Friday, April 29, 2011

Baja Bliss

This color combination is one of my absolute favorites. I love Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla together...and, these prints from the Springtime Vintage DSP are just perfection.

The Fun Flowers Die Cut is the newest addition to my collection. I LOVE the (3) different flower designs and how they layer together. In addition to these three flowers, the die cuts two different size circles that could also be layered and used instead of/in addition to a button.

I've also seen this die used with fabric. I just happen to have some and can't wait to play. Hopefully I'll have a card or project soon to show you that. In the meantime, I'd love to see how you've used these two dies if you have them. Be sure to leave me a link and share!

Stamps: None
Paper: Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: None
Accessories: Petal Cone Bigz Die, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Big Designer Buttons-Springtime Vintage, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Glue Dots-Medium and a Hole Punch

Springtime Flowers

This is the second Petal Cone Die that I put together for the Fabulous girls that run the front office of our school.

When run through the Big Shot with two sheets of cardstock, this die will cut all the supplies needed to put this together. You get (2) Main Body pieces, (2) Scalloped Half Circles and (2) Banners. Everything is then glued together in less that 2 minutes. It's that easy.

There have been plenty of times that I've hand cut these banners for other projects, but this die does the perfect cut for you. You could probably even use the Scalloped Half Circles as well...I just haven't given those much thought yet ;)

These Petal Cones are very versatile and could be used for Baby Shower or Wedding Favors, Teacher's Gifts and can even be hung on hooks as a decoration. They are so fun and can be done in so many different ways. Hope you enjoy them!

Stamps: None
Paper: Pear Pizzazz & Rose Red Cardstock; Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: None
Accessories: Petal Cone Bigz Die, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Big Designer Buttons-Springtime Vintage, Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Glue Dots-Medium and a Hole Punch

Petal Cone Perfection

A while back, I offered to swap some die cuts with my sweet friend Jamie over at Shabby Horse. I had the super cute Mini Milk Cartons and she had the gorgeous Petal Cone Dies. How nice to share with fellow crafters ;)

I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy this die cut, so I was glad to try it out. I am now quite certain, that this is a must buy. They go together so easily and you can decorate them up in so many ways. I had just gotten my Fun Flowers Die and decided to finally sit down and put these together.

It is Administrative Professionals Week, so I made these for the Fabulous girls that work in the front office of our school. They truly do keep everything running smoothly, so I wanted to make them feel special. I filled these with some Hershey Kisses and they were a hit!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: None
Paper: Rose Red & Baja Breeze Cardstock; Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: None
Accessories: Petal Cone Bigz Die, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Designer Buttons-Subtles, Linen Thread, Glue Dots-Medium and a Hole Punch

Monday, April 18, 2011

Note: Spoil Yourself Today

Wouldn't you love to do that everyday...spoil yourself? I sure would. One way I spoiled myself...pretty much buying everything in the Occasions Mini. Anyone else out there spoil themselves this way???

I think this is the last stamp set from the mini that I have to share. The 'Note' image and composition lines are from the Notes & Details stamp set. Not only is the font super cute, but the set is so versatile.

I actually did get to use the Springtime Vintage Fabric on this card. I used it as ribbon and also die cut a matching butterfly. I think they make quite the ensemble ;) Have you used any of the fabric? If so, I'd love to take a look. Be sure to leave me a link in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Notes & Details (122022 or 122060) and Bring on the Cake (121899 or 121958)
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650); Springtime Vintage DSP (121782)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz Classic Pad (119784)
Accessories: Designer Fabric-Springtime Vintage (121817), Big Designer Buttons-Springtime Vintage (122301), Beautiful Butterflies Die (114507), Linen Thread (104199) and Anywhere Glue Stick (104045)

A Springtime Friend

This card is a CASE of Ilina Crouse's card here. I love how she combined all of these elements. I did change out some of the accessories on my card. I don't have the Beveled Windowpanes, so my focal image is just stamped and layered. A simple approach, but just as effective.

