Monday, November 29, 2010

Some News....and a card share....

Hi all,

Before I start, would you pls. say a few prayers for me as we had a family emergency over this Thanksgiving weekend. My husband is ill and has been at the ER/Critical Care Unit at our local hospital since Saturday.

I just got back from visiting him this morning, we hope to have him home soon, I just don't know when at this time. I will keep you updated as much as I can in the days to come.

In the meantime, to keep my calmness and stay focused during this stressful time, I made this card while waiting to get updates from the hospital......

It is with a cute stamp by Jane, it's called Party the Penguin:

UR Cool

I love fun-shaped cards and I shaded the background of the globe with Tumbled Glass and the bottom portion of the globe with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. Added a few fun embellies, colored in the penguins, and finished.

Supplies:
Jane's Doodles - Party the Penguin.
Tim Holtz Inks.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Cuttlebug.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Memento Black Ink.
Prima Pearls.
Cosmo Cricket button.
Diamond Glaze.
Copic Markers.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Diecut label and flourish from sweet friends Marilyn and Leni.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Madelynn

I made a non-holiday card today, isn't this girl a sweetie, she is from the Twinkle Tots collection from TGF:

Madelynn

Love her long, flowing scarf and the big flower atop her hat!! Just happy I got in some fun crafting time today!

Supplies:
The Greeting Farm - Madelynn.
C.C. Designs/Amy R. - sentiment.
October Afternoon.
KI Memories.
Doodlebug Designs.
Martha Stewart Leaf punch.
Papertrey Ink solid cardstock.
Pink ribbon.
Prima Flowers.
Copic markers.
Neenah Solar White Cs.
Memento Ink.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Valentine Cookie

This adorable photo was part of a contest from CARDS Magazine, in which we could use the photo in any way we choose, and submit our Scrap book entry for a chance to win the front cover of February's Scrapbook Trends.

It was a fun challenge and I'm sure there were TONS of wonderful entries! No win for me so thought I'd share what I came up with, used a bunch of My Mind's Eye products along with a Lizzie Anne stamp from the So Much Love set:

Valentine Cookie

The 'cookie' that the baby is holding really reminded me of the big heart stamp in this LAD set! Isn't it cute?

I can't wait to see who the lucky person was who won! Hope you are enjoying the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating!


Supplies:
Lizzie Anne Designs - So Much Love.
My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy - Tickled Pink - Glad, Engaging pp's.
My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy - Tickled Pink Chipboards.
Prima.
Satin ribbon.
Tim Holtz - Fired Brick Ink.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Vintage Valentine....

Here are all of my projects for the upcoming Lizzie Anne Valentine class in January. Date and Time to be determined...this will be an all day class as I have incorporated time intensive projects. It will be super fun! First up is a card using the Vintage Valentine set:

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Using the same set, we will be making an embellishment/keepsake box:

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We will fill the inside of the box with lots of favorite crafting goodies:

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And the final project is a scrap book layout following a sketch:

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There will be a name drawing for a special prize for the scrap book layout portion.

Enjoy!

Supplies:
Lizzie Anne Designs stamps - Damask, Vintage Valentine, Fanciful Flourishes.

Other: Making Memories, Prima, Webster's Pages, EK Success, Tim Holtz, SEI, Memento Inks.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Double the reindeer fun!

Today has been all about crafting! This morning, my son and I made some Thanksgiving paper decorations and we decorated the house...lol....a pumpkin pie, a festive turkey, and two pilgrims and a loopy banner comprised most of our morning and afternoon. I made the drawings and he did all the coloring. So fun!

Then I managed to sneak in a little tag for myself later this evening:

The joy of sharing

I used both the Fancy Reindeer and Winking Reindeer from Hero Arts, thought it would be fun for one reindeer to have a little friend standing together on the snowtop hill.

I also gave the Winking Reindeer the same scarf that the Fancy Reindeer has on. I trimmed the top loop of the scarf to fit the skinnier neck of the Winking Reindeer.

That's all! Hope you are enjoying the weekend, we have 7 more days on holiday here!

Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CL464 - Sending Holiday Cheer.
CH136 - Pearls.
H5457 - Winking Reindeer.
G5439 - Fancey Reindeer.
CH211 - Magical Background.
AF183 - Cerulean Chalk Ink.

Other:
Websters Pages pp and little whimsies.
Copic Markers.
Neenah Solar White Cs.
Glossy Accents.
Diamond Stickles.
Memento Black and light blue inks.
Papertrey Ink cardstock and ribbon.
Hole punch.

The simple things

Had time to play last night with this cute set called Simple Things:

Big home

What's funny about this card is that I used papers from Webster's Pages and Doodlebug Designs together...these two companies I feel, make very different types of papers, but I think it was neat to see how both types of pp worked into one composition.

