Blog Hoppin' . . .


It's that time again! Tonight is Papertrey Ink's May Blog Hop!!! The challenge this month was to use score lines as a focal point on your project. I was a little unsure of how to accomplish this at first, since I don't currently own a Scor-Pal or Scor-It, or similar scoring tool. I use my good ole' Fiskars paper cutter with a scoring blade for all my scoring needs. I *did* know that I wanted to use my new Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set, so I tried to plan my card around that. I have seen a lot of projects featuring a diagonal grid of score lines lately and this reminded me of a quilted baby blanket. I thought this would be the perfect way to showcase both the score lines and my newest PTI stamp set!!! I started by embossing one of my larger classic rectangle Nestabilities dies in the center of my white card base. Then I set to work meticulously creating my "quilt" using my Fiskars trimmer - not the easiest of tasks! I also wanted to incorporate some of the Bitty Baby Blessing patterned paper into my design, so I decided to cut triangles from two patterns and alternate them along the outside of the "quilt". Next, I stamped some of the tiny images in the center diamonds using Lavender Moon, Summer Sunrise, and Spring Moss inks. Ok, on to the finishing touches. I adhered some Lavender Moon topnotch twill along the edges to serve as the "binding" of the quilt. As a sentiment I chose "A Star Is Born" from the Favor It: Baby coordinating stamp set. I punched it out using my word window punch and added two silver star embossed circle brads. In the center I used a Heidi Swapp ghost shape star and a saffron colored button. I hope you enjoyed this stop along the Blog Hop route. Make sure you check out the other entries and head on over to the PTI forum to join in the fun!!!

Simple Little Things . . .

Well, I am still feeling a little icky. Whatever it is that I have is lingering. And I really, really need to get rid of it before I go on vacation, KWIM? Here's hoping . . . Anyway, I was still able to sneak in a quick stamping session this evening to play with today's Color Challenge on SCS - Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla. I knew I wanted to pull out some of my retired SU! ds papers, Au Chocolat. While I was leafing through them I was inspired by this pattern and thought that it would coordinate nicely with some of the images in my Papertrey Ink anniversary set, Simple Little Things. I created three little medallions using my 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches and my scallop punch. Then I popped these up on dimensionals and added some self-adhesive flat beacked pearls in the centers. The edge of the card is slightly shorted than the back, and I used my corner rounder (sans guard) to scallop it. Stay tuned because tomorrow is the PTI Blog Hop and I *finally* took pictures of the gifts for Kaleigh's teachers, which I will probably post on Thursday. Exciting stuff - you won't want to miss it!!! *wink*

Always . . .

I have been wanting to stamp all weekend and just got a chance this evening. It seems like we have been going non-stop with one thing or another and there is never enough time. This card combines this week's Color Challenge from SCS (Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, and Certainly Celery) and Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I decided to use one of my favorite stamp sets from the current SU! catalog - Always. Although I love the look of it, I often find it difficult to use for some reason. I thought it best to stick to simple tone-on-tone stamping for the background. I used the rock and roll technique on the main image, which was cut out using my classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities. I really love these colors together! I'll have to try another creation with them soon. As promised, look for the teacher gift pics sometime this week. We are in the homestretch now - only 6 more days of school!!!

Bitty Baby Blessings . . .

Aren't these little animals just the cutest thing you've ever seen??? They are from the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set from the Papertrey Ink May release. I just adore their adorable little silhouettes! I made this card for this week's sketch challenge over on SCS. Colors are also from PTI - Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, and the newest color, Lavendar Moon. The patterned paper is from the coordinating collection and was cut using my rectangle scalloped Nestabilities and then halved. The sentiment reads "Every good & perfect gift comes from above." - so true! The ribbon is Summer Sunrise luxe satin ribbon, reversed. Pretty simple stuff here, but everything else I tried to add just didn't work. Coming up next - teacher gifts! They are done and just need to be photographed. Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend!!! *wink*

Something special for me . . .

