Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pillow Box Purse

I LOVE any type of gift box with little handles! So I took this pillow box and turned it into a 'purse' like box:

Pillow Box Purse

I gave her some fun polka dots and a bright orange color......I trimmed a half scalloped sheet of paper and adhered to the top front to make it look like the front flap of a purse.

I finished off my gift box with some flowers, gems, buttons, and butterflies....the bee and trail, tiny little flower, and the sentiment are all rub-ons from October Afternoon.

Hope you enjoy your Sunday!!


Rub-ons: October Afternoon - Cherry Hill.

Paper Source.

Prima Crystals.

White lace trim.

Making Memories Flower Patch.

Pillow Box.

Prima Orange Flower.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Glittery Butterflies...

I got to play with some butterflies today.....hey, that's me.....that's my nickname in Vietnamese....a butterfly!

So glad

In case you're interested, 'Buom' in Vietnamese means butterfly.....a name given to me when I started to learn to walk.....funny story...I did a layout about this story long ago, I'll have to dig out that LO again.

I used two Hero Arts sets: Antique Engravings and Huge Hugs!

It's Friday....hooray......have a good one and enjoy your weekend!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: DCWV - Garden Party.

Diamond Stickles - Christmas Red and Purple.

Prima pearls.

Round corner punch.

Stazon Jet Black Ink.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Say it in stripes!

Hi all! Made a happy card today...have you noticed, I've been using a lot of pp lately??? And getting back to some fun loving basics....it may also be due to the fact that I'm totally out of some Tim Holtz Blending tools...lol....which makes it a little hard to do any type of distressing/embossing...or anything too intricate.

Hello Stripes

But I have been having lots of fun using up the materials that I do have and it's been worthwhile really 'cleaning' out my closet!

Enjoy and have a beautiful day, just have fun!


Papers and rub-ons: October Afternoon. Reflections.

Making Memories Die cut scallop.

Prima Flower.

Hero Arts pink pearls.

Martha Stewart.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ooh, Baby Chicky

Having some more fun here today with a circle card:

Baby Chick

Enjoy!



Papers: Ducks in a Row/October Afternoon and Paper Source.

K & Company alpha chipboards.

Fancy Pants Designs.

Prima Flower and trim.

Jenni Bowlin Large Butterfly.

Making Memories small butterfly.

Making Memories floral button.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Little chickies...

This is a very simple card that I made purely for my own personal enjoyment, using October Afternoon's Cherry Hill Collection:

cherry hill enjoy

Aren't these little chickies cute? I love them...they make me happy and smile, don't they look in love....or they are just chit-chattin' away like crazy....if they are girls....lol.....these are rub-ons and are part of the 'Hens in the cupboard' set.

The papers I also used from another October Afternoon stack.

I hope you enjoy the card, and that you have some time on your hands to just simply make something that makes you smile!


Materials used:

Rub-ons: Cherry Hill by October Afternoon.

Papers: Martha Stewart, and Ducks in a Row/OA.

Making Memories button.

Bright orange ribbon.

Heart punch.

Double sided adhesive.

Round corner punch.

Upside Down...

Hi all, a fun card using Lizzie Anne's Singing in the Rain:

Upside Down Umbrella

I used 3 different stamps including the umbrella, the sentiment, and a small cluster of flowers.

So I've been using bigger photos now, hopefully this will help you in seeing some of the smaller sentiments. It will also delete the need for me to do close-up shots, which will help me save valuable time as well!

Hope these photos will help with the details! As always, thanks for looking!


Stamps: Singing in the Rain by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Ducks in a Row by October Afternoon.

Martha stewart loopy punch.

Round corner punch.

Jenni Bowlin felt butterflies.

Hero Arts small pink pearls.

Prima large blue crystal pearl.

White cardstock.

Making Memories hot pink floral.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birthday Quote

I have a few more cards to show you from LAD's Winter Release, this card uses only the sentiment from the new sixlets set called Card Quotations.

