Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scrap Card #1 with Dee

Deanna Woodland decided that she would like to play the Scrap Card game :-) So she sent me some scraps in exchange for some that I sent to her.
I forgot to take a picture of the great scraps she sent to me but they were beautiful...hello...these are NOT scraps Deanna ... LOL but I'll take em!!!
The scraps consisted of 2 types of double-sided paper, a strip of ribbon, and that fancy amphersand -- I believe the rules say 3 scraps...this totals 4....man, these gals like to make me work :-)
At first I couldn't figure out what that funky blue thing was...but then I kept looking at it and realized that it was an amphersand. I spent some time looking to see what font it was...turns out it is / or is pretty close to Copper Penny. So I decided to print out the U and the I to use as the sentiment. The card is pretty straight forward. I simply used different sized strips of the paper and added the ribbon on top. Then I used some of the paper to cut the letters out. I added a little doodling to finish off the card. Gave it to hubby just to remind him how much I loved him.....awwww!!
That was a lot of fun!! You can see what Deanna did with my scraps HERE!!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Another Faux Jenni Bowlin

Here is another take from Jennie Bowlin. See that cute little crate paper ruffle around the edge... I love it!! So, like in the past when I made a Faux Jenni Bowlin ticket.... here is my take on the crate paper ruffle!! ---------------> Remember you can click on the image to see a closer image. I also did some of those individual letters around the middle circle! That was fun, sponging the edges of each of those little rectangles! I love that some of the crate paper Jenni is selling has polka dots on it. I think I might need to see if my Polka Dot Basics will work on crate paper!! Supplies: Stamps - scribble cat (All Night Media), letters (Dollar Store), Ink - Basic Black (SU!), all papers are from my scraps, coluzzle, crate paper (left overs from my sons 2nd birthday party ... he is 9 years old now!). Make sure you drop back in on Wednesday.... exciting news from me!!! Thanks for dropping in! Donelda

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Shrink Plastic Thanks

My friend was looking for some Thank You cards so I set to work to create some for her. I remembered Nichole Heady's idea of making a polyshrink slide holder frame. On her card, she put a cute little picture. I decided to use it as a place to put my sentiment. I traced Nichole's template (which you can find on her blog - see above) onto the shrink plastic and cut it out. Then I stamped it with the medium polka dots from Polka Dot Basics. When I was finished shrinking, it was the perfect size for many of the sentiments out of Mixed Messages. The flower matched perfectly and I added a button and a "banner" cut from the same 2-sided designer paper (only used the back side). Such a simple thank you card!! Coming up this week I have a very exciting secret to share with you...I'm very excited...... Supplies: - Paper - Whisper White (SU!), designer paper is DCWV or Making Memories (can't remember); Ink-Lovely Lilac (SU!); Stamps-Polka Dot Basics, Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink); Other - Shrink Plastic, flower (unknown), button (from Great Grandma Mary's collection). Thanks for dropping by! Donelda

Thursday, September 25, 2008

September Blog Hop

It is time again for another Blog Hop hosted by Papertrey Ink! This month, Nichole asked us to make a holiday inspired project. Wow!! I am not sure if I am ready to make holiday stuff yet....but it helped that Dawn and I made some Christmas cards just a few nights ago.
I had intended to do something really wow...had a whole bunch of things out on my craft table to alter and what not....but ended up making something pretty basic afterall! There just wasn't enough time to do any of the ideas I had running around in my head.
These are gift card holders made from a template by Kristina Werner on Two Peas. I loved the curved front flap and knew I wanted to make some!! She has even left a template which made making these a breeze.
Supplies: Paper - Sahara Sand, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Ruby Red, Old Olive (SU!); Designer Paper - Provo Craft, Anna Griffin; Stamps-Polka Dot Basics, Faux Ribbon, Believe (Papertrey Ink); Year Round Fun 2 (Stampin' Up); Ink-Old Olive, Ruby Red, Basic Black (SU); Other - olive, white ribbon (Michael's), snowflakes.
I hope you like them!! Now I am off to check out what everyone else has created. I am sure I'll be getting lots of great holiday gift giving ideas tonight!!
Thanks for dropping in for a visit!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kwerner Inspired Thank You

