Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Card

Today's card showcases the stamp set, Vintage Vogue, which is fast becoming one of my favorite sets. I used stamp and write markers to color the floer and leaves in 2 colors, to give the shadow effect. I used the scalloped border trim punch to make the edging on the bottom of the card. (Just 2 more days to get this for free!) The larger flower was stamped and cut out with our wonderful Paper Snips. I visited my daughter this weekend in North Carolina, and these flowers reminded me of the absolutely beautiful flowering trees that are in bloom!!! After our snow all winter, these trees were a welcome sight!!! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping!

Monday, March 29, 2010

3-D Flower - Eyelet punch style

Today's card uses the technique of making a flower using the eyelet border punch and the crimper. I love this flower. I punched the 11" strip of white cardstock with the eyelet punch. Then I ran it through the crimper 4 times in order to make the strip more pliable. Then I pleated the strip and glued it to a circle (1 1/2" or 1 3/8" punch) The background white is made with the Petals Aplenty embossing folder. (I would have used the Finial Press folder, but turns out I had 2 of the Petals Aplenty instead. Guess what is going to be on my next order!) The gorgeous ribbon is the 5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon; the leaf and the center of the flower are from the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt. The stripe at the bottom of the card is the Stripe stamp -Regal Rose ink on Pretty in Pink. Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March Madness - Go Mountaineers!

Can't believe that I even know what March Madness is, let alone that i care! I am not a sports fan, but since the West Virginia Mountaineers are in the NCAA Men's Basketball Playoffs, I have been watching these games. Tonight's game was a real nail-biter for me. But sure was glad to see the Mountaineers win!!! Go team! Which inspired tonight's card, using the stamp set, Sports. Even with my son-in-law trying to clue me in on the rules, I still don't get when your team gets mowed down by the other team, why my team got the foul! So I went to make a card--that is something I do understand. lol this one is very simple, but it has given me another idea. Ok, my daughter gave me another idea. If I made it a slider card, then the ball could be actually moving and going into the basket! i will have to give that a try. Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Flower Card - with picture this time!

Oops! I posted one day this week about the Easter Flower card, but somehow the picture didn't post! I will try again! This was the card inspired by my bouquet of gorgeous Easter flowers.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What Inspires you?

Did you ever wonder what inspires some people? I do, all the time. And then I wonder, why is it that they are so clever and I am not! lol However, I figure that everyone has a purpose. My purpose is to show you cards that will inspire you to say: I can most certainly do better than that! Today I was cleaning up, and found a basket that had a project from my Christmas Open house--Christmas tags. And on my desk were scraps of this and that, so I decided that I could use those to make a few small gift cards also. The purple pieces on these cards were made from a strip of paper where I had stamped off to "clean" my stamp!s lol I also have a small plastic bag where I keep extra punch outs, so I picked out a few of those and put them on one of the cards. Guess trash is all in the eye of the beholder. (I really wanted the reindeer picture to load first, but that didn't happen--either time I tried! So guess this is just the way I like it! lol) Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Chickie Hatches!

I love this little chickie from, "A Good Egg" stamp set. The inspiration for this card comes from Wendy Hawkinson. I have changed a few things, but I just loved this little guy as soon as I saw him. I have used Tempting Turquoise for the base layer, then added a layer of Pixie Pink. The piece of designer paper is from Kaleidoscope, and I created my own striped paper for the bottom portion of the card using our stamp from the Occasions Mini, called "Stripe". It is so useful!! I stamped Barely Banana Card stock with So Safron ink, and then used the new Scallop Trim Border punch to make an edging to the piece. I stamped the chick on white card stock and backed it with Pixie pink. I stamped two separate egg shell halves with Staz-on black and then using water color crayon (tempting turquoise) and the Aqua Painter, colored the egg shell. Then I took one of the stamps from "Itty Bitty Backgrounds" and put the dots on the eggshells, with Pixie Pink Ink. The little chick was colored with Barely Banana marker. I finished the card by adding a piece of our luxurious White Satin Ribbon. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Easter Flower Card

Yesterday, I showed you the picture of the beautiful sunshiny yellow flowers that I bought at the store, and I promised you a card that they inspired. Can I just say, that everything I tried paled in comparison to the real thing! The card looks a little better in real life, but the actual flowers were sooooo pretty! I used the Fifth Avenue Floral set for the flowers, and the wing from the bird punch to make the leaves. The vase i just cut free-hand. ( Yes, i am aware that it looks as though any 1st grader could have cut it!) The decoration on the vase are the leaves from the bird punch also. Got to love that punch! It is so versatile. Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring!

