Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another Valentine

We made this card (well one like it) at Stamp Night on Thursday. If you know me, you know I have a very hard time copying cards...I always have to change it up a little. This is the project idea my friend Marilyn came up with (Hi Marilyn), except her card used the scallop punch on the bottom edge and sayings from the new sale-a-bration catalog. If I would have been more alert on Thursday (too much wine) I would have taken a picture of her card...but I didn't. Maybe next time?

The card base is whisper white cut at 12x4 1/4" score on one side at 2" then flip and score again at 3 3/4". The brown is close to cocoa. I didn't measure it because I just worked with it until I got the look I liked. Just layer in the close to cocoa until you like it. I used my Martha Stewart scalloped heart punch again and punched an edge out of pink pirouette. The heart are embossed on pink pirouette with gold embossing powder using the heart from the Always set by SU. The two sayings are from the new Love Songs set by Lisa Johnson over at PTI. (BTW - Did you know they are having an anniversary this month. I can't wait.) The first saying I embossed in gold and the second was stamped in chocolate chip. I added a little heart to the top punched out with my Martha Stewart coordinating heart punch.

More V-day cards to come as I get to work on the kids' valentines this week. I have to get back to painting now....Happy Saturday and Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday Night Stamping....

I got to stamp with some friends last night and we had a good time....don't you always have a good time when you are stamping with friends? =) We have had a group that gets together and does a shoebox swap (all the card supplies for a project fit in a shoebox and everyone makes everyone else's project) but we haven't gotten together for a few months. It is fun to see what everyone comes up with for a project and you always get to try something new. Last night was no exception, and I will show you those projects later this weekend. However, today I am showing you the project I made. It is a simple card with all SU product. I haven't managed that in awhile, mostly because 85% of my SU product is retired. I should have a blowout sale huh? =)
Anyway, this card is made with one of my favorite sets Heartfelt Thanks. I have liked this set for a long time and it normally makes a very beautiful sypathy card, as well as others. I used my watercolor crayons for this project. I haven't used them for awhile....but they are still one of my favorite SU products. I colored directly on the stamp with brocade blue and night of navy and garden green and certainly celery for the stem. Then I spritzed the stamp with water (I used a hairspray travel bottle filled with water) and also spritzed the paper. The more water...the more watercolor look. I then took the outline stamp of the flower and used my SU markers to color night of navy for the center, brocade blue for the outside of the flower and old olive for the stem. I liked the definition this gave the flower. The center I colored with my gold spica glitter pen.

The card base is buckaroo blue (retired - sorry) with a strip of old olive. The background stamp is stamped in ballet blue and is the stamp En Francais. The saying "heartfelt" is stamped in Old Olive. The ribbon is celery wide organdy ribbon (retired SU).
That's all for today...Happy Friday!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Hi there! Happy Thursday...I can't believe the week is almost over. Whew! Here is your happy and peaceful Thursday card.
I have been eyeing this Serenity set from MFT for almost a year and when I went on the "bender", I made sure it was in my cart. I am making a set of note cards for a friend who is a Buddhist for her birthday. I hope she will like them. This is the first in the set. I used bashful blue paper for the base of the card and stamped a background with the new Ocean Tides ink from PTI just to mix it up a little. Ocean Tides is just slightly darker than bashful blue. Me likey! Then I accented the card with basic black and stamped that asian doodad in white snow (PTI) and yes that is the technical term....sheesh...ya think I can just make this stuff up? The serenity girl was stamped in pallette noir black and colored with my copic markers. I used the clear blender pen to remove some of the black from her pants to make it look shadowed...I think it turned out pretty cool. The namaste is stamped in Pallette Noir black as well. The ribbon is from Michael's. Fairly simple card....but I like the way it turned out. Hope you have a great rest of the day...check in tomorrow for a Stampin' Up! card...haven't done one of those for awhile and a fun of these days I am going to get my video camera out...then we're all in out! Ha!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Birthday Wishes....

We seem to have a lot of birthdays between November and here I am making yet another birthday card. But, I was excited to whip out one of my new MFT stamp sets. This set is called What's Up Cupcake. Which for some reason isn't showing up on the MFT website, so I linked you to the All That Scraps website to see it. The card base is Apricot Appeal and I made a close to cocoa insert for the inside so that I could put this cute little punch on the edge. This is another Martha Stewart valentine punch called small heart or something. I would link you to it, but I can't find a picture of it on the internet anywhere...sorry. I followed up the inside with a strip of green to match the front strip. The green is certainly celery. I used my nestabilities ovals to cut out the scalloped oval from close to cocoa. The cupcakes were stamped in pallete noir black and then colored my cupcakes with copic markers. The sprinkles were added with versamark and heat and stick powder and are glitter from the Doodlebug Designs glitter multipack in green. The Happy Birthday was from the Verve stamp set Birthday Surprises stamped in certainly celery to match. Can you believe there isn't any ribbon on this card...I can barely believe it myself. But, look, I totally refrained. Ha! Thanks for looking.
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Valentine Tuesday....

