Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Apple-icious......

Let's start right off with my projects this morning and then I have some news to share!

I love pairing vivid and bright coordinating papers with stamps! I don't do it all the time, but when the chance permits and I just happened to find the right look, I will go for it.....doesn't the background paper just have the most adorable apples on the top row there? I just had to stamp my apples in the same colors too! Soo much fun!

And here is a second card I made with the cutest little pear stamp, I just love it, now I'm really getting hungry.....don't you just want to run out to a Farmer's Market and grab a whole slew of fresh fruits...yum!

I have another fun idea with my fruit stamps that I will share later on....in the meantime.....remember to stop by my blog and DON'T MISS OUT on my Wednesday post!!! Whoohoooooo.....I will have lots of fun info for you and an opportunity for entering a contest and winning some major prizes!


See you all and have a great day!


Materials Used:

Stamps: Tutti Fruity by Lizzie Anne Designs.
Papers: DCWV Sweet Stack. White cardstock.

Ribbons: Papertrey Ink.

Round corner punch.

Double sided adhesive foam.




Monday, June 29, 2009

It's going to be a 'fruitful' week!

Yesterday, I was munching on some very sweet fruits in order to have some relief from this heat wave that we are having here in Southern Calif. And it was sooo tasty and yummy that I just knew a summer time fruit theme was just around the corner! ;)

So I pulled out all of my wonderful fruity stamps and started playing.....I'm hoping I can stick to the theme all this week...we'll see how it goes! I really love this strawberry stamp and it's so indicative of the traditional summer time snack!

Paired it with lots of colorful and bright patterned colors....there is even a strawberry background paper that matched perfectly too.

And to top off the look, my all time favorite addiction to ribbons:

Enjoy your Monday!



Materials for card:


Stamps: Tutti Fruity by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Sweets and Treats Digital Paper by LAD. DCWV Sweet Stack.

Round corner punch.

Yellow satin ribbon.

Red gingham ribbon.

Labels One Nestabilities.




Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wish Upon a Star....AND a very Patriotic SALE!

Hello! Hope your Sunday is going well, I just finished up this fun star shaped card......am I in the mood for the 4th of July or what?

What were your favorite traditions during this holiday, especially when you were growing up?? I remember my father would always try and put me on top of the floats during every parade we had in the little town that we lived in! The yearly parade ran directly through our town and cut around just by the corner of our house. All I wanted was the yummy candies that were thrown from the floats onto the side of the street.

Lots of children with bags in hand ready to rush forward and grab whatever they could!!! It was like Halloween on the 4th of July! ;) While the kids and dad were outside enjoying the festivities, my mom was always busy inside the house getting treats and desserts prepared for guests....fun, fun!

To kick off the celebration, throughout this entire week, Lizzie Anne Designs will be having a SPECIAL 20% off sale on all patriotic themed stamps and BRAND NEW digital papers!!

Stop by the store and start stocking up now on these great products...start decorating for your holiday festivities now! In addition, to thank you for your support, Lizzie Anne Designs is offering FREE shipping in the U.S.A. and Canada on any order over $25! To get free shipping, please type in the following code in the coupon area during checkout:


SPARKLERS


This code will be good throughout the entire week!! Enjoy and hope all of you celebrating in the states have a great time making your own decorations and invites!!



Materials for card:

Papers: Stars and Stripes Digital Papers by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Clear buttons and twine.

Light aqua pearl gems.

Embossed white cardstock.

EK Success circle punch.

Marvy star punches.




Saturday, June 27, 2009

Love Birds

Hi! This week has really flown by in such a good way....it's been productive! I was able to make this card last night:

What do you think of when it comes to a black and white card? I always think of its classic beauty....it's timeless....ageless....and you know what....everyone (especially the ladies) looks good in black....what is the traditional 'myth' of black and white? Is it that it makes you slimmer when you wear the colors...it makes you feel more refined....regal...something like that?

I always imagine black and white for weddings too - lovely colors for a beautiful bride.......oh, and what about the symbol of some our favorite movie stars....how about classic Audrey Hepburn...remember that look on her?! Gorgeous!

