Monday, March 31, 2008

Beautiful butterfly

Here is my butterfly card. Wow! This one was hard for me and I am not sure why. I have stamped, thrown away, restamped, tried something else. You name it I think I have tried it all. My daughter says this one is beautiful, so I am taking her word. Sahara sand was used for the base. I used vellum cardstock for the dot layer. I used my swiss dot cuttlebug folder and my cuttlebug, then rounded the corners. I used vellum tape to put it on so you can't see the tape. The butterfly and matt were done with my oval scallop nestabilities dies. (Can you see a pattern here? I gotta use these babies lots to justify the expense!) I stamped the butterfly in versamark ink and then sprinkled it with heat and stick powder. You just barely heat this stuff. As soon as it starts to shine you have to stop. I dipped my finger in dazzling diamonds glitter and wiped it on the heat and stick. Just like magic, I had a beautiful sparkly butterfly. I added pearls, water colored with bordering blue, added brads and white dots with my white signo gel pen. I stamped fly from one of the stamps in the Beautiful Butterflies set to finish the piece. I also added stickles in the scallops. The ribbon is Stampin'Up! (retired) wide organdy ribbon. I hope you like her. You can see this and other new sets at All That Scraps . Click on blog and you can see lots of other new samples with the new sets that will be released on Friday morning at 12:01 am. Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

2nd Chick

Here is my second chick with this set! I love this little shopping chick. She is so cute! I used barely banana and did the Flap fold card from the TLC161 challenge over at SCS. I measured my cardstock 11"x4 1/4". I scored at 4 1/2 and 9 inches. After using my coluzzle to cut the circle on the flap, I paper pierced around the flap using my Tim Holtz ruler as a guide. I just turned it a little at a time as I got to the circle part. I stamped my cute heart bg stamp from C.C. Designs with versamark ink and clear embossed it. How cute are those hearts with our shopping chick? I used paper and stickers from one of the Stampin'Up! simply scrappin' kits. I zig zagged around the strip piece with my sewing machine and the distressed the edges of the blue. The striped ribbon is Stampin'Up! bashful blue. Little miss chicky was stamped in basic black and then I used my prismacolor pencils and gamsol to color her. I used my white gel pen to add dots. Her necklace and purse are decorated with my stardust glitter pen. Don't you just love her designer shopping bag? I used one of my rub-on flowers from the saleabration rub-on's. I added white gel pen to the top after it was on there. I hope you like her. I had a blast making this one and I am for sure going to do some more of these flap cards. It was fast and easy! Check back tomorrow for some elegant butterfly creations!

First set Just Chicky

Does this set scream spring or what? I am in love with these little chicks. For my first piece I used barely banana as my base and stamped C.C. Designs newest background stripes in versamark ink. I embossed it with clear ep and then water colored with regal rose on some of the stripes. I used my white signo gel pen for the dots. The green layer is from a simply scrapping kit. I stamped my chick with basic black and then used my prisma pencils and gamsol to blend. I used my spritzer to add some black speckles. Next I added bling and stickles. I sewed with messy sewing around the edge. The main image was cut with my nestabilites rectangle dies and my cuttlebug. The ribbon is gross grain from Michael's. I got to use my new hodgpodge and I punched the pink piece and then ran it through my swiss dots cuttlebug folder. I highlighted the dots with the white gel pen. I hope you like it! This and other sets will be released bright and early Friday morning at All That Scraps. I will try and get another project up later tonight. Gotta get to church. Have a great Sunday and enjoy the possibilities.

Friday, March 28, 2008

They are here!

My new stamps from C.C.Designs arrived yesterday! Christine is celebrating her first anniversary of All that Scraps so she did tons of stamps. I have been coloring all morning and starting on Monday we will get to feature a new set! Over at her blog you will be able to see a new set featured each day until Friday when she sets up shop for selling them! She has some adorable stuff going on! It is going to be so much fun. There is a new background, a birthday set featuring Lucky and LuLu with a special appearance from our favorite monkey, Sweet Sophistications, Queenies and Jack, and last but not least chicks. I think she has something here that everyone will love. Guess I better get to work cause I have lots to do to get ready for the party. Check back Monday when the unveiling begins!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Yesterday's SCS color challenge

Yesterday at SCS they had a beautiful color challenge. I set to work, but my light wasn't good to get a pic until a few minutes ago. The challenge was to use Basic Gray, Soft Sky and Whisper White. I started with a soft sky base and added a matt behind the gray in white. The gray piece was run through my swiss dot cuttlebug folder and then brushed over with my white craft pad. I used my ticket corner punch on the corners. The other two layers were done with my square nestabilites dies. I used my signo white gel pen on the blue layer to add some dots. On the white layer I wanted to keep my colors soft and muted. I didn't want to stray much from the color challenge. I stamped the stamp from Long Time Friend in basic gray and then water colored with my aqua painter and ink in the lids of my stamp pads. I did use a touch of mellow moss and some creamy caramel. After all of this dried, I used my white signo gel pen to add dots and my stardust clear glitter pen to add some sparkle. I also added some crystal effects to the water can. You can't really see it in the picture, but trust me it is stunning. I added 3 rhinestone brads and paper pierced along the top and bottom with my Tim Holtz ruler. I love that thing. The brads are spaced exactly the same space apart and it was simple. I added a piece of basic gray taffeta ribbon at the bottom. I love these colors together and this piece is so simple and elegant. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter treat

I made up a few of these little treat boxes for some ladies in my neighborhood. I forgot to put them on here last week. I used my ginger blossom paper and the cute little heart tins from Papertrey. I used sticky strip on the bottoms of the tins and on the top, I just used a thin layer of crystal effects. I sanded them and then added dots with my white signo gel pen. I also added white dots to the prima flowers. Easy peasy and the ladies loved them! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thanks for being patient with the slow stamper. This card is kinda different but I think I like it. I started with a close to cocoa base and stamped my floral bg stamp in chocolate chip on it. I layered a piece of white scalloped with my create-a-cut and then messy sewn. The pretty in pink layer was run through my cuttlebug polka dot folder and then I added my stardust glitter pen on the dots. Above the pink layer I put down a layer of o so sticky tape and then put clear micro beads on it. The next layer is au chocolate designer paper from Stampin'Up! and distressed on the edges. I used my nestabilities to do the layers with my main image. I stamped the blossom stamp in pretty in pink and then used my white gel pen and stardust glitter pen to highlight areas of it. The flower from Embrace life was stamped in basic black and then water colored with my aquapainter. I added the stardust glitter pen for high lights. It is really sparkly! I used punches and a cuttlebug die for the accent on the bottom right. The big brad came from All That Scraps. I finished it with a piece of chocolate poly twill ribbon from the new Stampin'Up! mini catalog. Thanks for looking and stay tuned tomorrow for more! It's my day off!

I am still here

I am just busy. I do have some stuff I am working on and when it is done I will get it up. I will try to have something here this afternoon. My sweet granddaughter is learning so much that my time is getting squished even more. She learned to climb the gate that I use to keep her contained in one area! Yikes! We will adjust, but she now has more freedom to get to places that I would rather her not be in. She was so fun this past weekend. She found out that I was going in nursery at church and wanted to come too. She spent the night Saturday night and we had a munchy crunch party. We made sticky popcorn and watched movies. She had a blast in nursery and let's just say she is learning to share. Hee heee. Well she is not here yet, so I better get some stuff done before she gets here. Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities. I am going to give you a hint at what I am working on. Can we say pink and chocolate? ;)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Amy's Friday sketch challenge

Here it is Friday again. Time is a flying! I used close to cocoa on the base of this one. I stamped it with my polka dot bg stamp in chocolate chip (have any of you noticed I use a lot of chocolate? Love it!) I did my strips a bit smaller than in the sketch and scalloped the bottom of them. The ribbon is the new twill from Stampin'Up! in what else? Chocolate! The next layer is old olive followed by dp. I roughed up the edges and sewed around the dp in the messy sewing method. My little lion is water colored with Stampin'Up! ink pads and then sponged around the edges in, you guessed it, chocolate. I cut out that and the chocolate layer with my nestabilities dies. I paper pierced the corners of the lion square and chocolate chip dotted the scallops. I used my signo white gel pen for highlights on the lion. The hodgepodge is styled silver. I hammered the brads to give them some texture. The corner punch from Stampin'Up! was used for my corners. The pumpkin layer is paper pierced and then dotted with my white signo gel pen. I think it turned out kinda cute. Enjoy and thanks for looking. You can find this challenge over at All that Scraps blog.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Can I just say wow?

If this card took any longer to make, it would be fall instead of the end of winter. I made it and didn't like it so I took it apart. I got most of it done yesterday, but It took me all morning today to finally decide ok I like it now. I love these colors together and would probably never have even thought of them if it hadn't been for the color challenge at SCS last week. I started with a sahara sand base and put the right 1/4 of it through my cuttlebug swiss dots folder. (I love that thing!) The next layer is just dp from Stampin'Up! matted with black. I used my ticket corner punch for the corners and did messy stitching on the left side. The next layer is the one that gave me grief. I have tried like 10 different things with this and threw all of them away. I have stamped bg stamps, you name it. I finally cut the black layer with my trusty nestabilities rectangle scallop die. The white layer was cut with my regular rectangle die and then run through my paisley embossing folder. I sponged it lightly with sahara sand and then put stickles on the paisley's. I cut circles with my nestabilities circle dies. The sahara sand layer is sponged with sahara sand. The white layer was stamped with my true friend stamp in river rock. I added half pearls to this layer. The middle layer was stamped in black and then I put it through my xyron x upside down so the sticky was on the front and then sprinkled gawjus dazzling diamonds on it. The ribbon is from Michaels. The brads are from the styled silver hodgpodge hardware kit with half pearls glued to the centers. I hope someone is inspired by this as it took forever and I am glad it is done. It looks really elegant in person. Have a great night and enjoy the possibilities.

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