Monday, April 26, 2010

Cupcake Trio

Hi blog friends - sorry for the impromptu absence (more about that in a second!). I have a triple dose of Lockhart love today with this sweet Cupcake Trio card. The card is 4" x 6" and the circles are 1.75". It came to be because I was in the mood to color one of Karen Lockhart's whimsical floral cupcakes, but I couldn't decide which one. I opted to color the three that I had, the Morning Glory, the English Daisy and the Violets, but when I did, I loved all three, leaving me no option but to incorporate them all! ;) (Each image is colored with Copic markers.)I love the springy feel that it has!

So, to let you in on a little secret - I love to preschedule posts, and I had several prescheduled earlier this month. I had hip surgery recently; no biggie, just to go in and clean up some torn cartiledge that was causing some pain. But seeing as I'd never had surgery before, I wasn't really sure what to expect. So, I created a fair amount before my surgery and posted them in advance. But then, my unexpected absence occured because I couldn't sit in my chair to create new cards! I've been spending a lot of time working on my laptop from bed (with constant icepacks - oh how I've grown to love ice!), but I'm really missing creating! I'm getting close to being back to normal, so I expect I'm going to be increasing the amount of time that I spend in my office and subsequently, increasing my time creating!

Thanks for your sweet emails wondering where I was. I really appreciate it! I'm lucky to have such sweet blog friends as you. Have an amazing day & be well.

Monday, April 12, 2010

No more nikked wine bottles!

Good Monday Morning! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! We did, just lots of fun stuff that came together...not a lot that we had planned, per se, which made it all the more fun.

So today's project came out of 'necessity', as so many of my fave projects do. We went over to a friend's house Saturday night a bit impromptu, and I grabbed a bottle of wine to take with us. The only problem is that I like to dress up my wine bottles a little and didn't have time. Yesterday, when I had a little stampy time, I came up with this wine tag. No pattern, and only scraps, but I loved the way it turned out!

As you can see, the Lockhart Vintage Apron is the perfect focal point for this project. I simply stamped it with black ink onto this fun Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. I cut it out and colored in the trim with a coordinating Copic. Not only is that the fun part, but it's also the 'tough' part of this project!

When you look at it this way, you can easily see how this was just a piece of scrap cardstock that I had. I stamped it with a background stamp (PTI) and scored it. I then used a circle punch to punch the opening for the wine bottle neck. I folded it at the score and used a 1/2" corner rounder for a more distinctive look. I adhered my focal image and added a sentiment (PTI).

I plan on making up a few of these to keep on hand! I'll never hand over a plain wine bottle again! Give it a try - you'll be amazed at how easy this is. Be well!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Click Simple Sneak Peek!

I just love when I get to show you a Click Simple Sneak Peek - probably because I love making them so! This one was really special for me because it reminds me of my Dad. See, growing up, my dad would always go out of his way to pick up or do whatever we needed. I'm not sure how many of my blog friends remember the days before we had copiers at home, but there were many times that I needed a report cover or photocopies of a report. My dad was always willing to do that, but he typically needed a little reminding (which, admittedly, I do too!). So the family rule was, whatever we needed, we just had to write a note and stick it in his briefcase.

Kim Hughes made this great card shape that is so easy to customize in whatever way you'd like! If you'd like to see the rest of my project, you will be able to on April 15th when this great Boys To Men template is made available at Papertrey Ink.

Have a great weekend! Be well,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Hi friends! It's time for another Wee & Whimsical Wednesday, when I show you some of the fun things that you can do with products from Inchie Arts. As you're probably aware, Inchie Arts has not only Inchie Squares, but also Inchie + and Twinchies. Here, I've used all three in a fun, monochromatic way. I used an Ivory Inchie Square (the layer with the Lockhart Itty Bitty Snail), a Dark Ivory Inchie + (the layer with Snail Mail sentiment) and a Wheat Twinchie (stamped with the Papertrey Ink's Background Basics: Tin Types). Each one is made from artist-quality matboard and take different coloring mediums beautifully.

The note card is from the Yellow/Green Inchie Notes pack. I embossed the front with a Sizzix embossing folder, then lightly sanded the embossed area. These note cards have a white core, but rather than leave it white, I added a little light brown ink to really tie it all together.

Have an amazing day! Be well,

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday & a WINNER!

Congratulations to Lee Anne on winning the Packaging Inspiration Challenge! Isn't her card absolutely gorgeous! I just adore what she did with this - those rick rack stripes are absolutely perfect! Lee Anne, when you get a chance, email me so I can find out where to send your mix of buttons.

I'm still drawing inspiration from nature. This Papertrey card uses Year of Flowers: Daffodil. I used a cardbase from Kraft, then stamped the daffodil image on Lemon Tart cardstock. All the coloring was done with Primacolor pencils.

Here's a close-up of the daffodil. I put it on two pieces of foam tape underneath it and used my bone folder to curl the petals. I think the dimension you get from that really makes the card!

Hope this puts a little spring in your step today! Be well,

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lockhart Gift Enclosure

Hi friends! Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? We had a great weekend, full of fun and sunshine. Wally and the Beav were on spring break last week, and it was a blast! I'm even a little sad to see them go back to school this week.

I needed a little gift enclosure this weekend, so I drew some inspiration from all the beauty of spring. Using my Lockhart Tulip stamp, I created this yellow and green 3 x 3 card. The white paper that I used had a significant tooth to it, so I didn't get the same smooth results with my colored pencils as I usually do. That's ok, though! I offset it a little by paper piecing a vase in. The Tulips have a little Smooch on top, too, for a nice shimmery effect. All of Karen Lockhart's stamps are so beautifully illustrated, and the rubber is deeply etched that you always get a gorgeous image.

Gift enclosures are so quick and easy to make - give one a try today! Be well,

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A punched frame

Morning, blog friends! I promised a sweet lady at my stamp store that I would get this card up this week. It features the Lockhart Geraniums image colored with Copics. To really make this pop, I framed it with individual little punches pieces. I demo'ed these Punch Bunch punches last week at Angela's Happy Stamper, and thought this framing technique was really sweet. The pieces were punched from a piece of text-weight red paper that I had here, and they really resemble the geraniums in the image. When I paired it up with this cute paper from Cosmo Cricket, the whole thing really came together!

I used my old standby sentiment, Lockhart's "Thanks a Bunch". I love pairing it up with the flower stamps because I always love having a beautiful thank-you on hand.

Have an amazing day - I hope you have some sunshine in your day! Be well.