Love this house, it's adorable and so fun to color!
I wish I lived in a cotton candy pink house.....lol.

Supplies:
Hero Arts:
CL445 - Simple Things.
CH136 - Small accent pearls.

Other:
Papertrey Ink cardstock.
Webster's Pages pp.
Doodlebug Designs pp.
Copic Markers.
Neenah Solar White cs.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Beanie Anya x 2

I played with my new Beanie Anya stamp and placed her into two different card themes, this first one is cheery and playful:

Girly you rock

I tried to match the coloring of Anya with my pp. So fun! A lot of mix of colors here.

My next card, I decided since this is "Beanie" Anya, that she was dressed up to be in a little winter scene:

Anya Joy Tag

This tag has so many elements of all my favorite things, from pp to stamps, to embellies, love it!

Are you a beanie person or what type of hat do you like to wear? I don't wear hats of any kind, they kind of look funny on me! I just like to look at other people wear hats! ;)

Supplies:

Card:
The Greeting Farm - Beanie Anya.
Making Memories - Paper Reverie - Sienne Baubles.
October Afternoon Patterned Paper.
PTI Cardstock.
Copic Markers.
EK Success punch.
Neenah Solar White cs.
Memento Black Ink.
Webster's Pages - Little Whimsies - Purple.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Misc. Papers.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
PTI stamps - Signature Greetings.

Tag:
The Greeting Farm - Beanie Anya.
Webster's pages - Little Whimsies - blue.
PTI - Sweet Blush ribbon.
Diamond Stickles.
Hero Arts - CH136 - Pearls.
Hero Arts - CH223 - White Christmas Felt.
Hero Arts - CL357 - Holiday Dolls.
Hero Arts - CL464 - Sending Holiday Cheer.
Misc. Papers.
Round corner punch.
EK Success Punch.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Copic Markers.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Neenah Solar White Cs.
Memento Angel Pink Ink.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BG & MM

I'm working with some fun new papers from Basic Grey and this lovely collection from Making Memories called Paper Reverie:

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I am really digging these beautiful die-cut butterflies from the Paper Reverie - Sienne Collection. The glass bauble is also from the same collection. This was a quick card, took less than 15 min. - just glued the papers together, stamped the hydrangea, added the butterflies and sticker, and rounded my corners. Really love how quickly it came together and love the boldness of the red.

Here is another card with the Metallique Butterflies also from Making Memories, I just had to play with more of them:

You make me smile

Added some random stamping from a PTI flower set, used some more favorite patterned papers, some of these pp's on this 2nd card I'm not sure what they are....some of my papers have been getting jumbled up and have no labels, so I don't have a clue as to what it is unless I really know the product by heart and by sight!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies:

Card #1:
Basic Grey - Curio Collection.
Hero Arts - Hydrangea - K5376.
Hero Arts Punch Chalk Ink.
Making Memories - Paper Reverie - Sienne butterflies, bauble, and sticker.
Glossy Accents.
Round corner punch.
PTI cardstock.

Card #2:
Webster's Pages - Little Whimsies.
PTI - Signature Greeting stamps. In Bloom stamps.
PTI cardstock.
Making Memories - Paper Reverie - Metallique.
Hero Arts Cerulean Chalk Ink.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
EK Success.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A preview as to what's coming in January!

Hi all! I'm super excited today, I have started making preparations for a Lizzie Anne Valentine class for the month of January, yay! Here are some sneaks at a project that I've finished. Class attendees will use a variety of LAD stamps as background stamping on this:

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The flourish accents used here are from this set called Fanciful Flourishes!

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And this photo below shows the use of this versatile set called Damask:

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The remainder of my projects for the class including this one will be on display at Stamp Fever in the coming weeks!

Enjoy!

Supplies used:
Lizzie Anne Designs - Damask and Fanciful Flourishes.
Paper Reverie - Brun Antique Butterflies and patterned paper.
Paper Reverie - Sienne Baubles and Stickers.
EK Success.
Prima.
Webster's Pages Gold Kiss Sparklers.
SEI.
Making Memories Buttons.
Tim Holtz Inks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tag!

I've been making a few tags and instead of showing you all of them, I'll just show you one:

Mimi and tree

Pretty straightforward, and simple - just keeping the focus on sweet Mimi and her little tree! Which makes me soooo excited for the holidays now....can't wait to get our tree!

How about you? Are you ready for the holidays? Dying to go shopping? Over here, trees (artificial ones) are already selling in stores....real ones may have to wait another week or so.

