Happy Paisley Birthday

One can never have too many birthday cards, right? Add this one to my stash! This card is for both the color challenge, and the sketch challenge over at SCS. I tried and tried to get a good CC card yesterday, to no avail. Everyone seemed to be using flowers, so I wanted to steer clear of that path. Well, I didn't have much luck! So when the SC was posted today, a lightbulb went off in my head, and I thought of these little paisleys from the Polka Dots and Paisleys set SU! gave to all its demonstrators for Christmas. You see, I had already stamped the teal piece of cs with my Paisley bg stamp, and distressed and sponged it with navy ink yesterday and I'd have hated to let it go to waste! *grin* So I mounted that piece on to a Whisper White card base, and cut and distressed an angled strip of Night of Navy cs to go under the main images. I colored the paisleys with my navy and teal markers, then "huffed" and stamped them on white cs. Then I cut them out, and mounted them on dimensionals. In the center of each of the flowers are tiny rhinestone bling stickers. I added the sentiment from Happy Everything to the bottom portion of the card in navy ink. As a finishing touch, I added some white Prima flowers (with rhinestone bling in the centers) to the top and bottom corners. This scan really doesn't do the card justice! The colors are much more vibrant IRL. But, I couldn't get a decent picture either, so I had to settle for the scan! ;)

For a sweet friend . . . .

Playing with my new goodies yet again! I just got the Stamp of Authenticity set last week, and I have been wanting to try it out! And of course I am still loving my Petals & Paisleys paper samples that Lori sent me! *giddies* I have admired these ecclectic collage-y type cards using this set, and just had to try one for myself. I started by stamping the Paisley BG in olive ink on Old Olive cs. Next I added strips of two of the designs in the Petals & Paisleys ds collection. I stamped the library card design in black ink on white cs, and decorated with various stamps from Polka Dots & Paisley, Stamp of Authenticity, Typeset Alphabet lower, and a sentiment by Hero Arts. I also added a heart I handcut from a piece of Loves Me ds paper. I attached the round tab punched piece with a staple, and stamped "sweet" from the So Very SAB set in olive ink on it. In the bottom right corner I added two pink brads form the subtles collection. I really like how this turned out, and I can't wait to get some more new toys to play with! I will be placing my preorder from the Spring Mini on Thursday - yippee!

Bucket Full of Blooms . . . .

Aren't they lovely? One of the first accessories I purchased for my Cuttlebug was the Flower #1( set of 4) 2x2 dies, and these little beauties were the reason why! I was inspired by iris and 11Valerie11 over at Splitcoaststampers to make some of these embellished giant paperclips. I went out and purchased the supplies earlier in the week. Yesterday I received some fabulous happy mail from my dear friend, Lori (stamp_momma) which included a sampling of the new Petals and Paisleys designer series paper which will be featured in the upcoming SU! Spring Mini catalog! *giddies* I wanted to try them out right away, of course! So I decided they would be perfect for these clippies! To start, I cut out 10 large flowers, and 5 tiny flowers from my stash of blank chipboard coasters with my Cuttlebug. BTW~ when I first ordered 100 of these babies I wondered what I was doing. Now I think I am running kinda low!!! ;) Next I cut out 10 large flowers from the Petals & Paisleys ds paper and 5 small flowers from assorted cardstock colors. I adhered the papers to the chipboard flowers using my UHU Scrapbookers glue pen. The back flowers use the reverse side of the paper used on the front flowers. Then I punched a hole in the center of the tiny flowers and attached a silver brad. Then I glued the tiny flowers to the front of 5 of the large flowers, again using my UHU Scrapbookers glue pen. To adhere hte flowers to the giant paperclips, I used E6000 adhesive, which is a strong craft glue. It need to sit for quite awhile to set, and you need to use it in a well-ventilated area, but once it is dry it holds really strongly! Anyway, I think these are really cute to use as bookmarks or to organize special papers, etc. I am really lovin' these new papers from the mini and am sooooo thankful to Lori for thinking to send me some sneak peek goodies! ;)

Thoughts of you . . . .