I had not initially decided to make this a wedding card until I started just putting elements together...funny how you're really not sure how a card will turn out until you play with it for a bit.

Hope you enjoy and I'm taking off for the rest of the day to enjoy with family....have a great start to your weekend!
Materials:

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink and Making Memories Black Tie.

Martha Stewart border punch.

Making Memories Black Tie Trims.

Making Memories Vintage Findings Velevet flowers and Gem Pins.

Round corner punch.

HA black gems.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Playful

Hope you are all having a great day so far! Any neat plans for the weekend? Here is a fun and happy card I wanted to make for my Friday!




Hope you like it....not too much to chit chat about today. :)



Cheers!


Materials:

Papers: Shabby Princess' Serenity and Promise Collections.

Round corner punch.

Stamps: Hero Arts.



Thursday, June 25, 2009

Endless possibilities...

Oh goodness, I'm really late today with my post....today has been a busy, busy day....but I am glad I got to sit down for a moment to make 2 cards:

These cards were made using Lizzie Anne Designs' Sweets and Treats Digital Papers. I think a lot of times I tend to think that patterned papers are almost always used as background papers....when in actuality, patterned papers can really be used in so many ways, hence my title....endless possibilities.....in this case, I took 4 colors of digi papers and used them as the base card in itself and also as the focal point up front - the flowers and circular elements.

Here is card #2 - once again, using all digi papers to create the entire card:

And here is a close-up:

Play around with your stash of papers and see if you can make them the focal point of your project.



Have fun!


Materials:


Stamps: Garden Inspirations by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Sweets and Treats Digital Papers by Lizzie Anne Designs. White cardstock.

Pearl Gems.

Chocolate twine.

EK Success border punch.

Floral Diecut punch.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Complementary

Wanted to take a quick moment to play in the newest challenge over at HA:

This week's challenge is to use complementary colors....there are four sets of complementary colors for this week - black and white, blue and orange, purple and yellow, and red and green.

I wanted to dabble in purple and yellow.....whoohoooo....


I used a combination of very soft yellow, it is almost a pretty french vanilla color and two types of purple, a soft lavender and then a darker purple - eggplant...interesting how it turned out!

Hope you enjoy the card.....I am off to make some more cards...yay!


Materials:

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Patterned papers: K & Company. Martha Stewart.

Flowers and vines: Prima.

Round corner punch.

Adhesive foam.
Ink: Eggplant.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pocket Slide BBQ Invitation

Hi! I'm back again today with another quick post, here is a fun, interactive card I made:

Another idea that you can use for your July 4th festivities.....I intended initially to make a flat invite with no pocket tag....but then thought it would be fun to throw that into the mix too....it's always neat to give your recipients something they can work for.....and anything that they can put their hands on to push, or pull out to reveal the actual invitation just makes it more exciting!

For the stars at the bottom of the card, I used a small star punch and punched out the shapes before adhering.

On this closeup, I really like my string of ants going across, I normally don't like ants in real life but I will make an exception if they are stamps! lol.


Materials used:


Stamps: Chillin' and Grillin' by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Basic Primary colored paper.

EK success border punch.

Marvy Star punch.

Round corner punch.

Blue Gingham ribbon.

Hole punch.


It's time to play!

Wow...this sunny and beautiful weather here made me want to make this today:

Signs of sunny skies, colorful flowers, and the sounds of children off from school are the perfect reasons to get out and enjoy, hah?

Paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do with paper...sizing and cutting out different shapes and putting them together to make a larger ensemble is a fun way to make use of scraps and stamping!

I first cut 2 large circles for the front and back of the cards, I then cut a 3rd piece and drew my 'shapes' for the beach ball.

Each shape was then simply traced over my patterned papers. The completed pp was then glued onto the front of the card.



Assorted colors of gems were placed around the rim of the circle with the flip flops. I added a small looped piece of twine at the edge of my sentiment tag to finish off the look!

Have a great day - and hoping this makes you want to head for the beach today!! ;)


Materials:


Stamps: Sweets & Treats and Chillin' and Grillin' by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Patterned Papers: French Floral by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Gems by K & Company.

Twine.

Marvy punch.

Adhesive Foam.

1/16" hole punch.



