Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I dig color challenges!



Finally feeling better this week and was able to find time to make this card last night - I had so much fun doing the color challenge I did before I decided to do another one with the play date cafe blog.  The colors were Stone, Buttercream and Denim.... I used Stampin' Up colors -- Not quite Navy, Basic Gray and So Saffron along with the set I dig you.


Here's a close-up -- I also added some bakers twine just because :)



stamps: I Dig You
ink: Basic Gray, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy
paper: Whisper white, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy
big shot: polka dot embossing folder
other:  Word Window and modern label punches, dimensionals, bakers twine. 



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pretty Petites card



I've been sick with a bad cold this week so haven't had much energy to stamp-- and you know I'm sick when I was home for two days and didn't even touch a stamp! Luckily I found this card that I made last week and haven't had a chance to share yet! 

This is a simple design that I think I copied from somewhere….. Pinterest maybe? in a vertical format but I changed it up a bit --made it horizontal and did my sentiments a little different. I added the happy birthday over one of the squares of patterned paper and then the for you underneath in the white space. It's fun to leave some white space on a card - it gives it a nice, modern feel. 



stamps: Pretty Petites(SAB)
ink: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, Sycamore Street Designer Paper (SAB)
big shot: fancy fans embossing folder
other:  Petitie curly label punch (SAB), dimensionals, bakers twine. 


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A color Challenge!

When I said I wanted to do challenges did you think I could do two in one week? I told you I was on a roll - I'm rockin' the stamp room this week at my house!! Today I'm sharing a card I made using the color combo challenge from the Play Date Cafe Blog! I was inspired by this pretty color combo and wanted to try it out. Here's the combo they posted for the challenge:


And here is my card. I didn't have exactly the right colors  - my mint is a little more blue but it's close, I think! I chose to use the stamp set By the Tide to create this card since I thought the  colors had a bit of a beachy feel.



I  love the fancy fan embossing folder used as a background on this - i think it sort of mirrors the look of fish scales! I also added on some bakers twine and a pretty button from the Sale-a-Bration Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack. These buttons are so cute!


stamps: by the Tide, Essentials
ink: pool party, pretty in pink, Marina Mist
paper:  pool party, pretty in pink, Marina Mist, whisper white
big shot: fancy fan embossing folder
other: bakers twine, oval and scallop oval punch, button


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Birdie Valentine



One more valentine using the Sweet Heart set from Jane's Doodles. This time I used hearts to make "leaves" on the branch, which I think turned out really cute. I also like how this set has two birds that you can make facing each other - perfect for a valentine sentiment! 




stamps: Birds & Branch from Sweet Heart set (Jane's Doodles), Valentine Sentiment from Lots of Love set (avery elle)
ink: early espresso, crumb cake, cherry cobbler
paper: crumb cake, cherry cobbler, whisper white, early espresso
big shot: chevron embossing folder
other: bakers twine




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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Caged Hearts



When I saw the cage and the hearts in the set from Janes Doodles I had the idea to combine them to make a cage bursting full of hearts for a valentine! I love how this turned out, I stamped the different heart images to appear as if they were filling the cage and overflowing. Then I added some bakers twine on the top of the cage so it would look like it's hanging from something. Isn't it cute?  Then I embossed a piece of pretty in pink card stock with the houndstooth embossing folder to match the houndstooth pattern in the heart! 



stamps: Seetheart set (Jane's Doodles), Sentiment Happy Valentines Day from Lots of Love set (Avery Elle), 
ink: early espresso, primrose petals, pretty in pink, whisper white
paper: primrose petals, pretty in pink, whisper white
big shot: Houndstooth embossing folder
other: twine, corner rounder



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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Be Mine!



Another card using the Sweet Heart set from Jane's Doodles. I think the little owls are adorable - I love how you can give them different eyes! I made this card to send out as a valentine so I kept the color palette pinks and browns, with a pop of green on the leaves. to make the leaves, I used the wing from the Bird Builder punch from Stampin' Up!  I also used the chevron embossing folder to create a background since I thought it nicely mirrored the zig zag bellies on the birds!


stamps: owls from Sweet Heart set (Jane's Doodles), Be Mine from Lots of Love set (avery elle)
ink: early espresso, pretty in pink, crumb cake, primrose petals
paper: crumb cake, primrose petals, whisper white, patterned paper scrap (leaves)
big shot: chevron embossing folder
other: bird builder punch, bakers twine



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Friday, February 15, 2013

A Sketch Challenge!


