Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Balloon Ride - SC245

Just a quick post tonight - it's late because I was participating in the Papertrey Ink September release party tonight and then had to get my order in at midnight!

Made this card for a friend and for the Splitcoast sketch challenge last week -boy am I behind.

The last two weekends I've been either out of town or entertaining family in our home. I did sneak away though to do this card on Saturday morning. It was pure therapy to get back in my "happy place" and stamp a bit.

I've had this PTI stamp set since it was released a couple months ago. I hadn't used this hot air balloon image yet though and have been anxious to use it with the PTI vintage buttons.

I tried to repeat the theme on the inside, only I used circle punches of the DP for the balloons.

Thanks so much for looking!

Stamps: Papertrey Button Bits
Cardstock: SU Razzleberry, Pixie Pink, Razzledazzle DP
Ink: Razzleberry, Curry, Melon Berry
Accessories: PTI vintage buttons, SU circle punches

Monday, August 31, 2009

Flower Vases

Today's Splitcoast Facebook entry featured the most incredible collection of cards by Freshn'Sassy that was uploaded yesterday. I was awed at these vases of flowers that she did on a variety of cards - all basically the same, just a variety of sentiments, colors and patterns. I couldn't wait to get more details.

Thankfully she credited a tutorial by Michelle Zindorf at Freedom and Creating blog. As quickly as I read it, I was reaching for my oval punch, flowers and sponges to make one of these incredible creations myself.
This card is the result.

It's super easy and quick and is essentially punched out ovals that are cut off, sponged for the shadows and perspective, the edge they "sit on" masked and sponged with gray as vase shadows, and then flowers (I just used flowers from Prima and other sources) added. Took me longer to decide how to mat the main panel and what colors to use!

The tutorial is great and the samples from Michelle and Freshn'Sassy are not to be missed - please follow the links to their creations and leave them a comment or two!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamps - A Muse (Happy Retirement)
Paper - More Mustard, Sage Shadow, Dusty Durango, Whisper White
Ink - More Mustard, Sage Shadow, Dusty Durango, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Flowers by Prima, MS edge punch, decorative brads, Marvey oval punch

Sweet Violets

Sometimes you just make a card that is one of your favorites of all time! Maybe it's the image and how you colored it, the layout you used, the colors or the technique. Well this is one of those cards for me.

I had been admiring the Sweet Violets set from Flourishes for some time now but hadn't ordered it - don't know why? Because I was to get it as a wonderful birthday gift from my dear friend and fellow stampaholic Heide! The best birthday present ever! Now every time I use this set I will think of her which makes it pretty special! Thanks Heide!

I made this card for an incredible woman at work that is retiring at the end of September. And with the pearls I used as embellishment, it qualifies for this week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge-FTTC30! Each Tuesday a new challenge goes up on the Flourishes Newsletter Blog.

For the card, I stamped the image and colored it with my Copic markers (Flourishes stamps are perfect for the Copics). Instead of just cutting out the whole image with one of my Nestabilities dies, I thought it would be more interesting, and make the beautiful image stand out more, if some of the image was outside the die cut. So I traced from the Labels 1 die, keeping the leaves hanging over and cut it out by hand. I love how that looks! I then multi-layered the image using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fleur de Lis with Sage Shadow cardstock and Nesties Label 1 for the Almost Amethyst and Banana cardstock layers. I like the look of the Banana layer which seems to bring focus to the image.

For the background, I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder on VELLUM! With this being a 5 1/2" square card, the embossing folder didn't fit the whole piece. So I carefully repositioned the vellum in the folder for a second time through the Cuttlebug. Even then, there was a small patch that wasn't embossed, so I lined that area up in the folder and with a little hand pressure, made the final embossing on the vellum. It doesn't really take much pressure to emboss on vellum - give it a try! I just used regular adhesive to attach the vellum but did so behind the multi-layered focal image so it wouldn't be seen and the ribbon I used also keeps it in place.

So that's the story of my new favorite card. Hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamps - Flourishes "Sweet Violets", SU Oval All
Cardstock - Almost Amethyst, Sage Shadow, Barely Banana, Vellum
Ink - Palette Noir Black
Accessories - SU organdy ribbon, adhesive half pearls, Nestabilities Labels 1 dies, Shapeabilities Fleur de Lis die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, oval punch

Just For You Darlene!

