Monday, March 29, 2010

Urban New Home

A realtor friend of mine asked me to make her some Congratulations/Thank You Cards for her customers. Apparently this is a market that Hallmark is missing out on ;) Not a problem for me!

I bought this set some time ago, but just haven't had time to sit down and focus. Well, another friend just moved, so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone.

After about 15 different layouts and sketches, I ended up with this one. The paper and colors always come's the other part that's challenging. This paper is the Urban Oasis DSP. I thought it was perfect for the sofa.

Love how it turned out. Can't wait to play with some other DSP's to see what I come up with. TFL!

Stamps: Well Scripted, On My Couch (PTI)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White Cardstock; Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Basic Black & Kiwi Kiss Classic Pads
Accessories: Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Black Satin Ribbon, Black Brads and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Saturday, March 27, 2010

SC258 Vintage Rose

Happy Saturday Everyone! I've been working on this card since Tuesday and I finally finished it up. I had the color scheme and DSP, but couldn't decide on a sketch. When in doubt, go to Splitcoast ;) This is the sketch I decided to go with.

Remember my ramblings about the Very Vintage Wheel and how I'd like to make a card with just that? Well, this is pretty close. I wheeled up the Kraft and decided on a color scheme from there. I pulled out my Sweet Pea DSP pack and saw this blue print. Love it! I haven't really decided what Blue it is yet, but the closest is Bashful Blue (but still not quite right.) Didn't matter on this card though, because I pulled out my Rose Red ribbon and what a pretty combo it is.

See the tiny tag on the ribbon? I had seen these little tags popping up everywhere and once I checked them out, I had to have them. The set is called Tiny Tags and it's in the Occasions Mini. A lot of different options....too cute!

I really like this card...especially the colors. Hope you like it too ;) TFL.

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Vintage Labels & Very Vintage Wheel
Paper: Kraft and Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Button, Linen Thread, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Acrylic Blocks and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just Football

Just a quick post today. I needed a card for a birthday party my son had this afternoon. It's for a 10-Year Old boy, so I kept it simple...and threw in some football. A perfect match.

Having a boy myself who loves football, I've wanted a themed set for some time. I finally got one and it was Free through Sell-A-Bration, so you can't beat that. I'm sure I will get lots of use out of it in the coming years. Glad I finally got it ;)

Stamps: Just Football & All Occasions
Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy and Bashful Blue Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stamp Envy

Admit've had it! You know...when there's that one stamp you want so dearly, but haven't bought yet...and your friend gets it on her next order. Well, this stamp for me is the Medallion. Why don't I own this YET??? My sweet friend Nicole was kind enough to bring her stamp to share with little 'ol me today as we got together for some much needed stamp time ;) And, I took full advantage.

I made these two beautiful cards. This stamp is so versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. You decide. The White Medallion was embossed with White Embossing Powder. It just pops. My inspiration for this card is this one by kraftykate. The other Medallion was stamped with the Chocolate Chip Classic Pad. I didn't have the CC Craft Pad or I would have tried it. I think it may have given it a sharper image. But, I'm happy with how it turned out. This card was inspired by this card over at ArtisticAvenger. She made four cards with this one stamp set. What a great idea!

Nicole let me borrow her cherished stamp, so I plan to do a bit more with it (like stash it away...shhhh, don't tell her ;) So, I'm sure you'll see more of this guy. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Medallion, Vintage Labels & All Holidays
Paper: Very Vanilla, Kraft and Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad, Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Scallop Trip Border Punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, a Brown Brad and the 1/16" Circle Punch

Monday, March 22, 2010

SFYTT - Melon Mambo Wishes

Two sketches in one week...I'm on a roll! When I saw the SFYTT Sketch that Jen Del Muro is hosting, I had visions of a card that Julie M Lacey had done here. I loved the colors and the DSP that she had used.

For my card, I used Melon Mambo cardstock and the Night & Day DSP. These colors work so well together. The Melon Mambo adds a perfect splash of color to this Black & White color scheme.

A friend of mine asked me to create a dozen birthday cards for her Book Club...this will definitely be added to the mix. Hope the recipient loves it! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Paper: Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock; Night & Day DSP
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad
Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Envelope, Circle & Scalloped Circle Nestibilities, Buttons, Embroidery Floss, Black Satin Ribbon, Crystal Effects and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Saturday, March 20, 2010

MOJO 130: Delightful Daphodils

Spring has hit in Phoenix and I couldn't be happier! The weather is breaking and it's beautiful outside. The next couple of months are why we live here. Of course, with the coming of Spring it reminds me of growing up back East on the countrysides of Pennsylvania. As a child, it was always fun to brush aside the leaves and see the flowers sprouting up through the ground. The flowers in the Abundant Hope set remind me of those spring days when the flowers began to bloom.