I usually only do the SCS challenges on Tuesday (color) and Wednesday (sketch). I usually have lots of other projects occupying my time. However I was particularly inspired by today's Ways to Use it challenge - Background check! I *heart* all of my background stamps!!! I have well over a dozen of them, and I can rarely seem to make a card without them! ;) I thought the French Flair BG and French BG would look good together, for obvious reasons, and I decided to try them out. I stamped the French Script BG in Sahara Sand ink on Sahara Sand cs, then layered the French Flair BG over it in white craft ink. For the focal piece, I cut a strip of paper from the Enchante designer series. It has "Bonjour" stamped repeatedly on it. I notched the corners using the ticket corner punch, and matted it onto Pale Plum cs. Next, I cut a small piece of acetate, and stamped it with a portion of the French Flair BG in white StazOn ink. I attached it over the main panel using a dab of strategicly place adhesive, over which I added two flowers I cut out from the ds paper. I added a photo hanger from my antique brass Hodgepodge Hardware kit to the right side of the focal panel, and added a piece of moss gingham ribbon as a finishing touch. The panel is popped up on dimensionals. Finally, I added the sentiment from the Warmest Regards hostess set in the bottom right corner with Perfect Plum ink, notched the corners of the Sahara Sand piece, and adhered it to the Perfect Plum card base. I *love* the look of this card! I think it really shows the versatility and depth that background stamps can add!

Blush Blocks . . . .

I made this card today for the Sketch Challenge over at SCS. I *adore* the Blush collection of papers by Basic Grey, and decided to pull them out once again. *grin* I played around a bit with layering on this card. I wanted each element to have its own attention. So, if you notice the laregest panel has a medium mat, the sentiment has a larger mat, and the small patterned panel has two tiny mats. I also chose not to add another panel where the brads are, because I wanted to see the caribbean colored background paper showing through a bit more than it was. I repeated my layering play on the base layers of the card as well. Cardstock used is Chocolate Chip and Blush Blossom (of course!) and the patterned papers are all from the Basic Grey "Blush" line. Ink colors are Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa. The sentiment is from the Happy Harmony SAB set from SU! I used my edge distresser on most of the layers as well, for added dimension. The vintage brads are distressed a bit with a hammer. The flower is cut from a chipboard coaster using my Cuttlebug and Flower #1 dies. The paper and button are adhered to the flower using my UHU Scrapbookers glue pen. I don't really do alot of layouts like this, but it was a fun challenge!

Country Delight . . . .

It's Tuesday again!!! ;) Time for the SCS color challenge - Brocade Blue, Bravo Burgundy, and Night of Navy. Today I reached for my Delight in Life SAB stamp set, and decided to play around with creating a watercolored background. First I cut a piece of Whisper White cs to 4 1/4" x 3 1/2". I stamped the large outline flower in navy ink, then I grabbed my aquapainter and watercolored in the negative spaces with brocade ink. Next I inked up the solid flower image with burgundy ink, and misted the stamp before centering them inside the outlined blooms. I matted the focal panel onto navy and burgundy cs, and stamped the brocade card base with my Linen BG. I notched the top left corner with my horizontal slot punch so I could thread through the white narrow organdy and burgundy gingham ribbons. Finally I inked the sentiment using my navy and burgundy markers, punched it with my key tag punch, and popped it up on dimensionals. The result looks very country to me, hence the title ;) Hopin' to be able to play some more later! *grin*

Buggin' again . . . .

So, on our little Friday night outing I talked myself into getting a new Cuttlebug embossing folder. *grin* It is the Happy Birthday one, and when I received some IRAK images in the mail the next day from the Eat Cake stamp set, I just *knew* they would go perfectly together! Today I finally got a chance to try out my idea, and here is the result. The card measures out to a 4 1/4" square. Colors are Ballet Blue, Rose Red, and So Saffron. I used my Sakura Stardust glitter pen on the candle sparks. Ribbon is from my stash I am hoarding from one of Jody's ribbon shares - it matches perfectly! You can never have too many birthday cards, right? ;)

I've been tagged . . .

by Kristine over at Ink Something! So, here goes:

