Just because . . .

I made this card just because. Well, I actually made this card for last week's sketch challenge over on SCS, but seeing as how I don't really have a recipient in mind . . . I found the concept of this sketch quite difficult. The main image panel is super skinny - not to exceed 1.5" in width. After mulling it over for a few days I finally had a lightbulb moment! I decided to try using a narrow strip of rubons and embelish it somehow, eventually deciding on these luscious felt flowers from the SU! Flower Fusion Accents & Elements tin. The colors coordinate so perfectly with the Bali Bliss designer series papers so I decided to use those as the backdrop for my focal panel. Each strip is matted onto black cs to make them stand out. A few other details - each of the flowers is actually three stacked on top of each other and secured with a clear rhinestone brad. Rubons are from the Love & Happiness collection, previously available from SU! during Sale-a-bration. We are definitely enjoying our Spring Break so far. I attempted to stamp today, but after chasing a lizard around the house for awhile we decided to get out of the house and walk to the pool for a bit of relaxation. Hopefully I will garner some stamping time tomorrow! *wink*

A Fresh Spring Garden . . .

Well, I am officially on Spring Break and lemme tell you - I couldn't be happier! Yesterday I went to IKEA and Target to get some things to help me organize my stamping area a bit better and I have been working on that some today. I was also able to steal away a little bit of time to stamp today. This is the card I made for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I decided to play with some of my new Papertrey Ink goodies. This card features the Just Hatched stamp set, Pink Prints patterned papers and three of PTI's exclusive colors - Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, and Berry Sorbet. I also used some of their Topnotch Twill in Berry Sorbet. I used my rectangle Nestabilities and mega scalloped oval Marvy punch for the layers. I added some flower confetti from Michaels, to which I added some color on the edges and rhinestone centers. I also stamped a card for last week's Sketch Challenge on SCS, so be sure to stop by tomorrow for a peek at that one!!! *wink*

For Dad . . .

Well, I may have mentioned once or twice that my Dad is getting married this weekend. Unfortunately we are unable to attend the wedding, as it is happening over 1,000 miles away, but I wanted to let him and his fiance know that we are thinking of them on their special day and that we wish them every happiness. When I saw the SCS Color Challenge for this week I thought that the colors would easily lend themselves to an elegant card fitting for this joyous occasion. I started with a Soft Sky card base and layered onto it a piece of Stamper's Select white cs matted onto some Basic Gray cs. I ran the white panel through my Cuttlebug with the Textile Textures embossing folder. Nest I stamped the bride and groom image, from the Wedding Silhouettes set by Artful Inkables, onto some Basic Gray cs in Versamark ink. I wanted a very subtle look. I cut out the image carefully with my paper snips and adhered to to a Sofy Sky scalloped oval cut with my Marvy mega punch. I trimmed off the excess of the bride's dress and pierced the uncovered scallops. Next I added some sparkly highlights to the negatives on the silhouette image and the piercing with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen. The image is popped up on dimensionals. As a finishing touch I added some Basic Gray taffeta ribbon near the bottom of the card. On the inside I added a sentiment, also from the Wedding Silhouettes set by Artful Inkables, which reads: "Whatever souls are made of, yours and mine are the same." ~ Emily Bronte. This was stamped on a panel of Stamper's Select white cs in Basic Gray ink and highlighted with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen as well. I also included a handwritten message. I hope they like it and that it conveys to them our wishes for their future happiness. I am hoping to stamp again tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and take a peek!

Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink!!!

Well, the day is *finally* here! I have been looking forward to Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop event since it was announced. This will be a monthly event, held on the 25th, where PTI lovers can share their creations and enjoy viewing the creations of their fellow PTI lovers for inspiration. The theme of the first Blog Hop is to use ribbon as the focal point of your project. I spent quite a bit of time conceptualizing my project, and even as I was creating it the form changed many times. I had originally planned to make a card featuring my ribbon focal point, but as I was creating it turned into a three dimensional project, and I must say - I am very pleased with the results!!! So, without further ado - here is my Pail of Blooming Love . . .


