I made this card for a stampin' friend who recently had an adorable baby girl. I just love the Bundle of Joy set so it was fun to get that out to play. With two sons and a whole lot of nephews, I never get much of a chance to make totally girly things. So of course I had to go with all pink for this one.
The Houndstooth background inked in pink on the white card stock reminds me of a soft baby blanket, so I used that for my background along with the polka dot print from the Hostess Prints Pack.
To go along with the card I made some Scrap Candy using the Baby's First set. I figured these super cute images would be perfect to embellish a few pages in her baby's scrapbook.
Thanks for stopping by today...have a GREAT weekend!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I was inspired to try this fun technique called faux metal after seeing Becky's "Faux Something" card on the Stamp Something Challenge Blog. This is the first time I have tried this...it is so fun and easy to create a unique embellishment for your card or scrapbook page!
All you do is build up several layers of embossing powder on your cardstock by first covering it with VersaMark, then sprinkle on your metallic EP, heat until EP is melted, then repeat this step 3 more times. Make sure you have your bold image stamp ready because right after the last layer is melted you must quickly press the stamp into the melted embossing powder to create a good image. If you don't act quickly enough the image won't show up too good. If this happens just add more EP, melt and try again. Edited to add: Erin from Scrap, Stamp & be Merry also had a super cute card with some great (and funny!) instructions about this technique.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I've been wanting to participate in some of the challenges I've been seeing on a couple different blogs for some time now, but I always seem to forget or put it off until the last minute, and then figure it's too late. Well, I'm still a bit late with this but still wanted to play anyways. I think this one card qualifies for two challenges. The first one was Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #49. Here is the sketch:
Saturday, May 24, 2008
A couple days before I left on our Florida vacation I was browsing the forums on my favorite stamping website when I came across a post offering SU! Demos the opportunity to try a bag from a new company for FREE. Well, of course all the warnings my mama has always given me popped into my head (in her voice of course! hehehe)..."it sounds too good to be true" "nothing is ever free", etc...
I was a bit leary, so I checked out their website. They had several different styles of totes, handbags, planners, etc...all with a clear window to insert a photo, scrapbook page, stamped art, etc...all I had to do was choose one and pay for the shipping and it was mine to try! After hearing that a few other demos had tried it and did receive a bag (which they were raving about) I decided to go for it.
When I got back from vacation my brand new bag was waiting for me! I've been super busy getting other things done around the house, but in the back of my mind I've been thinking about how I was going to decorate my first panel for my new bag. Yesterday I finally had some spare time and this is what I came up with.
Isn't it cute?! The quality of the bag is really nice! It is lined with a bright green fabric and has pockets on each side with magnetic snaps. There's a few pockets on the inside too...one perfect for a cell phone, a zippered pocket that I can slip my mini catalogs in, and another that I'll probably use for my keys and misc small items. Please visit the Daily Window Bags website to see all their great products. The style I chose is called Eight Days a Week .
For my insert all I did was cut a piece of watercolor paper to fit inside the window. Then I stamped the 3 images I wanted to watercolor with Black Stazon ink. The large flower is the Level 1 Hostess set From the Garden, the butterfly is from Touch of Nature and the dragonfly is from the retired set Measure of a Life. I water colored them with Classic inks pooled in my ink pad lids and my aqua painter. For the background I wet my paper with plain water using a larger water color brush, right to the edges of the images I had just colored. Then I dipped the corner of my brush into a bit of Soft Sky re-inker and washed it across the edges of my paper letting it bleed into the center of my background area. I did this until I got the desired effect, also adding a bit of Lovely Lilac ink here and there. Here's a close up view:
When my paper was thoroughly dry I went back and stamped the swirls from the Baroque Motifs set and the word collage from the retired Natural Beauty set. This was a fun project! I look forward to making more panels that I can swap out for the season or just to match an outfit.
Have a fun Memorial Day weekend!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I hate making sympathy cards. Not only because I feel sad as I am creating them, but because I always worry whether it's suitable or not. After I photographed this card and uploaded it here, I decided that the black ribbon with it's polka dots was too whimsical of a touch for such a solemn occasion. I removed the ribbon, but I still felt it "needed" something. That's when I decided to add the butterfly image instead. What do you think...is this a better option?
Even though I'm still not entirely sure about this card, I decided to share it here because I wanted to show you that I could stamp with the Live Your Dream set and not use Guava, Wasabi or Soft Sky! It dawned on me as I was working on this card that everything I've done with this set up until this point has been done in those colors, because I've been using it along with the matching Afternoon Tea papers.
For this card I stamped the image in White Craft ink on Basic Black card stock and used my pastels to add color.
