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