Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Swiss Miss Rosalie Marker for Jammy

There was a point in time where Jamie was making loads and loads of bookmarks using TGF Miss Anya stamp sets. She even made me this special Clary-inspired bookmark which I totally dig but don't use b/c it's too nice to use and I want to hoard and save and preserve it in its most pristine condition. hehe...

Anyhoo, so I figured I would return the favor. I actually decided to color this All That Scraps Swiss Miss Rosalie image that Jamie picked up for me the last time she went home. She was loathe to give it up even though I did ask her to pick it up for me...but of course, that's beside the point for her...hehe... :)

Anyhoo, so this is Swiss Miss Rosalie. She looks exactly like Birgitta except w/o wings. I dunno, maybe the C.C. Designs creator ran out of ideas? No matter, it is still really cute.

Stamps: C.C. Designs Swiss Miss Rosalie
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paper: DCWV
Accessories: Offray black satin ribbon, Marvy flower punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Basic Grey buttons, Crop-A-Dile eyelet

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby Card for My Longest-Known Pal

My friend that I've known since we both moved to the same neighborhood in 4th grade is having her second child. She was scheduled to be induced today, but ended up having her baby last Wed, but I had already planned to post this card today it is!

Since I don't have any boy design paper, I made a special trip to the scrapbook store to pick up this Doodlebug paper. It was down to either this paper or a doggie-themed paper, and hubs said he liked this one better. I figured since he was nice enough to come with me and follow me all around the store, I should go with his suggestion.

I layered the Memory Box scored notecard with random kraft cardstock that I got from a stamp store sale about, oh, 3 years ago. I hoard this one as I don't have much left (but luckily, Jamie and I discovered PTI's kraft cardstock recently, so all is good and I don't have to hoard anymore).

I cut light blue paper with Nesties Labels 1, and then ran it through the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots folder. The onesie was paper-pieced with Martha Stewart paper and I stuck a little Making Memories brad through to complete the onesie. Ironically, my friend that I'm making this card for is the one that gave me the button brad...this seems to be a theme with me - I used ribbon she gave me on her birthday card set. hehe...

Card Details:
Stamps: Savvy
Paper: Memory Box, Doodlebug
Ink: Colorbox Robin's Egg
Accessories: Nesties Labels 1 & Tag Trio, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Joann's ribbon, Making Memories button brad

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Groovy Hope & Grace

Howdy! So Jamie mentioned the other day that she was going to partake in Mercy's sketch challenge for the week. Seeing as I wasn't feeling like making the 2 cards that I need to make for events in March, and I really didn't have any other ideas but just had to stamp something, I decided to check it out. It seemed simple enough, not too many layers, so I thought, what the heck, why not? Also, I had a bunch of images that I had colored in with copics just lying around not getting used and they looked sad sitting in my ziploc.

So I decided to use this Greeting Farm image Hope & Grace Peace. Isn't she just so groovy? Since she had such a psychedelic t-shirt on, I had to use lots of colors in the card. I don't normally use 4 different colors, especially ones that are all bright and bold at once, but I didn't think subtle colors would do it for her.

Her t-shirt was colored using a Kiyomi Kraft technique where she colored in little balls of color and then blended it with a colorless blender. I totally dig the way it turned out! The sentiment is from Verve and I think it really fits the HG stamp!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm HG, Verve
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV
Ink: Memento, Copics, VersaColor Opera Pink
Accessories: Nesties ovals, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Prima flowers, Basic Grey buttons, Karen Foster scrappers floss

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Random Project

So the other day, I was making a card and thought, golly, wouldn't this be nice as part of a card gift set? So I made a five card set with envelopes and packaged it all up nicely in this folding card holder thingy.

Here's the cover:

The design paper is EK Success. I love it, it's sooooo pretty - it's looks Asian-ish. And it's like letterpress, so it makes it seem even more... professional.

I used PTI dark chocolate cardstock for the base of the holder, layered PTI kraft cardstock, and then finally the pretty dp on top. I cut a strip of dark chocolate and used a Martha Stewart border punch to make a pretty band, and then used some random dotty ribbon that I had to act as the tie of the card holder. It was just by pure luck that the ribbon matched the flowers on the dp. Wahoo! I love when that happens. Using my fave Nesties Labels 1, I made the label and used PTI Vintage Labels and Simply Stationary stamp sets.

Here is the card holder opened up:

The holder on the left holds the envelopes. I'm thinking of maybe stamping some image on the envelope flaps but didn't get around to it because Jamie wanted me to post this today. =P The holder on the right holds the actual cards. I used the same dotty ribbon to decorate the inside of the holder (b/c the kraft holders looked soooo plain...but I ran out of the ribbon so could make any kind of fancy bow, hence just the plain ol' strip of ribbon).

And here is the card itself. Pretty simple huh? I had to keep it simple in order to fit 5 into the holder. It'd be kind of lame to just give someone a set of 2, don't you think? hehe...

Anyhoo, I really dig this card. I think the dp really makes it.

Card Details
Stamps: PaperTreyInk Vintage Labels & Simply Stationary, Memory Box
Paper: PaperTreyInk, Memory Box, EK Success
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit
Accessories: Salmon-ish dotty ribbon, Offray brown ribbon, Nesties Labels 1 & Tag Trios

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rubber Soul Shower

I hate coming up with titles...especially when I can't think of anything clever.