Sorry I missed you yesterday, I am pretty sure I had a case of the Mondays. Good thing that's over with. =)
So when I went on my stamp bender, I decided to try out a new company called Verve (I say it with a an "eh" sound on the end, because it so much more chic to be Anyway....I LOVE THEM!!!! They are so swirly and girly and princessy and I love em. They stamp really well...the only downfall so far...they don't smell as good as PTI. I's weird...but I totally dig the smell of new PTI stamps and so does someone else that I know (who will remain nameless...but she knows who she is) so it can't be that weird...right?
Anyway....trying to stay on track here...this set is one they just released this month and I love it. The set is called Hearts on Fire. It comes with the cute swirly hearts and then the centers to fill them in. I stamped the swirly part in Plum Pudding from PTI. The centers are pink pirouette (I swear I am going to learn how to spell that so that I don't have to look it up everytime!) Then I took my clear glitter pen (Joann) and outlined the centers so they would be sparkly. Did you notice that border....that's the new Martha Stewart heart border punch (DO NOT covet me! I only found two and one I had to give to Laura because she told me about it! Sorry!) Good luck finding one, apparently they are quite the hot commodity (and now you know why - huh?) My advice....finish reading this and then RUN to Michael's. =) The border was punched out of pink piroutte as well. The ribbon is pretty in pink because for some reason I don't have any pink pirouette ribbon. Go figure.....the ribbon queen doesn't have one color. =)
The Happy Valentine's Day saying is from the Hearts on Fire set as well (also stamped in plum pudding). I love their fonts...I think it was the seller for me. The card base is perfect plum, layered with very vanilla. The two little hearts in the corner were punched from pink pirouette with a coordinating heart punch from Martha Stewart. For some reason, this picture didn't come out as well as I had hoped...but I am working on that. Hope you liked this card...see you tomorrow with a birthday card.
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Quilting Thank You....

I have the original PTI Quilter's Sampler, but then a little while later they came out with Quilter's Sampler Additions and I knew I would have to have it because it had Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill and they are two of my favorite quilt patterns. I made this card as a thank you for my cousin's mother-in-law. She sent cute pillowcases down for the boys for Christmas that she had made and she is also a quilter.

The card base is barely banana again and it is layered with Pink Pirouette (my favorite pink at this moment). I stamped the sunbonnet sue's in pallette noir black ink and then colored them with my copics. I then punched the blue squares out using my 3/4" square punch from PTI. I bought this punch because it is the exact size of the quilt blocks, personally, I think you have to have it if you have any of the quilt sets just for efficiency sake. The think the blue paper is very old creative memories patterned paper...but I wouldn't swear on it. I used it because it reminded me of quilt fabric and it was about as close as I could get from my stash. The saying is from the original Quilter's Sampler set and was stamped in brocade blue because it matched the blue paper best. The mini pink buttons I bought at hobby lobby in a multi-pack awhile and the two square buttons in the corner are newly retired SU buttons in barely banana and brocade blue. The ribbon is PTI satin in Lemon Tart.

Hope to have a V-Day card for you on Monday. Happy Weekend and Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Snow Angel....

I went on a bender a little bit ago and bought some stamps from some new companies (just in case you are tired of seeing PTI - as if!) =) This is from a little set from Pink Cat Studio called Billy and Lily Winter Stamps. I just noticed there is a brand new valentine set on there which is also darling called sweatheart case you want to check that out. This is one of the final thank you cards that I needed to get done for Christmas presents.....I know ridiculous that these are done yet....can't figure out where the time goes. The card base is barely banana and the blue layer is an old su patterned paper from about a billion years ago (no idea what it's called). Billy was stamped with pallette noir black ink and colored with copics. I love the blending ability of my copics more than any other coloring medium to date. The snowflake was from the SU winter mini and the thanks is from PTIs Mixed Messages set. The "You're an Angel" comes from the Billie and Lilly set. The third circle contains a snowflake brad that was originally white and I colored with my copics.
That about sums it up. I hope to get some stamping for V-day this weekend....but you never know how it's gonna go. We have the pinewood derby and I am going to a girls only night on don't be disappointed if I don't post again till Monday. Thanks for stopping in.
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Snow is coming round the mountain.... let's celebrate with a is still January....although us Coloradans were beginning to wonder with the spring weather we have been having.
Some might say that I have a slight snowman obsession, but I have been trying to curb my bad habit by only buying select snowmen....this is actually a stamp I bought awhile back. I don't even remember where or what it is called (sorry) but I figure you could improvise with your favorite snowman....or dig into your stash and find your favorite snowman. (I am sure you have one! What good stamper doesn't?) Ha!
The snowman was stamped on PTI white cs in pallette noir black ink and then colored with my copics. Someday I will post which colors, but let's be honest, I am lucky to be posting this often (as I have received multiple congratulations recently on my frequent posting - that says....get it together's about time! Ha!) I scalloped the bottom edge with the SU scalloped edge punch and the snowflakes were stamped in ballet blue with the PTI Holiday Treats set. The layer below the snowman is ballet blue and layered finally on the real red card base. The "Thanks so much" saying is from the SU set Sincere Salutations on a real red tag with black pallette noir ink. THe snowflake brad is from a local scrapbook store Your Crop Shop and it is tied on with silver SU cording. The ribbon is striped grosgrain in real red.
Off to dream up something magical for dinner and get ready for bunko. Yeah! See you tomorrow.
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Remember yesterday....Remember Today....

