Friday, August 27, 2010

Another card for PPA 57

I liked the sketch so much over at Pals Paper Arts that I wanted to make another card with it. 

Stamps:  Ladybug Picnic, sentiment by Stampabilities
Paper:  White, Black, Taken with Teal, Cool Caribbean
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Prisma and Stampin' Up markers, eyelets (non-SU), Cuttlebug Houndtooth embossing folder, stamp-a-ma-jig

The inside of the card finishes the sentiment with "to say hi!"  I stamped the kite on Taken with Teal and ran it through the CB Houndtooth embossing folder for some texture. Then I cut it out and glued it to the card for added dimension.  Little details can go a long way.  My crop-a-dile slipped while I was punching holes for the eyelets so that added a crooked eyelet.  That gives this card character and that goes a long way too.

I've been trying to use up some of my old cardstock, hence the colors on this card.  I figured retired cardstock goes great with retired stamps. 

I wanted to show off  my helper today.  Banjee was right there while trying to take some pictures.  How can you resist a face like that looking at you?

I hope you have a great day!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Catching a breeze...

I went for something completely different on today's card...I stamped a scene.  Is it my favorite...not really...but it is always fun to experiment.  The layout came from a great sketch by Margaret Moody over at the Pals Paper Arts.  Be sure and check out their challenge this week.

Stamps:  A Kind Word, Sensational Scenery, Hedgehog Happiness
Paper:   White, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz
DSP:  Blushing Bride, Concord Crush
Ink:  Black, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Peach Parfait
Accessories:  Prisma markers, SU markers, SU pastels, rhinestones, corner rounder, dimensionals, distressing tool

For the sun and grass, I did the "rock 'n roll" technique.  I used all retired stamps on this card.  Sometimes you just have to dust off the old and use them too. 

Now it is off to stamp...Thursday if craft day!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's a MOJO Day...

The sketch below was actually designed by my upline, Mary Fish.  She came up with a wonderful sketch...probably one of my favorites.  I know I will be using this layout again!

Sometimes I change up the sketch just a bit.  For this one I only changed one thing.  On the bottom, I put my brads on the right side of my card.

Click on over to the MOJO website and see what everyone is making and be sure to upload your card too.  It is always so much fun looking at what everyone creates. 

A friend of mine had to have surgery this past Monday.  I made this card with her mind

Stamps:  Butterfly Prints, Always in My Thoughts
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Black, Tempting Turquoise
DSP:  Pear Pizzazz
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Black
Accessories:  butterfly punch, itty bitty punch, brads (non SU), itty bitty button, Rich Razzleberry ribbon, glue dots (non SU)
All supplies are from Stampin" Up! unless otherwise noted.

Now it is off to lunch with my best friend, Leslie, and shopping.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Friends Never Fade ...

Today's card is for my daughter who is also my best friend.  I used last week's MOJO sketch to get my creative juices flowing.  I did not use all the elements that the sketch showed but was pleased with the outcome.

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz
DSP:  Greehouse Gala
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Staz-on Timber Brown
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, Itty Bitty Punch, Early Expresso ribbon, blender pen
All products from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Hellos ...

With school being back in session, Thursday craft days are back.  I got two cards completed while Monica, my stamping bud, finished six cards.  Can you tell I'm a slow stamper?  I am forever putting a card together and then taking it apart to change a color, layout, etc.

The card below is for my nephew at college.  If all goes as planned, I will hopefully send him a card every week or at least every other week like I do Bethany.  I know how much fun it is to get mail.

Stamps:  Aviary, Lots of Thoughts (retired)
Paper:  Really, Rust, Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand, Close to Cocoa
DSP:  Really Rust
Ink:  Really Rust, Mellow Moss
Accessories:  eyelets (non-SU), corner rounder, Nestibilities circle die, oval punch, dimensionals
All supplies by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

For me, the best starting point is to have a sketch.  Sometimes I will draw a sketch but usually I look in my folder at some MOJO sketches or click on over to Splitcoast for their card sketches.  Today's card is from a MOJO sketch way back in January 2009, week  70.  I saw this sketch and knew it was perfect for this stamp set. 

When I stamped the bird cage, the stand was showing into the cage bottom piece.  I stamped the cage again and cut out just the bottom section and taped it over the mistake.  Not only did it cover my boo boo, it added dimension to my card and I liked it a lot better...was really pleased with the end result.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

PPA 56

Something new has happened over at the Pals blog.  Head on over and check out their new look.  Today's challenge is the inspiration photo below.

When I look at the picture, I see all sorts of colors and objects.  What do you see?  Here is what I took from the picture ...

Stamps:  Printed Petals, Things I Love, Whimsical Words,  Punched Posies
Paper:  Black, White, Poppy Parade, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Black, White, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Accessories:  Stickles by Ranger, Ribbon (non-SU), Dimensionals, Flower Punch, Itty Bitty Circle Punch, Bitty Button, thread (non-SU)
All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

I feel I captured lots of color and stamps on this card.  The red shoe is what I started with and went from there.  I used the sentiment from Whimsical words since I thought it brought meaning to the shoe...follow.  The white flowers came from the white flower in front of the red shoe.  I added the pink flowers since they really jumped out at me. 

