Monday, December 20, 2010

Final Tags Redux!

I've been in a state of ennui. Lots of reasons why, but the result is sad - no motivation to do any stamping despite the rather embarrassingly large pile of uninked stampies haunting me in my sleep.

I wasn't planning on making any more tags, but my sister asked me if I could pull myself out of my rut and make her just 6 tags. Since I happened to have these Tiny Treats: Christmas images punched out and colored, I really didn't have an excuse not to make any tags. But really, picking the right DP to use and determining a layout is harder than it sounds, especially when you are in a state of ennui.

Anyhoo, I decided to make simple, blingy tags. I might've over-blinged but eh, it's fine with me.

Here's a cute little gingerbread man with blingy buttons and a jolly Santa.

My sister said these tags are going to go on presents that she got for us. I sure hope I get the reindeer one (e.g. I better get the reindeer one back!).

Since I only had 5 PTI Tiny Treats images (the nutcracker one was a bit creepy), I had to reuse the jolly Santa.

Merry Christmas!

Stamps: PTI Tiny Treats: Christmas
Paper: PTI kraft cardstock, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Basic Grey Mitten Weather, October Afternoon Very Merry
Ink: Copics, Memento black, VersaMagic ink
Accessories: PTI Tag Sale #2, PTI Limitless Layers, Memory Box jewel stickers, Michael's jewel stickers, Divine Twine, circle punch

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Tags Redux!

I dig the word "redux." Ever since my bro-in-law pointed out that it sounds more badass than "revisited" because it has an "x" in it, I find that I must use it at every opportunity presented.

Redux. Bad.Ass.

Anyhoo, I digress. So today are MORE holiday tags. I made these for my MIL to use for whomever she feels like using them for - possibly for the peeps receiving one of those stationary sets I made for her.

On a recent CD with Jamie, we were super productive. It most likely had to do with her predetermined decision to kick me out of her house by 5pm* that lit a fire under our butts to crank out all the images and shapes we wanted from the other's stamps/dies. I even brought my own Cuttlebug so we wouldn't have to wait and take turns using her's. We can't share, can you tell? heheh...

* Note: She wasn't being a hardass...she had a concert to go to that night. :)

The tags below are influenced by the fabulous Dawn McVey. She came up with these great Vintage Ornament dies to coordinate with her stamp set from last year and Jamie was SOLD. And I benefited from it by cranking out a stack of these shapes in awesome Memory Box Xmas paper. I digs... *sigh*

So since I was giving these away and would most likely be used on people who would just toss them, I decided to keep them simple - but still cute! I stuck to a single color scheme for the tags using aqua ornaments (aqua/red/kraft), and a different color scheme for the tags using red ornaments (red/green/kraft).

I came up with 3 different layouts for the aqua ornaments:

Then I mimicked 2 of the aqua layouts for the red ornament layouts below.

I did go a bit overboard with the red jewel stickers (below) but dude, it looks sooo pretty! So blingy! So shiny!

Stamps: PTI Holiday Tags 2010, PTI Tin Types, Memory Box Vintage Ornaments (stamp image on ornament), TCP Give a Little (sentiment)
Paper: October Afternoon Very Merry, PTI kraft, Memory Box Xmas paper
Ink: VersaFine black, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: PTI Vintage Ornaments dies, PTI Tag Sale #2, Martha Stewart baker's twine, Memory Box crystal stickers (red, clear), Nestabilities Jumbo Scalloped rectangles, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, pinking shears, Michael's red satin ribbon, Kaiser pearls (red)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Tags - Yay!

Since I am highly impressionable (due to Jamie), I decided to make Christmas tags this year! It all started from the October PTI release...I really wasn't going to get anything but supplies but then...Limitless Labels came out. And I was smitten. And because PTI is a marketing genius, they paired LL with their Tag Sale #2 and Holiday Tags 2010 stamps. They won. I got them all.

And because I really didn't know what to make with these, I bit off the highly talented Nichole Heady and basically made some tags similar to her's. That lazy stamper's accordion thingy? Pure.Genius.

So here are the tags. One makes use of the lazy stamper's accordion, and the other cuts felt using the pretty lacy circles die from LL. And I couldn't resist adding a strip of bling to the bottom of the tag on the left side. Bling made it awesome.

