Thursday, March 31, 2011

Butterfly Birthday

I'm told my niece's favorite color is yellow, so I wanted to make her a bright yellow card for her birthday.  It reminds me of all the sunshine we've been getting in MI I'm ready for the warm weather to go with it!

Happy Birthday, Annie!  You're always full of smiles. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Flight of the Butterfly
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Regal Rose & Wild Wasabi
Big Shot Embossing Folders:  Framed Tulips & Perfect Polka Dots
Punch:  Butterfly

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Plenty of Purses

I was at a wedding recently and my daughters and a couple of nieces bought matching purses, shoes and sunglasses for the wedding...actually the shoes and sunglasses were a fun thing for the reception. :)  So when my niece had her b-day a couple of days after we got home I decided to make a card with a bunch of purses on it for her.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Tempting Turquoise
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice
 & Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders, 
 Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates and Matchbox Bigz XL
(for Daffodil Delight Purse)
Punches:  Various Cirles, Round Tab, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval, 
1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval, Scallop Trim Border & Modern Label
Ribbon:  1/4" Grosgrain in Tempting Turquoise (retired)
Embellishments:  Basic Rhinestone, Basic Pearl, Button Latte buttons 
& Metallic Brads

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Happy Birthday

This is a card I made for my daughter for her 21st birthday.  I tried to make the dress close to one that she recently wore to a wedding.  Of course, you need a purse to go with the dress, but I guess I forgot the shoes!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Basic Black & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Basic Black
Punches:  Round Tab,  1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval1 3/4" Scallop Circle & Decorative Label
Big shot:  Perfect Polka Dots  Embossing Folder & Scallop Circle Bigz Die
Jewels:  Basic Rhinestones
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Monday, March 28, 2011

Yes...I know...this card is made with a retired stamp set.  It was one of my favorite masculine sets though, and I had pulled it out to do a challenge for retired sets and make for a cousin of mine for his birthday.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Coast to Coast
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze & Whisper White
Ink:  Versa Mark
Stampin' Pastels on Versa Mark for color
Punches:  Modern Label & Word Window
Big Shot Texturz Plates:  Backgrounds 1

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Calla Lilies

Today's card is the last one we made at the workshop...and my favorite one.  It also happens to go with Hand Stamped Sentiments Theme Challenge #60 for this week...Blooming Blossoms.  I've seen just a few of these flower cards around, and my idea for this one came from Lynn Pratt.  To see her card and instructions click here.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Certainly Celery & Pretty in Pink
Punches:  Blossom Petals, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval & 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval
Big Shot Bigz Die:  Daisies Flower #2 (for the pistil)
Ribbon:  5/8" Satin Ribbon in Certainly Celery
Shimmer paint:  Champagne Mist

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Butterfly Birthday

Today's card is another clean and simple one we made at a workshop I had a couple of days ago and fits right in  with this week's SUO Challenge...birthday cards.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Bashful Blue & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Bashful Blue
Big Shot Embossing folders:  Perfect Polka Dots & Elegant Bouquet
Big Shot Embosslits Die:  Beautiful Wings
Punch:  Decorative Label
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Bashful Blue (retired)
Jewels:  Basic Pearls

Friday, March 25, 2011

Clean and Simple

Hello everyone... I'm finally back and glad to be blogging again! I must say that being out of town two weekends in a row and getting ready for a workshop (between homeschooling and work) just called for a much needed break from blogging.  Now that I've had one it's time to get busy again.  I've titled this post clean and simple to go with The Paper Players challenge this week.  I wanted the first two cards for my workshop this week to be "clean and simple" here is the first card we made.  I actually got the basic idea for this card from my upline, Glenda.  You can view her card here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Silhouette Sentiments & Afterthoughts
(both are hostess sets)
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green & Whisper White
Classic Ink Pad:  Rich Razzleberry
Stampin' Write Markers:  Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green
Punch:  Decorative Label & 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval 
Big Shot Embossing Folders:  Perfect Polka Dots & Framed Tulips
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Beautiful Butterflies

Well, I am finally back after a bit of a break.  I was up north working at a camp for the weekend and couldn't seem to catch up on everything that needed to be done, so it was my cards that had to be put on hold.  Today's post is for a couple of challenges I try to do every week.  I'm doing Ann's Color Challenge #38 from The Paper Players and Saturday Sketch Challenge #194 from Stamping 411.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Afterthoughts
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Baja Breeze & Pink Pirouette
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Baja Breeze
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Bit Shot Embosslit Dies:  Beautiful Wings
Punches:  Decorative Label, Scallop Trim Border & Scallop Trim Corner
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Early Espresso

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stampin' Celebration!

