Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sending Warm Thoughts

First of all, I tried this sketch challenge {view it here} and I loved everyone's cards, but when I sat down to do mine, it just wasn't looking right. I've been wanting to do a Blush Blossom and Chocolate Chip card for days now, but ??? I can't put my finger on what went wrong :( Maybe it's the striped paper...although I thought that would look so awesome with these colors, but maybe not, lol!! Anyway, I stamped the base of card (blush) with the heart from Like it a Latte. The, I did the sketch the easy way! i took a 5 1/2" piece of choc chip c.s. and cut it the width I wanted, then punched 1/16" holes along both sides of it and connected with white gel pen. Then, I stamped the steam with white craft ink and heat set it, cause I'm too impatient and wanted to create NOW! SO, I then taped the piece onto my blush card and turned it over and trimmed the brown, whatever was hanging over the blush c.s. Oops! I forgot I was going to run some ribbon around my brown layer, so I punched 2 holes through the brown and blush layers and put blush eyelets, then I ran 2 ribbons through. The striped paper is punch with my scallop circle and then I punched holes in all the scallops. Then I stamped my cup of cocoa onto white c.s., stmaped the marshmallows once and got them a little too high, so I stamped them again (on a seperate sheet of white) and cut them out and attached with pop dots so they are 3 dimensional (or would that be 2??) I also stamped the straws in Coral ink and cut them out and taped onto this piece. The white was too stark, so I tried doodling...MAN I need to get better at that doodling stuff, lol!! Anyway, I added faux holes in the corners and added my sentiment. OK...so it's not my favorite. At least you can get a glimpse at what not to do?! hehe
TRY OUT THE SKETCH CHALLENGE AND SEND ME A LINK!! I'd love to see what you did with it!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Shadow Box Card

This is my first Shadow Box Card...and I LOVE it!! These are soo much fun to make {and SUPER EASY too!} Normally, you would take 2 pieces of c.s., 5.5"x 4.25" and score each one at 1/2" and again at 1". The back piece is usually light colored so you can stamp on it. In this case, I wanted to use watercolor paper, and it's not the right dimensions for the whole back piece, so I cut it down a little and taped it onto Certainly Celery c.s. which was cut at the 4.25"x 5.5". {You can view Dawn's whole picture tutorial here}


First, I used my CM cutters to cut the star out of Pretty in Pink c.s. and then ran it through my Cuttlebug with the bloom dots embossing folder. Then I sponged the inside of the star with Pink Passion classic ink. After stamping and watercoloring my scene on wc paper, I taped the outer 1/2" sides together, punched 1/16" holes and laced silver cording through and tied the bows. The frog is stamped on white, cut out and mounted with a mini pop-dot. THEN...I ran into an OOPS!! I didn't PLAN on where to put my sentiment {happy birthday} and it's kinda hard to stamp it onto dry embossed c.s., so I stamped happy and birthday onto white c.s., then used the smaller oval punch and then put them on that silver spiral dealy and slid it onto a blank spot on the card. :o) I like how this turned out. {are you tired of my "bloom dots" embossing folder?? I'm dying to get my hands on my new ones, but so far, this is STILL the only one I have :( so keep checking back and hopefully soon you'll see something NEW!} THanks for looking!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Keeping it Simple

Has it really been 4 days since I last posted?? This week just flew right by!! Well, I did get one card done yesterday (today was spent cleaning house and playing games with the girls). So, here's the Limited Supply Challenge #100 which was to use only black or white ink, accessories, embellishments, etc., but we could add one or more other colors of c.s. I don't recall ever doing a plain white background... ever! But lately I've been noticing some really cute simple white cards, so my challenge to MYSELF was to keep it simple {hence, my title}. Again, I used my cuttlebug embossing folder, bloom dots, and I stamped the polka-dot flower from Polka-Dot Posies set. Then I inked just the happy from the same set with black marker and stamped the inside of the flower, and then cut out with my Creative Memories circle cutters...love those! Layered that onto red circle and layered that onto the big black scalloped circle, which was of course punched out using my Marvy Giga Scallop punch. I added the white dots with a white gel pen (note I did not punch little holes this time). Then I used black marker again to ink up just "birthday" from a saying in AYC1 and punched out with small oval, and layered onto bigger black oval. The rectangle punch was used on the sides of oval for the ribbon. Corners looked plain (and probably still do!) but I decided to go with black brads. This only took me about 15 minutes to do, if that. I had it in my head the night before, and so it went really quick! :o) Thanks for looking!

