Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Card for a Friend

Today's card is a quick one I created using Stampin' Up!'s Friends 24-7 set. This is one set that I rely on when I'm in a funk. Ideas always come when I bring it out! Here is what I made:

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Stamps: Friends 24-7 set; Friendly Words jumbo wheel
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze Classic inks
Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White, Kraft, Baja Breeze, Ruby Red cardstock; Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
Accessories: Valet Ribbon Originals, Aqua Painter, Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals

I wanted to keep the look soft and muted. I sponged around the edges of my stamped pieces and stamped off on the background images. I stamped the focal points in Choclate Chip so they would stand out and then watercolored some more color into the bird's branch and feet. I also stamped the bird onto Baja Breeze cardstock and cut him out. It brings a lot more color then watercoloring him!

Thanks for looking today! I am getting excited about this weekend... an all day-all night crop on Saturday!! I was going to scrap some pages on NSD but I think I'll probably end up sticking with cards... hee! Hopefully I'll have lots to share next week!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Red Butterfly...

I'm so excited to participate in Kristina Werner's 50th Color Inspiration Challenge! These challenges really get me out of a funk when I'm in one and help me to learn to use my products in different ways! Thanks Kristina for posting such great inspirations!

Here is her challenge for us:

And here is what I made:

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Stamps: Simple Friendship set, Baroque Motifs set, Polkadot Background
Ink: Summer Sun, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise Classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red cardstock; Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Scallop Edge punch, Piercing tool and guide, White embossing powder, 1 3/4" Circle punch

When I think of this set, I don't think of these colors and I think that's why I chose to use it! Well, that and it was already on my desk... Hee! First, I stamped the background of the cardbase with polkadots in Real Red. I love the look of color on color... it's subtle but gives some texture at the same time! Next I stamped and embossed the swirls stamp from Baroque Motifs on a strip of Summer Sun cardstock. I matted it with Tempting Turquoise, tearing it on the bottom edge. I added another torn edge of the Chocolate Chip polkadot DSP and also a crumpled strip of white with the bottom edge scalloped. I tied my ribbon around it and stuck it in the middle of my card base. I added the friend next. Then I started working on the focal point. I wasn't sure what color I wanted the butterfly to be so I cut out one of each color and accidentally doubled them up and liked the way it looked! I stuck them together using a dimensional and added glitter to his wings. I made a little distressed square for him to live on and added it to my cardbase.

See! With out Kristina's color inspiration, I'd probobly never see a pretty red butterfly! I love it! If you have time, I hope you can participate, too!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Butterfly Gift Set

On Friday of last week my husband came home from work all excited because he got me some work! He signed me up to make a card set for the administrative assistants he adores so much. There are two ladies he wanted to make gift sets for and he told them I'd have 10 cards for each of them! And, they had to be done by today! That's 20 cards in 3 days! And, not just any 3 days... Zoey's birthday was Friday and I had a big class planned on Saturday and had planned on doing my prepwork in the morning. So, really it left me with part of Sunday and Monday to work... I had to come up with something quick! Luckily, in my class, we were making sets of 8 cards so I was able to cut two extra kits and put them together in one evening. Here they are:

Next, I made a cute little box to put them in:

To make this, I measured the envelopes and added a quarter inch on each side. Then I added another inch and a quarter to each side and cut it out. I scored an inch and a quarter in on each side and tabbed the sides so I could fold in into a box. Really, the measuring turned out to be the hardest thing!

I've been trying to get caught up with some projects I needed to finish and should be back to posting regularly soon!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 20, 2009

Friendly Bird Card

I'm so glad that the WICKED SU! demo challenges on Splitcoast Stampers last an entire month! The card that I am sharing with you was actually started last week and I finally finished it up this morning! Funny how that happens sometimes, right? There are usually 3 WICKED challenges a month- a sketch, a color challenge, and a technique challenge. The challenge is to only use current Stampin' Up! products to create your cards. This card was inspired by the color challenge: to use Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla together on a card. Here is what I came up with:

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Stamps: Friends 24-7 set, Fresh Cuts set, En Francais background
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss classic inks
Paper: Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip cardstock; Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Very Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Halfback Pearls from the Pretties kit; White Signo Gel pen, paper piercer, Sponges, Dimensionals, Blender pen

