Thursday, July 29, 2010

Go Nuts!

Quick post tonight as it has been quite an exhausting day! I love my new Woody digi stamp from the Digi Stamp Boutique! How cute is he? I colored him with chalks and pencils and then added some gray shadows all around him for a little dimension. The paper flowers I threw together quickly to pick up some of the colors from the DP.

Stamps: Digi Stamp Boutique - "Woody"
Ink: Prismas and chalks
Paper: Woodland Creatures
Accessories: paper flowers, foam stamps, Nestablities

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Stamps R Us Challenge #1

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to share that the ladies of Stamps R Us have created a challenge blog for everyone to join us in! Our first challenge is simple. Show us your cards, scrapbook pages, and altered items using digi stamps. 

The challenge is hosted by GingerLoft, a digi stamp company run by our very own Tami.

For my project, I chose to create a card using this fun digi stamp from Sassy Cheryl's that I colored with my Prismacolor pencils and chalked at the edges. The paper is from DCWV's Pocket Full of Posies paper stack. I loved the vibrant colors, and chose to make paper flowers out of them which I embellished with rhinestone centers.

Join us at the Stamps R Us Challenge Blog to play along! You have 2 weeks to submit your project!

Stamps: Sassy Cheryl's - Prissy, Sassy and a Little Bit Jazzy
Ink:  PC, Prismacolor Pencils, Chalks
Paper: DCWV Pocket Full of Posies paper stack, Cardstock
Accessories: Paper flower embellishments, rhinetones, Nestabilities, foam tape

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Hey Lady!

I am falling in love with Jessica Lynn Original's Brentwood stamps. They're so adorable! I actually bought two more of her stamps this week and I'm really looking forward to receiving them!

For this particular card I kept it really simple and just used some Stampin' Up DP embellished with paper flowers. The stamp is colored with Prismas and chalks and is framed with my favorite Nestablities. The ladybugs were scrapbook embellishments I've had for years and never used. Just goes to show you there's always a project for everything!

Ink: Staz-on, Prismacolor Pencils, Chalks
Paper: Stampin' Up
Accessories: Paper Flowers, Rhinestones, Nestabilities, Ladybudgs

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

If the Shoe Fits...

Challenge ends July 31st.

Today's my mom's birthday! Because she's my shopping partner, I was inspired to use this stamp from My Favorite Things. I've had the stamp for awhile but for whatever reason, never used it until now. Maybe my mom served as the inspiration. :)

I actually had a good time making this card for some reason. I don't know if it was the colors, or just the fact that it had to do with shopping, but whatever the reason, it was one of those quick and easy cards that takes very little thought. And after the struggles I've been having lately in that area, I really needed this one!

Stamps: My Favorite Things - "Say Charge"Paper: DCWV
Ink: PC, Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories: Ribbon, Nestabilities, Rhinestones

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Relax, Its Your Birthday!

Challenge ends July 31st.

Yet another one of those cards that I picked up, put down, picked up, put down, etc, etc. I tend to have issues with masculine cards to begin with -- I think its because you can't really be "cutesy" with masculine cards. But then I always feel they come out looking too simple. I had no choice on this one though and ended up going very simple the whole way -- right down to the plain Arial font! It doesn't get much simpler than this, and believe me, I fought the urge to throw flowers, rhinestones any bows many many times. 

The digi is from DigiStamp Boutique. It was introduced at Father's Day I believe (which will tell you how long I've been picking it up and putting it back down). I bumped it up with foam squares and then did the same with the punched out polka dots.

Stamps: DigiStamp Boutique - "Just Snoozing..."
Ink: PC, Prismacolor Pencils, Chalks
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: Punches, Foam Squares

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Make a Wish!


I made this card for the Sketch Saturday challenge this week. I noticed that I don't tend to make square cards, so this 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card was a nice change for me.

I went with my chubby fairy stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil on this one and for some reason, didn't think twice about coloring her blue. I usually choose the DP first, and then color my images around it, but for whatever reason this time, it went the opposite way. I was lucky enough that I have a million and a half sheets of DP to find some that matched perfectly!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Caught a Bug?

Have you ever had a card that's ALMOST done, but you just can't figure out how to put it all together? This card has literally been sitting in a desk drawer for weeks because every time I would pick it up, I'd put it right back down. I had no idea how to display the stamp so that you could actually see it. It just kept blending in with the background. Finally I decided to cut around the stamp and mat it in red cardstock. Well that made it stand out, but it looked funny just floating on top of the card.

