Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Good morning, blog friends! How's your week going? I hope you've had some time to play creatively - it always balances things out for me!

When I was making my Inchie card yesterday, I realized that I've sort of gone off the pink deep-end this week. I opted to reel it back in for today's card, and this is the little lovely that I came up with. I had this piece of new Memory Box paper on my desk after a project that I was working on for Angela's Happy Stamper. I love the color and the pattern, and it looked really striking when that brown ribbon creeped over it (my desk was a bit cluttered!). Voila! A color combination was born! I was anxious to ink up my new Lockhart Itty Bitty Chintz Heart, so I grabbed a Dark Cream Inchie Square from Inchie Arts and stamped my image on it. I used brown ink and colored it in with colored pencils. I also inked the edge. Now for the layering (the PermaTac cartridge for the Glue Glider Pro works wonderfully with the matboard of the Inchies); a brown cardstock mat was placed under the Inchie Square, then on top of a Wheat Twinchie with inked edges. I flanked it with some pearls (that I colored to match with a Copic).

My card base is also from Inchie Arts. It is one of their Inchie Notes (now in neutrals, too!). These are 3.5" square, so they put the focus on your Inchie perfectly! The other great feature about these Notes sets is that they come with 4-Bar sized envelopes, so not only can you mail your sweet square legally, but without the pesky extra postage that a square envelope requires! Clever, clever.

I'm so pleased with this layout, too! It really draws your eye into the image - and after all, that is what you want your recipient to notice, right? Thanks for popping in today!

Be well,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Hi - welcome to Papertrey Tuesday! Today, I thought I would show you a little Valentine's Day ensemble today. It consists of a card, cute envelope and a little box. Here's some quick details on them:

The card is based on a sketch from Card Positioning Systems. (Such a great site for layout inspiration. Very talented group there!) The patterned paper is from Simple Valentine. (All the patterned paper from today's post is from this super-cute paper pack.) The sentiment is from none-other-than Dawn McVey's Say It With Style stamp set. Here, I simply embossed it with some white embossing powder to make it pop!

This envelope makes me pretty happy! I've had these fun pocket envelopes for years, so I took one apart for a template - tracing it onto the patterned paper was quick and easy. To decorate it, I pulled out Alli Miles' fun Daily Designs set. That little cross-stitched heart is instant home-spun charm, don't you think? Pair it up with the cross-stitched circle and you have a sweet accent. The 'Be Mine' is from the companion set, Daily Design Sentiments. (It is chock full o' great sentiments!)

I then cut a box from the Box with Flap die from my friend, Eileen. Usually I use matboard with these dies, but this time I used plain old chipboard, then covered it with patterned paper. To accent the top and bottom, I pulled out a border punch (Martha Stewart), then stamped it with Faux Ribbon (an oldie, but wow, such a classic!). I added a couple of buttons to finish it off.

See how easy it all was? That's just one of the many things I adore about Papertrey Ink - the coordination is essentially effortless. So cute and easy (although you're the only one who needs to know how easy it was!).

Are you starting to look forward to the Anniversary festivities from Papertrey? There is so much fun stuff coming down the pike - just wait!!! I'm bursting at the seams trying not to shout it from the rooftops, but I'm going to have to restrain myself a bit. It won't be much longer... :)

Have a great day! Be well,

Monday, January 25, 2010

So cute you could eat it!

I'm starting to work on my Valentine's cards, just creating individual sweeties for a few friends and family. This one - well, all I can say is YUM! Karen Lockhart has created another perfect cupcake, the Cupcake with Sprinkles. An image as sweet as this deserves to take the limelight on your card, so I left this design very simple (a patterned paper background, a solid stripe done with a border punch and ribbon with rhinestones). I colored the cupcake with Copics and added a little bit of Stickles:

See what I mean? Cute enough to eat! This is one of my favorite things about Lockhart Stamps, the image can always take center stage and hold it's own with beauty and grace. And while this image was part of Karen's Valentine release, I know I'm going to be using it year round! I can already envision the heart sprinkles in primary colors for a birthday card, or in the recipient's favorite colors for a thank you card (with the sentiment of 'Thanks for being so sweet' or something like that!).

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Be well.

Stamp: Cupcake with Sprinkles (Lockhart Stamp Company)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: old Paper Salon
Ink: Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Ribbon: Sweet Blush Twill (Papertrey Ink)
Punch: Martha Stewart
Other: Copics, Stickles (Ranger), rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ScoreBoards Blog Hop

Would you believe this is our last Sizzix ScoreBoard Blog Hop? For the last 4 months, we've been taking a closer look at these fantastic dies that Eileen Hull developed. As you're probably aware of by now, what makes these dies different is that they cut and score chipboard and matboard. It opens a whole new world of creativity!

Today's featured die is called the Box with Lid and it is such a great die. You get both the base and the lid on one die. Add a little tape, and you have the perfect little box for a multitude of purposes, especially giving handmade jewelery! (Although Beav thinks they're fantastic for his rock specimens, too!)