A - Available or Taken: Totally Taken! Married to hubby John for 6 1/2 years!!!
B - Best Friend: If I have to choose just one, it would be Toni - to whom I can attribut my stamping addiction!!!
C - Cake or Pie: Mmmm, pie! ;)
D - Drink of Choice: Lately, water but I'll allow myself the occasional Republic of Tea - fruity, sweet and iced!
E - Essential item you use everyday: ditto to everyone else who said the computer ;)
F - Favorite Color: I *heart* all things PINK!!!!!
G - Gummy Bears or Worms: gotta go for the worms here . . . throw 'em in some "dirt" too! ;)
H - Hometown: Chicago, IL (love it all, except the snow!!!)
I - Indulgence: anything rubbah related!!!
J - January or February: gotta go with February, Valentine's Day and hubby's Bday
K - Kids & Names: Kaleigh (4 going on 24 *sigh*)
L - Life is incomplete without: Family and friends
M - Marriage Date: July 15, 2000
N - Number of Siblings: 4, two sisters and two brothers (twins!)
O - Oranges or Apples: even though I'm required by the state to say oranges, I gotta go with apples! ;)
P - Phobias or Fears: Spiders, and snakes . . . eeeeew!!!!
Q - Fave Quote: I have lots, but how about "Love makes the world go 'round . . . "
R - Reason to Smile: my DD Kaleigh, and hubby John (no matter what I might say later - lol!)
S - Season: Summer! I was a summer baby . . . ;)
T - Tag 3 or 4 People: Leslie (Inky Hugs), Cyndi (My Little Stampin' Heaven), and Teresa O. (...Rubbah' Thoughts & Creations)
U - Unknown fact about me: I *love* to sing, and I am pretty good at it too. I studied music for 13+ years . . .
V - Vegetable you don't like: any and all beans - yuck!
W - Worst Habit: I am terrible at decision making . . .
X - X-rays: *both* ankles
Y - Your Fav Food: I *may* have a slight ice cream addiction . . . ;)
Z - Zodiac Sign: Cancer, I am *crabby* - lol!

And the winner is . . .

First of all I want to thank everyone who commented on my Reader Appreciation post. I really enjoyed reading about everyone's favorite Valentine's Day treats and memories. Congratulations to Allison who is the winner of this contest! Allison's favorite treat is Cinnamon Heart candies. Allison, please email me with your address and I will get your package out to you asap. Thanks again to all of you for your continued support. Stay tuned for more fun projects and maybe another contest sometime in the not too distant future! Until next time, I'm as always Inkfully Yours . . . .

Mon Amie . . .

. . . my friend! This is my take on one of the projects shown at SU! Leadership this past week. It is a Photo Wallet and it is soooo cute! shekinah over at SCS posted a fabulous version of this project, along with directions. Thank you so much! It looked easy enough, so I decided to try it out for myself. I started with a piece of 12 x 4 5/8 Close to Cocoa cs which I scored at 3 1/8, 6 1/4, 6 1/2, 9 3/4, and 10". Then I stamped the front, back, and top inside panels with my French Flair BG in Chocolate Chip ink. Next I adhered a piece of Enchante designer series paper to the top front and back flaps, being careful to center the script. To create the belly band, I cut a strip of Pale Plum cs 1 x 10 1/2, and scored it to fit over the wallet. I also adhered some of the Enchante ds paper to it to give it a little more interest. I cut slits where the two ends of the band overlapped, and added some brass brads from my Hodgepodge Hardware kit on either side. As an extra detail, I added a strip of chocolate grosgrain ribbon on the left side of the band. For the inside pockets, I used shekinah's tip and used medium sized envelopes that I sealed and then cut in half. I stamped them with the Fleru-de-lis image from the Finest Flourishes set in Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, and Certainly Celery ink. I notched the left corner using my 1 1/4" circle punch, about 1/3 of the way down. The envie pockets are adhered to the wallet using Sticky Stip adhesive, a strong red tape that will hold them firmly in place. The imserts are sized at 4 x 2 7/8" , and are cut from Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, and Certainly Celery cs. I adhered a 1" strip of coordinating Enchante ds paper to the left side of each insert, and created a pull using a clip from my brass Hodgepodge Hardware kit, which I adhered using my 2 way glue pen. This was so fun to make, and resulted in a super cute friendship gift, if I do say so myself! I hope you'll try it out for yourself!

Sweet!

Well, I promised you another Cuttlebug creation and here it is! This card features the Bloom Dots embossing folder, which I think coordinated nearly perfectly with SU!'s Big Pieces and Little Pieces stamp sets! How sweet is that??? ;) So I started by using my Cuttlebug to emboss a piece of Regal Rose cs, which I then mounted onto Chocolate Chip cs, and adhered to a Taken with Teal card base. I then added a strip of Loves Me designer series paper across the front of the embossed layer. I stamped the daisy from Big Pieces in Pretty in Pink on Whisper White cs and punched with my 1 1/4" circle punch. I matted this onto a 1 3/8" punched circle from Chocolate Chip cs, and added a silver brad in the center. Next I stamped the daisy outline from Little Pieces in Cool Caribbean and Close to Cocoa inks and punched with my 1/2" circle punch. I added all these pieces to the strip of ds paper. At the bottom I stamped the "sweet" sentiment from the SAB set So Very in chocolate ink and punched with my word window punch. I adhered it as a tab, and stapled a piece of caribbean ricrak from the Flirty Ribbon Originals on the end. I am looking forward to sharing more fun Cuttlebug goodies with you! If you have any questions about the Cuttlebug, please let me know. Also, don't forget the Valentine contest, posted below. You must comment by Friday evening in order to have a chance to win!

