Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One good friend is worth a 1000 relatives!

Ha this stamp set has made me giggle ever since I first saw it in the Stampin' Up! catalog. It makes my friend laugh out loud. I heard it is retiring at the end of this month and so I broke down and got it as it was said friends birthday. I knew I could find other uses for it because it is so hilarious and it has those cute little lanterns too.
I decided to color the little girls with my Copics and then after I was done I would spray Luminer on them and cut the dresses to make them pop.

I think it turned out pretty cute.

I also added some stickles to these little circle flowers and to the flowers in their hair and their dresses. I mean come on can you ever have to much sparkle?

Here is the whole card.

I used some retired paper from CTMH it goes perfect with the little girls as the paper has an Asian feel to it.

Here you can see the shimmer a little more and a close up of my coloring.

I kept the lanterns simple

Here are all the colors I used.

Supplies - CTMH Cocoa Cardstock, CTMH Pattern Paper - Unforgettable (I couldn't remember the name LOL), Unforgettable my stickease, SU Whisper White cardstock,  memento tuxedo black ink, Copics, SU stamp Kimono Kids

Monday, June 27, 2011

Something old...something new

but nothing borrowed and nothing blue.

So I have not used twinkling H2o's in forever and ever. I remember when I first saw them I had to have them and I wanted them all. For once I had a little self control and only bought a little 6 pack and I have to say I am so glad I used restraint as once I gt them home they sat...and they sat...and they sat some more. 

When I got my goodies a few weeks ago from Inspired Stamps I was looking over the stamp sets and trying to decide what I wanted to play with first. They were all adorable and I just wasn't sure what I was in the mood to do. I still had a tiny tiny bit of paper left from an old kit and so I at least knew that I wanted to do something with scraps. It is funny as I am always tossing scraps into the recycle bin but with kits I feel like I have to use every last piece. I guess I like to just challenge myself. Haha!

I decided I would make a Thank You card and use Comfort and the 1" circle sentiments and so I started playing and this is what I came up with.
I lay down the color on the twinkling H2o's and it didn't have any depth but it had some nice shine. I decided to add Prisma color pencils to add shadows. Wow am I glad I thought of that. The result make a lot of texture and gave the pot and the flowers the depth I was looking for. The pot ended up looking just like a real terra cotta planter and the flowers were shiny and pretty. I decided to add some bling to the middle to make them even happier and brighter.

Here is the full card.

I popped the flowers up off the square.

Here you can see a little more of the shading.

Have a great day. Do you have old stuff that you hardly ever use? What is it? Try and use it this week!

Friday, June 24, 2011

An Awesome Ride

So started goofing around using up my old kits making cards and ran across this paper from Crate Paper Static line and thought mmm what can I do with this. I pulled out a Hero Arts banner set. This might be the best stamp ever I have used it SO much! I also use this PTI Enjoy the Ride stamp all the time. Another great set. My friend Patti gave me that when she was the grand prize winner over there for a year. Anyway back to the card. I absolutely love how it turned out. Masculine cards are so hard. I am starting to ramble and this card really speaks for itself so I will let you err "Enjoy the Ride"
Here is the simple inside. I stamped off and ended up with this strange pattern but I like it as it looks more like an old car that way.

Have you been successful when you make masculine cards?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Inspired by sunshine

We have been having tons and tons of rain here but yesterday was the first day of summer and in the morning we had lots of sunshine. I guess all that sun the tiny glimpse of sun made me want to work with orange and yellow. Something I never ever do.
I am glad I was inspired before the rain came back as i really like the way this card turned out.
I have not done a long post or a bit of a tutorial in quite some time so I thought I would give it a whirl. First I inked up my new Inspired Stamps stamp set Flowers in some white ink. I love this look.

Then I broke out the embossing stuff. I have not embossed in so long! Can we say fun? I will say it FUN had a blast...not to much of a blast though as I don't want to blow my powder off my project.

Then I inked up a scripture stamp set John 14:6 again in white and added embossing powder.

TIP: I like to hold down my paper with some sort of long object so I don't burn my fingertips when I emboss.

Next up my Copics. I love coloring on color paper it just adds a little more interest to the project.

Once I am done coloring I cut out my flower and move on to some embellishments. This is going to be a sort of paper ribbon so I crinkle it up.

flatten it out and then tear the edge.

Folding it down and securing it. I secured it with staples but you could also sew it or use super strong adhesive. I also added a bauble to the inside of the flower on top of the paper cut circle.

another view

and another so you can see the layers and the dimension

and here it is my card in all it sunny glory. I hope you like it.

Head on over to Inspired Stamps on Facebook and enter your name in a giveaway.

