Friday, January 30, 2009

Boatloads of Love!

Here's a card I made for valentines using the Boatloads of Love set from Stampin' Up! I used aqua painters to color the boat with various colors of blue.

I covered the heart with glue using a glue pen and added flower soft that I recently bought. You can order it from all that scraps here. I used soft pink for this card. Here's a close-up photo so you can see this stuff. It's really cool. It looks like terry cloth or a soft blanket. I love how it looks on the heart.

After getting it this far, I decided the boat was too blue and since I didn't want to re-do the whole card, I added some big eyelets where the boat life preservers are to add color. Then I matted the boat with pacific point cardstock and layered it over a piece of pretty in pink that I had run through the cuttlebug to emboss dots on. The card base is baja breeze blue cardstock.

For finishing touches I added some taffeta ribbon and the sentiment across the bottom which is from the set Heard from the Heart from SU.

stamps: Boatloads of Love, Heard from the Heart
ink:basic black, Pacific point
paper: whisper white, pacific point, baja breeze, pretty in pink
other: big eyelets, cuttlebug, flower soft, aquapainters, taffeta ribbon

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Owlie...

This card is very similar to the one I showed you yesterday! I loved the colors and ribbon so I used the same ones on this card. the main difference is that I decided to make it a thank-you card instead of a valentine. The base of the card is real red and the piece of close to cocoa is embossed using the cuttlebug. I stamped the owl and colored it with shades of brown markers. Then I matted it with Chocolate chip cardstock and put it on pretty in pink cardstock. I added the same ribbon and the sentiment "grateful" from a retired Stampin' Up set. Then I used two glue dots to add on the red buttons. I'm really liking buttons lately, now that I realized how easy they are to attach using glue dots.

stamps:Love Owl-ways
paper: pretty in pink, real red, chocolate chip,whisper white, close to cocoa
ink:black, various browns to color
other:ribbon (american crafts), cuttle bug, buttons, glue dots

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Love owl-ways

Here is a sweet little valentine card. I thought this owl holding the heart from Stampin' up was absolutely adorable! On this card I started with a pretty in pink card base and rounded the corners with a corner rounder punch. The red piece was sent through the cuttlebug to create the dot embossed pattern. Then I stamped the owl and colored him with shades of brown. The heart ribbon is from American Crafts and the flower is from Prima. I like how this turned out. It's simple and cute and the colors are perfect for Valentines!

stamps:Love Owl-ways
paper: pretty in pink, real red, creamy caramel, chocolate chip,whisper white
ink:black, various browns to color
other:ribbon (american crafts), cuttle bug, flower (prima)

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Catalog is Out!!

The new Spring/Summer 2009 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog has arrived!! Contact me today to get your copy. Meanwhile, you can check out the new products online here, although if you ask me, it's so much more fun to have the catalog in your hands, armed with post-its and a glass of wine! That's how I always like to look at the new one!! I'm not going to be able to have an open house this month since I'm going to be gone for CHA and too busy, but I'm planning on doing something in early February. If you can't wait until then, just give me a call and I'll make sure you get your copy sooner!!

Here are some of my FAVORITE New things, going straight onto my wish list:

You know me and birds, well, there are some new, super cute birds called Cheep Talk and Good Friend. and the coordinate with these really awesome Trendy Trees.

In the tools and accessories part, there is a cool new circle cutter that cuts BIG circles up to 6 inches, some awesome new punches and, of course, ribbons and brads! so much cool stuff!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pink Cat Birthday!

What a sweet Birthday Kitty! This kitty image from Pink Cat Studio is so cute and can be used for Christmas and birthday cards! To make this card, I stamped the kitty in Basic Black and colored her using inks and an aquapainter. Then I punched her out with a big circle punch and framed her with the big scallop circle punched out of certainly celery. The hearts next to her head are epoxy hearts from Heidi Grace Designs. Then I used two different pink cardstocks on the card (pretty in pink and regal rose). The sentiment Birthday wishes is from the set Sincere Salutations from Stampin' Up! Hope you like it. I think she's adorable!

stamps::Christmas Kitty (Pink Cat Studio), Sincere Salutations (stampin' up)
ink: basic black, various to color
paper: whisper white, so saffron, pretty in pink, regal rose, certainly celery
other: ribbon, epoxy hearts, cuttlebug

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Color Inspiration Challenge #38

Here is my card for the color challenge by Kristina Werner. I thought the colors would be a perfect way to use the love owl-ways set to make a valentine. I think this is such a cute little set. It's perfect for valentines or just a special someone!

