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March 2013

More Getting Ready for Easter

Welcome back! Today I have some cute little containers that can be used on card fronts or to hold small treats. I was thinking about the Boutique Boxes Designer Printed Kit, and I thought it would be fun to cut the boxes in half and use them as tiny Easter baskets. Then, I thought about the stamps that I just received in my Paper Pumpkin order, and I realized that the splatter stamp would work really well as a pattern for eggs! So, here is what I came up with. The card base is Primrose Petals Core'dinations Cardstock, covered with a layer of paper from Birds of a Feather Designer Series Paper.


I sure wish I had the Small Oval Punch, but since I didn't I traced it onto paper, then onto my stamped patterned and cut them all out by hand! Then, I adhered two eggs to a scrap of cardstock, and three eggs to another scrap. I added some packaging paper and then stuffed in the "eggs on a strip" next to each other so they overlapped a bit.



To make the handle, I used the border strip, folded in half and then cut off about 1/4" of the straight edge. The tag and baker's twine are from the Boutique Boxes Designer Printed Kit, and I just wrote the greeting with a Stampin' Write Basic Black Marker. The handles were attached to the boxes with brads from the 3/16" Brads - Neutrals Collection.



Here is the other basket and card I made.



The eggs are stamped as follows: Crumb Cake and Summer Starfruit on Whisper White Cardstock, Island Indigo on Crumb Cake Cardstock, Primrose Petals on Summer Starfruit Cardstock and Raspberry Ripple on Primrose Petals Cardstock. I used the same color scheme that was in the Birds of a Feather Designer Series Paper.



And, here is a picture of the baskets filled with speckled jelly beans. I have a few friends that I am spending Easter with, and they'll be receiving these treats!


Here are some close-ups of two of the baskets. I think this one with the half doily is my favorite.



Here are the others with the button decorations.


I think that's all for today. I have some cards to share over the next couple of days for blog challenges, so hope to see you here again. Thanks for stopping by!

Getting Ready for Easter

Welcome back! I have a couple of cards to share over the next few days in preparation for Easter.Today, I am going to share a couple of cards that I made using the same template as the one I made for our Artisan Design Team Facebook projects for March. Did you see those yet? If not go here to check them out. The card below uses strips of paper in rows on top of each other. This is a good design to use up scraps with. I used the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper which is a favorite for me! Get ready to see a lot of it around here now that Sale-A-Bration is over.



I also added a piece of yellow felt that I die cut with the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die. The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched with the Word Window Punch and finished with some Early Espresso Baker's Twine.



The strips I cut were 5/8" wide, and I placed them at every 1/2" interval. See the photo below for the detail. And yes, I covered up some stamping that I wasn't happy with! I lined them up along the left side, and then trimmed off the right edge after all the pieces were adhered. Then I attached the felt at the sides, and adhered and stitched the oval frame over the top of the whole piece. The card front also has a layer of the newsprint pattern attached to it.


Next, I used the Secret Garden Stamp Set to add some flowers to decorate my "egg". I used Pretty in Pink, Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade inks to stamp with.



I added another piece of felt, in pink this time, also cut with the Tasteful Trim die. The oval frame piece is cut with the middle size of the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies. The greeting is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.



That's it for today. Tomorrow I have two more cards and some Easter treat containers to share with you! Thanks for stopping by.



Stamps: Secret Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Calypso Coral, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade

Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Tea for Two Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, Word Window Punch, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, felt


PPA155 - A New Spring Sketch Challenge

Welcome back! One of my favorite ways to start a card is with a sketch. I love the sketch from this week's Paper Pals Arts Challenge. Also, I wanted to play around with using watercolor paper in an embossing folder. The thick paper works really well with the embossing, and it's fun to watercolor afterwards. I colored in a few of the hexagons with reinkers and my aqua painter, stamped a few images from the Collage Curios Stamp Set, and then blended them a little bit more with the aqua painter. It turned out differently than I had pictured in my head, but I still like it. The colors used were So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo and Calypso Coral. I stamped the images in slightly darker shades, including the bee in More Mustard, butterfly in Tangerine Tango and rose in Regal Rose. I used Calypso Coral and Luckly Limeade Cardstock, and Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon.


This is the sketch that I used.



Here is a closeup of the card. The greeting is stamped in Island Indigo, and is part of the From My Heart Set. It is stamped on Vellum Cardstock.



That is all for now. Come back for some Easter projects soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Artisan Wednesday Wow - Mar4

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Welcome back our last Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for March! You might have just arrived from Jeanna’s blog. If not, go back and check out her great project!

