What a mail day!

My goodies are here!! Woohoo!! The mailman showed up with this terrific bunch of wonderfulness from Jacksonbelle’s store. Yay! I don’t know what to play with first 🙂 

I also got the set of Doodle Factory Animals (full sheet) from Starving Artistamps today — big thanks to Rose Ann for the discount!

I’m feeling like I hit the jackpot. And it’s a good thing DH wan’t here when the mail came, lol!

Back to my stamping table!! I got some great stuff while we were out of town this weekend, too — so I’m creating up a storm today and will start posting them later today.

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Doodles, and a sale at one of my favorite stores!

I made this card for a friend at work, who is always available for a pep talk when I need it. And here lately, I’ve needed more than a few! I started with the Color Combo Challenge from Tuesday and went from there. My sweet little helper (DD) sat in my lap the entire time I worked on this, so it is a miracle the cuts are straight and it holds together, lol!

After my tiring workday, I was totally in the mood for a clean, no frills card. So the only “extras” this card has are the paper pierced holes at the top, which are colored with a white gel pen, and Stickles inside the jumbo eyelet on the doodle flower. Oh, there are also little specks of Stickles on the centers of the small flowers on the sentiment panel.

I stamped the doodle flower twice in Basic Gray ink, cut them out, and embossed them with clear powder. I used Groovy Guava ink and a blander pen to color the wording on the sentiment.  And for some final glitter, I outlined the scroll-doodle-thingy (nice decription, huh?) with a Sakura glitter pen.

 In other super exciting news, Jacksonbelle Embellishments is offering a discount of 15% on your whole order through March 31st. Just use promo code Opening02 when you check out! She is now a “.com” store, instead of and ebay store — and it rocks!!!!!! I spent $75 in under ten minutes — there is so much great stuff in stock over there! The paper is delicious, I got some fun chipboard goodies, a new Lizze Anne set, some Inkadinkadoo stamps…I’ll take a picture of my loot when it all gets here 🙂 And if you have time, check out Lindeys’ blog, Embellished, – she always has the cutest projects on it!

Here are the details on the card I posted today:

Stamps: Doodle This, Time Well Spent
Paper: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Fancy Pants dp
Ink: Basic Gray, Groovy Guava, Versamark
Accessories: clear ep, large eyelet, stickles, cropadile, blender pen, sakura glitter pen, paper piercer, white gel pen
Techniques: heat embossing, paper piercing

Soothing Hummingbird

The other day I shared this fabulous tutorial for reverse topper cards I came across while cruising the gallery. It came from the genius mind of Melanie (aka melmel). What fun cards these are!

This one is a bit different from the usual reverse topper. I used my oval Coluzzle template, and made the cutout huge. I really wanted to focus on the gorgeous hummingbird image from the Spring Song set. I used this image on the card I posted yesterday, but only inked up half of it. This time I stamped the whole thing in Black Stazon and colored it using a blender pen and Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, and Blue Bayou ink. I sponged River Rock around the edges, and added handstitching also. I distressed the edges of both the oval image panel and the oval cutout on the Basic Gray card base. On the bottom right of the card, I added the sentiment from the set.

I really love how simple this card is. This image deserves lots of attention!

Stamps: Spring Song
Paper: Basic Gray, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Black Stazon, River Rock, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou
Accessories: blender pen, paper piercer, thread, coluzzle
Techniques: reverse topper

Loving Groovy Guava!

This card was done super early Sunday monring, for the Featured Stamper challenge. I’m not sure why, but on the one day I plan to sleep in, my daughter always (seriously, every time) gets up as early as she can. And insists that I hang out with her – never Daddy, always Mommy. So I sleepily put Toy Story 2 in and decided I’d throw together a card.

I picked this card, Whispered,  by BeckyTE, who was the featured stamper. For my version, I changed the color scheme, the dp, the flower placement, and the stamps. I must say, I am totally in love with Groovy Guava. Surprisingly I have quite a bit of paper, ribbon, and embellishments that match it – yay!!!

My designer paper is from the Prima Lucid collection, and is called Tattered Silk. It is one piece that is double sided, which makes for easy pattern matching! For the image, I inked up half of the hummingbird stamp from the new set Spring Song with Brown Stazon and placed it on the right of the dp. The sentiment is from the Morning Soft set, which is also new.  I decided to be wild and not use my stamp-a-ma-jig for the sentiment placement. So it is slightly crooked, lol. I don’t know if you can tell in the picture or not, but I sponged Guava ink on the edges of the dp.

To complete the card I added a piece of sheer ribbon from my stash (that was actually a RAK from a friend — thanks V!!), two primas, and a crystal brad. Then I went back to the couch to catch up on what Buzz Lightyear and Woody were doing!

