May 27, 2010

Preppy and Pink

I love square cards, even though I hardly ever make them. Check out this week's Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. I hope you'll play along!


1. The clean lines and simple look of this sketch made me want to make a "preppy" looking card. I found this pink and navy striped ribbon in my stash and everything just sort of fell into place. I wanted to add ruffles to my ribbon, so I pulled out a white ruffled ribbon and started to perform some surgery. Both ribbons were the same width, so I cut the ruffled edge off my white ribbon, and adhered it to the back of my striped ribbon using Sticky Strip. Tada! I had a striped and ruffled ribbon!

2. The colors were so simple, so I wanted my stamped image to really play off the colors without really being the focal point. I decided on a Fifth Avenue Floral stamp, inked in Night of Navy on Whisper White card stock. Then I took my Cameo Coral Stampin' Write and colored in the centers of the flowers.

3. I loved the pink centers on white flowers so much, that I had to take it a step further! I pulled out my Pretties Kit and grabbed two large flowers. To make the flower puffy, I adhered them back to back, so my back petals fluff forward, and my front petals fluff backwards. (I hope that makes sense...)

4. Then I punched a 3/4" circle out of Whisper White card stock and randomly punched out 1/16" holes. I grabbed a bunch of small pink brads from my stash and stuck them through. To make sure they stayed in place, I covered the back with some Sticky Strip and added a card stock backing. Then centered it on my flower.

5. I adhered my stamped card stock onto a Cameo Coral mat and added my newly ruffled ribbon. I placed my flower onto the ribbon, then adhered everything to my Night of Navy card.

May 25, 2010

Cupcake Card

The Hope Stamps Eternal blog hosts a weekly cupcake challenge. This week's photo had a neat mix of colors and I knew I wanted to play along!

Here are the DEEtails:

1. The fluffy frosting on this cupcake looks so yummy! I created my frosting by using my Bigz Scallop Circle #2 die, my Scallop Edge punch and Barely Banana card stock. I added some sparkle with my blender pen dipped in VersaMark, then sprinkled with some sparkly embossing powder.

2. I topped my cupcake with some pretty ribbon, a jumbo brad, a felt flower and a little pearl. My ribbon had three rows of stitching. I gently pulled both sides of one thread to create a ruffle, then tied the ends together. I added my brad and other embelishments, then adhered it to my cupcake.

3. The bottom of my cupcake is Kraft card stock, covered with a piece of acordian folded Vellum paper. I added a piece of ribbon and created an Apricot Appeal tag, stamped with the sentiment from my Happy Moments set.

4. Everything was adhered to my Tempting Turquoise mat with Stampin' Dimensionals. The cupcake top folds up to reveal a secret pocket for a special birthday treat!

5. I added a Barely Banana mat adhered to my Apricot Appeal tag. What a fun color combination!

Hope you like it! Thanks for looking!

May 23, 2010

Color Cue Challenge

The color combination from the Color Cue Challenge is so pretty and calming.

Here are the DEEtails:

1. I wanted to make a card that was simple and just let the colors speak, while having a pretty and calming feeling. I love the flourish from my Kind Thoughts stamp set, so I started off with inking the image in Night of Navy onto Barely Banana card stock. It makes such a statement!

2. I added some Night of Navy card stock to the bottom portion of my card, then mounted my stamped image onto Bashful Blue card stock.

3. I love a little Bashful Blue satin bow, so I added it as a divider, then tied a bow to the side.

4. Then I stamped my flourish several times onto some scraps of Barely Banana card stock. I punch several circles out of the stamped card stock to make my flowers. I distressed the edges, ran the edges in Night of Navy card stock, then crumpled my circles. I punched a simple silver brad in the center of each flower, then adhered them to my ribbon divider.

5. Finally, I adhered everything to my Night of Navy card. Voila!

May 22, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge with Butterflies

Here's another card that I made today. This one is for the new Embellish Magazine Challenge:

Here are the DEEtails:

1. I took another piece of Kraft card stock and stamped the sentiment from my Trendy Trees set at the bottom in Basic Black ink.

2. I took a piece of Old Olive card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots embossing plate. I adhered my Kraft mat onto my Old Olive mat.