I decided to create a scrapbook page with pictures from a previous trip to Ireland in honor of St. Patrick's Day, and because I thought the Print Poetry Designer Paper Stack would work well for a travel page. Also, I wanted to use the That's the Ticket stamp set and matching Ticket Duo Punch. I like this set more and more as I use it! I used MDS to create the journaling and title because I wanted to use a font that looked "celtic" to match the Ireland theme. Plus, I knew I had a lot of journaling, and I can fit more when I type than when I write it out by hand.


Here are a couple of close-up shots of the page.I added some buttons, a flower and one of the Cute Clips with Stitched Satin Ribbon tied to it.


On the opposite side, I used the smaller ticket on the Ticket Duo Punch to add a space for the date.


I also used the Borders Scoring Plate Simply Scored to add some stitching lines above and below the main design of the page. I want to try using this on some card edges soon as well. It's a fun tool!


Well, that is all for today. You will find the supplies listed below. Please stop by in the next few days as I will have some Easter themed projects to share. Also, you’ll want to join us again next Wednesday as we feature another hop with new projects! And, don’t forget to click to get to Sarah’s Blog for the next stop on the hop. You won’t want to miss her amazing project. Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamps: That's the Ticket, You're Amazing

Ink: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green

Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Sahara Sand 12x12 Cardstock, Gumball Green Cardstock, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Regals Designer Buttons, Subtles Designer Buttons, Hung Up Cute Clips, In Color Dahlias, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Ticket Duo Punch

Wedding and Congratulations Cards

As promised, I have a few more wedding cards to share today. They could also be used as Anniversary cards, but you get the idea.

This first card has a Very Vanilla Cardstock base which was sprayed with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz. I added a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and some Vintage Faceted Buttons with Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the centers. The stamp is from the Layered Labels set, and I also used the Apothecary Accents Framelits labels to die cut the two layers. The pink patterned paper is from the Fan Fair Designer Series Paper. The last embellishment is Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, which is gathered under the edge of the diecut. The whole thing is adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.



The second card was a different color of my card from yesterday. This one uses Pink Pirouette for the card base, Silver Glimmer Paper, Pretty in Pink Ink and Rhinestone Basic Jewels instead of the pearls. If I was to remake this card, I think I would stamp the bells in a darker color so they were a little more prominent.



And, last by not least. This card uses the Layered Labels stamp set. I colored the Congratulations sentiment (only the word) with a marker, and stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock. then, I trimmed it into a thin strip, colored the edges with the marker, and folded it into a banner to place over the oval stamp image. I used the Fan Fair Designer Series Paper again and the Champagne Glimmer paper. I die cut So Saffron cardstock with the Floral Fusion Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die, wrinkled the flowers and pulled the two layers of cardstock apart, spritzed them with the Vanilla Smooch Spritz and adhered them together with a Gold Basics Glimmer Brad.



Well, that is all for today. Please stop by on Wednesday for our next Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Creations, Volume 11

Welcome back! Have you seen this special issue from Paper Crafts? Card Creations, Volume 11 is filled with lots of beautiful and unique cards. I had the privilege of getting a card published in this issue! How fun is that? Now that the publication is out, I can share my card here with all of you.


Here is my card! I needed some wedding cards last fall, so of course I made my own. I actually used a sketch from Paper Crafts that is in their March/April issue, and had originally submitted the card for that publication. But it was picked up for Card Creations instead. So you see, "if at first you don't succeed try, try again" really works!



I have a few more wedding cards to share tomorrow, so I hope you'll join me then. Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Embellished Events

Ink: More Mustard, Sahara Sand

Paper: So Saffron Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Fan Fair Designer Series paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Accessories: 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Labels Collection Framelits, Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker

Sale-A-Bration, Pretty Petites

Welcome back! So, it's your last chance to get one of the Sale-A-Bration sets for free with a $50 purchase. Sale-A-Bration ends this Friday, March 23. I have 3 last projects to share with you today, 2 cards and a set of tags. These projects feature the Pretty Petites Stamp Set and the Petite Curly Label Punch, both items you can select during Sale-A-Bration.

This first card also uses the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper and the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack from Sale-A-Bration. I think I'll try this layout in another color scheme too!



My next card uses patterned papers from Summer Smooches, and the Designer Series Paper Stack in both the 2011-2013 In Colors and 2012-2014 In Colors. The greeting is from the You're Amazing stamp set.



And, lastly a set of tags. I used the punch on the tags, and stamped through the opening onto a white tag which was adhered to the Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit tags.



I have one more idea for a card using the Blooming Marvelous stamp set, which I hope to share here tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Artisan Wednesday Wow - Mar3

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Welcome back to my blog! Well, Spring is officially here according to the calendar, but it is nowhere in site weather wise here in Illinois! So glad we have some flowers and fresh colors to work with this month and share with you. You might have just arrived from Jeanna’s blog. If not, go back and check out her terrific project!

