Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Nicest Things...No Bunny!

I decided to make a card using this sketch. I thought The Nicest Things set would be a good one to use with it. This set isn't really my style, but I had to buy it because of that one image - the bunny in the flower pot. All who know me know I love bunnies and have had pet house rabbits for almost two decades now. Anyway, I had an idea in my head. Well, you know how that goes! It just didn't work out! I stamped the little girls and colored them in. The image of the girls was larger than I anticipated, so by the time I put down the different pieces of cardstock, I couldn't fit the bunny! I'll have to use that image on another card... I also used the Color Throwdown #106 challenge for this. I think these are great colors together. I have really come to love and appreciate Crumb Cake (Kraft). I'm so happy to have the ink pad and marker now too :)
To embellish, I used some cute little chocolate chip brads that I thought worked well with this card. I also used a chocolate chip and certainly celery button, tied together with a thin strip of soft sky cardstock. I "tied" the whole thing together with some chocolate chip satin ribbon (love the satin ribbon!!!)

Anyway, here's my card and my take on the challenges. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bold Colors Never Fade...

I missed the colorQ (#46) deadline of yesterday, but that's okay. I still had fun playing along. These were some bold colors and it was a challenge! I do love the new cherry cobbler and daffodil delight colors together.

I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch (#81) for this card. It is a simple layout, but I really like it.

I pulled out my new favorite set Friends Never Fade. I stamped the daffodil cardstock with one of the stamps and for the center image. I also stamped the matching image in wild wasabi. I cut both pieces out, centered the daffodil piece, and used dazzling diamonds in the center. Dazzling diamonds really does add the perfect amount of sparkle to any project. I just seem to make a mess when using it!
For other embellishments, I used some baja breeze ribbon for the strip and I used one of the punches to punch out little flowers in daffodil and baja breeze. I centered little rhinestones on each. I love the bling!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and here's to a nice week for all! Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Original Shirt Card

Happy Sunday! I am so ready for another day of productive stamping and crafting. I'm going like mad to make things for Fall craft shows. In between, I'm trying to make some cards to send and to post!

I did want to post this card I made in the Fall of 2008. It was for my group's monthly swap. The theme was "Masculine" and that is when I first made the little shirts. At the time, the In Colors were Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red. So, I used them with Chocolate Chip to put this card together. I really like this card and when I gave one to my Father-In-Law, he loved it! He always dresses up, no matter what day, no matter what occasion :)

TFL and have a great day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Feeling the Tropics!

I love this Island Oasis paper. It has a bunch of great colors and patterns.

I have been wanting to make a paper bow for ages and downloaded the tutorial from Splitcoast a long time ago, but never got around to trying it. My sister's SU! group got together this month and their project was making a paper bow, thanks to Jen Phillips. Since I live 3 hours away, I don't get to attend. But, I love seeing what they've done via Debbie's blog and talking to her about the meeting. It sounds like they had some kind of fun :)

They inspired me to break out my instructions and get to work. While looking through my instruction sheets, I found the one for the man's shirt. I've made a card with this before - but it was before I started blogging. I'll have to take a picture and post it later. Anyway, I've been wanting to do some Hawaiian shirts and I'm going to make flower leis for them later.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary in Maui next month. These projects are helping me get ready (I'm already there in my mind!) Won't this bow be cute on a gift I bring back for friends and family?

OK, I've rambled long enough - have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thanks, Kim!

My friend, Kim, is a Graphic Designer. She recently designed a logo for my husband. She wouldn't let us pay her, so I went to a store I know she likes and got her a gift card. :)

I've used this gift card holder die before and really like it. Since Kim has black cats, I found this paper and decided to use it for the holder. Unfortunately, I ran the paper through the Big Shot and the cats are upside down on the outside. They are right side up on the inside. I guess they have to be upside down on one side - no getting around it. But, I should have had them right side up on the outside. Live and learn while you create....

I assembled the holder and used a piece of crushed curry on the inside to stamp the Elegant Thank You. I also used the Lovely Letters "K" stamp for the outside.

I adhered a piece of black satin ribbon (love the satin ribbons!) around the whole outside. It looked a little sloppy where I had to slip the piece of ribbon in the back, so I punched out a cat from remains of the die cut piece of paper, and covered it.

I'm so sleepy this morning that I doubt I'm making any sense! Sorry if this is confusing...

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Get Well, George!

My friends' uncle recently had back surgery. So, I wanted to send a card. In this day of electronic mail, I think it is so important that we continue to send cards. I think it is so nice to receive one in the mail. It always makes my day, so I hope it makes others' days too!

Anyway, I made this card for him. I used my Circle Circus stamp set and stamped a whole sheet of white, using last year's In Colors. I then used In Color card stock and matching ribbon. I really like doing this because you can make so many cards with one stamped sheet. Plus, depending on the color of cardstock and accessories, you can really set a tone. I think the suede color helped make this one a little more masculine. Well, I hope so because that is what I was going for.

Here's to a full recovery for George!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Finally, I found a weekend to stamp! What a great weekend to do it too. It's been rainy and such a great weekend to stay in, listen to good 80's music, and stamp away! I've been very productive. I managed to finish two upcoming swaps, participate in a sketch challenge, made a Get Well card, and started making things for the Fall craft shows. Ahhh - it doesn't get much better than that!

Here is the card I made using the sketch from Stamp TV. My SU! group has weekend challenges and this is the sketch challenge that Sherri (Hi!) chose. I love it!
I decided to use the Tropical Party set and matching DSP for this card. I have so many birthdays coming, so decided to make it a bday card.
Thanks for looking and have a great rest of your weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Michelle!

Here is a card I made for my friend Michelle. She's got a great blog - check it out here!

I used our group's sketch layout from last weekend (Fall To Layout 100 sketch) for this card. I wanted to use my new Birthday Bakery stamp set - it is so cute! I also used Short & Sweet on the inside.

Michelle's July swap card used the colors Pretty In Pink, Concord Grape, and Whisper White. I loved them so much, I decided to use them on her card. I used some dazzling diamonds on the cupcake and I think it just looks yummy - like candy sugar!

Happy Birthday, Michelle! I hope you like it :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Michael...on Saturday!

My friend Michael's birthday is this Saturday. He went to Hawaii for the first time last year and fell in love with it. I wanted to use the Tropical Party stamp set (sentiment from Birthday Bliss set) and make a masculine card with it. I used the Color Throwdown #102 and TESC122 sketch challenge for this card. I really like how it turned out. The colors are perfect for a masculine card: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, and Not Quite Navy. It makes me anxious for my upcoming Maui vacation next month - can't wait!!!

Mahalo for looking and have a great day!