Stamps: PTI 2010 Holiday Tags, PTI Signature Holiday, PTI Tin Types
Paper: PTI kraft, Memory Box Xmas paper
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, Brilliance Pearlescent Beige, Color Box aqua color of some sort
Accessories: PTI Limitless Labels, PTI Tag Sale die #2, Martha Stewart Baker's Twine, Kaiser pearls (red), Memory Box crystal stickers, Michael's crystal sticker (big)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Pocket Full of Projects - Redux

Like I said in my previous post, I made 10 stationary sets for my MIL. Below are the other 5 sets that I made. They also use DCWV La Creme DP, but instead of the creme/black color scheme, I used more gray/black (with the exception of 1, I ran out of gray/black DP).

So you want to know my most favorite thing about all these sets?? It's that I used up a BIG chunk of my La Creme stack. This is truly awesome because I have this terrible habit of buying paper, using a leeeetle bit of the stack, and then hoarding the rest. This way, I used up a lot of my La Creme and all 25 Memory Box Licorice notecards. It's good to use up your stuff, ya know?

Anyhoo, here's a pic of the 5 sets:

And close-up of each card in each set:

Card Details
Stamps: MFT Framed Greetings, PTI Simply Stationary, PTI Signature Greetings
Ink: Fresh Slate, VersaFine black
Paper: DCWV La Creme, Memory Box Licorice notecard
Accessories: Michael's satin ribbon, Memory Box crystal sticker, Nestabilities circle dies

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Pocket Full of...Projects

Howdy! It's been awhile. I've been preoccupied with creating stationary sets for my MIL to give away to her pals. I made 10 sets total - here are the first 5. I made these 5-card sets using a similar color scheme based on the DCWV La Creme stack. I wanted each card to be different but still complimentary in order to keep it cohesive. So I used different DP from the stack for each card, but each had the creme/black color combo.

Here's a pic of the 5 sets:

Followed up by a close-up of each card in each set:

Card Details
Stamps: MFT Fillable Frames, PTI Simply Stationary, PTI Signature Greetings
Ink: VersaFine black
Paper: DCWV La Creme, PTI black cardstock, Memory Box Eggshell notecard
Accessories: Memory Box jewel stickers, Michael's satin ribbon, Nestabilities circle dies

Monday, October 4, 2010

Birthday Bunny Card for Me Sister

Last year, I made my sister a monkey birthday card. My mom said, "Ugh...why do you always make everyone monkey cards? Your sister is not a monkey!" By that, she meant her zodiac is not a monkey, but a rabbit. So taking me mum's criticism to heart, I made my sister a zodiac-appropriate BUNNY birthday card this year.

This little sneaky bunny is trying to steal the frosting off the cake. Ironically, my sister doesn't like frosting, but what the heck, the sentiment is adorable.

I used PTI Hawaiian Shores cardstock for the base card, and layered on DP from Cosmo Cricket DeLovely. Random satin ribbon that I had was layered over the top and accented with PTI Rasberry Fizz (I think) buttons. The bunny itself was colored with Copics, while the cake was topped with fabu Martha Stewart glitter.

Card Details
Stamps: TCP Forget About the Cake
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics, Spica glitter pens
Accessories: Nestabilities rectangles, PTI buttons, TCP twine, Martha Stewart glitter, satin ribbon

Monday, September 20, 2010


Time for another Take a Seat Sugar Plums post using...Taylored Expressions sketch 128! I'm so glad people put out sketches. Otherwise, I would be at a loss with what to do with my stamps most of the time!

This card uses stamps from C.C. Designs Take a Seat and and Gingersnaps Spring Thing! set that I've had for over a year now but never used. But I thought the picket fence was perfect for the bottom panel of Taylor's sketch. I picked DP that I thought created a background for Emma and the fence - trees and clouds. Then used the Die-namics die to cut a cloud, and stamped the sentiment on it. Emma, her pal the sheep, and the cloud are popped up on foam tape to give the card dimension.

On a Shimmer Spritz Rampage!