I created this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge at Splitcoast yesterday. The featured stamper was Darlene (akronstamperdpk) and what an amazing gallery of work she has. There was just one problem for me - there were too many beautiful cards to choose from, they all inspired me! I must have put 20 of her cards into my "Favorites" list!

After looking through her 1300 card gallery, I chose this card to CASE. I was so excited when I saw that card because I have the exact same stamps from Just For Fun and Endless Creations in my arsenal and they are some of my favorites to work with. Especially the "Just For Fun" postage stamp templates. Making a card with these templates is fast and fun and always makes an interesting card. I used different colors, background panel and sentiment to vary my version from hers.

So Darlene and I are kindred spirits in a way with common fondness for the same stamps. So this is for her with thanks for inspiring me and with congratulations on being chosen as the Featured Stamper of the week at SCS. Enjoy!

Stamps - Just For Fun, Endless Creations Inc (H16), PTI Polka Dot Basics
Paper - Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
Ink - Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue
Accessories - Fiskars stamp deco scissors, ribbon, curly-cue doo-dad for tying ribbon to!

Cool Cat

Happy Birthday Nic!

I had a fun time with this one. I downloaded a free digi stamp available at Hambo Stamps and printed this in the size I wanted from my own printer. I colored the Cool Cat with my Copics - only had a few tiny areas where the printer ink seemed to bleed but after that I was pretty careful. I got the DP from a friend Laura who does scrapbooking for a living (soooo talented). Pretty simple but a fun card for a 12 year old birthday! Card stock is Only Orange - his favorite color. The sentiments (outside and inside) were printed from my computer - guess I just don't have all the cool sayings in stamps - my 10-year old daughter coached me on this! Enjoy!

Stamps - None - Digital stamp from Hambo Stamps
Paper - Only Orange, Green Galore, Whisper White, DP unknown
Ink - None - Printed image and sentiments from my computer onto Whisper White cardstock
Accessories - Nestibilities deckled rectangles, eyelets, slot punch, sewing machine, ribbon, circle punches

Saturday, August 29, 2009

For Heide

I love this stamp set from Flourishes (Peaches and Cherries) and think it's the most beautiful cherries stamp of any out there. This set was a birthday gift from my dear friend Heide (see her magnificent Splitcoast gallery here). So this is for Heide with thanks and love.

I'm also posting this to the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge this week - FTTC30. The challenge is to use pearls in your card. Since I already had this done and it had pearls and it qualifies, what do I have to lose - right?

It was a lot of fun to color this image with my Copic markers - in fact most of the Flourishes are. I used several different markers for each color - Reds R35, R37, R59, R22, RV29 and the Greens BG93, BG96. G94, G98, YG95. The beauty of these stamps is that when you color them with any kind of shading they look almost three dimensional. Then if you outline the image with a pale grey or sand color like I did here, they really pop off the paper!

The rest of the card was pretty standard. I chose Mellow Moss and Chocolate Chip as the main background colors because of the contrast with the red - in my eye the image popped the best on these.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Stamps - Flourishes "Peaches and Cherries"; SU Swiss Dot Background
Paper - Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Palette Black Noir
Accessories - Half pearls, corner punch, Nestabilities Labels 2 dies

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blooming With Buttons

This card uses the layout from the Splitcoast sketch challenge 243 this week. I really had fun with this sketch and with using this darling Cosmo Cricket paper.

I also adore this stamp set "Button Bits" from Papertrey Ink. Buttons on cards are so perky and this particular stamp using the buttons as flowers is divine. I mean who doesn't love flowers - especially flowers made of buttons!

Papertrey offers so many different colors of their vintage buttons and they're such a good value. And they're so pretty in my craft room in the glass jars I store them in! It's eye candy in my room!

Pretty simple card really. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamps - Papertrey Ink "Button Bits"
Paper - Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet and Vintage Cream, Stampin' Up Blue Bayou, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday DP
Ink - SU Kiwi, PTI Vintage Cream
Accessories - PTI vintage Buttons, Ribbon, Nestabilities Labels 1 dies, Martha Stewart scallop edge punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Starbucks" Card

Had a little fun naming this card my "Starbucks" card. This is for the color challenge at Splitcoast - using Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Kraft and Vanilla cardstock.