Here is the challenge she posted:
I used the ruby red for the card base and the pumpkin pie layered on top of that with rounded corners. I tried to make this a cute simple card, just right for a quick valentine!

The little orange heart is an epoxy heart from Heidi Grace Designs. All other materials are from Stampin' Up!

stamps:Love Owl-ways
ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin pie marker, ruby red marker, pretty in pink marker
paper:whisper white, ruby red, pretty in pink, pumpkin pie
other: epoxy heart (Heidi Grace), pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, pink
gingham ribbon

owl thank you!

Can you tell I've got a bunch of thank-yous to get out? This was such a crazy holiday I'm a little behind on getting back into the swing of things. I bought a few stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps with some of my Christmas money and this one is so cute! It comes with two owls and a set of wings so you can put his wings out if you want to. I stamped the larger owl on the branch and then made the little one pop out so it looks like he's hugging it.

here's a close-up:
You can see how cute this set is, right? I can't wait to try more cards with it. It has the cutest sayings too. For this one I used "thanks for owl you do" so I can use it as a thank-you card.

The cardstock is all from Stampin' Up! and the flowers stamped on the yellow layer are from the eastern blooms set from Stampin' Up. I also used a border punch and some green button brads. I love these little button brads. They're so cute on almost anything!

stamps: What a Hoot (clear dollar stamps), Eastern Blooms (Stampin' up)
ink:Basic black, earth elements markers
paper:Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Pacific Point
other:Dimensional, border punch, button brads

Friday, January 16, 2009

Winter Kitty Thank you!

Besides birds, the other thing I can't resist is kitties! I just loved this image when I saw it. It's by My Favorite Things artist Stephanie Fizer. I just had to have this stamp. I wanted to use it for christmas cards but because of time restraints I ended up using something that wouldn't require so much coloring!! So Now I'm making use of it to do some winter cards. This one is a thank you. I colored the hats shades of blue so it wouldn't look so christmas. I always have to make one cat sort of yellow-orange colored and one gray so that they look like my kitties! I colored the whole image by squishing the ink on the lids of the inkpads and picking it up with the aquapainter to paint them. They look so cute! Then I framed the image with a piece of bright pacific point cardstock to bring out the blue in the hats. For the strip up the side, I used a border punch and a scrap of brown patterend paper. The sentiment is from the set Sincere Salutations.

stamps: Peppermint Cats (my favorite things)
ink:basic black, various to watercolor
paper: whisper white, pacific point, baja blue, wild wasabi, patterned paper
other:ribbon, border punch

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I can't resist birds....

Here are a couple of cards I made with yet another bird set that I had to have. I got this set from Inkadinkado in the Christmas section at JoAnn's for half price so I couldn't resist. The first card uses the owl. I used a markers to color the owl stamp so that he could be two colors. Then I went over part of the green with some clear stickles glitter to make it sparkly. All the paper is from Stampin' Up! The owl is matted on tempting turqouise chocolate chip cardstock. The card base is old olive and I stamped swirls from the Stampin' Up set season of joy on the background. The Just because I care sentiment is from the soon to be gone hostess set Best Yet.

stamps: Winter Birds (inkadinkado), Best Yet, Season of Joy
ink: not quite navy marker, garden green marker
Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
other: button brads, stickles

This card is stamped using the same bird stamp set from inkadinkado. The card base is pacific point and the red part is riding hood red, sent through the cuttlebug to emboss the argyle. I stamped the bird using not quite navy ink and framed him with creamy caramel cardstock. I like these colors together, it gives a rich feel. Then I used a couple of flowers in the corner to add some fun. I think the flowers are from prima. Flowers are something that I LOVE and always buy when I see cute ones but for some reason I don't use them much on cards so I'm going to try to use them more often.

stamps: Winter Birds (inkadinkado), Best Yet
ink: Not quite navy, riding hood red
paper: riding hood red, pacific point, white, creamy caramel
other: border punch (fiskars), flowers, cuttlebug

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

a little birdie told me...

