Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Favorite Things Teaser - Day Two

Last month, the Triple Scoop was this new sentiment set: Clearly Sentimental About Emerson. I love sentiment sets--just love them!! Especially if they have sentiments that can stand as a focal image like this one does. If you didn't get it as a Triple Scoop special, you now have the chance--it's being released on February 3, along with 13 other sets--including 3 Pure Innocents and 3 from a brand new illustrator that you're gonna LOVE!!

I stamped my image on a Cream Perfect Paper Panel even thought I wasn't going to color with Copics. This paper is very stout and I wanted the focal element to have lots of body. Then I distressed it with a distressing tool and stitched it onto some Basic Gray card stock. Otherwise, it's a pretty simple card, but I did try some of that random stitching that I've been admiring out there in blog land. And I like it!

Did you know that the guest stamper's challenge has been posted? Yep, you can check it out over at the Member Company Forum on SCS. We'd love for you to play along--the prize is HUGE!

You can see more sample of this set, along with two other new releases today. Just check over at Kim's blog after 11:00am and she'll have a list of the DT members that are previewing these sets.

Thanks for stopping by today! You'll definitely want to check back tomorrow--we have some PURE sweetness to show you :)

~Supplies~
Stamps: Clearly Sentimental About Emerson (MFT)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray (SU!); Everyafter (Cosmo Cricket); Cream Perfect Paper Panels (MFT)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU!); Vintage Touch (PTI)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Classic Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares, ribbon (craft store); Vintage Buttons and Rustic Twine (PTI); distressing tool (Tim Holtz); Dew Drops; sewing machine


Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Favorite Things Teaser - Day One!

Oh, my glory! Look at Flopsey with a basket full 'o hearts! This set is called Basket Full 'o Flopsey and will be released on Wednesday, February 3, at 10pm EST.

For my project, I'd been wanting to make one of these little heart baskets and Flopsey was a perfect reason to do it. I got the template here. I cut out the template using Riding Hood Red paper, added a Soft Suede layer, then a layer from Be Loved by MME. I stamped Flopsey on a Perfect Paper Panel with Rich Cocoa ink, colored him with Copic markers, cut him out, and popped him up on 3M foam squares. I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla and cut it out with a heart Nestabilities die, then I stamped some hearts from Thinking of Hoo? and popped it up as well. Some ribbon and a button tied on with twine finish it off! I love it :)
























Have you ever seen anything as cute as Flopsey with a basket full of hearts? Well, you can see even more Flopsey baskets if you'll head on over to Kim's blog after 11:00AM today--she'll have a list of other DT members that are sneaking this set. You might just see some different things in Flopsey's basket. I'm just sayin'...

Thanks so much for dropping by today! I'll have another sneak for you tomorrow :)


~Supplies~
Stamps: Basket Full 'o Flopsey, Thinking Of Hoo? (MFT)
Paper: Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (SU!); Be Loved (My Mind's Eye); Perfect Paper Panel (MFT)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Ruby Red (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares, ribbon (craft store); Copic markers; button, twine (PTI)


Sweet treats - Crazy 4 Challenges #22

Happy Saturday!!! Saturday means it's time for another Crazy 4 Challenges challenge! Lori's got another fun challenge for us today--she wants us to use a lollipop on our card or project. ANY kind of lollipop :)

So, for my project, I used an image from My Favorite Thing's I Want Candy set. I stamped it on a Perfect Paper Panel and colored it with Copic markers, then went over it with a Sakura glitter pen for some shimmer.

I'm using Mojo Monday Sketch #123 for my layout. I'm not a fan of round cards so I took the challenge--I'm not overjoyed with it, but it is what it is ;-)

NOW, be sure to check out the samples by the rest of my crazy girls...er, I mean the Crazy 4 Challenges team ;-)

Cindy Haffner
Frances Byrne
Jessica Diedrich
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Joycelyn Turner
Lori Boyd
Lynda Benden
Mercy Kerin
Robin Willis
Vicki Garrett

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the challenge and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C22.

