Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Papertrey Princesses Challenge #3

Had a wonderful long holiday weekend up at the cabin. The kids came so we had a houseful. The weather was great and we enjoyed some nice boating time on the lake and lots of great food and family time.

Back to the challenge. This time it was Leah's turn to determine what our challenge would be. We were to create a card using "No Layers". Not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes I can do these types of cards fairly easy other times not so much. This one came together rather quickly.

The products used on this card are all from Papertrey Ink except for the Turquoise ink. That is from VersaMagic. I used the "grid" paper and I really liked how it gave another dimension to a "flat" card. The stamp sets used were "Bird Watching Additions" and "Bitty Baby Blessings" for the sentiment. The three birdies go great with that sentiment.

Thanks for taking a peek at my card today.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Fun Birthday Card

When I saw this little robot stamp set from Stampendous. I just had to buy it. He really is cute. The Happy Birthday 2U set is from Stampendous as well. I colored everything with Copic markers, cut out the robot and popped him up with pop dots. It's just a fun and cheery card.

Most of the supplies used on this card were just scraps from my stash. The orange "waves" at the bottom of the card were embossed with Zing embossing powder. (I just love that stuff). The Wave stamp is from Hero Arts.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Raspberry Suite Challenge - Week 6

I haven't been able to play in the color challenges for a couple of weeks and had a bit of time last night to make a card and play along.

This card uses White, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist and Dark Chocolate cardstock. The ink is Fresh Snow and Dark Chocolate and the button and ribbon are all from PapertreyInk.
The stamps used on this card are Background Basics - Retro from Papertrey Ink and the Thanks So much is from Inkadinkadoo.
Love this color combo and will be using it again.

Friday, May 15, 2009

A little gift bag

TGIF!! So glad it's Friday. It's been a crazy week at work and I'm so ready for the weekend to begin. I'm taking a half vacation day today and heading up to the cabin for the weekend. K.I.S.A went up Wednesday so I'm hoping he has the boat in the water. A nice relaxing boat ride sounds like just what I need. Here's a quick little post. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and see you next week!

Here is a little gift bag I made using a stamp that I purchased last weekend at the Mega Meet and I also used a Bella Stamp on this one. I just love the possibilities of this little bag stamp. It's from They also have a few other stamp templates that I want to try soon. The Bella stamp is Emmy Bella from The first view is of the plain tote so you can see how it looks assembled. Really cute and easy to do.

The second view shows the completed bag with the Bella on the front. I used this for a gift card holder for my mom for mother's day. She likes to shop. :)

The paper is from the Citrus collection from DCWV available at Joann stores. It's a very cute collection and sparkly too!

Let me know what you think. Thanks for taking a peek.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Birdhouse Template

As I was perusing my usual blogs, one that I stop at first everyday is Nicole's at Papertrey Ink. She is an amazing talent and so willing to share her gift with everyone. A couple of days ago she posted a little birdhouse that she made and even included a free download of the template. I fell in love with it and had to make my own. Here is my version.

Here is the front view.

Here is the side view.

The Stamp sets used are Background Basics - Retro, Warm Hospitality both from Papertrey Ink. The round So Tweet Stamp is from Snag 'em Stamps. Kraft, New Leaf, and Chocolate cardstock from Papertrey Ink was used as well as their Dark Chocolate ink. I added some Rafia and a button from my stash. The circles were cut with Nestabilities dies and the scalloped edge on the roof was from a Stampin Up punch.
Hope I did Nicole's template justice. I thought it came out pretty cute. Let me know what you think.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Papertrey Princeses Challenge #2

Our Blogging group was issued another challenge. This time around we were to use a Papertrey Stamp set that had seen little or no ink. Also, we were to try a monochromatic color scheme. I thought I'd give it a try and found I had a very hard time with the monochromatic colors. I needed a card for MIL for Mother's Day so I thought I'd incorporate the challenge. Here is the card I came up with. Everything is Papertrey Ink except for the flower background stamp, I can't remember who made that at the moment. The main stamp is from the "Tags For Spring"set. Hard to believe it was a set that I hadn't used yet.
Thanks for taking a peek at my blog and hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Kristina Color Challenge

Here is my card for the Kristina Werner Design Color Challenge. This is the first time I've attempted one of her color challenges. I love her style and the cards she posts on her blog along with her tutorials. She makes pretty simple cards look just amazing. I really liked the colors in this challenge and will be using them again in the future.

The white and brown cardstock, the chocolate brown ink and the polka dot ribbon, and buttons are all from Papertrey Ink. The stamp set is Sheltering Tree by Gel-A-Tins. The mustard color ink is from Marvy.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Stamp

Yesterday at lunch I went to one of our small little stamp stores in the area. It's a great little store that's been around for a long time. They carry many cool and different stamps as well as the famous names. After getting an email from Hero Arts yesterday about their new spring catalog. I saw this awesome woodgrain background stamp. When I got to the store and looked at the Hero Arts section, I could see that they had not received the new stamp yet. When I told the saleslady what I was looking for, she told me a box of Hero had just been delivered. She pulled out the invoice and sure enough, the stamp was in the box. I guess it was meant to be. Needless to say, I had to try it out when I got home last night.

Here is the card I made. I used the stamp to create a piece of patterned paper then cut it out with my Nestabilites Label 1 die. The tree is cut from a Quickutz die. The cardstock and ink is from Papertrey Ink and the patterned paper is from Basic Grey, Granola collection. Buttons from my stash and twine was also used.

The wood grain pattern came out great. I can see using this stamp over and over again. I'm sure you'll all be seeing it soon. Plus it is great for those tough to make masculine cards.

About tomorrow, if any of you are going to be in the area. Mega Meet is going on and I'm taking the day off of work and attending. It's fun scrapbooking show and sale. They also hold classes so I'm taking the Glimmer Mist/Tattered Angels class. Looking forward to learning how to use their products. If you plan on attending and want to meet up, that would be great.

Hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Friday, May 1, 2009

2 New Cards to See!

Thought I would post a couple more cards that I was playing around with. Today I have 2 cards. One is a great masculine card and the other one is a rather girlie card.

This first card uses "Grillafella" from . The Sentiment "Hot Stuff" is from two different sets. The "Hot" is from Martha Stewart drippy goo which I used the "rock and roll" technique. The "stuff" used Simple Alphabet from Papertrey Ink. I image was colored with Copic Markers. I think he looks pretty spiffy.

My second card is an image I was playing around with. The little mermaid stamp is an image by Amuse and the sentiment is from Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink. I used some old paper scraps I had in my stash and I also used a cuttlebug embossing folder. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the mermaid is cut out and popped up on pop dots. I also used a Spica pen to give her some sparkle. The frame is also popped up for sort of a 3-D effect.

On another note, I'd like to thank you all for your good thoughts this week with the work situation. Unfortunately our meeting last Tuesday was a little worse than I thought it was going to be. The management decided that besides pay cuts, they would have to let 5 employees go. It was so sad and devastating for those who were let go. The sad part is they were laid off strictly because the economy and had nothing to do with their work performance. While I was one of the "lucky" ones and kept my job. I couldn't help but feel horrible for the those that were let go.
One last statement and I'll get off my soapbox....Please if you are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, please consider buying an American made car. Thanks from all of here in the Detroit area. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog. Thanks for listening.
Edited to add: The Rock and Roll technique is a very simple way to add color to your stamps. First take whatever stamp you plan to use (works best with a solid image) and stamp it on light colored ink. Then take the stamp and sort of roll it around the edges in a complimentary ink color. Then stamp on your paper. Clear as mud??? Here is a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. Hope this helps.