Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mojo 127: Sweet Olive Birthday

Well, it seems like forever since I last posted. I must admit that my schedule has been busy, but I think the reason is more along the lines of me needing an intervention. An intervention from following all my blogs and actually making some cards with the ideas that I've gathered off of reading all of my blogs...does anyone else have that problem? I probably have a couple hundred card designs saved that I'd like to make...but don't actually take the time to create unless it's for a workshop. Maybe over Spring Break I'll take some time ;)

I did have to make some time this weekend as it's my husband's birthday today and we needed a card. I started with the Mojo Monday challenge and moved on from there. I know I've said this a couple times before, but the Sweet Pea Paper Pack is perfect for Masculine cards. This card uses the front/back of one of the sheets. The Old Olive and Chocolate Chip are perfect. I knotted some of our new Old Olive Satin Ribbon and Voila...a Manly Birthday Card we have!

Nothing fancy here...kept it simple and he loved it. TFL!

Stamps: Vintage Labels (Sell-A-Bration Mini)
Paper: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP Pack
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad
Accessories: Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Olive Brads & 1/16" Circle Punch

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Butterfly Wishes

Are these butterflies precious or what? Beautiful Wings is a die that's currently available in the Occasions Mini. The die has 4 different size butterflies and each butterfly is embossed differently.

I drew inspiration from this card. I changed it up a bit, but kept a similar layout. The DSP is from Sweet Pea. The other side of this sheet has a beautiful Butterfly Print. I'm sure you'll see it in an upcoming post ;) I sponged the edges of the sentiment and the butterflies with Soft Suede Ink. This is a great color choice for a vintage stain look. The butterflies were adhered with Mini Glue Dots and the wings were lifted for a little dimension.

I love the colors on this card...hope you do too ;) TFL!

Stamps: Vintage Labels
Paper: Soft Suede & Pretty in Pink Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Soft Suede Classic Ink
Accessories: Beautiful Wings Die, Pink Button, Sponge, Acrylic Block A & C, 5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon and Pop Dots/Dimensionals.

Fancy Flower My Friend

One of the questions I get asked most is where I get my ideas. Some I come up with on my own getting inspiration from sketch challenges, but most times, I draw inspiration from others. I follow about 100 blogs dutifully....and I add more as I come across them. Google Reader makes this very easy to do ;)

I wish I could say that I have a natural ability to design cards, but I am not that blessed ;) I love color and combining cardstock and DSP, so I feel that's where my strength lies.

This card is one good example of finding inspiration in others. This flower is punched with the XL Fancy Flower Punch from a sheet of the Sending Love Specialty DSP. I got that idea from Nancy Riley over at iStamp. I got inspiration for the layout from Lynn Put over at The Queen's Scene. I pull these ideas together and add a few Julie touches and a card is born. Sometimes I use similar stamps/supplies, other times I tweak the card to use what I have on hand.

With the use of the internet, we are so lucky to be able to see what others are creating by the click of a mouse. That's the joy of sharing ;)

Stamps: With All My Heart
Paper: Real Red, Cameo Coral, and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Sending Love DSP
Ink: Real Red Classic Pad
Accessories: XL Fancy Flower Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Real 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer, Acrylic Block C and Dimensionals/Pop Dots.

Sweet Thoughts

I had a workshop this week and the theme was "Hey Sweet Pea!" If you can't tell, I LOVE the new Sweet Pea products offered in the occasions Mini.

I couldn't wait to share the new felt pieces with my Stampin' Gals. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough pieces for each of my girls to make both flowers, but they got to decide which card to make: this one or the Rose Red card in the prior post. I love them, I'm glad I didn't need to make that decision ;)

This card was inspired by yet another we have good taste or what??? Here is her card. I loved how she created the flower with the Little Leaves Die. I just incorporated it into the same card design as in my last post. The DSP on this card is from the Sending Love pack. Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip...need I say's a classic color combo!

The Sending Love DSP is in the Occasions Mini and the sentiment is from Whimsical Words in the Sale-A-Bration Mini. It can be earned for FREE with a $50 order till March 31st.