I was inspired by so many things for this project it is hard to know where to begin. I knew that I wanted to focus on the products I ordered from Papertrey Ink's March release, especially the two beautiful shades of pink - Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet. After much brainstorming and planning I finally decided to try creating a flower using the luscious luxe satin ribbons. I also wanted to incorporate some of the Pink Patterns papers, and what better than one of the floral prints! So, I decided to form my flower in the same style of those on the patterned paper. I carefully crafted it from the Sweet Blush luxe satin ribbon, using mini glue dots to adhere the petals together. For the center I tied several loose knots together with a piece of Berry Sorbet luxe satin ribbon until I was satisfied with the size. I decided my flower needed some leaves, so I added some pieces of Spring Moss topnotch twill to complete the look. Next I cut and embossed a circle from PTI's Stamper's Select White cardstock using my Nestabilities to use as a mat for my flower. Instead of adding a piece of scalloped cardstock behind it, I opted to create the scalloped look using what else? More ribbon!!! I carefully adhered the Berry Sorbet luxe satin ribbon in a ruffle pattern behind the white circle. I used (white) redline tape for this in order to make sure everything stayed in place. Then I cut another circle for the back to make the entire flower medallion a solid piece. Well, at this point I was still planning on creating a card. I knew I wanted to use the Boxes, Bags & Tags stamp set, along with the Favor It: Weddings mini set, to create the sentiment. I stamped the swirly circle image in Spring Moss ink onto Stamper's Select White cardstock. I also added the coordinating smaller swirly to both the top and the bottom of the circular image. In the center I stamped the solid flower in Sweet Blush ink and the "Love Blooms" sentiment over the flower in Berry Sorbet. I used my circle Nestabilities to cut out both the sentiment and the mat behind it. Still planning the card in my head, I cut a piece of Spring Moss topnotch twill and stamped the small leaf image all over it. Here's where the design takes a turn. As I walked over to my stamping area for some foam mounting squares (I was creating from the couch!) I gazed upon this mini clear paint can full of flowers which I had purchased the previous night from Michaels thanks to Lauren Meader's recommendation of them on her blog. This was my lightbulb moment! I am not really sure what to credit for this - whether it is the fact that I have recently been working on some things for my dad's upcoming wedding, or the similarity of the flowers to those on the patterned paper, or just sheer luck - but I was instantly inspired to change the direction of my project, and the Pail of Blooming Love was born! I hurried back to my makeshift work station and began carefully peeling the labels off the pail. I cut two strips of patterned paper from the Pink Patterns collection and matted them onto some Sweet Blush cardstock and adhered it arounf the top of the pail. I decided to use my ribbon as an accent behind my sentiment medallion and adhered that to the paper band. And last but not least I adhered the ribbon medallion, the piece de resistance, to the top of the the pail. Wouldn't this be adorable for a wedding or baby shower??? I am really loving the finished look and I hope you are too! In fact, I have a favor to ask of you . . . If you are inspired by this project, or have simply enjoyed it as some pretty eye candy, or even if you found my witty banter in this blog post humorous - head on over to the Papertrey Ink Forum (just look for the thread labeled Blog Hop) and cast a vote for my project! Once there you will also find a list linking you to the other Blog Hop participants and you can head out and give them some love too! At midnight tonight, three winners will be chosen from the Blog Hop festivities. So what are you waiting for? Head on over and join in the fun!!!

Always afternoon . . .

Here is the other card I made yesterday. This one is for last week's sketch challenge over on SCS. As I was searching for inspiration, I came across my package of Afternoon Tea designer series papers from the SU! Occasions Mini Collection. I absolutely adore these papers - the colors, the prints, everything! I decided to pair them with this beautiful birdie from the Always stamp set. Again, I added some distressing to the edges of the panels to add some dimension. I also squeezed in the sentiment in the bottom right corner and added some Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon as well. A simple card (what else?), and I am really liking the soft spring colors. Don't forget to stop by tomorrow evening for a peek at a fabulous (if I do say so myself!) project for PaperTrey Ink's first ever Blog Hop! I had so much fun creating it and I guarantee - you won't want to miss it!

Every day is a gift . . .

Hello there and Happy Easter to everyone who s celebrating today. We did not do much today, just basically hung out as a family taking it easy. I was able to find a few minutes to stamp and I decided to try out Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I also decided to play with some of my new goodies from PaperTrey Ink. These delicious colors are Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet from their March Release. I also pulled out my oft neglected PTI Out on a Limb stamp set becaise these colors really reminded me of cherry blossoms. I kept things pretty simple, but added a few details for some interest. Although you can't see it there are clear Stickles in the center of every blossom. I also added some distressing along the edges of the main image panel and the sentiment circle. The sentiment reads the same as the title of this blog post. I also added some chocolate poly twill ribbon as an accent. I stamped another card today also, which I will share with you tomorrow, and I have been working on a special project to debut Tuesday evening during PaperTrey Ink's March Blog Hop. See you back here soon, ok???

One of a Kind . . .

Well, I know one thing for sure - the weekends don't last as long as they used to since I started teaching. I had every intention of sitting down and stamping a card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #39 but I didn't get around to it until Monday after school. Now it is already Wednesday and WSC #40 is just around the corner . . . Oh well, all I can say is I tried, right??? I decided to keep this very simple. I knew I canted to use my long neglected One of a Kind stamp set, Boho Blossoms punch, and Berry Bliss ds paper. I added some distressing to the edges of the panels and curled the flower petals to add a little dimension. I am excited because my new PaperTrey Ink stamps and accessories are slated to arrive tomorrow, so stay tuned for some projects featuring those fairly soon. *wink*


Happy Trails . . .

