Tuesday, May 31, 2011

card sketch #4...

Hope you all had a safe and fun Memorial Day! I'm back with the last card sketch for May. Please link me up if you try the sketches - I'd really LOVE to see everyone's different interpretations of these!

I strayed from the sketch a bit, but that's ok, right? Sketches can be however you interpret them. I used Skipping Stones Design's Stitched Stamps on this card. The flowers in this set inspired me to add stitched flowers instead of hearts. I stamped the flower onto Vintage Cream Papertrey Ink felt and then stitched over the design with pink floss. It's hard to see in the photo, but the pink floss is cute against the white felt!

I topped it with a Melissa Frances resin frame and Melissa Frances pearls.  The white ink is Papertrey Ink's Fresh Snow. The die cuts used here are Turning a New Leaf (pink leaves) and Tiny Tags (heart) by Papertrey Ink. Other: date chipboard - Crate Paper, pink paper - Pink Paislee, pin - Maya Road, text paper- October Afternoon.

Thanks SEW much to Skipping Stones for letting me be a part of their blog this month!

And I have one more giveaway this week, due to mix-up on my part, I have another UPLIFTING stamp set to give away! Please leave a note if you are interested and I'll choose a winner in a few days!


One more thing....if you wouldn't mind checking out my friend Shimelle's blog today, she will be donating ALL proceeds for 24 hours to the Because I am a Girl campaign. What a great cause. 
Let's take care of our girls!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Product pick...

Today I had "product pick" on the Pink Paislee blog, so I decided to feature the Daily Junque stamp set and show you a variety of ideas with this set.

There are so many things you can do with it, such as travel cards and scrapbook pages, days of the week pages, miss you cards, birthday cards...well, the possibilities are endless, really! Check out this gorgeous package. You get a TON of stamps!

My first card was inspired by the "top priority" saying and the numbers list. I stamped these two onto the Daily Junque - MAP patterned paper with red and blue ink. Don’t be afraid to stamp directly onto patterned paper! A patterned paper can add a lot more pizazz to your card than plain cardstock.
I added a balloon from the Daily Junque - Ephemera and some red cardstock stars that were punched with a Fiskars star punch. The red border is also a stamp from the Daily Junque stamps! I'll be using that one a lot today.
The "you" is cut from a Papertrey Ink die called Wonderful Words and is cut out of Soiree - Trellis paper.

Next, I made a "Miss You" card. I loved the little envelope in the stamp set, so I stamped it in red and cut it out, then tied it with Soiree Twine like a little package. I stamped the map twice onto the kraft paper and made a blue border - both with the Daily Junque stamps. The red check is a ribbon from my stash. The polkadot circle is a 2" circle punched from a Sweetness - Love Blooms paper. The resin stars are by Melissa Frances.
The third card I made is a little more colorful - great for a birthday. I stamped the border in different colors and used some alphabet stamps from my stash for the sentiment:  "it's your day". I was going to use the border lines as candles, but decided to turn them sideways and use them for journaling lines instead. You could certainly make candles out of them too! I stamped them onto white cardstock and cut them out, so I could rearrange them on my card as I was creating it.

The little yellow hearts are from the Sweetness Glitter Letters, and the teal paper is Daily Junque - Tickets paper.
And one more card today...

I couldn't resist using that little frame image in all different colors here...I used Papertrey Ink's Berry Sorbet (peach) and Hawaiian Shores ink (blue), and Jenni Bowlin's Lemon Drops ink (yellow). I used these same inks on the last card as well. Flower is Prima. I cut a piece of the Soiree - Wood Shapes and inked it up with Hawaiian Shores ink.

When I stamped the sentiment, I masked off the words as I went, so I could stamp one or two words in each box. On the inside, you could stamp, "it's your birthday".

I hope this gave you a little bit of card inspiration today. Which one is your favorite and why? :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

timeless treasures and another card sketch...

I'm back with the third card sketch for Skipping Stones Design this week - am having a lot of fun doing these sketches! Hope you like them too. Here is the third sketch:
And this is what I came up with. I used Skipping Stones Designs' Timeless Treasures stamp set and stamped it twice in the background with Jenni Bowlin's Chewing Gum ink pad. Then I stamped the little purple flowers with Skipping Stones Designs' Dandelion Dreams stamp set.
The little "thoughtful" mini flash card is a new item by Melissa Frances, as are the resin bird and pink flowers. The bird is lightly brushed with brown chalk, so the dimension would show a bit more. I made the flower with Melissa Frances creme crepe paper.
We'll have one more sketch next Tuesday. Stop over to Skipping Stones if you'd like to play along each week! Oh, and I need to choose a winner for last Tuesday's HEARTSONG stamp giveaway!

