Sunday, May 30, 2010

Two Challenges in One Card!

Hello all! This card was made using two challenges I found. I haven't really done challenges before, but I am going to start so that my creations are more my own and not my version of someone else's idea! The color challenge I used was Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, and So Saffron. I didn't think I would like the combo, but after looking at some examples, I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that Dusty Durango has not been a favorite, so I have an abundance of that color. I have to say that I do like it in this combo. This card turned out much better than I imagined. I also used a sketch from Stampin' Connection. It was sketch callenge 18. Combining a color challenge and a sketch challenge are a really good starting point if you are having a case of stamper's block and want to make something original. I think I may keep doing them and see what I can come up with!
Have a great Sunday!
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Happy Moments set
Paper: Rich Razzleberry CS, Dusty Durango CS, So Saffron CS, Very Vanilla CS, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Jet Black Staz On
Accessories: So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (retired), Scalloped Circle punch, 1 3/8 " Circle punch
Techniques: Paper Piecing (on the presents)
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Simple Sympathy

I am so sorry that I have been neglecting my blog lately. I have been really busy and haven't found much time to stamp. I made this card and a few others a couple of days ago, but I haven't had a moment to get pictures and write up blog entries until now. Whew!

This is a quick and very simple sympathy card. It came together very quickly. I made the grassy hill by tearing a piece of regular printer paper and then sponging Old Olive ink under the ripped part (if that makes any sense). It is a very simple technique, but gives a nice effect. I also did a little sponging around the brances of the tree to give it a little color.

Hope you like the card! I have a few pictures taken now, so I should be able to post more often over the next few days. Have a great day!

Supplies Used:

Paper: Soft Suede CS, Old Olive CS, Very Vanilla CS
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive
Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers set
Techniques: Sponging Pin It

Friday, May 21, 2010

Awash with Flowers... again!

Is it Friday already? This week has gone by so fast. Probably because I have been so busy. One of my projects this week was to clean up our basement (where my stamping area is) and once I got that done, I made this card to celebrate my nice, neat space. Now let's see how long it stays that way!

I just love this stamp set and the card that inspired me to make this one. This is a CASE from a card I found on Stampin' Connection made by Tessa Wise. I thought her card was just beautiful and tried to recreate it, but I'm afraid that I did not do the original justice!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Awash with Flowers, Whimsical Words, Vintage Vogue
Paper: Sahara Sand CS, Rose Red CS, Very Vanilla CS
Ink: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Jet Black Staz On
Accessories: Blender Pens
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bride and Groom Card

I found the template to make this bride and groom card on Lynn Pratt's blog. Aren't they a cute couple? I think the template makes a beautiful wedding card.
Instead of typing out a detailed description of each card, I am going to simply list a card recipe. If you have any questions about how things are done, leave me a comment and I will answer your question.
One thing that I do want to share in detail (and that is very hard to see in the picture) is that I sprayed the bride's gown and the Mellon Mambo cardstock with shimmer spray, which is rubbing alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Mist shimmer paint (from the Holiday Mini, but it's still available for order). I mixed it in a small spray bottle that you can find in the travel sized toiletries section at the drug store. I sprayed the shimmer spray on the pink piece of paper and on the bride's dress. The additional layer on her dress is covered with 2-way glue and dazzling diamonds glitter.
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Everything Nice (on the inside)
Paper: Mellon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Bouquet Embossing Folder, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling diamonds glitter, homemade shimmer spray
PS- Sorry that this picture isn't the greatest! I'm still working on perfecting my photography skills!
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Butterfly Birthday

Happy Sunday, Everyone! Hope you are all having a great weekend!
Today's card is a CASE of a card I saw on splitcoast by karcher70. I thought it would be a great card to make because I just love these little butterflies and I have a bunch of red ribbon left over from the Christmas cards I made. I don't often use a lot of red, but I really like the simplicity of this card and how nicely it turned out.
My card base is Real Red cardstock and the fold is at the top of the card. I cut the butterflies out of Real Red and Whisper White cardstock using the Beautiful Wings embosslit die with my Big Shot. I adhered the red ones in a pattern on the front of the card which is Whisper White cardstock. I used a tiny bit of SNAIL adhesive right in the center of the butterflies so that I could fold the wings up slightly and give them some dimension. I then stamped the Butterfly Accent stamp from the Occasions mini catalog with Real Red classic ink and then layered the large white butterfly over the stamped image and added a rhinestone brad (from the Pretties Kit) to the center of the white butterfly. I punched the bottom of the image layer with the Scallop Border punch to dress it up a bit and stamped "Happy Birthday" from a retired set called "Very Versatile". The ribbon is 5/8" red grosgrain ribbon that is tied in a simple knot at the top of the card. I couldn't get a good picture of the inside, so I didn't post it, but I did stamp "Hope your birthday is the wish-come-true-kind" that is also from the Very Versatile set on the inside on W. White cardstock. I also adhered the largest red butterfly to the corner of the inside of the card. I have been stamping inside my cards a little more often know. I feel like it makes the card feel a little bit more finished. Do you prefer the insides of your cards to be blank or stamped?
Thanks for stopping by! This is the last card from my stamping marathon earlier this week, so I will have to come up with something new if I'm going to post again tomorrow. We'll see how it goes! Have a great day!
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Sneak Peak

