Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day...!

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone! I made this little card today to celebrate the 'wearing o' the green' and for Scrap-Creations challenge GGSC2 ... which is to use Basic Grey paper and create a St. Patty's card. I used my BG 'lemonade'.  I started with a white base and added a garden green layer which had been run through the Cuttlebug using my new Sizzix embossing folder 'Damask' from the Medallions, Frame & Damask set. I used this adorable image by Elisabeth Bell named "Bunnie"... I know, I've used it a lot... but I adore her!  I thought she'd be appropriate for St. Patrick's Day, especially in her little green dress!   My sentiment "Emerald Blessings" is a free digital stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Thanks so much Claire!!!

I cut my two pieces of  Basic Grey lemonade with my Spellbinders labels 1 dies and layered them.  After coloring Bunnie with Copic Sketch markers, I cut her out using my Spellbinders nestabilities large scallop ovals and, while still in the die, used a dauber and pretty in pink ink to sponge around the edges.  I used 2 flower punches from SU! to make the little pink flower and my Martha Stewart butterfly punch for the center.  The lime-colored leaves around the flower are actually bath confetti made by Studio 18... I thought they were felt and don't even remember when I bought them... anyway, the card sure smells nice LOL.  The ribbon is from JoAnn's and the pink button is another MS punch.  A few dabs of yellow stickles and she was done.

Have a happy day and thanks for looking in!

nitty gritties
Stamps: Bunnie by Elisabeth Bell, Free St. Patricks digital (Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Paper: PTI white, garden green, Basic Grey Lemonade, pretty in pink
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: yellow stickles, SU! 5 petal punch, Spellbinders labels 1 and large scallop oval dies, dauber, white ribbon (JoAnn's) button punch, floss, felt 'leaves', Sizzix Medallions, Frame & Damask 4 pc die set

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

EB Bunnie birthday

This will be an Easter card for my granddaughter.  It is also for week 3 of Verve's Friday Challenges.  We were to select a kitchen photo for inspiration and I chose the pink shabby chic one. Funny, because the only pink in my 'real life' house is in my craft room. But this darling stamp "Bunnie" by Elisabeth Bell just seems to want to be pink.... 

After stamping this image by Elisabeth Bell called "Bunnie", I colored it with Copics and cut it using the oval nestabilities and layered it on a pink cutout of labels 4 nestabilities. I also embellished around the layers with a flourish die cut by Sizzix. I used Basic Grey's Porcelain papers on white with a pink base card. The sentiment "Happy Easter" is from Verve's Chocolate Bunnies set and is cut out using an oval punch and layered on a fancy labels die by Spellbinders. I used white opal liquid pearls for some highlights around the pink layer. Hope you like her.

Recipe:Stamps: Elisabeth Bell "Bunnie", Verve "Chocolate Bunnies"
Paper: pink, white, BG Porcelain
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic markers, pink
Accessories: liquid pearls, Spellbinders

Friday, March 12, 2010

St. Patty's Day

I made this card for a St. Patrick's birthday using SU!'s Garden Green 6 x 6 packet which I believe is retired... but any bright "Irish" green would work on this card.   I made the shamrock using my heart punch, making four pieces, and then just put them together and added a little brad. I've seen this technique done before and would like to give credit but don't remember where I originally saw it... sorry. I then cut my center pieces using my Spellbinder's Nestabilities (labels nine) dies and lightly sponged some Garden Green around the edges. I pierced a double stem also and used my white gel pen to put some dots around the green nestie shape.

The base of the card is Garden Green, then a layer of white, and then the designer paper pieces. The ribbon is from Michael's and has some polka dot finish to it and, of course, I didn't have a green ribbon that would match.  The little charm was in my goodies box and I have no idea where/when I got it... it actually matches the colors a bit better irl.  I stamped "It's your day" from Verve's "Party Time" and punched it out.  Inside the card is a Happy Birthday Sentiment and I carried some of the green designer paper inside also.  It's a very "green" card but also celebrates a birthday. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for dropping by!