Kristina Werner is such an inspiration for me! love her clean and simple style! This card is totally inspired by her. I love this Scenic Route diagonal striped paper. As well, I am continuing to try to use Allie Miles' Wedding Day stamp set put out by Papertrey Ink in ways other than wedding cards. I really love the font that she used for the sentiments so I want to use them as often as I can. Supplies: Very Vanilla, Old Olive (Stampin Up), designer paper (Scenic Route); Stamps - Wedding Day (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Basic Black, Very Vanilla craft (Stampin' Up!); Other - ivory satin ribbon (unknown) Thanks for dropping if for a visit! Donelda

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quick Monkey Card

Sometimes you just need to pull together a quick card. Well, this is one of those cards. All made from scrap :-) Supplies- Paper were scraps from my scrap pile, Stamps - Changito Monkey, Riveting (SU!); Ink - basic black, ballet blue; Other - Versamark, hemp, markers, clear embossing powder. Thanks for visiting! Donelda

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mom's Birthday

My mom's birthday was on Sunday. this is the card I sent her. While she hasn't received it yet, I'm not worried of her seeing this because she does not check my blog!
I really like how this cardboard heart turned out as a focal image. I cut the heart shape out of some light cardboard. Then I stamped my Script background using Chocolate Chip ink. Then, I added some flowers and leaf images. Finally, I did a little sponging around the edges.
I placed the heart onto a piece of Bazzill cardstock with some great texture!! Then I ripped the bottom leaving just enough room on the bottom to put a sentiment and a button.
I added the cute little butterfly, some little seed beads for the body, some flowers and buttons. Even my hubby said how much he liked this one....always a promising sign!!
And here is the card my son made for Granny!! One evening he was in my craft room and saw this great pink button sitting on my desk. He got really excited and said "I know exactly what kind fo card I could make with that button" (Not sure where he ever heard of that before????). So the next morning he went into my craft room and came out with THIS GREAT CARD!!! Pretty cute hey??!! Granny is sure to Love it!!
Heart Birthday
Supplies: Paper-Kraft (Stampin; Up), burgandy (Bazzill); Ink - Bravo Burgandy, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), Green Craft inks (Color Box); Stamps - Petal Prints, Script (retired) (Stampin' Up), Simple Little Things (Papertrey Ink); Other - Flowers (Prima), buttons (grandma's stash), hemp, butterfly punch (Martha Stewert), sponge, brown seed beads.
Piggy Card
Supplies: Paper-Pink (un known), Pixie Pink, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Stamps-Simple Little Things (Papertrey Ink), another version of itty bitty backgrounds -forget the actual name at this very minute (Stampin' Up!); Ink-Pixie Pink, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); Other - button (unknown), pink wire (unknown), red ribbon (unknown), corner ticket punch (Stampin' Up!).
Thanks for dropping in again!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Loonie Stamper Challenge #7

Deanna picked the colors for the 7th Loonie Stampers Challenge. And great colors for halloween!! I decided to make a tag that I will add to my son's Halloween goodie bag. I try to make him an extra special bag of sweet treats and home-made goodies. I cut the tag out of Summer Sunrise cardstock. Since I don't have any Papertrey Ink halloween stamps, I used this witch. My wonderful husband picked her up for me at Micheals (in the $1.50 bin) a few weeks ago. Wasn't that nice of him!! She lookes great stamped in black on that bright yellow-orange!! Then, I added some stars and dots around her and the moon. I cut some thin strips of Plum Pudding and Black cardstock to add along the bottom. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up but it is all together on the stamp. I was able to seperate it using my handy dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig. What did I do before I bought it??? Drop in and see all the other Loonie stampers: Jewels, Regan, Charlene, and two new ladies Maria and Wendy!! You might notice the furry background in this picture and be wondering...what the????? WELL, you see, my goofy cat has decided that my photo box makes a nice place to sleep!! Sheesh!! I
had to take a pic to show you!! What a cat!!! Supplies: Paper - Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink), Basic Black (Stampin' Up); Stamps - witch (Michael's dollar fifty bin), Text Boxed (Papertrey Ink), Fancy Flexible Phrases (Stampin' Up!); Ink - Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); Other - black marker (Zig), 1/4" hole punch (Stampin' Up!), Stamp-a-ma-jig. Thanks for dropping by. Anyone want a cat???!!!! Donelda

