Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Gifts Of Spring Bunnies

This is a case of Angella Crockett's card, today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoast. I kept the layout and colors but changed everything else.
Gifts Of Spring rabbits stamped in black on Kraft cardstock. I colored them in with the white gel pen and some Souffle gel gens for the noses, grass, and butterflies. I shaded various areas with Pebbles, Inc. pearlescent chalks which are so pretty and shimmery in real life. I love chalks for adding additional color and blending.
The background was made with one of the stamps from the Sprinkles set (a Saleabration choice and one I love), also used the white gel pen to highlight. Sentiment is from the new Abundant Hope on Kraft from a Cuttlebug tag die and the SU oval in black. White organza ribbon secures the tag sentiment.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ocean Commotion shaker card

We spent the day down at the Seattle Waterfront and a few hours in the Aquarium. I loved watching the otters and seals, they are so funny. This card was inspired by the seahorses we saw, they are pretty cool too. This is a shaker card with the Big Shot Top Note die by Sizzix and the smaller window was made with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels. Stamp set is Ocean Commotion, filled with Soft Subtles beads (I think these are retired too). Not sure where I got the glittery cardstock, I've had it forever.

The Gifts Of Spring

I love this retired Stampin' Up Easter sets, it is a classic keeper! I embossed the bunnies in silver on white and backed with Brushed Silver cardstock. Fleur de lis Nestabilities dies (2) layered behind image and card embossed with SU Elegant Bouquet folder. White half pearls and taffeta ribbons added to accent.


Another entry for this weekend's Virtual Stamp Night on SCS. This was to use the Faux Metal technique inspired by the Olympics. I tried to portray the medals of gold, silver, and bronze (copper was close enough). I used the Stampin' Up set Charming and embossed this medallion stamp in the 3 colors and added matching brads. All supplies are Stampin' Up. The paper is retired. Image was stamped using markers of Pretty In Pink, Bordering Blue (stamped off once) and Close To Cocoa.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Nature Silhouettes

This card was inspired by the sweater in the challenge designed for the Olympics. I used a maple leaf (Hero Arts) clear embossed on Kraft cardstock with Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip. The designer paper, eyelets, and ribbon are retired SU. The layout is from this week's sketch, Mojo127.

Go Green

I used Best Creations shamrock paper with Garden Green and Whisper White cardstocks by SU with the Occasions mini set Go Green. The white panel was embossed with the Spellbinders Impressabilities die for added texture and also the Swiss Dot folder for the designer paper. Green is a color I almost never use but it sure works for St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Matryoshka

This card was inspired by my little collection of nesting dolls I have shown here. I used the colors from both on my image that was colored using a variety of Copic markers. The sketch is from the SCS challenge today and is a great way to use some of your designer paper. This one is Basic Grey's Infuse with Stampin' Up's Soft Suede cardstock and the epoxy brads from the current Occasions mini. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Woven Pillow Box Basket

I used all Stampin' Up supplies, retired SU paper, Whisper White cardstock, Pretties Kit silk flowers, corduroy buttons, flower brads. This basket was cased from SouthernBellStamper, Connie. Thanks Connie, I loved this idea using SU's pillow box Sizzix die! You use 4 pillow box die cuts and adhere at corners to form your box. I used strips of paper and a weaving pattern on the panels on all four sides. The cardstock panel pieces were 3 1/8x 2 1/8" with the strips on top.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sweet Treats Shamrock

For Monday's Clean And Simple makeover challenge, I chose the bottom card from last year and made it over, still using the Always heart in Garden Green, textured embossing with the Texturz plate, and the Sweet Treats cups.

