Sunday, February 24, 2013

Go Ask Alice

The stamp,sentiment and photo corners are TJ Designs.
All other products are Stampin' Up!

Midnight Muse Cardstock and Ink
Confetti Cream Cardstock (retired)
Print Poetry DSP
Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon
SU Water Color Pencils

Bleach is "IN"

Have you noticed that bleaching  is being showcased lately?

Here is my submission for the PPA153 sketch challenge
I used Confetti Cream (retired) card stock but you could easily substitute Naturals Ivory or Very Vanilla.  I "bleached" the Early Espresso card stock using the Stamp set Just Believe.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute.  I stamped Happy Birthday twice; once in Early Espresso ink and then stamped over the sentiment with Illuminate ink. 

I sponged the Confetti Cream with Soft Suede. The button is from the Spring Catalog Artisan Embellishments Kit (wish I had more of those buttons!) and I sponged the button a little too.

There's a little piece of Early Espresso tulle ribbon tied with the Natural Linen Thread under that button.  Another version of this card has a different button treatment for a more masculine effect.  This one uses the Brushed Bronze Button.

Most of the card stock edges have been distressed a bit.

If you'd like to give bleachig try, send me an email and we can do some bleaching.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bicycle Cards

Most of the time, when I am putting a card design together, I have more "parts" than I need for the finished product.  I try this here and try that there until I end up with the final version of the card. 

This time, I decided to use all the elements and create three cards; two Birthday Cards and one Thinking of You card. So here is what happened.

I used Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla and Midnight Muse card stock and Midnight Muse ink.  The stamps sets are Moving Forward, Feeling Sentimental and Itty Bitty Banners.  I used Labels, Window Frames and Bitty Banners Framelits and the corresponding Piercing Mats.
The DSP is from the Print Poetry Paper Stack.

The embossing Folders are Fancy Fan and Lacy Brocade.

So I stamped and die cut and pierced and arranged and re-arranged.  Here are the results.

Both these bicycle cards have a touch of Crushed Curry flowers in the baskets.

I used SU Jewels Basic Pearls to embellish the wheels and the SU Crochet Trim Lace

This next one is my favorite.

So, if you are setting out to make a card, and have extra parts, why not make three?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Digi Challenge

Its dangerous to have a day off.  I decided to give My Digital Studio a try.  I bought it months ago and never gave it a try.

Here is my first attempt.  Not much design wise, but I at least got the design exported to my blog in order to post in the digi challenge.   

Happy Birthday Cooper

My husband's grandson turned 2 years old and is having his birthday party tomorrow.  It was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but got postponed due to Nemo.  So here are Elmo, Oscar, Cookie, and Big Bird to wish him a Happy Second Birthday!

  Punch art Sesame Street characters.  Plastic googly eyes.  SU Daffodil Delight card stock stamped in Cheery Cobbler with stamps from SU "Memorable Moments" and "You're Amazing"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February Pals Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the February Pals Blog Hop!  Today the Stampin' Pretty Pals are excited to introduce you to the Stampin' Up! products we LOVE. We hope you find new ideas for using the products you already have - or find new items to add to your wishlist.
You should have just left stop number 10 on the Pals Hop - Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space   If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

 As I thought about the products I love, I didn't know which products to share today.  There is just so much to love and not enough time to stamp.  I decided to share a project using the Natural Composition Specialty DSP.  This paper is great because it contains glossy, raised designs.  Just sponge some ink on the paper and you're good to go.

I sponged some Midnight Muse, my favorite In Color, on the floral design lined Natural Composition DSP.  I mounted the design on some Soft Suede Card Stock.  Then I stamped a Butterfly from Papillion Potpourri and punched it out with the matching Elegant Butterfly punch. (two more of the products I love).

The Burlap Ribbon is the Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon on page 20 of the Spring Catalog.  That's a Midnight Muse Dahlia as a flower center.  The sentiment is from Vintage Verses in the Sale A Bration flyer, also stamped in Midnight Muse on the Natural Composition DSP.  So  the products I love, that I am drawn to over and over are the Neutrals Collections papers and inks, Butterflies (small, medium and large) and Midnight Muse.

The next stop is Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers, stop number 12 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  2. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  3. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
  4. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  5. Leslie Davis at Stampers Paradise
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach
  8. Amy Williams at Stampin' on the Range
  9. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  10. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  11. Diane Roberts at Score At Four and a Quarter  (you are here)
  12. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  13. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  14. Patti MacLeith Papercrafts by Patti
  15. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  16. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  17. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  18. Lynn Hoyt at cattaildesigns
  19. Kerry Willard Bray at stampgoodness
  20. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full

Thursday, February 7, 2013

More Amore

PPA152  Color Challenge:  Primrose Petals, Pool Party and Real Red

This challenge was very easy to accomplish using Stampin' Up!'s DSP More Amore from the Spring Catalog.

The Pool Party Ribbon and Button are from the Sale A Bration Flyer and they are free with a $50 purchase.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Swallowtail X 2

One of my favorite new stamps is Stampin' Up!'s Swallowtail from the Spring Catalog (page 18).   It is one of my biggest stamps and usually with big stamps, I stamp off the card a bit because the image doesn't fit on a 5.5" X 4.25" card.  That's what I did with the Medallion Stamp.  I made some pretty cards with the medallion, but I was never able to get the whole image on a card.

With the Swallowtail, I decided to try cutting out the image and let it overhang just a bit on the card.  Much to my delight, the Swallowtail is very easy to cut out with my snips and I think it is very impressive on a card.

I found that embossing and then coloring with my Stampin' Up! Watercolor pencils produced a very nice image.  Here it is on Daffodil Delight w/Black card stock.  The "Love" sentiment is from Pennant Parade, punched with the Petite Curly Label Punch from Sale A Bration.

The second Swallowtail below is embossed only-no coloring.  I wanted to feature the beautiful image on the Print Poetry DSP from the Paper Stack on page 16 of the Spring Catalog.   This is all Midnight Muse, my favorite In Color. 

Give this stamp a try, you will be glad you did.  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February's Best of Love Stamp Set

Well February is here and an early spring is on the way, according to groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.