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Monday, January 25, 2010

A little note of Thanks...

...for your patience! WOW! I can't believe it's been 13 days since I posted! That is just CRAZY!

Here's a card I just finished this morning for the Featured Stamper Challenge over on Stampin' Connection - Stampin' UP!'s new Demonstrator version of Facebook (kinda!):

I used Stem Silhouettes and Matchbox Messages for this card which is 5 1/4" square.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Stem Silhouettes, Matchbox Messages
INK: Melon Mamba, Bermuda Bay
PAPERS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay Cardstock; Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good Neighbours in Baja Breeze

I know, I know...Baja Breeze is retired, but I LURVE it!!! I'm almost out of it you won't have to put up with it much longer. Aren't you happy???

While I was playing with my Good Neighbours set over Christmas and doing my best to deplete my stock of LAST YEAR'S In Colours, I decided to pair a new stamp set with some older paper and I came up with this:
This one made me smile because I really liked the cute little sun I made in the top right corner. I made it by smooshing a sponge dauber in Summer Sun ink and then smooshing it onto the cardstock - CUTE!

The house is stamped in Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip and the tree was coloured using markers directly onto the rubber and then stamped on the Very Vanilla Cardstock. I hand drew the "hills".

What do you think?

STAMPS: Good Neighbours
INK: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Manchester DSP
ACCESSORIES: Markers, Sponge Dauber

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 11, 2010

The 3 R's of celebrating a Birthday

Today is yet ANOTHER birthday day for someone in my extended family. It's my Uncle Ryan's birthday today!

I made him this card:
I used "And Many Mower" again, like I did for my Dad's card on January 2nd. I also used Baja Breeze and Manchester Designer Series Paper. I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla and matted it on Chocolate Chip Cardstock. My finishing touch was a knotted piece of hemp twine.

What do you think???

STAMPS: And Many Mower
INK: Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze Cardstock; Manchester DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

3-D Thursday!

Good evening everyone and welcome to 3-D Thursday! My hope is to bring you something altered every Thursday, hence the "3-D Thursday" title to this blog post...we'll see how that works out - LOL!

For today's post, I've got some altered Altoids tins. These little mints are TOTALLY addictive and I end up with lots of tins...I just knew there was SOMETHING to be done with them and here you have it:
I used the retired Manchester DSP I was playing with the other day...these tins were the chocolate covered Altoids, but since I covered the tins completely, I didn't need to worry about the colour of the paper matching the tin - GO ME!

And here's a close up of the ribbon detail:
There are some super cute little note cards in there, but I can't show them to you...they're a surprise for the ladies who will be getting them.

There is no stamping on the outside, but there is some stamping on the inside. I used the Trendy Trees set.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Fond Farewell...

Well, today was a less than ideal day (as you can tell by the time stamp on this post - I NEVER post this late!). I volunteered at my son's school and it took way more time than I planned on it taking, thereby throwing off my ENTIRE day!

I was supposed to make a card for the boys' godfather and while I had a pretty good idea in my head, it didn't make it to paper *SIGH*

So for today, you get a card I made back in December when I was in my "Baja Breeze" phase:
Recently, Stampin' UP! retired a number of stamps that were on their dormant list. For the Bride was one of those sets. I'm sad about that because it is a BEAUTIFUL set and I just LOVE making wedding cards with it. So, I think I'll add it to those stamps that I just can't part with - LOL!

I stamped our bride in Baja Breeze on Very Vanilla Cardstock and matted her on Chocolate Chip. I used the Z-Fold again and added ribbon as well as a sentiment inside.

What do you think?

STAMPS: For the Bride
INKS: Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Baja Breeze DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Don't you wish today was your birthday?

Because if it WAS your birthday, you just might be, MAYBE the lucky person who is going to receive this card:
The boys' godmother's birthday is today and this is the card she'll be receiving. It's her husband's birthday too (how fun is that?), so I need to get a card made for him as well. I think I'll go with the same colour theme and then they'll match when displayed together. What do you think?

This is the card that I made for the Chat and Challenge I hosted on SUDSOL on Monday afternoon. I created the sketch in MDS:
I know a lot of people don't like a white card base (and some specifically advise against it in swaps), but I think it gives the card a nice crisp feel.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Vintage Vogue
INK: Dusty Durango, Taken with Teal and Always Artichoke
PAPERS: Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Rhinestone Brads

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Birthday Asian Artistry

Today is my Aunt Mary's birthday. I have LOTS of January birthdays, so there will be more cards - LOL!