Most often when I am papercrafting I am making something for someone else. While flipping through my SU! catalog a few weeks ago, trying to decide which chipboard products I wanted to purchase at 25% off, I was inspired to finally make something I have been wanting to try for awhile now - a custom corkboard. The Ginormous Pieces chipboard assortment contains many larger pieces that I though would be perfect for this project. However it wasn't until that night a few weeks ago that I finally figured out the logistics. I realized that the On Board Book Basics (large) would be just the right size for the back of the board, with the scalloped pieces being the frame. When my chipboard arrived I could hardly wait to get started, although I'll admit I had a difficult time choosing which designer series papers I wanted to use. Finally I settled on Afternoon Tea - very girly (which is totally me!) and I just *love* the colors!!! After that it all came together rather simply (if you don't count impatiently waiting for the glue to dry). You can't see it in the picture, but the back of the corkboard is covered in ds paper as well. I added pewter jumbo eyelets in each of the top corners and threaded through some Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon as a hanger. I also made some custom push pins using my 1/2" circle punch and pewter Build-a-Brad kit. I am rather pleased with the results and I am looking forward to making some more of these for friends. I am working on a few other things (of course!), so be sure to visit again soon . . . *wink*

U is for Unique . . .

Hello again! Hope everyone is having (or had, depending on when you are reading this) a nice weekend. I had some time this morning and I decided to give Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge a try. I pulled out my new Spring Break designer series papers from SU! which I received in my order last week. I really like the fresh color combinations of Soft Sky, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie. This is fairly simple and self explanatory, but I added a few details of note. The corners of the Soft Sky ds paper were notched with the ticket corner punch. The strip of Pumpkin Pie ds was distressed on the long edges. The main image/ sentiment panel features the Define Your Life and Defining alpha stamp sets. At the top are three clear rhinestone brads. A piece of Soft Sky double stitched ribbon finishes out the look. I liked this sketch - I think it lends itself well to showcasing several coordinating ds papers, don't you? I have been working diligently on end-of-the-year teacher and student gifts, so be sure to stop back by for a peek at those in the not-too-distant future . . . *wink*

Showing off my new rubbah . . .

I have been eyeing some stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms for awhile now. Two of my friends, Lori and Lisa, are on their design team and always make such fabulous creations! Recently I have been especially drawn to the images of Kim Hughes and last week I decided to take the plunge and purchase my first CHF stamps. I got Baked with Love, Making the Grade and the Lined Paper Backgrounder. Being a teacher, I immediately fell in love with the school images in this set. I already used them to make some bag toppers for end of the year treats for my students. Today I decided to make a card for my DD's graduation from Kindergarten. She really has grown by leaps and bounds this year and we are super proud of her. She is already able to read, write, and speak both English and Spanish and is adding and subtracting in math! This card fits both this week's SCS color and sketch challenges. She was home sick today, so I know she saw me making this - but she will be super surprised when she finds out it is for her! I have also been working on gifts for her teachers using some of the SU! products I ordered, so be sure you check back for those soon!!!

More "Mommy and Me" Stamping . . .

Before I forget - thank you all for your guesses and kind words on my DD's and my cards from our stamping time. For those of you who guessed that she made the Aqua Mist card and that I made the Black Eyed Blooms card - you were right! Seriously though, I would be proud to say that I made her card too!!! I wanted to share with you the little notecards I made during our last "mommy and me" stamp session. Unfortunately, Kaleigh gave all hers away before I was able to get a picture, but I still have mine being the hoarder that I am - lol! I decided to use my new and neglected Define Your Life and Defining alpha stamps, paired with some of the Cutie Pie ds papers. These are simple 4 1/4" flat square notecards. The belly bands are able to slide off as they are only attached to the rectangular scalloped pieces. I think these would make a cute little gift set, don't you? I am expecting a SU! order tomorrow, so be on the lookout for some cool new projects in the near future . . . *wink*

It's time for My Favorite Things . . .

As my loyal blog readers will know by now, I am an equal opportunity stamper. Although I am a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator, I am also a huge fan of several other stamp companies. For example, I am a member of Starving Artistamps Guest Design Team. I am a member of the Papertrey Ink forums and regularly participate in their contests and challenges. I also love to hang out over at the My Favorite Things forum on SCS, especially for their super fun release parties. I have also participated in both of the *official* MFT swaps to date. Today I am sharing with you my contributions to the recent ATC swap. For the first group I used the Ride 'Em Cowgirl stamp set. I wanted a girly girl cowgirl - I envisioned her in pinks and browns! I chose to use my Berry Bliss ds paper from SU! both as the background (which looks like wallpaper to me!) and her skirt. Lots of paper piecing here, which is quickly becoming my favorite technique. I thought it needed something, so I added the jumbo brass eyelet at the top and looped some chocolate grosgrain ribbon through it. I think this cute little number would make a great bookmark or luggage tag, don't you???


