Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkins for Sale!

It's been a busy afternoon, a little shopping for Chris.....and then back home to decorate his trick or treat bag for tonight.....I kept it very simple this year and he was so into the stamping with me....we literally stamped an entire bag filled with Halloween stamps, it was fun!

And then I quickly made a card as well after we were done with his project. Here's a card I finished up to celebrate this festive holiday:


Pumpkin Sale

Don't you just love the way the pumpkins are all stacked together so neatly at the pumpkin patches that you visit? It's really a work of art! It inspired me and I just wanted to mimic that scene and I balanced my pumpkins in a pyramid by doing some masking!

Pumpkin Sale2

Thanks so much for peeking in.....drop by tomorrow, and we will unveil a NEW digital paper pack and two NEW Singles Stamps for Lizzie Anne Designs! Yay!

Stamps used: Happy Harvest by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers, buttons, and ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Prima.

EK Success


Friday, October 30, 2009

Stamping on white!

Hi all! Happy Halloween...almost!!! Today, I'm going to go in a different direction and instead of making a Halloween card....it's sooo cold outside that I thought I'd brighten and warm my day with a fun, colorful card:

Pink Blooms


I don't stamp directly on white cardstock as much as I would like to! Many may think this is either too simple of a technique or too boring....but you would be amazed at what you can make depending on the color you used and how you work the design....I usually like to keep my elements extremely simple and carefree.....

Pink Blooms2


I think the emphasis is still keeping an open white surface but making the image your focal point and that's it, it shouldn't be cluttered in my opinion.

This card below (which I made a long time ago) also is another example of stamping on crisp white:

childhood dreams


Enjoy!

Today is a Halloween carnival and parade at my son's school.....I'll be joining him in a few hours for the fun! Hope you all have a great Halloween celebration! Stay safe!



New Card:

Stamps: myStampBOX.

Pearls: Prima.

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Making Memories.


Old Card:

Making Memories Papers.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Roses

It's a chilly and crisp day in Calif. but sunny and that little bit of sun helps! Here are my cards for today.....I still love playing with enhanced backgrounds a la Jennifer McGuire's tutorials from a few weeks ago!

Roses are Red

The handmade flowers were sent to me by a friend all the way in Asia! I used the Antique Brocade stamp from Hero Arts to create the green and pink backgrounds....just very simple cards...wanted a lot of vibrant colors today!

Here are some closeups:

Roses are Red Gr Bckg


And here is the closeup of the pink background:

Roses are Red Pink Bckg



Enjoy!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Handemade roses.

Pearls by Prima.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mocha Latte

Just playin' today...needed a quick, yet soft and elegant card......I used the exact same flower stamp from yesterday's post but I really wanted to give this one a very light touch:

Sending warm wishes mocha


So using the exact same stamp but a totally different look....here's a close-up:

Sending warm wishes mocha2

Sorry so short today...I'm late and have to run!


Hero Arts stamps.

Prima pearls.

Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

K & company papers.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Caramel Chocolate....

When I was making this card, I had in mind a Reese's pieces candy and/or a Caramel Flan...oh boy, I really have this thing with food and crafting.....I think that is where I get my color inspirations from the most!

Caramel Chocolate

I embossed the flower with white embossing powder and used distress inks.....I pulled out two older Hero Arts stamps that I have....it's fun remembering what stamps you have in your stash and using them again.....it's refreshing to use some of my older stuff.

Caramel Chocolate2

Enjoy and hope the rest of your evening is wonderful!

Stamps:
Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, and Tea Dye.

White Embossing Powder.

Embossing Ink.

Prima Fancy Pearls.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Frosted Candy Christmas...

...lol...I think of the most silly names for my photos....but the colors here reminds me of an abundance of candy and sugar!

Frosted Candy Christmas

Today has been remarkably quiet and productive...I love it....I really love it when I really get things done throughout the day and can even get in extra crafting time.....it always seems to happen only on Mondays though, more so than any other day of the week. Isn't that strange?

