Saturday, June 30, 2012

Garden Beauties

Good morning friends!  When I'm not stamping and trying to keep up with Aidan I love gardening.  It seems like I always work on my flowers but forget to take pictures and they end up getting abused by the heat of summer.  This year I wanted to play with my new camera and lens and popped out on the patio to take pictures of the beauties before the summer heat gets really bad.  I love looking at them as they always cheer up my day and thought you would enjoy.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quintessential Flower Meets 2012-2014 In Colors

Happy Thursday! Today I wanted to share one of the cards we made at last weekends stamp-a-stack.  This was a great card since we used all the new 2012-2014 In Colors as well as the new firm foam stamp pads.  I have to say, these new stamp pads are amazing and once you use them you'll want to get them in all our colors.  The flower image is the new Quintessential Flower single stamp set.  I loved how the new Annual Catalog showcased this stamp and how you could make all the different color layers with our punches so we recreated it here.  In the center of the flower is a Dahlia flower that come in all the new In Colors. 

The cardbase is Raspberry Ripple and layered with a piece of Gumball Green (this green is awesome!) cardstock that was run through the Big Shot with the Striped embossing folder.  We also used the new Midnight Muse Stiched Satin Ribbon.  The greeting is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set and we cut the banner with the Petal Cone Die and Big Shot.

This card is nice and simple, a perfect way to showcase our new colors which we're sure to love.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Reason to Smile: Sketch Challenge

Good evening friends!  I know I've been missing lately but we've been getting ready to head out on vacation but don't fear I have lots of new projects to share.  For this weeks Stamping 411 challenge I have a great new preview of a stamp set that will be available next month, Reason to Smile.  The card starts with a cardbase of Pool Party and used a piece of Summer Smooches DSP matted on Whisper White.  The main stamped image used Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo for the outline of the flowers and Daffodil Delight and Pool Party for the inside coloring.  I love the two step stamps since it's so easy to to color in images.  I also stamped the large flower with Old Olive ink on another piece of Whisper White and colored it in with Tangerine Tango and the blender pen before cutting it out with paper snips.

The ribbon is 1/4" Daffodil Delight Stiched Grosgrain ribbon which is new and so fun.  For the greeting I used the new Itty Bitty Banners stamp set with Tangerine Tango and cut the banner out with the new matching Itty Bitty Banner framelits and the Big Shot.  I also sponged around the edges of the banner with Daffodil Delight ink.  Both the large flower and banner were popped up with dimensionals.  This card is not my normal color combinations but I love how bright and summery it is.

While I'm away I'll be sharing the projects from last weeks stamp-a-stack and we make another card with the Reason to Smile stamp set that you'll love so you have to check it out.

Happy stamping!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

End of the Year Teacher Gifts

Good morning friends!  So Aidan's last day of school was on Friday and he wanted to make special gifts for some of his teachers this year so I whipped up these quick gifts.  I saw these on Becky Roberts blog so you can check out her version HERE and get the dimensions for the cardstock and scoring.  I used the Berry Blossoms and Just Add Cake designer paper (both retired) and picked out the cardstock and ribbon colors based on the DSP.  I cut two flowers with the Blossom punch and used Paper snips to cut two slits in each petal and layered them so they kind of looked like daisies.  Next I tied a bow with Lucky Limeade baker's twine in various Brights designer buttons

I stamped the thank you greeting with the new Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and cut it out with the new Itty Bitty Banners framelits.  I also cut an extra banner to write Aidan's name.  Inside each of the boxes are gift cards and chocolate, perfect.  These were so fun to make and came together in a snap which was perfect since I needed to make nine of them.  Aidan was so exited to give them out and was even more excited to finish school and is now a second grader.  Enjoy!
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Happy Greetings: Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday friends!  We had another great weekend with the highlight being the neighborhood BBQ that we host every year.  Not only were we joined by great friends and neighbors but the weather was absolutely perfect, sunny and cool enough we were able to be outside and even turned off the AC and opended the windows, love it!  After getting the house cleaned up I was able to pop in the studio to do a little work before we were off to Chris' softball game.  For this weeks Stamping 411 challenge I combined a little old and a little new to come up with this cute square card.  I used the new Foral District DSP to come up with the color scheme.  I ran the Rich Razzleberry cardbase through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.  The next layer is Whisper White and I added a strip of the DSP that was matted with Lucky Limeade cardstock that was punched with the Scallop Trim border punch along the bottom. 

I The greeting is from the Happy Greetings stamp set (retired) but I loved the sentiment and I thought it would be perfect the little heart details.  I cut out the hearts with the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit.  I added a large rhinestone to one of the hearts and a little Lucky Limeade 3/8" ruffled ribbon for the finishing touch. 
This card turned out nice and pretty, so much fun.

Have a great week,

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