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Karen said...
Great sketch; I love the stamping around the edges & I can't wait to give that bow a try!
May 17, 2011 10:58 AM

Congrats, Karen! Please contact me with your mailing address: dflanders71@hotmail.com. Thanks!

Monday, May 23, 2011

lollipop bouquets...

All this month on the Jenni Bowlin blog, we are focusing on stamping! After playing around with the new Jenni Bowlin stamps, I decided to dress up some little lollipops with the stamped images and create a “bouquet”, a fun project for kids at a birthday party! Or they could be used as thank you gifts for the kids to take home, or for a display on a birthday table!

I started with Jenni Bowlin’s 3” x 3” Seal stamp that reminded me of a sunflower and used a Lemon Drops ink pad. It was stamped onto white cardstock and cut out. Then I snipped a little piece out of the image.
Next, I folded the two ends of the seal stamp together and attached with a Glue Dot. This creates a cone shape that will form around the lollipop better than a flat image. I poked a hole in the center where the lollipop will go.
Then I stamped the solid image of the 3” x 3” Blue Ribbon stamp onto white cardstock with Chewing Gum ink, and then topped it with the outline stamp in Cough Syrup ink. I cut it out and poked a hole near the center. I didn't use the tails of the Blue Ribbon, just the circle.
These two finished stamped images were layered together and a lollipop poked down through the hole. I cut the green polkadot leaves from a Family Tree paper and attached them under the lollipop flower.
If your lollipop is flat like the one below, you can adhere the yellow stamped flower underneath it and add a 3” x 3” Butterfly stamp like I did here over the top! I topped the butterfly with a Yellow Rhinestone Bow embellishment.
I used a $1 small wooden box from the craft store and wrapped it with red ribbon. The bottom is filled with foam to hold the lollipops. I cut an egg shaped foam in half that I had in my craft box and adhered it to the bottom. You will need to adhere the foam to the bottom with hot glue, because the lollipops are heavy and tend to want to fall over.
Now just poke the dressed-up lollies into the foam!
You can also cover the center of the stamped image with a 2” circle cut from patterned paper like this one.

If you use these for display on a table, you can punch some extra patterned paper circles to sprinkle on the table and add more stamped butterflies scattered around for an extra fun touch! Bend up the butterfly wings for dimension. I love the large size of the butterfly - perfect for a party decoration! These bouquets would be fun for kids to make at a party... and to make it quicker, you could have the images already stamped and cut out, then they would just put them together and poke them into the foam. I think they would be thrilled to take something like that home from a party!

Stop over to the Jenni Bowlin blog to see lots more stamped layouts and projects!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

life-long friends...

This photo was taken when we first got our puppy Maggie. She was just sitting next to my little one's feet and it was such a special moment for me. I realized how lucky my girls would be to have such a pal to grow up with, and experience that unconditional love and friendship for years to come.
I used a large photo and then with some My Mind's Eye - Gertie Girlie stamps, I stamped the doilies with various colors of Jenni Bowlin inks - Cough Syrup (red), Lemon Drops  (yellow), Chewing Gum (light pink). I cut them out and used them as a border here.

Papers, brads and chipboard are My Mind's Eye Stella Rose.

I took these photos just the other day when the girls woke up. (Thus the bed head!) Maggie always lays by me on the top of the couch while I check my emails and the girls came by to snuggle her for a moment, so I grabbed a few quick pics! She is 8 months old now. And sweet as can be. We love her so much!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

a few more Papertrey Ink projects...

