Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Everyone loves a card that comes together so simply yet still looks adorable.
I still find myself grabbing for my Pun Fun stamp set. Can you believe I still have a few images I haven't even stamped with yet?
Today's card is an adorable birthday card. It measures 4.25"x4.25". The base card is Barely Banana stamped with the Polka Dot BG stamp in Barely Banana ink.
The birdie is stamped on watercolor paper in Black StazOn. I used my aquapainter and reinkers to color him in. He is matted on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.
For visual interest, I made a scalloped strip using my Slit Punch. I tied a length of white narrow grosgrain ribbon into a simple flat knot, and adhered some flat plastic dots I found at Michael's. Thanks to Lauren Meader who enabled me to pick these up yesterday......you get a ton of them for $3.99. Here's a link to Lauren's post.....maybe she will enable you too!!!! I picked them up in blue and clear, but they also come in pink/berry and a yellow-ish green too.
I am seriously considering putting my cards and projects up for sale on Etsy. What do you think?
Until tomorrow....happy stamping everyone!!!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Did you know that Easter is in March this year? Wow, that will be here before you know it!! I love Easter. The Spring colors.....the chocolate......the thought of warmer temperatures....the chocolate.....an 11 day school break.....the chocolate. I think you get my drift.
Jessica Lynn Original stamps has an adorable Easter set debuting on February 1st. As soon as I saw this particular image, I knew I wanted to make a tag. I can picture this tag tied to a cute little metal bucket filled with chocolate. It would look even better on the Easter baskets. Each year, my kids re-use the same baskets. How cool would it be to have a gorgeous tag hanging from the handles to make it a little more special this year? My kids love when the Easter Bunny does stuff like that!!!
I have a few more gorgeous Easter goodies......but I'll save those for another day!!!!!
Until tomorrow....Happy Stamping everyone!
stamp set: JLO Stamp Set 01
paper: Stampin' Up! (Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Whisper White)
ink: Black StazOn, Stampin' Up! Classic ink (So Saffron, Certainly Celery)
accessories: Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Bigz tag die, sponges, large pewter eyelet, various ribbons (Stampin' Up!)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I am SO loving this "Pun Fun" stamp set. I had some extra card kits laying around in a basket (this card kit has got to be over 3 years old). Why cut up a full sheet of cardstock when I can use up some of these kits, right?
I chose to use the little lamb stamp as it was the tallest and skinniest stamp in the set. Remember, I wanted to work with pre-cut kit pieces. I stamped the image with Black StazOn and colored in with my aquapainter and markers (scribbled them on my stamp case). I punched all four corners with my Ticket Corner punch and pierced the top edges with my piercing tool and guide. I matted the focal image on a slightly larger layer of Basic Black and finally, on a layer of Certainly Celery. The image still needed something so I added two pink bling crystals (by Amuse) to the top corners.
The base card is Pretty in Pink. I stamped it with the large flower from One of a Kind using Pretty in Pink ink. The band is a strip of Regal Rose that is stamped with Canvas using Regal Rose ink. I added some ribbon (5/8" Celery and 1/4" Light Pink grosgrain). The flowers were stamped with Regal Rose ink (using the three flower stamp from One of a Kind) and punched with the coordinating Boho Blossom punch. I added two of the small crystal rhinestone brads (from the Pretties kit) in the center of each flower and attached to the ribbon with a mini glue dot.
I have two more of these card kits to use up. I think I will make up two more of these cards to put in my card stash. You never know when you will need an adorable thank you card, right?
Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!
Monday, January 21, 2008
It was a FRIGID weekend in MN. In fact, we didn't leave the house all weekend. Thank goodness for a stocked fridge and a Chinese restaurant that delivers. LOL!! I was working on some swaps over the weekend, but I decided to take a break and make a card.
"One of a Kind" is a very versatile stamp set. I am also using it in my swap card but in a very different way. I stamped the big flower on Very Vanilla cardstock with Regal Rose ink. I took my aquapainter and swirled over the image to spread out the ink. I cut out the image using my handy paper snips and started working on my Build a Brad. I stamped the small flower image with Close to Cocoa ink, punched it out with my 1/2" circle punch and assembled the Build-a-brad. If you haven't played with these things yet, you have to try them!!!! Lots of fun!!!
