Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fifth Avenue Floral set

This is a card I made a couple months back using one of my go to stamp set. Quick and easy...
Thanks for stopping by.
Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
stamp set: Fifth Ave. Floral, Fresh Cuts
Ink: Whisper White Craft ink, Chocolate Chip
Everything else: Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" circle, ticket punches, Top Note die, Big Shot machine

Friday, May 29, 2009

D is for Dad..

You can tell I have been working on Father's Day cards... Hope you like it.

Recipe (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Urban Oasis DSP
Stamp set: Sense of Time, Lovely Letters Alphabet
Ink: Basic Black
Everything else: Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

It is time to pass on these awards I got from LeAnne Pugliese

1. Marlene Lo for being my faithful cheerleader. You will love her designs- clean, crisp, lots of chocolate and blues.
2. Shera's Border Sheerah Teo makes the cutest wall hanging and wall arts.
3. Vivienne Yuan who is growing in her design style and it has been super fun to watch it all.
4. Melissa Phillips - I am definitely her secret admirer. She makes the yummiest cards. She does wonders with polka dots. I love all the different ways she mixes patterns.
5. Karen Haman I discovered her blog after she left a comment on my SCS gallery and been enjoying her creations.
Hope you enjoy visiting these blogs as much as I do.


Daisies die cut

Broke open my new Daisies die yesterday and played with it. I layered 2 of the largest one together to make it fuller. The flourish stamp is from Season of Joy set that I stamped twice, top and bottom. It is fun to be able to "build" swirls like that. Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe (all by SU! unless mentioned):
Cardstock and paper: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, K&Co dp.
Stamp set: Season of Joy, Bella Blossom (sentiment).
Ink: Basic Gray
Everything else: 1' circle punch, Regal Rose 5/8" ribbon, ribbon from my stash, Rose Red button, 3/16" corner rounder, Big Shot machine and Daisies die.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Good Friend set" thank you

This week CAS16 at Splitcoaststampers is here a remake of your own creation. Last year, I used to make my own patterned paper, lining images up like above. I used to make it in polka dot. Marlene might remember. So this year, I remake it using the Good Friend set. Lined the flowers in pacific point, so saffron and pumpkin pie. Added little flowers in cameo coral to fill it up.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like it.

Recipe (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp set: Good Friend, Cheep Talk, Bella Blossom (sentiment)
Inks: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Basic Gray
Everything else: Pacific Point ribbon, Spiral, Large oval, Scallop oval punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, 3/16" Corner Rounder

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A wreath card

I saw this and wanted to try it. It is surprisingly easy and unique.

And then, I played with the Manhattan Flower embossing folder. This will be for a wedding we will attend in July. The colors of the wedding invite are (translated into SU! colors) Elegant Eggplant and Kiwi Kiss. I rubbed Whisper White craft ink pad over the embossed flowers, like that look.

This last card is for my son's upcoming 5th birthday and LSC221 here, which is making anything circle. I stamped the train around the scalloped circle die cut.

I hope you like these, thanks for stopping by.

Recipes (all by SU! unless mentioned):
1. Wreath card
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Cameo Coral
Ink: Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray
Stamp set: Soft Summer
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Kiwi Kiss ribbon, various circle punches, dimensionals, Button Bouquet, ticket punch.

2. Wedding card
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant textured cardstock
Stamp set: Very Versatile
Inks: Whisper White, Basic Gray
Everything else: dimensionals, oval, scalloped oval punch, Big Shot machine, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, ribbon from my stash.

3. Train card
Cardstock and paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Frosty Day DSP
Stamp sets: Choo choo, Think Happy Thoughts, All Star
Inks: Tangerinte Tango, Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Going Gray, Basic Gray
Everything else: Pacific Point ribbon, Big Shot machine, scallop circle die, various circle punches, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Soft Summer ideas

Here are 2 different ideas with the Soft Summer stamp set that is available right now at the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini catalog. My friend Huey, a fellow SU! demo lets me play with her set this week. (Thanks, Huey!)

The first card is a Clean and Simple Challenge (CAS15)- which is black, white and a Bold Bright color here.

This second card below is the same image but colored in with Ruby Red marker and water colored with Aqua Painter. I inked up the edges in Going Gray and distressed the card stock edges to give it an "old" look.

 And this last one is a green idea- reusing an old can and repurposing it as a home for markers and crayons for my 3 year old daughter. It is super fast to do, just cut 4x10" piece of patterned paper of your choice and glue the edges. You can embellish it if you want to or you can make this as a set of matching note cards and pen holder for a gift. Wouldn't that be fun? I am putting this idea on my "to try" list.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like it.

