I Love Barely Banana!

I did the Featured Stamper Challenge on Sunday, and spent some serious quality time drooling over Kharmagirl’s gallery. I mean – wow!! Her stuff is amamazing!

I eventually settled on this card, after adding more than a few to my personal favs gallery. She went with River Rock, which I totally love. I had a specific purpose for making a card on Sunday, and this really worked well for it. I sponsor a woman through Women for Women International, and this week I was given a new *sister*. So I’m writing my intro letter to her, and sending it in this card. The organization asks that packages remain as flat as possible, so on my version I left off the hardware. If you have a minute, click on the link to their site and learn a little more about this organization. I’ll share this about them, from their “What We Do” page:

Women for Women International mobilizes women to change their lives by bringing a holistic approach to addressing the unique needs of women in conflict and post-conflict environments.

We begin by working with women who may have lost everything in conflict and often have nowhere else to turn. Participation in our one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. We identify services to support graduates of the program as they continue to strive for greater social, economic and political participation in their communities.

Women begin in our Sponsorship Program where direct financial aid from a sponsor helps them deal with the immediate effects of war and conflict such as lack of food, water, medicine and other necessities. Exchanging letters with sponsors provides women with an emotional lifeline and a chance to tell their stories —maybe for the first time. As their situations begin to stabilize, women in our program begin building a foundation for their lives as survivors.

Women for Women International believes that establishing a means to earn a sustainable living is critical to being fully active in the life of a family, community and country. To help women transform their new skills into financial independence and sustainability, we offer job skills trainings to strengthen women’s existing skills and to introduce new skills in traditional and non-traditional fields so women can access future employment opportunities.

Building on the skills training program, we offer comprehensive business services designed to help women start and manage their own micro-enterprises. We give them access to capital and operate microcredit programs in Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina with an overall repayment rate of 98 percent. We give women access to markets by facilitating product sales through outside retailers and our online Virtual Bazaar. We provide expertise such as product design, production assistance and business development workshops. We also help women form micro-enterprises such as production facilities and cooperative stores to sell the goods women produce.

Ok, back to the card! Other changes I made on my version were: the ribbon, the color, the stamp set, and I added Primas with Stickles for centers. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

I think I am the only person who does not have the photo corner punch, lol. To make mine, I used a square punch, cut the square in half diagonally, and then used the square ounch again to punch a bit out of the center.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Baroque Motifs
Paper: Barely Banana
Ink: Barely Banana, Versamark
Accessories: Clear EP, Sponge, Word Window Punch, Oval Punches, Sqaure Punch, Primas, Stickles
Techniques: Sponging

I hope you have a terrific day!

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Chocolate Owl

Is this not the cutest little owl?? He is part of the Garden Delight clear stamps set by Inkadinkado. I won the blog candy that Rose Ann over at Paper Delightz was giving away a little over a week ago. How fantastic is that? It came at the tail end of a spectacularly bad week, so I was totally stoked to win! The cool thing was that I got to pick from two different prizes (see her original post here) – one from Verve Visual and One from Inkadinkado. Both also came with the So Many Scallops SAB set. Great candy, huh?

I finally figured out how to add my pictures so that you can click on them to make them larger – so go ahead! Give it a shot! If it doesn’t work, please let me know, lol. This was a quick card that I made while DD was cleaning up before bed. I kept it simple, because I was trying to keep at least one eye on her. My base is Chocolate Chip, and my large panel is Soft Sky. The dp is Crate paper, and I just can’t remeber where I bought it! I stamped that cutie patootie little owl using Chocolate Chip ink. I edged each piece of cardstock and the dp in Wild Wasabi ink, and added a smidge of wasabi-toned grosgrain ribbon to the corner of the image panel. And that’s about it!

Stamps: Garden Delight – Inkadinkado clear stamps
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Crate paper (dp)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Is It Masculine?

So, I’m wondering if this card is masculine enough to give it to my husband. I made it last week while he was out of town, and have been trying to decide about it ever since. The flowers are blue and brown, so that makes it masculine, right?????

I used Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink to stamp the image and the sentiment. The dp and coordinating chipboard tag are from Cosmo Cricket’s Wanted line (purchased from Jacksonbelle). To make everything look sufficiently *aged*, I rubbed on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Stain (on the Soft Sky base, the Creamy Caramel panel, and the Very Vanilla one). The Creamy Caramel panel was run through my Cuttlebug.

I used my new Martha Stewart edge punch to get the scalloped edge.  Yes, the $14.99 punch that I paid $1.49 at Michael’s last week. I was so excited to get such a deal! They don’t know why it rang up that way, and none of the other punches did. I took this one and ran!

