Saturday, February 26, 2011

Simple Saturday #2

Good morning Saturday stampers. I'm back here with another, or 2 actually, simple cards. The technique I used for these cards was Masking. I started by cutting out a butterfly with my big shot. Using Dotto, I put the butterfly on my Crumb Cake cardstock. Then I stamped Tea House in Basic Black over the mask.
Next I sponged around the outline of the butterfly and then removed the mask. Very easy! To finish the card I tied Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon around the card and stamped "Friend" from You're A Gem in Melon Mambo.
For the next card I used the outline of the butterfly as my mask. I wheeled Music Notes in Baja Breeze on Baja Breeze cardstock. Then I sponged the edges of the butterfly in Baja Breeze and then a little more in Night Of Navy. Next I stamped the blackberry image from Clearly For You in Night of Navy.
You'll notice my butterfly is a little shimmery. That's because I sprayed it with Shimmer Paint before removing the mask. This card was finished off with a Navy button and a bow in Linen Thread. My sentiment for this card is also from You're A Gem.
Hope you've enjoyed my Simple Saturday! Happy stamping!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fun Flowers Box Tutorial

Remember this little box I made last week.?Well, since then I have been trying to get a little video tutorial put together for you on how make the box. Turns out this is quite the feat for me. Hope this works.

Wow, that was really nerve racking. I am a "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of stamper so when I have to work it all out for others I always just pray that it works for them too. lol! Please leave me a comment and let me know how I did.

Have a great day!

Yummy Colours!

Oh, I love these colours from Colour Q #73 this week. These are my colours. Blue, purple and green. Funny how a card comes so much easier when it uses my colours. I started off using Stampin' 411's sketch and realized that I missed Mr Linky which is not a bad thing because I ended up deviating from the sketch. Especially on the second card. I like to make 2 of every card and I usually end up changing the second one.
The cards use the same basic things. Elements of Style and Notably Ornate. I coloured them with my Blender Pens pulling colours from the ink pads. Both have 2 kinds of Rich Razzleberry Ribbon. 5/8" Satin Ribbon and 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I did some real stitching because I had my sewing machine out already anyways and roughed the edges up with my scissors. The first card has a Pear Pizazz Button with Linen Thread and a Trinket Key.

The second card has a Beveled Window with a Trinket Crown and some Silver Glass Glitter. I have had these trinkets for a little while but have not really found a card worthy of them yet. But with these colours, I knew the day was today.
I have to say in the end the second card is definitely my favourite. How about you?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #41

Have we got some photo inspiration for you today at Stampin' Celebration!!! I loved this one. The colours, the elegance, the many ways to go. See for yourself!
I took the stripes from the chairs and used some retired dsp. It was part of a bridal scrappin' kit and I remembered the elegant stripes and knew I had a few scraps left over but enough to go with. I backed it on Melon Mambo and Whisper White cardsdtock sponged with a little Elegant Eggplant.
My flower is built with the Fun Flowers Die Cut. A bit of Melon Mambo and a bit more of First Edition DSP. (I can't believe how much paper you get in this package!) All edges sponged again with Elegant Eggplant. I added a few snippets of Black Lace and finished it off with a Black Button and a Silver Glimmer Brad. However I just had to add a touch of my favourite White Organza Ribbon so I slipped some in under my flower for a bit of basic elegance.
Make sure you check out the beautiful creations by our talented Design Team and play along to get a chance at guest designing for us! See you and your work soon!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #60

Good morning stampers. Pardon my absence these last few days. We are experiencing multiple illnesses this week in our house hold. Anyways a quick post for you here with a sketch from Stampin' Royalty for you to play along with.
I love doing things in threes so this sketch got me going once again. I used Stacey's Curtain Call colours Act #70. Tangerine Tango is my main colour with a little Pear Pizazz and Tempting Turquoise in the mix. I used my favourite technique of inking up my texture plate on the Tangerine Tango layers. Love this effect.
My main focus is on the Beveled Glass Window. If you don't have these yet, you've got to get them. I am loving playing with these lately. My stamps are from the set Clearly For You, another latest fave of mine.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you join us in playing along. Make sure you check out the rest of the designs from the team at Stampin' Royalty!

Any questions regarding my card today, don't be afraid to ask. I'll do my best to get back to right away.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Simple Saturday #1

Good morning fellow stampers. It has dawned on me lately that I really struggle at making cards that are single layers, don't have many embellishments, one could make in about 10 minutes...oh the list goes on. In other words I suck at making simple cards and I have decided that I need to work on this area of my stamping.

With this in mind I am going to start "Simple Saturday" here on my blog. I am hoping to create some cards using a simple technique or tip with limited supplies while trying to stick close to a single or double layer card...and make it look good!

So without anymore delay, here is my first Simple Saturday card!