Thanks for stopping by today!!! A little later I'll be having a little sneaky peek of a new MFT release. You will *not* want to miss it. Trust me, have I ever lied to you about that? I didn't think so. See you later :)

~Supplies~
Stamps: I Want Candy (MFT)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Simple Valentine (PTI); Perfect Paper Panel (MFT)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Classic Circle and Scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinder); ghost shape heart (Heidi Swapp); Sakura glitter pen; Copic markers; Pure Poppy grograin ribbon (PTI); 1/4" ribbon (craft store)' Vintage buttons (PTI); Pearl cotton (DMC)


Friday, January 29, 2010

Bleeding heart - Stamp Simply #124

Are you ready for a new Stamp Simply challenge? Sharon's got another fun one for us today: Bleeding Heart. She wants us to use a heart and the color red on our card or project.

For my card, I decided to take Sharon very literally and go with Flourishes' Bleeding Heart flower stamp from their Spring Ephemerals set. I stamped it on some paper from Basic Grey's Scarlett's Letter paper. I LOVE that collection and am hoarding what I have left, but it was just too perfect for this project--that silhouette flower works so well with this paper. I stamped the image with SU! Basic Black Craft ink and heat embossed with black detail embossing powder. I find if I use black ink and black powder that I get much better coverage than either one alone. I'm using Mercy's sketch for this week, so for the scalloped interest at the bottom, I used some heavy black lace. Card stock is Riding Hood Red and Basic Black. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black for the excellent coverage it provides, punched it out, matted it, and popped it up on a 3M foam square. The image element is also popped up, on Pop Dots. Lastly, I added some red crystals to the lace and the sentiment. I love how it turned out! And hey, look--no ribbon, no buttons ;-)

So, now it's your turn. Come along and play and take us up on the challenge--we'd love to see what you come up with. If you do, be sure to leave the link to your project on Sharon's blog using Mr. Linky. Please use the keyword ssnotime124 if you upload to a public forum. And don't forget to check out Sharon's fabulous sample and also the great designs from the Stamp Simply team and leave 'em some love!

Julie Koerber

Jennifer Buck is sitting out this week

Barb Schram

Janine Orchard

A J Otto

Tammy Hershberger

Deb Saarenen

Jenny Gropp

Thanks for dropping in today! Tomorrow is Crazy 4 Challenges day and we've got a fun challenge for you, so I hope you'll stop by again then.

~Supplies~
Stamps: Spring Ephemerals (Flourishes)
Paper: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (SU!); Scarlett's Letter (Basic Grey)
Ink: Basic Black Craft (SU!); Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: 3M foam squares, jewels, lace (craft store); 3/4" and 1" circle punches (EK Success); fine detail black embossing powder (Ranger); heat gun; Embossing Buddy (SU!)


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tomorrow is a new day

I have another Blooming Button Bits card for you today. Very simple, one layer--if you don't count the popped up flower :) I stamped the leaf image and the sentiment on Rustic Cream with Ripe Avocado ink. Then I stamped the big flower on Vintage Cream with Raspberry Fizz ink and cut it out. It didn't turn out as dark as I'd wanted--need to practice more with that new formulation of ink, I'm thinking. I added a huge button from my Lemon Tart Vintage buttons (finally a use for those big honkin' buttons!) and a tiny flower-shaped one from Raspberry Fizz Vintage buttons collection, both tied on with Vintage Twine. Then I tied some Raspberry Fizz grosgrain ribbon around in a knot and called it done!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget tomorrow is Stamp Simply day! Sharon has done it again--a super fun challenge!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Blooming Button Bits (PTI)
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Accessories: ribbon, vintage buttons, rustic twine (PTI); 3M foam squares (craft store)


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Color Throwdown #77

Howdy, peeps! Are you ready for another Color Throwdown? The mega talented Cathy has chosen our colors this week and I love 'em!!! She picked:
I'm always happy where there's a green involved, 'cause that means I can most likely do a flower of some kind :) So, for this card, I chose to do the next image in Flourishes' A Year In Flowers Calendar Set 1. I remembered that this Euphoria paper by Basic Grey had all the challenge colors in it, and, I'd been wanting to do this CCEE challenge, with a sketch by my friend, Cindy Haffner. So the hardest part was done: choosing the paper and the layout ;-)

