Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Piece of Pretties Wednesday

Two weeks ago Joni (the super illustrator for Paper Pretties) challenged the design team to make a card with paper piecing. This was perfect for me since I had more of the great new Basic Grey paper to play with. I picked out a couple of sheets with cool blue and green tones and took the color scheme from there: Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss and a bit of Chocolate Chip accents. Hmmm... this may just become a favorite combo for me!

This card will be winging its way to Jules soon. I'm a bit behind in my mailings... again.

Quick notes: Main image was colored with markers, except for the dress which was paper pieced from Basic Grey designer paper. A blender pen was used to add a bit of Bordering Blue shadow around her feet. The necklace was highlighted with a white gel pen and the flower with a clear Spica pen. The rest is pretty straightforward but as usual if you have any questions just send me an email or leave a comment and I'll try to answer it! :)

Stamps: Flutter By (Paper Pretties), Pretty Petals background. Paper: Mellow Moss, Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, 6" x 6" Archaic pad (Basic Grey). Ink: Pallete Hybrid Noir, Mellow Moss Classic, Bashful Blue marker, Mellow Moss marker, Bordering Blue marker, Brocade Blue marker, Close to Cocoa marker, Chocolate Chip marker, Pretty in Pink marker, Blush Blossom marker, Copic Spica clear glitter pen, white gel pen. Other: brown brads (Doodlebug ?), ticket corner punch, chocolate satin ribbon (May Arts), small corner rounder, dimensionals.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

BIC 11: Just a bit of color

Okay, maybe a whole lot of color! While looking at the Beate's latest Be Inspired Challenge sample I was captivated by all of the different colored little blobs and decided that I had to incorporate that into my card somehow. I was originally going to use a bunch of circles on the background but remembered this little plastic baggie of 1" scraps I had just thrown into the garbage can while cleaning earlier. Yup, I dived into the garbage and rescued the scraps... good thing Garbage Day isn't until Wednesday morning. Although, this is the garbage can in my craft room so no gross food scraps or the such to go through. Otherwise I probably would have stuck with punching a bunch of circles out of cardstock! :)

Here is the Be Inspired Challenge sample if you would like to take a gander at it. Don't forget to check out the other great creations by the rest of the inspiration team: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine.

Notes: finished card size is 5" x 5". To create the background a bunch of 1" squares of cardstock were adhered to Basic Black cardstock in a 4 x 4 grid pattern. Stitching was then added around the outside and inside edges of the main square with a sewing machine and white thread. Ribbon and brads were added before adhering to the Almost Amethyst card base. To finish the butterfly from Just Celebrate was stamped on Whisper White and colored with markers before matting on more black and adhering to the card with dimensionals. A touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to the wings of the butterfly.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Just Celebrate. Ink: Black StazOn, Bashful Blue marker, Almost Amethyst marker, Certainly Celery marker. Paper: Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Whisper White and various 1" squares of SU! cardstock (too many colors to list!). Other: white thread, sewing machine, black polka dot ribbon (May Arts), black brads, dimensionals, Sakura Quickie glue pen, Dazzling Daimonds glitter.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A SFYTT Card and a Chance to Win Free Stamps

You know I love a good sketch challenge and it has been killing me that I haven't been able to participate in all the great challenges this last month as much as I would like. But now that I have a bit more do-as-I-please stamping time I'm back and with a card using the SFYTT layout posted by Jen del Muro to her blog i{heart}2stamp.com. View the sketch here and take a gander at the samples that she posted with it. Notice all of that awesome zigzag stitching? Isn't it great? Apparently it is all the rage and here I just wanted to play with my much neglected sewing machine. Although I did give it a break so no stitching on this card... well besides the faux kind! :)

Quick notes: main image was stamped in Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and trimmer before sponging the edges with Pretty in Pink Classic ink. The second layer is a piece of Regal Rose cardstock that was randomly stamped with a couple images in Regal Rose Classic ink. The edges were paper pierced and sponged with more Regal Rose. The third layer is several pieces of Sugared Designer paper from Basic Grey adhered to an Old Olive mat. The edges were then paper pierced and a piece of ribbon added. A sentiment was stamped in Black StazOn and finally three 1/4" circles of Old Olive cardstock were adhered to the upper right on top of which white half pearls from the Pretties Kit were adhered with Crystal Effects. Can't really see the little Old Olive circles but they are there! To finish the card was assembled on a Regal Rose card base.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Always, A Little Birthday Cheer. Paper: Regal Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White, Sugared 6" x 6" pad (Basic Grey). Ink: Black StazOn, Regal Rose Classic, Pretty in Pink Classic. Other: white half pearls from Pretties Kit, 1/4" circle punch, sponge, dimensionals, green sheer ribbon (American Crafts), mat pack, paper piercer, Crystal Effects.