Reader Appreciation!!!

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, and what better way to let *you* know how much I appreciate you than with free stamps!!!!! I found these cute little guys at Michaels and though they would make perfect blog candy for you!!! So, how do I win them you ask? All you have to do is comment on this post and let me know what your favorite Valentine's Day treat is and why. I'll go first! I know that when most people think of cutout cookies, they think of Christmas, but not me! When I was little, my mom used to make Valentine cookies with us as a special treat. We would make heart cutouts and decorate them with yummy icing and those little conversation hearts. My mom would also make giant heart cutouts and print our names on them in icing as part of out Valentine's Day presents. Even when I was in college my mom would send my cookie to me in a care package for Valentine's Day! I guess that is why I love to bake so much, because it reminds me of my mom. And now I enjoy baking them with my daughter too! So, please share your favorite Valentine's Day treat with me, and I will choose a winner on Friday evening. Who's next? ;)

More new toys . . . .

*grin* I cut so many flowers yesterday with my Cuttlebug, I thought I would put them to use again. I have gotta say, the Cuttlebug is supah easy to use!!! My 4 year old daughter can do it!!! In fact, she gets upset if I don't let her do it - lol! This card uses the challenge colors again, and it fits the sketch challenge as well. The color challenge was inspired by the Enchante designer series papers by SU!, and since I just got mine yesterday I decided to incorporate it again. I also am loving the sentiments from my new Happy Harmony set that is available free! with a $50 from SU! through the end of February. What could be better than free rubbah??? ;) So, the card base is sage and is stamped with the French Flair bg. The background panel features the ds paper, sponged with cocoa ink and mounted on cocoa cs. The main panel is vanilla cs and is stamped with a sentiment which was inked with sage and plum markers. Again the edges are sponged with cocoa ink and mounted on cocoa cs. The flowers are cut with my Flower #1 dies from a chipboard coaster and are covered with more of the ds paper. The flower on the bottom corner is pierced with my Silent Setter and has a vintage brad in the center. It is also popped up on dimensionals. Again I used my UHU Scrapbookers pen to adhere the ds paper to the flowers. Love it! And as a finishing touch I added a tie of taupe grosgrain ribbon to the top of the card. Although I really do like these colors, I think it is time to move onto something else for a change of pace. Be on the lookout for another fun Cuttlebug project, and stay tuned for exciting news to come!!! *wink*

I've got a bug . . .

. . . a Cuttlebug that is! ;) I am so excited!!! It was an impromptu purchase (sort of), not something I really save for or anything. I have been eyeing all the beautiful cards that are being made with their embossing folders and dies, and at 40% off the price was right! *giddies* It is an early Mother's Day present from hubby (no, I didn't have to sell my soul to get it - lol!) So far, I am very happy with my little splurge, and I look forward to sharing my insights on it with you. This is my first card made with my Cuttlebug goodies, and I used the Flower #1 dies and the Stylized Flowers embossing folder. It is a card for this week's color combo at SCS using Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow and Pale Plum. The plum cs was embossed and then highlighted using cocoa and sage chalk pastels. The largest flower is cut out of chipboard and is matted with paper from the Enchante designer series. The smaller flowers are just cut from cardstock and designer papers. I used my UHU Scrapbookers Pen sample to adhere all the papers to the flower, then I used my Provo Craft Silent Setter to punch a hole in the center and added a vintage brad. I stamped the word "always" from the SU! Sellabration set Happy Harmony in plum ink at the bottom of the scalloped circle that I punched from Very Vanilla cs. Finally I added a tie of tupe grosgrain ribbon at the bottom as a finishing touch. I am really liking the elegant look this embossing folder brings to the card. I *know* I promised you some reader appreciation for the new year, and I haven't forgotten. Check back tomorrow for an exciting update! *wink*

Contraband!!!

