Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Glam'd-up Tyson

Okay, so this was my first time using watercolor paper and this image and so Tyson the Turtle isn't anywhere near as cute as she could be (I chose to pretend Tyson is a her today), but it was a good learning experience. I'm definitely gonna have to practice some more with my markers (no Copics...for now) and try out the waterbrush and my watercolor crayons too. This paper is SO much more forgiving when coloring in images than when using regular white cardstock -- I can't believe I haven't tried it before now! Oh, and BTW, Tyson is currently being featured as the Stamp of the Month over at Cornish Heritage Farms, so she's (yes, Tyson will be a 'she' for all intents and purposes today -lol) practically a celebrity. Of course April is almost over, though I hope Tyson's brush with celeb status will continue (15 minutes just isn't long enough for this something this sweet).

Okay, already...so without further ado, here she is in all her glittery glamour (NOTE: As you can see, she specifically requested that glittery polish when she went for her pedicure, but she also wanted to be sure you noticed she's even sporting some matching sparkly eyeshadow! lol): Granted, she's no beauty pageant winner, but (with the help of a lot of Eucalyptus Stickles) she's still pretty cute, don't you think? Can you just imagine her with some luscious lips, long eyelashes, and a cute little tail with a bow on it?! lol (Maybe the talented folks at CHF should just make a girlfriend for Tyson so we don't have to humiliate the poor guy by dressing him up like a girl. lol) Okay, I'll stop now. Sometimes I just get a little carried away. Sorry.

I used Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try this week: I'm really lovin' this one -- it was quick and fun to work with! If you give it a try, I'd love for you to add a link to it here so I can see what you've done with it.

I used patterned papers from the Memory Box Echo collection (I was going to set you up with a link, but I just noticed that the 6x6 pack is no longer available where I bought it). I lightly stamped the Scratched Grid in white pigment ink over the green strip on the right to create a bit more texture, and I zig-zag stitched the two patterned papers together (and also around the border of the Tyson panel to its mat). The three punched flowers are from the same purple polka dot paper behind the pop-dotted focal image, and the flower centers were some unloved (kelly green) brads embossed with white and then dipped in Prisma glitter while the embossing powder was still hot. The sentiment is stamped in Timber Brown Staz-On using two of Papertrey Ink's sets, Mixed Messages and Beautiful Blooms. The ribbons are both from the dollar bins at Michael's. I think that's about it for the details.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Echo collection (Memory Box); Stamps: Tyson the Turtle , Scratched Grid (Cornish Heritage Farms), Mixed Messages, Beautiful Blossoms (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On, VersaMark (Tsukineko), (ret.) Sea Foam, Lavender, Orchid Bouquet, Baby Pink , Gray Flannel (CTMH); Other: ribbon (Michael's), Boho Blossoms punch (SU!), Eucalyptus Stickles (Ranger), brads (Making Memories), embossing powder (Stampendous), heat tool, Prisma Glitter, stipple brush, water brush, paper piercer (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Cookies Anyone?

I haven't even had breakfast yet and all I can do is dream of desserts and cookies. My mouth is watering! As I was drinking my tea this morning (and blurfing a little while doing so...is there any other way? lol), I stumbled upon Donna's blog, Spatulas, Corkscrews, and Suitcases. (She's Erika "Stampin' Mama" Martin's mom, so you know she's got talent. lol)

Anyway, as I was browsing some truly tasty-looking recipes, I noticed she's hyping up her "Martha Stewart's Cookie Cookbook Give-Away." Well, aside from my addiction to stamping, I LOVE cookbooks (and to cook...and to eat...and to read food magazines, take cooking classes, and watch the Food Network -- in short, I'm a real foodie), and FREE cookbooks are really nice...so I just HAD to enter for this scrumptious blog candy. The winner won't be announced until this Tuesday, so if you're feeling lucky and want to enter or just want to check out her blog, click here. If you enjoy drooling over good recipes, you won't be disappointed. BTW, Erika's got a sweet "Kitchen" Groovy Give-Away going on now too if you're interested. ;)

