Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lights & Sirens


Once again, I decided to make a "not your typical" anniversary card. I must be on kick with those lately! Most people wouldn't think that a police car is the first choice for an anniversary card, but I'm here to prove them wrong! I paired the car from the You're My Hero stamp set with the 'happy together' stamp from the A Dozen Thoughts to create this fun card. I also punched out 3 circles using the 1 3/8" circle punch in Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Garden Green to simulate a stop light. Can you see it? 

Now on the inside is the really fun part! I used the stamp from the retired SAB set, See Ya Later that said, "once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything" to which I added, "and is worth turning your lights and sirens on for!" Oh, I couldn't stop laughing! Sometimes I crack myself up! Remember to keep an open mind with your stamps, they may just have more uses than you think! Happy Stamping!


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Banner Life


Happy Thursday stampers! Thought I would share one of three projects attendees got to make at my Sale-A-Bration & All Occasions Mini Catalog Open House a couple months ago. Attendees got to use new stamp sets and accessories that were in both catalogs on the different projects. How fun, new toys to play with! This particular card featured Banner Blast stamp set and coordinating punch, Perfect Pennants set, and the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper stack. This by far, has been one of my favorite DSP's! I will be sad to see it go as it is not in the upcoming new catalog. Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's Turtle Time!


It was zebras yesterday and turtles today! It's a zoo around here! LOL I made this card for my sweet friend who took me to the Green Turtle for a delicious birthday dinner. I thought this card was quite fitting! To make this cute little punch art turtle I used the 1 3/4" circle punch for the shell; Word Window punch for the shell bottom, legs, and neck; 1/2" circle punch for the shell spots and toes (they are cut in half); 3/4" circle punch for the head and tail (which I snipped a little to achieve the shape) and the Owl Builder Punch for the eyes. Overall, a cute and fun card that was filled with sincere thanks and lots of love! Thanks Kelli, I love our "new spot"! Happy Punching!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Zebra Love


A dear couple I know recently celebrated their wedding anniversary and I wanted to create a card for them that wasn't the normal flowers, etc. So looking at all my glorious stamps, I settled on Zoo Babies. Not usually associated with anniversary cards, I thought it would be fun to create a "couple" using the zebra stamp. How did I make the zebras face each other since the stamp has it only facing to the left? Hmmm...... I used a piece of our wonderful Window Sheet and stamped a zebra, one on each side, so in the end they are facing each other! LOVE IT! And you can't even tell which one is which up close! I stamped the greeting from A Dozen Thoughts and the heart from Perfect Pennants on the piece of Whisper White card stock that is behind the Window Sheet. I like the black, white and red combination; makes me feel like love is in the air! My advice, don't be afraid to use stamps that aren't typically used for certain occasions! You just might surprise yourself! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Creation Station with Work Of Art


We're back again for another blog hop round! With different stamps and accessories to highlight this round, you're sure to find inspiration on every stop along the blog hop! For this round, our options were: 

1) Use Blast Off stamp set
2) Use the * NEW * Work of Art stamp set (it's in the upcoming new catalog!)
3) Highlight the use of Baker's Twine

I opted to do options 2 and 3 and instead of one project, I am sharing THREE with you today! Woo Hoo! Triple the fun!


First up, this is what came about when I sat down with the new set, Work of Art for the first time. I thought the "dot" made for a fun background, as if I made my own DSP! Woo Hoo! I like the color combination of Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green. It's fun. It's fresh. It screams, "Bring on the warm weather!" LOL 



I tried something a little different with the Linen Thread as well. Instead of a simple bow, I made loops then adhered all the ends together and hid them behind the punched out layer. Wasn't sure at first, but I like it! And yes, the heart is stamped in the same color ink as the "paint splotch". I simply stamped the "splotch" first in Strawberry Slush ink, then stamped the greeting in Basic Black. Worked a minute or two on other aspects of the card then came back and stamped the heart using the Strawberry Slush ink again. By letting the "first layer" of ink dry, the "second layer" appears darker. Just an extra bonus tip for you today! 

While the stamps were scattered on my table, I had an "aha" moment. Sometimes those work out and sometimes they don't, but today I have to say that it did!