I used the stamp set Easter Blossoms. White Natural cardstock was my choice this time because it is thicker and I love the little flecks that make it look a bit dirty. I started by rounding two opposite corners. Then one single stamp in the corner in Chocolate Chip. That is it! I grabbed 3 Stampin' Write Markers, Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink and Rose Red. Start with the lightest colour and colour in all the flowers, then move on to the next colour adding a little colour from the center of each flower and moving outward. With the darkest colour I coloured just the very center of each flower.

For the sentiment I stamped off that same flower on a piece cardstock the same as my actual card. Then I stamped the sentiment a little off to the side and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. (a must have!) Now here is my tip: being that it is the same colour as my card I sponged the edges with a darker colour ink, Chocolate Chip, to make it stand out and popped it up on a dimensional. Super simple!

From beginning to end this card took me less then 10 minutes. I think I did okay at my first single layer card in forever. Let me know what you think and join me next Saturday for another Simple Saturday card.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Colour Throwdown And Card Patterns

I was blog hopping and became totally inspired by seeing a number of people using their Build A Cupcake Punch for a host of other ideas. Check out this fantastic card by Carrie Gaskin here. So I wanted to have a go at it and went looking for a few challenges to get me started.

Colour Throwdown #129 had a combination of blue and a dark and light green that totally intrigued me with the idea I had going on in my head. Next I found Card Patterns Sketch #102 that worked perfectly with the direction my ideas were going.

I used Ballet Blue, Pear Pizazz and Garden Green as my choice of colours. The tree trunk is the branch from the Two-Step Bird Punch. A Scallop Circle Punch is the branches with buttons from the Regals Collection and the bushes are the cupcake topper of the Build A Cupcake Punch.

I also used that same piece to make the clouds. I created a mask and sponged over them with Ballet Blue.
The little birds in the Hodgepodge Hardware are from Clearly For You, which is very quickly becoming a favourite stamp set. The sentiment in the clouds is from the same set. The ribbon once again is Pear Pizazz Seam Binding with good old Twine to tie it up! Glue Dots are always handy to keep that scrunchy ribbon from going crazy in the wrong direction.

Hope you like. I had fun making this one. Have fun stamping!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #40

Check out what we are celebrating this week at Stampin' Celebration.

Looks like a wedding to me for some reason. Maybe it's the bouquets or the rows of party favours or maybe the name cards. Anyways I decided to make a little gift box with a big beautiful yellow flower to top it off.

The box itself was super simple. I actually used the thick white cardboard that comes with every pack of Stampin' Up DSP. I wanted the box to be a little sturdier than the usual piece of Whisper White cardstock. Here is a photo of the box open. When it is not being used it can fold flat so that it won't be crushed by something accidentally.

The flower is were I spent a little more time. I used the new Fun Flowers Sizzix Die in the Occasions Mini. I made it using Daffodil Delight cardstock, sponged the edges and then used my Bone Folder to curl the edges up. The stamp behind the Beveled Window Pane (loving these!) is from Clearly For You. Then using brown Staz-On, I stamped my sentiment, from Tiny Tags, right on the Window Pane. The ribbon is Pear Pizazz Seam Binding that I scrunched by pulling a thread from the middle. I tied up the ribbon using Twine. The butterfly is also from Clearly For You.

The final detail was a Daffodil Delight Button topped with an Antique Brad as the piece to hold the flap of the box shut.

Lots and lots of little details here but I loved how it turned out and it didn't even take me that long to pull it altogether. Most of the things I used here are in the Occasions Mini. Make sure you check it out and don't be afraid to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion going on. Details of that here.

Now head on over to see more reasons to celebrate at Stampin' Celebration.
I've entered this in 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #25 - Fairy/Angel/Butterfly

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #59

Today's recipe challenge from Stampin' Royalty is to "mark it up!" Use markers any way you want - colouring, watercolouring, drawing, sketching, you name it.

I took 6 colours and went to work on one of my favourite background stamps. Tres Chic! I randomly used the colours and mixed them all up to create and bold and colourful background. With Christmas and Valentines over you won't be seeing a whole lot of red from me anymore for awhile.

I used Stampin' 411's sketch to get this card off the ground. However I did stretch it a little instead of flipping it this time. The colours are from the dsp from the Sale-A-Bration pack called Ice Cream Parlour. The buttons and ribbon are from another set made to match. My sentiment is from the set On Your Birthday.

Without inking it up again, I huffed my stamp and stamped one more time to make a few extra squares to decorate a matching milk carton.

Now grab your markers and play along! Don't forget to check out the cards from the rest of the design team at Stampin' Royalty.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blog Award

I got an email the other day from Ann Schach whose blog I love to follow. Her work never ceases to amaze me which is why I was so floored when she informed me that she was honoring me with the Liebster Blog Award. In recieving this award she shared her SU! story and it was funny to find out that she is celebraring her 2 year anniversary with Stampin' Up this month and I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary next month. Time flies when you are having fun! Thanks Ann for this honor!The Liebster Blog Award is given to bring new blogs to light. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others.

