Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Tuesday morning started like every other...until I sat down to read my emails. Imagine my surprise when I saw that my sweet friend Jamie Pierson had given me the Stylish Blog Award. She's just fabulous and I'm quite flattered that she thought of me. Her blog is Shabby Horse and if you haven't been there, you need to hop on over. Thanks so much Jamie!

When you receive this Award, you are to Pay it Forward and follow these rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award and link it back to their blog
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pass this award on to 8 other individuals
that you have discovered
4. Leave them a comment so they can pass alon
g the recognition

It wasn't easy coming up with 8 thin
gs to share, but I think I got some good ones. Here we go:

1. I L-O-V-E Ice Tea...the sweeter the better! Homemade with Lemon is pure perfection, but the next best thing: a Venti Iced Black Tea Swe
etened from Starbucks. I once got it 3 times in one day. What can I's hot in AZ!

2. In 1991, I w
as the Mt Pleasant Glass Festival Queen. Oh yes, this is vintage footage from the Wilkins archives. And, hubby just mentioned that this gown is still hanging in our closet. Do you think it still fits???

3. I love Math. I'm probably one of the few people who enjoyed taking the AZ Certification test for Middle School Math. Now I just have to figure out how to work these skills into my card making...

4. I've traveled to 37 of the 50 states. With the exception of Hawaii, I've traveled by car to all of them. Most
recently, we drove to Oregon, where I got to see Goonie's Beach. (Yep, I'm an 80's girl at heart)

I would go to a concert weekly if I could. I love live music, pretty much everything from Alt Rock to Country. I would love to learn the electric, I love listening to it being played. A few years ago, I was in the Pit for Motley Crue. That was awesome!

6. I love to read. If it's a great book, I have no problem staying up till 2-3 O'clock in the morning...whic
h is why I have to wait till Friday to start a much anticipated new book. My favorite read lately: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. One of my faves!!

7. I'm pretty sure I've seen the movie Titanic more than anyone. If it's on TV (which it is a lot) I have this compulsion to watch it. It's pretty much the perfect movie: great story, beautiful costumes and endless love. I'll be going to see it in 3-D in 2012, which would make it the 4th time I see it in the theaters ;)

8. Finally, I've had as many different hair styles as I've seen Titanic. I would love to scrapbook it one day to see the evolution of Julie. if coming up with all of these wasn't hard enough...and getting these pictures just right on Blogger, I have 8 wonderful artists that Inspire me to share with you:

Joanne Leddy at Creative Stamping Ideas
Susie at Inspired by Nature
Julie B at Julie B's Stampin' Space
Jenny Peterson at Lakeshore Stamping
Emma Fewkes at Lady & the Stamp
Maureen Merritt at Mama Mo Stamps
Alison at Nice People Stamp
Robin Merriman at Trinity Designs

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spool 'O Ribbon

I was lucky enough to get some card making time with a girlfriend this weekend. It was a nice rainy day to be inside crafting. If you're like me and heading somewhere else to craft, it's hard to narrow down what to take. That's when I'll usually print out a layout challenge or a CASE that I've been wanting to work on.

This time, I picked a CASE to work on. I saw this adorable card by Angie Tieman. I loved her spools of ribbon. The Spool is from the Sew Suite stamp set. I stamped it and cut it out. I then picked out some coordinating ribbon and adhered it to the spool. How fun is that???

Angie used real buttons for her card, but I went with some of my favorite designs from the Button, Button stamp set. I think they work just as well.

The challenge on this card for me, was using so much color. I usually use a lot of neutrals with a splash of color. This has no neutrals and is all about color. I turned to my trusty color coach and pulled out the Creative Combo of Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise. I must say, I do like them together and although this isn't my usual color style, it has grown on me.

Stamps: Sew Suite, Button Button & Afterthoughts
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Basic Gray Classic Pads
Accessories: 1/2", 3/4" and 1" Circle Punches, Scallop Border Punch, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Green Stitched Ribbon and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Oh Sew Suite

This is a shameless CASE of a card in the Occasions Mini. It uses just about everything offered in the Oh Sew Suite: Sweet Stitches DSP, Sew Suite Stamp Set, Sweet Stitches Fabric and these Fab-u-lous Fabric Brads. They were the hit of the workshop.

Where's the fabric on this card you might ask? It is the Very Vanilla and Pretty in Pink strip on the right hand side. One of the prints in the fabric has different styles of stitching on it. Pick a stitch design that you like and cut it out. A secret for adding the fabric to the card, adhere it to a thin piece of cardstock first. I used the Anywhere Glue Stick (it was my first time using it.) If you want a clean edge to the fabric, adhere the edges to the back of the cardstock. If you want a rougher edge, leave the edges loose and pull the fabric threads off.

The sewing machine is two-toned. I stamped one machine in Daffodil Delight and the other in Melon Mambo. Trim all of the Pink machine and just the top half of the Daffodil machine. Adhere the Daffodil top to the back of the Pink machine. Cut out the Daffodil machine knob and add it to the front of the Pink machine. It adds such great dimension to the card.

Yes, this card is a lot of work...but it's worth the blood, sweat and tears. So many elements, but they all work so well together.

Stamps: Sew Suite and Short & Sweet
Paper: Pretty in Pink and Whisper White Cardstock; Sweet Stitches DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizazz Classic Pads
Accessories: Sweet Stitches Fabric, Sweet Stitches Fabric Buttons, Curly Label Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Pattern Pieces

My mom will tell you that when I was little, I was a true girly-girl. Skirts and dresses only...for a very long time. I was lucky because she was a sewer and made a lot of my clothes. If I remember correctly, she may have even made some clothes for my Cabbage Patch Doll.

This stamp reminds me of the many patterns she would have laid out ready to cut. I didn't have time to play with colors and cardstock, but I'd like to try and find a combo that looks more true to the color of a pattern. Of course, I should go check one out, they may come in different colors now ;)

There aren't a lot of sentiment stamps that go with the sewing theme, but Tiny Tags has a handcrafted stamp that works perfectly. I tied the ribbon off with some linen thread and then added the two tags with a brad. Love the look!

Stamps: Pattern Pieces & Tiny Tags

Paper: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Rose Red & Chocolate Chip Classic Pads
Accessories: Jewelry Tag Punch-Medium, 1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, 1 1/4" Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink Button and Mini Glue Dots

Buttons, Buttons

I saw this card by Ilina Crouse and I was sold on all the new sewing themed products in the mini. This card features the Button, Button and Sew Suite stamp sets.

The Measuring Tape and 'Buttons' images are from Sew Suite and the cute little Buttons are from Button, Button. This set comes with 17 stamp designs in all different sizes. Some of the images even coordinate with the 1/2", 3/4" and 1" circle punches. It doesn't get much better than that.

Along with these stamp sets is the perfectly coordinating Sweet Stitches DSP and this adorable Melon Mambo Pompom Trim. This Trim is great because it has a flat surface on the back that allows you to adhere it to the card. I used Crystal Effects and it worked perfectly. I think I may need to get this in the two other colors as well. It's just so fun!

I was talking to a friend about these stamps and she asked if I was into sewing. I'm not, but it didn't stop me from buying just about everything in the Suite. It is all so feminine and perfect for any female in your life...even if they aren't sewers ;)

Hope you like...and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Button, Button, Sew Suite & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla and Sweet Stitches DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise & Early Espresso Classic Pads
Accessories: 1/2", 3/4" and 1" Circle Punches, Melon Mambo Pompom Trim and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Nursery Suite Gift Set

This is a gift set I made for a friend of mine. She wanted an altered Comp Book for a Baby Boy, so I decided to make a matching Baby card. They'll be perfect together!

The Nursery Suite DSP has a couple of 'Doily' type sheets: (2) are square and (2) are round. I thought it would be cute to add the square one to the cover. The sheet is too big to carry the whole way around the edge, but trimmed down, it works.

This diamond print is my favorite in the pack. It would have been pretty in pinks or purples, but unfortunately, they only did blue/green. I paired it up with Baja Breeze and Marina Mist cardstock on the Comp Book and Bashful Blue and Marina Mist on the card. I think Marina Mist may be growing on me ;)

I have a workshop this week with all the fun new Oh Sew Suite goodies, so I'm off to clean up my train wreck of a craft room. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: A New Little Someone (Retired) & Whimsical Words (Sale-A-Bration 2010)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Whisper White cardstock; Nursery Suite DSP
Ink: Early Espresso (Bunny) & Bashful Blue (Card)
Accessories: Designer Buttons-Subtles, 5/8" White Brads, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Sizzix Letter Dies and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Mambo Crush Wish

It feels like forever since I last posted. I actually finished this card up two weeks ago, but forgot to take a picture last weekend. So, I am guiltily sitting here through a Glee marathon, working on my blog.

Do you watch the show? I haven't till now and am wondering where I've been. I just got through with the Madonna episode, and being an 80s Girl, it was great! I LOVE the music and can't wait to see what they do with Lady Gaga and Britney ;)

Since we have to, I guess I'll get on with my card. I had the urge to work with some purple and pink. This print from the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP immediately came to mind. I tried to pair it with a few different colors, trying to get something different, and ended up with Concord Crush and Melon Mambo. Love them together! It's so fresh and vibrant.

My focal image is from the Valentine Defined set. I think the little heart tips are just perfect. I'm already trying to think of other ways to use this stamp. As you can see here, it doesn't have to work with just Valentine's Day ;)

Well, that's it for today. I'm off to get ready for the big game tomorrow. Being from Pittsburgh, I'm rooting for my hometown boys, although I'm a thousand miles away. It should be a good game! Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Valentine Defined and Short & Sweet
Paper: Melon Mambo, Concord Crush and Whisper White Cardstock; Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Concord Crush Classic Pad
Accessories: Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Pink Rik-Rak and Dimensionals/Pop Dots