Friday, July 31, 2009
Also don't forget about sneak peek week at PMS. The sneaks begin Monday and continue throughout the week. The release party is on Friday. You can see the details on the top of my sidebar. We hope to see you back for the sneaks and the party. Enjoy your weekend!
ETA: I just saw that my friend, Cheryl Rowley, is giving away some awesome blog candy for reaching 50,000 hits on her blog! She is an awesome artist and your jaw will drop when you see her copic coloring! Here's the direct post to the blog candy giveaway, but look at her entire blog starting here, too, and leave her some love...it may get you some great candy!
Stamps: PMS digi wordart
Paper: Neenah white, basic gray, cameo coral. Walk in the Park dp (retired SU)
Accessories: Nesties, gray tafetta ribbon, dimensionals
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
You should stop by the Whipper Snapper Featured Designer gallery on SCS here to see all the great things the other Featured Designers are doing! Fabulous stuff! Thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Cowgirl Up! (Whipper Snapper)
Paper: Neenah white, bashful blue, real red, Summer Picnic dp(retired SU)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Copic Markers: E31, 35, 53; R29; YG17; C-1, 3, 5
Accessories: Nesties, circle punches, scallop border punch, tag die, ribbon, stickles, dimensionals
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It's a great set with all sorts of cute images that make it very versatile. You can see what I did with a few of the images and chipboard in this post.
Here's another one I've done today using this set.Pretty colorful, huh? That's what I like about Halloween...all the fun and bright colors! I started with this new Halloween dp from K & Co. It comes in a smaller 12 x 12 stack, but the papers are FABULOUS!! (I hate when papers are double-sided because it seems a shame to "waste" the other side!) I was enabled by my friend Cheryl Rowley to purchase this pack and a few other things from JoAnn's! (My credit card was smokin', let me tell you!) I used the Mojo Monday sketch from this week and cut out the candy corn for the embellishments on the bottom. The orange dots on the photo corner are candy dots, in keeping with the "Got Treats" theme of Halloween!
Monday, July 27, 2009
You can see all the cards the DT made on their blogs (you can access them on my sidebar) or you can visit the PMS blog to see what they have for you. If you decide to play, post your direct link on the PMS blog, and if you post to SCS/PCP, please use the code PMSMC21.
Stamps: Terry the Pterodactyl (PMS), Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper: Neenah white, crushed curry, dusty durango, Lime Rickey dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Copic Markers: E08, 97; Y17; W-3
Accessories: Crystal effects, yellow stickles, grosgrain ribbon, circle punches, corner rounder, dimensionals
Now I have another to share with you. This was for yesterday's Featured Stamper challenge on SCS. Versamom was the FS and she has a great gallery. I chose to case this card because of it's simplicity and because it reminded me of this PMS Swirly Tree stamp that I've never used. This is what I came up with. I kept the same layout and added the embossing on the top and bottom. I used Soft Sky and Night of Navy as my colors. The sentiment is from PTI's Out on a Limb. This was a fun and easy card to do!
Thanks for stopping in today and have a great week!
Stamps: Swirly Tree (PMS), Out on a Limb (PTI)
Paper: Neenah white, soft sky, night of navy
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Embossing folder
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I went to a 40th birthday party on Friday for my friend, Melissa, and her gift was a gift card. I wanted to place it something pretty that she would appreciate (she's a crafter too!). The new Pretty Petal Pocket was too pretty to pass up, so I opted for that one. Here's my gift combo for Melissa.This gift and card came out so pretty, IMHO! I started with this great dp that was given to me by my friend, Cheryl Rowley. I paired it with SU's retired groovy guava. I still had some ribbon to match, so I was good to go.
I just think this combination of colors on this pretty template is so fabulous! I print these templates on regular computer paper (even though you can print them right onto your cardstock) for two reasons: first, my printer won't print on the cardstock all the way through...it gets stuck half way! Second, I don't like that the score lines and other print is on the template and you can see it on the inside. So I print on regular computer paper, cut it out, tape it with removable adhesive to my cardstock and cut away! Much better for me. Back to the project. Since this had seashells on it, I decorated it with pearls (like from an oyster, only mine aren't!). I added some paper shredding and the gift card inside and tied it up with the groovy guava ribbon. So simple! Really took about 25 minutes to pull together. (I also forgot to mention that this is for the Dare to Get Dirty challenge issued by Tracy Harp called It's in the Bag! You had to make some kind of creative packaging. I think these templates are pretty creative!)
Of course I had to have a card to go with it (believe me when I say this was an afterthought!), so I used the same papers to come up with this.I didn't have time to color an image and get fancy, so I used one of Paper Makeup Stamps new word art digital images for my focal image. Great quote for a friend, don't you think? I printed out this digi image (it costs all of a $1.50!) and highlighted some words with a copic marker. I embossed the bottom part of the white mat with a cuttlebug folder. (I just saw Gina K do this on one of her Stamp TV episodes. While I've done this before, this episode just popped into my head and gave me the idea to do it again!) I placed another piece of the dp on top and finished it off with ribbon. The sentiment was placed on dimensionals. So quick and easy!
Melissa loved her gift and so did I! It was difficult to let this one leave my crafty little hands! LOL!
Oh, one more thing! I just have to mention that today is the birthday of one of my favorite people....Mick Jagger! He's 66 years old today! Yikes! I've been a fan since I was 5! Can't help it and I'm not going to explain it! I love Mick! LOL!!
Thanks for stopping in today. Enjoy your Sunday!
Stamps: True Friends digi image (PMS)
Paper: Neenah white, groovy guava, Island Lagoon Seashells (Carolyn Holt Designs for Paper Adventure)
Accessories: Pretty Petal Pocket (My Timeless Templates/PTI), pearls, groovy guava stitched ribbon, cuttlebug folder, dimensionals
Friday, July 24, 2009
Now here is one I did in February that I just loved. I followed a video that Lauren did to create it. You can read the original post here, but I'll show the pictures again here.When Lauren created her project, I just drooled all over it! And when she made the video to show how to do this, I just had to do one too! This one uses All Boxed Up and it was really an easy project.I used kiwi kiss, night of navy, baja breeze and sahara sand for my box colors and the base, and the Urban Garden dp and kiwi kiss satin ribbon. So you can really see how versatile these templates are. Wait until you see the one I'm posting tomorrow...I'm really in love with that one.
Ok, long post, I know, but you have to stop by the blogs of the My Time DT and see what they've created! Always awesome
Do you think you'll play along with our challenge this week? Pam is hosting today, so if you play, please link your project to Mr. Linky on her blog. If you post to SCS/PCP, please use the key word MTTC04 so we can find it! Thanks for stopping in today, and please stop by tomorrow for more! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Cute, huh? I decided I needed a big red heart, cut with my nestie, and then I gave it some texture by running it though the cuttlebug folder (not sure of the name of it right now) that looked sort of "scaley" to me! The sentiment (and another one) actually comes with this snake in a set. I cut it out, rounded the edges, and then sponged some real red ink around it. I originally had started to put red buttons in the corner, then remembered these red crystal hearts I had from a Valentine's project and liked them much better! The dp is from Basic Grey's Lemonade. I like the olive and the yellowish green in it...it really pops off the red and black.
So what do you think? I really like this! I now have a card to give to dh for Valentine's Day next year! (Do you think I'll remember I have it? Not!! LOL!!) Maybe I'll give it to him today. He has a project to do for my mom who keeps changing her mind and it's driving him (and me) crazy! Moms!! Gotta love 'em! LOL! Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!
Stamps: Smitten Snake (PMS)
Paper: Neenah white, black, real red, Lemonade dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, real red
Copic Markers: YG23, 95, 99; R24, 27, 29; W-3
Accessories: Heart and rectangle nesties, crystal hearts, cuttlebug folder, corner rounder
Monday, July 20, 2009
Ok, I've been sitting patiently on this exciting news since last month, and today I get to share this news with you! I was asked by Anna Wight and Whipper Snapper to be a guest designer for Anna's new releases in July and August! I was very honored to have been asked because I love Whipper Snapper designs (I own quite a few of their fun stamps) and because I LOVE Anna's creativity. She is not only a stamp designer, she's also a photographer who happens to live on a farm with all sorts of animals! Her photographs of these animals are fascinating and I enjoy them almost as much as her creations! Seriously, check out her blog.
Anyway, Anna has two great stamp sets being released today, which you can see here. The first I'm going to share with you is called Cowgirl Up! It's really a fun and versatile set, as the girl can hold a variety of items in her hand. I chose to have her holding the lasso in my card.
I love this little cowgirl! Anna pointed out her knobby knees on her blog...aren't they hilarious? I started this card with my dp, as I always do. I came across this in my stash the other day (from K & Co. called Bandana) and had forgotten I had it! I thought it would be a perfect compliment to this cowgirl theme. I used the color of the rope and the red in the paper to color my image. (Tip: I couldn't find the right red, so I chose one that was close and laid down some W-3 & 5 first, then layered the red over it. It made it a more smokey red color.) Her teeth and the petals of the daisy were colored with a white gel pen. I also used the white pen to add some dots to her bandana and on her hat. I don't know if you can tell, but the black mat was run through the paisley cuttlebug folder. I added some piercing, red brads and the jute ribbon. There are 12 images and 5 sentiments in this set.
Now I have another one from Anna's second release this month called
I went shopping last week with my friend, Cheryl Rowley, and we saw these chipboard albums in all different shapes with 5 pieces in a packet in the $1.00 bin at Michael's! We couldn't pass them up, and at the time I had no idea when I would use these, but I'm glad I added them to my cart! I don't usually work with this sort of medium and I don't usually do scenes, so this was out of my comfort zone at first! But I really like the end result. I used a retired SU Halloween dp called Creepy Crawly for the house. The roof is Lovely Lilac and it was run through the spiderweb cuttlebug folder. I colored and cut out the witch, cauldron, and bird VERY CAREFULLY!! The bottle the witch is holding and the hat on the bird are separate stamps that where placed there with a Stamp-a-ma-jig. I created the black fence with a Martha Stewart border punch and the overhang on the house with a scallop border punch. I added orange stickles to the witch and bird and purple and orange bling to mimic bubbles coming from the cauldron. The sentiment is from the same set and I cut and embossed it with a tag die. While it was still in the die, I added some Lovely Lilac ink. I finished off the tag with black grosgrain ribbon and orange brads.
I think it's a pretty cute decoration. You could display it on an easel, as I've done here, or punch a hole (there's already one on the chipboard), add some ribbon, and hang it up somewhere. This set has 11 images and 5 sentiments.
Now, if you liked these, you'll love what the other WS Feature Designers have in store. They are Heather Pulvirenti, Kim O'Rosky, Leigh O'Brien, Susan Liles, and of course Anna Wight. Stop by their blogs and leave some love. If you want to see all of the creations in one spot, go to Splitcoaststampers and search with the code WSFD. Here's the link directly to it.
So what do you think of these two new releases? You'll be seeing me use them again for certain, so please make sure you stop by often this month and next month for two more new releases. Thanks for letting me share my good news with you today! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these new sets! Hope to see you again soon.
Now if you want to play (and I know you do!), you can link your direct post to the PMS blog. If you upload to SCS/PCP, please used the code PMSMC20 so we can find yours! Please remember to stop by the blogs of the PMS DT members (located on my sidebar) and see what eye candy they have! It's fabulous, let me tell you, cause I've seen each and every one! Thanks for stopping in today! I'll have another post today with some exciting news!
Stamps: Shelby (PMS digi image)
Paper: Neenah white, Garden Party (DCWV dp)
Copic Markers: R11, 20, 21, 22, 32; E00, 02, 15, 18, 27, 29, 97,99; Y11, 18; YR68; W-5, 7
Accessories: Prima flowers, Basic Grey pearls, Star Dust stickles, dimensionals
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Isn't that image precious? I remember on my wedding day looking at myself in my mirror...I had waited a long time for that day and I just loved my dress and I felt like a princess in it! The sentiment stamp is something I've had for a long time from Rubber Stampede. When I saw the sentiment I knew immediately what my gift was going to be...I'll talk about that later. Back to the card. Here's a closeup of the bride.
I used Very Vanilla for my base and Fall Flowers (SU retired) dp. The blue cardstock is Soft Sky (retired). I chose the blue because of the sentiment, of course! The birds and inside sentiments are from the same H&M wedding set. Here's a closeup of the front sentiment.
And here's a final look at the front of the card. The butterfly is a cuttlebug die. I've added sparkle to the card with a Sakura Star Dust glitter pen. Can you tell I REALLY LOVE this card? LOL!
Now on to the gift. As I said, I didn't know what, if anything, I should bring. I settled on something that literally cost me "pennies". I used one of the My Timeless Templates designed by Lauren Meader for Papertrey Ink for my gift bag called Ready, Set, Wrap. It's the cutest little thing and perfect for my gift. Here's the bag.Please keep in mind that this was the first time I used this template, so I wasn't familiar with it. If I had to do it over, I would have stamped all that white space with a vine of some sort in the Soft Sky ink. As it was, I was making this at 5:00 and had to be at the party at 7:00 and I hadn't showered or done my hair/makeup yet. Still, I think it's pretty darn cute!