One of the things I want to do more of this year is creative challenges - It took me until February to get into my stamping groove but I'm on a roll this week! Somehow I've found lots of time to stamp and I'm having a blast. Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Mojo Monday blog - they post a sketch every week for inspiration and although I've been following the blog for awhile this is the first time I've played along!  Here is the sketch:


And here is my design:





I used the stamp set By the Tide from Stampin' Up to create this card! I wanted to make it a little more masculine so instead of doing a scallop I used the Chevron embossing folder and cut along one edge to give it a fun zig zag edge!  Other than that, I stuck pretty close to the sketch. This was a ton of fun and I hope I have time to do another one soon!!


stamps: By the Tide
ink: early espresso, crumb cake, cherry cobbler
paper: crumb cake, cherry cobbler, Not quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
big shot: Chevron embossing folder
other: circle punche, dimensionals, Cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon



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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!




Hope you are having a lovely valentines day and are able to have a sweet treat or spend it with someone you love! I had some fun this week making valentines so I will be sharing those with you! This one turned out to be one of my favorites! I love the look of the hearts on a clothesline or banner - and the cloud embossed background makes it extra sweet! 


 stamps: Lots of Love (Avery Elle)
ink: early espresso, crumb cake, primrose petals, pretty in pink
paper: very vanilla, core'dinations in primrose petals, crumb cake, early espresso
big shot: cloudy day embossing folder
other: brown/white bakers twine, sanding block, oval and scallop oval punches, dimensionals

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Dirtday




Here is a fun little birthday card for a young boy- complete with primary colors! I stamped the truck and the presents (colored using markers) and was happy with how nicely it lined up (thank you clear blocks!). Then I added on some brads in the tire centers and used the chevron embossing folder to make a background that looks like tire tracks!  when I showed this card to my husband he asked "why is it dirt day?" and told me it needed to have dirt… so stay tuned… I did make another one with dirt! 



stamps: I dig you
ink: real red, not quite navy, black, daffodil delight, old olive
paper: black, whisper white, daffodil delight, real red
big shot: chevron embossing folder



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Monday, February 11, 2013

storybook birthday



I love the feeling of nostalgia this stamp set gives me… it reminds me of looking through the old storybooks on my grandparents bookshelf!  I also thought this would be a fun set to make birthday cards for kids. when I was making the card I'm sharing today, I didn't feel like coloring in all the animals so instead of stamping them in black, I stamped them in three different colors on white to create more color on the card. I think it works --although it turned out a little more in the "boy" realm for colors --  you could use more feminine colors to make it for a little girl too. 

stamps: storybook friends
ink: pumpkin pie, old olive, baja breeze
paper: Whisper white, old olive, soft suede, designer series paper stack - brights
other: scallop trim border punch, pacific point 1/8" satin ribbon



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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Faux Quilting Technique


This is the other technique for the Technique class this month - I don't know if you can tell very well in the photo but not only is the heart patchwork, it also has a quilted texture. This technique is easy to do with just some patterned papers and an embossing folder! 





stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
ink: early espresso
paper: Crumb Cake, primrose petals,  Print Poetry Designer Series paper stack
big shot: square lattice embossing folder, lacy brocade embossing folder
other: crumb cake seam binding ribbon, word window punch, dimensionals

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chalkboard Technique



Tonight is my Technique class and I'm teaching the Chalkboard technique. Chalkboards seem to be really hot right now - I've been seeing them pop up all over online in card making and home d├ęcor!  This technique is pretty simple but makes a stunning card, don't you think?



stamps: Wish Big single stamp
ink: Whisper white
paper: Tangerine Tango, pool party, black, Sycamore Street Designer Paper (SAB)
big shot: Framed tulips embossing folder
other:pool party bakers twine, scissors to make flags


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Dirt Day!



I don't have a lot of stamps that make good cards for guys and boys so I recently added this one to my collection... I thought it would be perfect guy cards! For this card I started with a daffodil delight cardstock base and added some texture with the chevron embossing folder on gray cardstock... I think it kind of looks like tire tracks! Then I stamped the dump truck filled with gifts and added the happy dirtday sentiment. I love how bright and fun this card is!


stamps: I Dig You
ink: Black, Daffodil Delight, real red, pacific point, old olive
paper:Whisper White, black, going gray, daffodil delight
Big Shot: Chevron Embossing folder
other: Word window and modern label punches, dimensional



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