Monday, June 22, 2009

Pinwheel Long Invitations

Lately, I've been having too much fun using the Stars and Stripes Digital Papers from Lizzie Anne Designs to create some fun party ideas for the upcoming 4th of July celebration here in the states....
There are a lot of different possibilities! A classic favorite of mine is making pinwheels - both fun objects for kids and adults to enjoy!

Along with pinwheels by themselves as a decoration, try attaching them DIRECTLY onto the invitation for a festive look! Using a long envelope so that I could adhere the entire length of the pinwheel, I adjusted it at a slight angle onto the card.

I adhered additional papers as the background, and stamped the words, 'celebrate' in a repeated fashion. I accessorized my card with buttons, twine, and pearl gems. Added some dimension for the buttons with adhesive foam.
Love it!

These are something that could be done very quickly - not time consuming at all - keep them small to mid-sized and you can whip out a ton of them fairly easy.


Have fun!


Materials:

Stamps: Everyday Sayings by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Cream cardstock and Stars and Stripes Digi Papers from Lizzie Anne Designs.

Buttons: Making Memories.

Pearl gems.

Natural Twine.

Craft Sticks.

EK Success punches.

Adhesive foam.





Sunday, June 21, 2009

Patriotic Picnic Favor Baskets

Goodmorning everyone! Let's start right off with my project for today.....my fellow Lizzie Anne Design Team Member Rose Ann Reynolds made this delightful 3-D project a while back! You may view her awesome looking project HERE! How cute is that!

I was so inspired by Rose Ann's 3-D use of the checker board table cloth stamp, that I wanted to give it a try with one of my 4th of July projects!

When I first saw this, I just knew that I had to do something with it:

I mean really....how great is that! Red, white, and blue m & m's!! I had to hide it from little Chris - he hasn't seen it yet, it would have been gone by now! ;)

And here is the project I made with the candies and the table cloth:



And if you are wondering how small each individual picnic basket is, here is a shot of it in the palm of my hand:

Another fun way of dressing up each individual basket and handing out during your 4th of July party, is to also have a huge grab bowl - in this photo, I placed all 3 colors of m & m's in a glass icecream dish, the decorative star ornaments are made from Lizzie Anne Designs' digital papers!

Enjoy and have a great day! I'll be back with more fun 4th of July ideas!!


Materials:


Stamps: Chillin' and Grillin' by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Digital Papers: Stars and Stripes by Lizzie Anne Designs.

A box of mini, recycled picnic baskets.

Red and Blue Gingham ribbons. American Flag striped ribbon.

Red, white, and blue M & M Candies.

Marvy small and medium star punches.

Ink: Chianti.

Wooden Craft Sticks.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

HA Blog Prize Winners!

Hello everyone! Before I announce the 3 winners, I just wanted to really say how much I enjoyed and appreciated everyone's comments!! Thank you for all your kind words and support...it really means a lot to me!!! I would have loved to answer each of you back with a personal email, but realistically, I may have a minor heart attack if I did that! ;) There were also some folks who emailed me with the same unique question, and I will get to that question FURTHER in the post!

There were a few duplicate entries, so after negating those, and using Random.Org.....the winners are as follows:


candicemyers said...

Congrats on your day at the HA blog. Loving your cards!

Candice
June 18, 2009 1:07 a.m.
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Anonymous said...

hello, I just disccovered your blog through Hero Art. I really like your work and those cards are really nice.

Michelle P
June 19, 2009 10:48 a.m.
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Dawn said...

Congrats Tiffany on your day on HA, love your cards. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

June 18, 2009 1:24 a.m.
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Thank you ladies! I will contact you or unless you get to me first with your complete names and addresses! Oh wait, before you take off......the question that a few gals emailed to me was this, "What does Chocolate Vesuvio look like, it sounds so incredibly yummy?!" LOL....ok, I couldn't resist but answer this question and how thoughtful of you to read a little bit about me on the HA BLOG!

I was out and about running errands on Friday and I picked up a slice, here is the photo:

No, it is not a cake....those are 2 brownies - one stacked on top of another....served with vanilla icecream! It is drizzled with sambuca sauce and caramel....