Wanna win some fun stamps? How about six months worth of Sophia stamps (that incredibly cute little girl series). If you do, you need to check out this post by Christie from Paper Pretties.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A happy day!

Whew! I finally finished my SU! display samples. Oh happy day! They have been photographed and are packaged and ready to be mailed on Monday. Although I may have been a bit excessive with the packaging but you never know when the mailman is going to trip and drop your package in a big puddle of muddy water.

Now that my big SU! project is over I can return to my normal stamping schedule and actually share my projects with you on my blog. That has been the most difficult part of this project, not sharing what I have made! Well, that and actually letting go of some of the samples... he he he. :)

To celebrate I decided to play with some virgin rubbah... yup, I've had this Older and Wiser set for a while and have been neglecting it. So here it is... one happy turtle.

Quick notes: Main image was stamped in Black StazOn and watercolored with markers and an Aqua Painter (no Copics yet, although they have been shipped and are on their way!). The Marigold Morning background was wheeled with Classic Stars in VersaMark ink. It was then embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and set with a heat tool. A piece of scalloped Always Artichoke paper and Wild Wasibi ribbon were adhered to the starry paper and then zigzag stitching was added to the edge with a sewing machine. Yeah, still working on my zigzag stitching... I'll get the hang of turning corners one of these days :). A sentiment and the main image were adhered with dimensionals and the whole piece was mounted on an Always Artichoke card base.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Older and Wiser, Classic Stars Jumbo wheel. Paper: Always Artichoke, Marigold Morning ('06 -'07 In Color), Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Naturals White. Ink: Black StazOn, VersaMark, Creamy Caramel marker, Certainly Celery marker, Always Artichoke marker, Apricot Appeal marker, Pumpkin Pie, marker. Other: Aqua Painter, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Wild Wasabi striped ribbon, white thread, sewing machine, heat tool, dimensionals, small circle punch.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pretties Thursday

Guess what came in the mail today? My new Basic Grey paper... it is so yummy that I just had to sit down and make a card using some of the delicious paper. And since today is Pretties Thursday (my normal day for posting a PP project) I had to use my favorite Look Who's Perky set. Yay, it is the same one I used for yesterday's post but I couldn't resist. :)

This is also my sample card for the latest Pretties Weekly Challenge that I have posted in the Paper Pretties forum. The challenge is to Glitz It Up! Glam up your creation with a bit of sparkle by using glitter, rhinestones, Stickles or any other accent that has some pizazz. :)

I of course couldn't use just one glittery thing I had to use three different ones on my card!

1.) Pink crystal brads by Making Memories (SU! also sells these brads)
2.) Glimmer Mist in Merlot on the scalloped circle. The pictures do not do this justice as it is much more shimmery in person.
3.) Dazzling Diamonds were added to the sugar bowl.

Other Notes: The scalloped circle was cut from Pink Passion cardstock using the CuttleBug and QuicKutz Nesting Flowers (I so need to get the Nestabilities). It was then sprayed with the Merlot Glimmer Mist and dried with the heat tool. The card base is an 8 1/2" x 5" piece of Old Olive cardstock folded in half. After adding the additional layers the card measures about 5" x 5". I think the rest is self-explanatory but if not let me know!

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Look Who's Perky. Paper: Sugared Designer (Basic Grey), Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion, Whisper White. Ink: Black StazOn, Old Olive Classic, Pretty in Pink marker, Old Olive marker. Other: Merlot Glimmer Mist, pink clear brads (Making Memories), large oval punch, Nesting Flowers (QuicKutz), Brown Satin Ribbon (retired SU!), Pink striped ribbon (May Arts)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pretties Wednesday

A couple weeks ago Jana issue a challenge for all the Prettie Girls to make a card using dots. I think this card meets that criteria! :)

Now it is my turn to issue a challenge and I pick... this one is really difficult for me but I'm gonna do it anyways... a MASCULINE card. Yeah something you wouldn't be embarrassed to send your brother, father or that guy you work with. Oh and everyone can play along and if you do leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. Can't wait to see all of the manly cards. :) I'll be posting my creation in two weeks once the recipient has received it.

