Thursday, February 26, 2009

Here is my take on Karen's latest Sweet Sunday Challenge. It took me a while to cook up the idea and I had to make the center piece smaller so I could have enough room to peek the bunny over the top.

The pattern paper is from "The Paper Studio". I embossed the flowered pattern with my Cuttlebug dots embossing folder. The bunny is Inky Antics and the carrot is from an old TAC set. I did the "Hoppy Easter" on my computer. The flower accents are Heidi Grace printed icons.

Thanks for the great sketch Karen! Keep 'em coming!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sale-a-bration Stamp Camp -My Version

Here are some cards from Saturday's stamp camp I attended. I like to put my own spin on each card to make it my own.

The only things I changed on this card was to add the embossed dots to the yellow paper and I mounted the white paper without tearing it on an angle, put the ribbon across the green and white and popped the heart over the ribbon.
This card's original backing was a piece of plain river rock cardstock. I decided to change that to some Delicate Dots DP (which I added piercing to) backed with choc chip cardstock. I also trimmed the top notes die and added another one of choc chip to the back of the original die to pop the image. One last thing I changed from the original card was that I used the dots embossing folder to give dimension to the green cardstock.

All I did to this card was add a pearl to the center of the flower

This one originally had a ribbon on the top of the yellow scalloped cardstock and I decided to just scallop both ends and leave off the ribbon. I also added some blue gemstones to the centers of the flowers and popped them off the card.

Here I just adde the piercing for a little accent and eliminated the sponging on the ribbon

Isn't this just a darling little box? I didn't change a thing about this one except for a little sponging around the "To You from Me" stamp. The template for this box was cut from one of the stampin' up dies for the Big Shot machine.

On this card, I changed out the background from the hot pink that matched the heart eyes to a piece of kiwi kiss to match the leaves and then I pierced around the edge of the yellow cardstock. I also sponged the leaves with kiwi kiss ink to make the outline pop and left the owl chipboard with a mottled look rather than coating it completely with the choc chip ink. I thought it gave the appearance of feathers. Finally, I popped both the leaves and the owl to give the card more dimension.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sweet Sunday 5

This is my second attempt which is really a better take on the sketch than the first. I just changed up the colors a bit.

Okay, so here I am sneaking this one in at the last minute again. I've been pondering it for a couple of days. I found these great bunny brads the other day and then just found a perfect flower stamp at Hobby Lobby to go with them. The paper is Basic Grey and the "Some Bunny Loves You" stamp was a Hot Spot item from Archiver's. I pulled out the Cuttlebug circle embossing folder that went just perfect with my pattern paper. I had to trace the sentiment in black so it would show up on the paper better. I also had to punch some flowers because the ones on the stamp were too small for my brads, so the flowers are a bit crowded together, but I think it turned out okay. As usual, I added a strip with my favorite dots embossing folder for the break between the two papers. Lots of texture on this baby. Oh yes, the background cardstock is Stampin' Up's Purely Pomegranite which was one of my favorite colors from last year. I may do another like this and switch around the colors a bit. Hope you like it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine for Max

Today I decided I wanted to make a different Valentine's card for my grandson, Max because he is really into dinosaurs right now. I just bought the new QuicKutz dinosaur die and decided I couldn't wait until his birthday in May to use it. I also found the giant button at JoAnn Fabrics today along with the Jolee palm tree and the card just came together. I used a couple of different Cuttlebug embossing folders and found a nice shiny black brad in my Halloween stash for the dinosaur's eye. So simple, but I think he will love all the texture and the best part, no stamping at all! The green and dark pink papers are Stampin' Up from the Raspberry Tart DP pack that just arrived today.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sympathy Card

This is my first sympathy card done for a close friend I've had since grade school. She just lost her mother and my heart aches for her. I lost my father 2 years ago last September and I still miss him so.

Below is a picture of the inside of the card. The sentiment on the inside is from "There She Goes". I did the outside sentiment on my computer. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a nestabilities die for accent on the front. The oval on the front is cut from a Quickutz nesting die.
The paper is Stampin' Up's "So Saffron" and the DP is also Stampin' Up although I'm not sure of the name of the pack it came from.

Sweet Sunday 4

How much pink is too much pink? I actually had to change this because my first two versions hurt my eyes. The real challenge for me was finding the right stamp set to use. This one has just been collecting dust so thanks to Karen for giving me a chance to pull it out and use it. I actually may try doing this layout in a different color.

