Thursday, August 30, 2007

Strawberry Thanks

EDITED: I forgot to mention this is Papertreyink.com's Green Thumb set

I made this for a swap I am participating in. I cased the strawberries on top of the scallop from a card I saw somewhere in my travels, most likely on splitcoast. Many thanks to the creator for the inspiration, I am sorry I can not remember who it was. This is a white card base layered with CTMH topiary green, which is very close in color to the wild wasabi by SU. The topiary is just a smidge darker. The berries and the sentiment are stamped in purely pomegranate and the center berry is popped up on a dimensional. The cuttlebugged layer is also purely pomegranate. For the scallop vertical edge I used the SU slit punch and then the 1/8" handheld punch to make the circles inside each scallop. This was fun to make and looks so much better in real life... the picture does not do it any justice.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bewitched

She sure is spooky! I used the flourish from the SU Priceless set to make the Broom swirls. The witch is from SU Booglie eyes. (this set is fun!) and the sentiment is from last years CTMH Halloween set. I set the black eyelets with my new cropadile and I used the new Halloween paper I just picked up at the local scrapbooking store. Card base is SU lovely lilac layered with pumpkin and black. She is colored with markers, mostly because they were handy, but I can not wait to break out my prismacolor pencils for these little critters and color them with orderless mineral spirits. The dots (itty bitty backrounds), which were a lame attempt to have her flying in some type of *weather* probably could have been left off. Anywho- Here she is and she's looking all Spooky! She will be flying through the mail system sometime near Halloween!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Zoofari for a Baby boy


Here is the boy version of yesterdays post. This is also a gift. (those monkeys- I do not recommend cutting them out!) Base of card is bashful blue, layered with celery and paper from a really old stack that had a great coordinating blues and greens. Water color crayons for coloring. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Zoofari Thank You Cards


This Thank you note set was made as part of a baby gift for a newborn in my neighborhood. I purchased this set because it was on sale, period. Never thought I would use it, but could not pass up a deal! To be honest, if my upline's upline didn't borrow it an mount it, I may have chosen Wild About You for these cards. If you read my other post about Baby thank you notes a few months ago, you know I love the recently retired Baby Firsts. Well The babies weren't handy and this was. Surfed the gallery at splitcoast for a bit of inspiration and this was what I came up with. How cute is the Rhino all colored in Pink? Can you see her glitter horn?? its colored with the Sakura stardust pen. I made 6, with matching envelopes and a tote.

Paper is K& Co from their current baby collection. Cardstock is CTMH sweat leaf and SU blush blossom. I Water colored the Rhino with water color wonder crayons from SU. The sentiments are from the Think Happy Thoughts and Absolutely Fabulous sets (I won Think Happy at convention). The 1 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch circle punches layer the scallop punch. Ink was certainly celery and that was misc light pink ribbon and a gold brad in the center of the scallop. Color is a little off from the picture, it matches the paper perfectly. my goodness these are FABULOUSLY CUTE!!!! I have a boy version of these... stay tuned!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Halloween Happiness


Playing along with a few SCS challenges for this card, using the sketch and the ways to use it challenge. I just got this set yesterday as part of my most recent club order. Ooohhhh and is it ever fun! I never make Halloween cards, this year I will send at least one! I picked up a few sheets of this cute Halloween paper at the local scrapbooking store its by Reminisce and I thought it was perfect. Definitely going to get the SU paper for sure! I learned how to make the treat holder at a friends house last week. I wish I had a mini candy bar to slide in the pocket!


Stamp set is Booglie eyes, double sided paper from the local store. old olive, lovely lilac and basic black card stock, Mega and Giga scallop square punches, slot punch for the ribbon slider, black grosgrain ribbon and various markers for coloring. My kids have already claimed the treat holder a must at Halloween time!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Trifold card- Cami Style

I made 5 of these for my friends. We are doing a "favorite find" swap from the CKC convention in Valley Forge a few weeks ago. This includes one of my favorite new paper collection by Crate, Twirl. It also has some of my new diamond stickles on the candles. This is a big step for me girls, I actually cut this beautiful Crate paper with hoarding it for 6 months!




I followed the SCS tutorial found HERE to make this card. This is double sided card stock so the brown was the reverse side of the floral. The pink grosgrain was in my bag of ribbon scraps-- Love when I can find a perfect sized piece that matches perfectly. Besides the directions on the link, I used the marvy giga scallop circle punch, the clouzzle, the corner rounder (guard removed) to make the scallop edge, slit punch, spring bouquet punch, 5 petal flower punch. The stamps are from fun and fast notes and all holidays. Images are colored with markers to match and the icing on the cake is liquid applique, heated.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Birthday Kitty



A quick card I made for a little girls party that my daughter went to last weekend. Her theme was cats. The cat stamp was from a Hero arts boxed set and the designer paper is K&Co. I layered with scraps from the scrap bin in my stamp room and colored everything but the kitty, so she would be white, with various matching markers. Sentiment is CTMH, from the Happy Birthday set.