I love this color combination!

To add dimension to the stars, I scored each point using my Scor-pal from tip to the "V" opposite of the point. Then I just folded on the lines. They were mounted using double thickness foam tape.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamps - Noble Deer, Aida Cloth b
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Real Red, Vanilla
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand (for background stamp and distressing main image)
Accessories - SU Top Note die, ribbon, star punch

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bedelia Butterfly

Just a quick post tonight with a card I made last week. This features Bedelia Butterfly from High Hopes Stamps.

I personally love High Hopes images - they're whimsical and fun to color with Copic markers.

In fact, I love them so much that my friend Heide and I are in mourning that they will no longer be selling to average, everyday stampers like us (instead going wholesale only). We do however have "high hopes" that a store in SE Michigan will carry their stamps. Of course with our last order, we could open a a store of our own - if you know what I mean!!!!

This card was quick and easy. I colored Bedelia with my Copics and cut her out. I used SU Tea Party DP and bent over the corner to show a bit more yellow to coordinate with how I colored Bedelia's dress. The rest of the embellishments are Prima flowers and a bit 'o ribbon. Oh, and I stitched around the card with my new Janome Sew Mini machine that I had ordered from Hancock Fabrics online.

Hope you like it. Let me know your thoughts!

Stamps - High Hopes "Bedelia Butterfly"
Paper - SU Almost amethyst, Saffron, SU Tea Party DP
Ink - Saffron, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for image
Accessories - Prima flowers, brads, ribbon, rhinestone brad

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Directions

Greetings! I've been surfing the net and stamping all weekend long and this retirement card is a result of the inspiration I received today. It's a double pocket card and I ran across this tutorial on an incredible blog Dream, Create and Share by Tammy Beaver. What I like about her version of the double pocket card is that it has a full card front. Another version of the double pocket is here at Splitcoast by Claudia Rosa at Pretty Pressings.

While the tutorials appear long they are not complicated and I got the basic card constructed in less than a half hour.

I've had this DP by American Crafts in my stash for several months. This stood out for me as I flipped through all my double sided cardstock. There are so many retirements at work coming in the next several weeks that I'm trying to get cards made ahead of time. That's what this card is for and I thought the words on the front worked well tying the paper to retirement. I actually printed the words from my computer onto white cardstock and then used my Nestabilities Sunburst dies to cut it and the black layer out. For the red arrowhead I used my star punch and then cut off the extra points. The clear plastic curved arrow that is mounted on top is from Apple Pie Memories - I've had them forever! I punched a hole in it for the ribbon using my Crop-a-dile (that is the handiest darn thing!). The matching arrow ribbon was from a local specialty scrapbook store and coordinates perfectly. I tried to make the ribbons appear to be the stalk of the arrow.

The fun part of this is on the inside. I love how this double-sided cardstock turns out for this technique. This card design is perfect for when you want to include several messages because you have the pull-out cards for the two pockets plus the inside cover to boot! I lined the back pocket with black cardstock and also used it as the base of the inside left panel. The two insert tags were done using the DP, some large eyelets and the same ribbon (I sewed the ribbon close to the tag vs. knotting it to prevent so much bulk on the inside). On the right front pocket panel I used a corner and stamped "Happy Retirement" using my new A Muse stamp (it's hidden behind the "best is yet to be" tag).

That's it. Not difficult at all and the most time consuming was the embellishing and my own indecision on what to use or not use! Let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps - A Muse Happy Retirement; SU Define Your Life, Best Yet; Gina K Designs Kindred Greetings
Paper - American Crafts "Travel", SU Black, White, Real Red
Ink - Palette Noir Black
Accessories - Arrow embellishments by Apple Pie Memories, large eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, ribbon, Nestabilities Sunburst dies

Julie's Open Window

You might want to hop on over to Julie's Open Window and enter your name for a big blog candy giveaway. Julie has such a wonderful blog - you'll pick up a bit of inspiration while you're there. And you never know - you might just win the wonderful package she put together in celebration of surpassing 100 followers. Congrats Julie!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Sunflowers

I made this card using the layout from Splitcoast sketch challenge 242. It didn't take me but a second to determine what image I'd use - I'd just received my new Papertrey Ink order in the mail and couldn't wait to get ink on this sunflower stamp!

