Friday, May 31, 2013

Garden Cute - FTL243

Needed a quick graduation card, and saw this sketch on the Clean and Simple blog helped so much! Thank you!  I love the simple design of the sketch.
You may view the Clean and Simple sketch here, and see all the cards created with it too:

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Secret Garden, Curly Cute
Paper - Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories - Secret Garden Framelits, Big Shot, Eyelet Border Punch, Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black), dimensionals

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bitty Secret - SCCSC171


Decided to create a card using the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC171).
Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Secret Garden, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper - Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz
Ink - Black Staz-on, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Bitty Banners Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, Big Shot, dimensionals, glue dots

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Best Tanagers - CCMC253

Here in the Northwest we see these very colorful birds.... called 'Western Tanagers'. Such cute little birds.  I used them, along with the 'Create with Connie and Mary' sketch(CCMC253).  You may view their blog here:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Set - Best of Brides & Babies
Paper - Ivory Naturals, Baked Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Pie
Ink - Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories - Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF, scissors, Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon (Daffodil Delight)

Vine Garden Greetings - SCCSC170

I created this card for the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC170). I changed the sketch around, so I could use the 'Banner Greetings' stamp set.
Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Secret Garden, Banner Greetings
Paper - Naturals White, Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi
Ink - Strawberry Slush
Accessories - Vine Street TIEF, Secret Garden Framelits, Big Shot, scissors, dimensionals, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Blender Pen

Curly Fan

I was inspired by Susan Lehrer's card using different colors.
Thanks Susan!

Stamp Set - Curly Cute
Paper - Naturals White, Soft Suede, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pink Pirouette
Ink - Calypso Coral
Accessories - Fancy Fan TIEF, Adorning Accents Edgelits (although, you can't really see it -- behind the flowers), Big Shot, Boho Blossoms Punch, Secret Garden Framelits, Basic Pearls

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flowers and Butterflies - JUGS189 & SCCSC169


Working on a few challenges this week.  My card incorporates two: (1) the Stampin Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC169) and (2) the 'Just Us Girls' color challenge (JUGS189).

Now, I do have to say that I did not have Cameo Coral to work with, so I substituted Crisp Cantaloupe for that color.  Not sure if you can see the difference (on the photo) of Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake on my card.... the Sahara Sand was used to mat the framelit and the embossed strip under the focal stamped image.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets: Best of Butterflies and Best of Flowers
Paper - Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand
Ink - Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories - Eyelet Border Punch, Satin Ribbon (Whisper White), Vine Street TIEF, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, Windows Collection Framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals 

Slam Dunk Birthday - FCC7

I noticed that my card fit the Paper Players Card Challenge (PP146) - Masculine Cards.  You may view the challenge and all the submissions here:

Another sketch challenge that has closed before I got my card in, but loved the sketch!!!! Here is the link to the Fusion Card Challenge (FCC7):

I created this card in My Digital Studio, and printed it out on Whisper White Cardstock before matting it on Basic Black and attaching it to Pumpkin Pie Cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Sets (MDS) - Slam Dunk (basketball - Pumpkin Pie), Great Sport (words - Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie)
Font (MDS)- Chalkdust - Basic Black
Punch (MDS) - Pennant (filled w/ Villa DSP - Basic Black)
Paper - Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black

Garden Greetings - SSC44

I saw this sketch challenge on Sunday Stamps blog (SSC44), but never got around to completing the challenge until now (after the challenge is long over).  The sketch seemed clean and it works so well with the Banner Greetings Stamp Set!

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Secret Garden, Banner Greetings
Paper - Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral
Accessories - Secret Garden Framelits, Vine Street TIEF, Big Shot, scissors, glue dots, dimenstionals

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Boho Greeting


I needed a cheerful card for my Mom today, so I used bright colors with the Boho Blossoms Punch. I decided to create another card using softer colors (leftovers from the punches) for a beautiful wedding card -- the colors match the colors in her bridal party.  Whoohoo! Two cards with one design.... SWEET!

I saw a lovely card, by Julie Gearinger, and found inspiration from her placement and layout.  You may view her card here:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp set - A Round Array (for bright card), Banner Greetings (for subtle card)
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Peach Parfait, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade
Accessories - Boho Blossom Punch, Basic Pearls, glue dots, Secret Garden Framelits, Square Lattice TIEF, Big Shot, scissors

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Array of Flowers - FMS86

I created this card using one of the Freshly Made Sketch (FMS86).  You may view their site here:

I rotated the layout to landscape, and used rhinestones instead of a ribbon.  I also used new Stampin' Up! products from the 2013-2014 Catalog (available on June 1st)!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets - A Round Array, Best of Flowers
Paper - Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink - Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones, Lacy Brocade TIEF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Corner Round Punch, Small Scallop Punch

Best Anniversary

Such a cute stamp for a cute couple celebrating their 57th anniversary, my husband's parents. It's fitting since Mike's Mom loves bluejays!

I wanted to use a few of my products from SU that I haven't used yet... the Lacy Brocade TIEF and the Best of Brides and Babies stamp set.  I even used the wording from that stamp set (to have and to hold forever and always) on the inside of the card!

Stamp set - Best of Brides and Babies
Paper - Pistachio Pudding, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Black Staz-on, Pistachio Pudding, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Rose Red
Accessories - Blender Pen, Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black), Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits and TIEF, Lacy Brocade TIEF

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Twins Birth

I created this for the Challenge (April 2013 Downloads).  I colored in the ark using the freeform tool... it was A LOT of coloring, but I LOVE how it turned out! I also used the 'Attach to Shape' so my typed text (on the birth of your twin girls) curved the way the stamp brush set did with Congratulations!

Thanks for taking a look.

Background paper - Textured Cardstock (Bashful Blue)
Embellishments - Walk in the Park II (leaves), Brads (Brass)
Stamp Brush Set - Two by Two (Black)
Font - Arial Narrow (attached to wavy line in freeform section of MDS)
Freeform Tool - coloring behind the ark (Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Real Red, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze)
Punch - Dotted Scallop Ribbon (Whisper White - cropped)

Victorian Flower - SCCSC168

I created card for another Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC168).  Not sure if I like the way the strips of Crochet Trim look as they meet up in the corners.... but it does have a nifty Victorian look to it! =)

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Best of Flowers
Paper - Crisp Cantaloupe, Naturals Ivory
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories - Crochet Trim (Victoria), Brads (Crumb Cake), Ovals Collection Framelits

Guy Greetings - SCCSC167

Finally back home in my craft room, so I decided to get caught up with the cards I need to create for family and friends.  I incorporated the Stampin Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC167) with this card. Thanks Amanda for the sketch!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Banner Greetings
Paper - Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Naturals White
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Houndstooth TIEF, Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon (Early Espresso),scissors

Monday, May 13, 2013

Japanese Gardens - DGSC110


Working on another Digi-Scrap Challenge on Splitcoaststampers (DGSC110 - May Theme).  I chose may flowers as my theme, as we just got back from our time in Virginia.... and we did take A LOT of photos of flowers at Maymont (Interesting that I chose these gardens too.... with May in it's title - Ha!).

I used a template that I found on Pinterest.  It's from The Daily Digi site online.  Here is the link to their page:

I created my own DSP (the panel behind the journaling piece) using the Spring to Life stamp brush set.

Thanks for looking!

Background paper - Spring to Life DSP #11
Embellishments - Taffeta Trimmings (Rich Razzleberry), Spring to Life (butterfly and flowers - recolored Rich Razzleberry), Taffeta Ribbon (Rich Razzleberry)
Stamp Brush Set - Spring to Life (grass - Wisteria Wonder, year - Rich Razzleberry, leaves - Rich Razzleberry)
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring to Life DSP #3, a color fill a lighter shade of Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White), Dotted Scallop Ribbon (Whisper White), Tag (Whisper White)
Font - Samurai (Rich Razzleberry) 

2013 Grad

I saw a similar graduation card/money holder on pinterest, and thought I'd try to create one of my own.

Thanks to Jill Franchett for the wonderfully made tutorial... it was a breeze to create!  You may view the tutorial here:

I created the inside sentiment with the year on the bottom with My Digital Studio and printed it out on Whisper White Cardstock.

Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Night of Navy DSP (although, you can't see this in the's underneath the hat create a moneyholder.).
Stamp Brush Set (MDS)- Go Graduate Plus (Basic Black)
Punch (MDS) - Square (filled w/Sahara Sand for lines)
Font (MDS) - Adorable (Night of Navy)
Accessories - Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal, Brad (Everyday Enchantment -- inked black), Stitched Satin Ribbon (Midnight Muse - shredded to make tasssel)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Maymont - DGSC109

I incorporated two challenges within this page.  One from the Splitcoaststampers Challenge - DGSC109 - Using a Template.  I used the 12x12 template that came with the Festive Blooms digital embellishments, and switched out the papers & background stamp to fit my photo.

