Friday, April 29, 2011

another challenge. . .

well -- what the heck, let's try another challenge, shall we.

this is for the CAS (clean and simple) challenge, again at splitcoast stampers.  the theme is"artist's rule of three".  the challenge was to use something -- images, embellishments, 3's  and to keep it "clean and simple".

so, here is what i came up with.  the picture isn't great - but you get the idea ;)

papers -- SU - chocolate chip and crumb cake, and white
inks -- chocolate chip
ribbon-- SU gingham

i like this stamp set.  as you might notice i used the bench in an anniversary card earlier.

thanks for stopping by!

on to the next challenge! :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

taking on a challenge . . .

well, i did it.  i jumped in a tried a challenge at splitcoast stampers.  this card is for the sketch challenge (#330).

here is the sketch we had to work with this week.

the idea of a sketch challenge is to come up with a design following the sketch - using whatever colors, stamps or papers you desire. it really is quite fascinating to see what everyone comes up with - all following the sketch, all looking different. is what i came up with:

i love this stamp -- it's so fun!

the papers are stampin' up! - chocolate chip, crumb cake, and a light blue (can't remember the name). i also used designer paper from a stack i got at michael's.

the stamps are from hero arts (cookie day), and dsr designs (chocolate chips)

the ink is SU - chocolate chip, and the ribbon i picked up in the dollar bin at michael's.

no more lurking around the challenge forums for me!  this was lots of fun -- i'll have to play more often!

i hope you enjoy it!  thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

happiness always . . .

this  is a sweet and simple anniversary card that i made recently.

i cheated a little again (although a friend of mine says it's not cheating - -so maybe i didn't -- hehe) -- i used a pre-cut bib card from paper cuts in orange.  the edges are sponged in an orange ink.  the words and bench are stamped in SU's chocolate chip.  the stamp sets are also SU -  have a seat (bench), whimsical words (words), so happy for you (heart).  the heart is also popped up with a dimensional.

thanks for stopping by!  happy stamping. . .

Monday, April 25, 2011

easter greetings

one more post of easter fun.  i hope everyone had a wonderful day.   i have 2 ideas for you today -- they can easily be changed to fit any occasion.

the first is a tag i made to put in some potted tulips i gave as gifts.

these were a quick and easy project.  i used a buttery yellow cardstock for the background, with some designer paper from a stack i bought at ac moore's.  the stamp is from g. studio.  the embellishments were some things i had laying around (sorry, don't know what the company's are - the packages are long gone).

the next are a couple of examples of some easter cards i made.  i did them on purple and green.

the background is a cuttlebug embossing folder - swirls.  the stamps again are g. studio, and i used the large and small SU tag punches, and SU markers to color the images.  i think the ribbon is also SU, but again, i was just using up some stuff i had around.  i also misted the card with angel mist diamond glitter spray.

thanks for stopping by.  drop in again soon.  i have some other projects coming up i'm sure you'll love! :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

happy spring!

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but here it is finally beginning to look like spring after a REALLY long winter!

I've noticed I've been using a lot of pink and brown, or brown and blue lately - and this card is an example of that.  I love these colors together, and the texture adds so much.

Here is how it all went together: 

  • The image and greeting are from the Stampin' Up! set Easter Blossoms.
  • The card staock, ink and ribbon are also stamping up.  I used Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, and Cameo Pink.
  • I also used colored pencils and Gamsol to color the flowers. 
  • The texture is from the Square Lattice SU! embossing folder.
  • I also used the medium oval SU! punch.
I began by stamping the branch image which chocolate chip, and then coloring in the flowers and  some leaves with colored pencils and Gamsol.  I then used a dauber to rub Cameo Pink on the outside edges.  The white card stock is then placed on the lighter brown.  Be sure to glue it down firmly.  Then the whole thing is placed through the Cuttlebug in the embossing folder. Then it is placed on to the dark brown card stock.

The Chocolate Chip ribbon was placed on the pink card stock using the 1-hole ribbon technique and then the other piece added.

Please let me know if I can help with any questions! 

happy stamping!  hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

a blog is born

welcome to my new blog.  here i will be sharing my crafty ideas - mostly stamping and the like.  there will be cards and projects of all kinds.  i'll share with you tips, or info on products i've tried, photos and directions.

feel free to comment or ask questions!

so, make yourself comfy - and get ready to find some creative inspiration!

Easter side stair step card

I saw a card made like this and thought it was pretty cool.  So, had to give it a try.

This is a side stair-step card.

I have to admit -- I cheated a little bit on this one.  I saw the directions and measurements here, and put it on my list of things to try.  All of the measurements, frankly make me nervous!  hehe.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Heirloom Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival in Allentown, Pa.   There I visited the booth of The Paper Cut .  What a great company!  There I found all kinds of pre-cut and pre-scored things.  I bought a package of pre-cut and scored stair-step cards! woohoo!  So -- I cheated a little bit ---THIS TIME.  But now I have a better visual on how it goes together and I promise I won't cheat anymore.  :)

This card was pretty easy to do, here is a list of items and some directions -

  1. I used a Stampin' Up embossing folder ( Elegant Bouquet) and ran it through my Cuttlebug on the card base.
  2. I then stamped the images on white card stock.  The stamp set  I used is Easter Blossoms, using mellow moss and daffodil delight ink - all from Stampin' Up!
  3. I then cut the egg images out by hand, and cut the girl and the Easter greeting out (and the green backgrounds) using the oval Nestabilities.
  4. I used a finger dauber to sponge the outside edges with the daffodil delight - yellow color. 
  5. On the greeting tag, I did a one hole bow,(using Offrey ribbon I had on hand) and then attached the pearls (by Queen and Co. - I picked them up at AC Moore's, for less then a dollar) and glued into place.
  6. On the image of the little girl I added a strip of ribbon and placed the image of the girl over it, then attached the pearls, and glued it to the base card.
  7. Lastly, I attached the Easter eggs.

I really like it, and hope you like it too.  Please feel free to ask me any questions about the directions, or any of the products.

Happy stamping!  Thanks for visiting - please come back to visit soon!
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