Recipes- all by SU! unless noted: (CAS15 card)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Stamp set: Soft Summer
The sweet stuff (aka. Accesories): stray ribbon

(blue Thanks card)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, K&Co Cut n Paste DP.
Ink: Going Gray, Ruby Red
Stamp set: Soft Summer
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, Button Bouquet, linen thread, Marvy scalloped square punch, dimensionals, scallop edge punch

Marker holder
Paper: Making Memories dp

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Random projects from yesterday

This was a Father's day card I made last week that didn't get to be photographed until today. Love how the texture, shape and pattern all layer together. Sentiment was heat embossed in white. I cut the Top Note die first then added texture with my Texturz plate and Big Shot machine. 

This is for yesterday's color combo at SCS: Summer Sun, Only Orange (which I substituted with Tangerine Tango) and Kiwi Kiss. Had to throw in that Chocolate Chip in there to tie it all together but my husband commented the card looks like fall. Oh well...

Now this last project was what I spent all afternoon yesterday for- these wrapped candy bars are for my son Hudson's birthday. He will turn 5 on June 6 but since preschool year ends next week, they will celebrate all the summer birthday together next week.
I thought blue and orange are happy colors for the occasion. Trains are his fave hence the image. It fit into 1 3/4" circle punch which made it a snap to mass produce this. I am happy to say I used up my last bit of Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain ribbon for this. Can't wait until the new In Color arrives :)
Can not believe my oldest will turn 5 soon. We almost lost him twice early in his life. He is happy and healthy today, you would not know. I certainly know God is watching over him and pray that God will give us wisdom in training him to be the kind of person He wants Hudson to be.

I hope you have been inspired to create something today. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe Father's Day card: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Pacific Point, So Saffron, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Delicate Dots DSP
Stamp set: All Holidays, Darling Dots
Inks: Pacific Point, Whisper White
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Heat tool, White Embossing powder, Pacific Point striped grosgrain ribbon, Large Star, 1" circle punches, brad, Dimensionals, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Texturz Plate.

Recipe for Thank you card
Cardstock and paper: Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Stamp set: Polka Dot Punches, Bella Blossom (sentiment)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Full heart, Boho Blossom, 1/2" circle punches, dimensionals, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Scallop edge punch

Recipe for Candy Bar wrappers
Cardstock and paper: Whisper White, various Chatterbox dp
Stamp set: Choo Choo
Ink: Brocade Blue, Tangerine Tango
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): 1 3/4" circle punch, Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain ribbon, Brocade Blue ribbon, mini safety pin.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rock 'n Roll

Yesterday's CAS challenge at SCS was using the Rock 'n Roll technique- a great way to add color and dimension.
I stamped directly on patterned paper. I first inked the image with Mellow Moss and then rock 'n rolled the edges in Always Artichoke. I stamped off the same image just behind it and messed up a little, hence the buttons to cover up :) Then finished off by inking the edges of my Kraft card base with Whisper White.

 This one was rocked 'n rolled in Pink Pirouette and then Rose Red. I stamped Bella Toile background directly on the patterned paper. Added that Always Artichoke button for a pop of color and interest.
Thank you for stopping by.

"Green Ribbon card" recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, K & Co Cut n Paste DP.
Ink: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Whisper White craft ink
Stamp set: Very versatile
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Ribbon from my stash, Scallop edge punch, Fresh Favorites 2 button, assorted buttons.

"Vanilla Ribbon card" recipe:
Cardstock and paper: Kraft, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, K & Co Cut n Paste DP.
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White craft ink, Sahara Sand, Going Gray
Stamp set: Define Your Life, Bella Toile, Bella Blossom
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Fresh Favorite 2 button, linen thread, scallop edge, circle, scallop circle punches, dimensionals, Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon.

shabby chic...

This is a style that was inspired by Michelle Wooderson- whose blog I admire. I have stamped on patterned paper before but she did more by making a project out of 3 different stamped patterned paper. The result is shabby chic beautiful, which had been a style I have been having in my head for some time, especially after I met a crafter friend Jacquie last Friday. She showed me some of her hand made bookmarks done in this style, it is so yummy!
I did not end up doing 3 custom made papers today, not enough time for that, but it is on my mental note list :) I only did one. I pulled out a polka dot paper and stamped Bella Toile background stamp in Mellow Moss. Click on the photo for a close up on the background stamp.
I then made a Mellow Moss card base. Cut up a bit of kraft cardstock. Inked all the cardstock edges in Whisper White ink, which gave it that soft aged look. Stamped my sentiment in Always Artichoke. Tied ribbon and finished up with a cluster of buttons.
It came together pretty quickly. I hope you like it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Mellow Moss, Kraft, Washington Apple DSP
Ink: Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Bella Toile, Very Versatile (sentiment)
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Riding Hood Red ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Button Bouquet, Soft Subtle buttons, Button Latte, linen thread, scallop edge punch