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mini Flower Thank You

Remember back when I made THIS card I had said I really liked the little flower on the right side and should make a card using just that image. While here it is!!
That strip of purple paper and the 1" purple circles are made with some left over background from another project. It was made by taking Whisper White paper and spongein on Lovely Lilac ink -- that is why you can see some different spots or variance of color. It's a great way to make backgroud paper that matches your card colors perfectly!!
Here is a close up that shows the dimension of the little flowers popped up. Love it!!!
Supplies: Paper-Kraft, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pretty In Pink; Stamps-Little Bit of Happiness (Stampin' Up!), Simple Little Things (Papertrey Ink), Ink- BAsic Black, Lovely Lilac (SU!); Other - 1" circle punch, watercolor pencil crayons (SU!), ribbon (unknown), sponge, dimensionals. Thanks for visiting!! Donelda

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Christmas Cards with Dawn

My stampin' friend, Dawn, came over tonight! Sue was supposed to come too but her son was sick so she was not able to (next time Sue!!).
Dawn had wanted to make some Christmas cards so we pulled out all our Christmas sets and got to work. Here is what we made.
The first one was the black and vanilla with the pine tree. It is made with a used dryer sheet and
Dazzling Diamonds sprinkled on top
which you can't see in the picture but looks great in real life. (Remember you should be able to click on any of the pictures to see a larger image which will allow you to see more of the detials!)You can see a tutorial on how to do this technique by Jessica G. HERE.
The second card uses cold laminate and fine glitter! It was fun to use the partial circle to mat the image. Dawn's looked better than mine because her circle was longer than tall!!
The final card was a clean and simple card. I had not used this set before and it was so much fun embossing all the gold tree trimmings. You can't see it too clearly in the picture but the sentiment is also embossed and there are 3 red rhinstones under it. I think it turned out great!
Well, that was a lot of fun!! We have to set a date to get together and do some more cards soon!
It's late and I'm tired so I will edit the supply list in on the weekend if you are interested!
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Well, the ladies at smARTworks are at it again! This week, Giovana picked this stunning piece of art as inspiration the the smARTworks Tea Party Challenge #2!! Wow!! When I looked at it, I wanted to "do" sunflowers but I don't own any sunflower stamps in this "style" .... yet (shhhh, they are in the mail!!). So, I took out a sunflower stamp that I do own and went to town. Now, the end result doesn't really compare to this beautiful image....but I do like it :-)
Supplies: Paper-Very Vanilla, Au Chocolat (Stampin' Up!); Stamps - Text Boxed, Green Thumb, Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink); Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss (Stampin' Up!); Other-Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!). You have to go check out the smARTworks designer's Tea Party Challenge cards. You can find them at Mama Dina's, Susan, Giovana, and Trish. Thanks for dropping in for a visit! Donelda

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Clear Flower Celebrate

Here I am continuing to try to use the supplies that I have on hand!! The whole card was inspired by the ribbon which I bought a year ago at Michael's!! This is the first card I've made with it! Sheesh! I love the Maya Road clear flowers which I tucked in behind these brown and beige Prima flowers! See that big brad...the dollar store! It always amazes me what I can find there!! Rather recently I purchased some Craft Whisper White ink from Stampin' Up and I really like it. I find it has good opacity...much better than their Very Vanilla, which I struggle to use with little success. Supplies: Whisper White, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up), Stamps-Simple little things, Beautiful Blooms (Papertrey Ink), Ink - Close to Cocoa, Whisper White craft (Stampin' Up!); Other-Clear Flower (Maya Road), brown and beige flower (Primas), Brad (Dollar store), Ribbon (Michaels), Corner rounder. Thanks for dropping in for a visit! Donelda

Monday, September 15, 2008

Glitter Card and Chris' Scrap Card #2

First up is this Glitter Card. You see, I bought some Sookwang tape and a whole bunch of fine glitter a long time ago and have used it very little!! So, after watching Kristina Werner's Make a Card Monday where she used glitter, I pulled out my own goodies and went to work. I ended up with this really clean and simple card. I kept it simple because the glitter needed to be front and center with no need for backup!! Note the sentiment which is actually a straight stamp from Papertrey Ink - one of the reasons why I love acrylic stamps. Supplies: Paper - Kraft, Whisper White (Stampin' UP!), Stamps - Simple Little Things (Papertrey Ink), Ink - Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), Other - Sookwang tape, fine glitter (Jewel Glitter Ritz), leaf punch (Punch Bunch), 1 1/4" circle punch, hobby knife.

