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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blessed To Call You Mother

I hope everyone had a very happy Easter and weekend. I certainly did. My BFF was visiting for the weekend from Sacramento. On Saturday, we did a little shopping in the morning and went to a pre-Easter brunch at another friend's house in the afternoon. Lots of  yummy food and good conversation. Today before she left for the airport, we got in a little stamping.

I made my mom's Mother's Day card using the layout from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #114 challenge. Love the sketch this week.

This beautiful, bright patterned paper I picked up yesterday at The Paper Source while we were out shopping. I love how this card turned out, and it went together really quickly.

Stamps: Blessed Mother and Baby Blossoms sets by Stampin' Up
Card stock: SU perfect plum, peach parfait and very vanilla
Patterned paper: The Paper Source
Ink: SU perfect plum
Other: Sizzix embossing folder, SU larger oval punch, SU peach parfait ribbon, SU rhinestones, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Have a wonderful week all. Thanks so much for stopping in,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April TE "Blast From The Past" Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop along the April Taylored Expressions "Blast From the  Past" blog hop. This month's theme is Clean and Simple. This is not the type of card that I'm used to creating. I love layers! I love embellishments! My card has a little of each, but not too much, so I think it works for today's theme. It went together pretty quickly, if that counts.  :)

I started with Sankari's sketch. The butterfly was stamped three times on choice buttercream card stock and three times each on blue and gold patterned papers. The images on the patterned paper were cut out and popped up with dimensionals onto the images on the card stock.

Embellishments are limited to Taylor's Tiny Twinkles in the centers of the butterflies and paper piercing in the corners of the main panel. Both panels are layered over SU not quite navy card stock. The sentiment is punched with a one inch circle punch and layered over a folded teal and brown ribbon. Corners are rounded on the right side of the card and the long panel.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions "Garden Party Critters"
Card Stock: TE choice buttercream and SU not quite navy
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose-Hattie
Ink: memento tuxedo black and SU not quite navy
Other: TE polka-dot ribbon, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles in blue and gold, SU corner rounder and one inch circle punches, dimensionals, SU crafter's tool kit.

Enjoy all of the wonderful entries in today's hop. They are listed below. Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Birthday Wishes

I started this card very late Sunday night, completed it, then last night decided I didn't really like the original scalloped border I had on the bottom. While looking for some ribbon for the top element, I found this black and white polka-dot ribbon. Presto-chango, and I had my finished card.

The layout is from Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge and the colors come from this week's CR84FN23 Color Challenge. The colors this week are light pink, black and cream.

Stamps: Easter Blossoms and So Happy For You sets by Stampin' Up
Card stock: SU black and blushing bride
Patterned Paper: SU
Ink: memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: SU crocheted lace, pink paper flower (purchased at TE store), Die-namics die, re-used polka-dot ribbon, the Big Shot, pop-up glue dots, SU double sided sticky tape

Have a great Wednesday, and thanks,

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Toys to Play With

I received my latest MFT order yesterday, so naturally, I just had to break some of them out today and play. I picked a new PI girl called "Crazy for Daisies." I've fallen in love with these PI girls. Who wouldn't? :)

I colored her and the daisies with Copics, except her dress is paper pieced with the same yellow plaid paper as the scallop at the bottom of the card. Instead of coloring her flower pin, I used some pink rhinestones to add some sparkle. The panels are zig-zag stitched all around, but I left the scalloped piece loose so it ruffles up. The buttons are threaded with 3 different colors of baker's twine and adhered with popup glue dots.

The layout is Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #112. (Love it this week.) I also used several ingredients for the current Follow the Recipe #9 challenge at Linda's Catered Crop blog. The ingredients I used are:

     Patterned paper: stripes and plaid
     Colors: blue and yellow
     Embellishments: bling, buttons and ribbon
     Tools: sewing
     Shapes: scallops

The sentiment is not from the PI set, but rather a SU set. I wanted to make this a Thank You card. My friend has put in an order for three Administrative Assistant Day cards, which is at the end of April, so I thought I'd get started.

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Crazy for Daisies" by My Favorite Things and "So Happy For You" by Stampin' UP
Card stock: SU ballet blue and TE choice snow white
Patterned paper: SU Pawstivetly Prints
Ink: memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics Fishtail banner and scalloped scallop border dies, SU buttons, baker's twine, TE pink plaid ribbon, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, sewing machine, the Big Shot, pop up glue dots, and dimensionals

Here's to a wonderful work week. I have a short one as we are taking this Friday and next Monday off and heading up to the Central Coast wine country (yum!) for a long weekend with friends.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Happy Spring

Hi all,
I finished a couple more Easter cards yesterday. Other than decorating some tins I bought from TE to put some gift cards in for my niece and nephews, I'm finally finished with making Easter projects.

The card I have for you today is made with this week's Sweet Stop sketch #103. I turned the sketch to the side, but all of the elements are there.

Stamps: Happy Spring from Taylored Expressions
Card stock: SU early expresso and TE choice snow white
Patterned paper: Kioshi by Basic Grey
Ink: memento tuxedo black, SU bashful blue, Copics
Other: classic circle Nesties, sewing machine, TE glitter brads, crystal Stickles, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon all,

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hello, Friend

It's a beautiful day today here in San Diego after rain all night long. Looks like we may be in for some more later as clouds are moving in again. We did some garage chores this morning, and now I'm ready to  get some more Easter cards made.

