Piggy's Last Hurrah . . .

Well, today is the last day of Sellabration and the last day of the SU! Winter Mini. So, I decided to use elements from both to create my card for today's Sketch Challenge. I felt like pink today (when don't I - lol!) so I decided to go for these little piggies from the SAB set Very Punny. I stamped them in brown StazOn ink on Shimmery White cs and watercolored them in using Regal Rose craft ink and my aquapainter. Next I punched them out using my 1 1/4" square punch, and matted them onto Chocolate Chip cs punched with my 1 3/8" square punch. Behind them I used a strip of the Loves Me ds paper in the Winter Mini (so sad to see it go!) matted onto chocolate cs as well. I used a Chocolate Chip card base, and matted another selection of the Loves Me ds paper onto it before layering on the main image panel. For the sentiment, I cut the ribbon slider tag from a piece of chipboard coaster and covered it with more Loves Me ds paper. The sentiment is stamped in chocolate ink and the tag is sponged in chocolate as well. For a finishing touch, I tied a piece of chocolate dotted organdy ribbon through the slider. Phew! As many times as I just typed "chocolate" I guess I was in the mood for that today too! ;)

Polka Dots & Petals, oh my!

Phew! I promised you some more stamped goodies to ogle today, and guess what? I actually found the time to get them done! Yippee! ;) The first project is my card for this week's color challenge over at SCS. The colors for this week are Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery, and Elegant Eggplant. I wanted to play some more with my new Spring Mini stamps, and I chose this set - Polka Dots & Petals. I started with a 2" x 5.5" strip of Whisper White cs and stamped it all over. Next I matted the main image panel onto a strip of Elegant Eggplant cs, on which I used my slit punch to create a scalloped edge on one side. I stamped the Cool Caribbean card base with my Paisley background in caribbean ink. For the sentiment, I decided to try out my new toy for my Cuttlebug - the Tiny Tags die set. I cut a tag from chipboard coaster material and stamped it with the word "joy" from the sentiment in the Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set in eggplant ink. I attached a jump ring to the tag, and tied it onto the celery grosgrain ribbon.


The second project I am sharing with you today has actually been in the works for awhile now. I have been waiting on a special too I needed to complete the project ~ a Crop-a-dile! I was *finally* able to get my hands on one over the weekend, and lemme tell you I *love* it!!! For those of you who may not know, the Crop-a-dile (manufactured by We R Memory Keepers) is a setting and punching tool. It sets eylets and snaps effortlessly and it punches two sizes of holes through just about anything - including plastic, which I used it for in this project! I got the idea for this project from my friend, Jody (texasjodylynn). For projects that are constantly amazing me, and a pleothera of ribbon, please click the link to her blog (Confessions of a Ribbon Addict) on the right! Anyway, Jody had altered a Slim Jim can awhile back (so fabulous!) and one day when I was about to throw away this peanut container I remembered Jody's wisdom and thought better of it. I *knew* I could make it into something pretty - lol! So, to alter the lid I first punched holes all around using my new love, the Crop-a-dile. Then I chose two colors of Jody ribbon (turquoise and light pink) and threaded them through the holes. Next I traced a circle onto Whisper White cs using a brad container as a guide, cut it out and stamped it with stamps from the Polka Dots & Petals set in caribbean, saffron, pink, and celery ink. I matted that onto a giga scalloped circle in Old Olive cs. I used my 1/16" punch to notch the scallops. Then I cut a strip from my Petals & Paisleys ds paper to cover the base of the can. I adhered the paper using my UHU Scrapbookers glue pen, and voila! I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for, but it sure is pretty! In fact, I've got another one just waiting to be emptied so it can be all pretty too! *wink*

My apologies . . .