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Take a Seat & Spring Thing!, Pure Innocence (sentiment)
Paper: Memory Box mocha notecard, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg, PTI kraft cardstock
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics
Accessories: Tsukineko shimmer spritz, MFT cloud die

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Glitterfied Birgitta

My pal J had this really ambitious goal of inking up all her uninked stamps by the end of August. Mad props to her for achieving that goal. I, on the other hand, proceeded to add even more uninked stamps to my pile. I pretty much doubled it with the addition of the C.C. Designs Take a Seat set, along with this cutie, Halloween Birgitta. But dude, how adorable are Sugar Plums and Swiss Pixies?!

Anyhoo, since I really should ink up uninked stamps, I decided to use this week's ATS Wed Challenge sketch to showcase Halloween Birgitta. I used Cosmo Cricket Matilda DP, choosing to keep the color scheme black, orange, and purple, as is the same as my last Halloween post. In place of the circular panel on the sketch, I die cut fluffy felt clouds using MFT Die-namics.

Close up of the sparkly explosion. I sprayed Tsukineko shimmer spritz on the black cardstock after I ran it through a polka dot Cuttlebug folder. Crystal Stickles were added to her wings, and I used a glue pen to outline the spiderweb on her hat and dress, and then proceeded to dump black glitter on it. Unfortunately, the glue pen was not fine tip, so I ended up with a black glittery mass. To uncover the spider web design, I took an Exact-O knife and nudged the black glitter mass back into the spider webby lines. As you can see, I worked hard on the hat... and gave up on the dress. =D

Then I decorated the interior. It kept turning out blurry no matter how many times I tried to take a picture of it, so this is the best I could do. I decorated the interior with a panel cut from Nestabilities Labels 9, a strip of Matilda DP, and a Jack o' Lantern stamp from My Favorite Things.

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Halloween Birgitta, My Favorite Things Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl (sentiments and Jack o' Lantern)
Paper: PTI black cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Matilda
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics, Brilliance Crimson
Accessories: Ribbon from Impress, Offray black satin ribbon, MFT Cloud dies, Nestabilities Labels 9 and Labels Trio, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Tsukineko shimmer spritz, Martha Stewart glitter, crystal stickles, Kaiser crystal stickers

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tricky Bunny

This week's Mercy's sketch was so cute, I had to try it. I saw the rectangular panel on the sketch and just knew that my new "Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl" stamp would be perfect for it!

I've had my eye on this super adorable stamp since last year - I thought it was so funny that Flopsey was pretending to be a kid dressed as a rabbit for Halloween - but never got around to buying it. And then I guess Halloween passed and it was removed the MFT online shop and I thought it was gone forever. I was quite sad. Oceans of tears were shed. Okay, maybe not, but I was quite disappointed.

LUCKILY, MFT brought it back and I snatched it right up. No was was I going to shed oceans of tears again. *grin*

So I started with the very Halloween-like color scheme of purple, orange, and black. I stamped the WTG panel over 2 different Matilda DP and then cut out WTG, Flopsey, and the poor unsuspecting ghost friend who is Flopsey's unknowing accomplice in his plot to trick candy out of people to paste over the DP. I paper-pieced WTG dress and gave her some fabulous shiny purple heels.

On the side panel, I wrapped black & white Divine Twine randomly over it just to give it some texture. Then I die cut some felt pieces to give the card even more texture and oula, fin!

Close-up of the super delicious Glossy Accents on the shoes and pumpkin candy holders.

Card Details
Stamps: MFT Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl
Paper: PTI True Black cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Matilda
Ink: Memento Black, VersaFine Black, Copics
Accessories: Smooch, MFT open scallop die, Nestabilities circle dies, Divine twine, orange felt

Thursday, September 2, 2010

MTSC89 with SugarPlums!

When C.C. Designs came out with their super awesome Take a Seat set, I just had to have it. There are very few stamps that I feel I must have like right now, but this was one of them. I think it had to do with the armchair and the enormous paper piecing potential it presented. And the awesome stone wall.

But once I got the set and cut out the stamps, I didn't know what to do with them. The images are It's like they take up the whole entire space of a normal sized card.

*Queue Jamie voice* Enter Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #89.

The challenge was to make a long card, and lo, it solved the dilemma I was facing with the images taking up the whole entire card face!

I used PTI True Black and Simply Chartreuse cardstock, embossing the SC paper with Birds & Swirls embossing folder. For the scallops in the sketch, I used my brand spankin' new MFT open scallop border die. I laid a black strip of paper across the middle, but it looked so plain, so I topped it with a sheer purple ribbon that I had lying around. All this was finished off with 2 PTI Simply Chartreuse buttons.

