Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pink and Brown - a favorite of mine

This is a card that I made for my wonderful friend Lois, thanking her for a special deed!. Lois, if you are looking at this - the check's in the mail!! I got the inspiration from a card that Lauren did as a punched challenge. The leaves and stem are stamped first and then the flowers are punched out at random so that the background (pink) shows through. Thanks, Lauren, I love this idea. I used SU Close to Cocoa; Whisper White; and the paper set Berry Bliss. The saying and leaf stems are from Best Blossoms and I used the key tag punch from SU. For the back of the saying I just cut a rectangle from Close to Cocoa and then rounded the edges myself. The ribbon (I think) is a retired one from SU. The pearls on both the pink flower and the tiny flowers (hard to see in this photo) are from Target's dollar bin (Lot's of scrapbooking stuff there right now for $1) and the large flower punch is Martha Stewart and the smaller flowers are from the dollar bin at Michaels. Gotta love these dollar bins except you do tend to spend a lot there! LOL.

SCS Saturday challenge

This card is for the inspirational challenge to find something in your home that inspires you. Well, I actually went outside my home and there is my first blooming calla lily - a sure sign of Spring here in Arizona. Of course, Spring is a relative term since we only really have Spring and Summer here!! Believe me, coming from the Boston area, I know this to be true!!! So I made this card being inspired by "my" first sign of Spring. We actually have them all over the yard. They are like rabbits and seem to multiply. I don't know if the birds get the pollen and sprinkle it around but I am amazed at the locations each year of these plants.

I used Wasabi for the background; whisper white and then the only color printed paper I could find in my stash that matched. I think it is from one of those packs from Joann's or maybe it is just a single sheet from Hobby Lobby. Anyway there was no identifying maker on the back. The Calla Lily is from SU Ageless Adornment that I haven't used in such a long time. Maybe I should set aside a day for using "older stamp sets" LOL I stamped the calla lily in wasabi and just outlined a little in yo yo yellow. I only wanted to bring a touch of yellow into this card because that is all that is on the flower and leaves. So, that is the trim around the lily, and the brad through the ribbon. This is another thing that I have no idea where it came from but it was the only green ribbon that I had that was anywhere near close to Wasabi. I also tried 100 ways to put "think spring" (a tiny little saying from Hero Arts) on this card and nothing looked good so I decided to just leave it off. This way it could be a card for any occasion. I will post this on my SCS site tomorrow. Now, here is another amazing thing! I have been a member and have logged in daily for so long but somehow I have never uploaded any of my work. Why???? I really don't have an answer for that. So, I have opened my site as jk's mom and will add regularly. Have a great week everybody.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Easter Wishes

I have been frantically making Easter cards for the folks back home in Mass. Unfortunately I sent a few out without putting them here, but then I remembered "Oh, I have a blog". This is what happens on Spring Break!!!! This card is made from SU Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink and the paper from Hostess Level 1. The leaves and flower have crystal effects on them. The Easter Wishes is computer generated. The stamp is from Whipper Snapper, called Lollie, (so, I think I might send it off to their Spring contest if I haven't already missed it!). I used SU's scallop punch and lt. pink ribbon.

This second card was a very quick spur of the moment. The stamp is from the dollar bin at Michael's. I am always amazed at what you can find there! I colored it in with SU Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie and used the same color papers. The eggs are just stickers that I also found at Michaels and I used them only because they match perfectly. I used the corner punch from "Whale of a Punch". I was going to emboss the background but nothing I had seemed to fit. I am waiting on all those new cuttlebug folders to come in and really wanted to use the Swiss Dots.
Happy Easter to you all, and may those of you who live East of the Mississippi have a wonderful Spring and none of those sneaky snowstorms that come in April - I remember them well!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Rabbit Food

I am having a problem with my camera and not sure why! I can't get the blur out of my pictures so I think I am off to buy a new camera. Sorry that these did not come out clearer but I just wanted to show you the little "Easter" gifts that I made for co-workers and friends. I got these plastic carrots from The Dollar Store and just made a tag using SU's scalloped punch; plaid paper from one of those stacks from JoAnn's; and ribbon from JoAnn's also. I used the font "AlDancingEgypt" for Rabbit Food and inked the edges with SU Only Orange. The carrot is from Stamps by Judith - I colored it in with SU's colors and cut it out. I stuffed the carrots with all sorts of Easter candy and grass.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Clean Up

Interesting title, but true. I had to do two birthday cards for people at work and really needed to clean up my space. Well, while organizing AGAIN! I found this paper stack from Paper Wishes called Jackie's Vintage (totally forgot that I even had it!). These are the two cards I came up with using this paper.
This first one is done using SU Pretty in Pink for the background; Basic Black for the border and the Vntage Papers in between. The ribbon is from SU and I don't know where I got these flowers but one is pink and the other is white that I sponged the tips of with Pretty in Pink ink. The HB stamp is "Happy Birthday Wishes" from AAW/Printworks. (The wishes is on the inside of the card). The 3 brads are SU Pretty in Pink.

This second card is again done using this Vintage paper and SU's
Pretty in Pink and Basic Black. The stamp is Single Blossom from G-Rated Stamps that I colored in Pretty in Pink marker and Certainly Celery marker and then added Crystal Effects to the blooms and leaves. The HB stamp is from SU.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lots of Birthdays

Two very good friends and my daughter have birthdays within a week or so of each other. Unfortunately, my good friend Alyce had a birthday that I missed. I didn''t forget her birthday, just the day!!. My friend Diane's birthday (who I can't wait to stamp with in March with all our stamping friends) is on March 6, and my daughter Jenne is on March 8. So, I went to Michael's this morning and found this paper from Making Memories. I just love it and as luck would have it, the colors matched SU's soft sky; lavender lace; and Lovely Lilac. These 3 cards are the result of my creations. I am not going to tell you which card is for who because they are being mailed out tomorrow and if they view my blog they will see it beforehand. So, if you three see this you will be surprised at which one you get!!!

This card was done using Lovely Lilac as the background. The arrow is from Maya Road Chipboard Arrows. If you love arrows like I do, this is a great set to have. It consists of 72 arrows in all sizes and configurations. I used crystals in various sizes on the arrow and in the corners that were punched. The Happy Birthday is from Hero Arts ( a great size) and the border is punched using a 1 3/4" square punch and a 2" square punch with the soft sky paper. It is hard to see, but the HB is embossed with a glittery purple embossing powder.

The background on this card is Lavender Lace. The striped paper is a coordinating paper to the paisley from MM. The birthday stampHappy Birthday Wishes) is from AAW-Printworks. I rolled the stamp first in soft sky and then in lovely lilac to get a 2-tone effect. The flowers are punched out using 2 different sizes of the same flower and brads for the centers. I stickled the i's in birthday and wishes

This card's background is Lavender Lace. The Paisley stamp (embossed) and rolled in both soft sky and lavender lace, is SU Polka Dots and Paisley. The HB is again from Hero Arts and fits perfectly in SU's large oval punch. All 3 of these cards were sponged along all edges with lavender lace.