Notes: main color combination is Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Ivory and the card base is a 5" x 10" piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock folded in half. For the Pretty in Pink background the dots stamp from Sassy Circles was stamped multiple times in VersaMark being careful to line up the dots. Then Iridescent Ice embossing powder was applied (sticking to the sticky dots) and heat set. This layer was then sewn onto a Regal Rose mat with white thread and a sewing machine (use the zig zag stitch). A piece of Very Vanilla and Regal Rose were also sewn together to be the background for the coffee cups. Each coffee cup was stamped on Very Vanilla, colored with markers, cut out and adhered to a 3/4" circle of Regal Rose with dimensionals. The circles were then adhered to the sewn little mat and finally the Pretty in Pink background piece (both times with dimensionals). To finish the card ribbon and a sentiment were added.

Stamps: Look Who's Perky (Paper Pretties), Sassy Circles (Paper Pretties), Many Happy Returns. Paper: Naturals Ivory, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, VersaMark. Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite ink, Regal Rose marker, Pretty in Pink marker, Copic AtYou Clear Spica pen. Other: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon, 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, dimensionals, white thread, sewing machine, heat tool.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

BIC10: I may not be able to paint

But I can create a pretty watercolor scene using stamps and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. This bright and cherry card is for Beate's Be Inspired Challenge #10.






The inspiration piece is a Lanie Loreth print from which I picked the colors Summer Sun, Always Artichoke and Brocade Blue. The print has very soft blurred lines that I wanted to duplicate. I think I succeeded for the most part. :)

Don't forget to check out the other great samples by the rest of the Inspiration Team: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine.



Notes: For the main image I misted the flower stamp from Infinite Goodness with water and then colored directly on it with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Once finished coloring the stamp I misted again with water and stamped on watercolor paper. There was still quite a bit of color on the stamp so I misted again and stamped a second time and again a third time. I repeated this process with the leaf stamp. I then watercolored the sky Brocade Blue and the ground Always Artichoke with an Aqua Painter and crayons. Finally I added just a touch more color to the flowers and leaves with the Aqua Painter.

The sentiment was stamped in Black StazOn directly on the paper once it dried and a touch of Diamond Stickles was added to the flower centers for a bit of bling. The image was then layered on Always Artichoke and American Crafts ribbon was knotted around both layers. For the background a piece of So Saffron designer paper was adhered to Summer Sun cardstock and sewed in place with a sewing machine and white thread. Told you in my last post to expect both sewing and watercoloring. :) A few brads were added and the card assembled.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Infinite Goodness hostess set. Paper: Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, watercolor, So Saffron Prints designer. Ink: black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, Lt. Yellow organdy ribbon (American Crafts), vintage brads, dimensionals, Diamond Stickles, white thread, sewing machine.

Monday, April 21, 2008

A little zig and a bit of zag

I decided to dust off my sewing machine and use it on a few cards. Normally I just make some cat pillows with it but thought it was about time I tried my hand at sewing on a card. I need a bit of practice... I'm okay sewing in a straight line but I haven't quite got the knack of turning corners. :)

Notes: Layout is Beate's WSC44... just flipped a bit so that the birdie was looking towards the sentiment instead of away from it. Main image was stamped in Black StazOn on watercolor paper and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter. Squares of designer paper were cut and adhered to a Chocolate Chip mat and then zigzag stitched with a sewing machine and white thread. The sentiment was stamped in Black StazOn on River Rock and cut out. A few brads were added and the card assembled.

BTW... don't be surprised if you see sewing on my next few posts. Since the machine is spread out all over dining room table I might as well make the most of my mess and use it a few more times. Oh and I've been playing with the Watercolor Wonder Crayons, but soon I'll have fun new coloring toys to use. Yay... I jumped on the Copic bandwagon and bought a batch of them. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Time for You. Paper: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, watercolor, Cutie Pie designer, Always Artichoke prints designer. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, vintage brads, white thread, sewing machine, dimensionals, Aqua Painter.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Because I like Blue

I wanted to post this card last night but Blogger was not cooperating with me... so here it is today instead! :)

I went all out with this baby. There's paper piercing and sponging (my favorites), ribbon (can't resist), background stamping (two different images), Crystal Effects (gotta love the shine!) and even Hodgepodge Hardware which I hoard (hidden in the back of a drawer even). I don't often gush over my own cards but this one really speaks to me... I just {heart} it so very much. What do you think?