As for the sentiment, Verve's Circular Sayings are seriously my go-to set of sentiments. So simple, yet so pleasing to the eye and fits many card situations!

Close up of the image.

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Take a Seat, Verve (sentiment)
Ink: Copics, Memento black, VersaFine black
Paper: PTI True Black & Simple Chartreuse, My Mind's Eye (dp)
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, PTI buttons, TCP beige twine, MFT open scallop border

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gifty Girl on a WSC Floral Fantasy Day

This week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club challenge was to use FLOWERS. Wow, talk about an easy one for me for once! I have lots of floral stuffers - floral patterned paper, flower dies, Prima flowers...

So I pulled out an old fave of mine, WTG Gifty Girl. I used my current DP of the moment, DCWV Linen Closet, and paper pieced her dress with one of the polka dot papers in the pack. I considered using a floral pattern paper for her dress but polka dots seemed more chic and Gifty Girl is simply, always fabulous. :)

I also paper pieced her bags with a robin's egg blue paper and inserted tissue paper in her bags. Look like a well-known store known for it's little blue bags and boxes?? :)

Close up of Gifty Girl's bags.

Card Details
Stamps: MFT Gifty Girl
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics
Paper: Memory Box Robin's Egg notecard, DCWV Linen Closet, vellum paper
Accessories: PTI flower dies, Michael's pearl stickers, Michael's satin ribbon, tissue paper

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Robot Love

Beep-boop-boop...hehe...I sooo dig this little robot from The Cat's Pajama's Loving Mew set. He reminds me of Wall-E...especially since he's a lovesick robot.

Anyhoo, this card uses a TCPTUES color challenge from a couple weeks ago...I can never seem to participate in challenges on time. Oh well... but here's one for the TCP Blog Hop!

Besides TCP's Loving Mew set, I used the new CutUps Flower Button set. Can I just say how friggin' brilliant these dies are?? No need to thread twine through a needle, these babies have built in holes for you to thread your stuff through with your hot little hands. I love that I can just tie the felt flowers and buttons together rather than use unreliable glue dots to hold the embellies together.

I stamped a simple heart background using PaperTreyInk's Hearts background set - it just seemed to match Wall-E so perfectly. Then I used Copics to randomly color in the hearts, just to give the background some punch.

I decorated the inside a little - cut up paper flowers using the CutUps dies - just can't keep away from these things!! :)

Card Details
Stamps: The Cat's Pajama's Loving Mew, PaperTreyInk Hearts background
Ink: Copics, Memento Black, VersaFine Black, Brilliance Rocket Red, PTI Fresh Snow
Paper: PTI kraft and pure poppy cardstock, DCWV mat stack
Accessories: The Cat's Pajama's CutUps Flower Button dies, My Favorite Things Jumbo Scallop die, Nestabilities Circle/Scalloped Circle/Labels 1 dies, TCP ivory linen thread, PTI pure poppy saddlestitch ribbon, Basic Grey buttons

Friday, August 20, 2010

Girly Birthday

I love My Favorite Things' Who's That Girl series. I especially love it when she wears fabulous skirts and dresses because then I get to paper piece them with awesome and pretty DP!

This is Who's That Birthday Girl and coincidentally enough, I got this stamp set for my birthday from Awesome J. The DP is DCWV Linen Closet...I think it's a few months old actually, but I just got it (b/c Joann's finally had the 4x6 size back in stock and it was 40% off! Wahoogle!). I knew that this DP was perfect for Birthday Girl b/c it was girly and pretty, and you can only have that kind of DP for her flowy skirt.

I paper-pieced the cake and added decorative lines of pearls at the base of each cake tier. I almost placed the bow where the strip of ribbon is, but it blocked too much of her pretty skirt, so I moved it to the top of the card. But then the ribbon strip looked too bare, so then I added a line of pearls on top. Sooooo pretty, don't you think? The scallops were accomplished using MFT's Scalloped Scallop border die (also from Awesome J). I lightly sponged the circle holding the sentiment just to give it some contrast.