I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration this time as well. I CASE'd the card layout from this card, but used a few less layers. It's a great layout to showcase different patterned papers and a flower. My card measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". The card has a Very Vanilla base, and then a square layer of Primrose Petals. There are 3 squares from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack. The fourth square is Summer Starfruit Cardstock. The birthday greeting is from the Make A Wish stamp set in the Spring Catalog, and is stamped in Raspberry Ripple and matted in the same color Cardstock. The Very Vanilla Baker's Twine tied on the greeting is from the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit.


Here is a close-up of the flower in the corner. I took the daisy image from the Secret Garden stamp set, rolled it in Summer Starfruit so just the edges were inked, and stamped and die cut 3 of them. Then, I crinkled them up and stacked them to make the layered flower. The vanilla trim is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit, and the button is from the Subtles Designer Buttons.


I drew my inspiration for the second card from here. I have seen an outline image embossed in white on Crumb Cake Cardstock colored with markers before, and I was excited to finally play around with this technique. This card has a Very Vanilla base as well, and is the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". This is one of my favorite prints from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack. The top layer is Crumb Cake Cardstock at 3" x 4", and the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer is 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". Both the greeting from Make A Wish and the flowers from Secret Garden are stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink, and embossed in White Stampin' Emboss Powder.


Here is a close-up of the card front. I colored the flowers in with Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers. I also added some Rhinestone Basics Jewels to the flower centers to complete the card.


Well, that is all for today. You will find the supplies listed below. I’ll have one last post with Sale-A-Bration samples to share with you on Thursday, which is the last day to get the Sale-A-Bration products free with a $50 order. Also, uou’ll want to join us again next Wednesday as we feature another hop with all new projects! And, don’t forget to click to get to Sarah’s Blog for the next stop on the hop. You won’t want to miss her fresh project. Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamps: Secret Garden, Make A Wish

Ink: Whisper White Craft, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit; Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Primrose Petals Cardstock, Raspberry Ripple Cardstock, Summer Starfruit Cardstock, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Secret Garden Framelits Dies, Bigshot Die Cutting Machine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Artisan Embellishment Kit

Sale-A-Bration, Feeling Sentimental

Welcome back to my blog! I have a few more Sale-A-Bration samples to share with you...just in the nick of time. Hurry, you can only get these exclusive products through March 22nd! Today's samples feature the Feeling Sentimental stamp set.

I'll start with a card. I used the antique bicylce image, and also the Celebrate greeting is stamped repeadtedly on the crumb cake banner behind the main image.


Next, I made a mini tag album with the same antique bicycle and greeting, and some vintage pictures of my Grandma Masters as a young girl with her family. I stamped the other titles with the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet. The album is from a sheet of 12x12 Crumb Cake Cardstock, that has been cut down to 3 1/2" x 12", and scored at every 3" to make the panels.



For my last project, I have a full 12x12 scrapbook page featuring photos from London. I could help but think of London with the Ferris Wheel and Phone Booth images. On both the mini album above and the page below, I used the Vintage Trinkets and Antique Brads embellishments to add some dimension.



I stamped the image in Riding Hood Red ink, and added a Very Vanilla Neutrals brad and one of the Paper Daisies. I used the Fan Fair Designer Series Paper for this page, and several patterns from the collection.



Here I also added some Island Indigo Baker's Twine to go along with Ferris Wheel stamped in the same color. The letters for the title were cut from Island Indigo Cardstock using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies. The subtitle and journaling were added to Vellum Cardstock.



Well, that is all for today. Please join me again later this for the Artisan Design Team Wednesday Wow Blog Hop, and then Thursday I'll share my last few projects for Sale-A-Bration. Thanks for stopping by!

Sale-A-Bration, Vintage Verses Bonus

Welcome back! Today, I have a project to share that uses the Vintage Verses stamp set from Sale-A-Bration.


When I created the card from this post, I had a piece of the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper left over. So, I flipped it over to use the other pattern and used it as a frame. I also thought it would be fun to use the Pool Party Stampin' Embosss Powder on the Island Indigo cardstock. I really like how it turned out!



I added some Island Indigo Baker's twine above and below the frame, a couple of punched circles using the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, and the buttons and ribbon from the Sycamore Street Button and Ribbon pack from Sale-A-Bration. These patterns are really growing on me!



Well, that's all for today. I'll be showing my pictures of the Feeling Sentimental set projects over the next few days. Hope you can join me again! Thanks for stopping by.