Thursday, March 31, 2011

Add some punch to your card

Hello friends!  Today our challenge at the Pals Paper Arts is a technique ... punches.  So go ahead and add a punch or two to your card.  

Here is what my inky fingers and some great punches created ...

Stamps:  Just Believe
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Marina Mist, White
DSP:  Certainly Celery
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Marina Mist (pad & marker), Old Olive (marker)
Accessories:  circle, word window, modern label, ticket and hole punch, Marina Mist ribbon, ice brads, pop dots, edge distresser
All products are Stampin' Up!

My time on the Pals Design Team has come to an end.  It has been wonderful experience and I have enjoyed it so much!   I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Pals for letting me be a part of their awesome team for the last three months.  I would also like to welcome Margaret Moody back.  You were missed and everyone is looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations again.

I hope you can find some time to pull out those versatile punches and play along with us this week.  

Have a great day,

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Quick and Simple

I wanted to share a card that I made while Bethany was home for Spring Break.  I cherish the times we share together, especially in my craft room.  She is getting a pretty good stash of goodies too.  So fun to watch her create!  I meant to photograph her card too, but she took it with her back to college.  We always use the same layout but different stamps and colors.  It's amazing how different they look.  So this is what my inky fingers created ...

Stamps:  Forest Friends, Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Cool Caribbean, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Cool Caribbean 
Accessories:  CB embossing folder, rhinestone (non-SU), sponge dauber
All supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!  We are hosting a soccer tournament with teams coming from Wyoming, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  Unfortunately we are having bad thunderstorms today and it is not looking like soccer weather.  I'm so disappointed and know the families that have travelled here are really unhappy about this weather.  I'm hoping the rain Gods fall asleep for a while.

Have a great day,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reach for that embossing folder

This week at the Pals Paper Arts we want everyone to break out an embossing folder, or anything that you can emboss with, and have some fun with it.  

Below is a photo to help trigger those creative thoughts ...


I went with flowers for my embossing.  I still have spring on my mind and am still thinking bright happy colors.  The 'ole inky fingers had fun creating and came up this ...

Stamps:  Aviary, Build A Blossom
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Build A Blossom punch, Daffodil Delight ribbon, designer button, sponge dauber, pearls, glue dots, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder
All products are Stampin' Up!
  • I used a piece of scrap paper and a sponge dauber to make the birdcage look like it was sitting on a table rather than floating in the air. 
  • I saw this layout somewhere while reading the blogs I follow and can't find it now to give that person credit.  To the designer of this layout, I loved it and thanks for sharing it and if you are reading this, please give yourself credit.
  • I added three little pearls in the top corner since it looked so empty.
Thanks for stopping by and I always enjoy reading your comments!  Hope you can find some time to stamp with me and the rest of the talented Pals Design Team.

Have a great day,

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bring on the circles ...

You know that saying, a day late and a dollar short?  Well that is me on this card.  I really wanted to participate in The Paper Players color challenge last week.  I started stamping and punching out circles but that was as far as I got.  Not wanting to waste what I had done, I finished this card using this weeks sketch challenge.  Now I know most stampers submit a card for current challenges, but I thought I would be different. *smile*

Here is the clean and simple sketch ...

This is what my inky fingers created ...

Stamps:  Big Pieces (ret.), Little Pieces (ret.), Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Early Expresso, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Blushing Bride (hostess gift)
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Early Express
Accessories:  circle punches, oval punches, corner punch, sponge dauber, rhinestones, Early Expresso ribbon, pop dots
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Spring has sprung here in Huntsville and I'm loving it!  I'm sitting on my back porch as I type this listening to the birds and watching the trees blow in the wind.  Ok, I can do without the dang wasps and TVA work crew in my backyard.

I hope you have a great day.  I'm headed to a soccer game.  The guys from Florence are coming to town ... hi Benzi!  Let's hope we can stay undefeated!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Great sketch challenge

Hello Friends ... It's Pals Paper Arts Thursday and St. Patrick's Day.  This week we have a sketch for you to play with.  Here is our inspiration from the very talented Margaret Moody...

I followed this sketch perfectly and was pleased with the end result.  

Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes, Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Old Olive, White
DSP:  Ice Cream Parlor (sale-a-bration)
Ink:  Old Olive, Melon Mambo (marker)
Accessories:  Ice Cream Parlor buttons and ribbon (sale-a-bration), DMC floss, Old Olive ribbon, circle cutter
All products are Stampin' Up!

I hope you find some time this week to join in the fun of creating a beautiful card.

It has been a wonderful week in Alabama!  I think Spring has sprung and Bethany has been home all week on her spring break from UAB.  Michael had a soccer game Monday, Tuesday and has another one tonight.  So far they are undefeated and looking really good as a team.  I love having my children home and all of us being together.

Happy St. Patrick's Day,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I feel like a ... spring chicken

It's Thursday ... time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge.  This week we have an inspiration photo to help us get started on creating a Spring, Easter, flower, hat, etc. card.


I decided to pull out my old faithful A Good Egg stamp set for this challenge.  Have to admit after that, I was stumped.  So I stamped, looked, crumpled my paper and threw it away.  This happened a couple of times and then I thought I'm just going with whatever I do next.  So, this is what happened my next time at stamping ...