I lightly stamped the En Francais background onto the card base. Then, I used sponges to add Mellow Moss ink to the edges. I pierced holes around the outside and added faux stitching with the Signo gel pen. Next, I added my patterned paper, tearing one edge. I added a torn strip of Mellow Moss cardstock and a punched Chocolate Chip strip to the card base. I then added my ribbon. For the main image, I stamped the background using Mellow Moss ink on to Very Vanilla cardstock and inked around the edges using a sponge. I stamped the bird with Chocolate Chip ink onto Mellow Moss cardstock and cut him out. I then stamped the same image onto Very Vanilla cardstock and added a little color in the branch using residual ink and a blender pen. I cut the branch out and stuck it to my main image. Then, I added the bird, using Dimensionals to pop him up. I matted the whole thing in Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered it to my card base. Next, I stamped my sentiment over the damask design on Very Vanilla cardstock and added Mellow Moss ink around the edges with a sponge. I also matted this in Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered it to the card base with Dimensionals. Last, I added the halfback pearls in the corners of my main image. It just needed a little extra detail!

It is a rainy day here and I'm happy to be stuck inside! I have lots of ideas for cards in my head today and hopefully I can get some out on paper before they disappear! Hee!

Hope you all are enjoying your day!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hey Big Winner!

I used a random number generator online on Friday night to pick a number from the comments on Mondays post and the winner is...


RoseOhio said...

I really like the Matchbox Die and the Scallop Tag set to go with it. What great blog candy!


Way to go Rose! I'll email you for your address and get these goodies to you this week!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I've been busy... had a class and attended a crop yesterday but only got one card done! I'll post it tomorrow and leave you today with a silly picture of my sweet Natalie! She is always getting into things when ever we turn our back...

Thank you all for participating in the blog candy!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Baby Banner

A friend of mine is hosting a baby shower for her coworker who is having triplets this week so to help her out, I made a quick banner for her to hang at the shower. I wanted to keep the design simple and contemporary. I used this onsie design, originally by Lauren Meader. I think this is one of the cutest ideas ever!! Way to go Lauren! Here it is:


Paper: cardstock by Bazzill and Stampin' Up!; patterned paper by American Crafts
Accessories: Cricut Machine with George and Opposites Attract cartridges; Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/8" Circle punch, 1/2" Circle punch and Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!; White and Brown eyelets by American Crafts

Here are a couple more pictures...

I've been helping my friend with a few other things, too so hopefully I'll have them to share tomarrow! Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to comment on Monday's post for some fun blog candy!!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Good Day!

Today I'm smiling from ear to ear! I get to pick a free stamp set out of the current Stampin' Up! catalog and you'd never guess why!! I entered this little card into the last creative challenge on Shelli Gardner's blog, So Shelli and it won! It was picked as a winner by Shelli herself so it makes it even better! I'm pretty excited about it!

It's also a good day because I got to finish up a card that's been in the works since last week! I was planning on using it for Kristina Werner's latest color challenge but since I missed the deadline, I added a little yellow to it! I also used the sketch for the April WICKED challenge on the Demo side of Splitcoast Stampers. If you're a SU! demo, check these out! They are a lot of fun to participate in! Anyways, here's the card!

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Stamps: Petal Pizazz set, Cheep Talk set, Big Deal Alphabet set, Polkadot background stamp
Ink: Rose Red, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point classic inks
Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Whisper White cardstock; Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Signo White Gel pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, 1/2" Circle punch, Circle Scissor Plus, Clear Embossing powder

I started by cutting the Kiwi Kiss polkadot paper into triangles. I matted them onto the black and then adhered them to my Rose Red cardbase. I stamped and cut out all the flowers and added a little Dazzling Diamonds to the centers of them using my 2-way glue pen. Next, I cut out the black circle and stamped it with the Polkadot Background stamp and Versamark. I heat embossed this with clear embossing powder and matted it with the white circle. Next, I created the yellow scallop edge by punching 1/2" circles out of Summer Sun cardstock and adhering them to the edge of the circle. I placed the flowers where I wanted them and stuck the whole piece down onto the front of my card. I stamped the HI letters onto Whisper White cardstock using Rose Red ink. I covered them with Crystal Effects and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter onto them. Then I let them dry!When they were done (after an hour or so) I cut them out and stuck them onto my card front. The finished size is 5 1/2" Square.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to enter to win some blog candy on yesterday's post!


Monday, April 13, 2009

Back to Blogging!

I had such a great week last week! My cousin Shirlie flew in from Washington state to spend part of her spring break with us. We had fun but, I really slacked on the old blog, didn't I! To make up for it, I'll share two cards today and give a little blog candy away!! First, the cards... I made them last week before I knew Shirlie was coming.

