Friday, September 30, 2011

Spinner Birthday

I love this set, but I struggle with a good  layout to use it in.  So today I combined a few things that I wanted to do.  First I embossed it so that I could color the sections with re-inkers and Aqua pens.  The next thing I wanted to do was to make a design around the outside with the Simply Scored Scoring tool.  I also have wanted to make a quilt like design and I thought the new Snow Burst Impression Folder was a perfect design for that.  I liked the way it turned out so much that I made a second one... which is very rare for me.

Card Details:
Stamps: Take  Spin
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, VersaMark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Game Spinner Hands, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Big Shot, Snow Burst Impression Folder, Leaves-Bird Builder Punch, Flower- Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack


Monday, September 26, 2011

MDS Monday Faces 4

I love that with MDS it is so simple to make the stamps to match in colors.  I can change them to  any SU color I want to make them match any color on my page.  Another great thing is the opacity.  I love to change the transparency of the objects....and the drop shadow is as popular as the shading when I make cards.  I have soo many ideas for the Downtown Grunge Kit.   It is just loaded with things I love to use.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday Candles

I have seen these candles made from the wings of the Build a Bird punch and today I took the time to try it.   To do the candle base I cut scored them with the Simply Scorer at an angle and then cut them in strips.  The pear ones I put the score lines up and the poppy ones I put the score lines down.  I sponged around the edges.  The sentiment has 3 glue dots one on each and and one in the center.  I added a wave to give it dimension.  The flames are popped up in Dimensionals.

Card Details:

Stamps: Bring on the Cake
Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla
Ink: Poppy Parade
Accessories: Big Shot,  Bird Builder Punch,  Hounds-tooth Impression Folder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baby Card Sketch

What a fun Sketch to work with this morning!  I just could not fall asleep last night so I took a sneak peak  at the sketch to see what I might dream about doing today.  I knew I was in need of some baby cards for my stash so that was my first thought.  To figure out the colors that I wanted to use was pretty easy.  I figured Pretty Pink for girl and Bashful Blue for the boy.   I then used the color coach to find out what the suggested coordinating colors were.  I knew I wanted to use the Baker's twine to tie on the tag so the Chocolate Chip (I thought the Early Espresso was to dark) was the perfect complimenting color. The folded part of the card is 5.25" x 4" and mounted on a piece of 5.5" x 4.25 card stock. I have problems using the bigger of the rhinestones and since I have another pack (or two...) on my October 1st order I figure I better get around to using them and they fit perfect on this card.  All in all this was a very simple very quick card to put together and now I have another thing crossed off of my do to list!

Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet, Tiny Tags, A Word for You
Paper: Boy- Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip    Girl- Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Boy- Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip  
      Girl- Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo,  Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones, Perfect Dots Impression Embossing Folder,   Girl:Finial Press Impression Embossing Folder, Boy: Houndstooth Impression Embossing Folder

Rattle: Circle Punch from the Itty Bitty  Shapes Punch Pack, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Carriage:1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch

Sentiment: Large Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch


Monday, September 19, 2011

MDS Monday Faces 3

The next page I am going to share with you today from our beginning of school photo shoot is my #2 youngest.  He does not like going outside or smiling so these were great shots to get.  I love the Awning stamp.  I wanted it shorter than normal so I created a square punch, filled it in with the same background and moved it to cover the extended punch.  I live to double layer text, almost as much as I love to sponge on my cards.  I have been working on another genealogy book and I cannot wait to share some of those pages with you!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Name Frames

I had to make two name frames this last week.  I did  not have time and I knew that these two people would probably never cross paths so I decided to make them similar with a few slight differences.  The one of the bottom I did first and forgot to take a picture before I put the glass no matter what I tried I could not get an accurate picture. To see closer pictures click on the image and they should open in a new tab/window. The top one I  was told that the bride likes vintage and browns so I decided to sponge the edges and curl some flowers.  I cut my paper a little too big so I decided that the small strip would be added to the bottom (must look close) funny thing is that this paper is the same no matter how I flipped it so I had to cut it to off set it just a bit.  For both of them I cut out the center flower of the Lace Ribbon Border punch to give a change to the border.  I  used 3 different size Basic Pearls on the top one.


Paper: Cajun Craze. Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Well Worn DSP
Ink: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Impression Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls, Victoria Crochet Trim Ribbon, Antique Brad, Flower from the Itty Bitty  Shapes Punch Pack, Flower center: Small end of Crop-a dile, Lace Ribbon Border Punch


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Autumn Birthday

I am sure in a fall color mood and I am sure that very soon the trees around me will start to change to match my favorite color scheme.  My son was in the need of a birthday card for one of his friends.  I made one yesterday (which is scheduled to post at a later date) with the Need for Speed set and he said " Mom, he is turning 11 not 7" off to the creative design thought process once again.  Thankfully I had the sketch challenge to day to fall back on and it worked out great!  I realized that besides the colors I really went out of my realm.  There is no big shot or sponging on any of the card.  His friend's family are big hunters so he picked out the set and I would not let him know anything I was doing until it was met the approval of my soon to be (next week) 12 yr old son!


Stamps: Autumn Days, Pennant Parade
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Well Worn DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy (Pheasant's head)
Accessories: Early Espresso Baker's Twine, So Saffron Brads, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shape Punch Pack- Circle


Monday, September 12, 2011

MDS Monday Faces Page 2

So I got the MDS bug and now that the kids are back in school, I have to sit and wait for them while they are at music lessons.  My laptop comes with me so I can get some pages done and be productive.  So here are the rest of the shots that were taken of my one and only daughter.  I love the way this page turned out and all of the fun elements that are so easy to incorporate in MDS. ( To see a larger/close up click the image and it will open in a new window)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Flowers and Bird WIngs

I was blog hopping one night when my body decided that it would not allow me to do anything else.  I ran across one named I love punch art and this was so cute I just had to make one.  I needed an extra special card for a special friend that no matter what she is going through in life she always puts others first.  I know this will put a smile on her face.  The flowers are made from the wings of the Bird Builder punch with the leaves for stems.  I forgot I wanted to add bling to the corners of the sentiment until after I had taken the picture, but it was added before it was sent off to her.


Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder , Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Sentiment- Early Espresso, Sponging- Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Bird Builder Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Basic Rhinestones


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Fall Leaves

I know it is not fall yet, but the morning seems cool enough that the leaves will be changing soon.  I was in need of another masculine Birthday card and today's sketch was the perfect avenue to jump start this card.  the leaves were first stamped in the Cajun Craze and then outlined with the Early Espresso marker before putting it to the paper.  I also sponged around the edges after I cut them out.  They are adhered with glue dots. The designer paper had the trim all the way around the 12 x12 paper.Once I cut it down it only had the edge on 2 sides.  So I used the marker to doodle some lines an did some more sponging to blend it all in.  I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to do the double lines around the edge on the card base.  It needed something simple and it did the trick.  The Happy Birthday was in the middle of the Cake on the stamp.  I just used the marker to ink what I wanted to use.

Stamps: Bring on the Cake, French Foliage
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Well Worn DSP
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch


Monday, September 05, 2011

MDS Monday Faces

I haven't worked with my MDS for a long time.  We started school and one of the fun things we do on the first day of school is school picture day. My 15 yr old loves to take pictures so he takes the kids out in the yard and tries to get some good shots for me to update my family tree wall.  I do not like the word hallway so I call it my Photo Hanging Opportunity Area.  We have our family pictures hanging in a pattern to form a family tree of wedding pictures for 5 generations.  My 6 kids are 2 x 3 down the edge.  It took me a while to pick the ones I wanted to print and hang but I knew there were others I just could not delete so I decided they each needed a 2 page spread in our 2011 family book.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Fly High

As we were sitting down for lunch sometime last week, my son asked me to please  make a card using the fighter jet from the Need for Speed set.  He LOVES that set and I know it will get used, if not just for him and his friends.  I had been re-organizing my work space again and wanted to play with my new Simply Scored Scoring tool.  If you have not put in on your order or at least have it on your wish list from the Holiday Mini, it is a must!  To do the card base I just lined it up and scored 2 lines every inch, turned it and did it again.  I think it makes a great and easy background.  This card took no longer than 30 minutes for me to do from concept to photograph.  I embossed the plane, painted it with re-inkers and Aqua Painter and cut it out (that was the hardest part).  For the sky I ripped a piece of paper and sponged off the edge moving it and flipping it around and then lightly around the edge.  The plane and matted circle are both mounted with dimensions to give a bit more pop.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Need for Speed, Perfect Punches
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight (window), Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Versamark
Accessories:  Round Tab Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Circle Scissor Plus, Blacl Embossing Powder

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