Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stamping 411 Color Inspiration 160

I noticed this color inspiration at Stamping 411 this morning and thought what a pretty color combination.

My neutral card base is whisper white card stock with the main image stamped using the three challenge colors and added three strips of card stock also using the challenge colors.

Don't know why, but Pacific Point paper photographs much darker than it is in real life and the stamped ink much lighter, maybe I didn't use enough pressure on the ink pad or maybe it's my photography!

I then punched three little flowers and just had to tucked a little pearl in the center of each for a bit of elegance and popped them up on the challenge colors. The sentiment is stamped in Pear Pizzazz and that finishes my card for the challenge.

Supplies: All Stampin' Up

Card stock: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise and whisper white
Stamps: Medallion and Happy Greetings
Inks: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz and Tempting Turquoise

Thanks for taking a peek at my blog, would love to hear your comments regarding this card.

Paper Players Challenge # 53

Paper Players has come with another quick and easy challenge. You may want to participate in this one.

This is my take on it although I did take a few liberties and changed the direction of the rectangles. I hope it still has all of the items necessary for this challenge.

I started with a white card base added a piece of DSP. I cut out three rectangle shapes to resemble candles and embossed them. Punched three flames from the Blossom Petals Builder and popped them up with dimensionals and added to the DSP.
I punched a 1 3/4" circle, stamped it using some PTI stamps added a ribbon folded in half behind the circle and attached it to the card. Finally added a sentiment to the bottom of the DSP.

Supplies used: Paper: 2011-2013 In Colors, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Daffodil Delight & DSP Play Date Inks: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Punch: Blossom Petals Builder, Circle Punch and PTI's double-ended banner
Sentiments: PTI's Tag-Its #1 Stamp Set

Thanks for looking and leaving a comment.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #75

Oh my, when I first saw this sketch at Inkspirations I thought of this newer stamp set that I purchased with my granddaughter in mind, because she loves "Hello Kitty". Is there a 7 year old out there that doesn't! Oh excuse me, 7 1/2 year old!

Well it was a fun stamp to use and a great sketch for it, I'm glad I finally got this done,(I hope in time). This is what I did...

I dug through my stash of paper and found this Stampin' Up Simply Scrappin' Petal Party set, which had NEVER been opened. (Can't imagine how long it's been hiding in there). What's wrong with me!
Anyhow it has gorgeous textured solid color paper, designer paper, embellishments and anything else you might need.

I chose to make my card base out of textured Pumkin Pie card stock. I then layered a piece of striped paper from Sweet Always (another oldie from 2008). Using my Nesties I cut a circle from the Petal Party paper of pink polka dot (say that 3 times real quick) and topped it with a smaller whisper white circle which I then stamped.

I love the way the stamping turned out, I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #8). However, I laid the stamp on my block curving it to the shape I wanted then stamped it around the outer edges of the white circle. I then stamped inside that using the "Hello Kitty" circle of flowers then added the Hello Kitty image of choice. ( The set is from PSA Essentials and is part of their Peel & Stick Stamps it comes with the one flower circle and 8 different poses of "HK".)

I added two strips of polka dot paper (which came in the Petal Party set (I told you great stuff in the package). Stamped the sentiment one more time on the polka dot strip at the bottom of the card. Added 2 flowers (from the set) along with 2 little leaves (yup, also from the set).

Now on to the inside...

I love this, again, inside the set was this great little sticker for journaling which I thought was perfect to add whatever sentiment you want (I'm holding off on adding until I know exactly how I'll use this card).

That's it, sorry it's such a long post, but there was a lot of explainin' to do!

Thanks for taking a peek and hopefully leaving a comment.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Birthday Best Wishes

Yes, another birthday card for a friend. I couldn't resist using the PTI Gracious Vases stamp set again. I promise to put it away for a while after this card.

I stamped the shelf for the vases from the bottom half of a PTI Mat Stack 3 onto a 2 1/2" X 3 1/4" piece of cs. I covered the vases with post-it notes in order to stamp the flowers and then stamped my sentiment. I added a piece of DSP to my card base, cut a border from vellum paper using PTI Victorian Border and added a white satin ribbon on top of it. I then added a strip of tiny colored pearls to the ribbon, re-stamped two of the vases onto the same background paper cut them out and glued to the original images. The middle vase was stamped again using the same DSP as is in the inside of the card, then cut out and popped up with pop-dots.

Here's a peek at the inside of the card.


Paper: Whisper white cs, DSP Sweet & Sour
Ink: Chocolate chip
Stamps: Gracious Vases from & Botanical Silhouetttes from PTI
Punch: Victorian Borders from PTI
Anonymous: strip of pearls
Ribbon: Stampin' Up

I'm pleased with the results of this card and hope you like it too. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Miniature Orchid plants

A golfing friend of mine celebrated a BIG birthday, she was not happy about reaching this age, but we told her the alternative wasn't very appealing!
Needless to say she didn't want our golf four-some to go over the top (as we sometimes are known to do), so we agreed to keep her birthday simple.