Well this morning as I went through my Google Reader (by the way, if you follow more than 5 blogs and don't use Google Reader, you should reconsider - so much easier...), and my Stamps 'R Us friend, Karen, posted her "Beach Globe" card this morning, and it all came together.

I loved the way Karen framed her card with the two different mats and embellishments. When I saw this, I quickly ran up to my craft room and copied it. Thanks, Karen!!! The stamp is from Whipper Snapper. I swear if I had all the money in the world I would own every single one of their stamps. The stamp was watercolored and outlined in grey pencil. I used green polka dot paper from DCWV and red cardstock and then printed out the sentiment on my PC.

Stamps: "Caught a Bug" - Whipper Snapper
Paper: DCWV, red cardstock
Ink: Staz-on, watercolors, gray pencil
Embellies: white eyelets

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Best Friends - Etsy Inspired Challenge #95

Came across a really neat challenge recently. It's called the Etsy Inspired Challenge, and the premise is quite clever. Each week, you are asked to design a creation inspired by a product in an artisan's shop. This week, the artisan was Kimmieprout who makes the most amazing polymer clay embellishments. I chose her Granny Handmade Polymer Clay Buttons just because I really liked the color. Are they great or what?

This is a picture of the buttons I used for inspiration:

And this is the friendship card I submitted:

I love this stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil. Her characters are a lot of fun. The stamp was colored with my Prismas and then I chalked the edges. She's attached with foam squares for dimension. The sentiment atop the ribbon is also attached with foam squares. The paper was too perfect a match to pass this up!

Stamps: "Patience" - Mo's Digital Pencil, "Best Friends" acrylic stamp
Paper: DCWV
Ink: Staz-on, Prismacolor Pencils, chalks
Accessories: ribbon, flower punches, foam squares

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Have a Hoot!

Okay guys, I have a new place for you to all spend your money. It's Jessica Lynn Original, a rubber stamping store that offers clear and digi stamps designed by a very talented artist, Jessica Lynn. I was contacted by Jessica and asked to design a card around one of her digi stamps and I was more than excited to oblige once I saw her Brentwood Owl collection. So adorable!

For this particular design, I chose her Happy Birthday Brentwood stamp because he's just so stinkin' cute, and decided to compliment him with fun, vibrant colored DP. I colored him with Prismas and shaded the background with chalk and then added Nestabilities, buttons and brads for embellies. By the way, this digi stamp of Brentwood does not come with the "Have a hoot!" sentiment. He is actually just holding a plain white sign that you can customize, which I love, love, love!

When you get a chance, please check out Jessica's shop. She's very, very talented, and I will be visiting often.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

You Take the Cupcake!

Have you ever bought a stamp and then it just sits in your stamping drawer for a year without use? I have had this cupcake stamp from Unity for the longest time and just never knew what to do with it. Then I recently bought a DCWV birthday paper stack and found out later that a lot of the paper is cupcake-themed and it all just came together. I used my Prismas, of course, to color in the cupcake, and added a little glitter to the flame (though you can't tell by the picture). The pink ribbon was actually part of a prize pack I had one from an earlier challenge and gave the card just enough contrast. I'm not really a "pink" person, but I didn't have much of a choice on this one. :)

The layout for this card came from the Sketch Saturday Challenge #110 hosted by Simmone. I stumbled across this blog just recently so this will be my first entry. Join me if you'd like!

STAMPS: Cupcake from Unity Stamps
PAPER: DCWV Birthday Paper Stack
INK: Staz-on, Prismacolor Pencils
ACCESSORIES: Nestablities, Fuscia Ribbon, Rhinestones

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Doreen!

My friend Doreen is celebrating her birthday today, so "princess birthday week" officially starts right now - whether she likes it or not!

For Doreen's birthday, I made a card featuring my new noise maker stamp from Unity. I love Unity stamps because they are so deeply etched, giving you a little more room than you normally have with other stamps. Because of this, I decided to use my watercolors, pulling out colors from my polka-dot and striped DP, and gave both the stamp and sentiment a little chalk shadow background.

I tried to make the card as colorful as possible to match Doreen's personality, and I really hope she likes it!

I also made a gift card to match.

STAMPS:  Unity - Horn Honker
INK:  Staz-on, PC
ACCESSORIES:  Circle punches, Brads

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