Anyway, here is another card I made for the 'simple' holiday challenge going on over at Hero Arts.

Frosted Candy Christmas2

Although the coloring looks like a lot, it actually wasn't, the trees are very small on this stamp so easy peasy to whip the green marker through all of them......I did masking with the trees and snowmen and then added some quick pearls to accent......20 minutes tops.

Having too much fun with simplicity!


Stamps: CL110 - Hero Arts.

Pearls: Prima.

Simple Holiday Birdie...

Hey all! Hope your weekend was good!! Are you set for Halloween yet? ;)

Let's get started with this weeks card....Tami Hartley heads off the week at Hero Arts with the fun theme of Simple Holiday Stamping! Now who couldn't use some really simple to go with our busy days and lives?! Especially now that the holidays are coming even closer as I peek on my calendar!!

Tiny Holiday Birdie

For the above card, I kept it simple by utilizing images that don't require a lot of coloring.....that's important, you don't want to spend too much time coloring in.....a few embellies, bits and pieces of cardstock, and a cheerful sentiment tops off the card perfectly!

Here is a tiny tip that I used from Lisa Spangler, way back then when she made a birdie card from the 'Be Yourself' set. If I can find it, I'll refer to it, but she mentions how you can perfectly align an image if you want to stamp it on two sheets of cardstock.

So for the birds legs below, I simply stamped the entire bird image on the white, then stamped only a portion of the birds feet on the blue cs. Align the two images and you have a clean finish. Great tips from Lisa!!

Tiny Holiday Birdie2


Have a great day everyone!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Pearl gems: Prima.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Guest Rockstar Designer!

Hi all! FUN announcement to make today! Lizzie Anne Designs is on a quest for a Guest 'Rockstar' Designer! Simply make a card based on any of Lizzie Anne's current or past SKETCHES - email your challenge creation to info@lizzieannedesigns.com - and/or link to a post on your blog, or upload it to Lizzie Anne Land!

The deadline for this challenge is October 31, 2009! If your project is chosen, you will receive an entire stamp set of your choice! We'll send you the set for you to make samples and your samples will be featured on the company blog and on Lizzie Anne Land!

Guest designing is so much fun, why not give it a try? ;)

Good luck everyone and don't hesitate to email me with any questions!


Wishing you a happy day!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Snowglobe Duo!

Ok, so there are two GUYS in my life that I super love...my DS and DH! Hmmmm....but you know, when it comes to these two guys below, they are getting to be really high on my list of LOVES:

Snowglobe Duo

I just adore this polar bear and snowman together and I've used them before on a previous card but I just HAD to ink them up again!!! I love them so much! They are a part of this set called Way Up North!

From Lizzie Anne's new Fall Release, you won't be able to resist these cute stamps....this is really a favorite set of mine now for the holidays! I can really picture making some very simple ones using this image and mass producing it too.

Snowglobe Duo2

Enjoy and don't forget to check out the Fall Release stamps if you haven't had a chance yet. You may view the new sets HERE!


Stamps: Way Up North - Lizzie Anne Designs.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Summer's Blush...

I know....it's Fall in most places, but the person whom I made this card for....well....I wanted it to be really bright and cheerful!

Triple Florals

She is a lover of bubblegum pink on most of her creations and she knows how to mix and match wonderfully exotic colors together.....so this card will go to her....she lives soooo far away too....but I am always inspired by her work.

Triple Florals2

The stamps I used include the following Hero Arts stamps: Antique Brocade, Three flowers, and To be So Nice!


Enjoy!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Diamond Stickles - Bubble Gum.

Papertrey Ink Ribbon and Paper.

Hero Arts light pink heart gems.

Round corner punch.

Pixie Dust Ink.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A cherry on top....

Hi all.....just something fun and silly I made......I'm working on some x-mas projects that I can't show you yet so in the meantime, I take breaks in-between to relax...and make things like this:

lace and ribbon cupcake


There is even a more difficult and intricate tutorial on making an all fabric/paper cupcake, so I have yet to try that one! Definitely have to give that a go though!