I think I'll go get some breakfast now and then do some baking (and then stamp while the goodies bake -- yeah, that's the ticket!).... What a great day this is already shaping up to be...even if it is 29 degrees and SNOWING outside!!!!!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Sweetness of Shared Loot and a Simple Dotted Thanks

It's the weekend -- woohoo!! Seems I live for them these days. Hope you're enjoying yours like I plan to enjoy mine. ;)

A couple weeks ago I'd taken my 8-YO dd to Michael's (she had a few gift cards burnin' a hole in her pocket -lol). Among the treasure she amassed that day was a small paper pack from DCWV. We were both drawn to the vibrant colors and fun prints shown in the little sample squares on the back, and my favorite was the one peeking out from under the packaging on the top. However, neither of us realized it at the time, but once she opened it we discovered that a portion of the papers were already pre-cut into small pieces -- some rectangular and some square. At first I felt bad for her because I didn't pick up on that fact in the store. But then, being the sweet child she is, she offered to share some with me and my mind went to work.

**It's funny how, from the eyes of a child, she sees her own stockpile of crafting supplies as SO plentiful, and it is...for an 8-YO. The ironic part is that she really believes she has more supplies than I do, and she's so sweet (and I think she must feel sorry for me or something) because she's always offering to share her things with me. I usually politely decline, but this paper was just too pretty to pass up -lol. It just cracks me up whenever I recall our conversations about this topic and it endears her to me even more. She has even asked me a time or two whom I thought was more talented: her or me! (And of course I tell her the truth and say she is.) Kids! Where do they come up with this stuff? lol Anyway, you get the idea...she's a sweetie (and a funny one at that) and we share with each other...well, she offers to share everything with me and I offer to share, er, um, most of my things with her. lol I love that I she still has that sweetness in her heart and I feel so blessed to be able to share my life...and supplies...with her.**

Okay, enough gushing over my little sweetie.... As I pondered how I would use these paper pieces,
Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge came to mind. Rectangles and squares. BINGO! (Yes, I know this is last week's sketch, but it was current at the time I actually made this card. -lol) I only had one rectangle and one coordinating square (which had a stripe of pink that I was able to strategically hide with my ribbon), but with a little improvising I think it worked out all right. Here's my version of her sketch:

This color combo isn't typically one I use, but I just loved its freshness and the way it made me feel. Like summer. Maybe it's because I'm SO ready for some (consistently) warm weather? lol Regardless, I didn't have any red-orange cardstock, ink, or ribbon, but the Cranberry I did have came pretty close. Fortunately the rectangular piece of patterned paper (with the large swirly flower print on it) was long enough to cut down a bit so as to use it for two sections; and I added the striped coordinating patterned paper for one section, and then stamped the large flower (from Lizzie Anne Designs'
Dreaming of Dots) onto some (ret.) Heavenly Blue tone-on-tone striped patterned paper for the last section. They're all matted on a layer of Heavenly Blue cardstock and again on a layer of Cranberry cardstock, and then the whole thing was adhered to a White Daisy card base.

The focal piece was pop-dotted up and uses Cranberry and Heavenly Blue cardstocks, with the images (again, from Dreaming of Dots) stamped in those same colors on a piece of
Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock (all layers were cut and embossed with rectangle Nesties). The blue stems and leaves don't show up very well in the picture, nor does the Baby Blue Stickles I used for the flowers' centers...but they are there and you can see them in real life. ;) The blue-striped and red ric-rac ribbons are both from May Arts; the white with red polka dots ribbon is from my stash (but I'm pretty sure I got it at Michael's).

Boy, that was a LOT of chatter for one simple card. Sorry....

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Heavenly Blue (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: blue/red-orange floral and stripe (DCWV), Heavenly Blue stripe (CTMH); Stamps: Dreaming of Dots (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Heavenly Blue, Cranberry (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts) (unknown), Baby Blue Stickles (Ranger), pop dots

Monday, April 21, 2008

Thank You Berry, Berry Much

I apologize to those of you who expect to see more than a post or two a week from me. I really admire and am amazed and inspired by all those who can create and post daily! But my reality is that home schooling has really put a crimp in my stamping time (and I've discovered that posting and blogging can really eat up a large amount of time too!) -lol! However, we're coming down the home stretch and only have SEVEN more weeks to go (yes, we're counting! lol), so I'm hoping I'll be able to stamp and share a lot more over the summer...AFTER I get my daughter's wedding invitions made, that is. ;)

I also want to apologize for the wonkiness of my blog -- the color variation on some of my longer posts and a few other noticeable issues here. Nicole is currently working on it, so it should be fixed really soon. ;D

Anyway...I've really been blessed by winning some awesome blog candy recently (not once, but THREE different times!! I'm still pinching myself!). Because of that, I now have several thank-you cards to send out (and I'm not complaining! lol), so I had some fun making a couple cards using the strawberry images and a sweet sentiment from
Green Thumb by Papertrey Ink. Both cards also use some luscious Out & About patterned paper I found recently at my LSS by My Mind's Eye (I *heart* MME papers!).

The first one is another Flap Fold card (the tutorial can be found
here). Again, I tweaked the dimensions to make this into a regular-size card, and I used a cereal bowl as my template for the curved flap (my Coluzzle templates are still boxed up for now). The card base is Cranberry cardstock, the focal image uses Cranberry, (retired) Summer Cloud Blue, and Colonial White. I stitched around all the edges of the patterned paper to create a bit more interest; the focal image has Cranberry ink on the edges of the Colonial White layer and some Sea Foam ink stippled around the sentiment and strawberries, and there are black (marker) dots in the scallops of the Summer Cloud Blue layer. The strawberry image was masked a couple times, the 'seeds' were made with a black marker, the little stem tendrils were added, and the berries were coated with a layer of Liquid Glass (mm-mmm, don't you just love fresh strawberries!).

The second card is my version of this recent sketch by Jen del Muro:

I went with the circle Nestie approach again on this one, but with a few slight changes: I used the larger strawberry image in the set, the Summer Cloud Blue was replaced with Sea Foam (though I've since decided I prefer the Summer Cloud Blue), and I added some Patina Stickles to the berry cap.

The vertical stripe on the right side was made by punching 3/4" circles, lining them up along the back side of the vertical patterned paper strip, and then (using the Crop-A-Dile) punching holes inside each 'scallop' -- it's a pretty cool trick if you don't have the hot new, nearly-impossible-to-get-your-hands-on Threading Water punch by Fiskars. {BTW, if you happen to know where *one* might pick up one of these illusive but oh, so sweet little treasures, I'd REALLY appreciate it if you'd leave that info in a comment here. It's not really to the point where I'd say I'm obsessed with finding one (yet! lol), but it is most definitely one of the items at the top of my Wish List...and if it wasn't already, it's probably on yours now too! ;D}

Along with my faux scallops, I also used faux stitching on this card, using black 'thread' instead of the white like I used on the first card (I think I prefer the black). The yellow accents down the right edge are Flame Dew Drops. And just in case you're wondering, No, the sentiment isn't faux...it's 'faux' real (sorry -- I couldn't help myself). lol

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies - Flap Fold card: Cardstock: Cranberry, Summer Cloud Blue, Colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Out & About collection (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Green Thumb (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Cranberry, (ret.) Sea Foam, Black (CTMH); Other: Scor-Pal, Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crop-A-Dile (We R Memory Keepers), Liquid Glass, stipple brush (CTMH), magnetic snap (BasicGrey), sewing machine, white thread

Supplies - regular card: Cardstock: Colonial White, Cranberry, Sea Foam (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Out & About collection (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Green Thumb (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Cranberry, Sea Foam, Black (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), grosgrain ribbon, Liquid Glass, stipple brush (CTMH), Flame Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Patina Stickles (Ranger), circle punch (SU!), pop dots

