Friday, March 30, 2012

Gay Paris, Gingerbread Men and an Egg!

Happy Friday my stamping friends!   I've got a busy weekend coming up -  Kent and I are going to a play tonight at the Lyric Stage Boston call The Tempermentals,  then out to eat at Not Your Average Joe's with my college roommate and her husband Saturday night -  and celebrating Palm Sunday at church on Sunday where our organist will be playing on our brand new organ (our very old organ died a slow death over the past several years!)

Today I'm sharing 3 cards I made for challenges this week over on Split Coast Stampers.

This card was for the Tuesday Teapot Challenge - where  the theme was Paris.  I also used the Sketch from last week.

My image stamps are  Rubbernecker from the Paris 1908 Set and the sentiment is from the Floral Silhouette set. The pretty papers are from Pink Paislee Vogue Collage Paper Pak.

My next card was made for the Clean and Simple Challenge where we had a lovely inspiration picture of pastel frosted cupcakes.

I used little gingerbread men and a sentiment from the Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy set from Waltzingmouse instead of cupcakes, framing them with a line frame stamp from the Frame It set.  I used a Fabriano card that has a distressed edge and is textured almost like watercolor paper. 

And my final offering today was made for the Color Challenge -  to use Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo (I substituted some colors here not having all of the SU ones - but that's allowed!)

This beautiful egg is from Nestie Eggs from Waltzingmouse and the papers are Pink Paislee Vogue Collage Paper Pack.

I'll be back on Sunday with my card for the Sunday Stampin Sisterhood challenge -  hope you'll check back then and join in on the challenge!

AND Jacquie has extended the deadline fo the stampin Sisterhood Mother's Day blog hop to tonight (Friday) at midnight EST.  So if you haven't hopped yet check it out here!  There are stamps to be won!  The winner will be announced Saturday at the Stampin' Sisterhood blog.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Eiffel Tower card:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Paris 1908 #527, Embrace Your Dreams from Floral Silhouette Set #467

Paper: Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow - PTI, DP Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue Collage Paper pak
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose
Accessories: Plum pudding saddle stitched ribbon - PTI, Gradient Jewels - Creative Charms, oval Nestabilities, foam tape

You're Yummy:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - gingerbread man and You're Yummy from Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy, Frame from Frame It

Paper: Fabriano Card
Ink: Adirondack Lettuce, Mountain Rose & Lemonade, Archival Coffee

Easter Blessings:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Nestie Eggs

Paper: Berry Sorbet, white - PTI, Concord Crush - SU, DP Vintage Vogue collage paper pak - Pink Paislee
Ink: Versafine Imperial Purple, Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick
Accessories: purple cord - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, tiny twinkles - Taylored Espressions, glue pen, foam tape, lace - Mark's Finest Papers, Nested Eggs Nestabilities

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Courage with Faux Patina

My goodness - what a fun Try a New Technique challenge we had over at Split Coast this week!  Faux Patina!! Have you tried this before???

Here's how I made mine based on Judy Rozema's instructions for the challenge.   It looks like a lot of work - but it doesn't take much time at all.  I listed the colors that I used - but you can use any combination you want!

1. I ran my River Rock ink pad over the inside cover of my Patchwork embossing folder, inserted my white card stock panel and embossed it.  This colors the background of the embossed panel and not the pushed up parts (clean the ink off your folder as soon as you emboss the paper).

2. Next I sponged Taken With Teal Ink over the embossed panel.

3. Then I sponged Always Artichoke over the embossed panel.  

Sponging with all these colors gives a wonderful mix of color -  you can see how it mixes as you go along so you can sponge more or less depending on how you want it to look!

5. I lightly brushed my embossing ink pad (Versamark)  over the raised areas of the embossed panel, then I sprinkled the panel with gold embossing powder (you can use any color metallic embossing powder you want to).  It will probably stick to most of the card - so brush off most of it with a cloth or brush (you only want the gold here and there) then emboss it with your hot gun.

and you have a lovely faux patina!   