This one was made for Dawn McVey's latest Raspberry Suite color challenge:

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Stamps: Always set, Together Forever set
Ink: Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral, Riding Hood Red, Kraft cardstock; watercolor paper; Candy Lane DSP
Accessories: Very Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, Top Not Die, Aqua Painter, Scallop Edge punch

I watercolored the main image and then popped it up, matting it in different colors for a layered effect.

This next card is just a simple one I created for any occasion:

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Stamps: Best Wishes and More
Ink: Regal Rose, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black classic inks
Paper: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Basic Black, Baja Breeze card stock; Patterned paper by Bo Bunny
Accessories: White Signo Gel pen, Paper Piercer, ribbon by American Crafts, buttons and thread- craft supply

The hearts are just stamped and cut out then popped on to the card front using dimensionals. I love the sentiment on this card because it really could be used for just about any happy occasion.

And, like I promised, some blog candy! I am loving the new stuff in the Occasions Mini Catty so I'll be giving away the Great Friend set:

the Walk in the Park DSP pack:

and a package of the Printed Window Sheets:

Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing in the new mini is by 5:00pm (eastern) on Friday, April 17th and I'll randomly pick a winner! Good luck!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Glittery Green Rubber Boots Card

Hi! I thought I'd post a card this afternoon so I could play along with Kristina Werner's latest color challenge! The colors she chose are some of my favorites! Here is her inspiration for us:

And, here is what I made:

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Stamps: Scene From a Garden set
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Jet Black Staz On
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Confetti White cardstock
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Aqua Painter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

I love seeing these rubber boots all lined up! I thought it would be fun to create a card with fun funky boots that stood out among the rest... and, I thought the sentiment stamp worked perfectly!

I stamped the boots first, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to create a straight line. Next, I watercolored them all using residual ink from my Chocolate Chip ink pad. Then, I stamped a pair of boots on to Kiwi Kiss cardstock and added Crystal Effects for gloss, and Dazzling Diamonds for glitter! When it dried, I added it to my card front, using dimensionals so they really stand out. I stamped my sentiment and added ribbon and there you go! Quick and cute!

Anyways, hope you are all having a lovely day! Hee!


New Stamps!

Don't you just love new stamps! I got to play with a couple of new sets over the weekend, one being the Scene From a Garden set out of the new SU! mini catty! When I saw it, I knew I wanted it... even just for the little rubber boots stamp! Here is a card I made with it this weekend:

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Stamps: Scene From a Garden set
Ink: Jet Black StazOn; Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Ruby Red, Real Rust, More Mustard Classic inks; Whisper White Craft ink
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive cardstock; Tangerine Tango textured cardstock, patterned paper by Crate Paper
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Paper Piercer, White Signo Gel pen, Photo Corner punch, Dimensionals; ribbon by American Crafts

I watercolored the entire image after using my handy dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig to place all my pieces...

I ended up cropping on Friday down at my LSS and Saturday at my friend Dawnette's house and actually got a few cards done! I should have lots to share this week! One thing I didn't get to do was head into DC to see the Cherry Blossoms... I have a bit of a cold and it has travelled to both girls so we decided to take it easy yesterday. Poop though! I really wanted to go this year!!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

More Samples from Collector's Club!

As promised, here are the last two samples from my Collector's Club: Simple Friendship Edition class! I'm really excited about them!

Here they are:

Here is one last picture of the whole bunch, so you don't have to go looking for them all!

If you'd like to see the close ups of the other three projects, here are the links to the older posts:

1st Sample
2nd and 3rd Samples

Here are the class details:

Date: April 25th, 2009
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Kristen's House in Lorton, VA
Cost: $35.00

So, for $35.00, you get to come and stamp for a few hours, leave with 10 completed projects (2 each of 5 designs), learn some new techniques, chat with friends, AND take the stamp set home with you!!

Just email, call, or leave a comment with your contact info me if you're interested in joining us! I'll need an RSVP and payment by April 15, 2009 so I can order all of the supplies.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Collector's Club: Simple Friendship Edition

Every few months I have a Collector's Club Class locally. We always have so much fun! This time around, I chose the Simple Friendship set to base all my cards on. I posted one card last week but have 4 more that we'll be doing in the class. Today I'll be sharing 2 projects!

Here they are:

Here are the class details:

Date: April 25th, 2009
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Kristen's House in Lorton, VA
Cost: $35.00

So, for $35.00, you get to come and stamp for a few hours, leave with 10 completed projects (2 each of 5 designs), learn some new techniques, chat with friends, AND take the stamp set home with you!!

Just email , call, or leave a comment with your contact info me if you're interested in joining us! I'll need an RSVP and payment by April 15, 2009 so I can order all of the supplies.

Hope all of you out in blogland have a good night!

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