3. I love SU!'s Striped Grosgrain ribbon. I used the Basic Black striped ribbon and added a sew-free scrunched ribbon with some Sticky Strip. This is such a fun look!

4. I love the way colors look on Kraft card stock, so I stamped my butterflies from my Great Friend set directly onto Kraft with ColorBox Moss Green Ink. I embossed them and cut them out. Then I adhered them to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Because my ribbon is so puffy, I doubled my dimensionals.

5. I adhered everything to a Basic Black mat. I love how the black makes such a bold statement. Then I adhered it all to a Kraft card. I love a Kraft card, don't you?

I'm Back!

So sorry for my absence! I've been sick and incredibly busy! I'm still not feelings 100%, but I'm finally back and here with a card for another Color Q Challenge. My card for the challenge a few weeks ago earned me a Color Q Courtier badge! The colors for this week's challenge are gorgeous!

Here are the DEEtails:

1. I started off with a piece of Summer Sun card stock and made my rose. Yellow roses are my favorite flower! I wanted to make a bold statement and knew that a Summer Sun flower would do the trick.

2. I made a Scallop Trim Rectangle in Bermuda Bay and trimmed a Kiwi Kiss mat for the center. I stamped my sentiment from my PTI Signature Greetings set.

3. I created Summer Sun and Bermuda Bay mats for my Soft Suede card. Then I added my Scallop Trim Rectangle at an angle.

4. I punched some leaves from my SU! Bird punch in Kiwi Kiss and Bermuda Bay and adhered it to my card.

5. Then I added my big yellow bloom. I love it!

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

May 10, 2010

Something Blue

I don't even know anyone who is getting married anytime soon, but I just couldn't wait to use my new Blissful Bride stamp set. The DEEsign is for this week's 2 Sketches 4 You Challenge. Isn't the scalloped bottom on this card so sweet?

Here are the DEEtails:

1. Since I don't actually have a bride in mind, I wanted my card to be fairly generic. I decided to use the "Something Old, Something New..." sentiment, and use the saying as a cue for my colors. I loved the combination of Going Gray and Bashful Blue.

2. I started off making several strips of Scallop Trim for the bottom of card. My card is Bashful Blue, and I just punched the bottom of my card. Then I added a strip of Naturals White, then Going Gray on top. I added a strip of Going Gray on the bottom too, cutting the strip tall enough to come up right under where my ribbon would go.

3. Then I cut a piece of Naturals White card stock to go on the top portion of my card. I stamped my image right on, using Going Gray ink. Then I used my blender pen, dipped in some Bashful Blue ink to color in the flowers and ribbon. I dabbed the centers of my flowers with my Bashful Blue Stampin' Write marker. I added some tiny pearls from my stash to the button of the dress for an extra special touch. Then I adhered my card stock to the card.

4. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Naturals White card stock, then punched it out with my Scallop Square punch. I also punched a piece of Bashful Blue card stock with an EK Success punch. I find that the 1 1/2" scallop punch makes a perfect layer under the SU! punch. I adhered my sentiment to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. I used my Itty Bitty Punches to create some flowers, with little pearls in the centers. I added the clusters to my card with Glue Dots. They kind of remind me of fondant flowers on a cake. Then I added a Bashful Blue satin ribbon tied in a fluffy bow. Beautiful!

Hope you like it!

May 9, 2010

For the Love of Tulips

Here's another gorgeous Curtain Call Color Challenge from Stacey's Stampin' Stage. I checked out Eclatante Event Design, with the original post of these beauties. Let me tell you, it took my breath away! Be sure to check it out too!

Here are the DEEtails for my card:

1. I love how simple this photo is, with just a gorgeous pop of color from the tulip, so I wanted to showcase my flower on my card as well. I used a scallop cirlce punch from EK Success. (It is slightly smaller than the SU! scallop punch, and not as scallop-y...) and my Martha Stewart Cosmos punch. I punched both shapes in Summer Sun and Dusty Durango. I adhered the Cosmo shape onto an opposite color scallop circle and alternated the colors for 3 layers (that's 6 punches in all). I also punched a small scallop from the Itty Bitty Punches set (from the Summer Mini) in Going Gray for the center. Then I crumpled my flowers and punched a yellow brad through the center.