Stamps: Live Your Dreams, Sanded background & Brighter Tomorrow (retired)
Card Stock: Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, Basic Gray & Basic Black
Ink: Perfect plum, White Craft & Basic Black
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Stampin' Pastels, ribbon
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds & Big Bold Birthday
Card stock: Bashful blue, So Saffron & Cutie Pie DP
Ink: So Saffron & Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Rich Regal brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Spring Flower Punch (retired) & window Word Punch, pop dots.
Thanks for stopping by....have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
...and then I forgot! Doesn't it look like this poor little puppy could be thinking this? I needed a belated birthday card for one of my nephews and I thought this adorable image would be perfect. Plus...I just LOVE this little puppy so I'll find any excuse to use him.
I really like this color combo for a masculine card...Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke & Creamy Caramel. The green in the ribbon is a bit off but the other two stripes are dead on color matches. Not sure where I got the ribbon, but everything else is SU!.
My nephew probably won't pay much attention to the card, but I'm sure he'll like what's in it. ;-)
Looks like I gloomy day here today...rain will soon be on it's way. Maybe it will pass through quickly and clear up later so I can get outside and do a little planting. If not...guess I'll have to stay inside and do some stamping...er, I mean cleaning! Have a good one!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I just can't say enough about how gorgeous the Afternoon Tea papers are! I just love them...along with the matching stamp set...Live Your Dream. Combining the two makes it's so easy to create a lovely but quick card, like the one shown here.
Nothing really to explain as far as how to recreate this card...just cut your papers, stamp your design and assemble. I do however have a tip that some of you may not have tried.
As you can see here I used this years In Colors to stamp this card. However, with a bold stamp like this flower image where you want the leaves and stem to be Wasabi and the flower to be Soft Sky, it is harder to do when there are no markers available in those colors. This is how I easily solved this problem:
I laid my stamp rubber side up on the table, then inked the flower with my Soft Sky ink pad. If I get some unwanted ink on the stem or leaves I wiped it off and proceeded to ink the stem & leaves with my Wasabi ink pad. There will be a gap on the stem and leaves that is hard to get without getting Wasabi on the flower, so I dipped my blender pen in a bit of Wasabi re-inker and used that to fill in any uninked areas...just like you would with a marker.
Many people dedicate a set of reinkers as In Color markers by simply filling them with re-inker. I suppose if I wanted to use a certain color quite often as a marker than I would probably do that, but for just for a quick touch of color here and there, this option works great for me. This way I can still use my blender pen for other colors if I choose.
With this catalog year soon coming to an end, that means we will have to say goodbye to these beautiful colors we've grown to love so much. Make sure to purchase a re-inker for each In Color ink pad you own and that way you can continue to use them for years to come.
Have a beautiful day!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
First I want to wish all the Mom's out there a very happy Mother's Day! I'm excited to see my Mom today so I can finally give her this adorable purse album I made for her using Jan Tink's awesome design and instructions. When I first saw this on Jan's blog I knew I had to make one for my Mom as she an avid sewer & quilter who loves to make purses and tote bags...so I know she will love this. Besides, she has always loved anything I've made for her...she still has many of the cards and drawings I created way back in elementary school.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I think the Animal Kingdom is my favorite of the four Disney theme parks. I guess because I love to take pictures and there are just so many photo opportunities there. Also, all the lush, jungle foliage through out the park is just breath taking.
Here's a closer view of the coaster coming out of the side of the mountain.From almost every spot in the park the Tree of Life is visible. This is a magnificently, detailed work of art. The trunk is intricately carved with all sorts of animals, birds and insects. From every angle you can see different animals intertwined to make up the enormous tree. One of my favorite 3-D shows, It's Tough to Be a Bug, is located inside the tree. This is a picture of my hubby and I in front of the Tree of Life.
Here's a fun fact about the Tree of Life: Ten artists and three Imagineers worked full-time for 18 months to create the 325 animal carvings on The Tree of Life. Sculptors had between six and 10 hours to create the finished image before the plaster hardened.
Hope you enjoyed these photos. Hopefully I'll get some stamping time in later and have something stamp related to share tomorrow. Someone asked in my last post what kind of camera I used to take the beach photos. I have a Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I just LOVE it so far and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to buy a new camera.
Monday, May 05, 2008
We're back from our Florida vacation. As always...vacation goes by way too fast! We had such a good time I didn't want it to end! Since I haven't done any stamping while I was gone or since I've been back, I thought I'd share a few photos I took on our trip.
We enjoyed our day and a half at the ocean, but our condo in Orlando was waiting along with a busy week ahead hitting Disney's four parks plus Universal. So there wasn't a whole lot more relaxation in store for us, but we sure enjoyed every minute! I took a LOT of photos, so I'll need to get busy and do some scrappin'. I'll be sharing more photos here this week.
Happy Cinco de Mayo...Enjoy your day!