Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Just yesterday I found a blog with an absolutely lovely collection of punched birds done with the Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch that I couldn't wait to try. Literally I spent all morning making SEVEN different birds. I can't wait to put these into a collection as a gift for someone whom I know will appreciate them. (Not mentioning any names in case she reads this too soon!)
To see most recent collection and even order a very well done set of instructions go visit Lynn Pratt at Stamp-n-Design or click here to view her original set of bird cards. I am happy to say that I suggested the 3 types of birds in her most recent collection and not only did Lynn put that idea to work right away, she also sent me a copy of her instructions as a thank you! Thank YOU Lynn.
So stay tuned for the rest of my collection- I have even added two birds to Lynn's collection that are common in Ohio. Can't wait to share them with you!
Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to go check out the rest of the Diva's creations for today's sketch then play along yourself and link your card to the Diva blog!
Have a wonderful sunshine-filled day!
- Always give proper credit when borrowing an idea from another artist! It's the right thing to do.
- Have fun with your punches- they are tools with endless possibilities!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Since this is watercolor paper, after I stamped the images I gently went over them with a wet aquapainter just to let the ink bleed a bit. Lends to a softer more artistic look I think. This card ended up being 4.25x4.5" so it's not quite square.
Topped it off with the vanilla hodgepodge hardward and some wide vanilla organdy ribbon. Hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The main image from An Eggcelent Easter is watercolored with an aquapainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Used the markers for the detail on the eggs. Sentiment is from Well Scripted stamp set.
Notice the texture on the Close to Cocoa background? That is a new-to-me textured impressions embossing folder called Finial Press. I think it goes perfectly with this classic, almost vintage, slightly whimsical style, don't you?!
Anyway, thanks for visiting with me today! Hope your day is great! Be sure to go check out the Diva blog for more ideas with this color combo and a chance to play along!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- If you are behind in your scrapbooks but work chronologically (as I do, these pages are from 2005) then take some time to save your thoughts behind the pictures when saving them on your computer. This will help tremendously when journaling and you will be SO GLAD you did 5 years down the road! Trust me! ;)
Thanks for stopping by! You know I'll be back tomorrow with my Diva card and challenge and maybe another scrapbook layout. Have a great day!
Stamps: Circle Circus (for circles on the chipboard "fish")
Papers: Playground DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit, Big Shot, Chipboard, non-SU Sizzix alpha
Monday, March 22, 2010
Here is a fun page on which I HAD to squeeze NINE pictures on to tell the fun story (fun to my family at least). During a trip to visit my aunt and uncle at their lake house in Virginia we spent a beautiful afternoon on their dock, which included the guys all getting Buzz Cuts whether they wanted them or not. I got many fun pictures of my dad and his brother which I have very few of so this page will hold a fond memory for a long time.
Stampin' Tip: This type of layout full of 2" or 2x4.25" pictures is a great way to accommodate a BUNCH of pictures. It was hard for me to do that much major cropping but I love the result.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Today I just HAD to use this new set Vintage Labels- I've been meaning to but hadn't managed to use it yet. The color challenge on SCS this week is Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulance, Old Olive and neutrals of your choice. This is close- I think there's some Orchid in that striped paper somewhere.
- Did you notice the Organdy ribbon is woven through the lattice die cut? There are so many things to do with that die- I highly recommend it if you don't have it already! Want some other ideas for this die?? See my list of labels on the right and scroll down until you see "lattice". There will be 7 other posts with ideas not including this one.
Gotta run, have a super great day!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I intended to make a sympathy card today since I am out of them, but decided I was too happy and just felt like making a happy card. This old set of textured papers is called Parisian Breeze Specialty papers. I'm so glad I have some left to play with- they are gorgeous and really the star of this card. I only added a bit of piercing and some kraft taffeta ribbon, then embossed the sentiment from Well Scripted (a favorite!) and that's it.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are enjoying sunshine in your neck of the woods today!
- Short on time or inspiration?? Grab one of SU's wonderful packs of Designer Series Paper, ANY of them, and let the patterns and colors do all the work!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
1 piece of DP
and just to make it a little more challenging-NOT an A2 size card.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Here are the things I used to fit the challenge:
D- DSP (designer series paper), deckle edge scissor
S- Sahara Sand, Stitched felt flowers, Scallop Trim punch
T- try as I might I can't stretch anything to start with a T. Oh wait, this is a thank you note! There, that's my T!