Stamps:  A Good Egg
Paper:  White, Concord Crush
DSP:  Blushing Bride, Concord Crush
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush
Accessories:  Stampin' Pastels, circle cutter, word window punch, corner rounder, sponge dauber, ribbon, scor-pal
All supplies are SU unless otherwise noted.

I found the directions for this little treat box on the Scor-Pal website. They had the measurements for three different sizes and this is the middle size.  Easy to make and great to hold some yummy Easter treats.  Here is a picture of the back ...

Along with the cute treat holder, I made a 3 x 3 card to accompany it. After all my fretting, I ended up liking the end result.

I hope you will find some time this week to play with the rest of the talented Design Team Pals.  Other good news ... we have Blog Candy to give away this week too! 

As always, thanks for stopping by and please let me know if I can help you in anyway.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SUO Challenge ...

One of my Pals, Carla, at Carla's Scraps, told me about this challenge and encouraged  me to participate.  So I clicked on over to SU-Only Challenges to read about it.  This was my first time to check out their site and I really liked what I found.  I will certainly be participating again!  This week the participants are to use their favorite retired SU stamp set.  Let me tell you, I have well over a hundred to choose from.  I know I really should sell some of them.

The first stamp that came to mind was the very first set I purchased ... Button Bear.  A very versatile set which is great for starting out.  I also used a few other retired sets.  My inky, and today chalky, fingers went to creating and ended with this ...

Stamps:  Button Bear (retired), Year Round Fun (retired), Lucky Me! (retired)
Paper:  Garden Green Close to Cocoa (retired), White
DSP:  Garden Green (retired)
Ink:  Black, Garden Green
Accessories:  Stampin' Pastels, rhinestones, sponge dauber, Finial Press EF, dimensionals, corner rounder
All products are Stampin' Up!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a new PPA challenge card.

Have a great day,

Monday, March 7, 2011

All that glitters ...

I finally found some stamp time ... yeah baby!  Yesterday afternoon while doing laundry, I had some free time to play in between loads.

I love to participate with the gals over at The Paper Players.  So today's card came from their theme this week ... spring.  While looking at the Design Team's cards, I noticed that Ann, my fellow Pal, had used some Dazzling Diamonds on her card.  Hmmm...I have some of that and haven't used it in a while.  I'll make a card with some sparkle.  Well ....  I'll let my card speak for itself. 

Stamps:  In Full Bloom (retired), Hello Spring (retired)
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa (retired), White
DSP:  Certainly Celery (retired)
Ink:  Black, Close to Cocoa (retired), Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  CB Fanciful Labels, brads, sponge dauber, Stickles, Prisma Markers, Nestabilities oval dies, dragonfly punch (non SU)
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Ok, no Dazzling Diamonds but almost a bottle of Stickles...hehehe  I just couldn't stop adding glue glitter or is glitter glue?  This card went from "I like it" to "oh, a bit gaudy".  I still had to post it though.  It just makes me smile and I had so much fun with it.  

The layout came from February's edition of Stampin' Success.  It was on my table so I flipped through it and thought this was a quick and easy layout to use and it was.

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


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Time for a color challenge ...

Time for another Pals Paper Arts color challenge.  Color and sketch challenges are always my favorite.  I like having something to start with rather than just thinking, "Ok, what do I want to use, how do I want to use it, etc."  I hope this challenge gets your creativity popping and you will play along with us!

The colors this week are ...
These classy ladies are looking so feminine and elegant that I just had to see if I could turn my card into something completely different.  I think I succeeded ...

Stamps:  In Wilderness
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Elegant Soiree
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:   Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, brads from Hodgepodge Hardware, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up.

I hope you will find some time this week to participate.  I always enjoy looking at everyone's artistic abilities.  

Have a great day,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Something simple ...

I was at the beach last weekend for a soccer tournament with my son.  I'm delighted to say they came home with the championship trophy.  We had a wonderful time and the weather was awesome.  Got to start on my tan.  Sad thing is, it will probably disappear before I can work on it again.  Being a proud mom, I've included a photo of the Grissom Varsity soccer team holding their trophy.  Michael is the first player on the back left row ... the tallest one.

Ok, enough of the mom stuff.  Now onto my card that took me over a week to make and it is quite simple.  I would stamp, leave and come back and do a little more.  From now until the end of the soccer season, my stamping takes a back seat ... and I miss it!  This is for Bethany so I had to add a touch of pink.  This child loves lime green and pink.

Stamps:  Apple Blossoms (hostess set)
Paper:  White, Taken w/Teal, Lime Green (non SU)
Ink:  Taken w/Teal, Luscious Lime SU marker
Accessories:  sponge dauber, ribbon (non SU)
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.
  • The Stampin' Up marker was one that I got when I first ordered all my markers back in 1999.  
  • I stamped the blossom with Taken w/Teal and then colored it with the Luscious Lime marker.
  • The edges were sponged with Taken w/Teal to tone down the white surface.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come by tomorrow to see what I've created for the Pals Paper Arts challenge.  I know the rest of the Design Team will have amazing cards to share.

Have a great day,