Sunday, February 28, 2010

Birthday Bird

This patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Porcelain pad. I've looked at it at least once a day for about a month now - kept thinking about how pretty it was and yet not knowing how I wanted to use it! When I saw the Pals Paper Arts inspiration challenge this week, I knew what I wanted to do with this gorgeous paper - finally. The layout is from Crazy4 Challenges - just a week or so late for that one - but I like the sketch and will probably use it again!

As I said the "bird cage' patterned paper is from Basic Grey. The olive patterned paper is some from SU. I also used Old Olive and White paper along with Old Olive ink. Several tools I used were the extra large bird punch, the oval and scallop oval punches, dimensionals, and filigree brads. I added a little sponging with the Old Olive ink. The sentiment is Teeny Tiny Wishes from SU.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Late Again!

I see so many wonderful "challenges" on different sites - however, by the time I get around to using the layout, inspiration, colors, or whatever they are about, the day to post them is long gone!!

As usual, I'm late again - but not TOO late. I believe this challenge was posted on Monday. Hey, today is only Friday, so I figure I'm good to go! I do like looking at the challenges for ideas, etc. This is for the Sketch and Stash Challenge blog.

I haven't used the Eastern Blooms set from SU in a while so thought I'd go with that one. The paper I used was Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, white, and Parisian Breeze patterned paper. The butterflies were cut using the Beautiful Wings die. I think maybe I should have cut the flower out in a darker pink as it's kind of "washed out" in the photo. (I'm still working on the light box - haven't found the right size box yet.)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Few Little Chicks

A couple of weeks ago I made a card with this same image and patterned paper but with a different layout. I thought it was just a little bit too frilly - maybe because of the flower on it! This one I seem to like a little better. It's just a little more "basic" or something and I didn't add a flower to it.

The image was a digital "freebie" from Soft Pencil that I colored with Bic Markers. The paper is Ballet Blue, Yo Yo Yellow, and white. The patterned paper was some I had in my stash that I have no idea where it came from. I cut the scalloped circle with my nesties and popped it up on dimensionals, added some yellow ribbon to the side panels and then zig-zagged all around.

I'm trying to "think Spring" a little more now as the weather is starting to warm up some. Yipee!!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Wild Thing

I think the reason I'm seeing so many cards in the Spring theme is that everyone is just getting a little tired of Winter. Right? This, however, reminds me more of Fall! Just something a little different right now.

The image and sentiment are both from CTMH - In the Wild and Wild Thing. I also used Autumn Terracotta ink from CTMH and Archival Black. For paper I used Tangerine Tango from SU, Very Vanilla, and textured black. The patterned paper is from Paper Studio. I sponged around the vanilla cardstock, used my scallop edge punch, added several small brads, and tied raffia. I think the layout was one I had seen on Pals Paper Arts.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Yes, They Are REAL Flowers!

Several months ago, a friend of mine and I were rooting around in a local thrift shop (don't you just love those things!) and I found a Flower Press - still in the box and never opened - for $1.00. I could just hardly turn something like that down, right? At the time I still had some blue Salvia blooming so cut a few and "pressed" it. This card is the end result! I also "pressed" some pansies but when I took them out, the petals all separated (I'm still working on getting some of those right). Now I just can't wait for spring to see what other kind of flowers I can "process"!

I used Ballet Blue, Very Vanilla, and Bella Birds DP. I attached the flowers and added the pink satin ribbon. I NEVER make this size card (8 X 3 1/2) but needed it this size in order to have the flowers look right.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's a Guy Thing

If you're a guy and live in this part of Texas, more than likely you're a deer hunter! Now personally, I can't see shooting one of these wonderful creatures because they are just so pretty, but, as I said, it's a "guy thing"! (Oh, and sometimes it's even a "girl thing"!) This is a birthday card for one of the "guys" in the family. You may have to click on the picture to see the sentiment better.....I'm working on constructing a light box so I can get better photos.

I used New England Ivy from CTMH and Chocolate Chip from SU. The "camo" paper is some that I had in my stash that a friend had given to me. The stamp sets I used are both from SU: Noble Deer and Well Scripted. I paper pierced in the bottom corner and added the twine and the circle clip.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

A Little Hello

There's just something about a red and white card that makes me happy. Now I know everyone is tired of red and pink cards from Valentine's it is anyway-another one with red!

This image is a free digital from the Stamping Boutique. After coloring her with Bic markers, I put Liquid Glass (from CTMH) on her "slicker'. The frame around her was cut with my Nestabilities. The patterned paper I used is some unknown brand that I had in my stash. I also used Real Red card stock. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. I used the Scallop Punch and then tied the white ribbon over the red strip. Last, but not least, I added the bow and button.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Nesting Bird

I was NOT going to post this card but just couldn't resist. I'm STILL laughing.............

I decided that I could make one of those little flowers that everyone is doing right now. So I got all my gear out and decided to make it out of newspaper (mainly to see if I could actually make one). Anyway, I got it made and tacked on the card, showed it to my husband, and asked him what he thought (sometimes it's best NOT to do that)! Here's the conversation.....

