Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ocean Blue

Today, I decided to work with a monochromatic blue color scheme:

Ocean Breeze

I played with the new Butterfly Field stamp, love this one, stamped it with a delicate sea breeze ink and it came out pretty light and dainty looking.

I took patterned paper and stamped it with the Silhouette Grass stamp and colored in my larger butterfly with TH inks.

And what was I trying to do with all of my pearls? I was imagining that the Silhouette Grass was sitting in the ocean.....you know...like ocean seaweed.....and the deep blue pearls were little tricklets or bubbles of water ascending upwards...haha...........I daydream A LOT!!

Enjoy!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
S5316 - Silhouette Grass.
CG176 - Butterfly Field.
CH213 - Sea Mixed Accents.
CL129 - Anytime Messages.
CL383 - Antique Engravings.

Other:
White cardstock.
Teal ribbon.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Tumbled Glass Ink - Tim Holtz.
Colorbox Ink.
K & Company patterned paper.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tall birdhouse

Hi all, this card started out and was meant to be more of a collage, but then I totally changed it and made it much more straightforward:

tall birdhouse

And you know what is so neat about this tall birdhouse stamp? It is a perfect fit for stamping onto a CB'd Large Labels nestie!

I stamped, stacked and layered the main image....the background was stamped with the Flourish Background stamp onto patterned paper and distressed with chalk ink.

Thanks for peeking!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CG119 - Flourish Background.
AF181 - Poppy chalk ink.
K5366 - Tall Birdhouse.
CL047 - Clear Design Messages.

Other:
American Crafts patterned paper - Purple Damask.
K & Company patterned paper - Cut N Paste.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Large Labels.
Cuttlebug.
Versafine Onyx Black.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Quaint cottage

Hi all! How is everyone? Well today has been super busy, in-between spending time and going out with my family, taking care of personal issues and such....I still was able to sneak in some fun crafting time as well.

You know, I rarely, if ever, go out of my way to buy stamps from a company that I am not familiar with, but every once-in-a-while, I will catch a stamp out of the corner of my eye....and then I immediately fall in love and say, "Ooh, I like it!!"

And this is exactly what happened with these stamps below, they are from Great Impressions, have never used them before, but they have the cutest, nature, gardening, and just quaint little spring time images:

Little cottage and chair


I saw a sample in the LSS and thought I'd make my own rendition of it, using the cottage, the cute little chair you see there, and the sentiment.

Lots and lots of coloring on these images too, which I love, always great for me to practice my coloring!

cottage closeup


Hope you enjoy!

Supplies:
Great Impressions:
H196 - Cottage.
F443 - Chair.
C400 - Sentiment.

Hero Arts:
CH211 - Blush Mixed Accents.

Other:
Bo Bunny pp - A gift of love.
My Mind's Eye pp - Mary Mary "Happy Birthday" Celebration.
White cardstock.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 10.
Versamagic Sea Breeze Ink.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.
Assorted Markers.
Pop dots adhesive.
Prima flowers.
Cuttlebug.

Silhouette Ivy Sunset

Thought I'd play with a one layer card today, this Silhouette Ivy stamp is going to be a new favorite of mine, love this stamp!

Silhouette Ivy

I stamped the Ivy with some TH inks - looks like a little watercolor effect, a soft and fuzzy type of warmth in the colors, I thought...

To make the orange glow of the sun, I simply took a circle punch and punch out on any piece of paper. Take the negative space and place on the area on your card that you want to shade in.

I took Wild Honey Ink and gently blended in the color until it completed the face of the circle....just be very gentle so you don't have any additional smears outside of the circle....I made a few mistakes and finally, after a 3rd attempt, liked this one.

The sentiment is from the set called Fancy Friendship!

Enjoy!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
K5313 - Silhouette Ivy.
PS610 - Snow layering papers.
CL295 - Fancy Friendship.

Other:
Tim Holtz Inks: Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rose Background

Hey everyone! Have you seen all the new and yummy Spring 2010 Artists Proofs stamps from Hero Arts? They are all delightful...don't you think? I was able to play with one of the stamps from the catalog called Rose Background:

Pink Rose Background

I was feeling a little cotton candy pink...so decided to do it all in this color with a speck of green for the leaves.

The pink polka-dotted paper is from Bo Bunny, love it! Hope you have a good weekend! We're hoping to do a little bike riding and some park time...the first it's been since winter set in. I'm so happy Spring is making its way here!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CG179 - Rose Background.
PS609 - Eggshell Layering papers.
PS610 - Snow Layering papers.
CL295 - Fancy Friendship.
CH212 - Foliage Mixed Accents.