Stamps: LAD Far East
Paper: Soft Sky, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Cosmo Cricket dp
Ink: Brilliance Cosmic Copper, Tim Holtz Distrss – Tea Stain
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MS edge punch, Primas, copper brads, Cosmo Cricket chipboard, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Funky Florals

I just love this loud, colorful dp by Urban Lilly. Something about it screams *loud flower* to me, so that is just what I did.  As soon as I saw it over at Jacksonbelle’s store, I knew I had to have it!! There is not too much stamping, but I didn’t think the dp really needed it.

I stamped the flower and stem on Whisper White (and cut them out separately), colored the petals with SU markers, and added some stickles to the center. A small pinch of pink ricrac and a sentiment, and I left it alone. It’s loud enough without me messing with it!

I decided to post this card this morning because it is quite the dreary Monday here, and my day needed something bright! I think Mondays should be part of the weekend, too, lol 🙂

Stamps: Fun to Be Floral – Lizzie Anne Designs
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Urban Lilly – Forever
Ink: Brilliance black
Accessories: SU markers, stickles, word window punch, ricrac

Sweet Frog

I had forgotten how I love this set!!! This card was for Monday’s Technique Challenge. I loved the whole idea – paper tole always turns out looking so cool. It took me a few minutes to decide what set to use. I rummaged through my drawer until I found this little cutie – he just looks so sweet!

I stamped the frog and mushroom in Versafine Black ink (twice, to really darken it) on the watercolor paper, then again twice more to create 2 more images elsewhere. I watercolored all of the images, and then started cutting! The mushroom stem is one piece, mounted on a dimensional. The cap is another piece, mounted on 2 stacked dimensionals. The frog’s body is also mounted on 2 stacked dimensionals; his back legs are separate pieces adhered with Crystal Effects. For his eyes, I put some CE on the ones attached to the body, and used that to adhere the cutout eyes, and then put more CE on top.

I also busted out the Liquid Applique and used it on the spots on the mushroom caps, after I watercolored them Groovy Guava. I applied it when the paper was still a bit damp, so it would tint the applique. The poofy circles look adorable 🙂

The sky is watercolored using Cool Caribbean, Blue Bayou, and a touch of Basic Gray. The mushroom was done with River Rock, Groovy Guava, and Creamy Caramel. And the frog is Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi.

Stamps: Unfrogettable
Paper: Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, River Rock, Basic Grey dp, Watercolor
Ink: River Rock, Groovy Guava, Creamy Caramel, Blue Bayou, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray, Versafine Black
Accessories: Liquid Applique, Crystal Effects, Aquapainter, cuttlebug, ribbon, brad, dimensionals

Mellow Florals

I did it! With minutes to spare 🙂 My goal yesterday was to finish and upload the color combo challenge — and it was 11:58 pm, EST when I uploaded this one to SCS. Woohoo!! It felt like it took me forever to finish this one — I kept starting and stopping and getting sidetracked and forgetting what my goal was.

I did one of my favorite things to do for my first layer. I cut a piece of Apricot Appeal and a piece of Creamy Caramel and then cut each one into a triangle, to combine them for one layer. You totally cannot tell in the picture, but the two triangle panels are stamped in Cameo Coral with the Linen background, the Mellow Moss layer is stamped with Mellow Moss using the Harlequin background, and the Apricot layer is done with Linen again. One flower on the Whisper White panel was rock n’ rolled in Creamy Caramel and Cameo Coral. The smallest flower ont he panel is popped up on a dimesnional.

The chipboard button is from Cosmo Cricket’s Buck Naked line – I colored it with a Mellow Moss marker and tied a small piece of white organdy polka dot ribbon (also purchased from Jacksonbelle Embellishments). To finish off the card and add a bit of *oomph* I handstitched the smallest Apricot Appeal panel to the lovely Fancy Pants designer paper.

Stamps: Fun to be Floral – LAD, Linen, Harlequin
Paper: Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Fancy Pants dp – Lavish (Aged Florals line)
Ink: Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: markers, dimensionals, thread, paper piercer, chipboard, ribbon

Friendly Little Birdie

I got these fab clear stamps by Inkadinkado on sale at AC Moore for $5.99 on Saturday — I love them! I super-duper love them because they were so cheap. Who doesn’t love cheap and fabulous?? (Okay…that looks bad when I type it!)

The card is pretty self explanatory.  The bird is stamped with my new Brilliance black inkpad — holy goat that thing is wonderful! The image came out so dark, and crisp — I’ll definitely be buying more (truth: I bought a Cosmic Copper one, too!). I watercolerd the bird using Wild Wasabi, Bayou Blue, Old Olive, and Groovy Guava. I added some Wild Wasabi around the edge of the panel with the aquapainter, too. I just think this bird has the funniest loook about  him — so sassy!

Stamps: Bird Assortment – Inkadinkado
Paper: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Fabriano Medioevalis, Me & My Big Ideas dp
Ink: Brilliance black, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Old Olive, Bayou Blue
Accessories: spiral clippie, ribbon, cutter kit, ticket corner punch