I don't pull them out often, but every once in awhile I love to play with my non-SU! stamps. This is another card for this week's Sketch Challenge at SCS, and the colors were inspired by the cover of the new issue of Stampin' Success that was posted online this morning. I'm not going to get into them here, but lemme just say that there are some exciting changes ahead in my little stamping world! *grin* Anyway, there is a little shelf above my stamp desk where I temorarily place new non-SU! stamps when I get them. This helps me to remember that they are there, and hopefully they will see ink before too very long. For this card, I started with an Old Olive base and stamped it with my Paisley BG stamp. The Rose Red accent piece is stamped with the dots from Polka Dots & Paisley and mounted onto Chocolate Chip cs. The focal piece is a flower from Big Pieces that I inked with my Rose Red and More Mustard markers, then stamped onto Naturals White cs. The circular sentiment stamp is one of my recent finds in the $1 bins at Michaels and reads "of all possessions, a FRIEND is the MOST PRECIOUS" - herodotus. So true, right? It is stamped over the flower in Chocolate Chip ink. I also notched the corners with my ticket corner punch. Behind the main image is a piece of Marigold Morning cs that I stamped with some Hero Arts ribbon stamps (gingham and loop) that I received from my last secret sister, Valerie (simplypink). I stamped then in marigold ink and created a stripey pattern. That piece is mounted onto chocoalte cs, and I added rose red brads in the corners to finish off the look. And of course, no card is complete without ribbon and this is no exception! I added a strip of stitched chocolate ribbon from my friend, Cyndi (cpw3431) underneath the main image panel. I am lovin' these colors together, and I am quite happy with how well everything combined itself together! ;)

Blushing Love . . . .

Life just throws things at us sometimes, KWIM? It has been a hectic week here, but it is *finally* calming down a bit and I got a chance to play! This card is for this week's Sketch Challenge on SCS. I decided to play with my Basic Grey Blush collection papers some more. Not much stamping going on here, but at least the vision of the card in my head came out as planned! The patterned papers are sponged with chocolate ink and matted onto Chocolate Chip cs, and the card base is Blush Blossom. I painted the piece from my OnBoard Chipboard with white Making Memories scrapbook paint and mounted it on dimensionals. I tied some ribbons on the right side: the brown dotted satin is by American Crafts, the pink in a velvet ribbon from my Secret Sister from last round, Valerie (simplypink). The "X" and "O" are from the Headline Alphabet and are stamped in Close to Cocoa ink, and the love sentiment, from Wonderful Words is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. Aside from the challenge, I was inspired to make this card after seeing the new Basic Grey card kits featuring the Blush collection papers. Too cute!

It's a swap . . . .

My friend AJ is hostessing a swap for the stamp set SU! sent to all demonstrators for Christmas, Polka Dots & Paisley. Of course, I jumped at the invitation to join! ;) Yesterday I worked feverishly to get them hammered out, so I can pop them in the mail to her on Monday. I wanted to do something a little different, so instead of using the flower as is, I used my markers to turn it upside down, and into a coneflower! I used chocolate and rose to ink the blossom, then flipped it and stamped. Next I inked the stem with my celery marker, and placed that as well. For the main image panel, I notched the corners using the ticket corner punch and matted it onto Chocolate Chip cs. I also used the "diamond dust" technique. I covered the entire panel with Versamark ink, them embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder for a truly sparklay shine!!! For the card base, I used Certainly Celery cs, and stamped the dotted pattern along the bottom 3/4 of the card. I added a double strip of ribbon along the seam. I used the pink crinkly ribbon from the Flirty Ribbon Originals collection and chocolate grosgrain ribbon. The main image panel is popped up on dimensionals. For the sentiment, I inked most with my chocolate marker, used my rose marker for the word "little", and punched with the key tag punch. I think it came out pretty well, hope all the other swappers, and our lovely hostess are happy with them too!

Eight little snowmen all in a row . . . .

Happy New Year everyone!!! I have *finally* been able to get back to my stamping again. I have so many projects on my list. This one was at the top, as these are my Christmas thank you's for all of our family that live far away. I kept these really simple so they would be a bit easier to crank out, so I can move on to the next project. The base is Very Vanilla cs that has been stamped with my Linen BG stamp in vanilla craft ink, and embossed in clear embossing powder. This makes the cards a bit more sturdy, as well as adds a unique textured feel to the card! Very cool! The focal strip of paper is from Basic Grey's Fruitcake line and is mounted onto black cs. On the left side of the strip is a tie of black gingham ribbon, and the sentiment in the bottom right corner, which reads "thank you very much", is from the Much Appreciated stamp set. Just quick little notes to let everyone know how much we appreciated their thoughtfulness and generosity this holiday season. On another note, sometime over the weekend my little blog hit 10,000 views!!! I am constantly in awe of how popular this adventure of mine has become! Thank you so much for your continued support, and welcome to all newcomers! Be on the lookout for some reader appreciation to come soon! Until next time, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .