Friday, March 30, 2012

March Madness!!

It's been a while since my last post as March has definitely been a crazy month.   There have been trade shows to attend every weekend and tomorrow is the Quota Club Spring Craft Sale.    Here are some of the projects I have been working on for the Craft Sale:

This composition note book is covered with DSP from Sale-a-bration called Everyday Enchantment.    This is my all time favourite DSP so far.   The colours used here are peach parfait, soft suede, pool party and very vanilla.   I used my new favourite stamp set/punch combination to make the flowers.    The stamp set is called Mixed Bunch and the punch is called Blossom.    The flower was stamped with soft suede onto peach parfait.   The butterflies are very vanilla cut using the Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings die then they were embossed using the polka dot embossing folder.   Soft suede was sponged around the edges of the butterflies and over top as well to make the dots pop.   Embellishments used are glimmer brads and basic pearls.  Notes was cut out from soft suede card stock using the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies.   The frames were cut from pool party and very vanilla using the labels collection framelits.

This mini notebook is also covered in DSP from the Everyday Enchantment pack.   The colours used here are pool party and lucky limeade.    The bird and flowers are stamped from the Language of Friendship stamp set and punched out with the bird builder and boho blossoms punches.   I always double up the flowers and distress the edges to make them nice and full.   Of course, the flowers wouldn't be complete until the basic pearls have been added.    The edges of the DSP were sponged with soft suede to give the notebook a little distressed appearance.

I hope you liked this weeks projects.    Check back in next week for the Stylin' Stampin' Squad April Blog Hop.   The hop will run on Thursday, April 5th.      After that I will be posting our projects for April's clubs.   

I received some good news recently.   I will be joining the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew for the May - August term.   Being part of the Crew means coming up with at least four projects per month to meet the various challenges presented.    Wow - this is really going to put my creativity to the test!!   Make sure to check in to see how I'm doing!

Thanks for stopping by.   Have a great weekend.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

More Mixed Bunch Love!!

I love the Mixed Bunch stamp set and matching blossom punch.    Here are some more samples of cards I created using this set:

What an incredible stamp set and I love the DSP from the SAB mini!! The card base is soft suede layered with pool party and the Everyday Enchantment DSP. The DSP was trimmed using the Adorning Accents Edglits Die. My mixed bunch flower was punched from poppy parade with some lucky limeade organdy ribbon curled behind it. Love it!!

And another:

Here I used a lucky limeade card base with a layer of more paper from the Everyday Enchantment DSP. I need to get more of this DSP before it is all gone!! A strip of pool party was punched with the scallop border punch and tied with lucky limeade bakers twine. The pretty flower was stamped on very vanilla with lucky limeade. The sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Finally, I was happy to see a comment from Yolanda on my blog and she awarded me with the:

Wow - how exciting! Thank you Yolanda for including me in this award.    This is what I learned about the Liebster award:

This award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers, to bring attention to your blog, and increase your following! So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to five of my blog followers. Please stop by to visit them, and become a Follower.

Here are the Rules of the Liebster Award:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.  (Thank you Yolanda!)

2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the supportive people out there in Blog Land!

5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

The five blogs I have chosen are listed below. Click on over to their beautiful sites, look around and don't forget to become a Follower. It was really tough limiting this to just five, there are so many amazing blogs out there.


Now please stop on by these very talented ladies blogs and tell them I sent you.  And as always, thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March Club #1 Projects

So the beautiful weather continues and inspired me to use bright colours, butterflies and flowers.

This card was inspired and CASEd from the Sale-a-bration mini:

We used the adhesive sheets to adhere the DSP and card stock to some thin chipboard for the scallop square and the butterfly. The DSP used is the Everyday Enchantment package in the SAB mini. The stamp set also comes from the SAB mini and is called Fresh Vintage. Another SAB offering was the lucky limeade organdy ribbon and the printed designer brads. Other colours used are pool party, calypso coral, lucky limeade and very vanilla. We coloured the stamp with calypso coral and lucky limeade markers to make the background for the butterfly. Punches used were corner rounder, small circle, scallop oval, small oval and the dotted scallop ribbon border. I am so in love with the DSP in the SAB mini and I'm sure I will be placing an order before the end of March just so I can get some more before SAB is over!