Supplies: Inspired Stamps (Flowers & John 14:6), Bazzill Cardstock (Beeswax & Pinecone), Scenic Route Grafton pattern paper, SU white ink and embossing powder, SU build a brad, CTMH ribbon and waxy flax, buttons, corner rounder, pop dots, Copic markers 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The apple does not fall far from the tree

and neither does the silly. I LOVE to laugh and have a good time. One of my favorite things about Savannah is that she also loves to have a good time and she is NOT afraid to be silly or goofy or a big ole dork. She is just like her muma in this regard. This is not a good quality when I am trying to be serious she just give me a goofy grin or does something silly and we are both in a fit of giggles.  As you can see here we I started out trying to take a cute photo of us and it ends...well see for yourself. LOL

 Here is a close up of the left side and you can also see these adorable rub on flowers in the upper corner. Can you believe those intense colors? love it!
the little birdie is oh so cute.

I did a little layering. I try not to get to bulky in my books. This doesn't work very often but this page is pretty flat so yay me.

More of the rub ons and the silly behavior. These papers might look familiar as I have been using them this week for the cards. I still have a few more cards to share and in fact just used up the very last of it last night. I will share that card later in the week.

One last close up and you can see another little tweety bird...adorable.

I hope you liked today's projects. Do you use rub ons? Are you successful and if so what is your favorite brand?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Big News!!!

I love a good secret! I have been hinting at one for the past few days. Guess what? I get to share it with you today!!!

Last year a fellow blogger, Antoinette, went out on her own and started a new clear stamp company called Inspired Stamps. When she started this company I was so happy for her and her big leap of faith. I never dreamed tat in a few short months she would be making her very first Design Team call. I decided to take my own leap of faith and I applied. I am super excited to tell you that I was selected! Yay!!! I am so happy to join her talented team and to work along side of them to bring you fun projects that showcase these adorable...and I mean adorable stamps.

A little more about Inspired Stamps - They offer an adorable line, and when I say adorable I do mean adorable, line of clear photo-polymer stamps. They have Scripture/Bible Stamps, adorable Character Stamps (Mark, Sara, and Ester just to name a few), super cute Scenery Stamps (whimsical, realistic, builders) and a great set of Sentiments. Make sure you also check out her new stuff. These stamps are all made in the good ol' US of A and are simply perfect for making cards, scrapbook embellishments and other beautiful paper creations.

Please make sure you visit the other DT members blogs and give them a warm welcome.  I am really looking forward to working with Belinda, Deneen, Jan, Jenn, Lynn, Melissa, Shana and Sylvia. Of course visit Antoinette as well to see the June Inspired Stamps realease. You might also want to "like" Inspired Stamps on Facebook for a awesome chance to win a free stamp set.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


So I have been creative again and it feels good to sit down at the end of a long day and just get lost in art supplies. With this card I am still working with the White Out paper from an old PS Kit. This paper is just fun and funky and screams create with me create with me. I have also been wanting to use these cute paint brushes on a card. These brushes are from the PTI stamp Friendship Jar Fillers. It is a great set that is very versatile and it is just fun to work with. Speaking of fun have I mentioned yet that I broke out my colored pencils that have not seen the light of day in over a year! I have been coloring with my Copics for so long I forgot my roots. LOL Anyway I used my Prisma's and some Gamasol as that is always a fun technique.

I hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it.

 A close up of the brushes

And I always like to make the inside pretty too. 

And wala the whole card. 

The good time's is on a piece of chip board with a rub on. The rub on's that came with this White Out paper are by far the best that I have ever used. I have some scrapbook pages to share with you soon where I also used these and you can see the fun bold colors on top of the colored cardstock and it doesn't get lost at all. The rub ons also come off the sheet so easy even though they are a few years old as I am pretty sure that this kit is from 2008.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for my BIG announcement! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bits and Peices

So if you visit my blog at all you know that I like to work with kits. With these kits I normally start with scrapbook pages and then once I am done making pages I try to use up the rest of the kit by making cards. Well this is one of those cards. Isn't it fun?
When I saw this latest CardMap from the PageMaps Blog I just thought it was so fun and so super cute and wow what a great way to use up those little bits of paper that normally go into the recycle bin.

I am so sorry that this card is turned the wrong way. It is not like that on my computer but is showing up that way in my post. Please humor me and I will see if I can get it replaced soon.

Here is another view. I inked up all of the edges of the bits so that they stood out a little more against the green paper.

Here is the inside...I normally make the inside a little fancier but the pieces were getting really tiny at this point.

Here is a little sneak peek of some more cards from this same paper that I used up over the weekend. I will be sharing these in the near future along with some other super exciting news.

Supplies: Cardstock/Pattern Paper - We R Memory Keepers White Out line, Cocoa Ink (CTMH), Sentiment also from CTMH