For this sample, I added the tape to the outside of the box. This is 1/4" Scor-Tape, a very strong tape that you can tear by hand (similar to red lined tape, if you're not familiar with it, but without that pesky static-filled piece in your way). Once I had that adhered, I decided to cover it with microbeads for an elegant, dimensional look. To accent the top, I scored a Maya Road Sheer Blossom and added Ranger Glossy Accents as an adhesive. Sprinkle some more microbeads, add a rhinestone and voila! A beautiful accent for the top of the box. To finish, I simply added a stamped image from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Labels set stamped in Vintage Cream ink for a soft look.

This collection of ScoreBoards dies are arriving in stores now, so if make sure to keep an eye open! Eileen has a new collection being introduced at CHA next week - I can't wait! Thanks so much for coming along on this blog hop today; all the other talented participants are listed on on Eileen's blog, so follow along with all the fun!

Be well,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

One thing that I've been asked several times over the years is to define my style. I always struggle with that question, because I've always hoped the answer was 'adaptable'. I could pretty much create was required - when I was with Anna Griffin, it was layered and embellished. When I was with Paper Salon, it was cute and whimsical. The one thing that always rang true to me, though, whatever the look, was that my style was safe. My design lines are always straight, and my color choices, well, predictable.

This year, however, I've promised myself to start putting together some more daring color combinations. With all the gorgeous colors that Papertrey Ink offers, that's a no-brainer, right?! So here's my first attempt. I used the cute and versatile Top Ten and Top Ten Additions. There are so many great words in this set, that it's easy to create the perfect card for your recipient (in this case, my adorably goofy husband). I grabbed six pieces of paper from the Bitty Star Basics collection and punched two 1 1/4" circles each. I adhered them to my cardbase, then starting stamping 10 sentiments on the outer edge. For the center, I punched a 2" scalloped circle and stamped the 10 in Orange Zest and the "things I love about you" in True Black. Add a little ribbon, the small star from Limitless Labels and some stickles, and you have a very cute card for a multitude of purposes.

(And it's just so COLORFUL!)

Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings about challenging myself. I'd love to hear if you made similar crafty resolutions this year, so if you did, leave a comment. Be well,

Monday, January 18, 2010

I've mentioned before how much I adore these Lockhart Windows. The amount of detail that Karen has in them is delightful. I never get tired of creating with them - they really offer a great way to challenge your own coloring skills. I opted to use my Copics to color this one. For this card base, I did something a little different - I started with an A2 cardbase and a gatefold. I then cut that into a heart-shape, leaving me with this unique base.

Once my image was colored, I started on the details. I stamped and colored an additional banner and cut them out. After popping them up on foam tape, I added some Glossy Accents (I love how this simple steps adds shine and dimension to your project). While I had my Glossy Accents out, I added some on the flowers. Rather than use it solely as a shine factor on the flowers, though, I decided to use it as an adhesive for some microbeads.

The end result? A fun, detailed card with sure-fire power to bring a smile to anyone's face this Valentine's Day!

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope it is a great one for you. Be well.

The Details:
Stamp: Love Window (Lockhart Stamp Company); Background Basics: Hearts (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
Coloring Medium: Copic Markers, Copic ABS
Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger), microbeads (craft supply)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sympathy cards

Sadly, I've had a need for some sympathy cards lately, so I thought I would show you what we sent to our friends. Sympathy cards can be such a challenge, and even more so when you need to make them for men. Papertrey's new set, Through the Trees was just the set to use. Clean and simple was definitely called for on these, so I simply used Fresh Snow ink on True Black cardstock. I pulled out some Smokey Shadow for a mat, then made the card base out of Soft Stone. I also used a sentiment from With Sympathy for the interior. The end result is a classic, thoughtful card for our friends - exactly the look that I was hoping for. These stamps sets pulled off the look effortlessly.

Be well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Inchie Arts Twinchies have opened up a whole new set of options for me! Have you tried them yet? If you've ever tried an Inchie, then you know just how much you can get on 1" - so imagine the possibilities with twice that!

Today, I chose the new Lockhart Coffee To Go image for my focal point. It fit so nicely on this Ivory Twinchie! The high-quality matboard that makes up Inchies, Inchie + and Twinchies makes it take coloring mediums so beautifully. Here I just used colored pencils, but the smooth surface allowed me to blend and shade effortlessly. (I added a little 'whipped cream' with some Liquid Applique.) I also used one of Inchie Arts Pink Inchie Notes; first I embossed the card front with an embossing folder, then I inked the edges. So simple and quick!

My intent with this card is to stick it in my husband's suitcase on his next business trip (he loves my coffee). It will be a nice little reminder of home!

Have a great Wednesday and be well,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Love Is In The Air

It's such a happy time of year! Is there anything more fun than making Valentine's for your loved ones? If you're a fan of Karen Lockhart's stamps like I am, then you're undoubtedly a fan of her amazing angels. I was so thrilled to see this Love Angel in the new release - isn't she beautiful? There is so much detail on her - it's colored pencil LOVE! ;)

Can you hear my contented sigh from here? This beauty, along with the others from the new release are available now in your local stores (for my local friends, Angela's Happy Stamper should be receiving them shortly!). Coloring like this is so therapeutic for me; it's a great stress relief because nothing else matters but the colors. (Hence, my contented sigh!) Notice the highlights in her hair, or the shading on her dress? It's all just layering of the colored pencils. It's so easy to achieve great results, and the details on this stamp make you long to color it beautifully!

I hope this inspires you to play with your pencils a bit today! I would love to see your results. (And if you're looking for a place to start with colored pencils, Karen has a great list on her website. It's a great reference if you're starting a Prismacolor collection!)

Thanks for stopping by today! Be well,

The Details:

Stamp: Love Angel Lockhart Stamp Company
Coloring medium: Prismacolor pencils
Paper: (Hibiscus Burst, Stamper's Select, Simple Valentine)Papertrey Ink; (Pink gingham) A Muse
Ribbon: (Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dots) Papertrey Ink
Pin: Heidi Grace
Sketch: (SC259)Splitcoast Stampers

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rock a Bye Baby Sneak Peek

I don't know about you, but there is just something about a shaped card that I adore! I was so excited to be able to make this one for the Rock A Bye Baby set for the Papertrey Ink Click Simple collection. This card really spoke to me since Wally's nursery was all sailboats. How I wish I had this template then! It’s the perfect canvas for adding patterns and textures. I think this would be a fantastic new baby card, shower invitation or 1st birthday card. It holds so many possibilities for your favorite lil’ sailor.

This shape, along with the others in the collection, will be available from Papertrey Ink on January 15th. There are four shapes in Rock A Bye Baby collection, making it quite possibly the best $5 you've ever spent!

Thanks for stopping by for my little peek! Be well,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday - a little late!

Sorry for delaying Papertrey Tuesday by two days! I wanted to show you this card, but wanted to wait until the recipient had seen in person first - you know, so the surprise wasn't spoiled!

I had a lot of fun putting this together. The bright colors were just the thing on a cloudy day - and just enough outside of my comfort zone to challenge me (and who doesn't love a good challenge!). I started out by cutting strips from In Bloom, then sewing them onto a background of Lemon Tart. I stamped a Vintage label and the die cut it from Stamper's Select, then stamped the cupcake (from Everyday Classics) and sentiment (from Mega Mixed Messages). Add a big, beautiful bow and you have a mini-masterpiece (OK, maybe not that great, but we'll pretend!). Here's a closer look:

I can completely see using this layout again and again! It went together really quite easily, and the coordinating Papertrey Ink products make it so easy to get a colorful, yet coordinated look.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be well,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ScoreBoards Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to another fun Blog Hop featuring Sizzix ScoreBoards by Eileen Hull. All the fun is being coordinated on her blog today, so make sure to stop there, too, for a complete list of the participants.

Today's die is the Memo Holder. This fun die is designed to make a plain, boring pad of sticky notes look AMAZING! As with all the ScoreBoards dies, this cuts through matboard (and chipboard) for a sturdy creation that will definitely stand up to what you dish out.

I went with a mono-chromatic look on my project today, incorporating Aqua Mist products from Papertrey Ink. The stamps are from the fun Take Note set, a perfect mix with this die! I love the scalloped detail that Eileen put on the edge - it gives it such a great feel, like it was a piece that you picked up at that cute stationery shop. It's a fun, useful way to let someone know you're thinking of them!

The closure couldn't be any easier on this - I just used a little piece of sticky back velcro! To adhere my paper to my matboard, I used my Glue Glider Pro with a High Tac cartridge; the ribbon adhesive made quick work of the ribbon, too!

Quick, useful (and sturdy!) projects are a complete breeze with the ScoreBoards - and they should be showing up at your local craft store any minute! I'm going to direct you over to Eileen's blog to see the other participants today - these designers are SO incredibly talented. I've been blown away at their creativity each time we do this hop! Thanks for stopping by today!

Be well,

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! I hope that you had a fun, relaxing time! If you're an East Coaster, you probably spent much of the weekend cuddled up like me, trying to stay warm. Brrrr...winter. But it makes for great stamping weather, don't you think? :)

I made this Anniversary card yesterday for my in-laws. They're celebrating 60 years of marriage next week! Quite an accomplishment. I knew that I wanted to use the Lockhart Folk Heart for their card, so I started with that. I still had my Basic Grey Nook & Pantry paper out from my card last week, so I decided to use that, too. I love this heart because it is so versatile - you can color it whatever way you would like and it ends up looking great. I opted to use my Copics on this one, pulling colors from the patterned paper. Here's a closer look:

If you haven't been to the Lockhart website lately, pop over to check out the latest and greatest! There are so many new images that I can't wait to ink up - and yes, I'm basically chomping at the bit! More windows, a new angel, new Itty Bitty's...{sigh}.

Have a great Monday! Be well,