The new catalog from Stampin Up! is just days away, and guess what? My box of catalogs came just arrived! I'm so excited about all the new stuff. There are a couple of must-have stamps and some cool accessories. I can't wait to make out my wish list!

Meanwhile, Here's a little bird card for you. I used Kiwi Kiss for the card base and lovely lilac for the middle. I hardly ever use that color but I love how this turned out. It looks so springy! I also used my border punch (of course), ribbon, and a dimensional to pop the little birdie off the card.

stamps: a little birdie
ink: pastel markers, basic black
paper: whisper white, bashful blue, lovely lilac, so saffron
other: white grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, tab punch, small circle punch, cuttlebug, button brad

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Color Challenge

So I decided this year I'm going to try to participate in more challenges from other bloggers. Here is the first one I'm posting the challenge is from Kristina Werner. She has a really cool blog and posts color inspiration challenges. Here's this weeks color challenge:

I had fun making a card with these colors. I'm going to try to continue to do her color inspiration challenges whenever I have time.

Here's what I did. All papers inks and stamps are from Stampin' Up. I used the set Eastern Blooms. This is a really cool set that I haven't used a lot yet. I really like the big flower image in it. I used the Baja Breeze as the card base and a piece of embossed pumpkin pie for the textured piece. I used my Cuttlebug to make the texture. Then the border punch (I can't seem to make a card without that lately!!) to add a scallop up the side. For the main image I stamped the flower in pumpkin pie, stamped the smaller flower in chocolate chip and then layered it on top with a dimensional. The yellow in the middle is a yellow brad I found. The saying "grateful" is from a retired set called small script. I love how this card turned out. It looks very tropical and summery to me, which is nice since it's the middle of winter and snowing here today!!

stamps: Small Script, Eastern Blooms
ink: pumpkin pie, chocolate chip, white
paper: baja breeze, pumpkin pie, old olive, chocolate chip, whisper white
other: striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensional, scallop border punch, cuttlebug

Friday, January 9, 2009

Non-Stamping Related but very cool...

Here is what I made my little sis for Christmas (probably another reason I didn't have much time to stamp last month). This is a purse made entirely out of candy bag and chip bag wrappers. I cut them down into pieces and made them into chains which were then sewn together to create the bag. This was a very time-consuming and somewhat difficult project, especially since I didn't have a lot of time to get it done because I wanted to give it to her for Christmas. The hardest part was putting in the zipper and making the handle strong enough so that it wouldn't break off. Hopefully it holds up. I've never done anything like this before so it was a fun challenge. It's really fun to look at and guess which candies are on the wrappers and see what the little bits say after they are all folded up!

Here are a few more photos, First the naughty zipper:

A Close-up of the side of the bag:

and Kimberly, showing off her new gift:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Birthday Cat

Happy Belated New Year! Sorry I haven't posted anything in so long but I've been away from my stamp table....horrible I know...but I was visiting family over the holidays and then had friends and family in town over the new years week so it's been a little busy! It was great to have a break to visit with family and I'm really hoping to get back into the swing over the next few weeks so I should have lots to share!

Here is a cute birthday card using the kitty from Pink Cat Studio. Isn't he sweet? I always have a challenge making more masculine birthday cards. It's so easy to make cute little flower cards but then when I have to send a birthday card to a guy I'm like "oh no!" so I tried to make this one sort of neutral so I could send it to a guy or a girl. I think it worked out pretty well. I used all Stampin' up card stock, starting with Pacific Point for the card base. Then I used a piece of Chocolate chip and embossed it with the cuttlebug circles folder and layered that on top. I colored the image with an aquapainter and ink pads.

stamps: Christmas kitty from Pink Cat Studio
paper:Pacific Point, chocolate chip, only orange, kiwi kiss, whisper white
ink:basic black
other: cuttlebug, aquapainters, ribbons


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