Well, it sure has been hectic here the past few weeks! We have all been fighting some sort of illness here at my house. I also recently hostessed a SU! demo swap for the upcoming Spring Mini catalog and have been busy sorting and swapping for three groups of talented stampers! So, I'd like to offer my apologies for not being as diligent in my posting as I usually am. *insert blushing smiley here* I am hoping for things to revert back to normal this week and I have several projects to share with you that have been put on the back burner for awhile. *wink* For now, I will share with you this card I sneaked in for last week's Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. I found these mini file folders at Joanns a few weekends ago. They came in a package of 6 and are .99! However, they were on sale for .50 that day - yippee! I thought this would be perfect to cover with the new Notations ds paper and it is just the right size for the focal point on this sketch! I started with a Sahara Sand card base, which I stamped with my Canvas background in Sahara Sand ink. Next I added a layer of Cool Caribbean cs which I stamped repeatedly with the large flower from Delight in Life in caribbean ink. I do not own the Office Accoutrements stamp set that coordinates with the Notations ds papers (yet!), but I think that this flower image coordinates nicely! Next I cut a strip of the number patterned ds paper and matted it with Certainly Celery cs. I adhered it over the caribbean panel. Instead of using a stamped focal image, I used the file folder here. I covered it (inside and out) with the Notations ds paper. Next I stamped the flower from Delight in Life in saffron ink on So Saffron cs, cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals on the front of the file folder. I added a tab made with new Round Tab punch in Certainly Celery and stamped with the word "delight". I also punched a small flower with my Spring Bouquet punch and used a mini glue dot to attach it to a paperclip to make it more decorative. Inside the file folder I placed two small pieces of Whisper White cs that I punched with my new Spiral punch to look like they had been torn from a notebook. These would be a perfect place to add a handwritten sentiment to the recipient. OK, I am off to work on some more projects to share with you. And, stay tuned for an exciting contest to celebrate the upcoming milestone of 20,000 views here at Inkfully Yours!!! Again, please accept my apologies for neglecting the site a bit. Don't you just hate it when real life interferes with stamping??? :)

Simple Gifts . . .

Happy Chinese New Year! This is my card for today's SCS Color Challenge, Real Red, Basic Black and Gold, in honor of the festivities. I participated in a swap awhile back using this stamp set, Artfully Asian. One of the participants embossed this image in silver ink before coloring and I thought the effect was so stunning! I finally decided to try it out myself for the challenge today. So I used Versamark ink to stamp the flower branch all over on my white cardstock panel and embossed the images in gold, before coloring them in with my red and black markers. Then I edged the entire panel with my Versamarker and again embossed using gold ep. I matted the main image panel onto Basic Black and then Real Red cs before attaching it to the black card base. At the bottom of the card I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed in gold, and at the top I added two stripes of gold cord. It is a very simple card, yet I think it has an element of elegance to it. I think the technique of embossing and then coloring the images has a very striking effect also. I'm glad I finally had an opportunity to give it a try!

Think Spring!!!

Here's wishin' for some warm spring weather! This card is for another swap I am in for the Sprin Mini, and for me the colors just evoke those feelings of warm spring days with eternal sunshine! I am really loving the Petals and Paisleys designer series paper!!! So, this card is all about stripes. I started with an Old Olive card base, and stamped a stripe of dotted circles down the center. Next I cut a wide panel of Whisper White cs and stamped it with images from the Polka Dots & Petals set in Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, and Old Olive inks. I layered a stripe of the striped ds paper at the top of the stamped panel, and positioned the panel over the top half of the dotted circles to create a scalloped look. I then accented the scallops by making dots with my Signo white gel pen. Underneath that I added a stripe of apricot grosgrain ribbon. Finally, at the bottom I stamped the "happy" sentiment from Happy Everything in Old Olive ink. I think this card has a nice linear feel to it! Hope my fellow swappers agree! ;)

For my Darling Daughter . . . .

My daughter Kaleigh is always so interested in my projects. She will be quite the crafter someday! I have learned that I cannot make things for other people and not make then for her too! *wink* When the mailbox craze hit and I was picking up a few, I made sure to get an extra one for her. Since I had not gotten around to altering one for her beforehand, I thought it would make a perfect Valentine's Day gift for her. I started by covering the mailbox with patterned paper from Bo Bunny. It is too cute, and the perfect colors for the occasion! I used sticky strip tape to adhere it, after punching a small circle and cutting a slit to accomodate the flag. I added some turquoise and black gingham ribbons to cover the gap. For the front, I covered a chipboard letter "K" from Making Memories with patterned paper and UHU Scrapbookers glue. Then I tied some pink and black gingham ribbons on and adhered it to the mailbox using UHU twist-n-glue. It holds great!!! Then I cut a small heart from some chipboard, adhered the paper to it, and attached it to the flag using the UHU glues. I added some more ribbons to the flag post. For the matching valentine, I started with a Pretty in Pink pocket note and adhered a strip of the Bo Bunny patterned paper across the front. I used the Sweet on You stamp set to make a little note on white cs, and added the letters "y", "o", and "u" from Typeset Alpha lower. I also used my new spiral punch to notch the edge. I also stamped the heart image on patterned paper, punched it with a circle punch and mounted it onto black cs. It is attached to the front of the card with a dimensional.


