Saturday, January 22, 2011

Got Love?

I've made a few of these Mini Milk Cartons, but this one is by far my favorite. Could it possibly be the Love Letter paper and the Rik Rak I used? You bet. How fun are they together?

The Mini Milk Carton is a die cut that you can get through Stampin' Up!. It cuts and scores all the lines for this little guy. All you have to do is fold the lines and adhere together. So easy...and so cute.

The stamp on the tag is from the Got Treats stamp set. That wonderfully glittery heart was stamped and cut out of the new Glimmer Paper. It's a must have!

I made a couple of these and plan to fill with some sweet treats and give to a few of my teacher friends. It's a little something to brighten up their desks.

Stamps: Got Treats
Paper: Basic Black Cardstock; Glimmer Paper; Love Letter DSP
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad
Accessories: Mini Milk Carton Die Cut, Mini Library Clips, Rik Rak Ribbon, Tombo Multipurpose Glue, Pop Dots/Dimensionals and Sticky Strip Tape

My Love Line

For some very odd reason, we were looking at our love lines at dinner the other night. You know...the ones on our hands that we obsessed about in middle school?

Well, this is my version of the Love Line. This card is a CASE from the Occassions Mini for the Valentine Defined Stamp Set. I love to make this card size and the design was just perfect. Who doesn't love ribbon, buttons, tiny tags, and scalloped borders...all on the same card??? I surely couldn't resist.

The design was originally what drew me in, but once I was done, I fell in love with my newly found color combo: Baja Breeze, Rose Red & Chocolate Chip. They are just divine together.

I must say, the tiny tags on this card are pretty cute too ;) To make them, I used a marker to color and stamp each part of the image separately. I then punched them with the Tiny Tags Punch. If you try to stamp the whole image, you can't punch out each portion. The image will overlap on the punch outs.

Do you not just love this color combo? If you decide to give it a try, be sure to leave me a link. I'd love to see what you do with it.

Stamps: Valentine Defined
Paper: Baja Breeze, Rose Red and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad
Accessories: Jewelry Tag Medium (Tiny Tag) Punch, Rose Red Marker, Designer Buttons-Subtles Collection, 1" Rose Red Double Stitched Ribbon, Linen Thread, Scallop Trim Border and Brown Brads

A Quilted Heart

My inspiration for this card is Julie Davison's card here. I loved the simple layout and this fabulous heart. Her heart was a different take on the Irish Twist technique.

I tried a few different prints for my heart, but settled on some Sending Love DSP. The bolder colors and hints of glitter made a nice contrast. The options are endless with this. You could use any DSP scraps that you have laying around.

I'm loving all these heart themed ideas out there!

Stamps: Because I Care
Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Sending Love DSP (Retired)
Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stamp Pad
Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Heart Punch, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Valentine Defined

Now, I ask you, how many layers can a card possibly have? I think I have maxed this one out. I do say, I believe it may take 3 stamps to mail this one ;)

It started out like this fabulous card made by Kimberly Van Diepen. Then it took on a life of it's own. I flopped the layout putting my focal image on the left and I added some ribbon instead of DSP.

Have you ever started out simply trying to CASE a card and found it impossible to keep it the same? We all have different card 'personalities' and I think mine is layering. It is nearly impossible for me to make a card without them. What is your card 'personality'? Is it paper piercing, layering, printed papers, ribbon, I'd love to know. Be sure to leave me a comment!

Stamps: Valentine Defined
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red and Basic Black Cardstock; Glimmer Paper
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad
Accessories: Top Note Die, Circle & Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Lots of Tags Die, Modern Label Punch, Scalloped Edge Punch, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Rhinestones, 1/4" Red Grosgrain Ribbon and Red Polka Dot Ribbon

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Friday Mashup #27 Guest Designer

Well, I must admit, I was tickled pink to find out I was a Mashup Maven last week AND that I was going to be a Guest Designer this week. I was totally up for the challenge.

I got a sneak peek of this week's color challenge: Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy and Sahara Sand.

Confession #1: My Poppy Parade Stamp Pad has never been used

Confession #2: I don't even have a Not Quite Navy Stamp Pad (thank goodness for SU Markers ;)

Confession #3: I had no idea how I was going to pair these three colors up

How many of you are like me...I tend to use a lot of Pinks, Browns, Black and some Light Blues. These were way out of my comfort zone. So, I pulled out my Color Coach and guess what I found. These colors are actually considered a Sweet Set. Who knew????

It turns out I love them together! I had no designer paper in these colors to draw inspiration from, so I created my own. I used a stamp from the Vintage Labels set with the Poppy Parade Ink and used that as my print. I added some crocheted lace...that just happens to match the Sahara Sand paper perfectly.

All in all, this card came together pretty easily, which for me is a triumph ;) If you are so inspired to give these a shot, upload your card to the challenge here. I'd love to see what you come up with. Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Afterthoughts (Hostess) & Vintage Labels (Sale-A-Bration 2010)
Paper: Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Poppy Parade & Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Crocheted Lace, Clear Button, Linen Thread and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Heart that Glitters

I saw this challenge over at 365 Cards - The 3 G's: Green, Glitter and Grosgrain. I immediately thought of a technique I did a long time ago using Sticky Strip. You take a piece of sticky strip, add it to your cardstock/DSP, peel the top and add glitter. So easy!!!

As I was looking through my DSP, I realized that I do not have a lot of green prints. I did stumble across this sheet in the Sweet Pea DSP. The pink definitely works for Valentine's Day and I happened to have some green and pink glitter.

Blinging up the heart was easy...designing the rest of the card, not so much. I finally did what the DSP was telling me, "Cut on the Diagonal!" So, I did. I really like how it all turned out.

I'm back to work tomorrow *sigh* so I won't get to create as much as I have the past two weeks. I will miss it. Enjoy your week!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green & Whisper White Cardstock; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Pear Pizzaz Classic Pad
Accessories: Full Heart XL Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Green Brads and Green & Pink Glitter