My Rubbernecker sentiment says "Courage doesn't always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow". "   I gold embossed it on a piece of Ocean Tide card stock, cut it with a rectangle Nestability, sponged the edges with Bundled Sage before taking it out of the die and layered it to a gold card stock panel.   The crown is from Heart & Wings Tim Holtz die.  I buy my pretty wrinkled seam tape from Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Courage #582-13

Paper: White, Vintage Cream, Ocean Tide - PTI, Gold paper from my stash
Ink: versamark, River Rock, Taken with Teal, Always Artichoke - SU, Ranger Distress Bundled Sage.
Accessories: Rectangle Nestability, crown from Heart Wings Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die, gold embossing powder, patchwork embossing folder - Tim Holz Sizzix, Wrinkled Seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, hot gun, foam tape

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Bird Bath in the Garden

Since we've been having 80 degree weather in March here in Massachusetts - it seems perfectly normal to make a card with a summertime birdbath in it!!

This pretty little birdbath is a digi image called Birdie Bathtime from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I cut the image with a rectangle Nestability sponging the edges with Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters before removing the image from the die.  Then I colored the image with Copics.  The pretty papers are Amy Butler by K& Co and the wave border is a die from MFT.  My sentiment is a rub on by Stampin' Up.

This card was made for the following challenges:

Raise the Bar RTB97  In the Garden - to use an image of something you would see in a garden.
SCS Ways to Use It Challenge - to use Rub Ons
SCS Queen for the Day - Korin was this weeks queen and I cased this card of hers.
SCS Free 4 All challenge - to use 3 or more of something -  I used 8 rhinestones!
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy - Digi Image Birdie Bathtime
Paper: White, Ocean Tides - PTI, DP Amy Butler Designer Mat Pad - K&Co
Ink: Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters
Accessories: Copics - BG32, B00, E59, E35, E33, YG95, Y38, Rub Ons - Hidden Garden/SU, rhinestones - Bazill Basics, aqua mist saddle stitched ribbon - PTI, catch a wave die - MFT, rectangle Nestability

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stampin' Sisterhood Mother's Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Sisterhood Mother's Day Blog hop!  Today we hope to inspire you with Mother's Day/Spring creations using stamps from Rubbernecker.  We know we're a little early (Mother's Day in the US is May 13th this year)  but we want you to be ready!!!
For my project,  I made two little lavender sachets using these sweet 3"x4" organza gingham bags from Pouch Mart and some dried lavender that I purchased at Pickity Place (a garden shop).  I embossed the butterflies in black and colored them with Copics.
I stamped the sentiment punching it with a 1 3/4" circle and layering it off center to a  punched scallop circle.
I adhered the sentiment to the bags with ScorTape to be sure it would stay on - and adhered the butterflies with a thick foam tape to add some dimension, curling the wings back a little around my finger.  Then I added some rhinestones to the sentiment and the body of the butterflies.

Wouldn't these be lovely to tuck in a drawer (wrap in tissue to protect clothes from possible oil seepage) or to hang in a closet to keep it fresh smelling!

One lucky commenter will win a Stamp set of their choice!
The winner will be announced on the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog on 3/30

-Follow the route below
-Leave some love at each stop
-Go back to the Sisterhood Blog and leave a comment there!

-As a bonus we will draw an EXTRA winner for a STAMP SET of your choice, just for sharing our HOP on your Facebook page or Blog!!
-After you have SHARED, just go back to the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog and let us know where you have SHARED our HOP!!

Here's the Blog Hop Route!
Also entering this in Top Tip Tuesday Challenge -  Mother's Day

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Butterfly from Butterflies are Free Set #538, Happy Mother's Day #565-1314
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Raspberry Fizz - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark Watermark Pad
Accessories:  3" x 4" organza gingham bags - Pouch, circle and scallop circle punches - SU, rhinestones - Kaiser, Copics - B02, B05, BG49, RV04, RV17, RV21, dried lavender - from garden shop.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Butterfly and a Bird Nest

Hi Stampers!   As my title suggests - I have two things to share today -  a pretty butterfly and  lovely bird nest!

I made my butterfly card for the Split Coast Tuesday Teapot Challenge - this was the teapot Cindy wrote her story about.  Funky huh?!

And here's the card I made - inspired by the teapot (and Cindy's story which you can see here)

I embossed my lovely butterfly from Nordic Spring in Cherry Twinkle embossing powder by Judi Kins - something I recently bought and was perfect for this card -  it is REALLY shiny IRL!   I also used red metallic paper for my little baby butterflies.  I really got carried away with the busy patterned paper and dotted ribbon but was totally inspired by Cindy's teapot! The sentiment is from Fancy Phrases by Waltzingmouse.