Voila! A scene taken right out of the garden and using ONLY stamps from the Work of Art set completely! LOVE it! I used the large 'splotch' to create the sky, the smaller 'splotch' for the grass, the long 'swipe' for the stem, the heart for the flower and leaves, and the dot for the flower middle. It's a little hard to tell, but I hand cut the flower and popped it up on dimensionals, and then popped up the flower middle on top of that as well so in real life it really gives it depth. This is my favorite idea with this set so far!


Then I got to thinking that I didn't incorporate Baker's Twine in either of those projects so what can I do to use it in a new and different way. So I sat at my table, looking that the card I just created and it hit me again!




I made a smaller (3" x 3") version of the card I just created, but instead of using the heart to make the flower I used twine! With a brand new pack of our Whisper White Baker's Twine in hand, I snipped off a fairly long piece and then colored it using Real Red ink and a sponge. By getting a pack of white twine, you really do have any color at your fingertips simply by coloring it! So I looped the twine onto the back of the dotted center six times and adhered it with glue dots then popped the entire thing up on a dimensional.  Just something a little different. 


Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Kallan's creativity or you can hop along to see what wonderfulness Deborah has to share with you today! Happy Stamping!



                



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Round 2 Coming!


Tune in tomorrow for another round of our fabulous Creation Station Blog Hop! Lots of creative ideas to be shared with you starting at 8:00 AM (eastern standard time)! Happy Stamping! 




Friday, May 16, 2014

Greetings From Down Under


I'm just going to go ahead and say it, "I LOVE punch art!" I love how you can take simple shapes you have punched out of card stock and create works of art. Today's card is no exception. I was smiling the entire time I was making my little koala friend. Isn't he cute? This card was one of five that was made at my punch art animal class in April. I didn't have any 'Australian-ish' word stamps so I created my own by combining two! I used A Dozen Thoughts and Sketch Alphabet & Numbers to create the fun greeting. I thought it tied in well. Seriously though, doesn't he just make you giggle a little bit? *wink wink* Take a look at your punches again, there are masterpieces waiting to be created! Happy Punching!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Well, I'll be darn!


I've gone and done it again! My card was chosen as a Top 3 Pick for the color challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com. Woo Hoo! Super excited that they liked it so much! 


It's a wonderful feeling to have your creativity recognized; it gives a boost to the self-esteem and the soul. Thanks to whomever did the judging! This card is in the mail already and heading to its special destination; who knew my dear friend would be receiving a "winner". Guess she'll have to frame it now! LOL Happy Stamping!




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Color Challenge 12


Thought I would join in on the fun today and take the color challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com. Doesn't this color combination scream spring?!? Love it! I had to make a special card for a dear, sweet friend of mine who went above and beyond to help me out last week so these colors were a jump start for her card.


I knew I wanted to use the "You're Amazing" stamp set because simply, my friend is AMAZING! To achieve the two colors on the word "Amazing" I first inked it up with my Daffodil Delight ink pad, then took a sponge dauber and my Calypso Coral ink pad and dabbed on some color on the top part of the letters and blended it downward. I did it 3 times to make sure the coral color was intense at the top. What do you think? It almost gives the appearance of fire or flames doesn't it? How cute would that technique be on a fire engine/firefighter card? Love it! 


Here's a close up of the card, you can see the different layers I used. I hand cut out one hot air balloon in Bermuda Bay ink, and the flags out of one Daffodil Delight balloon and adhered them on top of the Bermuda Bay balloon. I also had fun tucking and twirling a piece of our White Baker's Twine around the card to help draw your eyes around the card. Did you find the 3 rhinestones I added for the 'bling factor'? Too fun! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

All For Mom


Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful stamping mommies out there! I thought this card was fitting for today. I was commissioned to make some Mother's Day cards and this was one idea I came up with. Using Strawberry Slush ink, I stamped "Thinking of you" from the Sassy Salutations set on Whisper White card stock then attached a piece of our Vellum card stock over top to mute it slightly. Using Basic Black ink, I stamped the large Swallowtail butterfly and cut it out. Then using sponge daubers inked it up with Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake ink. I adhered it on top of the vellum. I embossed the words on the vellum and then wrapped it all up with linen thread. Hope you are having a wonderful and love filled day - YOU DESERVE IT! Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Oh, Happy Day!


