Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Exciting news!


Sorry to leave you hanging the other day!

Here's my news... Melanie has invited me to become part of the Paper Crafters Sampler design team!

Paper Crafters Sampler is an online publication featuring beautiful projects using Stampin' Up! products.  There is a different theme each month, providing a wealth of timely ideas.

You can check out PCS and the design team on my sidebar.  If you subscribe, be sure to use my code, which is PCSMH.. that way, they'll know I referred you!  :)  My first project will be featured in the October issue, titled "The Witching Hour".

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thinking of You pennants card


Do you ever create a card that makes you happy to look at it?  Today's card would be an example of that for me!  I hope that it makes the recipient feel the same way!  :)

I pulled inspiration from Stampin' Celebration's challenge this week:

...and incorporated this week's Mojo Monday sketch into my card...

I loved the pennants in the Stampin' Celebration inspiration photo!  They were very easy to create using the Modern Label Punch!  I simply inserted my cardstock straight edge first, looking through the underside of the punch.  I only inserted the cardstock a little more than 1/3 of the way in, and punched.  I then folded a lip into the punch-out, about 1/8" in, and glued each one around the Linen Thread.  I wanted to add a little texture, so I ran the whole thing through my Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder.  I love how it turned out, and it's a great way to use up scraps!

After placing the butterfly with a mini glue dot, I thought it'd be really cute to create a path using some Linen Thread (which by the way, is one of those accessories I can't live without!).  Just a couple of tiny dots of Crystal Effects keeps the loop perfectly in place!

I do have some exciting news that I will share soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thinking of You pennant card supplies:
Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers
Ink:  Soft Suede
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight cardstock, In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper (Level 1 hostess pack)
Accessories/Tools:  Modern Label Punch, Marina Mist 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers, Crystal Effects, Neutrals Designer Buttons

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Friend to friend silhouette card


I hope you had a great weekend!

Today I have a quick and easy card to show you.  This week's Mojo Monday sketch is very clean and simple, yet could be dressed up if you wanted to do so.  For my card, I also drew from ColourQ's challenge this week...

Repetition is very pleasing to the eye, so it's a great choice in designing a card.  You can see that in my card here, I repeated the stamped image, as well as the small flowers below it.  I am growing quite fond of sewing on paper... if you're a regular to my blog, I'm sure you already know that!  :)

Well, I need to get going.  Still have a lot to do with getting organized.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friend to friend silhouette card supplies:
Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Old Olive
Paper:  Old Olive, So Saffron, Whisper White, Peach Parfait, and Poppy Parade cardstock, In Color Designer Series Paper (Level 1 hostess)
Accessories/Tools:  Trio Flower (retired), Scallop Trim Border, 1-1/4" Circle, and 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Metallic Brads, sewing machine and thread

Friday, September 17, 2010

A very vintage "Just Because" card!

Happy Friday!!

So... guess what??  I made a card!

Yes, that's right.  I know it's been too long, and I apologize!  There are various reasons for this, but I'll try and be a better blogger. :)

Well, I received some new Stampin' Up! goodies not too long ago, and I had been itching to make something with them!  I had to find my stamping mojo though, so I went looking through some challenge blogs.  This week's challenge from Stampin' Celebration prompted me to play, as it uses such a gorgeous color combo!

So much fun, eh?  Let me tell you about all these awesome goodies!

The background was created using the Music Notes wheel and Early Espresso ink.  Isn't that new wheel just gorgeous?  It is one of my must-have items from the Idea Book & Catalog, and I was so happy when I got my little hands on it!  Lining up the multiple images was a breeze with the Wheel Guide!

I stamped the beautiful image from the Notably Ornate stamp set (another must-have), cut it out, and distressed it (along with everything else on this card).  I spritzed over different elements using the Color Spritzer and the Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, and when the card was all finished, I sprayed the front all over with lots of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  It's so beautifully sparkly in real life. :)

The new Raven Lace Trim from the new Holiday Mini Catalog looks just gorgeous layered over the satin ribbon.  I created the pleating effect using Mini Glue Dots (one of my favorite ways to add interest to ribbon)... I just love how it turned out with the lace!

See that pretty flower?  I made that using the new waffle paper!  It was so easy to create!  I simply punched out a few flowers using the Fancy Flower XL punch and layered them slightly off from each other (not lining them up), scrunching them up a little.  Next, I punched out a scalloped circle from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper (one of my favorite packs!), sprayed it with water on both sides to loosen the fibers, and crumpled it up.  I then layered it on top of the waffle paper flowers and punched a hole in the middle.  The Antique Brad just works so wonderfully as a flower center... don't you think?

Tip:  When punching the waffle paper, be sure to first layer some cardstock underneath, and punch through both layers.  I like to use either Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  This ensures that you have a nice, clean cut through your waffle paper!

Ok, gotta run!  I need to start packing and organizing my stuff for the retreat I'm going to later this month.  Thanks for stopping by!

"Just Because" vintage card supplies:
Stamps:  Notably Ornate
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla cardstock, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Music Notes Wheel, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Color Spritzer, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Sponge, 1-3/8" Scallop Circle and Fancy Flower Punches, Raven Lace Trim and Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Antique Brad, Waffle Paper Assortment #2

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Holiday Mini Catalog is here!

And it's just filled with all sorts of crafty goodness!  I can't wait to get my first shipment from this catalog (hopefully next week!)... want to see it?  Of course you do!  :)

If you are in need of a Holiday Mini catalog, please let me know.  I'd love to send you one!