What an awesome first day of spring!!!! It was beautiful here today, and the girls got to play outside and we even had an impromptu picnic out in the driveway. Even peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches taste better when cut in triangles and eaten out in the sunshine!!! Wasn't fancy but we did enjoy it. Finally every single bit of snow is gone!!! This obviously isn't a card, but it is the inspiration for one! I bought these flowers over a week ago, and they were marked down to $3.00. They were just buds, and look how beautifully they have bloomed this week. They brightened up the whole downstairs--made me happy just to look at them! Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow and see what card I make using these gorgeous flowers as my inspiration!
Happy Stamping

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Today I want to share with you 2 cards that were made by one of my customers! I love the use she made of the 1 3/4" circle punch, the word window punch and the baby wipe technique. Love the way the rainbow looks using this technique. The second card is an original from Nancy. She used the stamp sets Cheers to You, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, and Fresh Cuts to create this really cute card. I love it when my customers bring cards to classes for Show and Tell! Thanks Nancy, for sharing with us! And thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy your St. Paddy's day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Garden Whimsey Tulip

We finally had sunshine here in WV for 3 or 4 days, and then came the rains. We are nearing flood stage in many places near us. So to try to forget the rains, I came up with this card to cheer me up! It is just so bright and springy! My new mantra? Spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming! My little granddaughter picked me a crocus and brought in last week. Peeking up through the remants of snow! You just have to love the determination of a crocus! The Easter Lillies are also coming up--not far enough yet to have buds, but enough to preserve hope that---"Spring is coming!" lol
The colors look much better in real life. Sorry. I used gable green ink on gable green cs to get the striped piece at the bottom of the card. The purple is actually orchid opulence and the designer paper layer is from Shades of Spring DSP. I used the new scallop border punch and also the Butterfly Embossing Die, in addition to the little rhinestones from the Eggscellent Egg kit as my new items from the Occasions Mini, and the tulip from my favorite old set, Garden Whimsey. The Bride DSP is also from the 2010 Idea Book. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Last One

This is the last one of the 3 cards that I made using the same background pieces of Cardstock. I again used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, but I changed the color of the ribbon to the new Certainly Celery 5/8" satin Ribbon. This time I didn't add any words, choosing to leave it blank so that I can add whatever words I need when the occasion arrises! Such as Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, With Sympathy, etc. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Good Morning! This is another of the cards that I made using the same three base pieces as yesterday's card. This time I used the stamp set, Fifth Avenue Floral. I loved the Ester lillies, which I individually cut out and mounted on the card using Stamping Dimensionals. The ribbon is the new 5/8" Pretty in Pink satin ribbon. Happy Easter is from Well Scripted. Have I mentioned how much I love using the new clear mount stamps? Ok, not today anyway! lol It makes it so easy to place the words right where I want them! Thanks for stopping by. I have one more card to show you that used the same 3 base pieces. Stop by tomorrow to see it. Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This card showcases the new self-stick rhinestones from the Eggscellent Eggs Kit. This kit was intended to decorate Easter Eggs, but I doubt that mine gets used for that. There are so many neat cards you can make using the components of this kit! The small flower in the lefthand corner is a punch out from the Kit also. The body of the butterfly is also a string of 4 rhinestones from the kit. The butterfly itself is stamped with a stamp from the Great Friend stamp set.
The reason that I made this card, was that the 3 base pieces were left over from a card class that I did last month. (Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red) I wanted to use up some of them, and not make the same card over again. I made 3 cards using these same base pieces. I will show the others to you later this week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Carrot Box

The newest Challenge from my RemARKable Dreambuilders upline, Jan, was to make a box using the pattern for this carrot. And amazingly enough, I managed to do it in a timely fashion! I used the Sanded background stamp to put lines of the carrot. Yes, they are really there, just hard to see. i was hoping the closeup woudl show them a little better, but not really. Sorry, my photography leaves a lot to be desired! the top of the carrot is made from a piece of small green striped paper that is in the Cottage Wall DSP. the cute little bunnies are from the Level 2 Hostess set found in the Occasions Mini catalog, called Picnic Parade. Wouldn't a child love to get a treat in a Carrot Container?! Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

More Hats

Here are more hats that we made at our Downline meeting on Sunday. We used an old Candy Cookbook from 1970 to make the flowers. (I figured if I had had it for 40 years and never used it, I could safely punch it up for decorations for our hats!) We sponged the color on with sponges. The flowers were punched with our new flower punch. The eye for the bird was the stone pried out of one of our rhinestone brads! The buttons used to hold the flower together is one of our small pink corduroy buttons. We used the sponge and our choice of ink to make the button match the flower! That was one of those happy accidents that I made when I was creating my first hat for a challenge for the Remarkable Stampers--I was just trying to add a little more color to the inside of the top petal of my flower
Don't you love it when an accident actually turns out well? lol
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Easter Basket

Here is another goodie from our downline meeting this month. Bev brought this for show and tell. Isn't it awesome??? I am so lucky to have such talented people with me. I am not sure if it is cased or not, but how springy!!! I love it! The designer paper is Tea Party (#113992). She used the Party Favor Die with the Big Shot to create the basket and the desgin on the butterfly wings was created using a stamp from With All My Heart stamp set. The body of the butterfly was created with the slot punch and stamen from the Pretties Kit.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Packing Tape Technique

Hello! Here are the pictures that I promised you from the Downline meeting on Sunday. My friend, Monta, brought us the card with the clear butterfly on it as her card trade. Isn't it awesome? I have also included a closseup of the butterfly and also of another card with the same technique using the heart punch. This is a technique she created using clear packing tape!
To create the heart card, she layered 2 pieces of clear packing tape and placed them behinda a piece of red cardstock, with the heart punched out. Then she put Glossy Glaze Enamel (#100477) on top of the tape. she used a brush to clear off any excess that went on the cardstock. Then she gently heated the glaze with the heat gun. Caution: You can't heat it too much, or the tape melts! Just enough to melt the embossing powder. I love the icy look it creates! She not only brought the card to share with us, but taught us the technique as well! What fun we had! Thanks for stopping by!