Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This party girl is one of the newly released Cutie Pie Kids from DRS Designs which feature kids being kids! Check out the DRS blog for more birthday cuties, perfect for kid birthdays or more grown-up Copic coloring fun.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Isn't paper piecing fun? It's a great way to add pattern to an outfit like the lacy pinafore on this sweet Tilda which is a pattern pulled from the new Basic Grey 'Porcelain' DP. The sketch is based on the Magnolia-licious March Sketch Challenge.
Check out the KL Stampin' N Scrappin' blog for more details on this card and be sure to link your paper pieced creation to the March Paper Piecing Challenge over on PaperCrafts Planet for a chance to win some great blog candy!
Monday, March 23, 2009
'Easter Blooms' showcases a single large image on a simple white base; the sentiment is masked off from another image since I needed a small font to fit under the main image:
For my fellow House Mouse fans, these cards are Clean and Simple, too, using only a pre-embossed card base with a single image colored with pencils and turpenoid; the sentiments are from Papertrey's 'Mixed Messages':
Simplify your life, or at least your stamping -- you may be pleasantly surprised with a return to the Clean and Simple (CAS) style.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here's a sneak peek of one of my favorites:
Be sure to stop by the DRS blog today to see the full card and others featuring all the new Spring babies!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
And here's a winter version that was featured on the DRS blog:
Stamps by DRS Designs: Large snowflake M238, Snowflake ribbon slide D932, Interlocking Snowflake background H015, Back in Time sentiment H674, Swirl Snowflakes F168, Handmade by C264. Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, vellum.Ink: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Versamark. Accessories: Iridescent EP, Winter Wonderland EP, blue velvet ribbon, scallop border punch, flameless votive candle.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Stamps: Large Oval Stained Glass, Happy St. Pat's Day sentiment. Ink: Green galore, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics. Cardstock: Textured white, vellum. Accessories: green grosgrain ribbon, gold stickles.
Doesn't this stained glass background really make the shamrocks pop?
This card was definitely one of those learning experiences! I originally wanted to create a window effect, but the shape of the stained glass really didn't fit with any of my oval Nesties without removing a large portion of the image, so I ended up adhering it directly on the carstock. The colors on the stained glass ended up more vibrant when backed with the white, so it was a happy accident.
Not so happy was the realization that Stickles and vellum are not the best of friends; the stained glass edge was a bit rippled once the Stickles was applied. Oh well, live and learn! And keep on experimenting because occasionally you do end up with those happy accidents!
Monday, March 16, 2009
**KLSNS is sponsoring a March Paper Piecing Challenge on Paper Craft Planet. The prize includes a Basic Grey 6" x 6" pack of DP and a Magnolia stamp, so be sure to join the fun for a chance to win these goodies!
This card started out a little heavier in the Designer Paper department because once I open a Basic Grey pack, it's hard to leave any of those coordinating papers behind. I realize, though, that my favorite cards are those that are less cluttered. I managed to decrease the printed papers, but I couldn't resist adding a touch of sparkle to the 'Fun' in the sentiment:
Be sure to stop by the House Mouse & Friends Blog today. Their Design Team features incredible talent and you can't beat the cute factor of a House Mouse card, always good for a smile!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Happiness Messages'. Ink: Chocolate Chip. Cardstock: Textured white, Basic Grey 'Bittersweet' DP.
I've been inspired by my friend's (Donelda of Wiggy's World) challenge to use cardstock scraps to create cards; now I've finally decided to give it a try!
For full details on this card, including how to cut these diamonds without all of my original trial and error, be sure to check out the KL Scrappin' N Stampin' blog.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The stained glass image is stamped first and then a second image is stamped over the stained glass pattern. In this card, I stamped the glass pattern on vellum and then stamped the Christ is Risen (with sentiment masked out because it would have been lost in the glass pattern) over top. The cross and lilies were colored in first and then the remaining glass pattern is colored using a random pattern of coordinating colors :
Inside the card is a white panel which makes the vellum colors more vivid when the card is closed.
The reason I chose vellum is the effect when displayed in front of a sunlit window:
It may not be quite the grandeur of Ste. Chappelle, but it's impressive in its own way!
I've had so much fun playing with this stained glass stamp that I still have a couple more projects in the wings, especially designed for St. Patrick's Day. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the amazing stained glass projects created by the DRS Designs' Design Team for the current blog challenge!
Friday, March 6, 2009
1) Tonya (Olde Country Creations)
Rules of this award:
1. Add the logo to your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award.
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.
4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are “One Lovely Blog”
I only have 3 blogs to nominate due to my brand new blogging network:
1. Donelda (Wiggy's World)
2. Lori (Paper Sunshine)
3. Mary (My Cards, My Passion)
The 'This Blog Measures Up Award' is from Chris (Catt's Scratching Post):
Here are the steps for this award:
1. Say one nice thing to the man in your life: My husband is the most an amazing Daddy!
2.List at least six ways you measure success in your life: my children, my friends, my health, being able to help others, finding time for myself, and being financially secure enough to have time for all the above!
This award goes out to:
1. Kristine (Ink Something )
2. Carolyn (PMS)
3. Melissa (Stamp it, Scrap it, Share it)
The final two awards are these:
Even though I sifted through dozens of post comments, I could not find the person who sent me these awards. Isn't that terrible? If you see this post, and it's you that I'm neglecting, please let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due!
Lesson learned: respond to blog awards ASAP. It's not only the polite thing to do, but it's also the easiest way to go!
Thanks again to all my blogging buddies for recognizing me with these awards!!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Today's DRS blog posting also showcases these 'Pet Project' cards. The DRS sentiment Pet Sympathy Greetings is perfect for sending condolences to someone saying goodbye to an old friend:
Wouldn't it be easier to be as good as a cat thinks you are? Our cat made it to 19 1/2 years with us before giving up her ninth life, but I think if she could have figured out how to use a can opener, we would have been unnecessary. Guess that's why we have both dogs and cats -- dogs to build us up and cats to keep us humble!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Take one Magnolia-licous sketch challenge for February:
Then add brand-new DP by Basic Grey and newly received Magnolia stamps from KL Scrappin' N Stampin' and what do you have? My latest paper pieced Tilda (her overalls, shoes, and even bench are pieced), using 'Porcelain' DP by Basic Grey:
Stamps: Tilda in Coveralls , Penny Black sentiment. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip, copics. Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Basic Grey 'Porcelain' DP, GP110 white. Accesories: antique copper brads, white gel pen.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of sentiment stamps (does that make me a sentimental fool??) and this one by Penny Black is real winner:
Don't you wish that living in the moment was as easy as stressing about tomorrow??
Be sure to check out the KLSNS Design Team blog for more detail photos of this card and other examples of paper pieced Magnolia images.
**Don't miss the March KL Scrappin' N Stampin' Girls challenge over on PaperCraft Planet; upload your paper pieced card for a chance to win a great prize. The winner will receive a Magnolia stamp AND a 6" x 6" pack of Basic Grey paper to continue creating their own paper pieced masterpieces!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Congratulations on hitting your 1000 mark! >:0) I LOVE what you are offering up as candy. I have never tried House Mouse stamps but have admired them for years. I ADORE the magnolia images and Basic Grey paper is the yummiest. Love the embellishments and who would not love a gift certificate to KL........I could buy my very own Magnolia stamp. Woo Hoo fingers and toes crossed!I am a follower and I have added a picture and link in the sidebar of my blog. Thanks so very, very much for the opportunity to win these awesome goodies. Tonya
Thanks to everyone who commented, subscribed, and/or passed on the word about my new blog. Not only did we surpass my goal of 1,500 comments, but we're very close to 2,000. Sounds like it won't be long before blog candy is up again!
Thanks again for all your support!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Here's what's included: 6" x 6" Basic Grey 'Sugared' Designer Paper pad, assortments of coordinating primas and buttons, 1 yard each of chocolate rick-rack and green dotted organdy, and 12 of my current favorite Magnolia and House Mouse images! And guess what else -- Kelly from KL Scrappin N Stampin has generously donated a $10 gift certificate to her web store!!
Here's what you need to do to be entered in the drawing:
1) Become a Follower and/or Subscribe to this blog (see links on right side panel).
2) Announce and link the blog candy post on your blog. If you don't have a blog, let your friends know however you best see fit.
3) Comment on this posting to let me know you've accomplished the first two items and you are set!
The winner will be chosen via random.org on March 1st. My goal is to be up to 1,500 hits by that time so we'll have even more reasons to celebrate!