Feelin' Owly . . .

I *heart* owls! They are very hip right now and can be found just about anywhere. I recently aquired a few new little guys and I have another one to share with you today. This card was made for today's Color Challenge over on SCS - Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand and whisper White. The stamp set is called The Little Things and is the Kit of the Month (July) over at Unity Stamp Co. I stamped the owl twice in guava ink on white cs and cut him out. I watercolored his belly with sand ink and popped up his wing on dimensionals. The tree trunk was stamped in sahara ink on the same color cs and the peep hole cut out so the owl can peek through. I matted these images onto some pieces cut with my long rectangle Nestabilities. The bottom half of the card base was stamped repeatedly with a twig image. I used my key tag and horizontal slot punches to create the ribbon slider for the sentiment. What a hoot, huh? *wink*

I'm back . . .

Did you miss me? Kaleigh and I had a fabulous time visiting family and friends in Chicago!!!!! One of the friends we visited was my dear friend Toni. We used to be neighbors when we last lived up there and she is the one who got me started in this whole stamping business in the first place by inviting me to a Stampin' UP! workshop. Years later who knew I'd enjoy the hobby so much and that'd we still be great friends despite the thousand miles between us!!! While we were there we did some shopping, and stampin of course! Today I will share with you the cards I made during our visit. Not a lot of chatter because I have *lots* to do here at home, but I'll be back soon to share some more pictures from our trip and some of the creations I am currently working on . . .

Stamps: Thoughtful Florals from Verve Stamps
cs: Old Olive, So Saffron, white
ink: Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
cessories: paper snips, dimensionals, pumpkin striped grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots

made for: Diva Challenge #1 (Verve's SCS forum)

Stamps: Essence of Love, Sanded BG (SU!)
cs: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, white
ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Certainly Celery
accessories: classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities, paper snips, celery rhinestones, dimensionals

made for: Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration #15

Stamps: Rain or Shine (My Favorite Things)
cs: Regal Rode, Basic Gray, white
ink: Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi
accessories: Copic markers, classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities, corner rounder, horizontal slot punch, dimensionals, paper snips, Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

inspired by: Toni's card using colors from the Crew Kids: Girl SS Kit by SU!

Stamps: Girls on Bench (Rubber Romance)
cs: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, white
ink: Basic Black
accessories: Copic markers, dimensionals, Berry Sorbet grosgrain ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

the story: business women friends enjoying a quick rest after a lunchtime shopping trip ;)

Celebrating MFT . . .

So, here are the other projects I submitted for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. The first one is a birthday giftie for the coffee lover. I wanted to create a box and I thought a coffee mug would be perfect! I could not find a template I liked so I decided to create my own!!! It wasn't as hard as I though it would be either! I am hoping to share a tutorial on this upon my return from Chicago if there is interest. The body of the mug was run through my Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder to add some texture. The base is a scalloped circle but using my Nestabilities. I also added a scalloped trim (cut using decorative scissors) along the top rim. The handle was made using my SU! key tag punch. The front of the mug features a tag made with the Hot Stuff stamp set from MFT. Inside the mug are some Ghirardelli Espresso Escape dark chocolates - yum!!! I don't even care for coffee and I *love* these!

The last project I submitted was this adorable carrot box. I thought it would be too cute to hold treats for birthday favors. I found the template in the "resources" section on SCS. Again I used Gardener Flopsey and paired him with a sentiment from PTI's Green Thumb stamp set. How sweet is he??? Be sure you check back soon for some more fun projects! I'll be home soon . . . *wink*

Got Verve???

Guess what? Verve Stamps is now a SCS Member Company!!! I have been having fun hanging around their forum getting to know the Verve girls. This is my card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge over on Julee's blog, Poetic Artistry. I used the Stems & Petals set from Verve for my creation. Colors are Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise and Lavender Moon from Papertrey Ink. A few fun details - the flower heads a cut out and popped up on dimensionals. At the bottom of the main image panel are three crystal brads. They are in pastel colors that match Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, and Lavender Moon perfectly! The sentiment reads "Take joy in the little things" and I rounded all of the corners there for a different look. Well, I guess that's about it for now. Be sure to visit again soon . . . *wink*

Fluttering with Gratitude . . .

