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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wild About You Baby Gift Set

I just love the Wild About You stamp set! It is retiring today! So if you do not have it yet! Go to my Stampin' Up website and order it! It is so versatile! What I am showing you today is the baby gift my sister-in-law Gaylyn and I made for a very close friend of ours! The new baby's theme was jungle and the mommy wanted bright colors. We had so much fun making these items! We wanted to keep the up with the consistency so we used all the same colors for each of our projects. The inks we used were both craft and classic ink pads and markers depending on the project. The colors we used were summer sun, pumpkin pie, glorious green, real red, perfect plum, close to cocoa, chocolate chip, old olive, garden green, certainly celery, baja breeze, and pacific point. The stamps sets that we mainly used were Wild About You and Season of Friendship.


First up is the clock! I made this from a clock that I bought at Wal-Mart. I used made my own face out of whisper white card stock. I stamped the animals and leaves in various colors with my stamp-a-ma-jig. I then made the numbers with retired set called Doodle Numbers. I punched them out with the 1 3/8 circle punch. I then punched out real red cs with the 1 3/4 circle punch and layered the two.

This is a handy little bag I embellish that I got from Wal-Mart. The picture in the front doubles as a pocket too! I stamped the images with craft ink onto muslin fabric. I then sewed the trim on and then sewed the pocket to the bag. I also used a fabric marker to outline the images to make them pop a little bit more.

For this side of the bag I used chocolate chip craft ink and the retired alphabet set called Headline Alphabet. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to get the letters in the right place. I also used the leaves from a Season of Friendship.

I had a lot of fun making this tray that I bought at Michael's. First I painted it white with acrylic paint. I had to do several coats. I stamped all of the images and sponged on the grass. I used the retired set, Headline Alphabet, again. The sun was a circle that I cut out. I am not sure where this paper came from? We, I say we but my husband did it, then sprayed on a sealant to protect the tray. I also tried on real red grosgrain, baja breeze striped ribbon, and orange ribbon from Michael's to the handles.

The rest of the gift items were made by my sister-in-law Gaylyn! I just love what she came up with!!!

For this write-on board, she used a picture frame. She stamped the images and added the sun (just like the sun from the tray) to a sheet of whisper white card stock. She layered that on to baja breeze designer series paper. She then tied a piece of baja breeze striped ribbon to the frame, placed the glass back in, then the picture, and then the backing of the frame. She then took a white board marker and wrote on the glass. What a fantastic idea!! Loving it!

This is a door hanger that she made out of two pieces of chipboard. One piece is the backing and the other is the frame. She made the frame by using the top note die. Between the two layers is the picture she stamped. She then added the jumbo eyelets with the crop-a-dile to each side of the top. She added the orange ribbon from Micheal's.

These are the two lovely little onesies that she stamped on! The first one she stamped with craft ink and then used a fabric puff pen in brown to outline it. She added leaves to the sleeves.

This is the other little one she made using the same techniques. She also lined this one with a fabric marker to make the image pop! She also added a button for the ear! How adorable right!Don't you just love the back with all the different color birdies!

Our friend loved the gifts! She was so excited!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this incredibly long post and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Wild About You!

I just love the Wild About You set! I am so sad that it is retiring!
I made this card using Kerin's (@ Stamps, Paper, Glitter) sketch from her Sketch Challenge #19. What a great layout!
I used basic black, pacific point, glorious green, real red, and whisper white card stock. I used baja breeze and pacific point classic ink for the elephant. For the saying, the flower and the bird I used real red and glorious green markers along with a blender pen with pacific point ink.
I used the white gel pen to add the dots around the layers. I used the scallop oval and the large oval punch for the saying. I also used dimensionals for the elephant's ear and the saying. The embossed dots came from the Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder. I added the real red grosgrain ribbon too! The star were created by a star punch from JoAnn's.
Check back in tomorrow of a great baby gift using the Wild About You set!

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

More Birthdays!

So many birthdays!!! Here is another birthday card for a friend who has a birthday this month too! So many wonderful people I know were born this month! The colors for this challenge are from Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #10. Today is her birthday! Happy Birthday to you, Dawn!

