Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why I need the Big Shot...

So....I went to a Stampin' Event that my upline hosted a couple of weeks ago and we made this! It's created using the Matchbox die for the Big Shot. So, before creating this little box I had convinced myself that I didn't need the Big Shot. That was before I used it. Once I used it I was hooked. How cool was it to just cut out the shapes and not have to measure and score and trim? The bottom of this box doesn't even use adhesive!! Then I started checking out all the other cool projects people have made with it and I was hooked.

Sooooo.... Needless to say, Mine will be here on Monday! I'm so excited! I bought this die too, along with a couple of others. So look out for more totally awesome projects in upcoming blog posts and classes! the way...this box is made using the new Walk in the Park Designer Series paper, Scallop Oval punch, Summer Love rub-ons, and Whisper White Satinribbon....all from the occasions mini. If you haven't seen this mini yet, check out the link or contact me to get your own copy!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cheep Notepads

...Sorry for the pun! I found these little notepads in my stash of stuff to stamp and thought they would be really cute with some birds on them! I think these notebooks came from wal-mart and they come in like a 3 pack....really cheap too. They're so much fun to decorate because they're so cute and little! For both notebooks I used paper from the Good Morning Sunshine designer paper pack. I am so in love with this paper. Little birds and fruit...and owls!! What more could you want! Plus it coordinates perfectly with the cheep talk and Good Friend stamp sets! I stamped a little birdie image to be the focal point on one and on the other I made it simple by using the "good friend" sentiment. So cute!

stamps: good friend, cheep talk
ink:taken with teal, pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss, summer sun, basic black
paper: Good morning Sunshine Designer paper, whisper white, chocolate chip, taken with teal
other: mini notepads, turqouise ribbon, kiwi kiss ribbon, scallop border punch

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Baby Card

I made this card to pass around for a co-worker who is expecting a baby. Since I'm not sure if they're having a boy or girl, I made it bright colors and as gender-neutral as I could. The animals are stamped from the Wild about You stamp set. I love using this set to make baby card and cards for kids. It's such a cute set and is really perfect for it. I usually just make my cards out of a half sheet of cardstock but since this one was going to be signed by a bunch of people, I found a larger envelope and measured it to fit. I think it ended up being 4.25 inches wide by 7 inches tall. This worked out perfect since I had more room to stack the animals!

The dotted swirls are actually from the trendy trees set, it's one of the tree tops but I thought it would make a fun background image. Then I stamped the sentiment "happy new baby" from a retired set since I don't have a lot of baby word stamps. I punched it out and attached it to a scallop circle with a dimensional and added it to the card. The ribbon was actually inspiration for my color palette and is from Michaels.

stamps: Wild about you, trendy trees
ink: kiwi kiss, summer sun, pumpkin pie, tempting turqouise
paper: whisper white, kiwi kiss, summer sun
other: striped grosgrain ribbon (michaels), dimensionals, scallop border punch (fiskars)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

thank you bird card

Here is a card that I did for a recent swap. The theme was punches but I couldn't resist using my good friend set so here's what I came up with. I stamped the bird with Kiwi Kiss ink and pumpkin pie ink. Then I framed him with baja breeze card stock. Then I used the scallop circle and circle punches to create a flower image to accent the bird. The background is kiwi kiss stamped with flowers and I also used the scallop border punch on white along the side.

I love how this card turned out. I have a few extras left from my swap so I will probably be using this for my thank-yous for awhile!

stamps: good friend
ink: kiwi kiss, pacific point, pumpkin pie
paper: kiwi kiss, pacific point, pumpkin pie, whisper white, baja breeze
other:punches, dimensionals

Sunday, April 19, 2009

friendship card

This card uses the sets cheep talk and good friend. The main image is the bird from cheep talk on the branch, framed with kiwi kiss. To add some interest I framed that with pumpkin pie card stock that I punched the edge with using the scallop punch. The card base is baja breeze card stock stamped with the flower from good friend. Then I used a piece of chocolate chip card stock and gave it a embossed dot pattern using the cuttlebug.

stamps: cheep talk, good friend
ink: kiwi kiss, baja breeze, pumpkin pie, basic black
paper:baja breeze, pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip
other: pumpkin pie and whisper white grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, April 18, 2009

simple friend card

This is a simple card that i made using the Good Friend stamp set. I love the flowers in this set. they're so simple and modern! I stamped the stemmed flower several times using different colors for the focal image. Then I simply framed it with chocolate chip and added some ribbon around it. Then I attached it to the kiwi kiss card base and then stamped the good friend sentiment on the bottom using chocolate chip ink.

stamps: Good Friend
ink: pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss, regal rose
paper: kiwi kiss, chocolate chip
other: striped grosgrain ribbon

Friday, April 17, 2009

More bird cards

I hope you're not totally sick of these yet...I'm having so much fun with this set. For this card I wanted to use a the pear. I stamped the birds on the branch and stamped the pear separately and added it on with a pop dot. to give the background some dimension I used a piece of patterned paper in so saffron. I love how this set makes super cute cards so easily.