And just in case you can't really see the caramel and chocolate....hmmmm...how about a close-up:


Enjoy and thanks so much, once again!! Now go get yourself something SWEET this weekend!! ;)


I will be back later to share a card with you!




Friday, June 19, 2009

Gumballs...Candies....and Childhood Memories...

Sometimes, all it takes is a picture to inspire you:

And from this photo, I was inspired to play with this stamp:

Here is the entire card:

This is just one of the things that Chris just has to stop at whenever he sees these gumball and candy machines! And he knows....he knows that it only takes ONE quarter for a HANDFUL OF YUMMINESS! Oh yeah, my boy knows where mommy keeps those quarters too! :) I also like to join in on the fun and get my share! I love the sour balls the best! He loves the chocolate m & m's.....I'm surprised I didn't say chocolate myself since I'm addicted to it.....

Funny little thing about this project, it was initially a 4 hour project yesterday, that was supposed to be 3 dimensional! It didn't turn out the way I wanted it to....so I was disappointed and had to de-construct it, salvage what I could......and I was much happier when I turned it into a card!!!!

Such is life with crafting, hah? I try not to dwell on projects that don't work out, instead....move on and work on your next fun idea!!! ;)



Have a good one!


Materials:

Stamps: Sweet Treats by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Cream and Kraft cardstock. Sweet Treats digital papers by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Pearls embellishment: Making Memories.

Mega Nestabilities Curved Rectangle.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

Growth and nurture....

Here is the final gift that I presented to Chris' teacher yesterday, I finished it awhile ago, but had it sitting in the closet with no photo yet. Click on the photo to see the details:


The theme behind it is thanking her for 'helping' him grow as a student throughout the year.....each day brought so much more wonder and awe for him than you can ever imagine...and for me too! I really enjoyed making this and giving it to her....I love to encase the layout inside a simple 12 x 12 shadow box - which is perfect for gift giving, and it is sturdy too!

You can find shadow boxes at most arts and crafts store, even Target has some really nice ones!


Thanks for looking and whohooooo...it's the first official day of summer!


Materials:


Stamps, pearl gems, art flowers: Hero Arts.

Papers: Unknown (I really don't recall).

Marvy punches.

Twine.

Making Memories chipboard.

Scallop scissors.

Round corner punch.



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Day on the Hero Arts Blog.....A Giveaway....AND....

....some SURPRISES! ;) Hello everyone! Today is my day over on the Hero Arts Blog. I've had the wonderful opportunity of working with Hero Arts' very own Lisa Spangler for the past few weeks! I hope you enjoy our projects today!

As a thank you to so many out there who have supported my work and who visit my blog on a daily basis, I just wanted to give back to you with some fun stuff....let's start off with a chance to win some Hero Arts goodies:

THREE lucky winners will each receive 1/3 of an equal distribution from the above products. In addition to this....each of the 3 winners will randomly receive one of three brand new cards that I have recently made!

Card #1:

Card #2:

and Card #3:

I've tried to mix it up a little - making each one a little different in style......BUT WAIT, there's more........in addition to the cards, I also have one extra surprise that will be included in each winner's box of goodies! I can't reveal what it is yet since it's a surprise, right? ;)

To enter for your chance to win, please leave any comment here on this post by Midnight on Friday the 19th, and I will draw and announce 3 winners on Saturday morning! Good luck and have fun!!


Cheers!





Sunday, June 14, 2009

Graduation Girl!

Hi All! Today is graduation day for a very special girl in my family:

You may see her a lot in some of my layouts - she is graduating from college...extremely smart young lady and she is going places!! We're all so very proud of her!! Hooray! Above is the card I made for her this morning. I love that floral tapestry background stamp in yellow...

Here's a closeup of some ribbon and button treatment:

I am off soon to the grad dinner - have fun everyone and see you all soon!



Materials used:

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Gems and patterned paper: K & company.

Ribbon and butterfly punch: Martha Stewart.

Button by Making Memories.

Twine.

Round corner punch.

Inks: Black and Banana.

Cream Cardstock.

Stick Pin: Making Memories.

EK Success border punch.



Saturday, June 13, 2009

One of the most special times of the year.....

