Tuesday, January 29, 2008

You're the Best Bird

Since it's cold, snowy and blowy again today I thought I'd share a springy card.

I made this card using pieces from my scrap pile. I haven't made anything using brilliant blue card stock in forever but I just love how it turned out! I love the how the bold colors work with this stamp set. The stamp set I used is Spring Solitude, which is a new level 2 hostess set.

For the base of the card, I stamped the outlined flower image with brilliant blue ink. To create the main image, I used old olive and chocolate chip markers to ink and stamp the branches.

The "you're the best" sentiment is from the A little Birdie Told Me set.

stamps: Spring Solitude, A little Birdie Told Me
ink: Brilliant blue ink pad, old olive and chocolate chip markers
paper: whisper white, brilliant blue, chocolate chip, creamy caramel
other: white taffeta ribbon

Saturday, January 26, 2008

embrace life

It's still cold here today but finally warming up a bit. Tomorrow it's actually supposed to be above 30 degrees!!

Here is a card using one of the new Stampin' Up sets, Embrace Life. I liked this set right away when I saw it. I knew it would be fun to watercolor. On this card I wanted to make it sort of springy so I used bright colors for the card base. I colored the flowers using watercolor crayons and a blender pen. I haven't used the watecolor crayons a lot but thought this turned out really well.

stamps: Embrace life
ink: basic black, so saffron
paper: regal rose, so saffron, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, whisper white
other: watercolor crayons, blender pens, taffeta ribbon

Friday, January 25, 2008

A little Birdie told me...

That it's finally Friday! Whew! I don't know about you, but this has been a long week for me. It's been hard to go out in the cold everyday this week. I'm so ready for some warm, sunny days...wishful thinking, I know.

Today I'm showing a card that I'm doing as a make-and-take for my open house on Sunday. I used the set A Little Birdie to make both of the cards in this post. What's fun about these cards is that I used exactly the same materials, cut to the same sizes to make both cards! It's fun to see how you can make two totally different looks using the same materials. Plus, this set is so versatile. It comes with all these fun sentiments so it can be used for tons of different occasions!

I also love the new designer series paper Ginger Blossoms, that I used on both of these samples. The colors are so pretty, perfect for spring or valentines!

stamps: A Little Birdie
inks: Basic Black ink pad, always apricot and regal rose markers
papers: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, and Ginger Blossoms Designer paper
other: pink Taffeta ribbon, oval punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thank You Card

Here is a card using the hostess set Spring Solitude from Stampin' Up. The base is bordering blue card stock. For the strip through the center I used glossy white cardstock and stamped the flowers on it with Night of Navy ink. Then I used sponges to sponge river rock, and bordering blue over the top. The two flowers were stamped on white card stock and cut out and attached with dimensional dots. In the centers I attached pearls from the Stampin' Up Pretties Kit. These go on easily using glue dots. The ribbon is double-stitched grosgrain.

stamps: Spring Solitude
inks: Night of Navy, River Rock
papers: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White, glossy white
other: River Rock and Blue Bayou double-stitched grosgrain, flat-back pearls from Pretties Kit.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Calendar project

Here is the calendar I mentioned I was working on. I gave it to my grandparents as a late Christmas gift. All materials are from Stamping Up!. I made the pages 6x6 and at the end used my bind-it-all to put it together. It took a lot longer than I thought to make but I was happy with how it turned out.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thank U card

Hello! I'm almost finished with my calendar so I should have that to show soon.

Meanwhile, here is a thank-you card I made with one of my Favorite sets from Stampin' Up, True Friend. I just love the flowers in this set. They're so fun to stamp!

For the card base I used really rust. The flower is colored with markers from Earth Elements and then stamped on white. It's framed with Wild Wasabi and the retired Apple Cider paper (so sad this paper is gone, I just love it!). I colored the "thank U" stamp with markers, pumpkin pie and chocolate chip, and stamped it on white. I punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and then framed it with the close to cocoa scallop. I used white gel pen to add dots to the scallop. The ribbon is the double-stitched ribbon from SU in river rock.

You can't see it really well in the photo, but I did add a fun little patterned brad in the center from Bo Bunny.

stamps: True Friend
Inks: earth elements markers
paper:really rust, whisper white, wild wasabi, close to cocoa, Apple Cider Designer paper
other: circle and scallop punches, double-stitched ribbon, white gel pen, flower brad

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Another winter kitty card

Happy Wednesday! I'm working on a calendar project but it's not quite done yet so here's another Kitty card I made the other day. This set is so adorable no matter what you do with it! The stamp is from C.C. Designs (you can find them here.)

I used all Stampin' Up Card stock for this card. The base is lovely lilac and the layers are bashful blue, lavendar lace, pretty in pink and whisper white. I used my cuttlebug to make the fun snowflake texture and my Marvy Giga punches to make the big circle and scallop. The ribbon is pink and cream taffeta ribbon from Stamin' Up.

stamps: Wintertime fun from C. C. Designs
ink: black
paper: lovely lilac, bashful blue, lavendar lace, pretty in pink,
other: marvy giga punches, cuttlebug embossing folder, taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Thank-you card time

So If you're like me, you received some really cool stuff for Christmas and now it's time to make some thank-you cards. Here's the first one I did. This one is for my husband to send out for a gift he received so I made it a little more masculine (didn't think he'd want to send out pink flowers).

