simon Says Stamp (Anything Goes)

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and have a wonderful, crafty day! :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friends take two

So I have a thing for this image of Marilyn from Sassy Studios... So much that I used it AGAIN on this card for this week's Craft Your Passion challenge, aptly titled "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" :)... The challenge is bling, but I HAD to ink up Marilyn again... Maybe the next time I use her I will change her colors, but it's so much fun to pay tribute to the movie with this digi! :)

I'll be submitting this one to the following challenges as well:

One Stitch at a Time (Use a Digi)
Sarah Hurley (Character)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a FABULOUS day! :) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just a note

Hello there bloggers and happy Tuesday to ya! :) I  am having SUCH a relaxing week this week (thank God!) because my juniors are on internship. So instead of catching up with grading and lesson plans, I have been getting crafty, lol (typical procrastinator...).

This lil note was created for this fortnight's Card Makin' Mamas challenge (Ribbons). The wooden butterfly is from Kaiser Craft and I think the simplicity of this card has made me love it... I kept looking at it wondering what else it needed, but the ribbons really do the talking here, which is a nice little change for me! :)

I am submitting this one to the following challenges:

ABC Challenge (L for lovely lace)
Alotta Rubber Stamps (Lace, Ribbon, Round shape on the butterfly)
Emma's Crafty Challenge (Butterflies)
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop (Spring)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful, relaxing day! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” (Pride and Prejudice)

It is SOOOO good to be home! I had my first day off today since what feels like forever. I just got back from an intense tour of London and Paris with my students (14 seniors, 4 juniors). And as much as I love London and the IDEA of Paris, I am so done with international travel. At least with teens! :) They ran me ragged this year.

But I'm sure I will come back to the trip in subsequent posts, as we DID get some nice pictures I will HAVE to scrap someday! :)

I am actually posting again today because besides being tax day, April 15th means we have a new challenge up at the Sunshine Mail Foundation!! If you haven't checked out this amazing cause yet, please do head over to the main website to get an idea of what the mission is... In short, we are asked to create cards and send them in to the organization, who then distributes our handmade goodies with care packages to kids suffering from sicknesses, homelessness, and other horrible situations. It feels so GOOD to actually be giving back to young people...

This fortnight's challenge is sponsored by Oak Pond Creations who is having a HUGE party/giveaway to celebrate their one year anniversary! :) To play along for THEIR blog candy, all you have to do is submit a card using an Oak Pond image... THEN you can submit it to Sunshine Mail, mail it into the organization, and viola, you have entered TWO really cool challenges with one fell swoop... :)

My creation is a Garden Inspired card that I sent into the Sunshine Mail Foundation for a young boy in need. It is SO hard for me to make masculine cards cause most of my stash is feminine, so this image came in VERY handy! :)

I am also submitting this one to Card Mania for their Punches/Diecut challenge, as well as Cards for Men (do boys count?) and Digi Darla's Gardening Challenge. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you are headed to Paris, watch out for pickpockets! It got so bad that they closed the Louvre on Wednesday (two days after we left) because even the locals feel unsafe. It made me sad that the city of love was surrounded by very aggressive pickpockets.... Anyway, more on that later! :)

Crafty Cavalier

Hello there and happy Monday! Adina here with a cutie Cavalier for you today! :) This little pup was supplied by The Paper Shelter for this week's Adorable Animals challenge at Craft Your Passion!

This one is definitely going into the basket for our next Sunshine Mail mailing, because I think the lil pup will definitely brighten a child's day! :) 

I am submitting this one to the following challenges:
QKR Stampede (For a Child)
Simply Create Too (Use your stash; the DP is some OLLLDDDDD CTMH paper, the flowers have been on hand since FOREVER, and  the brad in the orange flower has been around since the Jurassic age. Serioulsy). :)
Delightful Challenges (Circles/Round card)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Diamonds are STILL a Girl's Best Friend...

Today I am showcasing a blinged out Marilyn Monroe ala Gentlemen Prefer Blondes... It's amazing to me the cult following Marilyn has from movies like this one and Some Like it Hot... I actually made my 10-year-old daughter sit with me for an old movies film fest and these two titles, Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady were also in the line up. I mean, with kids imitating artists who have passed away but have become icons of fashion and media, well, don't you think they should see the ORIGINAL film that inspired all the following? 

And now I will get off the soapbox... :)

So this card was made using Diamonds are A Girl's Best Friend from Sassy Studio Designs and I HAD to bling her up with some stickles for jewlery and ALL over... :) then there's the trademark big bow to tie it all together (pun intended, lol)...

Sassy Studios is sponsoring this week's challenge at Crafting When We Can and I will be submitting this one to Chocolate Coffee and Cards (color challenge), 613 Avenue Create (Anything Goes), One Stop Craft Challenge's Pastels challenge and Dream Valley Challenges (Happy Birthday).

Thanks for looking and enjoy your Sunday! :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I'm SASSY and you KNOW it! :)

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle...well, you know where I'm going with that... :)

It's official... I'm a Sassy... Gal? Peep? Chick? DESIGNER!!! :) I'm so so so so so excited to announce that I was selected to be on the Sassy Studio Designs DT for this term! I have LITERALLY drooled over their images since like forever, and I've been a fan of SSD on Paper Craft Planet since like always... Long story short, I decided to throw my hat in the ring for their DT call, but I honestly didn't think I'd make it... 

And when I got back from Paris, lo and behold yup, there was an acceptance email in my bin just WAITING for me to get giddy over! :) (More about Paris in another post, but if you are on your way there, WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS!!!). 

Ok, so my first assignment at Sassy Studio Designs was actually one that posted today in response to Brown Sugar Challenge's Step/Easel card challenge.

Wonder Regan was colored using copics and then added to the easel background that I punched out with Martha Stewart's Around the Page punches (check out my tutorial on these punches here). 

I'll be submitting this one to Brown Sugar Challenges' Easel Card Challenge, Forever Friends' Diecut/Punches challenge, Moving Along with the Times' Movie Challenge (Ok, so Wonder Woman was better on TV than the movies... but there WAS a movie!!) :), and the Southern Girls' Challenge Make Like a Zebra... :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing in my good news! :) Hope to "see" you around again soon!! :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Time to Get Sketchy with the DOO!!!

Hello blogland!! Welcome to April!! :) I don't know about YOU but I am DEFINITELY looking forward to the beginning of Spring! :) AND because it's a new month, Scrap-A-Doodle Doo has a new sketch challenge for you! :)

This month's sketch was created by my friend and mentor, Mrs. Sherri Caramico... She is amazing and talented and just plain old nice... so if you haven't "met" her online yet, you should definitely check out her blog and drop her a line! :)

This is the sketch she came up with this month:
And this is my take on it...

I actually loved the banners so much that I had to go ahead and do a two page layout for this one, celebrating my newest niece, Serenity! :)

So please head on over to the Scrap-A-Doodle Doo blog and check out this month's sketch! All participants who are followers of the blog will be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to Scrap-A-Doodle Doo!  See you there! :)