Next up is my second Scrap Card with Chris. This is the crap.....I mean scrap that she sent me. Now what the heck am I supposed to do with this stuff!! I mean, it is supposed to be 3 pieces. Chris, she's such a keener that she sent me 3 pieces of scrap paper AND a nice little embellishment! For a gal that's never used more than one piece of designer paper on a card at a time, 3 pieces is next to impossible. So.............................

................................. I did a little "cheating".

I took the pink circles and punched them out. Added that to the existing embellishment. I also used the main green piece of designer paper. Then, this is where the cheating took place...see the white photo corners....well, they are made from that 3rd piece of designer paper, the one with all the little squares on it. I tried and tired to make it work with all the other goodies and I couldn't .... so I embissed it with some white embossing powder and, voila, it works!! Hope you like it Chris, you little stinker!!

Supplies- Scrap from Chris! Paper - Groovy Guava, Whisper White (Stampin Up!), Ink-Mellow Moss (it matched the MM cardstock that made up the embellishment), Stamps - Happy Harmony (Stampin' Up!), Other - white embossing powder, corner rounder, white gel pen, 1/2" circle punch. Thanks for visiting!! Donelda

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Casual Mid Week Challenge #23

Kimberly Crawford posted the latest Casual Mid Week Challenge #23 on the Papertrey Ink forum. I instantly knew what I wanted to do when I saw it!
It is very clean and simple. I had enough of this light blue-green Bazzill left over from another project to make 2 square cards (4 1/4" x 4 1/4"). Then I added the leaves (from Beautiful Blooms - Papertrey Ink) with Blue Bayou (Stampin' Up) stamped off once on scrap paper. I added a strip of Blue Bayou paper with the sentiment (from Simple Little Things - Papertrey Ink) repeated across the middle in Blue Bayou ink. Finally, I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched across the top and bottom with black thread.
Very simple but I like the results. I don't think I need to add a supply list, it's in the description.
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Celebrate the Season

Okay, so I am going to start my Christmas cards soon!! I really like this idea so I might make a few of these to send out! I don't like to mass produce cards with 4 or 5 of the same card being the most I can tolerate! You might not be able to see it clearly but there is some soft snow falling all around this little fellow on his branch. As well, there is a clear snowflake beside the sentiment! And some subtle sponging around the blue cardstock. Supplies - Paper - Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky (SU!); Stamps - Take a Bough (Papertrey Ink), Of a Feather (Memory Box), Snowflakes (Stampin' Up!); Ink - Handsome Hunter, Close to cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White craft (all Stampin' Up!)' Other - Snowflake (unknown), corner rounder. Thanks for visiting! Donelda

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Feathers and Owl

Here is another example of a card using feathers -- see I told you I was really enjoying feathers these days!! You can see my other feather card HERE.
This card uses the very regal looking owl from the set called Wildlife Reserve from Stampin' Up. I really like all the animal images and I think they make quick and simple cards.
The card came together quite easily. Stamped the owl with Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White cardstock. Matted this with a brown Bazzill paper. placed this with the feathers onto a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock matted with another piece of the brown cardstock. All of this was placed onto a card base of Kraft that was stamped with the fern from Fantastic Foilage using Versamark. The sentiment was one I got from some blog candy I won from Dina over at Mama Dini's Stamperia.
Supplies: Paper-Kraft, Sage Shadow, Whisper White (SU!), brown (Bazzill); Stamps-Wildlife Reserve, Fantastic Foilage (SU!), sentiment (My Heart Stamps for You), Ink-Chocolate Chip, Versamark; Other - feathers (Michaels)
Thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Juanita's Scrap Card #1