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Princess and the Rash

Strange title, I know. My 8-YO DD was invited to a birthday party, princess style, yesterday. We had the gift all wrapped, the card was made, her party dress was all laid out, we were planning her hairstyle, the excitement was building, only two hours until it would be time to leave, she was heading to take a shower...and then she comes back out of the bathroom and asks me to look at "something." Uh-oh. Turns out she had a bumpy rash on her chest, back, and the upper part of her arms...obviously nothing serious -- no itching, no fever, no other symptoms -- but a rash nonetheless. Needless to say, we had to stay home. ;( I felt so bad for her -- in previous years there were umpteen parties to attend, but since we began home schooling this year, the number of parties (and the kids' circle of "friends") has greatly reduced (especially when you add to that the fact that we are still fairly new to the area and our social circle is relatively small) -- this was actually the first party she'd been invited to here in Colorado. She had big tears welling up in her eyes when I told her we couldn't go, so, instinctively, I hugged her and suggested the first thing that came to mind to cheer her up: STAMPING! lol It did the trick, though! We stamped together all afternoon, ate snacks, and all was right with the world again. ;D She actually did most of the stamping; I spent the time helping her and putting together a couple different wedding invitation samples for my 20-YO DD (mostly brain-storming, cutting, very little stamping).

So here's the birthday card I had made for the "princess" of honor, though now its delivery will be a little after the fact. (We're still kinda housebound and likely will be for at least a few more days.)

I started out knowing I would use the cute little princess image and sentiment from Lizzie Anne Designs' Once Upon a Time set. (And I just have to tell you how much I LOVE their stamps -- unmounted red rubber, closely trimmed, with a thin cling layer -- effortless...gotta love it!) Anyway, I got hung up a little after that, though. With all the patterned paper I have in my stash (and there's a LOT...I'm sure you can relate -lol), you'd think I'd be able to find something suitable for this card, but I couldn't. I wanted something small and dainty, preferably in a soft pink. No such luck. This meant, of course, that I *had* to make a trip to my LSS (*insert big grin and wink*). After searching high and low, I found, among other things -- you know how it goes, kinda like at the grocery store: you go in for one thing and end up with two or three bags' worth -lol -- this darling Spring Floral Egg paper by Making Memories. Not pink, but, surprisingly, this was the best I could do for what I had in mind. But I really like it. The design reminded me a lot of the full skirt on the princess' dress. And, with the hem of the dress in mind, I scalloped the lower edge of this patterned paper strip using my corner rounder punch.

I had also decided I wanted to use a great sketch I saw last week over on SplitcoastStampers by Cindy Haffner (and after spending quite a bit of time in her gallery, I became a huge fan of hers -- she is incredibly talented!). I {heart} this sketch and know I'll be using it again.

So once I had my sketch and patterned paper all lined out, the rest went fairly fast (I love it when that happens...especially since it's so rare for me -lol). I chose Spring Iris to use as my card base, then made my own coordinating patterned paper by stamping the Pretty Pattern Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms in Amethyst ink on some White Daisy cardstock. I also used more of the Spring Iris as a layer for the focal image, and the sparkly pink paper you see is some Bazzill Bling. The white organdy ribbon is by CTMH, and the narrow pink is by May Arts.

The princess and crown images were stamped (in Jet Black Staz-On) and colored twice -- once on the focal image piece itself, and again on another piece of Curious Iridescent Cryogen White. I colored and cut it out and then popped it on top of the first colored image for some added dimension (if you click on the picture you can see it a little bit better on the crown, though not so much on the dress -- sorry ;( ...a photographer I'm not). I used my CTMH markers and my waterbrush for the princess and her crown, then added some Star Dust Stickles to give portions of her dress some sparkle and some Lavender Stickles to accentuate the jewels in her crown. The sentiment was also stamped in Jet Black Staz-On. I added some Grey Flannel ink to 'ground' and shade her a bit and then stippled some Baby Pink around the edges of the Cryogen White focal image piece (which ended up making the Cryogen White look a bit dull, so that was a mistake -- live and learn, right?). The pink Just Blooms paper flower has a white Bigger Brad for its center, and then a generous helping of Star Dust Stickles was applied to cover the entire center area (another thing I'll not be duplicating in the future, but I figured it would pass inspection for the birthday girl -lol).