I found these adorable miniature orchid plants, at of all places Ikea. Of course I had to buy not one, not two, but three. Two were gifts and one was a gift for me!
Anyhow I created these cute little boxes compliments of MTME templates and decorated them with DSP. I placed the flowers in small mosaic glass containers, and added a pair of garden gloves to each of the boxes. One of these plants was my gift to my friend for her BIG birthday last week in keeping with a simple theme. The other one is for another friend's birthday and of course the third one (not photographed) is mine!

Just thought you might enjoy seeing these little cuties!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

PTI June 2011 Blog Hop

Even though I've never participated in a blog hop I thought I'd try the PTI June Blog Hop challenge.

I did find it challenging, but then that's the idea, right? I had many thoughts and ideas before I finally settled on this one. Still not sure, but then I always seem to doubt myself and decided to go with it.

For the design I decided to use one of the June release stamp sets Gracious Vases which I adore by Maile Belles at PTI.

I first sponged each of the colors onto white card stock then stamped the make-believe shelf using the bottom of one of the images from Mat Stack 3. I then stamped an assortment of the vases, some overlapping to mimic the use of four items in the inspiration photo. I really like the simplicity of the card as is so I just matted it onto a coordinating card stock and adhered it to the card base. I just couldn't leave well enough alone and had to add three clear dots in the upper left hand corner, just cause it looked lonely! And that's it from me, thanks for the opportunity to join in the fun.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Unfortunately we all need sympathy cards from time to time and I needed one for a friend of mine whose 90 year old father recently passed away.

Here is my take on a CAS card for a challenge at Paper Players challenge #52.

I started with white cs; matted a piece each of daffodil delight and basic gray and embossed the gray cs with a Cuttlebug EF. I then stamped my image onto a smaller piece of ww cs using basic gray ink, added the tiny bird images in dd ink. I really liked the color combination and the itty-bitty yellow birds perched in the trees. I think they just set off the whole scene.
I also rounded the two upper corners of the cs (something I picked up from my daughter's cards) to soften the look.

I thought it still needed a little something so I added the white/dd ribbon and tied a knot. Stamped the sentiment on a die cut and dd stamped label and adhered to the card.

I'm happy with the card and how it turned out, which is not usually the case. I think my friend will like it too.
Hope you do also, thanks for looking.


Card stock, whisper white, daffodil delight,basic gray
Inks: Basic gray and daffodil delight
Stamps: PTI Through the Trees and SU Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ribbon: SU Daffodil Delight

Corner rounder punch, PTI Angled labels die & stamp
Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

4th of July Birthday Card - Colour Q Challenge #90

A friend of ours has a birthday on the 4th of July and last week I made this card with her in mind. Then I saw the Colour Q Challenge using the same colors.

My inspiration for this card came from Margaret Moody over at Pals Paper Arts although I used a calendar similar to hers the rest of the design has been changed.

The blue card stock was embossed using an all-over "star" embossing folder, then matted on red. The calendar I made on the computer added a Poppy Parade red star on the birth date and a happy little sentiment from a Hostess Picture This stamp set, colored the little birdie in Tempting Turquoise and the words in Poppy Parade.

The inside has a large star matted on a larger red star. Birthday sentiment from Sincere Salutations,

Sourdough Beer Bread for Father's Day

I was shopping in a quaint little store here in Michigan looking for some "old time" candy, which I found.
I also found these adorable beer bottles filled with Sourdough bread batter, all you have to do is add a can of beer (any kind, regular, lite whatever) and bake. How fun is that, so I had to "gussy" them up a bit with little "Father's Day" tags and sent one to my favorite son-in-law. The tag design is from Maile Belle's blog one of her creative ideas.

Here's a close-up of the label, I thought they were so cute.
H'mm probably have to have a nice cold glass of beer with a slice of bread, slathered in butter. Too bad I don't like beer!

Thought you might enjoy seeing something other than a card. Thanks for looking and leaving a comment, love to hear from you

Friday, June 17, 2011

Color Q Challenge # 89

Thought I'd give this challenge from Color Q a try. When I saw the colors it brought to mind SU's Paisley Petals paper...all of the colors are there already, how easy is that! I thought since the paper is so beautiful you don't have to add hardly anything at all, but of course I couldn't help myself I had to add a couple of items.

I trimmed the bottom of the DSP, cut out the largest flower, added some of the colors with the photo tag punch, stamped a sentiment in Basic gray on whisper white cs and I was done. How come it took me so long? I guess I just can't help fussin' over things!
Anyhow here's my card, hope you like it.