This is my first use of the stitched felt flowers by SU. Aren't they fun?! And I used a sketch from my February Stampin' Success magazine that all SU demonstrators get each month. Are you wondering about my sheet music paper? I've always wanted some and today decided to photocopy piano music from one of my favorite songs I used to play called "Old Friend" onto Whisper White. I crumbled it up then smoothed it back out and swiped it with some Sahara Sand ink then trimmed the edges with the deckle edge scissor.
The sentiment is from the hostess set called Picture This, punched with the Modern Label punch. Do you like my scalloped corner? I used the photo corner punch to layer the Rose Red paper behind it. I really like how that looks!
Had a crazy busy week this past week so here's hoping for a little more normal pace this week! My stamps have been sorely neglected lately.
- Can't find a particular pattern of paper you're looking for? Try scanning something or downloading from the internet then run some Whisper White cardstock through your printer! Works like a charm!
Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
- When using Sweet Treat cups, be sure to plan ahead and consider how the recipient will retrieve the treats inside. I've punched a 3/4" circle in the paper covering the back and covered that hole with a Full Heart Punch that is adhered with a repositionable adhesive.
- Don't be afraid of funky color combos. Remember, you don't have to use every color in cardstock form- you can add a hint of color with just ink or ribon.
- For good color balance remember this rule: when using two colors your accent color should only be used about half as much as the primary color. When using three, the third color should be used a third, and so on. Make sense?
- There are some excellent tips on SU's Color Coach color wheel!
Friday, March 5, 2010
I added a few extra touches with the Scallop Trim edge at the top and some piercing and dotted grosgrain at the bottom. I really wanted a Melon Mambo brad for the center of the top flower, but since there aren't any I decided to just punch out the center of the flower with my 1/8" hold punch so the paper shows through.
The one part I'm not sure about is the dots on the "friend" piece. I think that might be a little over the top for my simple design. What do you think? I may just make another one just like it but leave the dots off and glue it right on top. I'll wait to hear from all of you though!
- Only want to use part of a design in a stencil? Block off the other areas with strategically placed sticky notes. Have a smaller area to block off? Either tear the sticky note, or try using one of those sticky note flags that are really small.
- Have old In Colors and not sure what to do with them? Why not try combining them with a current In Color for a fabulously unique color combo! (Shown here are Marigold Morning and Melon Mambo)
- Don't have a brad in the color you need? Try punching a hole instead and allowing the paper to show through from behind!
- Want to see more Decor Stencils? Click HERE to see SU's entire collection!
PS- If you are ever in need of Stampin' Up! products I'd be glad to place an order to be shipped directly to your door. Feel free to contact me at stamp_for_smiles(at) embarqmail(dot)com
Thursday, March 4, 2010
- When you find a favorite challenge site or blog that really appeals to you SAVE it in your faves! Go there often!
- Use scraps! (Did I say that yesterday?? It is a recurring theme for me.)
- Tired of your embellishment selection? Look to your punches, combine them, and see what you come up with!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Stamps: Picture This
Paper: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Scallop trim punch, small heart punch, Soft Suede dotted grosgrain, Heart to Heart punch
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
- Want to experiment with fun new color combos? Don't be afraid! Cut out those pieces, grab a scrap of something random, close your eyes and pick if you have to... I often choose something that my brain screams NO to but it can end up being just right. Be open minded and keep trying!
- Avoid wasting paper! Don't avoid cutting it, but if it doesn't work out, that's OK. Just pop it into a large ziplock bag for that color or even color family. Whatever works for you! Then be sure to check that ziplock EVERY TIME before you grab for a full sheet of cardstock. Trust me, it works! I have one ziplock for every color family, including for each set of In Colors. It can get to be a mess sometimes so every now and then I have to go through and throw away the really tiny stuff. If you have the room, use a separate bag for each color and label it. It all depends on how you use color. If you want, have a bag for reds, one for blues etc. I also keep all my neutrals in separate bags. Then each bag is in my filing cabinet where I keep files of all my colors (organized by color family). Sometimes when I want them to look really pretty I'll put them in order how they are listed in the catalog- a beautiful perfect rainbow!
That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to go visit the Diva blog to play along.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I used the stamp set Greenhouse Garden to stamp the flowers, then added the Easter sentiment in the center. The edges are a bit distressed and the top corners punched with Scallop Trim corner punch, then layered on another piece of white paper. The card base is white also, but with a very subtle texture added with the dotted Texturz Plates and the Big Shot.
I'm so glad you stopped by today! Why don't you leave me a message so I know you've been here! Have a great day!