So here is another SCRAP CARD!! This time, it was Juanita from Saskatchewan who sent me some of her crap....oops, I mean some of her scraps in exchange for some of my scraps!!
Here is a picture of the stuff she sent. Some Elegant Eggplant cardstock, some awesome white fabric paper with all those gold stars and swishes on it, and a cute little shrink plastic piece which had a butterfly and some little bugs on it! While it was cute, it was the piece that made me work the hardest. I find that lately I am a "stamps and paper" kind of girl so adding that embellishment was quite a bit difficult.
But I kept at it, trying multiple styles and techniques...until I came up with..........................
This great card. I am always so amazed at how you can make great cards from bits and pieces. Trust me, I've been doing it a lot lately!
I folded the Eggplant cardstock to make a 4 1/4" square card base. Then I added some white cardstock behind the yummy white fabric paper. By doing this it made the paper more opaque (without doing this the purple showed through a bit making it look drab). Then, I wanted to use my little embellishment. I had to add something behind it so it wouldn't get lost in the busy white paper, so I punched out a 1" circle in Perfect Plum. Next, I used a template to create a little banner floating behind my butterfly. The sentiment is actually a straight one from Papertrey Ink, but one of the benefits of acrylic stamps is that they are "bendable" so I bent it to fit into my little banner!! Finished the card off with a bit of organdy ribbon. Voila, a great scrap card!!
Thanks Juanita for sending me some of your crap....drat, I keep doing that...I mean thanks for sending me some of your scraps!! Drop on over and see what Juanita made with the scraps I sent her. I hope you'd like to play again Juanita ~ just let me know and I'll mail you off some more stuff to play with!!
Supplies: scraps from Juanita :-) hahaha!!, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White cardstock (all Stampin' Up!), Simple Little Things stamp set (Papertrey Ink), organdy ribbon (unknown), 1" circle punch.
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Clean and Simple Feather Card

I LOVE feathers!! And I've decided that I should use them more often on my cards. Here is a card that I made a bit ago that includes 3 beautiful brown feathers!! Where did I get them? In a bag at Michaels ~ there were no birds injured in the making of this card!! LOL The card is clean and simple. A Chocolate Chip card base with More Mustard on top. Along the bottom is a strip of designer paper that matches the mustard and some Au Chocolat paper too! There is a stirp of leather tied across the top of those feathers and a few buttons added! Finally, finished off the card with a happy birthday sentiment (my favorite!!). I think this could easily be a masculine card. Supplies: Papers-Chocolate Chip, More Mustard (SU!), Au Chocolate (SU!), Yellow Polka Dots (unknown); Stamps - Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!); Other - Feathers, buttons, leather strip, corner rounder. Thanks for dropping in for a visit tonight! Donelda

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Chris' Scrap Card #1

A few posts ago, I shared how I had made some cards from some pieces I found in my "scrap bin" - the place I save bits and pieces of background, images, etc. that didn't make it to a card. In addition to this, I was enjoying Kristina Werner and her roomate switching scraps with each other and trying to make cards from them. I decided to see if anyone out there was willing to switch crap, oops, I mean scrap pieces with me. Well, Chris said "yes". Here are the pieces she sent me!! She was very kind on our first swap as I could easily see how these could go together.
And here is the card I ended up making with the scraps!! I really liked the pink piece so I decided I wanted to go with a soft and subtle card....but that strip of bright papers was going to be difficult to mix in. So, I covered it with a piece of vellum which softened the colors and made them more workable with my soft and subtle idea!! I've owned this stamp set, Green Thumb, from Papertrey Ink for a very long time but can you believe this is the FIRST TIME I've ever used the watering can!! I really need to stop buying new stamps and just use what I already have....well, maybe after the 15th I'll stop buying new stamps :-) Anyway, I stamped the watering can and then made a mask. Then I stamped the various flowers, stems, leaves, and flower centers. I took a watercolor brush, some water, and a bit of ink to make a shadow under the can -- you can just make it out in the picture. I really liked it much better once I did that. Then I cut the focal image out and matted it with the lighter purple piece of scrap from Chris. Then, I scalloped the edge of the pink scrap as well as the multi- colored scrap. I added them to a piece of Lovely Lilac cardstock. Finally, I stamped the sentiment on white with Lovely Lilac ink, matted it on a piece of the pink paper and attached it! Thanks Chris for playing along! Here is what Chris made with the crap, oops, that is scrap that I sent her :-) LOL Thanks for visiting. Donelda

