Saturday, March 29, 2008
My aunt wants to use the theme of ocean and beach for the invitation color scheme. I chose to use Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, and Mellow Moss. I think this is my new favorite color combo! The vanilla is embossed with the swirl folder and the Cuttlebug. This swirl reminds me of the waves in the ocean. The stamp set is Baroque Motifs. I used gold eyelets and Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon as accents. The invite is a tri-fold which uses two pieces of cardstock, adhered on the back to get the length I needed.
This is the inside view. I used the Cuttlebug and swirl folder again with the Baroque Motif swirl as the focal point under the vellum. I haven't printed the wording yet, but it will be printed on the vellum.
The right hand side has a pocket to hold the RSVP card and return envelope. I need to get vanilla cards and envelopes. I didn't have them for this sample. The ribbon is threaded through gold eyelets like on the front closure piece.
I'd love to hear what you think. Have a super weekend. Happy Stamping! :)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This card is 5x5 Blue Bayou with sponged edges and a flower stamped border. Then I layered on Black with white gel pen faux stitching, then Soft Sky DSP. The final layer is Bayou with the main image stamped on watercolor paper. I have to say, I really like my coloring better on this paper. Much easier to blend than on regular cardstock. I added photo corners, ribbon and a flower slide, and the circle sentiment as the final accents. The Rose Red felt flower was for a splash of color. The main image is water colored with an aquapainter and re-inkers. For the grass, I used a black marker and hand drew the blades and then water colored the green area.
Thanks for looking, hope you all had a great Thursday. Happy Stamping! :)
I'd like to pass this on to some other blogging friends. First, too all the wonderful people who take the time to visit my blog and leave me comments, YOU ALL make my day! To Maren, my SBS3 sister, who posts tons of beautifully creative artwork and inspires me to post daily. She's always got something new to share. And to Cindy, another SBS3 sister who post gorgeous cards and great stamping tips. I've enjoyed getting to know both of you through our blogging sisterhood.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
It's weekly challenge time again. I recently received a Stampin' Up! order which included a few new things. I thought this would make for a perfect challenge, "Something New." For this challenge, try a new color combination or use a new stamp set. Is there a technique you've been wanting to try or a fancy fold? Give it a go and try something new!
My card uses a new color, at least for me anyway, Sahara Sand. I also used the new Occasions Mini set Essence of Love and some new Taffeta ribbon. I was inspired by a beautiful book I saw on my SBS3 sister, Lynn W's blog, where she used the cracked glass technique. So I gave that a whirl too. I need a little more practice with that technique as I cracked a bit too hard and almost lost part of my "glass." It was fun though and I love the effect. Lynn also has a quick "how-to" posted if anyone is interesting in trying this technique.
In keeping with the theme of "Something New," I will be adding a new twist to my weekly challenges. Anyone who chooses to take part in the challenge will have the chance to win a little something. You will need to post your finished project on your blog or in a gallery, link up here by posting a comment, and have your entry finished by 9am on Tuesday mornings. I will draw the winner at random and showcase her card on my blog that day. Hope you'll give this challenge a try. Happy Stamping! :)
Recipe: Stamps: Essence of Love Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Soft Sky, White Ink: Moss, Bayou, Sky, Sand Accessories: Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Glassy Glaze, Heat Tool, Sponges.
Monday, March 24, 2008
embellishments to finish the folder
I received this award from my good friend and very talented crafter Jo, over on Only Joking. It is the Arte Y Pico (Art & More) Award and is given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogging world. Thanks for this Jo! What an honor! I love sharing my creativity and I hope that it helps to inspire others to create.
1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.
