Picking Friends

I didn’t think I was ever going to get around to using these fabulous Papertreyink acrylic stamps! For starters, I thought I could only use craft ink with them – so I ordered craft spots from SU. They sat unused as I tried to decide how best to get started.  Then a little birdie told me it was perfectly fine to use classic inks with them! I’ve also heard lots of people say they don’t get a good impression with acrylic stamps – too squishy. So I figured if the pros on SCS can’t do it, who am I to try??

Well, tonight I was determined to give it a try. So, with this week’s sketch challenge as a guideline, I got to work. I had already settled on the Green Thumb set. Then I started with a beautiful piece of Basic Grey’s new Blush dp. I am so in love with all of the new Basic Grey papers! From there I added SU’s Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, and Always Artichoke. I stamped the flower pot in Cranberry Crisp, and the stems in Always Artichoke. The flowers are Marigold Morning, Cool Caribbean, and Buckaroo Blue. I sponged Creamy Caramel all over the panel with the flowers, the Artichoke panel, and the Cocoa panel, as well as the base.  I distressed and sponged the sentiment panel, and mounted it on dimensionals. In the corner I added an antique copper nailhead, and on top an antique copper small spiral clip. The ribbon is from Starlit Studio (link at right).

All together it is a pretty simple card but that is what I am making an effort to do these days. Simple, and not terribly time consuming. My hobby is much more enjoyable that way!

One of My Favorite Color Combos!

I have several friends with birthdays this month and next month. And my Dad. Although, this card definitely won’t be for him! He’s more of the golf type. Not so much for doodle flowers. So I figure I should get to work on some cards for them! Anyway, to make a quickie card, I fell back on one of my favorite color combos — pink and brown.

I started out with SU Chocolate Chip for my card base, and Pretty In Pink for my only layer. I found a corner rounder punch on clearance at the always-detestable Wal Mart the other day for $1 — and hey, why not?!! So I used that little treat to round my corners on both the base and the layer. I stamped the large flower from SU’s Doodle This set onto Naturals White cardstock with black Stazon. I watercolored it using an aquapainter and Pretty in Pink ink, with Chocolate Chip as the edging accent. I drew around the outlines of each petal with my Sakura Gelly Roll pen, and colored on the little dots. I cut each one out, put them together with a large pink crystal brad, and attached it to the Cuttlebugged background. The stem was stamped with Basic Black ink and Prima leaves were added with mini glue dots. In the bottom corner is a small piece of green organdy ribbon and a buckle from Joann’s. In the top right corner I stamped “Happy Birthday” with my 1/8″ formal Karen Foster Snap Stamps in silver Encore ink.

I love the way it turned out!! That little corner rounder was a great pickup – I’m obsessed now!!!

DD’s Masterpiece

Before we left Saturday morning DD and I made this sweet card for Aunt Queenie (SIL – Amber).  I used a color combo that included Blush Blossom because that was the color of the piece of paper she chose to color on.  So we ended up with Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, and that Blush Blossom (which happens to be color combo challenge #93). Sweet little DD took her time picking out colors from that box of crayons — she really seemed to put some thought into it!!

I used the Very Punny set to stamp the frog in Sage Shadow ink on Sage Shadow paper, cut him out, and clear embossed him. I stamped the sentiment onto the Chocolate Chip with Versamark and embossed it with the Sage EP from the Soft Subtles stack. The eyelet on the tag is sage from the Soft Subtles collection. The Simplicity corner punch was used on the main panel and the two tag punches were used to make the tag. The ribbon is from Jacksonbelle’s store (link at right).

Inside the card we stamped her hand in Versamark, and embossed it with the Sage EP. Too stinkin’ cute! And the card was a big hit when opened — just because DD made it.

Amber’s Kitchen Shower Card

Well here is what I threw together for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower tomorrow afternoon. Not too much stamping, but hey – what are you gonna do? This dp from Basic grey (Blush) is so fabulous I think it needs to shine on its own!

I started with a base layer of True Thyme cardstock. I put a piece of Cool Caribbean on top of that. Next I added my top layer, which is on dimensionals. It is Blush Blossom cardstock which has been run through the Cuttlebug, a wide strip of the Blush dp, and chipboard letter by Making Memories that I pressed into Versamark and embossed with Sage EP from the Soft Subtles stack. I added two Primas with a crystal brad in the bottom corner, to accent the “a”. I also added three crystal brads in the top corner, so it wouldn’t be so bare. But for the life of me, even with a guide – they never come out straight!! Oh well, she won’t notice!!

So, nothing fancy from me today – just a thrown together quickie. At least I did something!! I’d say I stamped but I feel like that isn’t the right description. I did gaze lovingly at all of my dp and Primas — they make me soooooo happy!

Tomorrow before we leave I am going to get DD to color on a piece of paper, and cut that to make another card. SIL will love that. And so will DD – crayons are a food group, you know!

Finally! A new card….

It’s kinda on the simple side, but that is what I wanted. Ususally I don’t got for all of this “white space” but I’ve seen a few in the SCS gallery lately that look really crisp. So I thought I’d give it a shot.

I broke out my old Best Blossoms set. I’m not sure if I’ve ever even used it!! I’m on a mission to use those sets — to make them “earn their keep”. Otherwise, what’s the point of having so many fabulous stamps? And how to justify the need for more?

The supplies for this card were simple. The colors came from this week’s color challenge from Emily, for which more details can be found here. So I used the SU Basic Black cardstock and ink, Cool Caribbean cardstock and ink, and a bit of Whisper White cardstock. Each of the flowers I cut out and put on a dimensional. Not too hard at all. I purposely mottled the ink a bit before stamping them, to let the cardstock show through. Miraculously, I managed to get the sentiment stamp, which I loooove (and always forget about – but no more!), stamped straight without the use of my stamp-a-ma-jig! Shocking!!

The more I look at this one, the more I like it. Outside of my usual “box” — so maybe that’s why I like it so much!

Well, off to ponder these thank you notes I need to make. I can’t procrastinate but so long. I have extra time tomorrow since my MRI is just after lunch. So hopefully I’ll be able to get more than a few completed!!

I Guess I Should Get Started…..

Well, I (in a moment of insanity) agreed to make 200 thank you notes for SIL’s wedding. Her invitations have gone out, so I probably ought to get off my rear end and get to work. She has a shower this Saturday, so I figured I’d deliver them then. Guess how many I’ve done?

 NONE.

I have the paper (Whisper White and Pretty in Pink), some EP (Soft Subtles), ink (silver and soft subtles) ribbon (pink and white organdy), my Cuttlebug, and some thoughts on stamps….but it’s all in perfect new condition!! Why can’t I be like Mary Poppins and sing a cute song and have it all come together magically???

Anyway, expect some samples this week. Hopefully at least one tonight! Sorry for the slow updates!

Beachy Cards for My Mom!

My mom bought the Beautiful Beach stamp set so I could make some fun cards for her. Well, I got a little stumped for interesting , beachy color combos. So I turned to my friend Laura’s Color Combo site (also linked at right under odds & ends) to help me — and WOW did it ever come through for me!! I had already stamped the shells from the set with Versamark and embossed them with Winter White EP from SU on Cameo Coral cardstock. So I put in Cameo Coral as my only color, and voila….tons of combos! The one immediately to the right is Tempting Turquoise, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, and Cameo Coral. So pretty, I think! Across the bottom I stamped one of the other images from the set in Tempting Turquoise. The conch shell is up on dimensionals (SU), and the two-tone ribbon is from Starlit Studios (link at right) — love that brown and turquoise combination! I used the Simplicity Punch from SU to accent two corners of the barely Banana, and that layer is edged with a spot of the same color, as is the Pretty in Pink layer. I made several cards like this, and alternated which side of the card I placed the ribbon – some on the right and some on the left. It really was an easy card to put together!

The card immediately to the left uses a color for the base that I NEVER use. I don’t think I even really like it. But when I layered it all together, I thought it looked fantastic!! So more kudos for Laura’s site!! I love tools that help me go outside of my comfort zone. This combo is Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral, and Pretty in Pink. The Tempting Turquoise layer was run through the Cuttlebug with the Tiny Bubbles folder. I added some turquoise velvet ribbon from Jacksonbelle’s eBay store (link @ right) and an opaque shell I bought at Hobby Lobby. It is adhered with Crystal Effects (SU). I used the ticket corner punch (SU) to accent the corners of the Pretty in Pink layer, which I also ran a Cameo Coral stampin’ spot (SU) over. I made several of these cards also, each with a different shell and accent from Hobby Lobby (but same color and layout scheme).

Thanks for looking, and thanks for stopping by!