Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tea Party!

Donelda challenged us to incorporate an inchie on our card for today's Tea Party... well, I had some fabulous ideas floating around in my brain, but when the time came to sit down and actually make something, the creativity wasn't exactly flowing. So, to make a long story short, my card does have two 1" squares on it, although they aren't exactly a main feature. But it still counts, right?!

Anyhoo, this card was made with the wonderful new set Together. I only partially inked the main image (so no, that wasn't a mistake the way the right girl's back looks), then stamped it onto plain ol' white cardstock. I then spritzed on glimmer mist (I'm loving the "Old Lace" color!). I stamped the sentiment, rounded two of the corners, then layered some INCHIES cut from pre-printed kraft paper (Making Memories) to accent the corners.

So why don't you hop over to see what the other cookies have created - I'm sure that they managed to churn out some gorgeousness!! Now off with you to Susan, Dina, Giovana, Donelda & Donna! ;)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I have one last card to share using the blossom from the Hello set (along with the sentiment from Bloomin'). This time I inked up the image with markers, misted lightly with water, and stamped it onto watercolor paper. Such a simple technique, but I love to use it with the pressed flower type images that smARTworks has. I matted it with brown and added just a bit of brown cord - simple and easily mailable, too.

See you tomorrow for the inchie Tea Party!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kid Crafting Fun

Wanted to share some crafty fun for the younger generation! I picked up this paper doll kit a couple weeks ago, and just pulled it out this morning. My daughter (who turned 4 in January) has been having a ball with it, and I foresee many more happy mornings spent creating. The pack comes with a pad of pre-printed dresses (and of course I can't help but think how cute it would be to make a few custom ones with scrapbook papper) and a few embellishments. She was just happy to have a reason to pull out the glitter glue ;) We also picked up this fun butterfly book - she's been painting one every day or so, and we'll be stringing them all together to make a mobile for her room when they're all done. Crayola has definitely come up with some great products recently - might be worth taking a stroll down that aisle at the craft store next time you're out and about, particularly if you have any little girls in your life!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Next Tea Party

Donelda is our hostess this time around, and has challenged us to incorporate an inchie (or more!) on a card. I've been meaning to play around with these little guys, so this will give me the nudge I need. Need some inspiration? Check here and here for some ideas... and we'd love to have you play along with us on the 25th!

Monday, March 16, 2009


"The world of imagination is boundless" - so why can't we have pink, shimmery birds? :)

This is a pretty simple card - I stamped the bird (Shelley) onto a scrap of white and painted it with twinkling H2Os, added the sentiment (Opportunity Trio), then cut it down into a rectangle, trimming around the bird's wing and tail. I love that effect - simple to do, but really catches your eye (particularly when you mat it with a darker color). I glued a strip of BasicGrey paper onto a white card base, then mounted the main panel with foam pop dots.

So have you checked out the smARTworks site lately? Susan has just introduced some new setss (starting on pg 166) that are gorgeous! I have my order in, now I just need to find time to give the glorios rubbah the love that it deserves ;)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thinking of You...

A really simple card to share today, made with the Hello and Thinking Trio sets. The images are stamped with midnight versacolor (which has a chalky sort of finish) and then I just rounded the edges, added some black brads, and layered it with a simple black print (7gypsies). I like the clean lines of the card - it would make a nice sympathy card or could simply be used to encourage someone going through a rough patch...

I also want to tell you about the very cool challenge that Dina has come up with for the next Tea Party (March 11). Head over to the smARTworks design blog - then pick a card, any card! :) And now... create your very own version of that card! When you post your creation, please include a link to the original card just so we can all see the "starting point." And just a reminder, too, that you are in no way limited on the stamp company - obviously, if you have smARTworks images, we'd love for you to use them, but you can use whatever... the whole point is to share your creativity. So hop over and peruse the eye candy, and hopefully you can find some time to join in the fun!