Friday, November 19, 2010

Little Luminary and a Super Deal

We are going to be making this adorable little snowflake luminary at a workshop hosted by Jennifer this weekend.  I coudn't stand the idea of tossing the snowflake that was punched out so we are going to make a little set of 3 x 3 cards also.

This luminary can also double as a treat holder. You can use it to deliver some homemade cookies or fancy candies to someone for the holidays.  After the treats are gone just put a battery operated tea light inside.  Quick, easy and really cute!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Hello Baby Monkey

A challenge over at SCS today was to use anything with a tail. I think this little monkey from Fox and Friends has the cutest tail ever! And I love that he is hanging by his super cute tail from the sentiment.
I used the scalloped square punch to make the Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake patches. They were adhered to a layer of Early Espresso and then run through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder with the Big Shot. Gave a nice quilted look, ha? More layers of Whisper White and Early Espresso and then onto a Bashful Blue card base.

I used:
Stamps: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Other Stuff: Scallop Square XL Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A 2 Challenge Card

This quick card takes on 2 challenges at once. First it uses FTL 113 (from last week...yes, I'm a slacker) on the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog and Color Challenge 295 over at SCS. Yea me!

The weather is so blah here today that getting a good photo was next to impossible.
The stamp is from Just Believe and I inked it up first with Peach Parfait and then rolled the edges only in Cajun Craze. Gives the image a lot of depth.
Here is what I used:
Stamps: Just Believe, Tiny Tags
Ink: Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
Other Stuff: Jewelry Medium Tag Punch, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stamping Sponge

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September Class Samples

These are the cards we will be making at this weekend's class.

If you are interested in joining us here are the details:

When: Saturday, September 25th. 12:30

Where: Mariners Compass Quilt Shop, Bath Maine

What else: The class fee is $25 and you will get all supplies (pre-cut to size and ready to stamp) and instruction to make 12 cards and 3 treat bags.

Let me know ASAP if you are interested so that I can have your kits all ready to go!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Serene Northern Frost

Here are the cards I promised you yesterday that use the new die from the Holiday Mini. Can you find the die cut peices I'm talking about? It is the snowflakes! Aren't they great? Ok I think they are great! The die gives you 8 different snowflakes! They are super detailed and look awesome layered up like this. A little Basic Pearl in the center is perfect.

The other sneak peak on this card is the Witner Wonderland sentiment. It comes
from a little set called Bright Christmas that has 3 wonderful Holiday sentiments in it.

The background was stamped using Serene Snowflakes. I used Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Marina Mist to randomly stamp the snowflakes on a piece of Very Vanilla (even though it doesn't look like Vanilla in the top card). The I cut it up to make the various sized pieces for a bunch of different cards. The top one was run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattace Embossing Folder. The card below has the sentiment stamped on the lower part of the card that was stamped only with the smallest snowflakes in the set. A little of the 1/8" Early Espresso Ribbon hid the seam of the two layers.

Thanks for the visit!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Since I was on a roll with trying new things the other day (after the little baby wipe technique) I decided to try making a background with my brayer. And I was itching to use my new set Just Believe. How beautiful is that image? So this is what I did...
I brayered So Saffron onto my Whisper White and then Pumpkin Pie on top of that but not as far down. Then a little bit of Cajun Craze on the top and down the edge a bit. The flower image was stamped in Early Espresso and I also brayered a little of the same at the bottom to make some ground.
So did you notice that yummy DSP layer on there? It is from the Autumn Spice pack that will be available September 1st in the Holiday Mini! It is textured and it is fabulous!
I have been working on more stuff from the Holiday Mini including a new die that I am soooo in love with... But you will have to wait a little longer to see those samples. Ok, maybe I will put them up tomorrow! hee-hee!
Thanks for the visit!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Funky Little Trees

So these little trees are from a set called Funky Four. I think I found a way to make these trees really funky! Don't they look all tie-dyed? Wanna know how I did it?

I made my own ink pad using my classic ink refills and a baby wipe. Yes, a baby wipe!

I grabbed a regular ol' baby wipe and folded it over a couple of times and placed it in a paper plate. I used More Mustard, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry ink refills and added just a few drops of each color randomly on the baby wipe until I got an area a little larger than the tree stamp inked up.

It worked like a regular ink pad from that point on. After I inked the tree I used a Early Espresso marker to do the trunk. I made sure to stamp a bunch of these trees, I think I must have done 30 or 40 of them the one "ink pad" that I made. The colors started to fade some at the end but not bad for a first try at this technique I think.

I used the FTL 102 sketch for my card. The little lines were done with my paper trimmer and bone folder. The button on the left is a Designer Button from the Brights collection and the other two are some of the Bitty Buttons with paper behind them that was punched with the coordinating Itty Bitty Shapes punches. All of the buttons were tied with Linen Thread. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. A must have set!

Here is a great tutorial on how to make a stamp pad with a Baby Wipe.

Thanks for the visit!

Friday, August 6, 2010

True Friend Gala

A card from class last weekend. I started with FTL 95 from the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog. The butterfly from Simple Friendship was inked with Daffodil Delight and then the edges were inked with some Pumpkin Pie. A little Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz and then the butterfly was trimmed out.
The pattern paper is from the the Greenhouse Gala DSP pack. Pear Pizzazz was used for the card base.
The ribbon is the new 1/8" Taffeta in Daffodil Delight.
A nice summery card I think. I have been playing with all my my new Summer Mini (psst.. it goes live on September 1st and it is awesome) goodies today. I will have them up to show you soon. So much fun!

Oh yea and I made the same card in blues too. The yellow is still my favorite of the two.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Owl Note Holder

I love this little card and note pad holder set that I made for my friend and party hostess Jennifer last weekend. I used the Two Step Owl Punch that is new in the Idea Book and Catalog. How stinkin' cute is he?

I used the new Sweet and Sour DSP because I knew that Jennifer had a special love of orange and pink together. It is super cute paper too.

The note pad holder base is made from Early Espresso. Very Vanilla and the Sweet and Sour DSP layered on top. I used 2 ribbons to make my little owl a place to sit. The first was Pumpkin Pie Taffeta and I layered some Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain (retired) on top of that. I love the look of the two ribbons layered up like that.

A Pumpkin Pie Button from the Brights Designer Buttons collection and some Hemp Twine made a little spot for my Crumb Cake branch to start from. The branch was made using the Two Step Bird Punch.

I made the card the same and added it to a Very Vanilla base. I even added two little customized matching clips to the note holder.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Friends Never Fade

I just adore the flowers in the Friends Never Fade set. I stamped this flower and sentiment stamp three times on Whisper White to create my main image. Once with each Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, and Pear Pizzaz. From the Early Espresso image I cut out the flower center and the word Friends. I cut the flower from the Pear Pizzaz image. I layered all of these back on top of the Baja Breeze image and popped the flower up with some Dimensionals.
That very cool patterned paper is from the Greenhouse Gala DSP pack. The ribbon is the 1/4" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon.
This layout was based on FTL 94 over at Clean & Simple Stamping. LOVE that blog!