Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Color Q Challenge.

Hi! I was actually able to sneak in a little bit of stamping time yesterday after I finished my packing. I saw the colors for the Color Q Challenge #95 and really liked these colors together. I've never done this challenge before but decided to try it out. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with these colors. I figured something with flowers, then because I didn't want to spend all night coming up with a card, I decided to CASE this card of mine. I obviously changed the colors in this card. Then I used the Hello Doily background stamp in the corners instead of the swirls from the Elements of Style set. The flowers are colored with Calypso Coral even though it doesn't really look like it. The stamped the flowers in Early Espresso, then I started to color in the flowers with a blender pen and ink from the Calypso Coral pad. Since I used the ink from the ink pad, the color was a little lighter and I think it pulled in some of the Early Espresso ink as well. Then I went back with the Calypso Coral marker and added some darker shading. I really like how this came out. The size of this card is a little different than normal, it's 3.5 x 6.25. Well I am off to the beach for a few days and I cannot wait! Not having to go to work for 2 days is great, lol! I will be back next week with some more eye candy!

Stamps: Elements of Style, Hello Doily, Petite Pairs
Paper: Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Calypso Coral marker, Lucky Limeade marker, Pool Party ruffle ribbon, square punch

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Balloon Flower

Hi everyone! I have a quick post for you today. Today's card is for the challenge on splitcoast yesterday which was to use tags. I used the tag as my focal point. I'm not really sure if I'm in love with this card. It came out better in my head. You win some, you lose some right!? But I figured I would still post it anyway. The fun thing about this card is that the flower is made from the balloon image from Up, Up and Away. I had seen this done somewhere else and I thought it was a cute idea. I will have to try it again on another card that I like better. :) That is it for me today. I may try to get another post up for tomorrow but I'm not sure. I'm headed down to the shore for a few days so I'm hoping to have a few minutes to make another card to post. If not, I'll be back next week!

Stamps: Up, Up & Away, Fabulous Florets, Hello Doily
Paper: Pacific Point, Crumb Cake
Ink: Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Black
Accessories: Brights buttons, Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, Dotted scallop ribbon border punch

Monday, July 18, 2011

Christmas in August

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Luckily I was able to get in a little stamping time. I used the time I had to finish up the cards that we will be doing in my Christmas in August class (August 3rd). I used the Domestic Goddess DSP so the color scheme is a little unconventional but I think it works. I just love these snowmen from this set! If you are in the NJ area and are interested in joining this class, please send me an email. :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Field Flowers

Hello everyone! Today's card uses another new set from the catalog called Field Flowers. Of course I didn't really need another flower set but I thought this one was nice and I don't think I have any flower sets that use the 2 step stamping. It gives the flowers a nice dimensional look to them without having to do too much. Just stamp the one flower image in a lighter color and then stamp the "outline" image in a darker color. On the Early Espresso piece I used the Hello Doily background stamp and embossed it in clear embossing powder to make it look shiny and raised. I tried to take a close up picture so you could get a better look at it.

The sentiment is also part of a new set. Lots of new goodies on this card! The ribbon is new too and I love this ruffled ribbon!! Have a great day!

Stamps: Field Flowers, Hello Doily, Petite Pairs
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Lucky, Limeade, So Saffron, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories: Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, Lace ribbon, clear embossing powder

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Stuff!!

Happy Friday!! I got some new stuff yesterday and I could not wait to play with it today. I should really be doing some housework on my early afternoon off from work but what fun is that?!? That will be waiting for me all weekend. I did do a few things first so the house doesn't look like a total disaster when the hubby gets home from work. I don't want him thinking I wasted all day making cards! ;) So I thought this was a cute new set in the catalog and got it, not totally sure if I would get a lot of use out of it. But I was determined to get a few things other than flower stamps! And I think I'm in love with this set. I had so much fun making this card that I think it was a good purchase. So normally I write out everything I do on my cards but sometimes that gets tiring writing everything out. I know, I'm being lazy. I think I am now just going to list all the products that I used and then if there is something I need to explain, I'll write that in the post. I may go back to the other way if this doesn't seem to work out so well. The one thing I will comment on is how I'm not really a fan of how the sentiment came out. I thought it would be ok in black but it seems to blend in too much. I was going to emboss it in white but then I was afraid that wouldn't look good either. And I don't think it would look good to cover it up so I'm just leaving it blended in a bit. You can still see it, just not as good as I would like. Enjoy! Have a great weekend!!

Stamps: Up, Up, & Away, Petite Pairs, Inspired by Nature
Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake
Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, White, Black, Basic GrayPool Party (for sponging), Lucky Limeade (for sponging)
Accessories: Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Scallop border punch

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Aviary Baby

When I made today's card over the weekend, I had my friend in mind. Her due date was the middle of July so I thought I'd get a head start on her card and keep my fingers crossed that it was a girl because I wanted to use these colors together: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Calypso Coral. Well it turns out she gave birth the evening I made this card and she had girl! How exciting. I can't wait to send this card off to her and see her new bundle of joy. Now for the details on the card. The new catalog has listed Aviary in the "Growing Up" section so I thought I would give this set a whirl for a baby card. I think it does work well for a baby card. I also used the Four Frames set and A Word For You set for the sentiment portion. I kind of think that the circle with the decorative label punch underneath almost makes it look like a snowglobe. I think I may have to try to make another Christmas card with this idea. Back to the card, I used the music notes wheel for the background and then used the Polka Dots embossing folder on the Pool Party piece. Then I added some ruffled ribbon and a rhinestone at the top of the bird cage.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Snow Much Fun!

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. Ours was pretty good. We had a little BBQ on Sat with some family and friends, got to relax on Sunday and then I went tubing down the Delaware river with some girlfriends on Monday. I also got a chance to make a few cards too. I have an order coming with some new things from the catalog so hopefully that will get here soon so I can make some stuff. Today's card does use some new stuff too. I used the Snow Much fun set. I figure since this set has been sitting on my desk, that I might as well start making some Christmas cards. It's never to early to start. I think I plan on having a Christmas in July (or maybe August) class where you can get a head start on your Christmas cards. I'll have more info on that once I make the cards for the class. But back to today's card. I stamped part of the snowman image on Crumb Cake cardstock. I colored him in with some markers and then used a q-tip to add some White craft ink to his body. I cut the snowman out and added dimensionals to him. I layered the oval on top of Island Indigo cardstock that was punched with the decorative label die. I like how this came out and I plan to try this again. The Soft Suede background is stamped with some doilies from Delicate Doilies. Then I added a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock that was embossed with the lattice texture plate and cut with the top note die. I added a piece of lace ribbon and then a couple of brown buttons that I had lying around. And as usual the sentiment was punched with the modern label punch. I hope you like today's card. Stay tuned this week because I will have a few more cards for you!
Be sure to check out the new catalog which is linked in my sidebar. Or course there is lots of great new things!!