This was my submission for this week's color challenge on SCS - Groovy Guava, Barely Banana, and Chocolate Chip. I used images from the Floral Fantastical stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. I used my new ScorPal to create the gatefold on the card base - so easy!!! No measuring required! The butterfly image was colored with Copic markers - twice. One was cut using my petite oval Nestabilities and the other was trimmed using my paper snips. I then bent the wings inward and adhered it over the main image along the body of the butterfly. This provides such a wonderful dimension! I tied everything up using some Lemon Tart grosgrain ribbon from PTI. I think this is such a sweet stamp set and the color combination fits in perfectly, don't you? *wink*

Going Green . . .

I have always been someone who love the beauty of nature. When I saw the Eco Chic stamp set during sneak peeks for Unity Stamp Co.'s latest release I was elated!!! This is an adorable stamp set and lemme tell you - the price is right too! I sat down last weekend to make a set of "green" cards. I wanted to use simple designs and earthy colors to create organic looking cards. The first card features the tree image and ecoChic sentiment. I watercolored the tree on Naturals Ivory cs in Close to Cocoa and Old Olive. I distressed the edges of the main image panel and used my SU! spiral punch to notch the left side. I also added some chocolate twill ribbon to finish out the look.

The second card features the sunflowers from the Eco Chic set. I stamped the center flower then created a mask using a stick note. Then I added all the other flowers one by one so it looks like some are in front and others are in back. I watercolored the sunflowers using Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, and Summer Sun inks. For the clouds I used a scalloped circle shape and sponged on some Versamagic Sea Blue ink. The "hope" sentiment comes from the Floral Fantastical stamp set. The slider was made by using my corner rounder on all the edges and then punching with my horizontal slot punch on each end. Chocolate twill ribbon is threaded through and tied.

The third card was made for this week's Technique Lover's Challenge over on SCS - Suspension cards! I thought the earth image would be perfect!!! I stamped the 4 1/4" square card base using my Sanded BG from SU! in Close to Cocoa ink. Then I punched out a window using my scallop punch. The earth image was stamped in Adirondak Espresso ink on Naturals Ivory cs and colored in using Copic markers. It is suspended using hemp twine. The back of the spinner element features the *heart* the earth sentiment from the Eco Chic stamp set. I added some Prima flowers with an aged copper brad center and chocolate twill ribbon as a finishing touch. I hope you enjoyed today's post. Please visit again soon for some more stampy fun here at Inkfully Yours . . . *wink*

Happy Birthday MFT!!!

Well, these are slightly delayed, but I wanted to share with you the projects I created for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. The first thing that came to me was to have Flopsey bring over some carrot cake for the party. I combined the Gardener Flopsey sey and Papertrey Ink's Piece of Cake sets here. The classic and scalloped ovals were cut using my Nestabilities. The card swings open on the aged copper brad to reveal the happy birthday message. Colors were inspired by PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings patterned paper, which was also used to piece Flopsey's overalls and for the flower on her hat.

The next idea I had was to make a birthday card for Kim, owner of MFT. I chose to pair Gardener Flopsey with my Crafty Secrets stamp set Sexy Little Number. I wanted to make the card in MFT's signature colors - pink, black and white. This is a double slider card - when the pink twill is pulled on the messages pop up. Flopsey's hat, overalls, and wheelbarrow were paper pieced using PTI's Pink Patterns paper.

I have two more projects to share but I think I will save those for another day. I am leaving on a two week vacation back home to Chicago on Wednesday, so my posting will be a bit sporadic. I do have posts scheduled for you, but they will not be on a daily basis along with the challenges. I will see you in a few weeks!!! *wink*

Stamping with Unity and Verve . . .

As promised, today I have some cards to show you using my new birthday goodies. The first card was made for this week's sketch and color challenges over on SCS. It features the newly released Tiny Trinity stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. - isn't it gorgeous??? I stamped the trees using Palette Burnt Umber ink onto watercolor paper. BTW- the Unity handles are the mosdt wonderful thing in my opinion! The comfort of wood, the convenience of acrylic - man, they aren't kidding! I *heart* them muchly!!! Anyway, I watercolored the trees using my aquapainter and Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip ink. I had to layer the Wasabi to get the color I wanted. I also layered the Pomegranate on the leaves, but left it lighter in the center - I think it provides a nice contrast. I also watercolored in the grassy area freehand by layering Celery and Wasabi. The sentiment was punched out using my word window punch and the patterned paper is Wasabi and Celery Prints from SU! As a finishing touch I added some aged copper brads. I started with just the ones on the lower left, then felt it needed something so I added the ones in the top right corner. Still thought it needed something so I added the brads in the lower right corner. 11 brads on 1 card - oh my!!! Someone alert the hoarding police - LOL!