A song of birthdays

Not sure I like how the photo came out, couldn't get a good light, but I think the card looks so much better in real life....I wanted to make an elegant birthday card with this specific birthday quote.

Very simple layering of 3 papers including embossed cream, light baby blue, beige, and chocolate.

A floral chipboard was added at the top of one of the stems and a big organdy ribbons finishes off the look. Clean and simple.

Thanks for looking!



Stamps: Card Quotations by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Garden Party by DCWV.

Basic Grey Floral Chipboard.

White mesh organdy ribbon.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Taking flight....

...do you love birds....I love birdies....all kinds...cute and whimsical looking ones.....elegant ones....and especially this charming one by MM....who doesn't love Making Memories?

Flying birdie

Another card put together by, yet again, my scraps and leftovers, and papers that I've forgotten I had.

Oh, and I had these alpha chipboards in green too.....from a K & Company box.....I love those chipboards! I really need more! lol....

There is also an older stamp used from Hero Arts...the Heart Winged Butterfly!

I guess you could say everything used on here are older products.....so fun!

Enjoy your Saturday!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Me and My Big Ideas, Making Memories, SEI.

Prima flowers.

HA flowers.

K & Company.

Round corner punch.

Kraft cardstock.

Pink and white polka-dotted ribbon.

Clear flourish bling: Me and My Big Ideas.

Diamond Glitter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Say hello to Ms. Sunshine Chick...

So I was sitting there last night at my craft area and fiddling with my punches....and I felt the need to make a little critter...any critter.....then the idea came to me to make a little chickie for spring time:

Ms. Sunshine Chick

I'm calling her 'Sunshine' because she makes me happy and warm inside! This chick shape was made using a small oval punch and a medium circle punch for the head and body.....I hand cut the nose, the webbed feet, the little bit of hair and the wing.

A pearl gem was used for the single eye, and I put a tiny button on the wing to complete the look....wanted to keep it clean and simple....didn't want to dress up the birdie too much!

Hope you like her, she is my sweetie pie #3! LOL.....

Have a perfect day!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Me and My Big Ideas, Making Memories, and Paper Reflections.

Flower and buttons: Making Memories.

Scallop scissors.

Oval and circle punches.

Prima.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Unforgettable...

Just a really quick post here today.....my next 'shape' card. With this card, I took two (2) pieces of journaling notepaper and cemented them together to create one giant scallop circle:

Unforgettable...that's what you are

The flourishes are from PTI and so is the sentiment. I used a very light blue ink called Sea Breeze to match the patterned paper.

I did a little fun ribbon fold here:

Unforgettable...that's what you are2

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for peeking in!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink.

Papers and butterfly die-cut: Making Memories.

Pearls: Prima.

Ink: VersaMagic Chalk Ink.

Martha Stewart vellum and sheer white floral.

Light blue gingham ribbon.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Little tree bench...and some CHA info!

Hi all! Some of my readers have encouraged me to continue my week with shaped cards...hehe....I'm sooo easily influenced by my good friends! ;) So here we go with my 3rd card in the series.....

Can you guess which quadrant of the 12 x 12 die cut paper in which I trimmed?

Tree Bench

If you guessed the bottom, right hand corner, you are correct! That's what I LOVE so much about these papers.....they are the best shapes to use in making scrapbook layouts....and so why not turn a portion of it into a mini card as well?!

I used two different stamps from two different sets. The sentiment is from Card Quotations:

Tree Bench2

The darling tree and bench is from Singing in the Rain. I'm imagining my friends and I trying to squeeze ourselves onto that bench. ;) Fun!

Now on to some fun CHA news! Are you going to CHA this week in Anaheim, CA? If you are, join in on the fun and stop by the Lizzie Anne booth #504! There will be many of my teammates there (unfortunately, I will not be attending), and they will be doing FREE makes-and-takes all day long, both Friday and Saturday!! Whohooo....that's January 22nd and 23rd.