Other:
Bo Bunny patterned paper - A gift of love.
Making Memories stick pins.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - large oval scallops.
Pink ribbon.
Assorted Markers.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.

Silhouette Rainbow

Decided to play with lots of color today for this card:

Silhouette Rainbow

It's a pretty straightforward card....stamped the DesignBlock Silhouette with some favorite TH inks.

I had another stamped image that was exactly the same but had a few mistakes on it, so I used the leftovers to punch out two butterflies.

Added my sentiment and gems, and slanted the white base a little before adding it to the deeper purple cardstock.

The ribbon is so yummy in real life, oh my gosh, it's this deep, rich green, very velvety looking, I love!


Enjoy!

Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CH216 - Sunshine Mixed Accents.
PS610 - Snow layering papers.
S5033 - DesignBlock Silhouette.
CL295 - Fancy Friends.
CH214 - Earth Mixed Accents.
PS592 - Aubergine Layering papers.

Other:
Martha Stewart punch.
Green ribbon.
Tim Holtz Inks: Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Tumbled Glass.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Farewell and Thank You to Lizzie Anne!

Hi all! I pulled out some Lizzie Anne floral stamps today to play with. This card features stamps and a sentiment from Floral Frenzy and Far East:

Farewell and Thank You!

There is a special reason for this thank you card, for I remember it was in May of last year when Tricia , one of the co-owners of LAD, asked me to join the design team! I can't believe the time has flown by so quickly! I've thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

At this time, however, I have decided to step down from the design team at the end of the month...in order to attend to family and to pursue other goals.

Tricia and Meridith are truly two of the most genuine and gracious people you'll ever work with! They are fabulously talented and experts in their field of graphic design...almost all the images you've seen me work with are illustrated by them. Isn't that amazing?

Now before I leave this post today, I also wanted to let you know that LAD will be having a brand new Spring Release TOMORROW!! EIGHT New Sixlets Sets will be introduced...so be sure to check it out over at the BLOG on Friday, the 23rd!!

Enjoy!


Supplies for card:
Far East and Floral Frenzy by Lizzie Anne Designs.
Bazzill Basics.
Colorbox.
Pale Mango ribbon.
Martha Stewart Pansy punch.
White cardstock.
Light yellow crystal gems.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In the Garden...

I finally took out my In the Garden stamp and played with it this morning....

In the Garden

I wasn't sure what color to use with it, although, I know I would have went with a yummy pink/red had it been a card for Valentine's! But I went with Tumbled Grass Ink and Shabby Shutters from TH!

I blended these two inks together first for my background on white cs, then stamped with the Cut Out Flower stamp.....I then embossed in white embossing powder for the finished look.

Hope you enjoy! Looks like we're having rain for the next couple of days here! Hope it is warm where you are!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
PS559 - Celadon folded notecards.
K5148 - Cut out Flower.
K5353 - In the Garden.
PS602 - Grass Layering papers.
CL342 - Everyday Sayings.

Other:
Martha Stewart White embossing powder.
Versamark ink.
Tim Holtz Inks.
White cardstock.
Stazon Jet black ink.
Prima.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Barnyard Home

Goodmorning all! I had super fun working on this project last night.....thought I'd enter it into the Home and Mother's Day Challenge going on right now over at Hero Arts:

Barnyard Home

The 'home' theme can represent many things, and I thought it would be fun to make a 'home' for little animals! I used a lot of HA stamps, some HA Hues Layering papers and inks, and mixed it all in with some patterned papers to make this barn shaped card.

The bicycle actually symbolizes something of my childhood.....didn't you always used to lay your bike against a fence or a tree or any object you could find, instead of standing it upright like you should on its spike?? I guess that's just what I did all the time! :) Or I'd lay it down on the ground as well!

I also turned the Hydrangea flower stamp into a tree. Enjoy and hope your week is getting off to a good start!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
AF180 - Punch chalk.
PS596 - Punch Layering paper.
F5293 - Bicycle.
CL186 - Home.
CL177 - Hello Birdie.
K5376 - Hydrangea.

Other:
White and cream cardstock.
October Afternoon patterned papers.
Marth Stewart fence punch.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 4.
Cuttlebug.
Pop dots.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Star Lilies

I've noticed this flower stamp for a while now, kept seeing it at M's for the longest time.....and told myself, "Oh, it's pretty, would like it one day to ink up!" Then I kept saying this over and over everytime I saw it...lol....I finally obtained it one day and decided to play last night:

Star Lilies

At first, I already had in my head that I was going to cut it out and adhere onto my cs....so I proceeded to trim.....I almost gave up because this flower was incredibly hard to trim....the stems are soooo small, I almost cried laughing! But I decided to just stick with it and finish the trimming......I think the next time I stamp this, I will not trim it, just for the sake of not going cross-eyed. ;)

I would love to try coloring this with different colors too! I also used some pretty patterned papers from K & Company to make a collage. I love the soft and delicate patterns on these papers!