My favorite part of this card...the Springtime Vintage DSP. I love this paper pack! It is everything feminine and in just the perfect way. I got the matching fabric and hope to have a project to share with you soon. Hint: Think Fun Flowers Die ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: You're a Gem (122268 or 122270) & Bella's Bloom (Retired)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Not Quite Navy (101722), Early Espresso (119686) and Whisper White (100730) Cardstock; Springtime Vintage DSP (121782)
Ink: Not Quite Navy Classic Pad (103008)
Accessories: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809), 1/2" Baja Breeze Seam Binding (122331), Big Designer Buttons-Springtime Vintage (122301), Not Quite Navy Marker (100059), Old Olive Marker (100079), Linen Thread (104199), Paper Piercer (116631), Mat Pack (105826)

A Year Better

"Not just a year older, but a year better." That's the sentiment on this card. Fabulous huh? This is one of the many sentiments from the Bring on the Cake stamp set. It truly is a must have set.

This card is a CASE right out of the Occassions Mini. I would have never put these colors together, but they truly do work. I think this may also be the first time I've used Marina Mist. It's such a pretty shade of blue.

I needed a third card for my last workshop and my creativity just wasn't flowing. When all else fails, pick up a catty and take a look. It works every time!

Stamps: Clearly for You (121911 or 121976) & Bring on the Cake (121899 or 121958)
Paper: Marina Mist (119682), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685) and Whisper White (100730) Cardstock
Ink: Marina Mist (119668) and Cherry Cobbler (119669) Classic Pads
Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), 3/16" Corner Rounder (119871) Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercer (116631) and Sending Love Epoxy Brads

Sunday, April 17, 2011

PPA89 & SR#67 Bella's Parisian Bloom

It's everywhere...Spring is in the air! Pals Paper Arts challenged us to use flowers in a design and Stampin Royalty says 'Spring has Sprung', stamp anything from birds, blossoms and babies to baseball. My inspiration was this bloom from Bella's Bloom.

I love the simplicity of this flower and paired it with the french images from French Foliage. I thought the water droplets were a perfect representation of the April Showers that many of us are/will be getting.

The hint of DSP is from one of my all-time favorites: Raspberry Tart. I paired it up with Rose Red and Old Olive. What a pretty spring combination. I hope you like it ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Clearly for You (121911 or 131976), French Foliage & Bella's Bloom
Paper: Rose Red (102544), Old Olive (100702) and Whisper White (100730) Cardstock; Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: Rose Red (101778), Old Olive (102277) and Early Espresso (119670) Classic Pads
Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Modern Label Punch (119849), 1/16" Circle Punch (101227), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercer (116631) and Sending Love Expoxy Brads.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Monkey 52: I Like it a Latte

There's a new kid on the block: A La Card Monkey. Shirley and Terry just kicked off a new Challenge Blog at the beginning of April and they are off to a great start. You should definitely pop on over to check them out for some inspiration!

I was more than happy to help out when they asked me to be a Guest Designer. It has been quite some time since I've been creative in my craft room, so it was time to get back in the saddle.

The challenge
was a coffee or tea card with this sketch. Since I only have one coffee set, it was easy to get started. I had seen a card some time ago by Laurie Schmidlin that used microbeads on the coffee cup. That's what I did here. The cup is stamped in Black Stazon, smeared with 2-Way Glue and dusted with Clear Microbeads. I love the effect that it gives and how it works perfectly with this DSP.

I think this will make the perfect Thank You card and I can't wait to send it. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Like it a Latte (Retired) & Tiny Tags (118091 or 118592)

Paper: Basic Black (121045) & Very Vanilla (101650) Cardstock; Love Letter DSP (117162)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon (101406) & Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Jewelry Tag Medium Punch (117190), 2-Way Glue (100425), 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon (117285), Basic Black Brads (119736), Sponges (101610) and Clear Microbeads