Sunday, July 29, 2007
My card features the Baroque Motifs set, Tres Chic and Linen Backgrounds, Autumn Leaves paper, Very Vanilla, Cranberry Crisp, Basic Black and Basic Gray Cardstock, Basic Gray and Baroque Burgundy Ink, the new Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, a black brad from Making Memories and a bit of Fruit Punch Stickles.
It may be hard to tell from the photo, but I used my Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder on the Autumn Leaves paper and brushed over it with black Stampin' Pastel. I love the look of embossing on the patterned paper. It adds such a nice touch.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
My card also features Baroque Motifs. I used SU! Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Basic Gray cardtock, Autumn Leaves patterned paper, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Baroque Burgundy Ink, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, a black brad and Dimensionals.
Hope you're inspired too! Now, go stamp! :)
Friday, July 27, 2007
Since I didn't want to rent a U-haul to take my stamping supplies to Theresa's, I decided to limit myself to a couple of paper packs, some matching cardstock and embellishments and a few stamp sets.
This little Flowahbella card features Basic Grey Blush paper and SU! Whisper White and Rose Red cardstock. Flowahbella is colored with SU! Markers and embellished with SU! Frilly Ribbon Originals.
I used my Basic Grey Blush paper with SU! Big Blooms for the card below. The wave in the paper was created using my Bo Bunny Flex Ruler. Such a fun tool! You can get yours from Joy and Daisy at eP.
The blooms are stamped in Baroque Burgundy, Taken with Teal and Regal Rose and layered using Dimensionals. The little flowers were made with a small flower punch from EK Success, my Fiskars 1/4" hole punch and brads.
So, today I made this quick card using...you got it, Basic Grey Blush paper. It also features SU! Whisper White, Cool Carribean and Cranberry Crisp cardstock. I used my Marvy Mega and Giga Scalloped Oval Punches, Regal Rose Grossgrain, Prima flowers, Fruit Punch Stickles and K&Company rhinstones to finish it off.
I've got one more card to show off, but I think I'll save it for later this weekend. I'm off to visit with my hubby and son...they just got home from a drum corp show. They're pretty hyped up, so I'm guessing it was lots of fun. (wink)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sarah tells me that someday she will have her own farm and several horses, that her father and I will come live with her, and that she will teach me how to ride. Sounds wonderful!!!
I wanted my friend to know I was thinking of her, so I'm dropping this card in the mail for her. I used SU!'s Polka Dot & Paisley and Sincere Salutations sets. All the cardstock, ink and paper is also from SU! I added a bit of Fruit Punch Stickles to the flowers and some paper piercing along the top. Hope it brightens her day!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Yesterday was a wonderful start to my weekend. My husband, Chris, had taken the day off and we enjoyed a lunch date, shopping and hanging out with our children and some of their friends. It was just what we all needed.
My Stampin' Up! order also arrived yesterday. (Yippee!) and I managed a few minutes to stamp a card for Beate's weekend Sketch Challenge.
This card features some beautiful new SU! product, including Baroque Motifs, Tres Chic and Le Jardin DP. I also used the Linen background, corner punch (for the scallops), Marvy oval punches, Prima flowers and some chocolate ribbon. The colors are Very Vanilla, So Safron and Always Artichoke.
I have really enjoyed participating in Beate's weekend Sketch Challenge. If you have some time, I encourage you to give it a try.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Don't you just love this Chatterbox paper? I paired it up with SU! Whisper White and Chocolate Chip cardstock. I used Night of Navy for the photo corner. The ribbon is a SU! Ribbon Originals and the saying is from the SU! Curvy Verses set. Birthday Bella is colored in with SU! markers and her apron is cut from the same Chatterbox paper.
It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Illinois, and my hubby surprised me by taking the day off, so I am going to make the most of it. You have wonderful day as well!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I knew as soon as I saw the Wreath that it had to go on a door, so I went with a door fold for the Really Rust cardstock. I stamped it with the leaves from the SU! Lovely as a Tree set using Versamark ink. Then I stamped the Wreath in Basic Brown ink and watercolored it with my Earth Element Watercolor Crayons and an aquapainter. I had so much fun coloring with all of those warm fall colors! The Wreath is layered on Mellow Moss cardstock and then placed on a band of More Mustard that slides off the main card.
The card opens to reveal a layer of Confetti Cream cardstock on the inside with a large Really Rust leaf cluster stamped in the middle. A perfect spot to stamp a sentiment. I so enjoyed working on this project. It makes me want to get all of my autumn stamps out!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
My middle son, Justin is turning 14 in a couple of weeks, so I thought I'd see what I could come up with for his card, using the sketch. I always find it challenging to create masculine cards, especially for teenage guys, but Justin is a percussionist and I knew I had to use my drumset stamp from A Muse. On a recent trip to Mike's, I came across this patterned paper. It's very cool...called One of a Kind, from Creating Keepsakes. It matches the new Blue Bayou cardstock from SU! and goes great with Chocolate Chip too. I used Stamp of Authenticity, Genuine Article, It's your Birthday and Linen background stamp sets from SU! I kept feeling like there was a bare spot in the lower left corner, so I threw on a flourish from Autumn Leaves. I did some paper piercing on the Chocolate Chip mat and sponged everything with a bit of Close to Cocoa ink.
I really enjoyed playing around with this sketch. Time permitting, I will definately be checking out the sketch for next weekend. Thanks for the inspiration Beate!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Here's another A Muse design with the new penguin cutie and "you are one of a kind!" saying. This one features SU!'s On the Spot background, Whisper White, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise and Summer Sun ink, a touch of Frosted Lace Stickles and some May Arts Ribbon. The ribbon is awesome...it is sooo soft.