For the next group we were limited to only using the MFT colors - pink, black and white. I chose the Hot Stuff stamp set for this one. More paper piecing here! I first stamped the coffee cups in a row on the white cs, then again onto some PTI Sweet Blush cs. I colored some of the details with a black marker, cut them out, and popped them up with dimensionals. The ribbon is Luxe Satin Ribbon (also in Sweet Blush) from PTI, however I used the back side of the ribbon for a more subtle look. I hear the swaps are on their way back to us and that they are all stellar. I *can't wait* to see them!!! Tonight is the MFT release - there are three new sets and the sneak peeks are adorable! Make sure you come by the MFT Member Forum on SCS for the party!!! In other news, I did a little stamping last night - so check back soon . . . *wink*

Stamping with my DD . . .

My five year old DD, Kaleigh is quite the artist. She loves to color, cut and glue as much as any Kindergartener - maybe even more. I mean, she *does* have her own Cuttlekids machine - LOL! She also loves to do anything that I am doing, for the most part. So imagine her excitement when I proposed that we stamp together one night last week - using Mommy's "good stuff"! I pulled out my new Papertrey Ink "Garden of Life" stamp set and some of the coorodinating inks and papers. We had a good time and I was quite astonished at how well her design came together. I couldn't quite see where she was going with it for awhile, and at times I had to fight the urge to make some "executive decisions". All in all, I let her creativeness shine through and we were both so pleased with the results. I think her creation looks quite professional! I made a card too (of course!), although it did not turn out quite as I planned. Still, a good time was had by all. Now, here's my question for you. Can you guess which card was made by my DD and which one was made by me??? I am *so* curious to hear your responses!!! Up next will be my My Favorite Things ATC cards from the swap on SCS, so make sure you visit again soon!

Bloomin' swap . . .

I love swaps! I find that I am usually too busy to participate in them lately, what with teaching full-time and all - but I do love them for all the ideas and inspiration. I belong to an invite only swap group called No More Bad Swaps (NMBS) which is comprised of some fabulously talented SU! demonstrators who were tired of receiving poor quality swaps after putting so much time and effort into their creations. Recently I participated in a swap with No Vendor Restrictions (NVR), which I think is exciting. I can't wait to see what the other ladies came up with! This is my card, which features cs, ink, and stamps from Papertrey Ink. It is a take on Michelle Wooderson's hidden notecards. The scalloped circle focal image is separate from the belly band. Once removed, the yellow cs would open to reveal the notecard (it is glued down here because it is only a card front, but hopefully you get the idea). I hope the other girls like my design. Stay tuned for my MFT ATC swaps and a special project by my DD coming soon! *wink*

It's almost that time . . .

It is almost the end of the school year and while I *love* being a teacher, I could not be more happy!!! The other day I was thinking about what I could make as a thank you for my DD's teachers. I came up with an idea, which I will share with you when it is finished, provided that is works out that is! I was inspired by Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge to create some cards to go with the teacher gifts. The longer shape should go perfectly with what I have in mind. I used the Summer Picnic ds paper from SU! and the Limitless Labels and Borders & Corners Monogram Edition stamp sets from Papertrey Ink to complete my cards. To create the scalloped edges I used my corner rounder (sans guard). The corners of the sentiment panels were notched with the ticket corner punch. I added some black gingham ribbon to complete the look. Hopefully everything will come together soon! Make sure to check back soon for a peek at those swap cards and a few other things too . . . *wink*

That's what it's all about . . .

Well, after completing about 30 swap cards I am happy to say that yesterday I was able to stamp for fun! I was inspired by this week's Color and Sketch Challenges over on SCS and I decided to take some time out for me. Although it is a fairly simple design, I am pleased with the way it turned out. It is different from my usual creations, and I think it has an elegan flair to it. I started with an 8" x 9 1/4" Purely Pomegranate card base, scored at 4" vertically. Then instead of folding back 3/4" on the front, I cut it and used my corner rounder (sans guard) to scallop the edge. Next I stamped the front of the card with my Ornate Tooled Leather background from Starving Artistamps in pomegranate ink. I then stamped the floral image (from the Large Silhouette Flowers sheet, also by Starving Artistamps) in Midnight Black VersaMagic ink onto a Sofy Sky mega Marvy Scalloped Oval. (Yes, I am *still* waiting on my Oval Nestabilities - both sets!) I used my 1/16" punch to notch each scallop. I used sone Soft Sky double stitched ribbon to hold the card closed. As a finishing touch I added mini flat-backed self-adhesive pearls to each of the scallops along the edge of the card. I will be posting pictures of my swap cards here in the next few days, so be sure to check back soon!