I am liking the Starburst Sayings stamp set more and more when I play around with it. And you gotta love the fact that it has coordinating framelits! In the words of Heather, "Holla!". (That was a shout out to all my fellow Real Housewives watchers.) You know when you think of it, this set is pretty versatile. Not only for the various sayings and stamps it includes, but for the fact that you can use this set for both masculine and feminine cards! "Bonus!" The color combination I decided upon for this creation was Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip and Tempting Turquoise. And the best part, this set and framelits are in the new catalog debuting June 2! "Holla!" *wink wink* Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Blessed


I am blessed. I have such wonderful friends in my life! Thought I would share the cards that filled my mailbox for my birthday a couple weeks ago. And yes, the flowers were hand delivered by a sweet friend as well on my special day. Thank you Robin, Sandy, Kelli, Tracy, Jean and Carol! You are all so kind and talented! Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Gobble Gobble

I hope you enjoyed our blog hop yesterday! Such fun and unique projects! I am looking forward to our next one! When is it you ask? We'll be blog hopping every first and third Sunday of each month! Woo Hoo!

Today's project was one my stamp club members made back in the fall. I know it's the wrong season now, but wanted to share it with you before saying final farewell to our Wonderfall stamp set. It really is a keeper! Without further ado, meet Tom Turkey!


Cute right? We made him using our Petite Purse die (minus the handle) and filled him with tasty treats. His 'feathers' are the leaves stamped and die cut from the* most awesome * stamp set, Wonderfall. Told you it was a keeper! His eyes are 1" and 1/2" circle punches, his nose is the Mosaic punch where I trimmed off the points, and his gobbler is the branch from the Bird Builder punch. All my club members kept giggling when they were stamping and assembling him. Can you see these at each place setting on your next Thanksgiving Day table? Too fun! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Creation Station Blog Hop


Welcome to our first Creation Station Blog Hop! I hope you get inspiration from each of the stops along this blog hop to incorporate into your own stamping and paper crafting! Join us twice a month for this fantastic blog hop. We'll be highlighting different stamp sets, accessories, or having a different theme; all designed to expand your creativity! For this first hop, our options were: 


1) Use the Geometrical Stamp Set -OR- Anything triangle related
2) Use Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set
3) Create something with the Tag a Bag Boxes

I decided to go with the first option - anything triangle related. Love this shape! And it is rather trendy right now too, don't ya' think? So I couldn't stop at just one idea...I have 3 to share with you today!


The first card I kept rather simple and used punched triangles as an 'embellishment' on the card. To obtain these triangles, I punched a couple 1" squares out of Raspberry Ripple card stock then cut each square in half, then each of those halves in half again. In the end, each square makes four triangles. I thought these triangles helped to draw your attention towards the focal point of the card. In a sense, triangles help to create motion.



This second idea is actually a 3" x 3" card. These little notes are fun and super easy to make. I used our Petite Pennants Builder punch to punch out several Basic Black triangles. I then adhered each one onto a strip of our luscious Raspberry Ripple card stock to mimic the zebra's stripes. I trimmed off the an excess triangles that were hanging off and voila! a super fun zebra border! Who knew triangles could be so fun!



The last idea I created I wanted to highlight triangles even more and make them the focal point. For this I once again used our Petite Pennants Builder punch and punched out several Whisper White triangles. I then carefully put them side by side touching each other and using our Summer Silhouettes stamp set, created a flower-filled field. I then put adhesive on the back of each triangle and adhered them onto a piece of Early Espresso card stock leaving a small space between each triangle. Doesn't it feel like you are looking out a window at this field of flowers? Too fun!  The flower and leaves at the top are from that same stamp set and I simply hand cut each one out to a fun embellishment for this card. 



I hope you enjoyed these three simple, but fun ways to highlight triangles. Who knew this basic shape was so talented? 


Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Kallan's creativity or you can hop along to see what wonderfulness Deborah has to share with us today! Happy Stamping!