Abundant Hope

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. This is a short post since we are having another gorgeous sunny day today~ so off we go!
Abundant Hope stamp set by Stampin' Up with Basic Grey Lilykate paper, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette cardstocks.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Season Of Friendship & Picnic Parade

It sure is like spring here today! It was so beautiful walking for hours, taking in the beauty of the Cascade mountains in the distance and the cherry blossom trees just coming in to bloom. Sunshine and warm temperatures, what a gorgeous day!
I took my inspiration for today's card from the Lark website with this lovely Spring print shown in the first picture.
Season Of Friendship on River Rock cardstock with Whisper White and Banana. Tree was stamped with Creamy Caramel craft ink, flowers and leaves with the old retired SU chalk inks by Colorbox. Also used Picnic Parade for forest creatures. Three flower punch with subtles beads for centers. To curve up the petals of these flowers, put them on your foam piercing mat and press down in the very center of each flower with your Empressor stylus. This forms a perfect little cup shaped flower that is so adorable! I added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds in among the beads for additional sparkle.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sweet Treat Bunny

I used the Sizzix snowman die for the bunny and added some ears using the small oval punch. Body is filled with York peppermint Pieces.
Welcome Neighbor designer paper pack with Apricot and Pumpkin Pie, apricot grosgrain and white satin ribbon, medium and scallop oval are all by Stampin' Up. Sentiment is from Great Impressions.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Asian Artistry

Asian Artistry set by Stampin' Up with Basic Gray Sugared paper.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring Peeps

A dual challenge card of colors (Pale and Perfect Plum and Soft Suede)with this Tuesday's Teapot challenge of Mardi Gras (second picture). I was inspired by the pastel colored rhinestones around the mask and went from there.
Card base is Perfect Plum with some retired SU paper, don't know the name but is was a match to the Carte Postale stamp set. Very Vanilla ribbon, Sizzix scallop circle die and eyelet border punch with Recollections pastel pearls (non SU).

Monday, February 15, 2010

O Lucky Day!

This week our Doubledog Dare Challenge is to make a card for St. Patrick's Day. You could make it a regular Good Luck card also but I would love to see a bit o' green! Please feel free to come and join us, no deadlines or rules, just use the keyword DDC so we can find your creation.
House Mouse stamp O Lucky Day colored in markers with some pearlescent chalks, Best Creations designer paper. Cardstock is SU Handsome Hunter (it looks almost black in the photo), Garden Green.

Flower For All Seasons

This is a matchbook treat holder for Easter. Doodle wheel embossed in white on Banana cardstock with a More Mustard frame, Flower For All seasons stamp set. the image was colored in markers and neutrals brads were used to hold cover closed. Supplies are Stampin' Up.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Greenhouse Garden

I used Bella Bleu paper with SU textured neutrals cardstock, Greenhouse Garden stamp set and silver pearls by Recollections.
The flowers were stamped in Basful Blue (stamped off once) and highlighted with Bordering Blue. Centers are clear microbeads with Dazzling Diamonds.
This is a layout case of Laurie (Hamilton Gal) on SCS as today's Featured Stamper.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Valentine in our family tree

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
I really do have a Valentine in our family tree, it was my grandmother's maiden name.
I made this card with the Season of Friendship set, Tea Party paper, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive cardstocks, Simply Said sentiment, Sizzlits Merry Details for the birds, and Birds & Blooms dies.
Have a great day!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Terrific Tulips

The Limited Supplies challenge on SCS today was a super fun and creative one for President's Day. Clues for today's Honoring A President challenge:
1. Nicknamed Dutch
2. Played college football
3. Radio Announcer
4. Hollywood Actor
5. Captain in U.S. Army
6. Governor of California
7. Two term President
8. Has the same birthday as my husband!

Yes, it is Ronald Reagan :)
I used Terrific Tulips and Netherlands by SU, both retired sets, Pattern Packs II paper, Regal Rose, Celery, and Whisper White cardstocks.
All supplies are Stampin' Up.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Frosted Window

This is for three challenges.
The Ways to use it challenge called for odd numbers, I have 3 layers of cardstock, 3 horizontal panels, clusters of 3 corner embellishments.
The Technique Lover's challenge was to make Holly's (Toy) Frosted Window technique. Image was stamped on white cardstock and also on vellum. Both were colored and then layered with dimensionals. Thanks Holly!!
The third was for Mothermark's Teapot party where I was inspired by the iris (Hero Arts) on the teapot.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Simply Said

All supplies are Stampin' Up.
Card base is Pirouette Pink, layered with Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery cardstocks, and Tea Party designer paper. Simply Said hearts were colored in markers, punched with heart punch and then layered with the new embosslits heart die from the Occasions mini. Miscellaneous supplies used were Pinking Heart punch, white taffeta ribbon, Pretties half pearls, white gel pen.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Western Wanted