Card Details
Stamps: My Favorite Things, Verve
Ink: Copics, Memento, VersaFine, Brilliance
Paper: Memory Box scored notecard, DCWV Linen Closet
Accessories: Michael's satin ribbon, Michael's pearl stickers, Nestabilities circle dies, My Favorite Things Scalloped Scallop die

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just Hangin' with the 'shrooooms...

I'm knocking out my list of uninked stampies one by one. It's been a slow go, but slow and steady wins the race, right?

So technically, this qualifies for the All That Scraps die cut challenge b/c I used a circle Nestie, but I think they actually want you to use like a more elaborate die. Funny thing is, I do have lots of groovy dies. But those shapes just didn't fit with Nora today.

So this is Ladybug Nora. Isn't she cute?? (Actually, aren't all my stampies cute??) Anyhoo, she doesn't actually come sitting on the mushroom; it's a separate stamp. So I did the magic masking thing, colored, and cut her out. The green hill was a freehand wavy cut with a pair of scissors (that's as elaborate as I can get freehand), and see the adorable little mushrooms? They are actually part of a different stamp, Birgitta Sitting on a Tree Stump. But I wanted some extra 'shrooms for the scenery, so borrowed them from Birgitta. They're friends, she won't mind. I promise. Unless they're frenemies. (Ref: Ninja Reads to get a clue).

Close up of glitter-fied wings. I also used Glossy Accents on the little 'shrooms, but I couldn't get a good angle of it to get a glossy shot. Ever since I got GA for my birthday from J, I've been using it on like every single card! Hehe, it's AWESOME. :)

Also, see her stockings? I used a Copic colorless blender to give her tights some subtle pattern. Ya dig?

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Ladybug Nora and Mushrooms, Verve (sentiment)
Ink: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Black
Paper: Cosmo Cricket DeLovely, PTI, Memory Box scored notecard
Accessories: Stickles, Glossy Accents, Nestabilities circles

Friday, August 13, 2010

Umbrella Girl

Hello! I meant to post sooner than this but this card took me forever to finish. I started it last week but it lay incomplete until I received my PTI Harvest Gold buttons. Then, I actually finished it earlier this week but didn't have time to take a picture of the card while there was still daylight.

So this is Pure Innocence's Umbrella Girl. Isn't she adorable?? I've had her since April but never inked her up until now. Just had a hard time thinking what to do with her.

I paper pieced her umbrella and boots using the same polka dot DP (cuz accessories gotta match, right?) and used My Favorite Things Jumbo Scallop Die-namics...I love those things. Just did a simple layout and attached a groovy PTI Harvest Gold button as my accent.

Then I used Glossy Accents on her umbrella and shoes to give it a slick waterproof look. See? I also popped the umbrella up on foam tape to make it stand out against her more, like she was holding a real umbrella.

Card Details
Stamps: My Favorite Things Pure Innocence My Umbrella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety, Memory Box notecard
Accessories: MFT Die-namics Jumbo Scallops, PTI buttons, Divine Twine, Michael's satin ribbon

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summertime Lazing...

Yo! I've recovered from my strained muscle/pinched nerve neck issues from last week (still working on the allergy congestion - bah!). So I managed to stamp a few items.

So this li'l cutie is Nora from C.C. Designs. She looks like she's enjoying a lazy summertime afternoon - dontcha wish you could join her?

I didn't really have a sketch in mind and the fact that the image is so huge makes it hard to use any kind of sketch anyways. So I just did a simple layout with DP and no embellishments. I stamped Nora first and masked her in order to stamp the fence behind her. I added some glossy accents to the butterfly and the flower in her hair (which of course you can't see)...but I digs...

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs
Paper: Memory Box, October Afternoon
Ink: Memento black, VersaFine black, Copics
Accessories: Glossy Accents

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired Redux!

"Redux" is in honor of Kireet, and because, as he said, it sounds badass to say "redux."

I loved that Anthropologie picture so much, I made a second card using it as my inspiration.

I actually made this card before the other one, but I thought the other one turned out better so wanted to post it first so the full effect of the Anthropologie ad's awesome-ness could be felt.

This card uses an old Sweet Sunday sketch. I used PaperTreyInk's Polka Dot Basics I again since the black and white polka dot dress was a huge focal point of the ad. It's hard to see, but I stamped PaperTreyInk's Background Basics: Diamond in VersaMark ink on the blue panel. You also can't see but I used glossy accents on some of the black polka dots. White felt flowers were die cut using PaperTreyInk Flower Dies #3, again accented with little black button brads.

