Friday, February 29, 2008

Basic Grey Chipboard Album #2

My son watched me make the 6x6 chipboard album for my daughter....and wanted to know when I was making him one!!! So...here is his! Hers was our favorite photos from her first year. For his I picked his 5th year since it goes so great with Basic Grey's Recess paper. Hers was full of ribbons and bling....his I tried to make more masculine. The larger star is by Creative Imaginations and is self-adhesive. The smaller stars are brads, source unknown. The 5 is chipboard by Basic Grey and is covered in Art Institute glitter. The alphabet is the Collage Alphabet by SU! Nicholas is stamped on vellum and then ran trough the Xyron. Tiny screw brads *attach* it to the distressed cardstock that has been faux stitched in black.
For each page in the album I used the computer for the journalling of his favorite things at age 5.
I also picked a word to describe him from a sheet of Crate Description Rubons. This page used a washer punch on coordinating paper and then sanded them for added interest. The notepaper stamp is from Inique Boutique and is stamped off in Creamy Caramel. Other than that I just added a bit of piercing on the SU! photo corner punch and photo matte.
For this page I repeated the washers and the piercing. The arrows are chipboard pieces included with the Basic Grey chipboard alphabet set I used. I colored them with an alcohol-based marker and then distressed with black ink as if he drove over them.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Spring!


It's supposed to snow here tonight....again! .....so I'll attempt to *think spring* and see if that helps hurry winter on it's way! This is anther tag that I received from my SBS2 Secret Sister...I believe it's from My Minds Eye. I sanded the edges a bit. Card base is chocolate chip. Designer paper is unknown source. Stamps are by SU! I stamped off the flower then stamped it randomly on the background. Delight in life is *full strength* Chocolate Chip ink. SU! taffeta ribbon and Making Memories brads finish it off.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oh, Baby!


I just love these images from The Peddler's Pack Stampworks. They are so adorable colored up, and simple color changes make such a difference! I colored these up with the Studio2/Copic markers. Then I took some Micropearl and Gum Arabic and painted over the lace and highlighted the shadows in the images as well to add some shimmery interest. Ribbons are by May Arts. The flower buttons are by Doodlebug. Happiness Always is from SU! Designer paper is unknown source. Card bases are white and the designer paper is faux stitched to them in white. The images are layered on a piece of white shimmer cardstock that has been faux stitched and distressed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Grow!

Major spring fever here.....snow is melting slowly and the sun was shining today! This is my attempt at a collage-style card. Not sure I'm totally happy with it, but this is where it ended!!
Base card is ecru. The journalling page is from Making Memories. I stamped it with SU!'s Sanded background stamp in Creamy Caramel. I also stamped an Herb Background by Stampington & Co over it in Creamy Caramel. The flowers and dreams verse are by SU!, herb stamp is by Hampton Art. Grow is a Basic Grey Rubon. The linen thread is by SU! and the rake charm is a PIF gift I received and just love. I colored the image with Copic/Studio2 markers. The ribbon is painted with a layer of micropearl mixed with gum arabic and water for some additional shimmer. The *green thumb* down in the corner would be mine!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Embellish-Online Sketch Challenge #8

Here is the sketch for the week at Embellish-Online....thanks to Julie!
And here is what I came up with!!

I have had this Trend Paper Kit, Marcella by K (& C0mpany) around here for a bit....and just had to get these adorable chipboard buttons by Making Memories to go with it!! There isn't a bit of stamping on this....but it's fun and girly! I tied several buttons together with May Arts ribbon and cut a flower out of the designer paper for my circle element. Fabulous is a piece cut from another sheet of designer paper.

Please join in on the challenge and upload your creation to EIO's gallery with code E-ISC08 so we can find it! Post here too....I'd love to see it!!



Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

Thanks to those who participated in the ATC Challenge....I love seeing what you come up with!!

The winner this time is my SBS2 sister Lori:

I never thought I would have as much fun making an ATC as I did. Thanks for posting this challenge! You can find my punny attempts posted on Embellishment Online under digiteach... it is the same username I have on Splitcoast.Thanks for the fun,Lori SBS2

Congratulations!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Inspired!!

This is the lovely Valentine card that started today's project. It is from my Secret Sister on SCS....not sure yet just who she is.....but I'll know in a month! I loved this card just as it is....the flowers and leaves have a dusting of glitter....and it's just so pretty! The main rose is done with the glitter and acetate technique....and I never thought to do that with this set either!

In fact....this project is the first time I think I've actually *used* this set....and now I'm wondering why!!! So thanks go to my DSS for inspiring me to pull it out....and here's what I came up with...
The background is done by stamping all three pieces of the rose on ivory cardstock. For the base rose I used Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery ink. For the middle layer I used Always Artichoke and Jim Holtz's Fired Brick Distress Ink and stamped it off once. For the sketch of the rose I used the same colors at full strength.

The next step I crumpled that baby up....several times!! Then I applied Fired Brick and Always Artichoke direct to paper, hitting the high spots. Then I took a sponge and added some muted smudging along with the additional color of Chocolate Chip. As a final step, I sent the panel through the cuttlebug script folder.....sounds like a lot of steps...but I love the look I got with it!

Other card info: May Arts Ribbon, Prima Flower, Making Memories Decorative Brad, Savvystamps Happy Birthday Stamp
This one I went just a bit lighter on the background colors and when I was finished I ran the Always Artichoke pad over the Cuttlebugged words...and I really like that effect too!

Making Memories Hardware, May Arts Ribbon

The final card in the set uses the other half of the torn sheet. I punched a circle out and layered it on the Martha Stewart scalloped circle and finished it off with a Making Memories Decorative Brad.

Cardstock is River Rock, Ribbon is May Arts, My Friend is by Wordsworth.


Thanks so much for stopping by...and I'd love to hear what you think!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Spring Fling!

It's funny to me what a difference designer paper can make in the feel of a card! Guess that's not so surprising...but these have such a light and fresh feel to them....fresh like the weather here....supposed to get down to -13* tonight!!!! Brrrrrrr!!! I love the SAB sets from SU! this year....and Spring Fling is the paper set I've cut into...it's so painful making that first cut!!!
The circle scallop punch works so well with the So Many Scallops set....I love coordinating stamps and punches!! I stamped the flourish from Friendship Blossoms in Pretty in Pink ink on the pink panel, though it may be hard to see on the photo. The big brad is by Bazzil....and is too fun...found it in Archiver's clearance bin! I used various circle punces and Spring Fling papers to make the other flowers. The paper prima-like flower is a piece of the blog candy I won from Lori! Thanks SO much....I'm going to have fun with all the goodies you sent!!!
Another quick card....but I like the simple ones sometimes too. Stamps are by SU! and the papers are from the Spring Fling set. The center brad on this one is by bazzil as well...and I applied a rub-on by Basic Grey to the center for added interest. I also used my 1/8 circle punch on the piece behind the ticket corners....it's a fun and different corner treatment I thought.

Tomorrow I'm posting a card set that was inspired by my DSS on SCS....she sent a lovely card and that was my starting point. Not sure what you'll think of it...but hubby said they were *really pretty*....so I'll be anxious to hear what you think!!

Check out the Blog Candy Offering here....you still have time for this little project....I'd love to see what you come up with!!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dreamer

Thanks goes out to my SBS2 Secret Sister - Crystal for some goodies she sent my way in her last card! The tag on this card is by My Minds Eye and is simply yummy! It goes beautifully with the Two Scoops designer paper by Basic Grey. I know I've been pretty busy with this paper lately.... but since I've opened this pack it just keeps my attention!! I faux stitched around the edge with my white Signo gel pen The ribbon was white May Arts ribbon that I hand dyed thanks to Mel's tutorial yesterday! It faded out quite a bit, but that goes perfectly with this tag. I used SU!'s Bashful Blue reinker for this one. I wrapped the designer paper with some Kreinik Blending Filament from my cross-stitching stash for some added sparkle and interest. The blue gems are by Mark Richards and are so fun. The butterfly is a SU! stamp embossed in white on blue vellum.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Embellish-Online ATC Challenge/BLOG CANDY!

I've fallen behind on posting the EIO weekly challenges....but this one is a *little* project....so maybe you'll have time to squeak one in....we'd love to have you play along!! This sketch is not for a card...but for an Artist Trading Card. These little lovelies are 3.5 x 2.5 inches and can either be traded with other stampers or used as springboards for larger cards....or even as the focal point on a larger card. The triangles can be done simply by cutting a 2 to 2.5 inch square and cutting it in half. Thanks Flaxychick for that handy little hint!!!

Please use code ATC01 when you load it into the Embellish-Online gallery and also post here that you did. I will select a name on Friday night 9:00CST and the winner will get a card from me that uses one of these little beauties as the focal point. (your choice) Get your name tossed in twice if you mention seeing this challenge on Inspiration Blooms in your EIO post!! Good luck and have fun!! The tulip ATC is done using the wet wipes as a homemade ink pad. You simply add a few drops of reinkers to a folded wet wipe. I used Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery and Rose Red for this one. Then I *stamped* my image onto my ink pad and onto my paper. You want to have your ink drops fairly close to each other....and using a solid stamp works best with this technique. The patterned papers are unknown source from my stash of scraps. The white lacey layer is a Marvy scallop square punch with 1/8 inch circles punced in it, cut in half. (the purple scallop punch) Ribbon is by May arts, flourish stamp is from Priceless set by SU! Ribbon is by May Arts. Image is cut and layered on black cardstock that has been faux stitched with a white Signo gel pen and popped up with foam tape.
This little lovely uses three types of paper from Basic Grey's Two Scoops 6x6 paper collection. The base layer is Wild Wasabi cardstock by SU! that has been run through the Cuttlebug tapestry embossing folder. Ribbon is by May Arts and Happiness Always is from SU!s Happy Harmony set. The ecru paper is a scrap that has been distressed.
My last sample also uses Basic Grey's Two Scoops 6x6 collection. I've run the pink piece through Cuttlebug's tapestry folder and then used a sanding block to sand it off some for added distressing. The flower is done the same as the first card on this post, however this one is layered on some white glimmer cardstock that has been distressed. The ribbons are by Offray....some I never can figure out how to use decently.....but on these *tiny cards* the tiny ribbon is pretty sweet.
So...hopefully my first attempt at these babies has inspired YOU to give them a try!! They are addicting, as you can see...and a great way to use up stamped images and scraps you may have. Wouldn't they make adorable gift cards?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Get Well Soon


No, I'm not sick...and other than dd teething I think we're all healthy at the moment?! Crossing our fingers anyway! We survived a snow storm today....freezing rain followed by at least 8 inches of snow. Think it's about done for this round.

Found this image while cleaning up my stamping room....and I'm making progress in that department. When it's all organized for real I'll post pictures.....but don't hold your breath...it's my goal for this *year!* Wish me luck!!!!

The Bella is colored with Copic/Studio2 markers. I used Sakura Quickie Glue pen on the quilt flowers and white flocking....I was going for the cozy look!!! The shadow under the bed or *rug* is stamped in versamark and chalked over. The get well stamp is stamped in chalk ink and is by Art Gone Wild....something else I *found* in my travels today! May Arts ribbon, Wild Wasabi SU! cardstock, Basic Grey Two Scoops collection and Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards finish off this card. Stay warm!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Two Scoops of Friendship!

This is a product of some *leftovers*....you know...those pieces that get colored and then what!
These bunnies are my sil's stamp...so I'm not sure of the company...but they were colored with a Dove Blender Pen and markers that have been scribbled on a piece of acrylic. I doodled around the edge of the piece and that is how it's sat for the last who knows how many years!! My stamping area is a bit frightning...and my goal for the year is to get it put away....and my Mom has helped me countless times....but when I get creating I get digging and then it's back to a wreck again in no time!!! This is my favorite way of dealing with clutter...turn it into a card!!

