Monday, March 31, 2008

Be so kind... Place a vote....

OK - a friend of mine asked me for some baby cards with these colors. Inside I used the text stamp from a retired SU! set (Happy Harmony) that reads "It's the little things that make life BIG"
Leave me a note. Which one is your favorite?

Details, details...
Stamp set: So Many Scallops (SU SAB '08), Print Pattern background (retired)
Colors: Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, River Rock and Whisper White
Other: Scallop punch, corner rounder punch, various cuttlebug dies, chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, soft sky double-stitched ribbon and flower ribbon slide

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I got an award!!

I tell ya - a girl knows how to make a girl's day!!! My sweet friend Sher gave me this "You Make My Day" award. Thanks Sher...
You MUST check out her blog displaying her AMAZING card creations! I'm amazed when she always finds a way to go "above and beyond" and add that extra touch to her cards... Sher - you're an inspiration! Thank you... her blog:

In keeping with tradition, I am paying it forward by passing this award on to some other FABULOUS bloggers, scrapbookers and card makers! Check them out!

1.) Deb: A blogger friend who always amazes me with her work - the quality, the quantity, the religious daily posts of her creations... this woman simply amazes me! Check her out:

2.) Lori: A great scrapbooker. Check it out. She is a ~We Stamp!~ buddy!

3.) Heather: I found this blog this past week... and LOVE her posts! Another inspiration to add to my "top 5" list.

4.) Gina: Although she's already received this award and this is kinda cheating... I had to share her creations with everyone also. Check out her blog.

5.) Sharon aka "NoTimeToStamp": While Sharon doesn't know it, she's been inspiring me for a long time! Thanks for your near-daily inspiration!

Then these recipients do the the following. If you already have this award don’t worry about passing it on, just display it proudly!

1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs you find of interest and that inspire you.
2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3) Display the logo “You Make My Day”
4) Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
Now - go pay it forward!

Playing with a new color combo AND a new Cuttlebug die

I discovered this color combo in a recent swap and wanted to "make it my own"... so to speak. Coincidentally my best girl friend just found out she's having a girl... and it's her birthday this month. Clearly, it was time to put this color combo to work - and to use it on her.
At the same time I just got a new Cuttlebug die in the mail - called "Paisley". So, I had to play with that too 'cuz it's extra girly.
Disclaimer - Once again I find myself apologizing for my photo editing software - as it doesn't like this color combo and by adjusting the colors it makes some of the colors appear "off". See below for the SU colors I used on this one.
Details, details...
Stamp set: So Many Scallops (SU SAB '08)
Colors: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom and Kraft
Other: Scallop punch, chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and pretty in pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

Coloring on vellum paper

Ok - so a friend of mine (thanks for the inspiration Lisa) told me about the idea of stamping an open image on the back of vellum and then coloring it in w/ the watercolor wonder crayons. What?! Color on vellum?! Well it makes so much sense! If you mount it w/ the crayon side to the white paper below then there's no danger of it smudging! Fabulous!

So, clearly I had to test it out for myself. I attached the vellum to whisper white card stock (after daubing some color on the white, of course) with the great SU brads... and voila!

Details, details...
Stamp sets: Time Well Spent (Hostess set, level 3) and Much Appreciated
Colors: Old Olive, Groovy Guava, Taken With Teal, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Other SU products: White vellum card stock, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Earth Elements brads, sponge daubers, Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper, 1/2" Circle punch, Cherished Memories rub-on

Gift card holder swap

I recently participated in a swap for gift card holders. This was mine... it's normal size for a card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") so it'll fit into an envelope nicely. Under the Designer Label punch / embellishment I made a slit punch in the printed/flower paper to hold the card. The punch out slit of paper is then adhered to the back of the Designer Label punch wrapped around the card to secure the gift card in place. Nice, eh?! I thought so!

Details, details...
Stamp set: Time Well Spent (Hostess set, level 3)
Colors: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Groovy Guava
Other SU products: Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper, Designer lable punch, Slit punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, and Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon

Sympathy card

Of all the cards I make I least enjoy making sympathy cards. So, when I make them I make a number of them to set aside. This may sound very introspective, but finding the right balance between sympathy, thoughtfulness, creativity, and friendship is a tough one in making these cards. So, when I find that delicate balance - I harness it and make a dozen of these cards and then stick them at the back of the box hoping I don't have to use anymore of them.
A friend of mine had some tragic news w/ family members, involving a devastating car accident. So, this was off in the mail the next day... and I'm hoping I don't have to use anymore of these cards for a long time.
Details, details...
Stamp set: Close As A Memory
Colors: Really Rust, Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss and Confetti Cream
Other: River Rock double-stitch grosgrain

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter!

Just playing around w/ scraps today and had to come up w/ a card to go with an Easter basket. Here you have it. The eggs are made using SU's two different sized oval punches. And I simply snipped the "grass" with the blade of scissors. Quick and cute... which is what I was going for.

May your Easter be blessed! He is Risen!