2. To make my vase, I punched a 1 1/4" circle and trimmed the bottom a tiny bit to make a flat bottom. For the neck, I cut a small rectangle 1/2" in width and adhered it to the back so a tiny bit showed at the top. It's not totally visible, but it peeks out a bit under my flower.

3. I punched a Scallop Edge Rectangle for my sentiment from my Well Scripted set, which I stamped in Going Gray ink.

4. I adhered my vase and flower onto my card and used Stampin' Dimensionals for my sentiment.

5. I layered some Whisper White and Bordering Blue mats for a simple background that helps to make my flower pop.

Hope you like it!

Embellish Magazine Dimension Color Challenge

Here is my DEEsign for the current Embellish Magazine Challenge:

Here's the challenge inspiration board:

And here are the DEEtails:

1. I had a tough time finding the right colors that would go with the inspiration photos. I chose to go with Stampin' Up's Bermuda Bay and Chocolate Chip, Paper Source's Chartreuse, and Papertrey Ink's Terracotta.

2. I loved the viney image in the top right corner and wanted to use it for the background of my card. I started out with a piece of Naturals White card stock. I ran my Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, and Chartreuse card stocks through my Cricut machine, with the Songbird cartridge, and selected several flower images in different sizes. I cut the leaves off of the flowers and adhered them onto my card stock to create the a viney look. Then I added a Chocolate Chip mat to my background.

3. I stamped a sentiment from my PTI Signature Greetings set onto Bermuda Bay card stock and trimmed it down. I cut a piece of PTI Terracotta card stock to mat my sentiment and rounded the corners. I adhered it to my background.

4. I added some brown ruffle ribbon to my card. I love this ribbon and really wanted it to stand out, so I overlapped two pieces of ribbon onto the card using some Sticky Strip.

5. For my final touch, I punched some flowers, using my Martha Stewart Cosmo punch with PTI Terracotta paper. I layered two together and punched the centers to add some brads from my stash. I adhered them to my card using Stampin' Dimensionals. I adhered one of the flowers using Sticky Strip, which helped to make the 3 flowers pop at different heights.

Thanks for peeking in!

May 8, 2010

Card Patterns

This is my first time participating in the weekly Card Patterns challenge. I turned this week's sketch on it's side...


1. As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use the cute cinched ribbon from the Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals. It's such a cute ribbon!

2. I really wanted to showcase the ribbon, so I chose to keep my card clean and simple. I selected some patterned papers from the Georgia Peach DSP. I stuck with a Regal Rose and So Saffron color combo.

3. I layered my papers and So Saffron card stocks and added my strip of Regal Rose Ribbon.

4. Then I stamped a sentiment from the PTI Signature Greetings set. I'm really enjoying the sentiments in this set!

5. For my final touch, I stamped the flowery circle from my Circle Circus set with VersaMark on Regal Rose card stock. I embossed the image and punched it out. I adhered it to a So Saffron Scallop Circle and added it to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I'm not sure if I'm loving this card. I really like the colors and the ribbon, but it kind of feels like it needs a little something else... What do you think?

May 6, 2010

Hoot-Hoot Hooray!

This week's wee Memories challenge is to incorporate writing in a card. Here's my DEEsign:


1. I started off with a piece of Kraft card stock. I took the "hoot-hoot hooray" stamp from my Owl Together Now set and stamped it randomly with VersaMark ink.

2. I layered the stamped piece onto a Chocolate Chip mat, then added a bit of Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, that I tied with a piece of Hemp Twine.

3. I stamped the flying owls from the same stamp set on Kiwi Kiss card stock with craft Chocolate Chip ink. I added some embossing powder and heat and then cut the owls out.

4. I added the owls onto my card with some Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Then I adhered everything onto a Kiwi Kiss mat on my Kraft card. I like how fun this look is, but still clean and natural looking. Hope you like it too!

Ribbon Flowers

Check out the fun, bright colors in this week's Color Q challenge:

Here are the DEEtails:

1. The cute flower and colors reminded me of some fun ribbon I had in my stash, so I decided to make some flowers. I love the stitching on the blue ribbons!

2. I punched a 1/2" circle as a base for each flower. The I used some glue dots and looped the ribbon into petals.

3. I adhered my flowers onto a Tempting Turquoise mat. I added some buttons from my stash. It's hard to tell in the photo, but they are a Certainly Celery-ish color threaded with a Crushed Curry-ish color DMC thread.