Howdy! (Stock show is in town, can you tell? Ha!) Well it's hump day...and this week is just flying by for me....hope it is for you too.

I shared a card made with the PTI Remember set yesterday and thought I would share a different design with the same set with you today. Before I started this card I made a mask of the squiggly poppy to use so I could stamp my stems around the flowers with out making them look all glopped together. (Those are technical terms, in case you are wondering.) (The card base is Riding Hood Red.) Then I grabbed a piece of very vanilla to stamp my poppies on. I stamped them in Riding Hood Red and then colored them in with my copics in yellow. I then took the center stamp and stamped the centers in pallette noir black. The stems are stamped in Wild Wasabi to coordinate with the layered paper. I added a bit of ribbon (source unknown, but I think it might be May Arts) and added a prima with a bling bling in the middle (black). The thank you is also from remember, stamped in Riding Hood Red and the center flower was stamped the same as the main card. The bling in the center is a faux dew drop that I colored with my black copic and adhered with a glue dot. I found those at Michael's. I clipped the corners with a stampin up punch and that finished it off. Hope you liked the look. Check back tomorrow for a snowman card. Maybe it will promote some's been 70 degrees here. That is just CRAZY for January. =)

Happy Stamping.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Just Playing Around....

I really didn't know quite what to do with this set when I first got it, because it is so out of reach from my normal stamping style. I had seen beautiful things made with it, but it isn't something I normally would pick as a stamp set. However, after playing with it....I really have found it to be a very versatile and beautiful set. The set is called Remember and is from Papertrey Ink. You will see another card made with this set later this week. One thing I always love about the sets that Lisa Johnson creates is the sayings. She always has just the right touch....for example this one "True Strength is Delicate". I am going to send this to a friend who just lost another friend to cancer. But you could use it for any occassion where someone is having a hard time, or just as a pick me up.

The card is made out of real red cs and stamped on PTI white. I used real red ink and then stamped off to get the two shades of red. Darker for the outline of the poppy. The leaves were done with spring moss. The ribbon is PTI twill in spring moss with a piece of pink taffeta SU tied into it. I punched the single poppy out with the marvy uchida scalloped super jumbo punch and backed it with the mega size.
The second picture shows a closeup of the saying which is stamped in New Canvas pallette ink, also from PTI.

Hope you will give this set a chance too. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Two from the same....

I really like this PTI Set, Rustic Branches, but I wanted to see if I could stretch it's use from being a holiday set only. So, I created these two cards. All I changed up were the colors. I think I actually like the blue and green better. But it did turn out that you can use this set for something other than the holidays. I am going to try it with some other colors too....just to experiment.

Anyway....enough babbling. So, this stamp is a 2-stepper. To get the two shades of green I used Old Olive and stamped it off for the darker leaf image and then used it full force for the outline. The red berries were stamped on first and then I used stickles in red to make them pop. The red ribbon is from PTI it's their poppy color and the paper is real red layered with whisper white and old olive.

The second sample was made the same way and uses Baja Breeze and Night of Navy for the color scheme. Blue stickles were used for the berries. The green is again old olive.

I know this is a quick post but today is a holiday and the boys are running like crazy. See you tomorrow.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday Flowers.....