Hello again! I decided to post twice today because I have a busy day tomorrow and may not have a chance to post. This is a sneak peak at a set that will be in the new catalog. It is a two-step stamping set called "Awash with Flowers". I think it is really pretty! It is called two step stamping because the outline is a separate stamp from the stamp that is used to color it in. To make this card, I cut two pieces with the Top Note die, one in Melon Mambo and one in Whisper White. I stamped the outlines of the flowers in Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, and Old Olive classic inks. To fill in the images, I stamped off one time before stamping and used the same colors that I used for the outlines. Stamping off is when you stamp once onto scrap paper before stamping on your card. It gives a slightly lighter shade of the ink. I then layered the two Top Notes so that the Melon Mambo one was vertical and the whisper white was horizontal. (I think I saw somone on splitcoast use this layout, but don't remember who it was, sorry!) I then cut a piece off of the left side so that it would fit onto the So Saffron card base. I stamped "thinking of you" from the sentiment set called "Teeny, Tiny Wishes" in Rich Razzleberry. I added three So Saffron brads before adhering the Top Notes to the card base. What do you think of this new set? Isn't it so pretty?
Thanks for stopping back by!
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Quilted Top Note

Hello Stamping Friends! I just love this card. If you know me, you know why- it's because I LOVE purple! It is my all time favorite color and I think the shades in this paper look so pretty together. My inspiration for this card came from one I saw on Stampin' Connection made by Jennifer Weide. I just changed a few elements to make it my own. That is called CASE (copy and share everything) and I do it a lot. I love to see what other stampers are making and find my inspiration in their work. It's encouraged in the stamping world!

I've been seeing these Top Note quilts for a while, but this is my first attempt at making one, and here's how I did it. I took 1 1/4" squares of Cottage Wall DSP (which will be retiring in June- boo hoo!) and used SNAIL (adhesive) to attach them to a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of cardstock (the color doesn't really matter because it will be covered, but I used Orchid Opulence) so that the entire piece of cardstock is covered with DSP scraps. (You will use four scraps across and three up and down, so you need twelve squares to cover the cardstock.) I then centered the cardstock on my Top Note die and ran it through my Big Shot. Once that was done I ran it through the big Shot again, but this time I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (it's a little hard to see the dots in the picture) and centered it on a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Orchid Opulence cardstock (which is retiring in June and currently being sold while supplies last) and layered that piece over my Rich Razzleberry card base. I stamped "You're too kind" from the Whimsical Words set (a set that was only available during Sale-a-Bration) in Rich Razzleberry classic ink and punched it out using my Large Oval punch and layered that over a piece of Orchid Opulence cardstock that I punched out with the Scallop Oval punch. I popped that up in the center of the card using dimensionals. The cute little butterfly is from the set called "For All You Do" (a personal favorite) and stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink and cut out and popped up on dimensionals. I didn't take a picture but I stamped "thank you" and another butterfly from "For All You Do" on the inside of the card on W. White cardstock.

I got lots of stamping done yesterday while my little one was napping and my bigger little one was at Nana's, so I may post two cards today. We will have to see how the day progresses! Have a great one and if you like what you see, please leave me a comment. I love to know that you are visiting my blog!

Marla Pin It

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Soft Subtle Birthday

Hello! Thanks for stopping by again today! I had a few minutes to stamp this afternoon and came up with this card. I hope that you can see it well enough in the picture. The colors are very subtle and I don't know that my camera picked them up very well. Today's card is a birthday card, which I find to be my favorite type of card to make. I think this one would be great for a little girl, but could be used for a woman as well.

My card base is Pretty in Pink cardstock and over the base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder, which was in the Occasions Mini catalog and will be in the new catalog that comes out on July 1st. I really like the polka dots. I think they give an otherwise plain and simple card a little something extra. The image piece is a 2 3/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped with an image from the set called Thoughts and Prayers, which is actually a sympathy and get well stamp set, but it has some really pretty images that I find very versatile. I colored the stems of the flowers with my certainly celery Stampin' Write marker and the flowers with my Pretty in Pink marker. I then stamped the image and added the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set that was in the Occasions Mini (and I'm hoping will be in the new catalog) using Pretty in Pink classic ink. I sponged the edges in Pretty in Pink and layered it over a 2 7/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Certainly Celery cardstock and popped everything up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

My favorite part of the card is the bow. I made this bow using a piece of 5/8" ribbon that I got for free last year during Sale-a-Bration. This bow is called a fork bow because you use a fork to tie it. Knots and bows have been one of the most challenging things for me (I say it's because I'm left-handed, but that's probably not the real reason). Anyway, I found a tutorial on how to make these cute bows and I can't stop making them. If you would like to come to one of my classes, I can show you how they are made!

Thanks again for stopping by! I am trying to post daily (we'll see how long I keep it up!) See you tomorrow (hopefully)!

Marla Pin It

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thank You!

Hello! Thank you for stopping by my brand new blog! For my first posting, I decided to show you the thank you card that I made for the teachers at my son's preschool. It was my very first attempt at making an "ornament punch rose" and I think it turned out nicely. The base of this card is a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and folded in half to create a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card (this is a standard sized card and the one that I make most often). I layered a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Old Olive cardstock over the card base. The top layer is a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of designer series paper (DSP) from the Sweet Pea paper stack, which is sadly no longer available for order. The sentiment is from a set called "Thank You Kindly" and it is stamped using Old Olive classic ink onto Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment is punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch and layered over a piece of Rose Red cardstock punched out with the Wide Oval Punch. The petals for the rose were punched out of Pretty in Pink cardstock with the Ornament Punch and then I sponged Regal Rose ink onto the edges of the petals to give them some depth. The leaves were cut freehand from Old Olive cardstock. If you go to and search the gallery for "ornament punch rose", you will find a great tutorial for making the rose. I tried to post a link, but I couldn't get it to work.

Thanks again for stopping by! I am very new to blogging and somewhat technologically challenged (just ask my husband!), so bear with me as I attempt to figure this out!

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