I have friends who are just sooo thoughtful and send me bunches of goodies including the ribbon and lace that you see above! These came from Ivy and Karen! I have been enjoying using all of their ribbons and trims....so sweet of them!

The top crocheted flower comes from the wonderful Miss Tracey, a Hero Hostess Alumni that I shared a hostessing spot with over at Hero Arts....I have yet to use up all of her wonderful handmade flowers too!

Thanks for peeking in and hope you all have a fabulous day! NOW, go and get yourself some REAL cupcakes to enjoy! ;)


Materials used:

Making Memories paper.

White and beige lace trim.

Dark pink lace trim.

White crochet flower.

White buttons.

Styrofoam.

Netted fabric.

Pink fringed trim.

Red Christmas Diamond Stickles from Ranger.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Childhood Memories....

Did you ever have one of these dolls when you were a little girl? Either life size or smaller, the dolls that looked so real with that hint of glaze in their eyes....it was magical......

Porcelain Doll


I begged and begged my parents to buy me one when I was young...I wanted the real life size doll, she was BIGGER AND TALLER than me....in fact, she toppled over me once when I wasn't careful. ;) But boy do I remember the days, the fascination with the curly, thick hair, the porcelain like face and details that went into the design. The clothing....the stockings......the shoes! It was a little girl's dream!

For this card, I really wanted a soft, very soft background and make it have a little bit of an old/vintage charm:

Porcelain Doll2


The background is lightly embossed with the sentiment from the Christmas Magic collection from Lizzie Anne Designs. It's hard to see the sentiment from the angle that I have the card, but this was the best angle for the photo at least!

Enjoy!



Stamps: Christmas Magic - Lizzie Anne Designs.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Enhanced backgrounds...

Hey all, I've been playing with some messy stuff today......lots of embossing powder and distress inks...fun though......have you checked out Jennifer McGuire's Stamp Camp Week in which she shows you neat techniques for ENHANCING your background stamping....I finally got around to playing:

Season of Giving


Hope you enjoy! The weekend was busy and I didn't have a chance to get inky. :( I always feel bad when I don't have time to get my hands dirty with yummy ink! Oh well!

It's a new week and hopefully I'll be back in full gear with crafting!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Making Memories flowers and leaves.

Aqua blue gems.

Eggplant ribbon.

Embossing powder.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Just Because...

A butterfly card for my Friday......

Just Because

This card utilizes the following Hero Arts stamps - Butterflies and Flower Wallpaper . I also used my Everyday Sayings set for the sentiment!

I stamped the Flower Wallpaper in yellow and red. Added some black pearls, and made my own butterfly trails for fun!

Just Because2


Hope you enjoy and I've got to run now! Hope your weekend starts off well!


Stamps and pearls: Hero Arts.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Belated Birthday Wishes

I made this card for a very special little boy who already turned 5 years old, he's very much into robots and action figures....boys just love that stuff - don't they?

gizmo and gears birthday card


So in deciding on the theme of my card, I chose Lizzie Anne's wonderful 'boy themed' Digital papers entitled Gizmos and Gears! Super cute, isn't it? This pack includes 9 different selections of patterned and solid colored papers!! I even found some fun robot gift wrapping paper too! ;)

I hope he will like his card and his gift!

You want to hear the sad part about this birthday occasion? My Chris was planning on attending the party, but he was terribly sick that weekend....well, before he got sick I kept asking him this simple question, "Do you want to go to a birthday party?" Over and over, I asked him that out of sheer fun!

So after his illness and he was all better, you know what he did?? He ran up to me and said with these big brown eyes wide open, "Mommy, where's the birthday party??" Awww.....I almost broke out in tears....I had to tell him that he was too sick to go and that he would be going to many more birthday parties in the future....poor thing.....til this day, he still will ask me the same question! :) Kids are too darn cute!