Party Thank You's



Now that I made the party invites for my daughter, I figured I best make the "some what" matching Thank you notes. Especially before I am totally sick of those ballerina mice. This is what I came up with, they are still pink and green.



I am trying to use some cardstock from my stash and clear out some of my older paper ( I am a major paper hoarder) so these invitations & thanks yous were the perfect excuse. 18 of these were made, mostly of the card on the right. My daughter colored the mouse on the left one, with exact brown and pink crayons to match a *real* ballerina mouse. Go figure, matching the paper was not an option. So she will be coloring all of the remaining mice to make her Thanks Yous a little more personal *wink, wink* (yes I am a bit tired of the mice now).


CTMH watermelon and sweet leaf cardstock. (I had reams of this paper, and I still have a lot left). Marvy Mega and Giga scallop circle punches. Plaid designer paper was from a stack purchased at least 2 years ago. Crayola Crayons. SU's Amazing to Zany set for the Thanks Friend punched out and layered with the SU Oval punches. The SU photo corner punch and cheap ribbon form the 40 cent ribbon bin at AC Moore finish off these cute cards! Yup, just 40 cents for 6 yards of that cute hot pink ribbon! Its all gone now to make room for some new!

Fun and Fast Notes



Oh my goodness, this bird from Fun and Fast Notes is just so sweet-- and easy to use. I cased the scallop corner, bottom edges and eyelets from THIS CARD, the rest is all mine. The paper is K& Co double sided from a mat stack called Brenda Walton Neapolitan from my local supply store. The card base is CTMH sweet leaf and the card is 6x3 in size. The flower was outlined with a light pink marker and then covered in diamond stickles. The center of the flower is a dot made from black stickles ...Super sparkly. The pink layer under the bird is just a scrap that matched. The silver brad and white eyelets are from my stash and the scallop corner was made by trimming a scallop square to fit the corner.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

WANTED to Thank You


This is a tag card from one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. I cheated on the challenge because I used more than one stamp set. But how cute is this card? Personally, I am not that into the whole western thing and I had no idea what to do with this Wanted set I got from convention. Last night, at a friends house, I started this, and this morning I put on the finishing touches. My girlfriend had the idea for the hemp as the ribbon and the rest of the embellishments are a little bit of this and that from a few tag cards I saw on SCS. Better late than never on the challenge.


Products are all Stampin Up unless noted. Wanted, True Friend, Absolutely Fabulous stamp sets. For the "TO" I used a CTMH small alphabet called atomic caps. Card base is creamy caramel and I coordinated it with really rust and chocolate chip and the Outlaw designer double sided paper. Those are the new jumbo eyelets tied with 3 strands of hemp. I also used the Scallop punch and the photo corner punch and some non SU pewter flower brads.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's a Party


My daughter is having a birthday this month and we worked together on this invitation for her Ballerina party. We started with the ribbon, it had to have pink! no exceptions!! Then we worked together on layout and paper selection. She definitely wanted a brown mouse with a pink tutu. I just think these are sooooo CUTE!!!!!

The cardstock is CTMH watermelon and sweat leaf and regular white, the pink ink is CTMH bubblegum. The patterned paper is also CTMH in pink and white polka dots to match the cardstock. It was then stamped with Stampin Up's itty bitty backrounds and certainly celery ink. The stamp set is CTMH Twinkle Toes (retired). I ran the inside of the card through the computer printer, then stamped "It's a Party" and the leaping ballerina mouse on the inside.
The little cupcake on the front is Stampin Up's short and sweet and the icing is liquid applique heated with the embossing gun.
The mouse is colored with Stampin Up creamy caramel and the tutu is CTMH pink carnation markers. On the outside of the card the tutu is traced with the sakura stardust glitter pen. Then I used the Stampin Up ticket corner punch for the notched edges and the faux white brads are the Stampin Up white gel pen. The pink and green ribbon is from Costco. I ran out of the polka dot for the last invite, so I used the stripe for one, also from Costco. Envelopes are stamped to match as well. I made 16 total.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Lunch Bunch card


A few ladies from work got together with me and stamped for the 1st time today. This was the project-- everyone made 3. I kept the card pretty simple to meet the 1 hour lunch time guidelines and because these ladies were 1st time stampers.