I stamped the image on a Perfect Paper Panel from MFT with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. Then I cut it out and popped it up on 3M foam squares on a layer of Whisper White cut/embossed with a Labels Nine Nestabilities die. I left it in the die and air brushed some B00 Copic marker for a background, then layered it on Elegant Eggplant, then the whole thing was also popped up. The upper right corner looked a little bare, so I did some paper piercing with an Ornare template and added some flat backed pearls. I'm not sure I like the pearls--overkill, maybe, but there was no going back. They were stuck and threatened to tear my paper if I tried too hard to take them off. The sentiment was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink, punched out with a oval punch, layered on another oval of Elegant Eggplant, and more pearls added. Some luscious green ribbon tied around in a bow finished it off!

Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use Mr. Linky to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD77 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! And be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Broni Holcombe--Splashes of Watercolor
Cathy Indelicato--Crafty Thoughts
Danielle Kennedy--Wild Dragonfly Designs
LeAnne Pugliese--Wee Inklings
Tammy Hershberger--Stamp Happy
Kirstin Beuter--Mindless Creativity
Deb Horst--Sendable Sentiments--January Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Supplies~
Stamps: A Year In Flowers Calendar Set 1 (Flourishes)
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Elegant Eggplant (SU!); Euphoria (Basic Grey); Perfect Paper Panels (MFT)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Labels Nine Nestabilities (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares, ribbon, flat back pearls (craft store); Copic markers; oval punch (SU!); paper piercer and template (Ornare)


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hugs and kisses

I decided to do the SCS CAS challenge for this week--#51. The challenge is to use designer paper on your CAS card. OK, I can do that :)

I was totally inspired by this ribbon. Sorta non-traditional but that's why I like it, LOL! I stamped the hearts from Background Basics: Hearts on Baja Breeze with Pure Poppy ink and added the ribbon. For my flower (CASEd from Dawn's post here), I used my Peony Nestabilities and cut three sizes--one with Pure Poppy Bitty Box Basics, one from Baja Breeze DSP, and for the top layer, I stamped another image from Background Basics: Hearts on Vintage Cream with Pure Poppy. I knew I had one more heart shaped button in my Pure Poppy Vintage Button jar, so I tied that on with Rustic Twine. The sentiment is from Simple Valentine. I sponged the edges of the flower layers and the Baja Breeze layer with Vintage Touch ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Tomorrow's Color Throwdown day--be sure to stop back by to see what we've got for you!

~Suppplies~
Stamps: Background Basic: Hearts, Simple Valentine (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Bitty Box Basics (PTI); baja Breeze dSP (SU!)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Peony Nesabilities (Spellbinder); Pop Dots, ribbon (craft store); Vintage button, Rustic twine (PTI); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Makers)


Monday, January 25, 2010

Dance, Sing, Live - Viva la Verve!

Finally a chance to do a Viva la Verve challenge. The twist this year is inspiration and each month there are pictures of a different room to inspire each week. I just loved one for this week with a foyer done in mostly white with some black and a little hint of bright green. LOVE it, I say! So that's what I picked and here's my card:

If I do say so myself, I love how it turned out--pretty much like I'd planned it in my head and I love how girly it looks! I flipped the base card and I used an oval instead of a circle, because I wanted to use this sentiment, from Verve's Beautiful You set.

I'm using patterned paper from Black Market Paper Society's Ebony and Alabaster 6 x 6 pad. The small white panel is actually embossed with my Cuttlebug Textile folder but you can't really see it. Then, instead of ribbon, I added some black lace with clear jewels attached. Prima flowers and leaves add some interest and more of the green. The centers of the Primas are more designer thumb tacks--this time from Wal*Mart! You never know when and where you'll find something to use on a card, LOL! Huh, would ya look at that; nary a button in sight ;-)

Thanks for dropping in today! And, as always, thanks so much for the sweet comments--they always make my day!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve)
Paper: True Black, New Leaf (PTI)
Ink: Versifine Onxy Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Classic Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares, green jewels, lace (craft store); Prima flowers; leaf punch (Martha Stewart); designer thumb tacks (Wal*Mart)


Sunday, January 24, 2010

CAS Birthday

I'd been wanting to try the "poofy" flowers that Dawn McVey demonstrated in a video that you can find here and I finally got around to it. I just love the look of them! I had my DH go to Goodwill and find an old book with just the right amount of yellowing to the pages and he did a fantastic job! The color looks so good with Kraft that I had to use it. Again. Yeah.

