Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Parisian Thoughts

Two card. I used Mojo Monday's weekly sketch and Stamp Something's challenge this week was to create something using showers or flowers. This card has flowers and I figured the blue could be for showers too. If you want to dig deeper...the brown signifies mud...which our road is right now after all the showers we've had! least everything is green that's a good thing, right!?
The beautiful flower image from the Thoughts and Prayers set goes really well with the little flowers in the Parisian Breeze print I chose for the bottom section...I hadn't noticed that before. I just love this paper (and this stamp set too!) I also love this white organza is so soft and easy to work with, plus it adds a simple elegance to any project.

Speaking of the pretty images from the Thoughts and Prayers set...guess what I got yesterday? The Thoughts & Prayers Tree Decor Element! I've been wanting it since the first time I saw it, and finally decided where I wanted it. I hope to put it up today. I'll be sure to take pictures so you can see how it turns out. Wish me luck...I've only worked with small DE images so far...and this sucker is huge...with several pieces. YIKES!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Somethings Fishy!

Tomorrow is my brother's birthday, so I made him this fun card. The inside says: You can't REALLY be having ANOTHER birthday already!? Can't poke too much fun at his age since he is younger than me. hehehe
The fish were stamped with Black Stazon and then masked so I could sponge the water over them. I punched a scrap piece of paper with the scallop edge punch and laid that down and sponged along the edge to create the waves. The seaweed was created using the leaf image from Great Friend. When I was happy with my background, I pulled the post-it masks off my images and finished by watercoloring them. This is such a fun set! On the Tangerine layer I also used the matching Lazy Days jumbo wheel. I really wanted to use some crystal effects on top of the fish, but I had to hurry and get the card in the mail and didn't want to have to wait for it to dry...that's what I get for waiting til the last minute I guess. Next time...

Thanks for popping in to visit...enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Walk in the Park With Great Friend

That title sounds like something I'd love to do on such a sunny morning! Darn!...I was actually referring to the new products from the Occasions mini that I used to create these cards. I made this first card for a good friends birthday, and totally like me - it was last minute and I only had time to make one and get it in the mail.I loved the way it turned out and wanted to re-create it so I made this card loosly based on this weeks Mojo Monday sketch. (I kind of cheated...I didn't turn the middle section at an angle, and I eliminated a layer so as not to cover up the pretty paper) I thought this was a good example on how you can change up the look of your project while using the same exact same supplies.
The most obvious difference between these cards is that my second card started with a 5 -1/4" square base vs the standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 base of the first card. I also changed the placement of the corduroy button and added Iridescent Ice embossing powder to the butterfly. When I was "done" I felt it still needed something so I added the flat backed pearls from the Pretties Kit.

I'm loving these new stamp sets and the soothing colors and patterns of this new DP.

Stamps: Great Friend & Oval All
Ink: Baja Blue, Kiwi Kiss & Basic Gray
Card stock: Baja Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray & Walk in the Park DP
Accessories: Oval, Scallop Oval & Eyelet border punches, Baja Corduroy buttons, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die

Thanks for stopping by...hope your day is a walk in the park!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cute as a button

Here's a 2 page 12x12 layout I made a couple weeks ago, but just got around to photographing. Sorry about the dark's really hard for me to photograph a 2 page layout. Click on pic to see better detail or scroll down to see each individual page.I used the Delicate Dots SAB papers and added pink to make this more girly. The Always in Bloom wheel with the celery cartridge was used to create the background. Lots of Sizzix dies were used here: Serif Essentials Alphabet, Daisies #2, Top Note, Large Scallop Circle, and the Buttons Sizzlit. The Photo Corner and Eyelet border punches were used as well.