The Evil Number 10

*RANDOM RAMBLING ALERT*
I don't know the average life span of kitchen appliances, but according to our calculations, I would have to say about 10 yrs.!! A couple days ago my toaster oven went kaput! We got it as a wedding gift 10 yrs. ago, which granted, warrants getting a new one!! Then today, my oven went kaput! (it's only slightly older than 10 yrs.) I turned it on to bake some rolls and when I opened it to put the them in, it was cold and dead. What the heckles? SO, I had my husband check it out, and the bottom heating element had broken completely in half! So, I sent him to town to get another one. Sears carried about 20 different ones, and NONE of them were the right size!! He checked the Hardware store, and they didn't have the right one. SO...we're going to order one, which who knows how long that'll take to get. It's really not an expensive piece to get, but what'll I do without my oven? Good thing we got a toaster oven 2 days ago! Then there's my dishwasher (and I'm not talking about my daughter/s)!!! The top spinner/sprayer dealy doesn't work. So, after every cleaning, we have white soapy residue on tops of everything on the top rack!! It's also just over 10 yrs. old! I'm convinced 10 is an evil number, hehehe JK. On a positive note, our refrigerator is working splendidly!! We got a nice new one about 3 or 4 yrs. ago to replace the other one we had for about 8 yrs. and he got it used, so it had a loong life and GOOD RIDENCE!! I love my frig. :o)
On another note: Are you all staying healthy?? Last week was weird...Carly had a fever of 104!! It lasted about 2 days, but she didn't have any other symptoms, except really tired, and wanted to sleep all day. No headache, tummyache, cold symptoms. I'm very thankful the rest of us didn't get it. We were suppose to go visit some friends this weekend and have lunch, but now 2 people in her family have the same thing! Hmmm. Well, take your vitamins and drink lots of water this winter. :o)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Watercolored Friend

This is Tuesday, which means COLOR CHALLENGE day. This is Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, and Baroque Burgundy (suppose to be Bravo, but this matched my ribbon better, LOL!) I used 5 stamps (sets) for this card:
In Full Bloom, Riveting, Paisley, Noteworthy, and Itty Bitty backgrounds. I stamped the flowers from IFB with black Stazon ink and then watercolored them. The leaves/stems are colored in navy ink and the "sky" is watercolored in brocade blue. I punched the corners with the ticket punch, and layered onto navy, and punched those corners too. The burgundy layer is stamped with paisley and then layered onto navy and punched holes for the rhinestone brads. The brocade layer is also stamped with paisley, and then I wrapped ribbon around it b4 layering onto navy c.s. The card base is scored at the top. I first tried to stamp the riveting circle in white ink, but was unhappy with that, so I added silver ep and embossed. I like it much better...almost gives it that metal look too. This card is for a teacher friend who's been going through a really rough time (her son's having heart problems). So, I thought this might cheer her up, at least for a second :o)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Friends and *Hot Cocoa*

I'm just playing with this new set, trying to come up with Valentine's cards for some friends. I'm loving how easy and quick the cuttlebug can turn a plain background into a piece with lotsa texture and visual stimulation (without distracting from the main images). The whipped cream and straws were stamped onto white c.s. and then I added dazzling diamonds to it. I stamped the cup in *chocolate* chip ink onto close to *cocoa* c.s. The pink oval was punched out of pink passion, with the large oval punch and faux stitched with the white gel pen. And the heart was stamped in cool caribbean ink onto white and cut out. For the saying, I wanted it to look like a wall hanging, so I used my square scalloped punch for the pink, punched holes in the corners and ran the ends of the white ribbon through it & tied knots. Then I used one of my pink rhinestone brads to secure it onto the "wall". White gel pen for polka dots too. The card base is Naturals White c.s., so it is thicker than the ultra smooth, which I never use as card bases because it's too thin, and my card front seems sooo top heavy. But this white balances it all out. Thanks for lookin' :o)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Caught the Cuttle*bug*