I stamped in Palette Noir Black and colored the image with my Copic markers. A little sponging to try to anchor the image and then I mounted it on a scalloped rectangle I cut with my Nesties dies from Papertrey's Enchanted Evening blue cardstock.

The background panel is Bordering Blue and stamped with the Aida Cloth background stamp from SU using Enchanted Evening ink (from Papertrey). Other cardstock used is Caramel and Buckaroo Blue - both SU.

I couldn't resist using buttons on this one - I love how buttons are back in style as a design element now. These buttons are from Papertrey - Enchanted Evening Vintage buttons.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Stamps - Autumn Abundance from Papertrey Ink; Aida Cloth background from Stampin' Up!
Paper - Stampin' Up Bordering Blue, Buckaroo Blue, Carmel; Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening
Ink - PTI Enchanted Evening; Palette Noir Black; SU Caramel
Accessories - PTI ribbon, buttons; hemp cord; Nestabilities scallop rectangle dies; SU scallop edge punch; Cuttlebug embossing folder

Blog Award!

Thanks to Brandy at Brandy's Stamp and Share blog http://www.starstampers.blogspot.com/ for this award!

I hadn't been in my email in several weeks and when I arrived there this morning this "One Lovely Blog Award" was there from Brandy. Wow! This totally makes my day, week, month......! Thanks so much Brandy for passing this along to me!

And to think I've only had my blog up and running for about a month - actually only two weeks when Brandy picked me for the award!

Now, I get the honor of passing the appreciation to fellow bloggers which is such great fun.

The guidelines (fun rules) of this are to accept the award (yes, I do!) and post it on your blog with the person's name that granted the award and a link to their blog (see beginning of post for Brandy's blog link).

Then select 15 other blogs for this award that you've newly discovered and want to share the award with. Contact them through email letting them know they've been chosen for the "One Lovely Blog" award with a link to your blog so they can get the award image and details to post on their own blog.

So I am passing along the "One Lovely Blog" award to the following 15 bloggers who I've newly discovered and whose work is an inspiration to me and that I think are simply awesome - enjoy ladies and thanks for sharing your creativity!

Yvonne - Yvonne's

Chris - Purple Peonies

Laura - Daydreams and Dandelions

Julie - Julie's Open Window

Leigh - Sunflower Studio

Plaid Pony - My Inky Fingers

Claudia - Pretty Pressings

Frances - Stamp Owl's Studio

Kim - Paper in the Works

Geny - Madison Avenue

Rowena - Crafty Pagan Designs

Julie - The Write Stuff

Betty - Stamping to the Wright

Patricia - Stamping with Kokirose

Cathleen - Crooked Card Creations

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cocoa Butterfly

After several weeks of a horrendous work schedule and then a total creativity block, I'm back at it in my stamping room - or my "happy place" as I sometimes refer to it.

I made this card for the color challenge on Splitcoast - had to use Close to Cocoa, Taken With Teal and Vanilla. I really like this color combo and have used it before on more masculine type cards.

With the color challenges I usually pull the color cardstock and look at them as I peruse my stamps. Usually a particular stamp/stamp set will scream out to me as the one and this time is no different. I thought this butterfly from Stamp Camp would be perfect - stamped in cocoa and colored with shades of teal. This time, though, I wanted the color to be softer. So instead of reaching for my copics (which I'm addicted to), I grabbed my Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.

I used three different colors of teal to color the image after stamping it in Cocoa. I blended the colors in and through the image using the gamsol and a blending stick. Then I picked up some purple, yellow, green and dark royal blue to blend in for a subtle variegated look and for shadows/highlights on the butterfly. When that was complete, I restamped the butterfly image again using my stamp-a-ma-jig with Versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

I had the DP already which was perfect match with the butterfly. It's hard to see in the photo, but it also has teal as a main color with all the other colors I used in the butterfly. I mounted the image on cocoa cardstock cut with the Nestabilities Labels 4 die (which is layered on top of teal cut with the same die - just offset enough for the teal to show). A few corner punch details and some dew drops on the corners and that's it.