It's always fun to do challenges and see what happens.  I hope you will click on over to the Pals website and play along.

Have a great day,

Friday, August 13, 2010

PPA 55 and MOJO 151

I thought I would try and capture both the Pals Paper Arts color challenge and MOJO's sketch challenge in one card.  My nephew just went off to college so I had him in mind while making my card.  After I started putting the card together, I realized it was going to look to "girly".  So I ended up changing some of the colors and didn't quite capture the sketch challenge either.  Oh well, I had fun creating this card.  What do you think? 

 Stamps:  Animal Crackers
Paper:  White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Summer Sun
Ink:  Staz-On Timber Brown (non-SU)
Accessories:  Cuttlebug stars and circles embossing folder, Prisma Markers, Tempting Turquoise marker, dimensionals decorative scissors (non-SU)
All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

I still wanted to use both challenges in one card so I decided to make card number two.  I think I captured everything on this card and added an extra neutral color (really two if you count the white card).  Think it still counts???

Stamps:  Funky Four, Vintage Labels
Paper:  White, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Accessories:  brads (non-SU), Cuttlebug swiss dots and circles embossing folders, window word punch, border punch, Nesabilities oval dies, corner rounder
All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

I would like to shout out a HUGE THANKS to everyone who hopped by for our August Pals Hop.  Thanks for the wonderful comments.  You sure know how to make a gals day.   

Have a great day,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August Blog Hop ... 3-D

Welcome to the August PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring projects that are 3-D or three dimensional! If you've hopped over from Joanna Munster,, I'm stop number 3 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find inspirational ideas for papercrafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

I had so much fun last month I couldn't wait to participate again this month. I started quite a few different projects as I was not sure I liked the direction they were going. It hit me at 4:30 a.m. Monday morning on what I should make. I have always wanted to stamp on a birdhouse. What do you know, I had an unfinished wooden birdhouse in my craft closet. So the final project is the finished product.

Click on picture to enlarge
Stamps:  Butterfly Prints, Flight of the Butterfly, Asian Artistry, Pocket Silhouettes, Wonder Weaves (retired)

Paper:  Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip

Ink:  Pacific Point, Always Artichoke, Melon Mambo, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip (marker), Staz-On Timber Brown

Paint:  Delta White and Burnt Umber

Accessories:  Two-step bird XL punch, pearls, circle punch, CB swiss dots embossing folder, sea sponge (non-SU), spanish moss (non-SU), Mod Podge (non-SU)

All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted. 

The following pictures are showing more details on the sides and back.  I wanted to show the roof since I spent a lot of time on it and it was fun to do.  I ran the Chocolate chip cardstock through my cuttlebug and then punched out circles.  I added some paint to the roof to give it a worn look.

While cropping the pictures, I noticed the butterflies are larger than the birds.  Hmmm...guess these are baby birds coming out of their house.   Funny how I did not notice this while I was making it.

A back and side view.

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Mary Fish,, stop number 4 on the August PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

Below are the rest of the Pals who have some wonderful 3-D creations to share.  Be sure and check them all out!


1. Gina Shaw,
2. Joanna Munster,
3. Pam Giudici,
4. Mary Fish
5. Diana Caho,
6.Martha Stewart,
7. Kylie Nicolosi,
8. Kris Kilcoyne,
9. Mike Funke,
10. Dawn Gross,
11. Tracy Cowee,
12. Barbara Furlong,

Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments!  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. 

Have a great day,

Sunday, August 8, 2010

PPA 54 ... Masculine card

This week's challenge over at the Pals Paper Arts is to create a KISS (Keept It Simple, Sweetie) masculine card.   These cards do exactly that ... white space, minimal layers and embellishments.

Stamps:  Stampabilities Fleur-De-Lys
Paper:  White, More Mustard, Ballet Blue
Ink:  More Mustard, Ballet Blue
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Fleur-De-Lys embossing folder, ribbon

All supplies are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Next week I will be participating in another blog hop with the Pals.  Be sure to stop by on Tuesday, August 10th to see what everyone has created.

Today is another scorcher and we are supposed to go play golf this afternoon...ugh!  This will be our last family outing before school starts on Monday for Michael and Bethany heads back to college.  It's been a great summer break with my family and I always hate to see it end. 

Have a great day,

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just Because...

I made this card a while back for my secret pal.  Now that we are done sending cards, I wanted to share it. Plus, I have not had time to venture upstairs and create something new since coming back from NJ.

I tried something a bit different on this one.  I used my Score-pal and scored the white paper to make the squares.  Next I wiped my Rich Razzleberry ink pad on the paper.  Kinda cool looking since the ink does not go in the score lines and you a have a neat looking background paper.

Stamps: Just Because
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Accessories:  Scor-pal, Itty Bitty Punches, corner rounder, ribbon

We had a great time on vacation and it is also good to be home.  I think the highlight in NYC was seeing the Naked Cowboy...what a funny sight.  The women were all over him and he was loving every minute of it.  Now I need to start getting back into the school mode as Michael starts his senior year next Monday...ugh!  The following weekend we move Bethany into her dorm at UAB for her sophomore year.  Where has the time gone???   

Have a great day,