Here are the ingredients...
Stamps: Party Time - Verve

Paper: SU! Garden Green, white, Garden Green ds
Ink: garden green
Accessories: ribbon, St. Patty's charm, Nestabilities, Signo white gel pen, ribbon (Michael's), piercing tool
Techniques: piercing, punching, paper piecing

Monday, March 8, 2010


Don't you just love this little girl? She is by Elisabeth Bell and I think she's adorable.  She is so much fun to color, too. I actually colored her a while back when I was watching the Olympics but today's Mojo sketch seemed to call her ;-).   This week Teresa Kline did the sketch ... I really like it and will use it again. I used Basic Grey's new "two scoops" onto aqua with a white base and a little edge border using my doily lace punch to match her petticoat. I think my daughter will receive this card for Easter.

Here's what I used for this card...

Stamps: Bunnie by Elisabeth Bell

Paper: PTI white, aqua, pink, BG two scoops
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics sketch markers
Accessories: pink satin ribbon, doily lace punch (SU!)

This is my last post today... I'm planning to do another Easter card tomorrow which features a little yellow chick with great big tennis shoes... be sure to check back.  Have a great day!!!

VLV Mar 2010

I made this card for Viva La Verve's Friday challenge VLVMar2010. If you've never played, I suggest you check it out!  It's fun and you can win wonderful Verve prizes.  This week we had 3 kitchens to choose from as our inspiration. I finally settled on a kitchen with a lot of black granite and a bright green backsplash. I used Verve's "Express Yourself" stamp set. They were stamped with certainly celery with a shading of a bright green and then the heels and soles were colored with black marker. The frame was interesting to do since I had intended to have it punched all the way around. It's apparently a math thing which I didn't want to deal with (right now) so I ended up punching the two sides and the opposite corner. I kind of like it that way... ha ha. Thanks for looking in


Stamps: Verve Express Yourself

Paper: PTI basic white, PTI little checks, DCWV La Creme, basic black, green
Ink: certainly celery, Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: Offray ribbon, SU! border & corner punch, large oval punch, small circle punch

Springtime and Butterflies

When I chose the papers for this sketch I thought how spring-like and feminine they are.  Looks pretty much like a 'girlie' card to me. I love the colors, though, and the sketch by Amy Sheffer is really cute.  This is also for Verve's release challenge. I used Basic Grey's Urban Prairie and SU's so saffron ds as my colors on a white base. Verve's wreath from Accent Notes is the focal point surrounding the butterfly which is by Martha Stewart.  I also used little dabs of Liquid Pearls on the wreath and added a doily edge border. I hope you like it.

Here are the toys I used for this one: 

Stamps: Verve Accent Notes, Party Time
Paper: PTI basic white, so saffron ds, Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: Liquid pearls, piercing tool, ribbon 3/8" so saffron (SU!), edge punch (SU!), circle punches

Love's Flower

Hi Everyone... Today I have several cards to post.  I've been very busy doing the challenges for Verve's new release so I will be posting those all at once... with separate descriptions, of course.  This card features Verve's 'Love's Flower' which was stamped on Basic Grey's "Origins" paper.  I stamped the flower twice on two different papers and then cut it out and reassembled it. The center portion was filled with yellow Stickles. I used rectangle Nesties - scallop and standard - and added liquid pearls around the border. I used the sketch from SC270 and colors from the Verve Spring Fling Challenge to use yellow, chocolate and green. Love it when I can do a two-fer!  Hope you enjoy!

Materials used
Stamps: Verve Love's Flower

Paper: chocolate chip, white, Basic Grey Origins 6x6 pack
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: liquid pearls, yellow stickles, rectangular Nesties, brown ribbon - Michael's

That's it for now... stop by again ... ;-) 


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tags for my Nestie Tin

Here are the tags I made to put on my tins.  I will decorate the die lunch box soon and will post the two together.  I really appreciate those of you who visit my blog and hope you'll bear with me as I learn more of the tricks of posting.  I mention this because today my header went bye bye.  At least yesterday I discovered how to do an embedded link!  I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with my "plain wrap" title (sans header) until I learn more... sigh. 
The tags were made using scraps from my Nestie Tin project... Afternoon Tea (retired SU!).  I remember when SU! decided to retire all their "in colors" for that year and, of course, I had lots of the designer series so I ended up buying several packs of cardstock so I'd have enough... I've still got a ton of it and now have been using the 6x6 paper packs from Basic Grey & Cosmo Cricket so it was nice to use some of this stash. 