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Multiple Challenge Card - IC144, Beate #56, LSC#6

Wow!! Do you believe that I actually managed to put 3 challenges together when creating this card??!! I did and it was a ton of fun!
It started out this morning when I saw the Inspiration Challenge #144 by SmilynStef on Splitcoaststampers. She gave us a link the the most AMAZING site as well as some specific thumbnails and asked us to use them as inspiration. They were the most amazing pictures of animals!! I loved them all!! In fact, I've made a few other samples with animals that you will be seeing soon!! Just last week I picked up this great package of animal dies from Martha Stewart. They have the coolest animals, like cows, horses, a cat, goats, roosters, chicks, monkeys, dolphins, and a whole bunch more (I looked but couldn't find a pic to show you). Of course, I just can't stand to part with any of them (okay, maybe the orangutan can be used) but the rest I have made copies onto light cardboard and covered them with designer paper!!
Then I saw Beate's weekend sketch challenge #56...and knew I wanted to use it for the card layout. I did make a few changes. Instead of an inside layer as suggested in the sketch, I included that element by having score lines! It was a creative way to keep my card clean and simple while still keeping to the layout!
Finally, the Loonie Stampers had posted the 6th Loonie Stamper's Challenge and that is where I got the colors ... Dark Chocolate, Poppy Red, and Summer Sunrise ... what a great warm color combo choosen by Regan. You have to see Dee's, Jewels, and Char's cards as well!! Mind you, I had to substitute a few!
Supplies: Paper-Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink); red (maybe Bazzill), Chocolate chip (SU!); Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!), Stamps - Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink); Other-Chipboard animal for tracing (from Martha Stewart purchased at Michaels), hemp, popsicle stick, dimensionals, sponge, my Pampered Chef scrapper to make score lines.
Well, I hope you have a great weekend. Maybe this will inspire you to give one of these 3 challenges a try...or all three??!!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Orange Coffee Cards!!

Of all the challenges offered on Splitcoaststampers, I think I enjoy Friday's Limited Supply Challenges best!! I tend to be a bit of a "less is more" gal when I make cards anyway with few layers and very few embellishments. So the challenges are usually right up my alley!!
Today the Limited Supply Challenge #184, posted by Stampinsylvia, was to use a coffee image and the color orange!! Wow, now that is an interesting challenge. How could I not try it??!!

I only own one coffee image, this coffee cup from the retired Stampin' Up set called Sketch An
Event. I use this set a lot and this specific coffee cup stamp quite often!
And this orange paper I've had for a long time. It came in a 8x8 package of die cut letters, numbers and papers -- all orange. I've tried to use it but never think to grab it! However, I thought of it instantly when the challenge asked to use the color orange!
Supplies: Paper-Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), orange designer paper (unknown); Stamps-Sketch an Event, Delight in Life (Stampin' Up!), Simple Little Things, Beautiful Blooms (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Black (Archivers), Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Bayou Blue, Whisper White craft (all Stampin' Up!); Other-Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon (SU!), watercolor brush, 1 1/4" square punch, brads, coluzzle, corner rounder.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bo Bunny Paper Card Set

I saw a set of cards like this made and knew I wanted to give it a try too!! This new polka dot paper by Bo Bunny is so awesome!! It is so thick and on the reverse side, it is a solid color of the polka dot side.

The buttons are attached to some home-made flowers with some faux stitching on them. On the strip of colored paper, I have attached a little bling!! Multiple sentiments round out the little set!!

I decided that I wanted to put the set in a box. So I made the bottom of the box out of Old Olive cardstock but then used a sheet of clear acetate to make the top so you could see into the package. I was going to decorate the top of the box, but I really liked being able to see inside to the cards!! Underneath the cards are home-made envelopes. When I make home-made envies, I like to use "linen" paper! It just makes them look more luxurious!!

Here is a close up of the button flowers and sentiments!! It took me a while to get this set completed but it was so worth it since it would make a great gift!!! Supplies: Paper - orange, green, and blue designer paper (Bo Bunny); Stamps - Sentiment stamps from various Papertrey Ink sets; Ink - Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); Other - buttons, 1" circle punch, paper piercer, black marker, various rhinstones.