The base card is Creamy Caramel measuring 4.25"x4.25". The next layer is Regal Rose that is double-stamped (Sanded in Close to Cocoa and the three flower stamp from One of a Kind in Regal Rose). I sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa to dirty up the edges. I added three pewter brads (to tie in with my Build a Brad) to the upper right corner).
I cut a half circle using my Coluzzle and Choc Chip cardstock. I used my paper piercing tool to pierce the edge of the circle. I ran a length of twill ribbon across the card, adhered the half circle on top and stamped with the sentiment (wish it came out darker though). I adhered the flower using a Pop-Up Glue Dot since the Build-a-brad has some weight to it.
This card is not my usual style, but as a stamper you sometimes need to step out of the box. Right?
I have 4 swap cards to finish today. I have some other projects I need to work on as well. The good news is that it's above zero today. I have to get the kids out of the house....I am sure they are going stir crazy!!!!!
Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
My eyes have recovered from being dilated, and I finished all my design team work.......so it was time to play!!!!!
I think a lot of stampers have a hard time with "guy" cards. A lot of the stamp sets are truly geared towards females. I was SO excited to see this rocket ship image in the brand new "Pun Fun" stamp set. Finally, I can make a boy's birthday card that does not involve sports!!!! LOL!!!
This card was a breeze to make. I watercolored the rocket ship on a scrap of watercolor paper. I cut it out and placed it over another rocket ship image (using dimensionals for a 3D effect) stamped on Bashful Blue cardstock. I paper pierced the edges and matted on some Whisper White.
The base card is Brilliant Blue wheeled with my Whimsy wheel in Brilliant Blue ink. I tore a piece of Kraft cardstock to resemble the surface of some far off planet.
I used Beate's weekend sketch for this card design. I've had these flat white humongous brads FOREVER (at least 6 years). It feels fabulous to use something from my stash of embellishments. I simply put them through some 1/2" circle punches prior to attaching to the red strip.
I love the final result. I don't think I have any little boy birthdays coming up. I'll have to save this one for someone special.
I hope everyone has a FABULOUS weekend. It's supposed to be downright frigid here in MN. We are under a windchill warning (right now it's -15 windchill). Yowzah!!!!
Until tomorrow......happy stamping everyone!!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Gotta love turning 40.........UGH!!!!
My stamp club has been filled. I am starting a second club which will meet every other month (starting in March). All members agree to purchase a minimum of $25 each month the club meets. This club will be limited to 6 members. If you would like to join, please send me an email.
If my eyes stop freaking out, I will run to my studio and stamp!!!! I have an idea in my head.....and if it comes to fruition, it'll be awesome. I pinky swear!!!
Happy Stamping everyone!!!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I told you my new goodies were here, and for those of you who frequent my blog, you all KNOW I love CUTE!!!!! Well, the first "cute" stamp set that caught my eye in the Spring and Summer Collection 2008 catalog was "Pun Fun". Oh my.......my heart aflutters with excitement.......skunks, sheep, birds, rocket ships and oh yes, a cuppa coffee!!!!
Well, I made a card using another of the stamps for a WOW swap I am participating in. That card is designed, but I can't show you until the swap is done. Bummer....I know! My swap card is seriously CUTE!!!!! So, I knew I would really need to bowl you over with another awesome card. I really LOVE this little stinker......the skunk.....not the card (I hope)!!!
I used the sketch challenge on SCS for the design of this card. The base card is Almost Amethyst stamped with my Paisley BG stamp in Almost Amethyst ink. I used a piece of Almost Amethyst designer Prints patterned paper (matted on Certainly Celery) for the next layer. Notice how I used my Ticket Corner Punch on the bottom two corners of the patterned paper. I attached two Apricot brads in each of the corners.
The focal layer is stamped with Black StazOn on Shimmery White cardstock. I used my aquapainter and watercolor crayons to color in Mr. Stinkypoo. I paper pierced the edges and attached to a mat of Apricot Appeal cardstock.