....is the end of the school semester, when I get to thank Chris' teachers and their aides, and just about everyone who is involved in his educational progress! It is always bittersweet for me on the last day of school....it's hard to say 'goodbye' to those who have taught him so much throughout the year...they take such good care of him too!

So I love to make something nice for them to show them how much the appreciation is there!

Here's a closeup, I made cards using papers to match each gift box color - tangerine, celery, and tidal wave blue.

I spent most of the day shopping, getting together items to make and decorate, and putting the final touches on the cards. It's been so much fun! I have a few more cards to make and then I just have to put a personal message in each.

Hope you enjoy and are having a good weekend so far!!


Materials:

Stamps and pearl gems: Hero Arts.

Papers and ribbons: Papertrey Ink.

Flowers: Prima.

Cream and white cardstock.

Round corner punch.

Double sided adhesive tape.



Friday, June 12, 2009

Lavender Vines....

Oh my, I've been using so much orange, red, blues, and yellows lately, that I decided today....I needed to change up my color scheme a little......so purple it was!

Haven't been able to use this leaf stem stamp too much so glad I got to incorporate it into this card! I hand cut the leaf after stamping it...a little tedious....but I like how it came out.

Rushing again to get out the door.....so this will be a quick post and I will be back later on. Enjoy the remainder of your Friday!!



Materials used:


Stamps, white flowers: Hero Arts.

Patterned Paper: DCWV.

Inks: Lavender, Cyan, and black.

K & Company gems.

Colorbok square buttons.

Natural Twine.
Labels One Nestabilities.

Cream Cardstock.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

What's in a name?

Who doesn't love a butterfly........I know it is especially significant for me:

It is a favorite image of mine because it is my given nickname since birth.....I can't get enough of any butterfly shape or stamp really, it is my all time favorite creature of nature! It's so beautiful and can be interpreted in so many ways on your projects.....

Here is a closeup of the stamping and the embellishments, the purple flower in the middle was sent to me by one of my fellow blogging buddies all the way from Indonesia, she's so sweet! She sent me a whole bag full of them in various colors along with a cute card too....beautiful:

Do you have a fun nickname that is significant and meaningful to you, perhaps it's an image on a stamp that you own too.....would love to know!



Cheers!


Materials used:


Stamps and die-cut shape: Hero Arts.

Gems: K & company.

Cardstock: cream, orange, white, and yellow.
Inks: Canary and Black.

Needle.

Lavender paper flower.

Round corner punch.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Cravings

Hi All! A small project to show you today, nothing mind boggling about this one....it's more for my personal amusement and fun!

I love using up scraps and leftover papers that I have....when it starts to pile up, it's time to use them....so much better than throwing them away! These are fun little watermelons and a cantaloupe slice - all made out of 6 colors of assorted notecards and 1 piece of Japanese Washi Hani Paper.

These can also work as tiny placecards at your next summer gathering!

I put some glitter and colored in the deeper oval section of the 'cantaloupe' to make it a little more realistic...lol!


Enjoy, another one of my silly little projects.....guess I'm in that mood today!


Thanks and we'll see you soon.


Materials:

Papers: HA colored and Kraft papers. HA Japanese Washi Paper.

Ranger Diamond Stickles.

Orange prisma pencil.



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Little Beach Girl

My sweet blogging friend Kiara Lee, sent me this adorable digi image:

Isn't she the sweetest thing! Thank you Kiara! I had so much fun playing with her!! I put the image in a beach scenery since she had on a bathing suit and is already with a towel and sunglasses to enjoy the 'warm' weather.....maybe a good crafting magazine is hidden inside the pail!!

Now wouldn't that be something! Sitting on the beach and reading a craft mag....that's my kind of fun! ;) Here is another pic, I colored the upper part of her arm a little darker than the rest of her skin to give her a suntan....lol...


Enjoy!

Materials used:

Stamps, pearls, flowers, and inks: Hero Arts.

Mega Nestabilities Curved Rectangle.

Papaya cardstock.

Cream Cardstock.

K & Company.

EK Success Circle punch.

Adhesive tape.

White cardstock.
Prismacolor pencils.