Thursday, September 26, 2013

What does the Fox say?

Have you heard the Fox song yet?  Mackie's school plays music for the dismissal bell, and the song "What does the fox say" is one they play.  She immediately searched on you tube for the video, loved it and had to show her brother Tate, who started laughing and could not stop.  Now I hear both of them singing it all the time, it's a song that sticks in your head.  Take a look at the video:

It's hilarious, and as I type, Tate is dancing to the music, and saying, play it again mommy.  So I do, over and over again!

When I was making the baby card on Wednesday's post, I found my Fox and Friends stamp set that I have been hoarding saving for a special occasion, and as soon as Tate and I saw the fox stamp, we started singing the fox song, and I just had to make a card for Mackie.

I pulled out my Designer Typeset stamp set and went to work.  The words fit perfectly in the bubble, so on I went.

The Pals Paper Arts have a great sketch this week, so I grabbed my Etcetera DSP, grabbed some fun trendy prints and played along.

Great flags, and a look at the designer frames embossing folder, funky sewing, and that sweet heart.

Our Fox told Mackie good luck this weekend on her big high school sailing regatta, if they do well, they will qualify for the Great Oaks regatta in New Orleans.  We are so proud of her, and I KNOW that this card will bring a big smile to her face.

Watch that video, and let me know what you think!  I know you will be singing it all day long.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Fox and Friends, Oh, Hello, Designer Typeset
Paper:  Etcetera, pear pizazz, calypso coral, night of navy
Ink:  Calypso coral, night of navy
Tools:  Big shot, designer frames EF, bitty banners framelits, owl builder punch, basic rhinestones

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Today's Trends

Hello there!  Today's card is my goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge blog.  This week we are focusing on Trendy Triangles.  Grab your provisions, create something trendy and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up!

Triangles and gold embossing are everywhere in the craft world, I seriously cannot stop heat embossing in gold.  It has become my new favorite accessory.  Here I heat embossed gold polka dots on my tea lace paper doily.  Love it!

Triangles anyone?  I flipped them upside down, and sewed them on to my pear pizazz card stock that was already embossed with the needlepoint border embossing folder.  How did I get perfect bitty triangles you ask? 

Very simple, I took my petite pennants builder punch and drew a line on the back of the punch where you can see what you are punching, about half way down the regular pennant punch.  Then it was easy lining up my Afternoon Picnic DSP patterns that I selected.  There was hardly any waste this way, and perfect triangles every time.

A fun decorative label punch was stamped with both the Hello Lovely and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets, then punched and die cut with the matching bitty banners framelits.  Add in some pear pizazz chevron ribbon and some candy dots and you are done.

Off this card goes to a special recipient, I love to be able to customize cards to fit my needs, it is so fun and makes for a very thoughtful surprise.

So what do you think of the triangles or pennants?  I do love to use them, the ways are endless.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Hello Lovely, Itty Bitty Banners, Distressed Dots
Paper:  Afternoon Picnic, wisteria wonder, pear pizazz
Ink:  Wisteria wonder, coastal cabana, versamark
Tools:  Big shot, needlepoint borders EF, bitty banners framelits, tea lace paper doilies, gold embossing powder, heat tool, pear pizazz chevron ribbon, decorative label punch, candy dots, petite pennants builder punch

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Trick or Treat

Hello there!  Are you ready for some sketch-spiration?! Margaret Moody's got you covered with PPA's first September Sketch Challenge. Just include the elements in the sketch below and link up your creation to the Pals Paper Arts blog starting today.

I love sketch challenges, they are my favorite by far, and having a sketch already planned out for you makes it easy.

I started this card first with my Witches' Brew DSP, I love the skull background paper and knew that I wanted to showcase it.  I planned on heat embossing some sort of stamp on it, so when I saw the frame from the Papaya Collage stamp set, it was a BINGO moment.  Gold embossing powder is my go-to color of the moment, and it fit this card perfectly.

Washi, anyone?  The witches' brew washi tape was a natural for my stripes, I added some basic black 1/8 taffeta ribbon, for some texture.

I took some liberty with the placement of the circle image on the sketch, I just didn't want to cover up too much of the skull, so I placed it on the left hand side instead.  I stamped the Tags 4 You sentiment in whisper white craft ink on basic black cardstock, and punched it out with the matching label bracket punch. 

Let me tell you about my new favorite bundle; the Tags 4 You stamp set and matching label bracket punch.  The bundle is priced right at $26.95 for clear mount (133294) and $30.95 for wood mount (133293).  The bundle includes both the stamp set and punch, and has a stamp for each of the upcoming holidays, such a versatile set.

