Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Lily

Look what a little ink from a Stampin' Write marker and a water brush can do! :-) Just ink up where the darker color will be on your image and then pull the color out with your waterbrush. I did do the lily on watercolor paper....less messy that way. :-) Tried to keep it simple so the lily would be the focus. The raised lines on the Whisper White card base were done using my stylus. The accent color is Elegant Eggplant.
Now you go and try it! Have fun!

Remember only TWO DAYS LEFT to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!!
Ends March 31st.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rachel Won!

I just want to thank you all for your wonderful comments to Rachel about her card! She was so delighted to read them all!
GOOD NEWS! In the random drawing that Karen's Doodles does....Rachel won 1st place! She is sooooo excited! The most exciting part for her is that as part of the 1st place winning, she gets to design her own digital as you read this she is pondering what she wants to design. :-) I'm sure we'll know the specifics soon!
Thank you again for your support of my daughter! She's thrilled! :-)

Easter Gable Box

It's just around the out for that Easter bunny!  She packs a lot of sweets that could get you in to baskets of trouble! :-)

I never thought I'd enjoy 'punch art' that much...but they are all sooo adorable...they just have to find a place in our crafts! This Easter bunny found her way onto a Gable Box. How cute is this to give to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews on Easter! Just change out the colors, omit the bow, add a carrot instead of flowers and it's perfect for boys too.
You can find the instructions HERE to make the Gable Box. (The punches used will follow the picture.)

Hope you enjoy! Have a delightful and blessed Easter....

All items used are by Stampin' Up!
Large and Small Oval punches, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle punches, Word Window punch (for pink pads of the feet and fence pieces), Heart to Heart punch, White gel pen, Black Stampin' Write marker, Crop-O-Dile (for pink nose), Tea Party Designer Series paper,
So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink cardstock,
Vintage Vogue stamp set, Clear Rhinestone brads, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Second Sketch Challenge!

Are you ready to play again? I've got another sketch challenge for you!

I hope you have fun putting your favorite colors, patterns and embellishments to this design. Please share what you come up with for all the readers of this blog, if you'd like! I know they will all enjoy seeing your designs and being inspired by your vision of this sketch. If you'd like to participate and send me a picture of your card, please send it HERE, and I will be sure to post it. If you don't have a watermark on your picture, I will be sure to list your name as you'd like it.

Note: If you are still working on the first sketch, there is no time limit here! You can still send it in and I'll post it!

Thank you for playing! :-)

Here's my interpretation :-) I used this image from a stamp set I love, and haven't used very often. This seemed like just the image I needed. Maybe you can pull out a stamp set you haven't used in awhile and try and apply it in this sketch! (Is that considered another challenge?! :-)

All items used are Stampin' Up products:
Le Jardin Botanique stamp set, Very Vintage jumbo wheel, Finial Press embossing folder,
Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Real Red cardstock, Blending pens, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, Eyelet Border punch, 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain ribbon and Clear Rhinestone brads.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rachel's Contest Entry!

Rachel (my 9 year old daughter) is so excited to enter her first card contest given at Karen's Doodles...she had to use one of their delightful digital images, and her card had to have atleast 2 pattern papers, 3 brads or buttons and something black. She used my Stampin' Up! markers to color in the image and blew me away with her coloring! I quickly told her how to blend her colors, and she went right to it! I'm soooo excited for her about her card, that I just had to post it to show you all!
Hope you enjoy!

Made by Rachel, my 9 year old daughter!
She did the coloring all herself using my Stampin' Up! markers! and she put it all together on her own!
I'm a VERY proud Mom, can't you tell?! :-)

Here's a close-up of her coloring job:

Thanks for stopping by to see!
Please post your comments so my daughter can gain some confidence in her work! Thanks!

Vintage Bird and Lace

How many of you have leftover ribbon and lace from sewing projects and it's not enough for another sewing you have no idea what to do with it? Or maybe you are like walk into the fabric/craft store and your eyes lite on a roll of 'knitted' lace and you HAVE to buy it....not having any idea what to do with just liked it! :-)

Well, here is what I did with mine! This just goes to show you that all those bits and pieces of odds and ends laying around your home CAN be used for something....just throw it on a card and create a thing of beauty and interest! :-) Just rub some ink on it to 'age' it a bit and it does wonders on a card! I just taught this card to a group of my friends this past weekend. We had so much fun! Thanks Ladies for a delighful weekend! Can't wait to get together again soon.