Here is another one using the patterned paper. This time i changed up the colors a bit and added a flower with a pop dot instead of the pear.

stamps: cheep talk
ink: kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, summer sun, pacific point, baja breeze, basic black
paper: kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, pacific point, so saffron patterned paper

Thursday, April 16, 2009

spring flowers card

I've had this stamp set, A Flower For All Seasons, for awhile but haven't had a chance to use it yet. It was sitting on my desk, begging to be colored! So I decided to put my birds aside for one evening and color some of these! I love coloring images. For this one I stamped it in basic black and colored it using blender pens and the watercolor pencils. I love how it gives it a hand-painted look. This stamp makes a great spring card. I paired it with the scatter sunshine wheel and the scallop border punch. It's a really simple card but I love how springy it looks!

stamps: a flower for all seasons, scatter sunshine wheel
ink:basic black, watercolor pencils, summer sun
paper: summer sun, apricot appeal, bashful blue, whisper white, certainly celery
other: scallop border punch

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sweet birdies!

I made this little ensemble using the cheep talk set. I just can't get enough of this stamp set, it's so adorable! I had a little orange notebook so i wanted it coordinate it with that. I stamped the kiwi kiss with flowers to make a background texture and then I stamped the bird and branch and framed it with tempting turquoise card stock. The ribbon is some ribbon I got at Michaels on sale. It's from American Crafts.

For the treat header I used pumpkin pie card stock, punched the edge with the scallop edge punch. Then I stamped two flowers using pumpkin pie and tempting turquoise.

stamps:cheep talk
ink:tempting turqouise, kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, regal rose
paper: whisper white, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise, whisper white.
other: striped grosgrain ribbon, cello bags, stapler

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Late easter bunny..

I didn't get a chance to post this before easter but I wanted to share it ... I made these super cute little bunny baskets for my family for easter. They're very small and hold 3 mini york peppermint patties. I made the bunnies using punches.

check out the backs:
I hope you had a fabulous easter! I will have more projects to share later this week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Simple Thank you card

I'm using a different set today, Eastern Blooms. This is a really beautiful stamp set. I love the Asian floral feel of it and the simplicity of the images. For this one I just inked the three flowers with different markers (I chose bright colors:pumpkin pie, taken with teal and rose red) and stamped them for the main image. I then framed them with pumpkin pie cardstock. The back of the card is using old olive and the top part is taken with teal, which I stamped a background of branches on. I've never tried this color combo before but I really like it. For interest, I used a glue dot to attach a button to the last flower. The sentiment on the bottom is from the Heard from the Heart set.

stamps: Eastern Blooms, Heard from the Heart
ink:taken with teal, pumpkin pie, rose red
paper:taken with teal, old olive, whisper white, pumpkin pie, black
other:button, glue dot

Monday, April 6, 2009

trendy pink!

Happy Monday!! Another weekend gone by so quickly!

Here is another take on the tree set. I thought, "why not pink?" for the trees and I love how it looks. I think this color combo works great! Sometimes it's hard for me to stray from the colors that things "should" be but I usually love it when I do. I must remember to be more imaginative!

For the card, I started with pretty in pink for the base, then used a piece of rose red that I put through my cuttlebug to add dots on. Then I stamped the trees in rose, chocolate and Kiwi kiss and chocolate chip. I framed the trees with kiwi kiss and chocolate chip card stock and attached it on the card with pop dots.

stamps: trendy trees
ink:kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, regal rose
paper: pretty in pink, chocolate chip, regal rose, whisper white, kiwi kiss
other: pink taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, cuttlebug

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Trendy Trees

Besides the two Bird sets from the catalog, this set was my other "must have". I absolutely love it! Not only are the trees adorable, but it's so versatile you could use it for almost any occasion and for a guy or girl. Here is one of the first cards I made for it. It's a thinking of you card using my favorite new color combo with this set: kiwi kiss, baja breeze, chocolate chip and barely banana. I love the look of these colors together. It's a simple card with just a few extra accents, the double-stitched ribbon and button brads (not from SU, I think they're EK Success).

Here is another cute and simple card using nearly the same color scheme. This one I just used solid cardstock in layers of color and the paper piercing template to create interest.

stamps:Trendy Trees
ink:Chocolate chip, Kiwi Kiss,
paper:Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Barely Banana, whisper white
other:paper piercing template, kiwi kiss ribbon, double-stitched ribbon, (button brads from EK success)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Birds again...with pears

I've seen cards with this layout before but this is the first time I've tried it. I thought this would be a perfect set to use it with! I used some more neutral colors on this card and stamped the birds and pears and punched them out with the circle punches. Then I put them on a kiwi kiss background and matted that with white to help it stand out and scallop punched the bottom of the white. The base of the card is more mustard (I definitely don't use this color much but love how it looks with the kiwi). Then I finished it off with some kiwi ribbon and the hello there sentiment! So cute!

stamps:Cheep talk
ink:Kiwi Kiss, more mustard, really rust, black
paper: whisper white, kiwi kiss, more mustard, really rust
other:kiwi kiss ribbon, scallop border punch


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