Tags 4 You Clear-Mount Bundle
This is my first Halloween card of the year, and I love how it turned out.  Have you tried heat embossing yet?  If so, what is your favorite embossing color?  If not, and you have any questions about how to heat emboss, email me and I can help you out.  It is a fun, inexpensive way to make your projects pop!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!
Stamps:  Tags 4 You, Papaya Collage
Ink:  Whisper white craft ink, versamark
Paper:  Witches' Brew DSP, pumpkin pie and basic black cardstock
Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, witches' brew washi tape, label bracket punch, 1/8 taffeta ribbon, sewing machine

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

K is for Kindness

Hello there!  Welcome back for a brand new challenge for the Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  This week's challenge is a picture inspiration challenge, so take a look at the picture, grab your provisions and create something FAB and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up!

Now, I a not a yellow and gray kind of gal, but I love this picture inspiration.  I picked the bottom right hand picture for my card.

I pulled out my modern mosaic embossing folder and brayered on some whisper white craft ink on my basic gray card stock, ran it through my big shot, and out came this fabulous embossed ink background.

I pulled a piece of the Witches' Brew DSP scrap that I had left on my craft table and thought it fit the inspiration well.  I wanted to match the picture frames in the inspiration photo and thought that the artisan label punch would be a great fit.

A Round Array stamp set provided the small scallop circles and the sentiment.  Layered on one inch circle punches they looked swell.  A bit of bling was added to the center with the basic rhinestones.

All in all a CAS card that packs a big punch, perfect for anyone.  What do you think of all of those patterns?  I love to read your comments, please let me know your thoughts!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  A Round Array
Paper:  Witches' Brew DSP, summer starfruit, basic gray, basic black, and very vanilla card stocks
Ink:  Whisper White craft ink, summer starfruit
Tools:  Artisan label punch, small scallop punch, circle punch, black chevron ribbon, big shot, modern mosaic embossing folder, brayer, basic rhinestones

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hello Friend

Oh, Hello there!  This is my goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  This week's challenge is a fun late summer color challenge.  Grab your provisions, create something colorful and head on over to The Stampin' Royalty to link it up.

I really find that the Oh, Hello stamp set is so versatile.  It has great sentiments, chevrons, and a great oval chevron background stamp.  I really find it fits in with all kinds of styles.  I stamped the chevron arrows in soft sky ink on soft sky card stock, stamped the chevron outline in tangerine tango, for a great border.

I used two different DSP packs on this card, the Modern Medley, and the I am Me packs.  I usually will mix and match packs when we have a color challenge, you can always pick and choose what you need.

The Oh, Hello stamp was first stamped with the chevron oval stamp in so saffron, then the sentiment in tangerine tango, the new label bracket punch fits this sentiment perfectly!  Some cute orange and white bakers twine adds some fun.

Candy anyone?  This is my first time using the candy dots, and I love them.  They are so simple and easy to use, they come on a clear plastic sheet, so you can hold them over parts of your project to see what they would look like.  It makes it easy.

This card will be making it's way to my new friend Anne Burr, part of our Pretty Pals, she graciously helped me out when I needed some last minute supplies for a local vendor show coming up on Thursday.  Thank you Anne!  If you are in the Mooresville NC area, and would like to go to the vendor fair, it is on Thursday, September 12 from 9-11:30 Randy's BBQ in Troutman, 103 North Main Street, Troutman, NC 28166.  Stop by my booth, introduce yourself and make a Halloween card!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Oh, Hello
Paper:  Modern Medley, I am Me, very vanilla and soft sky card stocks
Ink:  Tangerine tango, soft sky, so saffron
tools:  Label bracket punch, corner rounder punch, bakers twine, candy dots,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Magnetic Platform back in stock!

Have you been waiting for this baby to be back in stock?  Well the wait is over.  Stampin' Up! will start taking orders for this great new item on September 12, at 12 midnight MT.  I would definitely suggest that you order as soon as you can since there is a HUGE demand of this product.  You can order at my ONLINE STORE 24/7.  The item number is 130658, and is $39.95.
I was lucky enough to have one from the beginning, and I love it.  It is my go-to tool for my big shot.  Order yours as soon as you can, you don't want to miss out!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Get Well Soon

Hello there!  Welcome back from our PPA break last week.  It is nice to have a break but also fun to get back to work, especially when your work is making cards!  This week's Pals Paper Arts challenge is a color challenge, check out the colors, grab your provisions, and create something fabulous and head on over to the PALS and show us your stuff!