4. I added a sentiment from my Flight of the Butterfly set. I think it looks a little like a stem.

5. I matted everything onto Brilliant Blue cardstock, layered onto a Crushed Curry card.

Thanks for peeking in!

PPA Featured Artist

Today is an exciting day! I am this week's Pals Paper Arts Featured Artist! Here is my DEEsign for the challenge and a perfect Mother's Day card for my Grandma:

This week, Pals Paper Arts is featuring an inspiration challenge - my favorite type of challenge. Check out the fun inspiration:

I was drawn to the little pitchers in blue, yellow and red, and decided to use that as my focus on my DEEsign. Here are the DEEtails:

1. The flowers on the pitchers immediately reminded me of the floral stamp from my Very Thankful set. I love how different each of the Thank You images in this set are - fun & playful and regal & elegant in one set! I inked the floral part of my image with Bashful Blue, So Saffron, and Ruby Red ink and stamped them on Whisper White card stock. To help line up my images just right, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

2. The colors in my inspiration really made me think creatively about how to showcase each color in their own unique way. Since my Ruby Red was so bold, I needed to use it in the background and allow my So Saffron and Bashful Blue to stand out in the foreground.

3. I punched one corner of my Whisper White card stock with my corner rounder. I also punched the corner of my Ruby Red card stock that I trimmed to be a little larger than my Whisper White, with some extra hanging at the bottom to peek out under my sentiment. I adhered it onto my Bashful Blue card.

4. I love the fun colors and types of ribbons that come in SU! Ribbon Originals sets. I was totally pumped when I found Sherbet Ribbon Originals on the clearance rack at SU! So Saffron is one of my favorite colors, and I love this ribbon. I used a generous amount of ribbon and some Sticky Strip to make the fun ruffle on my card.

5. For my sentiment, I used my Heard from the Heart set - my all time favorite sentiment set. I used my Ruby Red Stampin' Write marker to ink the bottom part of the sentiment and used VersaMark to ink the word "Kindness." A little bit of embossing powder and some heat help make the word stand out. I trimmed my bashful blue card stock and adhered it to my card using Stampin' Dimensionals (and SNAIL adhesive over the ribbon).

Thanks for stopping by!

May 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Presents

I made this fun little birthday card for this week's Curtain Call Color Challenge.

Here are the DEEtails:

1. I loved the gorgeous ribbons in the inspiration image and when I noticed the corner of a brown box in the photo, I knew I just had to use my present stamp from my Happy Moments set. I used VersaMark ink and stamped the image on Kraft, Not Quite Navy, and Rose Red card stocks.

2. I cut the presents out, one by one. I cut out the bottom Not Quite Navy present and cut the stripes out of my Rose Red present and adhered them on. The middle present was pretty simple to do. Then I coloring in the polka dots on my Kraft present, using my Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write marker and cut it out.

3. I adhered all my presents onto a piece of Kraft card stock, to give it a solid back, then cut it out again. Then I tied my DMC floss around the presents, and made a bow. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the single bundle onto a piece of Naturals White card stock (I ran out of Whisper White!)

4. I stamped the sentiment from the Happy Moments set onto my card stock. I like how playful this font is, yet so simple!

5. I'm having so much fun making random sized scallop edge rectangles and wanted to make another one for this card. (Feel free to use the DEErections that I've posted if you need some help!) This time, I made my rectangle out of Not Quite Navy, then cut a Rose Red mat for the inside. I layered on my white card stock. Then adhered everything onto my Kraft card.

Thanks for looking! :)

May 4, 2010

Polka Dots and Petals

I squealed when I saw this week's Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. My mom, just finished a purse in this exact same fabric line for a donation for a Relay for Life Fundraiser. I've been trying to talk her into making something else so I can have the bag instead, but she insists... The Tuesday Trigger Inspiration purse is also really cute! Maybe my mom can make me something like this...

Here are the DEEtails for my card.

1. This card is all about tone on tone, polka dots, and petals, so I tried to capture it all in my card! I chose three different greens: Paper Source's Chartreuse, Stampin' Up!'s Kiwi Kiss, and Papertrey Ink's Ripe Avocado. I also used my go-to pink, SU's Melon Mambo.