Hey there, just popping in for a second to share more projects made with the new stamps for this month at PTI! The first is a quick, simple card with the Road Trip set. I stamped the map (pardon my not-so-good stamping) onto gray cardstock. I ran it through my printer to create the red sentiment underneath, then made my own arrow from Crate Paper's Toy Box paper and a added a Toy Box brad.
I thought it would be fun to send a thank you to my parents after we visit, for all the work they do cooking meals, etc. for us.
STAMPS: Road Trip
INK: True Black
PAPER: Crate Paper - Toy Box
OTHER: Crate Paper - Toy Box brad

Next up, another super quick card using the Toy Box line by Crate Paper again. I stamped "We're on the move" from the Road Trip stamp set to show that you could use these on your boy layouts or bicycle layouts this summer, not just on cards. My 5 year old is getting more interested in learning how to ride her bike lately, so I can't wait to use this saying on a layout.
STAMPS: Road Trip
INK: Pure Poppy
PAPER: Crate Paper - Toy Box
OTHER: Crate Paper - Toy Box brad and sticker, 
My Mind's Eye paper (red plaid)
I saw these little place card hats a long, long time ago at Country Living and had them bookmarked to try. The Est. 1776 stamp set was perfect for this project! Here are the directions to fold them at Country Living: Paper Hat Place Cards.
I used paper from my printer to try out the folding, and it turns out that printer paper is the best paper to use because it is much thinner than patterned paper- it folds much easier the thinner it is. Old book paper would be great too. I cut the printer paper 8 x 8" and folded them up first, then stamped on them with Enchanted Evening (blue) ink and Pure Poppy (red) ink. 
The pins were poked into the top after adding the little flags to the pins. I taped the pins down on the inside of the paper hat, so they don't move around as much. You could put your family's names on the little banners if you'd like. (Text paper here is Pink Paislee - Parisian Anthology Divine Damask paper.)
I created little medallions for the front with Papertrey Ink's Enchanted Evening ribbon (blue) and felt (red one and teal one). I'll be honest and say these paper hats were a challenge for me! But they were certainly fun after I got the hang of it! :) It took a little practice.

STAMPS: Est. 1776
INK: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening
PAPER: text - Pink Paislee, white cardstock or printer paper
 OTHER: floral pins, Papertrey Ink felt, Enchanted Evening ribbon by 
Papertrey Ink, brads from my stash.

On this card, I used the Est. 1776 stamp set again and stamped the stars and stripes and sayings at the top, then ran it through the Cuttlebug to emboss the stars in the empty space. I used the Measure by Measure embossing folder.
On the inside of the card, I tucked inside a stitched string of numbers. These were cut with By the Numbers dies and then sewed together in a string with my sewing machine. I wanted to add stars to my string afterwards to separate the numbers, so I just punched 2 stars and put them back to back on the string and adhered them together.
Wouldn't this be cute in a birthday card as well? (with the birth date of the recipient!)

STAMPS: Est. 1776
INK: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores
PAPER: white cardstock
DIES: By the Numbers
OTHER: Melissa Frances pearls, corner rounder, 
Cuttlebug embossing strip for stars.

Have a good night and thank you so much for all of your kind emails and messages. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Skipping Stones blog hop...

Good morning! Today the Skipping Stones team is having a blog hop and invited me to join in to reveal a new stamp set of theirs called Sassy Shoes!
I made another sketch for the team to try this week - here it is:
I actually decided to stamp the shoes all along the edges instead of placing anything else along the edges. I was going to do paper strips on the edges, but I didn't want it to be too busy and compete with the shoes. I really wanted the shoes to be the show stopper! I sort of turned the sketch on it's side and made a paper bow inspired by the bow on the cute shoe stamp!

The paper bow was made with a technique by Heidi Swapp that I saw her do on HSN one day and just loved it! Just take a strip of paper and fold the ends together, adhere. Pinch it in the middle. Then you do another shorter one on top the same way. Layer these two together with the smaller one on top. Last, wrap a thicker piece of the same patterned paper around the center. Adhere it all together! I added twine around the middle of my bow.
Skipping Stones has a few deals this week: order three sets from Skipping Stones, get one free! Buy 6, get two free! Buy 9, get three free! Just enter "ONE FREE" at checkout.

The winner of the UPLIFTING stamp set from last week is Scarlett!

Scarlett said...
You're card is adorable! Love the hearts with the pins and the pop of red is super.

It was hard to choose fav stamp sets, they have a lot of good ones. I love the Uplifting, Dandelion Dreams, garden Stamp Kiss, Grunge...apparently I need to go shopping!
May 10, 2011 2:53 PM

And the good news is that I have one more set to give away this week! I'm giving away the Heartsong stamp set. Just leave a comment, and I'll choose a winner soon!

Next stop: head over to Amy's blog!