Sunday, February 26, 2012

SLICED! A Sewing Competition by Moda Bake Shop!

I'm having so much fun sewing this week!  This is my third entry in the Sliced competition. I've had this lamp sitting around, waiting for a little love.  So today I took it to the garage an gave it a coat of white spray paint. I was thinking it would match my studio if it were white, but then once I started playing with the Fandango Moda Fabrics I just couldn't stop.  So now most of what I had painted is cover, but it looks way cute! 

I started with fat a Fat Quarter Bundle of Fandago by Kate Spain for Moda.  I thought I had better take a picture of the name because I can never seem to remember the lines once the little salvage is cut off, and don't you know someone asked me this week!  That was my first lesson learned.....

I started with a yard sale left over lamp, and I say that because someone was actually going to toss the lamp and I needed some extra light in my studio so I rescued it!  The shade was paper so it was easily discarded and replaced with my handmade frilly, pretty, girly shade! 

I wasn't quite sure how to get the best photo so I took several with the lamp on....

and this one with the lamp off so you can see the natural color of the gorgeous fabrics! 

My second lesson was to see if the lamp actually comes apart before you decide to change it, it took a bit o rewireing to put the fabric on the base, but it was so worth it! 

From the Moda Bake Shop Blog:
The Challenge? All audition submissions must be some sort of Office/Studio Accessory.

It can be anything that would be used on or at an Office or Studio setting.

Sewing Basket of Mystery Items:

Fabrics used must feature at least one type of Moda precut. Additional Moda fabrics may be used to complete your project.

Project must use at least one type of buckle. This can be any size, shape or color.

Project must also include Quilt Batting somewhere in or on the project.

My project used:
Moda Fat Quarters from the Fandango Line.
I used 2 buckles as decoration on the shade.
I used batting to add a layer of stiffness to the lamp shade. 
Now that I'm reading "somewhere" on the project for the Quilt Batting I'm wondering how I can use Batting in a unique way?!  I guess you'll have to come back and visit to find out!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

This month, it's all about being interactive! Show us how you take your cards to the next level, whether you have received your Movers & Shakers dies, or you're just inspired to create a pop up or swinging card without them. There are so many options for this theme, and we can't wait to see what you have to share!

I made a pop up card for the challenge.  I love the natural look of green with just a pop of color.  I found the vintage button in a box of sewing supplies from my aunts house. 

Papertey Ink: Vintage Cream Cardstock, Mellon Berry Cardstock, Pacific Vineyard Patterned Paper, Spring Moss and Ripe Avacado Ink, Bloom Builders 3, Mat Stack 1 and Edgers 3 dies. 
Other: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, glue dots, Momento Black ink, Vintage button

And finally I wanted to share my weekend craft project.  I made a magnetic holder for my PTI dies.  It's awesome!  I'll be making another so I'll have room for my new release order dies!  I'm so excited, and love this storage method already! One o the things I do is use a label machine and add the name to the dies, so it's easy to identify.  Awesome! If I do say so myself!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

Blog name....

It's a little out dated, after all my blog is about more then paper. It's still about passion, but my passion is growing. I think it may be a passion for color, that is all things colorful, although I still like back and white and I find shades of grey to be among my favorites as well. So where do I go from here. My blog needs a makeover, my blog name needs a makeover, I have to continue using AshjoyJcasaldi because Joyce is never available when I sign in forums (after all it is a very pretty name, and some what unique in this day and age) today's ponderings will be about my blog name, and I invite you to weigh in.

Friday, February 24, 2012

My creative bug.....

I've been sewing up a storm the past few days. It's been a stressful few days but I guess that seemed to get my craftiness flowing. I started out by making a cute little basket for some of my sewing notions, then one of my online friends (hi Lori!) told me about a sewing contest. I looked over the details and decided I had enough of a charm pack left to make a iPad case to enter.

I started by making 2 inch squares of the Moda charm pack, then decided the fabric looked like it would go perfect with a little country twist, so I finally retired my favorite pair of Chico jeans, made a trip to the thrift store for a fifty sent belt, added a layer of batting and coordinating fabric for the inside and this is my end project.