And now the bird nest -   I made this card for the Split Coast Color Challenge - Hostess Peggy's colors for us this week were Chocolate Chip, Baja Blue and River Rock

I stamped this wonderful LaBlanche stamp - Nest with Eggs - in Archival Coffee ink then colored it using Cut-n-Dry pen nibs and River Rock and Baja Breeze inks.  LaBlanche stamps work best on LeBlanche paper.  It's like glossy card stock - but not quite as glossy.  I stamped the Easter Blessings from Verve directly on the patterned paper with Archival Coffee Ink.

And here's the inside - I stamped the verse in Coffee Ink and the cross in River Rock ink.  The stamps are from Everlasting Life by Verve
Thanks for stopping by today!

Butterfly Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Butterfly from Nordic Spring, Sentiment from Fancy Phrases
Paper: white, DP Textstyle Black and White Basics - PTI, Metallic Red - Metallic foil board/Grafix
Ink: Versamark Watermark, Archival Black
Accessories: Cherry twinkle embossing powder - Judi Kins, rhinestones - Amuse, swiss dot satin ribbon - PTI, foam tape, butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Monarch Border die - MFT, hot gun 

Bird Nest Card:
Stamps: LaBlanche - Nest with Eggs, Easter Blessings - Verve
Paper: Dark Chocolate - PTI, River Rock - SU, DP Tim Coffey Designer mat pad - K& Co, LeBlanche Specialty paper
Ink: River Rock, Baja Breeze - SU, Archival Ink - Coffee
Accessories: cut-n-dry pen nibs, rhinestones - Kaiser,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Three Shoes

Are you a shoe lover?  (ok - I guess MOST women are right??! either that or handbags!!)  I've got 3 shoe projects to share with you today!

The first is a cute little flip flop card that I cut with my Silhouette machine (the template included the base and the thong part)   The flower is a punch by EK success and the 16 was cut with number dies from Papertrey Ink.  I embossed the base with Swiss Dots.  The SWEET sentiment is part of a stamp (Sweet Shoppe) from Candy Jar Christmas by Waltzingmouse (I just inked the sweet part!).  I cut two bases and adhered the pieces around the toe part so I could stamp a sentiment inside.  I scored the back piece about 1" in so it could fold open easily.  This card measures about 2 1/4" x 5" - but using the Silhouette I could have made it bigger (or smaller!)

My next card is ballet toe shoes!  I created this card for a co-worker who wanted a 30th birthday card for her niece.  The niece is a teacher but her passion is dancing. 

I looked high and low for a 3D ballet shoe template to no avail -  I finally came upon  Chantal's Stained Glass and she has this lovely colored image on her site.  I printed it 3 times, then cut out the right shoe once and the left shoe twice.  I cut slits with my craft knife and wove the ribbon in, wrapped it around and tied it.  Then I layered the shoes to the first printing with foam tape.  (the left shoe is 2 layers, the right shoe is one layer).  The 'I hope you dance' sentiment is from Rubbernecker and I stamped the name with Karen Foster alphabet stamps (no longer available)
This card is 5"x5" and instead of having it open -  I made an easel backing for it so it could be stood up and displayed.
And my final shoe is another  little flip flop - this time a box that I got at Michaels and painted with Scattered Straw Distress Crackle Paint.   The same co-worker's sister is turning 60 and in true baby boomer fashion - she is a flower child/hippie!   I found this perfect 'peace' patterened paper at Michaels.  The bright daisy is Prima.

I also made a tag to go along with the flip flop box.  I found the perfect sentiment for the flower child -  "You Make Everything Groovy'  by Verve (are you now humming Wild Thing??!! - you are if you are a baby booomer!!)  I added the big numbers (dies from PTI) and two punched butterflies.  I looped 3 colors of twine through the top.
Here you can see how I lined the cover and inside bottom of the box - I just traced the box and cut it a little smaller.  I think it adds a nice finishing touch.

I even covered the bottom of the box
You may remember I made a high heel shoe a month or so ago -  it was made for the same co-worker (another relative's 40th b'day)   you can see that shoe on my post here.

Ok - now let's all go shopping for some shoes!!!  are you with me!?!?!