I found this ruffled paper tutorial online, and I made a project for my mantle using old book pages.  I wanted to try out the same technique with card stock, and it worked beautifully. It's a bit bulky for a card, but I liked the look.

Can you spy the gold embossing, oh my!  I have had this gold embossing powder forever, but since silver has been in style for years, I've never used it.  Everything got a liberal dose of gold embossing.

I stamped first with my From the Heart stamp set in midnight muse, die cut it with the matching labels framelits, then distressed the edges a bit.  I rubbed the edges on my versamark pad and just poured on the embossing powder.  It is a messy vintage look, so don't worry about stray powder, that was the fun of it.  You can also see that I have gold blots over the Afternoon Picnic DSP, I used my retired French Foliage water spot stamp then heat embossed with the gold powder.

A little peek of gold embossing on the crumb cake card base using the Lovely Romance stamp set, once I started embossing, I had to force myself to stop, really.

Some card stock scrap, crushed curry chevron ribbon, naturals ribbon, vintage faceted buttons and baker's twine and this card was finished.

This is a rather large size card, it is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 but that's ok, I have my new envelope punch board to make a special envelope for it.

This card is heading it's way to Utah for Shelli Gardner, the founder of Stampin' Up!, she had an awful horse riding accident last week, and what better way to cheer her up than a card?  I like to fold the top of the envelope to the front and add a belly band to both dress it up and hold the card inside.

So have you pulled out the trendy gold embossing yet?  I am usually a silver/platinum/pewter type of gal, but this gold embossing was so fun, and stunning.  Drop me a line and let me know!  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  From my Heart, Lovely Romance, Papillon Potpourri, French Foliage
Ink:  Midnight muse, versamark
Paper:  Afternoon Picnic, crushed curry, early espresso, midnight muse, and very vanilla card stock
Tools:  Big shot, labels framelits, needlepoint borders EF, chalk talk framelits, butterfly punch, gold embossing powder, heat tool, envelope punch board, sewing machine, early espresso bakers twine, vintage faceted buttons, chevron and naturals ribbon

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fire Truck Birthday Fun!

Hello there!  This fun, kid-friendly card qualifies for my goddess card this week over at The Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge blog.  This week we have an easy breezy challenge; make anything using patterned paper.  Grab your provisions, create something fabulous, and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up.

Tate's best buddy from school Greyson, had a fireman themed birthday party.  Tate was so excited to go since it was his first "friend" party he has attended.  I knew a fire truck card was in order, so I grabbed my paper scraps and went to work.
  • I used a real red rectangle for the body
  • Small strips of silver glimmer paper made the ladder and the bumper, which was rounded using the corner rounder punch.  The center of the tires were punched using a small circle punch.
  • Basic black strips were used as accents, and the tires.

The front of the cab is a rectangle that was snipped on the edge a bit, Greyson turned 3, so that was a perfect number for the fire truck.

Cute banners that were stamped with the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and die cut with the matching bitty banners framelits were attached to a toothpick that was glued on with tombo glue.  The fabulous Modern Medley DSP makes a perfect background, and background flag for the fire truck.

Of course, a cutie envelope must be made, so out came my new envelope punch board (item 133774 at my ONLINE STORE).  I love, love this tool, you can make 66 different sizes of envelopes, how awesome is that!  I finished off the envelope with some modern medley DSP, and a real red apothecary accents framelit tag with Greyson's name stamped on it.  Super cute.

I love getting creative with party themes, but I really love it when other people do as well.  When we pulled up to Greyson's house, his mom Kelly had little paper flames in all of the front windows!  Kelly saw the idea HERE, then she drew and cut them out by hand, it was so super cute and fit the theme well since the kids were visited by a real fire truck.  Alas, I left my camera at home, so all I have to share is cell phone pictures.
Here is Greyson, the birthday boy all ready for the party.
 Tate riding shotgun.
 Tate and Greyson checking it all out.  Greyson had the cutest fireman costume on.
 Tate and Greyson were talking to each other on the headsets.
I don't know where I was at, but had I been there, this would NOT have happened!
I love to do punch art, I think you pretty much can make anything out of paper, you just have to give it a try, or google it and someone has tried it.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you are inspired, enjoy!
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Paper:  Modern Medley DSP, real red, basic black, and whisper white card stock, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  Basic Black
Tools:  circle punches, corner rounder punch, big shot, bitty banners die, apothecary accents framelits, toothpicks, tombo glue, envelope punch board
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