Here's a closer look at the left side...

and the right...
Other than the Always in Bloom Stampin' Around wheel the only stamp I used was the swirl from the Yummy set on the Top Note die journaling block.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Flowers Just For You

After seeing all the cute flower pot pocket cards everyone has been posting on SCS lately, I had to give one a try. Here's what I came up with: I used my Big Shot and the Simple Flower Embosslit along with the Birds & Blooms and Little Leaves Sizzlits to cut all the flowers and leaves. I stamped the butterfly from the Great Friends set in Baja Blue and cut it out. The "just for you" sentiment is from the new Oval All set and punched with SU! newest punch...the Scallop Oval. I used Parisian Breeze paper on the pot and the Eyelet border punch on the rim. Here's what it looks like with the pocket pulled out:

The swirls across the bottom and the little stamped flowers on top of the embossed ones came from the Simple Friendship set. This was a fun card to make. Here is the link to a great tutorial on how to make one yourself. I have one tip I learned while creating my flower pot card: Have an envelope handy as you are building your flowers. I had to cut off a lot of the leaves I originally had glued on because it was just too large to fit inside a standard envelope.

Have a great day!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Best Fishes Spinner

These goofy fish from the Just Beachy set crack me up! I made this card for my son's 21st birthday, and wrote a "warning" inside about drinking like a fish. As I was making the card I thought it would be kind of funny to have one fish spinning "out of control" across the top, so I made it into a spinner card. I think he liked the card, but I know he really liked what was in to last nights Red Wings game which was game 1 of the playoffs! He thought we were just going to dinner but we surprised him by taking him to the game as well. The Red Wings won 4-1 against the Blue Jackets so it was a fun and memorable night.To create this card I first stamped the seaweed using the leaf image from Great Friend. Then I stamped my fishy scene using Black Stazon. I watercolored the fish and then masked them so I could sponge the watery background. I saw this cute card on SCS and loved how she made waves using the scalloped border punch, so I added some scalloped waves as well. For the finishing touch I put crystal effects on all the eyes and then where they would fit, I added googley eyes.

Thanks for visiting me today...have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I'm sneaking in a quick post today to wish you all a Happy Easter and to show you these little baskets I whipped up yesterday for my Easter brunch guests.I used my Scalloped Envelope die and various punches to make these. The Eyelet border punch added some nice detail to the handles. I attached them to my baskets with Soft Subtle Eyelets. Here's a view from the side to see the handles better.These baskets actually hold quite a bit...after I took these photos I filled them with jellybeans and Reeses's PB Eggs...but they didn't match the SU! colors I used! LOL Please tell me I'm not the only one who buys candy to coordinate with SU! colors in mind.

Well I better run or the only thing my guests are going to have to eat are what's in these baskets! ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

It's been a while... we are already nine days into April and I haven't made one single blog post! I've been super busy with a million different things going on around here. Thankfully things will be settling down a bit for me and I should have a little more time for stamping again. I did manage to squeeze in a little play time to try out a few of my new goodies. I've also been doing some scrap when I get those pages photographed I'll be sharing those here soon. For now, here's a card made with the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions die. (AKA an embossing folder)This embossing die is so pretty and elegant it looks great on it's own, however...I just had to use that beautiful butterfly from the Level 1 Hostess set, God's Beauty. I stamped it in Basic Gray on Shimmery White card stock and watercolored it using Blush Blossom & Baja Breeze ink...the same colors I choose for my card stock. The Eyelet Border punch is new to me as I had to use that too! It is very easy to line up and punch a flawless border - even on a 12 inch border for a scrapbook page. I find it much easier to use than the regular scallop border punch.

Since I wanted to try out more of my new stuff I used the Scalloped Oval punch and the Oval All set for the greeting. (aren't you surprised that I didn't find a way to work in those funny fish from the Just Beachy set as well?! Hey...maybe hanging from the ribbon! ;-)

You may remember me posting a spring banner that I made a couple weeks ago, and saying I would post another photo after I decorated my buffet. I had hung it up quickly for a photo, but since it was just before we got our wood floor installed,I didn't want to put up my Easter/Spring decor at that time. So here's a photo of how my spring banner looks along with the other springy decor.

If you want to know details on my spring banner, see this post. Just click on photo to see it enlarged. It is sunny, with warmer temps here today...hopefully it will melt the rest of the snow we got on Sunday/Monday...and it will look like Spring outside and not just inside! Hope you have a warm & sunny day too!