Here are the toys used in these projects:
Paper - Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Whisper white, Afternoon Tea (all retired - SU!)
Ink - Groovy guava was sponged around the flowers and chocolate chip marker for labelling
Accessories - Wild Wasabi & Groovy Guava ribbon, 3 flower punch, MS & SU edge punches, circle punch, crop-a-dile, and eyelets

Thanks for taking a look... I'm almost finished with the second box (for dies) and I'll post those later today!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Container for my Nestabilities

Today I finished a project that has been waiting for a long time.  Verve has some fun challenges to accompany the new release and this is the one I did today. Sankari's challenge was to recycle or repurpose something and this little tin said "me, me me"... what could I do??  

I've been keeping my Nesties in cd cases and storing them in this "unadorned" tin... which is available at Oriental Trading Co.  I started this by making a template and then found that was more trouble than just cutting the paper to the width I needed.  I applied decoupage to the tin and the back of the paper... it wasn't as messy as I thought it would be... happy about that!  It was a little tricky around the lock but the trusty x-acto did the job.   Let me share more detail pictures...

I also did some tags for these tins (yep, I have another tin waiting to be decorated) that will contain my dies.

Anyway, let me say thanks for taking a look and I'll get those tags posted next. 


Friday, March 5, 2010

A cup of Roses

Goofy title, huh?  Well, I did this card today when Verve started their Spring Fling Challenges for the new release coming out tonight.  So far, I'm loving all the new stamps that will be available tomorrow. This challenge was to do a CAS card so, before starting it, I went to the Clean and Simple blog and chose this sketch.  This was a super fun image to color... as I've mentioned, I love puttering with my Copics during nightly TV... can't stand to just sit there!

I must admit, before I send this birthday card out, I'll probably put an avocado bow at the upper right edge of the white panel... I just HAVE to give it a little more "foof".  The base of the card is a warm grey onto which I stamped clear versamark using Verve's bountiful backgrounds set. I stamped the teacup rose on white cardstock and colored it with Copics and pierced around the edge. Next I used an edge punch to create the avocado border and stamped 'it's your day' on the bottom.

Toys used... 
Stamps: Rose Cup by Heartfelt Creations, Party Time & Bountiful Backgrounds by Verve

Paper: Basic Grey Two Scoops, warm grey, avocado, PTI white
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Copics, avocado
Accessories: Martha Stewart arched trellis border punch, Copics, piercing tool, versamark clear

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chocolate Bunnies

This is my last post for the day... whew!  Here is an Easter card that I created using the MOJO Monday week 128 sketch.

I love this set by Verve. The sentiment inside reads "Bunnies are so darling, so soft and so small, but I like the Chocolate ones best of all" - too cute. I colored the bunny with Copics, cut out the circles with Spellbinders Nesties, ran the green layer through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and gave it a big polka dot bow. I chose Early Bird designer paper by Cosmo Cricket to tie all the colors together. Hope you like it - thanks for taking a look.  Have a great day...!


You Rock

Here's a card I made today.  I made this birthday card  for a college boy! That's always a challenge in itself, but I also did it for this weeks At Home with Verve Friday Challenge VLVMar2010. This challenge was to select a kitchen for inspiration and I chose the third sample because of the colors... browns and vanilla.

The card base is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and the little square elements at the bottom are from "To the Nines" retired ds from Stampin' Up! I used Verve's 'You Rock' stamp set for the stars and the sentiment and for the birthday sentiment (inside) I used my Verve 'Wishing You'. Twine and some sage ribbon finished it up. I was very proud of myself for not using any feminine embellies. :-D. I think it's appropriate for him - hope you like it too.  Bye for now...


A Sunny Day

I hope today has been a sunny, happy day for you too!  I actually made this card earlier in the week - just now getting around to posting. 
My goodness... this turned out to be a very productive card. It qualifies for 3 challenges this week! I started out with Betty Wright's "crushing basics" challenge (CC260 - to use crushed curry, always artichoke, basic grey) and decided to use Mercy Kerin's Tuesday sketch (MTSC63) and, turns out, it also qualifies for Cindy Haffner's Flourishes challenge (FTTC56) to use scallops on the card.

Using crushed curry was a bit of a challenge and I thought 'sunflowers' right away. I remembered I had a sunflower stamp from a long time ago and colored it with Copics. I didn't have any patterned paper with crushed curry in it so I made my own using the leaves from 'God's Beauty'. I also used my Nesties labels 4 to make an edge border next to the patterned piece and stamped 'wonderful' from SU's Warm Words on it. I wasn't sure I'd like this card, but I do! Hope you like it too! Thanks for looking in.