Textured stripe white card base, CTMH hollyhock for the pink layer and the flower is colored to match. SU so saffron for the yellow layer and the bird is colored to match. Black ink and black gingham ribbon.Fun and Fast notes for the stamp set. They loved stamping the back of the card and signing their name and stamping the envelope to match. There are faux brads in the corners, I used a black sharpie.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

So We are building a Pool...



Which means my backyard is a huge construction pit. Regardless, they poured the cement last Thursday and now it looks like a pool, instead of a huge dirt hole created by a crater from outer space. Last Thursday evening, I was outside taking some pictures of the family standing inside the cement form, and Guess What? I left my digital camera outside... For 2 days!!!! Well it rained 4 times (maybe more) before we realized yesterday that it was there. Surprisingly, after being on the fritz for 24 hours, it has dried out and it seems to be OK. so far.

Long story short- I am back in blogging business!

I received over 150+ swaps from convention. Some are my taste, and some are not. One of the swaps I received followed this basic design, minus all the layers and extra colors. I decided to play and re-created it to be my more in line with my taste. The stamps were the Spotted wheel and the In the spotlight Hostess set. Pomegranate, wasabi and Kraft card stock plus matching inks. Pomegranate matching stitched ribbon and scallop punches. Doesn't that Ribbon look crooked? I do not love it...but I am hoping one of you are inspired. I have so many swaps...I will try to post a few of my favorites!
BTW: I got the cutest CTMH set to celebrate the Pool. I can't wait to ink it up! stay tuned!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Lets go shopping


This looks like a cute bucket purse! This was inspired by a card I saw at the Creating Keepsakes Convention. It was part of a card kit from The Card Co. I purchased the card kit so I would have the template and this is my first creation. I also have a brand new fabulous flowers set that just was screaming for ink. what you can't see in the picture is the sakura glitter pen that outlines every petal on the flowers. so it is super sparkly!


The large flower image is stamped in purely pomegranate ink, and stamped off again to create the lighter layer, cut them out, layered and then I attached a bling brad in the center. The base is close to cocoa, and the green is certainly celery palette of prints paper in stripe. I layered it with purely pomegranate card stock. The handles are pomegranate stitched ribbon secured with brads and a flower from the bouquet punch. The sentiment is from the green thumb Papertrey set. Card is kept closed with a very tiny Velcro dot.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Simple and easy!


This has to be one of the easiest cards I have made in a while. I used a little 2 sided designer paper from K& Co, a simple happy birthday from CTMH, some 5/8 inch wide grosgrain ribbon (from the local craft store) and some layers and Voila- a cute card. The yellow was the reverse side of the polka dot paper and the card base, green layer and ink is SU's old olive. I also added the ticket corner punch to the 4 corners. Simple.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Groovy Guava Thanks

So bright and cheery! I used the Office accoutrement flower in versamark on groovy guava. Cut it out, mounted it on a scrap of very vanilla and cut around the flower creating the border. (Yes, I now own the 5 petal punch, LOL). Then I colored the edge of the guava flower with the gel pen to make the border pop. Faux stitched ribbon is also created with the gel pen and attached with 2 brads. The "thanks" is from Heartfelt thanks stamped in CTMH ocean. The blue striped backround paper is also CTMH in ocean. the Spiral punch created the notebook edge. I also used the texture wheel on the large guava panel and the card base is very vanilla.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Convention samples


I am here in Denver, Colorado finishing up session 2 of the 2007 Stampin' Up convention. I won a free stamp set and a roll of ribbon (which was on top of my already full bag of free stuff)! I made many new friends, had a blast at the Splitcoaststampers dinner, I have a collection of 125+ fabulous swaps and tons of ideas for new stamp projects! and that's just a tip of the iceberg! What a fun time and great experience this trip was... I can not wait to go to Convention next year in Salt Lake! This trip to Denver was my very 1st convention. :)


Above is a picture of 4 of the 7 projects we got to make at the Pajama stamp-a-rama party on Monday night! What a hoot these ladies were walking down the streets of Denver in their PJ's! (I opted for regular clothes)


There are so many details to these projects, so I will be brief. If you need more details, please email me. The 1st project is a card tin purse made from the build a flower kit and the build a brad kit. The next is a Friend card made from the Happiness backround stamp and some chipboard. Next is a 6x3 card using the corner rounder for the scallop and some Cutie Pie designer paper and the build a flower kit. The 4th is a pocket card using the Wanted stamp set, matching paper, scallop punch and the crop-a-dile for dry embossing, eyelet setting and punching! I love that thing now that I know how to use it!


I'll be back home tomorrow with more projects to show!


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