So I'm feeling good - think I've got my creative mojo back! More to come in the next few days.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Stamps - Stamp Camp
Paper - Close to Cocoa, Vanilla, Taken with Teal, Basic Grey DP "June Bug"
Ink - Close to Cocoa, Versamark, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol for blending (image)
Accessories - Dew Drops, Fiskars "Heritage" corner punches, Nestabilities Labels 4 dies

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fleur de Lis

I made this card for the color challenge on Splitcoast, however...

I was in such a hurry to get the card put together using the rose that I had previously watercolored (and hadn't done anything with it - except pick out the colors I knew I wanted to use). I was excited because the color challenge today was the exact colors (I thought) that I had set aside for the image.


The challenge specified Celery, Apricot and Pixie Pink, not Pretty in Pink that I used! Ugh. Posted it anyway since I had begun by stamping the rose on watercolor paper in Pixie Pink (so by a slim margin I think it still qualified for the color challenge!) At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Besides, it gives me an excuse to do another card for the challenge using more of the Pixie Pink!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamps - SU Fifth Avenue Floral, Swiss Dot Background, Baroque Motifs
Paper - Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Watercolor paper, Whisper White
Ink - PIXIE PINK, Pretty in Pink, Celery, White Craft, Summer Sun
Accessories - Spellbinders Fleur de Lis and Scallop Square dies, Fiskers Heritage corner punch, EK Success Fleur de Lis edge punch, SU white grosgrain ribbon, Half pearls

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Salad Dressing

I love these stamps from Lockhart Stamps Co.! Dresses fashioned out of vegetables - imagine that!

When I saw the sketch challenge at Splitcoast, I knew these stamps would be perfect for the card design.

I colored the veggie dresses with my Copic markers which are perfect to get the shadowing and color variation on the veggies. I embellished with buttons - perfect fit with the apparel theme!!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamps - Lockhart Stamp Co (Veggie Dresses), Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics
Paper - Papertrey Ink Spring Moss and Hybiscus Burst; SU Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic markers for images
Accessories - Papertrey Ink buttons, twine

Chocolate Mousse Butterflies

This card was inspired by the designer papers - so pretty I had to have it and make a card but without detracting from the design. Truly the camera does no justice to this paper which is shimmery and glittery all over.

I cut out a section of the butterfly and flower DP from SEI called Chocolat Cherie. The left border I kept straight and right side I cut along the edge of the printed images. I mounted this on Pink Pirouette paper using dimensionals.

The image panel was then mounted on the striped DP from SEI called Chocolat Mousse that I oriented horizontally to contrast with the vertical image panel.

Really the only stamping on this card is the fabulous friend from the SU "Oval All" set!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
Stamps - SU Oval All
Paper - SEI Chocolat Cherie and Mousse, SU Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink - Close to Cocoa
Accessories - Adhesive pearls, SU scallop oval and corner rounder punch and ribbon

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hey There Chickadee

The new Papertrey stamps are here - hooray!

Just got my order for this month's Papertrey Ink new release and just couldn't contain myself. Had to get ink on the set used here "Everyday Button Bits". The images are the cutest ever and so easy peasy to whip up a quick card.

I decided to go with the Splitcoast Clean and Simple color challenge using Turquoise, Yellow and Orange. Because it wasn't more specific on what ink to use, I decided on Tangerine, Summer Sun and Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist.

This stamp set has several images designed to use with buttons of all shapes, plus many coordinating messages. I stamped the chickadee images in tangerine and with my marker and Dove Blender pen embellished the tail feathers of these little chicks a bit more.

For the bird's eyes, I simply used a black brad. The polka dots were stamped using PTI's Polka Dot Basics II - another new set from this month's release. I love polka dots and they're perfect with these little chicks! I did a bit of paper piercing and dots with my white gel pen to finish it off.

Thanks for visiting my blog today! Won't you consider following me by clicking the link to the right? Have a great day.

Stamps - Papertrey Ink Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II
Cardstock - Papertrey Ink White and Aqua Mist, SU Tangerine
Ink - SU Tangerine, Summer Sun; Papertrey Aqua Mist, Palette Noir Black
Accessories - Papertrey Aqua Mist vintage buttons, black brads, scallop edge punch, paper piercer

Sunday, July 19, 2009

MOJO95 Sketch Challenge

I did this card for the Mojo Monday blog sketch challenge. This is a fabulous blog focused on the most beautiful card sketches I've seen. And the entries week to week will humble you - absolutely fantastic cards, just gorgeous. There's a lot of talent out there and they do these challenges every week!
This is my first time participating in the Mojo Monday challenge.