Our next project uses one of my new favourite stamp sets, Mixed Bunch:

This card was inspired by Debbie Henderson. Check out Debbie's blog  to see her card.   Thank you Debbie for the inspiration.   Some new product used are the Paper Doily Sizzlits Die and the Blossom punch that coordinates so wonderfully with the Mixed Bunch stamp set.   The colours used are naturals white, night of navy, marina mist, always artichoke and Paisley Petals DSP.    The sentiment comes from the Petite Pairs stamp set.   We also created a matching envelope using the new Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  A piece of matching DSP was placed in the envelope to coordinate with the DSP used on the card.

I hope you enjoyed this week's projects.   Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

March Club #2 projects

Really? It's March? It feels more like May here and I'm loving it. The temps are going to be getting warmer and almost summer like as the week progresses. I somehow have a feeling that winter isn't done with us yet which is all the more reason to enjoy this! Here are the projects we did for Stamp Club on Wednesday:

This is a quick and simple masculine birthday card:

This card uses a different fold, just for a little change up. The stamp set used here is Bring on the Cake. The DSP is from Well Worn, which is great for masculine cards. The colours are early espresso, cajun craze and very vanilla. A very simple card!

This next card could be used as a masculine card or a sympathy card:

I love this card - it looks like a painting. This image is made using the reflection technique. The image is from Lovely as a Tree and is coloured with old olive and chocolate chip markers then stamped on vanilla. The stamp is then coloured again and stamped on acetate. Flip the acetate over, line up the image with the first image and rub the acetate to transfer to the card stock. It gives the image such a water coloured look. Label collection framelits were used to cut the layers. A banner and some ribbon add the final touch.

We also completed a baby card. The sample of this card was included in my March 1st post for the blog hop.

Thanks for stopping by. My next post will be the projects for this Wednesday's Stamp Club. This nice weather has me in the mood for bright colours and spring flowers (hint, hint!) :)


Sunday, March 4, 2012

All Occasion Card Class

Hello again. I hope you were able to follow the blog hop on Thursday. Wow - there are so many talented ladies out there! Today I wanted to post pics of three of the cards we made in the All Occasion Card Class from last weekend. We actually made six cards and I will post pics of the other cards later as I will be using them in Stamp Club this week.

Here's a clean and simple birthday card I will be using for a child's birthday:

This card uses the cheery and bright colours of tempting turquoise, real red, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. The whisper white layer is embossed with the stripes embossing folder. The real red and daffodil delight strips are embossed with the polka dot folder. The happy birthday image is from the set Bring on the Cake and can be used for any age. Mini brads accent the corners that have been punched out using the ticket corner punch.

This next card uses some new techniques I have been trying out:

The colours used here are soft suede, pretty in pink and the Beau Chateau DSP. The DSP was trimmed using the new Adorning Accents edgelits die. The sentiment is very vanilla layered on pretty in pink that has been cut using the second smallest die from the Labels Collection framelit. This small piece was then embossed using the oval frame from the Designer Frames Textured Impressions. It was pretty fussy work trying to keep the embossing folder centered on such a small frame but the effect is sooo pretty! The tiny bow was created by tying a fork bow. I love doing these bows. The basic pearls have been coloured using a permanent marker and add a nice little touch to such a delicate looking card.

Finally, this card was made as a sympathy card but could be used for other occasions as well:

The idea for this card came from Pinterest (my newest addiction!!) and the origin was from the blog of I modified my version to be SUO (Stampin' Up! only). The colours used are are bashful blue, certainly celery and whisper white. It is hard to see in the picture but the centre of the card has been scored twice vertically with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. The right side has been embossed using the vintage wallpaper embossing folder. The flowers are from the set Love & Sympathy. We coloured the flowers using markers, stamped off on the grid paper once and then on to the card stock for a faded look. The second flower was stamped directly onto the card stock after colouring. The butterflies were made using the Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings embosslit die. Some basic pearls accent the scored centre of the card.