Flip Flop Card:
Stamps - Sweet from Candy Jar Christmas Fillers: Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, hibiscus burst, orange zest, simply Chartreuse - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  small oval punch - SU, flower punch - EK Success, rhinestones - Kaiser, Swiss Dot embossing folder - Provo Craft, number dies - PTI, foam tape, 1/4 hole punch - Fiskars, Silhouette Machine, flip flop template from Silhouette.

Toe Shoe Card:
Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Dance #563-03
Paper - white, black, melon berry, plum pudding - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories -  Clip art image from ,   Melon Berry Satin Ribbon - PTI, foam tape, small oval, circle and scallop circle punches - SU, numbers die - PTI

Flip Flop Box:
Stamps:  You make everything groovy from Feeling Groovy set by Verve Visual
Paper:  true black, orange zest, new leaf - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Spiced Marmelade
Accessories:  scalloped tag die - Spellbinders, Ranger Scattered Straw Distress paint,  flower - Prima Daisy Doodles, number die - PTI, cropadile, twine - the Twinery, glue dots

Saturday, March 17, 2012

WMS Blog Party - St. Pat's/Irish/Green Theme!

Hi stampers!   Today I'm participating in the WMS Blog Party (held the 17th of each month!)

This month's theme is St. Pat's, Irish, or just green!  I decorated a pretty green treat bag for my project today.

 I used one of Claire's free digital Images - this pretty shamrock nosegay!  I actually printed it on Graphix Rub Onz paper, colored it and created my own rub on to decorate my felt scallop Nestability Circle!  The fun thing about a digital image is that you can size it to what your needs are.
I layered the felt scallop circle to a New Leaf card stock circle and attached them to a white paper doily that I glued to the front of my sweet little bag.  The bag is 5.5" x 5" and I got it from Pouch Mart. The sentiment is from Compact Sentiments  (I LOVE this new sentiment set!) and I punched it with a 1 3/4" circle.  I tied a raffia bow (from Pouch Mart) around the handle and then tied the sentiment around the bow with a piece of Honey Dew twine from The Twinery

I found this lovely Oxalis plant at the supermarket - a perfect back drop for my little bag.  The leaves look like giant shamrocks and there are beautiful little white flower clusters!

And here are two quick St. Patrick's Day cards I made using  Irish Blessings, a square Nestability and a shamrock die from Memory Box
 Here's what I stamped on the inside of this one:
 and here's the 2nd one - using the negative of the die cut shamrocks (waste not want not!)
 and here's the inside of this one!  The 'happy' is from the set Celtic Heritage all the other stampings are from Irish Blessings.

I hope you are joining us this month for the WMS Blog Party today -  here are the details from Lynn:

THE OFFICIAL THEME IS ST. PATRICK'S DAY/IRISH/GREEN. The choice is yours because we realize that not everyone gets as excited about St. Patrick's Day as we do. So if shamrocks and Celtic designs aren't your thing, just make something green! Please feel free to play off the green suggestion…green could be a color scheme or using something recycled.  Just remember to use your Waltzingmouse Images.
It will work pretty much as it did last month; you will have a 24 hour window in which to post your direct links to your projects using the Inlinkz tool that will be available to you right here on the 17th.

Below is the schedule of beginning and end times in which you can enter your direct link to your project.  Just find your general location and go from there.

UK - 6:30 p.m. 17th Mar- 6:30 p.m. 18th Mar
USA (New York) 1:30 p.m. 17th Mar- 1:30 p.m. 18th Mar
Australia (Queensland) - 4:30 a.m. 18th Mar- 4:30 a.m. 19th Mar
Canada (Alberta) - 11:30 a.m. 17th Mar- 11:30 a.m. 18th Mar
Malaysia - 2:30 a.m. 18th Mar- 2:30 a.m. 19th Mar
Norway - 7:30 p.m. 17th Mar- 7:30 p.m. 18th Mar

All the details and the link up are on the Waltzingmouse Blog -  show us your GREEN!!