For this card I used Papertrey Ink's Bird Watching stamp set. I do love this set - have used it many times.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps - Papertrey Ink Bird Watching
Paper - My Mind's Eye (Mama's Curtain, Fresh Linens, Playground Stripes)
Ink - Vintage Cream, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Nesties Deckled Edge Rectangles dies

Butterflies & Branches

Made this card for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast today. The featured stamper this week is Minnidr. I chose this card in her gallery to CASE.

I was so taken with her card! For the challenge I changed the birds to butterflies, the colors used and some other slight modifications.

To get the cloud effect on the background, I punched out a SU scallop circle and sponged around it with Brocade Blue ink, moving it around the card to get the right effect. I had a perfect stamp for the branches - Hero Arts "Long Branch" - just stamped it on Chocolate Chip cardstock twice and cut them out. I used my Martha Stewart punch for the leaves.

The butterflies were stamped in Tangerine and Durango for a little variation and interest. I used glue to adhere the butterflies - only the centers so the wings can be folded upward. Topped them off with rhinestones 'cause you just got to have glitter somewhere!

Easy peasy card from a great inspiration piece! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamps: SU Great Friend, Hero Arts Long Branch
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Durango, Mellow Moss, Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Durango, Tangerine, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue
Accessories: SU Scallop Oval punch, rhinestones

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Clean and Simple

Last night was our monthly stamp camp at Emma's (Lady & The Stamp) and I am always inspired by Emma's display of cards and how clean and simple and oh so beautiful they are. I usually pledge to myself to emulate her cards with a more simplistic style in my own.

So since I was still hyped up after camp, I went to my "happy place" (craft room!) to create some quick and simple cards, ala Emma style.

I started with the templates by "Just For Fun" stamps - these are the greatest stamps and precut masks ever! I stamped the two different styles (4-panel and 3-panel dotted outlines) in Bayou Blue and then brushed on color using my stipple brushes. I used Saffron and Pumpkin Pie for the 3-panel and Soft Sky and Breeze for the 4-panel (with just a hint of mustard that I added later to warm up the images)

To add some additional interest, I lightly stamped (by first stamping off) a small script stamp from Just For Fun in each panel. These steps take about 5 minutes in total time and lay a beautiful and interesting foundation for the focal images.

From here, I just quickly stamped the four images from Stampin Up Pocket Silhouettes (which I got just for this technique) in each of the panels. These images are simple and clean also which is perfect for what I was trying to achieve.

And to add that little something, I stamped itty bitty images from Papertrey's Bird Watching and Honey Bees in one of the panels using a complimentary/contrasting color.

It was just that simple and fast. Composing the images onto the final cards is quick using the Fiskars "Stamp" decorative scissors to cut the edges and just simply mounted onto card stock from there. Three cards in about 45 minutes total time! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamps: SU Pocket Silhouettes, Just For Fun - Postage Stamp outline and Script, Papertrey Ink - Honey Bees, Bird Watching
Cardstock: SU Blue Bayou, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, Mustard, Whisper White; Papertrey Ink White
Ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Mustard, Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Artichoke; Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream
Accessories: Fiskars "Stamp" decorative scissors, SU scallop oval punch, EK Success scallop edge punch, SU Mustard ribbon, half-pearl embellishments

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SCS Color Challenge

Here's my card for the SCS color challenge - use Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, Going Gray or black, and white. I chose to go with the Gray as it's a softer color that I thought worked better for this image and the layout I created.

I started with Banana for the base card and layered an embossed piece of banana cardstock mounted on the gray. The bottom layer was embossed with the Cuttlebug script folder. On top of that and vertically oriented, I stamped Papertrey's Polka Dot Basics on banana with gray ink and also mounted that on the gray cardstock.

The main image is one of the great stamps from Stacy Stamps. I stamped the image on to watercolor paper with black Stazon ink and watercolored the image with Lavender Lace ink using my aqua painter. For some of the darker shadowy areas of the image, I used my Lavender Lace marker for deeper color. The flower center is watercolored in banana and I added some banana glitter from Stamp LaJolla. I sponged banana ink all around the image for greater depth.