Friday, May 8, 2009


Today's Ways to Use at SCS is Kool Kraft, anyway way to use this basic Kraft card stock into your creation. 
I need to make a birthday card for my husband's golf buddy, dear family friend, colleague whose birthday present my husband had been thinking of a month ago and whom my children dearly call uncle Steve. So I am incorporating today's challenge into his birthday card.
The sporting theme is fitting, don't you think?
I am making a matching envelope with the left over patterned paper with my new stash of square envelopes. Love it!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Chatterbox dsp.
Stamp sets: Sporting, Think Happy Thought, Darling Dots
Ink: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Making Memories star brad, circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Medium Square envelope.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Baby shower ensemble for Iris

This ensemble trio of shower invite, candy bar favor, and matching bookmark where a prayer list will be attached- is a special order from my church friend, Iris who is giving a baby shower.
Her request is a pink/brown color combo. I first picked out this cute vintage owl image and went from there. I created the pink textured piece with my Big Shot machine and SU! Harlequin texturz plates.
The button and safety pin were added to keep with the baby theme. When I made the bookmark, I thought why not made it a different shape, so I cranked out my Big Shot and Top Note die as the bookmark. Cranked it again with the texturz plate to give it the embossed finish. I made the bookmark as flat as possible as it will eventually be slipped inside a book, but I had to add the button there (it can be easily removed)- buttons make everything nicer, don't you think?
I hope you like these. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipes: (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Stamp set: Forest Friends, Cute & Curly, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): eyelet border, curly label, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle punches, linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, buttons from my stash, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, safety pin from my stash, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Texturz Plates SU! Backgrouns 1.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vintage CAS13 for teacher

This week is Teacher's Appreciation week and I am procrastinating :) Supposed to make a set of card and gift bag for each teacher in my son's preschool class. Found this cute vintage images in my paper stash that is in keeping with today's CAS sketch here. So I incorporated these and the card design grew from there. Added spiral note book punch on top of one of the layers for a school theme and bent them to give it some dimension. And found this sentiment with a font that looks like an old typewriter for the vintage look. Everything comes together super quickly. Great CAS sketch, Miss Boo. I am a fan!

Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Paper and cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, K&Co Cut n Paste DP
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp set: Much Appreciated
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Spiral, 1" circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Mother's Day..

This is what I created over the weekend, an accordion mini album for Mother's Day. We will make this for a class this week with my friend/ fellow demo, Huey. It will be fun! The empty pages are for photos or notes. And there is a pocket with a tag tucked inside to write a note/ insert a gift card.
I started with 3 pieces of Baja Breeze card base which are adhered together to make an accordion as above. This makes it slightly thicker so that it can be displayed on a desk, for example. And then embellish accordingly. 
The pocket was made from a coin envelope (available from office supply store) that was cut into 2.5" height. And cover with patterned paper and embellish. I find that this makes a great short cut rather than making the pocket yourself.
Another time-saver is using the Top Note die as a "frame" for your stamped images for this project. Then glue the ribbon last so that it can be closed.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you like it.

Recipes: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black.
Stamp sets: All Holidays, Petal Pizzazz
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle, eyelet border, 1" circle, 1/2" circle, ticket corner, tag punches, hole punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, string, buttons are a gift from Marlene.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Forest Friend distressed card

Wanting to try making DIY patterned paper using another color of card stock, other than white or vanilla... so this one is in Pacific Point.
I took out my Forest Friend stamp set, a cutie :)- stamped the deer in Whisper White craft ink. Stamped the trees in Pacific Point.  I filled in the empty spaces with tiny flowers. Next, I took out my new Color Spritzer tool (pg. 190 of the Spring Summer IBC) and spritzed Sahara Sand marker on it to add some background texture. This was my first time using this tool, I think I picked a color that was too light. It barely shows. I hope you can see it on the photo. I would use Chocolate Chip next time to give it a nice natural looking background.
Next I took out a steak knife from the kitchen to distress the edges of the card stock (a tip I found here, Claire Brennan's blog is so cool. Hop on over to see her cool eye for designs. Thanks, Claire! I have been using the edge of my large scissors but I found steak knife gives a more distressed look. Way cool!)
I finished off by mounting the whole Pacific Point panel on Stampin' Dimensionals. Double matted it with white and kraft. I added the sentiment (isn't that a sweet one!) and added some ribbon treatment and used Marlene's button again (she gave me a pretty big bag! I have way more to go :) and again mounted everything on dimensionals.

EDITED TO ADD: Claire poined to the origin of the steak knife idea Thanks!

There you have it, I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Kraft
Stamp sets: Forest Friend, Flight of the Butterfly, God's Blessings
Ink: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand.
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Scallop edge punch, Pacific Point ribbon, button, linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Giga square scallop Marvy punch.