Anyhoo, this card is for my friend Annie's wedding shower later this month. I think her wedding colors are pink and white, so I decided to just use a lot of different shades of pink.

I used Cuttlebug Birds & Vines embossing folder on the light pink swath of paper, then cut a strip of sparkly paper and used a Martha Stewart doily border punch. The bouquet image is from an oooooold Rubber Soul set that I have. It's a clear set...but they are kind of yellowing. Ewww...but they still stamp fine. I stamped the image on a cutout using my fave Nesties die set (Labels 1), then sponged around the image with some VersaMagic Pixie Dust. I colored the image with Copics and then glittered it up a little with some Spicas on the leaves and middle of each rose.

Originally, I was going to have a sentiment on the front of the card on top of the glittery paper in place of the ribbon...but I liked the ribbon better, so I just stamped the sentiment ("Best Wishes") on the inside of the card. The better to take up space on the inside, I say. I

Card Details
Stamps: Rubber Soul Wedding
Paper: Memory Box (dark pink & light pink) paper, DCWV Summer Glitter stack
Ink: Copics, Spicas, VersaMagic Pixie Dust, Memento Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder "Birds & Vines", Nestabilities Labels 1, Martha Stewart Doily border punch, random ribbon

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Card for Hubs

So not sure if you've noticed in my posts lately, but they all contain cards that serve a purpose. Somebody's birthday or holiday is coming up and I need a card for it. This is a good thing though because for the time being, I'm making cards that have actual purpose and I will use. The first few cards that I made at the beginning of this blog's life were for challenges but couldn't be used for anything. I mean, seriously, who can I give a Miss Anya card to besides Jamie? My sisters prefer cutesy cards (like monkeys and penguins) so...yeah.

ANYHOO, about this card, this is my Valentine's Day card for my hubs. I didn't really have any V-day stamps so I had to make due with my cute monkey set from C.C. Designs. Though I swear, at the next TCP sale, I'm going to get the Loving Mew set because I want that Love Machine Robot stamp...hehe...

Notice anything groovy about this card??? I used TWO Nesties sets. I just got them both this past weekend and made use of them right away, which is a first. Usually, I sit and admire my stuff for awhile, haha. Take, for example, the dotted ribbon in this picture. That's been sitting in my stash for over a year. *sigh* But I finally made use of it!! :)

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Monkey Love
Paper: Memory Box pre-scored notecard, DCWV summer mat stack, DCWV Sweet Stack
Ink: Memento black, Brilliance lime, Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 9 and Tag Trio, Basic Grey button, Karen Foster scrappers floss, American Crafts polka dot ribbon

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hubs!!

Today is my hubs' birthday! Hooray for hubs!

I had a hard time making this card because I don't have any boy paper. All of my paper is pretty, floral-y, again...I had a hard time making this card. In contrast to making my sister-in-law's card which took all of about 30 min to make, this one took a few days. I was trying to figure out a layout, but it required multiple patterned paper, and I didn't have any boy pattern paper, so I sat there and stared at my card for awhile, etc, etc... Finally, I just settled on trying to make my own background. So I stamped various TCP images on plain brown paper and called it good. haha...

For the white squares, I sponged VersaMagic Gingerbread ink to give it an old Western feel.

Card Details
Stamps: TCP It's a Western Thing
Ink: Memento black, VersaColor Pinecone, VersaMagic Gingerbread
Paper: Memory Box

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bitty Button Birthday Wishes

Yeehaw!! After a month of agonizing over my niece's birthday card (which pretty much took the whole month of Jan to make because I just didn't have any card mojo), I finally got to move on to my other new stamp sets, namely PTI Everyday Button Bits!! I love this set, it is so cute and clever. They have various images that you can accent with buttons, and we all know that buttons are just groovy and fun!

So today's card is for my sister-in-law's birthday. I like the contrast between the lighter colored background and the bright red buttons. I think it really makes the buttons pop, don't you?

And you know what's even groovier about this card?? It only took me 30 min to make!! Freakin' record.

Card Details
Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Bits
Ink: VersaMagic Pinecone, I can't remember which green ink I used
Paper: Memory Box scored notecard (water), Memory Box Sweet Bay, Martha Stewart
Accessories: Basic Grey buttons, Martha Stewart border punch, random white satin ribbon

Monday, February 1, 2010

Long Time No Blog...

As Jamie so kindly pointed out on her post, I haven't blogged in awhile. But in my defense, I've been BUSY. Vacationing is hard work!! hehehe...

Anyhoo, here's a card that I made for my niece. She turned the big 0-2 a few weeks ago and my sister/bro-in-law threw her a little party for her and her friends. They went to the local Gymboree to play and sing, but it wasn't very successful...the little kids didn't really play with each other and kind of wandered off on their own away from the way-too-happy-singing-hostess-lady.

This card uses a Pure Innocence stamp that I got from My Favorite Things. I loooove this stamp - it's so cute and I think it looks like my niece. I pretty much got it for that exact reason.

I used Christmas paper for this card (the polka dot paper). Mostly, I just wanted to use the cherry print paper and couldn't find a complimentary design paper except for one from my Christmas stack. What the heck, why not, right?

Card Details
Stamps: My Favorite Things Pure Innocence My Balloon
Ink: Copics, Brilliance Rocket Red, Memento Tuxedo Black, Spica glitter pens
Paper: Memory Box, DCWV Sweet Stack, DCWV Glitter Stack
Accessories: Random green ribbon, Basic Grey button