Okay, here's my sample.....hope this inspires you to pull out your scraps and create something new and exciting!

Items used by Stampin' Up! except the patterned paper and ribbon:
Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch #117191, SU's Four largest circle punches (listed on previous entries), Friends 24-7 stamp set #113218, Kraft and Whisper White ribbon, Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set #114996.
I would have preffered to have used the Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon on this, but had run out. It would have been so much nicer with that. The item # for the Taffeta ribbon is 109067.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Long-Stem Silhouette

More Definitely Decorative! I just finished re-doing my Master Bathroom, and found that this Wall Vinyl worked great! My husband thought I had painted it....

This is the large version of the "Long-Stem Silhouette" measures 12 3/4" x 52 3/4". Would look great in a foyer too...

The Long-Stem Silhouette is available in Black, Chocolate and White. The smaller size is measured at 5 3/4" x 27 3/4".

Check out Definitely Decorative HERE.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Definitely Decorative!

If you haven't looked through the Definitely Decorative are missing out!! There's wonderful images and quotes, "chalkboard" images you can actually write on, etc. They go on easy and come off easy without marring your walls. I just LOVE them! Stampin' Up! has a wonderful selection of colors too, in their images. So, hurry up and go take a look! :-) SEE HERE

Here's one I just applied in my dining room:

If you like this one, it measures 22 1/2" x 13" and is shown here in the Chocolate Chip. It's item #114769. It's also available in smaller sizes and other colors. Follow the link above to download the catalog and view all your options! 

Monday, March 15, 2010

My First Sketch Challenge Creation!

Wow! It was so much fun to actually design my own sketch challenge for you! I hope you'll participate! I've had so much fun being inspired by Diane's that I thought I'd give it a try! Please let me know what you think....

Remember, sketches are for your inspiration and can be altered to suit your style, color preference, etc. Embellish, change from portrait to landscape style if you wish.....just have fun being creative with it!

I'd LOVE to see what you do with my sketch! Please e-mail me HERE with your creation and I will begin another page where I will post your samples (if you wish). The samples will remain up until the next sketch challenge!

Of course I can't leave you without also posting my rendition of the sketch! Hope you enjoy and are inspired to let your creativity flow.....

Here's my rendition:

Items used:
Upsy Daisy stamp set #111710
Taken with Teal, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red and Soft Suede cardstock,
White gel pen #105021, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing tool # 105826 and #116631,
Crop-o-dile (to punch the little circles), 1/2" circle punch # 104390, Playground button set #116313,
*Scallop Trim Border punch #118402

* This item is a Sale-A-Bration item and is only available for FREE with a $50 purchase through March 31st. Don't miss out on this great FREE item! Place an order today!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Strawberry Delight!

Today's card was done using a sketch challenge from a fellow Demonstrator, Diane Noble. She posted it several days ago, and I just had time to sit down and participate. It's been a wonderfully lazy Saturday with a few hours to sit at my stamping table....the rain makes me want to huddle inside and be creative. :-) Does it do the same to you? My daughter wants to go out and see the new 'Alice in Wonderland' movie, so I will be soon off and running to do just that. In the meantime let me share what I came up with for the sketch, and also to challenge you to make a card using it!! Send me pictures of what you do with it, and I'll post them on my blog for other's to be inspired! E-mail your samples HERE.

So, here's the sketch by Diane:

And here's my rendition:

Stampin' Up! Items Used:

Real Red, Whisper White and Old Olive cardstock,
5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon,
*Scallop Trim Border punch, Linen Thread,
Jewelry Tag punch, *Vintage Labela stamp set,
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder,
Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper,
Tart & Tangy stamp set,
Sahara Sand, Real Red and Old Olive Stampin' write markers

* These items are only available through March 31st as part of the FREE Sale-A-Bration items for every $50 you spend! Don't miss your chance to get them!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Hubby!