There will also be another makes-and-takes session over at the Splitcoaststampers booth...so please take advantage of that if you have some time! Say hello to the girls, you will love them, and meet the co-owners - Tricia and Meridith too!


Stamps: Singing in the Rain and Card Quotations by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Bazzill and Making Memories.

Felt flower: Making Memories.

Twine.

Assorted markers.

Double-sided adhesive squares.

Making Memories button.

Round corner punch.

Monday, January 18, 2010

I think I'm really in the mood....

....for different shaped cards today! I'm back, once again, with another fun shape (hey, maybe I will make that my theme this week, we'll see).

Love Ya!

I've been having a blast digging through my supplies and using mostly all scraps to make the last few cards that you have seen on my blog....this card above utilizes a Making Memories journaling note....from a Spring collection - I thought I'd turn it into a Valentine look.

I simply trimmed the journaling paper and pasted it onto a chocolate colored card base, trimmed the cardstock into the exact shape and then added my stamping and embellies.

Super fun using this scalloped square chipboard and a large asterisk chipboard:

Love Ya!2


Enjoy!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Making Memories, Bazzill, Paper Source, and Papertrey Ink.

Prima: ribbons and gem.

Heart punches.

Making Memories chipboards.

Flowers (unknown).

Get in shape!

Hi all! Wow....Orange County has finally gotten its initial drizzle of rain.....we have mentally prepared and awaited for it....it will last all week it seems.........but nothing better than rain to keep me partially inside the house to craft! ;)

Are you a shape person?? Lol....I mean, do you love different shapes for your cards sometimes? I like to mix it up from my usual square or circle cards, and this one is a shape you can take from a larger 12 x 12 sheet of die-cut paper:

Flower Garden

Simply clip off the portion that looks good to you or suits the design of your card and voila! Something fun for you to work with....today my colors concentrate on lavender, celery, and textured dots on white cardstock.

Flower Garden2

Will have to try a few more variations with this design....hope you like it!

Enjoy and hope your week starts off good!


Stamps: Singing in the Rain by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Bazzill.

Prima pearls.

Periwinkle ribbon.

Scallop punches.

Chartreuse ribbon.

Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Double sided adhesive squares.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

LAD DT Blog Hop

Hi all! Happy Sunday and today is Lizzie Anne's DT Blog Hop....the theme to our hop is to use any OLDER stamp set to showcase:

JanDTHop

My card here utilizes some stamps from a set called Party Animals! I just love this set because it's extremely versatile, there are a lot of images that you can use for birthdays, and since birthdays are all year round - who doesn't love a set that can have lots of functionality throughout the year?!

The birdie and the balloon are separate stamps and I chose to place the balloon on his back for fun!

JanDTHop2

I paired the design with some really bright fun colors and some polka dots too!

Because birthdays should always be colorful and full of life!

Go check out my fellow DT members and see what set they chose to work with! You may click on their names on my right navigation column!

Have a great day everyone!



Stamps: Party Animals by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Bazzill and Paper Source.

Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Folder.

Making Memories button.

Twine.

Double-sided adhesive.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Use that ribbon!

Goodmorning Saturday!! Let's see, what's the best part about Saturday mornings! Waking up a little late if you don't have anywhere pressing to go to...lol....watching the little one sleep, because he just looks so cute! And the smell of DH's cooking fresh eggs downstairs....usually because he's up before me on Saturdays....ah...the weekend!

I made a card last night for Hero Arts' Friendship Challenge that is going on:

Trio of flowers

Once again, using all scraps and leftover materials, I wanted to find a way to use ribbon a little differently! And not that these ideas haven't been done but, I made one of the ribbons a stem for the flower.....the other flower, I cut out a thin strip of 'ruler' paper.....and the green with white polka dotted ribbon I used as 'leaves'.

Here are lots and lots of buttons and flowers that were just screaming at me and saying, "Please use me!":

Trio of flowers2

I used the following Hero Arts stamps: Friend Definition and Sweet Wonderful You!

This card is also for Virginia's fun Beat the Winter Blah Challenge over at her bloggie! Hope it totally brightens everybody's day and makes you yearn for sunshine and warmth!!

Hugs!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

All papers, embellies, and ribbon by Making Memories.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lizzie Anne's Singing in the Rain!

Welcome to the 15th, hooray - and that means time for next month's February Monthly Mix called Singing in the Rain!

Here are my samples, this first card I used a sweet little chick image holding an umbrella, and I added a watering pot to go just above her head...

Hi friend rainshower

There are a few raindrops that are a part of the image that goes with the chick and the umbrella.....for the raindrops that is pouring from the spout, I hand drew those to match the stamp.

Hi friend rainshower2

This image is just soo delightful, plan to make more cards with the chick, would be great for Easter cards too!

My next card features 3 different stamps, a clock design - in which I stamped multiple times and layered with four pieces distressed and colored in yellow.

Circle of clocks

A pretty border stamp was used on the right top angle and bottom left angle of the card.

The sentiment hovers over about 1/4 of one of the clocks and the yellow piece is once again, raised and adhered:

Circle of clocks2

Something fun and a different style for me for this clock card!

Enjoy and go check out what my teammates have done with their fabulous samples: AJ, Deb, Jeanne, Jeni, Joslyn, Kendra, Maren, Meridith, Taylor, Tricia, and Wendy!

You may also visit the Lizzie Anne Blog for tons of fun inspiration!



Stamps: Singing in the Rain by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Martha Stewart, Recollections, Bazzill.

Prima pearls.

Making Memories buttons.

Banana satin ribbon.

Memories Ink Brown.

Stazon Jet Black Ink.

Assorted markers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mini Floral Basket

Using up scraps and leftover materials, I hand cut this little basket last night....

Happy Flower Basket

Just something fun for me, no biggie.....I love to cut out my own shapes and objects if I can.....I'm NOT an illustrator by any means, but simple, basic shapes like this basket - I usually go about drawing/doodling on a blank sheet of paper.

And when I get to a point where I kind of like it, then I will trace onto the actual cardstock and trim away!

Super fun to work with the tiny little things in life, it makes me happy! :))

Enjoy!


Materials:

Papers: Me and My Big Ideas, My Mind's Eye, and Making Memories.

Hero Arts Button.

Twine.

Bubblegum pink ribbon.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

No stamping? What was I thinking?

So I'm back today with another fun card......I was doing my usual blog hopping this morning and I wandered upon Sanne's blog, in which one of her posts she mentions using 'no' stamps on her project.....well, I loved her idea.....I have done this before and I challenged myself to do it again with my card below:

you are my sunshine

It's fun sometimes to just let our little stamps hibernate for a few......and find other materials in our crafting space that we could use....for instance, I was ASTONISHED, that I had so many Making Memories papers, die-cuts, chipboards, and embellies that were just sitting there! So I really wanted to use some of their yummy papers on this card.

I also have some wonderful friends who send me little pins and flowers like this:

you are my sunshine2

Aren't we thankful for the little, itty bitties? I sure am!

The fun I had in making this was just mixing and matching the papers, trimming out some images from die-cuts, and using some leftover tags:

you are my sunshine3


Thanks Sanne for the inspiration! I'll have to go digging some more and see what else I have that I've completely forgotten about! ;)

Cardstock/Papers: Making Memories Spring Fling, Making Memories Flower Patch. Paper Source.

Prima flower and pearls.

Floral stick pin.

K & Company.

Martha Stewart edge punch.

Round corner punch.

Good things come in 3's?

How about 3 flowers? I LOVE circle, scallop cards, but for this one, I decided to fold it in half....and now it makes a small note/enclosure card that you can attach to a gift:

Three little flowers

The center stem I made by simply hand drawing faux, stitched lines....easy and fun! Don't you just love that sentiment?