Then I decorated the inside to somewhat mimic the exterior:

Card Details
Stamps: PaperTreyInk Polka Dot Basics I, Background Basics: Diamond, Impress (sentiment)
Paper: PaperTreyInk True Black and Hawaiian Shores
Ink: VersaMark, Brilliance Graphite Black, PaperTreyInk Fresh Snow
Accessories: PaperTreyInk ric-rac die and Flower Dies #3, Nestabilities Labels 8, Impress white felt, Making Memories button brads, corner punch of some sort, Glossy Accents

Friday, July 23, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired!!

A few weeks ago, I got an Anthropologie catalog in the mail. As I flipped through it, I came across this lovely picture:

I saw it and thought, "Wow! This would make an awesome looking card!" So using it as my inspiration piece, I set about piecing the card together.

Unfortunately, I don't have a dark teal color that matches the picture, so I had to make do with my PTI Hawaiian Shores. It still looks nice to me, but I really want dark teal paper. It's such an awesome color! But I digress.

This is the card I ended up with:

I used PTI's Polka Dot Basics I to mimic the pattern of the black & white polka dot dress. I didn't have any black felt (but it's on its way from Jamie and my latest PTI order - eeeeee!!!) so just made white felt flower's using PTI's Flower Dies #3. I cut PTI's True Black cardstock with my MFT Jumbo Scallop border die that my FABULOUS FRIEND JAMIE gave to me. I am LOVIN' IT!! Then I decided the black scallops looked too plain and decided to stamp on a text background stamp from PTI's Background Basics: Hearts set...then thought the scallops blended too much together and decided to sponge the edges with white ink - gives each scallop layer more definition, dontcha think? I dig it!!

The white felt flowers have little black button brads, and I used Michael's satin ribbon. The sentiment is from PTI's Communique Curves.

Then I decorated the interior:

I masked the left-side of the card and stamped the same text background that I used on the scallops, and then also sponged the edges. I cut a simple white panel from Nestabilities Labels 8 and pau-wow, all done!

As a side note, isn't PTI's Fresh Snow ink like the awesomest white ink EVER??? I have Brilliance Moonlight White and it does not stamp this nicely. I dig it!!

Anyhoo, this card was me channeling my inner Dawn McVey. Whatcha think? Did I do her any justice?? She probably would've made one of her smushed flowers instead of the felt ones I had OR made like a 5-layered felt flower, but then I wouldn't be able to fit the card in an envelope so 1-layer felt flower works for me!

Card Details
Stamps: PaperTreyInk Communique Curves, Background Basics: Hearts, Polka Dot Basics I
Paper: PaperTreyInk True Black and Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, PaperTreyInk Fresh Snow
Accessories: My Favorite Things Dienamics Jumbo Scallop border die, Nestabilities Labels 8, Michael's satin ribbon, PaperTreyInk Flower Dies #3, Making Memories black button brads, Impress white felt

Monday, July 12, 2010

A First!!

So this is super exciting (for me)! This is the very first time that I have used all the stamps in a single stamp set!! Usually, I use maybe only a few of the major images but all the little accessory stamps never see the topside of an inkpad!! Granted, C.C. Designs Flower Power is only a set of 3 stamps, but still - I used all 3 images!! Eeeeeee!!! I am so easily amused... :)

Anyways, this card is for ATS Wednesday Stamp Challenge, which happened to be a sketch challenge. I used my favorite DP of the moment, October Afternoon Fly a Kite. I sponged the edges of 2 of the DPs along with the Monkey panel with VersaMagic Gingerbread ink. I broke out my new PTI Flower dies to make a fabby little felt embellie. I debated on whether to use blue felt instead of pink felt for the top flower but I thought, why not try breaking out of my normal pattern of matching all the embellie colors, and put an emphasis on 2 different colors in the card? Try something new and mix it up, ya know?

Then I decorated the interior a bit with a simple panel cut from Nestabilities Labels 8 dies. The sentiment is from PaperTreyInk's, and the little flower is the accessory stamp in the Flower Power set.

