Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jeannie scissor hands

You may remember cards from Jeannie from days gone by. This is the card she submitted for our May swap. She 'loves' to cut out things. It is obvious in her work. I love how detailed and beautiful it is! She has a great eye for composition as well. You might not be able to see it, but the background is the damask embossing folder sprayed with the shimmer mist. It is truly a beautiful card.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Purple daisies

The summer has truly begun at my house. The traveling is going to be non stop all summer! I've never had a summer quite like this one and I'm excited!
I wanted to share some of the awesome swaps I've been getting. This card is done by Jimi Felder. She is a stamper I greatly admire. Everything she does is just wonderful! She used the Flower, Daisies #2 Die, and the scallop squares duo die for the Big shot....with purple dsp! The polka dots are made with the embossing folder, also using the big shot. It's a real touchy feely card. I love it!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sweet Sunday....already?

My 'sister from another mother' Karen is an amazing stamper. She hosts a challenge every Sunday on her blog. I decided to play along this week, just for fun....I'm sure my card is nowhere near as fantastic as the others that link to her blog, but it is fun to have a template or 'sketch' to work with. Gives you a nice jumping point for your creativity.
I knew I wanted to use this DSP and the butterfly embosslet, so...here it is! I pretty much hated it til I added the words. NO! Don't look too close, cuz ...(they are crooked)....but once that touch of black was on there to anchor everything, I decided it wasn't too bad. I did have a moment of panic when I couldn't find my pearls....what the heck! I order those and the rhinestones by the case! Well, not really, but golly I have a lot....Come stamp with me! I'll share!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Black and white and red all over

This is my birthday card from Araceli. I love how she stamps! She is amazing at layers and everything she does is so professional! Check out all the punches she used on here. I think she used five different punches! DSP, punches, Ribbon....gotta love it!

Friday, May 27, 2011

blogger challenge shimmer

This week at the bloggers challenge, we are doing "shimmer". fun! the hard part is getting it to show up in my pictures! I was inspired by some blogs I hopped this morning that had floral layouts similar to one I did. I don't remember where the blogs were...so don't ask....anyway! I tried something a bit different. Well, it was different to me. I used markers to ink up my stamp and then spritzed it with the shimmer spray from Stampin' Up! I didn't get a real even coverage because it kept clogging....need to figure out how to keep that from happening. But I like the effect! In person the flowers have nice shimmer to them. In the picture...not so much. I also added a sponging of the Frost white shimmer paint around the edge of the white. Also something not so evident in a picture but nice in person.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers in the challenge. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

sweet Shari....

Shari is an amazing stamper...she always wows me with her simple clean totally cute cards! This is the card she sent me for my birthday this year. I absolutely love how she used the buttons! (I have about 5 million buttons...) I will totally be copying this one! Thanks Shari!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

when in doubt...bling it out!

This is another card I made with scraps and left overs from my desk. Yes, I had quite a mess...don't judge! The black is a left over page from my mini scrapbook from a few weeks ago, I just cut off one edge so it would fit my card. The DSP was from another project, and the flowers are from the triple punch I'm addicted to (see yesterday's post). I had the card all done and had to actually get UP and get a greeting to put on it. I know, horrors....I stamped it in black and...yes, my black pad needs to be re inked. But I didn't want to get up again so....I used my 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter and...you can't tell how pathetic my black ink is! yay for a dazzzling fix!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photo punch

I am loving the triple punches at Stampin' Up!! I had some left overs from the scrapbook page I made a few days ago so I decided to do a "don't get out of my seat" creative session. It is a challenge for me not to get up and get more tools or embellishments when I am creating. This card is made just with left overs that were on my stampin table. I love how it turned out! I'm a bit addicted to roughing up these flowers....seems like an easy way to get a dimensional flower without having to layer or use much paper.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Inspiration challenge

Now that I am done with school for a while, I decided to jump back into the bloggers challenge group. I like having an 'assignment' each week. It helps to spur on my creative juices. This weeks challenge is an inspiration piece. We were to use the colors or feel of the picture to make our project. I used the Nautical expedition DSP from Stampin' Up! for my background and aged it with the distressed kit. The ship is stamped with Soft Suede and then I used the aqua painter and just a bit of marina mist ink to add dimension to the ship. It was a step outside of the box for me....just what I needed! Be sure to check out the other players this week or play along yourself!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

pink and blue

My dear friend Michele sent me this sweet card for my birthday last month. I love the colors she used. The little bling on the greeting is just fun! I'm so blessed to have such talented ladies in my group!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Birthday butterflies

My friend Holly sent me this amazing card for my birthday last month. I love it! I have it on display in my studio for all to see. Maybe I will attempt to make one of my own...maybe....

Monday, May 16, 2011

Summer mini

Here is the other project we made at my super fun scrap night last Saturday. It's an easy mini album that focuses on photos more than frill. The covers are made with the naked chipboard from Stampin' Up! that we covered with DSP. It is easiest to cover the chipboard before you cut it out. I used TomBow liquid to adhere the DSP to both sides and then ran it through the Big Shot to cut out the covers. The interior pages are simply the same die cut shape using cardstock. I added a few buttons here and there but mostly just used photos and the white gel pen. This would be a fun project to make before the summer starts to keep memories in as you travel or just hang out this summer.
The mini album is shown with a ribbon holding it together here, but I did find some metal rings to use instead. The pages turn much easier with that than the ribbon.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tiny scrapper

My niece loves glue! She is so cute...squirting it out all over her 'projects'....Gotta love a tiny person that loves to craft!
This is another CASE page I did last night. I love the fun colors on these papers. They really go well with my silly 13 year old's personality. She is fun fun fun! I wanted to use the ribbon punch but realized I didn't have it....shock! So, used the scallop lace border and just punched both sides of a strip of Chocolate paper. sigh...if only the paper tasted like chocolate...I'm so in the mood!!
Are you scrappin?? It's national scrap month!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scrap night

We had a great time scrapbooking tonight. It has been toooo long! Nothing makes me feel quite as good as scrapbooking my family memories. I love it!
This is the page I had for everyone to make. I copied a layout I found in Creating Keepsakes from a few months ago. Again, same basic layout but totally different paper, color, theme, etc. Gotta love a good copy!
All the papers I used are from the same DSP packet from Stampin' Up! I love how the papers all coordinate with each other. They have really take the guess work out of things!
The flowers in the faux photo strip were made with the new three layer flower punch. It is amazing! I punched out the flowers and then crumpled them up and separated the layers in the paper to give them depth and texture. Its a fun technic but my tiny neice didn't like the 'ripped up' flowers for HER project...lol she is so cute.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

little sis

My other sister is beautiful too. Blonde hair...blue eyes....sigh....
I made this scrap book page for her on Mothers day. I made a point to use silly pictures of her family....cuz they are a crazy bunch of people! I love them all! I think she liked it.....it has polka dots so....she must have!

Monday, May 9, 2011

the runt

My baby sister is beautiful. She really is. She was only four when I moved out and I missed out on so much with her and the others! She has grown up quite nicely in spite of my absence tho.
I made this scrap page for her for Mothers day. Just a couple pictures of her and her fiance and my neice. They are the cutest little family....I just love them!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

mothers day

I don't think I shared this card before.....this is the card I made for my mother...a couple months ago. I used the owl punch to make the flower. It is one of my most favorite cards ever! I almost didn't give it to mom. But, she is an amazing mom, so....she deserved it!
I also made her this cute and quick scrap page featuring all the girls in our family. Mom and future moms. It is from last Christmas...or Thanksgiving...I forget....We don't get the whole family together very often, so it is pretty special!

Friday, May 6, 2011

crazy hair

My son Ethan is a one of a kind guy. He is super sweet and fun and just a joy to be around. He really got into spirit week this year. He actually wanted me to take these pictures!
I used another winning layout from the Stampin' Success magazine. This one was by Connie Collins in TN. She made her quilt blocks a bit smaller....I went with the size they popped up as when I selected 'use as a page element'....cuz...well...I'm lazy. :o) I think it still looks good. I love how the chocolate stitching between the blocks makes it hard to tell how crooked they are. yay! Enjoy!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

instead of showering....

My dad came over yesterday to help me build a table for my stamp studio. Yes, I've decided to call it a 'studio'....seems more creative than just stamp room. The table is going to be fantastic! It will seat 8 cozy and 6 comfy or just two the way I tend to spread out...lol You know what I mean!
Because of my crazy excitement over getting my studio fully functional, I found myself doing some digital scrapping this morning during my shower time. Sorry world..... I had been browsing the Stampin' Success magazine earlier and found some really great My Digital Studio winning layouts. I really liked one in particular done by Amber Meadows so I decided to try and duplicate it. Here is my take. The original was ....well, completely different in color, theme, and subject matter, but basically the same layout. I love it!! My sister and her daughter are just to photogenic....Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

supa ninja

My son Ethan has been doing MMA (mixed martial arts) and he is getting pretty good! He loves the weapons best. He seems to be a natural! I snapped these pictures the other day while he was practicing.
I like this page....it is actually a monochromatic page in a way. The background is from one of the new digital downloads for My Digital Studio with a textured background stamp over it. All the stamped images and the photo mats are done with black. I just changed the opacity of the black to give it dimension. Its a bit busy for my taste but...then again....I'm not a guy! I think Ethan will like it!
This month is National Scrapbooking month! Stampin' Up! is offering the digital scrapbooking start up kit at a discount as well as loads of scrapping supplies at 30% off! check out my website to see the details or send me a message.