Now it's my turn to pass on this fabulous award! I visit many wonderful blogs each day so choosing only 5 is going to be difficult. The 5 that come to mind are Alex, Catherine, Samantha, Tina, and Erin. These girls have beautiful creations and their blogs are fun to read. They are also always supportive and super nice when they visit my blog.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I just wanted to share my latest project with you. These are a couple of the card folders that I made to send out some PIF candy. I got this idea from my friend Jo, on Only Joking. These are really a great way to send images without having to worry about them getting ruined in the mail. For the ladies that won this PIF, they'll be in the mail tomorrow. :)
I'll post a tutorial for how to make these next week, probably on Monday. I'm a little short on time this afternoon. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter. Happy Stamping! :)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I made the flag with just a couple of pieces of scrap cardstock, layered together and taped to a lollipop stick. I love this Easter chick so I want to get the most use out of him while I still can. Now I just need to make 11 more and our cupcakes will be ready to eat!
For a really awesome Easter idea, check out my friend Jo's blog, Only Joking. She just posted the cutest Easter basket/gift idea, A Carrot Garden! They are beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat.
I've decided that Thursday's are going to be my day to make and post cards that use some non Stampin' Up! images. I've received so many awesome RAKs filled with stamped images and I want to put them to good use. I'll still stay true to my Stampin' Up! colors and accessories and maybe even throw in a few images too, but I want to make the main focus a different image.
Here's the card I made for Cute Card Thursday. I made it for last week's New Beginnings Theme and went to post a comment and the new theme for this week is All Creatures Great and Small. So, I guess my card actually works for both weeks! Yay!
This image was one I received from Katie. He's the cutest little turtle! I went with a baby theme and used my Stampin' Up! wheels for the backgrounds and the tag is from Bundled in Love. The colors are Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Barely Banana. I added some Bashful grosgrain ribbon for an accent accessory.
Thanks for looking, I'll post again later today, I have a cute little Easter treat to share. Happy Stamping! :)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I also want to bid a fond farewell to Old Man Winter, see ya later buddy!
Can you tell that I'm thrilled that tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Yay! It's been a long snowy Winter here and hopefully things will be changing, SOON!
We had more snow here today, so when I got this image in with the Bella images from Jo, I thought she was the perfect way to kiss the winter season goodbye. The colors are Blue Bayou and Soft Sky with some Soft Sky DSP. I stamped a few snowflakes from Snow Flurries and used the new So Many Scallops for the sentiment. I added some snowflake stickers from Target and double stitched ribbon for the final touches.
Ok, off to relax with my hubby! Happy Stamping! :)
I have to say, I've been loving this whole blogging thing mostly because of the opportunities I've had to "meet" some truly wonderful people and make great friends! For the challenge this week, I propose an "honor our friends" challenge. Make a card or other project dedicated to all our friends, whether they be "in real life" friends, blogging buddies, old friends, new friends, friends we miss, anyone that fits the bill of FRIEND! Have fun and remember to link up here so we may all take a look at your dedications! Happy Stamping! :)
I'll post my card soon, promise! :)
Edited: to add photo
Ok, here's my card. I chose Embrace Life as the stamps for this card. I think these blooms are so beautiful. The "friends" sentiment is from the hostess set Make it Count. The colors here are Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava, Whisper White, and Kraft. I've never used this combo before, but I think I love it! The accents are ribbon from the Sherbet Originals pack, glitter and crystal effects, and then paper piercing and a photo corners punch with dew drops. I used an aquapainter to color my images. This card is for all my wonderful friends, you know who you are! :)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
For those that don't know, PIF blog candy is "Pass it Forward" blog candy. Each person that receives a PIF, needs to then pass the kindness forward by sending PIF candy to others.
This PIF came from my upline's upline Stacy. Thanks Stacy, I love everything. Can't wait to use my new treats! :)
This next card uses Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black as the color combo. It's quite bold, not something I usually do, but I like it. The accents here are the scalloped circle punch and rhinestone brad. Another simple card.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I love this stamp set, Wonderful Favorites, but this is the first time I've ever actually used it. I think it works great for this swap. I saw a card in the catalog that was very similar to the one I've made. I just loved the color combination of Groovy Guava, Mellow Moss, and So Saffron together. The other stamps used here are from Simply Said. I added linen ribbon and an eyelet for my embellishments. Then used the circle punches and scalloped circle for the finishing touches.