Joyce Casaldi, iPad case

I then made a trip to Rose of Sharin quilt shop for the beautiful Lovely by Moda fat quarters and came home to start another project. This is my fat quarter basket. No more plastic bags to bring home my pretty fabrics!

While I was there one of the owners told me about an upcoming quilt class. I've always wanted to know how to sew a quilt so I signed up. I'm very excited to make my first quilt. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Day 10 card!

Hello everyone!  Hope your Valentines Day is filled with love!

Today's challenge in celebration of PTI's 5th anniversary is to make an interactive card.  I made a card using some of my favorite PTI products.  First the adorable little envelope die holds a tea bag.  Then the card itself is a slider card.  The card actually opens like a normal card and hold the tea on the front then slides into an envelope decoratec with a PTI stamp tea pot.  I just love how this  project turned out! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Papertrey Ink Day 7, Card 1!

Another day of fabulous fun celebrating the Papertrey Ink Anniverary!  Be sure to stop by Nicole's blog and see a sneak of this months release as well, it's fabulous!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Papertrey Ink Day 6, Card 1!

Today's my Birthday and I've been celebrating with family so I'm not sure I'll be able to get more then one card in today, but I had fun squeezing this one in between the dinner, cake and candles! 

Today's challenge was to use one of the sketches fom the Papertrey Ink Blog to make your card.  You can find the sketches HERE.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Papertrey Ink Day Day 5!

Todays challenge was to use Pinterest as inspiration, so I found some yummy looking icecream cones and decided to use my ice cream cone die to make this little card. 

PTI is now on pinterest so there is tons of inspiration there as well, be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration Day 4, Card 1!

Yeah, another day of challenges for the Papertrey Ink festivities and I am continuing with my tributes to the Papertrey Ink desingers.  This card is in honor of one of the new member of the team Ashley Cannon Newell. Thank you Ashley for sharing your fabulous cards with us!  Todays challenge is to use a combination of the designers favorite colors. 

These are Ashley's choices:

And this is my card.
I also used this months sketch from I heart to stamp

Monday, February 6, 2012

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Day 2, Card 4!

Congrats Lizzy!  I sure would be celebrating if I were you!  So this cards for you!  I used some of the Make it Monday previous techniques to make this fun little card. 

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebreation Day 2, Card 3!

Moving right along today I thought I would make a little lunch box note with the image by Tiffany Pastor. Thanks Tiffany for a fun image and sharing your design work with us.  I look forward to an exciting year and using more of your stamps. I keep all sizes of scrap papers and totally make this card frm my scrap bag.  Even the base of the card is from the scrap bag. 

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebreation Day 2, Card 2!

This project is in honor of the very talenten Melissa Bickford (Melissa J Designs).  I love Melissa clean and simple style, although I always hate to use the word simple but she really does make it easy to use her images.  Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us Melissa! 

For this project I made a cute little Valentine treat bag. I almost added what I was going to use it for, but fear that would give away the surprise! 

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration Day 2, Card 1!

Today is the second day that Papertrey Ink is rollling out another fabulous day of inspiration.  Today on Nicole's blog they are celebrating the stamp designers (with the exception of Nicole, which I hope means she has something huge planned!)  And I'm continuing to celebrate right along with them by creating cards in honor of each of the Papertrey Designers. I had high hope of creating a card for each one but I think I may have big off more then I could chew, so for todays cards I will combine my thanks for several desingners at once.  My first card honors Beth Silaika and Dawn McVey.  I used Dawn's image (which is free btw on Nicole's blog today) and took inspiration from Beths color choice.  Thanks so much ladies for sharing your talents with us and I look forward to seeing what you create in the year ahead. 

Woohoo!  Fun stuff!  Thanks for stopping by!

Pappertrey Ink Anniversary celebration #6!

And in honor of Heather Nichols favorite project I made this card using some the colors in her project.   I love Hather's scrapbook pages, they are so heartfelt and just perfect to preserve her thoughts for her family.  But don't take my wok for it, be sure to stop by Heather's blog and see the amazing pages she does. 

And here is my project:
I think that is all I will have time to finish tonight, but be sure to stop back tomorrow for the remainder of my projects.  And another challenge on the PTI blog!  Good luck if you play along.  