Just for You bag:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Free Digital Image Shamrock Nosegay, sentiment from Compact Sentiments Set.
Paper:; Vintage Cream, New Leaf - PTI, Paper doily - Yellow Bicycle, Graphix Rub Onz Paper.
Ink:  Memento Cottage Ivy, Ranger Distress Bundled Sage.
Accessories:  Copics - G28, YG95, YR02, T6, YR07, 5.5 x 5 green bag and Raffia - Pouch, 1 3/4" circle punch - SU, scallop circle and circle Nestabilities, Honey dew bakers twine - the Twinery, Cropadile.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Four for the Price of One!

I have 4 cards to share with you today -  all made for challenges over at Split Coast Stampers.

My first card was for this weeks Color Challenge where hostess Mary asked us to use yellow, poppy parade and pool party.

This fun summer screen door from Poppy Stamps reminds me of the simple joys of a hot summer growing up - running in and out of the house through the back screen wooden door and hearing it slam!  The modern landscape die is Memory Box. I added a little brad for the door handle and a strip of twill ribbon to ground the door. I love how the door cuts open - welcoming us into the summer sunshine!  The sentiment is from Green Thumb by Papertrey Ink.

For card #2  I used the same landscape die for this Color Challenge card from last week.  Hostess Karen asked us to use Vanilla, Wild Wasabi and Blushing Bride - and for dessert - to do some heat embossing!

I created a little country scene with rolling hills and fluffy white clouds to illustrate the beautiful day spoken of in the black embossed sentiment by Rubbernecker I added a row of pink rhinestones for a little shimmer!

This next card was made for the Inspiration Challenge as well as the Free 4 All challenge - to use a fan fold.
Anne had a wonderful decorative fan web site to show us.  I was inspired by this pretty flowered one.
It reminded me of some patterned paper I had in my stash by American Crafts.  I made a little fan out of the paper using my Tim Holtz Rosette die and adhered it to the top of my  Mat Stack 3 die from PTI.   I stamped my sentiment from Rubbernecker on the bottom part of the Mat Stack and layered it to the next size larger Mat that I cut from the same patterned paper.  I embossed the red panel with Argyle and sponged the sentiment Mat with Mustard Seed Distress ink. I added some rhinestones to finish it off.

And my final card for today was made for 4 challenges!  

Combining last Wednesday's sketch, Thursday's Ways to Use it (something a boy would play with) and two from Thursday - the Free4all to use a fan fold and The Queen for today - Neva.

I was inspired by the cute cowboy on this card of Neva's and in true Neva fashion my card incorporates multiple challenges!  My super hero is a digi imge from Mo's Digital Pencil called 'Ta Da' from the Super Kid set. My sentiment is from Half Pint Heroes by Waltzingmouse .  I colored the image with Copics, die cut it with a circle Nestability, sponging it with Mustard Seed distress ink before taking it out of the die. I layered it to a pinking circle Nestability.  I cut the red star patterned paper with Tim Holtz Rosette die and layered it over the bottom strip. The background is embossed with Square Lattice from SU.

This will be a good card for one of my 'super hero' grand nephews!

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!

Hope to see you back here on Saturday when I'll be participating in the Waltzingmouse Blog Party (held every 17th of the month! see my side bar)   

This month the theme is St. Patrick's/Irish/Green and to help you out if you have no appropriate images Claire has some free digi's here!

You'll find all the party details here.

The Simple Joys of Life
Stamps: Green Thumb - PTI
Paper: Pool Party, Poppy Parade - SU, Lemon Tart & DP Textstyle Funky Town - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: brad - Imaginesce, gems - Amuse, Classic Screen Door - Poppy Stamps, Modern Landscape - Memory Box, Scallop oval punch - SU, lemon tart twill - PTI   
Beautiful Wishes
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Beautiful Wishes #565-12  
Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride - SU, DP Pink Paislee Vintage Voguue
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink
Accessories: Black embossing powder, hot gun, foam tape, Puffy cloud die, Modern Landscape die - Memory Box, Vintage cream gross grain ribbon - PTI, Crystal stickers - Michaels
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Imagine #582-24
Paper: white, true black, poppy red, harvest gold - PTI, DP American Crafts a la carte Vinegarette
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Mustard Seed
Accessories: scor tape, argyle embossing folder - Provo craft, Stack 3 Mats - PTI, rhinestones - Kaiser, paper rosette die - Tim Holtz 
My Hero
Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil - Ta Da from the Super Kid Set, My Hero from Half Pint Heroes Set - Waltzingmousee
Paper: white, harvest gold, pure poppy , DP Text Style 2008 Bitty Star Basics - PTI, night of Navy - SU
Ink: Ranger Distress Mustard Seed, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: thick foam tape, square lattice embossing folder - SU, circle and PInking circle Nestabilities, Copics - B29, R20, T6, E35, E00, R29, Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die, small oval punch - SU,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Little Bit o' Green for St. Patrick's Day

Two stamping friends and I had a St. Patrick's Day sale at our church this past Sunday and I wanted to share with you the things I made for it.