Yup, I did! I thought I'd take a minute from creating blog headers, to tell you about my new toy!! I think this machine is soo awesome, and the price that I could afford. I wanted to be able to emboss with their awesome folders...they do a whole card size at once!! I haven't bought any of their cutting dies {YET} but I did order several emboss folders, which are all backordered, except for the flower dots one that came with my machine. See below :o)
(AND NOW! I just saw on Amy's site this link that shows how you can use the folders {which you can purchase for under $5} with a rolling pin!! You don't even HAVE to buy the cb for embossing...but, I just LOVE mine though, and the rolling pin will not work with the cutting dies.)

*Neat* or Messy!
This was my first card made with the cuttlebug. I thought it would be neat to add some color to make all the flowers pop! Well...I can't decide if I just made a big mess, or if it's a neat affect?? What do YOU think? Maybe I need just a little more practice, huh? You can be honest with me LOL! :o)
EDITED: Someone asked what ink I used for this...I just used my classic dye ink. I got the idea from Amy R. with her heart card {view here...it's the second card on this post} and hers looks Waaaaay better than mine. But she used liquid chalks ink pad (??? whatever those are!! I've never used those...I just have claasic dye, craft ink and SU! Pastels--chalky chalks)

*Tweet* Cherries

I was inspired this morning when I saw Scrapstampindiva's (Kendra) card (view it here). I just loved her colors, Marigold, black and white. So, I challenged myself today to make a card using those colors, except...oops! I don't HAVE marigold, so I just used Summer Sun. This was a quickie. It doesn't show up real well, but I ran the black c.s. through my cuttlebug using the flower dots folder. But first, I punched out the scalloped square and the two circles b4 running it through. I cheated a little because the only thing stamped is the sentiment at the bottom! The cherries are all layered stickers (each has 3 layers to them) that I got at Michael's $1 spot (they are Mary Engelbreit... could you tell??) It still needed something, so I highlighted around the shapes with the white gel pen and that made them pop! After stamping the sentiment, I added a clear rhinestone brad to dot the "i", that's all! Easy Peasy :o)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My First Latte!

Mr. Brown came to MY house last night... woohoo!! :0) I'm so excited to play with my new "Like it a Latte" set. I've seen sooo many fabulous cards on SCS made with this that I right clicked and saved a ton of them into a file on my desktop, you may think I'm obsessed, and you'd be right, LOL! Funny thing is...I don't like coffee, and I've never tried a latte!! BUT, I have friends that do, and I LOVE hot cocoa, so I see all kinds of possibilities with this set. Besides, it's sooo cute, who could resist? ;0)


Anyway, I'm proud of myself that I didn't just CASE this card! I actually picked different specific things from ones I saw and put them all together...added my own "spice" and WaaLa!! The circle at bottom is from the Riveting set, and is on a big pop dot. It holds the top portion of card shut. The large scallop circle has 1/16" hole punches all around and sponged with Regal Rose ink. The cup is stamped in Close to Cocoa on the dp, and the marshmallows and sticks are stamped on white, cut out and taped onto dp. The steam kinda went off the top :( oh well...live, stamp, and learn! :0) The steam is stamped repeatedly at the bottom in white craft ink...it's also the inside of the card (The top part opens right above my watermark). I can't wait to make some friendship V-day cards with this set.


Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Zebras' Anniversary


This card is not your typical "Anniversary" card, but considering who it's going to, I thought it was just the thing!! This is for my pastor and his wife for their 38th wedding anniversary in a couple weeks. She just loves zebras, and has a little collection of them. Her (adult) son drew her this huge, really awesome portrait of a zebra...it's fabulous. Anyway, this zebra stamp (by Abracadabra) was my first Ebay purchase! I bid really low, and I actually won! I stamped the zebras with black Stazon onto glossy white cardstock. Then I used sponge daubers and classic ink and rubbed the colors onto glossy c.s. using circle motion (for the small areas, I used Q-tips). Then I got out my long forgotten set, "The Shape of Things" to stamp the moon in white craft ink, and then embossed it with white ep. Then I stamped the trees from "Lovely As A Tree" set in Craft Black ink, so it would stand on top of the colors, and they look kindof shadowy. After the black craft ink set and dried, I punched the corners with the ticket punch, layered on Black c.s., punched holes and inserted silver brads. The base of the card is Bliss Blue (I still have some old stuff to use up, and it seemed to go the best with my water) and I stamped the Antique Cracking bg in black. I just love that those cute sayings from the new winter mini set, "Love Matters" fit exactly in the Word Window punch!! So, I stamped those and added a silver eyelet, ran silver cording through both and tied onto black/white gingham ribbon. Oh, the tags are also sponged with bliss blue ink. One says, "The best is yet to be" and the other is "everything grows with love". Awe... :0)
The heart in bottom corner is also from "Love Matters" and has dazzling diamonds inside it and is popped up with small pop dot.

Funny Things Kids Say #1

One morning, my (3 yr. old) daughter got up and said, "Mom, I've got crumbs in my eyes"; so, assuming it was from her cold and no big deal, I said, "You do?" and she said "Ya, they must be from those cookies I ate last night!" LOL!!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Velvet Luggage Card

I'm in the stampin' mood tonight. This is the second one...woohoo!! Ok, you may be thinkin' "huh? Snowflakes and flowers??" and if you are, that's ok. Because this is the INSPIRATION challenge! and ya know what that means? It means anything goes! However you are inspired by the piece, that's what you do. And, if I do say so myself, this actually looks pretty close to the piece! Here it is Luggage set. You'll see, it has lots of flowers and paisleys{?} and a row of what looks to me like snowflakes. Now, it probably would've made more sense for me to use my "Little Pieces" set with flowers, but THIS is what came to mind, so I try to go with that. :0) whew!
OK...First of all, this is Chocolate Chip and Turquoise cardstock (kinda looks like black on my pc). I stamped all the flowers, dots and leaves in Versamark, and embossed with white ep. Then, I used Q-tips and rubbed Pastel chalks over the white parts, using Teal, Turquoise, and Not Quite Navy. I punched the oval with my word window punch there at the bottom. For the circles, I stamped onto white cs., punched out with a 3/4" circle punch, and then I layered onto choc chip circle, punched out with 1" circle punch. Then layered again onto turquoise circle, which I cut out with my CM cutters. Then I just taped them onto CC c.s. and added my new VELVET RIBBON!!! It adds a lot of texture and softness to the card. I just love it!! The corners have antique brass {?} finished brads from the Vintage collection (Stampin' Up!). That's about it! If you'd like to see more cards made with this technique, just look in the SCS gallery under "Pastel Emboss". Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!

*F*R*I*E*N*D*S*

Here's just a quick card I did tonight with my brand new set, "Love Matters" (Stampin' Up!) . I wanted to play with my new set, but I also wanted to put in a quick 'blurb' about what a great community that SCS is!! I have met some wonderful stamping online friends out there, which feeds my need for female interraction {since I work for a male and there's no women in the office!}, and also gives me positive feedback on my cards and blog. You all are so friendly and supportive and just a great bunch of gals, so I want to say THANK YOU! and since I don't have all your mailing addresses, this card is dedicated to you :o)

I stamped the Friends saying first, then tried to see if it would fit in my circle punch and it just barely did! :o) I have big pop dots to raise the scalloped circle off the page, and there's dazzling diamonds in the middle of the flower, but you couldn't tell by this pic. Also, I used these cute metal mesh flower brads that my sister got me for Christmas. I used So Saffron Cardstock for the base and Choc Chip for the layered. The designer paper is also from Stampin'Up!....I believe it was in one of their mini catalogs, but can't recall the name of it ;o) Markers were used to color in friends and I doodled with choc chip marker. Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

BLOGROLL

Blogs I LOVE to visit:

