Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Beautiful Thing

I was given this set by a friend in a trade. I really like it and have been having fun playing with it. I've been on a quick and simple design lately. It seems like I never have time, so the quick and simple has been wonderful to get cards made!

Stamps - A Beautiful Thing
CS - Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Paper (forget which collection though)
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava
Other - Striped Brown Ribbon, Orange Candy Jewels (for the flower centers), 1 3/8" Square Punch

The card below was made by my oldest daughter, Madison. Every time I sit to stamp, she always asks if she can make a card too. She wanted to copy my card above. She picked out the card stock and ribbon. Then she went to work on her card. The only thing she asked me to help with was tying the knot for the ribbon. I think it turned out beautiful - not just bragging because I'm her mom either. ;) She decided to send this to her aunt (godmother) to let her know she loves her.

Stamps - A Beautiful Thing
CS - Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip, WW
Ink - Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip
Other - Pink Dotted ribbon (from my stash), 1 3/8" Square Punch

Blogger's Challenge (Jan. 25th)

This week for the Blogger's Challenge, we were to use the card on pg. 141 of the SU! Spring/Summer '08 Collection as our sketch. I made mine into a regluar 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 standard card. This again is a very simple card and something I always find challenging. It was definitely quick to make, so I'll have to keep doing this. :)

I used stamps that my friend, Cindy, got me from the Michael's $1 spot. I thought these were so cute and are perfect for sending cards to friends/family who live far away. So, I made 2 of these to send out this week.

Supplies (SU! unless noted otherwise):
Stamps - Michael's $1 Spot
CS - Sage Shadow, Bashful Blue, WW
Ink - StazOn Black, Bashful Blue
Other - Markers - Bashful Blue, Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Stickles Crystal, Striped Ribbon (from my stash)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Blogger's Challenge (Jan. 18th)

Our challenge this week was a color combo - Blue Bayou, River Rock, Real Red, and WW OR VV. Well, since I found out that I don't have any Real Red card stock, I used it as accents on my card. This is such a cute set from TAC - I don't believe it is available anymore, so I'm glad I got it! One of my best friends is going through some rough times right now, so I thought I'd send her this card.

A bit about the card - I stamped the elephant and colored her in with my Aqua Painter and the River Rock ink. I then used Copic Ciao R29 Lipstick Red marker to color in her nails. I added some glitz to them as well with the Sakura Glitter Gel Pen. I sponged the scalloped piece with Real Red ink - to add a touch more red to the card. I stamped the circular design from SU's A Beautiful Thing onto the River Rock with River Rock ink. After tying the ribbon around the card, I used SU's dimensionals under the elephant to give her some 'lift'. The greeting is a bit hard to read here, it says - If you ever need a friend --- I got your back!

I tried to do the sketch challenge over on Kim's blog, but not sure I succeeded. :) Oh well - I tried!

Stamps: Stand Tall (TAC), A Beautiful Thing (SU!)
CS: River Rock, Blue Bayou, WW
Ink: River Rock, Blue Bayou, Real Red, StazOn Black
Other: Stamping Sponge, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, R29 Lipstick Red Copic Ciao Marker, Sakura Glitter Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, January 14, 2008

Joy in Snowflakes

These were the cards that I made for my co-workers. I needed something quick and easy because I didn't have a whole lot of time. So, I made 10 of these in one night. I had wanted to follow a design that I had seen on another blog, but I ended up straying from it. I love winter and snow, so this set by Papertrey Ink is perfect.

For the smaller snowflake, I stamped it in Blue Bayou and then stamped off once before stamping on the card stock.

Snowflake Serenade (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
Other: Crystal Stickles (for inside each of the snowflakes)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Blogger's Challenge (Jan. 11)

Our challenge this week was to create a card based on the layout on pg.37 of the SU Spring-Summer Collection 2008 catalog (the Save the Date card). It is a very simple yet elegant card - which is not my style at all. Don't get me wrong, I like the simplicity of it, however, I can never seem to pull that off. My cards always look plain to me.

The above card took all of about 5 minutes to make - definitely something I should do when mass producing (like Christmas cards - since I didn't get to send any out this year). It took longer to edit the photo to post on my blog than it did to make it. I like how it turned out, but I'm always wanting to add to my cards. I made myself follow the sample and finish without adding 'extras'. :)

Stamps: Lasting Impressions with Panache (Secret of Happiness 242-003H)
CS: WW, Bashful Blue, Fall Flowers DSP
Ink: Basic Brown
Other: Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Cutter Kit (to distress the one edge of the Bashful Blue cs)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Blogger's Challenge (Jan. 4)

It's been awhile since I was able to participate in the Blogger Challenge's. I finally made time last night - only 2 days late - not bad. :) Our challenge this week was to use Pink & Brown. I love this color combo. I also used images that I received back in October for a different challenge (yes - I know I'm behind on everything....story of my life!).

I made a pocket card (challenge from back in October for a different group). I thought it turned out cute if I do say so myself. *wink*

Be sure to check out the other Blogger Challenge Players for their wonderful creations. They are linked to the right. >>>>>

Stamps: Inky Antics
CS: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, VV, Basic Grey Infuse
Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip
Other: Stamping Sponge, Snowflake Eyelets, A Muse Creative Candy, Crop-a-Dile, Ribbon, SU Markers - Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel