Sunday, July 25, 2010

Little Things

I saw this card by Julie Lacey and had to CASE it. I loved the layered scallops and the Top Note. The colors are inspired by the new DSP: Elegant Soiree. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Originally, I put the card together with the just the flower image and the message. But, when I went to photograph it, the top left corner looked completely empty. So, it was back to the drawing board. I went through all my brads and settled on this Dragonfly that I've had laying around forever. To give it a flying trail, I pulled out my Classy Brass Template and punched some holes.

I love how it turned out. Of course, I did use some of my beloved Baja Breeze Ribbon...but it was worth it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Happy Harmony (Retired) & Of the Earth (Retired Hostess)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede,Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake Cardstock
Ink: Soft Suede Classic Pad
Accessories: Top Note Die, Scallop Edge Punch, Classy Brass Template, Rhinestones, Baja Breeze Satin Ribbon, Dragonfly Brad, Paper Piercer and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Life is a Matter of Moments

Isn't that so true? Every time I see this stamp set, I think of my friend Stephanie. She has a version of this message in her home and on her blog. What a message to live by.

This is yet another CASE of a card by Tina Dyck. What can I say, she's awesome! I think I fell in love with this card because of the colors she chose. I am not naturally drawn to yellows, but I love them here!

I kept just about everything the same. One change I did make was to use the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder at the top as a mat. I 'attempted' to change out the card base color, but couldn't find anything I liked better than the Soft Suede. She has a great eye for color.

I've seen so many great ideas using this set, so I will be sharing many upcoming cards with it. TFL!

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Old Olive and Black StazOn
Accessories: Blender Pens, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and Black Brads

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Black & White Bliss

I was reading through my blogs recently and stumbled upon this beautiful card by Tina at My Therapy, My Creations. It's classic Black & White Beauty!

I switched up a couple of things on my card: I added a Scallop Circle Mat, created my own DSP using the medallion stamp from Artistic Etchings and my 'For You' is from the Elements of Style set. I love how everything works together.

Most importantly, I finally got to use the New Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. It's the bottom white mat and just exudes elegance. Love it!

Stamps: Because I Care, Elements of Style & Artistic Etchings
Paper: Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Black Satin Ribbon, Scallop Circle & Circle Nesties & Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coral Chip Circus

Sadly yes, Cameo Coral is a thing of our past, but plenty of us have a secret stash, so here is inspiration to pull some out and use it. I saw this card by Maile Belles and immediately thought of Circle Circus.

This is another great set that made it into the new catalog. I love the images and they can be used in so many ways. Behind my focal image, I used the border stamp from the Pedaling Past stamp set and stamped it directly on the Crumb Cake cardstock. How fun! I'm glad to see SU! is including them more in their sets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Circle Circus, Pedaling Past and Short & Sweet
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cameo Coral and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Cameo Coral & Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Coral Ribbon, Linen Thread, Buttons, Mini Glue Dots & Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Certainly Regal Rose Silhouettes

I went to a workshop about two years ago and we used this set, Pocket Silhouettes. I had wanted it forever and finally earned it during Sale-A-Bration in March. All this time later...I am finally inking it up and creating with it.

I CASED this card by Carly Robertson. I loved the colors and the rhinestones she used to enhance the images. So simply stated...and sooo pretty!

Stamping Up has finally broadened their horizons and are now carrying some bling. They have self-adhesive half-back Rhinestones and Pearls. They each come in three different sizes, so they are perfect for any image. Each pack also includes (3) strips of connected rhinestones or pearls that can be used for borders. If you like bling...these are for you!

Pocket Silhouettes has been around forever and I was glad to see it made it into the new catalog. It's a classic. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Barely Banana & Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones & Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bonjour Baja!

Welcome back Baja Breeze! As it was one of my favorite In Colors, I'm glad to see it's here to stay. My card today was inspired by a card Jo-Ann Pullen designed here. If you haven't been to her blog, you must hop on over. Her sense of style is amazing!

