Monday, August 24, 2009

Can't seem to find my MOJO. Have been in a slump lately. But a couple of days ago I did make a couple of cards. Surprisingly, I think they turned out okay...without the motivation of a challenge. I am blessed to have so many products that I can't use them all before they are retired or replaced with other new goodies. I am hoping to use a lot of them on cards in the near future. Is this guilt...hmmmm!!

This first one uses SU dsp and the French Script background stamp both now retired. I first used a circle punch and sponged Summer Sun on watercolor paper in the punched out circle to get the soft sun. Then I stamped Inspired by Nature in Always Artichoke. This was then cut out with the Labels I Nestabilities and layered onto a larger piece in Chocolate Chip. Each of these pieces have dimensionals on them. The base card is Naturals Ivory. French Script was stamped in Creamy Caramel on the base card with a piece of the dsp layered onto a small strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock and placed on the base card. The main image was then placed to finish the card.

The second one begins with black cardstock as the base. I used Just My Type CB EF on the edge. I hope you can see it; it makes an elegant statement. A piece of Basic Gray SU was stamped with the French Script in same ink. The top and bottom edges were distressed and placed on the base card. The main image is from the Thoughts and Prayers set stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut out and embossed using a large oval Nestabilities. Three medium Kaiser black pearls were placed on the rounded edge. This image was raised and placed on the base piece. A piece of white cardstock was put inside with Pocket Silhouettes stamped second generation at the bottom.

The last one is my favorite of the three. I love the Flopsey here. He's from the I Need Coffee Flopsey set. I stamped him on watercolor paper and paper pieced his shoes and coffee cup and raised it on dimensionals. I was paranoid coloring him since everyone uses Copics...I don't have any and not sure I have the sense to use them, ha! So I watercolored him with SU Classic ink pad. I thought he turned out cute (better IRL than here). I also did a wash behind him in Green Galore and Taken with Teal. I added cute little cheeks with the Stampin Pastels. This was cut out with the Labels I Nestabilities die. Another piece of Chocolate Chip was double cut and embossed using the same Labels I set and placed at an angle behind him. The base card is Green Galore and matched the Basic Grey Two Scoops papers perfectly. I love the blues and greens. Though you cannot see it, I put a strip of the BG paper on the bottom of the inside and attached it with 2 medium sized blue brads to finish it off.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Here's a card I made for my grandson, Spencer. He's turning 13 Saturday so I'm having to change my style with him. I mean, after all, what 13 year old boy wants something cutesy??

I received my Star Nestabilities in the mail yesterday and was excited I got them in time. So I pulled out my Cuttlebug Traffic Jam EF and went to cutting stars out of my Core'dination black papers. The light colored star is NOT pink as it may appear; it's a golden color. The other stars have a rusty "belly" under the black (not pink) so when you sand it that color comes through. I thought it looked real "jeansy" looking and would fit a boy. What do you think?

Stamps: Smarty Pants (sentiment inside)
Paper: Old Olive, Core'dinations
Ink: Black craft
Accessories: Black EP, Kaiser green rhinestone, Star Nestabilities, CB Traffic Jam EF, dimensionals, sanding block

The sentiment inside reads "Be Yourself, Nobody is Better Qualified".

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I've not used my Flourishes DIY Topiary set yet and thought I'd pull it out and give it a try. Oh, is so elegant! The images are so crisp it's like you could reach out and touch whatever it is you stamped. It makes a nouvice look better than they are...hee-hee Ü

The recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes DIY Topiary
Paper: Ivory, Old Olive, Basic Grey Urban Prairie, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Green Kaiser Rhinestones, Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Fleur De Lis Spellbinders
On the inside, I layed down a strip of Old Olive along the bottom edge. Then cut out a very small oval Nestabilitie out and embossed it. With the extra that was trimmed off the Fleur DL die cut, I trimmed one of the designs and placed it on the oval piece and put it at an angle on the left side. Then I took 3 larger green Kaiser rhinestones and put it in the bottom right corner in a triangle fashion.

Butterfly Wishes

This little card was made for Card Patterns Sketch 27.

Here's what I used.

Stamps: Fresh Cuts (SU), Mailbox Greetings (PTI)
Paper: Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, White
Ink: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Square & Scalloped Nestabilities, Butterflies Spellbinders, Kaiser Pearls, Small & Large Scallop SU Punches, Adhesive and Dimensionals
After I had a chance to unload and prepare my new stamps from Papertrey Ink, I took a few minutes this morning to play around with one of them. I am in love all over again, Ü

I just love their stamps...they are absolutely so adorable!! [Am making a list of sets I've just GOT to have, you know, and soon before I stop breathing!!]

Anyway, my Mom has contracted shingles and is not feeling well. So I wanted to make a card for her in hopes that she will forget that awful stuff at least for a few minutes.

There is a matching chair to the sofa stamped on the inside. Isn't this little cat peaking underneath the couch just too cute?? I hope she likes it. Here's the recipe.

Stamps: On My Couch Additions (PTI)
Paper: Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, white
Ink: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral
Accessories: Nestabilities, CB Dotted Swiss EF, 2 brown pearls for the pillow and 3 white pearls for the corner and small corner rounder

This is, also, for two challenges: Beate's WSC92 and SCS CC230

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

PTI Cards

Here are a few of the cards made at CHA from the Papertrey Ink Stamps Booth. I absolutely love their stamps. Now to make room for the ones I bought and for those I plan to get, hehe!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

More Sitings!

Yep, more celeb sitings! The first couple are of Judy of Judikins demonstrating a project. She's graced the set of the Carol Duval Show many times.

The third pic is Julie from Scrapbook Memories, a regular TV show. She left the show a couple of years ago to venture into her own craft related businesses. Still very known. She was headed to see the President to take him a wall mural of him done in her very own craft using photos. Amazing!

The theater was used by many speakers and one of them was Mary Englebreit! Though my picture is not very good, it is still her.

And this last celeb siting belongs to Matt Fox and Shari Hiller, the hosts for the HGTV show Room by Room!! They were just walking around looking at everything like they were one of us. They were so very nice and was more than gracious to have their picture taken with me. Matt even said to check and be sure the picture came out in case we needed to take another one...very caring. We talked a little before moving on...I know, I know...what do you talk about?? But for once they didn't ask where we are from!! Everyone thinks if you have a southern accent, you're "different" and we always get that question.

Here are pics of some of the MATs (make-and-takes)as well as pictures with some great SCS friends (even one of the new Dirty Girls, go Deb).