Notes: main color combination is Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Naturals Ivory. The hearts were stamped in Black StazOn on Naturals Ivory cardstock and watercolored with Classic ink and an Aqua Painter. They were then coated with Crystal Effects and set aside to dry. The Blue Bayou mat was stamped with Pretty Petals background in the same color and the Soft Sky mat was wheeled with the So Swirly jumbo wheel. All layers except the Chocolate Chip were sponged on their edges with Blue Bayou Classic ink. I finished off with a bit of hardware, ribbon and paper piercing.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Just Celebrate, Pretty Petals Background, So Swirly jumbo wheel. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Naturals Ivory. Ink: Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip Classic, Blue Bayou Classic, Soft Sky Classic. Other: Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon, Crystal Effects, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge, dimensionals, 1/4" circle punch, large oval punch.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

PWC1: Bending it like Beckham

I'm pretty sure my card wouldn't be able to win a a soccer game but it can bend... in two places. It has twice as much bend as a regular card, so much bend in fact that it is a tri-fold card. It's still not going to win that soccer game but I think it wins the cute card trophy! :)

Maybe you could win a little somethin' somethin' too. How you ask? Well, Paper Pretties is doing a little thing called a Pretties Weekly Challenge over in their forum. Each week on Thursday a challenge will be issued and everyone has a week to make a card and submit it. At the end of the week a winner is chosen and Christie will mail that person a small gift from the Paper Pretties store. Too cool! Oh and guess what... I'm the challenge issuer. Oh yeah, I get to pick the challenges... mwah ha ha ha! I am going to have so much fun with this (I really need an evil smiley to insert here).

Quick notes for my tri-fold card: Card base is a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Bravo Burgundy cardstock scored at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2" along the long edge. Card is kept shut with a velcro dot that is affixed to the card behind the main panel. Main image was stamped in Black StazOn on Very Vanilla cardstock and watercolored with Stampin' Up! markers and an AquaPainter.

Stamps: Wade E. Bug (Paper Pretties), Circle of Friendship. Paper:
Bravo Burgundy, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Circle Hearts Designer (Carolees Creations). Ink: Black StazOn, Bravo Burgundy marker, Chocolate Chip marker, Close to Cocoa marker, Mellow Moss marker, Always Artichoke marker, Creamy Caramel marker. Other: AquaPainter, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, crop-a-dile, jumbo eyelet, dimensionals, mat pack, paper piercer, velcro dot.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

BIC9: A bit on the red side

Hmmm... I had a little technical difficulty while creating my card for the latest Be Inspired Challenge from Beate and it turned out much redder than I originally intended. But hey, it happens, so I went with the flow and added even more red in the form of ribbon and bright berries. :)

Notes: Ranger Alcohol ink was applied to a piece of glossy cardstock and blended (Polished Stone technique). The leaf stamp from Infinite Goodness was stamped multiple times in Vintage Photo Distress ink on the background and then heat set.

If I were to do this again I'd just use Chocolate Chip or Close to Cocoa classic ink which dry quickly on Glossy cardstock. Berry image was stamped in Timber Brown StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and colored with markers with a bit of Crystal Effects added to the berries. Sentiment was stamped in same ink on Mellow Moss and then punched out with the large oval punch (a little paper piercing was then added). Main image, sentiment, background and cardbase were sponged with more Vintage photo. Some brads, ribbon and Chocolate Chip mats were added and the card assembled.

If you have a moment check out the creations by the rest of the Be Inspired Team. You can find links to their blogs in the sidebar on the right. I can't wait to see the wonderful creations that you create with this inspiration piece!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Infinite Goodness hostess, Fundamental Phrases. Paper: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Glossy. Ink: Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger), Pesto, Caramel, Cranberry and Copper Alcohol Inks (Ranger), Timber Brown StazOn, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Real Red and Ruby Red markers. Other: Crystal Effects, striped ribbon (American Crafts), vintage brads, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge, Stampin' dimensionals, large oval punch, alcohol ink blender solution.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm Back!

I've been out of town the last couple of weekends for family reasons and am sooooo behind (including all of the wonderful tagging that has been going on). However I did have a few minutes to make a bright and cheery card using the SCS Sketch Challenge #171. The sketch was giving me a bit of a fit so I modified it and added the Creamy Caramel layer. :)

Quick notes: Main color combo is Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun and Very Vanilla. Main image was stamped in Black StazOn on Very Vanilla, colored with markers and cut out with the Coluzzle cutting system and oval template. A slightly larger oval was cut from Summer Sun and used for the next layer with paper piercing added around the edge. A piece of Creamy Caramel cardstock was stamped with the Sprinkles set in the same color. The main image was added to this layer and flowers added with crystal brads before adhering the whole she-bang to a Pumpkin Pie card base. Final step was to add a sentiment from the Sweet Serendipity set.

Night night everyone - I need to run and do another load of laundry!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Time for You, Sweet Serendipity, Sprinkles. Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla. Ink: Creamy Caramel Classic, Black StazOn, Creamy Caramel marker, Summer Sun marker, Barely Banana marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Only Orange marker. Other: Felt Fusion flowers, Crystal Clear brads, mat pack, paper piercer, Coluzzle Cutting system and oval template, Stampin' dimensionals.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Prettie Wednesday

A couple weeks ago Charmaine issued a challenge to the rest of the Prettie Girls to watercolor an image... nothing fancy just ink and a watercolor brush or Aqua Painter. This card will be making its way to Jillian as soon as I mail it... I'm a bit behind. :)

Quick notes: main image was stamped in VersaFine Onyx black on watercolor paper and heat set. The feet were masked and an oval from Sassy Circles was stamped in Going Gray Classic ink. The image was then colored with various Classic ink pads and an Aqua Painter. Ain't she just the cutest?! Any other questions on the card just let me know!

A close up of Sophia just because she is so cute!

Stamps: Flutter By and Sassy Circles (Paper Pretties), Many Happy Returns (sentiment from SU!). Paper: Basic Gray, Blue Bayou, watercolor, Soft Sky designer. Ink: Blue Bayou Classic, Going Gray Classic, Summer Sun Classic, Wild Wasabi Classic, Chocolate Chip Classic, Blush Blossom Classic, White gel pen, Black VersaFine. Other: mat pack, paper piercer, large oval punch, white brads (doodlebug), 1/4" circle punch, Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge, Aqua Painter.

P.S. Don't forget about the Paper Pretties Pajama Party on Friday night at 8 PM Est.! I'll be there and hopefully you will too! :) There will be fun challenges, prizes and of course the release of three new stamp sets.

P.P.S. In case some of you are wondering... I haven't forgotten my SU! stamps and have actually been creating with some new sets I received a week or two ago. Only thing is, I cannot share any of the creations until August! Yup, I was selected to be a Display Stamper for Convention and agreed to keep the display samples I am making confidential until then. But next month I'll be back to my normal posting once I've mailed those samples off. :)

Blog Candy Winner

Whoo hoo! It is that time of night... to pick a winner of the blog candy I posted a few days ago. Being a bit lazy I let Random.org pick a number and that number is:

28, Timestamp: 2008-04-10 01:12:48 UTC

After counting through the posts (twice to be sure cause sometimes I zip by a bit fast while scrolling), lucky #28 is Stephanie with the following comment:

"Congrats on your hits! That's so exciting! My favorite color is pink and my favorite pink thing is or was my pink spring jacket that was stolen along with all of the rest of my luggage! It's a long story, basically we were coming home from a missions trip to Mexico and our truck/trailer were stolen in Pheonix. If you want, you can read about the trip on my blog at www.stephsstampinstuff.blogspot.com!

Thanks so much for this great blog candy!"

Yikes! That's not fun having your luggage and your favorite jacket stolen! But maybe a little blog candy will make everything all better! :)

Thanks everyone for playing. I had a lot of fun reading about your favorite colors and your favorite "things" in these colors. :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

BIC8 and a Sneek Peak

Well I didn't have a chance to make a sample for Beate's Be Inspired Challenge until now. I was sleeping the day away while recuperating from last night's stomach bug. Happily I am feeling much better. I might even make something to eat soon... maybe. :)

Also, since I was given the go ahead by Christie (from Paper Pretties) I thought I would use one of the new stamp sets that will be released this Friday at the Paper Pretties Pajama party. Oh, you want to know the name of this super sweet set? It is Simply Special and I'm thinking this will be the perfect set to make a couple of Mother's Day cards with. :) This is just one of the three sets that are being released... I'm loving all of them!