Isn't the little flower on the ribbon cute? It's stamped with my brand new "One of a Kind" stamp set and punched out with my new Boho Blossom punch. I added a Celery brad in the center, attached it to my apricot narrow grosgrain ribbon using a mini glue dot, and VOILA.......another wickedly cute card is done!!!!!
So, ladies, what are you waiting for? Look through your stash of stamp sets (I KNOW you all have a bunch of them).......find a cute stamp......and get busy. Don't forget to leave me a comment with a link to your wickedly cute card of the day!!!!!
Until tomorrow....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
There are many things in life that inspire your design or colors of your projects. In this case, a favorite Valentine candy was the inspiration for my color choices: a chocolate covered cherry.
This valentine card measures 4.25"x4.25". I used a combination of designer paper (retired Au Chocolat), Real Red, Choc Chip and Sahara Sand cardstock for this card.
It's hard to see in the picture, but the Real Red base card is stamped with the heart stamp from Time Well Spent. The "from the heart" sentiment comes from Holidays & Wishes. The little heart on the tag is from Unfrogettable.
So, how do you like my little chocolate covered cherry-inspired card?
Wanna hint of tomorrow's project? One of my new stamp sets finally arrived, and I made a gorgeous card with it. I hope to see you tomorrow...........
Happy Stamping everyone!!!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So, what did I do? I put the disaster card down and made dinner. After cleaning the kitchen with DH, I went downstairs and pulled the card apart. I decided that the separate pieces would be perfect for 2 different cards. So, I made two GORGEOUS cards instead of one!!!! I am very happy with the results. Do you want to see them? You'll have to wait until tomorrow. By the time I finished the cards, it was too dark to photograph. Sorry!!! I promise I will post them tomorrow!!!!
More good news......I got some new rubbah today!!! They are all cut and ready to use tomorrow!!! My first "big" order from the new catty arrives on Monday. Now, that will be a GREAT day!!!!
I hope you had a better stamping day than I did......until tomorrow.......
Happy Stamping everyone!!!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Now I am not talking about football or baseball. Heck, I am not even thinking about THAT.....get your mind out of the gutter....LOL!!!!
I am talking about using your favorite scoring tool, of course! Did you know that you could use your scoring tool for other things besides making the folds your project? I used my Scor-Pal to make grid marks on my card. It gave enough visual interest so that I didn't need to use my patterned paper or my background stamps. Cool, huh?
So, I know what you're thinking!!! How did I figure out my pattern? I figured out how much room I needed for the focal image and then worked around it until my grid was even on all sides. How's that for an answer? I answered that like a politician, huh? If you want the exact measurements, leave me a comment (but please leave me your email address as I can't do return comments with Blogger.....hate that part of Blogger) or send me an email!!
The focal image is from "Beautiful Life". This is a two step stamp. The more solid flower image is stamped with So Saffron, and the line image is stamped with Summer Sun. The stem in stamped in Certainly Celery. After punching the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch, I sponged with Soft Sky ink. I then matted it on a slighly larger scrap of Basic Black cardstock.
The focal image was mounted on the gridded piece of Soft Sky cardstock (which was also heavily sponged with Soft Sky ink). This layer was mounted on a layer of Whisper White. I added 4 So Saffron brads to each of the four corners prior to mounting on my Certainly Celery base card.
So, what do you think? Did I make you think more of your favorite scoring tool? I hope so!!! Give it a try and tell me what you think!!!!
Until tomorrow....Happy Stamping everyone!!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Now that the holidays are over, it's time to start my Stamp Clubs. Basically, my clubs meet every other month (starting in February). Each club has 6 members who agree to spend a minimum of $25 at each club meeting. The hostess of the month will be rotated among all club members. The hostess of the month is encouraged to gather outside orders from friends and family to increase her total sales (which in turn increases the FREE goodies for the hostess). The club will meet in my Stamping Studio where we will make awesome projects and learn new stamping techniques.
If you live near the Twin Cities (MN) and want more information about my Stamp Clubs, please send me an email. I would love to talk to you!!!!
If you are night owl (which I am not...LOL!!!!!)......enjoy the rest of your evening!!! As for me, I am off to bed and hopefully some nice dreams!!!! Good night everyone!!!
Do any of you like to watch the Food Network or Top Chef? If yes, the phrase "it's all in the presentation" says it all. Even a simple gift of candy becomes FABULOUS when it is given in a homemade gift box.
First of all, I want to thank Lauren Meader for her design of this gift box. The directions can be found HERE. I also want to thank my in-laws for their Christmas gift which allowed me to purchase my Scor-Pal. Using the Scor-Pal made making this box easy-peasy.
My box starts with a 12x12 sheet of Pretty in Pink cardstock. After scoring and cutting as per Lauren's directions, I started stamping the large medallion from True Friend using Whisper White craft ink. I stamped "Celebrate" (using Pretty in Pink craft ink) and "You" (in Certainly Celery classic ink) from the Celebrate Everything stamp set. Before matting on a layer of Certainly Celery, I pierced both edges using my Crafter's Tool Kit and sponged with some Pretty in Pink ink.
I wanted to make a dangling embellishment on this box. So, I used my Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery markers to ink the flower portion only of the large flower from True Friend. I punched this out with my 1 3/8" circle punch. I edged this circle with my Pretty in Pink marker and added a celery rhinestone brad. I then punched a Scallop Circle in Certainly Celery, pierced each of the scallops and adhered the circle.
The project is finished off with some varying types of grosgrain ribbon: 5/8" celery, 1/4" celery and 1/4" white.
I am really liking playing with all these springy colors. I am SO seriously missing my pool right now......too bad it's covered under feet of cold MN snow!!!!!
I have a great project planned for today.........Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
It is SO wonderful to have this adorable stamp set back in the big catty again. He has so much versatility with all those accessory stamps he comes with. I chose to make a birthday card with him today. I drew some motion lines so it looks like he is tossing the gift between his two big claws.
I kinda messed up on the SCS Color Challenge today. I read on a blog that I frequent that the colors of the week are Real Red, Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise. Well, it was supposed to be Taken with Teal....not Tempting Turquoise. Oh well, what are ya gonna do? I still think he looks pretty darn adorable.
Remember my new year's resolution? No, not the diet one (I did high fiber cereal and cantaloupe for breakfast this morning even though there was lemon danish sitting on the counter).....I am talking about my "play...do not hoard" resolution. Well, I can happily say that that resolution is on track as well. I used my large pewter eyelets, a new tag die for my Big Kick and my Prismacolors/Gamsol. Holy cow!!!!! I did not even break into a panic sweat using all that stuff either. Can you believe it?????
Here's the recipe for Mr. Crabby:
Stamp Sets: Crab and Company, Polka Dots
Paper: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Creamy Caramel (for sponging tag)
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, hemp twine, large pewter eyelets, googlie eyes, Prismacolors and Gamsol, 5/8" Certainly Celery grosgrain, sponges
Oh well, it's back to normal here again. The kids are back in school.......talk about being crabby this morning.....they did not like getting up early!!!!
Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
JessicaLynnOriginal is having a major stamp set release on February 1st. I will start posting sneak peeks here on my blog starting January 30th. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for me and the other ladies on the design team. Do you wanna know who I am working with?
2008 JLO Design Team: Cathy Indelicato, Alex Eaton, Melissa Martin, Barb Pritschau, Jennifer Greco, Nancy Beauchamp, Tammy Hershberger, Kelly Sampson, Barb Kaszuba and Patti Chesky.
I did stamp today, but I was too lazy to photograph my project. I'm beat!!!! New Year's Eve always tires me out, and I didn't even drink a drop of alcohol last night. I just wasn't meant to stay up til midnight!!!!
The kids go back to school tomorrow.....UGH.....that alarm clock is going to go off WAY too early tomorrow for me!!!
Oh well, time to get the kids motivated for bed time. Tomorrow morning is going to be very grouchy around this house!!!!!
At least I can place my first order from the Spring and Summer 2008 Catalog tomorrow at 1pm central time. Yippee!!!! I guess I should figure out what's gonna be on that order, huh?
Until tomorrow......Happy Stamping everyone!!!