Hope you like it & Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Sending Love DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Top Note Die, Little Leaves Die, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack and Mini Glue Dots.

Heart 'Felt' Kindness's a 3-Day Weekend! I have been looking forward to this all week. I just started teaching 8th Grade Algebra, so in addition to brushing up on my math every night, I had a PTO Meeting & a Workshop this week. I am ready for some much needed rest ;)

My first card up today was inspired by another Julie's card here. I saw her card and new I had to CASE it, as I had just gotten my Top Note Die and was ready to break it in ;) I pulled out my new Sweet Pea Stitched Felt pieces and a sheet of the Sweet Pea DSP and put them all together. I LOVE how it turned out!

The sentiment is from the Whimsical Words stamp set which can be earned for FREE during Sale-A-Bration when you place a $50 order through March 31st. The Sweet Pea products are in the Occasions Mini and are truly a must have.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Paper: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Rose Red Classic Pad
Accessories: Top Note Die, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer and Mini Glue Dots.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Birthday Boy #2

This is the second birthday card I made for my son's birthday parties this weekend. Do you sense a circle theme??? Not sure how it happened, but it did. I had seen a few cards on a Mojo Monday Challenge a while back where they used a hollow circle. I've been wanting to try it and this was the perfect opportunity.

The DSP is from the Sweet Pea DSP pack...does that surprise anyone??? It's the only paper I have out in my craft room right now. And, since my next workshop is the Sweet Pea Theme, I don't think it's getting put away anytime soon ;)

This card uses one sheet from the pack. The front is the Retro Circle Pattern and the back is the Teal Pattern. I added some So Saffron and Chocolate Chip and's another winner! L-O-V-E this color combo. The sentiment is from the Birthday Bliss stamp set that you can earn for FREE by placing a $50 order through March 31st. TFL!

Stamps: Birthday Bliss
Paper: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron & Whisper White Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Taken with Teal Classic Pad
Accessories: Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, 1/16" Circle Punch, Brown Brads and Circle Nestabilities.

Birthday Boy #1

Happy Saturday Everyone! I have been a busy bee. My son had two birthday parties today, so of course, I needed two birthday cards. This is the first of the two.

I am totally hooked on the new SU! Sweet Pea DSP pack. The Taken with Teal and Chocolate Chip prints I used on this card are both from this pack. It just goes to show how very versatile it is. It can be used for masculine and feminine cards. It truly is a must have!

The Teal print is the backside of the Polka Dot Print. The Chocolate Chip print is the back side of a Pretty in Pink print. The sentiment is from a set in the 2009-2010 catalog called Birthday Bliss. It is one of many sets that you can get for FREE when you place a $50 order through March 31st. I had wanted this set for a while...and what better way to get it than Free?

I love the colors on this card and I think Taken with Teal is becoming a new favorite of mine. Hope you like it! TFL!

Stamps: Birthday Bliss & Doodle Numbers (Retired)
Paper: Chocolate Chip & Whisper White Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Taken with Teal Classic Stamp Pad
Accessories: 1/16" Circle Punch, Teal Brads, Brown Brads and Circle Nestabilities

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

SSSC54 - It's An Invite!

I had a request to make a special invitation for a girlfriend. This invitation is going to her male friend, so I tried to keep it masculine. Adding the Very Vanilla Slider probably dropped the masculine factor down a few notches, but, nothing's perfect right???

I started with the Sweet Sunday Sketch at Karen Giron's blog. She always has great sketches and I love a good challenge ;) I leafed through my Sweet Pea Paper Pack and decided on this sheet. It uses: Old Olive, Taken with Teal and So Saffron. Not three colors I would put together on my own, but I love them!

The inside has a Very Vanilla mat that I stamped with the invitation details: Time, Place, Date & RSVP. Hopefully he accepts her very special invitation. TFL!

Stamps: Circle Circus and Hugs & Wishes (Retired)
Paper: Old Olive, Taken w/Teal, So Saffron & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: So Saffron & Taken w/Teal Classic Pads
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Circle & Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware & Ribbon Originals (Retired)