Quick notes: from the inspiration piece I picked the following color combo: Pumpkin Pie, Marigold Morning (retired), Lavender Lace and Elegant Eggplant.

The main image was stamped in Black StazOn and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. You can't tell in this picture but a thin coating of Crystal Effects was applied to the flower. For the yellow layer I embossed with the Floral Fantasy embossing folder and my CuttleBug machine. I sponged the edges of this layer with Pumpkin Pie Classic ink. Both the main image and this layer were matted on Elegant Eggplant cardstock. A bit of May Arts ribbon was knotted around the background layer before adhering to the Pumpkin Pie card base along with the main image. The sentiment was stamped on Lavender Lace, paper pierced, sponged with the same card and adhered in place with dimensionals.

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Simply Special. Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Marigold Morning (retired), Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, watercolor. Ink: Black StazOn, Pumpkin Pie Classic, Lavender Lace Classic. Other: watercolor wonder crayons, AquaPainter, Crystal Effects, ribbon (May Arts), mat pack, paper piercer, CuttleBug, Floral Fantasy Embossing folder, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Cake-a-licious

I made this card a couple of days ago but didn't have a chance to post it before going out of town for the weekend. And then once I finally think I am not only going to have a chance to post this card but make a couple more I became somewhat ill. Yuck, I contracted bit of a stomach bug (either that or it was the pear I ate) but I'm feeling much better now. Although not in the mood to eat if you get my meaning. :)

Quick notes: stamped main image twice on Whisper White in Black StazOn and colored with markers. Cut out both cakes and layered one on top of another with dimensionals. Added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds to the frosting. Yummy!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Just Celebrate. Paper: Ballet Blue, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Bashful Blue Classic, Bashful Blue marker, Creamy Caramel marker, Ballet Blue marker, Night of Navy marker, Summer Sun marker, White gel pen. Other: Ticket corner punch, mat pack, paper piercer, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Brocade Blue wide grosgrain ribbon, Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Stampin' dimensionals, 1/4" circle punch, vintage brads.

Friday, April 4, 2008

I Can Fly... if I Just Flap My Arms Hard Enough

What?! You don't believe me? Well you may be right. However I can make one of those neat flap cards that have been popping up all over SplitCoastStampers. Check out here to see the nifty tutorial by Rose Ann Reynolds.

Pause... off to investigate weird thumping noise...

I'm back... it was one of those cat noises. You know; the ones where you are pretty sure the cat was getting into trouble but you can't quite put your finger on what they did. But sooner or later you will find out and it won't be good.

To the regularly scheduled blogging: main color combination is Bashful Blue, River Rock and Old Olive. The image and sentiment are from the Just Celebrate set and the flap was stamped with the Pretty Petals background in Bashful Blue Classic ink. Various paper piercing and sponging was added for texture.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Just Celebrate (Occasions Mini Catalog), Pretty Petals background. Paper: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, River Rock, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Bashful Blue Classic, Bashful Blue marker, Old Olive marker, white gel pen. Other: Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon, word window punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Coluzzle cutting system and circle template, mat pack, paper piercer, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge, Velcro dot.

P.S. Don't forget the blog candy in the next post... I buried it a bit with this post. :)

I'd like to share with you...

Some blog candy that is! My little counter over there has passed 50,000 hits... how did that happen?! And since I have oodles of goodies that are looking for a new home I thought I would share them with you, my oh-so-fabulous visitors!

Of course nothing is ever 100% free and there is always a string attached. You got it, I'm going to make you do a little work to win. :) To enter to win the oh-so-fabulous goodies pictured over there to the left just leave a comment on THIS post letting me know what your favorite color is AND your favorite "thing" in that color.

For example, my cat Magoo's favorite color is blue and he absolutely loves the comfy blue afghan I usually leave on the couch. However, being a mean human I have neglected to return the afghan to the couch after washing it. Instead it is sitting on the dryer. Talk about lazy!!! :) To be even more lazy, I will let random.org pick the winner... which I'll do next Wednesday night at 9PM (EST).