Now here was my gift idea. Every bride needs some luck, right? Tradition (at least in my family) has the bride place a penny in her shoe for good luck. I remember my brother giving me a special brand new penny on my wedding day for good luck! It was so sweet of him to think of that it made me cry (I'm tearing up right now, too!). So I thought if I could find a penny from the year she was born (that took some investigating), which I found was 1981, this could be her something old. I managed to find the penny, after much searching through my change jar, and cleaned it with a toothbrush and jewelry cleaner to shine it up a bit (remember I'm on a 2-hour time limit here, too!)! Here's what I did with the penny.
I created the "Lucky Penny" wordart on my computer onto very vanilla cardstock and mounted it on the dp and another scalloped piece of vanilla. I placed some white packing straw on the inside to cusion the penny. This was a big hit at the party. The bride-to-be loved it! This was something that took about an hour to create and pull together. These templates are a blast to use! Have you seen the two new ones Lauren created? I don't know how she manages to top herself each month!
Well, I've gone on long enough. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoyed this LOOOOONG post! I just had to post all these pictures cause this was such a cute project (IMHO!!).
As you can see, I took the colors from the inspiration piece. I have a little of the saffron color in there, but mostly the turquoise, red, and olive colors. I wanted to incorporate some of the patterns in my card and found this red pattern from Basic Grey's Marrakech dp. Lastly, I liked those red stripes, so I used SU's Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon (retired). As I was coloring the image, I wasn't sure what color the flowers were supposed to be. I thought white, and through the miracle of computers, I searched and found a picture and found they were white with a yellow center. I took a white gel pen and colored the flowers with it to make it even more white, if that's possible! It's much more noticeable in person.
I added dimension by stamping, coloring, and layering the large leaves and the largest strawberry on top of the original with dimensionals. I also used a Sakura star dust glitter pen over almost the entire image! It shines so softly in the light. I added some flowers with yellow brads which I also glittered up with the star dust pen. The sentiment is from the same Strawberries set. (I've also entered this in the Copic Creations challenge blog. Their challenge is coloring botanicals with copics and Flourishes is their sponsor this week.)
If you like this, you should see the great creations the My Time to Create DT has to share with you! Stop by their blogs (most of them participated this week) and leave them some love.
Why don't you try this challenge? We'd love to see what inspiration you get from this piece. If you play, link your direct post to Lauren's blog, and if you post to SCS/PCP, please use the code MTTI03 so we can find it! Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great weekend!
Stamps: Strawberries (Flourishes)
Paper: PTI white, tempting turquoise, old olive, Marrakech Basic Grey dp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Copic Markers: R17, 25. 27; YG23, 25, 45; Y18; W-3
Accessories: Nesties, circle punches, Prima flowers, brads, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Sakura star dust pen, corner rounder, dimensionals
Corrosive Challenge: Who Let the Dogs Out?!?!
I found this Corrosive Challenge blog the other day and, because I love dogs, I decided I had to play. The challenge is all about dogs, so you just had to do any project using a dog theme. I decided to pull out a stamp set I HAD to have, but never used. It's My Favorite Things Friends Furever. Here's my card.
I just thought this was the cutest stamp set when I first set eyes on it. I started with this great dp from DCWV called Nana's Kids. I just loved the colors in it and it paired up perfectly with one of SU's new in colors called Soft Suede. I really like this color! I also paired it with a strip of Brocade Blue that was run through the Cuttlebug with a new embossing folder from Quick Kutz (is that spelled right?) The bone tag was stamped on Certainly Celery and I placed the sentiment inside of it. The "dog brad" is actually a button that I snipped the shank off of. I've colored this cute image with copic markers and sponged some Soft Suede ink around the white parts while the image was still in the oval nestie. (Note to self: Get a softer brush to apply the ink or break down and buy an air brush system!) The tail wouldn't fit inside the oval shape, so I cut around the tail to the body and lifted that piece over the nestie while I was cutting it out.
I also used Amy Rysavy's sketch for this card. Love her sketches!
I hope you enjoyed this post! I just love this dog and his best friend! I miss mine...she's at our cabin this weekend with my dh and I couldn't go because I have other things going on! Have a great weekend!
Stamps: Friends Furever (MFT)
Paper: PTI white, soft suede, brocade blue, certainly celery, Nana's Kids dp (DCWV)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, soft suede
Copic Markers: E00, 02, 37, 43, 57; R37, 46; B45, 93; YR23, 24; Y18; W-3, 7
Accessories: Oval nestie, quick kutz embossing folder, grosgrain ribbon, button, candy dots, dimensionals