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration #5!

And this card is for the fabulous Jessica Witty.  I love Jessica's style, and I think it's really cool that her favorite projects are projects that aren't time consuming and just come togeter.  I think that is a great lesson for everyone.  Thanks Jessica for sharing your craft with us:) 

Again I took some of Jessica's design elements for my card, although I didn't have a single item that she used I think my card came out awesome! 

All products are Papertrey Ink except the paper doily. 

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration #4!

With this project I would like to thank Lis Johnson for sharing her talents with us.  She is always and inspiration.  Be sure to stop by the blogs of all of the desing teams favorite projects.  You can find links to all thier blogs from the Papertrey Ink blog. 

For this project I used my favorite PTI papers.  Of course green has always been a favorite so when this paper collection came out I had to have it. 

All of the products in this card are Papertrey Ink!

Papertrey Ink Celebration #3!

I love the clean style of Maile Belles.  Thank you Maile for sharing your design talents we us! 
For this project I chose to use the design element to Mailes favoite project. 

All product are from Papertrey Ink!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration continues!

So it's taken me to half time to get this card finished, but I have to admit I've been making stromboli and taking pictures as well.  Making memories and scrapping, what an awesome Superbowl!  And Modonna rocked half time.  One of the best shows in quite some time. 

This card is in honor of the fabulous Melissa Phillips. I love Melissa's adorable baby card and used the colors as inspiration for this birthday card.  Thanks Melissa for sharing your wonder stamps and creativity with us!

All products Papertrey Ink
except the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. 

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration! Favorite Things

Pick one of the team members favorite projects from above (on Nicoles blog) to use as inspiration for your very own creation. Your project can draw from their layout, color scheme,
technique or anything else that inspires you.

So what I thought I would do is pay a little tribute to each design team member by creating through ot the Superbowl.  So make sure to check back often because I'll be posting more project tonight! 

My first project is to honor one of my favorite PTI stamp designers.  I am totally in love with the Michelle's Wooderson's vintage style, her craftiness is just amazing and I love that she makes thinks that are so useful for the kitchen.  I've used her stamps to make everthing from Wedding Centerpieces to packaging baked goods for fundraisers.  And everyone was in aww by the projects, and honestly I couldn't have done it without such fabulously designed stamps as well as inspiration.  So thank you Michelle for your continued inspiration. 

 I have to admit this stamp set has received a ton of love and ranks up there as one of my favorites as well. 

Product: All products and stamps PTI
except: Martha Stewart Garden Gate  Punch

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Card Your Ass off Sign Up now Open!

We've had so much fun with Scrap Your Ass Off!, that I thought it would be fun to do Card Your Ass Off!

Here's how it will work....

*Sign up before Feb. 13th to play. You will not be able to sign up after the 1st challenge is due.

*Challenges will be posted every Friday. The 1st challenge will be posted Friday, Feb. 10th. You will have 4 days to upload your card to the designated gallery album.

*Any participants who do not upload before the deadline will be eliminated. Those who do will move on to the next round.

*All the challenges will be based on a sketch & use a technique or product

*The series of challenges will go until there is only 1 participant left, making them the winner who will get their choice of scrap supplies valued at $50.

Who's up for the challenge!?

If your new (and we would love to have you!) just sign onto the Paper Secrets forum and then also you will need to sign up for the gallery. Make sure to do this now so you are all set when it's time to post your fabulous cards. Then be sure to stop by the forum and post that you are joining in the challenge so we know to look for you. Then just make a card each weekend and be the last card maker standing for the awesome gift certificate to the Paper Secrets store!

Paper Secrets February Card Sketch and Challenge!

Hello everyone! 
This months card sketch at Paper Secrets is just for you! and I hope you can play along. 

I used the sketch for one of my Valentine cards using this months Paper Secrets manufacturer challenge which happens to be Webster's Pages. 

The ribbon is May Arts and the pearls are SEI. 

To play along for your chance to win a Paper Secrets Gift Certificate just make a new card using this sketch and upload it to the Paper Secrets Gallery

Come back to morrow for some exciting new and a brand new weekly challenge you can joing in for a huge prize!