Blushing Gus, and GOODIES in the Mail!

***Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 5 days!***

Blushing GusThis is Gus the ladybug. He is part of the Doodle Factory Animals set. Cute, huh? I made him for the sketch challenge last week on SCS. My sentiment is from the Lizzie Anne Designs set called Sketched Sentiments. My background stamp is Dots and Daisies by SU. I really enjoyed this simple layout!

The mail was good to me on Wednesday! Guess what I got? A whole big box of Lizzie Anne Designs stamps!! And whoa o they have some cute new sets coming out — they are all must-have kind of sets, I promise!! Make sure you are signed up for their newsletter, so you don’t miss one single bit of the upcoming Anniversary Celebration! Also in the box were new acrylic blocks for me. I have to say something about these blocks. I already own some, and I got them from a well known, popular stamp company. And they work fine. But when I unwrapped these new blocks, I could immediately tell a difference! The edges are more comfortable for holding, the weight feels better in my hand, and they are clearer than my other blocks. No, it isn’t from heavy use – one I’ve my older blocks I’ve actually never used (shhhhh!). I cannot recommend these acrylic blocks highly enough — go get some!

Stamps: Dots and Daisies, Doodle Factory Animals,LAD Sketched Sentiments
Paper: Blush Blossom, Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla, non SU watercolor, Hobby Lobby dp
Ink: Versafine Black, Purely Pomegranate, Blush Blossom
Accessories: circle punches – 1 3/8″, 1 1/4″, 1″; gg ribbon, aquapainter, dimensionals, paper piercer/mat pack
Techniques: watercoloring
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Peaceful Poppies

***Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 7 more days!!***

A friend of my husband’s lost her mother late last week, and I made this card for her. You may have heard me say before how hard I find sympathy cards. I always struggle with these because I just cannot ever seem to find the images to convey what I want to say.

The card is simple, and beautiful I think. My main image panel is stamped with the Inkandinkado Poppies stamp, with Close to Cocoa ink. I inked up the Sanded background (how did I live without this for so long??) with True Thyme ink and stamped it off once before putting it on my main image. I sponged the edges with the Close to Cocoa ink as well. Then I covered the whole thing in Versamark and clear embossing powder. Several times.  The sentiment is from one of the All Year Cheer sets – it is part of a larger one, and I just inked up part of it with a marker.

I ticket punched the corners, added jumbo eyelets to the main image, and finished off with a small bit of ribbon tied in a knot.

Stamps: AYC, Inkadinkado Poppies
Paper: True Thyme, Confetti White, Close to Cocoa, BG dp
Ink: Clsoe to Cocoa, True Thyme, Versamark
Accessories: gg ribbon, clear ep, jumbo eyelets, ticket corner punch

I Can’t Do One Layer Cards

**Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 8 more days!!**

Purely Wild LifeWhile lamenting my decision to handstitch a card this weekend, a friend recommended that I do something simple, like a one layer card. I always love a challenge, so to the stamp table I went.

I quickly realized that I am just incapable of one layer cards. Everything I thought about just seemed…like it was missing something. One layer cards are an art form, and I am obviously in need of some lessons. This card was as close as I could get. I know there are three layers (well, four if you count the base layer). But I tried!

My main image panel is non-SU watercolor paper. I stamped the large flower from Stampin’ Up’s Embrace Life set with Versafine black ink. I masked the flowers, and stamped the leafy stamp around them. I used Purely Pomegranate and Regal Rose ink, with an aquapainter, to color the flowers; the leaves are done with Wild Wasabi. The sentiment is stamped on the same non-SU watercolor paper, punched out with the key tag punch. I sponged the edges of that panel with Wild Wasabi, and edged it with Purely Pomegranate. It is popped up on dimensionals. The stamp should be one long line, but I used my stamp-a-ma-jig and inked it up separately to place it on the punch the way it is.

I used my Textile folder and ran the Purely Pomegranate panel through the Cuttlebug. I added two jumbo eyelets to each “empty” corner of the image panel, and left well enough alone. I tried to be simpe, honest!

Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate, non SU watercolor
Ink: Versafine Black, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose
Accessories: key tag punch, jumbo eyelets, cropadile, aquapainter, sponge, cuttlebug (textile folder), samj
Techniques: sponging, masking, watercoloring

Some Shopping News, and a RAK :)

)I got this sweet card in the mail, all the way from Texas. According to my dear friend who sent it to me, everything is better in Texas, lol. I wouldn’t know because I have never been there. But i do know that this card is absolutely darling! I love the colors she chose, and the layout. I think I’m going to have to borrow it 🙂

In other exciting shopping news, Lizze Anne Designs has two exciting announcements today. First, they now carry Nestabilities! Second, all shipping in the US is now a flat rate of $5.00!!!! How much does that rock?? So quick, go stock up — you know you need some stuff! (I’m off to order some Nestabilities, myself – don’t tell DH!)

Couldn’t Be Any Simpler!

Tempting FairyUsually on one weekend day, DD gets to pick a movie to watch. And she watches it over and over and over again, lol. So Saturday evening, DD asked me if I would please make her a blue fairy like the one in “Nokio” — which would be Pinocchio, her movie of the day. I wanted to keep it simple and quick, so I whipped up this long note with some funky dp.

If you look closely you can see that the Versafine Black ink is a little smudged because she was too excited not to touch it before I heat set it. She still loves it, though! I paper pieced the fairy’s tutu using a coordinating dp to my background. Her wings were colored with a Cameo Coral marker, and her hair is YoYo Yellow. The paper was a gift from my SIL, and it loks so terrific with Tempting Turquoise! I accented the card with Cameo Coral grosgrain ribbon, and a Prima centered by a turquoise crystal brad.

Sorry for the super simple sample. I just thought the reason behind the card was so sweet, I had to share!

Stamps: LAD Fairy
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, random dp 
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: SU Markers, Primas, crystal brad, gg ribbon, giga scalloped oval

Beautiful RAK!!

My friend Laura (laurakj) sent me this GORGEOUS card – it came in Monday’s mail. And how jaw-dropping is it??? She has been doing some really cool scrapbook pages and featuring them on her blog, Inky Dinky Doo, plus she is showing off a fab new haircut. Check her out! And she has a horrifying story of an unwanted reptile in her house – yikes. Every time I think about it, I freak out, seriously.

I love this card she sent me because it is simple and clean and elegant. I wish I could do one layer this well 🙂 This stamp set, Oh So Lovely, looks amazing used like this! Thanks so much for making my day, Laura!

Pumpkin Friends

Pumpkin FriendsI’ve been drooling over this paper for quite some time, moving it from place to place in my stamp room, wondering what to do with it. Saturday, inspiration struck! I did not clean up my mess after the other Far East (by Lizzie Anne Designs) card I made earlier, and it just sort of clicked 🙂 I guess that gives me an excuse to be messy, and leave my stamps laying around, huh?

My card base is Buckaroo Blue, and my large panel is Barely Banana. The mat layers are Pumpkin Pie, the dp is My Mind’s Eye (Romani collection), and my image panel is Whisper White. The card itself is pretty straightforward — I used the same inks as the cardstocks I have already mentioned, plus River Rock for the branch. My cardstock and ink are all from Stampin’ Up. To finish it off, I added three Primas.

ETA: When I was catching up on some blog surfing late Sunday night, I came across this card by Rose Ann, over at Paper Delightz. I promise I didn’t see it before I made my card, but it does use the same set and the same images from the set, so I wanted to make sure everyone saw it, too!