The second card was also made for this week's color challenge on SCS, as well as Julee Tilman's Mojo44 Sketch. I have been eyeing Julee's Verve Stamps for a little while now. I just love her fresh and funky style!!! I received my birthday order last weekend and I told myself I *had* to use them for this week's Mojo Monday sketch. This card features the newly released Feeling Groovy and Stems & Petals for the flower stem - what else? It is a little hard to make out, but I embossed a rectangle shape using my Nestabilities on the white background. I am actually going to send this to my hubby for our anniversary (I will be out of town). Shhh, don't tell him! I changed the sentiment after this picture was taken to another from the same set which reads "you're still the one" - it just felt more like what I want to say, KWIM? I have been working hard today on projects for the MFT Guest Designer contest. Make sure you check back soon for a peek . . . *wink*

Hop, hop, hop . . .

I'm back with more bunnies!!! As promised I have some more MFTeasers to share with you today featuring Flopsy, the newset addition to the My Favorite Things family! The first card is a seed packet card. I first found the template almost a year ago and I think it fits this stamp set perfectly! I used some My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie patterned paper for the pocket and lined it with PTI Aqua Mist cs. The card base is Wild Wasabi and is stamped with the soon to retire SU! Flannel Plaid BG. Gardener Flopsy is colored in with Copic markers and was cut out and matted using classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities. Ribbon is wide grosgrain in Aqua Mist, also from PTI.

These adorable little cards were cut out using my petite oval classic and scalloped Nestabilities dies. All you have to do is place the die so that it is above a few of the top scallops so you will retain a hinge. For these I was inspired by a card Kim from MFT made as a Make & Take for Stampfest Orlando. Images are from both sets (Gardener Flopsy and I'm Pullin' for You) and are colored in with Copic markers. Grass was stamped after I masked the bunnies and the clouds were made using a scalloped circle and sponge. I added some aged copper brads to the hinge side to make the cards easier to open. These could be cards that each bunny would send to the other bunny friend . . .

The last card I have to share with you today is one that Kaleigh made. She has fallen in love with Flopsy (whom she still calls Ruthie despite several reminders of his name) every bit as much as I have. She colored the image in using my Copic markers (yes, while I held my breath on each brushstroke!). Grass and clouds were done in the same manner as my scalloped oval cards. While I am thinking about it, thank you all for the sweet comments you always leave about Kaleigh's cards!!! It means so much to her (and me). What a budding little artist I have to be proud of!!! I have been stamping for this week's challenges on SCS, so check back tomorrow for a peek at those . . . *wink*

MFTeasers - Meet Flopsy

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Stampfest Orlando this weekend. I was able to meet some fabulously talented ladies from SCS. One of the people I visited with was Kim, owner of My Favorite Things. Kim and I previously met about six months ago at a little SCS get together. I have since fallen in love with her stamps and was so excited to see her again. At the stamp show Kim had two of her new release stamp sets available for sale - Gardener Flopsy and I'm Pullin' for You. These introduce a new character (sorta) to the MFT line. I played with them almost all day Sunday - I made 5 cards in one sitting!!! I will share three with you today and then the rest tomorrow. The first card features Gardener Flopsy as a girl. My DD took it upon herself to rename this bunny Ruthie for some reason - LOL! I used Berry Sweet patterned paper from K&Co. to paper piece her outfit and my Copic markers to color her in.

For my second card I decided to use the I'm Pullin' for You set. I knew I wanted to do a play on words and make an interactive card that required the recipient to pull. I followed the tutorial on SCS for a surprise pop-up card. It was super easy and I am pleased with the results. Colors were inspired from the Fall Flowers designer series paper from SU! Mr. Flopsy was colored in with Copic markers.

The last card I have to share with you today is also featuring Gardener Flospy. It was made for this week's My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge (#37). I chose to use the Ginger Blossoms designer series paper from SU! as my inspiration here. I paper pieced both the overalls and the wheelbarrow. Again, I colored the rest using my Copic markers. Embellishments include a Prima flower and River Rock double stitched ribbon. Tomorrow night is the big release party over in the SCS My Favorite Things forum. It's going to be a big one as this month MFT turns 2!!! I hear there are lots of surprises in store, so you won't want to miss it!!!!! I'll see you there . . . *wink*