I believe the stamp set is from the Angel Company. I used close to cocoa for the card background and stamped the images with close to cocoa ink from Stampin' Up. The paisley is Baby Pink Paisley from The Paper Studio and the pink was just scrap paper from my scrap bin.
I used my paisley Cuttlebug embossing folder this time. Look Mom, no dots:)

The "Party" and "Birthday Wishes" stamps were from two different acrylic sets I own. The pink ribbon was also from a scrap bin. I added a gem stone brad to the birthday wishes and there you have it...another challenge done.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine for Sis

Had to throw this card together for my sister who is going through a divorce and who loves chocolate as much as I do. I'll send it out to her with a box of choc and some yummy homemade sugar cookies.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sweet Sunday #3

Finally! Here is my card for the 3rd Sweet Sunday sketch challenge. Would you believe there was a cow on this card at one point??? This wasn't an easy sketch for me....I guess because I have lots of little stamps and struggled with the main image. I'm adding 2 views again, in hopes that you will be able to see the shiny in at least one of them.

Anyway, I did a lot of heat embossing on the stamped images. The big heart is from an Autumn Leaves clear stamp set, the polka dot heart popped from the center is from a Hero Arts stamp, the love is Penny Black and the flourish is from another clear stamp set I own. The pattern paper is from The Paper Studio, the solid pink from Hobby Lobby, the black is linen from Archiver's and the dark pink is Stampin' Up's purely pomegranate. I used the swirls and the dots Cuttlebug embossing folders on the pink and black backgrounds respectively. I used Stampin' Up's scallop edge punch on the purely pomegranate background behind the black piece on the bottom of the card. Last, but not least, I added 3 pink gemstones on the embossed heart image for accent. I'm still not sure if I like this card or not, but at least it's done.

First last week and last this week. Where will I end up next week????

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mojo Monday 72

Okay, so I did start this on Monday and now it's spilled into Tuesday.....This was a real labor of love...I just got my Stampin' Up Valentine's bundle today in the mail so I was determined to make it work for the Mojo sketch challenge and guess what??....I think it did!

I'm using some more of my Pebbles Inc paper because I really love this "My Girl Tiny Flower" pattern and because it goes so nicely with my Stampin' Up paper. The birds were stamped on pink, covered in Crystal Lacquer and popped on the card. I also used Crystal Lacquer on the heart that is popped off of the ribbon slide. The ribbon slide is Spellbinders. It has tiny hearts on it that I sponged with Riding Hood Red ink along with the edges of the slide. I thought I would try out my new Nestabilities Labels 1 as a background for the ribbon slide. I sponged the edges of the label and then cut out another background in pink. I used some red Crystal Stickers Pearls around the "Hugs and Kisses" stamp and stamped a duplicate in white, cut out the circle and popped it over the pink one. Then I stamped a third image on pink again and cut out and popped the heart over the white piece. I added some red gel pen to the dots on both of the pink polka dot hearts for fun and then punched 4 red hearts and a pink one using my Fiskars corner heart punch and added them for accents. The fancy doily edge is a Martha Stewart edge punch and the pink ribbon was from Michael's Dashes, Dots & Checks line. Finally, I used my Cuttlebug dots embossing folder to add an edge to the pink background paper and I used my red gel pen to put dots along the sides of the stamped bird image. Whew! I'm exhausted. Need some shut eye. Hope you like it! I'm posting two views this time. One shows the shiny detail and the other shows the layering.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

OCC Challenge

I was organizing my Cuttlebug folders the other night and ran across this cute postage stamp heart folder and die stamp so here is one more Valentine and it fits right into the OCC Challenge for this week. I just bought the background paper today and thought it went well with this simple layout. The paper is by Pebbles Inc. I embossed each stamp and then cut around the edges and mounted them each to stamp die cuts of the opposite color. I punched the big red heart with one a Paper Shapers punch and then embossed it with a Quickutz Goose Bump design. I added white dots around the hearts to make them show up a little better. I also used my Cuttlebug dots embossing folder to add some demension to the red background paper. I popped up the large red heart and the block of hearts with demensionals and added the pink grossgrain ribbon. I'm still debating whether I should put some tiny rhinestones around the hearts or leave as is.