The base is again a white card. The designer paper is Two Scoops 6x6 collection by Basic Grey. I love this piece...it's so cheery and fun!! My new SU! corner tab punch popped up on foam tape, out of some Two Scoops scrap and the rub-ons are Sew Easy by Doodlebug. Flower stamps are SU! Time Well Spent. I used faux stitching, white gel pen and distressing to finish it off. Nothing tricky here...but just a happy spring card that I'm hoping will let me forget for a minute that we're getting 4-7 inches of that white fluffy stuff tonight/tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Production Line.....

This project is nothing special...but that class list came home and it's time to get some valentine treats together for ds's kindergarten class. It's what I've been working on today. I also got my SU! order all mounted up....that's a good feeling! I have a few more other projects to finish up...but I'm wanting to play with them!!
These are little triangles that house 3 kisses inside. I stamped some SU! hearts tone on tone. I then scored a 4.25 x 3 inch piece of cardstock every 1.25 inches. The little leftover piece was perfect to attach with an adhesive runner. Ds helped by writing all the to/froms and attaching the kisses to the doublestick tape inside. The bear stamp is the very first stamp I ever bought through a D.O.T.S. home party many moons ago. Not my style at all anymore...but I'm keeping that stamp just because it's so funny that that was the stamp that started this madness!! It worked perfect for this occasion though...I just covered up his bouquet of flowers with a yummy chocolate heart. Red for boys and pink for girls....all set!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Grin!

This card just makes me grin! It's one I made a while ago....totally inspired by this card on SCS....but I changed out the pocket, frog and flowers. The background is a retired SU! one....each word box is chalked a different color. The pocket stamp is by Great Impressions and is stamped in black ink on Night of Navy cardstock (SU!). The flowers are by Imaginations! and are stamped on blender paper and then colored with copic/studio2 markers. The frog is by Whipper Snapper and he just cracks me up. He's also stamped on blender paper and colored with the alcohol-based markers. His *hands* are just reflecting some of our very bright sunlight on a nice crisp, clear sub-zero windchill day. BRRRRR!! The brads are antique brass and the cardstock base is Certainly Celery (SU!).


Friday, February 8, 2008

Perhaps Gift Set

Thank you for all of your kind thoughts...we did have a safe trip to and from Nebraska for my husband's grandmother's funeral. We did get snowed in, as our whole route home was in the path of the storm. We counted 91 cars in the ditch on the way home....so were glad we stayed back.

This is another of the gift sets I've been working on lately. This one is done using Basic Grey's Perhaps 6x6 collection.


The base starts out as a 6.25" Petal Folder by Paper Adventures. I simply folded up two of the petals to make the heart. I attached the paper that I cut into 6 inch circles with my Creative Memories circle cutters. The floral pieces are faux stitched...and yes, I did the curved pieces by hand. I also pierced around all of the white borders for added interest...and yes. by hand.

The little tabby is SU!'s Round Tab Punch and it is trimmed thinner. I saw this somewhere and I don't have a clue where right now. You punch your punch and then taking the punched out tab, insert it into your punch again to make it skinnier. I'm going to love this idea for ribbon ties. If this is your idea, or you remember seeing it somewhere, please let me know and I'd love to give proper credit to the smartie who thought of it first!! The heart rimmed tag is by Making Memories and I ran it through my Big Shot to crimp it....loving that little trick! The Marvy Scallop punch is dressed up with 1/8 inch circle punches. The pink and green decorative brads are by Making Memories and they look great with this designer paper.
These are two of the cards I tucked in the basket. They are simple and left unstamped so they can be used for any purpose. I had fun mixing the papers and the embellishments on these. I stamped Stampendous!'s ruffled flower in black ink on basic grey scraps and cut them out, layering them behind the Prima flowers. The pink flower has an EK Success gem in the center. The blue flower has a Making Memories decorative brad. Each square is faux stitched for added interest.
These are also very simple and are the same layout excepting for placement of the Stampendous! sparkle dot stickers on the SU! slit punched border. The papers from the set give the cards a totally different feel. The flowers are prima and the glittery brads are by Creative Imaginations.

Thanks so much for stopping by....and I'm looking forward to getting back to my regular posting again!!