2. My eyes almost popped out of my head as I adhered each 1/2" circle at 1" intervals. I did PS Chartreuse on top of SU! Kiwi Kiss, then SU! Kiwi Kiss on PTI Ripe Avocado. I love how it turned out.

3. I stamped my flower from my Fifth Avenue Floral set in Pink Passion ink on my Melon Mambo card stock, then carefully cut them out. For a little bit of texture, I added SU! Corduroy brads in Kiwi Kiss. These are available on the SU! clearance rack!

4. I punched out a scallop edge rectangle, which you can also make, using these DEErections. Then I stamped a sentiment from my PTI Signature Greetings set. I'm telling you, I never get tired of Dawn McVey's gorgeous handwriting! I added my rectangle to my card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. For some final color layering, I adhered everything to a PS Chartreuse mat, which I adhered to my SU! Kiwi Kiss card. These are two of my favorite colors, and they look perfect together!

May 3, 2010


Isn't this color combo wonderful? I had to make a card even though it's too late for this week's Color Throwdown.

Here are the DEEtails:

1. I'm usually one of the last on the bandwagon when it comes to purchasing new supplies. I ordered my embosslits Beautiful Wings from the Occasions Mini catalog at the last minute, but don't worry, they are still available for purchase. I punched several sets of butterflies in Barely Banana, Rich Razzleberry, and Pale Plum to make these pretty butterflies.

2. The Soft Suede sort of worked its' way in accidentally. I had run a piece of it through my Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots embossing folder for my earlier project, but decided to go a different route and had this mat sitting on my desk. When I punched out my flowers, they landed on the Soft Suede and I couldn't resist.

3. I tied a pretty bow with some Old Olive satin ribbon, then adhered my Soft Suede mat onto an Old Olive backing. Then I adhered it all to a Rich Razzleberry card.

4. Then I randomly adhered my butterflies, using glue dots, arranging them from largest to smallest diagonally on my card.

5. I attempted to add some sort of sentiment, but the butterlies themselves were so pretty, they didn't need any words to describe them.

Hope you like it!

Neutrals are so Natural!

Isn't the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger so calming? I would love to hang out in this West Elm space!

I love the way things that make this photo look so calm and clean - neutrals and fresh green, clean lines, and lots of texture! I really tried to evoke this feeling in my card. Here are the DEEtails:

1. I started out with lots of neutrals: Kraft, Soft Suede, and Sahara Sand. I chose a bright and bold green to really pop and used PTI's New Leaf. I probably should have used a lighter green, but when I was looking through my card stock, this color really stood out for me.

2. The clean lines in the image really spoke to me, so I decided to cut some different sized rectangles and sqaures. I honsetly just kind of played around with different shapes and colors until I found something that worked. I decided on a Kraft mat and a strip of Sahara Sand.

3. Then I randomly stamped leaves from my Falling Leaves set in VersaMark ink. Who says you can't use fall stamps for spring cards? I heat embossed the images to add a little tone on tone and texture, then cut two 1 1/2" squares for this card.

4. I love the texture in this card and decided to use my awesome new texture plate from PTI to make a wood grain texture on Soft Suede card stock. I layered it under my green squares - gorgeous!

5. For a little more texture and color, I added some Soft Suede ribbon. I adhered SU! Polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, polka-dot side down to achieve this. For my final touch, I stamped the sentiment from my PTI Signature Greetings set. I'm really liking this sentiment right now!

Thanks for peeking in!

May 2, 2010

Mom, No Peeking!

I made a Mother's Day card for my Mom today. Here it is:

I really like Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketches. This week's sketch is no exception.

Here are the DEEtails for this card:

1. My mom loves pink, so I knew where to start with this card. I selected the striped background from the Welcome Neighbor DSP. I like how it brings in just the right amount of non-pink colors without being too much.

2. I chose Regal Rose for my pink today. I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder to give it a bit of texture. I added a rounded corner with my punch to add a bit of softness.

3. Then I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the sentiment from my PTI Signature Greetings set using SU! Regal Rose.

4. I added some pink grosgrain ribbon from my stash.

5. And for that extra girly touch, I adhered a couple of Sweet Pea Stiched Felt pieces. I love it and I hope Mom does too!