As a recipient of this award I must share the love and pay it forward by:
1-Creating a post where I blog about the Liebster award & reveal my 3-5 blog picks
2-Let the honorees know that I selected them
3-Copy & paste the blog award on my blog

Now I have the huge task of narrowing down my favourite blogs that I love to visit and gain inspiration from so I can share them with you.

2 new blogs that you must visit are...

And here are 2 blogs that I have learned a ton from and continue to be inspired by daily.

I hope you get the chance to visit their blogs and leave them a little love.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day To You All

I had so many wonderful things planned to do for my family this weekend but the flu caught up with me and now I am just hoping to have energy to make a meal that I think I can stomach. A little disappointing but as my husband said, "just as long as I am there to share it with him." So sweet of him but I still feel bad. Good thing I have my cards all ready to go. I just missed surprising him with it this morning when he got up.
Well I couldn't pass up sharing something else with you this morning. Here is the card I made for my daughter.

I saw something similar on Stampin' Connection but of course I deleted the link already and don't recall who made the sweet version that I borrowed a few ideas from. If it is yours please let me know so I can give you credit.

In the mean time, I love the black and pink with the little bit of red glitter. What valentines card this season would be complete without it?!? The dsp is from the Brights Stack. I black embossed the girl so she would stand out a little more than just black ink.
The sentiment is from the Sizzlit strip and I cut just the word love out and double stacked it to make it pop! Love this effect.

I've entered this in Just Add Ink 55 - Just Add Love.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Valentines day with your loved ones!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Quick & Easy Quilting

I have yet to stick my fingers into actual quilting but I tried my hand at ornament quilting this Christmas which turned out to be a breeze and you don't even have to touch a sewing machine. Well it was high time I tried a little paper quilting. LOVE IT! Oh how easy and satisfying. Punch out a bunch of squares and glue them to paper. Can't believe I have waited so long to make one of these.

I took the photos outside today to show you what a beautiful and sunny Winter day we are having today!

I added some texture to the "quilt" by running it through the Big Shot in an embossing folder and then sponged the edges a little with Crumb Cake.

I made this card for Pals Paper Arts this week for their "vintage" challenge #80. I also entered this in Clean & Simple Sketch #126. I know this is a far cry from CAS but I loved the sketch and it totally worked for this card.

So glad you stopped by! Have a great day!

Stampin' Celebration #39

It's celebration time again. Check out these inspiration photos!
So many ways to go. I am celebrating a friends birthday today so this is a shout out to her!
So in lue of her birthday I went with the 3 tier cake. I know it kinda looks like it should be a wedding cake but a few candles on the top and voila it's a birthday cake. I liked the polka dots on the glass and wound up using my new Sweet Buttons Embosslit to sort of imitate them. I inked up the embosslit to give the buttons added dimension. I also inked up the rose with my Stampin' Write Markers. Have you tried that yet? Possibilities are endless there.

I used Stampin' 411's Sketch #189 and Stacey's Curtain Call Colour Challenge #68 for some colours. I knew I wanted to use pink but wasn't sure what shade and her colour combo put me in motion.

Head on over to Stampin' Celebration for more inspiration and join the party by playing along. So glad you stopped by. Happy stamping.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #58

Today we have a theme for you at Stampin' Royalty.

Join us by creating a card, scrapbook page, 3-d project or anything else you can make with lots of hearts! Here is what I have to share with you today.

I made these for a few couples for Valentines. Start with a 6" x 6" piece of paper. Cut it in half diagonally. Put sticky strip along one edge and roll it up and adhere it into a cone shape. I attached 2 together back to back to balance each other and decorate to your liking! Pretty easy little Valentine gift.

Head on over to Stampin' Royalty for some more LOVE from the Stampin Goddesses!

I have entered this in the following challenges.

Sentimental Sundays #41 - Valentines with a sentiment

Paper Take Weekly Challenge - Have A Heart

The Shabby Tea Room week #48 - Sweet Hearts

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Valentine!

Valentine's day is so close. Do you have plans? My husband and I always end up making different plans and so the next year we both don't make plans and then we end up staying home. It is a bit of a vicious circle. This year I am just hinting at some of my favourite Pandora Jewellery. Maybe he'll actually get the hint this year!

Anyways, I wanted to make a stunner of a card for him. So here is what I came up with.

And seeing how we will probably end up having dinner at home with the girls I thought a little Valentine center piece might be in order. I saw this on Stampin' Connection by Jacki Topa and just had to case it. I changed it a little to match my card.

I've entered these in the following challenges:

Paper Players #33 - Valentines

Stampin' For The Weekend #3 - Valentines

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #120 - Valentines

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day!