Tuesday, January 31, 2012

To Gnome You is to Love You

Hi All! I have a sweet little card to share with you today. It is inspired by this gem of a scrapbook page designed by Erica Cerwin. She must be very flattered as I've seen this page used as inspiration on a couple of other blogs. What can we say...she's got a great eye!

I was drawn to the sweet, simple design that she chose to use. And, I love that she paired these two little cuties with the Everyda
y Enchantment DSP. They work so perfectly together.

Since I was scaling the design down to a card, I chose to work with her focal image. The gnomes are colored using my stamp pads and Blender Pens. I layered in some Nesties and added a swirled metal clip from my Hodgepodge Hardware stash. The Lucky Limeade and the Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon are from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. They come with a Brad Pack that coordinates perfectly with the Everyday Enchantment DSP. The heart was cut with my Heart Framelits.

It's Sale-A-Bration time at Stampin' Up, so if you're looking to place an order, now's the time. Through March 31st, every time you spend $50, you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. The Everyday Enchantment DSP and the Ribbon/Brad Pack are two of the great choices that you have. Click on my Order button to see a catalog or to place an order. Email is always an option too.

We've watched The Amazing Race for years and I can't help but think of it when I see these gnomes. I can't wait to make a more traditional colored one! Hope you think they are as cute as I do. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Gnome Sweet Gnome & Gnomenclature
Paper: Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake & Whisper White Cardstock; Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Poppy Parade, So Saffron & Early Espresso Classic Pads and Jet Black Staz-On
Accessories: Heart Framelits, Oval Nesties, Scalloped Oval Nesties, Hodgepodge Hardware, Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon, Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon, Blue Rik-Rak, Blush Blossum Marker, Blender Pens and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Burlap Bliss

Hi All! It's finally time to break out the hearts. I hope you're ready! I have been pinning away on Pinterest and have so many cute projects that I want to create and share. I just had a workshop this week, so I have at least three to share with you over the next week.

This first card, I couldn't help but recreate. It was inspired by this card from Ingrid Danvers. I fell in love with the Burlap heart. Since I had just gotte
n my new Heart Framelits, I figured it was the perfect time to try them out.

These Framelits are great! Not only do they cut th
rough the Burlap but they cut through the Glimmer Paper as well. The glimmer paper is a bit too thick for my punches, so I haven't really been able to use it. If you want to be playing with different textures, they are a must have.

The background was created using my Music Notes wheel. I've had it a while and I think I've used it once. It's great for creating vintage-y themed cards--which is something I don't usually do. The sentiment is from a new stamp set in the Occasions Mini called Loving Thoughts. It coordinates perfectly with the banner from the new Take it to Heart stamp set. I love the font and it has a lot of great sentiments in it.

My husband joked that this card doesn't really look like my style. It really isn't, but I LOVE everything about it. I hope you do too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Loving Thoughts, Take it to Heart and Music Notes Wheel
Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper; Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On; Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Burlap, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Vanilla Rik-Rak, Eyelet Border Punch, Designer Buttons-Subtles, Linen Thread, Sponge, Crystal Effects and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday to an Amazing Kid!

Hi All,

I hope your week is going well so far. Mine has been crazy busy at work...I think it may have something to do with the full moon! I'm glad it's almost over.

The card I have for you today is my son's birthd
ay card. Once again, it's a CASE of a card designed by Nichole Heady.

I would have never thought to put Basic Gray and Riding Hood Red together, but they are fabulous. There's lots of color...but it's still very subtle. I also love the design. It seems like there's so much going on, but it all works so perfectly together.

On a more girlie note, I ordered up the new Heart Framelits, so I'll be playing this weekend. Be on the look out for some heart-themed projects in the near future. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Boy Basics & My Hero, My Dad
Paper: Basic Gray and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Love Letter DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Corner Rounder and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wishing You an Epic Year

Hi All,

Before I move on and start filling blogland with all my gushy, romance-y, heart themed cards, I'm going to share a couple of masculine cards...of the pre-teen variety. The card I have for you today was made for one of my son's best friends. If y
ou have or know any 11-year-old boys, you know they have one thing on the mind....video games. I had bought this stamp set knowing that I'd get plenty of use out of it. I did....I've made @ six cards already. It has paid for itself.

This card was inspired by a Nichole Heady card. I love the simple design and the colors that she used. For boys, that's really all you need: no razzle-dazzle, no glitter, no bling. I did get to use my Stripes Embossing Folder. That kind of fancies it up a bit, right??? I think it adds the perfect bit of dimension. Hope you like it!

Stamps: Boy Basics & Grunge Me
Paper: Tempting Turqouise and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad & Whisper White Craft Pad
Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Fancy Scissors and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A *Sew Suite* Friend

This card is just the opposite of the last card I posted. That one I couldn't wait to post, this one may have never made it to Blogland had it not been for me and my dear friend Laura standing around chatting in my craft room. This card was finished but set off to the side because I just didn't think it was as good as the original. I guess it doesn't necessarily have to be...because someone sure liked it. Laura got it as her very belated Birthday card.

Last spring, I saw saw this fabulous card by Heather Klump. I loved the design and the colors that she chose. So...I set out one afternoon with my stamp pads and a few Netflix movies ready to play with colors. Of course, I wanted to put my spin on it, so I chose a few of my favorites to work with: Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Baja Breeze.

The spools were stamped with Stazon and colored with Blender Pens and Ink Pads. I love the soft look that it adds. A piece of gorgeous gray ribbon was added to the mannequin...which kicks up the cuteness factor quite a bit.

Have you had that card that 'almost didn't make the cut'? I'd love to hear your story...be sure to share. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Sew Suite & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Basic Gray & Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Perfect Plum, Rose Red & Baja Breeze Classic Pads; Black Stazon
Accessories: Blender Pens, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Pink Button, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Friday, January 6, 2012

Everyday Enchantment

Happy New Year's Everyone! I had a nice little break over the holidays and finally sat down this week to start creating again. I really couldn't wait to get home today, snap some pictures and get this card uploaded. Have you ever been that excited????

I'm that excited because I get to share a Sneak Peek of one of the upcoming Sale-A-Bration products...the Everyday Enchantment Paper Pack. I know I s
ay this ALL the time, but I think this is my new favorite paper. The colors are gorgeous and it's got the perfect vintage feel.

My card is inspired by a card that Nichole Heady had created. Her
card had a simple design that showcased a couple different strips of paper. Perfect for my new papers, right??

I sat down, spread all the papers out and decided on these three prints. There are plenty that I could have used, but I love the contrast that these have together. The designs have a sponged edge already, so I sponged the Crumb Cake base and the focal image with a bit of Crumb Cake ink to blend everything together.

My photo allows you to take a peek inside the card. I never do this, but I even added a bit of the paper to the inside. Did I mention I love this paper???? Yep, having it on the front just wasn't enough ;-)

Keep your eyes open. This DSP and the beautiful Kindness Matters stamp set will be available for Free in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog when you purchase $50 in product. They are both must haves! Hope you all like the card and enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Kindness Matters
Paper: Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade & Early Espresso Classic Pads
Accessories: Oval Nesties, Linen Thread, Clear Rhinestones and Pop Dots/Dimensionals