Thanks for dropping in for a visit!!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

smARTworks Tea Party #1

Dina, over at Mama Dini's Stamperia, shared the very first TEA PARTY challenge that is being hosted by smARTworks!! Every two weeks, one of the design team members will present a challenge and then the following week will present their creations. And.... they have invited anyone to join in the fun!! Well, you know how much I love a good challenge so I was "IN"!!
Dina's first challenge was a sketch challenge and a great one too!
Along with the tea party challenge, I am continuing to try to use up some of the items I have in my scrap bin (good pieces of background, images, etc. that were made for a previous project or didn't get used). Well, I had these great backgrounds that I stamped using acrylic paint! I decided I had to use them for this layout! You can see the previous projects that I used them on HERE. As well, I had this butterfly already stamped on acetate and painted the same color as the leaves sitting in my scrap bin waiting to be used...so I pulled him out as well.
The sentiment was actually a stamp that I won from a blog give away by Dina ... fitting I suppose! I love how it all came together!
Supplies: Paper-Kraft, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink); Stamps-Beautiful Blooms (Papertrey Ink), Butterfly (--), sentiment (My Heart Stamps for you); Ink-Jet Black (StazOn), Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); Other - acrylic paint (blue, white, and green mixed to match Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist color), acetate (unknown).
You should drop in to the smARTworks site to see what the design team members made for this tea party!!
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Black Magic Flowers

I often check out the daily challenges posted over at Splitcoaststampers and I even try a few. However, I rarely get them photographed, uploaded, and linked to the appropriate thread. But tonight was different!! Lynn (aka Lynn in St. Louis) gave instructions on a technique I'd heard before but have never tried...Black Magic TLC184, and it sounded like a lot of fun. Well, it was so much fun that I finished the card and wanted to instantly upload it and share it with everyone! I started out with the black piece of cardstock and stamped the white images on with craft ink. I waited for it to dry (...well, okay, I used my heat tool to make it dry quicker!) and then proceeded to color in the flowers with my Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits. I added the sentiment on a piece of Lavender Moon cardstock and cut the scallops from the same, cut the piece in half and added them to either side. The whole thing got attached to a card made out of cardstock Vellum!! I love the soft look it adds to the dramatic focal piece. Supplies: Paper-Basic Black, Cardstock Vellum (Stampin' Up!), Lavender Moon (Papertrey Ink); Stamps-Beautiful Blooms, Wedding Day (Papertrey Ink); Ink-Basic Black, Whisper White (craft) (Stampin' Up!); Other-pencil crayons (Prismacolor), odorless mineral spirits, scallop scissors (Provo Craft), piercing template (Tim Holtz ruler), piercing tool (my University biology dissecting kit - go figure). Give this great technique a try!! Thanks for visiting, Donelda

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Boy and His Pajamas

A few days ago I sent my husband and son out to buy some new clothes, for the younger of the two! Well, they did get the few items on the list but they also arrived home with these pajamas for my son. It may be tricky to see in this blurry picture (sorry, evening here but I wanted to get the pic uploaded tonight so lighting was poor!) but they adorned with pictures of Mario from the Nintendo game - my son's latest interest. BUT - they are MEN's pajamas in size small but still wwwaaaaayyyy too big. But how could I resist the two of them when they were smiling ear to ear at their cleverness "You could hem them mom!!". So today, I set to work hemming the pants. I left a lot of room to take down since my son is growing very fast. Regardless, I had to cut A LOT of material off the bottoms. And I just couldn't throw it away. So, I decided to make this little book for him! Not sure what he will do with it but you should have seen his face when he saw it!! He was SUPER excited!! Ahhh, that feels good!
The book was simple. I used some blue cardstock, measured it to fit around the book and scored at the folding parts. Then I sewed the material piece to a mat of Real Red cardstock (my son really liked the look of the sewing). Finally, I printed the Nintendo symbol onto some white cardstock using my computer and the handy-dandy internet. I cut it out and made little slits for the ribbon to go through. I attached the ribbon on to the back of the red cardstock and then attached the whole thing to the blue cover of the book.
It is when I can do special things like this that make this craft special!! I know it was special when my son gave me a great big hug!!
Supplies: Paper-blue (unknown), Real Red, Whisper White (SU!); Other-sewing maching, pajama scraps, computer, red ribbon (unknown).
Thanks for visiting.