For this post, I have a couple cards I put together last night while watching the Padres. Three rain delays and I finally went to bed. :(
The first card is made with yesterday's TESC136 sketch. The wooden buttons and papers are from the March KI kit. Love these papers! In fact, I ordered the 6x6 pad with my last TE order.

Card two also uses papers from the March KI kit. This sketch I found on Splitcoast a few weeks ago. In fact, I've used it a couple times.

Supplies Card 1
Stamps: TE Friendship Blooms (flowers), TE New Beginnings (butterfly), and TE Banner Day One sets
Card stock: TE red and choice buttercream
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye "Stella Rose-Gerty"
Ink: fluid chalk lime pastel, fluid chalk warm red, SU daffodil delight, SU baja breeze and SU always artichoke
Other: TE coordinating flower, butterfly and banner dies, Kaiser rhinestones, TE wooden buttons, SU corner rounder punch, sewing machine, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Supplies Card 2
Stamps: TE New Beginnings
Card stock: TE red, pink, and choice buttercream
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye "Stella Rose-Gerty"
Ink: SU early expresso, fluid chalk warm red
Other: TE Leafy Branch and Frame It Up 1 dies, Kaiser rhinestones, sewing machine, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Thanks for checking in,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Do You Believe In Magic?

Believe In Magic is the name of this super cute PI girl. I've decked her out in lavender and gave her a pearl wand to perform her magic with.

The sketch is this week's MFTWSC#14. She is stamped then cut out and presented on a Die-namics Dizzy Doily. Her outfit is paper pieced with the background papers and she is colored with Copics. Her wings, purple tights, hair flower, and shoes are colored with Spica pens and in RL there is a really nice sparkle.

I had planned to use the Dizzy border for the right-angle elements, but they seemed to get lost under the doily so I had the idea of cutting the border down the middle and using each piece as a scalloped edge on the patterned paper instead. I like the way it turned out.

Stamps: Pure Innocence Girl "Believe In Magic" by My Favorite Things
Card stock: SU orchid opulence, TE choice snow white
Patterned paper: SU Shades of Spring DSP, retired
Ink: memento tuxedo black, Copics, Spica pens
Other: Die-namics Dizzy Doily and Dizzy border dies, SU punches, SU half pearl, quilting pin (for the wand), TE polka dot ribbon, the Big Shot, sewing machine, and dimensionals

Yea, tomorrow's Friday. I hope you all have a great one.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

You Make My World Happy

For my post today I made a card for the CR84FN color challenge. This is the first time that I've participated in this color challenge. CR84FN22 uses green, which is one of my favorite colors and inspired me to play along.

I picked up another of my Pure Innocence girls and a Die-namics rolled rose die to make the card. Her cute little pantsuit is paper pieced and the rose is made with the same patterned paper. The layout is MFWSC13.

Stamps: Being Cute Is What I Do by MFT
Card stock: SU early expresso and kraft, TE choice buttercream, Kraft corrugated card stock
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye
Ink: memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Die-namics rolled rose die, SU corner punch, SU crumb cake seam binding, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a great Wednesday all and thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 4, 2011

Springtime Smiles

Hi again all. I bought a 6 x 6 paper pack of Vintage looking background papers a few weeks ago from K and Company. I thought they would make a perfect backdrop for this silhouette stamp from Stampin' Up. Vintage is not a style that I do, but I see lots of examples around blog land and they look so pretty, so I wanted to give it a try.

I've used April's Sketch For You To Try for the layout. After crinkling up the papers, they were sponged with Tim Holtz distress inks, then sanded with a sanding bar around the edges, including the  cream card base.

Stamps: Easter Blossoms by Stampin' Up
Card stock: TE choice buttercream, SU ridding hood red, TE medium green
Patterned papers: K and Company
Ink: SU early expresso, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in linen and corduroy brown
Other: SU vintage brads, SU crochet lace, Sizzix Bow Strings EF, scalloped circle Nestie, sanding block, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chicks Rule

Ah. Layers, layers, layers. I love 'em!

It's time to get started on my Easter cards and Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch #111 is the perfect inspiration to get me going today.  I pulled out my new Taylored Expressions Easter set, Hello Spring, and came up with this cutie for my niece Rachel. It's true, Chicks do Rule. ;D

I paper pieced the flowers behind the chicks and put clear rhinestones in the centers of the daisies. The chicks and shells are colored with Copics. Diamond Stickles make the chick's shells sparkle, as do yellow Stickles on the baby chick under the sentiment. A green polka dot ribbon adds additional color and interest.

Stamps: Hello Spring by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: TE peach and choice buttercream
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye
Ink: memento tuxedo black, copics
Other: Eyelet circle, big scallop circle and classic circle Nesties, TE scalloped eyelet border die, Kaiser clear rhinestones, diamond and yellow Stickles, TE green polka dot ribbon, sewing machine, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. I'm in heaven doing my two very favorite things, stamping and watching baseball. Go Padres!

Now it's time to get started on my next Easter card. I've got several to go. Thanks for stopping by today,