Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Kites

Hello all!  Today's card is for the Stampin' Royalty challenge #117.  The challenge this week is anything spring.  I love the new Send Me Soaring stamp set that features kite stamps, but alas, I don't have it yet, so I decided to make my own paper kites.

Since I did not have a kite template, I thought that I would play around to see what I could come up with.  I learned that you can make a nice kite shape out of rectangles.  The size rectangles I used here are 1/2 wide x 3/4 tall and 1/2 wide x 1 inch tall.  You need one of each size, cut diagonal, flip one side over and line up in a triangle shape for the top, and do the same for the longer bottom pieces as well.  You can make your kites any size, just make sure the width is the same size, you vary the height to get the kite shape. 

Some lucky limeade ribbon was curled for the kite tails.  The clouds are the cupcake builder punch, and are embossed with the adorning accents EF pack.  If you have any questions, email me!

The grassy hills were made using the Adorning Accents edgelets die and matching Adorning Accents embossing folder.  They were also embossed with the polka dots EF, and the stripe EF.  I curled the top so that they hills would stick out some.

The Happy Birthday stamp from the Curly Cute set is stamped in real red to match the border.  A little itty bitty punch flower with a basic rhinestone just finishes it off.  So does this card say spring to you?  Remember, there are just a few days left for SAB, you can shop 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Paper:  Summer Smooches DSP, pool party, whisper white, real red, lucky limeade cardstocks
Ink:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade
Tools:  Big Shot, adorning accents edgelet and embosing folders, polka dot EF, Stripes EF, cupcake builder punch, itty bitty punch pack, basic rhinestones

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Last Chance SAB Open House

Do you live in the Charlotte NC metro area and would like to come to my Last Chance SAB Open House?  I have a great many fun things planned, and would love to meet you!  Here are the details!

I just whipped up this flyer in MDS!  It seriously took about 20 minutes.  I know that I still have a lot to learn about the whole digital designing, but as new to it as I am, it is really user friendly.

If you would like to join me on that day, you will need to RSVP and email me at and I will give you all of the pertinent info.  It really is going to be a fun day, full of crafting and prizes.  I have been squirreling away prizes for the last few weeks, you will not be disappointed!  Drop me a line if you have any questions!  Hope to see you there!

Squirrel MDS

Here are the new MDS releases for March 20, 2012.  I love the Wonderful Wings brush set, but my favorite is the squirrel in the With the Grain brush set.  I love squirrels, and have a bunch of decorative ones around the house so I am very happy to see that Stampin' Up! is adding some to the line up. 
My Digital Studio Express FREE 30-Day TrialYou can download the software and access the free trial just as you would a Stampin' Up! digital download by shopping at my ONLINE STORE (item 129600) any time 24/7.  This is an extended special, but try it now be able to take advantage of these cute new downloads!

Book of Birthdays Swatchbook Template - Released March 20, 2012
Get it Done Kit - Released March 20, 2012
Taffeta Trimmings - Released March 20, 2012
Wish You Were Here Stamp Brush Set - Released March 20, 2012
Wonderful Wings Stamp Brush Set - Released March 20, 2012
With the Grain Stamp Brush Set - Released March 20, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Me a Goddess? What?

Hello all!  I have some very cool news to share with you today, I was asked to be a Goddess!  Really?!  Yes, I was invited to join the Stampin Royalty Design Team, otherwise known as Goddesses.  I am very excited to be among a very talented team.  I was able to just squeak my first card in, here it is, take a look.

Today's card is a sketch challenge, it is a great sketch and inspired me to pull together this card.  Here is the sketch:

The beautiful Attic Boutique DSP was the basis for my card.  I love all of the colors in this suite, it is just so pretty.  I couldn't resist layering a bunch of different patterns, I chose three of them.  The eyelet border makes a great base from the pool party cardstock.

The paper doily large sizzlits die was cut from some soft suede textured cardstock.  This doily is large, so large in fact that I snipped the outer ring off so it would fit better.  A pool party large circle punch was put behind the doily to bring attention to the beautiful center.  A large basic pearl fits the center perfectly.

Seam binding ribbon!!  I love it, look how you can see a bit of the background behind the pool party ribbon, such a delicate fine ribbon.  So fine, that you can easily make a ribbon rosette out of the very vanilla ribbon.  A pool party brad matches perfectly.  The key from the SAB set Elementary Elegance was stamped in pool party and punched with the jewelry punch and attached with early espresso bakers twine just behind the rosette.  You're a Gem stamp set provided the key to my heart stamp.

So how did I do?  Drop me a line and let me know!  I love to read your comments, and as long as your email is there, I will write you back.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  You're a Gem, Elementary Elegance
Paper:  Attic Boutique, pool party, soft suede
Ink:  Pool Party, soft suede
Tools:  Big Shot, paper doily die, seam binding ribbon, eyelet border punch, jewelry tag, bakers twine, designer printed brads, large basic pearls, circle punch

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Smooches for the PPA

Here's another fun sketch by the fabulous Margaret Moody! Hope you're ready to play along! Join the PPA on March 15th and play along through the 22nd of March.  Grab your supplies, any supplies will do, and play along!

Don't both of these items scream SUMMER!  I think so.  Part of the wonderful perks of being a SU demo is the ability to preorder new items!  The Summer Smooches Suite is available for preorder starting April 1st, so check out the SUMMER SMOOCHES BROCHURE to pick your favorites.

This whole card and purse are made using the new Summer Smooches DSP, the colors are fabulous! Rich razzleberry, tangerine tango, lucky limeade, island indigo, and daffodil delight are some of the colors in this DSP, all very fun. 

The new stamp set Mixed Bunch and matching Blossom punch make quick work for a great background.  The DSP was punched, then stamped on the underlying island indigo in whisper white craft ink and clear embossed.  The new Bright Blossom Stamp set fits perfectly in the center of the flower.  I used plenty of stampin dimensionals to pop up the DSP.

I cannot stop using the dotted scallop ribbon border punch!  It's addicting, I ran it through the crimper for a ruffled effect!  Love it!  The Kindness Matters stamp set is perfect since this card is going to one of Mackie's teacher's for Appreciation week.  A simple button with a pearl gives it some dressing up.  The daffodil delight DSP was embossed with the framed tulips EF.

Now on to this cutie little purse.  This die is also part of the summer smooches preorder.  Usually, I wait on the dies to see how I can use them, not so with this purse!  I had to have it.  It is a petite purse, but it is so simple and easy to use, this purse was done in minutes.

There you have it, two great summer projects!  If you have any questions, just ask, make sure I have your email and I will answer them all.  Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamps:  Kindness Matters, Mixed Bunch, Bright Blossom
Paper:  Summer Smooches DSP, rich razzleberry, island indigo, lucky limeade
Ink:  Whisper White ink, rich razzleberry
Tools:  Blossom punch, framed tulips EF, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, circle punch, clear embossing powder, brights buttons, lucky limeade baker's twine, crimper

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Simply Sweet

Hello all!  Look at this gorgeous Simply Adorned necklace.  I have had this project for a bit, but only just finished it today.  This was supposed to be a birthday present for Mackie, but with all of the party prep, it did not get finished in time.

I got this Simply Adorned 34 inch chain 116853 on the clearance rack for $5.19!  Mackie likes the longer chains, so I thought it would be a perfect length to dress it up.

I used the very vanilla seam binding ribbon and threaded on a big craft needle, and wove the ribbon through the links of the chain.  It was fairly easy, but make sure you don't snag the ribbon.  The whole chain was done, and the ribbon ends are tied off at the ends of the chain, crystal effects were put on the knots so they would not fray or come apart.

The ribbon flower was made by just sewing a seam on one side of the very vanilla seam binding ribbon and pulling tight.  A large basic pearl was affixed to the center with crystal effects.  I sewed the flower on to the links.  Mackie loves the keys, so the prettiest key from the trinket keys was clipped under the flower, and a black crystal bauble was clipped above the flower.  There are three more keys for her to clip on and off if she wants to.

This is the 1 x 1 1/4 Simply Adorned charm.  It seems big, but when you have to decorate the inside piece, it gets tiny.  The SAB stamp set Fresh Vintage was stamped on whisper white with basic black ink.  The wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon gives a bit of color.  The "M" is stamped from a Merry Christmas stamp (I cannot remember which one).  The back is stamped the same way for a matching look.

Mackie loved the necklace!  I am always surprised in her interest in my hand-made items, I shouldn't be since she crafts right along side of me, but it always makes my heart sing when she loves and appreciates what I make for her.

ALL of these items can be purchased RIGHT NOW in my ONLINE STORE.  I really hope you were inspired today to make your own jewelry, it is much easier than you think!  Remember, SAB is still going on, and if you make a $50 SAB order in my store, you get my card kit for yourself as well!  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Supplies:  Simply Adorned chain, charms, baubles, and trinket keys, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, large basic pearl, circle punches, wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon, crystal effects.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Butterfly Birthday

Hello there!  Ready for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge? Get your creativity on with this fun color combination - Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, and a color of your choice!  We'll be ready to play on Thursday, March 1st, you'll have one week to link up your creation.  Hope you'll play along with us, you may use any brand of supplies, we can't wait to see what you come up with.

For my third color, I picked melon mambo.  I love pink and green together, so it was the first color that came to mind.  I also used The Paper Players sketch for this week to give me a great starting point.  This is a very big 4 x 9 card that will fit in a regular legal envelope.  Do you recognize this butterfly?  It is  made from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and matching Blossom punch.  You just snip a petal off the top and the bottom and voila, a butterfly.  I gave my butterflies some extra omph by using a piece of dotted scallop ribbon border which I crimped a few times to make ruffles.  A bit of tombo glue and instant ruffled butterfly wings.  I used some left over border and made a rosette out of it.

The background was stamped with the grass from the Just Believe stamp set in lucky limeade, the panel was put through the square lattice EF twice (top and bottom) for some definition.  I added a piece of pink pirouette lace ribbon border punch behind the butterflies to make the butterflies stand out.  A piece of always artichoke DSP was used from the Rich Regals DSP paper pack and helps to bring in my third color.

I needed a birthday card for a very dear friend, I thought that this would would work.  The decorative label punch was stamped with the Four Frames stamp set, and the happy birthday is from the Elementary Elegance SAB set.  The cutie ribbon bows are made out lucky limeade ribbon from the SAB ribbon and brad pack.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Your comments are wonderful to read, so let me know how you like this card.  Hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Just Believe, Elementary Elegance
Paper:  Rich Regals DSP pack, always artichoke, lucky limeade, melon mambo, whisper white, pink pirouette
Ink:  Always artichoke, lucky limeade, melon mambo
Tools:  Blossom punch, lace ribbon border punch, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, large basic pearls, lucky limeade ribbon, big shot, square lattice EF
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