Thanks for looking. Happy Stamping! :)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
The papers I chose are from the hostess paper pack in the Spring/Summer Collection Catalog. The colors are Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, and Apricot Appeal with Whisper White for the neutral. The stamp set is A Good Egg, so cute and fun to use. I used some paper piercing to add detail to the background. I cut the main image on a zig-zag to imitate the cracked egg on the stamp. The final accents are a photo corner with brads, crystal effects on the egg, and the oval punch for the sentiment.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Check out Beate's blog for more great sketch layouts! Happy Stamping! :)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a challenge. Today is my anniversary and I have weddings on the brain. I've got invitations to make for my brother's wedding and I'm helping to plan my aunt's wedding. So I thought, "yes, weddings." The perfect theme for this week's challenge.
To play, just make a card or alter a project with the theme of "fairy tale wedding." Be sure to post a comment here with the link to your project. I'll edit this post later when I've finished my creation. Now, what to make....
Edited: added photo
Here's my wedding card. I made this for my husband as an anniversary card. Not very masculine, I know, but I don't do masculine cards very well. I used a monochromatic color scheme. I think this choice adds elegance and romance. I love this wedding set, simple yet still beautiful. The background is French Script BG. I added some white taffeta ribbon and white organdy ribbon with a hat pin as accents. The flowers on the bouquet are real red. I had to add just a little splash of color.
I have been tagged a few times this week, so I thought I would try to get to all of them in one post. Sorry about the length. Here goes...
The first tag I received was from Tina, on LUVCRAFTN. Her blog is relatively new, but she's already got great stuff posted. Her tag was for the questions that I already answered in the February 28th post about where were you ten years ago, etc. So scroll down for those.
The next tag was by Danyelle, of Hangnailz n' Papercutz. Danyelle is a very talented stamper and her posts are always good for a laugh, she should do stand up! Her tag was to share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, and then tag 7 random blogs.
Here are my 7 facts...
1. I'm married and have been for 8 years, today! My husband and I met in college and have been together ever since. That's going on 13 years! Love him!
2. I have 2 children. A four year old son and a 2 year old daughter. They are the highlight of our lives. Even the rough days are a gift.
3. I'm a total animal lover! We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a fish. We might have more if I had my way.
4. I've been a Stampin' Up! demo for 1 year now and I'm still lovin' it!
5. I really enjoy blogging. It was one of those things that I just started up for fun and for customers, but it's taken on a life of it's own. I really enjoy the blogs I visit, I've met super nice people, and I get to share my passion for stamping with other passionate crafters.
6. I hate hate hate winter! We live in New England were it snows a lot and is cold for many months out of the year. Even with these super long months, I don't think I would want to live anywhere else.
7. I love interior design. Maybe someday I might even explore that as a new career.
Ok, I've tagged a lot of blogs recently so I'm not going to tag anyone else specifically. If you would like to tell 7 things about yourself, consider this your TAG!
Lastly, I was tagged by my SBS sister Lynn, on Craft and Waffle. I love Lynn's blog. She's the sweetest and she's super creative. She uses a lot of Magnolia stamps in her work. I'd never seen these stamps until I started blogging with my sisters. Really cute images. Lynn tagged me as one of her 10 favorite blogs. What an honor, thanks so much Lynn!
I can't possibly tag only 10 blogs, so I guess I'm breaking the rules. I LOVE all the ones I visit regularly. You are all so inspiring and creative. I love this world of blogging and stamping! Thanks for the the fun and motivation! :)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
For my take on this challenge, I used the set Friendship Blooms from the Sale-a-bration mini. I chose to use this set because of the flower designs on the purse and because I really like these simple flowers. I wasn't all that crazy about this set when I first got it, but it's grown on me since then! It's just fun!
The cardstock choices here are Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White. The ink colors are Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Tempting Turquoise. I added a piece of Pumpkin ribbon and some flower brads from the new silver hodgepodge tin. There's some paper piercing accents around the edge of the Pomegranate piece. The "friend" is from the set For a Friend.
Hope you have the chance to be inspired today too. Happy Stamping!! :)
This card was made using Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Elegant Eggplant cardstock and the Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Friendship Blooms.