This is such a great stamp for watercoloring. And, the image always looks nearly 3D or multi-layered when you watercolor it.

For a more distressed look and to break up all the straight lines of the card, I tore the edge of the watercolor paper and the gray cardstock it is mounted to. I also sponged the edges with gray ink to slightly distress and soften the look. The Lavender cardstock the image is adhered to was embossed with the rugged lines embossing folder by Cuttlebug. The main image was popped up using foam tape.

At first I wasn't sure about the color combination but I really like it with this card and image. I would definitely choose this combo again. What do you think?

As always, thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamps - Stacy Stamps 1071C Zinnia, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics
Cardstock - SU Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, Going Gray, Watercolor paper
Ink - Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, Going Gray
Accessories - Ribbon (unknown), Cuttlebug embossing folders (script & ragged lines)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Another Poolside Inspiration

This card was inspired by yet another swim suit fabric that I saw while catching some rays at the pool last week. The swim suit had these colors in a similar grid-type pattern.

I stamped out my images from Papertrey Ink's Friends til the End stamp set (love this set - could use it everyday!) and colored it with my Copics.

Before cutting it up, I stamped polka dots all over using Papertrey's Polka Dot Basics set (another fav of mine).

I cut the 4"x5" image into 1 inch squares and then mounted them on black cardstock. Since my inchies got all mixed together in the process, it was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle! Think I got a couple of them turned cockeyed in the mess but you can't really tell.

The overall card is 6x6" and was scored at the 5" mark to leave the front flap just short of the back so the inside card polka dots could show at the bottom. This technique was really easy to do and I just love the color combination. Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for visiting my site today!

Stamps - Papertrey Ink Friends Til The End, Polka Dot Basics, SU Oval All
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers for the images
Cardstock - Papertrey Ink Spring Moss, SU Black and Whisper White
Accessories - SU Scallop Oval punch

Monday, July 13, 2009

Vacation Is Over!

Today I go back to work after being on vacation for two solid weeks.

This card says it all.

Stamps - Whipper Snapper (Caught a Bug), Papertrey Ink Alphabet, SU Harlequin background
Paper - Papertrey Spring Moss & Hibiscus Burst
Ink - Palette Noir, PTI Hibiscus Burst, Copics for image
Accessories - Paper piercing tool

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Posies for Ewe - High Hopes Challenge #39

Here's my card for the High Hopes blog Challenge #39. You have to incorporate daisies as part of the card in your choice of various ways. Here I have daisies in the DP and on the image itself.

This is my first time playing the High Hopes challenge so I'm excited that I already had this card made today, ready for posting here that seems to fit the challenge just fine! Who could resist this darling lamb?

The image is High Hopes "Posies for Ewe" (which I love) and has been colored using a variety of Copic markers.

This little lady was cut out using Nesties oval and scallop oval dies.

This won't be my last High Hopes challenge - I love their stamps!

Thanks for looking!


Stamps - High Hopes "Posies for Ewe" and "Ewe's So Sweet"
Paper - Paper Studio "Small Multi Flowers" and "Purple Gingham; SU Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion cardstock
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Lovely Lilac, Copic markers for the image
Accessories - Rhinestones, SU scalloped edge punch, scallop circle punch, corner punch, Nesties oval and scallop oval dies

Featured Stamper Challenge

This is my first time participating in the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast. Today's challenge featured stamper is Kelly at Schirmcat on SCS. I was inspired by her card here.

In the challenge you're supposed to change at least two things from one of her cards in doing your own. I changed the butterflies to birds and changed the colors. I also used drywall tape as the "fence" the birds are perched on.

It's hard to see here but the entire background has been stamped with Papertrey Ink's Text Style background stamps and the card was slightly distressed using SU Sage Shadow ink.

The birds were stamped with another Papertrey Ink stamp set Bird Watching and Bird Watching Additions on vanilla cardstock and cut out.

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Stamps - Papertrey Ink "Bird Watching", "Bird Watching Additions" and "Text Style"
Paper - SU Blue Bayou, Sage Shadow, Vanilla
Ink - SU Blue Bayou, Sage Shadow, Soft Suede
Accessories - Brads, Drywall tape

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While you're there take a look at the new Cuttlebug embossing folders - they're great!