And you can't beat Kraft and black but I decided I'd done that enough so I added Ripe Avocado to the mix. Just enough, I think, in the layer, the button tied on with twine, the ribbon, and the tiny flat backed pearls accenting the sentiment. I stamped the strip of black polka dots using Polka Dot Basics II (really has become my go to set for backgrounds and accent strips) and True Black ink and the sentiment from Everyday Classics. I like it! CAS and quick and easy. The flower really sets it off, don't you think? I love that flower and will be making many more. I don't have a scalloped circle punch so I used my Scalloped Classic Circle Nestabilities and it worked like a charm. The pages in this book are not very thick, so I was able to cut all five layers at the same time. Before I bradded them together, I swiped the edges with Vintage Touch ink for a little more aging.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Everyday Classics (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Ink: True Black; Vintage Touch (PTI)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Scalloped Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); ribbon, Vintage button, Rustic Twine (PTI); flat back pearl (craft store); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)


Saturday, January 23, 2010

You make my heart flop - Crazy 4 Challenges #21

Are you ready for another Crazy 4 Challenges challenge? Today Lori is asking us to use a pink color scheme. Easy peasy, LOL!! You can get all the deets at the C4C blog.

For my card, I pulled out an older My Favorite Things set called Valentine Flopsey. Looks like it's out of stock right now but keep checking back. I stamped Flopsey on a Perfect Paper Panel with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored him with Copic markers. Then I cut him out and popped him up on a Nestabilities heart with 3M foam squares. My layout is Card Positioning Systems' Challenge #150. Following the sketch, I added Vintage buttons on each side of Flopsey, tied on with Rustic Twine.

Here's the inside:


NOW, be sure to check out the samples by the rest of my crazy girls...er, I mean the Crazy 4 Challenges team ;-)

Cindy Haffner
Frances Byrne
Jessica Diedrich
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Joycelyn Turner
Lori Boyd
Lynda Benden
Mercy Kerin
Robin Willis
Vicki Garrett

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the sketch and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C21.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!


~Supplies~
Stamps:
Valentine Flopsey (MFT)

Paper:
Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink (SU!); Bittersweet 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey); Perfect Paper Panel (MFT)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Vintage Touch (PTI)
Accessories:
Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares (craft store); Vintage buttons and Rustic Twine (PTI); Copic markers; sewing machine


Friday, January 22, 2010

Very Vintage - Stamp Simply #123

Where does the time go!? It's Friday again so that means it's Stamp Simply day!! Sharon has a very fun and right-up-my-alley challenge today: Vintage. She wants us to make a card or project with a vintage feel.

So, I immediately thought of this My Mind's Eye Life Stories paper--it has a decidedly vintage feel to it, and I'm using Mojo Monday #122 for my layout. Love that lined paper--it's enough interest without being too busy. And it's subtle enough that I could stamp the focal image and sentiment on it--from Verve's Miracles Blossom set--without it getting lost in the pattern. I added some lace with narrow ribbon threaded through and tied in a dainty little bow, some Primas and leaves (I didn't have any burgundy Primas so my trusty Copics came to my rescue), and some Vintage buttons for balance. The centers of the Primas are flat backed pearls. I'm pretty happy with the way this card turned out.

So, now it's your turn. Come along and play and take us up on the challenge--we'd love to see what you come up with. If you do, be sure to leave a comment on Sharon's blog telling her where you uploaded. Please use the keyword ssnotime123 if you upload to a public forum. Check out Sharon's fabulous sample and also the great designs from the Stamp Simply team!