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Flower Power, PaperTreyInk Communique Curves sentiments
Paper: PaperTreyInk cardstock, October Afternoon Fly A Kite
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, VersaFine Black
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 8, Michael's satin ribbon, Impress felt, Basic Grey button, Karen Foster's scrapper's floss

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Peace Offering

As I predicted, my last post in which I stated that I was withholding my monkey card from my sister even though it was originally meant for her birthday was met with swift retaliation:

I'm going to keep everything I got you in China.
- From the Sister Who Should Be Receiving This Card

Okay, okay, you win. BUT, if I gave you the monkey card now, you would know that you were only getting it because of your threat. So, to show you how much I truly appreciate you and how I hope you had a wonderful birthday, I made you this brand new card especially for you! What an awesome sister I am, right?? Right?? hehe...

Anyhoo, this card is using last week's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #80. I broke out my new Cosmo Cricket DeLovely paper pack, which is totally pretty and bright and sunshiney and awesome. I'm on a Hawaiian Shores paper kick, so I matched bright & cheery DP to it. The hot air balloons are from PTI's Everyday Button Bits set and the sentiment is Verve. I wish that I had like Rasberry Fizz or Hibiscus Burst buttons but alas, I don't, so I had to use 2 Hawaiian Shores button and 1 Lemon Tart button. Sad...RF and HB buttons are going on my next PTI order!!

Card Details
Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Bits, Verve Circular Sayings
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely
Ink: VersaFine Black
Accessories: Nestabilities Circles, PTI buttons, EK Success scallop border punch, random ribbon, Copics

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A {Sweet Sunday} Flower Monkey

I've been itching to stamp again lately and when I saw this Sweet Sunday Sketch #75, I knew the perfect stamp to showcase - my C.C. Designs Flower Power set! I'd been eyeing this cute li'l monkey ever since it was released a few months back. He's even cuter than the original monkey stamps that C.C. Designs had before. He's more...round-ish which = cute, in my opinion.

Anyhoo, I'm really diggin' how this card turned out. Like, a lot. So much so that, comes my guilty confession. Originally, I was going to make this a birthday card for my sister but it's so stinkin' cute that I am just going to keep it for myself!! Heheh...and my sister reads this blog so I'll probably hear about it later. In my defense, she's not even in the same country as me right now so it's not like I was going to send it to her anyways.

Anyways, I wanted to make a bright, cheery, and summery card, so decided early on that I wanted to use PTI Hawaiian Shores. I used a lot of PTI Hawaiian Shores stuffers: cardstock, saddlestitch ribbon, and BUTTONS!! The DP is October Afternoon's Fly a Kite in a bright cheery yellow pattern.

I was pondering what other color to use on this card, and was debating between a bright green or orange, but I decided that orange just worked a lot better for this card. Of course, I thought that PTI Orange Zest would be perfect...but I don't have any Orange Zest cardstock! BUT I had similar colored felt, and made do with that. But dude, it totally worked out! It added texture and makes the card POP (IMO). I used Nesties Blossom die on the orange felt to make the flower to surround the monkey. The monkey is stamped on a Cuttlebugged Nesties circle, colored in with Copics, and sponged with Memento New Sprout.

I used 5 precious PTI Hawaiian Shores buttons to decorate the bottom. As I mentioned in my last post, my scrappers' floss had mysteriously disappeared, but last night, it magically reappeared in a bin that I had checked like five times. But I ended up leaving my buttons naked anyways b/c the small button on the right only has 1 hole. I don't know how to make twine and 1 hole in a button work and it would've looked weird if that last button didn't have twine but all the others did. But now that I think about it...I should've just looped twine through the 2 big buttons. Arrgh!! Why do I always think of these things after the fact?

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Flower Power
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Cosmo Cricket Fly a Kite
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & New Sprout, Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities Blossom & Circle dies, PTI ribbon & buttons

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Random {Ginger} Card

I've had this Stamping Bella Ginger Ketto stamp for a few months now and it sat sadly uninked in my drawers...well...that's not completely true. I did try to use it a few months ago for my SOL's birthday, but this happened, so I had to put it off for awhile.

Anyhoo, I first started out trying to use Mercy's Tuesday Sketch, but the card just refused to come together. So I had to dig up my old sketch references and picked out an old Taylored Expressions sketch to use. I think it still turned out *just okay* but well...I'm at a loss for what else to say. I couldn't even figure out where to stick a sentiment on this card!