"Hey, I really like the little bird nest." So, I'm looking around and say "What bird nest?" He points to the card and says "THAT bird nest - but you really need a bird in it!" He was looking at my flower!!!!! I felt like I was six years old again showing a picture I had drawn to my mother and she didn't know what it was! Anyway, I punched out the little bird and put him in his "nest"!! I'm still laughing.........

By the way, I used Old Olive cardstock and Good Morning Sunshine patterned paper. The branches were done with the Little Leaves die and the bird punched with the Bird Punch. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. I added the rhinestones under the sentiment. And yes, the bird is "nesting" on my newspaper flower!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Riding By........

It's a miserable day here in the southern portion of Texas........ so cold, rainy, windy, and just generally ucky!!! So what better time to STAMP! I probably should be working on our income taxes - but hey, who wants to ever do that!!!

This picture was taken outside (before the rain and cold hit) against a barn wood bench. I AM going to be working on building a "light box" as soon as I find the right size box. Some of my pictures don't don't come out right - color wise.

I think I could make a card every day with this cute stamp set from Our Craft Lounge that I got at i {heart} papers! This little bicycle has so many accessories you can add to it. On this one, I added the little streamers on the handle bars, the "happy birthday" sign flying in the breeze, and the basket with the dog and cat in it. The patterned paper is from Paper Studio and I zig-zagged around it with the trusty old sewing machine. I added a small pink button to the center of the front wheel and then, of course, added the pink bow. I colored the image with Bic markers, SU markers, and ONE Copic! Yes, I broke down and bought ONE Copic marker the other day. I know, last of the big time spenders, right!!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Christmas in February!

First of all - for everyone that commented on my last post and wanted the Carrot Cake recipe---as soon as I get the recipe I will post it on my blog!!

Now, on to Dasher and Christmas in February! This card is for the Stamps R Us Challenge. The challenge is to make a red, white, and black card. The nice thing about this challenge blog is that you have a entire month to come up with an idea and post it! I like doing some of the weekly challenges too but sometimes the old mind just does not click in that quick and by the time I think of something to create, the challenge is over with and they are on another one! The Stamps R Us Challenge though is posted on the first of the month and then another one is not posted until the next month!! Yeah!

I'd been wanting the Dasher image from SU and finally broke down and got it. Better late than never though since Christmas is over with! Anyway, I used Real Red, White, Black and Real Red patterned paper. I stamped Dasher in black and then added some red rhinestones to his horns. The white background was embossed with the Snowflakes embossing folder. And yes, I topped it off with the white bow - using my Bow-Easy (once again). This card is similar to one I saw on SCS but I can't remember who had it and theirs did not have any red on it.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Just a Quick Congrats Card

I needed three "congratulation" cards today - these are very much so "clean and simple"! But I thought they came out pretty cute. They will be mailed in the morning to a niece and two nephews (great) for their accomplishments in the Stock Show. Our two great nephews worked so hard raising their animals, caring for them, and getting them ready to show. Our great niece baked a carrot cake and it was sold for $400.00! Now that's some carrot cake!!! I can't wait to get ahold of that recipe.

The stars are from Paper Studio stamped in various colors and then cut out. The sentiment is SU Well Scripted.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

These Are NOT Orange Butterflies

I've just really been a bum the last few days and haven't stamped much so thought I would post an older card I'd done. Actually, I haven't been too much of a bum - it just seems like sometimes life gets in the way of stamping, you know.......

These butterflies are stamped in Cameo Coral but for some reason every time I take a picture of the card, they come out orange! Anyway, I used Baja Breeze, Gray, White, and Walk in the Park DP from SU. The butterflies are from SU Great Friend. After stamping them, I cut them out and then they were popped up on dimensionals. The pearls were added to their bodies and also on the top and the bottom of the center panel. At first I thought that may be just way too many pearls, but then the more I looked at it the more I like all of them on there.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Last Valentine Card?

This may be the last Valentine's Day card I have to make this year! Whopee! I may post a couple more that I already finished later.
This is for Clean and Simple Stamping FTL76 challenge.

The image I used on this is from PSX stamps. There really is a funny story that goes along with this stamp - I won't go into all the details......but, last year my husband and I went to an Estate Sale and he came out wagging this cardboard box. Inside the box was about 25 stamps (that had never been used!) and some ink (that was no good anymore). He paid $20.00 for the entire box and thought I may like it. Most of the images are so cute and I've used them before. I just recently found out that PSX stamps are no longer around and some of these stamps could be worth quite a bit! I think he got a pretty good deal for the box of stamps!

I used Real Red and white cardstock. The sentiment is from CTMH Soul Mates. I ran some white through my Cuddlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the little squares (except for the one that has the image). I found the ribbon last week at a fabric store.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

This is SO Not Me!

I am not in any way, shape, or form, a "frilly" person! Yet, to me, this card is just FRILLY! Actually, it probably isn't, but that's all I can see when I look at it. I will be making another one with this same image and try not to make it so "frilly".

The image is a digital stamp from Soft Pencil. The little chicks reminded me of Easter. The plaid paper is some from my stash and I also used Ballet Blue and white on it. I added the flower with the button in the center and them tied a bow through the holes with white floss. The sentiment is Teeny Tiny Wishes from SU. I used the Word Window punch (cut down on each end to fit the sentiment).

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