Abra Leah Cross
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Life is a *Bundle of Li'l Things*

Thank you everyone for your nice comments you left me yesterday! We all woke up this morning feeling 100% better!! :o) It also helped that I went to work and listened to K-Love's radio station {a very positive, Christian station} and the verse for today is "A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Proverbs 14:30" It made me think about my new years' resolutions and how I want to get healthier, so this verse was kindof an "enlightenment"...like God telling me He wants me to give Him more of my time and He'll bless me for it. So, my committment is to use my treadmill more, and start each day by reading the Bible and praying before I take my shower. Gonna do it!!! Hold me to it!!!! :o)
Anyway, I made another baby card with yesterday's color challenge; Gable Green, Lavender Lace, and Pink Passion. I had the lavender and pink Polka-Dot ribbon just sitting around waiting for this challenge!! Here's my 5.25" square card:
That's soo weird...my scanner isn't picking up the bashful blue I sponged all around the hedgie in the *sky*. Anyway, I sponged around the edges of the hedgie circle with the Gable Green and then used my Karen Foster Snap Stamps to stamp "precious baby" in Lavender Lace. Then I layered it on Pink Passion {punched out with my Marvy Giga Scallop Punch} and highlighted with my white gel pen. The Gable Green layer has little paisleys stamped in Gable all over it, but that's hard to see here. Then I sponged the edges of green with Lavender Lace and did faux stitching with gel pen. For the metal edged tag, I used markers to color in the stamp and it j-u-s-t fit into that circle...whew! :o) I cut out a circle slightly larger than my tag, out of the Gable Green layer. Then I used pop dots to mount the tag onto the Lavender underneath. Lavender marker to doodle around circle.
STAMPS: "In A Nutshell" by Penny Black; "Life Bundle" by Kolette Hall; "Fresh Fillers" by Stampin' Up! 1/8" mini casual alphabet snap stamps, by Karen Foster (got mine through Joann.com).

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Pulled Teeth, No Cards, and Migraine...

Oh MY!! These last 2 days have been a test of motherhood, I tell ya!! Yesterday, we took our 2 girls, ages 6 & 8, to the dentist for some major work. Carly {8} had to have 2 teeth pulled! She's a big girl and handled it pretty well, although it hurt me to be there watching her. They of course used the mask with nitrice {?laughing gas} and rubbed her gums with numbing stuff, and then came the needle...she squirmed and whined a little, but not bad. She wanted me to leave before they pulled the teeth out, so I did. Anyway, normal permanent teeth should be about 30% larger than their baby teeth, and hers are 100% larger!! Her x-rays show her permanents up there all twisted and crowded, before they've even broke thru the gums! So, they pulled her 2 top "ï" teeth and then she has to go back in 2 weeks to have her bottom 2 "i" teeth pulled. :o(
But she went to school today feeling fine and no fever, so that was a relief!
Then there's Maddy!! She had a cavity, so they had to drill and put a filling in one of her top molars. She whined and complained {which is expected for sure!} and cried last night cause she couldn't turn onto that side. She said it hurt clear up to her eye. So, we gave her motrin and put a movie on for her. She came out twice last night cause it hurt. This morning, she still complained it hurt, but she thought she could go to school without medicine.
Then there's Me! I got a huge migraine last night...the kind that almost makes ya wanna go to the ER and get a demerol shot in the butt...but, I held off. I took Exedrin Migraine to no avail...I took Excedrin Tension Headache...also to no avail...I drank lots of water and squeezed my head for hours and finally it went away for a couple hrs so I could sleep {sitting up on the couch}. Then I woke up at 3 a.m. and had it again!! So, I took more medicine and never did go back to sleep. I called in sick this morning, after running my girls to school, I was sooo zonked!! THEN!!! Maddy calls from school around 10:15 asking me to come get her cause her mouth hurt and she couldn't smile, blablabla. So, I picked her up, we had some lunch at noon, then I made her go lie down in her room so I could sleep, which worked for about 1/2 hr. Phone rang, woke me up. Little while later, timer buzzed on oven to let me know it was time to turn the crockpot down for dinner tonight. AH...and now, it's 5:19 p.m. and I can smell dinner...Chicken and Dumplings Crockpot Classics from Banquet...YUMMM!!! And my headache is mild, but still there! Good grief. Every wonder why sometimes praying about something doesn't even cross your mind!?! HELLO!!! If I would've done that last night, I'm sure I would've slept much better and had a very different day today! May we always remember to turn to the ultimate Healer, Comforter, Savior in all things FIRST!! :)
So, to all of you card stampers out there, if you're STILL reading this, I apologize that I don't have any cards to show you today. Believe me, I'm more bummed than YOU!! Prayerfully, I'll be better by tomorrow and maybe get in the new sketch challenge.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ice Skating and *I Won*