So, as promised, here is the card I made using one of the newest stamp sets by My Favorite Things. It is called Round 'Em Up and I think it is just too cute! Cowboys and girls are very *in* right now and I just so happen to have an upcoming occasion for which this card will be the perfect fit . . . ;) The layout of this card comes from last week's Sketch Challenge over on SCS (better late than never, huh?). I watercolored the cowgirl image and cut it out before layering it onto a circle and coordinating scallop that I cut using my Nestabilities. I paired it with two panels from the now retired Outlaw ds paper from SU! Add some distressing, aged copper brads, hemp twine and voila! A card fit for any self-respecting cowgirl, am I right??? I did manage to stamp a card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge yesterday (also a little late, can you see a trend?) so be sure to check back for that tomorrow. *wink*

Exciting Announcement!

I have something special to share with you today. My friend Kristin Soboloski, creator of the Artful Inkables line of stamps, has opened her own webstore! Today is the kick off of her Grand Opening and she is releasing 4 brand new stamp sets!!! What's more she is offering some fabulous specials right now including free stamps and free shipping!!!!! I am super excited, can you tell??? :) My favorite new set is called Fairy Whimsey. It is just too cute! Anyway, the card I am sharing with you today was made several months ago. I have been waiting until Kristin's new venture unfolded to post it. It features an image and sentiment from the Wedding Silhouettes stamp set, also from Artful Inkables. I love the simple, yet elegant look of this card - I only wish I still had one to give to my dad on his upcoming wedding day. Oh well, I guess I will have to make another one . . . Well, be sure to head on over and check out the Grand Opening specials and brand new stamp sets at Artful Inkables, okay? And don't forget - I have another MFT card to share with you tomorrow, and a few other projects up my sleeve as well . . . *wink*

First Official MFT Swap . . .

Well, I am guessing it is ok to post this now. I was a participant in the first official My Favorite Things swap over on SCS recently and I received my swaps back on Friday. Lemme tell ya' - they are all fabulous!!! I am just starting to really get into MFT's stamps and I love them! I made another card featuring one of their newest stamp sets this weekend which I will post in the next few days for you. I had a blast making my cards for the swap. I used the Punny Farm stamp set. After stamping the horse, pig, and sheep images I watercolored them using pinks and browns. I also watercolored the blue sky in the background. Next I stamped the animal images again, this time focusing on their heads, which I cut out and popped up on dimensionals. To create the grass I used some of the Certainly Celery Prints ds paper from SU! and used my paper snips to fringe it. It really adds a nice dimension to the finished card. Finally I added the animal's sentiments (and the translation below!), some aged copper brads at the top, and put it all together. I hope everyone else enjoyed them as much as I did! Make sure you stop by tomorrow for an exciting announcement!!! I'll see you then! *wink*

Forever . . .

Do you remember when I told you about some swaps I'd been working on for my swap group? I promised to share it *soon* and then I lost the picture I downloaded to my computer . . . (oops!) Well, I *finally* got around to taking another one - better late than never, right??? So, after what seems like forever, here is my first card using Together Forever from SU!'s Spring/Summer Collection 2008. I was inspired by some of the samples in the catalog and used patterned paper from the Tie the Knot Simply Scrappin' Kit. I started by creating my own background in Chocolate Chip ink on the Kraft card base with the main flower image. You can barely see it, but I added some paper piercing and distressed the edge at the bottom of the Chocolate Chip panel. I also paper pierced in the scallops of the medallion, which is popped up on dimensionals, as is the key tag punched sentiment. Chocolate taffeta ribbon finishes out the look. I have a few more goodies to share stashed away, so try to visit again soon ok??? *wink*

I've been tagged . . .

by Tonya (StampVamp) over at Stamp Happens. I am supposed to share 7 random things about myself, so here goes:

1. I am a lotion junkie. Dry skin (especially hands) creeps me out, what can I say??? I have no less than 20 bottles of lotion in my home at any given time. Most come from specialty stores, my favorite being Bath & Body Works. I am wearing Japanese Cherry Blossom today . . . ;)

2. My husband and I are complete polar opposites. We have absolutely nothing in common. We don't like the same foods, the same movies, the same activites - nothing!

3. Despite the fact that on paper we are totally incompatible, my husband and I have been (mostly) happily married for going on 8 years. Go figure - lol!

