Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Ok... I know I've been really into the bird thing lately, but penguins don't count, do they? I suppose they do but at least they're a different type of bird!!

I just got these two adorable little penguins in my order from All that Scraps. They're cute little clear stamps by Imaginesce Snag Em' Stamps. The first card uses the penguin dude stamp. I stamped him on white and colored him with my new copic markers (I had to get a few to try, just couldn't resist). The cardstock used on the card is all stampin' Up. I used real red for the base color and barely banana, tempting turquoise, and summer sun for the layers. I put the barely banana piece through my cuttlebug to create the fun texture. And of course I had to use Think Happy Thoughts stamp set from SU for the "happy birthday" sentiment. I really love how the striped grosgrain ribbon really ties all the colors together.

The second card uses the penguin girl stamp. She is so cute with her little bikini!

For this card I used a pumpkin pie card base to match the SU felt flowers. I also layered that with Old Olive, and tempting turquoise stamped with the Scatter Sunshine wheel (I found this scrap in my drawer already stamped, don't you love it when that happens?) I also used red to frame her image and tie all the colors together. I really like how this color combo looks. The flowers are from SU and the pretty blue brads are from making memories. Then I finished it off with some of that gorgeous striped grosgrain from SU. She's so cute and summery. Oh, and the "you're the best" sentiment is stamped from the A little birdie set from SU.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Always a birthday

I can never have too many birthday cards around. It seems like whenever I need to send one, I don't have one that fits the person so I usually end up making one to fit that specific person. Now if I could just get them in the mail on time!!

This card I made for my Grandma. She really loves green so I thought she'd really like the color combo. All materials are from SU except the ribbon which is a Target dollar spot find.

I used the stamp set Always to stamp the branches on the background and the bird. I used the rock and roll technique I mentioned yesterday on this card too. I started by certainly celery and rocked it on tempting turquoise to create the effect. I just love how this looks! Then I used the happy birthday sentiment from the Think Happy Thoughts set. I just got this set because I thought it would go great with the circle and scallop punches (which it does) and now I can't stop using it. I think I used it on all the cards I made last night!! (which I will be posting as soon as I get time to photograph them!)

stamps: Always, Think Happy Thoughts
ink: Tempting turquoise, certainly celery
paper: tempting turquoise, taken with teal, certainly celery, whisper white, so saffron
other: ribbon from target dollar spot, scallop and circle punches

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sweet spring pastels!

I loved this color combo so much I used it on both cards! It's so springy!

Both of these cards use the stamp set Always from SU. I bought this set a bit ago but haven't had much of a chance to use it so Thought I'd try it out. The bird in this set works really awesome using the rock-and-roll technique. Haven't done this? It's easy. First ink the entire stamp in the lighter of your two colors (I used apricot appeal). Then take it to the darker stamp pad (cameo coral), and instead of pressing it straight down, kind or roll it around, only inking the outside edges!! Make sense? It creates such a pretty effect!

Everything used on these cards is SU except the ribbon. For colors I used appricot appeal, cameo coral, and glorious green. All the stamps are from the Always stamp set except the "thank you" sentiment which is from Spring Solitude.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Oh Deer! Birthday

I am SO behind in posting! I have made a bunch of cute cards to share but I haven't had a chance to download the photos yet. This week has just been super busy!

Meanwhile, here is a cute little deer card I made a bit ago and realized I haven't posted yet. I used the deer from the SU set Moose You. The little guys in this set are so cute and work great for making masculine cards. The sentiment, "it's your birthday" is from the set A little Birdie. Everything on this card is SU except for the buttons.

Hope to have time to download and post some of my other creations soon!

stamps: Moose you, A little Birdie
ink: chocolate chip, river rock
paper: not quite navy, river rock, old olive, chocolate chip, whisper white
other: oval punch, buttons, grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Yet again More Birds!

Here are a couple more cards I made using yet another bird stamp!! This one is from Hero Arts too. I just love his long legs... I can see him running in the sand on the beach!

For the first card I wanted to make it a masculine birthday card so I started with Not Quite Navy card stock for the base and used neutrals blues, and browns with a pop of yellow. I really like how these colors turned out together. I colored the bird with Stampin' Up! markers. The happy birthday sentiment is from the everyday Flexible Phrases set and is punched out using the tab punch (all stampin' up). The circles were made using and embossing folder on my cuttlebug!

This second card uses the same image but it slightly more "girled up". I made this one for my friend Jill for her birthday since she's not into "girly" colors like pink! This card uses almost the same colors as the other one but I added some stamped flowers and ribbon. I think this card ended up looking very "beachy" which I love about it!

stamps:Hero Arts "bird with long legs", Everyday flexible phrases,
ink: basic black, not quite navy, SU markers
paper: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, creamy caramel, whisper white, so saffron, chocolate chip
other: Striped grosgrain ribbon, round tab punch, paper piercing


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