Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Great Grads 2

This was for one of my sweet friends, who was looking for a more "girly" grad card. I used my cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the base, and then a thin layer of brilliant blue, then embossed in black ink for the "grad" part with the SU set Great Grads. I used a flower and a pearl from the pretties kit to embellish : ) It was actually a really quick card. Hope you like it!

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, April 27, 2008

playing with flowers

Yesterday I discovered some new blogs...and one of those ladies went on the SU Cruise... I really enjoyed those pictures! You need to check out Patty Stamps and Diane's Designs on my Favorite Blogs. Wow! These ladies rock! One of the designs that kept coming back to me is this one. This is a case from Diane's Designs. I just wanted to try it. I was pleased with the quickness and yet simple elegance with possibilities. The other one, I framed with black and white, and added the cool corners I saw a tutorial for on Patty Stamps' blog. Thanks ladies for such cool inspiration! I used Petal Prints, The Art of Life, Oh, So Lovely, and Embrace Life sets from SU, and embossed with white craft ink, and white embossing powder on Sarah Sand paper. Last but not least I finished it off with some of the new white Taffeta ribbon. I was wondering where the bent blades of grass came from on Diane's Designs card. Patty Stamps includes a sneak peek at the new papers and In Colors coming out August 1rst. in the new SU catalog!

Great Grads

This is a card we made at my last Stamp party. I have a great group of ladies who like to come make cards and scrapbook. Although it seems we've put the scrapping on hold some. I have to get back on track with that! Sometimes it seems easier to do cards than scrap-but when I started it was the other way around! Funny how quick that can happen.

We made this graduation card using the Great Grads set and our local HS colors. We used Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun. We also used the background stamp Print Pattern and a brayer to ink it up evenly. Some ladies had college grads and so we changed the colors up a bit. It was a lot of fun getting together to do this!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Heartfelt marker mist technique

I have always loved this set, but have been neglecting it lately. When I saw the SU marker misting tutorial on SCS, I had to try it! I also used the butterfly from a hostess incentive set demonstrators can use as door prizes. I thought at first I was using the one from the Touch of Nature Set, because I keep them together (sorry). The sentiment is from Warmest Regards set. The ribbon slide is from the Hodge Podge Hardware set, and the background is Purely Pomegranite, cuttlebugged with an embossing folder to add texture. For the SU markers I used the Rose Red, since there's no Purely Pomegranite marker, and it matches fine, you can't even tell. I also used the stampin techinque of inking up once and misting it with water then, stamping in the middle, then misting again without re-inking, and same with the last, so they have slightly different brightness. I used crystal effects and dazzling diamonds in the middle for sparkle. I don't know if it shows up in the picture or not. Hope you like it as much as I did making it! ( When I made it, I had four big boys bouncing basketballs waiting on me to finish- so ribbon is a little off! )

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Baroque Anniversary 2

Just a quick post today. This set is good for so many occasions. I used Old Olive and Blue Bayou card stock to make this card along with the Baroque Motifs and the Hugs and Wishes set. I love my crop-a-dile, I used that to set the eyelets, it was like cutting butter! It sure beats setting eyeletts the old-fashioned way with the noisy hammer and tool!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Doodle This get well card

I made this for someone at work who had surgery. I used the Doodle This set and Sincere Salutations stamp sets , Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Verry Vanilla card stock, and crystal effects with Dazzling diamonds to give it a sparkle. The images were watercolored using the SU watercolor wonder pastel crayons and an aqua painter. The entire border was paper pierced to add texture. Hope ya like it!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pretty Petals and Butterflies of Happiness

What do you get with pretty petals and butterflies? Something that is very springy! You decide! I had every intention of doing this Wednesday of this week, but got caught up in being "mom", a very tired one at that! So, the idea had to "cook" for a few days.
I used the SU markers to ink up the individual parts of the Pretty Petal background stamp. It makes a really pretty background. Then I added two butterflies from the retired set Butterfly of Happiness, cut them out and used SU dimensionals to raise them up a bit. Then added the Certianly Celery ribbon with one of those great ribbon sliders from the new hardware kit, with pink SU glitter in the flower outline. Butterflies are stamped with Orchid Opulence, and the background is Certianly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, and Lavender Lace SU markers. I like it because any sentiment could be added inside!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy Ladybug

Last summer I went with my sister to her stamp club and was re-united with the lady I started stamping with ten years ago! She's still a very talented SU demonstrator in Montana and this is one of the cards I couldn't wait to get home and make! I used the Pick a Petal set, and the circle punches to make the bottom and head of the ladybug! I am ready for spring, it was 5 degrees above zero, and we feel very warm! What's wrong with that picture? We are gearing up for lifecycles at school, and I am getting together all of the things for the Very Hungry Catepillar, in hopes that our catepillars will show up in the mail anyday now, so we can watch them turn into butterflies with my kindergarteners!