I got these cute little black pots and shamrock shot glasses at my local Five Below Store.  I dressed them up with a little tag and some wrinkled seam tape!
I stuck the plastic shamrocks (also from Five Below) on the pots with a glue dot.

I filled both with Creme de menthe Hershey Kisses (special for St. Pat's day) and Chocolate Gold coins (found both at Target - I had trouble finding ANY St. Pat's candy items - the stores have all had Easter candy out since just after Valentine's Day!).  You can see the white shamrocks on the shot glasses a little better in this close up!

And I made some cards - this one uses the Tim Holtz Embossing Folder called Bricked.  The stamps are all from a set called Irish Blessings from My Sentiments Exactly.
The little foam shamrocks are from Michaels.  Clean and simple and easy to duplicate!
Thanks for stopping by today! and Happy St. Patrick's Day 3.17.12!   (the day when EVERYONE is Irish!)

Entering these in the following challenges!
Raise the Bar Challenge #95 - Go Green 
Paper Issues - Go Green or Go Home

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sisterhood Sundays - An Inspired Thinking of You

Hello Stampin' Sisters!   It's Sunday and time for another Sisterhood Sunday challenge!

This week Jacquie has an inspiration photo for us.  Great colors aren't they??  Green, white, black and a splash of yellow
I  used the inspiration picture as a sketch as well -  using the colors and drawing from some of the design!
I white embossed the lovely Rubbernecker Dark Garden Panel #542 on New Leaf card stock - cut two panels from it for each side of my card.  For the touch of black - I die cut a Fancy Tags 2 out of Black Tie Bazzill (it has a little texture and a little shine!)  I stamped the Thinking of You #565-10 on white and die cut it with a Petite Oval Nestability. Instead of yellow - I accented with a light orange in my wrinkled seam tape and rhinestones.

Please check out the Stampin' Sisterhood blog for all the details of the challenge and where you can link up your card - and see how you could win a free Rubbernecker stamp!  I hope you'll join us this week for the Sisterhood Sunday Challenge!

I'm also entering this in Cas-ual Friday -  focus on the sentiment!

Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Dark Garden Panel #542, Thinking of You #565-10
Paper:  New Leaf, white - PTI,  Bazzill Black Tie
Ink:  Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  foam tape, rhinestones - Kaiser, wrinkled seam tape, white embossing powder, hot gun, Fancy Tags 2 Spellbinders, petite oval Nestabilities.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

WMS Forum March Christmas Card Challenge - Blues and Browns

It's the 10th of the month -  so that means  Lynn has posted the March Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge in the Playroom of the WMS forum!

Her challenge for us this month is to use blue and brown -  a rather non-traditional Christmas color combination!

I went directly to two of Claire's February Release sets for my creation -  Nordic Spring and Compact Sentiments.
Well -  the scallop heart is really cut from Dark Chocolate card stock but it's looking  very black in this photo! This lovely Nodic style heart fits beautifully in the Nestability Heart die!

I think you can see the true chocolate color a little better in this close-up!?
I made 5 of these pretty cards for my 'pile' - I'll definitely be ready come December!

Why don't you join along?!!  You can check out all the details in the Christmas Card Challenge section of the Playroom in the Waltzingmouse Forum!

And don't forget the March WMS Blog Party on the 17th!  See all the details here on Claire's blog.  The theme (appropriately enough!) is St. Patrick's Day/Irish/Green!

No appropriate WMS St. Pat's or Green images?  Claire has some free digital images here you could use for the blog party!  So there's no excuse to not join in!!!

Stamps:  heart from Nordic Spring,  sentiment from Compact Sentiments
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa & Summer Sky
Accessories:  heart and scallop heart Nestabilities, swiss dots embossing folder - Provo Craft, foam tape.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

There's a Bunny in the Garden!