Have a wonderful Monday!!


Supplies:
Stampendous:
P115 - Star Lilies

Other:
Cuttlebug.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 4.
Mocca Latte ribbon.
K & Company - Cut 'n' Paste collection.
White cardstock.
Pop dots.
Assorted Markers.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chocolatey Orange...

Hi all! Back today with a tiny little card for you.....

Partial dogwood

I decided to go with a favorite color combo of mine, chocolate and orange, I absolutely love these two colors together....and can you believe everything on this card is Hero Arts? Love it! I used the Dogwood stamp and after stamping and coloring it in, I decided to cut out only a part of the entire stamp.....just thought it would look better on this nestie die.

Enjoy!

Spring Break is fast coming to a close...I can't believe it, it has really gone by quickly, and I am learning a lot about my darling Chris this week....he talks......A LOT! lol....love it though.....there was a time where I thought he would not talk....but now he wants everything he sees and states it so well....I'm most proud of him at this time in his life....he's accomplished so much!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
S5362 - Dogwood.
PS608 - Latte Layering papers.
PS599 - Poppy Layering papers.
PS598 - Mandarin Layering papers.
CL272 - All occasion.
CH214 - Earth Mixed Accents.

Other:
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Petite scalloped circles LG and Standard Circles LG. Labels One.
Cuttlebug.

LAD DT Challenge....it's not what you think it is...

Hi all!! Today is Lizzie Anne's Design Team Challenge! Our challenge is to view and use our stamps in a different manner than it was originally intended for.....don't you just love the idea??

For instance, take one of our DT gals, Wendy Price.....who, ingeniously, turned the top portion of a tulip bulb into a bottom half of a cracked egg shell. Click on her name to see her card from a while back, you'll see what I mean.....isn't that amazing? I tell you, can't wait to see what she made for today's card!

I'm sure all the girls had tons of fun with this challenge! I decided to use some stamps from this very fun, Hawaiian themed set called Garden Isle!


I took the surfboard image from this set and turned it into a large flower for my card:

Aloha Big Flower

My color scheme is banana and sky blue......my 'surfboard' images are distressed with Tim Holtz Inks. I also stamped the hibiscus flower image twice onto both cardstocks. I added some bling, my sentiment, and a paper flower and rose brad to decorate the center of my big floral.

Hope you enjoy! And don't forget to head on over to the Lizzie Anne Blog to check out what my teammates have come up with on this challenge!


Supplies:
Stamps - Garden Isle - by Lizzie Anne Designs.
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Big Scalloped Ovals Large and Curved Rectangles.
Cuttlebug.
Doodlebug Inks.
Tim Holtz Inks.
Recollections clear gems.
Prima pink flower.
Making Memories Brad.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Romantic Blues....

I think this is seriously one of the quickest cards I've ever made.....15 min....I'm going to put this one in my 20 min. or less stack! I must still be on a blue kick, since my last card was a darker blue, now this one is a softer, more delicate shade.....and tomorrow's card, which was made a while ago....is also bluish! LOL...love it!

Romantic Blue

I used mostly all Papertrey Ink products on this card except for the flowers.

Pls. join me tomorrow for Lizzie Anne's monthly DT Challenge! It's a fun theme for this month! Enjoy and see you then!


Supplies:
Stamps and papers: Papertrey Ink.
Baby blue ribbon.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
White cardstock.
Big scalloped ovals large.
Cuttlebug.
Martha Stewart Pansy Punch.
Prima flowers.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Manganese Blue....

.....that's the color name of the marker I used to color in this poppy stamp....just had to play with it again, and since I LOVED the color of this marker, I decided to mix in additional colors of black, green, and a hint of white with the ribbon:

Manganese Blue Poppy

Hope you enjoy! Sorry I have not been around too much to visit blogland and such, I hope to catch up soon! Have been enjoying my son's Spring Break and just hanging out with him and doing some fun things....a nice little break from the computer.

Take care all!

Supplies:
Hero Arts:
H5350 - Long Stem Flowers.
PS610 - Snow Layering Papers.
PS605 - Cerulean layering papers.
CL342 - Everyday Sayings.