4. I wear socks practically 24-7. The only time I take them off is to shower or swim. And occasionally to wear sandals, but I *do not* walk around barefoot - ever. To show you how rare an occasion this is, my husband gets excited whenever he sees my "naked feet". . . *roll eyes*

5. I am extremely clumsy. I have the rare ability to injure myself in even the safest of situations. I have a running issue with the purse hook on the back of the restroom door at school . . .

6. I am a city girl stuck in the country. As I drive to work I pass dozens of cows, horses and orange groves. I secretly pretend they are skyscrapers, shopping centers, and streets crowded with people . . . ;)

7. I am a smoothie addict. In my quest to find a healthier (and slimmer) me, I have re-discovered these delicious frozen concoctions. I have had one for breakfast every day for the past 19 days. My husband even found me a Jamba Juice (the bestest smoothies ever!) book, complete with recipes, for Valentine's Day. It is seriously one of the best gifts I have ever received from him!

Now on with the tagging . . .

Lisa - she has some lovely creations up with the newest releases from CHF

AJ - check out her post about an awesome contest Unity Stamp Company is currently holding

Amanda - who has some fabulous news about joining the Hanna Stamps design team!

Dorinda - she just posted some gawhjus faux cloisonne' cards

Lisa (yes, another Lisa) - who is having some awesome giveaway in celebration of her upcoming birthday

Lori - she is constantly amazing me with her beautiful creations (like her color challenge card for this week!)

Lydia - you just have to check out her adorable bunny carrot treat containers - too cute!

Hope you enjoyed this fun little post. I'll be back soon with something stamped . . . *wink*


Color blocked Kindness . . .

As I was blog hopping this afternoon I came across Beate's Inspiration Challenge #4. She posted this image of a textured glass cutting board. I decided to give it a try - what can I say? I was inspired! I decided to use the colors Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, and River Rock. I stamped the base of the card with the Tres Chic BG stamp. On the right panel I stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs in white VersaMagic chalk ink. Next I distressed a small piece of River Rock cs and stamped it with the "kind" sentiment, also from Baroque Motifs. The floral image is from the Large Silhouette Flowers collection by Starving Artistamps. Then I added some accents of white taffeta ribbon, a handmade hatpin, and a few black brads. Finally, I rounded all the corners as a finishing touch. This just goes to show you that inspiration truly can be found anywhere. What inspires you???

Colorful Silhouettes . . .

As promised, here is another of the cards I made over the weekend to share with you. This one is for last week's color challenge over on SCS - Purely Pomegranate (I used Rose Red), Wild Wasabi, and So Saffron. I was inspired by this card my friend Jody made a few weeks back. It is really quite a simple concept, but I am not sure I would have thought to try it on my own so thanks girlie! ;) The patterned paper I used is from the Prints collection by SU! I chose to use VersaMagic chalk ink in Midnight Black for this card due to the rich look it gives. The stamp images are from the Large Silhouette Flowers sheet from Starving Artistamps. Remember, there is still time to take advantage of the special 10% discount on your entire Starving Artistamps order. Simply enter discount code teresadis prior to checkout. Make sure you stop back in tomorrow for the third card from my weekend stamping play time . . . *wink*


Sweet Life . . .

Whoa! This past week sure has been a hectic one for me!!! So sorry for such a long delay in my posting, but any free time I have had recently has been dedicated to making the invitations for my dad's upcoming wedding. Now that those have been sent out I hope to have some time to stamp for fun! I decided to take some time this afternoon to catch up on some of the challenges from this past week. Tonight I will share with you the card I made for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I decided to create something springy and I found myself reaching for this patterned paper from the Garden Party collection by Making Memories. I paired it with this adorable bunny stamp which I found in the $1 bin at Michaels. The sentiment is from A Muse and I borrowed the wavy flag idea from someone, although I seem to have forgotten who . . . *oops* I used my All in a Row stamp set to create some faux stitches along the edges of the paper ala Beate. I also added glitter to the bunnies to make them look more sugary sweet! I really enjoyed the layout of this sketch!!! I made two more cards tonight, so stay tuned for those in the next few days. Hope you are having a great weekend! *wink*

She's Groovy . . .

Well, as promised, here is one of the recent cards I created for my swap group. It uses the new stamp set She's All That from SU!'s Occasions Mini Collection. I just love the unique style of this set and silhouettes are hot, hot, hot right now!!! I used the paper piecing technique to create this momma's dress from the beautiful new Afternoon Tea designer series papers. I also used this paper for the floral background. It looks like elegant wallpaper to me, and the colors are perfect for spring and summer! I added some of the new chocolate poly-twill ribbon and a flower ribbon slide from the Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware collection as a finishing touch. I hope all the girls like them when they receive them back. I just finished up cards from another swap, and I am still hoping to try out Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge sometime in the near future, so check back soon! *wink*