Sunday, June 29, 2008

Nestie & A Nest

This little nest card is based on several cards I've seen by Papertrey Ink's Design Team and particularly one posted by Deanna for the June Blog Hop sponsored by Papertrey @ in which their challenge was to use acetate on your project. Her card was absolutely darling as you'll see when you visit her site! My card is a bit different because the recipient's situation is different, but I did stamp my eggs/nest in the same fashion as Deanna! What a fun set this is to play with!!!
Papers: Watercolor paper & brown flecked carstock from my stash
Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Birds of a Feather
Tools: Spellbinder Wizard's Rectangle Die & Classic Scallop Square Sm. Nestabalities Ink: Tsukineko's Vintage Sepia VersaFine & StazOn Opaque Cotton White
Embellishments: Copper Brads

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wild Vines Birthday Card

I can't resist stamping these darling little flowers from Technique Tuesday's Wild Vines set! This simple little card seemed to perfectly fit the current challenge @ which is to "Make a Birthday Card - it's as simple as that". ;-) A new idea that came to me today was to run my flowers through my Wizard with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder! Just another way to add to our crafting fun!!! ;-) Don't mist them first, however, as it really flattens them out - I misted the smaller one, then had to curl the edges on it to "put some life back" into it's petals! Also used the D'vine Swirl folder on the flower pictured below!

Paper: DCWV's Pink #1 & white generic cardstocks
Stamps: Technique Tuesday's Wild Vines Set
Inks: Papertrey Ink's Custom Palette Hybrid Inks: Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Lemon Tart & Summer Sunrise
Tools: SU Ticket Punch
Embellishments: Rub-ons, Ribbon & Pearls from stash

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Pink Passion for Papertrey Birds of a Feather

I'm posting this card as my entry for this week's Pink Passion challenge @:
Since I just received my first Papertrey Ink order, I wanted to play with the Birds of a Feather set. I have to say, "I just LOVE it"!!! These stamps are so detailed and just so sweet! There are so many phrases included to use in so many ways!!!
Did I say yet that I just LOVE these stamps?!!! If you're not familiar, go immediately (do not pass GO, do not collect $200 -- though you're surely going to wish you could spend that $200 when you get here): for her wonderful blog & to the left you'll see her store -- enter at your own risk, as I'm warning you, you're going to fall in love too!!! ;-) I also have to say that I love that their stamps sets include a matching "hand stamped by" phrase to coordinate with that set!!!
To make this little card I actually used this tutorial:
Paper: DCWV's Pink #1 cardstock; white cardstock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Birds of a Feather set
Inks: Papertrey Ink's Custom Palette Hybrid Inks: Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet & Summer Sunrise
Ribbon: Martha Stewart's Valentine Ribbons
Tools: Crop-a-Dile II; SU's Slit Punch

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Her Majesty's Card

I truthfully don't know what I'll use this card for, but it was fun to create! I bought this crown paper last summer on vacation @ Hobby Lobby AND as of yesterday, we have our very own here in the East Valley! It's actually 38+ miles from my house, but hopefully I'll make it there at least occasionally! Can't wait to see what all they'll carry in "our store"! ;-) I'm sure they'll still have My Mind's Eye papers, which is what I've used here. This is my challenge entry for the Cute Card Thursday challenge here, which is simply to use 3 different types of embellishments. I've included ribbon, rhinestones and that darling chipboard crown, so graciously given to me by me BBGF Gwen (& referred to in her comment on my previous post!). The "her Majesty" stamp was part of a RAK from my SBS8 Sister Julie & a perfect fit with my paper!!! You can check out both their blogs by going to my SBS8 list on the right.
Paper: My Mind's Eye's Bohemia Collection DP; Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper (card base)
Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Tsukineko's VersaColor
Tools: Spellbinder's Wizard Machine; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Chipboard Crown, ribbon & gems (stash)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Passion for Paisley

Ever have one of those times when NOTHING goes right creatively? Gosh, I didn't even think I had a creative gene left after this weekend. I was trying to do some challenges & failed miserably. When I checked today for the new weekly challenge @, I just laughed! I'd struggled with this card, torn it apart repeatedly & nearly threw it in the trash several times only to discover it now actually fits this week's challenge! So put your sunglasses on & click on the photo to enlarge, if you dare!!! ;-) I see my SBS8 Sister Han actually won last week's prize - congrats, Han! Her blog is here: Enjoy!!!
Paper: DCWV DP; White & White Core Dual-colored cardstock
Tools: Spellbinder's Wizard Die & Machine; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; sandpaper
Embellishments: Joann's Craft Essentials Rub-Ons; Wrights Ric-Rac; Offray Ribbon

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Simple Diamond Fold Card

This simple little diamond fold card is another I found the tutorial for on entitled Diamond Fold Card. The finished card is 4" x 4" except that mine's a bit smaller because I chose to finish it by using my Fiskars edge punch on each side. I've had this hand-crocheted flower for probably 6 years (yikes!), but I thought it was a cute embellishment for this card. I still have 2 left!!!
Paper: Lavendar cardstock from stash; DCWV Flower Names DP
Tools: Bone Folder; Fiskars Edge Punch; hand-crocheted flower

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun Fold "Envelope" Anniversary Card

I found a video @ called Fun Fold Card Tutorial showing how to make this card from a single 11" x 11" piece of DP. It was really a fun card to do!!! The picture to the left shows the card closed & ready to go into an envelope. Below I've shown it with the top flap opened, then the left flap opened & finally the inside. I did mine somewhat differently, as my ribbon does not wrap around the whole card, but instead just stays tied in a bow through the chipboard heart, which the left flap tucks under. There are so many ways you could embellish this card! I decided to use it as an anniversary card, but it would sure be cute for Valentine's Day, wouldn't it?!!!
Paper: Paper Pizazz Pink Flourishes DP; K & Company's Smitten Cardstock
Stamps: Stampendous' Mega Love Set
Ink: Tsukineko's VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Embellishments: Offray Ribbon; Chipboard Heart from stash

Friday, June 6, 2008

Baby Boy Waterfall Card

Our Designing Diva's group member, Judy, shared a darling flowered waterfall card with us in May, so I decided to do one for a baby shower. I used DCWV's Nana's Kids' cardstock and cut out the letters with my Sizzix Sidekick. As you pull the slider out it spells out "Baby" and eventually "Boy" underneath. A little trickier with the glued on letters than if I stamped them, but I still like the outcome. These cards are really fun; you should try one!
It just dawned on my that this card qualifies for the card challenge using "die cuts" over @ so I'm amending my post to reflect that this is my entry!
Papers: All DCWV: Nana's Kids & Brown cardstock
Embellishments: Making Memories fibers; WeRMemoryKeepers eyelets
Tools: Sizzix Sidekick; Crop-a-dile

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mollusk in the Ocean

This is my entry for the Hero Arts contest that closes tonight @ 11:59 p.m. PST @ for a card which uses circles and one Hero Arts Stamp. When I had cut a partial scalloped circle card from my Nesties, it reminded me of a shell, so I thought it would be fun to use my new Bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder for the "ocean" and a shell stamp! The tab reads "hugs" and inside of shell is stamped with "Missing You".
Paper: Bazzill cardstock; My Mind's Eye DP
Stamps: Hero Arts Mollusk; Stampendous Missing You phrase & Studio G $1 Set for swirl
Inks: Tsukineko's Cyan VersaColor Pigment & Versamark
Embelllishments: Making Memories Index Tab Clips; Ranger Bridal Embossing Tinsel
Tools: Spellbinder's Wizard & Round Nestabilities & Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Scor-It


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