I made this card for her, using the Z-fold again:
I stamped the image from Asian Artistry in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla and then matted it on a piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock. The paper is, again, Manchester (retired) and the card base as well as the ribbon around the image panel are both Kraft. I just LOVE our taffeta ribbon - it goes with just about anything!

I stamped the sentiment and wrote on a Very Vanilla panel that I attached to the inside of the card.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Asian Artistry
INK: Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Kraft and Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Manchester DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!!!

Bet you didn't think that was really a holiday, did you? It must be, because I checked on several "wacky" holiday calendars and there it was! One of my online stamping friends, Jane, compiles an extensive list on her blog every if you're looking for a reason to celebrate, you can find it there!

Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, so I made this:
My friend Melissa has been dealing with some not so fun stuff lately, so I stuffed it in an envelope and sent it off to her! In case my watermark is making it difficult to see the sentiment it says, "If life really is a bowl full of cherries, I hope yours are all chocolate covered."

I didn't use any stamps on this one. I briefly considered "Tart and Tangy", but A: I don't have it and B: The cherries are too small for what I wanted to do with the front of the card.

What do you think?

PAPERS: Confetti White, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Bravo Burgundy Cardstock; Thoroughly Modern DSP; Vellum

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!!!

Today is my Dad's birthday! He's celebrating the 29th anniversary of his 39th birthday. He decided to stop aging when he turned 39 - sounds like a good plan to me! Of course, I'm already 40, so I guess that didn't work out so good for me...though I guess I could start with my birthday this year and celebrate the 2nd anniversary of my 39th birthday - LOL!

Anyway, here's the card I made for my Dad:
The stamp set (called And Many Mower) was featured in our Occasions Mini from 2009, so "technically" it's retired, but I'm hoping it shows up in the new Idea Book and Catalogue for 2010-2011, because I REALLY like it! Besides, we don't have a whole lot of "manly" stamp sets to choose from. The paper (called Manchester) is retired too as is the Cardstock (Baja Breeze), but it one of my favourite in Colours EVER, so I hung onto it. We're half way into a NEW In Colour year, so it's really time to let it go...

The image was stamped in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla Cardstock and instead of using a traditional fold, I chose a Z-fold for this card.

What do you think?

STAMPS: And Many Mower
INK: Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze Cardstock; Manchester DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2010! Hope everyone is geared up and ready for a stellar year! Did you make any resolutions? Other than wanting to be healthier and happier, I'm going to try and post a card, 3-D item, sketch, etc. every day. I'm also going to try and take a photo a day in 2010. I started off with great intentions in 2009 and made into April, but then fizzled out...I think of the friends that were trying to do the same, only one made it all the way through - KUDOS to her!

So, here is my first card of 2010:
This card is a complete and TOTAL CASE of the card my friend Robin made back in December of 2009. The only difference is that I didn't have the black paper she used on her card, so I improvised and made my own. Other than that, the layout, the stamp and the colours are exactly the same. What can I say? It was a GREAT card!!! You can check out Robin's blog here. I'll bet you find some inspiration of your own!

So...I stamped the image in Basic Black on a piece of 3 X 3 inch Whisper White Cardstock and matted it on a piece of 3 1/4 X 3 1/4 inch piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock.

To make the shiny black background paper, I used a stamp from the soon to be available "Vintage Vogue" set and stamped it randomly in Versamark all over a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 Basic Black Cardstock. I used an embossing powder that I've had for a while (don't remember where I got it) to add the sparkle. The black piece is trimmed to 1 1/2 X 4 1/4 inches. I only made six cards, so I have some left over...will have to find something fun to do with it!

I matted the black cardstock onto the Bermuda Bay Cardstock which was cut to 4 X 5 1/4 inches and then added the image panel. I wrapped the Bermuda Bay Ribbon first and then the Crushed Curry. I love that the polka dots are only one side because it's like getting two ribbons for the price of one!!!

After I wrapped the ribbon around the Bermuda Bay Cardstock, I matted it on a piece of 4 1/8 X 5 3/8 inch piece of Basic Black Cardstock before adhering it to the Whisper White card base.

The finishing touch was the two ribbon knots, again in Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.

What do you think?

STAMPS: A Brand New Year
INK: Basic Black
PAPERS: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Happy Stampin'!