Well, we promised the girls we'd take them ice skating during Christmas break, so we finally did it today! I just gotta say...it was a good thing we had them wear their snowsuits, because they spent more time *sitting* on the ice than actually *skating* on it, lol! They had a blast! It was outside, but covered and had plastic all around the outside, so it was fairly dark and not great for taking pictures. I sure got my exercise with them hanging on me and trying to take me down the whole time!! My husband only went along for ?? why did we take him?? oh ya, for moral support or something, hehehe. He had never even been roller skating, so he opted out of getting skates today. But we did have fun as a family. After skating, we took them to Red Robin for their FREE birthday meals/ice cream Sundays. It was a great day!! Here are some photos.













OK, now for the *I WON* part: I entered to win a free Sell-a-bration stamp set on Caroline Lebel's blog, Caro's Adventures in Stampingland and I found out today that I won!! :0) WooHoo! I was ecstatic, literally jumping up and down! (well, ok...maybe on the inside though!) She's a Canadian Stampin' Up Demonstrator and has a really awesome stampability! I just love her style and creativeness...if you'd like to check out her SU! gallery, go here. She does some really awesome things with the oval punches, like her adorable FROGGY or her PENGUIN cards. You gotta check ém out! :0) Thanks so much Caro!!

OK...just ONE more!

LOL!! I know I said that I had enough *pink* cards for this week, but it is what it is I guess?! Saturdays are "Inspiration Challenge" days, and it was taken from a girlie bathroom ensemble.
If you click on that link, you'll see the inspiration picture, and you'll see that it's stripes and flowers, and BRIGHT colors! In fact, mine might actually be a li'l on the *subtle* side, if you can believe that! LOL!
I used this "Alexa" stamp set from MissyB Designs and I bought it for a really good reason. You can read all about it here on SCS. Anyway, I don't recall where I bought this striped paper, but I think it was from Current's Scrapbook catalog. For the girl's skirt, I stamped her onto the striped paper, and cut out just the skirt and taped it onto the skirt on the black/white image. Then I colored her in using Aqua Painter and classic-dye ink. You can't see it in this scan, but there's dazzling diamonds on her earings and the butterfly on her shirt. The *happy birthday jamie* at the bottom is stamped with my Karen Foster Snap Stamps that I bought at Joann.com . The primas I got at my local scrapbooking store, Raining Fresh Daisies. Isn't that an AWESOME name for a scrapbook store? OK...I know I have like a TON of links in this post...so knock yourself out! LOL!! I'm taking the kids ICE SKATING now, so have a great day!! :0)

Friday, January 05, 2007

Masculine Penguin Wish

Well, I searched for ideas for this set that I could use for my brother-in-law for his birthday next week. If the saying weren't so *punny*, I probably wouldn't use it for a grown man...but come on!! That's too funny :) It especially is appropriate for HIM because every year for work he goes up to Alaska (takes his teenage son with him) and ocean fishes for salmon etc. Yes, I said "for work!" *rolls eyes*...he actually gets paid to go up there and take some of their customers fishing!! Oh ya, he is a manager of an asphalt plant in Washington, might I add. Gee, if I could only get PAID to go to Stampin' Up! Conventions every year or hey...why not Disneyland! :)

OK...now about the CARD!! I used "Polar Pals" (SU!) for the penguin, li'l cod, and the saying. But since the li'l cod had "string" wrapped around it with a bow, I chose to use the fishy from an old SU! set called, "Swirl Frame Fun". Oh, and I also used the "bubbles" stamp from the set "Beyond the Basics". The colors are Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Real Red, and White. I ripped the white piece, then outlined it with 2-way glue and poured Dazzling Diamonds for that icy sparkle. I thought it'd be cute to add a fishy part-way in the water, so I stamped him seperately on white, cut out, taped onto bashful blue c.s. and then I had to color the bottom half of him with bashful marker to blend in under water. Then the Penguin and li'l cod fish are attached with pop dots. Thanks for lookin' ! :)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Villa Bouquet

I don't know what's with me lately...I'm not usually a pinky person, but this is like my 3rd pink card this week! Ugh *rolls eyes*. This was for the sketch challenge #105, you can view it here.
I wanted to use this paper (Villa Bouquet, by Scrapbook Walls) for a long time, but just didn't feel inspired to until today. I don't know that I'm that happy with this one. Anyway, The saying is from "In My Thoughts" by Stampin' Up! I stamped the whole saying twice, once in Old Olive, and again in Regal Rose. Then I cut out 3 words that I wanted to stand out and taped onto the green saying. The background is stamped with swirls from "Fresh Fillers", also Stampin' Up! The brads and the punched daisy is to bring some of what's on the DP into the rest of the card. What do YOU think?!?
(OH YA...if you see that vertical line going through on the right side of my card, it's from the scanner LOL! My card does not have a fold line through it! :) )

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Sending You a li'l Birthday COD!!

HaHaHa...yes, a pun was intended!! :) I love this cute little winter set. It reminds me of a birthday card my husband got last year from his brother that had a picture of a toilet seat and said, "Here's your birthday potty!" hehehe. ANYWAY!!...this was an easy color challenge to kick off 2007. Emily just looooves this Cool Caribbean color, and I do too...and to put it with black and white as a challenge was just sooo easy!! So, here's my submission for my first card of 2007.

The happy birthday across the white was stamped with Karen Foster snap stamps (I got mine at Joann.com). I knew this li'l eskimo would not fit onto this scallop circle, so I used a smaller circle cutter to cut most of her and skipped the parts that stuck out! :) After stamping her in black and then again in caribbean, I cut out just her coat and pasted it on top of the black coat. I added 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds on the "Fur". The Cool Caribbean layer has "Paisley" (SU!) background stamp on it. I doodled around the white circle a bit just to soften the "starkness" of it. If anyone has any ideas using this set to make a MANLY card, please share it with me!! I've got a couple guys in mind, but this card's maybe a little too girly for them. ?!?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Irridescent Rose

Well...if you've every worked with the Irridescent Ice Embossing powder, you'll know that this scan doesn't do this card justice! It's very sparkly IRL!! I wouldda taken a pic with my digital, but it's full of pictures I need to go have printed and just can't find the time to do it!! So, in the meantime, my li'l ol' scanner will have to do. This was for today's TLC challenge, which was to create a peaceful, serene, or tranquil card. This "Roses in Winter"(Stampin' Up!) will definately do that for me. I LOVE this set and don't know how I lived so long without it LOL!!
Anyway, For the rose, I stamped the largest part in Pretty in Pink and then rolled just the outside edge in Regal Rose. The middle-sized part was stamped in Regal Rose, stamped off once and then rolled edges in RR full strength. The top part was stamped full strenth Regal Rose. The leaves are stamped in Celery with Old Olive smaller leaf. Then, I inked up the whole white square with Versamark, and sprinkled Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder on to cover the whole thing...tapped off excess, and heat set it! Then I just layered it onto the Regal Rose, which I punched 2 corners first. The 2 corners have light green rhinestone brads, which you couldn't tell from the scan either! And the brad at the bottom is round to match the polka dot ribbon and it is a crystal rhinestone...looks icky here. I sponged the edges of the celery strip along the bottom, but now I wish I hadn't. But overall, I love this one, and it does say "Ahhh...soft, pretty, tranquil". Well, IMO it does! :)