Supplies used
DSP: Paisley Petals (which includes all the challenge colors)
Card stock: Bravo Burgundy, whisper white, river rock
Ink: Basic Gray
Punch: Photo Corners
Sentiment: Three Little Words

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Create with Connie & Mary {CCMC 155}

Here's a sketch from Create with Connie & Mary that I thought I'd try out and the fact that I forgot a recent birthday allows me to use this sketch for a belated birthday card.

I pretty much followed the sketch using an older DSP - Haiku. I thought the colors in this set were so pretty and it included several borders of the larger 12 X 12 paper, which
I used on the bottom of my card in lieu of ribbon. I die cut a piece of Tangerine Tango card stock which I embossed (although it's rather difficult to see in the photo). Rather than cut the die piece in half I scored it and wrapped it around the edge of the card allowing some of the design to peek inside.

I cut a circle of whisper white cs, stamped it with a flower from Fabulous Florets using the rock and roll technique for the flower to incorporate both colors. I added a portion of the stem and matted it onto a larger circle of Old Olive cs, stamped my sentiment at the bottom, added two rhinestones and called it done!

All supplies are Stampin' Up

Card stock: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive & DSP-Haiku
Inks: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Stamp: Fabulous Florets
Sentiment: Humor in High Heels
Die: Top note and circle dies
Texturz Plates: Backgrounds 1
Two orange Rhinestones

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PAPER PLAYERS-Wild Melon Delight {PP51}

My card base is Wild Wasabi which I embossed using a Versamark pen to add embossing power to the dots using a newer EP Wild Wasabi.
The stamp is from Bliss again stamped in Versamark and embossed with another new powder, Melon Mambo. Bliss is stamped on whisper white CS and sponged with Daffodil Delight across the surface and a little heavier on the edges.
The butterfly is from an Embosslit, Beautiful Wings, on Daffodil Delight DSP. I cut two butterflies and glued them together so both sides have the same design and added 3 rhinestones.
The ribbon strip of DSP Melon Mambo is a die from Papertrey Inks.

Here is a peek at the inside of the card which I used the same die shape, stamped a butterfly in Wild Wasabi and the sentiment from Happy Greetings in Melon Mambo and that completes my card for the challenge.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Monday, June 13, 2011


My granddaughter's birthday falls in the month of December so a half-year birthday is always celebrated in the month of June.
I wonder how many others have half-year birthdays, I had never heard about it before my granddaughters.

Anyhow here is the happy little card I made for her, since she loves this little doggie (and so do I, wish I had a real-life one).

I started with whisper white card stock, stamped a little lawn of grass added a smaller scallop piece of whisper white stamped with the Friends Fur-ever set added some DSP balloons with stamped bows and tied it with SU's striped Old Olive ribbon (that I won from Ann Schach a while back, thanks Ann I really like this ribbon).

Here's a tiny peek at the inside of the card with a few more balloons.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011


Don't you love it when you discover another use for something other than what it was intended for? I do.
I have been admiring the line drawings on Nicole Heady's blog where she adds a square or rectangle line drawing to the front of a card . I did follow her directions and did a lot of measuring, but since math and fractions have never been my strong suit I improvised and found an alternate way of drawing the lines.

I used the photo corner punch as a guide.
You can see in this picture ever so faintly, the little tick marks where I have placed the larger photo corner on my card in each corner and lightly marked with a pencil in each direction. Then using your ruler draw a straight line from one mark to the other without a lot of measuring. Once I have connected the markings I just erase the pencil marks.

Here is the finished result. I used Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie inks on the Medallion stamp, I really like the way it turned out. Of course I had to add some sparkly .
Do you think it's too much?
You're right there's never too much bling!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

CCMC-SUM03 & CAS-ual Fridays#5

I found this sketch over at CAS-ual Fridays and thought I'd give it a try using the color theme from Create with Connie & Marys blog post using Stampin' Up colors of Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi (I love the color names, wonder who thinks of them, I'd like that job, wouldn't you).
Anyhow here's my card I'm not truly in love with it, but sometimes I'm my own worst critic (I bet you can relate to that as a stamper, right).

I pretty much followed the sketch design I think it's the colors I'm not in love with (although individually I like all three colors), what do you think (be kind)?It was supposed to be a CAS!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Graduation - CFC# 4

This is the Graduation card I made for the "Create any clean and simple Graduation Project" over at CAS-ual Fridays blog, check out the other samples from their design team, very inspiring!

My card was made using SU's Go Graduate stamp set, matted on black and red card stock with whisper white for the basic card. I also used a page from an old dictionary as a backdrop for the stamp that just happens to define the word Education, I thought it was kind of cute.

This is a very quick and easy card, hope you like it too.

Thanks for looking.