And my next card has 3 cute little umbrellas:

Three umbrellas

The sentiment that goes with this card:

Three umbrellas2


Have a great day everyone! Don't forget to come back on Friday as we are unveiling the new February Mix for Lizzie Anne, yay!!

Stamps: Card Quotations and Spring Rain by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Cardstock: Paper Source, Me and My Big Ideas.

Martha Stewart Edge Punch.

Prima.

Kraft.

Scallop punch.

Small blue buttons.

Turquoise ribbon.

Twine.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Swirly Tree....

I'm sooo ready for Spring time, are you??? Although it's not freezing cold here where I live...as some of my friends are experiencing below 0 temps in their areas......but I still yearn so much for the warmth of Spring and Summer! That's just the kind of girl I am!

Here is a new card featuring some stamps from Spring Rain and Card Quotations!

Swirly Trees

There's just something about pairing green with orange for the trees...or anything with orange really, I so was loving orange last year and now it is still a favorite going into the new year!

With the Card Quotations set, there are plenty of 'all occasion' sentiments that can be used, which makes the set so versatile, like this one:

Swirly Trees2

You can never have enough of a 'Thank You' sentiment to use, especially after the holidays!

Enjoy!


Stamps: Spring Rain and Card Quotations by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Cardstock: Kraft and Paper Source.

Making Memories.

Double-sided adhesive.

I wouldn't lie to you...

Here is a really simple and cute favor box that you can also create for a handful of children this Valentine's:

Lion Mini Treat Box

The sentiment says, "I'm not lion...you're the best!" If I know or think I will mass produce a design for Valentine's, then I make it somewhat simple. More time consuming projects are usually kept in mind for only teachers, aides, bus drivers, etc....because you won't likely have as many to make.

I also stamped a smaller heart candies stamp at the bottom corner of the box:

Lion Mini Treat Box2

The pink heart shaped paper and red paper is from LAD's A Little Love Digital Paper line.

Have a great Monday! I love Mondays! ;)

Stamps and Digital Papers: A Little Love - Lizzie Anne Designs.

Plain, pocketbook favor box.

Heart-shaped chocolate button.

Memories Ink Brown.

Twine.

Scallop punches.

Cardstock: Paper Source.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sixlets Valentines!

Today, for each of these projects I've used at least one stamp from LAD's new Sixlets set called A Little Love! I've also incorporated coordinating digital papers to match this set!

Each project highlights different ways you may display candies for your Valentine's holiday this season:

Garden Blossom Lollipops

I've dubbed this my Garden Blossoms Lollipop Basket....I used a piece of styrofoam at the bottom of the tiny basket to hold upright my array of lollipops and a wooden stick with the sentiment and image:

Garden Blossom Lollipops2

This rocket stamp is just sooo great for little boys:

Garden Blossom Lollipops3

Next up, is a really fun, and it may look complicated, but it's a really easy project involving some paper folding and use of a wooden dowel rod:

Heart Dowel Candy Stand

I will have to do a step by step tutorial one of these days on how this is done....I will save that for another post.

Here's a close-up of the paper folding and how it creates 4 small pockets to add some candy hearts:

Heart Dowel Candy Stand2

Here is another very simple stamp that is included in the set, perfect for the classic Valentine card exchange:

Heart Dowel Candy Stand3


And, my last project is using a Butterfly die-cut to insert a lollipop....a little different twist on the traditional kids valentine card with a sucker attached:

Lollipop Butterfly

Here's a close-up of the back side where the insertion is made using two simple hole punches:

Lollipop Butterfly3

And isn't this an adorable image for your girly Valentine! I just LOVE her:

Lollipop Butterfly2


Thanks for peeking by! Hope you've enjoyed, there is lots more fun on the way with more sixlets designs.....and, we will be releasing our February Monthly Mix soon! So stay tuned! I'll catch up with everyone soon!