Three challenges were combined for this card:
Today's color challenge of Sage Shadow, Dusty Durango, and Chocolate Chip.
Mojo125 Sketch Challenge
DDC this week hosted by Joan Ervin to make a get well card. Please feel free to join us and post DDC in your keywords.
Cosmo Cricket Wanted- Kissin Kate designer paper, chocolate wide grosgrain and durango polka dot (reversed) ribbon and new chocolate brads from Occasions mini also used. Stamp sets: Wanted, Vintage Labels, and Teeny Tiny Wishes. The flower is from the Sizzlits dies Birds & Blooms by SU.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Baskets & Blooms Valentine Treat

A simple treat holder made with the Baskets & Blooms Sizzix die and the Big Shot. Retired SU paper and the Pricelesss stamp set, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon and silver eyelets. the bear is holding chocolate wrapped with the Sending Love specialty paper from the Occasions mini, box is filled with these and strawberry candies.

Paper Roses

Paper roses inspired by Mercy Kerin (mkstamping74). 10 scallop circles cut from designer paper (Wecome Neighbor SAB) Crumple up all circles, flatten out and stack them up, insert brad through all layers. Crumple all layers in toward center. Also used Little Leaves sizzlits die and new Bird and branch punch for leaves. Naturals White cardstock, with Mellow Moss ribbon and sentiment from Hugs and Wishes. 3 3/4" square cards.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Voila Cupcake Chef

I used SU paper Cottage Wall and Welcome Neighbor with Moss, Pretty In Pink and Whisper White cardstocks. For the cupcakes I used the marshmallows from the Like It A Latte set, they fit on the tray perfectly! The icing is some heated up Liquid Applique with pink bead duos beads glued on. Pink satin ribbon from Occasions mini.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Vintage Vogue Irish Blessing

I used the Vintage Vogue set by SU, embossed in gold at top and bottom, vines in Celery and flowers in Pretty In Pink. Irish Blessing by My Sentiments Exactly.
3 1/2"x5" cherry frame.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Box With Scallops

This is a fairly simple project thanks to the Bag With Scallops Sizzix die. I used Very Vanilla textured 12x12" cardstock. Stamped Medallion in Ruby Red, I {heart} Hearts in same color, cut this out and mounted to a punched heart from matching cardstock. Shaded edges of box in pink. Added sentiment from Well Scripted and a Very Vanilla hodgepodge hardware frame.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Miss P.M. Essie

Don't you just love the look on this cow's face? Cracks me up :)
I used this Whipper Snapper image along with Stampin's Up's Pattern Pack designer paper (retired) and Regal Rose with Whisper White cardstocks. The paper flower is from 10 punched scallops that were crumpled and layered. Thank you Mercy Kerin for this sweet idea!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Vintage Vogue

I wanted to play in today's SCS color challenge but had a lot of trouble getting the right balance with the required colors of Crushed Curry, Bravo Burgundy, and Basic Gray. I used a sheet of the Curry patterned paper from the Welcome Neighbor pattern pack from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. I stamped and cut out the flowers (a bit of Pretty In Pink mixed in with the Burgundy), added some Fire rhinestone brads and popped them up a bit on the Whisper White panel that was stamped with the vine flourish in Crushed Curry. Leaves are a mix of Old Olive edged in Artichoke. Razzleberry polka dot ribbon (reversed) with Basic Gray cardstock that was edged with the new scallop border punch.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Good Neighbors

Cardstocks used were Bashful Blue, Barely Banana and Whisper White. New stamp set Good Neighbors with Apricot, Saffron, Banana, and Mustard inks. White taffeta ribbon and Soft Subtles brads along with white gel pen dots and new scallop border punch to embellish.

Bucket Handbag

This is for the VSN mini challenge to use the black magic technique. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock and the Sizzix (SU texture plate kit #4) Squares. I used the template from melstamps that she graciously shared, found in the techniques challenge forum on Splitcoast.
Cut the handbag pattern out first so it will fit through the Big Shot. Embossed over top of entire bag in clear. Stamp set is Carte Postale which was stamped in white and then colored with Prismacolor pencils. You could also try the SU watercolor pencils or crayons for your coloring. Added piercing, decorative brads, SU gray taffeta ribbon.