Hello everyone... Well, I am very excited today!  I was chosen by Stampin' Celebration to be their guest designer for this week for a previous project that I made, and this is the card I came up with.  You should head over to their blog and check them out! Thanks to the crew at Stampin' Celebration for the honor and thanks to my friend Christi for letting me borrow a slew of her stamping stuff so I could come up with this card!!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Stamp Sets:  Lucky Shamrock & Eat Chocolate
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
& Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip & Early Espresso
Punches:  Build a Cupcake, 1" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop & 1/16" Circle Handheld
Big Shot Embossing Folders:  Square Lattice & Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon:  1/4" Grosgrain in Whisper White
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist
Crimper & Clear Embossing Powder


A few days ago I said I was going to be making some more carnations, after all they are my favorite flower.  When I saw the The Paper Players challenge to make anything that brings spring to mind I couldn't resist, and the Stamping 411 Challenge was the perfect sketch to use for the idea I had going on in my mind.

Yesterday I also made this little 3x3 thank you for a friend.  

I guess the only downside to these cards is you'd have to mail them in a box!

If you didn't see my other post on how to make carnations and would like to see how, click here.  Oh, before I forget, I did use deckle scissors for these two cards, just to see if I liked it.  I think either way works!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

5X5 Card
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi & Whisper white
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum
Big shot Embossing Folder:  Elegant Bouquet
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Marina Mist
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Tools:  Crimper & Paper-Piercing Tool

3X3 Card
Cardstock:  Regal Rose, Garden Green, So Saffron & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Regal Rose
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punch:  1 3/8" x 5" Oval
Tools:  Crimper & Paper-Piercing Tool

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Today's card is made for Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #42.  I must admit this has been my hardest challenge yet!  First, I didn't have any St. Patrick's Day stamps and needed to borrow a few from a friend (Thanks Christy!), and second, I've never made a card for this holiday before.  At least the colors were and white. ;)  I did manage to stamp Happy St. Patrick's Day on the ribbon, but it doesn't show up as much as I had hoped.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Lucky Shamrock & Go Green (retired)
Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Wild Wasabi
Big Shot Embossing Folders:  Perfect Polka Dots & Square Lattice
Punches:  Full Heart, Small Heart & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Whisper White

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lightning McQueen

Happy Birthday, Andrew!  Last Thursday was my nephew's birthday, but they celebrated it yesterday with grandparents and a great-grandma.  A few weeks ago I made Mator for his brother, and said I would make Lightning McQueen for him. 

Just like Mator, this card was a LOT of work, but so worth it!  I did a lot of cutting and re-cutting to come up with something I was happy with.  As usual I always want to give credit where credit is due.  I got the idea for this from Julia Rae Brokhoff.  Thank you Julia!       

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Carnation Birthday Card

Well, I must admit I love my laptop and the power cord decided to die on me the other day...ugg.  Well, I guess my desktop is going to have to do until I get my new adapter...after I figure out everything on here because it's just not the same!  Today's card is one my son and I made for his girlfriend's b-day.  He said it had to have blue and her favorite flower is a carnation.  Nothing like asking me at the last minute...well around twenty-five minutes to be exact.  I jumped on the computer and Googled images of Stampin' Up carnations.  I came across this lady's blog here (thanks, Marie!), and we were able to whip up a nice card in no time!  I know I'm going to be trying this flower again!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Marina Mist
Punches:  Scallop Circle & Modern Label
Big shot Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Crimper for leaves

Thursday, March 3, 2011

For You ~ Silhouette Sentiments

Today's card is one I made with colors I haven't used before, but have seen together and really liked.  I got the layout from SCCSC Sketch Challenge on Stampin' Connection.  I didn't even know it was out there until yesterday when I saw someones card with the challenge listed.  This challenge is really nice because it has all the card layouts listed in one place and you can click on each one and check them out pretty quickly.  If you are a Stampin' Up Demonstrator on Stampin' Connection you can click here to see the list of sketches.

If you want to see this sketch challenge and all the samples click here.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Silhouette Sentiments
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Crumb Cake & Soft Suede
Punch:  1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flight of the Butterfly

Today's card is one I made for two different challenges.  The The Paper Players challenge is "Fun with Fabric", and since ribbon is the only Stampin' Up! "fabric" I have right now I decided to see if I could come up with something a little different with the ribbon.  I also used Stamping 411 for my sketch because the ribbon square happened to work perfectly with challenge 192. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Flight of the Butterfly
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, So Saffron & Whisper White
Big Shot Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punch:  Butterfly
Ribbon:  1/8" Taffeta in Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery & So Saffron
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Mojo Monday Challenge 180

Today I made a card for Mojo Monday Challenge 180.  I don't think I've ever made a round card before, so I figured it was time I give it a try!  I wasn't sure what to do at first because I've made so many fancy, feminine cards lately I wanted to take a short break from them.   After taking a minute to look at the sample, the idea of using the smaller circle as the moon popped into my mind...and of course, I had to use my sponges to create that effect.  So, I got busy, sponged away and this is what I came up with.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Garden Green, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, 
Rose Red, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight
Punch:  Word Window & 1 1/4" Circle
Big Shot:  Scallop Circle Bigz Die

To create the sponging effect, just start lightly sponging and keep doing it until it's as dark as you would like.  Then start with the next color making sure they overlap to create the blended effect.  I do have one stripe that stands out, but I did that on purpose to try and follow the Mojo sketch having two circles and one rectangle.