Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Scrap 'n Art Blog Post Today

Check out the SNA blog today to see the post that accompanies this card. Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, January 21, 2011


You know how I was complaining earlier in November and December about not getting any snow? Well, now I've had enough of snow - it's pretty deep out there - and I would like to think of other things like blue skies and rainbows.

This adorable cloud paper comes from My Little Shoebox; it's from their 2010 Spring collection "Flying High." The labels were done with Spellbinders Nestablilties - Labels Fourteen. I love that shape! The stamps and the cloud die are from Papertrey Ink's "Up, Up and Away!" set. I colored the rainbow with watercolor pencils and I doodled around the labels and cloud with a Zig black marker so they went with the doodly cloud paper. I used Diamond Stickles on the cloud for good measure :)
Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pink and Yellow

All through school, I remember hating pink. When I was young, I hated it because I was a tomboy and pink is for girly girls. When I was in high school, I hated it because I was still sort of a tomboy and...what can I say - I was not a girly girl.

Today, I'm still not what you would call "girly" but I have acquired a deep appreciation for all things pink. I'm not the type of person who obsesses over single colors though, I'm a color combination affectionada. I love pink and brown, pink and green and most of all, pink and yellow.

I started out with that color combo in mind when I was die cutting the items for this card. I used a Spellbinders Nested Heart Pendant (largest one) and inked over the embossing with Papertrey Ink's "Fresh Snow" ink pad. By the way, if you want a fabulous white ink but have come to the conclusion that they're all just so-so, you've got to try PTI's.

Then I sprinkled just a bit of Antique Gold (Ranger) embossing powder over the ink and heat embossed it. Antique Gold isn't opaque; it provides a lovely and slightly holographic sheen.

I used a Spellbinders Lacey Circle die for the teapot sentiment. The teapot is from Crafty Secrets "Tea & Coffee" set. I wrote the sentiment with a Zig pen. The background paper is by Cosmo Cricket - I stitched it with my sewing machine and inked around the edges with pink ink.

The lace trim is from my stash (probably 30 years old or more) and the rayon seam binding is a find from my mom's trip to Goodwill. I sprayed it with Tattered Angels, crumpled it up and let it dry. It's got some sparkly shine from the TA.

I adhered all of this on a pre-made kraft card base and inked the edges with the PTI white ink. I used Glue Arts "Perma-Tac" and Beacon Adhesives "Zip Dry" for my adhesives. Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nuts about you!

I've had these nuts and squirrel die cuts for more than 10 years. I think they came from Creative Memories at some point via my mom's cousin. Anyway, I knew they were perfect for this cute card layout!

I wanted to add some texture because I'm not a big fan of plain die cuts layered on top of each other. I embossed the squirrel with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder and layered it on the green square with a foam dot. I added the grass cut over top of this and added the pink eyeball. I love those things!

As for the rest, this card is super duper easy. I layered the embellished square onto a Lacey Square die from Spellbinders. I put the background paper onto the card base (paper is by Eye M 2 Cute - love the pink wood grain!) and added the square. I used random letter stickers for the title (Sassafrass, Basic Grey and American Crafts Thickers).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, January 10, 2011

More Paint Sample Fun

Today was supposed to be the first day of my new semester of classes. However, 10+ inches of snow put a sizable dent in that! So I'm back for one last pre-semester blog post. This is it - the last of my paint samples I picked up. *sigh*

For a minute there, I almost forgot they were FREE and I can get more whenever I want! ☺
I wanted to show off the yummy shades of yellow, so I went really simple on this card. I used a Spellbinders Lacey Squares die and a Standard Squares die to make the sentiment (alpha stickers are from Doodlebug). The white punched strip was made with a Martha Stewart Crafts Double Edge punch. I just added pretty buttons with Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives and I was done!
Thanks for taking a peek :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fly Away With Me

This is for the Flourishes release contest - the colors of love challenge!
The lighting seems weird on this one, but I guess it's because of the snow reflecting the light into my porch. This card was made with Papertrey Ink's "Up, up and away!" set and also with the hearts from Verve's "Hundred Hearts" set. I stamped the balloon baskets on the card, but stamped the balloons themselves onto other white paper - 3 of each. I cut them out and scored down the middle and adhered them back to back to create the 3D effect. Then I attached them to the card above the baskets.

The bottom was done using the Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Edge "Daisy Fan" punch. I finished it off with a knotted sheer ribbon (Hobby Lobby) and a twine tied button (Jillibean Soup).
I used Zip Dry on everything.

Well, I start back to classes this week, so I probably won't be posting as regularly as I have been. Please bear with me though, I won't leave! I have 12 hours again this semester and I'm hoping it goes quickly.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Winter Wishes

Do you ever have embellishments or scraps that you just can't get rid of because you are just sure you'll use them someday? I know I do. Luckily, every once in a while, I make a card for which one of those oldies but goodies is a perfect match. This card has two! Remember Prima Paintables papers? The snowflake is from one of those...I loved those papers. Perhaps that's why I just couldn't part with this last snowflake. The oval sentiment is ancient and I have no idea where it came from. A few years ago, I decorated it with some extra "Deco Snow" paste and glitter and it made its home in my extra embellishment drawer. I thought it paired with the snowflake quite nicely. I also added a silver pipe cleaner and some punched borders (Martha Stewart Deco Fan Corner punch and EK Success Diamond Scallop).

I guess the moral for today is: don't give up on those random embellies! ;) Thanks for taking a peek.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Use Those Freebies!

If you love color as much as I do, you might gravitate towards the paint samples in your department/home improvement store. Even though I haven't painted a room in years (we rent), I just love the beautiful mixes and shades of colors that can be found there! The most awesome thing about them is that they're almost always free. FREE!
I grabbed up a handful of my favorites a few months ago from Ace Hardware and finally got around to making this card. As I was making it, I realized just how easy it would be to make a set of neat cards in different colors.

For this card, all I did was cut the paint sample strips to fit the card and I cut the part with the names of the paints. Then I just layered them, added a decorative strip border (Martha Stewart Crafts Deco Shells border punch). I finished the top off with a polka-dotted ribbon from Hobby Lobby, a rub-on from 7Gypsies, a Spellbinders Lacey Square die cut and 2 orange gems.
So go grab up a fist full of those paint samples and let your imagination run wild!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Birthday Card for the New Year!

When I checked the store this week, I noticed I was low on birthday cards again. I have a really fun Loralie Designs birthday stamp and wanted to ink it up again and that's how this card was born. I think decorating these stamps is so fun! They're big enough that you have room to put on extra pretties like pearls and glitter, but small enough for a card. This stamp is called "Birthday Girl" - isn't she cute?

I colored her in with Copics and pieced her shirt and hat with patterned paper shaded with Copics. I pieced the cake as well, using some really old watercolor paper to give some texture to it. I used Prima Marketing pearls for the earrings and I used Glossy Accents by Ranger to coat the eyeglasses so they look like glass.
I used a Spellbinders Eyelet Squares die and a Martha Stewart Crafts "Deco Shells" corner punch to make the border. The patterned paper is by Pink Paislee.
Thanks for taking a peek and happy new year!