Other:
Black cardstock.
Recollections gems.
October Afternoon patterned papers - Night Light.
Martha Stewart Edge punch.
White ribbon.
Assorted markers.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Red and orange poppy

Hi all! Happy Sunday! I had made two very different cards using this new Long Stem Flowers stamp but I didn't like how the 2nd one turned out so I will only show you this one:

Long Stem Flowers

For the background, I took a white sheet of cardstock and distressed with Spice Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Mustard Seed. I stamped on top of this with the Old Letter Writing stamp - also inked up in 3 different colors, so you kind of see a fading of color as you scroll from left to right.

I also distressed one of the nestie dies in a similar manner. I adhered all the layers onto a deep purple cardstock as the base, added my bow and it's finished!

I didn't put any sentiment on it, will add one later when I need it for an occasion.


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
H5350 - Long Stem Flowers.
S4878 - Old Letter Writing.
PS592 - Aubergine Layering paper.

Other:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 13 and Standard Circles Large.
Tim Holtz Inks.
White cardstock.
Large 2" Crimson satin ribbon.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.
Cuttlebug.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's all about purple!!

So when I saw my friend Sue had posted on her blog a very delicious color scheme for the Play Date Cafe Challenge, I just knew I had to play for fun, here is the color scheme:

Aren't these colors lovely, I admire this bouquet of flowers so much!! Yummy! And here is my take on the challenge:

Love Always Mom

I used the Hydrangea stamp from Hero Arts, again! I just can't seem to put that stamp away, it keeps following me! In variation to the other Hydrangea cards I've made, I decided to color this hydrangea one with four different colors, a dark eggplant, a lavender, cream and a very blush pink.

To make the background paper, I used white cardstock and distressed it with Milled Lavender distress ink and embossed the Flourish Background stamp with white EP. I stamped the hydrangea again before I did the embossing.

This card is also for the Hero Arts April Challenge of Home and Mother's Day. If you haven't joined the challenge yet, why not? Give it a try, really lots of fun!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CL272 - All occasion.
CL180 - Happy Greetings.
CH210 - Floral Mixed Accents.
PS592 - Aubergine Layering paper.
PS610 - Snow layering paper.
PS549 - Iris folded notecards.
AF179 - Iris Chalk Ink.
K5376 - Hydrangea.
CG119 - Flourish Background.

Other:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom Die.
Tim Holtz inks.
Cream cardstock.
Adhesive Foam.
Stazon Black Ink.
Cuttlebug.
Large, 2" purple ribbon.
White embossing powder.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Here chickie....chickie....

Today is all about fun and whimsy and lots of spring time colors, I wanted to use this new Flower Chick stamp that I just got, she is cute!

Flower chickie

I LOVED coloring her in and made some simple layering with some embossed papers and some new nesties too!

It makes me smile today and hope it puts a smile on your face too!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
H5291 - Flower Chick.
CL342 - Everyday Sayings.
CH214 - Earth Mixed Accents.

Other:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 10 & Classic Ovals Large.
Cuttlebug.
Yellow Gingham Ribbon.
Misc. embossed papers.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.
Prima flowers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cut out flower

Hi all! I have longed for this flower stamp for some time now...and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to obtain it and use on this card:

Cut out flower for mom

I used a lot of distress inks on this and I guess you could say this is my shabby/distress/vintage version of a Mother's Day card.

My main color scheme was blue, brown, and green, with the slightest touch of pink by adhering the flowers to complete the look.

Hope you enjoy!!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
K5148 - Cut out flower.
PS608 - Latte Layering papers.
AF184 - Latte chalk ink.
S4878 - Old Letter Writing.
CL180 - Happy Greetings.

Other:
Recollections rhinestones.
Tim Holtz Inks.
Adhesive foam.
Prima pink florals.
Paper Source oval scallop.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bunny with Egg...

Oh, how sweet it was to receive this little guy in the mail today, I was so delighted - I just had to ink him up:

Sweetie of a bunny

He's just too cute and so much fun to color him in and the Easter egg too! This stamp is called Bunny with Egg! I also used the Decorated Egg stamp to make a border strip right across the card.

He'll definitely be ready to go next Spring and Easter!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
PS599 - Poppy layering papers.
AF181 - Poppy chalk ink.
CG139 - Cling Dots.
CL161 - Fill Your Heart.
PS598 - Mandarin Layering papers.
PS610 - Snow layering papers.
H5380 - Bunny with Egg.
D5384 - Decorated Egg.

Others:
Spellbinders Nestabilities #3.
Miscellaneous embossed orange paper.
Cuttlebug.
Prima lavender flower.
Pink and white polka ribbon.