Stamps: Spring Song, Morning Soft
Paper: Groovy Guava, Prima dp (Lucid Collection – Tattered Silk)
Ink: Brown Stazon, Groovy Guava
Accessories: Guava organdy ribbon, primas, crystal brad, cropadile, sponge
Techniques: sponging

Soft Sketches

I made this card for Beate’s weekend sketch challenge. It is a really great sketch – check it out here. I haven’t done one of these in quite awhile and was thrilled to see that as usual, Beate had created something wonderful to work with. If you are looking for inspiration, there is a link on the right that will take you to the archive of all her sketches.

I started with a base of Wild Wasabi. How I lived so long without this color I will never know. I’m going to have to stock up on it before Stampin Up takes away this year’s In Colors! I inked up the Floral background stamp and “fingerwalked” my card base on it, to give it a kind of soft, vintage feel. Then I edged the whole thing with the ink, too. My next two layers are pretty straightforward – one Basic Gray (edged in ink) and one Regal Rose (edged in ink). For my image panel, I got a little fancy.

The panel itself is Confetti White cardstock. I stamped the large flower from the Morning Soft set (sooooooo lovely!) in Jet Black Stazon. I colored it with a blender pen using Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Ruby Red, and Marigold Morning inks. Next I masked it (tutorial here), and started on my background. First I crumpled up a bit of saran wrap, inked it up (using Basic Gray), stamped it off on scrap paper, and daubed it onto the cardstock until I had the desired affect. Then I repeated that process, only the second time I used toilet paper to soften it a bit. I edged the whole panel in Basic Gray ink.

The small sentiment panel was amde with the key tag punch, using one of the sentiments from Lizzie Anne Designs Sketched Sentiments (stamped in Basic Gray). I did the same thing, with the saran wrap and toilet paper, using Wild Wasabi ink. It is edged in Regal Rose. I added a bit of white ribbon with a slide to the card, and called it quits. I am absolutely thrilled with the way the card turned out. Love the coloring (which is an accomplishment for me!), love the gray background – love the whole thing!

The details:

Stamps: Morning Soft, Floral, LAD Sketched Sentiments
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Confetti White
Ink: Basic Gray, Black Stazon, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Marigold Morning
Accessories: ribbon, hph ribbon slide, key tag punch, toilet paper, saran wrap

Fun and Funky “Purse”

I saw these little purse cards on my friend Helen’s (aka Bagpuss) blog – All Things Stampy – the other day, and just thought they were the cutest things! Her blog always has wonderful cards on it. She really is quite the talented stamper. Be sure to spend some time drooling over it if you have a chance!

I used  more of my new goodies to make this card! The base is Purely Pomegranate, the layers are Wild Wasabi and So Saffron. The color combo is actually from a recent color challenge. The dp is Basic Grey (Fruitcake). The stamps are all from the set One of a Kind. I used the coordinating punch to punch out the small flowers, which were stamped using Wild Wasabi ink on Wild Wasabi cardstock. For the largest flower, I cut it out and added some highlights with a Sakura glitter pen. Each flower has an eyelet center.

For the sentiment, I dug out my key tag punch. Pretty easy!

Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Basic Grey – Fruitcake
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Large eyelets, small eyelets, cropadile, sakura glitter pen, purely pomegranate ribbon, dimensionals

It’s About Time!

FINALLY! I found the time to make a card!! I can’t tell you how excited I am. I started off simple this morning, with a birthday card for my stepmother – her birthday is Wednesday.

I checked today’s Inspiration Challenge, which is this adorable boot, and new it would fit perfectly with this  SAB set called Birthday Whimsy. I paired it with the Sketch Challenge from this past Wednesday – such a fun sketch!

My card base is Pink Passion, and it is stamped tone-on-tone using the Crosshatchbackground. I used layers of Whisper White, YoYo Yellow, and Brilliant Blue. I stamped the presents in Green Galore. The cake is stamped twice – once I colored the stamp using markers and once using only Lovely Lilac ink. I cut the main piece out and popped it up on dimensionals. The candle flames have Stickles on them, for added sparkle.

Inside the card, I stamped the balloon image from the set several times using Pink Passion ink (so, tone-on-tone) for a little extra fun. I hope she likes this fun, bright, retro birthday card! I had fun making it this morning. Now off to make more projects!

Stamps: Birthday Whimsy, Crosshatch
Paper:Pink Passion, YoYo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink:Pink Passion, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, YoYo Yellow, Brilliant Blue
Accessories:Markers (in above colors), circle scissors, cropadile, eyelets, primas, stickles
Techniques:dtp, distressing