I stamped the floral image with Black StazOn because I initially intended to watercolor the flowers. But, it worked out that I could actually use my Markers. I definitely prefer the color you get from markers, so I was glad the image is such that I could use them.

I sat down and played with many color combinations....I usually don't have the patience for that, but it was actually pretty fun. So Saffron and Crushed Curry were the winners for the flowers and the stems are a combination of Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Always Artichoke.

I love how this turned out and the refreshed feeling of Spring that it gives me. Hope you like it too! TFL.

Stamps: Abundant Hope
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron and Certainly Celery Cardstock; So Saffron DSP
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad
Accessories: So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Certainly Celery, Old Olive & Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers, Scallop Trim Punch, Certainly Celery 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercer & Mat, Dimensionals/Pop Dots and Circle Nestabilities

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Vintage Suede Note

Boy oh Boy...did I have a hard time with this card! I knew I wanted to use Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and an old book page, but that's all I had ;) I probably had this designed 10 different ways, but this is what I ended up with. I finally just said, "It is what it is". Sometimes I stress a little too much over my cards...does anyone else have that problem???

I used the Very Vintage Wheel for the background of this card and I L-O-V-E It! It is a MUST for your collection. I'm actually thinking of designing a card that is just that wheel....nothing else...has that ever been done...I think I'll try it ;) The details really are that intricate and hate to cover them up.

The flowers and the Friends focal image are all from the Vintage Vogue set. It matches up perfectly with the Very Vintage Wheel. I cut all of these out and popped them up on dimensionals. So worth the effort ;)

Hopefully, these last three designs inspire you to do something shabby, vintage or just different. It's fun to go out of our comfort zones every once in a while. TFL!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Wheel
Paper: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and and old Book Page
Ink: Soft Suede & Rich Razzleberry Classic Pads
Accessories: Top Note Die, Jumbo Wheel, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Brown Brads, a Flat Back Pearl, Dimensionals/Pop Dots and a Sponge for Distressing.

Shabby Lavender Flowers

My next card's design is inspired by the FAB-ulous Jamie Pierson. Her card can be seen here. Her blog is a must-have in your favorites ;)
I love her Shabby, yet simple, style.

I had a bag of purple buttons on hand, so when I sat down to design this card I started there. Lavendar Lace matched up perfectly, but is not a color I use often. So...I pulled out my Color Coach (it really does come in handy) and noticed that So Saffron is it's Complementary Color. I had some sheets of the So Saffron DSP pack left over from an earlier workshop and used these for my flowers.

The flowers are made using the scallop circle punch. Punch 5 scalloped circles, pierce in the center and connect them all together with a brad. Attach a button over the brad and you have a super simple, yet very feminine flower.

Jamie, thanks for your inspiration! Love your cards and hope I did this one justice ;)

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Vintage Labels
Paper: Lavendar Lace & So Saffron Cardstock; So Saffron DSP
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Lavendar Buttons, Linen Thread, Lavendar Polka Dot Ribbon, Brads, Dimensionals/Pop Dots and a Sponge for Distressing.

Bonjour, Mon Amie!

Hello Everyone! It's finally Spring Break here in AZ and I am looking forward to it. I'm hoping to squeeze in plenty of card making ;)

My first card today is from a Shabby Chic workshop I did the other night. Luckily, I only had a few girls there, because these cards definitely take a little longer to put together than your every day card. This is not my normal style, but I am lucky to be able to gather my inspiration from some very talented ladies.

This design is inspired by Kimberly Van Diepen's Valentine's Box seen here. If you have not been to her website, you must hop over. She is amazing!

The focal point of this card is the paper flower. It is made using (2) 12" strips of DSP (1-1" piece and 1-1 1/2" piece.) They are ruffled around a 1 3/8" circle that is covered with Sticky Strip. I added a french flair to my card by pulling out my retired Carte Postale stamp set. Love it! I hadn't used it in some time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Friends 24-7, Circle Circus, I {Heart} Hearts, Carte Postale, Very Vintage Wheel
Paper: Kraft & Real Red Cardstock; Sending Love DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Eyelet Punch, Sending Love Epoxy Brads - Pretty in Pink, Eggcellent Eggs Kit (Clear Rhinestone), Cutter Kit/Distressing Tool, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Bone Folder, Piercing Tool & Mat, Jumbo Handle and a Sponge.