Julie Koerber

Jennifer Buck

Barb Schram

Janine Orchard

A J Otto

Tammy Hershberger

Deb Saarenen

Jenny Gropp

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow is Crazy 4 Challenges day and we've got a fun challenge for you, so I hope you'll stop by again then.

~Supplies~
Stamps: Miracles Blossom (Verve)
Paper: Kraft (PTI); Bravo Burgundy (SU!); Life Stories (MME)
Ink: Bravo Burgundy (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Classic Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares, lace, ribbon, flat back pearls (craft store); Copic marker; Vintage buttons and Rustic twine (PTI); Prima flowers; leaf punch (Martha Stewart)


Thursday, January 21, 2010

With Heartfelt Sympathy

I just got my new PTI stamps and had to play!! This one is from Through the Trees and I didn't have to think twice about getting it--it flew into my shopping cart, LOL! The background image is new too--it's from Background Basics: Petal Power.

I stamped all of the images, including the sentiment (which comes with Through the Trees) On Enchanted Evening card stock with Versamark and heat embossed them with white detail embossing powder. I matted the focal image with a layer of Soft Stone card stock and popped it up on foam squares and a strip of silvery gray satin ribbon adds just enough embellishment, I think.

This card was very simple--the only thing that took any time was the embossing. And what do you know--I *can* make a card with out buttons. But I confess I did look in my stray button drawer for a suitable silver one ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I'll have a new Stamp Simply challenge so be sure and check back in then!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Through the Trees, Background Basics: Petal Power (PTI)
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Soft Stone (PTI)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: 3M foam squares, ribbon (craft store); fine detail embossing powder (Judikins); heat gun


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thank you – Color Throwdown #76

[If you're looking for my MFT VIP Blog Hop post, please scroll down to the next post. Thanks!]

It’s Color Throwdown day again! Tammy chose the colors today: Old Olive, So Saffron, and Melon Mambo.

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So, I veered a little bit from the challenge colors because I so wanted to use this new apple paper I got from KI Memories’ School Days collection called Teacher’s Pet. I used Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Bravo Burgundy—same color families, LOL. Hope Tammy won’t call out the color police on me ;-)

I stamped my little Pure Innocence – Apple For You image on a Perfect Paper Panel with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored it with Copic markers. Then I added some grass with a new border punch I just got—couldn’t wait to play with it. I’m using Mercy’s Sketch #57 for my layout. CTD76_PI_thankyou_2010jan20

Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use Mr. Linky to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD76 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! And be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Broni Holcombe--Splashes of Watercolor
Cathy Indelicato--Crafty Thoughts
Danielle Kennedy--Wild Dragonfly Designs
LeAnne Pugliese--Wee Inklings
Tammy Hershberger--Stamp Happy
Kirstin Beuter--Mindless Creativity
Deb Horst--Sendable Sentiments--January Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Supplies~

Stamps: Pure Innocence – Apple For You (MFT)

Paper: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy (SU!); Teacher’s Pet (KI Memories) Perfect Paper Panel (MFT)

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa

Accessories: 3M foam squares, ribbon (craft store); button, twine (PTI); grass border punch (Martha Stewart); large scalloped border punch (EK Success)

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My Favorite Things VIP Blog Hop

Welcome to My Favorite Things VIP Blog Hop! If you got here from Michelle's blog you're in the right place. If not, why don't you head on over to Kim's blog, where all the fun begins, and work your way back to me--you won't be disappointed, I'm promising.

We’re unveiling February’s Who’s That Girl and the VIP package:
Lovin’ from the Oven
Bakery Blend Buttons
Bakery Blend Ribbons
Sugar Glass Glitter
Sakura Clear Glaze Pen
Plus receive a FREE Clearly Sentimental about Food stamp set (value $9)

This package is available for ONE DAY ONLY. You have the opportunity to get the WTG set TWO WEEKS early--it won’t be available again until the official February 3rd release!

