Tuesday, January 31, 2012

People Need People: SOS

Those of you who have been to my blog before, especially when Bug A Boo stamps are involved, know that I just love Stella!   Between Hallmark's Maxine and Bug A Boo's Stella, I'm covered in the "need an attitude adjustment" department!

The theme this week at Shopping Our Stash is "People Need People" and Bug A Boo is our sponsor, so I had to go with Stella and Gus!  I think they make a perfect Valentine pair! 

See the trim around the circle?  I did that with a border punch!  I used a srtp of DSP 3/4" x 12" and punched the entire length with a heart border punch.  Next I ran this punched strip through the crimping tool (well first I had to dust off that long-forgotten tool!)  Then I wound it around the backside of the circle.  Next time I would leave a little more of the DSP showing beyond the circle to make it easier to wrap around.  Plenty of sticky tape holds it all in place!

Now it's your turn to show off your people stamps and link your creation up to our challenge blog!
Off to stamp some more!

Anything Goes at PTT!

 It's an "Anything Goes" challenge at Party Time Tuesday this week!  Our sponsors this week are : There She Goes Stamps and Crafty Sentiments. 

The card above uses a stamp set from There She Goes.  I used some label Nesties to cute into the DSP panel and the then used of the same Nesties to create a frame to fit into the opening.  I stamped the images from "Dream Big"  Into the opening with More Mustard and Garden Green ink.   I added some sponging using Crumb Cake ink.

For my second card I used a digi from Crafty Sentiments which I printed out onto two different shades of tan card stock. and some patterned paper.   I added some shadows with Copic markers and then did some paper piecing.  The Early Espresso background paper was embossed with Heart Blocks and the Rich Razzleberry piece was embossed with Swiss Dots.  The Conversation Hearts are wooden embellishments from my stash.

now it's your turn to get creative with the "Anything Goes" challenge and link up to our challenge blog.

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentines Three

I have three cards to share with you.  All of my SU stamps that fit the tag punch are in one box, so I pulled out the ones with a valentine theme.

 The first two cards use the same layout, I just switched out the papers, trims and tag stamps.

This last card has an interesting medallion on the metal rimmed tag.  I used a MS corner punch and a 1 1/2" square paper and punched each of the four corners and ended up with this cute medallion!  I topped it with a "Love" charm and two metal hearts and then layered onto a slightly larger metal rimmed tag.

Off to stamp some more!

I Toadily Luv U

For the next two weeks at Stamps R Us the challenge is to show your love by making Valentines!  Our sponsor Robin's Fetish provided the DT with some of their cutest images!  I began by printing my toads onto several patterns of green paper.  Then did some paper piecing until I had them just the way I wanted.  I thought these two would look cute on a heart shape and then decided to make it a heart shaped easel card!

The sentiment is on a ribbon banner die cut (Spellbinders) and the frills and doo-dads are from punches, embellishments, and my fabric/paper/felt flower stash.

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


The card above uses an image from a very old SU set: Festive Four.  I've always loved that cute little envelope image!  It's sitting on a sweet lacy square made by using a SU corner punch and  card stock that measures 1 15/16" square.  Too cute!  Oh, the sentiment in the lower corner is another oldie but goodie from SU.  this one is a rubber mounted stamp from the set More Great Greetings.  It's perfect for this simple card!

For this next card I pulled out some cream colored vellum.  I layered a smaller piece of the vellum over the "Love Letters" DSP and then punched a matching size tag to layer over the stamped image.  I love how the vellum softens the pattern in the DSP and the Riding Hood Red ink in the stamped image.  The "HVD" sentiment is from Impress.

Off to stamp some more!

Candy Lane Valentines

I stayed away from Pinterest long enough to make a couple more cards - wink!  The card above was a CASE of a similar card on page 34 in the January '11 issue of "cards".  My colors are very different from the original, but what I took away from that card was the cute use of mittens (mine are from SU) and the sentiment.  I had to cut and paste words/letters from several Paper Smooches sentiment stamps to get the words I needed.  I replaced the word love with a heart brad from the original card.

The patterned papers are SU's Candy Lane, of which i am now down to mere scraps -pooh!  I love these papers, but I have hoarded them long enough!  I used two border punches on this card: a MS cut out heart border punch and an SU scalloped edge border punch.

While I had the package of "Candy Lane" scraps on my desk, I went ahead and planned  a second card with them.  This is also a CASE from the same cards issue, page 103.  I was drawn to the loopy border and the ruffled ribbon, of which I had both the punch and a similar ribbon in my stash!  The red piece was cut from one of the new SU Framelit Labels.  The crocheted and felt flowers/leaves are also SU, and I am slowly unhoarding them. (Not a real word, but works for me here!)   I carefully stuck two straight pins in among the flowers and tucked the pointed ends under the largest flower.  The sentiment on this card is SU: Well-Scripted.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

You and Moi

 SU's "Sweet Slumber Specialty" paper is one of my all time favorite patterned paper packs.  I love the colors  and patterns and texture!  I used some of the patterns here to make this simple Valentine card.  I was inspired by a tag in the January '08 issue of cards magazine.  Rather than making a large tag, I turned my creation into a full sized card.  The SU stamp set "You & Moi" was used for the sentiment.  Charms, punches,  and a red Sizzix die (Heart #2) helped form the elements to complete this simple layout.