Well, the weekend's about over. I hope you all have a wonderful week. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Spring Iris (CTMH), Bazzill Bling (Bazzill Basics), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: Spring Floral Egg (Making Memories); Stamps: Pretty Pattern Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Once Upon a Time (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Amethyst, Baby Pink, Vanilla, Chocolate, Grey Flannel (CTMH); Other: Star Dust, Lavender Stickles (Ranger), ribbon (CTMH and May Arts), Just Blooms, Bigger Brads (CTMH), pop dots

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Green Thumb Meets "the Plant Assassin"

Yep, that's what my hubby has called me for years...not all the time, just when I want to plant anything. And, unfortunately, he's got very good reason. Apparently I either water my 'victims' too much or too little, don't feed them the right kind or amount of fertilizer, don't have the right kind of soil, trim them back too far or not far enough, don't have the right amount or type of sunlight, don't talk to them enough (or they've heard me sing -lol), don't have the right color gardening clogs, blah, blah, blah, the list goes on. And one year we even thought my mother-in-law had poisoned our flower beds, but that's a whole 'nother story. lol

So...as I was saying...I've been killing our flowers for years and I can't figure it out. For some reason (and for whatever it is, I'm thankful), the only flowers I've ever been able to keep alive for more than a couple weeks are geraniums. And I do like them; they just don't smell very nice...kinda like marigolds (you know what I mean, right? -- they're pretty but they don't emit a very sweet-smelling fragrance). But whenever I see other people's colorful, prolific gardens, it sparks in me that hope that one day I'll be able to grow my own beautiful flowers (and ones that smell good!). And with the long winter we've had, and as the grass slowly returns to green, I'm really looking forward to seeing some flowers around here soon...maybe even some geraniums. lol Until that happens, I'll just be glad there's not a law against killing plants and enjoy my stamped and paper flowers. It's hard for me to go wrong there. ;)

Anyway...I made this card using the Green Thumb set by
Papertrey Ink (the pot and the sentiment). I wanted to add a bit of texture to the pot, so after stamping it in Cocoa ink, I took the edge of a piece of scrap cardstock and ran it across the image (before stamping) in a zig-zag motion. I'm sure there are a hundred other fun things I could've done, but that's what came to mind at the time (I was in a hurry -- when aren't I? lol). I cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it to the card. I stamped the stem and leaves using an image from the Friendship Word Puzzle set by CTMH and added a Just Blooms paper flower to it, using Fruit Punch Stickles as the flower's center and mounting the piece on some Bubblegum cardstock. I played around with adding several other flowers to the 'tree' but ended up with just this one. Kind of a sad-looking topiary of sorts, but strangely familiar (but better looking), being very typical of my horticultural skills. lol

I ran a piece of Sweet Leaf cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the
Swiss Dots embossing folder as the backdrop for the focal image, off-setting it a bit. I used some Springtime DP by Around the Block (the same paper I used on one of my Easter cards last month) -- I love the colors! The ribbon is some (retired) Bubblegum gingham, and the 'ground' is a hand-drawn line with some 'dirt' stippled on (makes it look like one of the neighborhood cat's have been digging in there, don't you think?).

The sentiment was punched with the small oval punch, and then layered on top of three large, strategically placed oval punches, and pop-dotted onto the card. The flower there is just another Just Blooms folded in half with a dab of Stickles.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Bubblegum (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Springtime (Around the Block); Stamps: Green Thumb (Papertrey Ink), Friendship Word Puzzle (CTMH); Inks: Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Bubblegum (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon, Just Blooms, My Legacy Writer pen, stipple brush (CTMH), small and large oval punches (SU!), pop dots

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

"New Again"

This You-Tube video was just sent to me and I felt compelled to share it with you. Some of you may not be country music fans, and that's okay. It's the story behind the music that makes this song so beautiful and the video so powerful. Even though this can be very hard to watch at times, I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch it.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

You Rock Off Road

Well, I hope wherever you are is feeling like spring cuz it's sure not here. At the moment, there's a BIG storm rolling in -- at 39 degrees, and with lots of thunder and pouring rain, with a few inches of snow expected before it's over too. I guess I should be smiling...after all, having a change of seasons is one of the reasons we moved out of California. And boy, I guess we came to the right place, cuz we sure do have them here! My hubby tells me that the standing joke at work is that if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes cuz it's sure to change (and it does). lol Still, being used to year-round warm weather my whole life, and after five long months of the cold, I'm longing for some warmer weather. But for now, rather than get drenched while running errands this afternoon -- and being the flexible person that I am -lol -- I thought I'd stay indoors, grab another cuppa hot chocolate, and share a card with you instead. ;)

It's my soon-to-be son-in-law's (20th - UGH!...so young!) birthday and so I made this card for him. He rides motorcycles and plays baseball, but since I don't have any stamps relating to baseball, this is what he gets -lol. I even had my daughter send me a picture of him riding and tried to get the coloring right for the rider's outfit and bike, though I'm not sure he'll think I succeeded. :S I think my watercolor pencils would've worked better for coloring in this type of image, but I was in a hurry (as usual -lol)...not to mention they're still buried somewhere amongst the basement full of boxes (we will have to move at least one more time, and after moving twice in the last year and a half, I just don't have it in me to unpack everything and pack it all up...again); so I had to make do with markers, ink pads, and my waterbrush. Oh, well. I tried. ;)

The sketch I used as my jumping-off point is one of Mary Jo Price-Williams' Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenges from a couple weeks ago:

The main focal image is from the Off Road set by CTMH; the sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs' Sketched Sentiments; the wheel/tire-looking images on the smaller vertical inset focal piece is a stamp from Talking in Circles (Boy) by Autumn Leaves; and the background stamp is Cracked Montana Earth Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms.

I used layers of Moonstruck and Black with White Daisy cardstock and distressed the edges of all layers of the two focal pieces. The free-handed arrow was cut out of black cardstock, stamped with the sentiment, and then adhered with pop dots. The three black Bigger Brads were thrown in because the card just looked like it needed something -lol.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Moonstruck, Black (CTMH); Stamps: Off Road (CTMH), Cracked Montana Earth Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Talking in Circles - Boys (Autumn Leaves), Sketched Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Black, Moonstruck, Desert Sand, White Daisy (CTMH), Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Bigger Brads, stipple brush, waterbrush, edge distressor, paper piercer (CTMH)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Hey There, Cupcake!

My daughter celebrated her eighth birthday on Friday, and so I made her this cute little Flap Fold card (Rose Ann Reynolds shared this tutorial on the Scor-Pal site -- they have a LOT of cool tutorials there, so you may want to check it out). I did adjust the dimensions on this card to make it into a standard-size card, but the smaller version in the tutorial is really cute too.

In my blurfing travels last week (don'tcha just love all the new blogging terminology -lol), I came across some darling cards using the paper tole technique (I think it was one of the various challenges over at Splitcoast), so I decided it might be fun to incorporate that here too. ;) It was my first time using that technique, and though it takes a bit of time having to color in all of your individual images, I love dimension and I really like how the added layers gives the card such a fun look! My daughter liked it too. ;)

The cupcake and candle are from Stampendous' Hey There Cupcake set and stamped on White Daisy cardstock (three times). I colored it all in with my ink pads and waterbrush, adding my trusty Dimensional Fabric Paint (hey, laugh all you want, but I'm still using it because I can depend on it...unlike my Liquid Applique, whose whereabouts are still unknown at this point! lol), sprinkled it with lots of Prisma Glitter, and added some Baby Blue Stickles to highlight the flower (the center of the flower is another dot of Dimensional Fabric Paint). I also used some Yellow Stickles on the candle's flame. All circle layers were cut using my classic and scalloped circle Nesties. The triple heart stamp in the background of the focal image is also from the Hey There Cupcake set, and I colored it in with my Hollyhock marker.

The card base is White Daisy, and the rest of it are layers of Sausalito and Angel Island patterned papers from BasicGrey's Phoebe collection and Heavenly Blue cardstock. I used my corner rounder punch (with the guard off) to scallop the flapped edge, stippled the entire panel in Heavenly Blue ink, then added a Hollyhock brad to each scallop. The dotted ribbon is from May Arts.

And before I go make dinner, I also have to show you the darling card my mom made for Chloe's birthday -- Isn't it darling?! I don't have all the details, but I do know she found the 'Princess' stickers at Target (they were intended to be used for a pet layout, I'm sure -- check out the "C"...it's a collar! lol). I just love what she did with this card!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Heavenly Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Phoebe collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Hey There Cupcake (Stampendous); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Hollyhock, Orchid Bouquet, Heavenly Blue, Indian Corn Blue, Sweet Leaf, Honey (CTMH), Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), corner rounder punch (EK Success), ribbon (May Arts), piercing tool, brads, waterbrush, stipple brush, Prisma Glitter (CTMH), Polymark Dimensional Fabric Paint (Duncan Crafts), Stickles (Ranger), magnetic snap (BasicGrey)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Striped Delight

Before I get to today's card share, I wanted to thank you for the sweet comments you left for me with my card(s) yesterday. As a new blogger, it means a lot to me to know that somebody out there actually enjoys what I'm creating. Egotistic, I'm not; I just appreciate compliments (like everyone else) and like to know if I'm doing something right. Without feedback, it's kinda like working in a vacuum...for me anyway. So thank you so much for taking the time, first, to even stop by my blog, but also, to take the time to leave me a comment when you like something. It makes my day so happy! ;D

I also am glad to know that you liked the "neutral" sympathy card. It's ironic that through sharing this card last night, one of my sweet Internet *sisters* emailed to let me know that her FIL had passed away a couple weeks ago; so now this card has a purpose. It's clear now that God knew I needed to make two sympathy cards last weekend, and not just the one I'd originally intended to make. I'm so glad that He knows better than we do what lies ahead, and that we can be better prepared for it if we just listen to His whispers (okay, sometimes He needs to hit me over the head to get my attention...though, thankfully, not all the time -lol).

Okay, back to the reason you're here.... This card was made for a good friend of mine back in California (I truly wish I had time to make cards just because, but unfortunately with my schedule I typically only get cards made when I *need* to send them). I'm definitely on the bandwagon with the current craze over all things cupcake -- I don't know about you, but they just make me smile inside. And besides, this particular Single Cupcake stamp by Lockhart was practically screaming "pick me, pick me!" so how could I resist? ;) WARNING: My 'baby' is having her eighth birthday on Friday, so you just may be in for another cupcake card later this week. ;D

I used some fun double-sided patterned paper (Sassy Design) by All My Memories -- I just LOVE those colors! It was in my stash, so I'm not sure where or when I picked it up but it wasn't a recent purchase. The card's layout was inspired by this Sketch for You to Try by Jen del Muro:

I accented the patterned paper with some Blush and Sweet Leaf cardstock, used my circle Nesties for the stamped image (with White Daisy, Baby Pink, and Sweet Leaf cardstock), and ran some Baby Pink cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the Happy Birthday embossing folder for the larger focal piece. The cupcake 'cup' was paper-pieced, the 'frosting' is a thick coat of Polymark Bright White Dimensional Fabric Paint (Can you believe I STILL haven't found my Liquid Applique? It has certainly proved worthy of receiving the coveted "Best Hidden Craft Supply" award, and I'd be the first to congratulate that crafty tube...if I could only find it! So the saga continues!) with some Prisma Glitter to give it that festive sparkle (again, hard to see in the scan -- sorry), and the 'cherry' is a dab of Fruit Punch Stickles. The ribbons were both from a coordinating pack by American Crafts.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Baby Pink, Blush (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Sassy Designs (All My Memories); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug and Happy Birthday embossing folder (Provo Craft), Dimensional Fabric Paint (DuncanCrafts), Prisma Glitter (CTMH), Fruit Punch Stickles (Ranger), ribbon (American Crafts), pop dots