Spring IS coming right??!!    I made this sweet little Easter Card for the Featured Stamper challenge over on Split Coast this week.
Kecia (LittleSeaOtter) was the FS and I chose her sweet Hide and Seek card to case.

I used a different bunny stamp, different paper and sentiment - my bunny is from LaBlanche stamps. I stamped my sentiment from Waltzingmouse on a die cut Nestability egg and popped it up on foam tape.

I colored my image using Fantastix Coloring pens and Ranger Distress inks. (you run the pen tips over the ink pads then draw the color on the image)  On the video below they use Cut N Dry Nibs

Here's a link to a great You Tube Video on how to color the LaBlanche Stamps

They recommend using LaBlanche paper to get the best impression with LaBlanche Stamps - it's like glossy paper but not quite as shiny.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Bunny in the Garden - LaBlanche Stamps, Sentiment from Compact Sentiments by Waltzingmouse
Paper: LaBlance Specialty white paper for the image, white, Simply Chartreuse, Text Style Egg Hunt - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black for image, Versafine Onyx Black for sentiiment, Ranger Distress - Old Paper, Worn Lipstick, mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: Nested Eggs - Nestabilities, Fantastix coloring tool

Sunday, March 4, 2012

J'adore this Tree!

Hi everyone!   

Just a reminder to check out to see if you were the winner of the Waltzingmouse Stamp Set of choice from the Design Team Blog Waltz on Wednesday -   the announcement is on the Waltzingmouse Blog here.

I also have a card to share that I made for the Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast.   Steph had the scrumptious Superfine Bakery Site to tickle our creativity (and taste buds!)

I was inspired by this beautifully elegant Beach Cake.
And here's my rather Clean and Simple interpretation of it!
The wonderful coral on the cake made me think of this lovely Arboscello Tree Die from Memory Box.  First I stamped the sentiment from Compact Sentiments by WMS on the green panel.  Then I embossed the panel with Swiss Dots, wrapped the simple lace around the base and adhered the die cut tree to the card.  I used a glue pen and just glued the trunk up to the top - leaving the branches unglued so they lifted off the card a bit for a lovely 3D look.   Inside I stamped -  Bon Anniversaire - from the French Country set.  So I will use this as an anniversary card.

A little update on my cold -  I finally slept in my own bed last night with two pillows so I was practically sitting up -  but I slept from 10:30 pm to 4 am without waking up coughing!  So I think I'm on the road to recovery - slow as it may be!   Thank you SO much for all your supportive comments - I'm going to try and go to work tomorrow maybe just for half a day.

And don't forget to check out the Sunday Stampin' Sisterhood challenge!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Compact Sentiments
Paper:  White, Spring Rain - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  1/2" corner rounder - Zutter, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - Provo Craft, Arboscello Tree Die - Memory Box, glue pen, lace.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mojo Sweet Blue Birthday!

I made this card for two challenges today -  The Free 4 All  over on Split Coast was to use mostly blue and flowers -  and the sketch is from Mojo Monday.

My sentiment is from one of the newly released sets from Waltzingmouse called Compact Sentiments.  The flowers are from a Stampin' Up punch and the Monarch Border die is from MFT.

I used my 1/4" hole punch for the black centers of the flowers - adding a silver pearl to each. One of the flowers is popped up on foam tape and I curled all the petals up a bit with my fingers.
 A short post for me today -  I've been home sick all week with a terrible cough and chest cold - which despite having seen the doctor and taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines - still seems to persist!

So I get up and do a little something -  then drop back into the reclining chair - I can't lie down in bed or I'll have coughing fits!   I hear this is going around a lot.   I can't remember ever being this sick with a cold.   

I'd appreciate your 'get well prayers"!!  

If you are looking for some fun weekend challenges don't forget about these:

Also later this month: 

on 3/10  Lynn will post the WMS March Christmas Card Challenge in the WMS forum
on 3/17  the WMS Blog Party -  see all the details here.  This months theme is St. Pats/Irish/Green

Happy Weekend everyone!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Compact Sentiments
Paper:  White, True Black, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  foam tape, 1/4" hole punch - Fiskars, 3 flower punch - SU, Monarch Border die - MFT, glue pen, silver pearls - Michaels