Monday, February 28, 2011

Hello Spring


Bring on the sun and warm weather.  While we're speaking of warm ...banners seem to be the hot thing this year on cards and scrapbook pages and I can see why. They add such a cuteness factor and they are addicting once you start doing them.  Plus if you have a stash of Alpha stickers and you know you ALL do... its a great way to use them up.  

Again I've used up some more of my let's hold on to this paper for just the right occasion.  Well I've decided every day is the right occasion.  So here we go ... I layered the white base with some basic grey paper from a little 6x6 pad called recess.  The plaid layer is DCWV dots, stripes and plaids stack. The polka paper is old dcwv that I've been hoarding.  That just about covers the paper end of it. 
How the rest was done ... I cut the banner from the cricut using straight from the nest and it was trial and error with the size since I needed so many for the letters.  The kite is from the Pooh and Friends cart.  The adorable little elephant is Emery from Verve.  Just the cutest stamp ever.  I stamped him twice on gray and cut just his head out the second time adding pop dots to it.  The hello square is also from Verve Happy Hello set.

I hope this card cries out to Mother Nature and she delivers me the weather I'm asking for.  Till then, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.  This card qualifies for Use It Tuesday's challenge, use some old dp and quit hoarding it and we all know what a dp hoarder I am.  I believe there is still time to play along so check out my side bar and under challenges click the link Use It Tuesday.  Its lots of fun and you'll get to use up your stash!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

So Sweet of You


So I'm on my next challenge my friend and I are doing and I kind of cheated at this one.  Our challenge for today was we had to pick a MOJO sketch to use and while I did pick a sketch I used a sketch from the Sweet Stop blog.  You can find the link in my sidebar under challenges.  Hope you don't mind Sarah :)

Isn't this paper pretty?  Its from the dcwv stack Hippie Chic.  I love the rich colors in it.  Now the one color paper I used was from my scrap pile so I'm not sure if its SU's really rust or dusty durango but it matched the colors in the design perfectly.  The squares were also from my scrap pile so I really can't tell you the color.  I can however tell you the stamp I used for the squares and its by Verve from the Happy Hello set, where the circle and sentiment also came from.  To punch the circle out I used the SU punch 1 3/8 circle and as you see works perfectly.  When I originally put the card together I left the 2 blue squares blank but it was just too blah so I searched through my stamps for a small image and came across this one from Verve in the Feel the Sun set.

I hope you enjoyed this card today and I hope my friend enjoyed it because by now she should have it in her possession.  Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful day.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Little Bit of Spring


How about I keep with the spring theme for a bit longer and share this one with you.

This card was made for a mag submission that didn't get picked sadly but I like it obviously.  The stamps are by Verve, Because of You and Feel the Sun sets.  Verve has the best sentiments.  The bright dp is DCWV from the Cafe Meditteranean stack.  The flower was stamped in pumpkin pie SU and the little butterfly is a MS punch.

That's about it for today, short and sweet.  Hope this brought a little sunshine to your day.  How many days left of winter?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You are the Sunshine for my Soul


Well I actually got to participate in a SCS challenge on the day of the actual challenge.  Its been a long time since I've done the sketch challenge on time and this was for SCS320.  We're supposed to have spring like weather for the next couple days and the snow is finally melted so this is my ode to Spring arriving.  Here's what I used

Base is kraft layered with some dcwv pink and then some dp from dcwv rustic stack.  The tree is from SU's branch out set stamped in expresso and the leaves in pretty in pink.  The Hello Spring panel is a combo of stamps...Spring from SU and the rest from Verve Happy Hello set.  The butterfly is also a verve stamp from Blue Skies and colored with SU markers.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you're having some gorgeous weather too.  Have a great day.

Monday, February 14, 2011

XOXO


Happy Valentine's Day.  I hope everyone gets spoiled a little today.  Almost everything on this card is something new.  Most of it was a birthday gift from my sweet Rotten friend (and she knows why I'm calling her rotten )  This is the Valentine card I made from my son to the grandparents.

Here's how it was created.  The card base is white and layered with bash blue embossed with the quickcutz embossing folder polka dots.  The dp is from a new dcwv stack dots, stripes and plaids that I was drooling over in J's but refused to buy because I have tons of paper and I told my friend about my temptation at J's that day and how I stayed strong and left the store without it and then a birthday package showed up for me last month and there was the paper I was drooling over ... she's so rotten LOL  The stamps are new from Verve called Love Notes and a plain jane stamp called Emery.  Emery is the little elephant that I just fell in love with and  I stamped him on gray paper and then cut his body off to make him look like he's hanging over the heart.  The scallop circle is a marvy punch and I dotted the scallops with a red marker.  Border punch is SU scallop trim border punch.

Thanks for looking, May today be filled with love, chocolate and roses for everyone.

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Heart Belongs to You ... Second Version


I loved the papers and other elements of my previous My Heart Belongs to You card that I decided to use the same things but rework it a bit.  This is what I came up with.  For this one I turned the card horizontally and added an extra panel in pink that I ran through the cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder.  Everything else for the card is the same but for those that didn't read my previous post I'll give a quick list of supplies. 