I’ve been wanting a cooking themed WTG and now I’ve got her!! I need to get my recipes organized and I’ve also been wanting to make pretty recipe cards for all my favorites. I love to bake, so this set is simply PERFECT for the collection I have in mind. I found this little photo album at a craft store for $1! I thought it would be just the thing to slip my recipe cards into—they’ll be protected (I’m a messy cook, LOL!) and can be easily seen. Here’s what it looked like when I bought it:

VIPcookbooknaked_2010jan20

And, here it is after I altered it.

VIPcookbook_2010jan20a

I used Basic Grey’s new Nook and Pantry 6 x 6 paper for the cover (the back has the same patterned paper cover, just no image or embellishments). I stamped the image on a Perfect Paper Panel with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and pretty much totally paper pieced it, coloring only WTG’s skin, the “wooden” spoon, and adding some shading to the bowl. I stamped the sentiment on more patterned paper and punched it out with a heart punch—suitable, I thought :) You *know* I had to add a button somewhere, LOL! I added a little ribbon detail and a button from MFT’s Summer collection, tied on with twine. And, a few Dew Drops at the top for balance. Then I stamped out R E C I P E S with Alpha Dots, matted the letters, and added them to the spine of the book.

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I think this is going to look mighty spiffy on the book shelf in my kitchen :)

Thanks so much for hopping by! Now, you’ll want to hop on over to the super-talented Megan’s blog to see what she’s cooking up (sorry, couldn’t resist) for you!

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~Supplies~

Stamps: Lovin’ From the Oven, Alpha Dots (MFT)

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red (SU!); Perfect Paper Panels (MFT); Nook and Pantry 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey)

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Vintage Touch (PTI)

Accessories: 3M foam square, ribbon (craft store); twine (PTI); button (MFT); Dew Drops; heart punch (Marvy); 1/2” circle punch (SU!); 3/4” circle punch (EK Success)


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Birthdays are the best!

OK, one more Blooming Button Bits card and I’ll quit—for now, LOL! For this one, I started with a Stamper’s Select White base and added a layer of Kraft.

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I stamped a strip with a stamp from Polka Dot Basics II with Dark Chocolate, then I stamped the image on more white with Dark Chocolate ink and added Melon Berry Vintage Buttons, tied on with Rustic Twine. I sponged the edges of this element with a little Vintage Touch ink in Chamomile to soften the edges a bit. I stamped the sentiment on Melon Berry card stock with Dark Chocolate and popped it up on 3M foam circles. A Melon Berry grosgrain ribbon finished it off, Clean and Simple and I love it!

I’m so glad you stopped by today!

~Supplies~

Stamps: Blooming Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)

Paper: Stampers Select White, Melon Berry, and Kraft (PTI)

Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI)

Accessories: 3M foam circles (craft store); Vintage Buttons and Rustic Twine (PTI); Melon Berry grosgrain ribbon (PTI); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Soaring by to say hi.

I just love me some buttons, you know, so I pulled out my Everyday Button Bits and proceeded to make this card.

First, I stamped the "grass" image with Ripe Avocado ink on Vintage Cream paper and the balloon baskets with Dark Chocolate ink. Then I cut /embossed them with a Classic Square Nestabilties die and matted it with Dark Chocolate. Then I tied the buttons on with Vintage twine and popped it up with 3M foam squares on the base. I think the rest is pretty self explanatory--this was a quick and fun card!

Thanks for dropping in today!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, and Green Tea Leaves patterned paper (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocoado (PTI)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Classic Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares, ribbon (craft store); Vintage buttons and Vintage Twine (PTI)


Sunday, January 17, 2010

It's your day.

I've got a little gifty idea for you today using the image from My Favorite Things' latest kit - Bath Time. I wanted to show you how you can expand on the kit and images. In this case, I'm using one of the die cut boxes from an earlier kit that's no longer available. This little gable box perfectly fits a bar of hand made soap that I picked up at a craft fair. I made this little set for a birthday gift.

The images were stamped on Perfect Paper Panels with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and paper pieced for the most part. The only coloring with Copic marker is on the legs, where I used E50 and E51. I ran the top layer of base card paper through my Cuttlebug with the my Swiss Dots folder and then swiped the top with Whisper White Craft ink to give the dots more definition. The eyelet lace has Groovy Guava ribbon threaded through it with a bow. I'm using paper from a retired SU! DSP called Afternoon Tea which I love--I thought the flowered stripe was *perfect* for the wallpaper!