I hope you like these projects. My next post will be of the cards made in Stamp Club this week. Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad March Blog Hop

Welcome to our March blog hop.   You may have just arrived here from Dawn's blog.   Please make sure to leave comments for our blog hop participants so they can all feel the love!!

This month's themes are Spring/St. Patrick's Day/Baby.    The colour challenge is garden green/bashful blue/tangerine tango.   The stamp set challenge is Language of Friendship.   My 3D project meets the St. Patrick's Day theme:

This is my punch art leprechaun with his lucky four leaf clover and pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The gold is actually some delicious Werthers hard caramels which is as close to gold as we get around here!!  The bucket is made using three pillow boxes cut using the Big Shot and the pillow box die.  The handle is made from strips of card stock in all of the colours of the rainbow.  A little peep hole was cut using the smallest of the labels collection framelits.   The various punches used to create the leprechaun will be listed in the supply list at the end of today's blog.   A lucky four leaf clover is created using the smallest heart from the Heart to Heart punch.

For the baby card, I went with a non gender specific colour - pear pizzazz:

The adorable little baby feet came from the Baby Prints stamp set found in the Occasions Mini.    I used a brayer to ink the polka dot embossing folder with pear pizzazz to colour the layer of naturals white card stock.   This makes the polka dots pop against the inked paper.

This card meets the colour challenge and the stamp set challenge:

Once again this challenge was good for me as it definitely uses colours that are not my "go to" colours.  The card base is crumb cake layered with garden green which has been punched with the scallop trim border punch.   The crumb cake doily was cut using the Big Shot and the Perfect Pennants die.   Tangerine Tango is punched from a sheet of designer series paper in the Paisley Petals pack using the 1 3/4" circle punch.   Bashful blue is stamped with basic black using the Language of Friendship stamp set and then punched out with the Bird Builder and Boho Blossom punches.  Two kinds of ribbon were used together - the crumb cake seam binding ribbon and the Chantilly crochet trim.   The boho blossoms were each doubled up and the edges were distressed.   The final additions were the basic pearls and one large basic pearl in the centre of the bow.

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far.   Please continue on to Heather's blog by using the next button below.    Thanks for stopping by.   Come back soon!


Project 1

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card stock:  garden green, certainly celery, basic black, whisper white, blushing bride, pumpkin pie, brushed gold, real red, pumpkin pie, so saffron, tempting turquoise, night of navy, perfect plum
Ink:  garden green, basic black
Punches:  Heart to Heart, corner rounder, scallop circle, curly label, extra-large tag, itty bitty shapes, large oval, modern label
Other tools and embellishments:  crop-a-dile, labels collection framelit, cello bag

Project 2

Stamps:  Baby Prints, Petite Pairs, Charming
Card stock:  pear pizzazz, naturals white, crumb cake
Ink:  basic black, pear pizzazz
Tools and embellishments:  big shot, polka dot embossing folder, scallop squares duo die, pear pizzazz seam binding ribbon, small oval punch

Project 3

Stamps:   Language of Friendship
Card stock:   crumb cake, garden green, paisley petals DSP, bashful blue, very vanilla
Ink:  basic black
Tools and embellishments:   big shot, Perfect Pennants die, scallop trim border punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, small scallop oval punch, bird builder punch, boho blossoms punch, crumb cake seam binding ribbon, chantilly crochet trim, basic pearls, large basic pearl

Go to Dawn's blog!

Go to Heather's blog

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps a Lot
  5. Anji C. of Altered Scraps Blog
  6. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Amanda H. of Live Laugh Craft
  9. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  10. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  11. Heather W. of Heather's Stampin' Blog
  12. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  13. Linda O. of Stamp at Linda's
  14. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot
  15. Michele M. of Michele's Stampin' Blog
  16. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  17. Nicole B. of Creations by Mommy
  18. Pam S. of Sunny Girl Scraps
  19. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim