Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sizzix Blog Hop - Scalloped Box

Well, I'm doing it again! Eileen Hull has assembled an even larger group of oh-so-talented designers to showcase the latest Scoreboards dies, and I honored to be playing along! This time around, Eileen has added a couple of fun new aspects!

The first new aspect of this round of blog hops is the PRIZES! The ScoreBoard die used in the project will be given to the designer whose project gets the most votes at Eileen's blog. The other prize will be a ScoreBoard die from the first collection given to one lucky reader! To qualify to win, you must write a comment on any of the participating designer's sites. Voting ends the Monday following the Wednesday hop at 6 PM.

The second new aspect is our challenge! Eileen issued a challenge to use office supplies on today's project. This was particularly fun for me, because I love the office supply store! Honestly, as a kid, when my brother & sister would spend their allowance on candy, I would spend mine at the office supply store. Lifelong affliction, I guess!

I used lots of items from Papertrey Ink on this fun box! First is the ledger paper - it's part of the Color Couture download from March's release. Perfect for sticking with the office supply theme! Then I used Text Style II with Dark Chocolate ink on Spring Moss cardstock. I die cut the flowers with Beautiful Blooms II #1 die set. The binder clips were fun to wrap with a little twine, and a button made the perfect flower center. Adding a little Dark Chocolate swiss dot ribbon added a little touch of whimsy!

This Scalloped Box is going to be a real staple in my collection! It's going to be a great holder for gift certificates, and the scallops add the best touch. Don't forget to head over to leave a comment for a chance at winning a ScoreBoard die, then head over to Eileen's blog for a full list of participants, as well as voting for your favorite project on the hop!

Have a great day! Be well.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Up for a packaging inspiration challenge? (There's a prize!)

Hi friends! It's been a while since I did a packaging inspiration challenge, so I thought it might be fun to give it a whirl again. So here is your inspiration piece. I would love to see what you come up with using your Papertrey Ink supplies! You have until noon (Eastern) Friday, April 2nd to leave a link (in the comments) with your piece. I will randomly pick a participant to win an assortment of Papertrey Ink buttons. :)

Here's what I came up with using this as inspiration:

I had a hard time having my editting software properly recognizing this color combination, but with any luck I got it close enough that you can see it is Spring Rain, Spring Moss, and Plum Pudding. The frame is Fillable Frames #2 and the sentiment from Fillable Frame #1(I love the interchangability of these!). The background is my new-found love! I stamped it using Distressed Stripes. Stripes are my go-to pattern, so I am just thrilled with this!

I CAN'T wait to see what you do with this inspiration piece! Just leave me a link to your piece in your comment by next Friday at noon (eastern).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

I wanted to share this cute little Poppy Stamp with you for today's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday. One of the things I like best about Inchie Arts Inchies, Inchie + and Twinchie products are how you can stamp right on them. On this, I took a light gray Twinchie, rounded the corners (easy peasy with a Corner Chomper!) and stamped the image. The color is from Prismacolor pencils (which blend beautifully on the high-quality matboard!) and then added a little flocking for a fuzzy hat. I finished it off by adding a little ink to the edges. Other details...patterned paper is from Basic Grey and the sentiment is from A Muse. (I love this sentiment with this stamp - they just seem to be meant for each other!)

Give stamping directly onto your Inchie Squares a try - I think you'll be really pleased with the results! Be well.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Do you keep multi-purpose cards on hand? I do - and this sentiment from Signature Greetings really fits the bill! On this card, I paired it up with Turning a New Leaf (embossed with Versamark and clear embossing powder on the background and Ripe Avocado ink on Vintage cream cardstock on the center piece). The leaves on the sides of the sentiment are die cut from a Sizzix die. I really like how this turned out and it's a great multi-purpose card to have on hand.

I hope YOUR day is fabulous! :) Be well!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lockhart update

Have you been to the Lockhart Stamp Company website lately? There are some subtle changes that have been made lately, including the addition of the new Spring images and the new Guest Artist! I saw the new images at the store the other day, so I know they're arriving. Be on the lookout for them!

As fun as it is to get the new images, part of me loves showing you the older ones, too! This is just such a project! The Flowers in Chintz image is special to me because I actually have a pitcher like this that I usually use for flowers. I paired it up with some coordinating colors from the Rhubarb Tart paper collection from Memory Box. Add a little stitching, some inked edges and a punched border (Martha Stewart) and you have the perfect finishing touches that still draw your eye in to your colored image.

I hope you all had a nice weekend - and that you fit in a little creative time! Baseball has started here for the Beav, so you know what that means...three days a week running around! It's all good though - there's nothing to compare to watching him out on the field. We did have a little conversation, though, that seeing as this is his 9th year of playing baseball, he might actually be able to remember everything on his own now...we'll see how that goes! ;)

(Go color!) Be well -

Friday, March 19, 2010

Nearly 'sitting outside' weather!

Can you feel it? It's really here - SPRING! I am really quite happy about that - and this Lockhart card really sums it up! Green grass, blue skies, a beautiful, comfy chair to sit back and daydream in - sounds just about perfect, don't you think? The wicker chair is a real go-to image for me, especially when you paper piece in the cushions to match your project. So quick and cute!

The soft look of the sky and grass are thanks to the Copic airbrush. I used G24 for my grass and B0000 for my sky. This stamp is one of the many that I keep a mask on the block. If you use a repositionable adhesive (my favorite is the Repositionable cartridge for the Glue Glider Pro from Glue Arts), you can make any piece of paper a mask and use it several times before replacing it.

The patterned paper, in case you were wondering, is from Memory Box. I used a couple Prismacolor pencils for the finishing touches, too. I think that's just about everything!

Have an amazing weekend! Be well.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

So none of you have told me your thoughts on the new Papertrey Ink dies! Are you enjoying them? Using them? I hope so. We are so pleased with the feedback that we've been receiving. I put together a very die-cut heavy project today! This is a coupon organizer that I've had in my head for a while now, and the new Mini Tab Die really brought it to life for me! (Of course, throw in the Butterfly, Fillable Frame #2 and the Medium Scalloped border - plus my friend Eileen's Notebook Pocket Scoreboard die - and it makes a great project!)

You know how every so often I throw out strange little Jenn-isms? Well, here's one for you - I don't like to shop. I dread going to the grocery store. I literally put it off as long as possible. And I really only try to go to three stores - as you can see! That's why this pocket is just perfect for me - I can divide up my coupons without a huge time commitment and just toss this in my purse. :)

There is a little stamping on this, too - I used Heather's new Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs to highlight the tabs, her Fillable Frames #1 and Niki's Butterfly Dreams. When this was all paired up with a little Aqua Mist ribbon and paper from Green Tea Leaves, it made for a beautiful, yet functional, project! I'm so looking forward to getting great use out of it.

I hope this gives you a great hopping off point to start your own pretty, functional project! Have a great day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hydrangea Frame

Hi All - I hope that you had a great weekend! Things were busy and fun here this weekend - houseguests, get-togethers, the start of baseball...lots of rain, but it didn't dampen our spirits!

I wanted to share this lil' Lockhart project with you today. Risking redundancy, I just love this Hydrangea image. On this project, I used a selection of Prismacolor pencils to color the image and then framed it with matboard using the Sizzix ScoreBoards Easel Frame. By adding a little patterned paper (My Mind's Eye), I created the exact feel that I wanted. I embellished it with a button, some twill and a sentiment, giving me a quick and easy, special thank-you. What a great way to remind someone how special they are to you!

I hope your week is off to a great start! Be well.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A quick & pretty wedding card

I've never hid the fact that I am pretty much President of the Nichole Heady fan club, so the other day when I was in need of a quick wedding card (yes, it was sort of an impromptu wedding ceremony for two of my friends, but yes, I did procrastinate slightly, too!), I turned to Nichole for inspiration. I remembered this post where she did a great wedding card with Big & Bold Wishes. I was so grateful for that card! :) Here, you can tell I pretty much followed her steps exactly, although instead of a stamped background, I pulled out a little bit of patterned paper (In Bloom in Enchanted Evening) and I used a glittery embossing powder on some of the focal point. All in all, though, pretty much just like Nichole's! (Don't you just love what a valuable resource her blog is?!)

I was really pleased with the way this turned out - it was quick, yet still very pretty. I may just need to make up a few of these to have on hand for when I'm lagging behind! ;)

Have a great weekend! Be well.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Year of Flowers: Violet

There were so many new concepts introduced last month at Papertrey Ink, that it's tough to really say what my favorite is. One that I've been excited about for a while now, though, is The Year Of Flowers. February's set was Violets and it is a real beauty. The design team made such amazingly gorgeous samples with it! (Don't they always? Each one of them just blow me away with their seemingly endless talent!)

I put a few subtle touches on this card that might be tough to see; the background on the Stamper's Select is Background Basics: Petal Power in Versamark ink with a shimmery chalk on top. The layer behind that is Papertrey's Vellum Cardstock after it got a sweet lil' Tin Types impression plate treatment. Oh, this is so yummy on the vellum! Just wait til you try it for yourself!

So, honestly, I'm still not sure about the coloring on this piece. I'm not really crazy about it, but I was trying for variations...I think I could use some more practice with this one! :) Of course, the stamp is so pretty on its own that you don't even need to color it - it's great line art!

I hope you have some creative time scheduled in today - maybe even with this fantastic set. (And just wait til see what's coming up for March!) ;) Be well.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My new favorite color combo

I can't seem to stop using this combination of navy, green and yellow lately, and Papertrey Ink's Enchanted Evening, New Leaf and Lemon Tart fit the bill perfectly!

For this card, I started by stamping my New Leaf base with Background Basics: Tin Types (LOVE this pattern!). The sweet little rabbits are from Take Three: Spring; I stamped them with Lemon Tart ink and immediately sprinkled it with clear embossing powder. (My Lemon Tart pad had just been reinked, too; I know there were a couple of questions on that the last time I used this pad.) I matted them with some Enchanted Evening and added the ribbon accents. So quick and easy - and I love the classic spring feel.