You may view the Splitcoaststampers Challenge here:

I also used the challenge - "Retired Colors".  I used the colors: Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy and River Rock.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Baja Breeze
Embellishments - Festive Blooms (recolored Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue), Basic Pearls (River Rock), Staples & Stitches (Whisper White).
Stamp Brush Set - Bunch of Backgrounds (riot of petals - Bashful Blue)
Punch - Square (filled w/Not Quite Navy DSP and River Rock DSP), Flag (Whisper White)
Font - Samurai (Not Quite Navy), Calibri (Not Quite Navy)

Wonderful Father - DGSC108

Working on a few scrapbook challenges today.  This one is for the Splitcoaststampers Digi-Scrap Challenge - DGSC108 It all 'Ads' Up.  You may view the challenge here:
Molly challenged us to use an Ad to create our scrapbook page.  I actually chose a mall brochure for mine.

I wanted to create a page for my Dad (since I had already created one for my Mom).

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Soft Suede
Stamp Brush Set - Sweet Summer (flowers - lighter shade than Soft Suede)
Font - Chaucer (Whisper White), Scriptina (Whisper White), Boulder (Baja Breeze), Brannball Small (Baja Breeze)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Beautiful Mother - MDSM12


Playing along with a few challenges today.  Once is from MDS Monday blog (MDSM12), they provided the sketch.... as well as.... the use of the Brush Tool.  You may view the challenge on their site here: MDSM12 .  The second is from the site, they challenged us to use the retiring Stampin' Up colors, as well as, making a project for your Mom.

I chose to create a page centering around my mother and with the retiring SU colors Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose. The Brush Tool was used behind the background stamp -- coloring in a portion of that stamp (I should use the brush tool more often... it really adds to my page!). =)
The poem is from Helen Steiner Rice, and I found it on the internet.  Here are the words:

A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence of God’s tender guiding hand.
Thanks for looking!
Supplies Used:
Background paper - Textured Cardstock (Pretty in Pink)
Embellishments - Satin Ribbon (Certainly Celery), Taffeta Trimmings (Regal Rose)
Stamp Brush Sets - Mixed Bunch (flowers - Whisper White, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery)
Brush Tool - Coloring (Regal Rose) behind the background stamp 'Mixed Bunch' flower
Punch - Blossom Punch (Whisper White), Fun Flowers (Whisper White), Eyelet Border (Whisper White)
Font - CK Ali Hand (Regal Rose), Respective (Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Road to Hana

I created another two-page spread for our 2011 photobook.  This one finishes our trip to Maui (we love Hawaii!!!!!) with our Road to Hana Tour. many photos.... I just didn't want to have to choose. Thank goodness I found this wonderful sketch from 'Let's Scrap' on pinterest.
Here's the sketch:

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Textured Cardstock (Pool Party)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Calypso Coral), Simple Snapshots (circle and flowers)
Stamp Brush Sets - Bunch of Backgrounds (Whisper White at 80% opacity), Enjoy Every Moment (dotted circle - Whisper White)
Punch - Circle (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #11 cropped) and another circle at 0% opacity so I could attach words to the shape.
Font - Chaucer (Calypso Coral and Whisper White)
Techniques Used - Attach to Shape, Cropping Punch

Maui Ocean Center

Today, I'm working on our 2011 photobook (January still). We went to the Maui Ocean Center after our whale-watching tour. I loosely used a sketch that found on pinterest....made it into a double-page spread.  Here's the sketch:

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Textured Cardstock (Pool Party)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Calypso Coral), Sycamore Street (ribbon - Pool Party), Simple Snapshots (border flowers, leaves and flower - recolored), Staple and Stitching (Zig Zag - Whisper White recolored Calypso Coral), Everyday Enchantment (ribbon - Lucky Limeade)
Stamp Brush Set - Bunch of Backgrounds (Whisper White at 80% opacity)
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring Break II DSP #4, #11 and Whisper White), Tasteful Trim (Whisper White)
Font - Chaucer (Calypso Coral)

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