July 31, 2010
Happy weekend everyone! I wanted to share this photo that I took yesterday. I took a walk around my mom's garden and saw these sweet cosmos growing near the herb garden. I snapped this photo and I love it!
July 28, 2010
I was really pleased with this card, but I'm not sure I like how it photographed. Anyway, I made it for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch, although I didn't have an oval, like the sketch calls for.
July 27, 2010
July 23, 2010
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July 20, 2010
It's always interesting to work with elements that are a little out of my comfort zone. Today, I'm tackling two of them - the color red and crookedness. Ha! I have a slight aversion to the color red. I really have no idea why! (I promise that my mom didn't force me to wear it as a child - at least I don't think so!) I'm not sure if you've noticed, but Real Red is a color I rarely ever use. It does help to have it mixed with some colors that I DO like though - Yellow and Brown. Love them! And, you probably didn't know this, but I'm also a little strange about tilting things. I happen to like things straight and square. I usually stay away from sketches that include a tilted element. Funny huh! The tilt in this card happened by complete accident, but I think I kind of like it! Check out this fun (but rather red) skirt for today's ColourQ challenge.
Here are the DEEtails:
I started off with a So Saffron base and stamped my new Pretty Pattern on it in Real Red ink. I carefully colored in each section with Chocolate Chip and Real Red Stampin' Write markers. I think I would have liked a little more color in the background, but I just wasn't sure exactly how to achieve this... Anyway, I then stamped a sentiment from my PTI Signature Greetings set on Real Red card stock. The piece of Chocolate Chip card stock, stamped with A to Z was actually an extra scrap sitting on my desk. I happened to lay my sentiment onto it by chance and found that it was a great match! Even the crookedness worked! Next, I stamped some little butterflies from my Flight of the Butterfly set with some Summer Sun ink on some Twill tape. I bunched it up on my card - one of my favorite ribbon techniques then added a So Saffron butterfly stamped with Tangerine Tango polka dots.
Just an update on my supplies, in case you were interested and following my blog: I'm back home for a couple of days, which is why you see ample supplies used on this card. Tomorrow, we hit the road again to go back to visiting my family for the summer. We had to come back home for a quick trip for some meetings and a presentation. During this time, I restocked my paper, but kept many of the same supplies in my bag. So we'll be back to minimalist stamping (which you'd know really isn't the case at all, if you saw my craft bag crammed with stuff!).
July 18, 2010
Who would have thought that I would enjoy making these tiny cards so much?! I love it! Today's card is inspired by this week's challenge at Off the Wall Craftiness. I love the challenge mood boards here and have been meaning to join in. So, I'm finally doing it!
Here are the DEEtails for my card:
Check out the picture right smack in the middle there. That's my inspiration! I cut various circles with my beloved punches and stacked them together. It didn't look quite right, so I rolled each circle, forwards, sideways, and backwards and peeled the card stock layers apart. I love this technique because it makes the flowers look much more delicate! Then I adhered the layers and crumpled up the edges a bit more. I added Pearl Jewels to the centers (can you tell that I love the new Jewels from Stampin' Up!?) and layered them over a Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon on my Basic Gray card. Love it!
What do you think?
July 17, 2010
I feel so out of touch with the challenge world. It's been over a week since my last challenge and I feel like the week just flew by! I instantly fell in love with this week's ColourQ inspiration. I pulled out all my satin ribbons to recreate the fabric flower, but it just wasn't going to work. I had so much fun making my mini cards for the July Pals Hop, that I decided to make another mini card.
Here are the DEEtails:
I stamped the large flower from my Apple Blossoms set on Whisper White card stock in the four challenge colors. I decided that I didn't like the way the flower looked in Basic Black, so I opted to use Basic Gray for my "black" and Going Gray for my "gray". I carefully cut out each layer of the flower image and adhered them together. To create a bit of a pop-up without being too much, I layered two pieces of Sticky Strip to each layer. Then I added a tiny bit of bling to the center of my flower. I matted my card then added some Basic Black Satin Ribbon layered with some pink ruffled ribbon from my stash.
Hope you like it! Thanks for peeking in!
July 16, 2010
July 15, 2010
But even more than that, I think I appreciate his sense of humor.
Gotta love boys!
July 14, 2010
July 13, 2010
Welcome to the July Pals hop! This month, we're featuring Stampin' Up!'s New Catalog and In Colors for 2010-11!
If you've hopped over from Gina Shaw at Cards by Gina, I'm stop number 6 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find inspirational ideas for papercrafted creations from Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty Pals! If you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hope Line-Up at the bottom of this post and you'll be back on track!
My original plan for today was to show off a number of little gift cards with splashes of color. I had a notepad filled with sketches that I wanted to do, but my shipment of new goodies only arrived Monday night at 9:00, which clearly made itdifficult for my original plan to play out. Since I'm on vacation, I don't have a lot of supplies with me and I was really relying on this box for the Pals Hop. Plus, with my internet not working well, I'll only be able to share one card with you today. Let me just say that it has been a bit stressful here. But, I plan on sharing a new mini card each day this week in honor of the July Pals Hop, so check back daily!
Want to stock up on some new SU! products of your own? Place an order of $50 or more (of any SU! product) with me during the month on July, and you'll get your choice of Stitched-Poly In Color ribbon (an $8.95 value) for free, my treat! OR, Place an order of $100 or more and get the Itty Bitty Shapes Punches pack (a $16.95 value) free! Just e-mail your order to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime during the month of July to take advantage of this special offer.
Now, hop on over to check out Jason Casper at Jason's Stampin' Pad, stop number 7 on the Pals Hop! Be sure to visit each of the Pretty Pals for more fun and inspirational ideas!
- Kylie Nicolosi at Kylie's Crafty Corner
- Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
- Barbara Furlong at The Love of Stamping
- Martha Stewart at Seasons of Stamping
- Gina Shaw at Cards by Gina
- You're Here! :)
- Jason Casper at Jason's Stampin' Pad
- Carla Bazhenow at Carla's Scraps
- Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
- Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stampin'
- Wacky Whippet Stamper, Pam Giudici
Thanks for hopping by! And be sure to stop by throughout the week for more mini card ideas!
July 8, 2010
July 7, 2010
July 2, 2010
I started off cutting two mats with my Cricut using the Song Bird cartridge in PTI Ocean Breeze and SU! Bermuda Bay card stock. I layered them and added some Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrin ribbon tied in a bow. Then I stamped the sentiment from the PTI set, Everyday Button Bits in Crumb Cake ink (Ooh! That was weird to say!). I wanted to make some large, but delicate flowers like the roses in this photo, so I took some Pretty in Pink card stock, punched some circles, and peeled apart the layers. I crumpled and stacked my circles and added a pearl in the centers. I'm not sure that you can tell that the layers are thin, so you'll have to take my word for it. I added some leaves from my Bird punch in Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi card stocks. Then added everything to a Crumb Cake card.
Thanks for popping in today!