Lavender and Rootbeer?

Purple and browns are not normally colors I would put together.....but as I was looking thru my stash of ribbons this morning, I found this satiny rootbeer ribbon....yes, that's the name of it....don't you just love names for ribbons...yummy.....so I paired it with my mostly lavender color scheme on this card:

Sending Love

It looks a little dark here, but the whole look of the card actually came out pretty good IRL....pretty much all stamps and papers are from Hero Arts!

Hope your Monday has started out well!!

Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CG152 - Two Birds.
S4878 - Old Letter Writing.
D5196 - On Mother's Day.
PS593 - Iris Layering papers.
AF179 - Iris chalk ink.
PS592 - Aubergine layering papers.
CH210 - Floral Mixed Accents.

Other:
Mega Nestabilities - Curved rectangle.
Rootbeer ribbon.
Cuttlebug.
Adhesive foam.
White cardstock.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Have a Happy Bunny Easter!

Well, I just couldn't let this day go by without making a simple bunny card....right now, we're all just hanging at home, everyone in pajamas, watching movies, and crafting.....

Bunny Eggs

Chris got really excited to use some of my markers....I normally don't ever let him touch my markers but today, I let him play with them and he loved it, guess they were cooler than 'his' Crayola markers...lol....

Enjoy and hope you're having a sweet day!


Supplies:
Hero Arts:
PS594 - Lilac layering papers.
PS556 - Daffodil folded notecards.
S5178 - Flower Tapestry.
AF179 - Iris Chalk.
CL305 - Sending Happiness.
AF182 - Grass Chalk Ink.
CL377 - Be Happy.
Flower gems.

Others:
Spellbinders Nestabilities 9.
Cuttlebug.
Banana Satin Ribbon.
Markers.
Adhesive foam.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Creamy Green......

...or honeydew?? I have a blogging friend who once told me that she sometimes has 'creamy' green hydrangeas at her place and that they turn into a dusty pink as the green fades.....mmmm....that intrigued me so, that I just had to make this....

Creamy Green

Whether or not I did her creamy green any justice...I will have to ask her..........but in the world of crafting, can't your flowers be literally any color you dream of? ;)

I hope you enjoy and let color completely take over your senses as you make your next card or project!

Supplies:

Hero Arts:
K5376 - Hydrangea.
CG119 - Flourish Background.
AF182 - Grass Chalk Ink.
PS602 - Grass Layering Papers.
PS559 - Celadon Folded Notecards.
CL371 - Essential Messages.
CH215 - Neutrals Mixed Accents.
CH212 - Foliage Mixed Accents.

Other:
Spellbinders Nestabilities 4 & 8.
Cuttlebug.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.
White Cardstock.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The road to a friends house is never long....

Hi all! This card here features some fun stamps I used from a few different sets...the wonderful bee buzzing tree (which is just too cute) is from this set called Lucky You:

April POTM2

The single bee and buzzing trail which you see right above the bicycle is also from the same set.....it is part of the honey pot stamp, and I just masked off the pot and used the bee only.

The bicycle and sentiment is from the set called It's Good to be Queen, and the little sun peeking out from the card at the top is from an older set called Welcome Home!

April POTM3

Enjoy the card and I hope you are enjoying your Easter holiday weekend....it has been busy around here in our part of the woods! Take care!


Supplies:
Stamps: It's Good to be Queen, Lucky You, and Welcome Home - Lizzie Anne Designs.
White cardstock.
Patterned paper: October Afternoon.
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink.
Blue and Yellow Gingham Ribbon.
Assorted Markers.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.
Double sided Adhesive tape.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Single

It's the 1st of the month and Lizzie Anne has been busy working on two singles for the month of April....I'm going to show you one of them entitled "Happy Mother's Day":

Happy Mother's Day

A perfect sentiment for mom and can be used in so many different ways on your card, I love the little loopy leaves and the tiny flowers and do you see that tiny bird sitting in the middle of the word "MOTHER'S?" Too cute.

I used varying flowers stamps from the set called Garden Inspirations to stamp all around the bottom and right hand side of the card....I wanted to only partially show some of the flowers and let them fall off the edge of the paper.

The butterfly trail actually is a stamp from this set called Cute as a Bug! I stamped a bit of the end trail onto the nestie as well to have it hover over the remaining trail and then added a punched out butterfly using some embossed papers.


Enjoy!



Stamps: Happy Mother's Day, Cute as a Bug, and Garden Inspirations - Lizzie Anne Designs.
White cardstock.
Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
Green pearls.
Assorted markers.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.