My hubby is off all weekend and his brother is in town from Ohio, so I think I'll take a break from my blog and enjoy hanging out with my family. Hope you find time to do the same. Happy weekend!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
My daughter, Sarah and I fell in love with this little Penguin when we went to check out the new A Muse stamps at the Cottage Stamper. He's so adorable!!! I couldn't wait to use him. Here he is stamped in SU! Basic Black ink with his feet and beak colored in Only Orange. I also used the A Muse Small Oval and "you're cool" saying. The snowflakes from the SU! Snowflakes set and are stamped with Bliss Blue ink. Because I can't seem to make anything without it, I added Stickles (Waterfall) to the oval to make it look more like ice. The corners are punched with my SU! ticket punch and crystal gems finish it off.
I love this little tire swing tree from A Muse. It's so cute! I watercolored it using SU! Classic ink and an aquapainter. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but I punched out the inside of the tire. I used the SU! Weathered and Linen backgrounds and the sentiment is from Anna Griffin. The striped ribbon is Dots and Dashes from Mike's. It's folded and secured with black staples. All the cardstock is SU!
There's a bit of a story behind this swap design. My friend, Amy, and I were working on her wedding invitations. We were supposed to be punching out white scalloped circles and celery circles for the design and instead were punching out the reverse. Oi!!! We only had about half of them done when we realized we had made a mistake. We had a good giggle, got back on track and later split up the mistaken goods. At first, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all of the celery scalloped circles, but as it turns out...they were perfect for my ATCs.
The monogram notebook also came from Mike's. It was in their dollar goodies. What a find! I simply covered a chipboard "e" with patterned paper, a flower and Turquoise Stickles and then added lots of ribbon to the binding. I so enjoy making monogram gifts. They're always quick and easy and oh so personalized.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Here's my First order:
Priceless (this one was love at first sight)
Tres Chic background (so many options)
River Rock Cardstock (a new staple)
Basic Gray Cardstock (ditto)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (ditto, again)
Le Jardin Designer Paper (gorgeous!)
Basic Gray Taffetta Ribbon (ooh la-la)
Blue Bayou Double-Stitched Ribbon (finally, something to match Not Quite Navy!)
On Board Lots of Letters (so many monograms, so little time)
Scallop Circle Punch (a must have)
What else is on my Wishlist? Just a few "essentials". (wink) Here's a peek:
Define your Life
It's All Good
Batty for You
Art By Deisgn
Creepy Crawly DSP
Cutie Pie DSP
On Board Clipboards
Looking forward to hearing what's on your SU! Order!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
The new Basic Grey Infuse paper is so beautiful! Mine arrived Friday, along with several other goodies I had ordered from eP.
The card on the bottom features the Cherry Blossoms stamp from Rubberstampede, "I love you" from Anna Griffin, SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black ink, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Narrow Olive Organdy, Hodgepodge Harware, Frosted Lace Stickles and Infuse paper.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I thought I would take a few minutes today to begin introducing you to my family. So, without further adeu, this is "the best dog in the world", Jack. Jack's a 3 year old Black Lab-Norwiegan Elkhound mix. We adopted him from Tails, our local humane society.
Actually, Jack was at our local Farm & Fleet the day we went to see him and his three brothers. We had just moved into a new home and I had seen an ad about their Tails event. We seriously needed a break from unpacking, cleaning, painting... so we went to have a look at the puppies. On the way, I told the kids that we were "just going to look" and I very matter-of-factly stated "we will not be getting a black dog". (Too much shedding black hair to clean up.) Well, our visit with the puppies was like much needed therapy and after two hours of playing with them, Jack came home with us.
Jack stole our hearts as he instantly became the center of attention in our home. He's the first one to greet each of us in the morning and each night as my husband and I tuck our children in, he makes the rounds to see that they are safe and sound and to ensure that he gets one last hug or pat on the head. He's a playmate, a confidant, a friend, a snuggle buddy and therapy at the end of a rough day.
The shedding black dog hair? It's a never ending battle...but it's worth it when you have "the best dog in the world". And Jack is!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
The card above features the new Baroque Motif stamp set, Brocade Background paper, River Rock cardstock and Ice circle rhinestone brads from Stampin' Up! I so appreciate how easy SU! makes it to design a card that coordinates so nicely. By the way, have you seen SU!'s new Fall & Winter Collection? I'd love to hear what you think about all of their new offerings. Me? I'm totally wowed. SU! is a wonderful company to be connected with. They continue to impress me as they stay on top of the latest papercrafting trends.
This one's for mom. Hope she likes it! It features the retired Stampin' Up! Stipple Butterfly, which is watercolored with Certainly Celery and Taken with Teal ink using an aquapainter, and embellished with Crystal Stickles. I used Certainly Celery and Taken with Teal Cardstock also from SU! and my corner punch to create the scallops. The designer paper is K&Company's Amy Butler Sola mat pack and I've also used the coordinating ribbon. The bling is Brenda Walton rhinestones, another K&Company product.
The card below is for my dear friend, Carol. Carol and I met when two of our boys were entering first grade. (8 years ago) We both volunteered our husbands to be Tiger Cub Den Leaders. lol From then on it's been Scouts and PTA events, play dates with our children, tea and Bible study, margaritas at Rosita's, lots of laughter, a few tears, some serious prayer and simply the most treasured adult friendship I've ever shared. (I love you dear friend!)
This card features SU! Regal Rose and Cool Caribbean cardstock, Basic Grey's Blush paper (you can get your's at Eclectic Papier), adhesive pearls from K&Company, Fruit Punch Stickles, SU! Ribbon Originals, flowers (the darker one is a Heidi Swapp) and the "I Treasure your Friendship" stamp from Stampabilites.