What drew me to this card was the Baja Breeze and Basic Black color combination. Add in some Very Vanilla and it is just classy! If you look closely, you can see I pulled out my Versamark pad for the design on the Baja mat. Any of the images in this set would be fun to play with and make your own background design. You'll have to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings & Because I Care
Paper: Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Baja Breeze & Basic Black Classic Pads; Versamark
Accessories: Modern Label Punch & Sheer Black Ribbon

Happy Thoughts...Happy Days

This is yet another CASE of a great card. It was designed by Ilina Crouse and can be found here. I kept the design the same but fell back on my favorite new color combo: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight. I promise to move on to some new colors, but for right now, I am loving these!

Do you see the image from the inside of the card peeking out? Stamping the inside of the card can be as fun as stamping the outside of the card. I usually don't take the extra time to do it...but I'm trying to do it more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Apple Blossoms
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight & Garden Green Classic Pads
Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, 1" Square Punch & Sheer Brown Ribbon

'Share'ing in Your Sorrow

This is a shameless CASE of Jen Sannes card seen here. I fell in love with how simply stated the design and color palette were. I kept these elements the same and changed up the sentiment and brad accessory.

The 'Sharing in Your Sorrow' sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. This set is great as it has sentiments perfect for Get Well, Thinking of You and Bereavement cards. It also has two botanical images of a tree and flowers that can be used for any type of card.

Thoughts & Prayers is just one of the many stamp sets carried over from the old catalog to the new. Let me know if you need a new catalog to browse through. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Because I Care and Thoughts & Prayers
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede & Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Crumb Cake & Soft Suede Classic Pads
Accessories: Linen Thread, Epoxy Brad, 1/16" Circle Punch, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer

Monday, July 5, 2010

En Francais, S'il Vous Plait

This is the second coaster design that I'm offering for an upcoming Tile/Coaster Class. My other design is based on the Season of Friendship Stamp Set and can be found in my previous post.

I wanted to offer a little variety and I thought this new set would be a great option. The images are just fabulous and would appeal to many if you were giving these as a gift set. They are very inexpensive to make and don't require a lot of supplies. How nice is that?
I've provided detailed instructions on making these tiles here. Give them a'll love them!

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, French Script or En Francais & Carte Postale (Retired)
Paper: None
Ink: Chocolate Chip & Real Red Craft Stamp Pads
Accessories: 4x4 Unpolished Natural Tiles, Self Adhesive Felt Pads

Tiles for Every Season

I have a Tile/Coaster Class coming up in a couple of weeks and this is one of the design options they'll have. I got inspiration from these coasters by Meg Loven.

These are so easy to make and are great for personal use or as a gift. To start, you just need some natural, unfinished tiles that can be purchased at any Home Improvement Store. I've used 4" x 4" tiles here. Wipe them down with a wet cloth to remove any dust. Next, you'll need some Craft Ink to do the stamping. StazOn Ink would work as well. Finally, pick your stamp set and stamp away. Once you've finished stamping, spray them 2-3 times with a Clear Acrylic Spray (I use Krylon.) When dry, apply felt tabs to the bottom.

Voila! The options are endless. Weddings, Anniversaries or Birthdays are just a few occasions you could tie a ribbon around a set of these and give as a gift.

Stampin' Up now sells their Craft Ink in the Stampin' Spots. These are little mini stamp pads. You can purchase them as a set for each of the (4) Color Collections. That's 10 different colors per set. That's a great deal!

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: A Season of Friendship & Happy Harmony (Retired)
Paper: None
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Rose Red, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie Craft Pads
Accessories: 4x4 Unpolished Tiles & Self Adhesive Felt Pads

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Just A Little Note

Stampin Up!'s new catalog became available on Thursday. It has lots of great new stamps, new colors and new papers. I may have mentioned this Wish List is V-E-R-Y long!

For this card, I used the Level 2 Hostess Set called Apple Blossoms. You can earn it Free with a $300 order or workshop. I see lots of potential for this set. My favorite stamp...the polka dots you can see in the background of the focal image. So many options for these!

My color combo is a 'Creative Combination' right out of the New Color Coach. I like to call it Cherry Espresso Delight. It's (3) of the newly Renovated Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight. They are perfect together!

If you're in need of a New Catalog or would like to place an order, feel free to email me at: You can also order online at my SU! Website 24/7. Just click the icon to the right.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Apple Blossoms (Hostess Set)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight Classic Pads
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Linen Thread, Brown Brads and Dimensionals/Pop Dots