Here's a close up of the box:


Here's a close up of the card:


And the inside of the card-- the sentiment and bubbles are from Time For the Bubbly:


Thanks for stopping by today! And thanks for all the sweet comments! Each and every one just makes my day!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Bath Time, Time For the Bubbly (MFT)
Paper: Whisper White, Groovy Guava , Afternoon Tea DSP (SU!); Perfect Paper Panels (MFT)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Whisper White Craft (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provocraft); Petite Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares, eyelet lace, flat back pearls (craft store); Copic markers; ribbon (DU!); border punch (Martha Stewart); gold pen (Pentel)


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Be Mine...Valentine - Crazy 4 Challenges #20

Ready for another Crazy 4 Challenges challenge? Well, Lori's got a fun sketch for us today--you can check it out at the C4C blog.

My card uses a Waltzingmouse set called Seasons of Love, stamped on Kraft paper with PTI Ripe Avocado ink, with the sentiment done in Ocean Tides. Patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Life Stories collection. For the ribbon treatment, I punched a 1/4" round hole and just threaded the ribbon through it, then tied a button around the ribbon with twine to hold it in place. I used crocheted lace across the bottom and attached buttons to it with twine, as well. I love this sketch and how this card turned out!!!

NOW, be sure to check out the samples by the rest of the crazies...er, I mean the Crazy 4 Challenges team ;-)

Cindy Haffner
Frances Byrne
Jessica Diedrich
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Joycelyn Turner
Lori Boyd
Lynda Benden
Mercy Kerin
Robin Willis
Vicki Garrett

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the sketch and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C20.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

~Supplies~
Stamps: Seasons of Love (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides (PTI); Stories Of Live (MME)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Vintage Touch (PTI)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares, lace, ribbon (craft store); Vintage buttons and twine (PTI); sewing machine


Friday, January 15, 2010

Spring Primrose - Stamp Simply #122

It's Stamp Simply time!!! This week, Sharon wants us to do something with flowers in Spring colors. OK, so mine is kinda dark, but you see the Spring flowers there, right? Right? ;-)

Here's what Sharon says:

Mid-Winter Perk-me-up! Today we are all going to create projects with a floral theme and some fresh spring-time colors - whatever says *Spring* to you! Let’s just forget our cold temps and think of those beautiful flowers due to pop up once spring does hit! Just Think Spring and have some fun!


I've had this new Origins paper from Basic Grey several weeks and couldn't help myself--I just had to use it! I'm also using the February flower from Flourishes' A Year In Flowers Calendar Set 1. I stamped it on a Perfect Paper Panel (I really {heart} this paper for Copics!) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. Then, I wanted this graph paper-like background for it so I cut it out and popped it up on 3M foam squares. I'm using Mercy's sketch for this week and I love how this turned out. All edges are sponged with PTI's Vintage Touch ink and the sentiment was punched out with a small oval punch and popped up, as well. Some cheerful sheer yellow ribbon brightens it up. Look, Ma, no buttons ;-)

So, now it's your turn. Come along and play and take us up on the challenge--we'd love to see what you come up with. If you do, be sure to leave a comment on Sharon's blog telling her where you uploaded. Please use the keyword ssnotime122 if you upload to a public forum. Check out Sharon's fabulous sample and also the great designs from the Stamp Simply team!

Michelle Woerner - Guest Designer

Julie Koerber

Jennifer Buck

Barb Schram

Janine Orchard

A J Otto

Tammy Hershberger

Deb Saarenen

Jenny Gropp

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow is Crazy 4 Challenges day and we've got a fun sketch for you so I hope you'll stop by again then.


~Supplies~
Stamps: A Year Of Flowers Set 1 (Flourishes)
Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Soft Suede (SU!); Perfect Paper Panels (MFT); Origins 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: 3M foam squares, ribbon, flat back pearls (craft store); Copic markers; oval punch (SU!); paper piercer (Ornare); piercing template/mat (SU!)


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