Can you tell I am ready for spring? All these butterflies and flowers and such....I think that January gets me down after all the holiday I need to fill my stamping with happy thoughts and sunshine. =)

This is one of my favorite cards I have created recently. I just love the way that it turned out. The stemps/flowers are stamped with SUs Simply Said stamp set (one of my few current stamp sets). I am finding that I am quickly moving away from rubber stamps and opting for clear sets instead. Anyway, onto the card. I stamped the flowers with palette noir black and then colored them with my copic markers and my spica glitter pens (these are new and I LOVE them!) If you don' t have the spica glitter pens yet...I HIGHLY recommend them. They are a great bang for your buck and personally, I think everything is better with a little glitter. I got mine from Ellen Hutson, but you can find them other places too. After the flowers were stamped I laid out three of the felt flowers from Flower Fusion by SU. I added a little bling to the centers, and that side was done. The card base is very vanilla with a layer of spring moss. The patterned paper is PTI Bitty Baby Blessings. The pink ribbon is ribbon from my stash...I actually have no idea where it came from. It was very simple....but I loved transforming an old stamp into something new. I hope you will like it too.

I am off to clear out the bunker so the girls can come over and stamp this afternoon. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Sunday and Happy Stamping!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Weekend Butterfly....

Hi and Happy Saturday!

Thought I would share another project with you today....sometimes the weekends are not as many people have time to post....but I have all these finished projects to share with I thought I might as well post today too.

I haven't used my flock in a long I decided I would whip it out and try it out on this butterfly from SU's Garden Whimsy set. I haven't used this set much, but I really like it. This isn't my favorite card....but....I thought maybe someone out there might like I decided to post it anyway. I bought the super flock variety back from doodlebug designs and there is about every color in the world in there....almost. ; ) I used my glue pad to stamp the butterfly and then flocked it in yellow. The card was cut out with my Big Shot and the Sizzix Movers and Shakers card die cut. It was cut out of Bashful Blue cs. I got this right before Christmas and it is so cool. I love being able to make shapes in the center of my card. Anyway, I cut out the card and trimmed it up a little so that it would layer nicely. Then lined the center with vellum and backed the inside of the card with chocolate chip paper. I then stamped the two smaller butterflies in Bashful Blue and colored and outlined them with my copic markers. I added a strip of brown and the gingham ribbon (May Arts) to the side. Stamped the thank you from the PTI Anniversary set Simple Little Things in New Canvas Palette Ink. (To learn how to get your special addition PTI set for this year click here.) I then used my Mega scallop punch and punched out half a circle. The gems are attached with crystal effects.

I hope you like this one. Happy Saturday and Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Little Bird Told Me.....

Happy Friday!

I have been challenging myself to use stamps I haven't pulled out for awhile and also try and mix my supplies up a little. I find myself tending to use all of one companies products on a project. I think when you start with one company, it is sometimes a little hard to break out of the mold and try new things. There are some excellent stampers out here in stamp land that create "design stations" to get their creative juices flowing. I really liked that I have been trying to do that and mixing all my stamping products into one project. This is what I came up with.

The bird is from SU from the set Always. I really like this set, but to be honest, I totally bought it for the fact when I first saw it, I thought DAMN that bird is ugly. Guess which stamp I use the most....the bird. It totally grew on me. True story. Ha! =) I stamped this little guy in Plum Pudding from PTI and layered him on Perfect Plum (because for some reason I don't have Plum Pudding paper - or it might be lost **chuckle** in the bunker) and Spring Moss (PTI). The background paper is also PTI and is called Bitty Baby Blessings (PTI). The ribbon is swiss dot sating in Plum Pudding. I added some prima flowers with a gemstone in the center and called it done. It was a relatively quick little card, but the little details are what bring it to life. I hope you like it I have to send it is a late thank you card. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Hi there and Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by. I am sure glad to be back to stamping and blogging. I have quite a few cards to show you...I even have them photographed and ready to go. (Can you believe it? I can barely believe it myself! Ha!) Part of my New Year's goal list.

This cards was so fun to make and easy. I just love the Giga Snowflake Punch (PTI). I think I might need that punch in every size. Even though the holiday season is over, you can still use your holiday stamps if there are snowflakes in them, at least through January, in my opinion. In my mind the same rule applies to snowmen. Which is why I tend to buy more sets with snowflakes and snowmen versus holiday stamps. I like to stretch my stamping dollar and make my stamps more versatile. How bout you?
To make this card. I punched out the jumbo snowflake punch and used the negative as a template. I sponged the snowflakes on with Baja Breeze ink (SU). The label behind the larger red snowflake was made by stamping two labels from Holiday Treats from PTI in a row and then trimming it down. The red snowflakes are from the SU mini catalog (small felt snowflakes) and I adhered them with glue dots. The ribbon is also SU - riding hood red grosgrain. The closeup shows two stamps the "from our house" stamp is also from Holiday Treats and the Thanks so Much is from Mixed Messages. Ink colors are Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red (SU) and the paper is Whisper White and Riding Hood Red.
Thanks for stopping by today....I will have something new to share tomorrow. Happy Stamping!
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