I received this stamp set, Time Well Spent from Stampin' Up! for free a while ago...This set is a level 3 hostess set! Sometimes demonstrators get the coolest free stuff!! I was so busy with Christmas projects when I received the set, I haven't had much of a chance to use it. This is the first card I made with it. All supplies are from Stampin' Up.

To make this card, I started with a bordering blue card stock base. I stamped the small flowers on it with bordering blue ink. For the main image, I stamped the flower in basic black on whisper white paper and colored it with markers. I stamped it again on a separate piece and cut that out and attached it with a dimensional. I used the notch corner punch to make the corners, then bordered it with a piece of close to cocoa card stock. In each notched corner, I added a silver brad. The brown piece behind the main image is cut from creamy caramel cardstock and the sentiment is from the sincere salutations set (one of my favorites and a must-have for any cardmaker).

stamps: Time Well Spent, Sincere Salutations
inks: bordering blue, basic black, markers
paper: bordeirng blue, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, whisper white
other: corner notch punch, brads, dimensional

Monday, January 7, 2008

Winter fun!

Today I'm sharing a couple more cards cute card using stamps from the C.C. designs set that I received for Christmas. This one says "there's no day like a snow day" (Not the case here today, It's rainy and incredibly yucky outside) I just love this little puppy on the sled. He's so adorable! For the card I used a certainly celery card stock base. The strip up the side is river rock and the scallops were made with the slit punch out of white cardstock. I stamped the puppy on white and framed him with tempting turqouise and bashful blue and then added ribbon tabs using Stampin' Ups tafetta ribbons. I really like this color combo!

Wintertime Fun (c.c. designs)
paper: certainly celery, river rock, tempting turquoise, bashful blue, whisper white
inks: basic black
other: ltaffeta ribbon, slit punch, eyelets

Here's another card with the kitty. I made her in a pink snowsuit, so cute! All the card stock is from Stampin' Up. I used lovely lilac for the base. The middle image is stamped on white and then layered with lavender lace and bordering blue card stock. I did paper piercing on the bordering blue layer. Then I added taffeta ribbon (LOVE this ribbon--I've been using it a ton!) and some silver cord to accent the tag. The tag is punched out with the two sizes of the SU circle punches. I also colored in the kitty's hood with some liquid pearls. It has s nice effect!

stamps: Wintertime Fun (c.c. designs)
paper: Lovely lilac, lavender lace, bordering blue, whisper white
inks: basic black
other: liquid pearls, paper piercing, taffeta ribbon, circle punches

Friday, January 4, 2008

These are so adorable!

For Christmas, I received these super cute C.C. Designs from my husband. (Ok, so maybe I sent him the link to the site, but he did order them for me!!) You can find them here. I have always been a Stampin' Up girl and don't usually sway too much from that but lately I'm seeing so many other cute stamps....how can I resist? These stamps are just so adorable!

These stamps arrive unmounted with EZ mount on them so you need clear blocks to use them. It's the first time I've tried the unmounted rubber stamps with the EZ mount and I have to say, I liked them!

I also used one of my cool new star-shaped brads on this card that I bought at archivers. Here's a close-up:

stamps:Wintertime fun (CC Designs)
inks: basic black,
paper: Certainly celery, tempting turquoise, bashful blue, whisper white
other: Taffeta ribbon (SU), Oval Punch, star brad, Giga Circle and scallop punches from Marvy

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Is it really 2008?

I can't believe how fast that holiday went! I never even had a chance to post my christmas cards so I'm going to do that now... a little late.

Here is the first card I made for Christmas. It's using the Season of Joy set from Stamping up. I used the In Colors, purely pomegranate, wild wasabi, and river rock. I just love this color combo. The card is pretty simple but since I was making a ton of them I wanted it to be. The poinsettia is raised with a dimensional dot and then I added some red stickles in the middle to add a little sparkle!

This is the second card I made this year. I couldn't choose one so I did some of each design. For this card I also used the Season of Joy stamp set. The base of the card is Wild Wasabi and the snowflakes are stamped in Wild Wasabi. Then I framed the middle image using purely pomegranate and chocolate chip card stock. The tree is stamped with Wild wasabi ink and the ornaments were stamped with purely pomegranate, then punched out and adhered with dimensional dots. The ribbon is the retired silver cord from the last Stampin' Up catalog that I had lying around and thought I'd use up. The "be merry" is stamped in white and is from the Warm Words stamp set.

Hope everyone is having a great new year!

stamps: Season of Joy, Warm Words
inks: wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, black
paper: wild wasabi, purely pomegranate, whisper white, river rock, chocolate chip
other: double-stitched grosgrain ribbon in purely pomegranate and wild wasabi, silver cord, stickles


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