Perfect Picnic!

Today is a beautiful, sunny day in SE Michigan. A perfect day for a picnic and that thought brought me to this card!

I found this DP at Hobby Lobby a couple months ago and knew it would be perfect with this image from High Hopes.

The card measures 6x6" when closed. For the short front flap I scored the cardstock at 5".

This stamp just cracks me up!

I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored it using a variety of Copic markers. The image was cut out using Nesties Deckled Edge rectangle dies.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamps - High Hopes (main image), Inkadinkado 95540 (ants on yellow gingham paper)
Paper - Papertrey Ink New Leaf and Hibiscus Burst; Stampin Up Gable Green; The Paper Studio Fruits & Flowers, Yellow Gingham
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics(Y11, Y15, Y17, YG00, YG41, YG11, YG63, YG67, E21, E31, E33, E37, E53, E08, R22, R32, R35, C3, C7)
Accessories - Nesties Deckle Edge Rectangle dies, Papertrey Hibiscus Burst grosgrain ribbon

Friday, July 10, 2009

Inspired Poolside

When you look at someone's creation, have you ever wondered "how did they ever think of that" or ponder what inspired them to use a particular color combination or how they dreamed up a card design or layout that seemed to fit the image to a tee?

Sometimes I find myself looking at magazines, pictures, fabrics and thinking of how certain colors might look if used in a card. Weird, but I see the colors as Stampin Up colors....celery, banana, or regal rose instead of light green, pale yellow or pink!

The fact is inspiration comes from everywhere and sometimes from the oddest places.

Take today's card. The colors and images used were inspired by my daughter's swimsuit that was purchased at Old Navy early in the season. I instantly loved the suit because I'm a fan of bright colors anyway. But the warm brown background with the bright coral straps just speaks to me. Then take the other bright colors that just seem to pop off the brown and I'm in visual heaven.

So it's probably not surprising that I've made this card using all the colors of the swimsuit fabric!

I started with a Cameo Coral base to mimic the swimsuit straps and edging. The background is Chocolate Chip but to get the look of the caramel background design on the dark cardstock I improvised and embossed the background with detail gold embossing powder using several images from three different stamp sets. In similar fashion, I heat embossed the gold on the several different colors of cardstock, then cut them out and simulated the variety of color combos my eye saw in the swimsuit to layout the card.
This wasn't a difficult card - just time consuming with all the embossing and hand cutting of the flowers. I do love these colors together on the card as much as I do in the fabric of the swimsuit.

Saw another swimsuit today at the club pool that inspired another card design that I'll be posting in the next day or two.

As always, thanking for visiting my blog! I hope I've inspired you today.

Stamps - SU One of a Kind, True Friend, Priceless
Cardstock - SU Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, YoYo Yellow, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Madame Butterfly

Today's post is a thank you card for Emma at Lady & the Stamp for the help she gave me in creating my blog. She is so fun to be with and so encouraging. It's that encouragement that prompted this blog. I happen to think Emma is so very talented and creative. Her creations inspire me.

So last night Emma and my dear friend Heide (see her incredible SCS gallery here) came over and we had a literal blogfest! Emma introduced Heide and I to the Michigan Mingle gals on their Splitcoast Stampers thread. You can tell they're a lively group of ladies that I can't wait to know better!
So over Sanders Bumpy Cake (to die for!) and with two netbooks we created this blog and met the minglers at the same time. Was a fun evening even though we didn't stamp! Thanks ladies for the giggles and so many thanks Emma for your help, encouragement and friendship. I'm truly blessed with two great stamping friends.

The papers I used for this thank you card are so elegant and very fitting for Emma. I've used Pattern Paper's Ambrosia line - "Winsome" and "Chutney" on the outside of the card and "Fresh-Squeezed" on the inside. The card is 5 1/2 x 11" and scored at 3 3/4 and 1 3/4". I think they call this a gate fold card. More details in the recipe below.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamps - SU Great Friend, Elegant Thank You
Paper - SU Basic Gray, White Naturals, Dusty Durango and Bazzill Basics Mango cardstock
Ink - SU Basic Gray, Dusty Durango
Accessories - Rhinestones, Nesties Label 4 dies