Today is my husbands Birthday! Now, do you think I could give him a store bought card?! I don't think so!! I think he'd be pretty offended if I did.... :-)

A good friend of mine commented, early last year, that she couldn't wait to see what I came up with with the stamp set "Sense of Time" when I had purchased it. I'm ashamed to say, it's taken me that long to be inspired to do something with it....but my husbands B'day seemed just the right time to use it! I hope they are both pleased with the result....I think I am! I used the Designer Series paper "Nouveau Chic" which is just masculine enough to help pull off this card.  Let me know what you think!

Hope you like!

Stampin' Up! Items Used:
Nouveau Chic DSP #115670, Sense of Time stamp set #113804
Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Apricot Appeal and Sage Shadow cardstock,
Silver brads #104336, Basic Black  1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon,
Linen Thread #104199, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon #109064,
Extreme Elements stamp set #115181

Remember...Sale-A-Bration is still going on! Ends April 30th!
If you'd like to book a workshop to learn how to make these fun cards and projects, drop me a line!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Think'in Easter!

What does Easter make you think about? Probably, like a lot of you, I think of Spring beginnings because I am soooo ready for that season! :-) Flowers...dew on the grass in the mornings instead of snow and frost...warmer days and nights....getting Easter eggs ready for the children's egg hunts...
The biggest things I tend to think about are all the blessings in my husband, daughter, family and friends, our continued health through the years....and most of all...that I serve a God that loves me. Sometimes I think He gets lost in all the hoopla of each holiday that has commercially evolved. It's good to just step back and remember what Easter really is about and count those blessings that are in my remember that it's because of who He is and what He did on the cross that I have those blessings.
I know we all don't believe the same things, so what does Easter mean to you?

In keeping with Spring colors and the sense of Spring....Here's an Easter card to share with you!

Stampin' Up! Items Used:
Tea Party Designer Series Paper #113992,
Designer Label, 1 3/8 Circle and 1 3/4 Circle punches,
Little Leaves Sizzlits #114511,
Vintage Vogue Cling-mount stamp set #118598
Well Scripted Cling-mount stamp set #118601
Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain ribbob #109050
Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery cardstock
Clear Rhinestone Brads #113144

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Disney Scrapbooking!

Yes, I'll be catching up on my scrapbooking for quite awhile....

What better occasion to scrapbook then your trip to Disney World, right?

Thanks to my parent's fabulous planning, in 2006 we were able to get together as a family in Disney World! My daughter Rachel was 5 in these pictures and it was her first trip. What better way than to spend it with her cousins, Aunt & Uncle and Grandparents....and of course her parents! The kids had an absolute blast! I think it's past time to make that trip again..... :-)

These pages were designed using "My Digital Studio"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easter Mini Milk Cartons!

Springtime is coming, right? It doesn't feel that way outside now, but I'm hoping and praying it's soon. A sunny beach is calling to me.....I can't wait to get on one! How about you?
Okay, I know Easter has to get here first, so here's some more of those cute milk cartons done in 'springy' colors. Hope it inspires you to get out the more pastelly (is that even a word?!) colors in your collection....

SU Items used:
Pretty in pink, So Saffron and Bravo Burgundy cardstock,
Linen Thread, Bravo Burgundy 1/4" ribbon,
Tag and Small Tag punches,
*Scallop Trim Border punch,
1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches,
Metallic eyelets,
Eggcoutrements stamp set

* Sale-A-Bration FREE item when you purchase $50 in product!
Ends April 30th.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Walk on the beach....

I'm catching up on years of scrapbooking with "My Digital Studio"....have I told you how wonderful the program is?! :-) Hope you don't mind seeing a million pages scrapbooked of my daughter. It's fun to do and I can't wait to get enough pages done to fill a book. Stampin' Up! does a wonderful and professional job binding the scrapbooks....done in cloth or leather...they'll make a wonderful 'coffee table' book for everyone to enjoy! Also....wonderful gifts for family members. With all that said, here's a couple pages...

Pages made using "My Digital Studio". Click on link on side panel for more information!