Another project for my daughter that I'd like to share with you is her new name frame. She is truly a princess (her name means crown princess) *rolleyes* and she has a matching princess bedroom, of course! We even painted a castle on her main wall! I had made a giant wooden pink polka dotted "K" hanger for her door a few years back and I have been wanting to make her a name frame for her room for some time now, but haven't had a clear idea of exactly what I'd like before now. I saw this new paper at my LSS a few weeks ago. It is in the Disney line and is made by Sandylion! I fell in love with it, and just knew I could use it for something in Kaleigh's room! I have had this frame set aside for awhile too, for just this purpose so I cut a piece of Pretty in Pink cs and cut the 12x12 patterned paper just a bit smaller, focusing on the castle. Then I used my Flower #1 die and my Cuttlebug to cut 7 flowers from Whisper White cs, which I then stamped with her name using the Typeset Alphabet lower in Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, and Bashful Blue inks. It was really simple to make once I actually sat down determined to do it, and I think it looks very nice! Most importantly, Kaleigh loves it and it is the perfect addition to her princess room! *grin*

A Sketchy Day . . . .

As you are probably already aware, Wednesday is Sketch Challenge day over at Splitcoaststampers. Well, I enjoyed yesterday's sketch so much, that I made 3 cards on the spot! I can only share two of them here with you though (one of them is for my secret sister) *wink* For the first card, I wanted to bring out one of my new stamp sets I received in my Spring Mini preorder on Friday, Doodle This. Doodles are HOT right now, and I am lovin' them!!! ;) I also wanted to use one of the color combintations used in the mini that really stuck out to me. I started with the wide center panel in Old Olive. I stamped the line doodle image repeatedly onto the panel to resemble stems or vines. Next I stamped three of the smaller flower image in black ink on Confetti White cs, and watercolored them using my aquapainter and Bashful Blue, Marigold Morning, and Cameo Coral classic inks. I cut out the flowers with my paper snips, and strategically attached them over the flourishes. I adhered the main panel to a black card base, and used my rectangle punch to create notches at the top to thread through my ties of black gingham ribbon. I added part of a sentiment from the SAB set Happy Harmony, stamped in black ink on white cs, and punched with my word window punch, as a final touch. For my next card, I decided to flip the sketch. I wanted a simple, yet elegant card for my Grandma's upcoming birthday. I chose a piece of Sahara Sand cs that I had previousy embossed using my Cuttlebug and new Textile Texture embossing folder for the main panel. I matted it onto a strip of Perfect Plum cs and then onto the Pale Plum card base. I added a row of five aged copper brads from my Hodgepodge Hardware Kit to the left side for a bit of interest. Next I used a scalloped oval I had punched from Naturals White cs with my Marvy Uchida mega punch, and used the flowers from the SAB Happy Harmony set to create the main image. I used both Pale and Perfect Plum inks to create a layered image, which I attached to the embossed panel using dimensionals. Finally, I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from the SU! hostess set Warmest Regards at the bottom right. Such a versatile and easy sketch - I love it!

Note: News toys alert!!!

Yippee! My new Spring Mini goodies came on Friday, and I have been having fun playing with them! I have quite a few swaps cards to do, so I wanted to get started on them asap. These are for a swap where I am signed up to use the Notations designer series papers. I started by cutting strips of the ds paper, and using my new spiral punch to create a decorative edge on one side. Next I stamped the corner doodle image from the Doodle This stamp set in the upper right corner or my Sahara Sand cs panel, in Sahara Sand ink. I then stamped the authentic image from Stamp of Authenticity in celery ink on Certainly Celery cs and cut it out. I stamped the friend sentiment from Lexicon of Love in caribbean ink on Whisper White cs and cut it out as well. I made decorative paperclips to use on my cards by punching flowers from So Saffron cs with my spring bouquet punch and adhering them to the clip with a mini glue dot. Then I added a bow tied from moss gingham ribbon. The card was then matted onto a Cool Caribbean card base. I am quite pleased with how these turned out. Hope my fellow swappers are happy with them too! ;)

Hoppy Waterfall . . . .