Cardstock ... white, real red, pink scraps, dp dcwv doodling around stack.
Cuttlebug ...  textile folder and swiss dots folder.  
Punches ... Martha Stewart heart border, circles and scallop circles from SU.  
Stamps ... greeting card kids SU, sentiment Stampendous  
Colored with SU markers added stickles and paper glaze.

Now this card was also done for challenge 2 between my friend Sarah and I.  Theme for this one of course was Valentine's Day.  I have to say I like version 2 of my card better but I'm a layer type of gal so I think that's why it appeals to me more.  Which version do you like better?

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Key to My Heart


I want to give a warm WELCOME and HELLO to my new followers.  I hope you find something that inspires you here and I look forward to hearing from you.

I'm really loving the new Verve set Love Notes.  This card I created has a mixture of cricut and stamping on it and that seems to be the design of choice for me is mixing up the two.  You'll see more of this Verve set I used in some upcoming cards this month.  This one could be used for Valentine, Anniversary, Love, a wide variety of occasions.  I like the fact that I used up some older stuff I've been hoarding, that's my favorite part of this card.  So on to the details...

Base white, then layered with some SU going gray that I embossed with the sizzix folder finial press SU.  The dp layer is old old old creative memory paper that I matted with black and used the SU scallop trim border punch.  I cut the black swirl from the cricut using the Wall Decor and More cart.  I then stamped the heart from Verve  on regal rose paper SU and cut it out. Then I stamped the sentiment from the same verve set on it and applied it with pop dots over the swirl.  I dug through more of my stash and found some prima flowers I picked up on QVC a couple years ago.  It still needed a little something so that's when I broke out the gems I've been hoarding and tried to make my own little swirl with them.  The final touch was the little key I cut from Wall Decor and More cricut cart and attached it to the top of the heart after I sponged it a little with some black ink. 

Hope you enjoyed this card.  Thanks for stopping by.  I dare you to shop your own stash and use something you've been hoarding... go ahead I dare you .. I promise it won't hurt either.  Well you might feel a little twinge of anxiety but it passes!  Check out the new USE IT blog. You can find the link in my sidebar under challenge category.  Its a great way to use what you already have.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Heart Belongs to You ... CAS style


I have another Valentine for you that's along the lines of a CAS style card with minimal layers.  Believe it or not Valentine images are not ones I have a lot of and I almost forgot about this little cutie from the Greeting Card Kids set from SU.  So when searching through my stamps and finding her I knew this would be a great image to make a Valentine for my mom. 

Real simple to do ... some real red cardstock embossed with the textile folder through the cuttlebug.  I then found this fabulous paper in my stash of DCWV stacks Doodlin Around.  Did you notice I DIDN"T use the scallop trim border punch on this one.  I almost did but remembered I had the Martha Stewart heart border punch instead.  I colored the image with some SU markers.  I then added some star dust stickles to the base of her dress and little socks.  To the heart I added some paper glaze to give it some dimension, which you can barely see in the photo.  The sentiment is from a changito set by stampendous and I punched it out layering it with some circles and scallop punch from SU. 

Thanks for stopping, thanks for the comments, hope you're having a wonderful February  Plus if you're looking for a challenge check out my sidebar in the Challenge section. Stamps R Us blog group has a Valentine challenge going on right now, don't miss it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine Wishes


Here's a quick Valentine perfect for a friend. 

Here's what I used, kraft cardstock, embossed with swiss dots.  The dp is from cosmo cricket.  The image is Verve petals and stem set, stamped in wild wasabi and riding hood red.  I punched the flower out with a circle punch and mounted it on a scallop circle of the same color.  It needed the little heart in the middle to say Valentine so I punched that using a ek success punch.  The sentiment is from Verve Love Notes stamped over SU's cute and curly label set and then punched out.

Quick and simple card and a quick and simple post. Thanks for looking

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day Tweety


I know isn't that a corny title LOL It's the best I could come up with when looking at this card.  I was late getting started on my Valentine's Day cards this year.  I usually have them done before the first of the year but didn't start them till later this time.  This card is really quick to do and gave me a chance to use up so old dp scraps I had laying around in the "I'll use this one day pile".

The bird stamps are from TPC Studio Whimsical Birds and I colored them with a SU marker.  The little tag came from the SU set Happy Heart Day, that I cut out by hand and then layered on a black piece of cardstock cutting it out a second time and adding the brad to the top.  I stamped the heart from SU's  happy hearts and cut it out, also layered it on some black cs.  I have to say I think hearts are the hardest thing to cut out and have it not look like my 6yr old cut it... well at least for me.  As you can see I also used the scallop trim border punch from SU  I am SO addicted to this punch so don't be surprised if you see it ALOT more.

So have you started on your valentine cards yet?  I hope so, only 13 more days.  Thanks for stopping by.

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