Enjoy! And on a side note here........I also wanted to give a BIG shout out to my blogging/Hero Arts buddy Lysa Q. and her fabulous sister Maylee for showing me how to make my photos a lot bigger in blogger!!! Ugh, I've been wanting to make my photos bigger for awhile now and was always wondering why photos on blogger were always too small.................thanks Lysa for the tips!! Much appreciated! Love it!

Take care and hope you have a great day!



Stamps: Sketched Sentiments and Gizmos and Gears Digital papers by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Monthly Mix - Christmas Wishes

By now, if you've been following my blog, you know that the 15th of every month is preview time for Lizzie Anne's Monthly Mix!! And here is the reveal for the November Monthly Mix entitled, 'Christmas Wishes'!


Don't you just love that snow man image? And the nutcracker man is adorable as well!!! The topiary with the tiny bird on top is amazing.....I could go on, but I will let you gaze and drool at all the fun images! Go to the Lizzie Anne BLOG to see some great samples from the above set! In addition - there is an extra incentive for all Monthly Mix Club Members!!! If you are a member, you will now begin to receive an ongoing 20% discount on all LAD stamps and products! How cool is that??? Just another way of saying THANK YOU for being a dedicated member!

Sooo many perks to being a MIX MEMBER, so what are you waiting for? You may sign up HERE to become a member now!


Thanks and I'll be back soon with a project!




Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Autumn Sunflowers?

Is it possible to combine autumn and summer? Hmmmm.....I started off this card with a wintery theme in mind....using some warm blue tones and then I decided to add yellow:

And the yellow that I found were some bright and cheerful sunflowers that made me happy, so this card instantly turned into a mixed autumn/summery theme....lol! I liked how it turned out though.....the clings I used from Hero Arts were Floating Flowers and Floral Plate.


Enjoy!


Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

Flowers: Prima.

Ribbon and cardstock: Papertrey Ink.

Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.

Round corner punch.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Holiday Accessories

Hey all! It's a new day.....a new week....I'm ready....got a lot of rest last night and I peeked at my calendar for the week, very busy, some appts. to go to and a teacher's meeting...so in between all of that....I'll get in some crafting time too.....have you heard about the new challenge over at Hero Arts??

Sally heads it up this week and it's all about Holiday Accessories! How fun! I LOVE accessories...bling, ribbons, sequins, glitter....you name it....I try not to overdo my cards with embellies but often times I do! Here is a fun little snowman you can make for your holidays.....it is easy.

You will need to start off with a 'ribbed' tube sock - you'll see why it's important that you get a RIBBED one instead of a sock with no rib at the top - it's just more fun!

You may use any combination of these products to 'stuff' the sock and form the body of your snowman: styrofoam balls, dried coffee or jelly beans, buttons, marbles, etc.

Take your item, and in my case, I used a styrofoam ball, keep in mind that depending on how tall you want your snowman or how 'chubby' you want him, will depend on how much of the above accessories you will need. The first styrofoam ball will be slipped into the sock and place it all the way at the bottom......squeeze and form the sock tightly around the ball....you don't want to see any 'air' pockets.

Take a piece of small twine and tie a knot tightly right above the styrofoam. Stuff your next styrofoam ball on top of the bottom layer.

Once again - tighten as you go along and tie another notch at the top of the sock, snip off the remaining area of the sock.

Now you are ready to decorate the body of the snowman with any embellishment you want!
The funnest idea that I got was to give him his own winter hat........this is where the ribbed portion of the sock comes in! The part of the sock that you snipped off should still have the ribbed area remaining....take that piece and pull it over the top of the snowman's head....and voila....instant winter cap! Tie another notch and snip at the top again.....use your hand to puff out the remaining sock layers to form your makeshift pom pom at the very top.

Here is a sequin I used from an older Hero Arts set I have:

Have fun with it!


Enjoy! Hope the tutorial wasn't too confusing!



Materials used:

Stryofoam balls.

Ribbed white sock.

Stamps, sequin, and pearl gems: Hero Arts.

Bubblegum pink ribbon.

White lace trim.

Chocolate buttons.

Twine.




Sunday, October 11, 2009

Three Hellos....

I'm so bad at taking my own advice sometimes...how about you? I told myself I'd let my hands rest a bit, but I just couldn't, could I? My clings were just sitting there staring at me and I knew I had to pick them up and stamp.....I am sooo in trouble! ;)

Here's some more play time for me:


The clings I used are called Friend Definition and Three Flowers. The sentiment comes from this set called Everyday Sayings, and I just love this set, so versatile, it is one of my most used sets for just about any occasion when I need a few phrases.


Enjoy!


Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

EK Success border punch.

Green and Clear Diamond Glaze.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Round corner punch.

Buttons: Papertrey Ink.



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mini holiday globe cards

Some mini gift cards I made today.....

All of these cards contain stamps from the following Hero Arts sets: Holiday Dolls, Branch Background, Floral Garden, Holiday Cheer, and Poinsettia Circle:

Here is the last one:

Not too much to write about today. Hope you enjoy the cards.


Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

Paper: Provo Craft.






Friday, October 9, 2009

Sweet Simplicity

Hey all....how are you? A card I made last night.....very simple...

The four Hero Arts stamps that I used (you can see in this one complete photo below), include the following: Special Moments , Floating Flowers, Three Flowers (3 images), and Butterflies (3 images)!


So much fun, there's so many more stamps I want to play with but I need to rest a day or two.....ok, maybe just a day......my right hand wrist has been giving me some pain since 2 days ago, who knows, my body may be telling me to rest a tad.


Enjoy the card and may your Friday be 'sweet simplicity'!!



Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Hero Arts green gem.

Diamond Glaze.



Thursday, October 8, 2009

Paper Piecing....

Hey all...I'm back again today with another post on Paper Piecing stamped images! Have you ever played with this technique before? If not, then you'll want to head on over to the Hero Arts blog where Tami Hartley is heading up this weeks challenge! Whohooo!

Here are two cards I made using paper piecing, such fun:

The flowers, butterfly, and all the little leaves are paper pieced with patterned paper....I must still be in the mood for summertime! Kind of wanted this to look fresh and colorful! I used one of the new cling stamps called Flower Box!

The butterfly stamp below can be purchased HERE:

And my 2nd card - I made a little fireplace........the little stockings can be found HERE:


Enjoy!

I'll be back later with some more fun projects!



Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Papertrey Ink.

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

White lace trim.

Green and x-mas red diamond stickles.

MS edge punch.

Small oval punch.

Making Memories bling.


Fall Release - Sneak Peek Day 2

Hi all, I'm back with Lizzie Anne's Fall Release, it's our 2nd day to show you the remaining two sets for the season.....check out Christmas Magic and Deck the Halls!

And here are my cards featuring both of these sets!

I love this Santa image, it's so classy and fun to color in! Charming....I thought I would pair him with a traditional classic of red and white colors.

Check out his beard. ;)

Next up, this is a really fun project for all of you who like to give out gift cards during the holidays...very simple to make and it offers a great solution for storing the gift card along with the festive card itself, this is supposed to look like a chimney:

This will fit into a standard 5" x 7" envelope. I really loved working with this image of the candy canes and stringed stockings.

With my next card, I thought I would go with a baby theme....for some reason, cute and fuzzy teddy bears make me think of very young children! I paired the teddy bear with an image of a bow tie with warm yellow, orange, and brown tones.

And my last card features some fun ornaments in which, once again....I love to envision my entire holiday in pinks, lavenders, baby blues, and celery green!


Enjoy and don't forget, all four sets that you've seen these past two days will go on sale on FRIDAY in the Lizzie Anne Design Store!


Stamps: Deck the Halls and Christmas Magic by Lizzie Anne Designs.