Alls stamps and digital papers: A Little Love by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Other materials include: wooden dowel rod, assorted ribbons, glitter, heart styrofoam, white doily, stryofoam squares, assorted markers, weaved wooden basket, felt stuffed heart, lollipops, candy hearts, hole punch, butterfly die-cut.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's not all black and white...

I loved using these 3 colors together....black, white, and a hint of chartreuse.....or you might call it celery:

black white silhouette

I triple layered the butterfly for fun:

black white silhouette2

The three stamps I used include: Antique Engravings, Silhouette Meadow Flowers, and Valentine Sayings!

Enjoy!

Boy, we are all up so late this morning, lots to do but it was really nice sleeping in, some weekends, you just need to.....will be off to a birthday party soon! Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Prima Pearls.

HA Soft Leaf Shadow Ink.

Leaf vine ribbon.

Chartreuse satin ribbon.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Subtle...

I'm back again with a very warm and soft looking card:

Long Poppies

The look of this card using the Poppy Background stamp and making it larger than it really is, or should I say, longer, is inspired by Tami Hartley's card HERE. I used a slightly different technique than hers to create a much softer look and background....hers is much more vibrant....just love her style!

I also used the Friend Definition stamp and the sentiment is from the Valentine Sayings set!

Long Poppies2


Enjoy and I hope your week rounds out perfectly!!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Bazzill and Kraft.

Prima.

Martha Stewart border punch.

White lace trim.

HA Soft Sand Shadow Ink.

LAD Winter Release and introducing SIXLETS!

Hi all! So exciting! Today is LAD's Winter Release with 2 NEW Little Bits Sets called In the Kitchen and Vintage Valentine!

We are also introducing a brand NEW product called SIXLETS!! What are sixlets? Tricia, the co-owner of LAD, explains here in this quote:

"Sixlets are meant to be a step in between our Simply Singles stamps and our Little Bits stamp sets. Each Sixlets stamp set has (you guessed it) six stamps. Sixlets are also unique because they utilize the same packaging that we are currently using for our Monthly Mix stamp sets. We will be posting a PDF file of the cover design with each product that you are welcome to print out for FREE. The stamps come in a simple envelope, and if you would like to purchase a storage case you may do so for an extra $1.00. This saves money on packaging so that we may offer you these stamp sets at a great price... $11.99 per set (only $2 per stamp!)"

And the 4 new sixlet sets include: A Little Love, Spring Rain, Card Quotations, and Banner Birthday!

And lastly, boy - just when you thought it was over.....there is some fun matching digital papers called A Little Love for the sixlet Valentine's set.

All new release sets are on SALE today! Yay! Go to the Lizzie Anne Blog to see some super wonderful creations using all of these sets!!

I will have my samples for you in the coming days!!

Oh, and one more thing, are you attending the CHA Craft Supershow in Anaheim, CA this year?!! The event starts on January 22-23, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center! If you are - don't forget to stop by the Lizzie Anne Designs booth for some wonderful eye candy and and a chockful of fun makes and takes!!

Have fun!





Thursday, January 7, 2010

Playin' it up...

If you know me or even kinda know me, then you know that I love to do all types of things with my creations....sometimes I'm in the mood for something pretty and graceful....other times, I like cutie patootie, sometimes...I like dramatic.........sometimes........super simple and clean............and sometimes, like today...

I like playful - mixed in with some frivolity:

Won't you be my neighbor?

I have been using a lot of pink and reds lately for Valentine's projects, and so I wanted to take a tiny break from those colors today and let my mind run wild!

I used some new Hero Arts stamps: for the sky, instead of using my favorite clouds stamp, I decided to use the Reversed Flowers and Leaves Cling. The house is called Home with Flourish. I just can't get enough of all the new house stamps..they are soo much fun to play with!

The tree, was originally a flower from the 'Be Happy' set. I trimmed off the leaves and turned it into a towering tree overlooking the home...just fun!

Won't you be my neighbor2?

Enjoy and have a great day!!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Paper Source Cardstock, American Girl cardstock.