Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Musical birthday

Happy Wednesday!

Here's a simple card I made with the new Musical Backgrounds set. Looks pretty fun embossed with black on Raspberry Fizz cardstock!

pink black music

I stamped the sentiment from Say it With Style, as well as the flourish.

pink black music inside

Thanks for coming by!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Shabby Vintage Thank You

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse
Paper: Memory Box
Leaf Die: Sizzix
Border Punches: Martha S and EK Success
Ribbon: Papertrey

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Birthday Wishes

This is the best set EVER! Have you seen Teeny Trees? You need this set. You do. Trust me on this one. I have made like 10 cards in the last two days because I am so inspired by this set. LOVE it! Claire is a genius! So on this card I used the biggest tree to make the hills. I then sponged a bit more ink onto them. Next I took the tiny trunk and stamped it in dark chocolate. I took some spring rain ink and sponged it on for sky. Then I came back and added the leaves. Claire has included every kind of leaf cluster you could possibly want. Its awesome. And the font on the sentiments? Oh mercy me, its GORGEOUS!!! I am in love. I hand drew those tiny birds- it was a little empty up there. Hope you enjoy!
Card Deets:
Paper: rustic cream, spring rain (pti)
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees
Ribbon: Spring rain satin
Inks: PTI, Colorbox

Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Fabby" Nutcracker!

You may be getting used to it but I still can't believe I'm here on a Saturday again!!   You may not remember this, but my usual post day is supposed to be Thursday, LOL!

Well, let's just get on with the card because it uses one of Claire's Nutracracker Sweet fellas and I just love those nutcrackers!!

I usually don't even get to Halloween or Thanksgiving cards quite yet, but these nutcrackers are irresistable!   He's colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and Spica gold glitter pen.

For the background patterned paper, I stamped using my CHF Scrapblock of vintage text.

Clara of "The Nutcracker" would have loved these!  It's a story my daughter and I have read over and over every year and have a favorite version with beautiful watercolors.  Hmmm... When I look at the nutcracker stamps, these bold colors come to mind but maybe I'll have to give watercolor a try, too.  Goodness knows I'll be using these stamps over and over again, too.

Thanks for coming by!!  

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Nutcracker Sweet
Ink:  Memento, Papertrey ink (PTI) (vintage cream and scarlet jewel)
Cardstock:  PTI 
Paper:  Basic Grey (wassail)
Other:  Ribbon from Stampin Up and PTI, button and twine PTI, SU dimensionals

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Sorry for the horrendous coloring--time is at a premium lately! I used the new Muscial Background and Nutcracker Sweet sets.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Warm Wishes

All stamps are from Sewing Box Christmas. The border punch is Martha Stewart. I used Angel Wings Shimmerz on the big snowflake.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nutcracker Sweet.....

Above is a card I made with two NEW WM Stamp-sets. I adore these wee Nutcracker guys. As soon as I laid eyes on this set these colours popped into my head. The Background is stamped with Musical Backgrounds. You can find both sets here :)

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Christmas Basket

Wow! I almost missed my day. If you cruise my blog, you saw this yesterday. I was saving it for today but then my brain misfired- and well you know the rest! Anyway today's card uses basket editions and spring baskets. I have some pure poppy card and basic grey patterned paper. I added some stickles and glitter because I like things that sparkle!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Magnet Board

I have a 3D project to share today -- not something I do a lot of, but this weekend my daughter and I are going to a mother-daughter stamping event and the daughters are having a "secret sister" exchange.  What we know about the girl whose name was given to us is that she is 11 years old, likes sewing, and likes purple.  Sewing just made bells go off for one of the stitched sets at Waltzingmouse Stamps, Sewing Box Hugs.

The base of the project is a 5 x 7 piece of metal flashing material.  I used the Corner Chomper for the rounded corners.  The paper is all Papertrey Ink patterned paper.  

For the magnets, I stamped images from Sewing Box Hugs several times on various patterned papers.  Then I assembled the pieces and embossed multiple times with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel).  The embossed paper images are then backed with cardstock for more sturdiness -- and it's a good thing because the magnets attached to the backs with E6000 are really strong!

It was a little tricky to do the embossing with the layers of paper piecing, especially the bird with three pieces of paper.  My original idea had been to simply stamp the images on Bristol vellum and color with Copics, then treat with coats of UTEE.  I may re-do the magnets that way and I'll show you the results the next time.  

Here's a close-up of one of the magnets:

Here's an example that I posted here months ago of how the UTEE looks on Copic-colored images:

I'll post the new magnets a bit later.  I still like the paper piecing so maybe we'll just give her both!  She can always use them in her locker or on the fridge. . .  Oh my, now I just want to make school locker magnets!  :^)

ETA:   I did do a couple of more magnets with the same stamps colored with Copics. . . but of course forgot to take a picture!!  Since my daughter would like some herself, I'll make some more and show you them another day!

Better get busy!!   See you later and thanks for coming by! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes

Here's a card using the new set, Bountiful Basket Additions. I paired it with some digital paper from Zoe Pearn's Alphabet Soup collection.

Birthday Wishes close

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy Birthday


Pic-Nic Patterns Stamps
Fancy Phrases Stamps
Martha Stewart Paper Doily
Floral Applique from JoAnn

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spooky Invite

Good morning! Happy Sunday to you! I have a spooky little invitation for you today. I used Waltzingmouse's Halloween Party... with the exception of the tree limbs... those are from PTI's Take a Bough. The blue card and yellow card is from PTI. The ink is Memento Tuxedo and Encore Silver. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Clean and Simple

Okay, I went clean and simple because I'm behind schedule ~ here I am back on a Saturday again!

So have you been lingering over at Claire's blog and her design team's blogs, too, making your shopping list and realizing that, yes, you do need more Christmas stamps!?!  Me, too!

Today's card expresses exactly how I've been feeling lately -- grateful for friends.

I love the look of this sentiment!  And the flourish it comes with in this set, Rescue Remedies.

Add the Scor-Pal, a few rhinestones (three little ones are placed in the flourish, too), and white cardstock, and voila!

I'm sure you're enjoying Claire and her team's samples for the new release -- tomorrow!!  And if you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?!  :^)    Head to the blog, and ENJOY!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Candy Cane

Stamps: Picnic Patterns, Off Beat Backgrounds, and Sewing Box Christmas. Border punches are Martha Stewart.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Halloween Card

Hey there! So sorry I am late! We have a holiday here in the US and I thought that tomorrow is Sunday but really its Monday, just a holiday Monday... so anyway, I was confused with a capital C. I do have for you this cute card based on the sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Be sure to check it out! They even give away prizes on occasion!This card has an orange zest base (PTI). I used some pp by Dicuts with a view. The stamp sets are Halloween Party, Vintage Labels, and Wanda's Pantry. I used lots of black stickles and some old black grosgrain that I got at Michaels in the dollar bin.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Big Bow Thank-You

Let's see. . .why am I posting on Saturday?  

Well, when Thursday rolled around this past week, I really thought it was Wednesday . . . and I haven't had much time to stamp lately. . . and I'm on a new laptop.  .  .  .

Digital photo management has always been a bugaboo of mine ~ and I could just cry not having good ol' reliable Picture Manager anymore :*( .   None of the programs I've tried will resize and alter photos as effortlessly.  Oh well. . .enough complaining - on with the card!

I originally was going to do this card in black, red and white.  But when I started out and checked to see if I had a piece of red cut already, I saw the terracota and thought it would look nice with a dark gray.

And since I had a pretty simple design in mind, when it came time for the ribbon I thought, "why not try a great big bow?"  I did the kind of bow where you make two loops to start and tie them together -- just used two loops in each hand.

I used foam dimensionals to mount the sentiment and matting pieces -- it adds interest and was really necessary to keep the sentiment on the same level (literally and figuratively) with the big bow.   The little metal embellishment balances things out a bit.

I tried a watermark and a little "glow" or fade-out around the edges of the close-up photo.  Can't even remember which program I did that in, LOL!

I'll try to be back on time next week!!   Thanks for coming by :^) .

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink:  Brilliance, Papertrey Ink (fresh snow)
Cardstock:  PTI (smokey shadow, terracotta tile)
Other:  PTI ribbon, SU lattice embossing folder, sponge dauber, SU foam dimensionals, metal embellishment unknown.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Santa's Workshop

I made my second Christmas card of 2010...and it's pretty non-traditional! I have a serious problem in that I use Hawaiian Shores on every. single. card I make lately. I'm not sure when it will end...

Santa's Workshop

My card follows Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #12.

This card uses Faux Fun as a background, stamped with Rouge Colorbox Chalk ink onto Vintage Cream cardstock. The main image is from the 2009 "Secret Set", which I stamped with Rich Cocoa ink (Memento) and colored in with Copics. The ribbon is Raspberry Fizz satin, and of course, the card base is Hawaiian Shores.

Thanks for looking!