Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Welcome Baby

Well, I just got word that yet another friend has given birth - that's 4 baby girls in the past week! Obviously, another card was called for, and this time I pulled out my Borders & Seals set. I chose to use pale pink & yellow ink to make the design on the base, added a strip of cardstock on the bottom (to cover one of my screw-ups :), then tied on ribbon and the adorable charm. "Welcome" is from the combo sentiments set.

As I was photographing the card, it reminded me that I'd never posted the other cards I made with this set... I used the same technique for this blue card as with my baby version. In fact, wouldn't this be cute for a baby boy? On this one, I accented the panel with a strip of white (accented with a cuttlebug embossing border). I stamped the sentiment (Middie Messages #2) onto a metal accent (Making Memories) with Stazon ink, then tied on a bit of ribbon to soften it.

Well, that's all for now. See you tomorrow for the Tea Party!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Another simple birthday card

We have a birthday party to attend tomorrow, and I made this simple card for the adorable little birthday girl. I created the candle from paper scraps - the stripes were added with twinkling H2Os, and there's glass glitter on the flame. Add some BasicGrey paper and a die-cut word (Cuttlebug) and it's all done...

In other party news, it's time for another smART Cookies Tea Party! Peggy provided the sketch this time, and she even took it up a notch and challenged us to do some paper piecing. We'd love to have you join in the fun - the party will be Oct 1, so get cracking on your card :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

True Beauty

Life continues to be busy at our house; I was supposed to go to a crop this evening and I was eagerly anticipating some cardmaking time. Plans changed so I wasn't able to head out, but I still managed to get some stamping in here at home. Bliss!

I based this card on Taylor's sketch, but did take some liberties to accommodate the central image. The woman is from Chapel Road Artstamps; they offer some very nice images, but I was disappointed by how thin the rubber was. I think I need to go with lighter tones next time I stamp this lovely lady, as I'm afraid she came out looking a bit scary here :) The verse is from Clear Dollar Stamps. The patterned paper is BasicGrey, and there are tiny red dots in it, which is why I chose that as my accent color. The ribbon is from amuse, and it's a wonderful weight to work with - easy to tie and holds its shape well.

Well, enough jabber for now. Off to bed so I hopefully won't be a grouch tomorrow!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Getting pinky with it

I have no idea where that title came from, but that should provide some pretty good insight into my current mood :) Things have been a bit nutso these past couple weeks, but I took some time to create this morning - trust me, I needed the therapy!

I have a couple friends who are expecting, and I know at least 2 of them will be welcoming little girls. I used this week's Mojo sketch as my starting point, pulled out some BasicGrey paper (Euphoria collection) and this card is the final result. I love to use this verse for baby cards, and the font on this stamp (Whipper Snapper) is particularly fun. The final touch was some layered primas, topped with a pink rhinestone.

I wanted to make another card, and I was dying to use these beautiful Christine Adolph papers. They're 12x12, but most have strips or panels so can be easily cut down to card size. The background paper is foiled, so is absolutely stunning IRL. I accented it with a small strip of ledger type paper (wiped down with old paper distress ink), then tied on some organdy ribobn for the finishing touch. The inside reads "May your day be steeped in joy and warmed by love." (smARTworks) Very simple, but I love the elegant result.

Well, therapy time is over - have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another Tea Party!

So here we are again with another smART Cookie Tea Party! As mentioned in my last post, Giovana provided this lovely inspiration piece. Somehow in my mind, these bright flowers translated to a fallish card (I'm blaming it all on the orange!)

So here's my little creation, made with smARTworks' Wave Good-bye and the flourish from Stella. I started by misting some white cardstock with a couple colors of glimmer mist, then I stamped the sentiment. I trimmed that down, then took the excess cardstock and layered on a few more colors; I then stamped the leaves onto that and trimmed them. For the orange panel, I stamped the flourish along the side and bottom of the orange panel, then added the sentiment and placed the three leaves. I love it when a card goes together this quickly!

Susan, Dina and Giovana will be posting their creations throughout the day, and we'd love to have you play along as well. Just leave a comment so we can check it out! And if you upload to SCS, please use keyword SCPT2.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Simple Kid Birthday

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted! Having a kid in school has definitely meant some adjustments for our family; I think we're pretty much in the groove now, and hopefully that will mean more stamping time for me soon :)

We have a party to attend this afternoon, so I made this quick card for the birthday boy. The only stamping is the sentiment (Clear Dollar Stamps) - everything else is just punched, cut, or embossed. I accented the 4 with some chalk that has just a bit of shimmer to it, so it's cool without being over-the-top.

Hope to be back soon! I'll definitely be sharing a card on Wednesday at the next Tea Party. Giovana has posted a gorgeous inspiration piece - check it out!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tea Party!

I'm so happy that the smART Cookies' Tea Party has started back up again, and Dina provided a sketch for the first party. My card is pretty simple, as our son just started kindergarten yesterday; our daughter is really missing her playmate, so she's requiring extra mommy time.

I created this card using the Keepsakes set, plus the script from One Smile on the background panel. I had a hard time getting a good photo of this card, and finally just had to accept that this was as good as it was gonna get :) The buttons along the side are stamped with pearlescent crimson brilliance ink, embossed with Faith's Transcendence ep, then lightly spritzed with suede glimmer mist. I also used glimmer mist on the background panel so it wasn't so obnoxiously white.

Susan, Dina and Giovana will be posting their creations throughout the day, and we'd love to have you play along as well. Just leave a comment so we can check it out! And if you upload to SCS, please use keyword SCPT1.

Have a great day!