Off to stamp some more!

I'm Back!

 Hello Friend's!  Sorry I was MIA for a while, but I have recently become addicted to Pinterest!  So much fun!  Now I have to set up a schedule for my day so I have time for card making/blogging, Splitcoast, and Pinterest.  I guess cooking and cleaning needs to fit in somewhere too!  LOL!  (If interested, you can follow me on Pinterest! There is also a follow button on the left sidebar of my blog...wink!)

Here is a card for today.  I've been focusing on Valentine cards, and have several to show you over the next day or two!

This card uses many patterns from the "Sending Love Specialty" DSP pack from SU.  It's retired but I have several partial packages of this paper, so will be using it for years to come!  There isn't any stamping on this card...yet.  I still need a sentiment for the inside, but will wait until just before I use it!   So the card is basically layers of DSP and images from SU's bird punch.

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Have The Winter Blues

The DT at Shopping Our Stash have the "Winter Blues".  Join us by shopping your stash and pull out items that are blue.  You can have other colors, just be sure to use shades of BLUE as the primary focus.

I pulled out a well-loved TAC stamp set for my card.  I paired this chilly image some DSP from SU for some wintry goodness.  The banner is courtesy of my pile 'o scraps and an SU punch.  I kept the winter blues going with some Baker's Twine to string it together. Oh, I almost forgot!  See the adorable button brads on the snowman?  Too cute!  And a star button too!  I love using using my stash for those special details!

Let's see your best Winter Blues creations linked up at the SOS Challenge Blog!

Off to stamp some more!

Party Time Tuesday: Photo Inspiration Challenge

This week the challenge at Party Time Tuesday is a photo inspiration.  Head on over to our challenge blog and get inspired!

For my card I used a delightful digi from one of our sponsors; Digital Delights.  I colored her with Copics and then couldn't resist using a glitter pen and adding some sparkle to the trim on her skating outfit.  The scalloped circle behind the image is silver glitter paper (SU) and then I punched some hearts out of the scraps.  One of the tiniest scrap pieces looked like a crown, so I added to the top of her head!  I was able to use two more of my larger felt flurries to embellish the card!  I love it when i can use my stash!

Our other sponsor this week is Paper Pretties.

I'm looking to seeing your creations linked up on the PTT blog!

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A CASE of cards

 I CASEd three cards from the Feb. '09 issue of cards magazine.  I no longer subscribe to this publication, but keep the back issues I have for frequent reference.

My top card was a CASe from the card on page 33.  The patterned paper in the original reminded me of the "Twitterpatted" DSP from SU.  I used my Quickutz squeeze tool and some 2x2 dies to cut the letters and emboss the white circles.  The hearts and squares were from SU punches.

My second card is a CASE from page 159.   I was reminded of the stripe in SU's Parisian Breeze DSP and the bird cage stamp from Gina K's "True Love" stamp set.  So I paired those two elements with some brads and felt flowers.

My third card is CASEd from page 92.  The patterned paper used in the original reminded me of the colors and patterns in SU's "Bella Rose" DSP.  I used a crocheted flower and felt leaves (SU) and finished the card off with a vertical sentiment from Endless Creations

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gingerloft Challenge: Let it Snow!

The next challenge is up at Gingerloft and is appropriately called "Let It Snow!"   Create a winter scene,  or use snowmen or snowflakes on your wintry card.  I adore this Gingerloft image called "Woodland Friends".  It was colored in with Copics and some Stickles were added to give the snow some wintry sparkle.  The fence posts, snowman, cardinal, and rabbit were cut out from a second image and popped up with dimensionals.

You have two weeks to make your  "Let It Snow " card and post it at the Gingerloft challenge blog.  Show us your snow!

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Let It Snow!

 I know what you're thinking.  What an odd color combination for a winter card!  Especially one that suggests snow in red or pink or brown.  Well let me take you on the journey that I followed this morning.

As usual upon waking up I turned on my computer and checked out Google Reader.  (No lie, I do this every morning first thing!)  First to catch my eye was the challenge at The Friday Mashup:

Make a project using "Paper Piercing".   
Or make a project using the colors "Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red & Early Espresso".  Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with the "Color Combo & Paper Piercing"!

Well I love those colors, so I pinned those into my brain. (I just joined Pinterest, so have pinning on my mind!)  Next I went to Kay's blog and saw her card for today and loved the layout she used.  Another brain pin!  Well my mojo really started churning and spinning and before I stepped off the bottom stair to my stamp room I had a specific card in mind!

Then it was stamp, color, poke, and glue and my card was completed!

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fleur De Lis Frame

Frames are the focus this time for the challenge at Creative Belli!

I dusted off my Fleur De Lis pendant die and a Labels One die from Spellbinders to create my white frame.  Found inside the frame is an image from a long retired SU set called "Garden Collage".  Some punched posies (SU), brads, and punched pine branches (MS), add color, dimension, and embellish the image.  Directly behind the frame are card stock layers in black and Real Red from my scrap heap.  Attached to the red satin bow with a small white safety pin are three tiny tags (SU stamp set and punch).  This square card has a white base, a Real Red layer, and a piece of long forgotten patterned paper (unknown).

We hope you'll join us this week and create a frame for your favorite image or sentiment.  Remember, we encourage you to use your old and forgotten scraps, supplies and embellishments!

Off to stamp some more!


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