I loved the colors for this challenge!!! The colors I used for this challenge were chocolate chip, blush blossom, cameo coral, and very vanilla. I started with the new Razzle Dazzle set (just got this one yesterday... it is in the new catalog that comes out July 1st) and I stamped the flower with cameo coral classic ink on to blush blossom. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to place these just right. I layered that with cameo coral cs. I also ran a strip of the same card stock through the Cuttlebug embossing folder called Texture. I layered a chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon over these two elements. For the saying I punched two scallop ovals, one is chocolate chip and the other in very vanilla. I punched 1/16" holes around it, then layered it on to the vanilla one. I color the stamp from Oval All with a chocolate chip and cameo coral markers and stamped it. I added Dazzling Diamonds too! Gotta have some sparkle! I used the large oval punch to punch it out. I layered this on to the other ovals with dimensionals. I glued all of this to the base which is chocolate chip. I used the scallop edge punch and added a strip of very vanilla. to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Challenging Thank You

Wow! This card was a challenge for me to say the least! Two challenges this time! I was following along with Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge #55 and Kerin over at Stamps, Paper, Glitter's Sketch Challenge #18. The sketch was fun, but the colors were a challenge!

I used the stamp set called Illuminations and the wheel called Illuminated. I used vellum, very vanilla, really rust, more mustard, and basic gray card stock. I used basic gray, really rust, and more mustard classic ink. I stamped the image twice, once on to very vanilla cs and then on to vellum with basic gray ink. I mounted these two layers on to the more mustard layer with dimensionals. The mm layer was then glued on to the really rust one. I stamped the image again with really rust and then cut out the "T." I used dimensionals to add it to the main image. I ran a strip of more mustard through a Cuttlebug embossing folder called D'Vine Swirls. I then used the wheel with more mustard ink and added both strips to the card. I then added the main image and the flower designer brad.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

In the Garden

A card to share and some great news too!
There are so many things about stamping that I love! One thing is that stamping gives me a chance to get away for a little bit while still being at home. Even if the little while is during nap time or really late at night or even for just 5 minutes! I also love that I get a chance to watercolor too! It is definitely one of my favorite techniques. The aqua painters are such a great tool! I love using them with the classic inks or the watercolor pencils. I have not tried the watercolor crayons yet, but I have heard good things.

Anyway on to the card! I made this for a friend of mine. She loves being in the garden and it was her birthday! So what a perfect set. We have a lot of birthday's this month! I used the Scene in a Garden set for the Occasions Mini. I stamped it all in with Stazon Timber Brown on to watercolor paper. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to place everything just right. I then colored it all in using the watercolor pencils and the aqua painter. I mounted this onto chocolate chip card stock with dimensionals. I added two folded tabs of so saffron grosgrain ribbon. This then went onto the card base which was very vanilla.

I also wanted to add that Nancy over at iStamp picked my Vintage Bella Toile card for her iPick #32 this week! The other cards and projects that she picked this week were gorgeous! If you have not been to her site, please go! She had a fantastic blog and is very inspiring! I feel so honored! Thank you Nancy!

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Set of Butterflies

Butterflies are just so much fun! They seam to be all the rage lately! So with that said I made this set of cards for my Etsy shop.

I used the Great Friends set to create this lovely cards. I started with a kraft cardbase. I stamped the label and the saying with versamark and then used white embossing powder. I stamped four butterflies in ridding hood red, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, and pacific point. These babies only have a few more days to shine in the spot light as the In Colors! I am going to miss them! Anyway....I then cut out the butterflies and mounted them onto the card with dimensionals. I also rounded some of the corners with the corner rounder punch. And there is the front! for the inside, I used whisper white cs and stamped the stem stamp from the same set with the same color of butterfly from the front. These were quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Cuppa Birthday

This is the card that I made for my mom's birthday! She loves coffee, so I thought the retired Like it a Latte set would be perfect! This is one of my all-time favorite sets! :o) She also loves blue, so I had to add that too.

I stamped the cup and a label from the Cute & Curly set in baja breeze on to whisper white card stock. I then stamped off the steam using basic gray. I added the dazzling diamonds heart that I stamped with pink pirouette and cut out to the cut with a dimensional. I mounted all of this on to a strip of baja breeze cs and then on to the card base which is kraft cs. For the saying I stamped on of the other labels that had a blank oval (the solid edge label has a Christmas saying in it) from the same Cute & Curly set. I then stamped the saying from the Short & Sweet set in the center of the oval with basic gray and cut out. I also mounted this with a dimensional. I added the baja breeze striped ribbon to the side of the card. And that was that.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


Today was a busy day and I still had time to make two cards!!! It was my sister's high school graduation and my mom's birthday! We went to the graduation and to dinner to celebrate! I gave this card to my sister today! (I will share my mom's birthday card another day.) I thought the over all idea of a flower blooming was a great idea for a graduation card. I also followed along with the Ways to Use It Challenge (WT223) from Splitcoaststampers for this week. The challenge was to use TEXT on your project. I chose the definition for the text.
So my sisters' favorite colors are pink and orange, hence the color of the flower. The stamp set that I used for this card was Bloomin' Beautiful. I created the flower by first stamping it with Stazon Black several times on to watercolor paper. I colored the images with the watercolor pencils and an aqua painter. I then cut out one of the flowers so that I was able to layer it with dimensionals. I added dazzling diamonds with my two-way glue pen. The definition and the saying were stamped with Stazon Black ink. I added a clip from the Clips Assortment and tried a pretty in pink ribbon on it. I layered the main image on to basic black cs. The back layer is pink pirouette cs. I used Sweet Always dsp for the strip across and then added some whisper white scallops with the scallop edge punch. The flowers in the corner are from a punch that I got at Target a while ago and I added some clear rhinestones brads to them.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Father's Day Card

This card came about because of the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge SC233. I love the layers that this one presented and I needed a Father's Day Card...so here it is!

The sets I used were Lovely as a Tree and the Rough Edges Alphabet (retired). I used whisper white, chocolate chip, and garden green card stock. I used a little bit of dsp from the hostess sampler pack. The ribbon is chocolate chip grosgrain. For one of the layers I ran the cs through the Cuttlebug embossing folder called Script. I stamped the tree on to watercolor paper with Stazon Black ink. I then used my watercolor pencils and the aqua painter to color it in. For that layer I used dimensionals to make it pop. I stamped the word "Dad" in chocolate chip classic ink.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Vintage Bella Toile

Here is my card for Dawn McVey's 9th Raspberry Suite Color Challenge! I just love this color combination!

I inked up the Bella Toile background stamp with Stazon Black ink and stamped it on to very vanilla card stock. Then I added some yummy ribbon that I got from Joann's in a criss cross patter on the front. I made the saying by using a wild wasabi ink and a basic black marker. I stamped the frame from the Great Friend set using my stamp-a-ma-jig. I then cut that out and cut out a larger one in basic black. I used dimensionals to mount it together and over the ribbon. I added some very vanilla scallops I made with the scallop edge punch to the bottom. I then used dimensionals again to mount the very vanilla cs to the wild wasabi cs. Then I attached it all to the base of the card, basic black cs.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very creative day!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

My First Clear Card!

This is my first clear card! What do you think? I made it for a little two year old's birthday! Her invitation was my inspiration! I started with the flower. (Ok...so here is a tip if you are out of a colored card stock and you have the ink pad for that color...I really wanted to use Pixie Pink for the flower, but found that I was completely out! What to do, what to do. Well I decided to used pixie pink ink on whisper white card stock and it worked! I just wiped the ink pad on the paper!) So I used my make shift pixie pink cs and ran it through Flower #8 of the flowers from the Spring Flower Sizzlit sets from Stampin' Up! I also ran the color summer sun through the same die for the middle of the flower. I punched a 1/2" circle out of lovely lilac cs for the middle of the flower. I used two-way glue and dazzling diamonds for the yummy glitter. To create the stem I used another sizzlit die called Swirls Scribbles. This created the stem and leaves. I used glorious green and green galore. I attached all of it to the whisper white cs. I stamped the saying from Great Friend in real red. For the frame I used summer sun cs and my scallop edge punch all the way around to create the border. I attached all of this to the clear card. I added real red grosgrain ribbon too!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Best Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone!!! How have you all been? This past month as been crazy for your little family! Lots of birthday parties, bicycle races (my husband's passion to put it mildly :o), garage sales, and so on! So needless to say, I have not had much time to stamp! Bummer I know!!! Well I am trying to get back into the swing of things...so here is my first attempt.... a card for Kristina Werner's 54th Color Inspiration Challenge! What fantastic colors!!!

I started with whisper white card stock and then ran it part of it through my Sizzix machine with the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder. I added a strip of pumpkin pie cs with stampin' dimensionals that I faux stitched with the mat pack, paper piercing tool, and the white gel pen. I then punched a 1 3/4", 1 3/8", and 1" circle in taken with teal, green galore, and soft sky (a retired in color). I added a pumpkin pie button with white embroidery thread for a finishing touch. I attached each of these with dimensionals too! Then I stamped the saying from the Short and Sweet stamp set with pumpkin pie ink!
I have several other fun things I can't wait to share with you this week!

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