Anyhoo, I used PTI Hawaiian Shores cardstock and layered washi paper on top. The celadon washi has a pattern of dragonflies (digs!) and the teal one has blossoms and these wave-like things. I wanted to add a pop of color, so I wrapped bright orange ribbon around the teal washi. I also thought it made it look like an obi, which goes along with the whole Asian theme of the card. For more pop, I Cuttlebugged an orange felt flower, topped with a Hawaiian Shores felt circle, and a {sad} naked button. I didn't mean to leave it naked, but I misplaced my scrappers' floss and don't know where it ran away to. So very sad...

Anyhoo, in Ginger's hair pins, I added some Kaiser teal blue pearls, and I sponged green around her b/c it looked empty when it was just all plain white.

Card Details
Stamps: Stamping Bella Ginger Ketto
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores cardstock, random washi paper
Ink: Copics, VersaFine black, Memento green ink
Accessories: Nesties Small Labels, Blossom, and Circles; Michael's ribbon, Basic Gray button

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Veggies Make a Happy Papa's Day!

So I just didn't have a witty title, but those smiley ears of corn, peas in a pod, and tomatoes simply deserved a shout-out.

This card was made for my bro-in-law, master Big Green Egg griller extraordinaire. I've used this stamp to make him a card before as I've had it for a few years, but, as I mentioned before that I lack guy stamps, I decided an oldie is a goodie and thought to use it again for him.

The bbq stamp is from Memory Box's old Fun in the Sun set. I think this is the only stamp I've used from this set so far...ironically, b/c who'd have thought a bbq stamp would get the most use? haha...

I used an old Taylored Expressions sketch. The DP is Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety, and I thought this particular pattern was appropriate to go with a grill image. Although, my sister said that piggy DP would have matched better...

I covered the grill with diamond glaze again, but it left weird air bubbles. Me no likey. I did more dashes of faux stitching with a white gel pen (dig it!) and sponged the tag with VersaMagic Mango Madness.

Card Details
Stamps: Memory Box, Savvy (sentiment)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety, PTI cardstock
Ink: Memento black, Copics, Uniball white gel pen
Accessories: Nesties Circles/Tags, random ribbon, Diamond Glaze

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Papa's Day!!

Hello! Long time no post! I lost my card-making motivation after making all those mama's day cards. I almost didn't make any papa's day cards...but somehow pulled through at the last minute! Yee-haw! Well, I didn't completely succeed... my hubs's daddy isn't getting one of my cards b/c I would've had to have mailed it last Mon and I only started making cards this past Thurs. Oh well. My sister-in-law took care of getting him a card so it's all good.

So this card is for me own papa. I really don't have any appropriate guy stamps, so I made do with a cutesy least it's not flowers and bunnies though, right? I don't think my dad will mind overly much.

So this little bear is from C.C. Designs Sweet Treats set. I mostly got that set for the super cute monkey (my favorite animal, if you couldn't tell from the blog name), but after giving everyone monkey cards, my mom said I really should expand my horizons. haha... So I took my wise mother's words of wisdom to heart and used this little bear. It's not really related to father's day anything but it's cute and I like it. hehe...

I used a Clean & Simple sketch for my layout. I stamped him on a circle that I Cuttlebugged, then sponged Memento ink around him. I colored him in with Copics, trying to shadow the left side more to give him some depth. I used some Diamond Glaze on the ice cream, but you can't really tell. I need to get me some Glossy Accents....

I used PTI Polka Dot Basics I with VersaMark ink to stamp polka dots on the background. The design paper is from Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety. Also, I faux-stitched along the DP with a white gel pen. Haven't done it before and I like it...

The sentiment is Savvy and stamped on a Nesties Tag Trio, also sponged with the same Memento ink as the circle. Do you see the knotted part of the ribbon on the left side? I didn't want to just lay it flat and there was no DP on that side of the ribbon to hide the ribbon end under, so I just decided to knot it and hold it in place with a glue dot. I dig it...

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Sweet Treats, Savvy (sentiment), PTI Polka Dot Basics I
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate cardstock, DCWV, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety
Ink: VersaMark, Copics, Memento (black & green), Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, white gel pen
Accessories: Diamond Glaze, Sakura glitter pen, Nesties Circles/Scalloped Circles/Tag Trios, random green ribbon