I hope the sun is shining where you are! I'm all excited because the first crocus popped up in my garden. I love finding simple signs of spring like that - can you hear my contented sigh from here? Enjoy your day - be well!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Spring in DC is synonomous with Cherry Blossoms, so when Asian Fusion was released, you know my thoughts immediately leapt to spring! I had a really fun time putting this card together. I used a color combination of Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush (cardstock base and Bitty Box Basics) along with True Black Felt. For the felt, I die cut it with the new Small scalloped border die, then did a quick straight line of stitching on the top and bottom. To finish it, I added a couple of dots of Liquid Pearls.

For the image itself, you will see that the flowers are red and pink. The red comes from the great stamp in this set, then I went back and colored the flowers (and the vase accents) with a pink colored pencil. The final touch was more use of Liquid Pearls in the flower centers for a subtle dimension.

For the bottom half of the card, I used Pure Poppy ink for a tone-on-tone look. The border stamps in this set are the perfect addition to this! They're beautiful and understated, and the best complement to the focal images.

I'm looking forward to sending this to my sister-in-law later this month for her birthday. It is just her style!

I've been creating up a Papertrey storm lately, so I will be back with more later this week. In the meantime, have an amazing day and be well.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thanks a bunch!

I was at dinner with some friends the other night and I was explaining about my blog a little. It's funny, because I don't talk about it in my non-cyber life because it's a little obscure to the lay person. (It's one of those things that people ask "What do you do?" but aren't really sure of wanting to hear the answer. You know the type of question - like "How are you?", you always just expect the answer to be some variation of 'Good!'.)

So the other night, when I was seated next to someone I had just met, he and I got to talking about this exact thing - and he was actually interested! I got to tell him about how much I LOVE what I do, and how every day is really a pretty great day because I love my job so much. Now granted, my job is pretty much all over the place, from the creative, designing side to the business side - but that's me in a nutshell, too. I guess that is probably why I enjoy my days so much - and why I think I'm so fortunate.

I chose this Lockhart gumball image under the influence of that uplifting conversation, I guess because I was all smiles and this image always makes me smile. After all, doesn't the thought of a gumball machine just take you back to being a kid, hoping that your mom was going to pass a couple of coins your way? You remember - before the days of worrying about calories or dental work or any of that grownup stuff. Ahhh, see? You're smiling too! :)

I hope you take a little time to create something that makes you smile today! You deserve it! Be well.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Layer it on!

Are you starting to feel those signs of spring? I am - and I cannot wait! It's supposed to be a warmer weekend here, so hopefully you will have the same touches of seasons change where you are!

I created this card after I made my necklace the other day. I guess I was inspired by the color combination of Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist and Enchanted Evening. I was also having a ton of fun with the products from the February release, as you can probably tell! I used the Tin Type Impression plate on the background, the new Fillable Frames #1 stamp set and coordinating die and Butterfly Dreams stamp set and die. There are a lot of details here, machine stitching, patterned paper, Liquid Pearls (I found that I really like the Mint Green color with Aqua Mist), looped grograin ribbon, a button, and punched corners to match the frame die. I admit it, this is a little more than I usually put on a card, but I LOVE IT! Here's a closer look:

I hope this inspires you to pull out some fun things today and try layering it on! Have a great weekend! Be well.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Morning friends! I have another spring-ful card for you today, and seeing as it's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday, you know it features an Inchie Arts square! Today's image is the Lockhart Sweet Peas, but rather than pulling out my pencils or markers, I chose my Shimmerz paints for a light, cheerful look. The Twinchies may only be 2" x 2", but you will be surprised at just how large that really is - MANY of your favorite images will actually fit within that area, making these a great staple in your stamping supply arsenal. One of the characteristics of Inchies Arts squares is that they're artist-quality matboard and that means they take a wide variety of mediums beautifully. Want to use watercolors? No problem - there's no wrinkling or pilling, just a great surface that accepts them effortlessly. After I stamped and painted, I inked the edges with a pink chalk ink. It gives it a soft look to match the watercolors. And because the watercolors that I chose were Shimmerz, they have a great sparkle, too. Here's a different angle for a better look:

The patterned papers are some old Memory Box patterns (I'm trying to use my old stuff, but I think I'll still be trying when the great-grandchildren come over to play!). A little machine stitching wraps it all up beautifully!

Have a great day - and enjoy the sunshine if you have some today! Be well.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ready for Spring!

The temperatures are climbing slightly, the sun is winning out of the clouds and the birds are chirping a happy little song, and my tell-tale sign - my dog is beginning to shed...all good signs that spring is really wanting to take a foothold! So I decided to make a cheerful, springy card this morning.

I stamped my Lockhart Ranunculus image and colored it with Copics. I found this patterned paper (old Paper Salon) in my stash and it worked so well with it that I knew I had to use it. (My design choice was influenced by the mere fact that I couldn't decide which side of the patterned paper to use! True fact...) ;)

Here's a closer look at the image:

This has definitely put a spring in my step today - and I hope it has for you, too. Have a happy Monday - be well.