I have been wanting to try this ever since I laid eyes on the cute little froggie from the Very Punny stamp set. Trouble is, I have only ever made one other waterfall card before, and it took some time to track down the measurements and directions - lol! Finally I was able to sit down today and put this together. I think it is just too cute! Anyway, in case anyone else hasn't tried one of these super fun interactive cards before, lemme give you some guidance. I started with a Basic Black A2 (4 1/2" x 5 1/2") sized card base. Then I cut a piece of Old Olive cs to 4" x 5 1/4" for the background. I stamped it with the Dotted BG stamp in Old Olive ink. You can also use patterned paper here for another neat look. Next I cut 4 squares, sized 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" from Whisper White cs, which I matted onto 4 black squares sized 2" x 2". Then I stamped the froggies. The first little guy is placed in the bottom left corner of the square. The next one is stamped in the center of the square. The third little froggie is placed in the upper right corner. On the fourth square, I centered and stamped both the frog and the "hoppy for you!" sentiment. I watercolored the images using my aquapainter and Old Olive and Always Artichoke inks. OK, here comes the (somewhat) tricky part - assembly! First, I cut a 4" x 3/4" strip of Basic Black cs for the cross piece, which I attached to the card base using artichoke brads on either side. It is very important not to use adhesive for this part. This will be the only point at which the waterfall portion is attached to the card base. Then I cut a 9" x 2" strip of Always Artichoke cs, and scored it at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4". The square images pieces are adhered to this strip to create the waterfall. OK, after folding the Always Artichoke strip at the 4 1/4" score line, adhere the bottom edge of the 2" x 2" section of the strip to the cross piece. Next, adhere the bottom square image on top of the 2" x 2" section of the strip. For the next three image squares, you only want to adhere the top portion to the waterfall strip. I then manually go through and crease the scores, to allow for easier movement. Lastly, I added a bow of black gingham ribbon to the bottom of the waterfall strip, as a way to let people know it needs to pulled. Oh, I almost forgot - I added movement lines to the image squares using my black journaling marker. *grin*

Latte for a Friend . . . .

Mmmmm! Doesn't that just look delicious??? What could be better than a nice warm cup of hot chocolate and a good friend to share it with? *wink* I made this card for SC110 over at SCS. Lots of fun layers here - perfect for a cold day! I was inspired by the ribbon for this card, so I started with a Chocolate Chip card base. On the long strip of Ruby Red cs I repeatedly stamped cocoa beans and sponged the edges in chocolate ink. For the small upper panel I used Creamy Caramel cs, sponged the edges and stamped the flourish in chocolate ink. Then I stamped the heart image in ruby ink on Ruby Red cs, cut it out, and popped it up on dimensionals over the flourish. For the main image panel, I stamped the cocoa mug and whipped cream in chocolate ink, then added the ruby straws - one for each friend. Then I added the sentiment, inked with my chocolate marker, and sponged the edges. I put everything together, added the American Crafts ribbon tab and attached the ribbon stripe with copper Hodgepodge Hardware. As a final touch I stamped parts of the steam image in white craft ink anywhere the Chocolate Chip card base showed through. Neat sketch, and it looks almost good enough to indulge! ;)

so very sweet . . .

This card was made for this week's color challenge - #100!!! Whoo hoo! What great colors! I had yet to give So Very a good test run, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. *wink* I am anxiously awaiting my Spring Mini preorder (scheduled to arrive Friday - yippee!). In the meantime, I find it hard to locate my stampin' mojo, which is usually hiding out taking a rest - hee hee! Anyway, I think this is cute, despite it being quite simple. I stamped circles from Big Pieces in Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, and Blush Blossom on a strip of shimmery white cs, which I sponged with a bit of chocolate ink on the edges, and then mounted onto caribbean cs. I added a bow tied from American Crafts chocolate gingham ribbon, and attached the panel to a Blush Blossom card base. Then I stamped the "so very" sentiment across the panel diagonaly, and attached the caribbean tab (courtesy of Lori and her new round tab punch), stamped with "sweet" and sponged with chocolate ink, with a staple. What a cute way to say thanks! ;)

Coaster Box Revisited

Do you remember the coaster box/candle ensemble I made just before Thanksgiving for my friend that was having us over for dinner? Well, apparently coaster boxes are all the rage right now! SCS featured a tutorial on making these a few weeks back, and they are popping up everywhere now. They did a few things differently than I did the first time around, so I decided to give it another try. I covered my coasters on both sides, using Bo Bunny paper and UHU twist -n- glue. I wanted it to still be pretty on the inside when the goodies are gone! *wink* I tied my Jody ribbon into knots instead of lacing them up because I don't really care for that look. I did glue the bottom coaster into place, rather than tying it with ribbon. I just smooshed the bottom coaster inside so that it is mostly hidden. I have decided that I *need* a Crop-o-dile though! Making the holes for the ribbon with my Provo Craft Silent Setter is really tiring!!! Love it for setting eyelets at any hour though! *grin* I placed some Hershey's Kisses in a cello bag and tied it off with some red dotted organdy from my friend AJ (willosmama). I think these coaster boxes are too cute for gift giving! I have another idea for one in mind, so be on the lookout for that in the not-too-distant future here at Inkfully Yours!