I guess I better tell you what the goodies are (just in case you can't tell from the picture):
(6) Medium weight square coasters
(6) Heavy weight square coasters
(1) Package of striped brads by Kurio (division of K&Co.)
(1) Package of clear stamps by Studio G
(1) Wood mounted stamp by Studio G
(1) Garden Flowers Styl'ines by USArtQuest
(1) Birthday Styl'ines by USArtQuest
(1) Summertime Styl'ines by USArtQuest
(1) Package of rub-ons by Colorbok. Contains 34 large letters and
(1) card made by me!

P.S. If you are wondering, the Styl'ines are gold colored outline stickers that you can color with watercolors or markers. Basically they look like you heat embossed with gold embossing powder... but you didn't. :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cute new stamps, Exciting news... Can it get any better?

Oh yeah... how about a really cute card using the new stamps! My Paper Pretties stamps finally showed up... I was beginning to think the mail person had taken them! :)

Now for the exciting news... although you may already know since it was posted to the Paper Pretties site yesterday! Drum roll please... I am now officially a Prettie Girl. Yes, I've been promoted from Guest Designer to a full-fledged member of the Design Team. Woo hoo!! Yippee!!! Can you tell that I am super duper excited? :)

Quick notes: main image was stamped in Timber Brown StazOn on Naturals White cardstock and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen. A bit of Crystal Effects was added to the butterfly and the little flower. The pearls and bracelets were colored with a white gel pen. Isn't she just the prettiest? :) I ticked the corners and those of the Chocolate Chip mat. For the next layer I paper pierced all edges and added brads in the corner before adhering the main image with dimensionals.

Below this layer is a piece of Pixie Pink cardstock that has many Sassy Circles randomly stamped on it in Chocolate Chip Classic ink. The edges were sponged with more Chocolate Chip before adhering to a slightly larger layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Through both of these layers a slot was punched with the slot punch (I actually punched a couple of times to maker the opening longer). Before adhering this layer to the cardbase a piece of satin ribbon was threaded through it. After adhering the layer the left end of the ribbon was wrapped around the inside of the card and back to the front were it was knotted in place. Does that make any sense at all!? :) Just a note... the slot is covered by the main image, which was adhered to the card front with more dimensionals. To finish off, a sentiment was stamped on the right side in Chocolate Chip Classic ink. Oh, and you probably want to know that the cardbase is a 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" piece of Rose Red folded in half. The crease is at the top of the card (not the side).

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Flutter By, Sassy Circles. Paper: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Pixie Pink, Naturals White. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Timber Brown StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Crystal Effects, white gel pen, Chocolate Chip Wide Satin ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, slot punch, ticket corner punch, sponge, Stampin' dimensionals.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

BIC7: Golden Butterflies

Another week, another Tuesday... isn't it funny how that works? :) This week Beate really picked a doozy of an Inspiration Challenge: butterfly lanterns from Coldwater Creek. They are very lovely but weren't cooperating with the Stamper's Block I developed over the weekend. And why oh why does this occur when you have new rubber in the house? He he... but I eventually pulled the mojo together and decided that I had to incorporate metal of some sort, butterflies and a bit of chocolate (of course!). :)

If you have a moment or two check out the cards made by the rest of the Inspiration Challenge Team: Charmaine Ikach, Dawn McVey, Jenn Balcer, Silke Ledlow and Susan Roberts. I've seen a couple of them already and they are fantastic!

Quick notes: Pretty Petals background was stamped in VersaMark on Close to Cocoa and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I then used one of the stamps from Itty Bitty Backgrounds and stamped in Close To Cocoa everywhere. After which the edges were sponged with more Close To Cocoa and paper pierced. The main image, a butterfly from Merci, was stamped twice, once on a background piece of Naturals White and a second time on More Mustard which was cut out and mounted on the first piece. A bit of glitter was added to the winges. To accent the card a couple of little flowers from the Felt Fusion set were added as well as some River Rock double-stitched ribbon.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Merci, Pretty Petals background, Many Happy Returns (sentiment). Paper: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Naturals White. Ink: Close to Cocoa Classic, Black StazOn, VersaMark. Other: Gold embossing powder, River Rock double-stitched ribbon, Sakura Quickie glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, mat pack, paper piercer, gold brad, Felt Fusion flowers, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge.