Month: March 2009

Inspired by an Artist

Hi!  The card I have to share with you today was inspired by Glenda Mosher’s art.  She is not only a stamper, but an artist as well! I really admire her talent and her lovely paintings!  You can see them for yourself  on her blog.  Glenda’s art was featured as the inspiration challenge choice for this week.  I made two pieces for this challenge!   The first is a card inspired by her Tiger Lily painting.  The second is a little different!  It’s a 1 inch square  “painting”.  I used Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps for the flowers and stems/leaves, and I sponged in the sky, then used a pin to scratch out white areas to highlight.   I sealed it with Crystal effects. I used the new Fifth Avenue  and  Botanical Blooms sets from Stampin’ Up! and Bird on a branch for the sentiment.  All are stamped direct to paper (Classic K Margo).  I lined the inside with whisper white.  The florals are colored using a blender brush and inks. I guess I was missing my old …

A Masculine Sympathy Card

I just came home from dinner and a movie with Des, wow, a date on a Friday night!   Dinner was great, but the movie not so great!  Oh well, you win some, you lose some.  It was still nice to be out.   Tomorrow, I get to go out with the girls! My friends are taking me out to celebrate my birthday that just passed at the beginning of the month.  It was the only time we could all get together, so tomorrow it is!  I haven’t  been told what it is we are doing though…so I’m a little curious!!  I’ll let you all know Sunday what we were up to! Here’s a card I made a couple of days ago,  I was asked to make a sympathy card and it needed to be masculine.  I usually find it difficult to make masculine cards, but I decided clean and simple was best and it came together quite easily. The Timeless Tuesday challenge this week is to use embossing on our cards, so I embossed the branch …

Hippity Hop!

Hippity Hop on over to our Crafty Creations Challenge blog for some bunny treats!!  This week’s challenge is to have your creations include a bunny!  How easy and fun is that for this time of year?!   I made four of these CAS (Clean and Simple) cards.  I used up the leftover scraps from the basket I made earlier this week . You can see the other Design Team samples over at our CRAFTY CREATIONS CHALLENGE BLOG.

An Easter Basket

Easter is one of my favorite Holidays, it’s right up there with Christmas for me! I love having Easter egg hunts for my boys and I always decorate my table with bunny treats and baskets. Easter really is coming up soon, and I will have my Sister in Law and her daughter for a visit over the Holiday, so I wanted to get started on some table decorations.  I always like to set a pretty Easter table the night before, so everyone sees it Easter morning, with special treats  in their spots at the table. The Technique Challenge on Splitcoast was to make Easter Baskets using Waltzingmouse’s template she kindly shared with everyone.  You can get her template and tips on her lovely blog. For this basket, I didn’t follow her template exactly.  I measured out my own so the base would be 4″ by 2″ (I’m not sure what hers is)  and made and cut my own template.  But the idea and shape of the basket came completely from Waltzingmouse so the credit is …

A New Dress (100% Sweet)

I went shopping today for my boys.  Not fun really.  First of all they don’t like shopping.  Second of all, I don’t like shopping with them. I needed them there though, to try on shoes.   It’s like pulling teeth just to get them to try on a pair too.  My oldest Son, who if you recall is only 7 has had a huge growth spurt in the last month!  I can’t keep up.  Maybe I could if there was as much of an assortment of clothes for boys as there is for girls though.  What’s up with that?  I have the hardest time finding a plain pair of blue pants for my son, while in the girls department I pass by 10 different styles!   Boys clothes are really boring.   It’s always the same thing. Girls on the other hand have so much choice!  I see so many cute outfits, dresses, pants, skirts, shorts, capris, tops, sweaters and shoes!!  O.k, too much choice, you Moms of girls might say!   But really, would it be that …

First Sign of Spring

Well, I’ve managed to stay up so late that it is now the SECOND day of Spring!!  What a beautiful first Spring day we had here.  Still cold, -10, but very sunny!!  I can feel that warm air coming in any day now…It just feels so good to have the light later in the day, and feel that warm sun on my face. How did you enjoy your first Spring day? I made this Spring card for our Crafty Creations Challenge theme this week.  This lovely daffodil is from Flourishes Signs of Spring set.  What a beautiful set it is too! I just got it in today.  Happy mail!   I love cropping images to make a small central focal image  for a card.  I thought this little daffodil was perfect for that.  I colored it in with a blender pen and inks in Summer Sun, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi.  The paper is Porcelain Prints from Stampin’ Up! We are looking for a new DT member for Crafty Creations Challenge Blog, so …

Sweet Spring Days

Spring is in the air!  And I am really hoping that it will stay and conitinue to warm up.  The snow is starting to melt thankfully, and I don’t need my parka anymore so that is a definite improvement! ! This week’s Featured Stamper is Stacy A.K.A Twinshappy, and she is so deserving of it!! Her gallery is beautiful, as is her blog! I chose this lovely fresh spring card to case.  I left off the layers and embossed the Old Olive card base directly, with my “With Love” cuttlebug border strip.  I stamped and water colored the panel and mounted it on Summer Sun Card stock.  What do you think?  Does it capture that fresh spring feel?  I am starting to see lots of Springy looking cards around your blogs and I am loving it!! Have a great day everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

3X3 Envelope Tutorial

Here’s how I make my 3″ X 3″ envelopes!  Note: 4″ square envelope dimensions added at the bottom of this post. Card stock sheet measures 7″ by 4.25″ 1. Score at 1″ and at 4.25 across. 2.  Score at  1/2 inch in on both long sides. 3.  Cut away the bottom side pieces up to the score line.  These strips are 3 3/4″ long. 4.  Cut away the top side strips up to the score line. These are 1″. 5.  Fold and unfold at all score lines to make sure they will fold easily in the final steps. Round ALL the corners. You will have to remove the guard on the punch to be able to round the corners on the inner corners. 6.  Adhere the 3″ x 3″ square decorative paper to inner envelope.   I line it up a close to the top score. 7.  Using a strong adhesive tape no wider than 1/4 “, add strips to the bottom sides. Fold side edges inward and bringing up the bottom, adhere to these folded …

Bookmarks For Your Favorites

I so enjoy a good book, and almost as much, I love a pretty bookmark! The color combo challenge on SCS  inspired me to make this bookmark  and I really love how it turned out! I stamped the Flourishes bird in Archival Black Ink, along with the sentiment Fly Away With Me, directly onto the Basic Grey dp.  I layered it on Always Artichoke card stock and Basic Black Cs.  The top is shaped using a tag punch. Here’s another style of  bookmark that I am really enjoying lately too.  Have a look, I first saw this style on StampingMathilda’s blog and just thought they were such a unique, lovely idea! Have a lovely and creative day!

Crafty Creations Challenge Magnet

This week’s challenge on Crafty Creations Challenge is FLOWERS. I made a magnet for this week’s challenge using Fresh Cuts from Stampin’ Up! , and alcohol inks to blend the background. Using the felt applicator, I dabbed on Raisin, and plum alcohol inks and blended it with blending solution.  The surface is Stampbord; a clay coated pressed wood board cut in a 2″ X 2″ square.  Fresh Cuts is stamped in Archival Black ink, and I’ve added a strong circle magnet to the back. I have a previous  TUTORIAL if you would like to see how I’ve used the alcohol inks.  I really enjoy working with them! I hope you’ll join us over at Crafty Creations Challenge Blog and show us all your flowery creations!