Supplies:
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Cuttlebug.
Penny Black - 30-061 - Mimi's Christmas.
Paper Source scalloped papers.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Memento Black Ink.
Copic Markers.
Papertrey cardstock.

A Shabby Mimi?

I had a little time yesterday to make this tiny little card:

Mimi Angel2

It measures only 4" x 4" and I made it a bit shabby, I can't help but roughen up the edges on all of my cards lately, don't know why, I am just dabbling in different and fun things...perhaps soon I will be back to a cleaner look on my edges. This stamp is one of many in a set called Mimi's Christmas from Penny Black!

Can't wait to stamp up the other images, think I'll make mini cards for them too, they are such small images!

Have fun!

Supplies:
Penny Black - 30-061 - Mimi's Christmas.
Webster's Pages.
Making Memories Pitter Patter Collection.
Maya Road Heart shaped trinket pin.
Papertrey Ink cardstock.
Copic Markers.
Prima Pearls.

Friday, November 12, 2010

For the love of patterned paper

I love taking my 12 x 12's, trimming them up, and seeing what pieces I can use to coordinate with my stamps, I absolutely LOVE this one sheet here called Party Lights Garden Gala:

Party lights

I loved the tree branch and the paper lanterns hanging from it, that I knew I just had to pair it with another cute bird cage stamp that I haven't used yet.

I also mixed and matched stamp sets and used the tiny leaf stamp from this set called Picnic with Little Red. Love mixing up stamps, too fun!

Another super busy day with holidays and furlough days this week. Chris only has 1 more week of school and then he's off again for one full week! I'm excited to get a Christmas tree up this year and have him help me decorate!

Supplies:
Websters Pages - patterned papers, sparkle scalloped button, ribbon trim.
My Cute Stamps - Elegant Birds and Picnic with Little Red.
EK Success Scallop Punch.
Papertrey Ink cardstock.
Copic Markers.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

6

I've always received very fun feedback about how I incorporate flowers onto my layouts:

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And especially since I have a boy, and not a girl, it makes for some interesting designs. I rarely ever use stars, browns or neutral colors, monsters, robots or other boyish themed stamps and papers on my LO's. If I do, it's been very few! I'm such a lover of flowers and flourishes that I tend to view it as how I see my son.

His innocence, his playfulness, his subjectivity to beauty at times when he comes up to me, and says, "Mommy, that flower is beeeuutiful!" I also look at his youth...he is young and so non-complex, unlike you and I as an adult. I think it's ok to use fun florals and such for now....and I try to limit them in certain ways..

Now when he grows up to be in his teens....then I might change how my layouts are designed, but for now....this momma loves her flowers! :) Here's a close-up of the Fabulous Flourish stamp - I loved stamping this in just pure black ink:

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Enjoy!

Supplies:
Papers: Webster's Pages: Lullaby Lane and LL Vellum, Wonderfall, and Life's Portrait Die-cut.
Webster's Pages Felt Leaves.
Hero Arts - S5449 - Fabulous Flourish.
Hero Arts - CL260 - Curly Alphabet.
Maya Road - Vintage Black Pearls Trinket Pins.
Black Copic Marker.
Versafine Onyx Black ink.
EK Success.
Prima flower.
Sentiment computer generated on vellum paper.

Holiday Spirit....

You know when you have an obsession with a certain product, it's kind of like.......you LOVE it for maybe a week or two - perhaps it lasts up to a month or more....then the interest fades...just a tad, don't get me wrong, the 'LOVE' is still there, but maybe you just don't use it as much?? Well, my 'current' obsession is Webster's Pages...stuff like THIS:

sending holiday cheer

Or perhaps THIS, and isn't THIS pretty! Yup, I would have to say this is IT right now! And then as the fascination fades slightly in the distant - I will move on to my next obsession!!! And who knows what that will be?

sending holiday cheer2

I'm also loving these products by Making Memories right now too - called Paper Reverie - so yum!

I hope you go out now and find that obsession, or maybe it's already there! :)

Supplies:
Webster's Pages PP: Wonderfall, Lullaby Lane, and Hollywood Vogue.
Webster's Pages Sparklers buttons.
Webster's Pages Berry Bouquet.
Hero Arts - CL464 - Sending Holiday Cheer.
Hero Arts - S5449 - Fabulous Flourish.
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch.
EK Success corner punch.
Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel Paper.
Red ribbon.
Hole punch.
Adhesive tape.
Bo Bunny Cranberry Rose Trim.
Colorbox White Ink.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Prima gems.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's all Peachy....

Hi all! A card today using mostly peach colors, green, and a subtle pinch of blue grey:

Celebrate your day

I love making a stem to create a tall flower............to make the hand-drawn stem, I took a Fiskars paper tearer - because it has a curvy edged side...lined it up on my paper and took a black marker and just simply traced the curve.

A dandy tool that I use for lots of things except for what it's supposed to do...lol....I rarely tear paper on it, go figure!

I applied an excessive amount of diamond glaze onto the flower bud and the leaves...love that stuff!

Enjoy your Monday!

Supplies:
Papertrey Ink - Signature Greetings and Year of Flowers - Roses.
Papertrey Ink cardstock.
Websters Pages.
Copic Markers.
Memento Black Ink.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Prima Pearls.
Fiskars paper tearer.
Black Marker.
Diamond Glaze.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Playful

I couldn't help myself, just had to play with this sweet girl stamp again, this time I changed the color of her dress and colored it in Haitian Blue. I used a teacup and teapot image:

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I took a tiny little flower stamp that is in the same SET, and stamped it onto the teapot and cup to give it a more fun look!

Enjoy!

Supplies:
My Cute Stamps -Tea Party.
Papertrey ink papers and ribbon.
My Little Shoebox patterned papers.
Round corner punch.
Copic Markers.
Spellbinders nestabilities.
Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Double sided adhesive foam.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn Daffodils

Thought I'd play with a variation of colors for daffodils:

You are a peach

Enjoy, and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Supplies:
Papertrey Ink - Signature Greetings, Turning a New Leaf, and Year of Flowers: Daffodils.
Papertrey Ink ribbon and cardstock.
Copic Markers.
Memento Cottage Ivy Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Prima pearls.
Round corner punch.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A girlie birthday

Just a couple of cards today, the first one is a sweet, all girlie one:

Tea Party

Four of the five stamps on this card come from this set called Tea Party!

And the 2nd card is another flower themed card.....

A little wish for lots of happiness

This beautiful flower comes from this set called Sweet Peas! Enjoy!


Supplies:

Card #1:
My Cute Stamps - Tea Party.
Memento Rose Bud Ink.
PTI - Signature Greetings.
PTI cardstock.
The Girls Paperie.
Bo Bunny.
EK Success.
Copic Markers.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Versafine Onyx Black.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Card #2:
PTI - Year of Flowers - Sweet Peas.
Memento Inks - Bamboo leaves, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Tuxedo Black.
PTI - cardstock.
PTI ribbon - Simply Chartreuse.
My Cute Stamps - Elegant Birds.
Copic markers.
Round Corner Punch.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Maya Road.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

tweet tweet

Wheee...my 2nd post for today, you may scroll down to see my post from this morning. I've been such a huge fan of Holly Brooke Jones' stamps for quite a while now, kind of just sitting back, and admiring her stamps from afar, but now I'm finally inking them up, yay!

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I must say, what on earth took me so long? She really has the most adorable stamp line! I love this bird cage, all the images come from this set called Elegant Birds!

I wanted to see how many stamps I could incorporate into a little scenery. I added an extra birdie at the top making it look like he was pecking on the ribbon.

Supplies:
My Cute Stamps - Elegant Birds.
Papertrey Ink - cardstock, ribbon.
EK Success punch.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
Tim Holtz Inks - Tumbled Glass and Tea Dye.
Copic Markers.

With Sympathy

Hey all ~ this card is much different from yesterday's card, it is softer and delicate, all the images come from this set called With Sympathy:

Perhaps they are not stars

They are really pretty images and the sentiments are so thoughtful:

Perhaps they are not stars2

Hope your day is beautiful!

Supplies:
Papertrey Ink stamps - With Sympathy.
Papertrey Ink papers - Sweet blush and Vintage Cream.
Papertrey Ink ribbon - Sweet blush.
Memento Rose Bud Ink.
Tim Holtz ink - Spun Sugar.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Adhesive foam.
Flowers.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Merry Christmas....friend

So here is my next installment of a flower card, for those of you who are just joining, I have been spending a little time with floral images as of late! I love using flowers all year long and finding different ways to incorporate them onto a card.......so for this card I thought I'd mix in my flower stamp with a Christmas and friendship theme! What a combo:

Merry Christmas...friend


And....purple and brown? I thought it'd be fun to experiment with colors that I normally would not pick outright. At first, I thought - oh my, these colors are way too dark and dreary - as I went on distressing it, I really thought it was a dark card, but then after looking at it for a while, I think I like the result!

Enjoy!

Supplies:
Papertrey Ink stamps - In Bloom.
Papertrey Ink cardstock and ribbon.
Making Memories button.
Lace trim.
Tim Holtz Inks.
Prima.
Graphic45 - Christmas Past.
Bo Bunny polka-dotted paper.
Copic Markers.
Maya Road Crystal Pin.
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Neenah Solar White Cardstock.